Friday, August 29, 2008

Egotism, Hubris, And Megalomania AKA An Obama Speech -- Part 1

Looking at the photos from last night's Obama worship service, I can't help but think of the tired, old Hitler comparisons. After 70 years, they still apply.

"To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation.

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for presidency of the United States."

Humility??? My eye. How can he say he's humble when he constructs a mock White House to accept his nomination? The answer is, he can't.

"Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest -- a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and yours -- Hillary Rodham Clinton. To President Bill Clinton, who made last night the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night."

Go ahead and thank the Clintons. Thank them for helping you hand over the election to John McCain. Ted Kennedy embodies the spirit of service??? Maybe to hookers. Ted Kennedy embodies the spirit of Moonbattery. He also embodies an unrepentant heart for the death of Mary Jo Kopeckne. No, Ted, you will not ever live that one down. It will haunt you even after you're gone. It is part of your legacy. Joe Biden one of the finest statesmen of our time??? He has been in the Senate for 36 years and is known for what??? He is as accomplished as BHO, but with more time doing it -- absolutely nothing. He is known for opening his mouth when he shouldn't, being a Senator, and running for President -- just like Barack Obama. They're a perfect fit. Ok, I'll give credit to Joe for commuting home to be with his family every night. That is commendable. But it still does not qualify one for the second-highest office in the land. You've gotta do better than that.

"To the love of my life, our next first lady, Michelle Obama, and to Malia and Sasha -- I love you so much, and I'm so proud of you."

I hope and pray that BHO does not become POTUS, and that the Ice Queen does not become First Lady. Does he really love his kids, or does he use them as political props like he does everyone else???

"Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story -- of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to."

He hasn't told us much about his story. He has left us with many more questions than answers, and it will cost him this election.

"It is that promise that has always set this country apart -- that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well."

Yes. Hard work and sacrifice. Not hand outs and affirmative action. One American family??? Not on his life. We ARE NOT a socialist country, but a democracy.

"That's why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive."

And we are determined to keep it that way, unlike him. He is going to destroy the American Dream to appease our enemies. Traitor.

"We meet at one of those defining moments -- a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more."

The American Dream has been threatened by BHO and his Leftist ilk.

"Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit card bills you can't afford to pay, and tuition that's beyond your reach.

These challenges are not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush."

And it's not Bush's fault. The broken politics in Washington are a direct result of Democrats refusing to pass any legislation propsed by a Republican and/or endorsed by President Bush. It's all part of a plan to make Bush look ineffective by Congress obstructing the legislative process -- and it's not working. Congress has a lower approval rating than the President. As far as cars you can't afford to drive, unless it is strictly because of gas prices, you should have thought of that before you bought it. As far as credit card bills you can't afford to pay, why did you buy things that you can't afford?? It's called personal responsibility.

"America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this."

America is better when it is not led by Moonbats.

"This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work."

This is a sad story, but how is it the government's fault???

"We're a better country than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he's worked on for 20 years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news."

Again a sad story. Outsourcing is damaging America's economy, but GWB is not to blame. Blame all of those big-government loving, business-hating, tax-and-spend politicians (mostly Democrats) who created the taxes and regulations that made outsourcing overseas more attractive to American companies.

"We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes."

Yes, the government should take care of its veterans. After all, it is our veterans who worked for the government by serving this country and the government should return the favor. But, with that said, it is not the government's responsibility to take care of people (non-government civilians. The government should only be responsible for the care of its employees and their families. Government's job is to govern -- that means create and pass laws and enforce the rule of law. That's it. It is the people's job to take care of each other.

"Tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land -- enough! This moment -- this election -- is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November 4, we must stand up and say: 'Eight is enough.'"

"Eight is Enough." Great catch-phrase, but very misleading. John McCain is no George W. Bush. In fact, McCain disagrees with Bush more than he agrees with him. They just so happen to belong to the same political party. Just as not all Democrats are Leftist moonbats, not all Republicans are lock-step with George W. Bush.

"Now let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and our respect. And next week, we'll also hear about those occasions when he's broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need."

Enough said. What more evidence does this guy need??

"But the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time. Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change."

I doubt that Bush was right 90% of the time, but also doubt that he was wrong 90% of the time, either. It's probably something like 50-50 or 60-40. I certainly don't want a chance of a BHO presidency. I would rather elect someone with whom I agree 60% of the time, than some with whom I disagree 100% of the time.

"The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives -- on health care and education and the economy -- Sen. McCain has been anything but independent. He said that our economy has made "great progress" under this president. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. And when one of his chief advisers -- the man who wrote his economic plan -- was talking about the anxieties that Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a "mental recession," and that we've become, and I quote, 'a nation of whiners.'"

We have become a nation of whiners. We have become spoiled brats. We have lost our sense of personal responsibility. That's a good chunk of the reason why we have the economic troubles we do -- because people bought things that they can't afford and now they are facing the consequences and want someone else to bail them out. These are the consequences of prosperity. American companies and consumers became greedy. Banks approved loans and credit for people who could not afford to pay them, and people bought homes, vehicles, and merchandise that they knew they could not afford. Maybe the government regulators should have noticed, but that points to the failure of government regulation more than to the failure of the President. The economy is sound -- it has not collapsed. It's weakened, but it is still sound.

"A nation of whiners? Tell that to the proud autoworkers at a Michigan plant who, after they found out it was closing, kept showing up every day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people who counted on the brakes that they made. Tell that to the military families who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved ones leave for their third or fourth or fifth tour of duty. These are not whiners. They work hard and they give back and they keep going without complaint. These are the Americans I know."

This example renders the point moot (probably the purpose), but what about the rest of the country???

"Now, I don't believe that Sen. McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn't know. Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under $5 million a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to more than 100 million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?"

