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Karl Rove from Reagan Library tonight

Dan, John and I just finished listening to Karl Rove at the Reagan Library. Thanks to Princess Leah for joining us as our date for the night!

Rove gave a rousing reminder why Reagan was such a great leader and how he changed America’s trajectory in economic, security and national purpose.

Rove also gave a blistering attack on how Obama campaigned as a centrist but is governing as a leftist. America was duped by a con man — those are my words.¬† The facts that Rove articulated about the fiscal impact of healthcare reform are chilling.

Rove is still the optimist. I wish I shared his sunny view that we can change the course. But as Rove said, like Reagan, I have to have faith in the American people.

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Before the speech, I took these photos around the Reagan Library.

The words on Reagan’s grave above are ones that he spoke during life: “I know in my heart that man is good/ That what is right will always eventually triumph/ And there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Oh, Those Nasty Tea Partiers and Their Threats

Something struck me last night watching “The Marriage Ref” on NBC that I didn’t really figure out until today:

With all the breathless pearl-clutching Leftist pundits and politicians shocked—SHOCKED—by the threats and intimidation tactics being used by those rotten Tea Partiers, you know who’s pretty quiet about it all?

Good old “Stone Henry Hyde To Death” Alec Baldwin.

Kinda makes you think, huh?

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

To NPR, Defenders of Life are “Opponents” of “Rights”

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 6:05 pm - March 26, 2010.
Filed under: Media Bias

As if those with a moral problem with infanticide hadn’t taken enough slaps to the face in the past week, Gosteleradio NPR sends down newspeak rules for dealing with the thorny issue of abortion:

On the air, we should use “abortion rights supporter(s)/advocate(s)” and “abortion rights opponent(s)” or derivations thereof (for example: “advocates of abortion rights”).

Okay, so those who don’t support abortion are against “rights”. Unborn children, apparently, weren’t available for input.

Oh, and if you’ve forgotten, you’re paying for this! ūüôā

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)

Heading to Reagan Library

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:23 pm - March 26, 2010.
Filed under: National Politics,Ronald Reagan

We are about to leave the hotel and head to Simi Valley to the sacred ground of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Tonight, there will be a book-signing and speech by Karl Rove. I’ll be tweeting along at GayPatriot on Twitter.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get some photos posted here as well from the iPhone.

Here’s the view from the hotel lobby as we depart…

President’s Post-Obamacare Rallying Further Divides Nation

Lost ¬†amidst the left-wing chest-thumping about allegedly mean-spirited, racist, anti-gay, horrible, no good, very bad Republican and Tea Party reactions to the passage of Obamacare is the absence of magnanimity from the victors. ¬†The signing ceremony resembled a “partisan pep rally“. ¬†The president and his Democratic allies behave as if conservatives lacked legitimate reasons to oppose his plan (even as they lost one-eighth of their caucus on the vote and had to twist arms and bribe lawmakers to get enough reluctant House Democrats to vote for passage to muster a meager majority.)

Instead of acknowledging how the debate engendered bitter exchanges while intensifying political differences in Washington and across the country, the president seeks to perpetuate them, mocking “Republicans’ campaign to try to repeal his new health care law, saying Thursday they should ‘Go for it’ and see how well they fare with voters.” “A better man”, Dan Riehl writes, “would have tried to mend fences, not widen gaps.

On Good Morning America, Senator Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts*) called the president’s rhetoric “inappropriate.” ¬† Indeed it is.

Rather than herald the passage of reform in unifying terms, the president returns to the stump, making campaign-style speeches. ¬†And he all but refuses to the concerns of opponents of the legislation, dismissing them instead as partisanship gamesmanship. ¬†He prefers to rally his base. ¬†A healer and a united he ain’t.

Maybe more people would rally to his health care overhaul if he chose to confront those concerns rather than dismiss and otherwie belittle them.

In this way, the incumbent very much resembles the worst aspects of his predecessor who did not often enough take to the airwaves to explain why his Iraq policy was in the national interest.  Only George W. Bush did not so mock his partisan adversaries.

The president has a great gift for the spoken word; it’s unfortunate, he’s not using it to unite the nation.

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Where was MSM when Death Threats Issued Against W?

it seems the MSM only discovers civil discourse when a handful of conservatives are being prominently uncivil and when accusation fly (even unsubstantiated ones) of bigoted comments by right-wingers.

Today, Michael Barone asks, Where was mainstream media on Bush death threats?

The indefatigable Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, links to a collection of pictures of protesters calling for the death of George W. Bush. Question: Can anyone find a front page story in the Washington Post or New York Times decrying documenting and decrying such vile political discourse? Threats of violence are newsworthy to the news reporters of the Post and Times, it seems, only when they’re directed against Democrats.

