Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

November 18, 2010

There is Hope for the Republic!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — tkweber @ 1:15 pm

There may be hope for the United States after all. Hope, that is, that we can avert the seemingly inevitable plunge into full-blown socialism and its frightening consequences. This hope is the result of the “new media,” the internet, social networking, twitter, and more enabling the free-flow of information and ready access by virtually anyone anywhere. Of course, this can be and is abused, and there is a lot of misinformation and deception floating around; nevertheless, “the truth is out there.”

Among other things, the tremendous opposition to Obama-care, the rise of the Tea Party and the conservative sweep of the 2010 mid-term election, and the growing protest against Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing are all indicative. Just a few years ago, liberal progressives could have pushed their socialist agenda upon us without anyone really noticing. Since there is no objective, critical investigation and reporting from the mainstream media – unless of course it is about the evils of conservatives and their agenda – much of what has been happening in Washington D.C. would pass under the radar of the average American until it is too late. The watchful few who did notice had little, if any, ability to warn and educate significant portions of the populace.

With the advent of cable news, talk radio, internet bloggers, facebook, etcetera, Americans are able to get their hands on more information than ever before and many are waking up to the facts and not liking what they see. It is possible (and I hope it is so) that the more people realize what is happening in the White House and Congress, and the more they learn about the real threats and consequences of what is being pushed upon the nation, they will rise up en masse to turn things around. I am hopeful that the latest election results are the first wave of that turn-around.

Jesus said, “The truth will make you free.” There seems to be something to that.

November 14, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I am so very happy that Washingtonians rejected the initiative to implement a state income tax on November 2nd. Also good was the repeal of a recently enacted tax on bottled water, candy, etc. Disappointing was the failure of initiatives to end the state’s liquor monopoly, which I think was due to fear-based ads that convinced non-thinking lemmings that hard liquor is somehow more dangerous than other alcoholic beverages, and that it is better for the state to have exclusive selling rights. It assaults my libertarian sensibilities.

Even more disappointing was the re-election of Senator Patty Murray. Ugh! No surprise, really, in this very left-leaning state, but so frustrating. My sympathies to Dino Rossi for striking out in his third run for high office (two prior attempts at the governorship). Six more years of Super-Spender-Socker-Mom will do no good for the nation.

On another note, if you like inflation you’ll love the Federal Reserve’s plan to pump $600-billion new dollars into the national economy, which they deceptively call “Quantitative Easing.” This increase of the money supply will de-value the dollar (to which many foreign governments have vehemently objected) and cause the price of everything to go up, up and away. So, if you haven’t noticed increases in the price of groceries and gas so far, start paying attention. As you do, you will see them continue to rise indefinitely, and if the predictions of some inflation experts are correct, it will have drastic effects on our daily lives.  Whatever cash we have will be worth less and less, meaning the products we want to purchase will cost more and more. What we pay $5 dollars for today may cost $10, $15, or more in a very short time. 

For this, we have to thank Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and ultimately President Barak Obama, who determines the nation’s monetary policy. Of course, Obama supports this Qualitative Easing because it moves us further toward his Socialist vision for America by exacerbating the present economic crisis, which he and his Progressive cohorts believe will create the opportunity for them to rush to the rescue with still more Socialist solutions. Remember the words of Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

We can only hope that the recent election of many conservatives to Congress will be the beginning of the end of our nation’s mad dash toward Socialism. I am cautiously and skeptically optimistic.

June 12, 2009

Obama’s Cairo Speach Shameful

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — tkweber @ 8:38 am

President Obama’s recent speach in Cairo, Egypt, was a shameful embarrassment on the United States, and bodes ill for U.S.-Israeli and Israeli-Arab relations. Our President put political expedience, his fondness for Muslims and Arabs, and his own megalomania ahead of long-standing U.S.-Israeli relations and historical facts, distorting the truth for who-knows-what ultimate ends he may have in mind.

To begin to comprehend this fiasco, I recommend this article in the Jewish World Review: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0609/bayefsky060909.php3

 May the blessings and peace of God abound toward Israel.

May 29, 2009

Even the Russians are laughing at us!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — tkweber @ 1:04 pm

A friend sent me this link to a very interesting and timely article: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/107459-american_capitalism-0

Russians are ridiculing America’s mad dash toward the Marxist wasteland from which they recently emerged. If they recognize the overtly socialist agenda of the Obama administration, why can’t the American people?! How stupid can we be? Pull your head out, people! Look around. Turn off American Idol, stop watching John & Kate exploit their eight, and read some world history! What President Obama and Congress are doing to and with this nation has NEVER WORKED ANYWHERE, AT ANY TIME, IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!

March 26, 2009

U.S. Government is Out of Control!

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — tkweber @ 10:37 pm

Somehow the madness must stop. Our government has long been acting outside the limits placed upon it by the Constitution in many ways, but in the last three months it has gone completely out of control.  Why isn’t anyone holding the President and Congress accountable?  Why is the press/media, which is supposed to “speak truth to power,” not doing so?  Why are not the Republicans in Congress making a huge issue of this?  Even though they, as the minority party, lack the power to stop the Democrats, they could raise significant and effective opposition, if only they would try.  They need to get their heads out of the sand, stop fussing over details, and attack hard and unceasingly based on fundamental principles. 

Sadly, it seems that most Americans know little, and perhaps care even less, about the Constitution and the form of government it prescribes for this nation. We need to get back to the core principles of limited government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility.