Ok, maybe McCain is out of touch when it comes to economics. So is Obama. BHO exemplified that when he complained about the price of arugula at Whole Foods. Most Americans don't buy arugula nor do they shop at Whole Foods. Elitists like BHO buy arugula and shop at Whole Foods (and whiners complain about it). Obama revealed just how out of touch with "real Americans" and the economy he really is with his arugula comment. John McCain supports corporate tax breaks in order to keep American businesses in America. The US corporate tax structure is one reason why many companies outsource their labor to Third World countries -- it's cheaper. It is very expensive to do business in America. Lower corporate taxes make doing business in America less expensive. John McCain has readily admitted that economics is his weak point. At least he acknowledges his weaknesses instead of hiding them. That's why he has advisors who bring him back to reality and educate him. The President does not have to know everything, but he should know something -- and he should not pretend to know everything. I would rather gamble my retirement than let Congress out-right steal it.

"It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it."

Which he readily admits, hence the purpose of advisors.

"For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy -- give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is that you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. You're on your own. No health care? The market will fix it. You're on your own. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps -- even if you don't have boots. You are on your own."

You don't prosper by receiving handouts. Didn't your wife's story teach you anything??? Her dad didn't receive handouts. He went to work even when he was sick with MS so he could provide for his family. Our country was not founded by getting handouts. Our country has not prospered because of handouts. Before the Great Depression, people resisted handouts because they felt ashamed. No one wanted a handout -- even when desperately needed -- because that would show the world that that person could not provide for their family. Welfare is a crutch for a lot of people. It is an excuse to not have to get a job. When you are forced to get a job and provide for your family it fosters a sense of pride and provides an incentive to do better. Life is not fair.

"Well it's time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America. And that's why I'm running for president of the United States."

And it's time for the Democrats to own up to their failure, as well.

"You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country."

Yes they do. It's called Socialism.

"We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president -- when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of go down $2,000 like it has under George Bush."

Whatever. Democrats always increase taxes -- for everyone -- and the economy started to slide under Clinton. Clinton also contributed to 9/11 by letting bin Laden get away when he had the chance to capture him. Nine-eleven accelerated the economy's downturn, hence the reason why GWB is erroneously blamed for all of our current economic woes.

"We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off and look after a sick kid without losing her job -- an economy that honors the dignity of work."

Democrats are not necessarily the best friends of small businesses. OK, the waitress does deserve to take sick days when she needs them without risking her job. Democrats honor the dignity of work??? By what?? Increasing handouts to welfare deadbeats???

"The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great -- a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight."

And he says John McCain doesn't have a clue when it comes to the economy??? Ask any economist what the economic fundamentals are, and I guarantee he or she is not going to tell him "The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great." And, if he told an economist that statement, he or she would probably laugh in his face.

"Because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton's Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill."

Is there verifiable evidence of those statements???

"In the face of that young student who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships."

Does he support handouts because his mother relied on them and it keeps her memory alive??? Or does he support them because people actually need them (some people actually have a legitimate need for them)?? Or does he support them because it makes him look good and compassionate to his party and to voters??

"When I listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down, I remember all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago I stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed."

No. He was lining his pockets via the Chicago political machine.

"And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business or making her way in the world, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle-management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman. She's the one who taught me about hard work. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she's watching tonight, and that tonight is her night as well."

And to thank his grandmother for all of her hard work and scarifice, he calls her a racist. Starting a business is no small feat. There are plenty of programs out there help anyone get started. One just has to look.

"Now, I don't know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. These are my heroes. Theirs are the stories that shaped my life. And it is on behalf of them that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as president of the United States."

And they are just that, stories. His "biography" is nothing but a tall tale. I'm venturing a guess that his "autobiography" is nothing but fiction and fantasy -- just like his campaign.

"What is that American promise?"

Good question. I've been asking myself that for this whole speech.

"It's a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect."

Hey!!! He stole that one out of the Republican playbook!!! Give it back!! We do have the freedom to make our own lives what we will, and Socialist Moonbats like BHO want to take that freedom away from us. They want to enforce "dignity and respect" by suppressing freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution.

"It's a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, to look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road."

The market does reward drive and innovation -- it's called profit -- something that the Socialist Moonbats demonise. Again this whole statement is cribbed from the Republican platform. I guess "Vice Plagiarist" Joe Biden (to quote Ann Coulter) is rubbing off on Oshama. Oshama's pandering to the center-right is blatantly obvious.

"Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves -- protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and science and technology."

I am perfectly capable of providing my child with a quality education without government intervention.

"Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work."

Someone call the Patent Office, quick!!! This is wholesale plagiarism!!! The RIAA should sue.

"That's the promise of America -- the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper."

Yes. We are responsible for ourselves. I'm glad you are not my brother and I am not your sister. Ahh. The true nature of BHO's evil plan emerges -- he wants everyone to be in everyone else's business -- he's training us to be his Gestapo, keeping tabs on our neighbours.

"That's the promise we need to keep. That's the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president."

Oh Brother...Here we go...

"Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it."

Or the rich legislators who wrote it. The tax code is a law and it is written by legislators who are influenced by the lobbyists. Get it right. Please don't redistribute my hard-earned money to welfare deadbeats.

"You know, unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America."

The Democrats are going to help business??? Oh wait, it's another attempt at pandering to moderates by copying the Republican playbook.

"I'll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow."

I thought Dems didn't like cutting or eliminating taxes. Which is it??? Oh, yeah. it's another deception.

"I will, listen now, cut taxes -- cut taxes -- for 95 percent of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class."

Wait a second!!! You just derided the Bush tax cuts. Now you want to cut taxes??? Quit talking out of both sides of your mouth.

And for the sake of our economy, our security and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East. We will do this.

What by bankrupting us and starving the rest of the world??? Your plan better include a comprehensive plan that includes drilling in ANWR. BTW genius, a President's max term is 8 years, unless you plan on changing/disregarding that too.

Washington's been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years, and by the way John McCain's been there for 26 of them. And in that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil that we had as the day that Sen. McCain took office.

So it's entirely John McCain's fault that we have increased our dependence on foreign oil??? I don't think so. Clinton helped increase our dependence by closing our shores to domestic oil production and prohibiting drilling in ANWR. He probably said no to higher standards hoping that auto-makers would do it themselves -- Republicans don't like Big Government. So far, alternative energy sources on a massive scale are fantasy. Renewable energy is not what it's cracked up to be. Ethanol has contributed to rising food costs -- especially corn. Wind and solar are not efficient for large-scale distribution. Again, as a Republican, John McCain supports investment and innovation by the private sector vice the government. I'm sure that if a smart, reasonable, and realistic comprehensive energy policy crossed John McCain's desk, he would sign it into law.

"Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close."

How does he figure??? Oh wait. Nancy Pelosi is his energy advisor.

"As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I'll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced."

A Tree-Hugging Liberal supporting nuclear power??? Oh wait. Another dirty trick. We have safely harnessed nuclear power. It's just that Enviromoonbats have successfully lobbied Congress to halt their construction since the '70s. How will he make cars affordable??? Government handouts in the form of subsidies??? I thought so. How are we going to pay for his $150 Billion investment??? Wait, I got it, more taxes. So much for cutting taxes on the middle class. There's no way he can do both -- increase spending and cut taxes -- without further increasing the national debt. If he does increase the national debt, his economic policy will be just like Bush and the current Congress, thus completely obliterating his "change" mantra. How does he figure that he will create 5 million new jobs???

America, now is not the time for small plans.

I can hardly wait.

An Urgent Message To Voters

To all of the undecided and disillusioned voters: Whatever you do this November, DO NOT STAY HOME!!! Your disgust is not going prevent Obama winning the White House. In fact, BHO is counting on undecided and disillusioned voters staying home — that’s why he is so vague and cagy. That is why he is dishonest about his past and his record. He knows that undecided voters need a lot of information in order to make an informed decision. If people knew the truth about Barack Obama they would see through his smoke and mirrors and he knows this. If you are passionate about not having this dangerous empty suit in the White House, VOTE FOR McCAIN. Swallow your pride and resist the urge to "protest vote". Remember 1992??? Ross Perot helped Bill Clinton win 8 years in the White House. A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Obama.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Vivisection of Hillary Clinton

One thing that I have learned about Hillary Clinton throughout this election season is that she is not the most liberal Senator in the Senate and that she actually possesses some Conservative qualities. She is actually rated 17.2% Conservative by National Journal. I still don't like her, but I have learned to respect her, a little. I do realise that she is still a Clinton and a Democrat and still carries all of the baggage associated thereof. I liked her speech until she inserted her Leftist leanings into it (universal health care, compulsory public education, global warming) and of course when she was throwing her "support" to Barack Obama. Michelle Obama's reactions to Hillary's speech were interesting. Unless Hillary was singing the praises of BHO, MO had a scowl on her face. Chelsea Clinton has inherited her mother's "Evil Death Stare". Hillary's speech sounded more like a stump speech for herself than a support speech or rallying speech for Obama. I'm sure that was all part of Hillary's "Evil Plan". Rush's "Operation Chaos" may still be in full effect -- the Dems may be playing the game and not even realising it. Here is my analysis of Hillary's speech Tuesday night at the DNC:

"I am honored to be here tonight. A proud mother. A proud Democrat. A proud American. And a proud supporter of Barack Obama."

Whatever. She's definitely a proud Democrat. The other sources of pride are yet to be seen.

"My friends, it is time to take back the country we love."

Yes it is. It is time to take back the country and elect John McCain.

"I haven't spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women's rights at home and around the world ... to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people."

No, you've spent 35 years (OK, maybe 30, her Goldwater years must count for something) advocating Socialism and trying to usher in the New World Order.

"No way. No how. No McCain."

No way. No how. NObama.

"Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our president."

No, Hillary Clinton is your candidate. And she must be your president. John McCain is my candidate and he must be our president.

"I will always be grateful to everyone from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the territories, who joined our campaign on behalf of all those people left out and left behind by the Bush Administration."

At least SHE remembers that we have 50 states.

"To my supporters, my champions — my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits — from the bottom of my heart: Thank you."

That quote was priceless. I laughed hysterically. I never knew Hillary had a sense of humour. It made her speech more endurable.

"Along the way, America lost two great Democratic champions who would have been here with us tonight. One of our finest young leaders, Arkansas Democratic Party Chair, Bill Gwatney, who believed with all his heart that America and the South could be and should be Democratic from top to bottom.

And Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a dear friend to many of us, a loving mother and courageous leader who never gave up her quest to make America fairer and smarter, stronger and better. Steadfast in her beliefs, a fighter of uncommon grace, she was an inspiration to me and to us all.

Our heart goes out to Stephanie's son, Mervyn, Jr., and Bill's wife, Rebecca, who traveled to Denver to join us at our convention."

I hate to talk about the emotional side, but this was really touching. When Hillary was talking about Rep. Tubbs Jones, the camera panned to where Bill Clinton, Mervyn Jr. and Mrs. Gwatney were sitting and Bill put his hand on Mervyn's back like a father. Bill seemed genuinely proud of Hillary's speech the whole time. He looked like he had tears in his eyes through most of the speech. I think deep down he really loves his wife, he just needs a pad lock on his zipper and Hillary needs to wear the key around her neck.

"Jobs lost, houses gone, falling wages, rising prices. The Supreme Court in a right-wing headlock and our government in partisan gridlock. The biggest deficit in our nation's history. Money borrowed from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis.

Putin and Georgia, Iraq and Iran."

You can't blame Bush for all of this. She is right about partisan gridlock. It's her Dem friends that are the major contributors. We have a Democrat Congress hell-bent on vetoing any and all legislation proposed by a Republican. We have Nancy Pelosi mandating a five week vacation so that Republicans cannot hold an up or down vote on a comprehensive energy policy. The economy started floundering while Clinton was still in office. Bush inherited a mess. I don't agree with all of George W. Bush's policies, but he is not the only one in the government. We have three dysfunctional branches of government. We have a Leftist Supreme Court that would rather legislate from the bench than examine already existing legislation for its Constitutionality.

"I ran for president to renew the promise of America. To rebuild the middle class and sustain the American Dream, to provide the opportunity to work hard and have that work rewarded, to save for college, a home and retirement, to afford the gas and groceries and still have a little left over each month."

