CIRCLING THE TOILET
Re: Robert P. Kirchhoefer s Elections Have Consequences:
Another piece of RINO crap, much like Thursday's bouquet to Olympia Snowe (In Defense of Principled Moderates).
Conservatives and patriots would not have been better off with McCain. He would have sold us out to all manners of government interventionism to be bi-partisan, and no Republican opposition would have been forthcoming. As the country comes to know the programs Obama has in mind, there is a building opposition. While Republicans are still in bad odor (and for good reasons, based on their feeding at the trough), people are coming to understand that "hopey changey" is just another expression for the regressive statism that the left always sponsors, and for the celebration of American defeat that the left holds so dear.
Here's what would have happened if McJerk had been elected. The economy would have been just as bad. McCain would have given the left a half loaf. The left would have demanded a full loaf, and continued to pound Republicans, with the media cheering on the "progressives." Republicans would have lost even more seats in 2010.
With all the Obama/Reid/Pelosi nonsense in play, the public revulsion, and the continuing economic crisis, the Republicans have an opportunity to rebuild their brand and support the many grassroots efforts to bring the government under some sort of rational control. After all, if we want to look for systemic risk, look no farther than the White House, the Capitol, and the Fed.
Of course, the Republicans could blow this opportunity, just as they blew the chance to make a real difference once they were ensconced in what they must have thought was permanent power. Look at the sad leadership in the Congress. Look at New York 23. I fear the Republicans still don't get it. I used to think the Republicans were the stupid party. I'm beginning to think they should trade symbols with the Dems. They are as stubborn as a donkey, and getting hit with a two by four doesn't seem to overcome that stubborn belief that people will esteem them as an alternative that stands for nothing.
And that brings me to defending "principled moderates" like Olympia Snowe. Mr. Hillyer, are you out of your mind? It's one thing to pretend to be moderate, as is true of most of the blue dogs. It's another thing to actually vote with the liberals, time and again, and to thereby continue to undermine the battered Republican brand. Sometime you might want to look at the various voting surveys produced by interest groups. The "moderate" Dems always end up with high liberal scores, the "moderate" Republicans always end up with mid to low conservative scores. If the Republican Party doesn't stand for an essentially conservative outlook that its prominent legislators, and presidents, support in most respects, it will continue to lose ground to the party of government. Note that despite all the Dem bluedogs and "moderates," the discussion among Dems is not whether the government should overhaul the American healthcare system, but merely whether now is the time for a "public option." Good grief!
Keep supporting those "moderate" Republican losers, and watch the Republican Party continue to circle the toilet. It's time to bring conservative beliefs to liberal states and districts. The Dems seem able to compete in Republican areas, and without betraying the major interests and messages of their party. When are we going to learn to do the same?
-- Stephen Zierak
Kansas City, Missouri
Of course John McCain would be a better President than Barack Obama. Of course his administration would be very different.
That doesn't make McCain a conservative. Nor change the fact that he continues to do his level best to cut down anyone remotely resembling one, or betraying Republican administrations in hopes of currying favor with the "left-stream" news media.
I voted for Sarah Palin to be Vice-President, knowing that she was the only conservative in the race. It wasn't a lack of conservative votes that did in John McCain. It was his too-foolish-to-believe faith that his friends in the media would be fair to him, it was independent voters switching parties, it was tremendous liberal-voter turnout and not a few illegal votes on the Democrat side that did him in.
Stop blaming conservatives for the faults of others.
-- Lloyd Daub
Re: W. James Antle III's Third Way:
I would think it inevitable, that conservatives would eventually tire of voting for those who don't believe what they believe, don't support what they support, and don't oppose what they oppose. That conservatives go under the Republican banner is a historical accident...
-- Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
James Antle III's antipathy to Reagan's Republican Party (Reagan was a Republican first and foremost) and infatuation with groups like Obama's blue lapdogs (who can forget Antle's rhapsodizing over Obamanation Jim Webb) makes him a "conservative" Democrat's love -- one that keeps them in power. Rather than envisioning Hoffman as some far fetched model for third party "conservatives" we should see him as the catalyst for a renewal of the GOP's conservative base. That's why so many establishment Republicans have endorsed Hoffman -- he's one of us unlike either of his opponents.
Like a majority of conservative Republicans I am mystified that local Party bosses chose an Obamacon to represent the GOP in this special election. Had they selected a solid Republican (a center right candidate) there would have been no need for a Hoffman candidacy or even the abhorrent thought of a Democrat winning the marginally Republican seat.
To defeat Democrats (all who are liberals even Antle's prized blue dogs) conservatives must stand by Ronald Reagan's GOP -- a party further to the right than when Reagan was President. Unless that happens then Obama, Pelosi and whoever replaces Reid will continue to control the political agenda and try to morph America into a Euro-trash state west.
-- Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina
A VENDING MACHINE AWARD
Re: J. Christian Adams's The Precedented Peace Prize:
I heard the Nobel Committee is going to have vending machines to distribute the Nobel Prize next year.
