Obama's Emmy Nomination?

Al Gore got an Oscar for a so-called documentary which used faked footage of ice calving to make a point. So why shouldn’t Barack Obama get the Aaron Sorkin “West Wing” Award for the best delivery of a written speech?

The triumph of style over substance?

Somehow, looking Presidential in front of a famous and revered Abraham Lincoln – complete with Obama’s favorite columns – is somewhat spoiled by the TelePrompTer that is necessary to turn Obama into the telegenic orator he often plays on television. Hence, he should be a clear winner of an Emmy for best political drama.

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Personally I am tired of Obama’s desire to be connected with the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Here is a man who has not spent a single day in the Presidency, with not even a hint of greatness apparent – playing a role – just like any other empty suit telegenic actor.

While the jury is out until 2012 – I would much rather Obama deal with solving the problems at hand and making himself available to the working media than striking arrogant poses and delivering TelePrompTered speeches.

And speaking of the media, when are they going to get over their slavish devotion of someone whose record of achievement, other than be elected to the Presidency, is less accomplished than, say, Sarah Palin?

-- steve 

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell


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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

The new gay face of the democratic party?

The democratic party, being somewhat devoid of core principles and fixated on the moral equivalence between good and evil, has cobbled together a coalition of society’s fringe elements in order to achieve political power. Made possible because of the failure of the Republican party to stay faithful to its conservative roots – and the number of Republican politicians who have been outed as “hypocrites” for promoting honesty and family values; and then doing something quite different.

Gays seeking disproportionate power …

There is no doubt that gay activists are trying to wield a disproportionate amount of power in the democratic party to push their agenda.

First, to make gays (GLBTs) a protected class which offers them a platform where they can seemingly use the power of the state to challenge even the smallest of legitimate claims in daily life, especially in the workplace. One can not help wonder if “gay” will be the new “black” when it comes to hiring, firing and discipline? With people walking on eggshells to avoid even giving the appearance of impropriety.

Second, and even of more concern, is the revocation of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military.

While we have no doubt that there are capable, honorable gays serving in today’s military, freely opening the door may introduce major problems that could consequently weaken the military. Problems involving a problematical reduction in experienced soldiers as older veterans fail to re-enlist. Problems with unit integrity. Problems with facilities and the need to recognize “special” requirements. Problems with medical treatment on the battlefield where HIV-positive soldiers might be encountered. And, of course, an erosion in military command and control based on cronyism and special interests. An erosion of the professionalism of our volunteer forces.

But then again, there is talk among democrats in reviving the draft – to make things fair! (Excepting of course, those who are rich, privileged or politically connected.)

How likely is one to see this agenda being promoted?

“Don't Ask, Don't Tell”

“Responding to average-people questions at Change.org, Robert Gibbs affirms Obama's determination to end the current policy governing gays in the military. ("Yes," he replies, when asked if Obama will overturn the ‘don't ask, don't tell’ system fashioned on the fly in Bill Clinton's first months.)”

“The question is when, exactly, Obama will be willing to wade into this thicket. Thus far the reporting on that front has been conflicting, but it seems like the memory of Clinton's agonizing 1993 experience, which spoiled his electoral honeymoon, has him holding off on the specifics for the time being.” <Source>

Consider H.R. 1246, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (MREA),  championed by California Representative Ellen Tauscher which seems to have little or nothing to do with military readiness and everything to do with “gays.”

“To amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.” <Source>

Once again the democrats fall back on sentence parsing and Orwellian naming conventions.

Like their attempts to re-define the word marriage and to press the attack in the courts when a majority of legal citizens have voted to retain the traditional “one man, one woman” definition that promotes family unity and serves society well.

This is the party which says little or nothing about the tremendous societal disruption and burden placed on society by single-parent families as a result of glorifying non-traditional marriage and living arrangements.

Plan of attack …

Of course, considering the democrat’s  anti-Iraq stance and the number of anti-war and peace activists present in the democrat party, one must rightfully consider that this is just another avenue to weaken our military and promote the public policies of those who do not wish us well.


A reminder that Hollywood, San Francisco and New York are an atypical representative of our middle-America core values.

Watch Boy George sing “Yes We Can” tribute to Barack Obama …

The new face of the democratic party? 

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'Drug-crazed idiot' Boy George jailed for 15 months for chaining male escort to wall and beating him. <Source>

What can YOU do?

Tell your elected officials that pandering to any special interest should not be tolerated and those candidates and officials that engage in creating inappropriate legislation which weakens the United States military, economy and cultural norms will be sanctioned at the ballot box.

Regardless of their proclamation of an electoral “mandate,” almost half of the United State were willing to vote for a rather lame Republican candidate to preserve our traditional values. 

We are at a point of “weakness” and the tipping point for rational behavior in the United States Congress has been reached. Sudden moves to reform the system should be carefully scrutinized and then monitored lest unintended consequences have an adverse effect on our nation.

As for marriage, retain the traditional definition and make civil unions which convey equal rights and privileges the law of the land. As for gays in the military, do what is best for the military and unit cohesiveness. As for the draft, nobody has proved that the volunteer model has failed – and those in the National Guard were forewarned about the possibility of combat assignments.

There is much we can and should change: starting with our corrupt, inept and grossly incompetent politicians.

-- steve

Quote of the Day: “One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.” -- Sir Winston Churchill

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: State of the State Speech Demonstrates INCOMPETENCE!

Schwarzenegger's 11 minute speech said nothing ... and was a demostration of his incompetence as California's governor.

According to Arnold’s Official Website …

38TH Governor of California

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“The world knows Arnold Schwarzenegger as a famous bodybuilder and a Hollywood action hero, but he is also a successful businessman, generous philanthropist and California's 38th Governor.”

Unfortunately, many Californian’s now know Governor Schwarzenegger as a narcissistic, ego-driven "movie star” who seeks adoration over results.  He is no politician – he merely plays one!

Notable accomplishments?

“Governor Schwarzenegger's most notable accomplishments in his first five years in office include the nation-leading Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 - a bipartisan agreement to combat global warming by reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions - and overhauling the state's workers' compensation system - cutting costs by more than 35 percent. In addition, Governor Schwarzenegger is the first governor in decades to make major investments in improving California's aging infrastructure through his Strategic Growth Plan, helping to reduce congestion and clean the air. He established the Hydrogen Highway and Million Solar Roofs Plan, continuing his leadership in creating a greener environment.”

There is no proof that any program that Arnold Schwarzenegger recommends will change the global climate one iota. In fact, there is absolutely no way to measure any weather-related deviation as any miniscule change would be lost in the noise of the weather’s normal variability.

Fails to notice the fat, bloated government and his fat cat special interests …

“As Governor, he has been California's most effective marketing tool, traveling across the country and around the world promoting California-grown products, cutting-edge technologies and the state's diverse travel destinations. In addition, using his background as an internationally recognized athlete, Governor Schwarzenegger has made restoring health and fitness a top priority. He signed legislation making the state's school nutrition standards the most progressive in the nation and continues to promote healthy habits by taking harmful trans fats out of California restaurants and ensuring nutritional information is available to diners.”

Fiscal reform?

Additionally, since he took office, Governor Schwarzenegger has worked to reform California's fiscal policies, create a better business environment, reduce burdens on employment, boost exports and stimulate job growth. Through the end of 2007, California's Gross State Product had grown by 29 percent since the governor took office in 2003.

The governor is a stone cold, bold-faced liar! Under his watch, spending has increased over 40% in real dollars. His promises of eliminating waste, fraud and corruption in the California Government is a sham public relations effort – as he appointed his cronies and politically important people to the high-paying boards he vowed to eliminate.

The governor’s entire public policy can be defined as “LOOK AT ME, I AM GREAT, IT IS SO BECAUSE I SAY IT IS SO!”

2009 State of the State Speech …

In approximately eleven minutes, three or less if you take out the acknowledgements of other politicians and the routine crap, there was nothing of substance contained within the speech.

"Let me tell you, I have big plans for this state. They include action on the economy, on water, environment, education, and health care reform, government efficiency and reform, job creation, and the list goes on and on," Schwarzenegger said. "But our first order of business is to solve the budget crisis."

What the hell has Schwarzenegger done in the past five years? He stands before the people and claims we are in a major fiscal crisis and then goes on to say he wants to spend even more.

This man is delusional and will do or say almost anything to get approval …

His proposal that legislators should lose their salaries and per diem if the budget is not submitted on time – like a few measly dollars would mean something to people who raise and spend multi-million dollar amounts on their campaigns.

“We should make a commitment that legislators -- and the governor too -- lose per diem expenses and our paychecks, for every day the budget goes past the constitutional deadline of June 15.”

“You have to admit it is a brilliant idea.
I mean, if you call a taxi and the taxi doesn't come, you don't pay the driver. If the people's work is not getting done, the people's representatives should not get paid either.
That is common sense in the real world.”

