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"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (II Tim 3:16) "The sum of Your word is truth" (Psalm 119:160)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Dancing Christmas Lights

This was sent to me in an e-mail and I thought I would share it with my readers for Christmas. Turn on your speakers and enjoy.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Liberal Quotes Worth Remembering

Oh, those awful, hateful, stupid things liberals say;

“Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers.”
- Ellen Goodman

“The basic approach is wrong. Many marriages last just because people believe they are safe. My suggestion is that marriages expire after seven years.”
- Gabriele Pauli

“There are no illegal human beings.”
- Dennis Kucinich

“In fact, my very first thought upon hearing of the Rev. Falwell’s passing was: Good. And I didn’t mean ‘good’ in a oh-good-he’s-gone-home-to-be-with-the-Lord kind of way. I meant ‘good’ as in ‘Ding-dong, the witch is dead.’”
- Cathleen Falsani

“You could argue that even the world’s worst fascist dictators at least meant well. They honestly thought [they] were doing good things for their countries by suppressing blacks/eliminating Jews/eradicating free enterprise/repressing individual thought/killing off rivals/invading neighbors, etc….Bush set a new precedent. He came into office with the attitude of ‘I’m so tired of the public good. What about my good? What about my rich friends’ good?’”
- Peter Mehlman

“Probably there should be a rule against it. But there’s a rule against murder. If someone had murdered Hitler — a journalist interviewing him had murdered him — the world would be a better place. I only feel good, as a citizen, about getting rid of George Bush, who has been the most destructive President in my lifetime. I certainly don’t regret it.”
- Mark Singer

“[Religion is] violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.”
- Christopher Hitchens

“Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.”
- William Ayers

“You know, I wanted to sit on a jury once, and I was taken off the jury. And the judge said to me, ‘Can, you know, can you tell the truth and be fair?’ And I said, ‘That’s what journalists do.’ And everybody in the courtroom laughed. It was the most hurtful moment I think I’ve ever had.”
- Diane Sawyer , July 12

“The God of the Old Testament has got to be the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous, and proud of it, petty, vindictive, unjust, unforgiving, racist.”
- Richard Dawkins

“This is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors.”
–speaking of global warming opponents
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr

“I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”
–Discussing how a few commenters at a left-wing blog were upset that an attempt to kill Vice President Cheney in Afghanistan had failed
- Bill Maher

“Stop scapegoating immigrants…[Stop using] outrageous phrases like ‘illegal aliens.’”
- Howard Dean

In the plague years of the 1980s — that low decade of denial, indifference, hostility, opportunism and idiocy — government fiddled and medicine diddled, and the media were silent or hysterical. A gerontocratic Ronald Reagan took this [AIDS] plague less seriously than Gerald Ford had taken swine flu. After all, he didn’t need the ghettos and he didn’t want the gays.”
- John Leonard

“Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. No black man will ever be considered for president [...] and no black woman can ever be considered for anything outside what she can give with her body.”
- Rev. Jeremiah Wright

“(The pundits) said you can’t win in a year like this with a name like Obama. There was quite a bit of confusion at first, but it did get me free airtime on Al Jazeera.”
- Barack Hussein Obama

“When I look at what’s available in the man department [in Arkansas], I’m surprised more women aren’t gay.”
- Hillary Clinton

“I pledge allegiance to the America that can be.”
- Hillary Clinton , Nov. 21, 2001

Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.
- Barack Hussein Obama , During a speech on May 9, 2008

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” —Talking about Small Town Folks
- Barack Hussein Obama , April 6, 2008

“I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”-Talking about abortion
- Barack Hussein Obama , March 29, 2008.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Poking Fun at Blago

Blago's 1975 HS yearbook photo.

Hmmmm! Prophetic.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

MLK's Dream is Dead

On Tuesday, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill) called upon Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to appoint a black man or woman to fill Obama's Senate seat and said that it would be a "national disgrace" if he did not do so. If any Americans where laboring under the delusion that electing Barack Obama as President would put an end to the notion that America is a racist nation; welcome to the reality. The race problem in the United States ends when self appointed civil rights leaders like Rush says it ends, and not before.

Martin Luther King said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." King spoke these words on August 28, 1963. That was 45 years ago, and in the eyes of the self appointed civil rights leaders, nothing has changed in all the days from this day to that. America has made tremendous progress towards the fulfillment of MLK's dream. But, too many have based their careers upon racial inequities, real or imagined. Too many have seen that there are political advantages in the perpetuation of perceived racial problems in America. King had to believe that that 'one day' would eventually come. That 'one day' will never come if Bobby Rush, and his ilk, have their way.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Remembering the Troops on Thanksgiving.

I know that most of the readers of this blog do not need a reminder, but please remember the brave men and women of our armed forces in your prayers on Thanksgiving Day.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The 'Fairness Doctrine', 'Localism', and 'Ownership Diversity'

Tyranny begins with the silencing of dissenting voices. To this end many on the Left are calling for the reinstatement of the 'Fairness Doctrine'.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told Fox News,

"Do you think we should allow people to put pornography on the air? Absolutely not. Particularly on television or radio.... The very same people who don't want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] to limit pornography on the air.... That's not consistent."

Obama campaign statement on the 'Fairness Doctrine', August 2008,

"He [Obama] considers this debate to be a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible. That is why Sen. Obama supports media-ownership caps, network neutrality, public broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets."

Dianne Feinstein complained to Fox News’ Chris Wallace,

“In my view, talk radio tends to be one-sided. It also tends to be dwelling in hyperbole. It's explosive. It pushes people to, I think, extreme views without a lot of information.”

"Well, I'm looking at it (reviving the 'Fairness Doctrine'), as a matter of fact, Chris, because I think there ought to be an opportunity to present the other side. And unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way. But I do believe in fairness. I remember when there was a fairness doctrine, and I think there was much more serious correct reporting to people."

Bill Moyers interview with Louise Slaughter (D-NY) on PBS. Read it here.

Lou Dobbs interview with Dennis Kacinich on CNN. See it here.

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) radio interview. Hear it here.

Enacted in 1949 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the 'Fairness Doctrine' required broadcasters to present all sides on political issues equally. The only fairness associated with the 'Fairness Doctrine' was that it silenced political speech altogether. Broadcasters simply avoided topics which would fall under the FCC equal time rules. One blogger compares the 'Fairness Doctrine' to the 1765 Stamp Act. It is an interesting comparison.

