Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Radicalism Of Moderates And Independents

Author: Howard Jacobs

There seems to be an unwritten rule, in the minds of many, that being a Political Independent makes a person more "reasonable" than people on the extremes of the political spectrum. Many on the right look to "soften" their views in order to gain acceptance from the MSM (Main Stream Media). They may say things such as "I'm a fiscal conservative but a social liberal", or the all too popular "I'm neither a republican nor a democrat".

People on the left don't need to soften their views because the MSM never views a far left view as "extreme". The only time politicians on the left look to soften their views and move to the right is during election time which shows that either consciously or subconsciously, they know that it is THEIR views that are not in the main stream. Yet people who are independent of both parties seem to have a special arrogance as if they are more reasonable than people on the left OR the right.

One of the worst offenders of the "I'm an Independent and therefore better than the rest of you" mentality is FOX pundit Bill O'Reilly. If O'Reilly criticizes Michael Moore, he may also feel obligated to criticize someone associated with the right such as Ann Coulter. When O'Reilly criticizes far left websites such as moveon or the DailyKos, he seems to feel obligated to say that he also criticizes far right websites. He is constantly bloviating about being an "Independent".

Bill O'Reilly, to his credit, has been at the forefront of a number of controversies. One of his uncompromising issues is child abuse and the need for laws to protect children. O'Reilly would never feel the need to justify his uncompromising stance in protecting children by saying something such as "We need to look at the underlying reasons that cause a person to commit child abuse." There is only one issue and that is the protection of children. O'Reilly gets this here but on issues such as healthcare, the environment, the economy, national defense, taxes and many others he bends over backwards to show his "independence".

The issue here is not that everyone on the right must agree on every issue. The left is far more intolerant of people within their ranks. They basically threw Joe Lieberman out of the democrat party because he disagreed with them on one issue - national defense. The right does, and should, tolerate differing views on all issues. However, what is happening today is that people on the right, by constantly justifying and rationalizing their views, cede the moral superiority to the left.

If someone on the right points out that Reverends Jeremiah Wright or Al Sharpton are racists, he may feel obligated to point out that he would feel the same way if they were white racists. Former KKK member David Duke has not been in the news for years but his name keeps popping up, as in "I would feel the same way about Jeremiah Wright as I do about David Duke." Do the filthy words of Jeremiah Wright not stand on their own? Does it make it acceptable to criticize a minority as long as you throw a white racist former KKK member into the sentence?

When Bill O'Reilly points to extremes, he falls into the same trap that the MSM does. For example, in the Michael Moore-Ann Coulter comparison, saying that one is on the far left and one is on the far right gives them both equal status. Michael Moore has been caught lying many times. David T. Hardy in his book "Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man" documents these deceptions. There are NO deceptions of a like status in any of Ann Coulter's writings. People can debate what she says but there aren't misrepresentations in her writings. There is a far greater difference between these two people than "far left" and "far right".

Sometimes the truth is crazier than fiction. If this is the case do you turn the truth into fiction in order to sanitize it and make it more believable? If I said that Barack Obama is fundamentally trying to change this country from a constitutional republic where the government is put into place and run only by the consent and the permission of the people, into one where the government doesn't care whether or not the people consent to how they are being governed and, in fact, is closer to a dictatorship in that the people have practically no say at all in what the government could do to them, you might say that I am being a radical. Certainly, politicians such as Barney Frank or Anthony's Weiner would label me as "extreme".

Perhaps the solution is to say "Barack Obama is gaining dictatorial power but David Duke is a racist and I'd feel the same way if he were gaining dictatorial power." There is no need to rationalize the truth! Republicans seem to live in constant fear of what democrats and the MSM may say about them. Ronald Reagan was loved by the right because he never rationalized his beliefs. He stated his case eloquently and wasn't intimidated by how the democrats or MSM characterized what he said. John McCain, Bill O'Reilly and many others labeled as "moderate republicans" or "independents" are looked at with suspicion from the right because they sometimes seem to look at the right with the same condescending attitude that the democrats and the MSM does.

