Skip to comments.Ben Stein on "The Lynching of the President"
Posted on 02/03/2007 7:30:31 PM PST by seanmerc
The Lynching of the President By Ben Stein
So there I was, lying in my bed in Malibu with my dogs, watching Mr. Bush's State of the Union speech. I thought it was darned good. Realistic, gracious, modest, sensible. I happen to think we should get out of Iraq yesterday, but I thought Mr Bush put forward his case well. And Congress responded graciously and generously on both sides of the aisle.
Then, whaam, as soon as the speech was over, ABC was bashing him, telling us how pathetic he was, how irrelevant he was, how weak he was, how unrealistic he was.
Right after that, Jim Webb gave a very short speech biting Bush's head off -- but not making any concrete proposals about anything. No network person mentioned how simple minded and unrealistic he was.
Then, tonight, the next night, I walked into the kitchen where my wife had left the radio going with NPR to amuse the cats. NPR was having a call-in show talking about the State of the Union. The first speaker I heard was a country music legend, Merle Haggard, who said he had never seen things so bad in this country. Then a legion of anonymous callers chimed in with similar thoughts.
And suddenly it hit me. The media is staging a coup against Mr. Bush. They cannot impeach him because he hasn't done anything illegal. But they can endlessly tell us what a loser he is and how out of touch he is (and I mean ENDLESSLY) and how he's just a vestigial organ on the body politic right now.
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And this is compared to the traitors and defeatists democrats in Congress with few stupid Republicans who are so impotent and so weak that all what they can do to fight our President strategy for victory is to suggest a "non biding" defeatist resolution and even this one have very hard time of getting cloture and passing. Talk about impotent and weak, I present you with the US Congress.
Thanks for posting. Mr. Stein writes the truth.
Thanks for a GREAT posting.
The press is Cassandra when a republican president is in the White House, Voltaire's Candide when a democrat is in. It's enough to get one started thinking for oneself, but that only leads to voting third party. What to do, what to do?
Ben Stein has resurrected himself finally. Freepers have been saying along that Bush is lamb for the liberal slaughter. Ben Stein did put it well but alittle late.
Why are the Dem's allowed to formally criticize the President's State of the Union Address, while the Dem's rebuttal cannot be criticized????? It was not a rebuttal. It was a personal attack. Webb's address was nearly treasonous and no one said a thing.
Absolutely love that man.
He's correct. People aren't tired of the war, they're tired of what they are hearing about the war. They're tired of the media.
Draft...Ben Stein for prez.
I'm a Virginian. Many of us have learned to just ignore our junior senator.
Already? Wow. But, please don't ignore him when it is time to elect his replacement. For heaven's sake, work against him ... don't ignore him.
I agree that Ben Stein is a national treasure but would partially disagree with him that the war is a huge mistake. I say partially because I belive it is too soon to make that assessment.
I love to read anything that Ben Stein has to say, however, his adamant belief that tax cuts are wrong just miffs me. For someone as economically astute as he is in most cases, his failure to recognize the benefits of tax cuts is mystifying.
Love him nonetheless.
Believe me, I worked my okole off to re-elect George Allen and will be there to take this knucklehead down in six LOOOONG years.
Good to hear ... thanks.
Does anyone know what are the great mistakes that these guys made that says are so great compared to Bush's?
Tony Snow prez Ben Stein vp
except I disgree with Ben on the war
Doesn't he just want to tax the very rich - like the ones in Malibu who have so many tax breaks because of their professions and so many lawyers and accountants because of their money and fake charities that they don't pay taxes?
I was surprised to hear this coming from him when I watched him long time ago talking about it.
I like the main parts of this column but I am quite surprised how critical he is of Iraq.
I really wonder what it would take to get someone in the media who supports the Iraq war.
I support the Iraq war and I am surprised to see how much Stein does not.
I think the guy is brilliant but the idea that attacking Saddam or fighting there now is a mistake is the true mistake.
The celebratory mood about no attacks here is directly attributable to fighting over there.
The democratic tensions of Iraq resonate elsewhere and jeopardize the broad state of Islamic fascism. This is inevitably going to take time and violence. Nonetheless, Bush has wisely accelerated this process.
Palestine is a good example. Hamas and Fatah are fighting to the death. That would not be possible without "democracy" previously Hamas got to lie low and play underdog. Now they are both fighting to the death on the other side of a wall.
I think Lebannon is also playing out in our favor because of Iraqi democracy.
I think the edges of Iran are also starting to roll back on Tehran.
Why wont people like Stein defend this?
"Does anyone know what are the great mistakes that these guys made that says are so great compared to Bush's?"
