I think one fundamental difference between constitutionalists and leftists, perhaps THE fundamental difference, is pure selfishness.
As proof of this I offer only one example. Think back in your own experience. How often have you heard someone utter these words in response to the mention of a politician’s name:
“That SOB didn’t do anything for me!”
Too often I hear that as a heated, hate filled response to a conservative politician’s name.
It is evidence of an attitude that reflects 1) A gross ignorance in the way our system of government was meant to work and 2) A desire to use said government to benefit the individual.
Does said politician owe you something from the coffers of public funds? Because it sure sounds as if you think you are owed more than the rest of your fellow citizens.
How can anyone feel the legalized pilferage of your fellow Americans’ hard earned property is acceptable?
They have been taught to separate the machinery of confiscation from that of redistribution and they’ve redefined charity so as to let the government decide who receives the “benefits.” Here’s a little news flash for ya, pal: Your tax dollars are purchasing votes through the bureaucracy of the Welfare system, the IRS, the EPA, the HHS and countless other alphabet agencies designed to distribute hard working Americans’ cash/property to a huge majority of those who don’t deserve it and if you are OK with that as long as you get your little piece of the pie, then you’re as guilty as they are.
It’s a sad but very telling state of affairs that some Americans’ attitudes have transformed from the immortal challenge of JFK “Ask not what your country can do for you! Ask what you can do for your country.”
to the immensely selfish
“That SOB didn’t do anything for me.”
If this is your idea of just governance, then you are part of the problem. You need to rethink your priorities and quit putting yourself ahead of our future generations.
People like you make me sick.
Perhaps one day, we can ditch the Me! Me! Me! bullshit and get back to what made America great: Hard work and Sacrifice.
Nick Taxia, aka Duh Progressive, penned a great piece that should be a companion to the latest movie, 2016 Obama’s America. It’s an eyes-wide-open look at how Obama possibly views America and the world and the roots of that perception from before Obama’s birth.
A brief sample:
Obama proclaimed during his 2008 campaign that he seeks to “fundamentally change” America. In truth, Obama and his ilk are out to do much more. They seek to eliminate callous Social Darwinism and its economic Siamese twin, capitalism, throughout the entire world, replacing them with a global paradise where there is no chance for exploitation, violence, discrimination, or even judgement based upon racial, cultural, religious, sexual, or any other human differences; where there can be no inequality of any sort, and where no one can rise above another in any regard, be it fair or not…a world where everyone gets a trophy. The same trophy.
The President wants to tell us “stories?” Well this is it. This is the story of Barack Obama’s macro world view; a sad, massive case of reflexive overreaction to hundreds of years of perceived white male dominance, economic exploitation (capitalism), enslavement, genocide, and the lifeblood of all those things, a cruel dog-eat-dog mentality (Social Darwinism) perpetuated by Earth’s primary rulers of the latter half-millennium. I would proclaim Obama a Marxist if it was not for the fact that based upon this view of human existence and the American experience, Barack Obama, well, out-Marxs Marx!
I’ve added Nick’s piece to the Prime page because I found it to be a great piece of writing and because I believe it fills in more than a few holes in the president’s hidden past. Please take the time to read the op-ed in its entirety. I think you’ll find it worthwhile.
In perhaps the most important op-ed published in my lifetime, Thomas Sowell perfectly describes Barack Obama and the slow erosion of our rights that we in the blogoshpere have been crowing about for years.
The America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but steadily dismantled by the Obama administration, during the process of dealing with particular issues.
I don’t think that can be emphasized enough.
He goes on to say:
If laws passed by the elected representatives of the people can be simply over-ruled unilaterally by whoever is in the White House, then we are no longer a free people, choosing what laws we want to live under.
When a president can ignore the plain language of duly passed laws, and substitute his own executive orders, then we no longer have “a government of laws, and not of men” but a president ruling by decree, like the dictator in some banana republic.
I’ll not waste your time or sully his words by trying to add to them here. Professor Sowell’s article deserves to be read in it’s entirety.
Hat Tip – Mark Levin
UPDATE: Further thoughts can be found at TCN: Obama Seizes and Congress Cedes Ever More Power… while the band plays on.
Interesting collaborative invention between Dave Mears (@dave_mears) and yours truly today on Twitter.
I use the term “invention” loosely because it appears we all have a pair of these things. We just may be unaware of it.
Shhh. Don’t tell anyone until we patent our common-sense invention that everyone has in their possession.
