Thursday, February 28, 2008

William "Spanky" Gibson for President!,2933,333534,00.html

"The country itself, it's changed tremendously," he said proudly. "I don't know if I ever thought I'd see it, but I hoped that our actions here ... would allow that change to happen, and now seeing it, it's amazing."

He characterized the situation in Iraq as a rebirth of a country, comparing it to the United States.

"This is where we were 232 years ago as a new nation," he said. "Now they're starting a new nation, and that's one of my big reasons for coming back here. It wasn't for other Marines to look at me and say, 'Oh wow, you're a tough guy.'

"It's in part to show appreciation to my fallen Marines and also to tell the people of this country that ... I'm back to help you in any way I can, again."

This guy isn't whining at all. He got up and kept going. That's a hero. I look at those running for President and they have not done anything close to what he has done for the service of their country. I'd like to see Obama or Hillary get a uniform on and go back into the fire after what Spanky went through. I think all I would see would see is wet pants.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The picture shows it all.

It was amazing to me last night as I watched Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama give their "victory" speeches. As I listened to them, they were built on the fact that people respond to emotion more than they do fact. If you get them emotionally involved, even if they don't have a clue what you are talking about or the details of what you are talking about, you can lead them about like the Pied Piper leading rats to their death.

What the Dems want to do is admirable. They want lower income people to have a greater chance in life, to be able to get out of the problems that plague them. They want the unemployed to get jobs. They wany everyone to have health care coverage. These are all great and good things, and I have no problem with WHAT they want. What I have a problem with is HOW they are going to get it. In Barack Obama's speech last night, he talked about a lot of good and great things. He spoke about his volunteer organization failing to get anyone out and wanting to quit. Then he saw some boys throwing stones at an abandoned house, and decided to motivate his fellows to keep going. There was a woman just to his right and behind him that was sobbing almost the entire time, clapping and waving her sign. She was totally enthralled and absorbed in what he was saying. The problem with this is that those people who are cheering all of his proposals don't understand that in order to do what he wants to do, he's going to get the money from them forcefully. Taxes, Taxes, Taxes.

We all talk about being charitable. We want to give to those less fortunate. Americans are charitable people. But a former Secretary of Agriculture said that forced donation is not charity. This is what the left wants to do. They want to help the poor, but they want to do it by putting a gun to the head of the rich and making them pay for it. This is redistribution of wealth, and it is socialism. Here is a small explanation from Ezra Taft Benson's speech and pamphlet - The Proper Role of Government:

"We should also remember, as Frederic Bastiat reminded us, that "Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless other citizens and other classes have been forced to send it in." (THE LAW, p. 30; P.P.N.S., p. 350) "

The Nature Of Legal Plunder

Listen to Bastiat's explanation of this "legal plunder." "When a portion of wealth is tranferred from the person who owns it - without his consent and without compensation, and whether by force or by fraud - to anyone who does not own it, then I say that property is violated; that an act of plunder is committed!

"How is the legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime..." (THE LAW, p. 21, 26; P.P.N.S., p. 377)

As Bastiat observed, and as history has proven, each class or special interest group competes with the others to throw the lever of governmental power in their favor, or at least to immunize itself against the effects of a previous thrust. Labor gets a minimum wage, so agriculture seeks a price support. Consumers demand price controls, and industry gets protective tariffs. In the end, no one is much further ahead, and everyone sufffers the burdens of a gigantic bureaucracy and a loss of personal freedom. With each group out to get its share of the spoils, such governments historically have mushroomed into total welfare states. Once the process begins, once the principle of the protective function of government gives way to the aggressive or redistribute function, then forces are set in motion that drive the nation toward totalitarianism. "It is impossible," Bastiat correctly observed, "to introduce into society... a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder." (THE LAW, p. 12)"

Now, back to my commentary. The Democrats want to do a good thing. It is the way that they do it that is wrong, and will turn this nation into a welfare state. We are already very close to it. I fear that with Clinton or Obama, we will solidify ourselves as the greatest socialist democracy in the world, and the scary part is that the population seems to want it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Does Anybody Else See This?

At every turn, almost all news organizations downplay Mitt Romney and even question his viability. Huckabee just won West Virginia, which is a bit surprising. But then again, Huckabee won Iowa too. So what does Newsweek say?..."Why Huckabee's West Virginia Win is Bad for Romney". News organizations give up on Romney the second something good happens for another candidate...McCain gains momentum - "Is this it for Mitt?" Huckabee gets an endorsement - "Mitt loses key endorsement" (he never had it in the first place, mind you).

I can tell you exactly why they do this - Romney is the only threat to the MSM. If McCain wins, he'll be an ally. He'll be the poster boy for non-conservative conservatives. He'll also lose handily to either of the Democratic candidates. He can't debate - another win for the Dems. He plays dirty politics. He's been cutting backroom deals for years, why not now? The MSM wants a Democratic President, and they will do all in their power to stop the only candidate that has a chance against a Democrat.

McCain and Huckabee seem to also be having a bit of a love-fest/hate-Romney relationship. I would not be surprised in the least if Huckabee is staying in just to take votes from Romney so that McCain can win. Either he is trying to score points for a VP nomination, or just hates Mitt for being Mormon so much, he cant stand the thought of one winning over him. Either way, Huck is dirty to me. He'll get his in the end, whatever that might be.

Monday, February 4, 2008

I just lost all respect for Mike Huckabee.

Watch the video here.

This makes me FUMING mad to hear Mike Huckabee. What a slime ball. He complains that Romney has "attack" ads out against him (watch them and you'll see they are nowhere near "attack" ads!) and then he goes and takes a total cheap shot at Romney? What is with the whole speculation that there is a Bain Capital link to Clear Channel? This guys is grasping at straws now for sure. His single role in this is McCain's puppet to take Romney out at all costs. Now McCain is speaking to reporters as if he has already won the nomination! I think, and I hope, that he is in for a rude awakening. All I can say is that Huck will not end his race until McCain wins. He knows exactly what is going on. People who vote for him would be voting for Mitt Romney if he was not in the race anymore. If he was to leave the race, that would give Romney, the blasphemous MORMON, a huge advantage over McCain. But Huck knows that if McCain becomes the nominee, he'll be first in line for VP. That is just dirty. Huckabee is manipulating the system for his own benefit. He's just as slimy as McCain, he knows it, and he's fine with it. He has his own agenda, and is willing to do whatever is necessary to get his way. That is not a man that I trust with the presidency, let alone