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Some 2012 talk…

18 Jan

Pay attention to the news, blogs, political websites and you’ll notice the GOP has no shortage of potential candidates to race against Obama in 2012.  What could possibly go wrong?  A recent article from the Daily Caller shows there are at least 17 Republicans who have either expressed interest or are being urged to run.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great we’ve been given such a large field to choose from.  However, there is huge potential for having far too many cooks in the kitchen.

Here’s the issue we are in danger of facing:  take a look at the list and you’ll notice that there are what people would consider “real conservatives,” “establishment republicans,” I hate using the term but people use it; “RINO’s,” and then the miscellaneous.   Sounds nice, a little something for everyone on the Right, right?  Wrong.  All one has to do is spend an hour on Twitter to learn that it’s either Sarah Palin or bust or that John Thune isn’t Republican enough or Mitt Romney just says what you want to hear that day or Ron Paul is crazy (which, he is).   You’ve also got Newt Gingrich who has been around FOREVER and for some people they like that because they think he has the smarts to do the job.  They may be right.  Twitter tends to get all a twitter when discussing 2012 and it usually leaves people with a nasty taste in their mouth about one another; which is all part of politics.  If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.  But, let’s have a looksee at who we’ve got for 2012.

The Palin Factor It’s literally impossible to talk about 2012 without mentioning Sarah Palin.  It’s no secret Sarah Palin has been at the front of the fight for conservatism.  And she’s done a pretty good job.  She understands the core values that made America great and she’s great at connecting with people.  I’m afraid that’s where it ends.  Listen to one Sarah Palin interview and you’ve listened to them all.  She never seems to dig deeper and give real policy questions.  On top of that she also has TONS of baggage that will no doubt mean for a huge uphill battle.  The media will want to eat her, spit her back up and eat her all over again if she runs.  Possibly the most harmful factor when considering a Palin run for the Presidency; she’s polarizing.  Not just between the Right and Left but within the right.  Spend a few minutes talking to 10 Republicans and you’ll probably have 5 that absolutely adore her and the other 5 who truthfully don’t care for her.  Her strongest fans refuse to be told she can’t win and her strongest opponents within the right see a lot of harm in her entering the 2012 race.

John Thune – Perhaps the Republican equivalent to Obama in terms of looks.  In the past year John Thune has been raising his national profile giving hint to a 2012 bid.  His main problem, no one really knows who he is.  Then again, who knew who Barack Obama was?  He has also been slammed by several conservatives for being a “RINO” because he supports ethanol, he voted for TARP, etc.  Those who like Thune see him as a fresh face, a smooth talker and a savvy mind.  He knows how to win a tough race; he defeated Tom Daschle in 2004.  He’s a solid Christian who sides with even the rightest of the right on social issues and has a fiscal brain that could potentially help us solve our problems.  Thune’s biggest obstacle to overcome will be becoming a household name and defending his reasons for supporting TARP; which he has layed out the problems with how it’s been used.  He’ll still have to convince some conservatives of why he even voted for it in the first place.

Everyone’s Dream, Chris Christie – Do I really need to say much?  This man has taken on New Jersey by storm and has wasted no time kicking butt and taking names.   Though, he’s made it extremely clear he has no intentions on running it’s nice to dream a little.

The Donald – A lot of people have a hard time taking a Donald Trump run for office seriously.  But, if anyone knows the business behind making something successful; it’s the Don.  But… that hair?

Newt the Brain – If there’s one potential 2012 candidate who knows the ins and outs of politics, it’s Gingrich.  Whether you want him to run or not the guy knows the business backwards and forwards.  It’d be fatal to ignore him.

Mitt Romney – Perhaps his rallying cry can be “If at first you don’t succeed…”  I’d be surprised if Romey didn’t give it another try at the White House.  In fact, I’m pretty confident he will.  His biggest obstacle will be convincing people there’s a difference between “Romneycare” in Massachusetts and Obamacare.  He’s tried making the case for it but a good portion of conservatives still don’t buy

it.  Counting Mitt Romney out could prove to be a mistake.   Romney’s business background is something to be envied and he brings with him the executive experience of governing a state.  He also just has that Presidential look about him and he’s no stranger to presidential campaigns.

Mike Pence – He just needs to announce he’s running for Governor of Indiana.

The Leftovers – Tim Pawlenty is definitely going to run.  I see him as too nice.  He’s a great fiscal conservative but I don’t know if he has the fight.  Mitch Daniels, he has worked miracles in the state of Indiana and that executive experience is something a lot of conservatives love.  I also love his dry sense of humor.   John Bolton is pretty hardcore.  He knows his foreign policy. Rick Perry – he’s from Texas, do I need to say more?  Texans know how to get work done.

