Weekly Musing 3-31-13
“The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed–would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper–the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you…Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?…”
– George Orwell, 1984,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”
—Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961
Lincoln’s Quote that Wasn’t
In my last newsletter I posted what I thought was a quote from Lincoln. It was not Lincoln’s quotes, but I still love the sentiment.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~ (NOT TRUE)
Another Reason MI is Important:
Johnson Retirement Gives Senate GOP Another Opportunity
U.S. Senate Race in Michigan
Several names are being talked about and some exploratory work done by various Republicans interested in running for the Senate in 2014. I would encourage Republican activists to figure out who you would like to support and who you think would be strongest candidate to take on the Democrats in the fall election. Let those candidates know of your support, encourage them along the way and help build a movement to help send a common sense conservative to Washington to help represent Michigan and our values!
The various candidates who’s name I have heard and have not taken themselves out of consideration, including myself in alpha order are: Cong. Justin Amash, Saul Anuzis, Cong. Dave Camp, Terri Lynn Land, State Rep. Pete Lund, Ronna Romney McDaniel, Cong. Mike Rogers and Cong. Fred Upton.
Let them know what you think and if you have a favorite, encourage them to run. Our Mackinac Conference is quickly approaching and we traditionally kick off our statewide races by then.
Red states rising
Red states are rising. But blue states, shackled withexorbitant union demands and pension obligations, high taxes and anti-fossil-fuel policies, are sinking.Americans are fleeing these Democratic bastions, uprooting their families and resettling in areas with economic opportunity.
That mass migration means ever more power for the GOP, which already controls 30 state governorships. As more people move, the GOP will dominate Congress and the electoral college. The biggest mistake the GOP could make now would be to abandon its current policies in the wake of recent electoral losses.
Folks are voting with their feet to live in areas that are low-tax, pro-business and allow job-producing fossil-fuel production.The Census shows that from 2000 to 2010,Americans fled Democratic-controlled East Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes states.
“Me Too” Republicans
The report to the Republican National Committee is on firmer ground when it says that national Republican candidates have not articulated their case very well — that “we too often sound like bookkeepers.” Republican candidates “need to do a better job talking in normal, people-oriented terms.”
Absolutely. It doesn’t matter how good your case is, if you don’t bother to articulate it so that voters understand you.
…When it comes to minority votes, the Democratic Party is much like Eastman Kodak during the long period when it sold the vast majority of the film and cameras in the country. How did its competitors manage to drive Kodak into bankruptcy?
Not by saying “me too” while trying to imitate Kodak and trying to outdo Kodak with better film and better film cameras. They went digital instead. But that approach requires a lot more thought than apparently went into this report. Polls and focus groups are not a substitute for thought.
Liz Cheney: Republicans, Get Over the 2012 Loss—and Start Fighting Back
And I do mean fight. Republicans are being counseled to move the party to the left, but in my experience, those who advocate more liberal policies for the GOP are wrongheaded or Democrats, or both. You can be sure that President Obama would welcome an America in which the Republican Party is preoccupied with remaking itself into a watered-down version of the Democrats.
It is time to defend our values with vigor and courage. We are conservatives. We believe in limited government, low taxes, a strong national defense, individual freedoms, self-reliance, the importance of the family, and the miracle and authority of America’s founding documents. We know that government is best that governs least and governs closest to the people. We know that the private sector is the engine of economic growth. We know that America is the exceptional nation, the best that has ever existed. We know that the men and women who wear the uniform of the U.S. military are the greatest fighting force and the greatest force for good that the world has ever known.
Democrats and Republicans elitist problem
The natural center for Republicans lies in the unorganized blue-collar position between these two extremes. There, the theme of “We just want the freedom to shape our neighborhood in accordance with our local values” should reign supreme.
Of course, this means that the party also has to switch away from the establishment, market-libertarian “Wall Street” (or big-business) position to a true free-market “Main Street” (small-business) position — although big-business interests should remain welcome, too.
Ben Carson: Family breakdown is Detroit’s problem
His plain-spoken style, coupled with high-profile political speeches at the National Prayer Breakfast and the Conservative Political Action Conference, proposing detailed tax and health reforms, have electrified Republicans who see him as a potential candidate — perhaps a Michigan Senate nominee in 2014 — when he retires from Johns Hopkins in June.
Welcome veterans home with business loans
We should allow the money designated for tuition to cover the interest on loans taken out by veterans who want to start a small business.
This process would take the principles of the GI Bill and apply them to lending institutions. Whereas the Department of Veterans Affairs will pay for tuition and living expenses only after a veteran has been accepted into an accredited school, my idea would only allow the interest on small business loans to be paid after the acceptance of their business loan application. The bank and former soldier would still be liable for the principal of the loan.
The Great Recession Has Been Followed by the Grand Illusion
The country isn’t really advancing. By comparison with earlier recessions, it is going backward. Despite the most stimulative fiscal policy in American history and a trillion-dollar expansion to the money supply, the economy over the last three years has been declining. After 2.4% annual growth rates in gross domestic product in 2010 and 2011, the economy slowed to 1.5% growth in 2012. Cumulative growth for the past 12 quarters was just 6.3%, the slowest of all 11 recessions since World War II.
Taylor Named New Chairman of Mackinac Center Board of Directors
The Mackinac Center Board of Directors has chosen former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor as its new chairman, according to Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman. Taylor replaces D. Joseph Olson, a founding member of the Center who has served as chairman for most of the Center’s history and will remain on the board.
Taylor, a former Navy officer, joined the board in May of 2012. He served on the state Supreme Court from 1997 to 2008 and the Michigan Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1997.
Anuzis would be strong GOP candidate for Senate
Despite his self-proclaimed “average guy” status, Anuzis stands out from other would-be senatorial candidates with a compelling narrative.
The son of immigrants, Anuzis is the definition of a Reagan Democrat who achieved the American dream. He put himself through the University of Michigan at Dearborn with a Teamster job — something that connects him with voters along the Interstate 75 manufacturing corridor.
“I believe in American exceptionalism and believe that our best days are yet before us,” he told supporters in a recent e-mail that discussed his potential candidacy. “So I will humbly go forward to see if there is any reasonable opportunity for me to do my part to help restore the American dream.”
The “Art of War” in the 21st Century
China’s nationalism will be the glue that will bind the country together. Riding high historically, China has seen no limit to its power and influence. The country has also shown tremendous restraint as an underdog, curling up like a pill bug until the environment is safe to emerge again. The 21st century will witness the continuous uncurling of China.
Will China drag the U.S. into greater military spending, borrowing money from China to do so, enabling them to stoke both their domestic and military spending thus accelerating the economic see-saw, with America occupying the declining position? Our national leaders need to watch this building storm, protect our interests, and be careful that our own preparation for the coming waves does not become our undoing.
Sun Tzu, reminds us: “The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.” Chinese and US leaders vowed to build “a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit,” now only time will tell how this will play out.
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