Mike Huckabee is not the man he pretends to be, and more and more conservatives are stepping forward to say so.
Not only is Huckabee a tax-raising, big-spender, but he seems to have serious ethical problems as well. Quin Hillyer at the American Spectator says,
If they only did a little homework, they would discover a guy with a thin skin, a nasty vindictive streak, and a long history of imbroglios about questionable ethics. [read more]
Pat Toomey at National Review is similarly critical:
But this flirtation does a great disservice to the conservative movement if it overlooks Huckabee’s stunning record of big-government liberalism.
During Huckabee’s tenure as governor, the average Arkansan’s tax burden increased 47 percent, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A dyed-in-blue tax hiker, Huckabee supported raising sales taxes, gas taxes, grocery taxes, even nursing home bed taxes. He virulently opposed a congressional moratorium on taxing Internet access, and sat on the sidelines while his Democratic legislature pushed the largest tax hike in Arkansas history into law. What’s more, on his watch, and frequently at his behest, state spending increased by 50 percent, more than double the rate of inflation, and the number of state government workers rose by 20 percent. [read more]
Huckabee may be presenting himself as a conservative, but his record speaks of anything but.
Filed under: Pop Culture
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…just remember to bring your own popcorn!
Almost two months ago I wrote on this blog that,
“Governor Huckabee has just demonstrated without a doubt that he is no conservative. and has no clue what the constitutional role of the federal government is or ever was intended to be. He’s proven, probably without realizing it, that he is just another full-fledged, big-intrusive-government, nanny-state politician.”
Today I was joined in that assessment by John Fund of the Wall Street Journal and a whole slew of conservative leaders.
Back in August, I knew, as soon as Huckabee made clear he would enthusiastically favor and sign a nationwide smoking ban, that he is not conservative, doesnt understand conservatism, has no clue about the constitution or federalism and is nothing but another big-government nanny-state politician.
Seems I was right.
Phyllis Schlafly, according to Fund, says, “He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles.”
Even his former aides are speaking out to warn Republicans that Huckabee is more like Bill Clinton than Ronald Reagan. Indeed, the frequency and ease with which he has abandoned conservative principles should be highly worrisome to all conservatives.
Read Fund’s column on Huckabee in it’s entirety. It’s a must read for anyone supporting Nanny Huckabee’s campaign.
Filed under: Humor, News, Politics | Tags: BDS, Culture War, Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Harry Reid, Iraq, Mainstream Media, Nancy Pelosi, New Media
An aphorism is a saying, a maxim, an adage; something so old and well-worn that it has become a cliché. Such is “caught between a rock and a hard place” which is where we find the Democrats in Congress. The angry left has made it clear that they want the military out of Iraq right now! They want Bush and Cheney impeached right now! No Blood for oil!
The American people have made it clear that they don’t care to have the American military lose a war. They want the military to come home when the job is done. In fact, the American military ranks pretty high with the American people, higher than the media, academe, or Congress. Oops!
You have, perhaps, noticed Harry Reid announcing that the War on Terror is lost, just as the ‘surge’ is shown to be working. Nancy Pelosi has announced that al Qaeda is only in Afghanistan just as Osama bin Laden admits that the “darkness has become pitch-black”, and the situation for al Qaeda in Iraq has become dire. Well, it’s hard to be right all the time. But if you can’t get it right occasionally, the rock and the hard place begin to squeeze uncomfortably. For more on this story, go here.
This is, however, exactly what is meant by being caught between a rock and a hard place.
And, naturally, it all comes from the media that keeps on about the animosity and disarray to be found in the Republican Party. I seem to remember another aphorism–something about pots and kettles. There’s a reason why your grandmother taught you all those old sayings. They form the guardrails of life.
Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc. He writes in National Review Online today:
“The Russians enjoy greater freedom than ever before in the long history of that autocratic empire. But after 2000, when former KGB officers took over the Kremlin, Russia started slipping back into her traditional samoderzhaviye, a form of autocracy traceable to the 14th century’s Ivan the Terrible, in which a feudal lord ruled the country with the help of his personal political police.”
Read the whole thing here.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Politics | Tags: Al Gore, BDS, Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Environment
Remember that melt-down?
Al Gore screaming at the top of his lungs that George Bush, “played on our fears,” to supposedly trick us into the otherwise completely unneccessary war in Iraq despite the fact that it was Gore’s boss who made removing Saddam the official policy of the United States?
And yet look what Algore is doing to America’s children based on computer models that cant even accurately predict our current climatic reality. Talk about projection!
A good introduction to the fraud that is the “the debate is over” crowd by John Stossell — but just the tip of the iceberg (forgive the pun) of the problems with their claims. (via gay patriot)
Filed under: Politics | Tags: Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Military, Obama, Support the Troops!
But lest you think Democrats hate everyone in the military, they finally found a service member they could stand up for:
In the segment where Limbaugh made the “phony soldiers” comment, he discussed Jesse Macbeth, who was sentenced to five months in prison last month for faking his military service. The Tacoma, Wash., man was kicked out of the Army after six weeks at Fort Benning, GA in 2003, but he later claimed to have participated in war crimes in Iraq and tried to position himself as a leader of the anti-war movement.
