Re: W. James Antle, III.'s Republicans Against Repeal:
In reference to Mr. W. James Antle III's column entitled Republicans Against Repeal, he clearly outlines what has been the recurring problem of Republicans in Congress since 1984 and for as long as I have been of voting age (1979). When liberal Democrats are in charge and are implementing unpopular policies, Republicans run as conservatives eager to change the governance; only to be elected and move quickly to the left, fearful of actually making the changes they campaigned on. Now it seems the Republican leadership is short-cutting this turn-about by not waiting until after the election to abandon conservative principles. Hurrah for some level of political honesty, but these Republican leaders miss the message completely. Republican leadership has failed precisely because of the abandonment of conservative principles. A golden opportunity to restore smaller Constitutional government was missed in the 1980s, and now with a second chance Republican leaders are not even going to take a turn at bat. Better to lower expectations than to later demonstrate a lack of the courage of convictions and principles.
The majority of the American people want less centralized government, less government spending and lower taxes. A revolution of sorts is brewing in this country and Republicans had better pay attention to the people and listen to the tea-partyers; lest they find themselves in competition with both Democrats AND independent candidates in the next election. This will guarantee continued liberal control of Congress, and the death of our Republic as defined by our Constitution.
Republican leaders who are against repealing the Health Care bill will successfully marginalize the Republican Party. There may be some few good things in the health care bill; and I do generally adhere to the old adage of not throwing the baby out with the bath-water. But there is no baby in this bathtub; just an evil unconstitutional entity that will set fire to the house and poison the well. Best to throw it and the tub out the window and start over. Time is running out for the Republican Party. They had better wake up and smell the tea.
-- Rudd Jones
How very fitting. Today I received a letter from Cornyn in his capacity as head of the Republican Senatorial Committee. Of course there was the usual completely asinine questionnaire: are we overtaxed, etc. Oddly enough, there was no mention of repealing the monster. Without Antle's report, this subtlety would probably gotten past my usually discerning eye.
Needless to say, no check was enclosed with my response. Cornyn should step down. I would prefer someone in office who would rather die than accept this tyranny.
If this is happening and this is the kind of leadership I can expect from the Republican Party, then they have lost my vote and support forever. The party blew it when they broke the contract with America. What a bunch of wimps.
I am tired of rationalizations for bad policy from members of both parties. These people need to get out of Washington and talk to real folks who expect their interests to be represented in the Congress. The next step, after the impact of the Tea Party movement is felt in November, is going to be a resurrection of the term limit movement!
If so-called Republicans think they will be re-elected -- or elected for the first time -- running on a refusal to repeal this Anti-Constitutional legislation, then they may be in for a big surprise. In case they haven't noticed, the Tea Party movement spreading across this country is growing like a wildfire fed with dry grass!
We have had ENOUGH of this political garbage! This so-called Health Care Reform, which has little to do with health care and everything to do with total control of the people of this country, needs to be repealed...and a new bill needs to be written. They can incorporate what little good is found in the Obamacare bill -- but will be hard-pressed to find that much. They need to repeal the Student Loan takeover. They need to repeal those government panels who will decide what care we get and what care is denied.
They seem to forget that thanks to the Tea Party movement, there are MILLIONS of Americans who know more about the Constitution and the Founding of this once-free nation than all of Congress combined! We are not being simply naysayers. We are studying alternatives, reading the voting records of these members who are voting for legislation that violates their Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
I rather think if we were to sit down all members of Congress and give them a 5th grade level exam on the Constitution, they would probably all fail! They are allowing other groups such as union-leaders, etc. to write legislation which is voted on before it is even read! They are ignoring the sincere calls of their constituents to vote against these Anti-Constitutional bills. They are ignoring other serious breaches of the Constitution which are occurring in the White House and other levels of this government! All of those who are operating in violation of the Constitutional duties should be seriously investigated and charged accordingly. There are serious violations of Constitutional mandates which are going on and are being totally ignored by these men and women who've raised their hand and taken a Solemn Oath....violating that Oath SHOULD put them in legal trouble...and have them thrown out of office until they can prove innocence...and, even in this case, ignorance of the law is no excuse!
