Merry Christmas to all.
And more hilarious laughter. Kay Hagan is flipping out after losing a 17 point lead against the generic Republican in next year’s elections. I don’t usually put too much stock in polls against a generic Republican or a generic Democrat because there is a certain amount of the personality contest going on. But seeing that much of a swing against the same generic Republican means that something is going on.
This has been going around a lot, but it’s just too good not to post here (from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank):
Hagan hosted a conference call for reporters Tuesday morning to discuss the problems with the health-care law’s rollout, and the Q&A session was so painful that the senator should qualify for trauma coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
So, I am enjoying the Priceless Schadenfreude. With the only caveat being that I can’t help but wonder how much stronger the GOP’s position would be had John McCain and Lindsey Graham managed to keep their mouths shut and obey Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment. Shutting the government down to stop this train wreck doesn’t seem like such a bad move now, huh? Wouldn’t it be nice to hang THAT albatross around Obama’s neck too? But those two idiots had to run out and apologize for the crazy tea partiers every chance they got. At the very least, it’s time for Graham and McCain to face some serious party discipline for their malfeasance in this regard.
And in the blog business category, I have added a Kay Hagan category where I can keep track of little anecdotes about the villainess who is unworthy to sit in the same seat once held by Jesse Helms.
My old blogroll didn’t make it over when I transitioned servers and re-installed WordPress. So, it’s as good a time as any to start over. If you were on there and you got lost, let me know and I will restore you…
Well, if you’ve been here before you may notice the chaos… I have just upgraded the server. Still haven’t got the templates back, I kinda like the updated WordPress template and I may not go back to the one I’ve used since.. 2004…
It’s been a while since I spruced up the ol’ blogroll. I’ve removed some abandoned blogs and generally put it back into proper order… This was brought on by a server upgrade and a clean install of WordPress that didn’t import my old blogroll (fortunately, I saw that server change coming from a mile away and backed everything up…)
Hopefully, this is the first step in ending the decay that has fallen on this corner of the internet over the past year or two.
In the months that have passed since November of 2008, it has been suggested that the Republican Party needs to re-brand itself. That it needs to abandon its old ideas and get with the program. That failure to do so will relegate the Republicans to the status of the Whigs. That the Republican party is bankrupt of ideas and has simply become the “Party of No”.
While I cannot speak for the leadership of the Republican Party (or what passes for leadership in this day and time) I can speak for myself. Over the past few years, I have grown increasingly disillusioned with the GOP, to the point that I tend to refer to myself as a Conservative, not a Republican.
To this end, I am writing this Conservative Manifesto. While my thoughts have been influenced by many over the past several years, I speak for nobody but myself in writing this manifesto, in the hopes that Conservatives will read it and find common ground to unite behind.
The creed behind this Manifesto can be summed up thusly: As Ronald Reagan famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
Article I: Balancing the Federal Budget
The Dollar is the currency of international trade and has been since the end of World War II. This has produced a great deal of wealth and prestige for the United States of America. But the government tied the value of the Dollar to the “faith and credit of the United States” and as such, an unbalanced budget causes the value of the Dollar to drop. Many foreign nations hold Dollars as reserve currency. The plans of our past and present administrations to print money as if it was going out of style has left the value of the Dollar on a precipice. As the value of the Dollar falls, more foreign powers wish to divest themselves of Dollars. This makes the value of the Dollar fall further. It’s basic supply and demand. The trillion dollar stimulus plan may well be the death knell of the Dollar.
It is, therefore, absolutely imperative that the Federal Budget be balanced. Inflating away debt is not a policy. Ask Zimbabweans who pay Ten Million (Zimbabwean) Dollars for a loaf of bread about inflation.
Article II: The Sanctity of Life
Human life is sacred. The value of Human Life comes as a consideration before all else. The Human Consequence must be weighed in all decisions, political, environmental, military, etc. To this end there are two proposals that are immediately apparent.
Abortion is unacceptable under this policy. The majority of abortions have nothing to do with rape, incest, or the health of the mother. The child is simply an inconvenience. But that makes it no less human, and no less innocent. If the Government does not stand for the rights of the defenseless, then who will?
Deploying the Military to fight an undeclared war is unacceptable under this policy. Despite the greatest technological military might that the world has ever seen, the strength of the United States is not measured in the number of nuclear warheads and aircraft carriers that we possess, but in the strength of our people. We cannot fight and win a war if we are not united. Asking for our soldiers to risk their lives so that their sacrifice can be thrown away on the whim of the next election is unfair, and unjust. Let there be no more undeclared wars. If there is a threat severe enough to ask for our soldiers to fight and die, then the threat is severe enough to issue a declaration of war.
