WEEK OF JANUARY 25, 2009
There are no articles here about Barack Obamas inauguration
speech. I confess, I did not watch it or listen to it on the radio. I did not tune in to
watch him take the oath of office, nor did see the giddy crowds in
That is not to say that I am not interested or focused on the change
in administrations. Instead, it is the glamour and the glitter that hold no interest for
me. It is somewhat like Super Bowl Sunday. I never watch the pre-show, half time, or the
post show programs. Give me the meat and potatoes. You can have all of the finger-food.
Nonetheless, during the week my thoughts did turn to what it would be like to be a president leaving office, whether the feeling would be one of sadness or relief. Perhaps, a little of both. George W. Bush may have been pilloried and vilified, but he leaves office knowing that there is a group of Americans out here who admire and respect him for being the good human being that he is, for his courage and stamina, whether we agreed with all of his political decisions or not. I know that our men and women in military uniform felt this way. In my opinion, there is no higher accolade for a commander-in-chief than to be held in such high regard by the very people that he sent out to serve their country and to be in harms way. Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan epitomized this love and respect. George Bush has earned a spot on this List of the Few.
But perhaps no one has expressed his admiration better than a certain member of the media, which may come as a surprise to many. I have not been able to locate the original source for the following opinion; it came to me in an e-mail message from a friend. I will therefore post it here in its entirety. And only time will validate the accuracy of his adulation.
America's Destination - And where the British want to leave
When voters elect government leaders who follow their hearts instead of their brains, they usually find themselves on a trip to somewhere they really do not want to be. But all too often, they find that they have only a one-way ticket.
Such is the case shown in the video below. It clearly illustrates the path that Americans have chosen, beginning in 2006 when we gave the Left control of Congress. But our train picked up speed in November when we elected the most liberal candidate to ever run for president. We see here an example of just one of our basic constitutional rights that is now being threatened. There may be no turning back, as our British cousins have learned.
Has the English language changed, has economic
inflation set in this quickly, or has
Apparently anything can be accomplished with "Hope" and
"Change". I just can't wait to hear the
Democrats' first comments on pork-barrel spending. Just call it "economic
A tip of the hat to Jim and Heidi Stenson of Green Bay, WI
A Crisis Too Great to Waste
Barack Obama proposes massive government spending like we have never seen before as our
way back to economic prosperity. Yet wasn't it a mountain of unpayable debt that got us
into this financial crisis in the first place? The rivers of red ink he proposes would
make FDR and LBJ blush. This approach may have worked politically for FDR and LBJ, but
neither time did it work economically for the country. It may work politically for Obama
too, but deficit spending will not work economically today either.
republics are known for this kind of governance. It is a recipe for a treasury default or
hyperinflation that no industrialized county has seen since
is a smart guy. He can't possibly be naive enough to think more debt piled on the existing
trillion national debt is
the solution to the economic mess we are in. Recessions are a natural part of the economic
cycle and only market forces can correct them. One can only wonder about his true motives.
common characteristic of all authoritarian regimes is the need to control their populace
by some crisis, real or imagined. Could it be that the genuine financial crisis we now
face will give Obama and the Left a ready-made excuse to regulate, tax, socialize and
otherwise control our lives in unprecedented ways?
the past year, the American public has learned a bit about community organizers from
is considered a father of American radicalism. His 1971 book, Rules for
Radicals" laid out the uncompromising tactics necessary to force radical change upon
society. These rules have come to define the lawless methods of Leftist protestors and
activists since the
is the latest and most successful Alinkyite ever to gain power. He is a charismatic cross
between a 1960s radical and a
Rahm Emanuel, this is certainly a crisis too great for the Left to waste. This could be a
once in a lifetime opportunity to push their agenda wholesale upon the American people.
The worsening recession opens the way for government intervention on a scale greater than
the New Deal or the Great Society. A Republican administration has already paved the way.
And the people, wanting action, will accept any stimulus package of any size no matter
what the consequences to the deficit.
makes normally constitutionally minded people behave in strange ways. When someone is
about to lose his job or her life savings, most people will sacrifice their personal
freedoms to prevent that from happening. Self-survival trumps rationality, and the herd
mentality soon becomes mob rule. The rule of law becomes the rule of men. In such an
emotionally charged atmosphere, most people run to anyone who offers them any glimmer of
hope. And for many people today, that person is Barack Obama.
"this painful crisis also gives us an opportunity to transform our economy to improve
the lives of ordinary people." Transformation is a key word. Crisis gives him the
opportunity, and now he has the personal mandate to do it.
erosions of the constitutional liberties will probably be gradual. Each step will have its
explanation. The fawning media will cheer it on. And Obama will provide a reasoned
justification for it all. Yet it is an illusion. The skeptics among us would say the real
game is about tightening the Leftist grip on power.
about it. We have the $700 billion TARP bailout and an $800 billion stimulus package.
These come in addition to the $407 billion general
plus more than $140 billion for AIG, more than $100 billion for Fannie and Freddie, $29
billion for Bear Stearns, $20 billion for CitiGroup, and $25 billion for the auto
companies. While some of funds overlap and will be recovered, it is fair to say the total
deficit will far exceed $1 trillion. And all that is before Obama takes office. Then there
is his promise of universal health care and other social programs.
state and local government spending already consumes about one-third of
the Gross Domestic Product. Obama proposals, if enacted, could conceivably grow the total
government spending to more than 40 percent of the GDP. Obama seems to believe we can
borrow our way out a crisis that was created by borrowing in the first place. It is a
house of cards.
are headed either for national bankruptcy or inflation so great that the dollar becomes
worthless. Crisis drives fear, which drives rapid change in our national fabric toward
collective socialism. Once the people become dependant on a government rescue in their
lives, the social programs Obama enacts will become a fixture in
minded people have fought the socialist agenda for years. Yet they've never fought it with
so much of government controlled by the Left while led by such a charismatic leader. Soon
enough, Bush will be a memory and Obama will own the economic mess with no answers except
more government. Unemployment, inflation, and other economic maladies will painfully show
themselves no matter what spin is used to explain them.
must frame the conversation in a reasoned way based on less regulation and the
unharnessing of free enterprise. Therein lies the only true strategy for renewed economic
growth. The conservative position will require a very energetic and skillful response by
the GOP to stop the incremental governmental control over society by the Obama and the
Left. It will require Republicans to pull themselves together and rediscover the
principles for which they truly stand. Let's hope they can do it before it is too late.
Leave it to government to give entirely new meaning
to some of the most easily understood words in the English language like
cut and freeze.
Michelle Malkin, in an article about prosecuting Bush Administration officials for crimes allegedly committed, included a report by Bill Sammon at FOX News Channel in which he quoted Barack Obama:
If I were an advisor to the soon-to-be President, I would tell him that this would be a good statement to file away for future use, in the event that the Supreme Court or Congress ever find the courage to address the issue of his constitutional eligibility to serve.
Is there a cease-fire or not?
FOX Newsis reporting tonight that the Hamas leadership in Gaza has agreed to the cease-fire initiated by Israel on Saturday, but established the conditions that Israel must withdraw all of its troops within one week and reopen all border crossings into Gaza.
The report also claims that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants to
Here is one skeptic who firmly believes that Hamas will resume firing
There are two unknowns that prevent an optimistic outlook for the
conflict. The first is the question of how successful the Israelis were in shutting down
the influx of missiles via the tunnels in southern
Yet another question is whether
At this point, it would be difficult to predict what effect the
latest flare-up will have on the seemingly never-ending conflict in