As is his custom, Sean Hannity takes a well-deserved break between Christmas and New Years from his talk-radio and television shows. One of his guest hosts on his radio show this past week was Herman Cain of WSB in Atlanta. (Recall that Atlanta is where Hannity made a name for himself).


What struck me about Mr. Cain is he likes to come up with acronyms and mnemonic devices for various subject matter. I can't quote him verbatim, but I can give you a solid paraphrase of what Mr. Cain said about liberals and conservatives talking about politics with one another.


Mr. Cain put it this way:


When a liberal tries to reply to a question posed by a conservative, he commits a SIN. SIN is an acronym and I'll explain what the letters stand for.


"S" stands for "Shifting the blame." When a conservative points out something that the Obama Administration does is wrong, or what Congress did is wrong, a liberal is quick to shift the blame. "If it weren't for the mess that Bush left us...."


"I" stands for "Ignoring the facts." That's the next step in a liberal's argument. The liberals say that Bush raised the National Debt by $3.2 trillion, but there were two wars being fought and this increase happened over the course of 8 years. Obama will have raised the National Debt by 1.2 Trillion on the healthcare bill alone. He's only been in office less than a year!


"N" stands for "Name calling." Finally, when liberals see that they're getting nowhere with their conservative friends, they resort to name calling. Fear-mongerer, war-mongerer, greedy-capitalists.....


How true. How true.


Mr. Cain, you are a Great American!


Herman Cain IS a Great American ...

... and a great wielder of acronoyms as leadership devices. I recall one great one when I worked for him, designed to break down bureaucratic inertia - PUTT (Pick Up The [damn] Phone!)

OK, I added [damn] :)

I can't believe how seriously

I can't believe how seriously you take second-tier, right-wing demagogues. Speaking of ignoring the facts, you seem to be ignoring the CBO estimate on the health care bill. Funny you use the wars in making that point, weren't some facts ignored in the lead up to one of those wars? Or were some weapons of mass destruction found but I never heard it because of the liberal media?

Because I leave no argument alone....


Ask yourself, what did President Clinton do when the US Embassies were bombed in Kenya and Tanzinia? What did Clinton do when the USS Cole was bombed? What did Clinton and the UN do to enforce UN resolutions imposed on Saddam Hussein after Desert Storm?

Engage in proportional responses that amounted to a proverbial slap on the wrist. While Clinton was showing off his masculinity to Monica Lewinsky, he should have been emasculating al Qaida.

Even Obama is beginning to understand that talk is cheap with evil people. Here is an excerpt of his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech:

---But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism - it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.---

Jim, if you want to argue that no WMD's were found. I'll give you that Hans Blix, the UN Weapons Inspectors and IAEA didn't physically see them. The Iraq Study Group backed them up in their 2008 report. What US Forces found were 53 munitions from before 1991. I wouldn't be surprised if Syria or Jordan were entrusted by Hussein to "safeguard" them until a later date. Who knows? Maybe they were sold on the black market.

Nevertheless the fact remains that Hussein at one time had WMD's and used them on the Kurds. Let's not ignore that Hussein violated UN resolutions 17 times.

Furthermore, when I worked as a desk clerk at a local hotel, I had the opportunity to meet a man, an Iraqi, who served in the Fedayeen Saddam - Hussein's elite paramilitary group. He laid down his arms in 2003 and willingly gave himself up to US Forces as a matter of conscience. He helped the Marines by giving them valuable information on the operations of Fedayeen Saddam. As a gesture of thanks, the United States granted this man asylum. He now helps train US Military infantry brigades before they deploy to Iraq.

Finally, I respect the fact, Jim, that you have an opinion on politics. Please read as much as you can - from all political perspectives...not just a select few. You never know what you may learn.

It helps to be informed before speaking...


I appreciate you taking the time to respond. But please...please....if you're going to argue with me, have your facts straight. It makes the discourse all the more enjoyable for me.

Here's something for you to digest. Copy and paste it into your web browser:

You'll find that Mr. Pethokoukis is a widely respected columnist by publications espousing either liberal or conservative ideology.

Read this first, then let's have an intellectually honest discussion.

Thanks for proving Cain was right

Jim, thanks for proving that Cain was right by posting your note. You liberals have been in total control of the federal government for a year and controlled two-thirds of it for several years before that yet the best you can do is stare in the rear view mirror at the previous administration? Fascinating.

BTW, the CBO is notorious for "revising and extending" their estimates. The latest show that government take over of health care will lead to trillions in debt over the next 20 years. Just enough time for our children and grandchildren to pay all the taxes. Generational theft?