Conservative commentary: Sovereignty - bye bye?


— It will be most interesting to see the public's Election Day reaction to Sen. Obama's recent overseas trip. The mainstream media and academia are ecstatic the Europeans once more have the warm fuzzies for us as opposed to that mean old George W., who goes off half-cocked starting wars and threatening those harmless types such as Saddam, Kim Jong II and Achmadinejad. Can I hear a big "kumbaya" out there?

I would offer that Joe Citizen loses no sleep over whether we are loved by the likes of Putin, Brown, Merkel or even Sarkozy so long as we are respected, the only thing that really matters. I also will offer my own observation that in my travels of well over 100 countries, I have yet to meet any significant anti-Americanism that doesn't have its foundation in pure and simple envy. Virtually all would give their right arm to be able to come here.

But, there is another facet of this puzzle of which I believe most Americans are as yet unaware. Further, I think if they realized what the Democrats have in mind regarding our sovereignty, they would be aghast. The average citizen may not be able to innumerate the entire Bill of Rights, but he surely accepts them right down to the marrow in his bones. Freedoms of speech, religion, association, etc. are like the air we breathe. The thought that we may have to limit those to satisfy internationalist bodies would be completely unacceptable to him.

Sen. Obama's describing himself as a "citizen of the world" to adoring foreign audiences gives me the shivers! As Ronald Reagan often voiced, we are Americans and need to apologize to no one for believing this is the greatest country in the world. This has nothing to do with our military but everything to do with our traditions and values based on freedom. If we elect a president who believes we have no special place in the world, the transferring of much of our power will commence. And, rather than the community of nations adopting American liberties as the standard, it will be that America should conform to an average degree of freedom acceptable to the rest of the freedom-starved world. Scary thought.

Perhaps even more frightening is the specter of transferring to international organizations like the U.N. the ability to tax us, though in the beginning, it will seem ever so minuscule (kind of like the income tax in the U.S. which started out only directed at millionaires with a lid of 1 to 3 percent). I can just hear the speeches in Congress already, proclaiming that this "rich" country must do more for (fill in the blanks). We must remember that the power to tax is the power to destroy.

Make no mistake, should we allow this, the beginning of the end of our freedoms starts the countdown. And it will be couched in terms that seem compassionate and reasonable, such as Obama's recent attempt to pass the Global Poverty Act, which would mandate nearly 1 percent of our GNP to be turned over to the U.N. to distribute. Chump change? It begins with approximately $845,000,000. If you think we have a difficult time keeping our own politicians from spending our money, how about giving other countries some say so in it?

So, if Sen. McCain is smart, he will address this question to his fellow citizen: Do you feel more like a "citizen of the world" or a proud cheerleader for the good ole USA? Guess what my answer is :

Gary Hofmeister is the owner and operator of Hofmeister Personal Jewelers in downtown Steamboat, a company he founded in 1973. He is a director of the Conservative Leadership Council of Northwest Colorado and a former Republican nominee for Congress in the 10th District of Indiana.


suckerfreeforlife 8 years, 8 months ago

More desperate, baseless drivel from the GOP. The bottom line is that there is not one iota of merit to any element of Gary's paranoid rant. Lets take 'em as he said 'em. Regarding Saddam, Kim, and Machmoud, while W did manage to remove the cancer of Hussein (with all the aplomb of a bull in a china shop, and the maturity of spoiled child), Kim and Machmouds clout has only increased, along with their ability to build nukes. W has had to completely flip-flop on his approach to Iran and N. Korea (to a more reasonable, Obama-esque approach) to get even the most minimal traction toward achieving our goals. Regarding having the respect of our allies, we don't. Its not that they just don't like us, the don't RESPECT us. Why should they? When we act dismissive and arrogant toward them (recall rummies "old europe" comment), we're disrespecting them. We brazenly make claims that aren't true, then expect the world to tow our company line. You can't treat your friends like crap and expect them to respect you. Now we get to the delusional spin the Obama is somehow willing to sell out America because he said he's a citizen of the world. Allow me to quote the esteemed former prez Ronald Reagan during a speech to the UN in 1982 " I speak today as both a citizen of the US and of the world." Did that give you shivers too, Gary? How about JFK's similar statement? How about when GHW Bush used the phrase to praise an award winner he was exalting? The fact is, the GOP is a wounded animal lashing out desperately to survive. I don't blame them considering their most recent incarnation was on watch for: 9/11, the purge of the EPA, Cheney's energy cabal (i.e. "task force" who first met when oil was less that $30 per barrel), the most inept occupation plan in the history of American warfare (Mission Accomplished!?!), Katrina, Plame-gate, Walter Reed scandal, political purge of US Atty's, Huge surplus to Huge deficit, the failure to capture OBL, and so much more. If you want more deception, incompetence, and arrogance Mcame is the man for you.


twitch 8 years, 8 months ago

Obama is willing to say the simple truth. Bush has spent us into the ground. We will have to pay for it and that means higher taxes. If we think we are noble going to war in Iraq then we must be noble enough to pay for it. No one should expect a free ride and that includes the Republicans who choose to go to war.


id04sp 8 years, 8 months ago

Clinton got the free ride, cutting military budgets and forces to the point the Guard and Reserves have been overburdened by the war in Iraq, and leaving us with hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment sitting around needing repair when the war started.

