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Ban All Guns, But Whatever You Do, Don’t Violate the Violent Criminal’s Right to Commit Evil

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As a resident of the state of Connecticut, I can state quite categorically that Connecticut has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States. Despite those laws, the left insists that if  Connecticut imposed stricter bans, Newtown resident Adam Lanza would never have murdered 20 children and seven adults in a mass shooting.

The left continues making that claim, but so far this ideology toward  banning guns has never prevented gun violence or stopped monsters from obtaining guns. Anyone determined to commit violent crimes will purchase guns illegally if guns are banned.

Try telling that to leftists, they believe guns are the problem, the left wants guns put away, not the criminally insane, who seem to have more rights than innocent people who have a right to bear arms.

CNN’s Piers Morgan, who hails from gun free/high crime Britain, is an example of anti-gun leftist ignorance that views guns as the perpetrator, not violent people. Morgan insists gun-free zones prevent gun violence and  argued this flawed view with More Guns, Less Crime author John R. Lott who explained that “gun-free” zones attract those seeking gun violence:

Look at the [Aurora] movie theater one, for example. There were seven movie theaters showing the movie “Batman” movie within a 20 minute drive of where the killer lived. Only one of those banned guns. He [the killer] didn’t go to the movie theater closest to his home. He didn’t go to the movie theater with the largest screen. He went to the one movie theater that banned guns. Now if you look at bans generally…In the U.K. and Jamaica, Ireland, island nations that have banned guns, you can’t find a place where murder rates have actually gone down. They have gone up usually by large amounts.

 

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Morgan’s reply to gun bans not preventing gun crimes is it’s “a load of nonsense,” and “Nobody needs one of these [guns] in their home, end of story.”

The left chooses to view mentally unbalanced people as harmless and guns as mentally unbalanced.

Leftist logic has never, in its progressive history, contributed laws preventing demented monsters from committing cold-blooded murder with guns or other weapons.  Instead, the left, who decided mentally insane should rehabilitate among society, claim: “[I]if all else failed, such horrors could always be attributed to improper implementation of Progressive programs, reflecting ‘not faulty conceptualization but inadequate funding.’”

Inadequate funding is not the problem.  Every violent mass gun spree has been committed by mentally deranged people who methodically plotted violence with intent to murder as many human lives as possible.

The left ignores facts in order to hone in on guns as perpetrators of gun violence.  If the mentally derange rehabilitate by committing violence against human beings, don’t blame their violent actions, blame guns!

 

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That brings us to Adam Lanza. What if Lanza’s mother never owned a gun? Can anti-gun lobbyists guarantee Lanza would never have found a way to illegally purchase guns?  Can the left promise that people intent on mass murder will never use bombs to blow up schools or other public places? No one can make those promises. Evil does not alert law enforcement prior to the act, giving details to the plans. Violent people plot murder in secret and gun laws do not stop them from carrying out their intentions.

What about Connecticut gun laws?  Connecticut requires that gun owners  have permits to carry pistols in public, otherwise, “No state permit is required for the possession of rifles, shotguns or handguns. A person must be twenty-one years of age to possess a handgun.”  Furthermore, Connecticut enforces strict background checks on everyone registering to purchase guns. Adam Lanza was 20 years-old, he could not register or purchase handguns, so he stole his mother’s guns after murdering her.

Also, Connecticut’s strict gun laws demand:

It is unlawful to possess a handgun by a person who has been convicted of a felony; convicted as a delinquent of a serious juvenile offense which includes illegal possession of a controlled substance, negligent homicide, third degree assault, first degree reckless endangerment, second degree unlawful restraint, rioting, or second degree stalking; discharged from custody within the preceding 20 years after acquittal by reason of mental disease or defect; confined by court order for mental illness within the preceding 12 months; subject to a restraining or protective order involving physical force; or an illegal alien. It is unlawful to possess any other firearm by a person who has been convicted of a felony.

So far it doesn’t appear that Lanza had a criminal record. But that doesn’t change the fact that every criminal has a first time.

As far as “assault weapons” go, Connecticut  gun laws state

No person shall possess any “assault weapon” unless that person possessed that firearm before October 1, 1993 and received a certificate of possession from the Connecticut State Police prior to July 1994

When registering in this state, Connecticut law demands “The applicant must successfully complete a handgun safety course approved by the commissioner.”

Connecticut forbids gun owners from storing “any loaded firearm on any premises under his control if” an underage teen or child can gain access to the weapon.” The state requires gun owners to keep guns “secured…in a locked container.”

If Nancy Lanza securely stored her guns, firearm laws did not stop her son from acting out in violence.

Moreover, it’s illegal in Connecticut to carry firearms on public, private elementary or secondary school property.  Strict gun laws did not prevent Lanza from entering the school and shooting 27 people.

But it’s not the criminals’ fault. Laws are ignored by violent criminals, whose guns should have told them: “You cannot use me to murder other people, it’s wrong, and I will be forced to take all the blame!”

Facts remains: Evil people will always plot and carry out malevolent deeds. Banning guns, titling guns “assault weapons”, blaming guns for violence and not people,  hasn’t prevented murderous lunatics from obtaining guns. Banning guns in America will never prevent illegal gun possession, it will only lead to crimes against the innocent without rights to bare arms.

Conservatives Need to Kick GOP, Democrats Over Cliff – Replace with Tea Partiers

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It’s time conservatives think about pushing the GOP machine over the cliff they are helping Democrats hurl America over and replace them with Tea Party conservative leaders. The moderate RINOs are nothing more than Democrats in cheap Republican clothing.

Seriously people, is John Boehner a Republican, is he a conservative, or a fence-straddling Democrat who sticks his cigarette in the wind to see which way the wind blows the smoke so he can decide which deal will keep him in power?

When conservative House members refuse to vote in lockstep with Reps Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy, they are politically  purged from Congressional meetings.

Reps Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Michigan’s Justin Amash refused to vote with House Speaker John Boehner on key votes during the past two years. The punishment: losing their seats on the House Budget Committee chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan along with Reps. Walter Jones of North Carolina and David Schweikert of Arizona are losing their seats on the House Financial Services Committee.

