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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.

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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



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.



Debatable truths

A quick synopsis on last night’s debate: As we had hoped, McCain came out swinging. And for the first time in any of the three presidential debates, millions of Americans finally got to see the Boy Wonder squirm a little… not to mention lie through his teeth. At this point it won’t mean much as far as the outcome of this election, but satisfying to see nonetheless.

McCain came down particularly hard on Obama over his ACORN and Ayers ties. This resulted in nothing less than some bonafide fibs being uttered on national TV by the cornered Democratic candidate .

First, Obama’s response to McCain’s ACORN allegations:

The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN is, I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.

“Only involvement”? Not quite. As Factcheck.org reminds us:

He did, but that wasn’t his only involvement. He also worked closely with ACORN’s Chicago office when he ran a Project Vote registration drive after law school, and Obama did some leadership training for Chicago ACORN. The Woods Fund, where Obama served as a board member, gave grants to ACORN’s Chicago branch; both organizations are concerned with disadvantaged populations in that city. And during the primaries of this election, Obama’s campaign paid upwards of $800,000 to the ACORN-affiliated Campaign Services Inc. for get-out-the-vote efforts (not voter registration). Those services were initially misrepresented on the campaign’s Federal Election Commission reports, an error that some find suspicious and others say is par for the course. ACORN’s Chicago office and CSI have not been under investigation.

Well ok there was that.

Regarding terrorist Bill Ayers (oh, yes he is) here’s part of the exchange that took place between the candidates:

MCCAIN: Well, again, while you were on the board of the Woods Foundation, you and Mr. Ayers, together, you sent $230,000 to ACORN. So — and you launched your political campaign in Mr. Ayers’ living room.

OBAMA: That’s absolutely not true.

Well… it kinda is, Senator Barry. At least according to the NY Times:

It was later in 1995 that Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn hosted the gathering, in their town house three blocks from Mr. Obama’s home, at which State Senator Alice J. Palmer, who planned to run for Congress, introduced Mr. Obama to a few Democratic friends as her chosen successor.

Ed Morrisey sums it all up:

Unfortunately for Obama, those are the facts, both about Ayers and ACORN. Obama paid ACORN over $800,000 this summer for GOTV efforts, which Obama now denies, although he did finally admit that he represented ACORN as an attorney in a lending-practices case. Obama did launch his career at a party hosted by Ayers, which is such a matter of public record that I’m frankly surprised he bothered to deny it.

We’re not surprised. Not that any of this will prevent the Golden One from sailing on to victory next month. But at least he was finally put on the spot last night over some of his unsavory ties. See how easy that was, Johnny?

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-- Cartoon by Eric Allie 


To sleep, perchance to debate

Last night’s debate, in a word, was boring. Maybe it was Tom Brokaw’s questions. Maybe it was because we had heard a lot of the answers before. Whatever it was, this was a three espresso night.

Obama’s opening statement set what was to be his tone for the evening (for full effect cue up the official Democrat/MSM theme song while reading this):

I think everybody knows now we are in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. And a lot of you I think are worried about your jobs, your pensions, your retirement accounts, your ability to send your child or your grandchild to college.

Yes the whine certainly flowed from Barry’s direction throughout the debate. Nothing new under the sun here. No change. No hope. Just typical Democrat fear and loathing.

As for who won, it depends upon which pundit you listen to. Many in the mainstream media are calling it a draw… but are claiming that this actually makes Obama the victor since a tie means he keeps his lead in the polls. Uh, right. Whatever you say MSM.

In general Obama was percieved as prevailing on the economy (meaning he sounded more impressive while saying absolutely nothing) and McCain not surprisingly came in stronger on foreign policy.

However, Barry does get credit for the most asinine, clueless statement of the night:

Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we have moral issues at stake.

If we could have intervened effectively in the Holocaust, who among us would say that we had a moral obligation not to go in?

Ahem…   Senator Obama, if memory serves me we did intervene in the Holocaust… very effectively I might add. It was called FREAKIN’ WORLD WAR II.

That boneheaded statement alone should disqualify him from EVER taking the mantle of Commander in Chief.

Other than that little gem it was a rather dry, uneventful debate.  If anything emerged more clearly than ever it was that Barack Obama wants to remind YOU that your life is in the crapper and HE wants to be your Roto-Rooter man. It bewilders me as to why half of America falls for that but they apparently do.

In any event, the recent economic news has clearly given a boost to the Chosen One’s campaign so the only thing left for us conservatives to do is get out and vote. And keep the Kool-Aid out of the reach of our undecided friends.

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-- Cartoon by Ed Gamble