Archive for October 27th, 2008

“America Asks for a King” by Laura Hollis

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I am an attorney and professor of law and entrepreneurship, so I usually confine my commentary to matters of public policy, and leave theology to those who have chosen that field of study. But since today is Sunday, I will take the liberty of making an observation with a more Biblical bent.

As one who has taught entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking for nearly ten years, I am distressed by the apparently overwhelming sentiment sweeping Americans that they must now be taken care of. I know from years of studying the matter that a society in which most members are – or can be – entrepreneurial, is a society where upward mobility is the rule; where wealth is created – not just “spread around”; where hope is common currency; where the inevitable problems are viewed as opportunities to find sustainable solutions, and where those solutions are typically new industries, new companies, and new jobs. An entrepreneurial society is a society where most people wish to, and know they can, take care of themselves, their families, and even others in need. Where charity and philanthropy are fellow-travelers with success.

Joe the Plumber’s exposure of Obama’s “spread the wealth” philosophy exploded like a flash fire, not only because that philosophy is utterly anti-American, but because it is shortsighted, and immoral. It is short-sighted, because in an economy that is a bit battered and fragile, what we need are more businesses, more workers, and more wealth creation in the private sector, not more government programs and more people dependent upon them. It is short-sighted because it is a failed business model. And, as we saw with the collapse of major lending institutions a few weeks ago, a failed business model, made larger (or “spread around,” if you prefer) by government, is not just a failure, but a catastrophic failure. So it was with the irresponsible lending practices foisted on American banks by the government, and so it will be with the irresponsible spending and doomed reliance on government largesse that Obama and the Democrats are peddling as salvation.

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Obama’s economic and social theories have been debunked and disproven (at great human cost) so many times over the past 100 years that it’s laughable anyone still believes in them. But at least his designs on the country are understandable. Those who crave power will use any tactic, as long as it works.

It’s the fact that it’s working that is inscrutable to me. And this is where the Biblical references come in. Americans’ attitude toward this posturing, self-important, political zealot remind me of the Israelites’ demand for a king, as recounted in the Book of Samuel.

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The comparisons are telling: Americans are understandably fed up with corruption, greed, and perversion of justice in our leaders. But till now, we have asked for no king, because we could take care of ourselves, and because we have always been a godly people. But look around now – our children languish in failing, crumbling, unsafe, and undisciplined schools, many of which are merely bastions of social experimentation. Our cities are riddled with crime. Our families are devastated by divorce, abuse, illegitimacy, absent fathers, and definitions of “marriage” that fluctuate with the sexual predilections du jour. Our culture – books, films, music – is saturated with violence and perversion that even the smallest child is exposed to. And of course, one cannot forget – the high watermark of freedom and femininity, and the litmus test of liberty for the Left is the unfettered right to kill our own children in our wombs (or leave them to die outside of them).

This is what we, as a nation, have brought ourselves to. These are problems that no amount of social spending will cure, and any promise to do so is a lie, because no amount of money will change people’s hearts. And yet, instead of reaching deep within ourselves to find the solutions, we now whine and mewl for someone to save us.

And here he comes, Barack Obama, on a “righteous wind.”

As with anyone who would be king, Obama will take our money and our property in ever-larger amounts. Our children will be saddled with debt and beholden to a bloated government that will enslave the very people it promised to help. We will be at the mercy of our enemies. And no matter how bleak or desperate our own lives becomes, the leaders in Obama’s government will always thrive; such people always do. Nor is any of this is unique to Obama; it is in the nature of every king, and every government, which is why our government was originally set up to be limited, both to protect us, and to ensure our own self-reliance.

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Actor Notes Obama’s Abortion Record

Monday, October 27th, 2008

A well-known Christian actor says fellow believers must look beyond rhetoric and the economy when it comes to choosing a president.

Stephen Baldwin is a born-again Christian who is known for his outspoken views on political and social issues. He believes the choice is clear when it comes to Senator John McCain’s and Senator Barack Obama’s stances on the pro-life issue.

“Barack Obama is the only senator ever to vote against the Born Alive [Infant Protection] Act — the only one. Hillary Clinton was in favor of it,” Baldwin explains. “Why he chose to take that position, he says, was to protect the interest of the health of the mother, which was irrelevant in regard to that piece of law.” (Related article from CitizenLink)

The Born Alive Infant Protection Act protects babies who survive abortions.

