Flicking the Vick

I congratulate NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend disgraced Falcons’ quarterback Michael Vick indefinitely without pay, while at the same time opening the door for the Falcons to get back some of the bonus money they have squandered on this thug.

Until today, the message seemed to be if you were rich enough, arrogant enough, and you had game, then you were immune to the consequences of your actions. Roger Goodell has changed that with one resounding stroke of his commissioner’s pen.

And yes, it has occurred to me that there is a certain perversity to all this. Latrell Sprewell assaulted his coach, Ray Lewis was involved in a murder, and Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a woman (his explanation, “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did”). All three basically got off scot-free. But harm a pooch, a pissed off PETA leads the charge and the whole world comes crashing down around you.

By now, everyone knows the details of this rather sordid case, so I won’t rehash them here. The point I want to make is that one of life’s constants is the way people, especially young people, idolize sports heroes. In past years it was Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. When I was growing up we had Carl Yastrzemski, Willy Mays, and Henry Aaron, to name just a few. In later years, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Joe Montana were role models. Yes, I know Michael Jordan had some private issues, but at least in public he always behaved like a gentleman.

But today, the likes of Latrell Sprewell, Kobe Bryant, Ray Lewis, and now, Michael Vick offer a dubious example for others to follow. And because teenagers of ALL colors and socioeconomic backgrounds look up to them, their questionable values have permeated seemingly every layer of our culture. Rap music, with it’s message of violence, drug use, and mysogeny, is the music of choice among teens everywhere, regardless of their background. I know this may sound racist, but I am simply pointing out the obvious. Clearly there are many black athletes (Warrick Dunn, Deuce McAllister and Marshall Faulk all spring to mind here) who grew up in even tougher neighborhoods than Vick yet by all accounts are fine human beings.

Vick got what was coming to him. And while it does nothing to right the other above mentioned wrongs, at least it sends a message that, in fact, we still live in a society that values morals and decency, and expects its sports heroes to set an example.

-Smith

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Naturalized citizen-soldiers

I’m tired of hearing about people sneaking into this country to do “jobs Americans won’t do.” The folks in this video earned their citizenship because they want to be Americans. They have earned my respect as well.

Thank you for your service. Welcome to America.

The Clinton tradition

Lying under oath brought impeachment and disgrace to the Clinton White House. You would think the Clintons would have learned.

You would be wrong.

A polygraph taken by Peter Paul directly contradicts the April 2006 sworn affadavit presented to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

DougfromUpland has the details.

Viet Nam And Clarity Of Purpose!

Of all the contentious debates in American history, the American involvement in the Viet Nam conflict, is near or at the top.
So who do you prefer to believe in this matter? Are their historians, politicians, military leaders, or servicemen and women, who’s judgement you trust best?
I have my own unique experiences from that period of time, and have had them edified numerous times, over the years, from reading other’s perspectives, and from conversations with many Vietnamese survivors of the purge, and their subsequent escape, and eventual settling in this great nation. I found this excellent article by William Kristol, that I highly recommend, and in the article is this letter from the:

Cambodian prime minister Sirik Matak wrote to John Gunther Dean, the American ambassador, turning down his offer of evacuation:

Dear Excellency and Friend:

I thank you very sincerely for your letter and for your offer to transport me towards freedom. I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion. As for you, and in particular for your great country, I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty. You have refused us your protection, and we can do nothing about it. You leave, and my wish is that you and your country will find happiness under this sky. But, mark it well, that if I shall die here on the spot and in my country that I love, it is no matter, because we all are born and must die. I have only committed this mistake of believing in you [the Americans].

Please accept, Excellency and dear friend, my faithful and friendly sentiments.

S/Sirik Matak

That statement alone, irrespective of the results of the abandonment by the U.S., should chill any rational person. For any that believe abandoning a friend, or failing to acknowledge responsibilities and fulfill them, is an honorable or wise course of action, they are not someone I want to know or share a nation with. Claims that President Bush has divided this nation, comes from those who have always worked to divide this nation, and are imposing their own warped view of events on their opponents, that want to see our nation remain free, and to see other nations be free.
President Bush did an end run on the leftists in this country, in the ongoing debate about our involvement in Iraq. That a supposed unintelligent “Cowboy” has consistently outsmarted the supposed intelligent strategists from the left, is an endless source of comedic relief.
From President Bush’s speech to the National VFW Convention:

We fight for the possibility that decent men and women across the broader Middle East can realize their destiny — and raise up societies based on freedom and justice and personal dignity. And as long as I’m Commander-in-Chief we will fight to win. (Applause.) I’m confident that we will prevail. I’m confident we’ll prevail because we have the greatest force for human liberation the world has ever known — the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. (Applause.)

We will prevail! That word ‘prevail’ was used by the last great Republican President as well, as he handed the dishonorable peanut farmer from Georgia a resounding defeat.

“As the years dragged on, we were told that peace would come if we would simply stop interfering and go home. It is time we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause….. There is a lesson for all of us in Vietnam. If we are forced to fight, we must have the means and determination to prevail.”

Some of us have clearly learned from history, and have learned what not to repeat.
I would like to add a few items from some Democrats, or rather, one that is a Democrat, and one that is a Defeatocrat, and a disabled veteran of Viet Nam, from a foolish self-inflicted wound.
First, the Senator from Virginia, James Webb.

The humiliating end result of the communists’ final offensive in early 1975 is usually placed on the shoulders of a supposedly incompetent South Vietnamese military. Little mention is made of the impact our “Watergate Congress” had on both its inception and success. This Congress was elected in November 1974, only months after Nixon’s resignation, and it was dominated by a fresh group of antiwar Democrats. One of the first actions of the new Congress was to vote down a supplemental appropriation for the beleaguered South Vietnamese that would have provided $800 million in military aid, including much-needed ammunition, spare parts and medical supplies.

This vote was a horrendous blow, in both emotional and practical terms, to the country that had trusted American judgment for more than a decade of intense conflict. It was also a clear indication that Washington was abandoning the South Vietnamese even as the North Vietnamese continued to enjoy the support of the Soviet Union, China and other Eastern bloc nations. The vote’s impact was hardly lost on North Vietnamese military planners, who began the final offensive only five weeks later, as the South Vietnamese were attempting to adjust their military defenses.

This from a Wall Street Journal editorial in 2000.
Then there is this sad response, from the former Senator of Georgia, the Defeatocrat Max Cleland, in the Democrat Parties response to the weekly radio address by the President.

One of the lessons to be learned from Vietnam is that the commitment of American military strength alone cannot solve another country’s political weakness.
This should be a somber warning to us all to responsibly end the war in Iraq and the additional loss of precious American lives.

I could add other voices to this discussion, but these should suffice for the purposes of understanding the voices in the debate, at least from my perspective. The fact that the security in Iraq is improving, has been difficult for even the biased representatives of the LameStream media to alter, try as they might, as several Democrat politicians are now grudgingly acknowledging the surges effects, even if they are shifting the goal posts. As a recent Rasmussen Report poll states, War on Terror Confidence Inches Up in August.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans now believe that the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror. That’s up three points from a month ago and just a point shy of the highest level of confidence measured in 2007. The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 32% now say the terrorists are winning. That’s down from 36% in July.

Unless the Defeatocrats are successful in cutting off the funding for our troops, President Bush will continue to pursue the worthy goal of helping Iraq establish itself as a functioning democratic state.
History is often informative and painful to review, but if hindsight is perfect vision, we have some important lessons learned, that can be applied today.

*See also* Abandon Iraq And See A Viet Nam Horror Show.

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