Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Louisville Tea Party



In the "Better Late than Never" section of ConservaChick's "Things to Post" list is my VERY delayed posting on Louisville, Kentucky's Tea Party held April 15, 2009.

Courtesy of friends in the field who took pictures and notes, I'm able to bring you some pictures and some insight into the Tea Party that was held downtown in Louisville, Kentucky on April 15, 2009.

From what I understand the turnout was far better than expected -- somewhere between 1,000-2,000 people. It was a nice mixture of folks from fairly well-known local Conservative Democrats and Conservative Republicans to readily identifiable Libertarians and Moderates. Why such a mixture of political parties? Well, it's simply that at the base of the pyramid of politics lies the American citizen. He or she with a passion for liberty and justice, none of which is being served by overburdening the citizenry with an outrageous national debt and playing outside the sandbox of its own playground. This out-of-control federal dabbling into the private sector has a number of people alarmed. It smacks of fascism and, even people who can't define "fascism" will tell you that it's just WRONG.


The best pictures I've seen so far that captured a lot of the signs and faces from the event are online here courtesy of Meredith Maney. I included a picture of what has to be my favorite sign from the event at the top of this post.

Since I can't really report firsthand, I'll simply leave you with more pictures from the rally. Very impressive. Makes me proud to be an American!























Wednesday, April 15, 2009

GOProud -- back to Conservative roots

Welcome home, GOProud!
"There's a stereotype that if you're gay, you're liberal - and if you are a conservative, you're a bigot. Well, there are people like me who are gay and conservative, and we think it's important that we have a voice."
I'll take some heat on this post but I frankly could not care less about that. I have worked many political events in this area and, at a large number or them, I've hung my head in shame over the whole "gay marriage" question and the Republican stance on it.

The TRUE Conservative stance on gay marriage is clearly expressed by the GOProud spokesperson in this WSJ editorial: The Federal government should have no part in setting social policy. It should not be involved in legislating marriage or doing ANY type of social engineering. Some people believe this to be a more Libertarian stance but it was originally a Conservative stance.

I don't know what happened to the GOP after Reagan; however, I do vaguely recall it being hijacked by the Religious Right when the Bush clan turned Goldwater Conservatism into the sham known as "Compassionate Conservatism." That's when all hell broke loose. I guess they're allowed to express an opinion too but I certainly had a hard time recognizing the Conservatism in the GOP after that.

I doubt that many of us will remain in the GOP unless Republicans truly regain their Goldwater roots. Many of us may have to move to the Libertarian or Constitution parties to make sense of our ideology again; however, until that time, it's nice to have you guys aboard again!

One last update

As part of the effort to build a national network of activists fighting against the taxing, spending and borrowing coming out of Washington and – in many cases – our state capitals, Let Freedom Ring and the Institute for Liberty have partnered to collect the mobile telephone numbers of as many people who attend the April 15 Tea Parties as possible.

Tomorrow, during the Tea Parties you attend across the country:
Text “TEAPARTY” to 74362 On Your Mobile Phone
(Standard Message Rates Apply)

Be aware that by texting this message to the number given, your number will be plugged into a new National Taxpayers’ Network. You'll get access to mobile petitions, issue alerts, news of critical meetings in your area and other important information sent directly to your mobile phone.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Going Galt

In coordination with the April 15th Tea Party rallies, a Send-a-Book-to-Politicians Campaign has been launched to take the message of protest directly to the legislators so that its presence can be felt in Washington, DC and Governors' offices across the county.

The book selected to be sent is Atlas Shrugged, because it demonstrates what comes when a government violates its citizens' individual rights instead of protecting them. Let the weight of the books received convey the measure of our displeasure with their policies.

Yes, some of us are fans of Ayn Rand. We've read the book named in the press release above and understand that Rand used the story of Atlas Shrugged to warn Americans of the danger inherent in giving too much power to our government, the dangers of class envy and unchecked power, the danger of sitting idly by while the resources of private industry are looted, and the danger of allowing government to squelch the desires and the rewards of individuals who want to achieve and produce.

The story is powerful and it clearly paints the picture of America to come if our federal government is allowed to continue on its current path.

