Sunday, August 31, 2008

Rise and Fall of Great Civilizations

I love the quote "Those who Ignore History are Destined to Repeat it".

I mentioned in a previous post a short review of the movie Swing Vote that I saw earlier in the month. The heroine in the movie made a compelling speech with portions of the commentary below. It has stayed with me ever since.

Culture not only provides tools for physical survival, but it is also the source with which people find purpose and meaning for their actions. Purpose and meaning are so central to human existence that their flow is prominent in the rise and their ebb equally prominent in the fall of all great civilizations of the past. These civilizations seem to have gone through identical stages (Ruggerio, 1994) as they arose:

1). From Enslavement towards spiritual faith.

2). From spiritual faith to courage, tenacity and inspiration in the face of

3). From courageous triumph over adversity to liberty and freedom.

4). From freedom into abundance and prosperty.

And, then amid the erosion of meaning and purpose, they descended:

1). From abundance toward greed and selfishness.

2). From greed and selfishness into complacency and passivity.

3). From complacency to apathy.

4). From apathy into helplessness and dependency.

5). From helplessness and dependency, the cycle is completed with a return to

As this history reveals, when culture loses its social and spiritual efficacy, it places the community as a whole and its individual members at risk in many ways.

Back to my earlier post on God and Politics, this is why we need to solidify our spiritual center.

God and Politics

Michael Moore's recent comment about God's hand in Gustav ruining the GOP Convention shouldn't shock any of us. Believe it or not, the Republicans don't own the rights as the only Christians in the political arena. The majority of us on both sides of the aisle believe that God has a hand in these events that befall us. In times of crisis, we talk to Him more frequently and in times of great fortune many of us praise His good grace.

So here we are fighting a battle that shouldn't even be fought. We should be worrying about the economy, the energy crisis, our aging population, education...the list goes on. So I think it is time once and for all to figure out where God's place is in our public doctrine and move on. Let's take it to the people of this county and add the results to the Bill of Rights. Let's move on!

'Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.' - William Penn

Thanks Holt for sending these on...

Alabama 1901, Preamble
We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..

Alaska 1956, Preamble We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.

Arizona 1911, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Arizona , grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...

Arkansas 1874, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Arkansas , grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...

California 1879, PreambleWe, the People of the State of California , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...

Colorado 1876, Preamble We, the people of Colorado , with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe...

Connecticut 1818, Preamble.The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.

Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshiping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.

Florida 1885, Preamble We, the people of the State of Florida , grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...

Georgia 1777, Preamble We, the people of Georgia , relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...

Hawaii 1959, Preamble We , the people of Hawaii , Grateful for Divine Guidance ... Establish this Constitution.

Idaho 1889, Preamble We, the people of the State of Idaho , grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.

Illinois 1870, Preamble We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

Indiana 1851, Preamble We, the People of the State of Indiana , grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.

Iowa 1857, Preamble We, the People of the St ate of Iowa , grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.

Kansas 1859, Preamble We, the people of Kansas , grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.

Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties...

Louisiana 1921, Preamble We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.

Maine 1820, Preamble We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction.

Maryland 1776, Preamble We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction .

Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.

Minnesota, 1857, Preamble We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:

Mississippi 1890, Preamble We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Al mighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.

Missouri 1845, Preamble We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . Establish this Constitution...

Montana 1889, Preamble.We, the people of Montana , grateful to Almighty God for theblessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..

Nebraska 1875, Preamble We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom . Establish this Constitution.

Nevada 1864, Preamble We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution...

New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

New Jersey 1844, Preamble We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.

New Mexico 1911, Preamble We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..

New York 1846, Preamble We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.

North Carolina 1868, Preamble We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those...

North Dakota 1889, Preamble We , the people of North Dakota , grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...

Ohio 1852, Preamble We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.

Oklahoma 1907, Preamble Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this

Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences

Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance....

Rhode Island 1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing...

South Carolina, 1778, Preamble We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

South Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties .

Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...

Texas 1845, Preamble We the People of the Republic of Texas , acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.

