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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Freedom: What a Concept

Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto – Matt Kibbe (William Morrow)

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty, one of the great symbols of the United States of America reads in part; “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” You’ll find nowhere in the full text anything about those seeking a government hand out or those looking for others to pay their way, just a simple statement about the desire to be free from government shackles. FREEDOM…what a concept.

In his new book, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto, Matt Kibbe, the president and CEO of the grassroots organization Freedom Works makes the strong case for freedom and posits the concept that the answer probably does not lie with either of the two current parties.
 

Six Rules For Liberty  

Kibbe details a straight forward set of six basic rules for liberty; they are as follows:

1.   Don’t Hurt People – The concept seems pretty clear that it is wrong to use violence or the threat of violence against others.

2.   Don’t Take Their Stuff – Property rights, again seems like a pretty fundamental concept, but even recent Supreme Court decisions that should have been a pretty easy decision to make, have clouded the issue.

3.   Take Responsibility – Personal responsibility; shouldn’t we all be ultimately responsible for or lives and our actions?

4.   Work for It – As the size and scope of government grows, so to does the number of able bodied Americans who simply no longer get up and go to work!

5.   Mind Your Own Business – As long as you remain within the law, liberty means that everyone should be free to pursue happiness in their own way.

6.   Fight the Power – Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely; freedom comes with the price tag that includes the continuous need to stand up and fight against those that seek to usurp freedom.

There is an almost simple, fundamental quality to all of Kibbe’s rules and yet there seems to be an undeniable need to teach these basic concepts to a society that appears to have turned its back on what equates to some of this nation’s founding principles, that he bases them on. This is truly one of the most important books not only for 2014, but for the future of this once great country.   

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Arlen Specter Redux

The Party’s Over – How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat – Charlie Crist (Dutton Books)

The late Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was a legendary master of self-serving politics at its worst; a Philadelphia liberal, who loved to lay claim to being a moderate Republican, who in reality wouldn’t take a principled stand if his life depended on it. Not able to muster the spine to vote to remove the impeached President Bill Clinton, Specter famously chose to wipe his backside with the Constitution by citing Scottish law and voting “not proven.” Specter later whined that the Republican had somehow abandoned him when in a desperate attempt at re-election; he finally swapped political parties to become the Democrat he truly had always been.

Now along comes former Florida Governor Charlie Crist to attempt to lay claim to the Specter mantle in his new political memoir The Party’s Over – How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat. While Crist is a well tanned, slick looking package, he can’t quite muster half the political savvy and cunning that Specter demonstrated on countless occasions.


His actions are so outrageously ham-fisted and self-serving that he can’t even bring himself to point out that his departure from the Republican party didn’t reach it’s Democrat party destination until it made a pit stop as an independent. If he was the true believer, convert that he claims, why not go big; rather than licking a finger and sticking in up in the breeze? Crist’s self-serving desire to remain in office has caused him to delude himself into believing that his incessant flip-flopping isn’t at the root of his problems with the Republican Party.

Crist tries mightily to re-write his history; unfortunately his very public sideling up to Barrack Obama clearly defined exactly who the former governor really was. He utilizes so many Democrat talking points and ridiculous lies like the claim the Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be conservative enough for the Tea Party and his allusions to race and his empty claims to “values I hold dear.” As if to reinforce his status a master flip-flopper Crist recently changed his stance on Cuba, a political issue near and dear to Florida voters. Here’s hoping that Sunshine State voters demonstrate the wisdom to keep Crist on the political unemployment rolls this November.

 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Green Lies: DEBUNKED!

The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism: The Left’s Plan to Frighten Your Kids, Drive Up Energy Costs, and Hike Your Taxes – James Delingpole (Regnery Books)

If you’ve spent anytime pondering what can laughingly be called “climate science” then you know that lunatic left who lay claim to this “expertise” have made it a moving target over the past couple of decades. What started out as global warming shifted to man-made global warming which then became twisted into global climate change and now is apparently dubbed anthropogenic global warming.

Along this twisting path lay scattered literally hundreds of predictions of global scale gloom and doom and nearly has many debunked reports and theories posited by so-called “experts” on climate science that have proven to be made up, false or more often flat out lies! Yet to this day, the mainstream press, AKA “the lazy media”, liberal politicians and brain dead celebrities continue to tout this load of crap a serious science and a serious issue or as they often refer to it in hashed tones; a crisis!

