Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Great Republican Illusion

Before you read this article, I want you to try out a David Copperfield illusion and then return to read the rest of the article by hitting the “Back” button in your toolbar. Somewhere in my article I’ll explain how this illusion works. Try the illusion now by clicking on the small red cross.

My purpose in using this illusion is to demonstrate the way that our Republican Congress has been bamboozling us for years, and we are fed up. Don’t get me wrong; I am still a strong supporter of President Bush and the way he is conducting the war on Islamic terrorists. That is clearly the most important issue of the day, and I am generally supportive of his overall policies.

It is all this other baloney, put forth by what are called “RINO’s” (Republicans In Name Only) that has me so angry. We didn’t fight for and contribute so much money to gain Republican victories to have them vote down ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)drilling and pass a whole string of anti-conservative, pro-liberal measures.

Lets look at the record, starting with Bush 41:

“No new taxes” - we got new taxes!

Americans with Disabilities Act – we got lawsuits from drunks, druggies and obscenely obese people who now have rights the rest of us don’t have because we have some self-discipline.

The use of federal power to punish the police who overdid it trying to restrain and punish a drug-crazed Rodney King whose antics threatened their lives.

And let’s look at what we have had to swallow with Bush 43:

McCain-Finegold Act (Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act) granting special political speech rights to the media and to labor unions while depriving the rest of us of our freedom of speech with no noticeable decline in political fund-raising.

No Child Left Behind Act – seeing how it poisons the educational process, we wanted less federal involvement in education; instead we got more.

Medicare Drug Bill (Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003) – for the first time in history Medicare became a welfare program with means-testing and all the rest of the confusion, intrusiveness, embarrassment and corruption that goes with it.

Illegal Immigration - with our country at risk as never before, not only from the entry of Islamofascist terrorists with weapons that can annihilate hundreds of thousands of Americans at one time (see Jose Padilla), but with our American culture being overwhelmed in some areas by multicultualists hyping Hispanic culture over our own, no strong action is being taken to stop illegals from entering the country.

And now, with drilling for new oil a top priority for economic and national security reasons, and with a hard fought victory within our grasp, the “moderate” Republicans throw away drilling in ANWR and off the Gulf coast. I am angry and looking for answers.

The David Copperfield Illusion uses a gimmick, just like our fair-haired Republicans do. The gimmick is that the five cards David shows you are not any of the cards he showed you at first. No matter what card you select, it will never appear in the second set of cards.

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At 6:09 AM, Blogger Liz said...

Actually, mine was still there, I chose the Blk Q of spades, and it was still there.

Unfortunately I didn't read the rest of your post in my hurry to comment about it!! I'll go back and read it now.

At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves said...

This posting is a great analogy of what I've been saying for years now, and this is the prime reason why I have no allegiance to any one particular party. Today, we have a lot of fools in the Democratic Party and a choice few in the Republican Party. I've come to the conclusion that certain members of each party are more worthy of my vote than others, and this is what I go by. Bush needs to take these people on, instead of being the nice guy, and letting things go by him. There are four openings in the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals right now, and Bush needs to fill these slots with conservative appointments. We need to get the Liberal whackos out of there, who are making stupid decisions based on their own personal ideologies,that is wasting taxpayer's time and money.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I'm glad that you are not blindly Republican-loyal.

I disagree on ANWaR - little oil, not worth the destruction. Need to push harder for alternative energy solutions...we have the ability, we just need the incentive and the will.

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With elections drawing near (2006) nearly all of the politicians are trying to sound like the polls instead of being real patriots and spelling out what is good for the nation. Too bad so many of them are pure harlots that will say anything to get elected. For example yesterday in the Senate in a vote to demand a set time for pulling out of Iraq, Senator Clinton (D) from NY voted Yea while Liebermann (D) from CT voted nay…no doubt Clinton is making a bid for the next sorry that she just failed as a leader. Chafee ® RI voted yea, RI is a Democratic State, while McCain voted nay. What surprised me the most was that nearly 80% of the Senate voted on a new referendum to demand Bush be more explicit on his policy in Iraq.. I think a just reward for all of this chicanery is to make all of the senators join the new Medicare Subscription Drug Program…...Mason

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At 4:57 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Steve, the problem is that we've been trying for a hundred years to find a better way than oil, and the best we've come up with is the hybrd such as you drive. There is nothing even remotely on the horizon to replace oil, and we need more of it under our control.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Liz said...

maybe I don't know my cards? Maybe it was a club? ha ha

I just tried it again , and you were right, I picked the q of clubs and when the cards were displayed again, it was the q of spades.

Well that was fun, and the post was good too.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Joe Alves said...

This piece is a great read.

