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Hawkins on the Drug War

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 31, 2007

I’ve long been a fence-sitter on the so-called “war on drugs”. I’ve been moving to the right on this one though, what with Sage’s influence and that of the Constitution itself.

You see, I’m all for doing what can be done to keep people from using these substances. There absolutely SHOULD be a “war on drugs”, but should it be fought using laws of questionable constitutionality, or should it be fought by simply encouraging the most influential among us to set a good example and speak out against drug use?

More and more, I’m moving toward those who would advocate the latter. John Hawkins posted recently in defense of the drug war (as it’s being fought now), and his post actually persuaded me towards the more libertarian perspactive.

While it is true that making everything legal would free up space in our prisons, as Hawkins points out, the crimes he listed as examples such as murder, robbery, and rape are true violations of the rights of the victims. Drug use is no such thing. He is comparing apples and oranges. Those advocating the status quo in the drug war are going to have to do better than that.

Hawk makes reference to alcohol and tobacco, both legal vices with similar individual effects to their more serious illegal counterparts. He brings up the fact that these items are heavily taxed and that this has not had a serious effect upon their use. Well, duh. He leaves out the fact that the reason these items are taxed has nothing to do with their health effects or social stigma, but with the government’s bloodthirsty desire to tax everything in existence to fund their even more harmful socialist programs. Again, those supporting the status quo in the drug war are going to have to do better than that if they want to defend this practice.

He also attacks the position that drugs could be manufactured legally, tax them, and still be able to produce them cheaper than the dealers can. He defends his position by citing all the ridiculous red tape that drug companies have to go through to sell drugs, thereby driving their price up. He makes no effort to debunk the idea that all this red tape is legitimate. Therefore, it could safely be assumed that Hawkins has no problem with all the red tape and taxes that these drug companies face with every drug they produce. Why not do away with the red tape too?

He makes a point that drug use would skyrocket if drugs were made legal, then takes a shot at debunking the “so what” position many libertarian thinkers (including Sage himself) take. I’ll actually quote him on this one:

That might be true in a purely capitalistic society, but in the sort of welfare state that we have in this country, the rest of us would end up paying a significant share of the bills of people who don’t hold jobs or end up strung out in the hospital without jobs — and that’s even if you forget about the thugs who’d end up robbing our houses to get things to pawn to buy more drugs.

Again, he makes no attempt to address the biggest problem we have in America – the socialist welfare state. Apparently, that’s just fine by him. Look, I know it isn’t. But John needs to address that problem too if he’s going to make a credible defense of this drug war. He then goes on to simply accept other stupid laws of at least questionable constitutionality such as seat belt, helmet, prostitution, and suicide laws.

He closes by trying to address the idea that drugs aren’t the only thing that ruin people’s lives, and that not all drug users commit crimes as a result. He doesn’t really offer a plausible defense but to say that just about everyone knows someone whose life is shit because of drug use.

None of this has persuaded me to agree with the drug war. Socialism has ruined more lives in this country and the rest of the world than drugs ever will. Where’s the effort to make that illegal?? Oh yeah. It already is, thanks to guys like Washington and Madison. The government doesn’t observe the limits placed upon it by the Constitution. What makes anyone think they’ll do the right thing with regard to the drug war, WHATEVER THE RIGHT THING IS????

RWR

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Finally – A Post!

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 30, 2007

Life has gotten pretty busy around here – even to the point of conisdering giving up the blog. Every blogger gets to that point, though, so I have been hanging in there. It’s not that I haven’t been reading sites, though I have been reading less. It’s just that I’ve added more family time to my week, and blogging has had to take the back seat. I’m sure you understand. Eventually things will smooth out some and I’ll be able to organize my time in a fashion that will give me more time to blog.

I did see a couple of things of note last week in my travels through the blogosphere. First, Dr. Adams made a few really awesome points about what passes for “gay rights” these days – apparently these “rights” include masturbating in public. Dr. Adams, in his spirit of giving and sarcasm, offered his services as a substitute teacher for the professor who had been arrested for masturbating in public in Atlanta. His lesson plan includes the following discussion questions:

1. The university has, in recent years, placed a high premium on making students feel “comfortable” in a university setting. How comfortable do you feel taking a class from a public masturbator?2. Next month, the university will sponsor “The Vagina Monologues.” On a scale of one to ten, how badly would you like to see a film called “The Angina Monologues,” which chronicles a man’s recovery from a heart attack induced by seeing another man masturbating in an airport restroom?

3. An Atlanta TV station recently reported that no public masturbator had yet sexually assaulted anyone in an Atlanta Airport. But some were watching small children urinate in order to become sexually aroused. If a small child had been aware of this, was he not a victim of assault?

4. What are the public health benefits to be derived from ejaculating on the floor of a public restroom?

5. What are the public health benefits to be derived from impersonal sex?

6. How much money do we spend on AIDS research relative to cancer research?

Why the imbalance? Are professors the ones responsible for this? If so, why?

7. Is it more likely that Professor Tilson will be a) fired or b) promoted to a high- paying administrative position in the Office of Campus Diversity as a result of his recent arrest?

8. Would your answer to the previous question change if Tilson were arrested in the ladies restroom?

9. Does Pee Wee Herman regret his decision not to become a college professor?

10. Which profession has lower moral standards: a) The acting profession, or b) the professoriate?

Now this person has not been convicted of anything at this point, but Dr. Adams makes some very good points about how the rest of us are supposed to respect and make these people comfortable, while they don’t grant the rest of us that same courtesy.

