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Sharp left turn ahead…
December 5, 08, 11:51 am
Filed under: America, barack obama, Canada, liberalism, liberals, obama, politics, socialism

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The Boy Wonder’s recent presidential victory is not the sign of a sudden shift in American thought… it’s the result of decades of careful planning and manipulation by the left through the  media, unions and our public education system. Judi McLeod, editor of the Canada Free Press, has penned a hum-dinger of an article detailing the rise of Socialism in the U.S. and Canada. Here’s an excerpt:

History is being rewritten before our very eyes by the Socialists of two nations.

Long after we’re all gone, what has happened in a short time-span before Christmas 2008 will surely give pause to the historians.

In more temperate times, the historians would be forgiven for mistaking the latest James Bond film Quantum of Solace detailing the work of a moviedom George Soros and Maurice Strong as art imitating real life.

But only in the movies and not in real life do dramatic things happen overnight.

In reality, what has happened here and in the United States was long in the making.

Gradually over time, we elected politicians who cared not for the ecosystem of country Constitutions in comparison to their power lust. Somehow we didn’t seem to notice when government no longer worked for us, but us for them.

The average person was kept too busy coming up with the rent or the mortgage, too busy wondering why their children were learning not reading, writing and arithmetic, but how to become effective global citizens.

Politicians elected each term, by and large, got worse and worse until we reached a stage where they came not with altruism and leadership guiding their moral compass, but with teams of lawyers who could trash constitutions no matter how noble or time-honoured.

Along the way, we one day reached the level where civic politicians got to be very high handed. Instead of us being able to tell them to return from federal and international issues to take out the garbage, they told us to take out the garbage, and to put it in an increasing assembly of recycling bins.

The only real “change” politicians made manifest is the one where they no longer choose to hide their true intentions. The rats in the farmers’ barns no longer dive for cover in the loft when the farmer comes in.

They stand there boldly ready to attack the farmer and anyone else who questions their self-imposed authority.

She’s exactly right. Who before Barack Obama could have gotten away with proudly trumpeting his desire to redistribute wealth? He’s cocky about it because he can be. The barriers that used to stand in the way are now broken or at least weakened to the point where he no longer feels the need to pretend.

Full article below:

The shifting North American Unionized Map

Cartoon: Conservative Punk


Musings and observations

Many of us still had hope that McCain would pull a surprise victory last night. In the end it wasn’t even really close. Even without all the ACORN fraud and intimidation tactics at polls, Obama had this election easily.

Libs will no doubt be expecting anger coming from this side. Maybe a little hatred and venom. Sorry to disappoint… we’re just not as good at that as some of you are.

And so… congrats to Barack Obama. He ran a brilliant campaign and a majority of Americans decided they wanted him to be president. And in many ways this election is historic.

No I haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid… the guy’s still a socialist and probably the most radical man to ever be elected to the Oval Office. And yes I believe he will take this country on a dangerous course and attempt to undermine the Constitution for which he admittedly has little regard.  So this blog and others will continue to be vigilant during his presidency.

But on the other hand, I don’t have to be reminded by some pompous-ass news anchor with a raised eyebrow and lilting voice about the significance of this event.  We have officially reached the point in this society where a man’s race is no longer a hindrance to his reaching the highest office in the land and for THAT at least… I am very proud.  Wrong guy for the job but it really is quite remarkable how far we’ve come in 40 years.

The demographics of this election have been interesting to observe. A good many of these voters were college kids… those of the ‘know it all’ variety (bless their rambunctious little hearts). Some of them liked Obama for no other reason than that he was young and hip — the antithesis of stuffy old GOPosaurs like McCain. Others did know about Barry’s radical leanings but they decided they kind of dug that. The mere excitement of change can sometimes override any serious consideration for the consequences of that change.

