Archive for October, 2010
Most of us want to look up to the president, to respect him makes it far easier to respect the office, all of which reflects on our government. I think Obama would probably be a fine guy to shoot a few hoops with and to have a beer with afterward, so long as he didn’t light up a Camel and blow it in my face. There are times when I think he tries too hard to be a good guy, which I think is an obvious appeal to his base, young people to a great extent, most of whom have not had a chance to be subjected to an income and other taxes which take half of what they make. The other part of his base are misguided compassionestas who think they owe those who don’t work a living, but want to take care of them with other people’s money, or those on the receiving end of that misguided compassion.
It’s interesting that a majority of the folks out there seem to get more and more conservative as they age. I wish those parents and grandparents out there would have a long talk with junior, particularly junior who’s of voting age, regarding where the money comes from that keeps him in college, and why it’s important that dad or grand dad be able to keep some of what he makes. And if junior says he wants to vote for the tax and spend set, then he can sit his butt down in an office somewhere and make enough money to pay for his own schooling.
The following is from Investor’s Daily:
Funny Thing Happened To Decorum Posted 10/28/2010 07:10 PM ET
Respectability: Many Americans believe the leadership presently ensconced in Washington belongs on a comedy show. Few, however, want the presidency brought down to that level.
Why, exactly, does the president of the United States feel compelled to appear on TV entertainment programs? He’s been on Jay Leno, David Letterman and, least reputable of all, ABC’s daytime hen party “The View,” infamous for its trash-talking co-hostesses.
This week President Obama outdid himself with a backfiring visit to comedian Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show.” Of all people, liberal Washington Post political reporter Dana Milbank appraised it as a huge miscalculation for the White House to send the president on a show that epitomizes Gen X cynicism.
“On Comedy Central, the joke was on President Obama Wednesday night,” Milbank declared. Coming “on the eve of what will almost certainly be the loss of his governing majority” to pay homage to the “gatekeeper of the disillusioned left,” Obama found himself being called “dude” by Stewart.
“The indignity of a comedy show host calling the commander in chief ‘dude’ pretty well captured the moment for Obama,” according to Milbank, noting that the indignity came in spite of the fact that “Obama had a friendly host and an even friendlier crowd.”
Truth be told, Stewart to his credit never had any intention of lobbing softballs the president’s way. After Obama’s “I don’t want to lump you in with a bunch of other pundits,” Stewart came back with “I don’t mean to lump you in with other presidents.”
Doing his now-routine riff of taking credit for preventing “a second Great Depression,” the president claimed “we have done stuff that some folks don’t even know about.” Stewart countered that with: “What have you done that we don’t know about? Are you planning a surprise party for us, filled with jobs and health care?”
And Stewart got comic mileage out of conjuring the image of Obama, the left’s icon of idealism, running for re-election “as a pragmatist.” Stewart taunted, “Yes We Can — given certain conditions?” To which the president found himself the butt of the joke by responding, “I think what I would say is ‘Yes We Can, but … ”
The president eventually got to finish the sentence in spite of the audience’s laughter with: “But it’s not going to happen overnight.”
President Obama may end up realizing something the hard way: that even Americans friendly to his political philosophy eventually recognize bunk when they gaze at it long enough.
There was the trillion-dollar stimulus that didn’t stimulate. There was the “tough diplomacy” that didn’t bring the Iranians to the negotiating table. And there was the use of legislative tricks to get ObamaCare passed after a state as liberal as Massachusetts replaced Ted Kennedy — Mr. Socialized Medicine — with a Republican and took away the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority.
What makes the president think that a humorist like Stewart isn’t going to take advantage of all the opportunities for humor he has given him? What makes him think that Stewart’s audience — for whom there are no sacred cows — isn’t more than happy to laugh at the president of the United States?
Did the president appear on the Stewart show because he is so deeply convinced of always being the smartest man in the room, and therefore impossible to laugh at?
In a misguided attempt to “connect” with younger voters, the president is hurting his own cause by turning to the funnymen — and more important, lowering the esteem of the presidency itself.
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Self-serve yourself…into poverty!
It looks as if the conservative element might just worm it’s way into again having a little influence into how this government is run, and I hope they’ll have the gonads to run it, not continue to ruin it…although there’s little room to ruin more.
Conservative: tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions. Marked by moderation or caution.
