"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
"There's a lot of talent there" - Shannon Fowler
"For a guy named Crank he's pretty affable" - Russ Latino
Sunday, October 3, 2010
“They Said It. You Decide.”
by John Alexander Madison
October 4, 2010
As each election nears it seems we here the refrain: “The decisions we make in this election are, perhaps, the most important ones of our generation.” That has never been more true than in 2010. If you agree you may want to review each section of this message, select the quote that most agrees with your views or the quote which is the least offensive to you (vs. more foolish), make your selection (choices are “A” or “B”), then tally your results at the end. Afterwards, you may be more prepared to cast your November general election ballot than ever before. After completing this exercise, I suspect the decisions you must make in November will be “no-brainers.”
A: “...one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” (Pledge of Allegiance to the Unites States of America)
B: "You don't need God anymore, you have us Democrats." Nancy Pelosi, 2006 (Ed. note: Yes I do Nancy)
A: “If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33, January 3, 1788
B: "I have campaigned in all 57 states." Barack Obama, 2008 (Ed. note: That’s more than Abraham Lincoln had to visit.)
A: “The question is very simply this: do you want a Democrat to run the state of Colorado or do you want a Republican to run the state of Colorado. And if you want a Republican, Dan Maes is your man.” Michael Steele, Chairman, RNC, September 30, 2010
B: “But we have to pass the health care bill so we can learn what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.” Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Ed. note: Brilliant)
A: “I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1824
B. As Vice President Biden introduced President Obama at the ObamaCare bill signing, an open microphone caught Joe telling the president, “This is a big f-ing deal.” (Ed. note: Wash out your mouth with soap, Joe.)
A: “A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” Alexander Hamilton, February 23, 1775
B. "America is - is no longer, uh, what it - it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was - uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don't want that future, uh, for my children." Barack Obama (Ed. note: Nor, uh, do I Barry. That was one powerful speech.)
A: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson, Nov 29, 1802
B: “There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” President Obama, April 2009, in France
A: “As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families. As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families.” John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, July 16, 1814
B: "A zebra does not change its spots." Senator Al Gore attacking President George Bush in 1992. (Ed. note: That’s one strange looking zebra, Al.) Bonus quote: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet" Sen. Al Gore (Ed note: Thank you, Senator)
A: “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.” President John F. Kennedy
B: "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay. Do I need to say more?" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told an audience of mostly Hispanic voters, August 10, 2010 (Ed. note: No, Senator, you don't.)
A: “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” (John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775)
B. “I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA.” Senator John F. Kerry (Ed. Note: What other parts of the U.S. Constitution don’t you support, Senator?)
A: “It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping GOD in the manner most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession or sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship.” (John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776)
B: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” (Barack Obama in his book “The Audacity of Hope”
A: “Man is not free unless government is limited.” (President Ronald Reagan)
B: "On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked, 'Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open?' Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management: U.S. management." Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. (Ed. note: May Senator Kennedy rest in peace.)
A: “And I don't think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there's another set of moral codes, but I don't think government has a role.” (Justice Clarence Thomas)
B: “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction.” Bonus quote: “America is just downright mean.” (First Lady Michelle Obama)
A: “Every time Obama speaks to Muslims, it’s always how wonderful and understanding Islam is compared to our knuckle dragging Judeo-Christian customs. Rather than apologizing endlessly for America, and in this case our opposition to the Ground Zero mosque, how about being honest for a change, champ? Over the past 100 years, America has brought peace and prosperity to billions around the world, while at the same time Muslims have been slaughtering and enslaving their neighbors, especially women, wholesale..”(Fred Dardick, Canada Free Press, August 2010)
B: “In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” (President Obama, April 2009 to students in France and Germany)
How did you vote? If you answered Part A more than Part B your assignment is clear. When voting your November 2, 2010 ballot:
Say NO to: President Obama’s destructive agenda; voter intimidation; political payoffs & cronyism; ObamaCare; Waste, Fraud, Abuse in government; career politicians; cap & trade; card check; tax increases; MORE spending; MORE bailouts; the Obama, Reid, Pelosi path to destruction and their new world order agenda.
Say YES to: The U.S. Constitution; The Bill of Rights; truly representative government; commonsense; conservative, Reaganesque principles of smaller, accountable government, keeping more of your hard-earned money; financial freedom for your children, and their children; secure borders and an acknowledged plan to protect Americans from terrorism; unapologetic patriotism; and American exceptionalism.
As in this exercise, your choices on November 2, 2010 could not be more clear.
Editor’s Notes: (1) All attributed quotes were taken from widely reported news reports and other reliable sources found on the internet. (2) All “B” quotes were from Democrats.