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Sell Your Cloak, Buy A Sword

In 1991, former President Reagan threw his support behind the Brady Bill – a relapse on his Mulford Act stance which disallowed Californians from carrying guns in cars, or public places.  It was George H.W. Bush who banned the import of assault weapons and paid homage to the 1968 Gun Control Act which stated that guns must “be generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”  Reagan’s conversion to gun control may have had something to do with his being shot by Hinckley or because his press secretary Jim Brady (for whom the bill is named) was shot beside him.  Originally the idea was that if Hinckley had been forced to go through a background check prior to buying his gun, the psychological red flags would have … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2nd amendment, Brady Bill, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Ronald Reagan, Uncategorized

The New Front

by RightHandMan I remember being a young man and reading a chapter in Bernard Goldberg’s ground breaking book “Bias” called “How Bill Clinton Cured Homelessness”. The chapter showed how reporters for the major news networks purposely reported the homeless problem in America during the years when America had a republican president and then instantly stopped during the Clinton years. For instance, in 1990 when Bush was in office there were 71 stories done on the homeless on the four major news networks. In 1995, under Clinton, there were nine. During the Reagan years the number of homeless reported on these networks was outrageously exaggerated. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 230,000 homeless. Those numbers didn’t stop CNN’s Candy Crowley to report 3 million, or NBC’s Jackie Nespral from reporting 5 million. The point … Read entire article »

Filed under: Avastin, Bill Clinton, Eric Cantor, George H.W. Bush, george w. bush, homelessness, National Institutes of Health, NIH, pharmaceutical companies, Roche Holding, Ronald Reagan, Washington Post

Our Path

by RightHandMan A few weeks prior to the elections of 2008, prior to the blog’s creation, John and I were talking about a potential Obama win and what that would mean for America. I think that tonight confirms my thoughts at the time, which were that an Obama win would be the best thing that could happen to this country. Allow me to explain. When Carter won in 1977 the country was in ruins – and more to the point of this post, so too was the GOP. Ford was the leader was by default only because Nixon and Askew turned out to be crooked. Being called a republican was an insult. The GOP couldn’t even keep their HQ’s open because they couldn’t pay the power bills. Luckily the state of the GOP … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2010 elections, Barack Obama, Congress, Gerald Ford, GOP, Harry Reid, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan

Right Wing Extremists

by RightHandMan On “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour, I suffered for more than 10 minutes watching the biggest joke of a “round table” I’ve seen outside of a Bill Maher show. Megan McCain was present – though someone has got tell this poor girl how the left is using her candid ignorance to disgrace the right – as if she belongs. Megan is hardly a story, but there was one part in particular that caught my interest. The following is an excerpt from the show. CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: I mean there’s been a long and venerable tradition of conservatism in this country. You can go back at least to Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, all of that sort of intellectual conservatism that lasted about 30 years, and people are saying that right now, it’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: 10th Amendment, christiane amanpour, George Will, megan mccain, Ronald Reagan, States Rights, Tea Party Movement, terry moran, william buckley

The Fate of Bonny Portmore

by RightHandMan On the eastern bank of the lake of Portmore in North Ireland there used to stand a magnificent castle – Bonny Portmore. It was built in 1664 by Lord Conway between Lough Beg and Lough Neagh (lakes). For twenty years the Earl lived in the castle and was generous to the serfs in the area. Lord Conway became ambitious and hired Dutch engineers in order to drain Lough Beg into arable land. In this work he created a huge drain that still exists today called “Tunny Cut” between the two lakes. Unfortunately the project failed and cost the Earl his fortune. He was forced to sell Bonny Portmore and it and his land became the property of English proprietors who had no inclination to stay in Ireland. While Conway’s castle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Local Politics, Lord Conway, Portmore, Ronald Reagan

Video: What Would The Founders Do?

I’m not sure if this video has made the rounds, but I found it tonight here.  I thought it was was actually pretty good.  With only 47 days left until Election Day, we need to remember why these people need to go and this is video provide us with a good reminder.  We need to stop falling for distractions and focus on how these people are trying to our ruin economy and destroy our Republic. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2010 elections, Democrats, Politics, Ronald Reagan, Video, YouTube

When Losing is Winning

by RightHandMan In 1995 and 1997, the United States Senate passed two different “Partial Birth Abortion” bans. Both of these bills were vetoed by President Clinton. In 1992, the polls showed that the majority of the people in the country supported abortion for any reason, to include convenience. Nearly 40% of those polled in the early 90’s supported “dilation and extraction” otherwise known as “partial birth abortion”. The knowledge among Americans regarding the dilation and extraction procedures wasn’t well known, neither were the normal abortion procedures. The GOP lead Congress argued and fought for years to try and get their partial birth abortion ban signed into law, but failed. By 2003, public knowledge regarding abortion and partial birth abortion was much greater than it was in 1993 and the supporters and … Read entire article »

Filed under: jodi spoor, losing, lou holtz, partial birth abortion, Ronald Reagan