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“End-Time Pilgrims” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, October 27th, 2008

There has been a cascade of negative news events during the past few weeks. The global economy is in a historic tailspin and the Democrats are poised to take full control of the government.

Since little can be done about the economy, most of my email traffic is focused on the November 4th election. The polls point to a strong likelihood that Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States. He has a commanding lead in many key states. Speculators on Wall State only give McCain a 16 percent chance of victory. The Obama campaign has already spent $2 million on a lavish victory celebration in Chicago.

There is a huge amount of denial or exasperation on the part of Christians. I’ve received dozens of messages from people who think the liberal media is concocting the poll numbers, and they doubt Obama is going to win. Some woman even sent me a vision from the Lord that points to a surprise McCain victory:

I keep hearing God say – regarding the elections
“I will move them in the right way when it comes Election Day.
The polls and the trends may look one way,
But when it comes to election day,
I’ll move them the right way.
I’ll move them the right way.”

I hear God saying:
“McCain, McCain, McCain
McCain and Palin, McCain and Palin,
McCain…”

An equal number of people can’t believe that Obama is being taken seriously as a candidate. Here is an email that offers an example of the frustration I see every day: “HAVE WE LEARNED ANYTHING SINCE 9/11? We either turn this country over to a man who patriotically and proudly has served his country in war and in peace ~or~ do we face the consequences of electing a man with a checkered past, a man who has counted domestic terrorists among his friends, and a man who spent 15 years in a church where his pastor regularly damned and condemned the United States. We need to investigate [who] BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA’s friends and mentors have been over his lifetime and this is not negative campaigning when he is wanting to be elected commander and chief of this country!!”

I don’t think alarm or even anger is called for here. If we are in the last of the last days, we should expect the world to begin to reflect the dark picture painted by Bible prophecy. The Word of God says the end times will be marked by moral decline, apostasy, and global economic peril.

We should not withdraw from the world just because things don’t go our way. If we fail to engage the enemy, we will end up with a nation that is all the more repulsive to us. At some point, our right to freedom of religion will come into question.

I’ve noticed that Christians are mostly absent from the political process. Nearly all the Christian conservative political organizations from previous election years seem to be sitting this one out. Since believers are said to be the salt of the earth, their absence is going to be quickly reflected in the types of new laws that will come out of Washington D.C.

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matt. 5:3).

God never said that our main goal should be centered on achieving victory in the political process. We have been charged with the task of saving a remnant of the general population. One good thing about the pace of recent events is that it gets believers out of their comfort-zone mentality. The fact that we find ourselves living in a nation we no longer recognize should indicate it’s time to turn our hearts to the place of our true residence.

We rarely hear the term “pilgrim” applied to believers these days. “Pilgrim – One who stays in a place as a stranger or visitor; to describe Christians whose final citizenship is in heaven and who are regarded as temporary dwellers on earth” (Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia Of The Bible). As America gets further from core biblical values, my hope is that more Christians realize that we are ultimately just visitors here.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 (NIV).

— Todd

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“A Tough Interview of Joe Biden” by Michael Mickey

Monday, October 27th, 2008

After the interview of Joe Biden by T.V. anchor Barbara West posted below, Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign, wrote to WFTV 9 to cancel an interview of Joe Biden’s wife. She wrote that the “cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election“.

See how things are going to work under an Obama presidency? Freedom of speech, freedom of the press? We have reasons to be concerned. Maybe this is why the Los Angeles Times, having in its possession a videotape of Barack Obama attending a Jew-bashing party and toasting a PLO operative, is withholding that game-changing evidence from the public.

Unbelievable that Barack Obama is, reportedly at least, leading in all of the polls. Considering where we’re getting all of our information, who knows what is true at this point?

See the following:

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“Obama in 2001: How to Bring About ‘Redistributive Change'” by Michelle Malkin

Monday, October 27th, 2008

The blogosphere is buzzing about this video posted on YouTube Sunday night. It’s Barack Obama musing about how best to redistribute wealth in America in a Chicago Public Radio interview in 2001.

Not whether, but how: Through the courts or through legislation?

