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Monday, February 16, 2009
Where's That Living Constitution When You Need It?

A singular curiosity of the past few years, about which not a soul in the Drive-by Media has been the least bit curious, is the Constitutional dogmatism of critics of George W. Bush's handling of enemy captives in the War on Terrorism.

For the sake of argument, I'm going to adopt the conventional wisdom of elite opinion, by pretending that the U.S. Constitution requires Prisoners of War (to say nothing of Illegal Combatants apprehended on the battlefield) to be accorded the same legal regimen as a U.S. Citizen charged by the civil authorities with a statutory violation. I will further pretend that Constitutional "Due Process of Law" equals the procedure used in U.S. Courts for Criminal and Civil proceedings, and nothing else.

This pretence requires me to ignore history, logic and precedent, but hey, in the spirit of civility, bi-partisanship and collegiality, I want to show a little empathy with Liberals.

OK, why is it that in the Liberal universe, "the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged," is subject to Living Constitution modification by Judges, to better fit with the realities of life in modern America? Why is it that "Congress shall make no law...prohibiting the free exercise [of religion]" can be tweaked to get attuned to our Pluralistic Society? Why is it that "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to The People," is routinely ignored by Congress and the Courts, as the Federal Government increasingly offers itself as the solution to every problem and the arbiter of every dispute? And this just in: the Constitution is explicit that a Representatives must be an inhabitant of the State from which they are chosen, but there are lots of Democrats living in Government City who could add power to Democrats in the House, so the Democrat Congress is proceeding to simply ignore the plain language of the Constitution in the interests of "fairness."

If a "Living Constitution" is good enough for these issues, why can't we have a Living Constitution when it comes to dealing with the Jihadist menace? As understood by Liberals, the Constitution we have clearly does not allow for effective handling of captured enemies, so why is it a problem if the President of the United States simply updates the meaning of the Constitution by whim, to better fit the current circumstances?

Is this Living Constitution thing a game that only Legislators and unelected Judges can play? It's no more unreasonable for the President to make up the Constitution as he goes along than it is for the pnumbra-diciphering black-robed high-priests at the Supreme Court.

So, why all the angst about a couple hundred Jihadis cooling their heels indefinitely at GITMO? Suddenly, the same Liberals who brought us The Living Constitution are the guardians of every jot and tittle. Are Liberals genuinely blind to this inconsistency, or do they just figure everyone has their BS Detectors turned off?


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:28 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 2:39 PM CST
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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Here's Some Obama Change: Defining Patriotism

Remember the Old Days (c. 2008 A.D.) when Patriotism consisted of paying more taxes (see: Biden, Joseph Robinette) and speaking out on important issues (see: Obama, Barack Hussein)?

Well, that was then, this is now. President Obama warns Republican Congressmen to steer clear of Rush Limbaugh, an American whose name we know only because he speaks out on important issues, and Obama hands out plum Executive Branch appointments to tax cheats like Tim Geithner, Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer.

So, on their own terms, the Obama-Biden Administration ostracizes a patriot, while rewarding the unpatriotic. Hmmmmmm.

 

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:51 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 5, 2009 2:37 PM CST
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
General Petraeus at Superbowl

It was good to see the great American General, David Petraeus, honored at the Super Bowl Coin Toss. Considering the magnitude of his military accomplishment, he is the most unsung hero in the Country.

Why? Well, simply because publicizing General Petraeus' victory creates embarrassment for Liberals, from Move-on.org to Hillary Clinton to Commander in Chief Obama, all of whom bet against the General. Remember "General Betray-Us" and "a willing suspension of disbelief"? Obama was more discreet (and less like a leader, by the way), simply declining to meet with the military Commander in the theater of war from which candidate Obama was promising to precipitately withdraw our Armed Forces.

None of the above have bothered to admit that General Petraeus was right and they were wrong, and unlike former President Bush, none of the above is continually hectored by the Washington Press Corps to confess errors they have made. No "reporter" has thought of asking the new President, the new Secretary of State or the old Commies of Move-On whether Iraq and America would be better off if their side had prevailed two years ago. It would evidently be impolite to inquire, especially since admitting that Petraeus was right would imply the unthinkable . . . that George W. Bush was right. Horrors!