The Future and the Fainthearted

by RightHandMan “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future and we’ll continue to follow… We‘ll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights, more shuttle crews, and yes more volunteers, more civilians, and more teachers in space.” These are the words Ronald Reagan spoke to the nation after the Challenger exploded in 1986. More accurately Reagan specified this part of his speech to the “schoolchildren” who had seen the explosion at school. Reagan was speaking to my generation, currently the largest voting block in the nation. Perhaps we have forgotten those words, the fundamental belief that our best days are ahead of us, and that we can do anything we put our minds to. Since when … Read entire article »

Filed under: challenger, john f. kennedy, june scobee rodgers, nasa, Obama, Ronald Reagan

Chris Christie: Honest and Refreshing

I got tell you, the more I see of Governor Chris Christie, the more I feel that he should be the example that Republicans model themselves off of.  I mean this is a man that doesn’t pull any punches.  He calls it like he sees it. I found this clip on NewsBusters.  Enjoy: Republicans would absolutely clobber the Democrats it they would stop with the double talk and start taking a stand like this man.  “Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors, which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?” Ronald Reagan, 1975. It works! Liberty forever, freedom for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chris Christie, governor rick perry, New Jersey, Ronald Reagan

Palin is Stupid and So Are You

by RightHandMan I was recently inspired to write a piece on the attitude toward the likes of Sarah Palin by a friend who displayed his distaste toward the woman.  He is not alone in his sentiment when he calls her stupid and gawks at the crowds or attention she attracts.  Democrats don’t understand her appeal because they don’t know how to be appealing.  Is Palin’s voice annoying?  Yes.  Is she a graduate from an Ivy League school?  No.  Does she always give the correct political answer?  In her words, “hell no!” – and there’s the rub. Palin gives answers that are congruent with her principles and the principles of those around her.  She doesn’t just reverberate talking points like most politicians, she speaks her mind without always calculating the political outcome.  Does … Read entire article »

Filed under: dumb, george w. bush, idiot, Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, stupid, Tea Party

The Government Isn’t Here To Help

by RightHandMan Ronald Reagan once famously said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Indeed, the government is here to “help”.  They’re here to help the economy, they’re here to help you buy a car, a house, or a bridge to nowhere.  The government is here to help the earth and its changing climate, our immigration problems, and rising health care costs.  There’s only one problem – they can’t help! I’m not saying this just because I lack faith in the government, but because the evidence is overwhelming.  Health care costs are projected to raise with quality care going down, in spite of the huge bill passed by Congress this year.  The feds built a fence …for a few miles, … Read entire article »

Filed under: economists, economy, federal government, Government Takeover, helkp, Jobs Bill, national debt, Ronald Reagan

Remembering Ronnie – Remembering Us

By Right Hand Man Ronald Reagan kept things simple because his decisions were based on core beliefs and therefore didn’t need large formulas or complex explanations. The truth is that when political leaders start spouting numbers, talking about 2000+ page bills, or quote a committee’s view on budget planning, the majority of us aren’t getting it. Perhaps most of it is purposely spoken over our heads so that we don’t get in the way of the “professionals”. This creates distrust in a situation where we must trust – a precarious relationship between the people and their government representatives. Yesterday would have been Ronald Reagan’s 99th birthday. The complexities of my feelings for Reagan are deep and wide but I too will keep it simple. I miss Ronald Reagan. I miss his witty … Read entire article »

Filed under: 99th birthday, american spirit, Freedom of Speech, indpendence, Keep America Safe, principles, Ronald Reagan, Shining City, united states

Reviving America

by Right Hand Man Just as it is natural for men to gradually give up their freedoms for less than it cost to get them, it is also natural for the pendulum of politics to take its given course in the other direction. 2008 proved to be the year of the democrats, and rightfully so. Republicans had abandoned their base, divorced their principles, and discarded their integrity. Never mind that the majority of the people considered themselves right of center, conservatism was buried in the court of politics. Such was the case for the Republican Party in 1976. Gerald Ford was the incumbent GOP president, but barely legitimate. The party was reeling from the Nixon fiasco, and there was little hope in site. The democrats held 61 seats in the Senate and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1976, 1976 convention, Conservative, Freedom of Speech, george w. bush, jimmy carter, Ronald Reagan

Socialized Medicine in Ronald Reagan’s words

Today our Senate is getting ready to vote on whether a debate should be opened on healthcare. This seems harmless enough; however it’s a procedural issue to get the ball rolling. We’ve already had a $100 million taxpayer payoff to a Louisiana Senator to gain her support. So you know the stakes are high. This budget busting intrusive 2,000 plus page Ponzi scheme of a bill is now working its way through Congress. You have all heard the debate and arguments for and against the bill. Now I ask you to take 10 minutes and listen to Ronald Reagan’s opinion on the matter. After you listen to Ronald Reagan’s words follow the Contact Elected Officials link on the right hand side of my page and let your elected official know … Read entire article »

Filed under: Healthcare reform, Ronald Reagan, Socialized Medicine