Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Long Time Listener First Time Caller

I am a rookie blogger and have thought about changing the name of my blog to RookieWriter because that is what I am. I am a registered Republican because of Ronald Reagan and his optimistic outlook on life and his faith that good free men will always prevail. Peace through strength is hard to disagree with. In 1984 I was 20 years old and went with my family to vote for the first time at the elementary school I went to as a child. I remember the long line but at the time I didn't know if a line that long was normal. Well, I have not missed a presidential election since then and now I know that line was long. I also remember the years before Ronald Reagan when this country had some tough times but as a kid it didn't seem to effect me that much. I remember waiting in gas lines, depending on weather it was an even or odd day and what your license plate ended in. I remember mortgage interest rates of 18% and Americans held hostage in Iran and the news channels counting how many days and reminding us every day at the beginning of their broadcast. I also remember they were some of the best days ever, I guess being a kid and having no responsibilities make it possible to have fun even while waiting in line for gas. When I was five our family lived in a trailer park, but it was a nice trailer park, we had a huge orchard to play in, a big pond to fish in and ice skate on and allot of friends. We lived modestly but our parents managed to send the three of us to Catholic school, K thru 2nd grade for me. Even though it was only a couple of years it made a difference. No matter how tough things get, family, faith and friends are what really matter. Our country is going through some tough times again, I have even heard our president and others compare it to the great depression. I'm not sure what to compare it to, but I do know it can't be compared to the great depression yet and hopefully ever. How do I know this? At every restaurant in town Saturday night you had to wait to be seated.

It was 1992 when I really started taking more interest in politics. I took a leave of absence from my job in Maryland and headed to Florida to catch up with my high school sweetheart who I almost let get away. I found a job, not the job I really wanted but I knew it would be temporary. My company truck only had an A.M. radio with only a couple of channels and one of those channels carried Rush Limbaugh. I was hooked and I still listen to this day. Think what you want about Rush Limbaugh, he's the reason I have a Hot Springs portable spa on my patio and Allen Brother's steaks on my birthday. Today I listen to a variety of talk radio shows and have never called into one of them, but I do now know who my representatives in congress are and I called them for the first time this week. I called my Senator to thank him for a job well done and I sensed the person that answered the phone was waiting for me to rant and rave. I have a feeling they will be getting allot of calls for the next four years, I will try to make my calls in a positive manor with the hope of getting positive results.

Getting Aquainted

"I think this window needs some weather proofing."

After what George has been through for the past eight years I couldn't resist.

It looks like President Obama hasn't gotten acquainted to his White House surroundings. On the way back to the Oval Office Tuesday, the President approached a paned window, instead of the actual door -- located a few feet to his right.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John F. Kennedy vs. Barack H. Obama

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both. John F. Kennedy

I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody. Barack Obama

The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy. John F. Kennedy

We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen. Barack Obama

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. John F. Kennedy

Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Barack Obama

Why can't I just eat my waffle? Barack Obama

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Reagan vs. Obama

Inaugural Address West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 1981

This is part of a speech that was delivered to the nation when President Reagan was inaugurated to his first term of office.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Day of Hope and Change

The United States of America has seen many changes and firsts in the past and there will be many more to come in the future. Today the first black man in history will be president and the country will celebrate. We will also celebrate when the first woman becomes vice president or president and I guess we will celebrate again when the first black man becomes vice president. The real divisions in this country are a lot more complicated than race and gender. Race and gender are easy to understand and we are well on our way to resolving. The divisions that will grow more complicated and challenging are those that will not be as easy to resolve and the list is long. Hope and Change starts with the individual and our families. We can hope that our government will change for the better but it starts with us We The People. Stay informed on the issues that matter and vote for the best person for the job. I did not vote for Barrack Obama and John McCain was not my first, second or third choice, so I do not feel much like celebrating today but the peaceful transfer of power is something to be thankful for no matter what your political views might be. The first black president will be history after today; I hope the second black president is a conservative.

Monday, January 19, 2009

King Was A Republican

Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican

By Frances Rice

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. Why? It was the Democrats who Dr. King was fighting, and he would not have joined the Democratic Party, the party of segregation and the Ku Klux Klan.

