Federal Election Takeover?

The Daily Caller has a scary piece, titled “Democrats And Republicans Unite To Rescind Last-Minute Obama Order Seeking Federal Election Takeover.” What’s scary is, of course, not Democrats and Republicans uniting. It is a Department of Homeland Security order that seeks to start the process of a federal takeover of all elections in the United States.

This was a deadly and serious attempt to federalize all elections. Now, if I were a Russian hacktivist working for Vlad, I’d be drooling at the prospect of having a fully-automated, centralized and online election system for all elections in the United States. One-stop shopping, comrades!

Don’t doubt that the “progressives” would wish to impose “progress” on us poor benighted Deplorables living in the hinterlands. For our own good, mind you. Part of that “progress” would be full “modernization” of the election process. In every precinct in America. Fines and full-blown federal Department of Justice goon squads to parachute in for enforcement.

One may only hope that the Trumpkins understand enough about Federalism and have sufficient literacy in our Constitution to know that this move, which would very quickly be followed by other encroachments, would be something only a far-left administration would ever contemplate.

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We hold these truths to be self evident…


From our Declaration of Independence 236 years ago today:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

We are the best nation that ever was in history. Not perfect, mind you. Best. It takes a certain kind of self-hatred to focus always on our faults. I prefer to focus on our virtues, which are many.

If you doubt we are the best, find another nation, another nation where such freedom and prosperity have been achieved by such large numbers of people. Most people throughout the world, seeking to better themselves, would come to America if they could.

Millions of us have, among which I count my ancestors. For which I thank our Creator, and wish all of us Americans a happy birthday.

Prayers

I see where there was a Mass in Havana for the “quick recovery” of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez:

La Catedral de La Habana celebró hoy una misa para pedir por la pronta recuperación de la salud del presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, que fue operado hace una semana en Cuba de un nuevo tumor canceroso.

[My translation: The Cathedral of Havana celebrated today a Mass to plead for the quick recovery of the health of the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, who was operated on a week ago in Cuba for a new cancerous tumor.]

Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies. By all means, let us pray for the likes of Castro and Chávez. My prayers for those dictators? That they find the kindness of heart of our Savior and free their peoples.

Prayers for anyone’s health are also good. But, unless coupled with a prayer for those oppressed, makes the Church a party to dictatorship.

Join, or Die

The original rattlesnake flag was a plea for unity during the French and Indian Wars. Ben Franklin adapted the image of a rattler severed into segments, each representing a colony or group of colonies — the head labeled “N.E.” for New England. Rightly so, as this is where the Sons of Liberty first gathered in the mid 1770s. They joined with the like-minded gentlemen from Virginia, and the rest is, as they say, history.

The rattlesnake has ever since been a symbol of our strongest desires. For liberty; to be left alone by foreign princes and potentates. To be respected by our citizens. Like the rattler, we were peaceful until disturbed. Like the rattler, once disturbed, we could be deadly.

Fast forward a couple of centuries. We seem to have become a nation of lap dogs. Small, wee dogs, afraid of our shadow. So afraid of giving offense when there is none, that we allow the most heinous kinds of insults to our nation go unremarked and unpunished. Such cowardly dogs as to be told that it is our obligation to hate ourselves, to consider our great nation as a scourge upon the planet.

We now have arrived at close to a year of the Obama Apology Tour. He appears ashamed of his country; it wasn’t until the garbled, self-referential Nobel Peace Prize address that he actually said good things about America to a foreign audience. But the overwhelming picture is of one who scrapes and literally bows before foreigners. Obama appears to despise our nation as it was founded. Imperfect? Yes. Better than all the rest? Also, yes.

My simple question to Obama and his cronies who consider it right to hate this nation is this: will you join with the rest of us, and take an honored place among our citizenry? Or will you continue to debase yourselves, to seek to divide us on the premise that skin color entitles you to special treatment.