I’m prepared to vote for this man for president.

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Every now and again, we get someone who’s willing to take on the issue of black racism. It gets very annoying when one of the bigots that pass as “black leaders” are called on the carpet for saying or doing something racist, and the one doing the talking gets thrown down and called a racist, simply because he or she is not black and therefore must be a racist.

It is very nice to know, however, that there are “people of color” who are also willing to take on this task. Of course they run the same risk, except instead of being called “racist”, they get called “Uncle Tom” or something to that effect. It doesn’t make them any less right.

Burt Prelutsky did just that last week, and he hit it hard.

The whole question of race is a dicey one. Pity the poor fool who wades into those troubled waters. Well, here goes…If a black person tells the truth — namely, that in 2007, 99% of black problems are self-inflicted — he is, like Bill Cosby and Thomas Sowell, dismissed as an Uncle Tom. If a white person tells the truth — namely, that with a 70% illegitimacy rate, no amount of government hand-outs will do anything but provide the cancer victim with a very expensive band-aid — he’s condemned as a racist.

This is absolutely true, and it’s about time it’s stopped. Hopefully Prelutsky doesn’t get condemned for speaking out. He also makes sure he calls socialists what they are – SOCIALISTS!

I hope this passes as a post. Please hang in there, ok?

RWR

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If You’ve Got Ten Minutes …

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 27, 2007

I’ve got a couple things in the works on some stuff I found on TownHall (I’ve been busy at home and work as well lately – sorry), but in the meantime check this out …

One sponsor of the RWRepublic is GoFish.com. I found this little video on their site today and laughed myself silly. If you have ten minutes give it a gig and a go …

Guess you’ll just have to see it here

Enjoy!

RWR

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Fiskin’ Dubya

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 24, 2007

Of course, I’m going to get my two cents in with regard to the President’s State of the Union speech that I slept through (I was very tired and the TV was OFF).

Luckily, a transcript was available here.

Thank you very much. And tonight, I have a high privilege and distinct honor of my own — as the first President to begin the State of the Union message with these words: Madam Speaker.

In his day, the late Congressman Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. from Baltimore, Maryland, saw Presidents Roosevelt and Truman at this rostrum. But nothing could compare with the sight of his only daughter, Nancy, presiding tonight as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Congratulations, Madam Speaker.

Mrs. Pelosi deserves the words of congratulations offered by the president on this occasion. Disagree with her and hate her beliefs as I do, I would never begrudge her this honor, regardless of the idiocy that gets her into office in election after election.

Two members of the House and Senate are not with us tonight, and we pray for the recovery and speedy return of Senator Tim Johnson and Congressman Charlie Norwood.

Ditto. Speedy recovery to both.

Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

The rite of custom brings us together at a defining hour — when decisions are hard and courage is needed. We enter the year 2007 with large endeavors underway, and others that are ours to begin. In all of this, much is asked of us. We must have the will to face difficult challenges and determined enemies — and the wisdom to face them together.

Some in this chamber are new to the House and the Senate — and I congratulate the Democrat majority. Congress has changed, but not our responsibilities. Each of us is guided by our own convictions — and to these we must stay faithful. Yet we’re all held to the same standards, and called to serve the same good purposes: To extend this nation’s prosperity; to spend the people’s money wisely; to solve problems, not leave them to future generations; to guard America against all evil; and to keep faith with those we have sent forth to defend us.

How about cutting back on spending required to have all this hoopla around something that could be done with a simple letter to congress???? Oh, and what happened to people solving THEIR OWN problems?? Isn’t that what America was SUPPOSED to be about???? Isn’t the nation’s prosperity the responsibility of the people themselves and not of their government? I DO NOT call upon the US government to extend prosperity, spend my money, or solve my problems. I merely ask that it guard against evildoers who would violate or rescind my God-given rights and use every avenue available, including the US military, to that end.

We’re not the first to come here with a government divided and uncertainty in the air. Like many before us, we can work through our differences, and achieve big things for the American people. Our citizens don’t much care which side of the aisle we sit on — as long as we’re willing to cross that aisle when there is work to be done. Our job is to make life better for our fellow Americans, and to help them to build a future of hope and opportunity — and this is the business before us tonight.

Mr. President, do NOT make the mistake of forgetting what these people did to your father when he sought to work in the “spirit of bipartisanship” you seem to be speaking of.

A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy — and that is what we have. We’re now in the 41st month of uninterrupted job growth, in a recovery that has created 7.2 million new jobs — so far. Unemployment is low, inflation is low, and wages are rising. This economy is on the move, and our job is to keep it that way, not with more government, but with more enterprise.

Then why aren’t there more tax cuts on the table of the sort that has brought about this booming economy??

Next week, I’ll deliver a full report on the state of our economy. Tonight, I want to discuss three economic reforms that deserve to be priorities for this Congress.

First, we must balance the federal budget. We can do so without raising taxes. What we need is impose spending discipline in Washington, D.C. We set a goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009, and met that goal three years ahead of schedule. Now let us take the next step. In the coming weeks, I will submit a budget that eliminates the federal deficit within the next five years. I ask you to make the same commitment. Together, we can restrain the spending appetite of the federal government, and we can balance the federal budget.

