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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Palin Trashers are Simply Liberals Looking to Head Off Future Threat

Liberals in both the Democrat and Republican Parties--and, of course, the "mainstream" media--have continued to trash Alaska Governor Sarah Palin even after the election was over Tuesday.


They've also heard the talk in conservative circles about Palin continuing to be a leading figure in conservatism and the GOP...and they know it presents a threat.

If Sarah Palin is free to be herself (which she was only part of the time during the couple of months she was on the McCain ticket), she will energize the Republican Party in a way not seen since Ronald Reagan.

Liberal strategists, while terribly wrong philosophically, aren't stupid. They know they must undermine Palin and nip her in the bud before any momentum can be built.

Whether Nicolle Wallace actually said what she is alleged to have said and she's just covering her flank on this NBC interview...or whether other liberals from the McCain campaign and the "mainstream" media are just throwing her name around to give the petty accusations some credibility...that remains to be seen.

If some within the Republican Party want to burn even more bridges to the conservative base, fine. Go ahead. But conservatives built the Republican Party, and we are what breathes life into it...and we aren't going anywhere. Burn your bridges to the conservative base, and you'll find you've isolated yourself.

So go ahead. We've got your number. And like the Republican elephant, we remember...

Ocean in View

American Minute from William J. Federer

"Ocian in view! O! the joy," was the wording William Clark entered in his Journal NOVEMBER 7, 1805, but actually Lewis and Clark were only at Gray's Bay, still 20 miles from the Pacific.

Fierce storms pinned them down for three weeks. As cold weather set in, the captains decided to let the expedition vote on where to build winter camp, even allowing Clark's slave York and the woman Indian guide Sacagawea to vote.

A humble Christmas was celebrated in their new Fort Clatsop, near present-day Astoria, Oregon.

By Clark's estimate, their journey, commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, had taken them 4,162 miles from the mouth of the Missouri River.

Three months earlier, Meriwether Lewis, along with three companions, George Drouillard, Private John Shields and Private Hugh McNeal, reached the headwaters of the Missouri.

Lewis recorded: "The road took us to the most distant fountain of the waters of the Mighty Missouri...Private McNeal had exultingly stood with a foot on each side of this little rivulet and thanked his God that he had lived to bestride the mighty and heretofore deemed endless Missouri."

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.

More Petty Bitterness from Stan Adelstein

Stan Adelstein never lets you down, does he? That is, if you're looking for a small, bitter person who's very stuck on himself.

Tom Lawrence of the Rapid City Weekly News says a couple of weeks ago the paper wanted take a photo of the three candidates for Dist. 32 senate for the front page of the paper: incumbent Democrat Tom Katus, Independent Elli Schwiesow and Republican Stan Adelstein.

But one of the trio doesn't work and play well with others.

Elli was the first one I asked and she quickly said yes. Tom also agreed, with a wry smile and a joke about he and Stan being “two thorns next to a rose” when they posed with Elli.

Stan liked the idea but chose not to be in the picture. “It’s good journalism but bad politics,” he said.

We were stuck without Stan. They’re a set -- you can’t have two without the third.

Yes, I'm sure it's "bad politics." More likely that he despises Elli Schwiesow so badly that he not only threw her out of Republican HQ (a building he owns but leased to the GOP) this summer, but can't stand to be in a picture with her.

No wonder Adelstein is thought of by other legislators as a "cancer" in the Republican caucus.

What a pity that by less than 200 votes, the people of Dist. 32 chose this man over someone who far better represents Republican values and is probably the nicest person you'll ever meet: Elli Schwiesow.

America Headed for the Woodshed

By Marie Jon'

Being politically correct has its rewards. Nevertheless, I must speak my mind without regard to acceptance or reprisals. I feel the need to express my thoughts.

As the huge crowd gathered at Grant Park in Chicago for a historical celebration, others like myself wept. Deep inside my heart, I knew what was to come. I did not see the stature bestowed upon this man who was not worthy of America's trust.

While many good Americans were confused, I was not. For more than a year, political pundits had focused on Obama's past political history, his choice of friends, and his quasi-Christian faith. His choice of Afrocentric Black liberation theology reinforced Obama's disdain for America. He chose the theme of change and made it part of his ongoing mantra because it reflects his own political social agenda.

Happily, others will call Barack Obama their president. I cannot, because of who he is and what he stands for. Bluntly put, I have absolutely no respect for the Democrat Party or the man who will soon occupy the Oval Office. What little trust I had in the "opposition" has been destroyed. They knew who the real Obama was from the get-go, but still desperately desired him. Through Obama, all things are possible.

Is it any wonder that many Americans fear this man? Our worst days are yet to come. Obama is Saul Alinsky and Rev. Jeremiah Wright embodied into one confused human being. For the first time in America's history, our newly-elected president will attempt to punish our country for its past transgressions. America does not deserve that kind of humiliation.

Excerpts from The American Spectator: "Saul Alinsky Takes the White House":

"Conservatives may not realize just how difficult it might be to recover from this week's elections.

"The day after the big defeat, the conservative chatter everywhere was about how the "movement" and the Republican Party (two different things) could finally unshackle themselves from the bad old habits that brought them down, and about how the ability to draw a sharp contrast with the Obama/Pelosi/Reid triumvirate would allow us to focus attention, rally the faithful, and re-storm the castle in 2010 and 2012.

"Fat chance.

"Too many conservatives think we've seen all this before — in 1964 and 1974 and 1992 — and that we know how to handle it. Fly, meet ointment: We're not dealing with the same sorts of opponents. These New Alinskyites who are taking over the White House, combined with the most leftist congressional leadership in memory, will not let us play by the same rules under which conservatives recovered from those earlier debacles. They will try to drastically tilt the playing field, seed our side of the field with land mines and, in short, rig the process to make it next to impossible for the political right, or Republicans, to recover. And they are likely to succeed in at least some of these designs.

"It will begin with their efforts to secure a filibuster-proof majority of 60 senators (including the two independents). Right now the libs (and yes, all the Democratic senators, with the possible exception of Nebraska's Ben Nelson, are libs) have 56, with three Republican moderates and one conservative leading their races but awaiting recounts or runoffs. Watch for the Alinskyites to try stealing all four, and to succeed in at least two. We've seen this game before. They did it in Indiana's 'Bloody Eighth' congressional district in 1984. They almost succeeded in 2000 in Florida. They did succeed, outrageously so, in the Washington State governor's race in 2004. Those are just the most obvious of many similar examples. And now they are even more ruthless, more lawyered-up, and in a more powerful position to pull it off than they were in any of those instances. " Full Article

Obama used his winsome charm, and the whole world wondered after him, as if he were an angel of light. This cult-like figure filled people's minds by using repetitive chants of "Hope" and "Yes We Can" to bedazzle his willing, but duped, followers. The media paved the path to allow Obama to seize the White House by not reporting everything they knew about the man.

As it stands, President Obama will lead America to hell and back using bullying, intrusive tactics. Just ask Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, a private citizen who asked a question. The entire world knows more about Joe the plumber than President Obama.

