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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Break out the W.W.J.A. bracelets

Posted by: Jambo / 10:19 AM

A couple people mentioned this to me before I had a chance to read it. This has got to be the most outrageous thing I have heard in a long time.

Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has called for the United States to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him "a terrific danger" bent on exporting Communism and Islamic extremism across the Americas.

This is so offensive on so many levels one hardly knows where to begin. Regular 3WN readers will know that I'm no theologian but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say political assassination was never a part of Christ's plan.

The best comment I've heard is from my friend Garvi who says "Ironic isn't it that at the same time some wild eyed muslim extremist cleric is calling for a hit on Bush we have a "mainstream" american cleric calling for a hit on someone whose military isn't occupying his country."

And are there really people out there who are still worried about Communism?

The CNN piece goes on to list several other asinine statements from American Taliban Pat but leaves out one of the most famous, when he said of the 9/11 attacks "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

The right seems to refer to every Democrat in the news as part of the "Michael Moore left" when he is not even a member of the party. It's time the left started to make sure every discussion of Republicans includes this complete wing-nut who was actually a serious candidate for the party's presidential nomination. "People like Olympia Snow and the rest of the Pat Robertson right..." OK, maybe not EVERY Republican, but I never again want to see guys like Rick Santorum and Tom DeLay mentioned without a Robertson reference.

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Just more of the same from the same group of Christians who scream and moan about Terry Shiavo, abortion, and the "culture of life," etc, but don't bat an eyelash at the death of thousands of Iraqi civilians. I still think they should change their slogan to Pro-White-American-Baby-Life. All the other people on the planet don't seem to matter. But I am probably wrong: the bible was written specifically for middle/southern-american, white dudes, wasn't it? A pitiful state of affairs, indeed.

By Anonymous Monostereo, at 11:15 AM  

I've never voted for a Democrat for President (I think financial freedom is easier to take away than personal freedom) and I probably never will...unless Santorum gets the Republican nomination.

By Blogger Captain Liberty, at 12:07 PM  

Or how about just pro-fetus? And Jesus was an American (or at least European) white guy. Haven't you seen the pictures? Sure he was born in the middle east, but, well, he wasn't, you know, one of them.

By Blogger Jambo, at 12:08 PM  

Glad to see you're still around Capt L. Is financial freedom just another way to say I don't want to pay taxes?

By Blogger Jambo, at 12:11 PM  

I'm no anarchist. I guess by economic freedom I mean the free market, and freedom of contract. Of course, personal and economic freedom overlap there. I think prostitution should be legal, but I'll lose more sleep over tax structures that punish achievement and attempt to redistribute wealth based mostly on class envy. I 'm firmly middle class economically, by the way. I don't hate rich people; I admire those that earned it honestly (which is most of them) and strive to join them.

By Blogger Captain Liberty, at 1:45 PM  

I was at lunch today and CNN was showing clips of Pat Robertson making his remarks. UFB! This'll play for awhile, I suspect.
Your're right, not every so-called Republican (definetly not me), but a lot of them.

By Anonymous therealrepublican, at 1:52 PM  

Well Capt. it sounds to me like you might actually be a libertarian which means there's still hope for you. Now remember that the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. Republicans can rarely do this which is why they are so hard to cure. (Fortunately there are a few like my friend therealrepublican who appear to only be carriers--they have been infected with the label Republican but don't seem to suffer the ill effects the way W and crew do. Women seem to have a superior immune system in this regard. Witness the two senators from Maine.)

But libertarians are another story. Treated with high enough doses of Adam Smith in it's pure form they sometimes come around. Let's start you off with an IV drip of Clinton welfare reform along with a balanced budget bolus. We'll later get you some free trade therapy (and not that snake oil kind Bush and friends are selling--that entire batch was contaminated with a nasty strain of crony capitalism.)

It's a tough row to hoe but if you stick with me I think we can make real progress by Rusty's 50th.

(For what it is worth, I consider myself a liberal Democrat with some slight libertarian leanings. I'm with you on legalized prostitution and would consider the same with drugs. I'm a free trader for the most part but also recognize that a healthy dose of regulation is necessary to make markets operate well. I also do not believe that the market is the measure of all things, just the best way to provide economic efficiency. But there are times when economic efficiency does not equate to the public good. Often it does but not always. When the two conflict I think democracy trumps capitalism. We'll talk taxes at some later date.)

By Blogger Jambo, at 10:03 PM  

Are you sure you're not a real Republican? Maybe I'm a Clinton Democrat.

By Anonymous therealrepublican, at 9:42 AM  

Hey! Them's fightin' words!

By Blogger Jambo, at 11:00 AM  

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