Quote of the Week

Today we may say aloud before an awe-struck world: "We are still masters of our fate. We are still captain of our souls."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

There is No Place for Hitler

We have all heard the comparison, and quite probably have been hearing it for years now. Since the 2000 elections, the vitriol in politics has risen to a new level. Our political leaders are repeatedly compared to those that have committed heinous crimes against humanity and our political landscape compared to that which allowed the attempted extermination of an entire group of people.

Since the year 2000, those on the left of the political spectrum, repeatedly referred to President Bush as "Hitler" and his political administration as being full of "nazis", anyone that supported his political perspective were brown shirts.

Not to be outdone....

Since losing power in the recent presidential election, those on the extreme right like Glenn Beck and others, have repeatedly made the same mistake referring to President Obama as "Hitler" and his political agenda as "socialist".

Both sides were right.... and wrong.

Let's review, we all know who Hitler was. We all know the atrocities that he committed and was responsible for. 6 million murders and possibly more were a direct result of his "leadership". Hitler was evil incarnate. Many, many Americans died to save the world and people everywhere from his depravity. Their bravery and sacrifice commands our gratitude and respect.

That said, what have we done in their memory to honor them? We have made Hitler relevant once again and brought him into the very fabric of our political discourse. This needs to stop immediately. Words have meaning and referring to any human being - no matter how vehemently one disagrees politically- as Hitler denigrates those atrocities that Hitler committed.

Those on the left charged that Bush was a Nazi. The term would more properly be Fascist. A Fascist is someone who supports a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
Now did Bush promote a strong Nationalism. Yes, he did. So did Ronald Reagan, but I wouldn't have compared him to Hitler either. Bush did not regiment industry or commerce, although certain of his practices could have been heading in that direction. There was a concentrated effort during his presidency to suggest that if you didn't support the President then you were not a patriot and I find that to be fascist in the extreme. I can think of no greater political contribution that an American citizen can make than to raise their voice when they disagree with their government.

Now, as to the charge of socialism, socialists are people who support a system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. Let's look at this realistically, while Obama certainly wants to make the centralized government stronger and all encompassing, he doesn't want ALL the people to have control over it, only a select few who are in power. The word socialist doesn't seem to fit. But if we could combine socialism and fascism into say a socio-fascist then they may be on to something. However much I may disagree with President Obama though, I wouldn't suggest that he is the representative of the ultimate evil.
I wouldn't dishonor my father, my husband's grandfather and so many good men who fought to free us from Hitler - FOREVER - by bringing his ghost into my vernacular and making those comparisons.

Let's leave Hitler where he belongs - in hell - and return American politics back to the People in whose hands the power of this Government our Founders so rightly entrusted....

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Relax People, It's Just a Joke

For 8 years, comedians all over the country from SNL to late night, have made a living making fun of former President George W. Bush. That's what comedians do with a President, when you are in the public eye like that - you're fair game.

The following is Will Ferrell making a living as George W. Bush. Even though I voted for Bush, I thought he (Ferrell) was pretty damn funny, and especially toward the end of Bush's presidency, even had some valid points. Check it out here - one of many examples.

Bill Maher made George Bush a nightly topic of conversation. He was a little more virulent than Ferrell in his opposition of Bush, but hey, he's entitled to his opinion. For some of his best thoughts on Bush - check it out here.

But now that liberals have their "annointed one" sitting in the Oval office, all bets are off. Comedians, like everyone else, should just put on their party overalls and tow the line, after all, their commentary on President Obama could be - GASP- damaging to the President. Give me a break people, it's only a joke, right? Here's what SNL had to say about Obama's time in the White House thus far, personally, like Ferrell, I thought it was pretty damn funny. (Or would be if it weren't so true and so sad.) Here is thier skit, check it out.

Liberals have been foaming at the mouth over the skit. Just a couple of days again, CNN went on a rampage about how this could be "damaging the President." " The honeymoon is over..." they say, and they are concerned. You know what? They should be....

If you look at most of the spoofs that Ferrell does on Bush, you will see that Bush was personally ridiculed. His policies about the war were ridiculed, but when you look at the spoof of Obama, you see something deeper. A discontent, even among those that are on his side, with what he has and has not accomplished while in office. They were talking about his policies, not his personality and that should be very disconcerting to the DNC for their hopes of re-electing this President. After all, isn't that what it's all about? Maintaining your party in power? Why do people actually think it's about accomplishing something and doing what's right for the country? Neither party actually does that....

