Thursday, June 26, 2008

SCOTUS and Obama

Just a few moments ago the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the 32 year old ban on handguns in the District of Columbia. The 5-4 decision is a major victory in terms of abiding by the framers' intent in the Constitution and represents the biggest decision on the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791.

The Justices believe all Americans have the right to possess firearms for hunting and self defense. In this era of judicial activism and radical liberal judges conducting legislation from the bench, it is refreshing to witness the highest level of the judiciary in this country respect the sanctity of the Bill of Rights.

This will surely become a campaign issue for the candidates to debate as Senator Obama has already reversed yet another position; someone ought to be running a tally on his flip-flops by now.

On November 20, 2007 Obama admitted to reporters from the Chicago Tribune that local communities had the right to decide if the presence of handguns was lawful or not. He then went on to say he agreed with the ban on handguns in Washington, D.C.

But just prior to this morning's ruling, the Obama camp disavowed that statement, calling it "inartful". While I am not a scholar by any means, I am quite stumped by that characterization.

Ben Smith from the Politico is one of the most talented political writers covering this election and wrote a unique observation this morning. "In elements of Obama's record, he seems always to have had an eye on the national stage, avoiding the positions of a politician who represented a city district..."

Obama is a cowardly man who refuses to take any position on a divisive issue because he is worried about the repercussions that accompany having principles. A man with no principles can easily say he was for a measure one day yet against it the next.

He has nothing creative or original to add to the national conversation on any issue and will only deceive the electorate by refusing to choose a position and then stand by that decision regardless of the consequences.

This is a stark contrast to the Maverick who proudly proclaims "I'd rather lose an election than lose a war".

Speaking of Senator McCain, he should attract supporters today as he has been a steadfast and loyal proponent of the Second Amendment for years.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Senator Barack Obama has once again shown that his rhetoric on reform and change is empty and meaningless. He repeatedly made a pledge to the American people that his campaign would accept the public financing as has been tradition in this country since the 1970s. However in a complete reversal of his prior position, Obama announced he will not seek the public money and is therefore not subject to spending limits.

The old liberal adage has always accused republicans of buying votes. But here we have a clear example of a Washington liberal who will stop at nothing to win this election. He will grossly outspend Senator McCain (who has accepted the public money) and will go on to shatter campaign spending records.

Senator Russ Feingold, one of the most liberal head cases in the Beltway has even publicly criticized Obama's actions saying yesterday "This decision was a mistake."

Obama perpetrated a massive fraud of the American electorate. He vowed to accept the limits as late as February and now, a mere four months later, is committing a flip-flop that would make even Senator Kerry wince.

When Obama was spinning the story of his association with Trinity, his longtime pal Reverend Wright summed it up quite accurately: "He did what politicians do".

That line is fitting in this situation as well.

Is this "Change We Can Believe In" or simply a corrupt and radical liberal buying the White House with a blank check?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Politics As Usual

"Never underestimate the unique ability the Republican Party possesses in blowing an election."

I wrote the above line on an April 7th post and it certainly holds true today.

The GOP has recently declared that they will attack Michelle Obama in the upcoming election. They will take to the airwaves with an abundance of commercials that question not only her character but her patriotism. They will distribute volumes of literature which practically label her "un-American".

While I privately share those views it will certainly back fire on the party because independents are the voters who will ultimately decide this election and if they feel the least bit of sympathy for Mrs. Obama they will vote for the Democrat Party.

This tactic failed miserably when the republicans went after Mrs. Clinton in the 1990s and has shown no potential to be more effective in this election cycle. Mrs. Obama will become a lightning rod for her husband's campaign while he cruises into the White House.

With the abundance of material Obama and his shady associates have provided the GOP, there is no need to engage Michelle Obama as well. But if it is unavoidable for the republicans, if they feel they must get their message out regarding Mrs. Obama, stick to the issue ads and avoid making partisan character attacks.

Create an advertisement that raises eyebrows concerning her position at the University of Chicago Hospital. She serves as vice president of community affairs and her salary has been egregiously increased due to her husband. In 2004 just before his election to the Senate, Mrs. Obama brought in $122,000 per year. In 2005, just one year later and serving in the same capacity, it increased to $317,000 due to her husband's new found influence in Washington.

