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Morning Briefing for December 1, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For December 1, 2010

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1. Thank God Ronald Reagan Was a Conservative Before Being a Republican

Thank God that Ronald Reagan put his principles ahead of politics. As regular readers know, I’m not fully enamored by Dick Morris, but one of the best quotes on polling I’ve ever heard comes from Dick Morris. To paraphrase, Morris said politicians should never lead based on polling, but should lead based on principle and use polling to shape the message to enact those principles into law.That’s what Ronald Reagan did. Consider that in the early 1980’s his policy of confrontation with the Soviet Union was actually not popular in the polls. Likewise, his policy of keeping interest rates high to kill off inflation was decidedly not popular.But he held the course and history proved him right. Reagan put his conservative principles ahead of polls and turned the polling toward him. Contrast that with news out late yesterday that Republicans have thrown in the towel on getting rid of portions of Obamacare.Yes, yes, they’ll vote once or twice on full repeal, but they want to keep a few provisions that totally noxious to the free market and will ultimately undermine private health care insurance in America, but sure poll well.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Gays in the Military

I greatly dislike talking about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The topic drives me insane. I’m not serving on the front lines of the battlefield and I frankly think if you aren’t serving on the front lines, you should have no say in the matter, whether you are in or out of the military. I politely declined to discuss it on TV the other night, but it sneaked up on me last night as a topic and I finally let loose on it. Given the number of emails I’ve had about my comments, I might as well share my thoughts now.So, here’s my newsflash for you: there are gays in the military today. You’d never know that by the media coverage.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Eric Holder: Man on a Mission

With a federal jury finding a terrorist not guilty of all but one charge, with a Somali teenager arrested for trying to blow up Americans at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, with the wikileaks debacle, and with more and more to preoccupy the Attorney General of the United States, you’d think Eric Holder would be holed up in his office fighting the good fight.You would be wrong.Mr. Obama is sending his Attorney General to Switzerland to lobby for the World Cup. Yes, apparently the most important job for the American Attorney General is to make sure we get a soccer tournament in 2022.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The FDA in bed with Big Business

You probably remember the fanatical fear that gripped the nation these last few years in response to a few factories with tainted peanut butter. You may also remember the national panic when spinach was a killer stalking grocery stores across the country. These types of events are notorious for being blown out of proportion by the national media & being chaotic by virtue of bureaucratic over-involvement.While this may be remembered by many consumers as an annoyance, it is remembered far differently by the corporations that are subjected to massive regulation at the hands of bureaucrats from the FDA as well as dozens of state and local regulators across the country.For the companies that had to deal with these problems, it was more than an annoyance, but rather an incredibly costly nightmare that they can never allow to happen again. When the peanut butter crisis hit, factories across the country were completely shut down in an attempt to trace the problem to it’s source without contaminating any other consumers. On it’s face this may sound reasonable however it is a massive over reaction that costs untold millions of dollars to the industry and in most cases producing limited results as the contamination is usually traced back to just one factory and by that time the damage has been done. For a business owner or CEO this is absolutely unacceptable.Enter S.510.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Gov. Jindal Calls Obama’s National Security Strategy ‘Dumb’ and ‘Dangerous

Bobby Jindal wasted no time assessing this administration’s approach to fighting terrorism, mocking Obama’s strategy as a “treatise on social justice.” In part two of his exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS, the Louisiana Governor argued that Obama’s inability to talk honestly about radical Islam stems from the President’s erroneous perception of why the threat even exists.“We just need to give these poor people more money and there will be more opportunities, less violence, less terrorism,” Jindal said of the White House’s way of tackling global Jihad.Please click here for the rest of the post.

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