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The Strength of America

I was discussing this week’s events with a friend of mine who is starting a business.  Now, starting a business in a good economy is risky. Today, under Obama, it is an ugly risk.  I wish him the best, he’s a great guy – and brilliant.  I am actually sure that if anyone can beat the odds today, he can. 

I digress.

We were talking about politics, and his concern is that too many Americans are, frankly, ignorant.  Too many people are just going to vote for Obama because they simply do not understand economics and how destructive Obama’s regime has been.  It occurred to me that I hear this a lot from other business owners and friends, not to mention too many people in the Republican Establishment. 

Fortunately, my friend is wrong.  Americans are not ignorant.  We are smart and informed.  Fine, mistakes are made (apparently once per generation is enough), but overall we are pretty bright.

Consider the recent poll by Fox News, showing that almost 2/3 of us agree with the basic tenant of conservatism, that government is not the solution, government is the problem.  Here is Renaldo Maximus himself on this topic:

His famous quote that government is the problem came from his inaugural address in 1984.  Picture that for a moment.  The incoming, newly elected President of the United States, started his term with a statement that government – now HIS government – was the problem, not the solution.  This is why Americans loved Reagan.  That kind of open honesty and his values connected with the core of what makes America great.  I was at Reagan’s funeral, and it was a life changing event to realize just how many people believed in what I believed in.  In many ways, that day was the beginning of this blog.  And, in many ways, that day is what I rest my faith on when I assure you that America is basically a conservative country.  Conservatives are better informed, and Americans in general are simply not stupid.  Kind and generous, yesStupid, no.

So, my prediction is Romney in a landslide of Reaganesque proportions.

Have faith, my friends.  Stay Thirsty, my friends.

Obama Launches War on Small Business

Obama 2012This post is is a touchstone for the election: everything wrong with Obama in a nutshell.

The man has got to go.  When you read his recent comments denigrating the hard work of business owners, you will see why his policies are a total failure.  He is so out of touch with reality, so out of touch with the backbone of America, so out of touch with capitalism, that he can not possibly see the effect of his policies on America. 

And if you can’t see the effect, how can you choose a path?

If you can’t see the road before you, how can you drive the economy?

Obama’s comments on Friday were outrageously offensive to people like me who have worked hard our whole life, follow all the rules, and tried to overcome the obstacles stuck in our path by a government that is more interested in collecting money from us than in understanding our needs.  All of that sacrifice and labor, only be told by our President that what we accomplished wasn’t because of our hard work, it was because of the government:

If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

Free money!

Mr. Obama, let me ask you this: Where did the money to build those roads come from? Where did the money to research technology and create the Internet come from? Where did the money to hire those teachers come from? Do you really think that money just came from “the Government”? Are you really that stupid? As stupid as your supporters? Do you think money is free?

Mr. Obama, even when you print the money, it is not free. You do not have a clue how capitalism works, what freedom means, and who pays for all the things you keep buying.

 

Obama is going to pay my mortgage!

Mr. Obama, are you stupid? Or, are you just pandering for votes? Either way, it is time for you to go. We cannot afford another four years of such offensive behavior, and utter failure.

We cannot afford for you to teach our young people that the only way to succeed is for the government to help; that money is free; that hard work does not result in success. We cannot afford your socialist philosophies and your inability to admit to mistakes and learn from them.

 

We cannot afford you, Mr. Obama.  We are a rich country, but no one is rich enough to pay your bills.

Mr. Obama, you should have listened to Margaret Thatcher, instead of Frank Marshall Davis.  The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.

Mr. Obama, you have run out of our money.

Mr. Obama, it is time to go.

[Update]

Here is the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) response, it was a fast response, and effective:

H/T Hotair

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Or, as Rush Limbaugh phrases it, “If It's Thursday... We Have Revised Jobless Numbers.”

 

Much like Michael Mann, the Obama administration is trying to hide the decline.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Rush’s tribute to Breitbart

In Memoriam

In Defense of Conservatism. In Defense of Newt.

It’s going to take me a while to get to my point, so bear with me.  It’s worth the ride.

This year, Romney has been labeled as the chosen one by the “Republican Establishment,” but there seems to be much confusion and derision over just who is the Republican Establishment, or even if they exist. 

First, let’s start with the obvious, who they are not. I’m available to discuss the whys, but IMHO, if you are one of the following you are not part of the Republican Establishment:

Democrats, Green Party, Libertarians, or Ron Paul Supporters.

The Tea Party.

Limbaugh. Hannity, Levin, or other conservative talk show hosts.

Evangelicals, Second Amendment advocates, and other single-issue voters.

