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Bipartisanship and the Budget

Posted by on Mar 30, 2009 in Bipartisanship, Budget, Democrats, GOP | 0 comments

If President Obama truly seeks bipartisanship in Washington, and if he does not want to alienate moderate conservatives, he needs to consider the Republican budget proposals.  If the GOP budget proposals are tossed to the wayside, the President will be spending his political capital faster than our tax dollars.

There are merits to what the Republicans are suggesting with the budget.
The economic crisis that we are in is bigger than the prospects of recovery if we only rely upon the ideas and solutions from one person or party.  Tell President Obama and the Democrats in Congress to listen to all ideas before committing our future and paychecks to more social programs. 
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Ron Silver, R.I.P.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2009 in 9/11, Afghanistan, conservative, Hollywood, hypocrisy, intolerance, Iraq, Ron Silver, War on Terror | 0 comments

I was sorry to learn that Ron Silver passed away on Sunday.  Although I cannot claim to be a fan of “The West Wing”, I am a fan of people that stand for principle.  Ron Silver stood up for his principles in the face of ostracism and even challenges to his livelihood.

Before 9/11, Ron was a longtime Democrat.  After 9/11, he saw the light and supported President Bush and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Because of his outspoken views on the need to carry on the War against Terror, he was pushed aside for available work by the various studios in Hollywood.  I thought Hollywood was the bastion of acceptance, tolerance and open expression of views?  It seems that may be so, but only if a particular individual agrees with and expresses views commonly shared by the powers that be in Hollywood.
It is always amazing to me to witness the hypocrisy and  intolerance expressed by those in Hollywood who seek to suppress conservative views.  When they suppress conservative viewpoints, they do so in the name of political correctness, which is really a forced or imposed method of group think.  Kudos to those in the entertainment industry that refuse to compromise their principles for the shallow victory of materialistic success.
Rest in peace, Ron Silver.
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Rush Limbaugh, Free Speech and the GOP

Posted by on Mar 5, 2009 in Free speech, GOP, Obama, Rush Limbaugh, White House | 0 comments

Why is the Obama administration, or at least those within the administration that speak to the press, taking aim to bring down Rush Limbaugh? I submit that it is not to simply kick the GOP while it is down. It is an effort to destroy the GOP, and free speech in the process. The White House wants to eliminate opposing viewpoints to make it easier to advance its policies.

As an aside, I must say that I object to the media trying to make people such as Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin the face of the GOP. Despite the many contributions those individuals have made to the GOP and the conservative movement, Rush and Sarah Palin are not the face, or the heart or soul of the GOP. Ideas and values are the face, heart and soul of the GOP. Values of smaller government, lower taxes, strict constructionist courts, building a strong defense, personal responsibility and promoting the value of life make up the GOP. These ideas and values are bigger than any one individual. It has been those ideas and values that have made America great. So let us not allow a biased media and a gloating Democratic party draw us away from our ideals and values.

Candidate and now President Obama has practically made the term “transparency” a cliche’. Despite this, his administration’s opaque and somewhat subtle plan to take aim at Rush, and those like him, in an effort to limit free speech is quite a paradox. I wonder what President Obama’s former professors at Harvard Law think about this? Particularly the President’s Constitutional Law professor? Did they skip discussion about the First Amendment? “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It is not a coincidence that only a few weeks ago, the Democrats wanted to revive the Fairness Doctrine to require broadcasters to provide “balanced coverage” of controversial issues. Since that effort has stalled, the Democrats now seek to engage in personal attacks on conservative voices, rather than engage in meaningful debate on the issues on all of our minds today.

The current administration should simply respond to the conservative voices with its own viewpoints and move on. Any political capital President Obama won after the election should not be wasted on suppressing opposing views. For if he is to achieve all of his ambitions at the expense of free speech and meaningful dialogue, what has been accomplished? Very little; and indeed, much more will have been lost.

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U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in Iraq, President Obama, troop withdrawal | 0 comments

Kudos to President Obama for realizing that a complete U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq is not possible nor fair to the Iraqi people. Our troops have done a fantastic job in treacherous circumstances to bring some peace and stability to Iraq. Let us hope that the Iraqi troops can be as successful in allowing a sustainable democracy to grow as the U.S. troops have done.

As for the Democratic contingent that is critical of the withdrawal timetable, please review your recent history. If the U.S. pulled all troops out of Iraq too early and too quickly, it would exasperate relations between the various Iraqi political and religious factions, and lead to disruptions or violence. Too many of our U.S. heroes have worked too hard and have bled too much in protecting America and promoting Iraqi freedom to allow any chance that their great work be diminished by Democrats catering to the left.

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