Wednesday, November 05, 2008

An Open Letter to Our New President

Congratulations, President-elect Obama. No, I didn't vote for you. But in a strange way? That's good news. See, you didn't make me a ton of promises on the campaign trail, so you can't possibly disappoint me. My expectations were low going in; there's nowhere you can go from here, but up. So I have here some advice for you.

You're going to need me, and here's why. All those folks on the left who are so madly in love with you right now? They're going to be disappointed. No, it's not your fault, sir. It's just that they've built you up so much, set such high expectations for your presidency, that you cannot possibly meet them all. This is no reflection on you yourself: I honestly believe no mortal man could meet all their demands. But some of them are going to be disappointed in you, and some of them are going to turn on you. They always do.

When that happens? You will need people like me. You will need our good will. And considering that we didn't expect much from you? It will be easy to please us.

Issue one: Fight the war, let us win. Our men and women in uniform deserve no less from you than your full support. Right now, you've got the party eating out of your hands; use that power for good, for our nation's security abroad.

Issue two: Please don't take all our money. I know you just want to help out the little guy, the guy who needs a hand up- but a hand up is not a handout. Businesses don't pay taxes, customers do, in the form of increased prices. Workers do, in the form of reduced wages, benefits, and available jobs. If you want to help the little guy, protect his job. You can do that by not putting roadblocks in the way of his boss, the guy who signs the paychecks.

If you want to do even more to help the little guy? Improve the climate for business in this country. Quit spending so much money on people who hate us abroad, and invest some of that money here in our infrastructure. I can point you to some bridges and roads that could use a ton of newly-employed folks to bring them up to speed.

You can help cut the little guy's fuel bills by investing our money in nuclear power and clean coal technology. I know you said something recently about bankrupting coal companies, but I'm willing to forget that if you are. (I figure it's just something in the air in San Francisco, it makes people say and do silly things sometimes.) But I'm sure you didn't mean to insult Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, and Ohio- all those nice states with coal industries, who helped vote you in last night. I'm sure you don't want to put them out of work and I'm sure you don't want us all to be cold this winter.

Anyway, my point is, we're pretty easy to please here on the right. If you get just a few things right- the war, energy, economics 101- we'll be willing to overlook any little mistakes you might make. We're a remarkably forgiving bunch, and on the whole our patriotism is tied not to the individual, but the ideal, to the nation itself. You can make us your allies pretty easily, or you can alienate us completely. I'm trusting in your words last night. You promised me the opportunity to let you earn my support. Sir, you have that opportunity. Please make good use of it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I stumbled across this today and it's well worth linking. Tax law explained via beer analogy. Go read it!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Time for a teachable moment. This is a fascinating look at what brought us to this current financial situation. Whether you are democrat or republican, you need to hear this, now.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Wow, I still have a blog; I'd wondered if I'd neglected it so long that it disappeared on me.

I won't bore you today. My own rhetoric is vastly inferior to the acres of ink spilled already on the subject of the presidential election. Anything I could say in defense of John McCain and Sarah Palin has doubtless already been said elsewhere, and more eloquently. And fortunately, both are up to the task of fighting their own battles; two such strong characters do not need my clumsy attempts at protecting their good names.

I just want to take this opportunity to link to the best speech I've ever witnessed. Since the dying, dysfunctional medium known as the "mainstream" media refused to air it, it is my opinion that Fred Thompson's RNC speech should be posted on every conservative blog in the country; it should be mirrored and linked, transcripts should be emailed in quantities rivaling the most insidious of chain letters. Segments of the speech should be put into political ads; individual lines should be disseminated on t-shirts, posters, and bumper stickers.

I think I have just witnessed the birth of the political heir to Ronald Reagan.