Friday, August 26, 2005

Milton Bradley as the new Joe McCarthy

As a baseball fan, I will occasionally veer off and discuss the game, especially controversial issues like racism. Milton Bradley of the Dodgers, a black player who is a head case and a jerk, has accused Jeff Kent, a white player who is also a jerk, of racism. However, Bradley has not mentioned what specifically Kent said that was allegedly so horrible. Are we in Wheeling in 1950 again? Did he call you a dumb n-----? Did he make a comment on fried chicken? If you just don't like him, say he's a cancer or a bad teammate, don't accuse him of racism. Something like that can destroy a man's reputation and in Kent's place, keep him out of the Hall of Fame or out of a future manager's position. This is not a defense of Jeff Kent's personality, only an attempt to get to the heart of a serious matter.

My first and (hopefully) last comment on Cindy Sheehan

I wish this subject would go away, but apparently it won't , so I will add a few seemingly obvious observations:

1. As Jonathan Chait wisely points out in his August 19LA Times column , http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-chait19aug19,0,1594714.column Sheehan's rightful grief as a victim does not ipso facto validate her opinions on the war. The arguments people make on both sides should be evaluated strictly on their merits. The same principle applies to the pro-war military mom that Bush is trotting out to support his position. Like Sheehan, her opinions do not become holy writ because of her unfortunate situation.

2. Contrary to the rather silly whining of Coulter, Hannity, Limbaugh, et al, Sheehan's continued presence on the TV immensely helps the pro-war cause. Her rather silly and stupid opinions on American history, the origins of war, etc... help to discredit people who also oppose the war, but do not believe some of the radical conspiracy theories Sheehan espouses. Obviously, as an opponent of the war I would rather have a military hero like Chuck Hagel as my spokesman, excuse me, spokesperson, than Sheehan. Somehow, no one in the media seems to recognize this fact. (I think Hagel overstated his case when he compared Iraq to Vietnam, but at least he's not associating with radical leftists like Michael Moore).

Update as of 9-3: I have heard that Sheehan's comment "this country is not worth fighting for," referred to Iraq, not the U.S. so I have modified this post in the principle of fairness.