POST ON THE DOOR
Re: James P. Gannon’s America’s Quiet Anger:
I am forwarding this to people to put on their kitchen refrigerators.
We will remember in November.
— David Gardner
You could not have expressed my feelings any better. We should post this article on the door to the White House, but do you really think any of our government leaders would read it?
— Art Ostendorf
Thank you for James P. Gannon’s article in Spectator online. He is correct. November is coming.
– Dave Mace
Excellent! Excellent piece of journalism! Thank you for printing it!
— Eddie Stair
I’ve read a lot of words over the months that try to describe the current predicament of today’s American; but James P. Gannon’s piece is by far the best I’ve read. It doesn’t take a whole lot of words to accurately describe something, just the right ones.
— Stephen Field
Regarding November 2010, which so many are breathlessly counting on: Eighty percent of voting is by machine. Their manufacture is in the hands of two (really one) private companies. The technology for remote manipulation of these machines exists and can be easily employed in close elections. Prediction: November 2010 will see a couple test manipulations in close local elections. November 2012 is the main target.
— L. James
Amen brother, I am one of those Americans you speak of. My wife and I raised and educated two children, paid taxes, bought insurance, always met our mortgage bill, even when I was out of work twice for a period of almost two years. We lived within our means, bought necessities like insurance FIRST, not last. Now, retired, with pensions, and savings we worked all our lives for, we see the government taxing us to pay for deadbeats. As you say, we are mocked by the likes of Stewart, Maher, Olbermann, jerks who have no concept of who we are, except as caricatures of bumpkins. It may be silly, but I do go to bed and get up angry, as do many of our family and friends in similar situations. We are not rich but we are not stupid but well informed enough to see we are getting the shaft from Obama and the lefties running the government such as that harridan, Pelosi.
Great piece by James Gannon.
I am an Ivy-educated, boomer, raised in the sixties, marched, revolted etc. — BUT I grew up!
Mr. Gannon so aptly expresses my sentiments.
“Seething” would be another word to describe my frustration and anger.
— M. Abrams
San Diego, California
OUTSTANDINGLY WRITTEN!!!! Thank you so very much for speaking the truth about what so many of us feel.
— Ray Paul
— Nancy Smithson
TOO SMART BY HALF
Re: Angelo M. Codevilla’s Reflection on Brains and Barack:
One has to agree with Dr. Codevilla. Over and over again, even from contributors to TAS, one reads that Mr. Obama, while perhaps misguided, is blessed with a staggering intellect. We read that he went to and graduated from Harvard Law School, was president of Harvard Law Review, taught constitutional law for a while, and so on. So what? Time and time again, the man has shown that he knows nothing about history, nothing about current events, nothing, indeed, about the Constitution. Certainly, he knows nothing about economics, markets, or business. In fact, all he seems to be good for, and good at, is a kind of raw bare-knuckled Chicago-style down-and-dirty politics, which, it must be said, has served him well, so far. But there must be a reason he won’t release his SAT scores or any of his transcripts, and it can’t be because of stellar scores and grades. Mr. Obama is anything but modest and humble. Until he finally does so, or at least until he stops talking about “these 57 United States,” or until he finally passes some law that makes things better, instead of worse, I wish folks would stop talking about how very bright he is.
— David Reich
Auburn, New York
Re: R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.’s Odious Conservatives:
Good to read Tyrrell calling out this guy to be the phony that he is. Regrettably there have been a number of conservatives who I like and respect rushing to his defense.
— Paul Z
BULLIES, YET COWARDS
Re: Lisa Fabrizio’s Fear Itself:
“You’d think that the acquisition of power would have softened their own partisan attacks and made them magnanimous…”
Well, no, Lisa, I didn’t think so — given what these true-believing, drunk-on-power, hate-everyone, indecorous, vulgar, arrogant and puerile bullies, yet cowards, continue to show who they are.
But I was ready to be surprised.
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
THE ANTI-MIDAS TOUCH
Re: Peter Ferrara’s But What’s the GOP Plan?
As has been the case with of all Peter Ferrara’s recent articles this one is concise, to the point and correct. For Republicans who are wobbly on repealing Obamacare, because the public likes “parts of it,” the good news is as a whole Obamacare is unpopular and the majority of the public understands it is too expensive, a jobs killer and a detriment to good medical care. As with all of the Obama agenda, this monstrosity needs to be repealed and replaced with bold, new and creative ideas that will restore America’s confidence and prosperity. It is time for the GOP to “buck up” and go on the offensive. We have nothing to lose by being brave and bold in the current bloodless civil war, but trepidation and hesitancy could be lethal not only to the GOP’s political fortunes, but the country as a whole as the man with the anti-Midas touch, assisted by the living mannequin and the old coot, continues to destroy our present and future with their foolish and juvenile policies.
— Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina
PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE
Re: Jerry Brennan’s Darkness at Noon and Night:
I recall Hollywood Communist Dalton Trumbo saying that one of his proudest accomplishments was preventing Hollywood from making a movie based on Koestler’s Darkness at Noon. How times have changed.
