Meaningful Distinction:

Patrick S. Lasswell Look outward for something to accomplish, not inward for something to despise.
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Sunday, October 19, 2003
The Last Straw

S.Amdt. 1871 to S. 1689 (Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan Security and Reconstruction Act, 2004 )

Looks innocuous, doesn't it? I suppose that they couldn't actually call it the Iraqi Indentured Servitude Amendment and expect passage. That is what it is, though. Another "loan" with no expectation of repayment, only the expectation of decades of odious moral advantage over people struggling to be free in the harshest environment in the world. Keeping track of this "loan" will cost the US millions of dollars, and it will never get repaid. This amendment is penny wise, pound foolish, and diplomatically inane.

For me this is the straw that broke the camel's back. Tomorrow I will change my registration from Independent to Republican. I do not think all that much of many of the Republicans in control of the local constituency, but on the whole, that is more of a challenge than a matter for despair. The Republicans, for whatever reasons, were doing the right thing when it mattered. The Democrats were seeking personal advantage at any cost when it mattered. The Democrats have embraced isolationism instead of opposing the next holocaust and they are as damned for that position as the Republicans were in 1941. How Senator Wyden can reconcile this position with his own faith is a mystery to me. I can no longer do so.
Liberate Iraq. Free Iran. End Oppression in North Korea. Make your vote count.

(Thanks to Instapundit and Priorities and Frivolities for the heads up.)
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