Mike Merritt

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The Three Steps To Mounting An Attack on Rep. John Boehner

2010 September 13

If you're an administration looking for a way to perform a political hit job on a member of the opposition, just follow these three simple steps!

It’s election season, you’re an administration that’s down on its luck, and it seems like the House of Representatives, currently controlled by your party, will be handed over to the opposition next January. You need some way to prevent that or, at the very least, limit the damage.

How best to accomplish this goal? Attack the opposition party’s members, of course! The more high profile the better, so you should pick Minority Leader John Boehner.

Now you will need to create a hit article. This is a fairly simple thing to do, at least if you’re a Democrat. In fact, it can be boiled down to three easy steps.

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Al Sharpton’s Creditors Need to Stop Being So Racist

2010 September 8

Man, can’t Al Sharpton ever catch a break? First his counter-rally to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor attracts only 3,000 people, about 3% of the lowest estimate of the attendance at Restoring Honor.

Now I read that his non-profit civil rights group, National Action Network, may have to file for bankruptcy because it can’t pay its bills.  Luckily the organization is paying its staff, but it’s doing that by, umm, not paying its taxes (to the tune of $1.3 million).

Not to worry, though. I think I have a solution that’ll clear this mess right up. Sharpton just needs to explain that it’s raaaaaascist to expect his non-profit to be fiscally responsible. That’ll get those hateful creditors to back down, right?

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Restoring Honor Calls for Heroes, Sacrifice and Faith in God

2010 August 29

People filled the Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument and out to Constitution Ave and Independence Avenues.

Saturday’s Restoring Honor Rally featured a number of concepts, among them faith, hope, charity, sacrifice, unity, the power of one person, as well as honoring existing and future heroes. I’d like to add another one: size. As in, the size of the audience was somewhat overwhelming.

As an example, I’ll use my trip to the event. I was running a little late, so I decided to take a taxi. I’m glad I did, because as I approached the memorial the car passed by a huge crowd walking there on both sides of the street. For me, it was already clear that this was going to be a major event.

The question is, did Glenn Beck do what he set out to do: restore honor to America? I believe the answer is yes, but it will take a while.

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Where Ground Zero Mosque Is Concerned, A Better Message Is Needed

2010 August 24

We need concrete facts about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, not just speculation and inferences.

On Friday, Ryan Mauro wrote an article criticizing Jon Stewart for not understanding why 70% of Americans are against the Ground Zero mosque.  While I agree with Ryan’s critique on Stewart’s dismissal of his fellow citizens’ concerns, I do believe the segment Stewart ran has something to teach us. The first lesson is that the message we want to send to Imam Rauf is disjointed, and the second is that the way some conservatives portray their concern about the mosque is rather unproductive.  The second problem, in particular, is worrisome enough because it could allow the left to distort it, just as Stewart did in his segment.

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Will Lindsey Graham Be a Part of His Feared “Unholy Alliance?”

2010 August 3

Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Lindsey Graham worried that Democrats and some Republicans could form an “unholy alliance” in order to de-fund the War in Afghanistan if there doesn’t not appear to be any significant achievement by next year:

That there are some Republicans who are not going to take a, you know, do or die attitude for Obama’s war. There are some Republicans that want to make this Obama’s war.  You saw some of Michael Steele’s comments.  There will be some Republicans saying you can’t win because of the July 2011 withdrawal date, he’s made it impossible for us to win, so why should we throw good money after bad? Why should any more lives be lost in a hopeless cause because Obama screwed it up? You’ve got people on the left who are mad with the president because he is doing exactly what Bush did and we’re in a war we can’t win. My concern is that, for different reasons, they join forces and we lose the ability to hold this thing together.

I can’t help wondering if the “some Republicans” Graham speaks about might include himself, because his fear doesn’t seem to hold up to recent history.

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Shirley Sherrod’s Real Sin is Her Marxist Outlook on Society

2010 July 21

The video Andrew Breitbart released on Monday featuring former USDA Georgia Rural Development Director Shirley Sherrod, where she recounted how she had withheld help from a white farmer who was facing foreclosure on his property, appeared to reveal yet more evidence that Barack Obama is quite comfortable working with racists. Except that not all was as it seemed. When I viewed the full video of Sherrod’s speech released by the NAACP on Tuesday, it became clear to me that Sherrod’s words were taken out of context.

Breitbart’s excerpt stops at the point where Sherrod says she referred the farmer to a white lawyer so that “his own kind could take care of him.” In the full video, Sherrod went on to explain how she helped the farmer when it became clear his lawyer wasn’t going to do anything. So while Sherrod may have subscribed to some racist views at one time, it appears that she altered her these in light of the farmer’s problems.

With that said, I believe a full viewing of the video makes it clear that Sherrod replaced racism with another equally radical outlook: Marxism.

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