The danger within


From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia . . . could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide. –Abraham Lincoln, speaking in 1838 before the Young Men’s Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois.


It’s like the fall of Rome out there.Romeo is Bleeding


I didn’t watch the debate last night.
Why, you may ask yourselves, would someone who writes for a political blog not watch one of the lynchpin events of this political season? I’m angry as hell with this whole process.
Last night I came home to a house smelling of my wife’s delicious Cuban style meatballs she was almost finished cooking. My son had finished his homework and was putzing around the house with the cat. I sat down at my Mac and opened my email inbox and saw that I had received the Evans/Novak report as I do every week. The news in it for Republicans was dire: A possible Dem Senate filibuster majority, losing as many as 20 seats in the House, Obama ahead in the polls, yada, yada, yada. I don’t know why this particular email hit me as hard as it did but I got so damn angry inside that after dinner and before the debate I told my wife, rather agitatedly, that I’d rather not watch it. She could give me her report card afterwards.
I am thoroughly disgusted and disappointed with President Bush’s actions in reaction to the economic crisis. He has opened the door to socialism in this country as though he were Bernie Sanders himself. My utter disgust, though, is reserved for the actual culprits of this disaster. Democrats — why don’t we just call them what they are: Marxists — who have not been held accountable by a media who is supposed to be the bulwark of a free society. You know who actually spoke the truth about our economic disaster? A comedy-variety show, for crying out loud!
I’m so disgusted at the members of my party who seem to have forgotten their core conservative principles in exchange for short-term political gain. Where are the Reagan Republicans and the Reagan Democrats? Where are the Republicans who crafted the “Contract With America”? Where are all of us who stand for something in this country, who stand for the true American principles of liberty, property, self-reliance and decency? Where the hell are they?
Do you realize how they have rigged this game to prevent us from winning? How malevolent forces have allied and conspired to deny the Americans a real choice in this election? How the unethical, almost criminal, behavior of our alleged “free press” has become so dangerous to the future of this country that no hyperbole can describe it? Last night, before one word had been uttered at the debate, there were pundits already beginning the meme of “Obama Wins The Debate”! Add to that, the overtly conspiratorial, and utterly disingenuous, lack of curiosity on the part of the mainstream media to investigate legitimate concerns about a candidate running for the highest office in the land!

  • Item: Did you all know Obama represented ACORN and trained for them and that he donated almost a million dollars to one their front companies. He denies it, but the the documentation exists.
  • Item: Obama’s Marxist mentors, Davis and Ayers, and his virulently racist Black Liberation Theology ally Wright. What are we to make of these alliances?
  • Item: Obama’s US Senate record, a big fat ZERO except for raising taxes every chance he got.
  • Item: Obama’s Illinois voting record that clearly shows his support of, not only infanticide, but of his desire to teach sex education to pre-K students.
  • Item: the missing time in Obama’s CV, around the time he was supposed to be at Columbia University, where many people don’t even remember him.
  • Item: Obama, his campaign, and the DNC, not being forthcoming with documentation about his origins.
  • And on, and on, and on.

Folks, America is in danger. This grand experiment, concocted a little over 232 years by a group of tax dissenters, may be on the verge of changes that will leave it mortally wounded. This is nothing less than a struggle for the survival of our country and our country’s values which each generation bequeaths to the next. What will my wife and I say to my son? What will my sister say to my niece? “Sorry, we screwed up America for you. We’re sorry this is not the America that once was” and leave it at that? Are we willing to elect a man who espouses the keystone Marxist principle of wealth redistribution? A man who for the twenty years of his public life has allied himself with the most despicable, vile, anti-American traitors and seditionists.
For the first time in my life I know what my mother and grandparents must have felt in 1958 before the abyss opened up and swallowed Cuba. I don’t think my comparison is wrong. The only difference with today is that in Cuba in 1958, only a few people knew fidel was a Marxist; today, the evidence is overwhelming, if you only want to look at it, that Barack Obama is just that. To all of you who support this man, with your smug attitudes, your narrow vision, your wanton stupidity, and your ignorance; you, and only you, will be held accountable by history for the demise of this country if Obama and his minions get elected to a majority and succeed in remaking America in their image and likeness.
Are we willing to give our country up? Wake up! Keep fighting! We have nineteen days left in this battle and we have to win!
May Almighty God help us in this fight.

