Liberals appear to have no original ideas of their own. Every aspect of socialism in the Democratic Party platform has been tried in other
countries (e.g., Venezuela, Greece, Cuba) and the results have been miserable. Nothing the Democrats propose (higher taxes, bigger government,
restrictions, rules and regulations, and special rights and privileges for protected minorities) will make American life better. All they can
do is obstruct and oppose conservatives, when conservatives make proposals. Typically, when a liberal realizes he's losing a debate, he will
start shouting down his opponents. This adds nothing.
When leftist Democrats realize they are sure to be outvoted, one of their favorite tactics has been to flee
the state in order to bring their state's government to a halt, rather than face defeat. At the federal level
they have been known to boycott a scheduled vote to delay the inevitable.
During the Obama administration, the Republicans proved to be too much of an obstacle for the Democrats to overcome,
so the Senate voted (by a very narrow margin, as you might imagine) to eliminate the power of the filibuster, thus
blocking all opposition and paving the way for Emperor Obama to pack the courts with left-wing judges.
Now the tables are turned, and the Democrats are resorting to childish tantrums to block President Trump's nominees, appointments,
orders and executive actions. The Democrats have been losing elections for years because their platform is wildly
out of step with the American mainstream. Now they are just stalling. If President Trump succeeds with even
half of what he promised to do, the Democratic Party is finished.
Sanders: Act in 'unprecedented' ways to thwart Republicans. Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders says "unprecedented" actions
by his supporters must be taken to stop Republicans from passing a health care bill in the Senate. A Facebook Live event Monday
[6/19/2017] with Mr. Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren included a call for unorthodox actions to halt Republican
efforts to replace Obamacare, former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.
to grind Senate to a halt over ObamaCare repeal fight. Senate Democrats are slowing the Senate to a crawl as
they escalate their fight over the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer
(D-N.Y.) announced that Democrats will invoke the so-called "two hour" rule on Tuesday [6/20/2017], which blocks committees
from meeting after the Senate has been in session for two hours.
Block Witnesses from Testifying in House Intel Probe. House Democrats are continuing to block testimony from
about a dozen witnesses who sought to appear before the intelligence oversight panel investigating Russian interference in
the 2016 election. Congressional officials said one of the key witnesses, former informal adviser to the Trump campaign
Carter Page, was scheduled to testify at a closed hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. But
Democrats on the committee blocked the testimony, asserting they needed more time to prepare.
Slumber Party Part VI: Seizing The Senate Floor Over Obamacare Repeal. Senate Democrats took over the floor to
protest Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Okay — that's not exactly fair. It was mostly
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), but they held another slumber party over global warming. Over on the House side,
Democrats occupied the floor to force a vote on gun control after the horrific mass shooting at the LGBT Pulse nightclub in
Orlando. And now, Democrats are going to takeover the Senate floor again for the lack of transparency over the GOP
health care bill... until about midnight.
Wants to Hear Lynch's Side of the Story Before Requesting Investigation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
(D-N.Y.) said he wants to hear former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's side of the story before calling for an investigation
into whether she tried to downplay the seriousness of Hillary Clinton's email practices. "Well, before I say anything
further on this, I want to hear what Loretta Lynch's side of the story is. I haven't heard that yet," Schumer told a
press conference on Tuesday [6/13/2017].
Winning His War on Washington. No one who followed closely really believed that the war was over on election
night. The Democrats contested some local results, very unsuccessfully, and then, in their stark disbelief, took out
television advertisements reaching tens of millions of people to ask some of the 538 people elevated to the electoral college
to break their pledges and vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. It was an absurd fiasco. Democratic
Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin made prodigious efforts to block virtually every nominee of the incoming
administration to high office.
not knowing a anything about it, 66% of millennials oppose Trump budget. Just like Congress passes bills before
they know what's in them, millennials are passing judgement on President Donald Trump's budget before the full details are
known and understood. Millennials, which mostly get their news from Facebook, couldn't possibly understand the impacts
of Trump's budget overhaul, but in a GenForward poll, 66 percent of young Americans say they oppose the budget because it
helps the rich. How exactly does the Trump budget help the rich?
calls for rebuilding transportation systems, blasts Democrats as obstructionist. Standing on the banks of the
Ohio River, President Trump pledged Wednesday to rebuild America's waterway transportation system and took a swipe at
Democrats for failing to support his efforts. Saying Americans "deserve the best infrastructure any where in the
world," the president promoted his $1-trillion plan to rebuild roads, bridges and canals with a direct investment of
$200 billion from the federal government.
Treason. There is a division of the nation that
cannot be repaired. While the media pretends that everything it does is out of concern for the nation, it is really out of concern for the advances
toward collectivism that have been made under Barack Obama that piques their concern. The way that the media and the "deep state" cooperate to
maintain those collectivist advances is startling, or would be, if anyone reported on it. Understand that everything that has gone on
since the election of Donald Trump has been to deny him the presidency, not so much the office, but the power of the office.
Anti-Trump Group has Received More than $20 Million in Government Grants. A prominent liberal activist group
that is closely involved with anti-Trump campaigns has been awarded more than $20 million in taxpayer-funded government
grants since 2002, according to a review of the organization's Form 990s. Make the Road New York (MRNY), a New York
City-based Latino immigrant group with 19,000 dues-paying members, has been actively involved with anti-Trump campaigns and
is closely linked to an organization that is spearheading a new $80 million anti-Trump network that will span across
32 states. In addition to generous funding from liberal billionaire George Soros, MRNY has hauled in millions in
effort to cripple Trump. Sen. Chuck Schumer is trying to sabotage the Trump administration, at the expense
of the country. [...] Schumer says he will try to block a new director of the FBI until Trump appoints a special counsel to
investigate Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. It's obvious what Schumer sees to gain from this effort. It
pleases the liberal base and serves Schumer's broader purpose of crippling an administration, making it ineffective, and then
reaping the electoral rewards of complaining against a president who can get nothing done.
funds 'Resistance Summer' in the hopes of harnessing Trump opposition. The Democratic National Committee
reportedly is planning to pump $1 million into everything from rallies, town halls and neighborhood meetings in hopes of
growing voter opposition to President Trump. The so-called "Resistance Summer" is billed as a 50-state strategy.
The DNC plans to hold events across the country in early June before sponsoring a national training summit in the hopes of
attracting scores of new Democratic voters, the Hill reported. The move is the party's first concrete expansion plan
since Tom Perez took over as chairman.
Schumer's Threat To Block New FBI Director Shows Democratic Incompetence. One of the reasons Democrats freaked
out over [James] Comey's firing is because they said it interfered with the ability of the FBI to function properly and do
their job. So the solution is to block the appointment of a replacement? [...] It's fascinating to watch. Donald
Trump keeps shooting himself in the foot, and instead of sitting back, allowing it to happen, Schumer is grabbing the gun
from Trump and firing shots into both of his own feet.
Ponder Whether Resisting Donald Trump Is Enough. For Democrats these days, the key word in their political vocabulary is "resistance."
Amid the flurry of analysis and commentary marking President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Democratic Party's position was clear:
It is fighting the president and all he does, pure and simple.
latest move to "fight the wall" is truly something out of La La Land. There are still budget battles and (probably) blockades
from the 9th Circuit to come, but sooner or later the President is going to get some work started on the border wall. But if and when
he does, California is laying some landmines in advance for any private contractors who dare to bid on the job and pour a single yard of
concrete. In a move being dubbed, "Build it and be banned," California legislators are proposing to impose a permanent ban for
government contracts on any company who takes part in the project.
Than 70 Liberal Groups Partnered for Anti-Trump Tax Day Protests. A coalition of more than 70 liberal groups
coordinated to plan nationwide protests demanding President Donald Trump release his tax returns. The April 15 protests
drew thousands of people in Washington, D.C. 'Local protests' took place in 44 states, with international protests in
Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The protests were organized through a website called TaxMarch.org.
The site claims the demonstrations were the result of ordinary Americans, community organizers, advocates, and "people from all
walks of life and all backgrounds" holding Trump, his administration, and Congress accountable.
Gorsuch Gambit, Democrats Claim The Stupid Party Label. Trump derangement syndrome claimed its first victim today [4/6/2017], when
Senate Democrats decided to filibuster the appointment of the supremely qualified Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and
ended up handing Trump and the GOP the opportunity to dramatically shift the ideological balance on the court.
The Yasser Arafat of the
Democratic Party. [Chuck] Schumer is so practiced at saying one thing to Democratic elites and another to the
Democratic base that it is easy to fall for his charade. But neither Arafat nor Schumer should fool you. [...] His decision
is chum in the water for the frenzied "resistance" to President Trump, which has decided that a judge who was approved to the
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with Democratic support — including Schumer's — and whose fans include
President Obama's former solicitor general and legal scholar Cass Sunstein is somehow a jurisprudential freak who should be
prevented from joining the Supreme Court by extraordinary means.
Networks, Foundations Joined Forces to Create Trump 'Resistance' Fund. Three liberal donor networks and
foundations with ties to billionaire George Soros have joined forces to form a new fund to "resist" President Donald
Trump. The Emergent Fund, which carries a goal of fighting "immediate threats" to "immigrants, women, Muslim and
Arab-American communities, black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color," was established late last year to
quickly fund groups to take direct, immediate action against Republicans. Since the fund's formation, it has received
little public attention. It has raised over half a million dollars to give to groups opposing Republicans, such as the
Black Lives Matter Network. The fund has extensive ties to significant liberal networks and groups.
Chair Pledges Opposition to Trump on Everything but Socialized Medicine. Newly-elected DNC Chairman Tom Perez
downplayed the notion that Democrats are becoming the "Party of No" by saying he'd be willing to work with Trump on socialized
medicine, while vowing to block nearly every other White House initiative from infrastructure spending to Supreme Court nominee
Dick Durbin Blasts Democrat Anti-Gorsuch Strategy. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has taken a different tone
regarding the confirmation process of Judge Gorsuch, and his Democrat colleagues should take note. While radical
left-wingers like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Jeff Merkley have said they would oppose Gorsuch even before the
hearing, Sen. Durbin stated rejected that kind of behavior, saying: "I don't think that serves the country well."
of the Mind. There is now something called the "Resistance," which by its nomenclature poses that its opposition to Trump is
reminiscent of European partisan resistance to Hitler: Affluent progressives are now on the barricades to stop another Holocaust?
Cities now nullify federal law in the spirit of the Old Confederacy. A federal judge doesn't enforce federal law because he says he does
not like what the president and his associates said in the past, during the campaign. Op-ed writers overseas wait eagerly for the
Court needs judges like Gorsuch because America has leaders like Schumer. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer,
D-N.Y., [...] trotted out three people, representing supposed "victims" of [Judge Neil] Gorsuch's jurisprudence. He hoped
to demonstrate that Gorsuch is hostile toward workers and cancer patients, and takes the side of "the powerful" and corporations
against the "powerless" little guy. Never mind that in all three cases, one of which was decided unanimously by a three
judge panel that included one of former President Bill Clinton's appointees, Gorsuch scrupulously applied the text of the laws
as written by the Congress in which Schumer serves. Schumer just didn't like the outcomes or, to be more precise, he hopes
the outcomes might be sufficiently tear-jerking that they can inflict damage on the judge's chances of confirmation.
Chuck Schumer calls for chaos.
New York's senior senator doesn't like the fact that Republicans mean to insert provisions for border-wall funding and deportation of illegal
immigrants in a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past April 28. So he's threatening a filibuster to block
passage — which would result in furloughing government employees, just like last time. Back then, Democrats called it
"hostage-taking." Now they're blaming Republicans for leaving Democrats no option but to take hostages themselves. Or, as
Schumer put it: "They will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy." Meaning:
When they do it, it's reckless; when we do it, it's principle.
Today's Riot-Prone Mobs
Are A Product Of America's Cult-Like Education System. If you are of sound mind and watched the anti-Trump demonstrations unfold on Inauguration
Day, then during the recent anti-speech riots at the Cal Berkeley and New York University campuses, two developments probably stood out to you. First,
you could see how violent rioters systematically infiltrated and punctuated those purportedly "largely peaceful" protests. I dare say, the Black Bloc
presence and body language looks eerily similar that of ISIS terrorists, right down to the black hoods and masks. Second, there is a particularly
cult-like feel to the behavior of these mobs: the incoherence, blind rage, encouragement of lawlessness, and utter hostility to anyone who doesn't conform
to their mindset. It's an anger sustained by vilification tactics reminiscent of the "two minutes hate" in Orwell's novel "1984." Rather than
acting as individuals who exercise rational thought, participants in these mobs act more like atomized parts of manufactured hives. They have been
deployed at the drop of a hat — at airports, town halls, campuses — no doubt to create the illusion of mass resistance to a duly elected president
and his administration. Such mobs are also aggressively pre-packing and swarming town halls of GOP members of Congress in solidly GOP districts.
Vern Buchanan Holds Off Thousands of Leftists Who Storm His Town Hall: 'The Bottom Line Is' Donald Trump 'Won the Election'. Both
sides — pro-Trump activists and anti-Trump activists — showed up in force as a capacity crowd of thousands packed into
the Van Wezel Performing Arts center with thousands more watching outside. Interestingly, Trump won this district in the general election by
11 percent, so the outsized show of force from leftists is not representative of the feelings of those in the district, which sprawls along
Florida's southwestern coast. Despite the clear and concerted efforts to disrupt, Buchanan kept his cool for more than an hour throughout,
made his case, and did not buckle under the left's pressure.
It's Not College Kids Creating Chaos To Resist Trump, 'They're Professionals'. A New Zealander we interviewed
at the Conservative Political Action Conference, who has studied the radical left for some 30 years, says he is watching an
escalating number of radicals foment hate, violence and chaos by any means necessary to destroy the American constitutional way
of life. These "ain't college students; they're professionals." He hopes more Americans are connecting the dots and
Leading Resistance Movement Against Trump, Launches Nationwide Protest Training. According to the Associated
Press, the American Civil Liberties Union recently launched a nationwide training event to "urge organized, public resistance
by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump." The first one happened over the weekend at a University of Miami
sports arena and was streamed to all 50 states. The executive director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, said 200,000 people
attended across 2,000 local events. Romero said the seminar focused on protesters knowing their rights and encouraged
them to march for "priority issues" such as immigration, LGBT, free speech, religious freedom, and civil and reproductive rights.
Dirty Dem Dogs of Disruption. A new nonprofit called American Oversight launched this week to combat President
Trump's "culture of impunity." The outfit declared itself "nonpartisan" and claims its crusaders will fight for a
"transparent and ethical government." [...] These Democrat operatives aren't interested in accountability. Their
mission is to attack, obstruct and destroy their political opponents at all costs. Executive Director and Obama donor
Austin Evers is certainly familiar with the "culture of impunity." He worked as a lawyer at Williams and Connolly —
the firm representing Hillary Clinton and the same firm that boasts longtime Clinton consigliere David Kendall, who shepherded
scandal-ridden Bill and Hill through Whitewater, Lewinsky-gate and Email-gate. Evers had zero experience handling public
records and classified document requests before he was hired by the State Department in 2015 to be Hillary's information blocker.
They Broke It, Why Won't
They Help Fix It? Last night [3/8/2017], House Democrats forced a series of nuisance votes, in an attempt to
slow debate down as much as possible and obstruct any effort to replace Obamacare. House Democrats have "declared
parliamentary warfare in an attempt to delay the bill as much as possible."
Trump executive order hurts Hawaii's feelings. There's a race going on for states to file or join new lawsuits against President
Trump's second executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. for some people from a few terror-plagued countries. The new actions
promise to be rehashes of the states' earlier suits against Trump's original order. Washington State, for example, which managed to stop the
first order, has gone so far as to argue the new order and the now-rescinded original measure are identical, and has asked a judge to simply apply
his emergency stop to the new order as if nothing has changed.
vow government shutdown over Trump border wall. Congressional Democrats signaled Monday [3/13/2017] that
they're ready to block spending bills over President Trump's planned border wall, raising the risks of a new government
shutdown early in the new administration. Adding more immigration agents to Homeland Security's deportation agency,
making Planned Parenthood ineligible for federal cash and changing former President Barack Obama's policies on the environment,
labor, veterans or consumer protections would also invite a shutdown, Senate Democrats said in a letter to GOP leaders.
launches nationwide training on protest, resistance. The American Civil Liberties Union staged a nationwide
training event Saturday to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by
those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump.
announce bill to revoke Trump's 'extreme vetting' order. Senate Democrats announced a bill Monday [3/13/2017] to revoke
President Trump's latest extreme vetting executive order, saying it's discriminatory and counterproductive to the country's efforts to
influence allies. Led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, the new bill is succinct —
it cancels the March 6 order that suspends the refugee program and puts a 90-day halt on most admissions from six Middle East and African
countries. "President Trump's discriminatory executive order isn't about strengthening our national security. It's a transparent
effort to fulfill his campaign promise to implement a 'Muslim Ban,'" Mrs. Feinstein said in a statement.
watchdog launches to hound Trump agencies. Concerned by the shortage of government experience and early
missteps by Trump administration officials — including President Trump — a group of lawyers is
launching a watchdog organization that will seek to track the administration's ethics and expose potential conflicts, fraud
or other wrongdoing. The organization, "American Oversight," which says it is nonpartisan despite some of its founders
having deep ties to Democrats, will focus on prying loose documents through public records requests and lawsuits under the
Freedom of Information Act. Regardless of what they uncover, such efforts could haunt the administration much the way
similar actions by conservative group Judicial Watch produced emails from the State Department that dogged Hillary Clinton's
Hawaii Sues to Block Trump Travel Ban; First
Challenge to Order. President Trump's revised executive order barring citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from traveling
to the United States confronted its first legal challenge late Tuesday [3/7/2017], the day after it was signed, when lawyers for the State of
Hawaii asked a federal judge to block it temporarily. The court filing from the office of the attorney general of Hawaii, Doug Chin, a
Democrat, may signal a wave of legal assaults on Mr. Trump's second take on the travel ban, which preserves the fundamentals of the first while
lifting restrictions on Iraqis, green card holders and lawful permanent residents, and people who are already approved to enter the United States.
is Muslim Ban 2.0': Hawaii plans to fight President Trump's revised travel ban in court. A day after President
Donald Trump signed a revised travel ban, attorneys for Hawaii said the state plans to challenge that order as well.
The state wants to amend its existing lawsuit challenging Trump's previous order to contest the revised one, according to a
motion filed Tuesday [3/7/2017] in federal court in Honolulu. The new order bars new visas for people from six Muslim-majority
countries and temporarily shuts down America's refugee program, affecting would-be visitors and immigrants from Iran, Syria,
Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.
to Democrats: Don't even meet with Trump, or else. [Scroll down] We disagree on a lot, but surely
we agree on some things. There is such a thing as bipartisan action, and it takes place when parties can find common
ground. It doesn't sound like we're going to see much of that during the Trump Administration, because congressional
Democrats are apparently under orders from the left-wing group We Will Replace You to engage in all-out, total obstruction of
everything Trump wants to do — even to the point that they will be punished if they meet with the administration
or try to seek common ground.
is All They Have Left on the Left. This is no longer "just politics." This is political jihadism that attempts
to make America ungovernable. There is no concern for the potentially dire consequences here or abroad of their actions.
All that matters to today's progressives is that they, and they alone, hold all the power in the massive progressive state they have
built. Elections, the law, the future of the nation, and even logic [notwithstanding]. The latest manifestation of
progressive sabotage comes in the assault on AG Sessions.
Schumer's plan to Keep Obama
appointees in power. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democrats continue to snub President Trump by slowing down Senate confirmation of
his Cabinet appointments. Their underlying goal is to allow remaining Obama-appointed bureaucrats to do as much damage to the Trump administration as
they can before leaving. CNN reported last week that "Trump is noticeably behind the last three presidents when it comes to securing the confirmation
of his Cabinet and other top appointments that require Senate approval."
plan to Keep Obama appointees in power. [Scroll down] Senate Democrats are keeping the Department of
Justice from functioning at full capacity. But other seats are currently filled by Obama appointees quietly working
behind the scenes to sabotage Trump's efforts by continuing their previous leader's agenda while Schumer works to hamstring
Trump's presidency. These include deputies, managers, and political appointees who are meant to keep the government
running while a new administration comes into power. A clear example of this is occurring in the Department of
Education, where bureaucrats are continuing what the Washington Post called Obama's "ideological crusade" on
Obama WH Officials Engaged in 'Revenge of the Losers' to Make Trouble for Trump. For weeks now, some of the
reporting around Russia and the intel community has concerned actions of members of the Obama administration and holdovers
serving under Trump. President Trump himself and others have argued that the big leaks are coming from those holdovers,
and one report last month said that Obama loyalists engaged in a "months-long campaign" to take down Michael Flynn in the
name of preserving the Iran deal. And now this week there's a new report that Obama White House officials rushed to
leave a "clear trail of intelligence" on Russia for the right people to investigate once President Trump was sworn in.
"Protesters" All Following the Same Script Authored by... George Soros. A radical group linked to rogue
billionaire George Soros has been providing scripts containing anti-Trump talking points for constituents to read aloud
during congressional town hall meetings. One of the scripts distributed by the Revolutionary Love Project encourages
town hall participants meeting with their member of Congress to accuse the Trump administration of — wait for
it — "xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia." Constituents are urged to use those precise words to "forcefully
condemn" President Trump's immigration and border security initiatives, Aaron Klein reports at Breitbart News.
say Democrats hurting party, nation with scorched-earth anti-Trump tactics: Poll. The Democratic Party's
never-ending anti-Trump siege isn't just bad for the country, it's also hurting Democrats with the voters. A Rasmussen
Reports poll released Tuesday [2/28/2017] found that 63 percent of those surveyed said it was better for the country as well as
the Democratic Party for Democrats to work with President Trump instead of countering him at every turn. Just 29 percent
agreed that it's better for the party and the nation for Democrats to oppose Mr. Trump "in every way possible."
Groups Provided Script for Anti-Trump Town Halls. An organization partnered with far-left groups that calls
itself the Revolutionary Love Project distributed an actual script with anti-Trump talking points for citizens to use when
meeting with constituents in town halls, including during last week's Congressional recess. The script provides
word-for-word language suggestions that accuse the Trump administration of "xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia." It
asks activists to use the descriptors to petition their representatives to "forcefully condemn" and support legislation
opposing President Trump's immigration and border security agendas.
Speech and Our Infantile Left. Tuesday's [2/28/2017] address to a joint session of Congress was without a doubt
the best speech President Donald Trump has ever given, perhaps the best speech to a joint session of Congress since the great
Ronald Reagan. But who could watch it and not be embarrassed by our infantile, bitter Left? [...] Like spoiled
children, who had not gotten their way, they refused to applaud at the most obvious good-for-the-country lines. In
fact, they were like a clique of mean girls in middle school who have decided to target one of their own. They knew
what they were hearing was monumental and good for the nation. But consumed in schoolyard jealousy, they got angry, not
glad. In doing so, they showed no intention of working "with" President Trump. They are still scrambling for, and
planning to sabotage him any way they can.
Border War: A Prediction. A prediction: when the "Wall" along the southern border begins to be
constructed, the left's professional activists will implement an extensive disruption campaign. It will be modeled
after the Keystone Pipeline protest (that involved a makeshift city of 10,000), but be more mobile and flexible, spread out
along the border that marks the path of the wall. Protestors will stand in the path of construction, just at activists
have, in the past, chained themselves to trees in the Northwest to stop logging.
Mayor: 'Culture Of Protest' New Norm For 'Foreseeable Future'. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called for peace in
the wake of the latest violent anti-Trump protests, but said the "culture of protest" is going to continue both locally and
nationally for the "foreseeable future." Wheeler also said he wants Portland's police officers to "create a more positive
space for expression" for protesters. Portland, known for its liberal politics, has been the site of regular anti-Trump
protests since the election last November. Those demonstrations have often devolved into riots and property destruction,
forcing police to arrest dozens of agitators.
Versus Obama: Whose Cabinet Nominees Faced More Obstruction? President Trump is still waiting for the
Senate to confirm several of his Cabinet nominees one month after he was inaugurated. "We're using everything we can to
stop these awful nominees," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said at a press conference earlier this month.
The same day, Trump decried "obstruction by Democrats" for delaying confirmation votes to fill his Cabinet.
