Obama’s No Reagan

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del...

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1980 was a very dark time.  The Iranians held Americans, we had gas lines, and the economy was a train wreak.  By 1984 it was Morning in America!  Ronald Reagan wasn’t blaming Carter for failing to turn things around.  He wasn’t blaming the Democrats in Congress either for his failure.  He did what he could and succeeded.  Reagan never had the supermajority that Obama enjoyed.  He never had the media bending over backwards to make him look good either.  With the Presidency and the Senate (under GOP from 1981until 1987) he was able to turn the economy around and restore America’s economy, military, and position in the world.

Makes you wonder how exactly Obama can go from blaming Bush to blaming the GOP House for his failure when Reagan managed to transform America with less.  The numbers just don’t add up.  As for charges of Republican obstructionism, that’s not obstructionism, it is democracy, it is checks and balances.  To expect the GOP to go against their views and the views of those who elected them is pure foolishness.  To blame the House for Obama’s failures is only to point out the man is no Ronald Reagan.  The one thing he proved, the one thing we see in the failure of the Soviet Union and European Socialism (they were crashing in Britain in the late ’70’s under the weight of failed socialism), the same we see in Obama’s failure, is big government control and socialism do not work.  It didn’t even work under FDR, but I’ll give the man far more credit than Obama, at least he did get people to work.

So are we better off now than we were $5,000,000,000.00+ dollars ago?  Shall we borrow another $5,000,000,000.00+ for more of the same?  After all, it’s not Obama’s fault.

 

Catholic Crisis


I am angry.

The rightful defense of our First Amendment rights has been spun into a battle over birth control. It is not. I refuse to let the spin doctors redefine the issue.

The Roman Catholic Church is guaranteed freedom of religion. The government has no business ordering them or any church to give birth control or abortions. I don’t care if there are Catholics who ignore the church’s teachings. I don’t care if Pelosi appoints herself Pope. This is not only wrong, it is evil.

If a Catholic woman, employed by the church, wishes to receive birth control or even an abortion, there are plenty of avenues by which that can happen. Even if there were no avenues, it is a direct violation of our rights for the government to dictate that the Catholic Church throw out their beliefs to comply with a liberal agenda. Funny how they say Christians are out to cram their beliefs down everyone’s throats. They are the ones doing that.

They would never order a Muslim organization to serve bacon, even government supplied bacon, to whomever might want it. A huge number of Americans like bacon. Bacon is easy to get. Shouldn’t Muslims be allowed access to bacon? So because Muslims have the right to not serve bacon does it follow that somehow their resistance to bacon will result in bacon being outlawed?

Absolute stupidity!

Enter into this, courtesy of the DNC who clearly went to the Michael Moore school of propaganda, “The GOP is out to take away birth control!”.

Rick Santorum said he opposes birth control as a matter of faith, but has voted in support of birth control. The man can separate his personal convictions from his role as Senator or President, but because of his beliefs somehow birth control is supposed to be outlawed. Absolute rubbish! Is Jeremiah White making policy in the White House? Did we become a papal state under Kennedy? Will Romney surrender our nation to the LDS prophet?

As we have surrendered the Bible in favor of “The Prince”, it is no surprise we find ourselves in this Machiavellian nightmare. As Judeo-Christian ethics are pushed aside in favor of the new ethos we will move deeper and deeper into this crisis of tyranny. We traded steak for cardboard burgers, and ridicule the steak eaters. We have lost far more than we have gained.

Here we stand, with the First Amendment directly under attack. If the argument is redefined we lose. The Constitution is the protector of the people against tyranny. It is only as strong as our willingness to defend it. Given the ease with which the issues are redefined by sleight of hand I suspect that our willingness is lost. The blue pill is easier, but that doesn’t make it right.

Demand more! Expect more!

And as someone once said, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Random Thoughts on the GOP

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The first time I ever voted in an election was in 1984, and that vote was cast for Ronald Reagan.  Unfortunately I have not had the honor of voting for anyone even close to his caliber since.  In my mind, he was and is everything that Republican should be.  I wish that were the case to the GOP.  I’ve heard that the establishment never really liked Reagan, and have abandoned true conservatives since the defeat of Goldwater in ’64.

