Last week, there was a Republican debate under the auspices of MSNBC and Politico. I had a memory of the 2008 campaign. Fox News was scheduled to host a Democratic debate. And the debate was canceled, because the candidates wouldn’t have anything to do with Fox News.
Republicans, apparently, were happy to be hosted by MSNBC. But it didn’t work the other way around. Some people say that conservatives are more tolerant of liberals than liberals are of conservatives. Are you one of those people?
I think I am — and more than “think.”
You may have heard this: South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said, “God bless that little girl at the Post and Courier
. I mean, her job is to try and create conflict. My job is to create jobs.”
The you-know-what hit the fan because of Haley’s use of “little girl.” (She was referring to a 25-year-old reporter.) The Associated Press report is here. The governor apologized for her “poor choice of words.” The AP made sure to contact a Women’s Studies professor for comment!
Ay, caramba. No one is allowed to talk in this country. It is the most stifling atmosphere. I wish Americans would grow up. We’re a nation of — come to think of it, little girls. It’s a miracle we ever faced down the Soviets.
(Luck had more than a little to do with it, I’m afraid.)
Let’s break for a little language. Did you notice, above, that Haley said “try and”? “Try and create conflict” rather than “try to create”? We had an item about that recently. It is ingrained in our language — wrong, but ingrained.
Well, isn’t this special: On Friday, I got an e-mail from the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, extending an invitation from the Cuban interests section. Castro’s people are holding a “concert tribute” to the “Cuban Five.” The concert is to be in Washington, tonight, I believe. (The invitation said, “Monday, September 11,” so either the day or the date was wrong.)
The Cuban Five are spies now serving prison terms in the United States. They were convicted of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. Needless to say, they were afforded every legal protection, including appeal after appeal.
One of the five was convicted for his role in the Castro government’s shootdown of two Brothers to the Rescue planes in 1996. Those planes were in international airspace. The attack killed three U.S. citizens and one permanent resident.
The Cuban Five are a cause célèbre of the Free World Left, and, of course, of the Castro dictatorship.
Oddly, concerts are not held in Cuba for Alan Gross. He is the American aid worker who is a prisoner, pawn, and hostage of the Castros. I wrote about this case for the April 4 National Review. If interested, go here.
This report from Friday tells us that Bill Richardson, our former U.N. ambassador, has been in Cuba, trying to see Gross. They have not let him. In a burst of candor, Richardson referred to Gross as “an American hostage.” He backtracked on this, but his initial candor is still to be appreciated.
A little memory: About a year and a half ago, I got a call from a TV booker. She asked me what I had been working on. I mentioned something about Cuba. Suddenly brighter, she brought up the Cuban Five, obviously believing that they were victims of U.S. injustice. As you know, my view is much different.
And I never heard from the lady again.
Let me now say something about, not Cuban Communists, but Chinese Communists. They are an unusual combination: total brutes, monsters, torturers, and murderers who are the biggest crybabies in the world.
They’ve done it again: Mexico’s president Felipe Calderón deigned to meet the Dalai Lama. And the Chinese foreign ministry said that this had “grossly interfered with China’s internal affairs” and “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people.”
This is what the ChiComs always say. You would think a one-party dictatorship with a gulag wouldn’t be so prissy. They sure aren’t with Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates of that gulag.
The Chinese Communists would be a joke if they didn’t wreck so many lives.