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Article for Thursday and commentary

May 7, 2009

Should the GOP forget Reagan?   It certainly seems like a silly idea to forget about the greatest politician to have been a part of your party and Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal addresses exactly how ridiculous it is. Many pundits have questioned what the Republican Party should do as it crumbles apart, with most saying that it needs to become more moderate and welcome in more people. True conservatives, however, would argue just the opposite. The GOP tried to run the moderate candidate in John McCain and they got blown out. George W. Bush acted like a Democrat when it came to spending and he was heavily criticized. Republicans are now trying to figure out what their next step should be in rebranding the GOP image.

I initially thought that the listening tour, called the National Council for a New America created by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, was a good idea. After listening to the opinions of other conservatives, however, I realized that listening is the last thing Republicans need to be doing. Republicans need to start telling Americans exactly what their plans, ideas and policies are.

Americans want the same things that Americans have always wanted. The most important thing is to have the ability to have a job and to provide for their family. People want a fair chance to earn success when they work hard and that is exactly what the American Dream is all about. Republicans need to get to work and tell Americans how their economic policies will take care of this first want and to convince people that their plans will benefit everyone. They don’t need to become more moderate, they just need to do a better job of articulating policies and convincing people their ways will help them out.

The second thing that Americans want is leadership from their politicians. Whether or not you like his policies, everyone can agree that President Obama is the undisputed leader and voice of the Democratic Party. It can be argued, and has been, that Obama’s style of leadership does not work for a president, but any leadership is better than the zero leadership shown by GOP members. Someone needs to step up and present not only forceful opposition to President Obama’s policies, but articulate conservative policies to the American people and let them know how those policies will assist Americans.

The third thing Americans want from politicians is consistency. Being called out for “flip-flopping” is not a good thing in the political world. People want to know exactly where their representatives stand on issues. Staying on message is another thing President Obama excels at and Republicans have recently struggled with. Conservatives and fiscal responsibility have usually been connected to the Republican Party, but Republicans have not acted fiscally responsible at all as of late. They need to re-establish themselves as the party of fiscal conservatism and get back to the message that won them so many voters.

Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp were fabulous at articulating policies, staying on message and providing leadership. The last thing Republicans should do is stray away from Reagan. While it is very sad to see a great person and politician like Jack Kemp pass away, the names of Kemp and Reagan are now back on the minds of conservatives, which has to be a good thing. Maybe Jack and Ronald will be able to provide some more guidance from up above in a time when Republicans desperately need it.


Articles for Tuesday and video debate on gay marriage

May 5, 2009

Now He Has The Hammer   David Kahane writes for the National Review, using a satirical look on President Obama’s presidency so far from the view of a leftist. Or is it satire? I feel like it is fairly accurate in terms of what Kahane writes, although probably not politically correct. Then again, most anything said about anyone nowadays is politically incorrect. Very funny read.

The GOP is the Problem, not Conservatism   David Limbaugh writes in Townhall that the Republican Party’s problem is not that it has become too conservative, but that it has become too moderate. He uses poll number to show that many more Americans describe themselves as conservatives rather than liberals. What is scary for the GOP is that there are more people that call themselves conservatives than Republicans. That means the Republicans have lost that connection to their core base. The reason is that Republicans have simply not acted as conservatives, which has cost them dearly in the past few elections. President Obama continues to portray his far left agenda as “centrist” and he is getting away with it in the media. The media relays this image to the American people and Obama’s plans are then assumed to be middle of the road when in fact they are not. So far, Obama has not gotten anything passed or approved of with bipartisan support. George W. Bush passed the No Child Left Behind Act and his tax cuts packages with bipartisan support. Just because you say you will be bipartisan doesn’t mean you are acting like it.

Below is a debate on Larry King Live between gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and talk radio host Dennis Prager. I haven’t talked about this topic too much, but I am sure you know where I stand. Let me know what you think of this debate and who had the better points.

