Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota Governor and possible GOP candidate for the 2012 Presidential race is making waves with his comments on a recent appearance on Neil Cavuto's show on Fox News.
T-Paw – who has been making many stops around the nation, including Iowa -- is considered one of the front runners in the packed field of potential Republican Candidates. He published a book titled “Courage to Stand: An American Story” and held book signings in Iowa at a local Barnes and Noble as well as a Christian book store.
Having the backing of the Christian Coalitions in the 2012 race is imperative for a win in the Iowa Caucuses; as the field of candidates is one of the most populated and diverse we've seen for years. Since Pawlenty held a book signing at a Christian book store shows he does have some of the support of the Christians in Iowa. Support from this large base group is what helped Huckabee with his surprise first place finish in the Iowa Caucuses in 2008.
Yesterday, Pawlenty made a visit to the Fox News studios and discussed the 2012 race and Obama, as well as the Union situation in Wisconsin.
When asked if Obama is considered unbeatable, Pawlenty replied, “Obama does not deserve to be re-elected. I don't think he's done a good job as president. I don't think he's unbeatable. I think he should be beaten.
“I think the future of America is at stake. I don’t like the fact that we have got people abroad and here thinking we are a nation in decline,” he said. “We need to be positive and hopeful and optimistic. And we have got to get this country moving and talk not just about cutting.” read more »
I’ve always been puzzled by the way that common folks come to develop a full-blown hatred of political figures. I understand it for Hitler or Stalin, I suppose, or even Gadhafi. But it really bothers me when I hear folks declaring hatred for any American politician, regardless of political stripe.
Now, if we’re to believe the grand narrative presented by the left-leaning media, we know a couple of things about political hatred:
- Folks on the right hate Obama, and
- It’s because he’s black.
Frankly, it’s hard to dispute this. Of the folks I know on the right who have declared hatred for Obama, overwhelmingly they seem to hold to racist views. Other folks – such as myself – passionately disagree with Obama’s political philosophy, but don’t hate the man by any means.
(I would argue, however, that the number of folks on the right who truly hate Obama is relatively small. Most fall into that latter camp.)
On the right, however, no one is hated more than Sarah Palin.
I recently asked my Facebook friends, many of whom would prefer to have Gadhafi in the White House over Sarah Palin, what exactly it is about this woman that inspires such raging vitriol and hatred. The replies I received were varied and interesting. Here’s a sampling:
- “I don’t hate Sarah Palin. I just think she’s too dumb to be president.”
A recent poll revealed Mike Huckabee to be the leader of the pack in the upcoming 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination race, and what a formidable leader he is. With his political experience both on and off the campaign trail, his clear convictions, and new found success in both television and with his recently published book, it is no wonder he is favored by so many.
RealClearPolitics.com indicates that in a recent poll conducted by Gallup, between the dates of February 18, 2011 and February 20, 2011, the former Governor of Arkansas was leading by +2 points. Although he has not declared his official decision to enter the presidential race, he is certainly off to a good start if he does.
A highly conservative and devout Christian, Huckabee has a lot he can bring to the table if he is elected president. Guided by his faith, and not his own personal agenda, he certainly knows how to lead. His recent success with his ongoing Fox News television show and the publication of his new book, The Simple Government, has added an entirely different dynamic to his resume. This has actually created a more rounded potential candidate who is now more well known to the public.
Huckabee also brings a great deal of experience into the political arena as a candidate. With his direct experience, coming in second to John McCain on the campaign trail in 2008, he knows what to expect this time around. This may be why he has so long delayed finalizing his decision to officially enter the presidential race. His reticence suggests that he is strategizing and conserving his energy for a time when his efforts will really count. He has also been able to maintain his favorable political following. read more »
You have been warned, I am not Politically Correct - and never will be. I don't care if it upsets you or not. I am a Politically Incorrect, Anti-government, Gunslinging, Rebel, GOD Loving, Bible Toting, Conservative, Christian, my bible does not say anything about political correctness - I live by my bible.