Who’s left?  Rush Limbaugh has discussed the the country club Republicans as the “go along to get along” crowd, and we’re getting closer now.  But before I explore this further, I’m going to digress again (sorry). 

Thought exercise: What’s the Left’s equivalent of the Republican Establishment?  It’s not Greenpeace, NOW, ACLU, or the unions, so what is it?  It is simply elected officials and their ilk.  The people that pander to all those left wing special interests.  Or, to quote Sarah Palin, the “crony capitalists.”  The people that make their living off of plying favors and delivering the bacon through their influence as an elected official, or through their influence with elected officials.  Play by our rules and support our causes, and we’ll get you elected.  Democrat elected officials, union leaders, Main Stream Media, that is the left’s Establishment.  The ones that have the most control on who get’s elected next as a Democrat.  The people who do not really believe in the cause but are not afraid to use it.

In other words, there is a Democrat Establishment.  And it is just as real, and dangerous, as the Republican Establishment, its just never been named as such.

Back to the Country Club Republicans.  The people who associate with, do business with, lobby, support, and often select who the next elected Republican will be.  This is not a bad crowd, they are really nice people, but they do not like fights.  Go along to get along.  Do not rock the boat.  They do not like the Tea Party, for instance.  But as you can see from the results of their actions, regardless of whether whether they realize it or not, they are engaged in the same crony capitalism as their mirror-pair equivalents on the left wing Establishment.  Vote for those that play by our crony capitalism rules.

So, the Republican Establishment is really not much better, by results, than their equivalent on the left.  Hence, the disdain of the Republican Establishment by true conservatives, namely the Tea Party.  By extension, people on the right that deride the Tea Party have flagged themselves as part of the Republican Establishment.  Likewise, Republicans that demean conservative talk radio, they might as well hold up a sign reading “Republican Establishment”. 

And therein lies the battle.  In reality, it is a fight for control of the Republican Party primary process, at all levels.  Who picks the candidates that get “official” support in a primary?  The Republican Establishment, or the Tea Party? 

Hold that thought.

Now, to defend Newt. 

However, in order to do that, let me first defend conservatives.  Heck, to make a point, I’m going to defend the Republican Establishment, in the person of George W. Bush. 

The problem with the Republican Establishment is that their core is the country club “go along to get along” members.  They do not want a fight, they do not want to offend, they do not want the left-wing members of their country clubs and social circles to know they are even Republican.  In those circles, their “friends”, heck, any person, felt comfortable calling George W. Bush a moron.  Or Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle, Rush Limbaugh, or any other Republican that had influence. 

In those circles, the country club Republicans allowed their friends on the left to label, demean, insult, deride, and emasculate anyone and everyone on the right that had influence. 

In order for ‘evil’ to prevail, all that needs to happen is for ‘good’ people to do nothing.

The Republican Establishment allows evil to prevail with nothing but silence.  Actually, I’ll broaden that a bit:  Republicans, in general, are all guilty of this.  We all have been in that living room, listening to a friend call one of our own an idiot, and stood by in silence.  Embarrassed silence.  But silence, nonetheless.

The Republican Establishment embraces this, and picks candidates based solely on who will cause the least amount of conflict in those social situations.  This is called the “big tent” approach to “electability”.  Frankly, it is nothing less than cowardice.

We all should have been defending Bush, and instead we allowed our polite avoidance of conflict to create a public acceptance of a lot of “facts” that simply were not true.  Obama was only elected because we refused to defend our own, which left fiction in the public conscious, such as “Bush Lied, People Died”, and “the worst economy ever”. 

From all of this, the Tea Party arose.  People unafraid to defend our own.  Unafraid of conflict.  People in fact, looking for a good fight.  The original Boston Tea Party was, in fact, just such a group of people seeking conflict in order to have their views prevail.

Which brings me back to defending Newt. 

Romney=Republican Establishment.  You know how I know?   Because it is not possible to distinguish his attacks on Newt from the left’s attacks.  Because instead of building up something to support, Romney is willing to tear down others in his drive for power.  Because he remains silent when he should speak in defense.

Newt is not perfect.  No one is.  But consider the left’s defense of Clinton, and realize the big difference between the Republican Establishment and the Democrat Establishment: The left does not care about the truth, they just want to win.  The right does not care about winning, they just want people to like them.

The single best interview I have ever seen with any candidate was Greta Van Susteren interviewing Newt on January 27, 2012.  

Watching that interview, and the continued observation of the lack of defense of Republicans by other Republicans, and I came to the realization that I support Newt Gingrich for President. 

I am ok with Santorum.  I am absolutely on board with Kermit the Frog, or anyone, as a better President than Obama has been.  I’ll support whoever is the Republican nominee.  However, it is time to defend our own.  To defend our turn.  To attack those that attack us.

