Sir Winston Churchill wryly (and wisely) observed: "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." Likewise, Republicans are not perfect, but they remain far preferable to Democrats.
Sir Winston Churchill wryly (and wisely) observed: "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."
Likewise, Republicans are not perfect, but they remain far preferable to Democrats.
Imagine San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Then vote Republican.
Worse (YES, WORSE!), if the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, Representative John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, will chair the House Judiciary Committee and the Bush Administration will be simultaneously fighting the War on Terror and Representative Conyers' war on the Bush Administration. Before Election Day, Ms. Pelosi will keep saying that impeachment is not on the Democrat agenda. If Ms. Pelosi becomes Speaker, however, that agenda will be subject to revision.
It's hard enough to fight the War on Terror with The New York Times revealing national security secrets of immense interest to the terrorists, such as the terrorist surveillance program and the monitoring of international banking transactions, and much of the mainstream media peddling the lie that the Bush Administration deliberately deceived the American people in order to depose Saddam Hussein and then punished former Ambassador Joe Wilson by outing his wife as a CIA operative
Believe it or not, the Democrat in line to chair the House Intelligence Committee is Alcee Hastings of Florida. Unlike New Orleans Democrat Representative William Jefferson (who takes the concept of "cold cash" very seriously), Representative Hastings actually was impeached and removed from office (by a Democrat-controlled Congress!)/
In 1989, then Judge Hastings was impeached by the House of Representatives for corruption and perjury and the Senate convicted him of (1) accepting a $150,000 bribe in 1981 in return for a lenient sentence and (2) perjuring himself many times during his trial. Representative Hastings has the distinction of being one of six judges removed from office by the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate did not bar him from holding federal office, he was elected to Congress in 1992 and re-elected since, and he is the presumptive chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in the Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives!
Then there is Representative Barney Frank, who was voted the most intelligent House Democrat by Capitol Hill staffers in 2004, as reported in Washingtonian, a magazine. He will chair the House Financial Services Committee.
In 1990, the Democrat-controlled House voted to reprimand Representative Frank after it was made public that his friend was running a prostitution business from his apartment. Representative Frank refused to resign. The House Ethics Committee recommended that he be reprimanded because he "reflected discredit upon the House" by using his congressional office to fix 33 of that friend's parking tickets. Democrats did not think censure, much less expulsion, was in order for their fellow Democrat.
In addition, America needs a Republican-controlled Senate in order to overcome the judicial activism reflected by Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's outrageous decision (fortunately stayed) to end the terrorist surveillance program. She's a Far Left Democrat, of course.
So far, President Bush has named two United States Supreme Court Justices--Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.--to balance the horrendous appointment of former President Clinton--former ACLU counsel Ruth Bade Ginsburg and Ted Kennedy man Stephen Breyer.
President Bush has been fighting the good fight not only against terrorism, but against judicial activism, and he needs a Republican Senate to do more.
At a fundraiser for the Republicans' candidate for Senator in Tennessee, Robert Corker, President Bush explained what is at stake: "I need a U.S. senator who understands that we need people on the bench who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not use the bench to legislate."
All America needs those kind of United States Senators! Senators who will give judicial nominees the up-or-down vote to which they are entitled under the Constitution. Not Senators who will insist upon judges who will strike "under God" from "The Pledge of Allegiance" and "In God We Trust" from America's currency and coin; remove Ten Commandments displays, crosses and creches from public property; create constitutional rights to same-sex and polygamous marriage; void the terrorist surveillance program; and extend the protections of the Geneva Conventions to terrorists.
President Bush and the Republican Congress should have done more, but they were obstructed by Democrats in many respects and what America needs is greater Republican majorities in both the Senate and the House, not smaller ones, or, heaven help us, Democrat majorities.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.