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Liberty Deserves Better From Me: John Carey made a rather strong point.

Note that this post was originally published in 1-9-13

On this day in 1776 Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Common Sense.”  This 47-page pamphlet made the arguments in favor of American independence.  Mr. Paine’s use of plain language spoke to the common people of America. It was also the first published pamphlet that openly argued for independence.  The powerful words of Mr. Paine helped galvanize a movement that before Common Sense was published was a scattered grumbling at best.

Paine fundamentally changed the tenor of colonists’ argument with the crown when he wrote the following:  “Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America.  This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe.  Hither they have fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.”


The power of words.  We must remember this when writing our articles.  The power of words can unite or divide.  They can turn a mob into a movement.  They can restore a republic.  In the next four years we’re going to face some serious challenges as a nation.  We going to see our constitution ignored.  We’re going to see more liberties stripped away from us.  And we’re going to see our beloved America begin to unravel.  The power of words can turn this around.  Think about the letter that former U.S. Marine Joshua Boston wrote to Senator Feinstein and the power of his words.

Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

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I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joshua Boston

H/T Daily News

The words in this letter went viral because it resonated with people.  It not only challenged her perceived authority on this matter, but it highlighted her arrogance.  It reminded people who we were as a people.  This is the power of words and how it can change the narrative.  This letter put Senator Feinstein on the defense and made her look smaller in the eyes of many.  Each day we write and publish articles that cover a wide variety of topics.  We do our best with each topic, but do our words really resonate with the people?  Are they powerful and factually sound?  I believe in the power of words.  I believe that each of us are using words each day to try to save the republic.  We must be make sure our efforts are meaningful and our words resonate with the people.  We must like Thomas Paine use the power of words to ignite a movement to restore the republic.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  Sentry Journal


When Has The Left EVER Been Right?


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The Adviser

“America’s national security cannot be entrusted to left-wing Democrats.” –– Richard Winchester

“Weakness is policy, and the world’s dictatorships have taken note. The only question now is how much more damage can be done before this disastrous presidency finally comes to an end.” – The Commentator

“Russian troops are invading Ukraine and we have no response. I suppose the Pentagon has more important things to worry about – like hair and makeup for our gay military.” – Allen West

Pick a topic, any topic. Barack Obama and his “progressive” cohorts have been wrong about it.  Global warming? “Arab Spring”? Stimulus? Benghazi? Syria? The “reset” with Russia? Obamacare?  His is a braintrust that has achieved perfection — they’re always wrong.

Why a population of theoretically intelligent citizens continues to trust with their country’s future left-wing politicians who have proved themselves monumentally unqualified to govern is a question best answered by a qualified psychotherapist or two (if such things exist). “You Bet Your Life” should be remembered as a TV show from the ’50s, not a description of America in the second decade of the 21st century.   Even such a formerly staunch Democratic media ally as the Washington Post has come to realize an eternal truth:  Nations will always respect strength and take advantage of weakness.

FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces … Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping … These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies.

Nonetheless, the leftists who have commandeered the federal government are busy stripping our military down to a few bleached and transgendered bones:

Face of the Modern Military: Gay Troops Perform in Drag at Air Force Base

While Russia invades Ukraine, as Islamic terrorist factions plot the West’s destruction, our service members at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, are being treated to a gay and lesbian drag show … Thanks to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military’s longstanding policy towards gays in the military, the military has seen an influx of gay marriage ceremonies and other events that celebrate the alternative lifestyle.

What Gutting The U.S. Military Means

[…] a combination of the Obama Administration’s policy decisions and budget cuts mandated by the Sequester — the idea for which originated in Obama’s White Housewould leave the U.S. military smaller and weaker than it has been in 74 years. The National Guard will also be reduced. Hagel went on to say that the U.S. would no longer be the world’s foremost military power. He also noted, apparently with equanimity, that reducing U.S. military capacity would likely entail risks to our military personnel and to the nation

 Once the budgetary savagery Hagel outlined for the military is in place, the U.S. will have a Navy with the fewest ships at sea since before World War I, the smallest Air Force ever, and an Army and Marine Corps smaller than at any time since 1940. Weapons systems that would modernize and upgrade our military capability will be canceled, and older weapons systems, such as the A-10, will be eliminated.

In addition to severely reducing America’s conventional military capability, Obama has drastically curtailed the country’s nuclear weapons capacity.

Rank ignorance or malice aforethought?  Allen West has no doubt which:

“Is Obama doing this intentionally? There can be no other answer than yes. Why? Because just like Bill Clinton, spending on domestic welfare nanny-state programs is more important to progressive socialists — after all, they want power, they need votes.”

Obama promised his supporters “fundamental transformation,” and he’s providing it.  Even Democrats will live to regret it.

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Original Post:  Be Sure You’re Right, Then Go Ahead


The left’s war on women


We’ve heard for years the asinine claim that Republicans and conservatives have been leading a “war on women” … or a “war on women’s rights”.  Pro-abortion folks as well as liberals have the propensity to deflect or misdirect attention from abortion, always referring to “women’s health” or “women’s reproductive rights” or “women’s right to choose”.  None of those terms apply to abortion. In truth the pro-abortion crowd and liberals have been waging a genuine war on women and a war on children. With each abortion a death takes place. The pro-abortion crowd vehemently resist educating women so they can make an informed decision when considering having an abortion. Even when abortion on demand became legal 41 years ago, that wasn’t good enough for the purveyors of death. They demand others to pay for their “choices”.

Let’s see, does a woman have a choice as to whether or not to participate in the act which causes pregnancy?  I believe the answer to that is “yes”.  Hmmmm … no infringement on “choice” there. And no one is stopping a woman from seeing the doctor of her choice. So it seems like no one is infringing on a woman’s right to health care. Just by those few sentences we can determine the liberal, pro-abortion argument is ludicrous.ftsthst

I contend the pro-abortion folks are the ones waging a war on women. You see there are very real women’s health issues associated with having an abortion, of which liberals and the pro-abortion crowd never reveal to women. The health issues are very negative and very real yet are hidden from women.


Eight Facts Most People Don’t Know About How Abortion Hurts Women

1. 31% of women having abortions report suffering physical health complications (1)

2. 10% of women having abortions suffer immediate, potentially life-threatening complications (2, 3, 4)

3. Women have a 65% higher risk of clinical depression following abortion vs. childbirth (5)

4. 65% of women suffer symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after abortion (1)

5. Women’s death rates from various causes after abortion are 3.5 times higher than after giving birth  (6, 7)

6. Many women describe their experience as ‘a nightmare’, which can hardly equated with ‘choice’. 60% of women surveyed after abortion responded that: ’Part of me died’ (1)

7. Suicide rates among women who have abortions are six times higher than those who give birth (7, 8)

8. Abortion increases a woman’s risk of future miscarriages by 60% (9)


Original Post:  Cry and Howl


What’s with the Left’s attraction to Pedophilia?


It is a rare day when I write about anything that doesn’t have to do with politics or economics. I leave social issues to others, which isn’t to mean that I’m not interested in social issues. I am. But, I don’t care how the Left twist and distorts the English language, sexual abuse of children is not a life style choice. It is the most vile and disgusting of criminal acts. And, it is even more vile and disgusting when it done by someone in whom we intrust our children for hours at a time; such as, a teacher.

