Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

February 28, 2009

Obama’s latest anti-life action, updated.

Filed under: politics,pro-life — by lindyborer @ 8:45 am
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A typical work week for President Obama:  A billion here, a billion there, a large sprinkling of hyprocrisy, topped off with yet another reversal of a Bush pro-life policy.  Obama, who during the campaign couldn’t decide when a baby should receive rights, doesn’t seem to have any problem determining that now as he blazes forward with his agenda to end the United States as we know it and turn the USA into the USSA. 

Funny how Obama always decides to deal with abortion issues on Friday, at the end of the news cycle.  Seems rather cowardly to me.  His latest will reverse a Bush policy that would protect health care workers’ consciences and allow them to deny services based upon their religious beliefs.  Not anymore.  (Nevermind that if it were a Muslim’s conscience, or an atheist’s, the ACLU would be right there to defend their consciences.)  “Pro-life” Obama supporters:  How ya feeling about Obama now?  Or are you still entrenched in a deep, pervasive denial that disallows you to clearly and objectively think through the reality of the situation?  I pray that someday your eyes will be opened to the truth about Barack Obama’s pro-abortion predilections.

Obama: This baby doesn't deserve Constitutional protection

Obama: This baby doesn't deserve Constitutional protection

Obama: A burden, just as well done away with.

Obama: A burden, just as well done away with.









Not even this baby is safe with Obama as president, who supports partial-birth abortion at nine-month's gestation.

Not even this baby is safe with Obama as president, who supports partial-birth abortion at nine-month's gestation.

So, we’re coming to understand that Obama is holding nothing back when it comes to actualizing his stated goal to “fundamentally transform the US of A.”  If anyone actually believes that his “stimulus” bill will actually do anything to recover the economy, they’re in for a deep disappointment.  Coupled with his $3.6 trillion dollar budget, which includes significant military cuts and tax increases, and his unprecedented expansion of the federal government—which will be completely in the driver’s seat when it comes to nearly every decision—it appears that Obama is intent upon spending our constitutional republic—with its assurance of individual freedom based upon individual responsibility—right out of existence.

It’s also amazing that Obama can be so “bold” as to claim that we not saddle our debt upon our children, when his actions of the past month have successfully ensured that not only our children, but our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will feel the effects of his irresponsible spending spree. 

Another cause for concern?  The rationing of health care that will effectively lower the quality and availability of that care, another goal of President Obama.  When the government takes over health care in this country, we can expect the involvement of some governmental bureaucrat to make our personal health decisions.  If that bureaucrat deems you too old for a life-saving treatment, you should be willing to gladly accept the ailments relating to your age, as former HHS appointee Tom Daschle explained.  Say hello to government-mandated euthenasia.  Kiss some more of your individual liberties goodbye.

Remember back during the election when I and thousands of other Americans pointed out the socialistic nature of Obama’s goals?  Remember when John McCain and Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber did the same?  Remember the reactions by the Left and Obama himself?  They said those claims were “ridiculous.”  Now, Newsweek comes out with a cover that says, “We are all Socialists now.”  No one anywhere is denying this anymore.  If you happened to vote for BO under the illusion that this was an empty claim, do you now feel “had”?  I feel vindicated, except that I would have gladly ate my words and I would have rejoiced had I been wrong.   

Millions of Americans are fed up.  And millions more are waking up to the fact that Obama, with a Democrat majority in the House and Senate behind him, is risking his re-election to achieve his goal of fundamentally transforming this nation.  Will it be too late to turn it around?  I don’t know.

Update:  As usual, the Anchoress has more on Obama’s latest pro-life policy reversal (From her post, Obama: Your conscience means nothing to me):

When people believe their own soul is in peril if they participate in an action, the conscientious objection should be sustained. It always has been, before.

Can it be sustainable in Obamaland, or is this very fundamental sort of American freedom to be denied her citizenry in service to expedient (and monetarily lucrative) politics?