Days in February. Currently, the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his
presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics. The so-called resistance among EPA
federal employees is trying to disrupt Trump administration reform; immigration activists promise to flood the judiciary to
render executive orders inoperative. Intelligence agencies had earlier leaked fake news briefings about the purported
escapades of President-elect Trump in Moscow — stories that were quickly exposed as politically driven
concoctions. Nearly one-third of House Democrats boycotted the Inauguration. Celebrities such as Ashley Judd and
Madonna shouted obscenities to crowds of protesters; Madonna voiced her dreams of Trump's death by saying she'd been thinking
a lot about blowing up the White House. But all that pushback was merely the clownish preliminary to the full-fledged
assault in mid February.
Moore Launches 'Resistance Calendar' to Track Anti-Trump Protests. Leftist documentary filmmaker Michael Moore
launched what he called a "resistance calendar" on Sunday [2/19/2017] that will track anti-Donald Trump demonstrations across the
country. In a tweet announcing the launch of the calendar, the 62-year-old filmmaker described it as a "one-stop site
for all anti-Trump actions EVERY DAY nationwide."
under attack by 187 organizations directly funded by George Soros. There have been many articles written about
George Soros and his collectivist activism. Soros is a business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author who is of
Jewish-Hungarian ancestry and holds dual citizenship. He is chairman of Soros Fund Management. Discover the
Networks has published a comprehensive list of organizations funded by Soros and his Open Society Institute. Some of
these groups have actively opposed Donald Trump for president and may be part of the recent levels of violence and chaos seen
at his rallies. Many of the groups favor: open borders, amnesty, giving illegals voting rights, Muslim migration and
activists have a 'training manual' for protesting Trump. An Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to
protest President Trump's policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week, when they return home for
the congressional recess and hold town hall meetings and other functions. Organizing for Action, a group founded by Obama and featured
prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers
into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall. In a new
Facebook post, OFA calls on activists to mobilize against Republicans from now until Feb. 26, when "representatives are going to be in their
Necessitates a 'New Standard' for SCOTUS Nominees, Schumer Says. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said
President Donald Trump's behavior in the first few weeks of the new administration necessitates a "new standard" for Supreme
Court nominees, including a unique a demonstration of judicial independence. "What is particularly new" about the
circumstances of Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the High Court, Schumer said Sunday [2/12/2017], "is that we have a
president who is overreaching dramatically, who shows little respect for the rule of law, who seems to violate the
Constitution in his first three weeks, and intimidates judges who have cases before them."
The Editor says...
In other words, there's nothing wrong with the nominee or his qualifications, but the Democrats are stonewalling just to burden the President.
Obstruction on Trump Cabinet Reaches Historic Levels. Not since President George Washington's initial formation
of a cabinet in 1789 has an American president's cabinet picks been approved as slowly as the Senate is approving President
Donald Trump's nominees. Trump has now been president for a full three weeks, and the number of approved members in his
cabinet stands at seven — a number that was boosted by three contested confirmations last week that were opposed
by almost the entire Democratic caucus. Senate Democrats, vowing to use "everything" they can to stop Trump's nominees,
have used procedural tricks like boycotting committee meetings to slow the confirmation process to a historically slow pace.
on Trump Cabinet Nominees: 'We Are Going to Take Our Time'. Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.) said on Sunday [2/12/2017] that
the reason there has been such a low number of nominees confirmed to President Trump's Cabinet is because Senate Democrats are "taking
their time." "We can't stop these nominees and we know that," Cardin told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. "I think
it's important that we took as much time as possible so that the American people understood our concerns."
Media Can't Attack Gorsuch On Much, So They Went After His Mother. Pretty much everyone has lauded President
Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The man is eminently qualified. He has academic credentials that are
impeccable — he has a Ph.D. from Oxford — and he's unified the Republican Party behind his nomination.
As for Democrats, you have some, like Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), threatening to go to the mattresses and filibuster his
nomination. Yet, Democratic opposition has splintered.
Caucus members storm Senate floor to protest Sessions. House lawmakers led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and other
Congressional Black Caucus members staged a protest against Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to attorney general on the
Senate floor Wednesday [2/8/2017]. The group of roughly 10 House members, including the dean of the House, Rep. John Conyers,
D-Mich., and Democratic Reps. Lacy Clay of Missouri, Hank Johnson of Georgia and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, traveled to the Senate side
of the Capitol and marched onto the floor in an effort to draw attention to their opposition to Sessions' confirmation on civil rights grounds.
Democrats can't just obstruct their way back into power. Democrats are preparing to try to stop President
Trump's agenda at all costs. Senate Democrats have voted more and more in unison against Trump's Cabinet nominees, and
now there is even talk of an unprecedented filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee. It's what the party's base is
demanding right now. But there is a difference between doing what feels good and what is strategically sound.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said it well this week: "You've got to pick which ones you're going to fight about; not
every pitch has to be swung at."
Who Lied About Vietnam Service Calls for Extreme Vetting of Gorsuch. A Democratic senator who lied about his
military service for decades is now calling on his colleagues to thoroughly vet the background of President Donald Trump's
Supreme Court nominee. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), a member of the Senate committee that handles legal
confirmation hearings, said that Appellate Court Judge Neil Gorsuch will face tough questions about his background. He
said the Colorado-based judge will have "every aspect of his background" investigated by Democratic committee members before
his nomination to the nation's highest court moves forward.
to bewildered Democrats: Hating Trump is not a policy. Democrats are overjoyed that the 9th Circuit Court
of Appeals has ruled against President Trump's immigration order. That figures; never mind the legal issues or the
possible impact on the White House's ability to enact measures aimed at keeping the country safe. Most important: it
was a blow to Trump, and Democrats couldn't be happier. It's gotten personal. The decision will doubtless pump up
House Democrats who are meeting in Maryland, presumably exploring a path back to relevance. Given their strident denunciations
of President Trump, working with Republicans to move the country forward does not appear to be an option.
'Going Original': Time's Come To End The Senate's Filibuster. Republicans control both houses of Congress
and the White House. Yet Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer boasts that he can block Trump's legislative agenda.
"He won't be able to do it," Mr. Schumer says confidently. What allows Schumer to thwart the majority's will and paralyze
the Senate? Not the Constitution. No, the answer is a centuries-old Senate practice called the filibuster.
Senators in the minority could take the floor and talk endlessly, never agreeing to formally end debate so the majority could
vote. They'd talk the legislation to death, in the process shutting down all other Senate business. The House never
permitted it, always allowing a simple majority to shut down debate. In the Senate, the idea was to make sure the minority
was heard. But over the years, the rule was exploited to actually stop legislation altogether.
Numbers Don't Lie: Comparing Trump's Cabinet Confirmations With Obama's. Donald Trump began his presidency with fewer
Cabinet nominations confirmed than any other president in almost 30 years. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama had seven
of their nominees confirmed by their first day in office in 2001 and 2009. Bill Clinton had three confirmed the day he was sworn in.
Trump had two. By this time in 2001, Bush had his entire Cabinet confirmed.
Breaks Senate Rule, Prohibited From Debating Sessions Nomination. For the remainder of Tuesday night [2/7/2017]
and for most of Wednesday, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren is prohibited from debating on the floor of the
Senate. That's because her Senate colleagues found her guilty of impugning another senator, Jeff Sessions, whose
nomination for attorney general is being considered. With a 52 seat Senate majority and control of the White House,
Republicans are now able to confirm Trump cabinet nominees with a 50 vote majority and Democrats are furious. And while
Democrats can't stop nominees unless Republicans defect, they're resorting to the time-honored Senate tactic of parliamentary delay.
Did Obama's Cabinet Picks Get Voice Votes But Not Trump's? Orrin Hatch, the old, Utah RINO is going around
Twitter bragging how spineless Republicans were at the start of the first Obama term. As we enter the third week of the
Trump administration, only four cabinet level positions have been confirmed by a Republican lead Senate. After two
weeks of the first Obama administration, many of Obama's cabinet picks were confirmed, many by simple voice votes.
to the Future with Nancy Pelosi. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has served in Congress a long time.
She has served long enough to oppose Republican presidents going back to Ronald Reagan. In the modern era she has
missed only Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, but she opposed them too! Make no mistake about that. She has served
in Congress long enough to oppose both Presidents Bush, father and son, over a period of twelve years. It therefore
makes perfect sense that in a press conference yesterday she confused her current opposition to President Trump with her
opposition to the Presidents Bush in ages past.
Even My Contractor Takes This Long to Get a Cabinet in Place. I can understand the opposition to a
game-changing, consequential pick like Betsy DeVos. I can understand the Democrats' need to placate their base by
opposing Jeff Sessions in every way possible. But tell me, what's the advantage of slow-walking Ryan Zinke's nomination
to be Secretary of the Interior? Or Sonny Purdue's nomination to be Secretary of Agriculture? The nominee to be
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, is a holdover from the Obama administration! This isn't reasoned or
justifiable opposition, this is obstructing nominees for the sake of obstruction.
George Washington To Barack Obama: Senate Democrats' Cabinet Blockade Has Never Been Seen Before. The
Senate Democrats' obstruction of President Trump's cabinet nominees has reached a record-setting level. Yesterday
[2/2/2017], ABC News reported: "President Trump has more unconfirmed Cabinet nominees at this point in his term than
all previous presidents combined." Senate Democrats have failed to a historical magnitude to offer deference to the
president, running counter to what they argued for during previous administrations.
are becoming the party of secession. Some call it Trump Derangement Syndrome, but that's too kind. It's
not a temporarily insane reaction, it's a calculated plan to wreck the presidency, whatever the cost to the country.
Things never seen in the modern era are now rapidly becoming common. Impeachment talk already is rumbling in the
party's hothouses, and Trump was met with a lawsuit the minute he took the oath. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the
top Dems in Congress, led a raucous demonstration Monday night, as if they are community organizers. And Obama couldn't
bear the irrelevance after eight days out of office and felt compelled to encourage disruptions. This is Third World
behavior and it's now the M.O. of one of America's two political parties.
And Leadership Team Refuse To Meet With Gorsuch. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic
Senate leaders refused to meet with Judge Neil Gorsuch Thursday [2/2/2017]. The act appears to be revenge against
Republicans for holding the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia open and not holding a hearing for Obama Supreme Court
appointee Merrick Garland. The White House requested that Gorsuch meet with Schumer, but aides said he declined in
order to learn more about the nominee's record, The Washington Post reported.
GOP suspends rules, advances Trump picks without Democrats. The Senate Finance Committee advanced Steven
Mnuchin to lead Treasury and Rep. Tom Price as health secretary on a pair of 14-0 votes without any Democrats
present. The votes were supposed to occur on Tuesday. Yet Democrats derailed the markup by refusing to show up,
which meant the panel didn't have the quorum needed to do business.
changes rules to push through nominees after Dem boycott. Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President
Trump's Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott. The Senate
Finance Committee advanced a pair of Trump's nominees with only Republican members present — Steven Mnuchin to
head the Treasury Department, and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of Health and Human Services. By unanimous
consent, the Republicans gathered in the hearing room agreed to change the committee's standing rules, which normally require
at least one member of each party to be in attendance for committee work to proceed.
Dems escalate anti-Trump offensive.
From Washington State to Washington DC, Democrats across the country are stepping up what some call "The Resistance" to
President Trump, moving across political, legal, bureaucratic, legislative, and civil disobedience fronts to frustrate the
newly elected president's agenda.
Yates Be Indicted? No matter what your attitude about the substance of Donald Trump's executive order
temporarily suspending visas from seven countries involved in terrorism, that an acting attorney general took it upon herself
to disobey it is nothing less than the deliberate subversion of the rule of law in the United States of America. She
deserves to be indicted — or at least be disbarred. Not only did Sally Yates announce she would not enforce
the order, she gave absolutely no legal justification for her inaction.
federal employees sign up for 'civil disobedience' class. A large group of federal employees have signed up to
participate in a workshop on civil disobedience in the President Trump era. According to a Washington Post report, 180
federal employees have signed up for a workshop featuring expert advice on workers' rights and expressing civil
disobedience. Dozens of federal workers have reportedly attended a support group for civil servants that serves as a
forum for discussing opposition to the Trump administration.
boycott vote on EPA nominee Scott Pruitt. The boycott by Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee comes amid other attempts to hold up Mr. Trump's nominees. In the case of Mr. Pruitt specifically,
Democrats claim he's failed to answer substantive questions. But Republican leaders say that excuse simply doesn't hold
water. "The minority may not like all of Attorney General Pruitt's answers, but he's given them answers," said
Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican and committee chairman. "Mr. Pruitt ought to get at least a vote."
running Tea Party playbook against Trump. Senate Democrats are dispensing with talk of cooperation and
preparing to fight President Trump across the board, delaying his nominees where possible and filibustering his Supreme Court
pick if necessary. Despite their minority status in the Senate, Democrats are under increasing pressure from their
progressive base to stand up to a president they consider authoritarian and illegitimate. These activists demand that
Democrats emulate Tea Party conservatives' opposition to President Obama by doing everything in their power to obstruct
Obstructionists: Democrats Use Fill-In-The-Blank Protest Signs to Oppose Gorsuch. There really is no
reason to keep the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Democrats are showing they are going to obstruct no matter
who it is. Now we know it is going to be Neil Gorsuch who even Barack Obama's Solicitor General supports. But the
left does not care about his credentials or pedigree. [...] They are going to oppose Gorsuch for the sake of opposing
him. You need no further evidence of this than one tweet by Ben Sasse. At the Supreme Court tonight [1/31/2017],
the Democrats had pre-printed opposition signs, but had to let protestors hand write in the name of the nominee.
Democrats' New Opposition Strategy: Obstruction. President Trump's selection for the Supreme Court won't
get a fair hearing from the Democrats. No, that's not an opinion. The Democrats themselves say so. [...] Then
there's the case of the nominations of Dr. Tim Price as Health and Human Services secretary and Steve Mnuchin as the
next Treasury secretary. They were scheduled to be approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee and sent to the
floor or a vote so that President Trump could get his government up and running. But the Democrats didn't show.
Literally. Senate rules require a simple majority with at least one member of the minority party for a quorum. But
the Democrats, despite promising just one day earlier to vote, deserted the chamber. No quorum, no vote.
Cotton suggests ordering sergeant at arms to force Dems to vote on nominations. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton
on Tuesday suggested ordering the sergeant at arms to force Democrats to vote for President Trump's nominees at the committee
level, ratcheting up the rhetoric after Democrats delayed the votes with a boycott Tuesday morning [1/31/2017]. "I don't
know how long they plan to do this," the Republican said from the Senate floor. "I don't know if they intend to abscond
out of the District, if we're going to have to vote to have the sergeant at arms track them down, haul them to work to do
Carton Democrats — Washington Democrats in 2017 Deploy Wisconsin Senate Democrat 2011 Strategy.
History repeats. Many people will remember what happened in Wisconsin in 2011 when control of the state legislature
flipped from Democrat control to Republican control and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began initiating a series of state
budget reforms. In 2011 the fourteen defeated Wisconsin senate democrats that remained in office fled to Illinois in
a failed attempt to block legislation by not providing a quorum.
boycott confirmation votes for Trump nominees. Senate Democrats on Tuesday [1/31/2017] refused to attend a
committee vote on two of President Trump's more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. [...]
Republicans expressed outrage at the move, while Democrats gathered outside the Senate Finance Committee hearing room to
outline their gripes with the selections.
Including Chuck Schumer, Voted Unanimously to Confirm Neil Gorsuch in 2006. President Donald J. Trump on
Tuesday nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats immediately pounced on the decision with
preprepared statements they would've released regardless of whom the president nominated. Judge Gorsuch, 49, who serves
on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Colorado, was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush. In
July 2006, the U.S. Senate confirmed him unanimously by a voice vote, in which had the support of the very Democrats who are
now objecting to his nomination.
announce plans to filibuster of Gorsuch nomination. Democrats have already decided they will force a filibuster on Judge Neil
Gorsuch, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday [1/31/2017], just minutes after President Trump announced the pick.
"The Senate must insist upon 60-votes for any Supreme Court nominee," Mr. Schumer said in a statement. Republicans could counter
with the so-called "nuclear option," using a shortcut to change the rules and eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold. But GOP
leaders have been circumspect on that option.
are already plotting to block Trump's Supreme Court pick. Eager for political payback, Senate Democrats plan to
do everything they can to block President Trump's nomination for the Supreme Court — even though they don't know
who it will be. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Monday [1/30/2017] that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick
Garland — former President Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia — who was never granted a
hearing or a vote by the GOP-controlled Senate. "This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority
has stolen a seat. We will use every lever in our power to stop this," Merkley told Politico, adding that an overwhelming
majority of his Democratic caucus will oppose Trump's pick.
Bankrolling Effort to Stop Trump's Temporary Refugee Halt Order. The flurry of anguished news stories and
protests surrounding President Trump's executive action temporarily suspending "immigrants and non-immigrants" from
"countries of particular concern" appears to be part of a coordinated PR effort financed by left-wing billionaire George
Soros. Rather than a complete "Muslim ban" as promised during the campaign, Trump's executive order contains moderate
refugee restrictions, similar to those that have been implemented by President Obama.
Protests Block Airports, Frustrate Travelers. Protests against President Donald Trump and his executive order
restricting travel from several terror-prone countries continued Sunday evening [1/29/2017] at several West Coast airports,
blocking traffic and causing some travelers to miss their flights. In contrast to the demonstrations on Saturday
evening, which ostensibly were aimed at securing the release of individuals who had been detained after arriving from one of
seven countries on a list originally approved by the Obama administration, the protests on Sunday aimed primarily at
disrupting travel and creating chaos to send a signal to the Trump administration.
EPA Secretary Will Have '16,000 Employees Working Against Him'. When likely EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt walks into his first day at the
office, "He'll have 16,000 employees working against him," Sen. James Lankford told a large gathering of libertarian donors Saturday evening.
"And I expect a flood of lawsuits over everything he does." Pruitt, who has been nominated to lead the EPA by President Donald Trump, is the
attorney general of Lankford's state, Oklahoma. He has faced fierce opposition from the environmentalist left.
Bankrolling Effort to Stop Trump's Temporary Refugee Halt Order. The flurry of anguished news stories and
protests surrounding President Trump's executive action temporarily suspending "immigrants and non-immigrants" from
"countries of particular concern" appears to be part of a coordinated PR effort financed by left-wing billionaire George
Soros. Rather than a complete "Muslim ban" as promised during the campaign, Trump's executive order contains moderate
refugee restrictions, similar to those that have been implemented by President Obama. If reports are true that restrictions
are being applied even to green-card holders, that is an unfortunate misapplication of the law that will likely soon be corrected.
backs curbing filibuster if Dems block Supreme Court pick. President Trump is urging Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.) to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if Democrats block his pick. Trump told Fox News
that he would back getting rid of the 60-vote threshold for high court nominees if he can't win over the support of at least
eight Democrats for his nominee, who is expected to be announced next week. "We have obstructionists," Trump said,
pointing to Democrats' treatment of his Cabinet nominees and their push to delay a committee vote on Sen. Jeff
Sessions's (R-Ala.) attorney general nomination.
Force Trump's Ed. Nominee To Answer 1,397 Questions In Writing — Obama's TWO Had 109, Combined. Democrats are
blocking the confirmation of Donald Trump's Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos by forcing her to answer 837 written, followup questions
from her Senate confirmation hearing. "Mrs. Devos' Senate opponents are grasping for straws," Sen. Lamar Alexander said of the
decision in a post for Medium. "We didn't have time to question her, they say, even though she met with each one of them in their offices,
and her hearing lasted nearly an hour and a half longer than either of President Obama's education secretaries."
Nominees Face 'Unprecedented' Democrat Obstructionism. President Donald Trump starts his first full week in the
White House with just two Cabinet secretaries confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That's the lowest number in decades and a
sharp contrast from former President Barack Obama. Trump's picks have fared worse than past Cabinet nominees.
Even though Trump enjoys a Republican-led Senate, Democrats have kept their promise to delay confirmation of his nominees,
even if they lack the votes to ultimately defeat them.
Schumer Says Democrats Will "Absolutely" Obstruct SCOTUS Nominee. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has only been
Democratic leader for one day, yet his media appearances show he's already way out of his depth. Last year, in his
capacity as head of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, Schumer was one of the most vocal advocates for the need
to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Yet last night [1/3/2017(?)] on MSNBC, Schumer announced that he would "absolutely"
look to block a Supreme Court confirmation indefinitely.
Now The Left's War On Normal Americans Truly Begins. The left's strategy is simple — deny normal
Americans normalcy. After all, that's what we really want, a return to normal. [...] It's what we want, and liberals
want to deny it to us in order to doom Donald Trump and reopen their path back into power. So how will they do
it? Constant resistance at every turn. They will ignore norms and rules — remember, norms and rules
are only supposed to constrain us. They will lie, cheat, and engage in any conduct that they believe will help
their hateful cause. A huge part of the progressive effort will go toward policing their own for any weakness or
faltering in their lockstep opposition to everything Trump and the GOP do.
Lt. Gov: We'll Stop Trump's Wall with Environmental Suits. President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to
build a border wall along with U.S.-Mexico Border will be challenged through environmental lawsuits, according to California's
second-highest official. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with 'The Golden State Podcast' that
he would use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California.
The Editor says...
In this case, environmental laws are being used as weapons. The matter at hand has nothing to do with the protection of the environment.
One thing politicians and environmentalists do well: they obstruct and impede their enemies' progress.
Schumer's Unprecedented, Unreasonable Demand to Slow Walk Trump's Cabinet Nominees. It may be a new year, but
Senate Democrats are continuing on a course of obstruction. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to slow
down the confirmation process of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees. In a recent Washington Post
story, Sen. Schumer indicated that his conference planned to target eight nominees, including Scott Pruitt, who is
President-elect Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.),
the nominee to serve as director of the White House Office of Budget and Management (OMB).
How liberals squelch opposing
points of view. Journalist and TV pundit Kirsten Powers has a problem with her own people — liberals.
The liberal columnist for USA Today doesn't have a problem with all liberals, just the subset she defines as the "illiberal left."
As political discourse has become more coarse, she sees growing danger.
Protesters Plan To Destroy Property And Disrupt Balls. On the day of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration protesters are
planning an anti-capitalist march, road blockades and disruptions to inauguration balls. The protests will likely include property destruction,
a source with intimate knowledge of the protest plans told The Daily Caller Friday [1/13/2017]. The blockades are not limited to roads but
will also be at every security checkpoint, the source said. The source added that the protesters blockading each checkpoint will represent
a different liberal cause such as climate change or money in politics.
planning to blockade inauguration checkpoints, 'party' outside Pence home. An anti-Donald Trump group is
planning massive disruptions for next week's inauguration covering everything from "blockades" at security checkpoints to a
"dance party" outside VP-elect Mike Pence's house, according to group leaders as well as newly obtained audio of their
apparent plans. The organization #DisruptJ20 already announced at a press conference Thursday its various plans to
wreak havoc at Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration and in the days leading up to it.
Left Means to Break This President. Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign against Donald Trump largely amounted to a
reprise of the left's attacks on Judges Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas in the 1980s. "Borking" — nice slang
for Hillary's "politics of personal destruction" (which she decried when it was employed against her husband in 1998) —
succeeded against Judge Bork. It did not work against Justice Clarence Thomas. And it demonstrably didn't work against
president-elect Trump. So what is the left going to try next, now that Borking Mr. Trump has failed? "Massive
resistance." That's what.
erupt as Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing begins. A series of protests disrupted the opening minutes of the
confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., with opponents of the nominee apparently
staggering their interruptions for maximum effect. First up were a pair of demonstrators posing as Ku Klux Klan members
masquerading as Sessions supporters, who erupted into protest at the outset in order to highlight charges of racism against him.
Historic Move, Sen. Booker to Testify Against Sessions. Sen. Cory Booker is set to make history this
week when he testifies before the Judiciary Committee against Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for attorney general in hearings
that begin Tuesday morning [1/10/2017]. Booker's office said Monday [1/9/2017] that the Senate historian had been unable to
find any previous instance of a sitting senator testifying against a fellow sitting senator nominated for a Cabinet position.
hunker down for 'permanent opposition' to Donald Trump presidency. For those stunned to see Tuesday's [1/10/2017] Senate
confirmation hearing disrupted by shouts, chants and protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members: Get used to it. President-elect
Donald Trump won't take office for another week, but Democrats and left-wing groups have already laid the groundwork for a relentless
four-year assault on his presidency, vowing to disrupt and discredit his administration long before he signs his first bill. Trump
campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have a name for it: the permanent opposition.
