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Thomas Sowell has a great article this morning over at Townhall. But then, Thomas Sowell almost always has great articles. I suggest you read the entire thing without conservative or liberal ideological blinders on.

Fifth paragraph in:

We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society where no one is responsible for what he himself did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past. 

 Everything seems to be someone else’s fault. Okay, even if it is, so what?  Is it going to change your life one iota to blame it on somebody else? Only if, once you assign blame, you learn the lesson being taught instead of wallowing in the blame pool.

What does “economic justice” mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?

Perhaps the way President Obama will reduce the deficit is by making more presidential appointments of people who will pay the back taxes they owe, in order to get confirmed by the Senate.

Liberals seem to think that they are doing lagging groups a favor by making excuses for counterproductive and self-destructive behavior. The poor do not need press agents. They need the truth. No one ever said, “Press agents will make you free.”

If I were Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, I would not sign any long-term lease on a home in Washington.

Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Fascists believed in government control of privately owned businesses, which is much more the style of this government. That way, politicians can intervene whenever they feel like it and then, when their interventions turn out badly, summon executives from the private sector before Congress and denounce them on nationwide television.

One of the things that bugged me most about the “Tour” and the G-20 summit is how so many people seemed to be laughing and smiling because they got away from all of it without having to take responsibility for any of it. Obama got a celebrity’s welcome but little else, however, the celebrity welcome is enough that he’ll be able to spin it into a win.

There are some things you cannot redefine. The war on terror is one of them. No matter what semantical games you play to allay people’s fears, some will still be killed by Islamic terrorists. But, of course, that’s our fault for being arrogant, you know. We’re changing. Yes, we are!

Others have posted articles about Obama’s apologizing for America so I won’t go into detail about it. Suffice it to say, some people don’t know the difference between debasement and humility. Whether he likes it or not, the U.S. has been put in the position of guardian of everyone else in the world, most especially Europe. They haven’t stepped up, manned up, or whatever you call it because that’s not their responsibility anymore. They abdicated it. They also abdicated any responsibility for helping allies as Bush evidenced during the 9/11 tragedy and for Iraq and he has been villified for his “with us or against us” comment.

If the fact that if America fails, Europe fails makes us a little arrogant, well so what? Shoot us for being imperfect humans. We have warts just like every other country but we’ll still stand strong against the enemies of liberty. We have nothing to apologize for unless/until Europe lives up to its own responsibilities and I am ashamed that President Obama felt the need to debase his own country to secure personal adulation from European nations. Adulation without respect is very fleeting and the U.S. will pay the price just as we’ve paid the price at home for government takeover of businesses.

I would say the Republic is dead but it isn’t. The soul of this country still thrives and it’s becoming ever more apparent that the scales are falling off eyes when there are tea parties galore coordinated to take place on a single day. I’ll be at the here but not for the entire time. I have to pick up my grandson from preschool by 1:30 and that’s a responsiblity I can’t abdicate.

Of course, there are no presidents in the Sim2 game. The highest level of politician in the game is Mayor, because, after all, it’s a city not a country that you’re building in the game.

Ironically, with all the press about Obama and his teleprompter fixation, I was reminded of this game, which I long ago outgrew. In the game, those aspiring to certain careers must build up charisma points by practicing speech. For the political career, once a certain level is reached, the Sim is awarded: a teleprompter. In addition to charisma, to become Mayor of the city, the politician must have a minimum number of friends.

Wednesday night is social night at the White House. To build up friendships, the Sim must invite people over, hosting parties and dinners always with some different other characters in the game to find enough people to become friends. I often wondered how Obama was going to manage to fill cabinet positions and the like since his small circle of people who were actually considered friends were quite unsuitable. Obama knows a lot of people, however, there is a big difference between knowing people and considering them friends.

Once the goal is achieved in the game and the Sim character wins the position of Mayor, he or she, rides to work in a helicopter rather than a car like everybody else. Occasionally, there will be tests during which the Mayor must make a decision on what action to take on a problem. The wrong decision can cause scandals  or being fired; or impeached since it’s a political position.

Another irony is: there’s very little individuality between characters. While the second game does add in personality traits, interests, and so forth that were absent in the first game, most of the Sims do the same things regardless of their aspirations, rather like a herd. Yes, the herd mentality is very apparent in the game, which also reminds me of the Obama administration: in the spirit of bipartisanship we should all be the same, mostly miserable, which is what happens in the game if the overseer (the one playing the game) doesn’t make his Sims work and achieve their aspirations and develop some independence apart from the overseer.