I will never be politically correct towards other religions – I am a Christian and I believe Jesus Christ is the only way to be reconciled to God I will not be PC towards Illegal Aliens – there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant. I will never be PC towards criminals – you broke the law you deserve to have your rights taken away from you. I will never be PC towards Gays – because the Bible says it is an abomination Leviticus 18:22.
Politically Correct claims to be non-offensive speech for all people. All it is made up of is lies, deceptions, or slanted opinion designed to hide the truth and morality. A better name would be Truthfully Deceptive. The United States used to be known as the melting pot of the world, but that has since gone away. To be considered a melting pot – then the immigrants would have to stop coming into the US illegally, and forcing their ways upon us.
But the problem is that this country has fallen into a rut that we are almost forced to be PC towards all people – in other words we must lie to them.
This is America and we do speak English – why should I have to press #1 for English? If you are here illegally then you are a criminal and you should be sent back to your originating country – I should not have to give you food or cloths or medical coverage. You are in this country illegally you have no rights – period. If this hurts your feelings then so-be-it, I don’t need you in or around my life. The United States needs to work on this problem – that would save billions of dollars per year. read more »
I am appalled by the blatant ignorance of Constitution within this administration . In 1999 Bill Clinton became the first President to ever be held in contempt of court. Well he has been joined by another Democrat President who does not believe in our Constitution.
The level of contempt for the courts that this administration may be unprecedented. Many people will remember the President calling out the Supreme Court in last years State of the Union Speech. He challenges the court's decision in a decision to allow corporations to get involved with election spending. This may be the first time a President called a decision by the Supreme Court wrong during the State of the Union Speech. It shows the level of contempt this President has for what is an equal in the governing of this country. Executive, Legislative and Judicial all given power to check and balance each other. Lets watch one more time Justice Sam Alito's reaction to this major breach of decorum.
Then after calling a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico a federal judge ruled that it was unconstitutional. What did the Administration do? They have continued the course. Ignoring the Judge. As a matter of fact the judge has held them in contempt. This from the Heritage Foundation. read more »
I live in a wonderful suburban community on Long Island. My three children attend the excellent public schools in our district. As the two oldest children have made their way through middle school, though, I've been bothered by the rather flimsy instruction they've received on the subject of "global warming." Both my 14 year-old daughter and 11 year-old son have been shown Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth in sixth grade, but have been given nothing to suggest that some of the information in the movie is either controversial or misleading. So I've decided to put together this bullet point compendium of information discussing the current status of the "global warming" debate.
With the 2012 elections just around the corner, Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy talk has increased from just a rumor to a legitimate possibility. In fact, he is serious enough that he recently spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, along with several other potential Republican candidates. During his presentation there, he was very candid about his views on our current and future political situation. According to FoxNews.com he plans on making a decision regarding his political future sometime in June. Until then, we are left to hope that just maybe, as a nation, we might benefit from more than just a television show from this businessman extraordinaire.
Despite what the experts say regarding Donald Trump’s electability, he possesses several great qualities that will, in the least, make him a great candidate in the upcoming race for President in 2012.
He is a straight shooter. Mr. Trump has been very open on where he stands on the most controversial of issues. This is like a breath of fresh air in the current evasive and less than honest political arena that we have grown so accustomed to. He is also convinced that if he were elected he could successfully lead our nation in the direction in which it needs to go – a direction of vitality and not of destruction. Some view his attitude as being overly arrogant but with the nation being in the condition that it is what do we really have to lose?
He knows success – many times over. Many of those who oppose Mr. Trump say he is overly confident. With Donald Trump’s very lengthy resume of success perhaps his confidence in his own ability to lead, create, and restore is well deserved. Even more so, this confidence may be what our country needs to not only survive but actually thrive as it once did. With the state that our nation is in, the idea of getting someone in office that knows how to get things done with fresh perspective sounds pretty nice right about now. Through his financial success, he obviously knows how to roll up his sleeves and get directly involved instead of passing it off to the next person to fix. read more »
Former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee has always had an uphill battle. He ran for Governor in Arkansas, against the Clinton election machine that had been established in the state. He won the race for Governor, while the Clinton's were in the highest office.
