December 30, 2005
California Tells Christian Club it Must Admit Non-Christians and Homosexuals [This article appeared on TownHall.com here.] A new Christian club at California State University--San Bernardino was recently denied official recognition by the university because it required its members to adhere to Biblical principles of morality. Some of these principles, as explained by the student organizer, Ryan Sorba, include abstaining from premarital sex and homosexual relations. Sorba says that in order to join his Christian group, a student must adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ and strive to avoid sinful behavior. According to Cal-State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig, these membership restrictions violate Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. This law states, “No campus shall recognize a student organization which discriminates on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, martial status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability.” Ostensibly, this law prevents discrimination and creates a more inclusive campus community. Students are prevented from hurting each others’ feelings since they cannot exclude each other from groups on a myriad of personal characteristics. While it is unfair for someone to be discriminated against because of something they cannot control, like a disability, it is ludicrous that the same anti-discrimination law should apply when it comes to personal beliefs and behavior, which students can control. Students choose their religious convictions with their own free will, and can decide to convert if they change their mind. However, the state of California does not share this reasoning. Apparently California believes that it would be unfair for a student to be excluded from an ideological organization, even if that student does not agree with the teachings of the ideology. The effect of this law is that it would prevent a Catholic student organization from denying membership to a Southern Baptist. It would prevent a Muslim student association from denying membership to a Hindu. What, then, would be the point of joining a religious organization? Would you pray with people in your club who believe in a different deity? Just as Catholics do not attend Synagogues and Buddhists do not frequent mosques, there would be no point for non-Christians to join a Christian student group. If students are forced to allow people who have fundamental disagreements about existence and morality into their club, how could the members ever accomplish their goals of praying together and promoting their beliefs? Religious freedom is vital to a free society, and college campuses are supposed to be beacons of academic inquiry and philosophical discourse. How can universities serve this purpose when governments have make it illegal for universities to recognize religious groups that expect their members to adhere to the basic tenets of their religion? The simple answer is that universities cannot achieve this purpose when they must enforce such an appalling and unconstitutional law, which is overtly hostile to religious freedom. [To find out how you can help Ryan and his club gain recognizance by the California State system, contact The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education at http://www.thefire.org/index.php/article/6607.html You can also write President Karnig and let him know how you feel about the situation. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone number is 909-537-5002.]
December 27, 2005
Every year, I write down the books I have read, and think about the books I want to read. I typically mix in literature with lots of politics. Now everyone can see where I get some of my zany ideas! Literature 1. Death of a Salesman 2. The Sun Also Rises 3. The Teeth of the Tiger 4. Tom Sawyer 5. Metamorphosis 6. The Merchant of Venice 7. The Importance of Being Earnest Politics 1. South Park Conservatives 2. Hating Whitey 3. The Pentagon's New Map 4. God and Man at Yale 5. Second Treatise on Government 6. One World 7. Diplomacy 8. The Road to Serfdom 9. The American Cause 10. Redeeming the Time 11. YAF Guide to Student Activism 12. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal 13. For the New Intellectual 14. Students' Guide to Liberal Learning 15. Imperial Ambition 16. Selected Federalist Papers 17. Hegemony or Survival 18. Capitalism and Freedom 19. What Uncle Sam Really Wants 20. 911 21. Media Control 22. The Conscience of a Conservative 23. Armey's Axioms 24. Militant Islam Reaches America
December 20, 2005
My good friend Ryan Sorba is battling the administration of Cal-State San Bernardino once again. He tried to start a Christian club that would deny membership to non-Christians and homosexuals, saying that they do not uphold the principles of his club, and therefore should not be able to join his club. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has taken up his case. FIRE is undefeated on legal matters like these, and I don't think they will lose this one either. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cal State San Bernardino Spikes Christian Student Group Nationwide Attacks on Campus Religious Organizations Continue December 19, 2005 FIRE Press Release The Source: thefire.org/csusb SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., December 19, 2005—California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB) has refused to recognize a Christian student organization for requiring its members to live according to the group’s religious faith. The Christian Student Association (CSA) at CSUSB contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help after the university said that the group’s statements on faith and sexual morality were “not permissible.” “Time after time, college administrators have robbed students of their fundamental freedoms of association and religion, so CSA’s situation sadly comes as no surprise,” remarked FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Greg Lukianoff. “CSUSB, like so many other universities, is misusing nondiscrimination policies to tell Christian students that they cannot associate