This is too funny:
This is too funny:
Oh Dear Lord in Heaven.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.
Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.
We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.
We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.
In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.
In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.
Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon.
via A Note from Jeb Bush.
I can assure you that if this guy really does run in 2016. I will not vote for him in the primary and if by chance he does get the nomination and I highly doubt that he will; I will vote third party. I will not vote for this man, and here is why:
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These are the words of Senator John McCain from the Senate floor. Via his website:
“Mr. President, I rise in support of the release – the long-delayed release – of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists. It is a thorough and thoughtful study of practices that I believe not only failed their purpose – to secure actionable intelligence to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our allies – but actually damaged our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.
“I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name; how these practices did or did not serve our interests; and how they comported with our most important values.
“I commend Chairman Feinstein and her staff for their diligence in seeking a truthful accounting of policies I hope we will never resort to again. I thank them for persevering against persistent opposition from many members of the intelligence community, from officials in two administrations, and from some of our colleagues.
“The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless.
“They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded by our security policies, even those policies that are conducted in secret. They must be able to make informed judgments about whether those policies and the personnel who supported them were justified in compromising our values; whether they served a greater good; or whether, as I believe, they stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good.
“What were the policies? What was their purpose? Did they achieve it? Did they make us safer? Less safe? Or did they make no difference? What did they gain us? What did they cost us? The American people need the answers to these questions. Yes, some things must be kept from public disclosure to protect clandestine operations, sources and methods, but not the answers to these questions.
“By providing them, the Committee has empowered the American people to come to their own decisions about whether we should have employed such practices in the past and whether we should consider permitting them in the future. This report strengthens self-government and, ultimately, I believe, America’s security and stature in the world. I thank the Committee for that valuable public service.
“I have long believed some of these practices amounted to torture, as a reasonable person would define it, especially, but not only the practice of waterboarding, which is a mock execution and an exquisite form of torture. Its use was shameful and unnecessary; and, contrary to assertions made by some of its defenders and as the Committee’s report makes clear, it produced little useful intelligence to help us track down the perpetrators of 9/11 or prevent new attacks and atrocities.
“I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence. I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it. I know they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering. Most of all, I know the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by international conventions the U.S. not only joined, but for the most part authored.
“I know, too, that bad things happen in war. I know in war good people can feel obliged for good reasons to do things they would normally object to and recoil from.
“I understand the reasons that governed the decision to resort to these interrogation methods, and I know that those who approved them and those who used them were dedicated to securing justice for the victims of terrorist attacks and to protecting Americans from further harm. I know their responsibilities were grave and urgent, and the strain of their duty was onerous.
“I respect their dedication and appreciate their dilemma. But I dispute wholeheartedly that it was right for them to use these methods, which this report makes clear were neither in the best interests of justice nor our security nor the ideals we have sacrificed so much blood and treasure to defend.
“The knowledge of torture’s dubious efficacy and my moral objections to the abuse of prisoners motivated my sponsorship of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibits ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ of captured combatants, whether they wear a nation’s uniform or not, and which passed the Senate by a vote of 90-9.
“Subsequently, I successfully offered amendments to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which, among other things, prevented the attempt to weaken Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, and broadened definitions in the War Crimes Act to make the future use of waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ punishable as war crimes.
“There was considerable misinformation disseminated then about what was and wasn’t achieved using these methods in an effort to discourage support for the legislation. There was a good amount of misinformation used in 2011 to credit the use of these methods with the death of Osama bin Laden. And there is, I fear, misinformation being used today to prevent the release of this report, disputing its findings and warning about the security consequences of their public disclosure.
“Will the report’s release cause outrage that leads to violence in some parts of the Muslim world? Yes, I suppose that’s possible, perhaps likely. Sadly, violence needs little incentive in some quarters of the world today. But that doesn’t mean we will be telling the world something it will be shocked to learn. The entire world already knows that we water-boarded prisoners. It knows we subjected prisoners to various other types of degrading treatment. It knows we used black sites, secret prisons. Those practices haven’t been a secret for a decade.
