Generational Cycles

The political pendulum swings both ways. Sometimes, it just takes a little longer for it to swing back to the right from the left. Here’s a snippet from an article in the Canada Free Press, When Those Who Don’t Pay Taxes Run the Nation:

If you remove all of the voting blocs that are attempting to vote themselves gifts from the public trough, Democrats couldn’t garner more than 20% public support in any national election today. But add all of those groups together and offer to buy their loyalty with the property of others and you have yourself a political juggernaut that will win political power for the next generation or two.

Looks like mob rule is here for a while. Let’s hope he’s wrong.

[Via Hecate’s Crossroad.]

ARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!

I am so sick of Jim Martin’s commercials. (Jim Martin(D) is running against incumbent Saxby Chambliss(R) for US Senate here in Georgia.)

Here’s one of the commercials against Saxby Chambliss. Several of the commercials against Chambliss mention a 23% national sales tax that Chambliss supports. Well, yeah, he does support a 23% national sales tax. It’s the Fair Tax (which I support). Naturally, I have several problems with Democrats and Martin using the Fair Tax against Chambliss.

The commercials say that the Fair Tax would cause people to pay more for groceries. That’s not completely true. Sure, people would pay 23% taxes for groceries in the store. But before a person ever pays for groceries (or the taxes), that person would receive a prebate equal to the amount of money they would be expected to pay for grocery taxes.  So, in essence, there will be no grocery taxes (or taxes on essential items like clothes, for that matter).

The commercials make it seem like the Fair Tax would be enacted on top of income tax. That is not at all true. The Fair Tax legislation would abolish the IRS. The Fair Tax is intended to replace the IRS as the primary means of funding the federal government. It will not be enacted on top of the income tax. That runs counter to the purpose of the Fair Tax.

The Americans for Fair Taxation (the main people behind the Fair Tax) have a Hall of Shame up with Martin featured prominentlyas someone who has lied about the Fair Tax. I love the Pinocchio nose. That is hilarious.

Oh, and how does the Fair Tax stack up against the Messiah’s the the Old Guy’s tax plans? Here you go.

LATER: Dear God. I just answered the phone; it was one of those automatic robocalls against Chambliss. At the same time, that stupid anti-Fair Tax/anti-Chambliss commercial was playing on the TV. At. The. Same. Time.  Oy!

102 Minutes, More

So, I’ve just finished writing my previous post on the History Channel documentary, 102 Minutes That Changed America. (You might want to read that one first, to get an idea of what brought about this post.)

Watching the documentary brings back all the fear and anxiety I felt back in 2001. It brings back all the resolve I felt back in 2002. And I can’t help but wonder, after that, who can question Afghanistan or Iraq? Who can question the worth of establishing firm democratic republic ideals in Afghanistan or Iraq? Is there anyone who can still question why we are there? 

I’ve railed against people who say that the events of 9/11 are our fault. We were clearly the victims on that day. But just because we were the victim doesn’t mean that we couldn’t have avoided it. Had we taken our heads out of our collective dot com asses and looked at what was happening in the Middle East with Muslim extremism/fascism, could 9/11 have been avoided? I don’t know. (Though at this point, I suppose the argument is, at best, academic. At worst, it is partisan hackery. Oy. So let’s skip that minefield altogether and move on to the present and the future.)

What I do know is that we can’t afford to take our attention away now. It’s clear, it’s been made very clear, what will happen if we let our guard down, if we don’t take control of the people who would harm us, if we don’t establish some sort of pro-American democratic republic somewhere in the Middle East.

Have we made mistakes? I’m sure we have. Somewhere. But I don’t think that the decision to go into Afghanistan or Iraq was one of them. Debate on that issue is mostly pointless rhetoric anyway (which is why I avoided it above), used by political hacks to avoid the real issue: we’re there now, so where do we go from here?

What we need now is decisive leadership that will give us security from the same extremism that harmed us on 9/11/2001. What we need now is leadership with a vision to establish that democratic republic or two in the Middle East. What we need now is leadership that will take us forward, not look back and whine about unchangeable past events.

What we need now is leadership with imagination, with honor, with plans, and with balls. Which is why I’m voting for Palin this November. So I guess that means I’ll vote for McCain, too, by default.

[And gawd, did I ever not mean to take this post into a McCain/Palin pitch. But I did. Dammit. I hate it when people turn 9/11 into a political tennis ball, praising one candidate or another, supporting one side or another. But there you have it. My praise of a 9/11 documentary turned into a political pitch. Oy. My inner muse, she is a capricious bitch who likes to take sharp turns without warning me.]

Fool’s Gold

Kevin over at The Smallest Minority has a most excellent post up about the main difference between the Right and Left (which can be boiled down to a Locke v. Rousseau smack-down). Go read. It’s worth the time.

MORE, as I wrote in the comments at The Smallest Minority: What worries me the most, I think, are the gradual compromises we’ve made over the last 20 or so years. We’ve seen the erosion of freedom in this country gradually, inch by inch. Had there been some kind of violent revolution instead… well, I think it would have been easier to defeat the anti-freedom movement had they revolted or rioted or something. This slow erosion is hard to fight because each inch we give way doesn’t seem like much. And then we look back and see the miles we’ve lost from giving away each inch so very often. It’s got to stop before we’ve lost everything.

The Year of the Rat

It’s the year of the rat? Yeah, I can see that.

 McCain

McCain

I’m not bitter. Really.  I’m just very, very discouraged and somewhat resigned. And I’m having fun poking at McCain. You can pretty much count on me doing just that for the foreseeable future. I will say, though, now that I’m not so angry, that I will stillnot vote for McCain. That’s not anger talking, or McCain Derangement Syndrome or whatever you want to call it. That’s determination not to compromise on fiscal issues.

That burning place I envisioned earlier? Well, I’m more inclined to help it along. Would a thourough burning help fiscal conservatism find itself again? Maybe.  If not, at least the bonfire will be fun.

Dangerous

Huckabee just gave a speech. You know, when a live national spotlight is on him, he talks a good game. He hit all the highpoints in his speech: limited government, lower taxes, personal freedom, blah blah blah. If it weren’t for his record as governor, we wouldn’t know that he’s exactly against all that. So I’ve had him in my “Misguided” candidate category. It’s a category I place candidates in when I believe they do mean genuine good for the US, but just don’t seem to know the best way to do it (which, of course, means that they don’t agree with me).

So thank heavens for the internet. There are all kinds of goodies on it that have caused me to revise my mental candidate categories from time to time. I’ve just moved Huckabee from the “Misguided” category to the “Dangerous” one. Changing the Constitution to suit a particular theology is very dangerous to anyone who values freedom, no matter what the theology.

[Cross posted at Jason Pye’s blog.]