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Obama: Empty Suit, Empty Words, Empty Head

Posted in Elections, News, Obama, politics, taxes with tags on September 10, 2008 by Randy Streu

(via oo7angel, h/t Rod Patrick)

People can debate whether or not this falls under the definition of “plagiarism.”  But I find it interesting that some of Obama’s “Best” stuff is often other peoples’.

For example:

or:

and

(last three videos from Chrisoh7)

By the way, I note I’m using videos compiled by other people.  Ironic, no?  I’m also giving them credit for it.  Get the difference?

So, what’s my point?  Simple.  Obama is accused of mouthing Democrat talking points.  Of being more of the same.  Of not being the “uniter” he claims to be, because he pretty much just toes the Democrat party line.  These accusations call into question Obama’s intellect and integrity.  These videos don’t help him.

Remember the key to electing a leader:  Leaders lead.  That’s not what we’re getting with Obama.  And what’s really scary is, with Obama, we don’t actually know what we’re getting.  These videos raise the question of what Obama, himself, actually believes.  If the words aren’t his, what about the ideas they describe?

These words by Obama are, indeed, “just words.”  He isn’t a leader — he’s a reader.  He’s a mouthpiece for the party platform.  He’s a good-looking, charasmatic, articulate guy, basically being fed talking points and bamboozling people into believing in his leadership.  On some level, we all know that lofty speeches don’t make a great leader — that some times, great leaders don’t give great speeches.  Let’s hope our fellow countrymen remember this before we put this guy in office.

Fred Heads Unite

Posted in Elections, Fred(!), News, politics with tags , on September 8, 2008 by ambrose7

Alright, I’m back.  It’s true I haven’t posted here in a long time, I let the liberals beat me down, and for a time, I lost faith in those fighting for conservative values.  However I have been re-energized, I am once again excited about this election, and can now believe conservatism isn’t dead in America, Its alive and well.

 

 That being said, when SIT got started, a small part of its purpose was to put Fred Thompson into office.  Now here we are 9 months later, and that’s not going to happen.  Yet Fred has not given up on conservative values and neither will we.  So in today’s post let me encourage you to check out Fred Thompson’s newest endeavor to elect conservatives to Office. 

 

FredPAC, also known as the Fred Thompson Political Action Committee.  FredPAC has been created to find those candidates on all levels who hold true to conservative principles and values.  And help those candidates financially, and through on the ground support.   I could go on further but I’ll let you check it out for yourself. 

 

Check it out, sign up to support FredPac, and keep checking in here to SIT for election year truths.  It’s time to move, it’s time for conservatives to get excited, it’s time to fall in line with Fred. 

 

-Ambrose-

 

The Nanny Congress and Tobacco

Posted in civil rights, Constitution, Elections, John McCain, News, Obama, politics with tags , , , on August 1, 2008 by Randy Streu

On Wednesday, a not-well-publicized vote went to Congress, to turn over the regulation of tobacco to the FDA. The bill, of course, puts more money into the FDA to combat smoking, in the latest federal attempt to keep adults from taking care of themselves as they see fit. John McCain approves of the measure. So does Barack Obama. And, as evidenced by a 326-102 vote in favor, so do far too many “Republicans.” Virginia Republican Tom Davis even called it a “vital step in protecting the public health.”

So is mandating condom use, Tom… at least in theory. Where does it end?

I got a letter in the mail the other day from the treasurer of the RNC, asking if I’ve given up on the Republican Party. With votes like this one, I continue to wonder if it’s not the other way around.

Michigan rep John Dingell, in making his own impassioned plea for the bill’s passage, even tipped his (and most of the Democrat Party’s) hand as to their attitude in approaching the smoking issue:

The distinguished gentleman (Rep. John Boehner, a smoker), the minority leader, is going to be amongst the next to die. I am trying to save him, as the rest of us are, because he is committing suicide every time he puffs on one of those things.

In other words, since Boehner — and every other consenting adult that chooses to light up — is too stupid to care about health, we, the federal government, should do it for them.  This is, frankly, the type of big-government, elitist nanny-state nonsense I thought we elected Republican leaders to fight.  But only 102 had the cojones to stand up to it?

Of course, other Dems (and GOP supporters) tried to deflect the nanny-state explanation of Dingell with the same old song and dance number called “It’s about the children.”  If I hear that tired refrain again, I may actually tear my hair out.  If I hear it from another Republican, I think I’m switching to a doomed third party.

Aren’t we paying these idiots to deal with important things?  Don’t we have bigger fish to fry?  This week, they’ve apologized for slavery and now taken “great strides” in fighting tobacco.  I thought maybe they’d want to toss around that off-shore drilling idea a bit, since their constituency is losing their collective shirt on gas prices.  Or maybe vote to kill attacks on the First Amendment like the “Fairness Doctrine.”  Does anyone else get the feeling that the Legislature is just running down the clock until vacation time?

Get Active Update… 1.3 Million Americans: Drill Here. Drill Now.

Posted in Economy, Get Active!, News, politics with tags , on July 17, 2008 by Randy Streu

American Solutions, the group responsible for the “Drill Here.  Drill Now.” petition, brought their petition to the Legislature during a press conference in D.C. on Tuesday.  The petition was signed by 1.3 million people.  Or, as one Legislator put it, the first 1.3 million.  Clearly, listening to Democrats in recent days (via RedState’s Vladimir), we know the fight is far from over

We need to continue letting our Legislature know how we feel on this subject… that we will not quietly watch our economy drain, and our feul prices rise.  Keep telling friends and family to tell their reps.  Keep an eye on American Solutions as well, to find out what else we can do. 