Real Reason Cory Booker Testified Against Jeff Sessions. Although it is not without precedent for a Senator to vote against the nomination of a
fellow Senator, never in the country's history has a sitting member of the legislative body actively testified against the confirmation of one of his or her
peers for a cabinet position. [...] "Senator Booker is putting partisan politics over legitimate policy concerns with his stunt," Congressman Chris Collins
(R-NY) said in a statement to FOXBusiness.com. "This is just the latest desperate attempt by Democrats to derail the inevitable and avoid the reality
that Americans rejected their liberal ideas on Election Day."
Sessions attorney general showdown fizzles. There was a lot of talk that the Senate Judiciary Committee's
confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions would be an epic showdown, with Democrats slashing
Sessions' record and protesters turning the historic Russell Senate Office Building hearing room into a war zone. The
buzz in the minutes before the hearing seemed to suggest something was up. A group of protesters staged a brief sit-in
in Sessions' office just down the hall. Khizr Khan, center of a white-hot controversy with President-elect Trump last
summer, showed up, talking with Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. Al Sharpton came in, after Maxine Waters, Sheila
Jackson Lee and others. A brightly dressed contingent from Code Pink took seats in the center of the spectator session.
Aims To Derail Sessions' Attorney General Confirmation. The national legal director of the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) David Cole will testify against Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing
to be the next U.S. attorney general. "The ACLU is nonpartisan, and as a matter of longstanding policy does not support
or oppose nominees for federal office. As a result, the ACLU rarely testifies in confirmation hearings," a Saturday
[1/7/2017] statement from the ACLU said. "However, the organization is taking the extraordinary step of testifying in
this hearing because Sen. Sessions' record raises significant, serious questions about his hostility to civil rights and
Chuck Schumer become Senator 'No' and wipe out his party's future? I'm amazed by the continuing stream of
negativity Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been communicating to the American people. Schumer
asserted on CNN "The only way we're going to work with him [Donald Trump] is if he moves completely in our direction and
abandons his Republican colleagues." He further warned on MSNBC that "It's hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald
Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we [Democrats] could support." Schumer knows better than to
get defined as "Senator No".
gavels down die-hard Clinton loving Democrats who launch futile protests against the electoral vote. Democrats
were shut down in their final, futile attempt to protest President-elect Donald Trump's electoral college win —
and this time it was Vice President Joe Biden wielding procedure against them. Congress met in a Joint Session Friday
to certify the electoral college, which met in December in state capitols across the country. 'It is over,' Biden said at
one point, after shutting down an array of Democrats who tried to force a debate on the certification of the vote.
Call for 'Month of Resistance' to Fight 'Fascist' Trump. Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, Ed Asner and Michael
Shannon are among the dozens of artists, entertainers, and activists who have attached their names to an effort calling for a
month-long protest to stop President-elect Donald Trump. "No! In the Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist
America!" reads a full-page ad placed in the New York Times on Wednesday [1/4/2017] by the group Refuse Fascism.
Trump Before He Takes Office. The single most enjoyable part of Trump's election (thus far) has been the
collective lefty meltdown; a glorious sight to behold. First, there were the attempts to overturn the results of the
election by way of that whole embarrassing Electoral College coup that never materialized. When the coup fell flat, the
entirety of the Democrats and establishment media woke up one Monday and miraculously, simultaneously decided that despite
zero evidence, the Russians had "hacked the election" — whatever that means. Sure they probably hacked into
the DNC's emails, but that was old news. Now, and this is probably my favorite, there's talk of impeaching Trump
before he's been sworn in.
to Fight Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee: Schumer. Suggesting that turnabout is fair play, the Senate's
new top Democrat promised Tuesday night [1/3/2017] to do his best to block whomever President-elect Donald Trump nominates to
the Supreme Court. [...] Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's March 16 nomination of U.S. Appeals Judge
Merrick Garland for more than nine months — more than twice as long as any other nomination to the court has gone
without a vote. Garland's nomination expired Tuesday as the new 115th Congress was sworn in.
president arrested in Jeff Sessions' office. The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and
other employees of the organization were arrested around 7 p.m. CST Tuesday [1/3/2017] after they refused to leave Sen. Jeff
Sessions' office in Mobile, Ala. President Cornell Brooks and three other staffers were taken into police custody after spending the day
sitting on the floor of the Republican senator's office. Brooks said they would not leave until either Sessions declined his nomination
as attorney general or they were arrested.
protest in Jeff Sessions' office. The NAACP staged a sit-in on Tuesday [1/3/2017] to protest the nomination of
conservative U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions as the nation's next Attorney General, vowing to occupy his Mobile, Alabama, office
until he withdrew as a candidate or demonstrators were arrested. Sessions, 70, has a record of controversial positions
on race, immigration and criminal justice reform. Along with the sit-in, the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP) organized demonstrations at his offices statewide to draw attention to their concerns about his
to combat Schumer nominee [and] stall with a public shaming. Senate Republicans have launched a public shaming
campaign to try to shift public opinion against Democrats' threats to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet
nominees until March. Democrats, led by new Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have repeatedly warned
that they will drag out confirmation votes with a series of procedural tactics. They say they have no qualms delaying
the Trump nominees if they feel they don't receive adequate background information and financial records and don't have
enough time to review them.
"Democrats Will Resist Trump's Picks Vehemently!" According to [a report in The Washington Post], Schumer told
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will target Trump's pick for the head of State, Sen. Jeff Sessions for
head of the Justice Department, and two other notable appointees. Democrats will also target picks for the Department
of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency.
prepare for early 'act of cowardice' with GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare. Democrats mounted a preemptive
attack as the new Congress gets ready to meet Tuesday, accusing Republicans of "cowardice" for what is expected to be an
early-session effort to repeal Obamacare. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, preparing for her fourth straight
Congress in the minority — she lost her speakership in 2010, in an anti-Obamacare backlash — now says
it's the GOP that will pay a political price if it moves to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. "You break it, you own
it," the California Democrat said.
The Editor says...
The last sentence is particularly amusing, because Obamacare is already broken, and the Democrats already own it,
since they alone implemented it, yet their only solution is more government intervention.
target eight cabinet nominees, threaten to drag out process. Senate Democrats are vowing to stall action on
eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees tasked with carrying out his economic, law enforcement and regulatory agenda, a
senior Democratic aide told CNN Monday. If carried through, the threat that could delay confirming the President-elect's
choices for months. Those targeted include secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, attorney general pick Jeff Sessions
and health and human services secretary hopeful Tom Price.
Package Expected To Be Introduced To Prevent Another Dem Sit-In. GOP House Leadership is expected to roll out a
rules change package to prevent lawmakers from doing anything similar to Democrats' anti-gun protest on the House floor in
June. Democrats broke a number of rules during the sit-in, which lasted more than 24 hours. Violations included
live streaming the event on social media and fundraising from the floor. Shortly after the occurrence, House Speaker Paul
Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy met with the sergeant at arms to review the violations to determine the best way
to address the issue. While their plans for disciplinary action took months, McCarthy assured throughout the process
repercussions would be brought forward to prevent future instances.
moves to block 'disorderly conduct' in House chamber. In a delayed response to Democrat's sit-in last summer to
protest a lack of Congressional action on gun control, House Republicans are proposing rules to punish members of Congress
who record or broadcast from the chamber floor.
Senator Boxer Attempts To Block Her Own Bill. California Tea Party activists have long battled the bureaucrats
and politicians over policies related to water. One of the most well-known of the myriad of issues is the diversion of
water from farms in the Central Valley (a major source of this nation's fruits and nuts... outside of San Francisco, that
is). One goal of this reallocation of a prime agricultural resource is the protection of a bait fish known as the Delta
Smelt. Last week, the House of Representatives easily passed a major water bill that includes emergency aid for Flint,
Mich., and boosts U.S. ports, dams and waterways. This bill, known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), was
initially co-authored by the notorious Senator Barbara Boxer, who infamously derided a Brigadier General for referring to her
Mall sites shut down for protests during inauguration. Protests scheduled to take place around President-elect
Trump's inauguration next month won't have access to the Lincoln Memorial and other sites on the National Mall. The
Guardian reported the National Park Service has filed documents securing large swaths of the Mall for inauguration events,
essentially shutting them off to protesters. While this is standard procedure for inaugurations, and would have
happened if Hillary Clinton was elected instead, it has angered some who planned to protest Trump.
Senators Stall CR, Force Federal Government into Weekend Shutdown. Senate Democrats from coal mining states
shamed their Democratic colleagues in joining them in a procedural vote Thursday that would have ended debate on the
continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through April over an extension of benefits for out-of-work coal
workers. In the Senate, there are two votes. The first vote ends debate, and that must pass with 60 votes.
The effort to extend debate is called the filibuster, which is what Senate Democrats, led by Ohio's Sherrod Brown, did when they
kept the Republicans from getting the 60 votes to end debate. The second vote on a bill merely requires a simple majority.
blocks Senate resolution for Pearl Harbor in effort to get better health deal for miners. Sens. Joe
Manchin, D-W.Va.,and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, both vulnerable senators facing re-election in 2018, took to the Senate floor to
block a host of bills and resolutions that usually sail through unnoticed. Manchin and Brown want a longer guarantee of
health benefits for miners beyond April 28. The miners' health care issue has emerged as a flashpoint on a bill to fund
the government through next spring. Funding for the government expires Friday night. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC,
repeatedly tried to get clearance from Manchin and Brown on a panoply of non-controversial bills Wednesday night. But
the Democrats repeatedly objected, effectively blocking each item.
blocks Senate resolution for Pearl Harbor in effort to get better health deal for miners. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.,and Sherrod Brown,
D-Ohio, both vulnerable senators facing re-election in 2018, took to the Senate floor to block a host of bills and resolutions that usually sail through
unnoticed. Manchin and Brown want a longer guarantee of health benefits for miners beyond April 28. The miners' health care issue has
emerged as a flashpoint on a bill to fund the government through next spring. Funding for the government expires Friday night [12/9/2016].
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, repeatedly tried to get clearance from Manchin and Brown on a panoply of non-controversial bills Wednesday night.
But the Democrats repeatedly objected, effectively blocking each item.
By California, Democrats Vow to Say 'No' to Trump — on Everything. Democrats are vowing to oppose
incoming President Donald Trump on everything — from his Cabinet nominees to his policy proposals, from his
executive orders to his Supreme Court nominations. They are doing so based on their mistaken projection of Trump as a
nascent fascist; their hysterical and self-serving delusions about being "unsafe"; and their own faulty memories of Republican
opposition to President Barack Obama. In do doing, [sic] Democrats are setting themselves up to continue to fail.
Moore: Trump 'Has No Right To Enter' White House. On Friday's [12/16/2016] broadcast of MSNBC's "All In,"
filmmaker Michael Moore argued that President-Elect Donald Trump "has no right" to enter the White House. Moore called
for "protesting, obstructing, disrupting, civil disobedience."
Black's Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, 1979, page 5.
Dems Vow to Hold Up Bills Until Vote on Coal Miners' Healthcare. After Democrats took an Election Day hit in
coal country, a group of Senate Democrats has vowed to block unanimous consent bills until a pension shortfall for retired
mine workers is addressed. Last month, 22 senators wrote to congressional leadership urging that the Miners Protection
Act, sponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), be passed before Congress leaves for the year.
Rep Ellison: House Democrats Will Do Nothing But 'Vote No' Under Trump. Minnesota Rep. Keith
Ellison, widely considered a frontrunner to be the next Democratic National Committee chair, says House Democrats will do
nothing but "vote no" in the coming years under the new Trump administration. Ellison, who has faced questions over
whether he can juggle both working in Congress and rebuilding a depleted Democratic Party, defended himself at a party meeting
on Friday [12/2/2016] by suggesting that working as a Democratic congressman won't require much effort.
for $15" protests sweeping the country. A national day of protests for a higher minimum wage is seeing demonstrations
from O'Hare Airport in Chicago to Kansas City to Los Angeles. The national "Fight For $15" protest is the latest in the fight
for a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Protesters called the day of action "Disruption Tuesday." Fast food employees, child
care teachers, graduate assistants, and others in low-wage jobs who plan to walk off their jobs in 340 cities.
Stick This in Your
Pipeline. The next radical environmental tactic is now evident for eyes to see: block all infrastructure
projects — especially oil and gas pipelines — with criminal trespass and obstruction. Having killed the
Keystone pipeline (only temporarily, now that Trump is going to approve it once he takes office), the red-greenies are trying to
stop the Dakota Access pipeline that has received all of its regulatory permits.
Green Party raises enough funds for Wisconsin recount. The former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has
raised the necessary $1.1 million to request a vote recount in Wisconsin, her campaign announced Thursday [11/24/2016].
The Midwestern state was a key battleground in the November 8 election, helping propel the Republican President-elect Donald
Trump past his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to a victory that shocked the nation.
Stein Raises Enough Money To Force Wisconsin Recount Michigan & Pennsylvania Up Next. A couple of days ago we
wrote about a group of scientists, which included voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of
the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, who announced they had found "persuasive evidence" that
results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. Of course, they presented absolutely
no evidence to support their startling claim other than to point out that Clinton received, on average, 7% fewer votes in
counties that used electronic voting machines rather than optical scanners and paper ballots. Apparently that was all
the evidence that Jill Stein needed to be convinced that she might have a chance in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan where
she received 1.1%, 0.8% and 1.1% of the vote, respectively.
The Editor says...
It's almost comical when a presidential candidate demands a recount after losing by a ratio of 99-to-1.
Obviously the recount will allow the Democrats to "find" another truckload of straight-party Democrat ballots that
weren't counted the first time. As I understand the situation, they'll need to manufacture at least 10,000
more ballots to change the outcome of the election. This effort has nothing to do with fair elections and
everything to do with friction, obstruction and disruption.
Lives Matter Plans To Block White-Owned Businesses On Black Friday. Black Lives Matter and other groups plan to
block white-owned Chicago stores on Black Friday [11/25/2016] to bring awareness about police shootings, economic issues and alleged
racism. Local churches, Black Lives Matter and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will block stores
along Michigan Avenue and prevent customers from entering stores for the second year in a row, reports Crain's Chicago Business.
A big part of the protest is to force on people that it's important to shop at businesses that aren't owned by white men, Kimberly Veal,
a leader of Black Lives Matter, said. It's not yet known who owns the businesses that will be targeted as part of this effort.
Lives Matter Activists Plan to Disrupt Black Friday Shopping in Major Cities. Black Lives Matter agitators plan
to disrupt Black Friday shopping in at least two cities this year in an attempt to draw attention to what they call
unjustified police shootings. Organizers in Chicago and Seattle are planning demonstrations that they hope will attract
thousands of protesters. In Seattle, as many as 2,700 people may attend a Black Lives Matter protest downtown on Black
Friday, according to a Facebook page set up by the "Black Freedom Front of Seattle."
Hillary Campaign Behind Push to 'Threaten Electors'. As the revolt against Donald Trump's victory Nov. 8 takes
another turn — with calls to challenge results in three states and more "faithless" electors vowing not to vote
for Trump — Hillary Clinton's lecture to Trump after the third presidential debate on the virtue of accepting
election outcomes comes to mind. When considerable attention was given to Trump's reluctance during the third
presidential debate to pledge that he would accept the results of the election, Clinton went on record stating "one of our
hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our election."
Huma Sister Trying To Undermine Legitimate Trump Victory. The sister of Huma Abedin — the longtime
aide of Hillary Clinton and estranged wife of former Democratic congressman and serial sexter Anthony Weiner —
appears to be trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimate electoral victory. Heba Abedin urged her Facebook followers
to call the Department of Justice to demand an "audit" of votes cast because "there is something really off about the
election results as they come in," according to a screenshot captured by New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali. Heba
appears to have since deleted the post.
urge Clinton camp to challenge election results in three states. [Scroll down] The group found the
Democratic nominee got 7 percent fewer voters in counties in Wisconsin that used electronic-voting machines instead of
optical scanners or paper ballots, according to the magazine. Clinton could have reportedly not received as many as
30,000 votes, which could have cost her the state, the publication reported. Clinton lost Wisconsin by about 27,000
votes. The group is saying the pattern should be looked into, though it has not found proof of hacking.
Campaign Looking into Challenging Outcome of Election to Undermine the Vote. During the weeks before the final
day of the campaign, both the Clinton camp and the media attacked Donald Trump for refusing to say he would automatically
accept the outcome of the vote on Election Day. But now Clinton's campaign chief is taking meetings with groups urging
him to do just that by considering a challenge to the final vote in several of the key states that gave Trump the White
House. Reports from several sources revealed on November 22 that Clinton campaign chief John Podesta was taking
meetings with a group claiming it had discovered "irregularities" in several counties of some of the states that Trump won.
ugly will Democrats get in smearing Jeff Sessions? Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's pick
for attorney general, will likely face a tough confirmation fight. What remains to be seen is how ugly those hearings
will get. No sooner had Sessions been named than the left — and much of the press — were tarring
the Alabama senator as a racist. The NAACP tweeted that he "supports an old, ugly history" when it comes to civil
rights. Most of this traces to 1986, when the Senate rejected his nomination for a federal judgeship, based on hearsay
testimony from two lawyers alleging he'd made racially charged statements.
new Senate leader open to filibustering Trump's Supreme Court picks. Senate Democrats' new leader claimed the
right Wednesday [11/16/2016] to filibuster Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominees, making clear Democrats won't give the president-elect
much of a honeymoon on the most significant of his upcoming appointments. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said
nominations to the high court should get support from both parties, and said the filibuster is a way to enforce that on a president.
He pointedly noted that when his party changed filibuster rules three years ago, they left intact the ability to filibuster at the Supreme
Court level. "I'll underline that we did not change the rules for Supreme Court because we thought on something as important as this,
there should be some degree of bipartisan agreement," Mr. Schumer said.
Gathering With Top Democrats in D.C to Plot Trump Resistance. Liberal billionaire George Soros is meeting
behind closed doors with top Democrats to plot a resistance strategy against President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans.
The three-day conference began Sunday at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C., and is sponsored by deep-pocketed
liberal members of the dark money Democracy Alliance donor network, Politico's Ken Vogel first reported. The
group will seek to pick up the pieces from the 2016 election, plot its strategy for upcoming elections, and map out a
game plan to battle Trump during his first 100 days in office.
Soros Prepares For Trump
War. George Soros and his fellow liberal mega-donors are currently readying the post-Hillary Clinton Democratic
party to oppose President-Elect Donald Trump. According to Politico, Soros and other key members of the so-called
"Democracy Alliance" met in Washington, DC at the Mandarin Oriental hotel on Sunday [11/13/2016] for the first day of the
group's three-day investment conference.
Sharpton Promises Donald Trump 'a Fight for the Future of This Country'. Rev. Al Sharpton warned
President-Election Donald Trump to "saddle up your horse" because he's planning to spend the eight weeks leading up to
Trump's inauguration fighting any changes that could adversely impact communities of color — starting with a rally
at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on January 14. At a special edition of his Saturday gathering and
radio address at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network [11/12/2016], Sharpton announced his plans to march on
the on the monument in Washington, D.C. just two days before the official Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and six days before
Trump's inauguration. He urged people to put pressure on the Senate to maintain the Affordable Care Act and to push back
on every proposed member of the Trump cabinet at every confirmation hearing.
groups vow to 'obstruct, delay, and halt' Donald Trump's agenda. Despite bipartisan calls for healing and unity
after a brutal presidential campaign, liberal activist groups vowed Wednesday to fight from the get-go to stop
President-elect Donald Trump's agenda. Democracy for America, a leading liberal political action committee and
dependable advocate for the Democratic Party, called for a "progressive political revolution" to stymie what it described as
Mr. Trump's racist and sexist agenda. "So let's be absolutely clear: Democracy for America will do
everything in our power to obstruct, delay and halt the attacks on people of color, women and working families that will
emerge from a Trump administration," said Charles Chamberlain, the group's executive director.
Block Upper Level of George Washington Bridge. The inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge was closed by an immigrant rights
protest on Wednesday morning [10/26/2016], snarling traffic on one of the region's most important crossings at the height of rush hour. Delays at
the bridge for traffic heading into New York from New Jersey were up to nearly 90 minutes; traffic cameras showed bumper-to-bumper traffic barely
Suicide Hotline Reform Bill Sails Unanimously Through House, Harry Reid Crushes It. The House approved GOP
Rep. David Young's bill last Monday [10/3/2016] by a vote of 357-0. Young introduced the legislation after hearing numerous
complaints from constituents that the Veterans Crisis Line, designed to provide support for veterans feeling suicidal, simply
failed to answer emails or calls. The bipartisan bill passed the House without a hitch and Democratic Sen. Amy
Klobuchar teamed up with GOP Sen. John Thune to move the legislation through the Senate. Both majority and minority
staff on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs cleared the bill, Meg Baglien, communications director for Young, told The
Daily Caller News Foundation. But a nod from the committee didn't prevent Reid from stopping the bill in its tracks, [...]
Democrats Block Zika Funding for Florida. Before adjourning for its August recess, Congress failed to approve
an emergency Zika-funding bill that would have provided $1.1 billion for Zika-related vaccines and research to local and
state health departments, and Medicaid programs. Senate Democrats blocked the bill because they say Senate Republicans
excluded funding for Planned Parenthood.
recovered Clinton emails won't go public before election. Hope you aren't waiting for the State Department to
publish every last document from Hillary Clinton's private email server before making a voting decision — you're
going to be disappointed. A federal judge has set a schedule that will only publish 1,050 pages of recently recovered
material (out of roughly 10,000 pages) by November 4th, mere days before the US presidential election on the 8th.
The Department has promised to process 500 pages per month, so you won't get the full scoop until well after the next president
The Editor says...
It is obvious to anyone with a calculator that the State Department is engaged in partisan foot-dragging until after the presidential election.
Here's why: If it takes a month to read 500 pages, that's 86 minutes per page. Does it take you an hour and a half to read
every email message you get, and figure out what it means? Is there only one person at the State Department doing this work?
pledges to veto bill forbidding ransom payments to Iran. The White House threatened Wednesday [9/21/2016] that President
Obama would veto two bills aimed at curbing the impact of his so-called "ransom" payment to Iran for the release of American hostages.
The administration issued the veto warnings against House bills, one that would forbid any future ransom payments to Iran and another that
would require public disclosure of the assets of all top Iranian leaders, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The House passed the latter
bill, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, on Wednesday night by a vote of 282-143. On the ransom measure, the White House
said the legislation is trying to solve a problem "that does not exist."
threatens veto of bill to disclose assets of Iranian leaders. The White House issued a veto threat Wednesday [9/21/2016]
against a House bill that would require the federal government to publicly report all assets held by Iran's top leaders, calling the
measure "onerous." The administration said the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act wouldn't stop Tehran from financing
terrorism or laundering money, and would spur Iranian officials even more to hide their assets. Further, the White House said
the measure could be "perceived by Iran" as an effort to undermine the administration's nuclear deal with Tehran.
appear to implicate State Dept. in cover-up on Clinton emails. The U.S. State Department waited over a year
before producing emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server despite 17 Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, "in August 2013, State Department
officials were aware of 17 FOIA requests relating to requests for Clinton correspondence, including four that 'specifically
mention emails or email accounts.' "Despite the large number of FOIA requests and growing concern among top agency
officials, the State Department did not formally request that the former secretary of state produce the emails on the
clintonemail.com server until October 2014."
expected to veto bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits against Saudi Arabia. President Barack Obama is expected to veto a
bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to file lawsuits against Saudi Arabia. White House Press Secretary Josh
Earnest said President Obama "does intend to veto this legislation," on Monday [9/12/2016] during a briefing. The veto
would be Obama's 11th during his presidency, setting up for possibly his first veto override.
from Omaha, it's Jill Stein. At the end of her talk in front of about 250 people in Omaha tonight, Green Party
candidate Dr. Jill Stein strongly hinted that if she and Gary Johnson are not included in the first debate then they
will bring 5,000 followers to the debate site and all get arrested. Apparently she had done something similar when she
ran for Governor of Massachusetts. You read it here first. And please alert the Secret Service. Stein
earned two degrees from Harvard; she can't be stupid. I went to see if she is trying to win or just running to make a
statement. In my view, if she was trying to win she would attack Hillary Clinton full bore on all fronts. So I
tossed her a softball. I stated that it is obvious that Mrs. Clinton has consistently and repeated lied to the
American people. Former US Attorney Rudy Giuliani is of the professional opinion that Madam Hillary should be indicted
under RICO for her activities with the Clinton Foundation. In light of that was she going to attack Hillary's character
down the stretch?
