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Linda RichmanMan and Chevrolets dangerously warm the Earth; Muslims hate us because Bush Republicans are racist, sexist cowboys who want to throw grannies over the cliff; all men are rapists; if a drop of BP oil hits the Gulf, life as we know it there will end; government shutdowns are the worst possible occurrence; government can best control one-sixth of the economy and the other 5/6ths as well for that matter; and have we got the perfect candidates to deal with all that: Meet Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats to enact laws necessary to produce Utopia, or look the other way when illegal executive orders or memos must be the unconstitutional means to those ends.

And they think God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are far-fetched? Geesh, but we digress.

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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?

This is so sad to me. Michelle Malkin writes about The eHarmony Shakedown in which a gay plantiff has successfully sued to force the, largely faith-based, website “to offer same-sex dating services on a new site, but also to offer six-month subscriptions for free to 10,000 gay users” and several other disturbing concessions. This is something the site was never designed to do. Please read the whole story. You won’t believe it.

We live in perilous times my friends. God help us.

With the Obama win, predictions are beginning to come true less than 24 hours later. We knew it was going to happen. We just didn’t expect it the day after.

My husband was fired this morning, replaced by illegal aliens. It’s all some businesses have been waiting for, especially in the construction industry, because if immigration laws are not going to be enforced why should they pay for higher wage workers?

This is my husband:
My husband is a commercial/industrial electrician and has been one for 30 years. There is not much that he doesn’t know about the field. In the mid 90s he broke his back at the height of his career directing multi-million dollar projects. There was a time when he was told he’d never walk again and even if he did, he’d never work in the industrial electrical field. After almost a year in a wheelchair, undergoing surgery that has wired and bolted his back together, more time in painful discouraging physical therapy while in a body cast, he worked his way back into the electrical construction field he loves, albeit at a slower place and not nearly at the wages he used to make.  

For being a working class person who loves his job, he has been looked down on by the left elititsts and the people who worship them. This is his reward for being a top notch electrician.

Where we go from here is anybody’s guess. I suppose it won’t really matter to anyone considering we’re the opposition and supposed to be destroyed, if Kos and Moveon.org are any indication of how much conservatives are hated.

At the moment, I’m too weary and too discouraged to know whether or not this blog will continue.  My other blogging gig is closing down this morning and likely that will be the fate of most conservative blogs across the internet.

I don’t want to rain on your celebration too much so that’s all I’ll say for now. Congratulations to all you Obama supporters. I wish you well, in spite of yourselves.

My, how time flies when you’re not having fun. As I’ve said before I used to be one of the silent majority and I find some things about elections and election cycles distinctly unpleasant. I feel guilty that I haven’t blogged anything here in so long so here are some random thoughts from the last two weeks.

If the polls aren’t being skewed why do they all oversample Democrats and Independents over Republicans? In most cases the sampling data shows a 3-6% larger sample of Democrats versus Republicans. I suppose most people don’t bother to look at the sampling data or bother to look at individual polls for that matter.

The Palin/Troopergate story. I haven’t read the enormous 236 page document yet but reports are that Palin did nothing wrong except not tell her husband not to do something about it. If the trooper in question weren’t related by marriage would this issue have even come up? We all have family members we’d just as soon we didn’t have but isn’t it ironic that Palin is being villified while a bad trooper still has his job in spite of the bad things he has done? There’s no question he tasered his stepson. There’s no question he was drinking in his patrol car. There’s no question he shot a moose out of season. And apparently no question he abused his wife. The fact that his wife and stepson are directly related to the governor of the state carries more weight than getting a bad cop off the force. Gotta love politics sometimes.

If Obama is the TheOne we’ve been waiting for, why do his supporters feel the need to do this? Secret Service visits Lufkin woman after ‘death threat’ allegation from an Obama campaign volunteer. Or this:
Pair arrested after large McCain sign torched in Sellwood yard. Not to mention the rampant voter fraud being committed by ACORN on Obama’s behalf. Perhaps, they’re doing these things because they’ve been promised a seat at the table. Or is it because Obama is the one we’ve been waiting for? Yet, the fellow remains an unknown, in substance and deed.

