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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Is Racist Speech Free?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 13, 2015

As Rush and others have pointed out, rappers can use racist language as bad or worse than the idiot frat boys at U of O and get rich doing it. The 1st Amendment guarantees free speech with very few limits (can’t yell “Fire” in a crowded theater if there is no fire). Painful as it is, racist speech is protected speech as is speech and protests opposing such speech. We have the 1st Amendment not just to allow people to speak their mind but to keep the government or any other entity from impinging on that right.

When I posted the above on Facebook, I received the following comment: ” Anyone can ‘speak their mind’ but must be willing to ‘bear the consequences.’ Legality has nothing to do with morality or kindness or empathy.” I agree but if the “consequences” in and of themselves go beyond counter speech into legal repercussions, care must be taken to not to violate the 1st Amendment. See: http://www.thefire.org/university-of-oklahoma-expels-stude…/

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Republican Senator’s Treason?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 13, 2015

47 Republican Senators commit treason! Oh please, get serious. If their open letter to Iran is treason then so is Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria that undermined U.S. policy to isolate Assad. As is “Baghdad“ Jim McDermott’s travels to Iraq just when the U.S. was pressuring Saddam to allow unrestricted inspections for WMDs. Then there were numerous Democrat members of Congress falling all over themselves going to Nicaragua supporting the, dare I use the word, Communist government over the U.S. favored rebels. Teddy Kennedy, Harry Reid, John Kerry and others of their ilk never shied away from publicly criticizing Republican president’s foreign policy, and yes, it is not unheard of to have Republicans return the favor when a Democrat holds the White House. It’s politics folks so object all you want but tone down the rhetoric.

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Friends, Democrats and Free Speech

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 17, 2015

I have several friends on Facebook and e-mail that live in the fantasy world of liberal politics. Usually I don’t respond to their comments except for some of their more egregious ones. They are fond of highlighting Republican nut cases but never mention the ones on the Left. They disparage all Republicans as evil at worst or stupid at best. They rant against Fox News but quote the Daily Kos, the snarky Rachel Maddow and the rest of MSNBC’s hosts as gospel truth. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are saints while Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell and the rest of the Republicans want to push old ladies in a wheel chair off a cliff (in an actual ad from the 2012 campaign), take away Social Security (offer private options), limit women’s health care (read abortion, even partial birth abortion) , raise taxes on the poor (any GOP tax reform proposal), make students pay (including student loans), destroy the environment (consider economic impacts), support endless war (leave a security force in Iraq), demean illegal  immigrants (secure the boarders first), to be controlled by the rich (there are no rich Democrats?) etc. Summarized in, “It’s all Bush’s fault.” If Republicans are so stupid and brazen, it is a wonder they swept the 2014 elections; with a Republican U.S. Senate and House, control of a large majority of state legislative bodies (59 of 98) and 31 of 50 governorship’s.

The Democrat party with its allies among the far left interest groups and the media are conducting a coordinated and continuous campaign of vilification and personal destruction against Republicans and conservative media. It shows in the talking points of Democrat leaders and reporting on left leaning media. If a Republican candidate emerges as a potential nominee for high office or a Republican office holder proposes legislation, watch for the immediate personal attack and the repeated Democrat mantras about those evil Republicans.

Does it work? There are signs it does not.  In the 2014 elections in the Blue State of Washington, a very wealthy California liberal poured millions of dollars into several state senate races in an effort to keep Republicans from achieving control of the Washington State Senate and stymieing the leftist proposals of the Democrat governor. The one conservative Democrat and several Republican targets all won and the state senate is now in Republican hands. Nevertheless, a lie repeated constantly sometimes morphs into perceived fact. The story that Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction is a case in point.

I don’t expect these words to change my lefty friend’s minds but I do demand the 1st Amendment right to express an opinion without being called an uneducated bigot just because I don’t agree with their world view.

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2014 Elections Wave

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 7, 2014

SUE-NAM-EE! – Also known as one big mother of a wave. In politics it looks like this:

U.S. Senate – Republicans held 45 seats in the Senate on November 3, 2014. The next day, Election Day, they added 7 members taking control of the Senate with a 52 – 48 majority. That number will likely grow to 54 once the Louisiana runoff election on December 6 is over and the Alaska vote is finally tallied November 19th.

U.S. House of Representatives – Already in the majority, the GOP added at least 13 more in a historic sweep. Results in over a dozen races are yet to be finalized but Republicans are expected to win several of them. Democrats managed to win only one Republican held seat.

Governors – Republicans lost just one incumbent (Pennsylvania) but picked up 4 including Blue states of Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland. Two races are undecided. Vermont will remain in the Democrat column. In Alaska, the incumbent Republican governor currently trails a Republican turned Independent challenger who was endorsed by Sarah Palin. The net gain of 3 gives Republicans 31 (32 counting Alaska) out or 50 governors.

