Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I am not sure why the writings of Obama have not been sufficiently vetted in the media. In or out of context, the quotes are disconcerting. If you were to add up all that the MSM brushes aside - associations, statements made, philosphies espoused, etc., it is distressing how one so inexperienced and whose beliefs are so contrary to the founding principles of our nation can hold our nation captive. Are we so blinded by the challenges we face in our nation, so caught up in ourselves and the entitled society that we have become snared in the "flaxen cord" flatteries of one so extreme?
From Dreams of My Father: 'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'
From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Obama Affinity to Marxists Dates Back to College Days
Barack Obama shrugs off charges of socialism, but noted in his own memoir that he carefully chose Marxist professors as friends in college.
Barack Obama laughs off charges of socialism. Joe Biden scoffs at references to Marxism. Both men shrug off accusations of liberalism.
But Obama himself acknowledges that he was drawn to socialists and even Marxists as a college student. He continued to associate with Marxists later in life, even choosing to launch his political career in the living room of a self-described Marxist, William Ayers, in 1995, when Obama was 34.
Obama's affinity for Marxists began when he attended Occidental College in Los Angeles.
"To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully," the Democratic presidential candidate wrote in his memoir, "Dreams From My Father." "The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."
Obama's interest in leftist politics continued after he transferred to Columbia University in New York. He lived on Manhattan's Upper East Side, venturing to the East Village for what he called "the socialist conferences I sometimes attended at Cooper Union."
After graduating from Columbia in 1983, Obama spent a year working for a consulting firm and then went to work for what he described as "a Ralph Nader offshoot" in Harlem.
"In search of some inspiration, I went to hear Kwame Toure, formerly Stokely Carmichael of Black Panther fame, speak at Columbia," Obama wrote in "Dreams," which he published in 1995. "At the entrance to the auditorium, two women, one black, one Asian, were selling Marxist literature."
Obama supporters point out that plenty of Americans flirt with radical ideologies in college, only to join the political mainstream later in life. But Obama, who made a point of noting how "carefully" he chose his friends in college, also chose to launch his political career in the Chicago living room of Ayers, a domestic terrorist who in 2002 proclaimed: "I am a Marxist."
Also present at that meeting was Ayers' wife, fellow terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, who once gave a speech extolling socialism, communism and "Marxism-Leninism."
Obama has been widely criticized for choosing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an anti-American firebrand, as his pastor. Wright is a purveyor of black liberation theology, which analysts say is based in part on Marxist ideas.
Few political observers go so far as to accuse Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, of being a Marxist. But Republican John McCain has been accusing Obama of espousing socialism ever since the Democrat told an Ohio plumber named Joe earlier this month that he wanted to "spread the wealth around."
Obama's running mate, Biden, recently contradicted his boss, saying: "He is not spreading the wealth around." The remark came as Biden was answering a question from a TV anchor who asked: "How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?"
"Are you joking? Is this a joke? Or is that a real question?" an incredulous Biden shot back. "It's a ridiculous comparison."
But the debate intensified Monday with the surfacing of a 2001 radio interview in which Obama lamented the Supreme Court's inability to enact "redistribution of wealth" -- a key tenet of socialism. On Tuesday, McCain said Obama aspires to become "Redistributionist-in-Chief."
Obama has managed to cultivate the image of a political moderate in spite of his consistently liberal voting record. In 2006, he published a second memoir, "The Audacity of Hope," that leaves little doubt about his adherence to the left.
"The arguments of liberals are more often grounded in reason and fact," Obama wrote in "Audacity." "Much of what I absorbed from the sixties was filtered through my mother, who to the end of her life would proudly proclaim herself an unreconstructed liberal."
National Journal magazine ranked Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate. The publication is far from conservative, employing such journalists as Linda Douglass, who resigned in May to become Obama's traveling press secretary.
Bill Sammon is the Washington deputy managing editor for FOX News Channel.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Yes on Prop 8 has factual support for the impact of Same-Sex Marriage on California's education.
Massachusetts is dealing with it as well.
The No on Prop 8 Campaign's misleading ad.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Does that sound like an exaggeration? Read on. If you’re like me, you’ll be amazed and disgusted at the attacks on people of faith who are only expressing their religious consciences through the ballot process, and are doing so in the most all-American ways: Grassroots organizing and small financial donations.
