The "To Don’t" list

January 20, 2009

Back in November, I wrote a list of "wills and won’ts" to guide myself during the Obama years. Now that they’re here, Andy Levy of Big Hollywood has create his own To Don’t list. I think they’re worth reading for those of us on the Center-Right and Right. Here’s an especially apropos item:

…DON’T use the fact that many on the left behaved abominably for the past eight years as an excuse to behave the same way. America needs adults. And if it bothered you when they did it, it’s a good sign that you shouldn’t do it.

Exactly. That should be inscribed on every blog, Left, Right, or fence-sitting Centrist. Be sure to read the rest, too.



A dissenting view on Mexico

January 20, 2009

Following up on the news of a Joint Forces Command report supposedly warning of a Mexican political collapse, Austin Bay at The Strategy Page begs to differ, arguing that the report was nothing more than a what-if exercise and noting the strong efforts being made by the Calderon government to clean up Mexico.

(hat tip: Instapundit)


Two visions

January 20, 2009

Compare and contrast:

“In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow, measured in inches and feet, not miles, but we will progress. It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise.”

— Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981 Inaugural Address”


“At this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe.””

–Barack Obama, January 8, 2009 Address at George Mason University

The difference couldn’t be more stark.

(From Chronicle of the Conspiracy, via a Reader)


Bad news for Venezuelan thugs and jihadi sponsors

January 20, 2009

Oil drops below $34 per barrel. Sucks to be you, losers. Phbbbttt


RSVP, with regrets

January 20, 2009

I won’t be watching the inauguration of Barack Obama today. Not that I have anything against the man personally: I almost never watch any inaugural. I bear him no rancor: his side won, my side lost. I’ve been through enough elections, winning some, losing others, that I can put the passion of the campaign behind me. (Unlike, say, the liberal left in this country after 2000.) Obama will soon be the 44th President of the United States, and I wish him well. We’re at war and in a difficult economic state, and only an immature churl could do otherwise.

Wishing him well, however, does not mean I won’t oppose him when I think he is wrong, which, given his campaign pledges and some of the people he’s appointed so far, is likely to be quite often. As the Left was so fond of telling us (again and again and again) over the last eight years, dissent is patriotic.

Actually, no it’s not. Dissent is an act. It’s the intent behind it that determines the patriotism of the act. If one dissents solely to tear down your opponent and score a cheap political advantage, that is not patriotism. If dissent is meant to improve a policy and help the nation, and is conducted in a way that yet recognizes our common bonds — that is patriotic dissent. It is that standard to which I will hold myself. As I’ve written before, I will not do to Barack Obama what the Democrats, the media, and the Left (but I repeat myself) did to George Bush for eight years.

However, that does not mean I cannot mock and ridicule mercilessly Obama’s cultish followers, who seem all too eager to play "Follow the (Dear) Leader," rather than live as citizens in a republic. First, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore gather a whole host of B-list celebrities to pledge to "be the best we can be," now that it’s okay to be patriotic again. Roll tape, Tito!

 MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge

(via Big Hollywood. Go there to read Breitbart’s searing rant.)

Mark Steyn takes special note of this quote from the video:

I pledge to be a servant to our President and to all mankind because together we can, together we are, and together we will be the change that we seek.

And I pledge to refrain from trying to slap some sense into the brain-dead lackwit who uttered this vacuous tripe. We don’t "serve" a president, you latte-sipping chowderhead! We are equal citizens in a republic, we pledge loyalty to the political ideals behind the constitution, and the president is merely an executive whom we replace every four or eight years — nothing more. We do not serve him. If anything, he serves us. You want to "serve" a leader? Okay, there’s this lovely place called North Korea, where everyone serves the Dear Leader and pledges to be all he expects them to be. Amen. Or they get a free stay in a prison camp.

Honest to Pete, what is this apparently overwhelming urge left-liberals and "progressives" have to fall-in behind a charismatic leader? Give me a plain-spoken man or woman of substance –a Truman, a Reagan, a Palin– any day over the empty eloquence of The Leader. Someone ought to write a book about this. Oh, wait a minute

liberal fascism 

Regardless, good luck, President Obama. You’ll need it.

LINKS: Others covering this include Fausta, AJ Strata, Ed Morrissey, Exurban League, Rich Horton, Sister Toldjah.