GOP calls on Clinton to have full State Dept schedule released. The Donald Trump campaign and Washington
Republicans are calling on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to have all of her daily schedules as secretary of
state released before Election Day, after the State Department said Friday it cannot comply with the court-ordered release
until after voting. The Associated Press reported earlier this week, after analyzing schedules released so far, that
more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton while she was secretary of state
had given money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton's run-out-the-clock strategy. She is not planning on sitting for another televised armchair
confessional to rehash regrets about a private email server. Nor is the campaign setting up the kind of war room
employed last year to discredit a book that aimed to expose a quid-pro-quo relationship between Clinton Foundation donors and
State Department officials. With 75 days until Election Day and new emails once again casting a pall over her campaign,
Hillary Clinton aims to "run out the clock," confidants say, on the latest chapters of the overlapping controversies that
have dogged her campaign since the start. According to allies and operatives close to the campaign, Clinton's team
thinks "they can ride out" any negative reaction to a set of new emails that show Clinton Foundation officials trying to
set up State Department meetings for donors during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat.
Plot Civil Disobedience, Mass Arrests, Infiltration Attempts at DNC. Over five hundred activists have pledged
to risk arrest by engaging in nonviolent mass civil disobedience at the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia
between Monday and Thursday, according to Kai Newkirk, mission director for the Democracy Spring activist group. During
an in-person interview outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia, Newkirk revealed that, besides
street protests, activists from his group will attempt to infiltrate and disrupt this week's DNC events from the inside.
Exclusive — Code
Pink Founder: We'll Try to Infiltrate, Disrupt RNC. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the infamous Code Pink
leftwing antiwar activist group, admitted in an interview with this reporter that her organization will attempt to infiltrate
the Republican National Convention here this week with the goal of disrupting the event. Code Pink has a history of
infiltrating and briefly disrupting events, including the confirmation hearing for CIA Director John Brennan; a Senate
hearing at which Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was testifying about the threat posed by the Islamic State; Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's 2011 address to Congress, and many others.
White People Arrested for Being Tools of Black Lives Matter. A group of self-hating white people decided to
become tools of the Black Lives Matter movement and block Interstate 95 in Richmond Monday [7/18/2016]. At least
a dozen protesters blocked off all southbound lanes around 5:45 p.m. and draped a sign on the overpass.
Down the Left. The Left, by faithfully executing the strategy as laid out by Saul Alinsky, are now the dominant
political and social force in The United States. However, the one factor that none of the icons of the American
Progressive movement bothered to consider was: what are they going to do with a nation the size and population of a
continent, with a long history of independence and free enterprise, once they vanquished an increasingly spineless
opposition? They do not know how to be or what to do as the new governing class. They are incapable of governance
as they can only oppose, topple and demagogue. Thus, they are destined to fail. Unfortunately, with that failure
will come additional suffering, chaos and displacement for the American people.
Dems block votes on immigration issues, including sanctuary cities. The Republican-controlled Senate failed
Wednesday to advance efforts to change federal immigration law — including one to cut funding to so-called
sanctuary cities. The vote was 53-44, failing to get the minimum 60 votes to begin debate on the issue. The
measure attempted to block congressional funding for sanctuary cities — municipalities that ban police from
cooperating with immigration officials to potentially deport illegal immigrants. Senate Republicans also failed to get
enough votes to advance their proposed Kate's Law — named after Kate Steinle, who was fatally shot in July 2015,
allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had multiple felony convictions and was deported several times prior to the incident.
Black Caucus to 'Cause Chaos' on the House Floor Over Guns. What more do these Congressional Black Caucus goons
want? Paul Ryan has already caved and will allow a House vote on gun confiscation. Apparently that's not good
enough for the racist Congressional Black Caucus. They plan to "cause chaos" and are urging other fascist Democrats to
join them all over gun control and confiscation.
Administration Wants to Keep Clinton Foundation Emails Hidden Until Late 2018. The Obama Administration is
already infamous for slow-walking information requests, causing investigations to drag out for years, and then complaining
loudly about how long the investigations are taking! But they've really outdone themselves this time. The Justice
Department has filed a motion in court, on behalf of the State Department, seeking to keep a vast trove of correspondence between
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's aides, and the notorious Clinton Foundation, hidden from voters' eyes for 27 months...
in other words, until October 2018, about halfway through President Hillary Clinton's prospective first term.
Gore's daughter arrested in Boston pipeline protest. Organizers say the daughter of former Vice President Al
Gore was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a Boston pipeline under construction. The arrests happened
Wednesday at the site of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline. Forty-two-year-old Karenna Gore was among
demonstrators that tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench.
Admin Tells Florida Agencies To Deny Public Records Requests On Orlando Attack. While Attorney General Loretta
Lynch holds firm to her claim that the motive of Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen may never be known, the FBI is instructing
Florida agencies that responded to the attack that night to deny requests for public records pertaining to the case.
Mateen called police several times during the three hour ordeal to declare his allegiance to ISIS, yet only a fraction of his
discussions with authorities that night have been released to the public — first an edited version, than an
unedited one. In response to a lawsuit by local media seeking the release of the 911 audio, the Seminole County
Sheriff's Office released a letter they got from the FBI instructing them to deny all requests for information and refer
news outlets seeking information to the feds, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
asks agencies who responded to Pulse to deny records requests. The FBI has asked law enforcement agencies who
responded to Pulse nightclub to withhold records from the public, according to officials. A June 20 letter from the
FBI, attached to the City or Orlando's lawsuit over withholding 911 calls and other records from 25 media outlets including
the Orlando Sentinel, was also sent to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office with instructions pertaining to how they should
respond to records requests. The letter requests that agencies deny inquiries and directs departments to "immediately
notify the FBI of any requests your agency received" so "the FBI can seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels,
Department Won't Release Clinton Foundation Emails for 27 Months. Department of Justice officials filed a
motion in federal court late Wednesday [6/29/2016] seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton's four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that
Bill Clinton helped launch. If the court permits the delay, the public won't be able to read the communications until October 2018,
about 22 months into her prospective first term as President. The four senior Clinton aides involved were Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin.
Department seeks 27-month delay for release of Clinton Foundation emails. The State Department has sought to
delay the court-ordered release of emails between four of Hillary Clinton's top aides and officials at the Clinton Foundation
and a closely associated public relations firm. The motion, filed in federal court by the Justice Department late
Wednesday, seeks to put off the release of the emails by 27 months. It was first reported on by The Daily Caller.
In the filing, the State Department says it originally estimated that approximately 6,000 emails and other documents were exchanged
between the aides — identified as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, former Ambassador-At-Large
Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin — and the Clinton Foundation and
Teneo Holdings, a communications shop that former President Bill Clinton helped launch.
Why Hillary Is Stalling
Her FBI Interview. James Comey, the straight-arrow director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is eager to
wind up his investigation of Hillary's use of an unsecure email system, but he can't do that until he and Justice Department
prosecutors sit down with Hillary and interview her. Hillary says that neither she nor her campaign have been contacted
by the FBI. But that is not true. Negotiations have been going on for quite some time between the FBI and Hillary's
attorney, David Kendall, who went to law school with Hillary and defended Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial.
Ryan: I won't tolerate another sit-in from Democrats. After Democrats held what the Speaker of the House
has called a fundraising stunt last week, some Republicans have recommended he file ethics charges against anyone who
violated House rules. Ryan doesn't seem ready to go there quite yet but he did tell WISN news that if Democrats
try it again his response will be different: [...]
activists stage blockade to stop deportations. Immigrant rights activists attempted to block the road to
federal immigration agents' headquarters in Atlanta on Monday, demanding President Obama stop deporting anymore illegal
immigrants after last week's Supreme Court stalemate. Led by the Not1More campaign, which webcast the protest, the
demonstrators called Mr. Obama to hamstring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the deportation agency,
saying it's up to the administration to protect illegal immigrants now.
Will Overcome The Constitution. Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of
gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in,
demanding that Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the
Constitution. It was quite the scene. There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing "We Shall Overcome" while
demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the American Civil Liberties Union have "strongly" argued
would undermine civil liberties. As of this writing, no participant has been beaten down by the cops or thrown into a
dank cell, although iPhones were probably getting perilously low on juice for those who'd forgotten their chargers.
Democrats Clueless on Gun Bills. Congressional Democrats emerged from the Capitol building Thursday afternoon [6/23/2016]
from their 25-hour long "sit-in" in the House of Representatives sleepy but satisfied with what they'd accomplished. They may not have
secured a vote on gun control legislation they were demanding in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, but they had grabbed headlines across
the media that portrayed the their gun control ploy as a historic civil rights crusade. To the tune of "We Shall Overcome," members of
the Democratic caucus sang outside the Capitol: "We shall pass a bill, some day."
in, shut up and disarm: The Democratic response to terrorism. If you are old enough, you remember how
campus after campus in the 1960s had the president's office "occupied" by students who would rather be making demands for
"social justice" than actually attending class. These ruffians were loud, petulant and self-righteous, and they
considered their issues more important than civil behavior, the rights of others or common decency. Sound
familiar? That's because, if you follow the timeline from the late 1960s to now, you will discover that many of those
unwashed radicals or their younger siblings are running everything from major corporations to, yep, Congress. And the
lesson they learned is that if you are loud enough and obnoxious enough for long enough, you just may be able to get your way
gun control sit-in a media coup, but party gets a pass on disruption. [Scroll down] Unlike the Senate,
where anyone can filibuster, the majority party rules the House with an iron hand. So Ryan was basically on target in
telling CNN the move was a "publicity stunt." The speaker, like Nancy Pelosi before him, can keep any bill he wants off the
floor. What's more, and some of the stories acknowledged this, if there had been a vote, the Democrats would have lost,
just as they failed to win approval for four Senate measures, two sponsored by each party. So this is pure protest
politics. Back in 2008, when Democrats ran the House, the GOP tried to block an adjournment, refusing to leave while
insisting on a vote on an energy bill. Pelosi was dismissive, accusing the Republicans of "obstructing common-sense
proposals." She and her party left town for summer recess anyway, darkening the chamber and having the C-SPAN cameras
Schumer, world-class hypocrite. [Senator] Schumer, along with several other Senators and numerous members of the
House, staged a 24-hour "sit-in" on the House floor to demand votes on gun control. (Yes... Democrats actually believe
that stripping the American people of their Second and Fifth Amendment rights is a "civil rights" issue justifying a 1960s-style
sit-in.) Predictably, milquetoast "establishment Republican" speaker Paul Ryan refused to have the protesters arrested or
removed by the House sergeant-at-arms. So the Democratic protesters got away with their misbehavior. Now, dear reader,
what do you suppose would happen to you if you joined a conservative group that employed 1960s-style sit-in tactics to
oppose — oh, let's say, abortion — in front of an abortion clinic? Well, it just so happens that
we know the answer to that question, because a lot of people did exactly that in the early 1990s. And the very same
Chuck Schumer who was part of the "sit-in" for gun control yesterday threw the book at them.
Cameras & Sit-Ins: A Fun Lesson in Selective Amnesia & Hypocrisy. Ah, those eeeeevil Republicans... embracing Orwellian
censorship by shutting off C-SPAN cameras to hide the world from democracy in action and of Democrats in the House who via a sit-in were simply
trying to do the right thing on gun control measures. Even the barely-relevant Trevor Noah got into the act with the usual bias by omission
(some call that "dishonesty") by mocking Ryan for cutting off the feed without ever mentioning the precedent behind it. No matter... he's
allegedly just a comedian, right? [...] Of course, never once in the [Boston] Globe's pious preaching on censorship did they once include this
little tidbit from 2006. [...]
Tom DeLay: I Would've Filed Ethics Charges Over
Sit-in. There was a jubilant, circus-like atmosphere outside of the U.S. House chamber on Thursday afternoon [6/23/2016], as Democrats brought
an end to their day-long "sit-in" over gun control. But one man walking past the bullhorns and cheers found the scene repellant. It was former
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. If the Sugar Land Republican were still running the show at the U.S. Capitol, he said, he would've had no mercy for
the Democrats participating.
The Symbolic Self-Liquidation
Of The Democratic Sit-In. The House gun control stunt has all the trappings of a sit-in protest. Because they're, you know, sitting on the
floor and all. But what are they occupying? Their own legislative chamber. [...] Ah, but if they sat in the chairs, this would look exactly
like any ordinary day in the House of Representatives, and it would be obvious that nothing brave or interesting is happening. Then there are the
copious quantities of food that make the whole think look like a catered picnic.
Are Elected Morons Sitting On The Floor In The House Of Representatives. Why? Because they're unhappy
that no gun-grabbing legislation is moving. The Speaker, Paul Ryan, did a great job dealing with this. The House
gavelled into recess, and since it did that C-SPAN's cameras got turned off. And there was no live coverage of John
Lewis' babblings and bad Martin Luther King impressions while sitting on his fat rump.
Trumpet Democratic Sit-In, Twist House Rules to Trash Republicans. On Wednesday [6/22/2016], House Democrats
staged a sit-it on the House floor trying bring their failed Senate bills to a vote in the House. Many are calling
their actions a publicity stunt, and they seem to be right. All three of the liberal networks were glued to Capitol
Hill during their evening broadcasts. "The dramatic sit-in on Capitol Hill," ABC's David Muir touted on World News
Tonight, "Sitting down, demanding action on gun control." The sit-in also gave them the opportunity to trash House
Republicans. "And as funerals continue for the 49 who were murdered, Democrats today seized the floor of the House of
Representatives, demanding that the Republican majority allow a vote on gun control," stated CBS' Scott Pelley on Evening
News, trying to shame the opposition.
Read that last sentence again. Why would funerals still be underway ten days after the murders? -->
John Lewis: It's OK to Break House Rules 'To Uphold a Greater Law, a Moral Law'. Supported by President
Obama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) justified Democrats' disruption of House business on Wednesday [6/22/2016] by saying,
"It is always right to do right." Applying 1960s tactics to the ongoing gun control debate, Lewis led Democrats in a
noisy sit-in on the House floor, demanding a vote on gun control legislation that Republicans refuse to bring up.
Sit-In: A Brief Tutorial on How American Government Works Now. For those of you who may still be laboring
under the illusion that we live in something resembling the antiquated notion of a constitutional republic, allow me to
enlighten you about how things have changed since your high school government class. Here's how the legislative branch
works now: When the Democrats are in power they get everything they want, even if it means ramming through legislation
in the middle of the night and twisting the rules until they are virtually unrecognizable. When the Republicans are in
power, the Democrats still get everything they want because the Republicans basically just hand it to them to avoid being
called racists or misogynists. When they don't get what they want, Democrats throw temper tantrums and hold their
breath until they get what they want. Either way, they win. Always. This is definitely not how I learned
it in government class, but trust me, this is how it works now.
To Avoid Islamic Terrorism — Democrats Sit On House Floor, Pout and Whine Against Guns. If you were
paying attention early 2011 you might remember the Wisconsin "Fleebaggers". The Fleebaggers were Wisconsin Senate Democrats
who lost the November 2010 election and lost control of the Wisconsin Senate. In an effort to avoid voting in the
minority, the Democrats literally left the state of Wisconsin, and went to stay in hotels in Illinois, in an effort to shut
down the legislative session. The same mindset is applied today in Washington DC as national Democrats begin staging
a sit-in in an effort to force House Republicans to bring up legislation on gun control measures.
Has Field Day with House Democrats' Temper Tantrum. In case you missed it, House Democrats staged a sit-in
Wednesday to push for gun sale restrictions. They vowed to stay on the House floor until Republicans allow a vote on
gun control legislation, in what they called an "unprecedented" move. But the political endeavor quickly turned into a
running internet joke once pictures emerged from the House chambers. The "sit-in" started to look more like a daycare
with Democrats throwing a temper tantrum.
'The Second Amendment needs some changing'. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., called for a revision of the Second
Amendment during Wednesday's [6/22/2016] "sit-in" on the House floor, which has shut down the House while Democrats demand a
vote on gun control legislation.
stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote. Dozens of House Democrats staged a "sit-in" on the House floor
Wednesday in protest of GOP leadership's refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre.
Led by Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and John Larson (D-Conn.), more than 40 Democrats walked into the
chamber just before noon and pledged to "occupy" the House floor until GOP leadership allowed a vote. Their numbers over
the course of an hour more than tripled — even as Republicans recessed the House, turning off CSPAN cameras and the
video feed to the public. Democrats countered the TV camera blackout by streaming everything on their cell phones, which
ended up on C-SPAN anyway.
Block Sensible Gun Proposals In Senate. This afternoon [6/20/2016], the Senate voted on four proposals for
increased gun control, two submitted by Republicans and two by Democrats. All four went down to defeat, although both
Republican bills had majority support. Senator Chuck Grassley proposed legislation that would have increased funding
for the NICS background check system, and would have pressed states to send more records to the FBI on felons and others
barred from buying guns. It also revamped language that prohibits some people with mental health problems from buying
guns. Grassley's bill had majority support, 53-47, but wasn't passed because the Democrats filibustered it.
take over floor to protest Senate inaction on gun control. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and other
Democrats have taken over the Senate floor to call for tougher gun control laws and specifically action on keeping people on
terrorist watchlists from buying firearms. "I'm prepared to stand on this floor and talk about the need for this body
to come together on keeping terrorists away from getting guns ... for, frankly, as long as I can, because I know that we can
come together on this issue," Murphy said in beginning the filibuster on Wednesday [6/15/2016]. Murphy began speaking
at about 11:20 a.m., and the filibuster was still going at 2 p.m.
Dems skipped FBI's brief on Orlando to join filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday [6/16/2016] that many
Senate Democrats skipped the FBI's classified briefing on Wednesday about the Orlando shooting attack that killed dozens, and instead chose to participate
in a "filibuster" over gun control. "Senate Republicans attended and asked serious questions," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "A rather
significant group of Senate Democrats skipped it, skipped the briefing altogether for a campaign talkathon out here on the Senate floor, which also
prevented us from going forward on the bill."
shout down Paul Ryan after Orlando shooting moment of silence. Shouting erupted Monday evening [6/13/2016] on
the House floor after a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando massacre as Democrats demanded that the House
consider gun control legislation. After the brief moment of silence that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, called for,
Democrats began shouting from one side of the chamber, interrupting Ryan. Ryan's office only tweeted out a clip of the
moment of silence, but not the shouting that followed.
Democrats consider every public meeting to be a shouting match. House
Democrats Protest Moment of Silence for Orlando Victims to Demand Gun-Control Legislation. A moment of silence
held in the House to honor victims of the mass shooting in Orlando didn't quite proceed as House Speaker Paul Ryan had
anticipated. On Monday, following the moment of silence, the House floor erupted in shouts of "Where's the bill?" as
frustrated House Democrats protested their colleagues' inaction when it comes to gun-control legislation. After the
moment of silence ended, Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina requested recognition. "I am really concerned
that we have just today had a moment of silence and later this week the 17th..." Clyburn said before he was interrupted by
a question from Ryan.
replies to GOP subpoena with one blacked-out page. Department of Health and Human Services officials have only
released "one heavily redacted page of one document" in response to congressional subpoenas about the funding of a disputed
Obamacare program, and HHS staff has refused to communicate with congressional investigators, House Republicans charged
Tuesday [5/31/2016]. "The pattern of conduct to this point suggests that the department intends to frustrate our
legitimate efforts to conduct oversight of the Basic Health Program," House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred
Upton, R-Mich., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, wrote to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.
Clinton aide moves to block release of deposition video. Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills,
is asking a federal judge to order a conservative group not to release audio or video recordings of a deposition Mills is
scheduled to give Friday [5/27/2016] about Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
upends 9/11 Saudi suit bill at 11th hour. Last week's unanimous passage of a Senate bill making it easier for
9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia and other foreign terror sponsors was widely heralded as a major victory. It's more
of a cruel hoax. It turns out that just before the vote, Sen. Charles Schumer and other proponents of the Justice
Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act stuffed an amendment into the final draft allowing the attorney general and secretary of
state to stop any litigation against the Saudis in its tracks.
House snubs Chaffetz, refuses to let aide testify after controversial Iran remarks. The White House confirmed
Monday [5/16/2016] that Obama adviser Ben Rhodes will not be allowed to testify before House lawmakers on the Iran nuclear
deal, after a last-ditch attempt by Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz to pry the controversial aide loose for the
hearing. Chaffetz and the White House have been engaged in an escalating feud, all on the heels of a New York Times
Magazine piece where Rhodes was quoted boasting about the administration's success in crafting a public narrative for the
Iran deal. The profile on Rhodes quotes him saying they built an "echo chamber" of experts who sold that narrative to
young, often inexperienced reporters.
Watch Lawsuit Uncovers More Hillary Clinton Emails Withheld from State Department. Judicial Watch today [5/5/2016] released new State
Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages) that again appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton that, "as far as she knew," all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her clintonemail.com
system until March 18, 2009. Judicial Watch recently released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into
question her statements about her emails.
Organize to Silence Border Patrol Agents Over Trump Endorsement. Radical leftists pushing for an open borders agenda are attempting to
destroy the ability of over 80 percent of our nation's Border Patrol agents to speak out and sound the alarm to the public and to Congress.
The Huffington Post reported that the open-borders extremist group, Not1More, is a "prominent immigrants rights group" and that they were behind an
effort to have the AFL-CIO kick out the National Border Patrol Council from its ranks. Not1More derives its name from the idea that "not one
more" illegal alien should be deported from the U.S.
Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer. Liberals do a poor job of defending their beliefs with facts, logic or
debate, but they have become unparalleled masters at keeping their opponents' side of the argument from being presented at
all. We have kids who are never exposed to conservatism in high school who go to college where the professors are
liberal; then they graduate and get their information from their local paper and all TV outlets except for Fox which are
liberal, and they watch ostensibly non-political Hollywood-produced liberal movies and TV shows that reinforce left-wing
viewpoints. As if that isn't enough, liberals go to great lengths to convince people that their opponents are so
cruel, evil, racist and despicable that their arguments are tainted by default and shouldn't be considered at all.
Manifesto. Once upon a time, political correctness was an inside joke on elite campuses. Twenty-five years
ago, it referred to outlandish arguments at Cornell and Oberlin about whether to celebrate "Womyn's Herstory Month" or ban the
word "Oriental." Now it's become something far more serious. It grew and grew, breaking out of the college elite to
universities everywhere, and then eventually to the government and all of civil society. It now stands as a system to
silence people who oppose the power brokers' cultural agendas; it punishes dissenters through defamation, intimidation, a new
McCarthyism, and even threats of outright violence. Nothing we debate matters if Americans can't have a real debate.
And we can't have a debate on anything as long as political correctness blockades us.
Obama denied a record 77 percent of FOIA requests. The Obama administration has set a new record for rejecting
Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a report published Friday [3/18/2016]. The administration censored
materials or rejected requests for access in a record 596,095 cases, or 77 percent of the time, according to the annual
review conducted by the Associated Press. That's an increase of 12 percent since Obama's first year in office.
Obama to GOP: Do As I Say, Not As I
Did. Start with President Barack Obama, who, in introducing Judge Merrick Garland as his choice to replace Justice Antonin
Scalia on the big bench, asked the Senate "to give him a fair hearing and then an up-or-down vote." He told senators: "If you
don't, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate's constitutional duty, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming
judges that is beyond repair. It will mean everything is subject to the most partisan of politics — everything." You'd
never guess Obama not only voted against Chief Justice John Roberts but also supported a filibuster — that is, he opposed an
up-or-down vote — to thwart the confirmation of Samuel Alito in 2005. Hillary Clinton also opposed Roberts and supported
an Alito filibuster. Both Roberts and Alito won confirmation with Democratic support — which tells you they were qualified
but not immune to the sort of partisan opposition that Obama now finds distasteful.
Times Democrats Vowed To Block Republican Court Nominees. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) has
vowed to block any of lame-duck President Obama's Supreme Court nominations. The media have taken to acting as if this
move is unprecedented, and that a senator has never publicly stated he would intentionally block a presidential nomination.
