The National Guard is not supposed to fight fires. The job of the National Guard is to deal with disaster situations and situations where military assistance is required, such as evacuations, preparations for natural disasters, and defence of territory. In other words, the National Guard is CERTAINLY needed to evacuate people, to restore order, and to keep infrastructure going. The National Guard isn't just a bunch of infantrymen, it's also engineers, and they certainly have firefighting capabilities. The job of the National Guard is to respond to natural disasters and threats to the safety of the people within the state at the whim of the governor.
But all persons who needed to be evacuated actually were evacuated...
And in the timely process as much as humanly possible. There were not a lack of people, and all went as well as it could have done. Yet Barbara Boxer still said:
See, one of your far left wing people opened thier mouth and said someting stupid.
"Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California complained the ability of the state's National Guard has been compromised because too much of their equipment and personnel is in Iraq. Is that true?"
*cracks knuckles to get seriously ready*
Serving the people does not mean "owning" the people by sending them money each month so they can create even more babies paid for at the US tax payer's expense. Sorry sir, we're not gonna allow it to happen.
The job of the government is to serve the people. Perhaps you're forgetting that. The people empower the government with a special trust and confidence that the government will act in its best interest, be that by protection or social assurance. The job of the military is to protect the people, the job of the government is to run the country and to ensure that all of its citizens needs are met. The government is only in place because the people feel they can be served by it, not protected by it; otherwise we'd all have local militias instead.
The burden of the government is not to just raise a military and provide for the common defence (Some would say that is even pointless), but also to provide for common welfare. I suggest you read Rousseau and Montesquieu.
By protection and social assurance? And I suppose you would include a federal run medical system with no currently working world model, because they all fail as up to this point. I'm not talking Sweden, I'm talking capable of fully financed and available health care for 320 million people in the US?
That is absolutley foolish, we know mountains of Canadians come to the US for medical treatment because they CANNOT wait for an appointent 6 months from now. It's insane.
Where do you get your 99% from? I live in the US and don't obviously see the same 99%?!
And to protect against an unfair system. The current deal is not fair to 99% of the population. 1% of the population holds 80% of the wealth. Health care is commonly denied based on credit; people die because they have no money.
Maybe you live in rural America?
Maybe you don't?
Maybe you live in a dorm room in a college where you don't understand the plight of the poor?
Or are you a political arm chair quarterback?
Maybe you feel guilty because you feel privilaged to go to university and some aren't?
Maybe you should give it all back?
And don't forget:
Bill O'Reilly constantly praises George Bush, you know, the guy who invaded Iraq, has tanked the American economy, and has proven to be the least intelligent and least successful president in American history.
Bill O'Reilly doesn't miss the chance to incite homophobia.
Bill O'Reilly doesn't ever miss the chance to incite racism and xenophobia.
You want more? Check out the 1217 hits at http://mediamatters......ring=O'Reilly
I'm certainly well researched. I just don't think it's worth listing every single one of his sins here. The guy is just ridiculous, and anyone who isn't a WASP is probably a terrorist or a threat to America. It's the warfare doctrine, extremely common Goebbels technique, to isolate a part of the population and make them into non-citizens, even non-humans. He does it with gays, Arabs, Democrats, anyone on the target list.
Probably not worth your time to worry about a "public entertainer" such as Bill O'Reilly. Not worth the effort.
The Great Deal:
My God, I cannot think of a more no brainer action than what Roosevelt did. It wasn't left or right, it was common sense. Creating the SEC. Genius. Creating the AAA, genius. Best Democrat I ever read history on.
If only we could find some way to clone him. He cleaned up the capitalist system in only 7 years and won a world war. Now that is a President.
Quoting mediamatters.org or moveon.org is like me using a christian site to back up creationism, or using the Swiftboat site. :(
Mediamatters as well as movon.org are financed heavily by George Soros, I'm just such a real fan of this person, who's capability of exploiting third world nations is world famous!
Mediamaters.org was started in conjunction by Hillary Clinton.
God love her. If only I can vote her in to be my President.
But even if she is voted in, will I burn US flags?
NO. Because I'm not a FAR left liberal.