Not all on left coast are clueless

Jeep Billboard No CompromiseHaving recently returned from a driving trip to the left coast, it was the last place I expected to get a favorable comment on the motto on the back window of my Jeep Grand Cherokee (left).

After all, we drove through the pass of the liberals’ ugly failure monuments to Obama alternative energy –windmills, we learned that it is permissible there for ISIS to set up a table with literature, and we heard Gov. Jerry Brown say Sen. Ted Cruz was “unfit to be president” because he is a climate change denier.  How can this state be so out of it?

It was California that diverted more than 300 billion gallons of water away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay, and eventually the Pacific Ocean to increase allocations toward protecting the Delta smelt, a three-inch fish on the endangered species list.  Thousands of farm workers lost their jobs and hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland went fallow. Rep. Nancy Pelosi failed to reverse the decision, and Governor Moonbeam is crying over the drought.

But, I digress.  Why No Compromise?  It goes back a number of years when I wrote an op-ed on the importance of standing on your principles, and I recalled Ronald Reagan’s Cold War strategy – we win, they lose.

Then there’s Margaret Thatcher’s well-known quote on compromise. “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

When did the measure of conservatism, of success, of progress require that we reach out to Democrats?

Colin Powell, who called himself a Republican, once said, “You’ve got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.”

“Consensus,” according to Margaret Thatcher, “is the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something no one believes, but to which no one objects.”

Bob Dole told us that “compromise isn’t a bad word.”  He lost.

John McCain compromised and gave us McCain-Feingold.  He joined the Gang of Eight on immigration which went nowhere.  While running for president he told us, “I can reach out to Democrats.”  He lost.

Mitt Romney reminded us how he worked with the Democrats in Massachusetts. He lost.

Republicans won in the mid-terms because the people rejected the policies of President Obama.  Why?  Why should we have to compromise with the losers?

Ted Cruz has said he would compromise with anyone, even Martians, if they’re willing to cut spending and reduce the debt.  He’s not likely to get any takers.

Personally, I like Andrew Carnegie’s view.  “Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat.  Strong men don’t compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilton book-signing a memorable event

I just returned from a book-signing for Col. Richard Hilton’s memoir, There Are No Sundays, held at the lovely home of Karen Palmer, a longtime friend of the Hilton’s in California.

It was a warm gathering of Colonel Hilton’s former Hughes Aircraft Company colleagues and family friends, and my wife, Janet, and I had the privilege of attending the event.

Book Signing 1A

I had the privilege of joining Col. Richard Hilton (Ret.) at a book signing held in California over the weekend.

In my Feb.10, 2015 post, A patriot pilot, I wrote about meeting Colonel Hilton and the opportunity he gave me to edit his memoir.

Retired now, Colonel Hilton is contributing the proceeds of the sale of his book to wounded warriors and their families in San Antonio, TX.

The 400-page book covers Richard’s life from childhood through a 20-year flying career in the Air Force and his post-retirement years in the aerospace industry, complete with hundreds of pictures.

If you haven’t already ordered a book, autographed by Colonel Hilton, I highly recommend that you send him a check for $20 for each copy to Colonel Richard Hilton (Ret.), P. O. Box 746, Universal City, TX 78148

The best hits on Hillary Clinton at CPAC

While watching some of the televised speeches and panels at the recent Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) meeting, Sen. Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina impressed me with their candid views of Hillary Clinton.

Rubio’s single word responses to the series of names, issues and events during Sean Hannity’s lightning round was the most memorable for its simplicity.

“Hillary Clinton,” said Hannity.  “Yesterday,” Rubio quickly responded.

Not only did Rubio voice the opinion of many, who feel her time has come and gone, his rapid response shows how he has grown as a spokesperson.

Hillary fllying (washintonpost.com)

Flying, Mrs. Clinton, is an activity, not an accomplishment. (washingtonpost.com)

Fiorina may be a dark horse, but she’s out there helping the party, providing commentary on progressives, while proving the GOP war on women is a myth.

Her response to Clinton’s single most accomplishment as secretary of state – the miles she has logged flying around the globe – was, “Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe, but unlike Hillary Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.”

With the reports that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation had lifted its own ban on foreign donations, and the conflicts of interests that are sure to arise in a Clinton for president campaign, Fiorina responded, “Really? This is the best we can do to have yet another decade of campaign finance scandals?

C’mon out Hillary.  Run.  I can’t wait.

 

Obama hell bent to strike bad deal with Iran

I have been writing about President Obama’s abandonment of the goal to stop Iran’s development of nuclear weapons in favor of a cockamamie negotiation to further delay that effort.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to speak to a joint session of Congress this week to tell us about the threat the world faces in Iran, and the president doesn’t like it.

He has turned the dogs loose in a bitter personal attack against Netanyahu and Israel, one of our strongest allies.

Kerrey (nypost.com)

Secretary of State Kerry was sent out to denigrate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a House hearing. (nypost.com)

Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, shamefully said, “The prime minister, as you will recall, was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush, and we all know what happened with that decision.”  This, despite the fact that Netanyahu wasn’t prime minister at the time,

I didn’t hear anyone challenge Kerry on that statement, so I will. Nearly everyone, including Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, voted to attack Iraq on Oct. 11, 2002.

We captured Saddam Hussein, of whom Kerry said in 2003, “If you don’t believe … Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn’t vote for me.” Continue reading