Codger on Politics

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Liberal Intolerance


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-same-sex-sinners.html?_r=0&referrer=

"But in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It's a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing."

Freedom of Religion is not the right to believe what some "authority" authorizes, but to arrive at truth based on total life experience using what ever means that individual chooses. Some will not agree with others but that is OK. Some will try to force agreement, and that is not OK.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Islam is radical, Islam is the Problem

Islam is radical, Islam is the Problem

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ayaan-hirsi-ali/from-selma-to-tunis-when-will-we-march-against-the-segregation-of-our-own-time_b_6915660.html?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000090

""But I am also addressing Western liberals -- and not only those at Brandeis University who last year saw fit to rescind their institution's offer to me of an honorary degree.

In their letter denouncing me, 87 Brandeis faculty members accused me of suggesting that:

violence toward girls and women is particular to Islam or the Two-Thirds World, thereby obscuring such violence in our midst among non-Muslims, including on our own campus [and]... the hard work on the ground by committed Muslim feminist and other progressive Muslim activists and scholars, who find support for gender and other equality within the Muslim tradition and are effective at achieving it.

Seriously? "Support for gender and other equality within the Muslim tradition"? As for Muslim feminists "achieving" greater equality, the evidence, as we have seen, is that women's rights in the Muslim world are being rapidly eroded by the spread of Islamism.""

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

This Nobody Doesn't Know

This Nobody Doesn't Know
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/03/03/boehners_sorry_spectacle_125793.html

"As everyone knows, the speaker is being stymied by far-right conservatives who insist on using the Homeland Security funding measure as a vehicle to protest President Obama's executive actions on immigration. And as everyone except those far-right conservatives knows, this is a self-defeating exercise in utter futility. The Senate won't pass these immigration provisions. The president won't sign them into law. For the House conservatives, this is not a winnable fight."

I just don't know, does that make me a nobody? Maybe the lefty columnist is not qualified to say. Here's hoping the speaker pays him no more attention than I do.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

And So It Does

And So It Does

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gop-plays-hot-potato-with-dhs-funding/2015/02/16/1a94aed8-b3d0-11e4-886b-c22184f27c35_story.html

"Mr. Boehner's implicit argument is that the obligation of lawmakers begins and ends with posturing. Not compromising. Not moving the ball forward. And not accepting political reality and doing the responsible thing, which in this case is to maintain funding and operations at a department with 240,000 employees that oversees border and airport security, the Secret Service and dozens of other critical government functions."

The Senate could pass something, then the two versions could be reconciled.  That could then be sent the the President for approval. He could then decide if his unconstitutional actions were more critical than the operations mentioned. If he decides they are not, maybe they are not all that critical after all.

Friday, February 13, 2015

No More Mr. Nice Guy

No More Mr. Nice Guy
http://www.peggynoonan.com/
"We know ISIS is increasingly hated by the civilized world, and by many nations in the Mideast. Each day that brings new word of their atrocities, not only to prisoners but to local, subjugated populations, adds to the anti-ISIS coalition. But we also know they will not be defeated or decisively set back from the air. They have to be removed from the areas they hold. They need to be fought with boots on the ground."

But is that so? The biggest obstacles are those things you know that aren't so. Imagine you we a Roman general. They would agree that you need boots on the ground, but they would not agree with the constraints we put on ourselves.

Romans had two kinds of war, wars of conquest and wars of retribution. Now is the time for retribution. Nor would the Romans be concerned with collateral damage, since all of their damage was intended.

What is needed is an object lesson, and the means is the destruction of everything that supports life in the region targeted. That should be doable from the air. Get out the WW2 air attack manuals, and ask the Germans if they suffered.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

If Obama Was Accused of Being Christian

Could he be convicted

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-rights-crusade-against-obama/2015/02/06/a36f8202-ae5b-11e4-9c91-e9d2f9fde644_story.html

"This reaction was as predictable as it was disheartening. Conservatives have ample grounds to assail Obama on his handling of the war on terror and his belated response to the rise of the Islamic State.

Instead, they seem inexorably drawn to overstate, to detect insult to Americans and animus toward the United States where none exists. This reaction says more about Obama's critics, and their inability to accept his legitimacy, than it does about the president."

It could be we are channeling our Islamic apologists.  Maybe we are reacting to the unconstitutional actions, and his failure to enforce laws as written. I believe the major offense is pretending to be christian, and getting on his high horse to mock us with christian sounding words. Try that pretending to be Islamic.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The war on the constitution


http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/is-america-at-war-with-radical-islam/385200/

"What Republicans are really declaring war on is "political correctness." They're sure that liberal sensitivities about Islam are hindering the moral clarity America needs to win. Just don't ask them how."

You didn't ask, but I will tell you. Our freedom of speech is essential to our freedom, and ultimately our lives. Liberals who are sensitive to Islam, are what used to be called "fellow travelers". Any US citizens who give aid or comfort to the people of Islam who are attacking us, are domestic enemies of the United States. Those people of Islam, who give aid and comfort to the active fighters are also our enemies, and unless all of Islam at least attempts to suppress those fighters, there is no evidence they are not our enemies.

To be prudent, we must keep all of Islam at an arms length. There is no reason to refraining from insult to Islam, and a practical reason to insult them. That is to identify and thwart those easily led to violence, and deal with them.