Sean Hannity and the Demise of Conservatism
Oh, Sean Hannity had me so mad today I could have chewed nails. I don't know what was up but it wasn't a funny bit and I suspect he was serious. To say that perhaps we should re-examine conservatism in light of McCain's victories especially the latest in Florida, is ridiculous.
Let's face it, right is right and wrong is wrong. It is wrong to steal from honest US citizens to give benefits to law breaking, invaders from any other country. McCain wants to do that and he worked with Chappaquidick Kennedy to do so. It is wrong to silence political speech but McCain worked with Feingold to do that. Neither of his allies in these efforts, one of which aroused so much animosity from the American public at large that it has been killed every time it has come to a vote, are Republicans. Indeed, they are the most liberal, that is socialist, of the Democrat party. Now if that is conservative the moon IS made of cheese.
Sean says that if the majority of people are voting for McCain, they must have a different view of how things should be and conservatives should accomodate them. That is like saying the Germans were correct to accomodate Hitler. Wrong is wrong.
My view of McCain is not a very complimentary one. I think he is a pompus, self-serving, opportunistic, elitist who has only a passing acquaintance with the Bill of Rights OR the truth. I think that the only difference between John McCain and Hillary Clinton is the passage of a few years, his service in the military and the length of their hair.
Today, Guliani bowed out and endorsed his "friend" John McCain. I don't suppose we should have expected any less from another candidate who had to change is expressed positions to those of the conservatives in order to have as viable a campaign as he had (however briefly).
Mr. Hannity, if conservatives don't matter, why is it that these Republican candidates all struggle so hard to be identified as Reagan Conservatives? Why was the Guliani endorsement announcement staged at the Reagan library? Why did they bother to change their positions on most of the hot buttons of today away from those espoused by Hillary and the Dem/S to those of the conservatives?
That dog don't hunt Mr. Hannity. Put it another way, calling a tail a leg don't make it one. You've pretty much killed your credibility with me today.
I heard it said the other day that the Republicans could go the way of the party they replaced, the Whigs. At this moment, I'm all for it. I only question that the country can survive long enough for that to happen.
UPDATE: It appears that I did tune in in the middle of a "bit". Not a bit funny in my view.
I love bagpipes, the war pipes, although that loophole version from Ireland sounds good, too. They stir my blood. I don't doubt that my Irish, Scots, Welsh and Cornish ancestry has something to do with that. I think the pipes make a statement as much now as when the English banned them from Scotland. If I were POTUS, I would be piped into and out of every public event. My piper would be escorted by an armed Marine and US Army Airborne Ranger and the group would be in the charge of a Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer armed with a sharpened cutlass or an Old Guard officer with spontoon. The pipes kick ass and I'd want everyone to know that is exactly what I'd do to our enemies. But enough of the Walter Mittyisms, from Lawdog comes this bit about a Spanish musician who invented electronic pipes. Jose Angel Hevia Velasco -- who performs under the name Hevia -- is a Spanish bagpiper who hauled off and invented a MIDI bagpipe which he plays live during concerts. He's actually pretty good.
The following video is probably his most famous piece:
Hawkeye Cawkeye (or Vote SHMOTE)
Iowans, after an interminable windup, finally got together to discuss, vote, and express their opinions on the candidates for POTUS. Mrs. Clinton didn't do so well there but then what does that mean, really? I think it means she needs to be meaner, as the Clintons usually are, and get back to her roots in the politics of personal destruction. That said, Barack Obama has apparently hit a nerve. However, a socialist is a socialist is a socialist. Whether it is Mrs. Clinton, Obama, or Edwards makes not a bit of difference. The results on the Dem/S side of this bear that out. While Obama had 38% Edwards and Mrs. Clinton weren't all that far behind with 30% and 29% respectively.
Then there were the Republicans. Now that is interesting. There was a much bigger gap between the leaders and the also rans. However, about those also rans...
Fred Thompson (aka "my guy" because I think he's the only true conservative AND because he's only doing this because he's been begged to do it) did really well despite not even trying that hard. No money, little effort, good results. Mike Huckabee also did the deal on a shoestring and WON in Iowa. Together, these two guys beat Mitt Romney's butt but good. That man spent tons of money and time and really made little headway in attracting actual support. Wonder why? If not, you should.
