Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What You Should Read Today

From the IBD Editorial "The 'Greatest Guest'" (bold emphasis mine):

"Not even the most dedicated Republicans in this country could work up such an spirited greeting(for Bush's visit). Albanians, however, are people who felt for decades the crush and the slash of the hammer and sickle of communism, and they weren't shy about displaying their affection for a man who represents to them independence, opportunity, prosperity and the protection of liberty across the world. They appreciate what most Americans take for granted each day.

Albania is a nation of nearly 3.7 million located just across the Adriatic Sea from the heel of Italy's boot. It is a painfully poor country, among the poorest in Europe, recovering from nearly a half-century of communist rule that left it rusted and broke.

In contrast, the U.S. is a fabulously prosperous nation of 300 million people, many of them spoiled — even troubled and guilt-ridden — by their liberty and wealth. These Americans are missing the story that the Albanians and many others have been for so long yearning to live.

Americans — and Europeans — who are bothered by capitalist wealth in developed countries and the West's strong defense of freedom should try living like the Albanians did for 46 years. Communist tyranny will quickly change a person's outlook."

And from James Lewis at American Thinker - "The Democrat's Betrayal":

"Today, the two parties present a clear survival choice. On the GOP side all the candidates are adults. They deal with the facts, each in his own way, but every one with a solid record of competence and strength. Fred Thompson, Rudi Giuliani, Mitt Romney, the others. Republicans can complain (rightly) about a lot of things, but not about the general competence of our candidates. They stand head and shoulders above the Kids of the Left.

Obama and Hillary bring us only political gimmicks in a time when we need competence, character and strength. Neither one of them would be a political star but for their victim status: Hillary represents all the jilted women of America, and Obama has stooped to openly trying to whip up black anger to assure the Left that he is 'really black.'"