Tuesday, October 31, 2006
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."-- Thomas Paine (American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)
We have no choice but victory in Iraq, Afganistan and wherever else these islamists want to fight.
"It has ever been my hobby-horse to see rising in America an empire
of liberty, and a prospect of two or three hundred millions of
freemen, without one noble or one king among them. You say it
is impossible. If I should agree with you in this, I would still
say, let us try the experiment, and preserve our equality as long
as we can. A better system of education for the common people
might preserve them long from such artificial inequalities as are
prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural distinctions
of right and wrong, virtue and vice."
-- John Adams (letter to Count Sarsfield, 3 February 1786)
Well we reached the number 300 million recently and we are a still a society of freemen and markets though some might label folks like the Kennedys as American nobles. Yes, we have had family political dynasties in this country, many of them, dating back to the very beginning. They are still held to the power of the vote and power can often lead to corruption of any politician not held fast by core moral strength. This is why politics is local not national as to whome we select to represent our district and why I see no sweeping change come Nov.7.
John Kerry considers himself a Noble and that he deserves to be the President because he is John Kerry and fought in Vietnam. We should forget about what he said and did when he got back, right. Well, Lurch has won the "Foot-in-Mouth" award again by inferring that the great Americans that join our Patriot Armed Forces are stupid and had no other choice. He should know better but he is known for his Freudian slips. Our military does not accept "Gomer Pyles" or "Forest Gumps", in fact all officers and a very high percentage of GIs have some college, after all we are a high tech operation. They want the cream, not the dregs and from the reaction on the airwaves today, our Milfolks are not happy at all, with Anapolis, Westpoint and the rest of the Military Academies being the toughest to get into and with the most demanding academic structures of any univerities in America. I can guarantee that every young Marine Lt. accepting that diploma is sharp as a razor, tougher than nails and well versed in Shakespeare.
"Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency
of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the
destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to
express my profound and solemn conviction ... that there never
was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust,
who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or
anxiously devoted to the object committed to them."
-- James Madison (in a, Circa 1835)
Remember the Judges and who appoints them and confirms them, and who makes law, the Senate confirms them and the Congress makes law and is divided in two parts. It is a shame The Federalist Papers are not tought anymore, vote GOP and maybe one day they will be again.
All historic quotes are courtesy of the Patriot Post, one of the very best resources for Constitutional research.
Posted by Goat at 6:21 PM
Monday, October 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
There is no denying it, oil is the chip and the liberals don't know how to play poker. They forced their bluff early and showed their incredibly weak hand, oops. They seem to think conservatives won't vote because of some internal trash, on the contrary, it makes us vote so we can reform and clean up government. The GOP base continues to elect and support good conservatives, Reagan's legacy is alive and very healthy and we are not going away to hide because the socialists want us to. I don't believe there has been a more clear election since I got involved in politics in '92 for Ross Perot and we winced at the results.
To those considering a third party, that candidate will lose and may help elect a socialist nightmare. Newt Gingrich proved it, when you run on a conservative policy, you win elections. Time to win another one for "The Gipper", easy money.
Keep America Sane Vote GOP
Posted by Goat at 7:32 PM
Monday, October 23, 2006
We have a very clear choice before us this election year. Are we weak cowards that want to run and hide or fighters that believe in America and what She has historically stood for? I don't believe America to be a cowardly nation, sure we make mistakes, we are humans but we have always stood on the God given rightious side of freedom and liberty. This goes far beyond the screams od the GLBT, Cindy Sheehan/ Michael Moore crowd, it is about National Pride an aspect of our nature that is alien to the left and increasingly the Democrats, lost in their multicultural fog.
Yes, the GOP has it's smelly backside, the DNC suffers as well, though it has the MSM to add some ozone and perfume to the air . Harry Reid, alert, time to put on your deoderizor. Seems Harry cut one to many farts and got caught, oops.
Meanwhile it seeeeeems the GOP base support is surging along just fine, not slacking, as the MSM would have their few viewers and readers believing. Message to the MSM and Hollywood, the conservative base does not watch you. Why should we, we can find up to date real news in seconds and multiple perspectives, and you give us few reasons why to watch? We know Newt's Contract and why it works and we are not about to subject our children to euro-socialism and empty morals.
We ducked the Foley scandal and it plowed right into the DNC's GLBT base, when the DNC bashes Foley they are bashing the GLBT, oops. Hugh Hewitt's and other's reports from the grassroots level are very heartening. The people know who the bums are, Kennnedy, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, Clinton, etc,etc.
So who are our warhorse's , Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Norm Coleman , Jeff Flake , etc.
We Ain't Duckin' and Runnin'
My friend Pero likes to call politics war, I prefer to call it sport and may the best man win. It is so sad that the etiquette of true sport as exibited in the Ryder Cup could not be had in politics. We will play the game that is given us and win. My anology compares the GOP to the Euro team in that the team game is together and focused despite Tiger.
Posted by Goat at 7:22 PM
Sunday, October 22, 2006
My annual exercise of stocking the woodshed, something I have done from a very young age, as always brings thoughts of much simpler times when life was so much better defined but by no means easy. I have cut and split many a round by hand, no power other than muscle and maul stocking a friend's mountain cabin after skiing in and finding the reserves depleted. Wielding an axe and double bucksaw all day makes supper taste unreal and we eat well cooking on a 100 yr old stove. It was the cook's cabin during the goldrush complete with a stone bread oven.
I must say there are time consuming changes going on in my life and for the positive as the pieces are falling neatly into line. I may be a new business owner pretty soon and the circumstances are extremely lucrative. This one of those chances that falls in your lap when you least expected it and I intend to take it and run with everything I am to make it work. I have the reputation, name, location and attitude to make it work. I know how to play the game and losing is not part of my strategy or vernacular.
KarlRove seems to have the same attitude about losing, it ain't in his playbook. He is out on the stump, energized and right on message.
