A Message From Mrs. Frum

March 26th, 2010 at 12:38 pm | 90 Comments |

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As the old saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.  Perhaps that’s why the Frum household now has three.

I’ve been married to David Frum for nearly 22 years–or just under half my lifetime–and have lived through numerous controversies that have resulted from his speaking out for the ideas he believes in, regardless of the personal consequences to himself. Right after we met, when he was a budding journalist in Toronto, I watched him challenge Canada’s then-ruling Liberal establishment on the issue of Free Trade.  It was a huge and hysterical issue back then–as big as healthcare is here today–but at that time the hysteria was entirely on the left. Nerdy girl that I was (and am), my head was quite turned by this young man who quite literally waded into throngs of hostile crowds and patiently debated with them as to why the North American Free Trade Act would be good for Canada. And at the end of these debates, even those who remained unpersuaded (and of course there were many), expressed grudging respect for David’s willingness to engage them in a discussion, and not a shoutfest.

So fast forward to this week, when conservative hell erupted over David’s now infamous “Waterloo” column on the GOP healthcare defeat. For days I’ve been sitting here in the bunker with him (and our three dogs), watching the whizzbangs land all around. What is distressing is not the predictable hate mail he has been receiving–and thanks to the internet, he’s been receiving in hundredfold; we’ve both seen that before. What is distressing (to me, anyway) are the dishonest slurs on his character and integrity by people who know him, and in some cases have known him for many years–truly ugly suggestions that David is motivated by cynicism or sycophancy, or both. (If he were, maybe he’d still be employed…)

We have both been part of the conservative movement for, as mentioned, the better part of half of our lives.  And I can categorically state I’ve never seen such a hostile environment towards free thought and debate–the hallmarks of Reaganism, the politics with which we grew up–prevail in our movement as it does today. The thuggish demagoguery of the Limbaughs and Becks is a trait we once derided in the old socialist Left.  Well boys, take a look in the mirror.  It is us now.

David of course doesn’t need my defense–and a defense coming from his wife probably isn’t worth much (although I can categorically state this has been posted without his authorization, approval or even, um,  knowledge–he’s flying somewhere over the country right now).  My role right now is to pass him the flask in the trench.

But to return to Washington and dogs: Along with the bile, there has been an equally considerable outpouring of support and defense, from friends and foes alike, who–whether they agree with David or not–are horrified by the guillotine that is being set up in the public square of democratic debate.  They understand that nothing good can come of this, for anyone of any political stripe.

For this support, we are both very grateful.  And while I wouldn’t have thought it possible to admire David more than I do, I have to say he is still turning this old girl’s head–now more than ever.

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  • Chekote

    I;m hunting down the perpertraters of the WMD hoax of which the AEI must take center stage -hence my two cents worth here today.

    Then you are going to be very busy since just about every intelligence service around the world concluded that Saddam had WMDs. This was due to the fact that Saddam wanted Iran to think he had them and his failure to provide to the UN evidence that he had destroyed the WMD stockpiles verified by the UN inspectors during the 90s.

  • ottovbvs

    Chekote // Mar 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    “Then you are going to be very busy since just about every intelligence service around the world concluded that Saddam had WMDs.”

    …..Not really….if you’ve been following the Chilcot inquiry in Britain their intelligence services believed it was much more of an open question(and they were bending over backwards to accomodate the American cousins) while from what we know of the views of the French and German intelligence services they were very sceptical, as was Blix who was completely demonized in the US media by conservatives although he was a very sound man who had previously been foreign minister of his country…..the “everyone thought so” doesn’t really hold water although I know it’s one of the last fig leafs left.

