Monday, February 15, 2016

Okay, my Liberal Friends...
The point made by this meme is all over the Internet and, apparently believed by some of those who tend to be more middle of the road....
Here are the Facts!
July 1, 1987 (Not an election year) - Ronald Reagan nominated Robert Bork, an eminent Conservative Judge -
July 1, 1987; 45 minutes later - the despicable Senator Ted Kennedy said on national TV, broadcast to all and sundry:
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens."
This was the end of a 2nd Presidential term where the current office holder has Always been considered a "disappointment" throughout all of US history (FDR being the exception vis a vis WWII being in progress); Reagan was most likely suffering from some early dysfunctions of Alzheimer's;
And the Republicans have always been a day late and a dollar short in terms of using the media effectively.
Kennedy's vicious and untrue slander affected the nation and the Democrats, led by Joe Biden, viciously rejected Robert Bork.
Then President Reagan picked a mildly Conservative Judge (and his record has born that out - more Liberal than Conservative but - middle of the road which appeared to be the Fair and Right thing to do at the time) - Anthony Kennedy on November 30th, 1987 (Still NOT an election year).
He was confirmed on February 3rd, 1988 - well BEFORE the 1st Presidential Primary on Feb. 16th and even before every caucus (Kansas and Michigan started before Feb 3rd but Ended after Feb 3rd).
This is what the leading Democrats had to say about Reagan's prospective nomination of Robert Bork on June 29, 1987 - BEFORE Reagan even nominated him! -
""The majority leader, Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, also said a nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork, a leading contender to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., ''would be inviting problems'' in the Senate because of his role in the Watergate scandals.....
"....At the same time the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Alan Cranston of California, the party whip, urged colleagues in a letter to form a ''solid phalanx'' of opposition if the President's nominee was an ideological extremist. Some Democrats in Congress are worried that Mr. Reagan will nominate a conservative who will be committed to overturning Supreme Court decisions on abortion and other issues...."
There are a host of issues here at hand but - I would urge Liberals and Democrats to stop lying to Themselves.
It's not healthy.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Leaving Mother Russia

Today was the 30-year
anniversary of Natan Sharansky’s walk to Freedom from the Soviet Union.
He spent 9 years in the
Gulag as a prisoner for the “treason” of wanting to emigrate to Israel.

When he was finally released across the “Bridge of Spies” in East Germany, those
waiting for him at the West Berlin checkpoint saw him walking a zig zag back
and forth.  They feared that he was
either drugged or unhinged.

When Sharansky got to the other side, he explained that he had been told by his
minders to “walk straight across the bridge.”
He final act of defiance
was to Not obey his oppressors.

“We are leaving Mother Russia,

We have waited far too long.

We are leaving Mother Russia,

When they come for us we’ll be gone.”

“…My friends we know what
silence brings,

Another Hitler waiting in the wings,

So stand up now and shout it to the sky,

They may bring us to our knees but we’ll never die!”
Safam “Leaving
Mother Russia”

We live in a world where
anyone under 30 years old, not only may not know who Natan Sharansky is, but
who do not know what the Soviet Union; Communism; and the Cold War were…
We are living in a world
where those under 30 have no clue as to what happens when you surrender your
life to The Government in order to have the “freedom” Not to struggle…

OR, conversely, what happens when you surrender your life to someone larger
than life; a polar opposite demagogue who says: “I like making deals,
preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”
“If you ask me exactly
what the deals . . . all add up to in the end, I’m not sure I have a very good
answer. Except that I’ve had a very good time making them.”

Natan Sharansky suffered for well over 9 years
in an empire that imprisoned people’s minds and souls because he refused to be
a slave to the bribery of comfort, where someone or something else would take
care of him.

He suffered because what he wanted above all was his Freedom to be a Man in a
system that killed Men; to be a Jew in a world that despises Jews; and to be
Free to think and choose in a world that has largely given up thought and