Friday, November 20, 2009

Selling Out

Call me old school: I remember when Green Day released the album "Dookie" and were immediately accused of "selling out" by going mainstream; similarly, I was at RFK stadium when Good Charlotte debut'd their then new song, Little Things, which to alt-punk rock music purists was equally blasphemous.

Now fast forward about a decade to the current state of politics, and witness some serious "selling out" on both the left and the right. On the left, how much does it cost to change your healthcare vote, Mary Landreiu? Turns out a $120 Million line item for Louisiana does the trick. On the right, remember John McCain's 2008 campaign for President? How many times did he vote with President Bush after spending years castigating him? In both cases, the politicians were changing their votes against their conscience to satisfy something else, usually political ambition.

I'm all about having a change of heart, or reaching a compromise. Compromise is how we arrive at our best legislation, like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But when you sacrifice your conscience for reelection, you sacrifice your soul in the eyes of the American voter. Ends rarely justify the means.

As Abraham Lincoln said, "You can fool all of the people some of the time. You can even fool some of the people all of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."

Truer words never spoken.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

We Bow to No Man

For being the most popular politician in the world, President Obama is sure making a precedent of prostrating himself before a lot of heads-of-state. This flies in the face of American tradition, and our proud independence from a monarchy. Some recent items to think about:

- Bowing deeply to the Emperor of Japan (not even General MacArthur did this after we conquered Japan)

- Bowing deeply to the King of Saudi Arabia (home to the majority of the 9/11 hijackers and the Wahabi sect that seeks our destruction)

- Begging to hold one-on-one talks with Iran, and being rebuffed (while not bowing, you get the picture)

- Begging to hold one-on-one talks with North Korea, and being rebuffed

The United States Navy never salutes first on the open seas. We had to fight for our independence from a totalitarian regime, and some forget that. We must never prostrate ourselves before another ruler. It does not earn points, it does not show a global appreciation. It conveys weakness.

We bow to the Almighty and the Almighty alone. Our Constitution recognizes unalienable God given rights, and it is because He is the source of our liberty and freedom (a freedom that we are tasked to defend), that we bow to Him.

What has the Emperor of Japan, King Saud, Ahamedinejad of Iran or Kim Jong Il in DPRK done for you lately?

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Escape from GTMO

Thoughts following the news release that KSM is to stand trial in NYC for 9/11 attacks...

- Change of venue? A serial killer like John Allen Muhammed--another islamist mass murderer who terrorized Washington DC--can't even be expected to stand trial in the jurisdiction that he committed his horrible crimes that terrorized the DC metro area...are we to expect that the courts will allow KSM to stand trial in NYC after bloddying America's biggest city?

- Constitutionality? If we are applying the constitution to KSM now, after allegedly torturing him, can't it be said that he had constitutional rights all along? Wouldn't his confession be thrown away? How about his capture / "rendition?" Being held without an attorney?

- Why now? I guess that Domestic Islamist Terrorism, Cap and Trade, Health Care, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Ballistic Missile Defense, Cambridge Police Department, 10.2% + unemployment, $2Trillion in TARP / Bailout / Stimulus, defense cuts, ACORN, CIA witch hunts are requiring a subject change.

- Implications for us all: Let's say that the courts allow KSM to be tried and convicted. What precedent does that set for the rest of us who are protected by the constitution? Can our rights be stripped and then reapplied by the Justice Department? Bringing KSM into the civilian court system ensures that he will either get off free, or we will see our rights curtailed. Either way, America suffers.

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