Saturday, November 18, 2006

    A Call For Optimism!

The election of 2006 is two weeks over and Republicans lost both houses of Congress. As a result, the Party has spent the past fortnight reviling its leaders and choosing which of those leaders need to be thrown beneath the bus.

We’ve had our pity party, now it is time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. It is the time for both the Republican Party and the American people to regain their natural optimism.

In the words of one of the most optimistic Americans we have ever known:

 President Ronald Reagan
"The culmination of men's dreams for 6,000 years were formalized with the Constitution, probably the most unique document ever drawn in the long history of man’s relation to man. I know there have been other constitutions, new ones are being drawn today by newly emerging nations. Most of them, even the one of the Soviet Union, contain many of the same guarantees as our own Constitution, and still there is a difference. The difference is so subtle that we often overlook it, but it is so great that it tells the whole story. Those other constitutions say, ‘Government grants you these rights,’ and ours says, ‘You are born with these rights, they are yours by the grace of God, and no government on earth can take them from you.’"

It is time to return to the optimism of President Ronald Reagan. It is important to remember that President Reagan was not fortunate enough to have a party in control of both houses of Congress. He, in fact, faced a House of Representatives much more heavily Democrat than the one facing President George W Bush today. And yet he was able to push through congress the policies he believed important to the American people and to the prosperity of our nation.

It was his vision, and his ability to articulate that vision to the American people, more than anything else, that brought about the longest period of economic prosperity our nation and the world has ever known.

What President George W Bush lacks in verbal skills, he more than makes up for in Reaganesque-type optimism. While many of us might question this President’s commitment to conservative principles and ideals, let none of us question his optimism and belief in the goodness and righteousness of the American nation, and the American people. It is time that we rejoined him in that optimism!

Especially at this time, as events throughout the Middle East and the world cast a pale across the American landscape and psyche of its people, remember the words of the man who stared down the Evil Empire, the man who orchestrated the downfall of Communism in the USSR.
"Well, I don’t believe the people I’ve met in almost every State of this Union are ready to consign this, the last island of freedom, to the dust bin of history, along with the bones of dead civilizations of the past. Call it mysticism, if you will, but I believe God had a divine purpose in placing this land between the two great oceans to be found by those who had a special love of freedom and the courage to leave the countries of their birth. From our forefathers to our modern-day immigrants, we’ve come from every corner of the earth, from every race and every ethnic background, and we’ve become a new breed in the world. We’re Americans and we have a rendezvous with destiny."

Like President Reagan before him, President Bush believes it is the American destiny to fight for freedom throughout the world. Like President Reagan, this President is confronted with an enemy that seeks the destruction of all that we hold dear. While we might disagree with our President about specific policies or agenda items, let us never question his commitment to the American people.

Now that the election has past, positive new is beginning to trickle out of the MSM. We are beginning to learn that this, “the worst economy in the past 50 years,” is, and has been booming for the past two years. Inflation is being kept in check, unemployment is for all intents nonexistent, and both productivity and real wages are up throughout the country. Now that this news has begun to be reported, we are told, that consumer confidence has begun to rise as well. I predicted, by the way, all of these events, two weeks ago.

While events in Iraq, Iran and North Korea should continue to concern us, we must confront them with the optimism demonstrated by President Reagan.
He managed to project the optimism of Roosevelt, the faith in small-town America of Dwight D. Eisenhower and the vigor of John F. Kennedy. In his first term in the White House he restored much of America's faith in itself and in the presidency, and he rode into his second term on the crest of a wave of popularity that few presidents have enjoyed.

Even in contemplating his own humanity, he remained optimistic, if not for himself, then for his nation. On Nov.5, 1994 speaking of his own impending battle with Alzheimer’s he called it a "journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life, I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."
Paul Kengor in NationalReviewOnline said this:
That choice of words was astonishing: Alzheimer's is a horrific disease that robs memories. In just a few years, Reagan wouldn't even remember the White House.
And, lest you somehow believe that President Ronald Reagan did not understand the fate that awaited him, he knew. He knew, and yet was unafraid. He was, in fact, optimistic.

Alzheimer's, said Reagan, is an "indiscriminate killer of mind and life" — a "devastating" sickness that "deprives its victims of the opportunity to enjoy life." It "ranks among the most severe of afflictions, because it strips people of their memory and judgment and robs them of the essence of their personalities. As the brain progressively deteriorates, tasks familiar for a lifetime, such as tying a shoelace or making a bed, become bewildering. Spouses and children become strangers." "Slowly," reported Reagan, "victims of the disease enter profound dementia."