McCain has a problem. It’s plain to see. On the one hand, he doesn’t want to sully his own honor. On the other, he risks losing an election that is country changing in radically extreme ways. He wants us to respect Obama but there’s a problem with that for a majority of Americans. We see Obama’s strong-arm tactics and his connections to people who hate this country (see above paragraph) and find no respect in our hearts. Nor does Obama give respect but mocks and threatens anyone who opposes him. The mocking of McCain’s age, war injuries, and other attributes is about as low as it can get. In some ways it’s tantamount to mocking the physically challenged who are often among the poorest of us on the socioeconomic ladder. But then, there’s the thought that Obama is not so computer literate, either. All in all this election is a crap shoot.

And to think, I haven’t even begun to cover what I think of the economy and the subsequent nationalization of it. Isn’t it ironic that it didn’t help a thing? But the good news is, once done it will never be undone. Or is that the bad news? I suppose it depends on which side you’re on. Myself, I can’t imagine a worse group in charge of the nation’s wealth.

The reason for such long breaks between postings here is I get caught up in the dialogues and lose track of time. My sincere apologies.

This is purely anecdoctal and theoretical in nature but something to think about.

On the way home from work yesterday my husband was telling me about how politics are dominating the conversations at work. Of course, being my hubby, he has some pretty strong ideas about what to think about things. The shocker came when some of the guys talking said they wouldn’t be voting for Obama. Stereotypes say construction workers are typically Democrats, right? Well, those guys are but they’re still not voting for Obama.

Of course, this made hubby sit up and take a more direct line and he asked why not to which the reply was that Obama had made it about race. Now, before you get all twisted over that, let me inform you of something that will twist it further. These are black construction workers.

And it’s not just this particular ones who feel this way. They talked about their church, members and leaders all think the same way. You see, as they explained to hubby, they have moved far away from the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, over the years. They consider themselves middle class and upper working class and they want the same things that others, white, black, purple, red, green, etc, want to be judged for themselves, not pigeonholed and expected to act and be a certain way because of skin color. They don’t want to be “black” and worry about the “black” experience. They just want to be men and worry about their families and providing the best they can for them. And they believe, because Obama has made this campaign about race, that it will change everything for them to the negative; that they will lose the gains they have made over the decades and are making in their own lives right now.

Well, that’s the short story of it but the dynamics were a lot more complex. Or perhaps they aren’t. Perhaps they are just complex in my mind because I am so much immersed in the day to day of politics, from a hillbilly perspective, of course.

These same fellows picked on my husband because he isn’t an Obama fan and when somebody tries to tell him he’s racist because of it, he always has a sarcastic answer to them. You see, these same fellows also hear these things flying back and forth at work and know they would be in for worse than that, being black.

I could go and find links and references but being well documented and easily found with a Google search, we know, or at least it’s being claimed that Obama has 95% of the black vote. At the same time, we’re being inundated with the idea that anyone who doesn’t vote for Obama, it’s because of racism. In a weird sort of way, they’re right, but it isn’t the racism of those voting against him. We also know what happens to blacks who don’t adher to the Democrat Party. They get called Oreos, Uncle Toms,traitors, or in the case of Condoleeza Rice, likened to a slave out of the book “Gone With the Wind.”

From here, it becomes theoretical. One can’t help but wonder if there is a level of fear among Democrat voters that have them declaring for Obama in polls and surveys simply because they want to avoid the labels that have been attached to others who have bucked the Democrat Party line. It also calls into question that 95% estimate of the black vote. Oh, I’m sure he’ll garner more than a lion’s share but perhaps not as much as he and others believe.

One could almost infer that from the conversation relayed to me. They singled hubby out because they wanted to talk about McCain and knew he’d know more than a great many others on the job site. They wanted to know more about McCain and his positions. My hubby obliged as I knew he would. In fact, he was beginning to feel rather put upon being surrounded by all the Obama Nationites.

They’ll never admit it publicly and I certainly can’t blame them but what goes on in the voting booth is just between them and the machines.

If my theory has any merit whatsoever, this would be a good time for conservatives to step up, brave the verbal abuse, and reach out to others of like mind in the communities they have long believed to be so solidly Democrat they haven’t put in much effort.

All things considered this is going to be an interesting election.

Crossposted to Hangright Politics.

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