Filed under: Capitalism, Conservatism, Economy, Election 2012, Freedom, Heartwarming, Taxes, The United States
Mia Love, the Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, is running for Congress in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District. She spoke tonight at the Republican Convention. (They didn’t give her enough time). Great speaker, lovely woman, running on a platform of fiscal discipline, limited government and personal responsibility.
African-American women are not supposed to step off the plantation. Her entry on Wikipedia is being defaced, and she is under attack for, apparently, daring to be a Republican. Democrats hasten to point out any picture of Republicans that seems not to include enough brown faces, yet here she is, not only a Republican, but a Tea Party supported candidate, and a very impressive one indeed.
ADDENDUM: One of the Left’s favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist. MSNBC’s coverage of the convention might have proved that assertion, since their coverage missed every ethnic minority who spoke. They switched back to the studio and Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, etc. during speeches from Mia Love, Ted Cruz, a Latino American Texas Senatorial hopeful, and Rep. Artur Davis a black American. Will they hurl racist charges at these folks, just pretend they don’t exist? So awkward.
Mia Love can use your help.. even the smallest amounts. Her opponent as been outspending her 10 to 1. The attacks on this woman simply for daring to be black and a Republican are more than disgusting. You can donate to Mia Love’s “Love Bomb” here.
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Election 2012, Foreign Policy, National Security, The United States | Tags: American Exceptionalism, Foreign Policy Failure, Popularity Contest
Bret Stephens who addresses foreign affairs for the Opinion page at the Wall Street Journal’s column today carries the headline “Barack Obama, Global Has-Been.” Ouch. The thrust of Mr. Stephens’ argument is that Barack Obama has confused popularity with respect. He would rather be liked than feared. He wants America to be simply one among many nations, not exceptional, not special. And he has said just that.
But Mr. Obama confuses the meaning that Americans have of “exceptionalism.” Oh, sure, in contests, Americans will proudly annoy everyone else by shouting “USA, USA, USA”. People who come to this country for the first time are amazed by the flags flying everywhere, at private homes, and yes, at car dealers. We think we’re exceptional because we love our country and we want everyone else t know it. That doesn’t mean that others don’t love their country — no comparison is intended — simply that we do.
For Mr. Obama,…his core foreign policy concept —that global popularity generates global power — has failed. No U.S. president since John F.Kennedy has come to office with more global goodwill than Mr. Obama; no US. president since Jimmy Carter has been so widely rebuked.
Consider the record. His failed personal effort to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. His failed personal effort to negotiate a climate-change deal at Copenhagen in 2009. His failed efforts to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that year and this year. His failed effort to improve America’s public standing in the Muslim world with the now-forgotten Cairo speech. His failed reset with Russia. His failed effort to strong-arm Israel into a permanent settlement freeze. His failed (if half-hearted) effort to maintain a residual U.S. military force in Iraq. His failed efforts to cut deals with the Taliban and reach out to North Korea. His failed effort to win over China and Russia for even a symbolic U.N. condemnation of Syria’s Bashar Assad. His failed efforts to intercede in Europe’s economic crisis. (“Herr Obama should above all deal with the reduction of the American deficit” was the free advice German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble offered this year.) …
That isn’t to say that Mr. Obama hasn’t had his successes. The Libya intervention was a triumph, albeit of an odd sort since it was carried out in such a reluctant, last-minute, half-embarrassed fashion. Killing Osama bin Laden and dramatically expanding the number of drone strikes will forever be to the president’s credit—even if his administration’s tawdry efforts to publicize them for political gain will forever diminish the achievement.
Mr. Stephens adds that he tends “to think that the buzz about American decline mistakes the mediocrity of the president for the destiny of the nation.”
To be absolutely fair, here is Roger Cohen, a columnist for the New York Times: He says:
Well, four years have passed and Obama has adroitly steered the bankrupted United States he inherited away from the precipice but has not provided a “different future” worthy of the hope invested in him; and that imagined team of rivals became a team, or rather a coterie, of idolizers.
There is only one star in the galaxy at this White House and his name is Barack Obama. Everyone in the Sun King’s court has drunk the Kool-Aid. …
To his immense credit he took a big gamble on killing Osama Bin Laden. But elsewhere he has been cautious to a fault, eyeing the political calendar. He held out a hand to Iran but promptly reverted to tired old carrots and sticks; his response to the great popular uprising of 2009 was slow. He took half-steps on Israel and Palestine — criticizing Israeli settlements, saying the pre-1967 lines were the basis for a two-state peace — only to offer zero follow-through. Nothing changed.
On Egypt, he toyed with preserving Mubarak ad interim before the tide became irreversible. On Syria, he has in essence dithered. On Afghanistan, domestic politics dictated the agenda, at a cost in American lives.
