Republican: The American Citizen’s Party
I manifestly dislike trendy jargon in all of it’s manifestations. Especially in politics. For example, some years ago, suddenly it became all the rage to refer to public spending reductions as “taking a hair-cut“. Everybody from Chris Dodd to the detestable Dame Pelosi were talking about “hair-cuts”. I started to feel like I was in some vast federal Barber Shop. Of course, who can forget | Read More »
March 20, 2003: Operation Iraqi Freedom Ten Years On…
Tomorrow marks the 10th Anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. At least, that is how we blandly refer to it –if we refer to at all: The Iraq War. The years seem to flicker by, like an old misaligned Super 8 movie reel, where each frame is momentarily visible. Then it is gone. Such were the early years of the brand-new century. The | Read More »
Especially Now, I will Never Purchase a Kindle. Not After THAT Ad…
One of the interesting things about watching cable TV is discerning which demographic slices tune in to which channels. It isn’t difficult to figure out, really; For example, judging by the number of “Scooter Store” and blood glucose meter, Polident, and Colonial Penn Life Insurance ads on Fox News, it would seem that it’s core audience is senior citizens that have eaten their teeth down to | Read More »
Heart Attack Serious. Can you FEEL it?
As the old aphorism goes: Knowledge is Power. But, another old aphorism is: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So, does knowledge eventually corrupt? Don’t blithely answer that. In my view, it is a rather profound query. Adam and Eve had a snack from which tree again? Knowledge can be a tricky thing, actually. And it often trips up those of us on the | Read More »
I Sure Wish I Could Comment upon –and Recommend– RedState Diaries; Of Course, I also Wish I had a Bugatti…
I’ve had some brilliant Pearls of Wisdom to impart at RedState. A Diary would entrap my attention, and I’d be compelled to join in on the conversation. I’d feverishly type, and edit, and compose, until verily I had masterpieces of reason and logic and substance to add to the emerging epistles. That, or maybe a limerick. Then, I’d notice after typing these brilliant bits of | Read More »
America: Fundamentally Transformed…
Pew Research published a poll this week that showed Barack Obama, now that he is blundering into his second term, is riding high on a 52% approval rating. Yippee. Yep, what a gully-washer of public opinion. Even if our first reaction is one of nauseated revulsion, or outright scorn at the source –Pew?–, we must remember how wrong we were about similar reactions to all | Read More »
A Soliloquy for Pastor Niemuller…
First they came for the uninsured, and I did not speak out– For I was insured… Then they came for the Corporations, and I did not speak out– For I was not a Corporation… Then they came for the Rich, and I did not speak out– For I was not Rich… And, then they came for me, and then there was no one left to | Read More »
Little Ralphie Cushman’s Tulips, and the Heartwrenching Innocents at Sandy Hook…
AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first published this some eighteen months ago; We have now passed the 85th Anniversary of the Bath School Disaster. I believe it is of paramount importance, especially in this age of instantly disposable news, to never forget tragic, heartbreaking and innocent victims such as those in Bath, Michigan– and now in Sandy Hook, Connecticut– and to pray to God and thank Him | Read More »
Comparing Apples to Kumquats: Just How Much does this Damned Government Cost?
The United States Department of Education spent over $87 Billion last year. If you confiscated the entire revenue stream of 3M Corporation ($29.6 billion in total revenue for FY 2011), America Express ($29.7 billion) and McDonalds ($21.3 billion) to pay for it, you would still need over $7 Billion to pick up the tab. The United States Department of Education –which runs no schools, employs not | Read More »
Run, Squishes, Run!
Quick: Name all the Republican candidates who trudged through the darkened, sub-zero snows of New Hampshire in the winter of 1980: John Anderson. Phil Crane. John Connolly. George H.W. Bush. Bob Dole. Howard Baker. Ronald Reagan. Notice anything? I mean, other than the fact that it was an exceptionally good year for voluminous heads of hair (–especially John Anderson and Phil Crane), what stands out | Read More »
The Ten-Million Taxpayer March: Washington DC, April 15, 2013
“The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees’ future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more | Read More »
How About a Little Dose of Truth? How About a Little Dab of Honesty?
TRUTH #1: Mitt Romney lost because he was Mitt Romney. He didn’t lose because Barack Obama was an incumbent –three incumbent Presidents have lost in the last 36 years. Mitt Romney didn’t lose because he didn’t “attract” enough of the “Hispanic” vote. If he had captured unprecedented (say, 60-70%) of the “Hispanic” vote he still would have lost, at least according to the most up-to-date | Read More »
This Thanksgiving, Let’s All Remember: Doesn’t America REALLY Suck? I mean, C’mon!
Yep, we conservatives… What a bunch of losers. What a bunch of knuckle-dragging rubes. Hayseeds, really. I mean, really. We’re all going forward now, thank goodness. Who but a bunch of cro-magnons would want to drag us back? America is a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, paternalistic police state– and only the election of Barack Obama has saved us from this horrific, nightmarish path. Look at Paul | Read More »
The Last Line of Defense against Obamacare: A Little Civil Disobedience…
I am a small business owner. My brother and I started our little company in 1993. At first, it was just him, and later that year, I joined in. That first year, our total revenue was around $56,000. Man, it’s hard to imagine… Much happened in the intervening 20 years, much that could fill entire posts of their own. What took us an entire year | Read More »
“The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers….” (Or, Newt for Speaker!)
