My wife and I went to see American Sniper back in February. All I can say is WOW. I’ve seen a lot of “war” movies. I can honestly say none of them affected me like this one did. The only one that comes close is Saving Private Ryan. The scene at the end of that one in the cemetery in France brings tears to my eyes every time I see it.
I’m sure they sensationalized some of it for the movies sake but even with all the fighting scenes in the movie I felt they did a great job of making the movie about more than just the fighting. It was about what it does to the men and women who are members of → Read More
The greatest president of my lifetime remains the gold standard by which all other presidents are measured!
From a 2010 post of my three favorite Reagan photographs, all of which I took myself, this one is my absolute favorite:
President Reagan in Perrysburg Ohio aboard “Car One” the Ferdinand Magellan, October 12, 1984. Photograph by Mike’s America Happy 104th Birthday!
It’s all I can do to keep from stepping out of my door and shouting to the top of my lungs, WE TOLD YOU SO! The next liberal who tries to tell me President Obama has cut spending, etc., I will find it hard pressed to keep from calling a liar. Anyone with one eye can look and see he has done no such thing. The only time he has cut spending has been in the area of defense. He suggested the sequester spending cuts and then threw a temper tantrum when the Republicans took him up on his idea. He has complained of how services were going to be cut and Americans affected, when in reality, spending was never cut. The only thing → Read More
If there is one thing I have run out of, it is patience with the GOP. This started after the abysmal showing in the Presidential election of 2012. Since that time, we have seen a continual slide towards the acceptance of amnesty for illegal immigrants. That, along with other pandering, was aimed at Hispanic voters. The GOP seemed set on the idea that 2012 was lost because of alienation of Hispanics. Never mind that so many conservatives stayed home because they didn’t want to vote for Mitt Romney. This shows a complete lack of conviction on the part of the GOP leadership and a lack of nerve to follow whatever convictions they may happen to have. That lack of conviction has again been placed → Read More
The worst kept secret in America is that the Democrats do not want the Keystone Pipeline to go forward. The reasons they use as an excuse for their resistance to Keystone escape anyone with a modicum of common sense. They publicly worry about the possibility of a spill from the pipeline causing an environmental disaster. The statistics I was able to find suggest that there are somewhere around 2.5 million miles of pipeline throughout the United States. Not all of these transport crude oil, with some carrying natural gas and other types of fuel. Do accidents happen? Most certainly they do. Does that mean we should not build the Keystone Pipeline to take advantage of the tar sands oil in Canada? Most certainly not. To → Read More
Well, this didn’t take long and certainly comes as no surprise. That is especially true if you have paid attention to how President Obama has conducted business during the first six years of his administration. He has acted like a typical liberal. When it doubt, always raise taxes. Never cut spending, never cut waste, always, always raise taxes. And that is exactly what he is planning to attempt in the last two years of his presidency. Do you remember his proposal for free community college for anyone who is willing to work for it? He actually described it as a right. Well, we now know how he plans to pay for the free part. Yep, you guessed it. He wants to raise taxes.
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Am I the only one around here that bemoans the lack of accountability in our government? That is a rhetorical question because I know it’s not true. Most of the readers on Political Realities cringe at the very thought of how our government operates. As if it is a living entity, the government does what it wants, when it wants, and to whomever it pleases. The motto used by the United States Postal Service, albeit unofficially, suits our government perfectly. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stops the government bureaucracy from achieving its goals. Never mind that most of those goals have nothing to do with the needs or wants of the American taxpayer who, incidentally, pays the salaries of the → Read More
Some of the biggest debates we have engaged in on Political Realities have been around a handful of issues. Gun control is a sure way to get the hackles raised up on many conservatives. (You can count me in that group.) Mention homosexuality in anything that resembles a disparaging manner and the fur starts to fly. Dare to call Islam out for the evil it really is and the woodwork starts crawling with people who try to tell us how wrong we are. They do their best to explain how we are misreading the Koran, how true Islam has nothing to do with the violence taking place in the world today.
Try telling that to the 12 people who are dead in France. Two radical → Read More
Just for the record, I really despise how early the campaign for the Republican nomination for President is already heating up. It should be rebranded as the campaign of 2014-2016. Even before the new Congress was sworn in, the hopefuls were rattling their swords. It’s no secret that Jeb Bush is going to run. Oh, I know he hasn’t officially announced, but anyone who thinks he will not be in the race is fooling themselves. Mike Huckabee has resigned his show on Fox, signaling that he is also thinking about running. The Huckabee hopefuls, of which I may be one, are excited about the possibility of a Huckabee campaign. At the very least the debates will be more entertaining. I am also intrigued by the → Read More
First, we had the classification of health care as a right. How many times have we heard that broken mantra from the left, saying it should be guaranteed? Too many to count. To make sure that right was guaranteed, President Obama and his friends on the left shoved ObamaCare down our throats. It was something that most Americans neither wanted or needed, but we have it, regardless. To describe how it is “working”, or not, would take several thousand words. Isn’t that just grand? A new government program that guarantees all Americans receive health care. Or so we are told and never mind the higher costs involved for everyone who pays taxes and works for a living.
If that isn’t enough of a slap in → Read More
If you have read Political Realities for any length of time, you will know how much I despise the way the federal government spends our money. A more apt description would be how they waste our money, but who am I to quibble? I suppose that’s why I was always a fan of Dr. Tom Coburn. He held nothing back in showing just how good the federal government was at spending money on things unnecessary, or even remotely so. To list even a handful of the available examples would require much more time and space than any of us have, but there is one example that deserves to be highlighted.
You remember the Department of Health and Human Services? That’s the agency that is tasked → Read More
It has been almost a month since I last wrote on Political Realities. This hiatus has not been because I haven’t been paying attention to what has been happening in the world. It is also not indicative of a lack of concern I feel for what I see going on. I simply have been busy taking care of other priorities, some of which have been neglected during the five plus years I have written this blog. That being said, some things can not be ignored. It is fitting that this next post is about the terror that seems to be inherent in all things Islam. That terror can not be ignored.
As I was browsing through some of the blogs I still read almost → Read More