Utah 1896, Preamble Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.

Vermont 1777, Preamble Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man .

Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other

Washington 1889, Preamble We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution

West Virginia 1872, Preamble Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...

Wisconsin 1848, Preamble We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility...

Wyoming 1890, Preamble We, the people of the State of Wyoming , grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution...

Friday, August 29, 2008

I Cried

History in the making...

I have no idea why this woman was not on my radar...but after listening to her acceptance speech, I am overwhelmingly awed by the idea of having her on the ticket. I have said all along that a woman needs to be the VP pick, but I could not have asked for a better resume from the one that was chosen. She is not only a fresh face, but she is a political Reformer whose approval rating as Governor of Alaska is in the 90's, she has held her ground on many uncomfortable issues and uncomfortable circumstances (she has even taken on her own party). She is a mother of 5, a lifetime NRA member, Pro Life, Pro Marriage, Conservationist, PTA & Hockey mom and her husband is a rock-solid working man who is also a world champion competitor (snowmobiling). Her story is so incredibly compelling on so many levels.

John McCain just jumped several points in my book for such a smart, out-of-the-box choice. Now THAT is my kind of leader. I guess we should thank BHO for not having the cajones to pick Hillary. She definitely deserved the position and the BHO/HRC team probably would have been unbeatable.

One way or the other, my girls will see history being made this election, I get chills just thinking about it.

Here is a great article that gives a brief synopsis of our new VP.
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard

The wipeout in the 2006 election left Republicans in such a state of dejection that they've overlooked the one shining victory in which a Republican star was born. The triumph came in Alaska where Sarah Palin, a politician of eye-popping integrity, was elected governor. She is now the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating in the 90s, and probably the most popular public official in any state.

Her rise is a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle--especially to transparency and accountability in government--can produce political success. And by the way, Palin is a conservative who only last month vetoed 13 percent of the state's proposed budget for capital projects. The cuts, the Anchorage Daily News said, "may be the biggest single-year line-item veto total in state history."

As recently as last year, Palin (pronounced pale-in) was a political outcast. She resigned in January 2004 as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after complaining to the office of Governor Frank Murkowski and to state Attorney General Gregg Renkes about ethical violations by another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, who was also Republican state chairman.

State law barred Palin from speaking out publicly about ethical violations and corruption. But she was vindicated later in 2004 when Ruedrich, who'd been reconfirmed as state chairman, agreed to pay a $12,000 fine for breaking state ethics laws. She became a hero in the eyes of the public and the press, and the bane of Republican leaders.

In 2005, she continued to take on the Republican establishment by joining Eric Croft, a Democrat, in lodging an ethics complaint against Renkes, who was not only attorney general but also a long-time adviser and campaign manager for Murkowski. The governor reprimanded Renkes and said the case was closed. It wasn't. Renkes resigned a few weeks later, and Palin was again hailed as a hero.

Palin, 43, the mother of four, passed up a chance to challenge Republican senator Lisa Murkowski, the then-governor's daughter, in 2004. She endorsed another candidate in the primary, but Murkowski won and was reelected. Palin said then that her 14-year-old son talked her out of running, though it's doubtful that was the sole reason.

In 2006, she didn't hesitate. She ran against Gov. Murkowski, who was seeking a second term despite sagging poll ratings, in the Republican primary. In a three-way race, Palin captured 51 percent and won in a landslide. She defeated former Democratic governor Tony Knowles in the general election, 49 percent to 41 percent. She was one of the few Republicans anywhere in the country to perform above expectations in 2006, an overwhelmingly Democratic year. Palin is unabashedly pro life.

With her emphasis on ethics and openness in government, "it turned out Palin caught the temper of the times perfectly," wrote Tom Kizzia of the Anchorage Daily News. She was also lucky. News broke of an FBI investigation of corruption by legislators between the primary and general elections. So far, three legislators have been indicted.

