The Curious Christopher Dodd
Christopher Dodd is the son of the late Senator Thomas Dodd, a widely
respected and thoughtful Democratic Senator in his day. Tom Dodd was
well-read, conservative in demeanor, well-liked, very knowledgeable on
foreign policy, and always put his country first. He was proud to be an American.
why I find it so curious that his son seems to be so undisciplined in
thought and action. When he first arrived in the Senate (clearly
elected by the good people of Connecticut on the basis of his family
name), he was publicly circumspect in his personal life and his
political outlook, for at least a couple of years.
however, was not to be his ongoing persona. Shortly, the newspapers
were full of bawdy accounts of the shenanigans of Chris and his newfound
friend, Ted Kennedy. From bar to bar and from woman to woman, the two
made the rounds in town staying just slightly beyond the arm of the
While Chris Dodd was clearly to the left of his
father, his association with Ted Kennedy seemed to move him farther and
farther to the left. He was infatuated with the Communist Sandinistas
in Nicaragua, and began mouthing every liberal inanity that came down
That was when he was a follower and thus made only
minor mischief. More recently, however, he has stepped out on his own.
As one of the chief architects of the subprime loan scandal, Senator
Dodd is justifiably blamed for much of the financial difficulty the US
is in today. These actions hurt people badly, and those hurt the most
were the very minorities he thought he was helping. His meddling in the
marketplace pressured banks to make irresponsible loans to folks who
had no hope of paying them back and undermined our entire financial
system. It is not an exaggeration to say that without the efforts of
Chris Dodd our nation would not be facing the financial crisis we now
One would think that Senator Dodd might slink quietly into
the background, embarrassed and chagrined by the problems he has so
mightily contributed to. But no, we live in an age without honor or
shame. The Senator accepts no blame, and eagerly points the finger as
the innocent to protect himself.
To make matters worse, the
curious Christopher Dodd has once again meddled in the marketplace to
eliminate “dangerous” charges made by banks on their credit cards. The
result will once again undercut the soundness of the American banking
system and jeopardize the economic recovery.
The good Senator
seems to think that the US Congress can repeal the law of supply and
demand. Perhaps he will next outlaw inflation, or legislate
prosperity. I find it very curious. Is Chris Dodd an arsonist or just a
fool with matches?
Whatever he is, Chris Dodd is a living
example of someone with what appears on paper to be a good education,
but in truth, knows nothing about economics and the fragility of a free
society. He may be well intended, but is nevertheless dangerous because
as Bill Buckley said, “So much of what he knows is simply wrong.”
polls show that Chris Dodd is in trouble in his re-election campaign. I
doubt it. By the time the election rolls around, the curious Senator
Dodd will be re-elected by the citizens of Connecticut who sadly listen
to the same bent of folks who miseducated the Senator. They populate
our schools and have common traits—intelligence, but not wisdom;
knowledge, but not understanding. Here’s hoping I am wrong and that
this will be Chris Dodd’s last term in the US Senate.