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Will Ol’ Barney lose his seat this fall?

At the beginning of May, the CampaignSpot‘s Jim Geraghty listed the 99 House seats most likely to change parties in the fall elections.  He only saw only one incumbent Massachusetts Representative (they’re all Democrats), the Ninth’s Stephen Lynch, as vulnerable to defeat.  Now, since Scott Brown’s victory in January, I’ve been wondering if there might be some sleeper races in the Bay State.

Highest on my list is that currently held by the unhappy Barney Frank.  This notion comes to mind again this week with all the press the temper tantrum the self-righteous pol, liberal with other people’s money, threw when he couldn’t get a $1 senior discount on a ferry ride.  The mean-spirited man from Massachusetts “made such a drama over the senior rate that” one witness “contemplated offering him the dollar to cool down the situation.”

Imagine if it had been You-tubed.  Can you say “macaca”?

Still, reporters from the mainstream media can no longer protect this pompous politician the way they once could.  News of this will seep out.  And people in Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District will wonder at the man who has been representing them in Congress for the past three decades.

“Power,” Tim Daniels wrote, reflecting on the Massachusetts Democrat’s behavior, “begets corruption, corruption begets more lust for power, and powerful congressmen berate trivial, everyday life issues.”  (Read the whole thing, via Instapundit.)

And this is not the first time, the Democrat has raised a ruckus, behaving boorishly when he was not treated in the manner which he believes appropriate for a man of his wisdom and prominence.  He has been taking his constituents for granted, treating his seat like a sinecure to which he is entitled rather than an honor to be earned.  He owes them a higher standard of behavior.  Instead, he has behaved like a crybaby who finds that the moment someone challenges his positions (or to question his desires), he responds by attacking the individuals asking the question instead of responding to their query.

The more the people of Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District witness the behavior of their representative in Washington, the less likely they are to cast their ballots for him this fall.  So, let’s be grateful for the new media and wonder why the old media hasn’t been doing its job in covering this elected official’s childish antics.

What Does GetEqual Have Against Freedom?

Whether it’s public universities who wish to discriminate against Christian student groups requiring that their officers adhere to their faith’s moral code or activists who, in the name of equality, want to prevent a private organization from boycotting a private enterprise, some social liberals turn their noses at the notion of social conservatives expressing their beliefs — or acting on them.

There is much more to the latest story than what I considered in my previous post, significantly that, yet again, we see a private enterprise (AKA, a business) leading the way in social change where governments lag.  Our system of free enterprise (under attack though it may be) allowed Home Depot — and other corporations — to enact its progressive (in the true, not politicized, sense of the word) policy on domestic partnerships.

For now, I’ll highlight this mentality of the left, this aversion to freedom.  Rather that criticize what they find distasteful, they want to challenge it in court — or otherwise suppress it.

It is a troubling mentality and merits further scrutiny.

RELATED:  “ANDREW KLAVAN: From Book Publishers to the Media: The Left’s Crusade to End Debate.

Susan R. Bolton Hands GOP A(nother) Campaign Issue

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:06 pm - July 28, 2010.
Filed under: Illegal Immigration,Legal Issues

While at the gym earlier today doing cardio, I watched to see the various CNN anchors and reporter jubilant that Clinton appointee Judge Susan R. Bolton striking down the most “controversial” provisions in Arizona’s immigration law.

Given that poll after poll after poll has shown that a sizable majority of Americans support this law, this can only strengthen the hand of Republicans going into the fall elections, particularly given the Democratic Administration’s grandstanding opposition and successful suit.

Here, you have two issues, immigration and judicial overreach redounding to Republicans’ benefit.

Left-Wing Group to Sue Right-Wing Group’s Doomed Enterprise

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:02 pm - July 28, 2010.
Filed under: Freedom,Gay PC Silliness

On Monday, Pam Spaulding linked something on her Facebook page which has stayed in my mind, largely because it shows the divide between the busybody left and the busybody right on gay issues — and makes it easier for me to show just exactly what freedom means.

Here’s the story:

Get Equal Now has sent the American Family Association a cease and desist letter after the anti-gay, right-wing organization called for a boycott of Home Depot.

Last week, AFA called for a boycott of the home improvement retailer because it sponsored several gay Pride events this year and offers domestic partner benefits to its employees.

So, here we have a private enterprise, Home Depot, making private business decisions, decisions which, to me at least, seem sound.  Now, the American Family Association (AFA) happens not to like those decisions, so they’re launching a boycott — which is their prerogative in a free society.  Personally, I don’t see how granting domestic partner benefits can diminish the quality of home improvement goods or services.  And isn’t that the reason most people go to Home Depot?

Given the success of AFA’s past boycotts, I wouldn’t worry too much about their current move.  I mean, you know, now that Disney has long since stopped offering domestic partner benefits to its employees.  Oh, wait a minute, that’s right, Disney never caved.

And now we’ve got a left-wing organization trying to prevent a right-wing one from exercising its freedom to protest a private enterprise which has adopted a policy that it just doesn’t like.  Why can’t they just leave well enough alone?  (I might say the same thing to the AFA.)

Given the AFA’s track record, this boycott’s going to fail.  So, I urge Get Equal Now to take Napoleon’s words to heart, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

Victims of our own imagination?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:36 pm - July 28, 2010.
Filed under: Identity Politics,Individuation,Random Thoughts

Have you ever met someone at a social event or in the course of your professional endeavors, started chatting with that individual, gotten to like (or dislike) him (or her) before learning his name and then upon learning his full name, saying, “Oh, so, you’re so and so!”  You’d heard all about him from someone else.  But, the impression you get on meeting him is the exact opposite of the image you had created of him.

This thought comes to mind (and not for the first time) for a variety of reasons, first, speculating about meeting one of our critics at a non-political event where we talk movies or history or whatever before finding out that we sit on opposite side of the political fence and second, thinking that there must be a movie which addresses this topic.

As I thought about this, I realized, the idea is much bigger than just a question of how we often create images of other people in our minds (based upon what others have said about them — or our own impressions of people in a group to which they belong — or who hold the creed they do).  And then, there are the times, when, we fret over what we wear or what we say, fearing we offended somebody in some way.  It’s not that we offended them, it’s that we fear we offended them.

(Or that if we do this or that thing, you know, like jumping in the pool less than an hour after eating, it will cause this or that adverse result.)

It’s all inside our heads.

There is more to this notion than this and I may to build upon it in a future post, but want to keep this one brief to get you thinking.  Sometimes we do become victims of our imagination, seeing things as far different (and perhaps far worse) than things actually are entirely because of how we imagine them to be.