“Terrorists might use the report’s re-identification of the practices as an excuse to attack Americans, but they hardly need an excuse for that. That has been their life’s calling for a while now.
“What might come as a surprise, not just to our enemies, but to many Americans, is how little these practices did to aid our efforts to bring 9/11 culprits to justice and to find and prevent terrorist attacks today and tomorrow. That could be a real surprise, since it contradicts the many assurances provided by intelligence officials on the record and in private that enhanced interrogation techniques were indispensable in the war against terrorism. And I suspect the objection of those same officials to the release of this report is really focused on that disclosure – torture’s ineffectiveness – because we gave up much in the expectation that torture would make us safer. Too much.
“Obviously, we need intelligence to defeat our enemies, but we need reliable intelligence. Torture produces more misleading information than actionable intelligence. And what the advocates of harsh and cruel interrogation methods have never established is that we couldn’t have gathered as good or more reliable intelligence from using humane methods.
“The most important lead we got in the search for bin Laden came from using conventional interrogation methods. I think it is an insult to the many intelligence officers who have acquired good intelligence without hurting or degrading prisoners to assert we can’t win this war without such methods. Yes, we can and we will.
“But in the end, torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn’t about our enemies; it’s about us. It’s about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It’s about how we represent ourselves to the world.
“We have made our way in this often dangerous and cruel world, not by just strictly pursuing our geopolitical interests, but by exemplifying our political values, and influencing other nations to embrace them. When we fight to defend our security we fight also for an idea, not for a tribe or a twisted interpretation of an ancient religion or for a king, but for an idea that all men are endowed by the Creator with inalienable rights. How much safer the world would be if all nations believed the same. How much more dangerous it can become when we forget it ourselves even momentarily.
“Our enemies act without conscience. We must not. This executive summary of the Committee’s report makes clear that acting without conscience isn’t necessary, it isn’t even helpful, in winning this strange and long war we’re fighting. We should be grateful to have that truth affirmed.
“Now, let us reassert the contrary proposition: that is it essential to our success in this war that we ask those who fight it for us to remember at all times that they are defending a sacred ideal of how nations should be governed and conduct their relations with others – even our enemies.
“Those of us who give them this duty are obliged by history, by our nation’s highest ideals and the many terrible sacrifices made to protect them, by our respect for human dignity to make clear we need not risk our national honor to prevail in this or any war. We need only remember in the worst of times, through the chaos and terror of war, when facing cruelty, suffering and loss, that we are always Americans, and different, stronger, and better than those who would destroy us.
God Bless Him for standing up for what is right.
Believe it or not; I actually agree with this: (Via CNSNews.com)
I know, shocking isn’t it? Well, it is the truth. You want to know why I happen to believe that? Well, this ad here for starters:
The story from Mlive.com:
Update: Peters gave his acceptance speech about 10:15 p.m. He was introduced by outgoing U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who said he is overflowing with pride to have Peters follow him in the Senate. Peters said he has been “always humbled by the prospect to represent the great state of ours.” He said he was driven by the people he met across the state and that “everybody who works hard and plays by the rules should get their piece of the American dream.”
DETROIT, MI — Michigan has selected its new U.S. senator: Democrat Gary Peters has won Tuesday’s election, according to The Associated Press.
Peters was expected to beat former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, a Republican. With 9 percent of precincts reporting, Peters leads Land 53 percent to 43 percent, as of 9 p.m.. Track more incoming results in this race here.
The three-term U.S. congressman has led in most polls since April, with the lead in the past few weeks growing into double digits.
“We always knew this would be close in Michigan because it’s about the direction of our country,” Land said.
“We were never in the lead,” Land added. “I enjoyed watching him spend over $3 million to get better ID. But that’s the reality, it was always going to be a close race in Michigan.”
