Cat Fight, or a Health Care Summit

Patriots,

On Wednesday of this week, I was working at the boot shop in Henrietta Texas. I was heading to the house next door to use the facilities when I heard a serious commotion behind me. There was screaming and yelling and something that sounded a little like babies crying at the top of their lungs.

It was a cat fight. No, not the kind of cat fight you see in a country and western bar parking lot on Saturday night, but a real cat fight. Two of the largest cats I’ve seen in a while were way up in the top of a big tree in the neighboring yard. One of them was a dark grey almost black color. He was farthest out on a limb and was basically standing his ground, not moving much or making too much of the noise. The second one, black and white in color with a little bit of stripe on his back. This cat was making the most noises I have ever heard from a cat. He had his hair standing up, his tail was swinging back and forth and he was even causing the limb they both were standing on to shake. It was a heck of a fracas.

I stood there and watched for a bit wondering if these two were going to really get into it and fall out of the tree. They were at least 30 feet up from the ground. I was kind of curious to see if they were stupid enough to really get into it and cause them both to fall out of the tree and perhaps end up with both of them injured or dead.

After watching a few minutes, I went inside. When I came back out, all was quiet, with just the dark grey one still in the tree, same spot, just sitting there.

I thought that this little animal kingdom adventure kind of reminded me of Obama Health Care summit, dog and pony show we all witnessed this week.

The dark grey cat reminded me of the Republicans. Now I have pounded the Republicans pretty hard at times in my blog and my emails. But, the members of the party still take my emails and haven’t asked to be removed from my list so I must be fair in my posts. I have to admit, after Scott Brown voting along with the Democrats on the jobs bill, I realized that my earlier prediction of him was probably correct; (you may remember the “Republican Manchurian Candidate” post for the time around his election is Massachusetts.) I never thought he was going to be a conservative like I want, but he is at least a tiny bit better than the former holder of the peoples seat there, but, I digress.

The Republicans did an outstanding job against the inane ranting of Nancy Pelosi, the anger fueled lies of Harry Reid and the power hungry, arrogant “I’m The President” BS of the anointed one. I was, and I am glad to say, PROUD of my Republican comrades. I thought they did a great job, standing their ground and not backing off as the meetings dragged on. Like the grey one, they dug their feet in, and with respect to the office and those in them that were trying to bully them into submission, they gave a great show of back bone and values. I say Bravo! Gentlemen, Bravo!

Which brings me now to the black and white one. Easy folks, relax, I am speaking of the cat, not the president. For all of his pomp, for all of his boisterous showmanship, for all of his hair standing, tail wagging, tree shaking, “This IS My Tree” BS, he had nothing. He went away, with his opponent still in the tree, right were he found him. It was all for nothing.

Just like the cat, Obama thought that all he had to do was show up, and the Republican sea would part and he would walk the bill through. Sorry Mr. President, bring it on. If we can’t defeat the bill because of Reconciliation, we will fight it constitutionally. If that doesn’t work, after your Democrat colleges have been sent home in 2010, we will see.

At some point, Washington, State and local governments will get our point. One way or another. We have the vote; we have the right of redress and last but not least, the 2nd Amendment to the constitution. The right that guarantees all others.

On an unrelated note, on this day in history, February 27th 1933, Nazis set fire to the German Parliament Building; The Reichstag was destroyed by fire. The Nazis blamed it on Communists. The event is seen as crucial in the establishment of Nazi Germany.

Adolph Hitler, who had been sworn in as Chancellor of Germany four weeks before, on 30 January, urged President Paul von Hindenburg to pass an emergency decree to counter the “ruthless confrontation of the Communist Party of Germany”. With civil liberties suspended, the government instituted mass arrests of Communists, including all of the Communist parliamentary delegates. With them gone and their seats empty, the Nazis went from being a plurality party to the majority; subsequent elections confirmed their position and thus allowed Hitler to consolidate his power. The rest as they say is history.

Tea Party members remember, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, stay vigilant. Carry on.

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Killing the Messanger, Et tu Brute, Slight Return

Patriots,

Glenn Beck! It is almost synonymous with BOO!

It seems to be a name that sparks love, hate, fear, envy, trust, mistrust, disdain and sometime adulation. It amazes me sometime how we, the human animal think and feel about things. And it further amazes me how quickly and easily we can, in an instant, change to a completely opposite point of view than we were mere moments before.

When Glenn Beck came out with the 912 project, it came at a time when we as conservatives were in desperate need of a leader, if not a savoir, that felt and believed in the same principles that we did. Speaking for myself, watching and listening to him helped to guide me back to an interest in the founding of this great nation that I, and I am sorry to say this, had misplaced in my memory and had little interest in.

