Ten ‘Mama Grizzlies’ and a ‘Fat Guy’ GOP Future

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Blogger

It has not been a good year for President Barack Obama and the Democrats. And while most of the bad news was generated by Obama himself and the “ship of fools” he has surrounded himself with in the White House, it was congressional Democrats who paid the price Nov. 2.

Unfortunately, given the quality of Republican leadership in the years since the departure of Newt Gingrich, we have no guarantee that Republicans will take full advantage of the coming shift in the political balance of power. The uncertainty evidenced by their handling of issues in the recent lame-duck session leaves us to wonder whether the male-dominated House and Senate leadership won’t once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.)

On the Republican side of the aisle in Congress we find few truly courageous and outspoken members. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and Jim DeMint of South Carolina are notable exceptions. When asked why they are not more aggressive in their response to Democrats and their policies, Senate Republicans would likely murmur something about the Senate being the world’s foremost “gentlemen’s club.”  A “gentlemen’s club,” indeed… run by the likes of Harry Reid and Dick Durbin? Not!

As matters now stand, the shortage of testosterone among conservative and Republican men has become so critical that, as Republicans move to capture the ground that Democrats have relinquished, the strongest leadership potential in the Republican ranks is to be found among women and minorities.

Sarah Palin

Among the most effective and outspoken conservative elected officials, dubbed “Mama Grizzlies” by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.); Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.); Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi (R-Fla.); Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.); Governor-elect Mary Fallin (R-Okla.); Governor-elect Nikki Haley (R-S.C.); Governor-elect Susana Martinez (R-N.M.); and Congresswoman-elect Kristi Noem (R-S.D.).

Outside the realm of elective office, we have an equally impressive cadre of strong conservative female writers and thought-leaders, including Tammy Bruce, Amanda Carpenter, Mona Charen, Linda Chavez, Liz Cheney, Ann Coulter, Monica Crowley, Mary Katharine Ham, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, K.T. McFarland, Kate Obenshain, Dana Perino, Phyllis Schlafly, and Teri Thompson… to name just a few.

Congressman-elect Allen West (R-Fla.)

They are joined by a growing number of strong and eloquent black conservatives, including former corporate CEO Herman Cain; Republican political strategist Angela McGlowan; Lincoln Institute President Jay Parker; conservative columnist Star Parker; conservative author, Rev. Wayne Perryman; National Black Republicans President Frances Rice; Congressman-elect Tim Scott (R-S.C.); Congressman-elect Allen West (R-FL); and economics professor Walter Williams.

Deborah Blum, author of Sex on the Brain, tells us that, “Feminists become understandably annoyed by the oversimplified, back-to-the-kitchen notion that women don’t have the hormonal underpinnings for competition. And plenty of men… are equally annoyed at being dismissed as a bunch of naturally bad-tempered apes.”

Clearly, Ms. Blum has not spent a great deal of time around conservatives and Republicans in recent times. At a time in our history when events call for conservative leaders to be “naturally bad-tempered apes,” almost to a man, the best-known conservatives and Republicans tend to be milquetoast wimps. It’s hard to imagine the likes of Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell, or the weepy John Boehner in the role of “naturally bad-tempered apes,” a personality type that will be absolutely essential in dealing with badly-wounded House and Senate Democrats and a “shellacked” Obama armed with a veto pen.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Because liberals and Democrats are what they are, the last thing the country needs is wimpish “nice guy” Republicans in the Oval Office and in the congressional leadership. Other than Newt Gingrich, the only man in the ranks of Republican leaders who appears to have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with liberals, Democrats, and their bought-and-paid-for special interests, is Gov. Chris Christie, the “fat guy” from New Jersey.

In a recent Trenton press conference, Christie chastised a columnist for the Newark Star-Ledger.  When the columnist questioned whether the governor had adopted a “confrontational tone” with legislative Democrats and the politically powerful teachers’ unions, Christie replied, “You should see me when I’m really pissed. I love when people say they don’t want to have argument. That’s what we were sent here for.” Holding up a Democratic press release, Christie said, “Here it is:  Bigger government, higher taxes, more spending. I believe in less government, lower taxes and in empowering local officials who are elected by their citizens to be able to fix their problems…”

He continued, “This is who I am. Like it or not, you guys are stuck with me for four years and I’m going to say things directly. When you ask me questions, I’m going to answer them directly, straightly, bluntly, and nobody in New Jersey is going to have to wonder where I am on an issue… and I think they’ve had enough of politicians who make them wonder. I came here to govern, not to worry about re-election. I came here to do what people sent me here to do, and so, ‘blunt?’ ‘direct?’ Maybe you might say ‘honest and refreshing.’ Maybe we could see that in your paper tomorrow.”

