Time for “change”

Well, our new President is sworn in, a truly historical event for our nation. It’s funny, though, y’know? One of the greatest hot items under discussion recently with the bailouts and all is the horrible financial crisis that our country is in. I’m tempted to say this is so much hooey. Why? Well, if we were really in that terrible of a crisis, would the incoming new President have spent $150 MILLION dollars on the inauguration? (Bush spent $42 million, FYI) Surely this harbinger of change wouldn’t do something like that. Imagine where those millions could have gone to help the needy.

But, Whitehouse.gov is already announcing that “Change has come to America.” Maybe they mean pocket change?

Y’know, I kept hearing about how this Country needed “change” during this past year from Obama and the Democrats…and as I looked around at the country in which I live, I kept wondering exactly what it is they want to change. So I examined what it is we currently have that is so bad and found:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I guess it’s time to change that. The Democrats would like to see “hate crimes” passed, which is really no more than making the “thinking of a wrong thought” illegal. Imagine what will happen when the change president pushes that through: Churches will no longer be able to preach from the Bible because it offends someone. So, yeah, I guess that will be changed.

A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Already many places are trying to curb our rights to carry weapons. All we have to do is look at all the places that have done this and see that the crime rates have risen there. Oh sure, maybe fewer guns are used, but the bad guys know the good guys don’t have guns, so it emboldens them. I’ve already talked about what I think the First President George Washington would do were he still around. I guess we can look for this change as well.

Our current government gives us three branches to complete a “balance of power:” Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Legislative consists of our elected Congressmen, and their task should be to make laws. Judicial is supposed to see that those laws made by Congress are fair and legal. Executive is supposed to “execute” or carry out the laws. Liberal judges have, in the past few years, began to change the laws and make them mean what they’d like instead of insuring that they’re fair and intended the way Congress meant. I guess we’ll see more of that change, shifting the balance of power around.

I genuinely hope the new President does a good job. I hope there are enough level heads in Washington (yes, I’m laughing too!) to ensure that this change he keeps talking about does not turn us into a Socialistic USSA as it sounded during the debates. I’ll be praying that he does a good job because I’m pretty content with the way our country is now and think the Founders did a pretty good job getting it right the first time, after all, it’s worked for more than 200 years! I’m just not anxious to see the kind of change he’s mentioned.

But maybe I’m the only one.

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17 responses to “Time for “change”

  1. ant'ny

    Well, the price tags of the respective inaugurations aren’t being fairly compared to one another. Bush’s approximate $40 mil was just for the parties, and excluded all other costs, like security. Obama’s $150 mil is all inclusive. While everyone has to speculate on the details (and the costs) of Bush’s security detail in 2005, it’s estimated that his second inauguration cost roughly $155 million, taking us back to “apples to apples” territory [and comparable costs].

    And, come on–Dubya has pushed us closer to a USSA state than President Obama will be able to. Look at the socializaton of industy and finance. Look at the shadow government that he established. Look at the beating the First Amendment took, all under his regime. Beware the sheep in wolf’s clothing, eh?

    The fear of Obama is the fear of the unknown, but he seems to be the first president in a long time who remembers that he’s the entire country’s president and not just the president of his core base and select special interests.

    The fact that Obama very clearly states that some sacrifice will be necessary to fix our country speaks volumes to me. After 8 [heck, after 30, goingf all the way back to Reagan] years of turning a blind eye to the obvious truth about our country and how we’ve let special interests stagnate our growth as a nation.

    Let’s see what he can do, but I believe he’s already done more to mend the divisive bickerings that have distracted the masses from what’s really needed.

    And feel free to “Neener-neener-neener” me if I’m proven wrong. =)

  2. Dave Olbrich

    Poor Roland, you really have poured yourself a full glass of the conservative Kool-Aid haven’t you. Shame. Conservatives have a terrible record of being on the wrong side major steps forward in truth, justice and the American way.

    Conservatives were against child labor laws, against giving women the right to vote and against giving blacks the right to vote. The 2nd worst act of terrorism on American soil was committed by a conservative, anti-government zealot, Tim McVeigh.

    Carrying the water for the right-wing can be a very exhausting and ultimately frustrating activity. I don’t want to get into your specific points, but this silliness about judges is beyond the pale. If conservative judges “make law” that’s okay, but if liberal judges do it … somehow the system is undermined? Yeek. In this case, it isn’t about fairness or adhering to the constitutional system, it is about “getting your own way” and philosophical dogma.

