(Video) Up or Down? American greatness is a choice.

June 10, 2012

In his latest Firewall, Bill Whittle looks at two recent incidents  — a MSNBC host having trouble referring to Americans killed in battle as heroes, and the resupply of the International Space Station by a private American company — to illustrate two possible paths for America: “Up or Down.”

Bill ends by saying “decline is a choice,” perhaps echoing the title of Charles Krauthammer’s brilliant analysis of modern liberal foreign policy.

But I prefer a more positive framing: that national greatness –American greatness– is our choice. It’s the choice between the diffident, enervating, and self-absorbed navel-gazing of a Chris Hayes on the one hand, and the belief of Americans-by-choice that here humanity can still achieve great things — liberate a nation, defend civilization, or build rockets to carry us into space. We have all the resources and people we need; we have the spirit.

We just have to make a choice.

LINK: More at Hot Air.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) “Fine?”

June 10, 2012

At a press conference last Friday, President Obama asserted that the “private sector is doing fine,” something that approached Biden-like levels of detachment from reality.

It didn’t take long for the Romney campaign to say, in effect, “Oh, yeah? On what planet?”

Expect to see this on TVs everywhere in the coming months.

This moment is especially revealing:

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”

(transcript via Hot Air)

Obama’s concern isn’t with the private sector, regardless of the feeble state of the so-called “recovery” or the danger of another recession. His priorities are those of the statist — the primacy of government in society. His solutions to “problems” in the public sector are those of the Socialist (1): more government, more borrowing and spending, in spite of the evident failure of the first stimulus (2).

It’s the view of someone so trapped by his ideological paradigms that he literally cannot see what’s all around him, like a horse with blinders on. Hence, “the private sector is doing fine.”

Next November, we take the blinders off for him.

PS: Romney 2012

Footnotes:
(1) But more on that, later.
(2) For a good explanation of why fiscal stimulus fails, see Bruce Reidl.

UPDATE: Louisiana’s Governor Jindal also noted Obama’s “government first” orientation:

“I suspect that many in the Obama administration really don’t believe in private enterprise. At best they see business as something to be endured so that that it can provide tax money for government programs,” said Jindal.

Responding to Obama’s statement that the private sector was doing fine, he added: “Mr. President, I’ve got a message for you: The private sector is not doing well when 23 million Americans are unemployed and underemployed in this great country. This president, the private sector is so foreign to him he might need a passport to actually go visit and he might need a translator to help him talk to folks in the private sector.”

Yep. (via ST‘s Hot Headlines)

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


June 10, 2012

Phineas Fahrquar:

Next up: “Global warming blamed for heat death of universe!”

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

It appears “global warming” is now the most potent force in the universe, according to a scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. An actual scientific paper preprint published in the Cornell University science archive makes the connection to black holes in the title, and includes “climate change” in the abstract.

Sigh. It isn’t even past coffee on Sunday morning and already we have our winner. This one… is weapons grade stupidity. I would not believe that a scientist from a prominent research institute could utter such a statement had I not read it in a prominent science magazine. It’s another “Vinerism” in the making: Children just aren’t going to know what black holes are.

It immediately reminded me of the famous line uttered by Tom Cruise in the movie a A Few Good Men:

“Should we or should we not follow the advice of the galactically stupid!

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