By Tom Quiner
It’s Friday. This is the day we feature Jodi Miller, crack reporter for NewsBusted.
Well, NewsBusted let her take a vacation today. This provides us with the perfect opportunity to run one of her vintage broadcasts from May 23rd, 2008. Her Ron Paul crack is worth the price of admission!
Sit back and enjoy some vintage Jodi Miller!
By Tom Quiner
Tonight’s debate was strong on substance. All four candidates made the Republican case and exposed the weakness of President Obama’s policies.
I think every single candidate came across well. Rick Santorum was in the crosshairs and had Mitt Romney and Ron Paul ganging up on him. Mr. Santorum kept his cool. He responded with clarity and intelligence. I was impressed. He knows his stuff. He did something else. He admitted he was wrong on “No Child Left Behind.” He explained why he voted the way he did, and it made sense. He explained why the vote was wrong in hindsight, and he made sense.
Newt Gingrich had a strong night, but that was because he wasn’t in the crosshairs. I don’t think Newt held up in the Florida debate when he was on hot seat as well as Rick Santorum did tonight.
Mr. Romney bothered me. He talked about how he supported the Catholic Church on life issues when he was Governor of Massachusetts, and yet when push came to shove back then he caved. Revisit a previous Quiner’s Diner post for details (“Mitt Romney’s less than resounding support for the unborn”).
I like the way Newt Gingrich turned around the question on birth control and asked “why didn’t the elite mainstream media ask Barack Obama why he supported infanticide when he was a state senator in Illinois?”
The media’s double standard is beyond debate. Rick Santorum has proven he can take the heat. He and Mr. Gingrich both made the conservative case well. So did Mitt Romney, you just never know if he really means it.
As for Ron Paul, his cavalier dismissal of Iran’s nuclear program suggests that Barack Obama is a better choice than he is.
By Tom Quiner
It started with Juan Williams.
The likable and liberal Fox News contributor asked Newt Gingrich about his comment that black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. Williams wondered if the former Speaker of the House could be viewed …
“at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans.”
Gingrich responded quickly and concisely:
“No.” I don’t see that.”
He talked about how his daughter got her first job as a janitor. He made the case that there is dignity in work. He brought the house down when he stated that only elites despise giving people opportunities to earn money.
Williams pressed him further on the issue, and Gingrich responded that:
“the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.”
Gingrich scored points with white, conservative voters. I’m not sure he helped his cause with African-American voters with that remark. I may be wrong.
Later, in post-debate comments, he expanded on his views by stating that a job, any job no matter how lowly, is fundamental training to get your next job, one that will be better than the first.
The first job, he says, teaches you how to be responsible, how to get to work on time, how to work with other people. It builds self-esteem, and more importantly, self-respect.
I think his post-debate comments WILL resonate with people of all races.
The African American community has been hit hard by the Obama economy. The last increase in the minimum wage sent already high black teenage unemployment rates even higher. When kids can’t find work, they’re more susceptible to the lures and pressures of gang membership.
I’ve suggested it before at this blog: we should suspend the minimum wage until the national unemployment rate falls below five percent. Let us free up workers and allow them to own their labor and sell it on the open market for what it’s worth. I agree with Mr. Gingrich on the dignity that we find in work. Let’s remove the government-imposed impediments that have hit the African American community the hardest.
Another racially-tinged subject came up from Ron Paul.
“I’m the only one up here . . . that understands true racism in this country is in the judicial system. They [blacks] get the death penalty way disproportionately.”
Mr. Paul’s remarks feeds into the liberal perception that our judicial system is woefully racist.
But is it really true? We’ve got to be careful at how we look at the numbers. Did you know that 99% of people who receive the death penalty are male?
Does this mean that the judicial system is sexist, or does it mean that men commit more capital offenses than women?
I am anti-death penalty. An anti-death penalty group, Death Penalty Information Center, looked at the number of murders from 1976 to now. Fifty-two percent of the murders were committed by blacks.
This means that to avoid discrimination, 52% of the executions should be carried out on the convicted African-American murderers. Right?
That’s not what happened. Only 35% of the executions were carried out on blacks even though they committed a disproportionate percentage of America’s homicides in that time frame, while 55% of the executions were carried out on whites.
Ron Paul fans the flames of American hatred with his misstatement on this deeply sensitive subject.
The African-American community would be wise to look more closely at the attractiveness of the conservative economic model, as espoused by Newt Gingrich. Prosperity does not flow from government. But government can sure impede it.
And they should be wary of liberal politicians of both parties, including Ron Paul on this issue, who nurture a cult of victimhood with statements that just aren’t so.
By Tom Quiner
Europeans have been relentlessly killing each other throughout their history. At the conclusion of the
second world war, something happened that brought stability to Wester Europe: the United States maintained a military presence.
Ron Paul says this is wrong and we should close down our bases and come home.
In 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, precipitating a war that involved the United States. Fighting ended in 1953. The U.S. has maintained a military presence in South Korea which has lent stability to this volatile region.
North Korea is again in the midst of regime change. We know very little about the new leader.
Ron Paul says we should close up shop and come home and hope for the best.
Does anyone think Korea will remain stable if we were to withdraw?
Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has made countless inflammatory comments about American ally, Israel. Here are a few nuggets:
[Israel] “is an illegitimate regime, there is no legal basis for its existence.”
“As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map.”
“There is no doubt that the new wave [of attacks] in Palestine will wipe off this stigma [Israel] from the face of the Islamic world…the World without Zionism.”
“The establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world. The Islamic world will not let its historic enemy live in its heartland.”
Mr. Ahmadinejad’s comments very much mirror the sentiments of the late German Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler:
“I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.”
“….the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.”
“The internal expurgation of the Jewish spirit is not possible in any platonic way. For the Jewish spirit is the product of the Jewish person. Unless we expel the Jewish people. Unless we expel the Jewish people soon, they will have judaized our people within a very short time.”
Mr. Paul isn’t worried.
He doesn’t seem concerned that Iran is quickly developing a nuclear weapon, and, in fact, he seems to even discount that possibility.
A nuclear Iran seems to scare everyone outside of the Arab world except for one man: Ron Paul.
Do you really think Ron Paul’s desire for American isolationism is really going to make the world safer?
History says no.