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Thompson on Federalism

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 24, 2007

If Fred Thompson can convince me he means this, he’s going to get my vote.

My friend, Ramesh Ponnuru, over at National Review and I had a little disagreement over the issue of Federalism.

It might seem a little like “Inside Baseball” but, actually, it deals with something that is of importance to everyone who is concerned about the expanding power of government. Our government, under our Constitution, was established upon the principles of Federalism — that the federal government would have limited enumerated powers and the rest would be left to the states. It not only prevented tyranny, it just made good sense. States become laboratories for democracy and experiment with different kinds of laws. One state might try one welfare reform approach, for example. Another state might try another approach. One would work and the other would not. The federal welfare reform law resulted from just this process.

Unfortunately, the federal welfare reform law didn’t go far enough. It should have been the federal welfare elimination law instead.

Still, it’s been a terribly long time since we’ve had a credible candidate that wants to talk about and advocate federalism. This is refreshing, to say the least. If I can get a good explanation as to why this man voted for the McCain-Feingold repeal of the First Amendment, I could easily see myself casting my ballot in his favor.

Federalism also allows for the diversity that exists among the country’s people. Citizens of our various states have different views as to how traditional state responsibilities should be handled. This way, states compete with each other to attract people and businesses — and that is a good thing.

Federalism encourages diversity. As true and good as that is, watch Sharpton and Jackson do wee-wee dances and cartwheels trying to keep him out of office.

Everyone in Washington embraces Federalism until it comes to someone’s pet project designed to appeal to the voters. Then, oftentimes, even the most ardent Federalist throws in with the “Washington solution” crowd.

Maybe this is why you voted Yay on McCain? Just a thought.

I fought this for eight years in the Senate.

Like when you voted Yay on McCain? Luckily, Fred offers a better example.

I remember one vote (I believe it was 99 to one) when mine was the only vote cast for Federalism. The bill would have created a federal good Samaritan law.

Now I can assure you that I have nothing against good Samaritans. If a person stops to help someone in distress on the highway and something bad happens, generally, the good Samaritan should not be sued by some overly ambitious trial lawyer. But states are, and have been for years, perfectly capable of handling this burning issue — as well as all of the sub-issues that are raised, such as who should be protected as a good Samaritan. What if he was intoxicated and made a slight misstep while applying medical relief? What if he was not impaired, but made a gross error and turns a minor problem into a significant one? You get the idea. This is traditionally state law stuff. Is this really something the federal government should involve itself in?

Amen, Fred. Nothing in the Constitution says the federal government can do anything like that. Of course, The First Amendment explicitly forbids the abridging of free speech and press. Why did you vote for it?

I thought not, but even some of my conservative colleagues (as well as writers) get caught up in the desire to federalize an issue if they could help a “good guy” or stick it to a “bad guy.” This may be a desirable goal in the abstract but I don’t think our Founding Fathers had this in mind. Adhering to basic principles that have served our country well is much too important. That’s why I suggested to Mr. Ponnuru that if conservatives use Federalism as a tool with which to reward our friends and strike our enemies, instead of treating it as a valued principle, we are doing a disservice to our country — as well as to the cause of conservatism.

I agree wholeheartedly.

My only concern with this man as a presidential candidate is his support of John McCain’s blatant repeal of the First Amendment. With a good explanation of why he did that, I can easily see myself voting in his favor. I do fear that I’m going to get a Hitlery/Kerry-esque answer along the lines of “I voted for McCain-Feingold before I voted against it, and if I knew then when I know now…”.

Time will tell. I can see myself voting for Thompson, but he’s going to have to eat some shit for that blunder.

RWR

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Sheryl Crow’s Satire

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 24, 2007

It’s satire. It’s got to be. Come on, now.

“I propose a limitation to be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. I think we are industrious enough people to make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.”

