Monday, June 30, 2008

Blogs for Obama's Opponent Launches Here in D.C.

Just kidding. Well, I am just kidding about launching a new blog roll. But I am not kidding about supporting Obama's opponent.

I understand that some conservatives may not just hold their noses, but they may indeed hold their fire this election. I think that's a mistake, but candidly, it's hard to fault them. McCain and the Republican Party have made it very difficult to get on board. So, you won't find me browbeating those who won't "sell out to the RINO" as I am arguably doing. I simply think that the best course for the nation is to elect John McCain rather than Barack Obama.

Here's five reasons why I am for Obama's opponent:

1) National security -- As I have said a number of times before, if we're dead, then the rest of our debates are pretty much academic. This is another way to say that certain things are foundational. In presidential politics, national security is foundational. And on this point ... Obama wants to talk. McCain supported the surge. Obama never wanted into Iraq. McCain was one of the ones who backed the strategy that is winning the war in Iraq. Obama will pursue a law enforcement-first policy with jihadis. McCain thinks we are at war with the jihadis.

2) Supreme Court -- Several vacancies are almost certainly coming up in the next president's term. This past couple of weeks has reminded us of the importance of the appointment of justices to the Court who will interpret the Constitution per the original meaning of the words on the paper and not their own policy preferences. The approaches of justices like Breyer, Ginsberg, Souter, Stephens, and yes, Kennedy threaten our liberty gravely.

The Bush appointees to the Court have been stellar. Imagine Gore or Kerry appointees dealing with the Heller case. The horrah.

Increasingly, we have seen and will continue to see a melding of issue #1 (nat'l security) with issue #2. By the way ... here's a question for Obama.

McCain has supported Pres. Bush's S.C. appointees, albeit he set up the 14-Mod Squad to vet them. McCain's nominees would be far better than what we could expect from Obama. It's true he would have to deal with the Demos in the Senate, but remember how Roberts and Alito handled them. It was a thing of beauty. We could have Obama making the appointments, if you think that would be better.

For a great overview of this issue, I commend to your reading Big Lizards' outstanding post.

3) View of America -- Simply put, I have no doubt that John McCain loves America. I think he believes the nation has a special place in this world. Like Mark, I don't think that he would sell out the country. We might have to tie him down to keep him from signing an immigration bill, but still ... I jest somewhat. As for Obama, I really do question how he views this nation. His wife/soulmate has not been proud of America until her husband became the Democrat nominee.

So, I am not sure about Obama. If he views the world like the bulk of his post-modern, leftist brethren, then he doesn't think that America is special among nations. To the contrary, most of the Hard Left think we are to blame, at least partially, for many of the world's ills. Usually, they contend that we are mostly to blame, in fact. There is a lot of evidence that Obama associates with those who think not only that America is unexceptional, but in fact, is worthy of derision and even attacks by terrorists.

If you don't think this nation is great and you don't love it, then you don't understand and are not worthy of the people you seek to lead. You are not qualified to be president. I question Obama's views in this regard, and I do so based largely on who he has hung around throughout his adult life.

4) Radical associations -- Of course, the most prominent of Obama's radical associations is his church and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. However, the problem is really much deeper than the crazies talking from the podium. I tend to agree that you can't hold some one accountable for all the views of a preacher, particularly a guest preacher. Still, look at the consistency of the radical message, and see how those radicals are received. Did you see the cheering masses at Obama's cheering on the diabolical "Father" Phleger? Here's the clip.

Mind you, Obama and his wife have attended this church for 20 years. Looking at the Phleger clip, it would appear that the church is full of Phleger enthusiasts. Can you imagine even considering a vote for a conservative or Republican candidate under similar circumstances?

Hey, by the way, how come you won't hear this kind of radicalism in Obama's church?

Obama's claim is that he doesn't/hasn't supported the radicalism spouted from the pulpit at his church. That is hard to believe, given the time the Obamas have been at the church and the consistently strident message there. Even so, if Obama did not agree with the hateful messages routinely coming from the pulpit at Wright's church, then it shows colossal and a disqualifying lack of judgment to remain in such a church. His defenders point out that he needed to be at the church to advance his political career. If so, then this proves by itself that his entire "change" mantra campaign is a fraud.

