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October 04, 2008

Once Again, Conservatives More Compassionate

This is what drives the Left into paroxysms of frothing rage. Time after time, when their rhetoric of caring about social change and helping the poor is matched against their actual deeds, it turns out that conservatives quietly outperform them:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made considerably less money than rival Sen. Joe Biden, but the Palin family gave more to charity in the last two years than Biden has in the last eight combined, according to Palin's tax records released Friday afternoon.

Compare their records:

Palin:

2006 charitable donations: $4,880
2007 charitable donations: $3,325

Biden: total charitable donations since 1998 (a ten year period): $3,690

The Democrats, who make such a big deal over diversity, do not have as good a record on actually appointing minorities and women as our current President, George W. Bush:


With little fanfare and not much credit, President Bush has appointed a more diverse set of top advisers than any president in history.

Bush has named his White House lawyer, Alberto Gonzales, right, to be the first Hispanic to hold one of the powerful "big four" Cabinet jobs.
By Lawrence Jackson, AP

In his first term, Bush matched the record that President Clinton set in his first term for appointing women and people of color to the Cabinet, and Bush had a more diverse inner circle at the White House. Since his re-election last month, the president has made a series of groundbreaking nominations.

Bush has named his White House lawyer, Alberto Gonzales, to be the first Hispanic to hold one of the powerful "big four" Cabinet jobs, attorney general.

He named his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to be the first female African-American secretary of State, the Cabinet's senior position.

He also nominated Margaret Spellings, his domestic policy adviser, to lead the Education Department and Cuban-born business executive Carlos Gutierrez to head Commerce.

Some political analysts argue that Bush's appointments and his matter-of-fact approach to them signal a new stage in the racial history of the nation, one in which diversity in the top ranks is taken as a matter of course. Bush and Clinton, who don't agree on much, together may have set a new standard that future presidents in both parties will be expected to meet.

"Bush did not go out and say, 'I'm going to create an administration that looks like America,' which is how Clinton led off," says Paul Light, a political scientist at New York University who has studied presidential appointments. "He has just gone about recruiting a diverse Cabinet as an ordinary act. That's remarkable in the sense it sends to future administrations: 'This is just the way we're going to do business.' "

I've often referred to Morgan Freeman's controversial statement that the only way for us to get past racial divisions is to stop obsessing about them. I truly believe that. I think it holds true whether we're talking about homosexuality, sexism, religious bias, or any other divisive issue. I don't think it means we can't talk about these issues in the abstract: we can, and we should. But continuing to nurse a sense of grievance or encouraging oversensitivity to perceived slights gets us nowhere. What is needed is for all sides to uphold the same standard of behavior, evenly applied across the board:

MIKE WALLACE, CBS`s "60 MINUTES": Black History Month, you find...

MORGAN FREEMAN, ACTOR: Ridiculous.

WALLACE: Why?

FREEMAN: You`re going to relegate my history to a month?

WALLACE: Come on.

FREEMAN: What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.

WALLACE: I`m Jewish.

FREEMAN: OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?

WALLACE: There isn`t one.

FREEMAN: Why not? Do you want one?

WALLACE: No, no.

FREEMAN: I don`t either. I don`t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.

WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until...?

FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I`m going to stop calling you a white man. And I`m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You`re not going to say, "I know this white guy named Mike Wallace." Hear what I`m saying?

It seems odd that all the rhetoric on the Left about diversity and affirmative action didn't produce a 'cabinet that looked like America' but the President who never promised (and I believe didn't actively go looking for minorities and women to put on his Cabinet) ended up with the most diverse set of advisers on American history.

Maybe this is what Martin Luther King meant by a color blind society: when you actually walk the walk, as opposed to talking the talk, good things happen. If nothing else, it has had the effect of infuriating the Tolerant Left, who have mostly spent their time penning vicious diatribes no doubt intended to demonstrate the intelligence and moral superiority of the enlightened progressive:

So, I’ve been quiet thus far, but I figure it’s about time I went moose hunting. So let me start off nice and big for ya, in case there’s any doubt as to where I stand. Sarah Palin is a stupid, self important, ignorant bitch who I wouldn’t put in charge of wiping her own ass. And it’s not just that she’s dumb - which she is - it’s that she’s willfully ignorant of the facts and yet absolutely dead-bang certain that she’s right about her opinions. It’s more of this “governing from the gut” bullshit that we’ve been Chimping along with for the past eight years. I don’t know why it’s a taboo to say someone is too dumb to be President. Hell, most people don’t have the kind of mental sharpness necessary. That’s why it’s so important to pick the right person out of an entire country of potential leaders. But Sarah Palin? She’s not even worth considering. She’s fucking dumb, okay?

