I am foggy headed this beautiful morning. It is cool and clear outside and the temp should only be in the 80's again today. It is wonderful, especially for those of us with persistent sinus problems.
I just spilled coffee down the front of my shirt so it is one of those kind of mornings.
Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is in hot water with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. While pandering to the 700 Club and the conservative audience of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Dean stated, "The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important."
The truth is the DNC 2004 platform states, "We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a 'Federal Marriage Amendment". Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart." This platform was approved by 4,000 elected and at-large Democratic delegates who met in Boston in 2004. There have been no official revisions of the platform since 2004. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has returned a recent contribution of $5,000 to them to protest what they consider the pandering and insulting interview Dean gave to the 700 Club.
Remember during the 2004 campaigning season and the debates? First John Edwards brought up Mary Cheney's sexuality during the debate with VP Cheney, then Kerry brought it up during the debate with President Bush. They were employing the sleaziest of political tricks to alert any conservatives that might be interested that Dick Cheney has a lesbian daughter. You know, the Democrats being so open minded and inclusive and all.
Mary Cheney has a book out now that goes into her thoughts about the character of people who are so lacking in respect for others that they will say absolutely anything to win an election. They forget the American people are a little smarter than that and most are not single issue voters.
They never apologized to Mary Cheney. What do you think might have been the response if VP Cheney or President Bush had pulled that stunt?
Speaking of no moral compass or convictions, Senator Hillary Clinton had to issue an apology to the up and coming generation of young people after a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. She said young people have a sense of entitlement after growing up in a cluture that has "a premium on instant gratification". She remarked recent grads expect to enter into the workforce and receive a large salary and benefits package. She forgot, however, her own daughter. Chelsea Clinton began her working career in Manhattan in 2003 as a consultant to McKinsey & Co. for a six-figure salary. She called her mother to let her know she is working hard and so are her friends. Oops.
The newspaper USA Today has come out in support of Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi and his application to continue studying at Yale University. Hashemi is currently in a non-degree program and wants to enroll in the program to earn a degree. He is the former spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanstan. USA Today claims the alumni and other US citizens expressing outrage that this man is studying at Yale at all is all about bullying the university into a diminished way of thinking. The newspaper claims Yale can be reasonable and admit Hashemi who they call a "remarkable" student who is a leading argument for the value of cultural exchange. The newspaper doesn't, however, refresh the readers memories that Hashemi only has a 4th grade education and most assuredly took the spot an American not hell-bent on the destruction of the USA could have used.
Don't you just hate those pesky details?
"Worry is a misuse of the imagination." - Dan Zadra