If we are going to be a nation that supports the “freedom to choose,” then it seems to me that has to go both ways. Professional health workers should be “free to choose” whether or not they will participate in what they find to be morally objectionable.

Freedom that is only one-sided i.e., “she is free to have a late term, partial-birth abortion and you are not free to refuse her request” or “she is free to demand this contraception and you are not free to refuse to fill that prescription,” is not really freedom.

It is enslavement. Dress it up any way you want. If the government is forcing you to do what your conscience tells you not to, under threats to your freedom, your purse or your livelihood, then you are not free.

But you know, the other night, when Obama addressed the joint houses of Congress, he only used the world “freedom” once. Just once. It’s not really what he’s about. Not really on his radar.

America is all about freedom.  And it is being eroded before our very eyes.

The Return of Scipio has a superb post regarding this unprecedented growth of government and its ramifications upon our individual freedoms:

Of course a reasonable man might scoff at such claims by government that it can direct the course of the nation and its peoples at every point. He will point out that all nations that have gone this way have lapsed into poverty, tyranny and war. He will believe that the clear logic of his argument is all that is necessary, that once enough folks agree with him then things will be made right.

He would be dreadfully wrong. The issue is power—who has it, who does not. The issue is not and has never been improving the economy of the nation or the lives of the people. Those are mere smoke screens used to achieve a power that once acquired will not easily be relinquished.

As [George] Washington said, the state is “a fearful master.” Americans will come to learn this up close and personal. We have rendered everything to Caesar. We should not be surprised when Caesar comes to make his claims.

Read the whole thing.  The comments, too, are fascinating.



February 25, 2009

The final disruption; NOW WITH PICTURES

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And no, I’m not being political today.  The disruption being, of course, phase III that is currently in progress of our kitchen remodel.  Phase III involves sanding and refinishing the oak flooring, hidden under a layer of linoleum and several layers of black goo.  Amazingly, the first pass of (I think it was 10-grit) sandpaper did the trick.  I must confess, even given my flooring background, I was nervous this time.  The floor was black.  But never underestimate the power of a sanding machine equipped with the coarsest sandpaper on the market, baby. 

I’m thankful that the end of this project is near, especially since no amount of plastic and precaution can stop some of the sanding dust from infiltrating the house at large.  If it has a surface, it’s covered.  For a person who loves cleanliness and order, waking up to find the coffee pot covered with dust and having to make my way around the washing machine that is located in the center of the living room was somewhat of a trial.  I will endeavor to overcome.  It is, after all Ash Wednesday.  Perhaps this will present an opportunity for reflection as we begin Lent.

UPDATE:  I’m posting pictures of the amazing transformation our floors underwent the past two days.  We’re still not out of the woods;  David and I have to put on a coat of seal this afternoon, then it has to be screened, cleaned and applied with two coats of finish.  (Satin, in case you were curious.) 


sanded, filled, sanded

sanded, filled, sanded

In the bottom picture, you can spy David beginning to apply the stain.  I will post the final result on Saturday. 
For my sanity and your safety, please refrain from saying you don’t like the floors.  I will thrash you, Ivan Drago-style.  Seriously.  Perhaps it will just be a strong, verbal whipping. 

February 24, 2009

The worst prescription for what ails us.

Filed under: conservatism,politics — by lindyborer @ 8:11 am
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A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson

Is anyone else scratching their heads regarding Obama’s latest quest?  Hey, let’s pass the biggest spending bill in history–like, in the history of the world–and now let’s promise to cut it back in half by doing what history has shown NEVER WORKS.  Let’s raise taxes.   On the rich.  Except, “rich” in this case probably means “you.”  Let’s see class, what is the number one rule for recessions?  Never raise  taxes during one.  Aw, screw “history” and “facts.”  Who needs ’em? 

Yes, I’ll admit it.  I’m confused.  If Obama’s so concerned about the deficit all of the sudden, shouldn’t he be more concerned with reducing spending?  (The short answer is, of course, yes.) 

