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Dear George Will,

In reference to your recent article in the Washington Post, Demon Denim, I have to set you straight.  I took particular notice of your words, “Denim is the clerical vestment for the priesthood of all believers in democracy’s catechism of leveling–thou shalt not dress better than society’s most slovenly.”

George, have you ever worked in a field?  Have you burned or welded steel?  Climbed a pole?  Changed a tire?  Fixed the brakes or anything else on any type of vehicle?  Worked with hazardous materials?  Worked in the woods, cutting trees or brush?  Sown a garden?  Worked with cattle or horses or dairy cows or any livestock at all?  Built a shed, a pole barn, a garage, a house, a mansion?  Painted walls, ceilings or anything?

All I own is jeans because of the wear they will get, and the economical price.  It’s not that I don’t care about my appearance, it is that I am conservative, practical, no-nonsense.

You are, I think, trying to call attention to people who wear jeans, but can obviously afford to dress better.  Instead you insulted a huge amount of us hard working rednecks.

Slovenly?  Thanks George.  Now at least I know where you’re coming from.

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April 18, 2009 Posted by | America, common sense, conservatives, George Will, Rednecks | , , | 1 Comment

The Sault Ste Marie Tax Day Tea Party

I got up at 4 that morning to do my taxes.  I waited because I knew I’d have to owe.  I have friends who actually think that if you pay in taxes, you must either make a lot of money, or you’re doing it wrong.  I fall in neither category.  As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, I am a seamstress, my husband is a mechanic and a union member.

img_1674Anyway, after I finished my taxes, I went to work, told everyone there how my taxes went, and reminded them I was leaving early going to the Soo (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.)

“Now, tell me why again?” asked my friend Doris.

I said, “After our leaders in Washington decided to spend trillions of dollars we don’t have, and consequently they will raise taxes for, I stand in protest.”

After we  picked up the kids from school, we headed to the Post Office to mail my return.  I owed 400 dollars more for the State of Michigan than last year, and since I like to use my money all year, rather than give it to the government biweekly, I owed over 2,000 dollars between the State and Federal.  It is a good thing we have deer meat in the freezer yet, or else I would have to take on more debt to feed the family the next couple of months.

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By all accounts, the number of patriots attending the Soo Tea Party reached up to and over 300.  I was impressed.  When we drove up, (my husband and children came with me) there seemed to be just a few people there.  However, just as we were walking from our parking spot, it was like a pilgrimage of people coming from all directions, calmly walking to the open space by the river.  Some were carrying signs, some with dogs, some with little ones.  Once we got there, we were no longer afraid that we would be the only ones.

There were several speakers, one was Jim Jacobson, former policy analyst for the Reagan Administration who reminded us of Reagan’s quotable quotes about the size of government and how ineffective it is.  The organizers did a great job of including a singer, who led us all in the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and This Land Is Your Land, and two men from a local radio show had a great time on stage pointing out all the wasteful spending included in the stimulus package.  The whole program lasted an hour which culminated with most of the attendees lining up to throw tea into the Saint Mary River.

When my husband and I talked with some of the attendees, we found out that our drive of 2 1/2 hours was not as far as some had come.  There were people from Marquette, Boyne City, Detroit and Battle Creek, Cheboygan and Mackinaw City, Rogers City and Hawks.  And no, none of us were paid to be there.

I  have friends that do not understand that the money they get back at tax time isn’t money from the government, it is money they overpaid throughout the year.  Consequently, they never see the big number they actually paid in.  I’m serious!  And one of them is a school teacher!

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is a town of about 16,000 people and is the oldest city in the midwest.   It is at the eastern edge of Michigan’s upper peninsula, and is connected to Canada via the International Bridge to it’s twin city of  Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | America, Capitalism, common sense, conservatives, Income Tax, Michigan, Politics, Reagan, Socialism, Stimulus | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

America, The Christian Nation

A lot of talk has been started about Obama’s speech during Holy Week of the idea that America is not a Christian nation. While in Turkey, a Muslim country, Obama said the following:

“One of the great strengths of the United States is, ahhh.. although as I have mentioned, ah.. we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation, ahh.. we consider ourselves ahhh.. a nation of citizens who are ahh.. bound by ideals and  a set of values.”

Hm.  If we are not a Christian nation, then why does this administration, in it’s policies and campaign, use Christian guilt against us.

It is true our nation was built by the  philosophies espoused by the founding fathers, most of which were Christian.  However, using the idea that we should, through taxation, take from the haves, and give to the have-nots, is bogus.