    Obama sounded like he was advocating Soviet philosophies to you? What right-wing nutball filter are you getting your news through?

    Please Roland, I love you buddy, step back from the edge. I don’t want to have to do an intervention at your “heavily fortified bunker” somewhere deep in a Mississippi forest.

  3. Well you have stirred up a hornets nest. Best wishes my friend.

  4. Henry Martinez

    Roland;

    Were we listening to the same speech? I’m no extremist by any means, I consider myself a moderate, but what I heard was a message of hope and a call to roll up our sleeves and get to work to fix things. A message whose echoes can be heard in other great leader’s speeches, like JFK, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.

  5. Well said, Roland! I completely agree. Some of the things he wants to do are rather frightening.

    Every crime is a hate crime. Why should some of them get more stringent punishment than others? Every crime commited is born of hate in some way, even if it’s just a hatred of God or hatred of the law, or hatred of morality.

    My dad has a Hog hat too! SOOIIEEE!!!

  6. Dave Olbrich

    Henry —
    Roland is a fan of great leaders like “W,” Richard Nixon,Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh, not those weak-kneed pinko liberals that you mentioned. 🙂

  7. The Sane One Here.

    Quote: “The Democrats would like to see “hate crimes” passed”

    I never understood the concept of “HATE CRIME.” Isn’t almost every crime committed out of hate? I don’t break open your skull with a crowbar because I love you, do I? So, because someone is of a “specific class” — female, black, gay, left-handed, whatever, and I break open their skull, I’m to be punished HARSHER because I didn’t do it to a white person? Ummm . . . that’s not right. Equal punishment under the law. That’s what it’s supposed to be all about.

    Given this scenario, if I commit a “Crime of Passion”, do I get a LIGHTER sentence? 🙂

    In terms of “crazy right wing” people, how DARE we want to keep weapons to protect our families and homes?!? I’ll argue with anyone on this. “Good guys” who play by the rules won’t be allowed to get guns anymore. “Bad guys” will ALWAYS have access to weapons. Guess where the power shift will head with this one? Idiot libs don’t understand this nor will they ever admit it. Look at the areas with the LOWEST amounts of violence and you’ll find those are the areas that allow for concealed carry.

    Quote: “He’s the entire country’s president and not just the president of his core base and select special interests.”

    I disagree. The democratic party is little more than an amalgamation of special interest groups.

    Quote: “Look at the beating the First Amendment took, all under his regime.”

    WHA? Until I see people being beaten and gunned down on the street by military or uniformed officers because someone isn’t wearing their “state distributed crucifix”, I’m going to put your comment into the “written by a moron” column.

    In addition, now that the first amendment was “beaten down” as you put it . . . does that mean that the democrats should set their sights on the second amendment? (get it — set sights? second amendment? LOL! Oh, I kill me! Wait . . . no, maybe a criminal with a GUN will kill me because I have no way to protect myself. Thanks dems!)

    Quote: “The 2nd worst act of terrorism on American soil was committed by a conservative, anti-government zealot, Tim McVeigh.”

    Wow. That’s right. ONE MAN did something, and so ALLLLLLLL the people of a specific party or ideology must be equally as evil! Hmmm. Jesse Jackson used to spit into the food of white people. Does that mean all black people are evil? Adolf Hitler killed lots of people — more Poles and Slovaks were killed than Jews you know — so I guess anyone of German ancestry must be evil and destroyed! Must we kill Hasselhoff? Again, a weak argument and manipulative use of “information.”

    Quote: “Carrying the water for the right-wing can be a very exhausting and ultimately frustrating activity.”

    That’s right. So let’s all just follow along, without any dissenting opinions, allowing people to run amok without any checks and balances. Let’s turn our back on the very concept of “everyone is allowed their own point of view and their own beliefs” that the libs so vehemently proclaim to whoever will listen. Indeed, the libs believe in 100% total freedom of speech . . . unless you happen to disagree with them.

    Quote: “After 8 [heck, after 30, going all the way back to Reagan] years of turning a blind eye to the obvious truth about our country and how we’ve let special interests stagnate our growth as a nation.”