29 thoughts on “The danger within”

  1. On the other hand, Obama glowered darkly all through the debate and was on the defensive a lot of the time, and when he asserted things, they were usually outright lies, and though every pundit called him cool, Rush had it right, he looked cold.
    And in Ohio the Acorn fraud is so blatant, there will be repercussions, and Obama won’t be able to deny his overt ties to Acorn for long, and McCain is doing better, and the polls are closing.
    So maybe, just maybe…
    Go Phillies!

  2. AND the media is trying to destroy Joe the plumber, who is more qualified to be president than Obama, he has more experience in the real world. The msm are showing how desperate they are. If they have to destroy a private citizen who is expressing an opinion, this gives us a taste of what life under an Obama presidency might be like.
    I hope America is paying attention to how old Joe is being treated.

  3. George:
    I share your frustration and for several months have said that this country, because of its ignorance and laziness when it comes to recognizing what is truly harmful, deserves this charlatan as president. But I said that with a glimmer of hope that in the end, the USA could never elect such a blatant Marxist… worse than the pathetic figures the Democrats pushed on us in the past (Dukakis, McGovern, Mondale, and the rest). Well, after last night, that glimmer is a weak flicker. This country better brace themselves for the triumvirate of Pelosi-Reid-Obama.
    God Help Us.
    Jorge

  4. You are spot on George. It’s infuriating that the administration is not demanding accountablility from those to blame for this, and letting the market adjust itself without interference. And shame on Paulson for his patheic apology that just gives Pelosi & Co a green light for bashing Republicans. I too am furious.

  5. I’m so with you in here. I can’t help to feel frustrated and really mad at seing what’s going on in this country. It is just unbelievable… it’s 19 days only and I feel ready to give up, the only thing that prevents me of doing so is the tiny hope that maybe, just maybe, my vote could make a difference…

  6. George, your statement of what our parents and grandparents felt compared to what we are experiencing today is really an eye-opener that only a Cuban-American or one that has had to flee from oppression can really understand. If you would have mentioned this a few months ago, I would have thought you were nuts. But so alarming is the current situation, that your words perfectly describe the dark reality we are experiencing.
    We must not give up hope. Hopefully the people of this great country will come to their senses on election day.

  7. When I read the title, I figured the post would be about America torturing people to death, the political manipulation of the media (the threat to defund PBS if they air critical documentaries), the manufacturing of evidence to go to war, the policisation of the justice department, the loss of New Orleans and continued third-world conditions that remain, the spying on American phone calls (including intimate conversations between soldiers abroad and their loved ones at home), the collapse of global goodwill to the United States. And on, and on.
    But no, you aren’t worried about things your team did. You are worried that the new guy is a “marxist”. Never mind that our country tortured human beings to death. That seems a tad un-American to me. No, that is not a threat to “this grand experiment, concocted a little over 232 years by a group of tax dissenters”.
    So, all that aside. What evidence do you have that Obama is a Marxist? Just evidence. What evidence do you have that he is a Marxist?

  8. Awesome comment George.
    Just to clarify, the largest expansion of government since the New Deal under a Republican administration isn’t “Marxist” but Obama is. This is your thesis?

  9. Well, my dear boy, we libertarians would feel a lot more comfortable if you addressed at least a couple of this man’s charges like an adult instead of ducking behind snark. I would be most interested if Babalu launched a series of posts in which you posited how a McCain or Obama administration would deal with civil liberties in wartime, especially in light of stories like this, in which you’ve shown little interest. This kind of scrutiny would fall under the purview of a political blog, methinks, especially when both Obama and McCain have winced in the face of legislation or reneged on past views, respectively. After all, those of us of Cuban-American parentage should rightly show suspicions about the purported tact our government would show.

