“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”
Archive for the ‘Conservatism’ Category
Posted by Liberty on April 9, 2009
Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009
“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.”
Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009
I ran across this opinion piece by Walter E. Williams this morning and liked it. There is a growing number of states that are beginning to push back against the oppressive hand of the federal government.
“Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war. Today it’s the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King George’s actions look mild in comparison. Our constitutional ignorance — perhaps contempt, coupled with the fact that we’ve become a nation of wimps, sissies and supplicants — has made us easy prey for Washington’s tyrannical forces. But that might be changing a bit. There are rumblings of a long overdue re-emergence of Americans’ characteristic spirit of rebellion.”
Posted by Liberty on March 16, 2009
Dateline: Cincinnati. Police crowd estimate: 4,000!
Posted by Liberty on March 7, 2009
Prelutsky just wants to help liberals get better from the mental illness that has afflicted them. What astounds me is that he was able to keep it to only 12 steps…ok, he made it a baker’s dozen at 13. Here’s my favorite:
“Step #7: Stop using the word “big” as a pejorative. There is nothing intrinsically bad about big oil, big agriculture or big pharmaceuticals. Overall, they do a very good job of keeping our cars on the road, food on our tables and most of us over 60 alive and functioning. On the other hand, big government, which so many liberals simply adore, represents a usurpation of the allegedly inalienable rights of individuals. A quick perusal of the Constitution should convince you that beyond declaring war, forging treaties, overseeing patents, printing money, running the post office, collecting taxes and protecting our borders — and a few other things that Washington doesn’t do at all well these days — the federal government has very limited responsibilities.”
Posted in Conservatism, Educate yourself, Liberalism, Lighthearted amusement | Tagged: 12 step, Big Hollywood, Burt Prelutsky, Liberal, Recovery program, Using "big" as a pejorative | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 28, 2009
From Townhall.com and Matt Lewis:
“Calling it his first ever address to the nation, Rush Limbaugh rocked the house at the Conservative Action Conference (CPAC) today.
From the time he entered the room to The Pretenders ‘My City Was Gone’ (his theme), to the time he exited the stage, Limbaugh inspired the over-flow, packed audience, and enjoyed countless standing ovations.”
I can’t wait to watch this online! It is linked up at Rush’s website and he’s posted the transcript as well. The twits at the Huffington Post are all abuzz about Rush “doubling down” on wanting Obama to fail–their words, not mine. In my opinion, if a speech by a Conservative gets those mental midgets all worked up, it was probably a great speech! [I’m not posting a link to their site. If you want to read that trash, you can find it yourself! Plus, I don’t want my comment box to be innundated by liberal fruitcakes because of an errant pingback.]
Rush’s First Nationally Televised Address to the Nation:
Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Keynote Speech
A quick excerpt:
“I want to tell you who conservatives are. We conservatives have not done a good enough job of just laying out basically who we are because we make the mistake of assuming people know. What they know is largely incorrect based on the way we are portrayed in pop culture, in the Drive-By Media, by the Democrat Party.
Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. [Applause] When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government. [Applause]
We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. [Applause] We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life. [Applause] Liberty, Freedom. [Applause] And the pursuit of happiness. [Applause] Those of you watching at home may wonder why this is being applauded. We conservatives think all three are under assault. [Applause] Thank you. Thank you.”
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Future of the GOP, Main Stream Media, Obama, Positive News | Tagged: Conservative, Conservatives standing up!, CPAC, Huffington Post, Liberal fruitcakes, Matt Lewis, Obama, Rush Limbaugh, Standing ovation, Townhall.com | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on February 25, 2009
There is a property rights rally on Monday, March 2, 2009.
Meet at noon on the North steps of the Capitol.
Join Evergreen Freedom Foundation, The Christian Coalition, Cattle Producers of Washington and Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights in taking a stand against Olympia’s intrusion on your private property rights!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Washington State | Tagged: Cattle Producers of Washington, Christian Coalition, Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Mylandnotyours.com, Olympia, Property rights, Rally, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”
Posted in American history, Conservatism, Founder's quote of the week, Founders, Words of Wisdom | Tagged: American history, Conservative Quote, Founder's quote of the week, Founders, Thomas Jefferson, Words of Wisdom | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009
This is a great blog in general but this post from yesterday caught my eye. I guess its because I’ve really been hungering for some positive news. Conservative Pup points out a few things that she considers to be “good,” “bad,” and “ugly.” The part I like the most is that the “good” section is the longest!
