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Mitt's False Religious Credentials

Mitt Romney has been working overtime to establish himself as a conservative Republican. The evidence suggest he is far from being a conservative.

His credentials regarding social issues are weak. He has taken the moderate to liberal stance on abortion, same sex marriages, healthcare, and immigration. Granted he has tried to get folks to turn a blind eye to his past, but it remains there anyway. On these issues, where the government ought not to have any control, Mitt Romney has been and remains an advocate of government socialism.

He has attempted to established himself as a fiscal conservative. Research into his political experience (Taxachussetts governor) strongly suggests he is a moderate at heart. But there is something more telling about his “I’m superior to you, and you should obey me” mentality. We have read ad infinitum about his displays of arrogance. (“I like to fire people” comes to mind.)

But it goes deeper still. An honest assessment by anyone will reveal that Romney boasts about his great management skills. Yet, such an investigation will also reveal that Romney actually does not have any more management experience than either Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich. He has bought and paid for an image and message that is false. Mitt Romney was not a manager. He admitted that in the debates (“I didn’t manage those accounts, they were in blind trust”. Which by the way is on record as being a false statement). Br. Mitt as he is affectionately referred to by his worshipers in Utah believe he had significant management experience with the Utah Olympics. I will be a little charitable with him. He was at the helm when the Olympics played out. Yet, people should realize that the disgraced prior management team had been already ousted and those in control had already establish and implemented a plan to correct those flaws with the Olympics. When Mitt arrived he did not save the day. He simply ran a set of plays that were already in motion. Let’s not give him “great” credit for “saving the Olympics.

There is more. At one time Burger King was number two in national restaurant chains. They floundered. Mitt invested money into them yet they still are below number two. Mitt Romney is not the great manager his campaign would have you all believe.

Now, one more reality check. Along with his investments in some companies that he did not manage Mitt had some success. However, he also had substantial failures with several investments, just like Obama. Obama has stolen money from taxpayers to invest in companies like two or three solar companies that have had failures, so far. His public investments in car companies has not yielded real success either. Romney would like contrast his successes with Obama’s failures. But there is a very serious question that deserves an answer.

Mitt Romney would have us all believe he is a strong conservative. That is false, but let’s follow the trend. Romney is using a prominent, yet errant, view of Mormons to portray his conservative image. Whether folks think about it or not they recognize that Mormon Country (Utah and Idaho) have held the role of being the most conservative states in the union. That image is transposed onto anyone that is Mormon. Fortunately, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not take political stances on most issues. But, if one were to examine a large sector of public Officials in Utah, at least, they will see a group of very moderate if not liberal elites; former Governor Mike Leavitt, former Governor Jon Huntsman, the current Governor,and several leaders in the state legislature. The Republican Party routinely elects its leadership from among the moderate thinkers in the party.

Most of these people are the ones aligned with Mitt Romney’s campaign. They are the epitome of establishment Republicans.

Yet, the public perception persist that Mitt Romney, the Mormon, is conservative. Why, because people won’t study him. Also people fail to have an accurate view of the Mormon population. It is perceived as very conservative because of the strong adherence to the traditional views of family, homosexuality, abortion, et al. Fiscally, Utah is among the states with some of the most liberal laws in existence.

Mitt Romney enjoys that perception of the Mormonism because it assist him in establishing himself among conservative nationwide, by association. The perception of Mitt Romney as anyone close to conservative is false. I personally would like Mitt to come clean with the FACT that he only wants to be president, just like Obama. He has little desire to do what is either best or even good for America.

William Way, Jr.

Why obama is Toast

This just in from the Associated Press:

The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.

About 302,000 homes were sold last year. That’s less than the 323,000 sold in 2010, making 2011 the worst year on records dating back to 1963.

This doesn’t bode well for the current White House occupant, who’s staking his re-election on a two pronged strategy of attacking Republicans and spinning the impression that, thanks to his policies, America’s economy is on the right track and on the road to recovery.

Numbers like these certainly won’t help him implement the second portion of this strategy. If the trend is up, as the White House, their surrogates in the “progressive” Democratic Party and the “progressive” Party Pravda keep telling us, why were there fewer new homes sold in 2011 than in 2010?