based upon the dictates of their faith.” This fall, CSA submitted a constitution pledging that the group will not discriminate on the basis of “race, color, national origin, gender, or physical disability,” but reserving the right to restrict membership based on religious beliefs and sexual orientation. In October, a university administrator informed the group that although they “would not be required to admit members who did not support the purpose of the organization (beliefs),” they could not exclude students “because of their status as a non-Christian or as a homosexual.” FIRE has defeated similar mistreatment of Christian and Muslim student groups at Tufts University (2000), Rutgers University (2003), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003), Purdue University (2004), The Ohio State University (2004), Louisiana State University (2005), Milwaukee School of Engineering (2005), and other institutions. “CSA is not discriminating based on students’ status, but trying to express its religious faith and adhere to its beliefs regarding sexual morality,” remarked Lukianoff. “As FIRE has pointed out so many times, student groups at public universities have a right to ensure that their members share their central beliefs.” The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has already filed a legal challenge to the California State University system’s policy denying student religious organizations the right to govern themselves according to their own religious principles. In spite of that ongoing challenge, CSUSB, a member of the California State system, is standing by its policies and continues to deny CSA official recognition. “Efforts by FIRE and ADF to defeat unconstitutional restrictions on students’ freedom of association have been extremely successful,” stated Lukianoff. “The Constitution ensures that Muslim groups are free to be Muslim, Buddhist groups are free to be Buddhist, and Christian groups are free to be Christian, even if the principles they express run counter to the official viewpoints or unconstitutional policies of state universities.” FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of individual rights, due process, freedom of expression, academic freedom, and rights of conscience at our nation’s colleges and universities. FIRE’s efforts to preserve liberty at California State University at San Bernardino can be viewed at thefire.org/csusb. CONTACT: Greg Lukianoff, Director of Legal and Public Advocacy, FIRE: 215-717-3473; email@example.com Albert K. Karnig, President, CSUSB: 909-537-5002; firstname.lastname@example.org
December 18, 2005
This story disturbs me. As you all know, I am a supporter of liberating the Afghan and Iraqi people. I support defeating the people who mean to destroy our civilization. But, I am becoming more worried about the power that our President is using in an effort to fight the war on terror. Recent reports of spying on Americans by the NSA, without court approval, as required by the FISA law, are appalling. The President has been circumventing the law, and has no legal basis to stand on. On Meet the Press today, Secretary Rice could not provide an answer to Tim Russert's question: "By what authority can the administration employ this type of domestic surveillance?" She replied that the Presidential has "constitutional and statutory authorities" to eavesdrop on citizens. I am sorry, but that is simply not enough for me. The language sounds like Orwellian doublespeak. I cannot support this President's disregard for the law, nor the other recent government actions in the name of our security. 1. Placing propaganda in Iraqi newspapers by paying journalists there. 2. Keeping extensive records on American citizens who protested the war. 3. Arguing that torture should be allowed, and setting up secret CIA prisons in order to do so. 4. Declaring American citizens "enemy combatants" without charging them with a crime. Enough is enough. It is time to speak out against this federal power grab that is being made in the name of making us more secure. I have been patient, and have shrugged off a lot of questionable government policies, but can no longer do so. Taken together, these actions violate of the spirit of our republic, and have accomplished what the terrorists sought to do: dismantle our free and open society, and allow our leaders to infringe upon our most basic rights.
December 16, 2005
It's a Struggle for the Sunni Triangle by Amanda B. Carpenter A closer look at the recent pattern of hostilities in Iraq demonstrates some good news that hasn’t gotten much exposure in the liberal press. In light of the large turnout for yesterday’s elections in the Sunni regions of Iraq, this pattern may point to even more good news ahead... ..The good news hidden here is that if political participation in the new Iraq continues to be a positive indicator of the degree of anti-American violence in a region, anti-American violence could now go down in Iraq across the board considering the large reported turnout for last week’s election in Sunni Arab regions.... ..As the map and chart below illustrate, U.S. fatalities have been largely confined to Baghdad and to the heavily Sunni Arab provinces of Anbar, Salaheddin and Ninevah. ..In fact, of the 755 U.S. fatalities in Iraq over the last year, 679 were in Anbar, Baghdad, Salaheddin and Ninevah. Although there is no up-to-date census data for Iraq, CNN reported this year that Baghdad is 40% Sunni. Anbar is widely accepted to be the most predominantly Sunni Arab province. Ninevah and Salaheddin are deemed to have large Sunni Arab populations, mixed with Kurdish Sunnis. And Diyala, which is East of Baghdad, has a significant Sunni Arab population mixed with both Kurds and Shiites. ..In addition to being concentrated in just a few provinces, U.S. fatalities outside Baghdad have occurred most heavily in the Sunni Arab cities along the Euphrates River in Anbar province. This is where Fallujah and Ramadi are. A second heavy concentration is in the Sunni Arab cities along the Tigris River north of Baghdad. Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, is along the Tigris in Salaheddin Province.