Since 1984, I have voted Republican except in 1996 and 2008.  In 1996 I voted for Harry Browne, Libertarian and author of the book “Why Government Doesn’t Work“.  I supported Harry Browne in 1996, and yes, I support Ron Paul now.

In 2008 I voted on every issue and every race except for President.  I loath John McCain.  I believe that Barack Obama won in 2008 not because he was such a great leader or speaker, but rather because McCain was so completely wrong.  The best thing McCain had going for him was Sarah Palin.  Conservatives did not like McCain, and although he won the nomination, he never had the support of the base.  The angry white RiNO was never going to win, and that was obvious when his campaign became one of defending Obama and not bringing real solutions to the table.

I would never have voted for Obama, and I will not in 2012.  The man had no experience, and when our nation needed leadership, he is what we got.  Of course his politics are pretty far removed from mine as well.  I am not liberal.  I lean libertarian, so there are issues I agree with liberals on, but my distrust of big government runs far too deep.

The primaries are going, and the race is down to Romney or Gingrich.  If Paul is still in I will vote for him in the primary, and in the general I will vote for Romney or Gingrich.  I’m not thrilled by either, and I am left wondering if the GOP isn’t going to see itself fall apart.

Simply put, the GOP has become Liberal Lite.  In the absence of the Soviet threat, and holding a disdain for Goldwater and Reagan, it is a party that has lost its soul.  You are not the party of vision when what you stand for is nothing more than “We aren’t them”.  Everything else is just lip service.  The party of small government and less regulation has grow government and increased regulation, but to a lesser degree than the Democrats.  Democrat Lite!!!

At a time when many in this country still subscribe to the Reagan Revolution, to the ideals of the Republic, it seems both parties are intent on growing government.  The Tea Party emerged not out of the GOP, but out of the people who observed a government that no longer reflected the will of the people.  Most Americans agree with the Tea Party.  In many ways the Occupy Movement reflects the same frustrations from the base of the other side.  Big government is rightly perceived as a threat, and a pawn to big business and big labor.  The people are betrayed, and it is time to reclaim our birthright.

Gingrich is the face of the post Reagan GOP, that gave lip service to the Gipper but followed corruption.  The GOP failed in their contract with America.  They did keep Clinton in check, thus his legacy is greater than it should have been, but for all the opportunity, the GOP went for power over principle.  In going after Clinton and not just keeping him in check, they laid the groundwork for what was later seen with the Democrats accusing Bush of masterminding 9-11.  Of course they also said he was the village idiot.  Politics doesn’t always make sense.

Romney is the face of the GOP today.  He is not a conservative.  I know what he says, but how much does it really mean?  I have no issue with the concept that what is fine at the state level is not fine on a federal level, and thus I can overlook RomneyCare.  I believe he will work to overturn ObamaCare.  He will not fulfill the ideals of the Reagan Revolution.  He will not work to restore our rights.  He will not work to scale back government.  He is better equipped to deal with our economic reality than our current president, but he is no Reagan.

So liberal lite, or conservative?  Conservatives are the single largest ideological group.  The future of the GOP hinges on that question, and if it is the former and not the latter, the GOP will go the way of the Whigs.

Thoughts on Iowa

Just wanted to post a few thoughts on Iowa in brief…

Commentators claiming Iowa Too White?! Seems like we will never get past race. If Cain had won Iowa, would it still be too white? Iowa went strongly for Obama in the 2008 General Election, but let’s not let facts interfere with spin.

Ok, not saying anything happened, but does anyone else find Iowa results to be strange? Ron Paul polls way ahead of everyone else, but those in the GOP say no way. The votes are counted in secret, and Rick Santorum, who barely shows a pulse, almost wins, losing to Romney by 8 votes while Paul comes in 3rd?

Funny that even the Romney camp is saying things were not quite right in Iowa.  His win does manage to gain the endorsement of John McCain, but is that really a benefit to have McCain’s seal of approval given his hands all over the NDAA?

As for Michele Bachmann, I think her poor showing has more to do with SNL being able to destroy her image than who she really is. To win the White House from the House is a long shot under the best of circumstances. She had some good things to offer, and I wish her all the best!

Media bias is pretty obvious, they call Americans Tea Baggers, which is a foul term no matter how you look at it.  Are they going to start calling Pelosi and her crowd Ass Lickers?  Not going to happen!