Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What the Hell, Ireland?

One of my ancestral countries, a country which has enjoyed great
prosperity and freedom with its capitalist democracy over the years
as a sovereign nation that at best makes no sense, and at worst mocks
their own struggles for the very freedom and liberties which
we Americans ourselves have fought for and cherish. Ireland's
national post office released a commemorative stamp honoring
Che Guevara, the communist revolutionary who was Fidel Castro's
top lieutenant in the unfortunately successful effort to instigate
a revolution which resulted in a communist dictatorship in Cuba
that still rules this nation with an iron fist.

The stamp shows a black, red and white drawing of Guevara
along with an envelope with a quote from his father: "In my son's
veins flowed the blood of Irish rebels." Where did your part-Irish
Peasant miss the era in Irish history in which Ireland threw out
the British, replacing the Crown with a communist revolutionary
state? It's awful enough when 20-something men and women
who are too young to have lived through the Cold War don T-shirts
with Che's image, mainly as a means of displaying their radical
chicness in hipster-frequented coffee shops and bars, but it's jaw-
droppingly shocking to see a country print postage stamps
honoring a cold-blooded totalitarian thug as Ireland is doing on
the 50th anniversary of Guevara's death by execution by a
Bolivian Army firing squad when he tried to bring a red revolution
to Bolivia. The struggle for Irish independence from Great Britain
was to achieve equality under the law, property rights, and political
self-determination beginning with Home Rule, establishing their own
legislature rather than having a distant British parliament dictate
how things would be in their native land. Communism and
communists are as far removed from these things as the sun is
from Pluto. Guevara having had some Irish blood is not a good
enough reason to honor him, given how he lived his life, forcing
oppression upon people under the weak guise of liberation.

During the rest of the Cold War years in the wake of Guevara's death,
the international Left made him a martyr to the cause of such
"liberation", but all one need to do is see the mass privation,
oppression, repression and broad suffering of the Cuban people
continuing today, under the rule of Raoul Castro, Fidel's brother who
succeeded his late sibling as Cuba's strongman. As horrible as British
rule was for over seven centuries in Ireland, it was not as much so as
the Cuban communist's regime's domination of that nation is, and
as the communist regimes in other nations from Soviet Russia to
China to North Korea to Vietnam to ... you get the point.

My dear ancestral country, please get a clue.


MEM

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Not At All Fabulous Four

Just recently, Senate Republicans once again booted another
opportunity to repeal Obamacare; well, four of them did so,
sinking the rest of them along with any chance of repeal before
year's end. The latest bill which would have repealed the hated
individual and employer mandates as well as the medical-device
tax along with block granting Medicaid money to the states,
giving them control over how to manage the program according
to their constituents' needs and wishes, the Graham-Cassidy bill,
missed passage because of the four rats whose votes denied 
the GOP the fifty votes needed to clinch repeal (Vice President
Mike Pence would then have cast the tie-breaking vote in favor
of passage). 

Here are the four who have made a mockery of the Republican
Party's promise to the American people to repeal the so-called 
Affordable Health Care Act if only we would vote for them,
granting them majorities in both chambers of Congress and 
voting for a Republican president, which of course we did:

Rand Paul (KY), who was elected on his promise to vote for 
repeal of the health coverage boondoggle but backed out 
at crunch time. Paul helped to kill the Senate's first replacement
bill over the summer because it didn't repeal every last provision
in the law (so he said at the time). He did, to his credit, vote for
the so-called "Skinny Repeal", but that bill merely repealed 
the mandates and the medical device tax, nothing more.
But on Graham-Cassidy, which would have done just a wee
bit more, Paul punted. Could it be that many of his fellow
Kentuckians are on the lower rungs of the economic ladder
and he is afraid that they'll vote him out in a trice if he tries
to rescind Obamacare? He has a golden opportunity to explain
to these constituents that Obamacare is not the panacea it has
been presented as and ballyhooed to be by the Democrats; that
a market-based health coverage program would be less costly
and more efficient for them and for everyone. As a political
libertarian, you would think that he'd jump at the chance to
do this. But Sen. Paul is doing no such thing. I guess that makes
him a LINO (Libertarian in name only).

