This column is rarely devoted to the national political scene because I don't pretend to have any insight into national politics. The fact of the matter is my national political thoughts are skewed toward the conservative Republican agenda and I don't make any pretense otherwise.
But some comments Tuesday by former Missourian-turned-New Jersian (I doubt that's a word) Bill Bradley have my blood pressure somewhat elevated. Bradley, the former three-term senator from the Garden State, endorsed Democratic presidential front-runner Howard Dean Tuesday. That should come as no surprise to anyone. But the words Bradley used to make his endorsement were an affront to all of us. And he should be taken to task but not for his partisan attack. The world of politics is partisan indeed. Bradley should be admonished for his assertion that the current administration has abandoned the needy. On that front, Bradley is misguided and wrong.
Bradley said that Howard Dean would "confront the shame of forgetting those in need."
Well Senator Bradley must have a limited memory when it comes to the social service safety net in this country. And when you put partisan politics above the truth, you should be called on it.
This great nation of ours provides for those in need better than any civilization in the history of mankind. This meager column lacks adequate space to enumerate the host of programs available for those unable (or in many cases, unwilling) to provide for themselves. For someone of Bradley's stature to think otherwise is unbelievable.
We provide housing, transportation, medical services, utility assistance, education and much, much more to those in need. And we, as a society, provide these services obviously without cost. To say that some how our nation has abandoned those in need is an insult. There's just no other way to view it.
My words will have no impact on the national scene in any form or fashion. But an insult is an insult regardless of where it originates. Bill Bradley knows better than the words he spoke. For goodness sakes, Bradley was part of the process that funded and designed these programs for the needy. His memory is apparently as weak as his free throw ability.