Archive for ‘Michael Gerson’

January 9, 2009

Gerson on Kony

Michael Gerson has a column today on the hunt for African terrorist Joseph Kony:

There is a natural and appropriate hesitance to wish death for any man. “Many that live deserve death,” warned J.R.R. Tolkien. “And some die that deserve life. Can you give that to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice.” It is a wise saying — with some notable exceptions. And one of those exceptions is Joseph Kony, who has dealt out death to so many.

This is the first time I’ve ever praised Gerson’s writing, and it might be the last, so please read the whole thing. And please, if you can, do something to help the Angels of East Africa missionary orphanage.

October 1, 2008

Separated at birth?

The obvious question: What is it about the experience of being repeatedly beaten up for your lunch money as a child that turns a standard-issue mama’s boy into a whiny Republican apologist for big government?

Yesterday, it was Brooks in the NY Times denouncing bailout opponents as “nihilists.” Today, it’s Gerson’s turn in the WaPo:

The consensus included everyone who matters — except 133 mainly conservative House Republicans, along with 95 Democrats, who combined to destroy it. . . . .
House Republicans once again revealed the souls of backbenchers — spouting their ideological purity from atop the ruins of the financial system. . . .
House Republicans with ideological objections had nothing better to propose and no intention to try. They chose allegiance to abstract principles over practical reality.

Look, I’ll be 49 years old next week. I’ve seen too many Washington “crises” to be frightened by this latest freakout. I’m having a hard time thinking of the last time the Beltway establishment consensus was right about anything. Hell, people in D.C. can’t even drive, and we’re supposed to trust them to run the economy?

As I mentioned yesterday, the last time I saw such broad-based bipartisan panic in Washington, it was over the “crisis” of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. How’s that working out for you?

Unlike Brooks and Gerson, I am confident that at some point prior to a nationwide re-enactment of “The Grapes of Wrath,” our 17% approval-rating Congress and our 26% approval-rating President will cook up another transparent scheme to swindle the taxpayers out of enough cash to allow the usury lobby to go back to their corporate welfare business as usual.

Everything will turn out fine, whatever the damage to the mutual funds and real-estate values of Brooks and Gerson, so let them go back to practicing how to park their bicycles straight and stop trying to frighten the rest of us.