Win the War
Cut the Taxes
Secure the Border
Confirm the Judges
Our economy is booming and thanks to it I should be able to add a new business to that economy if the cards fall my way and they are beyond my wildest dreams.Please don't end the dreams of folks like me by voting for a Democrat or third party, vote Republican and help aspiring small businesses like me achieve our dreams of the American dream. The Democrats want to raise taxes on small family businesses while blocking the big business that brings them business and local developement. Their recipe for change is a socialist disaster, vote Republican.
This is a partisan blog approved by me, the owner, with zero funds provided by the GOP. If they were to send funds I would disclose that, though it would be nice if they did, I am not expecting any such monies.
Posted by Goat at 7:16 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
To rework some old cliches about the war in Iraq. The saying goees lightbulbs burn their brightest before they die, much can be said for the bloodletting in Iraq. The terror gangs are getting more desparate as time goes on and they lose more and more of their leaders. Much of it could actually be compared to criminal gang/mob violence we had here in the US and still do, MS13(Mara Salvastrucha), for example, turf wars. The violence has not been against our troops, until we enter their turf, it has been an attempt to control an area for operation by terrorizing the populace. The same tactics used by gangs here in our inner cities in a much more lawless corrupted environement with ready access to high explosives and other weapons. I am sure many of these gang leaders are Saddamites that had vast underground empires in drugs and weapons smuggling. The same pattern is holding around the world, opium and the Taliban/AQ, as the pressure builds and they lose their ability to launder their money, move weapons and communicate.
That leads to another old saying about getting rid of termites, you draw them out of the woodwork, sunlites kills them. If our policies are drawing out these insidious destroyers, that is a good thing, that way we can eliminate them easier.
The human world is not a pretty place, it never has been, any student of history should know that. No wonder Mohammed is so popular in our prisons among gangsters, he gives them justification for their deeds, with religious justification at that, as the greatest pirate ever. This appears to boiling down to a war against the international criminal cartel, drugs, weapons, counterfiet money, sex slavery, extortion, etc, etc, etc, ie. Columbia and FARC. We are the international SWAT Team, so to speak, and the termites are coming into the sunlight and dying in far greater numbers than they are taking, even of the innocent. They can't sustain this attrition level of fighting men, we are takng them out at roughly 250-1.I would say that is winning a war.
The Democrats want the mighty US to surrender to gangsters in Iraq and Afganistan. The GOP wants to win. So people who should you vote for?!? Win or Give up and hide? Killl them or be killed? Socialism or free markets? Protection of life not a culture of death,ie. abortion, eugenics, and euthanasia? Christmas or solstice? There is a distinct choice before voters, Vote GOP!
Rudy Giulianni looks real good alongside Mitt Romney<:)>
Posted by Goat at 9:11 PM
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The GOP has had a few bombs thrown in ite direction of late, some legit, some trumped up but we have two weapons that the loonbats fear the most, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich, the fuel and oil in a high powered racing engine. Poiitical races are alot like Nascar, who has the best mechanics and pit crew and a steady driver. Just like a scandal in Nascar,ie Foley, would not affect our love of the race or our favorite team/driver.It is time to show these spineless, regressive loonbats what horsepower means, not just on the smooth and easy but in the mudbogs, where horse power and traction really matter. Karl and Newt are like having 2 1/2 ton axles under a beach buggy. For your enjoyment, Newt's latest
The elite media are giddy with anti-Republican euphoria. Their coverage has not been this biased against Republicans in three decades.
The Democrats are excited and convinced they will win a big victory.
Republicans are worried, demoralized and confused. I have been in eight states recently and the mood is similar everywhere.
Yet, an election is a choice between two futures. By simply comparing the positions of each party based upon historic facts, the choice of the desired future will become clear to the majority of the American people. And that choice is neither one in which Democrats celebrate nor Republicans concede.
Here is the choice for 2006.
Vital Moment for America: Who Is Historically Right, and Who Is Historically Wrong?
Republicans should enter these closing weeks of the election with clarity, conviction and confidence. The GOP owes it to the American people to give them an inspiring choice. When you are right, you have confidence.
The theme is simple: We can't go back to the failed policies of the past.
Republicans are right on defeating terrorism, and the left is wrong in wanting to run and hide from danger and take up the disastrous policies of appeasement and weakness that defined the Carter Administration. Americans should never again face a 444-day hostage crisis in Iran or an energy policy which leads to gasoline rationing. If every American understood the consequences of losing to the terrorists, the Democrats would lose seats this November.
Republicans are right on cutting taxes and growing a better economy, and the left is wrong in their desire to raise taxes, enlarge command-and-control bureaucracies and return to their failed economic policies, which during the Carter Administration pushed America into the deepest recession since the Great Depression. It was a Democrat Congress and a Democrat administration that presided over interest rates of 22 percent and inflation at 13 percent, and it was a Democrat President who gave a speech in which he lectured the American people to expect less and to lower their standards. If every American knew that Congressman Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), the Democrat choice to head the Ways and Means Committee, had promised to raise their taxes, the Democrats would lose seats this fall.
Republicans are right to favor traditional American conservative social values, and the left is completely wrong to put San Francisco left-wing values third in line to be President by electing Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to speaker of the House. If every American knew the Pelosi voting record, the Democrats would lose seats this fall.
Republicans can turn this around, but they must make the case.
That is what campaigns are for.
In an Election, Three Weeks Is a Long Time
I learned this lesson in 1978 in my third campaign for Congress. In mid-September, my Democrat opponent was ahead 51 to 37. Like most liberals, in the district she pretended she was a conservative, but two key votes in Congress gave her away. One on welfare reform and the other on taxes, in each case she voted her values as a liberal.
We believed we could win the campaign based on one big truth -- she was a liberal -- versus one big lie -- her pretending she was a conservative.
Every element of our campaign kept coming back to this simple theme: "She knows her record, she hopes you don't." This was our consistent way of saying: "She knows she is a liberal, and she is afraid to tell the truth about it, because she knows you will vote against her if you learn the truth."
We won 54 to 46. That meant that in five weeks of campaigning we had moved from a 14-point deficit to an eight-point majority. I gained 17 percentage points and my liberal opponent, once exposed, lost 5 percentage points.
