An Aye for an Aye

What is the price for an “aye” today? Is it a big contribution from a lobbyist? Is it an anonymous donor? Is it a fawning media?

What, exactly, is the price for an “aye”? Moreover, what should it be?

Do we expect plaudits, slaps on the back by fellow “legislators”, a hand shake from across the aisle, or do we expect nothing in return? What, exactly, is the standard for an “aye”?

Does it command a price that exceeds a “nay”? Does it assume we’re in the know and won’t register a complaint?

Please tell me. How, exactly, do we value an “aye”, or, for that matter, how do we value a “nay”?

I don’t normally use terms like “aye” and “nay”. Who does? Those terms are a throwback to the distant history of our legislatures, which the left loves to disdain. So why do they persist?

Why does a “nay” count less that a “you lie”? Who, exactly, determines the proper scope of an “aye”, when one’s constituents expect a “nay”.

Hey, I’m just asking questions. When are we going to see a “hell nay”? When are we going to see an “aye” for a “nay”, or an “aye” for a “hell aye”?

This is so troubling to me. I’d rather see a “fuck you” than a “nay”, in the course of the legislature’s deliberative gestations. I’d rather see a “screw you and the horse you rode in on”, that a limp-wristed “aye”, for putting legislation at bay.

I guess I was never cut out to a member of the “aye-nay” club. I’d choose better words that put the emphasis on vulgarity. Why not? We’re currently not achieving anything with an “aye” for an “aye”.

One down….

Haley Barber has decided not to pursue the Republican Presidential nomination. No fire in the belly.

(CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.

“I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Barbour, a Republican, said in a statement. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

“A candidate for president today is embracing a ten-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else. His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required.”

Who Are You? (Monologue)

I watched a great movie a few days ago, “The King’s Speech”, worthy of every award it received. It was inspiring to me because of what we face today. Although we face a different kind of enemy than did King George VI, we are still confronted with an enemy that wants to limit our ability to achieve and reap the rewards of that achievement. Our enemy wants to limit our self-determination and supplant it with it’s own definition of the common good, commanding power over us in ways that belie our founding principles. Although we’re not facing the same perils as King George VI did with Hitler’s armies and growing aggression throughout Europe, our current enemy is just as determined. This current enemy is preying on a human unwillingness to dismiss past failings and move beyond those failings to achieve success.

In all our lives’ endeavors, we are constantly confronted with failure. It is how we confront both real and perceived failure that defines us. How do we react when having failed at anything? Do we throw in the towel and ask for government assistance, or do we persevere in a renewed quest to achieve our goals? There can be no government solution to personal failure, for the only solution to such failure must be determined by the individual alone.

King George VI was saddled with a terrible speech impediment….he stuttered and stammered every time he had to speak in public. To his horror, he was thrust upon the throne as the King of England when his older brother was forced to abdicate due to his pursuit of a divorced woman. Even worse, this happened during a time of impending war, when Hitler was rattling his sabers in a very, very big way.

Although succeeding to the throne after his brother’s abdication, King George VI was not in the proper mindset to lead. He thought that his speech impediment was a barrier to successful leadership and one that he was powerless to overcome, having failed over and over again to do so. Thankfully, with coaching, he successfully overcame his past failures. As his confidence grew with each war-time speech, he became the voice of his country, inspiring each and every citizen to persevere throughout WWII and to ultimately defeat its enemies.

We ask for the same, inspiring voice now. We are looking for a leader that will transcend any past failings and provide us with a vision that inspires us to individual success and liberty. It won’t be easy and there are many obstacles in the way, all of which are the result of a growing government’s influence in our lives. Our history should be our guide now as it has guided us through countless obstacles in the past, including civil war. Today is no different.

We are a nation of equals and we must reaffirm our commitment that each and every citizen be given the same ability to succeed and then be allowed to reap the rewards of that success. If afforded that freedom, I believe this country can once again lead the world in human achievement. It just takes the confidence to do so and a leader that believes the same thing.

Obama wants to shoot the goose

Obama is now on a mission to pry additional tax dollars from the only people in the country that currently pay taxes: the middle and upper classes.

I swear, this guy has no clue as to what drives our economy! If not for the motivation of wealth creation, this country is doomed to failure.

I like Bill Whittle and he posts some really great videos on YouTube. Check out this one. It really puts into perspective the budget deficit and our debt crisis. If Obama succeeds in closing the budget gap by raising taxes, this country will become worse than a banana republic.

After you’ve viewed the above video, check out this one from Paul Ryan.

Welcome to the real world Barry!

Barack Obama has had the luxury of ducking probing interviews and “gotcha” moments due to the love of the lamestream media. I believe that his arrogance encouraged him to do some interviews with local media, thinking that ALL media must be the same. Not so!

A friend sent me a link to this interview that Barry did with a local newscaster from Dallas, TX. Oops! The newscaster didn’t get the message that Obama walks on water.

Great viewing! Pay particular attention to Obama’s rebuke of the newscaster at the very end of the interview when he takes his mic off. Priceless!

Sarah Palin’s coming-out speech

Sarah Palin delivered a blistering speech to the Madison Tea Party today. I wish to hell I could have been there. She took on Obama, the “Republican establishment”, the unions, and everyone else that is standing in the way of returning this great country to its Constitutional roots.

Although she didn’t announce anything related to a Presidential run, this speech was as close to a campaign speech as any I’ve seen. She puts Donald Trump to shame by taking on Obama’s policies directly and didn’t resort to any “birther” comments that Trump seems so infatuated with.

If Sarah announces a run for the Presidency, I’m all in.

Video of her speech courtesy of Breitbart TV. The embedded video has been added below.

Burn the Koran, say a prayer

It’s amazing that’s there’s so much furor about some wacked-out minister in Florida burning a Koran. Idiots in Afghanistan are rioting in the streets over the fact that this minister defiled the word of Allah. What a bunch of bullshit!

Perhaps they should riot against the logger that brought the raw material to the mill to be turned into paper. Perhaps they should riot against the company that supplied the ink to the printer. Oh yeah, the printer. He needs to be drawn and quartered for daring to reprint the word of Allah on something that is not completely indelible, like paper.

Perhaps the idiots in Afghanistan need to purchase their Korans in stone. After all, isn’t that the way God gave Moses the 10 Commandments? He must have been in tune with the short-comings of the 21st century, knowing that stone would last a lot longer.

And about this nonsense being said that the Bible was just written by men about God. Who the hell put the Koran in writing? Mohammed? I don’t think so.

This is all just another reason why we need to drop a bomb on Mecca. Why coddle these idiots? Wipe their idiotic shrines off the map. Perhaps they’ll discover that Christianity isn’t as bad as they make it out to be, once they pick up a copy of The Bible at the local bookstore.

By the way, if you decide to burn a paper copy of the Koran, say a prayer. We don’t want any live ashes from the burning affecting anyone downwind.