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William Hague’s Comeback?

Posted by Mike on September 29, 2007

It’s no secret that I’m a William Hague fan. His moral clarity would be an asset to the UK and the world, and his brand of political theater is rivaled by few.  For quite some time now, I’ve been hoping for and even predicting a Hague comeback in which he re-gains his position as leader of the British Conservative Party, wins a general election, and moves into Number Ten. I’m happy to say this idea is no longer far-fetched. In fact, he is now favored to be the next Tory leader.

It’s true that Hague lost badly to Tony Blair’s Labour Party in 2001, but it wasn’t really his fault. Blair was a phenomenal and wildly popular politician in 2001. Hague on the other hand, took over the Conservative Party after its worst defeat in over a century and presided over them while they divided beyond belief. If he does get a second chance, I have no doubt he would win.

The following clip is a humorous exchange between Hague and former Deputy Prime Minster John Prescott (think of a belligerent and funny Ted Kennedy without the bridge incident) from about a year and a half ago. Hague was filling in for David Cameron at the time. Maybe next time he’ll be replacing him.

Hat Tip for Link #2: Conservative Home.

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American Solutions, Day 2

Posted by Ryan on September 29, 2007

Today is the second day of Newt Gingrich’s “American Solutions for Winning the Future.”  The opening of the conference Thursday was quite inspirational and full of ideas and possibilities.  One of the things I love about Newt, is that he speaks a language I understand:  the language of history and historical perspective.  This conference and this afternoon’s workshops are all about finding solutions to America’s big problems.  Surprisingly, the American people, according to the American Solutions polls of a diverse group of 6000 people asking in-depth revealing questions, have super majority opinions on:

  • wanting English as our official government language (85%)
  • solutions to our nation’s problems must start at the grassroots level outside Washington (84%)
  • change must happen (90%) and that government needs significant transformation (56%)
  • America has shared values (80%)
  • private sector solutions are better than government ones on Social Security and Health Care (80%)
  • long-term solutions trump short political quick-fixes (92%), etc.

I’ve already posted my feelings about America and our feelings about change and which political party can take the initiative better than the other.  But Newt spoke the language of history to indicate that when the American people get fickle like they are today, they send a clear message to the ruling class in Washington:  “Change or we’ll defeat you.” 

Newt said this attitude has been present many times in US history and is present today:

  1. The Federalists (1780s)
  2. The Jeffersonians (Early 1800s)
  3. The Jacksonians (1820s-30s)
  4. The Lincoln Republicans (1860s-70s)
  5. The Progressives (1900s-10s)
  6. The New Deal Democrats (1930s-40s)
  7. The Reagan Republicans (by extension the Contract with America) (1980s, 1994-5)

Those government officials embraced the public’s demand that the system change in order to accommodate the new challenges of the era.  In all of these periods, the American people demanded that their government change the way it does things:  some of these periods saw a decrease in government action, others an increase.  Yet, in all of them the government had to change to the detriment of the political party not willing to listen:  the Federalist and Whig Parties even went extinct!  Is Newt making too big a deal about this?  Is there really a national desire to make government work again?  I think there is, and his polling data and historical perspective are consistent with the desire of the American people to embrace change.  What kind of change?  Well, that’s why Newt’s putting on these and future workshops– to at least start a serious dialogue.

UPDATE:  Word has it that Newt is not going to run for President in 2008.

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Iran’s Calling Our Army “Terrorists”

Posted by Ryan on September 29, 2007

In a “non-binding” resolution, the Iranian puppet parliament has labeled the CIA and the US Army “terrorist organizations.”  I guess my brother is a terrorist, then.  I guess the world’s beacon of freedom, trying to spread democracy, self-rule, and extend globalization’s reach creating a more interdependent, and thereby united, international community is a terrorist organization, but an oppressive religious theocracy which wants to have a new Holocaust while denying the old one, which bans dozens of political parties that it doesn’t like, which sponsors known terrorist groups like Hezbollah, and wages a proxy war against the United States in Iraq and Israel from Lebanon and Syria… well they aren’t.  I happen to disagree with that subtle distinction. 

Iran’s puppet parliament is only doing this in response to Bush and Congress classifying the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization because of the terroristic activities of the IRG.  I’m sure that there are lefty-loons who would defend viewing US soldiers and CIA as terrorists, since they view the American military as the source of the world’s problems, not the solution in most cases.  I wonder if Mahmoud’s puppets used the idea of a “non-binding” resolution to stand in solidarity with the Democrats, who love to grandstand without any teeth to stand behind their convictions.  Probably not.

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John Edwards Supports Phony Soldier

Posted by Mike on September 29, 2007

This is rich. John Edwards has criticized Rush Limbaugh for using the phrase “phony soldiers”when describing the only soldiers liberals actually support. The soldier in question was Jesse MacBeth, a soldier from Tacoma who was sentenced to five months in prison for lying about war atrocities that never happened, the scope of his own service, and collecting benefits he wasn’t entitled to. According to Limbaugh, his statement had nothing to do with anti-war soldiers. His comments concerned one soldier, the convict MacBeth. Presumably, what Limbaugh meant by “phony soldiers” was soldiers who initially serve and then do something to disgrace the uniform. You know, people like MacBeth, John Kerry, and Benedict Arnold.

I think John Edwards has some nerve accusing anyone else, especially a pro-military stalwart like Limbaugh, of not supporting our soldiers after he voted to send our troops to war, only to turn around and vote against funding them while they were in harm’s way. I wonder what Iraq War veterans think of John Edwards? Funny how CNN and CBS haven’t run any polls on that subject lately. Then again, I think the lack of media polls on what Iraq War veterans think about the left tells us all we need to know.

What disgusts those of us who either know or are directly related to soldiers who have served in Iraq are people like Jesse MacBeth and John Edwards.

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