This speaks to the bigger reason why occupy Oval Office’s re-election changes are diminishing. People in America are not as stupid as the self appointed, self-imagined “intellectual elite” believe them to be.

Just because a bunch of self interested, self seeking snobs with highfalutin college degrees thumbtacked to their office walls altered the variables in the equation by which inflation rates are calculated doesn’t mean that people can’t and won’t see the truth. Bureaucrats in government can release all the doctored numbers it’s possible to cipher, desperately trying to convince people to deny their own cognitive abilities and take what they’re being told at face value…that there is no inflation. I guess them there fancy pants geniuses with them there Ivy League deeeegreeeees truly believe that average people, Joe and Josie six pack if you will, don’t see the cost of gasoline and food going up when they fill up their cars and go to the grocery store.

The “intellectual elite” keep trying to convince those dummies populating fly over America that thanks to massive big government spending and increased regulation through the stimulus, Dodd/Frank, and obamacare, unemployment numbers are going down and people are finding jobs. If you just happen to be one of the millions of folks who can’t find a job, haven’t been able to find a job after months or years of searching, live with someone who’s experiencing the same dilemma or hear from someone who just lost the good paying job with benefits they’d had for years, you’re absolutely, positively, definitely the exception to the rule.

The economic crash of 2008 was the direct result of the failed leadership of George W. Bush and failed Republican policies. The Tea Party is Astroturf. Tea Partiers are violent, extreme racists. The Tea Party spit on us. Occupy Wall Street is legitimate. Occupy Wall Street is a spontaneous grassroots movement. Newt Gingrich can’t win a general election. Mitt Romney’s a part of the isolated, evil rich 1%. Rick Santorum has no chance.

There’s no doubt about it. We have spoken, you will believe. The world’s a safer place! The world’s impression of the United States is better now that we’re in charge! America’s more respected now! Believe us…trust us…we’re the smart ones (read: not you). Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I AM THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ!

Oh brother.

Stupid Politicians

Today a premium is placed on being sensitive, understanding, and tolerant. For those of us in the know, we recognize this malady as political correctness. This disease of PC softens truth with the goal of changing it, or at least rendering truth ineffective. Softened words are used to protect the feelings of individuals. Words such as “stupid” are looked down upon with disdain, yet what better word could be used to describe the ones who have created the sorry mess in government that filters down into every day life?

Let’s face it, many politicians make STUPID decisions, say STUPID things and pass STUPID laws. It is only fair to point out that not all politicians consistently show stupidity. I do happen to know one with common sense and he is a real statesman. (I have to point out that the spell check on my computer marked my use of the gender specific word “statesmen” and suggested I use something else. Even my computer is infected with political correctness!)

The word “stupid” according to THE source, Mr. Webster, gives this definition of stupid- 1. In a state of stupor; dazed; stunned; stupefied. 2. Lacking normal intelligence or understanding; slow-witted; dull.

Well, there you have it. Whether you want to say most politicians are in a stupor or that they are lacking understanding, both are correct. Most are in a drunken stupor of power and greed and most are lacking basic understanding, judging by the words from their mouths and the results of their legislation.

Below are some general stupid policies that come from specific laws and regulations. Many more could be listed. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Stupid! Laws and prohibitions that restrain US oil companies from drilling for oil in ANWR and other coastal areas. This is stupid because to not drill here means higher prices for oil and continued dependency on foreign oil. We have an abundance of oil. Not to mention the opposition to the Keystone pipeline, a project with the potential to provide 900,000 barrels of crude oil a day to US refineries and provide a quarter of a million new jobs, over time.

Stupid! Laws and regulations that afford more protection to animals than humans, especially those in the womb. God created animals for man and not man for animals. Pass the fried chicken.

Stupid! Laws that dole out millions upon millions of dollars annually to illegal aliens who are breaking the law by being here. What is intelligent about rewarding those who break the law while punishing those who keep the law?
Stupid! Back-breaking taxes, regulations and mandates from government agencies that kill profits for businesses, small and large, running some out of business and causing others to cut employees. This hurts America and individual Americans. Government seems bent on ruining private business, yet private enterprise pumps money into the economy while government adds nothing, but sucks it out faster than it comes in.

