2014 SOTU Rebuttal, What?

If you listened to President Obama deliver his 2014 State of the Union address and thought you were hearing him on the 2007 campaign trail, you wouldn’t be wrong. After five years of his administration, the first two of which he held both houses of Congress, no one has done more to depress our economy in joblessness, long-term unemployment, and in falling family incomes than the President himself. So he must be seen as campaigning to fix things for which he takes no responsibility. Or as Charles Krauthammer said, “He sounds like a president who realizes he’s not going to get it done.” I don’t have to tell you that. You are living it.

President Obama wins the award for the longest speeches without saying anything of substance. That is why I was so looking forward to hearing the Republican’s “response,” which used to be called a rebuttal. No disrespect or anything personal towards Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), but the only thing worse than that SOTU address, was the Republican response. That opportunity missed, was an embarrassment that proves only one thing. The Republican Leadership has no guts and no will to do an honest rebuttal, point by point, to the fairy tale Obama told. Not just the misery he has caused, the exploding debt with no intention of stopping, the limiting and revoking of our freedoms, the making of his own laws and the breaking of his own laws, but a way out. None of that. Instead, we had a bedtime story fit for a cup of hot chocolate and a fuzzy blanket.

It was disheartening to see the Legislative branch of our government give the Executive branch a standing ovation when the President said he was going to run around them wherever he could to advance his political agenda. This is tyranny right in front of our eyes.  We saw the three equal branches of government dissolve before our eyes.

There were two other rebuttals to the President’s SOTU speech. Both of which did the job that the Republican response failed to do. They articulated the problem, and suggested a solution. Sen. Rand Paul’s address was spot on when he said before you can render a fix, you have to identify the problem. Which he did. Rep. Mike Lee’s response included the notion that the solutions to the problems facing us are not going to come from a top-heavy big government that purports to know how to spend your money better than you. It’s going to come from a big people taking responsibility and taking charge of the government. The way our founders intended it to be.

Both men articulated an inclusive vision. A vision easily acceptable to working people and families from all political parties trying to fulfill that American Dream.

I encourage you to at least hear them in their own words, because you won’t see them in the mainstream media.

DOJ Says NO To Special Prosecutor For IRS Investigation

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Cruz criticized the administration for failing to keep up its commitment to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the targeting, for appointing a partisan, Democrat donor to lead DOJ’s probe into the IRS, and for bypassing Congress to make new IRS rules that would stifle free speech among non-profit organizations.

On the heels of a State of the Union address, where the Legislative Branch of our government (all Democrats) gave the Executive Branch of our government (a Democrat) a standing ovation when President Obama said he would go around them wherever he could to advance his political agenda, we saw three equal branches of government dissolve before our eyes. Except for the media, who either hasn’t noticed or won’t notice.

Today, Attorney General Eric (Gun Runner) Holder said he doesn’t see anything wrong with appointing a Obama political campaign contributor to impartially investigate the targeting of political opposition groups by the IRS.

Folks, this is what tyranny looks like. It is your constitutional responsibility to stand up to this coup. Starting at the voting booth and ending when it ends.

Brit Hume On The Moral Case For Defending Life

Demonstrators assembled in Washington DC, on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to oppose abortion on demand and the court decision that enabled it. Fox News Political Analyst Brit Hume delivered a passionate commentary about it.

Transcript:

The 41st anniversary of the day the Supreme Court found that a generalized right to privacy it had basically invented, meant that a woman has a constitutional right to snuff out an unborn life, a human being with the beating heart.

That’s what a fetus as young as six weeks is.  Small wonder these protester still come every year to register their continuing objections.

Some estimates are that as many as 55 million abortions, 55 million, have occurred since the court acted. In that time, science has given us an ever clearer picture of just how much of a baby a fetus is.

At 20 weeks we now know these tiny creatures can hear, even recognize a mother’s voice. Their toenails are growing and their hearts beat loud enough to be heard by stethoscope.

The moral case for allowing such beings to be killed grows ever weaker and it’s advocates resort to evermore absurd euphemisms to describe what they support.