Are you ready to Go Galt? I certainly am! Go-Galt.org has the scoop on what you need to know to participate. Don't count on any government official taking the time to read the book -- hell, most of them don't even take the time to read the bills they vote on! -- but the statement will have been made and I've no doubt you'll feel better for having made it.


Spammers Suck

My apologies to those of you who follow this blog on Twitter. Chinese spammers have been hitting the comment section of this blog lately. In an effort to eliminate the nuisance, I will have to moderate the comments.

So, my apologies in advance for the delay in seeing your comments posted. In keeping with my policy of no censorship, no commentary will be deleted or denied a posting on ConservaChick as long as the commentary is not spam.

Free Speech = Extremism

The Washington Times and other media outlets have announced the Department of Homeland Security's new "analysis" of rightwing extremism. It's a true departure from what you and I may have thought to be the job of Homeland Security.

We might have thought that our security was threatened by the declaration of war on America by Islamist radicals years ago but, apparently, you'd be mistaken. The true threat comes from those radical Rightwingers! And so begins the persecution of free speech in this country.

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.

"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the warning says.


So, I suppose yours truly is now considered a Rightwing Extremist. According to the DHS definition, our Founding Fathers would be on the "watch list" as well. No complaints from me then; I'm in grand company!

This is all very interesting with regard to timing... those Tea Parties scheduled to be held across the fruited plain are going to be crawling with liberty-loving Extremists tomorrow.

Oink Oink!

Citizens Against Government Waste has released its 2009 Pig Book. Find out who the real pork barrel spenders are in DC.

My thanks to our Congressional contingent from Kentucky. Our state has dropped from #18 on the list to #20. Thank you for showing some restraint while in DC. We can re-elect you knowing you're not bringing home the bacon at our expense like you used to.

Federal Government Gone Wild!

I keep expecting to see a late night advertisement for a DVD called "Federal Government Gone Wild!" with members of Congress lifting their blouses or dropping trou and yelling "Woooohoooo!" as they chug beer on Spring Break... $19.95.

Sad, isn't it? 2009 is fast becoming the year of Federal Government Gone Wild.

Look, I'm a simple person. When I have a limited amount of income and my expenses grow, I start to look at what I can cut out of my budget to make up the difference until I can increase my income. Right? It's simple household budgeting. Our Federal government likes to pretend that it has more options than that. China can loan us more money... we can print more money... etc. We would be in BIG trouble if we, as individual Americans tried to exercise either of those options, wouldn't we?

In a mere three months the Federal government has: (1) given unconstitutional authority to the tax-evading Treasury Secretary to dole out billions of dollars in taxpayer monies to private sector businesses while bureaucrats (who have never run a private sector company) review business plans and toss the property rights of shareholders aside to run the companies that take the bail-out money; (2) crammed "porkulus"/stimulus dollars down the throats of state governors who don't need or want the strings that are attached to those dollars to throttle the economic development of their states; and, (3) dictated the definition of "right wing extremism" to the media and law enforcement agencies so that anyone who disagrees with a Liberal is an extremist.

I don't know about you but I'm just about scared these days to express an opinion. But, if that's what my freedom of speech has come to then I'll take whatever comes my way as long as I know I've said my part. I know that our Founding Fathers would have it no other way than for those of us left in the trenches to monitor the slow eradication of our freedoms to shout and sound the alarm.

For Americans who are tired of the Federal government growing bigger and bigger before our very eyes as it absorbs and annihilates the private sector and free enterprise, as it forces governors to accept Federal bail-out/porkulus dollars, and as it labels those of us with differing political opinions as "extremists," it's time for a new American Tea Party!



Even though this Tea Party day isn't truly about taxation -- it's actually more about a Federal government that is totally out of control -- the message should be heard loud and clear. Some of us are paying attention and are determined to ride through towns all over this country sounding the alarm.

Tomorrow - drop what you're doing and attend a Tea Party. Trust me, you will feel good about being there to physically represent what you value about our country and to protest the looting of America. Sharing a voice with others who resent the intrustion of the Federal government into American "free" markets, into American property rights, and American freedoms is an invigorating thing!

Don't kid yourself... it WILL make a difference if you are not there. There will be one less American standing up for the US Constitution, for the principle of limited Federal government, for the freedom of speech for which this country has always stood. Be there or be square.

