Black Racism: Is It Possible

February 22, 2010

‘Jeremiah Wright isn’t a racist. You need to be in power to be a racist.’ That is the cry from the left as their constant charges of racism against the right are met with notions of Jeremiah Wright. Is this true? Can you really not be racist unless you have a measure of power against those of whom you are ‘subjugating’? This issue is not complex. If you hate or have a bias against an entire race of people without cause, you are a racist. Rush Limbaugh is not a racist because he doesn’t like Obama. Al Sharpton is not a racist because he dislikes George Bush. Let’s get that out of the way first and foremost.

Now moving on to Jeremiah Wright. Jeremiah Wright is a racist because he makes remarks like ‘Hillary doesn’t know what’s it like to be a black man. Hillary ain’t never been called a *N-word*’. This man’s constant bringing race into a supposedly spiritual event on Sundays makes the Gospel of Jesus Christ into a mockery and turns church into a platform for ‘hate whitey’ speech.

But if this was an isolated remark, it would be okay. But when the man professes great admiration for James Cone, who said this:

“Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. ”

(from William R Jones, “Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology, in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology”)

That raises some eyebrows does it not? Cone is a racist straight up. You can’t tell me that just because one perceives oneself to be subjugated or oppressed that you cannot be racist. To tell me that you can be racist because you are not in power takes a leap of irrationality that I’m not willing to take.

But it doesn’t end there. Race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson make their livelihood off of stoking the ‘victim card’ for black people. There are many blacks that will take issue with them and have. Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Bill Cosby, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, and Ken Blackwell come to mind as black people that have made success for themselves without hustlers like Shaprton and Jackson and haven’t played the victim card. There are more just like them. Letting people succeed based on their merit is not racist, it is American.

Which brings me to my next point. Affirmative Action is racist. Yes, you heard me. There’s very few who are willing to tackle this subject without the fear of reprisal and chants of ‘racist, racist’. Affirmative takes a large measure of the qualifications of the applicant out and places in it’s stead the color of the applicant. Take for instance the New Haven firefighters. Qualified white firemen that worked hard and risked their lives every day were denied promotions due to the fact that not enough minority candidates passed the test for promotion. Thank heavens the Supreme Court ultimately decided in favor of those brave men. Affirmative Action is a drain on our system and rewards not hard work, but color. Here’s a question, if you were in a burning building, would you want an unqualified white person trying to save you or a black person that was trained in those situations? Or if you were being held hostage, would you want an unqualified black marksmen trying to snipe the hostage taker? I want the most qualified marksmen regardless of color. Affirmative Action if used in such cases, could kill me. What say you about that Al or Jesse?

But I digress, saying that a minority can’t be racist is insane. If someone took a gun and shot you and your family shouting slurs about you being white, or brown or any other color, wouldn’t that be racist in undertone? A black person hating a white person because he or she is white is no less evil than a white person hating a black person because he or she is black. I’m pulling no punches. As a shout-out to my friends in academia, here’s looking at you Hippie Professor, the academia’s definition of racism just doesn’t fly in the real world.

Romney vs. Obama

February 18, 2010

Mitt Romney slammed President Obama at the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Committee amid a fired up GOP crowd. “President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and their team have failed the American people, and that is why their majority will be out the door,” said Romney to cheers and applause from a joint session of GOP and Tea Party activists. In what appeared to be another smart move from conservatives to meld the tea party into the GOP, leaders from John Boehner to Mitt Romney slammed the Democrats unmercifully, leading the way for prominent Republicans to rise to the top of 2012 contenders. Many already consider Romney to be the front-runner despite Sarah Palin’s popularity with the tea party patriots. “When it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on the donkeys,” Romney quipped and the crowd erupted in cheers. It is quite clear that Obama and the Dems are not popular among conservatives.

Here’s what I think. I think that ultimately Mitt Romney will be the likely nominee. I think that his economic know-how is worlds ahead of most every other GOP in the field and might have finally gathered conservatives to his tent. I think that Mitt Romney gives the party the best chance of winning back the White House in 2012.

Introducing Romney was the wildly popular fiscally conservative, socially moderate Republican from MA Scott Brown. This would give Romney more credibility among fiscal conservatives. Romney was a prominent supporter of Brown and many argue that he was one of the driving forces behind the win in MA. Scott Brown called Romney ‘one of the bright lights of the Republican party’.

