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That’s what we are according to McCain when we worry about his immigration policies and having a hard time trusting what he says on the subject.

Let me tell you a story. Yes, it’s a true story. One day at work, my husband was sitting around at break with a group of other workers. There were three Mexicans in the group. Now, my husband is kind of gutsy talking about politics in such a group and spouted off something about Democrats that got the rest’s attention. Then he said something about illegal immigration. And that’s when two of the Mexicans went off, yelling and talking about it. My hubby thought to himself, “Uh oh,” as he prepared to move away quickly. However it wasn’t what he at first thought. They were mad because they worked hard to get their citizenship and they don’t call themselves Mexicans. They are AMERICANS and it really ticks them off that they have to jump through hoops all the time to prove it. 

In addition, they described how hard it was doing it the right way, that it took them 5 years and they had to learn English and do all those different paperworks and had to go back for six months and renew their visas to come back to the states and on and on throughout the whole process. They said they were so proud coming out of the courtroom with their cards and naturalization papers because they were AMERICANS.

Now, the third one in that group is illegal. In defense of himself, he said, “I pay taxes.” So my husband asked, ” How much do you pay? How many dependents do you claim?” to which the fellow answered he doesn’t pay any in  and claims 8 dependents.

So my husband then asks, “How many people live with you?” The fellow replied, “Three.” Asked if he filed tax returns every year, the answer was no.

Every member of Congress and the White House should spend a year where I live before they say it’s foolishness. Now, this illegal alien is a nice enough fellow, according to my husband, but he’s riding the system while we pay out the yingyang. How long do you think we, as Americans, could get away with claiming 8 dependents?

My hubby also asked the fellow, what happens if you get deported? The fellow said he’d just come back and shrugged it off.

 Foolishness, I tell you. It’s all foolishness. :roll:

It’s not the first time John McCain has stepped on us “little people.” Every time he supports illegal aliens in such a manner he belittles those who came here legally and did the hard work to become AMERICANS. And apparently there are a lot of foolish people who believe he’s going to change his stance on immigration since they are so willing to give him the pen to sign whatever immigration bills come up the pike, including the twice failed shamnesty bill. 

Laurie in Monroe, Michigan says it well on Rush’s program. Read the rest of that transcript. It’s worth it.

Do we really want a President who is going to call us names all the time when we don’t agree with him? Didn’t we fight a war because a King decided we were going to do what he said no matter what because we were too insignificant to consider in decisions that affected us directly? You know, that one that gave us our independence from England?

My faith in Americans has fallen to a new low as many have declared this man the likely Republican nominee.

What if Fred had endorsed?

Romney   [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

I’ll shut up after this post, but Romney has been ON since Michigan. It may prove – it may have been proven tonight – to be too late. But this guy speaking right now, is hitting important issues, making you feel good about America, as you should. It’s a rallying speech. Maybe it’s the silly flip-flopping thing that has been too hard to shake. Maybe he took too long to rise above it.

What if Fred had endorsed? What if Jeb had? Ah well.

While NRO has generally been friendlier to Thompson than most other publications that had endorsed other candidates, they still don’t understand the nature of the man they passed over. They got it that he didn’t want to be president, alright, but they didn’t get why he ran in the first place: because there was no real conservative in the race.

Whom, exactly could he endorse under those circumstances? While he was more amenable to Romney, he saw the same thing the rest of us saw, someone so newly converted to conservatism that he wasn’t proven, yet. Now, Romney may continue building his conservative credentials after the election and may prove most trustworthy in that but you don’t elect a new convert to be the leader of the nation, especially when Republicans have lost the trust of the constituency.

I’d be inclined toward Romney myself if his conservative bonafides were up to par, in spite of some policy differences I have with him… but they aren’t.

It’s a sad day for Republicans when the frontrunner is carrying only 20-something percent of the party nationwide and every other candidate is even lower. Candidate by candidate, when 74% or better find a candidate unacceptable, you’d think the party would listen.

Cheer up. It’s almost as bad on the Democrat side.

Not only is Washington, D.C. out of touch with their constituency, so is the media.

Illegal Aliens Rear End Homeland Security Vehicle

A mini-van full of illegals rear-ended a Homeland Security SUV this morning on I-10.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the overloaded van was heading west when it was involved in a 3-vehicle chain-reaction crash near the Elliot Road off ramp.