  • FrummyBarb

    Very nicely written, Mrs. Frum.
    I don’t agree with much of David Frum’s political thinking and writing. His support of George Bush and the party line seemed beneath his intellectual level. His invention of the Axis-of-Evil idea was, in itself, plenty evil. But, clearly, where Frum follows a different drummer from the majority of Republicans is his obvious dedication to being an adult.
    When you, Mrs. Frum, berate Limbaugh and Beck, you could also place Palin and a 50% of GOP legislators and media people in the same pot as the two nutcase heavyweights. And please don’t forget Karl Rove, who bears a whole lot of responsibility for the prepubescent tendencies of the Republican Party at the moment. Adults don’t lie when they get caught with their fingers in the cookie jar or shout and cry (Abramov, Delay, Sen. Craig, Rove, Enseign, Cheney, de Mint, Bush). They think things through, they listen to others, they try to be logical and honest. I detect this in Frum, with gratitude, given the prevailing irrationality and immaturity among so many Republicans. That is small solace given Mr. Frum’s radical conservatism. But in this respect, one does grasp at straws as they present themselves. David Frum had such a magnificent mother – where did he go so wrong politically? Maybe it is time for him to reboot and become a Democrat (albeit of the right wing probably). As a proven mature and thinking adult, he is already half-way there. No matter. Bravo for writing what you did, Mrs. Frum. You also need some support at a time like this. Say hello to the dogs! Give them an affectionate pat from me.

  • NBlitzer

    David Frum defended NAFTA and look how popular that is with both Canadians and Americans!

    Chekote // Mar 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    “Then you are going to be very busy since just about every intelligence service around the world concluded that Saddam had WMDs.”

    Ironically, not US intelligence. They were the ones telling Bush that there was no definitive proof that Saddam had WMDs. Bush decided to take the info from foreign intelligence agencies and the rest is history!

  • JymAllyn

    Chekote has obviously never read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy or he would have understood that Saddam thought he was lying about NOT having WMD’s because without them he would appear vulnerable to his own Generals and other enemies. But the people working for him never told him that there were NO Weapons of Mass Destruction because they knew that Saddam would have them killed if word got out that he was vulnerable.

    Question: Who was stupider?
    Bush #43 for wanting revenge on Saddam trying a hit on Bush #41 and believing the lies that there were WMD’s?
    OR Saddam for thinking that he could lie about NOT having the WMD’s failing to realize that he was telling the truth because no one dared tell the truth to him?

    Or people like Chekote who fail to realize that stupidity and bigotry are the biggest motivators of the anti-Obama movement and have nothing to do with rationality, responsibility, or what is best for America?

    Chekote has my vote.

    But thank you Mrs. Frum. You almost make me want to be a Republican again. The last nine years of deceit and irresponsibility have been very embarrassing.

  • sinz54

    JymAllyn: Bush #43 for wanting revenge on Saddam trying a hit on Bush #41 and believing the lies that there were WMD’s?
    There is NO EVIDENCE that Bush #43 was primarily motivated by revenge.

    There is PLENTY of evidence–including the neo-conservatives’ own writings during the Clinton Administration–that they wanted Saddam out for two reasons:

    1. They sincerely believed that al-Qaeda was a sideshow, and that the main terrorist threat to America was Saddam. And that theory turned out to be wrong.

    2. They believed that we had to make an example of Saddam, to demonstrate to the world that America still had her “hayba” (i.e., was indomitable).

    Even if Bush 43 was motivated by personal revenge, the notion that all the neo-conservatives would sign on to that is risible. They had their own agenda–the agenda I just noted.

    I can back that up with plenty of evidence.

    Would you REALLY like to understand how these ideas got started, rather than making totally unsupported insinuations?

    Go here:
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0312.bergen.html

    And go here:
    http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.753/article_detail.asp
    (note the date of this publication)

    And go here:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/past/unbound/interviews/int2001-12-28.htm

    And go here:
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/633uuroh.asp

    You can also dig out (via archive.org) the old publications from National Review Online and other conservative mags from the 2000 Presidential campaign, in which candidate Bush offered a “humble” foreign policy, and the neoconservatives responded with “Don’t worry, we’ll break him of that!”

    You might learn something.

    If we’re going to have a serious debate on FrumForum, it helps if all of us start out by knowing our American history.

    You do not. Yet.

  • Cforchange

    The increased participation and traffic to this site and the mostly supportive remarks do reveal that the message is striking a chord of agreement with the disenfranchised goper.

    In the mean time put that oversized cooking machine to work – buy David a bag of flour and some yeast – let him pound some dough until the next election cycle. Maybe he will advance to the art of sticky buns while he successfully finds the big money supporters of our cause. Anybody try Paul O’neill???

  • ottovbvs

    JymAllyn // Mar 27, 2010 at 1:32 am

    “Or people like Chekote who fail to realize that stupidity and bigotry are the biggest motivators of the anti-Obama movement and have nothing to do with rationality, responsibility, or what is best for America?”