We will all, one day, confront our own humanity and its imminent end. Few will have as clear a picture of what lies ahead than did President Reagan. May we all face that uncertain future with the hope and optimism of that great man.

We can begin today, by working to build the world we want to see for our children and our children’s children. Let us begin the work of building a better tomorrow, today!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

    The New Republic Calls For Obstruction!

Well, if the New Republic hasn’t just given the Democrats a blueprint on how to act for the next two years. Forget about bipartisan. Forget about cooperation. Obstruct! That is what it’s all about.
Democrats shouldn't fool themselves. The American people haven't given them a mandate to govern; they have given them a mandate to stop Bush from governing. For the next two years, the job of the Democratic Congress will be to block--and to hope that, in 2008, the party hands the ball to someone who can really run.

In this assessment of the Clinton years, Peter Beinart believes that the entire purpose of the Republican majority in congress in the 90s was to prevent President Clinton from getting anything done. Now THAT is a brilliant analysis! He does, of course get one thing right. The American people have not given the Democrats a mandate to govern. Nor did they vote for endless investigations, partisanship and obstruction.
mad gore
This obsessive partisanship, not the scandals that plagued the Clinton years, nor the recession evident in the economy as the 2000 election loomed, is what doomed the campaign of Vice President Al Gore. Never mind that he was a caricature of a candidate who would have looked more at home in a storefront window. It was the congressional Republicans and their endless investigations and partisanship that ended the American public’s patience, and caused then to turn to an outsider, George W Bush in that election. When President Bush promised a return to civility the public listened and voted. (Never mind that the election was stolen, we don’t want to talk about that in this analysis, because it doesn’t fit the template for THIS piece.)
Meanwhile, theWashington Post reporting on the Kumbaya meeting with President Bush and Speaker to be Nancy Pelosi have this to say:
Pelosi and Bush offered smiles and pledges of cooperation as they faced reporters in the Oval Office after a lunch of pasta salad in the president's private dining room. "We won't agree on every issue," Bush said. "But we do agree that we love America equally, that we are concerned about the future of the country and that we will do our very best to address big problems."
nancy pelosi
"We both extended the hand of friendship," said Pelosi, who will be the first female speaker of the House in history when the new Congress convenes.
All smiles and no substance, the speaker-elect suggests on the one hand that cooperation is in the works, and bipartisan is the plan, while John Conyers lays out his plan to draw up articles of impeachment. (note that while the article is from March, the site is updated daily.)
harry reid

While Harry Reid (and Dick Durban) meet with the President and Vice President:
"The election is over. The only way to move forward is with bipartisanship and openness and to get some results. And we made a commitment, the four of us here today, that's what we are going to do," he said.
It will be difficult to put behind the harsh words the Majority Leader-elect has had for out President in the recent past.
“To me it shows how dangerously incompetent he is,” Reid said. “'Stay the course, mission accomplished, bring 'em on,' the American people are sick of that. We need to change course in Iraq. ... I think the president burying his head in the sand is not going to do the trick.”
With the new tone in Washington, no borrow a phrase the President used when first elected, it is doubtful that this new tone will last any longer than the first ‘new tone’ did…about ten minutes, if I recall.
AND, if the Democratic leadership hears the call of their constituency, as outlined in the New Republic article, that ten minutes might already have passed!
Finally, a confrontational Congress could help the Democrats in 2008. Partisan gridlock might hurt Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's reputations, but the public will mostly blame an unpopular president. And, while the GOP presidential nominee in 2008 will almost certainly try to distance himself from Bush and Washington, a Democrat should find it easier to play the untainted outsider, as Bush did in 2000. Rather than help Bush salvage his presidency, Congress should lay the foundation for a Democratic candidate to run against it.

AHH, for the good old days, before the advent of partisan politics! Before it became necessary to begin politicking for the next election, the day following the last! The good old days when all Americans were united! In other words, the days before those misguided “patriots” started that whole brouhaha in 1776!

The last six years have been contentious. If the TNR article is any road map, the next two will be worse!

Dave Hinz
HinzSight Team

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    Relax: It Will All Get Better, The Democrats Won!

The election is over and the Democrats won. They won big time, taking both houses of congress and several state governors and state houses. AND, best of all, Donald Rumsfeld has resigned. It doesn't get any better than that!

So, just kick back, grab a glass of wine and RELAX. Things will get better in this country, and soon.

In fact, with Rummy's resignation, I predict that within weeks we will be hearing about how things are getting better in Iraq. Reported violence, while it might remain high, will no longer be the main focus of the MSM reportage. In fact, many of the good news stories we have noted here in the past, will now find their way into the MSM, now that the Democrats have resumed their rightful leadership of our nation.

