Bernie Sanders and the Politics of Envy | Afterburner

Must. See.  Yeah, I’m bossy like that, lol, but this is a great, informative, video.  🙂

Bill Whittle spoke to a progressive audience of high school students, and took several Bernie Sanders questions. Hear what he told those millennials.

Source: Bernie Sanders and the Politics of Envy | Afterburner


Republican Things

From the 2012 GOP Platform – some things that are important to Republicans.

I believe that our:

  • Country is exceptional
  • Constitution should be honored, valued, and upheld
  • Leaders should serve people, not special interests
  • Families and communities should be strong and free from government intrusion
  • Institution of traditional marriage is the foundation of society
  • Government should be smaller, smarter and more efficient
  • Health care decisions should be made by us and our doctors
  • Paychecks should not be wasted on poorly run government programs
  • Military must be strong and prepared to defend our shores
  • Culture should respect and protect life
  • Children should never be left in failing schools
  • Veterans should have the best care and opportunities in the world
  • Social programs should help lift people out of poverty
  • America should be energy independent

These are the things that the Republican candidates should be talking about, and how they compare and contrast to the Democrat Party’s way of doing things.  We should be talking about how we believe our way is better, and why, and demonstrating how these ideals have a proven track record of success.  We should be talking about how the Democrat Party’s way is a way of deficiency, and demonstrating how their ideals have a proven track record of failure. 

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Quotes from The Iron Lady

Saw this over on Reaganite Republican Resistance and knew it was too good to pass up.  Mrs. Thatcher is an amazing woman, and I have been fortunate to live during the time she was Prime Minister of England.  Thank you, Mrs. Thatcher!

The Iron Lady Speaketh!

So very relevant to our current predicament in USA- and some things for the Lindsey Grahams of the world too, like no compromise on conservative principles:

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.


A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.


I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.


Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.

To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.

Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.

People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.

The trouble with socialism is, eventually you run out of other people’s money.

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.


God Bless You  Margaret Thatcher


RR: The Iron Lady Speaketh!

Special Editorial: Repeal

Thanks to Seraphic Secret for the link. 

Special Editorial: Repeal

A one-word agenda for Republicans.

BY William Kristol

March 22, 2010 9:00 AM

The editors of National Review sensibly counsel conservatives, in the wake of last night’s victory for Obamacare: “‘Nil desperandum’–never despair.” I agree, though I’m more inclined to the mock-Latin motto of the Harvard band: “Illegitimi non carborundum”–don’t let the bastards get you down.

Why not? Because we can repeal it.

As National Review’s editors explain (and see also the strong Wall Street Journal editorial this morning), this legislation “will increase taxes, increase premiums, and increase debt, while decreasing economic growth, job growth, and the quality of health care.” So it will–if it is allowed to go into effect.

Luckily, key parts of Obamacare–especially the subsidies–don’t go into effect until 2014. So what Republicans have to do is to make the 2010 and the 2012 elections referenda on Obamacare, win those elections, and then repeal Obamacare.  

Of course that can’t be the whole message in 2010 and 2012. Of course there will be other important issues. And even on this issue, the message will have to be not just repeal but also replace–replace Obamacare with sensible reforms. What’s more, working out exactly how to repeal and replace the parts of the legislation that will already be in effect is an important task, one to which I know Paul Ryan has already given some thought.

But the details of the replacing and reforming are secondary. Repeal is the heart of the matter. It should be the heart of the message. Think of it this way: This year Obama has handed Republicans a one-item Contract with America, an item a majority of the public supports–opposition to, and therefore repeal of, Obamacare.

Barack Obama was able to muscle his health care plan through, and therefore avoided a legislative defeat that Sen. Jim DeMint had said would be his Waterloo. But Waterloo was always an imperfect analogy. Leaving aside the injustice to Napoleon of comparing Obama to him, the better analogy is Borodino.

Special Editorial: Repeal | The Weekly Standard

A Great Quote

This was so good I had to post it on my own blog. 


Neal Boortz has a great quote about this today. The author is Dr. Adrian Rogers.

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 

From House of Eratosthenes

Purity Resolution


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Birth of a Conservative

Have I told you how smart my boy is?  My mini-Darc?  Surely I have by now!  I know I mentioned his comment about adding unnecessary words in sentences.  Know what he said yesterday?

He was watching some show on TV, a kid show but I don’t know which one.  Anyway, the characters were doing something, a piñata I think.  One of them broke it, and the other characters scattered to grab the prizes.  My son, the capitalist, commented, “Why should the rest of them get anything?  They didn’t do anything to deserve all that stuff.” 

Now, he’s never been to a piñata party so he doesn’t understand how it’s played – one day he will understand so I’m not worried about that.  The thing that pleased me so much was the fact that he grasped the concept of a hand-out and it offended him.  In his mind, the one that broke the piñata should have gotten the prizes because he’d done the work to earn them, and the other characters had no right to just run up and take everything from him.  It offended his sensibilities that others simply took what they hadn’t earned.  For a kid who’s never had to earn much of anything, this amazes me.  The most he’s ever had to earn was a new game for the game system, and he had to earn it by trying new foods, not by cleaning his room or anything like that.  Hopefully, in a dozen years or so this will translate into him not calling home every month from college asking for more money, but simply to say hi.  😉

One of the things that pleases me most about this is that we don’t sit around talking politics all the time in our home for him to pick up on this kind of thing.  It’s just his nature.  😀