In that ad above, Lynn comes off as a smug, condescending bitch; who has some sort of an axe to grind with men in general. Which is most likely why she never did well in the election. If Lynn would have stayed above the fray and would have just ignored that sort of nonsense, she most likely would have won the election.
This should be a point of reference to all women that think about entering Republican politics; do not make statements or make videos that are condescending towards men, or you will not be elected to your office that you seek to obtain. Which is why I happen to believe that progressive feminism and Conservatism are incompatible.
In a spirited race, Democratic incumbent Ann Kuster beat Republican Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district. According to the Associated Press, with roughly one-third of the votes counted, Kuster was leading 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent.
Polls leading up to the election had showed Kuster leading Garcia by 7 to 10 points.
The race attracted considerable national attention because of Garcia, whom the Republican National Committee held up as a rising star within the Party. Garcia presented herself as a departure from your grandfather’s GOP, which she said had been perceived in the country as “being populated mostly by old, white men.”
I was not aware of the statement made about “old white people” and I think it is just as offensive as the statement made about her, by a Democrat. I think that Marlinda’s chances of winning might have been hampered by that; not to mention, New Hampshire is a very liberal state — as is most of the northeastern seaboard anymore.
I wish her the best and hope that she does try to run for office again; I just hope that she keeps race out of it.
The story via WXYZ-TV:
Incumbent Rick Snyder has been re-elected as Michigan’s governor based on returns from key precincts around the state of Michigan, 7 Action News pollsters say.
Snyder defeated Democrat Mark Schauer after a tight race early in the polls.
In key precincts, Snyder defeated Schauer with 53 percent of the vote to 46 percent.
This is very good news. I voted a straight Republican Party ticket, as I simply do not trust the democrats to run this state again. Jennifer Granholm ruined that for me.
Let’s hope that Republicans pick up enough seats to take back the Senate, so that we can get back to running the Country.
To surmise, a tragic event took place in Florida; where a man, who had too much to drink, shot a woman in the forehead and she died. The original story is here. Here is the video report:
Well, the classless and uncouth progressive left is now exploiting this tragic event, for all it is worth for political reasons. Check out what the sleazeball leftist troll site, “Americans Against the Tea Party” wrote about this:
Just another “responsible gun owner™!”
It is unknown what his defense will be, if any. However, as this is Florida…all he really needs to do is say he felt threatened when she slapped him
Liberaland, which is owned by Fox News’s Alan Colmes covered it too; but without the idiotic and stupid snark. But, just the same, the reason Colmes reported it, is because every time that there is some sort of accident involving a gun or a crime involving a gun; the liberal left just loves to link these stories and holler, “Lookie lookie lookie, another GUN crime; we need to outlaw them and get rid of the NRA!”
It is classless, it is uncouth, it is cynical and it is toxic. This mentality is precisely why I stopped voting for the Democrats. This mentality is not that of a fringe group; it is, in fact, the depraved mentality of 90% of the people in the Democratic Party anymore. This is an Anti-Gun, Anti-White, Anti-Christian, Anti-Capitalism and Anti-American mentality. The Democrats mentality is, “Never let a crisis go to waste” or “Always exploit to make a political point.”
The truth is that the only real thing that is responsible for the shooting of Jamie Lee Martin is Elliott William Orsborn. Mr. Orsborn chose to possess a firearm, despite the fact that he had been convicted of a felony. Mr. Orsborn chose to carry his firearm, despite the fact that he was intoxicated. So, the blame lies with him; not the NRA, not Guns, and certainly not the Tea Party and its supporters. Of course, normal, clear minded people know these simple things. But, the left, who collectively have the minds of 2 year olds for the most part; do not understand such things.
Which is why I will NOT vote for them any longer. Because, quite frankly, stupid people should not be allowed to govern anything — much less be allowed to drive or run a computer.
