Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Smelly Tourists

The outrage of the day is not that Harry Reid expressed relief that he wouldn't have to smell the tourists as they visited the National Capitol. While such elitist drivel coming from the gaping maw of liberal humanity is offensive, it isn't really surprising.

From the DC Examiner:
"Reid: We won't smell the tourists anymore

By Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin
POSTED December 2, 2008 11:00 AM
Capitol Visitors Center, which opened this morning, may have tripled its
original budget and fallen years behind schedule, but Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid found a silver lining for members of Congress: tourists won't offend them with their B.O. anymore."My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway," said Reid in his remarks. "In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true."But it's no longer going to be true, noted Reid, thanks to the air conditioned, indoor space.And that's not all. "We have many bathrooms here, as you can see," Reid continued. "Souvenirs are available."

$621 million well spent."

What is surprising is that the Congressional Welcome Center has played fast and loose with the United States Constitution. Also surprising is that it would appear as though BOTH parties of Congress ostensibly approved a display that removes parts of the Constitution while emphasizing
others, not necessarily as the framers might have intended.

It would seem that Congress has eliminated the need for a constitutional amendment or voter referendum, and grasped powers not assigned to them in the Constitution...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Band of Brothers?

I met an elderly gentleman in the pharmacy waiting area the other day--for those of you civilians who don't know, the pharmacy is the military's great equalizer...I sat next to an elderly retiree who happened to be a general, and behind me was a three-star active duty Army general, waiting patiently, number in hand, for his prescription. Now, I know what this guy is making. I know what his responsibilities are. I also know he is issued more than one adjutant who will do this type of penny-ante waiting for him. Mind you, this was a working day...and a three-star waited over a half hour to get medicine. His choice. Poor use of time, if you ask me.

Anyway, I digress. The gentleman I met was a lonely and loquacious gent; at 93, he deserves my respect by merit of his age, if nothing else. He was a 1937 graduate in from an R.O.T.C. program at a major Northeastern university who had planned to go to medical school, but was commissioned just prior to that little conflict we call the Second World War. Apparently, he stayed in the Army long enough to be a general, and I imagine he had at least two or three stars, from the way he spoke.

Now, I was raised to respect my elders, and as a military spouse and a volunteer for various WWII veteran organizations, I am generally solicitous and respectful of those who served. This fellow was a young lieutenant when the War interrupted his life. Hitler's aggressions sidetracked him from his plotted path and brought him to the military brotherhood.

I write about him here because he betrayed that brotherhood.

In the course of our conversation, one-sided though it was, I listened as he spoke of his family, his service, his life experiences...

I listened as he told me of meeting Gen. Eisenhower; that the General's son had worked with him in Belgium. I listened to a lonely old man speak ungenerously of the younger Eisenhower's alcoholism; his betrayed wife. I listened to a lonely old man speak negatively of President Bush, not politically, but personally. He said he had never met President Bush.

I listened to him speak fondly of his relationship with General Powell...and then I listened as the lonely old man spoke of how in 2003, he, with a number of other old retired generals, had worked "subversively" (his word, not mine) to undermine a sitting president and the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. He spoke of his efforts and his "behind the scenes" (his words, again, not mine) activities as he spoke secretively to the media against his own country and his own president. I listened as he spoke of acting in concert with others as he did so; specifically, that he acted in concert with other retired generals, tacitly including then-Secretary of State and fellow retired general Colin Powell.

Colin Powell, the sellout.

Colin Powell, who should have had the moral courage to resign his position as Secretary of State BEFORE acting directly against the goals of the administration.

Colin Powell, the man who endorsed a candidate based upon the color of his skin, not the content of his character.

Because of the gentelman's advanced age, I disagreed with him in soft words, while he maligned a president, admitted to near-treasonous behavior, and sold out his fellow soldiers.

I know his name, but I will not share it. I, at least, respect his service.

He has been awarded, by a gift of birth or citizenship, the freedom to hold and express his opinions as he sees fit. I respect that gift and enjoy it myself.

He earned the right to speak publicly and directly as he sees fit, by merit of his 30-plus years of service to his country in her armed forces. I respect that right and honor his service.

What he seems to have forgotten is the code of honor by which I assume he must have, at one time, lived...a code that demands that he stand behind his statements; a code that demands more of a man, more of a leader, than spreading half-truths, opinions, and outright lies to the media whilst hiding one's identity behind monikers such as "a confidential source," a "retired general," or a "group of retired generals." A code that demands a man look another in the eye in challenge, instead of whispering and plotting behind his back.

