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Walker, Wisconsin Guvnor

Posted: July 13, 2015 in 2016 election

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I watched Governor Walker’s candidacy speech this evening.  His crowd was certainly enthusiastic. Me, not so much.

We’ll see how the first debate goes.


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I did not watch the state of the union speech last night.  I understand our president is a much better than average speaker.  I’m also quite sure he can strike a conciliatory tone if he chooses.   It just seems all so unimportant.

Conservatives, especially elected republican conservatives need to understand that, Obama and our social democrats in the congress and senate do not regard the latest election as defeat for them and their agenda.  IT IS SIMPLY A SETBACK.

They’re chief weapons are patience, time, and relentless incrementalism.

The progressives have been trying to establish a national health care system since the early part of the 20th century.  It took ALL this time to get something approaching national health care into legislation.  Yet, they managed.  They don’t give up.

With this in mind, why did the republicans agree to this non-partisan seating arrangement?  Why do OUR boys and girls need to get along with their boys and girls.  Some would argue that it’s not really important.

What IS important is for the new kids in Washington to recognize the absolutely relentless push they are up against.  To not be lulled or drop their guard by a symbolic olive branch.   Look at Lindsey Graham, he was part of the Gingrich revolution.  If their is a better example of a RINO, I challenge you to name one.  The man is for cap and trade, comprehensive immigration reform and hasn’t seen a bailout he doesn’t like.

Just sayin’


I argue that heated, passionate, even VITRIOLIC political discourse is not only a LONGSTANDING American tradition, that in fact it is a large part of WHY American politics is largely NON-VIOLENT.

Forget civility in politics. Our politics IS civil.  Keep in mind, before the great American experiment, the power of rule and governance was transferred largely by heredity OR VIOLENCE. Ugly words are much better than blood soaked streets.

Every 4 to 8 years the most powerful person in the world, steps aside and transfers that power WILLINGLY to a successor not of his choosing. This act of political submission to the will of THE governed is unprecedented in human history.

Look how small Chavez is clinging to his little slice. And remember the Honduran president deposed by his country’s congress and supreme court because he sought to extend his presidency beyond their constitutional limit. These are small powers, yet those men will not easily step aside. Make no mistake, the NON VIOLENT, but NOISY, VULGAR, MUDSLINGING election of American Presidents is a true miracle of human civilization. Be grateful to be a part of it. Don’t be afraid to get a little mud on ya.


FAA loses track of 119,000 aircraft!  AMAZING, INCREDIBLE.

Read the story here:

Realistically, a story like this only represents the tiny tip of a monstrous iceberg. Let’s face it, to be fair, there is incompetence and corruption everywhere in the private as well as public sector. However, in the private sector there is at least SOME market force to keep it in check.  By contrast, there is only ONE FAA.  When they screw up, where else can you go?

How can ANYONE believe for a moment that the FEDS could administer health care for 350,000,000 people and not really botch it up?

It’s time to push the FEDS back into the limited role our founders had in mind.


The FAA, a model of federal, bureaucratic incompetence.

With singularity of purpose and steel will, he steered Great Britain through the darkest days of WWII.

I truly dread the 2012 presidential election.  I don’t see one individual in the potential field of Republican candidates that has anything of the statesman-like qualities of  England‘s “Lion.”

Where is our time’s Winston Churchill?

We face economic calamity of no less proportion than the disaster that was World War II.   Yet there is truly no POLITICAL voice sounding a clear, unmistakable alarm.   The closest is maybe Ron Paul, who has consistently warned us of the dangers of  the Fed, it’s loose money policy and our seemingly incoherent foreign policies.  Unfortunately, few take Ron Paul seriously.

Mostly, I see small men.  Men willing to go along to get along.  And, though I like Mrs. Palin and I don’t think she’s stupid or  “unqualified,”  next to Winnie, she’s well, just a girl.  No offense intended, Mrs. P.  That goes for a lot of the men too.

Winston knew politics, military strategy,  finance, you name it.   More importantly, he knew how to inspire his fellow citizens to dig deep WITHIN THEMSELVES  to pull the country together so as to withstand the looming darkness.  He had his faults, but he was awesome.  He was a great orator, but was not all rhetoric.

I fear that we will see, for decades to come, a political arena mired by small men  jockeying for control of the dwindling vestiges of America’s power.  Many, on the left of course, believe that the diminution of America’s preeminence is good and desirable.  Well, that’s just being fooled by the duality of all things.  There is no thing completely good or bad. Yet,   there is no denying that there has never been in the history of human kind a country that has been a greater force for the overall improvement of the human condition than the United States of America.

Winston believed in his beloved Brittania.    He believed that England, with all its warts, was in the main a force for good in the world.  He saw that greatness in America before we did.

For the first time in OUR HISTORY, we have a president that is more ashamed than proud of the country whose constitution he is sworn to defend.   He (Churchill)  might suggest that Barry go play with Neville, while the adults take care of business.  Unfortunately, I think he’d be the only adult in the room.

Our best days don’t have to be behind us.  But our current crop of leaders, especially those vying for the top most spot, haven’t convinced me that they agree.


A very recent headline is highlighting the fact that many of our representatives in both houses are rich! Further, their collective wealth increased by 16% during 2009 when most Americans took a financial drubbing.

This is disturbing on the surface because the mere fact of it implies that well connected politicians can shield themselves in ways that the typical citizen can not. It conjures concepts of power abuse, elitest entitlement and the political equivalent of insider trading.

Disturbing as this is, and it IS disturbing, the greater story is how did virtual paupers, like Harry Reid, become millionaires while “serving the people”?

Let’s go through the facts and utilize a little grade school math (actually an interest and savings calculator

Senator Reid’s net worth, according to mandated disclosures is probably around $4.5 million. The “probably” comes from the Senate’s reporting rules which make real specificity somewhat optional. In order to have saved this much money over his terms of public service he would have had to put away around $3000/month, every month for the entire period of his working life,(assuming a 6% yearly interest rate and power of compounding). This level of savings from a public service salary seems unlikely, especially when also put 5 kids through college.

When confronted by Sharon Angle about this he refused to respond with any credibility saying he “had a very successful law practice and good investments.” (got to get to minute 8 or so of the video) He’s been in politics since he was 27 years old! The preceding link outlines his career and there is simply nowhere in there, that I can see, the kind of income required to amass this kind of wealth. Unless, of course, he means by good investments,” inside information that his various positions afforded him. And lest we forget, when and where was this “successful” law practice?

Now, I’m picking on Reid in great measure because he is a powerful Democrat and I am a registered Republican. However, I in no way believe that Democrats are the only ones enriching themselves through political connections. The point is that this stinks, it stinks a lot and it needs to be investigated further.