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April 27, 2006

A case of the vapors...

Important battle rule for commanders: Always remember that the first intel reports are usually wrong.

That's what leapt to mind when I saw this Instapundit post.

Granted, I'm with a lot of conservatives on the frustration I feel with The Gang That Can't Shoot Straight, aka the GOP, but when you're up to your a$$ in political alligators, the correct strategy isn't to stick your head into one of the reptiles' mouths. Especially when the net result of staying home on election day or voting for Democrats will give us:

- An even more radical and totalitarian court system,
- Crushing tax burdens on business and individuals,
- A disastrous and capitualtory approach to foreign policy, e.g., what problems there are in the world are America's fault and we should take out lead from our UN and European betters, starting with a wholesale retreat from Iraq, letting Iran get the bomb (by relying on "negotiations" and the "watchdog" UN by a Muslim, no less), etc.
- Then there's immigration--the Dems want felons to be able to vote (at least some have raised the issue in public), why not illegals? Suffice it to say, for all their protestations about Bush's cavalier attitude on Mexicans, et al., in their heart of hearts, they see the 12 million+ new "constituents" as a good thing, so I doubt there'll be much of a change in policy...and what little there will be will probably not be in our national interest.

Shall I go on? Bottom line: Are we really ready to trust the Dems with the responsibility of keeping this country safe, it's aconomy strong and its people free?

In any case, I went on to read the comments associated with the above post. Fortunately, the vast majority are saying, and I'm paraphrasing, "OK, things are rough right now, but cutting the nose off to spite the face ain't exactly a prudent response."

Again, Glenn's "intel" has a little more to it than the impression left on Instapundit.

Personally, I like the Churchillian approach: Never, never, never give up.