Friday, August 31, 2012

Analysis: Brotherhood taking total control of Egypt
By ZVI MAZEL / Act for America
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?ID=282258


With rise of Morsy, a new dictatorship may be replacing the old while world persists in looking for signs of pragmatism.

While the world persists in looking for signs of pragmatism in the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsy is quietly taking over all the power bases in the country.

Having gotten rid of the army old guard, he replaced them with his own men – officers belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood or known sympathizers. Then he turned his attention to the media, replacing 50 editors working for the government’s extensive and influential press empire – including Al- Ahram, Al-Akhbar, Al-Gomhuria. He is now busy appointing new governors to the 27 regions of the country.

Hosni Mubarak used to choose retired generals he could depend on for these sensitive posts; Morsy is hand picking party faithful. At the same time upper echelons in government ministries and economic and cultural organizations are methodically being replaced. The Muslim Brotherhood is fast assuming total control. For many observers, the deployment of army units in Sinai is more about proclaiming Egyptian sovereignty in the face of Israel than actually fighting Islamic terrorism.

Drafting the new constitution is their next objective. Brothers and Salafis make up an absolute majority in the Constituent Assembly. Liberal and secular forces are boycotting its sessions, and the Supreme Constitutional Court is examining a request to have it dissolved since it does not conform to the constitution because of its overly Islamic composition; a decision is expected in September.

The assembly, however, is not waiting. According to various leaks it is putting the final touch to a constitution where all laws have to conform to the Shari’a and special committees will supervise the media and forbid any criticism of Islam and of the Prophet. In the wings is the creation of a Committee of Islamic Sages supervising the law-making process and in effect voiding of substance the parliament elected by the people, though it is not clear yet if, when and how it will work. What is clear is that a parliament made of flesh and blood individuals is against the very nature of the Shari’a, where all laws are based on the Koran and the hadiths. This is a far cry from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Morsy has been careful to speak about creating “a civil society”; it is now obvious that what he meant was a society not ruled by the army, and not a secular society. Indeed he had promised to appoint a woman and a Copt as vice presidents, but chose Mohamed Maki, a Sunni known for his sympathy for the Brotherhood and incidentally or not the brother of the new minister of justice, Prof. Ahmed Maki, known for his independent stands and opposition to Mubarak, but who had carefully concealed his support for the Brothers.

It is worth stressing that the Brotherhood is still operating under conditions of utmost secrecy, as it had been doing during the decades of persecution. How it is getting its funds, who are its members and how they are recruited is not known, nor is its decision-taking process. The movement has no legal existence since Gamal Abdel Nasser officially disbanded it in 1954.

That state of affairs was not changed while the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ruled the country, since apparently the movement did not apply for recognition, fearing perhaps it would have to reveal some of its secrets. Now that it has created its own political party, that the members of that party make up nearly 50 percent of the parliament and that one of their own has been elected president, can the movement remain in the shadows?

Morsy did announce that he was resigning from the Brotherhood, but there is no doubt that he will remain true to the tenets and the commands of its leaders. This is making people increasingly uneasy. They had other expectations of the revolution.

Opposition to an Islamic regime is growing, though it is far from being united. The three small liberal parties that had had very little success in the parliamentary elections have now set up a new front, The Third Way, to fight the Brotherhood’s takeover. Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of the nationalistic Karama (Dignity) Party, who had garnered 18% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election, has launched “The Popular Current” promoting the old Nasserist pan-Arab ideology.

Some of the nongovernmental media are vocal in their criticism of Morsy, though it can be costly: Private television station Al- Pharaein – “the Pharaohs” – was shut down after it called to get rid of Morsy; its owner, Tawfik Okasha, well known for his hostility to the Brothers (and to Israel) and who called for a massive demonstration this Friday, was put under house arrest, as was the editor of the daily Al-Dostour that had criticized the president. The editors of two other dailies – Al-Fajer and Saut el-Umma – were questioned. Other papers such as Al-Akhbar stopped publishing opinion pieces from their regular collaborators known for their opposition to the Brothers; well-known publicists left their page blank in a gesture of solidarity for their colleagues.

Morsy knows that his takeover will strengthen the opposition. He has not forgotten that he barely mustered 25% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election – down from the nearly 50% who voted for his party’s candidates in the parliamentary elections. He also knows that the people are no longer afraid to take to the streets to protest – and that it is now said that a new dictatorship is replacing the old – the only difference being that the new ruler has a beard....

However, for now he is devoting all his energy to his fight with the judiciary, long known for its independent stands. The Supreme Constitutional Court is being asked to rule the Brotherhood Movement illegal, and therefore to proclaim that the Liberty and Justice party it created – and which won 50% of the seats in the parliament – is illegal as well, and therefore to invalidate the election of Morsy, candidate of a movement and a party that are both illegal. Morsy sent his new justice minister to browbeat the court, but the judges refused to back down. The president is now working to limit the prerogatives of the court in the new constitution and will start “retiring” senior justices appointed by Mubarak.

Friday’s demonstration will be the first real test for the Brotherhood. It is taking no chances and security forces will be deployed around its institutions throughout the country. A cleric at Al-Azhar issued a fatwa calling for the killing of whoever protests against the rule of the Brotherhood; the resulting uproar was such that he was disavowed by some of the leaders of the movement. However, whatever happens Friday will not deter them from their goal – a thoroughly Islamist Egypt.

The writer is a former ambassador to Egypt.
A “Who’s-Who” Of The DNC’s Anti-Family Speakers
 
Democrat SC A Whos Who of the DNCs Anti Family Speakers 
 
The Republican National Convention featured strong women reverently proclaiming God has blessed America and our need to follow His grace back to where He wants us to be.
 
The wholesomeness of the real America was highlighted by the many good decent women who rose to speak. We heard female governors, a female former cabinet member, and loving wives tell us they understand the threat the current administration is to real America. These Republican women showed America they understand personal matters are to be kept personal; love of country is their open passion.

The RNC celebrated  real families with strong women who are part of real families who love and protect children. In contrast, the Democrat National Convention will give us a three-day “Vagina Monologues” celebrating the most grotesque of the Left’s positions.

The DNC will give us a lesbian, an abortionist, a condom queen, a phony “Catholic” a women who has spent her life smiling while men destroyed the women in her family, an actress best known for promoting adultery, and a woman who thinks “You didn’t build that.”

Here’s the DNC list of women speakers:

Tammy Baldwin, the first speaker: an open lesbian recently separated from her gay partner.

Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY’S List.

Sandra Fluke sees freedom as having others pay for the condoms her dozens of weekly lovers use to please her.

Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America: once a Special Education teacher caring for America’s most vulnerable children who now supports killing special needs children before they are born.

