Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," Obama said in July. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
Civilian national security force? Do we not have enough over-zealous police already?
And you thought the Patriot Act was bad!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The term "Two Americas" was coined by the great slip-and-fall Senator from North Carolina, John Edwards. We can now see graphic proof of his idea in this county-by-county electoral map from the recent presidential election. The map is the work of Mark Newman. Notice how the blue is mostly limited to urban areas of high population density: the northeast, the west coast, the tip of Florida, the upper midwest (Chicago, etc.) This is one America, comprised of upper middle class and upper class white liberal elites, service union members, city dwellers who do not depend on cars, the entertainment industry, the pornography industry, etc. The second America, the Red America, is the rest of us. We are also know as bitter clingers, or, in the olden days, the silent majority.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
On January 20, 2009, everybody turn on your TVs, and then tell me what you see: is it an inauguration or a coronation? The democrats and their friends from Hollywood love to stage grand spectacles, and the Obama convention speech and acceptance speech were mere rehearsals for the Big One when he takes the oath of office.
McCain, Bush I and II, and Reagan all approached the presidency with a sense of humility, meaning they realized that the office was larger than them. They were mere occupants for 4 or 8 years, servants of the people and guardians of the Constitution. Clinton viewed the presidency as something for him to use, as a tool to advance his own cause, or his wife’s, or his party’s. It is only a slight exaggeration to say it was a toy for him to play with.
What about Obama? Will he view himself as a servant of The People, or their King?
What about us? Will we view him as a fallible servant of the The People, or as our King?
Barack Honolulus, Rex Americanae. BHRA*
*cf. the Catholic motto, INRI, for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudæorum, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. John 19:19
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008