Romney has several things going for him in a run against Barack Obama. For those who support Palin, let me first say, I like Sarah Palin. I think she’s a genuine person, I think she shares the conservative values that many Americans share. But in a debate with Obama (who is as polished and slick as a used car salesman) she would most likely be chewed up and spit out. Her debate skills are not up to the level of Obama who, being trained in the bare-knuckle politicking of Chicago, would use all means at his disposal to obliterate her. Romney on the other hand, is an excellent debater. He is smart and quick on his feet. He knows everything there is to know about economics and could probably tie Obama into a knot on the issue.
Secondly, Romney is the graceful loser of 2008’s primary battle. The GOP has a long history of handing the nomination to the runner up of the previous primary. His grace was evident as opposed to Mike Huckabee who held on as long as he could despite having no chance whatsoever of winning against McCain. He then, despite claims of animosity between the two, campaigned for McCain and Palin and did everything in his power to campaign for other Republicans. He has been the consummate professional when it came to keeping himself out of the spotlight and instead focusing attention on the party nominee.

Third, despite being appealing to conservatives, he could also, through his economic policy, reach out to independents. He can be charming and convincing to independents whose minds might have already been poisoned against Sarah Palin. Sarah is a great conservative, but despite being the largest group, Dems and Independents outnumber us. Therefore we do need to grab some of the independent vote, and Romney is poised to do so.

I think that if the economy remains stagnant or worsens by 2012 there is no way that the Republicans could blow this chance. I think that Obama is doomed to one term if the economy does not turn around and turn around quickly. If it doesn’t, Romney is poised to win big in the next presidential cycle.

Clinton To Attack Tea Party

February 17, 2010

According to Bill Clinton is organizing a pushback to the tea party movement. He and his team are going to ‘identify 7 or 8 national leaders’ of the movement and then try to either threaten them or bribe them into turning. With an inside man/woman they will be able to try and tear the movement apart at the seams. The others that aren’t able to be converted will be subjected to smear tactics and character assassinations.

This is typical of the left. Instead of recognizing that this is a legitimate grassroots movement, they will try and find a ‘leading man’ as it were and use him/her against his/her compatriots in the movement. Unfortunately for them, the tea party has no real leaders as it springs up from the people, just as the founders intended it.

It could get ugly as the progressive movement fights for it’s life against the tea party patriots. A big government Congress and President are fighting against the will of the people and are going to go bare-knuckle very soon as they try and stifle the growing movement that, if successful, will damage the progressive movement unlike any other damage it has seen in a century. Keep your eyes open America. Pugna in Conservatives, nostrum victoria est nox noctis!

The Demise of Free Speech in America

February 15, 2010

Did you know that if you disagree with Obama you are a racist? News to you? Not to me, you see I’ve been traveling over the web, looking into liberal blogs to get my jollies and insert my Informed Opinion. What I found disturbed me, and somewhat sickened me. I found that the left was in full fledged attack mode against anyone who dared raise a reviling accusation against The One. The same left that called Bush a fascist, made him out to be as bad as or worse than Hitler, that said he had the blood of millions on his and his administration’s hands were now throwing a rather nasty hissy fit against anyone speaking out against Obama.

And there charge? Racism. I was called racist outright and in veiled references. I, and other conservatives like me, were told that we were racists and backwards and that we had no legitimate beef with the president and basically that our arguments were worthless and shouldn’t be listened to. Huh, funny, you see I thought that we would be at least tolerated because of the left’s undying tolerance and respect for all walks of life. Yeah I know, funny isn’t it? Conservatives have been labeled racist by the unions, the media, the vast left wing conspiracy, Jimmy Carter, Ed Rendell… am I missing anyone? That idiot from the New Black Panthers.

It is now vogue for liberals to try and shut down free speech by trying to make us sounds like racists. I don’t mind name-calling. If a liberal calls me names I can dress him down in thirteen different ways, but when you try to shut down debate by building walls and destroying a constitutional right, that makes me mad! Free speech is what this country is built upon. In societies wherein free speech is squelched, dictators and despots invariably rise to the top. In countries wherein free speech is regarded as dangerous or inflammatory and is subsequently shut down, democracy ceases and only certain speech is allowed. This is the antithesis of America and her ideals. Liberals know this, yet they don’t mind. They don’t mind because they are now on top and see America elected Obama as proof of a ‘fundamental’ shift in American thinking. Truth be told, their mandate is much smaller and slimmer and is in the process of being revoked. They don’t think they’ll ever fall out of power, but due to their attack on free speech, America is waking up.