And then there was McCain, Guiliani, and Paul. Let's face, McCain is a pro-war liberal as is Guiliani. These two guys epitomize RINO (Republican in Name Only). Both are anti-2A and McCain is anti-1A (see McCain-Feingold election "reform"). They stepped up and did their duty when it was required but they lack values I look for in a POTUS candidate.
Dr. Ron Paul is a nut. While he talks the talk he doesn't walk the walk. He is absolutely against the one thing that the POTUS must support and that is national security. He is against the war on terror, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and defending the border. Oh, yes, he finds a border fence "offensive". He is the single worst argument for the Libertarian party that there is (and if you didn't know he is there former POTUS candidate). For a "conservative constitutionalist" he's a real disappointment.
Ok, I'll end my comments on this subject. It just makes me upset without resolving anything.
Happy New Year 2008
Well Happy New Year. We're back to the "old grind" and I now have time to post here. Several things happened worth comments, let's see if I can remember them all (I doubt it).
#1 - Fred Thompson only wants to be POTUS to serve his country. Seems to me that is exactly the kind of person we want. I don't want somebody who's life dream is to be POTUS. That eliminates all those other guys (and gal). They all have either been working towards this for years or suddenly found themselves in position where others thought they could use them in office. No thanks. I'm even more firmly for Fred.
#2 - Was watching a show called "Fearless Planet" and was struck by an inconsistency of logic one used to see only with religious fanatics. You see, after hours of reviewing the planet's history of heating and cooling independent of the existence of humans, the show suddenly veered into blaming the end of the last ice age on humans and Alaska's retreating glaciers on humans as if we could reverse things. This at the same time as showing snow on the side of an active volcano and a woman skiing down said mountain in the middle of the Bering Sea.
Now, there's even doubt that there is in fact a global temp rise but these folks think we can change it. We weren't even here the last time it got hotter (or colder)...
#3 - The writer's strike is working against them. My family is watching less and less TV. We should be completely weaned from it, even nightly news, by the end of January.
#4 - I no longer care about New Year's Day except as a notation of the passage of time. I doubt that I will ever stay up to midnight again (unless I'm on duty or staying up with a sick relative).
#5 - My mother has Alzheimer's. It is a terrible disease that takes one's life away before taking one's physical ability to enjoy life. Already (and we're probably 2-3 years into the onset of this disease based on hindsight's view of the clues), my mother doesn't know her own daughter, deceased son, late husband, parents, grandparents, and sometimes doesn't recognize the outside of her own home. She can't recall the past with any degree of certainty. Not moments ago, not years ago, not at all. Former conventions of life are beyond her understanding but she is still instinctively respectful towards people. Some days she isn't sure who I am and I see her EVERY day and for several hours. I am reminded of the poem, "To an Athlete Dying Young" by A. E. Housman
THE time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high.
To-day, the road all runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away From fields where glory does not stay, And early though the laurel grows It withers quicker than the rose.
Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers 5 After earth has stopped the ears:
Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man.
So set, before its echoes fade, The fleet foot on the sill of shade, And hold to the low lintel up The still-defended challenge-cup.
And round that early-laurelled head Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead, And find unwithered on its curls The garland briefer than a girl's.
Mom did a lot of things and did them well. She was a good and loyal friend and still is despite not really recognizing friends when she sees them. Her friends are many and they are still in contact after 56 years. She believed in hard work and doing to the best of your ability everything you tried. She still does, but now she's not so sure why. She has been a good and faithful daughter, mother, wife, student, teacher, researcher, cave guide, shop owner, cancer patient, archaeologist, and care giver. Her life has made this world a better place for many. She has run a good race, has devoted fans and deserves better. We've a ways to go, I'm hoping that I'm good enough that I'll remember all this and not the difficulties and frustrations of working with her as she is now.
And so the new year comes and nothing seems quite as important as family. I have only one resolution, to do the best I can.
For us, the American ideal is personified in the concept of self-reliance, work ethic, honesty/forthrightness, decency, personal property rights, family, religion, an ability to defend oneself from criminals and crooked politicians, and personal responsibility.