Incidentally, be very wary of those who use "change" almost exclusively as a noun. They are generally hiding their true intentions.

But Obama's association with radicals is not limited to the Rev. Wright and the new "fine, young pastor" at his recently thrown-under-the-bus church. Obama has a long history of hanging out with those who hold anti-American views: Here's a good summary of his radical associations and how Obama has dealt with them.

When the going gets tough, Obama acts as an old-style politician, albeit with new-fangled, postmodern, anti-American views.

5) On all issues, Obama is worse ... often far worse -- I share the objections to a McCain candidacy. I know the areas where I have disagreed with him ... immigration, McCain-Feingold, taxes, "bi-partisanship", role of govt., treatment of jihadis, pandering to the Greens, etc. Here's the punchline: On all fronts, where McCain is unimpressive, Obama would be far worse. I know some conservatives are thinking that an Obama presidency, combined with a Demo congress would surely usher in an era of conservative governance, like we saw in reaction to Clinton. I think such thinking is misguided. It relies upon variables beyond our control, not the least of which is the ability to know the future. All we can do is vote for the best candidate on the ballot. If the Demos control everything, there is no telling how many locks they might put on the door for us to get back in. The risk is too great, especially with the world situation. We don't know the future. As such, we'd better make the best choice today.

6) Bonus reason to support Obama's opponent -- If McCain wins, I will assume the role of "loyal opposition", or "Republican Maverick". I think Pres. McCain would appreciate the honor of some one standing by his convictions and lobbing insults, accusations, and counter-proposals at him constantly if/when he were inclined to drift left. Of all candidates, McCain is estopped from complaining of such conduct by "apparatchiks" like me. Indeed, the Republican meltdown has given us conservatives an opportunity to go back to our roots, and to be more skeptical of government. It's liberating (and fun) to be able to both deride and support that ol' RINO McCain. He deserves to get hit by traffic from all directions. This ain't beanbag!

But what about the Republican Party? Some have argued that we shouldn't support McCain because Republicans will view it as a rejection of the conservative base and will move forward without us. I say to them if they try it ... Good Luck! McCain is not going to get elected without conservative support and he knows it. If he behaves like a Demo in office, then Republicans in Washington will continue to pay.

Besides, we are Americans first, and then conservatives before any party loyalty. As long as there is support in the country for conservatism, we'll be fine. America and conservatives will survive McCain ... or even Obama.

Actually, I think McCain as president (particularly with a Demo congress) will likely exceed our expectations. I think that McCain himself will drift right as the country does. Particularly if it's Demos Gone Wild on Capitol Hill, I think you can expect to see him act more in the "Maverick" mode. What a farce, I know. I would rather have a candidate who would act upon his own agenda, and promote and defend it regardless of what the opposition does. But ... Johnny McC is not this candidate. Still, we might get some serious gridlock out of him, which would be just dandy.

He has drifted left over the past 8 years as a foil to Pres. Bush. Now we see him supporting the Bush tax cuts, more drilling, border security, etc. He is at least committing support to these things. And he is doing so after securing the Republican nomination. I think that shows you that McCain knows where the country is. And consider: Without a filibuster-proof Demo Senate, any sweeping immigration overhauls ain't going to happen. If enough conservatives stay home this fall, though, we might get the opportunity for Obama himself to have a filibuster-proof Demo Senate.

But back to McCain, I think he genuinely relishes bucking what people think he will do. When Pres. Bush asked him to be the loyal team player, he played the Maverick. If Demos go wild and start looking for an ol' RINO to poach, though, I would expect him to start quoting Reagan. He's one of those obnoxious contrarians in conversations whose favorite phrase is, "On the other hand ... "

But at least he does quote Reagan. You can bet that Comrade Obama (the proud owner of the Communist Party USA Endorsement) will not be quoting Reagan. Again for me, it comes back to alternatives.

A number of conservatives will probably vote for McCain but won't send money, go recruit voters in the snow, etc. I understand. I'll probably save some money this election cycle, too. However, I will be voting for John McCain, and I would encourage you to do the same.