HotAir.com has a poll out that basically says that the majority of Republicans consider themselves to be “hawks” when it comes to foreign policy. Which is why I do not consider myself a Republican or a hawk. When they say “hawk”, they really mean neoconservative; when it comes to foreign policy — or if you want a more proper term — a supporter of Wilsonian foreign policy. I am neither of these; I am not for fighting armchair general wars, I am not for fighting wars that really have no real stated goal or clear mission.
The truth is that ISIS was direct result of the United States invasion of the sovereign Nation of Iraq, based upon some very flawed intelligence and based upon the fact that George W. Bush did not bother to verify this intelligence. so, in essence, the United States of America created ISIS or ISIL —- just like we created Al-Qaeda.
Anytime the United States of America and its Government get involved in world affairs, social and economic issues, that is statism and every time it has happened, with the exception of World War II; it has been an utter disaster and has failed miserably. You would think that the United States of America would have learnt the lessons from World War I, Korea and Vietnam. However, sadly the United States just keeps repeating the same stupid mistakes over and over. Also too, What precisely did we gain out of getting involved with the Koreans? Containment of a communist country with a succession of psycho leaders, who have an affinity for exploding nuclear bombs underground and firing rockets over the Japan sea; and southern Korean people who import good into our Country, all the while destroying our GDP. This my friends, is what happens when progressives run Government.
None of this is really new, The Republican Party has always been a statist political party, even more so that the Democratic Party. This was proven when the radical Republicans goaded Abraham Lincoln into establishing a central bank; which ultimately failed. These radical Republicans went as far as to goad President Lincoln to fighting a civil war, who quash dissent among the southern states, all the while using slavery as the rallying cry.
Finally, the progressives found their man, in President Woodrow Wilson, Who signed the federal reserve act of 1913; which allowed for a central bank that answers to no one, but itself. This is done at the cost of our nation’s economy;something progressives have wanted to destroy for many years, in favor of a cuban style of a socialist utopia. They might have actually succeeded, if it had not been for the rise of the Tea Party and conservative activists and bloggers who sprung into action and cut these cutthroat thugs off at the pass.
Much hay has been made about the rise of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party; and the reemergence of the “old right” or as we are properly known as, Paleoconservatives; which is what the Republican Party truly was, before the Jacobin neoconservatives decided that they would overrun the Republican Party by nefarious means. Some think that these type of conservatives can regain control of the Republican Party, I doubt this very much, the neoconservative right is too well-funded and well defended with their Frankfurt school tactics.
To be clear the Democratic Party, in its current state, is a horrible mess. The Anti-American, Anti-Capitalist — and dare I say — Anti-White mentality of that party has run former “blue dog” Democrats like myself out of that party. However, the Republican Party is really no better at all. Nothing has really change since the end of the George W. Bush-era; the Jacobin neoconservatives are still there and they are their money is controlling the shots in that party.
As much as I would like to say that I would like to believe that there is something that we can do to change this I just cannot. The powers that be, are very entrenched. As a Born-Again Christian of 34 year vintage and as an Independent Fundamental Baptist; I can tell you what my hope truly is and what I believe and trust in. It comes from the Bible:
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)
This is my hope; yes, I know this world’s system is corrupt. Yes, I know things are going to get much, much, worse. But, I also know that when that time comes, which no man knows the hour; but we can know the seasons. Jesus is going to come back for his Church and all of this world is going to burn up and the wicked will be consumed. I, however, will be watching from the portals of the Glory of Heaven; all the while giving thanks that I made that very wise decision on June 7, 1982 in the auditorium of the original Open Door Baptist Church in southwest Detroit Michigan.
Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.
(cross posted at Beforeitsnews.com)
Authors Note: When this piece was originally released, it contained a good deal of grammar errors. They are now fixed. Thanks to those who brought to my attention. My Apologies to Beforeitsnews.com and its readers. I do not have a proofreader, nor can I afford one.
Some sad news to report:
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -
CLEVELAND (AP) – James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73.
Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown hospital, said Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.
This is a huge loss to the freedom movement. Apparently, Traficant was trying to park a tractor in his barn, when it flipped over trapping and crushing him. A sad ending to a man, who fought against the Government and paid a price for it.