State Legislatures – Republican victories in Senate, House and governor elections showed how wide the wave was but the state legislative races demonstrated the depth. As reported in the International Business Times

“In this week’s election Democrats lost their majorities in legislative chambers in Washington, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and West Virginia. In all, NCSL reports that there are 67 legislative chambers controlled by Republicans and just 29 controlled by Democrats. Republicans gained seats in every region, adding up to 375 seats to their column. That gives the GOP more than 4,100 of the country’s 7,383 legislative seats.”

Now the way Tsunamis work is the first wave is followed by a second one.

Bring on 2016.

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Obama Owns It

Posted by Warren Peterson on August 10, 2014

Colin Powell was right when he said, “If you break it you own it.” We could have an endless discussion on whether or not we should have broken Saddam’s Iraq. (I think it was the right decision with poor planning on controlling the result.) However, when our current Commander-in-Chief took office in 2009, he inherited from President Bush a relatively stable Iraq. It still needed a residual coalition force (Yes, Bush went to Congress and the UN asking for support to remove Saddam plus he put together a coalition of nations to do the job.) to protect and further stabilize Iraq. Unfortunately, President Obama fulfilled one campaign promise and pulled out of Iraq lock, stock and barrel. We are seeing the result of his decision now and Obama owns it.

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Endorsements for August 5, 2014 Primary

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 18, 2014

It is just a primary election but there is one “watch your wallet” ballot measure and several vitally important State Senate races.

Proposition #1 – Seattle Park District

This Trojan Horse establishes a new taxing authority run by a commission composed of members of the Seattle City Council. They could raise property taxes up 75 cents per thousand of assessed evaluation without a vote of taxpayers. Of course if they could they would. VOTE NO

Legislative Races

In Washington, we have the Top Two primary system. For example, If several candidates file for a legislative seat, only the top two vote getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election (assuming each of the two receive at least one percent of the total vote). Democrats have held the governor’s office, the State House of Representatives and until recently the State Senate for almost three decades. Thanks to Republican turned Democrat Senator Rodney Tom who formed a coalition with Republicans to take control of the Senate in 2012, Democrats were stopped from enacting a host of tax and spend bills. Senator Tom is not seeking reelection so it is even more important to support Republicans for the State Senate.

Senate Races in King County:

30th District – A Republican can win this district. VOTE FOR Mark Miloscia.

31st District – Conservative Republican State Representative Cathy Dahlquist is challenging the mercurial and erratic incumbent, Senator Pam Roach. If Republicans win the Senate, it will be by just a few seats. They don’t need to be constantly concerned about what Pam is up to now. VOTE FOR Cathy Dahlquist.

32nd District – Democrat district but there is a Republican candidate. VOTE FOR Robert Reedy.

33rd District – Leans Democrat but Republicans are fielding candidates for both House seats. For the Senate, VOTE FOR Martin Metz.

34th District – Hopeless, only Democrats running, two of three unopposed.

36th District – Fairly solid Democrat district but incumbent Democrat Senator Kohl-Welles is being challenged by a solid Republican. VOTE FOR Sarina Forbes.

37th District – An open seat in a Democrat district. VOTE FOR Rowland Martin.

43rd District – Hopeless. It is so bad that Democrat House Speaker Frank Chopp is being seriously challenged by a Socialist ally of the Socialist Seattle City Council Member. And to think this district used to elect Republicans.

45th District – A must win. VOTE FOR Senator Andy Hill.

46th District – Hopeless too but there is a well-qualified Republican carrying the flag for the GOP. VOTE FOR Van Sperry.

47th District – Another must win. VOTE FOR Senator Joe Fain.

48th District – Rodney Tom’s district, He’s not running so it’s an open seat. A Republican can win here. VOTE FOR Michelle Darnell.

State House of Representatives

It is highly unlikely that the House will go Republican but use your Voters’ Pamphlet and vote for any Republican that looks qualified. If they can get into the top two and 2014 proves to be a wave election for the Republicans, well who knows, lighting may strike.

Federal Offices

United States House of Representatives (King County districts).

Democrats have little or no chance of winning the House nationally but that’s no reason not to challenge Democrats in Blue Washington.

1st District – A possible win with Microsoft money vs Microsoft money, this will be a race. VOTE FOR Pedro Celis.

7th District – Please, do we have to put up with McDermott forever? VOTE FOR Craig Keller.

8th District – Clear choice. VOTE FOR Dave Reichert.

9th District – Democrat district but show the flag. VOTE FOR Doug Basler

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It’s Obama’s Fault This Time

Posted by Warren Peterson on June 16, 2014

George W. Bush was rightly faulted for not anticipating the chaos that followed the fall of Saddam. He invaded Iraq with enough military force to overwhelm the Iraqi army but not enough to maintain order until a new government could be established. The result was a bloody campaign to regain the upper hand. It concluded with a gutsy decision by Bush to insert more troops (the Surge) which successfully turned the tide in our favor. With the presidential election in 2008, he turned over to Obama a country that still had a chance to seed democracy in the Middle East but it needed support and yes, pressure on the Iraq government and leadership from the United States.