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:49 PM CST
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
EXCLUSIVE: Fitzgerald Plea Bargain Video

I will be glad to see the corrupt Rod Blagoiovich removed from office, BUT make no mistake about it, the manner and haste of his departure is not motivated by a desire to protect the People of Illinois from corrupt officials and fixers, it's motivated by the desire to protect corrupt officials and fixers from the People of Illinois.

The Democrat Legislature (not to mention a certain Chicago Democrat Machine prodigy now residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) wants “Closure” on the Blago scandal – and quick, before the festering cesspool of corruption that is Democrat politics in Illinois is further exposed to the public. Hence a fair trial and a fair hangin' for Blago.

How deep and wide is the corruption in Illinois Democrat Politics? Judge for yourself. In an exclusive scoop for LarryNaselli.com, we have obtained this VIDEO, leaked by an anonymous source close to the federal investigation of corruption in Illinois. The video shows U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and key Democrat elected officials engaged in secret plea bargaining negotiations.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:31 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:35 AM CST
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Color Blind
Jaun Williams article "Judge Obama On Performance Alone" is must reading. It also will earn Williams calumny from the Racial Victimhood-ists of the Left.

Posted by larry_naselli at 9:57 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 10:00 AM CST
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Monday, January 19, 2009
Restoring Dignity and Keeping America Safe

One of George W. Bush's most compelling promises in the 2000 election campaign was that he would restore dignity to the office of the Presidency. He made good, for his part, conducting himself with decorum, as a steward of the lofty responsibilities of the Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief of the greatest nation on Earth. That was a welcome relief from the sophmoric Clinton years.

What George W. Bush couldn't control was the behavior of others toward the President. Something snapped in a lot of Leftist Democrats when the disputed Florida vote went for Bush, and rather than being assauged by the passage of time, the Democrat Left became progressively more looney, afflicted with what some have dubbed "Bush Derangement Syndrome."

American politics have never really been the model of civility, because Americans disagree about important things, but the craziness of the accusations against President Bush is surely on the short list of outrageousness.

In that context, what impressed me most about the man (and often frustrated me) was his humble determination to not return evil for evil or insult for insult, entrusting his reputation to divine justice. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly" (I Peter 2:21-23). By so doing, George W. Bush did set a high standard of dignity for the presidency.

Thanks to the confluence of an epidemic of Bush Derangement Syndrome among Leftists and the communication technology of the internet, George W. Bush is probably the most lied about human being in history. A distinction he earned by steadfastly pursuing his duty as Commander in Chief of America's Armed Forces to defend this nation and its Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Public Opinion Polls of Job Approval have judged President Bush harshly, but "will not the Judge of all the Earth do right?" I'm betting He will, and that sooner or later, George W. Bush will be vindicated before men for his faithful stewardship of any President's most important duty. On September 11, 2001 the importance of that duty came into renewed focus, and I would gladly be first in line to shake the hand of the man whose leadership has kept America safe ever since.


Posted by larry_naselli at 4:48 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:11 AM CST
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Friday, January 16, 2009
Hoping Obama Succeeds?

Apparently the first Republican Talking Point on the sheet is, "I hope President Obama succeeds." Now that's almost as stupid as "Hope" and "Change." The CONTENT matters! Succeeds at what?

I certainly hope, and will pray, that President Obama succeeds at preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States and seeing that the laws are faithfully executed, but as for the agenda Obama promised during the campaign, God forbid that he should succeed at that!

Am I supposed to hope (because the President is new, or because he is the first African American, or because I want to seem bi-partisan) that Obama succeeds in passing and signing the Freedom of Choice Act? that he succeeds in legalizing homosexuals in the U.S. Military, where my sons may find themselves rubbing elbows with, or worse, saluting them?

Should I hope Obama succeeds at appointing federal judges in the District and Supreme Courts, who regard the U.S. Constitution as a "Living Document," and may overthrow the definition of marriage?

