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Holiday advice for Democrats

December 28, 20052:04 p.m.

Holiday advice for Democrats (Joe Scarborough)

In the latest version of his video blog, Joe takes the opportunity to share some advice with his friends from the Democratic Party that he promises will last them through 2006.

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December 15, 2005 3:13 p.m. ET

P.C. police endanger Americans (Joe Scarborough)

George W. Bush, Bill Frist, Denny Hastert, Hillary Clinton, John McCain

Dear Norm,

I enjoyed serving with you in Congress and was pleased when the President selected you to be Secretary of Transportation. I know the chaos that followed shortly after your nomination made your last five years challenging, but you have done your best.

That being said, you have got to get a grip on the P.C. police running your airports. They are putting Americans at risk by dumbing down our airport screening process.

Right now, airport security seems more focused being politically correct than engaging in good police work. Every time I go to a checkpoint, I see grandmoms, kindergarten kids, fat old guys and senior citizens with walkers being hauled in for random screening.

And I just love when my wife, teenage boys and two-year-old daughter are pulled out of line to get extra security attention. The TSA agents who select us know who I am, know I am not planning to blow up an airplane and know my 2 year old girl is not packed with explosives.

It would be laughable if you weren't wasting money and resources that could be used preventing the next terror attack.

Have you ever noticed how cops investigating bank robberies usually keep girl scouts and grandmoms out of interrogation rooms? You know why that is, Norm? Because they are only interested in solving a crime.

What are you interested in, Norm?

Let me make your job a little easier. When it comes to profiling terrorists intent on blowing planes out of the sky, the code ain't hard to crack. Don't tell anyone I told you this. Wouldn't be prudent. But if I were you, I would focus on young, Arab males.

All nineteen 9/11 hijackers were young Arab males. The terrorists who killed over 200 marines in Beirut were young Arab males. The thugs who killed Americans on planes and cruiseliners in the 1980s were young Arab males. The terrorists who tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993 were young Arab males. The people who killed American troops in 1997 by blowing up Khobar Towers were young Arab males. And the terrorists who killed soldiers on the USS Cole in 2000 were young Arab males.

And get this. Most terrorists blowing our people up across the globe since 9/11 have been young Arab males. Besides, do your people really think my 2 year old girl and an 85 year old grandmom from Scranton are going to take down a 757 jetliner?

Come on, Norm. Your agency's stupidity is really starting to tick me off because when the next jet goes down, you and the President will have blood on your hands.

We're in a war here. It's time to get serious.

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December 14, 200510:35 p.m. ET

Raise hell responsibly, please (Joe Scarborough)

I work late. Gotta TV show that ends at 11.

I get home late and go to sleep even later. That being the case, the kids know not to play football inside the home before 7 a.m. Smart kids, Joey and Andrew.

This morning I woke up in Washington, not to the sound of children, but to a pack of union members screaming in the streets eleven stories below. Their howls, chants and whistles echoed up the canyon of hotels and office buildings surrounding them.

They are proud of themselves. They think they are making a statement.

They are.


Apparently someone inside the National Press Building did something very bad to these picketers. Fair enough.

Populist that I am means I don't blindly trust big business any more than I trust big government. I take the Reagan approach to both: Trust but verify.

But in this case, these union members just got a lot of people up on the wrong side of the bed. Even those of us awake before their early morning screams began are more than annoyed they didn't have the good sense to grab some coffee and donuts before beginning their protest at a respectable hour.

What are they fighting for?

Who cares?

They are obnoxious tools who only succeeded in ticking off neighbors. About as good a P.R. move as Howard Dean telling Americans our troops can't win wars.

My advice to union members and the Democratic Party: Raise hell, but raise hell responsibly.

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December 13, 2005
Our Godless founding fathers? (Joe Scarborough)

Benjamin Franklin implored constitutional delegates to pray to the Lord for guidance in their deliberations. You judge whether Franklin believed faith should be kept in the public square.

