Ever since Ted Cruz decided to take a stand against the Democrats, we’ve been going in circles making the entire situation far too complicated. What made the shutdown such an abysmal failure for Republicans? You want a simple answer to that question, watch this video from CDN Radio’s own Dustin Hoyt. We did this to ourselves, with stupid infighting, and a failure of constituents to remind their elected officials exactly how our system works. People like John McCain need to be reminded that they can (and should) be removed from office by the people, when they fail to do what they’ve been elected to do. Also, we need to stop letting the Democrats control the narrative. Republicans were not the ones that refused to negotiate – they were.
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When: Sunday, September 15th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Whether it’s “down the rabbit hole”, or “through the looking glass”, the world of politics is often referred to in the lexicon given to us by Lewis Carroll. No matter what, those terms are resurrected when referring to something that has gone terribly wrong. And that’s what’s here on Jabberwonky…
Tonight: So, what happens to a politician when his own party starts talking about removing him? We’ll be talking about that, in regard to McCain and the recall vote in CO, and of course a little talk about Syria, Benghazi, and Fort Bastion. Guest tonight is Felicia Cravens (@somethingfishie), so be sure to drop by and hear a “girls’ night on CDN Radio.”
Sen. John McCain appeared on Fox News this morning, and apparently decided it was a good idea to compare Syrian rebels crying out “Allahu Akbar” after hitting a Syrian jet with an anti-aircraft missile to Christians calling out “Thank God” after doing the same.
Fox News Insider was quick to fire back:
Sen. McCain has no idea what he’s talking about.
Allahu Akbar is what the terrorists said before flying jetliners into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Thank God is what they said when Americans discovered their loved ones survived the attacks.
Allahu Akbar is what traitor Nidal Hasan said before American soldiers were slaughtered at Fort Hood.
Thank God is what they said when Americans discovered their loved ones survived the attacks.
Allahu Akbar is what the terrorists’ mother said after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Thank God is what they said when Americans discovered their loved ones survived the attacks.
Perhaps Sen. McCain should refrain from theological dissertation and do what he does best – carry President Obama’s water.
Fox News reports:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, saying repeatedly that the situation is “complex,” made clear that the administration plans to slow-walk any final decision on U.S. aid. The underlying issue is whether the U.S. government considers the toppling of Morsi to be a military coup — under U.S. law, the government is required to suspend aid in the event of such an overthrow.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reiterated his belief on Monday that the overthrow was clearly a coup, and the consequences under U.S. law are unavoidable.
“I do not want to suspend our critical assistance to Egypt, but I believe that is the right thing to do at this time,” McCain said.
Carney, though, would not describe the ouster as a coup. He said the administration would “take the time necessary” to evaluate that question — but in the near-term, cutting off aid would not behoove the United States.
“I think it would not be in the best interest of the United States to immediately change our assistance programs,” Carney said.
The Obama Administration has been under fire for its handling of foreign policy with Egypt, Libya, and Syria, primarily over inaction, and this is yet another situation where it is choosing not to act. The continued support in Egypt should raise questions in the coming days and weeks, not the least of which being who is actually in charge in that nation, how the aid is being used, and whether or not military resources supplied by the U.S. are being used against civilians on the ground.
The timing of this statement is not reassuring, since it comes in the wake of a military action in Egypt that resulted in the deaths of at least 51 persons. The attack was in retaliation for the death of a member of the military, presumably killed by a protester involved with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 54-39 rejected an amendment to the latest version of the Senate’s new immigration bill. The amendment offered by Senator John Thune of South Dakota should have been a no brainer to pass. The Thune Amendment simply called for the completion and funding of a 700 mile stretch of double tiered fencing along our Southern Border.
What was so surprising about the failure of this amendment was some of the reasoning for its failure. Most of the Senators that voted against it were Democrats; but there were also five Republicans, including all four members of the so called “Gang of Eight” that voted against the measure too. The so called Republicans were: Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Jeff Flake, and surprisingly even Senator Marco Rubio. The only Senator not part of the Gang of Eight that also voted against the measure was Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Senator John McCain said he voted against the measure stating, “We should leave that issue (the border fence) to the best judgment of the Border Patrol.” This is the same John McCain who in a tough primary challenge in 2010 actually ran a campaign ad in which he says, “let’s build the dang fence!”
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina also voted against the measure which is not surprising because pretty much anything John McCain does Lindsey follows suit.