A man speaks openly, thoughtfully, and stands behind his position.

A general should abide by a code that demands respect for his Commander in Chief in a time of war.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I "Get" It

I finally "get" the anger and the angst that the felonious libs felt. I feel an almost visceral hatred for liberalism, for Obama, for the people who voted against my country's constitution when they elected the most radical leftist in politics to the highest office in the world. I really get it. I am angry. Wretchedly, viscerally, mind-bendingly angry. I am sure this is sinful.

It isn't that I think he's the antichrist

or is it? I cannot remember a time when I felt so sickened at the prospect of a candidate assuming the presidency. I was too young to be really affected when Carter was elected, and Clinton was an ineffectual buffoon, but his was the usual evil. The evil embodied in the person and the past of Obama is mind-boggling. He is anathema; against every value I hold dear.

I suppose the only thing that saves us is that the libs don't have a super-majority. I am actually physically ill today. I never imagined that the citizens of this country would actually ELECT a man who does not believe that the constitution should be the basis of governance for this country. I cannot fathom a people who would blithely hand over their security and freedom to a man who has demonstrated repeatedly that he understands neither.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama's Black Liberation Theology

A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece on black racism, mostly for my own edification. I realized that I harbored no small amount of anger at the double standards embraced by the certain sects of black society that claim "white" America is to blame for all their societal ills--never mind the abandonment of traditional values by the black male or the fact that approximately 70% of black children are born to unwed mothers. Black "victimhood" is firmly established in the American psyche.

Black teens constitute 27% of the total number of dropouts in grades 10-12, although blacks represent only 14% of enrollment. According to Human Rights Watch, blacks account for only 13% of the US population, but comprise 49% of those incarcerated. One in ten black males between 20 and 30 years of age is in prison or jail.

To hear Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, or Barack Hussein Obama's preacher tell it, this is, of course, the fault of the "white system," and is not due to any breakdown in morality or the nuclear family. The fact that rap music or "gangsta rap," which celebrates lawlessness, demeans women, promotes disrespect of the law and law enforcement, and encourages drunkenness, pervades a society that mere decades ago was appalled at Elvis's gyrations is largely irrelevant, according to black liberation theology. Besides, gangsta rap is the white man's invention, right?

You might be wondering how this ties in to black racism. If you do your research on black liberation theology, as developed by the illustrious and angry Mr. James Cone, espoused by Obama's pastor the right Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and studied by Barack Obama for 20 years (he did say that Wright was his spiritual advisor) you would know that (a) no black man living in America can escape black hatred (defined as the black man's strong aversion to white society); (b) while blacks do hate whites, this hatred is not racism (based upon a bizzare explanation that blacks do not seek to establish domination over whites because of a belief in black superiority); and (c) all white men are responsible for white oppression.

Barack Obama chose as his mentor a man who teaches his flock that the way to solve the problems facing black society is to demand penance from whites--to mandate reparations. Barack Obama chose a mentor who teaches that unless white America "responds positively" to the theory of black liberation, in order to liberate blacks from the social, economic, political and religious oppression of the white man, "a bloody, protracted civil war is inevitable." That would be a race war, boys and girls. If that isn't racism, I don't know what is.

Jeremiah Wright promulgates a faith that believes intrinsically that white oppression is constant, pervasive, and undeniable. Wright believes, as does Obama, that in order for blacks to be liberated from that oppression, they must correct the "maldistribution" of wealth and establish "economic parity."

Sound familiar? It sounds familiar to Joe the Plumber. It sounds familiar to anyone who has listened to Barack Obama's speeches. And it was familiar to Karl Marx.

