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The Commies Gave Me My Sight Back!

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Today marked the longed for day when I would find my newly-issued glasses in the mailbox. As a veteran I get most of my eye-care from the VA, and in this case they provided me with a decent pair of specs. But after wearing them for a few hours I began to notice that the left side was irritating the back of my ear. Lo and behold, a sticker!

In case you are hard of seeing, the sticker says “Frame China.” I wish I could say I was shocked, but with our Border Patrol uniforms being made in Mexico, nothing surprises me when it comes to government outsourcing jobs that could have been easily and *cough* efficiently done by American workers.


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August 30, 2008 at 9:35 am

Questions from Readers

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McCain chooses Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for VP

McCain chooses Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for VP

Q: Are you voting for Barack Obama?

A: I haven’t decided who I will be voting for. I believe that there is a case that can be made for voting Obama-Biden, but that’s a far cry from saying I will vote for him. The issue, as far as I am concerned, is one of fairness. If a candidate is worthy of criticism, then be critical. If the candidate holds a position you like, give him honor and acclamation. In any instance, be fair.

Q: Why haven’t you endorsed Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin?

A: I’m not sure I won’t endorse him. While I agree with the majority of his platform, I am hesitant to cast my vote to the wind. This isn’t to say that voting third party is worthless. As far as I am concerned, it simply misses the objective of a “dissenting” vote, which would be the only reason for my choosing to vote for a third party. The idea is to get the attention of the candidate, or candidates, who would have otherwise had my vote. But with the 2004 CP candidate coming in with around the same number of votes as Joliet, Illinois, has people, then it’s makes grabbing attention rather difficult.

Q: What do you think about McCain’s VP pick?

A: Aside from being quite attractive, I am not sure. I received the talking points, but I don’t dare spout them off without giving them a critical examination. Still, I must admit that I haven’t had my phone ring so much in a long time. All my McCain friends are ecstatic that he chose a conservative woman. What they ignore is the constitutional function of the Vice President, the fact that this decision was probably made to satisfy those “I won’t vote for a liberal like McCain” conservatives who have a serious problem of wetting themselves when being thrown a bone, and that his choice of a woman was more than likely contingent upon Barak’s not choosing Hillary. Had Hillary been Barack’s side-kick, then we would be seeing a McCain-Ridge or McCain-Romney ticket.

Q: Who do you think you’ll be endorsing?

A. I haven’t made up my mind. I’m not even sure whether or not I will make my endorsement public. I may just make “the case” for a number of candidates and let folks run with it. It may boil down to making a case for abstention. The only thing I am confident of is that whatever decision I do make will result in a flurry of emails and phone calls from people who think I’m out of my mind. Lord help me…

Election Countdown: 145 Days Left

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This is taken from my election countdown calendar.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

“And I suspect that what you’ll see, Toby, is there will be a momentum, momentum will be gathered. Houses will begat jobs, jobs will begat houses.”

George W. Bush, talking to reporters along the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast, Gulfport, Mississippi, August 28, 2006.

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August 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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Aborting Single-Issue Voting Habits

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Roe v. Wade is on the mind of the electorate, and political lip-servers are frothing at the mouth. We can rest assured that this election will be little different than others in that partisans will construct bogeymen of one another while their parties will employ the grossest of guilt manipulation in hope of convincing those middle-of-the-road types to dread their sensibility. Whether it is squawking about coat-hangers or babies being murdered on every street corner, one could bet their bottom buck that the rhetoric will run as thick as an Appalachian drawl.

Matters of life and death are never pretty, and history has shown us that the actions to be taken are not always as black and white as we may wish them to be. This is especially true in politics. The role of the politician has become so vast, especially for those who take an office in the District of Columbia, that the concept of voting on a single-issue has all but become an outdated concept. If I may be so daring, I would say it has already passed its utility. But don’t tell that to the partisans! They will have my head.

This can be seen most definitively in regards to abortion. My fellow pro-lifers tend to minimize other “life” issues. Consequently, a politician’s position on abortion, and abortion alone, has become the litmus test for culturally conservative voters. Republicans have capitalized on this, realizing that they have only to give the issue minimum lip-service to convince the pro-life electorate that they are the lesser or two evils in any given election. They may be neoconservative war-hawks, free-trade globalists, amnesty advocates, and sworn enemies of Trustbusters, but at least they give lip-service every four years to the cause of life.

Pathetic soundbytes and outlandishly general remarks about supporting a “culture of life” win over the single-issue voter, while those dissenters with half a wit are derailed as traitors to the cause. Considering a candidate who doesn’t wish to overturn Roe would be outrageous, especially in light of the fact that this is the very position held by the vast majority of Republican officeholders since 1973! Let us never mind history, though, for it has too much to offer in the way of rebuke for the chronically gullible. Stick with the masters of single-issue manipulation, but be prepared for the same dance to go with that song.

In hope of testing the waters let me advance the possibility of looking at the election of federal officials, particularly the president, in a more holistic fashion. Come to grips with the fact that the next president will oversee the slaughter of another six million babies in his first term. Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to slow down the holocaust of the pre-born, much less outlaw it. This being as it is, it may be a worthy venture to begin looking at the candidate’s “other” positions. Expand “life issues” to those which affect every stage of life, from cradle to grave. This would include, but would not be limited to, positions on military interventionism, the arms race, immigration, international trade, taxes, health care, agriculture, the environment, energy independence, and many others. It will force us to look at elections, and life, in a manner more accurately reflecting its being a big picture within a sloppy system.

Would this, as many are sure to insist, mean that we wrongfully minimize the tragedy and terror of abortion? No, but it does mean that we recognize its proportion within a very complex order. It will allow other meaningful issues pertaining to every phase of human life to take the stage. Most importantly is that it will free the pro-life community from the partisan straightjacket given to them by the charlatans they have served for 35 years.

Unemployment and Forsaken Land

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Why do politicians wish upon a star for Big Business to provide the remedy to the ailments of what has become known as unemployment? Do they not see the inefficiency of Big Business? Do they not see the value of a diversified economy made up of small owners? Must they be reminded that the wage-earning masses working for a week-to-week paycheck from the paws of Big Business is destructive, both morally and economically, to a vibrant republic? It appears that seeing the “big picture” is as difficult as learning from both history and common sense.