The Joe Wilson Hand

September 19th, 2009

Dennis Prager claims to be a Liberal, the JFK type and contends that “the Left” took over the Democrats.

Now I get why he insists on remaining a Liberal…it’s a shuffle game: he has mentioned on more than one occasion how Jewish families are tolerant of almost everything…abortion, gay marriages…but a family member that becomes a Conservative is shunned and ostracized.  Thus he can champion the Republican cause, even openly support Republicans, as long as he remains a “liberal”.

And I can even comprehend the idea of a party being taken over by the extremes.  In fact I am witnessing such a move by Libertarians calling themselves “conservatives.”

Libertarians believe in very little government…thus they hate programs that allow the elderly the ability to afford the miracle drugs that prolong their lives….they see no value in a program that make teachers accountable for actually educating our children. Twenty five years ago, if the same people who judged GWB as “not conservative enough” had talk shows and blogs, the paragon of conservatism himself Ronald Reagan would have been vilified for all the money he spent on international affairs and let us not forget real amnesty.

For nearly 6 years, the Libertarians aka conservatives have taken over the GOP, pushing many Independents and cross over Democrats out of the Republican tent.  They have demanded strict adherence to their “principles”, ideology NOT shared by the majority of American voters (see 2006 and 2008 election results as the Libertarian champions didn’t even win the primaries). 

But I learned something very interesting…America is a strange and fairly cool experiment in human self-rule. 

6 years ago, conservatives JOINED their liberal counterparts in “reading” the mind of Trent Lott whose great “crime” was that he had made a toast at a birthday party.  It wasn’t WHAT Lott said or DID; it was what he MEANT when he made the toast to a 100 year old born during a period of deep southern racial hatred.  The crucifixion of this man, driving him out of his Senate Majority leadership, gave notice to all politicians thinking of running under the GOP banner that less than perfection would not be tolerated. 

Recently, the sanctimonious talk show mafia and their pundits tried to do it again with Joe Wilson.  Only the American people weren’t having it.  Joe Wilson said what many listening to Obama’s lies wanted to say.

He spoke for every one of those who had raised their voices at townhall meetings, wrote scathing blogs, and marched on Washington and at tea parties.

All of a sudden, the holier than thou preaching of being “above it all” got angry retorts…Prager, Medved, Hewitt found themselves having to explain their lack of support.  They were noticeably happy when the race card got played because all of a sudden they could add a “but” to the Wilson issue.  “Yes, I believe he was being inappropriate for the venue in which he uttered the words…BUT to be fair, the president had called the American people liars first…and to claim that he was really uttering a racial epithet, now THAT is going too far!”

Dems may have been happy with Joe Wilson’s outburst…not because he showed how uncontrolled Republicans were, but because it reminded Independents of the racial rhetoric conservatives hurled at MEXICANS, legal or not.  It was only logical, that the next card to be played would be their racist card.

But as Blacks needed Whites to finally give them civil rights, Liberals needed Conservatives to win the Joe Wilson hand.   And while that was the initial reaction of most talk show hosts and conservative pundits, the latter learned real quick that the real power lays within those who can turn the dial or click on their web site.

For decades, conservatives practically salivated at the power wielded by the mainstream media to influence America.  For a short period, conservatives via the talk show mafia believed that power was being transferred to them. 

The Joe Wilson hand may be the signal that there’s a new game in town.

Health Care: comparing Apples to Oranges

September 12th, 2009

Medved had a debate with a Liberal who reminded him that the military is a government run agency and it proves that not all government agency is wasteful or unsuccessful.

Here’s the BIG difference…the military is NOT a democracy.  Now, unless, we as a society want to give up our civilian lifestyle, the success of our military cannot be used to measure the probability of creating another effective public department.

He also spoke of the fire and police department being “successful” government programs funded by the tax payer; again both agencies have a military type rank and file system where the heads of both agencies are subject to public hearings and removal that doesn’t require acts of congress and long and expensive hearings.

Like it or not, the profit factor is directly responsible for cures to many of the diseases that mere decades ago were considered to be in the realm of the almighty.