Additional stupidities …

  • “So, I am encouraged that meaningful negotiations are underway. And, as difficult as the budget will be, good things can come out of it.”
  • “Because, in spite of the budget crisis, when we have worked together in the past, we have passed measures that moved this state -- and even the nation -- forward.”
  • “There is no course left open to us but this: to work together, to sacrifice together, to think of the common good -- not our individual good.
    No one wants to take money from our gang-fighting programs or from Medi-Cal or from education.”
  • No one wants to pay more in taxes or fees.
    But each of us has to give up something because our country is in an economic crisis and our state simply doesn't have the money

Sacrifice to ratify and continue the legislature’s continued profligate spending? Where are the substantive budget cuts? Where are the real dollar cuts rather than the phony claim that a reduction in a budgetary increase is a tax cut?

What is he trying to do …

It appears that he wants to take the current budget deficit and roll it into the next budget and then fund both together … all with the purpose of papering over the problem, kicking the can down the road – so he can run for the Senate in 2010 with some form of accomplishment. No mention of the other real problem facing the state: illegal aliens and their union and church supporters.

Bottom line: Schwarzenegger has been an abject failure as a governor and would make an even worse Senator.

What can YOU do?

Remember what Schwarzenegger failed to do in two terms of as California’s governor.

Remember the broken promises to curtail spending and reduce the costs of government.

And remember that the man is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and turned his back on those who bought his loyalty with their votes and money. He is a liar, cheat and thief – when you consider he took money under false pretenses when he ran as a conservative Republican and then morphed into a liberal sycophantic democrat.


-- steve

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

Reference Links:

2009 California State of the State Speech Text|Los Angeles Times

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - About Arnold, Biography

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

Schwarzenegger: I can be bought!

I am rich and powerful ...

For a man who said he was t0o rich and independent to be bought or be required to cater to the special interests, it's ironic that Governor Schwarzenegger has exceeded the fundraising prowess of his predecessor Gray Davis and caved in to liberal democrats and their special interest  spending whenever possible.

According to the Sacramento Bee ...

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he has a price."

"If he is going to give up the no-new-taxes stance on which he staked his 2006 re-election campaign, he says, Democrats must agree to shove aside environmental rules for 11 highway projects and let private investors and builders play a larger role in state construction."

The triple whammy ...

Like a RINO (Republican In Name Only), Schwarzenegger is abandoning his so-called "conservative" principles and talking about raising taxes in a time of universally acknowledged recession.

Like a committed environmentalist and the  spearhead of California's efforts to fight global warming, Schwarzenegger seems all to ready to abandon environmental rules -- especially as they may apply to concrete production.

And as one who is too rich to pander to the special interests, he is openly advocating to let private investors play a larger role in state construction.

But what do you expect from a man who declares himself to be no longer the candidate the people elected, but a post-partisan politician who is above party politics. A convenient cover for a political turncoat who is willing to turn his back on the party who elected him and do deals with the profligate spenders he was elected to rein in.

It's a role to be played and it's only an writer's words ...

"Schwarzenegger has long believed that higher taxes damage the economy; he said in 2006 it would be the 'worst thing' to do."

Notice how he is looking ahead to 2010 -- to clear his record before facing a Senate run?

"Now, facing a $40 billion budget deficit over the next 18 months, he says he is willing to bend if the state can offset the impact of raising taxes by making regulations friendlier to businesses."

Switch hitter?

Only months ago, the budget deficit was said to be somewhere between $12 BILLION and $24 BILLION -- with $14 BILLION mentioned as a likely number.

So how did we suddenly get to $40 BILLION or his Schwarzenegger trying to clear the whole deficit before his Senate run? Or his he trying to pull a Pete Ueberroth? Ueberroth, as you may well remember was the head of the Los Angeles Olympic effort and overstated all costs in order to have a major surplus at the end of his watch.

Switching subjects: it is no longer about taxes or spending, it's about jobs and infrastructure...

Parroting the Obama line, Schwarzenegger has apparently turned into a liberal democrat.

" 'Really, the whole idea was that we help the people as much as possible in these very terrible times,' Schwarzenegger said last month as he rejected a Democratic plan to reduce the deficit by $18 billion because he said it didn't do enough to promote job growth."

" 'This proposal that they have sent down … does really only one thing, and this is punish the people of California,' he said."

Truth be told, Schwarzenegger is complicit in "punishing the people" as he signed off on every budget since he was elected. There is no "they!" It Schwarzenegger and the legislature who have spent the last five years spending California into an abyss -- and with little or nothing to show for all of that massive spending except nice new freeway sound walls which are graffiti magnets.

It's not his lifestyle that he is gambling with ...

"Schwarzenegger's action was risky; continued stalemate means the state will run out of cash in February, unable to pay tax refunds or state vendors."

He can move out of state to another one of his homes at a moment's notice. Not that he was even in the state when the new budget proposal was revealed during the New Year break. He was enjoying life in Sun Valley, Idaho -- at one of his other homes.

Diversionary tactic: look over there ...

"Democrats say the Republican governor is holding up the budget over a stimulus package they consider largely irrelevant to closing the state's massive deficit."

" 'Economic stimulus is extremely important, and we need to get Californians back to work,' Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, said Wednesday. 'However, economic stimulus proposals will not address the (cash) situation that the state controller has indicated we will be facing in February. So it is our belief the governor should sign the proposal we put forward to address the immediate cash crisis.'"

More smoke and mirrors: seeking a position of plausible deniability?

Is the governor's goal to set the stage, so to speak, so that he can claim he fought hard against the democrat's dastardly budgetary plans?

"Despite issuing a separate budget proposal last week, the governor continues to negotiate with Democrats over their $18 billion package with the possibility he could sign it before February."

I can be bought; and I don't mind selling out my own party in the process ...

"The governor said last month that if Democrats give him what he wants, he'd sign the package even though it skirts the state's two-thirds vote requirement for taxes, making opposition by lawmakers of his own party irrelevant in a way they say is illegal."

What environmental impact?

Schwarzenegger is primarily asking to waive environmental restrictions so that $1.2 billion in road projects can begin as soon as this year, which he estimates would establish 21,600 jobs, including those created in other sectors by worker spending.

Can you say "special interests?"

"The governor is also asking to change construction guidelines to make it easier for private firms to build state projects, which he suggests would allow California to take advantage of even more federal and private capital."

Hollywood Lesson One: Looking Good ...

"Schwarzenegger's demands, if met, would allow the governor to say he scored some wins for business interests, even as he capitulated on taxes. It's a strategy likely to reappear during summer budget talks, when the governor is expected to ask Democrats to loosen rules over meal and rest breaks in exchange for further tax increases."

Looking tough by threatening the union or would the meal and rest breaks only apply to non-classified workers?

It doesn't matter if the results are mostly symbolic and can be exploited in the media for maximum advantage ...

"In the meantime, the governor's list of $1.2 billion in road projects likely won't have a game-changing effect in a $1.7 trillion statewide economy, though the administration believes it would help the recovery."

"The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said the proposal has some merit in a down economy, such as taking advantage of lower prices for materials and highly competitive bids as more firms are desperate for work. But it faces numerous challenges, principally the need for federal waivers."

"The analyst also noted that the plan would only accelerate construction by a few months, since several projects are already on track to begin in early 2010, not creating as immediate an impact as advertised. And the analyst report noted that stimulus would be confined to those areas where highway projects are located."

Special interests?

"But with the state desperate for new jobs, the governor likely believes there is no greater political opportunity than now to press the Democratic-controlled Legislature to make concessions that enable more long-term private involvement in state construction."

"Democrats oppose the governor's plan because they want the 11 specified road projects to undergo environmental review, whereas Schwarzenegger wants to eliminate that hurdle. Democrats also want more oversight over a procedure that incorporates the design and construction sequences into one, a change that Schwarzenegger wants because it is more favorable to private builders."

Only "acting" like a Republican?

"The governor's proposals would require Democrats to give up protections that environmentalists and state employee labor unions hold dear. Steinberg said there is room for agreement but that the governor shouldn't expect to get everything he wants."

The political way?

Do or say anything to pursue your own agenda has always been the way of politics, regardless of political party -- no matter whether or not you style yourself as a  post partisan politician.

"In 2006, Schwarzenegger focused heavily on two messages – his opposition to taxes and his environmental credentials. Faced with far different economic circumstances in 2009, Schwarzenegger's message has shifted to creating jobs.

"While he once promoted his ability to balance environmental concerns with economic ones, he says the economic ones win out for now."

" 'What we want to do is strip away some of the rules and regulations that are holding us back now to do infrastructure in the first place," Schwarzenegger said last month. 'So we need jobs right now. For me the people are the most important thing, then we can worry about all the other regulations.'"

Bottom line ...

Schwarzenegger has abandoned the conservative principles of the Republican party and has joined the ranks of those politicians who will do or say anything to pursue their own personal agenda: in this case moving  Schwarzenegger beyond Hollywood into a well-respected statesman.

