America In The Crucible.

The farther I try to stay from conspiracy theories, the more they seem to present themselves to me. Or perhaps I’m a little more curious than the average… Lord knows I used to drive my grandparents, and any available adult, crazy with questions. It’s led to a lifetime study of history and the traditions that have made America the shining beacon of freedom to the world that it is.

Not a bad avocation this, proclaiming the truth of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and our Bill of Rights. It’s just that sometimes the urgency of it all, amongst all the purposeful misinformation out there, makes things difficult to discern and put into place with any certainty. Yet we persist. We stand for liberty and freedom, and unequivocally state the truths to be found there to be self-evident. This is the standard we flock to. This is the American Patriot Movement.

That our country has been under assault is not up for question. And here’s where I start tangling with my dislike for conspiracy theories. A recent report by financial analyst Kevin Freeman, funded by the Pentagon, stated his belief that America is, and has been, under a carefully planned and executed three-phase economic assault.

It’s a report that’s easy to ignore. After all, Mr Freeman does not cite a single fact or figure in his report except in relation to dates. His initial premise is that the 2008 crash was the result of outside players ‘tipping the cow’, with a horrendously upside-down mortgage market driven by greedy loan merchants looking to take advantage of the little guy. No! It was your US government and its symbiont, the DeMarxist party.

But it was an inside job and we’ve talked about those players often enough. In a sane world, every one of them would be in the Grey Bar Hotel. I think the 2008 mortgage crisis put into action plans that had been long in the making.

I think Mr Freeman is right. Part of what makes me lean towards belief is the rapidity of the left’s assault on him. My only suggestion to Mr Freeman would be that you didn’t go far enough with it.

I see geopolitical events, going back to the Vietnam war, as being the long-prepared bed upon which this immense and multi-faceted assault on America was planted. As Freeman points out, there’s an external enemies list with all kinds of desperados, big and small, on it who would just love to stick it to us… and thanks to the incredibly weak, ineffectual ideologue Barack Hussein Obama, many of them are doing it to us right now.

Others are waiting in line. We don’t have to look very far beyond our borders to find an enemy, either. As a matter of fact, we don’t have very far to go at all. The left, in all of its manifestations, has been an active fifth column in this country for far, far too long. We’ve woken up to it as a country without a moment to spare.

The left can only blame itself. This last two years of the reign of Hussein the First (and Last) has lifted the torpor of the American people and exposed the left, in all its devious and lying glory, to the citizens of this country. This subject is really too big for one article so I’ll keep on developing it, but I have a feeling that this is not the last we are going to hear regarding this and other ancillary reports as they come in.

We’re fighting a war. We’re fighting it with the Marxist enemy within and the Islamo-Fascists without… to say nothing of the Chinese and the Russians, both of whom are more than capable of mischief on their own.

What is becoming apparent is that the battle for America has shifted to the unions’ assaults against meaningful reform, as they attack lawmakers and patriots alike… practicing their leader’s ‘new tone’. The unions aren’t going to like the push back that’s coming behind this. As Drudge would say… developing…

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

These Are Perilous Times.

I’m pretty certain that every bad actor worldwide is watching Obama’s fumbling mismanagement of the affairs of our nation, looking for every weakness, every security lapse, every leak. As recent events have shown us, that can be considerable.

I won’t belabor the security angle… its glaring inadequacies are not only apparent to most of us, but are a major irritant besides. It’s the proverbial burr under the saddle that drives every patriot nuts, just thinking about the thousands of middle eastern jihad types that won’t ever have to run the gauntlet of the cretins at the TSA, like US citizens are being subjected to.

Obama’s boondoggles are legion and their cumulative effect will not be known for years yet. The palpable, visible evidence of the DeMarxist death march through our economy are all around us. Our enemies gather while Obama and his socialist cabal secretly, and not so secretly, do everything they possibly can to weaken this country in the face of the threat we face, in a world seemingly gone mad and at the brink of conflagration.

