You know how you’re sitting around waiting for your crops to grow and you start reading articles and blog posts and then the next thing you know you’ve got about fifty-eleven crammed into your Read It Later? There’s no way you can ever blog about all of those excellent articles, those rare posts that manage to find a unique viewpoint or a new spin on an old idea, and articles that you feel you should don a tinfoil hat just to read. But something about them makes you tick them to your read later list, meaning to find some way to reference them or pull them into the discussion. Or is this just me?
Some articles and posts are so compelling that I tweet them immediately after I’ve read them and/or post them on this page as a “Must Read,” but more often than not, I just tick them into tomorrow . . . and that tomorrow never comes. So without further ado, I’m hereby calling today that tomorrow, so here are some of the articles taking up space in my Read It Later (aka the posts that will never be written).
Get Your Hands Off My Right To Bear Arms!
Okay, so the only gun I’m ever likely to own would pop out lip gloss when you pull the trigger, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand and fully support we the people’s right to bear arms. This right was vital to our founders and intended to guard against tyranny, from the enemy within (they knew all too well the results of a tyrannical government), and the fact that Ottis McDonald in Chicago is fighting for this right for all Americans makes him a hero in my eyes. These are exactly the sort of legal challenges that we conservatives must start making far more often. We sat back while the left manipulated and shifted the legal framework in this country with a zillion lawsuits aimed at destroying our rights and liberties. No more.
The United States Post Office and “Government Solutions”
Yep, the U. S. Postal Service is going broke. Big surprise. The government’s solution? Cut services and jack up prices. Big surprise. Perhaps cutting back to five-day weeks would be good for the Post Office, but here’s the thing, why cut Saturday? Most people work all week (or they will if we ever see job creation again), when the Post Office is open, and it’s Saturdays that most people can get to the Post Office (if they absolutely have to, who uses it if there is any other alternative?). Why not close on Monday and Tuesday instead? Oh, right. Government doesn’t work on weekends. Neither do unions. Instead, they close on the one day that the majority of customers can actually go, and they talk about raising prices for stamps. Again. Typical. How long before they start charging a cover charge just to enter the building as Massachusetts has done with its Department of Motor Vehicles?
Needless to say, this is exactly the sort of thinking that we do not want involved in our healthcare, but it’s exactly what we’d get. (Just look at what’s happening in Massachusetts, if only our politicians could think beyond the next poll and next election, they might be able to foresee some of the “unintended” consequences of their idiot policies. But then, maybe it’s all part of the progressive‘s tactics, a plan of sorts?)
The Post Office is a dinosaur and serves no real consumer need any longer (all I get anyway are fliers, circulars, and other advertising–all of which go straight into the recycle bin, unopened). Many are saying privatize it, while others are saying that’s impossible, but I say shut the whole darn thing down. If there’s a need for any of its services, some industrious entrepreneur (or more likely an existing shipping service like UPS or FedEx) can and will fill that need post haste (heh). And it’ll be cheaper, more efficient, and more consumer-friendly.
Get Out That Tinfoil Hat
There’s also some buzz out there about a Saudi billionaire dictating Fox News coverage and the Saudi connection to BO’s win in 2008. Not sure what, if anything, to make of this, but it’s worth noting, I guess, as long as we have our tinfoil hats firmly in place.
America Not a Super Power?
And most disturbing of all is this from John Hawkins’ 5 Ugly Truths Americans Will Have to Face:
5) We will have a world where the United States isn’t a super power. As the growth of the US economy slows, our military declines, and we become ever more dependent on the foreign powers that hold our debt, the United States will cease to become a super power. We won’t have the cashflow to engage in another Marshall Plan, the manufacturing capacity to gear up as we did in World War II, or the dominant military needed to score decisive victories over our opponents. Certainly, the United States won’t become completely insignificant, but Reagan’s description of our nation as a “shining city” above the rest of humanity will no longer be true. Instead of being a colossus striding the globe — we’ll be like Russia, China, France, Britain, or Germany — just one of many.
I don’t know about you, but this is unacceptable to me. We simply must cut all the entitlement spending and aid to other nations (what can we do to help anyone if we are brought to our knees?), and we simply must stop BO from his deficit-building craziness. That means electing every (R) who runs this fall, every single one. No dems, hopefully no RINO’s, absolutely no progs–we can’t risk our nation by playing third party games and whingeing on about how bad the republicans were. Sure, they were, but putting country before party while we still have a country must be our approach. We can worry about party problems and who’s “conservative enough” after we put the brakes on BO’s all-out war on America this November and in 2012.