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REQUIEM

Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010

9/26/2008

Sundown in America

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America is facing the most dangerous crisis in the history of our nation. It is not simply an economic crisis. It is a crisis whose outcome may well determine whether America continues to survive as a representative republic ... and whether America remains strong enough to face the massing, determined enemy outside of its borders.

The ‘economic’ portion of this crisis did not occur by accident. It occurred, in large part, as a result of leftist ‘social engineers’ who are intent on circumventing the Constitution to use pretended altruism in order to expand their power and further implement their left-leaning ideological agenda. And they cannot succeed unless the noble foundations upon which our republic was built are completely dismantled.

The current economic crisis, and all of its ramifications, represent a giant step in that insidiously evil crusade.

This economic meltdown is occurring largely as a result of socialist special interests pressuring their friends in congress to relax the underwriting standards for home mortgages. Those friends in congress used all manner of grotesque extortion and shakedown techniques, made legal through changes in law (most notably the Community Reinvestment Act), to pressure the banking/mortgage industry to grant hundreds of thousands of loans to low-income and minority citizens whose economic backgrounds exhibited little or no ability to repay those loans.

From the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s The CRA Scam and its Defenders:

When the CRA was created during the Carter administration, the administration also funded with tax dollars numerous ‘community groups’ that have helped the Fed, the Comptroller of the Currency, and other federal regulatory agencies to enforce the act. Under the CRA, if a bank wants to make virtually any change in its business operations — merging, opening up a new branch, getting into a new line of business — it must first prove to regulators that it has made ‘enough’ loans to the government's preferred borrowers. The (partially) tax-funded ‘community groups’ like ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) can file petitions with regulators that stop the bank's activities in their tracks, perhaps defeating them altogether. The banks routinely buy off ACORN and other ‘community groups’ by giving them millions of dollars as well as promising to make even more dubious loans.

Yes, there were other contributors to this meltdown, but years of such pressure and pandering to special interests were the major contributing factor in the crisis we are facing today (and tomorrow ... and beyond).

One of those special interest groups that participated broadly in this dramatic change in banking/mortgage procedures was indeed ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), one of the largest radical left-wing groups in America.

Barack Obama’s affiliation with ACORN is longstanding and deep. He ran an ACORN-sponsored massive voter registration effort (which was later accused, and continues to be accused, of engaging in massive voter fraud). He later became a trainer for the group, as well as its lawyer in numerous election law cases. He received strong financial support from ACORN in all of his election campaigns, and his affiliation with the group and its radical activities remains strong today.

Fast forward to September 26, 2008:

Many involved in the current congressional negotiations on the economic bailout proposal are attempting to make the public aware that the proposal being pushed by the democrats would have a large portion of the taxpayer-funded ‘bailout’ money diverted to whom?

ACORN.

Is the public becoming aware of this fact? No. Why? Because those in congress who are attempting to sound the alert are being righteously ignored by the mainstream media.

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated today, … this deal that’s on the table now is not a very good deal. Twenty percent of the money that should go to retire debt that will be created to solve this problem winds up in a housing organization called ACORN that is an absolute ill-run enterprise, and I can’t believe we would take money away from debt retirement to put it in a housing program that doesn’t work.

Wrap your minds around this concept, if you can.

Our current economic crisis threatens America’s existence on five major fronts:

(1) It threatens to plunder from the American taxpayers for generations to come, reducing their standard of living, threatening their hard-earned retirement security, and placing debt upon the shoulders of their children not yet born. And why? In order to correct the ‘errors’ made by our leadership, and brought about by the pressures of special interest groups.

(2) It is already succeeding in nationalizing major sectors of American private enterprise, in the banking and insurance industries ... with more to come.

(3) No matter the bailout plan that is adopted, more government regulation over the private sector will be enacted, dramatically increasing bureaucratic government interference in the free market system – i.e., placing yet another socialist anchor around the neck of our capitalist system.

(4) No matter the bailout plan that is adopted, our national debt will increase beyond our ability to pay it down, to the point where our national priorities will, of necessity, be transformed from one in which our safety, security and sovereignty take a perilous second place to our need to merely pay down the money that we borrowed to get ourselves out of this economic meltdown.

(5) Unless those who played an activist role in fomenting this crisis are sought out, investigated, and prosecuted where called for, and unless the citizenry demands an accounting and a broad excising of the corruption in their leadership, once the dust settles -- and it will settle, temporarily, after any bailout program takes effect -- nothing will change. No reform will occur. And our future will be filled with more of the same -- adding to our debt, taking away from our liberties, and putting our survival in jeopardy.

Now reflect back on the fact that the current leader in the race for the presidency has had, and continues to have, close activist ties with a radical organization that played a major role in the above cataclysm.

Now ask yourself this important question:

Why is ninety-nine percent of the American electorate unaware of that connection?

President Bush delivered an address to the nation two nights ago. The subject of that address was the current economic crisis.

In his attempt to explain the causes of this crisis, he insinuated that it all started because America’s economy was considered so healthy that it attracted investors from all over the world. As a result, banks and financial institutions were awash in money, and that state of affairs planted the seed for this debacle.

Our President offered up the greatest whitewash of the reasons for this catastrophe imaginable.

John McCain and Barack Obama participated in the first of four televised presidential debates tonight. Because of recent developments, despite the fact that foreign policy was scheduled to be the topic of the debate, much of their debate centered on our economic ills.

Barack Obama pointed the finger of blame for those ills at 'eight years of Bush economic policies -- policies that were embraced by John McCain.'

Did John McCain refute that argument by finally educating the American public regarding his opponent’s personal affiliation with a radical leftwing organization that played a significant role in creating the sub prime debacle? No, he simply spoke in platitudes about how we must all work together, in a bipartisan way, in order to solve this monumental problem.

I am aware (as are many of you) of the major causes of this crisis. And if I am aware of the part that Obama and those of his political ideology played in this catastrophe, surely my President and my candidate are as well.

What is keeping them from making that association a major issue in this election?

At the bottom of this travesty (the magnitude of which I don’t believe we have seen in either our or our parents’ lifetimes) are four crucial, potentially deadly, considerations:

(1) The virtually unbridled power of the mainstream media – who routinely turn our focus (because we allow them to) toward superficial nonsense, and away from information that would be extraordinarily dangerous to those whose ideology they share.

