Thursday, December 31, 2009

Who needs New Year’s Resolutions ???

I Don't

I used to enjoy making Resolutions at New Year’s beginning. I knew I probably wouldn’t keep most of them; but you know I usually attempted to do all of them at least partially.

Kind of a continual battle to better myself. A kind of reality check, about the perfect being the enemy of the good. The nice thing was, I would feel good for the progress and not beat myself up over not being perfect. Like I mean it’s not a law or anything – Right?


Just saw this article in a Chicago paper about how the State of Illinois has 300 new laws on the books for their citizens to follow. What is a law other than a mandatory Resolution made by the State you must follow? Well I’m sure they’ll also remind you - ignorance of the law is no excuse.

BTW if they got 300 new laws for this year, how many do they already have on the books? Thousands I would guess.

I like the one about American made flags on all government buildings, even local ones. Knowing Chicago, the Mayor’s nephew probably has a stake in a flag making company on the South Side. I wonder if the flag pole and or holder etc has to be American made too. I mean do you want the Chineese supporting Old Glory. Well outside of buying our bonds of course.

I assume other inquiring minds than my own are wondering why flags have been signaled out? Think of the possibilities. This could be a god send for legislators who made a New Year’s resolution to get their name on a bill this year to prove to those that elected them they are hard at work.

I can see the headline now.

The JOHN DOE American Made Toilet Paper Bill has passed the Senate!!!

Why should I bother when we have so many experts getting paid so well to realize and tell me what I should and shouldn’t do? Who am I to decide such things?

Well Happy New Year’s Anyway.

I can’t resist – I Resolve not to swear on my blog.

Oh Shite (see what I mean?) they probably already have a law; or John Doe is putting pen to one as I speak. Lol No Foreign swearing on Blogs. The TSA will be getting into it pretty soon.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

PS the Dems should do some Resolution making not to lose candidates.


This after the blog I did the other day about Parker Griffith


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Not just Theirs, but Our Freedom Too.

Iran had their Presidential election June 12, 2009.

As news of the election results worked its way across Iran, so too did protests of what many thought were patently unfair and crooked elections there.


These protest turned into mass protests in the streets of Iran. Neda a young college art student modestly dressed was with her teacher watching the demonstration when she was shot. Be warned the video is graphic. She died on the spot.



This was caught on a camera and put out on you tube for the world to see. Millions around the world saw this young girl die after being murdered.

Obama had this to say about Neda.


What kind of excuse is there for that gobblygook coming from the leader of the free world?

In Iran however the public wasn’t taking it sitting down. They weren’t blue and depressed; they were green and bubbling over with anger. They were going underground and getting organized.

Tyranny always and everywhere will be fought against by those who are oppressed by whatever they have on hand.

We did it during our revolution, outnumbered and out gunned at Valley Forge, the youth in China’s Tiananmen Square did it and there were deaths then too.

People when backed into a corner become willing to lose all in violent protest – when that is all they have left.

This next video explains some of the action that has been building up since the elections and mentions some of the demonstrations around the first of Dec. 09, that had already taken place and further portends the upcoming demonstrations on the 27th of Dec. The video is from PJTV. It is good and informative of the background.


Well the demonstrations on the 27th did take place and the Iranian government did crack down. What little we heard on the MSM was useless but thank God for the Internet and videos. The news is coming out. The Iranian Citizens are making sure, the foreign media is banned from filing stories. The state media is well "state" run.


And more from the 27th protests.


Of course the Iranian government thugs claim innocence.


Now finally standing firm for freedom everywhere the most recent response from the Leader of the Free World is linked below.


If you were fighting for your freedom and your life in the streets of Iran how much Hope and Change would you feel after hearing that rousing bit of doggerel.???

Thank God for the Internet; now it has become Not just Theirs, but Our Freedom Too.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative.

Monday, December 28, 2009

NO to Nonsense "First Rule"

The Dems are again accusing the Repubs of being the party of No.


They seem to forget that along with all the Repubs that voted against it there were a lot of Dems doing the same. Just not enough; but instead of whining like the Dems -----

Why not just counter attack and call the Dems the party of Nonsense?

Or better yet No-Sense?

Here is a video of Max Baucus who is the Senates Finance Chair; in other words the head Dem in the Senate who decides where our money goes. He talks like he already spent some of it on Jack.


In my life, I’ve helped a lot of Alcoholics and listened to a lot of ranting similar to what the Senator is saying. They constantly get lost in their thoughts and return to the one thing they can remember without finishing their point. That is sad to see in a down and outer but in a US Senator it is embarrassing and downright heartbreaking. I would not vote yes to anything that dude was talking about.

If he pleaded an early onslaught of Alzheimer's disease then I at least would listen to what others in his party had to say.

I take it as what it is -

Just a lot of Nonsense

A little Common Sense makes it easier to say NO to Nonsense.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Republican Revolution - Which One ???

Republican Revolution – Which One ???

My last post dealt with the Republican Revolution of 1994 and how there were similarities to our current state of affairs. I was drawing parallels, hoping 2010 could prove to be similar.

Today I just read a commentary by Michael Barone run by Rasmussen commenting on the last time an unpopular bill was passed in Congress by a slim majority to become law. As Michael Barone points out; this was done in 1854 and was the driving force for the start of, you could say the first revolution that started the Republican Party.


If you remember your history, slavery was what the famed “Lincoln Douglas Debates” were all about. The legislation that fostered the debates was the passage by the legislature of the “Kansas-Nebraska Act” which created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and in effect allowed an expansion of slavery into more of the “Territories” than had been previously the law under the “Missouri Compromise” which allowed slavery in the territories south of Arkansas and not north of it.

The new “Kansas-Nebraska Act” allowed the two new territories which were north of Arkansas a choice. As in the Civil War to follow, both states rights and slavery were inseparably intertwined.

The Barone article shows that the Republican Party was formed to fight that legislation and in the following election (the first in which there were Republicans) the huge Democrat majority turned into a huge Republican Majority.

How amazing is that? A brand new party runs a Republican Candidate for President and candidates in all the states and wins not only the Presidency but the control of the US House by a huge margin.

I guess campaigns were easier back then. Lol

Below is a map of the USofA back in 1854. The Grey area was the slave states, the Red was the Free States and the Green were the previous Territories, while Kansas and Nebraska are in White.

As I’m always looking for methodologies in the past to point to a Republican Resurgence I feel remiss for missing the very first Republican Revolution which was truly a grassroots movement founded on Principled Action against an unpopular law pushed through the Congress by the majority with corruption and paybacks as its means of passage.

This movement at its core was a Freedom movement, not of state freedom vs Federal; but of individual freedom vs Federal government. Above all else we believed in individual freedom - then came all the rest. Above all else America stood for the idea that all are created equal in their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

One word on “Principled Action”. People have some principle upon which they hang their vote on issues. Slavery was one of those principles. Sure there were all sorts of other issues like states rights and the whole money thing.