Let there be no mistake. I am a white Yankee. But I have zero guilt for slavery, or Jim Crow. My people never had anything to do with any of it. In fact, we were not even here until well after the Civil War. And after many, many generations of being treated like no-class citizens in Europe. I speak here for the Irish, the Jews, the Italians, the Poles, and many others who came and joined our nation. We did not stand apart, nursing our grievances, which were many and mighty. We joined her, and helped to make her mighty.

Join us. Right now. Some have; many have not. And you are dying. Dying in the streets. Dying in the new chains of drug addiction. Dying in our prisons. Being aborted in huge numbers — a true genocide, and all of it largely self-inflicted. Dying by clinging to a grievance that has been paid by the blood of 600,000 Americans in our Civil War.

You are human beings, as are we all. Fallible. Making mistakes. As do we all. Do not continue to simmer in the hatred of the Jeremiah Wrights of this world. Join us in our love of country, a country that has room for all of us if we but claim that Revolutionary heritage that is now available to all.

Join us; be united with us. For separately we all will die.

[updated post from last year]

In perfect harmony

Why is ObamaBird missing his hammer and sickle?

Why is ObamaBird missing his hammer and sickle?

Obama must pine for one of his fellow leftists having been kicked out of the nest. The only open question is how long it will take the elected dictator, should he be returned to power, to eliminate any chance of losing the next “election.” No matter what he says now.

The Wall Street Journal has it fair and balanced, to coin a phrase. This sums up the situation:

As military “coups” go, the one this weekend in Honduras was strangely, well, democratic. The military didn’t oust President Manuel Zelaya on its own but instead followed an order of the Supreme Court. It also quickly turned power over to the president of the Honduran Congress, a man from the same party as Mr. Zelaya. The legislature and legal authorities all remain intact.

We mention these not so small details because they are being overlooked as the world, including the U.S. President, denounces tiny Honduras in a way that it never has, say, Iran. President Obama is joining the U.N., Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez and other model democrats in demanding that Mr. Zelaya be allowed to return from exile and restored to power. Maybe it’s time to sort the real from the phony Latin American democrats.

Perhaps Obama is concerned about our Supreme Court and military removing him? Just kidding. Obama may be a socialist, and elected with criminality (can you spell “ACORN” boys and girls?), and may, or may not even be eligible to serve as president. But surely he isn’t concerned, so long as the mainstream media still considers him to be a god.

Only a con man like B.H. Obama could make an idiot like Joe Biden look good.

Join, or Die

The original rattlesnake flag was a plea for unity during the French and Indian Wars. Ben Franklin adapted the image of a rattler severed into segments, each representing a colony or group of colonies — the head labeled “N.E.” for New England. Rightly so, as this is where the Sons of Liberty first gathered in the mid 1770s. They joined with the like-minded gentlemen from Virginia, and the rest is, as they say, history.

The rattlesnake has ever since been a symbol of our strongest desires. For liberty; to be left alone by foreign princes and potentates. To be respected by our citizens. Like the rattler, we were peaceful until disturbed. Like the rattler, once disturbed, we could be deadly.

Fast forward a couple of centuries. We seem to have become a nation of lap dogs. Small, wee dogs, afraid of our shadow. So afraid of giving offense when there is none, that we allow the most heinous kinds of insults to our nation go unremarked and unpunished. Such cowardly dogs as to be told that it is our obligation to hate ourselves, to consider our great nation as a scourge upon the planet.

Thus saith one Jeremiah Wright, pastor to Barack Obama and thousands of other blacks in Chicago. My simple question to those who consider it right to hate this nation is this: will you join with the rest of us, and take an honored place among our citizenry? Or will you continue to debase yourselves, to seek to divide us on the premise that skin color entitles you to special treatment.

Let there be no mistake. I am a white Yankee. But I have zero guilt for slavery, or Jim Crow. My people never had anything to do with any of it. In fact, we were not even here until well after the Civil War. And after many, many generations of being treated like no-class citizens in Europe. I speak here for the Irish, the Jews, the Italians, the Poles, and many others who came and joined our nation. We did not stand apart, nursing our grievances, which were many and mighty.  We joined her, and helped to make her mighty.