It would appear we’re going to have a lot of fun in 2012.  But, I worry about the infighting that there is potential for because there’s always that potential.   What we all need to understand is that the 2012 race is far too critical to throw people into just because we want them to run.  The race for the White House needs to be taken extremely seriously by the GOP.  We must win this election and we are at risk of throwing either too many people in or throwing in people who have huge potential to divide the party.  Sure, we need a true conservative who is going to stand on principle and govern in a way that is best for America’s future; but we also need someone who can win.  That’s politics.  That means some of us (myself included) will have to say goodbye to that man or woman we want to see run.  For others, we may get the joy of seeing our man or woman at the front.  We must be willing to set aside personal “fandom” in order to do what’s best for our country.  I’m confident the Republican Party can pull together and pick a great candidate who can beat Obama.  I say we start putting our heads together now.  I for one don’t want to media to get the joy of seeing us Republicans turn on one another during the race.  They’re going to try and do it no matter what but we can’t let it happen.

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What I've been up to…

30 Jul

I thought I’d share the last two Daily Caller High Pieces and my first solo Daily Caller piece on here for the people who do visit my blog!

July 23rd: Daily Caller High – Journalism, Healthcare and surprising poll results

July 26th: My Article – Thune Gives DNC Nightmares

July 30th: Daily Caller High – Jack Conway, Michigan Ballots, Cap and Trade, 12 Hr School Days

It's Our Time Now

22 Dec

The Founders spent endless days fighting over a vision for this nation.  Our grandparents fought to keep it free for us.  Men and women continue to fight on our behalf today.  Our parents do everything in their power to make our lives pleasant.  But it’s time we take matters into our own hands.  I’m talking to the youth of America.  As I sit here writing this my mind is whirling about with thoughts of what is going on in this country and my heart is heavy.  I am just one of a growing number.  A growing number young people concerned about their futures.  We come from all backgrounds, beliefs, and economic standings.  But we all share one thing in common, we love America.   We love America and have a similar vision.  Our parents have taught us morals and ideals but we also have some thoughts of our own.  We’ve been inspired by the likes of Ben Franklin, George Washington, Ronald Reagan Sarah Palin, and countless others who have gone before us and who are speaking on our behalf right now. The one’s who have fought in the past and fight for our future.  But we have decided we need to take some action of our own.  We’ve started blogs, begun tweeting, gone to tea parties, started reading and becoming informed.  We’ve even started a website.  We’ve set aside our evenings to watch endless debates on cap and trade and healthcare on CSPAN.  We irritate our parents and friends with our endless thoughts on what is happening and what we believe should be done.  We are young but we are not dumb.  Our experience with politics and the way things should be done is limited but, we have common sense.  For most of us, this is all new.  We see our futures being spent by greedy politicians, we watch the debt clock and think “How am I suppose to pay for that?” We see that our wealth is going to be spread around and that common sense inside kicks in and tells us that isn’t right.  We didn’t grow up getting trophies for trying; we got trophies for winning and winning only. We are fed up.  We aren’t going to take it anymore.  We are poised and ready to do what needs to be done to save this country.  We are more than eager to get out and campaign and vote for those candidates we see fit to work for us.  We will stand firm in our convictions and not let anyone tell us to sit down and shut up.  We’re coming Washington.  Watch out.  Our future rests in your hands and we will do what we feel is best for our future and the future of our families. 

Young people, gather round together.  No more sitting idly by as your future is being flushed down the toilet.  Stand up.  Fight for your God given rights.  Don’t let anyone tell you your voice doesn’t matter.  Read up on the issues.  Learn history.  Decide for yourself.  Do you want a future filled with paying for greedy politicians spending sprees?  Do you want a future where you can’t live in a home unless it meets the government’s energy standards to fight a non-existent environmental issue?  Do you want to be told you MUST buy healthcare even though, you know you’ll be fine without it?  Do you want to live in a country run by union thugs?  Do you want to live in a country where any disagreement with the government results in your being punished?  Do you want to be told that what you believe doesn’t matter?  If not, join us at The Conservative Youth Project.  There you can meet other like minded young people dedicated to educating themselves and getting facts out on the issues facing this country.

Liberal Tolerance: An Oxymoron

26 Nov

We’ve all heard it; conservatives need to be more tolerant. Of course, we are always being told that by the ever so tolerant liberals aren’t we? I looked up the definition of tolerance before starting this and here it is: 

 “A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.”

Sounds just like all your liberal friends, doesn’t it? I’ve experienced some liberal tolerance firsthand this past week.  Here are some examples:

“She should have been a do-over, aka abortion”

“If you were to be treated in an emergency room, due to a grave accident and in need of large amounts of blood transfusions of your type of blood, let’s say, AB Negative… I guess it would NOT bother you or your father at all if they did not fact check what type of blood you needed. Oh well who are you to most of Americans?!! We don’t need to do any fact checking for you! So I guess all conservatives really don’t care if you die Jackie.”