In 1987, President Reagan rescinded the 'Fairness Doctrine' Since then, political speech on talk radio has flourished. Conservatives have dominated it. Conservative talk radio has 50 million listeners, with Rush Limbaugh taking the lions share of the ratings with 20 million listeners. Liberal talkers have had a tough time competing in the talk radio medium. Their show have trouble selling advertising for by virtue of the fact that talk radio listeners do not want to hear their shrill voices spewing negative, often anti-American, diatribes.

As far as the Left is concerned, conservative domination of the airwaves is a violation of the First Amendment. In the Liberal mind, the First Amendment not only guarantees them the right to express their opinion, it also guarantees them the right to be heard. As always, the Left is looking to the government to level the playing field. It is not enough that there is equal opportunity, there must be equal results.

While Obama has claimed that he will not be seeking a reinstatement of the 'Fairness Doctrine', he is very much in favor of expanding upon an FCC rule known as 'localism'. Under this rule radio and television stations are required to serve the interests of their local community as a condition of keeping their broadcast licenses. More on this from American Thinker.

Obama has chosen as as his transition chief John Podesta. Podesta is president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a socialist think tank. Cap is in favor of expanding the concept of 'localism' and promoting 'ownership diversity' to solve what it believes are inequities in radio broadcasting. In a June 21, 2007 report entitled The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio, CAP complained of "the absence of localism in American radio markets" and recommends that to ensure that local radio stations fulfill their obligations to meet the needs of the communities which they serve, the FCC needs to exercise greater control over local broadcast licencing and the fining of radio stations who continue to air conservative talkers who are perceived to be out of step with local needs. The report also recommends that the money generated by the fines be used to support liberal dominated , taxpayer funded public broadcasting. It gets worse. Since conservative talk radio does not reflect the diverse interests of the communities which they serve, the report also recommends handing over media properties to selected minority control. One wonders how this might be accomplished. Through Stalin-esque seizure of private property? For more, go here.

Many on the Left dismiss the concerns of conservative talk show hosts as far fetched paranoia, others are in complete denial, and the mainstream press is wallowing in self imposed ignorance.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FEC 'Looks The Other Way', Right At McCain

Allegations that the Obama campaign had accepted illegal campaign contributions, possibly as much as 200 million dollars, have been circulating around the blogsphere for some time. The possibility of a substantial number of illegal contributions to the Obama campaign is extremely likely since the Obama web site was not using an Address Verification System (AVS) to screen donations. This would allow fraudulent donations from fictitious and possibly foreign sources. All such donations are illegal. Much of these discrepancies were detailed by Neil Munro at the National Journal.

Despite a formal complaint to the Federal Election Committee (FEC) from the RNC regarding the Obama campaign's fundraising practices, Politico is reporting that an investigation of the Obama campaign by the FEC is unlikely. The Obama campaign collected more than $600 million from at least 3.1 million donors under federal regulations which bars individuals from donating more than $2,300 to a single campaign. There is evidence that the Obama campaign facilitated and accepted fraudulent donations from sources both domestic and foreign, and that the amount of money that the campaign received which falls under the category of 'questionable' is between 150 and 200 million dollars. And yet it is unlikely that the FEC will be investigating.

But that is not the full extent of the outrageous content of this story. The FEC will be investigating the McCain campaign by virtue of the fact that he kept his promise to accept public financing, where as, Obama did not. Proving the old saying 'that no good deed goes unpunished.'

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Comrade Obama on the Redistribution of Wealth

That Obama is a socialist is a question that many have been asking since 'Joe the Plumber ' asked Comrade Obama if he was going to be taxing his business at a greater rate. Now more evidence of Obama's redistributionist ideology has been revealed in the form of a radio interview on Chicago's WBEZ FM from 2001.

In addition to this video are the following quotes from an August 20, 2008 New York Times magazine interview;

“If you talk to Warren, he’ll tell you his preference is not to meddle in the economy at all — let the market work, however way it’s going to work, and then just tax the heck out of people at the end and just redistribute it,” Obama said. “That way you’re not impeding efficiency, and you’re achieving equity on the back end.” He continued by saying that he thought there was some merit in Buffett’s argument. But, he said: “I do think that what the argument may miss is the sense of control that we want individuals to have in determining their own career paths, making their own life choices and so forth. And I also think you want to instill that sense of self-reliance and that what you do will help determine outcomes.”

While the main stream media is is gushing over Obama, wondering if America is finally ready for a black President, many Americans are now wondering if we are blindly about to let our doom in by the front door by electing a Marxist to that office.

Biased Media Suppressing News

Anyone who has been following up on Obama's radical associations has heard of Rashid Khalidi. When a Jewish voter in Florida asked Obama about his association with the Jew hating Khalidi, Obama explained away any concerns in this way;

"You mentioned Rashid Khalidi, who's a professor at Columbia," Obama said. "I do know him because I taught at the University of Chicago. And he is Palestinian. And I do know him and I have had conversations. He is not one of my advisors; he's not one of my foreign policy people. His kids went to the Lab school where my kids go as well. He is a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel's policy."

Obama continued, "To pluck out one person who I know and who I've had a conversation with who has very different views than 900 of my friends and then to suggest that somehow that shows that maybe I'm not sufficiently pro-Israel, I think, is a very problematic stand to take," he said. "So we gotta be careful about guilt by association."

Sean Hannity has repeatedly detailed Obama's relationship with Khalidi as exemplified by the video below.

The left wing media has chosen the role of apologists for Obama's radical associations from William Ayers to Khalidi. Now we have learned that the media is in the business of suppressing news on behalf of Barack Obama. The Gateway Pundit has reported that the LA Times is in possession of a video in which Obama praises the anti-Semitic Khalidi and admits to having a close relationship with Khalidi which included frequently dining with Khalidi and his wife in their home.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell Joins Wesley Clark

