From News Real Blog: No Comparison

There’s an curious trend happening these days — some might even call it disturbing — in which members of the Left are falling all over each other to compare Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan. If it weren’t so odd, and at times over the top, it would be easy to dismiss it as quaint and merely laughable, but this meme has become head-stratchingly bizarre.

The comparisons have been going on since Obama was barely inaugurated, but the last few months have seen an upswing in the Obama-as-Reagan narrative. We can point to two occasions which come together to serve as the main impetus for what has turned into a seemingly endlesscomparison. The first and most obvious one is the centennial of President Reagan’s birth. This momentous event has been accompanied by a wave of Reagan nostalgia, obviously from all of us here on the Right, but, interestingly enough, also from the Left. That’s right, even the Left has finally come around to see what a great man Reagan was, albeit grudgingly.

The second event is actually a pair of speeches President Obama made within a few days of each other. When Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting, he made a masterful speech, even if the service was marred by truly strange crowd behavior. The speech was possibly one of Obama’s finest moments. A couple of weeks later, he delivered his State of the Union address. The mainstream media attempted to paint the address as another deftly delivered speech, but it was just full of the same empty, vague platitudes as any number of speeches Obama gave during his campaign.

Seizing on this train of nostalgia for a truly remarkable president like Reagan and on a pair of alleged high notes for Obama, the Left has picked up the ball of Obama-Reagan comparisons and run with it. Time even ran with a now notorious cover featuring a photoshopped image of Reagan standing next to Obama, his arm around the younger president’s shoulder, a photo that is as tacky as those electronically edited duets between a living singer and a deceased one. It was an audacious move, to say the least.

Sadly, we know the truth. Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan. And even though most of us know this fact, it’s worth pointing out the reasons why there is no comparison between the two men. Here’s a list of reasons why Obama can’t even hold a candle to Reagan.

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Friday Night Lights: The End

This is it. Tonight is the final episode on Friday Night Lights on DirecTV (it’ll air on NBC starting in April). It’s hard to believe that, after five season, this incredibly beautiful, creative television series is coming to an end.

In 2006, I remember noticing that NBC was producing a TV version of Friday Night Lights. I thought the movie was OK, but what caught my eye about NBC’s version was that they cast Kyle Chandler to play Coach Eric Taylor. Chandler was one of the stars of my (previous) all-time favorite show, Homefront, back in the early 90s. He’s also from Loganville, which is mere minutes from my home and an alumnus of the University of Georgia, my alma mater.  Continue reading Friday Night Lights: The End

From News Real Blog: 7 Conservative Football Stars

Since today is the actual day of The Game We Dare Not Mention By Name For Copyright Reasons (let’s just say that it’s a bowl game that’s super), I thought it would be fun to take a look at the NFL.

Bill Maher had something to say about the NFL last week. In a terribly unfunny Huffington Post column, Mr. Subtlety made his case that the NFL is so successful and popular because it is basically a socialist organization. Or something like that:

With the Super Bowl only a week away, Americans must realize what makes NFL football so great: socialism. That’s right, for all the F-15 flyovers and flag waving, football is our most successful sport because the NFL takes money from the rich teams and gives it to the poor teams… just like President Obama wants to do with his secret army of ACORN volunteers.

…football is more like the Democratic philosophy. Democrats don’t want to eliminate capitalism or competition, but they’d like it if some kids didn’t have to go to a crummy school in a rotten neighborhood while others get to go to a great school and their Dad gets them into Harvard. Because when that happens “achieving the American dream” is easy for some, and just a fantasy for others.

That’s why the NFL runs itself in a way that would fit nicely on Glenn Beck’s chalkboard – they literally share the wealth, through salary caps and revenue sharing – TV is their biggest source of revenue, and they put all of it in a big commie pot and split it 32 ways. Because they don’t want anyone to fall too far behind. That’s why the team that wins the Super Bowl picks last in the next draft. Or what the Republicans would call “punishing success.”

I think that we, on the Right, would more likely call it “a bizarre business model.” But whatever. It works. The fact that I’m writing about the NFL today instead of, say, Barclay’s Premier League Soccer speaks volumes. (Yeah, I’d never heard of Barclay’s either. I just saw it on ESPN’s Bottom Line.) But I digress.

The truth of the matter is that you’ll find plenty of NFL players and coaches who espouse conservative views or support candidates who are on the Right. This is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list, but it’s a good sampling of conservatives who have been part of the NFL.

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From News Real Blog: 6 Historical Reasons Why The Muslim Brotherhood Must Not Be Allowed Into Power In Egypt

With the recent events in Egypt, there has been a lot of talk about the Muslim Brotherhood. I have to admit, I never knew much about the Muslim Brotherhood until last week. I had read a little about their actions in the past and assumed that they were an old, defunct organizationwhose members had funneled off into other organizations. My assumptions were wrong.

The Muslim Brotherhood is alive and well, and not just in the Middle East. They are a worldwidenetwork of Islamic extremists with one overriding goal: the adoption of Islam and Sharia law throughout the world, and they have a history of violently attempting to achieve that aim.

Formed in 1928 in Egypt by a young, idealistic school teacher and activist named Hasan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood began as a fundamentalist Islamic group, basically a militant religious revival. Their statement of faith couldn’t be more clearly laid out:

God is our objective, the Koran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.

The Muslim Brotherhood has, from its outset, advocated an armed, violent struggle in order to win the world for Allah and Islam.

The organization has made political trouble in Egypt in the past. In 1948, one of its members assassinated Prime Minister Mahmoud Fahmi Nuqrashi, and in the fifties, the group came out against Gamal Abdel Nasser’s government. The Muslim Brotherhood has been officially banned in Egypt since 1954, but that fact hasn’t stopped its members from running for political office as independents and attempting to affect Islamist reforms in the country.