Ah! Yes, it appears to me tolerance means getting rid of people who’s opinion are different that yours.  Don’t get me wrong, these people have every right to say these things.  That’s the beauty of the first amendment and living in America.  But don’t you dare accuse me or anyone, whether they be on television or radio of not being tolerant when you yourself are anything but the poster child for tolerance.

It all boils down to hypocrisy.  Liberals preach about how they are such tolerant, accepting people but then someone has a different view of them and all of a sudden liberals go on a tirade.  Liberals like to call anyone who disagrees with them a bigot, racist, hatemonger, or in some cases (not all) they even go to the extreme to wish death upon a person.  

But, hey tolerance has gotten us SO far in America.  I mean we have to be tolerant of terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans so let’s give him a fair trial.  Because, that’s what the families of those victims would want.  Right? WRONG.  I can assure you an overwhelming majority, if not all of the families of the victims feel this to be a slap in the face.  And if Mr. Holder is so sure KSM will be convicted, why not save NYC the circus, save us the time, save us the money and just get rid of the guy.  At the very least send him to a military tribunal and have them take care of it, which would be the correct thing to do.

Kids are being told they cannot bring a Bible into school or even simply pray in school.  Now let’s imagine it this way.  Say a kid comes to school holding a handful of books on homosexuality, maybe some pamphlets from NAMBLA.  Do you think if a parent who is against gay marriage were to go to the school and ask that the child be told not to bring those in the school would grant that request?  I think not.   That parent would probably be called a homophobe.  And we cannot forget to mention that if you are against same sex marriage you are a homophobe.  It’s amazing that in this country we had to pass a Hate Crimes Bill.  Someone explain to me how we are supposed to be able to tell if someone beat someone up because they hated them for their sexual orientation.  Tell me this also, will gay people be charged if they beat up a Christian?  Who are we to judge and say a person beat up someone because they hate the other persons lifestyle?

For some reason there is a growing movement in America to remove God from everything not just schools.  We are being told that we have to be tolerant of other people’s beliefs at the expense of having to hide our own.  Why can’t others be tolerant of our beliefs?  It’s an incredibly sad thing when this Nation is trying to remove God, or others opinions.  People come to America to express their beliefs, speak their mind and worship as they please.

Merry Christmas has become Happy Holidays, Happy Thanksgiving is Happy Turkey Day and Christmas carols are being banned in schools.  Oh, but the children can sing about their fearless Commander-in-Chief.

And we cannot forget the shooting at Fort Hood.  I’d call him a terrorist but I don’t want to jump to any conclusions……………mm yep he was and is a terrorist.  We couldn’t “jump to conclusions” about a terrorist attack but the President was awfully quick to point out how a white cop acted “stupidly” in arresting a black professor.
You see, the simple fact is that tolerance is preached widely among liberals yet rejected by those very same people.  I firmly believe the whole idea of tolerance and political correctness will do more to harm this country than anything.

Check out this story about a Best Buy Ad. America meet political correctness.

Or check out Keith Olbermann’s Countdown to see just how tolerant our left-wing friends are.

*Update: I realize not all liberals are like the ones I’ve portrayed but I think we can all agree there is an overwhelming amount of li berals who preach “Do as I say, Not as I do.” Take Al Gore for example, Mr.Enviornment, yet he refuses to stop eating meat (which according to PETA is the #1 cause of global warming), he flies around on private jets, and his 20 room mansion is fueld by natural gas and his home uses 20x the normal amount of energy, and his electricity bill for one month is $2,400.  We can also chat about Mr. Michael Moore, the man who despises capitalism yet if it weren’t for capitalism he would not be as successful as he is.

See http://thehandwritingonthewall.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/global-warming-finally-disproven-the-revival-of-copenhagen/ for some facts about Mr. Gore and Global Warming.

The Day I Met Sarah Palin…and the Liberal Media

20 Nov

REUNION UPDATE: Last night (March 5) I went to the Ohio Right to Life Rally with Sarah Palin.  While I was sitting in my seats I looked up at the stage and saw a familiar face!  It was the man that was interviewed by Norah O’Donnell with me at the book signing back in November.  We talked for a few seconds then got a picture.  If only Norah could’ve been there to make the reunion complete!

I would also like to say that football player Chris Spielman scored a major touchdown with his speech at the event.  Awesome.

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Where on earth do I begin? This all started as me, a young 17 year old American going to see a woman I admire and turned into this crazy event hah I’ll start at the very beginning.

My dad and I arrived at the Barnes and Noble at 11 pmTuesday evening. There were 2 tents in front of us; we were probably number 15 or so in line. It was a chilly evening but I enjoyed some good conversation from several Palin fans. We talked about Obama, Palin and just some other stuff. We sat outside in the cold, bundled up until 5:30 am. At that time they ushered us inside where we had to sit outside the B&N entrance until 7am. We received our bracelets at 7am and were told if we’d like to be guaranteed to see Palin we should remain in line all day. So I did.  I was not about to lose a chance at seeing Sarah Palin after sitting in line out in the freezing cold for hours. So I sat, and sat… I read some of her book and then the media circus began. I spotted Norah O’Donnell and Andrea Mitchell right off the bat and couldn’t believe they were there.. I mean I thought they hated Sarah Palin. I thought Sarah Palin had no impact, she was a nobody yet they send their 2 big guns to cover her book tour..but I digress.

