31 May 2006    |    PatriotPost.US    |    Patriot No. 06-22 

THE FOUNDATION

"But if we are to be told by a foreign Power...what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little." —George Washington

INSIGHT

"A welfare state is frightened of every poor person who tries to get in and every rich person who tries to get out." —Harry Browne

"Government machinery has been described as a marvelous labor saving device which enables ten men to do the work of one." —John Maynard Keynes

"A society that puts equality...ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom." —Milton Friedman

"America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common." —John Locke

"Remember, a small light will do a great deal when it is in a very dark place. Put one little tallow candle in the middle of a large hall, and it will give a good deal of light." —Dwight L. Moody

These great items testify that truth is freedom!

UPRIGHT

"Clearly, the greatest threat, the greatest threat to our country is the war on terror. But we also have another threat, and that is out-of-control federal spending. If we are going to buy the guns, we had better get a little lean on the butter, and we had better quit wrapping the butter in the American flag." —Rep. Jeb Hensarling

"Some people are worried that amnesty will give illegal aliens the same rights that American citizens have. In reality, it will give the illegals more rights than the average American citizen. Since most of the illegals are Mexican, that makes them a minority. Under affirmative action, combined with amnesty, they would have preferences in jobs and other benefits." —Thomas Sowell ++ "Immigration reform has generated more emotion in the heartland of America than any other issue in years. But much of the angst heard during heated exchanges in both Houses of Congress and at protest demonstrations across the land could have been avoided had the issue been properly framed by the Bush administration." —Oliver North

"By not 'disturbing' us with the visual horror of 9/11, the media made it too easy to forget the nature of the enemy that started this war. Maybe the moral clarity of 9/11 wouldn't have dissipated quite so quickly...if Americans had been confronted with those 'disturbing' images more often. What the jihadis did to 3,000 innocent human beings that morning they would willingly do the rest of us. We will not defeat them by averting our gaze from the truth." —Jeff Jacoby

"If there's any conspiracy involved in today's high gasoline prices, it's a conspiracy of cowardice and stupidity by the U.S. Congress." —Walter Williams

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

"The Senate isn't serious about enforcing the nation's immigration laws. It is bad enough that the bill that 39 Democrats and 23 Republicans just voted to pass provides an amnesty to illegal immigrants already here. There might be an argument for doing that if there were any evidence of a commitment to enforce the immigration laws in the future. But the bill actually prohibits local police from enforcing civil violations of immigration laws—which in practice, given the byzantine rules distinguishing between civil and criminal violations of those laws, will get local police out of the enforcement business altogether. No serious effort is being made to make the bureaucracy capable of the enforcement tasks that will now be asked of them, such as performing background checks on the illegal population. The bill forbids the federal government to use any information included in an application for amnesty in national-security or criminal investigations. Any federal agent who does use that information would be fined $10,000—which is five times more than an illegal alien would have to pay to get the amnesty... The Senate should stand down in favor of the House's enforcement-first approach, not the other way around. But it would be much better to enact no bill than to enact the Senate bill." —National Review

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DEZINFORMATSIA

Asking the right questions: "Senator, is it a success for the American people that illegal immigrants are going to be able to collect Social Security benefits and even tax credits on past illegal work? Is it a success for America that American officials must confer with Mexican authorities before they start building a fence on the border?" —FNC's Chris Wallace to Sen. Bill Frist

This week's "Clintonista Sycophant" Award: "The best thing Hillary Rodham Clinton could do for humanity is not run for president. Nothing against her personally, mind you; it's just that her aspirations could get in the way of her husband's worthier ones. In our continuing quest to find an appropriate job for our favorite ex-president...we now offer an even better suggestion. This time, it's a post he has coveted. Not long after leaving office in 2001, Clinton reportedly told an aide that his dream job would be secretary-general of the United Nations. That's our dream too... The world needs Bill more than the U.S. needs Hillary." —Los Angeles Times

From the "Dan Rather Journalism" Files: "Federal officials tell us the congressional bribery investigation now includes the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, based on information from the convicted lobbyists who are cooperating with the government." —ABC's Brian Ross, with a completely fabricated smear of Hastert

From the Leftmedia Parrots: "The Vice President's film...which is called 'An Inconvenient Truth,' is a stylish and compelling video version of an argument that he's been making for a long time, that global warming is real and it's getting worse. But to many of his former political allies, this is a film about more than global warming. What is Al Gore up to?" —NBC's Tom Brokaw **Do tell Tom—we're dying to know!

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Newspulper Headlines: Global Warming Strikes Again!: "Snow Likely to Leave in June: Sources" —Reuters

Happiness Is a Featherweight Phone: "Teens' Heavy Cellphone Use Could Signal Unhappiness, Study Finds" —The Los Angeles Times

Break Out the Elmer's for the Other 20%: "80% of Little Ones Glued to TV" —The Washington Times

Commission: "Who Put That Antelope in Charge?": "Antelope Permits Cut by Commission" —Omaha World-Herald

He'll Probably Lose to a Competitor Who Gallops It: "Preakness Winner to Skip Belmont" —Associated Press

Either Too Much Ketchup or the Thought of Releasing His Military Records: "What Made Kerry Vomit?" —Sky News Web site (Thanks to The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto)

THE DEMO-GOGUES

From the Vietnam "War Hero" Files: "[T]he Swift Boat vets] lied and lied and lied about everything. How many lies do you get to tell before someone calls you a liar? How many times can you be exposed in America today?" —John "Purple Heart" Kerry **We've been asking that question of you for years now!