Someone needs to blow the trumpet and begin calling a spade a spade. STUPID is the most descriptive word that can be used, even if it offends the sensitive. Had enough yet America? Wake up!

Joseph Harris has been a college professor and pastor since 1987 and his writings have appeared on WorldNetdaily, Sword of the Lord, Intellectual Conservative, Conservative Daily News, Land of the Free, and Canada Free Press. [email protected]

Romney's Taxes – Is It Any Of Our Business?

First, we have to pretend that it’s any of our business, that a candidate’s personal tax records have any bearing on what sort of president he will be. Then, let the spinning begin. Depending upon who you want to believe, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is either a crook or a hero. Challenged by fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Romney released his 2010 federal income tax return on Monday, January 23, 2012. Romney and his wife Ann paid an effective tax rate of 13.9% in 2010. That’s great or despicable, depending on your perspective (I’m assuming that the “I don’t care” crowd is very small to non-existent). So the question is HOW did he pay that rate?

Romney earned the majority of his income from investment profits, dividends and interest. He made income from “carried interest,” a form of earnings that is available to private equity partners, and taxed at the 15% investment income tax rate, not the higher wage income rate of 35%. Because the US tax code favors investment income over wage income, the rate he paid was below the 35% rate paid by most Americans. Romney had capital gains income of $12.5 million for 2010, and was taxed at the rate of 15%. “Governor Romney’s investments are reported and taxed in full compliance with US tax laws,” said Romney campaign counsel Ben Ginsberg. Romney campaign officials said his tax rate is based mostly on blind trust investment income, and he makes no decisions on how money is invested. Brad Malt, who oversees the Romney blind trusts, said that Romney’s wife’s trust had a $3 million bank account at UBS AG, the Swiss banking giant. Malt said that “taxes were all fully paid” on the account.

About 46% of Americans will pay no federal individual income taxes in 2011. According to The Tax Foundation, when all Americans are considered, the average tax rate is 11%. So, in Romney’s case, he paid a higher effective tax rate than 60% of all Americans.

BTW, just so you know, Barack Hussein Obama, IMHO the worst president this country has ever had, paid, in 2006, a rate of 27.9%. Does what tax rate paid determine how effective a president he will be? Your decision.

But that’s just my opinion.

Why I “support” Mitt Romney unapologetically (and I don’t need to make a case against Newt Gingrich!!!!)

When I was a kid… I didn’t know a thing about Charles De Gaules, John F. Kennedy or Yitzhak Ben Zvi (The Israeli Knesset leader) … and I didn’t care!!!

When I was a teenager… I didn’t worry about Jacque Chirac, Richard Nixon or Golda Meir… and I didn’t care!!!

When I was a student… I heard Francois Mitterrand, didn’t know Jimmy Carter, admired Menachem Begin… and I didn’t care!!!!!!

When I was a young parent…. I forgot about Mitterrand, ignored Ronald Reagan and Menachem Begin was in my rear view mirror… and I didn’t care!!!!

When I was thirty-something… George H.W Bush was the guy who said “read my lips”, I didn’t even have a clue who Yitzhak Shamir was… and I didn’t care!!!!!!

When I turned forty…. I didn’t pass judgment on William Jefferson Clinton – he could do no wrong – and Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by some right wing Jew… and I didn’t care (but not like before)

By my mid-forties… I thought Al Gore was cheated, George W. Bush was cocky and insensitive and 911 in all of its horrid details served (in a morbid, twisted kinda way) to feed the Neocons (oh yeah… by then I cared just a little bit more!!!)

By the time I entered my fifties… Barack Obama had emerged (from nowhere) on the National political scene… I was listening, I was reading, I was watching and I DIDN’T CARE for HIM or his HOPE and CHANGE MESSAGE!!!!!

This is 2012…. I am older, wiser and I’ve more than made up for my youth’s indifference, carefree, laissez faire, live and let live philosophies… I have kids, grand kids, and a Country to preserve.