There is a radicalism to Independents that rivals any on the right or the left. There is a need to take any situation and find an alternative to it to show that there MUST be another side to the argument. Ayn Rand spoke about this issue. She said:

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.

Today, the strategy being used by democrats is to label all criticism of Obama as "extreme". During the election, John McCain did not bring up a number of vital campaign issues because he didn't want to be divisive. McCain failed in his duty as a candidate in the same way that a lawyer might fail in his responsibility if he left out critical evidence that could have exonerated his client. The citizens of the US are not children and they have the right to know the truth no matter how strange the truth is!

It is not radical to ask the President of the US and the leader of the free world (if there is such a thing anymore) to put forth the same paperwork as a person applying for a job at a local bank. Yet republicans run from this by saying it is not a winning strategy. Maybe it's not, but it's not a crazy idea to want to know the truth! And this truth involves much more than Obama's birth certificate. It involves organizations he was part of, his sealed college records, his associates over the years and much more.

Republicans and conservatives will never be successful until they learn how to defend their vision, rather than excuse it. Bi-partisanship is not a virtue when you give up your principles in order to be perceived as a "moderate". Again, according to Ayn Rand:

Moderation in the protection of liberty is no virtue...When people call themselves moderates, ask yourself: "Moderate—about what?" Since the basic question today is freedom versus statism, or individual rights versus government controls, to be a moderate is to advocate a moderate amount of statism, a moderate amount of injustice, a moderate amount of infringement of individual rights. Surely, nobody would call that a virtue.

People on the right need to stop worrying about how they are perceived. To lie even when the truth and the facts are on your side makes people doubt what the truth and facts are. Informed people will respect a person who honestly fights for his convictions. Let the left and the democrats lie - they need to!

About the Author: Howard Jacobsn MBA, Marketing, Pace University, I currently work for a large finacial institution. I started the blog EndTheChange because I am outraged at the direction our country is going in. People who feel this way want to know "What can I do?" This blog is my little way of trying to set the record straight on the upside-down state of our country. http://endthechange.blogspot.com

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

National Debt To Exceed GDP In 2012

National Debt to Top 100 Percent of GDP
by Mark Knoller CBS News
"New projections contained in the Administration's Mid-Session Budget Review, show the National Debt doubling between now and the year 2020 when it's forecast to hit over $26 trillion.

The new budget numbers show the Debt will top 100 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, the total output of goods and services, in the year 2012. It'll stay above 100 percent for the remainder of the decade."
What, is Congress insane?  What is wrong with these people?  We can not continue to spend money we do not have.  Exercise some fiscal restraint for a change, will you!

Program after program, after program. Programs that cost billions of dollars, yearly, to run. Programs that grow our government at an unprecedented rate.  Programs that give our government unprecedented powers.  Unconstitutional powers, at that.

Time to hold the criminals, that are running our country accountable.  Time to remove them from office.  Time to launch criminal investigations on most of the members of our congress, and charge them with crimes, if the evidence is there to support the charge.

It is time to restore the government of the United States to that of a government operating within the constraints placed on it by the Constitution.  No enemy, from the outside, has manged to do what we have done to ourselves from within.

The Constitution of the United States in the supreme law of the land.  No law, no treaty can alter the Constitution.  To all of our government officials, uphold your oath of office.

Friday, July 23, 2010

No Mosque at Ground Zero

Message from Frank Gaffney: The Center for Security Policy today unveiled a powerful 1-minute video opposing the construction of a 13-story, $100 million mega-mosque near the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11 by adherents to the barbaric, supremacist and totalitarian program authoritative Islam calls "Shariah." And the imam who is promoting this mosque has publicly declared that he seeks to "bring Shariah to America."

As the ad makes clear, Shariah's followers have long built mosques on the most sacred sites of those they have conquered -- for example, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, at Constantinople/Istanbul's St. Sophia Basilica and in Cordoba, Spain, the capital of the occupying Moors' Muslim kingdom.

