Get with the Program

Today marks the beginning of a blog-a-long reading of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. At you can read along with them and the next day read scholars’ opinions on what each article means.

Since my schooling in the 60s-70s seemed to ignore how our government works, I find myself ignorant of much I should know. So I’m off to read Article 1 and see what I’ve been missing.

Best line of the conference

Rick Perry surprised a lot of attendees with his dynamic speech. For me, he encapsulated everything we feel today with this recommendation to any candidate running: “Tell the people I am going to Washington, D.C., to make it as inconsequential in your life as possible.” Amen!

He went on to say the role of government is to protect, not provide. We’re in a debate between democracy and socialism. Perry’s platform boils down to 3 things: a strong military, secure our borders and deliver the mail on time.

“Until you get those three right, how about leaving the rest alone?” he said.

Top Draw

Of course, the main speaker everyone wanted to see and lined up an hour and a half before, was Sarah Palin. She had many people championing her, especially veterans. Each seat in the ballroom had placed on it a cellophane wrapped caribou jerky with a tag, “An Alaskan Snack from Sarahpac.”

To her question “Do you love your freedom?” she got a roaring response. Palin noted that “the party of Lincoln and Reagan is back!” Good to hear that she emphasized her party affiliation.

Media reported her retort to Obama, who criticized her as “no nuclear expert,” chiding him by noting  his career as a community activist was hardly good preparation for nuclear expertise. She targeted the Obama doctrine as one that appeases our enemies and makes enemies of our friends. Palin spoke of the smoke and mirror energy plan of Obama and dubbed the EPA as the “Energy Punishment Agency.” When she said “shoot” as a minor expletive, she quickly apologized with a wink. My favorite comment, “Don’t retreat, reload,” brought laughter and applause as well.

Anyone who discounts this lady does not have an idea of her enormous popularity.

“They have declared war on us”

When Andrew Breitbart spoke at the SRLC he was full of passion for our country.

Breitbart, a Tulane grad, said he was enjoying being back in New Orleans. He had come from the earlier tea party protest in Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid’s home town. He described his encounters with the left who purposefully tried to steer Tea Party people to the path away from their gathering. “They are fishing for hate,” he said.

“Why is it that the left gets to throw around “racism” yet if I want to use the word socialist I have to go to the DNC and ask permission?”

“The left wants to social engineer us and their favorite tactic is to accuse you of what they are doing to you. They have declared war on us.”

It was great to hear his enthusiasm and his encouragement for Republicans to get out and confront the opposition, even if it isn’t something you like to do.

And more why they hate

If you’ve ever watched the show “19 Kids and Counting” you are familiar with the large Dugger family of Arkansas.

Talk to a liberal and they will express outrage that people should have so many kids. Why? The Duggers get no federal assistance, they manage their own affairs, owe nothing and even home school their children at no expense to the state. I thought liberals were all about people doing their own thing, particularly when it comes to the bedroom.

But no. Many a liberal has come to near frothing when discussing them.

I think I might finally have understood their objection.

Raising your own children in the privacy of your own home without any assistance from the state violates one of the left’s most cherished ideas: It takes a village.

Clearly, it does not. The Duggers show that it only takes a loving Mom and Dad who think for themselves to bring up outstanding young people. The left clings to our dependence on the state and a culture of death to keep them in power. They do not like individuals succeeding.

Beat down update

The story of the attack on two Republicans in the French Quarter of New Orleans continues to get attention.

Some reports claim five people beat up the pair and police are looking over surveillance tapes. A white man with an auburn ponytail has been reported as the main perpetrator. At first the police said the twosome were mugged, however, Ms. Bausch used her purse as a pillow on the way to the hospital. As some people commented, a mugging in the French Quarter rarely involves a physical attack because the criminals want the money and don’t have time to waste beating someone up. They want to escape as quickly as possible. Gatewaypundit has been on top of this story so go there if you want more details.

One wonders if the probe of ACORN and the SEIU in New Orleans by the governor has any connection to this case.

Also, what if one of them had been carrying a gun? They could have protected themselves. In light of the howl that has come up by Memphis restaurant owners about people carrying guns into their restaurants, I think a gun in this case would have prevented the melee.

It is reported that Ms. Bausch had her leg operated on and faces months of recovery, so bad was the attack.

The hate is out there

Late Friday afternoon Louisiana governor Bobby Jindhal gave a speech to the audience at the Hilton Riverside. He charted the good things that have been happening in his administration.

Later, on leaving the event, we were surprised to see (but shouldn’t have been) the usual circus of protestors outside. Signs read “Jindhal Swindle,” “Don’t cut UNO (university of New Orleans) funds” and other “clever” remarks.

Seems the protest didn’t end there. Drudge reports today that Friday night, the Republican party of Louisiana was holding a fund raising event at Brennan’s in the French Quarter. An altercation occurred between Jindhal’s campaign fund raising chief, Allee Bautsch, her boyfriend and some opponents. It ended with Bautsch’s leg being broken by thugs, her boyfriend suffering a concussion and fractures to his nose and jaw.

Seems like the left just can’t restrain from violence.

Rick Santorum

The former senator from Pennsylvania got a warm greeting from the crowd. Someone from his hometown of Johnstown even brought him a small bouquet of flowers.

He began by saying that conservatives in Washington failed conservatism in 2006.

After his loss of his seat in 006 he was stirred to action in 2009 by the things going on in the Obama administration. He told his family, “I can’t sit here anymore. Who we are as Americans is threatened. We’re not an ethnic group, we’re an ideal. We’re not a melting pot, we’re a mosaic. The government’s role is to protect our rights, not give us new ones.”

When he saw the latest Quadrennial Defense Review and saw that Islam was not mentioned in it but there were 8 pages devoted to global warming, his fear and anger increased.  He felt like we are back in early 1941 when a bill to repeal the draft failed by only one vote. We are in similarly dangerous times, he feels.

Opening his appearance to questions from the audience, he got a first one that explained a lot for me. A Pennsylvania woman asked why he had supported Specter in 2004 rather than Pat Toomey.  Santorum had a thoughtful explanation.

He said he was really torn about it. His wife did not want him to support Specter, but Specter had promised he would deliver pro life justices to the Supreme Court when Bush nominated them.  As chairman of the judiciary committee Specter had a lot of power. Santorum said he weighed the endorsement against the possibility that a pro choice appointment would lead to the deaths of millions of babies and chose to back Specter. He said he could not live with the idea that his vote had gone against his pro life ideals.

I found Santorum a thoughtful and ethical person and it is a shame he is not a senator in Washington now.

Sarah News

Even a fake Sarah Palin had a following.

Several women carried a life size cardboard cutout of her on their train (Did she need a ticket?) and into the hotel hall. They should have charged to have your picture with her because everyone wanted to pose with her, including me. She had a devoted following, including several retired veterans.

I did hear a scoop – if true. I was told Palin will back the fair tax in May.