In the roughly three years since she quit as the state's chief regulator of the oil industry, Palin has crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic. Political analysts in Alaska refer to the "body count" of Palin's rivals. "The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah," says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign. It includes Ruedrich, Renkes, Murkowski, gubernatorial contenders John Binkley and Andrew Halcro, the three big oil companies in Alaska, and a section of the Daily News called "Voice of the Times," which was highly critical of Palin and is now defunct.

One of her first acts as governor was to fire the Alaska Board of Agriculture. Her ultimate target was the state Creamery Board, which has been marketing the products of Alaska dairy farmers for 71 years and wanted to close down after receiving $600,000 from the state. "You don't just close your doors and walk away," Palin told me. She discovered she lacked the power to fire the Creamery Board. Only the board of agriculture had that authority. So Palin replaced the agriculture board, which appointed a new creamery board, which has rescinded the plan to shut down.

In preserving support for dairy farmers, Palin exhibited a kind of Alaskan chauvinism. She came to the state as an infant, making her practically a native. And she is eager to keep Alaska free from domination by oil companies or from reliance on cruise lines whose ships bring thousands of tourists to the state.

"She's as Alaskan as you can get," says Dan Fagan, an Anchorage radio talk show host. "She's a hockey mom, she lives on a lake, she ice fishes, she snowmobiles, she hunts, she's an NRA member, she has a float plane, and her husband works for BP on the North Slope," Fagan says. Todd Palin, her high school sweetheart, is a three-time winner of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks. It's the world's longest snowmobile race.

Gov. Palin grew up in Wasilla, where as star of her high school basketball team she got the nickname "Sarah Barracuda" for her fierce competitiveness. She led her underdog team to the state basketball championship. Palin also won the Miss Wasilla beauty contest, in which she was named Miss Congeniality, and went on to compete in the Miss Alaska pageant.

At 32, she was elected mayor of Wasilla, a burgeoning bedroom community outside Anchorage. Though Alaskans tend to be ferociously anti-tax, she persuaded Wasilla voters to increase the local sales tax to pay for an indoor arena and convention center. The tax referendum won by 20 votes.

In 2002, Palin entered statewide politics, running for lieutenant governor. She finished a strong second in the Republican primary. That fall, she dutifully campaigned for Murkowski, who'd given up his Senate seat to run for governor. Afterwards, she turned down several job offers from Murkowski, finally accepting the oil and gas post. When she quit 11 months later, "that was her defining moment" in politics, says Fagan.

Her campaign for governor was bumpy. She missed enough campaign appearances to be tagged "No Show Sarah" by her opponents. She was criticized for being vague on issues. But she sold voters on the one product that mattered: herself.

Her Christian faith--Palin grew up attending nondenominational Bible churches--was a minor issue in the race. She told me her faith affects her politics this way: "I believe everything happens for a purpose. In my own personal life, if I dedicated back to my Creator what I'm trying to create for the good . . . everything will turn out fine." That same concept applies to her political career, she suggested.

The biggest issue in the campaign was the proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope that's crucial to the state's economy. Murkowski had made a deal with the three big oil companies--Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips--which own the gas reserves to build the pipeline. But the legislature turned it down and Palin promised to create competition for the pipeline contract.

She made three other promises: to end corruption in state government, cut spending, and provide accountability. She's now redeeming those promises.

Palin describes herself as "pro-business and pro-development." She doesn't want the oil companies to sit on their energy reserves or environmental groups to block development of the state's resources. "I get frustrated with folks from outside Alaska who come up and say you shouldn't develop your resources," she says. Alaska needs to be self-sufficient, she says, instead of relying heavily on "federal dollars," as the state does today.

Her first major achievement as governor was lopsided passage by the legislature of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, which is designed to attract pipeline proposals this summer. The state is offering $500 million in incentives, but the developer must meet strict requirements. The oil companies have said they won't join the competition.

Palin's tough spending cuts drew criticism from Republican legislators whose pet projects were vetoed. But her popularity doesn't appear threatened. "It's not just that she's pretty and young," says Dittman. "She's really smart. And there's no guile. She says her favorite meal is moose stew or mooseburgers. It wouldn't shock people if that were true."

Oh Yes!