(Cross-Posted from Beforeitsnews.com)
(via JBS HQ)
Because of this:
The next sentence contains the most politically incorrect words ever found on this blog. I’ve become a semi-regular Chick-Fil-A customer. To be specific: About once a month, I take the train out to the Chick-Fil-A in Hunt Valley, a restaurant run by outrageously dorky white people. It’s the epicenter of honkiness in the Western hemisphere.
Let’s admit it: Part of the reason we go to certain restaurants is to acquaint ourselves with the stereotypical trappings of a foreign culture. You go to a Mexican restaurant expecting to hear the Spanish language (or at least the accent), and you want to see tiled floors and tiled bathrooms and bullfighting posters and, well, lots of other Mexican stuff. You go to a Greek restaurant because you want to be around lively people who say “Opa!” a lot. You go to Buca di Beppo because you want the Pope room, and you want to feel that somewhere nearby there are a couple of guys in dark suits figuring out how to whack the entire Tattaglia family.
As awful as it sounds, I don’t enjoy going to the Chick-Fil-A near my home. That one is staffed by a lot of black people who are very competent, very friendly, and very dull. They just don’t make me giggle. No, when I wolf down a chicken sandwich and waffle fries, I want to do it while people-watching the hilariously pale. Their antics perpetually challenge me to keep a straight face. The women wear perfume and dresses and sky blue sweaters, and their hair is always the color of safflower oil. The men sport the kind of haircuts men got in the 1950s, and they say God Bless a lot. On my last visit, they were talking Wheel of Fortune. And football. And Intelligent Design. And Ronald Reagan. Yep, good ol’ Ronald Reagan: Now there was a real president. He finally got rid of the deficit before that damned Dimmycrat Bill Clinton ran it up sky-high again.
Besides that fact that his statements about the Ronald Reagan are totally wrong and his stereotyping of White people is simply moronic and juvenile at best;
the underlying thing here is that this is nothing more than, I assume, black on white racism. There is nothing that I detest more than true blue white racists and that is black racists. It is something I have personal experience with, as does my own family.
So, he is gone; I may not be the biggest “right-wing” blog in the conservative blogosphere; but I will be darned if I will link to a blog that fosters that sort of anti-white mentality
and racism. I only added Mr. Cannon’s blog, because he was critical of Obama. I guess he is not the Democrat that I thought he was; my mistake.
Update: For the record, Mr. Cannon was reacting to this here: (Via TPM)
Oversimplified. But, quite accurate.
Update #2: For those who might have an issue with the above that I wrote. Could you imagine, if someone like me, had written on a Conservative blog, something to the effect of, “I was down at the local chicken shack here — I like going there, because it is the most “niggered up” business on the planet!” I mean, the howls of accusation of racism would be deafening; but yet, this prick can write something like this? It is a double standard and it is a bunch of bullcrap! For the record, however, Chicken Shack around here, was founded by white people; funny that.
Update #3: Joe Cannon is not black, he says; although there is no picture to prove that one. So, he must one of those self hating white guys, or anti-white white people who like to denigrate white people; especially those whom he disagrees with politically. It is a typical tactic of the liberal left. The real kicker is this; He comes back with the whole, “Oh, I am just kidding!” disclaimer. Yeah right. If I drove over to the east side of Detroit here and walked into a party store and started saying, “What a bunch of stupid niggers!” and then said, “Oh, I am kidding!” You know darned well what would happen to me! I’d get my arse kicked or my throat cut! But, the liberal idiot can do that stuff? Something is wrong with that party man, and I mean bad. Not to mention this little article here that Cannon wrote about Israel. Now where did I hear this before?:
Same thing, different day.
I hate to be the one say it. But, if I must, I must!
How hard is it for people just to accept that truth? The truth is that Lee Harvey Oswald, a military trained sniper and Castro sympathizer — shot and killed the President of the United States. Nothing more, nothing less. Anyone who preaches anything other than this, is looking to fatten his pocket and fund his or her own cottage industry.
