Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Missing in Action

America has the largest debt in our history and it is still growing and the government hasn’t passed a budget.  History making political unrest is occurring in the Middle East and North Africa.  Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its history and then hit by a tsunami that literally wiped towns and villages off the map. The earthquake damaged nuclear complex in Fukushima is suffering a meltdown and radiation is spewing into the air. 

This is the time for leadership. 

So where is BO?  

We haven’t heard a peep out of him since his press conference last Friday when he managed to confuse the American position on Libya even more than it was before. Well, that's not true, he did make time for a few things.

He made time to golf, he found time for his radio address during which he talked about education legislation, he attended a fund-raiser in DC, he penned an Op-Ed submission to the Arizona Star advocating more gun control laws, and of course he made time to sit down with ESPN to reveal his NCAA picks. 

Good to see he has his priorities in order. 

Remember all the brewhaha over the “3am” campaign ad? It is now obvious to all, including our allies and enemies, that BO can’t answer the call.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Since BO is doing it now, it must be okay.

Lately there are several great examples of why I find it difficult to tolerate liberals.  More and more it is becoming clear they really have no position on issues except to be against whatever conservatives stand for.  One of my main concerns with liberals is that all too often they mistake emotion for substance.  Below are a few instances of liberals flip flopping on the issues.

BO signed an executive order this Monday that will authorize indefinite detention for war prisoners at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO).  His administration also said it will start new military commissions for detainees there.  Really?  He was the one who said during the Bush years, and leading up to his election, that the facility was a recruiting tool for terrorist groups such as al-Qaida.  He, and others like him, held GTMO up as a symbol of the Bush administration's mismanagement of the War on Terror.  In his first week in office, BO ordered GTMO to be closed.  Yet here we are in 2011, and BO just signed an executive order formalizing indefinite detention and military trials.  Where are all the liberal protestors saying the detention facility is violating the civil rights of the detainees as they did during the Bush years?  Oh that’s right, since BO is doing it now, it must be okay. 

In April of last year, BO gave the order for the “targeted killing” of Muslim cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi.  Al-Aulaqi was born in New Mexico and is most certainly a US citizen.   BO ordered him to be killed. He didn’t order him to be arrested, brought in for questioning, or read his rights; he ordered him to be killed.  Where are all the liberals protesting the violation of this man’s Constitutional Rights as a US person?   Let’s contrast the deafening silence of any protest to Aulaqi’s assassination order to an example from the Bush administration.  Per section 215 of the USA PATRIOT ACT, law enforcement officials were able to access records and information in the course of an international investigation after showing the court the records requested were for terrorism investigations.  In other words, no warrant was issued and the individuals whose information was collected were not given notice they were involved in a government investigation.  In December 2006, the New York Times broke the story of a leaked National Security Agency (NSA) communications program designed to monitor terrorist communications. Once the NSA program was public knowledge, the Bush administration confirmed the surveillance program and criticized the New York Times for printing the story, warning the leak would damage national security.  The newspaper argued that Freedom of Speech and the public’s right to know compelled them to print the story, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) quickly argued the NSA program violated the Fourth Amendment by allowing law enforcement officials to conduct searches prior to obtaining a warrant and showing probable cause.  The fact of the matter is both the Carter and Clinton administrations also authorized warrantless surveillance, so there was a precedent for the Bush administration to authorize the NSA program.  Of course there were no protests when Carter or Clinton did it.  But let’s compare the liberal reactions to an order to assassinate a US-born terrorist to a policy to monitor terrorist communications.  Hmmmm, the media, ACLU, and liberals all protested the NSA surveillance program saying it violated Constitutional Rights, but to date there has been hardly any media and no public outcry from the liberals for an assassination order on a US citizen.  Oh that’s right, since BO is doing it now, it must be okay.

Liberals also apparently use collateral damage and civilian casualties of war as a convenient political punch line.  John Kerry said, "there is no reason ... that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing women and children…”  In May 2006, John Murtha said that a squad of Marines who responded to an IED ambush and firefight in Haditha, Iraq, rampaged through the village, murdering civilians “in cold blood.”   And of course BO said that we’ve got to get the job done, “so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians...”   This week alone, Afghanistan's president warned BO that civilian casualties, like the nine Afghan boys killed this week, are a serious problem that needs to be better addressed.   Where are the liberal politicians blasting the war effort and accusing our troops of mindlessly killing innocents now?  Where is the outrage for the collateral damage of war?  Oh that’s right, since BO is doing it now, it must be okay.

Lastly, where have all the war protesters gone?  We are still at war.  We are still fighting.  Thousands of troops are still deployed.  Where is Cindy Sheehan?  Where is the media who couldn’t wait to show Cindy Sheehan and her group camped out on the outskirts of Bush’s Texas property protesting the war?  Where are the people who were handcuffing themselves to the White House gates?   Where are the people who called General Petraeus  “General Betray-us” now?  Oh that’s right, since BO is running the wars now, it must be okay.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Which Stereotype am I?

In my experience, it seems Liberals try to stereotype people.  It’s easier for them to pigeonhole people into simpleminded, little categories because it’s easier than dealing with the truth and reality. According to Liberals, if you happen to be a Conservative you apparently can only be one of two types of people: Conservatives are either rich, greedy, money grubbers; or, they are poor, uneducated trash, “clinging to their religion and guns.”   So my question is: which am I?

I learned how to drive on a tractor, so I must be trash. 

I had private art lessons, took dance lessons, and learned how to play the piano, clarinet and the flute, so I must be rich.

I enlisted the military, so I must be trash.

I went to college, so I must be rich.

I own several firearms, so I must be trash.

I have a Master’s degree, so I must be rich.

I’m a NRA life member, so I must be complete and total trash.

I could go on, but my point is that it’s superficial to try and pigeonhole me based on my political views.  I’m the first generation [on my mom’s side] to speak English as my first language and only the third generation born in this country.  I was the Apple Princess at the town fair, my high school's Homecoming Queen and head cheerleader and I traded my tiara and pom poms in for a Kevlar helmet and rucksack that weighed as much as me.  I was an artist who traded my paint brushes in for an M-16.  I later traded in my combat boots in for stilettos.  I graduated college and then enlisted in the military for the Army’s College Loan Repayment Program.  I come from a small town that didn’t have its own high school and I’ve traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Monaco, Spain, France, Australia, Belgium, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas, and Mexico.  I was married in a Catholic church in front of God, family, and friends, and that was pretty much the last time I set foot in a church.   I own several Coach and Dooney & Bourke purses that I take with me when I go the range to shoot my AR-15.  I was a waitress in college and now I brief some of the highest decision and policymakers in our government.  I drink cheap beer on my boat.

Don’t call me anti-immigration.  I’m not.  I’m anti-illegal immigration.  Don’t call me racist because I don’t agree with the policies of the first black President.  I’m not.  I don’t agree with the majority of his policies and unless you can have an honest discussion about that without calling me names then don’t bother speaking to me.  I believe in winners and losers and not everyone in the league should get a trophy just for showing up.  I believe in hard work and that you should reap the rewards from your efforts, not hand over the majority of your paycheck to people who are able in body and mind who manipulate the system or just don’t bother trying.  I believe that if I have to take a drug test to keep my job then the welfare recipients collecting my tax dollars should also pass the same test.  I believe in accountability not excuses.  

I’m an American.  Deal with it.