A fiscally and morally conservative WOMAN VP who is younger than Barack, and is a mother of 5, now does it get any better than that?!

Onward Ho!

Anxiously Awaiting

Okay, you can't say that McCain doesn't have a flare for drama. The back and forth tease of the VP pick has been interesting to say the least. I have said all along that if Obama continued to ride on the stupid train and didn't pick Hillary, that McCain should make it a point to pick a woman VP. It is simply about demographics.

Anxiously awaiting...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Voter Insanity

I just read this blurb today...

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska won the Republican primary in his home state on Tuesday, soundly defeating six Republican challengers less than a month after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for concealing more than $250,000 in gifts from an oil services company.

Okay, is it me, or is there another case of Voter Insanity breaking out in Alaska?

You know, I live in a very rural, conservative area in Tennessee. I can't imagine Alaska being that demographically different than us, except they elect corrupt Republicans instead of corrupt Democrats. But it appears the reasoning still remains the same.

Why in the world did Alaskans vote for a veteran Senator who has just been indicted? Because he has funneled BILLIONS of dollars of earmarks to his home state (anyone remember the bridge to nowhere?). It is all about the money.

You know it is funny, people will complain about rampant corruption in today's government, but when they go to that ballot box, all reason is thrown out the door. I don't pretend to understand it. But I do know that is the reason corruption still goes on. We keep knowingly elect the people who perpetuate it. The only thing that brings them down is the loss of power to keep the money flow going. Almost makes us look like a third world country.

Unfortunately, this case is just WAY to obvious to ignore...or is it?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Drinking Age Debate

I am glad the dialog has become public. The legal drinking age debate will spur many passionate discussions because almost everyone has been touched by the issue in one way or another.

Living next to a prominent college, and once owning a music club that served alcohol, I have intimate knowledge of the drinking age challenge. The fact of the matter is...the college kids are going to drink whether it is legal or not. So then the question becomes, how do you make it safer for them without condoning it? Logically, you really can't. Those who try give mixed messages, swinging door crack downs and wink-wink policies. Really we are teaching our kids how NOT to obey the law, which sets up so many other issues after they graduate.

College is supposed to be a "half way house" to becoming a functioning adult. How can you teach them moderation when they spend all their time trying to find a way to break the law...which usually means they binge drink. Fortunately for many students who get caught, the University will try to protect them all they can, so the bad choices they make won't follow them thru their bright future.

Worse results happen with kids who don't go to college. They are just thrown into the adult world with no training wheels. Everyone drinks around they just start making stupid choices and their lives are possibly ruined forever with legal woes should they get caught. It is hard to dig yourself out of some of these problems if you don't have the tools or the money to do so. It is a vicious cycle.

Kids are natural rebels. So are adults...remember prohibition? Plus there is also the point that we give our kids guns and send them to war, we allow them to kill themselves with cigarettes and allow them to sign contracts that may have devastating consequences...but we don't think they can handle a beer. That is almost a joke.

I don't have the answer, but I do see the flaws in our current logic in dealing with alcohol and our youth. Maybe with an open dialogue on the matter we can come up with a better plan. I'm in.

Swing Vote - The Movie

Saw it by fluke. Had some time to kill in Chattanooga and it was the only movie playing in the timeframe needed.

You would think this movie would have been on my radar, considering my political leanings, but it wasn't because no one is talking about it. I find that very strange.

Go see it if you have a chance. It is an interesting commentary on today's voter apathy and political knowledge base as well as a very biting assessment of the political candidate. Most important of all...the heroine is a smart, young girl with a very real life. How she deals with it is truly inspirational.

Friday, August 15, 2008

I vote for Denny Crane!

This one made me chuckle real hard. I am a total Trekkie, and Shatner is classic! Thanks to Stacey Campfield for featuring it on his blog.

God and Tolstoy

I have been hitting our local library lately to check out some historical video/dvd nuggets. The most recent one was War and Peace, starring the darling Audrey Hepburn and a young, dorky Henry Fonda. This brilliant epic reminded me of a Gone with the Wind or a Doctor Zhivago type storytelling with one notable exception...War and Peace was an unashamedly Christian movie. In fact, so much so, that I feared the ACLU or Diversity police would storm my house and rip the dvd out of my machine and fine me for watching it.