She is still running on that platform. She wants to achieve that on the backs of "the rich", but is smart enough not to say it directly. This paragraph sounds more like a Republican platform than a Democrat one. This must be one example of Hillary's "conservatism".

To promote a clean energy economy that will create millions of green collar jobs.

"Green collar"??? How cute.

"To create a health care system that is universal, high quality, and affordable so that parents no longer have to choose between care for themselves or their children or be stuck in dead end jobs simply to keep their insurance."

For as much as Hillary criticises BHO's lofty plans and the absence of any proposed method of paying for them (and rightly so), she needs to explain how we are going to pay for "Hillary Care". Her health care plan is nothing more than socialised medicine and it will not work. We do need to fix the health care system in this country, but socialised medicine IS NOT the answer.

"To create a world class education system and make college affordable again."

The first step in creating a world-class education is to get rid of the teacher unions and stop indoctrinating our children and start educating them again. Parental involvement needs to be welcomed, not feared. Parents need to have the right to choose which school their children attend or if they will attend school. Homeschooling needs to be embraced as a viable option. The federal financial aid system needs to be fixed (i.e. once you live on your own and your parents no longer support you, your parents' income need not apply).

"To fight for an America defined by deep and meaningful equality — from civil rights to labor rights, from women's rights to gay rights, from ending discrimination to promoting unionization to providing help for the most important job there is: caring for our families. To help every child live up to his or her God-given potential."

Equal pay for equal work sounds great as long as it's not just based on gender or race, but based on ability and qualifications. There should not be a need for special rights for fringe minority groups if ability and qualifications are the only standard. Unionisation is not the answer. Unionisation = Socialism. We have passed the time when unions were needed. From the mid 19th to the early 20th centuries corporations took advantage of their workers and unions were needed to make sure workers were treated fairly and had a safe work environment. Now unions are nothing more than power-brokers and lobbying arms of the Democrat party.

"To make America once again a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws."

That means kicking out illegals and stop providing them with shelter (San Francisco and the other so-called "shelter cities"), welfare benefits, food stamps, Medicaid, and free college educations. That means respecting U.S. immigration law and tightening our borders. That means you too, John McCain.

"To bring fiscal sanity back to Washington and make our government an instrument of the public good, not of private plunder."

That means kicking out of Congress all tax-and-spend politicians. I think she got it mixed-up. I think it was supposed to read "making our government an instrument of private good, not of public plunder" Oh wait, that would make her a Republican.

"To restore America's standing in the world, to end the war in Iraq, bring our troops home and honor their service by caring for our veterans."

Restoring our standing as a super-power sound better. As far as ending the war in Iraq, that may become moot no matter who is in the White House. Iraq's PM al-Maliki is talking about forcing us to withdraw all of our troops fairly soon (not sure of exact date). She is right about caring for our veterans, and DoD and the VA are working hard to improve care for our veterans.

"And to join with our allies to confront our shared challenges, from poverty and genocide to terrorism and global warming."

We can join our allies so long as they want to join us. When it comes to NATO, it may as well be the US military and a few NATO soldiers for color. We are the most generous country in the world. We send more aid (military and humanitarian) to more places and send more money than any other "rich" country on the planet. We do not need a $2,500 per capita tax to prove it. Our allies need to get in gear and help us fight poverty and terrorism. They need to stop being so risk-averse. Global warming is a farce. John McCain needs to recognise that as much as the Democrats do.

"Most of all, I ran to stand up for all those who have been invisible to their government for eight long years."

Who's been invisible??? The moonbats, maybe -- as they should be. BHO will make the "normal" Americans invisible and only cater to "Latte Liberals" and left-wing fringe crazies (moonbats).

"Those are the reasons I ran for president. Those are the reasons I support Barack Obama. And those are the reasons you should too."

BHO has not one Conservative bone in his body, therefore he does not support everything that Hillary supports nor does he support everything she laid out in her speech. Who does she think she's fooling??? Besides, no one should support BHO because he is a Leftist moonbat in bed with terrorists and hell-bent on killing babies from conception to birth.

" I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?

My question to Hillary is: Were you in this campaign just for yourself? I think the answer is "yes". And to answer her question: For most people, unless they or someone close to them is in a dire situation, they're in it for you and themselves. People support candidates because of what they think that candidate will do for them. JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" makes a great speech, but goes against human nature.

"We need leaders once again who can tap into that special blend of American confidence and optimism that has enabled generations before us to meet our toughest challenges. Leaders who can help us show ourselves and the world that with our ingenuity, creativity, and innovative spirit, there are no limits to what is possible in America."

Barack Hussein Obama IS NOT one of those leaders. John McCain is.

"This won't be easy. Progress never is. But it will be impossible if we don't fight to put a Democrat in the White House."

Of course it won't be easy for the Dems to win. They're nominating an empty suit to run against a man of substance. Besides, if enough Hillary supporters are pissed off enough after the DNC and come Nov. 5th, it will be impoissible to put BHO in the White House.

"We need to elect Barack Obama because we need a President who understands that America can't compete in a global economy by padding the pockets of energy speculators, while ignoring the workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas. We need a president who understands that we can't solve the problems of global warming by giving windfall profits to the oil companies while ignoring opportunities to invest in new technologies that will build a green economy."

No, we need to elect John McCain. Energy speculators are not just an American problem, they are a global problem. Speculators exist on the global market, not just here in America. Energy speculation is not the only factor on oil prices. Inflation and old-fashioned supply-and-demand play bigger roles. Oil is denominated in dollars. As a result, when inflation goes up, so does oil and any other commodity denominated in dollars. Also, more and more countries are using more and more oil. When demand goes up, so does price. When demand goes up, so does supply. Outsourcing is damaging America's economy, but GWB is not to blame. Blame all of those big-government loving, business-hating, tax-and-spend politicians (mostly Democrats) who created the taxes and regulations that made outsourcing overseas more attractive to American companies. A windfall profits tax will stifle innovation. It is obscene, on the surface, that while consumers are paying record prices at the pump, oil companies are raking in record profits. But it is also obscene that state and federal governments are making beaucoup bucks from the taxes on that gasoline. Shell Oil is investing in alternative energy -- with its profits. If you want energy innovation, you must let companies keep their profits so they can re-invest them.