(2) The fact that, even during their deliberations in attempting to solve this economic crisis, most of the democrats in Washington still do not consider the safety and prosperity of the people of this country to be their main focus. Their main focus, even in these troubling times, is the amassing of power and the implementation of a leftist ideological agenda. Why else, when the economic (and possibly physical) safety and security of every American is hanging in the balance, would they still be attempting to divert a large portion of this gargantuan, taxpayer-funded bailout into the pockets of a left-leaning organization bent on social engineering (and an organization that played an activist role in the catastrophe to begin with)?

(3) If republicans in congress resort to compromise, as they have so often done over the past eighteen years, they will have committed the final betrayal. They will have saddled the American taxpayer with an unbearable burden – in the form of financial extortion, the crumbling of our capitalist system through the nationalization of private enterprise, and the granting of oversight powers to the government that were never envisioned by our Founders – all of which conditions are expressly forbidden by our Constitution. Individual liberty will be the major casualty – with security and sovereignty to follow, a distant, but definite, second.

(4) Congress, bowing to the enormous pressure of powerful, radical left-wing special interest groups, started this crisis by pressuring, in an entirely unconstitutional manner, the banking/mortgage industry to do what their special interest lobbyists wanted. Yet among the major end results of any temporary bailout will be the granting of significantly more 'oversight' powers, this time made legal by 'post-meltdown' legislation. The government will be granted enormous additional power to look over the shoulder of private industry and dictate the parameters under which it can function. Talk about rewarding crime, and positioning the country for more of the same ... now legalized ... much deeper, and much more threatening to our capitalist foundations.

Any bailout proposal ... with or without the 'let's-reward-the-perpetrators' provision ... will sound the death knell for our republic. It will not be a 'necessary evil'. It will represent our final compromise with evil. Things may improve temporarily ... maybe even for a year or two ... mainly because the American citizenry, and the world, have allowed themselves to be lulled into a phony state of complacency. But the next time the (both monetary and moral) debt collector comes calling, we will have nothing left to give him.

I have little faith that the electorate will recognize the genuine nature of the man they are about to elect to the presidency. The media will not allow it. And the citizenry is too lazy to look beyond the mainstream media for answers.

I have little faith that our ‘leadership’ in Washington will once again begin to represent the best interests of the people. The corruption is too deep, and the power of special interests is too unwieldy and unaccountable, and growing moreso every day.

There are enemies at the gate. Enemies of the sort that the world has never known – who see it as their destiny to conform us to their image, or see us dead. When they decide to break down that gate in a brutal manner that goes far beyond the taking of three thousand innocent lives in two skyscrapers, an office building, and a commercial airplane, they will find little resistance. Not because the people within the gates weren’t once rugged individualists who valued freedom ... but because they no longer are.

Turn out the lights on your way out. It's over.

~ joanie

For Freedom

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I urge every reader here to take ten minutes out of your day sometime soon and watch this video. Then, if you believe as I do, that it is the most powerful, most truthful exposé available as to the criminal government elements that are behind our current economic meltdown, please send it to as many people as you can.

I know many of you have volunteered, or will be volunteering, to work for the election of McCain-Palin. I will be doing the same. But there is no amount of envelope licking, phone calling, or wearing out of shoe leather that will be able to match the ten-minute viewing of a video that fingers the culprits that the media are attempting to keep under wraps. Those culprits are directly involved in this election and the desire to attain the White House and retain control of Congress.

We cannot allow that to happen, and I believe the compilation of facts that this video represents, if placed in the hands of all thinking Americans, will see to it that it doesn't.

We are being fed whitewashed reports about the cause of this economic meltdown. If the true perpetrators of this massive criminal undertaking are not uncovered, removed from power, and punished, there is no hope of realizing the kind of all-encompassing economic and political reform that will be necessary to not only stabilize our economy, but to ensure our very survival as a free republic.

TAKE TEN MINUTES -- AND SPREAD THE WORD!

~ joanie

9/24/2008

President Bush's 9/24/08 Address to the Nation

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The following may not prove to be one of my better-written commentaries, for two reasons: (1) just as it’s never a good idea to go grocery shopping when hungry, it’s never a good idea to write about a subject while in the heat of passion, and (2) I am spitting nails right now, and I suspect that a stray nail may hit my keyboard and result in the typing of some words that I am not accustomed to typing.

At the risk of sounding simplistic (see the three much more in-depth essays immediately below this one for significantly more detail), the major causes of this economic disaster – or at least the portion of it that relates to the mortgage crisis – are (1) the power of special interest groups who pressured their 'friends in congress' to pressure the banks and mortgage companies to lower their underwriting standards so that lower income groups and minorities could afford homes of their own, no matter their ability to make their monthly payments, (2) the unbridled power/corruption in congress that allowed them to pressure banks and mortgage companies to do as their special interest lobbies wanted in that regard, and (3) the money handlers who began placing more emphasis on making a quick personal buck than they did on earning the trust of their clients.

I voted for President Bush twice. With that said, I now believe he is a complete sellout.

In his attempt to explain the causes of this crisis, he insinuated that it all started because America’s economy was considered so brilliant that it attracted investors from all over the world. As a result, banks and financial institutions were awash in money, and that state of affairs planted the seed for this debacle. (*choke*)

That is the greatest whitewash of the reasons for this catastrophe (see paragraph two above) imaginable. Either President Bush is a complete moron and he believes that tripe, or he is the most blatant liar since Gepetto’s son walked off the woodcarver’s bench.

After the President’s speech, and after I stopped spitting nails, my husband and I watched Brit Hume and his panel on FoxNews offer up a brief analysis.

Charles Krauthammer, who is among my favorite political pundits, opined that the speech was quite good, and that he was surprised that the President spent virtually one-fifth of it attempting to explain the causes of the current crisis – since, in Krauthammer’s opinion, doing so amounts to simply an ‘academic exercise’.

An ‘academic exercise’? To discern what caused this major economic meltdown? Shall we just accept the notion that too much ‘foreign money’ floating around in American banks was the catalyst?

