Is there a conservative Presidential candidate to be excited about?

I’d love just once to have a presidential candidate I can be proud of rather than a “lesser of two evils.” In my life I’ve voted in every Presidential election save one (traveled unexpectedly) but on few occasions was I voting for my candidate so much as against his opponent. I hope I don’t find myself in that situation again as I watch the Republican front runners stumble.

But … I have a few thoughts on the criticisms the top line Republican candidates are facing even IF they turn out to be true …

I’d rather vote for a Herman Cain that’s pinched a couple of fannies than an Obama who’s pinched off oxygen to the American economy with extreme regulations and Western European type socialist policies. I’d rather vote for a Mitt Romney that flip flops to please the American public than an Obama who rolls over the American taxpayer for liberal causes (Solyndra, Cap and Trade, drilling embargo, etc.) that do nothing to make our lives better or our country stronger. I’d rather vote for a Rick Perry acting a little tipsy during a speech (watch the whole thing, not just the 8 minutes that his opponents stitched . . . → Read More: Is there a conservative Presidential candidate to be excited about?

Another important petition — to make silencers generally available

One truly common sense fact about guns is that being loud doesn’t make a gun safer any more than being silenced makes it more dangerous. The law forcing us to pay a punitive tax to own a simple device to make a gun less loud is ridiculous, and it’s time to petition the government to remove it. Which is exactly what Sean at A NC Gun Blog has done by putting a petition on the Obama White House website (he beat me to it — I was going to post such a petition today).

The petition is here if you want to go directly to it. And while you’re there …

Sign this petition to allow ownership of post 1987 automatic weapons.

And this one to support the bill for national CCW.

And this one to support ownership of short barreled rifles and shotguns.

Any of these issues that get over 5,000 votes have to get an official response from the administration. And I hope we can do it, because I’d love to see the current administrations views on these items.

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil . . . → Read More: Another important petition — to make silencers generally available

Cutting up the Government’s credit cards

The liberal panic over the Federal government reaching its debt limit, with the Democrats and Obama claiming it’s a catastrophe of epic proportions that will throw us into a second recession (like we ever really got out of the first one), just shows how lousy our leadership has been for the last two years. Because it’s not like tax revenues aren’t still pouring in — they are, with every paycheck we receive. And from every business. What this is is about is not cutting off all government money, it’s about cutting up the Government’s credit cards.

My family, like many others, tends to maintain a small credit card debt — sometimes higher, sometimes lower — though after over-borrowing early in our marriage and sacrificing to pay it back we keep it under control (something Democrats have yet to learn).  The credit cards are a way to handle the unexpected car repair one month, or pay for the vacation we didn’t saved up enough for, and then we can pay it back as quickly as possible.

But if you yanked all our credit cards away but we still had our jobs, we would be OK. We’d have to be careful and . . . → Read More: Cutting up the Government’s credit cards

Obama wants Israel to pull back to its pre-1967 borders; Hamas wants pre-1945 borders

So President Obama wants Israel to pull back to it’s pre-1967 borders, but from what I’ve read of the stated mission of Hamas they won’t be happy until the Jews in Israel have pulled back to their pre-1945 borders. In Germany.

Now I understand there’s a little give and take necessary to get a peaceful outcome, even if it’s not really just to one side or the other, but I haven’t seen any give whatsoever from the Palestinian side as I’ve watched this situation over the last few decades. In any case … the 1967 war was fought 44 years ago, and it’s pretty ridiculous to think that Israel should give up everything they’ve fought for for two generations.

But even if they did … what’s the point? This won’t be enough to placate the other side, a faction of which has promised to “push them into the sea.”

With the renaming of the newest navy ship after Cesar Chavez (a courageous man and hero to many, but not a military man or government leader) and other moves, it’s apparent the Obama administration is doing everything they can to get the Hispanic vote. But with this statement on Israel, clearly . . . → Read More: Obama wants Israel to pull back to its pre-1967 borders; Hamas wants pre-1945 borders

Osama Bin Laden currently facing a judgment far beyond what a military tribunal at Gitmo could do

Osama Bin Laden. Hi Jesus

The Bible says to pray for your enemies. So I will, and have. But it’s hard not to be a little happy/relieved right now at the demise of Usama Bin Laden, even though I wouldn’t be surprised to read of significant counter strikes in the weeks to come. Doesn’t matter, it had to be done.

One retired general on Fox made the comment that this is good timing for offing the bastard; most of the Arab nations are tied up with their own problems right now. I hope so.

God bless the US forces who undertook this dangerous mission and took this guy out mano-a-mano (or as close as you can come with modern warfare), with boots on the ground rather than unmanned drones overhead. And to those who helped them find him.

The war goes on. But at least one figurehead is off the playing field. He won’t be missed.

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks . . . → Read More: Osama Bin Laden currently facing a judgment far beyond what a military tribunal at Gitmo could do

Paying for Planned Parent Hood “health services” in the age of ObamaCare: More duplicate spending?

