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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.

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Whole lotta shakin
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John McCain has decided to unofficially-officially replace campaign manager Rick Davis with senior adviser Steve Schmidt (who I suspect to really be Lex Luthor). According to Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Johnny is frustrated at the fact that his message isn’t getting out:

“There really isn’t a message. The message has sort of been ‘I’m experienced and Barack Obama is Barack Obama,’ as opposed to defining John. John is more than a war hero. John is a man who’s had a long career,” Rollins said. “The American public still doesn’t know a lot about him — what does he stand for, what kind of leader he’s going to be.”

Here’s a question — if in some far-distant universe the Republicans chose a nominee like, say, Ron Paul… would he need someone to help define him? Or would his message and his passion for that message ring so clear that a campaign manager would only be in charge of getting his words on the airwaves and in print as often as possible? The same could be asked about Tom Tancredo or any number of non-establishment candidates on the right… most of whom have been pushed so far into the background by the GOP that we have all but forgotten their names.

Marketing is important, but it must be approached in different ways for the different parties. What works so well for Obama won’t work for a Republican candidate. Conservatives want someone who understands the Constitution and reflects their values of smaller government… period. Liberals just want someone with charisma who promises “new” things in the hope that it will somehow give their lives the meaning they have never bothered to give it themselves. And centrists and undecideds will generally gravitate towards whichever candidate makes the best pitch.

Changing McCain’s PR strategy is not going to make him any more appealing than will slapping lipstick on a dinosaur. If any kind of shake-up needs to take place, it should be on the party level. We need new blood in the top positions of the GOP. The existing party elders are too out of touch with the rank-and-file and far too fond of their power to ever come around. The only hope is to somehow get new faces running the party who will start placing younger men (or women) with a fresh conservative message — delivered well — onto the ticket. Not only will that fire up their base, it would win over many of the crucial centrist voters as well.

The true conservative philosophy, when properly presented, is that good.



“Warming up” to bigger government

Hold on to your offsets… our guardians of green in Congress are bringing new new global warming legislation to the table. But there is resistance:

Senators voted 74-14 to proceed to the bill, but immediately it became clear Republican opponents were not going to make it easy. A request by Democrats to begin considering substantive changes in the bill was blocked by GOP opponents until Wednesday at the earliest.

homer Mean old GOP!

The Senate measure, which has wide Democratic and some Republican support, would cap U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, cutting them by 18 percent by 2020 and by two-thirds by mid-century. It would specifically target refineries, power plants, factories and transportation for 70 percent reductions and make emissions allowances available to be traded in an open market.

70 percent? Sure, no prob Congress. Just a little rebuilding of major industries from the ground up oughta do it.

I may be dating myself here but… remember a tacky little show from the late 70’s called “Carter Country”? I’m reminded of the fat mayor on that show who often would dump an impossible task on an already overworked police chief saying “Handle it, Roy!” in a lilting voice before scampering off. This is Congress. They are really good at looking like they are doing something while dumping the responsibility on others… the mess that occurs later can always be blamed on those same others.

Let’s clear one thing up. The reason a lot of us conservatives have reservations about global warming legislation is NOT – as some of you may assume – because we are uncaring about our world. We care about it deeply – deeply enough, in fact, that we refuse to stand by and allow a bunch of emotionally charged dunderheads go off half cocked and ruin the quality of life we have in this amazing country and on this beautiful blue-green marble called earth. You see, Congress tends to do that a lot, make impassioned speeches and craft bills that take away more of our freedom while forcing businesses to spend exorbitant amounts of money on “fixes”. All this based upon data that is… get ready… inconclusive.

WHAT!!? What about Al Gore and his impressive Powerpoint chart on carbon dioxide levels? Great! Lets do look at that one a little closer. And in the process let’s look at what happens to respected scientists who have the nerve to question this and other data that is held out there as “proof”. I’ll let our good ol’ Libertarian friend, John Stossel walk you through it:

Get a better picture now? All we know at present is that the climate has been getting warmer. But there have been many such trends throughout history. The difference here is that libs have managed make man the villain this time around rather than… say… volcanoes or dinosaur farts. And by making arbitrary predictions suggesting that New York will become part of the Atlantic Ocean in the next 20 years, they can create panic and the sense of urgency to act: “We don’t have TIME to think! We must do something NOW… for the CHILDREN!”

Don’t get caught up in it, folks – and don’t just join the crowd to be hip. Think for yourselves, look at the data yourselves (ALL of it) and form your own opinions… it really is a liberating thing. And if you come to the conclusion that I have, pick up the phone, call the bonehead who is supposed to be representing you in Congress and make it clear that you’ll take away their job if they take away any more of your freedom.