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Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 07:24:39 -0700
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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]

>	JULY 28---The TNT television network ran one of their home-grown
>movies the other night featuring actor Tom Berringer as Theodore
>Roosevelt.  The film, "Rough Riders,"  was an epic saga of the
>Spanish-American war, and the movie's climatic end--the charge up San
>Juan Hill--was a spectacular combination of cinematography and history. 
>But what really moved me was a scene after the battle when Berringer's
>character--a future president of these United States--apologized to his
>men for calling them cowards earlier on.  
>	It was a glimpse at the brand of statesmanship, honor and
>integrity so desperately lacking in today's political leaders.  Can you
>imagine Bill Clinton dirty, haggard, and exhausted standing amongst dead
>or dying soldiers on a field of battle, mustering up the courage and
>fortitude to apologize to his surviving command for belittling them
>before the battle took place?  No, neither can I.  I can, however,
>imagine him standing before a throng of reporters during a photo-op,
>conjuring up phoney tears and apologizing for something that nobody alive
>today remembers first hand.  Not quite the same thing, is it?
>	This stark contrast nails it as far as I'm concerned when you
>compare today's leaders to yesterday's leaders.  To be honest, there is
>no comparison, because the kind of devotion to duty, God and country that
>built America into the greatest nation on earth has long since vanished
>in the halls of power.  Instead, it has been replaced by greedy whiners,
>power-trippers and Benedict Arnold-types who have about as much
>allegiance to this country and their constituents as a dog does to a beef
>	If you still have trouble identifying a true socialist lawmaker,
>listen to what he or she says when the subject changes to talk of 'the
>good ol' days.'  What usually happens is they'll try to discredit and
>shame the past, claiming that nothing but evil permeated the American
>historical landscape.  Talk of slavery, the Depression, two world wars
>and the upheaval of the 1960's will surface as examples of just how bad
>the good ol' days really were.  
>	But the problem with those arguments is always the same--they
>lack factuality, and they deny the very spirit instilled in Americans and
>their leaders in those days which made possible the ability to prevail
>through darker times in our history.  Furthermore, a socialist will never
>admit that old time family values, honor among men and a healthy dose of
>God-fearing were the virtues which made this nation powerful enough to
>prevail through thick and thin.  The reason they'll never admit it is
>because to do so would discredit them and their brand of modern
>leadership, so lacking in these principles.  One glimpse into the
>campaign finance scandals of 1996 confirms this;  no one on either side
>of the aisle has Teddy Roosevelt's sense of shame and humility.  
>	What a bunch of penny-ante cowards.
>	If there had to be such horrible events like World War I and II,
>as a nation we were much better off fighting them back then instead of
>now.  Now, we would be stuck with Dodger-in-Chief Clinton and a horde of
>lapdog military brass who have great skill in conforming for promotions,
>but not such great skill in leading men on a battlefield.  There is no
>way I'd ever believe that our potential enemies are still fearful of this
>country, not because the American people couldn't rise to the occasion in
>defense of the nation, but because of the pitiful excuse for leadership
>we have in the administration and in Congress.  Part of our national
>security--an element almost no one ever speaks to--has to do with sound
>and honorable leadership, the kind that stimulates a nation to action and
>has the backing and confidence of the people.  That kind of government
>has long since passed into the 'good ol' days.'
>	When members of an administration violated the law and dishonored
>the nation, there used to be no shortage of legislators who were there to
>slap the cuffs on them and escort them out of office, for fear of the
>chaotic message leaving them in place would send to the country.  Now, we
>have just the opposite.  Congressional members have gone on record
>recently saying that going after all the lawbreakers and indicting or
>impeaching them would send a message of chaos to the nation.  How
>out-of-touch can you be?
>	Millions of Americans have been waiting for somebody to rid us of
>not just the Clintonistas but of all members of this government who have
>forgotten their sacred oaths of office and cheated the electorate.  The
>current record of special prosecutors and congressional investigations
>notwithstanding, there hasn't been one meaningful conviction of
>now-obvious lawbreaking in the past six years.  And through this whole
>charade, the people have been watching;  it has been all of this inaction
>that has led to a massive feeling of no confidence in our government. 
>How Orwellian to believe that it is better to do nothing, rather than to
>seek out, try and convict those who would shame their offices! If Ken
>Starr and Fred Thompson were for real and actually got something done,
>they could probably write their own tickets to higher office in the years
>to come.  Voters would relish the ability to vote for a candidate who
>actually contributed something to the restoration of American government
>in the Twentieth century.
>	The bottom line is, if you're talking about honorable men and
>women who demonstrated real leadership at a time when we needed it most,
>you'll have to make reference to the days of Teddy Roosevelt and his
>Rough Riders, and how doing the honorable thing came natural to people of
>his generation.
>  ***
>Jon Dougherty is the associate producer of the Derry Brownfield Show,
>co-host of JD Live! with Kathleen Keating, and editor in chief of USA
>Journal Online and Common Sense Chronicle.
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