Lilly Ledbetter will remind viewers that women on Barack Obama’s White House staff are paid 18% less than men in violation of the law named after her.

Caroline Kennedy has spent her whole life silently smiling while the men in her family have abused woman, including her own mother; she has called Barack Obama a LIAR.

Eva Longoria, best known for using her acting talents to celebrate adultery on “Desperate Housewives”.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a putative Catholic with a 100% NARAL rating.

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, advocates the slaughter of innocent children.

Kamala Harris, the 100% NARAL rated California Attorney General.

Massachusetts Senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren coined “You didn’t build that”, telling small business people they can’t succeed without government.

Let’s keep making the contrast at every opportunity.

2016: The Next GOP Generation 

By: Maggie Gallagher  / Townhall.com

2016: The Next GOP Generation
The future of the Republican Party was on display in Tampa, Fla., as the roll of speakers before Mitt Romney provided a preview of nomination battles in 2016 and beyond.

Let's just say it: Paul Ryan hit it out of the park, delivering at long last what so many in the base have been hungering for: He didn't just attack -- he vivisected the Obama administration.

"I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power," Ryan said. "They've run out of ideas. Their moment came and went."

Red meat is the traditional veep specialty, but Ryan's attack was so rooted in undeniable big truths, it never came off as personal.

"The first troubling sign came with the stimulus. It was President Obama's first and best shot at fixing the economy, at a time when he got everything he wanted under one-party rule. It cost $831 billion -- the largest one-time expenditure ever by our federal government.

"It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs and make-believe markets. ... What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn't just spent and wasted -- it was borrowed, spent and wasted."

He went on:

"College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life. ... None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers -- a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us."

Ryan's political future is now tied to Mitt Romney's success, that's the downside of being veep nominee.

Rick Santorum, who may be back in 2016 or 2020, delivered a rich, moving speech that showed why social and economic conservatism are not disjointed fragments cobbled together by electoral expediency, but together form a coherent governing philosophy, including this on marriage:

"Marriage is disappearing in places where dependency is the highest. Most single mothers do heroic work and an amazing job raising their children. But if America is going to succeed, we must stop the assault on marriage and the family in America today."

He, too, is an intellectual leader to watch for in the future.

But the biggest disappointment so far was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie's speech was exceptionally self-involved, bragging not only about his record but his bluster, and his mom.

"My mom, she was tough as nails and didn't suffer fools at all -- and truth was, she couldn't afford to. She spoke the truth, bluntly directly and without much varnish. I am her son."

Truth-telling as a brand has its limitations, especially when the truths close to Christie's heart are so gloomy.

"Paralyzed by our desire to be loved," he said, too many politicians think it's "more important to be popular, to say and do what's easy and say 'yes' rather than to say 'no' when 'no' is what is required."

We all have to share the sacrifice, he lectured. And on Medicare, he claimed Granny is willing.

"Seniors are not selfish. They believe seniors will always put themselves ahead of their grandchildren. So they prey on their vulnerabilities and scare them with misinformation for the cynical purpose of winning the next election."

Ann Romney that Tuesday night may have wanted to talk about love, but Christie was having none of it: "Tonight, we choose respect over love."

I don't think that's the speech of a winning presidential candidate. Not while women have the vote, anyway.

The breakout speaker of this convention may well have been the mayor of tiny Saratoga Springs, Utah -- ironically, a woman named Mia Love. She is a black Mormon convert, an articulate and attractive woman's voice for our shared American story:

"Our story has been told for over 200 years, with small steps and giant leaps, from a woman on the bus to a man with a dream, from the bravery of the greatest generation to the innovators and entrepreneurs of today," she said. "This is our story, this is our America, this is the America we know because we built it."

Amen.

The Ryan Vision: Let's Get This Done 

By: David Limbaugh  / Townhall Daily

The Ryan Vision: Let's Get This Done
The Democrats and their mainstream media cheering section can huff and puff at Paul Ryan's convention speech, but they can't blow his house down. It was built on a solid foundation.

So powerful was the speech that the liberal establishment is reduced to wailing about alleged lies the speech contained -- dishonest and easily refuted allegations. Ryan delivered a substantive indictment of the Obama administration's failed record and a content-rich, realistic plan for putting this nation back on track to economic growth and fiscal recovery, a plan that includes "protecting and strengthening" Medicare, not "raiding" it.

Don't listen to the naysayers. Ryan began with a humble acceptance of his "calling" and "duty" to help restore America. His message was positive. "I know we can do this," he said, not dwelling on the malaise in which Obama's disastrous policies have placed us but offering a specific blueprint to deliver us from this quicksand.

He carried forward this same theme throughout the speech: He said that when he accepted the nomination, he told Mitt Romney, "Let's get this done"; and in closing the speech, he converted the slogan into a formal offer to the American people, promising that if elected, he and Romney would put America back on a path to fiscal redemption.

Ryan offered a succinct but irrefutable critique of Obama's economic record: 23 million unemployed or underemployed, 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty and one-half of college graduates unable to find work they've studied for or any work at all.

More importantly, he emphasized that Obama has no new ideas to deliver us from this quagmire. Under a second Obama term, nothing would change -- Obamanomics being but a ship trying to sail on yesterday's wind.

Obama's grandiose stimulus plan, involving "the largest one-time expenditure of the federal government," not only didn't work to create jobs but also took us into deeper debt. The money wasn't "just spent and wasted; it was borrowed, spent and wasted." Instead of giving us the jobs we needed, he forced Obamacare on us against our will, and he gave us Solyndra and its ilk -- replete with corporate welfare, political patronage, cronyism and "make-believe markets." Indeed.

Obama's stimulus debacle was a microcosm -- albeit a gargantuan one -- of the ideas that Obama has advanced and that Romney and Ryan would reject in favor of America's founding ideals. Ryan was eloquent in articulating the contrast. Under Obama, he said, the government has tried to divide up wealth. Under Romney and Ryan, Americans -- not government -- would create wealth.

Ryan expanded on the contrast, saying that Obama sees America as a place where everyone is stuck in some class or station in life, victims of circumstances beyond their control, with government there to help them cope with their fate.

The new administration, he assured us, would give us the exact opposite -- a land where government is limited (to 20 percent of gross domestic product) and liberty is championed. He weaved in the story of his own family experiences and his mother -- his "role model" -- to personalize the point. He urged us not to buy Obama's message and record of despair and to reject the stifling notion that we can't do any better -- ideas wholly inconsistent with Ryan's personal experiences and the lessons his parents taught him.