    …….To be fair if you follow Chek’s comments he understands fairly well…..the problem is he’s a lighthouse…..every so often brilliant illumination…..then a reversion to total darkness

  • rookie

    Wow, brains and beauty.

    David Frum is a very lucky man !

    http://surfofind.com

    Isn’t it ironic that Mr. Frum’s family lost their health benefits because of mean-spirited ideologues.

    Thank you David Frum, for proving that the American Enterprise institute and the words, think-tank are oxymorons.

    Your credibility as a Conservative has been enhanced, and that is more important than having these people pay for your health care needs.

    God Bless you and your beautiful family.

  • rookie

    Sorry, I got the above link wrong: This is it !

    http://surftofind.com

    Nobody’s perfect !

  • bootup_hu

    There will be a new political movement of the middle and I hope you and your husband can provide a platform for discourse among this loose coalition of voters. Anti-Intellectualism is bad for the country not just the republican party.

  • Chekote

    Bush #43 for wanting revenge on Saddam trying a hit on Bush #41 and believing the lies that there were WMD’s?

    You think that a President and Senate decided to go to war because the President’s daddy was subject to an attempted attack on his life.?I suggest you contact the Lifetime Channel and start writing some movie scripts. The Senate in 1998 voted something like 90 to zero and Bill Clinton signed off to declare that regime change was the official policy of the United States. I am sick and tired of loonies on both sides of the political spectrum to see conspiracies everywhere. The idea that the CIA and intelligence services throughout the world lied so that Bush could avenge his father is more stupid than the Birther crowd.

  • ottovbvs

    Chekote // Mar 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

    “The idea that the CIA and intelligence services throughout the world lied so that Bush could avenge his father is more stupid than the Birther crowd.”

    ….Well it’s equally stupid…… but then is so is your assertion that the intelligence agencies of the world were unanimous in believing Hussein had WMD’s……they simply didn’t and there’s a mountain of info on the record to prove it but you go on making the assertion…..so why mirror buffoonish claims from the left?…..answer: you have to protect Bush and the idea that the war was justified at all costs……ultimately it’s going to prove as futile as denying Darwin or Galileo trust me

  • bill016

    Nicely written Mrs. Frum. The increasingly awful “hate speak” that is going on versus dialog and discussion is going to impact our democracy for years to come. Dialog and events are increasingly becoming “either you are with us or you are against us” and an axis of politics rarely seen in America is being created. I hope those with power both politically and in the news media see this and help bring us back together vs continuing to push us all apart. Unfortunately, I doubt it. I think I’ll go pat our dog too.

  • clloyd

    Good for you, Mrs. Frum. I used to work for Charles Murray at AEI and have thought well of him for years, but I have lost respect because of his scurrilous and I think manifestly undeserved attack on your husband. I intend to send him a letter detailing my disappointment.

    For today, please know that others share your admiration for David Frum’s integrity and do indeed wish your family well.

  • Espresso Junkie

    Hello from another liberal who has been looking for quality conservative thought. Or more precisely, good thinking from anyone with integrity.

    Keep up the great work and I hope your health care tax credits come before David’s Cobra benefits run out :)

  • TG

    Mrs. Frum,

    Thank you for speaking out, I would like to express my full support and enormous respect for you and your husband.

    Republican Party is no longer a party – it is a gang, with likes of Rush and Sarah pulling the strings.

    Mr. Chairman Steel freaks out at the very first sign of Glenn Beck’s displeasure and Mr. McCain once respected for his ability to stand unpopular positions being just a supplement if not a subordinate of Ms. Palin. Healthcare “debate” is now conducted in language no less than “death panels” for the proposal that was not even a Democrat’s and meant the opposite of any kind of limit on the senior health care. Political “debate” is now a shoot out, with Ms. Palin aiming her rifle. Normal conversation is no longer possible, mending fences is gone as a concept. Ted Kennedy would not be able to reach across the aisle even if were alive for the last phase of the health care legislation.

    Shame on your, Republican leaders who abandoned the country in your race for political gains and fame of questionable value.

    Former registered Republican – voted Obama in 2008 and grateful t0 him for the healthcare bill which could have been not a half-baked ticking bomb but a real bill if Republicans cared to join the effort.

