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Saturday, January 24, 2009

"Small-government" Republicans a dying species.

Nick Gillespie, in the Wall Street Journal, discusses the legacy of George W. Bush.

The title of the article, Bush Was a Big Government Disaster, sums it up nicely.

Just three of the many lowlights of W's two terms:

. . . No Child Left Behind, which federalized K-12 education to an unprecedented
degree with nothing to show for it other than greater spending tabs. Or the
bizarrely structured Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the largest entitlement
program created since LBJ. Or the simple reality that taxpayers now guarantee
some $8 trillion in inscrutable loans to a financial sector that collapsed from
inscrutable loans.

And some of my Republican friends call the Libertarian Party a joke. The Republicans haven't nominated a decent presidential candidate in 24 years. They haven't nominated a good one in 44 years.

Which party is the joke?

If my small-government Republican friends don't regain control of their party, from the national to the precinct level, their party will remain a sad punchline.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Props to Jon Stewart for removing his lips from Obama's butt so soon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

P. J. O'Rourke is right

P. J. O'Rourke nails it in this column in the Weekly Standard published shortly after the election of Barack Obama.  It is titled, simply, "We Blew It."  

He lays out how the conservative movement has only itself to blame for the country's descent into unapologetic statism.

A snippet:

Such things as letting the abortion debate be turned against us and using the gravity of the [Clinton] impeachment process on something that required the fly-swat of pest control were strategic errors. Would that blame could be put on our strategies instead of ourselves. We have lived up to no principle of conservatism.

BlueCarp recommends reading the whole thing.

Dr. Paul on Obama's inauguration speech.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration notes

*  Pastor Rick Warren said that one of the things that binds us together as Americans is our "commitment to freedom."

Unless, of course, you are gay. You can't have your freedom. Or a medical marijuana patient. You can't have your freedom, either. Or you want to hire someone who is willing to work for less than minimum wage. Neither you nor your potential employee can have your freedom. 

So maybe we just have a commitment to freedom when the government decides it's a good idea.

* Obama said that we will "stay true to our founding documents." 

He, like almost every single politician, Democratic or Republican, fails to see the fraud in that contention.

If we are true to our founding documents, what happenened to the concept of "enumerated powers?" How can the Tenth Amendment, a part of our Bill of Rights, be completely ignored?

Because we are NOT true to our founding documents. Let's at least be honest about it.

In other words, quit lying, Republicans. And quit lying, Democrats.  

Elected officials, despite swearing to uphold and defend the Constitution, never let that founding document stand in the way of increasing the power of the state. 

* I'm not a fan of public adulation of anyone. Some of the people in the crowd look like they are willing to kill and die for Obama. That is unsettling.

If Barry Goldwater, my political hero, were raised from the dead and elected, I would not be mindlessly chanting his name. Politicians, even Obama, are people. Just people.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christianity and government

I grew up attending Southern Baptist Churches. I went to Sunday School and "big church" on Sunday morning. My parents brought me back Sunday night for that service, too. I attended fellowship on Wednesday nights and I was a member of the Christian youth group the Royal Ambassadors.

I love theological discussions.

One of my issues with some Christians is that it seems to me they emphasize the Old Testament fire and brimstone over Jesus' New Testament teachings of love and forgiveness. I think the Sermon on the Mount summarizes Christianity very well.

"Love thy neighbor as you love yourself?" I see too many Christians not even attempting to live by that very high standard, and that is a shame.

In my opinion, more Christians need to look inward and determine how they can be more Christlike, and not spend so much time trying to legislate away the unchristian behavior of others.

Sure, the government can force you at gun point to kneel, but it can't change what's in your heart or make you really pray. The government can't make anyone BELIEVE.

And that is what we as Christians can and should do, by trying to live as good examples to others.

If more of us spent more time teaching the unsaved, loving the unloved and forgiving sinners, we wouldn't need to pass laws to tell how people how they should live.

They would do it on their own.

