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Republicans Without Principles
Monday, September 04th, 2017 | Author:

Update

A commentary from firebrand Kurt Schlichter, that provides some very basic observations about the real motivations of the Republicans:

Most Democrat senators and Republican senators have much more in common with each other than with us – to the GOP establishment, Trump’s clearly the bigger threat than a counterpart across the aisle. It also explains why you hear about Bernie supporters who went for Trump instead of Felonia von Pantsuit. That’s the fault line – the desire to keep or destroy this monstrous status quo.

You know, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the real reason the Republicans don’t want to end the filibuster to allow them to pass legislation is that they would then be expected to pass legislation that their voters want and the GOP establishment doesn’t.

 

August 27, 2017

So now the former Republican governor of Ohio is so concerned about keeping Democrats in office that he is dispensing free political advice:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R.) said Sunday that Democrats have a “golden opportunity” to win elections but are squandering it because they can’t figure out how to be anything but against Donald Trump.

Source: Kasich: Democrats Are Blowing ‘Golden Opportunity’ to Win Elections

 

August 11, 2017

Some pertinent comments from Victor Davis Hanson:

And I don’t see how they’re [Republican Trump-Haters] ever going to come back to the Republican party, and if they think they can impeach or get rid of Trump and they’re gonna save the Republican party, they don’t realize that Trump is the … he’s consequence, he’s not a catalyst. He’s a reflection of a new movement. Of people who were sick of them. And they can’t win without that core. Blue state, blue wall group. And they’re never gonna get it back with John Kasich or John McCain or any of those people… They have a visceral either dislike of people in rural Ohio or the San Joaquin Valley…

 

July 28, 2017

You’ve heard it before —  Politicians in Washington DC behave the same regardless of the R or D before their name.  Keeping the folks in DC in control of our lives is the default ideology of those in the federal government.

Republicans have long paid lip service to opposing big government when the Democrats are in charge, only to keep the trillions flowing once they take charge.

Republican senators on Wednesday voted to break their seven-year old promise to repeal Obamacare. In a vote on a “clean” repeal bill that would have phased out much of Obamacare’s taxes and spending while leaving its core regulations intact, seven Republicans voted “no,” denying Republicans the 50 votes that would have been required for passage. In 2015, when Republicans passed the identical bill that was vetoed by President Obama, six of those seven Republicans (save Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine) voted in favor of repeal. The reversal of the remaining senators represents a dramatic turnaround.  Here are the names of those senators that flip-flopped on repeal:

  • Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
  • Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
  • Dean Heller, R-Nev.
  • John McCain, R-Ariz.
  • Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska
  • Rob Portman, R-Ohio

 

July 26, 2017

Uh oh, there is bipartisan agreement between Democrats and Republicans.  That usually means one thing:

There’s always a lot of talk about the benefits of reaching across the aisle. In Washington, it seems like cooperation between the two pillars of political power rarely happens. That makes it all the more disheartening when the Democrats and Republicans reach bipartisan agreement, but in a way that suffocates the American people.

Maybe growing the federal government is the only thing the two parties can agree on.

When the two parties come together and agree to increase the size of government at the expense of the everyday consumer it’s time to push back.

 

July 17, 2017

You’ve read on this site the continued displeasure with politics in Washington and the fact that it’s very hard to distinguish between the Republicans and Democrats.  For example, we have Obamacare that was passed in 2009 without a single Republican vote.  People were not able to keep their own doctors as promised. No one’s premiums went down by $2,500.  For eight years, Republicans campaigned for office to repeal it.  The House voted repeatedly to repeal it. Now that Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House they suddenly cannot do what they promised to do… Why is that?

Here’s another one for you courtesy of the Republicans.  Barbara Comstock, Republican Representative of Virginia, is sponsoring House Bill 257 which conflicts with our First Amendment rights by silencing Americans speaking openly about the threats we face as a nation.  If House Bill 257 is passed into law, you could be jailed for an opinion that defies political orthodoxy with regards to sharia law or radical Islam.

And yet here’s another questionable decision by Republicans: 24 Republicans banded together recently to defeat an amendment which would have ended Obama’s policy of funding “gender-reassignment” surgery for soldiers who want to live as members of the opposite sex.   The Democrat ideology insists that a person’s  gender is defined by their self-assessment and not by their biology.  The belief is that other Americans must agree with people who say they are a member of the opposite sex, and citizens should pay for their gender-changing surgeries.

