Power vs Principle

Way back, when I was a kid, there was this cheesy afternoon kid’s show called “UltraMan”. It was obviously Japanese, with bad over-dubbing and even worse added animation. But we loved it. Especially Obi. Every week the prerequisite giant rubber monster would materialize and terrorize some small coastal town. Zap! The UltraMan would appear, in his shiny silver suit and helmet; do battle with the beast, smashing buildings and houses and little rubber trees, generating lots of fake smoke and even more bad animation. But he’d save the day.

Believe it or not, Nancy Pelosi has annointed herself the new “UltraWoman” and plans to single-handedly save the galaxy.

After calling herself “the most powerful woman in America,” Mrs. Pelosi flexed her right muscle like a weight lifter to much applause at an event yesterday titled a “women’s tea.”

“All right, let’s hear it for the power,” she screamed as the jubilant applause continued.

When Mrs. Pelosi tried leaving the podium, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat, asked her to stay. “There is so much love and warmth that’s in this room today and that’s because of the new speaker,” Mrs. DeLauro said. “And that tells you about what the future is all about in the House of Representatives.”

Fausta wonders if she upped the Botox, just for the occasion. Hmph.

Another glossy Dem, rookie Congressman Keith Ellison, is planning to use Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Koran to be sworn in with. While the lefty blogs dance a jig, believing this is a slap in the face for most moderates/conservatives, they failed to dig a little deeper to see exactly WHY Jefferson obtained said Koran and what he used it FOR.

The reality is, as Allah now points out and I had planned to post via NRO, is that Jefferson waged war against Islam … long after having read their book. And he went against his prior beliefs of a small coastal-restricted Navy in doing so.

Isn’t it in The Art of War somewhere…about learning about your enemies? Jefferson was surely doing his homework …

At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected United States president was forced to confront a grave threat to the nation — an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists. Worse still, these Islamic partisans operated under the protection and sponsorship of rogue Arab states ruled by ruthless and cunning dictators.

Sluggish in recognizing the full nature of the threat, America entered the war well after the enemy’s call to arms. Poorly planned and feebly executed, the American effort proceeded badly and at great expense — resulting in a hastily negotiated peace and an equally hasty declaration of victory.

As timely and familiar as these events may seem, they occurred more than two centuries ago. The president was Thomas Jefferson, and the terrorists were the Barbary pirates. Unfortunately, many of the easy lessons to be plucked from this experience have yet to be fully learned.

The Baron at Gates of Vienna has the first victim of the freshly sworn-in Democrats clearly in his sights.

This [House Resolution 288 aka “the Koran gets the kid glove treatment resolution”) is a CAIR-sponsored Trojan horse, ready to be rolled through the gates into the First Amendment. And its sponsor is about to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The media, of course, is just eating this up. Dah-ling, turn this way. Work it – Work it. Maaaahhhvalous! Once, a while back I wrote on the sick co-dependant relationship between politics and the press. The Anchoress, amazing as always, quotes Chesterton

“Modern man is staggering and losing his balance because he is being pelted with little pieces of alleged fact which are native to the newspapers; and, if they turn out not to be facts, that is still more native to newspapers.”
– G.K. Chesterton, GK’s Weekly, April 7, 1923

Notice the date? Yep…amazing..truly amazing, that things haven’t changed. In a separate post, she laments that only a few in the media notice how much has changed since Gerald Ford’s day. Dick Meyer realizes what the bloggers have been writing about for ages.

It’s not optimistic and hopeful anymore, it’s rather nihilistic (everything is bad) and the campaigns never wane.

No decorum, no professionalism, no “respect for all of God’s children” because, after all, we can’t mention God anymore without a horde of faith-o-phobes crawling out of the woodwork. The law of jungle is what reigns supreme in the halls of Congress, these days.

The Pelosizoid is touting “the first 100 hours” and the accomplishments she hopes for. George Will has a great outline about the minimum wage debate. My hope, now, is that America can survive the next two years.

Related: Flippancy is the New Black, How to Destroy America, The Big Lie, Bad Manners Abound

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