Showing posts from March, 2011

Senator Rand Paul's Response to Obama... Right On!

by; Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservativism Rand Paul gets no argument from this quarter. In fact he receives deservedly high marks for his reasoned response to President Obama's rationalizations for his decision to intervene in the Libyan civil war. Senator Paul is looking awfully nuanced here. What say you? Via: Memeorandum

The Eye Of "The Newt"

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Maybe this guy will just go away? Probably not. We in the real conservative/Libertarian movement couldn't be so lucky. The Newt will likely stick around awhile to stir up the ultra conservative religious right into a frenzy. I'm thinking this guy never really understood the founding fathers position with respect to religion mixing with politics. Sure, I have done my share of offering rational warnings with respect to the dangers "Extreme Islam" presents our country. I stand by them and will continue to do my best to keep the issue open for rational discussion. Having said this I also clearly see the dangers in any irrational or extremist positions in any religion. And that includes Christianity. So yes, I am beginning to see danger points within the ultra conservative religious based Christian political movement. Something our founding fathers fully understood, and in fact took great ef

Obama's Intervention Justification Speech

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism As Obama rhetorically searches for ways to justify his interventionist policy with respect to the Libyan civil war he leaves the stage without having done so. As POLITICO points out, he defined the "Obama Doctrine." Except...  for its glaring inconsistencies, it really isn't a Doctrine at all. Just a President trying to "Look Presidential." Excerpts from the article: Obama admitted that he militarily intervened in Libya even though America was not at any risk. “There will be times…when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and values are,” he said. And that is why we are fighting in Libya. Our interest is to have a stable world and our values are to promote democracy and to prevent a “massacre” in Libya and “violence on a horrific scale.” “We must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms: ou

The Coming Of The "Mahdi"

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism From CBN NEWS : 'Prophetic' Signs' The ongoing upheavals in other Middle Eastern countries like Yemen and Egypt--including the rise of the Muslim Brotherood -- are also analyzed as prophetic signs that the Mahdi is near -- so is the current poor health of the king of Saudi Arabia, an Iranian rival. "Isn't the presence of Abdullah, his illness, and his uncertain condition, great news for those anxious for the coming?" asks the narrator. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Iran's terrorist proxy Hezbollah, are hailed as pivotal end times players, whose rise was predicted in Islamic scriptures. The same goes for Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, who the video says will conquer Jerusalem prior to the Mahdi's coming. "I think it's a very grave development," Mideast expert Joel Rosenberg, author of The T

For the Classic Car Lover

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism If you like cars you are gong to love this video! Classic car lovers enjoy! h/t: A loyal Rational Nation USA follower.

Exactly Who is Obama?

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Shocking Admission. Or maybe Not : Excerpts from American Thinker : Unprompted, Ayers also noted that while Dreams deserves its praise, Obama's second opus, Audacity of Hope, is "more of a political hack book." Not surprisingly, Ayers retreated into irony as he ended the session. "Yeah, yeah," he said after confirming again that he wrote Dreams, "And if you help me prove it, I'll split the royalties with you. Thank you very much." With his final comment, the Ayers-friendly audience laughed in relief. The media will laugh nervously upon seeing the video as well. The White House will not. You my fellow Patriotic Americans be the judge of our Presidents character and political compass. Via:  Memeorandum

Harry Reid and the Continuing Push for the Progressive One World Order

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism ? More from a sad excuse of a United States Senator. And yet this buffoon is the Senate  Majority Leader. Consider the following excerpt from The Hill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to ditch members of the Tea Party and cut a deal with Democrats to avert a government shutdown. Reid insisted it is those GOP internal divisions that are threatening to shut down the government after April 8, in less than two weeks. “For the sake of our economy, it’s time for mainstream Republicans to stand up to the Tea Party and rejoin Democrats at the table to negotiate a responsible solution that cuts spending while protecting jobs," he said. For sure the real, yet carefully disguised effort is to shut down any opposing big government and One World Order dissenting v\iews. Therefore I say... Tea Party Go For It! Read the rest here . View the video

Contrary To Progressive Thinking There is Wisdom From the Past

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplae of Independent Conservatism The more things change the more they stay the same. Or so it seems. Thomas Paine, a common man and yet a great thinker seems to have had it about right. And just imagine, as far back as 1791. "If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute." --Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 Okay, go ahead progressives, refute the wisdom herein presented.