And let’s not forget the influence that liberal college professors have on the impressionable skulls full o’ mush who attend their classes. These kids emerge with a good education but no life experience and often a very skewed view of the world.  For most, these beliefs are shaken off when the reality of everyday life takes over. In some, however, it never departs. These people go on to be academians, journalists… sometimes even U.S. Presidents.

Another large part of the demographic consisted of what the dems like to refer to as “the little guy”. They are part of a generation who has been brought up to believe that government is responsible for their happiness and that the sole purpose for it’s existence is to meet their basic needs. This is where we get folks like Peggy Joseph,  who is convinced that Barack is going to pay her mortgage and put gas in her car. Many on my side felt anger at seeing that YouTube clip. I just felt a kind of sadness at witnessing the result of years of liberal indoctrination on full display — from someone who is obviously otherwise a nice person. She’s looking for a hero and is convinced that Barack Obama is that man.

So how do you convince someone like Peggy of her own power and potential to achieve great things without the help of a politician or bureaucrat? It’s damn near impossible when that’s all she’s been taught for her entire life by parents, peers, teachers, and politicians. They truly believe they are where they are because others are holding them down. They really think that the reason they are struggling is because the jaded, uncaring “Grey Poupon” class hoards all the wealth and refuses to give them their fair share.

For those who buy into this, I have a recommendation: get your hands on a copy of The Pursuit of HappYness. Read it. Learn it. Love it. Live it. Chris Gardner’s story is America in all it’s glory and spirit. The man went from homelessness to being a millionaire, folks — without any help from the government and without once blaming anyone else for his circumstances. He shows what pressing on in the face of all odds and refusing to make excuses will accomplish in a person’s life. He exemplifies the fruits of hard work, sacrifice, vision and most importantly an attitude that refuses to recognize defeat.

This attitude — contrary to what many of you have been told — is how most of the well-off in this country attain their wealth, by the way. You get out what you put in, folks. You can choose to embrace that now and set your own goals or you can continue to vote for smooth talking politicians who promise to lift you to higher ground. If you did the latter yesterday… get back with me in a couple of years and fill me in on how much better your financial situation is under Barack Obama.

But I digress…

Let’s get to the real reason Obama won the presidency and Democrats won congress: Republicans. They’ve become the party of blue-blood moderate weenies. Is it any coincidence that the only instances where the GOP has been markedly successful in the past three decades is when they have moved decidedly to the right? Ronald Reagan, Contract with America… show us a genuine commitment to shrink government and you’ll win every time. The Republican Revolution of 1994 didn’t occur as the result of reaching out to the opposition in an effort to get along. It occurred because the GOP decided for once to reach out to the people and listen to them. The result: a clear, point by point, conservative agenda… and an overwhelming shift in the balance of power in the ’94 elections.

But in the years that followed, they got complacent. They relaxed, stopped listening to voters and become drunk with their own power. As a result there is little to distinguish them from Democrats now in their behavior or their campaign promises. Problem for them is that this will not — nor will it ever — get them a lot of votes. When it comes to getting the support of liberal and centrist voters, you can’t out-Democrat a Democrat.

So that’s where we stand. If the GOP keeps foisting moderates such as McCain on us who want to be liked by their political enemies and treated nicely by MSM, this is what they’re going to get every time. But give us someone who truly appreciates the importance of individual liberty and rugged individualism and who can articulate his or her case in an interesting and inspiring manner — and we will have our next Republican Revolution.

If the party doesn’t accomplish this in coming years, the next revolution will likely involve libertarians… and I may very well be fighting front and center when the time comes. Time to shape up, Republican party or we will ship you out.



You’re grounded…

Well you know what they say about politics: Keep your friends close and boot your enemies off the plane

From Drudge:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters — and possibly others — will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic campaign to become the first black American president.

MORE

Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES’ Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain’s Straight Talk Express airplane.

After a week of quiet but desperate behind-the-scenes negotiations, the reporters of the three papers heard last night that they were definitely off for the final swing. They are already planning how to cover the final days by flying commercial or driving from event to event.