Articles for Monday; former Congressman Jack Kemp dies; Lincoln Quote

May 4, 2009

Capitalist for the Common Man   This past weekend, former Congressman Jack Kemp, 73, passed away. Although I didn’t know it until I started reading a few of his obituaries, Kemp was one of the originators of the tax-cut theory to help an economy. Kemp was a staunch believer in slashing taxes across the board to help out individuals, families, small businesses and big businesses as well. The Wall Street Journal details in an editorial his accomplishments. Kemp also had the rare ability to bring many sorts of people in to the Republican Party and was known as a working-class man that could connect to anyone. His eternal optimism inspired Republicans and he was almost named the presidential nomination for the Republicans in 1980. Instead, Ronald Reagan was given the nomination and Kemp went on to help Reagan start the greatest economic boom this country has ever seen. In a time where Republicans are lacking ideas and the ability to get their ideas out, Jack Kemp was a man who was a leader in both of those areas. If there was ever a time that Kemp was needed most to be a lightning rod, this would be it. Hopefully, some Republicans will look back on Kemp’s writings and speeches and learn something from them.

National Review’s Goodbye to Jack Kemp  

Weekly Standard’s Article on Jack Kemp   Fred Barnes does a nice job of actually listing the many accomplishments of jack Kemp. He points out that even though Jack Kemp didn’t attend the most prestigious of school for economic study (he majored in physical education at Occidental College) but he was still able to come up with revolutionary ideas. His energy was unmatched by any and he was a great supporter and assistant of Ronald Reagan.

Intrusion of Reality   Mark Steyn, who is often a guest host for Rush Limbaugh, writes about how Barack Obama’s first 100 days seem to forget about many realities. For example, a man in California wrote to thank Obama for getting him over 300 extra dollars each month because of the stimulus package. What he forgot to ask, however, is how that is going to be sustained over time. Eventually, with socialized health care and federalized payments for education, taxes are going to kick in. Obama might just send those taxes on to the next president and let him deal with them. Either way, as Steyn points out, America is drifting closer and closer to a European style of government, one which has parties debate on who can offer the “best services”. This style is ultimately unsustainable. And anyways, remember when Americans took pride in working to earn things and not be handed entitlements by the government? Why have those years passed us by? Margaret Thatcher once said, “The facts of life are conservative.” Let’s hope that someone in Washington has the courage and ability to remind us of that soon.

“Property is fruit of the labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” -Abraham Lincoln 

Article for Sunday; Opinion on the Supreme Court

May 3, 2009

Neither a Souter nor a Specter be   William Kristol of the Weekly Standard writes about the rather dismal week the Republican Party just went through. The defection of senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party was bad enough, but then liberal Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced he will be stepping down soon. It would be easy for Republicans to be worried or upset about the departures,especially that of Specter, but Kristol argues that this gives Republicans many opportunities to counter and rebuild. It is undoubtedly Obama’s Congress now and what he says will go. This means the GOP will have ample opportunity to provide alternatives. There will be no excuses if Obama’s plans do not work out because it is all on the Democrats now. Kristol concludes that in the end, neither Specter nor Souter were going to help the conservative movement. There is much work to be done, but conservatives now have a better chance to present a reasonable, unified alternative.

That leads to what my opinion is of what will happen in the new search for a Supreme Court Justice. The chance of nominating a justice is a fabulous opportunity for Democrats. This gives Barack Obama the ability to nominate a younger liberal judge that would establish the presence of a long term liberal Justice. The average age of the three remaining “liberal” judges is 78 years old, while the four judges that are thought of as conservative only average out to be 61 years old. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is thought to be the swing vote of the Justices, is 72 years old. With this info, it is reasonable to assume that Obama will be able to nominate more than one justice during his term.

The process of naming a new Supreme Court Justice is a interesting one. After Obama makes a nominee, they have to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, a 19 member committee. Of course, Arlen Specter was the ranking Republican on this committee, so it only makes sense that he will have an impact on who the new Justice is. If the SJC approves the nominee, the entire Senate votes on approval of the nominee. All that is needed is a majority vote to approve the nominee. While there is no doubt that will happen in the Senate with plenty of Democrats willing to carry out Obama’s agenda, there seems to be a bit of an issue about the SJC which was brought up Rush Limbaugh on Friday.