Senator Jeff Flake, who replaced a solid conservative in Jon Kyl, also voted against the measure. Unfortunately as of late Mr. Flake has been living up to his name when it comes to the immigration issue.
Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, who routinely sides with the Democrats also voted against the bill. She was appointed in 2002 by her father, another Rino Republican Frank Murkowski who at the time was Governor of Alaska.
However the most surprising vote came from Senator Marco Rubio. As one of the leaders of the Gang of Eight he was supposed to be the Conservative voice of reason when it came to crafting the immigration bill. Mr. Rubio has been talked about as a possible contender for the Presidency in 2016. By voting against this measure he may have severely diminished any hopes he had at seeking the Republican Nomination for President in 2016.
So why did five Republicans vote against a measure that would have helped eliminate more illegal immigration? Don’t they realize that if they pass Amnesty they will be committing political suicide? Don’t they even question the motives of the Democratic Party who are so focused on passing Amnesty they are trying to rush it through as quickly as possible? Why are they afraid to make border enforcement an integral part of the process?
The short answer is they have bought into the Democratic Party’s scare tactics, and have misinterpreted the election results of 2012. They think that passing Amnesty is somehow going to ingratiate themselves into the majority of Hispanic voter’s minds and allow them to capture more of the vote share. This is a grave miscalculation. If we grant Amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants the majority, over 60% of these new voters will be votes for the Democratic Party. Typically you dance with the person who brought you to the party and these new voters will be doing the twist front and center for the Democrats.
Republicans can win these voters with the right message and the right messenger. Granting Amnesty is not the solution unless they are interested in a government that will become a dictatorship under a one party rule.
So why is the Republican Party willingly putting themselves in a position that will lead to permanent minority status?
The long answer is the Republican Party of 2013 is no longer about limited government and individual freedom. The Republican Party of 2013 is about Globalism and the embracing of a New World Order.
For those of you who have never heard of the website SPP.GOV I implore you to Google it as soon as possible. SPP.GOV stands for the Shared Prosperity Partnership of North America. This is the real reason why you will never see a fence built on the Southern Border. The idea behind the Shared Prosperity Partnership is to create a North American Union similar to the European Union in Europe.
The North American Union, if it were ever to be implemented would combine Canada, the United States, and Mexico into one large Global Governance. In addition it would also change our currency from the almighty dollar bill into something called the Amero. Finally it would create a super highway that would start in Southern Mexico, run straight across the United States, and end somewhere in Northern Canada.
This is the true reason both parties are not serious about protecting our borders. This is why both parties want to pass Amnesty. This is why it is so vitally important that we fight this bill or any Amnesty bill now and in the future. If we somehow allow Amnesty to pass there is a real good possibility that a North American Union could be in our future.
Think about what a North American Union could do to our sovereignty rights? Think about what it could do to our Constitutional rights, especially our Second Amendment? Think about what it could do to our currency and our economy? Worst of all, think about what it will do to our deep rooted American pride? As Americans we are a very prideful people. We have always separated ourselves from the rest of the world based on our unique history and coveted status as the world’s most powerful superpower. Why would we ever knowingly want to give up that status or relinquish our standing in the world?
For America to remain a free country we must protect our borders. A country that does not protect its own borders will cease to be a country at some point. Any thought of legalizing illegal immigrants without first securing our borders could be a means to an end for America.
Solving the illegal immigration issue could be simple if we use some common sense.
First thing we should do is modify the birthright citizenship rule to only grant citizenship to the child being born on American soil. By eliminating citizenship to the parents of the child born here you send a clear message that just because your child was born here doesn’t give you the right to claim citizenship. If illegal immigrants knew that only their children who were born here could have automatic citizenship you would see a lot less illegal immigrants crossing the border to have children and abusing this law.
The second thing we could do is finally complete the fence across the entire border. Once the border is secure, we could build 2 or 3 maximum security correctional facilities in each one of the Border States right along side of it. We could even save the taxpayer’s in each respective Border State the cost of building these complexes by having the illegal aliens we capture help build them.
Finally, after we deport all the folks who have criminal records we give the remaining aliens a choice.
The first choice is immediate deportation or they would run the risk of being incarcerated in one of the maximum security correctional facilities they helped build.
The second choice would be to have them serve in our military. If they want to be Americans and truly love our country, than they should be willing to fight and die for it. After they have served in the military for a few years they should be granted full citizenship on the day they have been honorably discharged. At that point they should be entitled to every single benefit that natural born Americans have. That is how you fix the illegal immigration issue.
