RINO — Republican in Name Only
Mitt Romney, when he was governor of the
across as a moderate Republican. Being a
Republican of any stripe or degree in the Democrat-filled state of Commonwealth
of Massachusetts is a
sticky wicket, but this is a tough place to make a big stand for right wing
values, like: Massachusetts
Anti- Gay Marriage
Anti-Abortion or Pro-Life
That list of “antis” may suggest a negative cant to one’s political stance, and I’m sure others can put the position of a right-wing Republican in a far more positive way.
However, as we roll toward November and the General Election, we have all been exposed to months of back-and-forth chatter amongst the Republican candidates about the above issues and several more. And perhaps most of us, regardless of whether we are Democrat, Republican or something else, are fairly fed up with it all. I know I am.
First, I reject someone else deciding I am not Republican enough, or not Catholic enough; not man enough, American enough….. We each have our likes and dislikes, and our values.
For my part, I think President Obama is doing a pretty good job, and I think he is a good man, who has his heart in his job. There are things about Democrats, or Progressives, as they like to call themselves, which bother me, a lot. However, many Republicans seem to be hung up on things with which I don’t identify.
I could never identify with Rick Santorum. To me, he seems like the most grotesque caricature of the Republican who embodies all those “antis” I listed above. He has plumbed the depths of our differences with his words. While it may get headlines, and make grown men and women want to claw each others’ eyes out, our election should not turn on the question of who is getting contraceptives for free.
Likewise, I cannot take Newt Gingrich seriously. He is bright, and in another day, could have been a convincing candidate. But when I think of him standing there in the House of Representatives, castigating President Clinton for his sexual athletics… while Newt himself was apparently having an illicit affair with a young assistant—that is hard to take. And then, as if to stick it in the eye of every American, to traipse across the country with that same woman, Calista--- that’s a show stopper. For me.
So then we come to Mitt Romney, and it bothers me that the man has to do all manner of contortions, stretching to be this, to be against that, to try to act like one of the plain working stiffs, to protest that he is really the sternest kind of arch Conservative…. when we believe that he is really a moderate. And, from his performance as Governor of Massachusetts, I believe he is a sober, sensible, intelligent man, who can actually work with Democrats as well as Republicans.
However, the Republican Party these days seems to be ruled by a noisy minority of loud-mouthed people who are heavy on the “anti”. I fail to see in them the suggestion that the most important attribute is simply being an American.
So, I guess that when I vote, I want to pick the candidate who is most likely to lead a country of Americans, to help us all to be the best sort of Americans we can be.
What does that mean?
It means protecting American values, and they are nicely catalogued in our Constitution.
It means having laws that are fair, a tax policy that is fair, encouraging development, economic prosperity not just for the top tier, but for all those who want to work, and prosper.
It means getting our economic house in order, which will call for sacrifice, but not one scintilla of suggestion that we are going to coddle the very rich at the expense of the rest of us.
It means a foreign policy based upon knowing the world, being aware of the world, and wanting to work with the rest of the world. It means NOT adopting a foreign policy based upon xenophobia, or ignorance of other nations and their history, or eagerness to procure and use up expensive weapons.
We should maintain a strong military force, but be sensible about using our smartest diplomatic skills before sending men and women to fight.
It means adopting a policy toward illegal immigrants that accepts the fact that our processes and policies have encouraged and protected illegal immigration. We must find a way to ensure that people come to
only by legal means, and all others are turned back. But we cannot blame the illegals already here
for the shortcomings of our enforcement in the past. America
But most of all it means encouraging each American to work toward making our country the brilliant, shining jewel that has so often stood as an example to the world.
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The Personal Navigator offers these books and papers:
Der Grosse Deutsche Feldzug Gegen Polen, [The Great German Campaign in Poland] Eine Chronik Des Krieges in Wort und Bild; Herausgegeben im Einvernehmen mit dem Reichsbildberichterstatter der NSDDAP, Prof. Heinrich Hoffman, Geleitwort Generaloberst Von Reichenau [Text in German] ca. 1940 Vienna, Austria: Verlag Für Militär Und Fächliteratur A. Franz Göth & Sohn. Triumphant book of pictures and German text extolling German march into
in 1939, with many references to the Versailles Peace Treaty of 1919.
Geleitwort [Preface by] Generaloberst Von Reichenau. [Many photos of Adolf
Hitler and his generals, happy “liberated” Germans in Danzig and other cities in Poland greeting Hitler
and his troops with enthusiastic "heils". Many spirited exhortations from A. Hitler,
General von Brauchitich, Field Marshal Hermann Göring, Admiral Raeder. Pictures
of children presenting flowers to troops. Picture of truckload of Jews, text
notes that a million Jews live in Poland . This is one of many propaganda pieces created
by the Nazis to "explain" their attack against the “aggressive”
Poles to "rescue" the beleagured Germans in the City of Poland . Der Feldzug
in Polen; Zusammenfassende Darstellung, Die polnische Wehrmacht; Der polnische
Angriffsplan; Ziel und Anlage der deutschen Operationen. Maps show how German troops stormed across
Polish border, with attacks from Danzig Czechoslovakia,
Germany and East Prussia; Drives on Lodz,
Warsaw and Krakow.