It is the kind of straightforward and unambiguous leadership that Republicans at all levels will have to display in the years ahead if the elections of Nov. 2 are to have any meaning at all.

Newt Gingrich

In 1994, Gingrich and other Republicans signed a hard-nosed “Contract with America,” promising much-needed reform in Congress. The voters responded positively and Republicans experienced four productive years between January 1995 and January 1999, conducting themselves as we would expect them to. But then, when Gingrich chose not to seek reelection in 1998, House leadership fell to Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Tom Delay (R-Texas)… both of whom set about organizing a Republican majority that was indistinguishable from Democrats.

Hastert and Delay were still there when George W. Bush arrived in 2001, claiming to be a “compassionate” conservative… which proved only that he hadn’t the foggiest notion of what a conservative was. By failing to exercise any party discipline over a free-spending Republican Congress, all Bush did was to make it impossible for lifelong rank-and-file Republicans to defend the party they had always thought of as the last best hope for America.

Who can deny that the ultimate fate of our country was set in concrete during the Roosevelt Administration when New Deal Democrats decided that political power could be solidified by purchasing the allegiance of special interests… interest groups and individuals who wanted something from government… and using other people’s money to do it?

The complete socialization of America and the destruction of the capitalist system has been the sole raison d’être of the Democratic Party for more than seventy-five years, and were it possible to paint a picture of what party leaders have seen as their ultimate dream during all those years, the Obama Administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress would be their ideal. The current crop of Democrats in the White House and in Congress are simply the most evil and corrupt group of politicians ever to set foot in Washington. It is Chicago-San Francisco-Las Vegas social and political morality transported to Washington and tailored to engulf the entire nation.

Liberals and Democrats have not failed to notice the power (and danger) of feminist gains on the right. In an August 28, 2010 New York Times editorial by Anna Holmes and Rebecca Traister titled, “A Palin of Our Own,” they wrote, “An older generation of female Democrats, including Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Pelosi, are about as eager to mount a Palin-style girl-powered campaign as they are to wear a miniskirt on the House floor…

“But as women of a different generation – of, gulp, Sarah Palin’s generation – we wonder if Democrats shouldn’t look to her for twisted inspiration, and recognize that the future of women in politics will be about coming to terms with (and inventing) new models… If Sarah Palin and her acolytes successfully redefine what it means to be a groundbreaking political woman, it will be because progressives let it happen – and in doing so, ensured that when it comes to making history, there will be no one but Mama Grizzlies to do the job.”

On Feb. 28, 1854, some 30 devout abolitionists, opponents of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, met in a small one-room schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisc., to create a new political party… the Republican Party. And if a lack of strong leadership and a departure from Republican principles demands that we do it all over again we have a good beginning. We have ten Mama Grizzles and a fat guy from New Jersey to build on.

Hollrah is a senior fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a contributing editor for Family Security Matters and a number of online publications.  He resides in northeast Oklahoma.

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‘Barack Obama’s Seven Mystery States Coin Collection” Marks One-Year Anniversary

In a post one year ago today, I introduced the nation to “Barack Obama’s Seven Mystery States Coin Collection.” Today, I share updated details about the unique and collectible coin set that continues to remind Americans of the seven mystery states that, on May 9, 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said he had visited while on the presidential campaign trail.  Simply click on any of the links or images below to see enlarged versions of the popular coins featured in this unique collection:

STATE OF CONFUSION — Not to be confused with his home state of Illinois, the State of Confusion is where Barack Obama has left many of his liberal followers who, during President Obama’s first year in office, have expressed dismay over the positions he’s taken and the people he’s selected to become high-ranking members of his administration. The coin at left depicts confused Obama supporters wondering where their “change” went.

STATE OF DENIAL — Though President Obama won’t admit it, the State of Denial (a.k.a., “Russia”) is where many of his radical left-wing socialist ideas have their roots. The coin at right shows Obama wearing a Russian fur hat while still in denial about his political leanings.

STATE OF OF DISBELIEF — It’s the state in which many Americans now find themselves after watching President Obama spend the country into an economic crisis like none seen since the Great Depression. The coin at left shows a typical American taxpayer trying unsuccessfully to make Obama’s match work.

STATE OF DISCONTENT — It’s home to bitter churchgoers who do little beyond sitting at home and clinging to their guns and religion. The coin at right shows how those bitter-clinging people of faith feel about the nation’s top gun salesman.

STATE OF EUPHORIA — It’s home to people who find Obama’s empty promises so appealing, in fact, that they have one state motto: “Hope and Change.” The coin at left shows the Obama campaign flag and the hammer-and-sickle flag flying over the nation’s capitol.

