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Despite not winning any states, I am sticking with Ron Paul until our traditional family Republican National Convention Myrtle Beach trip. Swim all day, watch the convention all night. Yes. We do this. Dave doesn’t, but I do because I book the vacations and by golly, I want to swim during the day and watch the convention at night. I’m not sure he knows it’s our traditional family Republican National Convention Myrtle Beach trip, and it’s sort of ironic to celebrate it, since I am not even a Republican.
Otherwise, I will throw my full support behind a third party.
- Republican does not mean conservative. Those two words are not interchangeable, despite what the Republican party may want you to believe.
- The US of A is not a democracy. If this is a revelation to you, or you think I’m wrong, we are in deep trouble.
- Libertarianism is closer to the ideology of the ORIGINAL Federalists (who became the anti-Federalists when the progressive-like nouveau-Federalists co-opted their name and changed it’s meaning. Sound familiar?) who founded the country than is the ideology of the modern day Republican party.
- Sean Hannity is not a Constitutional expert. Everything he says should be examined as if it were uttered by someone trying to deliberately mislead you. He probably isn’t trying to do so, but a great deal of the time he succeeds at doing so anyway. I wish people read more books and listened to less Hannity. I see Hannity-isms all over the internet. I can spot them now like those fake chain emails you know if you look, will be listed on Snopes. His latest contribution to the Republican vernacular must be “retail politics.” I’ve seen that used all over the blogosphere as of late. It may be an old phrase he’s resurrected, but nonetheless, it’s now a Hannity-ism, just like he phrase “Journalims is DEAD!” and “You’re A MARXIST!”
There is a fight on the right and it is between two factions: Generic Republicans and Constitutionalists. Generic Republicans used to get mad and defensive and cry foul if you said they didn’t support the Constitution for reasons x, y, and z, x usually dealing with the Patriot Act. They’d huff and puff and insist that if you weren’t doing anything wrong, you had nothing to worry about. The Constitutionalists would point out that the Patriot Act was a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment (to the Constitution) and the Generic Republicans didn’t like that very much. They were satisfied to sacrifice a little liberty for some security. Of course Ben Franklin would say they deserved neither. But now when the Constitution comes up, they just laugh about it, as evidenced by Saturday night’s debate in New Hampshire. It’s just one big joke, that old piece of outdated parchment. And to think, these same Generic Republicans were all adamant about Obama shredding this same Constitution at Tea Parties (which I attended and helped organize back in 2009!) but now it’s just a punchline. This may be an unfair assessment. I don’t know that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich ever attended a Tea Party, at least not without getting paid.
I used to be a Generic Republican turned generic conservative turned libertarian. I thought I’d do a little series of reasons that turned me from neocon to libertarian. It can be summed up in one word: consistency. There’s none on the right, and there’s none on the left. But I’d like to expound on that. Today’s subject is spending, specifically defense spending and why I believe everyone on that Republican debate stage is wrong to scream foul about reducing defense spending, Dr. Paul being the exception since he would cut spending across the board.
Republicans do not trust the government to spend tax dollars wisely. And rightly so. They (say) they want to cut spending. Well, they used to. No one is saying it anymore except for Dr. Paul.
Republicans want to cut spending on health care, food stamps, HUD, the DoE, the FDA, the EPA, and other letters in the bureaucratic alphabet soup. Until you get to the DoD. Why is it the government is notoriously unreliable, negligent, irresponsible and downright stupid with our tax dollars (and they are) when it comes to every department under the sun except for defense? Why do we trust them to spend that money wisely? Should we? Have they suddenly grown a brain? Gotten responsible? Become less of a bureaucracy? No, of course not! If fat can be cut elsewhere, it can be cut here too. Cutting defense spending does not mean: you don’t support the troops, don’t support the military, hate America, hate veterans, are a communist, etc. It just means you’re fiscally responsible across the board. There’s absolutely no reason the DoD can’t be audited, evaluated and have it’s budget reassessed and slimmed down if possible, just like every other department in our government.
Case in point: Remember when the US created the uber-cool zero gravity pen? How many millions of tax dollars were spent researching and developing that marvel, I wonder? What an accomplishment! A pen that writes in zero gravity! It is a must-have! The Russians ran into the same problem when trying to write in a zero gravity situation. They did not spend money on inventing a zero-gravity pen. They just used a pencil.
