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It’s Independence Day

July 4, 2010
Fireworks at the Washington Monument

Photo by Andrew Blasko

After a long, long time between postings, I am back. I thought today would be a great day to bring this blog back, being Independence Day and all. There are celebrations going on all over the country as America celebrates its 234rd birthday, but not many are quite as good as the celebration in Washington, DC. As it should be. To watch fireworks go off around the monuments and the Capitol is an amazing site that I hope everyone gets to see at some point in their life. We are very spoiled here. DC is a hard city to live in, but on July 4th, there is no place I would rather be.

I’ve always enjoyed the 4th of July, first for the fireworks, then because of the struggle and bravery that came with signing the Declaration of Independence. We take it for granted today, but every signer of the Declaration was putting his life at risk by signing it. It was an act of treason to the British Crown. We declared our independence from Britain, but we hadn’t won it yet. We were free form the tyranny of King George III, but we still had to get all the British troops  and British rulers out of America. Taking on the most powerful army in the world was no easy task for a brand new country that lacked military prowess. (more…)

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Dissent

August 6, 2009

For years, years, and years, (since the 60s) the left has been promoters of dissent. They would parrot phrases like “Dissent is patriotic” and “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. So why now, that the Left  is in charge is every protest by angry Americans are characterized as “astroturf”? Why is it when people disagree with them that they can’t be legit. Seemingly, the only reason people disagree is because they are being brought in by Big Corporations? Did I mention that corporations are inherently evil and greedy because that is the going public perception.

Why is the media propagating this assumption? It seems that  Jake Tapper is the only reporter with an ounce of integrity. Why is no one in the media questioning Obama? Obama is saying that if you like your insurance, you can keep them. How can Obama make that promise when he has had nothing to do with the bill being discussed? In fact, he’s not even familiar with the bill. Why doesn’t someone ask: “Mr. President, how can you say that?” I have never heard him defend his statements on Health Care reform. It seems people let it go because it sounds good. It does sound good, it just does not sound possible.

The left has called for an honest debate for a long time. Why do they hide behind labels as soon as one is presented? Is it because they don’t want a debate? Why did Obama originally tell Congress that he wanted to pass Health Care before recess, before Congress would have a chance to even read the bill? If the left wants a debate, let’s have one. If not, let’s not “astroturf” and say we want one when we don’t.

Obama Turns the American Dream into a Nightmare

May 3, 2009

We don’t want every single college grad with mathematical aptitude to become a derivatives trader. We want some of them to go into engineering, and we want some of them to be going into computer design

That is President Obama trying to tell college kids what to major in. What? you thought it was your choice to make? You must have been mistaken. You forgot that we live in America. You thought we had freedoms that no other country on earth has had before, or since. You sad, sad person. If you want the freedom to chose what you want to study, you need to go to France, or England. Obama is foolish enough to think that the promise of huge profits and a wealthy lifestyle (like his) are all thatpeople think about when they chose a major. After all, there is no one in the engineering field or the computer design field right? I guess I was ahead of the curve when I chose to major in Political Science. Surprisingly, there were other students in my class. I guess because, you know, people have different passions and they like to focus on their passions.

He also stated that Wall Street will have less of a role in the economy then they did in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. We all know how bad times were in the 80s and 90s. No one had jobs, no one was able to buy himes that they could afford, and there were so many people on welfare. What an awful time it was. Thankfully, Obama wants to make sure terrible times like that will never happen again. He wants to make sure good times like the 30s will always happen. The more government control over the private sector the better.

Every night, I dream of waking up in a world where everyone is equal. I makes me so happy that Obama is telling people what to do with their money, and taking the money that people worked hard to earn. A friend of mine is going to school to get his Master’s degree so he can open up his own business one day. He does not realize that the government is the one and only answer to all the economic problems that we will ever encounter. After all, who knows more about economics than Congressmen who have not opened up a math book in 30 years. In college, the only math class I took was math for non-math majors. I guess I am perfect candidate to run the economy. It can’t be any worse than it was in the 80s and 90s right? Those were such awful times.

Todd Thurman

No More Souters!

May 1, 2009

That was the rallying cry in 1992 after his vote in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case that sought to overturn Roe v. Wade. He was appointed by Bush (the first President Bush) but tended to vote more liberally. Bush tried to nominate a moderate to appeal to everyone, but he nominated a liberal and alienated his base (which he did a lot). So when it came time for him to nominate another Justice in 1991 (which ended up being Clarence Thomas) the rallying cry was “No More Souters”.

