Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Bush Legacy

A staggering second successive electoral loss for the GOP.

Democrats siezed not only the White House in an electoral college blowout, but added at least five (and possibly a couple more, depending on recounts) Senate seats, and between 15 and 20 House seats, cementing their majorities in Congress.

Writing at National Review this morning, in a column aptly titled "Eight Wasted Years," John Derbyshires, notes:

Margaret Thatcher used to talk about the “ratchet effect.” When the Left gets power, she said, they drive everything Left; when the Right gets power, they slow the Leftward drive, perhaps even halt it for a spell; but nothing ever gets moved to the Right. U.S. politics in the 21st century so far bears out this dismal analysis. What does the Right have to show for eight years of a Republican presidency? I supported George W. Bush in 2000 because I thought he had a conservative bone in his body somewhere. I supported him in 2004 because I thought him the lesser of two evils. At this point, I wouldn’t let the fool park his car in my driveway.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

So, Johnny, How Did that Amnesty Thing Work Out for You?

As Americans go to the polls today, in an election that will be a referendum on the last eight years of GOP power in Washington, it is worthwhile to take note of one interesting poll result. For eight years, John McCain and George W. Bush (read: Karl Rove) had many areas of agreement, but none so strongly as on the matter of amnesty for illegal aliens (read: Mexicans). Both Bush and McCain pandered shamelessly to Latinos - Americans or not - in the US, and tried their hardest to pass legislation legalizing tens of millions of Latinos who brazenly crossed our borders and refuse to assimilate to American culture. Despite dire warnings that these aliens would never vote republican, both Bush and McCain have spent virtually all of their political capital desperately trying to woo them. The result?

PHOENIX (Reuters) – In the final stretch to the presidential election, more than three quarters of likely Hispanic voters say they support Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain, a study found.

The Univision/Reuters/Zogby poll released on Tuesday said that 78 percent of a sample of 1,016 Latino likely voters favored Sen. Obama, with 13 percent supporting McCain, an Arizona senator.

The poll, which was conducted between October 30 and November 2, found that 54 percent of respondents said the economy and jobs were the most important issue in deciding who to vote for, followed by health care and immigration, with 12 percent and 11 percent respectively.

Hispanics make up 15 percent of the U.S. population and 9 percent of the electorate, and could be a critical swing voting bloc in battleground states in the U.S. Southwest as well as Florida on Tuesday.

In 2004, President George W. Bush won about 40 percent of the Latino vote -- a Republican record -- when he beat Democrat John Kerry. But opinion polls show Republican standing among Hispanics has since been hurt by a shrill national debate over immigration reform and a worsening economy.

A survey by Zogby International last month found that 70 percent of Hispanic likely voters favored Obama, with 21 percent favoring McCain.

Imagine that! Millions of economically underperforming immigrants with little respect for US law or culture support Democrats who promise them an unending supply of taxpayer-financed goodies!

Gee, what a surprise. Surely, no one could have foreseen that happening.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Killing England's Native Culture (and People)

The Left's relentless assault on the native culture and peoples of Western nations continues to gather speed. No where is the campaign pressing harder than in the United Kingdom, where leftists are racing to erase every vestige of culture that the English people spent a millennium creating.

Classics scholars have accused councils of 'ethnic cleansing' after they banned staff from using Latin words.

The local authorities claim the terms are elitist and discriminatory, and have ordered employees to use often-wordier alternatives in documents or when speaking to the public.

Bournemouth Council, which has the Latin motto Pulchritudo et Salubritas - beauty and health - has listed 19 terms it no longer considers acceptable for use.

They include ad hoc, bona fide, status quo, vice versa and even via.

Its list of alternatives includes 'for this special purpose', in place of ad hoc and 'existing condition' or 'state of things', instead of status quo.

Mary Beard, a Cambridge professor of classics, said: 'This is absolutely bonkers and the linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing.

Professor Beard isn't being hyperbolic. The actual ethnic cleansing has already begun. There are now areas of the UK that are "no-go" locations for Anglo-Saxons and Christians. Thanks entirely to Muslim immigration. As immigrant populations - who have no attachment to traditional English culture, and in many cases a profound hatred for it - grow, violence against the native ethnic population will only escalate, driven in large measure by the rhetoric of the politically-correct, multiculturalist crowd. Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" are no longer a paranoid fantasy.