Which Barack Obama is Right?

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A genius is someone who can hold contrary concepts simultaneously in mind.

What, then, do we call a person who simultaneously argues two contrary concepts?

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How ‘bout “demagogue?”

A few weeks ago, Barack Obama told America’s business owners that they are not responsible for their success.  “Someone else built that.”

Today, the same Obama told Mitt Romney that there not many people who consider themselves victims.

Does Mr. Obama believe that people in dire straights are not victims of circumstances? It seems so. Obama’s telling us that if you succeed, it’s because someone else helped you, but if you fail, you fail on your own.

If that is Obama’s meaning, then his idea of cradle-to-grave government dependency would be, simply, immoral. You don’t systematically reward people who repeatedly fail.

I’d like to welcome Mr. Obama to the world of people who believe we are masters of our domains. But we know Mr. Obama is a demagogue, arguing both sides of the same point to secure himself another four years of dictatorial rule.

 

Can You Trust Barack Obama for 4 More Years?

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Barack Obama came to office promising to heal the planet (I didn’t know it was sick), lower the waters, and end war as we knew it “whilst waking on water squirting wine out his ass,” to borrow William S. Burroughs’s anti-Christian blasphemy in Naked Lunch. (Funny. I don’t recall reading about Christians blowing up embassies over that book’s publication.)

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Four years later, The One might want to let the waters rise. Maybe they’ll put out the fires in the Middle East.

When Obama took office, the only international hotspots were Afghanistan and Iraq, where allied forces, led by the USA, had Iraq all but tamed. Afghanistan was ready for a surge to bring that conflict into its waning days.

Four years later, The One sees Chinese demonstrators threatening nuclear annihilation of Japan, Iran warming up its nuclear arsenal, Israel preparing to forcibly demilitarize Iran, and American embassies under deadly attack around the world.

When Obama took office, he promised that Muslim hostility would ease.

Four years later, Muslims around the world feel free to rape and murder ambassadors from the USA.

The most common mistake made by man in looking forward is believing that the future will be a linear progression of the recent past. Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote a book about this fallacy. So did William Strauss and Neil Howe.

History does not move in a linear progression for long. Events interrupt the best laid plans.  This is why I don’t really care much about a candidate’s position on  issues of the day, except as guideposts to understanding the candidate’s world view and mindset. The issues that weigh on an office holder are usually very different from the ones he campaigned on. Instead, I want to know why the candidate takes a position. What’s his moral and philosophical reasoning for arriving at a conclusion.

More importantly, we should ask if a candidate has the temperament to deal with crises and the humility to realize that his grand strategy might fall victim to Black Swans.

Barack Obama has proven he lacks the temperament required of the American President. We always knew he was born without humility.

Barack Obama’s presidency has made the world, not just the USA, a worse place to live.

It’s time for him to go.

This Sums Up Everything I Believe Better Than I Ever Could

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Buckley (right) and L. Brent Bozell Jr. promot...
Buckley (right) and L. Brent Bozell Jr. promote their book McCarthy and His Enemies, 1954 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Liberal Kirsten Powers (my favorite liberal at times) described the leftist media’s mania as “absolutely, utterly insane.”

What triggered the maniacal insanity from MSNBC and The New York Times (among others) was Mitt Romney’s public dismay over the way Barack Obama’s State Department responded to terror attacks on US embassies in Egypt and Libya.

The whole episode drove me to look back to William F. Buckley’s credenda for National Review. Published in its first issue, November 19, 1955, Buckley summarized the magazine’s position. I can find no way to improve Buckley’s words, so I ask you to take this list to heart:

Among our convictions:

  1. It is the job of centralized government (in peacetime) to protect its citizens’ lives, liberty and property. All other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress. The growth of government(the dominant social feature of this century) must be fought relentlessly. In this great social conflict of the era, we are, without reservations, on the libertarian side.
  2. The profound crisis of our era is, in essence, the conflict between the Social Engineers, who seek to adjust mankind to conform with scientific utopias, and the disciples of Truth, who defend the organic moral order. We believe that truth is neither arrived at nor illuminated by monitoring election results, binding though these are for other purposes, but by other means, including a study of human experience. On this point we are, without reservations, on the conservative side.
  3. The century’s most blatant force of satanic utopianism is communism. We consider “coexistence” with communism neither desirable nor possible, nor honorable; we find ourselves irrevocably at war with communism and shall oppose any substitute for victory.
  4. The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).
  5. The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties(under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity,” “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and “bipartisanship.”) Clever intriguers are reshaping both parties in the image of Babbitt, gone Social-Democrat. When and where this political issue arises, we are, without reservations, on the side of the traditional two-party system that fights its feuds in public and honestly; and we shall advocate the restoration of the two-party system at all costs.
  6. The competitive price system is indispensable to liberty and material progress. It is threatened not only by the growth of Big Brother government, but by the pressure of monopolies(including union monopolies. What is more, some labor unions have clearly identified themselves with doctrinaire socialist objectives. The characteristic problems of harassed business have gone unreported for years, with the result that the public has been taught to assume(almost instinctively) that conflicts between labor and management are generally traceable to greed and intransigence on the part of management. Sometimes they are; often they are not. NATIONAL REVIEW will explore and oppose the inroads upon the market economy caused by monopolies in general, and politically oriented unionism in particular; and it will tell the violated businessman’s side of the story.
  7. No superstition has more effectively bewitched America’s Liberal elite than the fashionable concepts of world government, the United Nations, internationalism, international atomic pools, etc. Perhaps the most important and readily demonstrable lesson of history is that freedom goes hand in hand with a state of political decentralization, that remote government is irresponsible government. It would make greater sense to grant independence to each of our 50 states than to surrender U.S. sovereignty to a world organization.

Ideas to rule one’s self and one’s government by.

Is the Romney Campaign Serious About Winning?

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The Romney Campaign today reminded me of the McCain Campaign of 2008.

I’m pretty good at ignoring bogus, fraudulent polls like the one CNN released tonight. In that poll, CNN announced a massive 52-46 national lead for Obama. If true, the race would be all but over.

CNN, of course, cooked the books on this one.

About one-third of voters describe themselves as independents, CNN sampled only 3% independents for its latest poll.  Out of nearly 1,000 voters, only 37 described themselves as independents.

CNN just flat out lied.

But that fraudulent poll could prove true if Team Romney doesn’t get its head in the game.

In an internal memo, the Romney people indicated that people will wise up at the last minute before the election and put Mitt into office.

The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as ultimate downfall of the Obama presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race.

McCain believed, in September 2008, that Obama’s lack of experience would “reassert” itself. McCain was wrong.

A Last-Minute Strategy Won’t Help If You’re Behind

Here’s why Romney’s last-minute strategy will fail if he tries it: uninformed voters always break with the majority.

This conclusion comes from scientific studies of fish, but the studies apply to human behavior as well. Further, the studies show why small, vocal groups can exert heavy influence among informed voters, but can do little among the less informed voters—such as show up during Presidential elections.

“A strongly opinionated minority can dictate group choice,” the research team wrote in its report, published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Science. “But the presence of uninformed individuals spontaneously inhibits this process, returning control to the numerical majority.” (source: chronical.com)

What that means is that the least informed, undecided voters will break for the candidate CNN tells them is going to win.  That’s how CNN’s lies can influence the outcome of elections.

If Romney really wants to win the White House, he better establish a solid lead nationally and in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Colorado—fast.

Here’s What You Can Do

Look, we can’t influence what Mitt Romney does. He’s paying a lot of establishment consultants to figure out a strategy.  But if the establishment blows this race, we still need to show some results.

The best thing we can do is to get out the vote of people who think like we do. I’m not talking about tea partiers; I”m talking about the majority who believe that rights come through nature from God to people, and that government’s just powers come from the people alone.

Plus we can get out the vote of people who believe that government debt is bad for us and for future generations.

We can get out the vote of people who believe Obama’s cure for the economy is worse than the disease.

We can get out the vote by working with candidates we like. Better yet, we can get out the vote working with St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and the Madison Project. We’ll be announcing the location of our office this week, and Saturday will be our first door-knocking round. (We’ll need YOU)

Start tonight by attending the Winning Tea Party Strategies meeting at The Pillar of the Valley in Chesterfield.  RSVP  on Facebook and bring one other person.