Article III: The Rights of the People
When the Constitution was ratified, it was ratified on the condition that The Bill of Rights be ratified right along with it. Somewhere down the line between then and now, the Government ceased to respect those rights and has imposed its will on the people and the states. The enforcement of the 9th and 10th amendments to the Constitution are of paramount importance. Likewise, the many threats to the First and Second Amendments should be dealt with.
Churches and other non profits should never be bludgeoned into silence with the threat of the IRS taking away their tax exempt status. Pastors have freedom of speech too. And that freedom extends to the pulpit.
The people of this nation have a God Given right to defend themselves when threatened. They have a right to own weapons and to use those weapons to defend their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and their property.
The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing Freedom of Speech.
The rights of the people do not include Health Care, Welfare, Social Security, Education, or any other government social program. These programs are little more than vote buying schemes and should be abolished immediately.
Article IV: This IS a Christian Nation
The United States of America was founded by Christians on Christian principles. To deny this is to deny the history of the United States. The Constitution guarantees Freedom Of Religion because of the experience of the Founders with the state run Church in England. Not because they wanted to enshrine some kind of quasi-atheism on the country.
To this end, the US Government recognizes religious institutions such as Marriage. This does not give the government the right to redefine marriage. Furthermore, instances of the government attempting to establish definitions of marriage that run counter to Biblical teaching violate the First Amendment of the Constitution and the protections of the religious in this country.
Almost all laws passed in the Congress are somehow related to a moral issue. The question is whose morality is being enacted. Christians have as much right to voice their opinion as anybody else.
Article V: Social Justice Is No Justice
The roles of the courts in this country is to rule whether an action is legal or illegal. Not to judge the morality of the law. It is the responsibility of the Congress to make the laws and to debate the relative morality of the edicts.
To use the judicial system to enact decisions that cannot be made through the legislative process is absolutely unethical. And the inevitable result of doing so is a total loss of respect for the judicial process. If the people do not believe that they can turn to the Judiciary to receive Equal Justice Under the Law, then what purpose does the government serve?
To be continued at a later date…
As January 20 approaches and we prepare to turn the reigns of power over to Barack Obama, the time has come to reflect on 8 years of rule by George W. Bush. As Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. How George W. Bush will be remembered will be determined by the historians. There is so much that goes on behind closed doors in government today that we will never know the truth until those records are unsealed and become known. However, I’m still going to post my attempt to sum up The GW Bush Years.
1) George Bush Vs. The Terrorists.
I am not entirely convinced that there have been no acts of terror on American soil since 9/11. I think that there have been incidents of chaos and murder that certainly qualify. What is undeniable, however, is that there has been no attack on the United States that has had the same loss of life as the September 11 attacks. For his willingness to stare evil in the eye and boldly proclaim that this will not stand, George W. Bush deserves to be remembered fondly. He was not perfect, but there can be no accusation that he did not care about protecting the American people from those who wished them harm.
2) George Bush and Iraq.
The Republican Party and George Bush have been flogged since the first boot hit the ground in Iraq, and I think that at the end of the day, any malfeasance on the part of the invasion of Iraq rests with the Congress and not with President Bush. In the years between then and now we have learned:
- Saddam Hussein had quite the collection of Yellowcake Uranium That’s quite a bit for a guy with no WMD program.
- The Oil for Food program was a sham, with corruption at the highest levels of the United Nations.
- Some of our more intransigent allies were benefiting financially from the Oil for Food program’s corruption. Thus showing that it was not a failure of diplomacy on the part of the Bush administration.
- Bush’s 16 words are still true. The British did (and still do) believe that Saddam Hussein was attempting to buy Uranium from Niger.
At this point in history, anybody that wishes to say that “Bush lied us into war” is committing a grievous slander against George W. Bush. The Bush Administration has either been proven to be right, or has been proven to have been given bad intelligence for all the accusations they made against Iraq. A lie is a knowingly false statement. I do not believe that anybody has shown that any statement made by George Bush meets that standard.
Likewise, as North Korea has gone nuclear, and Iran is on the verge of going nuclear, it has become obvious that despite the best efforts of the nations of the world, we have been unable to stop this. Sometimes diplomacy does not work. The real accusation that opponents to the Iraq War can justifiably make are 1) The diplomatic sanctions imposed on Iraq were sufficient to keep Saddam Hussein in check, and 2) Saddam Hussein did not pose a threat to the United States. As the case of Iran and North Korea show, Number 1 simply is not tenable. Number 2, however, will be debated for years to come.
At the end of the day, the fault lies with the Congress, who neither vetted the intelligence to the degree that it needed to be vetted, nor voted to declare war. Many Democrats have insulted the intelligence of the American People with their excuses for voting to authorize the invasion. The bottom line is that they did not do their job. Ron Paul had it right when he pointed out that the appropriate thing to do would be to actually declare war. We toppled a foreign government, if that doesn’t merit a declaration of war, what does?
3) George Bush and Amnesty
George Bush will go down in history for insisting on Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants in the face of fierce opposition from his own constituency. This is one of the greatest failing of his administration, in that he just did not get it.
An open and porous border is an invitation to criminals and terrorists. The federal “War on Drugs” could be won simply by securing the border, yet, the government refuses to lift a finger. The crime and the lives lost in the fighting amongst the drug cartels and the gangs in the United States can be laid fairly at the feet of George Bush and his abject and stubborn refusal to secure the border.
I contend that Americans are some of the most generous and tolerant people in the world – and the attitude that George Bush has brought to the issue of illegal immigration is insulting and condescending. There is no way you will convince me that if a million Mexicans can get into the United States several hundred terrorist operatives could not. You can not tell me that as much heroin and cocaine come into the United States, terrorist could not smuggle in a nuclear bomb or a chemical weapon.
I do not believe that it is unreasonable to expect that any immigrant who moves to this country to assimilate into our society and learn our language. Yes, our immigration law is horribly broken, but we simply cannot have an open border and we must get a handle on that first.
Securing our border is vital in both our conflict with radical Islamic psychopaths as well as getting the poison of illegal drugs off our streets and the violence and destroyed lives that go with them. On this front, the Bush Presidency has been a resounding failure.
4) George Bush and the Overreach of Government
This is the greatest failing of the Bush Administration. During the Reagan Presidency, there was talk of dismantling the Department of Education. In the Bush Presidency, No Child Left Behind grossly expanded the Federal invasion into the education of our children. President Bush vetoed almost nothing. His spending has been unrivaled in history, and it is disgraceful. This issue has single handedly destroyed any credibility that the Republican party had. There is so much to say, but so little point.
The bottom line is that under President Bush’s watch, we have created the largest, most invasive, most irresponsible government in the history of the United States of America. And it is embarrassing.
George Bush will be remembered for his destruction of the US budget, and also for abandoning capitalism the moment that the inevitable consequences of government meddling in the system came calling. The bailouts under his watch are something that could have truly been taken out of the Fascist Playbook.
I merely laugh when I remember that Barack Obama campaigned on change from the “failed economic policies of the Bush administration” and his first act of a Trillion Dollar Stimulus is the equivalent of putting the worst of the Bush Policies on steroids.
5) George Bush and Abortion
As Barack Obama is poised to take office, we are seeing article after article of his intention to roll back limitation President Bush put in place to protect the sanctity of Human Life. This speaks more about the lack of respect for life in the incoming Obama administration than it does about the Bush Administration.
For the vetoes, the refusal to fund embryonic stem cell research, and the banning of partial birth abortion (a true crime against humanity), The Bush Administration has done precious little to further the pro-life cause. Planned Parenthood has not seen their federal money diminish under Bush’s watch, for one.
O that George Bush could see with the same clarity of morality for the unborn that he uses for the people of Mexico or the people of Iraq.
And there you have it. No need to drag it out, I’m sure that there are books that could be written, and will be written, on the George W. Bush Presidency. But I think that’s the sum of it.
George Bush: A well meaning man who forgot that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
I was looking through my logs today, and what do I find, but bandwidth thieves!
People on MySpace.com are hotlinking my block S! Oh the horror. I mean, I don’t care if they take it, the block S is owned wholly by NC State University. But good netiquitte indicates that you should transfer it to your own server.
And worst of all, they seem to be NCSU people. Oh the pain.
While I appreciate that you find my little corner of the internet important enough to harass with your never ending tedium of solicitations, I feel I must inform you that you will never win here. I will never allow my comments to be filled with spam. I will close them first. If it gets to the point where I have more comments than I can police, I will require registration (as much as I would prefer to not have to do that).
Right now, any spam that gets through Bad Behavior, Akismet, and my own personal blacklist is deleted almost immediately. Give it up. You can’t win here. Go harass some livejournals or something.
Ok, now you may go back to your lives of defrauding little old ladies of their life savings. Thank you for your time.