A caller asks The One to explain how he would do “reparative economic work.” Obama gives the legislative route two thumbs up as his preferred method of “breaking free of the constraints” placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution and then burbles about cobbling together the “actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.”

Joe The Plumber, you barely scratched the surface:

STACLU has transcribed the choice parts of the interview.

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendancy to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.

The bottom line from Jeff Goldstein:

In Obama’s America, we’ll finally be able to break free of the “constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution” — and in so doing, achieve “social justice” through “redistributive change.”

Well, then. Fine .

But this is not the America I knew…

Yeah, and don’t you dare ask Obama or Biden about this.

You’ll get blacklisted and bombarded and labeled “combative.”

And who knows what’ll happen to your government records.

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“Will the Privacy Champions Come to Joe the Plumber’s Defense?” by Michelle Malkin

Monday, October 27th, 2008

There is something in the water in Ohio.

They’ve got a fraud-friendly Secretary of State, infestations of out-of-state students and Obama workers sabotaging electoral integrity, and now…government employees or accomplices thereof rifling through the records of Joe the Plumber immediately after the last presidential debate.

You’ll remember that a national media uproar ensued after it was discovered that State Department contractors had snooped through Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain’s passports. (Later, it turned out that the CEO of a company whose employee was involved in Passport-gate was a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign.)

Will the privacy champs come to Joe the Plumber’s defense?

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver’s license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

The paper characterizes a McCain spokesman as “attemping to portray” the breach as “politically motivated.”

Geez Louise. Is there any other reason such a breach would take place immediately after Wurzelbacher was mentioned in a national presidential debate?

Of course it’s politically motivated. The question is not whether. The question is who.

The attorney general’s office is investigating if the access of Wuzelbacher’s BMV information through the office’s Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway computer system was unauthorized, said spokeswoman Jennifer Brindisi.

“We’re trying to pinpoint where it came from,” she said. The investigation could become “criminal in nature,” she said. Brindisi would not identify the account that pulled the information on Oct. 16.

Records show it was a “test account” assigned to the information technology section of the attorney general’s office, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Thomas Hunter.

Brindisi later said investigators have confirmed that Wurzelbacher’s information was not accessed within the attorney general’s office. She declined to provide details. The office’s test accounts are shared with and used by other law enforcement-related agencies, she said.

On Oct. 17, BMV information on Wurzelbacher was obtained through an account used by the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency in Cleveland, records show.

Mary Denihan, spokeswoman for the county agency, said the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services contacted the agency today and requested an investigation of the access to Wurzelbacher’s information. Cuyahoga County court records do not show any child-support cases involving Wurzelbacher.

The State Highway Patrol, which administers the Law Enforcement Automated Data System in Ohio, asked Toledo police to explain why it pulled BMV information on Wurzelbacher within 48 hours of the debate, Hunter said.

After the State Department passport fiasco, heads rolled. Obama spokesman Bill Burton raged: “Our government’s duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes.”

Are plumbers who oppose socialism exempt?

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New Allegations in Mahoney Sex Scandal

Monday, October 27th, 2008

As I predicted, we can’t count on the Democrat to the right thing and set down. I guess it’s up to his constituents to let him know what they think. Unless I miss the mark, I suspect they will make him step down on election day.

Current and former members of the staff of Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-Fla) say he has yet to come completely clean about his multiple affairs, abusive behavior and alleged ethical lapses.

Last week, following a series of reports on The Blotter, Mahoney confirmed that he had hired one of his mistresses for his Congressional staff and that he was also carrying on an affair with a Florida county official who sought his help with a federal grant.

But a document obtained by ABC News reveals new allegations of threatening behavior and sexual harassment toward a female staffer, that go far beyond Mahoney’s public confession, including claims that he urged one of his mistresses to serve as a “tease” for big donors.

The former Congressional staff member, Patricia Allen, was paid $121,000 by Mahoney after she was fired and threatened to sue.

Meanwhile this week Mahoney resumed campaigning, meeting with newspaper editors in Florida to ask their “forgiveness”, saying despite his personal problems he’s been a good congressman for Monroe County. Mahoney is scheduled to debate his Republican opponent Friday afternoon at the Forum Club in West Palm Beach.

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