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A President and Vice President For Our Time

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , , on October 31, 2008 by nighttwister

Today, we again find ourselves at a crossroads. The administrations of the Presidents since Reagan have worked to erode our freedom and opportunity since that time. Thankfully, our current President has kept us safe and fought against terrorism for the past eight years. His tax cuts have led to unprecedented growth and opportunity, but uncontrolled spending has brought us to the brink of financial disaster. Added to this are the socialist policies of the democrat party that have sought to completely undermine our financial system. Rather than acknowledge this, they seek to not only continue these policies, but to nationalize the financial institutions that are no longer solvent due to those policies.

The choice before us today is clear. We can choose to be led by a man without experience, who has been a part of the implementation of the very policies that has devastated our economy, who has never been proud of America, who pals around with domestic terrorists, who’s campaign has been involved in or turned a blind eye to corruption and hatred, and who offers only unspecified Hope and Change. If you listen closely, you’ll find out what that represents. Higher taxes, government handouts for people that don’t participate in the system, and a significant reduction of our freedoms.

Or we can chose to be led by a man that loves his country. This man has fought and sacrificed for his country his entire life. He’s made friends and foes on both sides of the aisle, but has always placed the good of his country over his own. A man with his qualifications and experience could have made millions in the private sector, but such a man is not motivated by money or power, but by love of country. This man is John Sidney McCain III. His campaign slogan says it clearly:

John McCain is the right man, at the right time, to make our nation great again. His priorities perfectly fit our needs at this critical time. John McCain will win the war, keep our nation safe, reduce government waste, eliminate the pork, stimulate our economy which will create jobs, and protect lives. Protecting lives includes those of our military, people at home and abroad, and most importantly, those that cannot defend themselves.

This leads me to John McCain’s most important decision; who would he select to fight this battle with him? There are those that would say words and rhetoric are most important. Those of us that have been around for some time know differently. We recognize that our even our children do not evaluate us based on what we say, but rather what they see us do. John McCain selected a running mate who shares his vision and hopes for America. Someone who has already reformed the government of one of our important States, and who has a genuine love for Country and for those who have challenges we cannot comprehend. This woman is Sarah Louise Heath Palin.

Sarah Palin’s rise has been fast and eventful. She took on the entrenched powers in both political parties in Alaska, reformed and cleaned up the government there (making enemies on both sides of the aisle along the way) to become one of the most popular Governors in the nation. At a time when less than 20% of the nation thinks our current leaders are taking us in the right direction, over 80% of those in Alaska believed Palin was doing the job the people sent her there to do.

More than this however, McCain’s selection of Palin shows that he is committed to the conservative principles of life and freedom that we hold dear. Her choice to bring her child to term, even with the knowledge that he would suffer from the terrible disability of Downs Syndrome, shows her commitment to the sanctity of all life. She has already shown on the campaign trail that she will work hard to be an advocate and voice for those that do not have one on their own.

John McCain is the right man at the right time for our nation. He will lead our nation with honor and keep us that shining beacon on a hill. Sarah Palin is the right woman for now, and for our future.

I hope you will join me in voting for McCain/Palin for President and Vice President of the United States on November 4th, 2008.

Night Twister

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Happy Halloween

Posted in Economy, Elections, Obama, politics, taxes with tags on October 30, 2008 by Randy Streu

Hey, I’m a busy guy, and the election is almost upon us.  Almost everything that needs to be said has been said.  People are either going to vote capitalism or socialism on Nov. 4, and I can now only pray the right choice is made.  I may or may not post again between now and then — hopefully time will permit.  In the meantime, this was sent to me, and I found it fitting.

Happy Halloween

I Am Joe

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , on October 24, 2008 by nighttwister

H/T to Iowahawk
H/T to Moe Lane at RedState.

I’m a 49-year-old computer systems administrator with six children. I live an average middle-class life in middle America. I don’t need anyone in government telling me how I should share my wealth. I don’t need a handout either.

I already have a Messiah, and his name is Jesus Christ. I’ve made many mistakes in my life, and they aren’t the fault of my parents, or my teachers or my bosses. I take fully responsibility for my failures and successes.

Like Iowahawk, Moe, and many other Americans,

I Am Joe

Don’t let the liberals that want to take away your success get away with destroying Joe the Plumber’s life because he asked Barack Obama a tough question.

Night Twister

Sen. Chris Dodd Farts in Room; Demands to Know Who Dealt It

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by Randy Streu

Something stinks in the Legislature… and it ain’t the chili.  Chris Dodd’s senate investigation on the failure of the economy has the same cynical reek as did OJ Simpson’s vow to find Nicole’s killer.