> >
> > If any of you still feel that this war on terror is a mistake, here is
>an opinion from an unexpected source. This is not a problem that is going
>to be
>easy to solve. It is the struggle to maintain our Western way of life and
>the very culture that has made it possible. Lose this one, and our
>grandchildren will
> be speaking Arabic, those of them that survive the "conversion".
> >
> >
> > Look at what has been happening in Europe the last couple of weeks. For
>all practical purposes they won Spain without any effort on their part
>other than
>a couple of bombs in public places. Now they are burning Paris and hitting
>on Holland and Belgium.
> >
> > Better get serious, very, very serious!
> >
> > It's fascinating that this should come out of Europe. Matthias Dapfner,
>Chief Executive of the huge German publisher Axel Springer AG, has written
>a blistering attack in DIE WELT, Germany's largest daily paper, against
>the timid reaction of Europe in the face of the Islamic threat. This is a
>must read by all Americans. History will certify its correctness.
> >
> > EUROPE - THY NAME IS COWARDICE (Commentary by Mathias Dapfner CEO, Axel
>Springer, AG)
> >
> > A few days ago Henry Broder wrote in Welt am Sonntag, "Europe - your
>family name is appeasement." It's a phrase you can't get out of your head
>it's so terribly true.
> >
> > Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England
>and France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before
>noticed that Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements.
> >
> > Appeasement legitimized and stabilized Communism in the Soviet Union,
>then East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe where for decades,
>inhuman suppressive, murderous governments were glorified as the
>correct alternative to all other possibilities.
> >
> > Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo, and
>even though we had absolute proof of ongoing mass-murder, we Europeans
>debated and debated and debated, and were still debating when finally the
>Americans had to come from halfway around the world, into Europe yet
>again, and do our work for us.
> >
> > Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European
>appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance,"now
>countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians.
> >
> > Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore nearly
>500,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by
>the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, has the gall to issue bad
>grades to
>George Bush... Even as it is uncovered that the loudest critics of the
>American action in Iraq made illicit billions, no, TENS of billions, in the
>corrupt U.N.
> > Oil-for-Food program.
> >
> > And now we are faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement.
>How is Germany reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic
>fundamentalists in
> Holland and elsewhere? By suggesting that we really should have a "Muslim
> Holiday" in Germany?
> >
> > I wish I were joking, but I am not. A substantial fraction of our
>(German) Government, and if the polls are to be believed, the German
>people, actually believe that creating an Official State "Muslim Holiday"
>somehow spare us from the wrath of the fanatical Islamists.
> >
> > One cannot help but recall Britain's Neville Chamberlain waving the
>laughable treaty signed by Adolph Hitler, and declaring European "Peace in
>our time".
> >
> > What else has to happen before the European public and its political
>leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially
>perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims,
>focused on
>civilians, directed against our free, open Western societies, and intent
>upon Western Civilization's utter destruction.
> >
> > It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than any of the great
> military conflicts of the last century - a conflict conducted by an enemy
> that cannot be tamed by "tolerance" and "accommodation" but is actually
>spurred on by such gestures, which have proven to be, and will always be
>taken by the Islamists for signs of weakness.
> >
> > Only two recent American Presidents had the courage needed for
>anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush.
> >
> > His American critics may quibble over the details, but we Europeans know
>the truth. We saw it first hand: Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, freeing
>half of the German people from nearly 50 years of terror and virtual
>slavery. And Bush, supported only by the Social Democrat Blair, acting on
>moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic War against
>democracy. His place in history
> > will have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.
> >
> > In the meantime, Europe sits back with charicteristic self-confidence in
>the multicultural corner, instead of defending liberal society's values
>and being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the
>true great powers, America and China.
> >
> > On the contrary - we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to those
>"arrogant Americans", as the World Champions of "tolerance", which even
> > Interior Minister) Otto Schily justifiably criticizes.
> >
> > Why? Because we're so moral? I fear it's more because we're so
>materialistic so devoid of a moral compass.
> >
> > For his policies, Bush risks the fall of the dollar, huge amounts of
>additional national debt, and a massive and persistent burden on the
>American economy - because unlike almost all of Europe, Bush realizes what
>is at stake - literally everything.
> >
> > While we criticize the "capitalistic robber barons" of America because
>they seem too sure of their priorities, we timidly defend our Social
>Welfare systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive! We'd rather
>discuss reducing
>our 35-hour workweek, or our dental coverage, or our 4 weeks of paid
>vacation... Or listen to TV pastors preach about the need to "reach out to
>terrorists. To understand and forgive".
> >
> > These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands,
>frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber
>breaking into a neighbor's house.
> >
> > Appeasement?
> >
> > Europe, thy name is Cowardice.
> >
> > ---God Bless America---

At 4:01 PM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Great piece, Joe. There is a saying (I can't remember the author): First they came for the Gypsies, and I didn't speak; I'm not a Gypsy. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak; I'm not a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak; I'm not a Catholic. Then they came for me, and there was noone left to speak.

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous steve said...

This was a great piece Joe.

On the oil and the drilling - I do not argue that we will need more oil in the immediate future...HOWEVER, ANWAR is not the answer, there just is not enough to make a difference. And, the sooner we start on the correct path with some sort of self-sustaining method whether it be hydrogen, fuel cell, battery, least for the personal transport (cars), the better. A solution must begin with the first step in the right direction. As far as your 100 years quote, I totally disagree. We have not really even tried yet, have not even scratched the surface. SUV sales never even took a hit til this year when gas went up a little. In fact, now that gas has just dropped from $3 to $2, watch the suv sales start climbing again...Too many people with too short memories and too short-term oriented. The hybrid???no sales until 2000.
Gas will be $2 for awhile. As soon as the impact of the Europe temporary supplement ends(which already ended), gas will start climbing AGAIN (probably about 6 weeks)....AND, watch for raw oil to climb to $100 a barrel shortly. You think $3 was bad? It will be $5 within 2-3 years.

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