A digital commonplace for a Regular Guy called Charlie Pharis

Month: October 2008 (page 1 of 1)

Speaking of “The Failed Policies of the Past”…

One more sterling example of the failure of socialist liberalism, a concept toward which we’re rushing headlong…Hawaii ends universal child health care program just months after adopting it.

I love this quote, illustrating the tragic law of unintended consequences…

“People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free,” said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. “I don’t believe that was the intent of the program.”

Duh…you think?!?!?

I Wonder…

One of those infamous “dump lists.” Nothing to see here, move along…

  • Warren Buffett says, “Buy American.” I wonder if he thinks it would help if we remembered to vote American, too!
  • I wonder why trying to insure that every vote is a legally cast vote is somehow bad, racist, or whatever other Democrat talking point adjective you choose to insert.
  • I wonder how come the mainstream press “exposed” more about “Joe the Plumber” in two days than they have about The Messiah in two years.
  • I wonder which is more greedy: Wanting to keep the vast majority of what I earn to spend/invest according to my family’s priorities and needs, or wanting to “spread the wealth” to some, in order to fund/promote someone else’s agenda and priorities.
  • I wonder how a tightening in the major polls is somehow an indication that the voters are souring on the underdog candidate.
  • I wonder how many of my friends are voting for the The Messiah based on race. Either racial pride or racial guilt. The pride part I can understand. The guilt part, not so much.
  • I wonder if Mickey Mouse and the Dallas Cowboys really registered to vote.
  • I wonder how the United States Supreme Court can actually condone illegal activities in the voter registration process.
  • I wonder, along with the underdog, why, if The Messiah wanted to run against “W”, he didn’t throw his hat in the ring four years ago, when “W” actually could and did stand for re-election.
  • I wonder if we’ll ever, ever see the ascendancy of statesmanship in our political process again.
  • I wonder when the idea of America became such anathema. To Americans, even.
  • I wonder why the purveyors of the tired, sad phrase “failed policies of the past” have such conveniently selective and/or short memories. If there was any such thing as a “failed policy of the past,” surely it is socialist liberalism! Oh, wait…the Soviet Union was a great success. Nazi Germany? Now there’s a role model for you! Oh, and hey! How about that ultra-successful “War on Poverty” from our own 1960s-1970s! How are all those working for you? So let’s try it again!
  • I wonder if the misguided, misinformed callers on the radio really understand that Hitler was, in fact, a liberal ideal, National Socialist, and all that.
  • Oh, and I wonder about that nagging “whistling s” sound that seems to be so prevalent when our candidates speak.

What’s the Deal? And Where’s the Appeal?

I used to love politics. I used to savor the give-and-take of a good, hard-fought campaign. “Back in the day,” it seemed that most campaigns were pretty passionate presentations of differing visions and ideas for solving serious problems.

Lately, though, I’ve become a little more cynical. It seems that all the candidates – and yes, I mean all the candidates! – are only interested in yapping and yakking about how terrible their opponents are, while avoiding any real, positive, tangible vision for the future.

With that in mind, and as a naive “bitter clinger” to what I believe is the greatest political experiment in the history of the world, I’m wondering a couple of things today…

  • What is the appeal for Americans of an encroaching socialism?
  • When did Big Government become The Answer to all our problems?
  • Seriously, now…what is the appeal of Senator Obama, other than “he’s not George Bush”?
  • When did age 47 become “young and fresh”? (Perspective is everything on that one! :))
  • Why can’t won’t people from differing political perspectives treat those with whom they disagree with some decency and respect?
  • Why won’t candidates answer “Yes or No” questions with, well…”Yes” or “No”?
  • Why do you think “your candidate” is The Answer?

I’m just wondering about these and other things this afternoon.

If you can play nice and offer some constructive opinions, you can comment, and maybe, just maybe, we can learn something about ourselves, our nation, and our future. You don’t have to agree with me – or with any of the other two people who read my blog – but you do have to be civil. Passionate? Sure! Informative? Hopefully!

Jump in! I can’t wait to hear from you!

Rush Was Right…

One day last week, Rush Limbaugh opined something like…

You mean to tell me that there are over 300 million people in our country, and these are the best two we can find to run for President?

The more I hear, the more I agree…

Lincoln Quotes That Should Be Required Reading…

…for the two Bozos running for President of the United States…

From Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861…

We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bond of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearth stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they wll be, by the better angels of our nature.

From a message to Congress, December 1, 1862…

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

And this one, from a letter to General Joseph Hooker, January 26, 1863…

The Government will support you to the utmost of its ability, which is neither more nor less than it has done and will do for all commanders. I much fear that the spirit which you have aided to infuse into the army of criticizing their commander and withholding confidence from him, will now turn upon you. I shall assist you as far as I can to put it down. Neither you nor Napoleon, if he were alive again, could get any good out of an army while such a spirit pervades in it. And now beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward, and give us victories.

That last one is most appropriate for this election, and the constant, but misplaced campaign against an incumbent who is not on the ballot. It’s most appropriate for candidates – both of them – who appear to masters of the blame game, but who are short on positive, inspiring vision.

We’ll end up with the “leaders” (and I use that term very loosely, because both of the major candidates appear nothing more than political hacks!) that we deserve. And God help the one who gets elected by inciting distrust and disunity among our nation, for what goes around will surely come around.

Just some thoughts post-debate tonight. Of course, your mileage may vary…