Diary

If You Can't Hate Arlen Specter, Who Can You Hate?

(Cross-posted at www.thehayride.com)

How is this for a tell-tale quote?

“I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate.”

That’s what Arlen Specter says.

He came right out and said that he’s opposed to democratic elections. He’s not interested in a Republican primary denying him his right to reap the benefits of membership in the United States Senate.

The arrogance of this is absolutely breathtaking.

Arlen Specter is lucky it’s 2009 and not 1779. He would have run into some folks who would not have been happy with him – and those folks were inifinitely better men than he is.

Here are two:

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
– George Washington

And here’s another guy who wouldn’t look too kindly on Specter today:

“No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time.”
– James Madison

We in America need to embrace men like Jefferson, Washington and Madison – and shun men like Arlen Specter.