-- steve

Reference Links:

Analysis: Schwarzenegger shifts budget focus from opposing taxes to creating jobs - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

Schwarzenegger: No leadership during budget negotiations -- vacationing in Sun Valley

Arnold, the RINO

I have made no secret of my disdain for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the RINO (Republican In Name Only) governor who acts more like a liberal democrat than the fiscally responsible conservative Republican he initially portrayed. His leadership skills were honed in Hollywood where striking poses and looking like a hero is possible only with good writing and the assistance of smoke and mirrors.

As a not so funny joke, members of Schwarzenegger's own party once wore name tags to a budget meeting to emphasize the fact that he spent more time with liberal democrat social engineers and spendthrifts than he did with his own party faithful.

Fundraiser extraordinaire …

Of course, nothing was allowed to interfere with Schwarzenegger’s fundraising – setting new records that surpassed those of Gray Davis whose only talent was 24/7 fundraising and courting special interests. Schwarzenegger even went one step further, creating special non-profit foundations where funds were raised to fund the governor’s travel as a jet-setting movie star. Claiming that his travels did not cost the people of California any money, he conveniently overlooked the fact that much of the contributed money came from special interests who do not believe in charitable contributions. The foundations resisted listing their donors – and the whole thing stinks to high heaven.

So why is it no surprise that the Governator is building a campaign fund – possibly to run for the Senate in 2010. And why is it no surprise that the state is facing a major fiscal crisis while the Governor suns himself on the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho where he keeps another residence.

And he’s up to his old tricks of borrowing and papering over the immediate deficit …

From the Sacramento Bee …

Schwarzenegger seeks more borrowing, new tax increase

“Aides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rolled out a new plan for closing California's gaping $40 billion budget deficit today that cobbles together elements of earlier proposals and adds a new tax increase and a "what if" quest to borrow $4.7 billion.”

Now its $40 BILLION instead of $14 BILLION and the governor doesn’t have the balls to present the program himself.

" ‘We are facing a major crisis, probably the most challenging budget situation the state has ever faced,’ said Mike Genest, Schwarzenegger's finance director. ‘The governor believes in acting immediately.’"

So where is the Governor … showing at least some symbolic leadership?

Schwarzenegger is out of state and vacationing at the family residence in Sun Valley, Idaho. But Genest and a half-dozen Finance Department staff members briefed reporters on a plan that incorporates a proposal of spending cuts and tax increases the governor made earlier in December.”

“That plan called for a temporary increase in the state sales tax, expanding the sales tax to cover some services, a nickel-a-drink alcohol tax, a new tax on oil production and a $12 hike on vehicle registration fees.”

“Cover some services?”

This is a massive expansion of taxation as previously exempt labor services from hairdressers, auto mechanics, veternarians and other service professionals will be taxed.  In a state with record high taxes (Only proposition 13 caps prevent California from being the state with the highest taxes), these taxes add insult to injury as they will be used to fund the profligate spending of an out-of-control legislature – something Schwarzenegger promised to address when he was first elected 5 years ago.

Spending cuts?

“It also called for $15.4 billion in spending cuts, including requiring state employees to take two-days-a-month unpaid furloughs through June 30, 2010 and give up two paid holidays each year.”

First, the unions have threatened to sue Schwarzenegger if he attempts to interfere with existing union contracts and furloughs union workers.

And second, spending cuts are not always real dollar spending cuts. To my way of thinking, a spending cut is reducing the amount of money you are actually spending below what you have previously spent. Not simply a reduction in the amount of bloated budget items. 

Papering over the deficit with stolen funds backed by bogus IOUs …

“The new elements include reducing the dependent care exemption on state income tax returns from the current $309 per dependent to $103; carrying over some of the deficit into the 2010-11 fiscal year; borrowing funds from voter-created programs that service the mentally ill and pre-kindergarten children's health services; changing the operating rules for the state lottery in an effort to make it more profitable, and borrowing $4.7 billion from the private sector.”

Once again, the governor is attempting to kick the can down the road past 2010 so he can claim some victory when he campaigns for the United States Senate. But there is nothing of substance here: borrowing designated funds (such as the $2 BILLION generated from tobacco money for pre-schools) and leaving a state IOU is commonplace. Pre-kindergarten children’s health services are not a state responsibility, they are a parent’s responsibility.

Notice that nowhere does the governor say he would cut payments to illegal aliens in favor on insuring that the legal residents of the State of California have the funds to insure their public safety and healthcare.

The democrats never met a tax or spending opportunity that they did not like; hence the term “tax and spend democrats …”

“The first two of these would require legislative approval. The third and fourth would also require voter approval. The fifth, Genest said, would require the financial market to get much healthier than it is now, and the state to have both a balanced budget in place and a ‘plausible’ plan to pay the money back.”

Anything which raises taxes and shifts the budget burden to the people without decreasing the funds available for special interest projects, the unions and the illegal aliens is fine with the democrat-controlled legislature. The plausible plan has always been to increase the taxes to cover borrowing.

" ‘It's a massive shortfall,’ Genest said. ‘It's the kind of shortfall that cannot be addressed by waiting until July 1 to enact a budget. We have to act immediately.’"

If it’s so damn important why are the legislators and the governor on holiday?

Plan du Jour …

“The new plan - the latest of at least four iterations of a deficit-cutting proposal to be trotted out by the governor and legislative factions - covers both current budget year, which ends June 30, the new fiscal year that starts July 1.”

“It proposes to close the $40 billion deficit and create a reserve of about $1.6 billion by making $17.4 billion in cuts over the next 18 months; increasing taxes by $14.3 billion; banking on an extra $5 billion in money from the lottery and borrowing about $5 billion.”

So how did the governor legally sign an out-of-balance budget – after delaying the signing past the deadlines mandated by the California Constitution?

How did the budget deficit suddenly surge from $12 -$16 BILLION to $40 BILLION under the fiscally conservative governor?

“The plan envisions that state spending on general operations in the current fiscal year would drop from the $103.4 billion approved by legislators and the governor last September to $92.4 billion. In the fiscal year that starts next July 1, general fund spending would amount to $95.5 billion.”

We must be insolvent? And these people are too stupid or too political to solve the problem as they admit failure …

“Genest acknowledged that the sorry state of the U.S. financial market, coupled with the inability of lawmakers and the governor to make a deal on closing the deficit gap, meant it was impossible for the state to borrow any money now by issuing Revenue Anticipation Notes (RAWs). But he also said the budget gap is too huge to close through spending cuts or tax hikes alone over the next 18 months.”

What Does Revenue Anticipation Note - RAN Mean?

Also called Revenue Anticipation Warrants (RAWs), RANs are defined as:  “A short-term debt security issued on the premise that future revenues will be sufficient to meet repayment obligations” <Source>

Some things seem to be off the table …

Dump services to illegal aliens and let them self-deport. This would amount to a minimum savings of at least $10 BILLION dollars – possibly $20 BILLION or more when you consider savings from education, healthcare and judicial programs. Go back to the voters to authorize a reduction in education money to deal with a declining enrollment. Dump the least productive state workers just like private industry.

This is B.S. …

" ‘It's just so monumental,’ he said. "As you go through our solutions, you'll see these were really difficult choices. These are substantial tax increases, these are major program reductions."

Politically difficult maybe, really difficult – no way.

Pie in the sky?

“Genest said the plan envisions that the economy will have improved enough by July and lawmakers and the governor will have reached some comity on the deficit to make issuing warrants possible then.”

Smoke and Mirrors?

Revenue Anticipation Notes are securities based on projected income. More financial engineering from the Wall Street Wizards who have crashed our economy.

“The advantage of RAWs is that they do not have to be repaid in the same budget year that they are issued but can carry over into the 2010-11 fiscal year.”

Bottom line …

So while Californians are experiencing a depression, our budgetary system is in shambles, our infrastructure is in desperate need of repair or replacement, our leader is enjoying himself in Sun Valley. Something we should all remember when he claims to be fighting hard for the people.

What can YOU do?

Refuse to play a part in this shell game and re-call or do not re-elect the morons that put us in this position. Demand that the governor reduce the $134,000 salaries of the recently appointment members of the Integrated Waste Management Board to $75,000 without any perks or health insurance. If this is to be a full-time position, hire professionals instead of termed-out legislators.

Refuse to accept Schwarzenstupid ’s bogus global warming initiative which amounts to a massive tax hike on the people and the creation of derivatives similar to the subprime mortgage derivatives which crashed the economy.

Regard Arnold Schwarzenegger for what he is: a narcissistic, ambitious, Hollywood creation. A movie star playing the part of a Governor. Compared to Ronald Reagan, this schmuck is not even qualified to hand out the programs in the theatre. Let him return to Hollywood where I will continue to enjoy his screen performances – knowing that my $20 ticket is voluntary and I can leave if I don’t like the movie.

Be well and be safe.

-- steve

Quote of the day: “The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.” -- Lucille S. Harper

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Schwarzenegger is  having fun  ... are you?