Take away the money factor and you are left with professionals that have the financial ability and the desire to heal with little compensation…backed by drug companies that also has the financial ability to promote new discoveries and miracles.

We already have a shortage of medical professionals and each day, drug companies are finding their cures cost more in litigation than they could ever offer in profits to their stock holders.

I’m not sure if Liberals live in a world that is so far above reality or if they truly do not comprehend how business works.  They are like kids that keep taking support from their parents, way after they have gone to college and insist that their level of education makes them smarter than their parents.

In any event, until these “kids” grow up, we really shouldn’t have them running this nation.

Not another Trent Lott

September 11th, 2009

I agree with Michael Medved on most things.  I find him to be the most practical of all the talk show hosts but he’s way off on the reaction of Independents on Joe Wilson’s outburst during Obama’s lecture to Congress.

Medved believes that Independents, by his definition pays little or no attention to politics, will be put off by the “uncivilized” accusation of Rep. Wilson that Obama was a “liar”.

First off, it there was a price to pay for disrespecting the office of the presidency, the Democrats would have never have gained Congress in 2006 and lost it in 2008 after nearly 8 years of bashing Bush.  In fact, Wilson’s outburst was mild compared to the accusations hurled at the previous president.

Secondly, isn’t Medved paying attention to the heated townhall meetings?  People were alot angrier than Wilson–and any denounciation of Wilson’s control is a knock on all those people who said and felt alot worst at our leaders.

Medved is fond of saying that the GOP has to learn from their mistakes.

Here’s one really good one he and his cronies should learn:

Trent Lott was crucified not for what he said but what the sanctimonous people on the Right thought he meant.  They insisted on Lott living up to a standard that wasn’t just too high for any politician…it was ridiculous for most mere mortals.

You know…the 20% Independents that DECIDE elections.  They say stupid things…and get real emotional…and they make some truly dumb mistakes.  And whenever they hear people that is supposed to speak for the Republican party tell their politicians that there is no room for being less than perfect…they run…to the party that claims to be tolerant of sinners.

Medved wants Wilson to apologize to Congress…and go on apologizing.

Then when no Republican will take on Obama and the Dems, he will lament the lack of courage…of men and woman that got tired of having to watch their own backs.

“One Moment” a repost of 9/11

September 10th, 2009

Tomorrow is the 8th anniversity of the day that I learned with gut wrenching surprise, that I really loved this nation.  It was the day of my political awakening and the dawning of the uncomfortable knowledge that people I didn’t know nor cared to meet, could change my world forever. 

The following post was written a couple of years ago and reprinted a few times.  It is the story of how I felt on that fateful day when for one moment in time, this nation came together.

In 2001, I was a part of a group that hailed from 4 foreign countries: Canada, UK, Germany, and Australia. During our down time, most of these people would join the Americans in our group in a wonderful pastime of knocking our prospective governments, particularly the U.S.A. because she was the big guy (translation: bully) on the world stage. I paid little heed to this hobby for no other reason than it simply failed to interest me. I didn’t care what some politician did or didn’t do nor did I care with whom he/she did it. A female Secretary of State didn’t impress me one iota. And other than the cases that involved my pet issue, I really found it hard to get all worked up about anything the Supreme Court decided.

On that September morning, I was awaken by a colleague from the U.K. He advised me to turn on my t.v. His voice was solemn and almost expectant; the kind of tone people used when they expect to deal with something they really rather not.

“Is this for real?” I asked when they replayed the two towers crumbling to the ground…it looked like some kind of movie stunt.

“Yes.” he replied, again that pause, that expectant tone that said, please don’t get too emotional.

I watched for a bit, listening to the reporter. Finally, I said, “I’ve got to get dress; I’ve got a client that is intent on making my life miserable.”

“You’re going to work?” he asked incredulously, the first crack in an otherwise deliberately controlled voice.

I frowned, “Why not?”

“Well, there might be…50 thousands deaths, maybe more. YOUR people.”

“Look,” I said, getting pretty angry. I disliked it when things begin to unravel. I like knowing what’s happening and why. And failing that, the probability and the possibility of avoiding negative consequences. “Every year thousands of people die…in hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes. That’s life.”

