Thursday, September 22, 2005

Norquist Watch

Mark Kleiman has been watching too:

During the earlier part of the Cold War, ideology was the primary motive for selling this country out to its adversaries, and therefore loudly professed anti-Communism seemed to be a guarantee of loyalty. Later on, that changed; the predominant motivation for disloyalty became money, and Russian spies such as Robert Hanssen used conspicuous conservatism and fanatical anti-Communism as cover. (Some of the money Hanssen took from the Russians went to pay his children's tuition at an Opus Dei school, and he went to the same Latin-Mass church attended by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Louis Freeh.)

Any serious Islamist agent of influence in today's Washington won't be wearing a black turban; he will wear a two-thousand- dollar suit, an Adam Smith necktie, and an American flag lapel pin. That's the world we live in, and we'd better get used to it.

If we continue to run a money-dominated political system, we will continue to be vulnerable to the purchase of influence by those with access to a slice of the billions of dollars we send abroad to fuel our SUV's. In a hostile world, corruption may cost us a lot more than our money.

Indeed. Grover is not only a bloody parasite, he's probably a traitor too.


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