How about cutting some more taxes, Mr. President? The tax cuts you put into place already have caused huge increases in the amount of money collected in taxes to the federal government. Why not more of them? Wouldn’t the additional money help speed the progress of balancing the budget?

Next, there is the matter of earmarks. These special interest items are often slipped into bills at the last hour — when not even C-SPAN is watching. In 2005 alone, the number of earmarks grew to over 13,000 and totaled nearly $18 billion. Even worse, over 90 percent of earmarks never make it to the floor of the House and Senate — they are dropped into committee reports that are not even part of the bill that arrives on my desk. You didn’t vote them into law. I didn’t sign them into law. Yet, they’re treated as if they have the force of law. The time has come to end this practice. So let us work together to reform the budget process, expose every earmark to the light of day and to a vote in Congress, and cut the number and cost of earmarks at least in half by the end of this session.

Why not simply do away with earmarks?? Wouldn’t that be a better and more cost-effective solution?

And, finally, to keep this economy strong we must take on the challenge of entitlements. Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid are commitments of conscience, and so it is our duty to keep them permanently sound. Yet, we’re failing in that duty. And this failure will one day leave our children with three bad options: huge tax increases, huge deficits, or huge and immediate cuts in benefits. Everyone in this chamber knows this to be true — yet somehow we have not found it in ourselves to act. So let us work together and do it now. With enough good sense and goodwill, you and I can fix Medicare and Medicaid — and save Social Security.

Socialist Security and MediScare, et. al are blights on our economy and our nation’s soul that should have never been started in the first place. There is no constitutional excuse for having them. Someone needs to do the right thing and abolish these bastions of socialism that are bringing down our people by convincing them that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of them instead of having them take responsibility for themselves.

Spreading opportunity and hope in America also requires public schools that give children the knowledge and character they need in life. Five years ago, we rose above partisan differences to pass the No Child Left Behind Act, preserving local control, raising standards, and holding those schools accountable for results. And because we acted, students are performing better in reading and math, and minority students are closing the achievement gap.

NCLB sucks. Take it from me – don’t forget what I do every day to pay my bills. The federal government has intruded into states’ rights in a most egregious way with this idiocy. Rescind it and stop acting like it’s the fed’s job to make everything right for everyone. It’s bullshit.

Now the task is to build on the success, without watering down standards, without taking control from local communities, and without backsliding and calling it reform. We can lift student achievement even higher by giving local leaders flexibility to turn around failing schools, and by giving families with children stuck in failing schools the right to choose someplace better. We must increase funds for students who struggle — and make sure these children get the special help they need. And we can make sure our children are prepared for the jobs of the future and our country is more competitive by strengthening math and science skills. The No Child Left Behind Act has worked for America’s children — and I ask Congress to reauthorize this good law.

I ask Congress to rescind this and every other unconstitutional intrusion into the rights of the people and the states. If what you want is to “give local leaders flexibility”, why not simply give them ALL of the power. It’s theirs under the Bill of Rights, you know. Teddy Kennedy can go fuck himself.

A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available health care. When it comes to health care, government has an obligation to care for the elderly, the disabled, and poor children. And we will meet those responsibilities. For all other Americans, private health insurance is the best way to meet their needs. But many Americans cannot afford a health insurance policy.

A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available health care. No it doesn’t. It requires that people live within their means and either plan for the expense of healthcare or work a good deal with their employer for the same. Unfortunately, I fear we’re going to have to deal with the bullshit we’ve already told you morons we don’t want – HITLERYCARE.

And so tonight, I propose two new initiatives to help more Americans afford their own insurance. First, I propose a standard tax deduction for health insurance that will be like the standard tax deduction for dependents. Families with health insurance will pay no income on payroll tax — or payroll taxes on $15,000 of their income. Single Americans with health insurance will pay no income or payroll taxes on $7,500 of their income. With this reform, more than 100 million men, women, and children who are now covered by employer-provided insurance will benefit from lower tax bills. At the same time, this reform will level the playing field for those who do not get health insurance through their job. For Americans who now purchase health insurance on their own, this proposal would mean a substantial tax savings — $4,500 for a family of four making $60,000 a year. And for the millions of other Americans who have no health insurance at all, this deduction would help put a basic private health insurance plan within their reach. Changing the tax code is a vital and necessary step to making health care affordable for more Americans.

Why not just cut taxes so that more people could afford to pay for their own health insurance? Why all this complicated Donk-esque bullshit that would wind up being built into an already ridiculous excuse for a tax code? Do we REALLY want more headaches at tax time? You’re acting like a Donk again, Mr. Bush.

My second proposal is to help the states that are coming up with innovative ways to cover the uninsured. States that make basic private health insurance available to all their citizens should receive federal funds to help them provide this coverage to the poor and the sick. I have asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to work with Congress to take existing federal funds and use them to create “Affordable Choices” grants. These grants would give our nation’s governors more money and more flexibility to get private health insurance to those most in need.

Or you could just cut taxes and simplify the tax code…

There are many other ways that Congress can help. We need to expand Health Savings Accounts. We need to help small businesses through Association Health Plans. We need to reduce costs and medical errors with better information technology. We will encourage price transparency. And to protect good doctors from junk lawsuits, we’re passing medical liability reform. In all we do, we must remember that the best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors.

Actually what you really need to do is just get the government out of the business of making decisions that people can and should make for themselves. Oh sorry. That would be too Reagan-like. Can’t have that now, can we?

