Friday, July 31, 2009

A Quagmire of Corruption

Overwhelm the system.

That's the plan and its working. The people in power- soon to be referred to as "the ruling class"- have completely thrown off their sheeps clothing. The wolves are parading around in broad daylight. They are cramming junk legislation through committees and scoffing while we demand that they show some small modicum of responsibility. And they are doing it at a pace that they KNOW we won't be able to fight.

  • While Obama is having his beer summit, the House is sneaking through the Healthcare Bill. I don't care what they said about when they are going to vote, the sneak attack is coming.
  • Small farms are in danger from a bill that would allow a government takeover, putting the government in control of the food supply.
  • The H1Ni vaccine, which is being purchased in massive numbers will be foisted on the public this Fall. Not only are they recommending everyone get both shots this year [traditional and H1N1], they are saying that people might need two shots of the H1N1 vaccine. And guess what- thanks to the Bush administration, these companies are going to be free from liability for damages. Bush's HHS Secretary, Michael Leavitt, announced the legislation which allowed medicines to be "unavoidably unsafe". Huh? So they are pushing an experimental [There have been NO long-term trials for this medication to determine safety or side effects] vaccine in record numbers over a trumped up, false pandemic while John Holdren- the Science Czar for the Obama regime- is pushing for contamination of water and food supplies to force population control. Um, keep your damn vaccine and stay away from my kids. I want grandchildren someday.
  • Oh, and on the topic of Swine Flu there's talk of the government enforcing pandemic-related restrictions on travel and GATHERING. That's funny- weren't the 9/12 organizing a march on DC for Sept.? And bad luck for all of those tea party protestors, huh? What are the odds?
  • Obamas Supreme Court pick, a self-described wise Latina woman [that's code for "whitey-hating racial activist] is being rammed through with some Republican lawmakers resisting. Let's just call the woman what she is- a racist. She's got a score to settle and she's so passionate about it that she has lectured about it on numerous occasions. Why is everyone so surprised? Obama calls white cops who arrest a black man for any reason "stupid", he writes about his anger toward white men in positions of power in his books, he goes to a church that preaches hatred for non-blacks and people are shocked when his Supreme Court pick is repeatedly recorded admitting to judicial bias based on race?
  • Don't forget about Cap and Trade. It's not being discussed in the main stream media but it is still on the table and it still being tweaked. Arms are being twisted and votes are being bought. During the original House vote Henry Waxman and Harry Reid were on the floor offering deals and payoffs like the bookies working the stands at a cock fight.
Be vigilante! Our enemy is hoping to outlast us and waits for us to tire out. Liberty is our legacy and I will not surrender my sons to slavery!

I would like to show my thanks for Rep. Ryan [R-WI] and Rep. Pence [R-IN] who are fighting the good fight on this Eugenics nightmare being masqueraded as Health care Reform. Please don't falter. We need you.

Another shout out to my miserable excuse for a state rep. Richard Henderson who in the midst of all of this mess, took the time, along with the reps of other states to converge on Philly to be wined and dined at the NCSL [National Committee of State Legislators] where the attendance lists are sold for nearly $1000 to lobbying groups. This gives special interests a forum to spread their seeds, including pre-written legislation to take back to their home states [For more on this practice, Google "guardasil, lobbying"]. In his defense, Rep. Henderson had a staffer pen a kind response with a simple "everyone is doing it" message.
Thanks Rep. Henderson for being just another worthless politician!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Aren't We All to Blame?

It's been several days since I posted [and several since I exercised, but that's for a different blog] but there is a very good reason.

As I have said in the past, my time with my Dad is very rare and subsequently very precious to me. So when he called from my driveway Friday night for an impromptu visit, I was elated. Hence, my absence.

Most of the time, I spend my day surrounded by like-minded individuals. I read the posts by the 9/12ers, I read and and listen to the conservative Trifecta of Glenn Beck, Rush, and Leland Conway. Usually, when I am faced with an opposing viewpoint, it is skewed so far left as to make it nearly nonsensical that I disregard it outright. But, when the opinion comes from a position of authority, well...

