Famous and Infamous

It’s Anthropogenic Global Warming! Until it isn’t…or maybe it’s the scourge of Climate Change. Uh, nope. Or, perhaps it’s just the weather being the unpredictable weather. Hey, I think we’re onto something! An interesting tidbit from the cyclone and hurricane observers at Florida State University (Dr. Ryan Maue): Recent historically low global tropical cyclone activity. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought that all manner of bad things, meteorologically-speaking, were going to befall us due to AGW and our continued use of all things CO2-producing. Who would have guessed that  the DIRE predictions of super-strong hurricanes and cyclones that made Katrina look like a kitten in comparison would be dashed…at least they’ve been if we’re to believe the good Dr. Maue. Oh well, maybe these things are caused by, now take a seat you climate scaremongers, THE VAGARIES OF THE RANDOM WEATHER!!! I dunno…seems like a theory to me.

Tipping Point? There are incidents which occur that leave you scratching your head and make you think “What were they thinking?” There are other incidents that occur that make you think that we as a nation have reached a tipping point, and that perhaps the scale is weighted such that we are at a point of no return. Behold, a tipping point: Elderly woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search. Where has all logic and sanity gone in our government when an incident such as this may occur? It is abundantly clear that the TSA is no longer concerned just about our “safety,” whatever the hell that may be. No, I’m afraid that their intentions are more sinister at heart: They are gaining control over us! Now, I assume that we’re all still freeborn American men and women with certain inalienable rights: like those pesky attributes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution. For example, situations like what happened with the ailing, 105 pound, wheelchair-bound, 95 year old woman in her “encounter” with the TSA are most handsomely covered in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Read that passage very carefully and tell me that what the TSA is presently doing in the name of “safety” has any constitutional basis whatsoever. I’ll cut immediately to the chase for you — it doesn’t. This unfortunate lady was subjected to an unreasonable search of her person, without the benefit of a court order and furthermore was humiliated in her having to remove a very personal hygiene product at the order of a TSA “official.” Benjamin Franklin was right when he opined so many years ago:

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

His words ring true…as an ominous warning, even today.

Liberalism/Progressivism Has Failed. OKAY, it’s high time to start stating the obvious: that the precepts, agendas and programs that constitute the ideology called liberalism/Progressivism have failed. Spectacularly. Since the nascent probings of Progressivism by Teddy Roosevelt to the full-bore adoption of Progressive/socialist programs by Franklin Roosevelt, the US has suffered a great harm regardless of the “good” that all the hard-earned money spent on this ideology is alleged to have done. Regardless of the party line and the hype, we have come to the end. We are BROKE! There is no way to tax and spend our way out of the fiscal, social and moral abyss that we have backed ourselves into. For Americans, the FAILED ideology of liberalism/Progressivism isn’t the answer. It is the illness. The only way out of the present mess we find ourselves in is to re-adopt the prudent, frugal and austere precepts that are found in the Constitution. We must abandon our profligate and sinful ways and become the perfected society, based on constitutional and free-market principles, that we should be. I think that many Americans are waking from their profligate stupor; and they are realizing that the math that the Progressives espouse just doesn’t add up. There are no free rides, and you can’t get something for nothing (or almost nothing.) That taxing the “rich” only gives you the wages of sin (sloth, greed and envy) and that “helping” the poor with perpetual government alms and “charity” only breeds contempt and idleness from the “beneficiaries.” it’s time to shout the failure of this cancerous, unproductive ideology from the rooftops! “Liberalism/Progressivism is DEAD! Long live freedom and capitalism!!!”

Nothing New Under the Political Sun. It is indeed the silly season. Since the beginning of the 2012 presidential campaign we have seen the Dems/Progs/Libs ramp up their rhetoric and redouble their ad hominem attacks on the GOP candidates. One need to look no further than Michelle Bachmann for this political and media fold and spin job. Rep. Bachmann is truly a woman of substance. She has numerous scholastic, personal, business and political achievements to her credit. But unlike the Marxist Barack Obama, she is hated by the media and reviled by her political opponents for her strong conservative beliefs. See, regardless of the cries for more “civility” in the political discourse after the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Rep. Bachmann has been the recipient of some odious “scrutiny” for alleged gaffes and misstatements. In a recent interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked her if she was “a flake?” Rep. Bachmann is definitely not a flake…and such a question is both demeaning and insulting, regardless of Wallace’s intent. If the “flake” question by Wallace can be considered friendly fire, Ms. Bachmann had better steel herself for a fusillade of invective and insults that are now being dreamed up by the “civilized” left — from both media and politicians. Because the one thing we can count on is that there is NOTHING new under the political sun, particularly where desperate Democrats are concerned.