As a nation of citizens, we are to do with our earned assests what we wish to do.  If you wish to give to those less fortunate, then by all means, do so.  There are churches, charities and personal ways of doing this noble deed.

But when the government of any nation forces any man to give to others for the “common good” it is using a bastardized version of what our God compels us to do.  At the same time, Obama and his party uses our tax dollars to promote and afford abortion for not only our nation of citizens, but for the citizens of other nations, and cutting funding for the defense of our great nation.

April 13, 2009 Posted by | America, common sense, Democrats, Obama, Politics, Socialism | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln

225px-abraham_lincoln_head_on_shoulders_photo_portraitSo far, the Obama administration has been true to it’s campaign promises.

He ran on change, and he is changing our nation, to be sure.

Ordinary, everyday people are mildly tiffed at his arrogance, his whining about the Bush administration, and his constant interruption of American Idol.

But what has become disgusting is his use of Lincoln.

Obama used Lincoln in his inauguration in such a dispicable way, that people you know actually think Lincoln was a Democrat.

For instance, I googled  ‘Obama Lincoln’ and I just took a sampling of  atrocious reports of how Obama compares to Lincoln.

Obama’s Lincoln

During the campaign, he pledged to be a unifying leader. Good thing for Obama there are other presidents whose experiences he can draw on, including one, in particular, from his home state.

By Evan Thomas and Richard Wolffe | NEWSWEEK

The Obama-Lincoln Parallel: A Closer Look

Two Presidential Historians Discuss The Leaders, Closely Linked But Separated By 150 Years

For Obama, Lincoln was model president

By Ed Hornick
CNN

Obama Will Eat Like Lincoln on Inauguration Day

January 10, 2009 11:41 AM  Jake Tapper ABC

Obama team emphasizing Lincoln connection in inauguration

Obama invokes the Great Emancipator for many purposes

Also this website provides an artist’s rendition of ugh, I need a barf bag.

Now, I can’t tell you how much I despise liars.  It is beyond words for me to tell you how much I resent the reshaping of history by popular culture.  However, what is most upsetting to me is the blatent, purposeful torture of truth that our current President is inflicting on this great nation.

The fact is, Lincoln was a republican, he ran his campaign on putting an end to slavery and he really did come from humble beginnings.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.
Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
Abraham Lincoln

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
Abraham Lincoln

Obama is nothing at all like Lincoln.

March 24, 2009 Posted by | America, common sense, Lincoln, Obama | , , | Leave a comment

Did Rush Just Say Obama Is Not A King? What An Outrage!

From Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, March 10,2009,

Rush:  The people who listen to this program regularly have knowledge about me and this program.  One of the things they know is that I love this country.  Another thing they know is that I love people.  All conservatives love people and we are colorblind.  We don’t look out over a group of people and say, “Ooh, there’s a group of women sitting over there, and there’s a group of blacks, there’s some Hispanics, ooh, there’s some Walmart voters, ooh, there’s some people who think the era of Reagan is over.”

We love the country, we love people, and are in awe of the founding of this country and its blessings by God and the recognition in our founding documents that we were all created with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.  We conservatives see all three of those things under assault.  We in this audience want the best for every American.  We want everyone to succeed.  We do not want our country to fail, and we do not want individual citizens to fail.  Against that knowledge, understanding, and given, here we have an administration which is implementing policies that are anathema to the founding of the country, in our view, my view.  We have an administration implementing policies that are destructive to the way this country was founded, they are destructive to the opportunities for happiness and prosperity that this country has provided for 230 years, and we’re alarmed by it.  I see that a lot of other people are alarmed by it, too, but they don’t have the guts to say so per se because they are afraid of having happen to them what has been happening to me with the White House and the media trying to destroy them or ruin their reputations or what have you.

I got to thinking about this.  The Federalist Papers and the constitutional convention debates are rife with arguments about the separation of powers. Now, stick with me on this, because this is a fundamental point to try to explain, especially to those of you who are new to the program, what it is that guides me.  The whole theory of the separation of powers, meaning legislative branch, judicial branch, executive branch, was ingeniously based on human nature.  Our Founding Fathers had studied history, and they knew that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  So we divide power.  We divide power between the states and the federal government.  We divide power within the federal government.  And we further divide power among three separate branches of government.  We give each branch a different set of powers and incentives to protect their own prerogatives so they can keep an eye on each other.  These are called checks and balances.  And the liberals love talking about checks and balances very much.