Silence. I didn’t care. So, I can be pretty cold sometimes. Well, I wasn’t in some popularity contest. If you like what I do, you buy. If you don’t, you go elsewhere. Simple.

I live in the country and the drive to town is long and pretty hectic. Only that day, the freeway is rather empty; except at the openings to the various bases. There, long lines of cars waited to get through what was now heavily secured gates.

By the time I parked my car in the multi garage complex, I was shaking and I didn’t know why. I made my way to the front and climbed the stairs to the building where I worked. Waikiki is one of the hottest tourist attractions in the world, yet on this day, all I saw were two soldiers, perhaps National guardsmen, walking down the street carrying rifles.

I was all alone in the elevator and the ride up seemed to take forever.

My phone was ringing by the time I let myself in. I’m not sure why but I was really surprised when it turned out to be my Canadian client from h*ll. “Did you hear?” I began, then stopped. I could hear the panic in my voice. I swallowed hard and tried again. “My country was attacked.”

And just like that, with zero warning, I realized that I actually loved America. I mean sappy, this is the greatest country in the world kind of loved America. Tears were falling down my cheeks and real grief for those who had been killed began to churn in the pit of my stomach.

I remember thinking of the war stories of my elderly relatives and wondering if we too would have to blacken our windows and ration our food.

In the days that followed, strange things happened. People went to church, children prayed in school, Congress stood on the steps of the Capital and sang God Bless America.

And the courts said “so what” and “too bad” to the ACLU and all those anti-Christian groups.

Cops, Firemen, and soldiers were heroes again.

And for one shiny moment, this nation came together.

For some of us, 9/11 changed everything.

For others, 9/11 only changed … one moment.

America’s Debt to Hawaiians

September 9th, 2009

 The following is in answer to an email I received from a relative about a Hawaiian activist, This professor at a State run University, educated and PHD in political science by an American system believes that the kingdom of Hawaii was “illegally” overthrown and wants the kingdom returned to the people of Hawaiian blood.

There is NO SUCH thing as an “illegal” overthrow.  Think about it. Is it even possible to have a LEGAL overthrow of a government? Legality is whoever wins…which is why the warrior tribal Indians took over America from whoever was there before them…and Hawaiians took over the islands from the islanders that was there when they arrived from Tahiti and so forth. The more powerful “wins” the land and takes it over.  That’s the way it has been for centuries.  In fact the idea of “legality” regarding the weaker having the right to hold on to land because he “bought” it, is a western idea. 

That’s right, it is only by the fact that Americans “stole” Hawaii and gave Hawaiians AMERICAN rights, that the idea that a non-alii or a weaker person can be “stolen” from, is even a possible concept.  Since none of my ancestors can lay claim to being an alii nui, I LIKE the idea that I am an American and am awfully glad that the land of my ancestors were taken over by those who gave me the right to tell anyone including the president of the USA to go to you know where.  I would HATE to belong to a society where there were a class of people so “sacred” that to look upon them meant death.

Hawaiians can be like Blacks…they dwell on what they THINK was taken and forget what they’ve been given…and it is in the latter that they somehow believe that something is owed to them. (And do we notice that Activists Blacks, Indians, Eskimos, Hawaiians believe that IF their lands had not been taken over by Americans, that they’d all be royals living the good life?  History tells us that for most, they’d have worked hard, died young, and been hungry period.)

And I may not care about who got reparations, except, they aren’t looking for “payback” from the tax payers from some other country…they want MY tax dollars and YOURS.

I listened to this guy’s credentials…most received from THIS nation and I thought of other third world nations, of which Hawaii, if she had been left alone, would certainly have become…and I shake my head at the lack of gratitude.

I find the entire idea of reparations in any form offensive.  Slavery, oppression, empire building…these are “sins” of humanity, not just America.  We didn’t start any of it, but we sure had a grand hand in ending it.

A black man, without any experience or any accomplishment is sitting in the highest office…women make million dollar salaries…children get to enjoy their childhood, something the average 19th century and earlier child who was expected to work in the fields or in the factories never dreamed of.

America has nothing to apologize for…and everything to be proud of.