Posted by Liberty on February 19, 2009
I logged on this morning wanting to find something positive to post about. I found this on the front page of the Drudge Report [ok, so that’s not exactly exhaustive research] and had to pass it along. I love the fact that these kids had at least a little bit of healthy skepticism and weren’t falling all over themselves for the opportunity to ask Obama for their own kitchen and bathroom or better benefits from their minimum wage job. All in all, I have a little more faith after reading this story than before. Is the Obama facade crumbling just a little?
From The East Valley Tribune, by Tim Hacker
“A Dobson High School Advanced Placement government class with strong opinions about Barack Obama watched the president’s speech Wednesday on a small, grainy TV in the corner of their classroom.
Some of the students attentively watched the speech, giving questioning looks and comments, shaking their heads and laughing at some of Obama’s words. Other students listened, occasion ally glancing up to watch, while texting on their cell phones, reading a book or finishing school work.
The gymnasium’s events were shown simultaneously in rooms throughout the Mesa school, and teachers were given discretion on whether to show the speech, the students said. The students in the class were hopeful things will work out but questioned whether Obama’s plan would actually work to dig the country out of its economic woes. They also expected a longer speech.
Senior Syna Daudfar took some notes during the speech and was among the most vocally opposed to Obama’s words.
At one point, when he talked about the costs of his stimulus plan, senior Maaike Albach and Daudfar looked at each other and said, ‘uh-oh.’
‘Overall I think it’s a good idea, but he’s not addressing the issues of the economic crisis,’ said Daudfar, a John McCain supporter who added he leans more toward being a moderate conservative. ‘The spending bill he just passed is just progressing the Democratic agenda rather than addressing the economic issues in the country.’
Daudfar thinks Obama’s plan is backward and deals with the ‘less important stuff’ first. ‘Bailing out businesses’ and ‘providing better regulatory systems for giving out money to businesses’ should have been first, he said.
‘If businesses can’t afford to hire people, then people won’t be able to work and pay off their mortgages,’ he said. ‘It’s kind of like putting money into a funnel.’ Albach, who is also a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good but questioned how Obama can want to rely on ‘people’s responsibility’ when that is ‘what got us in this economic crisis in the first place.’
‘This puts us more into debt,’ said Albach, 18. ‘It’s a horrible situation we’re in.’
Senior Brandon Miller wore a shirt with the words, ‘Hitler gave great speeches, too’ above a picture of Obama.
Miller said he had been an Obama supporter ‘because of his speeches,’ but after debating the issues in this class and looking more into Obama’s policies, his vote was swayed toward McCain.
He showed a video on his camera he had just taken of the president’s minutelong motorcade and talked about what a ‘great experience’ it was to watch it. Miller had also spent a couple of hours in front of the school, hanging out and watching the protesters.
‘Even though I don’t support him, I think it’s cool he’s here,’ said Miller, 18. ‘I just don’t believe all the things he’s telling us. His goal is just too big and broad.’
Miller wanted to hear more about the costs and guidelines the stimulus bill entails.
Senior Katelyn Meyer, who also leans more toward being a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good, ‘but it’s easier said than done.’
‘I like the refinancing part, and I like the part about mortgages, but I’m afraid we’re going to put the money in but won’t see any effect,’ said Meyer, 18, who still thought it was ‘cool’ to say the president was at her school, even though she didn’t get to see him live.
The students also questioned why Obama chose their school for his speech since he wasn’t talking about education and wondered how much money the district spent on beautifying the campus while district positions and services are being cut.
District officials noted this week that the landscaping project completed over the weekend at Dobson was already in the works and was just expedited by the president’s visit. Funding came from voter-approved bonds.
New sod was laid in front of the school Tuesday, and Daudfar said, ‘The joke at the school is they’re going to take it away when he (Obama) leaves.’
AP government teacher Jeff Sherrer said his students ‘feel very strongly about the issues, maybe more than the general population.’ He thought at least one of his students was outside protesting, and he had planned to take his students outside as a class project to show them what was going on but didn’t get the chance.
‘These kinds of kids really get into it,’ Sherrer said. ‘During the election we had lots of debates on the issues.’
Posted in Conservatism, Obama, Positive News | Tagged: "Hitler gave great speeches, Arizona, Dobson High School, Drudge Report, East Valley Tribune, Mesa, Obama, Skepticism, Tim Hacker, too." | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 16, 2009
“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
Posted by Liberty on February 14, 2009
“The protest against the porkulus is on for President’s Day!
Date: Monday, February 16th
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, 401 Pine St., in the open area by the big arch.”