Not true. Not only have there been several lengthy Supreme Court vacancies, but there are plenty of past instances when
senators refused to confirm a president's nominations. Here are 10 other times Democrats vowed to block Republican court
Passed A 1960 Resolution To Prevent Supreme Court Appointment Ahead Of Election. In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death, President
Barack Obama said he plans on nominating a successor despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's vow not to fill the seat until the election is over.
While Democrats in the upper chamber — including Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, both of which called for
blocking former President George W. Bush's nominations — have slammed the GOP for its decision not to consider a nominee until after a new
president is elected, Democrats have not always held that stance. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution in 1960 preventing a recess appointment,
much to the dismay of Republicans.
Inspector General: Powerful Democrat Women Standing in the way of Hillary Indictment. Former Inspector General
Howard J. Krongard says the current FBI investigation should be focused on how material made it from the classified email
system, known as SIPRNet, to Clinton's unclassified private server. "It can't just jump from one system to the other.
Someone had to move it, copy it. The question is who did that?" Krongard tells the New York Post. [...] Even if the FBI
decides Clinton holds the ultimate responsibility for creating the private server, "It will never get to an indictment," Krongard
tells the Post. The decision to act on the FBI's recommendation would have to pass through, "four loyal Democrat
women." Krongard is referring to Loretta Lynch and her deputies Leslie Caldwell and Sally Yates. In addition, Valerie
Jarrett, one of President Obama's top advisers, could weigh in.
probes Clinton aide's refusal to cooperate with investigators. A top aide to Hillary Clinton "refused" to cooperate with
investigators looking into whether the Clinton team suppressed a 2012 records request that could have exposed their private email use
years before a separate congressional inquiry did so, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Monday [2/1/2016]. The Senate Judiciary Committee
chairman raised concerns about the role Cheryl Mills, then-chief of staff to Clinton, played in blocking a Freedom of Information Act
request for Clinton's email use in a pair of letters to the State Department and the agency's inspector general Monday [2/1/2016].
Democrats in Congress waste $2 million protecting Clinton on Benghazi. For months, Democrats in Congress have been accusing Republican
lawmakers of wasting taxpayer dollars investigating Hillary Clinton's actions leading up to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi,
Libya, in 2012. But new information about the inner-workings of the investigation shows that Democrats are the ones wasting money, all in the
name of protecting Clinton's presidential bid. Matt Wolking, spokesman for the House Select Committee on Benghazi, says that roughly $2 million
of the $5.5 million spent by the committee on the investigation is money wasted as a result of Democrats trying to stifle the effort.
Neglect to Cover Senate Democrats Blocking Passage of Bipartisan Syrian Refugee Bill. On Wednesday night, the
major broadcast networks failed to cover the move by Senate Democrats earlier in the day to filibuster the bipartisan Syrian
refugee legislation that had passed the House in November with the help of 47 Democrats that would have tightened restrictions
to more thoroughly vet refugees from the war-torn region seeking to enter the U.S. Overall, the vote failed to hit the 60 votes
needed to overcome the fatal blow by Senate Democrats as the final tally was only 55 to 43.
Lives Matter Protester Says Disrupting Christmas Travel Is 'A Good Idea'. Black Lives Matter organizer Asha
Long says that disrupting air travel is not a bad thing: "I think it's important for that we realize people who are upset
about missing their air, their flight, that many black lives are disrupted every day." Appearing on "CNN Newsroom" with
Carol Costello on Thursday [12/24/2015], Long was unable to provide statistics to back up her claims arguing, "I do not have statistics
but I do have lived experience which is just as valid."
Environmentalist Crusade Against Progress and Technology Aims at Making Man's Life a Hell on Earth. Energy
lights our homes and cities, keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter, moves our cars, ships, trains and airplanes, powers
our industries and factories, and creates all the material goods on which our lives depend. The whole of our civilization
depends upon the production and use of energy. But there is not a single viable energy source that Environmentalism does not
attack. [...] It is important to note that environmentalists offer no alternative solutions to our needs of energy. All of
their efforts aim instead at banning, stopping, restricting and reversing all progress. There is not a single industry or
technology that Environmentalism does not attack, directly or indirectly.
Reid Objects to Bill That Would Ban Taxpayer Funding for Portrait of Harry Reid. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.)
objected to legislation that would prevent taxpayer funding from going towards oil paintings for members of government such as Harry Reid,
Wednesday [11/18/2015]. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) attempted to pass his bill to ban funding for official portraits of the president,
vice president, cabinet members, and Congress by unanimous consent. Reid, who is retiring after his term ends in 2016, objected,
preventing the legislation's passage. The Senate honors its former majority and minority leaders with portraits after they leave office.
Mount Third Filibuster Against Bill to Pay Troops, Fund Military. Remember, the ostensible reason that
Democrats have engaged in this obstruction over recent months — which also entailed filibustering the Veterans
Affairs appropriations bill — was to exploit the troops and veterans as leverage to force Republicans to agree to
higher federal spending on unrelated matters. It was a cynical play, but thanks in part to President Obama's hyper-partisan
veto, it worked. Leadership in both houses huddled together and hammered out a noxious budget deal that raised spending caps
on both defense and domestic discretionary spending, relying on gimmicks to "pay for" the increased outlays. In other words,
Democrats got what they wanted.
Cruz illegal immigration crackdown blocked by Democratic leader Reid. Senate Democrats rejected an effort to push back
against sanctuary cities Wednesday, denying a request by Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz to immediately begin debating a
bill to impose mandatory minimum federal sentences on repeat-illegal immigrants. Just a day after the "sanctuary sheriff" in San
Francisco, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, lost his bid for re-election in large part due to his stance on the issue, Mr. Cruz tried to force
the debate onto the national level.
and GOP Senator Mark Kirk team up to block 'sanctuary cities' law. This is what having a GOP majority and
gutless, go-along-to-get-along leadership in the Senate gets you. [...] The idea that cities can create no-go zones for the
enforcement of US immigration laws, our own equivalent of Parisian suburbs where the national law does not run, is bizarre.
It is doubly bizarre as the Supreme Court has ruled that states and municipalities have to defer to the federal government on
Democrats mull exit from Benghazi
panel: House member. Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel set up to investigate the 2012 Benghazi
attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic member of the
panel told Reuters on Tuesday [10/20/2015].
BS — Democrats Begin Coordinated Campaign of Obfuscation. Representative Elijah Cummings has
produced a 124 page report intended to defend Hillary Clinton in advance of her congressional testimony on Thursday
[10/22/2015]. The strategy is for all Democrat operatives, campaign officials, media pundits and spokespeople
to use the Cummings report in their defense of Clinton.
lawmaker: Dems' obstruction slowing Benghazi probe. Responding to criticism that the investigation into the Benghazi attack has
stretched on longer than the Watergate investigation, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said Sunday [10/18/2015] that the committee has been working
for so long because of obstruction on the part of Democrats. "What's taken us so long is Democrats on the committee and in this
administration have played hide the ball," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We would have been happy to move more quickly but
we were met with obstruction all along the way."
puzzling priorities: Veto threat for defense bill, thumbs up to billions for Iran. Each year, Congress takes up
the National Defense Authorization Act, the bill to authorize funds for our nation's military and our national defense. [...] Right
now, the president is threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, even though it meets the funding levels he
requested. Despite the fact this legislation passed Congress with strong bipartisan support, including the approval of
70 senators, the president is threatening to veto it in part because Congress isn't granting him more funding for government
agencies like the IRS and EPA.
Trey Gowdy Smacks Elijah
Cummings Around Over Leaks/Stonewalling on Benghazi Committee. This is pure political gold — you just have to read
Trey Gowdy's letter to Elijah Cummings. He deftly smacked him alongside the head over the Benghazi Committee and his leaks and
stonewalling techniques that have done nothing but throw sand in the gears of the proceedings. It was epic and masterful.
Gowdy simply eviscerated Cummings. I think he obliterated the two brain cells the man had left. The Democrats have done
nothing but throw baseless allegations around concerning the Benghazi Committee. They have not called one new witness in months.
No document requests have been made either. Cummings and his fellow Marxists finagled their way onto the committee to drag it down
and kill it procedurally. It was all arranged and pre-planned. The only ones mischaracterizing testimony here are the
Democrats. It's what they do.
Democrat education forum cancelled when not a single candidate agrees to attend. Back in August, a half dozen
of the GOP presidential candidates dutifully showed up for an Iowa forum on education reform to present their plans on the
issue to the voters. A similar event is scheduled for the Democrats this month. Or perhaps I should say that it was
scheduled. The event is now pretty much canceled because not one of the Democrats running for the White House was
willing to show up.
Dems block GOP bill that would curb late abortions. Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican effort to ban
late-term abortions on Tuesday [9/22/2015] as GOP leaders strained to avoid a government shutdown in eight days over the
dispute — all against a tangled backdrop of presidential politics.
Try to Block Planned Parenthood Videos at House Hearing. House Republicans showed the gruesome Planned Parenthood
videos in a hearing today [9/17/2015]. Democrats tried to block them. The hearing in the House subcommittee on health
of the Committee on Energy and Commerce was to consider proposals to expand protections for unborn children who survive an abortion
and also the federal ban on partial birth abortion. Reps. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Renee Elmers (R-NC) want the
Congress to give states the right to withhold federal funding, especially Medicaid funding, if an abortion provider is even
suspected to violating either the Infants Born Alive Protection Act or the Partial Birth Abortion Act.
The Editor says...
Sounds like we're getting mixed signals from the Associated Press: Did the Democrats block the vote, or did they overcome ferocious Republican opposition?
The obscene drive to avoid any Senate
vote on the Iran deal. Whether to approve the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran is the most important question to face Congress in
years — yet the president wants to stop the Senate from even debating it. [...] The Senate calls itself "the world's greatest
deliberative body." And the Constitution requires Senate consent for the approval of treaties. Obama's already done an end-run
around the treaty rules. Will Senate Democrats enable even worse — a total mockery of Congress' role?
Schultz blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting: report. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz blocked consideration of a resolution at the party's summer meeting that would have praised President Obama
and backed the his nuclear deal with Iran, The Washington Post reported Saturday [8/29/2015], citing unnamed sources.
Obama Averages One Veto Threat Every Five Days. President Obama spent years tarring
House Republicans as the cause of a "do-nothing" Congress, but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R., Calif.) has turned that critique back on him. Obama welcomed the new Congress by issuing
veto threats about once every five days, on average, McCarthy's team points out.
Leader Harry Reid to Attempt Historic Filibuster on Override of Keystone Veto. In
another example of Democrats playing the role of obstructionists, Harry Reid will force the Senate
to go through procedural hurdles to delay Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from bringing up the
president's Keystone XL veto for an override vote. Last week, President Obama vetoed the popular
bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline bill passed by the Senate. This week, the Senate is planning a
vote to override the president's veto. Democrats, led by Minority Leader Harry Reid, are set to
revoke normal order and attempt to filibuster the override of the President's veto message. The
cloture vote on a veto message will be the first in the history of the United States Senate.
Should Declare War on the Mainstream Media. Unlike Harry Reid when he was majority leader, Mitch
McConnell is willing to entertain amendments proposed by the minority and vote them up or down. The
Democrats will have none of it. Three times the measure has been brought up and three times the
Democratic minority has used the filibuster to prevent debate from even beginning.
Breaches Bipartisan Deals. Among so many of President Obama's flaws, near the top of
the list is that he has never understood the art of the deal. [...] Obama rejected the convention of
reaching across the aisle from the very start. In his first two years in office this White House
never moved an inch in the GOP's direction and passed his major bills on stimulus and Obamacare without
a single Republican vote. Those bills were written with zero input from Republicans and when asked
why, he haughtily lectured "we won the election." Then he pouts the Republicans were no help.
Dems block immigration bill for third day in a row. Senate Democrats on Thursday
[2/5/2015] blocked, for the third time in as many days, a Homeland Security spending measure that
would also torpedo President Obama's executive actions on immigration. Similar to the previous two
votes, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) joined nearly every Senate Democrat in opposing the roughly $40 billion
spending bill. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from "yes" to "no" in order to
preserve his ability to bring the measure to the floor again.
Obama Admin Delays Deportation Hearings for Thousands of Illegals Until 2019.
Thousands of illegal immigrants will remain in the United States for at least five more years after
the Justice Department moved their deportation hearings to 2019 — at the earliest.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice "has begun sending out notices
to thousands of immigrants awaiting hearings that their cases will be pushed back nearly five years,"
and "began notifying employees in the immigration court system last week that nonpriority cases were
being bumped off the court docket and would get a Nov. 29, 2019, court date, which happens to be
But in the meantime, go get a driver's license and some food stamps. Immigrants
could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved. Thousands of immigrants seeking
legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by
the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.
The big problem with
Obama's veto threats. This project has been mired in controversy and delay for years.
But it actually has supporters on both sides of the aisle, including labor unions on the left and free-market
conservatives on the right. It's largely just liberal environmentalists who are pressuring Democrats
to hold things up. But Obama's own State Department produced an environmental impact statement long
ago green-lighting the project.
Hoeven: Keystone is all about jobs and only Obama's in the way. Along with roads,
rail, and transmission lines, pipelines like the Keystone XL are part of a comprehensive national
energy plan. The pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day, including 100,000 barrels of
domestic oil from North Dakota and Montana. Working with one of our closest friends and allies,
Canada, we can achieve true North American energy security at home, and at the same time help our
allies abroad, which makes our people more secure both here and overseas.
mounts on Obama as Nebraska ruling eliminates Keystone obstacle. President Obama is
under fresh fire from both sides of the Keystone XL pipeline debate after a Nebraska court last week
eliminated a major legal obstacle and once again put the project's fate in the hands of the White
House. Supporters of the pipeline — including lawmakers of both parties, business,
labor, the Canadian government and others — and opponents each say now is the time for
the president to decide whether to approve or reject Keystone, which has languished in federal
bureaucracy for the past six years.
town hall disrupted by 'hands up, don't shoot' protests. A town hall meeting with U.S.
Sen Ron Wyden was called off Saturday afternoon [1/3/2015] when "hands up, don't shoot" protests
broke out. The event, at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus, was canceled after
45 minutes. More than 100 protestors entered the Wyden event shortly after 2:30 p.m.
shouting, "I can't breathe" and "hands up, don't shoot." Wyden, D-Oregon, stepped away from
the microphone as the protesters moved to the front of the meeting area and continued shouting and
Obama [was] 'Defiant' When GOP Leaders Confronted Him On Executive Amnesty. Sen. John
Cornyn (R-TX), the incoming majority whip in the 114th Congress, described "person after person"
aggressively confronting the president about his plans to issue a unilateral amnesty for millions of
illegal aliens at a closed-door lunch Friday [10/7/2014]. But President Obama was unbowed, even
after an electoral shellacking last week, Cornyn said. "He was pretty defiant. He was pretty
defiant," Cornyn said. "For the president to poison the well at the very outset is really unimaginable."
You Can't Beat Them, Indict Them. [Former Travis County Prosecutor Ronnie] Earle took
it upon himself to go after several people, including: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, State Representative
Mike Martin, Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox, and Speaker of the House Tom Delay. His record is
spotty at best, but he has succeeded in ending the careers of many of those whom he opposes, Tom Delay
included. The Delay persecution was a classic case of retribution and vindictiveness.
post-election plans for a secret radical agenda. He's the Staller in Chief — President
Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4. Obama has
postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet.
This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it's more than that. Obama
plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying
less attention. This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and
billions of dollars in additional taxes.
Why is there no surgeon general? Ask
Democrats. The Ebola scare has made many Americans aware that there is no U.S. surgeon
general. (The post is filled by an acting official who is not in line for the job.) There is,
however, an Obama nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has not been confirmed by the
Senate after more than a year of waiting. Why hasn't Murthy won Senate approval in all that time?
Republicans and the IRS.
On Tuesday [9/22/2014], the Republican House passed several reform bills. One would ensure that
anyone who did what Lois Lerner did — i.e., send out confidential taxpayer info on her
private e-mail — would be violating the law. Others are designed to help taxpayers
appeal when their groups are denied tax-exempt status or to ensure that officials who deliberately
destroy federal records get the old heave-ho. Here's the problem: The bills now head to a Senate
controlled by Democrat Harry Reid. During his time as majority leader, Reid has ensured that the
best reforms passed by House Republicans never even come up for a vote — sparing President
Obama the bother of an embarrassing veto.
Blocks Ted Cruz bill to seize passports from ISIS fighters who return to the US. A showdown over the passports of so called
'foreign fighters' — Americans and other westerners who have joined the ISIS terror army in Iraq and Syria — came
to a head on Thursday [9/18/2014] when a U.S. senator killed legislation aiming to strip them of their citizenship. Democrat Mazie
Hirono, a freshman senator from Hawaii, objected on the Senate floor when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to fast-track his 'Expatriate
Reid's anti-Koch crusade eats up precious Senate time. There's a lot lawmakers need to
do when the Senate returns from its August recess Sept. 9. To take just one example, the government
is set to run out of money by the end of the month, and senators must pass a measure to keep funding
going and avoid a shutdown. [...] What is striking about the coming session is that Reid has decided
to devote as much as half of the Senate's precious time in Washington to a measure that has no
chance — absolutely zero chance — of passing.
Reasons Harry Reid and Senate Democrats Are Actively Working To Stop Congress From Doing Its Job. Barack
Obama and the Democrats have railed against the "do-nothing Congress" (translation: House Republicans) for nearly
six years. So what are the facts? Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) recently addressed the charge: ["]Currently,
352 bills that passed the House are awaiting action on Harry Reid's desk. Of these bills: • 98% passed
with bipartisan support • Nearly 70% passed with 2/3rds support or more • Over 50%
passed with no opposition at all • And 55 were introduced by Democrats["] And still, Harry Reid refuses to
bring them up for a vote.
Reid's reign of paralysis. The Senate has not voted on jobs bills sent by the House,
any "fix" for Obamacare or a domestic energy development bill. The Senate will not take up a real
vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. It will not take up Iran sanctions. It did pass Veterans Affairs
legislation and Iron Dome funding, not exactly difficult votes. Other than that, not much of
consequence has gone on in the Senate, but not because of Republican objections. The GOP would love
to take up many of these subjects, debate them and offer amendments; it is Reid who either won't
take up meaty issues or won't allow any minority amendments, a practice he has taken further than
any modern Senate leader.
says GOP must be hounded on economy; Republicans cite 40 jobs bills passed by House.
President Obama urged Americans Saturday [8/2/2014] to pressure Republican lawmakers who are on vacation in
their districts to support his economic agenda, including a hike in the federal minimum wage. [...]
But Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, chairman of the House Republicans' campaign arm, said Mr. Obama
refuses to work with the GOP on measures that would grow the economy. "We've focused on solutions
to rein in big government, and help grow our economy," Mr. Walden said in the weekly Republican
address. "The House has passed more than 40 jobs bills, but the president and his
party refuse to give them a hearing."
Sessions Holds The Line, Blocks Democrat Immigration Travesty. There was high drama on
the Senate floor this evening [7/31/2014]. Harry Reid brought on for a vote President Obama's
$2.7 billion proposal to support illegals from Central America who are flooding across the border,
in the form of a supplemental budget request. An extremely knowledgeable Senate insider offers this
blow-by-blow account of what happened: ["]Harry Reid filled the amendment tree on the supplemental,
meaning no amendments can get votes. Sessions offered a motion to table the filled tree with stated
purpose of making room to get a vote on the Cruz amendment.["] "Filling the tree" has been Reid's
preferred strategy for years. It effectively shuts all Republicans out of the legislative process,
while insulating Democrats from having to vote against popular proposals.
Democrats Try to Shut Their Opponents Up. Why are the Democrats carrying on this
selective war against "dark money," which is itself, ironically, funded almost entirely with dark
money? Democrats want to be able to identify conservative donors so that the Obama administration
can use federal agencies to take revenge on them; so they can try to get them fired (like Brendan
Eich); and so union goons can lead busloads of demonstrators onto their lawns. When liberal ideas
have to compete with conservative ideas, they consistently lose. So the Democrats want to intimidate
conservative donors in order to have the political field to themselves. There is nothing noble about
their selective enmity toward "dark money."
Tyranny of the Majority
Leader. The Senate once prided itself on being "the world's greatest deliberative body." That it no longer
is. According to the Congressional Research Service, Senator Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has obstructed the amendment process
for his colleagues 85 times — more than double the total of his six predecessors combined. Neither
Republican nor Democratic senators can offer amendments. This negates every senator's right to debate and amend legislation
and thus fully represent his or her constituents. This was especially evident in May, when Senator Reid killed three
bipartisan pieces of legislation in as many weeks.
House Vows to Veto 'Unreasonable' Bill to Expedite Cross-Border Pipelines. The
White House has threatened to veto a bill expected to pass the House this week that would remove any
Keystone-like delays from pipeline projects that enter the U.S. from Canada or Mexico. The North
American Energy Infrastructure Act, authored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton
(R-Mich.) and Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), requires the secretary of Commerce, with respect to oil
pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with respect to natural gas pipelines,
or the Secretary of Energy (DOE), with respect to electric transmission facilities, to approve a
request for approval of construction, connection, operation, or maintenance unless it is not in
U.S. national security interests.
how the Keystone XL bill will likely die. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee is expected on Wednesday to approve legislation mandating construction of the Keystone XL
pipeline's northern leg, but its chances of reaching the Senate floor are already dashed. "I
agreed to give them a vote. They, the Republicans, they wouldn't take it," Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, D-Nev., in reference to a May proposal allowing the same standalone Keystone XL measure
in exchange for an amendment-free energy-efficiency bill.
John Barrasso: Harry Reid won't allow vote on Keystone pipeline bill. Sen. John
Barrasso said Monday [6/16/2014] that he expects a Senate energy committee will easily approve a
bill this week to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will
never let the measure get a vote in the Senate. "Harry Reid continues to block it on the floor,"
Mr. Barrasso said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The president doesn't seem to want it. I believe he is
being held hostage by extremists and funders." The Senate and Natural Resources Committee is
expected to approve a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat and Sen. John
Hoeven, North Dakota Republican, this week that would green-light the project. But few expect Mr.
Reid, Nevada Democrat, to let the Senate vote on the proposal.
Bowe Bergdahl hearing, Chuck Hagel hedges the tough questions. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
is not a lawyer. He's not famous for lawyerly evasions. But when it came to a few of the most
critical issues discussed at the House Armed Services Committee's hearing on the Bowe Bergdahl case Wednesday [6/11/2014],
Hagel was full of wiggle words. Actually, just one wiggle word — "direct" —
but Hagel used it repeatedly to sow confusion about some key questions.
are] Over A Dozen House-Passed VA Reform Bills Sitting on Harry Reid's Desk. Rep.
Jackie Walorski (R-IN) interviewed with Larry O'Connor, WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. on
Wednesday, May 21st. Get this: she serves on the House Veteran's Affairs committee
and says over the last 18 months, the House has passed dozens of reform bills for the VA, some
bi-partisan, none of which have made it to the floor of the Senate — meaning Harry Reid
killed them, didn't give Senators the opportunity to even consider them. Can we say anything
other than Harry Reid may have killed those 40 or more veterans who were not treated, and may kill
more as diseases have advanced during this time? There is only one reason not to bring
legislation to the floor after it is passed and received from the House, and that is to keep
the intent of the bill from happening — in this case, improving the VA.
Dems' plot to control America rolls on. Harry Reid's nuclear option has caused a lot
of damage — and the worst is yet to come. [...] Democrats have used the filibuster to
check Republicans when they have been in power, and both Harry Reid and Barack Obama have publicly
extolled the value of the filibuster as a key aspect of democracy. But then they decided it was
an impediment to their power grab and threw it into the dustbin of history. Once that occurred,
Reid and the Democrats went into overdrive to populate the federal courts with left-wing judges
(who have lifetime tenure). Now the damage is becoming more visible.