Up goes the marginal tax rate, up goes the capital gains tax.  Down goes the stock market.  Again. 

But, let’s forget all of that for a moment, if you please.  I humbly propose that Obama realizes one thing:  The population of Americans that have caught hopenchange fever really haven’t a clue what the hell raising capital gains tax even means in the first place.  Really.  Sadly, there’s a whole population of people out there who  care more about feeling good about themselves and the government than in reducing the deficit.   They have sadly been duped by the class warfare rhetoric upon which Democrats (and Obama, especially) depend.  It sounds so “good” and “right” to say “soak the rich!”  But people fail to understand the fact that it is the owners of businesses who employ other people.  And if they have to spend a sizable portion of their profits in taxes, the incentive to employ more diminishes.  That’s why people get laid off.  Whether you want to hear it or not, the rich pay the majority of taxes in the first place.  And, contrary to what Obama wants us to believe, those who are going to bear the brunt of this–Obama’s “rich”—are going to be hard-working small business owners.

In Obama’s America, the American dream is only allowable up to a certain point.  That’s ludicrous.   

 But it goes even further than that:  There are a whole lot of people who fail to understand that the more government grows, the less freedom we have. 

Obama is a smart man.  I happen to believe that he’s smart enough to look at history and see what has worked and what has not.  So, it leads me to one conclusion:  These actions are deliberate.  Calculated.  And it’s all about power.  And that should be really troubling to a whole lot of people who love this country because of what has made it great:  Freedom.  And the possibilities to achieve and better one’s self.  The great fallacy of socialism is that it somehow equates “fairness” with “justice.”  It seeks to level the playing field to the lowest common denominator.  And it erodes the freedoms of the individual.  It punishes achievement and cripples incentives.  It invites stagnation and defeat.  

In Obama’s eyes, none of those things matter as long as you’re in a position of power.  And the scariest thing about all of this is that I truly believe that the man holds a grudge.  He gives me the creeps.  (Is that treasonous nowadays?)

Here is how conservative columnist Andrea Tantaros puts it:

Raising the taxes on those who already pay the most and businesses who create jobs is the worst prescription for what ails us.

Our fragile economy is very sensitive to marginal tax rates. By hiking them, we’re almost guaranteed mania in the markets. — For some reason they don’t react well when they hear that money will be taken away from them. Who does??

Until we see what Treasury Secretary Geithner has planned to address the real root of our woes, we will continue to sit and watch Obama rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. The president’s latest plan won’t just be taxing for businesses and anyone making money, it will likely take another toll on our markets. Last week Wall Street gave Democrats an “F.” Be prepared for another failing grade.

February 22, 2009

Liberalism is a disease…Meet the cure.

Filed under: Humor,politics,the Left — by lindyborer @ 8:58 am
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This guy’s good.  It’s always nice to be able to hear liberal thought blasted for its utter ridiculousness.  To be able to side-achingly laugh at the same time?  Priceless.

You can get subscribe to Steven Crowder here or here

Here’s another perspective:  “Hate speech” vs. “Good clean fun” courtesy of Catholic and Enjoying It.

February 21, 2009

Brushfires of freedom spreading.

Filed under: politics — by lindyborer @ 8:38 am
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”  -Samuel Adams

Obama has been in office for a month and a day now.  Combined with his scandal-plagued transition, it is apparent to anyone possessing even half of their cerebral cortex that we are witnessing amateur hour at the White House.  It would be a tiny bit fun to be in the opposition–if I didn’t think that the country is in the process of crumbling around the feet of our new president at his command.  With increasing cries of racism for dissent, people being arrested and having their houses searched by the secret service for displaying anti-Obama signs on their vehicles, the passage of a pork-filled, 1,000 page, $1 trillion stimulus bill that no one in Congress has even read in its entirety, I’m a bit concerned. 

For the record:  Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris, Timothy Geithner, Bill Richardson, Nancy Killifer, Tom Daschle–all have  had strong ties to team Obama or have been a part of Obama’s “most ethical administration ever.”   “Ethical” must have a different definition to Mr. Obama.