 
So how does one fight back against this rising tide of stupidity? By arming yourself with a veritable encyclopedia of responses to the ever shifting climate change doctrine, in the form of; The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism: The Left’s Plan to Frighten Your Kids, Drive Up Energy Costs, and Hike Your Taxes by James Delingpole. This handy little book is a compendium of the players, the scandals, the lies and the outright B.S. that is global climate science.

Laid out in alphabetical order, Delingpole serves up bite size recaps and handy retorts for all of the stupid arguments your liberal brother-in-law makes about global warming. What the heck was your sister thinking?! With entries ranging from Hansen, James to Gore, Albert to polar bears, the hockey stick and everything in between, Delingpole arms you to the teeth for Manbearpig!

Keep in mind, Liberals and climate change scientists never let facts get in the way of a good story; so at the very least, The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism delivers enough humor to keep you laughing.

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Real Definition of Hero

American Heroes: On The Homefront – Col. Oliver North and Bob Hamer (Threshold Editions)

With over 50 years in and around the United States military; including 22 years as a decorated active duty member of the U. S. Marine Corp, Col Oliver North USMC Ret., certainly knows his way around the men and women who step up and defend this country and fight for the freedoms we al enjoy.

North has completed 50 embeds with military units around the globe including: battlefields in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Over the course of that time he recounts the changes that he has witnessed first hand, but more importantly he writes vividly about what has remained constant; the heroic sacrifice that these young men and women willingly make on our behalf.

 

In the latest installment of North’s American Heroes series, On The Homefront he follows these heroes from the battlefield back to home. He delivers personal insights into the inspiration and determination that goes into facing down what is often life-altering circumstances. The sacrifice extends beyond just the military member and on into the family and support network that often makes these heroes service and recovery possible.

North’s unique combination of personal experience, been there done that, and his ongoing efforts to aide, assist and support the troops and their families, gives these stories an even greater impact. North is truly a man who puts his money where his mouth is funding the efforts of his Freedom Alliance Scholarship fund through sales of his books.

I am proud to say that I have had the opportunity to interview Col. North on a number of occasions and work with him on a fundraising effort to raise funds for the scholarships that awarded to children of military members who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I refuse to use the trite term that they have made the “ultimate sacrifice” because I truly believe that none of these heroes willingly sacrifice their lives, choosing instead to go out fighting all the way. It is that fighting spirit that North captures so well in the American Heroes series.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Childlike Mind of a Liberal

The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America – And What We Can do to Stop It – Thom Hartmann (Twelve Books)

They say you “can’t judge a book by the cover” but you may be able to take a stab at it based on the blurbs. It is a time-honored tradition for publisher to seek “independent” opinions about the author’s work from high profile, recognizable folks. The fact that Thom Hartmann’s latest is blurbed by a disgraced former member of the Obama inner circle and self-avowed communist (Van Jones), a thug union president (Richard Trumpka, AFL-CIO), a Sixties radical and domestic terrorist organization member (Tom Hayden), the only Socialist member of the U.S. Senate (Bernie Sanders), and an actor/environmentalist wing nut (Leonardo DiCaprio) should at the very least speak volumes.

There is an almost childlike quality to the liberal thought process; and Hartmann is a classic purveyor of the boogieman under the bed approach to trying to scare people with an imagined right wing cabal out to get the American people and to destroy the country. In The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America – And What We Can do to Stop It, Hartmann certainly doesn’t break any new ground; instead choosing to trod on familiar liberal territory, laughably trying to blame the likes of Ronald Reagan, the mythological Koch Brothers and “Economic Royalists” for engaging in this secret plot.

In a simpleminded fashion, Hartmann would have you believe that this cabal of wealthy right-wingers secretly control power. Certainly money plays a huge role in the pursuit of power, but Hartmann seems to forget the staggering wealth that is controlled by liberals! Hartmann’s prescriptions for fixing the problem revolve around classic liberal thought; increase the power, size and scope of government in all of our lives.

You don’t have to look far to see how far off the mark that idea is! Aside from the obvious failings of the economic policies of the Obama administration and the genius of Democrats in Washington who believe that food stamps and extended unemployment benefits are an economic stimulator; simply look at the state of big cities in this country. The top ten cities that are in dire economic states, if not outright bankrupt, all have one thing in common; decades of Democrat control. And these are the folks and the policies that Mr. Hartmann would have you believe are the answer for fixing our economic woes…I have to wonder what it is that Hartmann is drinking? Perhaps some grape Kool-Aid?