More From the Inconsistent Left... Just What Are Their Values?

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism The hypocrisy of the left continues to amaze. From Bloomberg . Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. won’t enter into the internal conflict in Syria the way it has in Libya. “No,” Clinton said, when asked on the CBS “Face the Nation” program if the U.S. would intervene in Syria’s unrest. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s security forces clashed with protesters in several cities yesterday after his promises of freedoms and pay increases failed to prevent dissent from spreading across the country. Clinton said the elements that led to intervention in Libya -- international condemnation, an Arab League call for action, a United Nations Security Council resolution -- are “not going to happen” with Syria, in part because members of the U.S. Congress from both parties say they believe Assad is “a reformer.” “What’s been happening there the last few weeks is deeply concerning, but there’s a dif

England Gone Irrational

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservativism The world is indeed upside down. The reliance on government to do everything for the people, even that which they ought to be doing for themselves, has become such a part of the modern English culture it has turned violent. As can be seen in the following video clip the the once proud and reserved English have seemed to have lost their ability to reason. I guess once addicted to the candy store of Leviathan government and it's socialist handouts it is difficult to face a different and stark reality. h/t The Telegraph : Could the United States be next? Being somewhat a realist I would say there is a good possibility we will. Only time will tell. More coverage on the uprising over governments budget cuts in Briton . Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel Via: Memeorandum

A Classic Jazz Tune

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Again I find myself on a late Saturday night, following a fine dinning experience and an incredibly good Portuguese wine, contemplating the political events of this past week. The exercise at best has me scratching my balding head. For there is no rational explanation for Barrack Hussein Obama, Newt Gingrich, or the rest of the political hacks be they republican or democrat. So I hope you will forgive me for my momentary inability to offer my usual political insight and reasoned independent conservative commentary. In its place I offer an American Jazz Classic performed by Miles Davis in his 1958 rendition of the Gershwin tune Summertime. Listening to great jazz sure beats politics! Well, sometimes anyway.

Reconsidering Modern Realities... or Not

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism I am first and foremost an avowed believer in the American Capitalist system as it once was. A system responsible for creating the greatest wealth the modern world has ever known. A system that created a nation of wealth (the USA)able to assist Europe and Japan in rebuilding their devastated infrastructure following the close of World War III. A nation responsible for the outpouring of the greatest foreign aid globally than ever seen bore in the annals of human civilization. A system that Ayn Rand understood needed to be unfettered by government interference or by business seeking special consideration either through subsidies or special tax "considerations" or favorable treatment. In other words in a true capitalist economy there would exist no such term as " to big to fail ." The very fact our national leaders have accepted, and pushed this misguided notion on the American people shou

Libyan Rebel Fighters Have Links to al Qaeda

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Having made my position clear the Obama administrations interventionist policy with respect to Libya was wrong on ethical grounds, new information confirming the leader of the so called "rebel" forces spent time in Afghanistan fighting against the U.S.A. gives additional reasons to question Obama's decision. In fact I believe it gives reason to question his sanity. Reporting in The Telegraph : In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited "around 25" men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are "today are on the front lines in Adjabiya". Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters "are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists," but added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader". His

G.E Turns a 14.2 Billion Dollar Profit... Claims a 3.2 Billion Dollar Tax Credit!

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism I am all for business organizations turning a healthy profit. We should all be in favor of this because profitable businesses generally create jobs that employ people, thus enriching lives. A case can be made that profitable organizations ought to pay a "fair" share of their profits (gross revenue less legitimate business and operating expenses) to help support the infrastructure and financial stability of the country they call home. It is just a tad disturbing {even for an avowed capitalist like myself} when I read about the phenomenal profits of G.E., 14.2 billion dollars, and at the same time find out they claimed a 3.2 billion dollar tax credit! There is something very wrong with this picture. It reeks of special privilege secured by very aggressive lobbying tactics, and a tax code that is antiquated, burdensome, and is rife with loopholes and unjustified tax breaks for corporations and