Even newly appointed Republican commerce secretary Gregg has resigned, due, basically, to irreconcilable differences.  In a statement, Gregg said (via Watchdog Politics Examiner):

 …it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me.  Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and ofther potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns.  We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.

But, take heart.  The public is not, in fact, perfectly fine with the goings-on of the new administration.  There are “brushfires of freedom” being set all over the country.  People are, according to Dan Gainor,  mad as hell.  Contrary to Mr. Obama’s position, and the media at large,  the people in this country who mind their own business, work hard, play by the rules, and  make responsible decisions, simply want the government to leave them alone.  Those who have made responsible decisions don’t want to pay for others’ bad decisions.  It’s not American.  Says Gainor:

No wonder we’re angry. While most of us were doing the right thing, some others –- foolish homeowners, stupid bankers, house flippers, idiot politicians and more –- were taking their cues from the movie “Good Fellas” and robbing us blind.

Now we are supposed to bail them out.

So far we’ve dumped several trillion dollars into that bucket and we’re still bailing with no end in sight. No end to what it’s going to cost us, that is. There is an end in sight -– an end to our savings, our retirements, our jobs, our future, even our children’s future.

Who wouldn’t be angry? 

Obama is succeeding, before our very eyes, in following through with his promise of “fundamentally changing the United States of America.”  We might pause to ponder what those words mean.  Those of us who pay attention are troubled by that promise.  Every action that Obama has taken thus far has been to move this country toward socialism.  Ever-expanding government means less freedom.  Period. 

I implore others—who apparently aren’t paying attention—to kindly pull their heads out of their nether regions and start realizing what is happening here.  In particular, I’m talking to the younger crowd; the demographic that has traditionally shunned authority and fought for freedom and autonomy.  In this case, a sizable portion of youth have become so addled that they cheer a man who is doing his very best to strong-arm this country into a place where the achievers are punished, freedom is contracted, and everyone—in the name of “fairness”—will be equal—equal in misery.

The beauty of capitalism is that it allows everyone to try–even if it means failure.  But it’s the freedom to try that is there.  To live without capitalism is the equivalent of living without the freedom to try to achieve in the first place.  Without capitalism, there is no incentive.  No incentive means no drive, and it ultimately leads to stagnation.  History has shown this time and again. 

The good news is that people are starting to wake up and open their eyes to what’s going on around them.  The recent rant  of CNBC’s Rick Santelli is the perfect example of the flame of anger  by the frustrated public that is being fanned.  There have been organized, sizable protests against the stimulus package taking place all over the country.  People are mad.  And in this case, the anger is good.  It is a righteous indignation.  We the people will not sit idly by and let Barack Obama strong-arm us and bring this country to its knees.  

As Dan Gainor said in his article:

The very change that swept Democrats into D.C. will surely sweep them away again if they squeeze ordinary citizens too much to pay for the failings of others.

February 20, 2009

The formidable Alan Keyes

Filed under: abortion,pro-life — by lindyborer @ 7:54 pm
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I’m blearily trying to type through my late-afternoon slog.  It was a very late night last night owing to a trip to Hastings for a pro-life banquet featuring Alan Keyes (three-time presidential candidate, UN Ambassador under Reagan, Catholic, conservative).  I really don’t even know how to summarize his message; any attempt on my part seems inadequate, but I’ll give it a go despite my sleep-deprived fog.  The trip was worth it.

225px-alan_keyesBasically, Keyes, in his no-holds-barred and utterly courageous style, described the very foundational principle upon which those of us in the pro-life movement operate, and to remind us again what it is.  It is MORE than struggling to stop abortion.  It is MORE than just fighting against pro-abortion legislation.  It is MORE than fighting ceaselessly for the preservation of innocent human life.  Those things are important, yes.  But Keyes brought home the point (in his reasoned, and complex and often impassioned way) that the reason we fight against abortion is because our God-given nature demands it.  We are designed to fight injustice, and abortion represents (in the worst possible way) not only an attack upon the right of a human being to live, but an attack upon the fundamental quality of man that separates us from the animals:  We were created in the image of God.  And only God  Himself can create or destroy life.  Keyes pointed out that we should never lose sight of that and let ourselves become distracted away from that all-important fact.  It is not for us to be in the “god” position.     