As with issues today, there was no lack of funding for either side in the slavery issue. The Opening of the West and the idea of America as a Ocean to Ocean Nation was at stake. The decision of building a transcontinental railroad and from whence it would start ie Chicago, New Orleans etc was the funding mechanism for both sides. But what trumped the “Special Interests” was the principled outrage of the American people.

That is where Americans drew the line on the map. The government has no right to decide which people have freedom. They are there at our request to make sure all people keep hold of our inalienable rights. That is where we stood up and said that we would not hold for corruption when it causes us to lose our freedoms. That when you take away freedom for some you leave us all open to tyranny. Play all you want in Washington, but leave us alone.

That is where we fought a Civil War - that is where we will be willing to sacrifice, to fight for again if necessary.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Times They Are A Changing

The Times They Are A Changing

This is new, but the story is as old as the hills.

Freshman Congressman Parker Griffith has announced he is changing from the Democrat to the Republican Party. See link to Politico video below. (edit-the video wouldn't play. So the link is to the article where the video is. click it and then the video-end edit)


That a politician would switch sides is not new by any means and by itself would not mean a lot. This was done on principle and that is different. This was done when outside forces were needed to keep the ball rolling. Parker Griffith had been wrestling with his conscience for awhile over his votes for the Liberal agenda pushed by Speaker Pelosi and voted against her to be Speaker again.

The ball we need to keep rolling that I mentioned was the momentum we picked up from the Tea Party thing to the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia and a special election in the state senate of Michigan.

Things like this did happen before, and though seemingly random when put together they were the start of something that had a life of its own.

What impressed me about Congressman Griffith was first that he was a doctor. Second his integrity for voting as a Democrat against the Health Care Bill which he called “a major threat to our economy, it is a threat to our nation and it is a threat to our health care system.”

Later he says there is no room in the Democrat party for basically 2/3rds of the American people.

Listen to it and see how I came up with that one.

I got a bumper sticker in the mail a couple months ago that read. “Stop Pelosi” then under it read, “ ”. People thought I was nuts. I really don’t know how possible that is for 2010 but this unexpected flip of a seat brings Boehner one seat closer. Will other Blue Dogs out there do the same? As the article below from which I lifted the video makes clear, Pelosi and crew were in a panic calling up other blue dogs to stop any possible revolt. All I can say is


Then I remember Peter Wallsten wrote for the Wall Street Journal that there were some retirements coming up in the Democrat party in competitive districts, and made the case that these Congressmen aren’t running again due to an increased threat to their chances because of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi pushing an unpopular and as Congressman Griffith would say a far left agenda.


The article does point out that there are as of Dec 15th, 13 Republicans retiring and 11 Democrats. The trend as he points out however has been for the Dems to retire recently, 4 of whom announced within a few weeks. (I would think Obama’s drastic fall in the polls recently had a big influence). Also 4 others were mentioned as possible.

Is Boehner’s quest possible? Below is a link to the Partisan History of the US House and also a link within it to the History of the Senate.


From that table you will see that in the 1996 election we went from the Republicans behind the Dems 176 seats to 258 to getting ahead of them by 12 (230 204). The numbers this time around starts out with us again actually 1 seat ahead of where we were in 1996 and if you count Griffith’s switch 2 seats up and a total of 178-256.

The magic # is 218 for control of the House, that is a pick up of 41 seats. All would agree a Herculean task indeed. But it was done before as the chart tells us.

What history tells us also is that it took a perfect storm of a couple dozen Dems retiring, plus a voting public upset with the failed promises of Liberal Democrats along with the encroachment on their individual freedoms by an overreaching governmental bureaucracy came together under the brilliant leadership of Congressman Newt Gingrich and his “Contract with America”.

What we have this time is everything but Newt and the Contract with America. Will the Tea Party movement galvanize and collect enough of the angst out there, are they a force that can build a coalition as Newt did? Most would say no. I say wait.

Wait and see how they grow and spread out and broaden out. If they don’t they will die off.

The other thing would be for a person to step up to take the mantle of leader. Is Minority Leader Boehner up to it. Perhaps not like a Gingrich but perhaps in other ways. There still needs a face to be put on this whole thing to make it personal to the voters. Where will that come from.

Perhaps the Tea Party is the way it will come about. Perhaps not.

I will keep hoping for the right leader but we and I need to keep working as we have been to keep the ground fertile for the seeds to grow.

The real revolution to be lasting needs to come from the State Legislatures as well as from the Fed. It will keep growing if we keep putting our sweat and tears into it.

That will be my sacrifice to make this dream into a reality.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Visible Conservative

Breitbart at Big Hollywood then at Big Government along with PJTV and others have been pushing the idea that the battle between the “Conflict of Visions” (as represented by Conservatives and Liberals) needs to be fought by Conservatives on the Cultural side. Breitbart is talking pop culture. He is talking movies, music, tv, videos and all the stuff younger generations listen to and watch.

When those technologies are put together and you throw in some great investigative journalism you have those brilliant videos finaly putting the corruption of ACORN on the screen for all the world to see and there was retribution. The liberals did this from the Depression era on and it works. Breitbart has taken the first steps in the battle to fight the corruption of the Left.

The icon of the current pop culture is the movie industry which has turned almost exclusively Liberal from the 60’s on. Breitbart says as Conservatives we have the message; we win the arguments in dry professorial terms, but fail to close the deal with the public. We are losing it on the front of popular culture. He started Big Hollywood in response to this lack of ability of Conservatives to get our message out to the popular culture. If you don’t mind the pun; a picture is worth a thousand words.

On this site he highlights movies, actors, and directors that send a Conservative message or at least are neutral in the battle.

The movie “The Blind Side” I had missed but after Laura Ingrahm mentioned it on an O’Reily clip I checked into it and came up with this quote from Breitbart’s Big Hollywood in a review written by Pam Meister.

Conservatives whine and moan that Hollywood ignores them, so it’s important to support quality films like this that do make the cut. If films like “The Blind Side” make money, Hollywood will make more of them. The majority of Hollywoodites may lean ideologically to the left, but money always wins in the end.

That hit the nail on the head. Here is a link to the piece.


Another great site is PJTV


PJTV is a video driven site with 14 different “shows” that are relatively short. They go from the humorous to the serious; while maintaining a smart witty and easy not to mention fun to watch format. They put new shows up on a daily rotating basis.

AlfonZo is a hoot and Bill Whittle is everywhere throughout the set and sharp as a tac. Poliwood is the show that like Big Hollywood features movies of the Right.

We Conservatives have always had the deep thinkers with the Buckley’s and all the others that I love and study, but let’s face it we got nowhere until someone or some idea made it into the mainstream pop culture. Regan with his movie connection was already there. With the advent of the internet, there were plenty of wannabes like me to pump it full of content.