-- Jim Tecson
Virginia Beach, Virginia
DIRECTED BY MUSLIM FAITH
Re: Jay D. Homnick's Go Fly Al Qaeda:
The men who flew those airplanes into the World Trade Center towers were not Muslim terrorists? They were Al-Qaeda terrorists who happened to be Muslims, and their being Muslims was incidental to the actions they took that day? Not really relevant, eh?
They were Muslim terrorists in the ordinary and correct sense of that usage. Their conduct was animated and directed by their Muslim faith.
What you propose, that is, identifying these men as "Al Qaeda terrorists" is akin to writing a history of the Second World War that notes Hiroshima was attacked on August 6, 1945 by a Glenn L. Martin Company bomber, rather than by an American bomber. Would that make any sort of sense?
-- Paul Kotik
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
IN DESPERATE NEED OF PUBLICITY
Re: Patrick O'Hannigan's Arguing with Bono:
Sounds like Bono and Sting, though talented, probably should refrain from anything related to things other than their music. They have benefited from the "American Way" with their huge riches, and now, like many others, glow when mentioning Obama's name, because of their own racist tendencies. It seems to me that many of them just cannot help themselves lathering praise on this radical leftist, do-nothing, with an empty resume and a book or two filled with racist comments. Perhaps Bono, assuming he can read, hasn't read about the "controlling Whitey" in "Dreams from my Father"!! Methinks that Bono and Sting, both well past their prime and in need of ANY publicity, had better get out of their writing tents and try keeping up with the news. Of course, they are both from semi-socialist societies, from which they both hide their wealth, lest it be taken from them by taxes!!
-- Bob M
Ft Myers, Florida
Sting's right: The virtual Obama is the real Obama. Frightening thought, isn't it, that we have a president that is illusion --or, as a Western saw goes, "All hat, no cattle"?
-- C. Kenna Amos Jr.
DEATH ON DEMAND
Re: Ken Blackwell's Playing for Keeps:
Obama and the Democrats are careful to avoid stating that they are the party of abortion on demand -- paid for with federal funding. They skillfully cloak their intent with talk of rights and hide abortion riders in their 1000 plus pages of health insurance bills. They do this knowing that even their most ardent supporters, especially church going minorities, Latinos and blacks, do not support abortion rights. In fact, the vast majority of church going Democrats fall within the ranks of pro-lifers.
As the Democrats, especially Madam Pelosi and Madman Reid, spin and rename the health care debate, Conservatives would be well served by shining a spotlight on the wording of the bill that guarantees abortions on demand and the funding that follows it. Keep the point short and simple: the same people who want to bring us the "Death Panels" for the elderly are the same people behind the legislation for death on demand. The argument lacks subtly, but what has subtly done for the GOP lately?
Conservatives are fighting not just for the fiscal soundness of America. They are fighting to save its very soul from The One and his disciples.
-- I.M. Kessel
Re: George Neumayr's Thin Reids:
I have noticed that the actual costs of this plan according to Harry Reid, have been forgetting in the heat of whether or not to have a "public option", by any name! What a ruse, almost as if we have accepted that there is a need for this turkey, damn the torpedoes. I can say, as a physician, who has worked both in the private and government sectors (US Navy), that those who have "free" coverage, will flood the system, leading to more expenditures, less care for those who really need it and more expensive for all!
Health care is available for all currently. I know as one who has been to the ER countless times to take care of an uninsured person, receiving NO compensation, and then subject to lawsuit, if the guy doesn't like the scars he caused by driving drunk and crashing his car! Funny isn't it, how attorneys are not liable for mistakes in judgment, ever, while doctors are expected to have complete control over the healing processes inpatients entirely out of their control. Tort reform will eliminate much of the waste and fraud perpetrated by the plaintiff bar.
-- Robert Mandraccia MD
The launch by Nancy Pelosi and her fellow liberals and leftists of their 1,990-page-that's approximately four reams of paper- "entitlement reform" package today puts a unique twist to the phrase "getting reamed."
With the lies and illusions from desperate Reid and his out-of-touch colleagues, as well as Obama, though, perhaps they all will learn politically what that'll mean to them, if they're foolish enough to pass and then sign such legislation.
Should they, surely lawsuits will occur. As I heard someone on the radio say tonight, our only hope then may be the Supreme Court, which could be the only firewall still standing between us and these leftists and their arrogant madness.
-- C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Re: William Tucker's Unscientific American:
Well done a good read.
Only one thing, The Silex laser enrichment is being developed by GE, I think.
I agree this will be a real turning point for the nuclear industry.
I think it is worth an article on its own!!
May be something to report on?
I bet people would love to know a little more about it.
PAST THE ACRIMONY
Re: Quin Hillyer's In Defense of Principled Moderates:
I like it. We need to get past the acrimony. That said, if the other side won't play ball NUKE-EM!!