El Demo-gogue-o: "It is a truly joyous day, a historic day." —Mexican President Vicente Fox on the "triumph" of the Senate immigration bill vote ++ Heaven forbid: "[T]o think that we would build a fence without any conversation or consultation with Mexico—that doesn't make sense." —Sen. Dick Durbin

Political futures: "Yes, we're standing up to George Bush when he's wrong, but we are also putting forward a positive platform on education and health care and all these other issues that will make America's lives better. And that's why Democrats are doing well, and that's why we're going to do well in the election." —Sen. Chuck Schumer ++ So which is it?: "The President, the House, the Senate—Republicans have every venue available to them. Every time you pick up the paper or turn on the TV, there's some other majestic auspice to put his message out there, and here we are—nobody knows who we are... So I think we have done what we needed to do to take him down, getting our numbers up." —Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Boxed in: "Anyone from Nevada would say 'I'm glad he is there taking care of the state's No. 1 businesses.' I love the fights anyways, so it wasn't like being punished... I'm not Goodie two shoes. I just feel these events are nothing I did wrong." —Senate heavyweight Harry Reid on accepting ring-side seats to boxing matches from Nevada officials trying to gain his influence in federal legislation regulating the sport

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VILLAGE IDIOTS

From the "Moral Innumeracy" Department: "Yes, [assassinating Tony Blair] would be morally justified. I am not calling for it—but if it happened, it would be...morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq—as Blair did." —British MP George Galloway

From the Village Commencement Address Files: "You weren't supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it's the rights of immigrants to start a new life; or the rights of gays to marry; or the rights of women to choose. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drove policy and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain." —New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. at the State University of New York at New Paltz

This week's "Chronic Villagitis" Award: "The regional superpower Israel is threatening to attack [Iran], the U.S. is threatening to attack it. These threats alone are outright violations [of] international law and of the UN charter. Iran is in difficulty. Iran has been trying for some years to negotiate settlement but the U.S. just refuses." —left-wing lunatic Noam Chomsky

From the al-G'ore in '08 Files: "People are now looking at him through the prism of the last six years and realizing that he had and has a lot to offer." —former Gore aide Chris Lehane ++ "I honestly believe that the role I can most usefully play is to try to change the minds of the American people...about what this crisis [of 'global warming'] is about... We face a challenge in the conversation of democracy that we must be up to in order to save the climate balance on which our civilization depends." —Algore

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SHORT CUTS

"I don't care what liberals think. I don't care that they're spineless suck-ups. Just don't insult my intelligence by telling me they're brave." —Ann Coulter

"The White House announced Friday that we will build a base on the moon from which to launch an exploratory mission to Mars. There's no reason for Americans to fear finding life on the red planet. What's another twenty million aliens at this point?" —Argus Hamilton

"There is something about academic life that seems to encourage a complete detachment from reality." —James Taranto

"John Q. Citizen needs a scorecard to keep up with who's under arrest, who's indicted, who expects to be indicted, who's engaged in plea bargaining, who's on trial and who's already wearing the stripes. The Senate's stubborn insistence on treating illegal aliens to amnesty may be nothing more than professional courtesy." —Wesley Pruden

"Did you hear about the last-minute amendment the Senate slipped into its mammoth immigration 'reform' bill? The Senate voted something like 99 to Jeff Sessions to relocate the Statue of Liberty to the U.S.-Mexican border." —Diana West ++ "Mexico President Vicente Fox is in the United States. He's been here three days and already has a job and a social security number." —Conan O'Brian

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Jay Leno: [T]he capitol building Washington, DC was on lockdown because someone heard gunshots from the parking lot. When the capitol police heard this they all said the same thing—"Cheney!" ... Police conducted a room-by-room search of the Capitol Building today. And that's just what congressmen want to hear: a knock at the door, "It's the police." They were flushing bribe money. Ted Kennedy was out on the ledge naked. ... Hillary Clinton called for Americans to save gas by returning to the 55 mile per hour speed limit. I'm not going to believe she's serious about saving gas until I see her and Bill actually drive somewhere together in the same car. ... The highest gas prices in the nation are in San Diego at an average of $3.40 a gallon. This is especially tough on illegal immigrants. Do you know how hard it is to hide in the trunk of a hybrid car? ... Mexican President Vicente Fox was in the United States last week. He says he came here so he could speak directly to the Mexican people, one on one. ... He's in the U.S. for four days. Well, that's how it always starts. Four days, then three weeks, then four months. ... Former Enron founder Ken Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling were found guilty in the Enron case. Ken Lay is so guilty I'm surprised people aren't calling him Congressman Ken Lay. ... They found a sunken Roman city off the coast of Egypt that is 2,000 years old. They believe it happened during the reign of Emperor Ray Nagin.

Lex et Libertas—Semper Vigilo, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for the editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm's way around the world in defense of our liberty, and for the families awaiting their safe return.)