It is time for a fighter: Newt Gingrich.

It is time we start defending our own, and stop being shamed into silence.

It is time to stop the back room, crony capitalism, crowd from protecting their own financial interests above the interests of the nation as a whole.  When you can’t tell the difference between an attack from a Republican and an attack from the left, there is a problem. 

Romney’s attacks on the whoever was this month’s leading conservative might as well have been written by the Democrats.  That is just plain stupid, and should not be tolerated.  The last interview I listened to with Romney featured him reminding everyone that Newt had to resign in shame because of ethics charges.  In reality, Newt was exonerated.  But, instead of defending him, Republicans turned on him.

Are you unhappy with the current crop of candidates?  Then ask yourself why Sarah Palin did not run.  Perhaps because her negative ratings had been driven up by the left in absence of defenders.  She was considered “not electable” because of this.  Perhaps if more people had defended her, her negatives would not have been so easily driven up.

The same can be said for virtually every conservative in the public eye, whether those in the media, or as elected officials.  The left will vilify them, marginalize them, and engage in ad hominem attacks.  And far, far too often, conservatives sit politely in the room allowing it to happen.  It is the national shame of this behavior which is driving the Tea Party.  That is why the Tea Party folks have rallied around candidate after candidate as they were picked off by the left and the Republican establishment.  That is why they do not want Mitt Romney.  That is why we do not believe in the concept of “electability” when it is used to encompass attacks that should have already been defended against.

George W Bush left office with a horrible reputation because conservatives failed to defend him.  Yes, we were upset and disappointed in him and some of his policies.  But it was a different list of concerns than the left had.  So when people shouted “Bush lied, people died,” we said nothing and allowed that meme to enter the national conscious.  All too often, the conventional wisdom is created from liberal fictions that should not have gone so unchallenged.

Even as Santorum surges in the face of sniping at Newt, I urge conservatives to break this cycle of allowing conservatives from being torn apart without a defense.  The next time someone says in front of you that Sara Palin is an idiot, or George Bush was a criminal, or Newt Gingrich was corrupt, or Rush Limbaugh is a bigot, or even that Mitt Romney was a vulture capitalist, don’t ignore them, you have to speak up.  Defend our side.  Defend our principles.  Defend our ideas.  Defend our spokesmen, our leaders, our elected officials.  Defend conservatism.

Freedom of speech is meaningless if you refuse to speak up.  And in silence, idiocy reigns.

Newt and Geeks

I’ve been busy, so not a lot of posting lately.  Ok, no posts.  Part of this was the Primaries have caught my attention, and I don’t like any of the candidates.  Mostly though, I really have been busy.  It turns out I have a company to run.  Who knew?

However, with Newt’s recent upset in South Carolina, I began to see some hope in the race.  Ever since Fred Thompson, I have been waiting for a candidate willing to fight for conservative principles.  I was not happy about McCain, but when he selected Sarah Palin, I was ecstatic, hoping finally for a campaign of ideas.  A fight.  Unfortunately, McCain shut the Palin camp up, and eventually lost while trying to be the nice guy.

It is not that conservatives think Newt is our spokesman.  He blew that over the past several years with his lack of knowledge on Global Warming, one of the touchstones we use to determine who is really a conservative.  I could list other examples, but the point is that Newt has not been a great representative of conservative thought in the past decade.

However, he can articulate conservative thoughts, which makes him valuable to us.  And, as he has now demonstrated, he is willing to fight for those principles, making him a lot more interesting than Perry was, or Santorum, for that matter.

Now, I bring all of that up only to change the subject.  For the real geeks out there, check out this intensely technical discussion regarding Equation 8 in Global Warming discussions. 

Now, to the point:  How can I tie Newt into pure geek conservative?  I believe that Newt is willing to learn where he is wrong, and is able to change his mind.  My guess is that he is the only current candidate that could wade through a technical discussion like this and emerge from the far side with an actual opinion based on reason.  I can’t see Santorum engaging in this discussion, nor Romney.  As a result, I think they are both too subject to the opinions of their handlers.  I discount Ron Paul, as obviously I do Obama.  That leaves Newt as the only choice I see as a candidate able to make the difficult decisions we now face.  To fight the necessary fight.

So, unless or until we get Palin through a brokered convention, I am now ready to make an endorsement: Newt Gingrich.

Winner: Rush Limbaugh

  The American Spectator has a great article from Jeffery Lord on Rush’s famous four words, “I hope he fails.”With those famous four words, uttered January 16, 2009 -- only days before Barack Obama was to be inaugurated -- Rush Limbaugh drew a line in the sand.

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