Joe's privacy was invaded by a Democrat state official in Ohio. "Big Brother" will be watching and listening. Be careful. Every bit of Mr. Wurzelbacher's personal information was revealed for the media to peruse. They tried to diminish and assassinate the man's character in his own community. Is this what we have to look forward to in this Obama administration?

While many in our country feel jubilant, my knowledge of Obama prevents me from taking him to heart.

The most beloved civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, said it all for me and most other Americans who find themselves in a very uncomfortable and awkward position:

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." — Martin Luther King, Jr.

While I am pleased to see how far racial relations have evolved for the betterment of our country, it was no surprise to me that a black American would become president. I have always felt proud of America's willingness to correct her wrongs. However, it is devastating when I see that the wrong people are given great power and political sway over others who are made to feel unworthy to help themselves through education and hard work. The Democrat Party has victimized a part of its constituency by encouraging them to look towards big government for their every need.

Their brand of politics also hurts me. I am a Christian with a heart to love all peoples. Many patriotic Americans are fed up with the Rev. Wrights of the world and the drive-by media who imply that all conservatives are closet bigots.

During Obama's run for the presidency, he continually injected race into the campaign. Dr. King died to suppress that kind of politics. He was victorious. However, Obama will change the way we see one another if we're not cautious.

America will be sent to the woodshed for a thrashing by a bitter president. When speaking to a group of elitists in San Francisco, Obama said: "And it's not surprising then they (Pennsylvanians) get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them." However, he had nothing but praise for the good citizens of Pennsylvania when he stood before them to ask for their votes. Little did they know of his intentions to bankrupt the coal mining industry.

When I look at Obama, I see a man who Americans will not be able to count on. Sadly, he will continually divide our country and hasten the demise of America as we know it today.

Obama's policies will bring grief, not only to America but to many other countries who continuously count on us to bring stability to the free world.

Americans will eventually regret giving the reigns over to a radicalized party that sees nothing worthy of preserving in our great country. I am sad to inform you that what has taken place might never be reversed. Once socialism takes root, it buries itself very deeply. We won't see America for a very long time, if ever.

Related Readings:
The Change You'll Get
The American electorate: Gullible's Travels

Marie Jon' is a political/religious-based writer and founder of www.DrawingClose.org and www.PeoplePoliticallyRight.com — sister websites to RenewAmerica. Marie extends her hand of welcome; visit DrawingClose and receive your free gift of salvation by taking an online Bible study.

Marie's writings have appeared on many sites, including The New Media Journal, ChronWatch, and ABCNews, to name a few. Marie brings a refreshing and spirited point of view that is reflected in her writings. Marie is a nurse, a lay student of the Bible, and a patriot. She is an advocate for American troops serving abroad, as well as the Blue and Gold Star Mothers of America and their families. Marie enjoys Townhall.com radio, Rush Limbaugh, Bruce Elliott Saturdays 5AM-9AM EST and her friend Larry Elder.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Getting Conservatism Back on Track

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey points to one of the biggest failures of the Bush Administration...a failure which may be at or near the center of the Republican implosion during those eight years.

And it was evident not only in President Bush's policies, but was also seen in John McCain's campaign

From Armey's piece in the Wall Street Journal:

Too often the policy agenda was determined by short-sighted political considerations and an abiding fear that the public simply would not understand limited government and expanded individual freedoms. How else do we explain "compassionate conservatism," No Child Left Behind, the Medicare drug benefit and the most dramatic growth in federal spending since LBJ's Great Society?

John McCain has long suffered from philosophical confusions about free markets, and his presidential campaign reflected as much. Most striking was his inability to explain his own health-care proposal, or to defend his tax cuts and tax reform. Ultimately, it took a plumber from Ohio to identify the real nature of Barack Obama's plan to "spread the wealth."

Armey also points out the fallacy of "compassionate conservatism" and why this sugar-coated philosophy (which was really something like "liberalism-coated conservatism") was like sugar in the gas tank of the Republican engine.
Ronald Reagan, for example, held an unshakably positive vision of American capitalism. He didn't feel a need to qualify the meaning of his conservatism. He understood that big government was cruel and uncaring of individual aspirations. Small government conservatism was, by definition, compassionate -- offering every American a way up to self-determination and economic prosperity

Genuine conservatives understood this from the beginning, and always rankled at Bush's use of the term "compassionate conservatism."

The only people who saw conservatism as "uncompassionate" are the ones who avoid personal responsibility like The Plague in the first place. One might as well refer to adulthood as "uncompassionate" because being a grownup has (until recently) meant responsibility, hard work and doing things for yourself.

Yet somehow President Bush had this idea that government could do more for people--things people should be doing for themselves--and still be "conservatism." It cannot. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" was nothing more than liberalism with a little restraint.

When President Bush came to Washington D.C. in 2001, he was firmly dedicated to instilling a "new tone" in Washington. Most of us could have told him (and many tried) that it was useless to try. Democrats wasted no time in stabbing him in the back...repeatedly and viciously. Bush failed to realize they weren't interested in a "new tone;" only Republican surrender.

Oh, yes, liberals had cried for "bipartisanship" and decried "bitterness" during the Clinton years when Republicans had control of congress. Perhaps Bush fell for this, but he should have known what Democrats were really saying was, "You need to capitulate and do things our way. You're mean because you won't do things the liberal way. Stop the bitterness and let us set the agenda."

So President Bush engaged in a strategy of compromise and accommodation that had elements of conservative philosophy and elements of liberal philosophy, but was neither.

As I've said many times before, when people have a choice between the genuine article and something pretending to be the genuine article, they'll forgo the pretender and go for the real thing every time. And so, the people embraced the real liberal party in congress in 2006, and the real liberal presidential candidate in 2008.

But Armey reminds us of the blueprint for conservative success:
We captured control of Congress in 1994 because we had confidence in our principles, and in the American people's willingness to understand and reward a national vision based on lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

It's time for Republicans and conservatives to quit playing footsie with liberalism.

Liberalism is poison to prosperity, poison to Americanism, and poison to human dignity. It's time we quit making excuses for it and treated it as such.

Conservatism is the legacy of Americanism given to us by the Founders. Conservatism is the closest political philosophy to the one which gave birth to this great nation. Conservatism is the roadmap to a strong and prosperous United States.

It's time for the Right to stop being ashamed of conservatism. It's time for the Right to explain it to a culture that has largely forgotten it. It's time for the Right to aggressively promote conservatism because we know it is how our country is supposed to work, and the only way it can continue to work effectively.

Most of the American people still instinctively know this. But they will not embrace it if those selling it act like they aren't sure themselves.

Conservatives: it's time to quit cowering and run to the battle. Our nation is worth fighting for.

Slowdown and Changes Coming

Now that the election is behind us, I'm going to be slowing down a bit at Dakota Voice. With the reduction in news traffic after the election, and with also posting at Red County, it only makes sense.

Also, I have a major site redesign in the works and want to concentrate on getting that ready. I'll be adding a lot of functionality to the site both for readers and publishers, and will be moving off the Blogger platform entirely. I'm using a lot of technology that's new to me so it will require a lot of trial and error and a lot of testing. I'm planning on rolling out the new design January 1, 2009.

In the meantime, I'll continue posting on the more important issues we see day to day, and some quick hits that don't take much time. But my thresh hold for what gets posted and what gets ignored is going way up for the next month and a half.

