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Palin Substance

Eugene Robinson is a very predictable columnist with the Washington Post, his Pulitzer notwithstanding.   On 2/12 he writes that he is “Still waiting for Palin substance.”

Let’s see.   Barack Obama (whom Robinson admires greatly) tells us his 2008 campaign visited all 57 states.    At a military event to honor fallen soldiers Obama says many of those fallen stand before him that day.  That is real substance.

When temperatures are warm and snow is scarce, Al (I invented the Internet) Gore and Barbara (please call me Senator, General) Boxer tell us that is Global Warming.   Now with record cold across the land and the deepest of snow in Washington, DC and Dallas, TX that is also Global Warming.   Wow!   How much of this esoteric brilliance can we take?

Vice President Joe Biden wanted to tri-sect Iraq during the Bush years.   He and then Senator Barack Obama voted against the Bush surge which has moved us toward victory there.    Now Biden tells Larry King that our troops coming home from Iraq  is a major accomplishment of their Administration.    Have you ever seen such substance from any Administration?

Meanwhile, Eugene Robinson asks for Sarah’s Substance.   Wonder what it takes to win a Pulitzer today.


Ronald Reagan at 99

Last evening (February 6, 2010)  Sarah Palin addressed the Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN, and properly noted that it was the 99th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan our 40th President.   She also properly contrasted Reagan’s greatness with the current occupant of the Oval Office.  

In a January 25, 2010 Time Essay, Nancy Gibbs wrote of the loneliness of the Presidency and how this has effected Barack Obama.  She is willing to concede that other Presidents have felt this but seems especially concerned for Mr. Obama as she closes her essay “. . . lonely does not begin to describe where he lives now.”

It seems proper to join former Governor Palin in contrasting our 40th President with our 44th.   Both are effective communicators.   I employ present tense for Mr. Reagan as his words and philosophy are timeless.   They live still.   Obama gives a good speech–as long as his teleprompter holds up–but his rhetoric does not seem to match reality.

Ronald Reagan faced a very bad economy left him by  Jimmy Carter but he employed the private sector to lift us out and Bill Clinton was one of the benefactors of Reganomics.   Barack Obama turns to government solutions and seems not to see an industry or a bank that he believes he cannot run better than those with real business experience. 

Ronald Reagan was forthright in his plans to cut taxes, rebuild our military and restore confidence in America at home and abroad.  Barack Obama employed more what Peter Berkowitz of the Stanford’s Hoover Institute calls “hide the ball tactics” as to his real plans for health care reform and government intervention in all things free enterprise.   He wore a mask of moderation.   Reagan wore no mask over his conservatism or his love for our land.   I will give Obama this much–he was apologizing for America before he was sworn in.

When Ronald Reagan fired the striking air traffic controllers in August of 1981 we have learned from declassified Soviet documents that the Russians then fully knew that they were dealing with a real man in the White House.   Action matched words.   In contrast, with this Administration and Attorney General terrorists with bombs in their shorts know that after 50 minutes they can count on an outline of their rights and an attorney.

Ronald Reagan hit Lybia hard.   Barack Obama has hit mainly the American economy and private enterprise.   Occasionally a drone strikes our enemy in Pakistan for which we are grateful but it tends to be the exception that proves the rule.

Ronald Reagan said in his 1981 inaugural address that, “in our present crisis government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”    Accordingly Mr. Reagan, with great political skill, oversaw a 25% tax cut for individuals and considerable relief for businesses as well despite a hostile Democrat House and skeptical Republicans in the Senate.   Barack Obama came to Denver in February 2009 to sign a 787 billion dollar stimulus bill that stimulated only debt and pork for pet Democrat projects.

Fortunately the American people are smarter than the DC Donkeys–certainly smarter than Democrats think they are–and the President and his Party are 0-3 in special elections in NJ, VA and, most gratifying, in MA where we learned that it really was not Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.   Mr. Obama campaigned for all three of the losing Democrats.  May he continue to so campaign.  And may the tribe of these Republicans increase in the House and Senate in 2010 and beyond.

Happy 99th, Mr. President.  May there be even greater advances as we approach your 100th.   We are proud of you and your legacy lives.   There is still hope for “The Shining City on a Hill.”