And since we’re talking about things you can’t talk about, let’s talk about her pregnant teenage daughter! Here’s now this works. Bristol being pregnant, deciding to keep the baby, and having her little shotgun wedding? I don’t give a rat’s ass. It doesn’t affect my life in the slightest. But it damn well is fair political game, and I’ll tell you why. Sarah Palin supports abstinence only education in spite of the fact that it demonstratably doesn’t work. Don’t believe me? Why not ask the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American College Health Association. Go ahead and Wiki it. I’ll wait.

The reason that Bristol’s pregnancy is fair game is that her mother is telling America, in the face of any scientific data on the subject, how best to prevent teenage pregnancy. Yet the method she supports didn’t even work on her own daughter. Does that mean people should be making fun of Bristol? No, actually. I kind of feel bad for the girl. It must be rough having such a stupid, arrogant git for a mother.

And she is arrogant, make no mistake. Hell, it’s arrogant enough for her to assume that she could be the Vice President without even knowing what the job entails.

Nevermind that "asking what the job entails" was actually a fairly astute question, given the Constitutional description of the Vice President's job:

The Constitution gives the Vice President no executive powers; the Vice President's only duties are to preside over the Senate and to become President if the serving president dies or leaves office.

As it turns out, "what the job entails" is entirely up to the President one serves. But why let a few inconvenient facts - never mind trivialities like the Constitution - interfere with the narrative?

I often think this is what drives the far Left to near incoherent fits of rage: Palin's moral certainty is a constant rebuke to their view that there is no right and wrong and when the right goes on to do the very things they claim are "never" achieved in an unjust world, it undercuts the narrative that we cannot be held accountable for our actions because we are all helpless victims of forces beyond our control.

When you're so much smarter than your opponents, it must be infuriating not to be able to explain something like that.

Posted by Cassandra at October 4, 2008 10:35 AM

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And...it’s that she’s willfully ignorant of the facts and yet absolutely dead-bang certain that she’s right about her opinions.

Gee, just like Aden Nak. Gender-reference aside, naturally.

Fascinating how people project and never recognize they're doing it...

Posted by: BillT at October 4, 2008 02:00 PM

BillT, the left is all about putting your money where their mouths are.

Posted by: Cricket at October 4, 2008 06:34 PM

"Palin's moral certainty is a constant rebuke to their view that there is no right and wrong and when the right goes on to do the very things they claim are "never" achieved in an unjust world, it undercuts the narrative that we cannot be held accountable for our actions because we are all helpless victims of forces beyond our control."--Cassandra

Yes, you eliminate the victim status and they are out of the crisis intervention bidness. Maybe that is why they don't donate THEIR money, just yours.

Posted by: Cricket at October 4, 2008 06:37 PM

The Marxist candidates in this election DO indeed live up to their belief that all good things come from government, which they, in their minds, should control. Thus, they give little of THEIR money to good works. Obama gave the bulk of his donations to his whitey-hating, anti-semitic, God-Damn-AmeriKKKa Trinity United Church of Christ and to the Congressional Black Caucus in which can be found some of the driving forces for Fannie, Freddie, ACORN mortgage, and the financial crisis in America today. These elists are takers, not givers. This selfishness hallmarks the mental illness which is liberalism.

Posted by: twolaneflash at October 4, 2008 08:07 PM

I'll be curious to see what kind of reviews An American Carol gets. I read something last night that said they didn't screen it with critics before its release - and on purpose. I went to see if today and LOVED it!

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at October 4, 2008 08:35 PM

In looking for the silver lining in the cloud, I find that maybe, others like myself will not be silenced by charges of racism over innocuous racially neutral views pertaining to responsibility and such.

I've never recovered from my initial shocking realization that it's horribly racist to imply, suggest, or act as if, a black (poor) human being cannot manage his affairs.

The direct result of liberal "we gots to help these people" policies is the placing of blacks permanently in the class system as "the poor".

I'm gonna go have another drink now, and see if I can convince my hubby to go see American Carol tomorrow.


Posted by: Donna B. at October 4, 2008 11:44 PM

...the left is all about putting your money where their mouths are.

If I get fifty bucks in wadded-up dollar bills, will they let me stuff it in?

Then secured with duct tape, of course, so HalibuttonBigOil doesn't sneak up and go stealin' it...

Posted by: BillT at October 5, 2008 12:54 AM

Things that make you go HMMMMMMM!?!
Proves one thing...dems are better at giving away other people's money than their own.

Posted by: gunny pink at October 5, 2008 10:02 AM

If I get fifty bucks in wadded-up dollar bills, will they let me stuff it in?

