Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Raising Cain: The Untold Story of the GOP's last best hope Herman Cain

By Les Dowrey

It was the untold story of the last weekend’s New Hampshire straw poll, Herman Cain, Tea Party member and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, beat out Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Mitch Daniels, and Newt Gingrich. All with virtually no press coverage and no establishment support. With that strong of a showing in the poll, it is time conservatives and the media start giving Herman Cain a better look, and comparing him to the other potential 2012 Republican candidates.

Herman Cain was born and raised by working class parents in rural Georgia. He’s had experience in both the private and public sector, first working for the Department of the Navy before become the CEO of struggling pizza chain, Godfather’s Pizza. In just 14 months Cain was able to turn the company around and shortly after that was able to purchase the company from Pillsbury. As if that weren’t enough, in 1994 Herman Cain singlehandedly changed the debate on Hillary-Care when he confronted Bill Clinton at a town hall meeting in Kansas City. In just one question he was able to do more damage to Universal Healthcare than the entire Republican Party did the past two years when taking on Obama-care. Don’t believe me? Watch for yourself.

Compare Herman Cain and his successes to the current list of potential 2012 rivals, starting with Sarah Palin who the media has already picked as their choice for the Republican nomination. The media’s obsession with everything Sarah Palin says continually raises her to a level of prominence in the Republican Party and the Tea Party which she has hardly earned. And why elevate her to such a position? Because the media, like everyone else, knows that she will lose to Barack Obama. The liberal media’s agenda is to see Obama re-elected. Don’t forget that. I know that is hard to hear for several of the Palin fans out there who follow her on Facebook and Twitter like a teenage girl follows Justin Bieber, but let’s look at the facts. Sarah Palin is a half-term governor with enormously high unfavorable ratings who is clearly unable to articulate a clear conservative argument without being spoon-fed by a softball interviewer. Add on top of that her clear interest in making money and starring in Reality TV shows over fighting for conservative values. There is no stronger evidence of her lack of commitment to conservatism and the tea party than her endorsement of John McCain over J.D. Hayworth. Sure you can say she was paying John McCain back for the V.P. nomination, but in my humble opinion, values are always more important than paying someone back. The “I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine” mentality is exactly what’s wrong with Washington D.C. in the first place.

What about the other candidates? Romney? Good luck with healthcare repeal when the GOP candidate is the guy who wrote the “Obama-care” playbook. They used his Massachusetts experiment as a basis for their mandate, and let’s not forget his previous liberal positions (pro-choice, pro-gay marriage.) Gingrich? The guy that shares the same climate change beliefs as Al Gore, and was for Barack Obama’s success before he was against it. Pawlenty? It’s seriously unsettling how bad he wants to be President. It’s obvious he will do and say anything to sit in the Oval Office. Did you see how fast he threw Sarah Palin under the bus for her “crosshairs” map? Huckabee? When Mike Huckabee’s not busy commuting the sentences of known murderers and rapists, he is supporting Michelle Obama’s nanny-state agenda about what our children eat. The list goes on and on, and the more you dive into the record of each potential Republican candidate the more you find that nobody’s perfect. Nobody except Herman Cain. I defy you to find one liberal position this man has ever taken.

Herman Cain is a by-the-book, tried-and-true Tea Party conservative who has had success in both the private and public sector. He has not donated thousands of dollars to other politicians in the party in hopes of future support because he does not play political games. As a matter of fact, we need Herman Cain as our 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate because of the one thing he is not a politician. And he’s the only one in the potential Republican field who can say that.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Art of Infraction