Huelskamp said:

I think it’s the worst form of petty, vindictive politics that a member is removed from a committee when he votes his conscience and he votes his district… [but these People go behind closed doors. They [the GOP Establishment] don’t talk to your constituents. They don’t care about your constituents. All they care about is raw political power.

As America is headed over a cliff, Speaker Boehner and his Republican Democrats (moderates) are pushing conservative party leadership under a bus. TEA party conservatives need to take over the GOP.

The Republican Party’s authentic conservative base is the tea party who want America restored, not the likes of John Boehner who seems only concerned about keeping his job.

Moderates must go! Their preference to compromise America’s economic stability by making deals with Obama that increase America’s debt. Republicans in the House of Representatives caved to the $2.4 trillion debt ceiling hike and now they are willing to raise taxes by $800 billion.

Next: The GOP refuses to hammer home tax hikes and government spending truths: Tax increases, disguised as getting even with the rich, will hike taxes on the Middle Class.

 Thomas Sowell explains this:

The actual tax increase plans being proposed by Obama do not start with people who have an income of a million dollars a year. They start with people with incomes of $250,000 and up. That is more than most people make, but it is far short of a million dollars, and miles away from a billion dollars. How many of the people who stand to get hit with Obama’s higher tax rate plan are in fact either millionaires or billionaires? According to the Internal Revenue Service, there are more than 2,700,000 people who earn $250,000 a year or more — and fewer than one-tenth of them earn a million dollars or more. So more than nine-tenths of the people who would be hit with the higher taxes supposedly aimed at “millionaires and billionaires” are neither.

Hey, what’s another $800 billion? We’ll just borrow the money from China so taxpayers can experience that joyous funding of Arab Spring and enemy nations who hate our guts and want us all dead.

The GOP machine has become a bunch of liberal Democrats whose only care is reelection. If that’s false, they would have pulled out all the stops and fought Democrats excessive spending over the last four years, not to mention 20 years of over-the-top Clinton housing loans to the poor.

Is the GOP serious about restoration? They certainly didn’t nominate a conservative presidential candidate.

Furthermore, GOP leadership has sat back and allowed Obama to demonize  Republicans as greedy, rich fat cats, while Obama and Democrats falsely argue that raising taxes increases revenue. Unfortunately, Obama’s Trotsky ploy is winning the argument with his downtrodden 99% invention just as well as it won the election.

After Reagan left office, the establishment crumbled.  The GOP hurled conservatism over a cliff in favor of becoming Democrats in cheap GOP suits. In fact,  GOP leadership has become so liberally Democrat, it looks like the Democrat Party’s behind.

Tea partiers must take over GOP leadership. Conservatives must take up the restorative mantle and change America back to America. W need to push the GOP machine over a cliff, because authentic Conservatives will be be bullied by Democrats.

Conservatives must elect authentic fiscal Conservatives to the House in the 2014 mid-term elections. If we don’t, Nancy Pelosi will ride back in on her broom and her Flying Monkeys will have full control.

John Boehner, even your compromises can’t afford the bucket of water to melt that power.

America that needs leadership fighting unconstitutional administrative government, but today’s GOP lacks the Democrat’s dog-fighting spirit that knows how to go for the jugular and rip votes out of the necks of Republican candidates. Republicans leaders have become dogs who rolls over and submit to robbers invading the House, and Republicans allow those thieves to steal everything without a fight.

Worse:  Both parties are beginning to look like one of loyalists with conservative voters as the the new generation of colonists trying to save liberty from tyranny.

 

 

 

The truth is we conservative need to become the new generation of colonists fighting to save the Republic.

“Mr. Nice Guy” politicians refuse to stand up to Barack Obama and shove his Marxist “spread the wealth,” “fair share” policies back in his face, exposing his destructive plans to the nation. But the GOP hasn’t acted manly since Reagan and William F. Buckley. Republican leaders allow Obama and his administration to double-deal the race card demagoguery against Republicans, wealthy Americans, property and business owners, and basically anyone who has something Obama’s “poor” do not have and are told they are entitled to have by equal fair sharing.

Where is the leadership willing to stand up and rip open the lie behind those polices? Tea party conservatives.

But we can’t forget these leaders are being thrown under the bus because they  stand up against Obama and fight GOP corruption:  Governor Sarah Palin jailed Alaskan GOP leaders for corruption, Michele Bachmann exposed Hillary Clinton top aid Huma Abedin for connections to the Muslim Brotherhood and was trounced by the GOP for protecting national security. Let’s not forget tea party candidate Allen West, whom the GOP never bothered to stand up for as Democrats extinguished West’s district.

Do we need more proof the Tea Party needs to take over before America becomes a nation run by one monarchical party assuming divine rights until the Constitution is obsolete?

Moderates are handing America over to Democrat Trotsyites hell-bent on removing traditional conservative founding values, morals, independence, liberty, constitutional rights, while hurling America over the economic fiscal cliff we cannot climb up and out of.

The GOP has fantastic Tea Party leaders capable of moving this country in the right direction, but Speaker Boehner and his cronies trample them. They’ve turned on conservatives while enabling Democrat leftists to push America into socialist-control.

Moderateness must stop if America is to endure; that can only happen if conservatives shove RINOs over the cliff and elect authentic fiscal conservatives to the House in 2014.

If we don’t fight liberal Republicans and leftists, Obama will enact the “Dreams of My Father” and we can kiss our American lives goodbye.

Creepy: Florida- Crowd Chants ‘Hail Obama’

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There are eerie similarities between Barack Obama and Adolph Hitler, and it appears as though Obama’s followers are going to a creepy, new level in Florida. In the 1930’s and 1940’s it was “Heil Hitler”, now, in 2012, it is “Hail Obama”.

For those who are not familiar with history, here is a quick note from Wikipedia:

Characteristic of a cult of personality, it was adopted in the 1930s by the Nazi Party to signal obedience to the party’s leader Adolf Hitler and to glorify the German nation and later the war effort.