Just another sneak peak at what we can expect with an Obama presidency. Where is all that tolerance the libs are always preaching to us about?



Lies and prying eyes

Looks like the ODJFS had more of an interest in Joe the Plumber than we had previously thought. From The Columbus Dispatch:

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.

Harris called the multiple records checks “questionable” and said he awaits more answers. “It’s kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket,” he said.

Oh but Helen has a perfectly reasonable explanation…. she was merely doing her job:

“Given our understanding that Mr. Wurzelbacher had publicly indicated that he had the means to purchase a substantial business enterprise, ODJFS, consistent with past departmental practice, checked confidential databases ,” she wrote.

“Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention which suggests that the person appears to have available financial resources, the Department risks justifiable criticism if it fails to take note and respond,” Jones-Kelley wrote.

Naturally. Certainly the first thing that came to MY mind after Wurzelbacher’s chat with Obama was whether Jones-Kelley and her peeps over at the department were properly executing their duties.

Seriously folks, we’ve all dealt with government agencies from time to time. Have you EVER known a bureaucrat to jump on a case that quickly? The word “socialism” had barely even left Joe’s mouth before the bits and bytes were flying over at the ODJFS.

Now note the next sentence:

The results of the searches were not publicly released and remain confidential, she wrote.

Oh really? Let’s look at that in light of her previous statement: “Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention…” Looks to me as if this is her wink-nudge way of suggesting that Joe IS, in fact, behind on child support or HAD received public assistance. For someone who has vowed to keep this stuff under wraps, she certainly seems to be floating that impression out there.

But hey, maybe we should give the woman the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps the accusations of partisan motives are, in fact, unfounded.

If only it weren’t for this one little minor detail:

Jones-Kelly also has denied any connections between the computer checks on Wurzelbacher and her support for Obama. She donated the maximum $2,500 this year to the Obama campaign.

Ahhhhh… let’s clear the woman’s good name and move on then. Obviously this is all just a misunderstanding…

The irony of all this is that libs have always hemmed and hawed about the intrusion into their private lives that supposedly occurs during a Republican presidency. Yet when an aspiring businessman dares to question the Chosen One’s motives on his tax plan, it takes less than 24 hours for liberal government employees and the MSM to start bulldozing into his personal and financial life. Very reminiscent of the Clinton years… and the Boy Wonder is not even president yet.

But just wait until he is



In his own radical words

Lest there be any remaining doubt as to what really goes on in the mind of Barack Obama, we now have audio from a Chicago Public Radio interview with the Comrade himself back in 2001. This man is actually quite scary… and as you’ll hear, the idea of wealth redistribution is much more than just a “distraction” for him. It’s a core belief that drives everything he does. In fact, the only distraction from his standpoint seems to be the Constitution itself.

Here’s the audio:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck]

Stay with me folks because we have a little more audio to go through if you can stomach it. Listen to this next clip as Barack describes what he sees as a “fundamental flaw” in the thinking of our Founding Fathers as they framed our Constitution. And keep in mind as you hear him speak that we are very likely to have this man in the Oval Office soon with a Democratic congress at his disposal. And the ability to appoint Supreme Court Justices.

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11OhmY1obS4]

With all his talk of change, Obama’s ideas are not new at all… they are at least 150 years old and incidentally, did not originate in America. Consider the following quote:

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

Sound familiar? It’s the opening line to the first chapter of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. For decades we have had a major political party that has built an entire platform around these “class struggles”… separating Americans into classes and then pitting one class against the other. Soon this party may very well have a rubber stamp to get whatever they want… unimpeded.

Change is indeed coming, folks…



Say it ain’t socialism, Joe

Just when we were convinced that the entire media was in the tank for Barack Obama, a truly magical moment occurs. Reporter Barbara West at Orlando TV station WFTV interviewed VP candidate Joe Biden this past Thursday. As most of us know, interviews with local small-time media outlets are usually a cakewalk for Democratic candidates. Five minutes of softball questions from a gushing anchor-babe (or anchor-dude) is usually par for the course.