In the majority opinion for Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Souter wrote:

overruling the first was anything but a surrender to political pressure and an unjustified repudiation of the principle on which the Court staked its authority in the first instance. So to overrule under fire in the absence of the most compelling reason to reexamine a watershed decision would subvert the Court’s legitimacy beyond any serious question

So wait. When the Court rules in favor of abortion with no Constitutional authority to do so it is somehow, not giving in to political pressure? Read the opinion. There is nothing that says that a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is in the constitution. All it says is that is protected by the right of privacy that was created in the Griswold v. Connecticut case. Aside from that, it is a history of abortion. The argument was that abortion has been happening since the beginning of time, so we should not limit ourselves. Well, Justice Harlan, you know what else has been going on since the beginning of time? Slavery. Does that mean it is OK? Of Course not. Does it only apply to Abortion? Polygamy has also been going on since the beginning of time. How DARE the Court deny my right to marry as many women as I want.

So now that Souter is retiring, I can only hope that Obama chooses a Justice that actually follows the Constitution, but seeing Obama’s record of implementing a far left agenda, that has about a zero percent of happening. IT is sad that this country will continue to be shaped by people who are not elected and have life terms. It has become nothing of what the founders intended it to be. The Court is FAR the “least dangerous branch“. I would go as far as saying that the Supreme Court is the most dangerous branch, but that honor currently goes to Nancy Pelosi and the disgraceful Congress. But just so I can go on record: No more Souters!

Thoughts on the Current State

February 9, 2009

All through the campaign, Obama ran as a moderate conservative. Moderate conservatives were willing to give him a shot because they agreed with a lot of what he said. Moderate liberals knew that he was not Bush and that was enough for them. Far left liberals were hoping that he was lying in his campaign and he would rule from the left (you know, exactly how he has his entire life). People on the far right did not have a horse in this race, so they voted for Sarah Palin.

He ran as a candidate of “change” that was going to clean up Washington. He said that his presidency would be the most transparent presidency in history. He changed the White House Web site and promised to put all of his Executive Orders and transcripts of press conferences. After a very rocky start of publishing none of that, they seem to be keeping up to date now.

Let’s now focus on the people he has nominated. Notwithstanding Charles Rangel, the Head of the House Ways and Means Committee (they actually write the tax code) not understading how taxes work, Obama nominated Tim Geithner to head up the Treasury (which includes the IRS) who has also failed to pay his taxes. The left claimed that it was merely an oversight. A $44,000 oversight. I love the hypocrisy here when the left crucified Joe the Plumber because they found out that he owed $1200 in back taxes, but look away when seemingly no one in their party pays taxes. How can a man head up the branch of government that collects taxes not know how to pay his own taxes? Makes absolutely no sense. How could he even be nominated?

Tom Daschle owed more in back taxes ($150,000) than 95% of the country makes in an entire year. It’s understandable though because he didn’t know he had to pay taxes for his personal driver. Forgive me if I don’t feel sorry for him in the least. Don’t people go to jail for not paying their taxes? Why are these people being elevated to some of the top positons in the land?

Everything comes circling back for Obama. See, he ran as a moderate conservative (tax cuts, more responsibility, less government spending). But anyone who was familiar with his record, knew that there was no chance of him being a far left liberal president. Which is why he nominated Tom Daschle. Daschle is in favor of a National Health Board which also breaks an Obama campaign promise of “if you like your health plan, you can keep it.”

Maybe I am just being cynical, but congress is the last entitty I would trust to do anything for me. OK, second to last. The Supreme Court is the very last thing I would trust to decide when life begins. No idea why the black robe makes people think they are clairvoyant like that.

Much, much more to be said – To be continued.

What Color is the Sky in Andrew Sullivan’s World?

December 4, 2008

I ask because Andrew Sullivan cannot live on this planet and think that what he writes is factual. His denigration of a once-great magazine has been documented elsewhere, but I wanted to further shine light on his pseudo reporting.

His post on December 1st claims “We are All Obamacans“. He hails his pick of “centrist” cabinet members. You know those centrists like Hillary Clinton, Tom Daschle, Janet Napolitano, and Bill Richardson. Granted, the rest of his cabinet could have been a lot worse (although no one would be worse than Jane Harmon for CIA Director), but I would hardly call it “centrist”.