Personally, I find it absolutely disgusting that the National Review, a respectable Conservative magazine and conservative internet publication would even entertain such vapid silliness. I mean, it is bad enough that you have Matt Drudge linking to Alex Jones, who is a dishonest charlatan. Now, we have to contend with National Review doing that sort of nonsense?
I honestly have to think that what I read someone say in the conservative blogosphere once; that it is as if the conservative world is being invaded by the crazy people. Sometimes, I think this person was absolutely correct.
Join the club Joe.
I don’t think I’m ready to become a Republican yet … In good conscience, however, I can’t continue to call myself a Democrat. In becoming an independent, I think I’m maintaining the independent (dare I say, libertarian?) mindedness and patriotism that my parents endowed me with. For the country’s sake and for their own, I hope the Democrats wake up.
I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class, Democrats like Franklin Roosevelt cared for the masses and helping the working man … By and large, none of these values are represented in the Democratic Party today.
From where I’m standing, the party has largely abandoned its commitment to civil rights and instead allows race-baiters to be national power brokers. As spokesman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, I am hurt that there is not one Democrat in Washington who cares enough about the great inner cities of this country to help those in dire distress from poverty and crime. These cities are in worse shape than those countries from which all those illegal ‘children’ crossing our borders daily are coming….
Most disheartening, though, is the Democrats’ weak commitment to a strong defense and maintaining America’s place in the world as the only superpower. All I see is an American foreign policy led by a Democratic administration that is floundering when it comes to things like dealing with Iraq, Russia and Syria, inept when it comes to crises like Benghazi, and weak at the knees when it comes to protecting our strongest Middle Eastern ally, Israel.
When you lose someone, like this guy? You know your political party has issues.
I have to honestly ask, why are they doing this? The GOP is making one of the biggest and ignorant mistakes that it could ever make; they are trying make themselves appeal to those who would never vote for them in the first place. Does the GOP honestly think that poor inner city blacks and Latinos are honestly going to vote for a party that is mostly made up of working middle class, small business owners. If they do, they are fooling themselves.
The main point is this here:
They realize they can’t build a majority party by attacking the 47 percent,” James Manly, a former aide to Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, told the Daily News, referring to Mitt Romney’s infamous remark that 47 percent of Americans would vote for Barack Obama because “they believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.”
You know what? Romney was right about that; people who are under some impression that the Government is somehow or another supposed to take care of them are never going to vote for a Republican. They are going to vote for the person that tells them that they can get them free stuff.
To me, it just seems like a big waste of time, to even bother with the inner city people at all. If anything at all; the GOP ought to be reaching out to the working middle class and finding out what their concerns are and doing more to help them out and get a candidate that they will support. Ronald Reagan did this back in 1980 with much success and won two elections as a result. Too bad the GOP has not learned from that.
The story Via NewsMax: via GOP Pitches Anti-Poverty Initiatives.
Several potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates are proposing anti-poverty measures in a sign that the party is concerned about appealing to lower-income voters.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is the latest in a string of congressional colleagues who are bringing renewed focus to anti-poverty initiatives, the Dayton Daily News reported.
“The persistent problem of poverty is not going to go away unless we work together across party lines, across all lines,” he said in a speech in Cleveland last month. He added that poverty has created “two Americas” and that “even during good economic times, people fall between the cracks.”
The comments come on the heels of anti-poverty efforts by other leading Republicans, most recently former vice presidential nominee, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who put forward a proposal in July.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also put forward a plan to help low-income people enroll their children in privately-run schools, as well as a proposal to transfer more federal dollars to states to manage their poverty programs.
“They realize they can’t build a majority party by attacking the 47 percent,” James Manly, a former aide to Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, told the Daily News, referring to Mitt Romney’s infamous remark that 47 percent of Americans would vote for Barack Obama because “they believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.”