The Democrat, Left-Wing Activist, News Media, Big Lie Campaign
When Republicans tell the truth, Republicans win. When Republicans allow the left to hide their record, fudge their values and distort the facts, Republicans lose. When Republicans passively accept smearing, Republicans lose. When Republicans can't explain or define the choice, Republicans lose.
This year's campaign has been one-sidedly defined by the best-financed left-wing activist system in history. From George Soros on, the amount of money spent attacking Republicans dwarfs anything ever tried before.
The Democrats have spent their time in a disciplined assault on Republicans while hiding everything they stand for.
The elite media now sense a chance to beat Republicans and are shamelessly one-sided in their effort to defame and defeat the GOP.
If they are allowed to get away with this one-sided campaign, they will win.
If that happens, Republicans will deserve the left-wing Congress that will then try to impose its post-election liberal values.
The Big Truth as a Disciplined Answer to the Big Lie
When you are a conservative, you have to assume the news media will be against you. That is a given. The question is how you design a campaign to win despite that fact.
The answer is straightforward.
You have to find facts that are so powerful they cut through the media clutter and your opponent's distortions and ring true with the American people.
These facts have to matter personally, historically and politically.
They have to be "big truths" that clear away the 'big smear" and defeat the "big lie."
Slowing Down the Campaign
When you are behind and you face a combined onslaught of Democrats, left-wing activists and elite news media, every instinct is to speed up, do something harsh and try to answer every attack.
This reactionary instinct is exactly wrong.
The key to winning the kind of campaign Republicans are in is to slow down, focus on a few very big truths and then insist on bringing everything in the campaign back to these core truths and the choice between the Republican future and the Democrat future.
In 1978, if I had not stayed very tightly focused on two issues -- welfare reform and taxes -- which proved my opponent was a liberal -- I would have lost the election.
In 1980, if President Reagan had not focused on defining the Carter failures and drawing an accurate picture of his own beliefs, he too would have lost.
In 1994, if Republicans had not focused on the positive message of the Contract with America, Republicans would have gained seats but would not have won the majority.
If Republicans are to win, they need to take a deep breath, slow down and focus on winning the handful of arguments which matter personally, historically and politically to the American people.
Republicans Have Three Big Truths for the Closing Weeks of the 2006 Campaign
I believe there are three big truths on which the Republicans could win the 2006 campaign, despite every effort of the news media and the left.
I believe these three truths resonate with people in their personal lives and fit into their sense of America's historic context and within their political views.
I believe that by driving each of these three truths home, Republicans can win the argument if they insist on slowing down and focusing in order to build a resonating echo effect across the country.
Three Big Thematic Truths
Promoting a proven economic prosperity agenda of lower taxes and pro-growth policies vs. the failed policies of higher taxes, more regulation and bloated bureaucratic structures of the past.
Left-wing San Francisco radical ideas vs. the values held by the rest of America
Defeating terrorism and the dictatorships who threaten America vs. appeasing and being defeated by them
If Republicans calmly and clearly communicate these choice and their consequences and, in particular, are able to win the argument on the three big truths, Republicans will have a much better election day than people expect.
Let me explain each one.
The First Big Truth: America Can't Go Back to Tax Increases, Big Bureaucracy, Slow Economy, Rising Unemployment and Liberal Policies
It should be easy for Republicans to make the case that your wallet, your job and your country's economy are at stake in this election.
If you think you have too much money in your family budget, then you have a party to vote for, because Democrats will gladly raise your taxes shifting your money from your family to Washington bureaucrats.
On the other hand, if you think you can spend your own money better than a Washington bureaucrat, then you, too, have a party to vote for, because Republicans will stop Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel from raising your taxes.
The future with a Speaker Pelosi based upon the historic record...
The Democrats' record is clear.
Nancy Pelosi voted against every Republican tax cut. She voted for the largest tax increase in history.
Nancy Pelosi voted 19 times against eliminating the death tax.
Nancy Pelosi voted five times for raising gasoline taxes.
Nancy Pelosi is so pro-high taxes she was one of only 27 members to vote against tax relief for poor neighborhoods in the inner city (presumably including her constituents in San Francisco).
The Future with Charlie Rangel as chairman of Ways and Means based upon the historic record...
Charlie Rangel is the perfect Ways and Means chairman for a Nancy-Pelosi-San-Francisco-values majority. Rangel recently said he "cannot think of one" of President George W. Bush's first-term tax cuts that deserve to be continued.
As the Washington Times noted: "Mr. Rangel, of course, voted against the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, he voted against the 2006 measure that extended the 2003 cuts from the end of 2008 to the end of 2010, and he has vociferously opposed making the 2001 and 2003 cuts permanent."
Failure to sustain the tax cuts would have real impact on people's lives. As the Heritage Foundation reported, the Rangel position would have the following results:
Tax rates will rise substantially in each tax bracket, some by 450 basis points;
Low-income taxpayers will see the 10-percent tax bracket disappear, and they will have to pay taxes at the 15-percent rate;
Married taxpayers will see the marriage penalty return;
Taxpayers with children will lose 50 percent of their child tax credits;
Taxes on dividends will increase beginning on Jan. 1, 2009;
Taxes on capital gains will increase, also beginning on Jan. 1, 2009; and
Federal death taxes will come back to life in 2011, after fading down to nothing in 2010.
Heritage estimated that these tax increases would lead to the loss of "more than one million lost jobs each year between 2011 and 2014; more than $100 billion less in economic output per year; slower wage and salary growth; and slower savings growth."
So Which Future Will It Be?
The choice presented by the first big truth is very clear and very simple:
If you want to go back to high taxes, high interest rates, high inflation, slower economic growth, more unemployment, fewer savings, shorter vacations and more bureaucracy, then you have a party in the Democrats -- because the Democrat record proves that Democratic policies will produce these results.
On the other hand if you want more take-home pay, more jobs, more economic growth, more time with your family and more savings with lower taxes and smaller bureaucracy, then you have a party in the Republicans.
It really is that simple and direct. Republicans just have to focus on, make the case for, and then win the argument with the historic record.