"Government is what got us into this healthcare crisis. It's the responsibility of the government to get us out." My scathing retort comes bubbling up almost before I can stop it. This is my dad, after all, and I remind myself that he and I are at different points in our lives when our world view is going to be completely different, so I ask him to explain.

"Well, corrupt capitalism has led to out of control health care prices and devious practices by pharmaceutical and insurance companies. The government let it go on so long, catering to special interest that now they have no choice but to step in." He goes on to relay a story to me from his job. He works for a large financial company in the mortgage division. [Needless to say, his advice has been priceless in the recent real estate debacle. It was through his knowledge that I was led to look closer at the Federal Reserve] He describes an unwritten policy by which the company keeps people behind on their mortgages from correcting the matter, grabbing capital from them, which they later regain, but in the meantime they have played with it, invested it and benefited from it. He says that he has been disciplined off the record for circumventing the policy many times.
My loose tongue is too quick for me this time. "You're risking your job."
He smiles and says simply, "You're part of the problem." His barb injures me for many reasons but most of all because I know he is right. It's a problem that started generations ago when we gravitated away from personal integrity and distanced ourselves from consequence.

Now some people will contend that it was when we stopped being afraid of God that we started to go astray and to an extent I believe that this is true. But, someone in the 9/12ers group recently spoke of sacred honor and I nearly had to laugh because he was referring to a local politician. But the phrase stuck with me "sacred honor". How many companies factor honorability into their actions? Everything has only a monetary factor now. The CEOs make millions and when budgetary issues occur, instead of everyone knuckling down and digging in there is a round of firings and dozens of families thrown into immediate chaos. Companies used to take care of their employees- now there are only bottom lines.

Moreover, people used to take care of themselves, but we have become a society of over-indulgients. Even our "poor" families are overfed and out of shape. Our politicians feel entitled to see their mistresses on Father's Day while their wives and children struggle to come to terms with their lack of family headship. Women who cherish their families while trying to serve, like Sarah Palin, are vilified, insulted and harassed. Liberals may have led the charge, but few Conservatives raised a voice in her defense. The attributes we should want to espouse are mocked and ridiculed.

We are all to blame. It is all of us who have moved away from honorability and it may mean the downfall of a republic that was once great.

Who will live with honor today?

Am I saying that Capitalism is evil? No, evil people are evil. Many modern CEOs and business heads operate without honor and have no problem testifying to it. And if corporate America has no honor, American government is completely without conscience.

Now since this blog entry makes me sound like flaming Liberal, I have this to say. Politics starts locally. We all know that. So does honorability. I will strive even more to weigh the full consequences of my own actions before I commit them, not just the consequences to myself but to all persons and apply two little seen attributes in this day and age: deep contemplation and restraint.

Congress should do the same. They should think about what their current legislation will mean to all people, not just the "uninsured" or the "super-rich" or the eco-freaks like Al Gore. With the reawakening of our patriotism comes a sobering reminder of how far all of us have drifted. While we work to get ourselves back to that place of holding ourselves with honor it is incumbent upon us to ensure that those who represent us do the same.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Left, left, left...The Cadence Toward Socialism

Lots of things to talk about so for the sake of [quasi] brevity, I will attempt a digest form today.

- Protecting Freedom of Speech
The Broadcaster Freedom Amendment is being filed on Monday. This would be an affront to those Democrats who seek to revive the Fairness Doctrine, forcing radio hosts like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and our own Kruser and Leland Conway to present equal representation from opposing viewpoints. It won approval in the Senate by a wide margin, but Dick Durbin-D managed to attach an amendment that would encourage [i.e. require] diversity in ownership. This would be an attempt to break up ownership of entities like Clear Channel and could potentially put small syndicated local stations out of business. It's a back- door way of sliding damaging intentions of the Fairness Doctrine into legislation meant to protect free speech. What's worse is that according to Rep. Mike Pence R-IN, the House Democrats have begun stalling to refuse to let Republican-backed legislation come to the floor. We need to call our reps and tell them to allow the vote and deny ANY revival of the Fairness Doctrine.