Ryan said, in essence, "How dare you tell me and other Americans we have to accept whatever circumstances we find ourselves in and not try to improve our lots in life?" He said, "I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself and define happiness for myself." In other words, in the America in which Ryan grew up and that he and Romney will try to restore, no government and no politician will predefine limits on economic growth and individual liberties -- above all, the pursuit of happiness.

Ryan said that the American dream is grounded in freedom, not a planned economy in which equal outcomes are sought in lieu of equal opportunity. He underscored not simply that central planning doesn't work but that it's morally inferior, contrary to the claims and "sanctimony" of its leftist proponents.

Ryan promised that they would lead on the tough issues and be men of action -- rather than of endless empty rhetoric -- and would spend the next four years not blaming others but taking responsibility. They would immediately end the current administration's practice of replacing our founding principles and begin to reapply those principles.

Obama tells us that Republicans want a smaller America, but as Ryan conclusively demonstrated in his speech, it is Obama who envisions a limited, anemic America with a finite pie, incapable of a robust economic future.

In Romney and Ryan's America -- as in Ronald Reagan's, Jack Kemp's and Condoleezza Rice's -- "it doesn't matter where you came from; it matters where you're going."
Op-ed:
Tampa...ablaze with the hopes for a better tomorrow
By: Diane Sori

“Mr. Chairman and delegates, I formally accept the nomination for president!”

And so Mitt Romney officially became the Republican nominee for president in a show of Republican unity that brought the house down.

"America has been patient," Romney told the nation. "Americans have supported this president in good faith. But today, the time has come to turn the page."  

And how right he is.

Starting off the night with more top Republican players like Newt Gingrich (“We cannot settle for anything less than victory this November."), to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush ("Mitt Romney gets it...that every parent needs to send their kid to a school that meets their needs.") to Romney campaign chair Bob White ("Mitt Romney is the right man at the right time to be President of the United States."), to Romney’s friends, fellow church elders, associates from his business life and people who worked for him when he was governor of Massachusetts who all paid tribute to his compassion and charity, people who put a human side to the man who some claim is stoic and wooden but who in reality is anything but.

And all these led up the hightlights of the evening starting with ‘mystery guest’ Clint Eastwood.  But before ‘Dirty Harry’ spoke, a biographical videotape showing the personal side of the life of Mitt Romney and his family was shown including family pictures of his sons and family life, and also included a heartfelt and frank discussion of Ann Romney’s struggle with multiple sclerosis. The was a powerful video showing the true moral character, values, and beliefs of the man who I believe will be our next president, yet the msm networks did NOT show it...and you can guess why.

Clint Eastwood...what can you say about a Hollywood icon who dares to buck the Hollywood liberal elite by standing strong with Mitt Romney.  Infusing humor, "Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party" with seriousness, "You and me own this country...NOT politicians" to downright fortitude, "When someone does NOT do their job we've got to let them go" Clint Eastwood brought the audience to its feet and led the way to a man who fired up the audience like none before.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, whose senatorial campaign I was proud volunteer on, gave a speech that brought tears to your eyes, a pounding to your heart, and brought the house down. "Our problem is not that Obama is a bad person but that he is a bad president" started Rubio and he was off and running.

Stepping into the national spotlight with a speech focusing on how America is an ‘exceptional’ country, Marco spoke of his parents’ journey from Cuba to the United States as proof that America is indeed an exceptional country.  “The dreams he had when he was young became impossible to achieve,” Marco said of his Cuban-born grandfather, the man with whom he watched his first GOP convention with in 1980.  “But there was no limit to how far I could go, because I was an American.”

And what an American Marco Rubio is and we here in Florida could not be prouder of the man who, like Paul Ryan, represents the future of the Republican Party.

Marco told how Obama’s signature agenda items, such as the national health-care law known as ObamaCare and the economic stimulus represent “ideas that people come to America to get away from.”

“No matter how you feel about President Obama, this election is about your future, not about his, and this election is not simply a choice between a Democrat and a Republican...it’s a choice about what kind of country we want America to be,” Marco said.

He added, “We’re special because dreams that are impossible anywhere else, come true here.”  And those dreams are the basis of America’s greatness and exceptionalism, something Barack Hussein Obama seems to forget.

Marco praised Romney at length in his speech, culminating with the words, “And in November...Mitt Romney, will be elected president of these United States,” said to boisterous cheers from the crowd.

With the room on fire, Mitt Romney gave both a spirited and personal speech after an entrance that was both presidential and people-friendly as he came out through the crowd NOT down some grand staircase and pillars as another had done. 

"Now is the time to restore the promise of America," Romney said to a nation struggling with unemployment and the slowest economic recovery in decades.

"I wish President Obama had succeeded, because I want America to succeed," Romney said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. ... We deserve better."  

Yes we do.

"The centerpiece of the president's campaign is to attack success.  In America we celebrate success...we don't apologize for success."

NO we don’t for success is what makes America great.  Success stories abound, personal stories of people coming to this country with nothing and ending up living the American dream...personal stories of hopes and dreams fulfilled...stories that drive home the point that ‘WE built it NOT the government!’

"What America needs is jobs, lots of jobs," Romney said.  "To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right."  "The president is disappointing America because...he had NO experience how to run a business...jobs to him are about government." 

Mitt Romney was on fire!

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said, “My promise is to help you and your family.”

And the room was on its feet as that crowd knew that that is a promise that Mitt Romney will keep.

"Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, 'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”

I was applauding along with those in the room as I saw greatness in this man...a decent humble man who truly believes in America and in Americans.

Yes we deserve better, yes our children deserve better, and yes our country deserves better, and under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration America’s greatness WILL be restored to her.  Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration Americans WILL be put back to work as jobs are created.  Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration America will become a respected world leader again with NO apologies given for her actions.  Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration class divisiveness WILL end, women will NOT be used as political fodder, religious beliefs WILL be respected and honored without government intrusion, and the ‘can-do’ spirit of individual achievement will be encouraged. 

Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration our military WILL be restored to her former glory and become a force to be feared NOT mocked and degraded.  Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration American exceptionalism will lead us forward to a bright future...a future based upon the law of our Constitution...a future based upon our Creator and our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness NOT a bleak future riddled with class warfare, racial tensions, and the majority dependent on the government for their survival.

Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration all things will become possible as we will believe in ourselves again...we will believe in America again...we will be proud of our president again!

And Mitt Romney will be one exceptional president!

Hurry up November 6th...America is waiting.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Who Really Cares?
By: Rich Tucker  / Townhall Daily


Who Really Cares?
In 1992 presidential candidate Bill Clinton assured ordinary Americans that he understood the problems we face. His philosophy was summed up in the soundbite: “I feel your pain.” Or as The Onion joked, “New President Feels Nation’s Pain, Breasts.” During a campaign event in 2010, President Obama reprised the line, explaining that he understood the pain of standing in the hot sun.

