Monday, June 27, 2011

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Bachmann’s No “Flake”

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace blew it big time in his interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann when he asked her if she was a “flake.” Bachmann responded, “I think that would be insulting to say something like that because I’m a serious person.” She’s right — it was an insulting question. Here’s the rest of her response:

“I’m 55 years old. I’ve been married 33 years. …I have a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law… My husband and I have raised five kids, we’ve raised 23 foster children. We’ve applied ourselves to education reform. We started a charter school for at-risk kids. I’ve also been a state senator and member of the United States Congress for five years.”

That was an impressive response; however, there are some obvious gaps. For example, I see she has no experience as a community organizer. She has not sat in a church for 20 years where a racist pastor repeatedly condemned America. And when she served in the Minnesota state legislature, she didn’t spend her time ducking the issues and voting “present.” She championed mainstream values like traditional marriage.

To his credit, Wallace apologized for the outrageous question. He is a nice guy, but he made the mistake of internalizing the talking points of the left. Granted, he is a journalist. But too many conservatives do the same thing. They dismiss conservative candidates based on the assumptions of left.

The media and left ridiculed Ronald Reagan as an “amiable dunce.” When they weren’t mocking his supposed lack of intelligence, they accused him of being a dangerous warmonger. The media will savage any candidate who does not share its left-wing worldview. The progressive left will smear any candidate who threatens its power.

But what made Wallace’s question so infuriating is that it should be posed to many leading liberals — especially many media elites! For example, in virtually every interview he does, Barney Frank always looks like he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. He frequently lashes out at interviewers and looks like someone with serious anger management issues.

How about Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann? These men seem to have a very unhealthy obsession with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Why do progressives and fellow journalists tolerate their misogynistic treatment of conservative female candidates? Where is the outrage from the National Organization for Women?

One of the biggest complaints about Bachmann — and one Wallace raised — was her suggestion that some left-wing Democrats in Congress (which at the time included Barack Obama) may be “un-American.”

Whether the media want to recognize it or not, millions of Americans are left scratching their heads when the Senate Democrat Leader publicly declares a war “lost” while our troops are fighting on the battlefield. They are confused by politicians who refer to their fellow citizens as “bitter” and “clinging to guns and faith.”

They resent liberal politicians who compare our soldiers to Nazis and concentration camp guards. They don’t understand why a public figure would spend so much time apologizing for America, rather than defending it, or pursuing policies that seem designed to weaken America, rather than strengthen it.

Many Americans are finding something they like in Michele Bachmann. Last week, a poll found Bachmann running second to Mitt Romney in Florida by a margin of 29% to 22%. And a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday found Romney and Bachmann essentially tied — 23% to 22% — among likely Republican attendees in Iowa’s critical first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Obama’s In

Of course we all know Barack Obama is running for reelection. That is not news. The “news” I’m referring to came Friday when it was announced that President Obama would personally engage in the stalled debt talks. You may recall that Thursday top Republican leaders abandoned the talks led by Vice President Joe Biden over the issue of taxes. Today the president is reportedly meeting with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The media hailed the announcement as some sort of breakthrough, portraying Obama as if he were the only adult in the room. But this is the same president who has repeatedly produced budgets with trillion-dollar deficits.

Democrats claim they are willing to accept $2 trillion in spending cuts. This is largely smoke and mirrors. The overwhelming majority of those cuts is expected to come from savings from the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan. And as we learned earlier this year, Obama is not even willing to cut taxpayer-funding for abortions!

The media is also demanding to know what the GOP is giving up in exchange for these cuts. Republicans are being asked to vote to increase the debt limit. That is what they are giving up, and that ought to be sufficient. But, no, Democrats and the left-wing media think we should also increase taxes, saying we must have more revenue.

Republicans don’t necessarily disagree — they want more revenue for deficit reduction too. But there is a dramatic disagreement between the two sides over the best way to raise it. While Democrats want to increase tax rates so that families lose more out of each paycheck, Republicans want to adopt pro-growth policies that will grow the economy and in the process generate more revenue by creating more jobs.

Defend America — Elect Conservatives!

The U.S. soccer team lost to Mexico Saturday 2-to-4. By most accounts, the U.S. team deserved to lose. They did not play remarkably well and Mexico was clearly the “home” team favorite of the crowd. The American players were booed, the national anthem was interrupted by air horns and the entire post-game interview was conducted in Spanish. What makes this game remarkable is that it was played at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, not Mexico City.

I don’t like to report things that are difficult or impossible for you to influence, and obviously you can’t change the outcome of this game. But if you are disturbed by the anti-American behavior of this crowd, there is something you can do: Vote for conservative candidates!

As I wrote last week, progressive elites are embarrassed by America and by our traditional values. Anti-Americanism is a phenomenon of the left, which is actively trying to undermine our values. Liberal political and media elites are certainly not going to stand up for our values. It’s up to us to elect conservative candidates who will!

Al Gore’s Reproductive Footprint

Al Gore’s climate change hypocrisy knows no bounds.  These days Gore, a father of four, is lecturing families to have fewer children to “stabilize the population” and help avert the climate crisis he continues to warn is imminent.  Gore and the other population doomsayers argue that the planet would be better off with fewer people. You can read more in my weekly Human Events column.

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