Breitbart and his ideas have opened it up to moving pictures. Lol. They are making our message fun to SEE again. Milton Freedman said "Underlying most arguements against free markets, is a lack of belief in freedom itself." Breitbart and the bunch can make that message of personal freedom striking and personal as the movies did for the Liberal Movement in the 60's to present. Reading and studying is great for some of us, but if you want to get the masses behind your ideas you need the new medias and pictures and sound and we need to make it fun. It is a liberating idea to realize that people want to listen and watch our message and that all we have to do is add a little spice to the mix. People like me realize you can make any dish palatable with enough hot sauce.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Government Does Create Jobs --Just Not FREEDOM

The Government Does Create Jobs.
But Business, creates Jobs and FREEDOM

They both use other people's money. Let me explain.

All I’ve been hearing is that government can’t create jobs, business can. I’ve believed it; I wanted to believe it. The argument goes that the government in the Democrat scheme of things takes taxes out of those that work and creates work or jobs. It’s been called redistributing the wealth. In the book I’m reading “Leave Us Alone” by Grover Norquist he uses an example to show what happens. Norquist says it is like taking a bucket of water out of a lake then walking around to the other side and with cameras blazing and people clapping the bucket is poured back into the lake and the slogan would read something like; Vote for Fred he has put water back into the lake.

The problem of course is that he didn’t create any more water and in the process of carrying the bucket around the lake a lot of the water was lost.

That got me thinking. The other side of the argument is that business or entrepreneurs through the “Free Market system” create jobs not the government. Is that really the case? I dislike messing with the orthodoxy of my compatriots, but let’s compare apples to apples. So we may be better armed to fight the battle.

The first chink in the argument is a big one. The government can create jobs just like entrepreneurs. Both take money they get from others to create jobs. Look around you, the number of government jobs has skyrocketed since WWII. The average pay for Federal employees I just read on Drudge surpassed $70,000 plus bennies. Not too shabby.


That article in USA Today by Dennis Cauchon points out that the average non Fed worker makes $30,000 less.

The article is astonishing. Below are some quotes.

“Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector”

“When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000”

{"There's no way to justify this to the American people. It's ridiculous," says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a first-term lawmaker who is on the House's federal workforce subcommittee}

Jason Chaffetz is right. It is ridiculous. BTW Rep. Chaffetz of Utah is the only member of the House that did not put any pork in the recent $1.1 trillion dollar bill.


Another astonishing thing is that all the Republicans who railed and derided the bill and didn’t vote for the it, immediately got in line once it was passed, so they too could feed at the government free money teat.

Getting back to my argument; first government does create jobs and good ones too. They too can create jobs out of the thin air which we call ideas. They can advertise the need for their product. They can hype it all to hell and back. Nike said “Just Do It” Obama said “Yes we Can”. Look at global warming, look at swine flu. Look at Hurricanes. All the hype is just the government trying to sell the voters through their legislators a bill of goods.

Second. Free Market use other people’s money just as much as government does. The entrepreneur raises money to turn his idea into reality by talking investors into loaning or buying stocks for that idea. Then once in business he sells at a profit his product to the consumer.

So government and “Free Markets” or Capitalism does the same thing. The catch is in how they do it. I would rather see the debate centered on the real issue and that is FREEDOM. More properly on the question; which system, Capitalism or Government allows the most freedom to the most people at less cost?

While the entrepreneur chooses to go into business to makes a profit, he only makes a profit if what he makes is good and people buy it. The people that give him the money have the freedom of choice to buy it or not. The people who run the businesses within the “Free Market” do so again, by their own free choice. If they chose badly or a customer buys a bad product, it is their mistake and they immediately pay for it and hopefully learn from their mistake. The business goes out of business and the customer buys from another competitor next time. The risk of failure is spread around throughout the country and the reliance is upon the individual for the success or failure.

The government gets its money through taxes which people have to pay or face fines or jail. No freedom there. If the service provided isn’t very good, you still have to use it. Very little freedom exists when it comes to mailing a letter.

For the past few decades there has been a running battle to regain some of the Freedom we have ceded to government; in education, property rights, and just plain freedom from regulation. Although there have been significant victorious battles, the war was and is being won by the government.

The whole Tea Party thing is an outgrowth of anger over the constant loss of Freedom. They have got it right when they emphasize the loss of Freedom from the over sized, overreaching master which we call government. People understand not being able to do what they feel is for their own good. They understand they know their own lives better than a bureaucrat does.

The Rep from Utah, Chaffetz may be young and idealistic but he may be on to something. I think that people are ready for leaders to lead us back to Freedom. This may be the time for leaders who are not always trying to give us fish but willing to show us how to fish and why the responsibilities of freedom are a small price to pay -- A far smaller than what the Master in government demands for his gifts. FREEDOM

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Most politicians Mean what they say by saying Meaningless things.

Most politicians Mean what they say by saying Meaningless things.

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Some politicians Mean what they say about Meaningful things and are forced out of politics, yet keep their integrity. Saul Anuzis former State Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party is one of that breed. Saul remains ever active in the party and the Conservative cause.

To Mean what you say today about matters of substance and get reelected is truly a rare ability. I received an email from Saul about a Politician who Means what he says and is in a position to Mean what he says about important Meaningful matters.

I’m talking about Thaddeus McCotter from Michigan’s Congressional District in Livonia Mi. Below is a link to the article in the American Spectator that Saul sent out.


Being fond of words, I love to hear Congressman McCotter talk. His dry humor is along the lines of a William F. Buckley, yet a little sharper and somehow more in tune with the times. He’s proven that he can talk the King’s English and yet get his message across to the Blue Collar people in his district.

McCotter is a person who enjoys an intelligent discussion and seems to hold his own against most. He is now the Chair of the Republican Policy Committee. It is nice to see Minority Leader John Boehner picking the likes of McCotter to surround himself with.

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-----quote from article-----
McCOTTER'S VISION EXTENDS FAR BEYOND his congressional district, however. He methodically walks through a five-point summary of the fundamental principles he says should guide the Republican Party: "Our liberty is from God not the government; our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil; our security is through strength not surrender; our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector; and our truths are self-evident, not relative."

I’m not a fan of cutting and pasting but --- here is another that shows while the Republican Party in general was going to the Center and even the Left to try to get votes and were losing. Thaddeus McCotter stayed on the Right and was able to communicate to a coalition that President Reagan had awakened so long ago. To quote the quote “traditional area Republicans and blue-collar conservatives”

-----quote from article------
A graduate of Detroit's Catholic Central High School, where he played football, McCotter went on to receive his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Detroit. He was elected to the Wayne County Commission in 1992 at just 27. There he led the charge to change the county's charter to force a new tax to be approved by two-thirds of commissioners and 60 percent of the voters. Elected to the state senate in 1998, McCotter launched a political career based on appealing to traditional area Republicans and blue-collar conservatives.

With his stances even those not conservative ones, he has earned my respect and with his humor I give him my thanks. I thank him for the relief he provide when compared with the likes of Barney Frank and his temper tantrums when faced with any opposition. Congressman McCotter seems to have found that special skill of communicating the positive effects of the conservative message to the high and the low brows of this land.

The article lists five principles that McCotter says should lead us :

{ "Our liberty is from God not the government; our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil; our security is through strength not surrender; our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector; and our truths are self-evident, not relative."}

With a conservative as Chair of the Policy Committee that states the sentiments above, I have hope for the Republicans and a Conservative Revolution in the House in 2010. A unifying component is still needed; whether a single person or a device as the “Contract With America” was.