33 Democrats Opposed a Bill to
Make VA Bureaucrats Easier to Fire. On Wednesday, the House of Representative overwhelming approved the Department of Veterans
Affairs Management Accountability Act, a bill that would relax the standard bureaucratic red tape that makes it exceedingly difficult to fire
government employees, even those implicated in an embarrassing scandal. The vote was not unanimous, however, as 33 Democrats for some
reason voted against the legislation. The opposition was comprised of union-backed liberals, as well as lawmakers such as Jim Moran (Va.),
Steny Hoyer (Md.), and Chris Van Hollen (Md.), who represent the D.C. suburbs where many senior VA employees reside.
votes 390-33 to speed up VA firings. The House on Wednesday [5/21/2014] overwhelmingly passed a
bill to grant the Veterans Affairs secretary expanded authority to fire senior executives for poor performance.
The measure passed on a 390-33 vote amid allegations that veterans encountered delays in access to medical care at
multiple VA hospitals across the country, leading to dozens of deaths. All 33 votes in opposition came from
Democrats, including leadership Reps. Steny Hoyer (Md.) and James Clyburn (S.C.). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) voted to approve the measure.
Stacks the Benghazi Select Committee. On Wednesday, Democrats deigned to join Republicans on the House Select Committee
investigating Benghazi, primarily to protect Hillary Clinton's reputation in particular, and the Obama administration's in general.
Toward that end they will likely do what they always do whenever their party is threatened: denigrate the investigation as it
unfolds and obstruct it as much as possible. Thus, it was completely unsurprising that even as House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-CA) appointed five colleagues to the panel she dismissed the need for it.
Rep.: We're on Benghazi Committee to 'Scream Bloody Murder' over GOP Abuse. Early this month, when
Democrats still hadn't made up their minds about participation in the Benghazi select committee, Congressman
Adam Schiff said there's no way Democrats would participate in that "colossal waste of time." Well, funny story:
Schiff is one of the five Democrats Nancy Pelosi picked yesterday to actually serve on that committee. And
on Rachel Maddow's show last night, Schiff explained they decided to participate to keep the Republicans from
making it a partisan, stunt-driven affair.
The Editor says...
Yes, there was a bloody murder involved. Too bad that's not what he's talking about.
Pelosi appoints five Democrats to fill up Benghazi panel slots days after threatening boycott.
House Democrats have decided to play ball and participate in a special committee charged with investigating the
Obama administration's handling of a 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead and
forced the withdrawal of U.S. diplomats from the eastern port city. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
named five Democrats to the panel. [...] Some in the Democratic caucus had floated the idea of boycotting the
committee and leaving Republicans to pursue the Benghazi investigation, opening the opportunity to paint the
investigation as a partisan political stunt in an election year.
Still Undecided on Benghazi Committee Participation. House Democrats are still
weighing whether they will appoint members to the GOP-led special committee to investigate the
September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya — but don't call it a caucus-wide
"division," two senior lawmakers implored. "[It's] the wrong word," Caucus Vice Chairman Joseph
Crowley of New York said at a Tuesday morning news conference. "The caucus is not divided. ... What
the caucus is doing is helping our leadership come up with a plan on how to approach what is a very
McConnell: Harry Reid's 'embarrassing' behavior is leading Senate to ruin. Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says his Democratic counterpart is leading the chamber down a
"disturbing" and "embarrassing" path, as Republican lawmakers' frustration over what they consider
a hardline stance on GOP amendments boils over. "This institution has been fundamentally
changed by one man, the majority leader, who has the ability to impose a gag rule on all the rest of
us," McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday. "It's a disturbing thing." "This is really quite
embarrassing that the greatest deliberative body in the world doesn't deliberate anymore."
Reid's Senate Blockade. The U.S. Senate failed to advance another piece of popular
bipartisan legislation late Monday, and the reason tells the real story of Washington gridlock in
the current Congress. To wit, Harry Reid has essentially shut down the Senate as a place to debate
and vote on policy. The Majority Leader's strategy was once again on display as the Senate failed
to get the 60 votes to move a popular energy efficiency bill co-sponsored by New Hampshire Democrat
Jeanne Shaheen and Ohio Republican Rob Portman. Mr. Reid blamed the defeat on Republican
partisanship. But the impasse really came down to Mr. Reid's blockade against amendments that might
prove politically difficult for Democrats.
Reid Blocks Bipartisan Vote on Keystone Pipeline. [Scroll down] Rich people who engage in the political
process for the "right reasons," as determined by [Harry] Reid of course, should be left alone. Others — who
supposedly get involved in politics for personal gain (about which Harry knows a thing or two) — must be publicly
slandered at every opportunity. Among the hallowed class is Reid's buddy Tom Steyer, a liberal environmentalist billionaire
who's pledged to raise $100 million in support of Democrats this year. Steyer is a staunch opponent of the Keystone
pipeline, as are many of his fellow travelers on the ideological fringe.
protestors shut down Senate, some arrested. For about an hour Tuesday morning [5/6/2014], Medicaid expansion
demonstrators shut down the Senate, shouting and praying as police led them away. Twenty-three people were arrested
in a demonstration that involved more than a hundred protestors.
DiGenova: 'I'm Delighted the Democrats Don't Want to Participate'. Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova says
he'll be happy if Democrats decide not to appoint members to the special select committee on Benghazi that Republicans plan
to establish. "I'm delighted the Democrats don't want to participate. All they would do is obstruct," diGenova
told WMAL talk radio in Washington, D.C. Monday morning [5/5/2014]. "The president is going to pay a price
ultimately," he added.
mull whether to boycott House GOP Benghazi hearing. The House GOP leadership just announced [5/5/2014] that
Rep. Trey Gowdy will head the newly announced special committee to probe what happened in Benghazi. Gowdy, as it happens,
has already informed America that he knows that the administration is guilty of a serious cover-up, claiming he has "evidence"
of a "systematic, intentional decision" to withhold untold numbers of Benghazi documents from Congress.
The question now is whether House Dems will boycott the proceedings.
wants party to sit out new House probe. A Democratic member of the House intelligence committee called Sunday for his
party to boycott the newly announced committee tasked with probing the Benghazi attacks, dismissing new evidence that Republicans
have called a "smoking gun" showing the White House politicized the tragedy. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told "Fox News
Sunday" [5/4/2014] that Democrats should not give the select committee more "credibility" by joining. "I think it's a
colossal waste of time," he said. "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."
pens scathing letter to Cummings as IRS feud escalates. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has penned a personal,
scathing letter to his Democratic counterpart on the House oversight committee, escalating the public feud between the two
high-ranking lawmakers amid the committee's investigation into IRS targeting. The letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings,
D-Md., top Democrat on that committee, was obtained by Fox News. In it, Issa countered, point by point, a series of claims
that Cummings and two legal experts made earlier this week about whether former IRS official Lois Lerner could be held in
contempt for refusing to testify. Issa went further, effectively accusing Cummings of running interference on
behalf of his party and the administration.
but hot air from Senate Democrats' talkathon. The talkathon is a product of the Senate's Climate Action Task Force,
co-chaired by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. Boxer described the purpose of the
marathon gabfest as a call to "wake up Congress" for "action" on global warming. That's an odd claim coming from the chairman
of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Boxer has a solid majority on her committee and could report dozens of
bills to the Senate floor. So her committee is the first place to look for an explanation of the lack of action in the Senate.
Go to Jail — Get
Obamacare. Defend a Cop Killer — Get a Massive Job in DoJ. It seems every day the Democrats currently in power find a new way
to express sneering contempt for everyone who disagrees with them for any reason. Democrat Leahy did not allow the widow of slain police officer
Daniel Faulkner to testify as to why the attorney who represented her husband's murderer should not be confirmed to head DoJ's Civil Rights Division.
Why did he deny her her right to speak? A technicality. And because he could. It would have been inconvenient to the Obama
administration for Congress to have heard directly from Abu Jamal's surviving victim.
Block Widow of Murdered Police Officer From Testifying Against Obama DOJ Nominee Debo Adegbile. Last month Maureen Faulker, the
widow of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, requested a chance to give testimony against President Obama's nominee to head
the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Her husband was killed in 1981 by former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted
of murder in 1982. Thirty years after the conviction, nominee Debo Adegbile voluntarily took up Abu-Jamal's case and the cause in the name
of race during his time as the head of NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Silencing the political opposition.
Chuck Schumer, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat, thinks the Internal Revenue Service hasn't done enough to silence the Tea Party. He wants
the White House and the IRS to "immediately redouble" efforts to shut down conservative political-action groups through tougher government oversight
and enforcement. The Tea Party opposes much of President Obama's agenda, and to Mr. Schumer, that's both a sin and a crime.
The Phone and Pen President. The
view that an assertive executive can break the maddening constraints of the constitutional system and enact the public will by personally embodying
it is, of course, at the core of the progressive outlook in our politics — though few progressives today put it quite that way.
But that White House officials would actually express themselves like this — in the form of a kind of trope of pure progressivism devoid
of content — strikes me as more than anything an indication of the sheer intellectual exhaustion of the left.
Harry Reid's Obstructionism.
It took a while, but the media seem to have finally noticed Senate majority leader Harry Reid's unprecedented obstructionism. The
New York Times reported last week on Reid's "brutish style" and "uncompromising control" over the amendments process in the Senate. Why
are more people finally catching on to Reid's flagrant disregard for Senate customs? In part because conservatives aren't the only ones
of justice. Congress' top GOP watchdog is warning the secretary of Health and Human Services to stop instructing contractors behind
healthcare.gov not to talk to Congress about the project. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, a hard-charging
California Republican, told Sec. Kathleen Sebelius in a letter on Wednesday that it's against the law to get between Congress and the companies her agency
hired to work on the crash-and-burn website. 'Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime,' Issa said Thursday [12/12/2013] in a statement.
Sebelius, Health Department Of 'Criminal Obstruction'. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated in a
letter to Sebelius that the Health and Human Services Department instructed Creative Computing Solutions — a contractor that
worked on HealthCare.gov — not to comply with the committee's investigation.
'Unprecedented Opposition' Canard. [Wisconsin] Democrats, cheered on by their counterparts in Washington, attempted to oust
the state's duly-elected governor via a do-over election. Scott Walker's crime? Using the democratic process to implement budget
reforms that liberals and Big Labor vehemently opposed. The organized Left pulled out all the disruptive stops to block these measures
from even receiving a vote. Thousands of left-wingers occupied the capitol rotunda in Madison, issuing death threats against Walker
and other Republicans.
outbreak of lawlessness. The problem is not the change itself. It's fine that a president staffing his administration
should need 51 votes rather than 60. Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier. Nonetheless,
for about 200 years the filibuster was nearly unknown in blocking judicial nominees. So we are really just returning to an
earlier norm. The violence to political norms here consisted in how that change was executed. By brute force — a
near party-line vote of 52 to 48. This was a disgraceful violation of more than two centuries of precedent.
If a bare majority can change the fundamental rules that govern an institution, then there are no rules. Senate rules today are
whatever the majority decides they are that morning.
America Is One Step Closer to a
One-Party Tyranny. November 21, 2013, may be another date that will live in infamy. Instead of conventional bombs and
aerial torpedoes exploding at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the "nuclear option" went off in the U.S. Senate at Washington, D.C. By a
52-48 vote, the Senate voted to change the institution's regulations related to the filibuster, thereby emasculating a political
minority's ability to thwart, or at least delay, majoritarian dictatorship. A Senate minority can no longer thwart the president's
nominations of judges to lesser federal courts or of executive department officials.
The Senate Loses Its Tradition
of Consensus. After the increasingly problematic Obamacare debacle, it seems as though President Obama and his fellow Democrats
have given up the hope of governing through a national consensus. Instead, Obama has signaled that he will try to rule with the
club of 51 percent for the rest of his term: Push through as much as possible with a narrow majority.
Reid Drops Nuclear
Bomb and His Party Will Rue its Fallout. Fresh off the disastrous rollout of Obamacare which Senate Majority Leader Reid and
(now former) Speaker of the House Pelosi rammed through Congress using unconventional procedures and with zero Republican support,
his extremist wing compelled him to make yet another ham-handed move which predictably will hurt his party in the long run more than it
will help it.
The Very Useful
Lesson of Obama's Judicial Power Grab. It's no secret that President Obama was behind the push to end the filibuster as a
means of blocking nominees for U.S. appeals court judgeships. At a fundraiser earlier this month, he told liberal donors that he is
"remaking the courts." Recognizing that the filibuster stood in the way of a full radical makeover, Obama personally lobbied three
Democratic Senators who were undecided about whether to eliminate it. Obama reportedly told them "how important this was to him and
our ability to get anything done for the rest of the term."
Let's Go Nuclear!. Unless you
live under a rock, you've heard by now that 52 Senate Democrats voted to end the filibuster for executive branch and judicial nominees
after eight years of employing it against President George W. Bush. The hypocrisy is award-worthy.
America has gone
from government of laws to semi-political banana republic. The rule of law has been replaced in Washington by "yes we can." The
events we witnessed Thursday [11/21/2013] in the Senate, that is Majority Leader Harry Reid's success at invoking the so-called 'nuclear option,' stripping the
minority party of its primary power to block nominations, have become a stunning capstone to what has been already a steady erosion of a government
of laws down to a sort of semi-political banana republic. We are now living in a republic in which politicians do what they want without
regard to tradition or the best interests of our country.
Harry Reid Smashes History. Harry Reid went and did it.
He bent the rules to break them. In so doing, he effectively annihilated hundreds of years of procedural convention that has required a firm
60-vote majority to confirm presidential appointments. Now, the president's executive branch and judicial nominees can slide through with a
simple majority. Any opposition will prove toothless.
How Harry Reid Just Nationalized the 2014
Midterms. President Obama delivered remarks today supporting Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision to deploy the "nuclear option"
ending minority filibusters of some judicial nominees. The Democrats tried to limit the effect of their action, stating that it only applies to
nominees below the Supreme Court level. But the damage done will go far beyond judicial nominees. Bipartisanship in the Senate is dead.
Harry Reid and Barack Obama had already done grave damage to it by passing Obamacare. Today they finished it off.
Cruz: Dems want to pack court with judges to
protect O-Care. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the Senate's leading critic of the Affordable Care Act, denounced a vote Thursday to prohibit
filibusters against appellate court nominees as a scheme to save the healthcare law. "The heart of this action is directed at packing the D.C.
Circuit because that is the court that will review the lawless behavior of the Obama administration implementing ObamaCare," he said.
Nuclear Option 'Greatly
Eroded' Graham's Leverage to Get Benghazi Answers. "President Obama is committed to protecting Obamacare, his signature achievement,
regardless of the damage done to millions of Americans," he continued. "He is even willing to throw the judiciary into chaos if necessary.
Any American who wants to bring a legal challenge to the thousands of Obamacare rules and regulations lost big today."
Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major
filibuster rule change. Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which
would limit the GOP's ability to block nominees, in a move Republicans called a "raw power grab." "It's a sad day in the history of the Senate,"
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the vote. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moving quickly following days of speculation,
used the so-called "nuclear option" to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple
Senate Dems go 'nuclear,' eliminate filibuster of presidential
nominees. The change, approved 52-48, would prevent the minority party from using the filibuster to stall most presidential nominations,
though it would not eliminate the use of the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees or legislation. Judicial and Executive Branch nominees once
needed 60 votes to advance to an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor, giving Republicans an opportunity to block them. Under the rule change, only
a simple majority would be needed to advance the nominees, so that Democrats, who control 55 votes, can do so without Republican interference.
Senate votes to limit filibuster after Reid goes
nuclear. The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to prevent the minority party from filibustering any nominations other than nods to
the Supreme Court. The change was approved after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered the "nuclear option," which allows a change to
Senate rules by majority vote. The 52-48 vote dramatically changes the rules of the Senate and limits the minority party's ability to prevent
confirmation of presidential nominees.
claims no Republicans voted for Social Security, sidetracks ObamaCare hearing. Lawmakers had to pause for a fact check about a 78-year-old
law during a hearing that was supposed to be about ObamaCare, after Rep. Charles Rangel made the — inaccurate — claim that no
Republicans supported the Social Security Act. The New York Democrat made the assertion Tuesday [10/29/2013] while railing against Republicans for
opposing the health care law. It was during a House hearing where Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was testifying.
Progressive Activists to Disrupt
GOP Town Halls in August. A progressive group will coordinate with liberal activists to disrupt Republican town halls during the August recess,
when lawmakers will face questions about Obamacare and comprehensive immigration reform. Americans United for Change, run by a former Democratic National
Committee communications head, plans to send activists to Republican town halls in swing states and even red states to target lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Putin and Obama: Brothers in Tyranny.
[It is] increasingly obvious that Obama's 2012 re-election was facilitated by widespread unlawful harassment of his opposition by the Internal
Revenue Service. The increasing evidence of this flagrant misuse of the IRS was highlighted in this week's House Oversight Committee where
Congressman Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat redoubled his efforts to deflect the testimony and cut off the hearing is proof that the
hearings, despite the often pathetic performance by many of its members, are hitting pay dirt.
Why Are North Carolina Liberals So [Very]
Angry? On Monday [7/15/2013], for the 11th week in a row, thousands of protesters descended on the copper-domed [North Carolina]
Capitol denouncing the policies of a Republican Party that for the first time since Reconstruction controls North Carolina's governorship and
legislature. Some 800 agitators have been arrested for disrupting the legislature. By all accounts, these "Moral Monday"
rallies, though peaceful, are growing in size and volume.
Hearings: Republicans Ask Questions, Democrats Attack Issa. Right out of the gate, Democrats' top priority was attacking Chairman
Issa — accusing him of overreaching and conducting committee business in an overly partisan manner. Ranking Democrat Elijah
Cummings also asserted his desire to "get to the bottom" of the IRS scandal, intoning that he's seeking, "the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth." But just last month, he called the IRS affair "solved." Rep. Gerry Connolly, a liberal from Virginia,
spent his entire question period upbraiding Issa and launching pre-emptive strikes against the Inspector General, who will testify later.
He did not ask a single question of the witnesses.
Politicos Block Walmart, Help Special Interests, Hurt The Poor. Why, when there is no question that nothing has created more wealth
and eradicated more poverty than capitalism, do left wing politicians hate it so much? After all, it's supposed to be the left that cares
about the poor. The latest chapter in this ongoing saga of economic perversity is action being taken in Washington, DC, to prevent Walmart
from opening stores there.
phobia fails yet again. The EPA just dropped its study of fracking allegedly contaminating the water in Pavillion, Wyo. The
enviro left had rejoiced at the news a few years ago that the EPA had for the first time implicated fracking as a threat to groundwater.
Now, amid criticisms of its methodology, the EPA has backed down and won't issue a final report.
caucus member to GOP: 'You all do not care about the 47 percent'. Democrats, led by dozens of members of the CBC, have
been trying since 9 a.m. Thursday [7/11/2013] to use procedural tactics to raise points of order and force delays in a final vote.
As lawmakers began debating the rules of debate on the bill, more liberal Democrats and members of the CBC lined up to read similar messages
of opposition, saying that the new farm bill "hurts the children of America" or "increases hunger in America."
Key commander to
be questioned on Benghazi goes missing. During the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,
Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command leadership, CBS News reported. While it
would be expected he could answer Congress' questions about that night, no one seems to know where he is — or
isn't telling. "They say he's retired and they can't reach out to him," Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News.
Democrats resort to screaming mob action at the usually dignified Texas capitol. Abortion bill dies after late-night chaos,
confusion. Capping a chaotic end of the special legislative session, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said early Wednesday [6/26/2013that
proposed abortion restrictions didn't pass after all. The abortion requirements were in Senate Bill 5, which was called up for a vote
that couldn't be heard over shouting and screaming from opponents in the gallery.
Texas Chaos Illustrates Left's
Increasing Reliance on 'Mob Rule'. It appears from the actions of pro-abortion supporters in Texas on Tuesday night, "mob rule"
is now the preferred way the left conducts legislative business. Gov. Rick Perry has called a special session of the Texas legislature on
July 1st for another vote on a bill that will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and set higher health standards for abortion
clinics to be brought forward. It seems Obama's Organizing for Action is quickly planning another "unruly mob" for that event.
Case Closed? Far From It. Right now the IRS story
looks stalled and confused. Congressional investigators are asking for documents — "The IRS is being a little slow," said a staffer — and
interviewing workers. Pieces of testimony are being released and leaked, which has allowed one congressman, Democrat Elijah Cummings, to claim there's
actually no need for an investigation, the story's over, the mystery solved.
The left's outrage over the IRS turns to a plea to 'move on' Moving a Washington scandal
out of town. The left is doing all that it can to keep the focus off Washington in this scandal. The latest attempt
came just days ago when Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, one of the top House Democrats leading the congressional probe of the
IRS, made the proclamation that the "case is solved" — and that it's time for the nation to "move on." This
disturbing about-face by Mr. Cummings is a reflection of the Obama administration's desire to sweep this unconscionable abuse under
the rug as quickly as possible. His comments directly contradict what he had said just days earlier when he called for a "thorough
investigation" to restore "truth and trust."
sentence that could keep the House in GOP hands. [Scroll down] Here is one important primer point:
if one party controls either the House or the Senate, that party controls the agenda for that branch of Congress. This
is one reason why politicians who foresee continued minority status for their party often retire: they do not like a
feeling of powerlessness. This is why Harry Reid basically has monopolized power in the Senate and has allowed that body
to degenerate into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Team Obama, and why Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama so desperately want the House
back in Democratic hands.
Rules Delayed as White House Slows Reviews. The White House has blocked several Department of Energy regulations that would
require appliances, lighting and buildings to use less energy and create less global-warming pollution, as part of a broader slowdown of
new antipollution rules issued by the Obama administration.
Global warming is not pollution. Neither is global cooling. Global warming is merely an excuse to expand the federal government.
California Dems push anti-fracking bills,
aim to curb potential oil bonanza. California is on the verge of a new gold rush. Expanded hydraulic fracturing — or
"fracking" — at the Monterey Shale formation is sparking estimates that 15 billion barrels of oil could be accessed, along with
millions of jobs and huge contributions to the domestic energy supply. Even the state's green-friendly Democratic governor, Jerry Brown,
says "the potential is extraordinary." But standing in the way is a flurry of anti-fracking bills.
Jackson Lee Shut
Down at Committee Hearing. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) continually interrupted ranking member Darrell
Issa (R., Calif.) during a Judiciary Committee hearing today by claiming that she was lodging parliamentary objections. Committee
chairman Bob Goodlatte continually reminded her that her comments didn't qualify as legitimate interruptions to Issa's time, and she
Holder plays dumb.
Attorney General Eric Holder was in a familiar spot yesterday: testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, dodging and weaving and
otherwise doing his best imitation of Sgt. Schultz from the old TV show "Hogan's Heroes": I know nothing. Scandals at
the IRS? Under investigation, can't comment. Subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters? How should I
know? I recused myself. That's not testifying — that's obfuscating.
Holder's abdication. As the nation's top law enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information.
But he seems to be proud of how little he knows.
Know Nothing. Attorney General Eric Holder used the phrase "I don't
know" or some variation, at least 57 times during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee today as House Republicans grilled
him over controversies including the IRS' targeting of Tea Partiers, the Justice Department's seizure of journalist phone records, and
the security lapses surrounding the Boston bombing.
Keystone Pipeline: Delay is the Name of the Game. The four-year saga of the Keystone XL pipeline is a textbook case of the
game Washington politicians play. To avoid making decisions that might anger one constituency or another, they appoint a committee
or commission a study and then sit back, hoping the report never comes in. If they don't like the results, they commission another
Harry Reid's Great Disappearing Act.
In Mr. Reid's Washington, the House works its will, the Senate does crossword puzzles. Its committees do not produce bills, its
senators do not debate or amend, the body does not vote. The House, to accomplish anything, is forced to engage in backroom
wrangling with the White House, the results of which are presented to the nation as a fait accompli. The Senate
claims total deniability.
You Think the GOP Has Problems?
Despite the worst economy in the last 50 years, Democrats decided to run the old plays out of the old playbook, and they just went
ahead and burdened the economy with more stimulus, more entitlements, more environmental regulation, and more crony capitalism/socialism.
In consequence, the economy failed to thrive as it tried to rally from the depths of the Great Recession. What a surprise!
Elites Keep Power By Blocking Change. A couple of economists have determined that rulers around the world keep their subjects in
poverty so they can maintain power. What does this impart to us about where our country is headed today?