Louisville KY's Tea Party will be from 11am - Noon in Jefferson Square (6th and Jefferson St.) downtown. There's also one in Lexington and Frankfort.

If you can't attend a Tea Party in your hometown, feel free to send a virtual Tea Bag to Washington, DC via the GOP Tea Party website. (For the record: I believe the GOP has been just as the Dems of growing the Federal government but I'll avail myself of this site if I can't get to an actual protest in person tomorrow.)

Other sites to visit for more information:

Stop Spending Our Future
Americans for Prosperity
New American Tea Party

America Bows to Female Oppressors

This is just change I can be ashamed of!



"24th State" did a nice write-up on the incident and I completely concur!

American dignity has just taken a huge nose dive into the mire of arse-kissing and arrogance all at the same time when you compare the deep and lengthy bow given the Saudi King who rules a kingdom of female oppression versus the minimal nod and acknowledgement of the British Queen who rules a kingdom of parliamentary freedom accorded all sexes.



I'm disgusted both by this display AND the superficial and ill-thought-out gifts given visiting dignitaries lately. America has taken a turn for the crass.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Zombie Lincoln to the Rescue!

The First Government Motors (GM) Prototype

Now that the US government is running the car industry, here's a sneak peek at the prototype of their first new car. Enjoy!



[Many thanks for sending this my way, Ed! We buried my grandfather today and your email sure made a sad day bearable.]

The Future of the United States (Defined)

If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labour. Any alleged "right" of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as "the right to enslave." -- Ayn Rand


Tonight's post is simply a few descriptions of political systems just for you "Libruhls" (see recent comments by Anonymous). Enjoy!

SOCIALISM

Sharing the same collective view of mankind as communism socialism is a political system in which the means of production, distribution and exchange are mostly owned by the state, and used, at least in theory, on behalf of the people (whose 'good' is decided by the legislator). The idea behind socialism is that the capitalist system is intrinsically unfair, because it concentrates wealth in a few hands and does nothing to safeguard the overall welfare of the majority, we will see later that this is fallacious.

Under socialism, the state redistributes the wealth of society in a more equitable way, according to the judgement of the legislator. Socialism as a system is anathema to most Americans, but broadly accepted in Europe - albeit in a much diluted fashion.

Socialism is a system of expropriation of private property (regardless of how this was earned) in order to distribute it to various groups considered (by the legislator) to warrant it, usually the unemployed, ill, young and old and significantly, those with political pull. Since all property must be created before being distributed modern socialists allow some free market enterprise to exist in order to 'feed' from its production. This seems to admit that the free market is the best way to produce wealth. The current British government (Labour) purports to be quasi-socialist but is in practice conservative (non-radical) with additional taxation and state intervention.

I believe that genuine socialism has not fared that well in Britain due to a sense of individual sovereignty shared by many Britons, expressed in such sayings as "an Englishman's' home is his castle."

http://www.wsws.org/ is an informative site regarding modern socialism.

See also "communism."

COMMUNISM

Strictly speaking, communism means a scheme of equalising the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for the equal use and advantage of all.

The means to achieve this is by collectivisation of all private property. Although meant to indicate the means of production, to be consistent, communism requires that no individual may own anything exclusively, privately. Not the product of his work (thus his mind), nor any personal material benefit he may achieve as a result of it. All material is centralised and distributed by legislators, the intention being to achieve equal utility (of material) by all. Freedom of expression tends also to be mediated by the state for the same reasons and to maintain the 'integrity' of the collective. You can find a Marxist book in a US bookstore but you can't find Ludwig von Mises in a Cuban library

In practice communism fails dismally. The only way it can be achieved is if every single member of a communist society is in absolute agreement with the above arrangement - and that the legislators are not open to corruption in the form of personal acquisition or favour. We have seen in section one that is it proper for man to own the product of his mind, or that acquired by accident of birth. If such is taken in any way other than voluntarily it is robbery.

For a fuller explanation of communism please refer to the communist manifesto and observe the manner in which human beings are to be moulded and shaped according to Marx and Engels' beliefs.

[Source: "Freedom in the UK"]

While "Freedom in the UK" is not an academic site, it does provide a well researched and well articulated description of political systems that undermine the individual. Many thanks to the UK author!