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“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

While other states laugh at the corrupt machinations in Illinois: the corruption of one-party rule is wreaking havoc in California

About the only people who think that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a conservative Republican are his many publicists: and they do it because they are paid to promote him.

Truth be told, Schwarzenegger is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) who openly styles himself as a “post partisan” politician – a man of the people, not beholden to any political party.

If this were only true, and better yet, if the Governor was more than a narcissistic Hollywood caricature created by smoke and mirrors, he might have lived up to his campaign promises of reducing the waste, fraud and special interest corruption in the State of California – as well as hold the profligate spending of the democrat legislators in check.

Now, after five years of Schwarzenegger’s so-called post partisan leadership, we find that he appears to be as impotent and self-absorbed with fundraising as the predecessor he replaced, Gray Davis. In fact, he has proven to be a more able fundraiser that Davis, a Governor who was often symbolized as having his shorts around his ankles when it came to special interest fundraising. Infinitely more able as he created special non-profit foundations who funded his jet-set lifestyle while initially refusing to reveal their donors. Probably because most were special interests, lawyers and lobbyists.

And now we face a major challenge. The Golden State of California is running out of gold. According to who you ask, we are facing an $12 - $24 billion dollar deficit, which is projected to rise to somewhere in the neighborhood of $42 billion in eighteen months.  All on Schwarzenegger’s “post partisan” watch.

Even Schwarzenegger’s own party can’t trust him to do the right thing for the State. Of course, that is partly because he appointed liberal democrats to major positions of power rather than qualified Republicans. He spent more time with the democrats than he did with members of his own party. Even the positions he takes mirrors those of another liberal democrat, his fabled relative, Ted Kennedy.

Schwarzenegger may be about to commit a crime against the people of California …

The democrats have cooked up a specious scheme in which taxes are replaced with fees in such a manner as to require a simple majority vote of the legislature – no Republican need vote for the tax measure. Of course, the California Constitution is pretty specific on the need for a two-thirds vote to pass a tax. So the measures being proposed by the democrats are illegal.

Perhaps the democrat-dominated legislature believes that they can collect enough money to paper over much of the present deficit – and it might be years before the courts order them to return the money to the taxpayers; probably in the form of reduced tax rates or a suspension of some fees. Heaven forbid, they should cut a check and return our money to us – with interest.

If this ruse is ruled illegal, I would be all for indicting Schwarzenegger and the voting members of the legislature for an actual crime: conspiracy to commit grand theft, fraud and misrepresentation.

What can Schwarzenegger say?

He has failed miserably to provide leadership in the State of California and his people are already talking about a position as a California State Senator in 2010 – and, if the Constitution can be amended, the Presidency. There can be no argument with the basic numbers. Since Schwarzenegger took office, spending has accelerated beyond population growth and inflation – up $41 billion (40%) to $144.8 billion since 2o03. Hardly the record of a fiscal conservative.

And where did this money go?

The people of California continue to see the state’s crumbling infrastructure which is in dire need of repair or replacement. The people see their roads deteriorate in front of them as the freeway becomes a massive parking lot moving in the same general direction of the traffic flow. Of course, who can even see the surrounding area as politically-expedient “sound walls” are given a higher priority than actual roadway repairs?

Part of this money has gone to subsidize the illegal aliens who are now assuming more and more power in the political process. Through an evil confluence of the the unions who see more members, more political power and more dues; the major contractors and developers who see cheaper labor; and the politicians who see a large bloc of voters susceptible to the manipulative techniques which work on the indigent and illiterate – they all watch our healthcare, education, judicial, retirement, social and cultural infrastructure fail.

Part of this money has gone to satisfy the special interests who are trying to simply grow government into a self-sustaining mass that can wield enough political power as to override the wishes of the citizenry. Part of the funds went for personnel costs associated with union contracts. Part of the money went to outside consultants. And the money that was not spent on ineffective programs was probably lost in waste, fraud and corruption.

But the bottom line remains, much of this money need not have been spent and that which was spent lacked adequate oversight and control.

What can YOU do?

It is almost worth the time, effort and money to attempt to re-call the governor before he becomes a bigger embarrassment as a Senator. But considering how helpful he has been to the tax and spend democrats, he might wind up with a job in the Obama Administration.

Tell your elected officials that the democratic party is through in California if they attempt to illegally maneuver their way through this morass of their own making.

It’s time that we bring back a two-party system in California as the democrat party has proven to be totally incompetent in managing the people’ business and finances.

-- steve

Quote of the day:  “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” -- Albert Einstein

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American traitor, Jane Fonda, worried about Republican dirty tricks? (Updated)


The New York Post's famous Page Six is reporting ...

HOLLYWOOD studios love to use the Toronto Film Festival as a launching pad for Oscar contenders, but this year there's a different buzz. In an online letter to event chiefs, an array of notables -- Jane Fonda, Naomi Klein, Danny Glover and David Byrne among them -- have protested the festival's choice to spotlight the city of Tel Aviv and 10 Israeli moviemakers, Post film editor V.A. Musetto reports. 'Intentionally or not,' the letter says, '[the festival] has become complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine.' A week earlier, a Canadian filmmaker pulled his short from the event in protest. But the festival, which opens Thursday, refused to back down, insisting it would continue to show "the best films we can find."

You must admit, the traitorous bitch Jane Fonda does know something about propaganda. And often creates it herself with her stupid braying. This overly-spoiled useful idiot, as usual, has apparently allied herself with the wrong side and seems to much rather stand up for those corrupt religious fanatics who oppress women and condone state-supported murder, rape and mutilation -- as well as terrorism -- as a normal daily occurance. For those who pretend to care, Fonda was once married to radical Marxist/activist Tom Hayden. Seems she never left the 60's and the people who actually thought she was an actress.  

Original blog entry ...  

Liberal elites continue to slime America with their hysterical braying …

I was particularly incensed when a well-known author provided a foreign paper with an incendiary interview containing newsworthy quotes.

According to the New York Observer …

“Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss 'Will Spark the Second American Civil War. Blood Will Run in the Streets”

“It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.”

“A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist, gave an interview to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the choicest bits of which were brought to my attention by the reliably sharp-eyed Christian Rocca, the U.S. correspondent of Il Foglio, who published excerpts on his Camillo blog.”

“Basically, Jong says her fear that Obama might lose the election has developed into an "obsession. A paralyzing terror. An anxious fever that keeps you awake at night." She also says that her friends Jane Fonda and Naomi Wolf are extremely worried that Obama will be sabotaged by Republican dirty tricks, and that if an Obama loss indeed comes to pass, the result will be a second American Civil War.”

Second American Civil War?

First, Erica Jong is not only playing the race card, she is fear-mongering and apparently threatening America with her interpretation of the consequences of not voting for Obama.

I wonder if she realizes that she is describing a behavior is characteristic of the radical far-left and crazies who think violence and mayhem are the appropriate reaction to every perceived slight. The wrong candidate is elected: riot, loot and burn your neighborhood. Someone publishes a cartoon: riot, loot and burn your neighborhood. A wrong judicial decision: riot, loot and burn your neighborhood.

By feeding into her tortured liberal fears, she is not only promoting a racial stereotype of a community, but she is also encouraging crazies on the other side to further prepare for what they regard is an enviable race war.

So, once again, we have a politically ignorant person making pronouncements to a foreign press which only serves to provide aid and comfort to our enemies, both foreign and domestic – reinforcing the concept that America is a bad actor on the world stage and that the democratic passing of power in an election is a rigged sham.

And speaking of our enemies …

Jane Fonda is at the top of my list as an unindicted traitor: a person who, in time of war, gave aid and comfort to our enemies. A person who mockingly sat on an anti-aircraft gun in Viet Nam while downed pilot John McCain was being tortured in a nearby prison. It is hard for me to write anything about Jane Fonda without using the words “traitorous bitch.”

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The most prominent example of a clash between
private citizen protest and governmental military policy in recent history occurred in July 1972, when actress Jane Fonda arrived in Hanoi, North Vietnam, and began a two-week tour of the country conducted by uniformed military hosts.

Aside from visiting villages, hospitals, schools, and factories, Fonda also posed for pictures in which she was shown applauding North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunners, was photographed peering into the sights of an NVA anti-aircraft artillery launcher, and made ten propagandistic Tokyo Rose-like radio broadcasts in which she denounced American political and military
leaders as "war criminals."
She also spoke with eight American POWs at a carefully arranged "press conference," POWs who had been tortured by their North Vietnamese captors to force them to meet with Fonda, deny they had been tortured, and decry the
American war effort.

Fonda apparently didn't notice (or care) that the POWs were delivering their lines under duress or find it unusual the she was not allowed to visit the prisoner-of-war camp (commonly known as the "Hanoi Hilton") itself.

She merely went home and told the world that "[the POWs] assured me they were in good health. When I asked them if they were brainwashed, they all laughed. Without exception, they expressed shame at what they had done."

