Unburdening Myself

We all realize that the members of the media, including several of the talking heads who appear regularly on Fox News, have one thing in common; namely, that Barack Obama plays a leading role in all of their favorite wet dreams. But, still, wouldn’t you think that just once, some reporter would ask Obama to explain why Warren Buffet and all of his other millionaire and billionaire chums, the guys who plunk down $35,000 to hear him deliver a campaign speech, don’t simply send more money to the IRS?

We all know that there is a certain amount that every tax payer has to cough up on April 15th, unless you’re one of the 47% who pays no income taxes at all or someone like Timothy Geithner or Charles Rangel, who regards himself as a 47-percenter at heart; but there is not a maximum amount. There’s nothing in the tax code that compels anyone to take deductions. If, like Obama, you believe that the federal government spends your money far more wisely than you do, feel free to write a bigger check. After all, we all know that the best way to lead is by example. But the only example that Obama and his fat cat cronies set is one of blatant hypocrisy.

Talking about lousy examples, what is going on with our military? First, we had Major Nidal Hasan’s superiors at Fort Hood turning a blind eye to his doing everything but decorating his bunk with pin-up pictures of Osama bin Laden prior to murdering 14 people. Now, we have the administrators at West Point rescinding the invitation to retired Lt. General William G. Boykin to address the cadets at a prayer breakfast.

It seems that Boykin, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart with oak leaf clusters, is a plain-spoken Christian who has ruffled Muslim feathers along the way. He has done this by quite rightly pointing out that, unlike Mohammad, Jesus Christ not only helped to civilize mankind, but also inspired our Founding Fathers in the creation of the United States. As a result of setting the record straight, he was targeted by a group called Vote Vets.org. It describes itself as “the largest progressive group of veterans in America.”

When Vote Vets isn’t attacking people like Boykin, Sean Hannity and Col. Oliver North, it finances political campaigns against such conservative stalwarts as Rick Santorum, George Allen, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, John Thune and Mark Kirk. It has also poured millions of dollars into promoting the global-warming hoax and opposing oil drilling in America.

It seems to me that if West Point is allowing itself to be pressured by these left-wing louts, we can expect they’ll next start taking their marching orders from the Occupy Wall Street anarchists and the loony ladies of Code Pink.

Speaking of the military reminds me that although I find Ron Paul’s cavalier dismissal of the threat posed by a nuclear Iran to be irrational, I share a few of his concerns about our role in the world. For instance, I think it is high time that we let Europe protect itself against Russia. No reason on earth why we should be borrowing money in order to do for them what they can do for themselves.

I would also suggest that we cut way back on the number of mutual defense pacts we have. Although we have a few actual allies in the world, including England, Canada, Australia, Japan, Israel, Poland and Czechoslovakia, I think we should at least be able to count on the support of a nation when it comes to U.N. votes before we enter into mutual defense pacts that are obviously “mutual” in name only. For instance, in what bizarre universe do you think we could actually count on the likes of Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Argentina, Kuwait, Bahrain or Turkey, to come to our aid? The answer, I’m afraid, is when Hell freezes over or the cow jumps over the moon.

Finally, I understand that there are some people who are convinced that Christian evangelicals might stay home on Election Day if Mitt Romney garners the GOP nomination. I truly hope that’s not the case. Not only because it would enable Obama to win a second term, but because it would mean that a significant number of my fellow Republicans are so religiously intolerant that they would spurn a presidential candidate simply because of his faith. For one thing, we don’t live in a theocracy and, for another, I think it would be pretty hard to find two more decent patriots in public life than Mitt Romney and his fellow Mormon, Glenn Beck.

On the other hand, honesty compels me to mention that a third notable Mormon is Harry Reid.

Which only goes to prove that no religion is perfect.


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  • Burt Prelutsky

    cma: I have devoted several articles to the fact that nearly half the population pays no income taxes. Such people should not be allowed to vote for politicians who created that system and benefit from its continuation.

    I have also written numerous articles about the need to drop out of the U.N. We pay roughly a quarter of the money to support the corrupt organization, and if there is an argument to be made for our remaining a member, I have yet to hear it.

    I have tried to approach the Romney campaign, offering to work on his speeches, but thus far they have snubbed me. In all modesty, it is a mistake on their part. Reagan left us a legacy of great lines, but he was an actor, not a writer.