And then I laughed, this is America isn't it? That kind of thing could never happen here, could it?

Then I read the Tennessean today and find that Wilson County has bowed to the athesists and the ACLU and allowed discounts for all believers and non believers for their "God and Country" fair. There was even a quote from the ACLU saying they don't believe that giving discounts to people with Church bulletins is legal. What the heck?!

But I digress. War and Peace was such a pleasure to watch. It goes thru the whole drama of life. A life that is good and a life that survives great suffering and hardship and then becoming a life that is good again. Their belief in God during each segment of this cycle was inspirational to say the least. I just wish we had more blockbuster movies like that on the market today. But I fear that those days may be over unless we grow some cajones and start challenging the challengers.

Carpe Diem!

Monday, August 11, 2008

George W's War

Another one that crossed my desk today...

No one likes war. War is a horrific affair, bloody and expensive. Sending our men and women into battle to perhaps die or be maimed is an unconscionable thought.

Yet some wars need to be waged, and someone needs to lead. The citizenry and Congress are often ambivalent or largely opposed to any given war. It's up to our leader to convince them. That's why we call the leader 'Commander in Chief.'

George W.'s war was no different. There was lots of resistance to it. Many in Congress were vehemently against the idea. The Commander in Chief had to lobby for legislative approval.

Along with supporters, George W. used the force of his convictions, the power of his title and every ounce of moral suasion he could muster to rally support. He had to assure Congress and the public that the war was morally justified, winnable and affordable. Congress eventually came around and voted overwhelmingly to wage war.

George W. then lobbied foreign governments for support. But in the end, only one European nation helped us. The rest of the world sat on its hands and watched.

After a few quick victories, things started to go bad. There were many dark days when all the news was discouraging. Casualties began to mount. It became obvious that our forces were too small. Congress began to drag its feet about funding the effort.

Many who had voted to support the war just a few years earlier were beginning to speak against it and accuse the Commander in Chief of misleading them. Many critics began to call him incompetent, an idiot and even a liar. Journalists joined the negative chorus with a vengeance.

As the war entered its fourth year, the public began to grow weary of the conflict and the casualties. George W.'s popularity plummeted. Yet through it all, he stood firm, supporting the troops and endorsing the struggle.

Without his unwavering support, the war would have surely ended, then and there, in overwhelming and total defeat.
At this darkest of times, he began to make some changes. More troops were added and trained. Some advisers were shuffled, and new generals installed.

Then, unexpectedly and gradually, things began to improve. Now it was the enemy that appeared to be growing weary of the lengthy conflict and losing support. Victories began to come, and hope returned.

Many critics in Congress and the press said the improvements were just George W.'s good luck. The progress, they said, would be temporary. He knew, however, that in warfare good fortune counts.

Then, in the unlikeliest of circumstances and perhaps the most historic example of military luck, the enemy blundered and was resoundingly defeated. After six long years of war, the Commander in Chief basked in a most hard-fought victory.

So on that historic day, Oct. 19, 1781, in a place called Yorktown , a satisfied George Washington sat upon his beautiful white horse and accepted the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, effectively ending the Revolutionary War.

What? Were you thinking of someone else?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Obama's Top 10 Flaws

Haven't posted since the girls came home for summer, but this Townhall blurb from John Hawkins caught my eye and I thought I would share it. Maybe we need four years of Obama so that Americans will finally wake up to the reality that the Far Left is moving us towards Socialism faster than Batman's car.

The Far Left has taken over lower and higher education, law schools, judgeships and government jobs. Seems to me, the Joker couldn't have thought of a more brilliant plan for mass destruction of America; land of the free and the brave, in God we trust.

Obama's Top 10 Flaws

The Snobbery: If little girls are made up of sugar, spice, and everything nice, then Obama is made up of arugula, personal presidential seals, and hubris. Never before has a candidate with so few accomplishments to his name looked so far down his nose at the American people.