No one was hurt.

The 11 illegal immigrants inside the van were taken into custody by ICE.

Dibs on the illegal aliens being able to sue and get reparations and released.

I don’t have a lot to say today because there is a lot going on. Sometimes you just have to be quiet and figure things out. So today, here’s a reading list:

1. The entire issue of Monday’s Patriot Post. Pay particular attention to the front page but there’s more on the second.

2. Woman charged with selling veggies by pound Socialism at its best…well, the best example I found for today.

3. ‘Boycott Chuck Norris,’ says Thompson staffer Another WND article but, oh well. It’s just a reading list.

4. Famed McCain temper is tamed But is it really? Wasn’t it just a few short months ago that he, along with Lindsay Graham, was telling us to sit down and shut up over the immigration bill and the he knew more what was in the blankedy blank bill than anyone?

5. Well, I had another one but apparently Real Clear Politics has seen fit to take down the polls they had up for states heading into Super Tuesday. There was one up for Democrats in Tennessee but a similar poll (if one existed) for Republicans was not.

That’s all for today, folks, sorry. I need some quiet time.

It’s been an interesting couple of days since I last posted.  Like many, I’m looking at the remaining candidates, wondering which I could settle for. I settled for Romney since he was somewhat of a second choice anyway as being the only one in the race who has at least one conservative leg on his stool. The liklihood of Romney winning the nomination is pretty dim in the overall picture, in spite of the money he’s throwing into the campaign.

The problem for me and, apparently, many others is we’re tired of settling. Every election we have to settle for someone progressively worse than the time before. We’re told its our civic duty to vote for this person or that person because we have to defeat the other side and we have to keep the party together to win. They will use every trick they can imagine to get us to go along with the rest of the crowd and we have been to our detriment. There will be those who say we’re throwing away our vote by writing in a candidate or voting for someone who “doesn’t stand a chance.”

Who decides they don’t have a chance? We do. Each media person has only one vote. No more, no less. Each candidate has only one vote. No more, no less. We, as individuals have only one vote each. No more, no less. However, if one can convince another to vote the way of the first against the former’s own wishes, the first gains two votes while the former threw his away.

Consider this: Tennessee is very strong for Fred Thompson. Now, before you wave that off, also consider: Arkansas is not strong for Huckabee nor is Arizona very strong for McCain. New York is not strong for Guiliani and are leaning toward McCain. I haven’t heard much about Massachussetts one way or the other for Romney, although Michigan gave him a thumbs up partially due to his father’s tenure there.

But Tennessee is very strong for Fred. Tennessee is still strong for Fred in spite of the fact that he’s withdrawn.

Also consider this from PajamasMedia.

I was Fred Thompson’s first hire. In fact, I moved from ABC Radio, where I worked with him on the Paul Harvey show, first into the exploratory committee and then the campaign proper. When the campaign turned its focus and limited resources to the mechanics of traditional primary politics, my role ended.

FDT’s decision to drop out of the race at this point is entirely logical. It is, nevertheless, truly depressing.

This is a particular moment in history. After a brief respite, during which it appeared that the dangers posed by imperialistic totalitarian ideologies had abated, we are facing more seriously deranged enemies than ever. This time, however, they have billions in petrodollars and at least the possibility of acquiring nuclear or biological weapons. […]

Read the rest. It goes on to talk about the mechanics of campaigning and how Fred’s late entry played into that and I’m not talking about the fact the he waited until September to announce but the fact that he hadn’t been working toward this aim for years behind the scenes.

What happened this election is that a large body of the conservative party refused to settle. We tried to draft in a man who stood for what we stood. It didn’t work because of the process behind the elections. It smacked of desperation and it was. Having been handed candidate after candidate that weren’t up to snuff, we tried very hard to go against the status quo.

Even now, there are people who are adamantly voting for Fred Thompson, either because he will still be on the ballot or as a write-in. There are others telling them they’re stupid for doing so. That it’s a waste of vote and other arguments of a similar type.

Is it really? I would think it would be more wasted to go along with the status quo because if you keep going along with it, nothing will change. Going along with it only entrenches it more. It’s a false hope being held out that next time will be different but instead it gets progressively worse.