Of course, our critics will tell us it just wasn’t this bad under W, sure a few people called him a “war criminal” (because that’s what he was), but the vitriol was far greater than it is today and the hate rhetoric far more widespread. ¬†It’s just that the MSM didn’t cover it as they do today.

Why I Don’t Believe Barney Frank

As the mainstream media echo, without their own independent investigation and with dewy-eyed credulity, claims of African-American Democratic Congressmen that tea party activists hurled racial epithets at them as they marched to Congress to vote on the Democrats’ health care overhaul, it only makes sense that Barney Frank would join the victim crowd. ¬†Parading his sexuality as a way to win media attention, Barney too wants to be the victim of discrimination.

“Me too, me too, I’m suffering too, now put me in front of a camera so I can whine before a large audience and try to discredit the Tea Parties.”

But, Barney, you know, I have hard time believing you. ¬†You, who are so ready to lash out at Republicans, calling them racists, “homophobes” or just plain deluded men suffering from an unnamed psychological disorder. ¬†It fits your narrative to discredit the Tea Parties as harboring racists and gay-baiters. ¬†You need to see conservatives as hateful troglodytes so you can more readily dismiss our concerns. ¬†And ignore our arguments.

Yeah, we do have one corroborated report of someone yelling “faggot.” ¬†And that is indeed an ugly thing. ¬†But, when you grandstand on this, Barney, you only downplay the seriousness of anti-gay bigotry.

You’re not making an issue of it to show that such hate still exists, but for partisan purposes. ¬†Your allegations are a distraction to prevent people from looking at the statist provisions of the health care bill and to see instead the (supposed) bigotry of the opposition. ¬†Barney, as reader Rob Lorinov put it in a comment to a recent post, “just can‚Äôt deal with” criticism.

So, if you were subject to multiple anti-gay epithets, show us the video. ¬†That you find Tea Party protesters engaging in such activity fits too neatly with the narrative you want to peddle that we need evidence to substantiate your accusations. ¬†Alas that I don’t have the $10,000 Andrew Breitbart has to offer as a prize for proving that Tea Party protesters hurled this ugly epithets at you. ¬†If I did, I’d put it on the table.

As some of our readers may know, noting the superabundance of video cameras at the Tea Party protest outside the Capitol, including two men in the Democrats’ procession “carrying video cameras and holding them above the crowd“, has offered to donate $10,000 to the United Negro College Fund if someone can provide evidence that Tea Party protesters hurled racial slurs at African-American Congressmen. ¬†He doubts they’ll come forward: (more…)

It’s not the Zeitgeist, Jonathan, It’s Your Mood

Over at the New Repuublic, Jonathan Chait mistakes the exuberance he (and his allies on the left and in the MSM) must feel at the passage of Obamacare for a shift in the “zeitgeist.” ¬†Now, to be sure, Obama looks more like a winner than he did in weeks past. ¬†And it is an accomplishment to push such an unpopular bill through an elected legislature. ¬†You gotta give Obama credit for that. ¬†Even the Vice President says the president would have been “absolutely done” without a health care victory:

“If we were unable to move the ball on this issue, not only in the political sense might we be dead,” Biden said, according to the pool report filed on the event [a fundraiser in Maryland. “But in terms of being able to deal with other major issues on our plate, we would’ve been done. Absolutely done.”

But, to say the “Zeitgeist has shifted” misses the national mood and ignores numerous surveys which show Americans not just opposed to this kind of bill, but to this kind of legislation (i.e., big government solutions). ¬†Americans don’t like the health care bill because they don’t like big government. ¬†And because Republicans tried to block it, well, Chait, thinks now Republicans are seen as obstructionists:

The psychology of victory and defeat is a remarkable thing. A week ago, the Democrats were perceived to have an enormous political problem. Their agenda was stalled in Congress. There was a mass groundswell of public anger they had to contend with.

Suddenly those problems have been flipped on their head. Now Democrats don’t have a problem because they can’t pass anything, Republicans have a problem because they’re obstructing everything. Whereas right-wing grassroots activism represented a public backlash against the Democrats, it’s now seen as an extremist element that discredits the GOP.

Note here his use of the passive.  Now seen as extremist element that discredits the GOP.  By whom, Jonathan?  By you and your Bush-hating chums working for mainstream and liberal news media and living in urban areas on the East Coast?

Given that surveys show that just shy of 60% of Americans believe the government is doing much, I don’t think Republicans will have a problem if they continue to “obstruct” Democrats’ big-government initiatives. ¬†What Chait sees as an extremist element discrediting the GOP, is in reality, a principled one animating the party. (more…)