Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is all the rage among evangelicals these days. With about a month to go before Iowa and New Hampshire, he is not only the favorite of the Religious Right, but also of Iowa voters. Recent polls have shown a strong sure in support for him, making official his graduation from a second-tier to first-tier candidate.

But with his graduation has come much closer scrutiny. Holiday Inn Express anyone? I know Bush was continually ridiculed for a lack of foreign policy experience during his run for the White House in 2000 and it seems this is just a repeat, but with our nation in the middle of a war, I don't think we can afford to hope that he'll learn fast.

My personal take on Mr. Huckabee is that he is a fine social conservative, but he lacks few, if any, fiscal conservative credentials. It doesn't help much that the Drudge Report has had at least one negative Huckabee piece up every day. True, it's possible that Drudge is biased toward Romney, but when you have this many stories up, you have to wonder. Fiscal Conservatives are crucial and the idea of them grudgingly, if at all, coming to the voting booth in the general election is not a good prospect against Hillary or Obama.

Something that I suppose should appeal to me is that he is a Southern Baptist Pastor. But from observing him I've noticed that his faith is causing him to make a bad policy decision: income equality. Multiple statements he's made have indicated that he is a big government conservative and his domestic economic policies remind me of John Edwards, except with less hair. He believes we should all pitch in to help the poor...I thought welfare already did that? The argument here from Huck supporters is that "Bush was a Big Government Conservative, why not get another one in?" Because we're SICK of it. We don't have to settle for another B.G.C. when the field is wide open with other options.

Mike Huckabee is a swell guy I'm sure, just keep him in the pulpit and out of the White House .

Fred Thompson save us all.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


I did this post on my personal blogs, but I think this is a fitting first post for this blog.

Statement by the President in His Address to the Nation
8:30 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.

Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America -- with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help with local rescue efforts.

Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.

The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.

The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.

America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me."

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night, and God bless America.

END 8:35 P.M. EDT

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Ronald Reagan
40th president of US (1911 - 2004)
Or to put it all in laymen's terms:

We're going to find out who did this and we're going after the bastards.
--Sen. Orrin Hatch