If Obama is re-elected, I wonder if history will repeat itself once again. In Germany, the salute eventually became mandatory for citizens. Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic appears to have learned from their history, as the salute a criminal offense in all four countries now.

 

FOX 35 News Orlando

H/T The Blaze

Mitt Romney Is Wrong On Defense Department Cuts

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Mitt Romney has made the prevention of President Barack Obama’s sequestration plan one of his primary campaign talking points. He’s probably done this for two reasons: it plays well with voters in Virginia and veterans, but it also helps with those who want the U.S. to have the strongest military possible.

There’s nothing wrong with the U.S. having a strong military; the Constitution says the country must be able to defend its borders. However, the country is dealing with $16-trillion in debt which means some cuts have to happen. It’s here where Romney is wrong on an increase in defense spending.

For the sake of America’s financial future, there have to be cuts to defense and changes to how the Pentagon doles out cash. Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz wants the State Department to start prioritizing spending. The Defense Department needs to do this as well. The way to figure this out is through Senator Rand Paul’s suggested audit of the Pentagon.

The best example of how wasteful the Pentagon can be is a look at military auctions websites. Listings include a stroller, weights, a driving simulator, a Piper Arrow IV aircraft, a Vantage Motor Scooter and a 1978 Corvette. The weights make sense because soldiers need to be in shape. The driver simulator makes sense as well, because it’s cheaper to use a simulator than wreck a vehicle. But having a motor scooter or a Corvette in our military inventory makes zero sense whatsoever. Here is where cuts help the military prioritize spending and eliminate waste.

There can also be reforms into how military contracts are handed out. Citizens Against Government Waste has done an excellent job at pointing out some of the problems, including analysis on defense issues (anyone remember the $640 toilet seat?).

Just because spending cuts happen doesn’t mean the U.S. military can’t recoup some of the money lost. The simplest way is to go through some of the surplus warehouses, find things which are valuable and sell them. Michelle Ray has told the story of how someone she knows made a 200% profit minimum by stripping the copper from spools of wire and selling it. If private citizens can do this, why can’t the military?

The military could also save money by selling aircraft and weapons it doesn’t use. Obviously there are concerns about Iran getting a hold of some technology; however, completely scrapping the entire F-14 Tomcat fleet in 2006 makes zero sense. The sale of the airplanes to Israel or Brazil or Taiwan would help offset some of the cuts. A similar solution could be devised for our fleet at sea.

Military cuts don’t have to mean gutting the armed forces. Senator Pat Toomey has proposed a plan which reduces spending in all areas and yet still makes sure the military is strong. A strong military ensures the country can defend itself from foreign threats the natural borders with the Atlantic and Pacific oceans can’t. It also makes sure our bases and embassies across the globe are protected from threats.

But as former Joint Chief of Staff chair Admiral Mike Mullen has said, the national debt is the greatest threat the U.S. has. Spending and the growth of government need to be stopped.

This means no sacred cows. Not if there’s going to be a financial future for the U.S.

**A CDN reader sent us a response to this article in which he disagreed with the author – you can see the response HERE.

Left-wingers are still ‘Hating Breitbart’

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With Andrew Breitbart’s sudden and tragic passing in March of 2012, we on the right once again saw the utterly despicable joy elicited  from the institutional left upon hearing the news of his death.  I’m not even going to cite those tweets, but I’m sure you can all remember the pervasive grave stomping the left engaged in during that somber month.  They were happy because the point of the lance in this fight for a free and democratic press was gone.  The threat to their existence was erased.  Now, it was time for revenge for all of the embarrassment Breitbart rightfully inflicted on the left-wing of America.

However, what’s amusing is that the best the far left could do was blast tweets detailing their pleasure at his passing. It’s beyond sophomoric. This disdain and the crusade Andrew lead that provoked such strong reactions from liberals in America is the subject of Andrew Marcus and his documentary ‘Hating Bretibart.

Andrew Breitbart, according to his book Righteous Indignation, grew up a default liberal on the west ‘left’ coast.  It wasn’t until he saw the injustice being done to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas that he thought something else was at work, especially in the way the media was reporting on the subject.  Breitbart had a saying akin to once we climb over the media’s pernicious wall of misinformation and have our voices heard – then democracy can truly flourish.

Charlie Spiering of The Washington Examiner wrote on October 8 that:

when Marcus speaks about the film, he takes the tone of a storm-chaser, who couldn’t stop following Andrew Breitbart sweep the country and sweeping up  everything in his path. That experience lasted two years, which Marcus still marvels about today.

“I was always very shocked at the things that would unfold in front of our cameras, but you know reliably every time we turned them on and he was around crazy stuff would happen,” Marcus said.

Marcus stumbled into Breitbart’s path as he began following the Tea Party, filming footage that he knew had the capacity to be a great documentary some day.

The film details the high marks of Breitbart’s war against the institutional left starting with the epic collapse of ACORN thanks to our happy warrior, James O’Keefe, Hannah Giles, and some crafty camera work.  They caught ACORN employees telling them how to cover up felonious activities on their tax forms.  Then, in 2010, there was the infamous and fabricated incident where Reps. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) and John Lewis (D-GA) alleged that the ‘n-word’ was hurled at them during the fight over health care reform.  In that same year, Breitbart exposed USDA official Shirley Sherrod for her racially charged remarksabout discriminating against white farmers – which lead to her termination.  Before her premature departure, she was the Georgia Director for Rural Development. Lastly, there was the ignominious tweet from then-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) – which lead to his resignation from Congress.  As a result, a Republican, Bob Turner, won his seat in a special election held in September of 2011.  It’s the first time a Republican held that congressional district since 1923.

Spiering reported that during the making of the documentary – Andrew would regard the film crew as his “bodyguards.”  Furthermore, “He knew two speeds: he knew outrage and fun,” Marcus says. ‘The journey he ended up on – he soon began to realize that the tactic that was used against him could be defeated, and by defeating it, by confronting that, it made him stronger.Breitbart’s consistent victories over the left spun into an incredible narrative, which Marcus admits, kept the project moving forward every time they thought it was finished.”