  10. I’d love to Thin. Just give me an article from a real newspaper and not a commie mouthpiece and I’ll start it right away.

  11. Let me get this straight: you’re denying the credibility of the cited sources? If Newsmax or Michelle Malkin cited them, it’d be ok?

  12. From The New York Times? Even the “ands” and the “thes” are suspect. (My apologies to Dorothy Parker.)

  13. You’re not answering the question. You’ll have to explain how the evidence doesn’t exist. You’re also avoiding the more important question I raised re civil liberties and domestic surveillance.

  14. Thin, I repeat: bring me a source other than The New York Times, find one conservative and one liberal news outlet reporting on it, and I’ll take a look at it.
    BTW, how are you and the other vociferous critics of Bush and his Administration doing in Federal Prison? You gettin’ fed all right, exercise yards to your liking, you gettin; all the smokes you need?

  15. “…find one conservative and one liberal news outlet reporting on it, and I’ll take a look at it.”
    This is how sick our country has become. George represents about 40% of the American public, for whom only “conservative” media is reliable. The right-wing is now more conspiratorial than even 9/11 truthers.
    If these people were actually “country first” they would have absolutely 100% turned on George Bush at the first hint of torture. But torture to them is ok, provided their team is doing it or their media isn’t reporting it. This is not “country first” but Party First. And that has many historical precedents.

  16. From what I understand, we rarely use torture and never of the break the arm variety.
    Also from what I understand, after only a couple of minutes of water boarding of one terrorist we got so much information and saved thousands of lives and foiled dozens of terrorist plots and the repercussions are still giving us feedback.
    I am not picayune enough to care about torturing terrorists. We have to decide whether we believe muslimists are engaged in nefarious doings or if they are innocuous. I vote for the first.
    The people who are so exercised about our use of torture are the same ones who would dismiss any talk of Acorn doing bad deeds or of Obama being deeply connected to Acorn as being trivial. They are also the same ones who would mock Joe, the plumber.
    I am losing patience with such silly people who do not understand what we are up against. I like Bush a whole lot more than any of the people we are supposedly torturing.
    Give it a rest Svend and the thin.

  17. Actually, many of those who have been tortured have ended up with shattered femer bones, and then died. Not all are “terrorists” either, though given the hostility towards Arabs in this country I don’t assume many care (we’re there to “liberate” them but don’t care if we torture a bunch to death along the way.. how odd).
    Like the poor man profiled in the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side. He was a taxi driver in Afghanistan. Our military picked him up, beat the crap out of him until his femur shattered like glass and he then died. He was innocent. Just a guy. We tortured him to death.
    Is this the America we want? Is this what we have become?
    I’m sorry. I find it hard to get worried about Obama’s “socialism” being the end of America after the psychotic abuses of the last 8 years.
    “The people who are so exercised about our use of torture are the same ones who would dismiss any talk of Acorn doing bad deeds or of Obama being deeply connected to Acorn as being trivial. They are also the same ones who would mock Joe, the plumber.”
    1) Joe isn’t a plumber, or named Joe. Or up on his taxes. If this is the guy the Republican party wants to hold up as their idol, I’m totally alienated. I actually worked to achieve my professional certifications.
    2) Acorn. Did you know that John McCain spoke at a convention of theirs 2 years ago and praised them with “you are what makes America special”.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ9wy2MI1NI&eurl
    3) Do you know why we know of the fraudulent voter registrations? Because Acorn reported them, as it is obligated to. They purged the fraudulent names from the voter rolls and notified the relevant attorney general of the attempted abuse.
    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=6512
    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/state/epaper/2008/10/15/a2a_voterfraud_1015.html
    4) In the event, be it likely or not, that Acorn registered fraudulent voters, those responsible should be punished to the full extent of the law (much like Bush should be for crimes against humanity re: torture). We are a nation of laws, and the laws must be enforced without regard for party or other affiliation.
    I actually am “County First”. My country doesn’t start and stop at the political goalposts established by a political party.