Extending hope and opportunity in our country requires an immigration system worthy of America — with laws that are fair and borders that are secure. When laws and borders are routinely violated, this harms the interests of our country. To secure our border, we’re doubling the size of the Border Patrol, and funding new infrastructure and technology.

This will do no good if the new Border Patrol agents aren’t allowed to do their job.

Yet even with all these steps, we cannot fully secure the border unless we take pressure off the border — and that requires a temporary worker program. We should establish a legal and orderly path for foreign workers to enter our country to work on a temporary basis. As a result, they won’t have to try to sneak in, and that will leave Border Agents free to chase down drug smugglers and criminals and terrorists. We’ll enforce our immigration laws at the work site and give employers the tools to verify the legal status of their workers, so there’s no excuse left for violating the law.

Secure the borders first, then go with this if you want. But SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST ALREADY!

We need to uphold the great tradition of the melting pot that welcomes and assimilates new arrivals. We need to resolve the status of the illegal immigrants who are already in our country without animosity and without amnesty. Convictions run deep in this Capitol when it comes to immigration. Let us have a serious, civil, and conclusive debate, so that you can pass, and I can sign, comprehensive immigration reform into law.

Resolve their status by sending them home and requiring them to follow the law in coming back. Without doing this, you are showing yourself to be a total and complete pussy when it comes to immigration. What’s worse is that the terrorasses see this and use it to their advantage. Is that what you really want, Mr. Bush?

Extending hope and opportunity depends on a stable supply of energy that keeps America’s economy running and America’s environment clean. For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil. And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes, and to terrorists — who could cause huge disruptions of oil shipments, and raise the price of oil, and do great harm to our economy.

Yep, and it’s about time we tapped the huge sources of oil we have here in the United States. In fact, it’s absolutely IMPERATIVE.

It’s in our vital interest to diversify America’s energy supply — the way forward is through technology. We must continue changing the way America generates electric power, by even greater use of clean coal technology, solar and wind energy, and clean, safe nuclear power. We need to press on with battery research for plug-in and hybrid vehicles, and expand the use of clean diesel vehicles and biodiesel fuel. We must continue investing in new methods of producing ethanol — using everything from wood chips to grasses, to agricultural wastes.

All totally useless unless we get at the oil we have in Alaska, Colorado, and all around this great country.

We made a lot of progress, thanks to good policies here in Washington and the strong response of the market. And now even more dramatic advances are within reach. Tonight, I ask Congress to join me in pursuing a great goal. Let us build on the work we’ve done and reduce gasoline usage in the United States by 20 percent in the next 10 years. When we do that we will have cut our total imports by the equivalent of three-quarters of all the oil we now import from the Middle East.

Let’s not. There’s no authorization for it in the Constitution. Why can’t you just inspire ordinary Americans to do it, Mr. President? Why must the federal government always be the answer? Oh yeah. I forgot. No one wants to answer that one.

To reach this goal, we must increase the supply of alternative fuels, by setting a mandatory fuels standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017 — and that is nearly five times the current target. At the same time, we need to reform and modernize fuel economy standards for cars the way we did for light trucks — and conserve up to 8.5 billion more gallons of gasoline by 2017.

To reach this goal, we must get the fed out of the business of telling people what to do with their time and money. Tell us Americans what you want and then shut the fuck up. If it’s worth doing, it will be done. If not, then you did what you could.

Achieving these ambitious goals will dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but it’s not going to eliminate it. And so as we continue to diversify our fuel supply, we must step up domestic oil production in environmentally sensitive ways. And to further protect America against severe disruptions to our oil supply, I ask Congress to double the current capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

This is fine, since the SPR is actually mainly for military purposes… And you can bet Americans will do whatever they can to see to it that domestic oil production gets stepped up – IF the fed will let them, of course.

America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil. And these technologies will help us be better stewards of the environment, and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change.

Global climate change… Didn’t Al Gore lose the election in 2000 (or at least have it “stolen”from him)? Why does it seem to me that Dubya is becoming DONKya?

A future of hope and opportunity requires a fair, impartial system of justice. The lives of our citizens across our nation are affected by the outcome of cases pending in our federal courts. We have a shared obligation to ensure that the federal courts have enough judges to hear those cases and deliver timely rulings. As President, I have a duty to nominate qualified men and women to vacancies on the federal bench. And the United States Senate has a duty, as well, to give those nominees a fair hearing, and a prompt up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

While appointing good Constitutionalists to the Supreme Court and other courts has been a positive aspect of your presidency, Mr. Bush, we also have an obligation to keep these and others charged with making, enforcing, and ruling on laws honest. Vague laws that leave too much room for “interpretation” should never be written, passed, enforced, or ruled constitutional. Police officers arresting individuals without even knowing what charges will be filed should be considered a major violation of people’s rights. These kinds of practices have led directly to serious violations of personal property rights such as Kelo, and must be addressed. I’m not holding my breath.

For all of us in this room, there is no higher responsibility than to protect the people of this country from danger. Five years have come and gone since we saw the scenes and felt the sorrow that the terrorists can cause. We’ve had time to take stock of our situation. We’ve added many critical protections to guard the homeland. We know with certainty that the horrors of that September morning were just a glimpse of what the terrorists intend for us — unless we stop them.

With the distance of time, we find ourselves debating the causes of conflict and the course we have followed. Such debates are essential when a great democracy faces great questions. Yet one question has surely been settled: that to win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy.

