A Hollywood Republican

This blog is for an open discussion on politics. My views will be to the right as will be most of the posters. But, we are willing to post alternative viewpoints as lons as they are well thought out. I started this in response to the Obama election and will continue it as long as it feeds a need.

Aug 6, 2009

The Groundsell Begins?

It has been almost two weeks since I have had a chance to write and a lot of things have happened in that time. Most of them evolve around the health care mess that may be the beginning of Obama’s fall from grace. It seems with each passing day that the “City on a Hill” which has been Obama is beginning to become the slums of Chicago which is where he began his political career.

But, to begin with, I have to do something that I never thought I would do and I never thought was in the realm of possibility. Based upon the knowledge available thus far, I have to give kudos to Bill Clinton. Unless evidence appears that he sold the country out or promised something to the North Korean government, he is owed a thank you for precipitating the release of the two imprisoned American journalists. So, kudos are being given to a Democrat in this column. A bet a whole bunch of you never thought that would happen!

I wish I could say the same about anyone else in the Democratic Party. But, unfortunately I cannot. The Democratic members of Congress are currently walking around the country attending town hall meetings with their constituents and are holding scripted material with speaking points probably written by the DNC or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid on how to react to the brewing storm over the evil and hated health care “destruction” bill.

The Democratic propaganda machine has gone so far as to say that Fox News and Radical Right Wing Political Groups are planting crazies at the town hall meetings and tea parties to save the Republicans’ crumbling organization in an attempt to embarrass Democratic members of Congress. Has it even dawned upon the Liberal Media and the DNC, that maybe there is a growing grass roots movement against them? That, in eight short months, they have gone from the saviors of the western world to “business as usual,” in Congress as stated so eloquently in this column last week by Ira Schwartz.

And, most important of all, isn’t this Democratic Propaganda Machine now the pot calling the kettle black? It seems that after eight years of them using the same sleazy tactics on the Bush Administration, they just cannot believe that maybe this is really the people speaking. The citizens complaining at town hall meetings are not “plants” but a real grass roots swell. The people want their country back. The DNC is firm in their belief that the RNC would use exactly the same tactics as it has used in the past. Planting people at political rallies to cause a raucous is not only a DNC trick, but also the documented behavior of ACORN.

All the DNC should do is read some of the comments written by the readers of both right and left wing blogs. The anger within the country is real. The people of this country do not now and have never wanted European style socialism. In fact, even within the hallowed bastion of the Democratic Party, the “People’s Republic of Southern California,” there is a growing grass roots movement against Obama’s radical policies. If that is not true, how can you explain the mysterious appearance of posters depicting President Obama as the Joker (The Late Heath Ledger) with the word “Socialism” written beneath the image? No one would have ever believed that this could happen in Southern California.

Isn’t Southern California the place were the posters ridiculing Bush, Cheney etc., became a national phenomenon? Isn’t Southern California the place where a Republican has not been elected to a national position in eons? Isn’t Southern California the place where a conservative must attend secret meetings so as not to fear for his/her career because of his/her political views? And, now, the first physical depiction of a growing groundswell against President Obama is appearing here in, of all places, Southern California!

Maybe, during the summer recess, the members of Congress will begin to get the picture. The first term Democratic members may begin to fear for their jobs as they hear the complaints about what they are doing. Maybe, this will be the final nail in the coffin of “cap and trade,” and the beginning of true bipartisanship on health care reform. Maybe, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will begin to get the message. Although, I am very sure that since they believe they are holier than though, the grass roots movement could hit them in the head like a brick and they would never get it.

At this point, I would like to state a few things about “Cash for Clunkers.” This brilliant part of the stimulus bill has been an incredible success. However, our inept Congress has managed to screw this one up too. For example, the one billion dollars allocated to the program did not even last two weeks. It is now gone and Congress is scrambling to allocate another two billion dollars before summer recess to keep it going. Secondly, there was no condition on the type of cars purchased under the program. So, Congress, in its infinite wisdom is spending taxpayers’ money to make the Japanese rich. Four out of five of the top selling cars under this program are not American. Big surprise huh? I guess you cannot get people to buy unwanted GM or Chrysler vehicles even if you are giving the vehicles to them.

If Congress was trying to give the American carmakers a back door bailout, they forgot the most important part which would be that Americans would have to buy American cars in order to qualify for the taxpayer funded rebate. Duh!

Lastly, I think that everyone that is obsessed with this economic downturn should read the following book: “The Creature from Jekyll Island, a Second Look at the Federal Reserve” by G. Edward Griffin. Although it may have a little too much conspiracy theory spin, it is a good read and explains the monetary system of the United States in the clearest manner I have seen to date. It also may cause you to believe that going back to gold and/or silver standard may be the way to go.

In closing, I would like to thank Ira Schwartz and Chris Holmes for contributing columns last week as I was tied up in post-production trying to finish my latest film. Hopefully, they will continue contributing, if not weekly, then biweekly columns from this point forward!

©2009 by Frank T. DeMartini. Permission to copy will be granted freely upon request.

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6 Comments:

Blogger SharonJewel said...

Well said.

August 6, 2009 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I agree with just about everything you have said. It appears that the latest polls showing quite a few Americans not endorsing the national healthcare has escaped notice of some very self important people.

However, on the cash for clunkers, I feel I should point out a few things. While I hear what you are saying, if it only included American cars, what lesson would be showing our auto makers? If they made better cars, they would be at the top of the list, they never seem to learn. And while I hope they are moving in that direction, proping them up at the expense of the buyer (still have repair bills to pay after all) isn't really promoting a free market.

In addition, the purchases contributed sales tax revenue, commission revenue and profits to Americans.

So it wasn't all bad.

August 6, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Ira Schwartz said...

Well put Frank but we need to be careful about the ground swell of anger. I get a sense from the people I've spoken with that they are not just angry at the Democrates but it is politicians in general. The Democrates just happen to be the party in power at this moment. If it was the republicans our ire would be against them. Both sides need to step back and take a good long look at the political rhetoric they're spewing or they just might find themselves faced with constitutional changes they never thought they'd see in their lifetime. I've been hearing a lot of rumbling by angry people to get rid of lifetime politicians. Change the term limits for all our representative (except the presidency) to one consecutive term at a time. That should make them all wet their pants. Thanks for the kind words Frank. My computer is at your disposal. Just say when.

August 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand clearly what you write... but I think it's impossible not to love Obama. I'll switch him for Berlusconi if you want!

August 6, 2009 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Julie K. said...

Frank, very well said. You have a eloquent way of writing, and it is comforting to read some conservative opinion coming from SoCal.

August 8, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one point on the above, I agree with Frank that American firms should of been the primary targets of this program because the profits made on imports do not benefit America at all. They go directly oversees and contribute to our ever expanding trade deficit.

Also, the biggest seller (at least as of last week) was the Ford Focus. Imagine that :-)

August 10, 2009 at 6:23 PM  

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