There were 3 young girls-college aged who arrived first and they got tons and tons of interviews. After the media covered them they started walking the rope line. One by one I saw them interview people left and right of me. The day went on and then we were given the warning- 1 hour til she arrives! We were told the only thing we could bring in was our book. If we had coats they had to remain on. So I figured it was going to get hot in there with all us people crammed so I took it off…who knew that move would land me all the media buzz it did. I knew they went after people who were all decked out but I did not think my t-shirt would get much attention. I was first approached by a New York Times writer who wrote what my shirt said and then asked me a couple questions. She asked me what it was I liked about Sarah Palin. I said, “As a young female she is someone I can look up to, before her the only prominent female in politics I had known about was Hilary Clinton, whom I respect don’t get me wrong, I respect her but when you don’t agree with someone it’s hard to really look up to them. I like how Sarah Palin will speak her mind, regardless of what the media will say about it.” After that I just stood in line eagerly waiting for Sarah Palin to arrive. I then see Norah O’Donnell approach a man all decked out in Palin garb. She asked him a few questions (camera not rolling) then said she’d like to have a woman in the shot. She asked a woman who refused then pointed at me and said “Hey talk to her” So I walked over. I knew I was walking into hot water with MSNBC- thought I was prepared….Seconds later I met her… One of the many faces of liberal media bias. She asked me my name and then before going on air asked me why I liked Sarah Palin, I repeated what I told the NYT reporter. Norah didn’t seem to like that much. So what did she do? I mean she couldn’t ask me that question on television, heaven forbid her not have a biting response.. I noticed her look down at my shirt then, she turned around blackberry in hand spoke to a man, thumbs tapping the blackberry (I don’t remember if she called or not, she may have. But she was on her blackberry), then jotted down a quick note. Little did I know that note would be used against me. She told us she’d be walking up to us. You know like she just stumbled upon us. The shot began… I kept telling myself answer her question well, don’t freak out. Well, I thought she’d ask me the same question. She asked the man beside me (who by the way is NOT my dad) the same question she had before we went on air. Myself on the other hand, not the same story. She had me read my shirt and then proceeded to ask me “Did you know Sarah Palin supported the bailout” to be 100% honest I was like, are you kidding me? She is trying to use my shirt against me. I was so shocked by the craftiness she had that I was truly stumped. I asked her where she got her fact and she read her little note. Then she asked me what I liked about Sarah, and I talked about the Constitution. Immediately after the interview I said to my dad “Oh man, I have so many great responses now about my shirt” I could have said, well my shirt doesn’t say anything about Sarah Palin supporting the bailout or “Hey Norah, have you read the book? She talks about how during her debate prep she was handed a list of note cards that had questions and ‘non-answers'” Of course they told Sarah Palin to support everything McCain did. Call me crazy but it would have looked pretty bad had Sarah Palin been against something John McCain was against while they were running together. Norah also claims I told her I voted (on her twitter). That is not true. She never asked my age or if I voted. I’m 17 I couldn’t have voted…and I don’t live in an ACORN district so I didn’t have a chance to even register illegally. Making that statement by Norah completely false.

Well, the interview was over and it was time for me to meet Sarah Palin. We were taken upstairs and stood for about a half hour. And all of a sudden, the music began playing. “Red High Heels” by Kellie Pickler started blasting; I thought it was a perfect song. Then off in the distance I saw Sarah Palin make her way to the table. Before I knew it there she was. My dad went ahead of me and Sarah welcomed him by saying “Well, hey there sir how are you doing” and being the goofball he is said to her “I’ve haven’t been this excited since I visited Graceland.” Sarah responded “Oh thank you so much!” He also told her that the girl behind him was his daughter and that I had just been interviewed by MSNBC and would’ve made her proud. Sarah smiled and said “aww well good we need that!” I was up, it all happened so fast I didn’t have much time to take it in. But to my surprise she added my name when she signed my book. I’m going to back track for a second, when we arrived we were handed a pink slip with rules for the event and one read “There will be NO personalizing of books.” That is why I was so shocked. She looked at me and said “Sweetie, what is your name?” I told her and watched her sign my name in the book and then hers. I told her “Thank you so much.” and she said “No, thank YOU so much!” She was so kind and personal. She looked me directly in the eyes and looked so happy to see everyone. And just like that it was over. I had met the woman who had inspired me to become interested in politics and is one of the huge factors in my interest for learning about our countries great history. Meeting Sarah has been the highlight of my senior year so far, that is for sure!