This is about Fred Thompson only nominally. He is but the symbol of our need for a true conservative leader. If we want to break out of the cycle of “next time it will be different” we have to start somewhere and it’s not by settling. Consider the “Cycle of Abuse.” An incident happens and there is recrimination, then wine and roses and promises, then a honeymoon period, then another incident and so on as the cycle begins again. The abused settles for the promises time and again, helping to continue the cycle and making excuses for the abuser. That cycle will continue until the day the abused dies or realizes the only way to break the cycle is to get out of it.

We have a chance to break the cycle this election and we have the right to demand conservative representation from the conservative party which is supposed to be the Republican party.

We might lose in the end but we don’t win by not trying. Bob Krumm thinks we ought to actively work for a brokered convention by voting for Rudy in Florida. I don’t know if I agree with that strategy. I’d say vote for the person you really want, rather than settle.

NewsMax sums it up nicely with this article:

Fred Thompson More Obvious in Absentia

Fred Thompson is having greater influence on the Republican presidential race now that he’s out of it than he had when he was in it.

In just the few days after he withdrew his candidacy, the tall Tennessean stands out more clearly than ever above the ranks of GOP contenders. By its very silence, the absence of Thompson’s steady baritone is heard above the cacophony he left behind.

Nothing else in this campaign is making so obvious the lack of an authentic, consistent, common-sense conservative among the surviving candidates.

It calls to mind the tale of the couple tending a lighthouse. In addition to a beacon pivoting, their lighthouse had a klaxon that blared on regular intervals.

They grew accustomed to the noise, the way folks living alongside a railroad track eventually ignore the roar of passing trains. One night, the mighty foghorn failed to sound off at the appointed time.

In that instant, the lighthouse keeper and his wife awoke with a start, sat upright in bed, looked at one another and asked: “What wasn’t that?”

It is the same effect Thompson will have, by increased measure, in this floundering Republican pre-nomination campaign. As the GOP rivals “surge” then fade in opinion polls, it will become embarrassingly obvious that what conservative voters still want is not altogether there.

Not a blessed one of them – Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney – is a 360-degree conservative. Each has at least one essential piece of his pie missing.

By not being among them any longer, Thompson has brought the spotlight to bear on those missing pieces.

The effect on the candidates is already having a noticeable, salutary effect. With Thompson off the platform, those remaining candidates have started fudging their credentials to shade over into the space of one or more conservative issues once occupied by the man who had no serious empty spaces.

Not much consolation for Thompson, personally, but it is a wholesome development for the Republican Party, which has been busy divesting itself of its founding principles and growing difficult to distinguish from the opposition.

This opens up a golden opportunity for Thompson to make a mighty contribution to the rescue and revival of the GOP.

Read the rest.

We’re Americans and we don’t settle.

Maybe it wasn’t. Yesterday, I was told by several that it was, including Mr. Geraghty himself on his own blog.

Now, I’m a very small blog, hardly worth the attention of a lot of big sites with big names. Heck, I spend more time at RedState metaphorically being told to sit down and shut up, called inane, or just ignored.  But I still input when I feel the need and don’t lose track of threads where I was giving input. RedState’s fairly huge and I’m a relative newcomer so I haven’t learned all the ins and outs yet.

You see, for a lot of us, this angst we’re feeling started over a year ago and the media reflected that turmoil at the time with reports of the number of people who were unsatisfied with the choices we had for the conservative votes. And then, there were the rumors of a Thompson run who, while not perfect, was a fairly consistent across the board conservative.

First, the media built him up as the second coming of Reagan which set a lot of people’s backs up. Then they started tearing him down, as an actor, as a Senator, and as lazy. In spite of that, Thompson managed to garner some of the stauncher conservatives to his campaign while the other candidates appealed to the independents more than to their core base, with some exceptions for Romney.

The one thing no one allowed to happen was Thompson being himself; an across the board conservative. He either had to be the reincarnation of Reagan or nothing at all to satisfy the political voyeurs. While I can understand this from the perspective of the liberal media because they don’t want any Republican winning, it’s very hard to understand from what is considered stauchly conservative media outlets.

