Ben Crystal Archive
Ben Crystal is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power. Email this author.
For the amount of controversy it has generated, you might think President Barack Obama’s latest vacation involves 10 or so days in the sunny climes of Havana or Caracas, Venezuela. Everyone from Jon Stewart to Pat Buchanan has noticed the fact that if the President plays hooky one more time, he’s going to have to take a vacation from all the vacations he’s taking.
The dust from the Ames Straw Poll continues to settle, and the outflow from a big weekend in politics is decidedly worth a gander, with news on Texas Governor Rick Perry, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and even President Barack Obama.
Last week, NAACP President Ben Jealous, in Los Angeles to address the group’s 102nd annual convention, railed against voter ID laws, claiming that efforts to ensure ballots are not cast fraudulently are racist. According to Jealous, voter ID laws are among “the last existing legal pillars of Jim Crow” and are pressed by “the worst and most racist elements” among conservatives.
You might have missed it amid the roar of Democratic rage over the past couple weeks, but super-liberal activist Ralph Nader suggested Obama might face a challenger in 2012, saying: “I would guess that the chances of there being a challenge to Obama in the primary are almost 100 percent.”
I must admit, as appalling as I find most of what the Democrats pass off as political rhetoric, I do enjoy when they start repeating talking points in perfect unison. Witness, if you will, the aftermath of Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade America’s credit rating from AAA to AA+. Liberals immediately blamed the fiscal fail on the Tea Party in specific and the GOP in general.
Representative Gabby Giffords made a miraculous recovery and retook her place among her colleagues in a remarkably short span, and Democratic mouthpiece Chris Matthews celebrated her return to the House floor by resurrecting the rhetoric of “conservatives = terrorists.”
Last week, Chip Wood detailed his disgust with the ongoing budget “crisis” in his column. Chip pointed out the basic mendacity with which the Democrats approached every aspect of fiscally managing the Federal coffers. I happen to agree with Chip. I’m also meaner than he is, so I’ll go one step further: Grow up, Washington.