Yesterday, the kids and I met up with some friends to wave signs in support of Dr. Ron Paul’s bid for the White House on our tiny little Main Street in our tiny little NC town. We got a few honks, a few weird looks and one man who advised us to move back from the edge of the road. We were not dangling over the curb so I’m not quite sure why we were advised so, but we complied. I think seeing people with signs makes folks uneasy, even if it’s a bunch of smiling, obviously happy and enthusiastic folks waving the signs. It’s still people with signs. And they have something to do with politics. And they’re just not used to that. That kind of thing happens in weird places like Chapel Hill and around Duke. Not our little town.
Welp, now it does! :) Hopefully, people have seen on other occasions that Team Baker and Team Dabbs are friendly, patriotic Americans who are just exercising their right to assemble and their freedom of speech in support of Ron Paul and eventually (with my brain’s cooperation) they’ll see the same with my family. We’ve just got to get him past NH today and Super Tuesday in February!
Here are some pictures!
Sarah! She’s holding her foot, awwww…
Henry and his soccer trophy. For $70, I don’t care if he learned that “everybody is a winner!” this year. Dave said he got kicked in the head at the last game. Ugh. Everybody gets traumatic brain injury. He came home so happy, ran up to me beaming with his trophy and said “Mom! We got totally destroyed tonight!” Hah! I hate this “Mom” thing. What happened to “Mama?” Mom. What is he, fifteen? He’s got Rhys doing it too.
The boys at the museum in the town where my parents live. They were eating a rock candy sucker. It took a looooooong time.
Homeschool math from today. Henry’s matching shape patterns. He did this in about three seconds. This is why we’re doing four lessons a day and we will finish the kindergarten book in January. No kidding.
Below is Rhys’ attempt. He did pretty well, but he is just three. I think the Saxon K material would be good for a very young 4-year-old boy, or a very motivated 3-year-old girl. YES. I do think girls learn faster and do better in school initially. Call me sexist, tee hee!!
That’s about it for us.
GOP huntin’ season is getting interesting. Since I am a diehard Paulbot, I get to sit back in my lawnchair at a safe distance and just watch, head tilted, heart unengaged, emotions unaffected and truly enjoy primary season for the utter FREAKSHOW that it is!! HA HA!!
Rick Perry has beclowned himself with his “3 agencies” gaffe in the debate before last along with the “If you’re too big to fail, you’re too big!” pronouncement which indicates to me that he believes government should regulate the size of business. Conservative? Shut yo mouth! I think he was going for a soundbite, personally, a water cooler zinger, then in hindsight, he sucked the breath between his teeth like Will Ferrel and said “Oh crap. That is NOT what I meant.” In the last debate, if you listened closely, he suggested that foreign aide should not be limited to dollars but that we should also send our manufacturing plants overseas (read: OUTSOURCING US JOBS!!!), I guess those pesky “jobs that US folks won’t do.” There was one other thing that had my mouth hanging open but it’s escaped me. I mean, that right there’s enough.
Herman Cain. Off the train folks. Libya….999. Right of Return. Ooof. The train is off the tracks, get away! It’s going to blow. Let me ask my advisers exactly where it’s going to blow and then we will make a decision after I get some more sleep. Then there’s the sexual misconduct allegations – who even cares if they’re true - dude was not even sure Qaddafi was the tyrannical dictator overthrown in Libya a month ago. I have three kids, get two hours of sleep a night and am 40lbs overweight and I’m NOT running for president and I know this. What is he doing with HIS spare time that he doesn’t know it? Geesh. No. Go run a company – you seem good at that – but not the country.
Enter Newt but read this before you tout him as the “conservative savior” of the GOP.
Romney. Don’t give me the state’s rights argument in this case. His stupid health care law is what Tom Daschle used to craft the abomination that passed in March of 2010. How many GOP voters wanted THAT? And they’re going to vote for the guy who came up with the blueprint for it in the first place as the replacement president for the president who passed a national version?!
So I guess this leaves us with…
I’ve been following this #occupywallstreet!!!1!1! “movement” with restrained interest. I was kind of amused until I saw a picture of some fool taking a dump on the US flag. I was then revolted when I saw a picture of two naked people doing something I’m not even going to describe, in public, in the middle of some brickway. I always thought it was just an expression – a crude one made popular by a Monty Python song – but not something people actually did.