She did, however, charge that North Vietnamese POWs were systematically tortured in American prison-of-war camps. <Source>

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The far-left …

The choice could not be clearer in the upcoming election:

On one hand you have Barack Obama, representing the far-left liberals, whose only accomplishments seem to be having been born bright, telegenic and with an actor’s skill at becoming a scripted character. A person who has openly and knowingly associated with terrorists, both foreign and domestic, for years. A man without a record of accomplishment. A man who speaks of change but has no record of ever exerting the type of leadership it takes to bring about change in a hyper-partisan environment.

And the other hand, you have John McCain, a decorated war hero who was tortured unmercifully while far-left liberals cavorted with our sworn enemies and declared America to be the despicably bad actor on the world stage. And while you may not share all of John McCain’s political ideas (and I don’t), you know that this is a man who will defend America from her enemies while others are content to “discuss the issues” while toasting them with Champaign.

Who is Erica Jong?

A much-married feminist whose first novel, Fear of Flying, was all about women’s sexual desires. Many of her novels deal with women’s issues and she appears to be one freaky individual. She is known to be an outspoken adherent of the 9-11 conspiracy theory. All-in-all, she is your typical far-left, au courant, limousine liberal who apparently hates her country, and Republicans in particular. It is curious that a feminist would not rise to support the only woman running for office and one who apparently has succeeded in achieving the feminist dream: power and equality with men in their chosen field.

“Here's a translation of Jong's more spirited quotes to the Milan-based Corriere, as selected by Rocca.”

"The record shows that voting machines in America are rigged."

I wonder if she realizes that the democrats have a distinguished history in vote rigging and vote buying?

"My friends Ken Follett and Susan Cheever are extremely worried. Naomi Wolf calls me every day.”

“Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can't cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves."

"My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium." 

Compare this to the real pain that John McCain suffers each and every day while he vigorously campaigns for an America he believes in. To bring bi-partisan reform to our ailing government instead of whining about how bad the country must be or how much he really hurts.

I am tired of actors and actresses thinking that their accomplishments on the screen, where like Barack Obama, they convincingly mouth the words authored by others, entitle them to hold forth on what is ailing America and have us believe that their words should somehow be taken with more importance than an ordinary citizen.

"After having stolen the last two elections, the Republican Mafia…"

"If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me. And it's not a coincidence that President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead against American citizens in the streets."

"Bush has transformed America into a police state, from torture to the imprisonment of reporters, to the Patriot Act."

Sound familiar. Sound like another far-left liberal like Jane Fonda, John Kerry or John Murtha.

She also laments that not all of America's men of letters share her devotion to Obama.

I wonder what Hemmingway would have said were he alive?

"Tom Wolfe and John Updike are men of the right and Philip Roth is at this point a hermit who leads a monastic life in Connecticut, far from everything and everybody."

Luckily, she said there is her and Michael Chabon, who, she says, have "taken the place of Susan Sontag and Norman Mailer respectively."

They have the same political sensibilities, she said, but a better "sense of humor."

What can YOU do?

Ignore the ignorant, America-bashing politicians and the sycophantic actor/actress supporters.

Never forgive Jane Fonda and those of her ilk for their traitorous actions in a time of war.

Decide whether you want an effete, elite snob like Barack Obama who is willing to sit down with our enemies to talk about the world’s problems or a John McCain who has the courage of his convictions and will defend America against her enemies.

Imagine what Obama could say to  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he declares Israel must be wiped from the face of this Earth and only by bringing about a holocaust can the next Imam appear and purge the world of the infidels so everyone can live in an Islamic state?

Especially when he would be among the first killed for practicing his adopted Christian-faith.

Get out there and VOTE or suffer in silence when those who do not believe as you do, confiscate your property with taxes to support their promise of wealth-redistribution.

-- steve

Quote of the Day: “The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.” -- John Kenneth Galbraith

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Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss 'Will Spark the Second American Civil War. Blood Will Run in the Streets' | The New York Observer

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

Judge rules on Obama's citizenship -- makes a major mistake?

While we do not have any opinion on Barack Obama’s citizenship in connection with his meeting the requirements to run for the Presidency of the United States, we certainly disagree with Judge Surrick’s assertion that “Berg lacked standing to bring the case, saying any harm from an allegedly ineligible candidate was ‘too vague and its effects too attenuated to confer standing on any and all voters.’"

Making the case …

On the contrary, a case could be made that the harm from an allegedly ineligible candidate who assumed the presidency is not vague, but a clear and present danger to any and all voters.

An ineligible candidate who was not a natural-born citizen of the United States as mandated by the United States’ Constitution brings forth the question of possible divided loyalties and/or allegiance to another sovereign nation.

Someone who may have divided loyalties or allegiance to another sovereign nation may be in a position to provide “state secrets” and other classified military intelligence and plans to that other sovereign nation which would immeasurably cause irreparable harm to the United States and its reputation and standing in domestic and international affairs.

Someone who may have divided loyalties or allegiance to another sovereign nation may be in a position make military and domestic decisions which would immeasurably cause irreparable harm to the United States and its reputation and standing in domestic and international affairs.

Assuming that Barack Obama is a qualified candidate for the Office of the President of the United States …

Without even considering the possibility that Barack Obama is ineligible to become the President of the United States, one can see any number of purely political problems with his candidacy that does not  assume his citizenship status.

Barack Obama is a Junior Senator who lacks the background and experience that would qualify a person for the position as the President of the United States.

Barack Obama has many troubling gaps in his background and the chronology of events leading up to his candidacy as put forth by the democrat party. Obama’s lack of candor, specificity and forthright assistance in providing background information makes it unlikely that he would be eligible for a “top secret” clearance that would be required for all high-level government officials. Although there is no formal requirement that the President of the United States possess a formal security clearance, the position does allow access to the highest levels of national classified information.

Barack Obama, likewise, has many troubling long-term associations with people who exhibit behavior antithetical to the interests of the United States and its citizens.

Barack Obama appears to have adopted a far-left liberal democrat agenda that will result in deleterious effects on the United States and its citizens. To wit:

  • The stated desire to curtail present military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other foreign locations – even though we are on the brink of seeing some form of resolution to these matters through the political and military self-sufficiency of the Iraqi and Afghani governments. To undertake an unreasoned approach to withdrawal from these areas, not only endangers the physical well-being of deployed United States forces; but also introduces a measure of uncertainty in our foreign affairs which may lead to serious consequential events in the future. Because those who oppose the United States’ actions, both foreign and domestic, any sign of weakness on the part of the United States is likely to invite further provocation and attacks on the United States, its allies and its assets.
  • Barack Obama’s public announcements with respect to Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia and other foreign nations marks him as relatively unsophisticated in foreign affairs, naive in diplomacy and in a dangerous position of having to rely on his advisors without any “core” guidance which would enable him to determine the correct choice of action to pursue.

It appears that Barack Obama shares a common “tax and spend” philosophy among fellow democrats which would most likely result in an undue economic burden on this nation’s small businesses and individual citizens.

Obama’s plan to tax the wealthy and redistribute the wealth to those less fortunate smacks of the Marxist ideal of “To each according to his needs, from each according to his abilities.” This philosophy is also shared with some of Obama’s long-term associations with the openly anti-American racists, Reverend Wright, Reverend Phleger, Minister Farrakahn and the unrepentant domestics terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who openly admit that they have a radical socialist/Marxist/Communist philosophy.

And, considering his long-term (20+) years association with openly anti-Semitic clergy (Wright, Phleger, Farrakahn), I have to consider that Obama’s support for Israel may be less than 100% and that his actions may give aid and comfort to Muslim extremists in the region. I believe that Israel will do everything in its power to prevent Iran from obtaining and deploying nuclear weapons in the region. And that any interference by a United States President who is less than 100% committed to preserving the State of Israel would be disastrous.

Most troubling is Obama’s lack of leadership on any major issue and his willingness to “go along to get along” history. The President of the United States cannot simply vote “Present” when serious matters erupt; serious matters which require a decision – rather than a smile and some words about hope.

This disconnect between Obama’s rhetoric and his actions is also troubling. One can speak of change and hope – leaving its definitions and implementation to others. Obama simply has no previous history of acting in a bi-partisan manner on any significant issue requiring a reform of the existing system.

I will not be voting for Barack Obama …

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I feel that, regardless of Barack Obama’s citizenship status, he is unqualified to assume the Office of the President of the United States.

I believe that he rose to his present position due to a confluence of events that could only have been made possible by a deeply polarized America where the majority of citizens have lost faith and trust in their elected officials. And that Obama’s support among the populace is more a function of those who hated Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate and those who who hated President George Bush and his current Administration.

I also believe that the media has abrogated their journalistic responsibilities to “speak truth to power” and that their obvious left-liberal bias and support for candidate Obama has further polarized the United States, deepened our military and economic travails by a constant and continuing drumbeat of negative lopsided reporting on the issues of the day, and most importantly, the fact that candidate Obama has all of the physical and oratorical abilities of a “star” in a nation which has come to worship celebrity and ignores hard, unpleasant realities.