But McCotter is a start. His gift of knowing how to communicate how conservative principles work in real life’s concrete terms is another step in the right direction. McCotter has a working knowledge of Conservateese as well as the King’s English. He got reelected in a competitive swing district. If he can communicate that along with his humor to the rest of the Republican Party we may have something brewing.

McCotter Means what he says, along with that refreshing and somehow familiar looking glint in his eye.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

For a taste of McCotter's humor and a clue where "American Spectator" got most of their stuff see the youtube link below


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Through the Window ala Looking Glass

Let us go through the Looking Glass not darkly but with a spring in our step as we embrace the freedom we want back.

In the grand scheme of things ideas help guide our actions through the labyrinth of decisions we make every day. In the political realm, basic ideas as to how to react are important if you wish to achieve results.

A combination of those two thoughts; ideas and results, are best found in think tanks. I have the Mackinaw Center in mind. The Mac Center is a free market think tank located in Midland Mi. They have been of interest to me for a long time, as a resource in my political blogging and learning.

Recently they put out a piece in their blog about the Overton Window.


This was a recap of the work of a person who had a major influence on the Mac Center and the course it has led in its career – on think tanks in general. The ideas behind the “Overton Window” defined how an idea can turn into a workable policy that can get enacted into law.

The article explains how public policy can be made only if a political will exists in the public at large to make it happen. Overton explained that the role of the think tank was to change that public opinion.

Although one would think that the legislators who write and vote on the bill are the ones important to public policy, Overton showed that they are all too human and desire to be reelected and like to be liked. Therefore it is through the shifting focus of public awareness and opinion the viability of public policy must be viewed.

A politician will seldom vote against his or her best interest. Overton then posited that the only way to do that was to shift public opinion to the point that it would not be against the politician’s best interest to vote differently. Public opinion can be changed; then the politician needs to be made aware of it. Those are the jobs of the Think Tanks.

The only thing positive for the Republican party out of all this is that the Democrat Party in now leading the charge for Big Everything at the expense of Individual Rights. If they can get behind majority opinion then they can rebound all the more.

Politicians know this intuitively, at least the good ones. The first thing Newt Gingrich did when he saw the coming 2008 election losses coming was to take private polls of the mood of the country of public opinion. He came up with what he called tri-majorities in favor of certain public policy issues. When the majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents were all found on one issue he called it a tri-majority. He then shaped a platform around them. They included such things as English as the official language, strengthen our borders, and finding domestic oil. He gave these to the leaders of the party and they went to work around something they previously didn’t recognize as important. Newt and his American Solutions served as a think tank in this case. Through his Drill here, Drill now petition he focused the shifting lens of public opinion and then made Congress aware of it.

For the Tea Party folks, this Window opens and closes as the public awareness does. They seem to be aware of this and are themselves doing what Overton suggests a think tank should. They are trying to shift public awareness and educate candidates. Will the Republican Party adapt?

The parameters of the Overton Window are shifting in a kaleidoscopic fashion. As a mixed metaphor of sorts, we need to stop the kaleidoscope, throw open the sash and jump through the looking glass. The other side may be strange indeed, but the joy and wonder will be in the newness and the doing. In other words in the freedom of it all.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Monday, December 7, 2009

Nature Abhors a Vaccum

Wow. The Rumor is Confirmed.

-----link to Rasmussen Poll-----

For awhile now I have been saying to anyone who will listen in the Republican Party that there is“Angst” out there and the Party needs to come up with policies, programs and candidates that reflect that. I started back in July of 08 with the “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” protest along the lines of Newt Gingrich Petition that ended up with 1.5 million signatures. July of that year I and a couple others had a march/protest in downtown Muskegon. The success of Newt’s petition came out of the anger - the sleeping bear was waking up.

Then the “Sleeping Bear” growled again except louder at the “Tea Party” rallies. The Angst heard in that growl from the Silent Majority made it clear that the Silent Majority was becoming Silent No More.

While I see some signs of the State Party trying to figure out how to “manipulate” this “Angst”, they might find by their top down attitude (try condescending attitude) is too little too late and unless more substantive will create the opposite effect they were looking for.

There are groups out there that are gathering up Precinct Delegates and will try to make a run at the party. These groups are serious and are also critiquing and vetting candidates. They do have foot soldiers out there. The groups are varied and many and the number of volunteers is uncertain but with larger issues and resonant policies the candidates they choose, as in NY 23 have proven themselves to be formidable.

One thing the Founders believed in was that the “Sleeping Bear” or common man was not stupid in their combined wisdom. For awhile now this Bear has sensed danger and has been hoping others will lead the way for him to do something that will turn this mess around. The Republican Party promised to do that, but after Big Government (Big Power) corrupted them they quit the fight. The Bear sensed this -- the Party lost. In its misery the Bear began to strectch is muscles and lately is extending its claws. It is deciding to do it on its own.

The angst is complicated yet simple. Anti Big anything is at its core. They’ve had enough of Big Everything telling them what to do. They are finding and using what freedom is still left in this country and trying to find ways to use that freedom to resurrect those other freedoms that have been buried and long forgotten.

Big Parties rank right up there with Big Business, Big Labor and Big Government.

What is this Angst? A Lion of Conservative thought in 2008 wrote a book that sums it up. “Leave Us Alone” His name is Grover G. Norquist. “Leave Us Alone” as Robert Novak wrote of the book and its title, “ a clarion call in the political wilderness”

That Clarion call was used by the Pilgrims when they left England and sailed to America. That same call was heard among the settlers moving west; by anyone who believes in limited government including the Writers of our Constitution. By anyone who values individual freedom - that individuals count.

I believe that call is what is driving the Tea Party movement. Make no mistake this is becoming a movement. I have seen directly on the local level not just people on the corner holding signs, but organized interest groups sitting down privately with candidates and grilling them with tough questions. They are reaching out to all candidates in all parties. A Political arm of the Tea Party is I Caucus which is in the business of not forming a 3rd party but of taking over the RNC from the bottom up. They are not just talking as I said; they are doing this in a systematic way through candidate training and support and getting Precinct Delegates elected.

This is all stuff the local state and national party should be doing but isn’t.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and that is what the National Party on down has left those who were in the Conservative Coalition. In the Parties haste to have a big tent it has alienated the base by its lack of support which gave the party its definition.

The “Tea Party Movement” has been formed of the most active of the coalition from groups who were forced to go on their own apart from the Party like Citizens for Traditional Values, and the Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity and now I Caucus. In other words those who have any passion left. All these activists who were welcomed under the Reagan Party now are gathering again and making alliances that better reflect the population as a whole than the Republican party currently does. The National and State Party should be happy that they are still knocking on their door.

Mr. Steele and Wiser should do more than placate and manipulate this angst in their condescending ways. They should try listening then try to help and facillate that gathering of the angst; if they don’t (as they are finding out) it will be turned against them.