They’re not really pro abortion they’ve long said, they’re pro-choice.  This isn’t about killing unborn babies, it’s about reproductive health.  And the biggest chain of abortion clinics in the country refers to itself as Planned Parenthood.  In 2012 this organization says it carried out “abortion procedures” 329,445 times. Whatever that number represents it’s not parenthood. These protesters here today understand that there’s something deeply false and wrong about all this.

They come each year to remind the rest of us.

Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-1) Rated #1 By GovTrack

The 2013 Report Cards are out for all members of Congress, and our representative Jeff Miller (R) rated #1 in three categories Cosponsors, Leadership, and Committee Positions. Follow this LINK to see the rest.

Kudos to Jeff for his representation of Florida District 1.

For a listing of all members of Congress, click HERE.

What ‘Circling The Wagons’ Looks Like, CBS Cuts Cruz

The editors at Face The Nation didn’t like the answer Ted Cruz gave to host Bob Scheiffer’s question about his 2016 aspirations. So they didn’t air it.

I mean really. They wouldn’t want to take the wind out of Obama’s sails for his State of the Union show before it even happened, would they?

And on top of that, in keeping the wagons circled around this administration, the show ended with all of them (reputed conservatives included) repeating Obama’s mantra that R’s have no alternative to the ACA. As if President Obama hasn’t been lying about it for years already. Excuse me, IT’S CALLED H.R.2300 for God’s sake and IT’S BEEN OUT THERE IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER FOR FIVE YEARS NOW!

Link: H.R. 2300: Empowering Patients First Act of 2013

Conservatism, The Biggest Story Never Told, Since Reagan

Unless you were listening to Rush or read The Blaze, you are not aware of news that Rush correctly characterized as ‘earth-shattering,’

It’s the fantastic, and real, turn-around that Gov. Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin as reflected in his State of the State address. Not only are new jobs being created, they have a budget surplus already amounting to $912 million, and is giving the people’s money back to them by cutting income taxes and property taxes. Why you might ask? Because Walker believes the taxpayer’s money belongs to them. Not the government. Gov. Walker also made the point that the surplus was not just a gimmick of budgeting or accounting (like we’re used to by the pols in Washington), but was the result of serious, significant policy changes. 

Listen to Rush’s take on this as it relates to the Tea Party, conservative principles, and the establishment Republicans. It’s a home run.

Shame on the media for actively ignoring this news story. And shame on the RNC, the Republican Governor’s Association, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Speaker John Boehner for also ignoring it.

Rush, as usual, is right. The Wisconsin success story must be touted as the example of not just what is possible, but of what has actually been done. In a Blue state no less. Talk about ‘open tent’ and appealing to people from both parties? And under the right leadership can also be done for the country. If the establishment Republicans weren’t so focused on demonizing conservatives, the tea party, and on trying to be Democrat-lite,  their 2014 campaign theme is right before their freaking eyes.  It’s a strong message for how to turn this country around. It’s a ready-made script for a conservative campaign, to contrast Walker’s success story to Mr. Hopey Changy, focused like a laser on his teleprompter, robbing from future generations with debt, jumping from one problem Americans face to another, ignoring the fact that he is the cause of them all, wasting trillions of dollars on “stimulus” spending with nothing good to show for it.

Links: Limbaugh, Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Earthquake of Conservatism Goes Ignored by Media, GOP 

Today’s Progressives, Pop Quiz

In a way to better understand why we are where we are (going down the tubes) in America today, you need to understand the mindset and philosophy of the people leading the charge. President Obama wasn’t the first “leader” to call for fundamental change.

Here’s a quick quiz.  Below are nine quotes, two each from Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, and one bonus quote where you name who said it. Hint, the bonus quote belongs to none of the above.

Which quote belongs to who?

  1. “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
  2. “It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.”
  3. “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
  4. “We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?”
  5. “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
  6. “I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution…”
  7. “We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
  8. “I also believe that every new handgun sale or transfer should be registered in a national registry…”
  9. A prospective K-12 teacher needs to ‘be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and…be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, teaching for social justice and liberation.”