But Dakota Voice is coming out Jan. 1 ready to rumble with our new socialist-inclined federal government...and with socialists here in South Dakota. And we plan to partner with pro-family readers and other conservative battlewagons in South Dakota and across the country in ways we've never done before.

If Ever We Needed God's Help...

American Minute from William J. Federer

He wanted to be a baseball player, but after attending a revival at age 16, his life changed. He has addressed crowds around the world and is unprecedented in having friendships with U.S. Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. His name is Billy Graham, born NOVEMBER 7, 1918.

At a news conference, March 21, 1956, President Eisenhower stated: "This is what I see in Billy Graham - A man who clearly understands that any advance in the world has got to be accompanied by a clear realization that man is, after all, a spiritual being."

Ronald Reagan introduced Billy Graham at a California rally, saying: "Why is a representative of government here? To welcome with humble pride a man whose mission in life has been to remind us that in all our seeking...the answer to each problem is to be found in the simple words of Jesus of Nazareth, who urged us to love one another."

Upon receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996, Billy Graham said: "As we face a new millennium, I believe America has gone a long way down the wrong road. We must turn around...If ever we needed God's help, it is now."

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Name Recognition in Washington D.C.

You, the people, are the landlords of the White House and Capitol. Don't forget it.

Homosexuals Push to Declare Constitution Unconstitutional

The "Are You Surprised" file is really getting full today.

In a move befitting the liberal concept of "logic," homosexuals want California judges to declare the California Constitution unconstitutional.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

A day after California voters approved a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the incendiary issue returned to the state Supreme Court, where gay and lesbian couples and the city of San Francisco filed lawsuits Wednesday seeking to overturn Proposition 8.

Hey, guys: this is part of the California Constitution now, not just some law with which to wipe your most convenient orifice.

Not to say they won't try. Logic and rational thought are irrelevant in the liberal universe; what someone feels is all that matters.

But declaring the Constitution unconstitutional--especially when approved by the people in a direct vote--should stretch credulity even for libs.

The Intolerance of the Tolerant

Don't you just love the intolerance of the tolerant?

From Canada Free Press:

In a stunning reaction to the passage of state constitutional marriage protection amendments in California, Arizona and Florida, several self identified homosexuals on a number of homosexual blogs are advocating violence against Christians and other supporters of traditional marriage. Additionally, some homosexuals are calling for church burnings in response to yesterday’s three state referenda in defense of natural marriage.

In a blog entry titled “You’ll Want to Punch them” on Queerty.com, poster “BillyBob Thornton” wrote, “… I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our Equal Rights, But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one.” “Stenar” asked, “Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.” “Angelo Ventura,” said, “… hope they all rot in hell, those servants of a lying, corrupt devil!

Meanwhile, over at JoeMyGod.blogspot.com, “World O Jeff,” said, “Burn their f–ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers.” While, “Tread,” wrote, “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.” “Joe,” stated, “I swear, I’d murder people with my bare hands this morning.”

Reminding homosexuals that their behavior is immoral and unhealthy is just so mean and intolerant...but talking about knifing people and burning buildings, hey, that's just mainstream tolerance, babe.

There would be so fewer laughs in the world if we didn't have liberal hypocrisy around to chuckle at all the time.

Candidates Endorsed by Homosexual Group Didn't Do Well Tuesday

The pro-homosexual group Equality South Dakota endorsed 40 legislative candidates across the state. This was the first time that a pro-homosexual group had openly endorsed candidates and provided campaign funds for them.

EqSD sent surveys out to legislative candidates which asked three questions:

1. Employment Discrimination: In South Dakota, it is legal to fire or refuse to hire someone just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual, or transgender. More than 430 of the Fortune 500 companies have already adopted inclusive antidiscrimination policies and 74% of Americans support legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by state and local governments. In concept, would you support such a bill?

2. Safe Schools
Studies show that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students face disproportionate levels of violence, harassment, and discrimination in public schools. A recent survey found that when these students reported harassment to school officials, it went unaddressed 73% of the time. Equality SD believes the legislature must send a clear message to school officials that every student has a right to a safe learning environment, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or disability. In concept would you support legislation requiring school systems to adopt inclusive harassment and discrimination policies?

3. Relationship Recognition
Because same sex couples can legally be denied access to their partners in health care settings, such as hospital emergency room events, gays and lesbians have lost partners without entry to their deathbed or the ability to comfort their loved in their last hour. In concept, would you support legislation granting hospital visitation rights and similar protections that recognize gay relationships.

This is the list of those who were endorsed by EqSD based on their response to the survey:

Elaine Elliott, Democrat, House District 2, Aberdeen.
Daniel Kaiser, Republican, House District 2, Aberdeen.
Mark Remily, Democrat, House District 3, Aberdeen.
Curt Johnson, Democrat, House District 5, Watertown. (new endorsement)
Dennis Nemmers, Democrat, Senate District 6, Castlewood.
Mitch Fargen, Democrat, House District 8, Flandreau.
Patricia Stricherz, Republican, House District 8, Dell Rapids.
Marlyn "Sonny" Beebe, Democrat, House District 9, Sioux Falls. (new endorsement)
Clara Hart, Democrat, District 10 Senate, Sioux Falls. (new endorsement)
Mary Ann Giebink, Democrat, House District 10, Sioux Falls.
Nate Welch, Democrat, Senate District 11, Sioux Falls.
Darrell Solberg, Democrat, House District 11, Sioux Falls.
Greg Kniffen, Democrat, House District 12, Sioux Falls.
Paula Johnson, Democrat, House District 12, Sioux Falls.
Susy Blake, Democrat, House District 13, Sioux Falls.
Bill Thompson, Democrat, House District 13, Sioux Falls.
Bob Stevens, Democrat, Senate District 14, Sioux Falls.
Jacey Harmon, Democrat, House District 14, Sioux Falls.
Martha Vanderlinde, Democrat, House District 15, Sioux Falls.
Janelle O'Connor, Democrat, House District 16, Alcester.
Ben Nesselhuf, Democrat, Senate District 17, Vermillion.
Roger Tigert, Republican, House District 17, Vermillion. (new endorsement)
Bernie Hunhoff, Democrat, House District 18, Yankton.
Nicholas Nemec, Democrat, Senate District 23, Holabird.
Kim Sargent, Democrat, Senate District 24, Pierre.
Larry Lucas, Democrat, House District 26A, Mission.
Kevin Killer, Democrat, House District 27, Pine Ridge.
Everett Hunt, Republican, House District 28A, Eagle Butte.
Fred McPherson, Democrat, House District 29, Sturgis.
Jacqueline Gerenz, Democrat, House District 30, Custer.
Nyla Griffith, Democrat, Senate District 31, Deadwood.
Kevin O'Dea, Democrat, House District 31, Spearfish.
Eric Abrahamson, Democrat, House District 32, Rapid City.
Bethany Wojahn, Democrat, House District 32, Rapid City.
Dennis Finch, Democrat, Senate District 33, Rapid City.
Jeff Nelsen, Democrat, House District 33, Rapid City.
Craig Tieszen, Republican, Senate District 34, Rapid City.
Bonny Petersen, Democrat, House District 34, Rapid City. (new endorsement)
Fern Johnson, Democrat, House District 35, Rapid City.
Curtis Marquardt, Democrat, House District 35, Rapid City.

