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    Sunday, November 12, 2006

    Abraham Lincoln Once Said...

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character give him power."

    -Abraham Lincoln

    I think this is an appropriate thought for our current political atmosphere. The Republicans showed us what their character is like when in power, let's see if the Dems can do any better. Let's hope they'll put some good ideas forward- really. Thus far, I haven't heard anything other than "Bush sucks", but I am a reasonable man, and am certainly all ears if the Democrats have an actual agenda other than yelling about how much they hate the POTUS. Let's see what they do with their new found power. Any guesses or predictions?


    At 11/13/2006 8:10 AM, Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

    I predict multiple postings based on the continued perfidy of the hosting site. :)

    Lincoln was one of the very few humans in history who could handle power both effectively and with humility. Unlike several of those who held power under him (Cameron, McClellan ...)

    I was pointing out just yesterday, in conversation, that "the reformers" come in periodically, promising to wield a new broom and, henceforth, do everything honestly, openly, with due deliberation, all that rot.

    And that lasts just long enough for the electorate to discover that their pet projects are not getting done. Because, of course, open, honest government is slow and full of compromises, as each idea is brutalized by all the forces that want theirs first.

    The reformers soon discover that the key to staying in power, to preventing their own behinds from being tossed out at the next election, is to "take over", either by dictatorial action or by "backroom dealing". Goodbye open and honest. But it gets things done, so that We the People can each receive our little toys from Our Government and go back to watching Britney Spears.

    Will the Dems do any better? Only so long as We the People let them. And I think you know how long I think that will last. And why. And (holding up a mirror) how come.

    At 11/13/2006 2:37 PM, Blogger Smith said...

    My prediction is that the country will implode.

    In all honesty though, the Dems don't really stand for anything... well, except opposing anything the RP does. They CAN'T pull the troops out. And that's the most cried about topic. I wouldn't mind seeing more Welfare Reform like Clinton passed when he had an opposite party Congress.

    One thing's for sure: The media won't gripe *quite* as much.

    At 11/13/2006 8:44 PM, Anonymous Dave Wells said...

    It hasn't taken them long to reveal their true colors. Actually, for that statement to be true, they would have to have "colors", in the sense of a flag. But since the only flag they display is the white flag - and since white isn't "technically" a color... well, you get my drift.

    The Democrats will prove once again why they cannot be trusted with the defense of this country. I know, Jake, that as a military man you have to take a somewhat circumspect view of political issues. I am under no such restriction. I fear this election will be one of the defining moments of our generation.

    The Dems in Congress may want to take a "go slow" approach to a withdrawal. But make no mistake - they are not interested in victory, only withdrawal. But their political base will demand an immediate withdrawal, with pressure to completely withdraw (to Okinawa??) within the year. The enemies of America - both present and potential - will see our weakness and exploit it to the max. Unlike our defeat in Vietnam (so cherished by the leftist Defeatocrats), this ignominious retreat will have long-term repercussions to our national security. Bin Laden himself has said that our retreat from Somalia proved that we were nothing more than a paper tiger. With the latest retreat, we will prove no more than a paper pussycat.

    At 11/13/2006 10:19 PM, Anonymous shayna said...

    At this point... I have no clue. It shall be interesting.

    At 11/14/2006 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    They will find its easier to be the one "poking a stick" through the fence with no real plan of action....and in 2 yrs the "general" public will be just as "disillusioned" and want another "quick fix" change.

    The country needs to stand back and just learn to go the distrance and not looking for a quick fix and insist that we all act like adults with morals....God Bless our Troops during this time and our Country....


    At 11/17/2006 7:20 PM, Blogger emm said...

    I have no predictions yet. In many ways, it is all a big chess game. And I don't like feeling like a pawn.

    I will include a favorite Lincoln quote though.

    *The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country*

    At 11/17/2006 8:13 PM, Anonymous AngelinMI said...

    My prediction: some top Dems will get caught for accepting bribes, gifts ...Also, some top Dems will bet caught for indiscretions.

    At 11/19/2006 10:36 PM, Blogger Jake said...

    O'C- have you become an early-onset curmudgeon as well?

    Smith- welfare reform? i don't know if that will be anywhere near the top of the agenda. we'll likely see a min wage hike, but that's about it.

    Dave- The election was a "victory for Iran" according to their Ayatollah, and you already mentioned what Bin Laden thinks. Is it ever a good thing when your enemies are rooting for a certain party? why is this point never mentioned in the media?

    shayna- i'm with you on that.

    emm- i prefer to think of myself as the knight in the grand chess game. you should do the same- or maybe a bishop?

    bf- i think you may be right about our "quick fix" mentality.

    angelinmi- that's already happened... and one of them was almost elected the new majority leader.

    At 11/23/2006 9:59 AM, Anonymous Queenwolfert said...

    Love your blog...I'm getting some good insights on the Q course(which my husband start real soon)... keep it up!

    At 11/26/2006 6:30 PM, Blogger airforcewife said...

    I hope I haven't used this quote before. But it is just so fitting...

    "The time is coming when we must choose between doing what is right, and doing what is easy."

    Albus Dumbledore
    --Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    At 12/07/2006 4:48 PM, Blogger Smith said...

    Just wondering where you've been. Hope everythings going alright for you.

    Oh, and when I mentioned welfare reform, I wasn't being literal. It passed because of the opposite parties involved. That's all.

    I'm curious to see what side the Administration is going to take with the new ISG document. This could get ugly.

    At 12/09/2006 1:38 PM, Blogger Shamrock7 said...

    Hey jake blogs up and running thanks for pushing me into getting it back up thank you brother.

    At 12/12/2006 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yeah! Jake....nice your taking good care of the Shamrock *smile*


    At 12/24/2006 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Merry Christmas Jake and Shamrock! And Happy New Year too. Hope you two get to enjoy some awesome parties!


    At 12/31/2006 7:22 PM, Anonymous Kath said...

    Happy New Year Jake!

    At 1/20/2007 9:00 AM, Blogger - O - said...

    J - Your posting has become less frequent than mine. I'm back at it...occasionally.

    At 2/04/2007 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Where for art thou, Jake?


    At 4/08/2007 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Easter, Jake. Hope everything is going well for you and Shamrock these days.


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