Appointed Dean Acheson, whose statement that the Korean Peninsula lay outside the all-important "defense perimeter" of the United States caused the Korean War. Allowed his cabinet to cut military spending "to the bone, and then keep cutting" after WWII, which ensured that our armed forces were not prepared for Korea. Fired MacArthur. Refused to use sufficient force to eliminate N. Korea, instead settling for an uneasy truce that has now come back to bite us.
Implemented socialist policies that had the economy on the ropes. Legacy saved only by the attack on Pearl Harbor and Hitler's declaration of war 10 days later. Decided to abandon Pacific and pursue war in Europe first, thereby abandoning huge numbers of civilians in the Philippines and elsewhere to unimaginable horrors. Went along with the fire-bombing of Dresden. And on, and on, and on.
Took the Bay of Pigs operation away from Army Intelligence at the 11th hour and gave it to the CIA who screwed it up by the numbers. Murdered hundreds, if not thousands, by reneging on promise to provide air support after the operation was already in progress. Pussied out in Cuban Missile Crisis, giving Krushchev our missiles in Turkey and Italy in return for dismantling Russia's in Cuba. Failed to take out Castro. Committed adultery virtually every day. Worst of all, it was with the rise of the inbred shanty-Irish trash Kennedy clan that America's descent into the muck and mire of blue jeans and grungy attire for every occasion began.
Yes, Ben, the enemy within is a leftist boil oozing infection constantly, so long as the President is a Republican. But if a lying degenerate democrap president spews lies on world wide TV (I did not have ... what the hell), he's heroic, etc. Yes, Ben, the enemy is within and spewing pus via media spittle.
I watch Neil Cavutos program religiously and Ben has argued many times that he thinks tax cuts are wrong
wrong across the board.
Only time that I have seen Neil get really agitated and down right argumentative with a guest is when the conversation turns to tax cuts and Bens logic against them is voiced.
Ben has softened his protests in recent months and he has started to suggest that tax cuts for the rich is his main point.
His history of tax cut comments are not in line with what is happening in our economy. Although he is a genius, even geniuses have flawed thinking sometimes. ;-)
"I watch Neil Cavutos program religiously"
What channel is that? I've been reading Stein for a number of years, and find it very surprising that he would argue against tax cuts.
I watch it on Direct TV channel 360 at 4 pm.
The good news about all of this is the factoid that "when everybody agrees about something, it's wrong.". This is what we are seeing. Everybody knows Bush is wrong. Ha. There is a thundering sound from the bewildered herd.
You can get archived programs at www.foxnews.com.
I agree generally with you, but MacArthur should have been fired months before, when after the Inchon landing he failed to cut off the North Korean army from fleeing north. Instead of driving across the penninsula, MacArthur wasted weeks taking Seoul. Then, he further screwed up by disobeying orders and advancing all the way to the Yalu River.
Newt Gingrich/Ben Stein '08
you missed Mista Jimma Carter on your list...he gave us oil embargos, 444 days of Iranians holding Americans hostage. Gave away the Panama canal which China now runs = controls. He gave pure "misery index" and now he gives us anti-semitic & hate america crap in new book. He should go hug Hugo Chavez some more and take Cindy Sh-than w/ him...peas in a pod. Why doesn't he just give us a break??
Stein has clear and amazing insight.
Praise GOD that
President BUSH has promised...
Freedom's Arrival to:
Communist North Korea
as well as
Freedom's Arrival to:
All the Countries of the Middle East
...as America's own best self-protection against furture terrorist attacks here at home.
Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
Veteran-1st Major Battles for Freedom of the Vietnam War 1965-66
You are going to have to begin now to defeat your Jr. Senator in six years just as we are here in Ohio. Brown and Webb can be one termers.
Newt will have a lot of trouble
And I have an autographed copy of "Contract"
Please, as a fan of Ben, I would appreciate being proved wrong
but my ears are not defunct, eyes, yes, mind yes
I dont think so.
I have been a fan of Ben for many years and have always been miffed my his condescension of tax cuts.
Saddam had uranium, parts and plans for enrichment centrifuges, plans for nuclear weapons and, most importantly, the intent to build a weapon and use it against the US.
With the sanctions all but gutted, the UN corrupted for annan on down, most members of the Security Council openly trading with saddam, what other decision could have been made?
Re: "my wife had left the radio going with NPR to amuse the cats."
PETA is preparing to send in an army to save the kitties... NOT ;-)
NPR also had Frank Miller give a few thoughts.
He did not hold back. Thank God.....
I completely agree that the reasons you list are valid reasons for going to war in Iraq and that the war itself was not a mistake.
I believe if we pull out prematurely and it allows the radical muslim element to get a foothold in Iraq and go on to control its resources that it will have been a huge mistake.
I wasn't really clear on the point that Stein was making in this article but didn't think he meant that going to war in the first place was a huge mistake.
Get back to me when your expert has reviewed all of the Fox news archives.
NO - you're the one with the burden of proof -
When did Ben talk about repealing all tax relief