Yesterday, March 22, 2011, we celebrated an inauspicious anniversary in the United States. Unfortunately, yesterday was the first anniversary of the passage of Obamacare.

Obamacare represents the pinnacle of what a detached, megalomaniac legislature can do with unchecked power to a unengaged citizenry. It is possibly the worse contortion and distortion of the Constitution that has been or ever will be enacted as a law. We knew we were in trouble when the almost-lifelike Nancy Pelosi told us that the Congress would need to pass Obamacare before we could see what was in it.

Well, from all the bribes required to attain it’s passage to all the “Easter Eggs” hidden within its voluminous pages, we are indeed in trouble. And we won’t know how much trouble we’re in until the entire law is rolled out over the next few years. See, the tax levies begin NOW…but the real goodies don’t become available until 2015 and beyond. This staggering of taxes and “benefits” was a clever ploy by greedy Democrats to make the cost of Obamacare appear smaller than it actually was. And by delaying the roll out of this program with time, the damaging features of the bill could be ameliorated by the “good” being done for targeted special interest groups and minorities.

Hopefully the present Congress won’t take its eyes off the prize — the de-funding and eventual repeal of Obamacare — for a single moment. There is nothing, and I do mean nothing, that is more important to occupy their collective endeavors. Without Obamacare our country is in deep fiscal trouble. With Obamacare, our descent into the abyss of insolvency is accelerated at a much greater rate.

We certainly don’t need another Obamacare anniversary visited upon us. We need to replace this event with another more beneficial remembrance…the day Obamacare was torn up roots and all and then deposited in the trash bin of history.

Now that would be a day to celebrate!

German Chancellor Angel Merkel has started down a road to close ALL nuclear power plants presently operating in Germany based on the recent tsunami-based crisis in Japan. Merkel has begun the process to close the oldest plants as soon as possible.

This decision is a prime example of the sad fact that politicians can take actions out of fear and/or ignorance that have wide ranging unintended national and economic consequences. Germany’s present nuclear power generation capacity is 20,339 megawatts, or 26.1% of the total national capacity. What will happen to Germany when this 26% capacity disappears from their power grid? What form of energy will be utilized by Germany to take up the slack left by the absence of nuclear power? Does Merkel think that magical windmills and space-hogging solar facilities will replace the significant power capacity as provided today by nuclear energy? These are all questions with no substantive answers for the German people.

All the panic and rash political decisions as a result of the Fukushima nuclear plant issues after the tsunami are simply Theater of the Absurd…and Theater of Political Desperation. The best thing we can do as the collective human race, regardless of national status, is learn from the Fukushima crisis. We need to learn what are the costs to human safety, what are the costs of decontamination and, finally, what are the costs to the nation from the loss of this power generating plant — with no viable backup for many years? The answers to these questions can then be used to then implement government regulations affecting new nuclear power plant construction that will prevent another Fukushima crisis. This would be a very prudent use of government energies, actions and plans.

Humans learn from our mistakes. If we fail to learn lessons from what happened at Fukushima, then we have truly let a crisis go to waste. Irrational actions by the likes of Angela Merkel in Germany might appeal to greenies and Luddites, but they cheat average German citizens from a safe, viable, clean and effective source of power generation for a long, long time. There can be no (NO) long-term national energy policy that may exist without the inclusion of nuclear power. For any leader or any government to claim otherwise is a lie and a sham.

Angel Merkel’s actions have shown that decisions for politically-correct motivations may appear at face value to be in the best interests of a nation or a people. But upon closer inspection, Ms. Merkel has ultimately returned Germany to a reliance on technologies, wind and solar, that are firmly rooted in the 15th century and that cannot provide sufficient power for Germany to remain a play on the worked economic stage. Because of a single crisis, surrounded by extreme fear-mongering by the international media, she is turning her back on an energy source that will provide all humans with cheap, safe and effective energy for centuries to come.