Do you think there are any true conservatives left in this country? Anyone who subscribes to moderation? God knows, the current administration subscribes to anything but. Anyone who is interested in conserving the views of the founding fathers…of the Constitution? I wonder how many in Congress, or who may be heading to Congress, are willing to subscribe to that last sentence of the Declaration of Independence:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
That is anything but a self-serving statement. And that was the beginning of what made this country great. And most of the signers of that document lost their lives, their fortunes, but retained—hopefully with the appreciation, respect, and reverence of all Americans for all these generations since—their sacred honor. Life and fortune can be taken from you, but not sacred honor, unless you’re willing to forfeit it.
The problem is, in order to run the country properly, Congress has got to back up, and backing up has never been on the American menu. They have to return this country to moderation, to a mutual pledge, to sacred honor.
Will the farmers, long the basis of America’s economy and responsible for much of the wonderful standard of life we enjoy, back away from the lucrative subsidies they’re receiving? Why should we take for NOT planting? Will public employees say, “Our unions have been too successful while Americans slept…maybe we should get real?” Why should our incomes have increased 38% over the last 10 years while the private sector has increased only 10%? Will Congress themselves say, “Okay, we took raises while ruining the economy.” Maybe we should take the crowns off our heads and join our fellow citizens in cutting back salaries and perks, thus actually leading by example? Thus demonstrating some disdain for the age old “do as I say, not as I do? Long a concept engendering respect rather than disgust. Will teachers say, “maybe tenure has gone too far?” Maybe we should be paid for what we accomplish with students, not for merely showing up? Will Congress have the will, the courage, the sacred honor, to take earmarks off the table, and stop worrying about their individual district to the detriment of all other districts and start worrying about the country as a whole before it’s too late? Will we have the will to attack the liability attorneys in this country and stop obscene liability judgments that are destroying medical care, and put our health care system back on track? And on, and on, and on…all of us need to demonstrate some “sacred honor.”
Will we have the good sense to employ common sense in everyday life, and certainly in the halls of congress, and say to hell with so-called political correctness? If we don’t, we’re doomed. Will we have the good sense to tell a ghetto woman that she’ll receive less welfare the more children she has? Rather than subsidizing her to breed herself into the pocket of every hard-working taxpayer. That’s common sense, folks. That’s tough love, and that’s exactly what this country has to learn…tough love. Tough love yourself, or tough loath yourself for not looking out for your children and grand-children, because if you don’t get on the free-enterprise common-sense bandwagon, your children and grandchildren will wonder what the hell you were smoking, not fiddling, while the country burned.
Those are the kinds of questions we’ll have to deal with before this creeping cancer of greed that’s overwhelming America is put in remission. And it’s not the greed on Wall Street, it’s the greed on main street, it’s the greed in every individual’s heart who takes more than he’s due, who claims he’s got a bad back when he retires so he gets 100% compensation rather than the 80% retirement he worked to attain. It’s not only the big cheats, but the small cheats, who are ruining this country. Those who were willing to take the lead of Barney Frank and Harry Reid and the Obamites and lie about their income in order to climb on the phony real estate bandwagon, and almost ruin the world’s economy, not just Americas. And certainly ruin the economic reputation of America in the world. That was greed, folks; greed in the hearts of all those who let a greedy mortgage broker allow them to lie. Greed in the hearts of all of us who don’t take serious, sacred honor.
As the country song says, we need an attitude adjustment, and it’s probably going to have to be a 2 x 4 up aside the head to accomplish it—or at least legislators with some self-respect and sacred honor. Legislators are going to have to have the gonads to stand the wrath of the economic obese from their home districts, and be willing to be voted out of office for DOING THE RIGHT THING! Term limits will solve much of that problem, for lame duck legislators have always had far more courage than those who continue to placate in order to save their paychecks. And it’s not just the economic obese who’ll be after them, it’s everyone whose been hurt by the economy, who’s unemployed, who’s lost a home. All are going to have to take a big pejorative, a re-evaluation of honor, a hard look at the value of SELF-RELIANCE. Plant a victory garden, mend that shirt rather than buy another. It’s come to that, again, in this country. You can call this merely a recession, but if you do, you don’t pay attention to the 15,000,000 unemployed and the 10,000,000 partially employed or who have taken a job for much less that they formerly earned. It’s time we turned the tide: hard work makes a man; hand out, palm up, forsakes a man.
We’ve all allowed ourselves to be self-served to the point of obesity. We’ve all stood by and said, “take, take, take,” when we should have realized that we were taking the very bone marrow out of our free enterprise system. Well, it’s hard not to realize it now, for we are, as the old saying goes, up to our ass in alligators.
Still, as soon as our Congressman or Senator says “okay, let’s cut,” then we’ll watch to make sure it’s the other guy who’s ox is gored, not ours.