As soon as I got off FB I started looking at Google+. Yeah, I know. I have like, six friends. But I was trying to figure out if I could add entities to my feed, like Ron Paul information, cloth diaper sites and other groups/pages/whatever they were called on FB because they were useful. Doesn’t seem to be the case, though, unless I am doing it wrong. Which is totally possible.
I came across an “occupy Raleigh” thread and decided to jump in. Apparently there are only liberals on g+. No conservatives at ALL, and libertarians are called “loberatarians” as some play on “libertarian” plus “lobotomy.” Hilarious. So I totally fit in. At any rate, I saw these guys talking about the protests and demonizing “evil capitalism” and all that and asked why they hated companies who provided jobs and what exactly was the POINT of these protests? One guy said that it wasn’t our job to fix things, but to call for change and let “our leaders and experts figure it out.” And I am the one who has been lobotomized? I said something about people who voted for Obama being very active in the protests despite the fact that Obama took campaign donations from Wall Street folks and I was informed that I had crossed the line and maligned the office of the presidency. By calling people “Obama voters.” This guy was seriously a barrel of laughs and a real credit to his liberal cohorts. It is now a pejorative to call someone an Obama voter as deemed by…an Obama voter. THEN he said the standard “Well, Bush started it with TARP before Obama even took office.” I said “Yes, this is true. And Senator Obama voted in favor of TARP before he took the office of the POTUS.” I have yet to get a reply.
Another guy was nicer and more reasonable. He was willing to listen to what I had to type and respond without the histrionics and vitriol (which I left out) that the first guy spewed. He said I should be mad. I am mad. I am mad that the idiots in DC bailed out these corporations and then stuck us with the bill. Why aren’t these people protesting the grabby-snatchers in DC? THEY are the root of the problem. But that’s something the mush-brained, buck-t00thed, ignorant, non-Starbucks drinking oafs of the tea party would do so it’s a no-go, I guess.
Hey liberals! Google “Solyndra” and then talk to me about corporate greed and crony capitalism, not to mention screwing the tax payers and quid pro quo.
I have liberal friends, they do not seem as unhinged and illogical like the people protesting “Fat Cats.” We have a few things in common: we want to end the wars overseas. We like cloth diapers (this is normally a lib proclivity, but I do know non-libs who CD, though rare). We feel sympathy for the peoples of Darfur. We have electricity.
Things liberals love that I’m not necessarily interested in: Starbucks, microbrews, high speed rail, public-anything, Bill Mahr, anything European, windmills, Volkswagons and Macs.
The high speed rail really gets me. Why do they love it so? I can see it being useful in large, metro areas but we don’t have any of those here, there’s too much sprawl (which is something many hate for whatever reason – freedom to live wherever you want?) and people don’t even take buses, let alone trains. Yet there was a big push for this in Raleigh.
Getting back to these protests, I can’t help but think that this entire movement was orchestrated by the powers that be to take the electorate’s eye off the ball of fiscal disaster about to steamroll us all. Remember how Obama spent the entire summer demonizing corporate jet owners? As if they alone are responsible for the $787 BILLION DOLLAR stimulus fail that the Dems passed in 2009 and the stagnant unemployment numbers brought about by employers’ fears of the ramifications of ObamaCare which the Dems shoved through in 2010? Yes, so first we have this “hate the rich” coming directly from the White House, then the Dem shills that they are – the unions - start paying people to protest Wall Street. Now “grassroots” protests are sprouting up all over the country. And to what end, besides eventual civil unrest? The dots are connecting in my head.
Moving on as I’m not going to further allow these people to occupy my brain. It doesn’t own a corporate jet. Okay one more thing – shouldn’t Obama be demonizing PRIVATE jet owners? They’re the “billionaires” who aren’t paying their “fair share.” I guess it’s harder to protest individuals than entities, like corporations. Makes getting a “movement” going a lot easier when the target is big and well-known.
I guess I could have just summed up 95% of the protesters as chanting “GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!” as opposed to typing all that out. Gimme a break and move your caterwauling to DC and cut the head off the snake already.
Number of sick people in our house: three. Number of expected sick people within the next 48 hours: four. Lucky Henry, he’s had the sniffles, but that’s it. The rest of us are hacking up lungs and wondering if we’ve got bronchitis.
