Looking for Reason

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so. – Ronald Reagan

Month: August, 2012

Why You Should Support Mitt Romney For President


I have not until recently supported Mitt Romney for President; I felt there were others who might have had a better chance of defeating Barack Obama, or make a better President, which are my primary desires in this election. In all honesty, I hadn’t done as much research on Romney, as I had for the others that I supported along the way. One by one those others have dropped out, for a myriad of reasons, some valid, some just dirty politics, until now the Republican nominee has been picked. Although I may disagree with some of the Republican parties underhanded dealings in regard to these candidates along the way, the bottom line is Romney is the candidate. If we want to overthrow the failed Obama regime, we must come together behind our best hope to do that.

I self-identify as a Conservative-Libertarian, now the Libertarian Candidate for President is a gentleman named, Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, and his VP running mate is Jim Gray, a former Superior Court Judge in Orange County, California. These men share most of my political beliefs and would carry those values to the highest office in the land, so why am I not going to vote for them, and why will I try to convince my friends, of all political stripes to follow my lead? Well I’ll tell you and hopefully convince you to follow my advise.

My answer to that question is two-fold, first I’ve learned a valuable lesson during a couple of past elections. In 1992 I was unhappy with the administration of Gorge H.W. Bush over the previous four years, and I disliked the proposition of the lecherous Bill Clinton even less, so I threw my support to Ross Perot. Fast forward to 2008, convinced of the extreme leftist, no socialist, leanings of Barack Obama and not being thrilled with the choice of John McCain, I followed my Libertarian conscience, and voted for Bob Barr, the former Georgia Congressman and Libertarian Presidential candidate.

The problem in both cases was that liberals are rarely swayed from the Democratic party line, I used to say that Democrats would vote for Bozo the Clown if he ran on the Democratic ticket. Most conservatives, and independents on the other hand are not so mindlessly loyal to a party line. The result is that the liberal vote will rarely be split, but the conservative/independent vote will. While I don’t believe that my vote for Barr in ’08 was part of an overall national trend, my vote for Perot in ’92 certainly was. The proof is that Clinton won that election by the smallest percentage of the vote in 80 years, and the fourth lowest in history.

The moral of this story is that this election is far too important to do anything but vote for the only man who has a shot at dethroning Emperor Obama. I’ll touch more on that title in a minute, but those of us who despise the policies, abuses of power, and corrupt cabinet members these past four years, must unite in a strong front to drive the tyrant from the White House.

The second reason I want to encourage my friends and colleagues to support Mitt Romney is because of what I have learned about the man since I began to really look at the presumptive nominee when virtually all other contenders had fallen by the wayside. Ron Paul’s fall from contention was not so much a choice, but rather he was pushed off a cliff by his party, in a disgraceful act of back stabbing. While I do not condone the dirty tricks employed by the Republican leadership, and believe it could signal the end of the “Grand Old Party” just as the GOP replaced the Whig party in the 1860’s, due to the corruption and pro-slavery faction in the party. The Tea Party may gain even more supporters now, from more Republicans who are equally disgusted by the antics of a party that is rapidly losing sight of the values it was founded upon, and leadership self-interest.

However, despite my unhappiness with the party leadership, the fact remains that Obama must go! Mitt Romney is our last best hope to accomplish that goal. I understand why many are unhappy with Obama, but don’t like Romney or the Republican party either, so they are thinking of throwing their vote elsewhere. Before you do, consider this. Unlike BHO who came to power with absolutely no experience in the private sector, he never ran a business, or never held an administrative position in any city, county or state government. He was a lawyer, university lecturer (NOT a professor), and a community organizer. Finally he was a two term Senator who spent most of that time running for President. Does all that tremendous experience show in the terrific leadership and accomplishments of the last four years? (Sarcasm intended)

By contrast, Mitt Romney is a successful businessman, who created jobs, was recruited to help save the Salt Lake Winter Olympics when the organization was suffering from corruption and losing corporate sponsors, and running in the red. He stepped in, made management changes, reduced budgets, stepped up fundraising, and ultimately closed the Olympics with a $100 million profit. From there Mitt went on to run for and win election in 2002 as governor of the extremely liberal state of Massachusetts. In a state with a large Democratic majority in both houses, he was successful in turning around a bad economy, and enjoying a budget surplus the last two years of his term. To his credit, he even declined a salary as governor. He’s shown a proven track record in business and political leadership roles. Something sorely lacking in the White House these past several years.