So today. I thought about my interview and thought there was a slight chance someone; somewhere would pick up on it. Never did I think I would be featured on Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Hot Air, Associated Content, Media Matters, Newsbusters and the Fox Nation. I found out about Glenn Beck because during school I have my twitter updates turned on on my phone and I check them in between classes. After 3rd hour I looked at my phone and click on a tweet and it said that Glenn was airing my interview. After school, I went to work; I left my twitter updates on just to see what else might happen. I got tweets about Newsbusters and MediaMatters while at work. When I got home I began looking online and kept receiving tweets and the more they came the more surprised I became. Then as I’m sitting at the computer I get a TweetDeck notification alerting me of an @ mention, I clicked it and I read “HOLY CRAP YOU’RE ON O’REILLY” luckily I had it recording because I knew Sarah Palin would be on, but really I was stunned O’Reilly showed it. I’ve been sitting at the computer now for a couple of hours now reading articles and comments and I even got to see video from Glenn Beck’s radio show of them discussing it, which made me laugh hysterically. It was not the first time I’d been mistaken for being much younger than I actually am (still get offered a kids menu).  It was nice to see/hear someone like Glenn Beck defending me. I will clear up some of the stuff he said about me. I am 17, the man next to me was not my father and I cannot stand Miley Cyrus. He was right, however, in 2 areas. I do attend a private school (parochial-Christian school) and my dad is a Bible thumping, gun toting man. I wish I could have thought quicker on my feet for that interview and threw it right back into O’Donnell’s face but I was caught off guard I had no time to think clearly, you can also add in nerves of being on live television for the first time. That certainly did not help.

In one day I met a role model, and met the liberal media and their crafty schemes. I fell prey to liberal bias, but I’d like to think I did an okay job. We always want do-overs, and I can assure you if I had a do-over with Miss O’Donnell you’d see a much more prepared (well rested) and ready to go at it side of this 17 year old. But unlike Norah I didnt have my note cards with me. I was forced to think on the spot and answer a gotcha question. Her goal was clear, make this teenager look like an uneducated Palin supporting buffoon. To liberals, and the 5 people who watch MSNBC she succeeded. To conservatives, she was the only buffoon during that interview.

Here are some photos from the event:

Andrea Mitchell

Norah, Right before the interview

MY BOOK!

some links to check out: http://www.thefoxnation.com/media/2009/11/19/msnbc-grills-young-girl-line-palin-book-signing

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2009/11/19/norah-odonnell-breaks-out-prepared-notes-debate-palin-fan

http://newsrealblog.com/2009/11/21/17-year-old-girl-blogger-3-nbc%e2%80%99s-star-reporter-norah-o%e2%80%99donnell-0/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newsrealblogfb+%28News+Real+Blog%29

http://redstate.com/e_pluribus_unum/2009/11/20/msnbcs-norah-odonnell-picks-fight/

http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/11/teen_palin_fan_ambushed_by_nor.asp

http://hotairpundit.blogspot.com/2009/11/msnbcs-norah-odonnell-grills-young-girl.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF5iQQ2JIK8

http://mediamatters.org/blog/200911190032

RE: Open Letter to the President

8 Nov

I received a comment on my letter to the President (if you scroll down you’ll see it, it was my alst post) and I normally wouldn’t dedicate a whole blog post in response to a comment but I couldn’t let this one comment slide by. The comment was longer than my letter itself and this is my reaction to it. I am using simple facts. I was going to use the links provided by the person who commented by I have surpassed using Wikipedia as a reliable source. He also cited Media Matters, The Daily Show and the New York Times.  

I first want to start with the suggestion by the man who commented on my post to do a Google search for “Glenn Beck 1990”. So he was obviously hoping I’d find out that Glenn Beck raped a murdered a girl.  So I did, and wow look at all the proof I found, proving that Glenn Beck did in fact NOT rape and murder a girl. If you’ll notice this website http://gb1990.com/ “The Official Parody Site about the Controversy”, or this one http://foxnewsboycott.com/glenn-beck/glenn-beck-raped-and-murdered-a-girl-in-1990/ notice the “NOTE: This is a satire/parody, but a valid example of the fallacious reasoning Beck is known for.” Still not convinced check this link out and links supplied by the website. http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2009/09/03/internet-hoax-says-glenn-beck-raped-murdered-young-girl-in-1990.htm. I’m not sure what I was suppose to find by typing in “Glenn Beck 1990” that would convince me he is guilty of this hideous accusation. What that search did for me was reassure how vicious people can become just because they don’t agree with a person. I have a message for the creators of those sites “GET A LIFE.” If you are really going to resort to those tactics and have people believe them then you are making it okay for anyone to come up with garbage about anyone, so I think it’s your facts that need to be double checked.