If that was Ms. Merkel’s intention, then MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. If it wasn’t…then don’t bet on Germany any time soon. They will be going nowhere.

We are at a unique time in history. We are witnessing two meltdowns on different sides of the world: the nuclear reactor meltdown(s) as a result of the earth-shattering 9.1 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan; and the human, emotional meltdown by union protesters in Madison, Wisconsin.

The meltdown in Japan carries with it far graver consequences such as the release of radiation into the local environment or the release of quantities of radioactive steam and debris into the worldwide environment. Right now brave men and women struggle to contain and limit the damage that may be done by the nuclear reactors in various stages of thermal runaway at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in north eastern Japan. I’m sure that during the daunting process to manually add sea water and boric acid to the super-heated reactors (in order to kill the nuclear reactions in the reactor’s core) that many of the workers and emergency personnel are being subjected to tremendous doses of radiation. This is heroism and bravery of the first magnitude in this desperate struggle to achieve control over the tsunami-damaged reactors at the plant. I’m sure that many of these workers will suffer ill-effects and perhaps some will eventually die from radiation exposure because of their heroic efforts.

Now, let’s contrast the meltdown in Madison, Wisconsin with that in the Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Over the past few weeks the public sector unions have been on the warpath as a result of the Republican proposal to truncate and eliminate some of their collective bargaining powers as part of Governor Scott Walker’s sweeping “Budget Repair Bill.” There have been nonstop rallies in Madison, with a virtual occupation of the Wisconsin state capitol building until four days ago when the Republicans in the legislature voted to approve target legislation to just amend the public unions’ collective bargaining and several other union-related issues. Why was this legislative step necessary, and why couldn’t the Wisconsin senate vote on the entire Budget Repair Bill? Because the 14 Democrat senators fled the state and abandoned their duties as legislators, thus preventing the GOP senators from attaining a quorum per Wisconsin state law. So, the bill was broken up into pieces that did not affect appropriations (per Wisconsin law) and passed by the GOP senators that were present. It was then enacted in this piecemeal manner.

The previous slow boil of the unionistas prior to the legislation’s passage has now gone into a super-critical meltdown after the deed. Not only are there huge protests (with the willing support of private sector unions, communists, anarchists and just plain old rabble-rousers like Jesse Jackson) but there are now promises of recall elections against a number the 18 GOP senators who meet the state’s recall criteria.

Governor Walker and the GOP legislature certainly stepped on a hornet’s nest with their legislative actions…which by the way were completely necessary if Wisconsin is to dig its way out of the fiscal mess left by decades of liberal/Progressive Democrat rule. The teachers unions are now reaping what they’ve sown. That being a popular blow-back from the average citizen tired of paying taxes and watching greedy unions suck up lavish pay and outlandish benefits as a result of past collective bargaining agreements….only to drive the state deeper into debt.

And not only have there been protests, there has been a general incivility that should perk up the PC liberals who were so concerned about public and political civility a mere month and a half ago when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in an armed assault in Tucson, Arizona. it should be pointed out that the incivility in Madison includes death threats, comparing the governor and legislators to Hitler and worse, damage to the Wisconsin state capitol building, vulgar and offensive language used by the protesters, unruliness and a general poor deportment by the protesters.

Yesterday, the 14 AWOL Democrat senators, who have since returned to a heroes welcome by the protesters, were feted in Madison for their “courage and bravery.” And the 14 have vowed to assist in the recall process for the eligible GOP senators. So much for fealty to oaths of office, I guess.

So…there you have it. A tale of two meltdowns. In Japan, a natural disaster has drawn out the very best of human endeavors, courage and heroism, in order to help save the people of northern Japan from the harmful effects of a toxic radiation leak. Bravery, courage, heroism and selflessness are the watchwords at the the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. And remember, the only thing the workers there stand to lose are their health or their lives.

But in Madison, Wisconsin we have see the lesser angels of human behavior on full public display. We have seen greedy union members act in a disgusting, self-serving manner. We have been witness to all manner of uncivil and cowardly behavior on the part of the protesters and the 14 Democrat senators who chose to abandon their responsibilities as well as their state in order to drag out the inevitable legislative conclusion. Why? Because, at the nub of all this the unions stand to lose power because they will have to re-certify membership each year, and they will not be able to automatically collect unions dues through deductions by the state…and the public sector union members (except for police and fire) will not be able to rake the taxpayers over the coals at each contract negotiation for outlandish demands, like the payment for Viagra in union health plans through collective bargaining.