Not this time.  A tenacious West went straight for the jugular… and in a couple of instances even managed to remove the condescending smile from Biden’s face.  Before proceeding further let’s watch the YouTube clip:

Pwned! The Karl Marx question in particular was absolute perfection, folks. A true work of art.  It was the zinger I’ve always wanted to hear posed to a Democrat candidate  – and never thought I’d hear in this lifetime.  

West not only references Marxism here, but she actually recites the very quote from the founder himself that was to become the cornerstone of socialist philosophy — “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” In the process she makes it blatantly obvious to anyone with ears that this is also the cornerstone of the Democratic platform. That was pure gutsy brilliance.

Biden’s annoyed response said it all: “Are you joking?… Is that a real question?” In other words: “Why the hell are you ASKING me a real question? Is this not local TV news?  Do you not know your place?  Who are YOU, little Ms. small-time anchorette, to be asking ME the one question that not even the BIG media dares to ask?  Amateur.”

Of course, we can expect the MSM and lib pundits to start digging into West’s background in coming days if they haven’t done so already. They don’t take kindly to folks who threaten to hurt the Chosen One’s chances.  Sarah Palin and Joe Wurzelbacher will be the first to tell you…

But make no mistake, this was an Atlas Shrugged kind of moment. I could almost picture John Galt lurking somewhere in the shadows at WFTV. Barbara West deserves a raise and promotion for that one. At the very least I see an anchor job at Fox News network in her future. As with Joe the Plumber, the veil was lifted… if only for an instant. Wonderful to behold.



Ya betcha it’s socialism

After several frustrating years of watching a timid GOP walk on eggshells when it came to the time-honored Democrat practice of wealth re-distribution, it appears that they are finally starting to call it what it is. First John McCain, and now Sarah Palin (who ROCKED on SNL this weekend, BTW) is starting to use the dreaded “S” word when referring to Obama’s tax plan. And to think it took an aspiring plumber to get the ball rolling:

At an airport rally in Roswell, N.M. on Sunday afternoon, the Republican vice presidential nominee once again invoked Joe Wurzelbacher, now widely known as “Joe the Plumber,” pushing Wurzelbacher’s contention that Obama’s tax plan sounded like socialism – a point also invoked by Sen. John McCain on Sunday.

“Senator Obama said he wants to quote ‘spread the wealth.’ What that means is he wants government to take your money and dole it out however a politician sees fit,” Palin said, drawing boos from the crowd of several thousand.

“But Joe the Plumber and Ed the Dairy Man, I believe that they think that it sounds more like socialism,” Palin added, referring to both Wurzelbacher and a man holding a sign reading “Ed the Dairy Man” in the crowd. “Friends, now is no time to experiment with socialism. To me, our opponent plans sounds more like big government, which is the problem. Bigger government is not the solution.”

Keep it up guys. Wear the word out even. And when Obama and liberal pundits start whining that you are using the term too much, use it even more. Because in this matter the Boy Wonder and his Dem pals have no defense. Taking money from a higher income bracket and giving it to a lower one (better known as “spreading the wealth around”) IS socialism.  Always has been. Always will be. No nuances. No grey areas. Thank you Joe, for having the guts to point that out — and right to Barry’s face no less. And kudos to John McCain for having the sense to take that ball and run with it (I imagine it took very little prodding to convince Sarah).

After years of eluding us like the freakin’ yeti, are we finally starting to see something resembling a conservative platform in the GOP?  I’ll tell you this much, if McCain had been doing this kind of stuff all along we would see a much different story in the polling data. The center is Obama’s game, and he’s much better at it than McCain (better at sounding like he’s a centrist I mean). If Johnny wants us to fight with him he needs to move further to the right and use his VP candidate to her fullest capacity. We only fight when we have a clearly defined enemy. Socialism fits the bill quite nicely, dontcha think? Ya betcha.




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