Recently, the Left, along with some Islamist groups, have tried to paint the Muslim Brotherhood as some sort of non-threatening, moderate group, as though the last 80 years of history can be ignored. We know that, in the current climate in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is angling for some seat at the table in a new government. That simply cannot happen.

Here are six reasons, culled from the Muslim Brotherhood’s history from its earliest years to today, why the Muslim Brotherhood should not be allowed into power in Egypt. These incidents and actions prove that the Muslim Brotherhood is an insidious organization that is threatening to Israel, to democracy, and to Western culture.

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From News Real Blog: The Top 10 Defining Moments Of Ronald Reagan’s Presidency

Ronald Reagan is one of my few earthly heroes. As a kid, I was much more politically precocious than most kids, and Reagan got my attention. I was enthralled by him and what he had to say, and I wished to be able to vote for him. Fortunately, millions of Americans were equally enamored (or at least disgusted by Jimmy Carter) enough to sweep him into the presidency. And for eight years the country had the privilege of his leadership.

What is it about Ronald Reagan that was so appealing to so many people? I really do believe that part of it was the deep dissatisfaction with Carter and his policies and personality. Disastrous foreign policy and economic misery were the hallmarks of the Carter years, and Reagan presented an alternative. Reagan brought a can-do attitude to the table, while Carter’s attitude basically boiled down to, “Things are tough. Deal with it.” Reagan’s optimism and cheer stood in stark contrast to Carter’s dour seriousness.

But it wasn’t just what Reagan wasn’t that made him an attractive candidate. He stood for so much that Americans found to their liking. Reagan’s deep, honest faith in God and in America, his belief in the power of the market to create a strong economy, his confidence in his nation’s leadershipon the world stage, and his innate trust in the unique potential of every individual came together to capture the American spirit and lead to the best presidency of my lifetime. And I believe his was among the best presidencies in our history.

So, in conjunction with the thirtieth anniversary of his inauguration (January 20, 1981) and the upcoming hundredth anniversary of his birth (February 6, 1911), I have compiled a list of ten ofRonald Reagan’s defining moments. These aren’t necessarily the top accomplishments or most momentous occasions of his presidency, but I believe they speak to why he was such a successfulleader.

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Twenty-five years ago today, on January 28, 1986 at 11:39 a.m., the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded about a minute after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts aboard. It was a tragic, heartbreaking day, and I remember it well.

It was a Tuesday afternoon, and we were home from school for a snow day. I remember that they this shuttle mission was historic, as it featured the first non-professional, completely civilian astronaut, “Teacher In Space” Christa McAuliffe. The launch had been delayed for several days due to weather issues at Cape Canaveral and at abort landing sites. The launch date was set for the 28th, in spite of temperatures being at literally the coldest possible point for a launch day.

We were at home watching The Price Is Right, when CBS News interrupted the show to report that “something went wrong” with the Space Shuttle. From that point, all three stations (we didn’t have cable) stuck with live coverage of what was going on. My mom popped a tape into our (Beta) VCR and began recording. I remember the VCR timer being set and on record throughout the next several days, recording speeches, memorials, and other coverage. Even through the tragedy, it was spellbinding to think of watching history unfold through the day. Continue reading Challenger

Happy 226th Birthday, UGA!

Today marks the 226th anniversary of the founding of the University of Georgia. On this day in 1785, the oldest public university in the United States was chartered. Since that fateful, historic day, UGA has become a leader in academics, innovation, athletics, and leadership. It also has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

As an alumnus of the University of Georgia, I’m proud to have been part of this long tradition of excellence. In many ways it’s like a second home to me, and I always feel welcome in Athens. Happy Birthday UGA! It will always be great to be a Georgia Bulldog!

The Call Of Duty

Reading today’s entry in the Eastridge daily reading plan was an eye opener. I’ve read the book of Luke I don’t know how many times, so I’ve read today’s chapter countless times. But Luke 17:7-10 packed a punch for me today. Here Jesus says:

7 “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?8 Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’?9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?

10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”

Luke 17:7-10 (NIV)

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From News Real Blog: All Roads Lead To Socialism

I recently finished Stanley Kurtz’s fascinating book, Radical-In-Chief: Barack Obama And The Untold Story Of American Socialism. If you’re a regular reader of NewsReal Blog, no doubt you’ve heard quite a bit about this book over the last several weeks. It truly is an eye opening read.

Radical-In-Chief is a glimpse into how socialism has informed President Obama’s political development, associations, career choices, and policy decisions over the years. It’s also a handy primer into the history of post-sixties socialism in America. The main point of Radical-In-Chief is that all evidence points to the fact that Obama is a socialist with a radical vision for restructuring and transforming American society.

It’s understandable for anyone to think that calling Barack Obama a socialist is inflammatory or sensationalist, or at the very least flippant (because let’s face it, we’ve all joked about it at one time or another). But Radical-In-Chief is no sensationalist tell-all, nor is it an alarmist, conspiracy-theorist rag. Rather, Stanley Kurtz has thoroughly done his homework, looking at reams of archived documents, press coverage of contemporaneous events, and Obama’s own writings and quotes to prove what many of us on the Right have suspected all along.

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Thirty Years Ago Today

I don’t have many earthly heroes. As a man of faith, I try my best not to put my trust in human beings. While there are plenty of people throughout history and in my life that I love, admire, and respect, there are only a few whom I would consider heroes. Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Walt Disney, for plenty of obvious reasons. One of my greatest heroes is Ronald Reagan.

Thirty years ago today, Ronald Reagan took the oath of office and was inaugurated as president. At an age when many men were well past retirement, Reagan, just shy of 70, would embark on a new and historic phase of his career.  Continue reading Thirty Years Ago Today