The Hearing On Muslim Extremists and Protecting Civil Rights

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservative House Republicans under the leadership of Representative Peter King (R-NY) held the first in what he anticipates to be a series of hearings examining the potential dangers of radical Islam and radicalized American Muslims. The hearings are a prudent and necessary activity given the realities of our modern world. In response to the hearings being held by the House of Representatives Senate Democrats are responding with meetings of their own following their return from a ten day vacation recess. The Senate meetings will focus on what is perceived to be a spoke in anti Muslim bigotry, and to examine Muslim's civil rights. The debate about exactly what constitutes Anti Muslim bigotry, as well as the debate on the impact radicalized Muslims residing in American have on our society and it's wellbeing is worth having. This nation must come to terms with how to handle radical Islam on our shores as we

Majority of Americans Support Military Intervention

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism It's official. Americans, by a 68% majority favor our nation acting irrationally and irresponsibly. The overwhelming support for our  unjustified and unethical interventionist military action against the sovereign state of Libya is most troubling. It puts us in a third theater of war and increases the likelihood of fostering ever greater hatred by the Arab world for the Untied States. Make no mistake, when Arabs die because of an errant bomb, or missile, or whatever, we will get all the blame the wackos in the Arab world can throw at us. History can be a great indicator of future possibilities. First it would be advisable to consider what constitutes an ethical and moral justification for military action. The sort answer is... The only justification for the use of military force by one nation against another is in response to an unprovoked act of aggression.  In considering the decision for our act

Ex SEUI Official Reveals Secret Plan to Destabilize the US Economy

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism It is shocking the degree some inside the leftist SEUIU would apparently go to in an attempt to destabilize the American economy and crash financial markets. And all for for the purpose of redistributing wealth. The hatred the progressive left has for American capitalism, without understanding, or even attempting to understand its power for good and to create economic growth, is astounding. Rather than attempting to destroy capitalism unions ought to be working to reform American capitalism into a true Randian capitalist model. Excerpts from Business Insider : A former official of one of the country's most-powerful unions, SEIU, has a secret plan to "destabilize" the country. The plan is designed to destroy JP Morgan, nuke the stock market, and weaken Wall Street's grip on power, thus creating the conditions necessary for a redistribution of wealth and a change in government. The f

And We Have Forgotten What?

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Something from a more enlightened and intellectual past. " If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior." --James Madison, Federalist No. 39

The True Anti War Advocates

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism As an independent conservative the Editor in Chief of Rational Nation USA believes it is past time to revisit the origins of the "anti war" movement in America. As we move forward keep in mind it was the Conservatives of prior era's that were the true anti war advocates.  During the Vietnam War era of American history the progressives, recognizing the American public sentiment against the Vietnam war, belatedly jumped on board. Every since the 1960s the progressives have, disingenuously , been claiming the anti war mantra as their own. To be a true conservative today, which put another way is to say a classical liberal in the vein of our founding fathers, is to be opposed to interventionist foreign policy. And make now mistake, the incursion into Libyan's domestic affairs is exactly an act of interventionist policy that our founding fathers would have been adamantly opposed, irrespec

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) - Another Idiot

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Here is just one more reason why Speaker of The House Boehner has to go. A RINO, and a full bona fide member of the one World Order Mentality, as well as a supporter of the Military Industrial Complex, he is in full support of the intervention into Libya's internal affairs. At a huge cost to the already bankrupt American Treasury and taxpayer. So much for conservative bona fides. Read his statement below. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the situation in Libya: “The United States has a moral obligation to stand with those who seek freedom from oppression and self-government for their people. It’s unacceptable and outrageous for Qadhafi to attack his own people, and the violence must stop. “The President is the commander-in-chief, but the Administration has a responsibility to define for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Li

To the Idiots of the Arab League From Rational Nation - Piss Off!!