Glenn Beck. What comes to mind when I say his name? If you are a tea partier, you might think patriot, if you’re a liberal, crazy comes to mind. Whatever you think of Glenn Beck it is undeniable what the left is trying to do to him. Instead of debating with him on the facts, they insult him, call him over the top, stupid, crazy, fat or some other insulting and derogatory name. Whoopi Goldberg called him a ‘lying sack of dog mess’. Wow! Tolerance only goes one way huh?

Beck, and Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, O’Reilly, and everyone else that is catching on to the left, the left wants shut down. And guess what, they are all defenders of free speech. What is do d@mn dangerous about free speech? Free speech allows the folly and treason of many liberals to be exposed. Americans don’t want one sided news, that’s why they are turning off CNN, NBC, MSNBC and other mainstream media channels. They want two opposing sides stating their cases in a respectful manner. Free speech causes that. Talk radio allows for that voice of dissent to come through despite liberal media bias on the mainstream media. Look at the coverage of Palin or the tea party protests. Practically every story done by the media was negative towards both. Yet through the internet, talk radio and Fox News the REAL news that tea partiers are patriotic, small government leaning conservatives got out. This terrifies the left.

Liberals know that to control the country and to ‘fundamentally transform the United States of America’ they have to control the flow of information. Thus the demonization of conservatives. If they can convince the American people that Glenn Beck and other conservatives are racists, they can seize control of the media and therefore the American people will be brainwashed or propagandized by their ilk.

Free speech needs to survive in America. Talk radio and the internet is at the forefront of the fight. Blogs and radio shows are doing battle right now over whether you are a racist simply for disagreeing with Obama. Prove that you’re not. There was a very lively conversation/debate going on over at on this very topic. Don’t let the title fool you, down the page comes in the lines about racism and Obama. If conservatives allow liberals to demonize us and take away our legitimacy, the downfall of free speech in America is not far away.

So the next time that a liberal calls you racist, laugh it off and dress him down with a superior Informed Argument against big government and other liberal ideas. Do it long enough and effective enough and he’ll leave with his tail between his legs. AND, free speech will survive.

New Look!

February 14, 2010

Hello my friends. Today An Informed Blog received a, in my opinion, much needed face lift. While the original layout had worked just fine since October 16th. However, I noticed that the top looked a little sloppy and the basic layout was kind of unprofessional and cluttered. So I went with the Contempt layout, it retained the basic look and feel of the original, yet looks better. Tell me what you think.

Sarah Palin REALLY Terrifies The Left

February 13, 2010

Through my personal experiences on the internet, blogs and supposedly unbiased news sites I have become increasingly aware that Sarah Palin TERRIFIES the left in America. No one has stirred this much dislike that I can remember. The left paints her as a hick, dummy, airhead, uninformed blowhard, disingenuous cur. They try to say she doesn’t think, she’s a racist, she needs notes on her hand. She doesn’t know history and GASP she didn’t go to Stanford, Harvard or Yale. Forget about the fact that she’s actually run something unlike *cough* Obama *cough*. She has run a town, a state, a business and a family. She hasn’t traipsed all over D.C. or had an affair. (Are you listening John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford etc.)

So, despite the fact that she’s inherently a better person than most on Capitol Hill the vast left wing conspiracy is out to get her. One question… why? What is so bad or wrong with Palin? Easy. She’s a threat. She brings a true passion to everyone that hears her. She has the support of a vast population. And one of the most important things, she is completely unhindered by that unAmerican prospect of political correctness. In the same way that many people were, and still are, afraid to criticize Obama due to his race, Palin can criticize away. However, the liberal media finds it perfectly acceptable to bash her without any cause. The reason… she is a conservative. It has been fashionable for years now to treat conservatives contemptuously while saying that if a minority is criticized, it is racism.