"Barack Obama began his career fighting for workers displaced by the global economy. He built his campaign on a fundamental belief that change in this country must start from the ground up, not the top down. He knows government must be about 'We the people' not 'We the favored few.'

No. Barack Obama began his career as part of the corrupt Chicago political machine. Get it right. If change must start from the ground up, why is it so vital to elect BHO??? Isn't he supposed to be the top guy?? I guess the people matter more. In BHO's mind government is only about 'We the favoured few", that's how he became part of the Chicago political machine.

"And when Barack Obama is in the White House, he'll revitalize our economy, defend the working people of America, and meet the global challenges of our time. Democrats know how to do this. As I recall, President Clinton and the Democrats did it before. And President Obama and the Democrats will do it again."

No. If BHO becomes president, he will socialise the economy, tax the working people of America, and roll over in the face of the global challenges of our time. Democrats are great at it and Bill Clinton did do it -- just not as Hillary said it. Hillary's version sounds more like Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton.

"He'll transform our energy agenda by creating millions of green jobs and building a new, clean energy future. He'll make sure that middle class families get the tax relief they deserve. And I can't wait to watch Barack Obama sign a health care plan into law that covers every single American."

Again, socialism at its finest.

"Barack Obama will end the war in Iraq responsibly and bring our troops home -- a first step to repairing our alliances around the world."

Not if the Iraqi government makes us do it first.

"And he will have with him a terrific partner in Michelle Obama. Anyone who saw Michelle's speech last night knows she will be a great first lady for America."

Terrific??? That woman is more of a tyrant than Hillary. Did Hillary hear the same speech I did??? Read my analysis here.

"Americans are also fortunate that Joe Biden will be at Barack Obama's side. He is a strong leader and a good man. He understands both the economic stresses here at home and the strategic challenges abroad. He is pragmatic, tough, and wise. And, of course, Joe will be supported by his wonderful wife, Jill."

America is fortunate BHO picked a Washington insider as a running mate. This way he almost guaranteed to lose. Joe Biden has a lot of time in Washington, but he has not done much that is meaningful. He is best known for sticking his foot in his mouth, being a Senator, and running for President -- just like Barack Obama. They're a perfect fit.

"Now, John McCain is my colleague and my friend.

He has served our country with honor and courage.

But we don't need four more years ... of the last eight years.

More economic stagnation ... and less affordable health care.

More high gas prices ... and less alternative energy.

More jobs getting shipped overseas ... and fewer jobs created here.

More skyrocketing debt ... home foreclosures ... and mounting bills that are crushing our middle class families.

More war ... less diplomacy.

More of a government where the privileged come first ... and everyone else comes last."

I think Hillary's arguments describe BHO much better than they do John McCain, except for the first two lines. BHO would not know honor or courage if they knocked him on the head.

"John McCain says the economy is fundamentally sound. John McCain doesn't think that 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security. And in 2008, he still thinks it's OK when women don't earn equal pay for equal work."

The economy is sound -- it has not collapsed. It's weakened, but it is still sound. John McCain does not think that government needs to solve America's healthcare crisis. John McCain does not support socialised medicine. John McCain thinks the private sector can solve the healthcare crisis -- and the Social Security crisis. John McCain does not believe in special rights for certain groups. He believes that a person should be paid based on their abilities and qualifications, not just on their gender or minority status.

"With an agenda like that, it makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities. Because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart."

No. John McCain and GWB are bothe Republicans. That's why they will both be at the Republican National Convention.

"But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president."

If we want to continue to slide toward the New World Order, then we should elect Barack Obama. If we want to step far away from socialism, then we need to elect John McCain.

"We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare."

No, we Republicans don't.

"Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance.

I want you to think about your children and grandchildren come election day. And think about the choices your parents and grandparents made that had such a big impact on your life and on the life of our nation.

We've got to ensure that the choice we make in this election honors the sacrifices of all who came before us, and will fill the lives of our children with possibility and hope."

That is reason enough not to vote BHO into the White House.

"That is our duty, to build that bright future, and to teach our children that in America there is no chasm too deep, no barrier too great — and no ceiling too high — for all who work hard, never back down, always keep going, have faith in God, in our country, and in each other."

From all of those fluffy statements about barriers, it seems to me that Democrats should vote for BHO based solely on the color of his skin, not on the content of his character. Since he has no character, he should not get any votes, either. Faith in God is very important. I don't think moonbats understand that concept.

"Thank you so much. God bless America and Godspeed to you all."

I hope she meant that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Dissection of Michelle Obama

I tried in vain to watch Michelle Obama's speech, but since I live in EU-Land, I would have had to wait until my husband got up to go to work in order to see it live. So, I have had to do the next best thing, dissect the transcript. Thanks to cable news and the Internet, I will still have plenty of fodder and news clips for my diatribe. If you listen to the MSM (who does that anymore???), you will hear how "authentic" and "genuine" Mrs. Obama's speech was. I beg to differ. Here is my analysis of "One Nation" (notice the lack of "Under God"):

"And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them."

Work hard??? According to the Democrat platform and BHO's "community organizing", the only people who work hard are those whose tax dollars pay for welfare so that the lazy can stay lazy and the hard-working work harder and pay more taxes. Your word is your bond??? I think the only ones who believe in integrity are the ones who are calling the Obamas to the carpet for all of their lies and obfuscations. Dignity and respect??? Tell that to the all of the unborn babies who were slaughtered in the name of "choice". Tell that to the nurse who watched helplessly as that newborn baby died in her arms. BHO did not know that baby nor did he agree that that baby had a right to live, but defended its murder on the floor of the Illinois State Senate.

"And as our friendship grew, and I learned more about Barack, he introduced me to the work he'd done when he first moved to Chicago after college. You see instead of going to Wall Street, Barack had gone to work in neighborhoods devastated when steel plants shut down, and jobs dried up. And he'd been invited back to speak to people from those neighborhoods about how to rebuild their community."