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Perhaps if we were a rational nation {world} we would tell the entire Arab world to go piss off! First the idiots ask for the help of the west {which we have no business providing in Libya in the first place} and then they criticize the very help they ask for. DUH! I guess they have another agenda in mind. Perhaps one day we in the west will figure it out. The story as reported by The Associated Press : The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths. The Arab League's support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also "all necessary measures" to protect civilians. Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed. Moussa has told reporters Sunday that "what happened differs from the no-f

A Rational and Ethical Outlook on the Libyan Situation

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism 2011, and once again we see a progressive President Obama, with the help I might add of many RINO conservatives like Senator McCain et all, willing to pursue an interventionist policy towards the state of Libya. A decision which is inconsistent with conservative principles. Principles based on the founding fathers wisdom of "avoiding foreign entanglements", and extolled by conservatives such as Senator Robert Taft of an earlier era when conservatives were conservatives.. I could go on about the only justification for military action being an act of aggression against a nation and its people yet once again. However, fellow blogger and friend Wes Messamore who blogs at The Humble Libertarian  put out the following video/audio on the subject. His presentation is spot on. I am certain he won't mind my sharing it with the readers of Rational Nation USA . View It Here : Conservative have

France Strikes Libya; U.S. Prepared to Launch Missile Attack

by the Left Coast Rebel I awoke this morning to news reels spinning with images of a downed fighter jet in Libya. Shot straight out of the sky, one can clearly see the pilot eject as the fighter jet explodes into a giant fireball, smashing into the ground. As I wiped the sleep from my eyes, I didn't know if it was a coalition war plane or Libyan and the context involved. It was Qadaffi's: Things moved quickly in Libya overnight with France launching the initial strike and America prepping for a missile launch as well. Just what we need right now, another war, right? The New York Times is reporting: PARIS — American, European and Arab leaders began the largest international military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq on Saturday, in an effort to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi ’s war on the Libyan opposition. Leaders meeting in Paris on Saturday afternoon said direct strikes against Libyan government forces, as approved by the United Nations Security Coun

Ron Paul Telling It Like It Is

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) again making the case to get the hell out of Afghanistan. When GWB took us into Afghanistan following the attack'a of 911 he was justified in doing so. Ten years later, with additional loss of American live and nearly a trillion dollars spent, there is no justification for the United States military to be in Afghanistan any longer. The only justification for war is an unprovoked act of aggression against a nation and it's people. GWB responded to such an attack on our people on American soil after 911. We are there now for... well, I cannot think of even one rational reason. Ron Paul rightfully mocks the so called fiscal conservatives in congress for their rapid actions to defund NPR which may save 10 million dollars. Now don't get me wrong, I am all for the defunding of NPR. The federal government has no business funding any news outlet. Rep. Paul's point

Locomotive Breath and the Obama Train Wreck

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism After a long hard night at the plant I decided to listen to Jethro Tull, one of my all time favorite artists to relax and contemplate the weekend. When Locomotive Breath, a favorite of mine back in "69" and "70" came on I found myself thinking that it was somewhat prophetic. Mind you I said somewhat, and in a fiscal sense. Without further ado I present for your listening pleasure (or not) Locomotive Breath. Reminds me of Obama with his freight train of spending.... WAY out of control. Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel

Heather Higginbottom, Obama's OMB Nominee Acknowledges Obama's 2012 Budget Doesn't Reduce Debt

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism President Obama's nominee for the position of deputy director of the OMB buckled under questioning by Senator Sessions (R-AL) during the Senate Budget committee hearings this past Thursday. Unable to defend statements by Obama and OMB Director Jacob Lew she acknowledged that the President's 2012 budget in fact does not pay down our nation's debt. From The Daily Caller : President Obama’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) tried, but failed to defend the proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 in a Senate Budget Committee hearing Thursday afternoon. Obama’s nominee, Heather Higginbottom, crumbled under questioning from Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, ranking member of the committee, about the accuracy of statements the president and OMB Director Jacob Lew have made that the proposed budget will not add to the national debt. The more than six-m

Libya : Is War Imminent?

by: Les Carpenter Rational Nation USA Birthplace of Independent Conservatism Following  weeks of dithering on just what to do in response to Muammar al-Qaddafi's crackdown on Libyan rebels, President Obama appears to be gearing up for war . Now that the United Nation Security Council has passed a resolution giving the green light to the use of military force to protect Libyan civilians Obama apparently feels he has the cover he needs to respond militarily. Excerpts from FP : Several administration officials held a classified briefing for all senators on Thursday afternoon in the bowels of the Capitol building, leaving lawmakers convinced President Barack Obama is ready to attack Libya but wondering if it isn't too late to help the rebels there. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns led the briefing and was accompanied by Alan Pino, National Intelligence Officer for the Near East, Gen. John Landry, National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues, N