Monthly Archives: November 2007

Why Lou Barletta Should Not Run For Congress

“I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.” President George W. Bush

DCCC cash on hand $46,494,438.30
NRCC cash on hand $22,594,563.55

* as of Oct. 2007

Why Lou Barletta Should Not Run For Congress
by: Joe Leonardi

Republicans are more than likely going to lose more seats in 2008. Throughout the country President Bush has destroyed our party unity. All you have to do is look at the cash on hand and donations coming into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee compared to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Mayor Lou Barletta — this is not the time, in a democratic district, to take on a democratic incumbent.

To break it down:

– According to FEC filings the Barletta for Congress committee is still in debt about one hundred fifty thousand dollars. Kanjorski’s committee has over 1.2 million dollars on hand. No matter what Lou raises, he is still over 1.3 million dollars down.

– The DCCC is not going to let a senior house member go without a major fight. The money that the DCCC will pour into the 11th will be astronomical. The NRCC will not have the money to fight back.

– Lou has made quite a splash with his stance on illegal immigration. However, Congressman Tom Tancredo has been more vocal and more effective. Tancredo actually helped kill the amnesty bill in the Congress. Has that translated into more support for his presidential bid? If immigration was the end all and be all of national politics, Tom Tancredo would be a top tier candidate in the presidential primary race. Is he?

– The big issues against Kanjorski are nepotism and cronyism. In Luzerne County the voters simply do not care. The money to the Kanjorski nephews was an issue in 2002 and 2006. Cronyism was an issue in the Luzerne County Commissioners race. However each and every time the incumbent democrat won. The fact is, that in Luzerne County, the voters don’t care about cronyism.

The 11th congressional district is more than just Luzerne County.

– Lackawanna County’s republican precincts went democratic in the last commissioner’s race. Granted, many of these precincts were in the 10th, but that only emphasizes the dissatisfaction. Most precincts in the 11th are democratic. If they are angry with republicans, does anyone think, that over one issue they are going to turn republican?

– Monroe County, for the first time in years, has elected democratic majority commissioners.

– Carbon County is a democratic stronghold. Kanjorski is very highly thought of there.

– Columbia County, which is probably the most conservative county, has strongly supported congressman Kanjorski. He has currently promised a levy system on the banks of the river. His seniority, being a member of the majority party and his accomplishments with the levy system up river, will all but assure continued support.

– On two major issues; abortion and gun control, Congressman Kanjorski is solidly in line with the voters in his district. He has received high ratings from the National Right to Life Committee and National Rifle Association. These are huge issues in Northeast Pennsylvania, and with no difference between candidates, most are likely to stick with their party.

– There is no conservative at the top of the republican ticket. Translated — on election day conservatives will stay home. The myth that Hilary Clinton will push conservatives to the polls is one that should not be counted on. If anything, after eight years of President Bush, it is my belief that Democrats will turn out in force to ensure the election of, along with a democratic house and senate, a democratic president.

– Finally, the Mayor’s experience is in the executive branch. In my opinion, Lou Barletta should run for either Governor or Lieutenant Governor. Congress would be a waste of his leadership qualities and abilities. In the House of Representatives he becomes one voice in a sea of four hundred thirty five. He will be a freshman in the minority party. He is not going to be given any committee assignments to raise his profile. If anything, with the democrats in control, he will be minimized and probably never get anywhere near a committee that has anything to do with immigration. Additionally, the democrats will likely cut off funds to much of his district. By freezing out “Congressman” Barletta, it ensures that in two years the seat will go back to the Democrats.

Mayor Barletta is a good, decent honorable man. If he chooses to run he will have my vote. However, presently he possesses secure, salient, powerful political capital. If he opts to misspend it — it will be Lou Barletta’s parting, political swan song.

Joe Leonardi

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The Primary Season

‘‘We have no input into who’s the nominee at all. Does that make any sense? The state that is one of the most important in the general election has no input in the primary.” Ed Rendell March 2007

‘‘It is absolutely insane to have it (the primary) front-loaded the way it is…It’ll only be the candidates who have the huge money who can survive.” Ed Rendell April 2007

The Primary Season
by: Joe Leonardi

The primary season has “officially” begun. Though the candidates for president have been running for almost one year, the November 2007 general election is over and it is time to focus on 2008.