An activist judge makes it easier for dead people to vote. Texas Court Halts State Attempt to
Purge Voters as Dead. Texas officials were temporarily barred by a state judge from ordering county election officials to purge presumably
dead voters from registration rolls because the initiative may violate the election code. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed yesterday by four
voters who were told they would be purged from voter-registration lists as deceased. They asked state court Judge Tim Sulak in Austin to stop the
state from striking about 77,000 names, arguing the plan violates state and federal law.
Redistribution Has Grave Economic Impact. The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute
wealth and ended up redistributing poverty. The communist nations were a classic example, but by no means the only example. In theory,
confiscating the wealth of the more successful people ought to make the rest of the society more prosperous. But when the Soviet Union
confiscated the wealth of successful farmers, food became scarce. As many people died of starvation under Stalin in the 1930s as died in
Hitler's Holocaust in the 1940s.
Obama sells old ideas as
new. [Scroll down] Oh, but what about all his innovative ideas for green energy: faster trains local governments
don't want and electric cars consumers won't buy? The New York Times reports that the electric car "has long been recognized as
the ideal solution" because it is "cleaner and quieter" and "much more economical." The Times reported that in 1911. Obama
has turned his back on nuclear power while investing massively in a technological breakthrough pioneered by Heron of Alexandria in the
first century: the windmill.
Want Simpson-Bowles Question Barred From Presidential Debate. If you thought the Democrats would be satisfied with the fact
that a solid phalanx of liberals have been chosen to moderate the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates, you would be wrong.
Now they want to dictate what questions will be forbidden from being asked at the debates. I kid you not. The Politico reports
on the question that the Democrats want to make taboo: ["]Some Democratic lawmakers want to make sure that one question does not get
asked at the upcoming first presidential debate — about Simpson-Bowles.["]
Politics: Democrats Block Drought Relief Measures For Farmers. On Thursday [8/2/2012], the House passed a short-term
$383 million measure to provide immediate relief for farmers and livestock producers impacted by the recent drought.
Conservative groups urged Representatives to proceed with caution on a pork-laden farm bill, as roughly 80 percent of the bill
dealt with items such as food stamps rather than actual farming issues.
Look Who's Holding the Economy Hostage
Now. Democrats say they'll let all the Bush-era tax cuts expire if they can't raise taxes on the rich. Apparently, economic
catastrophe is a reasonable price to pay for class warfare politics.
Reid Worries About
Olympic Uniforms, Not Budgets. The Senate Majority Leader hasn't proposed a budget in three years, won't bring tax
cuts to the floor, yet adds Olympic uniforms to a priority list that includes boxing rules, cowboy poetry and a train to nowhere.
Racial Politics Thicker Than Justice.
When the House voted last Thursday to find Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress, members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked
out. Why is the Black Caucus trying to make this about race? It's about Holder's refusal to turn over Justice Department documents requested
by the House Oversight and Government Committee in its investigation of the "Fast and Furious" operation.
Pols set to block teacher
ratings' release. The [New York] state Legislature is likely to pass a last ditch bill that would prevent the release
of teacher evaluations, while letting parents see the ratings only of their kids' instructors.
Bid to kill EPA coal plant
regulations thwarted in Senate. Senate lawmakers on Wednesday [6/20/2012] blocked a GOP-led effort to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency
regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. The 46-53 vote against Sen. James
Inhofe's (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda.
How Obama Bureaucrats Fueled
Western Wildfires. The Obama administration's neglect of the federal government's aerial tanker fleet raises acrid questions about
its core public safety priorities. Bipartisan complaints goaded the White House into signing a Band-Aid fix last week. But it smacks
more of election-year gesture politics: Too little, too late, too fake. Ten years ago, the feds had a fleet of 44 firefighting planes.
Today, the number is down to nine for the entire country.
Sessions: Reid unwilling
to consider reasonable food stamp reform. The Senate's final vote on the farm bill is expected next week, but according to
Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, there will be no substantial reforms to the food stamp program due to Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid's obstructionism. Eighty percent of the spending from the farm bill this year goes to the federal government's
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, constituting $770 billion in spending over the next decade.
According to Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Reid will not allow any of his reform measures — aimed
at dealing with the swelling cost and growth of the welfare program — to even receive a vote.
block McCain resolution on special counsel for leaks. Senate Democrats blocked a resolution introduced by Sen. John McCain
(R-Ariz.) calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to introduce an outside special counsel to investigate a number of recent military and
intelligence leaks. McCain introduced a resolution Tuesday [6/12/2012] expressing the Senate's support for Holder to appoint a
special prosecutor. But Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) objected after McCain asked for unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to
consideration of his resolution.
Obama's Discredited Policies Are
Symbols of the Tired Past. President Obama sent a warmed-over, five-point "to-do list" to Congress this week that he said will create jobs and
spur growth. There was nothing new in any of the ideas. He's offered these same ideas before, but Congress rejected all of them.
Senate Dems hold Pentagon Hostage. Republicans on the Hill attempted to protect
increased funding for the Defense Department by cutting funds for other programs, but were attacked by Democrats who threatened to refuse to negotiate.
Obama's budget got 0 votes in Congress; Where's the leadership in 0? The federal government, which spends more
than $3.5 trillion a year, much of it borrowed from outside the United States, has no guideline for how that money is
spent. The Democratic Leader of the Senate said it would be 'foolish for us to do a budget at this stage,' and he's even
refused to hold a vote. When the Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee attempted to hold a markup on a budget,
he was stopped at the last minute and pulled a vote from consideration.
Are you on a "Block-List?" As
of late, conservatives have been dominating social media platforms including Twitter. In 140 characters or less,
conservatives have managed to get deep under the skin of the progressives using the site and in retaliation, it seems, some
Twitter users from the left are creating "blocklists" to automatically get conservatives' accounts suspended. If you are
conservative and using Twitter, you may be on a "blocklist."
Twitter used to silence
conservatives? Conservative Chris Loesch, music producer and husband of radio host and CNN contributor Dana Loesch, had his
Twitter account suspended on Sunday [4/29/2012]. He was apparently targeted by leftist users who utilized the "Block & Report Spam"
function to trigger the social media account's automatic spam algorithm. He was notified of his suspension via an email from Twitter
claiming it was due to multiple unsolicited mentions to other users. "You will need to change your behavior to continue using
Twitter," the email admonished.
A Mournful Milestone. Sunday, April 29, 2012, is an
anniversary unprecedented in the history of American politics, marking three years since the Democratic-led Senate last complied
with federal law by passing a budget. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 stipulates that Congress must approve a budget
resolution by April 15 of each year. In the Senate, only 51 votes are needed to pass a budget, as budgets are
one of the few pieces of legislation invulnerable to a filibuster. Democrats currently control 53 seats.
Senate's scofflaw Democrats. Adopting a budget is
not optional. It is required by law. Under the 1974 Congressional Budget Act, the Senate must move a budget out of the Budget Committee by
April 1 of every year and adopt a budget resolution on the floor by April 15. The House has completed its budget work each of the past
two years since the GOP attained a majority in that chamber. By contrast, the Democratic Senate is continuing its open defiance of budget law
for the third year in a row.
Five Devastating Numbers That
Show Obama's Incompetence. [#3] We're now up to 1,091 days without a budget despite the fact that it's the most basic function of
Congress and it's required by law. There's a simple reason for this: Democrats don't want to offend the general public by increasing spending
or their base by cutting spending; so they've decided to do nothing.
Democrats won't vote on a budget. Households make budgets. So do businesses and nonprofits. There was also
a time when Congress made them, but those days are long gone — 1,086 days gone, to be precise. That's the last
time Democrats, who have controlled one or both houses of Congress this whole time, passed a budget resolution through either the
House or the Senate. [...] Asked to explain this bicameral failure in the face of trillion-dollar deficits, House Majority Leader
Steny Hoyer said, "It's difficult to pass budgets in election years."
punt on Senate budget bill for 3rd year. In a stunning backtrack that virtually guarantees Congress for the
third year will be unable to produce a budget, Senate Democrats' top budget writer Tuesday canceled this week's expected
votes on a 2013 fiscal blueprint. [...] [Senator Kent Conrad's] move stunned Senate Republicans, who had been preparing
amendments for Wednesday and Thursday. "It's hard to negotiate with somebody who won't tell you where they are,"
said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, who said Mr. Conrad was breaking a promise he
made to debate and vote on a budget.
It Takes A Lot of Nerve ...to
criticize Mitt Romney's support for the House Republicans' budget when Senate Democrats won't even write one, in violation of the law,
and President Obama's budgets can't garner a single vote. But that is nevertheless what Obama did.
Left's Orwellian Censorship
Campaign. The evidence of this calculated assault on free speech is overwhelming, but the most recent and high-profile
examples include carefully orchestrated campaigns by three well-funded, interconnected, George Soros-linked organizations:
Media Matters for America (MMFA); the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
drilling for oil in Arctic refuge. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday [3/13/2012] resoundingly rejected
a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to drilling as well
as approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. The vote was the first time in four years the
Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
liberals far less tolerant than normal people. The new research found that instead of engaging in civil
discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social
networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with. That's double the percentage of
conservatives and more than twice the percentage of political moderates who behaved like that. The
proportion jumps even higher when someone on a social site disagrees with a liberal's post.
the democratic process in Maryland. Ludicrously entitled the Maryland Referendum Integrity Act,
this is a blatant political attempt to prevent similar grassroots efforts in the future. In a one-party
state like Maryland, referenda are an essential constitutional check on government overreach. But the bill
would basically outlaw online petition gathering by requiring each voter to sign "in the individual's own
handwriting," with each page notarized.
Leftists attempt to squelch their critics: Want
Proof of How Democrats Would Shut You Up, Tea Partiers? On MSNBC, John Kerry told us
that Tea Party ideas are not "real" ideas, not "factual," and thinks that the media should stop
reporting on anything that smacks of ideas or news coming from Tea Partiers. ... Fortunately, the
Fairness Doctrine has not come back. But this un-American policy idea has been talked about by
leftists every few years since it was torpedoed by Reagan in 1987. They would love to bring it
back. And despite what they claim, the left would use a new Fairness Doctrine to squelch the free
political speech of those on the right.
Super. The new "supercommittee" mandated by the debt ceiling agreement is a train bound for
nowhere. Democrats made sure of that by appointing a bunch of class warriors who put politics first.
Times: It's the Democrats Who Are Blocking a Deal. Though we've been told again and
again how irresponsible, obstinate Republicans were blocking a deal on the debt ceiling, the New
York Times admits this morning the Democrats have actually emerged as the primary obstacle to an
Shuts Down Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat, shut down state offices this week in
Minnesota by not signing on to the largest budget in state history. It's the stuff of theater of the
absurd, and ironic too: It puts more than 24,000 state workers out of work temporarily, dealt them by
a wild-eyed governor they helped elect.
continues his war on cheap American energy. Barack Obama's EPA has been on a crusade to kill
off efforts to boost America's domestic energy supplies. We are now among the least attractive nations
for energy companies seeking to explore and develop energy supplies. The American people are waking up
to the man-made disaster that Barack Obama has created. Three quarters of Americans now think our oil
and gas resources are under-exploited. Yet, Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are doing all they
can do kill carbon and jam down our throats ruinously expensive and uneconomic green schemes that benefit
Obama's Final Solution.
[Scroll down] Obama is fundamentally a very simple, extreme ideologue. He has only one answer.
Everything Obama does comes straight from the most stilted and destructive clichés of the left. The
man has never had an original idea in his life, and wouldn't recognize one if it were served up on a plate
with arugula. He is intellectually locked in concrete.
Too Little, Way Too Late.
Why has the Democratic Party done everything in its power for more than 30 years to suppress domestic
production of oil? Let's consider some sources of petroleum that the Democrats have blocked. ANWR
is estimated to have the capacity to produce 1,000,000 barrels per day. Currently, around 1.5 million
barrels per day are produced in the Gulf of Mexico; if the Obama administration would stop blocking permits
and allow that production to increase by only 20 percent, that would be 300,000 barrels per day.
Then there is the Keystone pipeline. The administration would like to block its construction, which
would prevent 900,000 barrels per day from entering the U.S.
The Democrats' Recall
Bomb. The left-liberals have got themselves a new political weapon. Democrat inability to
prevail at the ballot box has led to tactics of desperation. Falling numbers of Democratic voters ... [has
resulted in] the introduction of all sorts of novel electoral tactics, usually backroom stuff that would be
familiar to Boss Tweed and Frank Hague: endless recounts spiced up by ballots appearing out of quantum
black holes, opponents being denied places on the ballot by legal action (a Cook County special strongly endorsed
by none other than Barack Obama), voting by felons and illegal immigrants. Frivolous recall elections
are simply the latest of these.
The Left Is Out of Ideas. With a little over a year to go until the next national election cycle
is complete, it has become apparent that from an economic standpoint, the SS Liberal has officially run
out of steam. ... And despite all the rosy window dressing provided by the beaming ship attendants of the
mainstream media, who pretend to be shocked every time another leak opens up, we passengers are fully aware
of our surroundings.
It's called stonewalling. What's
the Hold Up on the Maxine Waters Investigation? [Scroll down] On the heels of the massive
investigation and very public trial of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), there was reason to be somewhat optimistic
that Waters would be held accountable. That is until House Ethics Committee Chairman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
started meddling in the process. Not only did Lofgren fail to issue subpoenas for records related to the
scandal, but she also delayed the ethics committee hearing after doing everything in her power to undermine the
professional committee staff leading the investigation. And, as if that were not enough, Lofgren then
improperly fired two attorneys working on the investigation.
Stall: Last week, Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation that limits collective-bargaining privileges for
unionized public employees to pay raises. The law is not really the law, though, until the day after it's
published, a duty of Wisconsin's secretary of state — in this case a Democrat who says he'll hold off
publishing as long as legally possible.
judge blocks collective bargaining bill from taking effect. Though Wisconsin Governor Scott
Walker signed a bill last week to curtail collective bargaining rights for public sector union employees,
the legal battle has only just begun. Friday [3/18/2011], a Wisconsin judge issued a temporary
restraining order blocking the law from taking effect, at least for now. Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi
issued the ruling in a lawsuit that was filed by the county's District Attorney, Ismael Ozanne.
Leftist resort to the courts is sign of desperation. Ending
the global-warming argument. Leftists are rushing to the judiciary as a refuge against
efforts to undermine their global-warming tax schemes. In the current economic environment, the
idea of massive hikes in the price of gasoline and other sources of energy has become radioactive.
In response, the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
are hoping activist judges will enact policies that elected, accountable representatives are increasingly
afraid to touch.
Judge blocks contentious
Wisconsin union law. A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday [3/18/2011]
blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility
that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill.
Judge Sumi's Conflict(s) of Interest. FreedomEden's Mary writes: "Jake Sinderbrand, son
of Judge Maryann Sumi, poses a bit of a problem for his mother." Sumi is the county judge who on Friday
temporarily blocked implementation of the collective bargaining-related law passed by the Wisconsin legislature
and signed by Governor Scott Walker. ... You see, Jake Sinderbrand is "a former field manager with the
AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council." Both organizations have members who are
employed in Wisconsin's public sector. That's already a pretty clear conflict of interest, one
Not Serious. No-drill Democrats are looking wan under the bright light of rising gasoline
prices. So what do they do? They retreat to their worst ideas and claim they've brought a
fresh set of solutions to the table.
President Obama isn't a Supreme Court justice. Two political parties dominate the American
political landscape. One is committed to the rule of law. The other is called the Democratic
Party. ... Legislators are elected to do one thing and one thing only: legislate. When they
leave the state to avoid doing precisely that, they, by definition, are refusing to do their jobs.
Dems defy ballot box. American-style democracy holds together because no matter how nasty the
political game gets, the players honor a few inviolable rules. We obey the laws, even the ones we
disagree with. We respect the ballot box. And after even the most bitterly contested election,
the loser accepts the results, works within the system and awaits another chance to prevail with voters. ... But
what's happening in Wisconsin and Indiana breaks that tradition and puts a crack in our democratic foundation.
AWOL Democrats Experiencing 'Dissension in the Ranks'. Fox Nation has learned exclusively
from a highly placed source within Wisconsin state politics that the fourteen AWOL Democrats are
experiencing "dissension in the ranks." State Sen. Julie Lassa (D) is pregnant and "extremely
unhappy" about being on the run. State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) has been hit particularly hard by
his paycheck being withheld.
The Editor says...
They should have thought of that two weeks ago.
Wis. Dems Face Daily Fines. If the absent Democratic state senators in Wisconsin don't return soon,
they will face fines of $100 per day starting Friday [3/4/2011]. This is just the latest in a series of
measures designed to entice the senators back to the state.
Unions & the Socialist Utopia. [Scroll down] When Democratic lawmakers flee the state in
order to deprive their legislatures of the quorum necessary to vote, they are declaring that they would rather
have no legislature than allow voting on any bill that would break the power of the unions. National
Review's Jim Geraghty describes these legislative walk-outs as "small-scale, temporary secessions." The
analogy is exact. One hundred and fifty years ago, Southern slaveholders realized that the political balance
of the nation had tipped against them, that they could no longer hope to win the political argument for their
system. Faced with a federal government in which they were out-voted, they decided that they would rather
have no federal government at all.
Democrats: Cowards of the
Country. The Democratic Party, unwilling to face tough choices on state budgets, is making a
systematic effort to thwart the will of the people. They have taken legislative bodies in Wisconsin and
Indiana hostage by denying them a working quorum. Insurgent Democratic lawmakers have fled over the border
to find safe haven in Illinois, their equivalent of Pakistan, whence they have issued lists of demands.
Similar tactics may be employed in Ohio, Michigan and other states where Democrats face assertive governors
trying to clean up the fiscal messes left by their predecessors.
halt action in Indiana House. A second attempt to reconvene the Indiana House of Representatives
was again unsuccessful Tuesday [2/22/2011] as only two Democrats showed up for roll call. The House
needs only five more Democratic Representatives to conduct business. Only two Democrats showed up for
the legislative body's 10 a.m. start time, bringing legislative action to a standstill. Tuesday's
walk out comes as Republicans attempted to file controversial "right to work legislation," without the Democrats,
the legislation cannot be considered.
Wisconsin Dems lead the way in the abrogation of
duty. The Spider Hole Party will regret escalating this into a national crisis, because it
highlights their greed, and their total abrogation of duty. Wisconsin Democrats hiding in Illinois is
really no different than Barack Obama dropping an absurd and delusional budget on Congress. Both are the
actions of a Party that has run completely out of ideas, and has no clue how to deal with the collapse of
the unsustainable system they have built over the past few decades. They've retreated to animal
instincts, screaming for even more spending, and snarling in rage when any of their hoarded loot is
Democracy — the Wayward Senators of Wisconsin. [Scroll down] On CNN, John
Nichols of The Nation referred to them as heroes, with fighters' spirits. Running away? Hiding?
In what Bizarro World does this pass as courage? They hijacked the political process. They made
a mockery of democracy. Elected to a job they abandoned, swore an oath to a duty they shirked.
In a child's world it's called running away from home, and is reason for a beating.
Mob Mentality, Mob Rules, We All Lose.
Democratic state senators, objecting to a Republican plan that increases the pension and health care contributions
of state employees (and largely removes their ability to bargain collectively) have fled the state to deny the
elected body a quorum. One legislator without a sense of irony posted "Democracy" on his Facebook page
before bailing out on the duties of his elected office. If there was a question about whether loyalty
to unions trumped loyalty to constituents, it has been answered.
away is irresponsible. They made their point. Now it's time to get back to work —
in Madison, not Rockford, Ill., or Chicago. The Senate Democrats who fled Wisconsin for Illinois last
week need to do the jobs they were elected to do at the state Capitol in Madison. Running away from their
problems won't solve them. All 14 Democrats in the 33-member Wisconsin Senate staged a walkout from the
Wisconsin Capitol in Madison on Thursday.
Howard Dean and the $100,000
Wisconsin Slush Fund. Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean,
a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of President's Day had raised over
$100,000 in a slush fund to "back" the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic State Senators.
and Unions: Foes to Educational Reform. Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called on 14 state
Senate Democrats, who had fled the state instead of voting on a deficit-cutting anti-teachers-union bill, to
return and do their jobs. Senate Republicans hold a 19-14 majority there but can't vote on the bill unless
at least one Democrat is present. Does that sound like democracy at work to you?
Flashback to 2003: Texas
House paralyzed by Democratic walkout. With action in the Texas House brought to a standstill,
roughly 50 state Democratic representatives said they would remain in neighboring Oklahoma "as long as
it takes" to block a Republican-drawn redistricting plan that could cost them five seats in Congress.
Blame is the Name of the Game. In the closing days of the 2005 congressional session,
it became crystal clear which party had ideas and legislative priorities, and which party was content
to adopt a "block and blame" strategy. Ground zero for this demonstration was the floor of
the United States Senate.
Obama on Energy: Fancy New Rhetoric, Same
Failed Policies. In the State of the Union address, President Obama missed a prime-time
opportunity to truly usher our nation into a secure energy future. He changed his rhetoric and
his tone, but not his harmful policies or misinformed ideology.
The Climate of Hate Will Not Dissipate.
[Scroll down] The blood libel also endures for the same reason liberals always fall back on charges of greed,
racism, or similar paranoid fantasies: it's all they've got. These people are deeply
frightened by America's decisive turn against them. They have no logical arguments left — the
wreckage of their failure is strewn from coast to coast. The blood libel is a wail of desperation
from a dying movement furiously trying to claw its way from the grave of history.
'Civil' Discourse: A
One-Way Street? In the wake of the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson,
and the murders of six of her constituents who went to see her at a local Safeway grocery store, the
American people have been hearing a lot about the need to return to "civility" in our political discourse.
What exactly does that mean? It depends upon whom you ask.
Filibuster Follies. Waking
up to a thinner majority, the Senate majority leader suddenly finds the filibuster a threat to democracy. So he
decides that the first legislative day will be the day the Senate stood still.
in denial about Obama's 'achievements'. [Scroll down] Then there's the problem of President George W.
Bush. If Obama is so much smarter than Bush is, how come he can't come up with new ways to do things but
ends up instead with the Bush tax cuts, with the Bush protocols for the war on terror, with the Bush wars, the
Bush generals, the Bush surge strategies, and the Bush policies on Guantanamo Bay?
The Biggest Target is
Liberalism. One thing that the Obama presidency has raised to the level of an axiom is the fact
that no aspect of liberalism ever dies. The administration has reached back to the New Deal, the British
National Health Service, and the Great Society for its "new, unheralded policies" to overcome our current
problems. It seems that no policy or concept is too antiquated, over the hill, or moribund for the Obama
Truth Imitates Fiction — It Has
Already Happened Here. [Scroll down] A closer and more realistic look at the
characteristics of the National Democratic Party in the 1930s and today will reveal that indeed, the fear of a
Fascist take-over in the United States was most likely then and is most likely to occur today as a direct
result of a charismatic leader and collectivist policies that weaken the checks and balances of our
representative form of government and the built-in safeguards of Constitutional Liberties.
Soaking the Rich. Liberals have an
amazing ability to overlook the obvious. This is particularly true when it comes to deficits and debt.
Their proposals to tax their way to solvency is akin to proposing to rescue a sinking ship by moving the water to
another deck. The left imagine they can bail out the boat by soaking the rich. Simply stopping
the flood of deficit spending somehow escapes them.
The Big Bamboozler.
On Monday [8/2/2010], at yet another campaign fundraiser, the part-time President, full-time campaigner
Barack Obama told Democrat fat cats, with both hands in taxpayer pockets, that Republicans "have not come
up with a single, solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people." But where are
Barack Obama's new ideas? The Keynesian deficit spending of the 1970s, focused on the make-work jobs
programs of the 1930s, is not exactly a new idea.
Senate Democrats Stifle Free Speech? The DISCLOSE Act is a desperate attempt to influence
the November elections, and minimize Democrat losses. Senator Schumer and the legislation's other
sponsors aim to have a law on the books that will take effect prior to November regardless of whether a
regulatory system is in place to enforce the burdensome new reporting requirements. The Act, its
reporting burdens, and penalties are set to take effect 30 days after it has been signed by President
We'll stop blaming Bush when his problems go away. Democrats will keep blaming George W. Bush
until the problems from his administration end, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In an interview with
MSNBC, Pelosi said congressional Democrats feel justified in blaming the Bush administration because of the
problems it left behind for President Barack Obama. Asked if there was a statute of limitations on
blaming Bush, Pelosi said: "Well, it runs out when the problems go away.
The Editor says...