A man of the cloth, he originally served as a Southern Baptist minister. He holds his faith close to him and separating religion and politics is “absolutely impossible.” He has also been quoted as saying, “"I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ." It is believed that his Christian background gave him the edge he needed to take the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Huckabee, a relative unknown in a field of prominent politicians considered this a surprise win that gave his campaign much needed momentum for the 2008 Presidential race.
While he did not win the 2008 Nomination, he did gain public exposure and committed followers. He has a TV show on Fox News and is an accomplished writer. He has spoken on everything from politics to losing weight. He is seen as a “real” guy, not a politician. And as trivial as that may sound, many believe that is the reason Bush beat Gore. He seems like the kind of guy you could “have a beer with”. Although I don't know if Huckabee would be much of a drinker.
When asked if he will be throwing his hat in for the 2012 Presidential race on ABC's News Show Nightline on Monday, February 21st, he stated that he is taking all of the options into consideration but will not declare as a candidate for the 2012 Presidential race, as of yet. Huckabee went duck hunting with the reporter, one of his favorite pastimes. read more »
The African nation of Malawi has passed a law criminalizing public incidents of flatulence. This raises the question of what will happen in reference to the quandary where the rectal emissions are categorized as “silent but violent”? This will no doubt be resolved in the precedent-setting decision of “You Smelled It vs. You Dealt It”.
Don't know whether to laugh or cringe at the tone of some articles calling for eager obedience and compliance with government dietary guidelines. Elites wanting to alter the composition of snack foods should be told to go lick a salt block.
Wonder if Anderson Cooper is as enamored now as he once was of the proverbial "Arab Street". Wonder if Anderson Cooper realizes now the considerable differences between Islamists and those he once ridiculed as “Teabaggers”.
Interesting that the unions insisting Obamacare is essential to the Republic's survival have been granted exemptions from ithe legislation. Interesting how the corporations pledging allegiance to the Obama regime are being exempted from his punitive decrees.
The "pro-democracy" demonstrators of the present decade usually end up being the tyrants chased from office decades down the road.
In Canada, a child was excluded from a contest to win a stuffed animal because he brought his lunch in a Ziploc bag. Eventually, parents of students caught trafficking in prohibited forms of nutritional conveyance will find social services knocking on their doorsteps.
According to WUSA9.com, students in the “Social Justice” class at Archbishop Caroll School write letters to companies the students believe are exploiting the employees. Do they also intend to write letters about welfare recipients, that obviously don’t know how to keep a zipper up given their number of out of wedlock kids, who eat higher up the food chain than those paying the taxes providing entitlement benefits? Better yet, to understand the full implications of social justice, shouldn’t students acing the coarse have points shaved off their stellar grades and distributed to those that did not put forth as much effort in the class?
Obama is urging Mubarak to leave office promptly and peacefully. Wonder if he'll eventually follow his own advice when it is his own turn to leave power.
If Fox can reject a Super Bowl advertisement for advocating beliefs or practices that might spark “the wrong kind of controversy” in regards to John 3:16, shouldn’t the network ban ads for beer as well? For do not commercials for that particular product promote the position that it is moral to imbibe noxious liquids for nonmedicinal purposes often in pursuit of fornicative ends?
If an advertisement featuring John 3:16 couldn't air during the Super Bowl because broadcasting the segment would spark undue controversy and advocate a certain belief, will the Black Eyes Peas be punished for their ditty calling for increased education spending? Apparently the band is talented in neither music nor public policy.
No matter what side prevails in Egypt, we are pretty much screwed for failing to cultivate our own domestic petroleum resources.
If it is improper to ask potential voters or accused criminals to show their ID's to authorities, there is no reason for Burger King cashiers to ask me what my name is so they can print it on the receipt.
Traditionally, national security is invoked as an excuse to justify any assortment of civil liberties infringements. Thus, if Frau Obama is successful in persuading the policy establishment as to the veracity of her perspective linking obesity and nutrition to national security, just how much control will government exert over what Americans eat.
