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The Gipper’s advice on commenting to blogs

Citing Leonard Read, the Gipper, on one of his index cards quoted in The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom, appears to be offering advice to some who comment to this blog:

No bad idea is ever overcome by attacking the persons who believe it.

What bold choices, Mr. President?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:48 pm - June 8, 2011.
Filed under: 112th Congress,Leadership

On Monday, Jennifer Rubin wondered about the president’s contention on his latest road tour that “he’s made tough decisions that will pay off over time“.  Rather than make bold choices, she contends the president . . .

. . . is intentionally avoiding them. His budget did not pass the laugh test. His budget speech 2.0 was a partisan attack on the House’s budget plan and failed to present a scoreable, specific budget. He refuses to put forth a coherent plan of his own to restructure entitlements.

In the past, President Obama yielded to Congress, letting House Democrats write his “stimulus” (er, the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and Senate Democrats craft his health care overhaul.  Given that history, it is no wonder the president has failed to put forward a coherent plan of his own.  The Democratic leadership in Congress hasn’t put forward its plan, so he has nothing to go on.

As Ed Morrissey observes:

Republicans have taken great pains to continually refer to the number of days since Senate Democrats have produced a budget, now at Day 769 and counting.  Democrats have begun to chafe at Harry Reid’s strategy of attempting to grab a world record for punting, especially since Democrats have to argue in next year’s elections for voters to trust them with leadership for the next two years.

Perhaps, the president is also chafing, waiting like the Senate Democratic caucus for its leadership to move.  Wouldn’t a bold decision-maker prod Harry Reid et al. to act?  A man who touts himself as making bold choices does so not just in word, but also in deed.  Releasing such a budget proposal with real reforms would just be the kind of deed a bold leader needs to undertake; a real leader is willing to risk opposition, to risk criticism for the sake of the country he loves.

My gay friends agree: marriage changes everything

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:30 pm - June 8, 2011.
Filed under: Gay Marriage,Random Thoughts

Even before U.S Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) acknowledged tweeting the picture in question, all my gay friends (and acquaintances) who have mentioned the matter wonder at the folly of a married man engaging in such activity.  Most of these fellows (and gals) are Democrats.

They do get that marriage changes things for a man — and a woman.

Please note, all these conversations have taken place in Los Angeles, a city far more liberal socially than the rest of the country.  Would be nice to see if some of the organizations advocating state recognition of gay marriage used this occasion to fault a straight married man for failing to respect his marital vows.

Their statement would not only show that they understand the meaning of marriage, but would also express a view in line with gay Americans, well, at least those gay Angelenos with whom I’ve spoken.  And, I daresay, a good number of others.

Those who demand that opposing opinions be silenced

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:18 pm - June 8, 2011.
Filed under: Bibliophilia / Good Books,Free Speech,Ronald Reagan

Here’s another piece of wisdom the Gipper recorded on one of his many note cards, included in the wonderful recent release, The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom:

One way to distinguish truth from all its counterfeits is by its modesty:  truth demands only to be heard among others while its counterfeiters demand that others be silenced.

He attributes this bit of wisdom to Sydney Harris.

Bush-hater wonders about dangers of GOP Fanaticism

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:46 am - June 8, 2011.
Filed under: Bush-hatred

Not entirely sure what to make of Jonathan Chait’s piece in the New Republic today, Risk Factor: For Republicans, do the benefits of fanaticism outweigh the costs? Do appreciate the delicious irony of man who, during the George W. Bush era, prided himself on hatred of the president of the United States wondering about Republican fanaticism.

Do wonder how the man who made the case for Bush hatred would have responded to an article in 2003 asking whether for Democrats the benefits of fanaticism outweigh the costs.