The War to Terrorize Americans continues. This week our fearless rulers protected us from a 93-year-old invalid in a wheelchair, her munchies, and her concerned daughter when they tried Nadine Hays of Camarillo, CA, “for allegedly hitting a federal security agent who tried to take her mother’s applesauce and other snacks at Bob Hope Airport.”
"President Obama said Wednesday that he considers it 'very important' that women be allowed to make decisions about their bodies but would not impose a 'litmus test' on abortion for potential nominees." That was the lead sentence in today's Washington Post story on a private meeting the President had with key Senators on his upcoming nomination of a replacement for retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court. But a few paragraphs later we get a clearer view of what no "litmus test" really means. Following the meeting, the President was asked by a reporter if he would nominate someone who does not support "abortion rights."
According to the Tax Policy Center, a Washington, D.C., research organization, nearly half of U.S. households will pay no federal income taxes for 2009. That's up from the Tax Foundation's 2006 estimate that 41 percent of the American population, or 121 million Americans, were completely outside the federal income tax system.
Remember when Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson cut a deal with the Obama Administration to deliver the 60th vote in favor of Obamacare? To the ever-lasting shame of both sides, the result was an embarrassment that came to be known as the Cornhusker Kickback.
It used to be that a man would sooner die than run. Courage, physical and moral, was the sine qua non of American masculinity. Whether it was a 22-year-old George Washington boasting of his first battle, “I have heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound,” Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie at the Alamo, or Charles Goodyear’s persevering for years, through financial failure and formula after formula, to produce vulcanized rubber, courage was as much a part of the American identity as pluck and practicality, independence and pride.
Call it the prepositional proposition. The new improved Contract With America is now the Contract From America. But it will take more political will and determination to govern according to the Constitution than we have heretofore seen to make that more than a semantical distinction.
I’ve always been proud to be an American, proud about her independent spirit, her inspired — even Providential — founding, her many heroes during those difficult early days and the difficult days and years that followed, proud of all those men and women of vision, virtue, and action who knew the score and stood up for the truth when it was popular, and when it was not, when it cost little, and when it cost everything.
Gas is getting expensive again. A year ago, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.051. That was a reasonable price, one, relatively speaking, that did not hurt American pocketbooks.