November 13, 2008 — Assigned Reading


Showdown Begins Over Lifeline to Automakers
(FROM: Washington Post) I read somewhere that a 50 percent reduction in production at our big three automakers could mean, aside from the natural domino effect of such things, upwards of 2.5 million jobs lost. Two-and-a-half MILLION jobs. In fact, I know a few people who would likely be among those who could be given their walking papers. These are people with families, houses, children, people who work their butts off to get ahead. However, we simply cannot be bailing out these companies, regardless of how big or important they are. When does it stop? Of course, the automakers are feeling the heat from the credit crunch. Of course these things are cyclical. However, much of the problems with GM, Ford and Chrysler are centered in their structures, and like a father begrudgingly paying off his shop-a-holic daughter’s credit card balances when the minimum payments become too much for her to bear, unless the fundamental habits change, the same problem will rear its ugly head again in the near future. Detroit needs to take a good, hard look at its internal structure, and we all have to take a good look at how the federal government is weighing in — the reason that the American automakers’ overseas business is doing so much better than here is simple: less regulation, less union involvement. No matter the extent of American ingenuity, no matter how advanced the ideas, the Big Three in America are hopelessly beholden to the unions and encumbered by labor unions.

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Obama and Missile Defense
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) It is no wonder that Vladimir Putin wants to work himself back into the Russian presidency. It is no wonder that Russian missiles were placed near the EU border on November 5, the day following Obama’s historic Election Day triumph. They see a weakness, and that weakness manifested itself, according to author John Bolton, in a telephone conversation with Polish President Lech Kaczynski, during which the president-elect just wouldn’t commit one way or another on the future of the missile defense system which Poland went out on a limb to support.

Mr. Kaczynski raised the subject, given the recent U.S.-Polish agreement to base missile defense assets in Poland. In the words of the Polish press statement about the call, Mr. Kaczynski heard Mr. Obama say “that the missile defense project would continue.”

The Obama transition promptly issued a rebuttal: “President-elect Obama made no commitment on it. His position is as it was throughout the campaign — that he supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable.”

This was a remarkable statement. Mr. Obama contradicted a head of state, clinging to a campaign position that could most kindly be described as weak and ambiguous. The statement also reflected a naiveté in the structuring of such transition conversations — and future dealings with truly unfriendly foreign leaders — that could have been avoided.

Jonah Goldberg: The GOP Looking Glass
(FROM: Townhall) Here, the question is whether or not George W. Bush was a “conservative” president, and the answer will determine in large part where the Republican Party goes, ideologically, in the future. While Goldberg cites several conservative successes, including the nomination of Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Sam Alito (I still cannot help but wonder how close we were to having Justices Harriet Miers and Alberto Gonzalez instead), he also mentions quite a few of his failures as a conservative, including but not limited to signing John McCain and Russ Feingold’s Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act and endorsing McCain and Ted Kennedy’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. One particularly telling quote: “In 2003,” writes Goldberg, “Bush proclaimed that when ‘somebody hurts’ government has to ‘move.’” While Goldberg is also correct in noting that “politics is not binary” when it comes to the conservative/liberal divide, that last part sure doesn’t sound like conservative thought to me.

John Stossel: The Road to Serfdom
(FROM: Townhall) Ronald Reagan once said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language were “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” I tend to agree. So does Stossel, who sees the election of Barack Obama as a harbinger of increased big government involvement in the daily lives of Americans from coast to coast.

It’s exciting that the world is so excited about Barack Obama. I’m excited, too. That he achieved the presidency says something good about America.

But the excitement also frightens me. It reinforces the worst impulse of the media and political class: the assumption that all progress comes from Washington. In a free society, with constitutionally limited government, the president would be a mere executive who sees to it that predictable and understandable laws are enforced. But sadly, the prestige and power of the presidency have grown, and liberty has contracted. That is not something to celebrate.

Ted Nugent: RINO Season is Now Open
(FROM: Human Events) As a former registered Democrat, I never thought that I would see eye-to-eye with the likes of Ted Nugent. The “Nuge.” Good Lord, I guess that means that my transformation is complete, like Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, only without the messed-up motorcycle face. Nugent, in this concise piece written as only he can, manages to reiterate in his own style exactly what I’ve been saying since the morning of November 5 — it’s time for the Republican Party to return to its conservative roots. It’s stuff you’ve heard before, but his writing is infinitely more fun to read than mine–I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “wimps” before at America’s Right–so please take a look. (I liked the artwork so much that I had to bring it here — Brett Noel is responsible. Great work.)


