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We are self-reliant. We do not look to the government to cure our ills. Instead, we fix them ourselves. We respect the rule of law but don’t need the law to know how to act properly toward our fellow humans.

Because we are self-reliant we can deal with change, even if the changes create hardship. We can even support changes if it has been determined that the changes are for the better with no long term negatives and we know how to fight back when the changes for change’s sake would cause more harm than good.

We mourn the loss of Reagan and his brand of conservatism, not because he was perfect, but because he brought out the best in us as conservatives. He brought out our strengths, our ingenuity, and our creativity. As long as we remember that’s why we loved him, we’ll survive no matter what happens in the future and we will be at our best doing it. When the times are rough is when conservatives are at their best.

Conservatism is not a political party. It’s a way of life and living that no politician, political party, or government can take away from us. There are people in this country who think they can kill conservatism but it’s not possible to do that without killing every person who thinks conservative and lives conservative; dependent upon the self first and government last.

Bruce Walker explains the origins of the word and how it became a construct for people like us. While it’s nice to know in the abstract, it doesn’t matter to me that it is of Marxist origin. The term works as well as any other to categorize us. Nor does it matter to me that the left use it as a perjorative.

No matter what the government does or who is in charge of it, we conservatives will survive; stronger, wiser, and better for it.

He starts by lying; to himself and everyone else.

[…] “The problem in my party to a large degree is not over my record as much as it is (that) we let spending get out of control,” McCain said. “It dispirited our base, and it led to corruption. We have former members of Congress now residing in federal prison,” he said. […] Read the rest.

Senator McCain, and I use the term loosely considering how many votes you’ve missed while receiving the salary for said office, repeating a lie often makes it no more truer than the first time you uttered it. It is your record. If you don’t understand that by now, you never will. Not very bright, are you?

I’ve been blogging this topic on Hang Right, here and here. Today, I stumbled upon this article about the day Move America Forward began their counterprotest.

Wounded Marine Conquers Berkeley (emphases mine)

Eamon Kelly stood, a cane holding his battered body on one side, and his mother propping up the other.

The young Marine, who had major back surgery only days earlier, needed to make a stand against the Berkeley City Council, which had denigrated the Marines, calling them “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.”

After the Berkeley actions ignited a national uproar, members of the City Council responded by claiming not to have read the fine print of the resolutions they had passed. But their words reveal the dishonesty in their claims.

Mayor Tom Bates has been hard-pressed to plead ignorance when he declared to the city council and the media alike:   

“I’ve been working with Code Pink, and I believe in their cause and I believe that what they’re doing is the right thing, they are bringing maximum pressure to bear on the whole question of the Marines being in Berkeley, they don’t belong here, they shouldn’t have come here and they should leave.”

Marine Eamon Kelly was a living symbol of the national outrage against the Berkeley City Council, and showcased the honor, character and determination that runs abundant among our military men and women. That honor and character appear to be absent from most members of the Berkeley council.

Kelly’s physical pain was intense, yet he refused to leave the pro-military demonstration that was organized by Move America Forward to protest the actions of the Berkeley City Council. After standing in support of the Marines throughout the day and night he was too weak to speak before the City Council when he was finally afforded the opportunity at about 11:00 PM at night. Vietnam veterans offered to carry him into the chambers, past the radical anti-war protesters in pink who taunted those supporting the Marines.

“I can’t do it,” Kelly said. “I just have to listen to them.”

A medic from the Vietnam War told the young Marine it was time for him to go home. He was afraid shock might set in as the pain savaged Kelly.

“The people with whom we gathered asked Eamon to go into city hall and speak, but by this time his head was hanging down, and I was afraid he was going to collapse,” said Elizabeth Kelly. “By now I was struggling to hold him up.”

The standoff between pro-troop folks and anti-war anarchists closed down a part of Berkeley on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, folks from across the United States sent almost 30,000 emails to the City Council; with the tally running 15 to 1 against the council’s shameful actions. Move America Forward also collected over 23,000 signatures on a petition condemning Berkeley’s actions.

Thousands of Marine supporters and anti-war activists clashed in Martin Luther King Park, across from the City Council chambers. Move America Forward (MAF) had permits for the space, but Code Pink and their supporters invaded the space and attacked patriots with skateboards, signs, rocks, and bullhorns. (Aren’t they supposed to be anti-war?)

Police made no arrests of the aggressors early on and stood by as the attacks continued. Anarchy reigned. Multiple pleas from MAF for police protection went unanswered. Even the California Highway Patrol refused to help.