December 15, 2005
Here is an excerpt from the story about FreedomWorks and our immigration reform luncheon. Dick Armey and Governor Owens had a huge disagreement on Colorado's Referendum C, but were together at the luncheon on Capitol Hill this week. This is one of the few times the reporter actually wrote what I said. I appreciate that. December 14, 2005 The Denver Post What a difference an election makes. After slugging it out over November's budget measures, Republican Gov. Bill Owens and former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey are coming together today to think big thoughts on another hot-button issue - immigration. Owens will join Armey, members of Congress and others at a Washington, D.C., lunch sponsored by Armey's conservative group, FreedomWorks.... Brendan Steinhauser, of FreedomWorks, said Owens asked to participate. Steinhauser quoted an "Armey Axiom" - one that when used by Armey sounds like he's talking in the third person - that "the idea is bigger than the man." "It was never personal," Steinhauser said. "It was a very big disagreement on Referendum C, but I think now if they have something that they agree on, they'll sit on a panel and talk about it."
December 8, 2005
Here is the piece I wrote. The battle on campus: The latest generation of conservatives on campus are ready to do battle, explains Brendan Steinhauser in an excerpt from his new book The Conservative Revolution: How to Win the Battle for College Campuses.
December 4, 2005
December 3, 2005
In response to your statements on Iraq, I offer the following bold retort: The Neoconservatives were right. American forces liberated 30 million people in Iraq, creating a wave of democratic fervor in Iraq, and across the Middle East. One only has to look at the elections in Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, the reaction of Iranian students calling for Bush to speak more loudly about the evil of their government, the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, and the subsequent statement by a Lebanese leader that, "George Bush has knocked down the Berlin Wall of the Arab world." I just watched a Nightline reporter interview a broad sample of Iraqis, including men and women, Shia and Sunnis, and professionals as well as students. Almost all of them said that they are better off without Saddam Hussein in power, and that they look forward to their bright future of liberty. One man said, "Our children will know of the sacrifices American families made to liberate us." I sense much more optimism and hope in these people than in our own elected officials, including both the liberal and conservative critics. To say that Arabs are not ready for democracy is to say that there is something unique to their culture that obstructs the inherent human desire for liberty. I do not buy that argument for one minute. The "insurgents" are the minority in Iraq, and the majority of Iraqis gave them the proverbial "purple finger" by voting for a Constitution. Their turnout rate was higher than that of our own Presidential election. Furthermore, only four provinces in Iraq face constant violence and terrorism. The rest of Iraq is relatively secure, and is probably safer than Prince George's county in Maryland, where people kill each other every day. In twelve days Iraqis will elect their own parliamentary government, and American troops will provide most of the security. Over the next year or so, Iraqis will have to take more of the security responsibility from the American troops. It will be their country again, and our troops will move to the rear as the Iraqis move to the forefront. Rightly so. This will be the beginning of the return of true sovereignty in Iraq. Why do I disagree that Iraq is a "failure"? Because I have talked to Iraqis and American troops who have been there and say that there are many good things going on there, despite increasing violence in some areas. As one Kurdish fellow asked an anti-war activist in D.C. a couple of weeks ago, "Why don't you support the liberation of my people." This young man obviously felt betrayed by those who would rather see Saddam continue to rule Iraq with an iron fist then take a chance with the Iraqi people. Iraqis need leaders who will at least try to build a more representative government, one that protects women from theocratic and bigoted fanatics who would oppress them in the name of Islam. These leaders will inevitably come from the citizenry, building their communities on the local level. These common people are the strength of the Iraqi people, just as in most other societies. Despite what kind of government is elected, it cannot be worse than that of a brutal dictator who fed people into shredders, threatened his neighbors and vowed revenge against these United States. No, Iraq will not be a completely free market nation with the same enumerated rights as the US Constitution, but the society will be much better than any other Arab country, and much better than Iraq was under the Baathists. In time, if we can be so patient, Iraqi industry will flourish and foreign investments in the country will provide the capital and infrastructure to sustain lasting economic growth. Seeing that their lives are better off in this system, young Arab males will have less of a reason to join and fight a jihad against an "enemy" that they should be trading with instead. This current generation of Iraqis may not be prepared for that relationship ( although many are ), but surely their children will grow up in a better environment than their parents, and will realize the benefits of building things instead of destroying them. Although my outlook might prove to be wrong as time goes on, I firmly believe that we must at least try to inject some semblance of representative government in that part of the world. To do otherwise, to continue to support corrupt regimes, or turn the other way and pretend they do not exist, is a disservice to the world. More importantly, it is a disservice to our own ideals, the idea of American exceptionalism and what Ronald Reagan called "the last, best hope for mankind." That being said, in the end, history will be the final arbiter of our different views on the war. I for one would like to tell my children that I always believed in the prospect of liberty, not only for my own countrymen, but for all of humanity.