But in conclusion, consider this: No candidate, president, political party, or government can tax my happiness. Not one of them can change who I am, or make me change my life. None is better than or can destroy who we are as a nation. I am going to survive and thrive no matter if it's McCain or Obama.

By God's grace, we are still Americans no matter who wins in November. Let's act like it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Back at the Keyboard for a Few: I pause to explain a few thoughts about American Exceptionalism

Well, my plan has been and remains to post a few thoughts on the upcoming election. We'll see where it goes, but real life continues to call. In the meantime, I was inspired by the thread below to comment on the phrase that both offends and repels hard-core liberals everywhere: American Exceptionalism.

I feel about that phrase how Patton felt about combat: I do love it so.

I stirred up our ol' pal, Charlie, by invoking the phrase in the global warming debate below (we have sometimes strayed into religion around here, you know).

In our debate below, I mentioned that one of the Left's reasons for promoting Environmentalism is that the Left resents American Exceptionalism. Our prosperity is part of that exceptionalism. Thus, the Left resent our big cars, big houses, and the air conditioners that cool them.

In the thread below, Charlie commented,
"We're all people. Daisy, and I am not kidding here... I literally have tears in my eyes... we are all people. Think about that when you want to flaunt "American Exceptionalism" as a virtue. They (whoever "they" are at the time) are people, too.

I wouldn't ask you to sympathize with a Palestinian suicide bomber any more than I would ask you to forgive Timothy McVeigh.

But the world is filled with people.

I wouldn't express those thoughts in the way that Charlie does, but I agree with his sentiments. That is, I believe, even though I argue and fight hard for what I believe in, that God is bigger than me. His ways are not my ways. I try to keep my fight is on the level of ideas. Indeed, all people have equal value. Actually, I would go farther than Charlie. I think all people (even the really bad ones like Larry Craig) have equal value in God's eyes.

But here is my point: All countries and systems of government do not have equal value. Some are better than others. Others are far, far better than others. America has been, and remains, exceptional among nations.

And by the way ... Why is it considered "moving to the center" by Obama when he runs an ad claiming that he loves America? This tells you most of what you need to know about the modern American Left.

Now, listen to what happened while I was responding to Charlie's comment in the thread below.

I am typing away a response to Charlie, and then ...

Our Spanish-speaking cleaning lady comes by my office at about 9:30 p.m. CST. She speaks very little English. By some twist of fate (I think Providence, really), I was watching the Astros. That's not a big deal. It's actually to be expected, because I am a glutton for punishment. But something is wrong with my TV, and this is where Providence meets beliefs ... meets real life. The Astros for some reason are in Spanish on my TV this night. Something happened. I think I hit a button or something, and I can't get it fixed. It's only on this channel, too. I still can speak some Spanish, so I am watching and listening. I mean, I can tell what is happening by watching. Plus, I can understand some of what the announcers are saying.

Our cleaning lady comes in my office, hears the Spanish on TV, and asks me (in Spanish) if I speak Spanish. I tell her, "Un poco." She laughs. Then, we have about a ten-minute conversation re: my Spanish-speaking history, including my dad's fluency in the language. I have talked to her before, but never to this extent. She asks me if we have any other lawyers who speak Spanish. I laugh. I have been promoted to Spanish-speaking lawyer. Eventually, I find out that she wants to locate an immigration lawyer for her husband.

So, I am going to find an immigration lawyer for her, and then call her this week and give her a name. I can't speak for what the immigration lawyer will do, but she won't get charged for my time.

The foregoing is a simple, small act that gives insight into what one person believes about the value of other people.

Why do I tell you this? Well, Charlie, et al., it's certainly not to impress those of you who don't know me. Those who do know me well don't seem really impressed by this here blog, so ... I tell you so you can get some insight into what my beliefs really are.

But remember (and I do understand the irony of this point): You won't find out what people really believe on a blog. You can only see it in how they live their lives. Real belief is found in real life.

Mind you, one of my biggest problems with Johnny McCain is his track record on immigration. We've "spilled a lot of ink" on this subject, for sure. I understand the appearance of irony, but for me, there's not an inconsistency.

Yes, people are the same everywhere. There are great people everywhere, except maybe Arkansas.