- Nancy Pelosi- Shut up!
Lying is an accepted aspect of the American mentality, whether you think it is right or wrong, it simply is. Take the current unpleasantness as an example. Nancy Pelosi, a politician, is ranting and raving that she's not a liar. Leon Panetta, current director of the CIA, is much more stoically doing the same. Both of them are liars and we know it. There's a difference, though. Leon Panetta didn't tout the merits of his ultra-virtuous, super-honest fleet of Democratic do-gooders and vow transparency. Leon Panetta doesn't answer to an electorate, and therefore has no reason to lie about who knew what and when. Why not just admit that maybe you were wrong, had one of those infamous Congressional lapses? I'll tell you why not...
Because you've placed that transparency promise on your back like a saddle and the voters are riding you all the way to the show. Nancy Pelosi has no latitude. When you beat your pulpit-oops, I mean podium- about leading the most transparent Congress in history, we expect it. You made a claim and failed to fulfill it. You blew your chance. Forget buying your BS, we aren't even listening anymore.
Madame Speaker, next time [and there will be a next time] a few words of advice: Me think ye doth protest too much. Shut up.

- Hearing Our Voice or Throwing Us A Bone?
Chandler has co-sponsored a House bill to Audit the Fed. That's awesome and frankly more than I have come to expect from him. Maybe after signing onto the Cap and Slave bill, they threatened to boot him from the Blue Dog Coalition, who knows? Maybe it was the hundreds of pink slips that were dumped into his office. Also, the Senate is reportedly benching the Cap and Trade bill until after the August recess. Why? Do they finally get it? Perhaps, but I am not convinced. It could be that Ben Chandler used some of the balls delivered to his office last week from WLAP host Leland Conway [and his producer Aaron], but I think its more likely that he was throwing us a bone and banking on Harry Reid to continue to kill this effort in the Senate. In addition, they are pushing back the Cap and Tax vote until public opinion is not as strongly voiced and we are all busy, settled back into the school year. Don't fall asleep or be pacified with a small victory- that's what they are hoping for!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Saddening Extent of American Progressivism

My eyes are puffy. I've spent a good portion of the day and most of last night crying. I was informed yesterday that I was not entitled to religious freedom because I am not Christian. Yeah, you read that right.

An argument on a liberty meet-up board turned ugly when a poster reminded several vocal Christians that liberty is God-given to everyone. What erupted was an argument by accused eclectics that Christians do not have a monopoly on Conservatism and Christians stomping their refusal to shut up and move to the back of the bus. In an effort to define their own liberties, they stomped all over each other.

This is the true essence of what comes of the Progressive movement. We are so demanding that others embrace those things that make us individual that we are not able to get past those differences to work together. In a stroke of pure irony, the purported goal of celebrating diversity has led to a society more split into factions than in any other point in American history.

It is said that a nation divided cannot stand. The argument that we were all Americans fighting for the liberty of all fell upon deaf ears by right-fighters who were not content to be understood- their viewpoints had to be concurred. Are you with us or against us?

Is that multiple choice?

The other day, I heard a young man call in to complain on the Rush Limbaugh show. After saying that he had never met a Republican that wasn't a racist [Boy, wait until Colin Powell, Michael Steele and Michelle Malkin get that dose of reality!], he admitted that he had a brother who was homeless, but wouldn't allow his blood kin to live with him because they don't get along and are just too different. Never mind the fact that they have a womb in common, its just not enough to stand together in difficult times.

And that's where we are, a nation of people consumed by our differences affronting the founding fathers who made us all Americans. How ashamed of us they would be and rightly so. Not until we are able to be Americans FIRST again will be able to stand for anything.