December 1, 2005
I read Chomsky's screed against post WW2 US foreign policy. This blogger says it better than I ever could: http://antichomsky.blogspot.com/2004/10/what-uncle-sam-really-wants-review.html
November 28, 2005
Ramsey Clark, one of the key leaders of A.N.S.W.E.R has gone to Baghdad to defend Saddam. Hate to say I told you so, but... Here is the story. This guy has a history of defending dictators. Anti-war activists should distance themselves from A.N.S.W.E.R after this. Here is more on Ramsey Clark.
November 21, 2005
Finally the GOP has made an ad that shows the statements the Dems have been making for years about the threat of a WMD-armed Saddam Hussein. My favorite is Pelosi, "There is no question Saddam has chemical weapons." www.GOP.com has the video. Click on "Play" and then "Democrats: Dishonest on Iraq."
I just found out I received an award last year from Free Republic. Thanks to those who decided to bestow this honor upon me. It means a lot coming from some of the most dedicated and hardcore conservatives in the country!! COLLEGIATE - The annual Free Republic Network "Collegiate" Eagle Award is given to a student who had completed his or her twelfth grade level of education prior to the awards year. During the awards year they will have been enrolled in and attended college, have shown that they possess good character and an understanding of conservative values, and have exhibited the leadership skills that would help spread those traits across their peer community. Bstein80, Brendan Steinhauser, is the author of an incredible book aimed at college students called “The Conservative Revolution - How to Win the Battle for College Campuses”. He is the former Executive Director of The Young Conservatives of Texas at UT-Austin. Brendan and his group received national media attention with their very successful Support the Troop rally(s). His book is filled with practical suggestions on how to further the conservative movement on campuses and is one I will be using on the campus of our local college as we set up a chapter of Students for Academic Freedom. He mentions the good work of FreeRepublic.com several times in his book.
November 20, 2005
WHY THIS WAR IS STILL WORTH THE FIGHT Marine Corporal Jeffrey B. Starr, 22, of Snohomish, Washington Died May 30, 2005 near Ar Ramadi, Iraq Below is an excerpt from a a letter he left behind to his girlfriend. "Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."
November 18, 2005
Congressman Hinojosa, I am writing to urge you to vote against setting an arbitrary deadline for troop withdrawals from Iraq. Now that we are there, we should leave the time and manner of withdrawal up to our General officers in the field. Please do not vote to support the proposal to set deadlines. This truly will embolden our enemies. Al Jazeera has a headline on its website that sends the Arab world the wrong message; a message of weakness. Please send a message of strength and resolve.
A collection of stories from newspapers in the 90's.
November 17, 2005
November 16, 2005
I received this email today from a soldier in Iraq who heard about our efforts here to counter-protest Leftists that despise the military... I'd love to go [to the protest] man, but im in Iraq right now. Yell at those hippies for me, and I hope everything goes well. Here is a little something you can tell them: My friend was in a city [not to be named, for security reasons] and a woman came up to him and asked if he could take her and her daughter home with him to America. He told her he wanted to but couldn't, and then she proceeded to take her daughter and force her into his arms and said at least take my daughter. Again he said he could not, and she understood, and thanked him profusley for being there and offered him dinner from her home. Tell those hippie Leftists that the reenlistment rate is through the roof over here...EVERYONE is reenlisting that has the opportunity, because we have the first-hand knowledge of what is REALLY going on, and it is not what CNN tells everyone. Now, I wanna thank you guys for doing what you are doing. It helps us realize there are people back home who are willing to stand up to what's wrong. They protest and the more they protest, the more they make the sacrifice my buddies and I have made in vain. It is just not right. So, do what you guys do best....Give'em hell boys. Ryne
November 14, 2005
Want to know why you should support the war for Iraqi Liberation? President Clinton knows why: http://tinyurl.com/mms3 There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein's Iraq. His regime threatens the safety of his people, the stability of his region and the security of all the rest of us... In 1995, Hussein Kamal, Saddam's son-in-law, and the chief organizer of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program, defected to Jordan. He revealed that Iraq was continuing to conceal weapons and missiles and the capacity to build many more... If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program. We want to seriously reduce his capacity to threaten his neighbors. Clinton sounds like a neocon, eh?
