Lady Liberty Defended
Cold War Mentality Still Exists?
Photo courtesy of the USAF. From the Anchorage Daily News
An F-15C Eagle from the 12th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, left, flies alongside a Russian Tu-95 "Bear" bomber Thursday, after the bomber approached the west coast of Alaska during an exercise. Colorado North American Aerospace Defense Command launched three pairs of fighters from the command's Alaskan NORAD Region and the Canadian NORAD Region in response to the Russian aircrafts penetration of North America's Air Defense Identification Zone, according to NORAD officials.
The "N" Word and Virginia Politics
Senator George Allen is being accused of using the "N" word 30 years ago
. Wannabe Jim Webb says that he never used the word directed at any one individual and that ALL southerners have said the word. Ok, so let's be clear about what word we're discussing (and get lots of hits on the blog over the next few days).
Nigger is a term used to refer to dark-skinned peoples, especially Africans or people of African descent. Its use by other races, particularly white people, is regarded as offensive in most social contexts.
At the time of the Atlantic slave trade, it was a standard, casual English term for black people. The word later became associated with an overt contempt, a racist assumption of inherent black inferiority, making it extremely pejorative.
and the etymology
The Spanish word negro originates from the Latin word niger, meaning black. In English, negro or neger became negar and finally nigger, most likely under influence of French nègre. Neger (sometimes spelled "neggar") prevailed in northern New York under the Dutch and also in Philadelphia, in its Moravian and Pennsylvania Dutch communities. For example, the New York City African Burial Ground was originally known as "Begraaf Plaats van de Neger."
In the United States, the word nigger was not originally considered derogatory, but merely denotative of black, as it was in much of the world. In nineteenth-century American literature, there are many uses of the word nigger with no intended negative connotation (see below). The perception of the term nigger as derogatory is no doubt related to the fact that the Negro race itself was widely regarded as inferior, lazy, simian-like in appearance, stupid, and criminally inclined, by many whites of the time. There is an observable pattern of terms denoting black people which have come to be regarded as derogatory, just as exist for all ethnic groups. Some well known ones are: Nigger, darky, coon, Spook, and colored, all of which were at various times acceptable, but are now considered offensive in North America. Black was generally the preferred term from the late 1960s until the 1990s, but has now been displaced in politically correct usage by African American, which resembles the term Afro-American that was in vogue in the early 1970s. However, Black continues in widespread popular use as a racial designation.
In Cuba the Spanish word prieto (similar origin to the Portuguese preto) is not derogatory. In Cuba a prieto is someone who is very dark, but not black ("Negro"). The Spanish word for "black" is "negro." White Southern dialect in many parts of the southern United States changes the pronunciation of "Negro" to "nigra." The form "nigger" may have come about from "nigra" through metathesis.
At times, black people have appropriated the slur, subverting it to a self-referential term that is often suggestive of familiarity, endearment, or kinship.
The word is occasionally spelt nigguh or even nikuh in imitation of some speakers' pronunciation. However, the forms nigga and niggah are far more common alternatives. Other variations designed to avoid the term itself include nookah, nukka, and nagger.
Of course usage by white folks just isn't politically correct (PC) and really hasn't been all my life (more than 30 years). That's not to say I haven't heard the word used. I have and with all sorts of inference. I've heard it said from behind a blade intended and expected to cause a fight. I've heard it said defiantly by a black soldier, "this NIGGER ain't doing shit for you." I've heard it used in race relations discussion groups in the Army by black NCO instructors and all participants. I've heard it used in comedy and said on TV. I've heard black and WHITE kids calling to one another using the word as they run down the alley behind my house.
So, what do I think of the current dust up in Virginia politics? I think it is so much BS. After his 30 years of public service somebody finally decides to come out and charge George Allen with using the word ONCE in the midst of a college football game. ONCE. Why? Because Jim Webb is a putz. A former Republican who switched parties and is running as a Democrat and is now LOSING. A man who knows he can't win on issues, whose party's senior senator is a former GRAND WIZARD of the KKK who probably used the "N" word in ways that would make my short hairs curl.
