July 29, 2008 — Assigned Reading

Ahmadinejad: The Big Powers are Going Down
(FROM: CNN) According to the news article, the Iranian president blamed the United States and other Western powers for AIDS, nuclear proliferation, and pretty much everything else wrong in the world, and stated that the U.S. exploits the United Nations and other organizations for its own gain and at the expense of developing nations. Sound familiar? In a January 2006 sermon, Barack Obama’s self-proclaimed “spiritual advisor” and pastor for 26 years, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, insinuated that the United States was to blame for AIDS and said that “America is still the number one killer in the world … we are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.” Or maybe I was thinking of just a few days ago when, in an obvious attempt to channel Ronald Reagan while speaking to a crowd of 200,000 in Berlin, Obama himself said that “the walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand.” Either way, I constantly find the similarities between those messages disseminated by American liberals and America’s enemies shockingly astounding.

House Formally Apologizes for Slavery and Jim Crow
(FROM: Associated Press) Okay. Good. I get it. I’m not trying to be insensitive here, but how about the House apologize for prohibiting access to our own energy resources? Last week, they’re looking into impeachment proceedings for President Bush, now we’re picking this as the best time to formally apologize for slavery? I’m glad that they’re doing it, but come on, people. Quit dragging your feet — drill here, drill now.

The Brangelina-fication of the Obamas
(FROM: TownHall) Many moons ago, back in bone-chilling mid-February amidst the ugly head of winter in Philadelphia, I wrote that “inevitable Democratic party nominee” Barack Obama “is truly the perfect political weapon for this time.” Even before Super Tuesday, how did I get it so right? It’s simple, really — I looked at the nation, not the candidate, and I saw an apathetic, war-weary, superficial and celebrity-obsessed populace. The American public, I saw, was like a dozen doughnuts on the table outside a Weight Watchers meeting, ready and willing to be plucked in full despite the knowledge that being snatched up doesn’t do anybody any good. In the linked article, Michelle Malkin does a nice job bringing together our culture and the media attention commanded by the Illinois senator. The vast majority of disconnected American people would sooner dine with Tom Cruise than Thomas Jefferson, and seem anxious to march on down to the voting booth to elect an inexperienced socialist with questionable associations and a murky background, all because his oratory brings out a reaction unseen since The Beatles first touched down on American soil. Sad, it is, the state of our country.

Appeals Court Upholds Border Agent Convictions
(FROM: CNSNews) It never ceases to amaze me how, in this country, we trample over ourselves to afford rights to those who intentionally break our laws, while simultaneously refusing to provide the benefit of the doubt to those who put their lives on the line for America and her people. I see it almost weekly here in Philadelphia, where soulless, murderous thugs are scrutinized less than the police who seek to rid the streets of them. I see it with our Border Patrol, and I pray for agents Compean and Ramos, as well as all of the others who stand guard knowing that the government of the country they protect would sooner send them down the river than be perceived as mistreating those who break the law.

Kaine on Obama’s Short List?
(FROM: The Boston Globe) The Virginia Governor is an interesting pick for Barack Obama. While Kaine has no foreign policy experience to speak of, leaving a gaping hole in a prospective Obama/Kaine ticket, he does have some executive experience at various levels and would be consistent with Obama’s message of “change” on Capitol Hill — definitely more on-message continuity than he would get with Joe Biden, Chuck Hagel, Sam Nunn or even Evan Bayh. All in all, an interesting pick. The next few weeks could be good ones.

McCain Backs Off his No-New-Tax Pledge
(FROM: CNSNews) Even though John McCain touts himself as a conservative, even though he has repeatedly pledged to refrain from raising taxes, a payroll tax increase for social security is suddenly “on the table.” Seriously? Can the man do anything else to alienate conservatives? Maybe a front-yard, full-term abortion? Maybe a Madonna-like french kiss with a mustachioed illegal Mexican immigrant? Maybe he can urinate on the United States Constitution [again]? The answer to the mounting social security problem is privatization — heck, the answer to pretty much everything boils down to the free market and minimal government involvement, yet Johnny Turncoat has no problem whatsoever abridging political speech, increasing federal involvement in American businesses and homes in the name of the farce that is global warming. I’m really growing tired of it.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the bigger problem with McCain backing off of a no-new-tax pledge is that he will look like a flip-flopper. It might not be so bad for him to change to this view, though. He promised to balance the budget, and given that the next president will inherit the worst budget in history, maybe the only way to balance it will be to raise some taxes. As far as social security is concerned, the baby boomers are getting old and this might be somewhat of a necessity. Moreover, there are a lot of them, and it would be nice to get all of their votes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I’d rather dine with Tom Cruise – he might jump up and down on the table. TJ on the other hand, is dead.

  3. Jeff Schreiber says:

    On McCain and taxes — there is more than one way to balance a budget. First, increasing taxes on businesses does nothing but stifle economic growth and cause potential job loss. Reducing taxes, not raising them, would be the way to garner more revenue. Secondly, in terms of balancing the budget, we need to start with cutting out wasteful spending, not inhibiting economic growth. Finally, privatization of social security has worked elsewhere, and would not affect today’s seniors.

    On Tom Cruise and the dead Thomas Jefferson — I’d STILL rather dine with Jefferson’s corpse then be preached to by Cruise about Scientology, prescription drugs, and whatever else. Jefferson, even as stiff as he is, would be exponentially more enlightening.

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