The Second Big Truth: San Francisco, Left-wing Values are Rejected by Most Americans and Should Not be Third in Line to be President
Any conservative who is considering staying home this fall has to consider the consequence of their not voting.
The Democrats are set to put as third in line to be President the most liberal leader they have ever had.
These positions are so unpopular that virtually any Republican candidate, even in a very moderate district, ought to be able to sharply draw the contrast.
If you go back to my newsletter of September 5 on the American Eleven, you will see the kind of solutions that are supported by the vast majority of the American people.
Contrast that newsletter with Nancy Pelosi's voting record.
Nancy Pelosi legitimately represents the values of her liberal San Francisco district.
They are simply not values most Americans can support or feel comfortable with in the powerful position her party is willing to give her.
America vs. the Pelosi Record at Home
Consider the following votes (all opposed by the vast majority of Americans):
On July 31, 1996, Pelosi voted against the historic Welfare Reform Bill and later voted against its reauthorization;
On July 19, 2006, Pelosi voted against protecting the right to say "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance;
On Sept. 20, 2006, Pelosi voted against requiring that voters be identified so we could ensure only legal citizens are voting;
On July 13, 2006, Pelosi voted against requiring English on ballots;
On June 30, 2005, Pelosi refused to side with homeowners against the Kelo decision that allows cities to seize private property for profitable ventures, even though 365 members voted to stop cities from taking private property.
Pelosi has voted at least 12 times against the death penalty;
Pelosi was one of only 67 House members to vote against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA);
Pelosi has voted at least eight times against banning partial-birth abortion, at least three times against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Laci's law), and scored a perfect 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America;
Pelosi voted against a bill that would "[b]ar the transportation of a minor girl across state lines to obtain an abortion without the consent of a parent, guardian or judge;"
Pelosi voted at least 31 times for using local or federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions; and
Pelosi received an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association.
The Third Big Truth: Terrorists and Dictators are a Real Threat to Our Lives, Our Country and Our Children, and We Need a Strategy for Securing and Winning. We Cannot Go Back to a Strategy for Appeasing the Losing.
The North Korean nuclear test was a powerful warning about how dangerous the world is becoming.
The United Nations' speeches of Iran's Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Chavez are reminders of how much they hate us and how much they are determined to defeat us.
The continuing brutality and violence in Iraq is more evidence that we have real enemies who want to kill us.
The London bombing plot to destroy 10 airliners included a husband and wife who the London Telegraph reports "allegedly planned to take their six-month-old baby on a mid-air suicide mission." Imagine an enemy willing to kill their own six-month-old baby if that would help them kill us (the opposite of the story of King Solomon and the two mothers who argued over the baby and the real mother proved her love by being willing to give up the baby to save its life).
In the face of these dangers and this hatred, the Democrats would make the person third in line to be Commander-in-Chief an authentic representative of the policies of weakness and appeasement, which Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick described in 1984 as "the San Francisco Democrats." Ironically, this new potential Commander-in-Chief really is a San Francisco Democrat.
America vs. the Pelosi Record Abroad
Consider the following national security votes by a would-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
On Sept. 14, 2006, Pelosi voted against building a fence on the border to protect America from terrorists;
Before 9/11, Pelosi repeatedly voted to cut intelligence (in 1993 by $500 million) and after 9/11 she has still voted to cut intelligence (in 2004 she voted to withhold 25 percent of intelligence funds);
When you ask why we were not more prepared for 9/11, remember that six months before Sept. 11, 2001, Pelosi voted to decrease proposed defense spending by $65 billion;
The next time you think about North Korean nuclear tests and North Korean efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile to reach the United States, remember that in 2002, Pelosi voted for an amendment to the FY 2003 Defense authorization that would block FY 2003 funding for space-based missile defense programs;
Pelosi led a faction of 124 House Democrats who voted against final passage of the Patriot Act's reauthorization;
Pelosi voted against the $87-billion Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental that included extra money for body armor for our soldiers;
Pelosi voted against creation of Homeland Security Department;
Pelosi was one of only 33 members to vote against prohibiting U.S. citizens and companies from conducting any financial transaction with countries that have been identified by the State Department as active sponsors of terrorism; and
In 2004, Pelosi voted against House passage of the intelligence overhaul bill, which reorganized 15 intelligence agencies under one Director of National Intelligence.
Pelosi also supports immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, saying that "[I] myself support the course of action that Mr. Murtha has put forth." And let's be clear about exactly what Mr. Murtha is for: withdrawing from Iraq and leaving it to the terrorists.
The future with Alcee L. Hastings as chairman of the Intelligence Committee based upon the historic record...
If all of this were not extraordinary enough, Nancy Pelosi has made clear her intention, if the Democrats gain the majority, to force ranking Democrat Jane Harman (Calif.) to step down and replace her with Alcee L. Hastings of Florida as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Hastings is a former federal judge who was indicted in 1981 for influence peddling, then impeached by a vote of 413-3 in the House and removed from his judgeship by subsequent conviction in the Senate on eight articles of impeachment. Hastings' conviction was only the sixth time that the Senate has removed a judge from office in an impeachment trial. It is not clear why Pelosi would place her trust in an impeached former judge to lead the oversight of our nation's intelligence agencies.
Never in American history has a person with such consistent an anti-defense, anti-intelligence and anti-security record been allowed to be third in line to be Commander-in-Chief. Every Democrat running for Congress should be required to defend their decision to vote for a person who believes in such weakness, appeasement and withdrawal policies to run the House.
The Election's Not Over Until It's Over
The 2006 elections are a long way from over. Republicans can still make a compelling case for victory.
The San Francisco left is unacceptable to the American people. Their policies are too expensive for our wallets and our family budgets, and too weak to trust in a world of terrorists and dictators who want to kill us.
Republicans owe it to the country to make the next three weeks count. Republicans can win if they have the confidence to know what's right and to say what's right. Republicans owe it to the country to make the choice clear.
P.S. - The heart of the next two weeks for Republicans should be focusing on and making the case for the big three truths outlined above. Nonetheless, there will be two topics on which every conservative candidate will have to have an adequate answer. They are the Foley mess and the energy situation. Republicans have two clear answers.