  18. George –
    And we thought the crusade was only against the enemy in the Middle East.
    Perhaps the even greater enemy is within, for that enemy will enable the other to prevail.
    God bless
    Maggie

  19. Sven,
    I appreciate your assertion that if anyone breaks the law, he should be brought to justice.
    If Acorn had nothing to do with this, then who are these jerks getting these fraudulent forms signed 73 times per person and what group do they belong to? The point of these multiple applications is to make things confused and then the polls have to stay open longer and then there can be accusations of voter fraud. (notice there were no accusations of fraud when in 2006, the elections went leftward.)
    So, okay, I hope you are right and Acorn is an above board organization that supports left causes. But I still have no love for Acorn. They are a big part of the cause of our current crisis by pushing mortgages on people who can’t afford them.
    As for Joe the plumber not being Joe or a plumber, you just don’t understand. He is a metaphor for the difference between your view of America and mine. I’d rather have Joe, the metaphor running this country than Obama. Joe represents a guy who works for a living, lives in the real world, struggles to make ends meet and lives for his future. Obama represents taking wealth away from guys like him once he makes it. Very Castro like.
    As for your hatred of these “tyrannical” last years in America. I’d choose Bush’s tyranny over Obama’s any day. At least Bush lets Americans keep more of their money. At least I don’t know one single person who had money stolen by the government as much as it had been under administrations more to the left of Bush. At least I don’t know one person who has disappeared or been shut up by this government. I do see Joe, a guy who says things the msm doesn’t want to hear, being told to go away. The press is trying to ruin Joe. Left wing blogs are publishing his address and threatening him. I never see this on the right. You can spew whatever you want. I don’t see Bush coming after you. Where is this tyranny against civil rights you keep hating in this country?
    As I tell all of my left wing friends, “The only one losing civil rights is me. I’m not allowed to express my opinion.”
    So, Sven, I am much more afraid of what’s to come in this country if Obama wins than I have ever been under Bush. He will accommodate our enemies. (Yes we do have enemies.) He will steal more and more of our money so he can spend it the way he thinks is best.
    Sorry, I’m not buying your version of things.