Keyes also touched upon the ways in which abortion advocates attempt to use language to their advantage, i.e., it’s not a baby, it’s a “fetus.”  However, fetus means, in Latin, “child, infant.”  So, when abortion advocates cry, “It’s not a baby, it’s a fetus!” they’re really saying, “It’s not a baby, it’s a baby!”  And the term “person” itself is derived from “persona.”  In ancient theater, the persona was the mask that actors held in front of their faces.  The mask—the persona—was the representation of the actor behind the mask.  So what, Keyes asked, are we to assume about ourselves—as beings called “persons”?  We are beings created in the image of God. 

It really is tough to paraphrase last night.  Suffice it to say, Keyes is impassioned and he is intelligent and he is formidable.  And he detests the worldview of liberals and of Barack Obama, and makes no secret of it.  If there happened to be any pro-life Obama supporters there, (which, to me, is an oxymoron), I imagine they were made quite uncomfortable during the presentation, especially during the subsequent Q and A, where I thought he really shone.  Hey, the truth hurts sometimes, I guess.  I also can imagine what Mr. Keyes might have had to say to any person claiming to be both pro-life and pro-Obama.  I’d  pay money to witness that. 

As for me, I could listen to Alan Keyes say the words “alleged usurper” all day and all night.

February 19, 2009

When Nancy met Benedict.

Filed under: abortion,Catholicism,politics,pro-life — by lindyborer @ 8:22 am
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Our House majority leader, the continually surprised-looking Ms. Nancy Pelosi, met with Pope Benedict yesterday morning.   We’re getting different accounts of just how the small, closed to the public and press, fifteen minute meeting went.  (Why did I almost type “went down”?) 

As you know, Ms. Pelosi, who professes to be an “ardent Catholic,” also touts radical views on contraception and abortion.  Radical as in, Ms. Pelosi recently pushed contraception as a way to “reduce costs” and radical in that she favors abortion “rights” at their most lenient.  Radical in that, as a supposedly ardent Catholic, she remains either clueless or rebellious about the Church’s consistent, traditional, unambiguous, and crystal-clear teaching on the issue.

The two accounts of the meeting from Ms. Pelosi’s office and that of the Holy See are so different, though, that it led George Weigel to wonder, were they at the same meeting?    

Here’s what Benedict told Pelosi (from the Press Office of the Holy See):

Following the General Audience, the Holy Father briefly greeted Mrs. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, together with her entourage. His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception until natural death, which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists, and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of development.

And here’s Pelosi’s account (from the Office of Speaker Pelosi):

It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, today. In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church’s leadership in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming, as well as the Holy Father’s dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show His Holiness a photograph of my family’s papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren.

Someone’s not saying something, but I kind of doubt Pelosi herself will reveal the Pope’s gentle but firm reminder of her responsibilities as both a Catholic and as a lawmaker.  It wouldn’t be too efficacious for her. 

Whatever her true intentions for the meeting, I hazard to guess that Pope Benedict wasn’t buying it.  No photos were taken of the two meeting, or if there was, none was released to the press, something for which Pelosi had no doubt hoped.  What better way to continue to have your cake and eat it, too, than with a picture you could whip out of you schmoozing with the Pope the next time someone challenged you on your decidedly un-Catholic views and actions?  It is interesting to me to note that a photo was not afforded to Pelosi, a generally common occurence.  Such photo opportunites are treasured by politicians. 

Like many Catholics, I must admit I was part of the contingency that had hoped for a so-called Pope/Pelosi smackdown at the Vatican.  And, I must admit that I knew this would not necessarily happen, seeing as the Pope is far less prone to such things in his wisdom and patience.   He is, after all, the Pope.  But part of me wishes that the meeting went a little something like THIS.

