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November 2010

John Stossel – Happy Starvation Day

 

Had today’s political class been in power in 1623, tomorrow’s holiday would have been called “Starvation Day” instead of Thanksgiving. Of course, most of us wouldn’t be alive to celebrate it.

Every year around this time, schoolchildren are taught about that wonderful day when Pilgrims and Native Americans shared the fruits of the harvest. But the first Thanksgiving in 1623 almost didn’t happen.

via John Stossel.

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I am a Conservative!

I am a conservative. While I don’t think it needs further embellishment some insist that I qualify it further. In such cases I state simply that I am an UN-apologetic, UN-hyphenated conservative.

I have taken to calling myself rude, crude, and socially unacceptable at times, which is probably more true than I would like to admit.

I am like the Davy Crockett character played by John Wayne in the Alamo. I am still enthralled by the word “Republic”. Even Madison was not sure if a Republic could work. His hope was that with enough safeguards in place that it might stand a chance.

We are headed for either a precipice, or a wall depending on which analogy you choose. Democrats run headlong towards it, and we slow down a bit when Republicans are in charge.

Most Americans with a lick of sense understand that neither will work anymore. We must turn this around, and in a hurry.

I may well be one of the great unwashed with little understanding of how things really work in Washington, but I do understand one simple fact. Whatever we have been doing has NOT been working.

It is time to try something new. How about some real change for a change? As I am fond of telling my Democratic friends “You go clean up your mess, and I will work on cleaning up mine”.

As Americans we should revel in a good fight(maybe take side bets?). My first suggestion would be to open up the next Republican Convention, and have a real knock down drag out floor extravaganza. No more of this sanitized made for TV sleeping aid called a convention. It would be unruly, maybe even ugly at times, but it would certainly qualify as “must see” TV. Just imagine how spectacular the ratings would be.

Bob

Starting Afresh in Pursuit of Liberty by Tony Blankley on Creators.com – A Syndicate Of Talent

It’s largely going to be gridlock. President Obama will veto what he doesn’t like. The Republican Congress will not have votes to override the vetoes. The GOP will not destroy itself “shutting down government as the Gingrich Congress did in 1995.” Republican congressional leaders will try tactfully to instruct the tea party members on political reality: If unemployment is still above 8.0 percent in 2012, either party might be in a position to take the White House. Below 8 percent, Mr. Obama probably gets re-elected.

As Newt Gingrich’s press secretary and close adviser from 1990 to 1997, I believe these conclusions are premised on a simplistic misreading of 1994-98. By this theory, Newt, believing he could persuade the public to follow him anywhere, overplayed his hand.

via Starting Afresh in Pursuit of Liberty by Tony Blankley on Creators.com – A Syndicate Of Talent.

JACKSON: Old Hickory’s Tea Party roots – Washington Times

JACKSON: Old Hickory’s Tea Party roots – Washington Times.

This is truly an inspired catch by the Washington Times.  Andrew Jackson’s farewell address.  It reads like a Tea Party manifesto, and its by the founder of the Democratic Party.

What the Tea Party Shares With MoveOn.org – NYTimes.com

What the Tea Party Shares With MoveOn.org – NYTimes.com.

Here is another insightful article from the rag of record.  You can learn a lot from reading it.  However, what I took away from it after reading is probably not what they intended.  I will leave it up to you to decide what to make of it.

Bob

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