On the one hand in Fukushima, Japan, we have courage, valor and heroism in the name of public safety. On the other hand in Madison, Wisconsin, we have greed, cowardice, lawlessness and thuggery in the name of self-aggrandizement. Based on history and their present day actions, it has become more apparent on a daily basis that most unions have served out their useful purpose and they should be relegated to the dustbin of history. We simply can’t tolerate the cost or the deplorable behavior in our society any more.

In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last spring, the Obama administration put in place a deep water drilling moratorium. However, this moratorium was overturned by an appellate court judge…paving the way for drilling to begin once again. However, the Obama administration has a peculiar view of American prosperity and its relationship to energy. Rather than encourage business and financial growth by trying to lower the cost of coal, oil and natural gas, the decision makers within the administration seem hell-bent on insuring that the prices of these energy commodities rise relentlessly with time. Take the latest example of this policy by the Department of the Interior — Interior appeals oil drilling ruling. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar just about made it official that Interior will be appealing that ruling:

“The judge in this particular case in my view is wrong,” Salazar said. “And we will argue the case because I don’t believe that the court has the jurisdiction to basically tell the Department of Interior what my administrative responsibilities are.”

If you read Salazar’s statement carefully, this isn’t about oil and gas drilling, it’s about turf. The turf that Salazar and the Obama administration feel that they own. There seems to be an awful lot of foot dragging and red tape wielding in what is ostensibly a “careful” review of each drilling permit. Certainly nobody wants permits to be granted willy-nilly. But we also have an economy to care for and soaring energy prices dominated by foreign suppliers. And in light of the current world tensions, and those in the Middle East in particular, we are now being squeezed on the energy front. And that doesn’t help our fragile economy one bit.

So, it becomes more apparent day-by-day that the United States does not have a workable or reasonable energy policy. Furthermore, the Obama administration appears to be trapped in the clutches of the greenies and the global warmists when it comes to energy. During his presidential campaign, Obama so much as said that he wants to make electricity, coal and gasoline more expensive in order to discourage their consumption and force people to renewable energy sources. Well, based on the soaring gasoline prices over the past three weeks I say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, Mr. Obama!

But forcing the American people into penury or maddeningly difficult financial times through buying expensive foreign energy is not an acceptable energy policy. Neither is foot dragging and fault finding with every source of energy within American sovereign areas. Mr. Obama and his administration may bade us to buy expensive hybrid vehicles that provide short range transportation on an overnight charge. A charge, which by the way comes from a coal or natural gas fired power plant. But that is not a policy. It is a fantasy diktat from individuals who are either blissfully or willfully ignorant of the intricacies of our present and future energy infrastructure.

With his solar, wind and hybrid vehicle energy policy, Obama and his minions should just as well chant “Pay, suckers, pay!” because for the foreseeable future that’s what we’ll be doing at the gas pumps, when heating oil is delivered and when our utility bills arrive. And because our national energy policy is so woefully inadequate and short-sighted, that’s what we will do for the long haul. Pay and pay and pay.

That’s a shame, and totally unnecessary for citizens to endure. If Obama would just acquire a single ounce of real caring for his fellow Americans, then he might convert the “Pay, suckers, pay” into “Drill, baby, drill!” That conversion in agenda might mean that he loses some face…but such as it goes with a position of leadership. We don’t need self-serving hubris and obstructionism based on lip service to special environmental interests, we need a road to prosperity and jobs. Both of which we lack under the present energy agenda.

Drill, baby, drill…before it’s too late.

The government released its highly anticipated unemployment numbers yesterday for February 2011, and the result was that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.9%. This is the lowest unemployment number in over two years, and President Obama and his administration seized upon this good news to take their share of “credit” for the decrease.