The radio was ablaze yesterday with people talking about this. Five hours of driving, and this was nearly all I heard about. At some point someone HAD to reveal that this was all one big joke. I was laughing at people’s gullibility. After all, something like this is just a bit too extreme to be taken seriously, even by the most whacked-out enviro-nutjob. Even my nutty cousin would be laughing hysterically at this (I think …).

Well the revelation never came, which brings forth another thought, and the libs really need to take this seriously: Can we now agree that the liberal “environmental” movement is a joke? Isn’t this foolishness proof positive that environmentalist wackos like Sheryl Crow have something other than America’s best interests at heart when they spew their nonsense?

Come on. I have a lot of trouble believing these people don’t see just how foolish they are, especially when they’re going to these extremes.

This is all just too funny.

RWR

Update 2:05PM: Sheryl now says it was a joke.

And by the way guys, the toilet paper thing…it was a JOKE!!

A joke perhaps, Ms. Crow. But it’s quite illustrative of the lunacy that passes for the Left’s WACKY positions with regard to “The Environment”.

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Touring Again

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 21, 2007

I’ll be out of town until sometime Monday.  Please leave plenty of comments, and if you’re new to the RWRepublic, many welcomes to you!

RWR

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Fred Thompson on VA Tech

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 20, 2007

Fred Thompson posted an opinion yesterday that is quite encouraging, though not completely in the right. The part that I have issues with, however, is minor compared to the issues I have with the opposition. Here’s where Fred and I differ:

Virginia, like 39 other states, allows citizens with training and legal permits to carry concealed weapons. That means that Virginians regularly sit in movie theaters and eat in restaurants among armed citizens. They walk, joke and rub shoulders everyday with people who responsibly carry firearms — and are far safer than they would be in San Francisco, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, or Washington, D.C., where such permits are difficult or impossible to obtain. (my emphasis)

While Fred is absolutely on the mark about people being safer where they can pack and carry, he’s missing the point with regard to who is legally allowed to carry and use guns. The Second Amendment makes no provision for “citizens with training and legal permits”. It says only that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Nothing about permits or training. If you are a citizen of this country, you have the right to carry any means you wish to defend yourself against perpetrators such as that which fired upon Virginia Tech earlier this week. You don’t need training, and you don’t need a permit. Any law that requires either infringes directly upon that right and is therefore ILLEGAL.

Fred goes on to make many excellent points about why the Second Amendment needs to be respected more now than ever. I just wish any caveats would be consistent with those in the Constitution. Still, this is a LOT closer to reality than what you will get from those on the Left.

RWR

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Ginsberg’s Latest Idiocy

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 20, 2007

Can the liberals on the Supreme Court be any more out of touch with reality?

… at stake in cases challenging abortion restrictions is a woman’s “control over her [own] destiny.” – Ruth Bader-Ginsberg

The usual pro-abortion blather. It’s as if these people believe that somehow these women get pregnant completely at random and have no say in the matter of conceiving a child in the first place. You don’t get to be a Supreme Court Justice by being stupid enough to believe that kind of bullshit, but it’s clearly what Ms. Ginsberg and her ilk want YOU to believe.

Women, it is now acknowledged, have the talent, capacity, and right “to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation.”

I wonder how this is relevant to the discussion. I further challenge anyone to show me how being a mother conflicts with “[participating] equally in the economic and social life of the Nation.” Motherhood is the very essence of the economic and social life of ANY nation. Without it, all humanity would cease to exist.

Their ability to realize their full potential … is intimately connected to “their ability to control their reproductive lives.” Thus, legal challenges to undue restrictions on abortion procedures do not seek to vindicate some generalized notion of privacy; rather, they center on a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature.

Frankly, I don’t see how being a mother interferes with any of the above. Women do realize their full potential as mothers. They do the most important work in the world which, as a man, I absolutely cannot do. I don’t see how banning partial-birth abortion or, for that matter, ANY abortion, interferes with a woman’s ability to control her reproductive life. Women DO choose to have sex, after all, and KNOW the risks involved.