But I digress. Palin does have some issues that make her less of a force in the Republican party. One, she elicits very strong emotions. She is like the Maha Rushie, Rush Limbaugh, in that there are few that have no opinion on her. She either is loved or hated. That could work against her in the independents’ minds. I think that she needs to turn around the public’s negative perception of her qualifications before she makes a serious run at the presidency.

Her delivery can be a bit jarring and disconnected when delivering a speech. This is very much something that can be corrected and I think that she should work on it as often as possible. Her voice tends to rise as she gets to more stressed points and it becomes almost unbearable even for me, a Palin supporter.

Palin is poised to set the world on fire if she runs in 2012. And with her most recent speech delivered to the tea party convention, it appears that she is determined to do so. I think that if the Republican party melds together a Mitt Romney knowledge of economics and a Sarah Palin passion from the base, the Republicans will be VERY hard to beat, especially if the economy doesn’t recover substantially.

PS: To all you lefties out there… I WANT THE ECONOMY TO RECOVER. However, if it doesn’t look for a landslide Republican victory in 2010 and later in 2012.

Unionists’ Hypocrisy

February 9, 2010

The unions are up to it again, bashing every non-union workplace they can find. In the most recent issue of the local UAW newsletter they proudly bash a local store chain as well as Marc’s and Walmart. Here’s what ticks me off the most, this local store chain is HIRING and I’m trying to find a job there, among other places. For people like me, who have no jobs and are looking for anything right now, the stinkin’ union is doing more harm than good. But that is typical of the union. Unions have for the longest time been looking out for themselves and themselves alone. To heck with the unemployed, to heck with their own company as long as they can suck the blood out before it dies.

But the hypocrisy part comes in above the plea to not shop at non-union shops. In BIG, BOLD letters is the statement “SUPPORT AMERICAN WORKERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON”. Now isn’t that the height of hypocrisy? They would have you believe that the union has a monopoly on American workers? What a crock! American workers are by and large NON-UNION. Perhaps the ad should have stated “SUPPORT OUR FAT CAT UNION BOSS AND HIS CRONIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON”.

Now I don’t mind if they say to support unionized markets or whatever. Really I don’t. It’s their free speech right to do so. Sure I think that unions pretty much foul up everything their hands touch but that’s their prerogative. However, when they basically advocate a boycott against a reputable, respectful business that is HIRING in a bad economy, you can be #@&! sure that I’m ticked off. There are a lot of people that would love to have a job from this small business and couldn’t care less if there was a dang union involved. If people boycott this business, that means less profit for the company and as a result fewer or no hiring. When was the last time the stinkin’ union employed somebody? Or wait, the employment comes from the companies that they screw. That’s why they call them union ‘members’ rather than union ’employees’; because the union doesn’t hire ANYBODY! So if you want to talk to me about supporting American workers, I’ll do it. I’ll shop at that business that’s hiring. In fact I’ll do it just to stick my thumb in the eye of the union boss.

Americans need to realize that the unions are nothing more than a mouthpiece for the liberal/progressive movement. They may have served a purpose years ago, but they’ve long since stopped looking out for the working man. I’d trust the CEO nowadays more than the union boss. Shame on the UAW for bashing a employer that actually treats his workers right, WITHOUT THE UNION THUGS!

The Lunacy of the Drudge Retort

February 8, 2010

My friends, I’ve heeded my own warning about visiting the cesspool of intellectual understimulation that is the Drudge Retort. However, upon surfing through other liberal blogs to counter their points, it seemed that some of them have linked back to the same. So, to see what my arch-nemesis Ben Hoffman was up to, I stopped by, kindly adhering to my own pledge to comment no more forever on his blog. Well this was all that I could do to keep from refuting his falsities and outright lies. Let me list some of the most egregious.

1. “Our country is in serious trouble. Just to keep running, the government needs to borrow $14.3 trillion dollars. The federal debt is now at over $12 trillion, thanks to the irresponsible tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, the two wars, and high unemployment that has greatly reduced revenues, not to mention the over $400 billion dollars a year we pay to interest on the debt.” He actually said this. It’s enough to make one laugh out loud if it weren’t for the dangerously high level of misinformation.