So for better or worse congress passed Obamacare into law last year. And the argument was we’d save money by making sure everyone had health insurance with government mandated preventative care, like mammograms. And now the argument liberals use for keeping Planned Parenthood on the government dole is that they provide mammograms and other health services to women who wouldn’t otherwise get them. So maybe PP did serve a purpose in the past (highly questionable), but now they’re just another case of government refusing to shutdown a spending program — for political purposes — that has outlived its usefulness. But make no mistake — this isn’t about mammograms, it’s about abortion. And that’s why Pelosi and Reid are determined to keep throwing money at this group.

Abortion, at least in the early stages of pregnancy,  is something that we American conservatives have to accept as the law of the land. I get that, and I think that fighting for an absolute end to abortion is something we should stop doing (it divides our ranks and accomplishes nothing) and accept that early term abortion is a right. Just as we expect liberals to accept that gun ownership is a right, however . . . → Read More: Paying for Planned Parent Hood “health services” in the age of ObamaCare: More duplicate spending?

Obama’s reluctant trade of blood for oil (Obama Sighed, People Died)

I have no doubt that Mr. Obama only took action in Libya with the greatest reluctance. But that said … it does seem to go against his previous stances. This has been widely covered by others, but here is a recap of the irony.

On March 20, 2003, President George W. Bush launched the Iraq War. On March 20, 2011, President Barack Obama launched attacks against Libya.

President Bush claimed the Iraq war was in the interest of the United States as one of the primary (stated) objectives was to rid Iraq, and therefore potential future terrorists, of WMD’s. President Obama makes no claim that the attack in Libya is in the interests of the U.S.; it is just to make the world a little better place and support the people of Libya (at least those who do not support Qaddafi).

Senator Obama claimed that a President must get approval from Congress before engaging in military actions. President Obama just cared about what European Union nations wanted.

Senator Obama criticized President Bush for staying involved in a civil war and upping the ante (Iraq surge). President Obama got us involved in a war that was a civil war, plain and . . . → Read More: Obama’s reluctant trade of blood for oil (Obama Sighed, People Died)

The NRA refuses to be drawn into an anti-gun media fest

When I first heard the NRA was refusing to meet with President Obama after his request for meetings to discuss the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, I was concerned that we were making a mistake. Now that I read the NRA response, I get it.

… to focus a national dialogue on guns — and not criminals or mental health issues — misses the point entirely.

We agree with your assertion that “Americans by and large rightly refrained from finger-pointing” in light of the shooting in Tucson. In truth, the professional, corps of gun control lobbyists moved with lighting speed to exploit the tragedy.

Yes … indeed they did. There were many posts and news releases right after the incident in which anti-gun groups reveled in the loss of life and what they perceived as a means of passing new gun control.

But while I agree with all the talking points of the NRA, what this response really shows is that the NRA has done an analysis and concluded that any anti-gun laws decided upon in this conference are going nowhere, so there’s no reason to be there. Sitting in a room with anti-gun groups in meetings moderated by . . . → Read More: The NRA refuses to be drawn into an anti-gun media fest

I wonder how long the government shutdown will be this time?

Let’s see … so far the House has passed (and I like all of these) defunding for:

Planned Parenthood Obamacare EPA carbon dioxide management (no cap and tax or anything similar) PBS/NPR

Oh yeah … it’s going to take a while to work this out. The Democrats don’t want to cut back on anything, and definitely not entities that protect their beloved progressive causes.

Once again the biggest question I have is who comes out the winner. The Republicans for holding the line on reduced spending or the Democrats for holding the line on maintaining deficit spending and their social programs? I still believe the Republicans will win, as the people of this country are smart enough to see what is happening in Greece and not want that. But then I remember how Obama got a lift in ratings for his “compromise” on continuing the Bush tax cuts, though that “compromise” was basically several hundred billion more in total loss of revenue, and I start to wonder. It was a clear  Democrat victory. And like all Democrat victories, very expensive.

As the son of a career government worker I’ve seen a number of government shutdowns, and was working as a . . . → Read More: I wonder how long the government shutdown will be this time?

The political punditry shows on MSNBC tonight are going to be interesting! Obamacare struck down by courts!

Admittedly, this respite from Obamacare may be temporary, and the Supreme Court may reinstate all or parts of Obamacare. But it’s a victory for the good guys nonetheless.

Now maybe the GOP can actually get some traction with laws that will make health insurance more easily affordable and obtainable (healthCARE was always attainable, just difficult to afford without insurance) without putting us on a forced road to European style socialized medicine.

Assuming Obamacare doesn’t get reinstated and the GOP does do some positive changes rather than nothing at all … ironically, cheaper healthcare better and more widespread health insurance coverage may be the legacy of the Obama administration, whereas it wouldn’t have been if his bill had made it through.

A good day, whatever the future brings.

UPDATE: And here’s my favorite quote on the subject:

RT @iowahawkblog:

Judge: “Obamacare is unconstitutional.” Obama: “I want a second opinion.” Judge: “Okay. It’s stupid, too.”

Update #2: I’m just imagining Keith Olbermann out there somewhere ranting angrily into the camera on his iPhone hoping someone will see it …

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war . . . → Read More: The political punditry shows on MSNBC tonight are going to be interesting! Obamacare struck down by courts!