Look Out, Here Comes the Fairness Doctrine

(FROM: YouTube/Fox News Channel)

Michelle Malkin: Obama’s Illegal Alien Aunti — The Rest of the Story
(FROM: Townhall) This ran deeper than I thought. The Bush administration, it seems, overtly suspended deportation enforcement activities, likely in order to spare Obama some embarrassment. The sarcastic part of me asks, “how is this any different from Bush’s illegal immigration policies?” and another part of me looks at it as another way that Obama has shown to be above the law, while most of me is just sad and frustrated.


Victor Davis Hanson: The Same Old Change

(FROM: National Review) When I read Hanson’s work, I am always amazed with how clearly and concisely he makes his points. A real professional. This piece is no different, offering up clear examples of the double standards from the media, from Congress and more that we can look forward to dealing with in this upcoming administration.


Supremes Save Sonar

(FROM: Human Events) By now, you know the backstory: environmentalists object to the U.S. Navy’s use of sonar in exercises off of the southern California coast because it could interfere with the lives and habits of whales and other sea creatures. Thankfully, we have a Court which sees that the national security repercussions of ceasing Naval exercises outweigh the effects of those exercises on whales. What’s scary to me, however, is that once again Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote. I’m fairly certain that, in the term before last, Kennedy was on the majority side of all of the decisions during that term — meaning that one Justice holds the balance between a Court which employs a strict constructionist perspective and one which views the Constitution as a living, breathing document. That little, tiny balance, with Barack Obama heading into four years in the White House, just gives me the willies.


History Favors Republicans in 2010

(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) I don’t know where Karl Rove gets his numbers, but it’s nice to hear him optimistic for a change. Particularly interesting were the lagging numbers among Republicans who, golly gee, for some reason didn’t seem exceptionally motivated to come to the polls.

Then there were those who didn’t show up. There were 4.1 million fewer Republicans voting this year than in 2004. Some missing Republicans had turned independent or Democratic for this election. But most simply stayed home. Ironically for a campaign that featured probably the last Vietnam veteran to run for president, 2.7 million fewer veterans voted. There were also 4.1 million fewer voters who attend religious services more than once a week. Americans aren’t suddenly going to church less; something was missing from the campaign to draw out the more religiously observant.

MORE TO COME THROUGHOUT THE DAY … KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR MORE ASSIGNED READING!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Jeff, I can’t help but to ask…are you getting your homework done? With all the time you put into this site, are you focusing on your legal studies…? Don’t let us down, we want you to get your JD so you can have it when you become a Senator.

  2. Christopher Wiseman says:

    Couldn’t of said it better myself Nuge! The cartoon btw is by Brett Noel I truly hope that his message hits home and strikes a chord with the disenfranchised among us.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cartoon by Brett Noel.
    (The credit for the Ted Nugent artwork was listed at the end of the article in human legible format.)

  4. bluewater says:

    Bailout? How about a little mutual scratching of the backs. Government could say “We’ll let you keep your jobs and loan you a bit if:
    a) all of you take a 20% pay cut
    b) you lay off 10%
    c) your leadership is replaced
    I like that.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The worst product of regulation is economic maladaptiveness.

    Congress has spread this disease throughout the nation. While it frequents chronic injury on the economy, now it is starting to kill.

    The die out is healthy. Just like the forests were lightening strikes start fires to renew the ecology, business has the same cycles.

    Just like the regulatory hubris that demands forests not be managed and left overly vulnerable to massive destructive fires, so Congress has done to our economy.

    Nature is trying to do us favor here. We need to allow nature to take its course.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Let the automakers fall. If they declare bankruptcy it can get the monkey off its back. Namely pensions and wages so high (compared to foreign carmakes) the company can’t compete. As far as the pensions are concerned, they’re toast anyway.

  7. Anonymous says:

    all the people here seem to be interested in getting the truth…

    that we research topics that need to be answer…

    the fairness doctrine
    obamas truth squds
    and the need for the civilian national security force

    I believe 90,000,000 gun owning American as well as the flooding of gun shops all over America with new buyers “assult rifles weapon of choice ” has made up thier mind as to what it means to our future….

  8. Anonymous says:

    The best thing for the Big 3 is to reorganize under the bankruptcy code. A bailout will only be utilized to continue the overpayment of supplier contracts and union requirements, both of which are leading to their downfall. Bankruptcy does not mean the companies will go away, it only gives them a means to renegotiate their contracts and work on their operating costs. The American auto industry, especially GM, needs someone at the helm who is willing to shift the paradigms and reinvent the industry itself. Someone like a Steve Jobs.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Our family also has quite a few members who are or will be temporarily effected by the ongoing failure in the auto sector.

    These jobs have paid relatively well and have allowed workers to amass more savings than workers in many other sectors.