Barack Obama is the worst President in my lifetime, several countries and continents over!!! He is a man not to be underestimated, not because of his exceptional skills, or his brilliance, or even his Socialist tendencies… but by the support he has garnered from unsuspecting constituents and those who seek to get power over others. His legacy is to fundamentally transform what has been and always should be, the greatest Nation on earth. He is determined to do so even if it imperils this Nation. His ego parallels that of Hitler, his narcissism has NO parallel, his ability to fool many, although diminishing, is of no little consequence (because America is filled with people who don’t care!!!!! ) but also because we should never underestimate:
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of idiots such as those who made him their president.”
While Mitt Romney is not the ideal candidate (whatever that may be), or that his Conservative credentials may not be up to par with Conservatives (whatever that may be these days) the following can be said with almost certainty:
He is not Barack Obama
His wife of some 40 years has never been ashamed of America.
He has not traveled to foreign countries to apologize for America.
He has not sat in Rev. Wright‘s pews for 20 years while claiming ignorance
He has not been seen, heard or accused of palling around with Bill Ayres.
He has never asked ANYONE to get in the “back of the bus”
His business ventures or pet projects were not “good bets” at Tax Payers’ expense.
His real estate dealings were not with questionable convicted and jailed characters.
He has paid his taxes according to the tax codes and laws of the land.
He has not had affairs with multiple wives.
He was never voted off the farm by his peers.
He governed with fairly good success in a heavily Democrat state.
He has no grandiose plan to secularize America.
He didn’t travel to Europe to secure the Olympics only to see them snatched from his fingers.
He did not demand Americans get out of their sleepers and get into their marching shoes
He takes the high (evasive as some choose to describe) road even when I wish he would just belt one there just for thrills.
He has never said he “is the one we have been waiting for”
He has never suggested Israel return to pre 1967 Borders
He has never asked voters to be “decent” to further his personal success.

Under the mild look lies a man on a mission, he appears calm, slow, focused, deliberate, a bit sterile, prepared to strike if he needs to (or let others attack on his behalf) BUT there is one other undeniable fact: He knows EVERYTHING RIDES ON DEFEATING Barack Obama.

The time and place  “to care” is now in America; amid all the noise of the primaries, the candidates, the pundits, the talking points, the bombastic thrills, the disappointments, the low hits, the high hits… Mitt Romney has remained constant, like the Tortoise and the Hare. While he may not appeal to Conservatives… I am reminded America is a Right of Center Nation… it will take ALL of us!!!!! It will not be Mitt Romney who loses to Barack Obama, it will be Americans and they will get the Government they deserve and all that comes with it. This is why I will “support” Mitt Romney in his efforts to defeat the most dangerous, outrageous President this country has ever had.

“I stand ready to lead us down a different path, where we are lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success.” Mitt Romney

Conservatives Get Stupid, Again

What a let down. Here conservative Republicans were so close to respectability and even acceptance in polite society. In Prince William County, VA where I live, conservatives convinced themselves we’d come far from that time in the recent past when the Washington Post described evangelicals (essentially another word for conservative Republicans, since there is considerable overlap among the two demographic groups) as “poor, undereducated and easily led.”

Then piled on with this description of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, “People are sometimes caught off guard by [his] intellectual competence because of his rural Arkansas habits (he and his wife lived in a trailer while the governor’s mansion was being renovated) and his outspoken evangelical views.”

Not those rural Arkansas habits again! What was Huckabee thinking when he moved into one of those tornado–bait tin cans? I happen to know there’s a Hilton in Little Rock.

Conservatives, who are frequently optimists in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, chose to focus on the progress we’ve made since 2008. Why Gov. Huckabee is currently living in a house that doesn’t require you to check the pressure or rotate the foundation every 5,000 miles. And nationally Republicans — if not all conservatives — have an almost–anointed presidential candidate who is articulate, thinks double–wide is an unfortunate term for the overweight and has perfect hair.

Why Mitt Romney looks just as good as that Democrat intellectual giant, John Kerry, without all the annoying French mannerisms.

Then last week all our hope for acceptance came crashing down. In a “news story” wailing about the clout Northern Virginia lost in Richmond when the GOP took control of the Senate, the Washington Post complained, “Northern Virginia senators also worry about their ability to block legislation on social issues that play very differently in the more racially diverse, better-educated and liberal Washington suburbs than in more rural parts of the state.

It was only a passing reference that spoke volumes about ingrained, institutional prejudice. The phrase is simply elite shorthand that means we’re back to: Liberals = Smart and Conservatives = Dumb.