And if we don't uncover the reason for this crisis, and determine who was responsible for it, will there be any reform? Or, post-bailout, will the perpetrators eventually continue with business-as-usual? Anyone who has an even rudimentary knowledge of government at any level has the answer to that question at his fingertips.

Come on! The corruption, and the power of special interest groups, in Washington D.C. is so deeply entrenched that even the President doesn’t dare expose the real reasons behind a crisis for which the American taxpayer will be footing the bill for decades.

God help us. Our ‘leaders’ have completely lost the concept of ‘public service’. And forget about ‘truth’. It has become a ‘situational’ concept.

Our media have lost the concept of ‘factual information’.

Our citizenry had better awaken to the depth of the corruption in Washington D.C., or the most moral and prosperous civilization in the history of mankind will find itself relegated to the dustbin of history because its people were to darn lazy to fight for their individual liberty, to recognize and seek to excise corruption, and to demand that they be allowed to keep the fruits of their labor.

Two semi-related observations before I close up shop, grab my toothbrush and attempt to remove the rusty nail residue from my teeth:

(1) Why is it that McCain/Palin are sliding in the polls as a result of this financial crisis, when Barack Obama did significantly more (understatement of the century) to bring it about than did his opponents (see 'The Master of Deceit and Phony Outrage')?

And why is John McCain’s speech before the Senate in 2006, warning us of an impending crisis if Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were not reined in, being righteously ignored by the mainstream media?

Excerpt:

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay. I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole. I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

The democrats killed this measure in committee preventing the full senate vote.

(2) Why am I consistently hearing analyses of the possible effects of the race issue in this election, with complete focus on that issue possibly harming the Obama candidacy? I have heard poll reports that supposedly show that up to six percent of white Americans claim they may have difficulty voting for a black. Yet, during these reports on the unfairness of racism in voting, I have not once heard mentioned the fact that 90+% of blacks openly admit that they will vote for Obama. Is that unprecedented, overwhelming majority the result of his superb presidential credentials?

~ joanie

The Eye of a Gnat

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A few personal ramblings …

Because of what we have viewed as a fragile economy, and a weakening dollar, my husband and I have moved much of our stock portfolio into cash over the past few months – placing that cash in a money market fund at our brokerage firm.

Throughout the playing out of the sub prime debacle, the crumbling of corporations that were once financial giants, and the ludicrous bailout proposals, we have maintained that stance, continuing to hold precious metals/miners and commodities long-term, but keeping the remainder in cash, which sweeps into the money market account.

A few days ago we received a letter from our online brokerage firm, telling us that the NAV in our money market fund has fallen below $1, due, in part, to the decrease in value of debt securities issued by Lehman Brothers and held by the fund.

Long story short … as a result, until our funds are redeemed by our brokerage, we will not have access to them for withdrawal or transactions. We were informed that this action is being taken in our best interest ‘in order to limit potential losses’.

We (and millions of other American investors) have been attempting to step back from market speculation during what we determined to be an uncertain economic period (to put it mildly) by putting a significant portion of our savings into what most would consider to be a safe, conservative investment vehicle, and even that decision has been affected by the turmoil.

Which got me to thinking … those who are responsible for the current disaster-in-the-making … just how are they being affected by the results of their corrupt machinations?

The special interest groups that pressured their friends in congress to relax the underwriting standards in order to allow home ownership for people who did not have the financial wherewithal to own a home … are they suffering as much as the ‘average American’ (and the generation to follow) will in bearing the ultimate burden for this travesty?

The members of congress who pressured the mortgage and banking industry to relax the borrowing requirements … are they suffering as much as the ‘average American’ (and the generation to follow) will in bearing the ultimate burden for this travesty?

The financial gurus who got lost in their own importance, and their own power to call the shots while lining their own pockets … are they suffering as much as the ‘average American’ (and the generation to follow) will in bearing the ultimate burden for this tragedy?

My husband and I are only two of tens of millions of Americans whose lives have already been negatively affected. And this recent ‘negative effect’ will prove to be only the tip of a monstrous iceberg.

Today we do not have access to money that we spent a lifetime earning -- money that we placed in what we considered to be a ‘safe’ and liquid location.

Tomorrow, and possibly for the remainder of our lives, we, and tens of millions of our fellow Americans, will be forced to use a large portion of the fruits of our labors in order to pay the debt that was created by an elite group of lobbyists, legislators, and financiers – without our knowledge, and without our approval.

A friend wrote to me today, 'I find myself sitting in a high-stakes Texas hold-em game with a lot of chips in the pot that I cannot remember betting.'

And this is just the beginning. Private enterprise is fast becoming nationalized. Enormous financial and political power is being accorded to people in Washington who are unelected by, and unaccountable to, the people.

It is that last paragraph that terrifies me most. The fact that the present and future personal finances of every American are being plundered by an elite ruling class is egregious. But the fact that the United States Constitution is being declared all but irrelevant by the simultaneous swipes of countless bureaucratic pens is a tragedy beyond comprehension.

The days of our existence as a representative republic are numbered, thanks to the ever-increasing power of the governmental, financial, media and academic elite who have no comprehension of the preciousness and fragility of individual liberty, and whose collective sense of allegiance, duty, and integrity could fit into the eye of a gnat.

~ joanie

9/19/2008

Personal Responsibility:
The Cornerstone of Liberty

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The large majority of conservatives with whom I have spoken about the current economic crisis have voiced the opinion that the recent ‘remedies’, both proposed and undertaken, by the administration are unavoidable.

I must take issue with the idea that Bush – and Bernanke and Paulsen, and all of the other ‘players’ who have been involved in the nationalization of what was formerly private enterprise, and the taxpayer-funded bailout of major private institutions – is doing what needs to be done.

The reasons we are in this mess are several – the most blatant of which are:

    (1) ‘Special interests’ who have a focus on racial/low-income ‘quotas’ pressured congress to relax underwriting standards to the point where people’s ability to meet the requirements of a financial contract became all but irrelevant in the delivering of that contract.

    (2) Many of the checks and balances/regulations that have been a part of the free market system have been discarded, wholesale

    (3) Stemming from both of the above, financial gurus whose calling it is to make momentous decisions with other people’s money began to place more value on the money they themselves could make than they did on the well-being of those they represent.

