Sunday, 24 October 2010

JONATHAN ALTER'S PLEA TO MAINTAIN THE SENSIBLE CENTER

Ken Berwitz

Ok, ok, I admit that title is meant as a sarcasm.

But you have to have at least a little fun with Newsweek's terror-stricken leftist Jonathan Alter, and his doomsday scenarios if Republicans should (gasp!) happen to do well on election day.

If you want to read the entire commentary, either get a copy of the Golden Book classic, Chicken Little, or click here.  Meanwhile, I'll show you a key excerpt:

Lets say youre an independent voter who wants to send Obama a message on Nov. 2. Have the media told you what that would say? Heres a clue: moderate Republicans are extinct. With big wins, the Tea Party will transform itself from an insurgency into the driving force within the GOP. Gains in statehouses and legislatures will allow right-wingers to use the 2010 census to redraw district lines that will entrench them in power until 2020. Back in charge in Washington, they will likely block even centrist choices for courts. Extremist senators like Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn will move from being irritants on the fringe to players at the center of our politics.

A question for Democrats disinclined to work on congressional campaigns: do you know the GOP agenda? In brief: repeal health-care reform, so if you lose your job and your kid gets sick, you may have to sell the house; repeal financial reform, so Wall Street scammers and predatory lenders can return to doing everything they did before they wrecked the economy; maintain corporate-welfare subsidies that move jobs overseas; reduce spending by slashing education funding; and ending all clean-energy projects aimed at curbing our dependence on Mideast oil. Of course, these policies wont cut the deficit. Republicans insist on extending $700 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy and leaving the $500 billion defense budget un-touched. Entitlements would merely be reviewed regularly, the GOP leadership says, which is code for doing nothing.

AAARRRGGHHH.  THE SKY IS FALLING!  THE SKY IS FALLING!

What Mr. Alter does not tell you, of course, is that the alternative to voting out the current congress, is keeping the one we have.  Those wonderful folks who gave us the so-called "stimulus package", which has managed to put us a trillion dollars further in debt and raise rather than lower unemployment.  Not to mention the health care legislation every poll showed we did not want, which already is proving to be a fraud, both in its cost and in the promise that most people will be able to keep their current plans.

But all this, of course, is just fine to Mr. Alter.  I mean, don't we share his apparent longing to become a European-style socal democracy - the kind that is going broke all over Europe even as I type this? 

Just keep spending, while simulaneously putting the wood to people who create products, services and jobs in this country, and we'll be there soon enough.

Does that affect your voting decision?  I certainly hope so.


ORSON BEAN ON TERRORISM AND MUSLIMS

Ken Berwitz

I just read a terrific essay by the very successful, long-time TV and stage performer, Orson Bean. 

Mr. Bean is also one of the (finally growing) number of performers who started on the far left and, over time, based on to personal growth and understanding of world events, have moved in a very different direction.

Now, writing for biggovernment.com, Mr. Bean has given us a really good explanation of Muslim involvement with terrorism, that gives us an excellent point of context.  Here is the first part of Mr. Bean's essay (read the rest by clicking here):

The World Has a Muslim Problem

by Orson Bean

 

World War II was my war. We fought the Germans. They were the enemy. There was a German problem. Of course, if we had stopped to think about it, which we didnt because we were too busy trying to win the war, we would have realized that not every German wanted to fight us; maybe not even a majority of them did. But they didnt oppose the Nazi extremists who had taken over their government and attacked us in the name of German racial superiority. Im sure a lot of Germans agreed with Hitler. But those who were against him, didnt dare speak up. A few did, of course, like the great German patriot Reverend Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He spoke out against the Nazi thugs. For his pains he was put into a concentration camp and died there.

 

Jihadist thugs are now attacking us in the name of Islam. No doubt there are a lot of Islamic believers who dont support this. But like the Germans in World War II, they are not speaking up for good reason of course, as there was a good reason back in the days of the Third Reich. But because they arent speaking up to oppose what is being done in their name, the world has a Muslim problem. Everybody knows this. Not many public figures dare to say it out loud. Some public figures dont want to know it, much less say it out loud.

I don't agree with everything Mr. Bean says in the remainder of his piece.  But, in the segment above, he is spot-on. 

How I wish some of our PC-committed "leaders" would exhibit one iota of the common sense Mr. Bean displays here.


DEMOCRATIC NATIONALIZING OF DIRTY TRICKS

Ken Berwitz

It used to be that the only time you heard about political "dirty tricks" on a national scale, involved a presidential - election.

Now, however, that seems to have changed.  The Democratic Party apparently has found a way to work state and local dirty tricks on a national basis.

Credit to the New York Times, and to writer Jim Rutenberg, for exposing this so clearly in Friday's edition.  Here, excerpted from Mr. Rutenberg's expos, is a taste of what is being done:

ORLANDO, Fla. Seeking any advantage in their effort to retain control of Congress, Democrats are working behind the scenes in a number of tight races to bolster long-shot third-party candidates who have platforms at odds with the Democratic agenda but hold the promise of siphoning Republican votes.

Wade C. Vose, a lawyer for Tea Party activists who say Mr. Guetzloe hijacked their movement, issued a subpoena to Representative Alan Grayson, a Democrat with ties to Mr. Guetzloe.

The efforts are taking place across the country with varying degrees of stealth. And in many cases, they seem to hold as much risk as potential reward for Democrats, prompting accusations of hypocrisy and dirty tricks from Republicans and the third-party movements that are on the receiving end of the unlikely, and sometimes unwelcome, support.

In California, Republicans have received recorded phone calls from a professed but unidentified registered Republican who says she is voting for the American Independent Partys candidate for a House seat, Bill Lussenheide, not for the incumbent Republican, Mary Bono Mack.

The caller says she is voting that way because its time we show Washington what a true conservative looks like.

The recording was openly paid for by the Democratic candidate for the seat, Mayor Steve Pougnet of Palm Springs.

In Pennsylvania, the Democratic candidate for a suburban Philadelphia House seat, Bryan Lentz, admitted this week that his volunteers helped Jim Schneller a prominent skeptic of President Obamas citizenship collect petitions to run against Mr. Lentz and his Republican opponent, Pat Meehan.

In Nevada, conservative radio listeners have heard an advertisement promoting the Senate campaign of a Tea Party of Nevada candidate, Scott Ashjian. The ads criticize Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee and favored candidate of the actual Tea Party movement in the race against Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader.

The ad was sponsored by a group backed by unions and casino and mining companies supporting Mr. Reid.

Simply stated, Democrats are attempting to take conservative voters who do not want Democrats in office, and creating phony "tea party" candidates to siphon off some of their votes, so that the candidate they do not want will be elected.

In other words, what the Democratic Party is doing borders on just plain stealing the votes altogether.

It doesn't get much dirtier than that.

They just didn't count on the New York Times to stray from the reservation and make people aware of it.  But, happily, the Times has done just that.

Now, what do Republicans do about it?

-It is up to the Republican Party to build on this expos by making every voter aware of every phony "tea party" candidates" Democrats have concocted;  

-It is up to Republicans to make these dirty tricks backfire, and lose rather than gain votes for the Democrats who are supposed to benefit from them;

-It is up to Republicans to force those candidates to either explain and defend the fraud being perpetrated on their behalf.

Will Republicans do this?  Will they effectively fight back? 

We'll certainly find out soon enough.


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