The Foley Mess
Mark Foley resigned from Congress within two hours of a reporter's showing him his sexually explicit instant messages to a former page.
He had no choice except to resign, because the Republican leadership would have expelled him.
What has amazed me is the one-sided anti-Republican news media smear and lynch mob which then ensued.
After a few days of the one-sided anti-Republican coverage, I began to speak out because I was witness to the last two Democratic efforts to deal with sex scandals in the House -- the page scandal of 1983 and the Barney Frank male prostitute/parking ticket fixing scandal of 1990.
In both cases the Democrat Party wanted the mildest possible punishment.
In both cases the Republicans insisted on tougher penalties. The 1983 page case involved one Democrat and one Republican, so it was a bipartisan problem.
At that time, I insisted that the sanction on those congressmen be raised from reprimand (which had no impact on their careers) to censure (which blocked them from a committee or subcommittee chairmanship). I threatened to move expulsion if the penalty was not increased.
Against substantial Democratic opposition, the penalty was increased from reprimand to censure. The Republican was contrite and ashamed. The Democrat was militant and unapologetic.
Even though Gerry Studds (Mass.), the Democrat, was convicted by the Ethics Committee of having sex with one page over a long period of time (beginning when the page was 16) and making advances to two other pages, he received three rounds of applause from the Democratic side of the aisle when he adamantly defended his actions.
After his censure, Nancy Pelosi voted three times to make Gerry Studds chairman of a committee, even though he was convicted of sex with an under-age page. It makes her current promises to be tougher than Republicans dishonest and hypocritical.
The Barney Frank case involved fixing 33 parking tickets for a male prostitute who was running a prostitution ring out of Frank's apartment (without the congressman's knowledge, according to his testimony, even though he had fixed 33 tickets for him). The Democrats voted 252-2 against a motion to censure Frank for abusing his office by fixing the tickets for his prostitute roommate.
I offered that motion to censure, and Nancy Pelosi voted against it.
Republicans should be firm about setting a higher standard on protecting pages than the Democrats did. Republicans should be firm about insisting on a higher standard of enforcing the rules than the Democrats did.
Republicans should not passively allow themselves to be lectured by hypocritical Democrats or the news media about their record compared to the Democrats when they were in charge.
An Energy Strategy for National Security, the Economy and the Environment
The American people want a better strategy for energy security.
They understand instinctively that the current reliance on imported oil is bad for our national security, for our environment and for our economy.
Even though gasoline and natural gas prices have gone down dramatically, Americans have a deep sense that something needs to be fixed, and they want more long-term leadership on this issue than they are getting.
Republicans should advocate an energy strategy to include renewable fuels, bio-fuels, new approaches to clean coal, and safe nuclear energy consistent with scientifically sound conservation principles.
All of these approaches are doable in a time of dramatic scientific change. Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle's IOWA Act (Independence from Oil With Agriculture) would dramatically expand the use of renewable fuels. The American people would rather support America's farmers than pay dictators in Iran or Venezuela for their fuel.
By contrast, with a Republican desire to pass legislation to improve energy production, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable fuels, Nancy Pelosi voted against the Energy Act of 2005, which moved America in the right direction on these issues.
Do you still want to stay home?
Posted by Goat at 8:30 PM
Monday, October 16, 2006
I have been paid a huge compliment by my loonbat detractors as crude and rude as they are by following me around to where I comment on other blogs. This means I have impact on them, I must have something actually to say if they go to such great efforts to discredit me or trash my comment section wth vile, miscreant, inane statements to drive off other commenters.
Thus I have had to inact comment moderation as 'it' seems to be able to get around bans by changing 'its' IP address. I apologize to those that may have clicked on one of those vile comments, it is not the standard of this site. I am working with Haloscan to solve this problem once and for all. They seem to think that if they mock and slander me enough I will go away and let them alone, Naaaww, Uh Uhhh, it aint going to happen. Crude comments about Grandmothers is a great way to win enemies by the millions especially since "it" supports NAMBLA, national association of man boy love, which is a major contributor to the DNC, by the way.
The October Surprise
Harry R. Jackson Jr. is right on the money.
The sleeping giant, called the evangelical church, is about to be awakened by true conservative candidates, who believe in both social and fiscal conservatism. These voters will rise up and keep the Senate in the hands of the Republicans and keep the House in a position of relative political parity. For this to happen, individual candidates will have to take off the gloves and differentiate themselves based on their values, philosophy, and track records. This is not running away from President Bush or national issues; it is an attempt to keep candidates from running against the straw man of “it’s time for a change” or “change for change sake.”
Posted by Goat at 8:18 PM
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Well the time has come to breakout the chainsaw and splitting tools to stock the woodshed and I am whooped. I guess I am very strange as this a task I actually enjoy, a very therapeutic release of aggressive anger I guess. Maybe it is just being outide in the fall and the anticipation of a fire dancing on the hearth during those long cold nights ahead.
Onto more important issues like politics, I heard Mark Warner will not be running for the Dem nomination for President in '08 virtually assuring a Clinton/Fiengold,Obama or Kerry ticket. He was the only Democrat with enough centrist clout to have a chance and with Hillary eying the Senate leadership seat of scandal plagued Harry Reid, '08 could get very interesting. Mitt Romney now has a wide open door to walk through easily. That is a truelly scary thought, SanFran Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker and Hillary Clinton as Senate Majority Leader if that prospect doesn't motivate the conservative base of the GOP nothing will.
Here in California Arnold has a comfortable lead and should have some strong coattails to pull along some other Republicans to State office, especialy Tom McClintock as LG . Tom will be on my blogger buddy Lores' show tonight at 10:00 pac., she keeps nailing down great interviewees as well she should as talented as she is. You can listen live, it is streamed from KRLA870. While Arnold could be called a RINO , Tom is the leader of the conservative GOP and surprisingly popular among our large independant voting bloc here, the Reaganites. If you want to see how America would function under Democrat leadership, just look at California and our absurd Legislature more worried about getting Gays married and illegal aliens in state tuition and the right to vote than they are about real issues like the economy , security and infrastructure. We have the worst roads in the country and the liberals want to give the money to illegals, the unions, and GLBT issues. I think the rest of California is tired of being dictated to by San Francisco and Hollywood. I also think the Nation is tired of being told what to think by those metropolitan elites, in Washington, New York, LA and San Fagcisco.