Maybe this story caught my attention because it happen in my home state of Michigan. This article at The Blaze back in August of this year tells us that a male teacher at the Rose City Middle School was found guilty of molesting an eigth grade boy over a period of three years. The community and the boy’s father were rightly outraged by this hideous act. They were even more outraged when six other teachers protested when their colleague, Neal Erickson, was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. These six teachers even sat with Erickson’s family during the trial and, at least, one of them wrote a letter to the judge pleading for a light sentence for their friend:

“Neal has plead (sic) guilty for his one criminal offense but he is not a predator,” Harriet Coe reportedly wrote. “This was an isolated incident. He understands the severity of his action and is sincere in his desire to make amends…”

The boy’s father and many in the community were distraught by these teachers defending a child abuser. The father has called fro these teachers to be fired.

 “Do you want somebody who says 15-30 years for raping a child, an 8th grader, is a little harsh? Do you want them teaching your child?”

“Since when do we put a price on a child? Since when? It is wrong. How many teachers are going to turn a blind eye? These teachers cannot be trusted, they cannot be trusted.”

The pedophile defenders were not happy with the father speaking out in defense of his son:

“At one thirty in the morning on a Saturday, I was awoken to a bomb sound going off,” Janczewski said, choking back emotion.  “I went to the window to find my garage was on fire and engulfed in flames, my camper and the side of my house…

The family also had the letters “YWP” and “ITY” spray painted on the side of their house, which Janczewski thinks mean “you will pay” and “I told you.”

Fortunately for the boy and his family, the judge in the case was not pleased by these happenings:

Circuit Judge Michael Baumgartner said during the sentencing that he was “appalled and ashamed” at the community’s support for Erickson, saying: “What you did was a jab in the eye with a sharp stick to every parent who trusts a teacher.”

So, now it is December and this sad story has not ended. Fox News reports:

A teacher’s union in Michigan is fighting to get a $10,000 severance package for a convicted child molester whose case that drew outrage earlier this year when his former school colleagues pleaded with a judge to sentence him lightly.

In recapping the original story, the Fox News reporter wrote:

Neal Erickson, 38, pleaded guilty in May to raping a young boy over the course of three years — from 2006 to 2009 — and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. The prison term came over the pleas of seven of Erickson’s former fellow teachers at Rose City Middle School, including Sally Campbell, who said in a letter to the judge that “Neal made a mistake. He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more.”

Excuse me! “A mutual friendship??? Do these people have any concept of right and wrong? I knew or worked with several self-proclaimed atheist in my time. Only one was a jerk about it. The others respected people of faith and they had the same concepts of right and wrong as I. But today? I do not understand these  people. I want to go on a long rant to explain the rage I feel about those who abuse children. But, frankly, after a long while sitting here before my keyboard, I find I don’t have the words to adequately describe my feelings. These teachers clearly think they are on the moral high ground. Can somebody explain that to me? How is defending people who rape children a moral high ground? How is  attacking the family of the victim a moral high ground? And, the teacher’s union wants to make sure the pedophile gets his severance pay? Is that a moral high ground?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch


Leftwaaard..Maaaarch! Left….Left…Left…


While we on the Right have been enjoying some well deserved Schadenfreude at the expense of President Obama and the Democrats over the diasterous rollout of Obamacare, with some of our pundits going so far as to claim that the public’s awakening due to Obamacare will be the end of liberalism in America, the Left has been planning their counter attack. Rather than concede that Obama’s program to provide health insurance to everyone, including those with preexisting conditions, was too big of a move to the Left, the left Left-wing of the Democratic Party is looking at Barack Obama and his potential replacement, Hilary Clinton, and finding them wanting. The left Left-wing is thinking that Barry and Hilary are not far enough to the Left. They are not planning on conceding anything to the Right. To the contrary, they are planning a big push further to the Left.

“More liberal, populist movement emerging in Democratic Party ahead 0f 2016 elections” is the title of this Washington Post article. The author points out that left Left-wing rising stars, like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, are not happy the Mr. Obama has indicated a willingness to consider some reforms to the rapidly failing Social Security system in exchange for more taxes and more spending. Sen. Warren is instead supporting a bill to expand Social Security benefits.

And, you may want to read this article about the movement to raise the minimum  wage to 15 per hour.

From my years living in South America, I can tell you that populism is an easy sell. Blame everything on the rich and promise the poor everything under the sun. I use to think that Americans were different; in that they would never fall for that populist garbage. I’m not so sure that’s true anymore.

Think about the 2016 presidential election. It’s not that far away. For whom are the retired and about to retire Baby Boomers going to vote? The Republican that is promising to fix (reform) Social Security or the Democrat who is promising to expand Social Security benefits? Who are the growing numbers of minimum wage workers going to vote for? The Republican that says increasing minimum wage results in higher unemployment or the Democrat who is promising to double the minimum wage? And, what about the college students and recent graduates? Are they going to vote for the Republican who promises them nothing or the Democrat that promises to forgive part of their student loans?

Populism really is an easy sell. And, please don’t worry about how they could possibly pay for all of their largess. Remember that we have a very accommodating Federal Reserve that can and does create money out of thin air. It’s called Quantitative Easing or what I like to call QEasy, where the “Q” stands for quantity of money. Every time the Treasury runs low, the Fed makes an accounting entry and all is well again. (Think Japan)

In 2016, we will learn what America is made of once and for all.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:   Asylum Watch


British Raise Top Tax Rates, Two Thirds of Millionaires Left


Evidence shows again and again that if you want there to be less of something. , you tax it.  Well, either there is less of it, or it goes underground, which means you don’t get to tax it at all.  The British are learning this lesson now, as after passing a unsubstantial increase in their highest tax rate, they suddenly found that they had far fewer millionaires to tax.  The Telegraph has more…

In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs.

This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election.

Last night, Harriet Baldwin, the Conservative MP who uncovered the latest figures, said: “Labour’s ideological tax hike led to a tax cull of millionaires.

Far from raising funds, it actually cost the UK £7 billion in lost tax revenue.

“Labour now needs to admit that their policies resulted in millionaires paying less tax and come clean about whether they would reintroduce this failed policy if they were in power.”

No, Labour will not admit that their policies caused the exact opposite of their stated intent.  Like all leftistis, it will likely be someone else’s fault.


Anti-Semitism Alert: Obama Supporters Call for Israel’s Destruction


Just in case you have forgotten, the left and the Democratic Party are the current home for Anti-Semitism in the US.  And, in the event you had forgotten that here is a video from Rebel Pundit…

I’m sure that more and more of this will come out, and I’ll be reminding the Jews that voted for Obama that they have legitimized the voices of those that wish them dead.

Also, it is tragic to see some of the complete naivete of these followers of the POTUS.  And, of course, it will be someone else’s fault when their beautiful messiah fails miserably.

NOTE:  I’ve added Rebel Pundit to the blogroll here, so look for their posts in the Sunday Links! 