“God governs in the affairs of man," Franklin said at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. "And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel”

Again, if you want to prove to the world that Christmas is a pagan holiday and that there is no room for God in government, make that argument. Free country. I just don't stay up at night wondering whether the White House and Target celebrate "Christmas" or the "Holiday Season."

Still, don't tell me our founders wanted to separate God from government. It just isn't true. That movement began with the U.S. Supreme Court’s in the 1947 Everson decision.

Anyway, that’s today history lesson. Gotta go. Thinking about this War on Christmas junk is making me thirsty. Time to double up on the eggnog.


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December 12, 2005 4:31 p.m. ET
Hating America key to Nobel Prize (Joe Scarborough)

Hey authors, want to win the Nobel Prize? You can increase your odds by doing one thing: telling the world how much you hate America.

Men of average intellect in fields outside of literature also find their reputations burnished by the Nobel Committee in return for bashing George Bush and American foreign policy. Ask Jimmy Carter, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize a few years back for setting up a diplomatic framework that allowed North Korea to go nuclear.

Billy Carter couldn't have screwed that one up any more than his overmatched, self-righteous brother. Still, I guess we should thank our lucky stars that Billy's overtures to Libya were ignored by the Nobel Committee in the 70's.

But these days, the true anti-American haters seem to litter the literary awards category.

This year's winner, Harold Pinter, loathes America in a way that would make Hugo Chavez blush.

In his recent Nobel lecture, Pinter compared the United States to the Soviet Union-a regime that killed up to 40 million of its own people. Then Pinter took it a step further by lamenting the fall of that evil regime since Stalin and his type provided "constraint" against US policies.

Pinter then described America's foreign policy this way:

"It means that you infect the heart of the country, that you establish a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom. When the populace has been subdued - or beaten to death - the same thing - and your own friends, the military and the great corporations, sit comfortably in power, you go before the camera and say that democracy has prevailed."

The author then cited "the tragedy of Nicaragua,"  mourning the fall of that "intelligent, rational and civilized" Marxist regime. Pinter placed the Sandinistas' downfall at the feet of the United States.

Funny, but I remembered the Nicaraguan people chasing those rational Marxists out of power in the 90s.

Ahh. But facts always bored Pinter and his type. Later in his lecture, this year's winner became unhinged, accusing American leaders of employing Jedi mind tricks on an unsuspecting world.

"The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

"I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be but it is also very clever. It's a scintillating stratagem."

Pinter blasted the system of "gulags" in the United States, as if letting murders, rapists and child molesters run free in the streets of American cities is a preferable option. He also used his Nobel platform to call George Bush and Tony Blair war criminals who should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice.

I could reprint more of his drivel in this space but you get the point. This bitter man, whose greatest contribution to literature involved his putting his pen down-the Pinter Pause-got a Nobel Prize because of how much he hated America.

The United States of America is the root of all that is evil in this world, according to Pinter. Never mind the fact that my country has spent the last century liberating the world from Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union, Milosevic's Serbia and Hussein's Iraq.

Forget also that we are spending our money and blood to kill al-Qaida terrorists who would blow up Pinter and his countrymen in a second if the author succeed in reversing US foreign policy.

But America will not surrender to terror.

We will not surrender to al-Qaida.

And we sure as hell will not be cowed by a diseased mind like Harold Pinter.

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Democrats: Defeat from the jaws of victory (Joe Scarborough)

Have Democrats once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory? Too early to tell but Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are clearly running scared because of liberal chatter the RNC is labeling as "Retreat and Defeat."

Democratic leader Howard Dean says the Iraq War is a lost cause. Not true. But even if it were, I would warn Democratic candidates that they needed to bite their tongue before telling voters U.S. troops can't beat a bunch of jackals who delight in blowing themselves up.

John Kerry recently let it be known that he believed U.S. soldiers were engaging in acts of terror in Iraq.

