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The Battle of Ideas

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in administration, capitalism, Conservatism, GOP, ideology, Mtv, Socialism | 0 comments

I was going through some emails today and came across a great one from someone who has genuine concerns about the direction of our ideals.  The concern surrounding government or private ownership of business is real.  Our current national debate over healthcare and the public option, and looking back at the corporate bailouts in exchange for government ownership proves the point for concern.  Where are we headed?  Does the current Administration only favor private ownership or self government only when the public refuses to have it any other way?

Here’s the email….what do you think?

“So im becoming frustrated.
I can’t comprehend the huge difference between the liberal and conservative viewpoints. I believe it is natural for people to have fundamental differences in their beliefs, but it is coming to the point where the gap in beliefs is so wide and the sides are so angry that it is ripping this country apart.
Is it that one side is blind or uneducated? Are they stupid? I’m sure that liberals think we are stupid, but when I rationalize my own thoughts and values, I cannot see how their view points are in any way correct. I see it as a fast track to socialism……but I talk to more and more people who are OK with socialistic ideas. Is this just a sign of the times? Is America becoming so lazy that the majority no longer want to work for their success? Do we all just want to sit around and wait for a handout?
However, the liberals don’t see it as a hand out. Do they really believe that this is good policy or is there a higher motivation? The liberals in charge have money, perhaps more money than conservatives. SO what is their motivation? Are they really so brilliant to prey off the [needy] in society, empowering the[m] and using them for votes and policy change which makes those in charge richer? Or are the leaders (Obama, Pelosi, etc) really this naïve? 
The liberals are now so empowered that they are using Rush Limbaugh as the face of the GOP, and its working. This leads me to believe that, while conservative beliefs are correct, that the GOP leaders have no idea what they are doing. It also leads me to believe that the MTV/Reality show world is winning. The media and mainstream society conducts full assaults on all conservative beliefs and wins……….is there hope for our beliefs or will this cycle continue?

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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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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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