As a writer, commentator, and radio talk show host my job is talk about the important issues and offer common sense solutions. With all the dysfunction that permeates through Washington, D.C. it would be a miracle if any sound legislation ever was to pass. In the meantime it is imperative that we call our Senators and Congress members and let them know that we strongly oppose this bill. A majority in America and a minority in Congress can create a majority in Congress.
The Capitol switchboard number is (202)224-3121
John McCain: (202)224-2235
Lindsey Graham: (202)224-5972
Jeff Flake: (202)224-4521
Lisa Murkowski: (202)224-6665
Marco Rubio: (202)224-3041
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Let’s all sue the Internal Revenue Service!
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Shortly after last year’s presidential defeat and at the beginning of the Great Republican Panic of 2013, I wrote here about what a bad idea morally and legally amnesty for illegal aliens is. Guess what? It still is.
In a sane universe “immigration reform” would be specifically designed to benefit the citizens of the nation passing the law, rather than be a law that only benefits non–citizens who came here illegally at the expense of the citizens.
But that hasn’t stopped Sen. Marco Rubio (R–FL) from eagerly joining the Gang of Ocho’s efforts to pass a “comprehensive” amnesty bill. After being trapped in a room with both Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–Publicity) and Sen. John McCain (R–Media Loves Me, Unless I Run for President), Rubio has evidently developed Stockholm Syndrome. He claims this amnesty bill does not have any amnesty provisions. Instead is has a “path to citizenship” where the length of time before amnesty kicks in somehow makes amnesty more tolerable for conservatives.
Yet I have a simple test for supporters of any immigration reform bill. If removing the portions that deal with granting citizenship to people who came to the US illegally causes Democrat support to vanish, then what you have is an amnesty bill and not a “reform” at all.
During her testimony before Congress in support of the bill, Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Incompetano said the 844–page bill has many benefits, including stricter accountability for employers and improving border security. Yet you can accomplish both of those goals without legalizing 12 million illegal aliens and doing so might just reduce the number of illegals here now.
Opponents of actually enforcing immigration law claim the government can’t deport 12 million people, but no one I know is advocating that. In fact this is one of the areas where I prefer a libertarian solution: the illegals got here on their own without government assistance and they can leave on their own, too.
In a true magic beans moment, Rubio is so proud of the 13–year “path to citizenship” — as if a slow motion surrender to illegality is an improvement over an immediate surrender. Maybe he thinks during this cooling off period Republican outreach teams can contact the newly legal and persuade them they are really naturally conservative and should be voting GOP.
But I’ve got news for Marco: it’s not going to happen. His 13–year path is going to be the civil unions of the immigration fight. As soon as Rubio’s bill is passed Democrats will begin complaining about second–class citizenship for brown people. As Neil Munro has written, the bill already has 400 “exemptions, exceptions, waivers, determinations and grants of discretion and even better will be administered by the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION!
We will be lucky if the 13–years lasts 13 months.
Democrats will get their immediate temporary permanent status for the illegals and the increased border security will never happen. The same goes for employer sanctions.
We heard the amnesty and border security shuffle when Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million (Gee, wasn’t he a Republican?). Amnesty was immediate and border security was absent, which is why we are preparing to legalize 12 million now.
The fines Rubio dreams of (much like the $1,500 fines the Commonwealth of Virginia was going to impose of indigent drunk drivers) will never be collected and the English proficiency test will be found to be culturally insensitive. Instead, illegals will get a waiver for the fine and if they can look at two photos and distinguish George Washington from Simon Bolivar their English is good to go, too.
You think I’m exaggerating? Ha! The Democrats in charge of the District of Columbia are preparing to introduce legislation that would require pharmacies, and possibly doctor’s offices, to provide translators — at business expense — for any customer or patient who does not speak English. That in a nutshell (apt phrasing, that) is the Democrat philosophy on immigration.
And by the way, I was being conservative when I said 12 million illegals would join us. According to NumbersUSA it will be more like 33 million, because “comprehensive reform” doesn’t manage to reform one of the major failings of current immigration policy called “family reunification.”
You probably think unifying families makes sense, because parents should be able to bring their children into the country. But you are wrong, that policy would be the reform. Current Democrat policy defines “family” as grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, kissing–cousins, step–relatives and BFFs. So 33 million may be a conservative estimate.
Tea Party favorite Rubio is flacking for a bill that will only encourage more illegal immigration in the future, will not provide increased border security, will cost taxpayers billions, will depress wages for lower income workers, will burden the welfare system and — according to a report from Emily Schultheis in Politico — give Democrats 11 million so new voters, which is about the voting population of Ohio.