Inside Catholic’s Irene Lagan felt similarly.  But she wrote this:

Then I remember when at the end of the jubilee year, I met Pope John Paul II by “accident” in a private audience. To this day, I recall with great clarity that encounter that pierced me to the heart, and which stayed with me for weeks. In observing the holy father greet each person in turn, I was struck by how each one was “received” and the great love that exuded from this man. As I watched, I wished I could love like that. Almost instantly, the response came: “That is what you are called to do. That is what you have in Me in the Blessed Sacrament.”

Pope Benedict exudes that same great love and holiness, albeit with a different personality. It is no ordinary thing to meet a pope. My prayer for Ms. Pelosi is that she will be open to being transformed by that same love.

Um, yes.  I suppose that’s one of the hardest things about Christianity:  We’re taught to love our neighbors as ourselves, no matter how—-sigh—-vile.  Catholic G.K. Chesterton, always a great one for short and incredibly accurate zingers, says this:  “Love means loving the unlovable—or it is no virtue at all.” 

February 18, 2009

Mattress wrestling.

No, no, it’s not what you think or feared…

We’re gearing up to go travel two hours south tomorrow for a pro-life conference featuring Alan Keyes.  I’m excited.  I will take pictures and post them after the event. 

I’m really not able to focus this morning.  I have no business blogging.  But that’s never stopped me before, so what the hey?  Yesterday I took the kids shopping.  And I don’t often splurge, but yesterday I did.  I bought one of those memory foam mattress toppers.  The verdict?  Wowza.  Awesome.  If you’re not satisfied with your mattress but don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of moolah on a new bed, I’d consider one of these.  You’ve no doubt seen the commercials for the Tempurpedic beds (you know, the one that was developed by NASA?  “?”)  Well, this is the same type of deal, only it’s two inches thick and probably $1000 cheaper.  I did sleep well last night, but I’m one of those people who has been blessed with the ability to get some shut-eye.  I’ve never been prone to insomnia.

If you do follow through with my advice and purchase a topper, be warned that the difficulty is in getting it out, unrolled, and into the antimicrobial pillow-case-like envelope.  They’re not light, and it took me about twenty minutes, several swear words, and probably 300 calories to finally wrestle the thing into position.  That’s probably another reason I slept so well.  Anyone who was downstairs while I was doing this had to wonder WHAT was going on up there…it probably sounded like two elephants wrestling or some such thing.

I foresee the end of our kitchen renovation as of about next Friday.  So, I’ll post some “in progress” pictures.  All that’s left is to tear out the linoleum and sand the oak floors underneath, stain them, fill them, and finish them.  I’m downright giddy!  David and I swear that this will be the last home improvement project for the foreseeable future.  (Except we’re already eyeing the upstairs bathroom…)

PS:  Do read the articles posted today on the Too Good page.





February 16, 2009

Lazy linkaround Monday

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Item 1)  How singularly disturbing is this?  It’s one thing for adults to brainwash other adults into martyring themselves while taking as many infidels (that’s us) with them.  It’s another thing for adults to brainwash children.  And it’s an entirely other thing to do it with cuddly characters on children’s television programming.  It gives “That’s all, folks!” an entirely new meaning, does it not?

Item 2)  There’s been talk of reviving the “Fairness” Doctrine by Democrats.  Check out what liberal columnist Camille Paglia has to say for it:

Speaking of talk radio (which I listen to constantly), I remain incredulous that any Democrat who professes liberal values would give a moment’s thought to supporting a return of the Fairness Doctrine to muzzle conservative shows. (My latest manifesto on this subject appeared in my last column.) The failure of liberals to master the vibrant medium of talk radio remains puzzling. To reach the radio audience (whether the topic is sports, politics or car repair), a host must have populist instincts and use the robust common voice. Too many Democrats have become arrogant elitists, speaking down in snide, condescending tones toward tradition-minded middle Americans whom they stereotype as rubes and buffoons. But the bottom line is that government surveillance of the ideological content of talk radio is a shocking first step toward totalitarianism.

