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Secession Threats From Democrats: Reprise

Posted by Mark on November 9, 2004

Some Democrats are talking secession again. Powerline gives a great run down on the arguments. Here’s my favorite line:

Yesterday Rocket Man discussed Lawrence O’Donnell’s support of red-state secession as an alternative to the Union with the blue states. The other Democratic alternatives discussed in Rocket Man’s post (“Democrats ponder alternatives: Vote suppression, secession, and assassination”) included disenfranchisement of the unenlightened and assassination of the president. Together these alternatives suggest that the Democrats are thinking their way back to their roots as the party of John Calhoun and the Confederacy, if not of the Klu Klux Klan and John Wilkes Booth.

There’s a kind of logic to the talk of secession by Democrats. Their creed on abortion has evolved in much the manner that the Southern Democrats’ creed on slavery evolved, an evolution culminating in the doctrine that race-based chattel slavery is a positive good. By the same token, the Democrats have come to support abortion as the moral equivalent of a positive good — any measure that might tend to lessen its incidence is reviled.

Once again Democrats are arguing themselves into a corner about the nature of being human. They were wrong in the 1850’s, and they are wrong now.

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Secession Threats From Democrats: Reprise

Posted by Mark on November 9, 2004

Some Democrats are talking secession again. Powerline gives a great run down on the arguments. Here’s my favorite line:

Yesterday Rocket Man discussed Lawrence O’Donnell’s support of red-state secession as an alternative to the Union with the blue states. The other Democratic alternatives discussed in Rocket Man’s post (“Democrats ponder alternatives: Vote suppression, secession, and assassination”) included disenfranchisement of the unenlightened and assassination of the president. Together these alternatives suggest that the Democrats are thinking their way back to their roots as the party of John Calhoun and the Confederacy, if not of the Klu Klux Klan and John Wilkes Booth.

There’s a kind of logic to the talk of secession by Democrats. Their creed on abortion has evolved in much the manner that the Southern Democrats’ creed on slavery evolved, an evolution culminating in the doctrine that race-based chattel slavery is a positive good. By the same token, the Democrats have come to support abortion as the moral equivalent of a positive good — any measure that might tend to lessen its incidence is reviled.

Once again Democrats are arguing themselves into a corner about the nature of being human. They were wrong in the 1850’s, and they are wrong now.

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The Good News From Iraq

Posted by Mark on November 9, 2004

A huge compilation of all the things going right in Iraq over the past two weeks. . It ran twenty-five pages printed. Worth a read. Lot’s of great links and documentation. Something to come back as the media hysteria continues over the current drive on Fallujah.

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The Specter Among the Victory

Posted by Mark on November 9, 2004

Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is under attack.

He should be.

In his arrogance, he issued a warning to President Bush not to send conservative nominees to “his” judicial committee. It was a stupid thing to do, but vintage Arlen Specter. I’ll never forget his quoting of “Scottish law” during the sham impeachment trial. And I’m old enough to remember his leading the charge against Robert Bork, and adding a new verb “borking” to the political lexicon.

Many respected conservatives are now calling the Senate to “throw Specter under the bus” to quote Hugh Hewitt. NRO is leading the charge. So is Laura Ingraham. The thought is that now that we have the majority, and a mandate, we should use it, by God.

I agree with that statement, but do disagree that Specter needs to go. President Bush has the opportunity to choose at least 2, and more likely at least 3 new justices for the Supreme Court. And to jettison Specter would create an open enemy of the President’s nominees, who would drag along Chaffee, Collins, Snow, and maybe even Hagel along with him. We don’t need that.

I leaned that way before reading Hugh’s post, but his questions reinforce this. Let Specter stay close, with a clear understanding that his chairmanship is a privilege, not a right, Scottish or otherwise.

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