If you truly want to help your country and make a difference, change your party affilitation TODAY to independent. As long as the party thinks they have you in their pocket, nothing will change, and that just means that the joke is on us.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Liberals to McCrystal - "Shut Up and Salute"

Today in the Washington Post there was a horrific oped piece by Eugene Robinson about the ongoing public discussion between the "Commander and Chief" and his leading general in Afghanistan regarding the strategy the United States should employ in our 8 year war in that country. Mr. Robinson, and liberals in general, believe that General McChrystal should, and I quote, "shut up and salute." I wonder if that is the left's official stance on the military in general?

It is difficult to stomache the outrage over General McChrstyal simply answering a question regarding his opinion as to our strategy in the war. Personally, I thought his response to the question was brilliant and it finally gave me hope that we actually had some modicum of a chance to pull a victory out of this ongoing disaster, no small feat considering our commander in chief himself says that he is "uncomfortable with victory in Afghanistan".

During his stumping on his way to the White House then candidate Obama said, on many occassions, that America needed to refocus on the war in Afghanistan and that when he was elected President, he would do exactly that. For those of you who don't remember Candidate Obama's campaign positions on Afghanistan, here is one of *Many* examples that can be found. I couldn't have agreed with Candidate Obama more. Too bad that as President, he seems to lack the intestinal fortitude to do what is necessary - in his own words - in the face of an increasingly unpopular war.

A President, especially one as inexperienced as this one in military affairs, must place their trust in their generals to tell them what the real situation facing the troops on the ground is and allow these generals to assist them in formulating the policies that will best serve both our countries foreign policiy needs while at the same preserving our most precious treasure - the lifeblood of our heroes. General McChrystal, knowing the backlash that he would and has faced, did exactly that. He should be commended for his bravery, his love of country and his devotion to the men he serves with. Instead, he is told by the liberals in this country to "shut up and salute". Can 2012 possibly come soon enough? Not in this blogger's opinion; however, it may come to late for the brave men and women currently serving in harms way in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Peanut Has a First Name - It's J-I-M-M-Y

Oh my peanut has a second name it's C-A-R-T-E-R. Oh, I love to eat them everyday and if you ask me why I'll say - cause Jimmy Carter has a way of messing up the USA.

Ah - the fond, and in the case of Carter's Presidency, the not-so- fond, remebrances of my youth. The above was a song to the tune of Oscar Meyer weiners that myself and my fourth grade compatriots could often be found singing while the foreign policy of the Carter administration collapsed and our parents waited in gas lines that are now almost beyond remembering. The only contributions I think that Jimmy Carter has made to our country have not been positive - astronomical inflation and stagflation, a foreign policy that was an embarrassment as American hostages were held for well over a year by a terrorist nation, and a "deal" that earned Carter a nod at a Nobel Peace Prize while giving our country a nuclear North Korea. Brilliant.

Now Jimmy Carter wants to weigh in on the current dissent that our current President is being barraged with on a daily basis regarding his so-called health care plan. ( By this time, one would think that Carter would have learned to keep his mouth shut) In his infinite wisdom, Jimmy Carter wants to raise the specter of Jim Crowe and suggest that those Americans with serious concerns regarding health care and other of the Presidents current and proposed policies were, frankly, racist.

"I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American," Carter told "NBC Nightly News. Really? So, if one asserts serious concerns on policy or - *gasp* THE HORROR - a dissenting point of view - one is simply an ignorant racist, whose opinion should be ignored and whose voice should simply be silenced.

Using Carter's own logic then, wouldn't one also say that overwhelming criticisim of Israel is in fact anti-semetic? That can certainly be said of a man who proudly befriends Hamas and claims that their smears and targeting of Israel are "legitimate crticisms". Please. Said so-called peace loving peanut also was actively invovled in the pardoning of a former SS officer, known to have murdered thousands at the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. See here for more details.

Aside from all of this though, wasn't President Obama going to end racism as we know it? Wasn't this going to prove to the world, once and for all, that the nightmare of slavery is behind us? We can all feel good about how far we have come - except of course that we haven't, and those perpetuating the racism charge are the very individuals who promised to rid us of it. Sickening.

