The GOP’s Man of Steele – Michael Steele

February 4, 2009 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Headlines, Politics

Great news! Michael Steele is the new Chairman of the Republican National Committee.  Steele is a solid Catholic who spent a number of years in the seminary. I once heard him speak at a mens’ leadership breakfast in Washington, DC. Standing ovation. He’s funny, smart, and deep.

This is a healthy change for the down-and-out GOP.

               

Charting a New Course in the New Year

January 2, 2009 by Kenneth Connor  
Filed under Culture, Faith, Headlines, Politics

“Out with the old, in with the new!”

Rarely have those words been uttered with more enthusiasm than at the beginning of 2009.

2008 was an historic and unsettling year.  Our economy imploded, the President abandoned free market principles “in order to save the free market system,” and government assumed an unprecedented role in financing our economy.  Business magnates, from bankers to automakers, pleaded for a bailout—and got one from Uncle Sugar.  Gas prices took a roller coaster ride, soaring, then plunging in the second half of the year.  Political and celebrity scandals abounded, from John Edwards’ and Eliot Spitzer’s infidelities to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s pay to play scandal to Britney Spear’s meltdown and resurgence.  Things were so chaotic on the domestic front that some almost forgot that there was a war going on.  Not surprisingly, Americans voted for “change” and elected their first African-American as President.  The Democrats took control of both houses of Congress and Republicans were kicked to the curb.

But rather than dwell on the best and worst of 2008, it may be a better use of our time to look ahead to what’s in store for our country in the new year.

The dawning of a new year is always an exciting time.  We celebrate it by popping corks on champagne bottles, lighting sparklers, and watching the big ball drop in Times Square.  We get together with friends and loved ones and count down the hours, minutes, and seconds until the new year.  The celebration is important, for the advent of a new year is a symbol of what is to come, of new beginnings, resolutions, renewal, and the hopes of all to be better and to live better in the year to come.

This new year provides us with a new opportunity to improve on the sorry state of politics and the economy in our country.  Our culture’s character was on display during 2008.  We paid a high price for the lack of it and we have a chance for reform in 2009.

The new year provides us with the opportunity to reinstitute the notions of virtue and moderation as important guideposts in the conduct of our business and financial affairs.  For far too long, the marketplace has been viewed as a virtue-free zone—a place were “self-interest” operated free of moral restraints.  This attitude has turned something good (a free market economy) into a system where the interests of others were irrelevant to our economic decision making.  As a result, radical self interest and unrestrained greed characterized many of our transactions.  The housing debacle provides a good example.  Home buyers bought more house than they could afford, unhesitatingly misrepresenting their financial capacity to repay their loans.  Lenders encouraged irresponsible loans in exchange for handsome up front fees because they expected to pass the risk to downstream institutions like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who, in turn, packaged the bad loans as securities and sold them to investors who were looking for unprecedented returns.  All the way along the line, the participants were looking out only for themselves.  They were unconcerned for the welfare of any other party to the transaction.  This lack of virtue and restraint was commonplace in the broader markets and resulted in a financial meltdown, the likes of which haven’t been seen since The Great Depression.

Aristotle showed great insight into the nature of man when he said, “The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.”  This moderation (or restraint) which is necessary for a flourishing free market economy has been virtually absent in the business practices which led to our current economic calamity.  All of us would do well to adopt it in the new year.

How often have we been tempted to buy something we couldn’t afford?  To keep up with the Joneses?  To regard entertainment as more important than responsible behavior?  The new year provides us with an opportunity to reclaim financial responsibility not only for our own interests, but also for the interests of others.  Perhaps we will once again realize that our financial decisions impact others, that personal responsibility is good for all people, ourselves included, and that thrift and savings do not merit scorn and derision.

What has been true in the economic arena has been no less true in the political arena.  Virtue and moderation have been anything but the hallmarks of American political behavior in the last year.  A spirit of hyper partisanship has fostered a continuation of the politics of personal destruction.  The smallest amount of blood in the water resulted in a veritable feeding frenzy as each party sought to capitalize on the political peccadilloes of their opponents.  The conduct of Ted Stevens, William Jefferson, and Rod Blagojevich were emblematic of public servants who had lost their way and put their own interests ahead of the interests of their constituents.  Hopefully, the excesses of the last year will point out the need for a recovery of virtue and moderation in the political arena in the coming new year.

Indeed, this new year presents all of us with the opportunity for the renewal of virtue and restraint in our political and economic affairs.  Two thousand years ago, the apostle Paul exhorted his co-worker Titus: “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.” (Titus 3:1-2 NIV)  Paul’s advice is as good now as it was then.  We will all do well to take his instruction to heart and to pursue these virtues in every dimension of our lives in this coming new year.

Ken Connor is an attorney and co-author of “Sinful Silence: When Christians Neglect Their Civic Duty”  He is also Chairman of the Center for a Just Society. For more articles and resources from Mr. Connor and the Center for a Just Society, go to www.centerforajustsociety.org.