"Black theology cannot accept a view of God which does not represent God as being for oppressed blacks and thus against white oppressors. Living in a world of white oppressors, blacks have no time for a neutral God. The brutalities are too great and the pain too severe, and this means we must know where God is and what God is doing in the revolution. There is no use for a God who loves white oppressors the same as oppressed blacks. We have had too much of white love, the love that tells blacks to turn the other cheek and go the second mile. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power, which is the power of blacks to destroy their oppressors, here and now, by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject God's love." James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation, (Philadelphia: J. P. Lippencott, 1970), p. 70

"If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy." (James H. Cone, Black Theology and Black Power (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997)

"My faith is not necessarily a traditional faith..." (Barack Hussein Obama, Interview 1995)

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon, April 2003)

"[Jeremiah Wright] is my pastor, and he is a wonderful man...the sense of liberation that is embodied in the African American, in the historicaly African American church...is really something that moves me deeply and I think is probably the main pillar around which a lot of inner city communities are going to be built, and Reverend Wright...represents the best of what the black church has to offer." (Barack Hussein Obama, Interview 1995)

“Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!…We [in the U.S.] believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God.” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon)

" The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied." (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon, September 2001)

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because of stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own backyard. America's chickens are coming home to roost.” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon, September 2001)

"We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair." (Barack Obama, Chicago Hyde Park Herald, September 19, 2001)

"We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad," he wrote. "We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent." (Barack Obama, Chicago Hyde Park Herald, September 19, 2001)

“We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional killers. … We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. … We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. … We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means. And … And … And! God! Has got! To be sick! Of this shit!” (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon)

"To say “I am a Christian” is not enough. Why? Because the Christianity of the slaveholder is not the Christianity of the slave. The God to whom the slaveholders pray as they ride on the decks of the slave ship is not the God to whom the enslaved are praying as they ride beneath the decks on that slave ship." (Jeremiah Wright, Sermon)

"My faith is not necessarily a traditional faith..." (Barack Hussein Obama, Interview 1995)

Friday, October 24, 2008

People Eating Tasty Animals

I found this article I wrote in 2003 (published in a Kansas weekly) and thought I would reprint it here because it was so dang funny!

“A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights." Thus speaks PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. She has also stated that she doesn’t “believe that people have the right to life, that's a supremacist perversion.” The term “speciesism,” coined by Peter Singer, the founder of the radical animal rights leftist movement, describes the belief that human beings (human animals) are superior to “non-human animals,” and if PETA has its way, “speciesism” will soon become a “protected class” under the constitution.

PETA is fighting to bring to an end hunting, fishing, pet ownership, use of animal byproducts, and the consumption of anything derived from or a part of any animal. This incorporates not only the customary and familiar milk, eggs, beef, pork, chicken, and the like, but also vaccines preventing polio (the vaccine was developed through testing on monkeys) and smallpox. Diabetics would not have insulin, there would be no antibiotics for pneumonia, no chemotherapy for cancer, no surgery for heart diseases, no organ transplants and no joint replacement. Every major medical advance in the past hundred years, from the polio vaccine to the pacemaker, has required tests on animals. Experiments with animals will be the difference between life and death, between health and illness or disability, for unknown multitudes of AIDS and cancer patients in the future. PETA doesn’t care. “Even if animal tests produced a cure for AIDS, says Newkirk, ''we'd be against it.''

I thought I could address PETA without addressing the politics of its supporters, but I find I cannot. Ironically, the people who advocate “animal rights” and “animal equality” are the same people who align themselves with environmental issues, and what they refer to as “social justice,” yet PETA places mankind’s use and consumption of animals on a par with Hitler’s Holocaust against the Jews. ''Six million Jews died in concentration camps,'' Newkirk has declared, ''but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses.” This is twisted and despicable, not to mention indefensible, for many reasons, but most notably because these radicals seem to value the life of a “non-human animal” more highly than they value the lives of 6,000,000 Jewish victims of Hitler’s Holocaust. Forgive me, but even Hank the Cowdog isn’t more valuable than a single human life.

If you go to websites like www.masskilling.com, you can get your free vegetarian starter kit. You can also see what good old Alec Baldwin is doing these days—not living in France, as he promised us when President Bush was elected, but instead supporting PETA’s “The Holocaust on your Plate” traveling exhibit and narrating PETA’s “Meet your Meat” video. As Alec says, “'Meet Your Meat’ is a heart-wrenching and shocking indictment of the treatment of animals by the farmed-animal industry.” PETA asserts that “pigs, cows, and chickens are individuals with feelings—they can feel love, happiness, loneliness, and fear, just as dogs, cats, and people do.” In the video, which begins dramatically with Baldwin stating emotionally, “What you are about to see is beyond your worst nightmares,” Baldwin asserts that antibiotics promote unnatural growth. He is concerned that livestock is “transported on trucks through all kinds of weather extremes, without food or water, to the slaughterhouse” and yet this man had so little regard for the 300,000 to 500,000 Iraqi civilians murdered by Saddam Hussein that he thought the United States should have allowed Hussein to continue his treatment of the Iraqi people. He is concerned about cattle being branded without painkillers, and yet he is on the record speaking out against the war to liberate Iraq from a brutal, sociopathic dictator who ordered his own people shredded alive.