First though, to be nice I will admit that some of this is true. We have had to pay for two wars and since we weren’t able to do it through our own revenue, we borrowed. What we should have done was CUT SPENDING on Democratic and Republican earmarks, welfare, medicaid etc. That is all the truth in this statement. The tax cuts have not cut down on our revenue, increased spending has multiplied our expenditures. (Something that liberal loons like Hoffman have long advocated.) Lastly, the high unemployment is half Bush’s fault and half Obama’s. Remember, under Obama the unemployment has been over 10%, something that *gasp* NEVER happened under Bush. The debt (not to be confused with the deficit which is simply year to year) has shot over 12 TRILLION under Obama and is on course to be over 14 trillion very soon. Right, keep on blaming Bush Obama, that’s what real leaders do right? JUST SHUT UP ABOUT BUSH AND DO SOMETHING. I swear that Obama’s administration has to be the WHINIEST, MOST INEFFECTIVE administration in 50+ years. Maybe a hundred.

2. He made some half-cocked, lame brained, totally uninformed and misleading statement about the SCOTUS ruling that allows corporations to spend money on political advertising. He said that Hugo Chavez can now spend money to influence American politics. Even if that were true, he would most likely spend money on trying to elect pseudo-socialists like Obama and the idiot former head of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean. In truth, the ban on foreign corporations spending money still stands. Surely he didn’t INTEND to mislead his readers!

3. “Barack Obama took office during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. He got off to a good start in February when he signed the $787 billion stimulus bill. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created or saved 800,000 to 2.4 million jobs. This is probably his greatest accomplishment so far.” This made me choke on my own tongue. Really? Saved or created? 2.4 million? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That is the stupidest, most idiotic statement I’ve heard on a blog in a LONG time. Which is it 800,000 or 2,400,000? Big difference Hoffman. Even if it is 2.4 million, that brings the cost per job to just under $330,000. Wow, I could employ half a billion people with $787B running a lemonade stand. Maybe more.

4. “He eliminated some wasteful spending, such as the F-22 Raptor program. [Oh yeah, spending money on that silly little airplane is foolish. Forget that China is spending more money than ever on expanding their military power and power projection. Why, if we need to defend Taiwan we can just throw rocks at them. That’ll surely work! We definitely could use that money on a bridge for turtles instead!] He signed some equal rights protection bills, expanded SCHIP, protected wilderness areas, and improved transparency in government. [There goes the tongue again! You mean like having a CLOSED DOOR meeting on TRANSPARENCY?!?! What about the health care bill being written mostly behind closed doors with top Democrats only?!?! Blue dogs be darned, Republicans be darned, independents be darned! Transparency like a concrete wall.] He also eased restrictions on federal money for embryonic stem cell research. [Yup, wholesale slaughter of embryos just for science. Science that hasn’t found any cure for anything despite destroying thousands of embryos over a decade or more.]

I have just shown some of the most absurd, most illogical, blame-shifting, whining, cowardly and misinforming posts on his site. And those are just recent. It would be worthwhile if liberals would actually try to inform rather than twist the facts, shift the blame and lie when it fits their agenda.

Happy Birthday Mr. President

February 6, 2010

Today would be Ronal Reagan’s 99th birthday. So to celebrate and honor the legacy of this American icon and hero, here is his first inaugural address in its entirety. It speaks for itself in this era of big government.

“Senator Hatfield, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President, Vice President Bush, Vice President Mondale, Senator Baker, Speaker O’Neill, Reverend Moomaw, and my fellow citizens: To a few of us here today, this is a solemn and most momentous occasion; and yet, in the history of our Nation, it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place as it has for almost two centuries and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-4-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.

Mr. President, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did to carry on this tradition. By your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching world that we are a united people pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our Republic.

The business of our nation goes forward. These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed- income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people.

Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.

But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades, we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.

You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?

We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no misunderstanding–we are going to begin to act, beginning today.

The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we, as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.

From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

We hear much of special interest groups. Our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and our factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we are sick–professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truckdrivers. They are, in short, “We the people,” this breed called Americans.

Well, this administration’s objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunity for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of this “new beginning” and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong and prosperous America at peace with itself and the world.

So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government–not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.

Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work-work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.

If we look to the answer as to why, for so many years, we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here, in this land, we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.

It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We are not, as some would have us believe, loomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will all on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew; our faith and our hope.

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes just don’t know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter–and they are on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They are individuals and families whose taxes support the Government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet but deep. Their values sustain our national life.

