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Friday, May 26, 2006

The Third Way Too

Day By Day once again expresses my exasperation with both our terminally corrupt, lying, muddle-headed political parties. (The man in the last frame is a conservative Republican; the woman a liberal Democrat.)

There has to be an alternative. I have been defending the President and the Republicans in Congress for years now, but the latest cave in by the Senate granting amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens and the Congressional Republicans' totally wrong-headed defense of non-existant legal perogatives (the raid on William Jefferson's Congressional office was duly ordered by a judge, a member of the judicial branch) has made me wonder if I'll sit out this election and not even vote for Alabama incumbents. After, Richard Shelby is one of the Hill's "earmark" champions, with 21 in the last year.

In a similar vein, Glenn Reynolds says,

Could Al Qaeda have slipped mind-altering drugs into the DC water supply? What’s gotten into these people? Or has some sort of deal been cut? Whatever it is, I don’t think I like it.

I keep wondering what I'm missing here. It's too late for a big third-party push in '06, I think, but I'm pretty sure we'll see one in '08. At this rate, it may be the only party left . . . .

We can only hope so.

National Review offers a similarly appropriate scolding:

By nothing more than dumb luck, the Republican-controlled Congress—lambasted for the junkets, earmarks, and 'culture of corruption' that have aligned to produce the lowest approval ratings in memory—was handed a shot at some desperately needed redemption. All its leaders had to do was make the right choice between condemning the rankest corruption and displaying an outsized arrogance. Guess which one they chose?

Another plank in any third party platform should be doing away with all set-asides and earmark riders.

A further plank should make it clear that no Congressman is above the law and should endorse a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution's article 1 clause about arresting members of Congress: not on or going to or from the floor; anywhere else is kosher.


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