So how successful were EqSD's candidates? Not very. Out of the 40 endorsed, 75.6% lost their bids for the South Dakota legislature.

Five of the 40 endorsees were Republicans. Former Rapid City police chief Craig Tiezen running for Dist. 34 senate was the only endorsed Republican to be elected.

It is difficult to know what effect if any the endorsements had on the election prospects of the candidates. I am only aware of one news story in the "mainstream" media which acknowledged the endorsements--Dennis Finch running for Dist. 33 senate--and Finch lost.

However, with only one in four endorsees elected, the endorsements don't appear to have helped much.

Newsbusted Conservative Comedy: The Obama Edition

Hey patriotic Americans: need something to give you a laugh? Watch the latest Newsbusted report!

Topics in today's post-election show:

--Barack Obama wins it all

--New president to face tough economy

--Obama a Reaganesque figure?

--Joe the Plumber, disappointed in Obama victory

--Obama admits his aunt living in U.S. illegally

Smokin' Pot at the Obama Rally

A reporter smelled marijuana smoke at an Obama rally.

Put this one in the "Are You Surprised" file. Right in between the "Terrorists hail Obama victory" piece and the "Communists Celebrate Obama Victory" piece.

We're in for a loooong (and in some ways funny) four years, folks.

Some Obama Supporters Already Disenchanted

From the WTHR, Indianapolis website:

Obama campaign workers angry over unpaid wages

Posted: Nov 5, 2008 03:38 PM EST

Indianapolis - Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

The line was long and the crowd was angry at times.

"I want my money today! It's my money. I want it right now!" yelled one former campaign worker.

(Read entire report.)

Soros and Hamas may have to come up with some addtional cash if this problem is widespread.

Pro-Abortionists Should Just Give Up Now

The Rapid City Journal today quotes Leslee Unruh stating pro-life efforts will be back despite this week's setback at the polls:

The mother of recent anti-abortion campaigns in South Dakota said Wednesday that the fight isn't over.

Leslee Unruh of Sioux Falls said the VoteYesForLife.com office will remain open, and anti-abortion forces will begin examining strategies for possible action to further restrict or ban abortion in the state Legislature or through a return to the South Dakota ballot.

And she wouldn't rule out another initiated measure as soon as 2010.

"We're going to look at when exactly that will be, but we're going to be back," Unruh said.

You can bet on that.

I haven't had a chance to talk with any pro-life leaders in the state yet, but yesterday I had what I think is a very good idea to win this thing next time out.

And ironically, the efforts of the pro-abortionists are what will help us win.

If pro-lifers were fighting for convenience, we could probably quit. If pro-lifers were fighting for sexual autonomy, we could probably quit. If pro-abortionists were fighting to escape responsibility, we could probably quit.

But we're fighting for the most fundamental right any human being can have: the right to simply live.

We're fighting to save lives. That's something no self-respecting person can give up on.

The sooner you pro-abortionists realize we're not going to give up on saving unborn children and just give up, the sooner we can all put this behind us.

Pro-abortionists just need to deal with that.

Basketball Invented at YMCA

American Minute from William J. Federer

Did you know basketball and volleyball were invented by YMCA instructors?

The Young Men's Christian Association, founded in 1844, has a membership of 4 million in 76 countries.

Founder George Williams, who died NOVEMBER 6, 1905, wrote: "My life-long experience as a business man, and as a Christian worker among young men, has taught me that the only power in this world that can effectually keep one from sin, in all the varied and often attractive forms...is that which comes from an intimate knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ as a present Saviour."

George Williams concluded: "And I can also heartily testify that the safe Guide-Book by which one may be led to Christ is the Bible, the Word of God, which is inspired by the Holy Ghost."

On October 24, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the 70th anniversary of the Young Men's Christian Association: "Christ came into the world to save others, not to save himself; and no man is a true Christian who does not think constantly of how he can lift his brother."

Of the YMCA's anniversary, Woodrow Wilson said: "I do believe that at 70 it is just reaching its majority. A dream greater even than George Williams ever dreamed will be realized in the great accumulating momentum of Christian men throughout the world."

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.

*NOTE: According to Mamie Moore of YMCA of the USA, the World Alliance of YMCAs is a confederation of 124 national YMCA movements (in 124 different countries), and the YMCA movement in the United States has 21 million members.

More From the 'Are You Surprised' File

You're not surprised, are you?

From WorldNetDaily:

JERUSALEM – The Hamas terrorist group believes the election of Sen. Barack Obama is an "historic victory" for the world and an opportunity to change U.S. foreign policy toward engagement with America's foes, Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' chief political adviser in the Gaza Strip, told WND in an exclusive interview today.

Yousef, speaking by cell phone from Gaza, said Hamas is drafting a letter of congratulation to be sent tomorrow directly to Obama. He said the current draft of the letter praises the president-elect as "another John F. Kennedy, or great Roosevelt."

"We want to be one of the first to congratulate him," Yousef said.

"This is an historic day, a turning point. I think this is the very first time in history that one country's election concerned everyone everywhere all over [the] world," said Yousef. "Everybody is looking forward to Obama's change, for a change in the U.S. policy, particularly in the Israeli-Palestinian equation, which is the mother of all conflicts."

Terrorist endorsement of a U.S. president-elect.

You asked for it, America...you got it.

Communists Celebrate Obama Victory

You aren't surprised, are you?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Obama Must Choose

What will he choose?

Media Admits: California Proposition 8 Passed

With more than 95% of the vote counted, even the "mainstream" media is now throwing in the towel and acknowledging that California's Proposition 8 has passed.

The margin looks like it will be 52-48%.

Protecting marriage in California was of paramount importance. With the nations largest population, homosexual "marriage" there could have cascaded over the nation in everything from lawsuits by homosexuals "married" in that state, to the revamping of textbooks by scholastic companies to accommodate California's twisted sense of marriage and family.

According to DOMAWatch.org totals, that will now be 30 states with marriage defined in their state constitutions as being between a man and a woman--putting marriage beyond the reach of homosexual activists and their activist judge friends.

Those states are:
North Dakota
South Dakota
South Carolina

This bodes well for the remaining states that only have a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) protecting marriage (which, as the judges in California illustrated in May, means nothing). If a marriage protection amendment can pass with a solid majority in California--perhaps the most liberal state in the union--it should be able to pass in any state.

States that only have DOMAs to protect marriage are:

North Carolina
West Virginia
New Hampshire

States that are totally defenseless before homosexual activists and activist judges are Wyoming, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Activist judges have already succeeded in sanctioning counterfeit marriage in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

While we have a federal DOMA, now more than ever we need a federal marriage protection amendment to keep homosexual "marriage" from being forced on the states. Barack Obama has vowed to see the federal DOMA repealed, force "hate crime" legislation on the people of the United States, allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military, and push for easy access to homosexual adoption of children.

But it will be tougher than ever to get such a federal amendment with Barack Obama in the White House and a Democrat-controlled congress.