Refuse to consider Repeal? -- start looking for a new job...WE, THE PEOPLE are watching!
This is why I no longer vote.
I am in my mid-fifties and grew up in a household whose father spent more than 30 years as a Republican elected official, including 12 years as mayor of my hometown. I grew up Republican, voted in every election (even local ones in which we're lucky to get 10 percent turnout), and always voted Republican when the parties were represented on the ballot.
I've not voted since 2000. After the election of George W. Bush to the presidency, I concluded there's no essential difference between the parties. They are just separate wings of one party, the money and power party. Their only disagreements are over where to spend the money and how to exercise the power. Either way, it's more money out of my pocket, less freedom, bigger government, and more lies to try to cover the true nature of their assaults on the citizens and the Constitution that is supposed to protect us.
For years I complained to my father about the lousy choices the Republicans were giving us. His response was always, "But he's not as bad as the other guy. It's a vote for the lesser of two evils."
I decided some years ago to stop voting for evil, even a lesser one.
-- Steve Stanek
Re: James Bowman's What's the Matter with Kansas?:
Frank is a product of the University of Kansas, situated in Lawrence. The university town (of nearly 100,000) is a mere half hour from Kansas City. Half the state's population lives in the greater KC metropolitan area. Another urban enclave of sorts is Wichita in Sedgwick County (a half million). The problems afflicting Kansas and most of the ‘plains states' are mainly demographic: the western third of the state has been losing population for decades. Does Frank make more than brief mention of the great disparities between dying small-town America and the suburbanization of other areas? Not really.
Having read his book, the treatment offered of 19th century Kansas and of the Populist and Progressive Movements can only be described as warped. But then again, we must remember how his interpretation derives from a crude Marxist reading of modern America that the late Howard Zinn and his friends would applaud.
-- David Miller
Kansas City, Missouri
NOT FROM SCRATCH
Re: Quin Hillyer's How Can Anyone Hate Coach K?:
Thank you for the wonderful response to my lingering question "Why does everyone hate Duke?". As a Duke alumni and the parent of a Duke alumni, I have followed Duke basketball and enjoyed Coach K's dynasty. I must; however, make a correction to the statement that Coach K built the team from scratch. From 1974 to 1978, Duke played under coach Bill Foster who let the team to a Championship game appearance with stars like Jim Spinarkel, Tate Armstrong (graduated 1977) and Mike Giminski. This team embraced many of the same principles embraced by Coach K, who arrived in 1980.
Re: Aram Bakshian, Jr.'s Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man:
If "megalomaniac" does not describe someone whose aim in life is to convert the entire world to atheism, I do not know what is!
And I wonder why megalomaniacs can't just revel in whatever floats their boats without trying to drown us in it. Think about contemporary history and you can come up with dozens more glaring examples.
Hitchens reminds me of my childhood, when we used to go to the County Fair and wonder at the one "attraction" on the midway that we kids were not allowed even to glance at -- the sad (and very well rid of) "freak show."
Some of us have always had a morbid interest in persons who are freakishly different from ourselves. Sad, but true.
When society took the "freak show" away from the midway, the purveyors of prurient pander replaced it in a slightly different form on television, where we can continue, if we wish, to satisfy that morbid interest in other persons freakishly different from ourselves, or in any kind of "train wreck" -- of whatever form -- where we can feel superior to persons in abnormal situations.
Whatever else can explain the media's fascination with Christopher Hitchens?
It's beyond me.
-- A. C. Santore
Re: James P. Gannon's America's Quiet Anger:
Great piece!! I am one of the millions and I share your point!
-- Michael Keirstead
Re: Quin Hillyer's What Is So Good About This Friday:
Your title sounded good but the content was nothing more than the same mainstream SUN-GOD religion trying to find another western gentile perception to the Hebrew scriptures.