As a Reagan conservative, I still don’t know for whom I will cast a vote. The front runners aren’t conservative and Fred Thompson, whom prior to his announcement caught my attention, has thus far been lackluster. I have not really chosen anyone to support, but I am narrowing it down.

My preferred candidate would have been Senator Chuck Hagel, but he has opted out. It is a shame, because a true conservative, one who actually served not only in the military, but in a war, was blacklisted because he spoke out against President Bush’s blundering in Iraq. The most inane part is he was shouted down and shut out by those who avoided military service. Not only the current administration, but many conservative commentators, pundits and bloggers who never served a day in uniform derailed, denounced and demeaned the heroic Hagel.

Being a resident of Pennsylvania my vote will be rendered unnecessary. Or to be more blunt, in the primary, it appears PA will be irrelevant. There was a chance to move the primary election up to February, but thanks to those in Harrisburg, even Governor Rendell was on both sides of the argument, ours will not take place until April. If history is any indicator the nominee will have been chosen.

One comment concerning primary elections. Here in northeast Pennsylvania, we have a local radio talk show host, Steve Corbett, who is a registered independent. He has railed against the unfairness that Pennsylvania does not allow him to vote in the primary. That the big bad stringent state does not permit him and other independents to participate in the process. Well, I like Steve and say this with the utmost respect — tough.

Steve, it is not the state that is forbidding, it is the choice to register as an independent that limits one’s voting opportunities. If you or any individual chooses not to support a party, then you should not vote in that party’s primary.

Personally, I am strongly opposed to open primaries. The primary process is set up so that members of a particular party nominate a candidate to represent their party. Why should someone who does not share an ideology want to vote or be permitted to vote in a primary. In my opinion they should not.

An open primary allows the opposing party to unjustly effect the outcome of the other party. For example, let us say that Hilary Clinton has the lock on the the nomination — there is no way, no how she is going to lose. Let’s make this example even more absurd and say that every other democratic candidate has dropped out.

In my example, let us also say that on the republican side, there remains a full slate of candidates. If every state had an open primary, or permitted independents to choose a party on election day, what is to stop all the democrats or democrat leaning independents to go into the polls and cast a vote for a third or fourth tier candidate? One who has no chance in the general election. So now the democrats have influenced the republican nominating process. They have now corrupted and co-opted the general election. Is this proper? Is this just? Of course not!

Can you imagine if the Republicans were to hypothetically do the same thing? The democrats, from the pages of the New York Times, will yell voter fraud and election thievery.

If you choose to be independent that is your right and I applaud you. However, grow up and don’t complain because you can’t vote in the democratic or republican primary. The choice is yours. If you more closely identify with one of the major parties, change your registration and work to get the candidate that best represents your views elected to office.

Your party affiliation or lack thereof is your choice, it is not the government, it is not the party, nor is it the process that is excluding you from voting — it is you excluding yourself.

Joe Leonardi

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Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy our national day of Thanksgiving.

Joe

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How Liberalism Leads to Slavery

“I fear that giving mankind a dependence on anything for support in age or sickness, besides industry and frugality during youth and health, tends to flatter our natural indolence, to encourage idleness and prodigality, and thereby to promote and increase poverty, the very evil it was intended to cure.” Ben Franklin

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche

How Liberalism Leads to Slavery
by: Joe Leonardi

Liberalism is the scourge of modern society. It’s mantra of entitlement is slowly leading the United States into an inescapable abyss. The liberals hide their treachery in the promotion of human kindness. They claim that their interests are only “what is best for the common people.” Their subterfuge hides a more sinister outcome. Liberals are destroying the independent spirit of humankind.

A recurring theme in American history is that of the rugged individual. The belief that most people unencumbered by an oppressive government not only can, but desire to provide for themselves. In today’s nanny state we are slowly losing this.

There are two primary questions to ask. How do liberals do this and why?

The why is easy. Pure, unmitigated power. Through dependence the liberal seeks to control the masses. It is much the way many of histories most tyrannical despots ruled their countries. While the likes of Stalin, Mao, and Hitler used fear and intimidation to keep their political opponents silent, they also fostered government reliance to keep the masses in check and enslaved.