A liberal-infiltrated, politicized Pentagon has just proven how far they will go to forward ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’. To show you the severity of the issue, several high ranking officers have notified the PC chair-warmers that such a change would have a negative effect on combat effectiveness. Had the Pentagon taken their ‘poll’ from combat line troops, instead of the local gay bars around DC, they’d have gotten a far different result.

The ‘Dream Act’ is another attack on this country, its citizens and our Constitution. The DeMarxists are in a paroxysm of desperate activity to see their agenda, or what’s left of it, pass by Jan 1. Do we want to be labeled the party of ‘No’… oh hell, yes!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Truth Or Consequences.

Truth… a rare creature seldom seen near our nation’s Capitol. Watching the massive assault which has been launched against this nation is just mind boggling. We have the Marxist Democrat Congress, a defeated lame-duck Congress, attempting to ram through every single item they had left on their wish list before the Conservatives take over in January.

They’re not having great success up to this point and President Obama worked out a ‘compromise’ with the Republicans. People speak: He got his clock cleaned and the unemployment bone they tossed him won’t hide that.

His administration cannot manage the country. Obama’s entire government is a security nightmare on every single level. He himself could never have passed a security clearance, had one been run. Someone, somewhere, has a dossier on our glorious leader, or maybe several. Remember the Clintons combing through hundreds of confidential FBI files that just magically ‘appeared’ at the White House?

The Clinton White House was full of leaks also. Irresponsible, criminal release of confidential and secret materials has cost this country huge amounts of treasure, but far worse than that, it has cost us irreplaceable human assets. It’s usually done by ‘unnamed’ sources that feed the slavish lame stream media, generally timed to do the maximum amount of damage to our intelligence capacity.

This Obama White House has taken lapsed security and leaking information to new heights of irresponsibility. How was a lowly PFC able to access as much information as was alleged, ‘intelligence analyst’ or not? A PFC is the second lowliest form of life in the army’s hierarchy. What was this individual doing that permitted him to access so much information without supervision?

It’s tough to realize that security has slipped since my active Marine days… things today appear pretty sloppy by comparison. What I think is that the Pentagon and our national security apparatus had better do a real strip search… our State Department didn’t get the name “Foggy Bottom” for nothing. It’s long been home to leftist activists. I, and other writers who are drawn to these things like moths to light, have been concerned at what we saw as a definite politicizing of the Pentagon and the definite and not favorable effect it’s had on our combat troops.

These politically protected leftists need to be replaced. Left to spread their corruption, these people do terrible damage to the spirit and combat readiness of US forces. Just look at the Pentagon this last week, proclaiming a supposed ‘poll’ taken amongst US troops about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, supposedly overwhelmingly in favor of the law’s repeal. Horseradish… that poll was as phony as the Pentagon itself has become… with far too many senior officers willing to sell their men out for the rewards of political correctness.

Maybe the shakedown needs to start at the top.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Don’t Do It!

We’ve heard a lot of out and out B.S. about this. Let me put it as plainly and succinctly as I can. No one in a combat line outfit wants to be in a situation where he would have to serve with an openly gay person. You can cut out all the feel-good, touchy-feely crap about gays just wanting to serve their country too. Most gays are attracted to the military because there are a lot of healthy young men and women living in close proximity, in what can only be described as forced intimacy.

We all know there have been gays in the military from day one, but the military strictures against homosexual activity are severe and are there for very good reasons. They prevent, for one thing, the sexual predation of enlisted by higher ranks, from which they would have little or no defense. I have talked to people who have had such experiences. In the military you just don’t go around complaining about a higher rank. It has a tendency to make your military career miserable and short.

Opposing Views On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - Admiral Michael Mullen and John McCain.