But seriously ... there are great people everywhere.

But the greatest country is right here. We live in it, by God's grace. I view it as my duty to do my part to ensure that it stays exceptional for future generations.

Friday, June 13, 2008

So what now?

I went back and read my launch post for "Blogs for McCain's Opponent". If I do say so myself, I think it was just grand. Here it is again.

I must say that the slicing and dicing of Sen. McCain in my post of three years ago was pretty complete. Yes, I upset the McCainites so bad that the very last commenter called me a Dutch Bagholder. Made my day back then. But what about today?

I'd encourage you to read my "Blogs for McCain's Opponent's" launch post carefully, and read it to the end. I never intended then, and I don't intend now, to help a liberal Democrat (or worse) get elected to anything, much less to be the Commander-in-Chief in a time of war.

So, now we find ourselves in a fine predicament, do we not? As conservatives, we certainly can't be fired up about Johnny McCain. We remember ... McCain-Feingold ... the Gang of 14 ... McCain-Kennedy. The last hyphenated McCain mess is the immigration bill/debacle that conservatives derailed in '06. He's been the media's, not conservatives', darling these past 8 years for a reason.

Indeed, McCain has given conservatives more than enough reason to be unenthused about his candidacy. Still, he seems determined to up the ante even more. Now, he has joined the Green bandwagon, really the Green Church. But the Green god is parading down the street naked, don't you see? We just wrapped up the coldest April on record down here. It's freezing in the Northwest?! What? This whole deal is a massive genuflection to policital correctness, more governmental control of our lives, and corporate cash. Yes, Green is, well, green, as in cash. Tell consumers that you are eco-friendly, and voila, they reward you with green. Makes them feel good. Mind you, their good feelings are based on hot gas/nothing (which, happily, does not harm the environment), but they feel good, don't you know? So, they pay you cash, which is just as good as money. All of this makes me ill and harms my environment.

I thought I saw the End of the Age the other day when I was in a Wendy's drive-thru and they were bragging how green they are. Made me want to rev my engine and head to Mickey D's. Just give me my burger and a large cup of shut ... But I digress.

All of McCain's foibles (immigration, big media-friendly leglislation, green pandering, etc.) point out that he is the friend of big business, and by extension, big government. That's McCain's common thread and his Achilles' heel with conservatives. Yes, conservatives are aware how the interests of multinational mega-corporations diverge more and more from the national interest. And big gov't, the friend of big biz, well ... that used to mean what it meant to be one of us -- that you didn't like empowering the feds to do everything.

But even so, McCain has an opponent.

For simple troglodytes like myself, we can use simple gauges to know which way to go in times like these. Certainly, one of the truest Washington weather vanes is Sen. Ted Kennedy. For instance, we knew that Pres. Bush had gone too far, and that the Education Bill would surely be a big problem, when we learned that it was named Bush-Kennedy. Likewise, if we had any doubt as to whether Sen. McCain had gone way too far on the Immigration Bill, all we had to do was note that the bill was called McCain-Kennedy.

I am telling you ... Sen. Kennedy has always been a big help to conservatives seeking clarity. To put it in perspective, who in Washington can you honestly say would always come up with the wrong answer for the Left (a.k.a, the right answer) on every single question? Really, it's hard to think of any one. Such conservatives don't last long in Washington, but a true liberal icon and dinosaur that gets it wrong every time can last as long as, well, Sen. Byrd ... or Sen. Kennedy. It's the nature of D.C. and its long-term inhabitants who claim to be from other places.

So, who is Sen. Kennedy supporting in this year's presidential race? We'll talk about his choice, and then I will tell you what mine is and why ... next time.

In the meantime, what do you think? McCain or Obama? That's the choice, you know. One of these two will become president next year. So, don't tell me how many Libertarians can balance on a rolled-up Constitution, or the merits of a Nader candidacy (this is Ralph's year, after all).

Which one should it be -- McCain or Obama -- and why? These are the questions we face.

See you next time.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Still kicking ... the nominees for president are Who??

Get me my laptop. Wait, I don't have one. Still, what is going on?

I'll have some words for both of them ... and you ... soon.

Until then ...