Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11 Again

It has been seven years since the attacks on 9/11/2001. I can remember feeling so unsafe for so long after the attacks, wondering if another attack were imminent. I am thankful that President Bush made the tough choices, regardless of the political ramifications. While the liberal left continues to rail against President Bush, I am confident that honest history will, at least on this issue, write positively about our 43rd President. I for one am proud to have voted for him twice.

Jack Nicholson's character in A Few Good Men said, "You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall." President Bush has stood on "that wall" for seven years. He has made the tough choices regardless of the political consequences. He has had the personal fortitude necessary to maintain his vigil despite the fact that his political allies have left his side.

I remember a poster that a grocery store chain gave away following 9/11 that had a picture of the World Trade Center towers and a headline stating, "We Will Never Forget." So many of us have forgotten. We have forgotten how unsafe we all felt following those attacks. We have forgotten because those who have been entrusted with our saftey have kept us safe. As we forget, and diminish the threat of terrorism that is still very real, we diminish the gravity of the loss of innocent life that occured on this day seven years ago.

On the anniversary of this solemn day I am reminded of those who gave their life by bringing down their own plane in that field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They were the first heros to give their life in the War on Terror. To echo John McCain's scripture reference today in his remarks, in John 15:13, the Savior said, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Those people on United flight 93 gave their lives that morning for their "friends" that they never met. True Americans honor you on this day. God Speed.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Why a new energy policy is essential in America.

No. Not because we need to save a planet suffering from man-made global climate change. I simply don't believe that this is a crisis. But rather, it makes sound economic policy for the United States of America to not be dependent on foriegn oil and energy.

By purchasing the vast majority of our oil from countries that would destroy us if they think they could do it and get away with it, the U.S. is indirectly sponsorning both Marxist Dictators (Putin in Russia, Chavez in Venesuala) and state sponsored terrorism. We simply, as Americans, can no longer let this happen.

We have to have a two pronged attack. First. We need to utilize our own domestic supplies, especially the oil deposits in ANWAR and the Outer Continential Shelf. We also need to start using coal-to-oil technologies which apparently are easier and more cost effective than oil shale.

But we must also start investing heavily in alternative energy sources. While I do not think that global warming (climate change) is a real problem, I do think it behooves us as caretakers of the planet to be more proactive in keeping our enviornment clean and safe, and to clean up our own messes. I would love to be able to one day get into my hydrogen powered car and drive to work, knowing that my automobile is not poluting one bit. This would be a great unintended consequence of a sound energy policy.

I never understood this until recently, but a good domestic energy policy is coupled with foriegn policy. We as Americans cannot stand by and allow billions of dollars each day be sent to rouge nations simply because we are too lazy or complacent to want to do anything about it. This "head-in-the-sand" way of dealing with things will only spell our doom.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Count me in for McCain-Palin.

I have to say. I was excited about Sarah Palin being picked as John McCain's running mate. I still have my reservations about McCain's conservative credentials, I have to say that I am on board with the Republican Party. I am100% for this ticket, and I hope and pray that the American people vote these two into the White House.

Tonight, Sarah Palin gave a speech that politicians only dream of. She delivered her speech with panache, grace, femininity and power. She told us her story, proud that she is from a small town and comfortable in her own skin. She took shots at Obama, that I think will resonate with Americans. She was funny, and self depricating. In all, it was one of the best political speeches that I have seen in years.

As I have watched in disgust, the personal and chauvinistic attacks that have been levied against her, I grew more and more angry and frustrated. But after her speech tonight I realized something. This is all the liberal left has. She is the worst nightmare for the Democrats. She is beautiful, articulate, witty, and sharp as a tack. But what is really bad for the libs, is that she walks the walk. She is truely a reformer and a whistleblower. She is pro life, and lives it. She is a successful, CONSERVATIVE, mother of five.

In the end the criticisms of Sarah Palin ring hollow, and what the "drive by" media may have done is propelled this "everywoman" into the spotlight, and might cause such a backlash against elitism and sexism that might propel the McCain Palin ticket into the White House.

No, there is no anti-Israel Bias at the NY Times.

Recently the New York Times published an Op-Ed of a Palestinian who describes the deplorable conditions that he says exist in Israeli prison...