To win we much take the fight to the enemy. Then why haven’t we? Our adversary is right there in Iraq within easy shooting range of our soldiers. Why do we handcuff them and give them rules of engagement that stop them from doing that very thing? Why do we send them over there if not to fight and kill terrorists? I’m all for the war and winning it, Mr. President. You have made some really great decisions with regard to the war, but what good will all of those decisions be if we lose a war that could have easily been won by simply letting our soldiers fight?

From the start, America and our allies have protected our people by staying on the offense. The enemy knows that the days of comfortable sanctuary, easy movement, steady financing, and free flowing communications are long over. For the terrorists, life since 9/11 has never been the same.

I’m not sure I would call what is going on in Iraq “offense”.

Our success in this war is often measured by the things that did not happen. We cannot know the full extent of the attacks that we and our allies have prevented, but here is some of what we do know: We stopped an al Qaeda plot to fly a hijacked airplane into the tallest building on the West Coast. We broke up a Southeast Asian terror cell grooming operatives for attacks inside the United States. We uncovered an al Qaeda cell developing anthrax to be used in attacks against America. And just last August, British authorities uncovered a plot to blow up passenger planes bound for America over the Atlantic Ocean. For each life saved, we owe a debt of gratitude to the brave public servants who devote their lives to finding the terrorists and stopping them.

Nice job. NOW can we start shooting?

Every success against the terrorists is a reminder of the shoreless ambitions of this enemy. The evil that inspired and rejoiced in 9/11 is still at work in the world. And so long as that’s the case, America is still a nation at war.

In the mind of the terrorist, this war began well before September the 11th, and will not end until their radical vision is fulfilled. And these past five years have given us a much clearer view of the nature of this enemy. Al Qaeda and its followers are Sunni extremists, possessed by hatred and commanded by a harsh and narrow ideology. Take almost any principle of civilization, and their goal is the opposite. They preach with threats, instruct with bullets and bombs, and promise paradise for the murder of the innocent.

So true. NOW can we start shooting?

Our enemies are quite explicit about their intentions. They want to overthrow moderate governments, and establish safe havens from which to plan and carry out new attacks on our country. By killing and terrorizing Americans, they want to force our country to retreat from the world and abandon the cause of liberty. They would then be free to impose their will and spread their totalitarian ideology. Listen to this warning from the late terrorist Zarqawi: “We will sacrifice our blood and bodies to put an end to your dreams, and what is coming is even worse.” Osama bin Laden declared: “Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us.”

These men are not given to idle words, and they are just one camp in the Islamist radical movement. In recent times, it has also become clear that we face an escalating danger from Shia extremists who are just as hostile to America, and are also determined to dominate the Middle East. Many are known to take direction from the regime in Iran, which is funding and arming terrorists like Hezbollah — a group second only to al Qaeda in the American lives it has taken.

Amen to all of that. NOW can we start shooting?

The Shia and Sunni extremists are different faces of the same totalitarian threat. Whatever slogans they chant, when they slaughter the innocent they have the same wicked purposes. They want to kill Americans, kill democracy in the Middle East, and gain the weapons to kill on an even more horrific scale.

In the sixth year since our nation was attacked, I wish I could report to you that the dangers had ended. They have not. And so it remains the policy of this government to use every lawful and proper tool of intelligence, diplomacy, law enforcement, and military action to do our duty, to find these enemies, and to protect the American people.

Sir. We have the most powerful military in the history of the world. We’d like to start shooting. What say?

This war is more than a clash of arms — it is a decisive ideological struggle, and the security of our nation is in the balance. To prevail, we must remove the conditions that inspire blind hatred, and drove 19 men to get onto airplanes and to come and kill us. What every terrorist fears most is human freedom — societies where men and women make their own choices, answer to their own conscience, and live by their hopes instead of their resentments. Free people are not drawn to violent and malignant ideologies — and most will choose a better way when they’re given a chance. So we advance our own security interests by helping moderates and reformers and brave voices for democracy. The great question of our day is whether America will help men and women in the Middle East to build free societies and share in the rights of all humanity. And I say, for the sake of our own security, we must.

The best way to do this is to let our soldiers start shooting.

In the last two years, we’ve seen the desire for liberty in the broader Middle East — and we have been sobered by the enemy’s fierce reaction. In 2005, the world watched as the citizens of Lebanon raised the banner of the Cedar Revolution, they drove out the Syrian occupiers and chose new leaders in free elections. In 2005, the people of Afghanistan defied the terrorists and elected a democratic legislature. And in 2005, the Iraqi people held three national elections, choosing a transitional government, adopting the most progressive, democratic constitution in the Arab world, and then electing a government under that constitution. Despite endless threats from the killers in their midst, nearly 12 million Iraqi citizens came out to vote in a show of hope and solidarity that we should never forget.

A thinking enemy watched all of these scenes, adjusted their tactics, and in 2006 they struck back. In Lebanon, assassins took the life of Pierre Gemayel, a prominent participant in the Cedar Revolution. Hezbollah terrorists, with support from Syria and Iran, sowed conflict in the region and are seeking to undermine Lebanon’s legitimately elected government. In Afghanistan, Taliban and al Qaeda fighters tried to regain power by regrouping and engaging Afghan and NATO forces. In Iraq, al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists blew up one of the most sacred places in Shia Islam — the Golden Mosque of Samarra. This atrocity, directed at a Muslim house of prayer, was designed to provoke retaliation from Iraqi Shia — and it succeeded. Radical Shia elements, some of whom receive support from Iran, formed death squads. The result was a tragic escalation of sectarian rage and reprisal that continues to this day.

