Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I've Got the Blue Dog Blues

Since I am a philosophical objectivist-conservative, many liberals would accuse me of being a cold, heartless and ignorant rube. I assure you, dear readers, I am posessed of both savvy and sympathy for the downtrodden. A perfect example of where my sympathies lie is the "Blue Dog" coalition of Democrats that was coordinated by Rahm Emanuel.

Fear not. I haven't gone soft on you yet. I could no more bring myself to vote for a pro-abortion party now than I could thirteen years ago when I turned eighteen. I am simply of the belief that, politically speaking, the Democratic Party and the Blue Dogs in particular, are in a rather unenviable position.

How many moderates, or so-called "conservative Democrats" do you find vamping for the cameras in national press conferences? Not many. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Harry Reid have plumb leadership positions in their respective chambers, and Bawney...ahem...Barney Frank, a man perhaps more responsible for the banking collapse than any other individual, also has a plumb appointment on the House Banking Committee. The list of radical partisan hacks goes on and on -- while most of the freshman Blue Dogs are completely without clout. Sorry Blue Dogs; you've been had. You were used and abused. True moderates, let alone conservatives, will never have real clout in the modern Democratic Party.

I really don't think that the Democratic leadership cares at all about moderating themselves. That's simply my opinion. What I know is that elected officials of both parties depend heavily on their respective national party committees, various PACs, and the support of congressional campaign committees, all led by senior party aparatchiks that do have major clout. This is where the dilemma enters the picutre.

The American people have watched porkulus, the auto bailouts, and cash-for-clunkers skate through congress relatively easily. We've now drawn the line in the sand, and a solid majority of voting-age Americans are asking, "If you [congress] can't be counted-on to handle little things, how can we count on you to handle one-sixth of the entire economy?"

Democratic leadership has invested heavily in the Blue Dogs' election as a route to power, so much so that now they are depending on the Blue Dogs to ram through health care reform, and the American people aren't buying it. So what do the Blue Dogs do? If they follow the wishes of their consituency, they run the risk of being cut off from their party's support system and they face the prospect of nationally-engineered protracted primary battles with opponents hand-picked by the current administration. On the other hand, if they buck the anger at home to kowtow to their party's leadership, no amount of money and advertising will save them if the people refuse to vote for them (such as happened to Tom Daschle in 2004).

This strikes me as a no-brainer, but perhaps that's because I'm not an elected official. My eyes haven't been glazed over by the wonders and perquisites of Capitol Hill. That's why I believe that any Blue Dog with an ounce of common sense will listen to the people first. Without the party's support, your chances of winning are lessened. Without the voters' support, your chances of winning are nonexistent.

You have to hand it to Barack Obama, anyway. He is certainly a man of principle (which I am diametrically opposed to), and in sticking to his guns along with congressional leadership, he may be able to do what Bill Clinton couldn't: destroy the Democratic Party as a viable political entity. I wouldn't want to be a Blue Dog right now.

Open Letter to John McCain

Sit down and shut up. We don't need your maverick ways or your "bipartisanship." The Democrats are doing a fine job of self-destructing with very little Republican input. Stay out of their way and just let it happen.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's Hammer Time!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mary Katherine Ham had an excellent article at The Weekly Standard about Representative Baron Hill (D Ind.) who has now at least twice publicly accused townhall protesters of being political terrorists.

Considering the overwhelming public opposition to Obamacare, who does he think he is going to get to vote for him? Seriously?

"Terrorism" as a concept is so amorphous, it is hard to define. I shall try here:

The intentional injury or killing of civillian non-combatants, inside or outside of a war zone, for the express purpose of effecting political change.

Now there are a whole host of reasons that America is not a terrorist nation by that definition, but the particulars of that discussion can be saved for another more appropriate time.

I don't want those Democratic Obama stooges to die. I want their most morbid collective fear to come true: I want them to lose their jobs in a uniquely American open and free election, only to be consigned to the dustbin of political history as utter failures.

Does that make me a terrorist? I'll admit, the above definition is not strictly a dictionary definition, but to listen to Baron Hall, we've all been terrorists at some time in our lives, because we all use fear in some capacity at some time to get what we want.

You see, normal people do tend to fear things like death and illness and perhaps to a lesser extent, pain and emotional suffering. To normal people, "terroism" constitutes something on the order of using fully-loaded passenger plains as missiles to topple high-rise buildings and snuff out the lives of roughly 3000 other normal people.

Politicians aren't normal people. They live in a different world than most of us. For the liberal establishment, for far too long, politics has been a game of input and output. Buy the votes, ply the favors, and take it for granted that you're in like sin.

That's not the case this time. The American people aren't buying what the Democrats are selling. There are politicians who fear for their reelection chances far more than they fear the chance of an Iranian nuclear strike.

I hope Representative Hall and his Democratic colleagues continue to fear. The death of my fellow humans -- normal or not, politicians or otherwise -- brings me no pleasure. Seeing losers stooge for Obama and pay the political price would be absolutely priceless.

Philip Elliott is a Moron

...and should be brought up on charges of journalistic malpractice.

Elliott wrote the following on Monday, August 17, 2009, for the associated press(Dateline - Washington):

Bowing to Republican pressure and an uneasy public, President Barack Obama's administration signaled Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system.

Take your time pondering that opening 'graph. Think about what's wrong with it. That's right! The Democrats have a commanding majority in both houses of Congress, as well as a leader in the executive branch! It gets better.

Facing mounting opposition to the overhaul, administration officials left open the chance for a compromise with Republicans that would include health insurance cooperatives instead of a government-run plan. Such a concession probably would enrage Obama's liberal supporters, but could deliver a much-needed victory on a top domestic priority opposed by GOP lawmakers.