If the Leaders of the Republican party really see the danger of a 3rd party to them then they should truly seek to be a party that encourages not placates those uppity conservatives.

Above all else the party needs to shed its sheep clothing, its stodgy, de-tusked, head drooped symbol. We need some crisp clean policies with the new image that differentiate us from the Liberals. We have to start acting like we can do things and are willing to take the lead in getting things turned around.

As in Nature what comes smashing in to fill the Political void is sharp fast and hard. Ask the O about that. He filled their void with a messiah figure; we have a chance to fill ours with and ideal. By We The People. Which do you think will win an election?

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's in a Name - LOL

What’s in a Name ???

First there was Global Cooling, then Global Warming, now it’s called Climate Change. Seems there was some worry over the fact that the Globe was not actually warming but might be cooling; necessitating a change back to the old name which they thought would make them look foolish so they came up with an easy fix – change the name, now no matter what happens in the Climate it is caused by Humans and will take trillions to fix. Style over substance always sells. Boy are we really gullible.

Just ask the President. Lol

On top of that another (flood) gate just opened and it’s called Climategate.

I Digress: on to another possible name change. The Community organizers dream called ACORN has befallen upon hard times: from James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles Investigative journalism broke by Breitbart on his Big Government site to the Congress defunding ACORN.
Then recently the office of ACORN that was investigated and which caused such a fuss that they did some “house cleaning” and dumped 20,000 or so files into the dumpster out back. Ooops they forgot about “dumpster divers”. Among the documents found was one that talked about ways to deflect the recent criticism. You guessed it - Change the name. There was a lot of talk about name changing but what was curiously lacking was any talk of substantive reform or change of what caused the problem in the first place.


Now we have the US Justice Department helping to find ways around the Congress’ defunding.
I guess there is some part of “defunding” that I didn’t understand. I knew I should of went to law school.

Next if you remember Congress voted for the Stimulus bill to make sure unemployment didn’t get to double digits; well now it has so they are thinking about a second Stimulus – no wait just a minute said Steny Hoyer House Democrat Leader. Here is what he said.

{ "I wouldn't characterize it as a second stimulus," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. "I don't want to be as broad as that, I want it to be very targeted on jobs."}

Here is the link to the quote. As you can see the second Stimulus after the first will be hard to swallow.


Gee let’s call it a Jobs bill. O is well and what a joke.

I can go on and on with name changes made to hide the meaning of things; or at least to confuse the issue.

Union backed Democrat, bill to take away employees right to a secret ballot to determine whether they want a Union or not; is called “Employee Free Choice Act”.

The Stimulus, which hasn’t seemed to stimulate anything other than bigger government, being another case in point.

Again the Clean Water Restoration Act has nothing to do with restoring the Clean Water Act. Rather it expands it.

Let us not forget “Net Neutrality” and the “Fairness Doctrine”; these are neither neutral nor fair.

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Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Monday, November 30, 2009

O -- What a joke He is -- LOL LOL LOL

Turning the Tables. O What A Joke he Is – LOL LOL LOL

In this case a little Democrat-like is ok with me in terms of making fun of people.

As Newsmax pointed out; even the vaunted anchor of superior intellect and cunning, along with perkiness is turning her whatever she’s got on the O. Making his policies seem more like something with little substance and less credibility. In other words LOL, LOL, LOL.


Well I used to say that if the policies and stuff the O did weren’t so sad and scary, I’d laugh. Well guess what, I’m going to start laughing. ANYWAY LOL, LOL, LOL. My reasoning is summed up by Bill Whittle.


Why should we be laughing at our President??? Well sometimes we just can't help it.
So let me make one thing absolutely clear. LOL LOL LOL Stop me mama its too easy.


A quote from the Newsmax article above
{CBS also cited a poll showing that only 14 percent of Americans believe Obama’s claim that healthcare reform won’t add to the budget deficit, and only 7 percent believe that the stimulus has created any jobs at all.}

During the push for the stimulus the administration came up with the fear tactic that unemployment would hit double digits if we didn't pass the 800 billion stimulus package. We passed it and unemployment hit double digits any way.


Where are the jobs

The people have seen all the phoney job claims and through the internet have come up with nothing else to do when faced with deception but to Laugh Out Loud.

In other words

Regards, ROTFLMAO, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

PS I'm sure Jay will commiserate with me. I'm a Michigan football fan and my whole family are alumni; so give me credit for having a sense of humor.

Mama help me I've seen too much to keep me from seeing more.
Jobs to nowhere in districts to nowhere???
LOL I mean really, 30,000 nonexistant jobs, costing just $225,000 for each one in 440 nonexistant congressional districts. The only sad thing is that the money being ripped off from the tax payers is all too real. Never the less I'm ROTFLMAO

I mean I can't help it. Everytime I see a road reapair sign sneakily trying to give credit to O like the one below I can't help but see L on the right side and even Couric and her ilk are beginning to see one on the Left.

Some grow into the job while others Shrink. Still O claims he is not losing weight only getting grey LOL LOL LOL What an amateur comedian he is.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A VAT Full of the Same Old Stuff

In a Newsmax article written by Theodore Kettle, something similar to a Value Added Tax within the Senate Health Care Bill was highlighted


As the article points out the bill – {“Each covered entity engaged in the business of manufacturing or importing medical devices shall pay to the [Treasury] Secretary not later than the annual payment date of each calendar year beginning after 2009 a fee in an amount determined under subsection (b).”} In other words the fee is just another word for tax on the business.

While this is a way not to raise the taxes on individuals, the cost of those devises will have to be raised in order to cover the cost of the fee or tax. That will only raise the cost of health care.

So in the big picture the only free health care in this or any reform will go to those who pay no taxes. I hate to beat a dead horse but this is just another example of “redistribution” of the wealth of this country. People who are paying for their own health care and companies who are paying or subsidizing health care for their employees are the ones who will pay more through fines or fees to insure those who refuse to or cannot.

As Europe has found out and is rebelling against, government run health care under any name or guise does not work and results in lower quality care. The article above points that out.

Further evidence can be found in a Heritage article written in 1991 by William D. Eggers

This article is worth a read to help define the arguement about the struggle within tax reform circles between “redistribution of wealth” vs those policies directed toward economic growth. In the article Eggers had this warning about Value Added Tax.

{Point No. 3: Be wary of the Value Added Tax (VAT Consider it only in lieu of, not in addition to, income taxes; and adopt political safeguards to ensure that theVAT is not used to fuel the growth of government as it has been in Western Europe and elsewhere}

I like to point out in the above quote the part that specifies "only in liew of, not in addition to, income taxes". When liberals call it a “modified sales tax” they mean in addition to the income tax and seems a cheap effort to win over the “Fair Tax” people. They even use the “tax rebate” language, but understand this is just a fee or tax on business on top of income tax. This is a detriment to growing capital.

One must remember that Reagan formed his tax reform policies along the same lines as Kennedy did in his tax bills, in favor of Growth. Growth of Capital, they both worked.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Right to Life? or Cries of the Reborn?