What she is suggesting as legitimate would be the equivalent of my running General Motors into a court battle over an accident that was my own fault. I knew the risks involved in operating a motor vehicle. I knew I could have an accident. The accident may have ruined my life, and quite a bit more so than simply giving birth and raising a child would ruin the life of a mother. Therefore, Ms. Ginsberg, your argument that a woman being able “to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature” is as much bullshit as my making the same claim against General Motors in the above example, not to mention an insult to mothers all across America.

I really don’t need to go on here. If this is how Ms. Ginsberg introduces her position, the rest of it can’t be any less idiotic.

Is the Left’s entire position on abortion based on the faulty premises that women don’t choose to have sex and that babies aren’t human? Can’t they come up with something substantive? They couldn’t use the libertarian argument that the government should just stay out of it, now could they? After all, that argument would be an admission that their entire socialist agenda is as much bullshit as their position on abortion.

What else is new?

RWR

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Hokey Madness

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 17, 2007

The massacre at VA Tech has my traffic running high for today, and I haven’t even posted about it yet. John Hawkins has said it quite well in his post on the matter today:

The calls for gun control are already coming in hot and heavy after the massacre at Va. Tech yesterday, but isn’t what happened there proof positive that gun control doesn’t work? After all, we just had the biggest gun massacre at a school in American history at a university where it is illegal to carry guns.

Well, duh. Take away the citizen’s final line of defense, and this is EXACTLY what you get. I will repeat the key question here: Isn’t what happened there proof positive that gun control doesn’t work?

My answer is this: While it is true enough that gun control laws do not bring any kind of violence under control, the question of whether these laws work is completely irrelevant. The Second Amendment says:

A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right OF THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. – (my emphasis, of course)

If the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed, what the fuck difference does it make whether a law that does just that “works”? These laws are illegal and, as such, require the punishment of those creating and bringing them into law.

Of course, given the liberal nutjobs running the shows, don’t expect it to happen any day soon.

RWR

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Moonbat Monitor Says it for Me

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 16, 2007

I didn’t hear Imus’s bullshit.

I brushed off Jackson and Sharpton’s bullshit as well. Let’s face it. It’s not news when those two hypocrite shitheads go out and bitch about someone saying something racist. They do it all the time, and then they turn around and advocate the same kind of racism they decry (only against white people). Yawn.

Still, I went ahead and read Moonbat Monitor’s rant on the subject. He’s right on every point he makes. This was the best point of the piece:

I do however have serious issues with the two media whores that led the charge to get him canned. Both Sharpton and Jackson have spewed as much racist garbage as Imus has over the last few decades, so who in the hell gives these two race-pimping punks any moral authority to call for his firing. And better yet, why are there shows on the air? Why is no one calling for them to be fired? Why aren’t sponsors pulling ads from their shows?

* Imus is an idiot so canning him is, well, a non-issue – check.

* Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are a couple of racist media whores – check.

* “Gangsta” rappers routinely include this language in their work and consistently get a pass – check.

* Heterosexual white males are discriminated against with regard to these matters – check.

* It’s possible that firing Imus was a wrong (though obviously irrelevant) actioin – check.

I’m with you MM on this one. I hope we can finally get America to face the fact that racism is occurring as much, if not more, against those who are being called on the carpet for racism.

RWR

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Thinking Blogger Award

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 15, 2007

This was a sweet surprise. This morning I hit up HS MrMinority’s blog to find he’s awarded me a “Thinking Blogger Award”.

Instead of putting a long Stevie Wonder speech together, I’ll just thank MrM here for this honor. The next step in the process is to name five bloggers of my own that make me think. Here they are in no particular order (I doubt there will be any surprises):

Moonbat Monitor

Emperor Darth Misha I (The Rottie)

Van Helsing (Moonbattery)

The Old Sage (Rocker and Sage)

Jim (Parkway Rest Stop)

There are quite a few more, but I could only pick five.