We like our taxcuts, our SUVs and pickups, our guns and our schools teaching reading, writing, math and science not gay marriage and revised history. If a kid wants to pray and read the Bible they should not be harrassed any more than a child reading the Koran or even The Little Red Book. That is diversity of thought, it is not swallowing the loony left's bait that only their thought is allowed.
Remember Hugh Hewitt's Maxim " If Its Not Close, They Can't Cheat". Fellow conservatives, it is time to get off your high horse, and out the rocker and remember, Win the War, Confirm the Judges, Secure the Border, Cut the Taxes, and Control the Spending or let Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton control the agenda. It is our choice!
KVIE our local APT station is showing a documentary called "Walking the Bible", a journey through the Torah by land by Bruce Feiler. It has companion books as well and looks to be very good. I am watching it now, very interesting. What a desolate beautiful wilderness.
Posted by Goat at 5:20 PM
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Comment moderation is back in place thanks to a miscreant troll. Joshua at the Western Confucian has a great round up of South Korean news and views on NoKo's nuke folly/fizzle. He is not a fan of the Bush Administration or of appeasment so I treat his views as honestly held as a conservative Catholic. If you are interested, this is one of the better sites to visit. He made it real easy for the rest of us to keep up with South Korean moods and they are about as rampant as those here though with more at stake.
I am getting hits from nuclear scientists, totally cool, though I understand only a little of the discussion.
Posted by Goat at 7:08 PM
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Mike Adams, a UNC-Wilminton law professor and Townhall columnist has posted his first assignment for his students and it is a doozy. He pulls no punches on the left . I would love to take his class. Think about the questions he asks.
First of all, I would like to thank each of you for signing up for my class this semester at UNC-Wilmington. Part of my job as your professor is to dispel certain myths you learn in your other classes, especially sociology. If you decide to question these myths in Sociology 101, your professor is likely to assign you to sensitivity training sessions.
Because our university faculty is so overwhelmingly liberal, many of these myths constitute arrogant dismissals of conservative ideas – ideas that your professors would take more seriously if they had a little more experience interacting with conservatives. Some of your professors have never met a conservative and could only spot one from a distance based largely on the conservative’s physical appearance and grooming habits.
Needless to say, I can’t take on all of the myths you will encounter every semester at UNC-Wilmington. In fact, each semester I design a project that focuses on just one of those myths. This semester I will focus on the myth that society “can’t legislate morality.”
But before I deliver my first lecture on the topic, I have decided to give you a little homework assignment. Please take the time to a) read all of the following questions, and b) write a short paragraph in response to each. I’ll collect your answers before the next lecture on Monday:
During the 1990s, liberals stated that legislation designed to cut food stamps was “immoral.” But most liberals also adhere to the belief that you “can’t legislate morality.” How can a bill be “immoral” if it can’t be “moral”?
I bet Dennis Prager would even agree that while morality generally goes with religiosity, but that while morality is a social issue, religion is a personal issue, thus we have a system of laws to control morality. The Church has delineated Natural Law even sharia brutal as it is follows this Natural Law and sets the bounds for civil society. Western Civilization seems to be forgetting how Natural Law evolved and with it morality, it came from in large part from Moseanic Law and to a much lesser part Asian philosophy and other ancient civilizations, Greco-Roman, Persian, etc and our Founders were able to draw from a deep well of classic wisdom almost lost today. Common Law is legislated morality, it is wrong to rob, rape or kill but it goes much deeper than that and our society knows it. This is another reason why I donot see how the Dems could be able to win, they have lost their moral footing, being able to tell good from evil and legislate against evil. Yes, morality can be legislated.
PS: Actually read the article before you comment.
Posted by Goat at 6:52 PM
Monday, October 09, 2006
A Catholic Professor in South Korea, Joshua, and I made contact over the weekend when I stumbled across his blog, good reading and perspective. I will repost our conversation once I have his permission since it is at his site. It can be seen here. I will post my latest comment, a few questions.
So we should pull out of the DMZ and turn it over to SoKo forces? Is that the feeling among the people? I know Kim Jung-Il is interested in regional hegemeny as is Iran. They represent a direct threat to our allies including South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan?
Thanks WC, it should be an interesting conversation, feel free to comment at my site as well, in fact, please do.
His answers are interesting and compelling. The transcript so far:
Are you in SOKO?
Goat Homepage 10.09.06 - 2:21 pm #
Yes, Goat, I am.
The Western Confucian Homepage 10.09.06 - 2:28 pm #
What is your assessment of the situation? I am interested being in California? I would love to build a contact base with you. My email is in my profile. I would like to hear the Korean thought, SoKo has a story to tell and a very rich one at that. Please maintain contact with me and I you!
Goat Homepage 10.09.06 - 2:44 pm #
Thank you, Goat. I pledge to maintain contact with you. My email is on my sidebar, but I'll post it hear for your convenience:
My assessment is that I feel no more threat for my immediate safety or that of my family than I did when I woke up this morning.
That said, this is a mess, and a huge one at that. This will really shake things up here in Northeast Asia. I pray that Pat Buchanan's almost four-year-old prediction comes to pass: The Coming U.S. Retreat from Asia
The Western Confucian Homepage 10.09.06 - 2:53 pm #
And Goat, I would not worry in California. My parents have retired in Northern California. [I'm originally from Upstate New York.] Kim Jong-il won't attack the US. He's evil, but not suicidal.
Western Confucian Homepage 10.09.06 - 3:37 pm #
Ignore! right on assesment
El Cid Homepage 10.09.06 - 6:02 pm #
So we should pull out of the DMZ and turn it over to SoKo forces? Is that the feeling among the people? I know Kim Jung-Il is interested in regional hegemeny as is Iran. They represent a direct threat to our allies including South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan?
