Sunday, January 30, 2005

Barking up the wrong tree

Someone anonymously posted this on Jan. 26th in the "comments" section of my blog:
It just continuously amazes (and disturbs) me how you silly liberals cannot seem to fathom what is at stake in our country, what we need to learn from history, and your contempt for the truth. Are you all asleep?
It occured to me that one of two things happened here:
  1. I'm being taunted by my friends for not posting as often as I should. If this is true, then I apologize and will be posting about some national and Virginia related issues later today.
  2. I'm being taunted by someone who hasn't read my blog or understand anything about me, my opinions and perspectives, or is even man enough to reveal any identity. For him, here's a brief primer about me:
  • I am a conservative and member of the Republican Party. While I don't agree with every ideological detail championed by the GOP, I identify with enough of the platform and have allied myself with the GOP
  • I am a fiscal conservative. What this means, for the simple minded, is that I believe that when I go to work, I have the right to the money I've earned. I don't want someone else's money that I haven't earned just because I'm not earning enough myself. I'f I'm not earning enough to support me and Mrs. Reporter, then I need to leave the cave, kill something else and drag it home for us. I believe that taxes are too high and that most politicians have never met a tax that they didn't like. I believe that this country exists for the benefit of the people and that each person has the means to succeed in their own right; they don't need to government to help them. I don't belive in Social Security, Medicaid, welfare and other programs designed to "help" but actually encourage dependence on the government for all things financial. My lack of fiscal planning for my future or medical needs doesn't constitute an emergency for the rest of society, and I don't expect others to be forced to care for me by the government.
  • I am a social moderate. This means that I believe in the rights of our citizens as endowed by our creator and by the Constitution of the U.S. and the constitutions of the 50 states. I walk a very fine line in the GOP as I'm viewed by some as being liberal on social issues and by otheres as a representative of the majority of America.
  • I believe in smaller government. Note I didn't say "zero government"; I'm not an anarchist. Our founding fathers created an system unique in all the world, a system of government based on laws, religious influences, not on divine right, belief in the goodness of humanity and the orderly transistion of power. And for over 200 years, it has worked as designed. What the FF's didn't design was a strong central govenment that had the ability to ride roughshod over the states and the governed; unfortunately, this is what has happened over the past 70 years, starting with FDR's New Deal and culminating in the current "No Child Left Behind Act" and Medicaid reform, all three of which are tantamount to socialism in my opinion. These and other programs have allowed the federal government to grow larger than needed and exert an undue amount of influence over the lives of the governed.
  • I believe in states rights. This is a continuation of the previous idea, and one that bears great attention. The FF's specifically declared what powers were to be granted to the Federal government: trade, national protection, diplomacy, war/defense, currency. All other powers not listed or implied were to be left to the states. I think that this says everything we need to know about how our system is supposed to function: The Feds deal with external matters and the states manage themselves with different constitutions and different laws, even though many are similar in nature. However, the Feds have eaten away at these rights and become a bully to the states, forcing them to tow the D.C. line on everything from abortion to highway construction funds. I believe that we need to act to reverse that trend and return power to the states as envisioned and planned by the FF's.
  • I believe in self-reliance. The FF's worked hard and sacrificed much in order to create our country, often at the risk of their lives and, later on, the future of the country as well. They didn't create a welfare state; unfortunately, that's what our nation as become for a significant portion of our citizenry. I don't belive in welfare; instead, I think that if you need money, you should leave the cave, kill something and drag it home to feed your famliy. I'm not against charity or helping others when needed. I'm against living off the government dole and others hard work for so long that you believe that its an entitlement and a right.
  • I believe in our sovereignty and our right to protect ourselves. I frankly don't care what the U.N., France, the E.U., China, Sudan or any other nation has to say about our foreign policy. We have a right to protect ourselves when attacked and to take that fight to the home of the attackers rather than to fight the fight in our own homeland. If other nations don't like that, well tough then, I guess you don't want our help, foreign aid or protection when you're attacked.
Well, I could go on, but I think that everyone gets the idea about where I stand on various general issues. Additionally, this is a partisan blog and I don't have any qualms about saying that. My opinion rules here and while I welcome contirubutions and worthy debate, I won't debate frivolous issues other than in this one post.





Friday, January 14, 2005

The war continues

Here's a great commentary/analysis piece from February issue of Commentary authored by Norman Poderetz (HT to Hugh): "The War Against World War IV". It's a great reminder that we are in a war that is a long way from being over, even as the general public is beginning to shift their view away from Iraq and back to domestic issues.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Spend lots of money on Jan. 20th!

My wife sent me this today, another fine example of a useless way to try and make a point. Fortunately for us, 53% of the country won't do this and the economic wheels won't stop turning in the near future! Me, I'm going to leave my truck running all day so I can buy some extra gas and help warm the planet a little! Enjoy.


Jan 20, 2005 - Inauguration Day

>Help Make a Difference...

>Please mark your calendars now...