The White House Super Bowl party menu included bratwurst, cheeseburgers, pizza and beer. Where are the locally grown vegetables and low salt snacks?
Only asinine hippy parents make their kids eat carrot sticks, apple slices, and milk when they go out to eat.
If the federal government is going to send out Presidential Emergency Alerts to the nation's cellphones, is the message going to be charged to the recipients account or is Obama picking up the tab?
A WMAL host laments that the Super Bowl is not family friendly from the standpoint of the late kickoff. How is the NFL responsible if you can't get your kids to bed at a respectable hour? Not like youngsters are going to be irrevocably damaged by missing an ideal bed time. Guess this will be the next thing the Obama's monitor.
In comments at the Washington National Cathedral regarding faith and environmentalism, the head of the National Association of Evangelicals said that we need to revision our entire lives, families, and COMMUNITIES. Perhaps foremost among these is why does there need to be a National Cathedral? For though it is a beautiful and inspirational edifice, if we are to live lives of pious austerity, technically God doesn't really require a structure all that ornate.
In discussing GoProud (a group of gay Republicans) at CPAC, WMAL host Chris Plante invoked a quote by Ronald Reagan about working with those over which you agree 80% and disagree 20%. Does this mean that the Conservative Political Action Conference will eventually welcome a breakaway polygamist Mormon?
The New York Times is outraged that Disney marketers are targeting newborns by visiting mothers in maternity wards and trying to get new mothers to sign up for email updates and complimentary merchandize. Too bad the nation's paper of record is not as eager to expose how Social Services often pressures new parents into home visits.
The Washington Post reported that most handguns in DC were registered in Northwest neighborhoods. In others words, where the rich liberals thinking we rabble should be denied the Second Amendment reside.
Some banks have announced that they may impose fees on basic checking accounts. These financial institutions will no doubt moan and whine for more government handouts when consumers close out accounts.
If George Will is favorable to the presidential candidacy of Mitch Daniels and Mitch Daniels is hinting that healthcare should be denied to those of marginal social utility, does that include Will's mentally challenged son or is this something to be imposed upon those of us that don't wear red bowties, bad toupees or write useless tomes on baseball?
Hispanosupremacists are condemning an Arizona proposal to verify the legality of those utilizing that state's hospitals. You as a real American without lips chronically attached to the welfare teat try to get medical services without the proper paperwork. If You show up at some foreign hospital without proof that you are there legally, they'd probably vivisect you for organ harvesting.
Frau Obama believes youngsters are to suckle teat as long as possible. Is there any aspect of our lives that this government doesn't think is it's place to hand down a proclamation regarding? Guess we'll soon be given instruction as to which position the Obama administration prefers husbands and wives to partake of carnal relations in. A hypothetical future headline will read: "Obamas Insist Lefthand The One For Proper Anal Hygiene". This isn't too far out of a conjecture given their propensity to interfere in all aspects of our lives and for often siding with Third World cultures of a certain persuasion over our own.
It's time to sell off American park lands and museum treasures on Ebay to tackle the debt. It's heartbreaking, but less so than selling your children into slavery. What good is the Hope Diamond, Fonzi’s Jacket, or Archie Bunker’s Chair going to do you when you receive the mid to late 21st century’s equivalent of a jury duty notice that you are to report to a Chinese foundry where you are to render 15 years of hard labor to go towards national debt restitution?
What idea do you prefer and gives you greater comfort: that the First Ladies’ Inauguration Ball Gowns are on display or avoiding an old age living under what use to be a highway overpass as you evade being cannibalized by starving migrant teens?
by Frederick Meekins
It was inevitable, this clash between those who seek and feel as though a sinecured, privileged entitlement is a birthright of some sort, and those who have to pay for it. It’s a pretty up and down argument. At least, you would think so. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may turn out to be the left’s greatest nightmare.