He helped "rebuild" their community by becoming a part of the corrupt Chicago political machine and helping slumlords build shoddy public housing instead of standing up and saying that what they were doing was wrong.

"And Barack stood up that day, and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about "The world as it is" and "The world as it should be." And he said that all too often, we accept the distance between the two, and we settle for the world as it is -- even when it doesn't reflect our values and aspirations. But he reminded us that we also know what our world should look like. He said we know what fairness and justice and opportunity look like. And he urged us to believe in ourselves -- to find the strength within ourselves to strive for the world as it should be. And isn't that the great American story?"

And BHO reflects that "middle" by choosing Joe Biden as his running mate.

"It is because of their will and determination that this week, we celebrate two anniversaries: the 88th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, and the 45th anniversary of that hot summer day when Dr. King lifted our sights and our hearts with his dream for our nation."

Two anniversaries??? Try three -- BHO's acceptance speech falls on the anniversary of JFK's accepting the Democratic nomination for president in 1962. Coincidence??? I think not.

"The military families who say grace each night with an empty seat at the table. The servicemen and women who love this country so much, they leave those they love most to defend it."

Quit trying to pander to us military families. Until you are sitting at that table with an empty seat (sorry, absences from campaigning don't count) you have no idea what it is like, so quit pretending.

"People like Hillary Clinton, who put those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, so that our daughters -- and our sons -- can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher."

Nice shout-out to Hillary. Michelle is pandering to Hillary's base and I don't think that will win BHO too many points, but we shall see. Our sons have a glass ceiling too??? I thought Feminists and Democrats see only women as having a glass ceiling. Inserting political correctness totally destroyed her point -- as usual. One could also argue that Feminism has created barriers for boys, but I seriously doubt that that was what MO was trying to say, after all, she is a Liberal.

"People like Joe Biden, who's never forgotten where he came from, and never stopped fighting for folks who work long hours and face long odds and need someone on their side again."

People like Joe Biden strive to maintain the status quo. He blows the "Change" mantra right out of the water.

"All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do -- that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.

And that is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

That is why I love this country."

The world should not be the way BHO wants it to be -- Socialism, crippling taxes, unlimited abortion, buying into Global Warming hysteria, redistribution of wealth, maintaining our dependence on foreign oil, pandering to terrorists, the list goes on. What is this "improbable journey"??? That is the third time she mentioned an "improbable journey". She is almost as bad as her husband. So that explains why for the first time in her adult life MO loves this country. Why didn't she say that the first time???

"And in my own life, in my own small way, I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That's why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us -- no matter what our age or background or walk of life -- each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

It's a belief Barack shares -- a belief at the heart of his life's work."

Is it really that much of a sacrifice to trade one 6-figure paying job for another???

"It's what he did in the Illinois Senate, moving people from welfare to jobs, passing tax cuts for hard-working families, and making sure women get equal pay for equal work."

And defending the murder of newborn babies who survived an abortion attempt.

"It's what he's done in the United States Senate, fighting to ensure that the men and women who serve this country are welcomed home not just with medals and parades, but with good jobs and benefits and health care -- including mental health care."

By voting present more times than he actually took a stand on the issues and spending most of his Senate term running for President.

"See that's why he's running -- to end the war in Iraq responsibly, to build an economy that lifts every family, to make sure health care is available for every American, and to make sure every child in this nation has a world class education all the way from preschool to college. That's what Barack Obama will do as president of the United States of America."

To make socialism the new form of government in the United States -- The Divided Socialist States of America.

"He'll achieve these goals the same way he always has -- by bringing us together and reminding us how much we share and how alike we really are. You see, Barack doesn't care where you're from, or what your background is, or what party -- if any -- you belong to. That's not how he sees the world. He knows that thread that connects us -- our belief in America's promise, our commitment to our children's future. He knows that that thread is strong enough to hold us together as one nation even when we disagree."

He only cares about what fellow Latte Liberals care about -- the price of arugula and how to undermine the Sovereignty of America and help usher in the New World Order.

"It was strong enough to bring hope to the mother he met worried about her child in Iraq; hope to the man who's unemployed, but can't afford gas to find a job; hope to the student working nights to pay for her sister's health care, sleeping just a few hours a day."

Hope for a handout, maybe. That seems to be the only hope BHO can give.

"Millions of Americans who know that Barack understands their dreams; Millions of Americans who know that Barack will fight for people like them; and that Barack will finally bring the change we need."

Are there really that many Moonbats out there who believe that??? I hope to God not.

"And in the end, And in the end after all that's happened these past 19 months, the Barack Obama I know today is the same man I fell in love with 19 years ago. He's the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital ten years ago this summer, inching along at a snail's pace, peering anxiously at us in the rear view mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands, determined to give her everything he'd struggled so hard for himself, determined to give her something he never had: the affirming embrace of a father's love."

And he should think about that every time he ponders about abortion -- about how many babies have been denied the right to life and denied the right to be loved by parents who carry the weight of that child's future on their backs. Who was there for that baby who died in the abortionist's clinic??? BHO certainly wasn't. The only one who cared was the nurse in whose arms that precious baby died. If BHO was poor when his daughter was conceived, would he had told Michelle to abort her?? Did he tell her during her first ultrasound that the baby inside her was not alive yet?? Did he dismiss his daughter's first heartbeat?? Guess what??? If it ain't a baby, you ain't pregnant.

"So tonight, in honor of my father's memory and my daughters' future -- out of gratitude for those whose triumphs we mark this week, and those whose everyday sacrifices have brought us to this moment -- let us devote ourselves to finishing their work; let us work together to fulfill their hopes; and let us stand together to elect Barack Obama president of the United States of America."

In the immortal words of my father, "Let us not and say we didn't."

"Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America."

I hope she meant that.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Media Bias???

I am now watching Lou Dobbs and I am shocked. This guy and his fellow pundits are calling Obama on the carpet for his hypocrisy, arrogance, and superficiality. Mr. Dobbs was discussing how both campaigns have been going back and forth in attacking each other. It seemed to me that Mr. Dobbs was in John McCain's corner. These last few days I have noticed that NBC, the Associated Press, FOX, and now CNN have been more and more critical of Barack Obama. Mr. Dobbs is also calling the MSM to the carpet for their incessant and insipid fawning over BHO. This election gets more and more exciting every day. I haven't been this excited since McCain ran back in 2000 (I voted for him in the 2000 primary).