Nah. I’m sure it will go completely unnoticed until the next century or so, when some archaeologist finds them, puts them on and proclaims the last hundred years have been a complete drain of socio-economic and political wisdom and that the world leaders must finally renounce their stranglehold on the peoples of the world, admitting that capitalism is indeed the key to prosperity. Then they shoot him, pronounce him a heretic, lock up the glasses in a warehouse with the Arc of the Covenant and go on about their merry, utopian, business.
Yea. That’ll be about right.
It’s the economy, stupid.
Thanks to Bobby for the email.
Remember the Socia.List? That menagerie of miscreants comprising the 1000 State Legislators who signed the PSN letter urging passage of Obamacare? Don’t think for a minute they’ve been eradicated. In fact, they’ve recruited quite a few more to their ranks. See, these new recruits recently signed on to be surrogates for Captain Apology under the guise of…
[Queue ominous, badly played, western diminuendo...]
“The Texas Truth Team”
Inspires confidence, doesn’t it? I guess maybe it could, if one ignored the party affiliation and the fact they are propaganda ministers for Dear Leader.
Hey. Guys. Seriously. Next time you decided to form a new band, for heaven’s sake call me for some name suggestions.
Here’s a few off the top of my tin-clad head:
Social Justice League
Tools of the Tirade
Death Cab for Baby
The Keystone Keynesians
Foetus Non Esse
Of course, you’re encouraged to add your own suggestions in the comments.
As an example of the dangerously misguided, wacked-out messianic complex the Dem’s have for their chosen one, I offer their own national Truth Team logo, spotted by Glenn Beck’s personal truth team, who astutely point out:
So, just for fun, what say we pay a visit to the Texas leader of these truth-telling vestiges of virtue, shall we?
Texas Democrat Party Chairman, Boyd Richie:
Mr. Richie recently announced his decision not to seek another term as TDP chair in order to run for another office, or something. While making that announcement, Richie had no qualms issuing a few histrionic comments disparaging those with opposing viewpoints and encouraging his fellow lemmings to unite…
Interesting wording, Mr. Richie. except for the fact that it’s hyperbole, innuendo and lies.
With all due respect sir, you’re a shameless demagogue and thus, accurately represent the rest of your party.
I submit that your statement does however, accurately describe the Democrat party and the Obama regime’s record.
Can you say projection? Sure you can.
It is the democrats who had control of both houses for the first two years of the Obama regime and it is with them that any blame lies for not passing a budget for the past three years. Three more “historic” firsts for those of you at home keeping score.
It was also the democrats who threatened to shut down government, withholding of Social Security checks, withholding of pay from active service troops, cutting healthcare services to veterans, cutting healthcare funds, and more. And they do so out of fear mongering.
The tools of tyrants and dictators throughout history is writ large in the democrat playbook and wielded against the people who’s rights they claim to protect, enslaving us all to exorbitant debt while the party panders ever more to their cronys, barely challenged by the sycophantic media.
Like Obama, Pelosi and Reid, these truth team surrogates must go. If for nothing but the fact they’ve turned the definition of truth on it’s head. They’ve jumped aboard yet another demagogue wagon instead of engaging in meaningful discussion about the constitutional restoration that Texas and America so desperately need.
The members of our merry band of misfits is as follows. Those with an asterisk are included on the Socia.list page. The 11 others are awarded spots on that list as well.
The Texas “Truth” Team:
TDP Chair Boyd Richie, (Good riddance)
US Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas),
Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso),
Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston), *
Rep. Roberto Alonzo (D-Dallas), *
Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas), *
Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston),
Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth),
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston), *
Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin), *
Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston),
Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), *
Rep. Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso), *
Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin), *
Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin),
Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio),
Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston).*
Note: I’ll do my best to update this list with opposing conservative candidates for the upcoming election, just not today, it was too pretty outside and my tin can needed a tan.
UPDATE: Linked @DougRoss. Thanks!
UPDATE II: Linked @Theo Spark. Thanks!
Prayers for the Breitbart family.
Curmudgeon from the blog Political Clown Parade has been busy lately putting together three motivational videos regarding the 2012 election. I would encourage you to watch them all.
First, a take-down of Obama’s lies from the State of the Union address:
Soros The Puppetmaster Sees No Difference (Between Romney and Obama):
God, please bless America again.
How much do we borrow to
buy votes fund unearned entitlements?
You might want to sit down.
Peter Morrison is back with an admonition to conservative Texans to get busy on the next election cycle. What with the federal courts intervening in our redistricting process, it makes this election ever more important to weed out the RINO’s from state and national politics as much as possible.
I think this applies to just about every state, even those that we may think are lost such as California. After all, every move towards conservatism is a step back from communism.
