November 28, 2011

Herman I Hardly Knew Ye


So, here I am enjoying an adult beverage and a fine tobacco product. I have heard on an earlier talk radio show that a new Herman Cain hit piece would be coming out today so I was not surprised when indeed it did surface. The new charge apparently is a consensual affair. What floored me was the lawyer's statement, released to the public, presumably with Mr. Cain's approval. And I quote Mr. Cain's lawyer, L. Lin Wood:

"Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

"Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

"Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media."

Regardless if you believe Mr. Cain's private life is off limits. Regardless if you believe that the details of the story are necessarily sensationalized for a conservative candidate. This statement by his lawyer is a tantamount admission that Mr. Cain will never be qualified to be President of the United States of America through a Republican primary process.

Why don't you have an aggressive PR strategy Mr. Cain? Why have you allowed me to get excited about your candidacy, knowing how slanted the American press is? Why haven't you done opposition research and found who is behind these stories? At the very least you have shown a complete and utter ignorance of the electorate to which you presume to solicit votes. At the very least, you have shown a naivete, wholly unacceptable in today's political environment. Mostly, you have shown an arrogance and stupendous ambition that allowed you to lead on a group of desperate American Patriots who yearned for a savior of this nation. By doing so, you have doomed us to a Hobson's choice between a career politician with baggage indescribable, or a RINO who will likely lose to Obama. Shame on you, sir. Shame on you.

I cannot describe my disappointment. At a time when our nation hungers for real leadership and principled conservatism, we find that our greatest hope, is incompetent in dealing with a classical smear campaign. We now find ourselves questioning if you have been forthright from the beginning. You have lost the most important characteristic of a non-politician; trust. Without it you are nothing. I am nothing. Our nation is nothing. We are lost.

We now must choose between bad or worse. God help us all.

by: Keith D. Rodebush

November 22, 2011

Giving Thanks


As we gather with family and friends to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, I want you to think quietly for a moment about exactly what are you thankful for?

Are you thankful that the government now owns most of General Motors? I suppose if you work there, maybe you are. That is, if you're simply selfish and care less what affect it has on the country at large.

Are you thankful America's resources are woefully under-utilized?

Are you thankful that Gipson Guitar Manufacturing had to shut down because of paperwork?

Are you thankful that General Electric with staunch support of liberal politicians, was rewarded by tax loopholes that allowed them to pay zero taxes in 2010?

Are you thankful that the Dodd/Frank bill, written by two of the most crooked politicians in Washington D.C. is so complicated that small community banks are basically frozen?

Are you thankful that we just passed another milestone; $15,000,000,000,000.00 in debt that your grandchildren will have to pay?

Are you thankful that your tax dollars are going to businesses that cannot survive in the free market on their own?

While you bow your heads and smell Mom's turkey and dressing, do you thank the good Lord that government regulations have tripled in the last decade?

Obviously, this can go on indefinately. You probably came up with a few of your own already. But the point is made. None of these things come to mind when thanking our Savior on this day of gratitude. Nothing government can possibly do will ever rise in importance on a day such as this. No, this day is for thanking God for grace, redemption, family, health, the glory of life on earth, abundance and challenge. We praise His name and ask his forgiveness for we know we fall short of the Glory. Why? Because we know that no matter how hard we try, we could always do better.

You see? We instinctively know that we are intended to work hard, complain less and excell at our lives. This is what makes for a purpose-filled life. This is the root of Man's happiness. And this, my friends, is what the United States of America was founded on. Government should to all extent possible stay out of our lives, allow us to excell on our own to the Glory of God and our own personal satisfaction. The vast majority of what government does stands in our way rather than help us. Government comes between us and our God as we attempt to prove ourselves worthy of His grace and love.

On this Thanksgiving Day, please take a second to reflect on this, and to understand that to leave a government such as this to our children, is to steal their purpose, their excellence and their happiness. Let us this one year resolve to thank God for giving us fortitude; for we shall need plenty to dismantle this wretched evil thief of our God given right to self fulfillment.

May God Bless each and every one of you and your families. And may God Bless these United States of America in perpetuity.

by: Keith D. Rodebush

November 13, 2011

Jilted Once Again


Have you ever had a friend who got into a relationship with someone that everybody but him/her knew was no good for them? They turn them against their own friends. "You don't need them, you have me." They try and change them into something that they are not. No matter how much you try to warn them, they go down the road to destruction, eyes wide open, seeing nothing. It always ends terribly. First losing their friends, then even family is turned on. Isolation. The ultimate demise is harsh and usually comes with an all at once epiphany that everyone was right. Indeed a rude awakening. Then the apology tour begins and a sad shell of who they used to be starts the long road to recovery.

This is the situation I find my fellow conservatives in during this primary process. The femme fatal if you will is the media and the establishment Republicans. They are manipulating the voters with the express intent of destroying any true conservative candidate. "You don't need them, we have ObaMitt Romney." It only takes a few points of drop in the polls and the voters get nervous, they sense defeat and begin looking for the next savior. Of course whoever is next in line will be slandered as well. Whether it is Bachmann with the HPV deal, which was trivial in hindsight, relaying what a voter said; or Perry with "Niggerhead", a place he didn't own, didn't name, and even removed the name, yet he is attacked as 'racist'. Then Herman Cain, by all accounts a decent hard-working Christian man, is accused of sexual harassment with not so subtle undertones of the old Democratic South's "Mandingo" fear mongering. "They're coming for our white women. Hang 'em!"

In Perry's case, he may have self destructed anyway. His immigration stance and calling voters who disagree, 'heartless' did more damage than anything in my opinion. But the intent was clear, if he was rising in the polls he was going to be taken down by any means necessary. Aided and abetted by the beltway Republican pundits. In all cases the initial accusation is irrelevant. The rhythmic mantra that goes on like an Occupy Wall Street drum beat drives the point home to all conservative voters. "He/she is unelectable. They are too extreme. They are racists. They are immoral. They are stupid. The independents won't vote for them." On and on by Marxist propagandists and beltway pundits alike. The narrative is unrelenting. Finally, we are separated from our friends. By the time we realize what has happened it is a truly rude awakening. The supporters of the conservatives who cried foul were right. Their candidate was really just a true conservative (or played one on TV in Perry's case) and we were played like a Stradivarius to question our choice, abandon our principles and fail to defend our own once again. Isolation. The apology tour is coupled with passive/aggressive support for the only choice left to us; the milquetoast RINO that the Marxists wanted to run against. We rationalize our support in a sad sort of cognitive therapy. "Maybe they'll govern as a conservative. Maybe the independents will really like them and vote for them. Maybe this time it'll be different. As long as we beat Obama it doesn't matter. Maybe they really mean it. Maybe they will really change the federal government."

The pathetic victim takes years to recuperate, recharge and re-invigorate the debate. "We won't let them tell us who to vote for next time. No, next time it will be different." And then the band warms up and the same old tune begins to play. The target is the same. The music gets louder. We start tapping our toe...

by: Keith D. Rodebush