I wanted to take a moment to put my thoughts down on paper about what Memorial Day means to me. Of course my family looks at this day with a special reverence with Eddie being in harms way, but regardless of our personal family situation, this day is special and that tends to get lost in all the hoopla. Frank Salvato of the New Media Journal has said all I wanted to say and then some in his brilliant piece titled “Remembering What Memorial Day Is For.” Please take a moment to share this article with your family; yeah, go ahead and print it off and read it to your family. And when the friends show up or you go to their house for the cookout, read the article to them. That can be your moment of reverence that Frank so eloquently calls for in his article.
Man, are the libs furious over the Dems capitulating! As Rush Limbaugh pointed out today, how could the Dems give up on timetables to get out of Iraq if the election in November ’06 was a mandate for them to do so? Why is it that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can’t get this legislation passed? Because the grassroots, many of you, have let Congress know that we will not tolerate de-funding the troops and cutting and running the way they did in Vietnam.
I’ve uploaded a post from the Daily Kos liberal blog and the anti-war crowd are spitting mad. In a post titled, “Channel Your Fury,” Meteor Blades actually does a good job in his or her analogy on the Dems surrender. (Please read before going on)
Tomorrow morning I will be on WTIC’s “Sound Off Connecticut” with Jim Vicevich promoting my book, blog and talking about the GOP presidential contenders. You’ll be able to stream it live from the website or later in the day there will be a link to hear the interview. My interview begins at 10:10 Central Time. Wish me luck!
Well it seems like we are right back to square one with the illegal alien issue. There is a lot of posturing going on with both Democrats and Republicans and it seems that no one is happy. Here are some observations and then at the end I’ll share with you what I believe is the best solution.
1. Any time you pass a law that will rely on government bureaucracy to be part of the solution, you know that you are in trouble.
IS IT MORNING ALREADY???!!!! Oh, sorry for shouting. You ever had that panicked feeling waking up from a nap and think you’re late for work? Okay, so it wasn’t that bad, and I somehow came up with 3 1/2 pages of notes on the second GOP debate. It is amazing how good the moderators can be when they are actual journalists, as opposed to a former Democratic political hack and an average sportscaster who thought he was going to be the next Jay Leno who now thinks he is going to be the next Dan Rather (sorry Dan, not even you deserve to be compared with Keith Oblerman). The questions were very tough and actually had nothing to do with the Democrats and everything to do with actual issues interesting to conservatives.
I’m still underwhelmed by the whole crop of “country club candidates” as was aptly described by Chris Wallace. Okay, I know you want to know how I scored it, so I will actually rank them by how I saw their performance, going best to worst. I actually scored them on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest). My scoring system was based on my being an evangelical looking at all the candidates from a biblical perspective (Hey, the name of the blog is Salt and Light!). I looked at the substance of their answers, their delivery, their confidence, and coherence.
Well, in about 70 minutes, the GOP debate (which started about 9 months too early) will begin. I know, me too! But nevertheless, we have to do this. I’ll be posting my analysis sometime after the debate (that’s if my wife wakes me up as promised) and here is the question I sent to FoxNews for Governor Mitt Romney:
“Governor Romney, you said in your 60 Minutes interview that you cannot think of anything more appalling than polygamy and although I would argue that abortion is more appalling, I would like to ask this question: There are an estimated 30,000 polygamists across the West who say they are following fundamental Mormon doctrine, and it has been well documented that a large majority of plural wives are on welfare. Many state officials in Utah say it would be easier to prosecute the mafia then it would be polygamists. As President, how would you address this issue?”
I’ve been asked that many times…why are we (conservatives) losing? Many reasons! We don’t put our money where are mouth is unfortunately. We complain about the mainstream media and then when we get wonderful news alternatives such as the New Media Journal, we don’t financially support them. We complain that NPR gets federal funding and they have an obvious liberal slant, but when we get the answer to NPR in the form of The Right Balance, again we close up our wallets. And we wonder how an organization such as MoveON.org and the other Looney Left supporters have so much clout, we play lip service to the antidote to MoveON.org, TheVanguard.org.
If you’ve ever wondered about MoveON.org’s effectiveness and ability to organize, then read the article, “With New Clout, Antiwar Groups Push Democrats,” found in of all places the New York Times. These people are organized, well-financed, and staffed not with a bunch of tie-dyed T-Shirt wearing, dope-smoking, Grateful Dead listening anti-war hippies. These are lawyers and political consultants that know how Washington D.C. works.
Yesterday I sent Senator Harry Reid a copy of a video compiled by Frank Salvato of the New Media Journal titled, “The Blood on Your Hands.” It is powerful and riveting! In the package I included a copy of Eddie’s article, “Hope Rides Alone.” Now am I naive enough to believe it will sway Senator Reid’s stance on the war being lost? I only look stupid! Nevertheless, I want the Senate Majority Leader and the rest of the Democrats to know that we are watching their un-American actions.
And guess what? Americans are not the only ones watching the Democrats, but so are Al Qaeda, as evidenced by the latest video release from their #2 man, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. In this video Zawahiri states that the Surrender Bill passed by Congressional Democrats (and a couple of turncoat Republicans to make it “bi-partisan”) is proof of American “frustration and failure.” You can read the complete transcript at Laura Mansfield’s website. Ms. Mansfield is a counter-terrorism expert and a frequent guest on Greg Allen’s The Right Balance.
Just finished watching the GOP debates and one thing that really stuck out was all the Reagan wannabes in the Reagan Library. Here’s why everyone of them are Reagan wannabes; with the exception of maybe Governor Mike Huckabee and Congressman Ron Paul, all on the stage are first and foremost politicians. What made Reagan so effective is he was an ideologue. Many of the candidates commented on how Reagan spoke on principles and how he was an optimist; that is because President Reagan believed in the ideal of America. He didn’t use “It’s Morning in America Again,” or “A City on a Hill” for the purpose of a soundbite; he believed and lived those ideals.
I’m going to comment on each candidate’s performance by ranking them on how well they did, not on who I liked the best. Also, as an evangelical (who wrote about evangelicals and their stances), I will comment on how I think they came across to most evangelicals. Understand that I will be taking the “traditionalist” evangelical approach, based on a biblical worldview.
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:24-30)
This parable taught by Jesus was referring to evil living alongside God’s people in the world. When asked if the tares should be pulled from growing along with the wheat, Jesus taught that they would be harvested at the end to prevent damaging the good crop. The teaching answers why evil is allowed to prevail among good.