In a word, yes.

Item 3)  A Braveheart moment:


Where’s Mel Gibson when you need him?

Item 4)  Prepare to shift uncomfortably in your seat.  I do believe that there are nuts on both side of the aisle during every administration with the *fantastic* idea to get rid of presidential term limits, but is the idea gaining traction once again?  Well, is it?

Now, in other related news:  Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, while busily socializing Venezuela, is advocating for the same thing.  Venezuela is successfully hurtling itself toward a dictatorship.  Hope they’re enjoying the ride down. 

Now, prepare to go from squirming to nausea:  C. Edmund Wright has some scary comparisons between—you guessed it—Chavez and Obama in relation to what’s been happening in Venezuela the last ten years and what is starting to happen now in the USA.  Man the barf buckets!

I think that’s all I can manage for now. 

When I look at the current political, social, and economic landscape, I get the urge to alternately rage and weep.  I think all Americans need to recall just what it is that has defined our country since its inception:  FREEDOM.  Liberty.  Self-determination.  What has made America the “shining city on the hill” to the world for over two hundred years?  What is it that has made us so prosperous?  I can tell you what it’s not, and that’s an ever-expanding government that continues to erode our freedoms in the name of “fairness.”  It’s an ever-burgeoning government that erodes our liberties even as it tells us it’s “for our own good.”  The more government expands, the more freedom contracts.  Let’s fight for our capitalistic, democratic, American Republic before it’s a thing of the past. 

When Ronnie Met Barry:  Timeless Wisdom vs. Hopenchangey Socialism (courtesy Texas Rainmaker)  Watch it.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.  

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.

-Ronald Reagan

February 14, 2009

Sounds…stimulating. UPDATED

Filed under: politics — by lindyborer @ 4:06 pm
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Hat tip:  Keith.

A couple of very good questions:

Can a tiny mouse really eat all that pork?!?

The $789 billion economic stimulus bill includes $30 million for wetlands restoration in the San Francisco Bay Area to protect, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi represents San Francisco and has championed preserving the mouse’s habitat in the Bay Area.  So…does the project create shovel-ready jobs in preserving the area…or is it long-term job creation for the pest extermination industry?

We want to know.  Unfortunately, most of our senators and House members probably can’t tell us, as none of them have read the 1,000 page legislation in its entirety. 

What happened to transparency, Mr. Obama?

UPDATE:  Obama on transparency: 

Transparency, indeed.  This stimulus bill was put on the White House website Friday afternoon.  Obama plans on signing it Tuesday.  Some more fuzzy math, here.

Obama broke SEVEN promises in his first three weeks in office in regard to this one stimulus bill:

1. Make government open and transparent.
2. Make it “impossible” for Congressmen to slip in pork barrel projects.
3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public. (Even Congressional Republicans shut out.)
4. No more secrecy.
5. Public will have 5 days to look at a bill.
6. You’ll know what’s in it.
7. We will put every pork barrel project online.

Allahpundit spares nothing:

Does anyone seriously believe some commenter’s going to deter him from signing New Deal II when weeks’ worth of angry phone calls to Congress haven’t? This is the sort of empty gesture that means a lot to people who don’t pay much attention to politics but want to “feel good” about government again — in other words, to the average Obama cultist. Note to The One: If you really give a wet dump about transparency, try relaxing your manufactured “emergency” deadlines so that our representatives can read a trillion-dollar spending bill before they vote on it.   

Ouch, but yes.

Want to have the 2009 version of fun?   Mac Fuller over at American Thinker invites us to try coming up with analogies of what this stimulus means in other situations. 

Here’s an example:

Voting on this bill is like having your college professor waltz into class, hand you a 1,071-page textbook, and not only tell you the test on the entire book will be tomorrow, but that at least the next two years of your life will be determined by the grade you receive.

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