Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Let us be frank, Israel is on the front line in the War Against Terror and they have been getting tormented by rocket attacks from Hamas in the "Palestinian" territory in the south and Hezbollah rocketeers from the north. NO nation, not the United States, not even France, would take it and fight "proportionately." We, and anyone else would fight back with all our might and crush the enemy.
That is what Israel is doing. They are showing the folly of the so-called UN "peacekeepers" and that they are one sided when a bomb hit and four "peacekeepers" were killed. If they were actually doing "peacekeeping" we would not be watching this war in real time day after day, night after night.
Israel is doing what it has always done. Fight back against unprovoked aggression and showing that it will fight back in kind.
But, the appeasement crowd is saying that there should be an immediate, unconditional cease fire. They think that Secretary of State Rice should do something like "shuttle diplomacy" which is always bad news for Israel. They even think that one can negotiate with terrorists like Hezbollah and Hamas.
It is this muddled thinking that never achieves anything but giving in to the terrorists or their patrons. It is time to not take peace at any price but to fight for freedom and to defeat terrorists and their patron states.
We and Israel cannot be taken seriously in fighting terrorism if we negotiate with them. Israel is taking the first step in defeating the terrorists.
The United States should support Israel and not even talk of any kind of cease fire until there is no more Hezbollah military wing and Hamas is cut off. Only then will there be any kind of possible negotiations and only that they will recognize the right of Israel to exist and accept the two-state program.
appeasement will not work. It just delays the inevitable and emboldens those seeking to terrorize. That can not be acceptable. Israel must prevail and another theatre in the War Against Terror will be won.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Mr. Buckley decided, of all places, to air his grievances against President Bush on the CBS Evening News over the weekend.
It is not enough that Mr. Buckley said that Mr. Bush is not a true conservative-he is not in the Reagan model, but he is defiantly a conservative. He also pronounced the Iraq effort in the War Against Terror as a failure and did all of this on the den of the MSM iniquity-CBS!
It is fair to say that Mr Buckley is the Grandfather of the movement that conservatives are today. But, conservatism and the world has changed. It is no longer good to say what we are against, but we should say what we are for. That is what Mr. Reagan did and what Mr. Bush is doing. I admit, I favor more the Reagan approach to government, but it will not happen. It has not happened in 12 years of Republicans controlling congress. It will not happen when they retain congress after the November election. But if we accept some government, lets make it conservative as possible.
Also, I am fearful that because our new enemy is Islamofacism, Mr. Buckley may not have the stomach for the long and hot war that it will be. There will be mistakes made, to be sure, but to not take the fight to the heart of the enemy will only weaken us and we will not win. I commend Mr. Bush for seeing this clearly even if there are steps back. I think that Mr. Bush has got to tell the American people and the world what our enemy is and what we will do to stop it. No more Mr Nice Guy. Time to make an "Evil Empire" speech or a series a la Reagan.
But Mr. Buckley while entitled to his opinion needs to look at the big picture. That conservatism is a collection of different parts and that when they come together, there is no stopping it. When people like Mr. Buckley fall for the liberal-socialist trap and go off the reservation, it weakens the conservative movement.
Now more than ever we need the movement together, especially with the toughest election season since Mr. Bush became president.
Remember that in November. And for Mr. Buckley, you may need to ride off into the sunset and let the new forces of conservatism have its day.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
The difference in this war vs. Most other wars is the proxy and not proxy terror groups that are at the forefront of the war.
We all know that Al-Queda is in a league all its own and that nations in and out of the Middle East fear them. They are adept and slinking into troubled nations, as they did in Afghanistan and are now doing in Somalia.
But then there is Hamas and Hezbollah that are backed terror groups, primarily by Syria, which also like Saddam's Iraq, a Baathist regime and the real threat to the world, Iran.
We are watching the fuselage in the Middle East and there is no doubt that the proxy war fought by Hamas and Hezbollah will lead to all out war with Syria and eventually Iran.
At some point, we will not be able to stand by idly and watch, we will have to back Israel in this battle. It does not matter to Hamas and Hezbollah if Israel went back to 1967 borders or 1948 borders and gave up "East" Jerusalem. There will be not satisfaction until the Jewish and Christian "Infidels" are driven into the sea.
A sidebar. There are many who, as I do, sympathize with Palestinian Christians. But, in reality they will suffer the most in an Islamofacist Palestinian state. They will be persecuted for being Christians and "Infidels" and will yearn for the days that Israel was in control when they can practice their religion freely. Just ask the Maronite Christians in Lebanon how they have fared under Islamic rule and being part of the power structure in name only.
And if that were to happen, do not expect peace for as they have for centuries the Arabs will fight each other.
So, there is no choice but to back Israel in this titanic struggle and the possibility of ousting Bashar al-Assad is tantalizing. A free Syria may be the key to offsetting a growingly hostile Iran, again the threat to the world, even more than North Korea.
It is gut check time. We can really say we are fighting the War Against Terror or we can whine about timelines and whether or not we get Osama bin Laden. Do we back Israel with the might of the armed forces of the United States or cave in to international, anti Israeli opinion? Mr. President, we are watching.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
We should also remember those that are far from home defending our freedom in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Japan, Germany, South Korea. It is because of those men and women willing to volunteer to serve their country, the greatest in the history of the world, we are able to celebrate this wonderful day.
May God Bless America, one and all and Happy Independence Day!
