July 2010


I visit Conservatives for Palin regularly and I recognized Adrienne Ross as a regular contributor. I had no idea she was black until she wrote a post defending Palin against the NAACP charge that Tea Partiers are racist. She writes:

The notion that the Tea Party movement is racist is one that has no proof to support it. I have attended tea parties in both Wasilla, AK and Kingston, NY. (See pictures.) And from the Last Frontier to New York’s first capital, I can say that the participants treated one another like family. I was neither mistreated nor ignored. I was not made to feel I did not belong. There was not one racist sign. No one spit on me. No one called me the ‘N’ word. Rather, we had one purpose in mind: to boldly declare that we want to restore sanity to our nation. People protested President Obama’s policies, not because of his race, but because of the dangerous path on which he is steering America. Icertainly didn’t attend these tea parties because I have a problem with our president being a black man. However, I was also not going to refrain from attending simply because I share the same skin color as our president. While this is what many on the Left expect of me, I am nobody’s puppet. I think for myself. And I refuse to reside on anyone’s plantation, including any political plantation.

Lloyd Marcus also weighed in:

The NAACP Resolution proclaiming the Tea Party Movement to be racist is motivated by hate and fear. Though well disguised in intellectual rhetoric, underneath festers hate and fear. Along with their underlying resentment of whites and non forgiveness of America’s sins of the past, the NAACP has become zealots for the religion of Progressivism which preaches victimhood-ism and entitlement. The NAACP are the true racists whose secret motto is “Keep Hate & Victimhood-ism Alive.”

Palin endorsee Tim Scott was also contemptuous of the NAACP’s resolution:

“I understand that the NAACP, at its annual conference in Kansas City, will vote today on a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement as “racist”. I believe that the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference.”

“As I campaign in South Carolina, I participate in numerous events sponsored by the Tea Party, 9/12, Patriot, and other like-minded groups, and I have had the opportunity to get to know many of the men and women who make up these energetic grassroots organizations. Americans need to know that the Tea Party is a color-blind movement that has principled differences with many of the leaders in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans. Their aim is to support the strongest candidates – regardless of color or background – who will fight to return our country to its Constitutional roots of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.”

Tim Scott gets it; the race-baiters and Democrats don’t.

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Sarah Palin sets them right in a timely Facebook post. She endorsed Tim Scott, a black GOP candidate running against Strom Thurmond’s son in South Carolina, and he won easily, with heaps of Tea Party support. Her post notes:

On this subject, I can recommend the statement issued by a man I was proud to endorse, Tim Scott, the GOP candidate from South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Tim, poised to become the first African-American Republican Congressman from the former Confederacy since Reconstruction, is himself a sign of a hopeful, truly post-racial future for our country. It gives added meaning to his warning that “the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference.”

Tim Scott said:

“I understand that the NAACP, at its annual conference in Kansas City, will vote today on a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement as “racist”. I believe that the NAACP is making a grave mistake in stereotyping a diverse group of Americans who care deeply about their country and who contribute their time, energy and resources to make a difference.”

“As I campaign in South Carolina, I participate in numerous events sponsored by the Tea Party, 9/12, Patriot, and other like-minded groups, and I have had the opportunity to get to know many of the men and women who make up these energetic grassroots organizations. Americans need to know that the Tea Party is a color-blind movement that has principled differences with many of the leaders in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans. Their aim is to support the strongest candidates – regardless of color or background – who will fight to return our country to its Constitutional roots of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets.”

Palin also endorsed Colonel Allen West, a hero in the eyes of the Tea Party crowd. Us Tea Party Patriots are color-blind; we just hate race-baiters who seek to divide rather than unite Americans.

He is arrogant, rude, ignorant and stupid. He gets good guests and talks over them. He had Sarah Palin on to talk about immigration and she barely got a word in edgeways. I don’t give a rat’s ass what Bill O’Reilly thinks about an issue. But I do want to hear what his guests have to say. Sadly, he rarely gives them a chance to string a coherent sentence together before he interrupts them, derails their train of thought, and leaves people like my dear sweet wife screaming “STFU Bill” at the TV.

In a more perfect world, Glenn Beck would have O’Reilly’s slot, and O’Reilly could see how he does in the 5-6 dead zone.

This Guardian piece on the unlikely winner of South Carolina’s Democrat Senate primary portrays him somewhat more sympathetically than his fellow Democrats have. He makes more sense than  Rep. Hank Johnson, who fretted that Guam could tip over.

Personally, I think Colonel Allen West and Tim Scott will blow the Black Caucus out of the water. They are strong contenders to win their seats. Both are Republicans. Both are running in “white” seats. When black candidates win elections by running as Americans, rather than running as blacks in gerrymandered black districts, then we should celebrate the end of racism in America. It is fitting that West and Scott stand as members of Lincoln’s party, the Republican party.

Congressional candidate Allen West impresses me. This speech only reinforced my view. So, I contributed some more to his campaign.  I didn’t give him much, though. He’s doing pretty well this early in the election cycle, and there may be other equally deserving candidates, facing even tougher races, who will need support down the stretch.

Love that he wore a Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” tee-shirt.

Some background on this Hero’s war service here:

At his preliminary hearing, West acknowledged he allowed two soldiers to beat an Iraqi policeman who refused to reveal details of an ambush plot and fired his pistol near the man’s head, threatening to kill him.

As WorldNetDaily reported, under threat of an attack, West took charge of the interrogation of an Iraqi policeman, Yahya Jhodri Hamoody, determined to flush out details as he warned subordinates “it could get ugly.” Threatening to kill the Iraqi if he didn’t talk, West fired a pistol near the policeman’s head.

The scared policeman then immediately disclosed the information, leading to the arrest of two Iraqis last August and cessation of attacks on West’s 4th Infantry Division battalion.

At the hearing last month, West was asked by his defense attorney if he would do it again.

“If it’s about the lives of my men and their safety, I’d go through hell with a gasoline can,” he said.

“But that’s what’s going on out there in the streets here, and that’s how I feel about my boys,” he told the hearing, held in one of Saddam Hussein’s lavish palaces. “There is not a person in this room I would not sacrifice my life for.”

But Army prosecutors believe his actions in the town of Saba al Boor, near Tikrit, violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was charged with aggravated assault and faced a wide range of possible outcomes from no disciplinary action to a sentence of up to eight years in prison.

The prosecutors gave West a choice – face charges or resign within days of his 20 years of service, losing retirement benefits. West chose to face the charges and place his fate in the hands of Maj. Gen. Odierno.

Colonel West belongs with the greatest generation, the men and women who won World war II. He was there for his men, and he was there to win. I could not think of a starker contrast than that between President Obama and Colonel West. One has balls and the interests of America in his heart; the other doesn’t.

An experienced executive would have focussed on maximizing the resources available to deal with the spill and removing all impediments to the deployment of those resources.  The two major resources required to deal with the spill are skimmers to suck up the oil at sea, and sand berms to stop the oil hitting the shore-line.

Obama failed completely in his executive duty. Paul Rubin, in a WSJ Op Ed, writes:

Various skimmers and tankers (some of them very large) are available that could eliminate most of the oil from seawater, discharging the mostly clean water while storing the oil onboard. While this would clean vast amounts of water efficiently, the EPA is unwilling to grant a temporary waiver of its regulations.

Next, the Obama administration can waive the Jones Act, which restricts foreign ships from operating in U.S. coastal waters. Many foreign countries (such as the Netherlands and Belgium) have ships and technologies that would greatly advance the cleanup. So far, the U.S. has refused to waive the restrictions of this law and allow these ships to participate in the effort.

The combination of these two regulations is delaying and may even prevent the world’s largest skimmer, the Taiwanese owned “A Whale,” from deploying. This 10-story high ship can remove almost as much oil in a day as has been removed in total—roughly 500,000 barrels of oily water per day. The tanker is steaming towards the Gulf, hoping it will receive Coast Guard and EPA approval before it arrives.

Gateway Pundit has more on the Obama administration’s utter failure to act competently and decisively, let alone honestly.

Flopping Aces cites a 16 page report by House member Darrell Issa (R-CA) that is highly critical of the administration. A disturbing highlight:

These bureaucratic breakdowns have forced at least one Parish to take matters
into its own hands. One Jefferson official, who said that “the only thing [Coast Guard
and BP] understand is threats and embarrassment,” commandeered over fifty vessels
sitting idle at docks while oil slicks approached shore. He told committee staff that BP
and Coast Guard repeatedly denied his request to deploy the boats because they had no
fuel or groceries. Despite Coast Guard’s threat of military force, he exercised his
emergency law enforcement powers to seize the equipment. Using Parish funds, he
supplied the vessels and sent them out to sea.

These bureaucratic breakdowns have forced at least one Parish to take matters into its own hands. One Jefferson official, who said that “the only thing [Coast Guard and BP] understand is threats and embarrassment,” commandeered over fifty vessels sitting idle at docks while oil slicks approached shore. He told committee staff that BP and Coast Guard repeatedly denied his request to deploy the boats because they had no fuel or groceries. Despite Coast Guard’s threat of military force, he exercised his emergency law enforcement powers to seize the equipment. Using Parish funds, he supplied the vessels and sent them out to sea.

Big Government at its finest? More like its worst, and it started at the top.

But there are some winners. US Maritime unions can rest easy that the Jones Act is still in place. The EPA’s power to screw things up with moronic regulations remains unchallenged.  The Greenies get to bash Big Oil for another generation. Great work, Mr. President.

Palin lays into Obama on all fronts in her latest Facebook post. She goes through all the major foreign policy issues facing America and eviscerates Obama on each of them. With any luck, “enemy-centric foreign policy” will join “death panel”  as another burr for Obama.  Her post finishes on a strong note:

A DIFFERENT VIEW OF AMERICA

We have a President, perhaps for the very first time since the founding of our republic, who doesn’t appear to believe that America is the greatest earthly force for good the world has ever known.

When asked whether he believed in American exceptionalism, President Obama answered, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Amazing. Amazing.

I think this statement speaks volumes about his world view. He sees nothing unique in the American experience? Really? Our founding, and our founding mothers and fathers? Really? And our history over the past two and half centuries?

Really? He sees nothing unique in an America that fought and won two world wars and in victory sought not one inch of territory or one dollar of plunder? He sees nothing unique in an America that, though exhausted by conflict, still laid the foundation for security in Europe and Asia after World War II? He sees nothing unique in an America that prevailed against an evil ideology in the Cold War? Does he just see a country that has to be apologized for around the world, especially to dictators?

President Obama actually seems reluctant to even embrace American power. Earlier this year when he was asked about his faltering Middle East peace process, he said “whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.” Whether we like it or not?! Really? Mr. President, this may come as news to you, but most Americans actually do like it. And so do our allies. They know it was our military might that liberated countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years. Yes, we do like it. As a dominant superpower, the United States has won wars hot and cold; our military has advanced the cause of freedom and kept authoritarian powers in check.

It is in America’s and the world’s best interests for our country to remain the dominant military superpower, but under President Obama’s leadership that dominance may be slipping away. It’s the result of an agenda that reeks of complacency and defeatism.

And there you have it folks. The Obama agenda “reeks of complacency and defeatism”. Her agenda is unabashedly pro-American and pro-Israel. The contrast could not be starker.

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