    (4) Those whose charge it has been to oversee the banking/mortgage/investment/real estate industries too often cavalierly looked the other way when rules were being bent and broken.
Yet these kinds of conscienceless ‘faults’ have become a way of life in Washington, D.C., with the result being that the people, to put it simply, no longer matter.

The administration’s recent unprecedented moves (with more such travesties to come) in an effort to stave off a major economic calamity – both national and global – will, in the long run, do no such thing. I don’t believe there is an economist worth his salt who will agree that placing the gargantuan burden for (1) through (4) above on the backs of the American taxpayer (of both this and the next generation), while also ensuring a spiraling national debt, greater devaluing of the dollar, more inflation, and a deeper recession, will accomplish anything more than placing a band-aid on a wound that has pierced an artery.

From the grotesque burgeoning of the entitlement mentality (along with the coincidental inverse movement in the work ethic) ... to the refusal to punish those who enter our country illegally (in fact we reward them by providing a myriad of services, gratis, for which the law-abiding American citizen must pay) … to this most flagrant example of the responsible once again footing the bill for the fraudulent and the irresponsible ... and a myriad of other examples of societal decay sandwiched in between ... we have become a nation that no longer believes in personal responsibility, or justice for that matter.

Not only will these recent band-aids accomplish nothing economically/financially – neither will they alter the corrupt status quo one iota. In effect, they will serve to embolden the schemers.

If a child consistently behaves irresponsibly and arrogantly, and never pays a price, that child will never learn the meaning of responsible behavior. Especially if other children are constantly forced to reap the punishment that should have been meted out on the offender. It becomes nothing more than a sadistic game of sorts, with evil consistently triumphing over good.

I am certain that my views on this grave situation may seem astonishingly harsh to many (perhaps most) of the readers here. But, believing that nothing of any long-lasting positive significance will result from these grotesque government nationalizations of what used to be private enterprise, and economic bailouts, I believe that the only course of action that has any hope of resulting in a permanent, long-lasting ‘cure’ for the corruption and loss of moral compass that permeates virtually every corner of our government, and its special-interest puppet-masters, is to allow nature to take its course. To allow the rule-breakers to suffer the consequences of their actions. Finally.

Yes, the result could be a national, and global, catastrophe the likes of which we have not experienced in our lifetimes. But if that is what it requires for a return to sanity and a renewed reverence for personal responsibility (which, after all, is the cornerstone of any reasonable definition of human liberty), then so be it.

The current course correction will provide none of the desired outcomes. Not on a permanent, we’ve finally learned our lesson basis. In fact, it will solidify the status quo – and will dramatically ... negatively ... alter the lives of every American taxpayer, and his children, into the foreseeable future.

If there must be a (n economic) flood, of Biblical proportions, the excruciatingly painful cleansing that would result might just prove to be the painful lesson that sets America back in search of the Founders’ vision.

Nothing that is in the works, or on the table, at present even takes that magnificent vision into consideration.

Many here on AADB have been whispering for a long time the belief that a 'revolution' of sorts is the only thing that has any chance of setting our beloved republic back on the path that was blazed for us two-hundred-plus years ago. Perhaps the activism involved in such an undertaking has been removed from our grasp, and we are instead supposed to (somewhat passively) simply watch the corruptors finally receive the horrendous comeuppance that they deserve. That we must suffer along with them is terribly unfair and unfortunate. But sometimes a deep and essential cleansing demands such suffering, on the part of the innocent as well.

For those who marvel at our ability to stagger from crisis to crisis without experiencing a disaster and think we can continue indefinitely to overload our economic and social system with laws of plunder and legislative nonsense, I will remind you that the man who is guillotined is breathing right up to the moment the blade hits his neck ... John Galt

~ joanie

9/16/2008

The Master of Deceit and Phony Outrage


I urge all readers here to consider the present and future ramifications of the information below. Barack Obama has lied about his (or, at the very least, the involvement of an organization with which he has very strong ties, and in which he has very strong influence) involvement in the current financial/economic crisis that is staring us in the face. He has also exhibited righteous indignation regarding the crisis, and simultaneously pointed the finger of blame at many others, most of whom are blameless.

The mortgage/Wall Street debacle is just beginning. The economic repercussions of what Obama and his kind have done will be felt for decades to come, and we, our children and our grandchildren will pay a terrible price as a result of the unquenchable greed and power hunger that sit at the root of the policy positions of this evil man and countless others of his kind who occupy decision-making positions in Washington.

A year ago, who would have thought that giants of the financial world such as Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers would be insolvent? And how many more major financial firms will declare bankruptcy within the next year?

Perhaps more than any presidential candidate in recent history, Barack Obama’s pious rhetoric has focused on his concern for ‘the little people’ and his disdain for the big money represented by corporate America.

I’d like to take a brief look at the words/deeds comparison of this man, and then pose a few crucial questions regarding not only Senator Obama’s honesty, but also his personal and professional affiliation with an organization that bears much of the responsibility for the sub-prime mortgage crisis and subsequent financial meltdown, and his fitness to hold office of any kind.

Earlier this month it was announced that Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation), America’s largest mortgage companies, are now the property of the United States government.

Along with that ownership comes some $5 trillion (with a tr) in mortgage debt. The nationalization of the two biggest mortgage companies in America occurred because it ‘was required to help millions of struggling mortgage holders and shore up the U.S. housing market.’

As a result, every American taxpayer will be forced to pay through the nose for the rest of his lifetime in order to bail out wealthy, well-connected people who committed fraud. In effect, every American taxpayer has been forced to purchase stock in two insolvent companies.

Ben Bernanke was not elected by the American people, and he is not accountable to them. Henry Paulsen was not elected by the American people, and he is not accountable to them. And the people in the corporate offices of FM and FM were not elected by the American people, and they were not accountable to them. And they were committing fraud.

In addition to the gargantuan personal debt that you and I have been forced to assume, the U.S. dollar will suffer as a result of this bailout. Inflation will increase. And the recession will worsen.

This is just the beginning of the ‘let's-make-the-U.S.-taxpayer-pay-the-price-for-the-financier/government-blunders’ roller coaster. The bailouts are going to start coming fast and furious. The big question is: How long will it take before the powers that be recognize that the boat is sinking faster as a result, and the people who are doing the bailing are going to (1) weaken to the point where they can no longer lift their bucket, or (2) mutiny. I'm betting on (1) because the American public is too clueless to contemplate (2).

