Political Rumor and Reality

A few afterthoughts on Scott Brown’s upset in Massachusetts: his victory does not kill socialized medicine, which we already have; it merely delays implementation of the latest attempt to fully impose it. Obama, speaking in Ohio today, used the term “fight” 14 times according to MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews, as in “fight’ for a tax on banks that did not take Bush’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) subsidies, banks that did and paid it back, and banks that did and have not paid it back. And, of course, as in “fight” for government-run health care. Already in California, Democrats are advancing a bill for the state to seize control of the Golden State’s medical profession.

And then there is the problem of the Republicans, isn’t there. Beware of Scott Brown’s commitment to promoting capitalism: he refuses to disavow socialized medicine, which he supported when Mitt Romney imposed it on Massachusetts, he advocates banning certain abortions, and he hasn’t said that health care is not a right. But at least he’s part of a trend, attracting secular independents who oppose Obama’s economic agenda like those victorious GOP candidates in New Jersey and Virginia. Brown is a potential threat to the Republican Party’s slate of religious conservatives, Palin, Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee, Jindal, Gingrich, all of whom explicitly seek more government control of the economy and religion. The reality is that Tuesday’s victory in Massachusetts has yet to play out.

The rumor, according to a reliable source, is that Walt Disney Studios chief Robert Iger wants to pull out of Disney, move to the Empire State, and become a United States senator from New York (which could mean he wants to become President of the United States). Iger, who has gone ballistic tearing up what was once Hollywood’s best movie studio, has been dismantling Disney’s independent creative pipeline and stocking up on secondhand material since the economy tanked. He’s ditching the studio’s classic Disney ideals, themes, and stories for generic fare which instantly qualifies him as a politician. Another modern politico, Obama’s belligerently foul-mouthed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is rumored to be gunning for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Power-lusting Emanuel apparently wants to be mayor and seize control of that toddlin’ town. Mayor Emanuel? Senator Iger? President Romney? Anything’s possible in these uncertain times … including socialized medicine and worse.

Republicans Shedding Anti-Gay Positions

First, Vice President Dick Cheney said same-sex marriage should be left to the states.

Then, Massachusetts’ new Sen. Scott Brown said the same.

Now, the McCain women refuse to be anti-gay, with Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy, and his daughter, Meghan, actively opposing California’s Catholic, fundamentalist Christian, and Mormon backed anti-gay ballot proposition, which singled out homosexuals and prohibited them from marriage. Cindy and Meghan McCain are supporting the campaign to overturn that terrible law. In my 1999 interview with the Arizona senator during his 2000 presidential campaign, Sen. McCain steadfastly opposed applying certain rights to gays.

With Obama and the Democrats now the party of the status quo, stubbornly opposing gays in the military, which even former chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican, now supports, and pointedly sanctioning anti-gay Christian crusader Rev. Rick Warren, perhaps the GOP is on its way to becoming the party of separating religion and state while the Dems continue to preach putting¬†religion in government. I warned that the Obama administration was opposed to the rights of gays last year in this blog post, and pointed out in my movie review of the excellent motion picture, Milk, that it was an elected orthodox Catholic Democrat, not a so-called ‘wingnut’ Republican, that assassinated the San Francisco gay activist.

And it was the late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, a Republican not a Democrat, who passionately endorsed individual rights for gays, including allowing gays to serve in the military, before he died. Sen. Goldwater, the party’s 1964 presidential nominee, was also pro-choice on abortion and he opposed mixing religion and state. Apparently, the wife and daughter of the man who holds Goldwater’s seat in the Senate do, too.

From Brooke to Brown

Yesterday’s historic election in Massachusetts is a repudiation of the entire first year of the Obama administration; its bailouts, its bank tax, its so-called ‘stimulus’ package and, above all, its plan for a total government takeover of the health insurance and medical professions. State Senator Scott Brown soundly defeated Attorney General Martha Coakley in what liberal, pro-Obama TV pundit Chris Matthews described as “the biggest political upset of our time.” Matthews added that voters went with the 50-year-old Brown to, in his words, “kill health care reform.”

He’s right and he’s not the only one to notice. Responding to rumors that the Democratic Party plans to delay seating the senator-elect in order to manipulate the legislative process and pass the President’s highly unpopular socialized medicine, Sen. Jim Webb, (D, VA) promptly issued a statement urging the Senate to cease consideration of the controversial bill until the nation’s newest U.S. senator takes his place in Congress. Sen. Webb was joined by liberal House Democrats Barney Frank and Anthony Weiner among others who warned Democrats and the increasingly Manchurian Barack Obama to either postpone such obstructionism or halt ‘health care reform.’