I knew that I hated the things that politicians were doing to us and our children’s future. But other than voting and an occasional yard sign, I didn’t do much to change things. By 2006, this dedicated Republican voter had given up on them as a party and told them so in no uncertain terms each and every time the RNC called and begged me for money. I told them to go pound sand. I also told them that if they forgot about people like me when it was time for THEM to vote, then I was going to return the favor and forget about their sorry butts when it was time for me to vote. Seemed fair to me. What about you?

Then along comes Glenn Beck. To me and a host of others, he was like an oasis in a desert of talking heads and lying politicians. We all couldn’t get enough of his wit and wisdom. He started teaching us those things that we had never learned and reminding us of those things that had slipped from our minds years ago as we fought through our daily lives.

At times, people were trying to contact him directly and were begging him to become the leader of the Tea Party movement. He helped organize the movement and then turned it over to us, to carry on. He became a rallying point instead of a leader, a helper and enabler instead of a party boss, preferring to allow us to chart the course of the conservative re-founding. He became OUR greatest cheerleader, promoting the good will and common sense of us, the American people, which our God and Creator had given us.

Then, along comes a radio interview with Texas Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Debra Medina. I, up to that interview had mostly good thoughts about Debra Medina but I disagree with her a few issues and because of those issues, she was not going to be my candidate. I heard the radio interview as it happened.

She, like almost all politicians, preferred to stick to her talking points and to attack the other candidates instead of answering the questions asked of her. (I understand that is how it is done, even Sarah Palin does the same thing. They all talk in circles instead of ever coming to the answer. Politics as usual)

When asked the question, about her beliefs in the government having been involved in the 911 attacks, she came off to me at least, sounding as if she was indeed a 911 Truther. I didn’t know her true beliefs in this matter up to this point. Since hearing this interview, I think she believes that the government did not have a role in the attack but that they did have warnings and information that they could have acted upon but didn’t. But given the political climate and rules of engagement at the time, coming out of the Clinton era of dropping our defenses and allowing ourselves to be open to attack, President Bush couldn’t act to stop it.

To me she is not a 911 Truther. But, Debra Medina did not make that point during the Glenn Beck interview. When it is over, even I thought she was a truther.

The attacks against Glenn Beck over the top. Things I read on the 912 Project website, things I saw on television, other “conservative” radio talk show hosts called Glenn Beck anything and everything that degraded and maligned not only his interview, but him personally. Two different AM radio talk shows here in the DFW area, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon/early evening were almost as bad as anything I read from people on the web. The two guys are obviously Medina supporters, and that is fine. But they have lost me forever as a listener because of their Obama/Emanuel/Axlerod/Gibbs type of personal destruction attacks on Glenn Beck. They used all kinds of attacks, everything from calling him a Perry operative to attacking his patriotism. They attacked his Patriotism!!! If it wasn’t for Glenn Beck, most of us would have forgotten about being a Patriot.

When the two young people went under cover and brought to light the ACORN videos that helped to discredit that treasonous organization, the Democrats wanted to prosecute them instead of the ACORN idiots that wanted to help with under aged prostitutes. When the women that had been used President Bill Clinton brought that to light, the Democrats attacked those women in the worst ways. When you and I stand up for our rights and the Constitution, we are called Nazi’s, terrorists, and everything else they could think of including racists.

Is it time that we, like the Progressives, like Liberal Democrats start killing the messengers? Is it time that we bind ourselves to people running for office so tightly that we loose sight of the truth and refuse to see it if it goes against what we want? Even if it is the truth? Obama and his quislings do that to Republicans and conservatives. Should we? Republican’s have a tendency to eat their wounded, it is time to stop that.

A little over 2000 years ago, there were those that stood at a trial of a man. The prosecutor brought him forward and said, “Ecce Homo, behold the man.” The crowd who mere hours before were followers of his and had heard the prisoner say, “Blessed are meek and Blessed are the poor”, now said, “Crucify him, we have no King but Caesar.”

I am not comparing Glenn Beck to my Lord and Savior Jesus, who was the Christ. I am saying that we, in a sense, need to remember that charity and grace begin at home. We have no King, not even Caesar, not even a Republican candidate.

Patriots, lets keep up the fight, but let’s also care for our wounded and our compatriots.

Animal Farm

Patriots,

Recently, I was reminded of an old song some of us sang as children, it went something like,
“I went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beast were there.
You ought to have seen the monk,
He jumped on the elephant’s trunk.
The elephant sneezed, and fell on his knees,
And what became of the monk, the monk, the monk.