Obama, probably the most inexperienced presidential candidate ever elected, took office in 2009 based on public frustration with Bush, soaring rhetoric (…”this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”), and a litany of promises that mostly turned out to be empty of truth. One of the promises he did keep was ending American involvement in Iraq. The last American troops left Iraq in mid December 2011. Iraq was on its own; no US air power, no US ground forces, no residual US military period. Obama failed to negotiate a Status of Forces agreement, assuming he ever seriously wanted one, to allow some level of US military to remain in Iraq as a stabilizing force and deterrent to exactly what is happening now. He’s repeating his mistake in Afghanistan by telling the Taliban when we are departing and leaving an inadequate force in country insufficient to stabilize or deter. The Taliban cannot help but notice how quickly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria insurgents took advantage of the power vacuum resulting from the end of US involvement in Iraq. One cannot say a continued military presence in Iraq would solve all issues but it could have checked the current crisis.

Obama’s leftist ideology and inexperience will snatch defeat from victory and possibly lead to a regional war. Shiite Iran is making noises about helping fellow Shiites in Iraq defeat the ISIS. Imagine, the potential nuclear armed enemy of the United States pulling our bacon so to speak out of the fire. Could anyone mishandle this crisis more than Obama? Maybe he will break out some of his famous “red lines” or have Michelle start a hashtag campaign, #Iraq for Iraqis – more “leading from behind.” 

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Paglia and Prager Find Common Ground

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 31, 2014

The name Camille Paglia or Dennis Prager may well cause a visceral reaction depending on where one sits on the Left/Right political spectrum. Prager, a Jewish conservative (both religious and political) and nationally syndicated talk show host conducted a fascinating interview with Paglia, a Yale PhD, college professor, lesbian, feminist politically far to Prager’s left. No shouting, interruptions or ad hominen attacks, just a straight forward exchange on various political and cultural views. Listen and see if you hear some common ground (about 23 minutes).

CLICK HERE: INTERVIEW

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One Christian’s View of Homosexuality

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 28, 2014

World Vision finds itself embroiled in the same controversy as many other Christian organizations including churches. It is over the question, ”Is the practice of homosexuality a sin?” For the answer, Christians turn to the Bible which at the very least they hold to be the inspired Word of God. On this question and the related issue of same sex marriage, the scriptures are unambiguous. From Genesis 2: 18-24 and Leviticus 18: 22 through St. Paul in Romans 1: 18-32, I Corinthians 6: 9-11 and I Timothy 1: 9-11 in no instance is homosexuality presented in a positive light. When homosexual relations are commented on they are clearly called sin. In the wedding Jesus attended and in any verses on marriage same sex marriage is never mentioned. Reading the Bible specifically as well as by implication can only lead to the conclusion that the practice of homosexuality is sinful.

It may be easy to oppose this sin since only a small minority engages in the lifestyle. It is not so easy, however, if your son or daughter comes “out of the closet.” Former Senator Rick Santorum, a devout Catholic, was asked what he would do if his son told him he was gay? He answered, “I’d love him just as much as I did the second before he told me.” A good answer but it still does not lessen the conflicts that arise in application. For instance, would you attend your son’s wedding to another man? On another level, my church welcomes all sinners but holds to higher standards those ordained into leadership – elders, deacons and pastors. An individual with a reputation as an adulterer, swindler, prostitute or yes, a practicing homosexual, would be disqualified for ordination. Needless to say, not everyone in the church agrees with the policy on sexual orientation. Even if they accept the lifestyle as sinful, they claim God’s grace (forgiveness) promised in the Bible. But grace is not a “Get out of jail free” card. Society need not seek the lowest common denominator for its moral standards even if some of its citizens opt out.

This issue is explored in a sermon by a Presbyterian pastor in 1990 when the demand for acceptance was just coming to a boil. After exploring many of the questions and concerns he closes with a message of hope:

So, Is there No Good Word for Homosexuals?

Must we end in only hard words? No! Our text for today comes to a glorious conclusion. After naming all these ten sins, Paul reminds his readers that they “were” guilty of these sins. BUT — they “have been washed (cleansed), justified (forgiven) and sanctified (transformed) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” No sin is beyond grace, mercy and power that comes to us in Jesus Christ. He is the hope — for all of us!

You are encouraged to read the full sermon by clicking HERE

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Transparency in Congress

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 25, 2014

I am not a supporter of Rand Paul for president but his short speech on the floor of the United States Senate should be required viewing for all voters regardless of political party. Congress could raise its dismal approval ratings just by eliminating the hypocrisy called out in this You Tube video.

To view the video, click: HERE

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