The Phony Idealism: Silently, there must be a lot of liberal Democrats kicking themselves today because all during the primaries, the race was portrayed as a battle between Barack Obama, the idealist and Hillary Clinton, the pragmatic, say-anything-to-win candidate. Then, the moment Obama captured the nomination, all of those precious ideals flew out the window and Obama started shifting his positions farther and faster than Hillary Clinton ever did. So much for the candidate who was supposed to be a "new kind of politician."

The Anti-White Racism: Obama spent 20 years going to a virulently anti-white, anti-American church while he used Jeremiah Wright -- who's the moral equivalent of David Duke -- as a spiritual mentor and a sounding board. This is not a man who looks kindly upon what he refers to as "typical white people."

The Lack of Patriotism: Rather famously, Obama refused to hold his hand over his heart for the national anthem and publicly made a point of not wearing a flag pin -- and then had the "audacity" to complain when people quite naturally questioned his patriotism. Since then, Obama replaced the American flag on his plane with his own symbol and made a point of running down his country and calling himself a "citizen of the world" while he was overseas. Is having a President who loves his own country too much to ask? In Obama's case, apparently so.

His Liberalism: Although Obama has attempted to shift to the center since he captured the Democratic nomination, his record is one of radical liberalism. In fact, he was ranked as the single most liberal senator in 2007 by National Journal, actually supported a complete ban on handgun sales, and wants to hand out 845 billion dollars to foreign nations as part of an effort to "elimin(ate) extreme poverty." If you would be thrilled to have a President who is as liberal as Michael Moore or Keith Olbermann, then Barack Obama is your man.

His Changing Position On The War in Iraq: In one of the most ironic twists of the campaign, Obama beat Hillary Clinton by being so stridently anti-war in Iraq, but his latest ever-shifting position essentially mirrors that of John McCain. Although Obama is still promising a timeline, he is saying he could leave 50,000 troops in Iraq and that the withdrawal is "entirely conditions-based." Although the lefties are biting their tongues, you know they must be seething that they've been sold down the river on their biggest issue -- or maybe they just assume he's lying, which is entirely possible.

His Inexperience: Obama has never served in the military, the House, or as a governor, was first elected to the Senate in 2004, and his battle with Hillary was the only tough campaign he has ever been in. In other words, if he's elected, he would be one of the least worthy candidates ever to make it to the White House. If we had another 9/11 on his watch or even if one of those infamous 3 AM emergency calls that Hillary campaigned on were to come in, would you rather have Obama or McCain handling it? For that matter, would you rather have Obama or a random person picked out of the phone book handling it? Neither Obama nor the random person from the phone book would have much relevant experience, but at least the random person would probably be humble enough to realize it and ask for help, unlike Obama.

The Poor Judgment: This is a guy who stayed in a racist church and stuck by a bigoted reverend for 20 years, grotesquely leaked his Western Wall prayer to the press, and blew off a visit to see wounded troops while the whole world was watching him overseas. In other words, even when it comes to matters of mere politics, this is not a man who can be trusted to make wise decisions. So, how can we trust him to make good policy decisions for the country?

He's Gaffe Prone: When John McCain makes mistakes, the media tries to portray him as senile. But Obama makes dumber mistakes than George Bush, more mistakes than Dan Quayle, and that's despite the fact that he spends far less time talking to the press than McCain. So, what's his excuse for thinking that we have more than 57 states, claiming America's "fallen heroes" were in the audience listening to him, and his claim that "'10,000 people died' in the Kansas tornadoes when the death toll was really only 12?" Dan Quayle’s notorious potato(e) error, which was used to forever portray him as a drooling moron, wouldn’t even qualify as one of Obama’s top five mistakes.

His Fuzzy Platform: Obama's positions on guns, the war in Iraq, taxes, FISA, and public financing, among other issues, have shifted faster than a cheetah chasing a greyhound through an obstacle course. Since he doesn't have much of a record to go on, seems to have very poor judgment, and he doesn't have a solid platform to stand on, how are people supposed to know what he will do when he gets in the White House?