Should I hope that he succeeds in spending additional billions of future taxpayer dollars, saddling business with punishing regulation, singling-out profitable industries for punitive "windfall" taxation, un-doing the Bush tax cuts of marginal rates, estates, capital gains, dividends, investments in equipment, child-tax credit, undoing of the marriage penalty?

Should I hope Obama succeeds in eliminating secret ballots in Labor Union votes?

Should I hope that Obama succeeds in stiffing our courageous, democratic, terror-fighting ally, Columbia, by deep-sixing CAFTA?

Should I hope Obama succeeds in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq by a premature withdrawal? Should I hope he succeeds in shutting down our terrorist detention facility at GITMO or undoes the USA Patriot Act, that he succeeds in abandoning the collection of signals intelligence (known among Media and Democrats as "domestic wiretaps") on international phone calls to or from suspected enemies of the U.S.? Should I hope Obama succeeds at meeting with dictators and thugs who hate America and long to use the President of the United States as a propaganda foil?

Should I hope Obama succeeds in further radicalizing Public Education with the anti-American and/or Afro-Centric indoctrination programs that he and a guy from his neighborhood promoted through the Annenberg Challenge?

Count me out.

A good way for Republicans to begin crawling out of the post-election bunker might be by specifying what we mean when we wish President Obama success, namely that we wish America success, which will be best accomplished if Obama FAILS to deliver on his planned agenda.


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:08 PM CST
Updated: Monday, January 19, 2009 2:58 PM CST
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Friday, January 9, 2009
Smiling Faces

When images like this are displayed on the news, they should always be accompanied by The Temptations singing, Smiling Faces.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:07 AM CST
Updated: Friday, January 9, 2009 10:11 AM CST
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Illinois Republican(s) For Burris 2009?

Maybe it takes an Illinois Republican (see: Endangered Species List) to say it, so I will:

The U.S. Senate has no Constitutional authority to refuse to seat a duly appointed Senator, and that’s what Roland Burris (see: Democrat Hack) is. Blago is the Governor, invested with the authority, by Amendment 17 and Illinois Statute, to fill the Senate vacancy, which he did by selecting Burris. The fact that Blago is charged with crimes and facing impeachment doesn’t alter his authority unless and until he is removed from office.

The U.S. Senate is empowered by Article 1 to judge the qualifications of its members,* not to arbitrarily invent the qualifications. The qualifications are specified in the U.S. Constitution, so the U.S. Senate has the power to determine whether Burris is 30+ years old, a US Citizen for the past nine years, and a resident of the State of Illinois. As far as I know, no one is claiming that Burris is actually a resident of Kenya, so Harry Reid and Co. are obliged to swear him in.

While it is tempting to wish for a protracted Democrat self-destruct fest, Conservatives value the integrity of our Constitutional Republic above tactical political advantage. That’s one of the things that differentiates us from the Competition (see: Democrat Party), so this would be a good moment for some Conservative Republicans to stand up for the Constitution, with the ancillary benefit that Harry Reid et al. are currently caught off-base, standing, as it were, in the Senate Chamber Door, in the great Democrat tradition of George Wallace, to exclude a Black man from their domain. The moment of opportunity is passing quickly as Senate Dems will shortly fall into line for Obama, who just wants the matter to go away – yesterday -- and Republican skittishness will probably carry the day, meaning no GOP elected officials will leave an imprint on the public discourse in defense of the Constitution; notwithstanding that all Senators raise their right hand and swear to defend it.

*the U.S. Senate is also empowered by Article 1 Section 5 to judge the election results of its members, and the Democrat majority will no doubt do so with cynical dereliction in the case of the Minnesota election, by seating Al Franken. So much for supposed Democrat angst over stolen elections, eh?


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:03 AM CST
Updated: Friday, January 9, 2009 10:13 AM CST
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Roland Burris Meets A Democrat Tradition

It’s a priceless image: Harry Reid, returning to his Democrat Roots, standing in the Senate door to keep out a Black man.

