Tuesday, May 25, 2010

McClanahan Hits Another Home Run!


Cartoon Credit: Glenn McCoy

E. Thomas McClanahan writes editorials for the KC Star. I often highlight the majority of his articles and reference them on my radio show. McClanahan's latest column, Let’s cut the euphemisms and speak the truth is no exception. As I was reading it, several times I wrote notes in the margin. I've included these extra comments in blue in the excerpts below:
Attorney General Eric Holder was having a bad day. He was sitting at one of those tables before a congressional panel, looking up at his inquisitors. One of them tossed what should have been a softball.

Were the three terrorist attacks that have taken place since Obama’s inauguration motivated by “radical Islam?”

Holder lapsed into two minutes of agonizing, anal-retentive quibbling. Was it radical Islam? Well, it was a “variety of reasons.” Could one of those reasons be radical Islam? “I don’t want to say anything negative about a religion …”(Are you kidding me?????) And back and forth, until the questioner, Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, finally gave up.

Why is this so hard for these people? Why does Janet Napolitano have so much trouble saying “terrorism,” and instead reaches for gobbledygook constructions like “man-caused disasters”? Why did she say “overseas contingency operations” when what she meant was “war.” The administration’s latest linguistic contortion is CVE, or “countering violent extremism.”

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Then there’s President Obama, who famously cheapened the notion of American exceptionalism by saying, well, sure, he’s for it. “I believe in American exceptionalism — just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism,” he said. (Unbelievable!!!)
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His conclusion:
As the writer Joel Kotkin noted, we are the first “world nation.” Virtually every ethnic group and nationality has found a home here. It’s hard to see why the president has such a problem with the broad, hopeful, human story that this implies — or why the people he hired are so tongue-tied when asked to explain why it must be defended.(Amen!!!)
I hate to beat a dead horse, but again this is exactly why I supported Rudy for president. The thought of handing National Security over to a bunch of liberals scared the hell out of me, and its even worse than I had imagined. Can you see Rudy having a hard time with phrases like, "American Exceptionalism", "Radical Islam", "War"??? If someone had told the American people it would be like this while Obama was running for president, everyone would've said they were nuts.

Yet, here we are with a President and his administration who will not only sit down and talk to terrorists and dictators, but he then snubs our allies. As McClanahan asks, "Why does Obama have such a problem with the broad, hopeful, human story of America?"

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