Another ad that should find airtime might question why Senator Obama placed an earmark in excess of $1 million that would go directly to his wife's employer. Perhaps it was to cover her enormous pay raise?

"Change We Can Believe In" has to be recognized as Chicago liberal politics as usual. This city has a long and storied history of political corruption and Obama fits the mold.

These are the messages the GOP needs to preach to the masses.

While the left attacks Cindy McCain and will continue their unfounded accusations; conservatives must do what we do best: Take the high moral ground and stick to the issues.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Enough Green

The city of Minneapolis has committed an egregious violation of civil liberties which will unfortunately go unnoticed by many. They have just signed into law a bill which limits car idling to three minutes in order to curb car emissions for the sake of allegedly preserving the planet. So the next time you Minnesotans wish to warm up your car before driving on a frigid day this winter, best not exceed three minutes.

Minneapolis is not alone in violating individual rights. Seattle has proposed a ban on all bonfires held on their beaches due to the harm these fires supposedly can cause the atmosphere.

Simply put, legislation created in the hopes of combating climate change is 21st century socialism. No wonder the Democrat party embraces this "science"? This 'Green Movement' leads to increased government control in the daily lives of its citizens. The Democrats want to be in every aspect of our existence and now they can be when they use this planet saving propaganda.

Think I am being too irrational calling these green energy advocates 'socialists'? Think again-

In the United Kingdom, legislation has been proposed that will give every citizen an annual 'carbon use' card containing a strict allowance of how much carbon dioxide an individual is to emit each year. This will limit the individual's consumption of oil, electricity, gas and air travel to a specific amount every year.

Do not for one moment believe this thinking can not reach American shores because it already has. It lies within the very heart of the Democrat party and most importantly in their newly anointed leader.

But do not take my word for it. Let us take the words directly from Senator Obama himself:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times …That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”

I would love for a fair-minded liberal, if any remain nowadays, to look me in the eyes and tell me the above statement is not the epitome of socialist rhetoric; wherein the distribution of resources is directly controlled by the government.

And I hate to break it to you Senator but I like my home at 69.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The West Wing Connection

This is merely an interesting little observation:

Aaron Sorkin created a little television show which debuted in September 1999 to an average number of viewers. Initially it was only supposed to deal with the lives of staffers inside the White House but eventually grew in scale and covered the entirety of Beltway politics. As the show grew in subject matter it also gained immense popularity and prestige for being one of the finest dramas on television.

The West Wing
went off the air in May 2006 but the parallels it draws to the current presidential election are astounding.

For those of you who were not fans, the final season pitted a Hispanic congressman (Jimmy Smits) versus an aging, maverick republican senator (Alan Alda) in the race for the White House.

The election contained the first candidate of color against an established political veteran who was not afraid to speak his mind and did not confine himself to party limits.

While BHO hardly shares the noble principles and ideals of Congressman Matthew Santos (Smits) and McCain surely does not possess the oratorical strength of Senator Arnold Vinnick (Alda), it is fascinating how 2008 mirrors this fictional contest.

Sometimes reality can imitate art.

Then again the Democrat does win in the show so let us hope our version holds a different ending.

Getting Close

With the days beginning to dwindle away until convention time, both candidates find themselves searching for a colleague to place on the lower half of the ticket. A ticket must be well-balanced, countering strengths and weaknesses in order to sell it to the American electorate. What McCain needs at the bottom and what Obama does however could not be more different.

Senator Obama is in the tougher position of the two. He is severely limited by the Clinton machine and not selecting her would deal a serious blow to his self-touting "uniter" image. For a show of party solidarity he needs to choose her and let bygones be bygones. However there is the risk (I'd say a fairly sizable one) that the Clintons would outgrow the boundaries of the Vice Presidential office which would result in a co-presidency and needless to say a Constitutional crisis.

Senator Obama's people know this and understand the risks associated with adding a Clinton name to the ticket. For this reason they are creating a short list of their own with another woman's name near the top, Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius is the current governor of Kansas in her second term and has massive popularity in a traditional red state. If Obama is serious about his 50 state victory strategy then she needs to be considered. She also has ties to Ohio as her father was governor there in the 1970s. As all the pundits know, no republican has won the presidency in modern American history without winning Ohio.

While there are several other candidates being tossed around as potential VP nominees, one of the most interesting comes from Nebraska in the form of Chuck Hagel, a republican senator.