That’s the Democrat Party's version of the "Big Tent" strategy: George Wallace, welcome home; Roland Burris, we don’t serve your kind.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:18 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 2:19 PM CST
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Monday, December 22, 2008
No GOP Bailout of Moderates' Failed Ideas

From columnist Kathleen Parker to General Colin Powell to the NY Times Editorial Board, the battered Republican Party is hearing the predictable advice that flows from these fountains of political insight following every Republican electoral defeat (and come to think of it, following every Republican electoral victory), the constant message is, “Purge the Conservatism. If only the Republican Party would be more moderate, less ideological, more willing to cross the aisle, the Sun would again shine on Republican fortunes."

In the present case the target of these critiques is not the GOP standard bearer, John McCain, since the “Maverick” Senator is the incarnation of this very approach; rather, these sages point to Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, as the problem with the GOP’s losing ticket, about which a few thoughts:

1) When has the Vice Presidential candidate ever been make or break for a presidential campaign? Answer: Never.

2) What does it say about the appeal of the top of the ticket, if the bottom of the ticket could turn away a decisive proportion of voters? Barack Obama was a strong enough candidate to weather the presence of the self-important buffoon and abject idiot Joe Biden on his ticket. If McCain was a winner without Palin, it's not reasonable to conclude that she dragged him down to defeat.

3) Quite the contrary, the excitement generated by Sarah Palin’s candidacy saved the longshot McCain campaign from suffering a genuine landslide defeat.

4) Sales & Marketing 101 teaches that to gain market share you must differentiate your brand from the competition. The McCain campaign was gaining popular support, coming off of the Palin selection, when the Credit Crisis hit. With an opportunity to set himself apart from Obama (by pointing out that the Housing Market debacle was a product of government policy), McCain instead defaulted to media-friendly Washington-speak, “Wall Street Greed” is the problem, a taxpayer bailout and more regulation are the solution. G R O A N. Thanks for clearing that up Senator McCain, just one thing, if bigger government and more control over private property is what we need, then let’s elect a true believer, what do we need you for?

In the VP Debate, the McCain Campaign placed the “Wall Street Greed” line into Conservative Sarah Palin’s mouth, which explains her continual winking at the camera: she was winking the Morse Code for T-O-R-T-U-R-E, so Americans would know she was being forced by her captors, er I mean handlers, to say words she did not mean.

The simple fact is that Republicans ran just the type of candidate that Colin Powell and his ilk assure us is the key to Republican victory, and that candidate lost decisively. This is no time for the GOP to bail out the failed ideas of Republican Moderates. When your advice leads to failure it’s your ideas that should be purged. Running a Moderate Republican, John McCain, didn’t work, so why should the GOP listen to those who recommend more of the same?


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:42 AM CST
Updated: Friday, January 2, 2009 11:36 AM CST
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Friday, December 19, 2008
Rick Warren: "Can't Buy Me Love"

Rick Warren is one of those “third way” Christian political activists, the kind who remind you more of Bill Gates and Bono than of James Dobson and Jerry Falwell. It’s like the Christian version of “Compassionate Conservatism,” in which those who have been fighting the good fight all along, both in and out of season, are implicitly and explicitly rebuked by today’s aspirants for being mean-spirited, heartless, intolerant, judgemental, racist-sexist-bigoted-homophobic and most reprehensible of all, a turn-off to swing voters.

So the Rick Warrens and Bill Hybels, etc… of Evangelicalism offer to show us the path of light and verity, caring about the poor, about AIDS, about at-risk children (as if the "dinosaur" Religious Right had not been doing those things all along, sans the sanctimonious fanfare), and making holy pilgrimages to that most holy of all holy destinations, Africa, complete with soft-focus videography to document their superior compassion.

From the pulpit, they pre-emptively invalidate any outbreaks of common sense in the pew by couching their Left-leaning affinity with Big-government Nanny-ism in immaterial disclaimers of the “The church is not about politics, the church is about Jesus” variety (well duh, thanks for letting us in on that), thus clearing the way for the third-way preacher -- now self-cleansed from the apparently epidemic sin of substituting politics for Jesus -- to advocate “solutions” -- which just coincidentally happen to read like highlights from the DNC Platform -- to every problem under the Sun, without the taint of idolizing politics attaching to himself.