It’s time to start shooting these terrorists.

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we’re in. Every one of us wishes this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. Ladies and gentlemen: On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory.

I don’t see this happening unless we start shooting.

We’re carrying out a new strategy in Iraq — a plan that demands more from Iraq’s elected government, and gives our forces in Iraq the reinforcements they need to complete their mission. Our goal is a democratic Iraq that upholds the rule of law, respects the rights of its people, provides them security, and is an ally in the war on terror.

Start shooting. Until you do, not much else has a chance.

In order to make progress toward this goal, the Iraqi government must stop the sectarian violence in its capital. But the Iraqis are not yet ready to do this on their own. So we’re deploying reinforcements of more than 20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Iraq. The vast majority will go to Baghdad, where they will help Iraqi forces to clear and secure neighborhoods, and serve as advisers embedded in Iraqi Army units. With Iraqis in the lead, our forces will help secure the city by chasing down the terrorists, insurgents, and the roaming death squads. And in Anbar Province, where al Qaeda terrorists have gathered and local forces have begun showing a willingness to fight them, we’re sending an additional 4,000 United States Marines, with orders to find the terrorists and clear them out. We didn’t drive al Qaeda out of their safe haven in Afghanistan only to let them set up a new safe haven in a free Iraq.

Does this mean that the Iraqis can start shooting? Someone had better do it. The terrorists aren’t going to stop shooting until they’re shot and dead.

The people of Iraq want to live in peace, and now it’s time for their government to act. Iraq’s leaders know that our commitment is not open-ended. They have promised to deploy more of their own troops to secure Baghdad — and they must do so. They pledged that they will confront violent radicals of any faction or political party — and they need to follow through, and lift needless restrictions on Iraqi and coalition forces, so these troops can achieve their mission of bringing security to all of the people of Baghdad. Iraq’s leaders have committed themselves to a series of benchmarks — to achieve reconciliation, to share oil revenues among all of Iraq’s citizens, to put the wealth of Iraq into the rebuilding of Iraq, to allow more Iraqis to re-enter their nation’s civic life, to hold local elections, and to take responsibility for security in every Iraqi province. But for all of this to happen, Baghdad must be secure. And our plan will help the Iraqi government take back its capital and make good on its commitments.

The terrorists have been shooting at our soldiers and Iraqi allies. Until we shoot back, Baghdad will never be properly secure.

My fellow citizens, our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options. We discussed every possible approach. In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance for success. Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching.

America must not fail in Iraq. You got that right. Why can’t we just accept the fact that to win the war we’re going to have to let our soldiers shoot and kill the terrorists instead of waiting for them to shoot our soldiers?

If American forces step back before Baghdad is secure, the Iraqi government would be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Shia extremists backed by Iran, and Sunni extremists aided by al Qaeda and supporters of the old regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country — and in time, the entire region could be drawn into the conflict.

Start shooting right now and watch Baghdad be secure in record time. Look how fast we took the place when we were allowed to shoot…

For America, this is a nightmare scenario. For the enemy, this is the objective. Chaos is the greatest ally — their greatest ally in this struggle. And out of chaos in Iraq would emerge an emboldened enemy with new safe havens, new recruits, new resources, and an even greater determination to harm America. To allow this to happen would be to ignore the lessons of September the 11th and invite tragedy. Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East, to succeed in Iraq and to spare the American people from this danger.

This is where matters stand tonight, in the here and now. I have spoken with many of you in person. I respect you and the arguments you’ve made. We went into this largely united, in our assumptions and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure. Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq, and I ask you to give it a chance to work. And I ask you to support our troops in the field, and those on their way.

The war on terror we fight today is a generational struggle that will continue long after you and I have turned our duties over to others. And that’s why it’s important to work together so our nation can see this great effort through. Both parties and both branches should work in close consultation. It’s why I propose to establish a special advisory council on the war on terror, made up of leaders in Congress from both political parties. We will share ideas for how to position America to meet every challenge that confronts us. We’ll show our enemies abroad that we are united in the goal of victory.

And one of the first steps we can take together is to add to the ranks of our military so that the American Armed Forces are ready for all the challenges ahead. Tonight I ask the Congress to authorize an increase in the size of our active Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next five years. A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. It would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time.

None of this will have any effect on the terrorists unless these and our existing soldiers are allowed to shoot at the terrorists.

Americans can have confidence in the outcome of this struggle because we’re not in this struggle alone. We have a diplomatic strategy that is rallying the world to join in the fight against extremism. In Iraq, multinational forces are operating under a mandate from the United Nations. We’re working with Jordan and Saudi Arabia and Egypt and the Gulf States to increase support for Iraq’s government.

The United Nations has imposed sanctions on Iran, and made it clear that the world will not allow the regime in Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons. With the other members of the Quartet — the U.N., the European Union, and Russia — we’re pursuing diplomacy to help bring peace to the Holy Land, and pursuing the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security. In Afghanistan, NATO has taken the lead in turning back the Taliban and al Qaeda offensive — the first time the Alliance has deployed forces outside the North Atlantic area. Together with our partners in China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea, we’re pursuing intensive diplomacy to achieve a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons.

Pursuing peace with the help of our enemies (UN, EU, Russia)? Sounds kind of sick to me.