The underlying assumption of this whole system is that the country functions better if everyone is of a skeptical bent of mind.  That’s what keeps the next guy honest.  The whole reason that we have divided government instead of a king is that the issue is not about one government official succeeding.  This country was not founded on the principle that the president is a king and above all the king must succeed.  In fact, the system is designed to ensure that the president fails when he is wrong.  That’s the whole purpose of checks and balances.  The whole purpose of dividing power, is to ensure the president fails when he’s wrong.  The Framers wanted the country to succeed, just as I do.  If they wanted the president to succeed, they would not have saddled him with Congress, they wouldn’t have saddled him with the courts, they wouldn’t have saddled him with the free press, and they wouldn’t have made him face reelection every four years.  They would have made him a king who no one could oppose.

If our nation was all about a single individual succeeding simply because that individual must succeed regardless, we wouldn’t have the form of government that we do.  Now, conflating the president and the country — and by that I mean, assuming that the president is always the country, assuming that the president always has the country’s best interests at heart, such as the founders did, turns a functioning democracy into a robotic cult.  I fear that that’s what we have right now.  We have a cult of fear and celebrity, robotic cult, that is epitomized in Warren Buffett, it’s epitomized by Jack Welch, it’s epitomized by Barton Biggs and Jim Cramer and anybody else who knows what they see is devastatingly wrong, is horribly wrong, but because there is a fear to oppose because the assumption is that Obama is the country, that Obama equals the best interests of the country simply because he’s Obama, that’s what gives you a cult.  The worst part of it is that many of these people who are making hay over this Limbaugh-wants-Obama-to-fail garbage know full well, ladies and gentlemen, that what I just told you is the case.

This is not an honest debate going on here, as we have demonstrated in the first hour of the program with the Warren Buffett sound bites and the Barton Biggs sound bites and the Jim Cramer sound bites.  It’s not an honest debate.  What’s happening here is the most cynical kind of down and dirty politics by people who not only wanted George W. Bush to fail, but worked night and day to ensure that he failed.  I say to you again, if the Founders wanted a situation where the government was about one official succeeding, then George Washington would have accepted the role he was he offered as king.  But we have separation of powers.  We have division of powers.  All of this is designed to ensure that a president fails when he is wrong.  The Framers wanted the country to succeed.  Let me add to this, Byron York today writing at the DCExaminer.com: “‘Why The Founding Fathers Would Want Obama’s Plans to Fail’ — James Madison was not specifically contemplating Barack Obama, or Nancy Pelosi, when he wrote Federalist No. 63. But reading the document — one of the seminal arguments in favor of adopting the US Constitution — it’s clear Madison knew their type. And he knew they would come along again and again in American history, if Americans were lucky enough to have a long history.  Obama and Pelosi, along with their most ardent supporters, are the types to see a crisis, like our current economic mess, as a ‘great opportunity,’ as the president put it last Saturday. They are the types, after a long period out of power, to attempt to use that ‘great opportunity’ to push through far-reaching changes in national policy that had only a tangential connection, if at all, to the crisis at hand. And they are the types the Founding Fathers wanted to stop.

“In the Federalist Papers, written 221 years ago, Madison addressed the need for a Senate to accompany the more populist House of Representatives. An upper body, he wrote, ‘may be sometimes necessary as a defense to the people against their own temporary errors and delusions.’  For the times when a political leader would attempt to capitalize on those errors and delusions, the Founders prescribed the Senate, with its members elected to terms three times the length of those in the House, originally chosen not by the people but by the state legislatures. From Federalist 63: ‘There are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow meditated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice, and truth can regain their authority over the public mind?'”

Let me translate this for you.  There are going to be times demagogues are going to come along, there are going to be times that people who are power hungry, who are going to take advantage of a crisis, to say they’ve got all the solutions, and they’re going to ram all these things through.  The solutions have nothing to do with the crisis.  They’re just selfish desires of the demagogue.  The people, because of the crisis, are going to go along with it, even though in rational moments they would reject it all.  We need an element to stop this.  We need an element to protect the people from the kind of leaders who would abuse them, mislead them, and, ergo, one of those devices was the United States Senate.  “Of course the economy is in crisis. But if Obama had his way, everything would be treated as if it were a crisis. Health care is a crisis. The environment is a crisis. Education is a crisis. In truth, those other areas are not crises, and the Senate’s job is to delay action on them until Obama’s power to stir popular passions fades.”

