Republican Candidate Steps In For Democratic Representative At Town Hall

This should happen more often.

Rep. Giffords canceled her town hall in Sahuarita/Green Valley and Jesse Kelly scheduled an appearance in the same venue at the same time and place. From the looks of the video below it was very successful. Both sides were allowed to speak for two hours and with no problems. You would think that a 2 term congresswoman could manage to put on a town hall during the one month August recess.

People want answers and if a Democrat cancels a town hall or refuses to have one or locks people out, their opponents should step in and offer a rational, positive message. Watch this and see how this guy answers a Democrat’s accusation that he is lying about what is in the bill. With facts and copies of what’s in the bill, that’s how, and my guess is he may have changed a mind by doing so.

Brilliant!

Quickly I Must Post And Go

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1. Is the president showing us exactly how much government officials know about health care? Some folks seem to think so. He’s supposed to be so smart yet he says such stupid things. How can we expect other government officials to act any more smartly when deciding on our health care issues?

2. And contrary to the president’s claim, the Republicans do have a health care plan and have for some time now.

3. A lot of links here about the whole Gates affair that Barry should not have opined on at the end of his press conference. My take? Gates is a racist and a privileged asshole; the cop is not a racist and did the best he could in a bad situation; Barry is an idiot for saying anything past, “That’s a local matter that I don’t know enough about to comment on. None of us do. So let’s just sit back and wait for all the facts to come out.”

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You can hear this cop thinking, “This guy’s not with me. No way.”

4. Obamacare is dead until the fall. Mostly because it just sucks so badly even the Democrats have noticed, but also because Barry’s charm is wearing off big time. And it didn’t help when he went off the farm with the whole racism stuff at the end of the press conference. That’s good, but we can’t give up because it can rise from the dead. So we have to keep the pressure on Congress and the Senate. Keep e-mailing them.

5. Brad Pitt seeks bailout. Isn’t he like rich or something? Can’t he bail himself out with petty cash?

Hat-tip to Three Donia for the cartoon.

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1. Democrats are warning health care lobbyists NOT to meet with Republicans. As Gabriel says at Ace of Spades, “Apparently, even talking to Republicans cannot be tolerated in Obama’s America.”

2. The National Organization for Women puts Letterman in his place for making a joke about raping a 14 year old girl. Good to hear. Now if only they would only tell all liberals to lay off the sexist crap when talking about women, especially Sarah Palin who, I hope anyway, will be running in 2012. Of course, that won’t happen because if they did that their arsenal would be pretty empty.

3. Democrats not so hot on Cap and Trade? Good, now if they will only stop this socialized health care we might have a chance at saving our nation.

4. Everyday normal Republicans. A video that for some reason won’t post on my blog. Click on over and watch it – it’s funny and so very true.

5. Let the Boomers die. The solution to the health care cost issue.

6. Why Letterman say what he says about the Palins. Man, that’s gonna leave a mark. As an aside, the reference is to this movie, which is great.

7. John Wayne is the United States of America. I missed this yesterday on the 30th anniversary of his death, but better late than never. He was the greatest and they don’t even make them close to him anymore, much less like him.

8. Obama moves terrorists from Gitmo to Bermuda. I wonder if they will add that wonderful attraction to the cruise brochures?

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1.  Just 42% of GM car owners say they will buy another GM product again. I know I won’t. It’s a foreign car or a Ford for me.

2. Voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on economic issues. Considering the mess Obama is making of our economy this is no surprise. Let’s hope it translates into the GOP taking back at least the Senate and some of the House seats. Let’s also hope it’s not too late to salvage what’s left of our economy.

3. Sarah Palin in Hannity over at Fox. (video) The left is scared of this woman which is why they keep hitting her even now eight months after the election. They should be.

4. Two American reporters are sentenced to 12 years hard labor in North Korea. I have a couple of thoughts on this. One, they are idiots. North Korea is a fricken dictatorship and you are a fool to go near it for any reason, much less to report on the bad things they do. And, two, that whole “the world is going to love us once The Won is in charge” thing isn’t working out too well, is it?

5. Still another poll . . . only 45% of Americans like the way Obama is handling federal spending and 46% the way he is handling the deficit. Yet his popularity is still very high. With Obama it’s always style over substance. Well, it got him elected. Just wait until he raises taxes and gas prices go up . . . I am pretty sure they’ll start noticing the absence of our emperor’s clothes then.