Right to life? or Cries of the Reborn?

A recent article caught my attention, as I read it -it caught my imagination. Below is a link to the article.


The guy in the story had been in coma for twenty some years - or so they thought. Actually maybe in coma, then a vegetative state. Either way he was diagnosed as unconscious. Three years ago a therapist thought different, his parents always thought so.

It seems now that he was conscious all the time and even though doctors and scientists felt that he could not sense the world around him, he could.

I could not imagine being conscious for twenty years and no one knew it, and that I couldn’t communicate that knowledge. His mother said she now likes “talking” with her son again even though his sentences are laced with “black humor”. I personally can’t say as I blame him for that.

Doubters of this story are popping up. Read the article linked below to get a taste.


I’m writing this blog to point out that scientific consensus can sometimes be wrong. Consensus is fine when we are trying to decide a business issue. When it deals with life – possibly my life – I want to be the sole decider. I wonder how often he overheard hospital personal talk of pulling his plug without being able to join the debate. How many orderlys took advantage of his paralyzed state? “Black Humor” indeed. This is one dude that if he recovers enough to fire a gun Homeland Security should take heed.

I’m pissed off enough reading about it, I can’t imagine living it.

This is doing for the public awareness of the actual people in coma and their plight what ultra sound has done for the unborn. Should the cries of the unborn and their reaction to pain be any less palpable than this case?

Wonder how the new Health Care bill would handle this. The therapy would probably not be accepted and paid for. It wouldn't be cost effective. Perhaps the Czar in its wisdom and “consensus” would have already pulled his plug. If the family tried to go around them they would probably have to pay a fine. They would at least be called selfish. Which may not be a bad thing.

Finally this case points out to me the relativity of the “value” of life. One’s own regardless of circumstances, is always more important than others. Only in the rarest of cases this is not so - that is how we measure courage. Either way the decision is a personal one that should not be left to others; when it is - it becomes the measure of tyranny.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Once Again ?? Do We Have the Sac

Enough is enough!

That is what a majority of people in this country is saying about the government interference in their lives - In all aspects of their lives.

For the Republican Party to recapture the vision of America, it has to echo that feeling of, Enough is Enough. For America to recapture the leadership of the Free World once again, America has to lead and quit playing catch-up.

Playing catch-up -- A double edged sword??

Not if we let common sense be our guide. It’s as simple as that.

At the local level, the personal level – the keeping up with the Jones’ level – common sense tells us that it is ok if we use some common sense about the whole thing. This idea of emulating our neighbors is a common trait and probably springs from a basic survival technique. We see our neighbor with something that works for them and makes their life better, we want it too. In that regard we are using human nature to better ourselves.

We have certain God given instincts and rights, that is who we are. It is how we use those instincts that define us as a person and as a nation. At the neighbor level, the personal real life level; cause and effect snap us back to reality as we venture into the fantasy of buying what we can’t afford, financially, morally or physically. The bible talks of coveting your neighbor’s wife. The bank or the police talk of coveting his new car.

Go ahead with the new car if “common sense” and your bank statement say you can afford it; but not the wife. If you want to steal the car, or mess with your neighbor’s wife, you will find that both actions will affect who you are as a person. That change will also not allow the community you are a part of, to work as well either.

The same goes for nations.

The same should be applied on the international level as well. Our teacher reality, however at that level is not so quick, and common sense gets lost in the details. We seem in the midst of changing our form of government into a more socialized European model. Common sense should tell us through simply looking at the results of the European model why we shouldn’t do this.

If I saw my neighbor buy a new car then heard him later complaining endlessly about all the problems he was having with it and all the warranty issues etc. my covetousness would quickly turn to at least looking at another model. When I see all the problems Europe has had with their different brands of Socialism; I not only don’t want that model but I disdain the desire for the make as well.

On the other hand when another neighbor talks highly of his new car, I listen and try to see if he is telling the truth or just bragging. Hey nothing wrong with buying a new car, our Founding Fathers did. Their make of government was based on individual freedom; we were keeping up with other countries. Ancient Greece had it’s model, and France came up with their model, we came up with ours.

Continental Europe including Britain is in the throes of casting off their socialism. The British have had enough and it looks like the Conservatives across the pond will be swept into power under David Cameron. Spain and Germany also have recently elected conservative leaders in Sarkozy and Merkel. Those countries have tried the fantasy of socialism and found reality still comes into play no matter how many laws they pass to try to delay the inevitable. The bill is coming due and they cannot afford it. Fiscally or morally.

They too have tired of the Mantra of political correctness and the stifling effects it has upon the individual freedom all those countries have fought for and they have had enough.

In the link below French President Nicolas Sarkozy is taking on the Political Correctness crowd.


So which policy should we try to copy? I’m hearing our neighbor countries talking about all the grief they have had with the Socialist model, I look at history and look at all the other socialist models and only in fantasy do they work; in reality never. Gee I’m no genius but I’ll stick with Individual freedom for now. Maybe I’ll follow what Sarkozy is trying to do and copy that. Maybe I’ll just sit back and watch the American Tea brewing and reflect on how well our experiment has worked and try to then figure out a way to make it work even better. Maybe that and a lot of work is all it will take to let other countries look to us as the leader of Freedom in the world.

Once Again

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Monday, September 21, 2009

Who and When? Trust your Instincts – Just Do It.

Who and When? Trust your Instincts – Just Do It.

If we don't that Big Hour Glass of Time will run out

Richard Viguerie, that old lion of the Conservative movement, during the recent March on DC, held a 5 hour training session for Tea Party leaders. The link below is a short snippet of some of what he said.


His analogy of the why the Jews had to wander for 40 years in the wilderness struck me as correct. The old leadership had to die of old age before new leadership could take over. With the advent of elections now it would seem we can vote out the old leadership and with the new media we can mobilize people like never before.

A tidbit I remember about Mr. Viguerie was that he started and made phone banking and networking a political tool. He won elections with that new (at the time) technology; the internet is right up his alley, at least he can see the possibilities.

I would like to talk now about why the 40 year benchmark is still viable. Republican and Democrat administrations seem to come and go according to the election cycle. That is true enough. What I’m talking about here is a cycle between Liberal and Conservative. That cycle is a lot longer. It is a cycle between Big government as the means to provide us with solutions, (ALL our solutions) vs. relying upon ourselves doing for ourselves. It is called the fight for freedom and the balance we need to strike with that freedom and what we need to give up in order to live among an ever bigger and denser population.

Some would claim that the push for Big Government has been in vogue ever since the New Deal. The people in general love it. Anymore all problems can be left on the doorstep of government and they gladly scoop them up and “solve” them.

It is my contention that, it has taken a generational memory of seeing the results of letting the ever larger government “solve” our problems; that has gotten the American people to this point. This point I’m talking about is that Americans instinctively now know that something has to be done – and done differently.

Whatever is done has to be done "generationaly" as well. The young and the old have to get together to solve this problem. The old have the wisdom and the the young have the energy and some new ideas. Both have to swallow a little humble pie to make it work.