Liberty deserves better from me


As a conservative I’m fighting each day to restore the constitutional republic our founding fathers gave us.  My weapon in this fight is the words that I use in the articles I write.  After all this an ideological war, one that pits two very different views about the role government should play in our lives.  It’s a topic that has been debated since the founding of our great nation.  Great minds like James Madison and Patrick Henry had two very different views on the role government should play in our lives and they matched wits against each other during the Virginia ratifying convention in 1788.  Both men were Patriots and both men were concerned with securing the rights of the individual.  They just had different ideas on the best method to use to secure those rights.

James Madison believed government should play a stronger role in our lives and therefore pressed for the ratification of the constitution.  He believed that without the constitution the union would eventually unravel and come apart.  He was a Federalist and one of the chief architects of the constitution.  Patrick Henry on the other hand believed the constitution was too vague and that there would come a time when men who were not the same caliber in terms of the character of the founders would twist and distort the constitution to expand their power at the expense of liberty.  Mr. Henry believed the states were sovereign entities that were more than capable in securing the rights of the people and that an all-powerful central government was not needed.  Two opposing views desiring to achieve the same goal; the securing of individual rights.  Mr. Henry was an anti-Federalist.  Some of the best arguments for both sides of the debate occurred between these two men during the Virginia ratifying convention.  You can read more about the debate here.

Even though both men philosophically opposed each other they also had respect for one another.  They were cordial to each other and did not call each other names because they disagreed.  Each man presented their arguments in support or opposition to the constitution to the Virginia Assembly.  For both men the cause for liberty was greater than themselves so they chose their words carefully when they spoke.

The other day I wrote an article Why I didn’t watch President Obama’s acceptance speech and in that article I used the term Kool-Aid drinkers.  When my wife read the article she said she liked everything about it except when I called Obama supporters Kool-Aid drinkers.  She asked how do you expect to win over the hearts and minds of people when you resort to the same tactics the left uses.  She said you’re smarter and better than that honey.  At the time I really didn’t take her words to heart.  I didn’t think calling Obama supporters Kool-Aid drinkers was that big of a deal.  That changed when my wife shared the article on her facebook page and one of her friends responded with the following:

The kool-aid drinkers and the ignorant….nice one! I can respect the fact that people have different political views than mine, I have no respect for the people who resort to degrading and belittling the people who don’t agree with them!! While it is quite despicable, it’s eye-opening at the same time…this country still has a long way to go!!!

My first reaction was who does this person think she is, lecturing me about civility and name calling.  After all the left labels me and calls me racist, Nazi, and extremist so why not push back.  And I said as much in my response.

I respect your opinion and this by no means is a knock against you personally. In regards to trying to weed out name calling and intolerance you need to look no further than the people who claim to be so tolerant of all…the left. People on the left who claim to be so tolerant are actually intolerant of my beliefs just because I refuse to blindly submit to an ideology that has failed over and over again throughout history. They’re the ones calling me a racist, a Nazi, an extremist because I believe in the individual and liberty and reject collectivism. They’re the ones calling me extreme because I believe we should restore the law of the land that is our constitution. I really don’t need to be lectured by people who are intolerant of me because of my beliefs and who have a great deal of contempt for our founding principles that promote individual liberties. You’re right we have a long way to go, and perhaps I could have taken the high road and dropped the name calling, but I felt I needed to push back with the same tactics used against me from the left.

After I posted my response my wife looked at me and said, “You’re missing the point.”  I responded by telling her that I’m not going to be ridiculed for what I believe and I’m certainly not going to stand for being lectured by someone who throws their lot in with the people who label me.  She smiled and said, “Babe you already have the winning argument, how is name calling going to add value to it.”  The more I thought about it the more I began to understand what she was saying.  The case for liberty is a winning argument no matter what political party you claim.  And each day we fight, we fight for the liberty we once had as a people.  This cause for liberty is bigger than us and it deserves better than petty name calling or the labeling of people.  We have a responsibility to frame it in the correct context to advance it for all Americans.  Resorting to name calling tactics takes away from the message we’re trying to convey and in this case actually became a barrier against effective communication.

Ronald Reagan was a rock solid conservative who embarked on a journey to advance the cause of liberty in America.  He didn’t advance it by labeling or calling his opponents names.  He advanced it by making the case for liberty through his words and actions and because of this he smashed down the barriers political parties had erected.  A large number of Democrats received his message and crossed over the political divide to support his candidacy in 1980 and his reelection in 1984.  They didn’t cross over because he was a great speaker or because of name recognition.  They crossed over because he made the case for liberty and economic freedom.  So from this point forward I will choose my words carefully.  I will no longer use labels like Kool-Aid drinkers or Obamabots.  I will advance the cause of liberty by making the argument that individual liberty is last best hope for America and I will take this charge seriously.

We can disagree with the left on the role government should play in our lives.  But we’re going to lose this ideological war if we can’t sell the case for liberty.  And when we stoop to their level and name call we shut down the lines of communication and greatly reduce the chance for liberty to be advanced.  The cause for liberty deserves better from me.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal


It’s “Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day!” How Kimberlin Operates


We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, United States of America

That quote is most appropriate today, and dozens of bloggers unite to raise awareness regarding the activities, past and present, of Brett Kimberlin.  As it has been noted, Kimberlin has been threatening (via the legal system, to the best of my knowledge), any blogger that discusses his criminal history.  At the time of this writing, Robert Stacey McCain, and family, are in hiding due harassment by Kimberlin.  And, as Franklin suggested, we are uniting in common cause, as if we allow thuggish behavior to silence one of us, and  another, and another, it is only  matter of time before we are all silenced.  What happens to Stacey McCain today, can happen to me tomorrow, or Bob Belvedere, or Gator Doug, or King Shamus, or Zilla, so I am doing my part to make sure that this harassment and intimidation is exposed for all to see.

As Stacey McCain points out, this isn’t about him.  It’s about Kimberlin.  So, to illustrate the alleged current activities of the convicted bomber, I am going to cover the story of Aaron Walker, who has suffered considerable disruption to his life due to Kimberlin.