Who will I vote for this election? George Allen. He's a good man. He's a straight shooter. He will do what needs doing to keep the nation protected and whole and defeat the terrorists. He's a man who can reach across party lines without compromising his principles or his party's principles or my principles.
WWI Soldier Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Army News Service | Steven Donald Smith | September 27, 2006
Arlington, VA. - Eighty-eight years after being killed in action along the not-so-quiet Western Front of World War I, Army Pvt. Francis Lupo of Cincinnati was buried today with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Lupo is the first U.S. servicemember classified as missing in action from World War I to be identified.
“Based on our search of the records, this appears to be the first (WWI Soldier) ever that was missing in action, found and returned home,” said Larry Greer, spokesman for the Pentagon’s Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, which leads the national effort to account for personnel missing as the result of hostile action. “No one would have ever thought that he could have possibly been found, but he was found.”
Lupo’s casket was carried by horse-drawn caisson through the cemetery today before receiving a 21-gun salute. Lupo’s next-of-kin, Rachel Kleisinger, 73, was presented with an American flag during the burial ceremony. Kleisinger is Lupo’s niece. She was born to Lupo’s youngest sister 15 years after the end of WWI.
Several French military officers were also in attendance.
Lupo, the son of Sicilian immigrants, was 23 years old when he was killed in July 1918 while participating in the combined French-American attack on the Germans near Soissons, France, in what came to be known as the Second Battle of the Marne. Lupo was buried in a shallow grave alongside another American Soldier. Lupo was a member of Company E, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
In 2003, while conducting a survey in preparation for a construction project, a French archaeological team discovered human remains and other items a short distance from Soissons. Among the items recovered were a military boot fragment and a wallet bearing Lupo's name, DoD officials said.
The French handed over the remains and personal effects to U.S. officials in 2004. They were then brought to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, to begin the analysis and official identification process.
“It’s our mission at JPAC to identify all those missing from our nation’s past wars,” said Troy Kitch, JPAC deputy director of public affairs.
The command was activated Oct. 1, 2003, created from the merger of the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory and the Joint Task Force Full Accounting. The laboratory portion of JPAC, referred to as the Central Identification Laboratory, is the largest forensic anthropology laboratory in the world, officials said.
Kitch explained that the command uses several methods to positively identify people. They look at material evidence, such as the Lupo’s wallet, as well as anthropological evidence found in bones to identify basic traits like height, sex and age.
“We look at mitochondrial DNA, which will tell us if that person is related to other people in a family line,” Kitch said. “We take a sample of DNA from the remains, and we try to match that up with a family reference sample of someone we think is a family member of the person.”
They also use historical evidence to demonstrate that the person being identified “was in that area at that time in that point in history,” Kitch said. “We also look at dental.”
Teeth are often the best way to identify remains because they are durable, unique to each person and may contain surviving mitochondria DNA, the JPAC Web site states.
On average, JPAC identifies about six missing-in-action servicemembers each month. To date, the U.S. government has identified about 1,300 people.
“As of the end of last year, we had identified about 840 people from Southeast Asia (Vietnam-era), about 50 or so from the Korean War, about 360 from World War II, and around 60 from the Cold War,” Kitch said.
Forty-nine Americans were listed as prisoners of war or missing in action during the 1991 Gulf War. DoD has now accounted for 48 of those 49. Only one American from Operation Desert Storm, Navy Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher, remains unaccounted for. In addition, Army Sgt. Matt Maupin, who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, has been missing in action in Iraq since April 2004.
World War I, which lasted from August 1914 to November 1918, involved many European countries, the United States and other nations throughout the world. More than 10 million people were killed and more than 20 million wounded during the war. The United States initially remained neutral, but finally entered the war in 1917 on the side of the Allied powers.
During the course of the war, the United States lost 116,000 troops to combat or illness. According to a recent Washington Post article, about 4,500 of those killed are unaccounted for. The other Soldier buried with Lupo is among them.
Only about 12 U.S. WWI veterans are still alive.
Greer stressed that even though the recovery and identification process may take years to complete, the U.S. is committed to identifying all of its missing troops. Lupo’s story is a case in point, he said.
