all know me as a political animal. I love politics with all
its intricacies and devious tricks and pratfalls … and
I love the good that politicians do … despite their reputation
as ribald ideologues who vote every issue on their basest instincts
to talk a moment right now about my best friend. No one save
few know I have a political friend who is also a best friend.
Today, as I write this … my friend’s father is dying.
This is a man of enormous courage and faith, a man who has led
his family by example despite twists and turns in his children’s
lives. With God’s help and a little boost from medicine,
he will live longer and achieve more.
in his professional life who has achieved success and has held
the respect of citizens, politicians, and playmakers. A man
elected to public office in a state where such a man could never
succeed, if you listened to the local pundits. The local pundits
adore this man and will, without doubt, write eulogies on the
passing of ‘one honest man’, beloved by all …
The Honorable Justice Walter Marcus, Jr.
of Saddam is good, despite some silliness from the left. That
some even consider showing his capture against the law is beyond
silliness. It borders on the stupid! Saddam Hussein is no more
a ‘prisoner of war’ than the man in the moon. Saddam
himself said on his capture, “I am Saddam Hussein, I am
the President of Iraq …” In my world, a President
is a political figure … and is accorded the respect due
that office. Though still officially the Iraqi President, he
is the deposed heartless barbarian reduced to living as a feral
creature as befits such a beast.
Americans running for the most prestigious position in the free
world would think to politicize the capture of Saddam …
purely for gaining some newspaper headlines or television airtime.
This is as repugnant to me as desecrating the graves and memories
of each of the thousands he killed during his regime and the
graves of those of our sons and daughters killed in dethroning
Marcus would clearly decide from his bench that showing the
film of the capture of this sought after murderer was entirely
within the framework of the law.
citizenry made only one comment on the capture of Saddam …
gunfire in the air!
Lieberman and Representative Gephardt deserve credit for recognizing
the benefit to the Iraqi people assuring them Saddam will never
again torture the members of their family.
No more killing of husbands or wives. No more killings of brothers
and sisters. No more killings of sons and daughters. No more
Doctor Dean said, "I think this is an opportunity for us,
an opportunity for us to turn the American occupation of Iraq
into an international reconstruction effort." We have heard
this before, and perhaps the quote was unnecessary and redundant
but it drives right to the core of that ‘anarchy oriented’
left that Dean seems to seek.
intent is clear. He will give over to the UN the fate of Iraq
AND the fate of every American in uniform to the Kofi Annans
and the other haters of America and all the good America stands
for. The fate, as well, by extension, of these United States
… not only as the only world power, but as the example
of what democracy and a free republic can and should be. Gosh,
it even allows the likes of Dean to gain some political fame.
that Dean is out on the far left fringe to distinguish himself
from the other Dems seeking the nomination. Forget if you will
that he will come back to a more moderate stance AFTER he gets
the nomination. As O’Reilly would say, “Stop Spinning!”
Dean is an out-and-out socialist willing to take my freedoms,
and yours too, to show how wonderful government is.
Kerry, another one worlder … has gone a bit conservative
in his statements. This, no doubt, to distance himself from
Dean/Gore. Kerry does believe it will benefit all to have Saddam
in custody. Even France and Germany have sent congratulations
on the capture.
may, the ‘looneyleft’ will give President Bush no
credit. That his leadership and stern resolve to free, protect
and defend, and to democratize not only Iraq, but the whole
of the Middle East has no validity in their eyes. And he, our
President, is too genteel to tell them to just ‘shut up!’
In world opinion, the United States rarely gets a ‘fair
does not need outsiders telling us what to do. Nor do we find
it necessary to listen to fellow Americans who hate our way
of life so much they denigrate their American citizenship and
American pride for political expediency. Of course, we defend
their privileges and rights to denounce us. Even as they try
to kill us.
Capturing Saddam in not the end. Not the end of action in Iraq.
Not the end of terrorist activity in the Middle East arena.
Not the end of the political ballyhooing from the ‘one
worlders, the ‘not-in-power’ Dems. The Arabists
and other anarchists will stop at nothing to destroy freedom
… the freedom we know.
idea of freedom is Mullahs free to kill you and me!
Just one final note to Americans everywhere and to my best friend.
Justice Marcus in his courtroom vigorously defended our nation,
our Constitution, our rights and our freedoms. May God find
in Walter Marcus the benevolence and wisdom to allow this judge
a seat in the court of honor. Amen.
Dan Glanz is a contributor to TooGood
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