On to the next point, he told me that

“in your first paragraph you state that “all you’ve seen is change”. This, is a good thing Jackie, see with change brings hope that tomorrow will be a better day for all of us.”

 I have a hard time with this because it depends on what your idea is of “good” change that determines how you feel about a situation and since this man and I obviously disagree the change Obama brings doesn’t give me hope that tomorrow will be a better day. This was followed up by his praise of the healthcare bill that passed the house last night

“The changes taking effect now on this health reform bill is historic and a lot of hard working people (both Democrats and Republicans) put their time and effort into crafting something that can change America, thus bringing a better life to everyone, and especially to those without insurance. See, that’s where the hope lays. With those people who have no way to pay for decent healthcare, do not forget about those people, they are still Americans too, no matter how poor they may be. Let us remember the preamble of the United States Constitution at this moment:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, Promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. I don’t think I have to underline the part that I am referring to.” Ah yes the common blunder of using the “promote the general welfare” clause of the constitution to prove that it is the government’s responsibility to provide everything for its people. “

Notice it says promote, not provide. Also if you’ll look at this quote from James Madison (the “Father of the Constitution” and main author of it) you’ll see the founders had a feeling it would be taken out of context.

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”

Sounds to me like Mr. Madison knew what was going to happen today, and warned us.  And if you’d really like some proof that a government run healthcare plan is a poor idea you can first of all look to Canada or Europe, or hey, here is a crazy idea check out some of the stuff included in the one the house passed last night.

  •  Creation of a government-run health plan that experts say would result in up to 114 million Americans losing their current coverage-a clear violation of any pledge to allow individuals to keep their current health plan;
  • Nearly half a trillion dollars in tax increases on certain income filers, a majority of whom are small businesses-and $729.5 billion in tax increases overall;
  • Insurance regulations that would raise costs for nearly all Americans, particularly young Americans, and confine choice of plans to those approved by a board of bureaucrats;
  • New price controls on health insurance companies that provide perverse incentives to keep individuals sick rather than managing chronic disease, while impeding patient access to important services just because those services do not provide a direct clinical benefit;
  • Additional federal mandates that would significantly erode the flexibility currently provided to employers-and could result in firms dropping coverage;
  • Massive expansion of Medicaid to all individuals with incomes below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level ($33,075 for a family of four), replacing the existing private health coverage of millions with taxpayer-funded health care-and imposing tens of billions of dollars in new unfunded mandates on States;
  • Denial of health plan choice to 15 million Americans, consigning them instead to a Medicaid program riddled with bureaucratic obstacles and poor access to care, such that its own beneficiaries do not consider it “real insurance;”
  • Language opening employers operating group health plans to State law remedies and private causes of action-subjecting employers to review by 50 different State court rulings, thereby raising costs and encouraging more employers to drop their current health plans;
  • Liability “reforms” intended to ensure trial lawyers do not have their compensation reduced, rather than meaningful changes that would reduce the cost of health care by eliminating wasteful defensive medicine practices;
  • Establishment of a bureaucrat-run health Exchange that would abolish the private market for individual insurance outside the Exchange-and could evolve into a single-payer approach due to the Exchange’s ability to cannibalize existing employer plans;
  • Creation of a new government board, the “Health Benefits Advisory Committee,” that would empower federal bureaucrats to impose new mandates on individuals and insurance carriers;
  • Taxation of individuals who do not purchase a level of health coverage that meets the diktats of a board of bureaucrats-including those who cannot afford the coverage options provided;
  • New, job-killing taxes-$135 billion worth-on employers who cannot afford to provide their workers health insurance, resulting in up to 5.5 million lost jobs, according to a model developed by President Obama’s chief economic advisor;
  • Penalties as high as $500,000 on employers who make honest mistakes when filing paperwork with the government health board-which would likely dissuade businesses from continuing to provide coverage, increasing enrollment in the bureaucrat-run Exchange;
  • “Low-income” health insurance subsidies to a family of four making up to $88,200;
  • Arbitrary and harmful cuts to popular Medicare Advantage plans that would result in millions of seniors losing their current health coverage; and
  • Expanded price controls on pharmaceutical products that would discourage companies from producing life-saving breakthrough treatments.

That and more can be found at http://www.gop.gov/resources/library/documents/legdigests/111/Pelosi%20HC%20Bill%20Full%20Summary%20110309.pdf which I would strongly recommend you read through, you might change your mind. Let’s not forget the number of people who are uninsured. I’d use an actual number but the democrats have changed it so many times I’m not sure where it stands as of now. But when you get down to it the majority of the uninsured include: a)Illegal immigrants b)wealthy people who can pay for everything c)young adults who choose not to have it and d) the unemployed. So why not focus on the unemployment issue and illegal immigrant issue?

He also referred to my comment about Barack Obama changing, dismantling and controlling the constitution, in clear violation of his oath and tried to assure me everything the president has done has been constitutional. Well, I’d like to challenge that. Here is a link to a whole slew of things that have questioned the constitutionality of some things the president has done. http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2009/06/10/how-unconstitutional-is-barack-obama-let-me-count-the-ways/.