It must be a very satisfying process for the practioners, allowing the third-wayers to go up to the temple to pray, thankful to God that they are not as other men, mean-spirited, intolerant, bigoted, nor even as that Moral Majoritarian.

And what reward do the third-wayers have for dissing the pioneers of modern evangelical political stewardship? Why, the acceptance of the Political Class: the chatterers, the newspaper writers, Oprah, the “ladies” on The View, and hip politicians like BHO. So, it’s a fitting irony that, having venerated the vast majority of Leftist relics, Rick Warren finds himself just as vilified and hated as the most hayseed, Bible-thumping televangelist, and by the very people his “outreach” was designed to win over, just because he wouldn’t genuflect at the alter of “Gay Marriage.”

How can this be? The old guard knew instinctively that Liberalism is an EVIL philosphy, because its essential character is to displace the Living God with Government, substitute the stigma of corporate divergence from Marxist and Politically Correct ideals for the stigma of personal sin, seek salvation/perfection through human institutions, collectivize property, and deny the divine-image-endowed potential and prerogative of every man to successfully navigate free choices and associations. Knowing that the philosophy is itself evil, the Dobsons, Falwells and Robertsons, though never so hip or polished as Rick Warren, did not bother to seek common ground on Liberal turf. Rick Warren, on the other hand, by stipulating to the (false) Liberal premise that Conservative Christians are characterized by intolerance, mean-spiritedness etc…, in order to gain the acceptance of Liberals, is grasping at the wind. What is so tragic as unrequited love, eh?

 

Disclaimer: I have no particular hostility to or affection for Rick Warren. The foregoing is simply my observation/analysis:


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:42 PM CST
Updated: Friday, December 19, 2008 3:49 PM CST
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Chicken Little Effect Produces Easy Drive to the Office

I had an extraordinarily easy drive to work this morning thanks to the Chicken-Little-esque news reporting of the Chicago area's anticipated snow storm.

Originally forecast to begin at Noon yesterday, then at 3:00 PM, then at 6:00 PM, the snow finally began falling about 11:00 PM. Instead of the promised 9-inches by this morning we had about two-inches, and it's not much more at 3:00 PM today.

The panicked or indolent cancelled business and school pre-emptively, or opted out without benefit of institutional sanction, and I suspect it was the absence of this latter group from traffic this morning that made the drive so smooth.

I've always been rather disgusted by the end-of-the-world tenor of weather reporting, but the easy drive this morning has made me ambivalent. If terrifying the public about a snow storm dissuades the most timid drivers from venturing onto the roads, thus expediting my drive to the office, I guess I could learn to live with it.


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:37 PM CST
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Stronger Than Steele

Matt Lewis reports on Townhall.com that Ken Blackwell is running for Republican National Committee Chairman. Some other contenders often mentioned are Newt Gingrich and Michael Steele.

If I had to choose between these three good, well-qualified men, Newt Gingrich, Michael Steele and Ken Blackwell, I'd go with Ken Blackwell. Why? Hes closer than Steele to Newt's intellectual firepower, but doesn't have Newt's rough edges in the personality department.

Blackwell's grasp of theoretical and applied Conservatism is superb, which I'm not certain I could say for Michael Steele (see my post of 11/18/08) on all occassions, and Blackwell has something else that Newt has, namely the ability to make Liberals foam at the mouth. As Ohio Secretary of State, he certified the 2004 Presidential election results in that decicive state. Since the actual votes counted up in favor of Bush and the Exit Polling counted up in favor of Kerry, it became an article of faith for whacky Liberals (but I repeat myself) that Ken Blackwell stole the 2004 election for Bush.

Unlike Newt, Ken Blackwell carries no baggage of personal dislike or distrust with the non-insane asylum portion of the electorate, while still fulfilling one of Rush's undeniable truths of life, that you should tweak Liberals at every opportunity.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:37 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 2:00 PM CST
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
McCain Demonstrates Consistency

From the Chicago Tribune Online Edition :<Barack Obama ...says he plans to be sworn in like every other president, using his full name: Barack Hussein Obama.>

John McCain, continuing his insistence upon civility, which he established in the Presidential campaign, rebuked the President-elect, as he did his own supporters during the campaign for "taking the low road." At a book signing for the former presidential candidate's new autobiography, The Audacity of Irrelevance, McCain told reporters, "I will not stand by while Obama disparages his own integrity, character, and honesty (by mentioning his middle name, Hussein). As Americans, we're better than that."


