Thursday, November 06, 2008

A potential starting point

(From Chaos Manor)

If we are to renew the Party of Reagan, we're going to have to get back to the roots of conservatism. Russel Kirk and a piece on Ten Conservative Principles that's worth your time to read and consider.

Re-enlisting with a bang

Staff Sgt. Andrew Petrulis, USAF, recently re-enlisted while in Iraq. Blackfive has the picture that you don't want to miss.

Hope seems to be in short supply in the markets today

Change--negative change--is not.

After Huge Two-Day Selloff, Stocks Near Recent Low

How's all the Change working for ya?

(Yes, I know it's evil to gloat over another's misfortune. However, it's great fun to be able to say "I TOLD you so!".)

Spreading the wealth?

(Via the Drudge Report)

Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

But wait...it gets better:

Eventually people did start getting paid, but some said they were missing hours and told to fill in paperwork making their claim and that eventually they would get a check in the mail.

"Still that's not right. I'm disappointed. I'm glad for the president, but I'm disappointed in this system," said Diane Jefferson, temporary campaign worker.

"It should have been $480. It's $230," said Imani Sankofa.

"They gave us $10 an hour. So we added it. I added up all the hours so it was supposed to be at least $120. All I get is $90," said Charles Martin.

"I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned," said Randall Waldon.

Some people weren't satisfied with filling out a claim form for money they felt was still due to them.

"They say that they gonna call you or they going to mail it to you, but I don't know. We'll see what happens," said Antron Grose.

"Talking about they'll mail it to us. I ain't worried about that, man. They're not going to mail nothin'," said Martin.

So...how does it feel when it's your money? Not so much fun, is it?

How's all the Change working for ya?

Would you like some cheese with that whine?

Internal Battles Divided McCain and Palin Camps

Two things:
  • "Journalism" from the New York Times. Sorry,but automatically suspect.
  • All of the quotes were from McCain advisers, who have a vested interest in someone--anyone--other than themselves and their candidate being the problem with a losing campaign. After all, if it was their fault, they might never work on another campaign again. Bad for their income, as well as their egos.
And if they didn't think that a politician had political ambitions beyond the current campaign...just how stupid are they?

Sorry boys, but you need to man up and deal. You all blew it. Stop recriminating and start rebuilding the Party of Reagan.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Oh, and another thing...

Don't blame Sarah!

Let me note something that goes with the previous post--Sarah Palin is the only reason I, and many like me, decided to hold our noses and vote for John McCain. She, like us, has never left the Party of Reagan.

Note all the "Republican operatives" who are indulging in Palin bashing--they're the same idiots who helped orchestrate a losing campaign. They represent the arrogance that helped get the party booted from power. Add them to the list of those to be excommunicated--the sooner the better.

(Edit, 11/6/2008: It seems that Glenn Beck and Erick Erickson of RedState are onto this story. Good. They've got a bigger soapbox than I do.)

Renewing the Republican Party

I've been thinking about the election a good part of the day (at least, while I wasn't at the range shooting). I've read any number of articles in the press on the subject. Allow me to share with you some initial thoughts.

In the last two elections, the Republican party has had its collective ass handed to it, and it was well-deserved. The question is, how did a party that has held the White House for 20 of 28 years (if I count correctly) and controlled Congress for nearly as long fall so far?

The answer is multi-part. First is that the Party of Reagan isn't the Party of Reagan any more. They're Democrat Lite. They want most of the same things the Democrats do (call it "more government intervention in your daily life")--they simply differ in how to pay for it. The Democrats will tax you, Republicans will borrow the money.

Second is that power brought arrogance. The American people, of all political stripes, usually don't take arrogance in public officials too well. They may put up with it for a while, but eventually they will swat you down. The Republican Party has been swatted pretty hard. Lose the arrogance, or keep losing elections. This isn't House.

Third, and perhaps worse, is that the people running the party have spent too much time listening to political consultants who keep telling them that "You just have to appeal to the independents." The people in power apparently took that as permission to spend money like a drunken sailor in a whore house while on shore leave, thinking they could buy or bribe the independents with programs. As last night's returns show, it didn't work too well.

