SOTU, Part 2

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Freshman Congressman – Jared

CNN has picked up two freshmen congressmen (one Republican, one Democrat) and has them documenting their first term as congressmen for CNN.  I won’t go into details and you can read more about them here.  I enjoyed both.  It is a perspective from the inside very few see everyday.

Openness? – Jared

President Obama campaigned diligently on the idea of openness and listening to other ideas.  Unfortunately twice this week he has shown his willingness to ignore those ideas.  First, he triumphantly told the GOP that “I won” when presented with the GOP’s alternative to his $1 trillion dollar stimulus package.  His latest shot:  Listening to Rush Limbaugh will not help Republicans get along with Democrats and the new administration.  So much for allowing other ideas to be present in his administration.

Obama’s political maneuvering has been impressive to say the least since he began running for president 4 years ago.  The things he said would please Machiavelli very much as perception becomes more important than reality.

Funny how this came out after Rush Limbaugh’s show went off the air on Friday….

Rick Warren…A Tool for Obama – Tilly

Rick Warren has accepted an invitation from Barack Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration on January 20.  Gay-rights groups have criticized Obama for the choice.  They oppose anyone who disagrees with their views to even be allowed to pray at Obama’s inauguration. The outcry by these gay rights groups once again shows how ridiculously unwilling they are to work with anyone who has a different view than they do.  But gay rights groups should not be angry with Obama for inviting Warren to give the prayer.  It is clear where this administration will stand when it comes to gay rights.  Having an anti-gay rights preacher give a small prayer does not change Obama’s positions.

Obama’s invitation is a clear political move to undercut the evangelical support of the Republican Party. Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration only helps Obama and his pro-gay rights policies.  Gay rights groups should be thrilled an anti-gay marriage pastor is so willing to give the opening prayer.  Obama is using Warren.  And this is only the beginning. Throughout the next four years there will be a concentrated effort by Obama to reach evangelicals.  Without the evangelical vote, Republicans cannot win.  They have consistently represented one third of the Republican vote in the past several presidential elections.  When Democrats win, gay rights groups win.  They should not be angry with Obama.  If he is successful, Democrats will win more elections.

If anyone should be angry, it is evangelicals.  They should be criticizing Rick Warren for being so willing to participate.  By doing this, Warren is allowing Obama to use him.  Warren has a massive following and Obama hopes to persuade some of his following to move away from the Republican Party.  Warren must be more aware of what is actually going on.  And other evangelical leaders should be leery in the coming years when Obama invites them to participate in different administration events.  Obama does intend to become more open minded on issues evangelicals find important.  He simply wants to undermine the evangelical base of the Republican Party.

Well, I Am Angry. Are you? -Tilly

Last Tuesday’s results are no surprise.  But they are disheartening nonetheless.  It is frustrating, realizing the Democrats now have the White House, the Senate and the House.  What this means is nothing less than a blatant turn towards liberalism.  We are going to see a Washington push for universal healthcare, a decrease in military spending, an increase in taxes, bigger government, amnesty for illegal immigrants.  The list could go on.  As conservatives, it is right that we are disheartened.  And we should not look at the Democratic takeover and be anything less than angry.  I, for one, am livid.

It angers me to know Obama has promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act.  This act will eliminate all restrictions on abortion ever passed by any state legislature.  That means a twelve year old will be able to get an abortion without parental consent.  There will be no 48 hour waiting periods and no requirements for abortion doctors to provide information on adoption to women considering abortion.  Thirty-five years of the pro-life movement’s efforts, down the drain.

It angers me to know that Obama proposes policies such as universal healthcare which are socialistic in nature.  And lets be clear, socialism is directly opposed to the foundation of the U.S.  The founders realized humanity’s selfish nature.  They created a system of checks and balances because of this realization.  The theory of socialism is built upon the idea that man is not selfish, but good.  Socialism does not work because its very foundation is flawed.  Our founders realized man’s selfish nature.  Obama does not.  His policies oppose the very foundation of the Constitution.

It angers me when I hear Obama promise to cut military spending and disarm many of our nuclear weapons.  Here again, Obama has too much faith in the goodness of mankind.  His line of thinking says that if we weaken our military, the world will feel less threatened and therefore, be more likely to be friendly with us.  This is preposterous.  This was the same argument levied against Ronald Reagan in his buildup of the military during the 80’s.  Liberals screamed he was just making the world more angry with us, which would lead to war. What happened?  Well, Reagan sent the Soviet Union into bankruptcy and won the Cold War.  The liberals were wrong then and they are wrong now.  Obama’s plan will only make us weaker, giving our enemies more chance to take advantage of us diplomatically, and more likely to threaten militarily.

It angers me to know Obama plans a tax increase, even if it only on the top 5% of Americans.  These are the individuals who own small businesses, who employ numerous individuals.  When these people are given a tax increase, they have less money to pay their employees, which means fewer raises and more layoffs.  This is basic economics.  Our President-elect apparently does not understand it.

We must fight these policies which are being proposed. It is right that we are frustrated and angry that the American people would place the government in the hands of these people. Think about it.  The party now in power is a pro-abortion, socialistic, anti-military, tax-hiking group of liberals.  Doesnt that just infuriate you?

Its Not Over – Tilly

For the past couple of weeks, I have been very pessimistic at McCain’s chances.  The economic disaster left McCain as much as 8 points down to Obama in the polls.  There is certainly a lack of excitement among Republicans right now as it seems Obama has all the momentum going into the last two weeks of this campaign.  But I have not lost all hope, there is a glimer, though small, still left.  The past week McCain has been narrowing the gap in the polls.  Rasmussen (the poll I trust most) has it 50-46 and Gallup has it even closer at 49-47. There are a couple of reasons why Obama’s numbers have begun to fall, if only oh so slightly.

First, the ACORN scandal is making a difference.  The very fact Obama had to address this issue in the last debate hurts him.  He HAS been connected to ACORN in the past.  His campaign HAS given close to 1 million dollars to the organization.  If this continues to be a topic of discussion, it will continue to push Obama’s numbers down.  Second, the economy no longer seems as urgent of an issue.  Though the stock market is still somewhat unstable, the conversation about the economic disaster has moved into more of a focus on how Obama and McCain will address the economy in general.  Which, has become a discussion of tax policy.  I believe McCain wins the debate if it is on tax policy.  He has been able to frame Obama’s plan as a “redistribution of wealth” (this is largely because of “Joe the Plumber”).  Americans do not like this idea and if they equate “redistribution of wealth” with Obama, McCain will gain ground.

There is one more issue which the Republicans are going to begin pushing hard this week.  Obama supports driver licenses for illegal immigrants.  Up to this point, this issue has not been brought up.  But if it becomes an issue largely discussed, it will become a problem for the Obama campaign.  This issue could infuriate independents.  Watch this ad that will begin playing in swing states this week… read on…

McCain Gets His Bounce…But For How Long?

Well its the Monday after the Republican National Convention.  And the polls look very different than they did before the convention:

Rassmussen: McCain +1

USA Today: McCain +10

Gallup: McCain +5

Zogby: McCain +4

This should not be surprising because the Republicans, as always, gave a great convention.  Read More…