Now, I didn’t vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980, I had heard my dad complain about him as governor of California, and knew that Carter was a miserable failure as President, so I wrote in for another former governor who wasn’t even on the ballot. A wasted vote, because I didn’t want to vote for people I wouldn’t want in office. I corrected my mistake with Reagan four years later and I still greatly admire the man. I wish we had politicians of his caliber today. One of my favorite Reagan quotes was…

Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.

Obama has done nothing but appeal to people’s worst fears, and raised doubts about our collective future, not to mention trampling on our liberty. I was wrong about Reagan in the first election, and I pray that I will be proven right about Mitt Romney for the faith I am placing in him to live up to those words from the Gipper, whether he claims to or not. Obama is running a negative campaign against Romney, not because Romney is an evil man, but rather because he has no record to run on. Romney has a record of success in business, and politics. Experience Obama didn’t have before taking office, and still doesn’t four years later. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, Obama has done has earned him a second term.

Finally back to my earlier comment about “dethroning Emperor Obama”. I call him this for numerous reasons, first as I have written about before in this blog, was his “extrajudicial killing” of two men, both U.S. citizens, as well as the 16-year-old son of one of the men, by a drone attack in Yemen. The explanation given by the White House was the men were Al Qaeda operatives who promoted terrorist attacks against Americans. While I find the evidence compelling, as citizens of this country they had certain constitutionally protected rights, not the least of which were a trial before being executed. What possible ego could make anyone in government can place himself above the constitution and kill another citizen without trial? For anyone but this emperor, that’s called murder. While I feel this is the gravest example, there are some others.

After failing to get his way with congress on many occasions, last fall Obama said “We can’t wait.” and vowed to bypass congress and rule by executive order. Between November 1, 2011 and August 10, 2012, Obama has signed 35 executive orders and has at least two others in the planning stages now. Many of them contradict the will of congress. The founders set up a system of checks & balances for a reason, but the emperor doth protest. Thomas Jefferson said “In matters of power let no more be heard of the confidence in man but bind them down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” Obama will have nothing of it, he has an agenda and the congress and constitution be damned!

I’m sure I do not need to go on any further as these examples alone more than show why Obama is a tyrant, who is not to be trusted with the limited power of the presidency, because he refuses to be bound by the constitutional limits of the office. George W. Bush while in his lame duck second term, made many of us who supported him for reelection disappointed with his wild spending and power plays. However, if you think GW was bad, just imagine a second term of Barack Obama unbridled. The republic will be gone and we will indeed live under an Emperor rather than a Constitutional Republic.

Please, no matter how the Obama campaign and their palace guards in the media try to scare you about Romney and Ryan, stop and think back to Obama circa 2009, when he stated that his presidency would be a “one-term proposition” if the economy did not turn around on his watch in “three years.” Well folks, are you better off today than you were three years ago? The bogus, but “Official” unemployment rate has hovered at over 8% these past three years, for blacks it’s over 11%. In 2000 the U.S. was ranked #1 in individual wealth in the world, in 2009 we were down to #7, a 5 point drop from 2008. Median household income in the U.S. declined from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009. 

When Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million. According to Reuters, nearly 24 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now. Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million. No wonder Newt Gingrich called Obama the “Food Stamp President”. When Obama took office, an ounce of gold was selling for about $850.  Today that ounce of gold costs more than $1700. The number of Americans that are not paying federal incomes taxes is at an all-time high. And finally, but not all-inclusive, during the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

Who do you want to lead us through this crisis, a man whose a proven failure, or a man whose a proven success?

I rest my case.

On The Loss of Civility in the Online World


When I began this blog my stated goal was to give a “reasoned” opinion on the topics of the day, in an effort to counter the vulgarity, bias, and ineptitude I see so much of. In my debut post I said in regard to those perceived short comings online… “I intend to take a higher road, I believe that name calling and the shrill whaling from (primarily) the left, is a sign that they don’t truly have an intelligent argument so they must try to deflect the conversation away from the point.” Perhaps I’ve been reading too much of that sort of crap lately, but I’m ashamed to say that a few of my posts have been below the standard I set for myself when I started this.

In reflecting on this realization, I began asking myself why this happened, and why civility seems to be dying online. The fact of the matter is, anonymity breeds contempt and dishonesty. Look at the comments posted under just about any YouTube video, and you will find a wide variety of profane and vulgar comments that would never be used in polite, face to face conversation. While I considered many of them to be simply sophomoric teenagers, to my chagrin, I have found that many of these posters are in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s.

