Thursday, December 16, 2004

America As It Should Be

As promised, here is my statement of values with respect to the issues pressing upon America:

First, let's start with a quote:
"It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it." --Ronald Reagan

National Security and Homeland Defense:

First and foremost, continue to allocate all resources necessary to advance the campaign against Jihadi terrorists. It cannot be said too often: We choose to fight the war abroad so we don't have to fight it here at home.

Continue reorganizing the Department of Defense into a leaner, more agile and lethal military machine, maximally capable of addressing the asymmetric threats of the post-Cold War world.
This includes Congress actually voting to appropriate sufficient funds to do this, so that our soldiers won't resort to "hillbilly armor" and then blame it all on a Secretary of Defense who wasn't around when the Defense budget was being cut (by Congress).

Continue to develop and strengthen alliances to fight the war on terrorism and address other issues vital to our national security: Nuclear proliferation, stability in the Middle East, and viable solutions to illegal immigration and border control, particularly in the Southwestern U.S.

More aggressively pursue a greater degree of national energy independence. This should include responsibly drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, increasing our oil-refining capacity to better absorb instability in the international market, and -- perhaps most important -- encouraging the forces of the free market to develop alternative energy sources.

Legislative Agenda:
Reform the national tax system by eliminating the current U.S. tax code and replacing it with a flat tax (as proposed by Dick Armey and Dennis Hastert) or a national sales tax. The first priority must be to dispose of a tax system that has stifled competitiveness and growth since its advent, and commence earnest debate of the alternatives.

Reform Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs; more than all discretionary spending combined, these programs contribute to the national deficit, place a drag on economic growth, and loom as potential fiscal crises over our nation's economy.

Reverse the exponential growth of the federal bureaucracy and return government to the role envisioned by our nation's federalist Founders.

Secure a line-item veto for budgetary legislation, thereby allowing the President to combat Congress's irrepressible urge to waste your hard-earned tax dollars on its pork-barrel pet projects.

Aggressively defend the traditional values of our Republic:
  • Reaffirming the right to life and fostering a reverence for it in every area of our society; and reaffirming the institution of marriage, while supporting the traditional family as the fundamental unit of American life.
  • the President and Senate Republicans should press with all possible force for up-or-down floor votes on all his judicial nominees
  • The President should relentlessly continue nominating conservative constructionists for the now back-logged federal courts.
  • In the regretful event of ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist's departure from the Supreme Court, we urge the President to nominate one of that court's two most reliably constructionist members, Justice Antonin Scalia or Justice Clarence Thomas, as its new Chief

Perhaps Ann Coulter said it best:

"Liberals cannot win when Americans are allowed to vote, so they jam their insane ideas down our throats through the courts. In Bush's second term, there is no more important committee than the one charged with overseeing his judicial nominations. If Republicans blow this once-a-century opportunity to end the tyranny of the judiciary, they deserve to lose."

And finally, disband the ACLU.

The Anti-Christian Losers Union (as I like to call them) have been allowed (with YOUR tax money) to systematically tear down the core values that America was founded on.

To wit:

The Pentagon has agreed to "end direct sponsorship of hundreds of Boy Scout units which require members to swear religious oaths, on military facilities across the United States and overseas," thanks to the ACLU. The Pentagon permits service members to lead Boy Scout troops unofficially on their own time, using facilities at military bases, but has also allowed military bases to sponsor officially as many as 400 Boy Scout troops. The settlement does not resolve the ACLU's complaint that federal money is used to benefit the Boy Scouts -- for example, to prepare a base in Virginia for the quadrennial Jamboree (a gathering of 40,000 Boy Scouts and leaders on 3,000 acres of the 76,000-acre Army base). The Jamboree will go on as scheduled.

However, one Scout Troop took the fight to the enemy, so to speak. Read the story at the following link:

The news of this reached the Glenn Beck radio program, and by the end of the day, the Troop had raised several thousand dollars.


I'll close this post with a rousing call to action from writer Stephen Moore:

"Liberals of America, unite! Leave this horrid and wicked and irredeemable backwater! Why not create a workers' paradise off the shores of France?

You can all speak French, allow Janet Jackson to show both her breasts, create a cradle-to-grave welfare state, drink Starbucks lattes, read The New York Times every day, scramble the satellite signal for Fox News, and worship your new leader, Michael Moore!

[Heck], we'll throw in Harvard and the whole faculty! It's a gift. Here's an added incentive: You will never have to take the war on terrorism to the terrorists; they will almost certainly bring it right to your doorstep.

Now, there's the catch in all this. It turns out that a lot of the liberals can't afford the trip, or the entry fee into places like Canada.

So here's my idea: a new project called the Export a Liberal Fund. From this pool we will donate $100 to every liberal who agrees to give up his U.S. citizenship and flee the country permanently.

Warning #1: There's no coming back for health care when you get sick.

Warning #2: There will be no amnesty program. These are one-way tickets. ...

I, for one, stand ready and willing to do my patriotic part and contribute to the Export a Liberal Fund. I hope you will join me in this worthy charitable endeavor. Let's really go out and paint the country red!"


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