Why am I So Angry at the GOP

09/30/2006: First, a few things about my bona fides.

I am a lifelong God-and-country Reagan conservative. I was never able to vote for him–I was too young in both 1980 and 1984–I am a true blue member of that Reagan revolution. My conservatism played heavily in my choice of college (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), major (aeronautical engineering), and career path (It was my intention to pursue a military career–the medical exam precluded me, however). I am a hardcore anti-totalitarian.

My social politics are libertarian, except for my pro-life stance on abortion. I am all for gun control–which I define as tactical excellence.

Ergo, in national elections, I have voted Republican the vast majority of the time. Even when the GOP candidates have often been less then desirable, they have been more desirable next to the DNC alternatives.

Now, they are equally repugnant.

The DNC is the party of communism, feminism, atheism, and mass murder. For most of the last 30 years, Americans could count on the GOP–for all their faults–to support traditional values, strong defense, and tough law-and-order approaches to dangerous criminals.

Unfortunately, at some point in the past decade, the GOP leadership embraced the old Country Club mentality with all the corruption that goes with it. Only they took it to a new low.

In their quest to win elections, the GOP leadership has protected pedophile Mark Foley (R-FL), who sent sexually-explicit messages to a high school student working as a page.

The DNC is no stranger to lurid scandals, as the Mel Reynolds teen sex scandal and Ted Kennedy Chappquiddick case prove.

So where is Ken Mehlman? What will be his election ad? “Sure, we harbor pedophiles, but we are better on national security!”?

Where is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist? He calls himself a Christian? Would Jesus remain mum on this issue, when in fact He admonished His disciples about not harming children?

Where is President Bush? Why is he not taking the high road on this? While many would insist that this is a House issue and not a White House issue, Bush needs to take the lead and use the bully pulpit to whip his party into returning to its traditional values roots.

That means purging pedophiles–and their protectors–out of Congress.

This is not merely about Mark Foley; in fact, FoleyGate reveals the systemic corruption within the ranks of Republican party leadership. There are no true leaders among Republicans. As a result, the party has lost the moral compass that made it great.

Over the past six years, the GOP has abandoned its smaller government ideals, increased spending in ways that make FDR look prudent, refused to tackle critical issues, and now they protect child molesters.

I never worry about the antics of the DNC; they don’t do things that are unexpected. We all know Howard Dean is a nutbrain and John Kerry sucks up to Jacques Chirac.

But for the GOP to coddle pedophiles? That is unbecoming of a true conservative.

FoleyGate: Hastert Denials Questioned

09/30/2006: House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) has been attempting to play dumb about FoleyGate, saying he was unaware of Foley’s sexual messages to a 16-year-old page.

However, Thomas Reynolds (R-NY) insists that he told Hastert about the content of the messages.

Given that the text messages in question are over a year old, it behooves the GOP leadership to explain why this has been under a rug all this time.

It is possible that Reynolds’ implication of Hastert’s knowledge is a CYA ploy; however, this scandal–as well as the Abramoff scandal–happened on Hastert’s watch.

Hastert needs to resign.

Now.

More Horse(bleep) From the GOP

09/30/2006: Anyone who wishes to defend the GOP is either stupid or naive. Anyone who defends the Party of Pederasty–it stopped being the Party of Reagan a long time ago–has all the moral authority of the Boston Archdiocese.

Where is GOP chief Ken Mehlman? Where is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist? Where is Bush? Why has no one demanded Dennis Hastert’s resignation?

Now, the three monkeys (apologies to Vox Day) are passing the buck.

Rodney Alexander (R-LA) is saying the parents of the page–a high school student who works at Congress–requested that he not pursue the matter.

Is that all it takes to ignore your civic duty? How does Alexander–or those parents–know that their son is the only one in question? And what does it say about them that they are willing to throw their own son under the bus to save a Congressman’s political career?

Alexander then handed the matter to Thomas Reynolds (R-NY). We have no idea what Reynolds did with the information.

John Shimkus (R-IL)–who is chairman of the Page Board–took Foley at his word, as Foley told him he was only mentoring the Page.

When a Congressman asks if a boy is “horny”, what the hell kind of “mentoring” is it? Does anyone in the GOP not have a B.S. detector?

Shimkus was aware of these matters last year. That means we know what he knew and when he knew it. Why was nothing done? Is a year long enough?

In the 1994 revolution, the GOP knocked off machine Democrats such as Mel Reynolds and Dan Rostenkowski. Reynolds was the sex criminal–pardoned by Clinton–who had sex with underage girls, even soliciting a threesome.

It was Congressmen like Reynolds who typified the corruption and perversion within the Democratic Party, which had long abandoned the country on family values. While the GOP had its share of extramarital failures–Burton, Livingston, Newt, Hyde, Chenoweth–none of them were child molesters like Reynolds.