I hope to visit the WaPost newsroom one day, because I’m convinced its map of Northern Virginia still manages to leave Prince William County (PWC) out, much like the maps of the Palestinian Authority never seem to include Israel.

This county is in the top ten nationwide when it comes to household income, we boast the satellite campus of George Mason University — where taxpayer–subsidized “arts” groups can perform — and residents frequently shop at our very own Wegmans grocery store; yet we’re still pickin’ on the banjo with the rest of the Deliverance caucus as far as the Washington Post is concerned.

And the really ironic element in this assault on the conservative intellect is the bias is based on geography, which I thought was forbidden in elite circles. Here we have an organization, which has never met an illegal alien with a sob story that it wouldn’t put on the front page, denigrating an entire class of human beings because their point of origin is South of Alexandria.
What’s next? The ideological equivalent of E–Verify for conservatives, along with a refusal to issue a Virginia licencia de conducir so they can’t drive in Richmond?

Have a heart. These migrating conservatives are yearning to live the American Dream, too. They just want to cast the votes in the General Assembly that liberals refuse to cast. Besides, they don’t actually want to live in Richmond. I’m sure they will return to their native counties once the job is done.

This current distress of Virginia and DC liberals is the result of something their Dear Leader Obama warned about, “Elections have consequences.”

And as a consequence of last November’s election, Republicans are now in control of both the House and the Senate. So in under four years Virginia has gone from a Democrat in the governor’s office and Democrats in control of the Senate to a Republican governor and Republican control of the entire General Assembly.

I think even a liberal can notice a trend here.

Specifically what this means for Virginia residents is an obstructionist Democrat Senate will no longer be able to block passage of bills that protect the life of unborn babies, defend marriage, eliminate Public Broadcasting subsidies, cut spending, reduce the size of government, prevent the appointment of activist liberal judges, discourage illegal immigration and recognize the Constitutional right of citizen self–defense.


It’s time conservatives refuse to be on the defensive regarding intelligence. We used to ask know–it–alls, if you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Now it’s time to update that and ask liberal Democrats, if you’re so smart, why aren’t you winning elections?

President Mitt Obama.

Timmy Pawlenty started the comparison of Mitt Romney to Barack Obama using the phrase Romneycare.

Yet, the reality is that Mitt Romney has done the best to promote the idea that he (Mitt Romney) is the duplicate of Barack Obama. I prefer to call him Obama-lite.

Tonight in the FOX Debate in South Carolina twice in the first twelve minutes Mitt Romney chose to lecture the sponsors and moderators of the debate. Twice in the opening minutes Romney told the moderator that he would answer what he wanted to and how he wanted to answer it.

If its not clear what I am saying let me try one more time. Mitt Romney openly was saying that it was “my way, or the highway”.

The obvious question is, “How is this different from the way Barack Obama treats Congress?” There is no difference.

Mitt Romney does not believe that he should be president, nor is he campaigning to be president! Mitt Romney wants to be national parent.

In this same debate Mitt Romney boasted that Barack Obama should be trusted with controlling the American people (NDAA). Then he went further saying that even though Obama should be trusted with the liberty of the people, but that he should be trusted to manage our liberty also. That is because Romney thinks he is better than the nation.

Mitt Romney is not better than the rest of the nation, he is worse. He is worse because he is deceptive while professing his good intentions. What is that old cliche’ about the road to hell being paved with good intentions?

Tonight’s debate is not the first, nor will it be the last, time that he he has not suffered his underlings very well. I challenge anyone to review the many many time this campaign season where he has told audience members to shut-up because he needed to speak. How much like Obama Mitt Romney really is!

Now, there is an even more debilitating aspect to the Romney search for character. When he was asked to present his tax records he, like Obama, refused to do so until after the Republican nomination has been assured. He tried to couch it as following historical president of former candidates, but the reality is he refuses to release the information until after he is assured of the nomination. That looks like deceptive fear, to me.

Now, to top it off what is Mitt’s attitude toward being questioned. “I am surprised that fellow Republicans are doing to me what I did to them in Iowa.” Then he LIES about his participation in his own involvement.

Sorry folks, but as a fellow member of the LDS Church I simply don’t trust Mitt Romney. He is too deceptive for my taste.