Never mind that George W Bush is still President, and will be for the next two years, the Democrats are now in charge! All is right with the world!

And the economy is about to improve! The worst economy in the last fifty years, the worst economy since the great depression, the President with the worst jobs record in the history of the nation, is about to get a boost. you see, the Democrats are now in charge!

Soon, maybe even before the new congress is sworn in this coming January, the economy will suddenly explode. That pitiful 4.4 unemployment figure that GWB presided over: bringing the nation back from brink of the 911 attacks and the economic meltdown brought on by the dotcom bubble, the Clinton recession and the Global Crossings/Enron/Worldcom/Tyco scandals; will suddenly come to have meaning, as the jobs promised the nation by the ascension of the Democratic Party to their rightful station, will be high-paying, good jobs, not those low-paying bad jobs that President Bush's policies promoted. The 3.3% increase in real wages the nation has seen over the last couple of years will seem paltry as the Democratic majority raises everyone's wages through huge minimum wage increases. At the top pay scale in my job, I know I can hardly wait to have the floor raised!

In all likelihood, homelessness will cease to be a problem in this nation, although, until a Republican President is no longer in office, the entire eradication of homelessness is unlikely.

On a grander scale, the entire world will benefit from this momentous achievement. The crisis in Darfur will cease, because the Democrats are now in power. We have all seen the ads on our television screens for the past months telling us of the terrible rapes and murders happening (under UN scrutiny) in Darfur. If we see such an ad after the Democrat majority is sworn in this January, I will be terribly surprised. That issue should be solved by their very existance.
No, my friends, we have nothing to fear, because the Democrats are now in charge in Washington, and throughout the country!

So, like I said before, RELAX! Kick back, and have a glass of wine. Enjoy the rest of the evening!


Cross Posted at Redstate

Saturday, November 04, 2006

    MI Governor Granhom Fails Leadership Test!

Last summer Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm was given the opportunity to show real leadership regarding the Detroit Teacher’s Strike, but like too many students attending those Detroit Public Schools, she failed miserably.

Detroit Public Schools, with dropout rates among the highest in the nation, have been failing their students for too long!

The Detroit Public Schools have a long and sordid past history of mismanagement and failure. In recent memory, the school district board of education, immersed in debt and plagued by fraud, found its responsibilities taken over by the state. They fought long and hard to win back that authority, vowing to do better for the students and community. Unfortunately, they have shown little improvement since that time.

The teachers of those schools have legitimate grievances. They have worked long and hard, with little financial reward to show for their efforts. They have gone several years without significant raises in pay, allowing the district time to get its financial house in order. Little progress toward that goal has been observed.

So, as the summer waned, and progress in negotiations between the district and the teacher’s union seemed dim, the prospect of a teacher’s strike loomed. However, state law prohibits such a strike, in keeping with the best interest of the students.

Here is where the Governor could have, but failed to show leadership.

It is no secret that the unions of this state, and the Teachers Unions in particular, are among this governors strongest supporters. She obviously cannot, and will not, do anything to antagonize her most ardent supporters. However, in this case, she should have stepped in, shown leadership, and diverted a strike.

Instead, she sat back and did nothing!

Had she stepped forward and said, that although she supported the union’s efforts wholeheartedly, but in the best interest of the students of Detroit the union must return to work while continuing negotiations, she would have exhibited the leadership needed by this state to move forward.

Instead, she did nothing!

She could have brought both sides together in discussions, while students were allowed to attend classes, ON TIME, and solved the crisis while doing what was best for the students of Detroit.
Instead, she did nothing!

Now that “student count day” has passed the district is faced with the apparent loss of up to 25,000 students. While, no doubt, some of these students have moved out of the state due to economic circumstances, many of them have simply chosen to attend other school districts, in the hope of obtaining a quality education denied them in the Detroit Public Schools.

The loss of this many students, and the state aid they bring to the district, will only further cripple efforts of the district to put its financial house in order.

I lay the blame at the feet of the Governor, and the leadership she failed to provide, in averting this crisis.

    November Surprise! AOL/ABC do their part for the Democrats!

In an effort to further damage President Bush and the administration, and incidently damage the military, AOL/ABC have decided that this is the perfect time to unveil a joint undercover effort to prove that the military is lying to new recruits.

Under the headline "Cameras Show Army Recruiters Misleading Students" they layout a clandestine effort to catch military recruiters who lied to recruits in order to get them to enlist.

This thinly disguised "November Surprise" is wonderfully timed, the weekend before the election to elicit the greatest damage to the administration, while allowing little or no time to rebutt the story.