Not a smart move for a man who lost the 2004 campaign in part because he once accused our men in uniform of committing war crimes.

The Senate's number two Democrat, Dick Durben, compared U.S. troops to Nazis, Stalinist thugs and the Khmer Rouge -- three of the 20th Century's deadliest forces.

Good Lord!

When will my Democratic friends rise up and stick a sock in their leaders' mouths? Only the Democratic Party of Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi could succeed in making today's Republican Party look the only choice in 2006.

And that is exactly what they are doing.

Earlier, Democrats trotted out Medal of Honor winner Daniel Inouye to attack the President. The U.S. Senator from Hawaii blasted the "GOP attack machine" and called the Republicans' latest TV ad "shameful."

"It may improve the President’s political fortunes," the Senator said," but the American people and our troops will pay the price. I hope that President Bush realizes how shameful it is to play politics when what we really need is leadership, and that he will direct his Party to take down this ad immediately."

Playing politics with war? Hurting the troops?

Maybe it's just me, but if I were Senator Inouye, I would be more worried about what my own party leaders were saying than what some GOP ad is saying ten months before an election.

Voters will not remember a 2005 TV ad when they go to the voting booth next year. But they will remember which party championed "retreat and defeat."

It's time for the Democratic Party to wake up, get disciplined and start acting like an organization that is once again interested in being relevant.

What they are doing now is no way to regain power.

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Rising poll numbers for Bush (Joe Scarborough)

The media elites may not be paying attention, but conservative Americans are.

George Bush’s sagging poll numbers got a needed lift, according to a New York Times poll released today.

The economy and the the White House PR effort on Iraq were cited as reasons for raising the President’s approval ratings five points to 40%. Also making a difference was the White House’s conservative tact on Iraq, immigration, the Supreme Court and a number of other issues.
Earlier this week, a Fox poll also noted an upward tick of 5% to 42%.

Don’t expect Karl Rove to start popping the champagne corks quite yet. Iraq and the economy still pose great challenges for the President and the country. But so long as Bush and friends continue their counteroffensives on the war and the Supreme Court, expect conservatives and men to continue coming home to a White House in need of all the friends they can get.

I suspect Mr. Rove would be pleased to be sitting at 45% when the GOP defends its congressional majority in next year’s elections. But for now, Bush’s five point jump has shown that conservatives will return to the President’s team if he stops taking their support for granted.

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Democrats self-inflicted wounds (Joe Scarborough)

God help the Democrats. What a clueless party packed with clueless leaders.

It really doesn’t matter how stupid Republicans are because Democrats always seem to find a way to become even more disconnected from Middle America. Even after Iraq, Katrina, Big Oil, global warming, Harriet Miers, Tom DeLay and CIA leaks, the Democrats always seem to one up the GOP when it comes to self-inflicted wounds.

This week the head of the Democratic National Committee said the United States was doomed to failure in Iraq. While Howard Dean’s rants may thrill the base in Manhattan and Beverly Hills, it tears the Party away from the very people it needs to reach in the political middle.

As if that weren’t enough to Re-McGovernize the Democrats for the week, there was John Kerry on Face the Nation this weekend suggesting that American troops were committing acts of terror against innocent Iraqis.

Here is Kerry’s clueless quote:
“There is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the—of—of—of—historical customs, religious customs, whether you like it or not.”

The Senator and his staff can spin it anyway they want but use of the word “terrorizing” in conjunction with our troops is not the way to win votes in Ohio or any other swing state.

Add to that statements made earlier this year by Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, comparing US troops to Stalinist thugs, Nazis and members of the Khmer Rouge and you begin to see a troubling pattern.

Is there no grownup running today’s Democratic Party that can tell these blowhards to shut their mouths?

Oh wait. These are the people who will be running the Democratic Party as they head into the 2006 elections.

Not good news if you are a Democrat or one who prefers a two-party system.

