"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Thursday, October 30, 2008


T-H-I-N-K. Those letters were inscribed on the inside of my baseball glove when I was 6 years old. As a typical young boy, I was prone to distractions on the ball field, and anywhere else. In one game, I actually placed the glove over my face, and ignored the game going on before me. From left field, it didn't seem like I would get much action anyway. My father, a genuine athlete with quite a few accomplishments in his youth, took a permanent marker and wrote those letters across my ball glove. It was meant to be an attention getter during those times when I wandered off into la la land. America needs to use those five letters again.

This is about fundamentals. Change is a meaningless platitude that does nothing to advance our own domestic or foreign policy. Only by having the courage of our convictions can we really move this country forward. Withdrawing from the terrorist battlegrounds in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere is probably the worst thing we can do. Not only will we cause more losses of lives, and devastation in a region that has probably had enough, we will demonstrate to the terrorists and to those on the fence as to whether they will follow Islamic extremism or the cause of liberty that we are not the superpower we claim to be. Ladies and gentlemen, we are the beacon of hope for a world that is usually on the brink of some great disaster. We've turned the tide in a region that has known warfare and bloodshed for generations, and it is because of the awakening that we experienced on Sept. 11. Our free market economy isn't supposed to be 100% gains; markets fluctuate with time. At no point during the stock market, have we ever had a 10 year period of average losses, and that's a testament to the power and ingenuity of the American people. A vote for Sen. Obama shifts that power away from the people and to the government. He and Bill Clinton may like to talk about growing America from the ground up, instead of the top down, but giving government control to regulate and rule more and more parts of our lives is not growing the country from the ground up. It's detrimental to our productivity, and jobs. A liberal co-worker asked me to give him one reason to vote for McCain. I asked him "does your company earn more than $250k per year?" His wide eyed looked of surprise demonstrated that, for the first time, he may have been on the emotional bandwagon of change. Jump off the bandwagon, people, and get on the straight talk express. Think about specifics, and try to understand what higher tax rates do to productivity. The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, passed by Republicans, increased revenue at a time when we desperately needed it. If tax cuts increase revenue, what do tax increases do?


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