All well and good. But if liberals really believe they understand our pain, why do so many of their policies actually inflict pain instead of easing it?

The cruel fact of big-government liberalism is that it fails to deliver on its own promises. “It is possible to conquer poverty,” President Lyndon Johnson announced as he sent Congress the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. “The Act does not merely expand old programs or improve what is already being done. It charts a new course. It strikes at the causes, not just the consequences of poverty.” But it hasn’t worked.

In the last five decades, we’ve spent nearly $20 trillion on various welfare programs. But throwing money at a problem doesn’t solve it. Far from eliminating poverty, we seem to have simply trapped people in it. As Ronald Reagan put it, “poverty won” the war we’d launched against it.

Perhaps that’s because, even as we’ve spent more, we’ve demanded less.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy, patron saint of today’s liberals, famously said Americans should “ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.” But we’ve come a long way since those soaring words.

In 2011 The Wall Street Journal reported that a third of Americans received means tested welfare. That includes food stamps, housing subsidies or TANF. “Another 14.5 percent lived in homes where someone was on Medicare,” Sara Murray reported, and “nearly 16 percent lived in households receiving Social Security.”

And we’re moving in the wrong direction. On July 12, the Obama administration gutted rules that, since 1996, have generally required welfare recipients to work or at least look for work. This isn’t exactly the compassionate approach.

“Good intentions are not enough for a morally sound policy of assisting the poor; how we provide assistance is crucially important,” The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson writes. “Asking welfare recipients to work and engage in other productive behaviors respects their dignity, potential, and capabilities.”

Instead of encouraging independence, though, the federal government is actually seeking to enroll more people in its welfare programs. The Daily Caller recently reported that the Agriculture Department advertises in Spanish to encourage people to sign up for food stamps. “Congress allocates funds to USDA with the mandate to conduct public education about the benefits of SNAP and how to apply to help reduce hunger in America,” a spokesperson told the Caller.

And speaking of dependency, “more workers joined the federal government’s disability program in June than got new jobs,” John Merline reported at Investors Business Daily. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics says 80,000 new jobs were created in June, the Social Security Administration reports 85,000 enrolled in its disability program. There’s almost no chance those people will ever decide to return to the workforce.

“Programs intended to steer people with more moderate disabilities back into jobs have managed to take only a small sliver of beneficiaries off the Social Security rolls,” The New York Times admitted last year.

There’s a better approach. “Since 1970, the percentage of the world’s population living on a dollar a day or less has decreased by 80 percent,” writes Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. “Is this because of the fabulous success of the United Nations or US foreign aid? Of course not. It is because of globalization, free trade, and entrepreneurship. In short, it is because of free enterprise, which is truly America’s gift to the world’s poor.” Brooks calls his approach “earned success,” based on the fact that people who succeed on their own are happier.

The United States has a long history of supporting free enterprise. But lately our government has been dragging the economy down with limits, rules and regulations. Good intentions aren’t enough; it’s time to shift back to good policy that really helps the poor. Then there’ll be less pain for all of us to feel.

Democrats Shaking in Their Boots 

By: Ben Shapiro  / Townhall Daily

The Republican National Convention started off as an anxiety-ridden, soggy, depressing mess on Monday morning. By Tuesday night, the Democratic Party and Barack Obama in particular had to be an anxiety-ridden, soggy, depressing mess.

The transition between Monday morning and Tuesday evening was stunning. The Republican Party went into the convention on a low note after Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Senate candidate, suggested that women's magic uteruses protect them from becoming pregnant via "legitimate rape," enmeshing the GOP in a battle of demagoguery over abortion. Meanwhile, the convention had a legitimate shot at cancellation; it seemed that the entire city was going to shut down for Hurricane Isaac. And controversies over Sarah Palin and Ron Paul not being granted featured speaking slots at the RNC seemed to be fragmenting the RNC base.

And then there was Tuesday night.

Tuesday night the RNC showed that it has something it hasn't had since Reagan: star power and appeal to independents.

Both were on full display in the person of former Rep. Artur Davis. Davis, who is black, was one of the speakers who introduced Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008; he was, at the time, a sitting congressman from the state of Alabama. A Harvard Law graduate and famed stemwinder, he delivered an impassioned address on behalf of the then-senator.

How times have changed.

"Some of you may know, the last time I spoke at a convention, it turned out I was in the wrong place. So, Tampa, my fellow Republicans, thank you for welcoming me where I belong."

Davis is now a Republican. And he explained exactly why. "In all seriousness," he said, "do you know why so many of us believed? We led with our hearts and our dreams that we could be more inclusive than America had ever been, and no candidate had ever spoken so beautifully.

"But," he continued, "dreams meet daybreak: The jobless know what I mean, so do the families who wonder how this administration could wreck a recovery for three years and counting."

Davis wasn't the only spellbinder on the menu on Tuesday's opening night. Ann Romney appeared to give a joyous and well-calibrated address celebrating American woman and reintroducing her husband to the public as a solid husband and father, a caring human being and a trustworthy leader. Then, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strode to the stage, clapping his hands in energetic anticipation. To say that the crowd was fired up would be an understatement.

There is juice to the Romney campaign. And Paul Ryan hasn't even spoken yet. The Obama machine no longer has the star power; they no longer have the orators. They have a rotten record -- and it's a record on which they simply can't run.

No wonder they're scared.
Hypocrisy: Hamas-linked CAIR opposes antisemitism resolution because it "stifles robust political debate on university campuses"

From: Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

 

I don't support restrictions on the freedom of speech, but the hypocrisy of Hamas-linked CAIR's stance here is striking. The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which does all it can to shut down robust political debate when it is engaged in by counter-jihadists, has at last come out in favor of the freedom of speech! There's just one catch: they're opposing a resolution that would ban antisemitic activity.

Leave it to Hamas-linked CAIR to come down on the side of Islamic antisemitism and hate, and who cares if they're inconsistent? The dhimmi mainstream media will never call them on it. But after Hamas-linked CAIR has worked for years to get me and others banned from college campuses, and refuses to debate or discuss issues with me, the idea of their coming down in favor of "robust political debate" made me grin.