I have used the words “they” and “their” in speaking of these heroes. I could say “you” and “your” because I am addressing the heroes of whom I speak–you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God.

We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen, and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they are sick, and provide opportunities to make them self- sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?

Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic “yes.” To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world’s strongest economy.

In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow–measured in inches and feet, not miles–but we will progress. Is it time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.

On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, “Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of…. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.”

Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children and our children’s children.

And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.

To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for or own sovereignty is not for sale.

As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it–now or ever.

Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.

I am told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.

This is the first time in history that this ceremony has been held, as you have been told, on this West Front of the Capitol. Standing here, one faces a magnificent vista, opening up on this city’s special beauty and history. At the end of this open mall are those shrines to the giants on whose shoulders we stand.

Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man: George Washington, Father of our country. A man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly. He led America out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, the stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence.

And then beyond the Reflecting Pool the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Beyond those monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery with its row on row of simple white markers bearing crosses or Stars of David. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.

Each one of those markers is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.

Under one such marker lies a young man–Martin Treptow–who left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.

We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, “My Pledge,” he had written these words: “America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.”

The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God’s help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.

And, after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.”

Random Thoughts!

February 6, 2010

I’m gonna post my random thoughts on a day when snow has accumulated to two feet in some parts of the yard the electric is blinking under the strain of snow on the lines. Sitting here with the sun coming in the window and warming up after a forty-five minute romp in the snow makes me think. This is what real America is.

Real America isn’t the elitism shown by politicians that have flaunted their disregard for the will of the American people. America is parents and kids enjoying a sled ride down the local hill, a cup of hot cocoa enjoyed with a board game, a snowball fight with friends and family. Real America is enjoying God’s green (and white) earth without constant global warming chatter and anti-oil drilling blather. Real America is reveling in accomplishing something with your hands that the government didn’t hand to you. Shoveling the driveway or the steps. Government just doesn’t get it. Government thinks that everything you can do for yourself it can do for you better. Remember the old post office slogan ‘Nothing stops the post office’ or something like that? Yeah, not so much. Just like government that either can’t do anything in general or what they do, they screw up. So why would we want them running health care and determining how much CO2 can be in the air?

Snow makes the best chair. When there’s nigh unto 2 feet of the stuff, just falling backwards into it makes the perfect seat if it weren’t for the cold and wetness of it. I’ve sat on plenty of chairs, couches, cushions, ottomans, tables and every other piece of furniture meant for sitting and few things can compare to God’s gift of snow.

Cocoa is best served with marshmallows. Even when aspirating or swallowing them whole (which I don’t at all recommend) it makes one of the best drinks one can have after a cold day. Coffee is good (lots of creamer and sweetener), tea is good (but time consuming) but cocoa has them all beat. Nothing but hot water and a packet of cocoa’s needed and it can be gotten right out of the tap water.

Chess is a strategy game with a lot of luck involved. Now I don’t want anyone to think that I’m the next Gary Kasparov or Bobby Fisher, I play on my spare time. But through a casual game I notice that the best strategy is nothing if your opponent doesn’t take the bait. One wrong move and you can change from the hunter to the hunted. Much like Congressional seating.

We have become so dependent on the internet and computers that we must do everything in our power to ensure that our vital defense and infrastructure is protected and shielded from intruders who mean us much harm. Due to the snow, we had lost internet service for several hours (having a satellite based connection has its ups and downs). While we managed to survive, we missed several opportunities to find out important information on something as well as the ability to keep in touch with the outside world. Imagine if the entire infrastructure of the internet were to go down due to terrorist attacks or cyber-warfare from some unscrupulous nation-state. The destruction and damage to our national security would be widespread and we as a nation would slow to a crawl. However, in guarding our infrastructure, we need to ensure that we are also guarding against a growing government that would use such emergencies to deny us free speech and free transfer of knowledge. Government must ensure the security of our networks, from both the outside AND the inside.

So, as I look out the window and marvel at the sight, I am getting a tinge deep within me. It is the same tinge that comes every February. The want of spring. Yes the snow is beautiful, yes the furnace is warm. But by this time every year, myself and millions of others are eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring. Warm breezes, open windows, flowers and going barefoot. Soon it will be here. But for now, Happy Winter to all, and may this year bring a continued revival of the principles that make America the greatest nation on earth. God Bless.