While you’re there, RSVP for the September After Party and bring 2 friends to that.

How to Rock the Election Like Scott Walker and Richard Mourdock

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The Gadsden flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’re past Empty Chair Day. The conventions are over.  Barack Obama still stands between us and liberty. And the Establishment’s more worried about its $$$ future than about America’s future.

What does that mean?  It means you and I  will determine what happens in Election 2012 and beyond.

If you want to have a hand in America’s future, listen up.  You have a chance to join the American Restoration.

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition will open a GOTV Activist Office in the next week or so. But there’s something you can do this week.  

Be at The Pillar in Chesterfield, MO, on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:00 PM for:

Winning Tea Party Movement Strategies for a Conservative America/Missouri 

FEATURED SPEAKERS!!!!!!!!

 Greg Fettig, Carmel, IN, Founder/Architect of Hoosiers for Conservative Senate (Tea Party movement behind Richard Mourdock) – Author of “Tea Party on Safari: The Hunt for American RINO” – Speaker, tea-party activist

 Dan Hunt, Kenosha, WI, Coordinator, Kenoshans For Responsible Government, Business Owner, Activist in WI Recall

 The speakers will share first hand the strategic tactics used in Indiana and Wisconsin to produce AMAZING victories in 2012. These tactics will Rock the Election everywhere they’re employed.

Tea Party groups nationwide are joining Missourians in restoring Missouri Values. Concerned citizens welcome patriots from across America who are planning to converge on MO to drive values-voters to the polls.

These three days will “eXcite, eQuip, eNgage” (e3) patriotic groups statewide to “BE” the difference in the 2012 Elections.

Tentative Schedule:

(This itinerary is fluid and viral so keep checking your email for updates and pardon us for duplicate emails.)

 Monday, September 10

Breakfast at the Comfort Inn, Platte City, MO
1201 Branch St., 1200 State Route 92, Platte City, MO 64079
Local Contact: Theresa Emerson (816-616-6197)
8:00a – 9:30a
 
 Nevada, MO
Lunch at Iguana Azul Mexican Restaurant
Local Contact: Jerry Wadel (417-321-0909)
113 W Cherry St., Nevada, MO
11:30 – 1:00p
 
 Joplin, MO
Soup Buffet at Granny Shaffer’s Family Restaurant
2728 N Rangeline Rd
Local Contact: John Putnam (417-674-1946)
6:30p – 8:00p
 

Tuesday, September 11

Springfield, MO
Breakfast at Golden Corral
2020 E. PRIMROSE PLACE
Local Contact: Dr. Scott Magill (417-886-8898)
8:00a – 9:30a
 
 Lebanon, MO
Shoney’s Restaurant
1015 S. Jefferson
Local Contact: Ike Skelton (417-322-5220) or Maggie Kress (417-426-5931)
12:00noon – 1:30p
 
Rolla, MO
Location TBA
3:00p – 4:30p

 

Chesterfield, MO
The Pillar in the Valley
229 Chesterfield Business Parkway
Local Contact: Frieda Keough (314-229-8720)
7:00p-8:30p

 Wednesday, September 12

 Jefferson City, MO
Missouri State Capitol – Hearing Room 6
201 West Capitol Avenue
Local Contact: Phil Todd (573-619-4555)
5:00p – 8:00p
 

 PLEASE SHARE THIS ITINERARY WITH THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT AND OTHER GROUPS IN YOUR AREA. Everything is on the line!

Tour contacts:   John Putnam  417-674-1946  ComSense@jscomm.net     MO State Coordinator, www.TeaPartyPatriots.org

Kerry Messer  314-971-2477  mofamnet@ldd.net     www.Missouri Family Network.net

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that Heaven itself has ordained.”

Geo. Washington – 1st Address to Congress, April 1789

Let’s fill The Pillar Tuesday evening. And be ready to roll when we open the office.

I Told You So! Democrats BOO God, Israel

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As if reading from a script written by the Romney campaign, the Democrats on Wednesday managed to mangle their public image even further, this time by booing God and Israel.

Clipped from http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com

On Tuesday, the Democratic National Convention stripped God’s name from their platform and rejected Israel’s choice of Jerusalem as its capital.

Wednesday, the party panicked and rushed in an amendment to restore God and Jerusalem. But the delegates wanted none of it.