When filming did finish due to Andrew’s unexpected death on March 1, 2012, Spiering stated that Marcus “was ‘devastated’ by Breitbart’s death and realized he was suddenly tasked with the responsibility of one of Breitbart’s definitive stories. His group spent a great deal of time struggling with the proper way to address Breitbart’s death, but decided against editing the film to make it retrospective.”

The film masterfully captures Andrew doing what he loved most at work and his colorful and inimitable personality.  He wasn’t a racist, a propagandist, or a con artist. He was a patriot doing what the media class has failed to do, which is to report the news in a way that is accurate and devoid of the thinly veiled connotations that seek to divide and conquer the American people.  A horrifying aspect Andrew witnessed firsthand growing up within the belly of the Hollywood left.  He vehemently says in the first few minutes of the film that he’s sick of those tactics and that’s not the America he envisions.

It also shows him as a charismatic force in this fight to destroy the mainstream media.  He didn’t declare himself the ‘boss’ or ‘king’ of new media.  Anyone who had a cellphone, camera, laptop, or access to any facet of social media was a potential soldier.  Anyone who had those resources and went to work reporting on things the mainstream media omitted due to political bias or exposing the media for their complicity in burying the truth was welcomed into his “army.”

For the political left and their allies within the mainstream media, this was a disaster.  Breitbart knew their game.  He knew how they would respond to his attacks and how his attacks would decimate their narrative that seeks to establish a hyper-regulatory progressive state.  Breitbart was always a step ahead of them and it became highly frustrating, especially when their own attacks blew up in their faces.

A rather heated exchange was recorded during CPAC 2010 in Washington D.C. between Breitbart and Salon.com’s Max Blumenthal concerning his post– which presented a false narrative against O’Keefe.  The article claimed, frivolously, that James had racial issues and the piece was aimed to discredit his work on ACORN and any other ventures he may plan in the future.  It was an egregious hit piece.  Andrew rightfully called Blumenthal a “punk” and Larry O’Connor detailed how his entire story, line by line, was debunked in twenty-four hours.

While Andrew may be gone, the film is a nice homage to the man who influenced others to stand up to the deliberate political censorship occurring in the media and the corruption that exists within government on all levels.  It’s not a dirge or constructed as a curtain call in this war against the left-wing, the media who aid them, and government officials who try to cheat Americans from their place at the bargaining table.  It doesn’t inexplicably cut to black a la The Sopranos.  In all, I think if this film’s message could be described in one sentence – it would be from Andrew’s father-in-law, Orson Bean, who says “praise the lord and pass the ammunition.”  Andrew may be gone, but the fight goes on and there will only be one winner. #WAR

Hating Breitbart had it’s D.C. premiere on October 8 and will open in theaters on October 19.

Liberal on Liberal Violence, MSNBC’s Fineman Calls Lehrer ‘Useless’ and criminally negligent

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MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman lamented how the president was on the defensive concerning his first bout with Republican nominee Mitt Romney last night.  Jim Lehrer, who moderated the October 3 debate, has a history of bias that is usually cloaked with his soporific disposition. However, Fineman seemed agitated to the point of calling Lehrer “useless” and equated his moderating of the debate to “criminal negligence.”  Fineman’s ire seems to be indicative of liberals’ reaction towards Obama’s poor debate performance

This latest incident on liberal on liberal violence could be cathartic for those on the political left as they discover that the president isn’t a very good debater.

 

HOWARD FINEMAN: In terms of debate tactics, Romney was on the offensive most of the time – the president did very well on Medicare, but for the rest of it – and Obamacare – rest of it he did not. He missed many chances to correct the record or to ask questions. Jim Lehrer was practically useless as the moderator.  It was criminal negligence not to follow up on the question – Mr. Romney specifically what tax loopholes or deductions do you want to get rid of – he didn’t ask it. The president should have asked it.  That’s only one example of many and it was clear to everybody in this room tonight what happened in this debate.

 

Political Speak Got You Confused? Don’t Worry, Here’s Your Translation Guide

Mitt Romney (top left), President Obama (top right), former President Clinton (bottom left), and former President G.W. Bush (bottom right)

Looking Confused: Mitt Romney (top left), President Obama (top right), former President Clinton (bottom left), and former President G.W. Bush (bottom right)

The Associated Press has compiled a dictionary, of sorts, to help you understand all the words, phrases, and other jargon that is used during the election season.

With such extreme focus on so many races this election cycle – from the White House down to state-level races – readers can use this, not only as a dictionary, but as a reference to better understand the lingo that has become second nature to so many journalists.

 

  • Democratic nominees – President Barack Obama, or Obama or the president. Obama will accept the nomination for a second term at the Sept. 4-6 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.  Vice President Joe Biden, or Biden or the vice president, will be the Democratic nominee for the same office as Obama’s running mate.
  • Republican nominee – Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, will become the Republican Party nominee when his delegates’ votes are tallied at the Republican National Convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, is Romney’s vice presidential running mate.
  • presidency, presidential – The terms are lowercase, except in a title: Commission on Presidential Debates.
  • House and Senate – At stake are all 435 House seats from all 50 states, currently with a 240-191 Republican majority. In the 100-seat Senate, 33 seats are being contested. Democrats currently hold a 51-47 majority, plus two independents. In the House, seats held by nonvoting delegates from the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories are also at stake.
  • Congress, congressional – Capitalize when referring the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives together. The adjective is lowercase unless part of a formal name.
  • congressman, congresswoman – Not formal titles, spelled lowercase. Rep. is the preferred title before the name of a U.S. House member: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
  • majority leader, minority leader – Capitalize as formal legislative title before a name: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, otherwise lowercase.

