Specter Announces a Vote for Holder
(FROM: Washington Post) Today, the Senate will vote to confirm Eric Holder, President Obama’s pick for top law enforcement officer, and Holder will receive the help of my own wonderful non-conservative Republican senator, Arlen Specter. Among the problems I have with Holder’s appointment:
- Holder has consistently and artfully avoided questions about whether he intends to prosecute officials who ordered or carried out or facilitated interrogation practices deemed as torture by spineless liberals who place the outward perception of America in higher esteem than the safety of American people.
- Holder, during the closing days of the Clinton administration, played an instrumental role in the pardon of Marc Rich, the fugitive commodities trader who in 1983 ran from prosecution for tax evasion, racketeering, and fostering trade with American enemies. Rich never atoned or made any efforts to acknowledge his wrongdoing and, in sending over the pardon proposal to the U.S. pardon attorney, Holder somehow managed to omit the fact that Rich was a fugitive.
- Holder, along with the president he will serve, has a long history of ignoring our founder’s feelings toward the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Holder has consistently supported the banning of firearms, and even penned a “Friend of the Court” brief on behalf of the District of Columbia in last year’s seminal D.C. v. Heller decision. Thankfully, he lost that one, but I worry about our right to keep and bear arms with him as the nation’s “top cop.”
DeMint Calls for Republicans to Take a Stand
(FROM: Human Events) Calling it “junk food for our starving economy,” South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint warned that any Republicans approving this so-called “stimulus” plan will lay the groundwork for future bailouts. From the article:
DeMint had nothing but disgust for those who are doing so, saying, “Republicans who embrace these ineffectual tax cuts will deserve the inevitable consequences they suffer at the polls. Conservatives need to snap out of their November Blues: We lost an election, after all, not our minds.”
Jim DeMint is, by and large, an enormous favorite of mine and the type of man who I feel can be a true leader in the conservative movement in years to come. Many liberals I know, including some I love, absolutely loathe his existence — which means he’s doing something very right. I, for one, cannot wait until I become one of his constituents in South Carolina 16 months from today. Now, if we could only do something about Lindsay Graham . . .
Obama and Iraq: The risk of a premature U.S. withdrawal
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) In the op-ed piece, the editors suggest that “Obama has inherited a victory in Iraq which he cannot afford to squander.” While the entire piece is fantastic and I agree wholeheartedly with the statements held within, I only partially agree with that final statement. Iraq is not yet in the “W” column. To borrow a metaphor from the upcoming Super Bowl, we are knocking on the door of the end zone with only a minute or so left on the clock, facing a 3rd & inches on the six yard line. If we can pick up that first down, our chances of breaking the plane and putting six on the scoreboard increase exponentially, though are not absolute. Regardless, we need that touchdown to win, and now is not the time to either go for the end zone all at once with some sort of flea-flicker or retreat to the sidelines and be confident with a field goal. Pound the ball between the tackles, pick up the first down, and move on to effect the win from there. In other words (golly, that was really pushing the analogy), while the win is not absolute, we’re in such a position in Iraq where the next few steps are absolutely crucial to facilitating a win, and now is not the time for a sea change in offensive strategy.
Obama Gives First Interview to Arabic Network
(FROM: Fox News) This hit the news yesterday, but I didn’t have time to examine it until today. Personally, I could care less where Obama gives his first interview, but it’s the manifestation of his detente-at-all-costs attitude toward foreign policy and national security which bothers me. In a message given directly to Al Arabiya’s predominantly Muslim audience, for instance, President Obama said that “Americans are not your enemy.” Actually, we are. Now, while it wouldn’t have been wise to acknowledge as much, the simple lip service does no good for anybody. I’d rather hear a repeat of his decidedly stronger rhetoric from his inaugural speech, but that was not to be. Instead, we see the failure to discern good from evil in action. Somewhere, Jimmy “Dhimmi” Carter is smiling.
Rosie’s After-School ‘Fame’
(FROM: Fox News) Rosie O’Donnell has a new theater program for underprivileged kids. It’s nice and all, but besides the philanthropic aspects, I really don’t care. I actually just saw the headline on the Fox News site, and it gave me the opportunity to run the adjoining picture of Rosie Sheikh Mohammed O’Donnell. That’s all. Every time I see it, it makes me laugh. Besides, I think we’re already in agreement that, for the most part, Hollywood should stay out of politics, and visa versa.
Sarah Palin Unveils New ‘SarahPAC’ Organization
(FROM: Newsmax) Fantastic! She got such a raw deal from the left, from the media, and even from some on the right, yet she is a solid conservative with a proven executive record in Alaska. I hope that she stays visible, and having the PAC headquartered near Washington rather than Wasilla would, among other things, ensure her continued presence on the national scene. From a September 3, 2008 piece here at America’s Right, entitled A Den Mother on Steroids, written after Palin’s speech at the RNC:
In my opinion, the very future of the conservative movement in America may have rested squarely on Sarah Palin’s shoulders and on her performance this evening. John McCain, hardly a true conservative in his own right, could have picked Tom Ridge or Rudy Giuliani or Joe Lieberman to round out his ticket and, with him, carry the standard of the Republican party. But he didn’t. He took a risk, according to many, on a little-known self-proclaimed “hockey mom” from Alaska who just happened to be the nation’s post popular governor, a mother of five … and a conservative through and through.
When she is finally able to exhale following the success of tonight’s speech, Sarah Palin will be the standard-bearer for the future of the conservative movement. Sooner or later, whether in four years, eight years or two months, the grey hair of the Grand Ole’ Party will give way to a more colorful crowd — Palin, Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Mark Sanford, Eric Cantor, Mike Huckabee and Jim DeMint, just to name a few. Palin’s emergence as a bona fide political star cements the future of the Republican party firmly in the hands of pro-free market, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, fiscal, social and foreign policy conservatives who put America first and party second.
John McCain had the opportunity to re-brand the GOP in pretty much any which way he pleased. He picked Sarah Palin, knowing her potential and seeing the political advantages. With all that McCain has done to work against many tenets of traditional conservatism, he may have given the greatest gift possible to the movement championed by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan — perpetuity.