"UC rejects anti-Semitism resolution," by Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle, August 28 (thanks to Mackie):
The University of California says it won't support a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on campus - approved unanimously by the state Assembly on Tuesday - because the resolution says "no public resources will be allowed to be used for any anti-Semitic or any intolerant agitation." 
"We think it's problematic because of First Amendment concerns," said Steve Montiel, a UC spokesman.
The nonbinding resolution, says, in effect, that UC and other public universities should ban activity that could be interpreted as intolerant or anti-Semitic, including certain demonstrations, from taking place anywhere on its property.
The move is the latest chapter in a debate that arose this summer over whether students create an intolerable, anti-Semitic environment by staging annual, anti-Israel protests mimicking Israeli guards questioning Palestinians....
Student groups and the [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic relations planned to send a letter Tuesday evening asking the Legislature to reconsider its "highly ideological resolution." At the same time, a Los Angeles nonprofit called Stand With Us, which fights anti-Semitism, said its petition urging UC to ban hate speech has 1,600 signatures so far.
"CAIR Says Assembly Resolution Stifles Discussion on California Campuses," from Hamas-linked CAIR-California, August 29 (thanks to Hussam Ayloush):
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 8/29/12) -- The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA), along with nine community, legal, and student organizations, sent a letter to lawmakers in the state about House Resolution 35, which passed in the California Assembly yesterday, because it stifles robust political debate on university campuses. The letter urges lawmakers to reconsider the issue when they reconvene in January.

Ann Romney: Game Changer

By Dick Morris/ Dick Morris.com


Fear, distrust, and division are so much easier to convey in a speech than love and belief. These soft emotions always seem either phony or corny when they are blared over a microphone before a rowdy live audience and skeptical viewers on television.


But Ann Romney managed to thread the needle and come over as honest, sincere, caring, unsentimental and in love. Her testament to Mitt’s character, steadfastness, fortitude, compassion, empathy, and determination did not ring in the least hollow or appear at all self-serving.

But she did more. To those who wonder if Mitt Romney truly understands the problems of the average person, she spoke of their first apartment where the ironing board doubled as their dining room table. She remembered Mitt’s counseling those of his faith who called him for guidance and help. She spoke of their charitable giving. She made us understand the generosity of her husband.

Many have praised Mitt’s skill and drive. But these are the first words ever spoken in public in defense of his capacity for empathy and love.

Who could fail to be moved by Ann’s comment that the “storybook” of her seemingly ideal marriage did not include chapters on M.S. or cancer? And we even find confidence in her blunt assertion that “this man will not fail.”

Because of her speech, he probably won’t.

She gave us a feeling that Romney is from this planet after all, gets wet when it rains, gets cold in the snow, and feels the same pains we all feel. She made us all realize that he is human, not by focusing on his failures but by emphasizing his empathy.

Her positive portrayal and Governor Chris Christie’s interesting refusal to be harshly negative will set up an interesting contrast with the Democratic Convention to follow. The positive, uplifting tone of this Republican Convention will be a pleasant memory to counter the vituperation we may expect from Obama and Co.

Governor Christie’s speech was clearly disappointing. He seems to have forgotten that he was there to praise Romney and attack Obama rather than to build himself up. This master of confrontation would have us believe that he is a virtuoso of bi-partisan co-operation and conciliation. It’s a tough sell. His speech was too New Jersey, too Christie and not enough Romney or Obama.

But, the first night of the convention achieved its purposes. The parade of women and minorities to the podium was impressive (and in some contrast to their relative absence on the floor). Ann did all that was needed to explain Mitt to us and to help us trust him. It will be that much harder for Obama to run negative ads now. We will always hear Ann Romney defending her husband’s heart. We may well still believe criticisms of his head. But, not of his heart. Now he’s no tin man from the Wizard of Oz without a heart.
Op-ed:
Tampa blazes bright with the flames of Rice and Ryan
By: Diane Sori

Last night Tampa was still smoldering as GOP leader after leader set the room on fire.  From former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ("I could care less where Mitt Romney takes his family to church...I care where he takes this country"), to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez ("We share a core belief that the promise of America must be there for the next generation"), to former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty ("Just get the government off our backs!"), to Ohio Senator Rob Portman ("Obama says his policies have worked...NOT in this universe they don't!"), and others like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and even Rand Paul, the room rocked but there were two that rocked the house like no others before. 

One was Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the other was Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

And while both have different speaking styles and approach the same issues by using different methodologies, both were right on target and brought home the point that Barack Hussein Obama must go.

Condi’s speech successfully linked the economic issues of jobs and unemployment, the main touch point of this year’s election, with the broader issue of America’s role on the world stage.

“One of two things will happen if we don’t lead,” she warned. “No one will lead, and there will be chaos; or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values.”  "You cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind...peace really does come through strength."

And the crowd was on its feet!

“When the world looks at us today, they see an American government that cannot live within its means,” she said with firmness and steady determination in her voice. “The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny” Condi continued,  And how right she is for when you become a nation of borrowers you become indebted to others instead of being in control of your own actions, deeds, and future.

Condi tied this into the Obama campaign’s divisive assaults on Mitt Romney’s business record and background.  “We have never been jealous of one another and never envious of each other’s successes,” she said.  Yet we all know the Obama campaign is using this issue to create both jealousy and hatred, to create class warfare of the worst kind, something that was never part of the fabric of our country before.

And Condi also spoke of our children and their future and made it clear that giving trophies and ribbons for just showing up at school or after-school sports means nothing as "Self-esteem comes from achievement, not from lax standards and false praise."

Continuing on she said that children stuck in failing schools is the "civil rights issue of our time."  "The crisis in K-12 education is a crisis to who we are."  And how right she is because if our children can’t get a good education, the basis of all successes in life and something ALL children are entitled to, then our children have no real future and we have failed them.

“Yes, yes, yes, America has a way of making the impossible possible."  Condi brought that point home to rousing applause when she spoke of her personal history towards the end of her speech.  “A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham” and her parents help her believe that “even though she couldn’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she could be president of the United States if she wanted to be...and she becomes Secretary of State.”

And Madame Secretary, what a great American, inspiration, role model, and patriot you truly are.

As for Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan...he hit it out of the park!  While Ryan’s main job was to introduce himself to an America who might not know him well or know him at all, Paul Ryan succeeded in making himself not only likeable but proving to one and all how extremely knowledgeable he is.  And at the end of his speech when the crowd was cheering and on its feet, Paul Ryan showed that the starting of the turning over of the reins of power to the next generation is nothing to fear.  Through unbridled energy and enthusiasm he balances Mitt Romney’s more staid persona and together they form a team the voters can not only trust but have confidence in to set our country right again.

The main theme of Ryan’s speech came down to four simple words: "We can do this."  Words Ryan used over and over to condemn the Obama presidency while he presented an optimistic vision for America’s future under a Romney presidency.

And he did it by pointing out Obama’s failures and how this new administration would right those wrongs.