We will continue to speak out for the cause of freedom in places like Cuba, Belarus, and Burma — and continue to awaken the conscience of the world to save the people of Darfur.

Amen. Mr. President.

American foreign policy is more than a matter of war and diplomacy. Our work in the world is also based on a timeless truth: To whom much is given, much is required. We hear the call to take on the challenges of hunger and poverty and disease — and that is precisely what America is doing. We must continue to fight HIV/AIDS, especially on the continent of Africa. Because you funded our Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the number of people receiving life-saving drugs has grown from 50,000 to more than 800,000 in three short years. I ask you to continue funding our efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. I ask you to provide $1.2 billion over five years so we can combat malaria in 15 African countries.

Bullshit. We may have these responsibilities as individual citizens, but our government has NO right getting involved in ANY of it.

I ask that you fund the Millennium Challenge Account, so that American aid reaches the people who need it, in nations where democracy is on the rise and corruption is in retreat. And let us continue to support the expanded trade and debt relief that are the best hope for lifting lives and eliminating poverty.

I ask that the government do nothing of the sort, and instead plead with the American people to support whatever the cause du jour is. Let the chips fall where they may. This way people aren’t being forced to spend their money in ways that they wouldn’t want to or worse, having it taken from them and spent in ways they wouldn’t want to spend it.

When America serves others in this way, we show the strength and generosity of our country. These deeds reflect the character of our people. The greatest strength we have is the heroic kindness, courage, and self-sacrifice of the American people. You see this spirit often if you know where to look — and tonight we need only look above to the gallery.

The deeds I mentioned reflect the character of our people. The deeds you mention, Mr. President, only reflect the evil tendency of our government to take people’s money and spend it without true regard for those same people’s intentions.

Dikembe Mutombo grew up in Africa, amid great poverty and disease. He came to Georgetown University on a scholarship to study medicine — but Coach John Thompson got a look at Dikembe and had a different idea. Dikembe became a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States. But he never forgot the land of his birth, or the duty to share his blessings with others. He built a brand new hospital in his old hometown. A friend has said of this good-hearted man: “Mutombo believes that God has given him this opportunity to do great things.” And we are proud to call this son of the Congo a citizen of the United States of America.

I’ve held this man’s shoe. I promise I really have. It extends from my elbow to my fingertips. Motherfucker has HUGE FEET!

He also seems to have a huge heart, and the means to use it to help others. Why are you using this awesome example of a well-to-do American using HIS OWN money, not stealing it from others like you do every day, to create a better life for others? It’s NOT the same thing.

After her daughter was born, Julie Aigner-Clark searched for ways to share her love of music and art with her child. So she borrowed some equipment, and began filming children’s videos in her basement. The Baby Einstein Company was born, and in just five years her business grew to more than $20 million in sales. In November 2001, Julie sold Baby Einstein to the Walt Disney Company, and with her help Baby Einstein has grown into a $200 million business. Julie represents the great enterprising spirit of America. And she is using her success to help others — producing child safety videos with John Walsh of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Julie says of her new project: “I believe it’s the most important thing that I have ever done. I believe that children have the right to live in a world that is safe.” And so tonight, we are pleased to welcome this talented business entrepreneur and generous social entrepreneur — Julie Aigner-Clark.

Again, not a cent begged for from others or from the government. It’s NOT the same thing.

Three weeks ago, Wesley Autrey was waiting at a Harlem subway station with his two little girls, when he saw a man fall into the path of a train. With seconds to act, Wesley jumped onto the tracks, pulled the man into the space between the rails, and held him as the train passed right above their heads. He insists he’s not a hero. He says: “We got guys and girls overseas dying for us to have our freedoms. We have got to show each other some love.” There is something wonderful about a country that produces a brave and humble man like Wesley Autrey.

And not once did Wesley Autrey ask the government to help him save that life.

Tommy Rieman was a teenager pumping gas in Independence, Kentucky, when he enlisted in the United States Army. In December 2003, he was on a reconnaissance mission in Iraq when his team came under heavy enemy fire. From his Humvee, Sergeant Rieman returned fire; he used his body as a shield to protect his gunner. He was shot in the chest and arm, and received shrapnel wounds to his legs — yet he refused medical attention, and stayed in the fight. He helped to repel a second attack, firing grenades at the enemy’s position. For his exceptional courage, Sergeant Rieman was awarded the Silver Star. And like so many other Americans who have volunteered to defend us, he has earned the respect and the gratitude of our entire country.

Volunteering to put your life on the line for others is the greatest gift a person can give. This does not illustrate at all the concept of using the government, a necessary evil at best, as a means of solving people’s problems. It’s bullshit.

In such courage and compassion, ladies and gentlemen, we see the spirit and character of America — and these qualities are not in short supply. This is a decent and honorable country — and resilient, too. We’ve been through a lot together. We’ve met challenges and faced dangers, and we know that more lie ahead. Yet we can go forward with confidence — because the State of our Union is strong, our cause in the world is right, and tonight that cause goes on. God bless.

See you next year. Thank you for your prayers.

The courage and compassion of the American people, including Dikembe Mutombo, Julie Aigner-Clark, Wesley Autrey, and Tommy Rieman, does reflect the spirit and character of this, the greatest nation God ever gave this world, but ALL of these people are showing courage and character that is the ANTITHESIS of the evil socialist tendencies of those in our government.

