Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Personal Asides: Mark Steven Kirk Heads for the Tall Grass Zorns Free Advice Worth Every Penny Bishop Paprockis Invocation.
The last time I saw Congressman Mark Steven Kirk (R-10th) he was assuring an audience filled with conservatives, I among them, that while they disagreed on social issues, they could at least take comfort in his support of President Bushs military actions in Iraq.
Last week when the question came up on supporting the president or not, he headed for the Tall Grass. He represents a district that is moderatei.e. liberaland expediency requires a man to save his skin for the next reelection go-round. I think what you did was a mistake, Congressman. A number of us gave you fairly good cover on social policy even when you went beyond the bounds and started pumping up the engines for embryonic stem cell research beyond your vote.
You have obviously decided that you wont be around long if you dont agree with the liberals as well on the War. Wrongo. You may not be around because you have cut loose from your basethe one facet of that base that you cited and thumped your chest in citing your expertise.
You should read what Thomas More said to Sir Richard Rich about Wales.
There are a good many things Eric Zorn can do if he ever decides to forsake written commentary. He has a good radio presence; he does equally well on television also. The one thing he should avoid if he gets out of the media racket is to give advice to liberal candidates ala David Axelrod. His advice offered to a limping Barack Obama is disastrous. Zorn is so committed to lefty ideology, he cant recognize what hes dishing up as a further dose of strychnine.
Because the mainstream media dont often dwell on embarrassing things that happen to liberal candidates, theyve brushed off Obamas huge gaffe of last week when he declared that over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans have been wasted in Iraq. The statement was brimming with irony since Obamas handlers seek to equate his candidacy with that of Abraham Lincoln. The entire Springfield announcement was played with that in mind. But the irony of Lincolns view of soldiers lost lives and Obamas is devastating. Lincolns immortal remarks at the cemetery at Gettysburg are a stunning contrast to Obamas cold fury. Lincoln said we cannot hallow this ground because the brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to the that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain Contrast that with Obama telling mothers and fathers of dead servicemen their childrens lives were wasted. It is noteworthy that the major media did not make the connectionnot because they failed to see it but precisely because they saw it and wanted to save their precious Bambi.
Zorn may well have felt itso he gave us instructions on grammar in his blog which was published Sunday in his newspaper the Tribunethat wasted is a loaded word. He explained, In ordinary conversation, when we refer to a `wasted life were often being critical of someonemost often of the bright, promising, talented person who diverts his or her energies into drugs, crime, hobbies, lassitude, un-ambitious toil or some unhappy combination of the above.
Soldiers dont waste their lives. They risk them in the service of the necessary enterprise of protecting their nation. Their courage, their skills and their blood are a precious asset.
Fine. But he didnt leave it there. Heres the conclusion:
National leaders, however, can and do waste soldiers lives by spending that asset unwisely. And that was Obamas fundamental charge: that the war in Iraq is an unproductive exercise thats not worth spending our treasure and sacrificing the lives of some of our bravest and most promising young people.
The passionate desire to put a halt to that waste is the animating spirit of the growing, majority anti-war sentiment in this country. And we might as well say it. Obamas gaffe, if there was one [sic] it was grammatical. He should have used the active voice: The Bush administration has wasted over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans. His mistake was apologizing for saying wasted instead of clarifying the definition. (Emphasis mine).
I can just see David Axelrod saying, gee, thanks, Eric! Why didnt I think of that? His mistake was just grammatical! Okay, team, lets put this idea of Zorns to work on a commercial which will be a major answer to Hillary when her band of 527s get going on us. Our guy is just guilty of being ungrammatical! Brilliant!
Fortunately for the Obama worshipers, the candidate will refrain from saying he simply made a grammatical oversight in his comment on wasted soldiers lives. If he had taken Zorns advice, by now he would be as dead as Biden. Give Axelrod credit for a little sense, anyhow.
Bishop Paprockis Invocation.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, is noted as a deft speaker with a beautiful sense of understatement. The other day he proved it again. Our all-time favorite humanitarian with a heart as big as the whole outdoors, Kathy Posner, was honored on Valentines Day for her leadership in many activitiesprincipally for her service in behalf of Sheare Zedek Medical Center of Jerusalem. All of us have our own reasons to honor Kathy since she has done so much for so many including serving as a fundraiser for Bishop Paprockis legal defense clinic which provides services for the very poor.
The bishop showed up at the Hilton & Towers in uncustomary attireinstead of the plain black clerical suit, roman collar and subdued chain of office semi-hidden under his jacket he wore the brilliant crimson robes that he is entitled to display during liturgical observances. When introduced, he explained that he was ordered to wear this finery by Kathy Posner. And he added softly: In listening to her request I recalled the great lesson to us all which was delivered at the Wedding Feast at Cana and that is: when a Jewish woman tells you to do something, you do it.
Brilliant. The mostly Jewish audience loved it.