Back from a long and busy weekend, with a lot to say, and so very little time to say it! Best get on with it.
Some news items of late that are itching at me:
1) Obama taking over Chrysler (and everything else.) This whole government taking over private industry is not what the USA does. It is not what the USA has been about, and it is not what has made the USA great. It is, however, what the governments in third-world countries do, and it is a favorite activity among people like Hugo Chavez…and Barack Obama, apparently.
I realize that many of us are just too busy with life to stop and consider–really consider–what is happening in the USA right now. But the one thing that I think we should do collectively is ask whether or not this is Constitutional. (It’s not.) And we should ask ourselves why we’re so complacent. Is it because we’re ignorant? Apathetic? Scared?
The last option is kind of interesting, in that I believe many business owners are scared. Of the government. And that is not okay in the United States of America. For frick’s sake, I cannot even believe that I have to type that out, but there’s going to be a tipping point. The whole Chrysler thing might not be directly affecting you or me right now, but at some point, the government is going to get involved in your life or livelihood, and you’re not going to like it. There have been countless Chrysler dealerships–many of them family-owned and operated, that have been forced–FORCED–by the government of the US to close their doors. And there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme nor reason as to why. IMO, if you’re going to start forcing out private businesses, there had better be a damn good way of deciding just what the criteria is for your decision. It would make the most sense to close those with poor sales or management or no profit. But that is not the case.
What these closing dealerships DO have in common is that they all have a history of making donations to Republican political candidates or to opponents of BO.
Via Gateway Pundit:
• Vernon G. Buchanan: $147,450 to GOP candidates and organizations
• Wallace D. Alley and Family: $4,500 to GOP.
• Robert Archer: $4,600 to GOP and conservative causes.
• Homer S. Higginbotham and Family: $2950 to GOP.
• James Auffenberg and Family: $28,000 to GOP; $6,000 to one Democrat candidate.
• Michael Maroone and Family: $60,000 to GOP; $8,500 to two Democrat candidates.
• Jerome Fader: $6,500 to Democrats; $2,500 to Independent Joe Lieberman.
• Stephen Fay and Family: $13,500 to GOP.
• William Numrich: $20,000 to GOP.
• Robert Carver: $10,000 to Democrats including $1,950 to Hillary Clinton, nothing to Barack Obama.
• Robert and Linda Rohrman: $24,000 to GOP.
• Frank Boucher, Jr. and Family: $18,000 to GOP, $1,000 to one Democrat candidate.
• Scott Bossier: $4,300 to GOP.
• Todd Reardon: $17,000 to GOP; $2,000 to one Democrat candidate.
• Russ Darrow and Family: $78,000 to GOP.
• Bradford Deery and Family: $24,700 to GOP.
• Charles Gabus and Family: $30,000 to GOP.
• Brian Smith: $15,500 to GOP.
• Michael Schlossman: $14,000 to GOP; $14,000 to three Democrats ($12,500 to Sen. Russ Feingold).
• Don Hill: $11,000 to GOP; $12,800 to conservative incumbent Rep. Heath Shuler.
• Don Miller: $2,000 to GOP; $1,000 to Feingold.
• Eddie Cordes: $2,150 to GOP.
• Robert Edwards: $1,100 to GOP.
• James Crowley: $19,100 to GOP.
• Stanley Graff: $2,200 to John Edwards (2008 Presidential Run); $500 to GOP.
• John Stewart: $10,500 to GOP.
• John Fitzgerald and Family: $4,600 to John McCain (2008); $2,000 to Hillary Clinton (2008); nothing to Barack Obama.
• William Churchill and Family: $3,500 to GOP.
• Thomas Ganley: $9.450 to GOP.
• Gary Miller: $20,000 to GOP.
• Kevin and Gene Beltz: $18,500 to GOP.
• Arthur Grayson: $14,000 to GOP.
• Eric Grubbs and Family: $26,000 to GOP.
• Michael Leep and Family: $19,500 to GOP; $4,800 to three Democrats including Sen. Evan Bayh.
• Harry Green, Jr.: $10,000 to GOP.
• Ronald Hoover: $5,250 to GOP.
• Ray Huffines and Family: $18,500 to GOP.
• John O. Stevenson: $1,500 to GOP.• James Marsh: $8,200 to GOP.
• Max Pearson and Family: $112,000 to GOP.
This is not right, people. It did occur to me that this just might be representative of most entrepeneurs or business owners to be Republican. But it would be comforting to see a list of the Obama Administration Auto Task Force’s list of criteria for forcing these business closed. (Nope. It wasn’t Chrysler’s decision. And yes, that would be a blatant violation of the Fifth Amendment. Constitution, schmonstitution.)
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, right? What, exactly, is stopping Barack Obama right now from closing down any industry he wants? He stated during his campaign that cap and trade would, necessarily, bankrupt the coal industry. (From which most of us derive most of our energy, btw.) Since when do presidents go around deciding to cherry-pick industries to bankrupt?
In this vein, I ran across this from The Cynical Christian (whose blog, incidentally, always seems to serve up a gem or two):
The lesson I’d like people to learn from the Obama administration is that the rule of law hangs by a very thin thread. You can have all the constitutions you want–the government will do whatever it wants unless somebody musters the will to stop it.
Gov’t: “We’re taking over the banks!”
Gov’t: “And the auto industry!”
Gov’t: “Probably gonna get health care next!”
If they can do what they’ve done so far, why couldn’t they take over restaurants, or grocery stores, or internet service providers, or anything else? What legitimate argument could you make against them? That it’s beyond their constitutional authority? Ha! We left that behind a long time ago.
On to news item number two: Obama supreme court appointee Sonia Sotomayer. She’s a woman, she’s a Latina, and she’s empathetic. Hence, she’s Obama’s gal. Except she’s not apparently that familiar with the primary role of a SC justice, which is supposed to interpret the US Constitution as it is written, blindly. Sotomayer’s career has been filled with instances of judicial activism, something that no one–left or right–wants on the Supreme Court. And apparently, she’s not in agreement with the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment is a big deal. The right to own and carry a gun is the right that protects all other rights. It’s why the NRA has such a huge support base, from those on the right and on the left. And recall that only last year, the Supreme Court handed down in D.C. v. Heller that–now, take a deep breath, here–private American citizens have the right to own and carry guns! Now, if you’ve recovered from that shock, know that this wasn’t a 9-0 vote as it should have been, but a 5-4 vote. Ken Blackwell details Sotomayer’s opinions (which should, in all reality, have absolutely NOTHING go do with her role on the Supreme Court, should she be approved) on this decision, and why gun owners have a new fight on their hands.
And news item number three, which I had previously discussed:
What do Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet all have in common? Read the link to find out, and try not to vomit in the process.
Oh, goody. Eliminate poverty by…eliminating people. Fantastic idea! Not evil or draconian in the least.
“Hey, let’s all meet so we can coordinate our charitable donations.”
Awww. That’s nice.
“Hey, let’s work on eliminating poverty!”
Gee, that’s wonderful. How are they going to go about doing that?
“Let’s focus on eliminating poor people!”
Wait a minute…