Post-election Odds and Ends
Red and Blue. Well, the big election is over. Hopefully, the battle between the Red States and the Blue States will abate so we can all join together to win the War on Terror. If you see a copy of that map showing all the counties won by President George W. Bush and the counties won by challenger John Kerry, you can’t help but note that the Kerry voters are confined to a very small geographic portion of our nation.
Even in states that voted for Kerry, most of their land mass was carried by Bush. The experts are still trying to decide what this means. But it is pretty obvious that liberals are packed into the densely-populated urban areas and that conservatives prefer the wide open spaces.
Dumb and dumber. Despite degrees from Yale and the Harvard Business School, the Bush detractors foster the idea that G.W. Bush isn’t very smart. But what if it turned out that Bush is smarter than Kerry?
Well, two different sets of psychologists obtained the Department of Defense Officer Qualification Tests taken by both Bush and Kerry. Essentially, it is an IQ test.
Guess what? Bush’s IQ is a few points higher than Kerry’s. When asked by NBC’s Tom Brokaw as to why his IQ is lower than that of President Bush, Kerry replied, “I must have been drinking the night before the test.”
The Old Europe. During the campaign, the liberals pounded Bush for not being nicer to the French, Germans, Russians, Belgians and the people of Luxembourg (the Old Europe nations that refused to join the Coalition of the Willing against Saddam Hussein.) But why we should be nice to folks like the French and the Russians? They couldn’t stop lining their pockets with Oil for Food money that was supposed to feed Iraqi children long enough to help us depose the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein.
Off and on, your humble commentator lived in the Old Europe for almost ten years. They do wine and cheese pretty well. But we are supposed to bow and scrape before countries where you can’t just drink water out of the tap like we do here in America? We are supposed to feel inferior to countries that can’t figure out to do plumbing so their toilets don’t stink to high heaven? Gimme a break. Those folks have had centuries longer than we to figure out how to have clean drinking water and how to have rest rooms that don’t make you gag upon entry.
Baby Conner. The news media are doing cart wheels about the murder conviction of a California fertilizer salesman who cheated on his wife and then decided to throw her overboard for his blond paramour. But that’s not the main story which is how the nation came to realize that Lacy Peterson’s unborn child was a human being whose murder warranted a trial before the bar of justice.
Instead of just Lacy Peterson and her unborn child, the liberal media messed up at the outset by referring to the unborn child as “Baby Conner.” Suddenly, even the village idiot began to realize that killing Baby Conner was a very bad thing to do.
One of the things we learned to do in Vietnam combat was to de-personalize the enemy. Killing another human being is a very difficult to contemplate. But killing an object that has been given a different name is somewhat easier. I won’t repeat the names given to our foes because most of them were some form of ethnic slur.
In this country, those who favor abortion-on-demand are careful to refer to those little human beings tucked away in their mothers’ wombs as fetuses. Apparently, it is okay to kill a fetus, but the death of Baby Conner is so abhorrent that Baby Conner’s killer may be put to death California’s gas chamber. Now, that’s the real story.
William Hamilton, a syndicated columnist, a featured commentator for USA Today and self-described “recovering lawyer and philosopher,” is the co-author of The Grand Conspiracy and The Panama Conspiracy – two thrillers about terrorism directed against the United States
©2004. William Hamilton.