Here’s the damning video (h/t Tammy Bruce).

The story is that Obama himself, freaked out that America noticed God’s absence, asked that someone put the traditional language back into the platform.

But the convening Democrats don’t want God or Jerusalem in their platform. They clearly voted down the amendment.  Not once, but three times!

After the Democrats denied God three times before the cock crew, the chairman took a page from John Boehner’s playbook and imagined that heard a two-thirds vote in the affirmative.

After the chairman ramroded the amendment through, the Democrats booed and hissedThe Democrats booed God and hissed Israel on live television.

Hey, maybe poor ticket sales wasn’t the reason the Dems moved Obama’s speech from a 70,000 seat stadium to a 20,000 seat auditorium.  They could be afraid of lightning.

Can You Trust the Democcrats’ Platform?

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For years voters have complained that politicians and parties say anything to get a vote. People have longed for the days of plain talk and honesty.

Well, the Democrats passed a new platform today. Two headlines emerged:

1. The Democrats rejected any reference to God.

2. The Democrats rejected Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The question is: can you trust them? Do Democrats really reject God and reject Jerusalem as the center of Israeli political life?

If they’re pandering, to whom are the Democrats pandering?

Not to people of faith, of course.  And they’re not pandering to Israel or to Jews. It seems the Democrats have rejected the blue collar independents. They’ve rejected the middle class. They’ve repudiated the American ideal. They’ve walked away from Western Civilization.

The only conclusion a rational mind can reach is that the Democrats have endorsed the Third World. And they’ve endorsed it, not as a focus for our charity to raise it up. The Democrats view the Third World as the STANDARD to which America and Western Civilization must be lowered.

The answer to my question is “Yes!”  Yes, we can trust Barack Obama and his Democratic party in their rejection of God and Israel.

The Karl Rove School of Sanctimony

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When I read about Todd Akin’s unfortunate comments to Charles Jaco, my first thought was uncharitable.  “I could just kill him.”

Karl Rove Lecturing

“I could kill him,” is an idiom. Its cousins include “wring his neck” and “poke his eyes out.” Idioms hyperbolize our emotional reaction to an event.

I was angry because Todd Akin gave the left a great talking point in the infamous interview. I like Todd Akin. I voted for him.  I want him to beat Claire McCaskill, and, if not him, someone. So his hideous PR failure Pissed. Me. Off. In fact, I’m still feeling a bit uncharitable, but that’s my problem at this point.

Karl Rove attacked Akin almost immediately.

Karl Rove, who directs a lot of campaign money through Crossroads GPS, vilified Akin. Rove promised to pull Crossroads funding from Missouri. He predicted that Akin would lose his race against Claire McCaskill for the US Senate by largest margin in modern history.

All fair and good. Akin put a safe Republican Senate pick-up at risk by his failure to check his tongue. Akin’s error put at risk four years of hard work by millions of Americans and jeopardized Todd’s favorite causes, including pro-life.

Rove Gone Wild

But at the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove drove right off the rhetorical Chappaquiddick Bridge.

“We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

Roves comment was not an idiom. It was an original thought. He said “murder,” not “kill,” indicating intent and planning.

Even more malevolent,  “we should,” which Rove said, is not “we could.” Could implies ability; should implies duty.  Karl Rove essentially said, “We are obliged to murder Todd Akin.”  Or at least to defeat him in November.  (Todd Akin has since accepted Rove’s apology, for which I tip my cap to both men.)

So much for Karl’s sanctimonious excoriation of Todd Akin.

But he was joking of course.

Or was he?

In charity, we assume Rove isn’t plotting Akin’s physical assassination. But he might be plotting Akin’s political assassination.

Rove implied he prefers Claire McCaskill to Todd Akin.  That’s fine.  He’s entitled to support whoever he wants for the US Senate.

What irritates me most about Rove’s comment, though, is exactly what irritated me about Akin’s.  In a world where Republicans are held to a God-like standard by the media, saying idiotic things in public hurts the cause.

Rove committed precisely Akin’s sin.

He said something stupid that reached public ears.

For that, Rove deserves the same excoriation he’s advocated against Akin.  My guess is, though, Karl’s wealthy friends will protect him.