Colin Powell has had an illustrious career. He was the United States 65th Secretary of State and the first Black American to hold that office. He served as National Security Advisor (1987-1989) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993). He served his country with distinction in the US Army (1958-1993) and retired with the rank of General.
While Colin Powell is a Republican, he has not shown himself to be a conservative over the years that he has been in the public spotlight. Conservatives have come to expect less than conservative opinions and endorsements from him. However, many conservatives were taken by surprise yesterday when Powell endorsed Barack Obama for President on Meet the Press. I count myself among them. I certainly did not expect Powell, given his history of dedication to his country to endorse a radical socialist to the office of the President of the United States.
On the subject of whether or not Obama is a socialist, Powell had this to say;
I was troubled a couple of weeks ago when in the middle of the crisis, the [McCain] campaign said, “We’re going to go negative,” and they announced it, “We’re going to go negative and attack [Obama's] character through Bill Ayers.” Now I guess the message this week is, “We’re going to call him a socialist, Mr. Obama is now a socialist, because he dares to suggest that maybe we ought to look at the tax structure that we have.”
Taxes are always a redistribution of money. Most of the taxes that are redistributed go back to those who paid them, in roads and airports and hospitals and schools. And taxes are necessary for the common good. And there is nothing wrong with examining what our tax structure is or who should be paying more, who should be paying less. And for us to say that that makes you a socialist, I think is an unfortunate characterization that isn’t accurate.
It is odd for a man who has served his country through the cold war to seemingly be unable to recognize the difference between socialist redistribution of wealth and the raising of revenue. It is equally odd that Powell, who served as National Security Advisor, cannot recognize a socialist politician and an enemy of the US Constitution. I am not going to spend a great deal of effort to try and second guess Powell's motives, but I have every intention of taking issue with his actions. My opinion is likely not to be received well, and I am prepared to take the heat for it.
Every US soldier takes an oath when he enlists, it reads;
I respect and appreciate Gen. Powell's service to our country but, America's enemies do not exist only beyond our borders. Many of America's enemies claim to be patriotic Americans. For what ever reason, Powell has failed to recognize that fact. The socialists in our political system are domestic enemies of our Constitution. They make no secret of their intention to change it, and they have made every effort to subvert it. Yesterday, Gen. Colin Powell joined ranks with Gen. Wesley Clark in capitulating to, and lending aid to, the domestic enemies of our Constitution.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

African American Voters, Listen Up

The following videos are part of a video blog series. I do not know the gentleman's name but he can be found at youtube.com under machosauceproduction. He has some important political insights which should be of particular interest to the black community.

African Americans need to ask themselves a few questions;

-Who or what is really to blame for the sad state of black education in America? Read this.

-Is it really a racial issue that the prison population in the U.S. is up to 70% black? Read this and this.

-Which political party stands to gain the most, politically, from the status quo of race relations in the U.S. remaining unchanged? Read this.

-Democrats pushed banks into making more home loans to those with low and moderate
incomes, mostly through Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. Read this and this. They defended Fannie and Freddy when Republicans started sounding the warning bells in 2004. Watch this and this. Now, those who purchased homes under these programs, many of whom are African Americans, find that their homes are worth less than the principle remaining on their mortgages. Since many of these homeowners got their loans with no money down, and therefore, had no skin in the game, are walking away from these mortgages. With the economy collapsing and it looks as though every American will be paying a huge price for it, of what benefit has any of this been for the black community? Misery may love company, but is this the type of equality that the black community hoped for when they voted for Democrats?

-In America, the land of opportunity, liberal Democrats tell African Americans that their success or failure depends upon who wins elections. That is insulting enough, but the fact of the matter is that Democrats, by positioning themselves as the saviors of the black community, have a vested political interest in maintaining the status quo. As long as black students are under educated, the Democrats have the black vote. As long as black unemployment exceeds the national average, the Democrats have the black vote. As long as crime in America's inner city communities remains high, the Democrats have the black vote. As long as Democrats can convince African Americans that racism is at the heart of all these problems, the Democrats have the black vote. Why would the Democrats, as a party, want any of these things to change?

These are questions which every voter, not just those in the African American community, should seriously be considering.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

NBC pulls SNL Skit

NBC pulls SNL skit from the NBC/SNL website. The skit lampoons liberal financier George Soros and Marion and Herb Sandler, not to mention the entire Democratic Party's cover up of their part in the economic meltdown. The liberal bias over at NBC is well known, however, it would seem that the reason that NBC pulled the skit is that Herb Sandler is 'hopping mad' about it. No response from NBC as to why it was pulled.

See the original uncut video below. Many thanks to Ms. Underestimated for the .wmv file.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Palin in a Swimsuit

Well, it was only a matter of time until the 1984 Miss Alaska swimsuit photos of Sarah Palin surfaced. With the media and every Liberal blogger in the country focusing on her, digging into every nook and cranny of her past, even braking into her e-mail account, it is surprising that it took this long for them to show up.

And here is the video.

Of course, these pics are not nearly as spectacular as the bikini photo, but then, that one was made to order. As I said, the left was looking for these images from day one when she was named as McCain's VP. They were so afraid that Sarah Palin would usurp many women voters, especially disgruntled Hillary supporters, and it was hoped that images of her in a swimsuit at a beauty contest could be used to show that she was no friend of the women's movement. Feminists view beauty contests as sexist and demeaning to women. Now that these photos have surfaced, they have barely made a ripple in the political waters. Since they were so late in coming, the left has focused on Sarah Palin's views on the abortion issue instead. The latest attack came from actress Ashley Judd who characterized abortion a an issue of "women's privacy." See video below.

It shocked me to hear the issue of abortion referred to as an issue of women's privacy. The question of whether abortion on demand should be legal is a question of right and wrong, of moral or immoral, privacy has nothing what-so-ever to do with it. There is a law which requires psychologists to report patients who exhibit tendencies toward pedophilia. Can you imagine the outrage if someone were to refer to it as an issue of a pedophiles privacy.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Rebuking the Toad

I received a comment to a recent post which demands a reply. The following is the comment just as it appeared;

Toad734 said...

That's funny because it always seems it's the conservatives who are trying to implement a state religion which everyone one else has to adhere to, always trying to stifle free speech or even in McCain and Palin's case, freedom of the press. The Right are the ones who want to attack the constitution with a new marriage amendment, it's the Right who is always trying to take away our civil liberties for "our safety", its the right who is always trying to get music, lyrics, videos, tv, movies, radio, art, etc. censored. It's conservatives who fought against ideas such as the 15th amendment.And by activist judges would you be referring to ones who sneak in to the court house grounds in the middle of the night to install a big statue of the 10 commandments? That's what I call an activist judge. Just because some judges are non partisan and smart and can actually acknowledge the intentions of the founding fathers doesn't make them activists just because you, uneducated in the law, disagree.

Toad makes several charges in his comments that are so outlandish that I have to wonder how he could have established their credibility in his own mind.
1). That conservatives want to stifle freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and censor the media.

Since Ronald Reagan abolished the 'fairness doctrine' we finally have a situation in this country in which freedom of speech is flourishing. I realize that the Left is unhappy with this situation and many want it reinstated. This charge may seem a little like the 'pot calling the kettle black', but in the mind of the Leftist the fact that there are so many voices now actively opposing their views it must be an effort to silence them. The Left does it's fair share of criticism of the Right as well. But the right to criticize the speech of another falls under the category of free speech. What the Left calls an effort to stifle free speech is really nothing more that healthy political debate. Conservatives have as much right to be engaged in the political debate as does the Left. However, if the Left finds that they no longer have the stomach for it, we would be agreeable to accepting the Left's capitulation.