Congratulations AOL/ABC! I have to give you credit for originality. While most of the mainstream media has focused its attention on lying about situation on the ground in Iraq, ignoring the high moral and record levels of reinlistments, AOL/ABC has decided to attack the recruitment efforts!

"Nobody is going over to Iraq anymore?" one student asks a recruiter.

"No, we're bringing people back," he replies.

"We're not at war. War ended a long time ago," another recruiter says.

Last year, the Army suspended recruiting nationwide to retrain recruiters following hundreds of allegations of improprieties.

One Colorado student taped a recruiting session posing as a drug-addicted dropout.

"You mean I'm not going to get in trouble?" the student asked.

The recruiters told him no, and helped him cheat to sign up.

SEE? There is an explanation why the military is meeting enlistment goals nationwide, despite involvment in an unpopular war. They lie! These poor unsuspecting recruits are totally unaware of the situation in Iraq, having never before viewed anything concerning Iraq on their television screen. Despite the MSM constant barrage of bad news from the theater of war, these poor dumb high school kids are being duped into record numbers I might add!

What a bunch of morons we have in our military! Too stupid to hope to get a job anywhere else, in the worst economy in the history of the union, they are falling for the military lies; hook, line and sinker! (End of snark!)
Yet ABC News found one recruiter who even claimed if you didn't like the Army, you could just quit.

"It's called a 'Failure to Adapt' discharge," the recruiter said. "It's an entry-level discharge so it won't affect anything on your record. It'll just be like it never happened."
Yeah, that's what I always heard. If you don't like it in the military, just leave. Nobody will care! Yeah, that's the ticket...just leave!

Thank you AOL/ABC for proving once again which side of the war on terror you are on!

Friday, November 03, 2006

    Dick Morris: Republicans will lose...wait, Republicans will win!

While I must admit I enjoy listening to Dick Morris pontificating on politics, and sometimes find the circuitous logic of his positions interesting, to say the least, I'm afraid the little toe-sucker is trying to be just a little too "Kerryesque" during this mid-term election.

The Gnomish Morris is alternatingly predicting the complete collapse of the Republican party in the coming election, along with the predictible 40 years wandering in the wilderness, and a Republlican resurgance that will keep both houses in Republican hands.
Sorry, but he, unlike Kerry, cannot have it both ways!
Read on . . .

In his latest piece entitled "Election now a toss-up he states this:
The latest polls show something very strange and quite encouraging is happening: The Republican base seems to be coming back home. This trend, only vaguely and dimly emerging from a variety of polls, suggests that a trend may be afoot that would deny the Democrats control of the House and the Senate.
This is, of course, welcome news to Republicans, and it parallels the information that we have been noting on this site for the last several days?weeks?months?

Apparently, it has begun to hit home to the "Dickster" that the Republican base is not going to be content to sit this one out...a conclusion any rational human being would have come to months ago. The stakes are simply too high in this election cycle to give up and "cut and run!"
Yet, it was only five days ago that he had this to say:
The Republican base, that vaunted entity whose every mood swing has controlled the zigs and zags of the Bush administration policy, has moved out, according to the latest Gallup polling.

Karl Rove's heroic efforts to preserve its fealty have failed to move Republican base voters. Karl cannot compensate for Bush's failure to project his issues as the midterm disaster for the Republican Party nears.
Just yesterday I watched a short portion of the movie "Sybil" on the television. Hey, Sally Fields has nothing on this guy, let me tell you!

The plain fact of the matter is that Mr Morris has fallen victim to the disease that plagued the entire eight years of the President Clinton White House. He lives and dies by polling! He does not use rational thinking or his own moral compass to come to conclusions...he takes a poll! Take this excerpt from Oct 19:
The Gallup Poll also reveals that Democrats now win all eight major issues, including terrorism and morality. Asked which party would do more to enhance "moral standards in the country," Democrats now win 47 to 36! And on terrorism, Democrats now have a 47 percent to 42 percent advantage.
HELLO! McFly! Can anyone really look at that poll result, Dems are better than Republicans on terrorism 47-42? That right there should have sent up so many red flags that the poll was flawed, and should not be credited...but alas, not with Dick Morris. If the poll said it, it must be true!

So now, a mere five days later, what has changed? What major changes in the political landscape have taken place? What major international events have colored the vision of the American electorate? Well, nothing...but we took another poll! In today's column he says this:
The GOP base, alienated by the Foley scandal and the generally dismal record of this Congress, may have fast forwarded to the prospect of a Democratic victory and recoiled. They may have pondered the impact of a repeal of the Patriot Act, a ban on NSA wiretapping and a requirement of having an attorney present in terrorist questioning - and decided not to punish the country for the sins of the Republican leaders.
Wow! That's a lot of introspection on the part of the voters in a very short time.