Because Arlen Specter has now switched to the Democratic Party, he is no longer part of the minority party, the GOP. For a Supreme Court Justice nominee to be approved by the SJC, he or she needs ten votes of approval from members of the SJC. The catch, however, is that one of those votes must be from the minority party. Had Specter remained a Republican, he would have been the easy vote for Democrats to get from the minority. Specter, however, switched parties so if the remaining Republicans wanted to, they could band together to prevent the approval of a liberal Supreme Court Justice. This all of a sudden doesn’t look like such an easy path for Democrats to get what they want.

Now, on the topic of an actual nominee for the Supreme Court. Many sources seem to indicate that the early betting money is on Judge Sonia Sotomayor, currently a federal appeals court judge on the 2nd circuit. Sotomayor is getting early attention not because she is qualified or because she has been highly regarded as a fair judge, but because she is of Latin descent and a female. Hispanics are begging the first African-American president to name the first Hispanic to be a Supreme Court Justice. Obama has long campaigned when talking about the Supreme Court that a new justice should have “empathy” and have real-life experiences. Hispanics believe that Sotomayor brings these qualities to the table and they also believe that they are owed a favor for their historic turn out in the 2008 election in support of President Obama.

Call me crazy, but shouldn’t a potential Supreme Court Justice be nominated on a basis of accomplishments and qualifications, instead of her heritage? It seems a little dangerous and irresponsible to be using the Supreme Court, the highest court in our nation, as a platform to give political paybacks for certain groups of people. We shouldn’t be looking at this as an opportunity to name the “first this” or the “first that”. Instead, the nominee should be the person who has been most reasonable as a judge and has the most qualifications to become a Supreme Court Justice. It shouldn’t matter what the person looks like or where the person’s parents come from. What if there was a male, white, Christian liberal judge who has all the qualifications and experience needed to be a Supreme Court Justice, more so than any other nominee? Will Obama pass over that person because he is a white male and we already have those? Doesn’t that sound like racism? So does picking a judge just because of how she looks.

If Sotomayor has more experience and qualifications to be a judge than anyone else Barack Obama can find, then she should be the nominee. Just because she is a female of Latin heritage, however, doesn’t mean she is a good nominee and people that say she should be because of her gender and heritage border on promoting racism. The political correctness that has run amok in this country will prevent anyone from truly calling out this disturbing trend of racism. Let’s hope that President Obama refuses to cave in to doing political favors for minority groups and instead picks the person who has earned the nomination.

New Articles for Friday, my opinion on the future of the GOP

May 1, 2009

Torture? No. Except…   The brilliant Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer writes about the use of enhanced interrogation methods. He first begins by saying that in a time of crisis, the CIA did what it needed to do to save lives. If we had reacted differently and another terrorist attack had happened, Bush administration officials would probably be prosecuted for having not done enough. They tried countless other methods to get information from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed but he would only respond with “Soon you will know.” So they stepped up their intensity with waterboarding and got results. Officials from the Bush administration say this, officials from the Obama administration say this. It is now undeniable, waterboarding worked. Now, members of Congress are attempting to prosecute those who kept our nation safe during the past eight years, citing that these methods look so horrible on “a bright, sunny, safe day in April 2009”. The reason we have a bright, safe, sunny day in April 2009 is because these methods worked. Memos also show that members of Congress approved of these methods, even going as far as to ask the CIA if they needed any more help from Congress. Nancy Pelosi was one of these members of Congress that was briefed by Congress. Her attempts to deny any knowledge of waterboarding are cowardly and nearly criminal. Krauthammer covers all of this in his usual brilliant, simple style.

A Blow for Income Equality   National Review Editor Rich Lowry writes that President Obama might be enjoying this economic crisis a little more than he is letting on. Going to back to Obama’s most infamous slip up (of course it came while not using his teleprompter), Obama had stated its better when we “spread the wealth around”. It was genuine, but it only would have been approved in a communist or socialist nation, two things America has never been. During the economic crisis, many wealthy Americans have been hit the hardest. Problem solved for Obama. While there has certainly been less wealth and less inequality, there have been 1.2 million jobs lost since Obama has taken office, squashing the statistic he told America that 150,000 jobs have been created since the passing of his stimulus bill. Now, America closely resembles socialistic-Europe. Is this what President Obama wants? Good article by Lowry.