6. Here comes medical rationing.

And right there, in plain print, is the beginning of medical care rationing. Now that the cameras have been put away and the media is no longer watching, their secret emerges: They are going to cut medical costs by cutting medical care. Right now, they cite four targets. They plan to:

1. Cut diagnostic imaging tests like MRIs and CAT scans.

2. Reduce the use of antibiotics.

3. Perform fewer Cesarean sections.

4. Cut care for management of chronic back pain

And it’s going to cost us MORE not less. More info over at Maggie’s Farm.

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1. Muslim convert who traveled to Yemen shoots two US Army recruiters, killing one and seriously wounding the other. A thought and a question. First, I thought they were going to love us now that The Won was in office, and, two, why is this not getting half the news-time as the attack on the abortion doctor?  Don’t answer that, I know.

2. It appears Dick Cheney is more “progressive” on gay-rights that Barack Obama.

Cheney told the National Press Club earlier this year: “I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish.

I’m waiting on Jana E.’s head to explode over this. In fact, I have no doubt that there is now more brain matter spewing into the air over  Dick Cheney being for gay marriage and Barack Obama being against it than on a Quinton Tarantino movie set.

3. Americans are overwhelming opposed to closing Gitmo. Which is good for Obama because for one thing he really doesn’t want to close it. He never did; it was all campaign nonsense. And two, no other country wants these bastards and if we release them they will just end up killing Americans again.

4. Luxury pirate cruise. Loving wife and I have been talking cruise lately, and while I would like to go for the booze and food, I’m not too interested in swimming with dolphins or looking at cheap jewelry on excursions. Still, this is one cruise I would gladly go for. I could bring one or two guns with me, but I am really thinking about renting. You probably don’t have to clean them after.

We’re All In This Together – Sorta

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A friend of mine emailed me the other day and said something about conservatives coming out to support our new president.  I disagreed and asked her to name a few (real conservatives that is), and while she has yet to get back with me, I venture to say she is confusing the failure of conservatives to conduct vicious and personal attacks on the new president with conservatives actually supporting him.

Well, this post over at Big Hollywood, while about celebrities specifically, is a pretty good explanation of what I believe she is seeing among the half of the country that did not vote for Barack Obama.

Many of the celebrities that were central to demonizing and making life impossible for President Bush for eight loathsome years NOW want to help with the heavy lifting of bringing America back together under President Barack Obama.

Witness Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s cavalcade of shiny, happy situational patriots appearing in a derivative public servitude announcement: A “Presidential Pledge” to President Barack Obama.

Forgive and forget? Right.

President Bush was not holding back Moore from “free[ing] one million people from slavery in the next five years.” Nor was he holding back the Obama-biquitous Will.I.Am from “chang[ing] how [he] live[s].” Ditto: Aaron Ekhart (”To be a better person,”) Marisa Tomei (”To integrate into my heart what I already know in my head which is that we are all in this together,”) Kutcher (”To the abolition to 21st century slavery,”) Anthony Kiedis (”To be of service to Barack Obama,”) P. Diddy (” pledge to turn the lights off, cause I used to leave the lights on but we want to conserve energy so I’ma turn the lights off, you turn the lights off,) and all-in-unison (”Because together we can, together we are, and together we will be the change that we seek.”)

Missing are pledges not to kiss the ring of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and other pledged enemies of America. Nor are there pledges not to make movies that glorify these tyrants. Nor are there pledges to take seriously that we are at war, will continue to be at war under President Obama and that our precious and under-appreciated military is fighting an avowed and evil enemy — so that, among other things, Hollywood can continue to make decadent crap that actually motivates our enemy to fight us harder!

Unfortunately, what happens in Hollywood does not stay in Hollywood.

For more mind-numbing background read Kutcher’s companion piece at the… you got it… the Huffington Post .

The conservatives, Republicans and sundry non-lefties I know in show business have had nothing to say but positive and helpful things about the coming Obama presidency.

“We wish him well.” “He is our president now and he needs our help.”

These are the types of things I keep hearing.

And this is exactly the right attitude and exactly the right message.

God bless, President Obama. Even though I didn’t vote for him, and disagree with much of his agenda, he has my best wishes and all of my best efforts.