  • stevefinlay

    Thanks to both you and David for your maturity and intellectual honesty. The world faces enormous problems which require every scrap of intelligence we can get, from left and right and in between. The kind of extremism and meaningless raving that has happened so often in politics (and that has, for the moment, taken total control of the Republican party) is a sure recipe for failure.

    Democrats cannot afford to be happy about the Republican moron show. No matter who you may be, if you are in a competitive situation, the quality of your opponent has a huge effect on your own performance. In this case, when the Republicans argued with roughly the intelligence of a cage full of Tasmanian devils, the Democrats did not need much more brains than orangutans in order to win. Hence, the US gets a “half baked ticking bomb”, as TG says.

    Everyone in the US, and those of us in other countries as well, needs the major parties in the US to build their goals and policies on the foundation of maturity and reason that David Frum espouses and demonstrates. If the Republican party cannot do this, it is time for it to die and be replaced by a conservative party which can.

  • Oomingmak

    As a member of the so-called “radical center” (which means I now vote for Democrats), I was not a fan of Mr. Frum during his tenure under Mr. Bush. But I truly, genuinely appreciate and respect your husband for his integrity and courage. This country needs a sensible, intellectually honest, and decent conservative party, based on the kind of philosophy he exemplifies.

    This is your time in the desert. I’m sorry about that. But the tea-party Republicans are hurtling themselves off the edge of a cliff. Sensible, smart conservatism will return, simply because their current philosophy is a dead-end. Until that time, keep fighting the good fight, and remember that you have friends in the center-left who are rooting for you. It would be a lovely thing to have an honest, worthy opponent, rather than the contemptible (indeed, dangerous) lot we now face.

  • Rocketship7

    Free Trade is a huge success for both Canada and the US.
    Remember, the Canadian left hated Free Trade, but all Conservative Canadians supported it.
    I remember the debate. The Liberal party (John Turner) voted against it.
    They ran promising to rip it up, guess what, they kept it.

    A tribute to David Frum.

    As far as health care. The Republicans will win like the Canadian Liberals did at the ballot box.
    When in power they will tweak it, and claim credit for fixing it.
    Its all politics

  • Douglas Cooper

    Hola, David & Danielle.

    The Bush years turned me into a foaming progressive; whereas you they merely rendered sane. Thought I’d port this over from a facebook discussion:

    ————–

    I predict an “Axis of Decency” — a new conservative movement helmed by David Frum and Andrew Sullivan. Which would make the category palatable again. Would I join this movement? Possibly… probably not. Would I respect them as the opposition? Definitely.

    I suspect I wouldn’t agree much with David on policy. With Sullivan, I already agree eighty percent of the time. It’s simply the notion of bringing back dialogue, as opposed to spin.

    The Sullivan/Frum axis would be a bit axis-like: I wouldn’t expect homogeneity. (Although they’d have a bit more in common than, say, Saddam and Kim Jong-il…)

    ————–

    Perhaps I’m thinking a bit wishfully here — you and Sully don’t quite occupy the same terrain at the moment — but either we get something of this sort, or we’re stuck with a conservatism shading from vulgarity into sedition. (When you lose a fully democratic battle over healthcare, and your response is to call for your comrades to “take up arms,” then yes: the word is “sedition.”)

    The next few weeks will not be fun — the last few days have been pretty nasty, but as you probably know, you’re only beginning to experience the full vengeful wrath of the Limbaugh/Levin mob. Fasten your seat belts.

    cheers,

    Doug

  • ottovbvs

    Douglas Cooper // Mar 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    “The Sullivan/Frum axis would be a bit axis-like:you’re only beginning to experience the full vengeful wrath of the Limbaugh/Levin mob. Fasten your seat belts.”

    …..Nice idea…..Sullivan and Frum are amongst the clearest thinkers from the right….you could throw in a few more: Larison surely, Jim Joyner, Bartlett, Brooks, Buckley fils, the green bubbles guy, Crook from the FT….any other suggestions?……although David’s exchequer is going to take a big hit (ouch!) I’m not sure it’s all bad for his career in the long run…..you never know maybe the NYT will give Douhat the elbow(not exactly setting the Hudson on fire is he) and hand his gig over to David….as Buckley observes this is something of teapot tempest but it’s all of a piece….it’s what happens when political coalitions start to come apart

  • Douglas Cooper

    Of course, the word “axis” has unpleasant connotations — no matter how you dress that one up, you can’t take it out to brunch.

