Monthly Archives: November 2008

41-10

NCSU whallops UNC 41-10.  I’m a happy camper.

Where the winds of Dixie softly blow o’er the
fields of Caroline,
There stands ever cherished, N.C. State, as thy
honored shrine
So lift your voices! Loudly sing from hill to
oceanside!
Our hearts ever hold you, N.C. State in the folds
of our love and pride.

Shout aloud to the men who will play the game to win
We’re behind you, keep fighting for State—
Hold that line, hold ’em fast,
We’ll reach victory at last
We’re behind you, keep fighting for State—
Rise up to the fray and let your colors wave,
Shout out for dear old N.C. State;–GO STATE!
And where-e’er we go,
we’ll let the whole world know,
We’re behind you, keep fighting for State.

We’re the Red and White from State
And we know we are the best.
A hand behind our back,
We can take on all the rest.
Come over the hill, Caroline.
Devils and Deacs stand in line.
The Red and White from N.C. State.
Go State!!

Pat Buchanan nails it

Pat Buchanan has put into words a great expanation of how the United States has killed the Auto Industry.

Japan, China and South Korea do not believe in free trade as we understand it. To us, they are our “trading partners.” To them, the relationship is not like that of Evans & Novak or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It is not even like the Redskins and Cowboys. For the Cowboys only want to defeat the Redskins. They do not want to put their franchise out of business and end the competition — as the Japanese did to our TV industry by dumping Sonys here until they killed it.

Bailing Out The Big 3 Automakers…

While I am furious at the bank bailout, I am sympathetic to a bailout of the big 3 automakers.  Comparing the two are like comparing apples and oranges.  Whereas the banks made foolish decisions that doomed them and they should pay, the plight of our automakers are not solely of their own making.  They get a raw deal when it comes to our trade practices.   And the United States cannot afford to see those jobs dissappear, whereas we’d probably be better off with a few less overpaid bankers.

But, I think that any aid from the Federal Government should come with some strings attached.  In order for the taxpayers to bail out the Automakers, we are going to have to insist that the United Auto Workers meet us halfway.  The Auto Workers have some of the most extravagent benefits in America, and it’s not fair for them to keep those exhorbitant benefits at the expense of everybody.

Pat Buchanan makes some very good points on the matter, but I don’t agree with everything he says.  I think that restructuring of our trade practices is a good start, but the auto industry needs to react to the markets instead of the unions as far as their labor goes.

More on Fixing the GOP

I agree with Bobby jindal’s comments here:


“As Republicans, we need to do three things to get back on track,” he said on CBS’ Face The Nation. “Number one, we have got to stop defending the kind of spending and out-of-control spending that we would never tolerate in the other side. You know, when voters tell us that they trust Democrats more to cut their taxes [and] control spending, that tells you something is wrong with the Republican Party. We’ve got to match our actions with our rhetoric.

“Number two, we’ve got to stop defending the kinds of corruption we would rightfully criticize in the other party. The week before the election, our most senior senator is convicted on federal charges – and that’s only the latest example.

“Number three, we have got to be the party that offers real solutions to the problems that American voters, American families are worried about. We don’t need to abandon our conservative principles; we can’t just be the ‘party of no.’ We need to offer real solutions on making health care more affordable, on the economic challenges facing families, on the international threats.”

He’s exactly right, the GOP has seriously dropped the ball in all three areas.  The people didn’t reject Conservative ideas, they reject Republican Hucksters who didn’t walk the walk, and in the end, didn’t even pretend to be conservatives.

Jonah Goldberg sums up the Bush Years

I think that Jonah Goldberg nails it here…

Dissent from Bush was muted for years, in large part because of 9/11 and the Iraq war. Conservatives, right or wrong, rallied to support their president, particularly in the face of shrill partisan attacks from Democrats who seemed more interested in tearing down the commander in chief than winning a war. But the Bush chapter is closing, and the fight to write the next one has begun.

I think that it’s really ironic that the Democrats did more to solidify Republican support of George Bush with their constant harping on Bush than he ever could have gathered otherwise.  If the Democrats would have been gracious in defeat, and consistent in their support (or lack of support) for the conflicts we are engaged in, then I think that there’s a good chance he could have been a one term President.  Lets face it, the Prescription Drug entitlement that Bush was touting in 2004 made Republican eyes roll to say the least.

If congressional Democrats could have acted at all like they had any clue about what they wanted to do, they would have done much better in 2004.  The Democrats problem is summed up very nicely in the infamous John Kerry quote, “I voted for the 87 billion before I voted against it”.  And that’s still the Democrats problem.  They voted for the war, but now they’re against it.  They’re for the poor, but they won’t do anything to help with high gas prices that hurt the poor the most.

The Republican problem is that they have shown that they have abandoned all pretense of being the party of fiscal responsibility, which is something most people understand.  You can’t live on borrowed money forever.

I have read a lot over the past few days where the pundits think that the Republican party should move to the center to try to attract moderates.  That’s a bad idea, and I’ll tell you why.

1)  Fiscal responsibility should be a core value of the Republican Party.  Everybody can understand this, and most people will accept the fact that our resources are not infinite and thus we cannot throw money at every societal problem that there is.  And in fact, in many cases, government involvement makes the problem worse than it was before.

2)  The Republican Party should be Pro-Life.  It should be strongly pro-life.  Even most people who support legalized abortion will acknowledge that it’s an ugly business and that they would wish it would never happen in a perfect world.  While it may be difficult to outlaw abortion, we can certainly aggressively move to restrict it.  Our ultimate goal should remain the end of abortion in the United States, but it need not happen overnight.  Partial birth abortion is a crime against humanity.  Embryonic Stem Cell research has ethical strings attached to it with a dubious promise of return, whereas providing that money to adult stem cell research may produce far better treatments.  When you get down to it, while we may not be able to accomplish what we want in the short term, we can right the ship in favor of Life over Death.

