Monday, December 08, 2008

Of the people, by the people, for the people...

Since hte media loves to compare Obama to Lincoln (and Roosevelt, and Reagan, and Kennedy, and...)

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

It's an unfortunate trend that seems to be happening today... Government is for the people, primarily.  "What will the government do for me?" asks the liberal voter.  The conservative voter of today seems to say "by those people."

To get all of this back on track, what we need is to recall that WE are the people.  You, me, your neighbor.  We the people stand and serve, and decide what is the correct cause to promote and bill to pass and budget to meet.  We are responsible to not only learn, but to vote, and even to run for elected office ourselves.

The problems we face today will not be solved by continuing to sit on our laurels and watch others squander the capital won over such a long time by so many that have come before us.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Stayin' Objective...

(CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama — locked in a tight presidential race against Sen. John McCain, widely considered a war hero — said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he once considered joining the military himself. [emphasis added]
From Obama: I Once Considered Joining the Military
Just what would it take to actually be a war hero?  I'm jus'askin', 'cause in 2004 John Kerry's record was just about enough...

Note that CNN continues on with no mention that the Selective Service requirement was not reinstated until 1980, but Obama signed up in 1979.

Also, there is the glaring ommission of Obama's slip of the tongue while dodging and weaving about the GOP using "My Muslim Faith" on the campaign trail.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Just Like You...

Michael Medved has a great piece on the contradictions of the Democratic message these days. It's a must read...

I wanted to talk about one piece of it, though. Michael says:

She made similar observations about her husband, the presidential candidate: “His family was so much like mine. He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents, and by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills just like we did. Like my family, they scrimped and saved so that he could have opportunities they never had themselves.” [emphasis added]
So the highlighted portion of the text caught my attention on Monday night when she said it. It makes no sense:

  • Raised in a 2-parent home
  • Dad did honest work to support the family
  • Mom stayed home and raised the kids
  • Raised in a single-parent home
  • Mother worked to pay the bills
  • Grandmother stayed home and raised him
Someone please explain to me exactly how his family is "just like" hers?

By presenting such information as "fact" they are forcing the Democratic follower into an untenable mental position... where eventually they simply surrender to the poor logic, stop processing and just pull a lever on election day.

DNC Convention: Shhhh... People... Sit Down.

I had recorded both the CNN and Fox New coverage. CNN's coverage is much more comprehensive, showing more of the actual goings on at the convention, so I watched a few of the state delegations reporting their votes... then fast forwarded through the rest until I found the moment where Hillary surrendered. As I was watching it I couldn't help but wonder if their was one last obscure rule in the books allowing a dark horse candidacy if the main guy wipes out and the delegates didn't all cast their votes. Oh, and it was after Florida got to throw most of their votes in for Obama. Occam's Razor would say I'm grasping at straws.

It was really entertaining to watch the CNN commentators afterward. They were all tripping over themselves to tell us how exciting it was to be present for the historic moment of a black man, or half black man (both were mentioned), becoming the lead candidate of a major party, and how it healed racial divisions, etc. Some of the commentators spoke for everyone in the room, others for all the blacks in the room... it was all over the map. Their true colors were vividly on display. It was... well, boring... but really provided a healthy does of perspective regarding their true feelings.

Back to the Clintons. Seems to me that the Clintons have done a spectacular job this week. No question they have been in complete control of two nights of the party. The Clinton shadow even loomed large over Michelle's coming out party on Monday. Hillary's speech on Tuesday evening gave a respectable amount of ground to Obama, but not a complete ringing endorsement. As several commentators have discussed, she can't be accused of not supporting him, and when he loses she's been a good party soldier... while leaving things sufficiently open for her to run again in 2012.

Bill's speech last night was simply a work of art. He was on a mission to kill the energy in the room. And he did it marvelously.

Think about how it started. He comes out, gets to the podium relatively quickly, and starts asking everyone to sit down and be quiet. He does it repeatedly. He even does it again in the middle of his speech. He kept tamping down the excitement in the room. Also, I thought it was telling that he opened with the support of Obama... then quickly followed up by expressing that he was there to warm up the room for Joe Biden. Who does that? You want to close with the most exciting part (Obama support) and let people cheer madly. And you don't announce an intention to pump up the crowd... you simply pump up the crowd! You provide a rousing oratory on behalf of your man.