Lisa Murkowski (AK) was all in favor of dumping Obamacare
while Obama was in office, but as soon as Donald Trump got
elected she did a sudden about-face and voted against repeal
in the previous votes on Obama's health coverage program.
On many other measures before the Senate Senator Murkowski
has proven her RINO credentials for all to see, so this
development is certainly no surprise. If there is a bill before
her chamber which would shrink the federal government even
by the tiniest increment she'll attack it like a pit bull that
hasn't eaten in three days.

John McCain (AZ) ran for re-election to the Senate on the
promise that he would vote to abolish Obamacare, and like
Sen. Murkowski did an abrupt about-face, in effect telling
the folks back in Arizona "Bleep you!". And with his recently
discovered inoperable brain cancer slowing him down, McCain
has been having his treatment covered by the cushy-comfy
health coverage plan which he and his colleagues have long had
available to them (which also is the same coverage that the
members of the House receive), and which they have voted
to keep by exempting themselves from having to enroll in
the Obamacare plans which were forced down the throats of
us mere peasants (!).

Finally, there's Susan Collins (ME), who through her years in
the Senate has authored a voting record indistinguishable from
those of many Democrat senators, so much so that she really
is in the wrong party. She also voted (surprisingly) to not pass
the legislation which sent the Affordable Health Care Act
(Obamacare) to then-President Obama's desk for his signature
to become law, but again, with the changing of the guard at
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue she voted against each measure
designed to repeal all or part of the act. She heard from many
of her fellow Maine folk who had wanted her to vote for
repeal but apparently thinks that they are too stupid to make
their own health care choices and that her state's government
is incapable of managing Medicaid better than Uncle Sam.
Sen. Collins certainly embraces the liberal mantra that the
government cannot trust us peasants with such important
choices; that it's better that the "experts" in Washington step
in and do these things for we simple-minded simpletons.
Besides, an independent and independent-minded peasantry
is a threat to the establishment's acquisition and wielding of
power! Horrors! What's a good statist to do?

Why Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn't
impose at least a modicum of party discipline on these recalcitrant,
troublesome non-team players points out yet another reason
why we conservatives have neither any trust nor confidence
in him and his leadership (perhaps your frustrated Peasant
should have put that word in quotes?). We have to make it clear
to these senators that we elected them and their fellow GOP
colleagues to do a specific task, to do OUR bidding, not that
of any special interest parties, not big-monied beltway fat cats
who invite them to fancy-shmancy cocktail parties and stuff
their wallets with wads of cash in exchange for giving them
what they want and giving us the shaft, nor that of the
establishment press in the hope that they'll write complimentary
things about them. They didn't work on their campaigns,
we did! They didn't vote for them, we did! We put them in
office and we can take them out of office! With the mid-term
elections coming next year, we have to drive home these truths
to these four self-serving elitists. It's a crying shame that we
have to fight two battles, each on a separate front; fighting
the Democrats on one front, while fighting RINOS on another
front. But our mission is our mission, and although we didn't
choose these battles, they chose us. And now we must do what
we must do.

This is war!


MEM








Monday, October 2, 2017

Taking a Short Break

Friends, your favorite Peasant is in need of
a little break to take care of some personal
business. I am going on a business trip to 
participate in a business venture with a family
member. But I'll be back before you know it,
my fantastic readers!

Meanwhile, enjoy these fine online publications
while awaiting my return:


www.nationalreview.com/  National Review Online

www.weeklystandard.com/ Weekly Standard Online

Thank you everyone for your kind understanding
and indulgence! Be back soon!


MEM

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Charlie Matthew William Gard (Baby Charlie), R.I.P.

We here in the United States have been hearing about
the horrors of national health care programs in other
countries; your somber Peasant shall share with you,
my grand readers, a story which ranks as one of the
most heartbreaking to date.