“I think it shows for those who wear the uniform, that this nation is committed to bringing them home even if it takes 60, 70, 80 years,” he said. “He (Lupo) was brought back and identified by our scientists and now returned to his family here on this hallowed ground at Arlington cemetery.”
And now we Add Poetry...
This is unattributed because I don't know who the author is. If you know, please, share that info with me.TWO THOUSAND ONE, NINE ELEVEN (2001-911)Two thousand one, nine eleven
Three thousand plus arrive in heaven
As they pass through the gate,
Thousands more appear in wait
A bearded man with stovepipe hat
Steps forward saying, "Lets sit, lets chat"
They settle down in seats of clouds
A man named Martin shouts out proud
"I have a dream!" and once he did
The Newcomer said, "Your dream still lives."
Groups of soldiers in blue and gray
Others in khaki, and green then say
"We're from Bull Run, Yorktown, the Maine"
The Newcomer said, "You died not in vain."
From a man on sticks one could hear
"The only thing we have to fear.
The Newcomer said, "We know the rest,
Trust us sir, we've passed that test."
"Courage doesn't hide in caves
You can't bury freedom, in a grave,"
The Newcomers had heard this voice before
A distinct Yankees twang from Hyannisport shores
A silence fell within the mist
Somehow the Newcomer knew that this
Meant time had come for her to say
What was in the hearts of the five thousand p lus that day
"Back on Earth, we wrote reports,
Watched our children play in sports
Worked our gardens, sang our songs
Went to church and clipped coupons
We smiled, we laughed, we cried, we fought
Unlike you, great we're not"
The tall man in the stovepipe hat
Stood and said, "Don't talk like that!
Look at your country, look and see
You died for freedom, just like me"
Then, before them all appeared a scene
Of rumbled streets and twisted beams
Death, destruction, smoke and dust
And people working just 'cause they must
Hauling ash, lifting stones,
Knee deep in hell, but not alone
"Look! Blackman, Whiteman, Brownman, Yellowman
Side by side helping their fellow man!"
So said Martin, as he watched the scene
"Even from nightmares, can be born a dream."
Down below three firemen raised
The colors high into ashen haze
The soldiers above had seen it before
On Iwo Jima back in '45
The man on sticks studied everything closely
Then shared his perceptions on what he saw mostly
"I see pain, I see tears,
I see sorrow -- but I don't see fear."
"You left behind husbands and wives
Daughters and sons and so many lives
Are suffering now be cause of this wrong
But look very closely. You're not really gone.
All of those people, even those who've never met you
All of their lives, they'll never forget you
Don't you see what has happened?
Don't you see what you've done?
You've brought them together, together as one.
With that the man in t he stovepipe hat said
"Take my hand," and from there he led
Three thousand plus heroes, Newcomers to heaven
On this day, two thousand one, nine eleven
Gun Buybacks are so Silly
Jim Huber has a great cartoon to that effect
, take the time to look at it.
Says So Much, Doesn't It?
Talk Like a Pirate Day?
Talk Like a Pirate Day
. I thought that they had to be kidding. Had to be. This is all over the blog world. Unbelievable. Supremely silly. Maybe fun. I'll send this to my wife's work e-mail.
Self-esteem or Self-Respect
We hear overmuch about "self-esteem" as a goal in elementary education. The older term "self-respect" seems more to the point. The difference is that self-respect must be earned by conscientious endeavor, but self-esteem seems to be offered simply to any child who is alive and breathing. Teaching a young person that he is excellent simply because he is there is not the route to producing good citizens.
COL Jeff Cooper (USMC, Ret), 20 July, 1998
Much to ponder in these few words.
Muslims or Islamofacists, Torture or Interrogation
Senator John McCain is clearly a RINO (Republican In Name Only) but I'm beginning to think worse of him. His adoption of this anti-interrogation stance
, he's come out against the POTUS' desired "clarification" of the Geneva Conventions
, he wants to give terrorists rights they don't have either in this country or under the Geneva Convention. For what is worth, spies are NOT protected by the Geneva Convention. Apparently somebody thinks that they are. But this isn't the worst thing.