Thank you for your legacy, Mr. President Reagan,


Bring in Candles

In late 1952 Dean Acheson and his wife, Alice, travelled to Oxford University where the retiring Secretary of State received an honorary doctorate.   Acheson spoke of a strange incident that occured on May 19, 1780.  The Connecticut State House was meeting when a thick mist surrounded the capital at Hartford.  The mist became so heavy that midday appeared midnight blue.   In fear and trembling someone said the second coming of Christ was near.   Panic ensued and calls for adjournment rang out.

A wise old legislator, Colonel Abraham Davenport rose and said, “Gentlemen, I have lived a long time.  Maybe this is the day of the Lord’s judgement.   Maybe not.  In either case I wish Him to find me faithfully at my post.  I suggest that candles be brought in face of this strange mist and that we get on with the business of governing the Commonwealth to which we have been elected.”    Acheson made the point that he had sought to bring in candles in the face of the mists and darkness of the 40’s and 50’s as he was part of guiding the ship of state.

I wonder where the leaders are today like Colonel Davenport and Dean Acheson who face darkness with light.  Dean Acheson was a Democrat but I do not see leaders like this in his party anymore.  Their answer to crises today (and everything for this bunch seems to be a crisis) is not candles but more government.   Recently some Democrats in the Colorado State Legislature have decided that high school mascots that refer to First Americans are a crisis.   The answer?   Government regulation and prohibition. 

Rather I find the light and optimism in the conservative wing of the Republican Party.  Fortunately folks in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts seem to agree.   In Illinois the leader for the nomination for Governor is Bill Brady, also a conservative Republican.   We lived in IL for 12 years and are acquainted with this gentleman.   He is the real deal.   Illinois may go Republican this year both in the Senate and in the Governorship.   All four of these states went heavily for Barack Obama in 2008.

Here in CO both Markey and Bennett seem vulnerable.  Even CA may retire Barbara (call me Senator, General) Boxer.   May we be so fortunate.   Returning to Dean Acheson, a friend described him as a blade of steel.

In these exciting, but dangerious days, let us also be blades of steel and bring in candles in the face of darkness.    Let us support sensible conservatives candidates–financially, morally, prayerfully–for our children, grandchildren and a generation yet unborn.


Ken Buck, early entry in the Senate Race

Back in 1968 I was a graduate student in Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder.   Senator Eugene McCarthy braveley challenged Lyndon Johnson in the New Hampshire primary and demonstrated the President’s vulnerability.  It was only then that others jumped into the water that Senator McCarthy had tested for them.  McCarthy, by the way, came out for Ronald Reagan in 1980.

I supported Hubert Humphrey in ’68 and continue to feel he was a fine, decent, and exceptionally intelligent man.   I had no interest in backing those who waited while others like McCarthy did the heavy lifting before entering the fray.
This is one of the reasons I am supporting Weld County District Attorney, Ken Buck, for the GOP nomination for the Senate from Colorado in 2010.  He announced early and has visited each of the counties in CO (some more than once).   With all of this he remains hands on at the District Attorney’s office.   Mr. Buck is unafraid of taking a stand in contrast with current Senator Bennett. 

Dan Haley, editor of the Denver Post editorial page, had a piece on the GOP, Sunday, September 13, 2009.  Having met Ken for coffee Haley describes Mr. Buck as likeable, nuanced and smart–Princeton educated.

I ask that you and your friends join me in backing Ken Buck for the Republican nomination for the Senate.  This is no time for Johnny (or Janey’s) come lately.

My handle is Eutychus which is Greek for fortunate.   And it will be fortunate for CO if Ken Buck is our next United States Senator.  I am a native of CO, and did graduate work at the U of CO in Political Science and the the U of No CO in American History.

Future blogs will deal with the Senate race here in CO but also with such things as the 3.2 million dollar gift that former Vice President Dick Cheney and Dr. Lynn Cheney, PhD gave to the U of WY in the fall of 2009.  This story deserved more attention as does the hypocrisy of the students there.  Sometimes we will simply look at the political scene in general and the implications thereof for our society.   Thanks for your interest.



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