New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that he plans to request federal funding for body cameras. It’s unclear whether Obama, who has made the most high-profile push for body cameras, will get congressional support for his proposal.
Archive for the ‘change’ Category
Posted by revkharma on December 4, 2014
Posted in administrative power, Big Government, change, Civil liberties, Constitution, distraction | Tagged: Big Government, civil rights, deception, democracy, Federal Government, nyc, police | Leave a Comment »
Posted by revkharma on November 5, 2009
So, it’s time to celebrate, isn’t it? The good guys scored some big hits and stole some thunder from the Omabites on election day 2009. Team Obama got beat back, and the libs have been taught a lesson. Time to party, to look to who won and plan to continue the winning strategy into the mid-term elections in 2010. After all the good guys came out on top!
Only there’s a flaw in all of this. Look who won and how didn’t. Sure, the Republican Party took a couple of seats from Democrat governors. But the way things are going that’s like being chased by a cheetah, and thinking you are safe when a leopard takes his place behind you. One may run faster, but either one will eventually catch you and then, lights out.
In the now infamous NY 23 house race, the Democrat Party took over a seat which was renowned as a safe republican seat for decades. Note that: ” a SAFE republican seat”. (of course the seat was held by a democrat in 1993, but that’s a minor detail, isn’t it?) That means essentially one party rule in that district. Perhaps that’s why when Ms Dede Scozzafava ran and called herself a Republican, the party rewarded her with nearly a million dollars in campaign funds, ignoring her liberal political stance on most issues.
As the election neared, and the Conservative Party of New York ( CPNYS) endorsed Doug Hoffman the two major parties tried their best to ignore him. As he gained ground, eventually garnering better poll results than either ‘major party’ candidate, the very liberal Scozzafava withdrew. The party of elephants then said they would support the conservative. Dede did not agree, and the one time nominee of the Republican Party of New York cast her support to the nominee of the donkey party. After having denounced him during the entire campaign, the Republicans now embraced Hoffman. This is NOT because they embraced his positions. It was mere expediency, hoping to maintain a share of the seat to which they felt entitled. Remember, this is a “safe republican seat for decades”.
Down State, in Manhattan, the estimable billionaire Mike Bloomberg was running for a third term. Nevermind that the laws of New York City have prohibited more than two consecutive terms for years. You see, Mr. Bloomberg could not imagine that anyone could run the city as well as he has done. Despite two separate votes in which the residents of NYC have voted to maintain a two term limit for their mayor, Bloomberg went to the city council, not the voters. A compliant city council agreed to change the rules, and allowed Mr. Bloomberg to run again. Not by vote, but by fiat did Bloomberg get his way. Inconvenient laws are just waived away. Even the immensely popular Rudy Giuliani would not do such a thing, during the scary times after 9/11. He followed the rule of law and simply turned the office to his successor. It is interesting to note that Bloomberg is reported to have spent more than $100 MILLION of his own money to gain this re-election.
See, the problem here is not liberal versus conservative parties, it’s not donkeys and elephants. The problem is accumulation of power and the sense that those who currently hold office are entitled to those offices. This sense of ownership betrays the entire mindset. It really doesn’t matter if you color your state ‘blue’ or ‘red’ or purple. It does not matter if you show up to speak wearing an elephant head or a donkey head during your campaign. As long as you are part of the club, you are in. Not the interests of the nation, nor the American People, the primary concern maintaining their elitist grip on power. The two major parties are now so concerned with getting and keeping power that they will simply act in the interest of party rather than in the interest of the nation.
The secret is revealed by the results of the special election in the 23rd district of NY. As soon as the seemingly opposed parties saw their place at the table threatened, they reacted. Actual citizens seemed on the brink of taking control of their own government. Those annoying ‘Tea Party” people were crushing the established party candidates. Only one thing to do: Dump the fake elephant, have her endorse the donkey and at all costs, do not allow an outsider to get a place at the table. The future of the two party system is on display in New York. The election results for NY -23 and NYC Mayor Bloomberg show the length the major parties will extend themselves to maintain their grip on the levers of political power.