But that doesn’t mean I will forgive and forget an era of narcissism, petty complaining and conspiracy theory peddling from the majority celebrity class that began well before Iraq. [See “Hollywood, Interrupted ” — my book co-written with Mark Ebner — which was written before and during the build-up to the Iraq war and before the WMDs weren’t found. The public behavior from Hollywood even then was almost uniformly deplorable.]

Conspiracy theories of America’s complicity in 9/11 dominated cocktail party discussions for eight tedious years. They couldn’t simply disagree with Bush. They had to ascribe evil to his motivations and make sure the whole world agreed on that flawed premise.

Yet, hating the president doesn’t mean one can’t still help out the country in a great time of need. But many went to foreign countries and demeaned it instead. Called those that disagreed with them rubes and hicks. The elitism of the celebrities against flyover country America could not have been more pronounced. They made a boat-load of movies that affirmed this narrow and patronizing world view.

And now they want us back.

We’re all Americans — NOW.

It’s a convenient lie the celebrity left peddles that they were with us during the initial Afghanistan phase of the war, and even after 9/11.

No syrupy revisionism will change this fact.

Read the rest, but like I said I believe it sums up the attitude of conservatives about the Obama presidency. We don’t like his socialist policies. We don’t trust him.  And rest assured we will criticize him every time he does something that we think is wrong for America.  But, past some good-natured kidding, we will not make the type of despicable personal attacks on him and his family that for eight years liberals have made on President Bush.

And we will not stop loving America because Barack Obama is in charge anymore than our enemies, and even our so-called friends, will start loving America because Barack Obama is in charge.

My attitude is this.  I want our new president to succeed if that success is good for America.  That success defined by me as the following:

a) Continuing George Bush’s war on terror is pretty much the same way he was fighting it (we’ve won in Iraq so pulling the troops out is okay by me as long as it is done with some common sense).  (Obama is already showing positive signs in this regard much to the annoyance of the left.)

b) Stopping the flow of illegal aliens into our country.

c) Lowering taxes and by doing so stimulating the economy and raising revenues to pay off the debt.

d) Encouraging legal ownership of guns.

e) Appointing non-activist judges to the Supreme Court and other important courts in the country.

f ) Not nationalizing health care and other areas of our economy (which is already happening with these moronic bailouts).

If he does those things or at least works towards them then I am fine with him.  He may do other things that annoy me but so did President Bush so I can hardly complain if he isn’t perfect.

However, if he doesn’t then I intend to patriotically dissent at every turn.  As will any real conservative.  And for the record, none of those criticisms will be because he is black, something I hate having to say but which I am sure will come up again and again over the next few years.

Of course, since he will do very few of those things, well, I don’t think there will be much danger in anyone saying I am a new-found fan of the guy.  But fan or not, I can assure you I will never, ever treat him as badly as liberals treated President Bush.   And I will never, ever stop being proud of America while he is in charge.

I’m better than that.  Then again nearly all conservatives are.

UPDATE:

Two items I forgot.

g) Not engage in, and indeed strongly oppose, the partisan political witch hunts of the Bush Administration that the Democrats are already proposing.

h) Ignore that liberal power-grab fantasy that is global warming.

Liberal Versus Conservative Morality

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This is very interesting.

Why, Oh Why Do They Hate Us? (D91)

In 2004, we might have said John Kerry would make a terrible president and his plans would set the nation back 30 years. Rather than evil, we would have called him misguided. He thought he was doing the right thing. His heart was in the right place, even if his policies were wrong. His beliefs were honestly held.

On the other hand, a not insignificant number of liberals thought Bush was evil and should be tried for war crimes. How can some liberals hold such visceral and vitriolic hatred for us and our beliefs? In a 2007 paper, Jonathan Haidt and Jesse Graham, a couple of social justice researchers, managed to come up with an explanation. Brace yourselves: it turns out that our beliefs are immoral.

Well, at least as far as liberals are concerned. These researchers determined that “there are five psychological foundations of morality, which we label as harm/care, fairness/reciprocity, ingroup/loyalty, authority/respect, and purity/sanctity.” Conservative morality is based on some combination of all five of these moral foundations. There may not be an exact 20% input from each one, but they are all present. Liberal morality is based on only the harm/care and fairness/reciprocity foundations.