The Speaker of the House of Representatives doesn’t have to be an elected Member of the House. It can be anybody. Mitt Romney, in all likelihood, is casting about for something to do– but, after his masterful performance in rounding up votes, I hardly think he’s the right guy for the job. I have a couple of suggestions, and I’m not kidding. First of all, | Read More »
Conservatism is still Loved. The Republican Brand is Distrusted…
Noodling around the internet tonight, I came across some enlightening information quarried from the sacred Exit Polls: Evidently, a significant number of previously self-identified “independents” as poll respondents were formerly “Republican“. This fact skewed the number of the Republican-leaning actually being polled, and improperly inflated the “republican” response (–remember all the hooey about Romney “winning” independents by such-and-such a number?). This caused certain quarters to | Read More »
For all these many years –years in which I’ve had a political cognizance– there always lurked an off-hand comment: “Things are fine now, but, someday the recipient class will outnumber the productive class– and there will be no turning back.” Last night was that “someday”. It is useless to speculate about the myriad “why’s?”: Romney was too this, Obama too that. Obama had more field | Read More »
There Must Be 50 Reasons to Leave Your Leader…
Think Joe Sestak, Jack BP Oil Spill, Bill No Time for Tupelo, Mo 57 States, Nate Stimulus, Gus Camden Police, Niece… Fast ‘N Furious Guns, Hon… Ignoring DOMA, Wilma… Rogue EPA, Ray… Elana Kagan, Nagin… Appointments to the NLRB, Lee… Ignoring Nashville, Will…. Foreign Campaign Cash, Dash… War Powers Act, Mack.. No New Jobs, Bob… $4-Dollar Gas, Lass… Bailouts for Cars, Lars Marriage for Gays, | Read More »
An Election Pre Post-Mortum
Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz. Bobby Jindahl. Jim DeMint. Susanah Martinez. Rand Paul. Sarah Palin. Mike Pence. Rick Santorum. Nikki Haley. Bob McDonnell. David Vitter. Alan West… The strength, the passion, the intellectual rigor, the very life, in our political body-politic is all on the right. Specifically, the conservative right. When Barack Obama loses next Tuesday –and he will– the Modern Democrat Party will resemble nothing | Read More »
Can We Get Real for a Second? Doesn’t Gloria Allred Kinda “Fit” Her Name?
And, isn’t she everything you detest (and I mean detest) about the Modern Democrat Party? Camera hog… loud… obnoxious… full of self-puffery…. Ambulance chaser, defense bar. Mole. Self-loathing Jewess (-being half-Jewish myself, I know ‘em when I see ‘em) Agitator for imaginary grievances. C’mon, Gloria: How’s that representation for Sharon (Sounds Like) Bialek going, eh? I’ll bet you’re fighting that one all the way to | Read More »
Debbie Stabenow: Hall Monitor (An Emblematic Tale of A Modern Democrat)
Who the heck is this guy? I’ll get to him in a moment. In the meantime, keep his visage under the microscope of your brain: The angry scowl, the fleshy countenance, the greasy long hair. He is the Modern Democrat Party. Literally. He is also the Democrat Party of 45 years ago. And he is a lifelong friend of Debbie Stabenow. Now, I don’t believe | Read More »
My Wistful Dreams of RedState…
Ah, yes, I remember when… My mouse would wander over to the RedState icon on my favorites bar, and I would click… Heartlander would have an incredibly moving story about the unspoken and devastating effects of abortion, and the diary would have fifty-some “Recommenders”, and a comment thread that would wind on and on. The thread would feature a flame-war between aesthete and Tbone that | Read More »
A Few Quick Debate Tips For Mitt from an Old Pro…
I know Governor Romney has every high-priced debate consultant in the Washington phone book on retainer. But, I hope they remember a couple of basics: 1) Answer Yes or No questions “Yes” or “No”. Don’t hesitate, don’t equivocate. Then: 2) Have four or five points you want to get across to the audience, and then get them across. Once you have quickly dispatched the question | Read More »
Barack Obama: A President for “100% of the People” (–Unless You Live in One of the 11 States He’s Never Even Visited)
Obama’s self-delusion was in high dudgeon the other day, when he let loose with a sanctimonious homily on Letterman about how a guy elected president represents “100% of the American People”. The subtext, of course, was that Mitt Romney –the cad– is only casting about trying to snare the 53% of Americans that might pay taxes, but only because they are millionaires and billionaires. But | Read More »
Quemoy, Matsu, Soviet Domination in Eastern Europe and Newt’s Open Marriage…
So, Mitt Romney’s campaign bandwagon is stuck in the mud, in the cowpie-ridden fields of some Flyover Battleground State. Quick! Fire Stu Whatsisname! Concentrate on the “messaging”! Pull that TV ad! Run this TV ad! PANIC! Change the Polling “screens”! (-Why? Too many moths getting in the room, and eating up the argyles?) For heaven’s sake, head for the hills! Easy now. Calm down. Concentrate, | Read More »