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Ben Stein on "The Lynching of the President"
The American Spectator ^ | January 25, 2007 | Ben Stein

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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Virginia; War on Terror
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I think Ben Stein is a national treasure. NPR to amuse the cats--classic!
1 posted on 02/03/2007 7:30:33 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
ABC was bashing him, telling us how pathetic he was, how irrelevant he was, how weak he was, how unrealistic he was.

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.

2 posted on 02/03/2007 7:34:42 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: seanmerc

Thanks for posting. Mr. Stein writes the truth.


3 posted on 02/03/2007 7:36:32 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: seanmerc

Me too.

Thanks for a GREAT posting.


4 posted on 02/03/2007 7:37:28 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: seanmerc

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?


5 posted on 02/03/2007 7:39:22 PM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: seanmerc

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.


6 posted on 02/03/2007 7:41:53 PM PST by mojo114
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To: seanmerc

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.


7 posted on 02/03/2007 7:42:19 PM PST by Martins kid
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To: seanmerc

Absolutely love that man.


8 posted on 02/03/2007 7:42:44 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: seanmerc

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.


9 posted on 02/03/2007 7:42:50 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: seanmerc

Draft...Ben Stein for prez.


10 posted on 02/03/2007 7:42:59 PM PST by TailspinJim
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To: Martins kid

I'm a Virginian. Many of us have learned to just ignore our junior senator.


11 posted on 02/03/2007 7:44:04 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
I gave up on NPR a long time ago -- Nina, Terry Gross, Garrison...

They are not voicing the public's interest, and it's not National Public Radio -- it's National Wacko Liberal Radio, subsidized by the taxpayer.

It's ugly and it's been ugly for a long time...
12 posted on 02/03/2007 7:46:50 PM PST by detch
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To: seanmerc
"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.

13 posted on 02/03/2007 7:47:10 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: seanmerc

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.


14 posted on 02/03/2007 7:50:23 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jveritas

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.


15 posted on 02/03/2007 7:50:46 PM PST by doc1019 (If Obama is elected as President, we will become an “Obama Nation”.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

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.


16 posted on 02/03/2007 7:50:54 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Good to hear ... thanks.


17 posted on 02/03/2007 7:52:56 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: TailspinJim

Does anyone know what are the great mistakes that these guys made that says are so great compared to Bush's?

Truman
FDR
Kennedy

Anyone? Anyone?


18 posted on 02/03/2007 7:53:57 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: TailspinJim

Tony Snow prez Ben Stein vp


19 posted on 02/03/2007 7:54:47 PM PST by Convert (Praying for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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To: Convert

except I disgree with Ben on the war


20 posted on 02/03/2007 7:56:15 PM PST by Convert (Praying for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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To: doc1019

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?


21 posted on 02/03/2007 8:00:00 PM PST by Convert (Praying for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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To: seanmerc
Ben Stein just woke up from a coma?... WHAT?...
The boy is about as sharp as a bowling ball- Foghorn Leghorn
22 posted on 02/03/2007 8:07:28 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: doc1019
his failure to recognize the benefits of tax cuts is mystifying.

I was surprised to hear this coming from him when I watched him long time ago talking about it.

23 posted on 02/03/2007 8:07:36 PM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jveritas
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.


Now that is the key isn't it? The "but not making any concrete proposals about anything" part.

To me at least it is key. Anyone can bust anyone's chops for anything but it is another story all together to come up with solutions on their own.

The liberal left who claims to know so much in reality have not come up with anything constructive for years. (if ever)

Everything they say or do is empty and meaningless.

It is so sad that so many falls hook line and sinker for their bull.
24 posted on 02/03/2007 8:11:31 PM PST by Tut
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To: seanmerc

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?


25 posted on 02/03/2007 8:12:46 PM PST by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: Dr. Pritchett

"Does anyone know what are the great mistakes that these guys made that says are so great compared to Bush's?"

"Truman"

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.

"FDR"

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.

"Kennedy"
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.


26 posted on 02/03/2007 8:15:48 PM PST by dsc
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To: seanmerc

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.


27 posted on 02/03/2007 8:19:01 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Convert

I watch Neil Cavuto’s 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 Ben’s 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. ;-)


28 posted on 02/03/2007 8:21:13 PM PST by doc1019 (If Obama is elected as President, we will become an “Obama Nation”.)
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To: doc1019

"I watch Neil Cavuto’s 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.


29 posted on 02/03/2007 8:32:31 PM PST by dsc
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To: dsc

I watch it on Direct TV channel 360 at 4 pm.