    Perhaps “The League of Gentlemen”? Hm… taken.

    “A Coalition of the Sane”?

  • sinz54

    ottovbs: David’s exchequer is going to take a big hit (ouch!) I’m not sure it’s all bad for his career in the long run
    David Frum said that he was offered the opportunity to continue working at AEI for zero salary.

    Maybe Frum should have made a counter offer: “I’ll agree to continue working at AEI for zero salary, as long as you continue to give me all my tax-free fringe benefits. Specifically: Health insurance” :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCw_UoRhTUk

  • Independent

    DBCooper plummets to Earth with: “I predict an “Axis of Decency” — a new conservative movement helmed by David Frum and Andrew Sullivan. Which would make the category palatable again”.

    Nawh, how about “Shuttered Democrats”. Because, at the end of the day, the only people who really consider either David Frum or Andie Sullivan to be “conservatives” are the liberal MSM who have purchased the souls of those two men for less than 30 pieces of gold.

    We keep missing the simple fact: David F is an apostle of the Code of Personal Corruption that bagged Andie Sullivan years ago… and took ScottieMcClellan a few months ago.

    All three the same character; all three the same man.

    It’s why DavidF’s redemption –with so many examples before him– will be a rough path and tough slog for him to accomplish… and having a litany of farLeft voices come to his defense, is a greater hinderance to redemption.

    It’s an old story.

    The ancient Greeks knew the influence of a seductive corrupting voice when put into a whisper… DavidF’s been a’listening to those farLeft voices far too long.

  • ottovbvs

    sinz54 // Mar 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

    “Maybe Frum should have made a counter offer: “I’ll agree to continue working at AEI for zero salary, as long as you continue to give me all my tax-free fringe benefits. Specifically: Health insurance”

    ……that would be ironic indeed….but 100k for what is basically a sinecure is not chump change……the nature of the jobs of these media professionals for hire (conservatives and liberals who both actually inhabit the same world which is one far removed from that of the heavy breathers) is probably a bit like my son’s as an itinerant musician…….he get’s to play lots of gigs as a temp with middle rank orchestras, opera companies and so on, and does well but it’s made up of lots of bits and pieces and inherently fragile……but I suspect in the long run it won’t do Frum any harm…..it’s raised his visibility (look at the site traffic) and he’ll get some nice gigs because basically he has the intellectual horsepower for it…..he’s a very clever guy.

  • sinz54

    ottovbs:

    I hope Frum can find the money to keep this blog going.

    Running a server costs money.
    And now with all this additional traffic, he may need to upgrade too.

  • ottovbvs

    sinz54 // Mar 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    “I hope Frum can find the money to keep this blog going.”

    …..I rather doubt this is being done on Frum’s dime….he has backers…..who knows one of them could be George Soros….ho ho ho……more likely some deep pocketed Republicans who can see beyond the end of their noses

  • Douglas Anthony Cooper

    Just as a matter of interest, Mr. “Independent” (note the quotation marks): which upsets you more — my praise of sanity and decency, or my “farLeft” refusal to embrace sedition?

    (You’ve certainly nailed my politics: like so many on the far left, my personal hero is Winston Churchill.)

  • laughingcanuck

    Yes David Frum is brilliant, charming, impeccable manners blah blah blah. But seriously, how did he wind up with such a hot wife? Can we talk? Seriously, Danielle. Can I call you Dani? Was the picture of you airbrushed? You look good. I mean real good. You’re totally foxy, and I don’t mean the network. You’re your own axis of hotness.

    David Frum you lucky bastard.

  • ChristinaSumi

    I love this. Beautifully written from a wonderfully supportive wife. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marsh626

    Yap. Yap. Yap.

    Frum has been giving the leftist media everything they want to hear for a while now. He’s willingly played the role of the right winger who bashes his own side and plays right into the left’s hands for too long now. Deriding the Tea Party activists as some kind of rabid nutjobs and conservative radio, Fox News and right wing blogs as the center of our supposed “problem” is simply absurd. For God sakes, that’s all we have as conservatives! The left completely and utterly controls ~every~ other aspect of our popular culture – from academia to the media to the entertainment industry. How else are we supposed to get our voices, our ideas and our side heard?