You were right in saying, "What is so good about this Friday" but you had the wrong message. The Messiah was crucified the afternoon of the Passover slaughter and put in the grave before sun-down or evening. Christians celebrate the SUN god EASTER which has nothing to do with the Messiah or Passover. Friday is worshipped for Daigon the FISH god, that's why they eat fish on Friday. The Messiah gave one sign, the sign of Jonah, "For as Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be 3 days and 3 nights in the grave." You do not get 3 days and 3 nights from Friday (day celebrating Daigon) until Sunday (Sun God Day) when Easter was celebrated for a thousand or two years before the birth of the Messiah. Passover was on Wednesday evening and so the Messiah was killed that Wednesday afternoon. He was in the grave 3 days and 3 nights and rose in the afternoon of the Sabbath. Lord of the Sabbath rose on the Sabbath. No, I am not Jewish. Just a believer and not a follower of man-made rules and traditions (Christmas, Easter).
-- Matt Ables
Re: Dick Armey's Out of Control:
I have an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin. I have also done considerable work towards a masters degree but never completed my thesis. While this article may have some relevant points regarding our debt and economic crisis, Mr. Armey has been part of the problem, not part of the solution. He prattles on about constitutional government yet he continued to push for amnesty and open borders while a member of Congress. He did this in spite of overwhelming popular sentiment against amnesty and for closing our border with Mexico.
In my opinion, Mr. Armey and his fellow traveler, Karl Rove have nothing positive to contribute in restoring constitutional government to our country. In fact, I view them both as Quislings whose main purpose is to co-opt the efforts of patriotic citizens in their effort to restore small constitutional government to the United States.
-- Paul Martell
We miss not having you in Washington. Thanks for your excellent piece on economic self-strangulation.
-- Bob Mounce
Re: Ben Stein's Bowing to Tehran:
Thanks Ben for doing such a great job at expressing how I feel as well. I truly hope Obama's actions are naïve and not something worse.
Ben Stein as usual is "right on the money." Obama is one of those people we all run across in our lives who is of the opinion he knows it all and does not need to learn anymore about the world or people. I have learned, like most people have learned long ago, that it is amazing how much we can learn in a long life. In my early thirties I thought I knew everything but now realize how little I do know but I understand how much I can learn if I just keep my mind open. Who knows, I might again become the Liberal I was at thirty if I live another 100 years but it's extremely doubtful as long as we have liberals or ideologues such as Obama.
-- Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak, Michigan
With regards Israel. You are way off he mark. The problem is a mass of Jewish zealots, Satmar Jews, most from good old America, who present a problem to secular society in Israel. Israelis are conflicted in putting these transferred Americans in their place. The President and Hillary Clinton have tried to voice some control without effect.
Not that the Arab position is not without fault. It tough to run fine line between both positions and you aren't doing it. I suppose there are nut jobs on both sides and the Spectator's position doesn't help.
While I have always admired Ben Stein, he is a hopeless pollyanna where Barack Obama is concerned. Mr. Stein is the one who once remarked that "the jury is still out" even as Mr. Obama was busy dismantling the country. And now he says, regarding Mr. Obama's pro-Iran, anti-Israel stance, that he hopes Mr. Obama can learn (that this is a bad approach to take, that is).
Mr. Stein, Mr. Obama will never learn that lesson. He will never do the right thing. He will never get the message, see the light, come around, have an epiphany; none of the above will ever happen. He is incapable of thinking and doing other than he has thought and done so far. What we see is what we get. That's it, Mr. Stein, that's all there is. You need to stop, already, with the hopey, wishey, changey language where this president is concerned. The focus has to be on limiting the damage, and then getting rid of him.
-- D. Reich
Auburn, New York
CREDIT IS DUE
Re: Joseph Shatton's The Man Who Elected Barack Obama:
I love Karl Rove. And if he were the man responsible for getting Obama elected, then maybe it was for the benefit of America. Because of the election of Barack Hussein Obama, the American people have witnessed firsthand what progressivism is, how dangerous and vile the left can be, and how important it is for us to stand together and fight this beast once and for all, and to rid our Great Nation of the scourge of the left that has infected our unity, prosperity and threatened our exceptionalism.
Barack Hussein Obama will fail, of that I am certain. But we as a Nation had to drink from the putrid cup of Marxism and Socialism before we could truly understand what it is, and why it must fail.
Great article, just trying to give credit where credit is due.