The GOP After Specter   The debate rages on about how Republicans should react to the departure of veteran senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party. While one side of the argument favors Specter leaving, saying now the Republican Party is more together and purer in their conservative ideals, the other side complains that there is no room for moderates in the Republican Party.

Here is the way I look at it. Moderate, to me, means that you don’t really know what your ideological beliefs are. You can be swayed from issue to issue and you will vote how you want to vote. In that case, it doesn’t matter what actual party you are counted as being a member of. Although Republican Senate members thought they had enough votes to stand up to the president’s mammoth spending bill, which goes against the true ideological beliefs of conservatives, they actually didn’t because there were some Republicans, like Specter, who had different views. Therefore, these people should just be called independents. Specter made the switch to the Democratic Party to save his political career. He knew he was going to get destroyed in the Republican primaries against a conservative candidate, Pat Toomey, who actually acted like a Republican is supposed to. Hmm, what a novel concept! I do believe that even though there will be less Republican senators, there will now be more unity amongst them. This presents an image of togetherness and actual political theories and concepts that can either be accepted by Americans or rejected by Americans. The theory that conservative values have been rejected by Americans in the last election is false. Republicans have only paid lip-service to being true conservatives and instead acted like weaker Democrats. This notion of having no idea which direction the party cost them in the elections. The Democrats were organized and true to their beliefs and had a plan, which although many Americans still lean center-right, appealed to Americans because they at least had a plan while Republicans had nothing. Now is the time for a stronger, more conservative Republican party to rise together with a united message for the American people.

More Articles for Thursday

April 30, 2009

Our Jekyll and Hyde President   Victor Davis Hanson writes in the National Review about how President Obama seems to have two different personalities when it comes to foreign policy. His first personality is a weak, apologetic president who has infuriated many Americans for his constant “confessing” of all of America’s sins, attempting to win enemies over and those who don’t think highly of us to begin with. The other side of Obama’s foreign policy personality is a strong believer in force and reminiscent of the Bush administration. He has taken on right-wing military gurus like Jim Jones and also kept Robert Gates as the Secretary of Defense, who served the same role under Bush. He has also approved of gunning down Somalian pirates and using Predator missiles, both things you wouldn’t expect from a president who so strongly objects to enhanced interrogation methods of captured terrorists. Hanson wants to know what Obama’s agenda is behind all of these actions and which type of personality Obama actually has. Hanson also wonders if Obama even knows what his foreign policy personality is going to be.

Tough Questions   The debate over enhanced interrogation methods rages on as President Obama refuses to say the Bush administration authorized torture but refuses to rule out the possibility of prosecuting them. National Review puts together an defense expert team of conservative views that continue to talk about these methods, how effective they were and if we really needed to use them.

Fact Checking Obama’s Recent Statements   The Associated Press does some fact checking on recent statements made by President Obama, some during the prime-time press conference and others made while he was in Missouri. Too often we believe everything politicians say, so the AP does a nice job here of putting in context the truth of Obama’s words. One of the things I brought up last night, the number of jobs actually created by the stimulus plan, is also disputed by the AP fact checkers, saying that saved jobs have been counted as jobs created by the Obama administration and they still have no actual formula that can truly count how many jobs have been created.

Daily Articles for Thursday; Conservative opinions on Obama’s 100 days

April 30, 2009

100 Days: ‘Harry, I have a gift’   After delivering an outstanding speech as a freshman senator, Barack Obama was greeted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The senator of Nevada congratulated Obama on his performance and Obama responded “Harry, I have a gift.” Yes, even the staunchest conservative can realize that when Obama has his teleprompters in front of him, he has the ability to turn words into magic and make everyone believe that he is with them and understands their side of the problem. Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal points out that Obama’s gift might end up hurting him in the long run. Henninger points out that Obama’s habit of making everyone hear what they want to hear has already misled some top aides, leading to what seems to be an unclear view of policies and contradiction on issues like the AIG bonuses and the enhanced interrogation memos. Going back to Obama’s days at the Harvard Law School, he had the same ability to connect with people on both sides of an argument, leading Al Gore’s former chief of staff Ron Klain to comment that that style of leadership is more effective running a law review than it is running a country. In the next few years, we will truly see how effective this style of leadership is.

The Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism   A truly fabulous article by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. Brooks points out that the real social issue in America today is free market economics, not abortion or same -sex marriage. The issue is whether or not believe that free enterprise and capitalism are still the building blocks our economy should be built on. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are what make this country so great, showing the ability to be creative and work hard and eventually create a viable company from scratch while having minimal interference and taxing from the government. President Obama, according to many economists, seems to be against these principles and instead favors a system in which the government is the big player in the economy and that redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor is the way to go. Liberals agree, while conservatives believe that capitalism is still the best thing our country has, even though there may be severe drops every 25 to 30 years or so. Brooks argues that “fairness” is protecting merit, freedom and hard work, not taking from the minority to give to the majority to make financial situations closer to equal. Poll numbers seem to indicate that many Americans still agree with Brooks. He also points out that it is not fair for politicians to reward companies who performed poorly, banks that cheated and homeowners who didn’t pay mortgages. The companies and banks that did things right and the homeowners that took care of their mortgages are being treated unfairly. A universal health-care plan, Brooks says, will make going to the doctor about as enjoyable as going to the local DMV. Free market based options for health care are still the way to go but if people and politicians don’t stand up for capitalism soon, we may not see them ever again.

Articles for Wednesday; Coverage of Obama’s 100th Day in Office

April 29, 2009

We’re Here, We’re Queer and We’re Hypocrites   Although this article is a little bit dated, I really liked it and felt it needed to be talked about. Conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart writes about how the gay community has gone on the attack on those who voted in favor of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in liberal California. While gay leftists have attacked the Mormon Church, who won’t fight back, they have also gone after businesses that supported Prop. 8, the director of the California Musical Theater in Sacramento and evangelical churches across the state. So far, however, gays have yet to go after the groups that were the deciding factor in passing Prop. 8, the 70% of African-Americans that voted for Prop. 8 and the Hispanics who also were heavily in favor of the bill. Why is this? To paraphrase commentator Bill O’Reilly, I don’t see any gay protests in the middle of Compton or Richmond. Gay blogger Perez Hilton criticized Miss California winner Carrie Prejean for standing up for her beliefs in the Miss USA contest and saying that marriage should be between a man and a woman, calling her a “dumb b****” and saying that Miss USA needs to represent all Americans and she abandoned gays and lesbians with that statement. Prejean also took heat from many voices in the media. But here is a quote from a well-known and beloved politician about his feelings towards marriage: “I’m a Christian… I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.” The politician is…. President Barack Obama! The president also represents all Americans. I would only hope that Perez doesn’t display a double standard and instead calls out President Obama for his views. But, I am not going to be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

Obama at 100 Days   The Washington Times gives us an interesting perspective on how the media plans to cover President Obama’s evening press conference. Guess which cable news network isn’t covering it? By golly, Fox News is the correct answer! The truth of the matter is that there probably won’t be any newsworthy material to come out of tonight’s press conference. Obama has already shown a desire to have as many prime-time press conferences as possible and the media has welcomed that plan with open arms.

Barack’s in the Basement   You know how the entire world loves President Obama and everything he does? It has pretty much been decided that Obama is the new world leader, loved and respected by all according to media sources. His popularity poll numbers are through the roof and he is rebuilding America’s image in a positive fashion. Except for the fact that his popularity poll numbers, in reality, aren’t through the roof. Don’t worry, I was tricked as well. The Washington Times informs us that the Gallup Poll’s survey numbers for Obama in April are only higher than President Bill Clinton’s numbers at this point in a term since the Gallup began polling in 1969. Yes, even the guy that came before Obama had higher numbers than our current president (Dubya with 62%, Obama with 56%).

