Archive for October, 2008

Why The Really Rich Love The Socialists

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Why The Really Rich Love The Socialists
Socialism usually is an oligarchy. Something I’ve argued before.



Which Voter Are You?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Danny Glover sent me this fine work that illustrates the difference between voter mentality:

Which voter are you? The answer to this question will determine the election.

Cross-posted at RightWingNews



Ohios Secretary of State Linked To ACORN

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Ohios Secretary of State Linked To ACORN
Can’t win the election so have to steal it, I guess.



More On Kahlidi–The Friend Of Obama On That Hidden LAT Tape

Friday, October 31st, 2008

More On Kahlidi–The Friend Of Obama On That Hidden LAT Tape
Get to know the guy.



From Obama’s Mouth To Moderate Republicans’ Ears

Friday, October 31st, 2008

My lefty commentators and the moderate Republicans believe that success in the future will be to be even more Democrat-like. Barack Obama shares his ideas about appearing moderate but holding to ideology:

In order to beat them [Republicans], it is necessary for Democrats to get some backbone, give as good as they get, brook no compromise, drive out Democrats who are interested in “appeasing” the right wing, and enforce a more clearly progressive agenda.

The country, finally knowing what we stand for and seeing a sharp contrast, will rally to our side and thereby usher in a new progressive era.

Go read the whole thing. So Obama feels that strident rhetoric hurts, but behind the scenes forget any notions of a big tent and go hard to the Left. Only problem is that Americans think they’re getting a moderate Democrat in Obama. And if they believe that, they haven’t been paying attention.

And remember: a “radical” Republican is just an Average American. Most people don’t view going to church, owning a gun and self-sufficiency as radical.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News



Obama’s Centrism Praised: Finally, Iowahawk Gets It

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Once again my beer guzzlin’, hot-rod driving, roarin’ engine lovin’ redneck blog buddy captures the essence of….well, you read it and you’ll see. Here’s a taste, but the whole thing is parody perfection:

When my late father T. Coddington Van Voorhees VI founded the iconoclastic conservative journal National Topsider in 1948, he famously declared that “Now is the time for all good conservative helmsmen to hoist the mizzen, pour the cocktails, and steer this damned schooner hard starboard.” In the 60 years since he first uttered it after one-too-many Cosmopolitans at one of Pamela Harriman’s notorious foreign policy black tie balls, father’s pithy bon mot has served as a rallying cry for conservatives from Greenwich to Chevy Chase. Today, I say it’s time for we conservatives to once again grab the rigging and set sail with the flotilla of the true conservative in this race: Barack Obama.

Trust me, I haven’t taken this tack lightly. No Van Voorhees has supported an avowed socialist since great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandpapa Cragmont Van Voorhees lent Peter Minuet $24 and a sack of wampum to swing a subprime mortgage on Manhattan Island. Old dad himself often recounted how, as a lad, he would command the family chauffeur Carleton to drive the Duesenberg down to the Times Square Trans-Lux so he could hiss Roosevelt. But I’ve taken a good measure of this Obama fellow, and I must say I like the cut of the man’s jib.

How can I say this, you ask? One look at this Obama chap is all the answer you need. Suave, tanned, unflappable, Harvard connections; it’s obvious that here is a man to the conservative manor born. One imagines him at the helm of the Ship of State, basked in the sunlight diffusing through the seaspray over the bow, like some beautiful rugged Othello from a rapturous Ralph Lauren catalog, calmly issuing instructions to the deck crew in that magnificent mellifluous baritone of his. It’s that easy-going, almost effortless grace that has all the A-list conservatives like David Frum and Kathleen Parker whispering Reaganesque in hushed tones. Even Peggy Noonan — the Grand Dame of Gipperism — has succumbed to Obama’s undeniable conservative charms. Just last month I listened to her wax poetic about the Adonis of Chicago between chukkers at the Newport Club polo tournament final. “Why Peggy, you old dowager,” I quipped, “I believe you just had an orgasm.”

Please, please go read the whole thing. Here’s the link again if you’re too lazy to scroll up. Hey, I know my gun totin’, bango-strummin’ readership. Scrolling up takes some effort.