This leaves conservatives with a choice of opinions regarding Marco Rubio. One, he’s either too gullible to ever be allowed in the Oval Office or two, he’s a Democrat sleeper agent.
John McCain doesn’t understand filibustering gun control??? I am astonished at the statement, and at the same time, not the least little bit surprised by it. He really means what he says; he is oblivious, and totally flabbergasted. HE DOESN’T GET IT!!!!
He took an oath as an officer in the United States Navy to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, and reaffirmed that oath as a member of Congress. He violates the oath of office he swore before God and the American people every day.
McCain is so hung up on the pomp and circumstance of the “debate society” known as the Senate he can’t see the Constitution. He is the consummate stuffed shirt “Duke of…” that I remember from the “swashbuckler” movies of my childhood and teens years. The government hierarchy we have now, Democrat and Republican, is just like a monarchy of old Europe.
We are not being governed by people who respect, or even have knowledge of, our founding document. We are being ruled by arrogant, pompous windbags who see themselves as set above We the People. They will do what they decide is best for us, regardless of what we want, or what the Constitution says. We are too stupid to understand liberty so they must rule our every move and have us pay them handsomely to do it. Oh, and bow to the “Senator” or “Congressman” titles they carry for life!!! They get treated like royalty by the media and they act like royalty.
The Robin Hood analogy fits with what is happening in America. Prince John is a mirror of our government of today. As a matter of fact, Prince John was the government of England at the time. Really big business, the “too big to fail” branch of business, and government are the Prince John and Sheriff of Nottingham of our day. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and their ilk are part of the “king’s court” of Prince John. They all work together to insure they get their share of the good life in the king’s court. They are well-compensated and live a life of luxury, during and after their terms of office.
The IRS is the tax collector that Robin Hood took money from. DHS is the enforcement arm of Prince John, his army. DHS appears to be ramping up for something; buying full automatic rifles and semi-automatic pistols by the thousands, ammunition in the billions of rounds, and MRAP armored personnel carriers in the thousands. They are teaming up with local law enforcement to run drills in city streets; practicing locking down cities, “for our own protection”. Martial law, anyone??? Why would they be arming an internal military force “equal to or better than” the United States military? They aren’t likely to be rounding up illegal aliens any time in the near or distant future. Who is the internal enemy they seek to overcome with this vast firepower?
We all know that McCain is going to insure that no illegal aliens will be inconvenienced by immigration laws. He wants to wage war all over the world but refuses to secure the borders of our nation. And while spending his time worrying about the plight of people who are here illegally, McCain graciously finds enough time and energy to see to it that those of us who are here legally have no way of defending ourselves against any foe, foreign or domestic. And he just can’t understand how anyone can object!!!! Hey, “Senator”, what does the Constitution say in the 18 enumerated duties of the federal government? Is McCain a traitor or just a senile old fool who needs to go home?
McCain may be a war hero (argument starts right about here) but history tells us that Benedict Arnold was one of the most outstanding officers of the Revolutionary War. Arnold is remembered as a traitor, but before he betrayed a fledgling nation he too was a war hero. McCain and those like him see We the People as mere peasants. The royal attitude of elected politicians and their bureaucrat enforcers is a symptom of our destruction as a nation.
They are all doing this to us and any peasant with the temerity to object will be disarmed, and kept under observation should they survive the disarming. The arrogance of the federal government, and many state and local governments, is appalling. Criminals don’t follow the registration and background check laws we have now, so passing more laws won’t solve that problem. Chicago was just announced as the worst city in the nation for the prosecution of firearms law violations. They don’t prosecute the laws they have available today so let’s just have them pass some more they won’t enforce!!!!
Republicans, including “Senator” McCain, are on the verge of further restricting the rights of the law abiding citizen to own firearms, something that will do absolutely nothing to make We the People any safer. It could, however, make it much easier for enemies, both foreign and domestic (DHS, maybe??), to impose their will on We the People if they should have the inkling.
McCain and those like him in government are a disease that is killing a nation and its people. They have become so entrenched in their opulence they seem to see themselves as royalty. As the “royals” increase their own opulence and hunger for power the liberty of the peasants disappears. As personal freedoms go down the drain so does the nation.