ELECTION TERMINOLOGY, ISSUES 

  • battleground states – Hotly contested states where one or both campaigns are spending money and polls show the electorate is split.
  • swing states – States where voters have vacillated between Republican and Democrat candidates in the last three or four presidential elections.
  • close race – Don’t describe a political race as close unless polls show it is and you reference polls.
  • conservative – Lowercase for a political philosophy, capitalize in a formal name: the Conservative Party.
  • convention – Lowercase except in formal name: the Democratic convention, the Democratic National Convention.
  • Democrat, Democratic Party – Both are capitalized. Don’t use Democrat Party.
  • the economy – Weak U.S. growth, the U.S. unemployment rate topping 8 percent and tax policies are the key issues.
  • Election Day, election night – The first is capitalized, the second is lowercase. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
  • “fair shot,” “fair share” – Obama’s belief that the government has a role in creating conditions for prosperity, that the income gap is hazardous to the nation. His belief is that a stable middle class gives everyone a fair chance to succeed. The terms are in quotes on first reference.
  • first lady – Not an official title, spelled lowercase (except when starting a sentence: First lady … )
  • fundraiser, fundraising – Single words in all uses.
  • front-runner – Candidate who leads a political race; the term is hyphenated.
  • leftist, ultra-leftist – Avoid these terms in favor of more precise descriptions of political leanings.
  • liberal, liberalism – Lowercase for a political philosophy. Capitalize in a formal name: the Liberal Party.
  • majority, plurality – A majority is more than half the votes cast; a plurality is the largest number of votes, but less than a majority.
  • middle class (n.), middle-class (adj.) – Key voting group encompassing about 42 percent of U.S. households with incomes ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 annually, according to White House Council of Economic Advisers.
  • money bomb – A rush of small political contributions collected via the Internet. In quotes on first reference.
  • “Obamacare” – Informal term for the Affordable Care Act. Often used derisively by Republicans, so avoid it unless quoting someone. If the term is essential, say something like “also known as ‘Obamacare,’ ” with quotes around the word.
  • “opportunity society” – Used by Romney to describe a society in which people and businesses succeed based on merit and free enterprise, not government doling out benefits. Reducing the size of federal government is essential, he says. In quotes on first reference.
  • PAC, super PAC – Political action committee raises money for candidates or parties from donations by individuals, but not businesses or labor unions. A super PAC may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money, including from corporations and unions, to support candidates for federal office but must operate independently.
  • political affiliation – The party of a candidate or officeholder is essential in any election or issue story.
  • policymaker, policymaking – Both are compounds.
  • polls and surveys – Consult the detailed entry in the AP Stylebook — print and online — on how to use results of public opinion surveys and avoid exaggerating the meaning.
  • populist – Supports the rights and power of the common people; advocates unorthodox solutions; often critical of establishment politicians and political parties.
  • presidential debates – Three national TV debates between Obama and Romney are scheduled Oct.  3, 16 and 22.
  • press secretary – Seldom a formal title and thus lowercase.
  • re-elect, re-election – Both are hyphenated.
  • Republican, Republican Party – Both terms are capitalized. GOP (Grand Old Party) may be used on second reference.
  • rightist, ultra-rightist – Avoid these terms in favor of more precise descriptions of political leanings.
  • small parties – Groups that often form around an issue, such as taxation, or support outsider candidates.  Also known as third parties, splinter parties.
  • tea party – Lowercase the populist movement that opposes the Washington political establishment. Adherents are tea partyers. Formally named groups in the movement are capitalized: Tea Party Express.

CLICHES AND ALTERNATIVES

  • ahead of – before
  • rainbow colors –  avoid  red, blue or purple for the political leanings of states. Use Democratic-leaning, Republican-tilting or swing-voting, etc.
  • barnstormed –  traveled across a state campaigning or campaigned across XYZ.
  • hand-to-hand campaigning – seeking support in face-to-face meetings with voters.
  • hat in the ring – a candidate decided to run for an office.
  • horse race – closely contested political contest.
  • laundry list – the candidate has ideas, proposals, etc.
  • messaging – the candidate’s pitch to voters.
  • pressing the flesh – shaking hands is preferred.
  • rope line – the physical barrier that separates a candidate from the audience. Instead, the candidate shook hands and posed for photographs with the audience.
  • state nicknames – avoid them in favor of the state name.
  • stump speech – campaign speech at a routine appearance (or standard or regular campaign speech)
  • testing the waters – considered entering the race or considered running for XYZ.
  • took his/her campaign to – specify what the candidate did.
  • veepstakes – the competition to be a candidate’s running mate.
  • war lingo – use criticized instead of attacked, or choose a better verb to describe what the candidate is doing, i.e., challenging, doubting, etc. Also avoidable: launch an assault, take aim, open fire, bombard.
  • war chest – use campaign bank account or stockpile of money.
  • white paper – a document of policy positions distributed by a campaign.

ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS

  • National context to show the significance.
  • Sense of place. Atmosphere illustrates why people in any locale vote as they do.
  • Quotes from voters. Comments from named individuals help gauge voter sentiment.
  • Rely on polls sparingly. Determine whether an opinion survey is reliable before including it.

 

911 Is Who Americans Are

We were not white or black, legal or illegal, Jewish, Islam or Christian. We were not the haves or the have-nots, the 1% or the ninety-nine, we weren’t prideful elitists or gun-totin’ rednecks. We were, just, Americans.

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Who Americans Are

September 11, 2001 is the unique moment when every American realized something had gone unthinkably awry. The only question was, how awry. We telephoned loved ones to ease ourselves by simply knowing they were reachable. We tried to comfort friends and those of us who could, gathered with them. We understood these were the last moments of thousands of innocent Americans’ lives. None of us were sure how far its tenacles might reach into the once safe haven of our own.

In those dawning moments and by shear human nature Americans adhered into the united nation of one that we by nature are. We were not white or black, legal or illegal, Jewish, Islam or Christian. We were not the haves or the have-nots, the 1% or the ninety-nine, we weren’t prideful elitists or gun-totin’ rednecks. We were, just, Americans.