As for me, I believe in a color blind society. I teach my children that God loves people of all colors and made us all in his image because He loves wonderful variety! I believe that all people are the same, regardless of the color of their skin and I truly do judge my friends based on the content of their character and nothing more.
I find it disgusting that, when faced with even the slightest opposition, that those supporting this President come trotting out with the "racist" slur. It's sick. I hope that President Obama immediatley seperates himself from this charge and further, calls Carter out for his scurrilous behavior and insists that any such charge on the part of anyone in the Democratic party immediately be halted. Otherwise any thinking person might wonder if this charge of "racism" is nothing more than an attempt to draw our attention away from the Health care debacle and the man behind the curtain.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The AP's Way of Honoring the Fallen

I am a military wife and a military daughter. My blood runs red, white and blue and it always has. I love our military and I believe that every man and woman in our armed forces is a hero. To say that I have a hard time dealing with the treatment our military is given by the media is quite possibly the understatement of the century.

The latest outrage? This story from the Associate Press complete with picture showing the last moments of a Marines life. As if that weren't odious enough, all of this was without the consent of the family and in fact, was contrary to their wishes.

The freedom of information act allows both the media and individuals to get the names of the fallen. For years, this has been a cause that is dear to my heart. My friend, Judy Vincent, bas been fighting for years to change the law and make it so that familial consent is required before the names or the likenesses of the fallen can be used. In her case, a "man", and I use the term here lightly, in Phoenix, AZ. was using the names of the fallen on a t-shirt that he sold for his own personal gain. His pockets were swollen as a result of this young marines sacrfice. Something here definitely isn't right.

I understand that the situation is somewhat different here, but certainly the AP is selling stories, papers and page views with this controversy. So while their intention of raising awareness of the price paid by those in the military due to an ongoing and ever unpopular war may have been honorable, their lack of respect shown to the surviving members of this marines family was anything but.

AP, you should be ashamed!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wag the Dog

In 1997, the Hollywood think tank came out with a little movie called "Wag the Dog" staring Dustin Hoffman. It was about a President, facing personal scandal and lagging popularity who basically starts a war to distract the attention of the American people. So many times since that movie came out, I had the feeling of Deja vu.

In true Sal Alinsky form though, our current President has done one better. Instead of starting a war with another country, he has started a war on his own intelligence agency, the CIA. Let's review, earlier this year President Obama said that he "wasn't interested in looking in the past" and that he feared an investigation into the CIA and their interrogation procedures could weaken our national security. For once, I applauded his restraint, but oh, how short lived *that* was....

In the past weeks, his appointed attorney general Holder has, in fact, released documents pertaining to the techniques used by the CIA with the intention of prosecuting anyone who, "stepped over the line". Seems like a pretty generic and, more importantly, subjective, guideline to me.

This administration wants us to be appalled because heroes, busy protecting their country in the wake of the worst terror attack on our soil - ever -threatened the lives of a terrorists children. Khalid Sheik Mohammed was immediately responsible for the deaths of 3000 of my fellow Americans. I could really care less if an interrogator, in an attempt to get pertenant information, threatened his children. Give me a break.

All the while, President Obama seems to desperately want us to ignore the little man behind the curtain. This debacle with the CIA, Holder, etc... is all just a distraction - meant to enrage both those on the right and the left so that they are incapable of focusing on more important realities facing our country. As long as we get the blood of the other side - prove that Bush was a war criminal - *that's* what is important, right?

Not so my friends. Not so. Just yesterday, the Congressional budge office announced that the ballooning deficit is even worse than projected - and that our country will in fact face a deficit of over 9 TRILLION dollars in just 10 years. How can our country possibly recover from policies that put our country in the hole by almost a third of our entire economy? And this my friends, doesn't even include the cost of Obama care... oh no, this is just for the already disasterous policies enacted by this administration. In thier own words:

Christina Romer, economic adviser for President Barack Obama, said that the unemployment could begin a slow decline next year with a projected average of 9.8 percent in 2010.

"This recession was simply worse than the information that we and other forecasters had back in last fall and early this winter," Romer said.

So let me get this right, you misread the economy, righ Ms. Romer? And we, the People, are supposed to trust this administration to get anything else right? Let's turn over the heathcare of every citizen to this brain trust because they have proven how all knowing and trustworthy they are.

We aren't on the slow boat to China my friends, we are on the Acela Exprpess to hell. I hope we are all prepared for the bumpy ride, because the next 1000 days can't possibly come to a quick enough end.