Monday, March 9, 2009

Mark Riley blog has moved


After receiving a number of concerns regarding the ability to post comments here at blogspot, I have set up camp at my own website. Hope you'll find your way over, continue reading my blog posts a comment. I'd love to get some conversations going.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rush to Judgment?

We've blogged before, with some caution, about the apparent new face of Republicanism in America, Rush Limbaugh. I say with caution only because we happen to be in the same business, and I don't want criticism to be confused with jealousy (lol!).

Yet here is the porcine talker, blathering on as if he and only he holds the key to reversing grim GOP fortunes. And Democrats are sitting back, letting Limbaugh drag his so-called friends down the tube. Yes, folks, that's entertainment!

Michael Steele got it right. Limbaugh is an entertainer. In fact, Steele lost style points for recanting and throwing himself on the sword of Rushbo. What none of these people seem to realize is that Limbaugh's "I hope he fails" mantra is way out of the mainstream. 

How far out of the mainstream? I give you a quote from the man himself. "The Administration is enabling me. They are expanding my profile, expanding my audience, and expanding my influence". Gee, if that's the case, why not make a run for president in 2012, Rush? And what color is the sky in his world?

It only helps Democrats and President Obama that congressional Republicans and people like Michael Steele are scared to cross Limbaugh. If recent polling is at all accurate, this guy has a lower approval rating than Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers, two people the GOP tried to tie around Obama's neck during the campaign.

So, keep talking Rush. You may be helping yourself and your radio show, but you're also helping the opposition. 

How does it feel to be a Democratic talking point?  

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Was Bush Serious? Yes, He Was!

NB: No blog entries for Friday and yesterday. Got busy on a few things. Back to regular daily posts today.

Most Americans know that the administration of George W. Bush tried to push the envelope on the limits of presidential power. Little did we know how far he and his people were prepared to go after the September 11th terror attacks. Had their twisted view been fully implemented, America would be a very different place.

Here are just a few of the powers our last president was prepared to assume, as exposed in secret legal opinions by his own administration lawyers. His lawyers said it was no problem to use the US military inside the country to combat suspected terrorists, and to conduct raids without a search warrant. Foreign treaties could be unilaterally abrogated, and detainees suspected of terrorism could be handled with no input from Congress.

Much of this came from the minds of three people, according to the memos. John Yoo, Robert Delahunty, and Jay Bybee also conspired to gut the First Amendment in the name of successfully waging war in addition to all the above violations of basic American rights. 

The fact that these opinions came out in the immediate aftermath of 9-11 is no excuse for them. Certainly the nation was rightly concerned with the potential for acts of terror within our boundaries. Yet subsequent events have shown the Bush Administration was ill equipped to insure that innocent people wouldn't get caught up in the wide net they were prepared to cast.

The only silver lining in all this is a memo dated this past January, just before Bush left office. It repudiates the proposed excesses of earlier opinions, even as it makes feeble excuses for their creation. 

George W. Bush was ready, willing, and able to create a "1984" in 21st century America. We are lucky he didn't succeed, and we have a new president who understands the freedom can't be compromised on the level Bush wanted.

Yet how do we make sure this doesn't happen again?