Join us. Right now, some have; many have not. And you are dying. Dying in the streets. Dying in the new chains of drug addiction. Dying in our prisons. Being aborted in huge numbers — a true genocide, and all of it largely self-inflicted. Dying by clinging to a grievance that has been paid by the blood of 600,000 Americans in our Civil War.

You are human beings, as are we all. Fallible. Making mistakes. As do we all. Do not continue to simmer in the hatred of the Jeremiah Wrights of this world. Join us in our love of country, a country that has room for all of us if we but claim that Revolutionary heritage that is now available to all.

Join us; be united with us.  For separately we all will die.

Why not freedom for Tibet?

March 17 is St. Patrick’s day, and we Christians of Irish or other European ancestry owe this man for spreading the faith among the heathens.  We pretend to be Irish for one day and cheapen the saint’s actual feats by drinking green beer and carousing. But it’s all in good fun, and, after centuries of struggle, Ireland is, for the most part, a free nation.

Tibet, on the other hand, is under the harsh boot of the communist Chinese. Has been since 1951. Over one million Tibetans were killed or caused to die by starvation by the Chinese. The ruler, the Dalai Lama, was forced into exile this very day in 1959. The Dalai Lama left Tibet, and arrived in India on 31 March that same year, never to return.

The oppression of Tibet has continued, with, among other things, ethnic Han Chinese (and other non-Tibetans) populating Tibet. The last serious clashes with the Chinese dictators was in 1989. It looks as though the troubles are starting again, only this time in the instant news-cycle of 2008.

From the Wall Street Journal, the basics:

The confrontation started with a peaceful protest led by monks last Monday, the anniversary of Tibet’s national uprising against China in 1959, nine years after Chinese troops invaded. Beijing’s swift response — arresting several of the monks — led to further protests, which escalated to mob violence in Lhasa on Friday. Cars were burned, shops looted and witnesses reported gunfire; state-run media said 10 civilians died in fires. The Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala says the death toll is at least 80.

China has controlled Tibet for more than half a century, and across those years countless Tibetans have been killed and thousands of monasteries have been destroyed. It is still forbidden to display a photograph of the Dalai Lama in Tibet, much less call for freedom of religion, speech or assembly.

Well, as cynics are quick to point out, there’s a lot of sadness in this world. The real question before the house is this: what’s to be done about this obvious trampling of human rights in Asia?

The answer is that we’re not about to go to war with China about this issue. Just as when we sell our souls for oil from the vile and corrupt regimes of the Midddle East, we have sold our souls to the Chinese for a mess of pottage.

In fact, we and the Chinese are quite used to doing the international equivalent of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” kabuki dance. We basically turn a blind official eye to their human rights violations; they in turn grease the skids and keep those cheap consumer goods coming our way. Both sides benefit economically, and no sane American politician is going to urge us to cut off trade with China over Tibet (or any other human rights violations).

So, back to the question:  what to do?  How about if we start by officially condemning China in every public venue we can find?  How about if we actually do start to use our trade as a leverage, understanding that it will hurt consumers in America, but might actually, when combined with the strongest possible diplomatic pressures, help bring some measure of freedom to Tibet?

Getting back to politicians, sane and otherwise:  in this campaign year, we’ve heard much nonsense about NAFTA and the alleged evils of free trade and the alleged need to improve working conditions in hellholes such as Canada (that’s sarcasm, just in case any of my humor-impaired Canadian friends read this).

While there are quite a few urging that all workers around the world be paid a “living wage,” I can’t recall any significant politician urging us to boycott Chinese imports over human rights.  Yes, we can, and should, as individuals, consciously avoid buying products made in China.  But this is akin to King Canute ordering the tide to turn, and will likely have as much effect.

What we can do is start by doing what was done in 1980 in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan:  boycott the coming Olympics to be held in Beijing.   That would hurt Beijing.   More than symbolic, and just a start.  Who knows, maybe, just maybe, we might find the courage to grow a backbone and stand tall for freedom in Tibet.