I would also urge that you consider the existing situation in terms of your own enlightened self-interest and the welfare of your family. It is hard to come to any conclusion other than Obama is not worthy of achieving the Office of the President of the United States.

And for those of you who remain undecided, I would point out that Barack Obama’s own Vice Presidential choice, Joseph Biden has said that Obama was not qualified to be the president, that the Presidency does not lend itself to on-the-job training, and most importantly, that it is likely that Obama will be tested by a “manufactured” international crisis ginned-up only to test his mettle. And even more chilling is Biden’s remarks that the citizens of the United States may believe that Obama’s response was inappropriate – and asking us, in advance, to continue supporting him.

Several scenarios present themselves for consideration:

  • Middle East action by Israel against Iran;
  • Unconditional withdrawal from Iraq, Afghanistan;
  • The need to invade Pakistan’s sovereign space in order to crush al QAEDA terrorists;
  • Russian action against one of its former satellite nations; and/or
  • Continued genocide and strife in Africa.

I cannot think of anything more chilling than knowing who are being targeted for attack for simply electing an inexperienced and, apparently, unqualified candidate.

Therefore, even though John McCain would not be my first choice for the Presidency of the United States, he is the best man for the position at this point in time. With McCain, I do not worry about his patriotism and willingness to defend the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

And while I do not believe John McCain has a great background in finance or economics, it appears that there are few solutions to the present situation that do not require a steady hand and a sufficient amount of time for these most troubling matters to resolve. If there was a simple, easy answer, it would have been taken by the present Administration. But I am confident that McCain will access the required people to resolve the problem – regardless of what side of the aisle they may be sitting.

About the ruling …

According to the Associated Press…

“ federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's qualifications to be president.”

“U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick on Friday night rejected the suit by attorney Philip J. Berg, who alleged that Obama was not a U.S. citizen and therefore ineligible for the presidency. Berg claimed that Obama is either a citizen of his father's native Kenya or became a citizen of Indonesia after he moved there as a boy.”

“Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father. His parents divorced and his mother married an Indonesian man.”

“Internet-fueled conspiracy theories question whether Obama is a "natural-born citizen" as required by the Constitution for a presidential candidate and whether he lost his citizenship while living abroad.”

“Surrick ruled that Berg lacked standing to bring the case, saying any harm from an allegedly ineligible candidate was ‘too vague and its effects too attenuated to confer standing on any and all voters.’"

About the Judge …

Nominated by Bill Clinton on April 11, 2000, Judge Surrick seems to have a rather undistinguished background. His required court procedures seem well-thought out and he does not appear to be an ideologue. He appears to be just another hard-working judge performing a difficult task.

“R. Barclay Surrick, of Media, Pennsylvania, has been a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, since 1978. Prior to joining the state judiciary, Surrick was a shareholder at Cramp D’Iorio McConchie & Surrick from 1969 to 1977, and worked as an associate at Lutz Fronfield Labrum & Knapp from 1967 to 1969. He also served as a part-time attorney for the Delaware County Public Defenders' Office from 1965 to 1974, and ran a solo practice in Delaware County from 1966 to 1967. Surrick began his legal career as an associate for Basil C. Clare, Esq., from 1965 to 1966. He received his B.A. degree from Dickinson College in 1960, his J.D. degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1965, and his L.L. M. degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982.” <Source>

About the case …

BERG v. OBAMA et al

“Plaintiff Philip J. Berg alleged that Defendant Barack Obama is not eligible for the Office of the President because Obama lost his U.S. citizenship when his mother married an Indonesian citizen and naturalized in Indonesia. Plaintiff further alleged that Obama followed her naturalization and failed to take an oath of allegiance when he turned 18 years old to regain his U.S. citizenship status.”

Plaintiff: PHILIP J. BERG


Case Number: 2:2008cv04083

Filed: August 21, 2008

Court: Pennsylvania Eastern District Court

Office: Other Statutory Actions Office [ Court Info ]

County: Montgomery


Nature of Suit: Other Statutes - Other Statutory Actions

Cause: U.S. Government Defendant

Jurisdiction: U.S. Government Defendant

Jury Demanded By: 28:2201 Injunction

For those wishing to review some of the documents filed with the court, they may be accessed here

What can YOU do?

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the day: “The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy”. - Steven Weinberg

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

COLIN POWELL: Why I don't agree with his Obama endorsement.

Before you complain and ask “who is he to be commenting on the political endorsement by a prominent American statesman and military leader,” I might remind you that I am “One Citizen Speaking” and this is my blog.

Here is a portion of the transcript of General Colin Powell’s appearance on Meet the Press with host and moderator, Tom Brokaw.

MSN Tracking ImagePowell has apparently succumbed to Washingtonitis …

As much as I respect Colin Powell’s opinions and his right to endorse Barack Obama, there seems to be a disconnect between the what General Powell is recommending and the reality of the situation.

“GEN. POWELL:  I would start with talking to the American people and talking to the world, and conveying a new image of American leadership, a new image of America's role in the world.”

“The problems will always be there, and there's going to be a crisis come along in the 21st or 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now.  And so I think what the president has to do is to start using the power of the Oval Office and the power of his personality to convince the American people and to convince the world that America is solid, America is going to move forward, and we're going to fix our economic problems, we're going to meet our overseas obligations.  But restoring a sense of purpose, a sense of confidence in the American people and, in the international community, in America.”

The problem facing America today is not simply a matter of style: the ability to project an air of confidence and claim that change is in the air. Any well-trained actor can deliver this performance using people like Hollywood’s premier political screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to craft the words.

The fundamental problems for the new Administration are both numerous and profound.

  1. Is legislation the answer to every problem and what role does time and timing play in resolving some of these financial, social and military events?
  2. If legislation is the answer, is a deeply-divided or hyper-partisan Congress up to the challenge of creating politically-neutral solutions that address the problem without adding pork and special political  privileges to the legislation? While the President may be the leader of our nation, we have seen Congress act independently, willfully and hostilely towards that leadership. Even if the President and Congress are of the same party, there is always the external influence of the special interests and other considerations which can shape legislation before it arrives on the President’s desk.
  3. Considering that the selection of a number of Presidential advisors will be made on a political basis or apparently based on long-past government or private sector service, what is to say that these people will render the right advice at the right time. Especially considering the influence of the lethargic bureaucracy. Consider the example of  Henry Kissinger and Madelyn Albright who have extensive foreign policy credentials, they have been wrong more than they have been right and their opinions could result in great damage to our nation. 
  4. Nobody disagrees that Barack Obama is telegenic and makes a good appearance, but have you noticed his almost flat affect when delivering TelePrompTer speeches. Here is a man who may deliver the words but remains unconvincing. John McCain, on the other hand, may deliver the words in a clumsy manner – but you know he believes in what he is saying.

Whoops – attacking a prominent democrat issue …

“MR. BROKAW:  What's not on the screen right now that concerns you that should be more prominent in the minds of the American people and the people running for president?”

“GEN. POWELL:  I think the American people and the gentlemen running for president will have to, early on, focus on education more than we have seen in the campaign so far.  America has a terrible educational problem in the sense that we have too many youngsters not finishing school.  A third of our kids don't finish high school, 50 percent of minorities don't finish high school. We've got to work on this, and my, my wife and I are leading a campaign with this purpose.”

Forget Powell’s self-interested agenda in education and consider for a moment six of the root causes of ineffective education today.

      1. Other than the threat of withholding federal funds, all education is a local matter that is handled at both the state and local levels. The impact of federal dollars has not resulted in an improvement in education as the spending of this money has been highly politicized and fraught will special interest graft. Corruption and inappropriate influence abounds at the local level. Consider the Los Angeles Unified School District with their half-billion dollar High School Campus or the $230+ million modern art high school built to satisfy the ego of a billionaire developer who loves modern art and is trying to develop the neighborhood in which the school is located.
      2. There is no unified curriculum or testing protocol because of political and special interest concerns. Testing for teacher competency is a key issue that has been resisted by the unions for years. Testing for school children is also a disaster as teachers then “teach to the test” and do not encourage or reward any significant measure of independent thought. These are the people who “dumb down the class” in order to raise test scores. The fact that a major school system like the Los Angeles Unified School District is satisfied with allowing students to graduate from the 12th grade with a 9th-grade level competency in math and English is part of the problem.
      3. The far-left liberals have re-written much of history and inserted more social and political issues in the curriculum so as to reduce the emphasis on core fundamentals. Who can forget their wacky experiments in “whole language learning” which replaced phonics and produced a generation of functional illiterates? Who can forget their experiments in math that led to celebrating the wrong answers to bolster a student’s self-esteem issues?
      4. The school systems refuse to hold parents accountable for their children’s actions and the single most important issue facing educators today is not education, it is maintaining classroom discipline. Especially in the face of growing numbers of gang members and gang associates. Political correctness demands that we overlook the facts that most Hispanic families do not regard education as important as securing a job – especially when compared to other immigrant communities.
      5. The impact of illegal aliens is destroying our educational infrastructure. Children who barely speak and comprehend English are dumped into classrooms. This totally destroys the opportunity for brighter students to achieve their full potential and results in a dumbing-down of the entire school’s educational standards.
      6. And let us not ignore the toxic effect that democrat-supported education-related unions has had on the educational process.  Once again, the unions have done as much to destroy education as they did to destroy the automotive industry and much of manufacturing in the United States with their greed, corruption, insane work rules and far-left socialistic policies which fail to reward solid achievement in favor of rewarding seniority and union political connections.

