Thursday, July 31, 2008
Environmentalist groups have much more power than one might think over members of Congress. Walter E. Williams has some thoughts on whether or not this is a good thing.
"The average individual American has little or no clout with Congress and can be safely ignored. But it's a different story with groups such as Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy. When they speak, Congress listens. Unlike the average American, they are well organized, loaded with cash and well positioned to be a disobedient congressman's worse nightmare. Their political and economic success has been a near disaster for our nation."
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
A group of conservative entertainers in Hollywood, calling themselves the "Friends of Abe", regularly meet to discuss how they can more positively affect the culture with more traditional American values.....We're not alone.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thomas Sowell couldn't write a bad column even if he tried, and today's on whom is to really blame for the mortgage and lending crisis is no exception.
"Politics is largely the process of taking credit and putting the blame on others-- regardless of what the facts may be. Politicians get away with this to the extent that we gullibly accept their words and look to them as political messiahs."
Friday, July 18, 2008
Barack Obama's campaign website conveniently deleted all of the parts that had previously contained statements in opposition to the McCain/Bush-initiated "surge" in Iraq. Seems that now things are turning around in old Iraq, Obama's criticisms are becoming as non-existent as his resume to be the next Commander-in-Chief.
Does anyone else see the problem with all of this duplicity in a man who would lead us?
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here is a Typical Tuesday Newscast:
John McCain pointed out that Barack Obama is wildly hypocritical about campaign finance reform. Barack Obama pointed out that John McCain has lobbyists on his staff. David Letterman and John Stewart harped on McCain’s old age. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity harped on Obama’s non-existent qualifications and experience for the most important job on the planet.
Rinse and repeat. (And repeat, and repeat, and repeat.)
To say that we as a nation are weary of this current presidential race is to understate the weariness one feels I imagine half-way through a live-viewing of a Jay Leno monologue on The Tonight Show. We are giving it (the race) some courtesy laughs (attention) only because we waited in line so long that we feel obliged to smile and clap at the appropriate cues.
We are lost. We have lost it. The truth is that Americans are in need of some serious soul-searching here in 2008. (Read that link!)
We’re tired of the semantics and verbal Olympics political candidates and their minions engage in to avoid tough questions, but also know we ought to care more than we do about what is going on in the country and world. Most people are not entirely happy with the status quo, but are too grateful for the blessings we have in the
Voters seem exhausted of “Right vs. Left” rhetorical battles, but are unprepared or unwilling to break out of the labels and groups they’ve been lumped in and have voted with for years. (Truth be told, most haven’t put any intellectual elbow-grease in to figuring out why they ended up in one camp or another in the first place.)
The problems our political process has might seem to originate solely from
We exhibited the power last summer to shut down Amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants by simply enough of us picking up the phone to bug our Senator or Congressmen. Collectively we are responsible for the speeches and promises we hear from politicians for the simple reason that they are doing whatever they can to reflect the sentiments they think will get them elected. Why do you think poll numbers are monitored so closely by politicians, pundits, and journalists? Everyone in state and federal government who holds elected office wants to know what you and I think about what is going on, and scared to to be on the opposite side of that.
Sadly, however, we’ve begun to act as if the burden that comes with self-governing is too heavy to bear when we’re already laden with laptops, iPhones, and Live-Strong bracelets. It’s easier to just hand the reigns over to some smiling “new breed” of politician who promises to take care of everything for you (proving he is anything but new). Combine this with a pervasive misunderstanding of our nation’s history, economy and Constitution and it becomes easier to understand how exactly it is we have presidential candidates and leaders in Congress who openly espouse Socialism. (See: leadership of modern Democratic Party.) The tragic part in all of this is that millions of well-intentioned, misguided Americans end up thinking it was their own idea to pursue Marx instead of
The United States is unique because more than any other civilization in human history, the average legal voting citizen has the power not just to vote, but to ally with like-minded voters and impact in real and definite ways their local, state, and national government is run. We complain about bureaucracies and their inefficiencies (see: your local DMV), we bemoan the incompetence daily exhibited by governors and judges and city clerks, and we read about the failing of our public education systems, yet then turn around and vote for people who promise that they can correct the mistakes of already over-reaching government by increasing the size and scope of government. Why?
We are a nation traditionally leery of those who would seek control over us. (Even those with big, bleeding hearts.) A certain degree of mistrust of those in power is healthy and normal. Our Founding Fathers believed this to such an extent that they intentionally designed a system that would be so complicated and utterly ineffective if any one person or group tried to run it all that the threat of dictators taking over would be virtually non-existent. The only way this nation would become like the monarchical ones we abandoned in
Welcome to 2008.
Gas prices are high because of a combination of excessive taxes, the volatile situations in oil-producing nations, a lack of a will-to-drill in backwater regions of the country, and overlying all of that are oil speculators who continue to hedge their bets on the fact that none of those things are likely to change with a Democratic Congress and President come November. Our response to these realities as American consumers and voters is to covet the profits of “Big Oil” and vote for politicians who openly support the status quo of all the reasons gas is so expensive at the pump.
The economy is slowing after 24 consecutive quarters of growth that was the result of Bush’s much-maligned tax cuts for the “rich.” A freshmen in college at even a state school would learn in Economics 101 that in times of near or real recession, to raise taxes, especially on the “rich” who employ all the rest of us, is the equivalent of giving a drowning victim a plastic bag to put over their head. It’s economic . If a business owner is going to be taxed for working harder and making more money and hiring more people, guess who comes out on the short end of that stick? Yet as a nation we are cheering for a presidential candidate who has guaranteed that upon his ascension to power, the largest tax increase in American history (no less than $1 trillion) will become a nightmarish reality. Or as he would call it: change we can believe in.
People are rightly fed up with blunders and gaffes in government, tired of a President who lacks the rhetorical skills to effectively communicate even the policies most Americans agree with him on. I get it. We all get it. But what are we really upset about? What really needs change?
The free-market, entrepreneurial spirit of Americans is alive and well. While many may be understandably frustrated with the War in
We stand for different values than
Read, learn, pray, and vote.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Relativism is cultural suicide by another name.
If we can't identify that it has been our laws, our principles, our values that have helped us to succeed where the Muslim-dominated nations have failed...then we are lost and no amount of hope or change will be able to resuscitate the West.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The problem is this: when a private company is corrupt, "we the people" have the chance for restitution and justice against those who have committed crimes with our tax money. But, what do we do when the Democrats get their way and the government runs everything? What happens when you aren't having to turn in a private company or contractor for fraud, but have to turn in government agents in to other government agents? Do you think fraud will be more or less likely to be dealt with in such a situation?
No one likes to hear of cases where fellow Americans are cheating the system. If there are piles of yet-to-be-investigated crimes regarding fraud, the answer is more law enforcement and more agents to investigate, not doing away with free market capitalism.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
1. Orthodoxy by:GK Chesterton
2. The Closing of the American Mind by: Dr. Allan Bloom
3. America Alone by: Mark Steyn
4. God and Man at Yale by: William F. Buckley
5. The Road to Serfdom by: FA Hayek