As for me, I will continue to fight as an American. I will fight for my freedom to live my life as I see fit and for your right to condemn me. I love you, my American brothers. Will you fight at my side?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Why the Turmoil in Honduras is So Important.

Tucked squarely in the middle of Central America, between Guatemala and Nicaragua lies Honduras. It was, and remains for the moment, a democratic republic. The democraticly elected president, Manuel Zelaya, was not a good guy. He has been in office for about three years and since then has moved from his centralist platform to the extreme left. The move that led to his ouster? He sponsored a referendum which would have allowed him to stay in power regardless of the upcoming election, which he was not anticipated to win. The referendum was in direct violation of the country's constitution and was ruled as such by their Supreme Court. They called it what it was- an attempt at despotism. He was surrounded in his home by the military and forcibly ejected from the country.
The new president appointed by the Congress to serve out the remaining half year of Zelaya's term was Roberto Micheletti who, thankfully, remains defiant to outside pressure. Among the detractors of the "coup" are Hugo Chavez [big surprise], The UN [big deal] and none other than our own despot, Barack Obama.

"We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the
democratically elected president there,"
Obama said. "It would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backwards into the era in which we are seeing military coups as a means of political transition rather than democratic elections," he added. "The region has made enormous progress over the last 20 years in establishing democratic tradtions. ... We don't want to go back to a dark past."

Why didn't they just wait until the election? It's only seven months away. ACORN just went international; there's no way they could have rigged that election just yet, could they? There were protestors numbering into the hundreds of thousands clamoring for Zelaya's return, if the main stream media reports are to be believed. I am certain that if Obama was ousted by a coup, there would be supporters demostrating in the streets here. Liberals do make up 1/5 of the US population.

Then, why should we care?

The point is that Zelaya was trying to circumvent the Constitution to keep himself in power which by its own design is an un-democratic move. Obama allies himself with Hugo Chavez and the U[seless] N[ations] to chastise a goverment for defending its Constitution and removing a tyrant before he seized complete power.

It comes down to this: Barack Obama is allying himself with tyrants who intend to [and have] trample on the people in their countries and against the liberty and God- given freedom of the people they govern. His flacid, long overdue response to Iran's stamping down of protests proves it. He's looking down the road and he sees what's coming. He's suring up supporters for the day when the coup is at his door.

I saw a sign the other day that said,


Excuse me, while I sharpen my pitchfork...

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Shock and urrggg..

Like most Americans, yesterday I awoke to the brightened spirit of the holiday with a somber mind full of our nations' current woes.

Over morning coffee, my husband turned to me and said, "I can't believe she quit." I had no idea who he was talking about. "Palin. Sarah Palin. She resigned." Coffee came out my nose.
My knee-jerk reaction was predictable. Nobody likes a quitter. Why would she give the Left this kind of ammunition? I groaned into a new cup of coffee.

But, the "why?" of the matter is a source of stern contention. There are several reasons I can think of off the top of my head, so many reasons that make sense: that self-adoring comedian [the one who resembles the spawn of Eleanor Roosevelt and the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland] and his class-less barbs, the mounting frivolous lawsuits being levied in an effort to bankrupt her, the fear for the welfare of her children, and the pressure- so much pressure.

"Some bloggers are saying that she's doing this to focus on a 2012 presidential run." The thought had crossed my mind, flitting and fleeting. If Sarah Palin understands anything, its the Conservative mindset. Conservatives understand digging in our heels when things get tough, not tucking tail and running. Not to say we wouldn't vote for anyone running against Obama. I have a drunken uncle who wets himself that would be less destructive, and frankly more entertaining, than our current Commander in Thief.

Palin has been so vilified because of her convictions that she was stymied in her current position. Did she not even refer to herself as a lame duck? The character assassination at which they are so skilled began the minute the DNC dropped a swarm of propagandists onto the Alaskan landscape at the announcement of her nomination to the VP ticket. The intention was to either discredit her or to break her. The DNC appears to have acheived part of that goal.