    The auto industry would be better off if it was left alone and allowed to restructure. “Investing” taxpayer money (or its cousin, the bubble money from the banks, which have kept these failing companies going) is a losing battle. Better to let healthy new companies and new jobs emerge.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is the most informative site on the Internet!
    Thanks Jeff.
    By the way, has anyone seen the information here that shows there may have been yet another forgery by Obama?
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  11. Christopher Wiseman says:

    Jeff – Another must read for this section.

    Ex-Hitler youth issues dire warning to America
    ‘Every day brings this nation closer to Nazi-style totalitarian abyss’

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    Posted: November 13, 2008
    1:00 am Eastern
    WorldNetDaily

    WASHINGTON – Because it has abandoned moral absolutes and its historic Christian faith, the U.S. is moving closer to a Nazi-style totalitarianism, warns a former German member of the Hitler Youth in a new book.

    “Every day brings this nation closer to a Nazi-style totalitarian abyss,” writes Hilmar von Campe, now a U.S. citizen, and author of “Defeating the Totalitarian Lie: A Former Hitler Youth Warns America.”

    Von Campe has founded the national Institute for Truth and Freedom to fight for a return to constitutional government in the U.S. – a key, he believes, to keeping America free.

    “I lived the Nazi nightmare, and, as the old saying goes, ‘A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument,’” writes von Campe. “Everything I write is based on my personal experience in Nazi Germany. There is nothing theoretical about my description of what happens when a nation throws God out of government and society, and Christians become religious bystanders. I don’t want to see a repetition. The role of God in human society is the decisive issue for this generation. My writing is part of my life of restitution for the crimes of a godless government, of the evil of which I was a part.”

    Von Campe grew up under the Nazis, served in the Hitler Youth and fought against the Red Army in the Yugoslavian theater as a tank gunner in the German army. He was captured at the end of the war and escaped five months later from a prisoner of war camp in Communist Yugoslavia.

    “It took me a long time to understand and define the nature of National Socialism,” says von Campe. “And, unfortunately, their philosophy continues to flourish under different labels remaining a menace to America and free human society.”

    He writes: “The most painful part of defining National Socialism was to recognize my own moral responsibility for the Nazi disaster and their crimes against humanity. It boiled down to accepting the truth that ‘as I am, so is my nation,’ and realizing that if every German was like me, it was no wonder that the nation became a cesspool of gangsters. This realization is as valid today for any person in any nation as it was then, and it is true for America and every American now.”

    Von Campe’s message is that political freedom and democratic rules alone are not sufficient to govern humanity justly.

    “Democratic procedures can be subverted and dishonest politicians are like sand in the gearbox, abundant, everywhere and destructive,” he writes. “What I see in America today is people painting their cabins while the ship goes down. Today in America we are witnessing a repeat performance of the tragedy of 1933 when an entire nation let itself be led like a lamb to the Socialist slaughterhouse. This time, the end of freedom is inevitable unless America rises to her mission and destiny.”

    Von Campe says he sees spiritual parallels among Americans and his childhood Germany.

    “The silence from our pulpits regarding the moral collapse of American society from within is not very different from the silence that echoed from the pulpits in Germany toward Nazi policies,” he explains. “Our family lived through the Nazi years in Germany, an experience typical of millions of Europeans regardless of what side they were on. We paid a high price for the moral perversions of a German government, which excluded God and His Commandments from their policies. America must not continue following the same path to destruction, but instead heed the lessons of history and the warning I am giving.”

    Specifically, von Campe warns Americans their political leaders are on the wrong footing, “denying our cultural and traditional roots based on our unique Constitution and Christian orientation as a nation. Christians don’t understand their mission.”

  12. Anonymous says:

    We have dear friends employed by one of the Big 3. We are prepared to take them into our home if need be. Now, if the government would get out of our way and let Americans rise up to show the stuff we are made of, perhaps there would be real change.

    We’ve got to be willing to admit that we’ve been part of the problem by our tacit consent. We need to “cowboy up” and put action behind our words. I’m not talking about helping people who aren’t willing to help themselves. I’m talking about helping the true needs of our countrymen. Our neighbors and friends who are in need…

    I’m ready to show charity for real Americans. Are you?

  13. Ted Park says:

    Does anybody know how we can track the satus of the Sullivan v. Marshall case in NC?

  14. PrairieMae says:

    This has so far gone without notice: on BarackObama.com under the issue of defense, several paragraphs down under the paragraph titled “Preserve Global Reach In The Air” they mention using unmanned and other aircraft etc. as being the “backbone in our ability to extend global power.” OHHH,so that is why we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan according to Obama. Why isn’t this all over blogosphere?

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