  20. “I appreciate your assertion that if anyone breaks the law, he should be brought to justice.
    If Acorn had nothing to do with this”
    I did not say Acorn had nothing to do with it, but they were the ones who reported the fraud.
    “They are a big part of the cause of our current crisis by pushing mortgages on people who can’t afford them.”
    No, Greenspan kept interest rates exceedingly low for far too long and the result was an (actually several) asset bubble(s). The specific details of who took what, when, are quite irrelevant. Have you noticed the decrease in oil prices? They were also high because of leverage speculation by highly capitalized hedge funds using very cheap cash. When you have loose monetary policy to that extent you are making extreme the boom-bust cycle inherent in a fiat based monetary system guided by a central bank.
    “I’d rather have Joe, the metaphor running this country than Obama. Joe represents a guy who works for a living, lives in the real world, struggles to make ends meet and lives for his future. “
    I work for a very large energy company. When we hire top-level managers, we do not look for the individual that relates most closely to our drillers in Oklahoma. We look for individuals that have the right mix of leadership, experience and education. The presidency of this country is a very complicated and important job. Just being “one of us” is not enough. You can say you don’t think Obama is appropriate, but don’t feed me this garbage that a plumber would be sufficient. That is absolute nonsense.
    “Obama represents taking wealth away from guys like him once he makes it. Very Castro like.”
    During the last 8 years we have had a massive redistribution of wealth, from the bottom up. The real meaning of class-warfare, in the classical sense, is a redistribution of wealth from the poor and middle classes to the upper classes. The top 1% of income earners in the United States has not taken home, as a % of GDP, this much since the gilded age. Both Obama and McCain will redistribute wealth. Obama from the top down, and McCain the bottom up. Take your pick between which you like, I am indifferent.
    “As for your hatred of these “tyrannical” last years in America.”
    I believe the words I used were “psychotic abuses”, in a reference to the torturing to death of innocent people we are apparently trying to liberate.
    “I’d choose Bush’s tyranny over Obama’s any day. At least Bush lets Americans keep more of their money.”
    But again, this isn’t true. George Bush has presided over the largest expansion of government since the new deal. He doubled the debt and increased the deficit by 600billion (or so). Our kids will be paying for George Bush’s inability to run a government for decades and decades to come. Obama will increase taxes for the wealthy. Unless you are one of the 5%, this means you will have more money in your pocket.
    Now, you can say that you are not excited about an Obama presidency but when you make such a silly comparison between him and Bush I don’t know if I can take you seriously. Be balanced.
    “At least I don’t know one single person who had money stolen by the government as much as it had been under administrations more to the left of Bush.”
    Again, Bush expanded government more than any president since the New Deal. He just didn’t pay for it in taxes but with debt. And debt will be paid for by inflation, which is the ‘silent tax’. Clinton had surpluses when he left office.
    “At least I don’t know one person who has disappeared or been shut up by this government.”
    If this is our goalpost for a successful government then we are in serious trouble.
    “I do see Joe, a guy who says things the msm doesn’t want to hear, being told to go away. The press is trying to ruin Joe. Left wing blogs are publishing his address and threatening him. I never see this on the right. You can spew whatever you want. I don’t see Bush coming after you.”
    Who cares about Joe? The whole Joe thing was a ploy by a cynical McCain to manipulate people who he clearly has no intellectual respect for. Anyways, you never see it on the right because you very simply do not accept or interact with criticisms of the right. How do I know this? (look below)
    “Where is this tyranny against civil rights you keep hating in this country?”
    Who said anything about hating this country? Being critical of governmental abuse IS what America IS. We are a free country that can only remain so if we are critical. That doesn’t mean that we assume Republican = America and therefore to be critical of the Republicans is to hate America. That is a third-world philosophy. Very seriously, third world. I will be critical of any government we have. I have no home team, aside from the maintenance of our political and economic system.
    “As I tell all of my left wing friends, “The only one losing civil rights is me. I’m not allowed to express my opinion.”“
    What opinion is that? We’ve had a Republican president for almost 8 years, and for a long period of those years the other two branches of government were also Republicans. Who is stopping your from doing/saying anything? Where does this ‘woe is me’ victim complex come from?
    “So, Sven, I am much more afraid of what’s to come in this country if Obama wins than I have ever been under Bush. He will accommodate our enemies. (Yes we do have enemies.) “
    What do you mean by accommodate? You mean “talk to” states like Iran and Venezuela? Yes. Foreign affairs and relations are not a bar fight. For us to continue to be a dominant power in the world we must engage even with states that have governments that dislike us, and that we dislike. This doesn’t mean we talk or negotiate as our ONLY policy, but that it is PART of a policy. And anyways, America being scared of Iran or Venezuela is like an elephant being scared of a mouse.
    “He will steal more and more of our money so he can spend it the way he thinks is best.
    Sorry, I’m not buying your version of things.”
    I haven’t given you my version, actually. This whole post of yours was a rant to a mythical “liberal” hiding under your bed.

  21. Svend, I appreciate the time and thoughtfulness you have taken to answer our post and comments. Unfortunately, though, you have done nothing but regurgitate Democrat and liberal talking points. That’s fine. If you truly believe all that claptrap, it’s your right. But your statements show a decided naivete about how we — the “Joe the Plumbers” out here in the real America — think. You want to know the bottom line? Here’s what we — the “40%” want: No engagement with enemies that want to kill us; no more taxation to further a socialist agenda; no more interference with the market place; no more welfare for individuals and for corporations; no more federal involvement in local affairs (and I include health care and education in this); less regulation in our lives; no more abortions. We want an America where one party is not hell-bent on winning so much it is willing to commit felonies to do it (yes, the Democrats). In other words, we want America back from you leftists. No more New Deals, no more Great Societys, no more social experimentation, no more force-feeding of agendas down our throats paid for by our own money. Period.