 

May 29, 2016

Just last week, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for Obama’s transgender agenda. Congress was voting to elevate sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class garnering special legal privileges… Here is a list of the 43 Republicans who voted for the amendment:

Justin Amash, Mich.
Susan Brooks, Ind.
Mike Coffman, Colo.
Ryan Costello, Pa.
Carlos Curbelo, Fla.
Rodney Davis, Ill.
Jeff Denham, Calif.
Charlie Dent, Pa.
Mario Diaz-Balart, Fla.
Bob Dold, Ill.
Daniel Donovan, N.Y.
Tom Emmer, Minn.
Michael Fitzpatrick, Pa.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, N.J.
Chris Gibson, N.Y.
Joe Heck, Nev.
Will Hurd, Texas
Darrell Issa, Calif.
David Jolly, Fla.
John Katko, N.Y.
Adam Kinzinger, Ill.
Larry Lance, N.J.
Frank LoBiondo, N.J.
Tom MacArthur, N.J.
Martha McSally, Ariz.
Pat Meehan, Pa.
Luke Messer, Ind.
Erik Paulsen, Minn.
Bruce Poliquin, Maine
Tom Reed, N.Y.
David Reichert, Wash.
Jim Renacci, Ohio
Tom Rooney, Fla.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Fla.
John Shimkus, Ill.
Elise Stefanik, N.Y.
Fred Upton, Mich.
David Valadao, Calif.
Greg Walden, Ore.
Mimi Walters, Calif.
David Young, Iowa
Todd Young, Ind.
Lee Zeldin, N.Y.

Source: Republicans Who Voted for Obama’s Transgender Agenda Spin Vote

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Ridding Ourselves of the Obama Residue
Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | Author:

What do we like best about Trump?  He’s not Hillary!   And more importantly, he’s removing many of the inane and illegal policies of the Manchurian Marxist Moslem:

A great example is “Operation Choke Point.” I’ll bet good money 99% of Americans have never heard of it. You didn’t know President Obama created it. And you didn’t know President Trump killed it only days ago.

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“Operation Choke Point” was a program dreamed up by Obama to cut off bank accounts, credit, loans and credit card merchant accounts to LEGAL businesses in America. Yes, the federal government tried to strangle and “choke” LEGAL business that Obama deemed “undesirable.” Even liberal lawyers called it a terrible violation of the United States Constitution

Source: Proof Obama Wanted to ‘Choke’ Every Business Owner in America

A Stealth Move to Tyranny
Saturday, August 26th, 2017 | Author:

A good commentary in the Federalist identifies the true motivation of the Leftists:

Americans are being emotionally manipulated to take up cause with those whose ultimate purpose is the repeal of the First Amendment and erasure of national memory. As Helen Raleigh recently wrote in The Federalist, this has all the hallmarks of an attempted Maoist-style cultural revolution.

I think the recent gruesome events in Charlottesville highlight: 1. the manipulation of our language; 2. the deliberate use of such loaded language to cultivate extreme emotions in people, particularly anger and resentment; and 3. the role of mass media as a nuclear device to impose those perceptions on a mass scale

In the end, the war against free speech is a war against conversation and human fellowship. Without free speech, our alienation from one another would become complete. 

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Leftist Vandals Burn Lincoln Statue
Monday, August 21st, 2017 | Author:

Is this really about the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and Confederacy?

Attacks on America’s history continued in Chicago Wednesday night when vandals burned a bust of Abraham Lincoln that’s been in the neighborhood for 100 years, revealing that the violent campaign to scrub America of its Confederate past isn’t about the Confederacy at all.

Source: Chicago Vandals Burn Century-Old Bust Of Abraham Lincoln

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A Lack of Realistic Perspective on Threats
Friday, August 18th, 2017 | Author:

It’s interesting to hear people yammering on about how terrible the people were in Charlottesville.  Yet, there are never-ending acts of terrorism from Islamic extremists and we hardly see a comment:

…the almost non-existent neo-Nazis are the boogeymen of the hour in the eyes of our friends on the left.  Again, what a convenience, because dealing with what happened in Barcelona is surprisingly difficult.  It isn’t because of neo-Nazis or the KKK that it’s been decades since any of us has walked onto an airplane or entered a concert or museum without being examined or x-rayed, that our daily lives have not been the same. A vicious ideological war is obviously being waged against the West and its liberties with its end nowhere near in sight.  As ISIS wrote of the Spanish terror, “We will recover our land from the invaders.” Like the Nazis of old, they mean it.

Will the left ever wake up?  Or will they still be talking about Charlottesville when a runaway truck barrels across Times Square and down Broadway?

Source: Charlottesville, Barcelona, and the Left’s Nostalgia for Naziism

 

Perhaps you were not aware that over the last two years — in Europe-alone — there have been 16 Islamic massacres.  Given this empirical data, how much should we be worrying about someone wearing a pillow-case over his head parading around the streets?

Barcelona and Cambrils, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and London – these are just some of the horrifying attacks which have taken 364 lives, severely injured victims, ripped families apart and left communities devastated in Europe over the past two years. 

Each attack – committed by ruthless jihadis – has shocked and saddened the world, leaving people heartbroken and fearful about the future.