Wisconsin’s governor and state legislature has stood strong in the face of the worst onslaught against a states governance in living memory. This ‘invasion’, for invasion it has been, by union goons and teachers who had literally walked off of the job, crippled some schools districts and closed others. The teachers were liberally sprinkled with SEIU thugs.
Make no mistake about it, Barack Obama put the Marxist stamp of approval on it by calling out his own personal corps of mini-goons to organize the public union disruption of state business. I’m tired of the whole union-entitlement business. No one protects my job. No one guarantees my wages or my benefits. I keep my job through performance… something to which the service unions, and unfortunately far too many teachers, are foreign. I obtain my raises and benefits through excellence in my chosen profession. Stated bluntly, my company keeps me and treats me pretty well because I make them a lot of money. read more »
In the spirit of the decade-long procession of Eastern European and Middle Eastern upheavals in which oppressed peoples have gathered en masse to protest the brutality of their tyrannical leaders, I hereby suggest we christen the current Wisconsin uprising the Government Cheese Revolution.
We gave poetic names to recent revolts based on the colors of their countries’ flags or their native specialties, such as the Rose Revolution, the Cedar Revolution, the Tulip Revolution, the Green Revolution, the Jasmine Revolution, and the Lotus Revolution. Wisconsin markets its cheddar as being orange, and protestors have filled the state capitol wearing ugly orange Working Families T-shirts, but unfortunately the Ukraine has already snagged the title “Orange Revolution.”
Newly elected Governor Scott Walker and the freshly majority Republican Wisconsin state legislature recently proposed a bill that would eliminate the ability of most public sector union members to collectively bargain. It would prevent unions from forcing members to pay dues, require annual secret ballots on whether to remain unionized, and ask members to contribute a pittance toward their lavish pensions and health care plans. The bill would help obviate Wisconsin’s projected $3.6 billion 2013 budget deficit.
Wisconsin public employees have demonstrated their rock-solid work ethic and indispensable contribution to the community by calling in sick to gather at the capitol and dub the governor Hosni Mubarak and Adolf Hitler. Due to thousands of teachers’ absence from work, the largest Wisconsin public school districts have been closed for almost a week. read more »
Their hand in hand socialist march with the Democrat party in American History.
The first real effective national union was private employee unions and they were a true necessity when they were first formed back in the early days of this countries industrial revolution to help stop the extreme exploitation of workers in several key sector industries in this country.
The labor history of the United States describes the history of organized labor, as well as the more general history of working people, in the United States. Pressures dictating the nature and power of organized labor have included the evolution and power of the corporation, efforts by employers and private agencies to limit or control unions, and U.S. labor law. As a response, organized unions and labor federations have competed, evolved, merged, and split against a backdrop of changing social philosophies and periodic federal intervention. As commentator E. J. Dionne has noted, the union movement has traditionally espoused a set of values—solidarity being the most important, the sense that each should look out for the interests of all. From this followed commitments to mutual assistance, to a rough-and-ready sense of equality, to a disdain for elitism, and to a belief that democracy and individual rights did not stop at the plant gate or the office reception room. Dionne notes that these values are "increasingly foreign to American culture." read more »
As a union member for almost 30 years I am really torn by the standoff in Wisconsin. I can tell you my international and parent union have already weighed in on the issue by going to Madison and speaking to the masses assembled. They in the style of any organization that depends on us giving them money. Immediately went to the defense of the workers and made up a story about the fake crisis that the Governor created. This is fascinating since that is the mantra of the leftists in this country. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Let me start by saying that I feel it was wrong for people who say they care about our kids to close the schools for days to go protest this issue. From my perspective this could cause more damage to their cause than anything else they could have done. The majority of people see this and wonder what the real priority is. The answer is that they will protect everything they have at any cost.