Answers: (1,2) Vladimir Lenin, (3,4) Joseph Stalin, (5,6) Barack Obama, (7,8) Hillary Clinton, and the bonus quote (9) belongs to William Ayers.

For more quotes from the fab four, follow the In Their Own Words link below.

Links: In Their Own Words: Lenin, Stalin, Obama, and Hillary | Bill Ayers To Teachers, It’s A ‘Movement’

Pollution from China Reaches U.S., Our Fault?

One of the best kept secrets from the global warming crowd and the so-called environmentalist movement is that the great majority of pollution going into the atmosphere comes from China and India, not the United States.

But now that pollution from China is blowing across the Western United States, the meme changes to it’s our fault because we buy too much stuff. Not only that, but the pollution we’re getting is because of what China exports to the U.S., as if  pollution generated from what they export to other countries around the world what, goes no where, or goes somewhere else?

China’s contribution to pollution is the result of the process of their manufacturing and electrical generation, not from the products we buy. That “process” being they don’t give a flip about using clean technology as is used in the United States. 

Two facts, it is the political, labor, and tax policies in the U.S. that have driven the manufacturing and related jobs overseas. And, although the U.S. is the cleanest industrial nation for its size in the world, no amount of industry strangulation here is going to make up for countries like India and China who have no desire to clean up their act.

Here are a couple other fun facts:

• China emits more CO2 than the US and Canada put together – up by 171% since the year 2000
• The US has had declining CO2 for two years running, the last time the US had declining CO2 for 3 years running was in the 1980s

Links: Pollution from China Reaches U.S., According to New Study – weather.com. | World carbon dioxide emissions data by country: China speeds ahead of the rest

Perdido Beach Mouse v2.0, MRIOTD Award Winner

Never ceases to amaze the hubris of some who assume the role of our Maker. Some command to lower sea level and adjust the world’s thermostat, others, like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, refuse to take NO for an answer where rodents are concerned.perdido_beach_mouse1

The Perdido Key beach mouse, was wiped out naturally and was “re-introduced” in 1987. And again, it was wiped out naturally by hurricane Ivan. Not to be outdone by mother nature, the mouse has been captive bred since then. And people who are supposed to be environmentalists are about to infest the environment, Perdido Key, with a rodent that has twice proven it can not sustain itself, its survival rate is zero, in an environment where people have a survival rate of 100 percent.

And this makes sense to who? For this reason the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wins the Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day award.

Blogger Jailed, Not In China, In Alabama

Here’s a disturbing case of Roger Shuler, an Alabama blogger (Legal Schnauzer) now under indefinite detention in a state prison after refusing to remove items from his blog in adherence to an injunction ruling. Seems the judge way overstepped his bounds and lynched Shuler’s First Amendment right without a trial.

Shuler’s is the only name listed from the Western Hemisphere in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ list of imprisoned news workers around the world. While the presence of a U.S. blogger in a U.S. prison because of his work is troubling enough from a constitutional standpoint, there is even more to Shuler’s story than was first suggested in early reports. A New York Times report on Shuler may have underplayed some chilling factors relating to the blogger’s situation.

Commenting on the article in the NYT, Shuler’s wife, Carol Shuler, said

The Times article was entirely in error in suggesting that we are not seeking a lawyer. My husband and I both told the [Times] reporter repeatedly that we were in fact very much wanting a lawyer and were in fact looking for one, however, we did not have the resources to pay an attorney. We hope to find a good First Amendment or constitutional law attorney who could represent us pro bono or by contingency.

There certainly are a lot of high-priced attorneys in Pensacola. Wouldn’t it be nice if one of them stepped up to help this guy out? There’s no greater constitutional issue than this.

How strange it is that there’s nothing in the media about this? A First Amendment issue ought to be front-page above the fold, just as the lynching of a citizen would be.

Link: Jailing of an Alabama blogger: It’s worse than we thought | Blogger’s Incarceration Raises First Amendment Questions