I am taking a close look at an organization that seems, at first glance to have this concept in mind. “Get Out of Our House” is a growing grass-roots organization whose entire goal is to fund and elect outsiders. I suggest you take a look around and see what you think. I have just begun to read through, but so far I like what I see. Please, check them out.
Please, do something. Just pay attention. We are seeing our government corrupted and the ‘Two Party system” turned into a fiction used to hold oligarchs in power. If we do nothing, we will have a government little different from that currently pretending to be a democracy in Russia.
Keep the Faith.
Posted in Big Government, change, congressional representation, corruption, deception, Democrats, distraction, Government Power, Tea Parties | Tagged: Big Government, Bloomberg, Congress, Democrats, election, Freedom, GOOOH, government, Government Power, Hoffman, House of Representatives, Leviathan, Politics, republicans, scozzafava | Leave a Comment »
Posted by revkharma on July 29, 2009
So, the Senate Judiciary committee has sent the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the full Senate for approval. The Wise Latina Woman ( I still wonder if it’s possible to be a wise Latina man–perhaps the lgbt crowd can dig into that one) received a single vote from a republican. Well, at least a person who serves with a letter ‘R’ after his name. Recall when the hearings commenced one senator who said something like ” barring a total meltdown, we can expect you to be confirmed”. Senator Lindsey Graham has once more shown the way to cross the aisle and hand not just a numeric victory but a strategic victory to the leftists in power in this country.
Judge Sotomayor has said that it is at the appellate court level that legal policy is made. Of course she made joking retractions once she realized she was being recorded, but her intent is clear. On the appeals court level, all her decisions are subject to review by the US Supreme Court, as well as being restricted by precedent. Once she is seated on the Supreme Court, there is no further review. The Congress has proved itself unwilling and incapable of exercising any Constitutional oversight of the Supreme Court. They have realized that by permitting the courts to make the calls they want made, congress can escape culpability in the eyes of the voters. This is why the makeup of the Supreme Court is so important. This is why it must be guarded. This is why it was important for Senate opponents of the policies of the current administration to stand on principles and resist , even in the face of inevitable loss, the appointment of yet another opponent of the clear and original intent of the founders to the Supreme Court.
Lindsey Graham won election to replace the late Strom Thurmond. Much can be said of ‘ Ol Strom’ but at least he harbored no expansionist views of the government. Graham assumed his mantle, publicly identifying his campaign that way. Once in office he has followed his idol Senator John McCain in pursuing accommodation with the opposing party in a way which could make Vichy Frenchmen proud.
For years many have said the problem in government is the incumbent crowd. Once in office, politicians simply go along, and do whatever will keep them seated in DC. Here is a clear case. If ever there was a time for those who call themselves ‘Conservatives’ to stand firm, this is it. If ever there was a time for those who cherish the ideals of the Constitution to stand up, this is it. If you have ever said, ” It’s time to throw the bums out!” it is clearly time to stand firm and have the courage of your convictions. Don’t hide behind party loyalty any more. Putting party first only puts the country second.
From this moment I will work and will encourage and drive and shout and cajole for Senator Lindsey Graham to be voted out of office. Regardless of the costume, I will cast a vote for whoever seems most likely to defeat him in the next vote for his seat in the United States Senate. I will seek the most likely person to uphold true and realistic Constitutional principles. But, should it come to a choice between Senator Lindsey Grahamnesty and some hack wearing a donkey suit, this time the donkey gets my vote. After all, what will be the effective difference? Graham and his deal making pals have essentially supported the Dems anyhow.
It is time for change. If you are in office, you should be turned out. Graham MUST go.
Keep the Faith
Posted in Big Government, change, Civil liberties, Constitution, deception, Democrats, Founders, Government Power, Justice, liberal court, Obama Administration, Political parties, Politics, Senate, Supreme Court, Term Limits | Tagged: change, Congress, Constitution, Democrats, Federal Government, Founders, Graham, incumbents, Obama, republicans, Sotomayor, Supreme Court | 4 Comments »
Posted by brotherkharma on July 15, 2009
Legacy. It’s an odd word. It used to mean, according to Merriam Webster, “a gift by will” or “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”. Well, as with so many words, politicians have annihilated that as well. Legacy now means the way today’s media would like historians to judge a current political figure. Please don’t confuse this with their actual legacy, which is what they have transmitted to our culture and posterity.