Anti-war protesters set a flag on fire that also burned a city sign that said “Peace Wall.” Two bikes, one of a child, also burned in the fire. The “peace” protesters stole flags from patriots and then set them aflame.

Early Wednesday morning after hours of fighting, screaming and flag burning by the anti-war side, the council agreed to rescind its request for the city manager’s office to send the offending letter calling the Marines “intruders.”

But the council refused to apologize to the Marines, or to rescind its gifts of public funds to a special interest group, Code Pink, which has given over $600,000 in aid to the families of Islamic terrorists. The group will continue to harass Marine recruiters in Berkeley, and they will do so with both the blessing and encouragement of the Berkeley City Council.

Council members Betty Olds and Gordon Wozniak were the sole shining lights among the council.  Despite their opposition to the war in Iraq, they recognized that the council had wrongly chosen to attack not a policy, but the people who put on the uniform of the United States military. Olds and Wozniak pleaded with their fellow council members to support them in a resolution that would apologize to the Marines and others for the brouhaha that got worldwide media attention.

“We insulted the Marines and they deserve an apology,” Wozniak said. “At this point, the issue is not the war. The issue is what the Berkeley City Council did. We failed our city.”

The behavior of both city officials and far-left radicals stunned and hurt veterans. Vietnam veteran Rod Ferroggiaro of Fairfield, Calif., couldn’t believe what he saw in Berkeley on Tuesday.

“Facing this group was an assortment of old hippies dressed in pink reliving the antiwar years of the sixties – the same ones who spat on us when I returned to California from my first tour of duty in Vietnam in 1965,” Ferroggiaro said. “The frightening people were the young . . . dressed in black shirts with orange bandanas. They were cursing and running into Blue Star moms and veterans with skateboards.

“They would get face to face with an older man or woman and chest-bump them trying to provoke an altercation. I saw one rip an American flag from a 46-year-old Blue Star mom and later set it on fire,” he said. “This was all witnessed by the Berkeley police, who did nothing to stop these radicals.  Later I learned that they were Berkeley High School students who were brought there by their teachers.”

There will be no apologies to Marine Eamon Kelly or Vietnam veteran Rob Ferroggiaro, but across the nation reasonable Americans are letting it be known that they are not alone in their protests against the Berkeley council.

Lawmakers at the state and federal level are pushing legislation to take more than $5 million in earmarks for Berkeley. Groups around the country are boycotting Berkeley, and businesspeople have said they will close shops or refuse doing business in that liberal city.

“The action by the Berkeley City Council indicates that they have a disdain for and do not appreciate Marines for what they do and have done for this country, our democracy, and our freedoms,” said Rep. John Campbell, who is introducing the Semper Fi Act in the U.S. house.

“If they have so little respect and understanding of that, there is no reason for the rest of us, outside the city of Berkeley, to subsidize their actions with our taxpayer funds,” Campbell said Thursday.

California Assemblyman Guy Houston has also introduced legislation that would strip Berkeley of millions of dollars of state transportation funds since the city has given the parking space in front of the Marine Recruiting Station to Code Pink with the request that the Marxist organization use it to “impede… the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley.”

As people left the pro-military rallies outside the City Council chambers late Tuesday and early Wednesday, one thing was clear: Berkeley is no longer the home of liberals who honor and protest the First Amendment. It is now a city that embraces fascism that allows radicals to suppress the free speech of those with whom they disagree, even those who have died to give America her freedoms.

“Driving home on Hwy 80 I pulled off on an exit, walked away from my truck and wept,” Vietnam veteran Ferroggiaro said. “I really do not know why. But as I watched those thousands of cars and trucks that passed by, I knew that most never knew what was happening in Berkeley — and most more than likely did not care. I also thought back 40 plus years and wondered if we have gained anything in this country.”

There’s not much I could add to this. There is a mirror effort going on in Toledo, Ohio to bar the military.

I doubt our Democratic majority Congress will kill the funds and pork barrels going to these cities but I hope they do. In addition, any city that benefits from military posts and bases and conducts their affairs the way Berkeley and Toledo have, can be hit in another way. Make those cities off limits to military personnel on the level that sometimes certain business, night clubs, and so on are made off limits. Close the gates to the roads leading to those cities and hit them where it hurts: in their revenues.

Sigh… I suppose in the long run it doesn’t matter. We’re headed for an Obama or Clinton administration. That means the military is going to be gutted further than it was with the first Clinton administration. I expect we’ll be seeing more movements like Toledo and Berkeley before long.

