Tuesday, July 01, 2008

True Spirit Of '76



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"The Price Of Freedom Is

Eternal Vigilance...


I predict future happiness for

Americans if they can prevent the

government from wasting the

labors of the people under the

pretense of taking care of them."


Thomas Jefferson





"Moderation in the pursuit of

justice is no virtue,

And extremism in the defense of

liberty is no vice!"


Sen Barry Goldwater, 1964

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16 comments:

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

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We Americans Have Four Months...

to weigh in the balance the above words, and contrast them to the empty slogans and phrases at political rallies we see and hear In Campaign 2008.

Partisan Politics Be Damned! reb

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Yankee Doodle said...

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Extremism_in_the_Defense_of_Liberty_Is_No_Vice

It's a great speech.

Yankee Doodle said...

Oddly enough, that speech was delivered in San Francisco.

Anonymous said...

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Most of San Francisco's citizens are good people, God Loves 'Em, it's just unfortunate that so many of them have been detoured from reality by inane partisan politics.
I know that town. gba

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Mohamed said...

Hi Mr.reb,

Thanks for your kind words on my blog.

I'll be busy for a week. I hope to see you again very soon to continue our fruitful discussion.

Peace,

Mohamed

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

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Hang In There Folks! Our July 4th Post will be a barn-burner, and it gives all a look at Sen John Kerry's brilliant notions on the very 'Necessary Qualifications For The Presidency', and what it takes to be 'Commander-In-Chief'.

A mind-snapper! reb

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Anonymous said...

That Wesley Clark is discounting John McCain's military experience shocks me. As a fellow military man (Navy See Bees), I would expect the General to show the Senator more respect, especially in light of the Senators extended time being tortured. This leads me to suspect that the General does not have any true combat experience (I doubt Bosnia, or Grenada count).

RogerOS

Anonymous said...

OK Folks. Let us consider the presidents ofd the last 30 years and combat experience.

Jimmy Carter: Graduate USN: subamrine commander but no combat experience- low marks.

Ronald Reagan: no combat experience b/c of near sightedness-high marks from many

George H.W. Bush: carrier pilot in WW II-mixed marks at best.

Bill Clinton: No military experience--you love him or hate or like me try and be objective but generally high marks if you consider the state of the country during his tenure

George W. Bush: Reserve pilot: no combat experience--mixed marks at best, but is likely to be most remember for the invasion of Iraq, rather than throwing teh Taliban out on their ears.

So if you look a recent history, or even more remote history, I think you can only conclude that combat experience is not necessarily a good indication of how good a president, including C-in-C. a person is likely to be.

P.S. Ulysses S. Grant: retty good general, pretty bad president.

Regards.

TLGK

Tom the Redhunter said...

TLGK, some years ago I did a post on the subject called Presidents and Military Experience. I too concluded that there was no correlation between military service and how well one did as a president. I went through every war we've fought since independence, rated each president, and averaged out the scores.

If I had to do it over I'd rewrite the bit about WWI (I do think our entry was necessary even though Wilson was an odious president).

I'm voting for McCain because I favor his policies. He does have more experience than Obama, but mainly as a senator considering national security issues.

Yankee Doodle said...

A candidate's military experience matters when it serves the Democrats well. JFK's military experience is glorified, but Bill Clinton's lack of military experience doesn't matter. John Kerry's 300 Purple Hearts must be considered as a qualification for President while we can dismiss McCain's heroic service to our country.

By the way, my real name is not Joe. It's just one of the many names I made up.

Anonymous said...

I'll believe Kerry's three purple hearts (in only 3 months on a Swift-boat, when his crew had none) only when he shows me 3 visible battle scars). He hates Bush for good reason, Bush narrowly beat him in 2004. This guy J.K. is a brass-plated phoney!

We Love Swift-boaters! San Pedro, California. Doug, Joe, and Sammy R.

Anonymous said...

Tom,

I confess McCain worries me on two accounts. The first is his age.

The second is that in his effort to consolidate support of the GOP his ereversing his stance on some issues, i.e. the Bush tax cuts.

TLGK

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

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* Global Sharia Law-neg

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* Progressive Quackery,neg
* Reid/Pelosi-neg
* MoveOn, O.S.I.-neg
* MediaMatters-neg
* DailyKos-neg
* Code Pink-neg
* Huff. Post-neg
* N.Y. Times-neg
* Newsweek-neg
* MSNBC-neg
* Gore/Global Warming-neg
* Defeatism-neg
* Spend More/Elect!-neg
* Obama-Mania-neg
* Party-Label, First!-neg

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* U.S. Law ++
* First Amendment ++

* Bush/Cheney Adm ++
* Facing Saudi-Arabs/Iran ++
* Drill Now/Oppose OPEC ++
* Research & Development ++
* Nuclear Power Generation ++
* Gen David Petraeus ++
* Sen John McCain ++
* Victory In Wartime! +++
* Firm Resolve +++++

"We Shall Never Give Up!" +++++ reb
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SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Addendum...

KNOW OUR ENEMIES AT HOME...

AND ANYWHERE ELSE, WORLD-WIDE. reb

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Americaneocon said...

Keep it up, Ralph!

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My company deceided to go home. I hope and pray that this works...