Starting on January 9, 2012, Brett Kimberlin actually attempted to frame me for a crime.  He falsely accused me of essentially beating him up inside the courthouse for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, in Rockville, Maryland.  He has claimed at different times that I decked him, that I struck him three times, that I wrestled with him, that I pushed him, that courtroom staff separated us, that the sheriff’s deputies separated us, and that even after the deputies arrived that I kept coming at him repeatedly and had to be restrained.
What didn’t occur to him was that there was a security camera that captured what really happened in the courthouse that day.  I have the footage and I have included it in a long post that tells the whole story of how I came to be there that day and what really happened.  You will read with your own eyes the transcripts and documents in which he claimed I beat him up, and then you will see the footage that proves that this was a fabrication.  I have even created a video comparing his description of what happened to the video footage, piece-by-piece.  In other words, you won’t have to believe my word on this.  You will only have to believe your eyes.
But the post will also tell you the harrowing story of the damage this man has done to my life.  He did more than just lie about what happened.  This convicted document-forger produced fake photographs of his supposed injuries and even fake medical records.  And using that falsified evidence and his lies, he convinced the Montgomery County State’s Attorney to maintain second degree assault charges against me for over two months—with a punishment of up to ten years in prison, if convicted—taking it so close to trial that I was forced to take the time and expense of preparing much of my defense.  He has cost me and my wife our jobs because our workplace was frightened that this violent bomber might show up at work.  After all, he had published my home address and work address in court filings, for no reason other than to harass me.  He has obtained a peace order (similar to a restraining order) against me in part for supposed “harassment” for having told the truth about him on this blog.  And you will learn that after the video emerged, the charges were dropped and the peace order was dismissed on appeal.
And you will learn that once I had the video, I came to the State’s Attorney’s office for Montgomery County, Maryland.  I showed them, as I am about to show you, how Kimberlin lied repeatedly under oath in his attempt to frame me.  I documented it meticulously, as I will for you.  And I demanded justice.  And they refused to provide it for me; they blew me off.
You can see that Walker has done his homework, and if you go the full post (which is broken into sections) you will see court documents, videos, and transcripts of testimony.  All of them, according to Walker, display a pattern of deceit and harassment that borders on obscene.  I would encourage you to go and read it fully.
Here’s a screencap from the Maryland Judiciary Case Search:
(Open the image in a new window to see it more clearly)
So here we go again.  His abuse of the legal system continues.  This is plainly in retaliation for my post exposing with video and documentary evidence, his recent criminal attempt to frame me for a crime.
Bluntly, this is illegal under the Peace Order statute.  The court would have to find I did some kind of physical act against him, or that I stalked him or something like that.  I have not even been in Maryland for well over a week and I simply put have never done anything to put him in reasonable fear of his life.  I haven’t even seen him outside of court.  I can’t say I have never been in his presence because somehow he or one of his allies has snapped a picture of me surreptitiously, so maybe he was nearby and I didn’t know.  But I know I was never knowingly in his presence in the last 30 days.
So then, even when the first peace order is thrown out, another one is filed.
For me, I see this as a part of an overall pattern.  If one wants to silence another, and they sought to use the legal system as a weapon, one might just keep filing frivolous legal actions in an effort to drain the resources of their target.  If you, me, or any other “regular” citizen are targeted in such a way, it wouldn’t be too long before our resources would be drained.  Walker lost his job, as did his wife.  Then, the legal filings kept on coming.  That would be too much for many people, and they would likely throw in the towel, and try to pick up the pieces of their lives.  And that is the main intent.  People that speak out and put forward inconvenient truths are to be attacked until they are silenced.
We know that the left goes to the judicial system when reality doesn’t agree with them.  Kimberlin is no different in that regard.  So, we have to be aware of this type of activity.  With this being an election year, and bloggers are doing so much in terms of covering what the MSM ignores, the take-down of bloggers would be a great way to distract from those efforts.  Am I necessarily convinced that this will become a common tactic?  I’m not sure.  But, we need to track people like Kimberlin, and other felons, convicted or otherwise, that have learned to use the legal system to attack and punish anyone that points out their past or present activities.

Keeping the Ignorant Feeling Informed


“There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear” – Daniel Dennett

A good friend of mine, one whom I never enjoy being on the opposite end of an argument with, explained to me that in order to properly argue for a belief that you hold true, you should not only want to present good arguments, but deny bad arguments.  It seems simple enough, but in practice we consistently fail – especially in politics.

Politics has become a cesspool for talking points and half truth rhetoric.  Few actually know the principles or intricacies behind the topic they are defending or promoting.  Interestingly, it seems we all know that both sides are guilty of this because we constantly point out the flaw across the aisle.  Talking points are prominent in politics for, as I see it, two basic reasons.  First, because they are easily recited by even the most ignorant of supporters and second, they give just enough information for an individual to feel as if they are learned in regard to the given subject.

There’s an advancement in talking points that seems to be prominent among the left (though honestly, it can be found on both sides) that deals with the problem of not being able to argue with intellectual honesty.  Allow me to explain with a recent encounter.

In the not too distant past I got in a little discussion on a college campus with some kids who were supporting a certain democratic politician. I attempted to keep it civil and simply asked them some probing questions about the issues.  While I presented my point regarding the new laws in our state surrounding methamphetamines, this individual wrote my entire premise off with one interrupting rhetorical statement, “I bet you support Sarah Palin too”.  With that one line, that irrelevant half-accusation, I was doomed in the hallway besieged with collegiate brilliance! My answer didn’t matter, the accusation had been made and I had to either deter from the point and defend that charge or denounce Palin to remain credible – either way, he defused my argument regarding methamphetamines with a parry from the sword of mockery.

Being mocked by the ignorant is frustrating.  For me, I stood in wonder as to how this individual who knows so little was bold enough to taunt me under the misguided belief that he knows so much.  In that thought process it hit me; he has been a successfully converted instrument of the left.  You see, it is easier to convince people of what they want to believe rather than teach them what they need to know.  In the case of this individual, and many others, it was easier for him to be convinced that he was knowledgeable (something he wanted to believe) rather than teach him actual knowledge.

Years ago I made a simple argument with my office’s outspoken liberal about limited government. When I told him that the Tenth Amendment said that all powers not specifically given to the federal government by our constitution are reserved to the states and the people, he scoffed at me for my ignorance.  “The states are bigger than the federal government”, he puffed with a contemptuous voice.  For a brief moment his boorish mockery won the audience – until I pulled out my pocket constitution.

Prior to pulling my trump card, he had convinced everyone I was the dumb character he was imitating. The liberal knows that the federal government trumps everything, just like they know that Bush and Palin are stupid, that Tea Party protesters are racist, and that conservatives are greedy people who hate the poor.  These non-factoids have become, in the minds of liberals, non-fiction.  They have their truth; try opposing it, and you’ll be met with the refined and most effective weapon the left has – mockery.

The left has made a business out of mockery; it is nearly everywhere. It is no longer left to the comedians or talk show hosts, but is consistently used in “real political commentary” by the likes of Rachel Maddow andKeith Olbermann.  The comedians use it as a tool for the supremely foolish such as in Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show”, and then the Bill Mahers of the world try to play both parts of the field when it suits them best. All of this has become a source to puff up those who lack understanding and followers continuously imitate these wind bags in the process of debate.  The masses receive their truth in sound bites and make a joke out of legitimate arguments in spite of their substance.  Try making a drinking game for every time Rachel Maddow rolls her eyes, or shakes her head in dismissal at a republicanor explains their positions with the hint of laughter in her voice and you’ll be as drunk as a lord.

Now, I love mockery as much as the next guy, especially if done with a thick British accent regarding a monarch. Mockery, in its most sincere form, is a derision of another’s foolery.  Dana Carvey’s President Bush is still my preferred way to order Moo Shu Chicken.  Steven Crowder and Greg Gutfeld send a thrill up my leg!  I can even appreciate Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert because the guys are funny.  There is a problem, however, when a charade becomes the foundation of certainty – and that is the problem today.  Too many plant their seeds of understanding in the bedrock of farce and give little charity to the arguments presented from their opposition.

