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New Year’s resolutions must focus on elections PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

As we take stock of the year just past and look forward to the new, we find that for most Americans the recession is still very much with us and attempts to redistribute income, in the mistaken belief that the economy would be reinvigorated, have proved ineffectual.

The Affordable Healthcare Act has become a fiasco that might well turn into a disaster, affecting at least one-sixth of our economy as it rolls out to full implementation. And nothing whatever has been done to stimulate a resurgence of business and private-sector jobs.

On the contrary, the administration continues to add tax burden and regulatory

uncertainty to private-sector business, retarding growth and job creation to the point that the “recovery” we are experiencing is the slowest since the Great Depression. Moreover, we continue irresponsibly add­ing to a dangerously high sovereign debt, which threatens not only our economy, but our national security as well.

 

America’s lead from behind foreign policy has resulted only in offending our allies and emboldening our enemies: Russia is blatantly reassembling its pre-cold war empire while Vladimir Putin publicly disdains our president. China has extended its borders into the Pacific and openly harassed our seventh fleet.

In Egypt, we did nothing to support the uprising against the Muslim Brotherhood, which turned out not to be the benign secular organization we were assured it was. And by failing to support Syria’s democratic uprising, we opened the door for radicals to take it over.

The president drew a red line with respect to chemical weapons, then failed to act when they were used, choosing instead to surrender our hegemony in Syria to the Russians. In Iraq, radical Islam has retaken much of the country we fought to free, and our announced departure from Afghanistan has emboldened the Taliban and placed our troops in greater danger.

Incredibly, a nuclear Iran now appears to have been at least tacitly accepted by this administration and the Mullahs are publicly mocking a weak United States. A radicalized Middle East and Afghanistan threatens our allies — India, Pakistan and Israel — while weakness in the Pacific directly threatens South Korea and Japan.

Since the founding of our republic, the record of race relations has been the darkest chapter of our history. Of all the promises made by Mr. Obama four and one-half years ago, the one we all wanted to believe was that at last the chasm between the races would be bridged. But instead of being a healer, Mr. Obama and his administration have exacerbated racial tensions to the point where we are more polarized today than at any time since reconstruction.

Given our present situation domestically and internationally, I don’t believe that it is an overstatement to conclude that in the 224 years of our history, we have never been in a more perilous position. The transition from an ideal of equal opportunity to one of universal entitlement is nearly complete.

Therefore, I believe that our New Year’s resolutions must focus on the elections of 2014 and 2016, as they are the only opportunities left to reassert the primacy of individual freedom and a free market economy. Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and independents must unite in forging a platform that will restore freedom as our national ideal.

Bud Kuppenheimer

Phelps

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:47 AM
Last Updated on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:06 AM
 

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+3 #26 2014-02-04 13:12
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I am sure you know that the last quoted mark was taken from the Declaration of Independence.

It also states prior to that:

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes"

We don't believe in the dissolution of the US Government... Far from it. What it does mean is that if we don't agree with what is happening, it is our duty as Americans to object to it.

There is nothing wrong with that at all. Very loyal Americans have fought and died to give us those rights. To throw them away means to cast their sacrifices away.

And if you want to have a sit down with obama and friends, by all means. See if you can have that done I would certainly join so long as I can also get Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker to come along. When shall we plan this for?
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+3 #25 2014-02-04 13:02
Anthony,

You made a direct accusation to Frank of not being a loyal American simply because he does not stand by obama.

My questions to you were very simple in nature. Apparently you did not understand those questions, so I will elaborate:

If you did not stand by those presidents through everything, you are guilty of the same misguided hypocrisy that you accuse Frank of. So why were you casting stones at him?

My reference to hitler was also quite simple. If you would stand by a president through anything, would you also contribute to the same madness? It is people with that mindset that allow those types to come to power.

"But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future Security."

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-5 #24 Anthony Corallo 2014-02-04 08:01
Frank and Tim, Thank you for the review and comments regarding our words these last few days. Let me leave this page by stating that it's possible everything I wrote is incorrect. The little bits on pie and cake were meant to soften the rants that tough words often encourage. Gentlemen, let me concede the many points to you as winners in a most boring contest.
To the News Review Editors: thank you for your patience allowing this trivia contest to continue.
Tony Corallo
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+3 #23 Frank Gabl 2014-02-04 01:02
Tony,

You’re welcome, it was my pleasure.