Such things as spelling, grammar and composition are sorely lacking in many of these posted comments. When someone makes a comment that goes against the general consensus or even just another posters views, they are met with profanity, put downs and/or name-calling. Name-calling is at its core just another form of bullying, it is sophomoric and typically employed by those who lack the intellectual capability to make a point based on reason or fact. They don’t like someone or something so they belittle it in an effort to make themselves look or feel better. When these folks can’t get their way, or someone disagrees with them, they become belligerent and try to force their way on others, like a bully pushes smaller kids around. After all, they’re protected by the anonymity offered by the Internet, who’s going to hurt them back.

At first I blamed the trend solely on liberals, but I have come to realize that they do not have a corner on that market. For example a recent (currently on going) thread on YouTube has a conservative in his 50s engaged in a war of words with a liberal, who is 37 years old. The conservative uses poor grammar and even worse spelling, while spewing a seemingly endless string of names,  and put-downs. His somewhat better spoken opponent, does likewise and repeats them over and over ad nauseum. The guy needs a thicker play-book, but both men need to grow up! Had I not looked at their biographies, I would have thought these were a couple of 13-year-old kids. It reminded me of a quote by Mark Twain, “Never argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience, and bystanders will not be able to tell the difference.”

I suppose there’s nothing that can be done to improve the etiquette of those engaged in online discussions, especially while they are protected by the anonymity the forum provides. As for myself, I will continue to try leading by example, refraining from using such tactics and remaining cognizant in these posts to strive to maintain that higher road. If I falter in my attempts, I would welcome a reminder in the comments section below the post that my aggravation is obviously getting the better of me.

Rob

The Left Is Going Into Full Panic Mode


With Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the left is going even more insane than they already were. Prior to the announcement, we heard that Romney was a job outsourcer while at Bain Capital and that he was somehow responsible for the cancer death of a man’s wife. The fact that Romney had left Bain two years before the man lost his job and insurance, or that his wife was employed and had her own insurance makes no difference to the liars on the left. They will never let a good lie go to waste.

And let’s not forget such Left Wing luminaries as Harry Reid, who made this stupid accusation about Mitt Romney, “The word’s out that he hasn’t paid any taxes in 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes—because he hasn’t.”.  Really? Guilt by slander? In our legal system you’re innocent until proven guilty; in left wing politics you’re guilty till you prove yourself innocent. Now the idea that the IRS would possibly overlook a big ticket like Romney skipping his taxes for a decade, should put big question marks in the minds of even someone with a room temperature IQ. But the leftists in the media gave Reid plenty of air play. I guess they have been out in the cold so long, that they haven’t yet reached room temperature.

If these two recent examples aren’t bad enough, looks what’s coming from the media now that Ryan is on the ticket. ABC’s Bianna Golodryga and David Kerley said respectively on Sunday… “New battle lines have been drawn after Mitt Romney chose conservative congressman and budget-slasher Paul Ryan as his running mate.” and “Sen. Harry Reid claimed that the pick of Ryan caters to the far right rather than standing with the middle class. Others called Ryan extreme. The ticket, a match made in millionaires’ heaven. Ryan, the author of disastrous budgets.”

Wow, “budget slasher” or “author of disastrous budgets.” Is the left really so stupid that they believe in a time of government over-spending that these are bad things? I should add that the Ryan budget was not passed because congress is spineless. However, ABC wasn’t done yet, on Monday David Muir said “Ryan is known in the political world for his controversial budget plan that would call for steep cuts and the Obama campaign said it would change Medicare as we know it.” Is that the same Medicare that’s already being gutted by Obamacare? The liberal duplicity is astounding. Ryan on the other hand went on the offensive on Tuesday saying that the Romney/Ryan plan will save Medicare from being gutted by Obamacare. [Read it here]

On Tuesday (Aug 14) Joe (the gaffer) Biden had this to say about Romney… “he’s gonna let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unnnn-chain Wall Street,” he exclaimed “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains,” [Watch him here] this from the administration that was going to end the racial divide. Since 2008 when Obama and Biden were elected, the racial divide in America has grown, not shrunk, and much of it is the direct result of comments like these from the administration and the left in general.