In Massachusetts, according to the Associated Press (AP), more voters showed up at polls than in any non-presidential Massachusetts general election in 20 years. Citing his opposition to Obama’s ‘health care reform’, one 38-year-old registered independent Brown voter told the AP: “I voted for Obama [in 2008] because I wanted change. … I thought he’d bring it to us, but I just don’t like the direction that he’s heading.” The Senate seat had been held by John Quincy Adams, who was also an American president, Henry Cabot Lodge, who ran for vice-president on the Republican ticket with presidential contender Richard M. Nixon in 1960, and the late longtime advocate of socialized medicine and 1980 presidential candidate Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy. To her credit, defeated Democrat Coakley, whom Obamautons like Rachel Maddow are already eagerly throwing under the bus, delivered a classy concession speech.

Brown, supported by independents, unhappy Democrats, and Tea Party activists, ran on one central idea and campaign promise: to kill Obama’s “health care reform”. The crowd during his victory speech roared with the cry: “Forty-one! Forty-one! Forty-one!” It means he had better deliver on his promise and lead the charge to stop socialized medicine. But there he stood with former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 presidental candidate Mitt Romney, a moralizing Mormon who forced his conservative Heritage Foundation plan, a carbon copy of Obama’s plan, on the state (Brown supported RomneyCare). Brown also supports Obama’s plan to send more troops to be sacrificed in Afghanistan, seeks a ban on late term abortions, and is thoroughly mixed on favoring individual rights and capitalism. During his victory speech, he did not once mention fighting for man’s rights, free market capitalism, or liberty, and his opposition to ObamaCare is entirely based on practical objections, i.e., that it costs too much, not that it is a violation of rights. Sen.-elect Brown also joked at his daughters’ expense and showed that he has the capacity to be terribly unserious.

In today’s Republican Party, filled with religious conservative presidential wannabes who have all favored government intervention in the economy, FoxNews opportunist Palin, FoxNews Face in the Crowd type Huckabee, Pawlenty, Jindal, Santorum, Romney, and the worst of them, former Speaker Newt Gingrich who single-handedly squandered the 1994 GOP landslide, Brown should fit right in. As long as he votes No on ObamaCare, his election buys the equivalent of a few minutes on the clock before we leap toward dictatorship … and there’s plenty one can do to stop that from happening, as I wrote here. Moreover, Brown’s victory is an undeniably positive sign that President Obama’s agenda is rejected by America’s most liberal voters.

In the meantime, congratulations to the people of Massachusetts, and to their duly elected proxy against the administration’s fascist “health care reform”, Senator-elect Scott Brown. He happens to be the first Republican senator from Massachusetts since the nation’s only black senator not from the corrupt, bankrupt state of Illinois in a hundred years: Edward Brooke. Welcome to Washington, Scott Brown. Stick to opposing government-controlled medicine, stay away from the Heritage Foundation, and get the job done to Kill Obama’s “health care reform” dead.

Make it fast.

Music: Susan Boyle’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’

ph-susan-boyleSusan Boyle’s new album, I Dreamed a Dream, is just right; not overblown (thanks to producer Steve Mac) and happily focused on her vocal performance with an interesting selection of cover tunes ranging from the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” to Madonna’s “You’ll See”, the weakest choice for re-recording. Her “Daydream Believer” is a fresh rendition and one of the best tracks but every song here, including “Cry Me a River,” which has been recorded too many times, is exceptional given the muck of today’s popular music. Miss Boyle, who broke out with a memorable appearance on British television and became a huge hit in America thanks to YouTube, sticks to her craft. Among the 12 tunes: the abridged title track from the musical Les Miserables, which she famously performed on TV, “Amazing Grace”, “Silent Night”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Proud” and a rousing original song written for the songstress, “Who I Was Born to Be”. Thankfully, there are no surprises and every entry is an understated display of her talent. I Dreamed a Dream is a wonderful new work of fine, previously released pop music. The CD includes her notes on why she chose to record each song.

Screen Shot: ‘Dumbo’

El Capitan’s organ was sadly silent during a recent kid-filled rainy day matinee, and the leading character does not make a live appearance, but at least Walt Disney’s classic 1941 picture, Dumbo, is being screened at the once-legendary studio’s Holllywood Boulevard movie theater. The animated feature, which was affectionately introduced by El Cap’s extremely knowledgeable manager Michael, runs at the historic theater through January 28 to honor the film’s 70th anniversary next year. Next door at Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store, there’s a caramel-topped ice cream sundae and exclusive Dumbo merchandise. Unfortunately, Dumbo is preceded by a trailer for the latest Tim Burton horror movie, sharing the title of Walt Disney’s 1955 animated feature, Alice in Wonderland. The new, live action version looks like just another of his visually striking nightmares.

If only the currently volatile, unfocused, and increasingly generic Walt Disney Studios were creating movies of Dumbo‘s caliber, showing them in venues to match the quality of these outstanding twin enterprises, and cultivating outstanding cast members (that means you, ushers Melvin and Lucia). Read my review of this wonderfully colorful motion picture here.