November 13, 2005
The definitive piece on the case for the Iraq War by Norman Podhoretz in Commentary Magazine. I submit this to my anti-war friends so that they might repudiate the arguments Podhoretz makes. I have been making the same arguments for over two years now.
November 12, 2005
Texas is up 49-0 on Kansas in the second quarter. Vince has 4 touchdown passes today. There is no one more deserving of the Heisman trophy than Vince Young. Alabama got ROLLED by LSU. Guess that ends their already weak argument that they belong in Pasadena come January.
November 10, 2005
The Soldier It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag. By Charles M. Province ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I will be delivering copies of my anti-anti-war rally to soldiers tomorrow night.
November 7, 2005
I recently made some claims that many of the organizers of the anti-war rallies were really revolutionary communists and totalitarians. I was challenged by Christina to provide sources. I did so, but she was not satisfied. Well, here is a report from inside the most recent rally in San Francisco. If this doesn't prove my point to you lefties who are in denial about this, nothing will. Upon this report, I rest my case.
Recently, members of Congress began talking about a “windfall profits” tax on “Big Oil.” Due to pressure from consumers, these legislators are beginning to point the finger in the direction of oil companies, claiming that the companies are gouging consumers in the wake of the hurricanes. I cannot comment on the motivations of oil CEO’s, since I do not have access to their meetings. But I can comment on the idea that “excess” profits should be taxed and redistributed to consumers. This redistribution of wealth scheme is anti-free market, anti-growth and even anti-American. Profits are rewards for sound business judgement in the free market. Pursuing profit is what drives individuals and corporations to competition, innovation and lowering their prices. Installing burdensome taxes, regulations or price controls have the opposite effect. We should not be in the business of punishing success, by taxing profits. Rather, we should be lessening the regulations on both “Big Oil” and on small businesses who are competing to provide the best product at the lowest price. Ultimately it is the consumer who benefits the most.
November 6, 2005
I guess all those people who tried to say V-Tech was in the same league as USC and Texas were wrong after all. Hate to say "I told you so" but.. Marcus Vick is nowhere close to being on the same level as Vince Young or Reggie Bush.
November 5, 2005
Here is the story. Marauding youths torched nearly 900 vehicles, stoned paramedics and burned a nursery school in a ninth night of violence that spread from Paris suburbs to towns around France. Youths in the eastern Paris suburb of Meaux prevented paramedics from evacuating a sick person from a housing project, pelting rescuers with rocks and torching the awaiting ambulance. There is no excuse for these barbarous acts. Reminds me of the looting in New Orleans. The lefties are trying to blame unemployment and poverty, but I am starting to notice a propensity for violence in certain religions.
The story is here. An excerpt: Chavez was joined by Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, who carried the flag of communist Cuba and wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Bush under the words, "War Criminal." These South American communists are almost as violent and crazy as their North American brethren. As my video shows, the totalitarian left is anything but peaceful. Another excerpt: Many in the region feel Washington meddled too much in the past in economics and politics, then ignored the region to focus on the war on terrorism. Um, how about you left-wingers make up your mind!! Do you want us to meddle or not? Should we provide foreign aid to your coup-prone governments or allow you to stagnate in poverty and failed socialist policies?
November 3, 2005
November 2, 2005
Although the MSM won't report this, I'll say it anyway. Last Friday a couple of friends and I followed Cindy Sheehan into Walter Reed to see if we could get a picture with her. Admittedly, my friend's intention was to give her the finger as I snapped the photo, so we weren't entirely being upstanding citizens that night. But, our plans were thwarted, because Cindy didn't spend more than 5 minutes in the facility. We followed her down the elevator, and to the latrines. We watched her enter the ladies' room as her bodyguard/handler or whatever he was stayed outside and eyed everyone who walked by. Cindy came out of the bathroom, walked straight up the stairs and out the door. We were stunned. Not only had she not met with any soldiers, she didn't even seem to try to make it seem as though she did. AND she had her face covered by a scarf the whole time she was inside. What a phony! No one should believe any reports that say Cindy delivered cards and candies to the soldiers, because all she seemed to have time for was to... well, I won't even say it... If someone is going to pretend that they care about the soldiers and the other victims of war, then that person should at least take the time to talk with them, instead of using them as political pawns in their sick addiction to a self-absorbed 15 minutes of fame.