    Ummm . . . the Democratic party is the party of special interests. Perhaps you’re right though. Perhaps lawsuit after lawsuit, media attack after attack regarding topics of religion, homosexuality, abortion, “hate crimes”, and race relations, all crying points for the Democratic party, HAVE stagnated our growth as a nation. I honestly believe that people should live and let live. Treat everyone equally. Don’t hate anyone until they’ve given you a reason to hate them. However, the spin that the media has put on ALL the above issues, and more, as been enough to divide the nation. Instead of making cases and laying out facts, the criminal liberal media has used their soapbox in divisive ways and have torn the country apart — not bring it closer together. Well done, media outlets! I hope those ratings were worth it!

    Speaking of the criminal liberal media, there’s a guy who is putting together a documenary called “Media Malpractice.” Check out http://www.howobamagotelected.com for a scary video. It says volumes about how “influential” — read: manipulative — the media is.

    Quote: “Roland is a fan of great leaders like “W,” Richard Nixon,Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh, not those weak-kneed pinko liberals that you mentioned.”

    Nixon is my favourite president, and Reagan is the greatest president my generation has seen. Without Nixon’s re-establishing ties with China, the cold war might have had a radically different outcome. We might have NEEDED to all have our guns to stop a Soviet invasion of America. I’ve seen Red Dawn . . .

    (And before you get going, don’t even start with the current problems with China. That has nothing to do with my pinpointing Nixon’s brilliant “checkmate” move with re-establishing ties with China.)

    In terms of him being “against” such people, as you suggest, why would he have wished everyone a “Happy King Day” on Facebook yesterday?

  8. Dave Olbrich

    Dear Sane One —

    Wow! Another Kool-Aid drinker in the house.

    Ask Roland if you want. I’m a smart, thoughtful, reasonable guy … that leans to the left. And I put a very high value on my friendship with Roland.

    I’m always astonished that two reasonable people looking at exactly the same information, situations and facts can come to such WILDLY different conclusions. I’m only assuming you are reasonable because there really isn’t anything in your post that supports that assumption.

    Why we come to our conclusions starts with prejudice … mine and yours. We willingly believe the “facts” that match our pre-existing world view and dismiss the “facts” that don’t fit.

    I really don’t understand what Rachel is “frightened” about. Honestly, I don’t.

    I’m sure over dinner and drinks you and I could find things to agree upon. The “coldness” of type doesn’t communicate ideas and thoughts as well as face-to-face discussion.

    The only real way to become educated is to approach all information you get with skepticism, trying to see beyond the prejudices we all bring to our viewing/hearing of the information. That is a difficult chore for all of us. Being intellectually curious and being willing to change your opinion based on new information is a pre-requisite.

    I believe you’re wrong. You believe I’m wrong. Que sara!

    p.s. “I’ve seen Red Dawn …” I laughed out loud for a full two minutes. Thanks for that.

  9. Dave Olbrich

    Sane One —

    I apologize … I can’t let this one go, because I can’t get it out of my head. You wrote,

    “Look at the areas with the LOWEST amounts of violence and you’ll find those are the areas that allow for concealed carry.”

    I’d love to see the facts on this. I’m not being snarky or sarcastic. What information do you have that leads you to believe that this is true?

  10. ant'ny

    Sane One,

    Even though you have resorted to the childish act of calling me a name (I believe it was “moron”), I’ll try to respond more maturely.

    Yes, the first amendment took a huge beating under Dubya’s administration. From fake propaganda released as news stories to the deliberate targeting of Valerie Plame to the arrest of citizens posting signs critical to the President and the War, it was rather frightening, especially for one who enjoys mature debate and well-crafted rhetoric. If making fact-based statements makes me a “moron” then I’ll wear that label proudly.

    How you can get, “Well, the GOP killed the 1st Amendment, so the Dems should take on the 2nd” out of anything I wrote is beyond me. I’m a firm believer in the second amendment. And, from what he’s said, so is President Obama.

    I’m not practicing partisan politics, here. As a former instructor of rhetoric, I was including some facts that might undermine Ye Olde Author’s thesis statement, is all. Politics has nothing to do with my post.

    And while the Democratic party might be a collection of special interests, I was comparing one person (Dubya) to another (Obama). Dubya was hugely influenced by lobbyists while B-Rock has banned gifts from lobbyists, and bars any of his current staff from working as a lobbyist during his administration.