The how is a little more complicated and, in my opinion, much more malevolent. Liberals, since the progressive era, have chosen Robin Hood economics to demolish the American dream and break the American spirit. Early 20th century progressives sought to steal from the most productive citizens and give their money, transferring it unearned, to the least productive. To accomplish this they required the power to tax all income. To ensure unbridled authority to take from the rich and give to the poor, the progressive movement introduced, passed, ratified and enacted the Sixteenth Amendment. Congress was given the authority to “wet their beaks.” In less than half of a century the American government abolished slavery over a portion of the population and reintroduced it over the whole.

In the beginning, this was sold as a tax on only the wealthy. Because to gain popular support liberals, then and now, vilify those who create wealth and earn large incomes, often ignoring the fact that those are the same who create jobs.

Of course, the rich are not the only ones taxed. The ability to tax shackles the American income earner at every rung of the economic ladder. The harder we work, the more we earn, the more we are extorted to give the federal government “their cut.” Taxation is the means the government utilizes to enslave the middle and high wage earners, entrepreneurs and job creators.

Most everyday folks don’t care what happens to these people, because liberals indoctrinate them into the belief that “rich” people don’t deserve what they have and they must be compelled to share what they have earned. What the believers of this fallacy do not realize is that they too are being enslaved by the liberal ruling class.

How? Redistribution. Utilizing this method the lower classes become tacit wards of the state, forever trapped in poverty, begging the omnipotent liberal government to provide.

Locally, we have a talk show host who wants free health care, free swimming, free skateboard parks, free everything for everyone. Well — nothing is free. The hard working income earners and producers will be over-taxed to provide these gratis services.

The simple truth that these liberal slave masters don’t want you do know is that the more you are “given,” the less you have. Soon the United States will resemble much of Europe. People will be locked into the class to which they are born. Upward mobility will be a thing of the past. Those that do not earn their way in our society will be placated with all the basic necessities of life. Their ability and desire to provide for themselves will no longer matter. They will have been stripped of inherent traits that made America and Americans the envy of the world.

When Stalin died much of the free world rejoiced in the departure of a ruthless, cold-blooded tyrant. However, the populace of the former Soviet Union wept in fear. They cried out, “who will take care of us?” They did not need to be beaten into submissive servitude. No, they were conciliated into it.

Will this be our dreadful, dire destiny? Do we yearn to be hand fed from cradle to grave; or do we “yearn to breathe free?”

When did adversity, hardship and struggle become dirty words. I want the opportunity to succeed or fail based upon my decisions, based upon my drive, based upon my actions. I want the freedom to live my life unrestrained by government sanctioned slavery. Don’t you?

Beware the modern, moderated, boisterous beatnik beating the drum for a free, fanciful, easy existence. Because the cost of “free” — is freedom.

Joe Leonardi

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is the day we, citizens of the United States of America, honor those whom have served our country. I present a handful of quotes. They were not chosen because of the speaker or writer, they were chosen for the words. So on this day let us remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Respect the men and women who have worn and who continue to wear the uniform and serve the United States of America

“Veterans Day is not about the hawk nor the dove. Neither is it about right or left, liberal or conservative, republican or democrat. Most definitely, it is not about politics nor politicians. November 11th is about — Veterans. Let us praise them. Let us honor them. Let us never, forget them.”
—Joe Leonardi, U.S. Navy Veteran

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“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” — George Washington

“No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
— Ronald Reagan

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good
enough to be given a square deal afterwards.

More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”
Theodore Roosevelt, Speech to veterans, Springfield, IL, July 4, 1903

“Heroism is latent in every human soul – However humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all the self-denials – privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life-”
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.
And, our soldiers don’t just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.
— Senator Zell Miller of Georgia

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
~José Narosky

I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot. ~Gary Hart

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire
to live taking the form of readiness to die.
~G.K. Chesterton

[Mr. President, how did you become a war hero?]
It was absolutely involuntary. They sank my boat.

John F. Kennedy

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Iran — the next great threat

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”
– Winston Churchill

Mutual assured destruction – Severe, unavoidable reciprocal damage that superpowers are likely to inflict on each other or their allies in a nuclear war, conceived as the heart of a doctrine of nuclear deterrence. U.S. Military Dictionary

Iran — the next great threat
by: Joe Leonardi

Iran remains on the move toward becoming a nuclear power. What should we, the United States, do about it?

Prevent it!