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:20 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2008 3:58 PM CST
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Conservativer Than Thou?
John Avlon writes in National Review Online about the need for the Republican Party to "Modernize."

The writer is a self-confessed Independent, which usually indicates either self-important sanctimony or ponderous ignorance. How hard is it, after all, to take sides between the Party that (rather haplessly at times) stands for limited government, free enterprise and strong national security and the Party that stands for Big Government, Redistribution of Wealth and Blame-America-First?

Anyway, the thesis of his article is that Social Conservatives are proponents of big government, in support of which he cites our various defensive actions in the culture war as evidence that Social Conservatives are intent on getting “government into the bedroom.” I was struck particularly by the following nonsense paragraph.

< The Gallup poll has been tracking attitudes on abortion for three decades, and in 2008 found that only 17 percent of Americans want abortion illegal in all circumstances, consistent with the GOP party platform’s support for a constitutional ban on abortion. On the opposite extreme, Gallup found that only 28 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal under all circumstances. Most Americans are in the middle, favoring reasonable restrictions within which a woman — not the government — has a right to choose whether she will give birth.> [emphasis mine]

I defy the author, or anyone else, to identify a considered version – much less the GOP Platform endorsed version – of a Human Life Amendment that would OUTLAW anything. This distinction is not splitting hairs, rather it goes directly to the heart of why Social Conservatives are authentically Conservative and Mr. Avlon’s give-the-people-what-they-want Libertarianism is not.

Conservatism is not anarchy, nor is it merely about limited government, it is about Constitutionally limited and defined government, with the just powers of government deriving from the consent of the governed. Social Conservatives have consistently fought to have society’s laws enacted by representative elected bodies, accountable to the Governed, while the advance of the social upheaval that Avlon refers to as “Progressive” has occurred primarily through the unelected unaccountable courts, and has been forced upon the Governed without their consent, Roe v. Wade being the Cornerstone of that malfeasance.

Moreover, Conservatives respect the intentions and institutions of America’s Founding Fathers, including a distrust of direct democracy. That’s why Conservatives understand that the only will of the People that matters is that which is expressed by the lawful acts of Constitutionally endowed entities, not the results of the latest public opionion poll.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:07 PM CST
Updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 1:14 PM CST
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Monday, December 8, 2008
Parker to GOP Christians: Don't mention the G-word

Kathleen Parker, a Conservative-ish columnist, who a couple months ago got her name added to many a Washington DC Cocktail Party guestlist (just in time for the holiday social season) by calling on Sarah Palin to withdraw from the GOP ticket, offers her explanation of how Christian Conservatives of the “oogedy-boogedy” variety, like Governor Palin (which also means like me), can best serve the electoral prospects of the Republican Party.

Parker’s presciption is to stop mentioning the G-word, and make our arguments based on reason alone. There are a number of problems with that formulation, not the least of which is that the electoral “middle” is at least as detached from reason as it is from divine authority. I offer as Exhibit A the recent election of Barack Obama on the reason-free platform of Hope and Change.

In the spirit of non-originality, Kathleen Parker serves up the following shop-worn Moderate Republican analysis of GOP ills. “As long as the religious right is seen as controlling the Republican party, the GOP will continue to lose some percentage of voters, and that percentage likely will increase over time as younger voters shift away from traditional to more progressive values.” The remark would be, well, unremarkable if it were not succeeded by this masterpiece of Constitutional illiteracy: “The cause is not helped when someone of the stature of Rick Warren interviews the leading presidential candidates in his church, questioning them about their faith. If that’s not a religious test, I don’t know what is”[emphasis added]. I’ll take that final clause as a confession: that's right, Kathleen, you don’t know what is.

Well what can I say? I’m so sorry, Kathleen, that we "oogedy boogedy" Republicans are embarrassing you, but to be fair, you embarrass us with statements like, “The cause is not helped when someone of the stature of Rick Warren interviews the leading presidential candidates in his church, questioning them about their faith. If that’s not a religious test, I don’t know what is.”