A British baby, Charlie Gard, not even one year old,
was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder which
robbed him of his vision, hearing, and ability to breathe
without assistance, and caused brain damage. The doctors
at Grand Ormond Street Hospital in London halted treat-
ment and sent him to a hospice to die. In the meantime,
Charlie's parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates heard
about an experimental treatment which could help
their suffering son. It meant having to take Charlie
to New York, and the cost for everything --- the
treatment, travel, lodging, etc. --- would be out of pocket,
but Charlie's parents told of their plight on GoFundMe
to raise money for it all, as the Birtish state health care system
would not pay anything toward it.

Well, Britain's NHS also would not allow Chris and Connie
to take little Charlie to New York, or anywhere outside
of Great Britain for treatment of any kind; Charlie's
doctors refused to release him, and went to the British
High Court to overrule the parent's treatment decision
for their baby. The High Court did so. Next, Charlie's
parents appealed to the European Court of Human Rights;
that court upheld the first court's ruling.

Many people and organizations entered the fray. A hospital
in Rome affiliated with the Holy See offered to admit Charlie,
as did a New York hospital affiliated with Columbia
University. On July 24, as Charlie's condition grew more dire,
the attorney for Charlie's parents withdrew their request to
transport their baby to New York for the experimental
treatment, but could Charlie remain on artificial ventilation
for just one more week? Nothing doing was the reply from
the High Court. Four days later, Baby Charlie died.
His parents were crushed, the doctors victorious, and the
NHS smug and arrogant. Although Great Britain has long
ago abolished capital punishment for deadly criminals,
the British government and its state-run health care system
in effect sentenced an innocent little baby to death, a death
which might have been avoided had he been able to
receive experimental medical treatment, and admitted
"Hail Mary" but was a better option than either continuing
conventional treatment or letting the helpless little patient
fade away in a hospice. But the NHS would not sacrifice any
of its power and control over Baby Charlie and his parents,
who with the rest of Great Britain's approximately sixty
million people are mere subjects to the monolith that
is that country's ultra-statist government.

And this is the kind of health care system that our own statist
politicians want to ensnare us in. Yet another reason that
government should not have a say in what kind of health
care and coverage we get, and that we should never give our
government that power. This is state power run amuck,
gone mad, and destroying freedom along with the priceless
value of human life!

Rest in peace, dear little Charlie. You deserved better.

MEM

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Eight Great Years!

It's anniversary time for us, my great and wonderful readers
and dear friends! September 23 marks eight years of getting
together each week to pick apart the political and economic
news of the day, to see who's been naughty and who's been
nice from a freedom standpoint, to comfort the afflicted and
afflict the comfortable (such as smug left-wingers!), and to
celebrate our great and wonderful country with the freedom
we enjoy and work to protect. Time flies when you're having
fun!

May we continue to meet right here each and every week
to have yet more fun, while standing up for all that we are
blessed with as Americans, and cheerfully standing athwart
history yelling "stop!", as the late great William F. Buckley
did with his magazine National Review. Remember, we
are the ones who author history day by day with our actions;
let us act in ways which shall preserve our country, our liberty,
and our way of life. And what's more fun than that!

God bless!


MEM

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Conservative Warrior Steps Forward!

No sooner than State Senator Leah Vukmir declare her candidacy
for the United States Senate seat from your faithful Peasant's
home state of Wisconsin did another conservative star and friend
of mine declare his candidacy for the seat that Sen. Vukmir
is vacating to run for the U.S. Senate: State Rep. Dale Kooyenga!
And as had Senator Vukmir, Rep. Kooyenga exclusively announced
his candidacy on Dan O'Donnell's radio show.