As the Wall Street Journal noted yesterday:

At today’s hearing, his mission is to weave a tale that somehow manages to avoid mentioning his own role in this debacle. That won’t be easy, but Mr. Dodd has shrewdly selected a series of witnesses who, like him, contributed to the mess, and have every incentive to point fingers elsewhere.

Of course, WSJ is one of the only old media outlets to officially notice this.  Dodd, of course, has been talking up the idea that the market meltdown was a direct result of deregulation.  He blames regulators who, he says, “willfully ignored the abuses taking place on their beat.” He fails to mention that in 2005, while Republicans were warning about the dangers posed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Dodd himself was declaring the mortgage market to be “one of the great success stories of all time.”  Dodd conveniently forgets, in his crusdade for the truth, his sweetheart loans from Countrywide, or his $165,000 in campaign contributions from Fannie and Freddie — not to mention Barack’s $126,000.

It seems some idiot put the fox in charge of the henhouse, and now the fox is looking around for somebody to blame for eating the chickens.

McCain & Palin Should Embrace Troopergate

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , , , , on October 14, 2008 by nighttwister

Scott Ott of Scrappleface fame has written a serious blog at Townhall about the investigation and report into the dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan.

The investigator makes the claim that Palin abused her power as governor of Alaska by failing to restrain her husband from pushing for the trooper’s dismissal. The state trooper, Mike Wooten, was guilty of some rather serious crimes for which he has still not had to answer for.

He tasered a 10-year-old boy (his own stepson), drank beer in his squad car, and illegally gunned down a moose.

Wooten was married to Todd Palin’s sister, and the two went through quite a nasty divorce. There are also reports of threats made by the trooper against his former wife and family.

Palin claims Monegan was dismissed for disagreements over budgetary issues and direct insubordination in other areas. The investigator agreed, and found that Palin had valid reasons to dismiss him.

Sarah Palin made a number of enemies on both sides of the aisle in Alaska due to her efforts to reform the government and root out the corruption. This investigation was nothing more than people trying to get even for what she did, and to embarrass her after she was nominated as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate.

There’s lots more over at Townhall, and I recommend you read the entire article. Scott most certainly has it right when he says,

Republicans should embrace it as a way of telling the story of why government must be reformed. It is the perfect picture of how government bureaucracies shield the incompetent and immoral among them, and waste taxpayer dollars trying to nail concerned citizens who cry ‘foul’.

Night Twister

Why is the Loony Left so Hateful, anyway?

Posted in Elections, politics with tags , , on October 13, 2008 by Randy Streu

I recently picked up a copy of Misunderestimated (Bill Sammon, 2004), an excellent book so far, and one that I would recommend to anyone interested in hearing unfiltered truth about President Bush and his administration.  The first chapter in this book is called “Rise of the Bush Haters,” and talks about the devolution from simple political discourse to the hate-filled rants, violence and liberal vitriol that Rush Limbaugh comically calls BDS — Bush Derangement Syndrome.

The opening scene is one of GWB staring in bewilderment at the hate-filled mob in Portland, OR, as they carried signs reflecting complete misapprehension of history and hurled rocks, vegetables and insults at police and the President’s motorcade — all in the name of peace. These warriors for peace would go on to bully and intimidate Bush supporters and bystanders who happened to be staying in the same hotel. They would also attack police cars, push the police line — injuring at least one cop in the process — and then cry “peaceful protest” as the officers responded with pepper spray and mace.

From Portland to the rest of the nation, this virus of hatred and spite would spread like wildfire among the ranks of netroots and liberal elite alike.

Buck Fush signs and others at protest

I’ve been watching this curious development for a few years now, but it wasn’t until my children turned three that I really began to understand it.  When my children want something, in general, they first ask politely.  If I say no, they start to become belligerent.  When I say no again, they become more so.  If not nipped in the bud, this behavior will quickly develop into name-calling, throwing things — and ultimately result in them being sent to bed.  Behavior very similar to what took place in Portland in 2002 and has been going on ever since.

So what happened?  Is it all about Bush?  The vitriolic protests against Sarah Palin and other conservatives suggest that no, this is not really much about Bush at all.  This is about a group of people who believe themselves to be better and smarter than the average person, and their failure to understand why the rest of the world doesn’t seem to grasp their genius and just obey them.  It’s about a level of frustration that Bush got elected to a second term — and that a Democrat, namely Barack Obama, could possibly be so close to losing this election.  This frustration has smoldered until it has turned to anger — and from anger to pure and total contempt.

But it goes still deeper, I think.  When these liberal elites get frustrated, they go off-script.  Obama himself is a good model for liberal psychology in this way.  When Obama gets flabbergasted or angry, he goes off-script and accidentally says what he really means.  That’s where comments like the now-infamous “bitter clinger” remark come from.  When you frustrate a liberal beyond his ability to cope, you meet the real man.  And that man is not a pleasant one to behold.