The LDS Church and Proposition 8
According to the 2007-2008 Almanac of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Church”) there are about 770,000 Church members in California. In a letter dated June 29, 2008, the Church’s leaders asked members to “do all [they] can to support [California’s Proposition 8] by donating of [their] means and time to assure that marriage in California is legally defined as being between a man and a woman.”
Proposition 8 would enshrine the traditional definition of marriage in the State Constitution. Traditional marriage had been the only kind recognized in California since 2000, when another statewide ballot initiative passed with 61% of the vote. In May 2008, however, by a 4-3 vote, the California Supreme Court held Prop 22 unconstitutional, thus opening the door to same-sex marriage in the Golden State.
By amending the Constitution, Prop 8’s supporters hope, once and for all, to settle the issue in California. A coalition of religious groups, including all the Catholic Bishops in California, virtually all the Evangelical churches, the Orthodox Rabbis, and many others, are supporting Prop 8 with manpower and financial donations from their members. The Mormons, however, are most visible because of their geographic distribution and lay ministry, which lend themselves very well to grassroots organizing.
Unfortunately, Prop 8’s opponents, having achieved through the courts what they could never have achieved by the ballot box, have now chosen to attack not the ballot proposition, but its supporters. And because California Mormons have been so prominent in the “Yes On 8″ campaign, they have become the chief target. Here’s a report on some ways in which that personalized opposition has manifest itself.
Smearing Prop 8 Donors Because They Are . . . Mormons?
[T]he No on Prop 8 folks told me recently that the “Protect Marriage” campaign has raised $30 million dollars–over half of it from the Mormon Church. Now, I have nothing personally against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. . . .
But when the church and its members invest millions of dollars in an attempt to write discrimination into my state’s constitution . . . there will be hell to pay.
So what am I asking you to do?
Some distributed research.
Here’s what I’m asking for:
This list contains information about those who are big donors to the Yes on 8 campaign–donors to the tune of at least $1,000 dollars. And, as you can see, there are a lot of them. It also indicates if they’re Mormon or not.
If you’re interested in defeating the religious right and preserving marriage equality, here’s how you can help:
Find us some ammo.
Use any LEGAL tool at your disposal. Use OpenSecrets to see if these donors have contributed to…shall we say…less than honorable causes, or if any one of these big donors has done something otherwise egregious. If so, we have a legitimate case to make the Yes on 8 campaign return their contributions, or face a bunch of negative publicity.
There are a crapload of donors on this list–so please focus on the larger ones first. $5,000 or more is a good threshold to start with.
Feel free to use Lexis-Nexis searches as well for anything useful, especially given that these people are using “morality” as their primary motivation to support Prop 8…if you find anything that belies that in any way…well, you know what to do.
If you find anything good, please email it . . . .
Here’s the bottom line for me: if someone is willing to contribute thousands of dollars to a campaign to take away legal rights from some very dear friends of mine, they had damn well make sure their lives are beyond scrutiny–because I, for one, won’t take it lying down.
Translation: If you are a Mormon and you donate to Prop 8, thousands of strangers will try to smear you, in the hope of intimidating you and others into not exercising your right to freedom of speech.
In other words, they want to silence you.
I wonder what level of care and caution the “distributed researchers” will apply to their efforts? Will they be sure that any embarrassing information they find about Mormon donors is accurate? Don’t bet the farm on that one, folks.
And About That Web Site that Makes This Possible
In his exhortations to smear and embarrass Mormon donors to Prop 8, the Daily Kos post relies heavily on a web site that is deceptively named “Mormons for Proposition 8.” The casual reader might think the site favors Prop 8, but he would be wrong.
This is a site, run by members of the Church who oppose Prop 8 and who are unhappy about the Church’s support for the ballot measure. The site’s purpose? Identifying members of the Church who have donated to Prop 8 by posting the names of all donors to Yes On 8 and asking readers to identify those who are Mormons.
In what I consider a monument to sophistry, the site’s sponsors have claimed it is “neutral.” That would be funny if it were not such an outrageous lie. Just review the site for 2 or three minutes and decide for yourself whether that is true. While you’re at it, look at the “FAQ” page and ask yourself if the answers given are sincere, or disingenuous and downright snide.