STATE OF ISRAEL — President Obama is not welcome in this state, he wishes it didn’t exist and hasn’t made many friends in this state during the past 12 months.  The coin at right shows how he hopes Israel will look in the future (i.e., “gone”).

STATE OF SHOCK — It’s the state in which Americans find themselves after experiencing the highest unemployment numbers in decades. The coin at left shows a typical American family in shock after “adjusting” to their new lifestyle under Obama’s rule Administration.

Which State Will Receive Most Attention During Barack Obama’s ‘State of the Union’ Speech?

Among the seven mystery states created by then-candidate Barack Obama on the day he told Americans he had visited 57 states, which one will receive the most attention in his just-like-a-State of the Union speech tomorrow night?  Read the summaries below and click on any of the images or links to see enlarged versions of the coins depicting each of the seven mystery states:

Not to be confused with his home state of Illinois, the STATE OF CONFUSION is the place where President Obama leaves many of his liberal followers who, during the weeks since the election, have expressed dismay over the positions he’s taken and the people he’s selected to become high-ranking members of his administration.  The coin at left depicts confused Obama supporters wondering where their “change” went.

Though Barack Obama won’t admit it, the STATE OF DENIAL (a.k.a., “Russia”) is where many of his radical left-wing socialist ideas have their roots.  The coin at right shows Obama wearing a Russian fur hat while still in denial about his political leanings.

Many Americans find themselves in the STATE OF OF DISBELIEF after learning that a U.S. senator and Harvard Law School graduate thinks spending more than $1 trillion is the solution to the nation’s economic crisis.  The coin at left shows a typical American taxpayer trying unsuccessfully to make Obama’s match work.

The STATE OF DISCONTENT is home to bitter churchgoers who do little beyond sitting at home and clinging to their guns and religion.  The coin at right shows how those bitter-clinging people of faith feel about their new commander-in-chief.

Home to people who find Obama’s empty promises so appealing, the STATE OF EUPHORIA has one state motto:  “Hope and Change.”  The coin at left shows the Obama campaign flag and the hammer-and-sickle flag flying over the nation’s capitol.

Though Obama is not welcome in the STATE OF ISRAEL and wishes it didn’t exist, he has reportedly entered the Jewish homeland — accompanied by Jimmy Carter and members of Hamas — through underground tunnels that connect the Jewish state with Gaza.  The coin shown at right shows how Obama hopes Israel will look in the future (i.e., “gone”).

Finally, the STATE OF SHOCK is the state in which Americans find themselves after experiencing a rapid and precipitous decline in the standard of living to which they became accustomed during the Ronald Reagan years.  The coin at left shows a typical American family in shock after “adjusting” to their new lifestyle under Obama’s rule Administration.

‘Barack Obama’s Seven Mystery States Coin Collection’ Revealed in Time for Inauguration Day

Because it’s clear that Americans are more interested in Barack Obama’s hope-and-change politics than they are in saving for their own futures, Bob McCarty Writes is offering an alternative to the U.S. Mint’s recently-concluded 50 State Quarters® Program:  It’s the “Barack Obama’s Seven Mystery States Coin Collection.”

A unique and collectible coin set designed by Michael at My Personal Litmus, the Barack Obama’s Seven Mystery States Coin Collection serves to remind Americans of the seven mystery states that, on May 9, 2008, then-presidential candidate Obama said he had visited while on the campaign trail.

CLICK TO ENLARGE — Simply click on any of the links or images below to see enlarged versions of these seven never-before-seen coins featured in this unique collection:

STATE OF CONFUSION — Not to be confused with his home state of Illinois, the State of Confusion is where Barack Obama leaves many of his liberal followers who, during the weeks since the election, have expressed dismay over the positions he’s taken and the people he’s selected to become high-ranking members of his administration.  The coin at left depicts confused Obama supporters wondering where their “change” went.

STATE OF DENIAL — Though Barack Obama won’t admit it, the State of Denial (a.k.a., “Russia”) is where many of his radical left-wing socialist ideas have their roots.  The coin at right shows Obama wearing a Russian fur hat while still in denial about his political leanings.

STATE OF OF DISBELIEF — It’s the state in which many Americans find themselves after learning that a U.S. senator and Harvard Law School graduate thinks spending more than $1 trillion is the solution to the nation’s economic crisis.  The coin at left shows a typical American taxpayer trying unsuccessfully to make Obama’s match work.

STATE OF DISCONTENT — It’s home to bitter churchgoers who do little beyond sitting at home and clinging to their guns and religion.  The coin at right shows how those bitter-clinging people of faith feel about their new commander-in-chief.