“They are smart enough to recognize Romney’s comments were radioactive, but in the end their proposals are still block-granting programs to the states and tax cuts to the wealthy,” he added.
I voted today and I hope you did too. As you all know, I am in Michigan and today we are having our primary for governor and several local seats. I voted for governor Snyder for governor of Michigan.
The reason why I voted for governor Snyder for governor of Michigan again is for the following reasons:
1. Governor Snyder passed expanded Medicaid for people like me who were long-term unemployed and fell through the cracks of Obamacare. Some people on the right here in Michigan did not like the fact that Governor Snyder passed expanded Medicaid. I am NOT one of those people. As some of you already know I have not worked for almost 10 years now, at least not for anybody else. I also found out this past year that I have diabetes type 2, and I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Not to mention I also have ADHD and I take meds for it. So this expanded Medicaid for me was a blessing and for that I voted for governor Snyder again. Now I wasn’t too happy with the right to work law the governor Snyder passed, however as far as I can tell that law has not affected the big three at all which includes my Dad.
2. Quite frankly, I simply do not trust Democrats to run the state again. Jennifer Granholm’s tenure here as governor of the state of Michigan was an absolute freaking disaster. When the previous governor left office in the state of Michigan, the state of Michigan had a budget surplus. Jennifer Granholm left office, the state of Michigan was in so much debt it was unbelievable. To me, that points to incompetence. For this, I decided that I could no longer trust Democrats to run the state; and I voted for governor Snyder the first time and because of Governors accomplishments, I voted for him a second time.
I do pray the governor Snyder does win this election again. Because I would sure hate like hell to see this state go back into the craphole that it was, when Granholm was running it.
Here is hoping the governor Snyder wins again.
Head on over and give this one a read. Many of the reasons why I walked away from the Democrats and “the left” are featured here. I was not what you would call a “leftist.” I just voted for Democrats. However, as I really began to look at the left-wing movement, I realized, whoops! I am in the wrong camp.
One thing he writes that really hits home is this one here:
7) Leftists hate my people.
I’m a working-class Bohunk. A hundred years ago, leftists loved us. We worked lousy jobs, company thugs shot us when we went on strike, and leftists saw our discontent as fuel for their fire.
Karl Marx promised the workers’ paradise through an inevitable revolution of the proletariat. The proletariat is an industrial working class — think blue-collar people working in mines, mills, and factories: exactly what immigrants like my parents were doing.
Polish-Americans participated significantly in a great victory, Flint, Michigan’s 1937 sit-down strike. Italian-Americans produced Sacco and Vanzetti. Gus Hall was a son of Finnish immigrants.
In the end, though, we didn’t show up for the Marxist happily ever after. We believed in God and we were often devout Catholics. Leftists wanted us to slough off our ethnic identities and join in the international proletarian brotherhood — “Workers of the world, unite!” But we clung to ethnic distinctiveness. Future generations lost their ancestral ties, but they didn’t adopt the IWW flag; they flew the stars and stripes. “Property is theft” is a communist motto, but no one is more house-proud than a first generation Pole who has escaped landless peasantry and secured his suburban nest.
Leftists felt that we jilted them at the altar. Leftists turned on us. This isn’t just ancient history. In 2004, What’s the Matter with Kansas? spent eighteen weeks on the bestseller lists. The premise of the book: working people are too stupid to know what’s good for them, and so they vote conservative when they should be voting left. In England, the book was titled, What’s the Matter with America?
We became the left’s boogeyman: Joe Six-pack, Joe Hardhat. Though we’d been in the U.S. for a few short decades when the demonization began, leftists, in the academy, in media, and in casual speech, blamed working-class ethnics for American crimes, including racism and the “imperialist” war in Vietnam. See films like The Deer Hunter. Watch Archie Bunker on “All in the Family.” Listen to a few of the Polack jokes that elitists pelted me with whenever I introduced myself at UC Berkeley.