We watched countrymen cover every inch of New York City streets with postings of the missing, pleading for some sign of survival. We hung in disbelief on news accounts of planes crashing into skyscrapers, skyscrapers bursting into burning debris and people jumping from them before they collapsed into piles of rubble with thousands still inside. Ash and residue of lives-lived filled crevaces of life we didn’t even know had crevaces. Phone messages of the dying’s fighting words or last goodbyes echoed into the forever resounding canyons of American posterity. Innocents died and heros were born.

In the following days leagues of firefighters, policemen, public utility crews, and private industries from across our nation trekked Midwest interstates to bustling East Coast highways, to aid and assist. Private contractors and crews with personal leave took off work to go on their own, none having concern for their next union contract, who’d pay for the travel, if they’d get overtime – or if they’d be paid at all. Strangers on our streets began waving in nodding gestures and businesses extended the long lost art of caring courtesies, each of us intuitively knowing the patriotism of American brotherhood that was being extended. Words weren’t necessary, because we were, all, Americans.

We taped our country’s flag against work windows from every office building, draped it from rooftops and flew it from flag poles that seemed to sprout from our soils overnight. It flapped from car doors and clung to car trunks, we pinned them to our lapels, sewed them on our uniforms and stuck them to official game gear. First and foremost and above anything and everything else, we were, all, Americans.

Our country’s ethnicities hewned mankind’s perfection from our melting pot of American Exceptionalism and it felt good. Our love of God and country gave us faith, our faith gave us strength, our strength gave us courage, and our courage melded into a patriotism that is America. 911 epitomized our people’s unbeatable determination to overcome the bully that tries to take a nip out of our soul but gives rise to our American spirit instead.

This is who Americans are. If this isn’t your America, you don’t belong here.

Don’t turn your country over to a president who is anything less.

No Democrats, We Don’t Belong To The Government

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Democrats have shown just how far off the sanity cliff they’ve gone in their video to open the Democratic National Convention.

Just to repeat, the narrator says, “Government is the only thing that we all belong to…we’re together as a part of our city, or our county or our state. Or our nation.”

There’s no spinning this. It’s worse than, “you didn’t build that.”

By saying, “government is the only thing that we all belong to,” Democrats are going beyond liberalism. They are taking their platform to corporatism.

Phrases like “we’re all in this together” may seem like they were meant to look good on paper and to voters. But combining it with the phrase, “government is the only thing that we all belong to,” goes into statements someone like Mussolini or Hitler or Lenin might make.

In fact, based on their praise of The New Deal, it’s possible they might even rise from their graves and cheer the DNC’s video.

According to Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s book “Three New Deals,” both German and Italian newspapers loved the tone President Franklin Delano Roosevelt used in the 1930s. One German newspaper said Roosevelt’s speech demanded “collective good be put before self-interest.” Schivelbusch also discusses how Hitler saw Roosevelt’s ability to discuss self-sacrifice and duty as something which were “quintessential” to how Nazi Germany did things.

Isn’t what the Democrats of today are discussing something similar? Hasn’t the tone taken by the President echoed this line of thinking? When Obama tweets how donors “own a piece of this campaign,” or tells an union group, “think about everybody who depends on you,” it’s simply corporatism.

It’s making people think they’re no longer individuals but part of a group that operates as a whole.

Obama is banking people will want to be in the middle class. Be part of that amazing group of people who just have enough to live and save, but not enough to be in the upper class. By shuffling everyone into that group it makes him look like a benevolent leader who’s looking out for their interests.

The greatness of America and the states we live in, is that we’re individuals. We can take whatever job we want, live whatever life we want and if someone wants to make $20-thousand, $200-thousand or $2-million it doesn’t matter. Or as Clint Eastwood put it last week, “politicians are employees of ours!”

Saying “government is the only thing that we all belong to,” is dangerous and wrong. It shows how far Democrats, not Republicans, have gone in their ideology.

It’s not what America was created to be. And certainly not what it should become.

The Economic Justice Lie

For years, the current White House occupant has foisted the concept that more affluent Americans do not pay their fair share of taxes.  That may make for an effectively memorable campaign stump slogan, but as is so often the case with the “progressive” Democrat’s reelection campaign statements, the rhetoric does not align itself with reality.  The top five percent of American wage earners pay forty seven percent of revenues collected by the IRS.  The top ten percent pay seventy percent of all IRS revenues.  Meanwhile, forty seven percent of the population pays zero income tax.  In fact, a large number of that forty seven percent actually reap the benefits of “progressive” big government largesse while paying nothing.

In a country long admired for its diligent protection of free speech it should be possible to logically discuss the plethora of clearly unconstitutional, vastly unpopular, criminally coerced, bribery stuffed, intimidation filled, votes bought, deals made and paid for legislation that amounts to an unmitigated assault upon American traditions, values and a way of life based on freedom of choice and individual liberty.  Given that anyone willing to speak against the institutionalized “progressive” leftist agenda is smeared, attacked, blocked on social media or otherwise suppressed, perhaps not.

But whether you look at the nationalization of American banks, the takeover of the U.S. auto industry, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as a tax), the takeover of the college student loan industry, draconian EPA regulations or Cap and Trade initiatives, it all boils down to two words: “Economic justice.”

Does anyone in their right mind believe that the current radical fringe leftist “progressive” filled government is not playing favorites with student loan applications or will not play favorites with healthcare procedures and coverage?  Does anyone honestly believe that the current “progressive” Executive Branch will not continue to over-reach for power via Executive Order or through their appointments to the unelected, unaccountable regulatory bureaucracy?

Can you say reparations?  Can you say class warfare?  Can you say unable to run for reelection on their record?

Let the current Oval Office occupier in thief tell you in his own words:

  • “One of the tragedies of the civil rights movement was that the civil rights movement became so court focused, I think, there was a tendency to lose track of the political and organizing activities on the ground that are able to bring about the coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change.”

That is Marxism, plain and simple.  But “progressives” know full well that the majority of Americans would never accept Marxism, Socialism or Communism if they were honest about their agenda.  Americans are equally unlikely to accept redistribution of wealth at face value.  Witness the public outcry that followed the occupier’s now infamous 2008 campaign encounter with “Joe the plumber”.

What is a “progressive” Marxist to do?

