Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Truth, D.C. Style

The old joke has a comedian seated next to a politician for a short flight. They exchange pleasantries and occupations, after which the politician says, "So, you being a comedian, will you tell me a joke?" The comic returns with, "I'll be delighted, but how 'bout you start us off? You're a politician, so tell me a lie."

Once or twice a generation our very best politicians unintentionally speak a real truth, such as this a few years ago from a mayor of Washington, D. C. speaking in front of the Washington Press Club,

“Except for the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.”

David Freddoso, a relatively new staff reporter for National Review Online and a resident of the District, has penned a superb and scathing review of the District's briefing to the Supreme Court in the Parker case, including the lawyers' bizarre decision to cite the District's legal right to idly stand by while its citizens are victimized by crime.

RELATED LINKS: What on Earth Are D.C. City Politicians Smoking? Hallucinating About Gun Control in Parker
Ten Years Later, It's True: After Guns Have Been Outlawed, Only Outlaws Have Guns

Ben Franklin pointed out the shortsightedness of those who would trade their liberty for security.

In D. C., they made the trade, only to be shortchanged.

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