House Republicans are staking themselves out as considerably more conservative than their duplicitous invertebrate counterparts in the Senate. The GOP in the Senate recently passed a “compromise” bill that would see Americans chuck out another trillion for left-wing goodies, including increases or only slight cuts in numerous federal programs. But the House has since denied the Senators their holiday stocking stuffers.
At one point, James Delingpole says about the Tories, “What you have is this kind of jellyfish party which doesn’t really have any particular political viewpoint other than it would quite like people to vote for it.” Sounds a lot like another party we know.
Dennis Miller interviews James Delingpole here on his book Watermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors. That’s me talking to Delingpole at the 12:00 mark.
Hot Air reports:
Tennessee banker Jimmy Moncrief just self-published his first book — a 150-page stunner called “Everything Obama Knows About the Economy.” Those who buy it won’t have much to read: Every page of the book is blank. No matter: Moncrief has already sold hundreds of copies as Christmas gag gifts.
My only question: Why just the economy?
Recent polling shows that far more Americans believe their country is heading in the wrong direction under Obama than at any time under Bush. Currently, 23% say America is heading in the “right” direction, and 71.2% believe we are going the wrong way – a 49 point gap. The widest negative spread under Bush was 34 points in November 2007.
Advance Warning: EPA Plans to Implement Sustainability Model for American Economy at Rio Conference June 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency, the last time I checked a regulatory body charged only with enforcing legislation, is “deliberating” on expanding its own powers through the Rio Conference scheduled to be held in June 2011. That’s right, a government agency filled with unelected bureaucrats is effectively deciding whether or not it wants to make law and expand its own powers, all in the name of promoting “sustainability.”
America’s “Occupy Wall Street” movement has compared itself to the Arab Spring, a social media driven revolt that caught fire earlier this year. Both “democracy” movements were lauded repeatedly in the mainstream press, even as conservatives warned time and time again that such praise was misguided.
While the Occupy movement has turned into a festival of arrests for petty crime, radical Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and even Al Qaeda have rushed in to fill the anarchic power vacuum resulting from the uprisings. Now that the fruits of democratic destabilization and resulting Islamization are becoming clearer, it would behoove us to examine the mismatch between the left’s laudatory rhetoric and the visual reality of the situation.
The left may cry foul and allege that such comparison is unfair, and that to make a democratic omelet, it is necessary to break a few eggs (eggs being human skulls). But it is well-known in political science that democracy is an unstable political system and rapid democratization is a very unstable and often bloody process.
Lest anyone should forget, in the midst of the Egyptian uprising, the CBS reporter Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a crowd in Cairo. Below is a picture of Ms. Logan moments before the brutal and despicable attack:
An anomaly? Not hardly. More recently, this is how those chivalrous, “misunderstood” Egyptians have treated women who dare express their “democratic” rights.
And with the rise of Islamist groups in the Middle East, the rights of women and homosexuals are only going to degrade further. Perhaps it is time for the left to support individual rights and the rule of law, rather than the false seduction of democracy for the sake of democracy?
Rumors abound that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be interested in getting back in the “political game,” as the Washington Times put it. Republicans should be very wary of reports that the academic and civil servant would seek a makeover into a sloganeering politician.
Although Ms. Rice has the capability of wielding a fierce and feisty intellect in debates against the left, she also values her privacy and integrity. Despite vicious attacks on everything from her race to her sexuality (GOP opposition would be sure to exploit these baseless rumors as well to chill the Evangelical vote), Rice has tended to stay out of the limelight, addressing her character assassination through books, rather than public appearances.
The looming question is if conservatives are itching to turn to an associate of the Bush administration, a relationship that the left is sure to demonize and fear-monger to the utmost, for strong and sure leadership or if people desire fresh faces to deal with seemingly unprecedented problems. Newt Gingrich‘s sudden popularity shows that the conservative base has no problem turning to the past, but the former Speaker is associated more with the relatively positive 1990s than the media-tainted War on Terror.
Regardless, I am doubtful she would remake herself to run for office, or put herself through the grinding mill of the left-wing screech machine. Conservatives have been disappointed time and time again by the lack of GOP candidates to step forward and take our national crisis seriously, and I presume that we are going to be disappointed once again with this flimsy hearsay.
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America is a book that is to be “chewed and digested,” as Sir Francis Bacon wrote of classic works. So when in the course of slowly perusing what the distinguished French statesman had to say of the perils impending in America, should our populace opt for government centralization, it bears taking notice.
Rainbow Six Patriots is an action game generating some buzz for its plotline of opposing a counter-terrorism task force and a violent terrorist organization comprised of American citizens. Though the terrorists in the game are distinctly fighting for the class warfare cause, it can be imagined that the terrorists are right-wing militia or “tea baggers.”
What the left wants is for us to concentrate on each other instead of on the government. If a game comes out where the right can fantasize about stopping OWS terrorists, and the OWSers can fantasize about taking out extremist “tea baggers,” then the government wins.
The real problem is the U.S. government spending trillions in money we don’t have. Sensible Americans have lived in terror for the last three years, thanks to the non-stop spending binge of Washington, unmanageable debt, rampant unemployment, more undeclared aggressive wars, and infringements on our civil liberties. We need to worry more about the Feds, the Dems, and the RINOs than the street rabble.
