Wednesday, January 09, 2008


John McCain37%Hillary Clinton39%
Mitt Romney32%Barack Obama36%
Mike Huckabee11%John Edwards17%
Rudy Giuliani9%Bill Richardson5%
Ron Paul8%Dennis Kucinich1%
Fred Thompson1%
Duncan Hunter1%

My two eurocents: Clinton's revival comes a bit as a surprise for me since I was beginning to think that Americans really identied Hillary with her husband and I figured by and large the average American wanted to put an end to that chapter. So now it appears there still is a Clinton-effect. FYI, I never trusted the wild predictions of an early pullout of her, since, no matter how I disagree with the woman, it's clear that she's a very strong and tenacious fighter ... when her career is at stake, that is.

New HampshirePersonally, I had actually hoped for a second clear Obama win, because that would have been one more step on the road towards the final contest, figuring Obama vs. the Republican contender... in which, imho, the Republican contender would have won. Because I DON'T believe Americans are ready yet for a black president. In time, they may be ready for a black president, but then he will have to have proven himself thoroughly as a governor, his hair shall be silver-streaked and his wrinkles deep, and he must breathe a natural gravitas. Obama has nothing of this all and a rookie like him at the helm of a nation like the US would be a global catastrophe. In the hypothetical event he would be elected, the very fact itself would sink the financial markets on a level not seen since 1997 - perhaps 1929. But suppose the New Hampshire vote is a valid vector in the electoral process... and I say suppose, because basically, imho these early caucuses and primaries find themselves just one step away from Spielerei - just look how all the sudden hype surrounding Mike Huckabee fell flat in the space of one day. Suppose NH has some lessons to offer, than it would be that the Democratic contest will soon narrow down to Obama and Clinton, while the Republican contest may turn into a long drawn battle between four, maximum five candidates.

An interesting point was made by regular reader and commenter anon, who observed that the number of democratic voters is far greater than the number of Republican voters. Thus far, this is true. If the trend continues, it may prove lethal for the chances of having another Republican in the White House. In times like these, it is crucial for the Free World to have at least a Republican there. I say at least, because a Republican does not automatically mean a continuation of the current succesful leadership role. But it's a start: I live in Europe, and I know a leftist when I see one. Well, the current Democratic leadership walks, talks and looks like the socialist nomenklatura on this side of the Atlantic. If they would have their way, in no time the US would find itself on the same slippery slope towards cultural self-denial, democratic deficit and military impotency our socialist excellencies have merrily pushed us on.

Republicans in the USA who feel gloomy and down because of an eight-year long carpet bombardment of bad news and negative spin should know there once was a well-known socialist by the name of Joseph Goebbels, who said that "A lie repeated a hundred times becomes the truth". Well then, they should realize they have not been exposed to a lie repeated a hundred times, nor to a hundred lies repeated a hundred times, but rather to a thousand lies repeated a thousand times. Contrary to popular perception, an awful lot of positive things have been accomplished in eight years of GWB tenure. If you fall in the gloomy GOP category, at American Thinker, Randall Hoven has a great piece that will change your mind: Hey GOP: Cheer up, Chin up!. To say that it is well worth a read is an understatement:

Why are Republicans so depressed? President Bush's two-term presidency enters its last year in pretty good shape and with a lot better record than pundits would have us believe. The Democrats took Congress in 2006, but they appear to have blown their chance, with approval ratings at historical lows. The Republican presidential candidates are solid, especially compared to the Democrats. President Bush has built the foundation of what could be a Republican dynasty for another American Century. The greatest threat to that prospect has nothing to do with the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy. The Republicans have nothing to fear but a discouraged Republican base....

...The recession that started in March officially ended eight months later in November 2001, or one month after his first budget was in effect and just two months after the 911 attacks.

* Real GDP grew by 3.9% from 2003 to 2004, and would continue annual growth greater than 3% since.

* Unemployment peaked in 2003 at just 6%, below what it was in Clinton's first two years. Throughout 2006-7, unemployment remained below 5%, considered a full-employment level.

* Gross federal debt now stands at about 65% of GDP, higher than it was in 2000, but about what it was from 1993-97.

* The stock market started recovering about a year after 911, reaching its post-2000 low on October 9, 2002. It would later reach an all-time high. Today it is about 75% above its 2002 low, and still higher than it ever was before Bush became President.

On the foreign front, President Bush almost immediately eliminated al Qaeda's sanctuary in Afghanistan, driving the al Qaeda leadership into caves and bringing democracy to a country devastated by years of war, Soviet Communism and the ruthless Taliban....

...There is also no doubt that Saddam had terrorist connections. The only questions were how strong were those connections to al Qaeda specifically, and to the 911 attacks even more specifically. That is a long subject, but suffice it to say that US Judge Harold Baer ruled that Saddam's regime was, in fact, partly responsible for the 911 attacks. Judge Baer was appointed by President Clinton. Expert testimony from Clinton's former CIA director James Woolsey supported the contention that "Iraq helped train al-Qaeda terrorists, and provided them with safe houses and forged documents."...

...As for the conduct of the war, Saddam's regime was removed in just a few months. He was captured, tried by the new Iraqi government, and executed. His psychopathic sons and heirs were killed in an intense gun battle. Other countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia were not drawn into the war. Democratic elections in Iraq were held on three separate occasions, resulting in a coalition all-Iraqi government that drafted its own constitution and continues to function and be accepted more and more by Iraqis....

...In the broad scheme of things, President Bush chose a moderate course against the radical jihadi movement, a movement that could potentially spiral out of control across dozens of countries with millions of Muslims ready to behead infidels, release a few WMD and install the new caliphate.