Then secured with duct tape, of course, so HalibuttonBigOil doesn't sneak up and go stealin' it...

Posted by: BillT at October 5, 2008 12:54 AM

Wrong end of the GI tract....


*running very fast and working on my language essay...ironically enough*


Posted by: Cricket at October 5, 2008 10:50 AM

I have another suggestion for that route, but I haven't worked out the finer points of wrapping policy in razor wire....

Posted by: BillT at October 5, 2008 11:44 AM

...but that's just compassionate ol' me.

Posted by: BillT at October 5, 2008 11:45 AM

*sniff*

You are so kind and caring. I wonder if people really understood the definition of 'passion.'
Doesn't it mean pain? Isn't 'compassion' a word that means 'with pain?'

Just asking...

Posted by: Cricket at October 5, 2008 12:10 PM

Technically, it means "a deep awareness of pain."

And in order to deepen their awareness, I'm trying to wrap the razor wire lengthwise...

Posted by: BillT at October 5, 2008 01:02 PM

The direct result of liberal "we gots to help these people" policies is the placing of blacks permanently in the class system as "the poor".

If Kerry had won in 2004 and the Dems had adopted a "we gots to help these people" policy in Iraq, the Iraqis would have been screwed.

And in order to deepen their awareness, I'm trying to wrap the razor wire lengthwise...

If you cut out a piece of skull, scoop out some grey stuff, and replace it with a small frag grenade, I'm sure the resolution will be much more final and less messy.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 5, 2008 07:46 PM

" Sorry Sashi but the very fact that you are running as a republican disqualifies you as an intelligent and caring member of society. Surely you must realize this and if so how is it possible that you can associate yourself with that party.

The republican party has rampaged through this society and destroyed its very foundations with its insane deregulation notions and its spin mastering of our leadership into a personality cult. The very selection of McCain and his even more cynical selection of an extremist like Palin is the clearest evidence possible for any thinking person that the Republican party is simply evil in both intent and action.

If you have any moral conscience you would declare yourself an independent and declare your opposition to the Republican agenda and its membership.

Heaven help us if the likes of you and your party are elected."-Compassionate Democrats vs Compassionate Conservatives

Check out the reality based party, people. It'll do you good.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 5, 2008 07:49 PM

"And in order to deepen their awareness, I'm trying to wrap the razor wire lengthwise..."


The tiny razors in cheapie disposables are soooo much easier to work with...and they provide an avenue for creativity not found in razor wire.

*looks around*
Oh.
Um....did I say that out loud?

Posted by: Snarkammando at October 5, 2008 08:26 PM

Um....did I say that out loud?

Naw. We are just a virtual reality construct. This stuff isn't real.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 5, 2008 08:28 PM

The tiny razors in cheapie disposables are soooo much easier to work with...

For you, maybe.

Pass the virtual band-aids™, please...

Posted by: BillT at October 6, 2008 12:54 AM

Flight gloves have many tactile qualities that translate into *unexpected* uses.............

0>;~}

Posted by: Snarkammando at October 6, 2008 01:54 AM

Remind me to use the kevlar™ inserts next time.

Posted by: BillT at October 6, 2008 04:09 AM

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

Nice to see Freeman apparently Really Gets It.

Posted by: OBloodyhell at October 6, 2008 09:12 AM

> I don’t know why it’s a taboo to say someone is too dumb to be President.

Is it taboo to say someone is too ignorant AND stupid to have an opinion on who is too dumb to be PotUS?

Just curious.

Posted by: OBloodyhell at October 6, 2008 09:14 AM


> Wrong end of the GI tract....

HEY!! Enough with the military shit!

:^P

.

Posted by: OBloodyhell at October 6, 2008 09:19 AM

Hey, Bill, don't forget to use your kevlar (sorry I don't know the code for trademark) inserts with the flight gloves.

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Posted by: BillT at October 6, 2008 11:49 AM

Wow! Morgan Freeman really cleaned his clock.

Miss Ladybug: American Carol did badly at the box office - but it was up against really Big-Time movies like "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" (no comment) and "Eagle Eye". But the comments at imdb.com are almost unanimously positive:

An American Carol

Media reviewers (most of whom probably just LOVED "Fahrenheit 911") thought it was awful.

Posted by: ZZMike at October 6, 2008 02:23 PM

I heard American Carol placed 8th -- not too shabby...

Posted by: BillT at October 6, 2008 02:51 PM

Morgan Freeman gets it, and what's more, so do other Americans, color notwithstanding. That is why the Obama screed on race is irrelevant. we looked past his race, saw that he was really a Pinko, and that did it for me. How color blind is that?

Posted by: Cricket at October 6, 2008 04:20 PM

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