2). That Conservatives fought hard against ideas like the 15th Amendment.

This charge betrays a great deal of ignorance. On Feb. 26 1869, the 15th Amendment passed the Senate with not a single Republican voting against it, and not a single Democrat voting in favor of it. The next day the House vote was 144 to 44 in favor of passage. All 144 in favor were Republicans and all 44 against it were Democrats. It was the Democrats who opposed the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, as well as much of the civil rights legislation which was passed during the civil rights movement of the 1960. For Toad's edification, may I recommend Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel. It is an excellent book on the history of the civil war and offers a perspective thereof which is not often heard.

3). That Conservatives are trying to establish a 'state religion' and that an activist judge is one which violates the religion clause of the First Amendment.

The First Amendment clearly states that, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." No Conservative has proposed such a law, nor has any Conservative stated that he would be in favor of such a law. However, Conservatives do insist that efforts to respect the first portion of the religion clause not lead to gross violations of the second. There in lies the problem. The Left has interpreted the first portion of the religion clause in such a way that in naturally leads to violations of the second.

This 'uneducated' blogger has read no less than two books on the subject of the original intent of the framers of the Constitution, as well as the essays of the Federalists and the Anti-federalists. The original intent of religion clause of the First Amendment was to prevent the federal government from interfering with state laws regarding religion and their establishments. The concern of the framers was not that the states would use public authority and money to favor one religion over another, many did exactly that and it was an acceptable practice. The worry of the framers who insisted upon this provision was that the federal government would establish a national church interfering with churches favored in the various states.

The concept of a constitutional 'separation of church and state', established solely by activist judges, has done much to greatly curtail religious freedom in America. Communities are being restricted from using their local tax dollars to erect any type of religious monument or even a Nativity display at Christmas time. Teachers and students alike are forbidden from expressing their faith on public school property. Families or church groups visiting public monuments at our Nation's Capital are fined for engaging in prayer. Just this week, in my own state of Virgina, five state troopers have resigned following a directive that banned them from using the words Jesus or Christ in public prayers. In recent years there have even been those (mostly on the Left) who argue that the religion clause of the First Amendment makes it unconstitutional for members of a religious institution to engage in political activism.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Democrats: Always Entertaining

It was just yesterday that Harry Reid had said that John McCain needed to support the economic bailout measure if it was to succeed. Today, the presidential nominee has said that he will suspend his campaign and go back to Washington to work on the bailout bill and invited Obama to do the same. Now Reid is saying that McCain's involvement is not needed and wouldn't be helpful.

I love it when Republicans force Democrats to talk out of both sides of their face.

Obama responded to McCain's suggestion by saying, “Presidents are going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time." While this comment was intended to question McCain's ability to be president, but it also slammed Bill Clinton. During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Clinton complained more than once that he needed to "get back to work for the American people."
The use of the words "get back to work" implies that the scandal was preventing him somehow from doing his job. Clearly, Bill Clinton was not able to deal with more than on thing at a time.

At least the crisis that John McCain is focusing on is a bit more important than a President's inability to keep his 'goods' securely tucked away in his trousers.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday Open Thread

O eternal God, through whose mighty power ourfathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Palin and Women's Rights

The runaway popularity of Sarah Palin, especially with women, is enough to throw the radical feminists into fits. In some cases, feminist may be mistaken as sufferers of Tourette syndrome. One blogger characterized her as pure evil. Then there is this rant at the Daily-kook.

In an Aug. 29th press release, NOW PAC chair, Kim Gandy, emphatically pontificated that Sarh Palin is no more a supporter of women's rights than John McCain, but admitted that "like Sarah Palin, not every woman supports women's rights." Which rights? Apparently, only the right of a woman to flippantly murder her unborn child.

Chicago Sun Times columnist, Mary Mitchell, echoed the same sentiments yesterday in a piece entitled Palin should be laughingstock to all feminists. Rather than comprehensively prove the 'laughingstock' premise of the title, Ms. Mitchell spends a good portion of the piece lamenting the much chagrined popularity of Sarah Palin. The following are a few examples of this:

"Sarah Palin makes me sick. I hate that she was able to
steal Barack Obama's mojo just by showing up wearing rimless glasses and a

"I hate that she makes Joe Biden look like John McCain
and John McCain look like the maverick he is not."

"I hate that Palin reminds me of Susan Sarandon's
feisty character in "Thelma & Louise." I loved Sarandon in that movie, yet I
couldn't stand Palin's feistiness at the Republican National Convention."

"Sarah Palin makes me sick -- not because she may speak
in tongues -- but because she is a fast talker."

"It irks me that Palin is being painted as some kind of
"New Age Feminist" by the so-called 'elite' media."

"She isn't."

"Palin is a fresh face on a weary campaign trail, and a
jack-in-the-box in this election.
But Palin isn't running against Barack
Obama. McCain is, and the media seem to have forgotten that."

Having delt sufficiently with her 'cry baby' issues, Ms. Mitchell moved on to more substantive matters, like the claim that Palin is a reformer.

"But we know that the "reform-minded" is a bit of a stretch.
Palin is under investigation for allegedly abusing her power by trying to have
her ex-brother-in-law fired."

Ms. Mitchell fails to site any instances in which feminists have opposed the firing of a dangerous, child abusing, male, state trooper. Ms. Mitchell continued her piece by pointing out the ways in which Sarah Palin is a typical politician, but fails to recount the long list of atypical politicians that feminist typically have supported in the past.

From this point on in the article, Ms. Mitchell waxed hypocritical. She tried to cast doubt on whether Palin could be both a career woman and mother. How does doing that which feminists have always supported and encouraged women to do make her a 'laughingstock' to feminists. Even a former Leftist like myself cannot explain the logic.

Finally, at the end of the piece, she gets to the real heart of the matter.

"Palin's extreme views on abortion (she once said she
would be against her daughter having an abortion even in the case of incest or
rape) and her support of abstinence-only programs should make her a
laughingstock to feminists."

