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America’s Worst Days Sometimes Turn Out To Be Its Best

It is very hard for me to believe that it was 25 years ago this morning when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff.  It was a snow day for me in my senior year of high school on January 28, 1986.  I was home and bored and flipping channels.  I had completely forgotten about the “Teacher In Space” on the Shuttle that day until I came upon the live NASA feed being simulcast on the then-called “Learning Channel”.

So I stuck with it.  One problem, there were no commentators… just the NASA flight announcer.  After the explosion, I just stared at the TV.  When the NASA guy said “Obviously a major malfunction….”, I switched to CNN.

That day is etched into my memory and was a day I’ll never forget for the rest of my life.  It was raw, visual, scary, sad and very emotional to watch the TV coverage.

But then the President addressed the nation in the early evening.

This was one of Ronald Reagan’s finest moments as our President. Remember, this was the man who had steered us out of the greatest economic downturn since WWII (until 2008), restored America’s national defenses, and was on the verge of bringing down the Soviet Union and Eastern European Communism. America was back — until the Challenger explosion rocked our world that day.

This was also probably one of Reagan’s last great moments in office. Within the year, the Iran-Contra scandal would cripple his administration up until nearly the day he left office in 1989. Only his farewell speech would bring back the vintage Reagan that we saw 25 years ago tonight.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

New York Times discovers GOProud

Taking an interest in the handful of conservative groups boycotting CPAC because of the participation of our friends from GOProud,  the New York Times‘s Erick Eckholm becomes the latest reporter to make a minor divide on the right appear to be a major schism, still he does treat the rapidly growing gay conservative group fairly and even gives Chris Barron the last word:

But Mr. Barron, the GOProud chairman, said he was confident that the Conservative Union would not reverse course. “I think 10 years from now,” he said, “people will forget there was ever a discussion over whether a truly conservative gay group should participate.”

Read the whole thing.

Chris is right.  Ten years from now.  This won’t even be an issue.  Heck, we might not even have to wait that long. 

Do hope all this hullabaloo causes people to focus on the real goals of modern American conservatism, that the ideas undergirding this movement are not rooted in animosity against those who differ from the norm, but born from the ideal of freedom for all those who wish to partake of the American dream

GOP enjoys its most positive image since 2005

Bruce alerted me yesterday to a poll which shows that for the first time since 2005, more Americans “have a favorable than unfavorable opinion” of the GOP:

Trend Since 2000: Favorable/Unfavorable Opinions of the Republican Party

The really good news for the GOP is that the uptick continued even after the fall elections. Indeed, the party’s negatives have continued to slide since then — during a time when the media coverage hasn’t always been favorable.

If elected Republicans continue to hold the line on federal spending and stand firm to the ideals espoused by Ronald Reagan, expect those numbers to hold up — if not improve.

No, Time Magazine, Obama does not “Heart” Reagan*

Well, maybe the “news” magazine is trying to do some p.r. for the prez now that a one-time correspondent for the periodical is taking over as White House Press Secretary.  Jay Carney, currently “communications director for the Vice President . . .  reported for Time Magazine from 1993 until 2008, based in places such as Moscow and working his way up to Washington, DC, bureau chief in 2008.

So, this guy goes from Time to the Obama-Biden White House  only to have his one-time employer tells us that Obama Hearts Reagan.

First, talk about a revolving door, fascinating how many folks from the mainstream media go on to jobs in Democratic Administrations.

Anyone who think that Obama is like the Gipper has virtually no knowledge of Reagan’s political career or philosophical bent.  Just compare the speeches which catapulted each man to leadership in his party.  Reagan’s, in 1964 on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s bid for the White House, outlined a series of conservative principles to explain his support for that year’s Republican nominee. Obama’s in 2004 to the Democratic National Convention was mere fluff, offering uplifting, but ultimately empty words of praise for that year’s Democratic ticket.

Or compare the Gipper’s first inaugural address to Obama’s most recent State of the Union address.  The Republican, the most successful domestic policy president of the last century, reminded us that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”  The incumbent, by contrast, believes we need more government spending, er, investment, to get out of the current economic malaise.

To be sure, both invoke American exceptionalism, but only Reagan understood the concept.  He knew that we didn’t need a government initiative to meet the challenges of a dynamic society.  Obama, by contrast, can’t seem to imagine a pressing social problem that doesn’t require additional federal intervention.

Can any contrast be greater?

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Where were liberal rabbis when Democrats compared Republicans to Nazis?

Because I’ve been traveling, I have not had the time to blog as much as I would like nor to follow the news.  I was flying from LA to DC and my flight got diverted to Charlotte.  Unfortunately, I was unable to connect with Bruce until it was too late to meet and ended up overnighting with a close friend from college before catching a later flight into Washington.

As you can probably guess, given my faith and my interest in civil discourse, I have attempted as best I can to follow the story about the 400 rabbis who

. . . purchased a full page in the Wall Street Journal demanding an apology from Glenn Beck for the repeated use of Nazi and holocaust imagery he used on his Fox News TV show; and for the attacks he made on George Soros – a Jew, who was an adolescent during the Nazi occupation of his native Hungary.

Roger Simon reminds that the left-wing financier doesn’t have any sense of guilt for living with a Nazi collaborator who took the then-teenager with him when he confiscated property from Hungarian Jews. 

As is often the case, the blogress I have dubbed the Jewish Athena offers a viewpoint nearly identical to my own:

I have no sympathy for Beck and have in the past expressed my view that he harms the causes he claims to champion. His is not the image or tone that conservatives should seek to emulate. I don’t think the rabbis’ letter is out of bounds in the least. Beck in this instance has plainly gone over the line.

However, what I DO object to is the selective outrage. They were mute when Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) compared Republicans to Goebbels. Where were they when Holocaust language was used to score points against their political adversaries? (more…)