These are but a few recent examples out of many that show the left is in panic mode. In an article published today (Aug 15, 2012) Michael Medved points out The one way for the GOP to regain momentum would be to return the campaign’s focus to the issues, where most Americans agree with them. More people want to see government do less than do more and prefer to see spending cuts rather than Obama’s “new investments.” According to Gallup, those who describe themselves as “conservative” outnumber those who call themselves “liberal” by nearly 2 to 1 (40 percent to 21 percent), which suggests that the GOP should win any election that focuses on ideology, rather than on vague notions of hope and change or questions of which candidate would make the most lovable neighbor over the backyard fence.”(emphasis added) I hope he’s right and I hope Romney & Ryan do.

Why don’t liberals ever learn?


While liberals claim to be the guardians of tolerance; and are always quick to put up their battle cry of “Intolerance” when anyone speaks their mind about things with which liberals disagree. The reality is that their tolerance is only for those who agree with their point of view, for these liberal hypocrites, tolerance is a one-way street. Two recent examples are the recent hoopla over the comments of Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A who committed the sin of stating his belief in the traditional, no “Biblical”, definition of marriage. Oh the liberals began screaming that this man was a hate monger and of course began a push to boycott Chick-Fil-A restaurants.

Let’s not forget that there was also a controversy stirred up over comments made by Rush Limbaugh a few months ago, when he called a female college student a whore and a slut. This was after she gave some self-serving statements to a group of congressional Democrats, gathered up by Nancy Pelosi, into a pseudo-committee hearing, with the expressed purpose of getting the young woman’s comments in the congressional record, as well as in front of the news media. This was Pelosi’s end run after a real congressional committee declined to allow the student to testify on behalf of taxpayer-funded birth control, because she was not an expert witness. Liberals, even those who had publically called Conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman those same names with complete impunity, screamed for Limbaugh’s head.

So what do these two seemingly different events have in common? Simple, in both cases the (in)tolerant left attempted to organize boycotts. With Limbaugh, the left pressured advertisers to drop their advertising on Limbaugh’s number one rated radio program or be boycotted. With Chick-Fil-A they called for people not to patronize the fast food chain. The result in both cases was not only a complete failure to get their way, but the attempted boycotts backfired and the outcomes were the opposite of what the liberals had wanted.

In the Limbaugh case, some advertisers bowed to the pressure applied by the left, and those advertisers ultimately paid a heavy price for their actions. One example is Carbonite, an online data backup service provider, whose CEO now admits that dropping advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show hurt their bottom line much more than expected, and many other advertisers who dropped their ads have indicated similar negative results. At the same time, the number of advertisers wanting to get on the Limbaugh show actually grew as a result of the controversy, with Limbaugh turning many away, and refusing to take back those who quickly saw the error of their ways.

Now, when the leftist media twisted the words of Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, from an endorsement of traditional marriage, into a make-believe gay-bashing story, they only succeeded in putting their feet in their collective mouths. These talking heads and their mindless followers still haven’t learned that they are the minority in this country. That their ideas are not those of the majority of Americans and that this otherwise “silent” majority will drown out the screaming liberals with their money, supporting those with whom they agree, and starving out those who don’t share their values or try to coerce them.

When the media and the LGBT crowd screamed for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A, the backlash was swift and I’m sure surprising to these nit-wits who just won’t learn from history. When the media firestorm erupted, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, started a campaign to support the beleaguered chain with a “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation day” to be held on August 1st. The result was staggering; with the chain seeing  record-breaking sales on Wednesday, including many locations actually running out of food.  Read about it here  & here.  Not surprisingly, the mainstream media has been all but silent about this incredible show of support.

What I do find surprising is that other corporations are stupid enough to get in on the wrong side of the issue. A Wendy’s franchise owner with 86 locations in North and South Carolina had a number of their stores put up “”We stand with Chick-fil-A” signs. But when word got out, Wendy’s corporate officials put pressure on the franchisee to remove the signs, and later those same officials sent an email to WBTV, in Charlotte, North Carolina saying…  

“This is one independent franchisee’s personal opinion. We are proud to serve customers of varied races, backgrounds, cultures and sexual orientation, with different beliefs and values, bearing that in mind, this franchisee has decided to remove the messages from his restaurant signs.”

What these corporate dorks fail to understand is that Chick-Fil-A is likewise proud to serve all their customers without regard to any of those stated differences. The franchisee that showed support for Chick-Fil-A is far more in step with public sentiment, and a truly inclusive mind-set, than the corporate dorks who sent that email.