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Something is Rotten in D.C.

Hamlet's Father's  Ghost“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” is a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Marcellus says it after seeing the ghost of Hamlet’s father, the deceased king of Denmark.

No one has claimed to see Osama Bin Laden’s ghost wafting about, but when liberal jurist Alan Dershowitz and Conservative columnist Wesley Pruden both detect a stench, it is cause for thought.

In a recent column, Pruden asserts that only Barack Obama could have made such a hash out of announcing a military coup. Apparently the administration could not wait to learn the facts before rushing to turn military heroism into political advantage. One would think that if a story was to be concocted, it should at least have been the same story.  But John Brennan, the president’s anti-terrorism chief, (who may have missed his calling as a fiction writer), apparently did not get that memo.

Dershowitz’s problem is not with the dueling stories, but with the rush to dispose of the body.  In Dershowitz’s view, “burying his body at sea constituted the willful destruction of evidence.”  In a recent WSJ essay Dershowitz pointed out that the body should have been subjected “to the usual forensic testing,” Dead bodies, he wrote, “often talk more loudly, clearly and unambiguously than live witnesses.”

Clarity, however, has never been the hallmark of this administration. Once again its veracity is in doubt, exemplifying an on-going problem with the truth. Whether attributing fictitious savings to the Affordable Health Care Act, falsely asserting that old people would be thrown under the Republican budget bus, or announcing that oil drilling will commence while refusing drilling permits, the pattern is well established.

Republicans, however, seem incapable of either exposing these fabrications, or strongly communicating policy alternatives. Now it appears the Republican leadership is reverting to type, engaging in happy talk about bi-partisan agreement, while sounding retreat. Apparently frightened by irate citizens venting fear of losing entitlements at town halls during the congressional break, faint-hearted Republicans seem to be preparing to declare victory and surrender.

Contradictory messages from the House leadership regarding entitlement reform and deficit reduction are not a sign that the leadership is united behind the principles that secured their majority in 2008. One day it is announced that entitlement reform will be postponed until after the 2012 election; the next day, entitlements are back in contention. Putrefaction has more than one source.

The Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in the Declaration of independence. Patrick Henry famously declared: “Give me liberty or give me death,” words that characterized the founding generation.

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Will “Après moi le deluge,” be the quote that characterizes us?


1 Saturday Night Links: The Fear Monger Edition | { 05.07.11 at 6:01 pm }

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2 `John Carey { 05.07.11 at 7:22 pm }

The way I see it, Washington is too far gone for use to expect much of anything out of a national elections. It started in the early 1900s with the progressive movement and has steadily gone down hill from there. We need to start treating states like the sovereign entities they once were and all things must begin and end with local politics.


Martin Reply:

John, I believe you’ve written about this before. Not only do things need to come closer to home vis a vis local politics, they need to come closer still – personal responsibility. We have to take stock of our own lives and start exemplifying what we believe in. We’ve been fat dumb and happy, content with trading our freedoms for comfort, for far too long.


3 theCL { 05.07.11 at 8:47 pm }

Republicans … seem incapable of either exposing these fabrications, or strongly communicating policy alternatives.

You know, I used to think in these terms and buy into this line of thinking. That Republicans “fail,” “get duped,” are “spineless,” “RINOs,” “poor communication,” etc. But these answers were never satisfying. Logically, they didn’t make sense. I mean, you don’t get to where they are by being so hapless and stupid. You don’t grow government when you know it’s wrong either.

When you see them as liars, however, you find clarity. It all makes sense. You understand why they do what they do. Occam’s Razor – the simplest answer is generally correct.


4 Marcia { 05.07.11 at 9:41 pm }

Never underestimate the powers of cupidity and stupidity. Rationalizations, lying to oneself and others, come later.


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6 Bob Mack { 05.09.11 at 12:37 pm }

Something is always rotten in D.C. However, this administration & its Congressional enablers reeks to high heaven. For a chairborne ranger like Obama to take all the credit for an operation which was largely due to the intelligence gathering policies of his predecessor is offal the likes of which even a hungry turkey buzzard would pass up.


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