How to solve the problems? First, return to being the Party of Reagan. We need big ideas and big plans, but we also need to espouse smaller government and less taxes, and have a plan to make it happen. (McCain allowed Obama to steal the "less taxes" part of the message without a fight. Poor strategy.) We need vision and optimism, not myopia and the same ol, same ol.

Second, learn your lesson. Power is best received when it isn't arrogant. If you hold public office, you damn well better listen to your constituents. When they calls are running 10-to-1 against a bill to allow the people who, in large part, screwed up the economy to dip into our pockets for money to "fix" it, you need to vote "NO!" Not just once and then cave in because you got some pork for your district. As an elected politician, you really need to get a grip on that "public service" thing.

Third, if you want to appeal to independents, stop trying to buy them. It doesn't work. The Party of Reagan attracted independents and conservative Democrats by being--dare I say it?---conservative. While not always successful, they espoused the ideas of smaller government, lower taxes and personal responsibility. They were optimistic and upbeat. The Republican party of today is neither.

Fourth, prune out the dead wood, expell the RINOS and root out anything that even hints at corruption. Get the house cleaned up, because company is coming.

It's going to be all those people who flock to the Party of Reagan again.

Democrats to assume power...

Stock market has the biggest post-election loss in history, big spending ahead.

Oh, and we want a "windfall profits tax" on oil companies (they missed the part of economics class where you learns that no corporation pays taxes, they just build it into the cost of their goods).

And to release oil needlessly from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, mandate more biofuels and cut carbon dioxide emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Frighteningly enough, there are those in the financial media are advocating tax hikes, so all us old farts who make too much money will get out of the way and let the next generation have our jobs, for which they expect to make as much as we did. The ignore the fact that we just usually pay the extra taxes, and take it out on even lower-wage workers by mowing our own grass, eating out less and so on. No one retires because of a tax hike.

How's all the Change working for ya?

(And yes, this is the first in what I'm afraid will become an ongoing series of posts for the next 2-4 years. Like the tag line?)

It strikes me...

In 1976, a new generation of young people helped vote Jimmy Carter into the White House. The results of that are decidedly...mixed.

In 2008, a new generation of young people have helped vote Barak Obama into the White House. I hope that the results are better.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

And that's, as they say, that

Fox News has just declared Barack Obama the winner in the US Presidential race. At this point, there are two things that we need to do. First, hope and pray that it won't be as bad as we're afraid it will be. Second, start working on the 2010 elections and the 2012 Presidential election.

The good news is, at least as of now, the Democrats will not have a super-majority in the Senate, and have picked up very few seats in the House. Not the best silver lining, but at least it's something.

We can also take consolation in the fact that the popular vote was close (51-49 as of now). That may help send the message to the Anointed Agent of Change and his cohorts in Congress that they might want to be a little cautious about how much change they try for. Of course, being Democrats, I doubt that they get that message.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Once more, with feeling

Well, the time for campaigning for elected office is almost over, and it's time for the voters to say their piece at the ballot box. Many have taken advantage of early voting programs, and many more will head to the polls tomorrow.

If you haven't yet decided who to vote for, please consider the future of the country as well as your personal future and vote for John McCain for president. I know that, for most people likely to read this blog, he isn't the perfect candidate. But the perfect candidate never runs, does he? No matter who it is, we can find fault and failing in him. McCain, from a conservative standpoint, has faults and failing aplenty.

Yet, he stands head and shoulders above his opponent. Barak Obama has yet to complete a single term in the US Senate; John McCain has completed 3 terms in the Senate and one in the House. Barak Obama sponsored 3 bills that has been enacted; McCain has sponsored 30. Barka Obama has missed 24% of the Senate votes during his time in office; McCain has missed 18%.

John McCain has also sacrificed for his country. During his military service, he was held prisoner in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He bears the scars of the torture endured there today. Ever seen the man raise his arms above his shoulders? It isn't that it hurts him to do so, he can't do so. Remember the campagin commercial that derided him for being unable to use a computer? It was unceremoniously yanked when it became know that he can't use one because he physically can't, not because he's too old-fashioned or too "good" to do so.

