"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, January 9, 2011
“I feel sick”
by John Alexander Madison
January 10, 2011
After listening to a Susan Estrich radio interview on Saturday morning, I Googled “Susan Estrich” and got the following: American lawyer, professor, author, political operative, President Clinton apologist, feminist advocate, political commentator, and facelift. Let’s focus on the political commentator portion.
During the interview, the raspy (and annoying) voiced Susan Estrich expressed anger as she admonished Republicans who are focusing on the past two years when we need, instead, to look ahead. Eight years of Bush basking by the left-wing (nut) liberals, now going on ten, and Estrich is urging America to refocus, to look ahead, and to put partisan politics aside? When you do, Susan, we will. But it wasn’t just Republicans who spoke loudly on November 2nd it was America!
The Bush bashing worked however, and some of us elected a President who vowed to bring “change we can believe in” to America. We got change, alright. Mistrust in our government, its leaders and a dismantling of many of the principles upon which our great nation was founded. After two agonizing years of Obama’s one-term presidency an analysis of his performance is certainly not unreasonable.
It is understandable why Estrich does not want anyone looking at the record of President Obama and his disciples, the mindless sheep who have follow his ill-advised agenda for dismantling America and its institutions, and his assault on the free enterprise system through government takeovers of auto industry and the banking system, for example. The failed, ill-advised stimulus package is a joke for it appears the only thing the stimulus package has stimulated is anger and frustration and mistrust in government, and certainly not the intended and promised jobs. Any recovery in the job market must be credited to the extension of the Bush tax cuts and the intelligence of the business community to preserve their cash and not place their assets at risk in an uncertain economy brought on by a free spending and irresponsible President and Congress.
In fairness, it should be noted that President Obama reminded us yesterday that he “fought” for the Bush tax-cut extensions. (Ed. Note: That is, after he fought against them for months.) That reminds me of brilliance of Senator John Kerry back in 2003 when he said “I actually did vote for the $87 billion (to support the war in Iraq and Afghanistan) before I voted against it.” He later called that “one of those inarticulate moments.” Is it fair to say, President Obama has had twenty four months of inarticulate moments or just twenty four months of poor leadership, or both?
One of my principle beliefs is that all members of the Democrat party are not “bad” any more than all members of the Republican are “good.” I believe that the long-held principles of the Founding Fathers of our nation are “right” for American and those principles have been, by the way, the historical, core principles of the Republican Party.
The Republican Party believes in protecting the rights of individuals and personal responsibility. The Republican Party believes in the free enterprise system. The Republican Party believes in reducing government to the lowest practical level. The Republican Party endorses fiscal responsibility. The Republican Party believes in a strong national defense. That is not to say that non-Republicans may not share those views, many do, and they should. It is, therefore, critical that our conversations not dwell on party politics but rather one’s core values, one’s core beliefs and how we live our lives.
One can only hope we all understand that our federal government is too big, that our federal government is too intrusive, our federal government is too wasteful, and our government is too costly.
Tragedy in Arizona
By late Saturday morning we all learned of the tragic event in Tucson which took the lives of 6 innocent citizens and seriously injured seven others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. No party affiliation necessary here, it is a tragedy plain and simple and my prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless act by this deranged coward.
The President weighed in by stating “We will get to the bottom of this.” He also has called for a moment of silence on Monday. How comforting.
You may recall after the Oklahoma City federal building bombing by Timothy McVeigh, President Clinton blamed conservatives. And already, the liberals are suggesting conservatives, including Governor Sara Palin are to blame. Shame on them. President Obama has stated that there is no place for such senseless acts in a free society. But isn’t that part of the price we pay for the freedoms we enjoy? The alternative is more restrictions on our freedoms, leading inevitably to a police state? The term ‘police state’ describes a state in which government exercises a rigid and repressive controls over social, economic and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between law and the exercise of political power by the executive. (Ref. Wikipedia) Now that, my friends, is frightening.
Will the President now move to place more restrictions on our freedoms, such as the right to keep and bear arms or our freedom of movement around the country?
In the aftermath of yesterday’s tragic events in Tucson, there are already calls for more security for Members of Congress, but at what cost? I suggest that such efforts are not only costly, but ill-advised. And do we wait for attacks on other elected officials and public servants and the state and local levels before providing security for them as well?
Pima County (AZ) Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik adds fuel to the fire by characterizing Arizona as a “mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” Why to go, sheriff. It seems to me that those on the front line of the illegal immigration battle (the citizens of Arizona) are true patriots who are crying out for help when our federal government seems uninterested in enforcing federal immigration laws…and that is unconscionable.
We are a nation of laws and when our government chooses not to enforce some of them anger and frustration grows among the citizens whom the laws aim to protect. There is NO justification for actions such as yesterday’s attacks and, hopefully, it is not a precursor of further acts of madness. While we have a presumption of innocence in our legal system, there is no doubt about who is guilty of these acts of violence in Tucson yesterday. Any other outcome other than “guilty” is insane. “Not guilty, by reason of insanity” should not be an option. The guy is guilty whether or not he was abused as a child or was teased in school by immature classmates. What is wrong with a guilty but insane verdict? In that case he could go to a mental institution rather than a jail. When will we get that right?
Let’s face it, America has changed and many don’t like it. But we must always remember that violence is not the answer. The Tea Party movement has thoughtfully reminded us that the right answer, to right America, is through constructive dialogue and the ballot box. Remember November 6, 2012 is only one year, nine months and 27 days away and no job recovery statistics will outweigh the irreparable legacy of this president…an unprecedented national debt.
From a weekend internet message: Groundhog Day 2011. This year groundhog day and the State of the Union address occur on the same day. It’s an ironic juxtaposition of events; one event involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of limited intelligence for prognostication..while the other involved a ground hog. (No, offense, Mr., President, but that was pretty funny.)
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. -Winston Churchill