March 18, 2004
Liberal Joe is at it again. Man just can't keep from flappin'
his gums about "cowboys" every chance he gets. Must
be some kind of fetish.
we have seen in Iraq is when foreign policy does things the
wrong way," Hoeffel said recently. "It's Cowboy
Diplomacy." - Northeast
said President Bush's "cowboy diplomacy" had
alienated key allies like France, Germany and Russia."
arrogance, unilateralism and cowboy diplomacy have reduced
our stature in the world and made us less secure."
was an arrogant unilateral approach to our diplomacy, what
I called at the time a cowboy diplomacy..." - Hoeffel,
is the Democratic Congressman from the 13th district in Pennsylvania.
He's also a liberal's liberal, cast from the same mold as
John Kerry (the mold is a waffle-iron). Now he's giving up
his House seat to run for the Senate in a fantasy bid to unseat
Arlan Spector. Presumably, having run through the already
meager supply of cowboys in the affluent Philadelphia suburbs,
Hoeffel hears a calling to ride forth and sterilize that vast
expanse of cowboy country between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
wonder just what it is that ol' Joe has against cowboys. Time
was that the anti-cowboy was the bad guy. Remember
that? Maybe you don't. That was back in the days when a man
was a man and a liberal was someone with a live and let live
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has become a pejorative, apparently. But why? The cowboy is
quintessentially American. The cowboy is the
very symbol of independence and respect for individual merit;
they are square shooters, upright, and honest men. As I've
Americans are heirs to the cowboy tradition of courage and
perseverance in the face of a challenge, and products of the
high ideals of freedom and progress that galvanized us to
tame a continent.
those qualities possibly be considered something to look down
my own question. They aren't. Or, at least, those qualities
- the cowboy -is not looked down upon by mainstream America.
Quite to the contrary.
the qualifier "mainstream America." The only people
who spit the word "cowboy" as if they'd got a mouthful
of bad chawin' tobacco are Northeastern liberals and ...Europeans.
may love Western films (or, at least the Germans and Italians
do, if my own experience, anecdotal though it may be, can
be taken as evidence) but they despise cowboys. (Figure that
one out.) Even before the war to liberate Iraq, European leaders
were airily dismissing President Bush as a bungling, inept
cowboy, hardly fit for polite company. Why, I wouldn't be
surprised if he doesn't even do afternoon tea and cucumber
civilized to appease tyrants and terrorists as the tanks roll
down the boulevard and the mass-transit system is blown to
little pieces. Far more civilized to safeguard the lining
of one's own pockets with billions in blood money by ensuring
that an entire nation is kept in bondage to a despot so as
not to disrupt one's own little illicit business ventures.
Joe, the Anti-Cowboy
civilized to be an enlightened socialist who sneers at (or
fears?) the "cowboy diplomacy" of the only remaining
free nation on Earth. Which brings me back to Joe Hoeffel
(and his fellow closet Frenchmen).
to Hoeffel, I often find myself straining to hear if he's
hiding a French accent. The disdain that Hoeffel repeatedly
displays for cowboys (a big chunk of America, Joe. Not a smart
political stance.) is matched only by his love of the United
Nations. Hoeffel is one of those anti-cowboy European wannabes
who believes that American foreign policy should be dictated
by the U.N. and our European "allies."
to "cowboy diplomacy" is Joe that he was named an
"Enemy of U.S. Sovereignty" by the American
Policy Center - one of 134 legislators who failed to support
any of five legislative initiatives that sought to protect
national sovereignty -the right of the United States to maintain
its independent status among nations. Perhaps the most egregious,
and frightening, of these was Hoeffel's vote against
H.R. 1794: the American Servicemembers Protection Act, an
amendment to the State Department appropriations bill that
provides legal protections to ensure that American citizens,
especially military personnel, are not prosecuted by the UN’s
International Criminal Court.
seems to think that the International Criminal Courts is a
dandy idea, and that we have no right to protect ourselves
without the approval of the Socialist ruling class. To do
so would be terribly distasteful. It would be cowboy diplomacy,
and we can't have that.
Mr. Hoeffel, and as the little blonde filly in the photo above
says, we need more cowboys in the Senate, not more
smartypants Ted Kennedy/John/Kerry/Jacques Chirac clones.
times, they may be a-changin', Congressman, but one thing
remains the same - the anti-cowboy still wears the black hat
in these parts.
2004 Tocqevillian Magazine