Monthly Archives: February 2009

A Voice in the Wilderness

I usually don’t watch CNBC in the mornings, so without Laura Ingraham, I wouldn’t have known about Rick Santelli’s frustration. This, quite frankly, is awesome. Luckily, he works for CNBC, because if he worked for MSNBC or NBC, he would have been packing up his desk this afternoon.

I think a Chicago Tea Party is an excellent idea!

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More News and Notes

Dear readers, I would suggest that you may want to play the lottery today, lucky as you are to have TWO posts today. However, I would not want to offend my Baptist brothers and sisters.

However, two items have caught my attention that I just could not pass up. The first (how could I have forgotten this in my previous post) is regarding the meeting between Rep. Nancy Pelosi and none other than Pope Benedict. For those of you who do not know, Rep. Pelosi is a practicing Roman Catholic (by her own admission). She is also “pro-choice” in both word and deed. So her policy positions (and votes) do not reflect much of what her own religion teaches. It speaks volumes when there was no Vatican photographer present at the meeting (unlike his meeting with every other public figure) and the Rep. Pelosi was unavailable for comment afterward. Oh, to be a fly on the wall…

Another article from NR caught my eye today, by Victor Davis Hanson. He talks in more depth about a point I brought up the other day, regarding the difference between running for office and running the office.  I cannot expand much on what Hanson says, but I use to point out that if you have not read any of his books (Carnage and Culture and Ripples of Battle, amongst others), allow me to urge you to do so. Hanson is a classical historian, and focuses on the military history of the Greeks. He draws amazing connections between how the Greeks fought their wars and the ways in which the West formed culturally, including how the West continues to fight its wars. He also published a great compilation of his writings in the days and weeks after 9/11 called An Autumn of War. I highly recommend it, for posterity’s sake.

Also, I came across a website recently that had me laughing a great deal. Called The People’s Cube, it fits the description found on it’s homepage as being “the Stalinist version of the Onion”. It is highly toungue-in-cheek, and is probably highly offensive to liberals. Hey, liberals get their SNL…Lewis Black….The Daily Show….so, consider this payback.

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Notes and Views

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Jay Nordlinger of the National Review should be proud of himself.  One of my favorite writers at NR, Jay puts out a column regularly of just little items that catches his attention. I generally enjoy his insights and his sense of humor. Also, I figure that you, my faithful reader, need a break from what has become the normally long-winded posts found on this particular corner of the blogosphere…

True to his word, President Obama, signed into law the $800+ Billion dollar “stimulus” bill yesterday.  Almost instantly afterwards, ground was broken on the proverbial first stimulus project in Missouri, construction of a new bridge. The ABC anchor that was reporting on the story this morning noted that the bridge that was being replaced was built as part of one of FDR’s works programs during the Great Depression. She almost gleefully noted that, 76 years later, we find ourselves building another bridge through a similar program.  Hopefully, it won’t take quite as long (and another world war) to get us out of this economic crisis (because government intervention in the markets has worked so well in the past).

On the stimulus bill, there has been a great deal of skepiscism and criticism amongst economists over the bill as passed, not to mention the path the government took in general to try and help the economy out of its doldrums. You may not know that if you get your news from CNN, MSNBC, or any other network that doesn’t include the letters F-O-X.  However, it isn’t often that you find a Harvard economist come out in such strong terms on anything the Left does (I suspect it isn’t a “career-enhancing” move to do so at Harvard).  Nonetheless, Robert Barro minces no words on the stimulus bill in his interview with Conor Clarke of The Atlantic. In it, he calls the stimulus bill “garbage” and “the worst bill that has been put forward since the 1930’s”.  Bravo, Mr. Barro, for sticking to your macroeconomic guns.

I saw this morning where the President is deploying upwards of 17,000 more military personnel to Afghanistan. In announcing his decision, the President stated that the war was “still winnable”, but that the U.S. had lost its focus by invading Iraq. Outside of the fact that this particular argument is getting tiresome, the President may want to send a little thank you note to the last Democrat president, Bill Clinton, for his wonderful job in drawing down our military’s combat power, especially in the Army and Air Force.  Maybe that old standard of being able to wage two concurrent major regional conflicts wasn’t such a bad gauge after all.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be proper for me to close without sending birthday wishes to my father.  He is the person who taught me what an honor it is to live in this great country, and the responsibility we all have to preserve and protect it. I know that he shares many of my concerns for the direction our country is headed, but he also taught me to keep the faith. Hope you have a great day, dad!

Thanks for reading…until next time.

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On The Job Training…

Hello to all my faithful blog readers. Again, apologies for being noticeably absent, but as I have stated before, until someone wants to pay me to write (which I give the same chance as a snowball might have in Greenland, what with rampant Global Warming), real life might intrude from time to time.

Mea Culpas aside, I submit for your review another excellent piece by Mark Steyn of the National Review on the state of the Obama administration a paltry three weeks in. He makes the excellent point that, while most presidencies rely on events to cause them to lose their footing, the Obama team seems perfectly adept at doing it to themselves. This is all the more surprising given the superb campaign that they ran, from a strategic and tactical point of view.

So, remember those desperate days long (4 months) ago, when one of the major issues the Republican Party (and conservatives in general) had with Obama was that he basically had no experience? Remember how we were told by the Obama team (and the mainstream media…or does that go without saying?) that the lack of experience was a non-issue and even a point to be lauded, political outsider that he was? Now, far be it from me to put forth the idea that we should have a professional class of politicians. Our founding fathers considered public service a type of noblesse oblige, the price to be paid for affording the blessings of living in a free society. I suspect that many of them would cast a curious (if not skeptical) eye towards those in our government, especially those that hold elected office, that are in public service year after year after year.

However, the apparent stumbles of the Obama administration do point to what is an obvious issue. One should probably have SOME experience doing SOMETHING before one aspires to hold the highest office in the land. By something, I mean a position where it falls on the person to make a decision about something meaningful and substantive.  A position that calls on one to make day to day decisions for the good of an organization or group. A position where success or failure for others rides on your abilities and character. With all due respect to President Obama, his resume is sorely lacking in these types of positions.

(Public Service Announcement – Anyone caught using the absurd analogy that Jesus was a community organizer will be ridiculed mercilessly. And then they will be challenged to show in the Bible where it clearly states Jesus was trying to organize a community. We return you to your regularly-scheduled post).

I do not think it is a coincidence (if I believed in coincidence) that many of our most effective Presidents have been businessmen or soldiers. Not to equate the two, but there does seem to me to be some similarity between the two vocations and their need to make decisions that are good for the organization (if not the members within). It is a far cry for one’s decisions to have an immediate effect on the livelihoods, or lives, of the people one is in charge of than it is for one’s decisions to have no such immediate consequences.

I don’t think that Obama and his team will continue to make the kinds of mistakes and errors in judgment that we have seen from them so far. At least, I hope not; not that I particularly want his policies to succeed, but whether I like it or not, Obama is now IN a position where, if he makes a mistake, millions of people could be adversely affected.  I am not talking about the, “gee, my 401(k) is down so I am going to have to put off retirement” kind of effect, but ones that have much more severe and immediate consequences.

Maybe now, some of the people who were blinded by Obama the candidate can see what those of us who weren’t could: there is a big difference between running FOR office and running THE office.

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