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Obama is Not a Democratic Ronald Reagan

My apologies for slow blogging these past few weeks.  I had a meeting yesterday with my dissertation adviser and spent the better part of Tuesday preparing for our get-together.  As I organized my thoughts, I realized I was far ahead of where I had thought myself to be, but still behind where I need to be.

As a result, I haven’t had as much chance to stay up to date on the news — and blog commentary thereon — as I would like.

In following the transition, I am largely impressed with the president-elect’s appointments (save Susan Rice to the UN, Tom Daschle to Health and Human Services, Eric Holder as Attorney General) as they evidence a more moderate team than Obama’s record would suggest.  Yet, these appointments further muddy the waters about the Democrat’s intentions.  He has tapped some pretty competent individuals, but we still don’t know what he’s going to do.

He’s keeping us guessing.

And that’s where he differs most profoundly from the Gipper.  While at the Reagan Library on Saturday, I bought the DVD, Ronald Reagan: “The Great Speeches”. The ideas he puts forward in those addresses are consistent with those he had been campaigning on since his first bid for elective office in 1966, consistent indeed with “The Speech” he had delivered two years prior to that on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign:

While watching the DVD (which does not include that speech), I took note of this line, “Our government is too big, and it spends too much” from his April 28, 1981 Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Program for Economic Recovery. That short expression nicely encapsulates the Gipper’s ideas on domestic policy, helps us understand his overall political philosophy.

Yet, how could we encapsulate Obama’s agenda? With the word, “Change” or “Hope”? But, in a political context, what does each word mean? Has the transition given us any clue?

Twenty-eight years previously, we had a pretty good idea what the Gipper was going to do once he took office as he didn’t back off from his campaign promises nor from his long-expressed vision of containing the size and scope of the federal government.

Global Warming Hits New Orleans, Houston

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:13 pm - December 11, 2008.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

New Orleans gets some snow — caused of course by Global Warming(TM).

For the first time in nearly four years, snow fell across the New Orleans region this morning, with flurries reported on the north shore and in the city, Metairie, Kenner, LaPlace and other parts of the south shore. By around 10 a.m., the snow had mostly stopped, replaced by freezing rain in many places, making driving treacherous. By noon, the precipitation had mostly ceased altogether.

By mid-morning, enough snow had accumulated on the ground in some areas to lure children and adults onto their front lawns to build snowmen or have snowball fights.

(photo courtesy – The Times Picayune)

And Houston got some white Global Warming as well.  How’s the shoveling going, Peter H.?

Al Gore must be touring the South because I’ve been in Dallas all week and it has been cold as all get out.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Day Without A Gay: Complete Bust

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:06 pm - December 11, 2008.
Filed under: Gay America,Gay Culture,Gay Politics,Liberals

Here’s what this silly sophomoric stunt resulted in:

  • Late-night joke fodder for Leno, Conan & Kimmel
  • Absolutely no impact whatsoever
  • Proof that gays are not oppressed and that we have it pretty well off in the USA vs. nearly every other nation around the world.

Day Without A Gay participation spotty – My Way News

In San Francisco’s gay Castro district, several residents and merchants said they endorsed the cause but did not think a work stoppage or spending boycott was practical, given the poor economy and how quickly the strike was organized.

“My employers have always been there in every possible way. I didn’t feel comfortable discomfiting them when they have gone out of their way to be there for me,” said Paul Ellis, 51, a manager at Cliff’s Variety hardware store.

Folks, blacks in America in the 1950s and 1960s couldn’t eat in the same places as whites, they could not go to the same schools as whites, they couldn’t live in the same neighborhoods as whites, they were routinely sought out by police and beaten, they were routinely murdered and no one cared or investigated, they were routinely framed for rape and murder of whites.

It is a complete insult and offensive to me to compare “gay rights” in 2008 to the fight for African-American civil rights in the 1960s.

Now — can someone please justify how gays are oppressed in America given how far we have come and how one cannot possibly compare the “plight” of gays in 2008 to what America’s blacks went through during much of this continent’s modern civilization.

The Gays(tm) need to get off the high horse pretty quick.  Otherwise the obvious gains that the Gay Left wants to ignore are going to be reversed.

PS — And by the way, those of us who DID go to work got punished.  My boss made me work overtime to make up for all of the gays who stayed home in bed.   (No, not really.  My boss is awesome.)

-Bruce (GayPatriot)