That got me to thinking. I went back and read “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. I am not sure, but I think this book, although published in August 1945 in the form of an allegory, the book reflects events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II.

In it, Old Major, an old boar on the Manor Farm, calls the animals of the farm together for a meeting, where he calls the humans to tyrants and parasites and develops a revolutionary philosophy. Old Major dies three days later and two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon assume command and turn his dream into a philosophy. The animals revolt and drive off the farmer Mr. Jones and rename it “Animal Farm.”

They develop what they call, the Seven Commandments of Animalism with most important being, “All animals are equal.” They paint them on the side of the barn. All the animals work although the two pigs are the brains behind everything and only “manage” things. The workhorse, Boxer, does more than others and adopts the maxim — “I will work harder.”

Snowball attempts to teach the animals reading and writing but most the others only grasp varying degrees of knowledge, some hardly anything at all. The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special foods for themselves and justify it to the less bright animals who believe their logic. Napoleon takes some puppies from the farm dogs and hides them away, training his own little army. The farmer attempts to retake the farm and is defeated by the animals at the “Battle of the Cowshed.” Napoleon and Snowball struggle for leadership.

Snowball wants to build a windmill, Napoleon opposes it. During a speech by Snowball s in favor of the windmill, Napoleon has his now fully grown dogs chase Snowball away. In Snowball’s absence, Napoleon declares himself leader and makes changes. Meetings will no longer be held and instead a committee of pigs will run the farm.

Using a young pig named Squealer as a mouthpiece, Napoleon announces that Snowball stole the idea for the windmill from him. The animals work harder with the promise of easier lives with the windmill. After a storm, the animals find the windmill destroyed. Napoleon and Squealer convince the animals that Snowball did it. Once Snowball becomes a scapegoat, Napoleon begins purging the farm, killing animals he accuses of consorting with Snowball. Although he is troubled by what is happening and doesn’t remember facts the way Squealer tells them, Boxer takes up a second maxim: “Napoleon is always right.”

Napoleon abuses his powers, making life harder for the animals; the pigs impose more control while reserving privileges for themselves. The pigs rewrite history, make Snowball a villain and glorify Napoleon. Squealer justifies every statement Napoleon makes, altering the seven commandments to fit their own wishes. Their original anthem, taught them by Old Major “Beasts of England” is banned as inappropriate, and is replaced by an anthem glorifying Napoleon, who appears to be adopting the lifestyle of a man. The animals, though cold, starving, and overworked, remain convinced through psychological conditioning that they are better off than they were when ruled by Mr. Jones. Squealer abuses the animals’ poor memories and makes up facts to show how their lives have improved.

Another farmer Mr. Frederick, swindles Napoleon by buying old wood with forged money, and then attacks the farm, using blasting powder to blow up the restored windmill. Though the animals win the battle, they do so at great cost, as many, including Boxer, are wounded. Boxer continues working harder and harder, until he collapses while working on the windmill. Napoleon sends for a van to take Boxer to the veterinarian, explaining that better care can be given there. Benjamin the donkey, whose reading skills are slightly better than the other animals, notices that the van belongs to a horse slaughterer and attempts an unsuccessful rescue. Squealer reports that the van was purchased by the hospital and the writing from the previous owner had not been repainted. He recounts a tale of Boxer’s death in the hands of the best medical care. In reality, the pigs sent Boxer to his death in exchange for money to buy more whisky.

Years pass, and the pigs learn to walk upright, carry whips and wear clothes. The Seven Commandments are reduced to a single phrase: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” During a dinner party with the humans, Napoleon announces an alliance with the humans, against the laboring classes of both worlds. He abolishes practices and traditions related to the Revolution, and reverts the name of the farm to “Manor Farm”.

During a poker match with the humans, an argument breaks out between Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington when they both play the Ace of Spades and the animals realize that the faces of the pigs look like the faces of humans and no one can tell the difference between them.

After seeing and hearing Mr. Obama, in a TV interview say that the reason why people of this country are against the health care takeover is because, “HE HASN’T EXPLANDED OUR CORE VALUES TO US WELL ENOUGH! Can you believe the arrogance of this man? He hasn’t explained OUR values to US! After seeing Pelosi and Reid and their complete disregard of what the voters want, it is plain to see by everyone that they feel the same way towards us that Obama does.
And then to top it off, this week I saw Bill Maher and Jeanine Garafalo say that we are too stupid to understand the issues and that we basically need progressive POS’s like them to tell us what to do.