If so, it makes more sense for the Congressional hearings browbeating Roger Clemens. This is not a judgment, on my part, about whether he did or didn’t take anabolic steroids, but, “Why Congress?”

According to the Human Growth Hormone/Steroids Statutory Overview there are laws already in force regarding the use of steroids, with penalties outlined as well. While others have pointed out that there are much more important issues that Congress could be focused upon, there is much more at stake here than the circus Congress has prepared for your titillation.

If there are already laws on the books addressing this issue, is it within the power or Congress to be conducting this hearing? The Constitution of the United States of America outlines the duties and limits of Congress (the legislative branch).

Where does this investigation of Roger Clemons fit within that scope? More specifically would it not be more in the jurisdiction of the judiciary branch?

Or as Rush Limbaugh puts it (emphases mine):

[…]  This is eerie to sit here and watch a congressional committee go after a private citizen, Roger Clemens and this trainer up there, Brian McNamee.  Now, I followed this.  I understand what this is all about, but to paraphrase Bill Clinton, no hearing on steroids in baseball ever fed a hungry child. I don’t know what Clemens is doing there.  Has he lied to Congress before his deposition this week or did they call him up there because of the Mitchell Report and he went public and said The Mitchell Report’s not true so then Congress said we want to get in the act?  So I think that may be Congress’ reason for wanting to get involved in this.  Look, nobody recommends people take HGH or steroids, athletes, kids being influenced by it and all that, but it’s sort of like Congress wanting to get involved in the New England Patriots spying on opposing teams.  The league’s supposed to handle this kind of stuff.  It’s really up to the league.  They can hold over the anti-trust exemption over baseball.  We’re going to remove it, we’re not going to give you that exemption anymore so baseball has to cooperate, go out and do this dog and pony show. […]

Yet, Congress is the one handling it. They have overstepped their bounds and took power away from the judiciary branch in the trespass.

What I find most disturbing about the affair is the superficiality of the criticisms such as: “Doesn’t Congress have better things to be doing with their time and our money?” while very few question whether they have the authority to conduct this hearing at all.

Admittedly it’s not the first time but when does it become important enough to question? When the judiciary branch is completely dissolved or made impotent? Or when ordinary citizens are hauled before a Congressional hearing to determine their punishment under legislation crafted to “fit the crime?”

Perhaps the next ones to be hauled before Congress so will be those of us who ascribe to federalist principles and the separation of powers between the branches of the federal government as “enemies of the state. ”

It’s a dangerous game Congress plays for TV ratings.

John McCain funded by Soros since 2001

As Sen. John McCain assumes the GOP front-runner mantle, his long-standing, but little-noticed association with left-wing donors such as George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry is receiving new attention among his Republican critics.

In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.

McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections.

In 2006, the Arizona senator was forced to sever his formal ties with the Reform Institute after a controversial $200,000 contribution from Cablevision came to light. McCain solicited the donation for the Reform Institute using his membership on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, he supported Cablevision’s push to introduce the more profitable al la carte pricing, rather than packages of TV programming.

Yet, the Reform Institute still employs the McCain campaign’s Hispanic outreach director, Juan Hernandez, as a senior fellow of its Comprehensive Immigration Reform Initiative.

As WND reported, Hernandez serves as a non-paid volunteer for the McCain campaign. A dual Mexican-U.S. citizen, he was a member of former President Vicente Fox’s cabinet, representing an estimate 24 million Mexicans living abroad. Hernandez, with a “Mexico first” message, has argued aggressively against building a fence on the Mexican border, insisting the frontier needed to remain wide open so illegal immigrants could easily enter the U.S.

The July 6, 2001, homepage of the Reform Institute archived on the Internet lists founder McCain as chairman of the group’s advisory committee.

Prominent senior officials on the McCain 2008 presidential campaign staff found generously paid positions at the Reform Institute following the senator’s unsuccessful run for the White House in 2000.

Rick Davis, McCain’s current campaign manager, was paid $110,000 a year by the Reform Institute for a consulting position, according to the group’s 2003 Form 990 filing with the IRS.

In 2004, Davis advanced to the position of Reform Institute president, with an annual salary of $120,000, according to the group’s 2004 Form 990.

In 2005, Davis remained president, but his salary dropped back to $45,000 a year, with a time commitment of five hours per week, according the 2005 Form 990.

Carla Eudy, a senior advisor on McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign who until recently headed fundraising, was paid $177,885 in 2005 to serve as the Reform Institute’s secretary-treasurer.