I don’t think I am speaking out of turn by stating that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. They have a history of anti-west, specifically anti-United States, sentiments. They are a state sponsor of terrorists. Iran is currently led by a president who openly calls for the destruction of Israel. What choices do we have?

None.

How did we get here?

That, will take more than a one or two word answer.

The blowback effect is one of the important concepts overlooked by those who discuss geopolitics. Blowback is a metaphor for the unintended consequences of the U.S. government’s international activities.

In one of the debates Ron Paul actually attempted to discuss it. However, an arrogant and condescending Rudy Giuliani glibly and erroneously shot him down. In that solitary moment, the former Mayor demonstrated his lack of global political comprehension and exhibited that he is not ready to govern a world power.

Understand, I am not stating, by any stretch of the imagination, that we deserved what happened to us on September 11th. The attacks on 9/11 were acts of pure cowardice. Acts of evil perpetrated by fanatics who have zero respect for human life.

Yet, when making decisions, we can not negate the strength of insightful reflection and thoughtful foresight. We presently need someone in office who understands that actions today have consequences tomorrow. In President Bush we do not have that person. This president has no sense of history nor future. He has a very narrow world view, and he sees issues only in present, constant absolutes.

After September 11th the world was at our side. It was an unprecedented opportunity to unite the globe. An opportunity demonstrated by the fact that Iran, our enemy since the Carter Administration, aided us in our Afghanistan campaign.

Then in 2002 George W. Bush squandered all the goodwill the United States garnered. In what had to be, in my opinion, one of the dumbest diatribes a United States President has ever given — George W. Bush lashed out at our most recent ally and grouped Iran in the infamous “axis of evil.”

Commentators, politicians, pundits and many others have forgotten that prior to that silly, simplistic speech, Iran was in the process of a pro-west, moderate movement. So much so that Iranian assistance helped us make short work of the Taliban. However, in one stupid, sanctimonious sentence George W. Bush destroyed years of moderate Iranian reformation.

Next, in 2003, our brilliantly blundering President compounded the situation by attacking the one “axis” country least capable of developing nuclear weapons. If I were the leader of another country named in the axis of evil and I was developing nuclear weapons, I most definitely would have stepped up the process. That is exactly what both North Korea and Iran did.

In 2005 the moderate leadership in Iran was replaced by hard liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In response to a perceived threat from the United States, Ahmadinejad accelerated Iran’s movement into the nuclear age. If they develop an atomic bomb, the nuclear nightmare we feared throughout the cold war may be realized.

I do not like to throw the Hitler analogy out there, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may very well be today’s Adolf Hitler. U.S. Mideast policy is responsible for his rise and we need to be sure he does not act on his stated ambitions.

There are some disturbing parallels between these two men. Parallels that should not, that must not be overlooked.

Both had taken a similar path to power. When Hitler first ascended he was not in charge. It was the intent of those that appointed him, through von Hindenburg, to keep him in check. Ahmadinejad is not in control, the Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah is the ruler.

Hitler used the treaty of Versailles to rally the German people. Ahmadinejad is using the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to rally his.

Hitler allied himself with charismatic, fascist leader Benito Mussolini. Ahmadinejad is allying himself with charismatic, socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

Hitler initially reached out to Russia. Ahmadinejad is reaching out to Russia.

Adolf Hitler held, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds the view that Jews are an encroaching, expendable race. Hitler, in his book Mein Kampf, wrote of his hatred, racism and bigotry. Utilizing the final solution, he conceived and carried out the extermination of many Jews. Ahmadinejad has many times called for the elimination of Israel, the Jewish state, as the solution to the Mideast crisis.

Many in the English-speaking world attempted to appease Hitler so they would have had “peace in their time.” Many in the English-speaking world are calling for diplomacy to maintain peace with Ahmadinejad.

It would appear that Ahmadinejad has studied, and is following, Hitler’s path to power.

George W. Bush, as the WWI victor’s at Versailles brought about Hitler, has caused the emergence of Ahmadinejad.

We must keep a watchful eye on Iran and be ready, if necessary, to use overwhelming, precise and decisive disabling strikes. If we don’t, we could bear witness to a nuclear weapon falling into the hands of an enemy that will not be deterred by, but actually welcome, “mutually assured destruction.”

Joe Leonardi

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