June 17, 2010, - 3:32 pm
I’m often asked which conservative commentators and politicians I like and follow. My answer is always the same: I don’t follow, I think. I’m an independent thinker and a critical thinker. Sheep on the right are no different from sheep on the left. Sorry, but the only kind of sheep that have any value are the livestock version. The human kind are worthless . . . unless you are one of those that has a radio talk show, FOX News show, books to sell, etc., and feel the need to have a built in market, because you have no confidence in the strength of your arguments and delivery of them. A nation of sheep is a nation of cowards. So, as I always say: think, don’t follow. If you don’t think, you are the problem, not the solution. Only you should tell you what to think and how to think, not some person reading GOP or DNC talking points on cable news network talk shows. I despise anyone who puts personalities over principles. Sadly, so many do this on the left AND the right, whether it’s Barack Obama or Sarah Palin.
But, if I had to point to one person I admire, one who is largely right and consistent on almost every topic on which he writes or speaks, it’s Cal Thomas, the most published syndicated political columnist. A religious Christian, the man is not just principled, he tells it like it is. I was a fan of his work before he became a personal friend I am proud to have on my side, on our side. And let me tell you, not only is Cal a brilliant, eloquent patriot, but a real mensch, a kind heart, and a special soul. There is no-one like him. If he were running things in either the U.S. or Israel, the countries would be batting a thousand.
And that brings me to his commentary, today, in USA Today. Every Thursday, he and liberal Bob Beckel have half a page to discuss issues in their “Common Ground” column. Today’s theme is Israel and the Flotilla. Both Thomas and Beckel agree that “Israel’s War is Our War, Too.” An excerpt:
Any humiliation Gazans face is due to their real occupiers, the terrorist group Hamas, which has vowed to exterminate Israel and sign no peace settlement with what it calls “the Zionist entity.” Let’s not get lost in the weeds on this. America and Israel are the good guys. The Iranians — in 1979 and now — and Hamas are the bad guys. Sure Israel could have handled this situation better, but Israel’s enemies are the ones trying to smuggle weapons into Gaza to attack Israeli towns.
I don’t agree that it could have been handled better. But other than that, he’s right on and the rest of his comments at the link above are just fantastic. Read the rest, and you’ll see what’s already been quite obvious all these years: that Bob Beckel is no match for Cal Thomas. Very few are.
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