A growing chorus of New Yorkers and other Americans -- including, notably, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin -- have expressed outrage at the prospect of a similar, permanent beachhead for Shariah being use to defile Ground Zero, and symbolize America's defeat at the hands of her enemies. We say, "No Mosque at Ground Zero."

Read the Bill

It's not just the bills that are being passed in Washington that have the American people speaking out, but also the abused and broken process by which they become law. Republican Leader John Boehner thinks no bill should be voted on without time for every American to know what's in it. Rep. John Culberson has introduced a resolution requiring a bill be available online for at least 3 days before a vote, and Leader Boehner says this is a reform that's needed right now. What do you think?


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Out of Touch Harry Reid: Auto Bailout Probably Saved Ford

Ford did not take any bailout money from the U.S. government.
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "Isn't it a good thing today in America that we have an automobile manufacturing sector? If it had been up to them [Republicans], General Motors would be gone. If it were up to them, Ford Motor Company would probably be gone. Chrysler definitely would be gone."
Watch Video at Real Clear Politics

Let Us Go Back To Work

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal at the Rally for Economic Survival in Lafayette, speaking out against the Obama Administration's job-killing offshore drilling moratorium.

Monday, July 19, 2010

This Is ACT! for America

ACT! for America debuts its promotional video originally shown at its June 2009 Congressional Briefing in Washington DC. The event was attended by 13 Senators and Congressmen who briefed ACT's Chapter Leaders, major donors and leading business people from around the country. Since the production of this video, ACT has grown to 80,000 members and 365 ACT! Chapters nationwide.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Glenn Beck: Setting The Record Straight

Glenn Beck Show - Setting The Record Straight - July 16, 2010

It's time to set the record straight on what the civil rights movement was really about versus what progressives and radicals want you to think it was about. You've got people like the Rev. Al Sharpton telling everyone that Martin Luther King's dream was really about redistributing wealth. That's not at all what it was about- it was about human rights. Tonight, Glenn shows us how the movement has been perverted and distorted. Tonight's guests: Pastor Stephen Broden and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

President Obama - “Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.”

President Obama “Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.”

LIAR!!!

Maryland Becomes Second State to Offer Federally Funded Abortions under Obamacare
Friday, July 16, 2010
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
"(CNSNews.com) - Maryland will join Pennsylvania as the second state to use federal tax dollars to pay for abortions under the new health care law signed by President Barack Obama in March, according to information released by Maryland’s State Health Insurance Plan.

Maryland will receive $85 million in federal funds for its federally mandated high-risk insurance pool, which will cover abortions. As CNSNews.com reported on July 14, Pennsylvania will receive $160 million in federal funds for its high-risk insurance pool, which will also cover abortions."
What part of no taxpayer dollars are to be spent on Abortion, do not these people understand? Once again, the people have been 'mislead', I hate that term. To use the term 'mislead' is so misleading, don't you think?  This administration lied to the people.  Call it like it is.  No more PC terms.  A lie, is a lie, no matter how you term it.

U.S.-Born Radical Cleric Added to Terror Blacklist

The United States Government Blacklisted Anwar al-Awlaki (aka Melvin Yoskowitz), freezing his bank accounts and subjecting to special travel restrictions
"The Obama administration added a U.S.-born, al-Qaida-linked cleric to a terrorism blacklist Friday, targeting him with sanctions aimed at cutting off his financial support.

The Treasury Department placed Anwar al-Awlaki -- accused by officials of helping plan the failed Christmas Day airline bombing -- on its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. That means any bank accounts found in the United States belonging to him are frozen. Americans are forbidden from doing business with him. And, it bans him from traveling to the U.S."
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/16/born-radical-cleric-added-terror-blacklist/

It took the DHS this long to realize, that this guy is a threat?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Debate Between NAACP, Tea Party Rages

NAACP admits some of its membership are tea party activists. It appears from this interview, they may be back tracking on calling the entire movement racist.


http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/debate-between-naacp-tea-party-rages-071510

Tea Party Racism Rev Perryman Says Enough

Reverend Wayne Perryman has heard enough and thinks people need the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Democratic Congressman, Lies about Black Panther Story

Congressman Brad Sherman CA.-27, tells town hall; "Unaware of Black Panther Story."


