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Sunday, November 21, 2004

First Arafat, now the Ba'ath Party

Things like these are what make me happy that we won't pursue an alliance with France. I suppose that if we were to recognize a world court in The Hague, we could have taken action, but now it's up to the French government to deal with their own murderers.

Furthermore, it is quite possible to be open-minded without letting known threats have a say in your political process. So is the French government delusional, or do they condone terrorism? You decide.

Either way, the picture doesn't look too good.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Senate Democrats "get it"

As Sen. Harry Reid (D-NE) is appointed the new Senate Minority Leader, the Democratic Party gains a conservative who can appease both parties. This is the highly moral, just-barely-Democrat I think the party needs. Hopefully, he will experience continued success and perhaps serve as a voice of reason to balance party activists in the future.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Do you still think any world leaders involved were innocent?

Maybe the reason nobody paid attention to the UNScam is because they all had a stake in it. Duh.

If you were one of those people, would you turn yourself in for bribery that could ruin your entire future or shut up and take cold, hard cash? My bet lies with the cash.

President Bush turns liberal

What's gotten into President Bush lately? Freed from the pressure of elections, he's cut the tough talk and decided to be perhaps more sickening than Kerry debating foreign policy.

The disturbing promises made by W. are as follows:
An ally is one whom we have pledged to fully support, not fully contradict. If Israel is attacked by radical terrorists, it is our job to stop the terrorists, not concede to their demands.
What's wrong with accepting illegal aliens? They're illegal. Enforce the law, don't skirt around it. If illegal immigrants are paying taxes and holding jobs, there's something seriously wrong with both border security and the IRS that must be addressed immediately.

Turnover in the White House

Ashcroft, Evans, Powell, and three others have resigned.

Gonzales and Rice have been chosen as replacements already.

I won't try to spin this one as a massive mutiny. Maybe they've just had enough. That's the risk you take when hiring older, more experienced politicians -- their careers may be nearing an end.

My concern? The death penalty. Why on earth is a nation as advanced as ours still allowing state-sanctioned murders to teach us that murder is wrong? The last thing we need is yet another strong advocate for executions serving in the White House.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

"Democratic Reality:" The New Oxymoron

I can't go small game hunting this weekend, so I'm sticking with moonbats. If your writing looks like this, this, this, this, or this, then you are a probable target.

Look, all I'm asking is for my party to give it up (unlike some easily debunked morons), regroup, and find a middle ground from where we can actually reach Republican voters. No, Applebee's will not solve all of our problems. Likewise, no amount of psychotherapy can turn back time and hand the election over to Senator Kerry.

Meanwhile, while we wrestle with the simple notion of existence, the U.N. is pressuring Poland to change its abortion laws. Whatever happened to the organization being a summit of independent, sovreign nations? Now the U.N. wants a hand in the policies of governments it could never fully understand.

Where is our president when he should be defending Poland, both pro-life and an ally? He's off pitching his latest amnesty proposal.

Also, please don't tell me that southern conservatives didn't have an effect on this election. This one comes from the states, completely unrelated to the Bush administration.


Sunday, November 07, 2004

When will he quit?

While we're on the subject of lessons to be learned from this year's elections, Ralph Nader should have learned not to run for president. Hitting a new low in pointlessness, he was left off of the Ohio election results, while the candidates for two other parties that have historically been even less known than Nader himself gained recognition.

More answers to "What went wrong?"

Four days after Senator John Kerry's gracious concession speech, George W. Bush will be innagurated in January as our president -- again. I have to wonder that if Bush is as dumb as what some members of the left say, what does that say about Kerry, who lost to him? Sure, Bush is not too keen on public speaking, but what about his decisions, which are more important? Apparently, I was also on the mark with previous post-election comments. Here are two open letters explaining why Kerry struggled outside of strong Democratic states:
Open Letter to the Democratic Party: How You Could Have Had My Vote

Thoughts for Democrats, Liberals, and Other Depressed People
What is the lesson to be learned here?

Conservatives are people, too.


Now if only we could convince more Democrats of this notion.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

First post-election blunder

...And it's not even from Bush!

My jaw dropped when I read this. It seems that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), expected to become head of the Senate Judiciary Committe soon, has warned George W. Bush not to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices:
"When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe vs. Wade, I think that is unlikely."
Those of you who bet on the Republican majority in Congress beginning to legislate Christian values, let this be a lesson about stereotyping.

Arlen Specter, moron

Not only has Specter betrayed his party, but he dually offends those of us who are frustrated with the manipulation of the Supreme Court to promote a specific agenda. The senator has already limited his decision, regardless of the justice's ability or overall beliefs, demonstrating small-minded thinking and an unwillingness to compromise, two things that detract from any political process. Not only that, but he does this after affirming his strong support of the pro-life George W. Bush, an overt act of deception. In his last political advertisement, Arlen Specter replayed his statement that he supported the president 89% of the time. I guess we're experiencing the other 11% right now.

Assistance requested

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I'm reaching across party lines to ask you, regardless of your political affiliation, to assist me in preventing Sen. Specter's rise to chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, or at least making our senate Republicans aware that he is strongly opposed. We cannot have men who stand prejudiced against particular viewpoints having any type of authority over our justice system. Justice is supposed to be blind.

If you plan to contact any senators, be sure to do so A.S.A.P. Senate Republicans may hold a caucus on this decision as soon as next week.

Contact Information:
Find your state's senators

Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Senator in question

Please note that this is a decision to be made by Senate Republicans, so do not contact Democratic senators regarding this issue.
If you have a high-traffic website or weblog, I encourage you to post this notice. If you are a reader, please email this message to everyone you know. Perhaps with enough cooperation, we can take this down, CBS-style. I just can't wait to see what Tom Brokaw compares weblogging to next.