Mr. Cohen is a liberal, and I left out the part where he talks about the “superb job” Hillary Clinton has done, but you can read it for yourself. Mr. Cohen’s point seems to be that Liberals will just have to hold their noses and vote for Obama anyway.
I believe that Mr. Obama is running against the American grain. He arrived with flowery words promising really good things, and has delivered disappointment. He thought he had everybody lined up behind him, but he didn’t pay attention to see if the people were following. They weren’t.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Election 2012, Freedom, History, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: A Worried People, Lowered Expectations, Paranoia Rises
Unemployment up, deficit up, and U.S. consumer confidence has dropped in August to its lowest level in nine months as Americans turned more pessimistic. The Conference Board is an industry group that attempts to measure consumer attitudes. It’s index has fallen from a downwardly revised 65.4 in July to 60.6. Economists had expected an increase to 66, according to a Reuters poll. It was the lowest level since last November.
“Consumers were more apprehensive about business and employment prospects, but more optimistic about their financial prospects despite rising inflation expectations,” said Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center .
Consumers were more concerned about price increases, with expectations for inflation up.
You can judge the mood to an extent by statements that “this is the new normal.” This younger generation will be the first that cannot expect their lives to be better than their parents. Lots of grumbling in the grocery store, as many manufacturers attempt to disguise the rise in price by offering a smaller quantity in a package that appears to offer the same unless you look at the net weight.
People in the drought areas of the Midwest are scrambling to line up feed for the winter months, as the hay crop has been far smaller than usual, or sending more of their herds to market.
Gun sales are way up. Crime is mostly down. (The two statistics go together) The impulse for some is because they”see it all going bad.” They see Obama’s lawless behavior — the attempt to go around the other branches of government with executive orders and agency regulations — as evidence of an unlawful power-grab. But for others, it is worry that the Obama administration is going to further attempt to regulate guns. The Anchoress says she is hearing discomfited talk at the hairdressers:
In the past few weeks I’ve heard some surprising people admit they’ve been arming themselves and purchasing ammunition — one such discussion happened all around me at the hairdresser’s while I sat and listened. The stylist and his boss, they’re storing food and arming themselves. The chiropractor who popped in to say hello while taking his afternoon stroll said he is armed, too: “never in my life thought I’d have a gun in the house, now we have two.”
They’re arming, they say, because they “see it all going bad.” These same folks who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 were now asserting an idea the far-left had floated around before that election, but instead of “Bush is going to install martial law and suspend elections.” they’re saying it of Obama. “He paid off his friends and did nothing to create jobs and he wants it all to go bad, because then he can stay in power and dictate.”
This seems as nutty as it did when the far-left got so paranoid back in the Bush administration. Maybe the worriers are the same paranoid people. I notice that talk of “home invasion” is up, survivalist supplies are being advertised, and books on survival hawked.
I’d forgotten the paranoid talk back during the Bush administration. They thought there was certainly a militia of some kind lurking in the mountains, somewhere — wherever there were mountains. Apartment people are often unfamiliar with the out-of-doors, and find it discomfiting.
The economy is bad because the policies chosen to address the economy are wrongheaded and misguided. Democrats’ faith in Keynesian multiplier effects have never waned. If it worked for FDR (it didn’t) it will work for them. Democrats march in lockstep, and share odd, paranoid ideas of what Republicans are all about — witness the pink vagina-clad Code Pink protesters at the Republican convention, protesting — not much of anything intelligible.
Yes, people are concerned about the economy, about jobs, about inflation. When money is tight, inflation adds to the worry. The ads and flyers I see indicate that business is hurting. People are avoiding the extras.
Mitt Romney offers a career history of turning declining and failing businesses around, spectacularly. His business career has been sterling. Democrats are trying desperately to create doubt, suspicion and fear with smears and lies and misrepresentation. They have tried to portray him as “unlikable,” untrustworthy, out-of-touch, too rich, — whatever. I don’t think it will work. Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, a family man who has gone out of his way throughout his life to be of genuine service to other people. It is not his way to even mention such things, but other people who know are beginning to speak out, to expose the real Mitt Romney. Who would think that exposing the reality about a candidate would be entirely to his benefit. Oddly enough, Republicans would.
Filed under: Freedom, History, Science/Technology | Tags: Astronauts, Footprints on the Moon, Quiet Heroism
As the nation mourns the loss of Neil Armstrong, one of our most admired heroes, President Obama added his condolences in typical fashion, with a picture of himself. What a contrast with the modest engineer who did such an unimaginably courageous thing, sought no particular fame nor great reward, but just went back to being a modest engineer, and tending his farm. The things of which real heroes are made.
That modest engineer will be long remembered. R.I.P. Neil Armstrong.