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December 5, 2005 |

Will Bush win rave reviews for improving economy? (Joe Scarborough)

Want to understand the power of the press? More specifically, the power of negative reporting? Then look no further than the President's low approval ratings in the face of an ever-growing economy.

The White House trumpeted numbers this morning that would have made a less hated president the toast of the town. As it is, George W. Bush will have to settle with knowing that those loathsome tax cuts just may have gotten America through a massive terror attack and two killer storms.

Remember press clippings hailing Bill Clinton and his economic team as miracle workers for guiding the US economy to moderate gains?

Will President Bush receive the same rave reviews now that his economic policies have helped to add 215,000 jobs in November?

Will the New York Times note tomorrow on A1 that unemployment rates are beating a 30 year trend by sinking to 5%?

Will the chattering classes tell Americans that 2 million jobs have been created in the past year and 4.5 million have been added since the economy took off in 2003?

Of course not.

And while a sagging stock market is seen as a sign of a struggling economy, how many editorial writers will take note when the Dow Jones average rockets to levels not seen since 9/11?

The Times' Paul Krugman told Reuters that Americans know better than to believe such economic data points to better times. Forget that consumer confidence is also increasing by double digits. It seems Krugman and his anti-Bush cabal have little alternative but to ask Americans whether they believe political partisans or their own lying eyes.



The importance of faith (Joe Scarborough)

As promised, below are a few quotes from our Founding Fathers regarding the importance of faith in America.

To assure Christopher Hitchens and his allies that I have not ripped words from their context, the following passage is taken directly from the Library of Congress exhibit "Religion and the Founding of the American Republic":

"The first two Presidents of the United States were patrons of religion -- George Washington was an Episcopal vestryman, and John Adams described himself as 'church going animal.' Both offered strong rhetorical support for religion. In his Farewell Address of September 1796, Washington called religion, as the source of morality, 'a necessary spring of popular government,' while Adams claimed that statesmen 'may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.'"

Hmmm. Not quite the picture painted by the US Supreme Court since 1947. And since the Court's first chief justice told his fellow countrymen they should only vote for Christians, the ACLU knows not to expect words of support from those who first ran the Judicial Branch.

As I told you in Friday's blog, I will fight for Mr. Hitchens and the ACLU's right to try and drive faith from the public square. But I won't sit back while the left claims to be doing so to promote the ideals of Washington and his peers.

They are not.

More quotes coming.


December 2, 2005 | 4:56 p.m. ET

War on Christmas (Joe Scarborough)

I knew our War on Christmas segment last night would be heated. For whatever reason, discussions about the mix of religion and politics usually devolve into nasty, brutish events.

Vanity Fair's Christopher Hitchens came out swinging seconds into the segment arguing that Christian symbols had no place in private businesses or the public square. And for what it's worth, I can understand why a non-believer would be irritated at the sight of mangers and Christmas trees throughout the ever-expanding holiday season.

But Hitchen's suggestion that such displays did great violence to the United States Constitution is intellectually dishonest.

George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and most of our founding fathers believed religion, faith and God were indispensable supports of our Republic. The quotes are out there for anyone who cares to Google on the subject for more than five minutes. And while you are researching, figure out where the term "separation of church and state" first surfaced in US history.

It certainly wasn't in the founding documents.

That's why I say to Hitchens and all others who want to drive Christ out of Christmas, have at it. Fight hard and fair and know that if recent trends continue, you will probably succeed in stripping Christmas of all religious meaning.

But don't waste your breath suggesting that driving God from the public square during Christians' most sacred season is a noble effort undertaken to protect the First Amendment. It is not.

Don't take my word for it. Read the words of the Americans who approved the Constitution. You will learn that our founders never intended for freedom of religion to be interpreted by Mr. Hitchens and his ilk as a guarantee of freedom from religion.

Look in this space in the coming days for quotes from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and other founders who took a position radically different from Hitchens and the ACLU.