Friday, January 22, 2010

The Right is Alive and Well

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One year ago, as Obama was sworn in, those of us of the Conservative/Libertarian persuasion were bombarded by the punditry with news of our demise. Today we can safely paraphrase Mark Twain and say that reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. The full swing of the political tide, which normally is measured in decades, occurred this time in 365 days.

In 48 hours America was offered the following gifts:

• A Republican senator to fill the vacancy left by Ted Kennedy.

How ironic that in a way Kennedy was responsible for the demise of 2000 pages of metaphorical shackles to the right of Americans to choose how to deal or not deal with their own healthcare. Whatever needs to be fixed will be fixed using market forces. Milton Freedman must be smiling.

• The Supreme Court ruling on McCain-Feingold, protecting freedom of speech.

If any evidence is needed to prove that this was a great ruling, all we have to do is look at Senator Schumer foaming at the mouth. The big bad corporations will inject money into the political process. How terrible. We all know that when unions donate money is only for altruistic reasons. When Exxon donates money it is only to destroy the planet.

• Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she does not have enough votes to pass the Senate’s version of Obamacare.

• The demise of Air America, the sewer of anti-Americanism disguising itself as a radio network.

There are two explanations for this. Either liberals listen to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levine and Sean Hannity or there are a lot less liberals that we thought.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) admission that they lied.

IPCC admitted yesterday that the prediction of the disappearance of the Himalayan Glaciers by 2035 in its landmark 2007 report was “poorly substantiated” and resulted from a lapse in standards. “In drafting the paragraph in question the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly,” the panel said. The global warming crowd has once again been proven to be less than candid and faking data to substantiate their claims. Add this report to the one of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit.

Other than this, liberals are doing fine.

With respect to the SCOTUS decision on the MacCain-Feingold, here are two quotes posted on Best of the Web:
• "Sen. Barack Obama reversed his pledge to seek public financing in the general election yesterday, a move that drew criticism from adversaries and allies alike but could provide him with a significant spending advantage over Republican rival John McCain. Obama will become the first major-party presidential nominee to reject the public funds."--Washington Post, June 20, 2008

• "President Barack Obama is condemning a decision by the Supreme Court to roll back restrictions on campaign donations by corporations and unions. In a written statement, Obama says the campaign finance ruling will lead to a 'stampede of special interest money in our politics.' Obama declared that his administration will work with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to come up with a 'forceful response' to the high court's action. . . . Obama called it a big victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests."--Associated Press, Jan. 21, 2010
For further reading:

Krauthammer on Scott Brown's victory

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