The Peter Morrison Report
Summary of this week’s report:
RINOs are the curse of the GOP, but, as hard as it is to believe after two years of Tea Party activism, many key RINOs are still in office and Joe Straus is still the Texas Speaker.Â Despite the current redistricting turmoil, we need to organize to give the boot to as many RINOs in Austin and DC as possible.
In 2012, Texas conservatives need to focus our energies on removing our own RINOs from office, and keeping them off the Republican ticket, this coming election.Â It’s impossible to overstate how important this task is, on both the state and the national levels.Â RINOs are poison to a conservative agenda.Â Â There is little real difference between them and Democrats, and once elected they use their power to sabotage attempts to enact good conservative legislation.Â We’ve seen this take place in Austin over and over.Â No matter how loudly conservatives speak at the polls, and how good prospects for conservative legislation look, the RINOs in the party often manage to water good bills down, or block them altogether.
On top of this, activist federal judges have thrown the election into complete turmoil by throwing out the new legislative district maps recently drawn up in Austin, creating their own maps, and ordering the state to follow them.Â This was in response to a lawsuit claiming that the maps drawn up in Austin discriminated against non-white voters, particularly Hispanics.Â The court found in their favor and drew up new maps that were much more to their liking, because they include more districts where Hispanics are a majority. (You can compare the legislature’s map and the court’s map by doing an internet search for Texas District Viewer.) Given long established voting patterns, what this boils down to is that the court has created several more solidly Democratic districts, and eliminated some solidly Republican districts.
Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed an emergency appeal with the US Supreme Court to put the enactment of this ruling on hold, partly because Monday, November 28th was the first day a person who intends to run for office could file paperwork for a place on the ballot.Â When it’s not even clear what districts will exist come Election Day, it’s pretty difficult to file the proper paperwork, so everything is in flux right now. Hopefully common sense and judicial restraint will prevail at the Supreme Court, and this ruling will be put on hold, but that is by no means certain. Â Furthermore, even if this ruling does wind up being eventually overturned on appeal, the voting trends driven by huge population growth among Hispanics in Texas virtually assure that the state legislature and Congressional delegation will become increasingly less Republican and more Democratic.
Given all these factors – the dim prospects of a truly conservative presidential candidate, the state elections being up in the air, and the massive demographic changes taking place in Texas, it’s imperative that we work harder than ever in 2012 to elect genuine conservatives to the state house and to Congress.Â The 2010 elections demonstrated what we can do when we’re truly motivated, and we need to recapture that same level of energy and motivation for the Republican primaries of 2012, which take place in early March.
If a RINO currently represents your district in Austin or DC, or if one is currently the favorite for the GOP nomination, start organizing now to defeat him or her in the primary.Â Wherever there are genuine conservative challengers, it’s time to get behind them. If there aren’t currently any, it’s time to recruit someone.Â If you don’t know of anyone else that might run, consider running yourself! It’s easy to think of reasons not to run or get involved, but as Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Don’t underestimate the impact you may have.Â All incumbents either run unopposed or run scared.Â RINOs in particular know they have betrayed their base and are scared of being called on it.Â Several conservatives won in 2010 in the primary against well-funded incumbents, like former RINO state representatives Tommy Merritt and Delwin Jones.Â By running against someone, even if you lose, you make them spend money, money that an unopposed incumbent can use to prop up his fellow RINOs in other districts.Â If you lose and do better than expected, you might still accomplish your goal.
Case in point: RINO Burt Solomons just announced he won’t be seeking re-election.Â Insiders I know report that this is because he was shown to be weak in the 2010 primary when he squeaked by with 53% of the vote against an opponent who spent a tiny amount of money, and big money conservative donors were looking to run a very strong race against him this year, so he chickened out.Â There’s nothing more humiliating for an incumbent than to lose in a primary (and many of them are lazy from years in office with no serious campaigns), so often fear of losing makes them quit, and you win by default.Â This happened in 2010 when RINO Brian McCall decided not to run after the Tea Party started organizing against him in 2009; now that district is represented by a real conservative, Rep. Van Taylor.Â Slowly but surely conservatives are removing the turncoats who betrayed their constituents and elected Joe Straus as Speaker.
The Republican primary election date of March 6th is not very far away at all.Â Right now, the candidate filing deadline is December 15th.Â That may change, depending on what happens in the courts.
In the next few weeks we’ll have a definitive answer one way or another on the redistricting map, so if your district is currently in flux that should change soon.Â So keep an eye on the news, and get ready to do battle this March with GOP sellouts!
If you have any specific questions about your district, such as whether your incumbent deserves a challenger, feel free to email in.Â I can find out if there is an existing challenger and help connect you with some folks who can help you if you decide to run.
The Peter Morrison Report
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