Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Well it has been close to a year or so since I last posted on my blog. I have a lot to say but never seem to be able to find the time to get it out. I am going to be posting a bit more often from here on out, if for nothing more than to get my thoughts out because I feel like I'm now living in the twilight zone.

For those of you wondering why I say it feels like I'm living in the twilight zone, let me tell you. As I look back over the last few years and the last year and a half in particular I can't help but ask what has happened to my country! There are a lot of people, myself included, who have felt that the country has been in a total free fall for a long time. This great country that we live in is on the verge of falling off the proverbial cliff, but it seems there is a significant portion of the population that does not seem to notice or care. That needs to change!

The former President Bush did a wonderful job of protecting this country, but did nothing to stop the runaway spending that is now threatning to bankrupt the greatest nation on earth. I consider myself to be a conservative to the core of my being and I want those of you might read this to know that I am not someone who thinks that Republicans can do no wrong and Democrats are all evil. If an individual stands on Conservative principals of small government, strong national defense, the sanctity of life and marriage, and keeping government out of the average Americans daily life then I will support them no matter what party they are from.

What I have seen from our current President and those he has surrounded himself with is something that I cannot believe I would ever see in America. President Obama came into office espousing that he was going to bring hope and change to America. He said two days before the election that we were only two days from fundamentaly changing America, and you know what, he wasn't kidding. In the last year and a half this country has gone through a fundamental transformation like nothing I think anyone would have ever expected. President Obama and Congress has done more to take personal freedom from the average American and place it in the hands of the government than in any other time in American history. If anything, I believe we have seen nothing but the destruction of the constitution and this country rather than hope and change. We have seen change, but not the hope that was promised.

There are so many things that I could go into regarding what the President and the Congress has done to destroy this country, but I don't have that kind of time tonight. Suffice it to say we are in the middle of the biggest power grab by the government and redistrubution of wealth that has ever been tried. If there is anyone who might disagree with that statement or does not know what I mean, keep reading in the coming weeks and I will hit upon those facts. My point of writing all this tonight is not to bash on the President or even the Congress. My real goal is to maybe get some folks thinking about what America truly stands for, what it really means to be an American, and to hopefully wake up to the fact that we are close to losing this country.

Now to the reason why I am writing this tonight. There are those out there that would say, even on the Republican side of the aisle, that it is only fair that everyone pays their fair share to help those that are less fortunate and the government has the right to make sure that happens. I could not disagree more vehemently!! This country was not built because we had a nanny state government to take care of all of our needs. We became the greatest country on earth because we had a government that stayed out of the peoples way and let them succeed and fail on their own. Our President apologizes to the rest of the world because we are the greatest nation on earth and that is wrong. There is not another nation in the history of the world that has done more for other nations than America has done for the rest of the world. It wasn't our government that created all of that wealth, it was the people!! Our wealth as a nation is nothing to apologize for1

The government does not creat jobs or create wealth. All that the government can do is facilitate an environment that allows for the creation of jobs and therefore wealth. How does the government do that?? By getting out of our lives and allowing the free market to dictate what will succeed and what will not, and by free market I mean we the people. I know what is best for my family just like you know what is best for your family. The government is trying to dictate how businesses are ran, how and what our schools are teaching our children, and they are telling us more and more how we can live our lives. I find that to be absolutely appalling and it is wrong! Until Americans wake up and realize that we have to take our freedoms back and stop the government intrusion to all aspects of our lives, we are going to end up losing our freedom and our country.

I have so much more that I could say on this subject matter, but I could be sitting here writing for a long time. I have bounced around a little with this post and what I was saying, but it was a start for all of the thoughts I have going on right now. I am going to be posting more on theses subjects in the coming days and weeks. I hope that what I have to say makes people think. I don't expect everyone to agree with my points of view and I welcome that. That is what makes America great! We can disagree and still have a civil discourse. That is unfortunately missing in to many conversations these days. I hope you enjoyed reading this if you made it all the way to the end. I welcome feedback! Let me know what you think.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Great Letter That Pretty Much Says It All For Me

Hey everyone that may still come read my blog. It has been a few months since I have posted anything. I'm going to start posting at least a couple of times a week from here on out. I wanted to post this letter that was emailed to me, but I think says what a lot of frustrated Conservatives think. I did not write this but I thought it was worth sharing.

I'm Tired by Robert A. Hall

I'll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congress critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them -­ with their own money.

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful?

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor;” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.” I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of President Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois. I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less in an all-knowing government.

I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that thinks Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever.

Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America , while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.

I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military. Those are the citizens we need.

I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people then themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt.. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq , or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia , because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.

I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers -­ bums are bi-partisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bi-partisanship. I live in Illinois , where the "Illinois Combine” of Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the public for years. And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet are bi-partisan as well.

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes, or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.

I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I'm damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to get to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Mass State senate. He blogs at www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com

Let me know what you think and don't forget to check back soon for more post

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Some thoughts after the election.............

I want to start out by saying not all of my post will be political in nature or this long, but for the time being I have lots of thoughts pertaining to this election and the state of the country. First and foremost I am a conservative through and through and believe that the basic conservative ideals are the answer for this country. Obviously there are a lot of people out there who would disagree with me, but that is the great thing about America. As I have had a chance to step back and start to examine the results of this election I have to say there are a few things that I'm a little confused over. I want to say that what I have to say is not by any means meant to tear anyone down or to judge anybody elses positions. I just have a few thoughts that I would like to get out there for folks to think about.