Barak Obama, on the other hand, has consistently sacrificed himself, first at Harvard as a student, as a community organizer and in politics. It isn't quite the same in my book.

Obama says that McCain will just be another 4 years of George Bush. I admit that's possible, but but I consider it unlikely. But I can tell you that Obama and a Democrat-controlled Congress will spend the next 4 years enacting a leftist/socialist agenda that has failed miserably every time it's been tried. We've seen his true beliefs whenever Obama has strayed from his script--he has told us that he wants to force us to "share the wealth", bankrupt essential industries and abridge our Constitutional freedoms--and that just in the last week. Imagine what he will come up with in 4 years time.

If you're undecided, think long and hard before you step into that polling place. Your vote will shape the future that you, I and our children will live in. Use that vote wisely, and please vote for John McCain for President.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

John Ross on the election

"Reagan in a skirt"--you gotta love it!

Say what?!

(Via the Drudge Report)

Obama admits that he would bankrupt a major company (or perhaps industry, it depends on how you read it)?

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

Hardly the sort of person I want to see as President. Of course, with an attitude like that, we'd probably be seeing him by candlelight.

(Edit: WorldNet Daily reports that Obama will also use government power to drive up energy prices, send us peons a signal that we need to change our ways. These people will not rest until we are starving in our dark, cold homes.)

Seeing Sarah

Yesterday was a first time thing for me--Son and I (Daughter was home sick; Mrs. Freeholder wasn't interested) went to a political rally at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for McCain/Palin. Of course, I went because Sarah Palin was the speaker. Hey, I'm a sucker for the hotties. :-)

There were also a number of local candidates there, as well as former Sen. Bob Dole, who was serving double duty, campaigning for his wife Elizabeth as well as for John McCain. Dole was able to humanize McCain for the audience, telling stories about the times the two served together in the Senate.

The media quotes and attendance of 5500, and while I can't be sure, my guess would be substantially higher. The parking lots were full at the fairgrounds, and we waited in line 2 1/2 hours to get in. We were at the tail end of those admitted--everyone else had to stay outside and listen over speakers.

The wait in line was pleasant, since both the weather and the company were good. Ahead of us were two local guys, working stiffs basically, who had seen McCain earlier in the week at Fayetteville and who wanted to see Palin as well. Behind us was a Duke student from Florida, and behind him three very friendly ladies. The group of us had a great time discussing politics. Interestingly enough, we didnt' totally agree with each other, but we were able to do it in a way that no one got PO'd. Funny how that works out in the more conservative circles.

There were plenty of places to buy campaign memorbila for those so inclined. I'm still scratching my head a bit over the staffers, since most of them were black or young and tatooed/pierced, and all were McCain supporters. Odd, the media says those groups are for Obama. Maybe they got lost.

Once inside, the rally was pretty much what you'd expect--light on details, long on red meat. While Palin was definately the star of the show, a relocated New Hampshire native, now living in Cary--Mike the Plumber--came close to stealing it. Before Palin arrived, Mike had the opportunity to speak his mind in plain terms to the crowd. Short version: Keep your greedy government hands out of my pockets and stop trying to redistribute what I've worked so hard to earn. Needless to say, that message was met with applause and cheers.

Palin's speech seemed to be pretty much the same stump speech we've been hearing in sound bites for the last couple of weeks. Still, it was delivered with enthusiasm and vigor, and we all ate it up. I did note something that I hadn't heard in any soundbite--two shout outs about our Second Amendment rights. The lady definately gets the joke in that area. I have to wonder if the McCain campaign has noticed the coalescence of the gunny vote around him, and have started playing to the crowd a bit more.

Another point she really went after was not believing the "inevitability of Obama" (my words, not hers). She pointed out that the polls are all over the map, but that those that have historically been most accurate are pointing toward a tie. That matches up with what I've seen as well. This election will likely be a squeaker. She cautioned that this is not the time to slack off, and defiantly not the time to surrender.

She also made that "surrender" point about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--that now was not the time to surrender, with the wars nearly won.

So there you have it--a first hand report, minus the media filtering.