Again, it is not just the left who fall victim to this pitfall.  As my opening quote reveals, we cannot allow bad arguments to be present in our struggle for liberty and limited government.  If we do, we leave open the door to mockery.  We must battle those bad arguments within with just as much fervor as we battle the ones made against us.

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal


The USA and the USSA : Maybe it is Time to Go Our Seperate Ways


Maybe it is time to split the blanket. The politically Left and the politically Right peacefully co-existed, more or less, for around 200 years. But, since the sixties, the two groups have become more and more polarized. Today it seems the differences are irreconcilable.

The left doesn’t like our constitution. For them it has long out-lived its usefulness. We on the Right love the Constitution. We believe it defines the very best form of government that man has ever devised. The Left believes in the collective while the Right believes in the individual. The Left believes in an all-powerful centralized federal government while the Right believes in a small Federal government where most of the power lies with the states and the people. The list of differences could go on and on; but you get the picture.

To me, It is becoming clear that the Left, dominated by progressive/socialist thought and the Right, dominated by conservative/libertarian thought are never going to be able to find a balance of policy where they can peacefully co-exist. so, what I am suggesting is that, before things evolve into civil war, maybe the two sides should just agree to disagree and go their separate ways. We agree to divide-up the country such that the Left could establish their United Socialist States of America and the Right could re-establish the United States of America as our Founders intended it to be.

Okay! Okay! I know this is never going to happen, although maybe it should. But, play along with me if you would. Let’s fantasize about what we on the Right would do if we had the opportunity to start all over again. Let’s assume we could resolve all the issue of dividing the territory, dividing the military, dividing the national debt, renegotiate all international treaties, etc.,etc. What would you want to do to ensure, that given a second chance, the American experiment would not fail again? Would you want to make any changes to the Constitution for the sake of clarity? What government agencies would you eliminate or modify? How would you want to fund government. What would you do different with our current monetary system? What would do differently in the area of education? How would you suggest we protect our borders? What other issues do you think it would be important to discuss?

Although we are play a game of fantasy, I am looking for serious ideas. I urge you, dear readers, to use the comments section to share your ideas. On a one time basis, I encourage you to invite your friends to come by and take part. Even though we are playing at fantasy, I think we might learn something from this process.

Have fun with this. I’m looking forward to a lively discussion.

Original Post: Conservatives on Fire


Jared Loughner and Zeitgeist: The Narrative Evolves


I guess I couldn’t go on forever with out commenting on the “connection” between Jared Loughner and the film, Zeitgeist.  RS McCain has been on this from the onset, so kindly take a look at his posts on the matter…

Zeitgeist: Watch the Conspiracy Movie That Had a ‘Profound Impact’ on Tucson Mass Murder Suspect Jared Loughner

How to Talk to a Follower of the Zeitgeist Cult (If You Must)

Tucson, Zeitgeist and Madness: The Obsolete Politics of Jared Loughner UPDATE: Another E-Mail From a Zeitgeist Follower; Movement Leader Issues ‘Message to Members’

Jared Loughner’s Zeitgeist Obsession: ‘He Wanted to Watch It All the Time’

OMFG: Zeitgeist Is ‘Right-Wing’?

Blame Tucker Carlson!

I watched Zeitgeist a couple years ago.  I was told by someone in an on-line chat that it would, “change my life.”  Being a fan of conspiracy theories, I couldn’t resist the challenge.  Let’s just say that Zeitgeist is every conspiracy that you’ve every heard, fueled by a combination of crystal meth and anabolic steroids.  It comes on strong.  It’s in your face, and unapologetic in it’s presentation.  In the end, it still is a collection of previously known conspiracies, all neatly packaged and connected for your paranoid viewing pleasure.

As for changing my life…not so much.

I have planned on writing about this for a few days.  I was going to end it with the thought that while Zeitgeist might have influenced his delusions, Loughner was a mentally ill person.  He might have been ideologically driven by, “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.” had that book been his primary reading material.  In all reality, an psychotic person may take special meaning or justification from anything; a movie, book, TV show, book, or even just the voices that they hear.  We cannot blame Zeitgeist for Loughner’s actions any more than we can blame JD Salinger for the death of John Lennon.

Well, I cannot stop there.  It’s the truth, or at least my opinion, but the lefties couldn’t let it end there.  As RS McCain points out, at least one lefty site has tried to link Zeitgeist to the right.

It’s the liberal Rorshach test — show them an inkblot and liberals scream, “Blame conservatives!”

Loughner’s Conspiracy-Fueled Rampage
Has Origins on the Fringe Right

Now, you don’t have to believe that Sarah Palin purchased the gun for Loughner and whispered in his ear about targets to believe that the rhetoric on the far, far right played a role in amping up the paranoia of a mentally unbalanced man. In fact, one of the shooter’s friends focused on a movie that echoes many of the themes on the fringe right as extremely important to shaping Loughner’s worldview. . . .
Zeitgeist in particular has echoes of anti-Federal Reserve theories popular with the John Birch Society.
The more you read by Loughner, or the more videos you see from him, they reflect these beliefs very strongly.

So, you nasty, evil, Conservatives, here is what you believe, if you listen to Firedog Lake…

  • Christianity… you know, that religion to which most of you belong, is a hoax.  Why you worship what you believe to be a false savior remains a mystery.
  • The Freemasons…OMG RULEZ TEH WORLD!!!
  • You are all truthers. Must be friends with Van Jones too???

If anything, this debate is more illustrative of the left than anything else.  They have really stretched reality to the breaking point to make their claims.  They have lied, exaggerated, and lied some more.  For one, I am glad that they have done so.  They are throwing us softballs, and we’re knocking them out of the park.  In the end, they are going to ruin what little remains of their credibility over this, and I’m still inclined to pile on and bludgeon them with reality (I know, violent rhetoric).  I have to admit it, it’s fun.  As I’ve said before, these are the times and stories that make blogging fun.

Looks like there’s another resource post in the future.


Blog Focus: The Gloves are off


Karen, at Eastern Right, has crafted one of the best posts I’ve read regarding last week’s shooting.  Here is an excerpt.

I must admit that I’m rather glad that the Soros sycophants have reacted the way they have.

It’s really about time that we came to grips with the fact that we have no common ground with these people.

Too often, many conservatives assume that those one the Left, though misguided, are sincere and acting in the best interest of their country and society. We’re quick to tell them that we know they love their country too and that we really want the same things. Sarah Palin even suggested this during her statement regarding the tragic shooting in Tucson (for which she was ridiculously assigned blame).

The Left’s cheap, disgusting slander in the face of a loner-loon-perpetrated massacre should put the lie to this.

Conservatives want liberty with personal responsibility, smaller government that does not seek to insert itself into our lives, and the freedom to worship the way we choose or not at all.

So-called “progressives” want global communism. They are very deliberately collapsing our society because, as Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci noted, people won’t accept Marxism if they have God, family, liberty, and economic prosperity.

Please go to Eastern Right for the rest of this post.  You won’t regret it.


Monday Links: Leftist Hate Edition


Well, sadly, the left has taken us off task.  Instead of concentrating on the political agenda, and supporting the victims of Saturday’s shooting, we are now having to defend our movement against the false claims of the left wing lie machine.  So, let’s take a look at what the lefties have been saying, and doing, just for perspective, shall we?