The democrat party, and Barack Obama in particular, are forever crucifying big business and the financial world, while purporting to champion ‘the little people’. The democrat party, and Barack Obama in particular, are forever accusing John McCain of being in the pocket of both.

When the federal government announced earlier this month that it was taking over Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, The Center for Responsive Politics decided to take a close look at the amount of political contributions the two largest mortgage companies in America have made to our Washington leadership.

If you have been in the practice of swallowing leftist media swill, you should be very surprised at the results of their study:
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Invest in Lawmakers
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In the list of 354 lawmakers who have received contributions from the two mortgage giants since 1989, Barack Obama has collected the second highest dollar figure – behind only fellow leftist Christopher Dodd (D-CT). Recall, also, that Senator Obama has been in Washington for only three-plus years. So, despite the fact that this list includes the total of all of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac’s contributions to these 354 lawmakers since 1989 (for the last nineteen years), Barack Obama has managed to eclipse all but one of his fellow senators/congressmen, some of whom have been on the Hill six times as long as he.

And democrats in total collected the large majority (57%) of those monies.

The mainstream media, and most of our leadership in Washington, would have us believe that this mortgage crisis (eventually scheduled to blossom into a full-fledge economic earthquake) occurred as the result of a combination of greed on the part of the banking/mortgage industry and ignorance on the part of prospective low-income homeowners.

That, however, is not the case. The mortgage crisis is the result of a purposeful, newly required relaxing of underwriting standards, largely foisted by our government on the banking/mortgage industry in the name of ‘ending discrimination’, and in spite of warnings from respected economists that such underwriting relaxations could lead to unprecedented defaults.

It was the regulators, not the banks, who relaxed these standards - at the behest of 'community organizers' and 'progressive' political activists.

Byron York wrote in a recent National Review article:

    Perhaps the simplest way to describe community organizing is to say it is the practice of identifying a specific aggrieved population, say unemployed steelworkers, or itinerant fruit-pickers, or residents of a particularly bad neighborhood, and agitating them until they become so upset about their condition that they take collective action to put pressure on local, state, or federal officials to fix the problem, often by giving the affected group money.
In the 1980s and 1990s, groups such as the activists at ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), of which Barack Obama has been an active member (see National Review’s Inside Obama’s Acorn), began claiming that banks were engaging in discriminatory practices against minorities.

See also: The Acorn Obama Knows and Getting Paid to Watch: The Link Between Obama, the Woods Fund, Earmarks and the Mortgage Crisis.

ACORN approached sympathetic members of congress who managed to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, forcing banks to collect racial data on their mortgage applicants. The predictable result was that it was ‘discovered’ that banks were indeed discriminating against minorities (the fact that those minorities were generally considerably less financially capable of assuming a mortgage received minimal consideration in every study).

What resulted was an increase in the power of the Community Reinvestment Act, and banks were now required to relax the criteria for low income mortgage applicants. Another new, more insidious, stipulation in the revamped Community Reinvestment Act allowed for 'community organizers' to take an active part in annual bank reviews. Intimidation was the name of the game.

Banks that received poor reviews were fined. Some were denied merger requests. Others faced Justice Department action if their ‘quotas’ of minority acceptances were not met.

ACORN states on its own website:

    ACORN members have Negotiated landmark agreements with banks in St. Louis, New York City, D.C. and others, making more than a billion dollars available for loans in low-income neighborhoods.

    Blocked the gutting of the Federal Community Reinvestment Act.

    Forced Fannie Mae to establish a precedent-setting program to buy community reinvestment mortgages.
As if ACORN’s complicity in the entire financial meltdown weren’t enough, the organization for which Barack Obama worked both before and after attending law school, and with which he still maintains close ties, is currently being accused of committing massive voter fraud, presumably in order to get their man elected. ‘Their man’ … the one who looks out for ‘the little guy’ and who repudiates big money and the power of special interests.

I will leave you all with a few simple questions:

(1) Why is it that Barack Obama rarely, if ever, lists his ‘accomplishments’ as a ‘community organizer’?

(2) Why did Barack Obama receive more total political money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than all but one of his fellow senators/congressmen? And how did he accomplish that amazing feat in just three short years, when many of his fellow 'leaders' have been on the job for six times as long?

(3) How difficult should it be for the American citizenry to accept Barack Obama’s pious repudiation of capitalism and the ‘greed’ of big business?

(4) If John McCain or Sarah Palin had such skeletons in their closets, would those skeletons find themselves revealed in glaring headlines from now until election day? And would congress be clamoring for hearings ... or worse?

(5) How much responsibility does Barack Obama's ACORN bear for the current mortgage crisis -- not the mention the devastating economic aftershocks that have yet to occur?

(6) Where are the mainstream media?

Nuff said.

~ joanie

9/15/2008

Hope and Change in the Land of Oz

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“You can’t just make stuff up. You can’t just recreate yourself. You can’t just reinvent yourself. The American people aren’t stupid.”

Who said it?

Ah, yes, more words of wisdom from that holy man of hypocrisy, the high priest of Hopenchange, Barack Hussein Obama.

This particular barb was aimed at Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Obama knows that “Mayor Palin” is far more qualified for the presidency than he is. However, anyone with any insight into humanity has already discerned that Gov. Palin puts forward no facade, charades or pretense. With Mrs. Palin, what you see is what you get.

Obama, on the other hand, has spent the last four years under the tutelage of his mentors John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy, and more recently among a few thousand political hacks and handlers, endeavoring to make stuff up and recreate and reinvent himself on the bet that a majority of American voters are stupid.

Pray it ain’t so.

To differentiate between Obama and his facade, the logical place to start is his record of legislative accomplishments. But Barack Obama has no such record. So, we resort to that old English proverb, “You can judge a man by the company he keeps.”

On the short list of ignoble Leftist radicals and hoodlums with whom Obama has maintained more than a passing acquaintance (aside from Kennedy and Kerry) would be Frank Marshall Davis, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Tony Rezko, the ACORN crowd, Richard Daley, Jeremiah Wright, Michael Pfleger, Khalid al-Mansour, Kwame Kilpatrick, Jimmy Carter, Rashid Khalidi and, who am I leaving out... oh, yeah, that radical in the red dress, Michelle Obama.

