"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 1, 2012
A Not-So-Happy New Year?
by John Alexander Madison
January 1, 2012
I almost don't know where to start...almost.
Eric Holder, the soon to be former Attorney General, is now on the attack against all those who believe providing Proof of Citizenship when registering to vote and presenting a government issued photo I.D. when voting is an effort to suppress voter participation. I didn't think I would ever agree with Mr. Holder, but he is absolutely right on this one. Requiring Proof of Citizenship when first registering to vote and requiring U.S. Government issued photo I.D.'s when voting IS AN EFFORT TO SUPPRESS VOTER PARTICIPATION...voter suppression of all those who are ineligible to vote (primarily non-citizens and let's throw in a few felons while we're at it...those who have voluntarily given up their right to vote by committing crimes).
Every state in the United States establishes eligibility to vote and every state has declared that you must be eighteen years of age and a U.S. citizen in order to exercise the privilege of voting. So my advice to Mr. Holder and his boss is to "butt out," and focus on those things you were sworn to uphold, like the U.S. Constitution, and protecting our borders. What a concept.
Instead, our favorite Attorney General, and his boss, is suing states who have passed laws to restrict the activities of those who have entered our country illegally claiming we are violating the rights afforded to them in our Constitution. Would someone explain to me "what rights?" Isn't it as simple as saying you are here illegally and you are not afforded the same rights granted under our Constitution to our citizens? What a concept.
It is just plain wrong that our federal government wants to prohibit states from passing legislation to help them enforce their own laws, let alone federal immigration laws which the Attorney General Holder, and his boss, refuse to enforce.
Speaking of incompetence Nancy Pelosi comes to mind. So does Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Joe Biden (and his boss), and Chris Dodd, to name a few. But let's go back to Ms. ("what did she say") Pelosi for a moment. Just ten days ago she said "Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat." What did she say?
Moving on, an African-American radio talk show host Tom Joyner, who has 8 million listeners, was recently quoted as saying "Let's not even deal with the facts right now. Let's deal with our blackness and pride- and loyal. We have a chance to re-elect the 1st African-American president. And I'm not afraid or ashamed to say that as black people we should do it because he's a black man."
"And then, and then, and then, and then along came Jones, tall thin Jones, Slow walk'in Jones, Slow talkin' Jones, Along came long, lean, lanky Jones.". Well, of course, I digress. But that was the Chorus for the world-famous Coasters' fantastic hit song of 1965 "Along Came Jones."
In a rejoinder to Tom Joyner, former El Paso County (CO) Commissioner and State Senator Ed Jones penned a Guest Editorial in The Gazette (Colorado Springs, December 29, 2011) in which he said "rallying blacks to vote for Obama simply because he is black is jay plain wrong." Good for you, Ed Jones! You came along just in time.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, America is the greatest nation on Earth because we are a nation of immigrants, from all over the world (African-American, European- American, Mexican-American, Chinese-American, etc.) with varying backgrounds,and diverse skills. But our nation's greatness came from the fact that in spite of our origins people emigrated to America to assimilate and combine their labors to ensure that, as Americans, we will always enjoy the freedoms that define our great nation, while appreciating their ancestry. They wanted to be Americans first!
And then, and then, and then, along came Barry Soetero who likens himself to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and more recently Teddy Roosevelt. How arrogant, how wrong. Narcissism is defined as excessive love or admiration of oneself. When all is said and done, however, history may very well associate him with Jimmy Carter whose failed presidency is without question. In doing so, that wouldn't be fair to Mr. Carter.
The Republican Presidential primary season has brought many candidates into the national spotlight, including Herman Cain, for a while. And why was Herman Cain so popular? It was not because of is blackness but rather is conservative, common-sense politics, his core values, his entrepreneurial successes, his strength of conviction, and deep understanding and support of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Now is the time to set aside the differences we have, naturally, as individuals and believe, once again, in America's greatness and resolve...no more appeasement, no more abandonment of our principles, no more apologizing for all the "bad things" America has done.
While some may say President Obama inherited a bad economic situation, nobody can honestly dispute that every economic indicator clearly proves that President Obama and his socialistic policies have made things much worse for America. And we should give him a second term to finish the job he started because he is an African-American? No thank you. I'll take Herman Cain, Colin Powell, J.C. Watts, Clarence Thomas, Martin Luther King, W.E.B. DuBois, Chappie James, Bill Cosby or Ed Jones anytime!
And then along came....