Sound military strategy lends itself to the idea of forfeiting the battle to win the war. The governorship was an un-winnable battle for Sarah Palin. There were too many ways for the liberal Left to attack her on that front. Is she regrouping to launch an offensive on another front and will the initial retreat cost her supports? All speculation at this point.

I no longer care about the future of the Republican party. The bed they lie in they have made for themselves. But Americans, truly patriotic Americans who are ready to rise up, need a face they can rally behind. Some faces have begun to emerge like Rand Paul [Who I would love to see run against Ben Chandler in 2010.] , son of Rep. Ron Paul. Palin has been, for many, one of those faces. Ensign, Sanford and now Palin have succumbed the the leftist smear- machine, but unlike the shameful actions of her male party affiliates, Sarah Palin's cut from the leadership is not as deep. Whether she will warrant our continued support remains to be seen.

Only time will unravel the plans of Sarah Palin and the motives behind her resignation. Such monumental legislation as Cap and Trade, Socialized Health care, and Real Pass are more than enough to keep us from stalling in the meanwhile. WE THE PEOPLE cannot afford to slow. We will dig in our heels and soldier on.

Leaders, come forward. We are ready to move.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Following the Pied Piper

I have been meaning to post for days now. Really, I have. Each time I sit down at my computer and set my hands to the keyboard, I try to focus and organize my thoughts. I begin to type, but the steady flow in my mind widens. Tributaries merge and new aspects bleed in, others out and before long, my neatly formed thought has become a full- on rant. This happened nearly every day- there's just too much for me to be able to focus. But, isn't that the point?

I am worried about money, isn't everyone. We all know the economy is in the toilet. With unemployment nudging toward double digits [If layoffs who have taken part-time work or quit looking are factored in, it is 16.5%!] The thought of my husband out of a job is frankly enough to make me wet myself. We would lose everything we have worked so hard to build: our small house, our one car and the small modicum of pride we have derived from working our way up.

Then, I look at the bills on the table. Not our table, the bills in the House. Cap and Trade, Health care ReFORCE and my mouth goes dry. Cap and Trade, which has already passed the House, will raise my electric bills to $400 a month. I can't afford the $150 they are now.* The forced Health care plan has fines for not having Health care, $1000 for each individual and $4500 for a family. If I can't afford the $500 additional per month for health insurance for myself and my husband, how am I going to afford $2000 in fines every year? I start adding up the tally and nearly lose my breakfast: $650 which would add 25% to a budget with less than 10% in surplus. We would be bankrupted in less than a fiscal quarter.

Hey wait! I leap to my feet. I have a small [SMALL] part-time auditing business, being the piggish capitalist that I am. I do inspections for retail and hospitality establishments. I could just work more. Oops- not so fast. Obama's private sector wrecking ball has taken a toll there as well, cutting the number of paying jobs I have in half and the ones that are paying are paying less. Companies aren't spending, so my ability to earn more is diminished. My earning potential is capped. But, it's that the point?

My father [and stepmother] is the only extended family I have and he lives two states away. He works full-time and rarely has free time for anything. So a chat of any length on the phone is a treat and happens infrequently. He calls and can immediately tell something is wrong. I spill the beans. He tells me not to worry in the consoling way that fathers do. "They'll see, kiddo. When no one can pay their bills and no one has any money to even afford the basics and they have to bail us all out- then they'll see."
"But, isn't that the point, Dad? That's where they want us. That's Socialism- get everyone dependent on the system."
My father is quiet for a moment. "I didn't think of it that way. That would sure be a sneaky, back-handed way to do it."

Yes, Dad, it is.

[*NOTE: For the purpose of full-disclosure: I own a house younger than 20 years with insulated windows, a digital thermostat set to 78 degrees and less than 1000 square feet. I do not own a dishwasher and my washer is an energy star front loader. ]