A Sad Commentary

CNN reports that recent polls show Americans overwhelmingly disapproving of Congress under the Democrats, but disapproving even more strongly of the alternative. CNN says:

The new dynamic in American politics right now isn’t Democrat versus Republican…the new dynamic is the people versus the government.

Rejoice, rejoice, believers!

Unfortunately, the other Republican Senator from Arizona, Jon Kyl, is not a true believer. He thinks this is:

a sad commentary in America today that many Americans have lost faith in their government.

No, Senator, the Sad Commentary is that a Republican Senator, from the state of Barry Goldwater no less, would believe that Americans should have faith in government. So far as faith in government goes, the ideal situation is to have a government worthy of the people’s faith and a nation that still doesn’t trust it. As Thomas Jefferson famously said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Increasingly it looks like that vigilance needs to be directed at Republican Senators from Arizona.

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It’s the people vs. the government, new poll suggests

We dedicate this memorial because we have an obligation…

From President Bush’s comments at the dedication of the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, DC:

It’s important that we recall these lessons because the evil and hatred that inspired the death of tens of millions of people in the 20th century is still at work in the world. We saw its face on September the 11th, 2001. Like the Communists, the terrorists and radicals who attacked our nation are followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, crushes all dissent, has expansionist ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims. Like the Communists, our new enemies believe the innocent can be murdered to serve a radical vision. Like the Communists, our new enemies are dismissive of free peoples, claiming that those of us who live in liberty are weak and lack the resolve to defend our free way of life. And like the Communists, the followers of violent Islamic radicalism are doomed to fail. (Applause.) By remaining steadfast in freedom’s cause, we will ensure that a future American President does not have to stand in a place like this and dedicate a memorial to the millions killed by the radicals and extremists of the 21st century.

We can have confidence in the power of freedom because we’ve seen freedom overcome tyranny and terror before. Dr. Edwards said President Reagan went to Berlin. He was clear in his statement. He said, “tear down the wall,” and two years later the wall fell. And millions across Central and Eastern Europe were liberated from unspeakable oppression. It’s appropriate that on the anniversary of that speech, that we dedicate a monument that reflects our confidence in freedom’s power.

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Opportunity to Talk Back to John McCain

ABC News is offering an opportunity to ask questions of Senator McCain for broadcast on This Week with George Stephanopoulos or ABC News Now. Here are the details:

Campaign 2008

Here’s your chance to talk back to the Presidential Candidates! Next
up– your questions for Republican Senator John McCain! Send us your
videos asking him anything from his take on the Iraq war to dealing with
illegal immigration… his run for the White House or his healthcare
reform plan.

Get your videos in by June 7th and This Week’s George Stephanopoulos may
present them to Senator McCain during his “On the Trail” interview on
ABC’s “This Week” or on ABC News Now!
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/BeSeenBeHeard/story?id=3078388

ABC News is specifically requesting 15-45 second video questions and/or
comments.

HOW TO SUBMIT VIDEOS:

1) Via cell phone
Record a 15-45 second clip and email it to:
seenandheard@abcnews.go.com

2) Via the web:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/BeSeenBeHeard

This would be a unique opportunity to submit a video question and have
the chance to appear on national television. Deadline for submissions is
Friday, June 7th @ 9am EDT.

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