Are we all Sims now, instead of real people with real lives and real differences and real individuality? One is left wondering about that.

It is what it is and we have to adapt. Unfortunately, for you idiots out there who supported this, any sympathy I might have felt has went the same way as the resentment and anger. This stimulus bill is the biggest government power grab in the country’s history and there are already reports of it being followed by another just like while we’re still awaiting TARP II, the regular appropriations bill, and other planned indignities to be imposed on the people.

I have no sympathy for the Wall Street, banks, or investors. I’m not an economist but investing and the stock market have always reminded me of gambling. When you invest in a company or a number of them, you’re betting that you’ll make more than you bet, the same way you bet on craps, the roulette wheel, poker, or slots. If you can’t afford to lose, you don’t bet it, right?

It’s not about who makes 100 times more money than I do or who flies where in a private jet or gets rewarded with trips to Vegas or any of that for me. It’s about trust. If you’re watching the Dow, there’s little of it to be found in the economy. Eventually, everything will be nationalized and the transfer of wealth will continue unabated until there is no wealth left anywhere in the country except for the “shining city on the hill.” The reason it will be still shining is because it will be the only place left with the money to pay the utility bills. But everybody should be happy then, right? We’ll all be the same.

I’ll confess, I’ve never cared about being rich. I’ve never envied the rich. The rich have their own problems just as those of us on the other end of the economic ladder have problems. It may look glamorous and carefree from the outside but that’s only if you ignore all the media and the papparazzi uncovering the latest scandals with which most seem afflicted. I’m at a point where I can’t understand people who are envious of such when there are infinitely more important things with which to concern one. 

But then, I never saw myself as a political activist either, yet, here I am.

You were warned that Obama is nothing but an empty suit. Slightly less than a month in office, that has never been more apparent. He doesn’t even know all that’s in the bill he just signed and I hear he will now have answers fed to him via his teleprompter so that it looks as if he knows what he’s talking about when somebody asks him a question that, as president he should know, but in reality has no idea what the heck the reporter is talking about. Can’t have the messiah stumbling and bumbling can we?

Still, Obama is doing what Obama knows best: campaigning. Leave it to Obama to use hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly to Denver… not to mention all those carbon offsets that will need to be purchased for that jaunt… for a public signing of the goverment powergrab while touting “green” power. Frankly, I’m quite weary of seeing him on TV giving yet another campaign speech as if he doesn’t realize the campaigning is over, he got the job, and it’s time to work. It’s hard to believe that, once upon a time, while not agreeing with anything he had to say, it was still enjoyable to hear him giving speeches. He is fairly gifted with scripted oratory. However, off the cuff responsiveness leaves a lot to be desired.

Yesterday, someone tried to deliver a dressing down to me for admitting I’m flirting with the thought of no longer being a Republican. That person accused me of that because of the stimulus bill and the three RINOs who voted for it and I shouldn’t be like that because the bulk of the Republicans stood strong.

I replied that I was encouraged by that but this one act doesn’t wipe away the history of the past few years when many of those in Congress were the leadership who lost both houses in 2006. If the Republican party doesn’t want to represent conservatives and conservatism, that’s fine. They don’t have to but, on the flipside, they shouldn’t expect conservatives to fall in with them at the same time they tell us to sit down and shut up.

Yes, Lindsey Graham opposed the stimulus bill stating all the right reasons but two years ago he called us all bigots and racists when we opposed the shamnesty bill. Yes, John McCain also opposed the stimulus bill but he cursed out a fellow Republican who questioned his knowledge of what was actually in the bill since McCain was off on the campaign trail. And Snowe, Specter, and Collins were paid for their votes for the government powergrab bill. I just can’t call it stimulus anymore, not when every job created is time limited but going to cost about 5 times the actual wage of any one job created. What price democracy? Ask them but I doubt they’ll tell you. They were merely being bipartisan, after all.

There’s an infrequent commenter here who likes to use the phrase “the revolution has been televised” in reference to Obama’s presidential win. He’s wrong. The real revolution is just beginning and you can consider me officially a rebel.

I can’t take credit for the catchy title. It came from one of the commentors at this blog: Heckuva Job, Nancy.

American Thinker says it’s because Obama Hates White People.