Rebuilding On The Right, Part II

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Patrick Ruffini has another post up about rebuilding the Rightroots. (Here’s what I wrote on this. Great comments, by the way.) This is inbred blogging and boring as all hell to most of you, I know, but that’s why I blog. It’s my blog and I can whine if I want to. Anyway, in response, Rick Moran wrote a salient piece that’s worth reading. He says:

Ruffini seems to be saying that he wants bloggers who will shill for the cause. He appears to want bloggers who would subsume their independence and buy into the notion that the “primary purpose” of an individual’s blog is “to build political power for a cause.” That “cause” would be backing specific conservative candidates and issues.

One assumes this would be accomplished by adopting some of the online activist model created by the netroots – the most important in my opinion being the creation of online communities that I mention above. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this idea and I hope it is realized.

The problem, as Patrick mentions, is that many of us old mossbacks are stuck in 2003 and our blogging is unrelated to political activism, except in a roundabout way that presupposes our readers are forced to think about what we write and whose opinion might be altered because of the scintillating brilliance of our logic and reasoning.

Or not.

I am not so full of myself that I actually believe my writing makes a difference. But it is mine, my own, and not beholden to a group, a party, or a cause. I suppose that means I will be left behind when this new conservative on line community begins to take shape. That will be my choice and I will harbor little bitterness towards those who choose another path.

Moran himself “shilled” for Fred Thompson (which is more than I did and I supported Thompson throughout the primaries), but ultimately wanted the freedom to say what he wanted. So far, so good. And then he says this:

There is a definite push back on the right these days against the “elites” who make their living inside the Washington-New York axis; where conservative media and commentators exist side by side with their liberal counterparts and it is believed – wrongly in my opinion – that criticism directed at conservatives in flyover country for their passionate embrace of Sarah Palin and the emphasis placed on social issues like abortion is an attack on “ordinary folk” and indicative of the elites’ desire to be accepted at liberal cocktail parties as well as a lack of ideological purity.

I have written that this smacks of a nascent anti-intellectualism (to go along with the anti-science notions pushed by some of the social cons) and that this is an argument as old as the republic itself (populists vs. elites). Questioning the conservative bona fides of Peggy Noonan or David Brooks – two conservatives who have done more to promote conservative ideas than all of their critics combined – doesn’t make sense in any other context except as an indication that many on the right prefer purges to debate and the guillotine to reasoned discussion.

Now, wait just one little minute. This writer has taken on Peggy Noonan and quoted her in enthusiastic agreement both. I have been critical of David Frum and Peggy Noonan and the other Insiders who I called the “smarty-pants set”, not because they were critical, but because, yes, I questioned the timing. My criticisms tacitly acknowledge their power to persuade the masses and their position at the top of the ideological heap. We don’t need the people who have “done more to promote conservative ideas”, to be the ones undermining their OWN candidate a week before the election. It is not party purity I seek. It’s a party, period. Performing autopsies on the still living tends to kill the patient not diagnose the problem. It IS the problem. And more, it reeks of self-preservation and/or promotion. “See, I’m so smart I predicted the implosion, while the true-believing rubes fixate on abortion and loading their duck blinds in their pick-em-ups.”

We are all on the same team. And it is frankly offensive to reduce the right-roots to anti-intellectual populists who look to create their own one, pure, party and country. Hells bells! That’s the Kos Kid’s territory. Remember the treatment of Joe Lieberman? Yeah, that’s some big tent, they have.

I’ll just speak for myself here, but I would like the Washington pundit class to show some self-discipline. We’re all maintaining it. Many on the Right have been holding their fire because they see an Obama presidency as a scary swing into one-party leftist rule.

Now, I fully respect those like Michelle Malkin who have beaten the conservative drum no matter who it irritates. Good for her. Her role is different than David Frum’s and Peggy Noonan’s and people in the party are smart enough to know it. It’s a stretch to accuse Malkin or Rush Limbaugh or Laura Ingrham as lacking intellectual acuity or promoting anti-intellectualism. And it’s wrong to attribute anti-intellectualism to 30 million Americans who listen and read these people. That’s foolishness. Those listeners and readers have money and spend it to support the Republican party. A little respect is due. Their voices matter, too.

