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The Price of Playing Politics

Posted by zaphriel on August 5, 2006

I get in debates all the time with people who are less security inclined, and who cry first amendment over every behavior.
The discussion that I invariably find myself in is “What’s wrong with saying things, even exaggerating the ‘truth’ in order to get your point across? Isn’t it covered by the first amendment? Shouldn’t I be free to criticize my government?”

The problem of course in never simple criticism, or speaking up. The problem lies in not taking responsibility for one’s actions, and overly blaming the government for your problems. When this happens and then the situation is overly exaggerated for political gain, it leads to other problems. Knee jerk reactions meant simply to eliminate the possibility of such a situation ever arising again. It’s the “If I’m gonna get blamed, I’d better have control” mentality. Which leads to things just like this.

Governors Bristle at Guard Proposal

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The nation’s governors are closing ranks in opposition to a proposal in Congress that would let the president take control of the National Guard in emergencies without consent of governors.
The idea, spurred by the destruction and chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi, is part of a House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act. It has not yet been agreed to by the Senate.
The measure would remove the currently required consent of governors for the federalization of the Guard, which is shared between the individual states and the federal government.
“Federalization just for the sake of federalization makes no sense,” said Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana, a Democrat who had rough relations with the Bush administration after the disaster last year. “You don’t need federalization to get federal troops. … Just making quick decisions can make things happen.”
Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, a Republican, said “a whole bunch of governors” were opposed to the idea after the proposed change was brought up in a private lunch meeting.

One of he several things that our nation was founded on, and allowed it to be the shining star it is, is the decentralized government. More of the power was distributed lower in order to allow people to govern themselves. As opposed to a strong heavy handed central government that makes each one of us a mumbling number. And now because one locality could not take care of itself because it was too corrupt, the rest of us are going to suffer the effects. If the federal government gets this power, it will not stop there. The slow march to a central government authority will continue, and accelerate as long as we continue to cry loudly like children to be taken care of. We are on the march, first to Socialism, then to communism, and I suspect that was the point all along. America is taking itself for granted and getting exactly what it is asking for. When you cry loud enough to be taken care of, the government will listen, in this country it has to, and it will start treating you like the child you are acting like. But nothing is free and everything has a price. The price for this one? Freedom.

The National Guard has a duel purpose that is very important, serving the interests of the State and the interests of the nation. Thus you find them filling sand bags one day, and deploying in desert camouflage the next. Giving the Federal government over-ride authority demolishes one of these purposes. The National Guard is there not only to serve the Nation, but also the state. If a dispute over the powers of the state versus the nation ever arises, the National Guard ensures that states interests are served. The feds getting over-ride means that the states no longer have that bargaining chip. States rights then become secondary, and the roles will eventually become reversed. The states will exist to serve the Feds, not the other way around as it should be.

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A Crack From A Crackpot About Crackers

Posted by Mark on August 5, 2006

The Sacramento (aka..SacraMENTAL) legislature…home to more moonbats than a West Hollywood party on Halloween night…has one in particular who yesterday- opened his big FAT FECKLESS mouth.

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata Thursday discussed the difficult political climate surrounding illegal immigration and as an example said “You’ve got all these crackers … down in San Diego.”

At a briefing with reporters, the Oakland Democrat was asked about the prospects of pending legislation to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Though a similar bill has passed the Legislature before – only to be vetoed – Perata said he was cautious about moving the current bill to the governor’s desk in an election year.

“Immigration is a red meat issue,” he said. “You’ve go’t all these crackers down in Southern Cal – ah, where is it, San Diego, taking on the governor….”

Evidently, Don Perata believes that anyone opposed to OPEN borders and an unlimited stream of illegal aliens…is a ‘cracker’. Uh….I grew up in Georgia….attended the University of Georgia and feel FORTUNATE to be not only a living breathing cracker, but a cracker who is adamantly opposed to providing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens!

And here’s a newsflash for you Perata- there are plenty more crackers waiting to get in your face. This kind of buffoonery hasn’t gone unnoticed. A local LA station (KFI 640 AM) has started a campaign to FLOOD Perata’s office with Saltine crackers. If you feel inclined: here’s their website.

California is a sad sad state: held hostage by policymakers like Perata. Unfortunately, no amount of Saltines will shut them up nor shut them down.

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