In the entire time I was an active member of the union, I never once got a contract based on Collective Bargaining. Never in 22 years was one contract with a major city actually negotiated. There were proposals and counter proposals. But due to Binding Arbitration often one side or the other stonewalled and forced arbitration. The city at one point won big concessions during this process and my benefits were cut back big time. Yes it hurt but we adapted and we kept doing our jobs. Where we ever sick? Sure we got sick but we certainly never got sick enough to march on City Hall while we were sick. Here is the rub, all of this was being done by Democrats. Not the so-called Evil Conservatives. How cushy is my retirement? I only get a COLA if the pension fund earns more than a certain percent. This has happened once since implemented and it was done as a one time payout. So no raise for the rest of my life. My medical gets covered for 5 years after I retire. I can defer but the cost would have to be equal to the cost at the time I retired. I deferred and how many years do you think I will get when I do finally need it? I do not feel sorry for anyone who has lifetime medical facing the potential of losing it. Yes they negotiated it. Not they may have to lose it through that same format. Life is tough huh? read more »
If that sounds harsh then perhaps the Republican leadership should look really closely at themselves and ask themselves just exactly who they’re working for, because right now, quite frankly, they’re not looking all that hot.
Sixty billion is the figure being cast about as the spending reductions for this budget. Another thirty billion was proposed but was not taken up by Republicans, for some unknown reason. I’ve really been concerned about what I perceive to be a demarcation in the party between the ‘old’ party members and the new conservatives.
As a quick for instance… look at good old reliable John McCain… now that he’s won re-election for another six years, we the American people, and especially his constituents, can collectively go to hell as he reverts to type. He nearly got whiplash running to kiss Barack Obama’s butt. Then he has the nerve to tell us that he ‘thinks he can work’ with Obama.
We seem to remember John working with ‘others’. They called it the gang of fourteen… they called it the McCain-Feingold assault on the First Amendment… they called it the Illegal Amnesty Act. Remember? I sure do. John hasn’t wasted any time either. He’s got his pet amnesty act out again and he’s dusting it off.
John’s just one guy, but he’s not alone. I’ve said this before… the times are past where Conservatives can afford to be burdened with wishy-washy moderate ‘Republicans’ who run into accommodation mode at the very first sign of a fight. read more »
By: Alan Levesque
Recently our soon to be former Speaker of the House made the following statement:
“Giving $700 billion to the wealthiest people in America does add $700 billion dollars to the deficit. And the record and history shows and does not create jobs.” Putting aside for the moment that most third graders have better English skills, let’s examine this absolutely ridiculous statement. Mrs. Pelosi wants us to believe that extending the current tax rates for all Americans is GIVING them money. Since you can’t give something that isn’t yours, she is in effect making the case that the money belongs to the government in the first place.
I would like to take this opportunity to enlighten and educate Nancy Pelosi on this matter. I will use short words and easy analogies in the hope that she can grasp the concepts presented. The first thing that needs to be understood is that if I earn $100.00 it is MY $100.00, not yours Nancy. You didn’t drag yourself out of bed at 4:00 A.M. and earn it. I did. It is mine not yours. If my tax rates go down, you are not giving me anything, you are simply taking less of my hard earned money.
Now, let’s go on to our next lesson. The deficit. A deficit is the difference between what you take in and what you spend. Deficits are caused by OVER-SPENDING not under-taxing. To illustrate, let us assume that you owe $10,000 on your mortgage, $5,000 on your car and $1,000 on your credit card. Remember we are using small round numbers to keep this simple. It’s hard to think in trillions! These numbers add up to a total of $16,000. We will call this $16,000 your deficit. It is money that you owe. Now let’s assume that your salary is tax money being taken in. This should be simple for you to understand since your salary IS tax money being taken in. Now let’s further assume that your constituents suddenly buy a clue and vote you out of office at which point your salary stops and you are no longer taking in “tax money.” Does your deficit get larger? No, it does not. You still owe the same amounts on your house, car and credit card. Now let’s assume you use your credit card to buy Botox and you spend $1,000. You will now owe $10,000 on your mortgage, $5,000 on your car and $2,000 on your credit card for a total of $17,000. Did this additional spending make your deficit get larger? Yes, it did. Your $16,000 deficit is now $17,000. See how that worked? It looks like spending causes deficits. Unless you add to them by spending, they stay the same. Simply amazing. read more »
By: Alan Levesque
In recent days, the “Death Panel” controversy has been revived. At first glance, the idea that the Government is “out to get us” appears to have merit. With talk about “end of life” counseling, the “Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research” and the “National Coordinator of Health Information Technology,” many of our fellow conservatives have woven a web of intrigue worthy of James Bond regarding this issue. On the surface it all looks plausible as there is just enough truth there to make you believe. But, like a car that looks great from fifty feet away you must get up close and really do a thorough inspection to see the rust spots, mismatched parts and Bondo. At the core of the revived “Death Panel” scenario are three separate and distinct entities. Proponents of the “Death Panel” theory are basically putting these three entities together like a jigsaw puzzle and making assumptions involving the supposed nefarious purposes of the entities. Let’s examine each in turn and see how, or if, they fit together.