Pamela Anderson, former Baywatch bimbo and naked PETA spokesperson, stated in July of 2002 that she would undergo treatment for Hepatitis C with, among other things, a drug called Interferon, which was tested on rodents and primates (rats and monkeys, not unlike PETA members). Paul McCartney, another rabid PETA supporter, accompanied his wife Linda McCartney during her treatment for breast cancer, which uses, of course, technology and medical advances gained from – you guessed it—animal testing.

Other celebrities endorsing PETA have similar credibility issues. Mike Farrell, of MASH fame, the ├╝ber-liberal, spent an evening 18 years ago in San Salvador assisting a real doctor in an operation on the arm of a guerilla leader of the Marxist Central American Worker’s Party, the group which, two months prior to the surgery, claimed responsibility for the slaying of four U.S. Marines, two American businessmen and nine civilians. Other celebrities include Alicia Silverstone (Maybe I’m clueless, but I seem to recall patent leather shoes), Oliver Stone (who said, and I quote, “"We should look to (Castro) as one of the Earth's wisest people, one of the people we should consult"), Rob Reiner (wait, didn’t they call him “MEAThead?”), RICHARD GERE (did he think the gerbil volunteered??), Woody Harrelson (pot smoker, enviro-nazi, and peacenik member of a violent protest group called the Ruckus Society, who also starred in Oliver Stone’s 1994 movie “Natural Born Killers,” a movie so violent some theaters refused to show it), Ricki Lake (She’s vegetarian? She looks like the talk show host who ate Manhattan), Brad Pitt, who donated money to Bill Clinton’s Library fund, Al Gore’s re-election campaign, proposed a trip to Israel with his wife to bring peace to Israel and Palestine ("The past few years of conflict mean that yet another generation of Israelis and Palestinians will grow up in hatred. We cannot allow that to happen."), and a man of such high moral character that when a teenaged Jenna Bush, the President’s daughter, had a summer internship at Brillstein-Grey, the management firm representing Pitt and his then-wife Jennifer Aniston (she with the high school education who said "Bush is a f**king idiot”), would pass her in the hall and say, “Heyyyy, Jenna, wanna beer? I got one in the truck!,” Mary Tyler Moore (a diabetic whose very survival is dependent upon insulin, discovered through animal research), and Woody Allen (whose adopted daughter is now his wife and the mother of his children) . . . oddly, many celebrities supporting PETA have also embraced colonic irrigation.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama and Our Money

“What I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.”
Obama, Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary Apr 16, 2008

“I suspect a lot of this crowd--it looks like a pretty well-dressed crowd--potentially will pay a little bit more. I will pay a little bit more. But that investment will pay huge dividends over the long term, and the place where it will pay the biggest dividends is in Medicare and Medicaid. Because if we can get a healthier population, that is the only way over the long term that we can actually control that spending that is going to break the federal budget.”
Obama, Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Los Angeles before Super Tuesday Jan 30, 2008

"There has to be a restoration of balance in our tax code. We are going to offset some of the payroll taxes that families who are making less than $50,000 a year get a larger break. I want to make sure that seniors making less than $50,000, that they get some relief in terms of the taxes on their Social Security. Those kinds of progressive tax steps, while closing loopholes and rolling back the Bush tax cuts to the top 1 percent, simply restores some fairness and a sense that we're all in this together. "
Obama, Source: 2007 Democratic debate at Drexel University Oct 30, 2007

"There's no doubt that the tax system has been skewed. And the Bush tax cuts--people didn't need them, and they weren't even asking for them, and that's why they need to be less, so that we can pay for universal health care and other initiatives.

"But I think this goes to a broader question, and that is, are we willing to make the investments in genuine equal opportunity in this country? People aren't looking for charity. We talk about welfare and we talk about poverty, but what people really want is fairness. They want people paying their fair share of taxes. They want that money allocated fairly.