(By the way, I donated $1,000 to Yes On 8, and although some helpful soul has identified me on this list as a Mormon, I see lots of individuals on the list whom I know to be members of the Church, but who haven’t been identified yet. Obviously, the site’s readers need to work harder.)
A lawyer friend e-mailed the site’s sponsors:
Disclosure of religious association is a matter of constitutional protection and a privilege held by the congregant against disclosure. (Church of Hakeem v. Superior Court, 1 Cal. App. 3d 184 (1980)). Your forced outing to intimidate others would be a violation of civil rights if committed with the color of authority. That you are private and anonymous doesn’t make what you are doing any more commendable.
Make no mistake: These people want to shine the spotlight on Mormons who donate to Yes On 8. By doing so, they hope to discourage Mormons from donating by exposing them to smear efforts like those urged by the Daily Kos.
In other words, these people are just like the Daily Kos writer: They no doubt consider themselves very progressive, but nevertheless want to silence their opponents in the public square.
That sounds an awful lot like this political system.
Harassing Members of A Church - Because of Their Membership
Apart from those repulsive efforts, how else is the opposition to Prop 8 playing out in the lives of ordinary Mormons? Well, here’s a story you won’t read about in the mainstream news media. I received it in a private e-mail:
This weekend we have stake conference. [Ed.: A “stake” is a geographic unit of LDS congregations, and is the rough equivalent of a Catholic diocese.] Our stake conference always begins with a stake temple session on Friday or Thursday night. Early Friday morning I received a call from the second counselor in our bishopric to let me know that there would be numerous protesters outside the temple, and to remind everyone to stay calm and to drive carefully. The beautiful Oakland Temple is located right across the bay from San Francisco, very close to the city of Berkeley. Apparently the opposition to proposition 8, the amendment that seeks to make marriage in CA between a man and a woman again, has realized the deep involvement of the [LDS] church and begun to protest right outside of the temple and harass temple patrons. The fastest way to get to the temple from our house is to take the 680 freeway, but the exit is a bit tricky. The off ramp is extremely short and straight uphill. You then make an almost blind left turn, an immediate right and another left into the parking lot.
As we approached the off ramp, I realized there would be trouble. There was a backup onto the freeway from cars stalled on the off ramp. As we moved forward inches at a time, we realized this was due to a large group of loud protesters who were standing on both sides of the street, yelling, screaming and waving signs. When we got to the top of the offramp, ready to make our turn, one protester jumped out right in front of our car. It took my husband all his self control to carefully maneuver around him to the left and proceed to the temple. I tried not to listen to all they were shouting at us, but I was shaking as I got to the temple front door.
Several of the sisters, especially the ones driving on their own, were crying . . . .
Another e-mail correspondent tells me the Oakland police did not respond to requests for help.
Keep in mind: Not everyone in the Church is active in opposing Prop 8. There is no way the Prop 8 protesters at the Oakland temple knew whether or not the members they were harassing had anything to do with the Church’s efforts in support of the measure. They were harassing those people simply because they were Mormons.
As one of our readers notes, “It is more than a little frightening how much the Left is so much enamored with the tactic of attacking the messenger rather than engaging the substantive issues.”
Yes, it is.
Full disclosure: I am a Prop 8 grassroots worker myself. My wife is Deputy Communications Director for the Yes On 8 Campaign. She had no awareness of this post prior to my publishing it, and the views expressed here are my own.
Even so, the question remains, "is there any Hope?" The answer is a resounding, YES! We live as spoken of by Charles Dickens in a Tale of Two Cities, ...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We live in a day where all things are abundant, and our capacity to act therein is more of a journey and tutoring process, hence the constancy of corrections and adjustments in society. That being said, we must be grounded in moral principles that become our constants. It is within natural law that when obedient to such principles and constants, our capacity to succeed and thrive is enlarged, with consequential joy therein. Unfortunately, there are many in our society that are not so grounded, and will blow with the winds and situational standards of society. For many in society think that there are shortcuts, or that obedience to such divine governing principles is not for them - that there is a deceptive and alternate short cut. This "flaxen cord" and entitled mindset is a false hope and pursuit therein only leads to sorrow, challenge, trial and tribulation. The course is really quite simple and provides the needed perspective to know what truly matters and what does not - in the end it is not about our selfish indulgence, but in obedience to correct principles born of moral and natural law. The hope for America resides in the majority of Americans who adhere to morality and that which is good, true and constant in their lives. If there was ever a time for the majority to STAND and defend their freedoms and principles born of natural and moral law - IT IS TODAY!