“Conservatives have many moral concerns that liberals simply do not recognize as moral concerns… liberals often find it hard to understand why so many of their fellow citizens do not rally around the cause of social justice, and why many Western nations have elected conservative governments in recent years.”

Liberals are only concerned about harm/care and fairness/reciprocity. When we talk about patriotism, or respect for the country, or abortion, we are speaking from a set of morals and values that liberals simply do not see as being moral at all. In fact, liberals often believe that we have “non-moral motivations—such as selfishness, existential fear, or blind prejudice.”

In 2004, “political liberals in the United States were shocked, outraged, and unable to understand how ‘moral values’ drove people to vote for a man who, as they saw it, tricked America into an unwinnable war, cut taxes for the rich and benefits for the poor, and seemed to have a personal animosity toward mother nature.” They couldn’t understand it because unlike conservatives, liberals don’t believe that ingroup/loyalty, authority/respect, and purity/sanctity are actual moral foundations.

Take abortion. For conservatives, abortion is mainly a religious issue, and relates to the purity/sanctity moral foundation. For liberals, purity/sanctity is not a moral foundation. Instead, they may argue that from the fairness/reciprocity moral foundation, having an abortion allows the mother to avoid the unfairness of being burdened with a child she doesn’t want. For liberals, those who are pro-life have no moral foundation to stand on, and the pro-lifers are attacking a very moral position. No wonder they think we’re evil.

Patriotism? Forget it. There’s no moral foundation to ingroup/loyalty as far as liberals are concerned.

Want to make a movie mocking a sitting president, or write a book about assassinating him? Who cares? Believing in authority and having respect for tradition is so old-fashioned, and not moral at all. If you’re a liberal.

Gay marriage? “Conservatives and many moderates are opposed to gay marriage in part due to moral intuitions related to ingroup, authority, and purity, and these concerns should be addressed, rather than dismissed contemptuously.”

I think they have a point. I voted against prop 8 in California (for gay marriage), but after seeing how the protesters have behaved since the election, if another proposition comes up next time around, I might vote the other way. When the behaviors of gays are behind closed doors, or even when openly displayed in public, at least ignored and hushed up by the media, it’s very easy for me to tell myself that gay marriage is a harmless little thing and no big deal. But when the public face of gay rights is this protest movement, well, completely apart from gayness, I have a hard time feeling like these are the sorts of people I want to support, and this is definitely not the sort of behavior I want to reward and encourage with my vote.

The authors argue that liberals have a huge blind spot when it comes to analyzing conservative motivations. This blind spot limits their ability to reach out to us and convince at least some of us to agree with and vote for some of their ideas. They ask: “Will moral appeals for liberal causes that press emotional buttons related to ingroup, authority, and purity persuade political moderates, who make up most of the electorate, where more traditional liberal appeals have failed?” Sounds like the sort of idea you’d hear at a marketing seminar on how to be a better salesman. If nothing else, we definitely got outsold in this last election.

Obama’s success may or may not have been aided by pushing the emotional buttons of moderates and conservatives, but when people perceive the Democrat nominee as the tax cutter in a presidential race, that has to be a wake-up call for us. Cutting taxes is our issue, and he got votes for it.

Going forward, we need to figure out what we stand for and what we believe in, and we need to figure out how to communicate our beliefs to the electorate. We bailed on both counts in this last election. Haidt and Graham wrote a paper claiming that understanding how conservatives think will help liberals advocate positions and win elections.

The reverse may also be true. If we want liberals to accept and even vote for some of our ideas, maybe we need to get better at expressing how our ideas fit in with their two moral foundations of harm/care and fairness/reciprocity.

I’ve noticed this difference when talking with my more liberal friends and relatives. I just didn’t know how to put it into words. To define it. But it is very true. And it does help explain why we see so many important issues – abortion, patriotism, traditional marriage, entitlement programs, etc. – so differently.

It also explains why socialism is so attractive to liberals because it fits their fairness/reciprocity moral foundation They don’t see it as fair that some people have more money than others even if those people earned it through hard work.  They want things to be equal. And since it is easier to take money from the rich and give it to the poor (Robin Hood syndrome) than to motivate people to work hard and succeed, they simply use government programs funded by taxes on the rich to level the playing field.   Sure, the end result is still misery – the rich are poorer and the poor are no better off or even worse off – but at least everyone is equally miserable now and that suits their liberal fairness/reciprocity foundation.

Deep, huh?


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