I have say that Obama seems like a nice enough man and he is definitely an eloquent speaker. I do not believe that he and the Democrats in Congress got a overwhelming mandate to shove their ultra left wing agenda down our throats. I believe that it was more to do with an unpopular President, a credit meltdown blamed on the Republicans (although it was not the Republicans doing, but that is another conversation), and a Republican party that has left its core principals of small government. I find it interesting that a majority of voters who voted for Obama didn't vote for him because they agree with his policies. It's also interesting that most voters also admit that they don't really know who or what Obama stands for. As I said, I believe that it is more of his personality and eloquence, and a nominee in McCain who really wasn't that great of an option himself, that got Obama elected. If you stand back and look at Obama, his positions, and his associations you really have to ask yourself who this man is. I could go on about his associations and myriad of positions that I disagree with, but really I want to focus on one of the main issues that for me above all else is why I could never vote for the man. I want to make sure that all of you who are Christians, moderates, and whoever else might read this, and who support this man, know what he really stands for!

Partial Birth Abortion.....

I will say that I know this is a hot button issue for a lot of people and that there are strong opinions on both sides. I am not someone who advocates for the extremist who stand on street corners with pictures of aborted babies. I think that there are extremist on both sides of this issue. I am only writing this as a father who has had the overwhelming and indescribable joy of holding 3 precious little baby boys in my arms right after they were born. There is nothing that compares to holding that brand new little person in your arms and knowing that this little baby is a part of you. I know that a lot of people believe that abortion in the first trimester or even the 2nd trimester is just fine because it is not a viable living baby. I couldn't disagree more, but I'm not arguing that point. My argument is with the late term abortions! Babies who would otherwise be born viable and healthy.

I don't know how many folks even really know what partial birth abortion really is. Without getting into to many details it's basically when the baby is partially born and the babies brains are vacuumed out. In some instances there are problems and the abortion is botched and the baby is completely delivered. During most of the instances the baby is severely injured and dies or will die shortly. Why it is okay to partially deliver a baby and kill it versus when it is completely born it is then not okay is something I will never be able to figure out! My point to bringing this all up is to let everyone know where our new President stands on this issue.

When Barack Obama was in the Illinois State Senate there were several bills that were brought to vote. They basically provided money for hospitals to set up rooms with volunteers that would provide care for the babies who were not completely aborted. They would set up nurseries where these babies could be held and comforted for their short and final moments on earth. These bills allowed for medical care to be given to these babies. The reason for these bills was because these babies were otherwise treated as medical waste. They were put in a tray and put in a room to be left to die. At least with the passage of these bills, these little babies would know what it felt like to be held and loved before they die. Barack Obama voted NO, not once, but several times against bills like these ones. He said because it would weaken Roe v Wade and also that it was above his pay grade to make those kind of decisions. So he voted no. I'm not sure how you can justify killing viable babies or even providing some resources so these babies can feel some love before there little lives are cut horribly short, but somehow President Obama is able to. For this position alone I could never support Obama! Thankfully the US Congress and President Bush signed a bill outlawing this heinous act. The Supreme Court even upheld the law!

Again I'm not trying to pass judgement on anyone and I know there are a multitude of views when it comes to abortion. I'm just putting my views out there and for those people that maybe do agree with my view on this but supported Obama, I want to make sure that everyone knows what this man stands for. Even if I had been able to stomach his other radical socialist views this for me would have been the deal breaker. It grieves me as a parent who has had three precious little boys, to imagine the generation of children that have disappeared since Roe v Wade was passed.

I know that a post like this probably brings up a multitude of reactions on both sides of the issue, but this is something I feel needs to be put out there for folks to think about. If you made it to the end of this post......thanks for reading! :) I do like to hear and appreciate thoughts and reactions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rough night to be a Conservative.........

This is my first blog entry ever. I have planned on doing one of these for the longest time, but have never gotten around to it. I was thinking it was going to be a better night than it turned out to be and that my first blog post would be a bit happier! I have to say deep down though I knew the election was going to go the way it did.

It would be very easy to get depressed over the way the election has turned out. I mean the Democrats now control the White House, Senate, and the House!! Not to mention it looks like they may get their needed majorities to do pretty much anything they want. I could say poor me and poor Republican party, but that would not be in my nature! Really the Republicans got what they deserved! How can I say that you might ask, or maybe not if you agree with me due to you being a fed up Republican or a gleeful Democrat this evening. The Republican Party has lost its way and has tried to conform to what the Liberals in this country and the driveby (mainstream) media have tried to push down its throat. I hope that this election will wake the Republican party up and help it get back to its roots in true conservatism! I can not for the life of me figure out why Republicans think that they need to try and change who we are. What is wrong with wanting smaller government, low taxes so I can keep more of MY money, to encourage entrepreneurship so more people can realize the American dream, and to want to protect the sanctity of marriage and the millions of unborn babies murdered in this county every year!! I believe that the founding fathers didn't want government running our lives, they wanted just the opposite! They wanted the people to have the power to control their own destiny!!

There are so many things that I want to say and get across, but I would be here all night, and that is what future blogs are for. I congratulate all of you Obama supporters out there who might read this blog. I hope everyone notices over the next 4 years the difference in the way the Conservatives in this country treat Obama versus the way that President Bush has been treated the last 8 years by the Left in this country. Even though we disagree and will probably disagree vehemently, we will always do it with respect because Obama is the President of the United States and he deserves respect for that. I think it has been absolutely horrendous the way that President Bush has been treated by those who disagree with him! I have been a huge critic of Bush and disagreed with a lot he has done, but he is the President and deserves the respect that comes with that office! President Obama will at least get that much.

Lastly I hope that everyone will pray for the new leadership in this country. I know that it seems like a dark night for the Republican party, but we know God is in control and He will have His way. I look forward to putting my thoughts out there for the rest of you to read if you are interested. Here's to hoping the 2010 election goes a little better than this one............