30 posted on 02/03/2007 8:38:17 PM PST by doc1019 (If Obama is elected as President, we will become an “Obama Nation”.)
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To: doc1019

EST


31 posted on 02/03/2007 8:38:51 PM PST by doc1019 (If Obama is elected as President, we will become an “Obama Nation”.)
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To: seanmerc

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.


32 posted on 02/03/2007 8:43:07 PM PST by groanup (War is not the answer, victory is.)
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To: dsc

You can get archived programs at www.foxnews.com.


33 posted on 02/03/2007 8:43:15 PM PST by doc1019 (If Obama is elected as President, we will become an “Obama Nation”.)
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To: dsc

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.


34 posted on 02/03/2007 8:45:22 PM PST by since 1854 (www.republicanbasics.com)
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To: TailspinJim

Newt Gingrich/Ben Stein '08


35 posted on 02/03/2007 8:53:01 PM PST by Lewite (Praise YAHWEH and Proclaim His Wonderful Name! Islam, the end time Beast-the harlot of Babylon.)
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To: Dr. Pritchett

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??


36 posted on 02/03/2007 8:56:52 PM PST by ghostkatz (Soon to be Soylent Green.)
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To: seanmerc
"He's the only President we have, and I trust him a lot more than I trust unelected princes of the newsroom."



I agree Ben.
And by the way...nice shoes.
;o)
37 posted on 02/03/2007 9:04:06 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: seanmerc

Stein has clear and amazing insight.


38 posted on 02/03/2007 9:06:39 PM PST by Shimmer128 (An optimist is the human personification of spring.)
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To: All; seanmerc

.

NEVER FORGET


Praise GOD that
President BUSH has promised...


Freedom's Arrival to:

Communist Vietnam
Communist North Korea
Communist Cuba


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

http://www.lzxray.com

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set1.htm

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm


NEVER FORGET

.


39 posted on 02/03/2007 9:14:29 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: seanmerc

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.


40 posted on 02/03/2007 9:38:52 PM PST by Martins kid
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To: doc1019
I watch too and I recall that his rationale was that those multi-millionaires who lavishly use the very freedoms others are sacrificing life and limb to preserve should be taxed and the money should go to those defending our country
I would have to see the transcript of the show where he advocating taking away tax cuts which benefit those under the mega-millionaire range
41 posted on 02/03/2007 9:56:59 PM PST by Convert (Praying for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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To: Lewite

Newt will have a lot of trouble
And I have an autographed copy of "Contract"


42 posted on 02/03/2007 10:00:37 PM PST by Convert (Praying for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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To: Convert

Please, as a fan of Ben, I would appreciate being proved wrong … but my ears are not defunct, eyes, yes, mind yes … ears … I don’t think so.

I have been a fan of Ben for many years and have always been miffed my his condescension of tax cuts.


43 posted on 02/03/2007 10:33:38 PM PST by doc1019 (If Obama is elected as President, we will become an “Obama Nation”.)
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To: jazusamo
I like Ben Stein, but a mistake? One of the reasons that we were hit on 911 was because saddam wasn't dealt with. He trained terrorists to attack us. Abu Yasin and Ramsey Yousef flew from Baghdad on Iraqi passports, blew up the World Trade Center and Yasin went back to saddam's open arms. That in itself was an act of war. The no wmd mantra goes on. Say it enough...We did find wmd, not the large stockpiles (they're in syria btw) that he admitted he had, but enough to kill hundreds of thousands.

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?

44 posted on 02/03/2007 10:33:53 PM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: doc1019
I've consulted my expert and there is no remembrance of anything but a tax on mega-millionaires to fund a few hundred dollars to give the lowest paid in the military a pay raise

I would have to have a time and date on that one
45 posted on 02/03/2007 10:43:58 PM PST by Convert (Praying for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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To: seanmerc

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 ;-)


46 posted on 02/03/2007 10:47:49 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: seanmerc

NPR also had Frank Miller give a few thoughts.

He did not hold back. Thank God.....

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=24146_Batman_Artist_No_Moonbat&only


47 posted on 02/03/2007 10:53:39 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Eagles6

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.


48 posted on 02/03/2007 10:56:25 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Convert

Get back to me when your “expert” has reviewed all of the Fox news archives.


49 posted on 02/03/2007 11:13:59 PM PST by doc1019 (If Obama is elected as President, we will become an “Obama Nation”.)
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To: doc1019

NO - you're the one with the burden of proof -
When did Ben talk about repealing all tax relief


50 posted on 02/03/2007 11:15:49 PM PST by Convert (Praying for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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