Government produces nothing and is designed to merely be an office of We the People, not a ruling junta. McCain’s confusion about the duties of the federal government and the rights of the citizens is a danger to all of us. He either doesn’t know what the Constitution says or doesn’t care. Either way he has no business being in an elected office. Hmmm, that can be said for nearly every member of Congress and virtually all of their bureaucrat minions!!!
People who have experienced gun control beg us to not go there but we are heading there anyway, or at least the government and many citizens are going there. I’m not going there, I WILL NOT COMPLY!!!
We are on a course that destroyed the liberties, and lives, of millions of people in many countries throughout the 20th Century. If we don’t reverse course and turn our nation back to the Constitution we will soon follow the path that Mr. Martinez describes in this video. Our founders must be spinning in their graves over what is happening to the nation they sacrificed so much to establish.
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
April 10, 2013
Maybe it’s time.
We’re writing you as longtime supporters. As Arizona residents we’ve watched your support of the state. We’ve watched your support of the military. We’ve watched your support of the constitution.
And we admired you. What you endured as a captive meant you were stronger and braver than us.
We admired when you talked of compromise and you reached across the aisle.
And we admired your tenacity during the run for president. We couldn’t imagine keeping the pace needed as candidate when the media kept reminding us of your age. Like many we were sad to see your handlers reign in the ‘maverick’ but then you surprised everyone with the unknown Palin, a maverick, in her own right and we were impressed.
In 2010 when people began speaking out against the skyrocketing government spending we saw your support of many young Tea Party voices and we thought we were all on the same page.
But maybe it’s time.
Last week we knew you, along with other key Republicans were meeting with the president. So we did understand when you weren’t apparent in the senate chambers during the unexpected Paul filibuster. We hoped that you, along with your other senate colleagues would at least make an appearance after your dinner. After all, the Twittersphere and other social media were going crazy with updates on Rand Paul. Surely, C-SPAN doesn’t see such high viewer numbers as they had that night of conservatives, watching and listening.
Don’t get me wrong. We are not Libertarians. And there is much about Rand Paul that we question. But the filibuster was a unifying moment for many conservatives. We aren’t paranoid but we are concerned that this administration who works by executive order and fiat might want to watch, spy and yes, even target key dissenters.
We are worried about the changes we see. So maybe it was just one small, common thread, but common it was and Paul’s questions to Holder and the administration were not irrelevant comments made by a fringe element.
Which is why we were very sad to see you and your pal Lindsey mock the filibuster and Paul’s statements. Even worse, you continued to show up on every news show and further denigrate Paul.
What were you thinking? Momma always told us, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Who did you think you were helping with your criticism?
This was an opportunity to unite conservatives but instead your guffaws became the topic of conversation.
Yes, maybe it is time…Time to step aside and let the next generation take charge. We’d say maybe it’s time to retire gracefully…but we might be too late for that.
Some of those Wacko Bird nuts you’ve been talking about…just remember, we vote.
Senator John McCain (R, AZ) continues his criticism of fellow Republicans for filibustering confirmation of CIA Director John O. Brennan over the White House’s drone policy.
“They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else…But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone,” said McCain.
When pressed for clarification on who the wackos are, McCain responded “Rand Paul, Cruz, Amash, whoever.”
It seems like just yesterday that McCain was relishing his role as maverick, while using the megaphone provided him by the media to gain the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
Some Republicans, led by McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham (R, SC), worry that the filibuster, which focused lots of positive attention on Paul, might end up reflecting poorly on the party.
Might these be the same Republicans who nominated Gerald Ford in 1976, sought to nominate John Connally or George H.W. Bush while opposing Ronald Reagan in 1980, nominated Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney?
Clearly, the most successful nominee in that bunch was the most Conservative: Reagan. That the GOP continues to cling to the notion that presidential electoral success hinges on nominating the most moderate candidate largely explains their lack of recent success.
To his credit, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who may prove to fit into the Conservative new blood category, described the filibuster as “completely awesome.”
Meanwhile, in a radio interview with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Paul responded to McCain: “You know, I think he’s just on the wrong side of history, and on the wrong side of this argument, really.”
Paul continued by saying he respects both McCain’s military service and his legislative record, but stressed that McCain’s experience does not mean he is always right: “I treat Senator McCain with respect. I don’t think I always get the same in return.”
Americans on both sides of the aisle honor McCain for his service. However, McCain must realize that it is time to pass the torch of leadership to a new generation of Conservative leaders demonstrably capable of filling his seemingly vacated role as maverick while leading Republicans to electoral victory.
