Is There A Difference In The Values Of The Two Major Parties

Every time we turn on the news we here questions ask like, “In the wake of the Foley Scandal can the Republicans really call themselves the party of values. In realm of political power you do not judge the values of a party based on what one person does but rather you judge the values based on the actions of the majority of the members of the party in reaction to the misdeeds of one of its members. In any group of millions of people you are going to find a few perverts and people who are corrupt. The question is do the vast majority of people in the group support or protect the behavior or do they condemn it.

Congressman Foley had no choice to resign. He knew that the vast majority of Republicans in congress would not support him. More importantly he knew that that there was no chance the Republicans of his state would support him. The values of the people of his party would not allow that.

In a similar situation when it came out that a homosexual prostitution ring was being run from Democrat Congressman Barney Franks home there was no outcry. In fact all most all Democrats defended him and the Democrats of his state have re-nominated him ever since.

From the day that Bill Clinton announced that he was running for president there were rumors of his having affairs. When it came out in the media that the rumors were true the vast majority of Democrats stood behind him. When a former Miss America claimed to have been forced by Bill Clinton to have sex with him (her words were rapped) the Democrats stood in faithful support. When news article appeared documenting that He used the police men appointed to protect him to use their power to get women to be alone with him no one in the party said anything. When he had sex with an intern they rallied behind him. When he lied about it under oath they defended him. So I assume that Democratic Party values are that it is OK to use your power to seduce women and to lie before a Grand Jury. At least that is what the vast majority of both elected and non-elected Democrats proved.

When Sandy Berger who was Democrat the National Security Advisor during the Clinton Administration. Sandy Berger became the focus of a criminal investigation after he was caught removing highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from the National Archives during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings. Again there was no outcry from Democrats. How can it be that virtually no Democrats voiced out rage at stealing classified documents to cover the actions of the administration that you had belong to? I guess that Democrat values are that it is OK to steel and participate in political cover up.

On Sunday, the June 18, 2000, the headline of the Washington Post read, “Political Dirty Tricks Alleged in Alabama Trial. Two Democrats are on trial in Alabama for bribing a prostitute to claim that Republican Gubernatorial candidate Steve Windom raped her. Steve Windom was elected Governor of Alabama when she confessed. Again in 1998 when this happened there was no outcry from Alabama Democrats or Democrats anywhere else. Seams that the values of the Democrat Party find this acceptable.

On May 16th, 2000 delegates of the New York Democrat convention spat upon the Honor Guard and called them Nazis as the carried the Flag into the convention. No one in the crowd of delegates tried to stop them. Note that these were not anarchists out side, these were Democrat delegates on the floor of the convention. This story was all over the New York Media. Senator Clinton was nominated at this convention. Did she speak out against this? No! Neither did any prominent Democrats. It seams that spitting on New York Policemen and calling them Nazis while they carry the American Flag is an acceptable value in the Democrat party.

There was not out cry among Democrats when the Clinton administration collected over 1200 FBI files of Republicans. They worked in unison to hinder the investigation and defended the Clinton administration vigorously. The Democrats are supposed to be the party that wants to protect privacy. I guess the acceptation is when members of their party break the law and collect private FBI files. The Democrat values must be we respect the privacy of our friends and no one else.

The Democrat Governor of New Jersey, James McGreevey admitted to having a gay affair. Resigned after allegations of sexual harassment, rumors of being blackmailed on top of fundraising investigations and indictments. While he did resign there was a lack of public outrage expressed by fellow Democrats.

In the mid 1990s Democrat Congressman from Illinois, Melvin Reynolds was indited on 17 federal charges and plead guilty to two counts of misuse of public funds. Democrat congressman from Michigan, Charles Diggs JR. was convicted of sexual misconduct and Obstruction of Justice. Again the while the Democrats did not endorse their actions they did not stand up and publicly condemn them either.

As you read this you may not remember many of these stories. The made the news but they got very little coverage. The Media Research Center researched two of these stories. In the three weeks after the Foley story broke the three major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC) had broadcast 153 stories about the Foley Story. Above I mentioned the Melvin Reynolds story. Between the 1994 indictment and 1995 conviction of Melvin Reynolds the tree major networks broadcast a total of 19. Could the difference of 192 stories in three weeks and the 19 stories in a year and half which include both indictments, the trial and the conviction have anything to do with the myriad of surveys that show that 4 of 5 people in the media are registered Democrats.

Another example of the difference between the values of the parties is how they react to domestic terror. There are two major areas of domestic terrorism. One is those acts committed by radical prolife members against abortion clinics and the other are those committed by radical environmentalists and animal rights groups.

Most prolife members belong to or vote for Republicans. Whenever there is an act of violence committed by a prolife extremist there is an instant outcry from Republicans both among the leadership and the rank in files members. The leaders of the prolife movement and all the conservative churches stand up and condemn the actions.

Most members of the environmentalist and animal rights groups belong to or vote for Democrats. Yet when you hear of buildings on college campuses being burned or people assaulted by radical members of these groups you do not hear Democrats coming out and condemning the actions. Neither does the leaders of the environmentalist and animal rights movements.

Another thing to mention in this area is the difference in the amount of extremist between the two groups. Over the past twenty years there have only been a few dozen bombings and fires at abortion clinics and a few doctors assaulted. On the other hand last year alone there was over 100 fires and vandalism on college campuses against buildings where animal research is done and other types of research that these movements oppose. There were thousands of SUVs vandalized and thousands of people assaulted for either driving an SUV or wearing real or fake fur. All of this in only one a year time.

