Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism

As a person who's been on the "beat" and talking to the people from 2004 onward, I have often wondered when Conservative diverged from Republican. Then, on a random search for other things, I ran across this most intense analysis of that very thing. The author has nailed it down with just the title, "The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism."
"The Founding Fathers created a free society grounded on the moral sovereignty of the individual. They recognized that the only legitimate function of government is to protect each individual’s right to act on his own judgment—so long as he does not violate the rights of others. Accordingly, the Founders established a government limited to the protection of individual rights—that is: limited to making and enforcing objective (i.e., rights-respecting) laws, to resolving civil disputes, to protecting private property, and to enforcing contracts."
If you are a Liberal who truly wants to understand the difference between Conservative and Republican, this article is definitely required reading. If you're a Republican who doesn't understand why Conservatives often disagree with you, this is mandatory reading.

Thank God for the Objectivists! ... errrr, I suppose that's not the correct way to express my gratitude but we can't all be Ayn Rand now, can we? ;o)

From the 1940s to Today - always a good lesson!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Celebrate Human Achievement Hour - Saturday (28-MAR) 20:30 to 21:30

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) will recognize “Human Achievement Hour” between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on March 28, 2009. The new one-hour holiday coincides with Earth Hour, a period of time during which governments, individuals, and corporations have agreed to dim or shut off lights.

Thank you, CEI, for clarity that is clever and entertaining!

(Enjoy your darkness, luddites.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ignorance and Indignation

You can feel quite certain the America populace has been properly dumbed-down. In fact, I do believe some of us can't even spell the word "dumb" correctly anymore. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones... I skipped class a few times.

So where is my evidence that dumbing-down has finally created a nation of dolts? It's all over the headlines, my friends. You can see it for yourselves. As a matter of fact, you can't freakin' miss it if you turn on a TV or a radio these days.

The indignation expressed by our president and members of Congress over the AIG bonuses was at first amusing. It was brilliant comic theatre as the very people who crafted the language in the bail-out bill that ALLOWED those bonuses to go forward emphatically expressed their ignorance of it and then their outrage about it.

It reminded me of that great comedic line from Casablanca, when Captain Renault is prodded by the Nazis to raid Rick's Cafe American. As he raids the place, he loudly exclaims, "I am shocked, SHOCKED, to find gambling going on here!" We all snickered at that line in the movie. Why? Well because we saw Captain Renault enjoying himself at Rick's place earlier in the movie and it was just silly to hear him claim ignorance in such an enthusiastic manner. (Ah, yes, the pleasures and privileges of being in power, eh?)

Look, this whole "bonus outrage circus" was fairly amusing until more and more Americans expressed outrage about the bonuses while focusing their fury on the AIG employees (and/or now ex-employees). The more I heard, the more sad it became. Rather than focusing outrage and fury on the elected idiots on Capitol Hill who concocted these unconstitutional bail-out schemes from the beginning, Americans focused their rage on private citizens who held employment contracts with private sector firms!

The true outrage is that our elected officials ignored the US Constitution to hand out "rescue" funds under the guise of crisis, under the pretense that it is the government's job to rescue private sector companies!

And while ignorant American citizens allow this unconstitutional, well orchestrated mess to go unnoticed, class warfare has been firmly sparked. Within 60 days of his inauguration, President Obama and his Legislative majority have achieved what some of us never thought possible. They have orchestrated the perfect scenario for class warfare.

The Wall Street Journal has carried voices on both sides of the more minor class envy skirmish for years; however this piece by ANNELENA LOBB and HEIDI N. MOORE in the Wall Street Journal finally puts it all together.
"This is an issue of 'we' and 'they,'" Mr. Levitt said. "Compensation is a
part of it, but a symbolic part of it. We are a centrist nation ... We're now
shifting to the left pretty far in terms of business-bashing and it has reached
extremes of incivility that are intolerable."
And so, while ignorant Americans write their Letters to the Editors, tell their friends how sick it makes them that these executives have the nerve to take money they didn't earn (OUR money even!), the troops are forming ranks behind flags of "we" and "they."

A new American civil war born of ignorance and indignation... is that even possible in the United States of America?! It certainly is... now.

Brown Shirt Obamanation

Courtesy of a Conservative cousin, "Not a Sheep," across the pond in Great Britain, the link on the title of this post presents a harrowing little video comparison that should give you nightmares tonight.

...and just when I thought I might be overreacting a tad, I brought up a Google search page to do some research and what do I find?...

So now President Obama is soliciting questions on the economy via Google for the website. Only, these aren't anonymous questions. You have to register an account to post a question. The site even keeps track of how many you "contribute."

So this is how it begins, eh? Threads of the Big Guy start weaving themselves onto our television screens and into our webpages until the cloth is all his making. We begin to think of any other cloth as "foreign" or "unAmerican" and the next thing you know we're helping him sew right over Old Glory to add the hammer and sickle.

We had press conferences from him when he was the "President Select" (before the Electoral College voted) and then more when he was the "President Elect" with his very own seal. Lately he's been on TV -- 60 Minutes interview, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and his latest prime time press conference -- almost daily while volunteers in the Obama Army knock on doors peddling his budget.

If a giant portrait of him is hung in Times Square or on the National Mall, I won't be the least bit surprised.

Friday, March 20, 2009

DeLIGHTful Fun for your Friday!

We need more Coburns in Congress!

It's been a while since I browsed through YouTube for interesting video. Boy howdy, did I ever find some of interest!

If we had more Tom Coburns in Congress, we'd have a United States that makes sense according to the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. Our Constitution is NOT casual reading or toilet paper... it is the document that defines our government and (used to) set limits on its power.

Well done, Senator Coburn (R-OK)! Thank you for your articulate and common sense speech about enumerated powers and Congress's total disregard (over history) for the US Constitution.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

We're InDebtEd

InDebtEd is a campaign/website created and run by MTV On Campus and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. They create videos and literature to help educate young Americans of college-age on the national debt and what it will mean to them in the future. They will need all the help they can get to prepare for the big load they'll be carrying thanks to idiots in my generation on Capitol Hill who couldn't control their greed nor their egos.
I used to laugh about MTV being a snippet-driven hip-hop venture but it appears that they're putting theat format to good use. I'll laugh no longer. They've certainly redeemed themselves in my eyes. Keep up the good work, InDebtEd! I hope that the next generation is listening. They'll need all the help they can get, either with finances or Chinese language lessons if our debts are called in.

I.O.USA: Byte-Sized

If you really want to understand our current economic crisis in historic terms, in terms that we can all understand, this 30-minute film is well worth your time.

[Note: I'm sorry I couldn't embed this to make it easy on you but YouTube has removed the code.]

Americans, watch this film. (Conspiracy theorists - take your lithium before watching this, please.) Arm yourself with the facts that lead to a crystal clear understanding of we should ALL be freakin' outraged at the state of our economy today. No matter what your political ideology, this is what it is and it's bad news.

Visit I.O.USA's website to see bonus clips and to learn more.

Congratulations to the "Banking Queen," Barney Frank!

"For his ample and under-appreciated contributions to the nation’s current economic meltdown and his near-genius ability to engage in the two-faced blame game, CAGW names House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank March Porker of the Month."

March 2009 Porker of the Month, Barney Frank (D-Mass), also has a near-genius ability to wreak havoc on taxpayers while all eyes are firmly on him. That's some sleight of hand he has, wouldn't you say?

Well done, as usual, CAGW!