Monthly archives "September 2010"

Is This My New Reality?

On Friday, September 17, George Will spoke at the Hillsdale College celebration of the Constitution.   He is a baseball fan who shares many anecdotes from the national pastime.   On Friday George mentioned Earl Weaver, irascible manager of the Baltimore Orioles.    About the third inning, Weaver would run out and confront the American League umpires with, “Are you going to get any better today?   Or is this it?”

Velma Hart addressed President Obama at the CNBC Town Hall meeting on September 20.   She spoke of her exhaustion with defending the President and his mantle of change.   She added this about her disappointment in Obama:  “This was not the change I voted for.”   When she asked the poignant question, “Is this my new reality?” she was in effect echoing Earl Weaver:  “Are you going to get any better or is this it?

We are told the recession is over which only adds to voter angst as many are out of work and unemployment continues to rise.  And the President has essentially exhausted his options.   And none of them worked.    His worn lines on the failures of President Bush and about how much worse it would be without him evoke only anger and ironic laughter.   Without change Mr. President’s answer to Ms. Hart’s question is, “No, I will not get any better and this is the new reality.”

Obama has allies in the mess we are in.   One of them is our appointed junior Senator here in CO, Michael Bennet.    Obama wanted a big stimulus.   Bennet was there.     We had to reform health care.    Bennet dutifully voted for it.    This is why we affectionately call our appointed junior Senator, Rubber Stamp Michael.    A rubber stamp, as a political metaphor, refers to a person with considerable de jure power but little de facto power because they so seldom disagree with the power organs of their institution.   This perfectly describes Bennet.   Obama wants it.   Michael does it.

He did leave the reservation recently when he said that we got nothing for the 820 billion dollar stimulus package for which he voted–rubber stamped.   One of the men who could have told him it would not work is Ken Buck, GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate here in CO.    Would it not be better to have a man who will stand up to Obama rather than a man who looks down and away and then votes the future of our children away and only later regrets it?    Of course it would.

In 2010 let us vote for the real thing–a man like Ken Buck who will focus on creating jobs, controlling spending, and doing what is right for Colorado.   One who will say, “No, this is not the new reality unless we send the same crowd back to D.C. who have already rubber stamped Obama’s 13 trillion dollar debt.”    Let us get it right this November.   We have had enough of misleading, false ads and rubber stamps

In 1980 the Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series title.   Their very colorful relief pitcher, Tug McGraw, was asked what he was going to do with his share of the winnings.   He said, “I am going to spend 80% of it on wine and women and waste the rest.”   Give Tug McGraw credit.    He only planned to waste 20%.    Appointed Senator Michael Bennet said of the stimulus–we wasted it all.   Let us Elect a man named Buck on November 2.    His will not be an Appointed position and neither will he ever be a RUBBER STAMP. 


Waiting in the Wings

On August 10, 1974, I boarded a train in Chicago for my sister-in-law’s wedding in downstate, IL.   My wife and I spent that summer working with kids from Cabrini Green, the most infamous housing project in the nation, and with youngsters from the Latin community, and with Appalachian whites who had left the hills for the city.   She had preceded me to help prepare for the happy occasion.  But it was not a happy day for the nation.

I boarded armed with all four of the major Chicago dailiesThe Chicago Tribune, The Sun-Times, The Daily News, and The News Sun.   Why four newspapers?    Because on August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon had resigned the Presidency, and I wanted as many perspectives as possible.    Mike Royko of The Chicago Daily News,  often a sarcastic journalist, had a poignant comment on the resignation and the state of the nation.   He said, “At the time of the writing of the Constitution we were a nation of 2.5 million.   Those few produced our brilliant Founders.   Today we are a nation of 210 million (1974).   Richard Nixon was an able man not honest.   Jerry Ford is an honest man not able.   Among 210 million can we not find even one leader both able and honest?”   It was that kind of day and Mike Royko could not have known that a man named Ronald Reagan was waiting in the wings to send Ford’s successor, Jimmy Carter, back to his peanut farm in Georgia.

Once again we find ourselves in serious crisis.   We are led by an incompetent, Radical President and a Democrat Congress that is no better.   Either of these make it difficult.   Together they are a disaster.   But help is on the way in November and into this breach steps Hillsdale College and their September 16 and 17 Constitution Day Celebration.   The closing speaker was George Will, brilliant columnist for The Washington Post.    His address was entitled “Why We Celebrate Constitution Day.” 