By Les Dowrey
“Pick a card, any card.” A phrase no magician should leave home without.  Think of the wonder and amazement you had the first time you saw an illusionist.  How did they do that?  Was it truly magic?  However, the older you get, the more you realize that all that glitters is not gold, and the less magical those tricks suddenly become.  After all, it was just a trick, just a sleight-of-hand movement.  The magician used to be the master of the art of distraction, but unfortunately that is no longer the case. 
The new magicians work on Capitol Hill and they are better than ever.  Take for example the recent tragic shooting in Tucson.  After a flurry of speculation on what exactly “civility” means, the national conversation has turned towards gun control.  As Tom Coburn and Chuck Schumer argue over how to find common ground on keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, there is a much more sinister plot underway.  The gun control debate is just the distraction.  While the NRA, Tea Party patriots, and conservatives are up in arms over the erosion of their second amendment right, the Democrats along with their RINO cohorts are conjuring up legislation to destroy the first amendment.
Representative Robert Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania is already drafting legislation that he says would outlaw not only language that would be perceived as threatening to a member of Congress, but also any symbols that could be interpreted that way.  Think of what that means?  For years, Big Brother has been trying to pass hate speech law after hate speech law, and with the tragic shooting in Tucson the government just might have the ammunition they need to get a bill through the House and Senate. 
If you think that the Republicans having control of the House will prevent this from passing, then I urge you to take a look at how quickly they have retreated on Obamacare.  First they postponed the vote on healthcare for a week after the shooting, as if a vote on healthcare repeal would be too uncivilized, and then when the Republicans finally got around to it they have stopped calling the bill a job-killer.  Now I realize that by the time this is posted the Republicans will be well on their way to passing healthcare repeal in the house, and for that they should be applauded.  However, when it comes to the war on Free Speech, the Republicans lost the minute they capitulated and changed their language. 
Even if this law doesn’t pass, the new magicians in Congress may not even need a new law to limit our free speech.  Just like magicians have mastered the art of distraction, the politicians have mastered the art of infraction, slowly chipping away at our rights without the public even noticing.  Think about how political correctness has already restricted our everyday language.  This new “civil” tone could become just as damaging to our first amendment right.  Yet with a serious threat to the dearest of rights, the only Republican standing their ground is Sarah Palin.  At this time when the threat to free speech is so real, it is in her immortal words I urge you, “Don’t Retreat, Reload.”  And you don’t have to be civil about it either.

A Message from Les Dowrey

Regarding the recent shootings in Arizona and the effect they will actually have.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Message From Les Dowrey

After all the hate-mail and negative reaction I've gotten from my "Man with the Golden Hand-out" editorial, I thought it was time to respond with a personal message to my critics.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hate Mail Grab Bag

It’s been less than 24 hours since I posted the “Man with the Golden Hand Out” and already they are threatening to ban me from different conservative forums and the hate-mail is coming in.  Just further proof that there are very few true conservatives left in the world. 
Update:  This just in- Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice, is headed to rehab.  Told you so.

Here’s the hate-mail:
 You sound dreary.
Let a little sunshine into your life and believe that people can change.
The only downside will be that if he goes back on drugs, you'll lose that wonderful "I told you so!" moment.
But really that moment is dreary too. “

My Response:  Really…let’s see how this feels- “I Told You So!”  Yep, that’s what I thought it felt pretty good.

“Twenty years ago I was a homeless alcoholic. Bankrupt in every aspect of my life. Today I'm a sober, employed, married, mortgage paying member of society.”

My Response:  Good for you.  Ted Williams is not…he’s in rehab.

“Guess you must feel the same way about Glenn Beck. Sad that you can’t see the positive in these types of stories.”

“If Saul, a man who boasted of his persecution of Christians, could have his "Damascus Road Moment" through a face-to-face encounter with The Holy One of God, Jesus Christ, then is it not possible for Ted Williams to have his redemption in the form of this situation?
Still, there is the fact that it isn't necessarily whether or not someone has that moment of redemption, or a way out of the muck and mire... it's what that person does with the opportunity. Time, and Mr. Williams' actions, will tell.”

My Response:  If he was on the road to Damascus, then now he’s on the road to the Betty Ford Center.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Man With The Golden Hand-out