Enjoy the links, and fight the lies.

Sentry Journal has their regular Sunday Links.

A Conservative Teacher is exploring who does not embrace life.

The Other McCain has a post about the government’s stand on the shooting in Arizona.

Conservatives on Fire has the Censorship of Bools.

King Shamus has a post on the Arizona shooting.

Political Realities is taking a look at the aftermath of the shooting, and some of the commenters there are reciting the left’s narrative.

Atlas Shrugs has a powerful post on the shooting, and it’s aftermath.

Paulo in Brazil left this comment in a previous thread:

    • I’ve just watched a report in Wolf Blitzer(CNN) about the shooting.
    • They mentioned the name Sarah Palin ELEVEN (11) times !!!
    • They mentioned the name Gabrielle Giffords ONE (1) time.
    • and they don’t mentioned the name Jared Loughner NONE (0).

The Tea Party saved America. Gd bless them. Sarah Palin represents one of our great hopes for national salvation. This nut was a lefty. That’s the fact. The whole of the nation should be grieving and praying — for Giffords, the wounded, and the deceased: Christina Greene, 9, Gabe Zimmerman, 30, John Roll, 63, Dorothy Murray, 76, Dorwin Stoddard, 76, and Phyllis Scheck, 79. Instead, the ghoul-media is whipping their left wing army into a frenzy. Rest assured, they will use this radical’s act of violence to further erode our freedoms. Not so fast.

Is it any wonder that the majority of Americans are getting their news from the net? More on that here. FOX had the vile Southern Poverty Law Center on last night, feeding the frenzy to scapegoat good decent Americans. Their numbers are down year after year, too. It will get worse for them. The best coverage of the breaking news is online. I had Loughner’s youtube channel first, and other germane factoids.

So what is it the networks traffic in? Shaping the news. Manufacturing a narrative. People are fed up. They are leaving the news networks in droves. This terrible event was another nail in their coffin.

That, my friends, is some spot on analysis by Pamela Gellar.

America’s Watchtower has a post on the death penalty.

Bunkerville is reminding us that MSNBC had a guest openly calling for revolution.  I guess it’s OK when the left does it.

TCOTS has some excellent Rule 5.

Reaganite Republican has his Sunday Funnies.

Capitol Commentary has an interesting comparison.

Always on Watch has Sarah Palin’s Cross Hairs.

MK has, “A special kind of effed up

Karen has, “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollow Points.”

Opus has a post about the Daily Kos’s well wishes for Rep. Giffords.  See it now before it’s gone for good.

Legal Insurrection has the charges that have been filed against Jared Loughner.

Labor Union Report presents the fact that unions are lot more than about “helping” workers.

Manhattan Infidel has the details of a horrific civil war.

Maggie has more on the hypocrisy of the left.

The Infidel Blogger Aliance has the thought that Rep. Giffords was targeted because she was Jewish.

Lonely Conservative has an important update on the Loughner investigation.

Fleece Me has a great collection of links, and some really good rules to live by.

Nice Deb shows that it’s OK when the left does it.

No Sheeples Here has some links, and is preparing for some global warming to fall.

NoOneofAnyImport asks if she is a Chinese Mother

This is a screencap of an article at the Daily Kos that was scrubbed.  You can catch the full page via the Google cache, until it goes.

Mind Numbed Robot has some race card playing down in Texas.

Motor City Times has some music, and some links.

That’s Right has something daily, but it isn’t really daily.  However, you should read it anyway.

The Daley Gator has a great compilation of information on the Arizona shooting, and how the left is lying about it.

Wyblog has a post on the leftist narrative. He also has a troll.

Porcupine Rim has a post on Rogue Government.

Practical Man has a post on why the GOP doesn’t get it.

Randy has a post that puts the proper focus on things.

Republican Redefined has a post on the failure to point out the truth.

Right Klik has the story of the the sheriff that spewed propaganda.

Rjjrdq has our new Immigration Watchdog.

Ruby Slippers has a great pic.

Solomon lets us in on what hyperinflation does

Soylent Green has something that could be classified as Rule 5, but it probably isn’t SFW.

Spellchek asks if the spending can really be cut.

Teresa has information on a potential risk to our privacy.

Bunni provides some motivation.

The Big Feed has some great pwnage of libs.

The Classic Liberal has the tale of the Contra-Feminazi.

The Conservative Lady shows who owes apologies.

The Right Opinions has some background on terrorists who have renounced terror.

Totus has his take on the Arizona Shooting.

Trestin has his “Sunday Fireside” feature.

Uncle Kenny has some questions about the shooting.

Angel has some great quotes

We all know that Tea Partiers and Right Wingers are ALL violent, right?

-“They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
-“Get in Their Faces!”

-“I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
-“Hit Back Twice As Hard”

-“We talk to these folks… so I know whose a*ss to kick.“

-”Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”

-“It’s time to Fight for it.”
-“Punish your enemies.”

-“I’m itching for a fight.”

Guess who said that?
Oh..That would be none other than the Terrorist sympathizer in the W.H:

Hussein Obama.

Zilla has a post about Rep. Giffords as well.

Have a good day folks, and fight the lies.  If we are good at getting the truth out, the left, and their MSM mouthpieces, will lose even more credibility, as well as viewers.


Conservatism as the New Idealism


For too long, it has been common knowledge in our society that leftist political philosophies contain within them the ingredients for an ideal state of affairs in the world. The perceived “humanism” and liberalism (in the classic sense) of the leftists emerged from the stark contrast between their ideas and that of the “establishment.” History is riddled with examples of how the “establishment” has wronged mankind, held back the spirit of progress, and led to countless atrocities. From religious wars to despotic rule to exploitative capitalism during the Industrial Revolution, the Old Order seemed to keep us all in a dark age where the few ruled over the many with an iron fist.

In general, revolutionary forces tended to be “leftist” while Old Order proponents were called “rightist,” terms originating from the French Revolution. Yet as leftist philosophies matured in the 19th century and the vestiges of the Old Order of monarchies and all-powerful Churches subsided, the leftists started to refine their concepts and better define the future ideal societies they had in mind. This refinement led to schisms among the leftists and today we have socialists, communists, anarchists, social democrats, progressives, and so on. In the United States, the characterization of the Left as the progressive, common-man political ideology has firmly established it as the idealistic philosophy… but modern Leftism in America is very far from idealistic.

From its foundation, Leftism and Progressivism in the United States is an ideology that focuses on a peculiar type of equality: equality of outcome. In itself, this may seem to contain an idealistic character, but that is only on the surface. From matters of race to gender to economic status, the progressives wage war on any sort of inequality that they are conscious of. They aim to shatter distinctions in gender, reform public expression to make it more palatable for people of all backgrounds, institute racial and ethnic quotas to make the distribution of power, wealth, and influence more “equal,” and use government as a means of preventing any one individual or group from acquiring an “undue” share of wealth.