If we had continued another 8 years, and some credible military threat had arisen, we'd have been unable to meet it. It's a sad and brutal lesson to learn, but our readiness to defend ourselves must be preserved as long as there are people in other countries who are bent on genocide and destruction of their fellow men. We have no control over their politics, and prejudices, and racist attitudes towards others. So what do we do? Think that talking to them will do the job?

Think about this. Guys like the Green River Strangler and Ted Bundy murdered scores of people without a second thought. The psychopathic personality is alive and among us, and we can't prevent people without a shred of human compassion from exerting their will over others except by force or incarceration. Some of them are smooth talkers who tell you one thing and do another; Bundy was a champeen at luring women in with words by playing on their sympathies. Is Obama really that different? He's got the words alright. The problem is that we don't know what he's going to do once he gets us in the car . . .

Hitler was a charismatic psychopath. Saddam Hussein was another. They knew what to say to get the people behind them, but they had their dark agendas ready to roll once they took power. I don't think Obama has any dark motive other than wanting things to be true that can never be true, because the world doesn't work the way he imagines it. He thinks he can hire advisors who will take care of the details. When the advisors tell him the truth about how things are, however, the truth will differ from his view of the world on many, many levels.

A Harvard Law degree only qualifies you to be an ambulance chaser. Lawyers didn't put men on the Moon. Lawyers didn't invent the airplane, steam engine, or clipper ship. We cannot prosper under leaders who only know how to make wishes, without the knowledge to understand what is achievable and what is not.

People have speculated over why Obama did not visit wounded soldiers by himself, as John McCain did. I think it's because he knows they are carrying the burden of democracy, and have the scars to prove it. Obama just wants to be in charge of the people who will do the real work. He plans to wave at the crowd and take the credit.

Good luck with that.


mccainisgreat 8 years, 8 months ago

You are correct. I think of Obama as a car salesman who has little experience with cars. Lots of smooth talk.

Would you buy a car from Obama ?

Not me. Questionable warranty. Questionable reliability. I am not even sure if the floormas come standard.


skipole 8 years, 8 months ago

Straight up my vote will not be with Obama because there is too much info that points to the possibilty he could be part of an anti-american religion that says"death to america and death to Israel". McCain doesnt seem braggable but at least he loves america and even suffered in prison for his country.


Marie Matta 8 years, 8 months ago

I am amazed there are people out there who are still ready to believe the fear-mongering rumour that Barack Obama is Muslim. How many times does the man have to respond in public, explain his background and confirm that he is Christian before this issue ends? To those who don't want to elect him President, fine, don't vote for him, but continuing to spread lies about his personal beliefs is ignorant and dishonest.


ringalarm 8 years, 8 months ago


are you really that guillable to believe enough alarms are not already in place to warrant he could be against americans? pretty clear for me. no one i know is taking the chance. dont be desparate.

everyone gets a free chance to choose.


ybul 8 years, 8 months ago

I believe that one of the ideals/tenants of jihad is to be subversive and pretend that you are not what you appear to be. If Obama, is which I am not saying he is, as I was enamored by him over a year ago, then a lie about his faith would not be out of the question.

The statement about his wanting to tax the US to end poverty, is a true one, and of concern. Unfortunately we rarely study and understand the real problem that causes these problems, the US' having reserve currency of the world status affords its citizens a lifestyle, that the rest of the world envies, and allows a government and individual debt load of over 30 trillion dollars. What happens when those who we buy stuff from cut off these loans? How will that effect our standard of consumption? how will it effect interest rates, and home values as a result, which has afforded many to an ATM for living beyond their means.

McCain is not much different than Obama except the endless war. Not being able to pay for these wars may equalize this point, in addition to losing the UN mandate, the Iraqis not wanting us. Anyway, Obama has not laid out any plans that will do more than require massive tax increases, or more debt, which will bankrupt the country eventually, if we are not there yet.


madmoores 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm gonna miss your common sense approach id, this was great: "The problem is that we don't know what he's going to do once he gets us in the car . . ." LMAO

I won't vote for him, ever, and here's why. ANYONE who refuses to place their hand over their heart and recite the Pledge, is no American to me and doesn't even deserve to go on a tour of the White House. Simple as that. People cannot be this stupid to put this guy in the House, it makes no sense. McCain is just another crusty old fart who's ideals are no different than the rest of them...but at least he's proud to be an American, shouldn't that count in something like...oh, I don't know...being President of the United States!!!


Murray Tucker 8 years, 8 months ago

Is there a sane person out there? This newspaper promotes the ultraright wing, its right under the First Amendment, but people like Gary Hofmeister do not speak for me as a conservative, and the accompanying blog promotes the most ridiculous comments.