  22. BTW, I have been very critical of George W. Bush. Conservatives are ussually the first to turn on their own if they forget basic principles. Dems generally don’t. (“Party first,” is their motto.) If you search the archives you will also find I abhor what he has done by spending as much as he has. That said, the alternative(s) to Bush were always much, much worse, or at least they seemed that way at the time. Here’s a challenge: When you folks on the left call for investigations into Democrat malfeasance (Raines, Frank, Dodd, Waters, et al) in Fannie and Freddie, with as much concern as we have that a tremendous fraud has been committed against the American people, then you can preach all you want to me.

  23. Sven,
    Ugh. Reread George’s two comments after your reply to me.
    Please don’t feign caring about Bush’s spending us into great debt. What a laugh. If you cared about overspending, you could not find anything useful in an Obama presidency.
    Clinton’s surpluses were a result of the 1994 Republican sweep of congress. Period.
    Don’t ask me to defend the big spending by both parties allowed under Bush. Why do you think Bush’s numbers are so low? Because conservatives are disgusted with that aspect of Bush. But if Obama gets elected, this country is going to be nostalgic for Bush.
    Who cares about Joe? I do. Any sane American should. And what makes you think McCain has no intellectual respect for him? That’s a filthy thing to say. It fits Obama much more for all of his pious assertions of caring for the middle class. McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. (I’ll pause here to give you time to sputter and curse in dismay at my pride in this.) What is Palin except a gal of the people?
    Obama is the elitist in this election. Proof of this is how he answered Joe. Such condescension. Such – I am the one who knows best how to spend your earnings and what do you know condescension. And speaking of elitism, to assert that a plumber knows nothing – ugh – you show your true colors. Anyone who understands how hard it is to earn a living knows more than any community organizer any day about the real world.
    Who is stopping me from speaking? Everyone I know. I love a line Buckley used to have. He said it better than I will. “Liberals always love to brag about their tolerance for other people’s opinions, but they are always so surprised to find that anyone has an opinion different from theirs.”
    We talk to countries using underlings always. But I see nothing good in giving equal status with civilized nations to bastards and tyrants.
    Bottom line, I may disagree with Bush on lots of things, but there hasn’t been one car bomb here. Who’d have expected that? I have made more money under Bush’s tax cuts and so has everyone around me that I know. And we are not rich. Just Obama’s middle class. This month we are losing a lot. That is not Bush’s fault. That is pure and simple the fault of Acorn, Barney Frank, etc. Obama and all those who didn’t allow oversight of Fannie and Freddie as Bush and McCain wanted.
    Look, we all believe the things we want to. But all I know is Obama surrounds himself with people who hate America, Obama wants to grow government’s power and spending, and Obama loves taxing the productive. And that’s all I need to know.
    And, with all that I don’t like about McCain, I know he will try to stop spending to his best ability, he will try to keep taxes low, he surrounds himself with people who love America and the little guy, like Joe and he knows that this country and Israel are the good guys and Castro’s Cuba, the current Iranian government, and Islamists are the bad guys. And that’s all I need to know.
    My choice is easy.
    And you are showing me your insufficiency when you think Obama is a better man than Bush.

  24. I don’t have time for a long reply, so I’ll focus on three things for now:
    “And what makes you think McCain has no intellectual respect for him? That’s a filthy thing to say.”
    No. I said McCain doesn’t have respect for YOU. As in he thinks so low of you that such a gimmick would work. And that it did, well..
    “Who is stopping me from speaking? Everyone I know.”
    Provide examples please.
    Anyways, it is funny that such labels as “liberal” and “left” have been thrown at me. I’ve not stated any opinion other than being against torture and disliking Bush’s big government. Yeah, I’m a regular Marxist!.

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