The information for this post provided by the National Black Republican Association

MLK would be a Republican today

Today, while professing to revere Dr. King, Democrats are still trying to tarnish his image and diminish his civil rights achievements by claiming that, if Dr. King were alive today, he would embrace the secularist, socialist policies of the Democratic Party. In reality, Dr. King was a Christian who held deeply religious beliefs and was guided by his faith and his Republican Party principles in his struggle to gain equality for blacks. He did not embrace the type of socialist, secularist agenda that is promoted by the Democrat Party today, which includes fostering dependency on welfare that breaks up families, supporting same-sex marriage, approving partial-birth abortion and banning God from the public square. An understanding of who the real Dr.King was can be gained from a glimpse of Dr. King as a youngman who participated in an oratorical contest when he was 14 years old. The title of his speech was “The Negro and the Constitution” which had the following sentences: “We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance…We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flout the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule….” Unless and until black Americans stop voting monolithically for Democrats and leverage their vote, the way other groups do, there will be no changes in black communities. Blacks need to stop having their vote taken for granted and hold politicians accountable for the content of their policies, and not vote for candidates merely based on the label of the candidates' party.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Good Intentions / Bad Results

Prohibition takes effect
The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes," is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the law of the land.
The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century, these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.
Prohibition took effect in January 1919. Nine months later, Congress passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

225 Years Ago

January 14, 1784

Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris
On this day in 1784, the Continental Congress ratifies the Second Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence.
In the document, which was known as the Second Treaty of Paris because the Treaty of Paris was also the name of the agreement that had ended the Seven Years’ War in 1763, Britain officially agreed to recognize the independence of its 13 former colonies as the new United States of America.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

15 Stars and 15 Stripes 1/13/1794

I've been told that some members of Congress disagree with my tax cut proposal. Well, you know it's been said that taxation is the art of plucking feathers without killing the bird. It's time they realized the bird just doesn't have any feathers left. Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan understood the founding fathers. Just wanted to slip that in.

When two new States were admitted to the Union (Kentucky and Vermont), a resolution was adopted on January 13, of 1794 expanding the flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes.

This flag was the official flag of our country from 1795 to 1818, and was prominent in many historic events. It inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the bombardment of Fort McHenry; it was the first flag to be flown over a fortress of the Old World when American Marine and Naval forces raised it above the pirate stronghold in Tripoli on April 27, 1805; it was the ensign of American forces in the Battle of Lake Erie in September of 1813; and it was flown by General Jackson in New Orleans in January of 1815.

However, realizing that the flag would become unwieldy with a stripe for each new State, Capt. Samuel C. Reid, USN, suggested to Congress that the stripes remain 13 in number to represent the Thirteen Colonies, and that a star be added to the blue field for each new State coming into the Union.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Nations Crumble

Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself.
Ronald Reagan 1975

Only government can break the cycle that is crippling our economy
Barack Hussien Obama 1/8/09

Government is crippling our economy and our liberty.
Hugh Reynolds 1/9/09

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. ~Robert J. McCracken

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Solomon Yue, Jr. Gets it

"We can't be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms,"

said Solomon Yue, an Oregon member and co-sponsor of a resolution that criticizes the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Republican National Committee Vice Chairman James Bopp Jr. wrote the resolution and asked the rest of the 168 voting members to sign it.

Republican Party officials say they will try next month to pass a resolution accusing President Bush and congressional Republican leaders of embracing "socialism," underscoring deep dissension within the party at the end of Mr. Bush's administration.

Those pushing the resolution, which will come before the Republican National Committee at its January meeting, say elected leaders need to be reminded of core principles. They said the RNC must take the dramatic step of wading into policy debates, which traditionally have been left to lawmakers. Full story here.

Solomon Yue, a refugee from Red China:
I was born in Shanghai, China, in 1959 into a capitalist family and spent the next 21 years under Communist rule.

I am very grateful for what this country has done for me. It not only provided me a safe heaven, but also gave me liberty and freedom that I never had before. It offered me opportunities to be the best I could be. Today I could speak my mind without fear since all my rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. What a great country it is. Serving you as your National Committeeman is my way of paying back my debt to this country.

To me, America is more than the land of the free and the home of the brave. America is a beacon in the night, the liberator of the oppressed, the moral compass of the world, the defender of rule of law, and the last bastion of capitalism. America has been paying for its leadership in the world with not only its treasure, but also its blood. We should never ever apologize for who we are, what we believe in, and what we stand for.

Complete speech Defending Freedom By Solomon Yue, Jr. Republican National Committeeman for Oregon 02/13/04 here. Great read when you have the time. You're almost finished reading todays blog, hang in there!

SOLOMON YUE JR’S AMERICAN DREAM takes concrete form in his 8,500-square-foot custom-built home overlooking the Willamette Valley, a marble and mahogany-lined palace with a sweeping spiral staircase and an acoustically engineered performance space for chamber music.

When his father first saw the house several years ago, he said, “Holy cow, the Communists could have fit 20 families in here.”

Yue, 47, was only 7 when China’s Cultural Revolution started, but his voice grows tight with anger when he recalls the day the Communists forced his parents to give up two rooms of their Shanghai house for poor families. He’s since lived in defiance of communism – a life that turned around when he set foot on U.S. soil.

“Oct. 23, 1980: I consider that my freedom day,” Yue says. “I understand the desire to come to this country for freedom or economic opportunity.”

My comments:

Comparing quotes from past and present should be alot of fun and revealing at the same time.

A refugee from Red China gets it.