Hagel has a very distinguished career in public service and has worked inside the Senate with Obama in the past. Again this would drive home the point Obama is trying to sell as "uniter"; a man beyond partisanship who nominates a member of the opposition party to be his VP. While I do not see this as a feasible scenario it is worth contemplation.

McCain has solidly outlined what he needs after he made his gaffe several months ago to a room filled with New York Times "journalists" (using that term quite loosely) while admitting his lack of knowledge on the economy. Unless this summer offers up some miraculous economic turn around it is destined to be the primary issue come November. McCain, a man so qualified in terms of foreign policy expertise, needs to select Governor Romney to balance the ticket.

Romney knows the economy and can win over disenchanted conservatives who need to rally around the GOP nominee. However Romney might have personal objections to joining the maverick. The primary became quite bitter and personal towards the end and I am not yet convinced all wounds have healed. Romney surely has presidential aspirations of his own and he might choose to prepare for 2012 rather than having to stomach a second loss in 2008.

While McCain does not have a lot of diversity within the party to work with if he so chooses, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas would have to be near the top. She is a very accomplished woman who would certainly be able to handle herself against the barrage of attacks the liberals will engage in during this election cycle.

There are a number of other governors (Pawlenty, Jindahl, Crist) but I do not see them as viable options. Senator Lieberman is also mentioned in many circles but McCain would not want to alienate the party even further by choosing a northeast liberal.

Obama is in the more complex scenario as his list of accomplishments is non-existent. He needs to choose a veteran of the political arena who knows the system and can sell it to the people. In short, an elder white statesmen who has a wealth of foreign policy experience and is part of the Democrat establishment.

Take away the teleprompter from Obama and listen to the train wreck which ensues. Take away his "original" ideas on health care, the economy and climate change which have so obvioulsy been plagiarized from any Ivy League civics textbook. The people are not left with very much. The Dems know this and will be pushing hard for Mrs. Clinton to join in and coach the freshman to victory.

Thursday, June 5, 2008


After 54 contests to decide the nominees for the election in November we have our lineup, as pitiful as it might be.

With Mrs. Clinton bowing out this weekend Senator Obama will lead the liberals in their assault on this country. "He Has A Dream" is the headline that covers The Sun, a prominent newspaper in the United Kingdom. I am not sure when the media decided to anoint BHO as Martin Luther King reincarnated but it could not be further from the truth.

Senator Obama can leave Trinity United Church of Christ as he did earlier in the week but make no mistake about it: Obama is Trinity. Everything preached by the wrong Reverend Wright and the slew of other hate-mongering, liberation type ministers fell upon BHO's agreeing ears.

This man was given the nomination by the far left liberals in his party and especially those who hide themselves within the media. The primary objective for investigative journalists is to properly vet a candidate for public office, especially when he is running for the highest office in the free world. But there was no such investigating happening. They left Obama's numerous skeletons in his closet for the republicans to find, only to then cast the GOP out as partisans engaging in dirty politics.

Style is certainly more important than substance in America today which is bad news for Senator McCain. I cringed while watching his speech Tuesday night to a receptive crowd in New Orleans. The rhetoric was well crafted and the charges being made against the freshmen senator from Illinois were accurate but the delivery was anything but spot on.

Mark Halperin who is a very talented writer for Time magazine has a good take on the election. He believes that foreign policy is not important to voters when the economy is in the tank. While I do not share his summation of the economy it is obvious things have begun slowing down; after periods of record growth brought on by the Bush tax cuts and a republican congress a slowdown is inevitable. But I do share his sentiment: Americans are more worried about their jobs and making ends meet than they are with Iran. And that is bad news for the maverick come the general.

McCain is in the unenviable position of running against two distinctly different opponents- Obama and Bush. Not only does the maverick have to quell this inexplicable Obama momentum in this country, he also has to drive home the point that he is quite different from President Bush. This is not an easy task, especially when the only talking point within the entire Obama machine is to paint McCain as a Bush cronie.

A major part of this election has now reached its culmination and pundits now are focused on the VP candidates. The importance placed on the bottom of the ticket has grown exponentially over the years but this election seems to attract the most attention to the position; one which only holds two constitutional duties. (Breaking ties in the Senate and checking on the health of the president) Look for my thoughts coming soon.