It figures in the middle of a nasal crisis, I have run out of kleenex. I almost – almost – bought some the last time we were at Costco, but I thought “Nah, the last time I bought a big thing of kleenex it lasted over a year, we’ve still got two boxes at home, we’ll be fine.” Oh no we won’t. I am using my last pack of travel tissues and if I’m downstairs, I’m using napkins. Napkins do NOT have lotion in them, nor Vicks. Utilitarian and effective, yes. Comfortable, definitely not.
I finished up the book of Acts a few weeks ago, and now I’m on to Romans. I guess I will just read through the New Testament at this point. I didn’t start with the gospels, but I’ve read them before and can always go back and read them again once I get to the end of the Bible.
I’m also reading “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul. I love it. Even sick as a dog, I managed to get through 100 pages last night. I don’t agree with everything in the book, but his viewpoints have definitely made me reconsider some of my positions, and validated some of my existing beliefs in the role of government. I agree with his stance on:
the draft (against),
Austrian economics (for)
Civil Disobedience (for)
Demagogues (against – I’ve heard enough demagoguery against conservatives over the last three years to last a lifetime)
Education (100% agree, he champions homeschooling and school choice, down with the DoE)
I’m sort of “eh” on other issues, like his take on the CIA, and foreign assassinations. Those two actually go hand-in-hand, but they’re covered in different chapters. I don’t know enough about the CIA to make a call, and it’s one of those things I’m not sure anyone is ever going to know that much about. How can a spy agency be clandestine and transparent? I don’t know.
He may have also persuaded me to rethink my position on capital punishment. I am in favor of it for this reason: everyone knows it exists in the US and they know that if they commit a heinous crime, they’re subject to it. They’ve been warned, in other words. But Paul makes an excellent point: do we really trust the government, who is so in-adept at so many things (education, perpetuating the welfare state, bungling of the economy), to make a life-or-death call? Do we trust them to handle capital punishment cases competently? I don’t trust the government with much of anything. The thought of them running our health care system is terrifying enough, what if I were an innocent person put on trial? I’d be terrified of what the behemoth government might do, and that I might fry because some incompetent, bureaucratic boob bungled my trial, and as a result, sent me to the chair. His stance is “better to give a life sentence so that restitution can be made if a conviction is overturned. That’s not possible if you’ve executed someone.” So there’s some creeping doubt in my mind now. I’ll have to mull this over some more.
What I find amazing about his book is that it is inoffensive, regardless of your political persuasion. He doesn’t demagogue the left or the right. He does call out fallacies on both sides, so perhaps it’s inoffensive because it’s equally offensive. But it’s not written in a hostile fashion. I’d encourage anyone who’s even remotely interested in politics to pick up this book. It’s an easy, informative read.
28 DAYS! 28 DAYS!
People spend longer in rehab than I have until she’s here!
We were riding home from getting Rhys’ hair cut and Henry was listening to Rush Limbaugh. By force. Anyway, they were talking about Sarah Palin and I asked Henry if he knew who she was, since according to the media she’s responsible for everything from mass murder to global warming to the weakened eggshells of the Puffin. He said no, which didn’t surprise me as I don’t think we talk about her much and we don’t listen to the news that daily reports her visceral stupidity, circuitous killings, dangerous clip art, and rumored cannibalism.
Anyhoo, I asked him if he knew who the president was and he said “Oh My Bama” (which we really need to get corrected). Then I asked him if he knew who the VP was – he didn’t, but I wasn’t surprised. I’d wager most Americans 4+ years old don’t know. He wanted to know what the VP was so I told him the president is like Batman and the VP is like Robin.
“So who’s the president?”
“Oh My Bama”
“And do you know the vice president’s name?”
“No, he’s like Robin, right?”
“Yes, it’s Joe Biden. Say ‘Joe Biden.’”
“Joe Biden. Does he wear a cape?”
Thank you, Glenn Beck and Pat. High-larious! I heard this on the radio this morning and couldn’t stop giggling. If you were hoping Alan “Republicans want you to DIE!” Grayson would go down in flames, he gets a few rousing choruses. Along with the fact that Obama’s former Senate seat went to a Republican. Heh!
This will probably be my first and last political post, unless something else funny pops up.