In his Jan. 24, 2011 column E.J. Dionne asks if Pres. Obama should retreat or spend the next two years consolidating the gains Obama has made. My question is what gains has Obama made? Passing a bill that a majority of our country doesn’t want, that was passed before it was written, and one that barely got bi-partisan support is not much of gain. Or is Dionne talking about the gains Obama made in getting Democrats elected to Congress and the state legislatures? The idea that Obama has any gains to consolidate is wishful thinking at best and delusional at worst.
Dionne quotes a poll of Americans who believe Obama is a moderate. Obama is not a moderate. This poll of Obama’s approval ratings, an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll is not an accurate poll of public opinion. First it was conducted of people who only have a cell phone and do not have a land line. About 20% of all Americans only use a cell phone. Most of the 20% are between the ages of 18 to 29 years old. This age bracket voted for Obama with an unusually high turnout in 2008. These factors make the poll a biased… Read more
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) claims the Chinese Air Force Could Overwhelm Opponents – Patriot Update in a battle in the Taiwan Strait. Even with a 6 to 1 kill ratio by American jets, a Rand simulation program in “war gaming” still reveals that the Americans would lose. This was revealed in an interview with Aviation Week (1/9/11). Even with all American missiles spent with a kill, more Chinese jets would presumably be available to wreak mass havoc. Read more
Shortly after a crazed gunman opened fire on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and almost two dozen others in the immediate area, the mainstream media and the professional Left began to blame conservatives for creating a climate of anger and hatred. We did not even know the gunman’s name or even if there were co-conspirators, but the Left went into full spin mode to blame, not the gunman, but conservatives. Politico reported that a “veteran Democratic operative” advised President Obama “to deftly pin this on the tea partiers.” This blame game is stunningly dishonest and shockingly opportunistic and cynical. Read more
I will preface the following with this statement. What happened to Gabrielle Giffords (and the others) was a tragedy. However, as with most tragedies, Giffords’ situation in particular provides us with a very succinct learning opportunity.
It’s pretty easy to pass judgment and decide what is best for everyone else when you aren’t personally affected by the result. Over reaching politicians, eager to push their own personal agendas as well as those paid for by corporations and “private interests” so often sell off the rights of the individuals they are supposed to represent. ObamaCare, wrapped up in the warm fuzzy words of “betterment of society” is set to rob people of the most basic human right, the control over their own bodies.
Gabrielle Giffords was a proponent of ObamaCare. She agreed that the rights of millions of Americans should be subjugated to the government. She agreed that the government would be a better custodian of your medical care than your own doctor. Perhaps most ironic, she supported the idea that those who would be a financial burden to the medical system, using more than their fair share of medical resources or have (what a panel deems) a low quality of life, should Read more
This week, now that I’m back from holiday, I will be writing about the unprecedented opportunities that the GOP has to reach out to voters, create an effective brand, generate deserved voter loyalty, and raise both funds and awareness in this pre-campaign cycle season. At perhaps no other time in history have so many tools be available to Republicans to educate the populace and engage them in the political process. This year could be pretty exciting!
In the 2008 election cycle, Team Obama rolled out a publicity machine the likes of which America had never seen. Massive, cross coordinated events at Universities, labor union headquarters, and minority and fringe group rallies were coupled with an incredibly internet savvy marketing campaign that both engaged the audience and compelled them to become a part of the bigger event that was Team Obama. The Republicans, in comparison, appeared disorganized, outdated, and slow.
Despite Team Obama’s overwhelming success during the campaign, to reach an audience happy to support him emotionally and financially, Republicans failed to follow his lead. For some politicians, this refusal stemmed from a real lack of understanding of the technological advances that would get the message to the masses. Some politicians reveled in Read more
Within a few minutes of the Arizona shooting, politicians rushed to shove shooter Jared Loughner into the political camp of their opponents. With no motive, no warning, not even a name, the opportunity to make the murders of (at that time) an unknown number of people, political, simply couldn’t be resisted. The tragedy gave those who should have the sense to be silent and somber, a perfect opportunity to pontificate. Politicians, political pundits, and even a Sheriff pointed fingers at the right in general, and Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin specifically. “SHAME all you right wing, hate mongers!”
As is often the case, many of those who pointed fingers first and bemoaned the loudest at the “irresponsible hate speech” of those on the right, had short memories. Democrat Paul Kanjorski, the former House of Representatives member from Pennsylvania was quick to point fingers and demand that the right stop the rhetoric that he suggested led to the murders. Yet a mere nine weeks ago, Kanjorski, who lost his re-election bid, said of Rick Scott, the Republican contender for Governor of Florida, “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Read more
Which type of government do you want? That is the question that confronts American politics today. Do we want Statist or a Constitutionalist government? What is the difference between them? A Constitutionalist wants the limited government that lives by the checks and balances in our Constitution. A Statist believes that our Constitution is a “living document” and it can be used to justify the creation of any government program imaginable. Here is an explanation of how we now have a Statist government and how we can bring back the Constitutional government we once had.
A Statist’s hero is Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A Constitutionalist’s hero is James Madison. Both men were Presidents of the United States. Madison wrote most of our Constitution. FDR threw it away. How did FDR throw away our Constitution? He did so when he changed the meaning, the understanding of an important phrase in our Constitution. This phrase can be found twice in our Constitution. The first time is in the preamble but the most important time is in Article I Section 8 of our Constitution. It is in Article I Section 8 that the enumerated powers of our government are found. What are those two words?… Read more
Shocking news to people who consider themselves pro-life. Many politicians even run on the term ‘pro-life’ without realizing they might be killing their baby, and probably sending her/him down the commode. Are they negligent of reality, or do they want to use the term pro-life to ‘score’ some votes at the ballot box?
Even if married, does anyone (including your pastor), refer to themselves as pro-life but still use birth control, such as the Pill, Ella, Morning-After Pill, RU-486, etc…, to avoid a pregnancy? Without knowing what these chemicals actually do, the proper information is necessary before being called “pro-life”.
Taking a birth control pill every day (or as often as possible), will cause the uterus to shed its lining and become inhospitable (incompatible for implantation) for the nurture of a fertilized embryo. In other words, if the fertilized embryo cannot attach to the uterus for continued growth, and it was purposely done, it’s been aborted. The usual place for an unwanted baby would likely be the toilet.
Usually a fertilized embryo will thrive, grow, and normally become an adult human—with a soul [Soul - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]. Most Americans know a soul exists, but when?
Most Christian religions believe that a soul…
What the election of 2010 was, was the people of this country telling our elected officials two things about their “solutions” to our problems 1) they don’t work and 2) they actually make our problems worse! Government programs in the long run do not work. They are at best a temporary fix to our problems. The primary purpose of the temporary fix is to get the politicians who created them reelected. The essence of the Tea Party Movement is the knowledge that it is not the job of Congress to solve our country’s problems!
What the election of 2010 is, is the election of those who do represent how the average American feels about our government. A feeling of being tired of high taxes, of being regulated in everything we do, and of being lied to. We are tired of the lies that a new government program, which is often the creation of another program Read more