Underlying this philosophy is the idea that man, when left to his devices, will always wage war on others, will always try to take from others, and must be told what is right and what is wrong. It is a philosophy that takes away from people the freedom to make their own decisions and empowers a central authority to redistribute all capital, be it economic or social, as it sees fit, all for the good of the whole. The progressive does not assume that people will act in the best interest of society on their own but rather that they will inherently do evil things and must be stopped. Leftism is pessimistic about the nature of humanity. To them, human beings are children who need constant supervision otherwise they will steal all of the other children’s toys and resort to bullying. This is evident in their approach to most social, political, and economic issues. They address gun violence with abolishing the right to bear arms. They address economic inequality by taking from those who earn and giving to those who do not. They insist on price controls, market intervention, strict regulation, and are almost religiously opposed to making profit of any kind. Given this reality, the fact that Leftism is regarded as the “idealistic” ideology seems to be more a matter of tradition than a matter of careful analysis.

In America, there is another political philosophy which takes a different approach to the question of how society should be arranged. Specifically, this philosophy says that society should not be explicitly arranged, just allowed to live and prosper in freedom. This philosophy is Conservatism. While not as extreme as libertarianism, which advocates for even less power to be given to the state, conservatism advocates a sort of middle way where there exists a government limited to a certain role.

In the United States, the Constitution provides a political framework whereby the government can operate through the consent of the people. The underlying principle of conservatism is freedom… and ultimately that human beings can and should make decisions for themselves, be responsible for those decisions, and be entitled to the fruit of their labor without heavy government interference. This idea is revolutionary in modern-day America where the continual expansion of the size, scope, and power of government is the paradigm. Not only is this idea revolutionary but at its core it posits that human beings have the capacity to run their own lives. It is a philosophy that is optimistic about man, while at the same time being realistic about the need for some sort of agreed upon authority to enforce contracts and rules. It is an idealism based on real conditions. The equality that conservatism guarantees is equality of opportunity, not outcome, because to enforce a uniform outcome is to deny the right of a person to benefit from or be held responsible for his or her actions.

Modern-day conservatism represents the hopes and dreams of all Americans, to be free, to be successful, to have a voice in our government. This is why conservatives emphasize respect for state’s rights and the separation of powers in government, because history has shown that central authority has the propensity to abuse power. This is why conservatives demand that judges be neutral arbiters of the law and not activist “re-interpreters” of the Constitution. This is why conservatives are opposed to increasing government interference in the economy and in our everyday lives. Conservatives are the new idealists. We believe that a better society is possible if we free the creative and productive powers of human beings. We do not merely believe that we should be free, we believe that we have the fundamental right to liberty. There is no limit to this right. It is absolute. And if we fall as a people in our exercise of this liberty, then we will learn and we will do better… and by iterations, our society will move forward, will improve, and our world will be better off for it.

So when I hear people in positions of power explain to me and my fellow Americans that we need to be guided by the gentle hand of government bureaucrats, that our rights need to be limited for the common good, and that we cannot reap the rewards of our own sweat, I do not consider them idealistic in the least… I consider them despotic. Leftism has become, not a total repudiation of the Old Order tyranny, but as an alternative, more acceptable New Order tyranny. This is neither “progressive” nor ideal for any society.

I hope that new idealistic souls will rise up and declare the old ideas over and done with. The sad part is that these idealists are attacked and portrayed as being part of that Old Order by the leftists, for they convince their followers in true Orwellian form that when we conservatives say “freedom” we mean slavery and when we say “individualism” we mean racism and class-ism. For the moment they control the major means of communication in our society, so revolution will be slower than we would like, but with new technology the message of optimism in our fellow man will breach the wall of disinformation that currently exists. To those conservatives out there who believe that we can live in a better world that is free, let everyone know that we are indeed the last idealists.



Fear and the Far Left


Recently, Chris Matthews was on MSLSD running down Sarah Palin yet again. Will the left never learn? The more they run her down, the higher her popularity rises. He said she was an “empty vessel” with “nothing going on mentally.” This from the same person who said he forgot Obama was black after the SOTU speech and also during the campaign said when he was around Obama, he got a thrill running up his leg.

What is fear, and why does it affect us so? The process of creating fear starts with a scary stimulus and ends with the fight-or-flight response. It can cause us to run, to fight, to freeze or create other mystifying responses. So exactly what is this powerful emotion that can consume us for brief periods of time?

To quote Brian Maxwell, from his ezine article, “What is Fear?” he says: “The medical definition of fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things, also known as the fight or flight response.” That stimulus could be anything; an evil looking bug, a spider, a gun pointed at you, or Sarah Palin resigning from her position as Governor of Alaska.

Of course Mr. Maxwell didn’t put that part about Sarah Palin in his article. I added it to illustrate how the left views Ms. Palin and what she represents to them. Why is it that she strikes fear into the left? What is it about the former Vice Presidential candidate that bothers the left so much? She represents something they do not like. That is evidenced in the 20 different ethics charges that were brought against her; each one beaten in the court of law at considerable tax payer expense. Let’s examine what she has accomplished and maybe that will give us the answer we are looking for.

In her role as Mayor of Wasilla, she made her political name first known. Now Wasilla, with around 10,000 residents as of 2007, is the fifth largest city in Alaska and is located in the south central part of the state. Upon winning the mayoral race in 1998, Sarah set to work. She reduced her own salary by 10%, consolidated some city departments and created the position of city administrator. An interesting note that shines a light on the type of leadership Sarah Palin provides is that she kept a jar on her desk with all the names of the residents of Wasilla in it and once a week, she would randomly choose a name, call that person and elicit their thoughts on how the town was doing. I think that we need more mayors like this in America with this kind of dedication, no matter their political party. That is real government accountability and transparency.

She cut property taxes by a whopping 75% by using a 2% sales tax increase that was enacted before she took office. She also eliminated business inventory and personal property taxes. She made improvements to city streets and sewers using municipal bonds and increased Police Department funding. When Sarah ran for re-election against the man she beat to win her first term, she got 75% of the vote. The Boston Globe ran a story that quoted a local business owner who credited Sarah with making the town “more of a community … It’s no longer a little strip town that you can blow through in a heartbeat.”

And all this was only as mayor of a small town and only her first term. One can begin to see why the left fears Sarah Palin. Her second term as Mayor of Wasilla was also successful, seeing her bring to fruition the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex. An eminent domain issue had to be dealt with; however, it was built on time and under budget and for only a half percent sales tax increase. Due to term limits, she was limited to running for only two consecutive terms as Mayor of Wasilla. So she set her sights on the state capitol.

After an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor in 2002, she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as Ethics Supervisor. She resigned in 2004 citing unethical practices by her Republican colleagues. She filed charges against them and essentially cleaned house.

In 2006 Sarah ran and won the state Gubernatorial Seat. During her tenure she doubled state revenues. Yes, you read that right; she DOUBLED state revenues to $10 billion. And that is without a state sales tax or a state income tax. She ran on a platform of clean government and delivered, even selling a state owned business jet for $2.1 million dollars.

Yes, it is easy to see why the left fears Sarah Palin. She is the quintessential conservative candidate. And now that she has left office, there are many questions as to why she did so.

• Money? The speaking circuit can be quite profitable, as everyone knows.

• Power? Well, giving up the top position in a state is not quite doing that.