However lost in all this adulation and self back-slapping were the Gallup employment figures for the same time period. Gallup tells a markedly different story, with an unemployment rate of 10.3% and an underemployment rate of 19.9%. The Gallup numbers paint a less-than-rosy picture of unemployment…and also show a troubling upward trend. Amazingly, I didn’t hear so much as a whisper in the media regarding the Gallup numbers, but I heard the administration and their willing media touts essentially blowing vuvuzelas in support of the lower Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers. For some reason the divergent Gallup and BLS numbers didn’t stop the Infotainment sector (Lame Stream Media) from wholeheartedly embracing the BLS numbers without so much as a question or a hint of skepticism.

Please, Call me skeptical! I’m beginning to distrust almost everything that this administration says or information that it has a hand in releasing. We’ve seen in the past how easily numbers or statistics may be manipulated for pure political gainsay. And, how encouraging numbers released one month, be they financial or employment-related, may be revised to a more accurate (and disappointing) level in the next…with little media fanfare attending the more dour revision.

As for me, I think that Gallup doesn’t have a dog in the fight…their motivation is to maintain their reputation of accuracy — a hallmark of prestige for their organization. So, I’ll put more stock in their numbers over those that would be released then used as a political shoehorn to aide giving us four more years of the flaccid and ineffectual Barack Obama. The only person that benefits from an exaggerated or overly optimistic unemployment rate at this time is our hapless POTUS. Because if the unemployment (UE) rate is as Gallup suggest, more people are suffering in joblessness.

Right now, the lamestream media and the Obama administration have got us conditioned such that we’re grading the “deadness” of the corpse that is our economy. They would have us believe that our dead economy is showing signs of life…it’s only “slightly” dead because the UE rate came in at 8.9%. Well, dead is dead…it doesn’t matter what you call it so long as the economic corpse is still on the wrong side of the grass, even at an 8.9% UE rate!

In either case…using BLS or Gallup statistics, the numbers are dire. And claims by Obama of “progress” (and the use of any decline as a tacit endorsement of his brilliant economic agenda) cannot paint this awful situation with a more rosy color.

Labor of Love: The economic and employment situation must be dire indeed when the financial markets embrace, then rise on, an ADP report stating that 217,000 jobs were added in February over the 180,000 that were predicted. My math informs me that this represents an annual increment of 444,000 jobs. That works out to less than one-half of one percent of the total working population. If this news is somehow titillating to investors…and cause for an 8.78 point rise in the Dow, then things have become so irrational that my mattress or a hole in the woods is looking better and better as a place to park my 401k balance.

Belaboring Their Position: The protesters in Madison, WI have definitely wrung out their 15 minutes of fame. If I may speak for the average citizen (in whose class I am firmly entrenched), you have made your point, spoken your piece and worn out your welcome. The carnival that now exists in Madison, under the guise of decrying Draconian union “rights” truncation, has now become a forum for socialists and insurrectionists. Perhaps the teachers and union supporters are unwitting “useful idiots,” or perhaps they just don’t care. But I think there is some kind of mutually-beneficial arrangement between the unions and the socialists — their mission statements are essentially the same and their main aims (collectivization) are complementary.

Eric Holder — Attorney General for Blacks?: A recent comment by US Attorney General Eric Holder makes me wonder if he is really the legal defender of all Americans. In response to congressional questioning regarding the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute the Black panther’s case in Philadelphia, Holder replied:

“Think about that,” Holder said. “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people,” said Holder, who is black.[emphasis added]

I don’t think that I have to remind Mr. Holder that his people are the American people. In his position, there cannot be any divisions based on race, class, ethnicity or sexual orientation. He is (supposed) to be the bulwark of the Constitution…and if we cannot trust his impartiality or neutral application of the law, then who can we trust. I cannot help but think if those same comments were made yesterday by a white Attorney General, that he/she would be a former Attorney General today.

Crisis, Crisis and Gas Prices: Where is the outrage regarding the ever escalating gasoline prices at the pump? Oil futures are now trading at over $100 per barrel and pump prices are now exceeding $3.30 nationwide. In our present weak economy, these increases, like those seen in the spring and summer of 2008, can be a deal breaker for our fragile recovery. Certainly the reasons for the price increases can be found in the recent insurrections and instabilities in the Middle East. But there is also the 900 lb. gorilla in the room when it comes to the gasoline prices that Americans pay now and will pay in the future. This is the reluctance of the Obama administration to endorse and allow oil exploration and drilling on American soil or in American waters. It appears that Obama has been successfully indoctrinated by the greenies and global warmists…and it also appears that there will be no new meaningful oil exploration until the next GOP president takes control of the White House. Until that time (hopefully in 2012) we will be at the mercy and caprice of Middle eastern potentates and strongmen…and subjected to the vagaries of a quickly changing world political arena. As such, expect that gasoline prices might top out at $5.00 a gallon, and that your plans to lead a “normal” life might be placed on hold, accordingly.

