"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
It has been disturbing to see the charade played on stage, not since President Ronald Reagan has the Republican Party truly 'fought back.' Even in the face of certain victory or, dare I say, in the name of all that is right and good, has the Republican Party had the fortitude to counter the rhetoric from across the aisle. It is easy to grow disheartened and it is easy to make excuses, but sometimes enough is enough. Per example, your humble writer had no inclination regarding this gaffe:
"John Kerry let slip the name of an undercover CIA officer in a question to John Bolton at his confirmation hearing, even as Mr. Bolton tried to cover up the gaffe by referring to the agent as ÂMr. SmithÂ in his reply."
This did receive some attention, albeit that it was a trifle week's worth of proverbial wrist slapping: "And who, but Democrats, can forget former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, who who pled guilty to stealing and destroying classified material in advance of the 9/11 Commission report and then lied about the whole matter? Berger, who was a sure bet to receive a high cabinet post in the Kerry administration had there been one, was forced to leave his post as campaign advisor on matters of foreign police and national security."
The time to begin is never better as it is in the present. Conservatives grow wary of a party that continues to win election after election filing to move forward with the agenda that is promised. I hope what this editorial discusses somehow signals a beginning of what is to come, and in many ways catches traction. President George W. Bush has not had the gumption to do so in domestic matters for 5 years now. Maybe, just maybe, someone that can lead on both fronts, foreign and domestic, will emerge before 2008.