I support this president, and have since his first term began. I am, however, disappointed in his failure to learn the lessons of his father’s failures, such as failing to finish the job in Iraq and playing stupid games like “Let’s Get Along”, which ruined the legacy of his presidency. If Dubya is going to be successful, he absolutely MUST make this change, or his legacy is doomed.

Fuck the Democrats and kill the terrorists, and W can change this in a heartbeat.

RWR

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Hitlery: “America’s Margaret Thatcher”?

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 23, 2007

I had put together a great post yesterday, and just before I went to the button to save it, my browser crashed. So much for the superiority of Firefox (oh who am I kidding? IE would have just locked up).

Anyway, John Hawkins re-posted a great post from StephenBainbridge.com about a recent piece by the Times of London calling Hitlery (of all people) “America’s Margaret Thatcher”.

What a fucking insult to the free people of the world! Bainbridge put together this chart in defense of Mrs. Thatcher’s incredible prowess as a stateswoman, likewise showing Hitlery’s similarly incredible inferiority to the woman who led the British effort to bring the Soviet Union to its knees.

Thatcher Quotes

Clinton Quotes

There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.

We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.

People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top

Throughout the 1980’s, we did hear too much about individual gain and the ethos of selfishness and greed.

I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.

I’m not some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.

No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions—he had money as well.

We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.

If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage.

Children’s lives are not shaped solely by their families or immediate surroundings at large. That is why we must avoid the false dichotomy that says only government or only family is responsible. . . . Personal values and national policies must both play a role.

 

Strong capitalist woman with real individual power or psychotic socialist nutjob bitch – which would YOU choose to lead your country, especially in a time of war?

 

The women of the free world should be insulted. And the men, too – I know I am.

 

RWR

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Not Dead

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 21, 2007

Had some family matters to attend to this week. That’s why you didn’t see much coming from here.

I know I’ve got some catching up to do. Watch out over at R&S. I saw a draft that Sage has been working on, and it’s really good.

RWR

Update: Here’s the link to Sage’s piece. For once, it’s not a commercial for the Libertarian Party!

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Out of the Loop

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 16, 2007

I apologize for my silence thus far this week.

Had a long tour this weekend and got stuck with ALL of the driving.  I’ll need some time to recover and get back into the loop.  This year has been pretty crazy thus far, so hopefully I’ll be able to get something happening before the week is over, at which point there are funeral things to do in the family.

Perhaps Friday afternoon can yield some good stuff, but do come around in the meantime … you never know what is up my sleeve (oh and the blogoversary is coming up … get your gifts ready!)!

RWR

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Troop Surge …

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 11, 2007

Seems to me a lot of the people speaking out against increased troop deployments are a lot of the same people who have been saying that’s what we have needed …

What is up with that?

RWR

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Almost a Week

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 10, 2007

I’ve waited almost a week for someone to come around here and defend people making the assumption that the federal government, a necessary evil at best and an intolerable one at worst, should be trusted to solve every problem and ill that comes around and/or be the source of everyone’s happiness.

I guess I’ll be waiting a while for that one, huh?

RWR

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Posted by RightWingRocker on January 5, 2007

I’ve been all about the blogosphere on a number of issues (most recently the overplayed Hurricane Katrina) asking this simple question, and NO ONE has ventured any attempt to answer in a reasonable fashion (or an unreasonable one, for that matter):

Again, I ask (and I still haven’t gotten a reasonable answer) – Why do people make this stupid assumption that the federal government – a necessary evil at best and an intolerable one at worst – must be the solution to everyone’s problems and the source of everyone’s happiness?

I wonder why…

RWR

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The Donks’ First 100 Hours

Posted by RightWingRocker on January 2, 2007

The Donks have an agenda for their first 100 hours.

Day One: Put new rules in place to “break the link between lobbyists and legislation.”

Of course, what this really means is that the Donks will work to break any links between non-Democrat lobbyists and non-Democrat legislation. They’ll still be in bed with their own lobbyists.

Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

This will be easy, since all of the recommendations that are feasible have already been implemented. It’s one of the reasons there hasn’t been a terror attack on US soil since 9/11. That’s not to say there isn’t more that can be done, such as repealing illegal anti-gun laws so that people can defend themselves against terrorists, but I guess that’s another post.

Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step.

You go, Donks. Fire a bunch of unskilled workers so that you can feel like you did something for the ones that got to keep their jobs. Real fucking nice.

Cut the interest rate on student loans in half.

Hey how about this? Stop issuing government student loans altogether. They’re unconstitutional anyway.

Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.

How about getting the government out of the pharmaceuticals business altogether and let the free market drive the prices down? Why does unconstitutional big government have to always be your answer for everything?

Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds _ “I hope with a veto-proof majority,” she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

How about you clowns follow the Constitution’s allowance for stem cell research? Oh yeah, I forgot that it’s zero, and you just can’t have that. That would mean you would have to leave funding for this research up to the private sector, and even the Republicans won’t do that.

All the days after that: “Pay as you go,” meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

I’ll believe this when I see it. The Donks are bigger spenders than their Republican butt-buddies. Of course, there’s plenty of deficit to go around already, and you know they’re not going to actually reduce or eliminate it. Instead, they’ll just blame the problems caused by their out-of-control spending on the Republicans.

This 100-day agenda is simply business as usual for the Democrats. For a lot of Republicans, too. Nice job grandstanding guys, but I doubt many people are fooled.

RWR

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