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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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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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