Yes, it is true that a woman who chooses to give birth to a child because she believes that abortion is wrong, is a choice that feminists mock. It is true that the notion of preventing a pregnancy through the advocation of abstinence is repugnant to feminists. It is also true that feminists are the the advocates of women's rights save but one; the right of a woman to have an opinion which differs from the feminazi party line.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Patriots Day From a Leftist Perspective

This is how one leftist blogger commemorated 9/11, publishing only the image shown at right with no commentary. This image is meant to convey the notion that as a result of 9/11 our Constitution has been under attack, primarily from the Patriot Act. The Left's concern for our Constitution is completely phony. The Left has relentlessly attacked the Constitution as antiquated, rigid, and regressive. The left has always wanted a complete rewrite of the Constitution, and if they can't get it done through the ratification of amendments (remember the ERA), they will do it through the judiciary.

To be blunt, as a former member of the American Left, I know that the Left has no love for the U.S. Constitution, or for that matter anything that patriotic Americans hold dear. They want to destroy this country as it is currently constituted. They wanted us to lose the cold war and they now would like us to lose the war on terror. Their opposition to the Patriot Act is purely because they know it has been instrumental in keeping America safe from terrorist attacks for the last seven years. Any pretense of concern for civil liberties in this regard is completely phony.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We Will Never Forget

We will never forget!

We will never forget!

We will never forget!

We will never forget!

We will never forget!

We Will Never Forget!

We will never forget!

This we pledge to the memory of everyone who lost their lives on 9/11/2001, and their families, we will never, ever forget!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Goofy Brit Lectures Americans

At the MTV Awards last night British comedian Russell Brand took advantage of the opportunity spew his political views on American politics, taking it upon himself to urge Americans "on behalf of the world" to vote for Barack Obama. The following are a few of his comments.
"Some people, I think they're called racists, say America is not ready for a black president. "But I know America to be a forward thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retard and cowboy fella be president for eight years? "We were very impressed. We thought it was nice of you to let him have a go, because, in England, he wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors."
I don't know who Mr. Brand thinks he is that he can come to the United States and make these kinds of insulting pontifications, but sitting here, clinging to my gun with one hand and my religion with the other, and considering his comments in the context of his physical appearance, I think that I am perfectly capable of figuring out who the retard is!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Conservatism Rocks

OK, so I am an older conservative who is not on top of everything that happens in the music industry. Let's face it, most of the music industry is liberal, so the fact that a conservative rock group has entered the genre is something that might escape my notice for awhile. So for those of you who may be father behind the times than I am, let me introduce you to a few of the music videos from The Right Brothers. Enjoy!

The List

Bush Was Right

I Want To Live
(You might need some tissues for this one. I did.)

Half of Her Heart

Stop Global Whining

What to Get a Liberal for Christmas

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Palin vs. Obama

Since being named McCain's VP choice Sarah Palin has come under numerous attacks from the Left. The only one that has any possibility of resonating with the American people is the question of her experience. Here is a little video I found on Youtube that examines how well that argument will float.

No Contest!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Should Palin Renounce Her Pastors?

The newest attacks on Sarah Palin have to do with statements made by her Pastors. Harper's has been pouring over the sermons made by David Pepper of the the Church on the Rock in Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, and Mike Rose of the Juneau Christian Center, who has been her pastor since she became governor in 2006. Here are some of the statements which the Libs are having some problems with.

From David Pepper, senior pastor at Church on the Rock:

From an November 25, 2007 sermon: “The purpose for the United States is… to glorify God. This nation is a Christian nation.”

From an October 28, 2007 sermon: “God will not be mocked. I don’t care what the ACLU says. God will not be mocked. I don’t care what atheists say. God will not be mocked. I don’t care what’s going on in the nation today with so much horrific rebellion and sin and things that take place. God will not be mocked. Judgment Day is coming. Where do you stand?”

From an October 28, 2007 sermon: “Just giving in a little bit is a disastrous thing…You can’t serve both man and God. It is one or the other.”

And from Mike Rose, senior pastor at Juneau Christian Center:

From an April 27, 2008 sermon: “If you really want to know where you came from and happen to believe the word of God that you are not a descendant of a chimpanzee, this is what the word of God says. I believe this version.”

From a July 8, 2007 sermon: “Those that die without Christ have a horrible, horrible surprise.”

From a July 28, 2007 sermon: “Do you believe we’re in the last days? After listening to Newt Gingrich and the prime minister of Israel and a number of others at our gathering, I became convinced, and I have been convinced for some time. We are living in the last days. These are incredible times to live in.”

Some of the left wing bloggers have jumped on the Harpers article and believe that Sarah Palin should have to denounce these statements of her Pastors just as Obama had to denounce the controversial statements of Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. In the interest of fairness, let us re-examine the statements of Jeremiah Wright which I obtained from Fox News.

– September 2001: “The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied.”

– September 2001: “We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki. And we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.”

– 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 is chickens coming home to roost.”

– April 2003: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes three-strike laws and wants them to sing God Bless America. No! No No! God damn America … for killing innocent people. God damn America for threatening citizens as less than humans. God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and supreme.”

– December 2007: “Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich, white people. Hillary would never know that.”

– December 2007: “Hillary ain’t never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person.”

– Jan. 13, 2008: “Hillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us. No he ain’t! Bill did us, just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was riding dirty.”

– “Fact number one: We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college. … Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run.”

– “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!”

The left cannot be serious! Do they really think that there is any kind of realistic comparison that can and should be made with respect to the content of the sermons of Palin's Pastors and those of Obama's? Liberals seem to have 'plug and play' brains. One of them makes an 'off the wall' suggestion and they all just fall in line and follow along. It's as if they have no will of their own. It kinda of reminds me of the following Bob Hope movie line.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Is Obama the Antichrist?

This is a very interesting bit of information. It appears that the keywords 'Obama Antichrist' is now the sixth most popular keyword search at Google. While I do not subscribe to the most popular interpretation of the Revelation of John, clearly many Christians do, and they are concerned that Obama may be the person of the 'Antichrist' described by the Apostle.

What is it about Obama that promotes these enquiries? Undoubtedly it is the fact that the whole 'Obama aura' is virtually unexplainable, and many are probably wondering if it might not be the result of some unnatural phenomenon. Obama speaks of change in very generic terms with little or no substance, but people respond to him as if he is making 'messianic revelations'. Last Thursday night, Obama had promised a speech in which he would "spell out exactly" what he means by change. If one reads through the transcript of that speech, one finds very little substance in his words. Much of the solutions which he offers are not new or innovative. What Obama's speeches do contain are exactly the words many wish to hear. This fact may remind some of the words of Timothy;

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to myths." - 2Tim. 4:3-4 NASV

Is Obama the Antichrist? Is there evil at work here? I am not prepared to accept the former, but as to the later, well, let us examine what may be a recent example of it. Below please find an embedded video and transcript of the words of Don Fowler, former national chairman of the DNC, joking with Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) about the timing of Hurricane Gustav potentially hitting New Orleans when the Republicans start their convention.