Monday, July 03, 2006
My suggestion for Sen. Lieberman is to come on over to the right side, the Republican side. No, you are not a conservative but something very rare these days. An actual, old-fashioned thinking liberal. One who actually thinks there is something special about the United States and believes that our values and our nation is worth fighting for.
As challenger Ned Lamont gains in the polls, Sen. Lieberman may actually lose his primary battle. Today he said that if he lost he would still run as an independent. I hope that he would reconsider and just switch parties.
It is obvious that because he does what the socialist Democrats say does not happen enough, works with the other side, he has fallen out of favor because that means he is working with the devil himself in wackoland-President Bush.
It does not matter that he has a 90 percent plus pro-Democrat voting record since he was elected to the Senate, but work with Mr. Bush and actually support his view on the War Against Terror and the thanks you get is former Vice-President Al Gore giving you a slap across the face when he bald face lied saying he does not endorse candidates in the primaries. Does anyone remember HEE-HAW Howard Dean and Mr. Gore's gushing endorsement of him in the 2004 presidential race?
I admit, I like Sen. Lieberman because he is a man of deep faith and is not afraid to speak his mind. Goes against the leftward mainstream of his party. I believe that if our media was not biased, there would be gushing articles and Sen. Lieberman's face splashed all over our television screens like the last maverick they jumped on-Sen John McCain(R-Ariz). But now, Sen McCain is realizing that they really don't like him. They liked that he was anti-Bush. Now, Sen. McCain is almost fully on board Team Bush and courting Republican voters, who will rightfully determine if he should be the Republican nominee in 2008.
So, what should Sen. Lieberman do? I say really slap the Democrats in the face and come on to the GOP side. Can you imagine President Bush campaigning for his reelection in Connecticut and on election night, when his victory would be announced, another loss for the Daily Kos crowd.
While the PAN under current President Fox has not been quite as friendly to the United States (dumping thousands if not millions of illegal aliens over the southern border), Sr. Calderon should be an improvement. Anything to the right is better than what we have now. Sr. Calderon favors the free market and that can only help Mexico move up. At this point, Mexico can either go worse and start over or see long term reforms go through that will bring up all Mexicans.
But, we are already seeing the PRD calling for "every vote to count"-where have we heard this before?!
The PRD, led by Mexico City Mayor Lopez Obredor, is the Socialist party. Makes the old and dying PRI look like the Republicans here. They are going down to defeat, but taking their cues from the American Democrats and whining that because this election is so close-see Real Clear Politics (www.realclearpolitics.com) and we see one percentage point separates the top two leaders. So, as the Democrats have argued in two consecutive national elections that President George W. Bush stole them both. Of course, these are the same people who say that President Bush is a moron.
Anyway, this election will take about a week to hash out and when all is said and done, we will be saying Presidente Calderon. That is good for the United States.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
"Gelding the trilogy may make a few new-age Presbies feel virtuous in the moment, but the likely effect longer term will be to animate the fundamentalists who often give religion a bad name. People who feel the Earth moving beneath their feet-their institutions and faith under siege-tend to seek out something more stable and less fluid.
And ultimately less tolerant."
I can not say it better myself.
Well, the Presbyterians have taken some heat off the Episcopal Church for at their recent national confab, they came up with 12 new ways to say the Trinitarian blessing, Father, Son and Holy Ghost(Spirit).Of course the reason for this is because that all implies that God is a male figure and it might "offend" some people. Most people I know that are literate in the Holy Bible and the times that it was comprised understand that it has nothing to do with male or female. All are one with Christ, male and female, free and slave, bonded and unbonded, and so on, and so on.
So, what are the 12 new variations of the trinity? Here we go:
- Compassionate Mother, Beloved Child and Life-giving Womb
- Giver, Gift and Giving
- Rainbow of Promise, Ark of Salvation and Dove of Peace
- Lover, Beloved and the Love and Bind Together Lover and Beloved
- Overflowing Font, Living Water, Flowing River
- One From Whom, the One Through Whom and the One in Whom We Offer Out Praise
- Rock, Cornerstone and Temple
- Fire That Consumes, Sword That Divides and Storm That Melts Mountains
- Creator, Savior, Sanctifier
- Rock, Redeemer, Friend
- King of Glory, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Love
- One Who Was, the One Who Is and the One Who Is To Come
WOW! Where does one begin?
The fact is that one, maybe two actually refer in any way to Father, Son and Holy Ghost(Spirit). The rest is socialist gobbly-gook. One of my favorites is Rock, Redeemer, Friend. To bad it has nothing to do with God.
But, you have the hand it to the socialists that have seized the Presbyterians church. There is spin.
In an article in the Los Angeles Times (www.latimes.com) the Rev. Rebecca Button Prichard said, "What people are afraid is that they think we are taking "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" away from them." Do you think?! The Rev. Prichard went on, "We're not. What we want to say is that no word can fully describe God." Then why not just say Yahweh as the ancient Jews did?
I have a good, non offensive way to say the trinity if one must. Try this one: God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is biblical, and takes out the bad patriarchal language and does not stagger into the nonsense the Presbyterians want to engage in.
If the Presbyterians, Episcopalians and other mainline churches wonder why they keep losing members and not gaining, this is one of the many reasons why. The purpose of the church is not to promote a socialist or conservative or other agenda. It is to equip the believers to take the Gospel to those who have not heard the Word of salvation in the Holy Bible. It is to promote God, through belief in Jesus Christ and with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Or Giver, Gift and Giving!