Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Some New Year's Thoughts

Some random thoughts…

There are a lot of people predicting a long reign of Democrat dominance due to Republican incompetence and corruption. According to this theory, the GOP will become like the Democrats of 2004 and face a long period in the political wilderness. (Of course, the Democrat party rallied quite well after 2004).

They’re wrong, and Rod Blagovich is a perfect example of the reason why. Power corrupts, and the party in power has many more opportunities for corruption. (As well as more members in positions of power). Democrats are just as susceptible to corruption as Republicans are—and controlling the government will give them ample opportunity to prove it.

An essential part, apparently, of any year in review column is a reference to the incredible inspiration to be found in Barack Obama’s election. Maybe it is, for Democrats and people who voted for him, but he hasn’t actually done anything useful yet (he couldn’t; he hasn’t had the opportunity), and his election proves only that a handsome, eloquent man with good media skills can be elected president, which isn’t exactly a transcendental notion.

Another essential year in review feature—a mention of Sarah Palin’s foolishness. Like someone who went from being a member of the Wasilla school board to a near Vice President could possibly be a bit lacking upstairs.

Another Palin point—Democrats hate and fear her every bit as much as Republicans hate and fear Hillary. I was talking to some very reasonable and sensible Democrats recently. We found common ground on most issues—until I mentioned that I thought Sarah Palin represented the future of the Republican party. They shuddered at the idea in a way that I had previously only seen during the climax of exceptionally scary horror movies.

Of course, if Palin is the future of the Republican party, that isn’t necessarily a good thing. She has a very annoying populist, Joe Sixpack-wannabe streak which sometimes seems to discount the advantages of education and learning. The intelligentsia don’t have all the answers—but they do have valuable knowledge. Palin is throwing the baby out with the bathwater—the fact that intellectual elites are often wrong doesn’t mean that a simple populist appeal is right.

Some in the RNC are proposing having the Committee publically condemn the bailouts of the economy. A nice thought—but isn’t saying, in effect, that about half the Republican party aren’t “true” Republicans a bit counterproductive? After all, the GOP can’t run only wholly conservative candidates for all offices.

Israel seems to be the only state in the world that doesn’t have the right to defend itself, at least according to many leftists. A whole book, or at least a whole blog post, could be written about this phenomenon, but one point seems especially obvious. Assume for a moment that Israel is what its detractors say it is—a bullying nation with a disproportionate response to any provocation by its enemies. Is that really the biggest problem that faces the world? By any rational measure, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the rest of the anti-Israel part of the Arab world are nasty, violent thugs, and dishonest ones to boot, given that they break nearly every treaty and agreement made. Given the plight of so many totalitarian ruled African countries, China’s and Russia’s civil rights violations, and the social injustice found in India, is there anything Israel could possibly do that could compare?

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

28 Comments:

At December 30, 2008 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Daniel Ruwe said...

Alright, I think I'll get a jump on things. You might notice that I didn't mention abortion once this post. So abortion is off limits for this post. If anyone wants to broach the subject, do it somewhere else, because I'll just delete the comment, and any responding to it (even if the responding comment isn't itself offensive. In other words, if some one mentions abortion, just ignore them).

I don't know how so many pro-choicers found this blog, and I don't mind intelligent commentary, but pretty much all the pro-choicers who comment here don't have anything productive at all to say.

 
At December 30, 2008 at 10:04 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Have a happy and safe New Year's celebration, Daniel!

 
At December 31, 2008 at 4:46 AM , Anonymous The Conservative News said...

OK then, I'll talk/write about the Hamas/Israeli conflict. I think that Israel has shown a tremendous amount of restraint in the past. But just like the person who gets picked on and just takes it time and time again, one day that person stops taking it and lashes out with great force and determination.

Hamas has pretty much stated ''over its dead body.'' well that Sounds like a plan to me.

 
At January 1, 2009 at 6:08 AM , Blogger Private Line said...

I don't see Israel being in any rush to sign yet another worthless peace agreement with Hamas, especially if Hillary Clinton gets involved.
We have the magic man Obama to look forward to and add Hillary to that picture and you have yuck!!.Hillary and Obama have nothing to offer! Does anyone remember how the US military was forced by Bubba to cut and run in Somalia in 93. A lack of fortitude was shown and Muslims learned that if you bloody America's nose, with a liberal at the helm, they had already won. Hillary needs to show a strong backbone, which unfortunately she lacks.
BTW....How about doing a blog on abortion? LOL
The land for peace agreement wasn't worth the paper it was written on. To live in peace be prepared for war. Eternal vigilance is the only way for Israel to have peace.
Give war a chance!

 
At January 2, 2009 at 7:52 AM , Anonymous misanthropicus said...

Caroline Kennedy!!! God have mercy on us! Another up and coming Catholic, pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage politician

 
At January 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM , Anonymous An American Who Cares said...

Caroline K’s attempt to get anointed to the Senate seat is nothing but a crass power grab. The woman is banking (literally) on her name & family money. Is it too much to ask that she run for and be elected to city council, or perhaps even school board, before making a claim to a US Senate seat? I might even settle for unelected PTA participation. Heaven forbid she should have to get out and actually meet & talk to voters, and mingle with the “Harry Reid smelly” voters, i.e. those who actually pay Senators’ salaries. I have never understood America’s (although I do understand the fawning media’s) fascination with the Kennedy family. Joe Kennedy was nothing but a crook who made much of his money in prohibition liquor, gambling, prostitution, & connections to organized crime. I have a friend who believes Bill Clinton is Joe Kennedy’s illegitimate son. Think about it: 1940’s Crime boss + Hot Springs, AR (a then-popular crime boss vacation spot) + Clinton’s 1962 meeting a half-brother(?) President as a Boys’ Nation delegate = a not-so-crazy theory. Palin is far more qualified for a Senate seat than Kennedy. Even though Senator Mark Pryor told Bill Maher, “You don’t have to pass an intelligence test to serve in the U.S. Senate,” Kennedy has zero public policy experience. I suppose under Pryor’s acid-test, however, Kennedy is qualified. Caroline should go back to attending Manhattan cocktail parties, or run for office (I might be satisfied even if she lost) before making a claim to a U.S. Senate seat. The media gives Kennedy the kid-gloves treatment & SNL will not treat her the same way they did Palin. Despite the left’s maniacal outbursts, Palin actually would’ve made a great VP, far better than Biden. The best part about that is that Palin would’ve driven the left absolutely bonkers (yes, I know they already are) up the wall for the next 4 years. Funny how the transition team (the-never-before-heard-of “Office of the Pres-Elect”) has kept Biden’s mouth sewed shut since November 4.
The real issue here is not Caroline Kennedy. It is the process of bypassing of the democratic process by use of appointment instead of election to fill vacant seats
What I am wondering is when the media will jump on her or SNL begin to parody her as they did with Gov. Palin.

 
At January 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM , Anonymous T R said...

Myself, Daniel said at the very beggining that all posts concerning abortion were going to be deleted.

 
At January 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM , Anonymous T R said...

"Oh keep quite Beth.
An beginning is spelled this way"

Ok, first, thanks MYSELF! for telling me how to spell beginning.

Second, I am not Beth. I don't know why you keep insisting that I am Beth. I am not Beth, I don't even know her. If you insist on calling me Beth, I guess I can't stop you, but it's not my name.

 
At January 3, 2009 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Beth said...

How does one "keep quite" anyway?

 
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