JazzSlave 8 years, 8 months ago


I think (but don't know) that skipole may have been referring to Rev. Wright.


steamboatsconscience 8 years, 8 months ago

hey gary sounds like you are getting desperate. all this worthless administration has done for the American people is:

gasoline prices have TRIPLED.

gotten us embroiled in an untenable "war" that has cost the American public over $500 BILLION and over 4000 lives

managed to balloon our national debt to $10.6 TRILLION. makes your quote of $845 million sure look like chump change to me.

most galling is giving the Federal Reserve a blank check with the American public's money to bail out the PIGMEN who have caused the worst financial meltdown in memory.

and you want the American public to believe that your party should remain in power? and all you can come up with is lets be scared of Obama because he has the audacity to actually have a dialogue with the leaders of the rest of the world? all Bush and Co. have done is antagonized the rest of the world with their arrogance and bullying. sorry Gary but your President is the one who has trashed the Bill of Rights and left the American people and their children the ones holding the bag for his horrible fiscal and political policies. on a personal note, tell me Gary, if Sen Obama came into your store and wanted to buy a nice $20000 tennis bracelet for his wife, would you refuse to sell it to him? or does the profit motive override your sense of indignation? Conservative Commentary = Hypocrisy


Stephen Blinkenberg 8 years, 8 months ago

I might be wrong but I thought The Congress, lead by The Democrats, had the purse strings.


Matthew Stoddard 8 years, 8 months ago

RanchHQ- Democrats had the purse strings starting less than 2yrs ago. That's 12yrs of Republican congressional control, from 1994; 1/2 under a Democrat Pres, 1/2 under Bush.


ybul 8 years, 8 months ago

They are all the same, Obama may promote change, yet fails to give any specifics.

It is too bad that real change, back to the constitution, would make the country better. Not intervening into other countries affairs, not allowing the federal reserve to be controlled by a private entity, not government handouts to the wealthiest individuals.


JLM 8 years, 8 months ago

Folks are fond of saying that tough times "develop" character but more accurately tough times "reveal" character. One has to have a bit of character already to have it either developed or revealed. Today evidence of character is in damn short supply, eh?

In this election, it is pretty damn clear that when Sen McCain was being tortured in a Hanoi prison his character was revealed in that he withstood the torture (surviving is all the proof one has to have on that score) and refused the offer to go home before his fellow POWs. It was a tough test --- one I would wish on nobody --- and Johnny McCain passed the test as a young man with flying colors. Every day since then has been gravy for this man.

Barack Obama on the other hand was a young kid experimenting with drugs and looking for himself. Hell, he's still looking for himself. He's gifted, talented and, unfortunately inexperienced, naive and disingenous.

I don't mean any offense toward Sen Obama in any form but he simply has not lived through any character developing or revealing experiences. Not his fault, he's just a fairly young man with an enormous sense of entitlement.

The Presidency is not a sweepstakes or a beauty contest or a CrackerJack prize. It is serious business and requires a serious man of character to meet its many tests.

What do we elementally need in a President?


There is no substitute for character.


Hadleyburg_Press 8 years, 8 months ago

I don't care who wins the presidency as long as I get a damn figurehead to blame all of my and the world's ills upon...


Fred Duckels 8 years, 8 months ago

When Obama departs from his prepared material. he is an embarrasment to himself. I would not want him in my foxhole!


suckerfreeforlife 8 years, 8 months ago


Folks are also fond of saying, "That's BS." With all do respect, taking the single most appealing element of Lil' Johnny McCain's resume and comparing it to one of the least (though, ironically, more widely shared) element of Obama's is ...disingenuous spin.

One could just as easily frame the same logic utilizing Obama's rejection of a "silk stocking" law career in favor of community service, as compared to McCain's troubles in the infamous Keating 5 scandal.

Now, lets talk Character.

McCain roils in the muck with the rest of the swine, while Obama is doing some of hardest, least glamorous, thankless, essential volunteer work that one can do.



At this point, after 8 years of W, and near unanimity on the fact that Obama is an extremely sharp speaker, can you really be serious? Can we officially declare this bizarre claim "The Kitchen Sink?"


mombo 8 years, 8 months ago

It would help if Mr. Hofmeister had his facts straight, but, well, that's not the GOP way...

The "Global Poverty Act" absolutely does NOT give taxation authority to the UN. It does NOT require giving any money to the UN at all. What the author is referring to is the United Nations Millennium Declaration, General Assembly Resolution 55/2 (2000). This resolution does have a goal of having developed nations give more generous official development assistance (foreign aid) to combat global poverty. The Act mentions nothing about a percentage of GNP. There are other UN resolutions that have suggested that 0.7% of GNP for foreign aid by developed nations could markedly reverse severe global poverty (people who live on less than $1 per day), but this is not an official part of the Millennium Declaration or the Global Poverty Act.

What we have from Mr Hofmeister is an absolute fabrication. This is simply a scare tactic, and should not be believed at all.


spukomy 8 years, 8 months ago

mombo, Correct me if I'm off base here. It seems the Millenium Declaration outlines what the UN would like to accomplish.

Obama's Global Poverty Act tells us that he wants to accomplish this by sending $845 Billion (Gary missed three zeros) more than we already give, to other countries by 2015.

Kinda hard to help out our own countries financial problems when we are sending that much loot to others. Charity starts at home.


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