Related Story: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/13/congressman-shouted-claiming-know-new-black-panther-case/

Woman Reporter Dragged Away by Obama Security

Dr. Harold Pease http://www.libertyunderfire.org

Reverend Brenda Lee, also a reporter for the Georgia Informer, is forcibly dragged away by Obama Security. As a result she was unable to cover the speech and departure of the President at LAX as intended. The event was caught on tape and no explanation has yet been given for security behavior. Had this been the behavior of a less media loved president the event would be the feature of virtually every news outlet. More importantly this happened to one of their own and still the silence. So much for a free press.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Am America - Krista Branch

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Krista Branch debuts the video to her recent single release, "I Am America." Share this patriotic song with your family and friends. "I Am America" is a hopeful song with heavy dose of truth. It's time we stand up and restore honor in America! Special thanks for the talent and creativity of David John at http://www.musostudio.net Tulsa, OK.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

We The People

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Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World

The key to freedom is the ability to defend oneself. The inability to defend oneself leaves you at the mercy of whomever wants to oppress or harm you.

Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.

The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

This is in a very large part due to Switzerland's unique system of national defence, developed over the centuries.

Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, and are required to undergo training occasionally. Women are not required to own firearms, but are encouraged to nby the Swiss government.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Declaration of Independence

http://www.constitutionlive.com This is a very cool video from www.declareyourself.com. The DOI done Hollywood style. Check out more patriotic videos at www.constitutionlive.com


Those Rich Old White Guys

What happened after signing the Declaration of Independence that some may not know.... Text written by Rush Limbaugh's dad.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

We The People Stimulus Package

Bob Basso author of "Common Sense" plays the role of Thomas Paine to ignite the fire of change in America. Patriotism and Pride for America lead Thomas Paine to help take back America!



The only 2 points I disagree with, in this video are:
  1. Abolishment of the Electoral College
  2. Compulsory Service
The United States of America is a Representative Republic not a Democracy.  Allowing the direct election of the President of the United States by the people would ensure that the cities would be electing the President.  Thus silencing the voices of Rural and Small Town America.

Compulsory Service, on paper may appear to be an excellent idea, but in practice...  By compelling every able bodied male and female between the ages of 18-25 to provide some sort of civil or military service, would ensure that the Peace Corps, the United States Military, and other civil service programs would be filled with people who don't want to be there.  Forcing people into compulsory service is slavery, plain and simple.  The discipline problems that come with compulsory service far out weigh the good.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nancy Pelosi Claims That Unemployment Benefits Create Jobs

Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs
"Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

Talking to reporters, the House speaker was defending a jobless benefits extension against those who say it gives recipients little incentive to work. By her reasoning, those checks are helping give somebody a job.

'It injects demand into the economy, 'Pelosi said, arguing that when families have money to spend it keeps the economy churning. 'It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.'"
Well, I will at least give her this much, spending does create demand.  When demand goes up, manufacturing capacity must expand to meet demand.  To expand manufacturing capacity, requires the requisite number of new workers be hired.  Problem is, a very large percentage of the consumer goods available for purchase here in the United States are not even manufactured here in the good old U.S. of A.  So, the jobs created by the increased spending will be somewhere other than here.  The jobs will be created in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, or Brazil, take your pick.

Time for Nancy to come back to reality and understand that extending benefits, does not encourage anyone to look for a job.  Extending benefits without, financing the program, does nothing to put the United States back on the path of fiscal responsibility.

I feel for the unemployed, but let's be realistic.  We, as a country, don't have the money for these grandiose Keynesian spending programs.  At some point the benefits must stop, and you have to become gainfully employed, even if that means you are making significantly less then you were in your previous job.

Nancy, stop giving handouts and do something that actually creates jobs here in the good old U.S. of A.

Lenny Kravitz crashes the VOP Choir in New Orleans for "Fly Away"

Lenny Kravitz joining The Voice of Praise Choir from First Baptist Church of Lewisville, TX in New Orleans.