STATE OF EUPHORIA — It’s home to people who find Obama’s empty promises so appealing, in fact, that they have one state motto:  “Hope and Change.”  The coin at left shows the Obama campaign flag and the hammer-and-sickle flag flying over the nation’s capitol.

STATE OF ISRAEL — Though Obama is not welcome in this state and wishes it didn’t exist, he has reportedly entered Israel — accompanied by Jimmy Carter and members of Hamas — through underground tunnels that connect the Jewish state with Gaza.  The coin shown at right shows how Obama hopes Israel will look in the future (i.e., “gone”).

STATE OF SHOCK — It’s the state in which Americans find themselves after experiencing a rapid and precipitous decline in the standard of living to which they became accustomed during the Ronald Reagan years.  The coin at left shows a typical American family in shock after “adjusting” to their new lifestyle under Obama’s rule Administration.

Editor’s Note: Though we realize that the U.S. Mint will roll out the D.C. quarter Jan. 19 and that it will be followed throughout the year by quarters for each U.S. territory (i.e., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Marianas Islands), we also realize that few people will actually be interested in coins representing islands that, thanks to Obama’s economic policies, they can no longer afford to visit.

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*Because of economic conditions, we are unable at this time to make these coins available to the public.  If, however, a reader is interested in financing such a venture, please express your interest in the form of an e-mail and send it to:  BobMcCartyWrites (at) gmail (dot) com [Remember to replace (at) with @ and (dot) with a period].

UPDATE: If interest swells, Interest has swelled in t-shirts and other merchandise bearing these designs, so I’ve made items will be made available.  Let us know your wants, needs and desires ASAP. Click here or on the image at the top of this post to find an item you like.

Unanswered: ‘Is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ?’

Early this afternoon, I came across a post, 50 Buzziest Blog Posts of All Time, published Sept. 17, 2008, at Nerve.com.  Listed 17th among the “buzziest” blog posts is a four-year-old entry from the apostropher blog.  It’s headline raised the still-unanswered question, “Is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ?”

Aside from the obvious attention-getting aspect of the headline, I found the post interesting for several other reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it was published only 10 days after Barack Obama — then only a member of the Illinois Senate, now a president-elect — delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Also making it newsworthy is the fact that the post has logged nearly 2,500 comments — up from Nerve.com‘s time-of-publication figure of “nearly 2000.”

Perhaps the most-interesting observation about the item described as a “throwaway post on an obscure blog” is the fact that, as Nerve.com is quick to observe, a majority of the people who have left comments on the post believe Obama IS the Anti-Christ:

Many of the commenters quote scripture at length, detailing the Bible’s description of what the Anti-Christ’s attributes will be when he appears on earth: “uncanny skill,” “ability to deceive,” a “victorious advance,” and “he will brook no rivalry in the mad pursuit of increasing authority, prestige and power.” Sure sounds like Barack! A stunning example of how blogs have given fringe views a chance for real momentum — today, a Google search of “barack obama” and “anti-christ” yields 584,000 hits.

The question remains:  Is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ? Whether you think he is or is not the Anti-Christ, I think you can agree with me when I say, “The devil’s in the details.”

Hat tip:  Cyberjournalist.net

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See also: Writer Says ‘Something Monumentally Large Afoot’

See also: Is Establishment of One World Religion in Works?

‘Presidential Chicago’ Tourism Push Stirs Memories

Editor’s Note: On the heels of Barack Obama‘s election victory Tuesday, the “Choose Chicago” web site is inviting visitors to “experience the city the Obamas enjoy” and even offers a Presidential Chicago web page.  Upon learning of the site yesterday, I felt it appropriate to republish memories of a family daytrip to the Windy City taken Oct. 9, 2007.  Those memories appear below.

Chicago Daytrip an Eye-Opener for Lost Tourists

Yesterday, this blogger spent the day as a tourist in Chicago. But I didn’t play “tourist” the entire time. In fact, I played “lost tourist” for a couple of the 11 hours spent in the Windy City. As a result, I experienced aspects of life on the city’s south side few tourists see. And did I mention that I had my wife, three sons and one of their friends with me? Well, I did.

Flying in from St. Louis, we arrived at Chicago’s Midway Airport at about 10 a.m. CST and began our day with a ride on the Orange Line train. A short walk and a free trolley ride later, we arrived for our tourist-mandatory visit to the Navy Pier. Underwhelmed by the offerings there, we opted to walk downtown in search of food, lead by the stomachs of my oldest son and his friend, both high school seniors.

We walked for blocks and blocks in search of the right place to eat. Along the way, we stopped at Millennium Park and saw Cloud Gate, the shiny mirror-covered creation of British artist Anish Kapoor. (That’s my photo above.)

Unfortunately, it took nearly an hour and a half of walking at a sightseeing pace before we finally settled for food court fare at Westfield North Bridge, an upscale mall located on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. There, we enjoyed a meal of tasty sandwiches and drinks before walking back to the nearest train stop in search of a train to take us to the Museum of Science and Industry.

Because I had forgotten the maps — our “game plan” for the day — in the van at the St. Louis airport, I was forced to rely on station maps and personnel of the Chicago Transit Authority. Big mistake. The directions given to me by the lady dressed in a CTA uniform led us to take the Green Line train. I was told we could get off at either the 51st or Ashland/63rd stops and walk to the museum which she said was on 55th street. She was wrong. At least, it appeared that way.

The further the Green Line train took us, the more my very-Caucasian group began to feel out of place. Outside the windows of our train car, the scenery morphed from downtown office buildings, to warehouse/industrial areas and, finally, to neighborhoods I’m certain have served as prime filming locations for more than one episode of COPS.

Hoping the scenery outside would change, we continued on our train ride. Unfortunately for us, the view didn’t change. It only got worse. And then the train reached the end of the Green Line. Ashland/63rd. A recorded message, something to this effect, followed over the train’s public address system: “All passengers must leave the train.” And we did.

Standing on the platform at the Ashland/63rd stop, six very pale middle-class St. Louisans appeared out of place. Looking to the activity on the streets below, we saw dilapidated buildings in every direction. And we saw people, walking the streets and sidewalks, apparently without destinations in mind. I told my wife it didn’t matter what the CTA lady had told us. “We are not walking to 55th street through this neighborhood,” I said before instructing my traveling companions to get back on the train before it departed without us.

We sat on the train for what seemed an eternity but was probably less than 15 minutes, waiting for the train to depart the Ashland/63rd platform. During that time, we watched a sad form of street theater taking place before our eyes on the streets and sidewalks below the platform:

  • An apparently-drunk man walked across an intersection and forced a handful of drivers to slam on their brakes in order to avoid striking him with their cars; and
  • As if we were watching a crime show on television, we saw drug dealers conducting transactions, apparently fearless and unafraid of being apprehended by the police officer wearing a bright yellow reflective vest on the other side of the intersection.

Finally, our train began moving slowly. Then it stopped. Slowly again. Stopped again. Then moving for good.

Chicago Peacenik Duo

Chicago Peacenik Duo

Upon safely returning to civilization, we walked along lake shore before turning toward downtown for another food adventure. On the way to a delicious dinner at Pizano’s Pizza (Madison and State), we passed the Crown Fountain and met two young Chicago peaceniks carrying signs (see photo at right).

If their signs are any indication of our future, I might be more afraid of the peaceniks than I was of the drug dealers at Ashland/63rd. How can that be? Because the drug dealers’ activities, while illegal, are rooted in economic survival and involve a degree of entrepreneurship. Conversely, the peaceniks’ ideology is rooted in a perverse sense of ignorant bliss that distorts reality. If allowed to run amok via the election of someone like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or John Edwards, it will lead to the demise of the world’s longest-lasting free republic.

Is Obama Planning to Redistribute Chocolate, Too?

Is Barack Obama planning to redistribute chocolate as well as wealth?  That’s my suspicion.

It surfaced in my mind this morning after I saw news clips of John McCain and Sarah Palin beginning National Chocolate Day in the de facto Chocolate Capitol of the United States, Hershey, Pa.  Soon after, I came up with a campaign tactic the Republican running mates can use to sway — note that I didn’t say “steal” as in ACORN — voters away from Barack Obama.  Here it is:

McCain and Palin need to let voters know the Democratic Party presidential nominee will, if elected, force them to share their chocolate with others — even people who don’t like chocolate — after he implements the confectionary version of his plan to redistribute wealth.

Why do I think this tactic might work?  Because the numbers work out.

According to publicly-accessible “Fun Facts” data on the web site of the National Confectioners Association of America, 52 percent of U.S. adults — or roughly 250 million people — said they like chocolate better than any other candy.  Further, those adults consume an average of more than 10 pounds of chocolate per year, according to Chocolate.org.

Put in political terms, chocolate lovers represent a potentially-huge voting block.  If properly motivated by McCain and Palin, perhaps they will raise what might be described as a roar of “Chocolate Thunder” after learning of Obama’s plan.  Soon after, they’ll flood the ballot boxes with torrents of “Chocolate Rain” (i.e., votes for McCain-Palin).