Patriotism and Partisanship

I’ve noticed a troubling trend in patriotism lately. It would appear that those who live and breathe politics see patriotism as a partisan (or, at least, right versus left) issue. People hear the word “patriot,” and automatically assume that it’s code for “conservative.” They see some kind of covert plan to rebrand conservative ideology. Is it possible that patriotism has become aligned with one end of the political spectrum?

I had noticed it before, but didn’t realize how rampant it was until my book One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots came out. Suddenly, I was being accused of trying to indoctrinate children in conservative values, or even to hate liberals. This is, of course, ridiculous. The book is unabashedly patriotic, but it is in no way partisan. In a counting book of one through ten, the only number that could be considered at all values-based is number one; One Nation Under God. That is not a partisan issue. So, what is bringing on this confusion between patriotism and partisanship?

Let’s take a look at the dictionary to see what it has to say on the issue. Miriam-Webster defines patriotism as “love or devotion to one’s country.” Although we disagree on the best way to run our country, I would hope that people of any political affiliation would love it. What are we to think of a group of people who, upon hearing the term “patriotism,” assume that people mean the other party? Shouldn’t everyone, if they think it’s a partisan issue, assume that their party is the one which is thought to love America best and more? Apparently not.

Perhaps patriotism is being equated with American Exceptionalism. Conservatives seem much more ready to holdAmerica in esteem above all other countries than liberals. Isn’t it patriotic, though, to think one’s country is the best country in the world? I think it’s a symptom of the chasm opening up between the mindset of conservatives and liberals. It would appear that conservatives are proud to display their loyalty to America, flaws and all, while liberals seem more wont to view patriotism as undeserved blind allegiance to a flawed land.

An author’s views don’t typically enter into his or her work, and One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots is

Patriotism Should Not be Partisan

no exception. There is nothing political about mine, unless one considers teaching children the basics of America to be a political matter. Seeing as these are things that are taught even in that bastion of liberalism, the public school system, this is pretty easy to refute.  Even they are allowed, for the time being, to say  “under God.”

The interesting thing is, the vitriol comes almost exclusively from the hyper-political on the left. I know many democrats who do not live and breathe politics who are proud to love their country. I’ve gotten feedback from some solidly left-wing parents that they enjoyed reading it with their children and cannot imagine what the fuss is about. There is a small (and, ostensibly, growing) group, however, which is quick to label patriotism as partisan. These people assume the worst and are quick to pull the fire alarm of right-wing indoctrination based on these unfounded assumptions.

This seems to go deeper than a difference that can easily be put aside. This isn’t a matter of Americans loving Americans but disagreeing how best to keep her great. This seems to be a matter of irreconcilable differences. If we aren’t all patriots, where do we go from here?

Which Rick Is More Conservative?

Rick Santorum said the following in a radio interview (VIDEO):

“One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”

We’ve “never had a society” where low taxes, low regulation, broad personal liberty, and minimal government intrusion “succeeds as a culture”?

Let’s see how “traditional conservatives view the world”:

Barry Goldwater:

I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in “A,” “B,” “C” and “D.” Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

Walter Williams:

… liberty refers to the sovereignty of the individual.

Government is necessary, but the only rights we can delegate to government are the ones we possess.

Calvin Coolidge:

Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.

Ronald Reagan:

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. (…) The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

Now compare this quote from Rick Perry’s book:

Our citizens are tired of big government raising their taxes and cooking up new ways to micromanage their lives, our citizens are tired of big government killing jobs with their do-gooder policies. In short the people are Fed Up!

Ask yourself this: Which candidate is most likely to leave you alone, get out of the way of business, lower your taxes and “make government as inconsequential as possible”? Which man represents “traditional conservatives” best?

This is yet another on my list of reasons to love Rick Perry.

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What have we Learned after Nearly 3 Years of Obama?

In his National Review Article, Professor Victor Davis Hanson breaks out this startling statistic:

The U.S. government is already borrowing every three days what all of America spent on Black Friday.

He continues with his Obamavisceration:

Even the Nobel Prize committee will soon grasp that it tarnished its brand by equating fleeting celebrity with lasting achievement.