It’s time for everyone in this country to take a hit so the game can be won, and so we can again find ourselves employed, our real estate worth something, our savings and social security not being eroded by the coming inflation that’s inevitable.
All of us are holding the dime so close to our eyes we can’t see the dollars behind…and what we will eventually see when we have to spend the dime, is a dollar which is only worth a dime. You can’t print money and not eventually find it’s not worth the paper upon which it’s printed.
I, for one, pray that there is some sacred honor left in all of us, and particularly in those now headed for Congress, who carry with them the sacred hope of those of us who have aimed them there. Stand up, America, stand up, each and every one of you.
On Kindle?…load this into your computer browser and watch it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlfEdJNn15E
If you think “separation of church and state” is in the Constitution, you’re dead wrong. No where does it broach the subject. If fact, in Jefferson’s autobiography, he speaks of only two votes separating us from having a “national church,” the Anglican church, during the formation of the Articles of Confederation. In fact, if you can watch the video (search on youtube) U. S. Capitol Tour with David Barton, which is shown below as a hyperlink, you’ll learn that the capitol building was actually used to hold church services at one time. When Jefferson was president, he attended services in the capitol rotunda, where a number of paintings celebrate our Christian heritage. It’s time we celebrated it, and if I may say, to HELL with the secularists. This well done video has had over 2,000,000 hits. Someone in this country is interested in our Christian heritage.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in America from a guy who knows, and who cares….
What could be bad about sharing the U.S. with other cultures? Are we not the melting pot of the world? Do not other cultures have and offer so, so much of value?
Of course they do.
But is that the question? No. The question is, what’s great about America, and do we want to keep her the greatest country in the world, the go-to country in the world? The country millions and millions, if not billons, want to call their own?
I don’t know about you. Maybe you believe that we should not strive to bring the rest of the world up to our standards of, most importanty, freedom; but also of morals, of work ethic, of quality of life, of opportunity? And yes, of tolerance?
But tolerance has to be tempered. Our tolerance will overwhelm us, bury us, eventually destroy us; particularly when our tolerance does not set a standard for those who bring their culture to our shores, and who take the easy out.
The easy out?
Yes, the easy way. It’s human nature to take the easy way. Those who emigrated to the U.S. in the past were not offered a multi-culture. They were offered neighborhoods where they could find neighbors who shared much of what their past had been—religion, food, manner of dress, mores, and behaviors. But still they had to learn the language, obey the laws of their adopted country (street signs in English, as an example), join in day to day interaction with long time Americans who had assimilated to a new culture…a uniquely American culture. Bisquick did not print it’s labels in both languages as they do now, so what’s happened as a result of our tolerance? Those reading labels are not compelled to learn to read them in English.
It’s such a simple concept it shouldn’t need to be said. Give them the easy way, and they’ll take it.
Give them Spanish ballots and they won’t be compelled to learn the issues from English speaking sources. Is there a Spanish radio station or television station or newspaper that’s not extremely liberal? That offers a real look at what made America the great free enterprise country she is…or at least was?
What’s changed? In my opinion we began to degrade the country when we allowed those new to our shores to read and speak only their native tongue. When ballots were offered in Spanish, then Latin Americans, legal or illegal, no longer had to listen to the broad scale of radio and T.V. , or read widely offered newspapers in order to glean the information needed to make intelligent choices, to vote for whomever they felt was the best to represent their beliefs. Give them Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Arabic T.V., and they’ll watch it, and be stuck in their own cultures, and not compelled to assimilate that of their adopted country. Not compelled to see, hear, and learn what the original multiculturalism has created, the greatest country on earth.
When schoolrooms offered a half-day of Spanish teaching, what resulted? A half-day of education for those who didn’t speak Spanish is what resulted. Should a foreign born child be taught English? Of course, but not at the expense of a native born child.
Am I suggesting that we force Procter and Gamble or General Mills to print labels only in English? No, I’m far too much of a free-enterpriser to suggest tampering with almost anything done by a company merely trying to increase sales. But I am suggesting that ballots, the very basis of our way of life, the very foundation of this country, should only be in English, and more so, that English should be declared, and legally so, the language of the country. I don’t think our forefathers ever foresaw that the language of the country would or could be anything else.
Even if it takes a Constitutional amendment to do so, and I’m about the last one to suggest tampering with the Constitution.
And, yes, we must embrace multiculturalism, but not at the cost of Americanism and all that’s made this country great.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…,” but then bring them up to our standards. Don’t allow all that’s wonderful and great about America to cave into theirs.
The easy way is seldom, if ever, the best way.
Great Britain is learning the hard way: