When Conservatives Celebrate Socialism
by Dave Ball
April 19, 2017
To Conservatives, belief in an open and free economy and in the free market is a core belief.
We, as conservatives, espouse the free enterprise system, talk endlessly about reward for performance and view redistribution of wealth as the ultimate pox of socialism. We disavow the politically correct practice of rewarding “participation”. We encourage competition and boldly declare that, in this world, there are winners and there are losers.
It would seem, at first glance, that America’s love affair with professional sports is the personification of the gladiatorial spirit of free market competition, the reward for performance, mano-a-mano battle free of political correctness and socialism. But, on further review, is it? Have American professional sports instead become the poster child for everything that Conservatives say they abhor?
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Washington County Bar Association Judicial Poll Results
Posted April 26, 2017, 8:02 am
As a service to the voting public, the Washington County Bar Association Court Relations Committee has polled Bar Association members about the five candidates for the vacancy on the Washington County Court of Common Pleas. As an entity, the Washington County Bar Association does not recommend, support or oppose any individual candidate, and the results are not to be construed as an endorsement of or as opposition to any individual candidate.
Bar Association members were asked to evaluate each judicial candidate regarding trial experience, education and training, and professional knowledge and skills. in addition, personal qualities combining good character and integrity with patience, and zeal with common sense, as well as a reputation with one’s peers for dilligence and timeliness.
(Preceding is From WCBA Web Site)
As you can see from the results of the poll, Phil Melograne and Kristen Clingerman were clearly considered more qualified for the position of Court of Common Pleas Judge than the other three candidates. Combining the “Highly Qualified” and “Qualified” ratings, Melograne and Clingerman had 106 and 112 votes respectively. The other three candidates had less than half that number. Conversely, 126 lawyers rated Kurowski as “Not Recommended” and 98 and 97 rated Neuman and Hatfield-Wise as “Not Recommended”.
The split between Highly Recommended and Recommended may be subjective but when a third or more of one’s fellow lawyers (312 voted) rate a candidate as “Not Recommended”, as occurred in three cases, that should be cause for concern.
Posted April 23, 2017, 5:33 pm
The shot [still] heard ’round the world!
Posted April 19, 2017, 3:02 pm
Patriots Day – April 19, 2017
For those who may be unaware, today, April 19, 2017, is the 242nd Patriots Day. See the Article below to understand what this means to us and to our nation. It is because of our brave forefathers that we are what we are today. These are the men who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for the cause of freedom and in most cases paid with their lives and their fortunes. Their sacred honor lives on.
God bless America.
“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…” —James Madison (1788)
Today, April 19th, we honor the 242nd Patriots’ Day and the legacy of Liberty originating with the opening salvos of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord. The events of that fateful day in 1775 were rooted in defiance of government confiscation of income and firearms, and they are irrevocably linked to Liberty and Rule of Law.
“No taxation without representation.”
On December 16th, 1773, “radicals” in Boston, members of a secret organization of American Patriots called Sons of Liberty, boarded three East India Company ships and threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. This iconic event, which foretold the revolution to come against oppressive taxation and tyrannical rule, is immortalized as “The Boston Tea Party.”
Resistance to the British Crown had been mounting for years due to other taxes, among them the 1764 Sugar Act, 1765 Stamp Act and 1767 Townshend Act. The last of these acts led to the Boston Massacre and gave rise to the slogan, “No taxation without representation.”
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The Democrat Went Down to Georgia
Posted April 19, 2017, 1:42 pm
Devil Disappointed in Georgia
For the past couple weeks we have seen major plays in the mainstream media puffing up the Special Elections in Kansas and Georgia as “major referendums” on President Trump. That, of course, is patently absurd prima fascia, but let the delusional left enjoy their alternative universe. In Kansas, the House seat vacated by Mike Pompeo who left to head the CIA was won handily by Ron Estes. The Democrats spent big money on this election and lost. They spent even bigger money on the Georgia 6th District. They nationalized the race, bringing in Hollywood airheads and all manner of outsiders. The Georgia election was a “guerilla primary” where all candidates run as a pack and the top two vote getter run in the general. The Democrats pinned their hopes on a 30 year old gay film maker. Jon Ossoff failed to get 50% of the vote necessitating a runoff, as expected by most. The Republican vote was split between five candidates. The top Republican, finishing in second place, was Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State. The entire Georgia congressional delegation is non-white and all male. It’s amusing that liberals chose to support another male and a white male. In the General Election pitting Ossoff and Handel head to head,, hopefully Republicans will come together and send Karen Handel to Washington.
Despite media spin, the embarrassment in this election was to the Democrats who dumped everything they could muster into it and still came up short. Despite their imagined narrative, the country is NOT repudiating President Trump. His support is growing. Additionally, dislike for the left is also growing. Better order in more Playdough, Snowflakes.
Democrats failed to pull off a win in a special House election in Kansas’ 4th District last week, so surely they’d do better in Georgia’s 6th District. They poured in more than $8 million on a single candidate to face a divided Republican field of 11 candidates. This was their chance to Send Trump a Message™.
Instead, it was reminiscent of that great Charlie Daniels song — “The Devil went down to Georgia, He was looking for a soul to steal, He was in a bind, ‘cause he was way behind, He was willing to make a deal.” That didn’t end well for the devil, and it didn’t work out for Democrats either.
Democrat Jon Ossoff’s 48.1% bested Hillary Clinton’s 46.8%, but he failed to reach the requisite 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. The Leftmedia was so convinced Ossoff had it in the bag they had live, breathless coverage of the results. Today, they’re spinning that “Republicans avoided an embarrassing defeat.”
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A Century Later, Lenin’s Legacy Lives On
Posted April 19, 2017, 10:04 am
The article below is from Stratfor, a very high quality strategic forecasting service. It is long but well worth reading.
The article describes the birth of Communism in Russia and then how that has morphed and mutated over a hundred years to the socialism/liberalism we see today. It is also useful in understanding the dynamics of contemporary Russia and Europe.
Lenin’s legacy for the 21st century was in being the first person to show how an illiberal path to modernity could work.(KEYSTONE/Getty Images)
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By Ian Morris
On Easter Sunday exactly a century ago, a train pulled out of Zurich’s central station, beginning one of the most famous railroad journeys of all time. On board were Vladimir Lenin, his wife and 30 of their closest friends. Eight days later, after two boat trips and a second train ride, the little band of revolutionaries reached Russia. The rest, of course, is history.
Shipping Lenin home in a sealed train to foment a revolution and thereby take Russia out of the First World War was the idea of Arthur Zimmermann, the German foreign minister at the time. Germany launched several similar plots in that stage of the war, including inciting a Republican rising in Ireland, Islamist jihadism in the Middle East and — the one for which Zimmermann is best remembered — a Mexican invasion of Texas. All except the Russian gambit failed; but though Lenin succeeded in doing what Zimmermann wanted, he succeeded in several other, very different ways, too.
Message from Rick Saccone
Posted April 18, 2017, 10:38 am
Please take note of Representative Rick Saccone’s message about the upcoming Washington County “Politics Local” dinner event on April 28. Rep. Saccone is a candidate for the U.S. Senate and will be with us on the 28th. Come out and meet Rick and other elected officials and fellow Republicans.
Listen to this and tell me trump is crazy
Posted April 18, 2017, 10:36 am
From time to time it is a good thing to renew our excitement about why we are Republicans and about why we must work tirelessly to take back our nation. This is a classic speech from President Trump.
Trump soars in the polls…but don’t tell Dan Rather
Posted April 18, 2017, 10:32 am
President Trump is soaring in the polls this week, according to a new one out taken by Rasmussen, reaching a 50% approval rating.
Rasmussen doesn’t give a reason, so the best clue out there is to consider what has changed in the past week. Was it bureaucratic infighting at the West Wing? Was it the White House Easter Egg Roll? Was it the ascent of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court? Probably some of those things helped. But the real news was in Trump’s decisive military action – first in the Syrian airstrike, second in the release of the Mother of all Bombs on ISIS’s cave fighters in eastern Afghanistan, and third in the news of possible U.S. hacking of North Korea’s missile launch, which failed terribly and will send innumerable minions of dictator Kim Jong-un to his infamous shark tank.
It all seems to have gone over well on the military front, and that is driving Trump’s polls higher. Americans want the terror war to be over – it’s always been a number-one security priority with the public, and President Trump, unlike his predecessor, is taking them there.
The Fallacy of ‘Openess and Tolerance’
Posted April 18, 2017, 10:30 am
While Islamic terrorists continue to wage holy war against the West, Progressives and liberals continue to frame the argument in ways that further endanger the West. For example, following a recent Islamic terrorist attack in Sweden, the New York Times argued in favor of Western leaders focusing on preserving “fundamental” values (i.e., Progressive-liberal values), such as openness and tolerance.
However, in any situation where a threat is posed to life, liberty, or property, the correct response does not focus on preserving values. Rather, the correct response focuses on securing rights; namely, the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property. This is particularly the case in the United States, where the nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, proclaims that governments are instituted to secure the unalienable rights of the people.
Notably, even in nations with governments that refuse to recognize these rights, the universal principle of self-preservation still applies, so Western leaders simply do not have a legitimate excuse for avoiding the measures that are necessary to effectively deal with the Islamic threat.