And to show my appreciation for your intelligent comments, about which you feel others should have come out of the woodwork to acknowledge, I’ve compiled a punch list of highlights that you can review anytime you’re in need of a pat on the back or merely some inspiration while performing your favorite activity of filling the pie hole.

Cont. below:
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+3 #22 Frank Gabl 2014-02-04 01:01
Continued:

1) Defending your president against Bud’s “disrespect” and “ignorance” in his attack of Barack Obama by using “Mr. Obama” when referring to him.

2) Implying on a different thread that the war hero Mr. Hyslop is a baby, because as you put it, “It seems to me that if you are babysitting a bronze star soldier perhaps Harvey would like to make up his own mind.”

3) Displaying the quintessential liberal trait of compassion with your plea, “Please consider the misery and deaths our fellow Americans suffered because of misguided efforts of small minded people.” And then having the courage to ignore my question of whether you are pro-choice or pro-life in order to not be busted as a hypocrite.

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+4 #21 Frank Gabl 2014-02-04 00:59
Continued:

4) Exhibiting unconditional water carrying for a morally questionable president while disparaging the character of honorable men the likes of Dr. Carson and Mr. Hyslop.

5) Rewriting history about this nation’s founding, such as this gem: “The Founding Fathers of the Constitution were Englishmen, not Americans. They were guilty of treason to their King and country.

I particularly like that one because it attempts to make people believe that the Constitution predates the Declaration of Independence when this nation was founded (establish or originate), or The Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War and stated in Article 1:

“Acknowledging the United States (the Colonies) to be free, sovereign and independent states, and that the British Crown and all heirs and successors relinquish claims to the Government, property, and territorial rights of the same, and every part thereof.”

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+4 #20 Frank Gabl 2014-02-04 00:56
Continued:

And then there’s “The Declaration of Independence is a British document not American! America did not exist until the Constitution was adopted per the Constitution.”

Actually, the Declaration of Independence is an original document of the Colonies. It was primarily authored by Jefferson with input from various founders and was considered to be the prevailing philosophy of the time.

The day of its signing by the Continental Congress, America became a sovereign nation governed by the Articles of Confederation which was the first constitution.

The United States Constitution merely replaced the original “in order to form a more perfect Union” by providing a national defense, three branches of government, taxing authority and rule of law.
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-7 #19 2014-02-03 14:41
Frank and Tim, Thank you for the discourse on so many subjects, it was refreshing and important. So many people are afraid to talk or write a brief comment on anything. I would have thought someone would have invited us for coffee and pie just to meet us and shut us down. Alas nothing, not a morsal or crumb did we get for our efforts. Maybe we can get Jeff Laadt to buy as he wants a sitdown with all of us. The invitation includes anyone we have discussed or mentioned in these rants. If you are in agreement I will write President Obama and Mrs Obama to join when in Wisconsin. Maybe Vice President Biden and Mrs Biden will come also. Frank and Tim,when can we have the first ever annual pie party, your call? I will write the Pres and Vice Pres!!
Tony Corallo
p.s. "pie party" has a nice ring to it, like "tea party'???
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+3 #18 2014-02-03 11:29
Oh, almost forgot.

So by your logic, George Washington was not an American, even though he was one of the founding fathers and our first president. You know, he held the same office that your messiah now holds.

Frank got it right... You indeed are a hypocrite.
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+4 #17 Frank Gabl 2014-02-03 09:45
Tony,

By virtue of the question you decided to answer about "experience," you've established that you indeed, "toot your own horn alone at home." So I'll take that as either a warning to others of the danger, or, because you enjoy doing so.

And, by persisting to blame others for ad hominem attacks, that you yourself initiated and are grossly guilty of on this thread, not to mention the other thread where you implied Mr. Hyslop is a baby, you can only be characterized as a hypocrite.

Yet, we need to dwell on a misconception of yours. Citizens labeling Barack Obama a liar for lying and morally bankrupt for a number of morally bankrupt positions, is in no way an "ad hominem approach" to dissent, as you believe, but rather, unvarnished truth.

Of course, feel free to carry a few more buckets of water for Barack Obama while disparaging the honorable Dr. Ben Carson or Mr. Hyslop, if you feel the need to validate yourself.
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