I hope Speaker Pelosi doesn't mind that she and Obama get the blame for the duration of all the
problems they have caused, because that will be a long time.
Censor Climate Skeptics in Congress. The Democratically-controlled Committee on Energy Independence
and Global Warming held a hearing yesterday [12/2/2009] to examine the science behind global warming.
Two climate experts from the Obama administration testified, but when Republicans asked to have a global-warming
skeptic at the hearing, Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) refused to allow it.
Senate Rules. Today [12/16/2009] Sen. Tom Coburn forced the reading of Sen. Bernie Sanders's entire
767-page amendment to provide single-payer health care. This process would have taken some twelve
hours at least. The Senate rule is that once the clerk starts reading the bill, no senator can
stop the reading of that bill unless every senator agrees. Somehow, though, the chair allowed
Bernie Sanders to interrupt the reading and withdraw his amendment, which, under the rules, he should
not have been allowed to do without unanimous consent.
A clown's impression of
seriousness. Sen. Joe Lieberman was making remarks on Medicare on the Senate floor
when his allotted time expired. As is standard practice in the Senate, Lieberman asked the
chair for a few minutes of additional time to conclude, "without objection." But the presiding
officer, one Sen. Al Franken, said no. "In my capacity as Senator from Minnesota, I object."
John McCain: Al Franken-Joe
Lieberman episode shows deterioration of Senate. Sen. John McCain on Friday denounced
the decision of Democrats to cut off Sen. Joe Lieberman in the middle of a floor speech, saying that
the good will in the usually clubby Senate seems to have evaporated. "I've been around here for
more than 20 years, yesterday on the floor of the Senate, the senator from Connecticut was finishing
up his remarks ... and was objected to by the newest member of the United States Senate — and
in the most brusque way."
Clown Turns Senate Into a Circus. [Scroll down slowly] Reportedly, Franken was following
orders by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when he cut off Lieberman's speech. Reid is claiming that
Franken's action was not personal against Lieberman, but it was just a way to keep the debate moving so that
health care reform can be passed by Christmas. However, few honestly doubt that this wasn't deeply
personal. Lieberman has slowed down a rush to socialized health care and many Democrats are furious
Answer These Questions or it's Buh-bye in 2010. By now, the American people realize that the
leaders of the Democrat party don't have much respect for the principles that made this country great.
Their only interest is in remaining in power while pretending that they're concerned for the working class.
What a joke. It's the working class that always gets hammered by the socialist policies of the liberal
left. It's clearer every day that Democrats stay in power by subverting the laws of the land whenever
it suits them. Every single time legislation is introduced to combat voter fraud, the Democrats
prevent it from getting out of committee.
Desperately Need a Star. Turns out Republicans were right all along. Hellbent terrorists around the
world really do want to kill Americans, and the best place to keep those we catch is Gitmo. Just ask Democrats in
Congress. And the best way to try the relentless bastards is through military tribunals. Just ask President
I Feel Your Pain. Not Theirs. Yours. After
aggressively blocking [Miguel] Estrada's nomination to a federal appeals court during Bush's first term solely on the
grounds that he is Hispanic and was likely headed for the Supreme Court — according to Senate Democrat staff
memos — now Democrats have the audacity to rave that Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice!
The Obama Counter-Revolution. The
radicals of the 1960s were not rebelling about what their professors told them: they were, instead, advancing
the collectivist elitism of their professors. I endured these dull dons of the classroom decades ago. They
held no new thoughts. They had no fresh ideas. They were, instead, mean priests of an old intolerant
religion which we call the "Left." Barack Obama learned his catechism under these narrow-minded champions
of the Old Regime.
the Tea Party Movement. Those on the left have spent so much time over the past eight years
bashing George Bush that they are having trouble shifting gears. Instead of enjoying their big win in
2008 and going positive, following their leader Obama's "hope and change" message, they are still tearing
down anyone who doesn't agree with them.
The Rapacity of
Odacity. Socialism is rapaciously greedy —that's what endless envy warfare comes
down to. The Left likes to preen itself with the word 'progressive,' when it is actually the
most regressive political strategy in history. The key political move is to seek out the
most rapacious people —not hungry for food but power —and use them to mobilize
an attack on the productive sector, the milk cows of society. It is the most primitive political
strategy ever. It goes back to the Romans and long before.
The Shrine of
FDR: Sirota's point about high-school civics classes helps explain the vitriol. The glory of the
New Deal is, for liberals, settled dogma. To question it is akin to casting doubt on geocentrism in the
14th century. Worse, it is an attempt to erase liberalism's most usable past. Significantly,
FDR has recently become more relevant and popular among "progressives" than he's been for a generation.
In 2006, Nancy Pelosi reportedly said that three words prove the Democrats aren't out of ideas: "Franklin
Delano Roosevelt." This revival has many causes. One is surely the rise of the "netroots" and their
renewed emphasis on reviving the Democratic party as a vehicle of progress. Since the Democratic party is
still for all intents and purposes a Roosevelt cargo cult, any Democratic "comeback" would be a comeback for
New Dealism as well.
Controls Mean Mediocre Management. Over the ages of human existence, wage and price controls
have ended the reign of Egyptian pharaohs, brought down the Babylonian Empire, and further weakened the Nixon
administration. But that didn't stop Senator Claire McCaskill from proposing wage controls again.
McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill that would make it illegal for any employee of a company bailed out with
taxpayer money to get more compensation than the president gets.
The Geithner Exception: [Scroll down]
The just-issued Conyers report on "Reining in the Imperial Presidency" calls on the new Obama administration to "begin an
independent criminal review (my emphasis) of activities of the outgoing administration, such as enhanced interrogation,
extraordinary rendition, and domestic warrantless surveillance." As prelude, the House last February voted contempt of
Congress against Bush White House officials Josh Bolten and Harriet Miers and referred them for prosecution.
Unconstitutional Constitution. Last November, 13,402,566 California voters expressed themselves
for or against Proposition 8, which said that their state's Constitution should be amended to define
marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. The voters, confident that they had a right to
decide this question by referendum, endorsed Proposition 8 by a margin of 52.3 to 47.7. Now comes
California's attorney general, Jerry Brown — always a fountain of novel arguments — with
a 111-page brief asking the state Supreme Court to declare the constitutional amendment unconstitutional.
Obama Dusts Off Hoover Playbook.
The Obama campaign is using Wall Street's woes as a new rationale for its massive tax increases and
protectionism. The last president to take that approach helped cause the Great Depression.
Barack Obama-san. Not to
spoil the party, but this is not a new idea. Keynesian "pump-priming" in a recession has often been tried, and
as an economic stimulus it is overrated. The money that the government spends has to come from somewhere,
which means from the private economy in higher taxes or borrowing. The public works are usually less
productive than the foregone private investment.
Harry Reid's America: The Senate Rules
make clear that legislation should be subject to debate and amendment. These two are essential rights provided
to the minority, unless [Harry] Reid is the majority leader. During the 110th Congress, Reid filed a record
137 cloture petitions, effectively abrogating the ability to debate. A number of times, Reid filed cloture on
legislation the same day it was made available to Republicans; these cloture petitions occurred before some senators
had an opportunity to read the legislative language.
'new'. America first encountered the vision Obama espouses under Woodrow Wilson, the first progressive
president, and the first to openly disparage the U.S. Constitution as a hindrance to enlightened government. His
new idea was to replace it with a "living constitution" that empowered government to evolve beyond that document's
Read this article. The Cloward-Piven
Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis: The Strategy was first elucidated in the May 2, 1966
issue of The Nation magazine by a pair of radical socialist Columbia University professors, Richard
Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. David Horowitz summarizes it as: "The strategy of forcing
political change through orchestrated crisis. The 'Cloward-Piven Strategy' seeks to hasten the fall of
capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society
into crisis and economic collapse."
Congressional corruption: Congress
has become corrupt. "Public policies for the benefit of the people" is no longer the purpose, nor even
the goal of Congress. The first purpose of Congress is to gain and retain the control of congressional
power. No issue or public need takes precedence over this purpose. Congress has devised rules and
procedures that are used to avoid debate and prevent opposing views and ideas. A perfect example of this
corruption is the current gridlock over the issue of energy.
Dems like $10 per Gallon Gasoline.
You have to see this video to believe it. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) was on the Senate
floor earlier today, attempting to get offshore drilling authorized. As you'll see on the YouTube shot, he
tried to get Democrats to agree to a trigger for it, at ever-increasing levels of gas prices. McConnell
was asking for unanimous consent, so the bill could pass immediately. Try as he might, Sen. Ken Salazar
(D-Co) objected no matter how high McConnell raised the ante. $4 a gallon? Salazar objected.
$7.50 a gallon? Again, Salazar objected. Finally, McConnell offers a trigger for offshore drilling
permission at $10 a gallon gasoline prices. And guess what? Salazar objected.
That '70s Show:
You may have noticed that denouncing the "failed policies of the past" has become the official catechism of the
Democratic Party. So, you'd think if everything Bush has done is wrong, then a reversal of his position
would be right. Wrong again. We didn't hear applause from Democrats this week when President Bush
"reversed" his "longstanding position" (in the words of The New York Times) on offshore drilling.
Liberals as reactionaries: Despite
his talk of change, [Obama] has failed to deviate from oldline liberal orthodoxy on a single issue of
importance. There is nothing in his world view that wouldn't have been familiar to and approved of by
mainstream liberals circa 1968.
Forty Years after the
Death of a Party. No major political movement that despised America could have survived in
America in 1940. Indeed, no major political movement can survive in a democracy which despises its
homeland — except in America. Forty years ago, the Democratic Party became an anomaly in the history of
democracies: It assumed a posture of contempt towards the very nation which it sought to govern.
The Gods of Liberalism: While
visiting the Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Va., a few weeks back, I heard a troubling, albeit
thought-provoking, sermon. Pastor John Mabray addressed the ancient Canaanite practice of Baal worship and, though
he didn't reveal it by name, connected the dots to its present-day progeny: liberalism. Baal, the half-bull,
half-man god of fertility, was the focal point of pagan idolatry in Semitic Israel until God revealed His monotheistic
nature to Judaism's forebears. In his sermon, Pastor Mabray illustrated that, although they've now assumed a more
contemporary flair, the fundamentals of Baal worship remain alive and well today. The principal pillars of Baalism
were child sacrifice, sexual immorality (both heterosexual and homosexual) and pantheism (reverence of creation over the
Recycling Jimmy Carter:
Barack Obama doesn't just talk about conservation, he practices it. In his thinking and proposals on
energy, the Illinois senator has expertly recycled Jimmy Carter. Though there may be a difference here
or there, the Obama policies are essentially Carter's. You have doubts? Read through Carter's
energy speech from April 1977. In a nationally televised addressed, Carter struck themes that are echoed
by Obama today.
How Chuck Schumer Caused the Second Largest Bank Failure in US History:
Why would a federal official with enormous power, destroy an institution on which tens of thousands of depositors (not all of
whom are insured) and employees depend? Why would a New York Senator attack a Pasadena bank, acting as some sort of amateur,
self-appointed, long-distance bank examiner? Perhaps this might help answer the question: Indymac has been under
attack from the hard left.
The House of Waxman.
When the Democrats regained control of Congress in 2006, headline writers had a field day with the bestowal of
subpoena power on Henry Waxman, the dogged hound of oversight from California.
Energy Plan: Tax, Sue, and Investigate. To most Americans, addressing rising energy prices
might include at least a bow to the law of supply and demand. It might contain some true common sense
ideas such as stepped-up exploration, added domestic refinery capacity, or other measures to increase U.S.
energy and reduce dependence on foreign supplies. But Democrats made clear they have other priorities.
They want to tax, sue and investigate their way out of this problem.
What Do The Democrats Take Us For?
The public wants more oil, but Democrats keep offering the same solutions, not one of which includes drilling and all of
which are asinine. Do they think the American people are fools?
Are Facts Obsolete?
As the hypnotic mantra of "change" is repeated endlessly, few people even raise the question of whether what
few specifics we hear represent any real change, much less a change for the better. Raising taxes,
increasing government spending and demonizing business? That is straight out of the New Deal of the
1930s. The New Deal was new then but it is not new now. Moreover, increasing numbers of economists
and historians have concluded that New Deal policies are what prolonged the Great Depression.
Of Course, Liberals Want to Nationalize Oil!
The Democrat Party has a lone objective when it comes to the vital issue of energy: Obstruction! By
opposing drilling, additional refining capacity, and the development of nuclear power, the Left has left no
stone unturned in assuring that America will never achieve energy independence. At least not through
private enterprise, that is. After all, $10 a gallon gasoline is worth the price to liberals if they
can destroy the American oil industry.
Boxer. In March, the White House nominated David Hill as general counsel for the Environmental
Protection Agency. He ought to have zipped through the Senate. ... The 10-9 vote had no relation at all
to Mr. Hill's qualifications to serve and everything to do with preventing any policy supervision at the
EPA. The committee is chaired by California's Barbara Boxer, who is livid that the EPA has so far
declined to rewrite existing environmental laws to regulate greenhouse gasses.
The Democrats' Choice.
Next week the Democrats will mark their 100th day running Congress, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declared
herself "enormously proud" of their record. We think it's too soon to judge success or failure, and in
any case the more pertinent question concerns what the Democrats are trying to accomplish: Do they want to get
something done, which will require the signature of a Republican President who still has 21 months in
office? Or is their goal to delegitimize the Bush Presidency with a purely partisan goal of regaining
the White House in 2008?
Over to You,
Speaker Pelosi. Gas is still at $4 a gallon, but the good news is there's an emerging consensus
on a measure that would help: Drill for more oil here at home. President Bush dropped the
executive ban on offshore oil and natural gas exploration last week, and House GOP leader John Boehner
plans to lead a congressional delegation to Colorado and Alaska to highlight America's abundant energy
resources this week. Polls show more than two-thirds of the public support increased domestic
energy exploration and production. Guess who stands in the way.
Democrats Float Bill to Curb Gasoline
Demand. Anxious to look like they're doing something about rising oil and gas prices — but
unwilling to expand domestic oil drilling — Democrats have introduced a bill that's supposed to ease pain at
the pump by offering alternatives to driving. The bill does nothing to increase domestic energy supply.
energy. Energy policy is now on life support. Reasonable measures that actually produce
more domestic energy garner strong bipartisan support. Needless to say, the current crop of Democratic
congressional leaders won't offend their environmental special interest group friends and bend to what the
rest of America really wants.
Are liberals victims of
SHD? Libs are the victims of their own media dominance. They're talking to themselves when
they turn on the news or read the paper. The trouble is that talking to yourself keeps you deaf and blind
to new ideas. You always stay in the same mental box, creating a vicious cycle when liberals enforce
speech codes, which just protect them from new ideas again. (They must feel very, very vulnerable
Core Conservative Beliefs:
I've recently read two articles that have as their theme the fact that liberals, while currently riding the
anti-War, anti-George Bush juggernaut, are defined by negativity and, in fact, offer no new ideas to replace
the doctrines and people they seek to defeat. In that regard, modern liberalism (or, as liberals have
restyled the movement, Progressivism) is a political movement akin to the person who rips down an ugly house,
but has no idea how to rebuild a new one, leaving the former residents homeless.
Radio Free America:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the liberal left have a problem with unfettered free speech on talk radio and are
calling for government regulation. Is it because in the marketplace of ideas they're bankrupt?
Michael Moore: A Criminal Profile. There
is little doubt that Michael Moore is one of the most public anti-American propagandists of modern times. Without fail,
his lengthy lists of so called documentary works have all encompassed his varying visions of the shortcomings of the United
States. What many Americans take issue with Moore, is the deceptive means by which he collects his information and the
even more deceptive way he portrays this information to the public.
Regurgitating the Apple: How Modern
Liberals "Think". I assume that just about everybody in this room agrees that the Democrats are
wrong on just about every issue. Well, I'm here to propose to you that it's not "just about" every issue;
it's quite literally every issue. And it's not just wrong; it's as wrong as wrong can be; it's
180 degrees from right; it is diametrically opposed to that which is good, right, and successful.
What I discovered is that this is not an accident. This is part of a philosophy that now dominates the
whole of Western Europe and the Democratic Party today. I, like some others, call it Modern Liberalism.
The Modern Liberal will invariably side with evil over good, wrong over right, and the behaviors that lead to
failure over those that lead to success.
Control: The political left, which holds itself as progressive, rational and fact-based, is
becoming an enemy of academic inquiry, and a practitioner of thought control on a wide variety of issues.
Increasingly, from the left's perspective, there is just one acceptable viewpoint. Consider the subjects
of evolution, global warming, special rights for homosexuals and abstinence education.
Blank Check from
America? It is now clear to all that this year's Democrats are deliberately avoiding spelling out
any coherent policy program of their own. Their strategy is to second-guess, denigrate, and undermine
Republicans instead of offering an agenda of their own. Rather than having a contract with America,
they are seeking a blank check from America. Moreover, they may get it.
The Threat of
Reimposition of the So-called Fairness Doctrine. Liberals have tried to imitate what
conservatives have done with radio. First, they tried various programs. They all failed. Then
with Air America they were going to try to put a network together. In case you haven't heard, it went
belly up. Now they are trying again. Likely they will fail. Why? Because of the
hopelessness of their message.
The Party's Over.
The Democrats have become a colation of interests in search of power, and lack any
unifying ideas. Today the ideas pushing the political forum are found not among the
Democrats, but rather their opposition.
The Europeanization of the Democratic
Party. Ronald Reagan famous declaration that he "did not leave the Democratic Party. It
left me" can be made more contemporary. The Democratic Party has not only left behind many of its old
principles and ideals, it now seems to be in the process of losing its moorings and leaving America entirely.
Races, Democrats Look at Rivals' Personal Lives. In the wake of the Mark Foley page scandal,
Democrats are targeting the personal lives of Republicans in numerous key House races as part of a campaign
to capitalize on voter disgust with the messy personal lives and alleged character defects among elected
[These are the same people who dismissed the Lewinski scandal by saying that Bill Clinton's "personal
life" was nobody else's business.]
State of the
Democratic party: Today's Democrats largely refuse to even admit that the problems President
Bush is trying to solve even exist. They offer nothing. … On Iraq, on Iran, on intercepting
terrorist communications, they have no positive proposals for success.
response to my many critics — and a solution. For the record, because I deem this a
significant statement about most of the Left, I found virtually no left-wing blog that was not filled with
obscenity-laced descriptions of me. Aside from the immaturity and loathing of higher civilization that
such public use of curse words reveal, the fury and hate render the leftist charge that it is the Right that is
hate-filled one of the most obvious expressions of psychological projection I have seen in my lifetime.
liberals are crushing dissent: Liberals are actively undermining first amendment rights to free
speech by trying to crush opposing views. Growing ever bolder in their naked grab for power they are
leaving scorched earth behind those who disagree with them. This is why Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman,
and Zell Miller no longer find themselves included in the modern Democratic Party. What is left over
for the Democrats are wildly anti-American, anti-God, and anti-biblical leftists who are now bragging about
their use of brute force to crush the voices of those who disagree with them.
Avoiding the flow chart. [Democrats] continue to hide behind their naked criticisms of President
Bush and his policies, offering no intelligible alternative policy. Nonsense, you say. Democrats
are demanding withdrawal. Are they? To be sure, they make loud noises about withdrawal, but when
Republicans have forced a vote on it, most of them have run for the tall grass.
The Ideology of
Defeatism: It is clear that the objective of liberal policy is not to be more effective, but to
uphold liberal values. If this means losing a war, so be it. It is better to accept defeat than to
adapt to the needs of an illiberal world. … Liberal opposition to the death penalty for any crime, no
matter how horrific; and for widening the definition of "cruel and unusual punishment" is the domestic side
of this ideology. So is opposition to private gun ownership, as it keeps alive a familiarity with
weapons, and a belief in active self-defense.
endorse domestic spying. What changed their minds on Iraq is the same thing that's
changing their minds today on the NSA program: public opinion. Once again, their
attempt to demonize and hamstring the commander in chief has backfired. Once again, they
have exposed themselves as the party frightfully weak on national security and dangerously
tentative on the War on Terror.
To My Democratic Friends:
Though Democrats continue an organized campaign to find something — anything — to justify
their anger at the president, they have yet to develop a campaign for anything.
mirage: After the 2004 election liberals bombarded us with endless screeds sneering at how
stupid, gullible and reality-challenged Red-staters were to have voted for President Bush. But in
ploy after partisan ploy ever since, the Democratic leadership has made it painfully obvious they regard
their own constituencies with similar contempt.
A Party Without
Ideas: What has happened to the Democrats over the past few decades is best captured by the
phrase "reactionary liberalism." Spent of new ideas, their only remaining idea is to hang on to the
status quo at all costs.
democrats: The reason Democrats have no message is that they have no ideas. When
prescription drugs is your poster issue, you know that you're in trouble.
Agenda. Russ Feingold reveals what many Democrats really want. … Everyone should
understand that censure and impeachment are important — and so far the only — parts
of the left's agenda for the next Congress.
"We Can Do
Better," But Don't Ask Us How. Yes, Republicans are experiencing great difficulties
right now, but … Democrats are in even worse shape. While they can feast on their anti-Bush
cuisine between elections, they're eventually going to have to come up with a menu of their own.
The plantation that
Hillary loves. Mudslinging by leading Democrats, usually taking form these days as trying to
brand Republicans as racists, confirms what I have been writing about for a number of years: the
Democratic Party is running on an empty tank. Bankrupt of ideas, the only thing they have to offer
is slamming the opposition and playing the race card.
Foley. The Democrats think they have found their smoking gun. A little-known Republican
congressman has resigned in a cloud of immorality, and the left and their media minions are sounding the
midterm election victory bell. Hurray for them. Of course, they can only succeed with this
strategy — one that conveniently doesn't require them to offer an alternate platform or one
single idea to the electorate — if enough conservatives buy into the clarion call, and stay
home on November 7. Cynically, this is what the Democrats are counting on, and
intelligent voters across the country must not fall prey to this charade.
Will we survive the Clinton
process? The gaudy, 24-hour-a-day, Clinton offensive operation has replaced political ideas,
thoughts, philosophy, and tenets in the now completely and utterly bankrupt Democratic Party populated by an
increasing number of secular progressives of the George Soros stripe. Can we Americans survive this
empty almost violent Clinton process much longer?
Put up or shut
up. Add "domestic spying" to the long list of botched attempts to unseat
George W. Bush. The New York Times' would-be bombshell alleging Nixonian snoopery has detonated
in its builders' faces. The story not only hasn't shaken Washington, it has restored the president's
standing by reinforcing popular suspicions that he, unlike leading Democrats, takes seriously
(a) terrorists' intentions and (b) the necessity of winning the war.
Money can't buy you
safety. These are difficult times to be a liberal. On issue after issue,
they're outflanked by conservative ideas and hampered by their own lack of ideas. With Social
Security, liberals oppose personal accounts and progressive indexing. The only liberal idea
introduced this year is Rep. Robert Wexler's plan to increase taxes.
Security. The canard propagated by Democrats and enabled by spineless Republicans is that any
GOP reform would rob benefits from today's seniors. The Democrats' alternative? Why, they
A bankruptcy of values and
ideas. Democrats tell us the American people share their vision, yet many of their leaders won't
be honest about who they are and what they believe.
The Democrats' "Partnership for
America's Future": What big idea, what sui generis concept, what revelation has been
delivered to them that puts the "new" in the Demos' "New Partnership" with you and me? The answer
is — drum roll, please — more government.
Democrats need to come up with some
ideas. One would think that a decisive loss in the presidential election, along with losses in
the House and Senate, would have caused the creative juices to flow in the Democratic Party. Yet, the
opposite is happening. Rather than opening up the faucet of ideas, they've completely turned it off.
The new status
quo: The evolution of liberalism from a forward-looking to a backward-looking creed is partly the
result of success — and partly a result of a failure to see where liberal ideas would lead.
History does not always move in one direction, and if it seemed headed left a half-century ago, it seems
headed the other way now.
Old campaign tactics, new
weapons. You can always count on the Democratic Left to unfurl their favorite three
strategies: class warfare, generational warfare and race-baiting. An "Election Day Manual" put out
by the Kerry campaign reveals the strategy: "If no signs of intimidation techniques (at the polls) have
emerged, launch a pre-emptive strike" alleging voter suppression by the Republicans.