Now, with Congressmen like Foley, the GOP is now in the same league as the old DNC.

And worse, this is not merely about Foley. This is an indictment of GOP leadership, who teamed up to cover this scandal.

Dennis Hastert claims he did not know about the allegations, but the oversight of the investigation–coverup and all–happened on his watch. He created the culture that fomented this level of decadence. The best thing Hastert can do is resign.

Forget November; this is about the heart and soul of American leadership. While the DNC abandoned all semblance of support for family values in the 1960s, the GOP had long fashioned itself as the family values party. This was a large part of the Reagan Presidency, and the GOP Revolution of 1994, and even the Bush victories over Gore and Kerry.

Now, the GOP has effectively said, “F*** you!” to Christian conservatives, as they covered up Foleygate in their efforts to win an election.

Piss on the whole lot of them.

Good Riddance to Pedophile Mark Foley (R-FL)

09/29/2006: Mark Foley (R-FL) is a disgrace to America. I hope he gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Nothing inappropriate, my ass! He makes Bill Clinton look virtuous. Here are some of the snippets (Foley is Maf54):

Maf54: You in your boxers, too?
Teen: Nope, just got home. I had a college interview that went late.
Maf54: Well, strip down and get relaxed.

Maf54: What ya wearing?
Teen: tshirt and shorts
Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.

Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?
Teen: A little.
Maf54: Cool.

Too bad he didn’t get nailed by Dateline NBC!

Given that these exchanges happened in 2005, why has the GOP sat on this?

Why hasn’t Dennis Hastert resigned?

Why have none of the other GOP leaders resigned?

Every one of those bastards needs to go. The Party of Lincoln and Reagan has been hijacked by Peewee Herman wannabes and their pacifiers in tow. The GOP–the party of family values–is no more.

I will vote Libertarian until the GOP gets its collective head out of its ass.

My $0.02 on the “Torture” Issue

09/26/2006: Even in a war against a brutal enemy, a civilized nation cannot afford to embrace torture. Hopefully everyone from the most ardent neocon to the most ardent civil libertarian would agree on that. If you object to that premise–and support torture–then this essay will be of no value to you.

And no…I’m not talking about the specific scenario of “what if there is a nuke in New York City and your subject knows where it is…do we torture him to get the information?” If I’m the President, I’ll sign the pardons in that case, but to provide a blanket policy condoning torture? Nope. Can’t do it.

What I’m talking about is the general issue of torture, or, more accurately, what the big deal is right now between Congress and the White House over the current hullabaloo.

Thanks to our legal climate, interrogators are being held to a higher standard than at any time in American history.

If I am a military interrogator, a subjective interpretation of the law can put me at risk of a court martial that can result in a felony conviction and a dishonorable discharge and ruin my honorable military career.

Similarly, if I work for the CIA and an overzealous prosecutor takes me on, I guaran-damn-tee that I will be tried and convicted in the New York Times and Newsweek before my case even goes before a jury.

That is what we must avoid, and that is what President Bush–for all his faults–is trying to accomplish with the pending legislation.

Irrespective of your support–or non-support–of our war efforts, those are necessary protections that our public servants deserve. After all, no CIA or military interrogator should be worried about criminal prosecution just because he or she waterboarded a detainee.

On the other hand, we need to provide specific directives to ensure that our interrogators understand their limits while ensuring that our values as a civilized society are not compromised.

Of course, the larger issue is whether we are a civilized society.

To that I would say no: we stopped doing that when federal government decided to assert the rights of women to kill their children. As Pat Buchanan said in Right From the Beginning, we are in no position to lecture the world on human rights while we are killing the unborn at a clip of 1.5 million per year.

Of course, it is the left–who are the most ardent opponents of hardball interrogation–who support the slaughter of the unborn.

A Few Thoughts on the Political Horizon

09/25/2006: I am not convinced that Hillary Clinton will be the candidate to beat in 2008. Nor am I convinced that the GOP will hold onto either house of Congress this November.

Hillary Clinton is no shoo-in for the Presidency in 2008; in fact, she is not even a lock for her own party’s nomination.

For one thing, she does not have the political savvy of her husband. Sure, she won a landslide in 2000 for the New York Senate seat, and will win re-election handily this November.

However, she has a serious credibility gap with flyover country. She also lacks the charisma of her husband, who could tell you to go to hell, telling you in such a way that you would long to go there. Hillary does not inspire Americans to go to battle behind her.

On the other hand, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson will have a very strong chance of carrying his party. A moderate Democrat who has had to deal firsthand with immigration woes, Richardson will probably be the man to beat in 2008. Another strong candidate will be Iowa governor Tom Vilsack. Prediction: it will be Richardson, not Hillary, who carries the flag for the DNC in 2008.

