Monday, July 7, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
* Ted Cruz has been the most dynamic personality on the stage. He expresses the clearest, boldest conservative ideas. He gave a muscular response to the establishment GOP tactic to sit back and let Obamacare collapse, specifically, that standing for nothing is a sure way to lose elections. His proposal to abolish the IRS might sound fringe to the mainstream media, but one that would play well in flyover country. He will continue to be a force in the 2016 calculus.
* Chris Christie got a warm welcome, but it seems that welcome owes more to Christie's status as a mainstream media target than as a movement conservative. He said conservatives need to articulate more positive ideas., but didn't articulate what those ideas are. Given his ideas on immigration and Obamacare, among others, maybe it's better he didn't articulate them.
* There is a definite libertarian presence here. Panel discussion on Edward Snowden and NSA privacy issues produced mixed responses from the audience. Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore got boos for defending NSA and calling Snowden a traitor.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Not content with having roughly 98 percent of the American news media carrying its water, the Obama administration apparently decided the outstanding two percent needed to be handled as if it were a fledgling Tea Party group applying for tax-exempt status. Continue reading...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Barack Obama's recent State of the Union speech may have been the final warning for those who treasure democracy and personal liberties as we have come to know them in this country. He told us before his election that he would "fundamentally transform" this country, and half the country cheered. He and his minions in Congress passed Obamacare in the dark of night, and the media smiled. His IRS waged war on Obama's political opponents, and we were told it was much ado about nothing.
If freedom is a lit candle, the flame is barely flickering right now. Obama's State of the Union speech represented his attempt to blow the flame out completely. Never before has a leader of this country so brazenly tried to seize power and circumvent the basic constructs of our representative government. Richard Nixon's Watergate follies seem quaint by comparison. And instead of being outraged, the nation largely sighed and planned their Super Bowl parties.
The midterm elections this fall may well represent the last chance to preserve our democratic form of government as we know it. The effect of re-installing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House would begin a death spiral for democracy. Knowing Obama's time in the Oval Office is running short, a Pelosi-Reid Congress would work frenetically to implement the left's dream agenda vis-a-vis Obamacare, amnesty, gun control, et al. The damage would likely not be undone in even our childrens' lifetimes. Only a 2010-esque rejection of the Democrat slate will serve to thwart the remaining Obama term and begin turning the U.S.S. America away from the icebergs.