By Les Dowrey

By now you know the story of the “man with the golden voice.”   After an online video was posted of Ted Williams showing off his velvety-smooth dulcet tones, the media and the public worked themselves into a flurry of emotion over a faux rags-to-riches story.  Despite the fact that Ted Williams hasn’t had a job in almost two decades, the job offers have come pouring in from the Cleveland Cavaliers to MSNBC.  Before you start getting that warm feeling in your stomach and thinking that this is the stuff Hallmark movies are made of, ask yourself this question, how many other qualified voice-over artists could have taken these positions?  And how many of those people actually dedicated the past twenty years to hard work and dedication as opposed to drug use, petty theft, and public urination? 
As uncouth as it may sound, that’s the real story of Ted Williams.  After a brief stint in the military and some time attending a school for voice acting, Williams started working for a Columbus, Ohio radio station.  With his natural-born gifts it appeared that he was on the start of a promising broadcasting career.  That was until 1993 when “the man with the golden voice” threw it all away to begin experimenting with crack cocaine.  According to the Smoking Gun it was during this time that he starting racking up a pretty lengthy wrap-sheet for theft, robbery, forgery, and drug possession among other crimes.  Not to mention, that he is the father of nine children whom he has neglected in exchange for a life on the streets.  After all that, he is being rewarded with a promising voice-over career while others who have worked much harder are overlooked for a drug-addled bum who happened to be at the right place at the right time?
It’s not that I begrudge anyone a second chance, but there’s a huge difference between looking for redemption and being given a hand out.  Worst of all, this is just the latest symptom in an epidemic that is sweeping the country-people who become famous just for being famous.  Think Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, or the chief offenders, the cast of the Jersey Shore.  The United States used to be a country of proud hard-working people who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, but now Americans want all the success with none of the, dare I say it- work.  What has happened to the American Dream? What has become of the world where Horatio Alger made us believe that through hard work and dedication you can achieve anything. No longer is that the American way, the new American Dream is: have fun, shun responsibility, and if people like you, you can get whatever you want…spoon-fed to you on a sliver platter.
A recent news report showed that teenage girls would rather try and get pregnant so they can end up on an MTV reality show than try and get a scholarship and apply themselves in school.  If that’s the lesson kids get from “16 and Pregnant” can you imagine the lesson they get from “the homeless man with the golden voice?”  Quit your job, do drugs, keep your hand out and eventually you’ll end up announcing the Today Show. 
Worst of all, as the media always does, there will not be a follow-up story.   Everyone knows how this story ends because everyone knows that a tiger doesn’t change its stripes, and a hobo doesn’t leave the streets.  When the inevitable happens, when this golden-voiced homeless man returns to his drug habit, when he loses his dream job and throws away his second chance, there will be no one around to tell that story.  Saddest of all, Ted Williams won’t even make it through his full fifteen minutes. But that’s ok, you can bet the next flash in the pan, feel good, youtube moment is only a click away.   

The Bill of Un-Rights

by Les Dowrey

Despite the “Second Bill of Rights” that King Roosevelt tried to implement in the 40’s, the following are not rights and have been made up by the Liberals and the Lamestream Media
1)      There is no Right to Privacy

2)      There is no Right to Healthcare

3)      There is no Right to Marriage

4)      There is no Right to a Fair Wage

5)      There is no Right to Social Security

So the next time one of your Liberal friends brings up one of these so-called “rights” in conservation, ask them where that is found in the Constitution.  They won’t have an answer.  And by the way, what are you doing hanging out with Liberals anyway?

The Virtues and Values Pledge

1)       I will not take any Government Handouts- this includes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Pell Grants, Unemployment Pay, etc.  If I don’t earn it I don’t take it.

2)       I am proud to be politically incorrect

3)       If anyone ever comes for my guns they will have to pry them from my cold dead hands

4)       I am not interested in speaking Spanish in my own Country.  This is America, and we speak English.

5)       I am not interested in a “truce” on social issues and am proud to be a social conservative

6)       I do not trust the Government and will fight against Big Brother whenever they violate my rights

7)       I believe in American exceptionalism and do not feel like we owe the World an apology.  

8)       I am not a “citizen of the World.”

9)       I firmly believe in Capitalism and that the free market should be allowed to regulate itself.  Government regulations of any kind do not help.

10)   I know that this country was founded on Christian values by Christian men no matter what the revisionist historians and lame-stream media say, and will raise my family to know the truth about this country’s founding.

11)   I will keep and maintain multiple copies of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Holy Bible not just in my home, but also on my person at all times in the event that the government tries to suppress the truth about these documents.

12)   I am proud to support the troops, and believe the U.S. Military is the greatest fighting force for good the World has ever seen.  At the same time, I do not feel like the military should be used to police the world.

13)   Just because I respect the office of the Presidency, does not mean I respect the President.

14)   I believe that RINO’s and Tea Pansies (Republicans who pretend to be Tea Party Members) can be just as big a threat to our Democracy as liberals and the Democratic Party.

15)   I will always fight for the Virtues and Values of this great Country I believe in.


Les Dowrey

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