by: Brent Smith
I was recently watching an old video titled, “A Time for Choosing,” by Ronaldus Magnus (h/t: Rush Limbaugh), or Ronald Reagan as non-ditto-heads would know him. Yes, I know and I agree that I’m a total geek.
But we can learn a lot by reading and viewing history, and some of Reagan’s old stuff, soon after his conservative eyes were open, are his most powerful.
Sure, he was an actor, but one could tell when he spoke, that he meant every word he said about conservatism and his love for America. read more
by: Brent Smith
Everyone is either mortified or yukking it up over Lunchbox Joe Biden’s latest “supposed” gaffe.
He was at a Super Tuesday, or as Joe refers to it as Super Thursday, campaign event in Texas when he took to reciting the Declaration of Independence.
As we all know, The Declaration of Independence reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Joe, answering some question, took it upon himself to recite this passage. “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” the former vice president said.
So far so good – right?
He then added: that “All men and women created by — you know, you know, the thing.” read more
from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:
Regarding socialism, it wasn’t that long ago, only about 10 years, that Democrats were singing a different tune. In reaction to a 2009 Newsweek cover entitled, “We Are All Socialists Now,” then Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., at a town hall meeting in 2010, exclaimed, “I don’t think anybody in this country believes in socialism. I don’t know ’em, and I don’t hang out with ’em, but maybe you do.”
You can’t hardly say that anymore. Socialism/communism/leftism is on the rise, especially among younger voters. A Fox News poll from just a couple of weeks ago “finds 31 percent of voters view socialism favorably, up 6 percentage points since February (the first time the question was asked).”
This is lunacy, of course. But the poll is likely fairly accurate. So what can be done?
In the past, I and many other conservatives have insisted that we on the right must educate the electorate. But this requires us to hold their attention long enough to do so.
Sadly, that’s getting increasingly difficult. So what’s the alternative? Conservatism isn’t really conducive to sound bites and slogans. read more
by: Brent Smith
We all know that thousands of pro-Iranian thugs attempted a siege of the US embassy in Baghdad on New Years Eve.
And by now we’ve heard that president Trump retaliated rather quickly by offing the man behind the attempted embassy siege.
I ask, if not swift retaliation, what was Trump supposed to, as well as discuss his not going to Congress, the similarities of these Islamists with American leftists (how dare I), and the juxtaposition of Trump to Ronald Reagan. read more
By the President of the United States of America
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December, 1986 – Ronald Reagan
Captain – U.S. Army Air Forces (AAF)
In the annals of American history, only a few events are so well-known and so deeply rooted in national remembrance that the mere mention of their date suffices to describe them. Of these occurrences, none could have had more significance for
our Nation than December 7, 1941.
On that Sunday morning, 45 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an unprovoked, surprise attack upon units of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This attack claimed the lives of 2,403 Americans, wounded 1,178 more, and damaged our naval capabilities in the Pacific. Such destruction seared the memory of a generation and galvanized the will of the American people in a fight to maintain our right to freedom without fear.
For the past few days I’ve seen many articles asking, “What would Reagan do about Obamacare?”
It seems the discussion’s genesis was an article written by Avik Roy for the National Review entitled, “How Would Ronald Reagan Have Replaced Obamacare?”
Although I loved President Reagan, my knee-jerk reaction was, “I don’t care.” Obamacare is unconstitutional, as would be any “replacement” plan. As much as I respected Ronald Reagan – heck, I joined the Navy in part due to Reagan being commander in chief – if he advocated for any federal involvement in the dispensation of private health insurance or health care, I know I should disagree. Of course, that’s easy for me to say – I’m not president. read more
by: the Common Constitutionalist
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Last Friday IBD wrote that, “Shortly after the North Korea [ICBM] test, Politico ran an article pointing out that ‘the Pentagon and its contractors still haven’t figured out how to reliably shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile.’ The Washington Post noted that after spending tens of billions of dollars, the system ‘has never faced combat or been fully tested.’”
You may recall the fanfare a few months ago over a triumphant test of our missile defense system. We successfully intercepted one of our own mock ICBMs launched from the Marshall Islands. A Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) was deployed from California and shot down the ICBM. Hooray for us!
Unfortunately, that intercept is the exception, not the rule, and that’s very worrisome. The one successful intercept was as close to being “laboratory” conditions as one can be. Everything about the trial was highly scripted.
And Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director Vice Admiral James Syring told a House committee recently that “I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat. I would say we are addressing the threat.” Translation: We’re in trouble. read more
Memorial Day is tomorrow. So rather than my usual political monologue, I thought I would rather share with you some facts and remembrances of past Memorial Day and Decoration Day events.
Happy Memorial Day!
Think of the fallen – Pray for those in harms way – Thank veterans and Active Duty personnel.
from The American Spectator:
How did our national government grow from a servant with sharply limited powers into a master with virtually unlimited power?
— Senator Barry Goldwater writing in The Conscience of a Conservative (1960)
July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater “defeat” in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson.
Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to win nomination since the 1924 selection of Calvin Coolidge (the vice president who had succeeded Warren Harding after his death). From 1928 all the way through 1960, every GOP nominee from Hoover to Nixon was drawn from the progressive/moderate wing of the party. read more
by: the Common Constitutionalist
I was speaking to a customer at my office last week. He is as conservative as anyone and fairly well read. He comes by to pick up supplies every once in a while and invariably the conversations turn to politics.
That day, we discussed everything from incandescent light bulbs to Obamacare. He began to turn the conversation into a complainathon.
He bemoaned the bond buying scheme by the Federal Reserve, saying that the $85 billion a month money flood can’t possibly be sustained. It was then that I told him the great news – that the Fed was paring back to a mere $75 billion a month.
It was as if a great weight was lifted off him. Not really. His reaction was, “Woop-di-do”! Well said. read more