There are conflicting themes here…the one the military and the government want out there and the day-to-day reality of life in the military. When I was in the United States Marine Corps I was in what was then called the Fleet Marine Force. I was in a combat line outfit. You live in a squad bay (barracks) in close proximity with about thirty other men. It’s a pretty tight-knit group of guys. There are always rumors too. Many times the ’scuttlebutt’ mill would be surprisingly accurate, we would know about an impending operation or movement long before the actual orders would be issued.

There were other rumors too. There was always a story or two about one guy or another, but nothing anyone could prove… not often anyway. These people were always looked on with suspicion. The last thing anyone in a line outfit wanted to know was that the guy in the shower next to him was making calves eyes at him. Speaking for myself, the last thing I’d want to be concerned with was that the guy you were with in a fighting hole, depending on for your life for, was more interested in your equipment than the rifle he held to kill the enemy.

We know that the gays and gay advocates are highly placed throughout the government and the Pentagon and that an attitude of political correctness has invaded the highest ranks of our military, fostered in part by our weak and insipid Commander-in-Chief. There is no Constitutional right to service in the military of the United States of America. If there is a right at all, it is of the military services to be very discriminatory, based on the nature of the mission.

We need to let our ultra dense leaders in Washington know that gay advocacy has no place in our military, or in government at all for that matter. It only further serves to weaken and divide us at a time in our history when we need all of our strength. Gays have all the freedom they could want in our society. There is no reason at all for creating a protected class, thereby partitioning them from criticism for a lifestyle most Americans find repugnant.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010


Worst argument for socialized medicine. Ever

I know there's a lot of competition in what is the worst reason to eliminate competition from the health care sector, but I think we have a winner.


Megan McArdle's piece on why she opposes national health care got deservedly wide coverage, and provoked some generally limp objections, such as this offering from Ezra Klein:

For all its waste, elevating the U.S. government to sole purchaser seems to ensure a much-higher rate of military technology innovation than if we left it to the private sector.

How does this remotely make any sense? The reason the government is the sole purchaser of laser-guided 500 lbs bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles is that we don't allow civilians to lob them around at each other. There is no private market for such military technology, unlike for Lipitor or Viagra. Utterly ridiculous

Is the argument the Left is now making is that we need to make civilian health care as cost-effective as Pentagon weapon procurement?  Hello, let's let the folks who gave us $700 hammers get into the bandage business.

 Indeed, one of the shills for socialized medicine once used the Pentagon as a poster child for waste.  And the Center for American Progress, one of Klein's soulmates,decried the program we've used to buy weapons.  So the same system that was utterly broken for the Pentagon prior to Obama is the way to reform health care under Obama? 

Hello? I'm a mick lawyer from deepest suburbia, not someone like Klein who is kingpin of Jornolist and part of the Beltway Brain Trust, but Talking Heads described this whole concept about the time Klein was born.    

Even if you thought these folks made sense before, they sure aren't now that they are in charge.

And Ezra, you know, most of the stuff in this movie happened about the time you were in utero or slurping down formula, and the Pentagon had nothing to do with it.   Innovation? No government bureaucracy to be found here.

Maybe in Klein's future the NEA will be distributing posters "Wouldn't be great if the schools got all the money they needed and they had a bake sale to buy an MRI machine"

GOTV: Past, Present & Future

Promoted and bumped. -Patrick

I've been involved with many facets of many different types of campaigns: local school board, city council, state legislature, statewide gubernatorial, congressional, ballot initiative, and in-state presidential organizations. When I occassionally speak at campaign management and organization seminars, I am often asked the question: what is the most important part of the campaign? That question is so hard to answer because (1) campaigns are short-term "fire-fighting" operations as much as they are long-term strategic organziations, and (2) each part of the campaign (or at least a good campaign) is interconnected.

Yes, most of the money that gets spent is on paid media, and some will say that because of this, fundraising is the most important facet. While I don't disagree, something that I focus a lot of my attention on is GOTV efforts, a low-cost and high-importance category that has to be planned from the very beginning of the campaign but is executed in the last 72 hours.

So here are a few items of interest that all deal with GOTV efforts:

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