"One of the distressing things about Katrina was the fact that we have not made systematic investments. And the only way we're going to make it is by making sure that those of us who are fortunate enough to have the money actually make a contribution. "
Obama, Source:
2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University Jun 28, 2007

"Our government has to be looking out for these people who are working hard everyday trying to make ends meet and right now we've got a set of policies that are not reflective of that."
Obama, Source: Press Release, "Creating Jobs in America" Jun 21, 2008
"I think the best way to approach this is to adjust the cap on the payroll tax so that people like myself are paying a little bit more and people who are in need are protected," the Illinois senator said.

"That is the option that I will be pushing forward."
"What we need to do is to raise the cap on the payroll tax so that wealthy individuals are paying a little bit more into the system, if we are going to deal with this problem specifically. Right now, somebody like Warren Buffet pays a fraction of 1 percent of his income in payroll tax, whereas the majority of the audience here pays payroll tax on 100 percent of their income. I've said that was not fair."
Obama, Source: 2008 Facebook/WMUR-NH Democratic primary debate Jan 6, 2006
"Social Security is not in crisis; it is a fundamentally sound system, but it does have a problem, long-term. We've got 78 million baby boomers, who are going to be retiring over the next couple of decades. That means more retirees, fewer workers to support those retirees. We are going to have to do something about it. The best idea is to lift the cap on the payroll tax, potentially exempting middle-class folks, but making sure that the wealthy are paying more of their fair share, a little bit more."
Obama, Source: 2007 Democratic debate at Drexel University Oct 30, 2007
"In cities and towns all across America it turns out that people pay for their own lunches and their own dinners. People who make far less than we do."
Obama, source: NY Daily News, Thursday, March 9th 2006

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Second Coming?

According to Louis Farrakhan, Barack Hussein Obama is the Messiah.

Islam teaches that "al-Mahdi" will appear at the end of time, to establish the global domination of Islam over all religions. In other words, this "saviour" will establish the Kingdom of Islam over the Earth. If the fact that the Nation of Islam regards Obama as "al Mahdi" doesn't scare the shit out of you, it should.

Let's ponder: A man of questionable religious background, raised as a Muslim (or "Moslem," as I am so fond of saying) until he was 9 or 10, depending upon who you believe, with an atheist mother and a Moslem (there I go again) father, along with some very angry role models, who was educated during his formative years at a school described as a madrassa or a muslim seminary (the nature of this school is a matter of dispute--CNN, that bastion of truth, justice, and the Liberal Leftist Way, calls the school "typical" of an Indonesian school and NOT a madrassa), who declines to draw attention to his white parentage (unless it is politically expedient, note his TV ads over the past week), who has provided only a copy of his certificate of live birth (one without a seal or a signature) as proof of his status as a natural born citizen of the United States, who created his own seal of government (replacing the US Flag with the Seal of Obama on his private 747), who has campaigned overseas for the highest office in the land, who has accepted over $63 million dollars in election funds from foreign sources (illegal, by the way), and who spent 20 years in church listening to a radical leftist America-hating nutball, is about to become President of the United States, a country founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and freedom of religion. I'm all for religious freedom, but this smacks of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

Obama has promoted himself (or should that be "Himself"?) in ways that lead one to believe that he views himself as A saviour if not THE saviour. Recall his speech on June 3, 2008, when he proclaimed, "I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." I guess we should be surprised Oprah didn't use her Hollywood connections to produce a burning bush (small "b") prop for him.

Obama claims that he will define a generation, that he will "rally the world against the common threats of the 21st century—terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease." Obama Himself vows to "remake this great nation."

The questions we, as those about to be remade, should ask are: Remake it how? Remake it into what?"

Because Obama's stated goals and promises amount to remaking this great nation into one of dependence, of victimhood, of entitlement--and yes, of socialism.

Mr. Obama is indeed more than a glib tongue in an expensive suit. He is something far more dangerous: a walking, talking embodiment of Marxist principles; Leon Trotsky in good clothes and without the well-documented history, intent on “deciding definitely the fate of the bourgeois and rich peasant." Like Trotsky, Obama appears to believe that it is impossible for socialism to flourish in one country alone, so he has determined to nurture the socialism running rampant in Old Europe by bringing socialism to America. Obama would bring wealth redistribution to our shores “in the interest of the proletariat.” His campaigning overseas as the leader of a new world order goes far beyond hubris, it borders on the megalomaniacal.