The Liberal Hour   The Wall Street Journal recaps the rapid change that has taken place in Washington since President Obama and his Democratic Congress has taken over. He has now taken over the economy and wars in the Middle East as his. It will be squarely placed on Obama’s shoulders from here on out. While he and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel believe that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste”, is Obama actually going to be able to successfully tackle every issue he has thrown on his plate? It seems unlikely and even more unlikely that we will have the funds to do so. But at the same time, Obama has made it clear he has no problem spending money he doesn’t have.

President Obama’s prime-time press conference will begin at 5 PM Pacific time. It will be aired by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC, which will cost the broadcast networks about $10 million in the advertising losses. FOX will not be airing the broadcast. In November of 2001, FOX also declined to broadcast a prime-time speech by George W. Bush, so there is somewhat of a precedent for FOX’s decision.

More reaction to Specter; Articles for Tuesday

April 28, 2009

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele just released a statement on Arlen Specter’s decision to switch to the Democratic Party: “Some in the Republican Party are happy about this. I am not. Let’s be honest-Senator Specter didn’t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record. Republicans look forward to beating Sen. Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don’t do it first.” GOP Representative John Cornyn of Texas said, “Senator Specter’s decision today represents the height of political self-preservation.” Ouch.

The Politics of Liberal Amnesia   Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal about how some Democrats seem to be forgetting they also had a hand in approving enhanced interrogation methods, like waterboarding. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was one of four Congress members to be briefed by the CIA on interrogation methods. Pelosi now says she had no idea waterboarding would actually be used. Former Director of Central Intelligence said that Pelosi claiming she didn’t know about waterboarding or understand it left him “slack-jawed”. Sooner or later, the truth is going to come out and if Pelosi is revealed to have lied, there will be heavy consequences.  

100 Days- A success, but…   Rich Lowry is the editor of the National Review and today writes about what is going to happen to President Obama after he has finished his first 100 days. There has certainly been plenty of change, as promised, but will any of it lead to results? Lowry investigates what will come of the economy, Iran, Pakistan and even brings up a similarity between President Obama and President George W. Bush. 

100 Days, 100 Mistakes   Although it isn’t actually 100 mistakes from President Obama, because he couldn’t possibly make that many, the New York Post details some of the mess-ups and flubs of the Obama administration, showing everyone that not even President Obama can be perfect. Funny, quick read.

Articles for Monday, Quote from Lincoln

April 27, 2009

Obama’s Grand Strategy    I cannot emphasize enough how great of a writer Charles Krauthammer is. Rush Limbaugh once said if he could have anyone else’s brain, it would be Krauthammer’s. His stuff just makes so much sense and is written in a way that is clear for anyone to understand. This week, Krauthammer writes about Obama’s master plan for universal health care and how it isn’t as great as it initially sounds. It will be impossible to pay for and, sooner or later, Obama will have to start rationing out medicine, a practice nobody wants a part of. There is a reason that government health care is unpopular in Britain and Canada. Must read and if you have time, check out all of his articles in his archive. 

So Far, So Good?   Fred Barnes from The Weekly Standard goes over the first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency. Barnes points out that Obama’s poll numbers are still high because Obama can just ride the wave of his promises and hope for change. Americans haven’t seen the results of his policies come into play yet, but they will be patient for at least a few more months. Until then, Obama can rest easy and know the media will continue to have his back. Check it out for a nice recap of the first 100 days.

Cracking KSM      Deroy Murdock writes a column for National Review Online about interrogation methods, specifically about the methods used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the mastermind of the September 11th attacks. I have always found it interesting that liberals feel more compelled to whine about the treatment terrorists face, instead of thinking about the real pain and torture that these terrorists have inflicted on the families of victims of acts of terrorism. KSM has vowed he wants to kill as many Jews, Christians and Americans as he possibly could and he knew of fellow terrorists who had the same goals, but some people are more concerned about if he felt comfortable during CIA interrogations. I just cannot understand it. Murdock does a great job of illustrating these same concerns.

“We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name- liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names- liberty and tyranny.” -Abraham Lincoln, 1864