    Regards, Burt

  • cmacrider

    Burt: I can’t dispute any of the points made in your article, but possibly since I am not an American citizen I could make a couple of points for your American readers to consider.
    Re: Income Tax: I am truly concerned when I learn that a full 47% of persons eligible to pay tax pay no tax at all! That means 47% of the electorate do not have any “skin in the game” and that is simply not healthy for a democracy. Surely your real debate should be how to create a simpler more equitable tax system where everyone contributes even if it is a small amount … not one about whether the rich should pay more.
    Re: Foreign/Defence Policy. Since the end of the Second War, the U.S. taxpayer basically paid for the defence of North America … and Canada never carried its fair share of the load until Harper became P.M. and started to rectify the situation. (Its still a work in progress) This financial disadvantage to the U.S. has existed for years across the globe … yet Americans accepted the burden during the Cold War and beyond. So my question is …. what is all this apologizing and self deprivation in America about America’s role as a defender of democracy????? It would seem to make more sense if the U.S. simply told the U.N. that the gig is up because the U.S. is no longer going to pay them vast amounts of money because they are using those bucks to balance the budget.
    Re: Romney: If Romney wants conservative vote he has to move on from his businessman’s bio … and actually make a serious speech on national and international policy if he hopes to garner the support of the American conservative faction.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Doom: I know you wouldn’t stoop to plagiarism, but the fourth chapter of “Liberals: America’s Termites” is titled “Islam is a Peaceful Religion, And If You Don’t Believe It, They’ll Cut Off Your Head.”

    Burt

    • Michael

      I’ve been hearing variations of that statement for years, especially back in 2004 in Iraq when there was a sharp increase in the number of videotaped beheadings of foreigners.

  • DOOM161

    Just remember: Islam is the religion of peace. And they’ll kill your ass to prove it.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Inasmuch as I am for Romney, I am surprised to hear that Fox is pushing his candidacy. While it’s true that I only watch Bret Baier’s show and The Factor with any regularity, but I don’t see anyone promoting Romney. And why is it that if someone supports Romney because they honestly believe, as I do, that he would be the strongest candidate in a general election, that constitutes “pimping.”

    In any case, I hope every Republican is dedicated to the ousting of Obama, no matter which of the candidates gets the nomination. Nobody who gives a damn about America can afford to stay home and sulk because his own personal favorite fails to get the nod.

    Burt

    • Michael

      And why is it that if someone supports Romney because they honestly believe, as I do, that he would be the strongest candidate in a general election, that constitutes “pimping.”

      I think it would have something to do with that “Fair and Balanced” slogan.

  • Michael

    “Fox talking heads are so blatantly pushing Romney”

    Amen. It seems every information source owned by Rupert Murdoch is pushing Romney and hammering the others. I am not surprised to see such underhandedness in the NY Post, but I’m really disappointed in the way the Wall Street Journal has been pimping for Romney.

  • Michael

    “Christian evangelicals might stay home on Election Day if Mitt Romney garners the GOP nomination”

    I think people are blowing those numbers way out of proportion. It could be from ignorance of evangelicals, and the tendency to just repeat what some other pundit said.

    Or, it could be an attempt to marginalize evengelicals and their concerns about Romneycare and numerous flipflops by Romney by simply portraying them as spiteful and hateful people, rather than as people who have strongly-held beliefs about the size and role of government. It’s much easier to discount evangelicals and their concerns by simply labeling them as “Christian bigots.”

    As for US allies . . . Czechoslovakia? Where do you think the Yugoslavians or the Autro-Hungarian empire will come down on that issue? ;)

  • Shirl

    These days, one gets more info and honest debate on c-span than Fox. Fox talking heads are so blatantly pushing Romney and constantly attacking Gingrich; they can’t see the forest for the trees. I believe after all is said and done, all Republicans and conservatives will come together to oust Obama. He has been using a wrecking ball to destroy our economy; no telling what he would deploy if given a second term!

    • Glen Stambaugh

      Shirl, I am a Fox viewer and think you may be confusing analysis with support. I’ve not settled on a pick and note that they have been wrong often in their projections, but they have been even-handed. When we adopt a favorite, it’s hard to hear critique. Newt offers a rich medium to work with, so gets plenty of critique. They also critique Mitt’s weaknesses and Rick’s.

      • Michael

        Fox is the only news network I can stand to watch, and I will go as far as to say I think the country would really be much worse off withut them.

        However, as an internal matter, I’ve often wondered how things were between Newt and the other talking heads at Fox when Newt was employed there. I get the sense that Newt must have smoked a few of them in a few internal debates or discussions, maybe even at a cocktail party or two, egads, in front of other guests, and they haven’t forgotten or forgiven him for being so uncouth.

      • Shirl

        Glen, I am an avid Fox viewer but I have seen one person actually be rude to Newt and of course Newt shot right back; just like he will not take any guff off of Obama. This person was not the well known and respected usuals. Bret, Bill, Sean and Gretta are all super fair. Especially Sean. Some are so overtly pressing for Mitt that it was disappointing to find out that the establishmend had already pre-picked our nominee — be damned how everyone is voting (because it really won’t matter). I heard the critique and I’m not confused about my choice. There’s more to vote for than against my choice. Oh, and thanks for the critique!