>>Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One>Damn Dime Day" in America.

>>On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.

>>During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damndime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulsepurchases. Not one damn dime for nothing for 24 hours.

>>On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart, Kmart, Target...

>>Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Pleasedon't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter).

>>For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down.

>>The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraqis immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

>>"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the internationalcorporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporationsand funnel cash into American politics.

>>"Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way.

>>Now over 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan - a way to come home.

>>There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No petitions to sign. No leftor right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action byd doing nothng.

>>You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.

>>For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.


Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Corrections...oops!

Fellow readers, I need to make some corrections to my most recent posting. First, I named Rep. Nancy Pelosi as spearheading the vote in the Congress last Tuesday; in fact, it was Sen. Barbara Boxer who contested the Ohio electoral votes. Second, I stated that the Washington state governors race had been settled by both parties. In fact, that race is still being disputed, with the Republican candidate filing suit and petition to call for a new election due to allegations of voter fraud in Democratic-controlled King County. I apologize to my readers for these inaccuracies.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

It's not close, and they're still trying to cheat

First, apologies to Hugh for paraphrasing his book title, but I couldn't think of anything that could better describe today's actions by the Democrats. Today was the day that the electoral votes were certified by a joint session of Congress, officially re-electing President Bush and V.P. Cheney to their second term in office. However, a group of Democrats, lead by none other than Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), filed a federal lawsuit in Ohio to force a re-count of the votes there, claiming that the Republicans conspired to disenfranchise thousands of voters to swing Ohio into the GOP column. Thankfully, the case was presented to a judge who believes that the Constitution is more than just a scrap of paper and decided to "delay" the suit until after the inauguration, effectively killing the suit and telling the Democrats, "Bush won, Kerry lost, move on, get a life."

This has to be one of the biggest cases of denial on history. Think about it: Kerry conceded the day after the election, the MSM and networks all called the election for Bush, the Electors have voted, and the votes were certified tonight. And the result: Bush/Cheney won, Kerry/Edwards lost. Very simple, right? Wrong, at least to the Dems who are still sore about losing the 2000 election and have vowed to "never let that happen again". Even the Washington governors race has been technically settled, even though there is a movement to hold another election that's receiving widespread support. But this small but vocal group of ultra-left, Michael Moore worshiping Democrats just won't let go of their fantasy and accept the truth: President Bush and V.P. Cheney won the popular and electoral votes through a fair and legitimate election and will be inaugurated again on Jan. 20th.

Just imagine what kind of antics would be occurring if the Kerry/Edwards ticket had won and were being inaugurated? Most likely none at all since Pres. Bush would have conceded the race graciously, allowed for a smooth transition and been a good loser of the campaign. Not so for the Dems, who see the election as having been stolen from them a second time. They don't care that 53% of the voting electorate voted for Bush/Cheney; to them, the majority of the country is a bunch of backwards hicks and are thus below the self-imposed superiority of the New England/SoCal liberal elites. And its because of these delusions of grandeur and self-appointed elite status that these Dems are seen as out of the mainstream and thus unrelatable to the majority of Americans. The numbers don't lie, the facts are there, but yet these Dems don't want to believe the truth. All I can say is that I'm glad that President Bush won and that we have another four years of stable leadership in the White House.

P.S.: Hugh has a new book out on the phenomenon of the blogosphere and the media revolution its sparking. Check it out here. Also, check out Generalissimo Duane's site since he's running a contest for the funniest picture of where and with who Blog appears.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Happy New Year!

Well, 2004 is history and 2005 has arrived. I hope everyone had a safe and happy time Friday night and Saturday, and for football fans, I hope your team brought you a final Christmas gift (I'm 50/50 for the bowls).

I also hope that everyone has taken time to spend a moment in prayer & remembrance for the victims of the tsunami in SW Asia and have donated to an aid-giving charity; if not, please take five minutes today to do both and start the new year off on a giving note.

Here are the last two articles from the Washington Times series that I have been posting: Second place not an option in U.S. sports and U.S. pop culture seen as plague

D.C. and Northern Virginia we're a wonderful place to be for the Christmas season. Now that we're settled, I can start focusing on local and statewide issues. The big item this year is our gubernatorial election, in which we'll be extremely dedicated to electing Attorney General Kilgore as our next governor and finally finishing the work of our previous governor, the highlight of which is the final and permanent repeal of the despised car tax that was interrupted by our current Democratic governor. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I'm confident that we'll be successful in our endeavors.

Finally, I feel that this year will be another defining year for our nation and its leaders, and one for the better since the good guys won another four years in office. I'm basing this feeling on this morning's news shows during which the MSM has already started trying to attack the president for his domestic policy agenda and continues to bang their drum about Iraq and the upcoming elections there. They just won't accept the fact that the majority of the participatory electorate wanted President Bush to remain in office and didn't have the same feelings for Sen. Kerry. Once again, it shows that they are still the epitome of sore losers.