               

Death of a Statesman – John Dingell

December 1, 2008 by Eric James Wilson  
Filed under Culture, Headlines, Politics

When Democrat Henry Waxman of California launched his bid to oust fellow Democrat John Dingell from his chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Hill watchers in the know made two observations: First, they knew Waxman had the votes in his caucus because, like a good attorney, the politically astute Californian would never pose the question if he didn’t already know the answer.  Second, it signaled the beginning of the end of seniority in the House of Representatives.

John Dingell, born in 1926 and first elected to the House in 1955, is the closest thing to a statesman in a body whose membership runs for re-election every two years.  His 27 terms as a representative have earned him the distinction of being the Dean of the House – its most senior member.  Seniority means everything in the House – at least it did until Henry Waxman (a 17 termer himself) upset the applecart.  Seniority determines a member’s office, his seat at the committee, and is, in general, an indication of clout.

Unfortunately for Chairman Dingell, he is a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-Detroit Democrat in Nancy Pelosi’s House.  This sort of dissent, it appears, will no longer be tolerated in the 111th Congress.  House Republicans view Chairman Dingell as someone they can work with.  Under his control, the Energy and Commerce Committee – which oversees 60% of all legislation – passed Republican bills and accepted Republican changes to Democratic iniatives.  Contrast this record of bi-partisanship with Chairman Waxman’s two years of impish delight in raking Bush Administration wrongdoers over the proverbial coals in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Waxman, who represents Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Malibu, is expected to wield the Energy and Commerce Committee’s gavel as a club, bashing any opposition to liberal agendas perpetrated by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  Dingell’s ouster is a disappointment to many Americans who hoped the Democrats would govern from the center.  In fact, one high-ranking Republican called Dingell’s defeat a “body blow” to working families.

               

Pat Buchanan and Barack Obama agree on something!

September 10, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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Hell just froze over. Pat Buchanan finds himself “closer” to Obama

The left has slung mud at Sarah Palin for “supporting” Buchanan’s position on Israel. Well, Buchanan came out today and actually said that his position on the matter “closer to Barack’s position”. Here’s Buchanon’s statement from Politico:

Let me say about Israel here. My position on Israel is frankly awful. It is like Mika [Brzezinski]’s father’s, it’s a lot closer to Barack Obama’s than it is John McCain. I think Barack is right, we ought to talk to the Iranians, he’s right to oppose the war and, frankly, he’s right to say the Palestinian people have got a terrible deal over there and their suffering ought to be recognized. That’s Obama’s position. It’s my position. I don’t think it is a Nazi position.

It should be stated that Palin did not support Buchanon in 1996 and 2000. She is on record for backing Steve Forbes.

               

McCain +10%

September 8, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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This just in.

The USAToday/Gallup Poll has just announced that McCain has received a huge bump in the polls, thanks to Sarah Palin’s place on the GOP ticket.

The poll was taken from September 5 through September 7 and reveals that McCain has a popular vote of 54% compared to Obama’s 44%.

I never thought McCain could be so popular. Neither did I believe that Palin would bring so much support.

Your thoughts?

               

Why the Democrats are fighting a losing fight against Palin

September 7, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics

Americans finally have an open window into the minds of the Democratic party and the liberal media.

Sarah Palin has revealed the Left’s deep disgust for motherhood, children, and infants that are typically “unwanted”. They have been bragging for twenty years that their daughters could grow up to do anything that their sons might do – and now they have unwittingly declared themselves as hypocrites.

According to the Left, we rightwingers, evangelicals, conservatives, practicing Catholics, and religious fanatics are the perennial hypocrites. The Left has been throwing stones for so long that they have forgotten that their house is made of glass.

The Left’s glass house has shattered and now they are running around cutting their feet on the broken glass. Meanwhile, McCain is stomping through the mess with his combat boots accompanied by his VP in heels. This is becoming interesting.

               

Catholic Bobby Jindal wins Louisiana race

September 21, 2007 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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Bobby Jindal is the new thirty-six year old Governor of Louisiana. He is a Rhodes scholar, pro-life, and a convert to Catholicism

Like a fine vintage, we should tuck him away in the wine cellar and pull him out in time for a Presidential election year.

Read more about Bobby Jindal’s recent victory in Louisiana.

Hat tip to Walker Dollahon.

               

27% of Republicans Would Vote for Pro-Life Third Party Instead of Giuliani

September 21, 2007 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics


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This is very interesting:

If Rudy Giuliani wins the Republican nomination and a third party campaign is backed by Christian conservative leaders, 27% of Republican voters say they’d vote for the third party option rather than Giuliani. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that a three-way race with Hillary Clinton would end up with the former First Lady getting 46% of the vote, Giuliani with 30% and the third-party option picking up 14%. In head-to-head match-ups with Clinton, Giuliani is much more competitive. (Read the rest from Free Republic.)

Honestly, I think I’d rather see Hilary Clinton win and send a message to the Republican party than have the Republican party lie to me and continue to compromise their ethics platform. What do you think?