There are many others, of course, but a few of his colleagues from this list should give all Americans pause. Obama’s close association with Marxist mentors and convicted terrorists like Frank Marshall Davis, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn is reason enough to disqualify him from ever receiving any security clearance, much less holding public office. And his 20-year spiritual mentorship under the racist reverend Jeremiah “G-D America” Wright defines Obama to his core.

Barack and Michelle Obama often quote the radical Saul Alinsky, who is considered to be the patron saint of “community organizers.” Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, proclaims, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins—or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.”

(For more details on Obama, link to “No ObamaNation”.)

Considering the company Obama keeps, one must ponder the question, “Has the Democrat Party ever fielded, in its entire history, a candidate more ill-suited for the office of president?”

Fortunately, although Obama has succeeded in fooling some of the people all of the time, there appears to have been an avalanche of defectors from the moderate ranks of his supporters. For example, in the last two weeks, his eight-point lead over McCain among white female voters (those who elected Bill Clinton—twice) is now a 12-point lead for McCain/Palin, which explains why most of Obama’s attacks have been aimed at Gov. Palin.

Indeed, conventional wisdom suggests that Obama’s latest reversal of fortune is the result of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joining the McCain presidential ticket. But there is more going on here than just the Palin bounce.

It seems that McCain’s character-rich speech at the convention enlightened a lot of folks who were, hitherto, unenlightened. That enlightenment has finally prompted moderates and independents to take a critical look at Obama’s character. And many, as evidenced by increasing support for McCain, are repulsed by what they see.

As those who self-identify as “Democrats” learn more about their party’s anointed candidate for the most powerful office in the world, perhaps they will consider a line from the Wizard of Oz—a quote which has metaphorical applications far beyond the movie.

“I am the great and powerful Oz!” thunders the Wizard to Dorothy and her friends. “Do you presume to criticize the great and powerful Oz? You ungrateful creatures!”

Alas, even as Dorothy’s tiny dog Toto tugs on the curtain to reveal a petty little man behind the thundering voice, the Wizard attempts to continue the ruse, orchestrating a booming declaration, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”

Between now and 4 November, those who choose to ignore the petty little man behind the curtain orchestrating all that rolling rhetoric about “hope and change” do so at great peril to our nation, and to generations to come.

by Mark Alexander
Patriot Post

9/12/2008

Tattletale Pranks
and Kindergarten Pursuits

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Most conservatives decry the ‘bread and circuses’ atmosphere of modern politics, principally because the consistent focus on meaningless pursuits takes the citizens’ focus away from the important issues … even crises … that must be considered, and faced, if we are to remain a free society.

Our Founders continually warned that liberty, and the republican form of government that is best suited to ensure it, can only be maintained through an informed citizenry.

Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, are necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties.

Many of us consider the ‘bread and circuses’ nature of modern American society to be most frequently exhibited in our adulation of the Hollywood crowd, professional sports figures, and reality programming, the accumulation of creature comforts, the me-oriented nature of the citizenry, the need to ‘be entertained’, etc. … with an incremental de-emphasis on genuine heroes, the importance of personal character and responsibility, and a sense of civic duty ... which includes being educated about our history, and concerned about our future as a free society.

I completely agree that all of the above trends have increased in intensity over the past fifty years, and that, if they continue to gain momentum, our very lives, liberties and sovereignty as a nation are in grave danger.

A sub-level of this toxic trend has become glaringly apparent over the past few weeks of the election campaign.

Our republic is facing potentially deadly crises the likes of which there is no historical precedent:

  • the specter of Islamic fascism

  • the mass invasion of illegal immigrants across our borders

  • the growing national debt and debasing of our currency

  • the nationalization of an increasing number of businesses and services that were once private enterprise

  • the growth of the entitlement mentality

  • the disintegration of the nuclear family

  • the burdensome tax structure

  • the incremental, open-ended theft of our liberties and prosperity by the hoax known as ‘global warming/environmentalism'

  • the economic and political power of trial lawyers over virtually every aspect of our lives

  • the anti-capitalist crusade that permeates much of American politics/academia/media

  • the purposeful dismantling of the finest healthcare system in the history of mankind, via the incremental imposition of socialist/universal health programs, the over-regulation of the insurance industry, the demonizing of drug companies, and the allowing, even encouraging, of frivolous lawsuits

  • the protection under law of the murder of more than a million unborn children every year

  • corruption, and the unbridled power of special interests, in the highest levels of government

  • a judiciary that has usurped legislative powers and subjectively interprets the Constitution

  • the incremental loss of religious freedom, and the gradual removal of God from the national conscience
... and on and on, ad infinitum ...

One would think that, with one of the (if not the) most crucial presidential elections in the history of our republic approaching in fewer than eight weeks, the crises mentioned above would be foremost on the minds of every American who intends to step into the voting booth on November 4th. And, even more importantly, one would think that the American media (the self-appointed purveyors of information and education) would be hard at work seeking, and reporting, the candidates’ opinions on, and proposed solutions to, all of the above.

Yet what do we predominantly see and hear in all of our media outlets? What are we being subliminally told is of utmost importance in this crucial election?

  • whether one candidate did or did not call another candidate a pig

  • whether one candidate does or does not know how many houses he owns

  • Susan Sarandon’s, Tim Robbins’ or Matt Damon’s expert opinions of the candidates

  • the various sticks-and-stones labels being applied to a candidate by members of the other party

  • which candidate has agreed to appear on Saturday Night Live

  • whether Russia is really visible from Alaska

  • whether Todd Palin’s DUI of twenty-two years ago has any relevance to Sarah’s candidacy
... and on and on, ad infinitum ...

Many of my conservative friends, all of whom are true patriots, have voiced the opinion over the past few days that they are glad Barack Obama and the left are ‘getting a taste of their own medicine’ via the production of the new RNC ad that plays off of Obama’s lipstick/pig gaffe, and they are pleased with all of the attention his gaffe, whether innocent or purposeful, is receiving.