So, far, we have 42 dead and likely many more since they haven’t been able to reach some of the people since the storm.

And where’s Obama? In Washington, D.C., with not even a flyover, cranking up his thermostat hot enough to grow orchids while supporting legislation to limit energy usage by the proletariat. I supose it is more important to fund condoms and STD prevention than worry about the welfare of a red state. I mean, why should he care about them, since they bitterly cling to their guns and religion and some part of those states are also coal miners whose industry he wants to bankrupt? Meanwhile, Al Gore is on the Hill urging rapid response on global warming.

And FEMA? No where to be found according to one official in Kentucky, although it is said they’re sending 50-100 generators, one truckload of food, and two truckloads of water… or vice versa on the food and water. But they can’t get there, they say. It’s too icy and dangerous for them. Echoing the RedState title: Heckuva job, Nancy… and Obama who promised a more competent government while going on and on and on about Bush’s failed policies.

Oh, and this is the same Obama who couldn’t be bothered to respond to Hurricane Ike while the Republicans suspended their convention focusing all their energy toward the hurricane’s targeted areas until the worst of the crisis had passed. Could it have been because that, too, was a red state?

Perhaps this is all part of their plot to crush conservatism.

And where’s the media in all this? Fox? CNN? MSNBC? CBS? ABC? Not a peep out of them about Obama’s response, or lack of.

Obama dozed, people froze… and died.

Apparently, the President of the United States is afraid of him. While the “I won” comment is making its rounds across the blogosphere to the rest of the world, there was more than that to the story.

President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

Has anyone pointed out to the President that Rush Limbaugh is a talk show host? To have the most powerful man in the nation afraid of him might make some people feel pretty good but I have a feeling that Rush will find it hilariously immature.

Did I mention Limbaugh’s a talk show host? It’s his job to do what he does. That’s what he gets paid to do. If people are listening to him, it must be because he has something to say worth listening to. Perhaps if the President were less concerned with trashing the dignity of the office to which he were elected and listened to some Rush himself, he wouldn’t be using such immature comments in strong-arm Chicago-thug style tactics to get his way.

Did I mention Rush Limbaugh is a talk show host? I’m sure I have. Aside from the fact that he’s usually right and revels in being right, he’s paid really to entertain us, which he does admirably. The humor makes the bitter pill of reality goes down easier.

Kind of reminds me of that line in “Indpendence Day” when Connie was reading the papers with bad press against the President, played by Bill Pullman, when she read, “… needed a warrior but elected a boy.” The similarity ends there, however, because we have elected a boy, whereas Pullman showed the right stuff, via acting, when it was necessary.

One hopes that the boy matures quickly or it’s going to be a very rough four years. He needs to start with refreshing his memory on the actual meaning of bipartisanship. Such would not include descriptors indicating fear of a TALK SHOW HOST or the words, “I won.” Bipartisanship would include reasoned and respectful debate on differences to reach a compromise, something the Democrats never gave Bush for his entire eight years but expect as their due because “they won.”

Sore losers, poorer winners. Indeed, it seems as if the Democrats in majority are bent on retribution and vengeance for their previous losses than working for the good of the nation. Okay, if that’s the way they want to use their power, that’s what they can do, but any Republican with an ounce of self-respect will not be on board with it. Don’t give them an out to blame Republicans for their failures. Make the Democrats own their legislation in every way.

From a comic strip came this great pearl of wisdom: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Comic… strip… Get it? It’s time the Democrats took responsibility for their agenda rather than finding willing scapegoats upon which to place the blame for failures.

Between comic strips and talk show hosts, one wonders how anyone is expected to take the Democrats seriously.

Two articles sum up nicely how I feel about the coming four years:

First up:

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”

Barack Obama,

inaugural address

TO borrow from H.L. Mencken, the cynics are still right nine times out of 10.

What President Obama’s rhetoric fails to acknowledge is that most political disagreements are real. They’re rooted in competing interests, conflicting values and differing judgments.

While transcendent rhetoric can get one through a campaign and even a transition, the real challenges of governing won’t simply wither away from decrepitude:[…]

 Second, there’s this:

I Pledge to Ridicule Celebrities Who Refuse to Recognize We Are At War With People Who Want to Kill Them, Too

Just because Obama billed himself as a messiah, just because he promises miracles, just because he promises anything, doesn’t make those promises a reality nor does it make political differences go away. Those will always be with us.

