Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Apparently Washington, Like The Bible, Wasn't Meant To Be Taken Literally

Wow! Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman on the same night. I haven't felt that much energy since I watched the best of the Lawrence Welk show on the last PBS pledge drive. I was particularly impressed when Senator Lieberman quoted Washington's Farewell Address. The bit about the dangers of partisanship was especially apt given Bush's earlier promise that McCain would never bow to the Angry Left. One does wish, however, that Joe would have continued reading, because further down I could swear that Washington spoke about another evil that would threaten our nation . . . What was it? . . .

. . . Oh yeah, I got it: The Nation, which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondess, is in some degree a slave.

Let's see, habitual hatred? **Cough** Russia, Iran; habitual fondess? Ahem, Israel.

It appears Joe Lieberman quotes George Washington the way most Christians quote the Bible, selectively.

And, a little further down: Excessive partiality for one nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interest.

See U.S. Middle Eastern Policy, last sixty years.

If only the Palestinians had as much money and clout in Washington as AIPAC. . . .

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