I could not possibly disagree more vehemently.

By producing such an ad, and even debating Obama’s intent – indeed, by even giving credence to this story – conservatives are accomplishing three fatal outcomes:

(1) they are legitimizing the bread and circus atmosphere in this election process

(2) they are stealing a worthless page out of the left’s playbook

(3) they are spending major campaign funds on nonsense advertising that would be better spent educating the public about issues of critical importance to our republic

On my list of 'Things I Want the Voting Public to Know about Barack Obama That the Media Aren't Reporting', there are 8,563 items ahead of the fact that he may (or may not) have referred to his opponent as a pig.

I think the McCain campaign, and the RNC, should be telling us about those 8,563 things in their campaign ads, and leave the lipstick remark to those who believe it has some importance in the grand scheme of things. The fact that they have wasted the donations of loyal Republicans on such nonsense is infuriating to me.

The media, academia, and the political left profit from such abject stupidity. It allows them to fill the airwaves with such drivel, and to scrupulously avoid discussion of Barack Obama’s dark, longstanding connections to anti-American zealots and his agenda to impose his Marxist/black separatist ideology on a populace that has been programmed to be preoccupied with ‘looking the other way’.

Half of the American electorate is ready to put such a man in the White House. And I believe that ninety percent of that group possesses no real knowledge of his infamous background or his ultra-left-leaning agenda.

Why have so many of our countrymen fallen into such an ignorant stupor? Because, for fifty years, we have allowed the leftists in the media, our institutions of ‘higher education’, and Hollywood to incrementally turn our focus away from the enemy within ... and toward tattletale pranks and kindergarten pursuits.

I don't give a rat's patoot what derogatory label one candidate may affix to another. What I do care about is whether that candidate intends to dismantle the noble foundations upon which my country was built.

And the media be damned.

We're going to pay a terrible price for allowing ourselves to be so pliant in the hands of those who most certainly do not have our best interests at heart.

~ joanie

9/09/2008

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If you’re stupid, you’ve got to be tough. Now don’t get me wrong here. Alaskans are not stupid - far from it. I’m talking about kids in general and two specific kids in Alaska. Many of us guys remember what it was like to be invincible - when the laws of nature and causality only applied to others and not to us. Youngsters in Alaska are no exception of course, but when they do something really stupid, they have to be a lot tougher.

My wife and I and our 35 y.o. son were on vacation in Alaska last week. We had all flown to Anchorage, and used that as a home base while seeing the sights in our rental car - the Alaska State Fair, Talkeetna, the beautiful Kenai Peninsula... On Thursday, we were enjoying crab omelets for breakfast with a 27 y.o. young man from Anchorage that I knew from an aviation forum. He offered to take my son 4-wheeling in the back country and since my son owns a jeep and is into that sort of thing, they both headed out for the Knik glacier about noon. (The Knik glacier is on the middle right of the map, below.)

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They asked me to come along, but I didn’t relish the idea of bouncing around in fetal position the back of a jeep so - luckily as it turned out - I declined. Instead, I bought a $10 fishing pole at one of the two Wal-Marts in Anchorage and went fishing. After several hours of not getting any bites at the various lakes and streams in Anchorage , I gave up and returned to the hotel. Being late afternoon by now, the wife and I decided to retire to the patio behind the Millennium Hotel, which just happens to be on the final approach path to the Lake Hood floatplane base. That’s the biggest floatplane base in the world, located right next to the Anchorage airport. Guests can sit on the patio and watch the constant stream of float planes coming and going while sipping adult beverages and eating gourmet snack foods, which is exactly what we did.

I left a voice message on our son’s cell phone telling him where we were and to come join us when he got back. When he wasn’t back by 5PM, I left another message, then called the jeep owner’s wife. She told me "don't worry, they'll be fine". Yeah, right.

About 9 PM - back in our room now - I got a cryptic voice message from Mr. Jeep on my cell phone that they had “lost the jeep” and I needed to come pick them up at the Palmer airport, about 45 minutes north of Anchorage. Terri and I were about ready for bed, but instead we put our shoes back on, gassed up the rental car, and headed North. We got to Palmer about 45 minutes later, but amazingly, nobody there seemed to know where the airport was - it was very strange. I finally went into a pizza place and some old-timers pointed me in the right direction and we got there a few minutes later. The last message I had gotten from the kids was that they would be waiting at the Flight Service Station, so that’s where I went.

When I got to the FSS - almost 11PM now and dark - it was all closed up and nobody was around. About that time the cell phone rings again and it's them telling me that a friendly cop let had let them sit in the back of his cruiser to warm up, and that I should just look for the flashing lights. I saw the red and blue flashing lights midway down the airport and found the kids, shoeless, shirtless and still soaking wet. I thanked the police officer politely then we all headed back to Anchorage.

Now I wanted to hear the story about what happened, but She Who Must Be Obeyed had had it by this time. She screamed at the two kids to keep their d**n mouths shut and not say a single word all the way home. They didn’t. When SWMBO’s in one of “those moods”, I just keep quiet too.

Well, it didn’t matter - the story came out over the next few days. The dumb-a**es tried to ford a river too far. The water turned out to be much deeper than they had thought, the engine quit and the Jeep started floating down stream. They both scrambled up on top and for some reason, decided to strip down before they swam for it in the 35 degree water, like that would help. I guess they thought they could try to keep their clothes and belongings dry by holding them over their heads. Needless to say, that didn’t work. They lost everything in the rushing, icy water and scrambled empty-handed and half-clothed up the bank. They were forced to start walking out of the wilderness as the sun was going down.

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After walking barefoot over rocks for five miles and as proof that there is a God - they came across a pilot couple of who were out there in their bush plane moose hunting. (That may have been at the Hunter Creek airport - the “circle-R” on the map.) The pilots took pity on the two kids and after doing some weight and balance calculations, the woman - the lighter of the two - flew them out to the Palmer airport. They crammed my son into the baggage compartment in the tail cone, and put the jeep driver (code name: “Swimmer”) in the rear seat. When they got to Palmer and once again had cell phone coverage, the good Samaritan pilot allowed the kids to use her cell phone to make the original distress call at 9PM. My son’s cell phone was somewhere at the bottom of the Knik river, of course.