I don’t know what it is that needs to change. I only have general and vague ideas; but that change is needed is apparent simply because vague and general ideas energize crowds that normally would be demanding specifics.

President Ronald Reagan put out vague and general ideas of his vision, of America as a beacon of hope for the world, and the greatness of the American people once unfettered and not hobbled by bureaucracy. The people bought it, at least until they were once again bribed away with government money.

Think about it.

How many voters owe some or their entire lively hood to government? The local, state and federal government employs a lot of people directly. How many more people get paid through working for companies that fulfill government contracts? How many more people live on government handouts or subsidies? Don’t forget the military and the military contractors. How about all the non-profits that operate completely or partially on government grants? Now with the auto industry and the financial system on the verge of government takeover; has the tipping point to socialism been reached?

I don’t think so. I at least pray that it hasn’t, or all my effort will be have been in vain. Also Viguerie used in his workshop a quote from Reagan. “If not now, when? If not you, who?”

It is easy to look at the Tsunami that the rush to Socialism looks like and think too black and white. It is easy in the face of that towering wave, to despair. How can we stop such a thing?

Why should I even try – “then who”? Why not wait till the wave crashes? Don’t do anything now – but “when”? It is up to me, it is up to all Americans. That collective generational memory that seems like instinct is telling us that now is the time and we are the ones.

Beyond that my only advice I lift from Nike, Just Do It.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Had Enough ???

Bureaucracy gone nuts.


I’ll be looking forward to the new Yard Sale 101 classes at the colleges, to protect us from ourselves. Need I say they will once started become mandatory ???

Need politicians wonder why the general public is getting so upset ???

How about the “Paid political” road signs for the Stimulus funded highway work ???


Here’s another to let you know the system is broke.


That is just in one day of Believe me, it builds up over the years to produce the mess we have now.

It will take years to dismantle it one program at a time.

But if we don’t start now, it won’t be long before we won’t be able to at all.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Friday, September 18, 2009

All About ACORN

Nothing like the smell of Roasted Nuts in the Fall

Breitbart started up “Big Hollywood” in his effort to bring the Republican and Conservative message and practice into the pop culture no matter what it took. He is a revolutionary that knows it takes hard work and sacrifice to succeed in politics and most other things. He understood the grip the left has on the mass media and the need to break that strangle hold that is brainwashing our youth and population in general.


Recently he has started up “Big Government” to do the same thing, but to government as well.


“Big Government” already is a Big Success. They have been breaking devasting news and videos on ACORN. Things are jumping.
This site is already becoming a hub for the anti Acorn fever, and Breitbart is partly responsible for the spread of that fever to the Halls of Congress; that has bicameraly defunded ACORN.

Breitbart has the goods at Big Government. He has the amendment itself, the roll call that lists the 75 Dems that voted for ACORN to keep getting tax payer’s money. Like I said they’ve broken stories on the Prostitution thing and ACORN along with a bunch of other corruption that seems so embedded in that nut of an organization.

Gee looks like this group will be the next victem to be thrown under the bus by Obama.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

ps. Along with Breitbart’s efforts to bring the info on ACORN to the forefront. Credit should be given to those in the Halls of Congress that have stepped up and done the deed.

Indeed --- So it has See the link below for the “Nutcracker Award” and who it is going to – House Minority Leader, John Boehner and others of his crew.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Boehner for Speaker of the House -- ACORN DEFUNDED in the House

I just got a bumper sticker in the mail from Hous Minority Leader John Boehner that read. "STOP PELOSI" and under it " " What a hoot. I'm really starting to like this guy.

ACORN has been defunded

ACORN has been riddled with scandals. The Obama administration as it was giving out goodies after the election to those who helped it win the election such as the unions and other friends; ACORN ranked high on the list for their strong arm tactics and just plain election fraud in getting votes.

The House votes to defund ACORN.
From the front page of Newsmax


How could this have happened to the Apple of the Administration’s eye?

As I said it was their corruption, then the Census Bureau broke Omerta and courageously stood by the reputation of their bureau and said no to employing ACORN to take the upcoming census.
John Boehner then led the charge in an all out attack on ACORN in the US House.

400+ Congressmen voted for it and only 75 all Dems, voted against it. From those numbers it looks to me as if there were plenty of Dems who were looking for a reason to take down ACORN. Probably tired of being pushed around and enjoyed doing for a change what the rest of us conservatives have been doing right along; pushing back. Remember the Dems have a majority in the Congress. This was truly a bipartisan effort. Plenty of reaching across the aile to get rid of that particular corruption.

Here is Minority Leader Boehner’s PR about it


I think Maurine Dowd when thinking of the “liar guy” was mistaken in the voices she heard, they were the voices within her own liberal party whispering “we’re giving you what you deserve” – or was it “Pay Back’s a Bitch”

With her left side of the party going into the toilet; MS Pelosi is really getting into name calling, if it was up to her she probably would call up the National Guard to quell the protestors as they did in Ohio back in another failing Presidents term. I remember the song about 4 dead in O Hi O.


If anyone is inciting people to riot it is that bug eyed crone and her gang of misfits. The people are beginning to figure it out and the left is in a panic mode.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Has He Had Enough - ???

Do you think House Minority leader John Boehner has had enough - ???
Back during the Drill Here, Drill Now protests, Speaker Pelosi turned off the microphones and the lights and the CNN cameras to stop debate on the bill. The Minority leader was starting to get a little upset.

Later when in the dark of night and with only a day to read and study and vote on a bill that was 1100 pages long, John Boehner got up to speed and threw the bill on the floor of the House Chamber to a resounding echo. Do you think John Boehner has had enough - ???


Then came the Cap and Trade and now the Nationalization of Health Care.

I don’t know, what do you think? Has he had enough - ???

You could say now he's going Nuts or Anti Nuts if you get my drift.


This next youtube is great kind of puts it in a nutshell. Waxman doesn’t want ANYONE to have ANY time to read let alone study any of the recent legislation being cranked out by the administration.

Yup you guessed it. John Boehner has had enough and he’s not going to take it anymore.


Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1984 - 2+2 = 5, Not then - Not now

2+2=5 Didn't then Doesn't Now

When does the writing on the wall become obvious to the Democrats?

Apparently almost never as they think they have a “magic eraser” in the form of the Media to rewrite and obfuscate that writing on the wall. But like the truth that the “writing on the wall” symbolizes, it will always come through the distortions and misreprestentations.

I am seeing this lately a lot. People are seeing the covering up of failed liberal policies, with bigger and more reckless copies of the same thing, for what it is. Einstein might call it insanity thinking that doing more of the same will produce something different.

The Administration has borrowed itself into debt and is trying to borrow more to get back out. The people in their “common sense” understand this can't work.

The Big Unions have done well by their members but in the process have bankrupted the companies they have wrested concession after concession from. The people know this. Below is a link relating to that fact and recent shocking poll numbers turning against Unions.