3)  Abolish the income tax.  Liberals are always blathering on about how what goes on in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom.  But on April 15, Uncle Sam is entitled to know how much money you spent down at the dirty bookstore on the corner.  A tax structure that doesn’t make us all criminals by virtue  of a complete and total inability of anybody to understand the law is something this country desperately needs.  Abolishing the income tax would also have the net benefit of ending a lot of class warfare.  After all, if you fund the government with tariffs then Mr. Rich Fancypants is funding the government when he pays the tariff for his custom hand crafted German engineered Swiss Built grandfather clock that cost more than your house.  We slap some tariff’s on Chinese imports, and all of a sudden we might have some manufacturing jobs come back home.

The Will of the People…

I have been thinking, over the past several years, there has been a lot of talk about the “Will of the People”, but what exactly does that mean?  The popular vote?  We have Arnold Schwarzeneeger openly talking about how to undo California’s Proposition 8, which was passed by the popular vote.

The idea of the will of the people has become a joke and a farce.  Roe Vs. Wade bypassed the will of the people entirely.  Even today, such a widespread and open ended legalization of abortion would never pass if put to the popular vote.

Take, for example, the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution – the Bill of Rights had to pass the Congress and votes of the States. A Constitutional Amendment is the highest law of the land and the will of the people…

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The powers are reserved to the states or the people.  It’s not rocket science.  How many government programs run afoul of this law?  A part of our Bill of Rights?  Our highest laws?  It is routinely ignored.

If the 10th Amendment is not respected, why should the 1st?  Or the 2nd?  Or the 5th?  Do people realize that this principle is enshrined with the right to speak your mind without fear of repercussions from the government, the right to worship freely, the right to a trial by jury, the right to not implicate yourself, the right to confront your accuser, the right to be free of unreasonable search and siezure, and the right to not have excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishment imposed?

The Constitution of the United States is more than a piece of paper, and it isn’t a living document.  It’s an agreement by which the American People consented to be governed.  When the government fails to live up to its obligations under that agreement, it forfeits its legitimacy.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security

I Am Legend

Or, at least it feels like it.  Every time I get on the inernet, there’s some brainwashed Obamamaniac spouting off the hopechange mantra.  Has the world gone totally insane?  The man’s tax plan pretty much boils down to “Soak the Rich” – how is this good for anybody?

MR. GIBSON: And in each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased. The government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down. So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected?

SENATOR OBAMA: Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.

If there were fairness in the tax structure, there would be a flat tax where everybody paid in proportional to their earnings.

And now, to mix my metaphors, the Obama Collective is upon us.  Resistance is not futile.

Assimilate this.

John Hawkins is right again…

Just take a look back at Mitch McConnell’s so-called “leadership.”

McConnell supported amnesty in the Senate and even after it failed, he led the way in bringing it back. How many millions of dollars and votes did that finger in the eye of conservatives cost the Party in 2008?

The GOP’s support of the bailout bill cost them seats in 2008, likely cost John McCain the election, and in the end turned out to be a very bad, very socialistic idea that didn’t fix the problem. Of course, we can once again thank Mitch McConnell for helping to lead the Republican Party down that blind alley.

The Republican party has done an excellent job of screwing over their conservative base over the past few years.  It became clearly apparent after the 2004 election when the rampant spending sprees couldn’t hide behind 9/11 anymore – along with that horrible “Prescription Drug Benefit”, and that attempt to pander and buy votes cost them dearly in 2006.  They didn’t learn their lesson, they supported Amnesty and the Bailout Bill and that cost them even more votes in 2008.

It’s time for the party to put real conservatives back in leadership positions.  It’s really not that hard to figure out… Anybody that wanted to rubber stamp the policies of the Democratic Party VOTED FOR THE DEMOCRAT! NOT a moderate Republican.

When Republicans compromise the way that they have done over the past 6 years or so, their platform becomes totally and completely incoherant.  They’ve completely strayed from their principles, which isn’t compromise, it’s corruption.  It’s not moderation, it’s pandering.   And the electorate knows the difference.

So, Obama won…

So, Obama won the election.  It was no big surprise.  As I said in 2007, and it’s still true today, the Republican party has abandoned it’s principles and it’s no surprise that they took a shellacking.

I agree with John Hawkins when he said:

4) Moderates may not know a lot about politics, but they do at least know that they can’t trust the press. So, how do they decide whom to vote for? I would suggest to you that many of them largely base their decisions on anecdotal evidence.

What do I mean by that? Let’s take the current election. What did a moderate voter hear from his liberal friends about Obama? “He’s the greatest hope for America! He’s wonderful! He’ll solve all our problems!” Now, what did that same moderate hear from his conservative friends about McCain? “He’d probably be a lousy President, but he’d still be better than Obama.”

In other words, if conservatives aren’t enthusiastic about their nominee, moderates are going to take cues from that and cast their votes accordingly. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so counter-productive to antagonize conservatives in an effort to draw in moderates.

It’s past time for Conservatives to either retake the reigns of the Republican Party or move on.  We have until January 20 2009 to organize our opposition to the socialist policies of the next administration.  If the Obama Administration wishes to unite the country, then they’ll be open to working with an organized opposition and maybe we can prevent the socialists from running amock in Washington.  If not, we’ll have to resolve to fight to the darkest pits of hell.

When the Democrats were in the minority, they weren’t scared to filibuster, to obstruct, and to use every political weapon in their arsenal to fight, and we must not be scared to go to the mat with them now.

It is our Constitutional Right to speak out against policies that we disagree with.  The Democrats may control both houses of congress and the Presidency, but we can at least hold their feet to the fire.

The Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party has begun.