Other McCain presidential campaign staffers who have found employment at the Reform Institute include Trevor Potter, McCain’s 2000 legal counsel, and Crystal Benton, the senator’s former press secretary, who served as institute’s communications director in 2005 for an annual salary of $52,083.

The Reform Institute regularly has supported McCain in various legislative efforts, including on campaign finance reform, global warming and “comprehensive immigration reform,” all efforts widely opposed by many in the party’s conservative base.

Arianna Huffington, syndicated columnist and creator of the, has served on the Reform Institute’s advisory committee since the group’s inception.

According to FrontPage Magazine, Teresa Heinz Kerry has provided more than $4 million to the Tides Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by anti-war activist Drummond Pike in 1976 with a history of funding causes such as abortion, homosexual-rights activism and open borders.

Financial contributors while McCain was chairman of the Reform Institute also have included the Educational Foundation of America, a group that supports abortion and opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.

The Soros-Kerry funding connection with McCain was first exposed by Ed Morrissey at the Captains Quarters blog in 2005.

Subsequently, David Horowitz’s website and Michelle Malkin’s blog gave renewed attention to the Reform Institute’s funding ties.

 From where I’m sitting, choosing between the Democratic nominee and the Republican nominee is six of one, half dozen of the other. The -R beside McCain’s name is meaningless in the face of his record and I’m about tired of everything being about the War on Terror.

It is and it isn’t. No Democratic president is going to pull out of Iraq in failure on their watch, not even niave nerdy little Obama.

And another point that needs to be brought up is what does it matter if our foreign policies are strong if our domestic policies are shot to hell? Make no mistake, they will be no matter which way you vote.

Yet, everyone keeps telling me I have to make a decision now… to unite the party. Ummm… no I don’t and have not heard a good reason why I should. I’ve got 8 months to make that decision and I fully intend to take them all to make it.

For the liberals it’s a win-win situation. For conservatives, it’s political suicide, because we will have given up the core values which define us in favor of Party unity with a party that considers us nothing more than “useful idiots.”

Republicans can engage in it, too. I suppose it’s part of the grieving process. Town Hall has an article up about McCain’s fending off making picks for the Vice President slot. True to the McCain we know and “love” here’s what he has to say about it:

[…]he sees no requirement to pick someone from a different region.

He further expounded by saying that(emphases mine):

Nevertheless, the Arizona senator did offer his view that regionally balanced tickets may be a thing of the past. Since McCain’s chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his campaign Thursday, some party figures and commentators have suggested McCain might select Mike Huckabee as a vice presidential nominee to benefit from the Arkansas governor’s proven appeal in the South, where McCain has less support.

From a practical standpoint, I think former President Clinton and Vice President Gore showed us you don’t have to be regionally different,” McCain said. “I think America is such that, quote, regional differences don’t play the role that maybe they did in earlier times.” Clinton, who was Arkansas governor, and Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee made the first national ticket entirely from the South.

He fails to point out that though that did happen that way, it didn’t parlay into a presidency for Gore.

The comments to the article indicate a hopefulness for a more conservative running mate, most of whom indicate they could better support a McCain Romney ticket. But, while latching on that statement about regional differences, they missed the true indicator of how McCain will pick his running mate:

“The fundamental principle behind any selection of a running mate would be whether that person is fully prepared to take over and shares your values, your principles, your philosophy and your priorities,” McCain said.

This just the day after he became the likely nominee for the Republican Party after which he stuck to military issues. McCain is not going to choose a VP to mollify conservatives. In fact, I wouldn’t be suprised if the first name on his list is Joe Lieberman. What a ticket that would make, eh?

With more class in his little finger than John McCain can muster throughout his whole body.

To all of those who are mourning the loss of a great presidential candidate, I sympathize with you. You won’t find anyone here belittling you or calling you foolish or inane or whiney… with the exception of passing trolls who have more time on their hands than brains.

It really hurts inside when someone you have backed and actively worked to help them win fails. I’m truly shocked that it turned so badly for him although I had predicted Huckabee would take the South. While Romney wasn’t my first choice, he was my second. I wish him well in all his future endeavors, although I’m sure he’ll be a huge success. It’s not in Romney’s nature to fail.

BTW: If you need a place to vent, here’s a place to do it. Anybody who comes here and calls you stupid or inane or anything comparable or worse will find their comments edited out. I remember how I felt with Fred’s withdrawal and noted the lack of sympathy from the “victors” so feel free to have at it.

February 2008


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