    Obama has included former ‘opponents’ in his administration, including Reublicans, while Bush surrounded himself with his so-called neo-Con constituency.

    I am NOT defending the Democratic party. My going back 30 years holds Carter and Clinton as responsible as Reagan and both Bushes for our stagnated, antiquated status.

    Labeling is a shortcut to critical thinking and a waste of everyone’s time. Focus on the facts and you’ll most likely be surprised.

    For example, who was the president that decreased the size of the federal government, balanced the budget and made concessions in favor of big business’ profitability, driving many of our jobs out of the country: Reagan or Clinton?

    Which president grew the size of the federal government, expanded Social Security, and enacted the largest corporate tax increase in history: Reagan or Clinton?

    “The greatest president [your] generation has seen” talked a good game and many believed it. But he rarely practiced what he preached. Ditto Slick Willie C: he was probably truly the greatest president of (y)our generation, if “greatest” means practicing conservatism and not just talking about it.

    Call me a moron, call me a “Democrat,” call me a “liberal.” None are true, but it sure is easier than dealing with facts, I’ll concede.

    ant’ny

  11. Henry Martinez

    Dave, well said.

  12. The Sane One Here

    Quote: “p.s. “I’ve seen Red Dawn …” I laughed out loud for a full two minutes. Thanks for that.”

    No problem. I had hoped that would make someone chuckle, as opposed to make someone think I was totally serious with that one line . . . 🙂

    Quote: “I’m sure over dinner and drinks you and I could find things to agree upon. The “coldness” of type doesn’t communicate ideas and thoughts as well as face-to-face discussion.”

    I totally agree. I’m a huge fan of healthy, heated discussions.

    Quote: “Why we come to our conclusions starts with prejudice … mine and yours. We willingly believe the “facts” that match our pre-existing world view and dismiss the “facts” that don’t fit.”

    That’s absolutely true. One of the issues I’ve had with this full election is how the media has almost
    “brainwashed” the society based on their prejudices. Seriously — Obama has been made out to be the Messiah. That’s not right. Really, media outlets are supposed to be fair and balanced. I haven’t seen that from ANY media outlet during the full campaign.

    Quote: “Wow! Another Kool-Aid drinker in the house.” I’m more a Diet Pepsi guy, actually. If you want to see a funny Kool-Aid picture, though, check out http://www.crazyforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/obama-kool-aid.jpg

    Quote: “The only real way to become educated is to approach all information you get with skepticism, trying to see beyond the prejudices we all bring to our viewing/hearing of the information. That is a difficult chore for all of us. Being intellectually curious and being willing to change your opinion based on new information is a pre-requisite.”

    That was a lesson I learned back in high school, from a man who was probably the greatest history teacher the world had ever seen. If we ever do have a face to face discussion, I’ll tell you all about it!

    Quote: “I’d love to see the facts on this. I’m not being snarky or sarcastic. What information do you have that leads you to believe that this is true?”

    Let me see if I can find the data and I’ll let you know.

    Quote: “Even though you have resorted to the childish act of calling me a name (I believe it was “moron”), I’ll try to respond more maturely.”

    Yeah, my bad. I got heated a bit. I’m sorry. 😦

    Quote: “Yes, the first amendment took a huge beating under Dubya’s administration. From fake propaganda released as news stories to the deliberate targeting of Valerie Plame to the arrest of citizens posting signs critical to the President and the War, it was rather frightening, especially for one who enjoys mature debate and well-crafted rhetoric.”

    I took the original post to deal with religion. Not the freedom of speech part, which I now think you meant. If the “W” years were really to be identified as squelching freedom of speech, nearly ever TV and news station would have been shut down by the state for their negative, insulting portrayals of the president. That would never stand in countries like Cuba or Iran.

  13. Dave Olbrich

    Henry, thank you.

    Where is Roland in all this? Probably working.