Take for example, and I do hesitate to invoke the name, President Clinton. I am not, in any way attempting to link the current administration to Clinton’s. For one thing, Clinton was much better about doing a poll driven 180° policy turn and convincing a lot of people this was the original direction. That brings me rambling along to something like making a point. (I understand that is what I’m supposed to do with these blogs, go figure). Enough time has passed that we can begin to honestly evaluate the Clinton legacy.
To do this, we will need to look at the “Webster” legacy, and the “Network” legacy. First, the network legacy. I will paraphrase a few things; sort of quote a source occasionally. You know, real, hard hitting modern journalism. There is a NY Times article, “Striking Strengths, Glaring Shortcomings”, that is one of many attempts to describe the former President as someone who tried really hard. He had to overcome a public that just didn’t trust the executive branch after the 12 years before him. They actually referred to his “modest domestic initiatives” in the same paragraph as “his effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system”. They refer to his poll driven policies as navigating between the left and the right. The gist of most of the major news outlets view of the administration is that he was a likeable guy, bad husband, and the only really practical person in Washington. Their version of his legacy is that conservatives learned to move to the left because of him, and those who disagreed with his practical policies had to attack his personal life. The impeachment was, after all, the result of Ken Starr being a pervert and a prude (with no explanation how you are both).
Watching some of the recent news of the day is what prompted me on this rambling. I am seeing more of the true legacy. To be fair, it is not all directly from the former President, but what I see is the result of both his actions and those who rushed to his defense. In 1988, there were several prominent Democrats running for their party’s nomination. In these pre-Clinton days, reports of Gary Hart’s affair on the yacht Monkey Business was more than enough to run him out of the race, and politics. That same year, another Senator running for office was discovered to have plagiarized a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock, as well as a number of papers while in law school. He was disgraced and withdrew from the race (although he did provide me with a good joke for my brother’s wedding toast) and was very quiet for a long time. Now, in the post Clinton days, that man is Vice-President. I look at the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina and I hear people saying it’s their personal life. In New York, Eliot Spitzer is actually being considered as a viable candidate.
We used to look for leaders, for people to inspire the nation to greatness. I can’t stand to hear one more talking head tell me that our politicians are just like the rest of us. That’s not leadership. George Washington was not like the rest of us. Most people would have taken the opportunity to become the first American King, or Emperor. Why do we tolerate (and don’t get me started on the new definition of that word) mediocre leadership? I see the messages battering my children that some sex is not sex, and anything you do in private is OK. Spin is OK. I’m sorry but spin is just a soft way to say lying through your teeth. My kids have been told (not at home) that there are times in life when a little lie is the right thing to do. Let me repeat that. They have been told that sometimes a lie is the right thing to do. As long as you avoid offending anyone, and spin it right, just say what you need to say and get past the situation. Of course, if you botch it, there is a guaranteed fix. If you actually do something that someone considers wrong, and get caught, you must apologize. It should go something along the lines of “To the extent that anyone may have taken offense at what I said, although I never intended to offend them, I apologize.” Apologize for someone else’s actions too, while you’re at it. Can’t hurt.
So in the end, I am trying to raise my kids to learn the lesson of the only legacy that truly matters. I understand that this gets me labeled with all sorts of horrible titles, but I still do it. It is a true legacy, a “gift transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”. The world has the legacy of Christ, handed directly down from Him through Saint Peter. I will hitch my wagon to that, and let the others try to build on the media legacy.
Posted in administrative power, Big Government, Bill of Rights, Cabinet, change, Christianity, citizenship, corruption, Democrats, Faith, Faith under assault, First Amendment, Founders, Freedom of Religion, George Washington, Government expansion, governors, incompetent Clinton, Justice, liberty, Obama, Political parties, Politics, Presidential race, Senate, White house | Tagged: 1988 primary, apology, Eliot Spitzer, Gary Hart, Jim McGreevey, Joe Biden, Ken Starr, leadership, legacy, little lie, Mark Sanford, Monkey Business, Neil Kinnock, spin, truth, white lie | 1 Comment »