In that regard, trying to use government force to make people "act" Christian is counter-productive. Faith does not work that way.

What works is trying to live like Christ.

Christ never lobbied the legislature or gave money to politicians or ran for office.

He lived his life as an example to the world. He loved his enemies. He forgave his trespassers. (Did I mention how hard it is to live like Christ?)

Being an example is the highest calling any Christian has.

Foreshadowing?

Intro to XBox video game, "Shattered Union."

Read this, please

Stephen Moore, of the Wall Street Journal, wrote this article "Atlas Shrugged: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years."

Friday, January 09, 2009

Big Dreams

According to NFL.com, "Former LB Romanowski wants to become next Broncos head coach."

And in a related story, I want to become the next Federal Reserve Chairman.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Kneeling at the altar of the State

Obama is lighting the candles on the government altar, in preparation for his reign as the statist Pope of America.

Earlier today, he spoke at George Mason University, and preached the gospel of government power.

According to the Associated Press

The president-elect cast blame on "an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms to the halls of power in Washington." But he added, "The very fact that this crisis is largely of our own making means that it is not beyond our ability to solve."

This is interesting logic: Since government created the problem, government can solve the problem. What if a contractor built a deck on your house, and the steps were uneven, the railings shaky, and the planks rotten? But not to worry, he assures you, since he created the problems, he can fix them.

That's Obama's logic.

His commitment to the power of the state can not be disputed. "At this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe," he said.

The economy does not need a "short-term boost." It needs permanent solutions, none of which the government can provide. Like an animal caught in a trap, his instinct tells him he must do something (something!) to get out. But the more the animal struggles, the tighter the trap gets.

If the animal had the capacity to reason, he would understand that doing nothing is superior to flailing about. But animals have no capacity to reason.

People do. Unfortunately, the native instinct to do something (something!) is hard to overcome.

Statist's plans to get out of the trap are merely flailing about, but at least it is something (something!). Unfortunately, that something tightens the trap.

Sometimes, if you eat something bad and it makes you sick, the best course of action is to just let it pass. The best course of action is not to subvert the natural process. Those that insist on doing something (something!) might argue for a stomach pump or for surgery. Those people are wrong.

Let it pass naturally.

The government can do something (something!). The government can take money out of the private sector and spend it. The government can spend money on make work that does not produce value. The government can spend it on bureaucracy, waste and pork. None of these things produce value. None of these things help the economy. But it is something (something!).

The absurdity of the statist is summed up by the last paragraph in the AP article:

Obama also promised action to address the economy's ills beyond the package, such as tackling a potential wave of home foreclosures, preventing the failure of financial institutions, rewriting financial regulations and keeping accountable the "Wall Street wrongdoers" who engage in risky investing.

Wall Street wrongdoers who engage in risky investing are accountable when they LOSE money. Except, of course, when the state bails them out because of that wrongdoing. The statist rewards the wrongdoers. But at least it is something (something!).

Obama and members of the Cult of Statism can keep lighting those candles on the government altar. Yet they can't create enough light to find their way out of the darkness.




Wednesday, January 07, 2009

His Excellency?

Are you kidding me?

The Colorado General Assembly convened today to start the 2009 session. 

House Joint Resolution 09-1001 is

CONCERNING A JOINT SESSION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEARING A MESSAGE FROM HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR BILL RITTER, AND APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO ESCORT THE GOVERNOR.

I understand ceremony and tradition, but referring to the governor of this state as "his excellency" is absurd.

Our forefathers fought a war to break ties with a monarchy, and the use of "his excellency" is, frankly, mildly offensive.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

A monument to arrogance


Roland Burris, the man dumb enough to accept corrupt Illinois' Governor Rod Blagojevich's nomination to the Senate, is builidng a monument to himself. I mean, he is 71 years old, but this takes pre-planning a bit far. (Notice that there is room to list his Senate nomination, even if he never takes office.)

Thanks to LVCIFERA for the link.