And a final warning/lesson we who wish to see Obama defeated in 2012 fail to heed at the peril of our nation as we know it and of Liberty in general:

One lesson, however, has not fully sunk in and awaits final elucidation in the 2012 election: that of the Chicago style of Barack Obama’s politicking…in his first political race, in 1996, Barack Obama sued successfully to remove his opponents from the ballot. Or that in his race for the U.S. Senate eight years later, sealed divorced records for both his primary- and general-election opponents were mysteriously leaked by unnamed Chicagoans…Obama was the first presidential candidate in the history of public campaign financing to reject it, or that he was also the largest recipient of cash from Wall Street in general, and from BP and Goldman Sachs in particular. Or that Obama was the first presidential candidate in recent memory not to disclose either undergraduate records or even partial medical…

We, you and me, we are the Media this time around and our job is to complete the ‘vetting’ of Barack Obama that wasn’t even begun in 2008 or earlier and to distribute what we and others find Far and Wide.

Are You In?

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: North Korea vs South Korea

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one may be worth more.  As a humble blogger, I can tell you it’s not hard to type 1000 or even 2000 words, but it is difficult to make them compete with a picture like this:

This is the difference between North and South Korea on a given night.  The South, a shining example of prosperity.  The North, a comparative wasteland.  Maybe “wasteland” is a harsh choice of wording, but which one would you rather live in?  The country with companies that (successfully) compete with America, or the country that shoots you for trying to leave?

So many “Occupy” protestors and members of the Left talk about doing away with Capitalism, that I wonder if they’ve seen pictures like this.  I wonder if they’ve seen more of what goes on in Cuba than what Michael Moore tells them.  And I also wonder why they don’t just move to their non-captialism “paradises”, if they don’t like the United States.  Last time I checked, people risk their lives to move to the U.S. and South Korea, not Cuba and North Korea.

What do you think?  Is Capitalism overrated?  Should we replace it with some sort of pseudo-socialist utopia?  Or should we put pictures like this on billboards across North America until people get the point?  Let us know in the comments below.

The Occupy Movement and Communism

Asking the Occupy protestors what they hope to accomplish yields little in the way of results. It isn’t that they are trying to be stealth with their intentions; rather, most truly do not know what they aspire to achieve now that they are receiving attention for their little gathering. I use the word “little” intentionally because for them claiming to be “the 99%” their movement has failed to attract large numbers, despite the appearance that it has. But while they have trouble understanding their goals, let alone explaining them, the natural direction of this type of movement leads to misery along a road of violence and chaos.

When coupling the Occupy movement’s sympathies with communism and understanding Lenin and the Bolsheviks, the term 99% they chose is no accident. The term Bolshevik means literally, “majority”. This tactic is pure propaganda, and instead of building their argument upon facts, intimidation is the first step, implying “there are more of us than there are of you.” Numbers and consensus mean nothing up against what is real, but don’t expect this inconvenience to deter the Neo-Bolsheviks. Next, compare age demographics. In 1907, two years after the birth of the Bolsheviks, about 75% of the members were younger than 30. In today’s Occupy movement those under 35 comprise about two-thirds of the group.

Like the Bolsheviks, the Occupiers aspire to principles of democratic centrism. This means that members speak and debate issues of policy, but ultimately adherence to the will of the majority prevails. In Occupy, this is represented by the General Assembly, which is a regular meeting of members without formal leadership. In the last few weeks we have learned that victims of theft, assault, and even rape were discouraged from reporting the incidents and intimidated into remaining quiet in order to prevent negative publicity. The collective is the concern and the individual is rendered irrelevant.

When observing a group of Occupy protestors, it is tempting to write them off due to their drum circles, drug use, and general incoherence of a message. And in truth, probably “99%” of the members deserve to be mocked and ridiculed for the above reasons. But more organized elements have asserted socialism and communism and also advocate violence as a means to get there. The rest will gladly serve as useful idiots. Therefore, the movement presents a growing danger to the freedom we understand. The best way to counter this Neo-Bolshevism is to let the light shine down, exposing the filth that rots them to the core. Remain principled and uncompromising. They have nothing to offer and we have nothing to gain by validating anything they stand for. They are plagiarizing a story written long ago, and we already know how it ends.