The worst thing about McCain and his ilk, Snow, Chaffee, Kennedy, Schumer, Kerry, and so forth is that they are simply against the USofA. Anything against US is good for them. They don't seem to care about our security against other nations (like Iran or North Korea) or the islamofacists but only about their personal political power and/or defeating Bush. Worse than that is the large number (although I don't think they are quite the majority, yet) of US citizens who voted these quislings into office.
Meanwhile the Pope (Pope Benedict) tries to make a boring and learned speech
about conversions and references a 14th century Pope. Apparently quoting a long dead Pope angered some of the islamofacists. They promptly tried to disprove the dead Pope's contention that they were violent and warlike by rioting and threatening to go to war (with whom, the Vatican?). I thought the SOBs were already at war with the western/non-muslim nations.
Don't believe it? The Muslims are infiltrating through immigration to non-Muslim nations, they have killed many thousands of non-Muslims for being non-Muslims (check out Darfur
), they have threatened the annhilation of non-Muslim nations, they kill Muslims who aren't good enough Muslims (either of other sects or moderates), they encourage their youth to kill themselves in the killing of non-Muslims, and they don't limit themselves to killing combatants.
Who doesn't believe the islamofacists are out to kill each and every one of us and won't let the deaths of their own stand in their way? Who thinks what we do will change that? Who among those of you who answered yes will emmigrate unarmed to those Muslim nations? I thought so...
So, You Don't Believe Muslims Want to Kill the Rest of US?
Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West
is creating some controversy. Apparently some folks don't want us to see Muslims saying what they want to say about us (Jews, Americans, Europeans, IOW, all non-Muslims), i.e. that they want us dead and to personally kill us in the name of God.
One Word, Two Meanings from Kim du Toit
One Word, Two Meanings Kim du Toit, September 13, 2006
I've just about had it up to here with Lefties complaining that when we call them on their latest line of crap, we're "impugning their patriotism" or some such nonsense.
Here's the intrinsic problem, and it's why America is so divided as a nation: we conservative/Red Staters and you liberal/Blue Staters have diametrically-opposed visions of what constitutes the Patria.
Our patria is a representative republic, founded on pretty much immutable Constitutional principle; your patria is a popular democracy with a "living" Constitution.
Our patria is a capitalist society with low, limited and broad-based taxation; your patria is a neo-socialist society with embedded wealth redistribution policies (through onerous graduated tax rates, incremental taxes and inheritance taxes).
Our patria values private property ownership; your patria would prefer that most property belong to the State.
Our patria believes in a State welfare policy which offers a helping hand only to those in genuine need; your patria redefines "need" as "anyone who asks for it".
Our patria values private gun ownership; your patria would prefer that officers of the State be the only armed entity.
Our patria believes in self-reliance; your patria prefers to keep people as wards of the State.
Our patria believes in sovereign nationality; your patria insists that national boundaries are irrelevant.
Our patria believes in devolving political power downward as much as possible; your patria concentrates political power upwards.
Our patria believes in a robust, America-first foreign policy; your patria prefers accommodationism.
Our patria would prefer to fight evil decisively; your patria believes that we have brought most of the evil upon ourselves, and that "evil" is a relative term anyway.
Our patria has a legal system where judges uphold the law; your patria has judges who implement public policy by fiat.
Our patria is a colorblind society; your patria favors tokenism, separatism and affirmative action.
Our patria is a place where personal advancement depends on ability and desire; your patria is envious of the successful and is constantly trying for equality of outcome.
Our patria believes in a strong military; your patria thinks "militarism" is evil.
To make this as succinct as possible:
Our patria is America; your patria is Europe.
But most importantly:
Our patria is the longest-lasting political institution of its kind ever attempted by mankind; your patria has failed miserably in every place ever attempted.
With differences so radical, it's little wonder that the word "patriotism" has become essentially meaningless.
I think Kim has got it exactly right. These other folks aren't like us at all. My ancestors, most of them, left Europe to avoid what the other side seems to want us to have here. We've shed our blood for this country, for the right to do right. I don't think I'll be changing anytime soon.
Thanks to Adelphia's fine tech support we (and who knows how many other customers) have finally been able to access their personal web space since we were cut off on Sunday last. This is why I've not commented on what are the critical items of our time.