Well, how wonderful of Ole’ Nan!!! How arrogant of Ole’ Nan!!! She announced that “by the will of the caucus”, by “ACCLAMATION of the caucus”, she will stay on as a reluctant but willing minority leader in the House of Representatives. She “deemed” herself Minority Leader. How NICE of her!! How Chavez of her!!! After the 2010 election she at least went through the appearance of a vote when Heath Schuler ran against her to give the “Blue Dog Democrats” cover. She doesn’t need the Blue Dogs any longer, nor do they feel the need to pretend to be with We the People, so she just tosses them by the wayside. Now she just “deems” herself perpetual ruler of the caucus. Steny Hoyer, you will never be anything more than Ole Nan’s footstool, lapdog, errand boy. Isn’t this how dictators behave? Don’t they just “deem” their agenda to be the “will of the governed”? The same Harry Reid who said just before the election that Romney’s agenda, should he win, was “DOA” in the Senate, now speaks of “bi-partisanship and cooperation”? How stupid does someone have to be to not see what is happening? Barack Obama now goes to the United Nations and offers the United States as subservient of their New World Order, and wants them to run the gun control treaty back by us. Obama also suddenly has a trip to Moscow scheduled. He now has “more flexibility”. No one can be blind any longer, NO ONE!!!
The dictatorship is in place, and what do we get from McConnell, Boehner, and the rest of the Republican Party??? They grovel at the feet of tyrants and blame the TEA Party, We the People, for their defeat. Back in 2010 the same TEA Party that was “THE” factor in the Republican landslide was dismissed as “a minor part” of the victory. Republicans won in spite of distancing themselves from the true patriots in this nation. The ever senile John McCain and his left wing buddy Lindsey Graham now come out talking tough about “investigations” of Benghazi. Give me a break!!!! More posturing for the cameras, just as in the Fast and Furious hearings I assume?
Boehner and the rest of the establishment, including the inside-the-beltway “conservative media” Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, Karl (Marx) Rove, among others, grovel at the feet of these dictators. Instead of dismissing conservatives this time, Republicans and their media talking heads now blame the very people they claim to represent for the defeat of Republican liberalism. “Conservatives are the problem” is the excuse they use to explain a pathetic campaign by a pathetic candidate. Six million conservatives did not vote. I think that is the wrong approach but I understand why they did not vote for Romney.
I have been writing about this for almost 3 years and nothing has changed for the better. The Republican Party moves left as fast as the Democrat Party. McConnell and Boehner even groveled when they won in 2010, just not quite so blatantly. They sat around and whined that they only had “one half of one third of government” so they couldn’t really accomplish anything. Now they can’t do anything because Obama got reelected and they “must compromise”. How convenient!!!
The Republican establishment will never offer us another Reagan. They lost that one and have been working hard ever since to insure they can keep their “baby brother” status. They want to play golf and posture for the cameras without really doing anything.
Boehner now speaks of “tax reform”. Every time I hear a Republican talk of reforming taxes my taxes go up, and I do not belong to the wealthy class by a long stretch. They have no desire to fulfill the wishes of We the People, but rather their own personal power, prestige, and wealth. The current Republican Party and their supporting cast in the media are only interested in having a seat in the back of Obama’s Chavez Express. They want face time on television, people wanting to write books about them, and the prestige of being “the honorable” (I don’t address them that way) Senator/Congressman Hedgehog.
Romney was a more pathetic candidate than McCain and hired the very same consultants to run the very same campaign. The same “go along to get along” attitude that got us into this mess isn’t going to get us out of it. Not interested in any prime farm land south of New Orleans, thanks!!! Republicans have not yet realized that reaching across the aisle only results in a bloody stump coming back, and tax paying citizens getting the shaft. Or is it that they know but just don’t care because it doesn’t affect them in a negative fashion?
All of you “let’s give the Republicans another chance” folks might want to re-evaluate your position. Just as Chavez took control in Venezuela with a compliant “opposition party”, Obama is taking control of the United States with a compliant “opposition party” that really isn’t in opposition. The word complicit seems to fit the Republican Party more than the word opposition.
Vladimir Lenin, Adolph Hitler, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, and Hugo Chavez didn’t do their despotism alone. All of them had cronies who helped, and in many cases were labeled the “opposition” when they were truly complicit. As I have been saying for the last three years, we have a despotic political party and a party who is willing to surrender anything and everything as long as they are allowed at the trough with the despots.