And another thing: for all the power conservative Republicans wield, why has the Republican hierarchy governed like porky liberals? I’ll answer my own question: Because people in power want to stay in power. That powerful motivation makes buying support back home very attractive. And, the voters back home see the money and the favors and the taxes that they’re paying and figure I might as well get some, too. In addition to the power deal, many Republicans, the current president included, have embraced “compassionate” conservatism (a moniker that has irked me to no end because it implies that conservative policies are mean, but that’s another topic for another day) which may be better described as soft liberalism. And America should move further to the Left? It’s my view that people seek an alternative and a clear defining message. Even in these muddy, underfunded Republican waters, John McCain is doing better than expected.

Rick Moran believes that the Democrat ascendancy will pull Republicans left. I don’t know about that. Democrats haven’t succeeded by being Republicans-lite. The most liberal Senator to run for President Barack Obama could win the election, Congresswoman Pelosi (a San Francisco leftist) and the Barney Frank leadership are not exactly “pulled conservative” or even modestly moderate.

Anyway, this talk could go on and on. And, it should. But success won’t come from Republicans doing to each other what the media and parties have done to the country: falsely polarizing the electorate. Americans are far more sophisticated and nuanced than either the punditry or political class would have us believe. George Will is right about that. Most of American politics IS played between the 40 yard lines. Even still, the parties are defined by the end zones. Right now, Republicans are playing without a goal post.



Why You Should Vote For John McCain

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Why You Should Vote For John McCain
Good reasons from a good blog friend.



I’ll Give You Some Hope

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Just when I think the country is going down the crapper, I see this and have hope. Via Allah, this is just greatness:

A well-educated populace makes the Democracy. Too dang cute. It helps that I love this song.

Lyrics:
Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

(McCain supporters)
McCain is the man
Fought for us in Vietnam
You know if anyone can
Help our country he can
Taxes droppin low
Dont you know oils gonna flow
Drill it low
I’ll show our economy will grow
McCain’s the best candidate
With Palin as his running mate
They’ll fight for gun rights, pro life,
The conservative right
Our future is bright
Better economy in site
And all the world will feel our military might

(Obama supporters)
But McCain and Bush are real close right
They vote alike and keep it tight
Obama’s new, he’s younger too
The Middle Class he will help you
He’ll bring a change, he’s got the brains
McCain and Bush are just the same
You are to blame, Iraq’s a shame
Four more years would be insane

Lower your Taxes – you know Obama Won’t
PROTECT THE LOWER CLASS – You know McCain won’t!
Have enough experience – you know that they don’t
STOP GLOBAL WARMING – you know that you won’t

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA
Stick with McCain and you’re going to have some drama
We need it
HE’LL BRING IT
He’ll be it
YOU’LL SEE IT
We’ll do it
GET TO IT
Let’s move it
DO IT!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

I’m talking big pipe lines, and low gas prices
Below $2.00 that would be nice

But to do it right we gotta start today
Finding renewable ways that are here to stay

I want Obama
FORGET OBAMA,
Stick wit McCain you gone have some drama
MORE WAR IN IRAQ
Iran he will attack
CAN’T BRING OUR TROOPS BACK
We gotta vote Barack!

Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

Democratic left
Republican right
November 4th we decide
And you can vote however you like, I said
You can vote however you like, yeah

Ace has more about Willie, the kid interviewed. He says:

Here’s an interview with some of the kids. Willie, the little guy in the middle of the clip, is worth listening to.

And by “worth listening to,” I mean Helen Jones-Kelley just started digging into his files for delinquent juicebox payments.

He stepped into the spotlight. You bought the ticket, Willie. Enjoy the ride.

Somehow, I don’t think Willie will get the Joe the Plumber treatment. Dem operatives have some restraint. Don’t they?



Planned Parenthood Admits Infanticide

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Planned Parenthood Admits Infanticide
Barbarism.