Make the Marxist agenda sound like a moral issue to which good, God fearing, charitable Americans will subscribe.  Just like magic Marxism, Socialism, Communism and redistribution of wealth becomes “economic justice”.

Do not fall for persistent fringe left “progressive” attempts to redefine language through the smoke and mirror tricks of political correctness.  DO NOT BE FOOLED.

“Economic justice” = Forced redistribution of wealth, with hostility towards individual property rights, cloaked in a veneer of morality.

Where the majority of Americans are from, that is known as lying, cheating and stealing.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/the-economic-justice-lie/

Before the Dawn

A national poll showing a 59/35 percent disapproval rating demonstrates how declining confidence in American economic performance has led business owners to turn on the White House.  With the Oval Office insisting that the country cannot afford to continue the current tax rates for individuals making over $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000, aka the Bush tax cuts for the rich, it is not surprising that investor confidence is lagging.  Evidence indicates that the White House and their “progressive” allies have been repeatedly assailing small business owners, not “standing behind them” as their campaign rhetoric now insists.

Attacks originating from the White House such as the “You didn’t build that” remark are certainly not instilling confidence among entrepreneurs.  2010 Census figures reveal that from 2008-2010 200,000 small businesses shut their doors.  Three million jobs were lost when those companies closed up shop.

Americans cut spending as U.S. economic growth from April through June slowed to a crawl at an annual rate of 1.5 percent.  The slowdown indicates that the economy may be stalling three years into a sluggish, mostly jobless recovery that began when the last recession technically ended.

A growth rate of 2 percent or less does nothing to lower unemployment rates, which remained stuck at 8.2 percent last month.  According to most economic experts, growth is not expected to increase much in the second half of 2012, spurring fears of another recession.  Few economists believe the U.S. economy will strengthen anytime soon.

A less than glowing corporate earnings report, continued financial troubles in Europe and a looming budget crisis in the U.S. are all expected to contribute to further reductions in business investment and contribute to a possible economic downturn.

Drawing upon his business experience, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has plans to restore jobs in America within the private sector.  He is in favor of increased domestic energy production, a policy that will stimulate economic growth and reduce energy costs for all Americans.  Romney also favors taking a stronger stance towards China on matters of trade and currency manipulation.  He has repeatedly pledged to repeal and replace obamatax, also known by the misnomer: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; a reversal of that policy will disperse the clouds of doubt and uncertainty currently inhibiting job creation, business growth and capital investment.

With a successful businessman in the White House and a legislature composed of business friendly Representatives and Senators, prospects for an American economic recovery will brighten immediately.  Investors in America and especially Europe, where socialist tax assaults continue, will once again be inclined and incentivized to invest in America.

If you are one of the millions of American workers who have suffered long term unemployment or underemployment as a result of the failed “progressive” economic policies of the current administration and its “progressive” cohorts take heart, the first rays of the new dawn are just over the horizon.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/before-the-dawn/

A New Attitude Yes, More Confidence? No

The current Oval Office occupant has claimed, and while speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno continued to claim that under his stewardship people have a new attitude towards and more confidence in America.

“Four years ago, I stood before you at a time of great challenge for our nation. We were engaged in two wars.  Al Qaeda was entrenched in their safe havens in Pakistan.  Many of our alliances were frayed.  Our standing in the world had suffered.  We were in the worst recession of our lifetimes.  Around the world, some questioned whether the United States still had the capacity to lead.  Because we’re leading around the world, people have a new attitude toward America.  There’s more confidence in our leadership.  We see it everywhere we go.”

“So, four years ago, I made you a promise.  I pledged to take the fight to our enemies, and renew our leadership in the world.  As President, that’s what I’ve done.  And as you reflect on recent years, as we look ahead to the challenges we face as a nation and the leadership that’s required, you don’t just have my words, you have my deeds.  You have my track record. You have the promises I’ve made and the promises that I’ve kept,” he said.

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Do the promises you’ve kept include the over $1 trillion in pending defense cuts, which will lead to Army, Air Force and Marine Corps troop levels being reduced by tens of thousands?  Does this qualify as instilling more confidence in American leadership?

Do they include an embarrassingly incoherent strategy for how to engage the Arab Spring?  Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen are now heavily influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood and Syria appears to be not far behind.

Did the promises you made include blaming Israel, not the Palestinians, for the absence of peace between them?  Are you including snubbing and humiliating Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu?

Neither Iran nor North Korea have been deterred or dissuaded from further pursuit of nuclear weapons.  They both remain belligerent towards other countries in their regions.  Are these facts included on your list of promises kept?

Does the list of confidence inspiring deeds include your decision to leave Iraq’s fate twisting in the wind by pulling out prematurely?   Does it include failing to negotiate a status-of-forces agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Malik? How about leaving a power vacuum certain to delight Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Mullahs?

Is ratification of the New START treaty with Russia, one that weakens America’s missile-defense capabilities included in your calculations?

How about Senator Dianne Feinstein stating that national security leaks came from the White House: “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from its ranks. I don’t know specifically where, but I think they have to begin to understand that and do something about it.”

Is your ongoing failure to secure America’s borders, allowing illegal aliens to continue pouring into the United States while Mexican drug-cartel violence spins out of control on your list of inspirational achievements?

Are you including your decision to state a hard timeline for American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan that, if kept allows Al Qaeda and the Taliban to wait America out?

Did you include sending a bust of Winston Churchill, a gift from Britain to America as sign of solidarity with the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington back to the British Embassy?

How about your refusal back in 2010 to meet with then Prime Minister Gordon Brown after no less than five requests, further undermining America’s long time special relationship with Great Britain?

The list could go on.