In California today many parents are standing for that which is right. Their children remain home from school to send a message to the extremes in society who have thought they could co-opt the educational system to proffer their liberal agenda. With the California Teacher's Association recent donation of over $1,000,000 to support same sex marriage, they have deluded themselves thinking that the majority are like unto themselves. The irony in their donation to proffer their position on same sex marriage and their delusions, is that they have failed to realize that by proffering such a position and if successful there will be fewer students to teach and the jobs of California teachers will be at risk. For many parents in California will not abide the same sex marriage agenda in education and will opt out, choosing to home school or private school their children.
America is the greatest nation on the earth, born of divine intercession - may we not turn all together therefrom. As we look to the current election, it is my hope in America and in Americans that they will stand for what is right, good and true, and vote with a discernible consciousness for candidates who do not proffer the "flaxen cord" and entitled standards, but for candidates who stand for freedom and moral principles of family, life and liberty. My hope is that Americans won't be swayed by the scripted and marketed messaged (without substance) of Barack Obama and his cronies who espouse destructive standards to life, family and liberty, but that they will see through the flaws of John McCain and his inability to communicate with eloquence and vote for correct, moral and principles that are constant to the founding of our nation. Joe the Plumber is a reaffirming hope to me that there are many like him in America who albeit not perfect but are striving for that which is good, and adhere to the traditions of our fathers. May we all remember upon whom we rely and for what purpose we are here, that we may live and serve accordingly!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Enjoy, but please take this issue seriously and spread the word. Our nation cannot abide the fallout of California's judicial follies!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Within the political upheavals of the Presidential election, the markets down 800 one day and up 936 the next, where do we find stability and constancy, other than in "change?" With perspective, I believe that the current tumultuous environment simply reflects a lack of confidence, not just in the markets, but more so in the course and direction of our nation and those who are seeking to lead it. We are severely lacking in leadership and confidence in who can and will lead. The cynicism is abundant and the respondent distrust overwhelming. Neither Obama nor McCain have shown the capacity to lead and neither are trusted of any consequence, for both are "simply" politicians whose motivations are suspect. It is a sad commentary that we are relegated to choosing between the two. It is best summed up as politics as usual!
Even so, we have been through similar times in the past and in spite of it all, as Americans we survive and become stronger through the process. So what are we to do now in the midst of such uncertainty? I am troubled with the consequence of an Obama victory born of McCain's subordination of principled judgments to his opportunistic judgments. We live in a center-right nation, and McCain has yet to secure the confidence of the nation's majority. Our nation must look beyond the self-indulgent failings of both candidates and their mutual myopic aspiration for the Presidency and pick which person they feel will best "serve" the interests of the American people. I am convinced that what the nation doesn't know about Obama speaks for itself and a basis for serious distrust. Equally, so what we know about McCain is no less troubling.
Notwithstanding the lesser of two evils, we can only hope for a McCain Presidency. The economic policies of both candidates reflect a troubling populist mindset with little regard for the economic policies that our nation needs. With both, we will likely face a "Carter-type economy." We survived it before and will again. The social policies of Obama are beyond the pale and will set us further down the path of a European-type socialist bent. At least McCain will adhere to American principles of individual rights and preserve the freedoms on which our nation is founded, provided Congress maintains its partisan gridlock. What is tragic is the failing of each candidate to adhere to, and espouse traditional American values and principles. I truly believe that John McCain is a man of principle, he just wants to be President so badly the principles have been subordinated. John McCain, stand resolute and firm - don't play Obama's game, please lead!
Our nation was founded on principles of moral and natural law, where the people govern themselves. We don't need Congress and Obama to weigh in and tell us how to live our lives. We don't need McCain to proffer populist economic policies that redistribute wealth for the sake of vote pandering. If only we had a candidate that would stipulate their principles of governance and leadership, that we might be able to choose a leader that is resolute in correct principles.