Enjoy the game, but don’t get too absorbed with the concept of shooting fellow American citizens who may be confused about the current political situation.
Considering that the current GOP frontrunners are moderate, big government squishes, it’s time we conservatarians start thinking outside the box. Although I’m not big on social conservatism (don’t get me wrong, I loathe progressivism), I’d be willing to give such candidates as Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry another look if one did a number of things:
1. Concentrate on the economy first. Blast Obama’s horrible record. Say what he or she would do to fix unemployment.
I am a staunch conservative. Not a crazy conservative, but an ideologically consistent one. And the GOP candidate I agree with most is Ron Paul. And I don’t really agree with him on foreign policy. That’s a problem.
I also agree with Barack Obama as much as I do with Michelle Bachmann. Awesome.
Take the quiz yourself at USATODAY and post your results below.
The U.S. House has passed a budget containing language that would strip President Obama of his stable of unelected, unconfirmed “czars.” The $1 trillion budget also contains a provision forcing Obama to make a decision on the Keystone pipeline within 60 days.
Although the measure is expected to pass the Senate, President Obama may resort to his bag of tricks and pull a signing statement overriding the bill’s language. As the left liked to point out about George W. Bush’s use of the maneuver, the practice is widely considered to be unconstitutional.
Weasel Zippers relays:
The U.S. House approved a $1 trillion spending bill on a 296-121 vote to fund the federal government’s operations through Sept. 30. As part of a compromise struck late Thursday, the funding bill specifically prohibits “czars” related to health care, climate change, the auto industry and urban affairs.
The Senate is expected to pass the measure on Saturday.
This is what the Republicans should have been doing since they took over the House. Try to force Obama to veto otherwise popular legislation or popular provisions of legislation. This puts Obama on the record as adverse to real job creation and economic growth.
Great ideas flourish in freedom. Such is the case with the history of the Internet, which went from a limited defense-oriented model adopted and adapted by the Pentagon to secure information through diffusion to the commercial engine of the Information Age.
But with great success comes an overwhelming temptation for the state, an institution founded on coercion and theft, to exploit whatever is making a buck and to shut down or otherwise control whatever it deems to be a threat. Open communication and open commerce are the antithesis of the authoritarian state, and the Internet’s shining success is a rebuff to the statists who propagate the lie that anything they don’t control is doomed to failure. Read more
The late Christopher Hitchens is a source of almost endless hatred on the religious right, and he wouldn’t want it any other way. But lest the socialist left should be too elated with the polemicist’s condemnation of religion, Hitchens had some choice words for the politically correct thought police of the left, especially pertinent for the eco-fascist “consensus.”
My own opinion is enough for me. And I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, anytime. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass.
The video above is from his speech given at the University of Toronto in 2006 entitled, “Be It Resolved: Freedom of Speech Includes the Freedom to Hate.”
And what could inspire Hitchens’ own hatred more than religion? Alas, there are even pearls of wisdom for the religious right to contemplate, even in the desolate ashes of their most cherished shibboleths.
“So call me a neoconservative if you must; anything is preferable to the rotten, unprincipled alliance between the former fans of the one-party state and the hysterical zealots of the one-god one.”
Supporter of the Iraq War, unrepentant former socialist, and literary enigma. His vicious and remorseless pen will be missed.
Talk show host Adam Carolla and comedian Larry Miller discuss the Chicago Way of corruption in the Obama administration. Carolla’s contention is that today’s politicians are still living in a 1940s world, not fully understanding the nature of modern media.
A thought-provoking idea by Carolla is to start paying politicians more to “go straight,” as his sidekick Allison commented. My proposition is that all Americans in a district contribute one dollar to politicians to remain faithful and not take bribes and kickbacks from corporations, unions, and other special interests. An honest president could retire after four years as a billionaire.
Cynical, desperate, and hilarious.
Tim Tebow is a football player, and a gifted athlete. Rick, you are a bad politician with a bad haircut and worse debating skills. If there is a God, He doesn’t care about Denver Broncos football, and certainly trying to derive some vicarious benefit from the St. Tebow phenomenon will get you nowhere but a few laughs on late night television.
Stick to the subjects: the manmade climate change hoax, illegal immigration, gun rights, Obamacare, spending and the national debt, the horrible economy under President Obama, and what you would do to ease unemployment. If you want to proselytize, go to Church.
The Deadly Double Game of Using Religion for Political Expediency: How Mainstream Media Have Gone Medieval
Reading through world history, it is fascinating to find precedents for the manipulation of public opinion. One of the most effective techniques has been the employment of religious sentiment to sway not only the public, but the kings and nobility. Such tactics bear striking resemblance to the mainstream media’s attacks on American political candidates who claim the religious mantle for purposes of political expediency.
The use of religion to bolster the political legitimacy of the ruling class is as old as the first ancient civilizations, such as Sumer, Akkad, and Egypt. But the relationship between the ecclesiastical caste and the kings has always been tenuous: the king-makers could become the king-breakers. What kings required from religion was two-fold: to instill widespread fear and mortification in the masses, either by the king claiming that he ruled on behalf of god or actually was god, and to give the slaves and helots something to look forward to in the afterlife, after they had been used up by the king and the nobility.