It is fair to say that the White House has instilled around the world a new attitude towards the United States.  To say that it has created a climate of new confidence in American leadership is not aligned with the facts revealed by a review of the administration’s foreign policy actions.  Claims that the White House has renewed America’s leadership in the world are nothing more than wishful thinking and empty campaign rhetoric.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/a-new-attitude-yes-more-confidence-no/

The United Penn States of America

Penn State University was the deserving recipient of unprecedented sanctions by the NCAA in response to the child sexual molestation scandal caused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.  The school was fined $60 million, the football program’s scholarships were cut for four years, a four-year postseason ban was imposed, and the team was forced to vacate all wins from 1998-2011.  Vacating those wins means that former head coach Joe Paterno, once a legend in his own time, posthumously relinquishes the title of winningest coach in major college football history.

Sandusky was found by a grand jury to be guilty on 45 out of 48 counts of sexual abuse dating from 1994 to 2009.  School officials at the highest levels were charged with perjury, suspended, or dismissed for the cover up. Paterno was fired.  Under pressure, university president Graham Spanier resigned.

It was found that Spanier and Paterno, as well as athletic director Tim Curley and school vice president Gary Schultz, knew of Sandusky’s child abuse as early as 1998, and failed to notify the proper authorities.   By doing so, the four men failed for over a decade to protect children from a sexual predator.

It has been often said that Joe Paterno was once a real straight shooter among college football’s elite coaches.  The multiple crimes and following punishments demonstrate what happens when focus on original goals is lost, then replaced by a philosophy of self-preservation at all costs.  Paterno had become unapproachable, almost god-like.

The United States is being run in a fashion similar to that of the Penn State football team.  There is an individual in the head position who’s deemed by some to be almost god-like and unapproachable.  The people are being continuously abused because those in power love their positions so dearly they’re willing to adopt a philosophy of self-preservation at all costs.  Those in charge are taking no action to stop the abuse.

The consequence of this inaction will be that soon America’s self-imagined, self-appointed monarchs will no longer be able to dictate outcomes to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

The people of United States of America will no longer tolerate the abuses of the current administration.  They will no longer suffer insufferable Representatives in Congress or in the Senate.  It makes little difference whether the insufferable ones are complicit, intimidated into remaining silent or out of fear, simply unwilling to act.  The American people will choose to separate themselves from the injustices, the intolerance, the corruption, the abuses, the despotism, the evil.

At Penn State University the motto “Success With Honor” became: “You’re fired” “You’re guilty” or “I quit”.

The reality Penn State now faces provides the rest of America with a microcosm.  It demonstrates in universally relatable ways that yes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Still.  When the corruption finally comes to light, even those who were thought unassailable pay the price.

In the White House, “Hope and change” has become “No, you didn’t”.

For American voters, the level of corruption, injustice, intolerance, the abuses, the despotism, the evil are coming to light.  Over the next few months, more will be revealed.

The once unassailable, those considered unapproachable, even the almost god-like will pay.  Sooner or later, whether it is being forced to resign in disgrace, being rejected by the masses or suddenly facing their Creator at the moment of their last breath.

Everybody has to pay.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/the-united-penn-states-of-america/

America Does Not Build Business, Business Builds America

In a speech given Friday to supporters at a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., the current Oval Office occupant told business owners they owe their business success to government built infrastructure saying:

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.  There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me because they want to give something back.  If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.  If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/15/obama-dashes-american-dream-suggests-nobody-achieves-success-alone/

What about the Pilgrims who immigrated to America on the Mayflower in 1620?  Were they only successful because of government built infrastructure?

What about those who settled in Jamestown, Virginia?  Their journeys were financed by wealthy Englishmen, via such charters as the Virginia Company.  Their leader John Smith, to convince Jamestown colonists to prioritize growing food and building shelter said: “he who shall not work shall not eat.”  Where were the roads and bridges when they arrived?  Were there big government bailouts for those who decided they “shall not work”?

Early American landowners who needed laborers paid for a laborer’s passage to America provided they contracted to work for the landowner for several years upon arrival.  By exchanging their passage for work, immigrants could hope one day to start out on their own in America.  Does that not sound like a private business venture?  Had Washington DC and “progressive” government been regulating and taxing this process, North America might still be an unsettled wilderness.

What about the American Pioneers, who set forth across America via steamboat, raft, covered wagon, stagecoach, on foot, mules or horseback?  America’s Pioneers brought their own dishes, clothing, bedding, farm animals, and weapons with them because there were no stores to buy these items.  There was no American system waiting for them to arrive.  There was no government built infra-structure.  Did they log on to the Internet and use a map site to find their way to the Santa Fe Trail or the Oregon Trail?

What about Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone?  What about John Moses Browning, inventor of the semi-automatic shotgun?  What about Willis Carrier, who invented Air Conditioning?  Then there is Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt Revolver.  How about him?  What do you have to say about Henry Ford, inventor of the moving assembly line?  What about Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat?  What do you have to tell about Charles Goodyear, who invented vulcanized rubber?  What part of big government infrastructure inspired Cyrus McCormick to invent the mechanical reaper?  Did Samuel F.B. Morse invent the telegraph and Morse code, or did someone else make that happen?  Did Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine not make that discovery himself?  How did Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, come up with his invention if not for his natural ability?  What about Orville & Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the airplane?  Was their work a product of government research intended to allow passenger airlines to make money off the invention?  That is about as likely as “Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet”.

All of these people were successful and they got there on their own.

The outlandish remarks made by he who hopes for re-election display an utter disconnect from America, from who Americans are, how America was built and how America works.  This is not surprising, coming from someone whose childhood was spent outside America.  The closest he ever got to America is Hawaii, where his time was spent playing basketball, tokin’ bud and whiffin’ lines.  Thanks to his parents, his grandparent, his childhood mentors, and his radical college professors his “knowledge” of American history is rooted in the anti-American institutionalized “progressive” leftist view of America.

That view is based on the notion that American history starts when big government socialist programs were introduced during the twentieth century.  This view disavows all the values and traditions upon which America is built: an adventurous spirit, willingness to take risks, self-reliance, inventiveness, hard work, self-sacrifice and resolve.

The irony is, someone who takes such pride in his academic achievements is incapable of grasping an idea that is simply academic: America did not build business.  Business built America.  For America to recover from “the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression”, it will be business that builds America, not the other way around.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/america-does-not-build-business-business-builds-america/

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