Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Seventeen skyscrapers were evacuated after this blunder yesterday including the ten-story where a co-worker of mine’s wife is employed. Terror must have led to relief which later led to anger which then led to the realization that maybe this Obama’s test scores in school are more indicative of his intelligence than his silver tongue. Oh well. If our great country weren’t in play…it might be hilarious.
Here is how the Kansas City Star reported on it:
“Besides costing businesses millions of dollars in lost productivity, the flyover exposed President Obama's staff to deserved ridicule for approving the mission.
For example, callers flooded the lines of conservative talk-shows in Kansas City on Monday. Some claimed this incident showed how disconnected from reality President Obama already has become about Americans' concerns over terrorism.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was among the top local officials angered because he was not told about the training exercise and photo-op. (Ut was a chance to take new pictures of the president's plane as it flew by the Statue of Liberty.)
The White House later Monday issued an apology. Obama reportedly was angered by the incident.”
The first 100 days extravaganza is in panting mode for the media…as they prepare to celebrate their new president and their accomplishments in getting him elected. Matt Drudge calls it the ‘Best President Ever Campaign.’
Those not celebrating are those concerned about the economic vitality and security of our nation.
In the meantime, at least let’s criticize the guy for burning a thousand gallons of fossil fuel – after his criticism of the automakers flying to Washington. Oh Al Gore, where are you when we need you?
Submitted by D.B. Jackson
Thursday, April 16, 2009
No one ever said it would be easy.
What is easy, is to get discouraged.
We know academically that we have faced obstacles before and we know that we got through them because our predecessors did not give up and did not get discouraged. Many risked and sacrificed and many gave the ultimate sacrifice.
It is hard to be a Republican and hard to be a conservative. And the opposite is true…it is easy to take the path of least resistance. The late great Fulton Sheen used to say, “even a dead body can float downstream.” Rick Warren gave up the fight. His predecessor Billy Graham (both great men) chose to not engage in the fight. The Pope is one of the few in the international stage that is taking the blows (for abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning).
We have been handed the challenge of our generation. It is fighting back a popular president and his popular uprising. It is sticking up for LIFE, when the world seems to have thrown in the towel. It is fighting to maintain the laws, structure and the tenets that have made America the country that it is. It is defending the family.
We know we will be successful, although we can’t see that direct path just yet. But God doesn’t reward us for being successful, as a nun friend always reminds me, He rewards us for being faithful. God will take care of the success.
I spent last night at a tea party rally. It was much as I expected, a working class, polite, patriotic crowd. About 4000+ people of all ages. Republicans, Independents, Libertarians. I sensed some discouragement, but I sensed considerable energy. We are not focused yet. Our message is all over the board…from stimulus, to affirming our Christian heritage, to health care, to socialism, to fighting terror, to tax and spend liberalism and to immigration…it is hard to nail down exactly what we need to do.
In the end, it is politics that triumphs in a Republic. As long as Nancy Pelosi is writing legislation that will affect the next two generations, grass roots will end up solving nothing. We need to elect moral leaders that share our founding fathers vision of America (and the vision shared by every president since before LBJ and including Ronald Reagan, George(s) Bush).
I find it hard to believe that any of the 4000 in that stadium last night did not vote this past November, but statistically a good number - 10-20% - did not. We need to do better.
We need to motivate and recruit. We need to register new voters that share our principles and we need to 'GET OUT THE VOTE IN 2010.' All the letters, the talk, the tea parties will be of no use if we cannot win back the Congress.
It is also important that we nail down our arguments. We need to know EXACTLY why we are opposed to abortion or stem cell research or immigration amnesty or high taxes. We need to win over the next generation to an understanding of the risks to America that the current course and speed is imposing.
In the end, we know we will be successful. And we will soon see how that path evolves. It may not be easy or pleasant or fun…but it is hard work and it must be done. Keep the FAITH !!!
Submitted by D. B. Jackson
Thursday, April 9, 2009
In a saner world – a world where the good guys are the good guys and the bad guys are the enemies – Europe and the United States would be eradicating these third world pirates from the world’s oceans. These are the days when even the most ardent supporter of Obama is wishing that Ronald Reagan or George Bush could be president for, say, forty-eight hours. Don’t expect anything more than lip service and harsh words for the pirates. The only thing that would merit a response from Mr. Obama is if he was absolutely sure that soft action (a la Jimmy Carter) would kill him in the opinion polls. Bill Clinton was famous for putting on a tough show when the numbers were against his principles (the aspirin factory in Iraq). He was also famous for cutting and running as he did in Mogadishu (hmmm, that’s in Somalia too).
John Kerry, in his failed attempt to win the presidency, used to actually criticize President Bush’s foreign policy as lacking in nuance. That’s correct. I still wonder precisely what he meant. I guess it means, a little diplomacy, a little bluffing and very little gunpowder. The problem is that nuance with terrorists and pirates is like nuance with children – it doesn’t work. Say what you mean and do what you say is the only thing that works. Ask Ronald Reagan. Ask John Kennedy. Ask Harry Truman.
We live with Americans – hopefully just a loud minority- that truly believe that we can cajole the world into peace by talking softly, handing out iPods and apologizing for America. We can even say we are no longer a Christian nation anymore…c’mon, “PLEASE LIKE US, WE”LL SELL OUT ON ANYTHING.”
In actuality, Muslims do not hate us because we are Christian. They never attack the Vatican. They never blow up Baptist churches. They blow up France and Spain all of the time. They hate us because they believe us to have no values. Whether it is our movies, our greed or our dress code – this is what they oppose. Too bad for them! But, don’t apologize for founding a country on Christ and Judeo-Christian values, especially during Holy Week.
Nothing causes a president to lose popularity faster than ‘nuance’ in foreign policy. Let’s hope that this is the beginning of the end for the soft-spined Obama. Let’s just hope that no one else gets hurt.
Submitted by D. B. Jackson