Sotomayor-how I would have played it

August 9th, 2009

The consequences of Hispanic bashing aka the “illegal immigrant issue” was that many Republicans felt unable to vote against Sotomayor.

The Dems literally put the GOP in a box.  No matter what was said, Republicans APPEARED racist with a no vote.

But what about Miguel Estrada? Surely HIS nomination shows Republicans have no problem with Hispanics right?  Unfortunately the American public has a notoriously short memory AND the Dems played his nomination right.

To be fair, the Republicans ALSO tried to dismiss the racial background and gender of the Sotomayor, but they were up against a long history of “progressive” vs. conservative…and the last 3 years of vitriolic ranting against the illegals to the South, not anywhere else (and sometimes not necessarily illegal, just Mexicans period.) put any opposition in the no win catagory.

Saying all of that, let me say that I am actually proud of those Republicans who DID vote “no” against Sotomayor.  Yes, I know that a good many of them voted that way to keep their conservative base happy.  Still, it takes some courage to face a battle you cannot win and take a hit for those who stupidly helped the Dems form and use the race card to include Hispanics.

If I was one of those minority senators, I would have made this little speech:

I refuse to vote for Judge Sotomayor because she is a Hispanic or because she is a woman because I am neither a racist or a sexist.  I am charged with confirming a nominee to the highest judiciary court in the nation, one whose opinions will touch the rights and lives of every American.  I vote “no” because the evidence presented to me has shown Judge Sotomayor to be a judiciary activist and I believe that confirming her would harm the constitution we have all promised to uphold.

Then I would have gone home, had a couple of drinks, and then prayed to God that the next time the Dems play the race card, it is negated by a Black president who’s ratings are in the tank.

Sotomayor: GOP racism?

August 7th, 2009

Dennis Prager asked his listeners if Hispanics believed that conservatives voted against the confirmation of Sotomayor because they were racist.  Upon learning that many Hispanics did in fact, believe the Republican party was racist, Prager first sighed and then ranted about how unfair that perception was.

A caller tried to explain that the vitriolic rhetoric about Mexican immigrants were a big part of that perception and THAT is unfair because everyone, unless an American Indian, was once an immigrant.

Prager of course pointed out that his ancestors and most GOP came here LEGALLY.

“But when your ancestors came here,” the caller pointed out, “there was no immigration law; thus coming here was a matter of signing up.  You got here, here you were able to stay. Many Mexicans aren’t so lucky.”

Prager said “Fair enough” –and ran out of time.  The next hour was his hour where people came to him to seek his wisdom in the man-woman’s hour or whatever segment where Prager gets to play wise sage.

Our radio station carries all of the talk shows a couple of hours after the fact; which means that I could not call him and tell him this:

For over 3 years, conservatives have been obsessing over Mexican illegals….not illegals from the north or the boatloads arriving in dozens of ports…just their HISPANIC unwanted neighbors to the South…and now you’re surprised that conservatives are perceived as racist to Hispanics???

The Health Care Issue

July 21st, 2009

First off, I probably have one of the best medical insurance plans in the nation: generous health, vision, drug benefits with very little out of pocket deductible.  What I am about to say is from the prospective of those millions that aren’t quite as fortunate.

The health care situation isn’t going to go away even if the GOP ends up defeating Obama’s care.

The premium on an average medical plan for a family is close to the cost of a month’s rent and if any person in the family unit has a precondition, then double the cost or be denied coverage altogether. In these days when most workers change employment every few years, this astronomical burden is frequently born by the worker.

Like it or not, government will eventually have to step in…as they do with utilities, bank savings protection, and other items deemed critical to the American way of life.

For months, 6 figure earning talk show hosts have been offering a catastrophic health protection alternative that would have huge thousand dollar deductibles. They have no clue to the fact that for many workers, paying a thousand dollars IS catastrophic!

The poor have medicaid. 

The elderly have medicare. 

As strange as this sounds to those who cannot remember making minimum wage or working 2 jobs just to put clothes on their family’s backs and gas in the car, the reality is that for many working Americans, it IS a choice between eating and paying health premiums…and the latter always loses.

In an America that is being asked by Hewitt and other “good” conservatives to help children in foreign countries…it is only a matter of time before that same America feels that charity should begin at home.