Can you say "cognitive dissonance," kids? The only thing the Republicans have to bring to the table is the moral high ground that comes with "bipartisanship." When it comes to actually forcing legislation through the meat grinder of congress, the only practical reason for getting Republicans on-board with anything would be Democratic disunity.

If Philip Elliott isn't a moron, it must be said that he is a dishonest shill. Of course, the two aren't mutually exclusive.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Protesting Fun

Earlier tonight, I was able attend a health care townhall meeting that took place right here in my hometown. I stayed for about the first twenty minutes of the meeting itself, and I was not surprised at all to find that the whole purpose of the round-table Q&A seemed to be AARP propaganda.

I had the most fun snapping pictures of the people protesting outside the fine arts center on the local college campus, where the meeting was taking place.

The gentleman above had information about a townhall meeting being conducted by Senator John Thune in my hometown later this week.

And this is a closeup of the flier he was holding.

And of course not everyone at the meeting, or protesting outside, was necessarily of age to belong to the AARP.
I will blog some more, and possibly cinch or even do a show after John Thune's townhall on Thursday. Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Let's go, Joe!

I was listening to Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski via the WABC radio webcast this morning. Unfortunately, although I tend to like Scarborough, I heard some things on his show today that greatly concern me.

Joe doesn't understand the fear that the average American feels for their country. He believes that the constitutional republic that we enjoy will outlive any presidency, just as it has survived two world wars and numerous spats of turmoil which he enumerated.

I wish I shared Joe Scarborough's optimism. I think he's wrong.

Eternal vigilance is indeed the price of freedom. We have been flagging in that vigilance since at least 1913 (with the consitutional amendment that authorized direct taxation), and perhaps before. The income tax outlasted WWI. Social security, ponzi scheme that it is, outlasted FDR. Federal highway funding outlasted President Ike. The Great Society outlasted LBJ. Each of these freedom-encroaching unconstitutional programs have contributed to transforming our republic into something our founding fathers wouldn't recognize today.

In the great scheme of things, the Republican takeover of congress in 1994 was barely a hiccup. Those of my readers who are more aware may remember that Scarborough was a member of the House "class of '94." Is it possible that perhaps his views are colored by his experience as a federal legislator?

Our fear is not the sort of fear that will force us to cower behind the scenes as nationalized health care is forced on us. With our liberty at stake like it hasn't been in my lifetime, all the admonishment in the world from Joe Scarborough -- or anyone else -- won't allay our fears.

The institutions that Scarborough puts so much faith in will survive only as long as they are maintained and preserved. That job falls to "We the People." We will not be denied.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Broad Brush

Now we are an unruly mob. I am extreme. You are extreme. We are extreme. Our honor has been impugned because we dare to petition our government for a redress of our grievance. Those in power are those who would just as soon deny us that right. They are the same people who would deny us the basic right to make informed decisions about our own lives and death.

When it comes to the dangers of socialized medicine, "we the people" have truth on our side. Now is not the time to be quiet. Now is not the time to retreat into humility! They would not be demonizing us if they did not fear us.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cash for Clunkers (which I don't have)

The "Cash for Clunkers" program inflames me like few things do. I hold it up as a paragon of poor government planning (but I repeat myself), social engineering, and bureaucratic indifference all rolled up into one tidy little package.

At first blush, cash for clunkers might seem like generous largesse. To anyone with an ounce of common sense, that idea simply doesn't pass the smell test. Government can only get money one way: by shaking down the people. For those people that choose to take part in the program, they are paying the very tax dollars that make it possible to exist.

But what about those people with no cars to trade? I'm one of those people, and therefore I am out of luck. Just this fact is enough to make the C4C program suspect to me.

There is also the matter of how long the program's budget lasted. One billion dollars of taxpayer money was originally slated to last from the last week of July through the end of October. Well ladies and gentlemen, if you've been living in a cave, I'm here to tell you: Most of that budget was blown through inside of four days. The House of Representatives has voted to authorize another two billion dollars, which at that rate will keep the program going for roughly another week. Can you imagine how many billions of dollars it would take to keep the program going through November?

And to top it all off, the government is further insulting me by mandating that those clunkers collected by the program be summarily destroyed! Hundreds of thousands of cars might be taken out of circulation that I could afford if I chose to purchase one, and I along with many others who are less-than-wealthy, are once again massively cheated in this massive FUBAR Charlie-Foxtrot.

The brilliant Doctor Zero said it far better than I ever could, so go read the good doctor's Green Room post at Hotair.com. Isn't it great that we have adults in charge now?

Tools in the News

A common thread running within just about everything that ticks me off is the idea that somehow, I am an idiot. The mainstream media, along with many Democratic congressmen and Hollywood moguls all seem to trumpet the idea rather loudly that we are a nation of simpletons who simply don't know what's good for us.

The latest example of many comes from Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH).

Regarding critics who argue that lawmakers do not even read the bills they are voting on, Hodes said it’s not realistic to expect members of Congress to read every bill word-for-word, as Congress took more than 2,000 votes in the session that ended in December.

“I think you would slow down the business of Congress to a crawl and it would be hard to get done what needs to be done. It’s not necessarily the major problem with the way Congress functions.”

So not only did Hodes vote for Porkulus, not only did he vote for cap-and-fraud, but he expects us to somehow have sympathy for people that make what is perhaps the highest hourly pay in the nation!

In case my gripe here isn't clear, dear reader, let me make myself clear: I want congress to slow down. When every piece of legislation passed in a legislative year is a worthless boondoggle, the less the better. Paul Hodes is a certified tool on the order of John Conyers. Try again, Sir.

Special thanks to Captain Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com