The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
"When I hear the question, “How are you going to use your power?” this is the real challenge. One of the things that concerns me is that the left is doing a pretty good job of insulating themselves from election results. They own universities. The faculty, the administration, the curriculum, they own it. They own who gets in through affirmative action, racial preferences, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. They pretty much control the judiciary, the legal system. The media is another. In terms of nationwide Big Media, the left has it, and they're not subject to who wins elections. College campi, faculty and curricula are not subject to who wins elections. The legal system -- other than the appointments of certain judges -- and lawyers out there, public interest lawyers, ACLU type lawyers, are not subject to who wins elections.
So even when they lose elections, they still control the bureaucracies at state, the CIA, and the Pentagon. These are Clinton holdovers, career liberals who target those jobs for the express purpose of controlling government and amassing power. They're there regardless who wins elections. If our side wins, they start undermining it. Take a look at the last five, six years of the Bush administration. All of that is outside the arena of elections. So even when we win, we still have these liberals that are untouchable, that elections don't touch. When we get a president who is undermined by his, quote, unquote, "own administration," that leads people who supported the president who think he runs the whole government to say, "Well, there must be something wrong with this guy if his own people are trying to sabotage him," which is not the case.
So the real question is: What do we do about entrenched liberalism that is out of the reach of elections? That is the next area of important focus. I'm not saying we should take elections lightly. They still matter. Don't misunderstand. I don't know what I can do, for example, about Republicans who win elections and then go to Washington and act like wimps and wusses and refuse to stand up for themselves and refuse to govern on the very concepts they campaigned on, other than vote 'em out, other than get rid of 'em when they won't play the game according to the rules set by the aggressor -- which in war you must. As somebody said earlier today on this program, he's getting tired of the Bush administration turning the cheek, cheek, cheek."
"RUSH: Let me explain this to you. Actually this is a good question, and I'd like for you to change the term. Get rid of "public service." That's one of these Civics 101 terms. You hear a lot of people in public service, “Yeah, I want to do public service. I want to give back to my community.” That's all BS. This is activism, Susan. When liberals join the government, when they join bureaucracies, it is activism. It's not public service. They're not out there doing anything to serve the public. They're doing things out there to control the public. They are attempting to amass power. The reason why I am so upset over people like Scooter Libby (the list is long) is because there are courageous people on our side who are trying to stop them. Ronald Reagan tried to stop them, and he did. Richard Nixon tried. There are any number of them that tried to stop them, and they're willing to take the risks because they, too, believe.
It's not public service. It's about activism on both sides. It's about believing with passion what you think is best for the country and going to the places necessary to make those things possible. In addition to people like Scooter Libby and Cheney and Rumsfeld and all these other people, Condoleezza Rice, who are now public enemy number one, they are there precisely because they are doing what they think is best for the country, and they are trying to stop this encroachment by the left in all these institutions that are out of reach of elections: the courts, the bureaucracies, the agencies, institutions of higher learning. That's why this is serious stuff. That's why Republicans and conservatives are being criminalized simply for being Republicans and conservatives."
"Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called the conference after receiving assurances from two men who may hold the key to the future of Iraq.
One is Lt.-Gen. David Petraeus, who last month took charge of the U.S.-led multinational force. The other is Maj.-Gen. Abboud Qanbar, the Iraqi commander in Baghdad.
The two men have what might be the most difficult task assigned to military commanders in recent history. They have to work with two dysfunctional governments that, in turn, have to fight hostile legislatures and media. They know that well-organized opponents of the new Iraq are determined to portray any setback as proof that the war is lost.
Despite weeks spent under the limelight of congressional and media scrutiny, Petraeus is still regarded as a hard man to read. His Iraqi partner, Qanbar, is even more of an enigma...".
"Where are the Muslim moderates?
That is a question that many in the West have been asking in recent years. Now it’s possible to provide an answer: They’re in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Between March 4 and March 7, the city is hosting the first ever Secular Islam Summit. Organized by the Center for Inquiry Transnational, an organization that promotes “science, reason, free inquiry,” as well as countless activists, the conference features more than two dozen speakers and about two hundred participants with varying religious and political backgrounds and nationalities. It is among the first conferences to bring together Muslim intellectuals for the purpose of discussing the threat of Islamic jihadism and finding secular and liberal expressions of Islam."
"Speaking of carbon offsets and shell games, guess where Gore buys his carbon offsets? Well, he buys them from a firm call Generation Investment Management LLP, a tax-exempt U.S. 501(c)3 corporation. The chairman and co-founder is Al Gore. In other words, he buys his carbon offsets from himself. Others who buy these offset are really buying stock in Gore's growing business. You, too, can green up his portfolio, if not Earth itself.
The number of companies jumping into this market has multiplied. In 2006, at least 60 sold offsets worth about $110 million to consumers in Europe and North America in 2006, up from a dozen firms selling offsets worth $6 million in 2004. That's a lot of green."