“America needs a turn around and the man for the job is Mitt Romney" Ryan said as he reiterated and drove home the point that "The greatest threat to Medicare is ObamaCare...and we are going to repeal it."  And he also promised that the $716 billion cut from Medicare that Obama funneled into all his freebies and hand-outs will be put back under a Romney/Ryan administration.

Ryan went on to state that "Medicare is a promise and we are going to honor it."  And how right he is as Medicare is indeed a promise we made to our children and grandchildren and like the good parents that we are we need to honor that promise in full.

‎"This presidency began with a financial crisis and ends with a jobs crisis....it ends with a downgraded America."  "We need to stop spending money we don't have!"   Paul Ryan said to resounding applause.

"After 4 years isn't it about time the man assumed responsibility!" a point Ryan drove home.  You know it, I know it but assuming responsibility is something Obama knows NOTHING about as he still continues to blame Bush and the Republicans for all this country’s woes.  He conveniently forgets his failed stimulus, his failed Green Energy initiative, his failure to create jobs, his failed immigration reform, his failure to cut our dependency on foreign oil, the list is endless as Obama’s presidency is a failed presidency and Paul Ryan brought that forward and put it in America’s face.

"We will lead...we will take responsibility...we will reinstitute our founding principles...we can get this country working again...we can do this...let's get this done...God Bless you all" said Paul Ryan as the crowd roared, applauded, and went wild for a man who represents all that is good with America’s future while playing homage to America’s past...a man many are calling a young Ronald Reagan.

And to that I echo Paul Ran’s words: WE CAN DO THIS...WE CAN DO THIS...WE WILL DO THIS!!!!!!!!

NOVEMBER 6th CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!!!!

WOOOOOHOOOOO...ROMNEY/RYAN...ROMNEY/RYAN...ROMNEY/RYAN....LET'S GET THIS DONE!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Obama 'causes more misery than natural disasters'

President lashed as hurricane threatens Gulf Coast



PALM BEACH, Fla. – With Hurricane Isaac headed toward the U.S. Gulf Coast this afternoon, radio host Rush Limbaugh said President Obama is tied to more misery than caused by any natural disaster.

“Name for me one thing that kills more people than natural disasters?” Limbaugh asked rhetorically.

While his staff threw out answers including obesity, eating carrots, heart disease and jury verdicts in Los Angeles, Limbaugh explained:

“There’s one thing that kills more people than natural disasters, and that’s poverty. Poverty kills more people than natural disasters. Poverty has always been a killer. Why worry about it otherwise? Now, who has done more to increase poverty in this country in the last four years?

“Barry. The One. The Big O. You could say that President Obama has been tied to more misery than people in natural disasters. I mean if you wanted to be real about it. Of course, that’s being critical of Obama and we’re not supposed to do that, because, of course, that’s racist.”

Meanwhile, as Isaac gets closer to landfall, Limbaugh said he expects TV networks to use a split-screen effect to show GOP speakers such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on one side while storm impact even from previous hurricanes is displayed on the other.

“So Christie is gonna stride in there and there’s gonna be split screen. They have Christie doing his speech, fire and brimstone, whatever he’s gonna do,” he said.

“And the split screen will show flooding and replays of Katrina. If this one isn’t bad enough, they’ll go get Katrina footage. They’ll go anywhere they have to to get flooding. People standing on planks of wood in puddles of water desperately waiting for helicopter rescues. Whatever it takes! With Chris Christie on the other half of the screen talking about what a rotten guy Obama is. Then the split screen back to Obama getting off the plane in New Orleans with the FEMA director. You can see it.

“Not a word, not a single word about drought relief in the Midwest that will happen as this category 1 hurricane … moves up the Mississippi Valley and dumps some much-needed rain on many parts of the fruited plain. Nope. Death, destruction, homelessness, disaster, while the Republican convention is going on.

Meanwhile, Limbaugh is dousing speculation he is going to be the so-called “mystery speaker” who is unnamed as of this time on the official schedule of the RNC for Thursday night.

“Popular names are Sarah Palin, Nancy Reagan and me,” he said, referring to online speculation about the identity of the speaker.

“I just want to tell you it isn’t me,” he said. “I’m not the mystery speaker.”

“I am looked at by these Republicans we’ve been talking about as a liability. I am not an asset.”

After Romney's Birth Certificate Joke, Dems Play the Race Card

By: Jonah Goldberg  / Townhall.com

This news was confirmed by none other than Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology and the author of 18 books on race, racism, racial history, black culture and black history. Suffice it to say, he knows a lot about prejudice and bigotry.

Yet in response to Mitt Romney's lame joke about not needing a birth certificate to prove he was from Michigan, Dyson proclaimed, to the approval of a collection of sage pundits on MSNBC, that Romney was resorting to "some of the basest, most despicable bigotry we can imagine."

MSNBC host Alex Wagner seemed to feel the same way, describing Romney's comment as "scraping the very bottom of this sort of racist other-ist narrative."

Just to recap, here's what Romney said of himself and his wife: "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

As with most things Romney says, it's hard to appreciate the full breadth and depth of the blandness of his delivery from just reading the words on the page.

Yet this is "some of the basest, most despicable bigotry we can imagine." Clearly, if that's the worst we can come up with, the state of racial tolerance in America has never been better.

Within hours of Romney's joke, the Obama campaign was trying to turn its outrage into cash. An email appeal from campaign manager Jim Messina repeated Romney's quote and then said:

"Take a moment or two to think about that, what he's actually saying, and what it says about Mitt Romney. Then make a donation of $3 or more to re-elect Barack Obama today."

I know some people take this "birther" stuff very seriously. But I find the whole thing ludicrous. Apparently, if Romney jokes about Obama's birth certificate, white Americans will suddenly notice the president is black. But when Obama jokes about his birth certificate -- or even hawks birther-themed swag on his campaign website, it's all in good fun.

Unfortunately, the claim that Romney is trafficking in racism has proliferated. His ads attacking Obama for unwinding the 1996 welfare reform are being denounced as not simply inaccurate but racially loaded.

For instance, in a piece titled "Making the Election About Race," Columbia University journalism professor Thomas Edsall writes, "The racial overtones of Romney's welfare ads are relatively explicit" -- an interesting analysis given that the ads explicitly don't mention race, which you'd expect to be a minimum requirement of "explicit" racial overtones.

However, Edsall concedes that the racial overtones of Romney's Medicare ads are "a bit more subtle."

Those ads charge that Obama raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Then Edsall notes that Medicare recipients are "overwhelmingly white." He conveniently leaves out the fact that American seniors are overwhelmingly white as well and, if anything, under-enrolled in Medicare.

Odd how Democrats have been "mediscaring" for nearly half a century, yet only Republicans are racist for appealing to "overwhelmingly" white Medicare recipients.

Here in Tampa, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told BuzzFeed that the Democrats are playing "the race card" in order to gin up black turnout. I'm sure that's true, but they're also trying to transform Romney into the ultimate unacceptable other in American politics -- a bigot (and a Mormon one to boot). Still, I also have no doubt that Dyson, Edsall and others in the media eagerly hyping the race angle are sincere in their beliefs; I just think they're wrong.

But I think both the cynical and the sincere race-obsessives fail to fully appreciate the damage they're doing to their own cause. In 2008, the hope for many was that Obama would transcend race, moving the nation beyond the exhausting topic. Instead of a post-racial politics, our politics are saturated with ridiculous charges of racism. "No drama Obama" is instead a source of constant drama, often hyped in the most ludicrous ways.

Voters Fret About Economy, Dems Focus on Abortion 

By: Byron York  / Townhall Daily


"This election, to me, is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment," says former President Bill Clinton in a new ad released by the Obama campaign. Most voters would agree, at least if one believes countless polls that show the economy and jobs are the nation's top concern.

So why are Democrats planning to make their convention a celebration of abortion and gay marriage? The Obama campaign has given a new and prominent surrogate role to Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown law student and full-time lefty activist who achieved notoriety after Rush Limbaugh called her a bad name because of her energetic promotion of taxpayer-financed contraception.

This week, Fluke's role has been to attack Republicans over Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" statement. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tried to distance themselves from the remark," Fluke wrote in an Obama campaign email, "but the fact is they're in lockstep with Akin on the major women's health issues of our time."

Fluke is just one part of the Democrats' plan to target Akin and the GOP on abortion. The Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard writes that the Democratic convention is becoming an "anti-Akin affair," with party leaders lining up NARAL Pro-Choice America's Nancy Keenan, Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, the actress Eva Longoria, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, in addition to Fluke, to highlight "women's issues" in Charlotte.

There will be a lot of talk about abortion, all of it from one side. But not all Democrats agree with Fluke and her fellow speakers when it comes to abortion; in May of this year, Gallup found 34 percent of Democrats identify themselves as pro-life. And, perhaps more important to President Obama's re-election prospects, 47 percent of independents describe themselves as pro-life.

Why would a party that wants to attract the largest possible number of votes this November make such extravagant pronouncements on abortion, knowing that one-third of its own members and nearly one-half of independents disagree?

And that's just abortion. Democrats have already decided to make support for gay marriage a plank in the party's platform. The party's 15-member platform drafting committee unanimously voted to do so last month after hearing testimony from advocates of gay marriage. They did not invite any opponents of gay marriage to testify, suggesting that when it comes to writing a platform, the Democratic process is not entirely democratic.

According to the most recent Gallup poll on the matter, 65 percent of Democrats believe gay marriage should be legal, while 34 percent believe it shouldn't. A full 40 percent of independents believe gay marriage should not be legal. And the Democrats are holding their convention in a swing state, North Carolina, where voters recently approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

The rational design behind all this is that Barack Obama can't be re-elected without winning big among women. The newest Gallup polling shows equal gender gaps: Mitt Romney leads the president 50 percent to 42 percent among men, while the president leads Romney 50 to 42 percent among women. It's a gap that has been consistent for months now, and Obama hopes to eke out a victory by making a few more women nervous about voting Republican in the last weeks of the campaign. "The Obama campaign believes that college-educated women, and the margin the president could win among them, will decide the election," says a well-informed Democratic strategist not connected to the campaign.

But not all of this is a rational calculation. If you stand on the floor of a Democratic convention when a speaker is discussing abortion, you can feel the depth of the emotion that many Democrats feel on the issue. Conservatives like to say abortion is a liberal sacrament. Maybe that's going too far, but it is very, very important. And when something means so much to a group of people, they can easily convince themselves that it means that much to others, too.

Meanwhile, the voters continue to say, overwhelmingly, that they want their president to focus on the economy and job creation. By choosing to spotlight abortion and gay marriage at their national convention, Democrats could give voters the impression that they've got their priorities all mixed up. Sandra Fluke may draw headlines, but does she really represent what voters think is most important?


Romney’s Lead Over Economy Solidifies

By Dick Morris/ Dick Morris.com

(These poll numbers are from a survey of 500 likely voters that I conducted on Thursday, August 23)

Voters have hardened their views about the economy and now decisively reject Obama’s economic record and say they see no reason for it to get better in a second term. Instead, they conclude that the president doesn’t know how to turn the economy around, has limited business or economic experience, and is “in over his head.” Obama’s attacks on Romney and his charge that the Republican would only help the rich have failed to blunt Romney’s strength on the economic issue.

While voters agree, by 48-35 that “Romney would do a good job of fixing the economy and creating jobs,” they reject, by 40-49, the central Obama charge against Romney that the Republican “only cares about the rich and does not look out for the average person.” The 40% that agree with this statement — the summation of Obama’s negative campaign — amount to little more than the party’s base loyalists.

But, while his negatives aren’t working, Obama faces daunting challenges over the economy. By 50-35 voters agree that “President Obama’s economic policies have largely failed” and by 53-35, voters agree that “if Obama is re-elected, there is no reason to believe he will be more successful with the economy than he has been to date.”

Indeed, voters have concluded that Obama doesn’t know how to fix the economy. By 48-41, they say that he is “in over his head and doesn’t know how to improve the economy.”

While voters agree with Obama that taxes on the rich should be increased and that Romney won’t do it (by 48-33), they believe that “taxing rich people more is just a symbolic step. The actual revenues are very small” by a margin of 47-30. In fact, by 52-29, they agree that “taxing anybody, rich or middle class, right now will hurt the economy.”

Obama doesn’t have much show for the months and millions he has spent attacking Romney. My polling suggests that his negatives have not scored except with the Democratic base. None of his attacks over Bain Capital, for instance, attracts agreement from more than the forty percent of the vote that is Obama’s Democratic base.

Nor have Obama’s attacks on Romney over Bain Capital done much better. Forty percent (the Obama base) agree that “at Bain Capital, Romney was ruthless in laying off workers, cutting their benefits, and making big profits in the process.” But 48% see it differently and believe that “at Bain Capital, Romney took a large number of failing companies and turned them around creating thousands of jobs in the process. Companies like Staples and Toys R Us.”

Obama gets more traction on his attacks on Romney’s personal income taxes. While only 23% believe Mitt cheats on his taxes, 57% agree that while “he may not cheat, he pays very little in taxes on a huge income.” And 47% agree that Romney “has offshore bank accounts to hide his money from taxes.”

But these negatives seem to make little difference in how people vote since the conviction is so widespread — well over 50% — that Romney would be materially better at fixing the economy and creating jobs.

The Democratic theme of pounding on Romney over class warfare and tax issues is just not working and is overshadowed by voter concerns over Obama’s ability to handle the economy.
Op-ed:
Tampa was on fire last night
By: Diane Sori

You could feel the electricity in the air as the top tier of the Republican hierarchy spoke last night in Tampa.  Speaker after speaker set the room on fire.

From South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ("America deserve better than what we have today."); to Former Obama supporter Congressman Arthur Davis ("We have a country to turn around."); to Rick Santorum ("The only thing my folks were guaranteed from the Government was freedom!”); to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ("The R next to Mitt Romney's name just doesn't stand for Republican, it also stands for reformer."); to Virginia Governor Mitch McDonnell (“Big government didn’t build America, we did); to Utah Congressional hopeful Mia Love (“Mr. President I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012″), the embers of that fire were stoked and simmering ready to be set ablaze.  

And New Jersey Governor Chris Christy, last night’s Key Note Speaker, helped ignite those flames.  With New Jersey’s delegates putting Romney over the 1,144 votes needed to clinch the nomination, Christie spoke with a fire in his belly and sent a resounding message that Mitt Romney and the Republican agenda will bring America back to greatness, something Barack Hussein Obama has taken away from her.

"Our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America" said Governor Christie and how right he is.

"They believe the American people want to be coddled by big government..." Christie continued and hit it home with a comment that is sure to anger some on the left when he said, "We believe in demanding the very best teacher in every classroom in America." "They believe in teachers unions, we believe in teachers."

Big union isn’t too happy with Christie today but the American people sure are.

"We need more politicians who care about doing something than being something."  "America needs MITT ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN and we need them right now!"

How right he is as America under four more years of the Obama/Biden stewardship will become unrecognizable to ‘We the People.’

And while Governor Christie did indeed set the room on fire, Ann Romney set it ablaze from the moment she entered center stage.  Ann Romney, Mitt Romney’s beloved wife of 42 years, spoke of a tender yet strong side to the man who will hopefully be our next president.  Ann Romney, a woman who has fought and won her own personal battles, showed us a side of Mitt that few knew...Mitt, a family man who first and foremost loves his family, his country, and his God; a man that “doesn’t like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point.”  

Ann Romney brought a human touch and humble side to the man Obama claims does not relate to the middle class.  She spoke of a man who was NOT handed success but a man who built it through hard work and determination; a man who is “no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don’t do it so that others will think more of them.  They do it because there IS no greater joy.”

“Give and it shall be given unto you.”  Biblical words that Mitt Romney lives by.

“No one will work harder. No one will care more,” said Ann Romney about her husband as president. And the way Ann said those simple words you just know they are true. 

"I can’t tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment: This man will not fail. This man will not let us down.  This man will lift up America!" said Ann with a sparkle in her eyes and a deep belief in her heart that her husband will do just that.

And on that I so agree as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a vision for America of hope, of striving to put our country back on track, of returning America to her Constitutional roots, of America becoming America again...a land of opportunity, freedom, and above all else, exceptionality.

"Real leaders don't follow polls, real leaders change polls" said Governor Christie, and in the case of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan those polls have already started to change and will culminate in a new day for America as our strong Conservative message of hope, compassion, and a real future for our children and grandchildren sends Barack Hussein Obama and his minions packing on November 6th.

And Tuesday, November 6th can’t come soon enough for me.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012



1) America's credit rating would get so low that it would force President Dennis Kucinich to petition the UN for donations to pay for Social Security, Medicare, and his newly implemented 350 weeks of unemployment plan.

2) There wouldn't be a Pledge of Allegiance said in schools, no one would sing the Star Spangled Banner before any sporting event, and no one would celebrate the 4th of July.

3) Gas would cost $9 a gallon. Liberals would consider this a plus because it would cause more people to get tax credits to buy government subsidized $40,000 electric cars.

4) Seven year olds would be able to vote. Free candy and endorsements from cartoon characters would become a staple of campaigning.

5) The corporate tax rate would be 15 percent higher, most American workers would be unionized and tax rates would soar. As a result, our economy would be stagnant and our unemployment rate would permanently be in the 10-20% range.

6) Prison sentences would be short, crime would be rampant, and the police would be so undermanned and tied down with regulations that they wouldn't even bother to lock people up for committing crimes like burglary.

7) There would be price controls on electricity, gasoline, and most household goods. Of course, there would also be regular shortages of electricity, gasoline, and most household goods.

8) Children would be taught to be androgynous, gender-confused weirdos in school rather than risk exposing them to "gender stereotypes."

9) Conservatism would be considered hate speech that could draw a massive fine or even jail time for repeat offenders.

10) The good news is that housing would be free. The bad news is that it would mostly be in ugly cement buildings with drug addicts, former homeless people, the severely mentally ill, and career criminals peppered all through the complex for the sake of "diversity."

11) Wearing a cross, mentioning the Bible, or advocating Christian beliefs anywhere outside of a church would be illegal because it might "offend people."

12) Meat, 32 ounce sodas, and trans fats would be illegal. Crack, meth, and heroin would be legal.

13) America's military would be so weak we'd have to rely on Mexico and Canada to defend us from potential threats.

14) The Israelis would be driven into the sea, Taiwan would be swallowed by China, and Russia would begin to gobble up the countries that broke free after the Soviet Union fell.

15) Not only would partial birth abortions be legal, but a mother would be allowed to kill her child for three months after he’s born without penalty.

16) Stopping sex offenders from teaching school or adopting children would be considered discriminatory.

17) Activists would be able to sue on behalf of individual plants and animals in court.

18) The government would control health care top-to-bottom. It would take six months to get an operation, which would be considered a feature, not a bug because a lot of old people would die in the interim and save the government money.

19) Only government employees would be able to legally own guns.

20) Income inequality would be nearly eradicated after all the rich Americans and big corporations fled the country rather than pay confiscatory tax rates.

21) Wal-Mart would only be allowed to hire union employees and completely coincidentally, their prices would double.

22) We'd have open borders and so many illegal aliens in the southern United States that California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas would end up being ceded back to Mexico.

23) There would be a free, in-house abortion clinic in every junior high in America.

24) President Kucinich's new idea to help deal with the soaring jobless rate? Paying workers the new minimum wage, $80,000 a year, to dig holes and fill them back up.

25) The federal government would spend 134 billion dollars replacing the current Presidents on Mount Rushmore with Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, Cesar Chavez, and Margaret Sanger.

Also see, 25 Examples of What America Would Be Like if We Were All Christian Conservative Tea Partiers