Socialism in Our Time
Obama’s socialist paradigm will penalize success and reward mediocrity and failure. Take, for instance, his bland responses to Bill O'Reilly, who questioned Obama's promised rollback to the Clinton tax rate of 39%:

OBAMA: What I have said is that I would take your marginal rate back to what it was under Bill Clinton.
O'REILLY: Yes, 39.
OBAMA: You go back to 39.
O'REILLY: Right.
OBAMA: You can afford that. That's point No. 1. In exchange, I'm cutting taxes for 95 percent of Americans. 95 percent.
O'REILLY: That's swell, but that's class warfare.
OBAMA: It's not. Ninety-five percent is not class warfare.

OBAMA: What I believe is that there's certain things we've got to do. And we've got to help people who are having a tough time affording college so they can benefit like we benefited from this great country. People who are have having a tough time; they don't have health care. People who are trying to figure out how they are going to pay the bills. And there are certain things we've got to do. Our infrastructure — look what happened in Beijing. You go to the Olympics and these folks are building, and we've got sewer lines that are crumbling.

OBAMA: Well, but the problem is, if I am sitting pretty, and you've got a waitress who is making minimum wage plus tips, and I can afford it if she can't, what's the big deal for me to say I'm going to pay a little bit more?...That's neighborliness.

The fact that a presidential candidate from a major political party overtly states (repeatedly!) that he espouses the belief that it is perfectly acceptable for the government to take what I have earned through my hard work, my intellect, and my innovation, only to hand it to someone who hasn't earned it and hasn't worked for it is horrifying.

The battle lines in this ideological war are clearly drawn—on one side, unabashed wealth redistribution, nanny government taking care of your every need, and removing the consequences for poor decision-making--on the other side, the basic American tenets of hard work, self-sufficiency, self determination, free trade, and open markets.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Overheard at the Store

Yesterday when I left the store, I was behind a young couple, he a little grungy in a yuppie sort of way, she VERY yuppie in a liberal J.Crew sort of way...discussing the so-called bail out package. He was ranting loudly about the amount of money thrown to the banks in the past few days. I admit, I didn't follow them to their car to read the Obama bumper stickers/talking points, but I wondered...

I find it curious that people on BOTH sides of the political aisle seem to hate the bail out with equal fervor.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dinner Conversation

Conversation around our dinner table has been focused on two things: the Red Sox and the economy. With the Red Sox appearing to tank as badly as the economy, we are left wondering WHY--why has this country strayed so far from her bedrock principles? Why are so many people abandoning the precepts of hard work, personal responsibility, and free trade in favor of handouts, wealth redistribution, and welfare?

The crux of the issue is our abandonment, as a society, of personal responsibility and accountability--and it is pervasive! We have turned into a society of victims--nothing is our fault. Cheat on your wife and lie under oath? Not your fault--you are a victim of the vast right-wing conspiracy! Brutally murder your wife? If the gloves don't fit, you must acquit! Buy a house you cannot afford? Fail to make payments? Not your fault--the guy who loaned you the money should have known better--no need for YOU to do the math! Pal around with domestic terrorists, anti-American radicals, and corrupt businessmen? Not your fault--you thought they had been rehabilitated! Besides, the press won't hold you accountable, anyway! Go ahead and run for President--even though your resume doesn't qualify you for president of your homeowner's association!

Why is this important? (It depends upon what your definition of "is" is.) It is important if you think character matters. It is important if you think that the leaders of your country should be answerable for their actions and decisions. It is important if you want to teach your children how to be decent human beings.

Congress Versus the President

We have the most ineffectual Congress in the history of the nation, yet we hear no groundswell of protest from taxpayers wanting to "throw da bums out!" What we hear is vitriol and hatred for the sitting President, as though he were solely responsible for the state of the universe. The Congress has been controlled by Democrats for two years under the leadership of Pelosi and Hoyer, and yet they refuse to take responsibility for their failure to address issues ranging from the economy to immigration to pork barrel spending to energy. This is appalling. More appalling still is that 4 out of 10 Americans think that the GOP still controls Congress.

Liberals want to arrest President Bush and Vice-President Cheney for "war crimes," yet 29 Democrat Senators and 81 Democrat Representatives (including Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Charles Schumer, Steny Hoyer, John Murtha, and Henry Waxman) voted to authorize military action in Iraq. Those 130 Democrats refuse to accept responsibility for their own votes, claiming they were "misled" by the data--the same data the President had available.

The party that pranced into office claiming they would reform pork barrel spending and restore ethics to the hallowed halls of Congress has done neither, and the people of this country say nothing.