His voting record for te 110th Congress is also not very “centrist”. Time and time again, Obama votes straight party line. He either voted party line or didn’t vote. He only crossed party lines a few times. The left claims that he only voted down party line in the Senate because he was a Junior Senator. That is true, but it is hardly the mark of a reformer.

In the State Senate he had more experience so he could be more like a “Centrist” right? Well according to the New York Times he sponsored several things that would not be considered “centrist”. He sponsored far left bills like Universal Health Care, embryonic stem cell research, provisions against treating minors as adults in certain criminal cases, and the real kicker, a bill that would set up funding for Supreme Court Races.

So people like Andrew Sullivan claim that the GOP painted Obama as far left leaning liberal. Obama has shown more evidence that he is a leftist liberal then he has shown that he is a “centrist”. Doesn’t stop Sullivan from reporting it as fact.

Todd

Old Ideas in a Web 2.0 World

December 3, 2008

Many may ask, why cling to old ideas in a world that is rapidly changing at the drop of a hat? I graduated from college four years ago, and when I graduated we all still took notes on paper. There was no WiFi and one Ethernet port per classroom on the off-chance that someone brought in a laptop. Now, four short (and might I add quick) years later, all freshman get a laptop, the school is completely networked for WiFi and no one takes notes on paper. So in a world where everything changes quickly, why cling to old ideas? Why, because they work. They worked in 1776, 1876, 1976, and will continue to work. Even though everythging around us is changing freedom, liberty, and prosperity remain constant. The government was the problem then and remains to be the problem. The more we can weaken it, the better. Poeple have always been the best advocates for themselves.

A lot has been said, since the election, that the conservative movement is dead (especially by sites like The Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo). The conservative movement is not dead, nor do we need to press the “reset button” as some have stated. All we need to is realize how valuable things like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networking sites really are. The message does not need to be changed, just the way we deliver it. The days of postcards, and robocallers are dead. That is how we came to power in the 80s and mid-90s. That was 15 years ago. A lot has changed since then.

We also need to promote the right message. We cannot get tied down in the petty games of unimportant problems (the Obama birth certificate is the most recent and most ridiculous). We need to focus on the real issues, not issues that are irrelevant to the average person (McCain learned this the hard way with William Ayers). We also need to have plans for our policies (as Eric Cantor pointed out). I think most of the conservative blogosphere is doing a relatively good job of that, but we need to be doing a lot better.

A week, or so, ago I was in the headquarters of Americans for Tax Reform attending a social media roundtable with a who’s who of young conservatives. The main speakers were the people behind The Next Right and RebuildtheParty (the same people).  The purpose of these gatherings is to share best practices and tips with other conservatives. Since this was the first meeting, they just gave an overview of why the Web is important to the future of conservatism. That also happened to be the day the Washington Post article about Obama’s success on the Web came out so that was the main subject. I believe the mark was missed. All they talked about was incredible it was that he got 13 million names to sign up for his e-mail list. How much of a genius he was and how techy he was.

As my colleague so astutely pointed out, Obama is not some Internet guru. He was a social sensation. Had Reagan been running in 2008, he would have had 13 million e-mail addresses too. Obama captivated people and made himself available on the Internet. It was very smart strategy for Obama to invest so much time and money in the Internet from the very start of his campaign, but he just tapped into an already existing market that was waiting for him. No one on McCain’s side was waiting for him, so he started from scratch. He did all the same things Obama did with YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and the like. He just didn’t captivate people. How did Obama get this ready-made network to tap into? The left blogosphere made it for him.

The left blogosphere rose to prominence by pointing out missteps of Republicans. When what was said didn’t match with what was done, they were on the Web informing people. the right rarely does anything like that. Instead, the Web is treating like talk radio. Instead of going after policiy issues, they go after misstatements that are, most of the time, taken out of context. That will only succeed in driving people away. Matt Sheffield should be a model to us all. His site, Ratherbiased.com exposed Dan Rather’s misrepresentation of facts on Bush and helped to get him off TV. That is real activism that people can get behind. My Colleague, Conn Carroll, has been doing his best to keep up with the trials of the left.

If we are to succeed in the 21st century we need to adapt to new technology as it changes, not after we lose elections because we were scared to adapt. We can be the trendsetters. We have to be.

Todd