October 29, 2005
October 26, 2005
I just got finished reading Noam Chomsky's "Imperial Ambitions." My overall impression is that this guy is overrated as an intellectual. He makes claims without providing any evidence. One of my policy friends described Noam's methodology as "tautology." I think others might call it "strawman" argumentation. Among my favorite quotes from the book: "The Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia was one of the few actions in modern history that might properly called a humanitarian intervention." "The United States will largely become a desert, and Europe frozen, due to global warming." "The Soviets in the Cold War were legitmately frightened and threatened. If they were not, they might not have entered the arms race and built nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles." Chomsky also praised democracy in Haiti and the Canadian health care system. These discussions were pretty laughable. The truly interesting thoughts involved foreign policy. Some of his ideas were probably valid criticisms, if true. [I will discuss these in an upcoming post] But when he argued, again without evidence, that the only reason Bush is interested in Iraq, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela is because of oil reserves and pipelines, he lost my attention. It is one thing to say that the "war is all about oil," but it is quite another thing to show some evidence of the motivations behind Congress and President Bush. Let us not forget that members of both parties supported the war, and that President Clinton also saw Iraq and North Korea as security threats. Did Clinton make these remarks, bomb Iraq and nearly go to war with N. Korea because of oil too? The leftists are kind of silent on this question.
October 23, 2005
Read this interesting piece by Professor Mike Adams from North Carolina. I urge all of you to write the Africana Studies Department of NC State and ask them why they hired a genocidal racist like Dr. Kambon, who said the following: "..we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem." Send your letter to their department here: email@example.com
October 22, 2005
October 21, 2005
The entire piece is here. And then there are the in-your-face activists, such as Texan Brendan Steinhauser, the national grassroots manager for Freedom-Works. Granted, he hasn't spent much time in Vermont. At 24, he's the youngest person in the room, not counting a baby in the back of the gym. In his presentation, Steinhauser exhorts the audience to be vocal and proud to be conservative. His self-published book, The Conservative Revolution: How to Win the Battle for College Campuses, is for sale at the FreedomWorks table. In it, he writes about his exploits protesting abortion clinics, "femi-nazi rallies" and gay student resource centers on campus. When Steinhauser hears about the Colchester teachers' strike, he offers some advice: "If I was there, I would be out protesting, holding a sign that says, 'Honk if you think teachers should go back to work.'" That hardly sounds nice. Or likable.
October 16, 2005
I had a wonderful time in Vermont this weekend. I spoke to over 100 conservative Vermonters and sold 15 books. FreedomWorks Vermont is doing well, and will only grow stronger, thanks to the hard work of Robert Roper. A special thanks goes out to the Ethan Allen Institute for their great work on the event! Blog hit here. Ethan Allen announcement here. FW press release here.
October 14, 2005
I am in Waterbury, Vermont tonight. I will be staying in the state through Sunday. I will be giving a presentation on grassroots activism at the Freedom Fest in Randolph, VT Saturday. So far, VT is a beautiful state. I love the New England way of speaking. There is definitely a unique culture up here. I look forward to meeting a bunch of folks this weekend.
October 8, 2005
October 7, 2005
October 3, 2005
For the last few days I have been in Denver and Colorado Springs organizing people to vote against the proposed tax hike that Governor Bill Owens proposed. I have met many wonderful people here in CO, and will be sad to leave. But, our campaign is in good hands with our Colorado and Wisconsin state directors leading the battle. Mr. Armey will be flying in tomorrow to meet with our activists and will try to galvanize our side to "get out the vote" leading up to the election on November 1st.
