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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Dubai Ports Deal Collapses

I must give credit to Republicans in Congress for standing firm on this. They, as all politicians do, had an eye on the polls. They saw the damage this deal would do to them in the mid-term elections and stood up to Bush.

Ironic, isn't it that a man who proclaimed that he was a "uniter, not a divider" has succeeded in uniting both political parties against him.

In this case, the Republicans were right, and this must be acknowledged by this Yellow Dog Democrat.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Dubai government-owned company said it will sell its US port operations in a move that spared President George W. Bush a showdown with Congress.

Dubai Ports World (DP World) made the announcement after leading Republicans told Bush that Congress would block the takeover.

"Because of the strong relations between the United Arab Emirates and the United States and to preserve that relationship, DP World has decided to transfer fully the US operations of P and O Ports North America to a United States entity," said a company statement read by Republican Senator John Warner.


unhyphenatedconservative said...

When discussing whether we should exercise oversight of foreign investment, Michael Medved made an interesting comment. Medved, an open borders on the sly type, stated that such oversight (paraphrasing here) "gives control to the government, rather than the free market. That's not conservative."

Excuse me? When did conservatism become profit uber alles? Is he saying that there should be no technology controls? American firms like Loral should not be punished for selling the Chinese advanced technology that allows them to better aim their weapons? American businesses should not be punished for assisting terrorists?

This is a telling slip of the tongue. There is a mutant strain in conservatism that worships profit at the expense of the national interest. To them, America is not important as a nation but simply a marketplace.

It's funny. Liberals hate Christian conservatives. The real threat to America is not those seeking traditional values. It is the Mammonist conservatives who would sell their mother for a profit.

Lynn Green said...

Well, this liberal does not hate Christian conservatives. For one, I come from a family of ministers. My grandfather, my father, and two of my brothers were/are ordained ministers. One of my sisters is married to a fine minister. All of them in The Church of the Nazarene. If you want to know what I think of my father, you can read the blog entry "A Tribute to My Father."

Most liberals I know feel that conservatives are in their political values, but not in their moral values insofar as those include honesty, fidelity, integrity, sacrificial living and the like.

Your discussion of profit over national interest is good. I would take it a step further. The big problem I see with the type of conservatism you describe is that it places property rights over human rights. We cannot simply let the unregulated market place turn human beings into mere ciphers on the page. That would be unjust and the highest good of any society is the realization of justice for all.