Archive for December, 2009

Comic Relief in the Christmas Wars

December 25, 2009

This is the kind of thing that happens when the government assumes the obligation of protecting people from being offended.  (And by that I am referring to the Illinois state government’s decision to allow an atheist group to mock Christmas on state property, not the comptroller’s decision to try to stop it).

But the main reason I am linking to this story is not to discuss the complicated issue of church and state but rather to invite you to read the whole story, especially the last line.  That is hilarious.

Funny Stuff

December 15, 2009

One Word:

December 4, 2009

Brilliant.

Question

December 2, 2009

Why is it that when the federal government plays a minimalist role and the states are given broad powers to regulate their own affairs, it is called federalism?

And why is it that when the federal government plays a maximalist role and tramples the rights of states to regulate their own affairs, it is called statism? 

Confusing as the terms may be, the truth is that we have had way too much statism in recent decades.  It’s time to get back to federalism.

Do I Want President Obama to Fail?

December 1, 2009

In a word, yes.  Rush Limbaugh stirred up controversy by being the first to say so several months ago, but if you think about what he means, it makes perfect sense. 

Like Rush, I want President Obama to fail because President Obama is essentially a socialist.  His political theory is saturated in big government, lavish spending, high taxes, and the multiplication of entitlements.  Like he said to Joe the Plumber, he wants to “spread the wealth” around.  He is pushing hefty, unprecedented environmental regulations at a time when we are facing 10% unemployment and cannot afford to strangle businesses with more regulations (and it just so happens that in recent days the whole global warming theory has taken a massive credibility beating, yet the President remains undeterred in his desire to unilaterally save the world from carbon). 

I want President Obama’s health care plan to fail.  I want cap-and-trade to fail.  I want high taxes to fail.  I want big government stimulus packages to fail.  I want everything this President stands for to fail, because he stands for everything that is against the well-being and prosperity of our nation.  If his domestic agenda crashes to the ground and burns, then America will have succeeded, and my loyalty is to my country first, not to the man who happens to be leading it for these four years.

But there is one exception.  I want President Obama to succeed in Afghanistan and in Iraq.  He gave a good speech tonight.  This was one of those rare occasions when he talks about 9/11 and about the ongoing terrorist threat to our national security.  I hope and pray that his strategy works, that we pave the way for a secure and stable Afghanistan, that we put Al-Qaida and the Taliban on the run, and that we bring our boys home soon enough.  I don’t trust my President on anything related to domestic policy.  But listening to him speak tonight, I am giving him my trust and support on the objective of victory in Afghanistan.  I hope that if a politically divided country can find unity in nothing else, that perhaps we might be able to find some measure of unity in this.