“Also, I think, the new president has to realize that the world looks to America for leadership, and so we have to show leadership on some issues that the world is expecting us to, whether it's energy, global warming and the environment.  And I think we have to do a lot more with respect to poverty alleviation and helping the needy people of the world.  We need to increase the amount of resources we put into our development programs to help the rest of the world.  Because when you help the poorest in the world, you start to move them up an economic and social ladder, and they're not going to be moving toward violence or terrorism of the kind that we worry about.”

Again, Powell points to the problems, which the democrats have been unable to resolve without corruption and special interest influences.

      1. Energy – the left-leaning democrats have gone out of their way to insure that they avoid any mention of nuclear energy which would significantly reduce our foreign oil imports. Mostly based on the old Russian-inspired “no nukes” political campaigns which were designed to curtail nuclear research and weaponry for political purposes.
      2. Global Warming – much of the scientific basis of global warming is based on computer models with potentially flawed assumptions and input data. There is no proof that the reduction of carbon dioxide will enable global weather change at macro-weather levels although it will drive up the costs of energy and permit billions of dollars to be siphoned off to the special interests promoting less efficient and effective energy programs.
      3. Poverty alleviation – perhaps we should start by concentrating on our own people. Cleaning up cesspools of poverty in places like South Central Los Angeles, Detroit, Appalachia etc. before trying to purchase (bribe) our way to world peace. Am I the only one to note that the most poverty-stricken areas are those controlled by democrats where much of the public’s money being siphoned off by corruption? One need only look at Obama’s adopted home town of Chicago to see the toxic brew of democrat corruption and political machinery.
      4. The thought that we can send money abroad to help achieve peace is somewhat naive as long as there are dictators that siphon off the funds for their own personal or political purposes.
      5. I am fundamentally opposed to the socialistic notion of "spreading the wealth" as it smacks of Marxism and conveys unholy power to those who make the decisions on whose wealth to confiscate and over those to whom the wealth is to be distributed. Thus preserving a self-serving political patronage system which insures that the incumbancy remains in power.

Race, friendship and diplomacy …

If nothing else, this proves that Colin Powell is an even-tempered diplomat.

“GEN. POWELL:  I'm an American, first and foremost, and I'm very proud--I said, I've said, I've said to my beloved friend and colleague John McCain, a friend of 25 years, "John, I love you, but I'm not just going to vote for you on the basis of our affection or friendship." And I've said to Barack Obama, "I admire you.  I'll give you all the advice I can.  But I'm not going to vote for you just because you're black." We, we have to move beyond this.”

“MR. BROKAW:  General Powell, actually you gave a campaign contribution to Senator McCain.  You have met twice at least with Barack Obama.  Are you prepared to make a public declaration of which of these two candidates that you're prepared to support?”

This love of country is more than can be said about Obama's associates like William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn ... and even Obama's wife who would become our First Lady.

Reflecting all of our concerns …

“GEN. POWELL:  Yes, but let me lead into it this way.  I know both of these individuals very well now.  I've known John for 25 years as your setup said. And I've gotten to know Mr. Obama quite well over the past two years.  Both of them are distinguished Americans who are patriotic, who are dedicated to the welfare of our country.  Either one of them, I think, would be a good president.  I have said to Mr. McCain that I admire all he has done.  I have some concerns about the direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it, but that's a choice the party makes.  And I've said to Mr. Obama, ‘You have to pass a test of do you have enough experience, and do you bring the judgment to the table that would give us confidence that you would be a good president.’"

McCain weak on economics …

'"In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to deal with the economic problems that we were having and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem.  And that concerned me, sensing that he didn't have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had.” 

McCain weak on VP selection …

“And I was also concerned at the selection of Governor Palin.  She's a very distinguished woman, and she's to be admired; but at the same time, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president.  And so that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.”

Compared to Obama …

“On the Obama side, I watched Mr. Obama and I watched him during this seven-week period.  And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor.  I think that he has a, a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well. 

“I also believe that on the Republican side over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party and Mr. McCain has become narrower and narrower.  Mr. Obama, at the same time, has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He's crossing lines--ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines.  He's thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values.”

Considering that Obama has done virtually nothing with his tremendous gifts in the past; no important legislation, no major legal decisions and nothing of note in the educational community, it is highly unlikely that he will become a "breakout" star when elevated to this nation's highest office.

Democrat talking points?

“And I've also been disappointed, frankly, by some of the approaches that Senator McCain has taken recently, or his campaign ads, on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about. This Bill Ayers situation that's been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign.  But Mr. McCain says that he's a washed-out terrorist.  Well, then, why do we keep talking about him?  And why do we have these robocalls going on around the country trying to suggest that, because of this very, very limited relationship that Senator Obama has had with Mr. Ayers, somehow, Mr. Obama is tainted.  What they're trying to connect him to is some kind of terrorist feelings.  And I think that's inappropriate.”

Here I must respectfully disagree with General Powell. Both William Ayers and Barack Obama were associates in funding educational initiatives which resulted in the rise of political activism in the schools and the promotion of far-left social agendas over the promotion of mathematics, science and developing more competent teachers. In this sense, Ayers and Obama are complicit in a conspiracy to further the left’s political influence in the minds of innocent children much in alignment with the Marxist political doctrines of changing generational values by inculcating political values in children at an early age.

Powell appears to be  unhappy with his party and seeks a counterbalance?

Now, I understand what politics is all about.  I know how you can go after one another, and that's good.  But I think this goes too far.  And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow.  It's not what the American people are looking for.  And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me.  And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.  I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that's what we'd be looking at in a McCain administration. 

Here I am extremely troubled by what Colin Powell is saying. The last thing I want to see is a Supreme Court that makes up their own rules in response to social issues. The founding fathers developed a system which has worked well and continues to work when it is followed. To allow the subversion of the Constitution by political ideology is insane. There is a reason that the democrat party is often referred to as the “party of lawyers” and that every decision must be parsed and reparsed (“it depends on what the word ‘is’ is”) These are the people who have used our own laws against us to further their political agenda. Winning in the courts that which would not stand the public’s scrutiny in a legislative process. In many cases we have seen the Court actually usurp the constitutional mandate of Congress to make laws. Consider, for a moment, the perversion of the 14th Amendment to allow anyone born in the United States or its territories to automatically become citizens. This has led to the demographic bombing of America with illegal aliens who now threaten to take over the political process of the American Southwest.

Bottom line issue …

I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian.  He's always been a Christian.  But the really right answer is, what if he is?  Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America.  Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?  Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ‘He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.’ This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Why are we pussyfooting around the issue of a religion which is inflexible, intolerant and mandates the death or conversion of any person who does not believe in that religion? I can respect Colin Powell’s political correctness and his Constitutional views on freedom of religion, but at some point the Supreme Court may have to rule if this right is to be extended to a religion which seeks the destruction of all others and openly advocates the death of non-believers. Apologists claim that the majority of Muslims are peaceful and want to promote peace – yet there does not seem to be one Muslim country free from radical strife and an ongoing struggle to promote the religion over all state policies. Sorry folks, I am calling them as I see them. Either the religion changes or we face a never-ending battle which will extend conflict for the next millennia.

“I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine.  It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave.  And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone.  And it gave his awards--Purple Heart, Bronze Star--showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death.  He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith.  And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey.  He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.  Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way.  And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know.  But I'm troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.”

We are not generalizing about individuals who practice their religion and, in turn, are good citizens. If the religion were composed of people like Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, we would not be having this conversation. But the world is unduly being influenced by Saudi-driven Wahhabism and Pakistani radicalism. Influenced by radical religious leaders who want to expunge Israel off the face of this Earth.  (As a side note: Colin Powell speaks fluent Yiddish and is a great supporter of Israel.)

Which is the President we need now?

“So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we've got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president.  But which is the president that we need now?”

Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time?  And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities--and we have to take that into account--as well as his substance--he has both style and substance--he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president.  I think he is a transformational figure.  He is a new generation coming into the world--onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.”

If I could ask General Powell any question …

Considering, for a moment, that General Powell is correct in his assessment of Barack Obama (and it is not a point that I am willing to concede at this point in time), the question that I would ask Colin Powell is: did you go beyond the consideration of this individual’s personal abilities and consider the nature of the political party and hyper-partisan leadership of people like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Murtha and others who will become the major influence on our nation – and who can actually do more damage to our nation with their mushy-headed leftists policies than the President of the United States?

