Archive for category Rants
It’s all over the news this morning. The Man-Child president, The One, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only nine months after taking his oath of office. It is important to also note that he would have had to have been nominated after having only been in office for less than two weeks. Can anyone else smell the politicization here? What could the Man-Child have accomplished in such a short period of time to merit the Nobel Peace Prize, aside from distributing mass quantities of Obama Kool-Aide and Hopium to the punch drunk, clueless, and gullible masses? The simple answer is absolutely nothing. Read the rest of this entry »
Senator Ted “The Driver” Kennedy’s body had barely assumed room temperature before the Democrat feeding frenzy began – almost as if the proverbial circling vultures weren’t so proverbial but more literal. The Chappaquiddick bi-athlete had barely begun the long swim to the pearly gates for summary judgment when his fellow statists began calling for the passage of HR 3200 as a memorial to the crowned king of liberal Camelot. Being the scavenger birds of the political realm that they are, the vulture like liberal Democrats quickly began feasting on Kennedy’s corpse – politically, not literally. Read the rest of this entry »
A couple of weeks ago I saw yet another article from a mealy mouthed media hack – one that oft poses as a Republican but has been shown to be of the RINO variety – regarding the state of the GOP. For all of her attempts to appear reasoned and educated, Kathleen Parker, once again managed to tow the liberal party line with her GOP hit piece titled “A Tip for The GOP: Look Away.” In which she not only insulted southerners but demanded that the GOP shun southerners in favor of suburban elites. Read the rest of this entry »
In this age of the Nanny State and hyper-regulation, when the federal government is expanding at an unprecedented rate with unfathomable speed it is more important than ever before to recall the words of Thomas Jefferson Jefferson, who eloquently warned us against the very beast with which we are now grappling when he wrote Read the rest of this entry »
On July 3rd Sarah Palin stunned the nation with her announcement that she not only would not seek reelection as Governor of Alaska, but that she would also be resigning at the end of the month. The unexpected move has had the media in a tizzy and the blogosphere on fire with theories and predictions as to Palin’s political future. For the last three days I have sat back and enjoyed the delicious frenzy as politicos and pundits proclaimed her doom or 2012 Presidential run. Read the rest of this entry »
With typical political flourish Henry Waxman highlights an attitude and tactic that demonstrates precisely what is wrong with Capital Hill. On June 26 Waxman pulled a fast one. He slipped a more than 300 page amendment at 3 a.m. to the Cap and Trade bill – which passed the house by a nose. He did not rush the amendment in at 3 a.m. because of dire circumstance… he did it for the very same reason that members of Congress have been doing it (in both parties) for years. So that no one would have a chance to read, review and counter it. Subverting, without care, the process of debate and checks and balances. Subverting, intentionally, the right of the people to know what laws our representatives are attempting to pass. He did so with the express intention of ramming something that would otherwise not pass down the collective throats of the American people. Read the rest of this entry »
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal showed that state revenues have plummeted in the first quarter of 2009. This should come as absolutely no surprise. Nor should the reactions from state legislatures and governors – which will likely be emergency services and education cuts. Because, by law – thank goodness – states are required to balance their budgets unlike the federal government that tends to borrow us into oblivion. Read the rest of this entry »
We have all heard of and experienced a catch-22 situation, in which you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Regardless of the choice that you make, the outcome will be a negative one. This is precisely the situation that the U.S. government and President Obama find themselves in now with Pyonyang. Read the rest of this entry »
During the final years of the Bush administration Democrats pioneered and perfected the war-funding to fund policy tactic. They attach their pet policy funding to war-funding bills in order to force what would otherwise be tabled or tossed out through the Congress. It has worked like a charm, because no politician – or respectable American – would veto or vote against funding the troops that are sent out to war. Like virtually every other shady practice that gets tax payer monies to their pet projects, it has proven addictive. And surprise of surprises, they’re still at it. Read the rest of this entry »
Every news station that you turn to and every link you click takes you to yet another article about the Iranian election. From the poll coverage to the street protests these last 24 hours have been filled with article after article and story after story about the presidential election in Iran. The overall tone is that of surprise. The media seems surprised by the election results as much as they are of the violent protests in Iran. Mousavi’s supporters express shock and surprise at the election results. And Iranians in general seem surprised that Mousavi supporters and Mousavi, himself, are crying foul.
Why so surprised?
Mousavi, no matter how many votes he got, was never going to win the election. The Supreme Leader essentially determines who wins, and it is widely known that he supports Ahmadinejad. Khamenei decides who even gets to run for the office. Not to mention the complete corruption of the Iranian government and officials. Is it really any wonder that Ahmadinejad won?
Would it really change anything if he hadn’t? No. The role of President in Iran is similar to the role of Kermit the Frog on Sesame Street. A puppet. Nothing more. Iran’s President, much like our iconic green Muppet, stands in the spotlight, makes speeches and plays the role of figurehead – were the Iranian government a TV show Ahmadinejad’s face would be on the cover of the DVD box set.
But unlike Kermit, if you look behind the curtain there would be no lovable Jim Hensen.
The Iranian government is essentially controlled by one man, Ali Khamenei. Khamenei is Iran’s Supreme Leader. If the Iranian government was The Muppet Show – which it essentially is – Khamenei would be Jim Hensen. Only without the goodwill, lovability and sense of humor. So while Iran has a President elected by the people, it really doesn’t matter who he is or what he thinks. He is there for aesthetics. When he goes to the podium and opens his mouth you may hear his voice… but it is Khamenei’s words that he speaks. It is Khamenei’s stance that he takes. It is Khamenei’s views that are expressed and carried out.
Even if Mousavi was declared the victor, it wouldn’t change anything. Not for the Iranian people and certainly not for U.S. relations.
So the question remains. Why be so surprised?