Republicans MUST address this issue and offer serious and viable solutions or it WILL be an issue that will haunt them long after the scare for social medicine has become a Hilary memory.

Longing for George

July 18th, 2009

My British partner said something that rather stunned me.  JD has been a Tory (the British equivalent of a Republican) for a long time and remembers fondly the days of “Maggie” Thatcher.  He called the McCain nomination right and almost every play in American politics for the last 8 years (since I’ve taken an interest) has been spot on. He even predicted when and under what circumstances the Obama honeymoon would wane.

In the middle of a rant on his own nation’s financial crisis and how it was impacted by the American banking system, he said, almost in passing, that there must be a number of ordinary Americans that long for the days of Bush.

EXCUSE ME??

“Well,” he explained, “you must remember that for most of the 14 million that lost their jobs, the Bush era was a time of big screen t.v.s and trips to Vegas.  There were 2 recessions that Bush barely bothered the American people with and little or no sacrifice for a people in the midst of a post 9/11 war.  For many, NOW is their financial armageddon.”

I was at a lost for words.  For nearly 4 years I have defended GWB and for the most part, am STILL defending him.  Now to hear that some people may actually be longing for the days of GWB?

“Of course you’re defending him,” continued JD, “most of the people you talk to are employed.  In fact, since the economy is so tight, prices are low and people with financial liquidity are actually doing fine, they may very well be still in the Bush is c*ap mode.  But there’s a growing group out there that remembers that under Bush, recessions were taken care of without barely bothering their lives, that people actually respected America and when your leaders spoke, foreign despots actually looked over their shoulders to see if the world’s mightiest military was standing there ready to send in someone to check out their teeth.  Others remember when retiring was actually an option and when “disappointment” was a low return on our stocks.”

Imagine that…a time when people won’t be saying…”Bush’s unpardonable sin is that he’s not the cool Gripper”…instead they’ll be saying, “Obama’s biggest offense is that he’s not Cowboy George”.

Wow.

The GOP heat

July 12th, 2009

Not a week went by before I was defending Palin’s decision to resign from the top job in Alaska. The general concession was that Palin quit because she couldn’t stand “the heat”.  GWB, it was noted, took the “heat” for 8 years and McCain battled the extreme Right for decades.  In fact, lately, there isn’t a politician that hasn’t been getting heat, the kind only made possible by the internet and blogging.But there is a huge difference between the heat thrown on Republican politicians and those experienced by Democrats.  And no, I’m not talking about unfair, ugly, and truly vile attacks.  Like it or not, in our world of open communication where four letter words are common in cinema and literature, very few words have the power to shock and repel the public anymore.  The fact is that NOTHING said about Palin would cause most voters to decide against her.  They KNOW that Palin has more executive experience than the man who won the White House and certainly uttered less embarrassing things than clueless Biden.  They even know at some level that the reason that most people voted for Obama was because of the color of his skin; Black IS cool.No, the big difference between the heat on the Left and GOP heat is this one simple but unmistakable element: Politicians on the Left fight bloggers, pundits, activists on the Right…GOP politicians fight BOTH sides.Think about it…every negative thing said or hinted about a politician gets a career killing reaction from the Right, NOT the Left.  Conservatives believe that this rush to judgment makes them morally superior. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard” they insist…like the Left who wants to hold America to a higher standard when it comes to fighting a war and thus tie the hands of our troops.Frankly, I don’t know if Palin couldn’t stand the heat…as I told my colleagues, you’re talking to a mother and if you ask me to choose between my career or my kids, guess which one I’d choose?I do know that the kind of heat GOP candidates are being subject to is ridiculous and must stop.  Just days prior to Palin’s announcement, I had gotten into an email disagreement with some conservatives who believed it HELPED the GOP cause to go over GWB’s failings.  They said that conservatives, unlike liberals, are allowed to disagree with GOP politicians.  Now these same people see NO merit in people like Peggy Noonan doing the same to Palin.I believe, they finally get it.  The problem is I wonder how many more 401ks will be tanked, jobs lost, homes foreclosed, businesses boarded up before other conservative bloggers are willing to trade their egos for a united Republican party?