The gross expansion of the size, reach and power of the U.S. government over the American people in recent months is shocking and frightening.  That there is so little substantive opposition to it is even more shocking and frightening.  Someone once said that America is a nation with a government, not a government with a nation (something like that).  Many, especially those in government, seem to have forgotten that.  They believe that government, simply by virtue of its existence, is somehow wiser and better able to run our lives than we ourselves.

Remember that the government has no virtue or ability of its own. It has no inherent goodness or evil, beneficence or malevolence. It is merely an expression and extension of the people who are placed in charge of it, who are an extension and expression of the citizens who elected them.  One who serves as a Senator or Representative or President or Governor is no better, wiser, or more noble, because of their office, than any other citizen.  So the way in which the current administration continually gets a free pass because of their supposed good intentions, without scrutiny of their ideas or the long term effects of those ideas, is both nonsensical and disturbing.  It is as though people are saying, “It doesn’t matter if their policies wreck the nation, because they mean well.”

The government is out of control because we, the people, have let it get out of control.  It’s time to stop the madness and take it back.

February 4, 2009

Obama limits executive pay, but socialism still on the way

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — tkweber @ 11:10 am

I applaud President Obama’s action limiting to $500,000 the pay of executives of corporations receiving bailout money from the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).  I was against the bailout plan, but since it is done, and tax-payer dollars were used to keep these failing businesses afloat, then the government should have a say in how the money is spent.  Executives should not be rewarded for failure at public expense.

However, I’m still concerned about the government being so deeply involved in private business and the market.  Despite all the reassurances from the administration, I’m concerned that our nation continues to be led further into socialism.  If the new $850 billion Economic Stimulus Package, recently passed by the House and presently before the Senate, becomes law, it will be a gigantic leap in that direction.  Many are calling it the new New Deal, a repeat of FDR’s New Deal of the 1930s. What most fail to realize is that the old New Deal made the Great Depression much worse and of longer duration than it would have been if the government had kept it’s “benevolent hand” to itself.  I fear that the path being chosen by the Obama administration, like that of FDR, will make the present economic troubles much worse and last much longer.  What’s more, I fear that the only likely solution to such a situation may be the same as it was for FDR: another world war. 

Read about Obama’s recent action here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29003620 

I highly recommend this excellent book: The Forgotten Man, A New History of the Great Depression, by Amity Shlaes, New York: Harper Perennial (2007)

June 27, 2008

America At Risk

The recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the Second Amendment to the Constitution (enumerating the right of citizens to keep and bear arms) is a victory for freedom and the American way of life.  However, it was a close victory – too close.  The fact that the court was split five-to-four on the decision should cause every American citizen to tremble, and wake us up to the overwhelming importance of the next Presidential election.  It is not only the Second Amendment that is at risk, but the entire Constitution. 

 

There is a strong chance that the next President will likely appoint the next round of Supreme Court justices, as some of the current sitting justices are likely to retire in the next few years.  The two oldest members of the court are John Paul Stevens (88), and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (75).  With the right President, this can be a very good thing.  With the wrong President, it may be disastrous.  If Barak Obama is elected, there is no doubt that he will appoint liberal judges who will treat the Constitution as a “living document” that has no fixed meaning or application; consult international courts and laws for guidance as they adjudicate American law; and continually overstep their strictly judicial responsibilities to legislate from the bench and interfere with the political process.  This may spell the end of America as we know it.

 

John McCain has promised that, if elected, he would follow President Bush’s model in choosing Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. (L.A. Times, May 19, 2008).  These are justices who, along with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, are committed to upholding the spirit and principles of the founding fathers.  Such justices are needed on the court to guide our country by the rule of law, rather than by the arbitrary, fluid and subjective pursuit of so-called social justice, as Obama would have it.

 

As stated by the attorney who defended the Second Amendment before the court, this is not the end of the matter, but merely the end of the beginning.  There will be more lawsuits challenging the Second Amendment and other long-held American rights and liberties, and we must not give up the fight to preserve our way of life.  A vote for John McCain for President is a vote for a conservative Supreme Court and to preserve the American way of life.  God bless America.

June 12, 2008

Supreme Court Disaster

The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the U.S. Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts is a disaster for our nation, and highlights the extreme importance of electing a President who will appoint strict Constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court as current liberal judges retire in the next few years (hopefully).  Our best choice at this time is Senator John McCain.

Granting foreign terror suspects Constituional rights within civilian courts is exactly what the terrorists have been hoping for.  They will use our convoluted legal system against us, costing millions of taxpayer dollars, decades of court time in endless trials and appeals, and eventually be set free to continue their murderous Islamo-fascist assault on the free world.  In the meantime, they’ll be enjoying free room and board in our prison system, which is a posh existence compared to their armpit countries of origin that are keepin’ it real, 7th-century-style, until the return of Mohamed.  (Thanks for the phrase, Jaime.) 

When will Americans wake up and realize that terrorism isn’t about lack of opportunities, third-world poverty, social justice, or even so-called American imperialism?  It’s about world domination and the convert-or-die madness of radical Islamists.  They don’t want to negotiate; they want to exterminate.

Barak Hussein Obama thinks his warm heart and smooth words will salve the hatred of radical Islam.  Did words help Daniel Pearl?  Should his murderers and their comrades be granted the luxury of trial in American civil courts?  Absolutely not.  Stop the lunacy of the Supreme Court by electing John McCain and pressing him to appoint truly conservative judges throughout the federal court system. 

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