A plea to end abortion

I have found a way to be Catholic, pro-life, and a Democrat at the same time. While I will defend a pro-choice politician's right to run for office, especially if the race is between pro-choice and pro-mistake (i.e. Kerry vs. Bush), I am personally opposed to abortion, and I will do all that is in my power to ban the brutal practice so long as it does not involve compromising my vote.

Politicians and judges have made the issue of abortion more complicated than it really is. Let's face the fact that a fetus takes on a human nature within a few weeks. Forget about a woman's right to choose. Forget about the definition of "meaningful life."

Fact: Abortion kills.

If a doctor kills, he/she is in violation of the Hippocratic Oath taken upon entering the medical profession. End of story.

There stand the Equal Opportunity Facts -- they hold true regardless of race, age, gender, nationality, or religious beliefs. However, the Supreme Court has thrown a wrench into the reinstatement of an abortion ban ever since Roe v. Wade, which occurred 31 years ago. While I believe that the previous attempt was futile and could be related to ramming a brick wall, an attempt to ban abortion constitutionally by overturning the old court ruling is quite acceptable, and with a president who promises to appoint pro-life justices, we have been given a rare opportunity to do just that, and I will not let this moment pass without action.

The time has come to give our radically liberal politicians a cold, hard dose of reality.

Speaking of Sen. Arlen Specter...

Spoons has a list of more controversial decisions he's made.

Does this look like a man who supports our president? I think not. The man lied his way into re-election, once tried to undercut one of his supporters, and now he is about to be considered for a promotion. The time has come to ensure that he does not receive it.

Open Letter to President Bush

I'd like to thank fellow conservative weblogger CD for having the presence of mind not to gloat over Bush's win on Tuesday and instead promise to evaluate things fairly.

People like this give me hope that we will someday come to understand the fact that we all share the same America, regardless of our beliefs.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

We drank the Kool-aid and paid the price

Despite having some rather well-founded thoughts on why a President Kerry could be a step up for this country, I gave in to the Democrats' radical side, and for good reason -- I was deceived. We were all deceived. I helped promote the radical left-wing agenda, despite flashes of being a reasonable liberal, and I'm sorry.

I am all in favor of the mission in Iraq. In fact, the war-antiwar struggle should've ended a year ago when troops first entered Iraq, with victory on all of our minds. Nobody needs a failed Iraq, and Kerry's wavering would not have been the most efficient way to conduct things.

While I'm convinced that we may have passed the point of law solving abortion, considering that it's been around since ancient history, if the new conservative government can successfully ban it, without being struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court three times, I will support them. Catholics need to stop bickering about the vote now and work with what we have. Let's put aside our differences and fight for the right to life at all stages. Even if you define the fetus as not having "meaningful life," the doctor is bound by oath not to kill. End of story.

And that is the reason for the lack of posts toward Election Day. Perhaps it's not too late to save face and hope for a reasonable candidate next time.

Let's face it: Kerry never was the best the Dems had to offer, just the wealthiest. What kind of rational politician can't let go of Vietnam? Why did he keep using his admittedly criminal war experience as proof of his leadership? Why did he divorce his first wife to pursue a Senate seat? He should not have tempted fate. Had Kerry tended to his wife, we wouldn't be in this situation today. Finally, I won't even try to defend the "wrong war, wrong place, wrong time" comment. Not only is that incongruous with his affirmed support for Iraq, but when presented with an opportunity to clear things up, he promoted what seemed to be the further division of his mind. Typical of a pandering senator, but poor for a commander-in-chief.

Though the rhetoric in the debates dominated, I couldn't discern anything new or clearly expressed. He talked in circles, using a superior command of the English language to disguise indecision. At least Bush was honest about where he stands, and I wonder if he wasn't right. Kerry wants to negotiate on Iraq and the oil contracts after outright denouncing them! We've already accepted the mission to police the world, and it's too late to turn back.

Furthermore, he outgunned Bush and still lost. He raised more money, and garnered more good press, but clearly communicated a poor image. Not only that, but the Democratic Party may have contributed to his defeat, courting the likes of Michael Moore openly, drawing the ire of mainstream America. I still believe that the Bush-Saudi connection is a valid talking point, but Moore has distorted our politics far beyond a simple negotiation with the Saudi royal family, pushing into accusations of fraud, war crimes, and assorted abuses of power that simply do not exist.

My opposition to Bush is mainly because he possesses things that one should not legislate, intangible moral values. Kerry is a foil -- cold-hearted, calculating opportunist, and politically intelligent (at least better than W.). I liked him for his superior handling of politics until the end. While he ultimately received my vote, Kerry was definitely not my favorite Democrat. I think John Edwards, had he not run out of money, had a good chance. But even then, we have his political inexperience. And Howard Dean just has too many crazy ideas to come up with bills that would actually pass through Congress. Let's sweep up the front porch.

Unfortunately for the left, these are our front-runners. Where are the liberal versions of the Republicans I respect, the Democrats' version of Reagan, Bush Sr., Giuliani, or McCain? Why have the pro-life Democrats been silenced under the threat of political suicide?

It's so bad that we've re-elected a man whose tenure as president nearly self-destructed, not to mention the recent rash of government-subsidized homophobia. (The Catholic Church even accepts gays, just not gay marriage.) I hope that this is a wake-up call to the folks who worship the DU and MoveOn.org as heroes to their cause.

Edwards in 2008?