The Fox News guys did note that Bill only mentioned Biden once in the speech... but I think they totally missed this angle of the analysis. From my living room, Bill's speech was very dull. He didn't thrust for applause lines, he actually would extend his remarks straight through natural applause moments, not allowing them to bubble up. My $0.02.

I think Michelle understood only too well what had happened for the last two days. She knew when she was giving Hillary the stink eye from her box on Tuesday night. And she struck the first blow last night by trapping Hillary and crew in the elevator after the session was closed for the night. Yes, that is me expressing a bald-faced conspiracy theory. But it just seems all that likely after reading about the Obama campaign's efforts to shut down the Ayers advertisements and the arrest of of an ABC reporter yesterday outside of hotel where high-ranking Dems were meeting with well-heeled donors. (You really should read this piece... In the middle of the article is a call-out box with 3 images. The middle one is a video of the actual arrest... watch this reporter get pushed into the street by a cop, then cuffed by a honest-to-goodness cigar chomping sergeant!)

Lastly, a video about the military ran at the convention last night, placed between Bill's speech and John Kerry's intro of Biden. If you were watching Fox you missed it, it was on in the background as Brit was opening his portion of the coverage. It was a stunning piece. A clear example that the Dems knew they had to "honor" the military and veterans, but they just can't get themselves to do it without showing blood (literally!) or dead comrades being dragged away from a bomb site in Iraq, or young soldiers marred by shrapnel hits to the head or sporting prosthetics. It was a stunner. Truly vile. If I were a veteran, I'd be voting McCain. Oh, and it was directed by Spielberg and narrated by Tom Hanks. If you want to see it, I put instructions at the end of the email.

One more thing. There is an article today in the WSJ that John McCain is timing his acceptance speech next Thursday to happen right after the end of the NFL opening game... nice way to pick up middle America!

Veterans Video Instructions:
  • Go to the DNC Convention Video site
  • Download one or two browser enhancements as requested
  • Click on the "Video Gallery" tab near the bottom of the frame
  • Click on "Day 3" (on the left)
  • Use the navigation at the bottom right to get to the 3rd page
  • Find the "Veterans Video" and click on it... Takes some doing.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Broken Glass

I feel just awful for these parents and there families. 4 children lost in a random moment. Accidents happen, we all know that. But the fact that the driver who caused the accident would not have been on the streets on MN at all if the police and Feds had done the jobs the community reasonably expects of them... Its salt on the wound.

I'm sure politicians will jockey to make amends. What I'd really like to see is the police officers step up and do the right thing regardless of policy. Law breakers must be dealt with. I'm not an advocate of "round em up and send them home." however they cross the path of police, to jail they should go.

I feel bad for the officers who had to respond to that call in 2006. It must weigh heavily on their consciences.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Yes we can...

Barack Obama is inspiring a nation. His website, his messaging, the messages created for him, they all contain a tremendous resonance and an incredible power. Obama could win this thing. Tuesday's primary contests could prove the death knell of the Clinton machine. And if Obama seizes the Democratic Party's nomination, he will most likely defeat his Republican opponent and ascend to the White House.

And America will survive the experience. Because his message is one of hope. He is inspiring those who follow him. I have yet to hear a supporter explain which of Obama's policy statements they support and yearn for, but then I haven't spoken to many of them myself. Hope, though, can count for a lot and move people to action regardless of direction.

America will survive the experience. It's possible for damage to be done around the globe in respect to security issues. It's possible that a President Obama will not act forcefully to defend the interests of peace and western values when they are challenged during his term. People will suffer, somewhere as a result of that. It will make it a greater challenge for Obama's successor to clean up the mess and restore a sense of security to the global marketplace of ideas and commerce. but it is unlikely that there will be another terrorist attack inside the United States, because the people themselves, government bureaucrats and elected officials at a national, state, and local level all have a tremendous incentive to protect their own jobs by protecting their constituencies. And the voters and citizens will step in and defend themselves as well. They will remain vigilant in their homeland and will report and act in order to protect their own livelihood.

America will survive the experience. Obama's policies will force a shift towards the democratic socialism that is rampant in Europe. But it will not last forever, and the country will still be here, the Constitution will still stand.

America will survive because his message is one of hope and optimism. I'll take that message any day over the painful rearrangement of everything we know and love that would occur under Hillary Clinton.

...but I wish I wouldn't have to...