Cowards at Home and Abroad: The fourteen still-AWOL Wisconsin senators should be dealt with harshly by the government of Wisconsin. As of today, the remaining GOP legislators have passed a resolution that fines these cowards $100 per day, after a two day continuance absence from the senate, that is set to start on Friday. This weak punitive measure follows the withholding of their pay and certain senatorial benefits like photocopying privileges. But these “punishments” to date have done nothing to loosen the intractability of the absent legislators. Something powerful and financially painful needs to be done to let these cowards know that they were elected to do all the people’s business, and not that of their favored unions special interests. Unfortunately, there are criminal cowards abroad who have murdered two US servicemen on board an airport bus in Germany. The gunman was reported to have cried “Allahu Akbar” or “Jihad, jihad” when he opened fire on the bus marked “US Air Force.” The gunman, identified as an ethnic Albanian, was subdued after his gun jammed. I guess cowards come in all forms, their cowardice manifests itself in all forms, and they exist in great abundance both here and abroad.

Because of their fierce loyalty and stubborn fealty to their union masters, the AWOL Wisconsin senate Democrats have introduced a new term into the political lexicon. The good people of Wisconsin now have to suffer with Conditional-Representative Union-Deferential Democracy (CRUDD.) Now that this CRUDD has been allowed to exist in our state legislatures, once in the past in Texas and now in Wisconsin and Indiana (and all by Democrats), I assure you that we’re going to be full of CRUDD in the future.

Unfortunately, CRUDD is going to hamper and hamstring state legislatures who have been charged by their citizens with cleaning up fiscal/financial messes left by years of progressive social experimentation. Based on the examples in Wisconsin and Indiana, Democrats in state legislatures nationwide will be heading for the hills every time an issue comes up that rankles their fragile sensibilities…and they aren’t in a position to block such legislation other than by taking a proverbial powder. We may, as a nation, need to wander in the political desert for a while while petulant children posing as grown-up legislators in the Democrat political minorities kick and wail because they can’t have their way any more.

Never mind that when THEY held majorities, there was nothing in heaven or Earth that could stop THEM from implementing THEIR political agenda(s.) But that was different — their motivations were pure as the driven snow (probably “for working families” or “for the children”,) and/or the legislation was likely crafted by union operatives or ACORN and were thus fit for their support and eventual enactment.

But the people will catch on quickly once the CRUDD becomes an impediment to getting the job done and taking care of their state’s business: They can simply vote the CRUDD(Y) out of office or recall their obstructive posteriors.

Got CRUDD? You don’t need Lysol and a sponge…and you don’t need to scrub.

All you need is some outrage and your vote!!

The Democrat delegation of the Wisconsin senate are cowards. There is no other way to frame these bad actors. The fact that they have abandoned their state and their responsibilities to camp out somewhere in Illinois is childish and duplicitous. And it shows a brazen disregard for the business of the people of Wisconsin.

I guess we know in no uncertain terms where their loyalties lie. They are craven stooges for the public sector unions in Wisconsin. They have no honor. This bolting the state as a result of legislation that they oppose is not an acceptable action from elected representatives. They were elected to roll up their sleeves and do the peoples work in the Wisconsin senate. They aren’t expected to go on hiatus because they expect to have legislation passed that is contrary to their ideology or their special interests. They are expected to voice their opposition strenuously, and then take the consequences of the vote. That is what makes our representative democracy so great.

So, look closely Americans! View the ideological treachery that is the Democrat party. Cowardice in the face of defeat; deal-making in the dead of night, behind closed doors; bending and breaking of rules to get their way; and the wholesale abandonment of the will of the people they are purported to serve. And, oh yeah, taking sides with those who favor thuggish and selfish behavior.,

Wisconsin is a highly visible microcosm of the cowardice and treachery that exists in other states and in Washington DC, all brought to us by the Democrat party. But I predict that this won’t turn out well for the coward senators in WI, nor will it turn out well for the greedy union payroll patriots who are infesting the Wisconsin capitol in Madison — with their markedly “uncivil” signage and slogans. The preponderance of hard-working taxpayers are sick, or are growing sick, of their antics. Their state is broke, and something’s gotta give. Unfortuantely for the unions, they are living quite large on the public’s dime.