Simply put -
1. On economics, adhere to free market principles that encourage global trade, growth and support for small business enterprise. Let the people keep their money with lower taxes - American's know better how to spend the dollar than does Congress. The entreneurial spirit of America has made us the leading economic nation in the world - why would anyone seek to diminish such!
2. On social policies, adhere to principles that strengthen the fundamental unit in society, the family. Let parents govern and manage their households and raise their children, not the schools or Congress. Any social policy that diminishes the family to any whit should be terminated, abandoned and relegated to the trash bin. Preserve the sanctity of marriage as it was set forth by God, and thus preserve the foundation of our nation, the American family. Do not succomb to the pressures of appeasement to societal shifts and extremes.
3. On the judiciary, stand firm for judges that adhere to the Constitution as seen through the Declaration of Indepence, founded on principles of moral and natural law. Do not secularize our judicial system where the people become subordinate.
4. On security, stand firm and resolute in protecting our nation from those who would seek our downfall. Be steadfast and not succomb to passifying the interests of world acclaim. Lead the world in righteousness and do not stand in mediocrity.
5. On religious freedom, do not subordinate God nor those who believe in Him to the interests of the extremes in society that would seek to minimize Him. We are a nation founded by and under His grace.
6. On entitlements, subordinate the demand for more to the principles stated herein. The entitlements in our society are choking us and disabling our capacity to remain the leading economic nation of the world. Socialism doesn't work, Europe proves it! Let us be resolute in realizing the entitlement systems in America are detrimental to our society. Government is the last resort for meeting such needs, not the first!
As complex as things are these days, there are core values, standards and principles whereby our nation has stood as the light of the world. It isn't that hard to do the right thing for the right reason.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I was playing golf on Tuesday with a friend from China who is a prominent economic figure in Beijing and a friend of his, one of China's leading economists. When asked the question, how long will this crisis extend, 3 or 4 years? I thought of the intervening of the G7 Central Banks, Treasuries and non G7 economies, and responded, maybe 12-18 months. As much as free markets disdain and loathe intervention, at times it is necessary. I firmly believe that the effort of so many leading economic nations seeking to impose stabilizing factors into their domestic and our global economy, and in a coordinated manner, will have a favorable impact on restoring confidence and stability. That being said, I am uncertain as to what kind of markets will emerge; only time will tell. Even so, the significant efforts of so many will bear sway to calm and perspective. It demands patience, perspective and the capacity to endure (hold on). As challenging as these markets are, the correction will bring about constructive change in the societies that are in turmoil. The markets have seriously hurt and affected many, and will continue to cause consternation, pain and consequence to more in the near term. Many will take the bitter pill, but will be better for it in the end, as will the economies in each nation. Our economy and those of the G7 are built on solid, proven and tested principles. The markets will emerge and confidence restored to a better end, it is not a matter of if, but when. This is a time to act responsibly and not react to, or become consumed by the prevailing panic and fear. These are opportunistic times that bear serious investment consideration and there are sufficient monies in the market just waiting to be deployed. Those who have been wise, with oil in their lamps, will benefit greatly. Those who are without and ill prepared will bear the consequence thereof, and hopefully through the tutoring process will be better off when it is all said and done.
If you can hold on and not jump off of the roller coaster, great; if not, and you must partake of the bitter pill, use this time as a means to a better end in the future. The days of simple reliance on FICO scores and the irresponsible lending by financial institutions without deliberative underwriting are past. For each of us to hold on to the what was, will only bring frustration and consternation. The wake up call that is upon us demands of each to re-evaluate our individual circumstance and act on sound and fundamental economic principles in the future. Unfortunately, our society has become so expecting and reliant upon principles of entitlement and excess, that we have lost our way. At the end of the day, markets and economies continue. Look around and you will see that people still work, companies still exist, people still consume and society continues in their seeming routineness. Notwithstanding, the hyped fear and panic, the sun will rise in the morning and the resilience of man will persevere! Take heart and have hope in a brighter more stable future. Take a breath and realize their is substance in our society and sound principles upon which to rely, and above all have confidence in the fundamentals of our society. Perspective in times of crisis bear greater reward than fear and panic. We have been here before, and will likely be again, so are the economic cycles and swings of markets. At the end of the day, reason and perspective will prevail.