Thursday, June 09, 2005


Once you show a moment of weakness, everything can begin collapsing like a house of cards; such are the wages of appeasement. You can see this happening all over the news.
Sunni Muslim Arabs will be given up to 25 seats on the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution, President Jalal Talabani said Thursday. The announcement ... was a victory for Iraq's Sunni Arabs, who threatened to pull out of the political process if they were not given a bigger say on the committee.
In what could be a signal that the Bush administration realizes it won't be able to stop the renomination of Mohamed ElBaradei as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nation's nuclear watchdog agency, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that the US may support Mr. ElBaradei.
President Bush on Wednesday left open the possibility that the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be shut down following mounting criticism from former President Carter and others.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have at least delayed Badass Bolton's nomination for Architechtural Truncator of the United (sic) Nations. The obvious cause of all this failure of nerve by Our Noble Lame Duck and his Senate minions is the "compromise" which let the minority wiggle out from the majority rule they give such phony lip service to. Not so: that was itself only a consequence of an earlier act of appeasement by the Rovinator, shivering at the chill political winds hitting his finger.

I refer to the wasted opportunity to call for the total abolition of Socialist Security. Sure, phase it out if you must, and call it "privatizing" if you want a euphemism, but go whole hog for getting rid of it. The "personal account" nonsense is not only not convincing, but looks like a dishonest toe in the door for the real radical step of abolition. This therefore arouses suspicion and resentment, and worst of all, looks weak. Our many enemies, smelling blood in the water, have begun closing in, but worst of all are the shivering poodles on our own side, driven to sell out the rest of the agenda of an administration they see slipping.

Is it too late? No. To restore the needed fear and obedience, what is needed is for the President to stop shilly-shallying and stand firm for ending the free lunch we give to old farts. Those who do not work should not eat, or make us pay fortunes to officiously keep them in dog food. Put those foolish enough to have no pensions out on the ice floes of the free market. Their competition should drive down wage rates so that the usual liberal complaints about "outsourcing" will end under a barrage of elderly applications for jobs. Strike at the root now, and all these nibbles by cowardly fowls will end. They'll have more important things to worry about.

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