Newsletter for Mar. 3, 2010
- American News Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 14, No. 9 March 3, 2010 © 2010- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -ONCE AGAIN -- A SINCERE WORD OF THANKS! Lastweek we suggested that our readers could help in the spread ofthe Christian Conservative viewpoint on current events which weprovide, by sending a note to their friends urging them to subscribe(at absolutely no cost) to this newsletter and commentary. It isobvious that many of you did so -- and we very much appreciateit! Later on in this issue we are reprinting that suggested message,and hope that many more will follow through with the suggestion.Since we have no funds for promotional efforts, the only wayANC can grow is through recommendations from our readers.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *IT'S ALMOST TIME TO GO BACK TO YOGI BERRA'S"IT 'S LIKE DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN" WITHLAST WEEK'S HEADLINE STILL BEING SORELEVANT TO THIS WEEK'S NEWSOur readers will recall that a few weeks ago we cited some ofYogi Berra's most memorable quotes, including "It's like déjàvu all over again." And you will recall also last week's No. 2headline: "Washington is out of touch with, or ignoring theopinions of most of the American people."Last week's "Health Care Summit" -- labeled by InvestorsBusiness Daily as a "Sham Summit," proved the premise ofHeadline No. 2 -- and that conclusion was verified by a pollon the Internet -- the Liberty Poll -- which reported theseresults to the poll question, "Why is President Obama pushingahead with ObamaCare even though the American peoplehave told him to start over?"(1) He doesn't care what the American people think -- 81%(2) He's only trying to retain support of whatever remains ofhis liberal base -- 14%(3) He wants to become as unpopular an ex-president asJimmy Carter -- 3%(40 Don't know -- 2%On the issue of Conservative vs Liberal -- and thereforerelevant to these prevailing facts -- a Washington Post/ABCNews poll discloses that the percentage of self-describedConservatives has increased since the Obama inaugurationin January, while the percentage of self-labeled Liberals hasdiminished. The actual figures: In mid-January 32% claimedto be Conservative and 24% claimed to be Liberal. The newpoll discloses that now 38% claim to be Conservative and20% say they are Liberal.And while we are considering of polls . . . the RasmussenDaily Presidential Rating Index closed out last week withObama's lowest score yet at -21. Only once before, inDecember of 2009, has he achieved such a low score, butfor the past few weeks his score has been stuck in a doubledigit negative range. And the American people also have acontinuing low opinion of the present Democrat controlledCongress; 71% now say Congress is doing a poor job, and81% believe members of Congress are more interested inhelping themselves than in helping the people they represent.To wrap up this brief summary of the views of the Americanpeople, according to a new national poll a majority ofAmericans think the present federal government -- theObama government -- poses a threat to the constitutionalrights of American citizens. 56% of the people questionedin a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey releasedlast week say they think the federal government has becomeso large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat tothe rights and freedoms of ordinary American people."What can we, as Christians, do?" We have always prefacedthe answer to this question by urging that as Christians weshould pray for our president and leaders of our government.This is not a suggestion that we formulated ourselves, but isa direct admonition from Paul in I Tim. 2:1-4 where he urgedthat prayers be offered "for kings, and for all that are inauthority," and for this reason, "that we may lead a quietand peaceable life in all godliness and honesty," And hegave as the justification, that "this is good and acceptablein the sight of God our Saviour."We have received several comments from our readers thatthey found it difficult to pray for our president, and in thatrespect we have always urged that we pray for our leadersto be given wisdom in governing our nation.And so this week we repeat that urging, and also add theother important element that we add action to our prayers,and exercise our privilege to vote for people of characterto replace many who are currently in Congress. Theelection day is Nov. 2 of this year, now just 244 daysaway. On that day every Representative in Congresswill be face election, as will about one-third of Senators.From time to time we have mentioned electoral contestswhich are of interest to our readers in specific states. Tothose names already suggested, here are a few more raceswhich are important, and which merit consideration: InDelaware, Republican Congressman Mike Castle seemsto be leading Democrat Chris Coon; in Colorado, JaneNorton, Republican holds a slight lead over DemocratMichael Bennett. and in North Carolina, RepublicanRichard Burr hopes to hold his seat in the Senate. Aselection day draws closer, we will update some of theimportant choices which voters in various states will have.Side note on health care: Danny Williams, the Premierof Labrador and Newfoundland, had heart surgery thismonth in Florida, choosing to by-pass his country'sstate-run system for American medical care. Many arenow asking the obvious question: "If Canadian governmentsponsored care is so good, why didn't he stay home andbe treated there?" This is being seen as an indictment ofCanada's government-run health-care system and evidencethat America's health-care system remains superior. Onehopes that someone will point this out to Mr. Obama, Ms.Pelosi and Mr. Reid.As we promised in the introduction, here is the suggestedmessage you might like to send to names on your email list . . .and many thanks in advance!"I subscribe to American News Commentary (called "ANC"),a weekly informative and entertaining analysis of current news,politics and opinion on a broad range of topics, as seen from aChristian and Conservative viewpoint, with a strong reliance onconstitutional limits on our government and the promotion oftraditional American values. The subscription is absolutely free.Simply send your request to:Here are few "Others are saying" comments you may notread elsewhere. . .From Pat Buchanan, a one sentence summary of our two wars:"U.S. casualties are rising in Afghanistan even as Iraq'selections, which are to lead to a U.S. withdrawal, appearto be moving that country back toward a Sunni-Shia andArab-Kurd sectarian and civil war."Ronald Kessler: "Obama’s lack of basic executivecompetence should come as no surprise. Beyond his owncampaign and his senatorial office, Obama never rananything."Chris Carmouche (in GrasstopsUSA): "Barack Obama,Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a Kamikaze run. They'regoing to try to force government-run health care down ourthroats and they're even willing to kill their own politicalcareers, Democrat majorities in Congress, and the UnitedStates of America in the process."Christopher Ruddy: "Barack Obama’s “glory days,” asBruce Springsteen might have called them, are quicklybecoming a thing of the past. No president has ever come \into office with so much anticipation — and no presidenthas seen his approval ratings crumble so quickly, at leastas long as such statistics have been kept.Ron Ewart: "Every single definition for the word "folly"fully describes what is transpiring in the great United Statesof America ... Never has a culture worked so hard to tearitself apart. One might think that America and the Americanpeople have a death wish, or are out to commit seppuku. Ifever the phrase "stupid is, as stupid does" was relevant, itsure applies in the case of an America out to do injury toitself. If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny."
And as usual, a few more of the "One Liners" you seemto enjoy, and which we found in our research this week:“This president is a real slow learner.” -- Oscar Goodman,Mayor of Las Vegas"The great virtue of a free market system is that it doesnot care what color people are; it does not care whattheir religion is; it only cares whether they can producesomething you want to buy." -- Milton Friedman"'Change' and 'Corruption' both start with 'c' ... and sodoes 'Congress.' For some reason Congress morereadily embraces the latter over the former 'c' inpractice." -- Paul Jacob“If I had a choice of the Republican Party’s problemsright now or the Democratic Party’s problems, I think youcould triple the Republican Party’s problems and I’d stillrather have their problems than the problems facingDemocrats.” -- Charlie Cook, Editor, Cook Political ReportSome Random Afterthoughts . . .We continue to be impressed and should never forget or"My ardent desire is, and my aim has been... to complystrictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; butto keep the United States free from political connectionswith every other Country. To see that they may beindependent of all, and under the influence of none. Ina word, I want an American character, that the powersof Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves andnot for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way tobe respected abroad and happy at home."-- George Washington, 1775-----------------