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tom Brokaw Grows A Pair

I just finished watching "Meet The Press" with Tom Brokaw and I am actually impressed. His guests tonight were Caroline Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, and a political roundtable discussion with Gwen Ifill, Jon Meacham, and Chuck Todd. I could not believe my ears when he was talking to Caroline Kennedy about BHO choosing Sen. Biden for his VP, Mr. Brokaw did not fawn all over Barack Obama, but actually acknowledged people's misgivings about BHO without kissing Oshama's butt or bashing John McCain. Also, he called Nazi Pelosi to the carpet for her investment in and endorsement of natural gas, and her flip-flopping stance on the surge in Iraq. It was beautiful. The one disappointment was when Ms. Pelosi said she was an "ardent Catholic" in one breath and then defended "a woman's right to choose" in the next, and Brokaw did not really call her out on it. Mr. Brokaw could have lit into her, but I will take whatever I can get. The most telling event of the interview came when Brokaw and Pelosi were talking about Sen. Biden and how he and Hillary can "sell" Obama's childhood at the convention and on the campaign trail. Obama was abandoned by his father and was raised mostly by his grandmother, but he says in his autobiograhy that he "raised himself". Boo hoo. Poor Baby, here's a tissue. Would you like some cheese with your whine??? Typical Liberals appealing to feeling and emotions and avoiding policy positions. It seems as if the message is we should vote for BHO because we feel sorry for him. Well, I'm not buying it.

More Reasons Why I Despise Barack Obama

Life is not all flowers, trees, and rainbows. Life also is not fair. I despise Obama because he is a despicible human being. He would kill a newborn baby outside the womb if that's what the woman wanted (solely because that is what the woman wanted). On that point alone, I do not see any redeeming qualities in him. His speeches annoy me to no end. He speaks a lot of words and yet he says nothing. He wants to turn the United States of America into the Divided Socialist States of America. The rock star mentality does not appeal to me. I don't care how many Hollywood moonbats support him, I WILL NOT EVER support Barack Hussein Obama. BHO is NOT patriotic. He wants to destroy this country. He wants to bankrupt our country to "save" the Third World because he says we don't give enough. I have news for him: America is the world's most generous nation. Period. We don't need a $2,500 per capita tax to prove how generous we are. Who sent aid to Georgia? Who sent aid after the Myanmar cyclone (which THEIR gov't refused)? Who sent aid after the tsunami in Indonesia? We did. Barack Oshama is out of touch with reality and real America. He is more liberal than Hillary Clinton (as if that is possible). John McCain finished near the bottom of his class because he partied too hard -- and he will readily admit that. At least he was not bolstered to the top of his class because his Daddy was an admiral. He earned his class position. As far as McCain's "agents of intolerance comment is concerned, I have this to say: Have you ever heard Reverands Robertson or Falwell??? Some of the things they say make me cringe, and I consider myself ultra conservative and Evangelical. Also, liberals fail to remember that we conservatives don't agree with McCain 100% of the time. Heck, I don't agree with my husband 100% of the time, and I love him more than life itself. Liberals can be pretty black and white too. They seem to think that conservatives must agree with McCain 100% of the time. I would rather agree with someone 60% of the time (McCain) than agree with someone 0% of the time (Obama). If I agree with you 0% of the time, it means that I disagree with you 100% of the time. It is not a hard concept to understand. It's one thing to vote one way and then realise later that you made a mistake (hindsight is 20/20). It's another thing entirely to gloat and dwell on your mistake or change of heart ad nauseum. It's also bad when you try to revise your own history on your position or vote or when you constantly flip-flop to gain the support of whoever it is you are trying to pander to. McCain has said that even though he did not vote for Bush's tax cuts, he will keep them in place if he is elected. The only position that Obama holds continuously is that abortion is okay from conception to birth. Obama would never had told the people of Pennsylvania or Ohio that all they do is cling to their guns and religion, but he did say that about working-class Americans to a group of San Francisco liberals. Unlike most liberals, most conservatives do not see many gray areas. We are black and white because we take a position on an isssue. To most conservatives, sitting on the fence is not a valid position at all, it's a cop-out (and besides, sitting on fences hurts).

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama's VP Choice

I’m glad that Oshama picked Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) because that will make it easier for John McCain to win. I enjoy all of the stupid political decisions Oshama makes because each one is another nail in his coffin. Strategically, I think he should have picked Hillary because together, they could have slaughtered McCain in the general election. But, since Oshama has a tremendous lack of judgement political or otherwise, he completely contradicted himself and showed the world that his “Hope and Change” mantra was nothing but empty rhetoric. Each day I despise Oshama more and more and each day his gaffes and errors make me laugh a little harder and breathe a little easier. I criticise his VP to show how stupid and uninformed he is, not because I am upset. Quite the contrary, I’m delighted. Barack Hussein Obama is one of the last people I would elect dogcatcher, let alone President of the United States of America.

Megalomania and Historical Cliches

Oshama is starting to make me sick. Other than the unequivocal evidence that he is a despicable human being (socialism, abortion, terrorist friends), his obsession with historical cliches is tiring. Between hinm thinking of himself as Dr. King and JFK, now he is fancying himself as Abraham Lincoln. He is making his official announcement/introduction in Springfield Illinois. Neither he nor Sen. Biden is from Springfield, yet he is making his announcement there. Why??? Because that’s where Honest Abe made his political start. He thinks so highly of himself and so lowly of others that it is sickening. He does not talk to people, he talks at them. That and the fact that he uses way too many words to say nothing at all. Empty platitudes make nice slogans, but they will not solve this country's problems. When will someone tell Mr. Oshama that he is not that special and that his 15 minutes were up an hour ago???