As he finally began to campaign the media portrayed him as “lackluster”, more lazy, “not wanting to be president”, “too little, too late”. Now, being a pragmatist, I’m of the mindset that we’re electing a president, not the next American Idol. I don’t care about “lackluster”, I care about principles. Lackluster or not, he would have stood his ground on federalism and the issues we’re facing. Unfortunately, I’m in the minority even among conservatives. Still, he brought something to the elections that was lacking which was true conservative dialogue, not only among the voters but among the candidates. I didn’t watch the debates last night but the reports I’ve read this morning tell me I missed nothing. Already, the quality of Thompson in the mix is fading away, which says a lot about the direction of the Republican party.

Every election we’re faced with settling for the lesser of two evils. Every election the lesser of two evils is at least a slightly greater lesser-evil than the one before if only by a degree or two. The question then becomes how many degrees left before there’s no difference between the lesser and the greater? It might be a slow creep but we are moving inexhorably toward that event.

The metaphorical stool of the conservative party is a three-legged stool. Every election w’re faced with would be presidents who sit on stools that are missing one or more legs or shaky at best. A good hard knock can make one of the shaky legs become a missing leg. Witness the Bush administration which has provided us with many examples of that. There are a lot of folks only too willing to do the knocking.

There are a lot of conservatives out there who are looking at the Republican party and thinking, “Too little, too late,” for it, too, and wondering what’s the point? The more we settle, the worse the deal we have to settle for becomes.

Now, when it comes to Romney, he’s a strong economic conservative, but the other legs of his stool are shaky at best. McCain is shaky on all three although he tries to portray himself as strong on defense. Huckabee is missing at least one, with one about to fall out, and the third is extremely shaky. Guiliani… well, who knows?

Those are our choices, ladies and gentlemen. According to Mr. Sowell, any one of them is better than the alternative, small comfort though it is. Anybody up for a game of “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe?” How do we pick which one to prop up next?

Update: While I’m not sublimely happy about it, I guess my vote is going to Romney at the present time. Out of what’s left, he’s the most viable as far as conservative. Please don’t use that word electable. I believe it to be a meaningless media construct that adds no real value to any political discussion.

Jim Geraghty is reporting that Thompson would have won the Louisiana Caucus had he not withdrawn hours before. Yes, it is a supreme irony. But the part that bugs me the most is the ridicule of the concluding paragraph:

[…}I almost hesitate to post this, as I realize that for Fredheads lamenting the end of his campaign, the thought of him getting out right before a potential win is like rubbing salt in the wound…

I suppose the chance to gloat was just too much. Thompson may not have had majority support in the presidential campaign, thus far, but one thing many of those ridiculing us don’t seem to realize is: we are a sizable minority. We are a sizable enough minority that Thompson came in third in every primary and caucus to date. We are a minority that is large enough to affect the outcome of not only the primary elections but the general as well.

Keep on ridiculing us, Mr. Geraghty and others like you. There is a backlash to alienating a sizable minority, especially those of us who might turn to Romney as a second choice, whom I believe is who your paper endorses?

Since Thompson’s withdrawal, the media outlets, both the conservative and liberal, have acted like a bunch of scavengers picking over the remains looking for the juiciest morsels of his bid for the candidacy.  My advice is: get over yourselves or you might find Democrats waltzing into a November win and consequently the White House without much effort at all.

What happens to a political party that loses a sizable minority of its base?

It loses elections.

The Truth About Health Costs

Public health programs account for almost half of the $2 trillion spent on U.S. health care, a Hoover Institution report says. An astonishing 80% or more of all medical-care pricing is based on government reimbursement rates set by Medicare.

As for private costs, they would be lower if government didn’t interfere in the market. Regulations imposed on the industry cost more than $330 billion a year, Hoover says.

Perverse tax policies have created a third-party payer system. Patients no longer have first-dollar responsibility for medical bills thanks to employer insurance.

Someone else is paying, so inflation goes unchecked and unabated. […]

So if Uncle Sam made health care so unaffordable, why do so many voters like Democrats’ plans to expand government control of health care? Because they’ve bought into the myth that the private sector has failed and begs for government rescue.

Democrats’ solution to this failed government-heavy system is more government in the form of mandatory health coverage. Public plans offered by Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama all boast of “using government to lower costs and ensure affordability for all.”

But if you think health care is expensive now, just wait until government makes it “free.”[…]

There’s more, but I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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