September 26, 2005
Iraqi resistance earns world’s respect By John Catalinotto Workers World Party Published Sep 22, 2005 In the more than two years since they began an armed struggle against the illegal U.S. occupation of their country, the Iraqi resistance has earned the respect of the world’s people. Not only throughout Arab and Muslim lands, but at gatherings like the World Social Forum in India and Brazil, references to the Iraqi resistance were cheered. Spokespeople for the anti-globalization movement like Arundhati Roy as well as Marxists openly call for solidarity with the Iraqi resistance. It is easy to understand why the Iraqi fighters have earned this solidarity. And it is time to extend the same solidarity from the anti-war movement here. In April and May of 2003, Donald Rumsfeld’s strategy of “shock and awe” appeared to have worked. Overwhelming U.S. military technology, with its modern “blitzkrieg,” was supposed to destroy the Iraq state and force the people to submit. Washington would then rule a docile Iraq and intimidate the world into following U.S. dictates. Any defiant nations, which Bush called the “axis of evil,” could expect the same “shock and awe.” Iran and Syria were nearby targets. North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela were on the list. Zimbabwe came under pressure, too. Even China was threatened with being surrounded by U.S. military bases. It was a grandiose plan. Once underway, it would mean the death of millions of people, including tens of thousands of GIs. Fortunately for the world, the Iraqis refused to be a subject people and never let the plan get underway. The collective sacrifice of the Iraqi people has changed the balance of power in the world. It has weakened U.S. imperialism, especially its most aggressive elements, and encouraged defiance to U.S. dictates on every continent. Now the Pentagon has problems recruiting enough soldiers to occupy Iraq, let alone conquer the world. U.S. threats to bomb Iran or Korea must still be taken seriously, as should threats to assassinate popular leaders like Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. But where will the Pentagon find willing troops for new invasions? The same enemy It is appropriate, too, that the U.S. anti-war movement, especially the serious opponents of imperialism, think of the Iraqi resistance as an important ally. Recent events, including the Camp Casey struggles and Hurricane Katrina, have shown that some anti-war forces have already moved toward this position. A dynamic sector of the anti-war movement now consists of “gold star” parents. It is a remarkable gain in political consciousness that the mother of a fallen GI from Baltimore, in the midst of grieving over her loss, can speak publicly of her understanding of why the Iraqis would fight to drive out the occupier. Then there was Hurricane Katrina. The Bush regime was caught. It had stolen funds from levee repair to pay for the war. It criminally neglected to rescue those caught in the disaster. Millions now see that the government in Washington neither represents nor cares for the poorest sections of the U.S. working class, which are predominately African American and other people of color. It is a racist regime that sends its troops to kill people, not to save them. The blows the Iraqi resistance strikes against the occupation are not blows against the U.S. population. On the contrary, weakening the regime in Washington strengthens the movement here for equality, for workers’ rights and to end the war. The population here and the Iraqis there have the same enemy: the regime in Washington. Washington has no right to run Iraq. Washington lied to justify the war. It committed war crimes while smashing the Iraqi state and replacing it with an occupation regime and a puppet regime. International law recognizes the right of an occupied nation to fight for self-determination. Those who defend self-determination and the right to fight for it know the choice of methods and means must be left to the people carrying out that fight. The Iraqi resistance is made up of many different organizations, with different political programs and goals and ideologies. There is armed struggle, union organizing, community organizing and other forms of struggle. As of yet there is no national front. The many Iraqi forces that want to end the U.S. occupation differ over tactics. For example, the Iraqi National Foundation Congress on Sept. 15 issued a statement critical of the targeting of civilians a few days earlier in Baghdad, when 150 people were killed by a car bomb, but put the onus for the killing on the aggressive U.S. tactics in the north of Iraq. Some people have argued that should U.S. troops leave, a civil war would occur, or that the Iraqis would choose a religion-based regime, or put Saddam Hussein back in power. Whatever the new Iraq looks like, this is a decision that only the Iraqis can make, and they can only make it when the Pentagon leaves. If Washington can’t help the people of New Orleans, it certainly can’t help those of Baghdad. The duty of the movement here is to join the struggle to make the continued U.S. occupation of Iraq impossible and to do this in solidarity with the Iraqi sisters and brothers who have stopped the empire in its tracks. Workers World, 55 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011
September 25, 2005
Just got back from the mall. President Bush flew over our rally. When he did so, our crowd cheered and the opposition jeered. Conservatives are just not that used to protesting and rallying, which is frustrating. That is the main reason our numbers were so low. I'd say we had 300 to 400 or so. At least C-Span covered our rally. My main frustration is the lack of reporting on the organizers of the anti-war rally. They were an assortment of Stalinists, anarchists and Sheehanistas. This was the Far Left fringe in this country. Today, some skinny punk kid wearing commie gear yelled at me, saying he wanted to fight us in the streets in an armed revolution. That was quite distrubing, although I must say that I am confident that not only am I probably better armed, I am a better shot.
September 24, 2005
Bob and Rick, from Riverside County, California, led the attack in Southern California. From Coast to Coast, PW was out to Protest the Protestors.