Leftists freely label poor whites as “redneck,” “white trash,” “trailer trash,” and “hillbilly.” At the same time that leftists toss around these racist and classist slurs, they are so sanctimonious they forbid anyone to pronounce the N word when reading Mark Twain aloud. President Bill Clinton’s advisor James Carville succinctly summed up leftist contempt for poor whites in his memorable quote, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”
The left’s visceral hatred of poor whites overflowed like a broken sewer when John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in 2008. It would be impossible, and disturbing, to attempt to identify the single most offensive comment that leftists lobbed at Palin. One can report that attacks on Palin were so egregious that leftists themselves publicly begged that they cease; after all, they gave the left a bad name. The Reclusive Leftist blogged in 2009 that it was a “major shock” to discover “the extent to which so many self-described liberals actually despise working people.” The Reclusive Leftist focuses onVanity Fair journalist Henry Rollins. Rollins recommends that leftists “hate-fuck conservative women” and denounces Palin as a “small town hickoid” who can be bought off with a coupon to a meal at a chain restaurant.
Smearing us is not enough. Liberal policies sabotage us. Affirmative action benefits recipients by color, not by income. Even this limited focus fails. In his 2004 Yale University Press study, Thomas Sowell insists that affirmative action helps only wealthier African Americans. Poor blacks do not benefit. In 2009, Princeton sociologists Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Radford demonstrated that poor, white Christians are underrepresented on elite college campuses. Leftists add insult to injury. A blue-collar white kid, who feels lost and friendless on the alien terrain of a university campus, a campus he has to leave immediately after class so he can get to his fulltime job at MacDonald’s, must accept that he is a recipient of “white privilege” – if he wants to get good grades in mandatory classes on racism.
The left is still looking for its proletariat. It supports mass immigration for this reason. Harvard’s George Borjas, himself a Cuban immigrant, has been called “America’s leading immigration economist.” Borjas points out that mass immigration from Latin America has sabotaged America’s working poor.
It’s more than a little bit weird that leftists, who describe themselves as the voice of the worker, select workers as their hated other of choice, and targets of their failed social engineering.
This guy is spot on, man is he ever. He also speaks about how his Faith in God came into conflict with the left as well. Believe me, I can relate to this one too. There was a time in this Country when the Democrats actually respected Christianity and Faith. Now, it is looked down upon.
Reading this article, was like reading my own reasons for leaving the Democrats and the left. Glad to see that I am not the only one, who has come to the conclusion that “the Left” simply is not the party of the working class American Christian any longer.
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Oh this is rich….
I over the last 48 hours or so, I have been in deep thought about the future of MFCR and of the Republican Party. I have come to the conclusion that I no longer want to be the leader of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans. I refuse to simply let people break the rules and think they don’t have to answer for their actions, admit they were wrong, or even apologize. When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College REPUBLICANS, not the Mississippi Federation of College “Tea Partiers”. Also, I believe that the Republican Party has allowed these groups of extremist to have too much of a voice and because of that, the platform of the Republican Party has shifted too far to the right in my opinion. For example, the drastic cuts on needed federal funding that these groups of Republican extremists support would leave society weak and crippled. Secondly, their far right stance on immigration is not only ignorant, but it is cruel. After all our country is a nation of immigrants and should welcome immigrants from every country. My father was an immigrant from Cuba and came to America in 1959 because of the freedom that this nation offers. This freedom should be available to each and every individual that wants to come work hard and pursue his or her goals in America. Finally, I believe the Republican Party has not done enough to put a stop to the hatred and cruel words and actions of the far right extremist in the party. The Republican Party consistently says they are trying to appeal to minorities, but this will never happen when we allow members of party to say cruel and ignorant things about Women, African Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities in our country. I simply cannot be apart of organization that have members who support these far right extremist views, much less be the Chairman of the organization. So in conclusion, I, Evan Alvarez, am hereby resigning my position as Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans, as well as my membership at the Mississippi State Chapter of MFCR. This change is effective immediately!