The Littlest Soapbox

August 27, 2010

Poor Susan Jacoby

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 10:03 AM

She’s upset that her fellow travelers in the left-wing cultural elite prefer racial bigotry to religious bigotry.

I find myself in a lonely place in relation to many liberals, political and religious, because I cannot accept a multiculturalism that tends to excuse, under the rubric of “tolerance,” religious and cultural practices that violate universal human rights.

See Susan, I know this going to be hard for you to accept, but the opinion leaders on your side of the aisle don’t consider folks outside of the West worth criticizing because, well, they don’t consider them worth criticizing. It’s what President Bush (remember him?) called “the soft bigotry of low expectations”. Your friends don’t expect any more from non-Westerners, aka non-whites, because they don’t believe them capable of more. When one is more concerned with self-flagellation over crimes real and imagined by one’s own culture than with working to make actual improvements in the lives of people around the world, that’s not multiculturalism, that’s cultural supremacism in as insidious a form as any.

Oh, and Susan? Let me clear one more thing up for you.

[Ayaan Hirsi Ali] is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and that alone is enough to make her a pariah to many liberals. Her thinking has clearly been influenced by the narrow prism of her colleagues — she is under the mistaken impression, for example, that most American feminists are indifferent to universal human rights — but liberals ought to be asking themselves why they never reached out to her.

Most American feminists are indifferent to universal human rights. It’s a distraction from blogging about their sex lives and rending their garments over the increasingly pro-life direction of the country (Hot Air via Lori Ziganto).



August 16, 2010

Nile Gardiner Nails It

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 8:59 AM

Editorial perfection in his piece “The stunning decline of Barack Obama: 10 key reasons why the Obama presidency is in meltdown”. My favorite is Number 10.

10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness

Barack Obama has made it clear that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, and has made apologising for his country into an art form. In a speech to the United Nations last September he stated that “no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.” It is difficult to see how a US president who holds these views and does not even accept America’s greatness in history can actually lead the world’s only superpower with force and conviction.

There is a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the Obama presidency and it’s not hard to see why. The most left-wing president in modern American history has tried to force a highly interventionist, government-driven agenda that runs counter to the principles of free enterprise, individual freedom, and limited government that have made the United States the greatest power in the world, and the freest nation on earth.

This, combined with weak leadership both at home and abroad against the backdrop of tremendous economic uncertainty in an increasingly dangerous world, has contributed to a spectacular political collapse for a president once thought to be invincible. America at its core remains a deeply conservative nation, which cherishes its traditions and founding principles. President Obama is increasingly out of step with the American people, by advancing policies that undermine the United States as a global power, while undercutting America’s deep-seated love for freedom.

That, in a nutshell, is the problem with Barack Obama. Spot on, Mr. Gardiner.

Democrats and Dramatic Irony

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 8:32 AM

The two seem to go hand-in-hand.

Democrats who reluctantly slashed a food stamp program to fund a state aid bill may have to do so again to pay for a top priority of first lady Michelle Obama.

The House will soon consider an $8 billion child nutrition bill that’s at the center of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Before leaving for the summer recess, the Senate passed a smaller version of the legislation that is paid for by trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

The proposed cuts would come on top of a 13.6 percent food stamp reduction in the $26 billion Medicaid and education state funding bill that President Obama signed this week.

H/T Drudge Report. There’s really nothing more I can add to this.

Oh yeah, Vote Republican.

August 11, 2010

Stay On Message This November

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 9:59 AM

Via RealClearPolitics, Michael Tanner at National Review Online has a good piece reminding Republicans why they are projected to crush the Democrats in the coming election (taxes, health care, and deficit spending), and what are NOT reasons for the healthy lead in the polls (cultural issues like gay marriage and illegal immigration). His conclusion sums it up best.

If one needs a template for victory, Republicans need look no further than last year’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie did not run as culture warriors. Instead they won their upset victories on issues like jobs, the economy, and a commitment to limited government.

The polls are overwhelming. Those are the issues that voters care about, not whether two men in California get married. Republicans should focus on creating jobs, reducing spending, repealing Obamacare, and cutting the size of government — and leave the culture wars for another day.

Now, I do think that illegal immigration is a fiscal matter (if you don’t believe me, just ask California), and I don’t think making it one of the issues Republicans runs on this year is a losing proposition (the response to Arizona’s immigration enforcement law has been highly positive outside of the mainstream media), but it’s a good point nonetheless. No need to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by reverting to 2004’s “50% + 1” playbook when we can have a landslide build on the same issues that have spawned the tea party movement.

NB: Tanner didn’t say that Republicans should abandon the culture wars entirely, just that they can wait until another day. Indeed.

August 10, 2010

How Do You Know You’ve Gone Too Far?

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 10:44 AM

When you’re an anti-war activist and Amnesty International and George Soros’ group are siding against you.

Mr. Julian Assange, the founder and head of WikiLeaks, has been making a name for himself over the past couple months as one of the more reprehensible human beings on the planet, for posting some 70,000 classified US Government documents concerning the war in Afghanistan on his website. Though he purports to having nobility of purpose in this blatant act of espionage, Mr. Assange has shown a callous disregard for the American and Afghan lives he has put at risk by publicizing this material. In proof that even a stopped clock is right twice a day, even Amnesty International and four other usual suspects “human rights groups” are condemning his actions. Keep reading

New Releases of Note 8/10/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note,News & Politics,Religion — mikecgannon @ 8:07 AM

Some good political books out recently, as well as a new collection of the teachings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Enjoy!

Where There Is Love, There Is God, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Dismantling America
, by Thomas Sowell

The Post-American Presidency, by Pamela Geller, with Robert Spencer

The Truth About Obamacare, by Sally C. Pipes

Culture of Corruption (Paperback Edition), by Michelle Malkin

August 6, 2010

Classic Movie Despair

Filed under: Film,News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 12:55 PM

I can’t figure out what made me think of this.

Christina Romer To Step Down

Oh yeah. That.

See you in November!

El Rushbo: “Life Is Not Fair”

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 12:27 PM

Check out this video of the Great Maha-Rushie waxing eloquent.

via RealClearPolitics – Video – Rush Limbaugh: “Life Is Not Fair”.

Listen To The Bell

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 9:46 AM

It tolls for entitlement spending.

This year, for the first time since 1983, Social Security is projected to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes.

Of course, we COULD have been dealing with this problem already, were it not for the feckless character of one political party and the cynical political machinations of another. We can’t place all the blame on our elected representatives, however; in past years, the majority of voting public has proven either too stupid or too selfish to make the necessary hard choices to preserve our nation’s fiscal health. The whole thing is slowly burning down, and those hooked on government money care most about getting theirs before anything gets done.

Which is exactly why Democrats are always pushing for expansions in government welfare programs. The green stuff is an addictive narcotic, same as any other drug, and the Democrats will always be better dealers than the Republicans.

Is it November yet?

Repeat After Me: Elections. Have. Consequences.

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 12:57 AM

Remember this next time you’re thinking about staying home or casting a protest vote on Election Day.

The rule is this: Vote Conservative in the primary, Republican in the general. Because no matter how bad you may think our guy to be, the Democrat is worse.

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