    The truth is he’s a typical Beltway Republican who’s embarrassed by his redneck uncle – aka socially conservative Middle America. But what exactly does he suggest we all do? Subscribe to a handful of highbrow biweekly political journals and read the Conservative Classics while swirling a glass of brandy and twiddling our fingers like Mr. Burns? Will that make him happy and decide “Okay, I think conservatives are worth defending now when I’m interviewed on ABC.”?

    There’s absolutely ~nothing~ wrong with having a populist and even entertaining message and an industry that gets our opinions out there into the wider public. Afterall, the left does it as well! Hell, I grew up in the Washington D.C. area, came from an upper class family, support gay marriage, am not religious and have never done anything remotely redneck in my life. ~I~ like Rush Limbaugh! ~I~ like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity too even! That doesn’t mean I agree with every single thing they say but at least I don’t want to shut them down like you do and at least I’m not ashamed to admit that I listen to them when in a liberal crowd like you are.

    Far too many of my fellow coastal right wingers – and neoconservatives – seem to be ashamed of their base in Middle America. As if we’re some smarmy sophisticrats embarrassed of bringing up our blue jeaned and plaid shirt wearing relatives back home while attending cocktail parties in Washington D.C. and New York. Get over yourselves… There’s ~nothing~ wrong with Middle America and other conservative Americans who enjoy going to church, watching NASCAR, eating steak and hunting. They’re quite normal, warm and intelligent people despite the constant hateful bigotry hurled at them from the elitist Marxist left. I’ll take those kinds of people as my political base over the Che t-shirt wearing, conspiracy theorizing, America and Israel hating base of the left ~any~ day.

    If the socially and culturally conservative aspect of the conservative movement is something you’re ashamed of enough to constantly and publicly betray your own side of the isle then move back to Canada where you can once again be a member of a neutered Frumism version of “conservatism” which is more like the American Democrat Party than any kind of actually recognizable version of conservatism.

    We get it, David. You don’t like social conservatives or conservatives at all for that matter and you want us to be more Democrat-lite in order for us to win more favor with the liberal establishment and for you to feel more comfortable about being a conservative when hanging around liberals. You don’t need to keep harping on it like a broken record for years and years and then get upset when real conservatives give you crap about it. Please stop whining and either switch to the Democrats where you belong or change the freaking record!

    Stop blaming real conservatives for ~your~ neoconservative failures!

  • CentristNYer

    Marsh626 // Mar 29, 2010 at 3:06 am

    “Deriding the Tea Party activists as some kind of rabid nutjobs and conservative radio, Fox News and right wing blogs as the center of our supposed “problem” is simply absurd.”

    And yet entirely true. It’s no coincidence that the rise of Limbaugh/Hannity/Beck/Palin/Bachmann corresponds directly with the decline in voter identification with the GOP.

  • Douglas Anthony Cooper

    @Marsh626

    Hard to disagree with much of what you’re saying, especially regarding the decent, church-going, NASCAR-loving steak and hunting crowd. I in fact vastly prefer them to the “Che t-shirt wearing, conspiracy theorizing, America and Israel hating base of the left.” The problem is that we’re faced with something much more complex than this dichotomy.

    The right wing shaped and goaded by Glenn Beck is not this decent, unsophisticated version of Middle America (which does, I agree, exist). No, it’s a toxic mix of rabid conspiracy theorists (birthers, deathers); *actual* bigots (who shout “nigger” at a Civil Rights hero); torture apologists (in contrast with, oh, ever military hero in American history); and — perhaps most dangerous of all — *complete hypocrites*. These are people who pay lip service to fiscal conservatism, and utter not a peep when Bush spends us into penury; who talk loudly about “family values” and still suffer the presence of Vitter in the Senate. Etc.

    My guess is that David has very little trouble with the decent, unsophisticated folks you’re promoting — and shares your contempt for the Che-shirted crowd — but the issue here is the vicious populist mob that falls into neither category: it’s a grotesque distorted cartoon of sober conservatism, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with class or geography.

  • Douglas Anthony Cooper

    (Correction: *every* military hero in American history.)

    (Beginning with Washington, btw, who thought that soldiers who tortured military prisoners merited the most severe punishment, not excluding the death penalty.)

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  • nuser

    Sorry for all the hateful mail you are getting.
    You might however consider the source!
    You told the truth, and now you are penalized for it.
    Unfortunately in this era , all members of a politically party
    must think as one, even when the majority might be wrong.

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