We the People of the United States are merely pawns in a power play that will end in poverty and slavery for all but the wealthiest of Americans. The very poor who support the endless handouts will find out, as have others in the past, that they will never benefit from the policies that promise them everything yet delivers very little. The “very little” is about to run out and those who are the most dependent on government will be the ones who suffer the most. It happens in every dictatorship.
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
November 17, 2012
If the press conference today is any indication, we are in for a long second term of a patronizing, protecting, progressive president. After many softball questions that almost appeared to be coordinated Obama was asked about Senators McCain and Graham’s recent comments concerning a possible Secretary of State position for Ambassador Susan Rice. When asked about Rice, known better for her inaccurate assumptions of what the administration knew concerning the Benghazi tragedy, Obama’s feathers became ruffled. He stated Rice gave her best understanding of the intelligence that was provided to her.
Then sounding rather peeved, he told John McCain to stop picking on her.
You can watch the question and answer in their entirety realizing it is a thirty second answer stretched out over three minutes:
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been outspoken in their quest for the truth of happening at Benghazi. The military background of both men has given them insight to the possible scenario.Their questions of statements made by Ambassador Rice appear to come in a search for answers more than an attempt to besmirch the administration’s spokesman on this issue.
McCain wasted no time responding to the president’s chiding:
Given the hands off nature of this president one has to wonder if McCain is right, does the president really have a grasp of this situation or was he isolated to the facts? Given the carefully worded comments by President Obama one also has to wonder if Rice will be the next person thrown under the bus?
“The responsible thing is to fix this problem now and not leave the Defense Department in turmoil. They won’t even send an answer to Sen. Thune and I and McCain’s request for where the cuts are going to occur.”
WASHINGTON, September 13—Sen. Sessions joined Sens. John Thune, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte today on the Senate floor today to discuss several items that the Senate’s Democrat majority has yet to address as Congress prepares to recess ahead of the November elections.
Among the outstanding items are: automatic sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect on January 2, any budget or appropriations bills, and the defense authorization bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said the chamber is unlikely to take up any individual spending bills this year (the House of Representatives has passed 7 so far), and this year will mark the first time in over 50 years that the Senate has failed to pass a defense authorization bill to lay out the spending and priorities of the Defense Department.
Meanwhile, it has been 1,233 days since the Senate’s Democrat majority has adopted any budget plan at all.
President Obama stopped by Pittsburgh today to deliver some campaign remarks, but absurdly states that he was outspent in 2008.
According to OpenSecrets.org, those who gave over $200 heavily favored Obama.
Despite calls from Senators John Cornyn, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the Justice Department continues to resist calls for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate national security leaks said to be coming from inside the White House. The Senators view Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to appoint two Justice Department legal insiders to the investigation as insufficient.
The White House remains in support of Holder. The official word from press secretary Jay Carney is that “there is no need for a special counsel. These things have consistently been investigated when that’s appropriate”.
Holder’s troubles are not isolated to the national security leaks investigation. Holder is also under legal attack for the failed Fast and Furious firearms fiasco. Despite Holder’s possibly facing contempt of Congress charges next week, Carney relayed the “absolute confidence” the White House still has in Holder.
This “no special prosecutor” position stands in stark contrast to the position held by then Senators obama and Biden when it came to investigating the Iraq war policy. Or when it came to calling for the firing of U.S. attorneys. Or reviewing conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. And especially when it came to discovering who leaked Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson’s identities. All of which took place during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Not to mention special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was appointed to investigate the Watergate scandal.
It would seem that, as usual, when the left commits perceived offenses, it’s perfectly appropriate for them to police themselves. But when there are similar perceptions of offenses committed by those on the right, that’s a completely different story.
Holder’s stonewalling of the Fast and Furious congressional investigation is not only straight out of the Richard M. Nixon play book, it is more egregious. Although ultimately the ongoing investigation resulted in the removal of a sitting President from office for his role in the Watergate burglary and ensuing cover-up, nobody died due to decisions made or actions taken by Nixon and his lieutenants.
It is alleged that by allowing hundreds of highly sophisticated automatic weapons to walk across the U.S./Mexican border and into the hands of criminal drug cartels, the Holder led Department of Justice contributed to the death of hundreds of Mexican civilians and murder of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry. This is an extremely serious charge. The truth must be uncovered. If this allegation is true, Eric Holder should go to prison, instead of being allowed to harass multiple state governments with frivolous, racist lawsuits. To hold to the notion that Eric Holder is capable of dispassionate logic in pursuit of fact in the face of such a clear conflict of interest is incongruous.