Rush was criticizing MacBeth and others who have been fraudulently representing themselves as Iraq war verterans and then using their phony credentials to speak out against the war.
But Democrats had just been taken to the woodshed for refusing to denounce Moveon.org for their ad calling General Petraeus a liar and a traitor, and they wanted revenge! They blasted Limbaugh for smearing soldiers who disagreed with him. The fact that their charges were entirely dishonest notwithstanding, they sent a letter, signed by 40 Democrat leaders, to Limbaugh’s boss, the CEO of Clear Channel.
The Oct. 2 letter to Clear Channel Communications Inc. sought an apology from Limbaugh and a public repudiation from the company. It was signed by 41 senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid and presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Chris Dodd. [read more]
Never one to take Democrats stalinist tactics lying down, Limbaugh obtained the original letter and put it up for auction on Ebay.
Two weeks later, Rush has given the dishonest Democrats a political schooling by turning their letter into a charitable contribution of $2.1 million dollars to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation — a charity for the survivors of those killed in the line of duty. The auction set an all-time record for the most expensive item ever sold for charity on E Bay. Rush is going to match the donation.
Rush Limbaugh: 4.2 million
Filed under: Politics | Tags: BDS, Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Mental Heath, News of the Weird
Liberalism, progressivism… whatever they’re calling it this week.
Yet more evidence that the Air America/MoveOn.com crowd are stark-raving-lunatics and should not be trusted with sharp objects, let alone national policy.
Is there anything these people won’t lie about? Well, as it turns out, no:
Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes is temporarily off the air, but cops and her lawyer say reports she was mugged near her Manhattan apartment were bogus.
Fellow host Jon Elliott said on the liberal network that Rhodes was attacked at 39th St. and Park Ave. on Sunday night while walking her dog, Simon.
Elliott, who said Rhodes lost several teeth in the attack, waxed about a possible conspiracy.
“Is this an attempt by the right-wing hate machine to silence one of our own?” he asked on the air, according to the Talking Radio blog. “Are we threatening them?”
A police source said Rhodes never filed a report and never claimed to be the victim of a mugging.
Rhodes’ lawyer Robert Gaulin told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog, but she wasn’t sure exactly what happened. [read more]
I think one of the many psychological issues at play here is known as “projection“. While Republicans aren’t known for instigating violence against political adversaries, the lunatic left has a long track record of it:
- Al Franken Physically Assaults Protestor in the Name of “Freedom of Speech”
- Lawmaker’s son sentenced for slashing tires: 3 Democratic campaign workers vandalized 100 GOP cars in ’04
- Florida Democrat Tries to Run Down Katherine Harris with Car
- Colorado Teacher Kicks Student for Pro GOP TShirt
- Dead Soldier’s Home Vandalized
- Woman Spits In Soldiers Face
- Gunshots Fired Into Knoxville Bush-Cheney Office
- Harrassment of Florida Bush Supporters
- Gunshots Fired at Minnesota GOP Office
- Liberal Mob Storms GOP Campaign Office in Dearborn, MI
- Angry Liberal Mob Attacks Army Recruiters
- Liberal Protestors Riot , Force Conservative Speaker to Flee
- Liberal Protestors Ransack Bush/Cheney Headquarters, Injuring Workers, Vandalizing Office
Unfortunately, that’s not even scratching the surface.
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Politics | Tags: Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Europe, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security, Iraq, Nancy Pelosi, Support the Troops!
In unusually strong language from perhaps America’s most respected editorial page, the Wall Street Journal has said it can no longer give Nancy Pelosi and Democrats the benefit of the doubt that their political maneuvers are not, “consciously intended to cause a U.S. policy failure in Iraq.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, famous for donning a head scarf earlier this year to commune for peace with the Syrians, has now concluded that this is the perfect moment to pass a Congressional resolution condemning Turkey for the Armenian genocide of 1915. Problem is, Turkey in 2007 has it within its power to damage the growing success of the U.S. effort in Iraq. We would like to assume this is not Speaker Pelosi’s goal.
To be clear: We write that we would like to assume, rather than that we do assume, because we are no longer able to discern whether the Speaker’s foreign-policy intrusions are merely misguided or are consciously intended to cause a U.S. policy failure in Iraq. [emphasis added]
This is an unuusally powerful condemnation coming from a paper so well respected that its Op-Ed pages regularly play host to world leaders and heads of state, but it is in response to a political maneuver that is unusually treacherous even by Democrat standards.
As we explained the other day, there is no valid reason to pass this resolution at this time. The event in question took place 91 years ago, and has already been condemned by Congress twice.
The only rational explanation remaining then, and quite frankly the obvious explanation, is that Democrats are trying to undermine their own country in order to end the war without having to be held accountable for ending the war.
The maneuver has been condemned by eight former Secretaries of State, including Democrats Madeline Albright and Warren Christopher, by current and former Secreteries of Defense, and even by Demcorats such as Jane Harman who wrote just as much in an Op Ed in the Los Angeles Times.