He appealed to the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, to make the case for limited government and away from the Welfare State and entitlements which are about to sink us.   But he said he liked to close on a cheerful note and he mentioned Winston Churchill who was half American.   Will said that Churchill loved this nation as much as he loved his American mother.   The great British Prime Minister said, “You Americans always do the right thing–after you have tried everything else.”

Having tried everything else we said “Nuts” to the peanut farmer and turned to a giant named Ronald Reagan who had perfect pitch for the time.   Having tried a radical from Chicago who is waiting in the wings?   PalinRomney?  Newt?    Mitch Daniels?  Someone we have not yet thought of?   Churchill would say they are there just as Reagan was.

Having tried Pelosi and Reid and an appointed Senator Michael Bennet, now affectionately known as Rubber Stamp Man, and Cap N Trade Betsy, let us turn to Reagan Conservatives, Ken Buck and Cory Gardner in CO, Bill Brady in IL, and others of their timber across the land.    Let us do the right thing on November 2 and begin to retire Barack Obama as well.  Our Republic  of 310 million still produces men and women both able and honest.  It is just that most of them are not in Washington right now.  

George Will said this election will be known as The Great Awakening.    It has already started.   Don’t miss it.   We all need to be engaged.   Vote for Conservative courage.   Vote for honor.


Michael Bennet, Dark and Alarmist

Appointed Senator Michael Bennet has a way of looking down and away from reporters and voters.   He acts as if he is ashamed or hiding something.   Perhaps we now know why.   The Denver Post Editorial for Saturday, September 11, 2010 is titled “Bennet’s attack on Buck unfair.”   That should get our attention regardless of where we stand on the political landscape.

Let us look at this in detail.   The editorial opens with the Post noting they are surprised at Bennet’s DECEPTIVE TACTICS against Ken Buck.   Bennet faced some of this in his Democrat primary and the paper is concerned that he would employ the same against his opponent now.   But he is.

On Social Security most all (other than perhaps Michael Bennet) realize the program faces major problems.   Ken Buck is willing to address them.   Bennet seems intent only on distorting Buck’s views.   In response the Denver Post says, “Voters. . .be better served if Bennet would debate the structural problems of the program and possible solutions rather than simplifying his opponents intentions and trying to FOSTER FEAR.” (emphasis mine)

Concerning education, Ken Buck says that decisions are best made close to home by parents and local school boards rather than from Washington, D.C.   He goes on to note that the one size fits all approach has been a disaster for years.   Way back in 1964 I recall Ronald Reagan (who was making an early foray into politics by supporting Barry Goldwater) drawing this same conclusion:   The Lyndon Johnson one size fits all approach to education will be a disaster.    And surely it is.  

Bennet draws from that an ad where he says, “Ken Buck wants to end student loans to middle-class kids.”    The Post rightly points out that, “This is a complete falsehood.”    Here the Post is fair and balanced.    They supported President Obama’s plan for the Feds to take over the student loan program.    But they also note that those (like Ken Buck) who feel the federal government should not be running the student aid program are not calling for the end of student loans for the middle class.   Then the Post adds:   “And Bennet understands that too.”   Wow!    We all know that in campaigns the contestants seek to place themselves in best light and their opponent in worst.   But this is different.   This is pure snake oil, deception being sold by Bennet and the Post knows it and is exposing it.

The closing paragraph of the Denver Post editorial is devastating to our appointed junior senator.   I quote it in full

        The pervasive tone of Bennet’s ad is dark and alarmist, with a message that is fundamentally unfair.    If Bennet 
         intends to have a fair and vigorous discussion on the issues that matter to Coloradans, he’s off to a poor start.

Friends, this is the Denver Post.   Not a Republican missive.   And I think it is no accident that in mentioning Bennet two times in two sentences in closing they do not refer to him as Mr. or Senator–just Bennet.  The Post is disgusted.   I am grateful for a newspaper that still has a sense of fairness and what is good and proper debate and who knows that Bennet is engaging in neither.

Michael Bennet looks down and away.   If he is not ashamed, he should be.    Ken Buck looks one straight on and his gaze is to the future.    If you are undecided on how to vote, take a good look at the September 11, 2010 Denver Post editorial.   I think you will know which lever to pull on November 2. 


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