Sep 242010

I understand that not all of my readership is into what I have to say politically, and I sympathize.  I’m now keeping the Thursday miscellanea posts politics-free, and I’m trying to keep the our-president-really-sucks red meat to no more than once or twice a week.

So I think this is number three this week, depending on how you score it, and I apologize for that. But I had to share this video (hat tip, Kemtee).

Stirs my soul.  There, I said it.

It is a Very Good Thing that the Tea Party movement has influenced the Republican Party to the degree that it has.  When it first starting getting serious traction, I was afraid we were headed for splitting the conservative/libertarian vote (as in Ross Perot electing Bill Clinton twice.)

I think that right now, the Republicans get it.  The Pledge to America is not perfect, but it’s much closer to constitutional government than what we’ve suffered under since January 20, 2009.  Moreover, I believe what this video says:  the sleeping giant has been awakened.  This is a significant sociopolitical wave, and efforts to dismiss it as a bunch of mouthy radicals of no real consequence have become quite absurd.

The key is not letting up on November 3.

Dudes and dolls, we’re sending a lot of Republicans to Washington in a little more than a month.  They will have gotten there because of the wanton incompetence and destructive behavior of the current administration, but they will also have gotten there because they claimed they would repair the damage.  It’s feet-to-the-fire time.  We must have the action we are promised. I don’t know that we can survive another dalliance with government-knows-best, mortgage-the-future-into-oblivion liberalism.

Mark Steyn wrote a devastating column on how well the Republicans keep the seats warm.  I previously quoted it in this post.  The Democrats pass all sorts of crazy unaffordable and un-American entitlements; they get thrown out for it; the Republicans come in and don’t have the stones to do anything about it; and there those programs are, waiting for the Democrats, when they eventually get back in.

Not this time, folks.  Not this time.

I have significant differences with the typical Republican platform.  Anyone who’s paid even casual attention to my political positions knows that.  But I also have no illusions that we’re going to have a Libertarian majority in Congress in my lifetime.  However we got here, it’s a two-party system, and that’s the framework within which we must work.

Right now, they get it.  Hammer down, Republican ladies and gentlemen, and you keep the determination.  Remember how you got there.

I fear you might be our genuine last, best hope.

 Posted by at 6:27 pm
Sep 232010
  • The first truly telling SEC Saturday approaches.  I’ve been saying South Carolina might be the scariest game on Alabama’s schedule, and they’re facing their stiffest test in Auburn.  I’ve also been saying Arkansas has done nothing to deserve its ranking, and they’ll get a shot at the Tide to prove me wrong.  Let it roll!
  • Go check out Hyperbole and a Half (hat tip, Saintseester).  She has a gigantic audience and doesn’t need me shilling for her, but she has that audience because she’s hilarious.
  • Been in a big Fountains of Wayne mood lately.  Sometimes their musical shtick hits me as corny; other times it’s exactly what I want to hear.  Went looking for information on a new album yesterday and was sad to discover that they’re currently unsigned.
  • Jupiter is showing off right now.  Look for it to rise in the east sometime after sunset.  It’s directly overhead at my house shortly after midnight.
  • Want to read on the ceiling?  Have a look at the home library of the future, as envisioned in 1959.
  • I’m about two-thirds of the way through Halo Reach.  Starting on Heroic difficulty was the right call.  As it’s a prequel I already know how the story ends (badly), so there’s no narrative-driven pressure to get to the end.  Have to savor it.  It’s a long time to Gears of War 3 and Bioshock Infinite.
  • I wrote once about expecting the divorce rate to gradually decline as more children of divorce come of age.  Sadly, it hasn’t happened that way statistically, but here is an encouraging piece that echoes something else I wrote recently:  Divorce is not an option.
 Posted by at 7:55 am
Sep 222010

Quoting Bob Woodward’s new book Obama’s Wars:

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever … we absorbed it and we are stronger.” – U.S. President Barack Obama, July 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, our commander-in-chief.  Doesn’t he make you proud?

Oh, there’s plenty else to say about the book’s released content, including a particularly pleasing passage in which Obama nakedly says he’s determining an Afghanistan strategy based on potential political gains and losses (“I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party”).  Note also his studious avoidance of the words “victory” and “win.”  But really, how much further must you go than the above gem?

Now given the source, I assume Obama isn’t going to flatly deny the quote.  He hasn’t, as of this writing.

So would anyone care to give me a non-offensive reading of that?  What’s the hot, focus group-tested spin on a claim that the United States has “absorbed” the September 11 attacks?  I mean, we’re talking about The One here, so surely there is far-reaching wisdom in these words far beyond the superficial.  What is it?  Or did Woodward mishear the president?  What did Obama say instead?  Or did the president misspeak?  What did Obama mean to say instead?

Shall we ask those who lost family members in the September 11 attacks whether they’ve “absorbed” those attacks?  How about the New Yorkers who saw the planes hit?  “Absorbed”?  Just some run-of-the-mill terrible thing that happened nine years ago, and best forgotten?  How about mothers and fathers getting their children back in pine boxes because they died trying to prevent another one?  I know they’re delighted to hear the leader of the free world talk about their son’s or daughter’s sacrifice as a consequence of, well, just this thing we’ve “absorbed.”

Oh, and by the way, we can “absorb” another one.  No problem.

Like millions of others, after my initial shock, disbelief, and anger, one of the very first things I felt that terrible Tuesday was fear of future attacks.  September 11 tore open a whole new world of horrors.  If this was possible, what awaited us?  Thanks in large part to a vigorous prosecution of the war on terror, we’ve (mostly) avoided that new “reality.”  I think it’s absurd to call that luck, just based on the elapsed time.  Clearly we are doing a great many things correctly.

I know another 9/11 is possible.  I will never accept that it is inevitable.  I will never accept the notion that U.S. policy should treat it as inevitable.

That our president believes it, and potential future events like it, are to be “absorbed” is appallingly disgusting.

 Posted by at 12:40 pm
Sep 212010

The cleansing electoral fire approaches, and it’s become rather implausible that it will be anything but a Republican House next year.

However, degree matters.  There are still some out there who are right on the edge, and Jim Geraghty has identified several, along with brief analysis.  Many are in trouble because they don’t have as much money as their opponents, and are therefore at a disadvantage when it comes to purchasing advertising.

So if you’re in a 2010 election check-cuttin’ kinda mood, kindly give these 20 your immediate consideration.

 Posted by at 6:59 am