So, knowing this, how then does the Conservative respond?  This new brand of liberal, like children, act and react based purely on emotion and feeling.  As puerile as as it may seem to us, what we’re observing when we see these violent and noisy protests is essentially a mass temper-tantrum.  Is there a right way to deal with this nonsense?

My fellow independent thinker and RedState poster NightTwister was good enough to offer me some parenting advice.  Advice that, given the parallel behavior from the moveon.org crowd, we may all do well to heed:

Best solution is to tell them once.  If they become belligerent, ignore it.  They’ll still escelate, but when they see that it’s not getting a response, they’ll quit doing it.  If they throw themselves on the floor, just walk over them, paying no attention at all.

Good advice indeed.

streu

Tracing the Market Melt Down

Posted in civil rights, Constitution, Economy, Elections, politics with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2008 by heapotrouble

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122298982558700341.html

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122290574391296381.html?mod=article-outset-box

 

Having read these articles, many others, and relying on memory that becomes less trust worthy with time, I think it is naïve, or politically contrived to pin the blame on any individual, administration, or party. There is plenty of blame and demonstrated incompetence to go around.

 

I read one article that traced the roots of the current crisis to the Johnson administration. The author made the case that in order to get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac off the federal books to support spending for the war in Vietnam, Johnson privatized both of these organizations. Because it was politically expedient to obfuscate the true relationship between the federal government and these mortgage corporations, the implication was let stand that they operated with the full backing of the Federal Reserve. While this was not true, the stock price of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac soared on initial public offering because of the implied safety. This swelled the corporate coffers and entrenched a culture of inordinate risk and cavalier risk assessment.

 

Another article I read cited the Community Redevelopment Act of 1977 and the Carter administration as “ground zero” in the current fiasco. By law, these lending institutions were required to meet quotas on minority lending to borrowers that would not normally qualify. Again, it was implied that the Federal Government would cover any losses due to loan default. The program expanded to include not just minorities but all borrowers who would not ordinarily qualify for mortgage loans.  

 

Yet another article blamed the Reagan administration for “deregulating” the mortgage industry. However, it does point out that this deregulation began during the Carter years. It goes on to say that the problem wasn’t that the industry was under-regulated, but that it was poorly regulated. Laws were enacted to meet political needs of elected officials of both parties that did not serve the public in the long run, but did serve the immediate political needs of the representatives.

 

More recently, I think you will remember two incidents that seem to have escaped wide publication. The first was the lost opportunity to mobilize the nation in the wake of 9/11 when President Bush advised the public that the best way to beat Al Quida was to “keep shopping.” That put the consumer credit lenders on notice to open the flood gates. The second was during a State of the Union Address. I can not remember exactly which one, but it was early in the Bush administration. The President voiced his goal that “all Americans should reap the benefits of home ownership.” Once again the signal was received loud and clear, not only by mortgage lenders, but by enabling politicians whose near term political goals coincided with the President’s vision, and once again we were off to the races.

 

I think all these instances can be grouped into two broad categories. The first is where the motivation is noble, but the logic is tragically flawed. The politician truly desires to better the lot of the electorate, but doesn’t understand the root issue. Home ownership is a sign of prosperity. If it becomes easier to obtain credit to buy a home, the owner becomes prosperous with the purchase of a house. Continuing that logic, if the government were to buy everyone a Lexus, Mercedes, or BMW, we’d all be considered “rich” and could afford higher taxes. This group proves once again the old axiom; “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

 

The second broad group is as dangerous as the first, but much more pernicious. They are the ones that see the Treasury as an extension of their campaign funds. They use the power of the pen to enact legislation that will direct common resources to benefit their constituency, and support their re-election. In effect, they buy your vote with my money, and visa-versa. This, unfortunately, has become the Washington way of doing business. The McCain-Feingold Act attempts to address this issue, but while trampling the Constitution under heel, misses the point. Because the bill did not address the root cause; there is so much money in politics because there is so much money in government, it serves as the “incumbent protection act” and does more harm than good. Once again, the road to hell…

 

The unfortunate part is that come January, none of this will change. McCain, while he preaches systemic change, is too impulsive to look beyond the surface and address root causes. He is a bull in a china shop, and he doesn’t mind bringing his own china shop. Obama sees change as implementing expanded policy and legislation, delivering more power into the hands of the very people who have brought us to this crisis, either through benign incompetence or malevolent self promotion.

 

In either case, I fear we will get the change promised. But we will find out that disaster is also a form of change.