Yet the fight must be waged. With Obama able to make judicial appointments to replace retiring Supreme Court judges, and a Democrat-controlled congress in place to approve ultra-liberal judicial nominations, marriage and family will be in great danger for the next several years.

Adelstein Already Showing His Colors

Stan Adelstein, the winner of last night's Dist. 32 senate race, has already illustrated why he is a lousy choice to represent the good people of Dist. 32.

From the Rapid City Journal today:

Tom Katus said he visited Adelstein personally to congratulate him and urged him to reach out to all the voters in the district, include Schwiesow’s supporters.

“He didn’t appreciate that, he said they didn’t respond to him,” Katus said. “It’s part of what still wrong with this part of South Dakota, we’re still too polarized, we’re still one-party.”

Didn't take long, did it? Just a few hours, and the grandfatherly smile disappears and the fangs come out.

Contrast that with the ever-graceful Elli Schwiesow:
While the race has been flagged by the Secretary of State’s office for a possible recall, Schwiesow, a registered Republican, says she’s “at peace” with the results and she hasn’t yet decided yet whether she’ll press for a review of the vote.

How long do you think it'll be before the voters of Dist. 32 wake up to the truth that they've elected a bitter RINO whose greatest political attribute is his large wealth?

2008 Biggest Voter Turnout in Generations

The Politico reports the 2008 election shattered records for voter turnout.

Votes are still coming in, but it looks like a 64% turnout with more than 130 million Americans voting. (It remains unclear how many voted twice, or how many dead folks and cartoon characters ACORN registered).

The article says 122.3 million turned out in 2004, and 2008 is the biggest turnout in "generations."

Orwell Moment of the Day

I saw this on Digg this morning:

"Abortion lives in South Dakota"

Yes, a vote for death means abortion lives. Abortion lives...and 700 children die next year.

The people of Oceania would have appreciate that.

The End of Racism. Hallelujah!

The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States is being widely heralded as an historic event marking the ultimate achievement of the civil rights movement. The Washington Post reports the comments of revelers on the streets cheering the announcement of Obama's victory. A sampling of comments includes "The sky has parted for Obama," "I think the healing between races will leap forward tremendously," "This is the day Dr. King talked about, I'm just glad I'm still here to witness it." Members of a congregation of Christians from the Union Temple Baptist Church cried and clapped, shouting "Hallelujah!" and "Thank you, Jesus!" when early returns showed Obama ahead. One ecstatic young woman shouted that after "400 years of slavery [sic] we are alive to see a black man in a white house."

Most of the commenters were identified in the article as "African-American." But now such distinctions are unnecessary. Racism has been defeated once and for all time by the election of Mr. Obama. Let the healing begin. Henceforth there will be no need to identify a person's color or ancestry in any news story. There will no longer be any purpose in asking about 'race' on applications for jobs, universities, grants, etc. What possible purpose could it serve? No one will ever again be interested in looking at racial "diversity." African-American Studies departments can now close up shop, both the name and the purpose an anachronism. With the end of racism, the very word "diversity" loses its meaning in this context, as does racial profiling and racial discrimination, racial preferences, etc.

No more affirmative action, minority business grants, housing subsidies, school busing, minority quotas of any kind. The debt owed by white Americans for "400 years of slavery" is now paid in full. Dr. Walter Williams granted me, a white man, full amnesty several years ago, but it means even more to me knowing that racism is now officially over in America.

Conservative Hope for the Future and for America

Despite last night's disappointing election results, I'm already seeing hope among conservatives.

Conservatives have watched their beloved country embrace an inexperienced, naive, Marxist candidate who has a long list of anti-American associates. They have watched America elect a candidate who has openly sworn to gut our national defense, launch an all-out war on marriage and family, attack our economic system and deride the wisdom of our Founders.

There is much to lament after last night. Personally, I feel as if I just watched a beloved but intoxicated friend venture out in public and do something incredibly foolish and dangerous--something embarrassing and painful to watch (in this case, intoxicated on envy and self-centeredness).

But just as you don't turn your back on a friend who's made a mistake, conservatives will not turn our backs on our country, even in a moment of self-destructive insanity. We will be there to help keep them safe--even if our overtures are rejected--and will be there to help get her back on track.

Already as I look around the internet and the blogosphere, I see conservatives actually breathing a sigh of relief in some cases. There is relief that RINOs like Chris Shays are gone; we can now put forward a real conservative Republican next time around.

There is even a small measure of relief in John McCain's loss. While few of us would have chosen the dark future presented by Barack Obama, John McCain was recognized almost universally among conservatives as a very flawed candidate, one who left much to be desired as a Republican.

Some even thought months ago it would be better to see a flaming liberal Democrat elected than to see a Democrat-Lite RINO Republican like McCain further tarnish the Republican brand. Perhaps the saddest thing about the McCain loss--other than what it bodes for our beloved country--is that vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin--a good conservative--had to go down with him.

Yes, there is hope. There is already talk of aggressive education campaigns to help the American people recognize why socialism is a destructive dead-end street, and to help the American people re-learn about their wonderful heritage of freedom, limited government, personal responsibility, initiative, and virtue.

There is talk of rebuilding the conservative movement now that many pretenders have been exposed and in some cases already ejected.

There is even talk of rebuilding the Republican Party--a once great party which sold its soul in pursuit of a tent so big it embraced everything and stood for nothing.

There are tough times ahead for conservatives. But it is in the tough times where we are tested that we truly learn what we are made of, and what is truly important. It is a chance to grow and a chance to shine.

It won't be long with a radical like Obama and a Democrat congress before the American people wake up and realize that the Utopian dream of Karl Marx sold to them by Obama in red-white-and-blue wrapping paper is a broken dream, an empty package, a whirlpool of envy that demands much and gives little in return.

I will be there, redoubling my efforts to do my part in dispelling the darkness, and I know many of my conservative friends will be there too. Side by side, we will see our nation return to its greatness and virtue.

The hope, fire and determination I'm already seeing is really not surprising at all.

It is in the best tradition of conservative dedication and loyalty to the Founding principles of Americanism.

Looks like Victory for Proposition 8 and for Marriage in Calif

California media is reporting that with 90% of polls reporting in, 52% of the voters have upheld California's marriage protection amendment, Proposition 8.

The "mainstream" media is still holding out hope that votes from certain liberal enclaves in California may yet carry the day for the homosexual agenda, but things are still looking good for Prop 8 so far.

Californians passed a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2000 which clearly defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

However, activists judges in May 2008 manufactured a "right" for homosexuals to call their unions "marriage."

Pro-family and pro-marriage forces have had an uphill battle getting and defending Proposition 8. Homosexual activists tried to have the petition thrown out, and when that didn't work, the California attorney general changed the language of the petition to prejudice voters against the measure. Marriage defenders have also faced a well-funded opposition campaign with Hollywood dollars and millions from homosexual activists around the country.

Florida and Arizona also passed marriage protection amendments yesterday.

With 99% of precincts counted so far, Florida reports that Amendment 2 has passed with 62%. That state required a 60% margin for passage rather than a simple majority.

Arizona's Proposition 102 is showing 56-44% in favor with over 80% of precincts counted.

If all three states pass their amendments, that will bring the total of states with marriage protection amendments to 30. This puts marriage out of the reach of activist judges who would hijack marriage and allow homosexuals to counterfeit it.

This year's events should serve as a warning to the remaining states that only have DOMAs. In both California and Connecticut, unelected judges have created law--something reserved to legislatures--in manufacturing a right for homosexuals to call their unions "marriage." If other states don't want to see marriage hijacked in their area, they should get busy with a marriage protection amendment.

And with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, along with his pledge to force the legitimization of homosexual behavior on America, other states had better act fast to protect marriage.

Assuming final passage of Proposition 8 in California, there will still be a mess to clean up. That state has for some months now allowed homosexuals to hold "marriage" ceremonies, so the question will be what happens to these unions that for a time were blessed by official state sanction.

Time will tell how hard it is to clean up the mess in California, but unless the numbers drastically change in the other direction, it looks like at least the mess won't grow any bigger in that state.

South Dakota Rejects Chance to Stop Abortion Twice

It seems South Dakotans have for the second time in two years rejected the opportunity to end nearly all abortions in the state.

The final numbers from the South Dakota Secretary of State show voters rejected Initiated Measure 11 55.21%-44.79%.

I suppose we learned something yesterday: lies and deceptions do work when the people are uninformed and unwilling to seek out answers for themselves. Of course, it helps, too, when those lies and deceptions are unopposed by a functioning moral compass.

In 2006, when pro-abortionists opposed Referred Law 6, the cry was "We need exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother."

In 2006, pro-lifers returned with a bill that contained just that.

Pro-abortionists realized they had run out of semi-rational arguments, so they resorted to lies, deception and rare cases to carry the day.

We saw a vocal minority within the medical community ram-rod its agenda on the majority of life-saving doctors.

We saw pro-abortionists use medical care intended to save children in the womb used as a deception to continue killing children in the womb for no good reason.

We saw saw pro-abortion feminists arguing against efforts to prosecute rapists...all to keep abortion as retroactive birth control legal.

We saw liberals who normally cheer government involvement in everything from the car you drive to how you use your own land to what you do with your money...employ the mantra of "government interference" to sour people to saving lives (ignoring that government already interfered in 1973 when unelected judges manufactured law and forced legalized abortion on the states and the people).

It looks like we learned another thing during this election: there is no abortion the pro-abortion community is willing to ban. There is no "bad" abortion to the pro-abortion community. There is no "unnecessary" abortion to the pro-abortion community.

We learned that there is no compromise with the pro-abortion forces. We learned once and for all that they will accept and settle for nothing less than unrestricted abortion on demand for any reason whatsoever; "I didn't want it" is quite sufficient justification to kill an innocent human being.

And since they convinced the majority of South Dakotans, we will continue having over 700 dead children every year.

Because even exceptions for rape, incest, the health of the mother and the life of the mother are not good enough for pro-abortionists, we will continue having 84.6% or more of abortions done because "The mother did not desire to have the child."

God set before us a clear choice long ago:

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

Yesterday South Dakotans chose death. We chose death over life.

I fear we have also chosen curses over blessings.

When that dark bill comes, what form it takes and how much it exacts, I have no way of knowing. I hope I'm not around to see the bill collector arrive. But somehow, I think the bill will come due sooner rather than later.

We made a clear choice with our eyes open (or willfully squeezed shut) yesterday. We made our bed, but sooner or later we're going to find that it isn't very comfortable.

The pro-life community has suffered a great setback. But the pro-life community will not give up; we will be back.

Just as the abolitionists in centuries past refused to give up on the God-given rights of the most powerless in society, so the pro-life community will not give up on the most powerless among us today.

Eventually we will win. Eventually people will see the humanity of preborn children and recognize it for what it is.

For today we live with lies and worship the god of sexual license and the god of convenience. But not forever.

Righteousness Exalts a Nation

American Minute from William J. Federer

Mercy Otis Warren and Abigail Adams were two of the most influential women of the Revolutionary War era.

Mercy Otis Warren, called "The Conscience of the American Revolution," was wife of Massachusetts House Speaker, James Warren, and sister of patriot James Otis.

Mercy Otis Warren corresponded with Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton and John Adams.

In 1805, Mercy Otis Warren published a 3 volume History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution.

Abigail Adams, wife of the 2nd President and mother of the 6th President, wrote to Mercy Otis Warren on NOVEMBER 5, 1775: "A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men?"

Abigail Adams continued: "Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society, corrupting the Morals of Youth, and by his bad example injuring the very Country he professes to patronize more than he can possibly compensate by intrepidity, generosity and honour?"

Abigail Adams concluded: "Scriptures tell us 'righteousness exalteth a Nation.'"

William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dist.32 Schwiesow, Adelstein, Katus Race in Possible Recount

According to the South Dakota Secretary of State website, all precincts are in for legislative District 32 and Republican Stan Adelstein has a 151 vote lead on Independent Elli Schwiesow, with incumbent Democrat Tom Katus bringing up third.

The percentage breakdown sits at 34.92% for Adelstein, 33.54% for Schwiesow, and 31.54% for Katus.

The results are flagged "Possible Recount" on the website.

It is doubtful a recount could help Schwiesow close a 151 vote gap...but who knows?

Regardless, Elli has fought a tremendous grassroots campaign against a very, very wealthy and connected opponent. She can hold her head high no matter what the outcome.

And as always, she has upheld Republican values in the finest tradition...even if she did have an "I" after her name in this campaign.

Early Results Show California Proposition 8 Ahead

Early results are showing Proposition 8 ahead with 54 percent of the vote. However, some of the urban (i.e. more liberal) areas have yet to report in.

Proposition 8 would define marriage in the California constitution as between a man and a woman.

The people of California passed a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2000. However, the California Supreme Court in May 2008 ignored the law and the will of the people and manufactured a "right" for homosexuals to call their unions "marriage."

Florida also voted on a marriage protection amendment today. Reports indicate with 67% of the vote counted, the measure is on track for passage with 62% approval; Florida requires 60% for passage.

Arizona is the third state voting on a marriage protection amendment today. Early results look good for passage with 56 percent in favor at this point.

According to the Verde News, supporters of Arizona's amendment are attributing better success this year than they had in 2006 on the fact that they tried to also ban civil unions in 2006, where this measure only defines marriage itself. Homosexual activists succeeded in scaring heterosexuals in 2006 into believing they stood to lose something if they supported the marriage protection amendment that year.

If all three pass today, that will bring the total number of states with constitutional amendments protecting marriage to 30.

Rapid City Area Legislative Update

No significant change in any of the Rapid City area legislative races.

John McCain Concedes Election to Barack Obama

John McCain, flanked by his wife Cindy, Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd, just conceded the election to Barack Obama.

May God bless and have mercy on the United States of America.

With our clear choice for a clearly immoral leader, we will need every ounce of it we can get.

Rapid City Area Legislative Results Coming In

Results are starting to come in for the Rapid City area legislative races.

Right now, in the Dist. 32 Senate race, Republican Stan Adelstein has a 1.84 percentage point lead on Independent Elli Schwiesow; incumbent Democrat Tom Katus is third, .76 percentage points behind Schwiesow.

Republicans Dreyer and Gosche are ahead in the Dist. 32 House race.

In Dist. 33, Republican Dennis Schmidt is ahead of Democrat challenger Dennis Finch 55-44. Both Republicans (Phil Jensen and Jacqueline Sly) are on track to win both House seats.

In Dist 34, Republican and former police chief Craig Tiezen is out in front for the senate seat with 68%, and both Republicans Lust and McLaughlin are on track for a win in the state House.

Finally, in Dist. 35, all the Republicans are looking good: Jeff Haverly for Senate, and Don Kopp and Mark Kirkeby for House.

South Dakota Measure 10 Concedes Defeat to Unions

SIOUX FALLS -- The campaign committee supporting Initiated Measure 10 Tuesday conceded defeat, saying it could not compete with a nearly $1 million television advertising campaign paid for by the National Education Association in Washington, D.C..

Jim Anderson, Sioux Falls, thanked the campaign's supporters.

"We appreciate those who stood with us in the face of a barrage of negative advertising paid for by out-of-state union officials in Washington," Anderson said. "We're looking at this first time around as a learning experience, and we remain committed to pursuing these needed ethics reforms. We'll make the necessary changes this experience suggests are needed, and we'll be able to prepare accordingly next time knowing that the real opposition to ethics reform in South Dakota is NEA union officials back east."

West River Legislative Updates

In the Mountain time zone, West River legislative races have been slow to start showing results, but some are starting to come in.

In Dist. 29 with 8/40 precincts reporting, former House Majority Leader Larry Rhoden is out in front in his race for state senate: 66.63%

In Dist. 30, Gordon Howie is ahead 60-40 with 7/39 reporting.

Florida Marriage Amendment on Track for Passage

The Florida Times-Union reports that with 39% of the vote counted, Florida's marriage protection amendment, Amendment 2, is ahead with 62% of the vote.

Unlike most states which require a simple majority, Florida requires 60% for passage.

Arizona and California also have marriage protection Amendments on the ballot, but so far no results have been released.

Arizona tried a marriage protection amendment in 2006 but homosexual activists successfully demonized the bill by convincing heterosexuals that they would lose rights under the bill. Pro-family forces are more hopeful this time.

California passed a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2000 which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. However, the California Supreme Court ignored this law in May 2008 and manufactured a "right" for homosexuals to call their unions "marriage."

California's Proposition 8 has faced an uphill battle because the CA attorney general changed the language of the petition to prejudice voters against the measure by claiming it would take away rights from homosexuals.

The opposition has been well-financed by Hollywood liberals and pro-homosexual forces in California and around the country.

South Dakota Leaning McCain

With 106 of 799 precincts reporting, South Dakota is currently leaning McCain 51.20% to 46.72%.

Ralph Nader has made a surprisingly strong showing at 1.21% so far.

South Dakota Vote Running Against Ballot Initiatives

With 77 of 799 precincts reporting, all of South Dakota's ballot initiatives are so far running to "No."

The open government Initiated Measure 10 is running 70.15-29.85% against.

The abortion ban Initiated Measure 11 is running 56.47-43.53% against.

Fox News Calls Tim Johnson For South Dakota

Fox is calling South Dakota for Senator Tim Johnson 70%-30% with 7% of precincts reporting.

Philadelphia: Obama Campaign Literature in Polling Room

This video shows a man who went to vote in Philadelphia in the 42nd Ward, 12th Division and found Obama campaign literature on the polling roster table, and people were taking them into voting booths with them as they voted.

More than that, the fliers said "How to vote November 4th" and inside had pictures of the ballot with arrows to "Obama." On the right side of the flier, it said you could just save time and vote straight-ticket Democrat.

Isn't that illegal? Here in South Dakota, I believe it's either a 50 or 100 feet boundary where no electioneering materials are allowed.

Joe the Plumber Cant Get Through to Marxist CNN Newsman

The Marxist arrogance of this "newsman" is incredible!

The "newsman" can't grasp why Joe Wurzelbacher aka Joe the Plumber would have a problem with taxing people making over $250,000 (or something less) when Joe himself doesn't make that much.

This "reporter" aka "DNC operative" can't seem to get it through his socialist skull that it is a matter of principle for Joe the Plumber that one person should not have their property taken from them and given to another person against their will.

"I'm not ridin' on anybody elses back. I'm doing it on my own," Joe said.

Incredulously, the reporter asks it yet again.

The concept of not sticking it to the rich just seems to bounce of this Marxist "newsmans" head. It won't go in.

Maybe that's it: socialists like this "reporter" have no principles, so they're baffled when they encounter someone who has them. They just don't get it. They operate by "What's in it for me" and nothing more. That someone might give a rip about the rights of another person is alien to them.

I noticed that when Joe the Plumber educated this "newsman" on Barack Obama's Marxist philosophy, he shifted to the "Well, McCain is no sweetheart, either" strategy. True, but McCain isn't even in the same league of wealth redistribution promotion as Obama.

The only thing I would add to Joe's statement is that all the things government should do and does do like roads, emergency services, national defense, etc. are not the issue. I don't think anyone has a problem paying taxes for necessary services.

What galls me is to have the fruits of my labor taken and given to someone else for their direct benefit. In other words, the roughly 50% of our federal budget that goes to social programs--that are NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE CONSTITUTION. Things like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and a million other welfare programs.

And now Dems want to expand socialism even further by getting rid of 401(k) tax breaks and forcing you to pour still more money into a government retirement system. They can't tolerate the thought of the private sector doing 401k retirement funds, but can't wait to seize more of your money...so they can spend it on everything else as they squander the Social Security trust fund.

We have a $3 trillion budget, and half or more of it is spent illegally on programs that government has no authority for and should not be doing--individuals and the private sector should be doing them (and used to before the socialist FDR turned our Constitution on it's ear).

There is not a single, solitary shred of constitutional authority for these programs, yet money is taken out of one American's pocket and put in another American's pocket when the second American has done nothing to earn that money--and the first American was not consulted for his "charity."

Consider what the founders said on this:

To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” — Thomas Jefferson

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison in a letter to James Robertson

In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison, 4 Annals of Congress 179, 1794

“[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” — James Madison

"We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money." — Congressman Davy Crockett

For an individual to help another person, to give of their possessions charitably, is a wonderful and blessed thing. (In fact, conservatives are better at it than liberals--Obama and Biden are pathetic at personal charity).

But for government to force one person to surrender their property so it can be given to another person is not only theft, it robs the giver of any blessing for having given freely. It also robs the receiver of the genuine compassion and relationship with the giver. And in far too many cases, there is no genuine need...which erodes human dignity, the work ethic and personal responsibility.

I know the Marxists have had near-total control of our universities and public schools for decades, but you'd think that some reality would seep into people's brains after they get their education behind them.

This "newsman" is sad proof that this isn't happening.

Conservatives have some serious educating to do if we're going to salvage our country and return it to its historic great ideals.

Video of Black Panther Brandishing Night Stick

It has become widely reported that a couple of Black Panthers were in front of a polling location today in Philadelphia and at least one of them had a night stick.

Earlier we posted video of the Panthers being escorted from in front of the voting location by police.

