November 3, 2010

Exactly: Progressives and ‘Tolerance’

Susan Brown, in a blog post at Cagle:

Tol-er-ance. Noun.

Definition: sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own.

Progressive Left definition: a fair, objective and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions and practices fall lock-step with Progressive ideology. Otherwise, rogues are sent to the gulag.

Usually, it’s a figurative “gulag,” wherein you’re “merely” shunned, ostracized, fired, and/or prevented from participating in your chosen profession. Give ‘em enough time and power, and the gulag becomes all too real.

Brown first cites Bill O’Reilly’s episode with The View gals, at least one of whom believes it is perfectly acceptable to call a woman holding different views a word that rhymes with “ditch” and begins with a “b.”

She then addresses NPR’s firing of Juan Williams.

Brown wrote her post before Election Day on Tuesday, so she missed the latest exemplar of progressive intolerance: ABC’s termination of its original plan to have Andrew Breitbart appear on Election Night (related links here, here, here and here).

Brown’s “Progressive Left” definition of “Tolerance” fits them to a “T.”

Midterm Meanderings on A Mostly Outstanding Night

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:41 am

All in all, it was an outstanding night. Specifically, pending several outcomes, the GOP has gained 60-plus House members, six U.S. Senators, seven governors, and by Michelle Malkin’s count, 16 state legislative chambers.

Could it have been better? Of course. But the sensible conservative, Tea Party-driven side made historic gains in taking control of the House, took a half-dozen or more seats in the Senate, wiped out large blotches of blue in governors’ races, and took control of a number of statehouses.

With some annoying exceptions, a center-right country that is alarmed about its direction during the past two years is now being governed by people who at least on paper (many have yet to prove themselves) reflect their views. The most notable exceptions, of course, are our Punk President and the United States Senate. Barack Obama’s apparatchiks can spin until they fall down from dizziness, but they can’t change the fact that this election is a rejection of Obamanomics, a rejection of his statism, and a major move towards liberty and away from tyranny.

In some instances, results exceeded expectations:

  • In Ohio, Congresspersons Mary Jo Kilroy, John Boccieri, and Zack Space didn’t just lose; in getting only 40%-41% of the vote, they got trounced. Congrats to Steve Stivers, Jim Renacci, and Bob Gibbs, respectively — oh, and to Steve Chabot and Bill Johnson for their House race wins.
  • Pennsylvania, which had sadly been trending blue for a decade, reversed course dramatically. The GOP gained five House seats and put a genuine conservative into the U.S. Senate for the first time since faux pro-lifer Bob Casey beat Rick Santorum in 2006.
  • Sensible Michiganders generally asserted themselves in a big way.
  • Thanks partially to the Crist-Meek-Clinton implosion, Florida’s results were outstanding, and Marco Rubio is a new national star.

Although not a surprise, it’s satisfying to know that in Illinois, a Republican (not my fave, but that’s okay in this instance), took the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.

It was also satisfying to see John Kasich beat Ted Strickland. I wanted the margin to be much higher, but Kasich has a Republican House that by my bleary-eyed count went to 59-40 GOP from 51-48 Dem, and a GOP-controlled Senate. Though he can’t claim a strong voter mandate, he should be able to get what he wants.

Kasich’s relatively slim victory margin has moonbat Dems crying foul that Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher’s give-up-the-ghost Senate campaign cost Ted Strickland his job. Guys and gals, if you’re going to go there, you’re going to have to remind yourselves who selected Lee Fisher, one of the worst political campaigners ever, as his Lieutenant Governor and jobs czar in 2006. Yeah, it was Ted Strickland, who, if you accept the argument that it’s Fisher’s fault (which I don’t), sowed the seeds of his own reelection defeat four years ago.

Downers (there are others; this is just off the top):

  • California. The state moved toward utter ungovernability in a bad way last night — and I’ll bet all of us will end up paying for it (even more than we already are).
  • John Dingell survived in Michigan. Those like him who want “to control the people” are surely relieved.
  • I was watching Iowa, and I thought the GOP would pick up at least one House seat. Nope.

The key to success in the coming two years will be for Tea Party-driven winners to stay true to their values, for their sensible conservative constituency to stay vigilant, and for all to keep educating (the last point was a big, big failure of the 1994 Gingrich-led takeover). I think the wave is still building. When the fiscal chickens come home to roost and more of the American people understand exactly what Nancy Pelosi’s Congress, Harry Reid’s Senate, and Barack Obama have done to us, I believe it will grow even further.

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Update: Following up on what became a final week special project here at BizzyBlog, congratulations to Archie Wilson on his convincing defeat of incumbent TIF-addicted Clermont County (OH) commissioner Scott Croswell. Kudos to all who helped make that happen.

Positivity: After 42 years, a coast veteran finds the man who saved his life

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Bay St. Louis, Mississippi:

Updated: Oct 31, 2010 1:15 PM

There are two dates that define Henry Cook’s life: February 3, 1968 and September 14, 2010.

Cook is a Bay St. Louis attorney. But he’s also a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, who was wounded twice while serving in Vietnam. Cook still vividly remembers that night, 42 years ago.

“It was about ten o’clock that night,” Cook said. “We had suffered a heavy ground attack on a Special Forces headquarters.”

Henry Cook was to leave Vietnam for home the next day. But when the Viet Cong attacked, Cook grabbed his weapon and ran to the perimeter of the base.

“I was in a raised fighting position that was blown up. And when it was blown up, I found myself lying among the debris. There was a crate of burning ammunition lying across my legs. Actually, I thought my leg was gone.”

The leg was broken in five places, and the pain was excruciating. Cook couldn’t move, and he thought the ammunition he was on top of would explode. All the while, the attack from the enemy continued.

“Suddenly a hand grabbed me from the back of my collar, dragged me out of the fire, and then stood over me. And this guy started firing his weapon because we were being overrun,” Cook said.

The soldier put Cook in a nearby culvert to protect him from incoming fire. He stayed there all night, while still fighting the enemy. He literally kept Cook alive.

The next day, before being moved to a hospital, Cook jotted down in a notebook the name of the soldier who had saved his life. But 24 hours later, the hospital Cook had been sent to was attacked.

“The intensive care unit that I was in was destroyed,” he said. “An orderly was killed, the nurse wounded. I was wounded again, and I lost my notebook. So I lost his name.”

For 42 years, Henry Cook has tried in vain to remember the name of that soldier and to find him, but to no avail.

Then last month, at a reunion of Special Forces, something occurred that Colonel Cook will never forget.

“This man came up to me and said, ‘Did you used to be Lieutenant Cook?’” With a smile on his face, Cook told him, “Guilty as charged.”

It was Jim Salaga, the man who saved Henry Cook’s life. The man Cook had been trying to find for 42 years.

Go here for the rest of the story.