Moving on to the tea parties this summer and the words that were put in my mouth here is the commenter’s response:

 “Really? Every single “leader” of this country handled healthcare reform opponents wrongly in your eyes? Firstly, who are these “leaders” you speak of and why are you lumping the President of the United States in with them?”

I don’t recall saying every single leader I believe I said “I became deeply saddened with the way you and OTHER leaders of this country…” I guess he took the liberty of replacing OTHER with ALL. I didn’t accuse the President specifically of accusing the tea partiers of being Nazi’s or brown shirts, those were accusations from other leaders but the President did take his fair share of jabs at the protestors. I think this video from an Obama rally can be pointed not only to GOPers but also to Tea Partiers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zkoLgi0pR4 This one is in reaction to him using quotes around NEWS in Fox News this is one of my all time favorites by a news channel I’m sure the man is familiar with, MSNBC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfGF-wI6KUw&feature=related .

Yes, I do believe the president has very little respect for our Constitution and a lot of the bills, like healthcare and cap and trade are just a power grab.

“Seriously? You think President Obama, one of the MOST powerful men in the world -already- is still trying for “power grabs” and is not trying to help the American people? But then again, like I stated in my paragraph above, if you believe President Obama has been “hatching some diabolical secret scheme” over the past 10-20 years you probably wouldn’t have gotten this far into my reply.”

A cap and trade plan that would allow the government to check and make sure your home meets energy standards sounds a bit like a power grab or a healthcare plan that allows the government to dictate which doctors you can go to sounds like a power grab.

In terms of taxes I’m glad I can agree with the guy that I don’t like taxes, however he doesn’t feel so bad once he thinks about all the great programs his taxes are going to to help fund.  Ah yes the beauty of Social Security and the Post Office and the DMV and let’s not forget all the stuff in the stimulus we are paying for: $1.7 million “for a honey bee factory” in Weslaco, TX, $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah, $200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past, $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center 6. $1 million for Mormon cricket control in Utah, $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi, $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York 3. $332,000 for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas, $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii, $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa.  He also alluded to tax money going to education, mmhhmm you gotta love that your money is going to help teachers indoctrinate their students.

On the topic of Obama’s crazy advisors I never said those people shouldn’t be allowed to say those things, I realize what the first amendment is and they had every right to say those things, but that doesn’t remove that fact that what they said is ridiculous and should send a light off in the American peoples mind because I’m not exactly excited about having someone working for our President who is a big fan of Chairman Mao or Hugo Chavez, but that’s just me I guess.

 And there is the topic of fox news where once again words were put into my mouth, I don’t recall saying the White House has censored Fox News, although it wouldn’t surprise me. And believe me Fox News isn’t asking the President or aides to come on in order to help their ratings, their ratings are high enough as is, they’re practically untouchable by any other news channel. Oh, thanks for the Daily Show clip but I didn’t laugh I did however roll my eyes. But I will respond to it. I can assure you when FOX News says their shows from 4pm on are not “news” shows they didn’t mean everything reported on those shows is pure fallacy. They are the opinions of those commentators but those opinions are backed up by hours of research from a excellent team of researchers. If you look at anything said by his FCC Czar you’d see why I’m a bit worried about freedom of speech, not only on television but also radio.

Also concerning FOX News here is an article from today where the White House has told a democratic strategist “We better not see you on there again” after he appeared on FOX News http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-fox7-2009nov07,0,7720786.story

The Copenhagen Treaty, yes I realize there is not a final draft yet or that the President has not said whether he will or will not sign it. However, in terms of that treaty I’m preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. I’d like to think he would not if the final draft did include a new government like the rough draft does. But to think Barack Obama, now a Nobel Peace Prize winner would not sign a treaty like that would be surprising to me. I will highly commend him if he walks away from that meeting and didn’t sign it, but I am in fact skeptical. Being a Christian and knowing what I do about end times prophecy makes me so staunch on believing he will sign it. Regardless if he does or doesn’t the idea of one world government is here to stay.

I do believe the men who founded this country were aware of our Creator, look at any of their writings and you will see that. I’m not saying every one of them believed in God, I do know that Jefferson and Franklin were deists. I’ve watched movies and learned history and history has told me that this country was founded upon a Creator.

I would like to thank the man who commented on my blog for his input, however I do disagree and I hope I’ve supplied plenty of facts to state my position. I do not regret anything I wrote in my letter nor do I take any of it back.

Open Letter to the President

24 Oct

You ran your campaign on “Hope and Change” but so far all I’ve seen is change. And when I say change I mean (in your own words) you are on the path to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” In terms of Hope, the only thing I’m hoping right now is that you stop with all the change.