At this point in time, it seems that General Powell is looking at the General and not considering the composition, capabilities and willingness of the troops to follow their leaders through the gates of hell. In fact, this is not the military and allegiance to one’s party, candidate or country is not taken as a “matter of fact” certainty.

Why Colin Powell should have been the Presidential nominee of either party …

“MR. BROKAW:  Will you be campaigning for him as well?”

“GEN. POWELL:  I don't plan to.  Two weeks left, let them go at each other in the finest tradition.  But I will be voting for him.”

Reaction …

“MR. BROKAW:  I can already anticipate some of the reaction to this.  Let's begin with the charge that John McCain has continued to make against Barack Obama.  You sit there, as a man who served in Vietnam, you commanded a battalion of 101st, you were chairman of the Joint Chiefs, you were a national security adviser and secretary of state.  There is nothing in Barack Obama's history that nearly paralyze any--parallels any of the experiences that you've had.  And while he has performed impressively in the context of the campaign, there's a vast difference between sitting in the Oval Office and making tough decisions and doing well in a campaign.”

“GEN. POWELL:  And he knows that.  And I have watched him over the last two years as he has educated himself, as he has become very familiar with these issuesHe speaks authoritativelyHe speaks with great insight into the challenges we're facing of a military and political and economic natureAnd he is surrounding himself, I'm confident, with people who'll be able to give him the expertise that he, at the moment, does not have.  And so I have watched an individual who has intellectual vigor and who dives deeply into issues and approaches issues with a very, very steady hand.  And so I'm confident that he will be ready to take on these challenges on January 21st.”

But that does not make a great president! With briefing papers, anyone can familiarize themselves with the issues. With a telegenic appearance and oratorical skills, one can portray great conviction and confidence. But that does not mean that a person like Martin Sheen, who convincingly played the President on the West Wing television program, should be the President of the United States.

I cannot see Barack Obama’s core values. To me, he appears to be an empty suit, a “go along to get along” opportunist who has been placed in his present position by a matter of fate: that so many people believed that Hillary Clinton was the polarizing second coming of the Marxist devil and would return Bill Clinton to politics, that Obama secured a significant edge by being the non-Clinton. Unfortunately, John McCain cannot easily portray himself as the non-Bush.

Powell’s point on advisors is critical. Do we want the same people that produced a Jimmy Carter and a Bill Clinton to continue to wreak havoc on our nation? These are the people who believe in mild-mannered socialism while doing everything in their power, both legal and illegal, to stifle discussion and dissent. You can see their toxic influence in today’s school system where left-leaning policies put student’s at risk of bad grades should they disagree with the hyper-partisan teacher spouting the party line. A despicable poseur like Ward Churchill is accepted, but a single remark which is judged not to be politically correct can ruin a career. Witness the dismissal of Larry Summers from Harvard when he dared to suggest that there was a difference between men and women when it came to the subject of science.

The African-American angle …

“MR. BROKAW:  And you are fully aware that there will be some--how many, no one can say for sure--but there will be some who will say this is an African-American, distinguished American, supporting another African-American because of race.”

“GEN. POWELL:  If I had only had that in mind, I could have done this six, eight, 10 months ago.  I really have been going back and forth between somebody I have the highest respect and regard for, John McCain, and somebody I was getting to know, Barack Obama.  And it was only in the last couple of months that I settled on this.  And I can't deny that it will be a historic event for an African-American to become president.  And should that happen, all Americans should be proud--not just African-Americans, but all Americans--that we have reached this point in our national history where such a thing could happen.  It will also not only electrify our country, I think it'll electrify the world.”

Unfortunately, Colin Powell did not seize on this opportunity to demand that the people in the United States stop placing a hyphen before the word American and point out that there is no such thing as a hyphenated-American, we are all American citizens under the Constitution of the United States. And if there is such a thing as a hyphenated-American, let them reconsider their position and return to the nation of their origin. It is one thing to celebrate your origin or culture, it is quite another thing to have a split allegiance to another foreign sovereign power.

About the war …

We are about to solve both the Iraq and Afghanistan situations. While it will be short of a decisive victory and will be somewhat like a negotiated truce, the Iraqis will resume control over their country. The Afghans will invite the non-Pakistani Taliban back into the political process in return for a relative peace. Our attention will turn to the malevolent influences in Pakistan and it looks like Israel will solve the Iranian problem sometime after the election and before the inauguration. All of which makes Barack Obama’s opinions moot until he assumes office. Then it will be up to the democrats to botch the job and force our return to war.

“MR. BROKAW:  You have some differences with Barack Obama.  He has said that once he takes office, he wants to begin removing American troops from Iraq. Here's what you had to say about that:  ‘I have found in my many years of service, to set arbitrary dates that don't coincide with the situation on the ground or what actually is happening tends not to be a useful strategy.  ... Arbitrary deadlines that are snatched out of the air and are based on some lunar calculation is not the way to run a military or a strategic operation of this type.’ That was on February 10th of this year on CNN.  Now that you have Barack Obama's ear in a new fashion, will you say to him, ‘Drop your idea of setting a deadline of some kind to pull the troops out of Iraq’?”

“GEN. POWELL:  First of all, I think that's a great line, and thanks for pulling it up.  And I believe that.  But as I watch what's happening right now, the United States is negotiating the--an agreement with the Iraqi government that will call for most major combat operations to cease by next June and for American forces to start withdrawing to their bases.  And that agreement will also provide for all American troops to be gone by 2011, but conditioned on the situation as it exists at that time.  So there already is a timeline that's being developed between the Iraqis and the United States government.”

“So I think whoever becomes the president, whether it's John McCain or whether it's Barack Obama, we're going to see a continued drawdown. And when, you know, which day so many troops come out or what units come out, that'll be determined by the commanders and the new president.”

But I think we are on a glide path to reducing our presence in Iraq over the next couple of years.  Increasingly, this problem's going to be solved by the Iraqis. They're going to make the political decisions, their security forces are going to take over, and they're going to have to create an environment of reconciliation where all the people can come together and make Iraq a much, much better place.”

Bill Ayers: Contacts of a questionable nature …

Either Tom Brokaw is continuing to attempt to defuse the Ayers issue, unaware of the true extent and nature of the collaborative effort between Ayers and Obama or is, outright, misleading the public.

“MR. BROKAW:  Let me go back to something that you raised just a moment ago, and that's William Ayers, a former member of the Weathermen who's now active in school issues in Illinois.  He had some past association with Barack Obama. Wouldn't it have been more helpful for William Ayers to, on his own, to have renounced his own past?  Here was a man who was a part of the most radical group that existed in America at a time when you were serving in Vietnam, targeting the Pentagon, the Capitol.  He wrote a book about it that came out on 2001, on September 11th that said, ‘We didn't bomb enough.’"

“GEN. POWELL:  It's despicable, and I have no truck for William Ayers.  I think what he did was despicable, and to continue to talk about it in 2001 is also despicable.  But to suggest that because Mr. Barack Obama had some contacts of a very casual nature--they sat on a educational board--over time is somehow connected to his thinking or his actions, I think, is a, a terrible stretch.  It's demagoguery.”

This is not true. Ayers played a pivotal role in introducing Barack Obama to politics, making sure that Obama was well-connected and well-financed. All of which precludes the notion that there was an incidental or casual relationship between the two men.

If you wish to read General Powell’s answers to questions about his behavior in the Iraq war, you may want to visit the site listed in the Reference Links below.

What can YOU do?

While I respect Colin Powell’s abilities and accomplishments, I believe that he would have made a better President than both John McCain and Barack Obama. I still have two Colin Powell for President pins in my desk drawer and an autographed copy of his book.

I sincerely believe that Barack Obama represents the triumph of style over substance and that his present appearance is more due to Hollywood smoke-and-mirrors and the public’s hopes that he really can bring about change. Also, that his success is more a coincidence of circumstance and the failure of the Bush Administration to fully engage will the people… not to mention their high-handed ways of dealing with the public and the profligacy of their spending.

I do not believe that Barack Obama or the democrat party will be able to restore the United States to world respect or prosperity without impoverishing the American public and curtailing their freedoms.

Therefore, I have already cast my ballot for John McCain. Even though I had serious reservations about both candidates, I am confident that John McCain will defend this Country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic – and not built the government into a self-sustaining intolerant bureaucracy which rewards its friends and punishes its enemies as so often has been done by both parties in the past.

Either way, it is your civic responsibility to vote and urge your fellow citizens to vote. If you sit this one out, I do not want to hear your complaints. We are at a historical crossroads and our vote does count.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the day: “I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” -- Robert McCloskey It seems this is the basis for today’s government!

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

Reference Links:

Tom Brokaw/Colin Powell Interview|Meet the Press

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell