Even with the president’s approval rating showing signs of life and the Republicans busily bashing themselves over the head — “one is a practicing polygamist and he’s not even the Mormon,” retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently quipped about her party’s two frontrunners — America continues to track right, according to polling data released by the Gallup Organization last week.
Americans at this political moment are significantly more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal: conservatives outnumber liberals by nearly two to one. Forty percent identify as conservative, 36 percent as moderate, and 21 percent liberal.
The map above charts the ideological divide across America’s states. There are four states where conservatives make up more than half the population: Mississippi, Utah, Wyoming, and Alabama. Conservatives make up more than 40 percent in 20 more states. Liberals now outnumber conservatives in just one state, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan. It has likely cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars Congress might not otherwise have appropriated had it known the truth, and our senior leaders’ behavior has almost certainly extended the duration of this war. The single greatest penalty our Nation has suffered, however, has been that we have lost the blood, limbs and lives of tens of thousands of American Service Members with little to no gain to our country as a consequence of this deception.
These are surely serious charges and anyone who would make such claims had better have considerable and substantive evidence to back it up. Regrettably, far too much evidence does exist and I will here provide key elements of it. As I will explain in the following pages I have personally observed or physically participated in programs for at least the last 15 years in which the Army’s senior leaders have either “stretched the truth” or knowingly deceived the US Congress and American public. What I witnessed in my most recently concluded 12 month deployment to Afghanistan has seen that deception reach an intolerable high. I will provide a very brief summary of the open source information that would allow any American citizen to verify these claims. But if the public had access to these classified reports they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is actually true behind the scenes. It would be illegal for me to discuss, use, or cite classified material in an open venue and thus I will not do so; I am no WikiLeaks guy Part II.
A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree hugging, liberal Democrat, and an anti-hunter purchased a piece of timberland near Colville, WA.
There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract.
She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree.
As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her.
In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to a local ER to see a doctor.
She told him she was an environmentalist, a Democrat, an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters.
The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her.
She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared.
The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?”
He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a ‘recreational area’ so close to a waste treatment facility. I’m sorry, but due to Obama-Care youve been turned down.”
I recently applied for a building permit for a new house in Dearborn.
It was going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide, with 9 gun turrets at various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system.
It would have parking for 200 cars, and I was going to paint it snot green with pink trim.
The City Council told me to forget it…AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!
So I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a ‘Mosque’.
Work starts on Monday. I love this country.
Happy Valentine’s Day to You…
Two enjoying today:
Recent proclamations and edicts from on high demonstrate that this administration is severely limiting the freedoms and rights assigned to “We the People” in the Constitution.
A perfect example of this is the mandate from HHS Secretary Sebelius regarding contraception and abortifacient drugs. This mandate (edict) shows that this administration, from the President on down, is not only abrogating the right to free expression of religion as stated in the 1st Amendment, but also sets itself up as the arbiter of religious expression and defining authority of religion, thus creating the State as a religion (or State as God), in direct violation of the Establishment of Religion clause (frequently incorrectly cited as the separation of Church and State) in the 1st Amendment. The opening line of the 1st Amendment reads thus: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”.
Thus, we can see that by assigning to the government the authority to define and proclaim religious expression, what is allowable and what is not, this administration not only violates the “free exercise thereof” portion but also the primary portion “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”.
Whoever wins the GOP presidential nod will need a strong vice presidential candidate to beat the formidable, very well-financed Obama-Biden ticket. Here are some suggestions for the eventual Republican nominee when he chooses his running mate:
The people listed after each section (read the article for expanded explanations of each section) are choices that Human Events list as possible VP candidates. Those listed who are still running for president are there in case they do not make the nomination. I disagree with some of them and list my preferences after the article below.
1. Budget expertise – The Republican presidential candidate will need someone who knows the budget in and out, and who has innovative ideas about how to fix the problems.
2. Appeal to Hispanic voters – Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic group in America and their vote could be up for grabs with the right ticket.
3. Inspires the base – The Republican nominee will need someone to inspire the true believers on the right—a candidate who can bring in small-government Tea Partiers.
4. Tough campaigner – Vice presidential candidates often have to take on detractors, while the presidential pick stays above the fray.
5. Administrative experience – Experience counts and having run an operation with a decent budget and a large number of employees is valuable training for a President or his running mate.
Scott Walker, John Kasich, Mitch Daniels
6. Appeals to evangelicals – Republicans can’t win in November if evangelicals and social conservatives stay home.
Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann
7. Innovative approach to healthcare – The nation’s healthcare system will need a major overhaul after ObamaCare is dismantled.
8. Immigration problem solver – The GOP ticket could use someone who knows how important it is to control the borders.
Rick Perry, Tom Tancredo
9. War on Terror expertise – Despite the pull-out from Iraq and the soon-to-come retreat from Afghanistan, the war on terror is far from over and the world remains a dangerous place.
John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, David Petraeus
10. Makes black vote more competitive – It is about time that Republicans make progress in loosening the Democratic stranglehold on black voters.
Allen West, Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain
Read the article here.