Slippery slope into socialism.
(By the title, you might think I am going to launch into an attack on Sen. Barack Obama.)
I wish I was..!!
Sen. John McCain’s foray into a government “buyout” of bad home owner mortgages scares the crap out of me.
Where did this plan come from..??
It was just thrown out there last night..??
The comments I am seeing are from people who are angry. (And they have a RIGHT to be angry.)
“..I pay on my mortgage. I have never missed a payment. The value of my house went down, like everyone else. But I am stuck paying a higher mortgage, while people who didn’t cut back on personal spending and try to pay their mortgage- will get a taxpayer bailout from the government, with McCain’s new plan…”
This is exactly what we conservatives worried about with a “McCain Presidency.”
That he would try and “cross the aisle”, offer MORE socialistic programs, and we would watch conservative principals slip away- again.
I need to say two things, at this point
I do not have a mortgage. My property is paid for. This is NOT sour grapes for me, personally. However, I have eyes and can see the problems with this government buyout of “troubled home loans.”
Also, I am not voting for Obama. I will vote for McCain.
I realize that this is the worst possible time to pick at John McCain, and we need not give ammunition to TEAM Obama.
But, if not now- when..??
We conservative voters do not want Barack Obama..!!
And we sure as hell do not want “Obama lite.”
(Ok, I guess I am trying to speak for conservatives and I probably shouldn’t.)
I believe people are pissed off about rich financial companies getting tax bailouts and then throwing huge “spa” parties in LA that cost $400,000 bucks. It is sickening.
I believe McCain’s new plan to buyout troubled home loans- REWARDS those who screwed up. And punishes people who do the right thing and pay their bills.
If John McCain felt he had to prove who was the “bigger Santa Claus”, by giving out tax money; we will see if the polls show if this trick was a winner.
But I believe McCain needed to attack Obama on his judgement. By bringing up William Ayers, Reverend Wright, and Rezko.
McCain needed to push the fact that Obama wants to spend tax money in a bad economy. Obama wants to raise taxes.
We just didn’t see this.
Not last night.
I do not believe John McCain will slip much in the polls this week. He can correct his approach for next weeks debate.
I just do not believe McCain can win this election by being “Obama lite.”
He MUST offer the voter an alternative to Barack Obama.
We are NOT alone…
Today, we have many celebrities voicing their opinion on the 2008 election. Most seem to lean more for the liberal candidates.
Madonna has recently entered the campaign by stating that Sarah Palin is not welcome at her (Madonna’s) concerts. Madonna now allows Obama staffers to hand out fliers in front of her concerts.
Lindsay Lohan has given her opinion of Sarah Palin.
Is this something new in America..??
Famous people speaking out about politics..??
Somewhat, but not really.
In the heyday of TV and Radio, big Hollywood studios signed contracts with stars that restricted what the “star” could do in public.
For example, they had to dress respectable and NEVER talk about religion and politics in public.
Simple- studios realized that if a “star” talked about backing a particular political candidate, it would alienate half of the audience, which could lower box office ticket sales. Which loses money for the studio.
Today, celebrities do not have to sign contracts like that, and are free to speak out. (Which they do often, not always to their benefit.)
However, some notables DID speak out, with little concern for losing business.
Ernest Hemingway was one of those people.
The gifted writer and tortured soul was the exclamation point for the word- “Liberty!”
Hemingway lived life as he wanted.
Hemingway never went to college for journalism. Instead, he entered the career of writing at the bottom. A cub reporter for The Kansas City Star.
At the start of WW1, Hemingway tried to join the US Army, but was rejected because of poor eyesight. He joined the Red Cross as an ambulance driver, so he could be near the fighting- the Italian front.
He received wounds while trying to save fallen soldiers and was given the Silver Medal of Military Valor from the Italian government.
Hemingway also fought in WW2.
After the War, Hemingway went back to writing.
I would fill several blog pages trying to tell you all of his work. Here are but a few:
1926- The sun also rises
1929- A farewell to arms
1940- For whom the bell tolls
1952- The old man and the sea
Hemingway earned the Pulitzer Prize for “The old man and the sea”, and won a Nobel Prize in Literature.
Unfortunately, Ernest Hemingway was a terrible alcoholic. He drank to excess- often. After he survived two plane crashes in Africa, which left Hemingway “somewhat” unable to continue his writing career, he took his own life at the age of 61.
During his career, Hemingway did speak out about politics. (Oddly enough, depending on what you read- Hemingway is seen as a great American who loved liberty. While at the same time being a communistic sympathizer..??)
But here are a few of his beliefs:
“..A writer owes no allegiance to any government. If he is a GOOD writer, he will never like the government that he lives under..”
“…All the state has ever meant to me is unjust taxation. I believe in one thing: Liberty..”
Hemingway hated republicans in the twenties. He despised the “new deal democrats” of the thirties.
He never cared for liberals or conservatives.
The only political person Hemingway seemed to speak kindly of was a socialist named- Eugene Debs. (Hemingway didn’t like socialism- he liked Debs because the politician was in jail. But he seemed like an honest man.)
Hemingway got into a little trouble when he recited several lines from communist politicians in a favorable fashion.
This was somewhat unjust, Hemingway never wanted communism or socialism for America. He firmly believed in less government and liberty, above all.
Hemingway was never fazed by what people thought about his politics. He continued to drink like a fish and chase “loose” women for the rest of his life.
We are NOT alone.
Modern celebrities speaking out on politics…
That is nothing new for America.
(Though, I believe Ernest Hemingway may hold more intellectual weight, than say: Madonna or Lindsay Lohan.)
Written by AR Babonie for The Angry Republic
The son of state Rep. Mike Kernell (Democrat) has been charged by the FBI in connection with a probe into the hacking of personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin,
You might remember that David Kernell made this statement on a post at a blog sharing site:
“…I read though the (Palin’s) emails… ALL OF THEM… before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governor…. And pictures of her family..”
I have a post on this subject, if you are interested.
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