RWR

If you’re one of the five I just tagged, here’s The Official Participation Rules™:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

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Brew RWReview: Dirty Dick’s Ale

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 12, 2007

OK …

Some time ago, I let the cat out of the bag that I like to try a lot of different kinds of beer.  Why not have a “Brew RWReview” every now and then?  So here’s a new feature at the RWRepublic: The Brew RWReview!

I’ve got this glass of Dirty Dick’s Ale right here and let me tell you, it is NICE!  The initial aftertaste is a little strong for the first few swigs, but it becomes more than tolerable after a just a few.  It gives you a nice foamy head when poured, but the hops aren’t as dominant as I’d like.  Still, I see no reason not to enjoy this wonderful English ale again.

This is a very cloudy brew, so if you don’t like that, you may wish to steer clear of this one.  Still, for taste, it’s good … REALLY good.

Brewer: Young & Co.’s Ram Brewery, London.

Grade: A-

Prosit!

RWR

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Solving the Embryonic Stem Cells Debate

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 11, 2007

John Hawkins has a great piece today showing the superiority of adult stem cell research over embryonic stem cell research. In the comments section, I provide the very best solution to this debate yet provided:

Here’s an even better idea:

Let’s not let the government spend ANY money on medical research. After all, it is illegal for it to do so anyway. That will force individuals, inventors, and private industry to make wise investments to get to the methods that will be truly succssful.

Of course, the Republicrats will never go for it because it takes it out of their evil hands.

RWR
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Posted by RightWingRocker
April 11, 2007 12:19 PM

The proof, of course came later, posted by “aharris”:

As my husband, the pharmaceutical guy, says: if private industry isn’t investing in it, they must not see a return on their investment.

Posted by aharris
April 11, 2007 12:50 PM

This is the bottom line, folks. If private industry won’t spend money on it, then why should anyone else, especially those of us who are opposed to it?

Get the government out of it, and let the chips fall where they may.

RWR

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Happy Easter!

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 7, 2007

I’ll spend most of it performing church music, but here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter!

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RantingFox on Guns and Drugs

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 2, 2007

In her post today entitled Back to Reality, Ranting Fox has hit on some very important points.

I really dont understand Chicago’s fear of guns. You outlawed them so that gun crime would go down… when it skyrocketed, because now only people who already break the law have guns. And you have an unarmed civilian population, which frankly gives the thugs the power.

Why is this a surprise? Lawmakers who make laws like this are breaking the law themselves when they do so. Ever heard of the Second Amendment???

Has our modern effort of prohibition worked at all either? Other than empowering the government to regulate everything we may or may not put in our bodies? And giving invasive powers to the state to track activity? And funding gangs, rotting our cities, and all that?

Why are drugs illegal? Seriously. Why?

They are illegal because people bitch to their lawmakers, who in turn violate the rights we are all endowed with by our Creator because the voices of some ignorant Americans gave them the power to do so. I used to support the drug war. Every day, I see its failings grow and grow. It will eventually end, just like prohibition did. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

I posted the following in the comment area:

Now for the big question:

Why do lawmakers have a problem with following the laws that govern what laws they can and cannot make????????

THAT is what we, as Americans, should be asking ourselves.

And it’s high time we did – and loudly enough for all to hear.

RWR

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The Blogosphere’s Funniest April Fool’s Posts Ever

Posted by RightWingRocker on April 1, 2007

And I thought my 2005 April Fool’s post was funny. Hell, I thought it was the funniest thing since “Stupid Human Tricks”.

John Hawkins
has just crushed my abdominals with the absolute funniest April Fool’s post ever. It does look, however, like it won’t be available after today, so get a look at it while you can.

Second is today’s post by Emperor Misha, who set up a phony site in preparation for today’s occasion, which many of us LCs, including myself, actually fell for. I should have picked up on it, because I had pulled a similar stunt last year, albeit for a different purpose. Great minds think alike.

This year, I slept through most of April Fool’s Day, since I got back late from last night’s gig. Sleeping is a good thing.

RWR

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