My how things change

January 21, 2011

What happened to the Democratic party in this country? What was it that prompted the change from the party of John Fitzgerald Kennedy to the party of Barrack Husein Obama? You say there has been no change? I beg to differ. Observe. These words were once spoken by John F Kennedy himself:

“We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom symbolizing
an end, as well as a beginning signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Consider, for a moment, do you believe that our President would stand before the world audience and claim that “the rights of man come no from the generosity of the state”? We can stop the statement right there and say no. This President is in favor of, and in fact committed to a point of view that believes that government should provide all of the needs of the people. Do you think, that he would claim that such liberties come “from the hand of God”?

Do you suppose that former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would call us “Tempered by war”? Do you rather suppose she would claim us to be rendered delicate by it? Would Michelle Obama say that we are proud of our ancient heritage? Or, would she say that until very recently she was not “Proud of her country”? Would Harry Reed, Barney Frank, John Kerry or John Edward say that we were “unwilling to witness the slow undoing of those rights” in Afghanistan, or Iraq, or China, or North Korea? Would they say that they are committed to those rights “today, at home” or would they shout for limitations on the second amendment, or push the unfairness doctrine?
Would they claim to be committed to those rights around the world? Or would they simply fight any effort to defend liberty where ever it was threatened?

Let me make myself clear. While Kennedy’s policies were not the most conservative, next to today’s Democrats, he looks like Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan or even Ron Paul. When President Kennedy was inaugurated, this nation was still committed to fighting communism. Now, the president hires cabinet members that publicly state that Mao Tse Tung is someone they admire. He brings in advisers that have read aloud quotes from his “little red book” while making a speach on behalf of this government.

Call me foolish, but the man that stands before me and runs down our country, slanders our troops, and tries to read to me from a book that says that our way of life is inferior and that my God is non-existent should not be surprised when I oppose them at every turn. The freedoms enjoyed by the people of this nation are worth fighting for, and will be defended by those that still have the courage to do so.

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Frustration at Aviemore; Stakis adds to Scots spend

The Herald January 21, 1999 | Ian McConnell STAKIS’S frustration with the lack of progress in regenerating Aviemore boiled over yesterday as it revealed that its investment of about #30m in Scottish operations including the Highland resort should create more than 250 jobs.

The #30m expenditure programme, which will be completed during the next 18 months, takes in the #1.7m redevelopment of Stakis’s Badenoch Hotel at Aviemore.

Glasgow-based Stakis has been ploughing money into Aviemore but its executives are privately frustrated with the slow pace of its overall regeneration. An insider yesterday revealed Stakis executives’ belief that other players in Aviemore such as Macdonald Hotels and Probus Estates were holding out for public funding instead of initiating investment themselves. The insider, on the other hand, hoped the Scottish Parliament would prove the catalyst for Aviemore’s regeneration. Anthony Harris, Stakis’s deputy chief executive and head of its hotels division, highlighted the fact that his company had invested #5.5m in its Aviemore operations during the last three years. It has upgraded its Coylumbridge Hotel, provided a children’s “fun house”, and built a 100-room staff block at a cost of #1.1m. But Harris made clear Stakis’s investment must be supported by “more and more promotions of these areas”. He added: “We have upgraded everything we are doing in Aviemore. Stakis really is raising the stakes in that part of the country.” Stakis employs nearly 300 people in Aviemore. Its #119m UK-wide investment programme should, within 18 months, have created a total of 850 jobs. Work will start this year on a #14m, new-build hotel on Glasgow’s Broomielaw, and this project will bring about 150 jobs. Stakis will re-open the 89-bedroom Badenoch Hotel in April or May, after its refurbishment. Recently-completed extensions to its Edinburgh Airport hotel will also bring jobs. And a #2.6m extension to the Stakis Dunkeld in Perthshire should be finished in April. The group has just finished refurbishing its Aberdeen City hotel and is building a #4.5m LivingWell leisure club at Newcraighall in Edinburgh. Stakis highlighted the significance of its investment programme as it launched a #2.1m television advertising campaign – the first in its 57-year history. The group, which also has casinos, will make its television debut in Scotland on Monday night in the popular Coronation Street slot. Two 60-second commercials feature Sarah Brightman’s “love version” of “Say Goodbye” in Italian and English. They were filmed at the Stakis Islington and St Ermin’s hotels in London and St Anne’s Manor at Bracknell in Berkshire. They feature all kinds of Stakis customers and are aimed, in the words of Harris, at creating a corporate identity in line with customers’ perception of a “young, vibrant, contemporary, and cosmopolitan company” in terms of its actual operations. He admitted Stakis’s corporate identity was seen at the moment by customers as “conservative, staid, and institutional”. One of the commercial’s main thrusts is the friendliness of Stakis staff and the message is “You won’t want to say goodbye”. The group will issue a fourth-quarter trading statement today. A spokesman said this would show “moderate growth continues”. website goodbye in italian go to website goodbye in italian

Ian McConnell


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