So my son lost his cell phone, wallet, his last $100, his shirt and leather jacket but luckily, not his life. His feet were bruised from walking barefoot on rocks for five miles and he limped for the next couple days.

OK, so much for the “stupid” part. They went into the wilderness alone, didn’t tell anyone exactly where they were going or when they would be back, didn’t carry any survival supplies, didn’t check the depth of the river before crossing, then panicked and took their shirts and shoes off. But that’s all water under the hood... Now for the “tougher” part.

Having survived all that, most kids in the lower 48 would have called mommy and daddy and asked for a new jeep. Failing that, they would have called the insurance company and asked for a new jeep. But not Swimmer. Over the next few days, he rounded up his 4-wheeling buddies and they all drove up to the scene of the sinking and managed to pull the jeep out and tow it back to Anchorage.

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My friend had to wade/swim back out in the 35 degree water (again) and dive down to hook up the tow rope. Me? I would have borrowed a dry-suit from a fisherman, but not these guys - they’re tougher in Alaska.

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by John Cooper
(contributing Team Member of Allegiance and Duty Betrayed)

9/07/2008

When You’re Up to Your Neck in Quicksand,
You Don’t Ignore a Rope

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I received two messages, from two patriot friends, over the last few days. I’d like to share their expressions of concern with you, and then offer my response, in the hopes that many of you will see things as I do. If not, I do not question your patriotism (just as I do not question my friends’). We are simply looking at perhaps the most serious election-related decision of our lives from different perspectives.

My friends’ comments:

(1) Do any of you really think that Sarah Palin will have a strong influence on McCain? Why or are you just wishing and hoping? How many old men do you know who have actually changed their life long held opinions at the wishes of a coworker? I can't think of a single one.

(2) To compare McCain to Ronald Reagan is about as far out as it gets. Reagan was a consistent conservative throughout his public life and had the track record to back it up. McCain is nothing of the sort.

I replied, in part, as follows:

Unless we’re reading incredibly different news/editorial sources, I have not heard anyone compare McCain to Reagan. And certainly no one I know has, otherwise I would have questioned their sanity.

McCain is still the turncoat he has always been. He is still a go-along-to-get-along RINO.

But his running mate is not.

I wrote on my weblog just a few weeks ago, regarding casting a vote for John McCain on November 4th:

Whether Obama or McCain occupies the White House for the next four years, America is in for a rude awakening. I would prefer that a liberal democrat/avowed Marxist be blamed for the geopolitical/economic earthquakes that are looming over the horizon. At least that way we will have the whisper of a hope that a genuine conservative may be able to eventually take the reins and pick up the pieces.

I could not, in good conscience, cast a vote for a Marxist. But neither will I continue to vote for those who are willing to consistently compromise with the evil ideology of the left. Such imposters have succeeded in re-defining my party, handcuffing their genuine republican counterparts, and corrupting my government beyond recognition. And if an avowed anti-American Marxist must damage our beloved republic for four years in order for the republican party to recognize that it had better return to its roots, then that may well be the terrible price we must pay in order to embark on that long-overdue journey.

I will no longer play an active role in the hijacking of the republican party ... or the suicide of our beloved republic. I'll leave the heartbreak of writing her epitaph to others.


I’ll not retract that statement. But that opinion was written before McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

The best of the Republicans vying for the top spot were eliminated long ago (primary among them being Duncan Hunter, but other lesser patriots who would have been a significantly better pick than McCain bit the dust early on as well). Why? Because they lacked charisma. Not that McCain has any, mind you. But he has other factors working in his favor – namely the consistent willingness of the party to compromise, and to abandon its foundations.

As a result, genuine conservatives need to appeal to the voting public – and what the voting public values is superficiality, since they lack the interest or background knowledge to deal with anything involving depth of character or belief. Thus the power of Oprah Winfrey in actually playing a role in the outcome of November’s election.

Charisma has absolutely nothing to do with leadership ability, or honesty, or a patriot’s heart. But, pathetically, it’s what gets people elected in modern America -- or what passes for America these days.

Sarah Palin possesses all of the above – leadership ability, honesty, a patriot’s heart, and charisma. I prefer to elect leaders without the latter, but, considering today’s political landscape and the ignorance and superficiality of the American electorate (and therefore the necessity of charisma), I can overlook its distasteful presence, if the other traits are present.

I see her as our last best hope. She is indeed in the mold of Reagan. I’m not saying she’ll be another Reagan. That entirely depends upon how moving up the political ladder dilutes her principles, and how much the powers that be will allow her to genuinely govern (assuming she attains the vice presidency, and beyond). And both of those influences can, over time, render her current Reaganesque beliefs and accomplishments null and void.

Thus my reason for being willing to support McCain/Palin. There is no one else electable on the horizon who offers us any hope of a return to representative republican, Constitution-based government. And if I have to vote to put a turncoat in the oval office, in order to get a potential Reagan in the second spot, then so be it. I see this as our last opportunity. We’re up to our necks in quicksand. And we're being bombarded from all sides with empty promises that help is on the way. If I see a real rope, attached to a real person who wants to pull me to safety, no matter who is standing in front of her, I'm going to grab on.

I don’t care the level of government in which one serves. It is all self-perpetuating, until someone with backbone steps in to apply the brakes. Someone rarely does. Sarah Palin has, and continues to do so – on the local level, and on the state level. And she intends to do so (as far as the vice presidency will allow) on the federal level.

I will not debate you about John McCain, simply because I believe we would be occupying the same side with no one to answer us. Perhaps you believe that his sitting on the top spot, with Palin second in command, renders the election meaningless to us patriots. There we may disagree. I see the future of our republic as so bleak that I am willing to hang onto a glimmer of future Reaganesque leadership, even if it means placing an imposter into the presidency for the time being.

~ joanie

9/04/2008

The Modern Face of
Our Founders' Vision

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Tonight Governor Sarah Palin accepted the Republican nomination for Vice President of the United States by delivering a speech imbued throughout with the precious vision of our Founding Fathers. Her character, integrity, intellect, honesty, successful experience in governance, innate ability to size up her opponents, and love of country were evident in every word.

Tonight, after twenty long years of drought, Ronald Reagan is smiling once again.

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~ joanie