The first thing we will examine, and the reason for the renewed interest in “Death Panels,” is “end of life” counseling. This is nothing new of course but a provision in the health care bill would have allowed it to be billed by the physician and medicare would have had to pay for it. This caused an uproar when Governor Sarah Palin coined the term “Death Panels” in response to this part of the Obamacare bill. The Democrats, amid much public outcry, responded by removing the “end of life” counseling portion of the bill which enabled it to more neatly fit down our throats as it was passed into law. Now the subject has come up once again as it has been revealed that “end of life” counseling has been added to the Medicare regulations. If you can’t legislate, regulate! It appears that the administration was content to pass anything when it came to health care knowing that they would just bypass congress and rule by fiat through the regulatory process. The author of the “end of life” counseling portion of the Obamacare bill, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer, sent an email to his supporters crowing about their “victory” but also cautioned against telling anyone about it for fear of stirring up the “Death Panel” controversy. The email went on to say that “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch.” The openness and transparency just brings a tear to my eye. “End of life” counseling allows the patient to make decisions about his or her care prior to the time when the need for care becomes critical and the patient may be in no position to make their own decisions. In and of itself, “end of life” counseling appears to be a good thing. read more »
By: Alan Levesque
Glenn Beck has become a problem. Oh, not for me or his millions of fans mind you but to the countless liberals, progressives and useful idiots out there in “pundit-land” who believe they are somehow imbued with an intellect superior to that of most mortal men. The problem for them is that Mr. Beck beats them at their own game. A man who continually states that he is not a journalist, seems to routinely be ten steps ahead of the mainstream media. Glenn Beck was predicting that the Federal Reserve would monetize the debt at the same time the Fed were claiming they would never do such a thing. And then, as if by magic, the Fed monetized the debt. Mr. Beck recently stated that socialists and Islamic extremists were working together to overthrow the Mubarak government in Egypt. This was mocked in the mainstream media as well, with Beck being tagged with a number of unflattering adjectives not the least of which was “Looney Tunes” courtesy of Chris Matthews. Then came the recent New York Times article stating that socialists, liberals and The Muslim Brotherhood were in fact working together, proving Beck right once again. I call this phenomenon “Manifest Sanity.” That is to say, that Glenn Beck is insane, until his predictions manifest themselves, at which time he becomes sane.
What is the mainstream media’s reaction to being outwitted by this self described “Rodeo Clown” who never finished college? Why personal attacks of course. The main issue for the mainstream media seems to be that not only is Beck a staunch conservative, but he’s not “in the club.” You know the club I’m referring to. The ivy league, corduroy sport coat wearing, pipe smoking, educated to the point of stupidity, elite club. Gripped by professional jealousy, they just can’t fathom how a person they regard as inferior to them could be so popular and so right most of the time. I think his lack of an “approved” ivy league pedigree coupled with his admittedly troubled past, encourages some left leaning media types to pounce on him with personal attacks. It’s a textbook case of “if you can’t beat them, smear them.” read more »
By: Alan Levesque
Ernesto Guevara de la Serna. You may know him as simply “Che” but the former is actually the name given to him upon his birth in Argentina. A few of his more memorable quotes appear below:
“I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.”