Just as you like to think of the GOP as the Party of sophistication and reason, we yokels like to think of the Republican Party as the Party of constitutionally limited government. So, when one of our putatively more enlightened Party comrades, like yourself, suggests that the Constitutional prohibition against religious tests for national office binds individuals, rather than limiting the central government, we blush that our Party includes your ilk.

BUT, as they say, there's a lot more that unites us than divides us, so in the interests of promoting the triumph of our many shared ideals, we choose to link arms with you, even when you embarrass us by being Constitutionally -- well, what is the word I'm looking for? That's it, Oogedy Boogedy.


Posted by larry_naselli at 3:54 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1:20 PM CST
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Obama is up to the task...

I confess I’ve had my doubts about Barack Obama’s qualifications to confront the threat of terrorism, but a story like the one below illustrates that there are some manifestations of terrorism that a big-government Leftist like Obama are tempermentally better suited to handle than any Conservative ever could be.

<NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — The latest case of zero-tolerance at the public schools has a 10-year-old student sadder and wiser, and facing expulsion and long-term juvenile detention. And it has his mother worried that his punishment has already been harsher than the offense demands.

Alandis' gun was a "cap gun," a toy cowboy six-shooter that his mother bought for him.

"We got it from Wal-Mart for $5.96," Tosha Ford said, "in the toy section right next to the cowboy hats. That's what he wanted because it was just like the ones he was studying for the Civil War" in his fifth-grade class at Fairview Elementary School.

Alandis was charged with possessing a weapon on school property and with terroristic acts and threats.

 


Posted by larry_naselli at 12:59 PM CST
Updated: Monday, December 8, 2008 1:05 PM CST
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Monday, November 24, 2008
You Own It Now!

Christians who voted for Barack Obama, knowing that he is radically pro-abortion, now own every executive action that leads to more babies aborted, that tramples the conscience of reluctant taxpayers, healthcare providers and med students, and that lends the legitimizing force of law to an act so abhorrent to the God they confess.

Christians who voted for Obama not knowing that he is radically pro-abortion, also own all those evils, because they are guilty of gross negligence in their stewardship of the divine trust of self-government.

I wonder how many Christian Obama voters considered in advance just what they would own if their vote landed on the winning side.


Posted by larry_naselli at 5:14 PM CST
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Not Sold on Steele

I heard Michael Steele on the radio (in Chicago) this morning and came away less enthusiastic about seeing him as RNC Chairman.

Here's why: Steele, who embraces pretty much the same pro-life Conservative values I do, explained his version of a winning GOP strategy as drafting candidates who reflect the issue positions of voters in their district/state. Now, this isn't entirely off-base, but I was unpleasantly surprised to hear Michael Steele state this as the centerpiece of the effort to regain Republican majorities.

Whatever happened to winning over voters to Conservative IDEAS? The GOP will never expand its base sufficiently by Leftward flanking manuevers -- voters on the Left already have a major Party of choice: Democrats. Republican success has come from proposing Conservative solutions that win over voters from the middle to Conservative IDEAS. That's how Reagan succeeded and that's how The Contract With America succeeded.

If the last few weeks of the hapless McCain campaign didn't cure us of the attraction of ME-TO Republicanism, I don't know what will. The election was OVER when the credit crisis loomed onto the national stage and John McCain's response was to rail against "Wall Street greed"and rush to Washington D.C. where the federal government would save us. Memo to McCain Campaign: we already have a Party that hates capitalism and thinks government is the answer to every problem; if you sound just like them, why should anyone buy from you instead of them?

No doubt Republicans should be wise as serpents (like Rahm Emmanuel) and recruit viable candidates, but if we ever hope to escape permanent minority status, we'll need to lead with ideas, and the Leftist idea concession is already taken, so it will have to be Conservative ideas if the GOP is to have a unique selling proposition. Not to mention that Conservative ideas are what America desperately needs.


Posted by larry_naselli at 2:03 PM CST
Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 2:50 PM CST
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