— David Govett
HEALTH WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE
Re: John R. Guardiano’s The Civil War History of Obamacare:
Guardiano is quite right that the healthcare legislation is incompatible with the fundamental American political system, that is grounded on a uniquely American (and philosophically/politically correct) conception of individual human rights. The legislation does, indeed, limit the lawful choices of patients to seek, define, and contract for their own medical care. And, in the most grotesque violation of individual human rights imaginable, our immoral politicians have enslaved future generations to pay for this monstrosity. Left out of Mr. Guardiano’s consideration is another large group: the health care workers. The Democrats show the true character of our modern collectivist politics by crassly enslaving all these professionals (physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, administrative people, researchers, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies,etc.) for the sake of other favored groups, as if the only way to help people of limited means is for the government to “provide.” These people will not only pay much of the taxes for this scheme, but will also pay with restrictions on all aspects of their daily working lives. Over time we will have the same type of horrible medical system found in the USSR as their system collapsed. This will not be good for anyone, particularly the poor.
For other groups, not currently scheduled for enslavement, consider this thought experiment: under a “preventive medicine” initiative, the government medical establishment determines that Americans’ nutrition must be improved, and decides to control the food markets and farms in the country and raise taxes on all foods deemed unhealthy. How will the people of the food industry feel about their fellow citizens?
— James Campbell
“Of course, there is no likelihood that the United States will become enmeshed in a literal or violent civil war. Our republic, though young, is far too mature and well established for that. In America, we settle our domestic disputes not through bullets, but through the ballot box.”
What’s this “of course” stuff? “No likelihood”? The liberals are bankrupting the country, their policies are putting millions of people out of work while they grow the government sector, they ignore voter intimidation, they commit massive voter registration fraud, they are nationalizing industries — and you think there is “no likelihood” for armed revolt? It must have occurred to the author that an election does not get rid of the liberals who are actively trying to destroy our foundations — it might force them out of office for a time, but they will still wheedle and dig and use the liberal courts to sue and stop any meaningful reforms to regain our country. Look at what judges have done to our energy policies? How about abortion? Hell, we won Heller (2nd Amendment) by only one vote on the Supreme Court!
The ballot box has done little to stop our slide into the mess we have put ourselves in since the 1930s (how do we vote out judges? Regulatory agencies?). At some point you have to admit that there is “some likelihood” that people will feel compelled to take problem solving beyond the ballot box. I am not saying I want that, and it certainly would be catastrophic (how do people stop killing once they start?), but you underestimate what people will do when they confront the reality that their institutions repeatedly and continually fail to fix what obviously needs fixing.
Human beings are not sheep. Americans make some of the world’s best soldiers, in part, precisely because they understand and appreciate the disciplined use of violence. Rather than ignoring the potential for armed revolt, it is better that we keep that possibility in mind as an incentive to the real imperative of taking corrective action — the sooner, the better.
— Ron Weiss
KEEP UP THE FIGHT
Re: W. James Antle, III.’s The Disappearing Pro-Life Democrat:
The decline of pro-life Democrats is much overstated. It’s a bit facile to criticize them — after all, they live in a political no-man’s land. The idea that they are losing ground, though, is not exactly accurate.
As American public opinion has become steadily more pro-life, the tone of the Democratic Party has become increasingly muted on abortion. A crop of new anti-abortion Democrats such as Heath Shuler won election in 2008. The very fact pro-life Democrats were so heavily courted in the health care process shows there is still “life” in the pro-life Democratic movement.
Anti-abortion Democrats won concessions on the health care bill that were not insignificant. Consider that NARAL criticized the Senate abortion wording as a “sell-out” by pro-choice senators, the New York Times termed it “onerous” and 25 pro-life leaders issued a press release on March 13 supporting it.
For the good of the country, it is important to have a pro-life voice in both parties, even if some results are not what a purist would desire. Rather than vilified, anti-abortion Democrats should be lauded for their difficult labors, and encouraged to keep up the fight.
— Karl Miller
Re: Ben Stein’s We’ve Figured Him Out:
Get a life Ben. I voted for Obama and am proud of it. I even read all his books. Look how we got George Bush. Someone in Florida couldn’t count the votes right. We didn’t blame that on you.
When I find a diaper is messy, and I go to change it to make it better because the other caretaker didn’t want to tackle it, I don’t forget where the mess originated. We now have to clean up the mess of our predecessors and I still remember where it started!!! Remember this is a democracy. Just because you didn’t get your way, don’t be a spoil sport. Remember we are still changing your messy diapers. But we won’t ignore your dirty diaper, we will be merciful and try to get you clean again.
I want to thank you for continuing to publish Ben Stein’s articles. I am a 24 year-old Veterinary Student in Texas, and despite my busy schedule, I read every one of these articles. This man and your paper have the courage to say what so many others are feeling. We are the little people. We speak up, we write our congressmen, we tell our friends, but no one seems to hear our argument. Please tell Mr. Stein to keep speaking for us, and let him know that there many young conservatives out there that completely and enthusiastically agree with him.
— Holly Marie Kana