I am happy that everyone I know that considers them selves Republican and all most all Republican leaders condemn Congressman Foleys actions. I think it is ironic that the Democrats suddenly find the values to condemn Congressman Foley. But as you can see from their history this is political maneuvering. Because history shows that if Congressman Foley was a Democrat they would either stand behind him or be silent.

So Yes I do see a major difference

Abe Lincoln – An Extraordinary Leader

Perhaps noted as one of the greatest United States presidents of all time, Abraham Lincoln’s early life may not have reflected his potential greatness. He failed in business. He lost election to the state legislature, Speaker of the House, nomination for Congress, appointment of land officer, U.S. Senate twice and nomination for Vice President. After those eight major failures, Lincoln was elected President of the United States. How many of us would have kept going like Lincoln did?

Many problems that we think of today pale in comparison to what happened in the late 1850’s and middle 1860’s. Lincoln dealt with eleven southern states that had seceded from the Union. Eleven states formed the Confederate States of America during his presidency.

Americans may think that there are divisions among our country today. There was an enormous division during the Civil War era. Americans literally died on both sides of the war: North and South.

There were several key challenges that Lincoln faced as U.S. President:

1. Lincoln was president during the American Civil War, which lasted four years

About five weeks after Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th United States President, the American Civil War began. Lincoln was president when the country was literally falling apart.

Division may exist between families. Unfortunately, some family members may go years without talking to one another. Are problems within families really that terrible compared to the unrest during the Civil War? Some families were divided so much by the war that one son may have fought for the North while another son of the same family fought for the South.

2. The most American casualties happened during the Lincoln Administration

600,000 to 700,000 Americans died in the Civil War. The American Civil War casualties exceed the United States’ losses in all of its other wars from The American Revolution to the present.

Do any of us think that we have such an enormous responsibility? Lincoln had an insurmountable responsibility of having the most American casualties during his term as president. More Americans died from war during Lincoln’s presidency than all of the other American presidents combined.

3. Lincoln suffered from Depression

Lincoln, who lived in the nineteenth century, did not have access to antidepressants, such as Prozac, to take as prescription medication nor could he go to a drug store and purchase St. John’s Wort over the counter.

Lincoln never had the luxury of having access to modern treatments. Lincoln’s job was to deal with a country that was divided by war. At times, your problems may seem as monumental as Lincoln’s struggles, mainly because you are the one who is currently enduring a particular problem. All of us have common and unique problems. Can you imagine if you weren’t so lucky and had limited access to treatments like Lincoln? Fortunately, we do have the luxury of modern medicine.

4. Lincoln was assassinated

The North, The Union, defeated the South, The Confederacy. The South surrendered to the North on April 9th, 1865. Lincoln was assassinated five days after the Civil War ended and died the morning after he was shot.

Do you think you feel unappreciated by the work you’ve done? Lincoln united his country as president, issued the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery, inspired numerous people while suffering from depression, was one of the most kindest and good-hearted presidents our nation has ever had and what was the thanks that he got? He was killed.

Numerous times, Lincoln was a leader. He kept America together so we could still be called “The United States of America.” He led by example. In his second inaugural address, Lincoln said that he wanted “malice toward none” and he wanted “to bind up the nation’s wounds.” Unfortunately, Lincoln never got to see any of his efforts and results implemented. The United States owes Lincoln a huge debt of gratitude.

Like Lincoln, every one of us has overcome problems and has achieved greatness in our own way. You may not remember some obstacles that you overcame, such as when you learned to walk or talk. There are challenges you overcame that you probably do remember very well, such as finishing a project, winning a race, graduating from school or establishing a career. Every one of you has a potential for greatness like Abe Lincoln. It is up to you to find the greatness within yourself.

The House to Recess After Two Major Tax Bills Pass

Before breaking for a five-week summer recess, the US House of Representatives has passed two major tax bills. The first bill couples a minimum wage increase with estate tax reductions. The second bill looks to reform pension laws. According to House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), the bill represents “the most sweeping changes to America’s pension laws in more than 30 years.”

The pension bill, which is likely to pass Senate this week, would force employers that have fallen behind in payments into defined-benefit pension schemes to catch up within seven years. Pension plans with under 80% funding would not be allowed to increase benefits during contract negotiations. Companies with poorly financed pensions would be restricted in increasing executive compensation. The bill will also strengthen 401(k) plans and give a legal basis to various “hybrid” defined benefit plans.

The minimum wage/estate tax bill is considered to stand little chance in the Senate, as Democrats have vocally spoke against the bill. The bill passed by 230-180 votes. It combines a $2.15 increase in the $5.15 hourly minimum wage over three years with increased exemptions and lower rates for estates.

The current estate tax is set to phase out in 2010, but will return at a 55% tax rate on estates larger than $1 million in 2011. The new bill would increase the exemption to $5 million, while taxing estates up to $25 million at capital gains rates. Estates over $25 million would be taxed at double the capital gains rate. The bill also includes an extension of the Research and Development credit for small businesses. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that Democrats will likely kill the bill in the Senate, which has an additional week until summer recess.

“The Senate has rejected fiscally irresponsible estate tax giveaways before and will reject them again,” Reid said. “Blackmailing working families will not change that outcome.” The two bills had been combined into one bill earlier in the week. However, the House/Senate reconciliation negotiations broke down, leading to two separate packages.