This is why citizens like myself have no sympathy with this type of "protest":
Demonstrators demanding a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants hope that nationwide marches on Tuesday will spur Congress to act before the looming presidential primaries take over the political landscape. [emph. mine]
Citizenship for those here illegally is a grant, a gift--not a right that can be demanded through marching in demonstrations.
Sorry, I don't buy the completely weak spin that he meant this towards President Bush:
Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs - "If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps.
For those who might insist that I've <tired dodge>taken him out of context</tired dodge>, here's the full statement:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Michelle Malkin wasn't the first place I heard about this, but she does have the video link of Kerry making this completely assinine and untrue statement here.
I know it's only Republicans/conservatives who "politicize" events and all, but just thought I'd share this 9-11 "remembrance" bit of journalism. Hint: it's all Bush's fault and the U.S. is an inveterately corrupt regime:
PARIS - The nations of the world joined Monday in solemn remembrance of Sept. 11 — but for many, resentment of the United States flowed as readily as tears.
Critics say Americans have squandered the goodwill that prompted France's Le Monde newspaper to proclaim "We are all Americans" that somber day after the attacks, and that the Iraq war and other U.S. policies have made the world less safe in the five years since.
Heads bowed in moments of silence for the 3,000 killed in the attacks on New York and Washington — while the No. 2 al-Qaida leader issued new warnings in a videotape. And dissident voices said the world has traded in civil liberties and other democratic rights in its war on terror.
What? The media is biased, you say? You must mean Fox News.
When Ronald Reagan ran for President against Jimmy Carter in 1980, one simple question was the focal point of his campaign:
Are you better off today than you were four years ago?
Five years after 9/11, Reagan's campaign question is a good template for the war on terror. On Monday, we should ask ourselves: Are we better off today than we were five years ago today?
The answer is no.
The only thing I would add is the reason why. Over and over and over again, we see the pernicious effects of supplanting the Judeo-Christian worldview with a secular, humanist one.
The secular humanist worldview dominant in the West encourages relativism, is unwilling--unable, actually--to provide a basis for determining right from wrong, truth from falsehood. Consequently, even when faced with so obvious an evil as modern day militant Islam, the West appears hapless, feckless, awkward and unsure even in so simple a task as naming the enemy, let alone fighting it.
This dangerous situation will not change until the West changes--back to the worldview based in the truth of the God of Scripture.
An article at Tech Central captures exactly what I've been thinking lately:
The main prediction from this essay is that we will see an outbreak of popular frustration in the next few years. I think that many people are tired of political spin machines, diplomatic "solutions," and fancy intellectual models of the world that fail in practice. They long for a leader who talks straight and who can make the plays work on the field the way they were designed to work on the chalkboard.
The failures of elitist thinking will create an adverse environment for haughty, cerebral politicians such as Tony Blair or Benjamin Netanyahu. Instead, I expect more populist figures to emerge, which gives me considerable misgivings. I think that populist economics is mostly bad. If voters turn to populists on the issue of national security, my guess is that the economy will suffer for it.
But I think that the popular instinct is that the elites so far have not gotten it right on security and Islamic militancy. And in that regard, the popular instinct is right.
Totally right on except for the crazy comment about Netanyahu. He is anything BUT a haughty cerebral politician. He literally has written the book(s) (for popular consumption) on dealing with terrorism that is supremely plain, hardhitting and factual. In the situation Israel faces, Netanyahu has no time for impractical theoretics that aren't grounded in hard reality.
Other than that the article is absolutely dead on. Read the whole thing.
I heard Rush talking this morning about the new "Survivor" television series theme wherein different ethnicities will be pitted against one another in “tribes” in the ultimate "survivor" competition. Of course, Rush poked fun at the whole notion of a liberal dominated organization using race as a hook for ratings.
Unbelievably, "Tony" called the show and actually BLAMED RUSH for being a racist in talking about the show!!! He maintained that Rush couldn’t criticize the show as being hypocritical since we haven’t seen the end of the series, which sent Limbaugh into a fit of hysterical laughing.
I was almost stopped dead in my tracks to hear what sounded like an otherwise rational person in one of the most clear-cut examples of a state of denial, bordering on full fledged insanity. "Tony," an African-American and self-identified liberal, couldn’t handle the fact that since the show is set up AS A COMPETITION, it follows logically that ONE OF THE RACES/TRIBES will DOMINATE OVER THE OTHER BY WINNING (something that liberals typically find anathema, especially when it comes to competition between races). But the caller refused to accept this reasoning, saying it was a “nice try” on Limbaugh’s part to “spin” what the show was about!
What madness has gripped people from being able to see the obvious?? This was a study in classic denial. If Rush had ended the exchange by saying, “Just kidding! That was a prank call we set up” I wouldn’t have been surprised. It was that textbook.
People often ask me how I managed to come up as a black conservative. After today's exchange on the Limbaugh program, I think I might start answering, "By opening my eyes."