Dale has served seven years in the Wisconsin State Assembly,
as strong a champion for conservative principles there as has
Leah Vukmir been in the State Senate (and in the Assembly,
as she held that very seat before being elected to her current
office). Limited government, low taxes, minimal regulations
so as not to cause undue difficulty in establishing or operating
a business, livable budgets, quality education, responsive and
responsible government are his standards, and I have no doubt
that Rep. Kooyenga will seamlessly continue Sen. Vukmir's
work in the Senate therefore.

A reserve officer in the Army Reserves, Dale is also strong
on veteran's issues, and has always been there for Wisconsin
vets and their families. An accountant as well, Dale is also
strong on fiscal issues and is a proven friend to hard working,
taxpaying Wisconsinites. A finer candidate to replace Senator
Vukmir is as rare as a unicorn!

Therefore your pleased and proud Peasant endorses State Rep.
Dale Kooyenga for the State Senate! Success and blessings for
you, my good friend!


MEM

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Conservative Warrior Cometh!

Just this very morning your exuberant Peasant was listening
to one of my favorite conservative talk show hosts, 
Dan O'Donnell, conversing with guest State Senator
Leah Vukmir who made a very special announcement.
My one-time state representative and state senator
(I no longer live in her district), after much thought and 
deliberation has declared her candidacy for the United States
Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

I told Leah when I saw her at the Wauwatosa Fourth of July
parade that whatever she wanted to do regarding this
opportunity that she would have my full support. Leah has
been a conservative warrior in the legislature, whether the
GOP was in the majority or the minority, whether a republican
or a democrat was in the governor's office. Always a
tireless, relentless, unwavering advocate for smaller, more
responsible government, lower and fewer taxes, less onerous
regulation for small businesses, defending the unborn, and
giving schoolchildren and their parents decent choices for
the children's education, Leah will bring principle and
responsiveness to the U.S. Senate, something that the
GOP majority seems to need a strong dose of and that the
Dems in that chamber need to be sobered up by.

Leah will be an asset to President Trump and his legislative
agenda, especially with his tax reform programs. And she is
a quick study on the issues, so she will contribute right away
to the president's efforts to curb illegal immigration, as well as
his ideas for strengthening our military and shaping our foreign
policy. She will also be most helpful in reforming the Veterans
Administration and how it administers its veteran's hospitals.
Some horror stories have come out of several of them; the one
in Tomah, here your favorite Peasant's home state of Wisconsin,
is among them. A close friend, an army veteran, was hospitalized
there and he was constantly doped up on an endless stream of
medication practically forced on him by the staff because no one
wanted to actually treat him for his ailments, no one seemed to care.
Senator Baldwin certainly didn't care about my friend or the other
patients that were treated to the same "care". A U.S. Marine patient
there was so overly medicated that he took his own life.
When Marquette Baylor, a member of Sen. Baldwin's staff played
whistleblower and shined the light of attention on the incidents
at the Tomah facility, Sen. Baldwin promptly fired her, and did
her damndest to sweep the matter under the rug, commenting as
little as possible about the matter. For this reason, Sen. Baldwin
should in turn be fired by the Wisconsin electorate.

My friend Leah Vukmir got into politics when she saw the poor
quality of education that her children were receiving from their
public school. When she inquired regarding same to their teacher,
she was sent --- literally --- to the principal's office. She was told
to speak to the principal about her concerns, and when doing so
she was referred to the school board. Having never received
any satisfactory answers to her questions regarding her children's
education, she took matters into her own hands and ran for public
office. She has been in one elected office or another over the
ensuing years, serving her constituents most ably.

Leah is challenging one other candidate for the Republican party's
nomination to run against Sen. Baldwin. The other candidate is
an earnest sort and a recent convert from the Democrat party,
having seen the light about their unrelenting leftism, but lacks
State Sen. Vukmir's experience in public office and accompanying
service, as well as her years of membership and involvement in
the Republican party. Therefore, your faithful Peasant is pleased
and proud to endorse Leah Vukmir, current state senator, for
the United States Senate, and I hereby pledge my support in any
and all ways that I am able. You'll make a fine candidate, and an
even better United States Senator, Leah! God bless!


MEM