I was just talking about this with Mr. Snerdley because we were in his office at the top of the hour, and there’s Obama out there making his health care initiative today.  Snerdley is getting all worked up about it, “My gosh, every day it’s a new initiative, it’s health care here, card check there, this and that and the other thing, where’s the bill?”  I said, “Snerdley, you’re missing the point.  There need not ever be legislation on this.  Don’t you understand what’s happening here?”  Let me tell you people.  He goes out and says, (doing Obama impression) “I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to do health care reform.  Health care reform will get you a job, health care reform is one of the reasons the economy is tanking. You need better health care.”  Who doesn’t?  “Obama is going to get us health care, Mabel, Obama is going to get us health care!  Obama, why, he’s going to educate our kids better.”  So the approval numbers stay up.  All the approval numbers need to stay up is the right rhetoric from Obama.  He doesn’t have to do anything, even though he’s going to try to ram a lot of stuff down our throats, he doesn’t have to. As long as he keeps the approval number up, then Warren Buffett is going to back down and Jack Welch is going to back down and Barton Biggs is going to back down, and everybody else is going to back down ’cause they’re going to be afraid.  So we have to remember, folks, we don’t have a king.  We have separation of powers.  We have a system designed to ensure that the president fail when he should.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH:  So you see, ladies and gentlemen, all I want and all we want is success for every American.  If there’s any worship on this program, it is not of a single man, it is of our Constitution and our other founding documents, and the Founding Fathers who gave them to us.  Certainly not of a mortal human being today. I just wanted to go through this to explain it because I know for a fact the tune-in factor — our cume, which is the total audience (they actually showed it to me yesterday) — is literally geometric in its increase.  As such, the people listening here who haven’t heard before who come to the program with all of these erroneous misconceptions that they’ve been filled with by the critics of this program for all these 20 years.

March 12, 2009 Posted by | America, children, common sense, conservatives, Democrats, Obama, Rush Limbaugh | , , , , | Leave a comment

David Frum, whipping post and buttboy

David Frum had this to say when he called Mark Levin this evening.

Lookee what I found.

An Answer to Frum
What pro-lifers believe, or should.

by Ramesh Ponnoru,

Evidently pro-life readers have not honored David Frum’s request not to e-mail him about his latest declaration that he is not pro-life. He responds today by raising two related points about a ban on abortion: 1) Such a ban would tear the country apart and 2) Pro-lifers have a duty to explain what would be done to women who procure an abortion under the ban they seek. Other pro-lifers would no doubt give different answers, but here are mine — in reverse order.

Most pro-lifers have tended to treat the woman seeking an abortion as a secondary victim of the procedure. This answer is intellectually unsatisfying, sentimental, and (arguably) disrespectful of women’s moral agency. I do not believe that criminal penalties against the women can be rejected in principle. But they are not required in principle either. The purpose of a ban on abortion is to provide unborn children with the same legal protection against homicide that other human beings enjoy. If effective equal protection could be provided by removing the medical licenses of doctors who commit abortions and imposing steep fines on non-doctors who commit them, I would have no problem with stopping with such a legal regime. I’m with the aforementioned majority of pro-lifers in this respect: Punishment is not and has never been our main goal.

As the president has acknowledged, the country is not ready for a ban on abortion. If somehow one were to be imposed tomorrow, it would indeed tear the country apart. But nobody believes that will happen, and nobody is organizing to achieve it. In the real world, a general ban on abortion would be achieved only after there was a broad social consensus behind it. Or rather, and more to the point: The process of achieving a ban would go hand in hand with the process of achieving that consensus. One indispensable way of building that consensus if for pro-lifers to continue to insist that all the unborn deserve legal protection. They must, in other words, continue to stand for what Frum calls “moral clarity” (and undervalues). Thus the president couples his acknowledgment of political and social reality with a dose of such moral clarity. He does not disavow the goal of a general ban.

Frum says that he is not a pro-lifer, and he is right. But for practical purposes it makes less difference than one might suppose. He wants to get rid of Roe, to ban partial-birth abortion, and to ban human cloning. Pro-lifers would be ecstatic if we could achieve those three things within the next ten years. Frum is therefore an ally of pro-lifers and an opponent of the abortion lobby. That is so even if he sometimes writes things about pro-lifers’ ultimate goals that annoy and vex us.

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http://www.nationalreview.com/ponnuru/ponnuru200311071105.asp

I dare say Ramesh is off the reservation on this one too.  Frum sounds exactly like  Governor Haley Barbour when he says conservatives need to take “a softer stance on the social issues.”

March 4, 2009 Posted by | America, common sense, conservatives, Politics, Republicans, Rush Limbaugh | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rush Limbaugh Invites President Obama On His Radio Show.