Protest Warrior Crashes Anti-War Rally in DC—Dupes the Leftists The group of 20 or so gathered outside the Washington Monument, awaiting their instructions. I told them it wouldn’t be long before we would start moving. I could sense their nervousness, and their excitement. For most of these guys, this was their first time crashing an anti-war protest. I recently was selected to lead the Washington, D.C. chapter of Protest Warrior, an organization founded on the tactic of protesting the protestors. This was my first event as chapter leader, and my members proved to be fiery and somewhat courageous. The Left had gathered over 50.000 anti-war activists, which included communists, socialists, anarchists and other assorted revolutionaries. Protest Warrior decided to confront these Leftists with signs that mocked them. One sign read, “Except for ending slavery, fascism, nazism and communism, War has never solved anything…” Another read, “Communism has only killed 100 million people, Let’s give it another chance.!” To say our group was outnumbered would be a vast understatement. We had 40 at the most, and they had enough to fill a major sports stadium. The first tactic was to infiltrate the Leftists on their turf, and to confront them on their political philosophy. Immediately upon arrival, the Leftists began shouting at my group, calling us “racist bigots” and “anti-gay.” Funny, no one on our side was hurling racial epithets or talking about sexuality. Nevertheless, the slogan sounded good to them, so they continued to issue their tirade. The Leftists must have known we were coming, because they did a wonderful job slowly pushing us out of their rally. They never really shoved too hard, or struck us, but they did inch us out across the street and up the sidewalk for a few hundred yards. My group stuck together and tried to avoid physical confrontation as much as possible. We did a good job in my estimation. As we were forced out, the Leftists shouted, “Whose streets? Our Streets!” We were more than willing to oblige them, since they outnumbered us by the thousands. Our next modus operandi was to use their own march against them. We gathered some intel on their parade route and found that they would be coming down Pennsylvania Ave. toward the Capitol. Now, we knew that we had hundreds of supporters lined up in front of the FBI building, and that if we could just play our cards right, we could outsmart the Leftists and make them look foolish. So, we did just that. My group of now 30 or so gathered at 13th and Pennsylvania, symbolically in front of the Reagan Building, and waited for the Leftists to approach. We scattered our group out in smaller groups and placed them on all four sides of the intersection. As the Leftists came within 50 yards of us, we all ran out into the middle of the street, right in front of their parade! We faced toward the Capitol and began to march, chanting “U.S.A. U.S.A.” The Leftists behind us had no idea what our signs said. In fact, at first they thought that we were with them! Even people on the sidewalks seemed perplexed when they began to read our sarcastic signs. Here we were, a Pro-Troops group, walking right in front of the Leftists, as media cameras flashed and television cameras rolled. Our planning had paid huge dividends. As we approached the Pro-Troops groups lined along Pennsylvania and 7th, we became louder. At first, they shouted at us, thinking we were with the Leftists. But once they realized what had just happened, they erupted in cheers and laughter. Protest Warrior had pulled a fast one on A.N.S.W.E.R., which angered them very much. The Leftists actually stopped twice to see if we would leave their parade route, but we stopped with them, turned, and faced them down. It was quite a spectacle on the streets of Washington, D.C. that night. Although Leftists broke the will of the American people and troops during Vietnam, the so-called “Silent Majority” had never actually tried to protest them. But, during the course of the current war, pro-troops groups like Protest Warrior have been stealing pages out of the playbook of the Leftists, and crashing their events to express our “dissent.” Saturday was one of the largest anti-war rallies since Vietnam, and the whole world was watching. But this time, the “Silent Majority” of decent Americans showed up to expose the Leftists, and to take away some of their steam. Such organizations are only growing in number, and never again will a large anti-war, anti-capitalism rally go unanswered. Those days are long gone. The new era of Protest Warrior, whose motto is, “Fighting the Left, and Doing it Right,” has begun. And there is nothing the Left can do. Brendan Steinhauser is the Washington leader of Protest Warrior and the author of The Conservative Revolution: How to Win the Battle of College Campuses
September 22, 2005
This weekend, communist and socialist revolutionaries will descend upon Washington, proclaiming that they are "peace protestors." As usual, the media will not represent who they really are. This Washington Times piece is one of the few I have read that exposes Cindy Sheehan and her ilk as a bunch of anti-American, anti-Free Market idealogues. It is time for Protest Warrior and Free Republic to unite and confront these subversives with their own idiocy, hypocrisy and evil. The DC chapter of Protest Warrior, which I lead, will be the proverbial tip of the spear this weekend as we infiltrate their protest and expose these radicals like the cockroaches they are. Let's Roll.
September 21, 2005
I will be co-hosting our montly radio show on www.Rightalk.com tomorrow at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. Next month, I will be taking over for Nick Bouknight, who will be leaving FreedomWorks to work for the House Ways and Means Committee. Tune in tomorrow to hear about our lobbying trips on Capitol Hill, as well as our press conference with Senator Jim DeMint on Social Security. Nick will host most of the show, and I will join him around 2:30pm Eastern. Tomorrow morning I will be on Capitol Hill with our activists from Washington, Oregon and Utah, lobbying their Congressman and Senators. Things have been going great this month at FreedomWorks, and we plan on having one more group fly into DC next week.