And the public is out of even dimes for some time to come.

In retrospect, I’m glad that Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election. There are actually two reasons for my gladness: the first is that we got our once-whispered orgy of socialism/Progressivism out in the open, and this led directly to the 2010 conservative gains in the House. The second is the fact that we didn’t have to suffer through the tenure of President John McCain. Yes, McCain did have Sarah Palin as his running mate, and she was the ONLY reason that I supported his candidacy. But McCain has shown himself to be a tiresome RINO…a liberal/Progressive who uses conservatism to suit his political ambitions when it is convenient. In this vein, McCain used Ms. Palin as his conservative “beard,” and it was a desperate Hail Mary attempt by his campaign to rescue it from obscurity. History shows us that even former Governor Palin and the tremendous interest she created in the conservative community was too little, too late for his ineffectual campaign. I thank him for introducing Ms. Palin to the wider political audience, but I have come to mistrust and oppose John McCain for his continued political duplicity.

This news story probably illustrates why I distrust and reject John McCain’s avowed “conservative” credentials:

McCain says a ‘much more centrist’ Obama ‘much’ easier to work with

Even as a newly-repackaged “centrist” POTUS, there are still enough ideological differences between Obama and any so-called conservative Republican (ostensibly Mr. McCain) to raise the hackles of said Republican. Not so with McCain. Ever the infuriating ‘maverick” legislator, McCain is constantly finding ways of helping the Democrats to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to the GOP. This includes his failed presidential attempt in 2008. Now it appears that McCain is hell-bent for leather to give Obama credibility in his now-magical transformation from a new age Karl Marx to ersatz Ronald Reagan. Apparently McCain now sees Obama as much easier to work with now that he’s conveniently tacked his image to the center. Really? Was Obama the paragon of compromise and ease to work with when he had political majorities in the Congress John? Was the passage of Obamacare in such a humiliating manner to the GOP, with the tacit approval and imprimatur of Obama, an example of this co-operation?

Goody-two-shoes McCain is trying to make himself relevant in a news cycle that has pretty much relegated him to history. He’s trying to put himself back in the spotlights by engaging in this crazy high wire act with Obama. Except it’s not so much high as live wire…and the results are indeed truly shocking for those of us who are fed up with just a half-term’s worth of the Obama agenda…and see McCain as a vehicle for Obama’s successful re-election. Unfrortunately for McCain, the up and coming Republicans (and those who are getting all the news focus) are those who are actively embracing conservative values and putting voice to Tea Party principles such as limited government and personal freedom and liberty. McCain has never been big on these core conservative Republican principles…in fact he has been willing to jettison them in favor of crossing the aisle in search of “bipartisanship.”

But now he’s gone way too far. His endorsement of Obama’s attempt to transmogrify himself into an ebony Ronald Reagan stretches his own credibility to its breaking point. How do we trust a man who would in some way encamp with the enemy and support its aims? Yes, I did mean the enemy! Because Obama’s first half-term as POTUS has shown him to be antithetical to every ideal that conservatives and constitutionalists hold dear. And McCain now declares that he sees Obama as being easier to work with? Doesn’t this supposedly astute senior senator understand that his endorsement of sorts of Obama will enhance his chances for re-election in 2012? Could it be that the “maverick” is beginning to show signs of his dotage?

Perhaps if I had to craft a title for John McCain’s biography it would be “The Mis-Adventures of Gullible” because he is either the dumbest politician that God has created, or he is a scheming ideological subversive within the ranks of the Republicans. A “squishy” RINO like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine and both willing to blunt attempts to enforce GOP unity. You know, the partisan unity that is the hallmark of the Democrats.

Well, given what is at stake for our nation…we definitely don’t need the attribute squishy in GOP politics. We need conservative politicians with spines of steel who are true to the constitutionalist’s ideology and true to their supposed conservative core principles. We need patriots and stubborn men and women of virtue — bulwarks of our noble cause.

What we don’t need are the trite and tired antics of John McCain.

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