Bush is not trying to bomb anyone back to the stone age; he is trying to bring some semblance of democracy and self-government to the Middle East and Asia. He is not indiscriminate. He used measured force in Afghanistan and Iraq, but firm diplomacy in Pakistan, Libya, North Korea and elsewhere. His actions were not unilateral, "cowboy" or against international opinion. He formed a coalition of over 45 countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia, to remove Saddam's regime...

...President Bush's main fault was also a virtue. He concentrated on his job rather than his image. You rarely heard someone from the White House say the things I said above. With President Clinton there was a public relations war room ready to pounce on any little criticism. With President Bush, any war room was used to command an actual war.

Many conservatives and Republicans currently gripe about President Bush. OK, he cut taxes, strengthened defense, defeated the Taliban, removed Saddam Hussein's regime, and appointed Roberts and Alito to the Supreme Court. But he increased spending.

Yep, spending increased - all the way to about 20% of GDP, below what it was from 1975 through 1996. As for the deficit, it stands at about 1.8% of GDP, again below where it was through most of those same years, and a level considered quite manageable. If it turned into a surplus again, we'd be worrying about what to do with our temporary Social Security surplus.

President Bush was handed a terrible situation. He got us through the crises. The US now has a strong and resilient economy, al Qaeda is contained, Afghanistan and Iraq are roughly democratic and on the mend, our European and North American alliances are as strong as ever.

Americans have now had 8 years of Bush after 8 years of Clinton. Who wants change when you have had it? The future is bright. The future is GOP!

New Hampshire waterfront


Sunday, January 06, 2008


I have recently spent quite some time on the excellent blog Gates of Vienna, which, contrary to what its name would suggest, is not run by a European but (mainly) by an American from Virginia (notice this Redhunter!), who goes by the name of Baron Bodissey. While his blog serves essentially the same purpose as LGF, there is definitely more emphasis on analysis and thought-provoking essays. The past few weeks, in the wake of the murder of Dr. Fuat Deniz, a number of posts shed light on Swedens excessively Politically Correct climate which is doing nothing more or less than steer the country to the abyss. Contrary to what many would think, the worst afflicted country in Europe with regards to political correctness and its grave consequences for the essential tenets of a democratic state, is not The Netherlands but Sweden. The Netherlands is bad, and getting worse, but there is still a semblance of freedom of speech. Sweden however is another matter. Even as theoretically a center-rightwing party is in power (under PM Fredrik Reinfeldt, see an earlier post), there is little difference between this government or the former. Put simply, even the "right" is somewhat left and since the left has been in power since the thirties Sweden is actually some kind of a one party state. The decades long infiltration of the media by extreme leftwing commentators and producers, as well as the lure of a state taking care of everything, have imbued the average Swede with the drivel of false ideologies to such an extent that Sweden is very likely the one country on earth with the hightest proportion of brainwashed people - the closest example on hand of Orwell's "1984", as it were. Now, on Gates of Vienna there are two excellent posts covering Sweden's demise, a "fun" post by the Baron himself and an essay by the noted blogger Fjordman, a guestwriter on GoV. I highly recommmend them both. The "fun" post consists of the following video. If you are an Anglosaxon, you may be irked by the somewhat high charcoal content of the English used. But that does by no means diminish its value. Here goes:

Then there is the "hard" part, but let that not discourage you, it is very readable. Fjordman reveals himself here again as the powerful and lucid essayist he is. It is an article mainly about the extreme leftwing organisation "Expo", which, not coincidentally, provided LGF's Charles Johnson with false info on Sverigedemokraterna. Some excerpts:

At the same time that Muslims are colonizing Western nations while complaining about Islamophobia, the few remaining non-Muslim communities in the Middle East are being systematically eradicated. As Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch writes in his book Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t , “Christian communities throughout the Middle East that date back to the dawn of Christianity are decreasing so much that they are on the verge of disappearing from the area altogether. In Iraq half of the nation’s prewar 700,000 Christians have fled the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein.. Overall the Middle Eastern Christian population has dropped from 20 percent in 1900 to less than 2 percent today.”

How come left-wing organizations are so concerned about “Islamophobia” in the West, but care so little about Muslim infidelophobia? Is it because the extreme Left sees this as a continuation of their struggle against their own civilization, of which Christianity is a part?

The largest party on the political Left in Sweden, the Social Democrats, have announced their cooperation with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, for the mutual benefit of both, but the left-wing organization Expo sees nothing wrong in this. They concentrate their fire on those who want limit mass immigration and thus impede Socialist efforts to import voters from abroad.

The Swedish Social Democrats were pro-Fascist and pro-Nazi during the 1930s and 40s, and appeased the Communists during the Cold War. Now they forge an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood, another organization with close ideological ties to the Fascist and Nazi movements. The Social Democrats agree to continue allowing Muslims to colonize the country in exchange for their votes. In the old days this would be called treason. Now it’s called tolerance. Two Fascist-inspired movements cooperate on exploiting the native population of a country, force them to fund and applaud their own colonization and denounce them as bigots, racists and Fascists if they resist. The strategy is as clever as it is evil...

...Expo is, in my view, a symbol of the forces that have turned Sweden into perhaps the most totalitarian and politically repressive country in the Western world. Let it serve as a warning to others about what happens when Multiculturalism, Socialism and anti-nationalism gain power.

I have never before used the moniker "Read the whole thing", since I think it's inappropriate to exhort people to do that. People have to judge for themselves what they want to read. What one can do is use clever marketing, and this is e.g. what the makers of the video above have done. But for once, I'll make an exception to the rule. So, read the whole thing!