Michael Barone in his article above in the Washington Examiner .com makes a good case for the wisdom of the general public. I quote this from the article. “The lesson is that if you want to change the world in some major way, you need to muster support for that change from the general public. Just lining up a bunch of politicians’ endorsements may not be enough; politicians don’t always stay bought. They are entirely willing to welsh on their commitments if they think that’s necessary to save their political careers. (Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, for example, seems entirely unembarrassed by her turnaround on card check.”

His not so subliminal point is that the public isn’t stupid only slightly inattentive to the political games of the Beltway politicians and their lobbyists.

George Orwell in his masterpiece “1984” came to the same conclusion. People knew 2+2=4 but were willing to put up with the notion that 2+2=5 for various reasons the least of which was not inattention.

Mr. Orwell along with Mr. Barone come to the conclusion that the public also knows when “enough is enough”. Mr. Barone uses the poll numbers that show us that people still believe the unions are doing well for their members but also believe that what they are doing is at the expense of the country and pulling their support in the process.

That is what I call a backlash not to winning; but of the arrogant gloating about it; then making a naked power grab as we seem to be seeing out of Washington now.

Another example of this “backlash” can be found in the next link to another Barone article.


Here he is drawing the conclusion that the Unions are overdoing their power play by flooding the media with basically irrelevant negative innuendos about about the Republican McDonnell and not putting out anything good about their guy Deeds, in the gubernatorial race in Virginia. Below is a link showing just how much the Unions are willing to spend in this naked power push to win this and the New Jersey races to give themselves credibility back in the face of the previously stated bad national poll numbers.


It is said Americans love winners and they do. They also whole heartedly root for the underdog, especially when they see the winners acting arrogant and condescending to the losers. Americans then love to feel they are a part of helping the underdog on to victory.

Perhaps this explains the “seesaw” of politics. Perhaps this explains the genius of our political system. Perhaps the public knows that power corrupts but is necessary, but that total power corrupts totally and is to be avoided despite the Orwellian propaganda proving 2+2=5.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Monday, September 7, 2009

Who would"ve Thought ???

Thomas Ferraro for Rueters wrote an article titled; “Lawmakers seek survival in unpopular Congress”. Ferraro claims, “many incumbents, both Democrats and Republicans, are beginning to worry about holding on to their seats in November 2010 elections.” He believes this is due to the miserable showing the Congress has had in recent polling.


The key noun in the above quote is “incumbents” and the key adjective is “many”. As the vast majority of people willing to take the time to vote realize; the Congress is overwhelmingly Democratic. They also know the vast number of “Incumbents” are Democrats.

Now add to that, the amazing fact that the Republicans with far fewer seats, have more of their number not running for reelection for various reasons. If the vote in 2010 hinges upon throwing the bums out as the Rueters article above hints: the Democrats may have far more than Republicans to throw out than Mr. Ferraro thinks.

General wisdom stated that the Democrats had a chance to pick up some of those vacated Republican seats in Republican leaning districts. But let me pose a question. If you were a usual Republican voter or an independent in that Republican leaning district and you like the polls indicate above were fed up with incumbents and Congress in general would you want a new (non incumbent) Republican or a (non incumbent) Democrat in that seat? Would you want to take a shot at the Incumbent Democrat Congress and vote Republican?

The Cook Report (see link below) caused a stir early last month, when it talked of the Democrats possibly losing 20 seats instead of the expected (at the time) 6-12.


Mr. Cook’s exact words were “…..that the chances of Democratic losses going higher than 20 seats is just as good as the chances of Democratic losses going lower than 20 seats.” In the article which was from the middle of August he points to falling poll numbers for President Obama and Congress. Those numbers as the first article above allude too have fallen even lower in September.

If you add to that the idea of Republicans retaining the majority of their vacated seats, Pelosi and crew better get poppin.

Now if Republicans can in this years elections win the two Governorships in New Jersey and Virginia away from the Democrats and a special State Senate election in Michigan’s 19th district; the momentum which would result will I predict give Republicans 30 seats in the House.

Either with a 20 or 30 seat pick up when combined with the Blue Dogs, a ruling coalition could be created. The Liberal leadership of the Democrat party have underestimated the will of the American people. If the Republicans don’t they have a chance. If they can connect with the people like Ronald Reagan learned to do the chance becomes real. At the beginning of the year, "Who would"ve Thought ???"

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

Monday, August 31, 2009

If We Don’t Muck It Up

If We Don’t Muck It Up

Politico has an article today titled “Labor gears up for key governors races” by Alex Isenstadt, about the crucial gubernatorial elections coming up in Virginia and New Jersey and the massive effort the unions are going to pour into them on behalf of the struggling Democrat candidates.


This is a good update on those two races that I predict will be a harbinger of a Republican victory in 2010. See my previous post about this.


I’m not talking here about some donations from the state and local unions and a few union people marching in a parade. I’m talking massive support in the millions of dollars from the national union organizations. See the quote from the article below.

“There is a lot of attention being placed on these races,” said Larry Scanlon, political director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “I’ll tell you how big a deal they are: We’re already committing at least $2 million to New Jersey and have already spent $1 million in Virginia.”

The union bosses in the article mention that the governor is the employer of the government union workers, and they want to buy the guy they want and put him in office. The blatant-ness of this Democrat Big Union effort is pretty astounding. The arrogance with which they treat the common union member is also telling. In the New Jersey race which pits the incumbent governor (Democrat) Jon Corzine against, challenger (Republican) Chris Christie; the actual union members according to a poll in early August favor the Republican Christie over Corzine by a margin of 48%-30% in union households. I don’t think the AFL-CIO is holding elections with the New Jersey union members on who they want to back. Did I mention arrogance? Let me add the word disdain for the way they treat their members as well.

The rank and file are beginning to see that their best interests are no longer being served any better with Big Labor as they are by Big Business. In fact Business is in a better position to actually help them than Labor by providing jobs. Unions are the main motivators for jobs to leave the state.

The article points out that Virginia is a right to work state and only 4.1% of workers are in unions. The Virginia race pits Republican nominee Bob McDonnell against Democrat nominee Creigh Deeds.

Creigh Deeds the Democrat who is and will be receiving millions from Big Labor is trying to position himself as a centrist in favor of small business. I sure hope the small business people understand what’s at stake, and whether they want a Big Union bought Governor who is against Virginia being a right to work state.

Here is a link to a Rasmussen poll from Aug. 11th that shows McDonnell stretching his lead over Deeds. Also note the favorability of Deeds has slipped and McDonnell’s approval numbers have risen all in the last month. The article also points out that Obama’s numbers in the same time have slipped also. I also see that there is evidence that the Obama Liberal wave from 2008, like any wave when it hits the shore, it’s energy is spent and it starts to recede.


The question seems whether the voters have had enough and are willing to stand up to the inevitable bullying of the radical left and the unions. The other question is whether the Republican candidates and Party can fight back without becoming as one of them.

I plan on watching the poll numbers on these races pretty closely. I think the Obama administration and Harry Reid struggling in Arizona will be too. They both know that as one wave recedes it builds strength for another. This one will be a Republican wave if we let it, if we don’t get in it’s way – If we don’t Muck it up.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative