Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Good riddance 2007; but will 2008 be any better?

With the passing of 2007, there is not much to mourn.

Here are some of the ‘low lights’ of 2007, in no particular order:

Of course, we can begin with the Democrat takeover of the Senate and House of Representatives after the 2006 elections. This was followed by a presidential reversal of principles we thought he represented when we elected George Bush for a second term. The Republican Party elected to congress also bears no small blame for the spendthrift habits of 2007 and George Bush only on occasion found his veto pen, but the pen was not used much of the time as it should have.

We had a chance to make English the official language of the United States, but it didn’t happen. English is the ‘Official’ language in 27 states and 51 nations, but not in the United States.

American soldiers in Iraq and Pakistan, fighting to maintain our freedom, were ambushed by the US Supreme Court’s decision dictating that an enemy on the battlefield in the war against terror is entitled to ‘prisoner of war’ status under the Geneva Convention. Liberals carried this erroneous judicial conclusion a step further and said that the Bush administration is now prevented by the court from practicing “torture” of terrorist detainees; in this they echo statements of the many critics of Bush and the Iraq war and, unfortunately, John McCain and other Republicans.

During 2007 the idea of forming a new North American Union was reinforced through secret meetings our president had with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The question is: will we go willingly into the ‘new world order’ by letting our government enroll us officially into the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) with Canada and Mexico to create a European Union-style government that replaces our Constitutional rights? The outlook is not good.

If this is not bad enough, we are now allowing trucks from Mexico unfettered access throughout the United States. Mexican trucks entering our country are part of an early program consistent with the aims of SPP (and NAFTA before it); can more be far behind? Commitment to SPP may also explain why the Bush administration is dragging its feet in protecting our borders.

Appeasement Loses and psychology of defeat wins; but that truism has not prevented the world, President Bush or Secretary Condoleezza Rice from ordering, or at least assisting, the shameless leaders of Israel from selling out their country to the only thing worse that the Mongolian Horde - the Muslim Horde. Time-after-time throughout 2007, up to and including the ridiculous Annapolis conference, there has been a continuing push for a ‘Palestinian State’ along side Israel. Without the morals and ethos of the western world, Arabs in the Middle East can be sure to try to use their ‘state’ to drive out the Jews from the land given to them by God.

The ‘State Children's Health Insurance Program, (SCHIP), has now become the latest program that seeks support with the slogan – ‘Save the Children’. There is already a program of this sort in place but as it came up for renewal, the Democrats tried to do what they always try; namely, an unprecedented expansion beyond ‘poor children’ and up to families with income over $80,000 per year. Though this effort failed for the skimpiest of reasons (Bush objected to an additional $30 million of spending in a multi-trillion dollar budget) no one had the guts to criticize it for what it is, another liberal power grab and a huge giant step toward socialized medicine.

We are told we have an energy crisis but the answers to the ‘crisis’ our political energy ‘experts’ have for our future are hydrogen-fueled vehicles, something called ‘fuel cells’ for cars, and replacing gasoline with ethanol (no not ‘moon shine’). Without doubt, the most flagrantly abysmal proposal is to replace gasoline with ethanol. Despite hugely reported criticism of ethanol for a whole host of reasons, not least of which are the dire impact on our food sources and ethanol’s significant inefficiency as compared to gasoline and diesel in motor vehicles, the people that brought you man-made global warming are insistent on destroying the transportation industry as well. Unfortunately for all of us, the Democrat congress and our president see this as our energy crisis solution.

And who can forget the recently passed ‘Energy Security and Independence’ act? Despite the title this abomination does not provide “Security” or “Independence”. It will not only change our lifestyle and will drive us all to optometrists to change our eyeglass prescriptions. Gone is the good old light bulb; in its place is the Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) which is made in other countries and will make the primary manufacturer, Phillips, the most profitable illumination leader in the world.

The ‘Law of the Sea Treaty’ (LOST) - is the ‘one world globalist’ dream. The treaty would subject the United States to the authority of the United Nations and its affiliated organizations over the oceans of the world and would give the United Nations total control of the riches of the sea bottom to use to redistribute wealth to other countries, and President Bush is for it and resurrected this corpse in 2007. The treaty would subject the United States to the authority of the United Nations and its affiliated organizations over the oceans of the world and would give the United Nations total control of the riches of the sea bottom to use to redistribute wealth to other countries. President Ronald Reagan rejected LOST in 1982 because the treaty would subject the United States to bureaucratic United Nations control, but George Bush is no Ronald Reagan.

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vehemently subscribes to the ‘global warming is caused by humans’ theory and will make the state and residents poorer for his vision. Governor Schwarzenegger has managed to have a law passed in 2007 that at sometime in the future will prohibit California from purchasing electric power produced by plants using coal or oil produced from coal (e.g. Canada’s tar sands); imagine the enormous increase in electric power costs that Californians will sustain because of this restriction and how badly our economy will suffer; also imagine how this will greatly increase dependency on oil from unreliable enemies of our country in the Middle East.

Columbia University made headlines by inviting the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, to speak at the university and provided a public forum for him to spew his venom; moreover, he received a civilized welcome he doesn’t deserve. Oh the shame of it all; 2007 will go down as the year American academia again showed it lost its soul.

What good did happen in 2007? Mostly the good things are things that did not happen. For one, we do not have the sweeping illegal immigration ‘reform’ that President Bush and Congress desperately wanted. In a rare show of unity in having their voices heard, the American people shouted down the desire to give amnesty to illegal immigrants, and what is still more unusual, the people won on this one. Also, we still did not sign onto the Law of the Sea Treaty and Bush hasn’t yet agreed to mandatory greenhouse emission caps.

But before you think well of 2007, consider the following:
  • a California Law that prevents use of the terms ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ in schools
  • federals and state laws that put protection of rodents and insects ahead of property rights passed in 2007
  • the idea that humans can cause climate changes on the planet became a mantra
  • too many in Congress believe our borders should not be protected to prevent illegal aliens from entering the country
  • illegal aliens, once safely here, are entitled to free medical care, free schooling, all civil rights of citizens, welfare paid by citizen tax payers, college tuition breaks not available to citizens from other states, no worries about inability to speak English because interpreters must be provided to them in official actions, having their babies who are born in this country provide an opportunity for them to acquire legal status and residency, and possible citizenship
  • election ballots that are required to be printed in multiple languages other than English
  • newspapers able to publish government secrets without punishment
  • a president that thinks joining the United States with Mexico and Canada is a good idea and sets about to do that secretively
  • a Congress that explicitly seeks to undermine our country during wartime and a public news media that assists them
  • Supreme Court Justices that believe their court decisions should take into account laws and court decisions of other countries, even when at odds with the U.S. Constitution
  • Supreme Court Judges that believe the Constitution is a ‘living document’ and may be interpreted contrary to the intentions of those that wrote the Constitution if it is necessary to accommodate their social views
  • a single unelected, life-time appointed judge can thwart the will of the people, the President and the Congress
  • the Senate can dictate to the President who should be appointed to government positions requiring the ‘advice and consent’ of the Senate, and how appointees should perform their duties, based entirely upon political ideology and not ability
  • putting world opinion above our country’s safety and self interest
  • preventing our soldiers from taking all action to protect their lives as they try to protect our country and accuse them of criminal acts when in the performance of their duties people indistinguishable from enemy combatants are killed, and court marshalling soldiers because they treat the enemy ‘inhumanely’, even though the enemy mutilates and decapitates captive soldiers
  • failing to support our country’s only friend in the middle east (Israel) surrounded by uncivilized people determined to destroy it, and even dictating to that friend what they must do even if it results in that country’s destruction
  • appeasing followers of a bogus ‘religion’ as they act against the principles of our country and take advantage of our way of life even as they denounce it, by granting them special rights and privileges not given to others
  • taking God out of schools and public institutions for fear of offending the godless
  • perverting our institutions by granting special rights and privileges to a class many consider to be perverts
  • attacking Christians and Christianity by denying with the force of law rights and privileges not denied to others, even as we grant special accommodations to followers of the bogus religion
  • the idea of a 'hate crime' which deserves greater punishment for the same criminal act as when done without 'hate' (what is a 'hate crime' anyway?)
You can join me if you like in bidding adieu to 2007 without fond memories. We start 2008 with a blank page; will we be worse off or better this year?

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