To those ordering us to shut up and not criticize TheOne, I ask: Why? Poltical differences didn’t suddenly just melt away. Bush was criticized by both the right and the left and dissent is patriotic. Even as we grit our teeth to vote for McCain, we dissented and criticized; loudly at times. What is not patriotic is to dissent for dissension’s sake rather than the good of a nation.

We are told we should “give him a chance.” Those saying such never define what they mean by the phrase although you get the feeling that we shouldn’t disagree with TheOne from other things that have been said and there’s another feeling mixed in with the first that if we criticize we might bring dire consequences upon ourselves, a la Joe the Plumber, while those hinting at such are touting the virtues of free speech protected through our Constitutional Bill of  Rights.

In addition, I’d like to remind those who think that Bush is to blame for every failure that ever has been since before his first term, that Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Franks, et al. were there long before Bush and will apparently be there long after Bush. Sometimes they had the majority. Sometimes they didn’t. They were there nonetheless and privy to everything that went on during those times.

People are still arguing the timeline of 9/11 as happening on Bush’s watch suddenly forget that the plot was five years in the making. Of that 5 years, most of it was Clinton’s watch and Berger stole classified documents that may or may not have shed light on the issue.

Those Hollywood celebrities pledging to help Obama’s administration really don’t think with a full brain. Those who would kill regular Americans would kill the celebrities first along with the gays and lesbians. There is no such peace dialogue that will bring lasting peace because it’s not in the opposition’s midset.

I don’t remember exactly where I learned but it was from multiple sources, including old history courses but  learned a long time ago that Islamic Jihad agression will only go away when the people partaking of it are completely annihilated. It’s sad to comtemplate but it is the way it is. For the western world, the Crusades have been over for centuries. For the Islamic world they are never over. Every cease fire between Israel and Hamas, Hezebolleh, or other terrorist faction, only delays another conflict long enough for the losing side to regroup and begin again.  One might wish it isn’t so but that’s the reality. You have no idea how many times I’ve wished it isn’t so.

Today is the day to vote for or against English Only here in Tennessee. I’ve listened to the arguments on both sides and neither side “gets it” completely. Putting illegal immigration aside in this issue, there are still some relevant arguments. I can see the one side wanting to facillitate goodwill but not much else they have to say is all that crucial. One argument was foreign exchange students which, in my opinion, is a blatant lie. You see, foreign exchange students are required to take a test, TOEFL, to provide evidence that they are competent in the language before allowed to take college courses.

On the other side is the assimilation issue. If you want people to assimilate you don’t isolate them by facillitating such isolation. If you want them to learn the language of the country they have to immerse. This is something I learned teaching ESL, English as a Second Language. Whe first offered the opportunity, I initially declined because I don’t know any other language and had long forgotten my high school Spanish. I was told that made me ideal because it forces the students to work harder to communicate and they learn faster.

Is there an easy answer? Not really but you can bet that every individual has his or her own opinoins on the matter so we’ll see what happens after the voting closes.

So, you see, political differences haven’t suddenly melted away with the messiah’s election nor will they. And that’s only the least of the issues that were promised to be made disappear. So, don’t expect a rose garden for the new president. Lofty rhetoric takes one only so far. His actions will determine the rest.

Human Events tells us that McCain is now blaming his loss on Rush Limbaugh… and Conservatism. Nice of him to finally admit he’s not a conservative, which is tantamount to admitting he’s not a Reaganite, either. Of course, he lost because of Conservatism but whose fault is that? The Conservatives’ or McCain’s?

When there is little difference between the presidential candidates and there is a historic opportunity, which do you choose? The same same, or the opportunity? No, I’m not caving to Obama’s agenda, but there’s a part of me that knew it was a crapshoot with McCain as to whether he would or not. The thing that bothered me most was how many people voted for Obama because of the color of his skin, not his policies. All things considered, I suppose it doesn’t matter very much with the candidate we had on the so-called right.

What bothers me most right now, as far as conservatives and conservatism, is how many of us are contemplating or have contemplated leaving the Republican party. Larrey Anderson at American Thinker has the best answer upon which to base your decision.

[…]I will make my position clear from the outset. A divorce by conservatives from the GOP would be a disaster for all of the parties involved. Just like most marriages, the grass may look greener on the other side of the fence — but it almost always isn’t. This is true for the GOP and for conservatives.
The “big tent” speeches may be staple rhetoric of the GOP hierarchy; but, if conservatives pack up and leave, the GOP will be a big empty tent. (This mass migration would include the growing number of black and Hispanic conservatives in the GOP. These good hard working people are in the GOP because they understand and live by conservative principles — not because they are part of some equal opportunity RNC scheme.)