This is real problem we are up against with this administration and with the people that follow him and believe in what he does. That belief is that, you and I are stupid, that they are the intellectuals that they understand things correctly and that they will tell us how we are to live and what we are to think. It isn’t that they just disagree with us, it is that they hate and despise us for being alive.

Please take a few hours and reread Animal Farm, it is a small book and wont take long but you will see how people like them want to rule the country. Basic everyday Democrats aside, because I think most are just people with a different view than ours, Don’t let anyone tell you different, although written in a different place and time, Animal Farm is what Mr. Obama and his quislings want for you and me.

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Win Just One For the Gipper.”

Patriots,
This week marked the 99th birthday of our beloved President, Ronald Wilson Reagan. President Reagan (1911-02-06 – 2004-06-05) was an American actor and politician, who became 33rd Governor of California and 40th President of the United States; He was the husband of Jane Wyman (1940–1948) and Nancy Reagan (married in 1952).

Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois in an apartment on the second floor of a commercial building to John Edward “Jack” Reagan and Nelle Wilson Reagan, As a boy, Reagan’s father nicknamed his son “Dutch”, due to his “fat little Dutchman”-like appearance, and his “Dutchboy” haircut, the nickname stuck.

Mr. Reagan moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1930s. He began a career as an actor, first in films and later television, appearing in 52 movie productions and enough so to become a household name. Though often described as a B film actor, he starred in “Knute Rockne,” “All American” and “Kings Row.” I personally remember watching “Death Valley Days” as a young boy, and being raised by a former cowboy, it was one of my favorite shows.

Mr. Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later spokesman for General Electric.(He might change his mind if asked to do that now) Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater’s presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976, but won both the nomination and election in 1980.

As president, Ronald Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed “Reaganomics”, advocated reduced business regulation, controlling inflation, reducing growth in government spending, and spurring economic growth through tax cuts.

In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions (Most notably the Air traffic Controllers), and ordered military actions in Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming it was “Morning in America”. I can remember its high ideals and promise of the future spirit as the ad said;
“It’s morning again in America. Today more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country’s history. With interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980, nearly 2,000 families today will buy new homes, more than at any time in the past four years. This afternoon 6,500 young men and women will be married, and with inflation at less than half of what it was just four years ago, they can look forward with confidence to the future. Its morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better. Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago?”

His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, namely the ending of the Cold War, the bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an “evil empire”, he supported anti-Communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty (The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty) and the decrease of both countries’ nuclear arsenals. Who can forget his speech at the Berlin Wall’s Brandenburg Gate, in which he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”

President Reagan left office in 1989. In 1994 he told us all the bad news, that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He died ten years later at the age of 93. I personally miss President Reagan very much and even with all of the ups and downs of his Presidency, he gave us all hope and showed us that our dreams are still within reach.

So much could be said about great American. But I will leave you with some of his own words.

“Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.”

Address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, (1961-03-30).
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

A Later variant California Gubernatorial Inauguration Speech (1967-01-05).
“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

Interview published in Reason Magazine (1975-07-01).
“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves. But again, I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are traveling the same path.”

Nationally televised address, (1976-07-06).
“I’m convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world.”

Time Magazine (1976-05-17).
Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal. It was Mussolini’s success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say “But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time.”

Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine (1961).
“Back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program….
But at the moment I’d like to talk about another way because this threat is with us and at the moment is more imminent. One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. . .. Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We have an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this…
The doctor begins to lose freedom. . . . First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then doctors aren’t equally divided geographically. So a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him, you can’t live in that town. They already have enough doctors. You have to go someplace else. And from here it’s only a short step to dictating where he will go. . . . All of us can see what happens once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his working methods, determine his employment. From here it’s a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay. And pretty soon your son won’t decide when he’s in school, where he will go or what he will do for a living. He will wait for the government to tell him where he will go to work and what he will do.

Joke during his 1965 campaign for Governor of California, as quoted in The New York Times Magazine (14 November 1965), p. 174
“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”

Address to the Republican State Central Committee Convention, (1973-09-07).
“One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government’s primary concerns.”

Column published in Guns and Ammo (1975-09-01)
“There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power. In doing so we can only assure that we will eventually be totally subject to it. When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people’s weapons. It makes it so much easier for the secret police to operate, it makes it so much easier to force the will of the ruler upon the ruled.”

In response to Jimmy Carter’s assertion that Reagan misuses the word depression
“Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it’s a definition he wants, I’ll give him one. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

Remarks at a business conference in Los Angeles (1977-03-02)
“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

I could go on and on, but let me end it with this, for November of this year, “sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper.”