  14. The Sane One Here

    Either working, or standing at a safe distance. lol. 🙂

  15. Wow…how interesting all this is. 🙂
    I hold to my original, though, adding that I’ve never claimed to be either Repub or Demo, I’m FAR more conservative than that. I claim now and forevermore that I’m a Jeffersonian–a true Jeffersonian who believes in a VERY limited government. Unfortunately, both parties are only GROWING the government (granted, the Repubs grow more to my liking than the Dems–but I still don’t like it)
    Let’s see if I can hit the hilites:
    Ant: while I still disagree with you on BushII, I DO agree that I’m hopeful for Obama (think I said as much in the first post)…but not optimistic.
    Dave: I never said “Soviet”–I said Socialism. While there are ties, there is a difference. It was, after all, the Soviet SOCIALIST… And yes–Obama’s ideas are nearly pulled from the Socialist textbook. You may like him, and that’s cool, but let’s call … socialism socialism.
    (and for the record–Dave started the name calling by calling me a “cool-aid drinker”–Dave, I thought we were better friends than that to have you insult me that way in a public forum)
    Henry: I didn’t listen to the speech. But, I almost never watch ANY TV, so it wasn’t an Obama thing. But I agree, Obama is a Fantastic speaker. I love to listen to him. But so did the Germans like to listen to Hitler.
    Rachel: you are absolutely right: every crime is “hateful”…why on earth do the Democrats want to try to start mind-reading us?
    Dave: not really a fan of Tricky Dick…though I do like Rush (haven’t heard him in ages) and really like Reagan. But you’re right–Lincoln is America’s greatest tyrant. In fact, Lincoln was such a Statist that WW2 era Socialists held him up as a “model”–including your favorite dictators, Hitler and Mussalini (I should look up the spelling, but I’m not gonna)
    Sane One: I agree–the left spouts that Bush beat up our rights…but never any hard facts, just vague accusations. Not saying he didn’t…just that there’s no proof of it. You are also correct on the liberal meaning of “free speech”–it’s free as long as you agree with them. I’ve seen this in play for 20+ years now on college campuses all over the US. Sad.
    Sane and Dave: I LOVE Red Dawn! 🙂
    Dave: It actually IS true that lower crime rates exist in those places that legally have guns. For instance, take Australia: they used to allow guns…after they were made illegal, the crime rate SHOT up. Look it up.
    Ant: ALL politicians are now controlled by big money, whether that be special interest groups, corporations, etc. The U.S. no longer has a citizen politician as the majority of our politicians are “grown” and have no basic understanding of what “normal” people like us, do.
    However, while Clinton balanced the budget, he did NOT decrease the size of the Fed Government. Every president in my lifetime has INCREASED the government (just in different ways)
    And yes, my original post regarding First Amendment was primarily religion. Relious liberties are being stripped almost daily across this nation–THIS VERY NATION. And–like Rachel–I’m afraid. I’ve NEVER been afraid for our country before.
    Just wait till you see my blog for tomorrow! Now y’all get back to work…I’ve got writin’ to do!

  16. Dave Olbrich

    Roland —

    It is appropriate that I apologize. I got carried away. I’m sorry. It wasn’t meant as an insult. Just a commentary on far you’ve travelled philosophically from anything that I recognize. If you were here, I’d let you punch me in the arm.

    I have no idea what world you live in. I’ve never been there. I don’t know what you’re afraid of. I don’t know what you see that makes you so scared.

    And you did use the word Soviet, that’s why I used the word Soviet. I may have misunderstood your meaning … but I used the same word that you used intentionally.

    I’d love to look up the Australia thing, but the gun issue is so fraught with emotion that both sides bend over backwards to “use” statistics to prove their point. The left are painted with an unfair brush about wanting to outlaw hunting rifles and the right is painted unfairly for advocating the home ownership of rocket launchers. Seems to me that there has to be a common sense middle ground that reasonable people can find … once we start ignoring the extremists.

    Speaking of things you are afraid of. I’m afraid of theocracy. Just like unfettered government and unregulated corporations, theological power can be wielded to do evil. The “my God is more righteous than your God” is egotistical and dangerous. There is certainly historical precedent. I’m not saying that you said this or believe this, Roland. I’m just trying to communicate an aspect of modern society that scares me and why.

    I can’t wait for the list of religious liberties that have been stripped away almost daily. I grew up in the church … I’m sure I’m going to be outraged. 🙂

  17. Dave–apology accepted. Thank you. All is well and good. Politics tend to cause people to lose their heads (not saying you did or didn’t) and get worked up and I think it’s a good thing that we’re all passionate about our government…it’s a shame that we can get the other half of US citizens as aware and interested in THEIR government. 🙂
    I don’t have time for long research on the religious liberties…but, when you get time, go to: http://www.silencingchristians.com/ it’s a series of documentaries still being produced. It’ll scare ya!

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