Transcript: "Plus they think the hurricane's going to hit (starts laughing) New Orleans about the time they start. The timing, at least it appears now, that it'll be there Monday. That just demonstrates God's on our side."

How self absorbed, how evil must one be to recognize , and be gleeful about, the possible political advantages of an impending natural disaster in which fellow citizens may lose their lives. I don't believe that I really need to comment further on this subject.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama the Equus Asinus

John McCain set two traps in as many days for Obama and he (Obama) stepped into both of them with both feet. First was the leak that McCain might announce his VP pick on the same night that Obama was to accept his party’s nomination for President of the United States. The Obama camp, in a knee-jerk reaction, proclaimed such an untimely announcement, should it come, as “political malpractice”. Well, that announcement did not come last night to rain on Obama’s parade. What did come out of the McCain campaign was a nationally televised ad consisting of heartfelt congratulations to Obama for “a job well done”. Obama ended up looking like, well, like an ass.

Obama repeated that particular imitation of the Democratic Party’s mascot again today when John McCain announced his choice for VP. In typical liberal fashion the Obama camp attacked Sarah Palin on as many points that they could think of in two shakes of the proverbial bony finger of indignation. "Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. "Gov. Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil, and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same."

Upon further reflection, once the criticism of the imprudence of attacking a woman who has just been named a VP candidate during a week commemorating the 88th anniversary of women getting the right to vote began rolling in, Obama and Biden came out a gave a more congratulatory response. I have no intention of quoting that response here by virtue of the fact that it is irrelevant and because it will detract from my gloating.

Kudos to John McCain for his excellent choice of Veep and for forcing his opponent to stick his foot in his mouth twice within a 24 hour period. If Obama had attended a church pastored by minister with less of a political axe to grind and more of a biblical focus, perhaps Obama would have become familiar with Eccl. 10:2, "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left."

Monday, August 25, 2008

Call Your Government?

Many areas of Florida experienced a good deal of flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Faye. Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D) who has a residence in Jacksonville, called the Mayor's office to request assistance in protecting her home from the flooding. Adam Hollingsworth, chief of staff for Mayor John Payton, ordered city crews to Brown's home. Jacksonville residence are outraged that Brown got this kind of special treatment. However, she was not the only one. Hollingsworth also ordered city crews to city Councilwoman Denise Lee's home, although she had not asked for assistance.

Regarding this incident, Brown said that she had to "call, and call, and call just like anybody else." She also said, "Anytime a citizen needs help, they should call their government."

A few weeks back there was a very heavy rain where I live. My gutters could not handle the large volume of water. The water flowed across my driveway, through my flower bed, and into the window well of my basement. Needless to say, my basement flooded. I had to stay up half the night dealing with the water and the mess. The next day I did a little terraforming in order to insure that it would never happen again. I never once thought of calling my government for assistance. Why not? Because, as a conservative, I believe that Ronald Reagan was right when he said that the nine scariest words in the English language are, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Obama; "Boo Hoo, McCain Cheated"

At the recent televised political forum at the Saddleback Church, John McCain clearly bested Barack Obama. McCain came across as a candidate with firm convictions, and a clear vision of how he would govern as President. Obama, on the other hand, fumbled for words when confronted with difficult questions. He looked very much like a politician trying to answer a question with just enough doublespeak to skate by. He clearly did not have the presence of mind to realize where he was and to be able to anticipate the kinds of question that he would be asked.

So how does Obama decide to cope with the aftermath of his dismal failure? Does he pick himself up, dust himself off, and move on? Does he determine to better prepare for such events in the future? No! Camp Obama dropped a bug in the ear of NBC's Andrea Mitchell, expressing Obama's concerns that McCain may have cheated. Here is how the logic of team Obama works; McCain did much better than Obama during the forum, McCain arrived at the church after Obama began answering questions, ergo, McCain had taken advantage of that opportunity to gain advance knowledge of the questions being asked. Rather than deal with the situation like a man, Obama, without a shred of evidence to support it, chose to tarnish McCains performance by accusing him of having cheated.

Mr. Obama, I have this to say to you, "Sir, you are the Democratic party's nominee for the office of President of the United States. It is the Big Leagues. It's time for you to be a grown-up."

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Obamania Reaches Cult Status

An L.A. based creative design company which typically spends its resources designing beer and automobile ads, has taken it upon itself to design a salute for Obama supporters. Rick Husong, owner of Loyalty Inc., explained his motivation in this way; "Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama's nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future." Loyality Inc. produced the graphic shown here.

It is a very odd and scary looking salute. If you use your imagination, you can see it being used in a Stephen King movie with thousands of people holding their hands up to form this sign welcoming some other worldly visitors who ultimately turn out to be their worst nightmare. I hope that Mr. Husong's desire is realized. I really want to see 75,000 people at the Democratic National Convention holding up their hands in this salute. The sight will give any sane American a chill. I can see fundamentalist Christians wondering if Obama might be the Anti-Christ.

I don't believe that Mr. Husong and his staff did a dynamic analysis of the fun the Republican Party could have with this salute. Here are a number that I thought of almost immediately:

  • It's the symbol for what we really think of Obama.
  • It's the 'Obama Hole'. A bureaucratic event horizon into which tax dollars disappear forever.
  • It symbolizes the amount of money which will be left in the economy after the taxes needed to fund all of Obama's changes are implemented.
  • It symbolizes the IQ of anyone moronic enough to vote for Obama.
  • It symbolizes the number of electoral votes Obama will get if his supporters actually start using this salute.
  • It symbolizes America's side of the score card in the war on terror with B. Hussein Obama as Commander in Chief.
  • It symbolizes the amount of relief Americans will get at the gas pump under Obama's energy independence plan.
  • It symbolizes the amount of experience which qualifies Obama for the office he seeks.

I could do this all day, but, I have the salute the Obama supporters should be using if they are going to be true to themselves and their ideology. I believe it to be a much more appropriate salute to a candidate who is being hailed as if he were the 'Messiah' but has yet to poll in double digits over his opponent. It serves as both a salute to Obama and a prediction for the upcoming election.