Or, could it possibly be that the electorate is not nearly as fickle as the pollsters, and Mr Morris seem to believe? Is it possible, as has been suggested on this website for many weeks, if not months, that the polls have been rigged from the start? Is it possible that the pollsters have had their own agenda throughout this campaign season? Is it possible that the polls have been more about hope and wishful thinking, than substance?

Or is the Republican base a fickle feather, swirling around, blown whereever the political winds take them? If Morris is right, it is the latter, I believe it might be the former!

    Hillary Clear on Same Sex Marriage...Well, sort of...

What are Hillary Clinton’s closely held personal beliefs concerning same-sex marriage? It depends on who she is talking to!
First of all we have her saying this:
"Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage always has been, between a man and a woman." - Hillary Clinton, opposing same-sex marriages, quoted in The New York Daily News
In 1996 while on a book tour she had this to say while in that bastion of liberalism, San Francisco.
"Children are better off if they have a mother and a father,'' Clinton said in the San Francisco interview with the then-Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. "My preference is that we do all we can to strengthen traditional marriage ... and that people engaged in parenting children be committed to one another.''
Clearly she was unwilling to support gay marriage at that time.However, In July of this year, while campaigning for Phil Angelides, the Democratic candidate for governor, she was strangely silent on the subject, refusing to answer any questions on the topic.
Clinton's silence in the Democratic bastion of San Francisco highlighted how the issue of same-sex marriage still presents a political dilemma for Democrats. While polls show many in the party, as well as many independent and moderate voters, support the concept of same-sex marriage, California voters in 2000 approved Proposition 22, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Polls nationally show a majority of Americans oppose same-sex marriage -- but also support civil partnership rights
So, while she opposed gay marriage in 1996 and again in 1998, and she seemed to oppose it while running for the Senate in 2000, according to she has changed her mind now that she is considering running for President in 2008.
When it comes to same-sex marriage, Sen. Hillary Clinton has had a change of heart.
The New York senator told a recent gathering of gay and lesbian activists in Manhattan that she won’t oppose efforts to enact a same-sex marriage law in the state if Eliot Sptizer, the odds-on favorite to become the next governor, wants it enacted into law. reports this from the junior senator:
When she ran for Senate in 2000, she said she opposed same-sex marriage. But that position didn't reflect the "many long conversations" she's had since with "friends" and others, and that her thinking "has certainly evolved." "I believe in full equality of benefits, nothing left out," she said. "From my perspective there is a greater likelihood of us getting to that point in civil unions or domestic partnerships and that is my very considered assessment." But Clinton did add a caveat that upset some in attendance: "If you go the next step and say, 'But I want what is called marriage,' you're going to have a problem." But then she threw another curveball, stating that she had no problem with states legalizing same-sex marriage.
So, If I had to interpret what she is saying, She was against Gay marriage, before she was for it…but she doesn’t want it called “marriage” unless states pass legislation calling it that. Ahh, it makes perfect sense to me?So, what she is saying is that if the state of New York were to enact a law banning gay marriage she would not oppose it?
Asked several moments later by Gary Parker, the Greater Voices leader who chaired the meeting, to clarify that point, Clinton reiterated, "I am not going to speak out against, I'm not going to oppose anything that the governor and the legislature do."
Of course, her answer to that question was pre-supposing that the NY legislature would enact legislation making gay marriage legal…but by her reasoning, she has no problem whichever way the legislature goes.Will this hurt her in her obvious ambition to win the Oval Office? Well, several top Democrat strategist apparently believe so.
And two top Democratic strategists, James Carville and Stan Greenberg, this week warned in a new memo that Republicans will "run hard" on the issue and urged Democrats to reassure undecided voters. "That the Democrat believes marriage is between a man and a woman is among the strongest reassurance for older blue-collar voters, seniors and those in rural areas," the memo read. "If this is what the candidate believes, it is important to say it." Twenty states have enacted amendments protecting traditional marriage, and at least five more states will vote on amendments in November. "The public is clearly on the side of preserving and protecting traditional marriage," said Republican consultant Keith Appell. If Democrats appear "wishy-washy" on this, "they can easily be painted as siding with liberal forces," he said.
So, once again she will need to re-evaluate her choices. I predict that she will waffle at least fifty more times between now and the 2008 election, being for and against the issue depending on her audience. In the end, she will be clearly ambivalent so as to appear on the side of whichever side the voter chooses to support.Remember, she learned from the best!

First posted at Redstate