I think my favorite simpleminded section of the book is Hartmann’s plan to eliminate billionaires in the No Billionaires chapter. Apparently Hartmann has answered the age old question, “how much do you need?” The answer is $1 Billion and no more! Little Thommie would have you believe that because a billionaire’s wealth is soooo many multiples more than the average persons and that they can’t buy and equal number of multiples worth of stuff then billionaires are not job creators. Like I said, childlike. On just the consumer side, Hartmann would have you believe that billionaires can’t buy enough to create jobs. While Warren Buffet is certainly the exception to the rule, living in his Omaha ranch house, Hartmann believes that the average billionaire doesn’t own multiple homes, cars, and just mounds of high end stuff.

The point he completely misses is that most billionaires create stuff; not just ordinary stuff, but stuff that people want and that they buy, which is why they are billionaires! It’s not like those billionaires make the stuff they sell all by themselves; they hire people to make the stuff and those people take their paychecks and go buy more stuff from other people who make stuff! This isn’t brain surgery, its trickledown economics as envisioned by the evil, vile Reagan administration. By artificially limiting the amounts of money someone can make you stifle the desire to innovate and create. Apparently Hartmann is deluded enough to think that innovation will happen out of the clear blue sky.

Hartmann believes that by limiting freedoms and stifling innovation, the cornerstone things that make this country great, we can somehow magically fix our economic problems and live happily ever after. That’s the way fairytales end and that is the way liberals think.        

Friday, December 13, 2013

Real History: More than Just Dates and Dead Guys

Miracles and Massacres – True and Untold Stories of America – Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions)

History. The mere mention of the word can send shivers of dread up the average person’s spine. Anyone who ever has ever suffered through the average public school teacher’s history class can attest to just how boring the subject of history, in this case U. S. history, can truly be.

So what was it that made history sooooo boring? If you think about it, it’s what’s missing…great stories! Think about it…if history was delivered in a fashion that was more than just dates and dead guys and actually delivered so color and context; told real stories then maybe, just maybe history would be more entertaining.

Well the proof of that thought is in the pudding…the pudding in this case is Miracles and Massacres – True and Untold Stories of America from Glenn Beck. Beck and his team have taken a series of seminal American stories, warts and all, and illustrated with a injection of drama and insight and gotten the history side of the story through in an interesting and dare I say, entertaining fashion.

 

If you think you know the story of the My Lai Massacre, or Tokyo Rose or even more recent events like the so-called ‘20th highjacker” of 9/11, I would bet that you will learn something new to the story. Perhaps the most intriguing story in the lot is that of industrial titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Edison has been heralded as a heroic inventor that had a profound impact on all of our lives. In truth, Edison was a villainous, treacherous, nasty guy.

While Beck and company cop to taking some poetic license with broad brushstrokes in the stories, but not with the facts. Bottom line the facts stand and the tale sells the story. Let’s hope that this will lead to other pieces of our history being touched on in future editions of what will become a series of books.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Low Information Voters…Just won’t get it

Never Trust a Liberal Over Three – Especially a Republican – Ann Coulter (Regnery Publishing)

The old saying is that you tell a lot about a person by the company they keep; in the case of conservative commentators you can tell a lot by the people they piss off. In the case of conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, she has the uncanny ability to tick off most liberals, most notably the low information types that seem to dominate the left.

In her new book, Never Trust a Liberal Over Three – Especially a Republican, Coulter collects a series of her weekly columns and lays them out in a series of broad categories that she pens fresh introductions for. I’m not certain it was her intention or not, but along the way Coulter draws a road map for the communication challenged Republican party to do a better job of delivering their messages.

 
We are in the midst of a classic example of how the Republicans get messaging wrong. It’s not enough to simply say that Obamacare sucks! People have been told for so long that our healthcare system is awful that low information voters will think that anything would be a solution to that hot mess. Republicans need to make clear the FACT is 88% of those with health insurance coverage were satisfied with their plans and that they didn’t want to turn our health care system into the equivalent of the DMV. They need to make clear their plan for dealing with uninsured, pre-existing conditions and how the billions of dollars wasted on this entire process and the crappy website could have been better spent addressing those issues.

Imagine the impact that the ability to communicate with Coulter’s direct style could have on the Republican party. Unfortunately, the best conservative communicators aren’t politicians, but end up being folks like Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

With chapters on everything from: Guns and Crime, Immigration, Liberals and science, education and the judicial branch among many others Coulter give clear, concise and fact based responses to liberal Democrat lies. This book should be placed under every Republican politician Christmas tree and maybe more importantly forced into the hands of Republican consultants who seem content with blowing campaigns and losing elections.