Clinton didn't like ABC's "Road to 9/11"
Funny how Michael Moore's scurulious "documentaries" on the gun culture, GM, etc. (which are full of falsehoods) are praised but ABC's fictionalized account of the pre-9/11 activities are roundly criticized to the point of threatened legal action. Just points up another difference between the socialists and the rest of us.
I'm sooo Embarrassed, a Virginia Rep Said This!
At least I didn't vote for nor is Virginia Representative James Moran from my district. To quote the Sun Gazette article
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-8th, lauded the “perfect professionalism” of Arlington's public-safety personnel, who responded to the Pentagon after the crash and won worldwide accolades for containing the damage with no additional loss of life.
He also praised the community-wide outreach effort that occurred after the attacks.
“Arlington has woven together the fabric of a community that can't be torn apart,” he said.
But Moran then maneuvered into more sensitive ground, suggesting that the country was not safer and intimating that the Bush administration's foreign policy was headed in the wrong directions.
“More people hate us,” Moran said, a comment that drew an outburst from the crowd.
“My brother died on 9/11 - don't make this political,” a woman in audience cried out.
Moran continued, calling on the nation to address the root causes of terrorism by the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.
Is it possible that Mr. Moran will ever understand that the root cause of terrorism is hate taught to Muslims and evil intent by those seeking to exploit those Muslims? I doubt it.
UVA Newspaper Hypocrites
Oh, it is fine to offend Christians but not Muslims. Give me a break. Either don't give a squib about offending anyone or stay away from the religious jokes completely.
Many words will be said today regarding the events of 5 years ago. There will be moments of silence, tears will be shed, speeches will be made, politicians will try to derive every advantage, widows and children will mourn, and tomorrow, we will move on again. My prayers are for those lost, their families and for those who have been striving since to destroy the evil that took them from us. We remember, we will never forget.
Quislings Won't Get My Vote
Once upon a time some ancestors of mine tried to avoid a pointless war and get along with some rather obnoxious interlopers who thought it was their way or the "highway" (of course there were no highways). Anyway, the upshot of it was that my ancestors were coerced into marriage, running to the west, fighting for/with/against these interlopers and dying, converting, going to special schools to ensure they were assimilated (how backward is that?) and so forth. I'm a descendent of a couple of the if-you-can't-beat-em-join-em crowd. So's the wife.
These folks on the other side of this war intend to kill us. They will even kill their own who don't exhibit the right thought. They have murdered women for daring to support themselves after they murdered their husbands. They are the opposite of what I was raised to believe constituted an AMERICAN. We must destroy them or die. It is that simple.
The folks opposing the war are 90% from the "other" party, they are anti-gun to their core because they know it will inhibit their control of us. They think they can appease, but it didn't work. It didn't work after the USS Cole, not after World Trade Center 1993. Appeasement never works. So then we will be subjected to attacks against which we as individuals will have no defense. Not for me.
For me the gun control issue is a lens that allows me to see just how much a candidate or party trusts me as a citizen, an equal citizen. When they don't trust me, I'm smart enough, experienced enough, dare I say, wise enough to know that they can't be trusted. I will not vote for them. Never. But neither will I vote for a man, woman, party, agenda, that would surrender to tyranny. The islamofacists are tyrants, have been tyrants, would be tyrants everywhere and would destroy all to achieve that goal. In a way they are like the abusive, stalking ex-boyfriend who would kill his own wife and child lest they become somebody else's. They are sick, they are evil. I will not vote for those who will surrender to them and leave me defenseless.
Pending Oil Independence?
Where are all the other stories about this huge new oil field in the Gulf of Mexico
? Why aren't we being told about it? Seems it is affecting futures prices and gas is down 30 cents a gallon.