Thanks WC, it should be an interesting conversation, feel free to comment at my site as well, in fact, please do. I use haloscan as well for comments so contact should be easy.
Take Care and God Bless, Catholic missionary? Christ is the answer!
Goat Homepage 10.10.06 - 12:43 pm #
Yes, I think we should pull our forces. Many South Koreans want to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to the USFK. They want their defenses covered, but on their own terms. I think it is no longer in America's interest to defend the world's 12th largest economy. As PBJ suggested, let SK, Japan, and Taiwan develop their own nucler weapons. The DPRK is on the verge of collapse, and will never be a regional hegemon, with or without nuclear weapons.
I will be sure to visit your site regularly. As to your question about whether I am a missionary, the answer is no. I'm just a sinner and humble convert.
The Western Confucian Homepage 10.10.06 - 12:59 pm #
Well Joshua, great to know you, I gave you the headline tonight so comment away!
Goat Homepage 10.10.06 - 1:08 pm #
Posted by Goat at 7:50 PM
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Here is how The Barnyard will vote besides a straight GOP vote for candidates.
87- NO NO NO
Full Text of each Proposition can be found here.
Arnold, leading challeger Phil Angelides by almost 20%, would have had to have a major gaffe in last nights debate and he put on a strong performance. Arnold is a centrist and conservative where it counts and I an just hoping he has some strong coattails to pull Tom McClintock and others along with him. I see a resurgent GOP in California and one that could bring California into play with a Mitt Romney nomination.
While the Democrats wnat to make Mark Foley a major issue, Kim Jong Il claims to have a bomb that he wants to test and Iran steams ahead with their program, Pakistan is losing control as is much of Africa. These are historic times and I don't see the democrats as being able to face up to them with a backbone and I believe America is smart enough to recognize this. We maybe upset with GOP leadership but that does not mean we are ready to throw our local politicians and representatives to the wolves. The DNC has been unable to gain any real traction in several target districts around me despite months of hack adds.
David Cameron , the British Conservative leader, gave quite a speech Wednesday, he is a very good speaker with quite a message. It can be found ar Cspan as well as a Mitt Romney appearence in Iowa and John McCain campaigning for said David Cameron in an actually good speech to The Brit Conservative Party Convention.
Mitt spoke in a barn at a pumpkin festival in Iowa, at a GOP fundraiser and spoke to the grassroot level very well. Mitt is the man and continues to prove it.
Is the left going bankrupt as ACT folds up? (hattip: The Right is Right)
This is interesting, from Korea. and here, North Korea has tested the Bomb.
Posted by Goat at 5:30 PM
Friday, October 06, 2006
My shawoman made that final journey this morning ascending to her destined place with the Lord. Our Nanasay, Cheryl Dyer has left battleground earth for peace with our Saviour. Her spirit awoke mine to say good bye at 3:00am pac yesterday so I could recieve an email from an old friend after more than a year of silence. Nana had power and her glow is strong and brings a smile to my face even now. My prayers are now for Steve and the rest of the family for His strength to fill the gap left by such an incredible woman..
Rest in Peace, Cheryl and may your fire forever help warm our own souls!
God Bless and give her a moment of silence, God Bless!
Posted by Goat at 9:30 PM
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Conservative Teen Joke Hurts GOP With Gays, parody, we don't need nor want them, gays nor pranksters of that sort in a respectable party. The recipient of the "nasty" IMs was an adult and thankfully fully exposed a wierdo in our ranks that is now removed from office. We have some very real business to attend to in The Swamp besides this, dang the dems are getting really desparate aren't they. This was aa inside GOP takedown by Denny Hastert to protect himself. It may play to be one of the shrewdest political moves ever, Rove ain't no dummy. I can't wait for the loonbat spin on this. Its gonna be a rollercoaster but the GOP, if we hold on, will walk off with a full grin and giddy.
Posted by Goat at 10:15 PM
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
The Barnyrd's assessment, a drunken sick fool was set up and that was poorly done. The timing, the target,Denny Hastert, and the age of the revelation just has too much demoRat stink to it. Needless to say Foley would be a hero for "coming out" if he was a Democrat and IMs would have been sanctified as heroic. Foley is disgraced and removed. What did the Dems do about their Rapist/Liar-in-Chief Bill Clinton or their lead Socialist Barney Frank who had a gay prostitution ring run out of his house, I wonder if any boys were involved??? It seems Barney is still a powerful member of the DNC. The DNC also courts support from all the Gay groups including NAMBLA. Foley does not represent the party he represents himself and he is now a disgraced sicko. If he were in the DNC he would be a hero, another clear example as to why the Democrats should not gain power. Boy the DemoRats are really getting desparate if this is their "October surprise" and it has way to much of their smell on it.
Posted by Goat at 8:00 PM
Monday, October 02, 2006
This time on Townhall, one of the foremost conservative compendiums on the web, by Doug Wilson, Hatter(Lisa) and I have been typing about Mitt for most of his governorship and she convinced me fairly early on to take note and I have.
The reception marked the fourth time I’ve met Romney; each time I’ve noticed something special about him. First, he’s a family man. Romney almost always travels with his wife, Anne, who is an attractive woman and the mother of five boys, all of whom are now grown and productive adults. In my opinion, a couple who can raise a family, stay in love, and still be wildly successful must posses great wisdom and personal character. Let’s say it’s a good start for a man who wants to hold the most powerful leadership role in the world.
Second, Romney is a self-made businessman. He didn’t have a father who paved the way with gold. He wasn’t set up in a business so he could then run for president.
I dropped him an email to let him know we are out here on the far ends of the blogosphere and growing rapidly.
Another reason you should describe to Townhall is this exclusive outtake from John Ashcroft's new book "Never Again", this looks like a must read book on his days after 9/11. It is so good that I stopped reading so I could post about it!
