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August 16, 2012

Video: “Dishonorable Disclosures”

Video:  “Dishonorable Disclosures

Intelligence and Special Operations forces are furious and frustrated at how President Obama and those in positions of authority have exploited their service for political advantage. Countless leaks, interviews and decisions by the Obama Administration and other government officials have undermined the success of our Intelligence and Special Operations forces and put future missions and personnel at risk.

The unwarranted and dangerous public disclosure of Special Forces Operations is so serious — that for the first time ever — former operators have agreed to risk their reputations and go ‘on the record’ in a special documentary titled “Dishonorable Disclosures.” Its goal is to educate America about serious breaches of security and prevent them from ever happening again.

Use of military ranks, titles & photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement of the Dept of the Army or the Department of Defense. All individuals are no longer in active service with any federal agency or military service.

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January 10, 2009

Obama’s Campaign and Social Media

Barack Obama has 165,414 followers in Twitter, 19,837 friends on MySpace, 3,697,613 supporters on Facebook, 500+ connections on LinkedIn, and about 2,000 members in groups supporting him in Second Life.  He was elected president.

Was Obama elected president because he acquired so much support on social media sites?  Or was he elected president and acquired so much support on social media sites because people wanted to feel good about electing a black man and because the Republican candidate was Democrat light?

Just because there is a correlation between two pieces of information does not mean that one is the cause of the other.  They could both be effects of the same cause.

Before conservatives and Republicans in general spend too much more time and effort on developing networks on social media services, we need to decide what we are trying to accomplish there.  Are we building morale, networking, communicating, organizing, training, educating, converting independents and Democrats? 

Also, how exactly did Obama’s campaign use social media, and what were the results?  Would similar tactics and tools work with the Republican Party’s current and potential audience?

Once we’ve decided what our purpose and audience are, then we can determine which tools will help us meet our goals.

December 28, 2008

No Experience Necessary: Qualifications for Public Office

During the campaign season this year, there was a lot of discussion about Barack Obama’s and Sarah Palin’s qualifications for the offices of president and vice president, respectively.  Now people are questioning Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s qualifications to fill Hilary Clinton’s seat in the U.S. Senate.  (Of course, Schlossberg is just as qualified as Clinton was–not at all.)

As far as I’m concerned, political experience is not a necessary qualification for someone to hold a public office at the national or state level.  I can’t imagine that the Founding Fathers thought it was.  In fact, I would argue that we are better off with people in the state and national legislative and executive branches who do not have experience in office.

I can think of four necessary qualifications for public officials:

  1. conservative principles
  2. integrity
  3. intelligence
  4. initiative

Obviously, Obama, the vast majority of Democrats, and quite a few Republicans are disqualified because they do not have conservative principles.  A lot more Republicans are lacking in integrity and intelligence.  (As I see it, people who run for public office demonstrate their initiative by doing so.)

Some people would argue that without political experience, officials won’t get as much done.  To that, I would say, “Good!”

Others would claim that officials without political experience would be more easily swayed by staff members and lobbyists.  That wouldn’t be the case if those officials have integrity and intelligence.

December 7, 2008

Was Scott McInnis Paying Attention Last Month?

According to a report at Rocky Mountain Right, “Former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis has openly argued for . . . moderating the GOP’s image and fielding more centrist candidates.”  The Republican Party did just that with McCain this year and lost.  A conservative might have won, but we’ll never know because the only real conservatives, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson, dropped out early in the primary, and Republicans were left with a moderate candidate who was selected by Democrats, independents, and the media.

Anyone who thinks the Republican Party should “[moderate] on social issues” and move more to the left should look at the results for Proposition 8 in California.  Despite the draw of having Obama on the ticket, the proposition that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, a position supported by social conservatives, won handily.

When conservative candidates and issues were on the ballot, they usually won.  Leftists will vote for Democrats not Republicans who campaign as Democrat light.

November 20, 2008

Huckabee Attacking Romney

In a new book obviously mistitled Do the Right Thing, Mike Huckabee does the wrong thing by attacking Mitt Romney for changing his position on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.  As an ordained Baptist minister, wouldn’t Huckabee rejoice when someone changed his mind and joined Huckabee’s church?  Why won’t he allow Romney the opportunity of repentance that Christians preach? 

In his book, Huckabee apparently whines that “Romney and his staff [disrespected] him during the campaign for the GOP nomination, and complains that Romney never called to congratulate him after winning the Iowa caucus in January” (“Mike Huckabee Sharpens Knives“).  Huckabee was the one who colluded with John McCain to steal the West Virginia primary from Romney (“Romney Camp“), helping to saddle the Republican Party with John McCain as its presidential candidate.

On her radio show this morning, Laura Ingraham asked Romney more than once why he thought Huckabee was attacking him.  Taking the high road, Romney wouldn’t answer her question.  Who is doing the right thing now, Huckabee or Romney?

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