I can see it now. Obamaniacs giving each other this salute (preferably by placing the back of the hand against their forehead) as they pass each other on the street. It will be a beautiful thing.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Commitment of Our Servicemen

I imagine most people did not hear about this at the time. The liberal dominated press hates reporting any good news from Iraq. They would like us to believe that it was wrong and somehow a violation of international law for the U.S. to invade the sovereign country of Iraq. Well, it seems that the troops deployed there do not share the same sentiments. Last year on July 4th, 588 American service members re-enlisted in Baghdad. This year, in the largest re-enlistment ceremony in the history of the US military, 1,215 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines extended their military service. The ceremony was held July 4, 2008 at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq. General Petraeus officiated. A pizzeria in Chicago donated 2000 pizzas that were shipped to Iraq and fed to the enlistees on the 4th. The media reported the donation of the 2000 pizzas, but neglected to mention what they were for. It would appear that the efforts by many self serving Dems and the liberal media has not been successful in deterring the commitment of our brave servicemen who have put their personal lives on hold to serve the country that they love.

Our service men and women know what is at stake in Iraq and the need for America to win the war on terror. To all these men and women I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service to our country. We owe you a debt that we cannot repay.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Messiah Obama

The media coronation of Obama has provided the political pundits with an excellent source of satirical fodder. None has been nearly as entertaining as this one which appeared on Hannity and Colmes earlier this week.

The Left views Obama as the Savior of America. The One who will be a beacon of light to the world. Armed with the way of Marx he will teach us a new way and purge the conservatism from America. With a wave of his sacred pen, he will bring healing to those who are sick and do not have health insurance. He will offer hope to the downtrodden. He will drive the whore mongers and money grubbers from our midst and bestow holy 'fairness' to all.

However, the Right understands who and what Obama really is. They have seen his like before. Those who have embraced the Dark side. Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot, and Mao. All these offered hope through the way of Marx, and unleashed only want, misery, and death on the planet during the last age. Barack Obama is no Savior. And this is his true appearance.

He is Darth Liberty!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bradley-Obama 2008

In 1982 Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley seemed certain to become the first black governor of California. Pre-election polling gave Bradley a double digit lead over his white opponent, George Deukmejian. Bradley lost.

Several high profile races since 1982 in which a black candidate has run against a white opponent have followed the same pattern. This phenomenon has been dubbed the Bradley Effect, and the possibility of it being a factor in the polling of likely voters in the current presidential race has pollsters frantically trying to come up with a way to negate it.

It has already reared its ugly head in the primary race between Obama and Clinton. Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary despite exit polls indicating a sizable lead for Barrack Obama. Currently, the polls show Obama leading McCain by 5.2. If there is a possibility that the Bradley Effect is a factor in the polls, a 5.2 lead is no lead at all.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Liberal Tyranny

The original intent of the liberal ideology of 'political correctness' was to curtail speech and actions which might offend someone. Through it, the left has been able to declare that particular ideas, expressions of speech, and behavior, which are legal, should be forbidden. While most, so called, 'politically incorrect' speech and behavior are unwritten prohibitions, some have been written into law in many jurisdictions; i.e., hate speech statutes. Today, 'political correctness' has grown far beyond its original design.

PC is the rule of law on the vast majority of university and college campuses in the U.S. where it is being used to marginalize conservative ideology and activities. In a free society the people have a right to speak and to write freely. They also have the right to support the advocates of ideas and policies which best represent their interests with their time and their money. Tyranny begins with the suspension of these basic human rights.

In 1949, the FCC adopted a general policy to ensure that all coverage of controversial issues was fair and balanced. This policy was interpreted by many to require station owners and operators give persons with opposing viewpoints equal time to air those viewpoints, usually free of charge. Because broadcast stations were not disposed to giving away air time and were also not to fond of having the FCC breathing down their necks, the 'fairness doctrine', as it came to be known, had the effect of limiting free speech.

Since the FCC was an agency of a Democratic party controlled government, broadcasters soon learned that avoiding government scrutiny was simply a matter of avoiding the airing of conservative Republican opinions. Conservatives found themselves in a crippling situation. Broadcasters were unwilling to give them a forum and the vast majority of publishers were liberal. Free speech effectively suspended! That is, until the 'fairness doctrine' was abandoned during the deregulation of the Reagan administration.

When Rush Limbaugh exploded onto the airwaves in the late eighties, broadcasters all over the country realized that there was a huge market for conservative talkers. Today, there are enough conservative talkers in so many markets, that one can literally listen to conservative talk all day long, even while traveling. Additionally, the popularity of conservative talk has opened up many other opportunities for conservatives to get their message out.

Liberals are in a panic. They desperately need to stop all this unwanted free exchange of ideas. 'Political correctness' works well to suppress free speech in the microcosm of a university campus, but it can hardly be applied to the same extent to the whole of a free society. Liberal Democrats in Congress are currently trying to reinstate the 'fairness doctrine', as well as using 'campaign finance' law to again suppress free speech.

Fortunately, I believe that that horse has been too long out of the barn. Conservative authors are turning out a great number of best selling books each year. Conservative bloggers are confounding the efforts of the left wing media to misrepresent the facts. Newspapers lose subscribers when they publish blatant left wing opinions. Fox News Channel is now the #1 cable news network, and it already has an arguably fair and balanced format. And, worst of all, at least as far as the left is concerned, conservative students have begun to organize to fight the PC system on our nations campuses.

The monopoly that the left has held over public discourse is diminishing, and they are understandably frustrated. They know, or ought to know from their experience trying to compete with conservatives on talk radio, that in a 'real' fair and balanced atmosphere, their ideas will not prevail. They have no choice but to return to their radical revolutionary roots. In fact, they have already begun. Conservative speakers have been attacked during their lectures by left wing radicals at universities across the U.S. Bill Kristol, Ann Coulter, David Horowitz, and Pat Buchanan are a few of those who have been attacked with a pie in the face or doused with salad dressing.

It is the beginning of what will eventually become a campaign of domestic terror, the purpose of which is to intimidate Americans into allowing a return to the tyranny of the past. However, the movement at present is to small. The radicals need an issue, a catalyst which they can use to recruit thousands of young idealist across America. They may have just what they are looking for very soon. Should Barack Obama fail to be elected President of the United States, the radicals will have the catalyst they are looking for. In fact, I would be willing to bet that they are counting on it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Obama: The Socialist Connections

I have been thinking about old 1960s songs lately. Today's political climate seems to have a similar revolutionary feel to it. One song in particular seems to be playing over and over in my head, "For what it's worth" by Buffalo Springfield.

"There's something happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear."

There is most definitely something happening, and under the threat of being accused of 'McCarthyism', the mainstream media will not be spending much, if any, time clarifying exactly what it is. Under the cover afforded by the 'threat', Democrats are beginning to 'come out of the closet' and be more open about their true ideological connections. One of the most straightforward of these is Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who openly admits to being a socialist and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). The DSA is the largest socialist organization in America.