Even offers to put him up at a 5 star resort, send a fleet of SUV’s to get him from Airforce One, serve him wagu beef at a hundred dollars a pound, all so President Obama can debate Rush to prove that Rush is wrong.

Of course, Obama won’t take him up on the offer, because like Al Gore will not debate global warming,  he will not debate the economy because he is wrong on the issues.

And Rush is Right.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | America, common sense, conservatives, Global Warming, Obama, Politics, Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, Stimulus | , , , | 2 Comments

Rush Limbaugh, Conservative

March 1, 2009 Posted by | America, conservatives, Politics, Republicans, Rush Limbaugh | , , | Leave a comment

“What I told him is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating,” Obama told the interviewer.

Okeydokey President Obama, you can start listening now.

I want the Obama/Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan to be put into effect.

I want you to stop Runnin’ Down my Country.

I want you to begin saying positive things so consumers will be more free with their money.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | America, common sense, Obama, Politics, Rush Limbaugh, Stimulus | Leave a comment

The American Redneck Runs This Country

On January 20th, Tom Brokaw and Joe Scarborough were discussing the Obama inauguration on MSNBC.

BROKAW:  “I just want to say one thing. Eh, having been in the South in the sixties and Los Angeles and Watts and northern urban areas, umm, uh, when we were evolving as a country. I’m thinking of all the bigots and the rednecks and all the people that I met along the way, and I’m saying to them, “Take this.”

“Take this” meaning the Obama Presidency.  Now wait just one minute there Tom.

I am a redneck.  I am proud of it, too.

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What  is it about me that the inarticulate Brokaw dislikes?  Is it that I work with my hands?

Perhaps Brokaw and his ilk do not know this, but I am here to give him a well-needed education.  The American redneck runs this country.  We drive semis, we work in the fields, we fix cars, we work in grocery stores, department stores, pharmacies, car washes, mills, factories, mines, we work on the docks, the ships, the junkyards, we work as beauticians, as police as firefighters as nurses and construction workers.  We build your homes, we clean your houses, we do your dry-cleaning, we wait on your dinner table, we cook your food, we mix your drink, we clean your hotel room.  We fix your cable connection, your electricity, yes, that is us up on the poles, or digging down to reach the lines.   Anything you can’t figure out, Tom, we got you covered.

We know more about the environment than you, we know more about healthcare than you.  We know more about human nature than you, we know more about nearly everything than you, and you have spent your life reporting the news.  What a joke.

The point is, we work.  In fact, we do the jobs that we are told Americans won’t do.  And we learn from those experiences, how things are made, how people think, how life works.  Any one of us has more knowledge than Brokaw, and we are open-minded, open-armed, and free.  But wait, maybe that’s the key to the obvious hatred.

We are free.  A lot of us own land.   We own land and pay taxes on that land.   If worse comes to worse in this country who is more prepared to live through it?  We know how to hunt, how to fish, how to build things, how to raise livestock, how to garden, how to sew, how to fix junk, how to love.  Wait, maybe that’s the thing that is repugnant to the liberal male that is Brokaw.

We have kids.  Lots of them.  We teach them about what America is about.  Freedom from government control over our lives, our abilities, our dreams for the future, we teach them that anything worth having is worth working for.  We work in the sun and the rain and the cold. How about our leathery faces, chests, necks, arms?  You glorify it if it is in the National Geographic in some other nation, but here in America, you scoff.

Is it our white skin?  Burned in the sun, not laying on a lounge chair sipping margaritas, but working so our children can have a better life than we did.

Or maybe it is our values.  Our praise to God above.  Our confidence that all will work out if we put our troubles aside and believe.  Too much I’m sure for those like Tom.  It is not scientifically documented so who can say it is the truth?  Well, we say so.  You cannot permeate our belief in God Almighty.  Your belief in science can’t explain God.  You lose that argument every time you have tried it.  Why?  Not because we are stupid, but because we know more than you.  Deal with it, Tom.

We love.  We love life.  We love America in it’s purest form.  We love unabashedly, we love each other without abandon.  But wait, that is the stone-cold truth.  We love one another.  Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, we love one another as God has loved us.

Yes, that is it, we love.  You decide whether a person is worthy of love based on where they shop, or what they drive, or who they are friends with.  We love first upon our first meeting with someone.

Tom, you need to check your roots.  I’ll bet a dollar to a dozen that your family knows us.







January 23, 2009 Posted by | America, Rednecks, Tom Brokaw | 6 Comments