• The ever-popular “run for President?” Who knows, and more importantly, who cares? It is ultimately up to Sarah to reveal that to the American public in her own good time.

But, regardless of what one thinks of her – neither she, nor anyone else could effectively build a campaign for President from the great state of Alaska. It is just too geographically removed from the mainland. Add to the fact that now that she is a civilian, the muckrakers who want to press made up ethics charges against her now have to pony up money, and one can see why she did what she did. It was a smart move for more than one reason.

She is intelligent, holds traditional conservative views, is pleasing to the eye and has a presence on the stage or behind the podium as the case may be that we have not seen in this nation since Ronald Reagan. That being said, I think the reason she came off less than stellar during the campaign is twofold.

1. The mainstream media gave her a very rough time. Waiting like vultures to pick on each and every word she misspoke. For example, she told a grade schooler, I think the child was 8 years old, a very simplified version of what the Vice President does. The media took that and ran with it, saying she didn’t even know what her job would be if McCain won. On the other hand, Obama said he had been to “all 57 states.” The media was strangely silent on that. Imagine if you will that Palin had made that faux-pas. It has been said that she was picked from relative obscurity and thrust into the limelight. A difficult proposition no matter which side of the aisle you sit on. Due to McCain waiting so long, she basically had to hit the ground running.

2. First hand accounts at the McCain rallies testified to the political star power that Palin wields. McCain’s rallies swelled in number and he was quoted as saying, “The response to her has been overwhelming, it’s been incredible. She’s ignited America.” I believe that McCain’s handlers actually became wary of that, and therefore they joined in the left’s efforts to malign her. To his detriment, McCain did not put a stop to it as he should have. It would have made him look like a leader and actually, I think, scored points with the GOP base.

The left is still maligning Sarah Palin and this only proves that she is a person that they fear. Saleem Rana said in his ezine article, “How Fear Inhibits Self-Expression and Personal Growth” that “Fear left unchecked can lead to all kinds of neurosis and inhibitions.” And that “the reaction to fear is so extreme that something is actually created to fear.”

The left is in danger of pushing their hatred of Sarah Palin too far. Because to go back to the fear article I cited at the beginning of this essay, the left needs to remember the Law of Attraction, which states that “Excessive focus on a feared event will attract to us exactly the event which we fear.” In other words: what we focus on we create. So keep it up, far left. You are helping to forge if not a great conservative Presidential candidate, then surely a great conservative voice.


Leftist Liberal Values Versus American Values


I was thinking the other day that far left liberals in this country have an odd view of the world, as if they completely rebelled against the things that they were taught as children. This is a general statement of course and is completely subjective, taken from my own experiences when I was a young child and the lessons that I was taught. I understand that there are many differences in the way that people are raised, but in general there are some values that are pretty widespread, dare I say universal, in this country. Let’s call these American values. I will enumerate some and give their leftist liberal counterparts.

Work hard and you will be successful.” This was something that my parents instilled in me from a very young age and it applies to nearly everything in life. This was not a conservative viewpoint nor a political ideology, but a truism gleaned from experience… experiences such as the struggle against communism in Cuba where, despite having family members imprisoned for political reasons, my family earned a living, became educated, practiced their faith in defiance of the state, and ultimately came to this country against huge odds. What is interesting is that the leftist point of view is almost the polar opposite of this: “without government help, you can’t make it.” Just glossing through the Democrat party’s platform one reads thing like “giving people jobs,” “giving people health care,” and even a part where they say that they will “help” those who, and I quote, “no matter how hard they work – are seeing prices go up more than their incomes.” I always thought that the can-do spirit was part of the American character, not the idea that there is an upper bound to our success, a bound that only government can help you break through. Is it any wonder that conservatives sometimes brand liberals as un-patriotic or un-American when the left’s values are so out of sync with American values?

Be your own boss” and “work in what you love.” These, to me, are related lessons that my family taught me. It affirms that one should seek independence, if possible, and that one should enjoy their vocation. It extols the virtues of owning a business, especially in an area that one loves. The leftists on the other hand believe that good jobs do not come from the independence of the citizen but rather through organizing unions to challenge companies. Don’t believe me? Just check out the “Good Jobs with Good Pay” section where, instead of talking about how entrepreneurship and innovation can spur job growth and good wages, they talk about ensuring the rights of unions. Their section on entrepreneurship was vague and probably the shortest in the whole document. This is because the leftists believe that “companies are evil.” No longer are businessmen considered “successful,” they are considered greedy and heartless… all of them. Democrats somehow believe that unions “pull people out of poverty” and “create a stronger middle class,” when in reality unions produce nothing, it is the entrepreneurs and a company’s employees that produce things, create wealth, and drive the economy. Unions only suck up membership fees from workers and make unrealistic demands of companies, making demands that do not reflect economic realities; just look at the auto industry. Furthermore, why is being a unionized worker the ideal status for Americans? Do we grow up thinking “man, when I growup I want to be a SEIU member?” I, personally, am all for unions, I simply worry when they become big machines that usurp the rights of workers, instead of help protect them.

Be responsible.” So simple and so true. It applies to everything, from the idea that one should not force others to take care of you (if possible) to facing the consequences of ones actions. Needless to say, the left finds this value to be complete nonsense. From their positions on health care to immigration to taxes, the left promotes a society where the few are responsible for the many. No longer is health a personal matter, all taxpayers, especially the wealthy, must contribute in order to “give” it to all. No longer is illegally crossing into the United States a crime according to the left, they say we must provide a path to citizenship… in essence rewarding them for doing something illegal. No longer are merit and actions important in our society, but rather the color of your skin or minority status influences decisions as varied as university acceptance or getting a job. The Democrats advocate the idea of “we will take care of you,” and whenever some political leader does not act like a nanny, they say that they are not doing their job, they are not taking care of you. Personally, I don’t want to be taken care of. I stand on my own two feet. I am an American and I will not be treated as a child. Sadly, not everyone shares this sentiment.

Just perusing through the Democrat platform, one finds a value system that seems alien and divorced from the American value system, as I was taught. To be fair, the document does say things like promoting competitiveness and the hard work is good and things like that, but these words ring hollow when you look at their entire agenda. Their brief mention of small businesses is drowned out by their tax schemes, emphasis on union power, and rich versus poor rhetoric. Their talk of the American dream is silenced by their insistence that only government can lead to a comfortable life, that no personal effort can achieve prosperity. They talk of “giving” Americans everything instead of letting Americans get it themselves, instead of freeing Americans… and dishonestly ignore the fact that in order to “give” something, the government must “take” something away, because the government produces nothing. There are many more examples of the disconnect between the far left and Americans in general, I simply outlined a few here. What I honestly believe is that regular Joe liberals do not agree with this stuff. I believe that they care about those who cannot do for themselves and worry that without some sort of safety net too many people will fail, many conservatives believe this too but they do not hold the opinion that government is the only answer. These regular Joe liberals ultimately flock to the party that seems to represent these views, when in fact the Democrat party has been hijacked by the far left and care only for power. If conservatives are to make a dent in the power and size of government, then we must make inroads among these regular liberals because many of them actually do share the American values that the Democrat party disdains.