“In fact, if Christ himself stood in my way, I, like Nietzsche, would not hesitate to squish him like a worm”
“Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and
beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent,
selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.”
I am able to get a pretty good idea of what this man was about by reading the above quotes. Apparently, many people in this country are not so similarly able. Or, more frighteningly, they are, and actually agree with his philosophy. I decided to write this article after seeing a video of a woman shouting about revolution, capitalism and imperialism. She appeared rather angry and I noticed that she was wearing a “Che” t-shirt. I wondered whether she realized who this guy really was. I concluded from her rhetoric that she was fully aware and further concluded that there was no helping someone like this.
By: Alan Levesque
On this, the 100th anniversary of his birth, it seems only fitting to pay tribute to one of this countries greatest presidents. I was 19 years old when Ronald Reagan took office. Being politically naive, and having had my opinion of Republicans shaped by Watergate, the main stream media and my Democrat friends and family members, I was not altogether happy about the outcome of the election. I was a registered Democrat like my parents and believed that the Republicans were tools of big business and out to get the little guy. Surely the Republicans must be evil. I ate up every morsel of nonsense that the main stream media saw fit to feed me. I was a useful idiot.
Then along came Ronald Wilson Reagan. I thought at the time that he would make a terrible president. And why wouldn’t I believe that? The narrative being advanced at the time was that Reagan was not too bright. He was a warmonger. He was just a “B” movie actor. Of course these were gross distortions, but at 19 years old, I believed them.
In the years that followed, I became wiser and my opinion of our 40th president changed drastically, until I came to believe, as I do now, that President Reagan was, much like the founders, a gift to this country from God. This was a man of humble beginnings who rose to hold the highest, most powerful office in the world. Despite being the most powerful man on the planet, he had an abiding faith in God and was humble and self deprecating. He believed in hustle and hard work. One need only to look at all the extracurricular activities he was involved in while in school to see this. He was a talented artist. He had a quick wit and was a charming man who was difficult to dislike. He was actually a brilliant man and deep thinker as evidenced by the fact that he wrote most of his speeches himself. His speech “A Time for Choosing” was both eloquent and prophetic, as in it, he warned against many things we are experiencing today. President Reagan was an optimist and it was an optimism borne out of his love for America. He truly believed that this was the greatest place on Earth and that no matter what was hurled at us we would overcome it simply because we are imbued with the American spirit which Reagan believed was indomitable. read more »
By: Alan Levesque
Recently I was asked how I felt about women serving our country in combat roles. Since I had only briefly considered this issue in the past, I had to give it a bit of thought and sort out some things in my mind. There’s quite a bit bouncing around up there so this process took a few days. I will state for the record that as a man, my protective instincts go on high alert just thinking about this issue. While having our young men wounded or killed in battle saddens me greatly, the thought of young women dying in battle seems for some reason to be even more horrific.
Most men my age were brought up believing that fighting wars was “a mans job.” We were taught directly and subliminally that women were weaker than men and couldn’t handle the rigors of certain occupations such as police officer and firefighter. As of this writing there are approximately 6,200 women working in the United States as full time, paid, career firefighters and there are estimated to be 35-40 thousand female volunteer firefighters. Fighting fires is very dangerous and very physically demanding but it appears that the women have simply adapted to overcome the obstacles placed in front of them. One female firefighter stated that she had to gain 10 pounds of muscle through heavy workouts in order to get through the training. Female firefighters have risen to become Battalion Chiefs and a small number are Chiefs. While there have been problems along the way, it appears that women have proven that they can in fact be effective firefighters.
While numbers fluctuate and it is difficult to arrive at an accurate estimate, it is believed that there are slightly over 100 thousand female police officers working in the United States at this time. As women made inroads into the field of law enforcement, many of the same things were said about them as were said about the female firefighters. Once again, it appears that the women proved everybody wrong and have excelled as police officers. A woman is just as capable as a man when it comes to handling firearms and any perceived shortcomings with regards to physical confrontation can be overcome through self defense or martial arts training. It could be argued that women in general have some attributes that could actually make them better suited to police work than men. read more »