Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The John Bolton nomination

It's not too late, but it's almost too late, to contact Senators about the John Bolton nomination. You can find contact info here and here. Apparently a particularly important Senator to conduct is George Voinovich (R-OH), because he's being dangerously indecisive. Here's one idea for a letter:

I don't know if you're a father/mother or not, but if you are, you're probably intuitively aware of something studies bear out: the most successful children grow up in disciplined (not abusive, disciplined) households. When that discipline is combined with love, they'll be happy, as well as successful, but even in the absence of love, those children are still successful (albeit less happy). There is a flip side to this: children who receive sloppy affection without any corresponding discipline are the least successful children. They are undisciplined, lack empathy, and are often just plain immoral. (Just so you know, children raised with neither love nor discipline are hit and miss, with those who can find a mentor doing well.) The UN, of course, is currently the child of sloppy love and no discipline. The oil-for-food scandal, the sex scandals, the vile anti-Semitism, and the consistently blind eye it turns to genocide (i.e., the Sudan), demonstrate an undisciplined, amoral entity utterly lacking in empathy. John Bolton is precisely what the UN needs. He believes in the body, but also believes that it cannot fulfill its original mandate until it is on the receiving end of tough love, not sloppy love. It would be a profound disservice both to the UN and to the people of the United States to deny the UN the opportunity to lift itself out its current morass. Please let the Bolton nomination get out of committee and onto the floor.