Now this video below shows what happened before police were called and arrived.

As the guy with the camera approaches the front of the building, one of the Panthers moves over closer to him, shaking his night stick as he approaches.

The cameraman asks is there any problems and the Panther asks who he is.

The cameraman says he is a media guy, and the Panther responds that he is "security." He continues to shake the night stick as he talks to the cameraman.

The cameraman says it seems intimidating that the Panther is standing there with a stick in his hand, and the Panther responds, "Who are you to decide that?"

The cameraman again protests that the Panther has a night stick in his hand, and the Panther responds, "And you have a camera in your hand." (I didn't know cameras were considered weapons).

The Simplistic Notion of Property Rights

We're in trouble, folks.

The libs aren't even bothering to hide their Marxist ideology at all anymore.

A couple of weeks ago we heard Barack Obama tell Joe the Plumber in broad daylight that he wanted to take Joe's property and "spread the wealth."

Now the Weekly Standard reveals Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) talking about the "simplistic notion" that people have property rights.

The American worker has produced more per person at any time, but it hasn’t been shared, and that’s the problem because we have been guided by a republican administration who believes in this simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards the means of redistributing wealth.

"This simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it."

"This simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it."

Do you have any simplistic notions that you are entitled to keep your TV set if I want it?

Do you have any simplistic notions that if I like your car better than mine, I can come over and drive it away? If you have two vehicles, certainly I'm entitled to one of them. You don't need two.

Do you have any simplistic notions that you're entitled to a big-screen LCD TV when I don't have one?

The Founders would be aghast that such an idiotic and alien notion could come from an elected official in America.
"To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association — the guarantee to every one of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” - Thomas Jefferson

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence” - John Adams


Have we really sunk so far from Americanism that liberals feel free to be this open about their Marxist views and intentions?

Have we become so morally bankrupt that we have widely embraced the politics of greed, class envy and coveting other people's property...and consider envy, covetousness and theft a political virtue?

If we get a Democrat White House from the election today, we know God isn't doing us any special favors anymore. We'll know we're getting exactly what our dark hearts deserve.

Both Twins Survive Twin-Twin Transfusion Pregnancy Treatment

VoteYesForLife.com has the testimony of Julie Schriner who, like Tiffany Campbell in the pro-abortion ad, had a twin pregnancy with Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).

The procedure used on her children managed to save both twins.

The reality of Initiated Measure 11 is that it is intended to save life, not end it. It allows for medical procedures that intend to save human life; it only prohibits elective abortions that intend to end human life.

Don't let the pro-abortionists fool you into doing what they want: keeping abortion legal to use as retroactive birth control.

Poll: Obama Efforts to Attract Christian Voters Nets Little

LifeSiteNews reports on a Gallup poll which found that despite unprecedented efforts to rope Christian voters, he only pulled in 28 percent of white voters who attend church more than once a week.

The numbers show little change from the last two presidential elections, in which 29 percent of white steady churchgoers backed Democrats John Kerry and Al Gore, despite Obama's unprecedented outreach efforts to church-going Americans.

When Politico asked conservative leader Richard Land why he believed Democrats have failed to gain ground with highly religious white voters, his answer was simple.

“It’s abortion,” Land said upon hearing the data.

Yes, killing unborn children--and vehemently defending the practice--is a good way to turn off Christians who take God seriously when He says human life is sacred.

Video of Black Panthers Escorted from Polls by Police

This is a short video of the police escorting two Black Panthers away from the front of a polling location in Philadelphia.

According to reports, the two were brandishing night sticks earlier and stated

'black people are going to win no matter what'

Fox News Coverage of South Dakota Initiated Measure 11

This is a couple of days old, but a look at the South Dakota abortion ban debate through the eyes of national media.

This video is from Fox News and aired Nov. 1.

Black Panthers With Night Sticks at Polling Place in Philly

Newsmax has video from Fox News and a report of Black Panthers with night sticks standing in front of a Philadelphia polling location.

According to a witness, when the witness questioned them, one said

'black people are going to win no matter what'

Though it's not on this video, I heard a replay earlier of a Fox News reporter talking to a Black Panther person later on inside the polling location. This guy claimed ignorance, but the reporter said something about the two guys with night sticks being escorted off the premises by the police. The guy did tell the reporter he was extremely displeased (putting it politely) to have the media there. It seems he had no problem with guys out front with night sticks, but had a problem with the media being there.

Here is the video from Fox News:

The Color of Bias: The 'Mainstream' Media in 2008

The Media Research Center points to media coverage of John McCain and Barack Obama and...hold on...better sit down...coverage of Obama has been more positive and coverage of McCain has been more negative.

A Pew report which came out Oct 29 compared Fox News and MSNBC, finding that on MSNBC McCain received about 7x as much negative coverage as positive, while Obama received 4x as much positive than negative. The picture at Fox News, while not equal, was far more balanced.

A Pew report on Oct. 22 found overall coverage of McCain was more than 4x more negative than positive (57% negative, 14% positive). The numbers were more even for Obama, with positive coverage still coming out ahead at 36% positive versus 29% negative.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University also found a strong bias in the "mainstream" media. They found 65% positive coverage for Obama versus 36% for McCain

I wonder if McCain has finally awaken to what we've been trying to tell him for years: while veering Left on some issues with get you momentary love from the "mainstream" media, it is fleeting, and as soon as they face a choice between you and someone more liberal, you're the proverbial hot potato, pal.

It must be nice for the Democrats to have a massive propaganda operation to polish your message, filter out the criticism, and put a microscope on the other guy's flaws.

Too bad (for the country) their ideas aren't forced to compete on a level field in the public arena. Without the hype and manipulation, I'm convinced the American people would reject their un-American ideas nearly every time.

With propaganda offices like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, et al, it's a wonder conservatives ever achieve anything.

Live Blogging Today

I'll be posting on interesting developments here at Dakota Voice later this afternoon and evening, so stay tuned.

I'll also be doing some live blogging at the PENNINGTON COUNTY South Dakota site at Red County later today. I've never used this live blogging module before, but it looks fun. I may also have some live blogging contributions at the Red County National site.

No matter what happens, it's going to be a very long, very interesting, very historic day!

After the Vote

From the Family Research Council:

Election 2008 will have profound consequences for every American family and for the nation we love.

Who will be President for the next four years and what will his policies on life, marriage, the economy and other issues mean for your family?

Four states - California , Arizona , Florida and Connecticut - vote on ballot initiatives that will have earth-shaking consequences for the future of marriage.

Four hundred and thirty-five House seats and 33 Senate seats are at stake, and a large and liberal Democratic majority in both of them may sweep to victory.

What will it all mean to the issues you care about most?

To learn the story the networks won't tell you, to get the depth of perspective the networks can't give you, and to point the way forward no matter who wins on November 4, join me and FRCAction's experts for exclusive election-night coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Watch our short video here and forward it to family and friends. Then tune in Tuesday night, November 4, at the top of every hour for an update on the election results - and for our take on what those results mean for the family and what we can do to continue protecting the values we hold dear.

The FRC Action team looks forward to sharing this historic election night with you. Help us spread the word - and fight on for faith, family and freedom.


Tony Perkins

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