Politics Schmolitics

People need to realise that NO ONE is perfect and that there is NO SUCH THING as the perfect candidate. You can’t please all of the people all of the time. I would definitely rather agree with someone 60% of the time than 0% of the time. Heck, I don’t even agree with my husband 100% of the time, and I love him more than life itself. Here's my diatribe against “protest voters”: A special note to all those self-absorbed whiners who want to vote for a third-party candidate: 1) Voting for a third-party candidate does not make you better than everybody else — you’re not that special. 2) Voting for a third-party candidate makes you self-righteous — you will not get special standing from God if you vote for the Constitution Party, nor will God strike you dead for voting for McCain. 3) Do you remember 1992??? Perot handed the election to Clinton. A vote for a third-party candidate is a vote for Oshama — remember that! Americans are so illiterate when it comes to history. I blame the American method of teaching history and the public schools’ penchant for indoctrinating rather than educating. I rest my case. Another thing that ticks me off about debating with liberals is when they tell me to stop reciting FOX News talking points in my arguments. I don’t even watch that much TV, and here in EU-Land, I don’t get FOX 24/7. I get about half FOX and half CNN. I’m stuck with whatever AFN decides to give me. I get my arguments from over 20 years of paying attention to the news and world events, talking with intelligent people, especially those much older and wiser than myself, and reading. I have an impressive library (much to my hubby’s chagrin — he hates it that I have so many books). I read and I use my brain. I can see the handwriting on the wall. History is repeating itself. If Obambi is Carter-Lite, then MCCain is Reagan-Lite. McCain is the closest we have to the Gipper.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hitler vs. Stalin: Same Wolf, Different Sheep

Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin; these names are practically synonymous with evil. Most historians agree that both of these men carried out atrocities at the expense of their own people, but some historians argue that that is where their similarities end. The majority of historians believe that the regimes of Hitler and Stalin were essentially the same; the differences between the two were minor and inconsequential. One historian in particular, Richard Overy, believes that these similarities are superficial and that Hitler and Stalin were more different than alike. I beg to differ. Although Hitler and Stalin were on opposite sides of the political spectrum, no matter how far right or far left one’s ideology may be, it ends up in the same place.
Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin were not simply megalomaniacs. Both of these men thoroughly believed that they had a mandate from history. World War I and the resulting Treaty of Versailles devastated both Germany and Russia. This devastation angered and inspired both men to become leaders. After the war, both the German and Russian economies were in shambles. For the Russians, it was not just due to war, but also due to the Bolshevik Revolution, which forcibly removed Czar Nicholas I and his regime from power. The Bolsheviks had to start from scratch. Hitler, and the majority of Germans, felt that the Treaty of Versailles marginalized and emasculated Germany. Hitler believed that Germany had to rise up and reassert herself on the world stage. All of these events together created a need in the minds of Hitler and Stalin: the need to become the savior of their fallen nations.
Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin both believed that the cause (state) was supreme. For Hitler, the cause was National Socialism and the purification of the German “race.” For Stalin, the cause was the Bolshevik (Communist) Revolution of Vladimir Lenin. Both regimes demanded absolute loyalty to the state. Those who differed were deemed “dangerous” to the state and were either executed or imprisoned. One was either with the state or against the state. There was no middle ground.
For Hitler and Stalin, the ends justified the means. These men felt that because they had a mandate from history, it was their historical duty to fulfill that mandate by any means necessary. Their means included persecution, execution, and imprisonment. Hitler’s persecution was based not just on politics, but also on race and religion. Gypsies, Poles, and Jews were Hitler’s “favorite” scapegoats. Stalin, on the other hand, was more equal opportunity. He persecuted based almost solely on perceived loyalty to the Revolution. All groups were fair game, though some groups, particularly Ukrainians, seemed to be “preferred” targets.
In the end, Hitler and Stalin ended up justifiably vilified by historians. Despite a belief in a mandate by history, neither regime survived the death of its leader. Despite the survival of Bolshevism until the 1990s, Stalinism was officially denounced in 1956, by Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev. National Socialism, conversely, was pushed to the very fringes of society. These two regimes illustrate that extremism on either the left or the right is essentially the same thing.

Cold War II -- The Redux

I am repeating my comments from previous posts because it needs to be said again. I truly believe that the Cold War never truly ended and that Putin is a very real threat. I could read his ambitions the moment I found out he was ex-KGB. Folks, this is, dare I say, the continuation of the Cold War. We need to start building up our military, both in personnel and materiel. It is time to put the military-industrial complex back into full-swing. The Russians have been doing it since they climbed out of their debt-hole and we need to catch up (their technology may not be up-to-date, but they are increasing their numbers -- that's bad enough). We need all of our Russian-speaking spooks to come back to our intelligence agencies and our military. The Pentagon needs to keep the Air Force Cyber Command. And Congress needs to okay anything the DoD needs to make our military capable of keeping the Russkies in-check. We need to start producing and resupplying our stockpile of Minuteman nuclear missiles “just in case”. The worst mistake our country has made is underestimating Russia. The Soviet Union didn’t die. Our military has been criticised for training based on Cold War tactics, but apparently they knew something that we didn’t -- that the Bear would come back as our enemy some day. The Russkies still play a major role in supplying our enemies with weapons and training. Those AKs that you see “insurgents” firing at our guys are made by Russia. Who gave Iran nuclear know-how??? You guessed it, Russia. Where does Hugo Chavez get his military aircraft now that we have cut him off??? Russia. Unless we beat the Russians at their own game and become a true superpower again, Putin will simply laugh in our face while re-creating the CCCP. Whoever still calls the US the lone superpower apparently has not read any news headlines for the past week. I have been following Russia for over 20 years, and I have never trusted them. I trusted Gorbechev much more than I ever trusted Putin, and Gorbi was not a closet Soviet. Is it now politically correct again to call the Russkies Soviets??? I find Russia’s indignance and anger at our missile defense shield hypocritical and inverted. They’re just mad that our shield will prevent them from hitting us and our allies with their missiles and the missiles of their allies (our enemies). They just don’t think that we are playing fair. Well, you know what they say, “All’s fair in love and war, especially war.” We need to pray for Georgia, Poland, and Israel. Russia would love to see all three either destroyed or annexed as new territory.