-Streu-

Take Action: Tell Congressional Dems to Start Drilling

Posted in Economy, Get Active!, News, politics with tags , , , , on July 14, 2008 by Randy Streu

President Bush has finally lifted the Executive Ban on offshore oil drilling.  As expected, liberals of every stripe are bashing this as a bad move.  Evidently, they believe paying lip service to energy independence will ultimately, somehow, pay off for those citizens for whom $4/gallon gas means ultimate financial ruin, without actually having to do anything about it.  Well, that, or they just don’t give a damn.  Personally, I think it’s the latter.

You have to understand, though:  it goes against the grain of everything New Democrats believe in to actually deregulate something.  Asking Nancy Pelosi to empower the private sector by allowing anything that smells of domestic drilling is a great deal like asking a Shi’ite woman to enter a Daisy Duke Look-a-like contest, or asking Tyra Banks to stop being such a damned narcissist.  It’s just far too ingrained into the core of who they are.

Take heart, though.  There is a language even Democrat politicians understand: votes.  If their position appears to threaten their cushy jobs, they can be swayed.  In representative government, we do this mostly by calling our legislators, writing to them, and, very importantly, signing petitions. 

If we hope to gain independence from foreign oil; and if we hope to lower the cost to the consumer (read: you and I), we must begin building more refineries, we must drill domestically, and we must start looking into nuclear energy.  More than ten years ago, President Bill Clinton informed us that it would take at least 10 years for domestic drilling to provide any results.  It’s in our best interest we avoid being so short-sighted this time around.

American Solutions has several opportunities for action in this respect, with their “Drill here.  Drill now.” campaign, starting with the petition to sign, and including means of contacting your legislators, sample letters-to-the-editor, etc.  Go there.  Now.  Get a sticker while you’re at it, and tell your friends.  We are in a crucial time in American economics.  Far too crucial for Congressional Democrats to continue their silly political games.  And it’s time they knew it.

Just When You Thought The PC Police Couldn’t Get Any More Idiotic…

Posted in civil rights, First Amendment, News, politics with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2008 by Randy Streu

I wanted to post this a couple days ago, but time eluded me.  Better late than never, as they say.  Anyway, you’ve likely read or heard by now of the latest racial row in Dallas County, TX.  If not, here’s the sum:  White guy says the term “black hole,” referring to an office in which things seem to get lost a lot; two Commissioners of African-American descent take umbrage to the term, calling it unacceptable and going so far as to demand an apology.  It seems “Black hole” is now a racist term.

Never mind that the term refers to an area of space devoid of all light, and therefore actually “black.”  One commissioner, in defending his position to a local news outlet, equates the term to other “racially charged” ideas, such as white “Angel Food Cake” versus black “Devil’s food cake” or a “Black sheep.”

One would think that, before an elected County official starts acting offended and taking an official position on a topic, he may want to consider history and usage.  But context, evidently, is too difficult a concept for these particular Commissioners.  They might consider, for example, that the term “black sheep” is informed by the relative rarity in use of black sheep, thanks to the limited usability of black wool for fabric (versus white wool, which is preferred, not because some hick redneck thinks it makes some racial point, but because it is easier to dye other colors).  Hell, I’m not even all that educated — or from Texas — and I can figure that out.  Our dear Commissioner John Wiley Price may even have been able to simply google it, if the logic of the thing was too difficult.

But this whole debacle has got me thinking.  We must be doing pretty damned well, race-relations-wise, if this is the kind of stupid shit people have to complain about.

I don’t know.  Maybe I’m just irritable.  Does anyone else have a different opinion?  Maybe you think the guy’s got a point?  I want to know.  Really.  I have to understand what’s going through the brain of somebody who actually thinks like this.  I won’t even make fun of you.  Much.

The Federal Government Is Trampling your Right to Contact America’s Enemies in Private

Posted in civil rights, Constitution, national defense, News, politics, Stupid Media with tags , on July 9, 2008 by Randy Streu

I will freely admit that I’ve longed believed the mainstream media has a left-wing bias.  I will also freely admit that I, personally, have more of a right-wing bias, and that I am therefore more sensative, perhaps, to such biases when they come from a purportedly “balanced” media.

So I was annoyed, but not surprised, when I read the ABC News write-up of the Congressional passage of the FISA Bill.  From the page title (“Spy Bill Passes: Gov’t Free to Spy on You”) to its faintly veiled commentary (“And so the FISA bill was an ‘historial embarrassment’ that Specter became complicit in when he chose later to vote for the law.”), the piece is rife with the sort of fear-mongering nonsense for which the news media is, sadly, becoming known.  And,  of course, their basic conclusion, that the Government wants to SPY ON YOU, is not only way off-base, but an out-and-out lie on the part of liberals and media goons.

What the bill does do — what the Homeland Security domestic spying program has always done — is allow for the wiretapping of known enemies of the state (i.e., terrorists), and those inside our borders who are in contact with them.  How do we know these domestic individuals are in contact?  Simple.  When you call a tapped phone, your call is traced.  The bill also grants cooperating phone companies a level of protection from lawsuits for the act of, you know, aiding in the defense of our country.

So let’s review:  The government isn’t spying on you.  George Bush doesn’t give two flying figs about your date last night, or how hot the neighbor is, or about the crappy book you’re reading.  Unless you happen to be chatting up a known Enemy of State, your communication is secure.  We simply don’t have the resources to tap every phone in America, and Americans wouldn’t stand for it if we did (even Republicans).  Nobody’s “rights” are being violated — unless you consider the ability to privately contact a terrorist a “right.”

Just a fair warning, by the way: Anyone who chooses to argue by incorrectly quoting Ben Franklin, and attempting to equate his brilliant remarks on essential liberty and temporary safety to the situation here will simply be labeled an idiot and ignored, unless you can demonstrate how contacting known terrorists falls under “essential liberty.”  Good luck with that.