Defend the Nation, Vote
Once upon a time there was a great American President. He did not rise from a humble, impoverished childhood but he had been sickly and overcome his weaknesses. Unlike his cousin, a later President of the United States, he was a Republican and was still the man who desegregated the Federal Civil Service, only to see it returned to segregation by a succeeding Democrat (Woodrow Wilson). Many have been criticizing the current POTUS but they have forgotten these words from a speech at the Sorbonne
, Paris, France, April 23, 1910:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
We are under attack by the enemies of God and righteousness, people who would destroy everyone in the world to destroy any who do not worship EXACTLY as they do and we are in desperate need of men, and women, who strive. Yes, we have many who do the little daily deeds that build victories and they are serving all around this world and sometimes dieing in the attempt. What we do not have are many in positions of decision. Instead we have in both major parties too many of those cold and timid souls who would know neither victory nor defeat.
The majority of those quislings, those enemies within, the fifth column, the cold and timid are Democrats. They must be removed from office and prevented from taking office to destroy us. Please, vote this November. Vote for our country, for our children and grandchildren that they might know freedom and liberty and not be forced to hear instead the jack-booted thugs that tyrants will send to our doors.
Salute to Bo Derek
I had no idea that Bo Derek was so pro-military and supportive of the troops. The article, Veterans Salute Bo Derek
is a bit old but was news to me. I was just so happy to find another Hollywood "insider" so inclined that I had to share.
There are among us those citizens who feel as if this country is not worth their effort, sacrifice or contribution. They are full of anger, eager to deride the current leaders and blame them fully for our circumstances. They do not reason, but strike out at any who disagree with them, in whole or in part, with a fury that is itself unreasonable.
There are several topics which they discuss, a litany
if you will, of reasons they are so angry, so distrustful of their government. One of those is that we are giving up our rights in the government's attempt to win this war. They say that the National Security Agency is seizing your records (they are not), listening to your phone calls (they are not) or that the Department of Homeland Security is carting Americans off to detention camps (done to one person over whom the definition of "combatant" was argued all others of this and other nations having been captured fighting our soldiers on the battlefield).
Another is that American jobs are going overseas. They confuse the market realities with the government. It is natural that the makers of goods will seek to produce those goods as cheaply as possible and that is incompatible with paying unionized workers exhorbitant wages that render the product unable to compete with products from elsewhere. Minimum wage laws and the union contracts both work to make us less competitive in the world markets.
They are also angry about fuel prices. They should be angry at China for coming out of centuries of backwardness and moving forward. This rapid industrial advance has created a demand for petroleum in China. How can you supply billions of people and not affect the world oil market? That's rhetorical children, you can't do it.
Worse for our society is that these folks are intolerant of others with different ideas, like myself, particularly those founded in logic rather than emotion. Their reaction is like a spoiled child denied a privelege for the first time. They stamp their feet, pout, cry, shout and scream and call us names but they never look at the situation logically. What they do is to assume that they are above the necessity of logical thought and respectful discourse. I am tired of it. I no longer listen to them at all. That can't be good either, they might actually mention something of value to me.
The World Today
I've been wanting to post, honest, but like PawPaw I'm a bit perplexed by how I feel. You see we've got the Iranian President who wants to destroy the world so that Islam will "triumph", a UN which apparently is half willing to let him do so as they can't stop him, our own country in which half the people are so completely stupid that they don't realize that the islamofacists they are helping want to kill them too, and a media apparently intent on diluting our President's message with doom and gloom forecasts about black holes, gamma bursts, supervolcanos, etc.
That we can't control these things makes no difference. Apparently, it is reason enough to throw up our hands and let Iran dictate our lives. Better yet, let's elect Hillary Rodham Clinton as our next POTUS. Ummmm, I think the result would be the same. I would rather be boiled alive by gamma rays than elect HRC as POTUS.
There isn't a whole lot to say anymore. We've got Republicans and Libertarians who will vote Democrat or, worse, not vote at all because they are upset about gas prices, the war in Iraq, or something I must not be understanding. Well, I can't understand why somebody wouldn't vote and thereby help the quislings win and destroy this country. If they do that I suppose that my family won't survive long enough to choke on Yellowstone supervolcano ash or be sucked down a blackhole.
So, which do you want, our society to continue or our society destroyed. I see no hope of the former if we elect Democrats but rather a certainty of the latter. The only hope we have is to let them know that we want our enemies defeated and that we expect them to do so, by voting the Republicans back into office.