Intelligent people do not choose a party affiliation because of the color of their skin. They choose it because it reflects their ideals. The GOP needs to understand, and it needs to understand this soon, that there is no Republican Party without conservatives — and conservatives need to start acting on this fact. […]

 I, for one, am tired of being a doormat whether it’s to the forces of “Big Tent” Republicanism or the demands of liberals that we all “come together” now that they’re in charge… in spite of the fact that every dissent we have against their agenda is still bashed, and bashed, and bashed. There’s no discussion, just a continual assault on our persons and dignity.

Like many other conservatives, I hope Obama fails. For this, it’s been brought up the Golden Rule and a whole chapter of Matthew… from people who don’t even believe in the Bible so busy are they worshipping at the shrine of Obama. What they don’t realize is that they’re ordering us to go against the very teachings with which they try to corral us. I used to try to explain that but they never listened so I gave up trying and just contiue with my dissent… which is another thing they use to beat us with. For 8 years we heard that dissent is the highest form of patriotism but now, it’s just… mean and nasty and hypocritical.

Even if McCain had won, conservatives would not be quietly submissive yes-people. We’d fight just as hard against his wrong headed ideas as we will Obama’s. The left doesn’t get that because, for them, we must conform to celebrate diversity.

So, no, I will not sit quietly and cheer Obama and his agenda on simply because he’s a historic president. No, I will not give in to the Republicans’ “Big Tent” ideology. No, I will not forsake conservatism for an easy fix that never fixes anything, only delays the inevitable.

For my own reminiscing of the Bush presidency, one of the most humorous insults hurled at him was “cowboy.” For him, me, and quite probably some others, it’s a compliment. How many can you apply to our new president?

Last month I wrote a post entitled: “Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men” in which I laid out an opinion of the troubles the birth certificate “conspiracy” was going to cause no end of trouble. While this blog doesn’t garner a lot of traffic there were some comments ridiculing the idea.

Oh, ye of little faith!!!!

This morning I received in my email a donation request and my signature on a petition headed by someone called Gary Kreep. The outline of the petition is this:

 

“Demand to Barack Obama,” tell him that you’re with the United States Justice Foundation and me as we vow to legally challenge every move he makes, unless and until he proves he’s a natural born citizen by releasing his original birth certificate.

Let it be known that I am 100% with the United States Justice Foundation in its efforts to challenge each and every move you make as “President.” For unless and until you release your original birth certificate, proving you are a natural born citizen, I support USJF’s vow to file a lawsuit to dispute your every action, from executive orders to legislation.

And I agree with Gary Kreep’s description of you as “Senator Jekyll and President Hyde.” You campaigned as a centrist, promising to reach across party lines. Yet your past shows that you are relentless in your pursuit of power, that you are indeed a typical Chicago politician, schooled in the art of corruption and thuggery.

I am proud that the United States Justice Foundation is on the job!

 In addition to this Kreep fellow, under the same organizational activities we get news that Alan Keyes is also seeking to obtain Obama’s documents. Alan Keyes had this to say about why he’s serving suit:

In response to questions about why the suit was being filed, Ambassador Keyes commented, “I and others are concerned that this issue be properly investigated and decided before Senator Obama takes office. Otherwise there will be a serious doubt as to the legitimacy of his tenure. This doubt would also affect the respect people have for the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. I hope the issue can be quickly clarified so that the new President can take office under no shadow of doubt. This will be good for him and for the nation.”

In the previous piece, I said that it’s the perception not the facts that are going to matter in the end. Indeed, Obama campaigned on perception mattering more than substance. He often called himself a blank slate upon which the people could project their wishes. While the two movements cited above might be obscure at the moment, what happens when the “blank slate” does something that goes against what others have projected onto it? Couple that with powerful Democrats’ ideas of Obama doing what they tell him to do, it’s not going to be an easy administration by any measure, even discounting the current economic troubles. 

Good thing they have Bush to blame for everything that goes wrong for the past and future, eh? We sure are going to live interesting times, aren’t we? Remember that movie “Clash of the Titans”? For a followup how about “Clash of the Narcissists”? It’s sure to be an edge-of-your-seater.

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