Last time we looked, treason meant intentionally attempting to harm your country. And how can anyone argue that intentionally trashing our relationship with an ally for bogus, trumped up reasons is anything but that?
The fact remains that if Democrats want to end the war, they have it within their constituional powers to do so. Having won control of the House, Democrats control the purse strings. If they want us out of Iraq, all they need do is stop funding the war.
The reason Democrats refuse to do so is because they know that while they desperately try to paint the war they themselves approved as , “Bush’s war,” that if they cut funding out from under the president and the troops, then the aftermath really will be, “the Democrat aftermath.” If we leave and things get worse, as everyone predicts they will, Democrats will own that regional chaos lock, stock and barrell.
But no one, absolutely no one, should tolerate Democrats thinly veiled attempt to trash our relationship with Turkey in their attempt to undermine their own country out of war. Since when is intentionally undermining your country an acceptable means to any end? As the Wall Street Journal concludes:
If Nancy Pelosi and Tom Lantos want to take down U.S. policy in Iraq to tag George Bush with the failure, they should have the courage to walk through the front door to do it.
Indeed! Nor should the Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, and co-sponsor in the Senate Hillary Clinton, be let off the hook for their treacherous politics.
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Politics | Tags: Democrat Lies/Dirty Tricks, Europe, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security, Iraq, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, President Bush, Support the Troops!
What else can you call it when Democrats decide that now is the precise time in which it is necessary to condemn our ally Turkey for an event that took place 91 years ago and when our key ally has made it exceedingly clear that it would regard such an act as a direct insult and that it would have to reconsider co-operating with the United States?
Congress has already condemned the action twice in the past, so the claim that this is necessary for any reason is yet another in an excruiatingly long list of Democrats bald-faced lies.
The move by Democrats, a thinly veiled attempt to damage relations with a key ally in the war in Iraq, has been condemned by eight former secretaries of state and three former defense secretaries, by the current secretary of state and the current defense secretary,
Eight former secretaries of state and three former defence secretaries wrote to members of Congress warning that passing the resolution would damage vital US interests in the Middle East.
recieved, “rare and uncharacteristically strong condmenation” from the Turkish President:
…President Abdullah Gul criticized the vote by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and warned that the decision would damage Turkey’s relations with the United States. Reports on private NTV television said a Turkish naval commander had canceled a U.S. trip.
“Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States have once more dismissed calls for common sense, and made an attempt to sacrifice big issues for minor domestic political games,” Gul said in a statement to the semiofficial Anatolian News Agency. “This unacceptable decision of the committee, like similar ones in the past, has no validity and is not worthy of the respect of the Turkish people.”
In a lettersent to Mr Bush, Mr Gul vowed that “in the case that Armenian allegations are accepted, there will be serious problems in the relations between the two countries.”
The Turkish Foereign Minister warned that relations between the US and Turkey would suffer:
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued Thursday, warned that relations with the United States would be made more complicated. “The committee’s approval of this resolution was an irresponsible move which, at a greatly sensitive time, will make relations with a friend and ally” more difficult, the news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying.
The move is also condemned by the current Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice:
In London, the US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates, warned that the consequences of the decision to have a full vote on the genocide resolution could be severe. “The Turks have been quite clear about some of the measures they would have to take if this resolution passes.” …
Turkey did its best to confirm Mr Gates’ warning. “This draft resolution will put US soldiers in danger,” Egemen Bagis, an adviser to the Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan, told CNN. “If our ally accuses us of crimes that we did not commit then we will start to question the advantages of our co-operation.
“Yesterday some in Congress wanted to play hardball. I can assure you Turkey knows how to play hardball.”
He promised that if the resolution was passed “we will do something and I can promise you it won’t be pleasant”.
The fact is congress has already condemned these events, there is no reason whatsoever to do it again other than to anger Turkey, which Democrats knew it would, in order to destroy our relationship with a key ally in the war on Iraq.
If Democrats want to end the war in Iraq, all they have to do is refuse to fund it. But that would require them to be held accountable for their actions, which they refuse to do. So instead they are working to destroy our relationship with a key ally, a NATO ally to make the war much harder to fight.
Of course this means Democrats are also putting our troops in much greater danger since if Turkey stops allowing us to use their airspace, it will take much longer to move personnel and supplies in and out of Iraq.
There is only one word that can describe such tactics,
Filed under: Humor, Politics | Tags: 2000 Election, Al Gore, Judiciary, President Bush
Hilarity from Scrappleface:
(2007-10-12) — Although former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize this week for his work as a global-warming performance artist, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled early today that President George Bush would receive the gold medal, the diploma and the $750,000.
Mr. Bush, who was narrowly defeated by Mr. Gore in the 2000 presidential election, thanked Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito “for swinging the vote my way, and helping me to join the pantheon of great Nobel laureates like Jimmy Carter and the late Yassir Arafat who together brought peace to the middle east.”
“Thanks to Al Gore’s movies, speeches and books,” said the unnamed spokesman, “Terrorists and tyrants around the world will soon lay aside the weapons of war and give peace a chance by working together to develop a hybrid car that runs on cheap, clean-burning gunpowder.”