Do the Republicans have anyone who could challenge for President? Yes, but it won’t be Giuliani or McCain. Neither of them will carry the party faithful. Giuliani is too liberal on social issues–abortion, gay rights, gun control–and McCain is all for McCain.

And don’t even think about Virginia Senator George Allen. He’ll be darn lucky to win re-election. Like Howard “Yeaarrrgghhhh!!!” Dean, Allen’s career is all but ruined by three syllables: mucaca. That has left Allen in deep caca, and not only jeopardizes his Senate seat but also GOP control of the Senate.

You can also forget about Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. As good a job as he has done as a Republican governor in a very Democratic state, he is too liberal on social issues to connect effectively with hardcore conservatives. Fairly or unfairly, he cannot carry the South. 

As for potential GOP candidates for 2008? Look out for Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. Both are bona fide conservatives; each can connect with Middle America; and each has established his leadership in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Prediction: Haley Barbour will take the nomination for the GOP in 2008.

As for this November, heck…it is anyone’s guess. The GOP-controlled Congress has alienated the conservative base with their runaway spending and indecision on immigration, and President Bush has done a horrible job communicating his successes (this in spite of the improvemnt Tony Snow has added to the Bush team).

On the other hand, the DNC is The Party With No Answers. While voter anger is as high as it was in 1994, neither Harry Reid nor Nancy Pelosi has the visionary style of Newt Gingrich, whose Contract With America was a stroke of pure genius.

The GOP machine–having torn a page from Tip O’Neill 101: All Politics Is Local–is running a smart strategy toward November. If they win, the burden will be on them to show they can implement policy and not merely win elections. Otherwise, they will lose badly in 2008.

If Bush is smart, he will get our troops out of Iraq within 12 months. There is no good reason for us to keep our troops in Iraq longer than that. Our troops have performed well, and have accomplished what our military can accomplish. It is time for the Iraqis to take control of their destiny.

Bush needs to get aggressive about promoting our successes, and we have had successes. His current blitz on this has been effective, and he needs to refine it and stay on the attack.

If he does, the GOP might once again stifle the DNC in the midterm elections.

However, win or lose, the GOP needs to quit catering to the Rockefeller wing of the Republican party.

Bush needs to abandon neo-conservatism, fight the war without apology, get tough on spending, embrace sound immigration policy, and make the case for conservatism.

As for the DNC, they are recycling the failed policies of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Ceucescu, Pol Pot, Mao, Castro, and Guevara, only with a kinder, gentler veneer.

Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and the American Left

09/24/2006: I would not get too excited about the newfound patriotism of Charles Rangel (D-NY). The New York Congressman admonished Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez–who, like Fidel Castro is a hardcore commie and madly in love with the late Che Guevara–for his amusing speech before the United Nations General Assembly (in which he called President Bush the devil).

Basically, Rangel said, “I agree with you, Chavez, but this is an election year and I don’t want you being too honest.”

The same would also explain Nancy Pelosi’s newfound angst about Chavez. In spite of her support of everything for which Chavez stands, she referred to him as “an everyday thug”.

This, folks, is election-year pandering from the left.  The GOP–except for Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum–has not formally responded to Chavez because, for all their faults, everyone knows the GOP is ideologically aligned against Chavez.

The same cannot be said for the DNC, which has been overrun by neocommies who support everything for which Marx stood, only they are more subtle about it.

Now…back to my vacation.

More Reasons Why I LOVE Ann Coulter

09/20/2006: Ann Coulter has an oustanding take on the “torture” issue.

Ann: if you ever come to Kentucky, shoot me an e-mail. I will happily buy you dinner! If you want, I’ll take you to the gun range too! Hehehehehehehe!

In all seriousness, I’ve said it many times: war is not a sporting event. Fighting a war is not about sportsmanship and “fair play”. If Zawahiri or one of his goat-loving friends chops your head off, you will not have referees penalizing them for illegal use of sharp instruments!

When history books are written, they will not say, “This country lost to that country, but the soldiers fought fairly and were courteous to their POWs while the victors were notoriously brutal.”

Saying, “We lost but we fought fair” won’t cut it when the cost of defeat means the losers move closer to totalitarian subjection. If a war is just, you must pull out all the stops so your troops can win and come home.

That is how we won against Germany and Japan.

That is how we must fight Islammunists.

With that in mind, here is the quote of the day, from Ann Coulter herself:

As [South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham] explained, he doesn’t want procedures used against terrorists at Guantanamo “to become clubs to be used against our people.” Actually, clubs would be a step up from videotaped beheadings.