Saturday, April 14, 2007

It's been a while since I wrote about American Idol, so here goes...

I hate to admit it, but I am one of those who really looks forward to seeing what Sanjaya will do each week. Don't get me wrong, he is clearly the least talented of the remaining singers. But still, FOX must be loving this guy - even if Simon Cowell doesn't. Personally, I believe the best of the group is Blake Lewis, with Jordin Sparks close behind.


I am still fuming over the Nancy Pelosi jaunt to Syria last week. One of the finest memories I have from grade school was the school-wide debates we had during the Ford-Carter election. Because I knew very little about anything (I was in 7th grade at the time) and because I could imitate Jimmy Carter's voice better than anyone else, I was Jimmah in the debates in school.

But what I learned from these school debates was about the office of the President and the respect, not only for the man, but for the office itself. We were taught that the job the President had was so stressful and difficult, that everyone who held it turned grey while serving (Reagan stayed dark-haired because he dyed it). We were taught that no matter who held the office, honor and respect was due.

But what are our children learning now? That it's okay for a high-ranking official to basically give the President the finger and do whatever the hell she/he wants to do - office be damned?

Aside from the embarrassment caused by her faux pas, Pelosi was told by the President of the United States - the man who was elected by the majority of voters - not to go. Yet something gave her the idea that she was above all that. To make matters worse, she sends the message that the government doesn't sanction what the President is doing.

trea·son /ˈtrizən/:
1. disloyalty by virtue of subversive behavior
2. an act of deliberate betrayal

Do you remember the hoopla surrounding the Dixie Chicks comments regarding George Bush, while preforming in England. Those comments, while not particularly nice (or intelligent - given their base is country music fans) were far from treasonous. However, as a high-ranking (or really, any ranking) representative of the United States government, Pelosi single handily jeopardized possibly years of effort to shut the Syrian tyranny of Bashar Assad out. By "Dixie Chicking" in Syria, the Speaker of the House not only showed contempt for the President, but for the office as well.Her actions are no less treasonous than those of Benedict Arnold, Alger Hiss or Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. She undermined the President and what seems almost unconscionable, is getting away with it.

Could you imagine Franklin D. Roosevelt sitting by while his Speaker of the House made friends with the Heinrich Himmler?

She should be immediately be impeached from congress and brought up on charges of treason. Unfortunately, the Republicans no longer have the desire to save us from ourselves. I can promise you that had Newt Gingrich - the Speaker of the House during the Clinton administration - gone behind his back negotiated with Saddam Hussein, against the President's wishes or permission, you bet you would have heard about it until he was replaced, or even indicted.

You just don't do something like that and expect this country not to suffer what could eventually be her downfall. By allowing Ms. Pelosi to get away with such a treasonous act, the office of the President - and by extension, the reverence and importance of the office - becomes just another victim to the liberalization and downfall of this once great democracy.


As some of you may have guessed, all is not well in paradise. As I alluded to in my post yesterday, my marriage of (almost) 19 years is soon coming to an end. While I have been careful not to discuss my marriage on this blog, it isn't something I'm necessarily hiding, either. Let's just say for the sake of my children that there are no good guys and there are no bad guys (there's just you and me and we just disagree!).

I just thought I'd clear up the confusion. It's a difficult time for my kids, but they know we both love them dearly and will continue to make them the priority of our lives.

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