Maps show attacks as of 2, 6, 11, 14, 18 and 19 September. Last two maps show
attacks from East by Soviet troops. Full-page portrait photos of Göring, Von
Brauchitsch, Halder, von Rundstedt, von Bock, List, von Reichenau, von Kluge,
von Küchler, Keitel, Guderian, Hoepner, Strauss, Hoth, Schmidt, von Briefen,
Reinhardt, Kübler, Olbricht, Admirals Albrecht, and Schniewind. 344 pp. 22 x 32
cm.Green cloth on board, front and back hinges cracked, inside front hinge
mended with black plastic tape, but front board loose; frontispiece of Hitler
loose, top 6 cm of each page warped from moisture. On front free endpaper is inscription: "Sgt.
'45". All pictures and text completely readable, clear. Poor. (7697) $95.00.
World War II/Propaganda Salzburg
Heckling Hitler: Caricatures of the Third Reich by Zeman, Zbynek 1987
University Press of New England. Marvelous,
tremendously perceptive collection of cartoons which ridicule Adolf Hitler and
the Nazis, from Hitler’s early years until his death. 128 pp. 21 x 28 cm. Paper booklet, light
wear, very good. (5916) $23.00. World War II/History
History WWII: Photos of Japanese children,
airmen, and minor official documents, and Army Air Corps Records Jacket, with
copy of Stars and Stripes, Aug. 10, 1946 1945-47 . Collection of a World War II U.S. Army Air
Corps officer--8 photos, Air Base appointment to base duties, special orders,
list of leave grantees, and records folder.
Stars & Stripes newspaper yellowed and brittle. Photos good.
Official letters yellowed, good. (3882) $35.00. History/World War II/Ephemera Tokyo, Japan
Houses of Parliament package: A short guide to the Palace of Westminster, a pass to the Dominions' Gallery (front row), and 12 pages of oral questions for the House of Commons, January 23, 1945 by Fell, Sir Bryan H., K.C.M.G., C.B. 1945 London, England: The Lord Great Chamberlain and the Speaker of the House of Commons. Booklet is guide to the Houses of Parliament, with excellent photos, including several showing bomb damage from Nazi attack on
Pass issued to Sgt. Woolf for 1-23-45. Twelve pages of questions for
Commons for 1-23-45, give good idea of a typical day in the Commons in World
War II. 78 pp. 12 x 18 cm. Booklet with name "Henry Bosley Woolf, London , 23 Jan 1945"
written on cover, very good. Card and questions also very good. (5704)
$39.00. History/England London
Ich Kämpfe (I Fight); Die Pflichten des Partei-Genossen. Original 1943 Edition of famed Nazi Propaganda Booklet, In German by Hitler, Adolf; Rosenberg, Alfred; Goebbels, Dr. 1943 München, Deutschland: Zentralverlag der NSDAP Franz Eher Nachf. Treuegelöbnis; Ich Gelobe meinem Führer Adolf Hitler Treue. Ich Verspreche, Ihm und Den Führern, Die er Mir Bestimmt, Jederzeit Achtung Und Gehorsam Entgegenzubringen. Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. This booklet was issued to new members of the Nazi Party in 1943; Subjects covered include the SS, the SA, NSFK, NSF, NSKK, Promise of Loyalty to the Führer, Program of the NSDAP, the German Concept of Freedom, the National Socialist Revolution, Honor List of the Martyrs of the Movement, Our Will, the Responsibilities of Political Leaders, the National Socialist Way of Life, the Responsibility of Party Members, Dates in the History of the NSDAP, etc., etc. Sections written by various Nazi leaders, including Rosenberg and Goebbels. Excellent photos of Nazi Youth, children, soldiers; Color Portrait of Hitler, other color photos. 97 pp. 21 x 24 cm Paper booklet, cover in tan color with embossed Nazi eagle and swastika and leaf border design. Lightly soiled. Last page has several chips in page edge. Very good. (7387) $90.00. World War II/Germany.
Le Livre des Otages, la politique des otages menée par les Autorités allemandes d'Occupation en France de 1941 à 1943; Préface de Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier [Story of French Hostages during Occupation of France by Germans in World War II.] [In French.] by Klarsfeld, Serge 1979 Paris, France: Les Éditeurs Français Réunis. Preface by
Auschwitz survivor. Author has collected files which
detail arrests of French citizens by Nazis during World War II, for various
crimes, including "communists", "Recrutement de membres our
le PCF clandestin", "Activité terroriste", more. Photos
include those of key S.S. officers Lischka, Hagen, Heinrichsohn. Files
reproduced in book include reports from Romainville camp, detailing Raisons de
la désignation comme otage, passé et activités politiques. Un des ouvrages les
plus émouvants et les plus révélateurs de l'histoire de l'occupation et de la
résistance. 295 pp. 13 x 21.5 cm. Trade paperback, text block
loose from cover, good. (1682) $42.00. World War II
Mementos of a World War II Army Air Corps officer in Post-war Japan by Kraut, Robert C.,
U.S. Army Air Corps 1945-47 : ephemera. Mementos of a young U.S. Army
Air Corps Flight Officer. Photos of him and Japanese children and adults in Tokyo,
Japan Japan just after the war ended, at or near Showa
Air Base, .
Photos of Kraut and friend viewing overturned Japanese (?) tank; Scene of
Japanese in a riverbed with traditional Japanese homes lining bank. Collection
of a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps officer--8 photos, Air Base appointment
to base duties, special orders, list of leave grantees, and records folder.
Photos of Japan airmen, and minor official
documents, and Army Air Corps Records Jacket, with copy of Stars and Stripes,
Aug. 10, 1946. 21 pcs. 28 x 22 cm. Stars
& Stripes newspaper yellowed and brittle. Photos good. Official letters
yellowed, fair. (7895) $20.00 World War II/Ephemera U.S.
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