Source: Two Years of Terror

 

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Who is Pushing Totalitarianism?
Monday, August 14th, 2017 | Author:
If you recall, this site promotes the notion that politics is inherently an inextricable tension between Tyranny and Anarchy… A good summary from Daniel Greenfield about recent flare-ups in the US:
Extremists want to eliminate the consensus of civil society. They want to destroy the idea that there’s any solution except violence through confrontations that show the helplessness of civil society. That’s true of black nationalists and white nationalists, of Communists and Nazis, of Antifa and Vanguard, of the tankies and hipster Nazis of the Alt-Left and the Alt-Right. They’re a set of evil twins and when you unleash one, you unleash the other. Their real enemies aren’t each other, but everyone in the middle. The bourgeois normies who don’t want to replace society with their totalitarian nightmare.

Source: Stop Neo-Nazis using this one weird trick!

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How to Rein-in Bloated Government?
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 | Author:

From Rand Paul…  This would be a reasonable first step.  It’s a start towards what we in private industry refer to as ‘zero-based budgeting’:

The Legislative Performance Review Act would place a four-year expiration date on all new budget authority included in appropriations acts, while requiring regular reviews for continued budget authority for existing programs. If the program’s authorization expires, the legislation would allow for an “orderly,” two-year wind-down.

“As our national debt rapidly closes in on $20 trillion, we should, at the very least, acknowledge that government should not automatically fund programs without regard for performance or continued need,” Paul said in a statement last week. “Passing this bill is one of the easiest, most common-sense steps we can take to make Congress a better steward of the American people’s money.”

Source: Paul Urges ‘Common-Sense Steps’ to Rein in Government Waste

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The Hypocrisy of ‘Diversity’ as a Business Objective
Wednesday, August 09th, 2017 | Author:

Update

I think the title of this article in the Washington Examiner sums it up best:

Google is more afraid of liberal outrage than federal law

In other words, the leadership at Google likely recognizes that they are violating federal law in terminating the employment of the ‘manifesto’ author.  Yet they’ve calculated (using their version of logic and mathematics) that it will be less costly than absorbing the wrath of the leftists.

 

August 8, 2017

The political correctness of the Left is coming back to bite them… The notion that a company needs to have a ‘Vice President of Diversity’ shows you how far they’ve traveled into the outer limits.  Any successful executive managing a business knows that having employees with a diversity of experience, expertise, and thought processes (these attributes of diversity are what is important to a business) represents the best portfolio to manage risk.  This recent incident at Google is evidence that some corporations are all about ‘virtue signaling’ and not really sincere about their policies:

The catch-22 here is that Google, which states that they value all forms of diversity, political, lifestyle, gender, sexuality and otherwise, was faced with one of its own exercising his stated right to diversity. It just so happens that his opinion did not align with the progressive worldview consistently voiced inside young tech firms. So what does Google do when presented with an opportunity to show real tolerance for others’ opinions?

They fire the person.

By lopping off the head of the person who dared express this worldview, even if that worldview was offensive to others, Google willfully proved the engineer’s point: Namely that the company itself is using the diversity card as a straw man and it does not engage in the practice of true tolerance, which can be defined as acceptance of others’ opinions, even when you disagree with them.

Source: The Company That Knows Everything About You Is Now Punishing Thought Crimes

Leftist Media Continues As Before…
Monday, July 31st, 2017 | Author:

There have been little or no repercussions for the many bouts of wrong-doing from the Obama generation (IRS, VA, JournoList, etc.)… Heck if Obama could operate openly with spite towards the United States and the Constitution, why would you expect anything different for his journalist sycophants?

One year after WikiLeaks began publishing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that exposed prominent journalists as partisans, many of those journalists are continuing their careers without, it seems, any serious consequences.

Source: No Consequences For Media Exposed By WikiLeak

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House Democrats Support Anti-Israel Group
Saturday, July 01st, 2017 | Author:

Are you surprised?

32 Democrats in Congress signed on to a letter circulated by a group that even the ADL had described as having its “organizational roots in the now-defunct Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that served as the main propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States.”

It won’t surprise you to learn that Keith Ellison tops this list. Or that Betty McCollum, Earl Blumenauer and Mark Pocan are also there.  Then there’s Hank Johnson, who called Jews terminates, Barbara Lee, James McGovern, Andre Carson, Anna Eshoo, John Conyers, Luis Gutierrez, Peter DeFazio, Marcy Kaptur, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Karen Bass, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Roy Khanna, Zoe Lofgren, Bobby Rush, Peter Welsh, David Price, Alan Lowenthal, Donald Beyer, Chellie Pingree, Salud Carbajal, Gwen S. Moore, Danny Davis, Jackie Speyer, Jared Huffman, Tulsi Gabbard and Pramiya Jayapal. 

So there’s the usual Prog caucus gang. And a sizable heaping of Congressional Black Caucus people. 

Source: 32 House Dems Sign Anti-Israel Letter from Pro-Hamas, pro-BDS Groups

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