A moral imperative for toughness exists if we are asking America’s young people to go out and stand in harm’s way, to risk getting shot, or to lay their lives on the line. Then we are not eligible to be “nice guys” who will take a soft and easy approach to the enemy when we realize what is needed to preserve American lives. When we ask for the lifeblood of the next generation of Americans in Afghanistan, Iraq, or on other fields of battle, the moral imperative demands we defend our freedoms with an unyielding mental toughness. If we lose our resolve, our will to win, by mistaking the tranquility of our daily lives for peace with terrorism, or caving in to propaganda campaigns built on a false sense of security, we will fail our moral obligation to young Americans who risk all to protect us.
Political guru Michael Barone offers a few assessments in the race to November.
One of the salutary results of the Clinton administration, I thought, was that it got liberals and Democrats in the habit of using the first person plural. U.S. military forces in Bosnia, Kosovo and elsewhere were "our troops." NATO and Japan and Australia and all the rest were "our allies."
The second person plural used to come naturally to all Americans. G.I.s in World War II were "our boys" (the second word now politically incorrect and also inaccurate), whether you were a Republican or a Democrat, from the North or the South, black or white. But the Vietnam War got liberals out of that habit. U.S. troops were "the military." They were sent into Lebanon and Grenada not by "the president," but by "the Reagan administration." (Did anyone say that troops were ordered to Normandy or Iwo Jima by "the Roosevelt administration"?) The Gulf War in 1991 was regarded by most Democrats and liberals as "their war."
and Robert Novak
A week after Bill Clinton lashed out at anchor Chris Wallace's questioning on "Fox News Sunday," prominent Democrats were still debating among themselves whether the former president's performance was good or bad for their party. However, they all disregarded a harsh but widely overlooked rebuke of Clinton the next morning.
On Sunday, Clinton assailed Wallace for "your nice little conservative hit job on me" in questioning his determination as president to get Osama bin Laden. On CBS's "Early Show" Monday, the head of the CIA's bin Laden unit during the Clinton administration, Michael Scheuer, said the al Qaeda leader "is alive today" because Clinton and his top lieutenants refused to kill him. "It's just an incredible kind of situation," said Scheuer, "for the American people over the weekend to hear their former president mislead them."
Me thinks the Demorats have more of a fight on their hands than they planned for.Americans with half a brain know which side of the war to stand on. Yes I am saying the loonbats are stupid, don't listen to them , they are wrong, even my puny research can show that.
Posted by Goat at 7:48 PM
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Lores is a friend of the Barnyard and will be interviewing Rush's brother David Limbaugh on her show tonight, I would guess on his latest book, Bankrupt. She has been scoring alot of great interviews and thanks to her I have been able to talk to Dennis Prager and a few others. She has a great show and you can tune in by clicking the title of this post at 10:00pm pac, or here.
I was not able to ask David a question, prerecorded, but she let me put this quote on air from Samuel Adams
"The Patriot Post
Founders' Quote Daily
"If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance,of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour ofthe Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation."-- Samuel Adams
(letter to Elbridge Gerry, 27 November 1780)Reference: The Spirit of `Seventy-Six, Commager and Morris (109);original Life of Elbridge Gerry, Austin, (361-62)
Her follower , Melting Point has a good show as well.
Posted by Goat at 7:43 PM
As we make the run up to election day now is crunch time for both parties as their machinery hits full gear. I hear many ask what has gone wrong with the Dems, they are so soft on our enemies and would rather try to appease them and buy them off? They just don't understand a position of weakness gets you nowhere in life or politics. Jeffrey Lord has written an excellent piece for The American Spectator that chronicles the Democratic Party's descent into lefty lunacy starting in 1968, of all years. It also illustrates why Americans in general don't trust the Dems with National Security and they continue to prove why on a daily basis.
Acts of submission.
The term was Winston Churchill's description of the different methods that had been employed by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his supporters to appease Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the 1930's. Chamberlain was appeasing, Churchill said, "in the hope that by great and far-reaching acts of submission, not merely in sentiment and pride, but in material matters, peace may be preserved." He went on to warn, correctly, of just how foolish and dangerous this would be to England.
If followed in a linear fashion, through the maze of late 20th century American history, personalities and politics the real reason why ex- President Clinton has so many critics over his policies dealing with terrorism, the reason why this fall's midterm election brings another blistering critique of Democrats on national security issues is that, like Chamberlain and company, they have a history of "acts of submission." It is a very decided and by now very defined pattern of acts of submission by modern Democrats to foreign threats from Communism to Islamic fascism.
Let's start with the night of Wednesday, August 28th, 1968. On that night the Democratic Party, America's oldest, begins to implode.
And then there is this great article by Daniel Henninger on the OPJ. It appears that every one of their election tactics is crumbling underthem and the DNC can't figure out why, which is a good thing. Even Woodwards latest book is proving to be just a compilation of all the bad old news, nothing new not even a new spin. They are more concerned if a terrorist thug is humiliated than if innocents are saved because of it, despiccable. I am thankful the GOP was able to push through the Detainee Act. Here is a cut from Daniel's article
But at this late stage of the campaign, Iraq-as-failure has become the central narrative in the Democrats' strategy. A memo sent out to Democrats last week by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a strategy group led by former Clinton pollster Stan Greenberg, discusses Mr. Bush's "failure in Iraq, which energized Democrats and dispirited Republicans." It urges Democrats: "On Iraq, stress Bush/GOP 'mismanagement' and need for a 'new direction.' "
There is general agreement in Democratic circles that the party made a mistake by not confronting the national-security issue more forcefully in 2002 and 2004. Paul Begala cited the two elections on the "Today" show Monday and said al Qaeda is "coming back to get us because of the failed policies of George Bush."
So what is the Democrat's New Direction? Is it retreat in defeat as many of them and their loony base want as a lesson to our imperialist dreams? Or do we stand up fifty million people after decades of violence and see them through to a brighter future or turn them over to the vicious killers of radical islam?
Amir Taheri, as prolific as ever has several articles worth reading at Benador Associates site on Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. There is much to be found at this site regarding the Middle East, one of my favorite sources, scroll around a bit and tell me what you think.
Don't miss this interview with Ken Mehlman, RNC leader with Human Events
Posted by Goat at 5:19 PM