In the early 1990s House Democrats established the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). ‘Progressive’, as any student of political history should know, is a form of socialism, and the CPC certainly has socialist ties. Up until 1999, the DSA hosted a website for the CPC. Of the 72 members of the CPC, 58 are also members of the DSA.

Howard Dean, the Democrat National Committee chairman, was honored at a dinner sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the DSA in 2000. In 2006, Dean spoke on the Global Challenges for Progressive Politics before the Party of European Socialists (PES). Additionally, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen reported in 2007 that European Socialist had met with Democrat members of Congress in Washington. Some of these Democrats were Howard Dean, Bernie Sanders, and Ben Cardin. According to Rasmussen’s report, an agreement was made at this meeting that Democrats and PES activist groups in various US cities would begin to work together.

The man who would be President of these United States and the current standard bearer of the Democratic Party, Barack Hussein Obama has verifiable ties to socialists as well. Obama was influenced by socialist ideology from his childhood. Obama’s father, a Harvard-educated economics professor, wrote an academic paper in 1965 for the East Africa Journal entitled, Problems Facing Our Socialism. In it he expressed Marxist and anti-western ideals. In Barack Obama’s book, Dreams of my Father: a Story of Race and Inheritance, Obama wrote of the admiration he feels for the ideals of his father. He also mentions his boyhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. Davis was a poet-activist who was also a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

Obama admits to having attended the annual Socialist Scholars Conferences at The Cooper Union in Manhattan while he was a student at Columbia University in the 1980s.

Beginning in 1995, (at least that is the earliest confirmable connection between Obama and the DSA), the Chicago chapter of the DSA began grooming, sponsoring, and in 1996, endorsed Obama for the 13th Illinois Senate district. In addition to the DSA endorsement, Obama actively sought and received the endorsement of the New Party (NP). The New Party is a Marxist ‘fusion’ group. The NP’s Chicago chapter includes a large contingent from the Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist coalition of Maoist, Trotskyist, and the Communist Party USA members. Also, in 1996, Obama was a panelist at New Ground 45: A Town Meeting on Economic Insecurity at the University of Chicago. These meetings were sponsored by the U of C DSA Youth Section and the Chicago DSA.

If Barack Obama’s connection to socialist organizations is insufficient to convince one that Obama is a socialist, there is the fact that he has socialists working for him inside his campaign. At his Houston HQ, a campaign worker displayed a Cuban flag with the image of radical icon and mass murderer Che Guevara printed on it. There are two socialists working on Obama’s staff. One is Cornel West, an african-american studies professor at Princeton University, who serves on the Obama presidential campaign’s black advisory council. West denounces America as racist and patriarchal and describes himself as a “progressive socialist”. The other is Cass Sunstein, a professor at University of Chicago’s Law School. In his book The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’s Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need it More Than Ever, Sunstein argues that the government should grant rights to citizens on a discretionary basis.

And then there is William Ayers. In the early 1970s Ayers was a leader in the Marxist terror group ‘The Weather Underground’. Ayers, along with his current wife Bernadine Dohrn bombed the Pentagon, the Capital Building, and the NYPD HQ. In a New York Times interview which was published on Sept. 11, 2001, Ayers is quoted as saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs,….I feel we didn’t do enough.” When asked if he would do it again, Ayers said, “I don’t discount the possibility.”

In 1995 Ayers and Dohrn hosted a fundraising event in their home for Obama’s Illinois Senate run. Obama and Ayers have also worked together on various community organizing projects in Chicago. They have an ongoing relationship which David Axelrod, Obama’s chief campaign strategist, describes as “certainly friendly.”

While Barack Obama does not claim to be a socialist and his supporters are laboring diligently to deny that he is a socialist, it is difficult to believe that he has been ideologically unaffected by the groups and individuals that he has associated himself with. A man is known by the company he keeps.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Myth of Bipartisanship

I recently saw a poll online which showed that nearly ninety percent of Americans want the two major parties to work together in a bipartisan way to solve problems in America. I was really surprised by that number. Clearly, the vast majority of Americans do not understand how widely divided the two major parties are ideologically. Probably the only issue in the past year that Republicans and Democrats could agree on is that Michael Vick is a really bad person for running a dog fighting ring and being party to the death of a few dogs.

Americans need to come to an understanding of the fact that for the last fifty years there has been an ideological civil war going on in this country. The battle ground of this war has been the hearts and minds of the American people. There is a 'right' and a 'left', a 'conservative' and a 'liberal', a 'capitalist' and a 'socialist' viewpoint for every single issue, and, they are as far apart as they can be. Bipartisanship can only maintain the status quo. It isn't as if the two parties are trying to get to the same place and are just in a disagreement on how to get there. They are trying to go in opposite directions.

Republicans want less government and Democrats want more. Republicans believe in an uninhibited free market economy and Democrats want more government control bordering on socialism. Republicans believe that Americans know better how to spend their own money and Democrats think that the government would do a better job. Republicans believe in supporting America's interests abroad and Democrats seem to be more interested in supporting the interests of our enemies.

Where is the common ground?In this election season there has been a lot of clamor about change. Americans want change and are sick and tired of the status quo. If Americans want change they need to join the fray. They must stop sitting on the fence. They are going to have to examine the ideologies of both parties and pick a side. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke.

It is time to choose!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Obama's Patriotism

On Monday, June 30th, Barrack Obama gave a speech in Independence, Missouri. In this speech Obama said, "I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign, and I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine." This line has gotten a lot of media coverage. However there are other statments by Obama in this speech which should have gotten more.

There is this,

"I remember, when living for four years in Indonesia as a child, I listened to my mother reading me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they're endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

What Obama had quoted is actually the first few lines of paragraph two of the Declaration of Independence. The first few lines of the Declaration begins, "When in the course of human events it become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,..."

Again, from Obama's speech,

"As we begin our fourth century as a nation, it is easy to take the extraordinary nature of America for granted."

Excuse me! Our forth century as a nation? The Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1789, which means that we have barely begun our third century, not our forth. Add this to the fact that Mr. Obama believes that we have 57 states in our union by virtue of the fact that he has visited them all, and one wonders how well he might do on the popular game show, "Are you smarter than a 5th grader".

These gaffs do not add up to a question of his patriotism as much as his ignorance. Patriotism is a difficult concept to define comprehensively. Many people define it very differently. The best definition which I have heard comes from Samuel Clemens, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." I believe this definition is one to which our nations founders whould have subscribed.

Mr. Obama's political history as a socialist leads me to believe that his administration would be one which I could not support. It is on this basis that I question Mr. Obama's patriotism.