Be a part of the active, loyal Conservative opposition! Bring your signs to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to participate in a protest of the stimulus bill!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Sticking to their guns, Washington State | Tagged: Active Conservatism, Porkulus, President's Day, Protest, Stimulus, Westlake Park | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 9, 2009
Professor Perry has excerpts posted from an article by Charles Platt. He’s a former senior writer for Wired Magazine who, out of curiosity, took an entry level position at Wal-Mart. He’s been blogging about his experience and has some good observations.
“Some people, usually community activists, loath Wal-Mart. Others, like the family of four struggling to make ends meet, are in love with the chain. I, meanwhile, am in awe of it.
The company is rebuked and reviled by anyone claiming a social conscience, and is lambasted by legislators as if its bad behavior places it somewhere between investment bankers and the Taliban.Considering this is a company that is helping families ride out the economic downturn, which is providing jobs and stimulus while Congress bickers, which had sales growth of 2% this last quarter while other companies struggled, you have to wonder why. At least, I wondered why. And in that spirit of curiosity, I applied for an entry-level position at my local Wal-Mart.”
“Coworkers assured me that the nearest Target paid its hourly full-timers less than Wal-Mart, while fast-food franchises were at the bottom of everyone’s list.
I found myself reaching an inescapable conclusion. Low wages are not a Wal-Mart problem. They are an industry-wide problem, afflicting all unskilled entry-level jobs, and the reason should be obvious. In our free-enterprise system, employees are valued largely in terms of what they can do. This is why teenagers fresh out of high school often go to vocational training institutes to become auto mechanics or electricians. They understand a basic principle that seems to elude social commentators, politicians and union organizers. If you want better pay, you need to learn skills that are in demand.
The blunt tools of legislation or union power can force a corporation to pay higher wages, but if employees don’t create an equal amount of additional value, there’s no net gain. All other factors remaining equal, the store will have to charge higher prices for its merchandise, and its competitive position will suffer.This is Economics 101, but no one wants to believe it, because it tells us that a legislative or unionized quick-fix is not going to work in the long term. If you want people to be wealthier, they have to create additional wealth.To my mind, the real scandal is not that a large corporation doesn’t pay people more. The scandal is that so many people have so little economic value. Despite (or because of) a free public school system, millions of teenagers enter the work force without marketable skills. So why would anyone expect them to be well paid?”
Posted by Liberty on February 8, 2009
Take a peek at Tami Michaels’ blog post from Saturday. Is there any part of life that our esteemed Washington State Legislature will not attempt to stifle, control, restrict or regulate? [For those of you not familiar with Tami, she has a Saturday morning radio show about home improvement and interior design on 770 KTTH Seattle. It’s a lot of fun to listen to if you’re interested in improving the appearance and functionality of your living environment–always a learning experience. Find out more at mynorthwest.com] Tami has issued a call to action because apparently, the Washington State Legislature is going to be considering a bill that would create licensing requirements for interior designers. From Washington Votes.org:
“Introduced by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 26, 2009, creates a state board for registered interior designers and sets forth registration procedures and standards of professional practice for registered interior designers. (See also Companion HB 1608).”
Tami’s reasoning for opposing SB 5514 is this:
- “There is no threat to public health and safety from interior design. In 2005, the Washington State Department of Licensing did a sunrise review of interior design legislation and found that no threat existed and that no licensing of interior designers was necessary.
- The state, the economy, homeowners and small businesses can’t afford this legislation. This legislation is a direct threat to the survival of many small businesses, putting jobs at risk – something Washington cannot afford. Customers of interior design services will see costs go up as competition decreases and designers will have to pay unnecessary fees if they actually do qualify. Established firms will go out of business, not because they do poor work or have done something wrong – but simply because they do not meet a very specific set of criteria.
- There is no gap in protection. An umbrella of governmental oversight already protects the public and ensures that those involved in design projects follow the appropriate building codes and laws. Plan reviews, building inspectors, code enforcement officials and licensed professionals (architects, engineers, plumbers, contractors, electricians and others) all verify that any work specified by interior design professionals meets the code and safety requirements enacted to protect the public.”
Do you really need the State of Washington to protect you from interior designers? Honestly! There’s a hearing on this bill scheduled for February 12, 2009. Tami’s blog has all the info you need.
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Educate yourself, Liberalism, Stupid legislation, Washington State | Tagged: Government regulation, Home improvement, Interior design, Nanny state, SB 5514, Tami Michaels, Washington State Legislature | Leave a Comment »