That the White House is standing behind Holder in stone walling the cover up of information is not surprising. When are the college records, medical records, travel records, etc of the current White House occupant going to be brought to light?
Will obama and Holder agree to appoint a special prosecutor? If they do and the going gets dicey, is the United States going to be submitted to a replay of the Archibald Cox firing drama? Will there be the Saturday Night Massacre, part two?
It would not be in the least bit surprising to see the White House let this drag out through the summer as a means of distracting from their own dismal record. It would also be true to form to see Holder go the way of many of obama’s once political allies. The moment Holder’s presence becomes too much of a political liability to the full time, win at all costs candidate he will become persona non grata faster than you can say: “Our long national nightmare is over”.
It’s not often I agree with Sen. John McCain (R–Ego), but his description of Obama’s Osama commercial is apt. “No one disputes that the president deserves credit for ordering the raid, but to politicize it in this way is the height of hypocrisy,” McCain said. “This is the same president who said, after bin Laden was dead, that we shouldn’t ‘spike the ball’ after the touchdown. And now Barack Obama is… doing a shameless end-zone dance to help himself get re-elected.”
Even the Post Twins: Washington & Huffington find the ad distasteful, with Dana Milbank describing it and the campaign so far as, “sleazy.”
Even judging the ad strictly on content and message finds it deeply flawed.
Start with Bill Clinton as narrator. When the late, credibility–challenged Richard Nixon was running for office, Democrats used to ask, “Would you buy a used car from this man?” But when it comes to Bill Clinton, I wouldn’t buy a used car or date a used girlfriend.
Clinton is single handedly responsible for two of the biggest pre–9/11 failures. First he botched a chance to capture Osama bin Laden before 9/11. Second was his appointment of Jamie Gorelick to the Justice Department where her trademark “wall of separation” prevented the FBI and the CIA from connecting the dots and possibly preventing 9/11 in the first place.
The only raid I can recall Bill Clinton and his administration mounting was on a ramshacklecompound in Waco, TX. But wait, that must be it! Religious fanatics holed up in a poorly–constructed dump located in the hinterland of some God–forsaken wilderness without a Starbucks. The symmetry is perfect! Call Clinton’s people and see if he’s available.
What’s next, an ad on the fight against sex trafficking by the Cartagena 12?
The ad’s message problem is the complete lack of a sense of proportion. Let’s begin by addressing the operations side. SEAL Team 6’s performance was characterized by skill, daring and professionalism. These anonymous warriors penetrated deep into hostile territory and successfully eliminated America’s Public Enemy #1, without the loss of a single man. Each risked his life in the service of his country and their families faced the potential loss of a husband, father and/or son. So for them individually the scale of the operation involved their entire world.
But for the nation as a whole the scale is much different, in spite of the risible efforts of the parade of pantywaists in the White House who are attempting to conflate a small–scale incursion into “the most audacious plan” in 500 years.
Getting Osama was simply a raid: A short–term intrusion into enemy territory to eliminate a high value target. It was not D–Day. It was not dropping the atomic bomb. It was not theInchon landing. It’s not even Lincoln facing the election of 1864 wondering if Gen. William T. Sherman would fail in his march on Atlanta and doom the war effort.
The big deal these acolytes — most of whom have never served a day in uniform — make about Obama ordering the mission is simply ludicrous. In the commercial a lonely Obama stares out an Oval Office window into a threatening, overcast sky with the weight of a nation on his noble shoulders as he ponders the decision.
But what he’s actually wondering is where he can get a can of Bag Balm to rub on his hands, because they are really chapped after being wrung non–stop for the many hours he agonized over an obvious decision.
The question is not would Mitt Romney have ordered the raid. The question is, who wouldn’t have ordered it?
And unless one was conducting an informal survey in the tonier sections of Alexandria, VA or Bethesda, MD eight out of ten strangers encountered on the sidewalk would have said, “Hell yes, light him up!”
What if the raid had failed? I can assure you the US would not have collapsed into the fetal position and begun mewling like a kitten. (Although I can’t speak for Joe Biden.) The military would have simply looked for another opportunity.
But I can tell you who is enjoying this ad: The maniacs in Iran, who are not holed up in a compound. After watching this they know there is no chance Obama, the Equivocator–in–Chief, will ever order a strike to prevent their building a nuclear weapon.
Meanwhile, it’s a good that Osama was buried at sea. It removes the temptation to have Barack pose with the body in a new commercial should his poll numbers continue to decline.