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WORDS HAVE MEANINGS – TODAY’S WORD: “SEDITION”

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 24, 2010

Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick

So, let’s see … the fantasy of a well-know New York Times columnist is that America, for just one day, should become like China. Whether that includes the denial of even the most basic human rights, the cultivation of organ farms, or the elimination of 60 million humans is unclear. Maybe the columnist, Thomas Friedman, only meant the really cool parts of China.

And it’s funny how an Obama dictatorship, as suggested by Woody Allen, appeals to him as much as it does, when so many like him are quick to pull out their Nazi cards in criticizing the supposed overreach of conservatives into our everyday lives. Whether that means that only the more appealing and family-friendly characteristics of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao would be harnessed by the Messiah is unknown at this time, but if nothing else, such thinking will continue to pass as intellectual and deeply nuanced.

And it’s funny how libs are quick to cheapen language by comparing the American “heath care crisis” to the Holocaust, for example. Or call those who defend the traditional definition of marriage as homophobes. Or come up with a veritable rainbow of “rape” to help regretful young women deal with indiscretions the morning after. Or call those who oppose Barack Obama racist.

In fact, to oppose Barack Obama doesn’t just mean one is a bigot anymore.

No, sir.

According to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Obama critics are almost at the level of “sedition.”

No, really.

From MyFox Boston:

Gov. Deval Patrick says national Republicans are bordering on “sedition” as they oppose his good friend and fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama. Patrick decried criticism of his own governing efforts on Monday during a forum for students at Suffolk University’s Rappaport Center.

But he says that “seems like child’s play compared to what’s going on in Washington.” He said partisanship in the capital “is almost at the level of sedition,” or bordering on insurrection.

Mocking Republicans, he says, “If the president says ‘up,’ we will say ‘down.'”

Later, the governor sloughed off his own sedition comment, calling it a “rhetorical flourish.”

It’s funny how often Democrats have to come back and retract, redefine, restate or apologize for the things they say. Fortunately for them, all they have to do is say they were speaking off the cuff, or trying to make a complex point, or illustrating something that is far too multifaceted and easy to misunderstand, and all is once again well.

Just curious … Are conservatives capable of “rhetorical flourishes?” Rand Paul, anyone?

And incidentally, if the President actually said, did or stood for something that is consistent with our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, or actually behaved like he knew what was in the Constitution of the United States, he’d have more supporters from the right … and, for that matter, the center.

If the President says, “up,” we say, “you mean our taxes and debt?”

Does Governor Duval actually know what the word ‘sedition” means? Has he any concept of how serious a term that is?

Sedition, by definition, encourages the overthrow, or insurrection, of a lawful authority, like a government. It isn’t as serious as treason – which is the actual attempt to destabilize and/or overthrow the government – but it is the act of encouraging such an undertaking.

No one in the Tea Party movement, no prominent conservative, nor any Republican elected official – repeat no one – has ever suggested or hinted that Barack Obama’s administration should be removed from power in any way other than the method outlined in the Constitution of the United States.

As Hillary Clinton famously screeched: “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. And we should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

From Boston.com:

In a statement released a few hours after his comments were posted on Boston.com and other websites, the chairwoman of the state Republican Party criticized Patrick.

“Apparently our First Amendment rights are only guaranteed if we agree with the tax-and-spend policies of Deval Patrick and Barack Obama,” Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the state GOP, said.

She added, “the governor should focus on the critical issues at hand, like (lowering) property taxes and controlling rampant spending, instead of defending his buddy President Obama.”

It sure would be nice if one – just one – Democrat stopped making it his or her life’s mission to stand up and defend this President and do a little defending of the United States of America.

They would, of course, need Felipe Calderon’s permission first.

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THE FIDDLERS FIVE

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 3, 2009

i can carry it in my suitcase

Paterson: I can carry it home in my suitcase

Five Governors – all Democrats – are asking that the federal government provide a thousand billion dollars to the fifty states (that’s a trillion dollars for those of you educated in public school) to help pay for “education, welfare and infrastructure.”

The Obamacratic trinity.

According to New York Governor David Paterson – one of the five Governors pressing for the big T – forty-three states are running deficits totaling $100 billion (So, naturally, an extra $900 billion seems perfectly reasonable).

Lookout taxpayers … blue state grab-hands are on the way.

As I have written about and lamented extensively since Bailout America hit the big stage, we could very well see hard working taxpayers in a Rocky Mountain state, say Wyoming, being hit up for tax dollars to help support people living in public housing in Coney Island, Brooklyn … or a shoe-store owner in Meridian, Mississippi paying more so that money can be poured into failing public schools in Milwaukee or Chicago or anyplace where the tax-dollar-per-student ratio is embarrassingly (and unproductively) high … or warehouse workers in Oklahoma watching their tax burden jump a bit so that public schools in Boston can feed breakfast to kids who should be eating at home.

For those of you who feel you’ve seen this movie before, you have. It bears repeating, however, because the invention has yet to be developed that can measure the level of absurdity associated with every aspect of this bailout disaster. People from all over the star-spangled map will quite literally see their taxes rise (as will generation after generation to come) so that Washington, D.C. can collect it all before shipping it right back out disproportionately to outstretched hands.

And where do you think most of it will wind up?

Inner cities?

Failing school districts?

Consider that New York’s budget deficit alone is over $15 billion! (So, of course, the logical answer is to tap taxpayers in the other 49 states).

Now that’s the America we sing about around the campfire!

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (did I mention he was a Democrat?) summed it up as well as anyone when he said, “It’s clear that the federal government needs to step in and jump-start the economy.”

Good, Deval.

John Hurdle at Reuters writes:

The latest package calls for $350 billion to create jobs by building or repairing roads, bridges and other public works; $250 billion to maintain education; and another $250 billion in “counter-cyclical” spending such as extending unemployment benefits and food stamps, which are typically a responsibility of the states.

The remainder would be used to fund middle-class tax cuts, stimulate the embattled housing market, and stem the tide of home foreclosures through a loan-modification program.

Middle Class tax cuts?

Is that old thing still around? Wow, that brings me back to the golden days of the 2008 campaign.

I haven’t written about redistribution of wealth since just before Thanksgiving.  

Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey said he hoped some of the $700 billion authorized by Congress in the Troubled Asset Relief Program would be available to help the housing market.

Of course, he did.

But fear not … there are some on our side speaking up.

The Republican Governors Association, however, said the level of federal aid being sought would create a burden for the future.

“The proposal by the Democratic governors goes beyond things like ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects and is essentially a bailout of these states’ general funds,” Nick Ayers, executive director of the Republican Governors Association, said in a statement. “Now is the time to focus on finding cost-effective ways to provide essential services without burdening future generations with ever greater debt.”

The entire “shovel-ready” infrastructure proposal always sounded like political double-speak to me. (Imagine that). Am I to assume that everyone out of work due to the down economy will know how to operate the “shovels” (along with everything else) needed to get these projects going?

And don’t forget the money needed to conduct the séances summoning the spirit of FDR during this resuscitation of the “New Deal.”

That’ll be huge.

 

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