The Nacilbupera Guzzle

Whoever examines with attention the history of the dearths and famines … will find, I believe, that a dearth never has arisen from any combination among the inland dealers in corn, nor from any other cause but a real scarcity, occasioned sometimes perhaps, and in some particular places, by the waste of war, but in by far the greatest number of cases by the fault of the seasons; and that a famine has never arisen from any other cause but the violence of government attempting, by improper means, to remedy the inconveniences of a dearth. (Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations IV.5.44)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day '09: The Grand Parade

(This is a first of posts on the Independence Day 2009 events)
What an awesome day we've had celebrating our country's freedoms. We started the day early staking out good seats for Provo's Freedom Festival Grand Parade, an annual event that gathered 150-200K spectators.

The parade was fantastic featuring: floats; Miss Provo & court; marching bands from the high schools across Utah County; military vets, ROTC, and active duty as well as an array of past and present combat vehicles; baby contest winners; BYU President Samuelson as well as the Cougarettes; our year-old Utah Valley University and UVU flight school, multiple Scottish bands with bagpipes in full regalia; police, fire, and public disposal depts; equestrians and llamas; Uncle Sam; LDS Elder and Sister missionaries; and perhaps our favorite: a virtual "who's who" of Utah politics.

First on the political scene was the tallest of America's Senators, 6' 6" Junior Senator Bennett walking at a brisk rate wearing a cowboy hat adding to his height, waving to the crowd. He seemed fit enough to race in the 5K and 10K Freedom Run held just before the start of the Parade. Bennett is a great asset to the conservative movement and a friend to Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Then came Gary Herbert, our Lt. Governor who will assume the Governorship as the Senate moves sometime this summer to confirm our current Governor Huntsman in the role of Ambassador to China. Herbert, an Orem native, will likely be an even better governor than Huntsman.

Next came Senator Hatch who has led so many valiant fights, particularly on the Judiciary Committee, on getting nominees who won't legislate from the bench on our Supreme Court.

Also in the parade were our own--the great--US Rep. Jason Chaffetz who didn't drive by close enough for a picture, our Utah County Comissioner Larry Ellertson, our retiring mayor Lewis Billings, and our Provo City Councilmembers including our own Sherrie Hall Everett. What an awesome display of patriotic power!

Before the parade was the balloon fest featuring a dozen or two balloons including this piggy bank from Bank of American Fork which looked to Nacilbupera more like the Porkulous spending bill passed the Democrats this spring complete with Obama's face on it. (Who says you can't put lipstick on a pig?)

We enjoyed the parade and want to thank all the many volunteers who helped put together the event. We are also grateful for the friendly crowd gathered from around the county who all squished together and got along just fine during the 2hr parade and few hours beforehand. We enjoyed the mood and each other.

Friday, July 3, 2009

There's Something Special About Sarah Palin

Since Nacilbupera became introduced to Governor Palin a year ago, we have become remarkably impressed with her innate sense of love for country, family, and God; her unabashed conservative views; her stunning wisdom and her remarkable sense of integrity. Every time we hear her speak we are enthralled and inspired. We are energized to build our country up and choose the right. Just last night we were listening again to Sarah's April 16th, 2009 speech at Vanderburgh County's (IN) Right to Life banquet. What an inspiration!!!!

Rarely has a national leader has spoken such truths to the soul of Nacilbupera--and indeed America--like Sarah Palin. George W. Bush did it once when he stood on the rubble of 9/11 with a bullhorn. "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."

Ronald Reagan, the best President of Nacilbupera's life, did it all the time. His quiet, but firm and reassuring manner got us past terrible inflation, a recession, and a Cold War. When Ronald Reagan said "God Bless America" you knew he meant it. He loved America and was ever the optimist. He was kind and principled; you knew where he stood.

Today Sarah Palin announced her resignation in the near future from her Alaskan Governorship after a healthy but brief transitionary period. Nacilbupera has high hopes she will choose to remain on the national scene and continue to inspire us. We will need her to fix our country after Obamanation is removed from office, to reverse the awful waste, corruption, out-of-control spending, and Chamberlain-esque policies in dealing with those who seek our destruction. We stand ready to support Sarah however we can and look forward to Sarah running for President in 2012.