The role of a President is not to “Transform” the nation. The role of the president is clearly stated in the Presidential Oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.” Nowhere in that oath do I see change or transform. Your job is to protect, preserve and defend. Not change, dismantle, and control. And right now I get the feeling that you are doing the latter.

During the summer I became deeply saddened with the way you and the other leaders of this country handled the men and women who opposed your healthcare plan at the Town Hall meetings. They were called Nazi’s, Brown shirts, angry mobs, and Un-American. I was absolutely blown away by the rhetoric. Freedom of speech is one of the many freedoms that make this great country so unique. Unfortunately, now for some reason anyone who is opposed to anything your administration has to offer is deemed a “hate-monger”. In the words of Alexander Hamilton, “Here sir, the PEOPLE govern.” You were elected BY THE PEOPLE; therefore it is your job you listen to everyone. Grant it not everyone is going to get their way but a little respect would be nice. The people at the Town Halls feel as if they have been abandoned by the people that work for them. I watch people on television express concerns that I share and watch them being called “Crazy right wing extremists” and think to myself these people aren’t crazy, nor are they extremists. They’re people who love their country and know how hard their grandparents and great grandparents worked to get us to where we are today. They see that the Constitution is being flushed down the toilet and realize that everything our Founding Fathers have done for us will mean nothing if we continue in the direction we’re headed, and they’re scared. And so am I!

I read about these bills you’d like to see passed and wonder what you’re thinking? As far as I can see bills like Cap and Trade as well as Heath Care appear to be a power grab, not something to help the American people. I become more and more frightened each and every day wondering what else do you want to get your hands on? This country was founded on the principle “that government which governs best governs least.” As I understand that quote it means that government doesn’t attempt to control the people’s lives. In health care I see that my parents won’t be able to make the decisions for what they believe my sister and I need in terms of health care. Soon I’ll be off on my own and I’d like to have the freedom to choose for myself as well. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think healthcare in America is perfect, but a good solution is never to allow the government to control something, especially something as important as healthcare. In cap and trade I see that “taxes would sky rocket”. It isn’t just about my family not being able to afford more taxes but it’s the millions of people who are struggling deeply in this country.

Another area of concern is the people you are surrounding yourself with. There was Van Jones, who rightly resigned. But the fact that he actually made it into the White House still blows my mind to this day. I don’t know where to begin with the others. Anita Dunn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Mark Lloyd. All people who have made some startling remarks in the past. And have some crazy ideas that don’t seem to run in line with the constitution. Anita Dunn has praised Chairman Mao, Mark Lloyd who believes the Fairness Doctrine isn’t enough, and has praised the work of Hugo Chavez. John Holdren who has thought about the option of sterilizing women to control the population and Cass Sunstein who wants to allow animals the right to an attorney?

The most recent activity your White House has been involved in is an attack on Fox News. Back in February in an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace you said “It’s fair to say I don’t always get my most favorable coverage on Fox but I think that’s part of how democracy is suppose to work, we aren’t all suppose to be in lock step here.” Remember that? What happened to that statement? I see this as yet another attack on free speech. You and your White House have also refused all of Fox’s offers for you or one of your aids to come on the show and clear the air. Please sir, if something they are reporting is simply not true, come out and say it. Present the facts and if Fox is proven wrong they will admit it. The lack of willingness to appear on the show speaks volumes. I would love nothing more than you to prove some of Fox’s stories wrong. If you did, I would have a whole lot less to worry about. But until then I will continue speaking out.

Now, I’m learning of the Copenhagen Treaty you will be signing soon. This has me completely dumbfounded. The fact that you are willing to sign away this nation into a New World Order is astounding. America has been known as the most powerful and most wealthy nation in the world. Frankly, that’s something to be proud of. Ask yourself this, why do people from other countries come to America? Freedom, freedom to speak their mind, freedom to choose their healthcare provider, freedom to pursue their dreams, freedom to worship as they please, freedom from oppressive governments if this treaty is signed America will become like every other nation. America will no longer be a free nation. Please, think about this decision. It will be a huge transformation, oh wait…

What I’m about to say next I say as a concerned citizen of this country, not as a skeptic of yours. I’m only 17, and I used to be excited about growing up and becoming an adult, getting a job, and being able to make my own decisions. But the way I see it, at the rate you are going I’m going to be getting another set of parents, the government. Another thing that worries me about my future is that it’s going to be decided for me already. I’ll have no choice in healthcare; I’ll have to own a home that meets certain energy requirements. I’m realizing that if my ideas or beliefs are different from someone, I’ll be told to sit down and shut up because what I’ve said is offensive or I’m just saying it because I hate that person. I love my country, I realize it was founded by great men who recognized we have a Creator and He is the only one who can protect this nation. But He instituted government to protect the people. I don’t feel like I’m being protected. I feel like I’m being manipulated, deceived. I pray you think about the decisions you are making and how they will affect this country.

-Jackie-