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Bob's Message To Sarah Palin.
Media reports are stating that Ashton Carter is president Obama’s pick for Defense Secretary to repalce Chuck Hagel.Carter has extensive experience in the national security arena. Before he served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013 he was the Pentagon’s technology and weapons-buying chief for more than two years. But how could that thin resume compare to that of Senator John McCain’s?
“Defense analyst Anthony Cordesman said that as Obama approaches the end of his presidency, the Cabinet post is “not particularly desirable” for anyone with broader political ambitions.’ Why would this not apply more to Senator McCain than someone who is not widely known and might appear as a placeholder and obsequious servant of the admin’s dying days?
There is just so much right, transcendent and utterly historical for president Obama to “seize the moment” and nominate Senator john McCain as the next Secretary of Defense.
Considering the most important reason, if, as has been speculated, the administration has not been happy with departing Secretary Hagel’s, perceived as timid, prosecution of the war, which it is, against ISIS then who better to pursue a vigorous, no holds barred, as long and as much as it takes policy than Senator McCain?
On a political level, neither president Obama nor Senator McCain has anything to lose or to gain. The president will leave office and Senator McCain may or may not run again (and if he runs there are massive rumblings of a challenge from conservatives) and, on consideration finishing his career having defeated a militant enemy would be a grand highlight. It most certainly would be a better end than possibly going down to ignominious defeat in a primary campaign and would be his ultimate “rogue” move.
For President Obama a McCain nomination would see smooth sailing through the confirmation process. It would be unlikely, and frankly unseemly for McCain’s senate colleagues to block his nomination and, as with John Kerry such a long-serving high ranking senator would surely be quickly confirmed. Appointing a Republican would hardly be precedent shaking as McCain’s immediate predecessor is a Republican and many administrations appoint members of the opposing camp to secretary positions.
For President Obama with his eyes turning towards his “legacy moments” reaching across the aisle to an unheard of historic degree of appointing his opponent to such a major role would be one for the ages. If McCain succeeded, a substantial part of the credit would go to the person who put him in the role. If he failed, then the opprobrium for Obama, if there were any, would not be on any comparable level to the failure of a Democrat.
For the Republicans there is no political cost. If McCain were appointed and did not succeed no blame would attach itself to the GOP. If he succeeded then the GOP’s historic image of strong foreign policy managers would be reinforced-a no lose situation. That president Obama would be in receipt of kudos would be of little import as he is not running for re-election and his accomplishments would not necessarily attach themselves the 2016 Democratic nominee.
The GOP would have no worries about losing a senate vote as they have a majority without McCain’s vote. The Republican Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer would of course be expected to nominate a replacement for McCain under these circumstances and for her to, this might be an historic, legacy moment. In this scenario what better person for her to replace Senator McCain with than the long-term resident of Arizona, Sarah Palin? Palin’s appointment could, under the circumstances, be signalled as a replacement appointment until the seat is up for re-election in 2016 which would assuage the feelings of any Republican who had his or her eye on the seat at that time. For Governor Palin it would give an outstanding platform for a 2016 presidential run unencumbered by having to make a commitment to serving a 6 year term.
Never has an appointment to such a major role had the capacity to give so many an historic legacy. For Obama, McCain, Brewer, and Palin the positives are phenomenal. For the American people and the free world as a positive, for America’s radical enemies as a terrible negative. Opportunities such as this come, perhaps, only once in an administration’s and a presidents lifetime-will President Obama reach out for the brass ring?
Mr. Sheppard is the proprietor of the blogs Point Of View and Palin4President 2016. He also writes occasionally for American Thinker and is a man of refined taste. Follow him on Twitter: @MJosephSheppard.
UPDATE at 2111…
Two new paragraphs inserted at the beginning of this post.
Patricia Bynes, a Democratic committeewoman in Ferguson, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the resignation [of Officer Darren Wilson] was too little, too late.
"It doesn’t even have the same impact that it would have months ago," she said. "It would have relieved a lot of anger and the pressure in the streets"
Bynes tweeted this: "The reality is that after all that has happened Wilson is a tiny drop in a big bucket. We have much bigger fish to fry."
Indeed. The Left In America does.
Ferguson is just another opportunity that has allowed the Left to move us further into Chaos.
The rioting and the looting and the traffic stoppages and holding-up of hands in solidarity – this particular invocation of Helter Skelter – all of the manifestations of the protests connected with Ferguson we have witnessed and continue to witness are merely one part of a grander plan by the Left to throw American Society into a state of Anarchy.
The Left In America believes that, once the intensity of Chaos reaches a certain level, the people of America will call on the national government to come in and restore Order. And, since that government is thoroughly controlled by them, they will, at that point, be able to launch the final offensive of the Revolution they have been waging here for over a century.
The left sees chaos as their friend, a comrade who never fails to deliver their fix of power.
Consider that the majority of this country has been deliberately provoked by an extra-constitutional government that seems intent on causing a civil war. We have government and media egging on the rioters in Ferguson. We have the borders being erased, and the government deliberately importing millions of foreign invaders. Those invaders are diseased and are infecting the children of this country. They have been given a pass on obeying any laws and are apparently allowed to attack any American at will with impunity. They are leeching off of the welfare system, with all benefits paid for by the taxpayers who are being called racists. And they are going to be allowed to take the jobs of Americans, including a $3k subsidy to companies that replace Americans with invaders.
The Chaos the Left has been sowing in America for well over one hundred years is nearing harvest time.
What is reaped by them – victory or just desserts – is up to that group of us who still believe in Freedom and Ordered Liberty.
I’ll let Friend In The Ether Serr8d have the last word:
An Organized Pushback, is what we need. Seems that only the radicals are getting their way; protesting and disrupting for no good reasons. The rest of us have to work and maintain responsible lives.
But for how much longer can we wait in the traffic and ignore the brazen stupidities, I wonder?
TCOTS contributor M. Joseph Sheppard has a new article up over at the American Thinker.
The polling companies have had a dreadful post-midterms press, rightly so if viewed by the, on the whole and in many cases admitted, dreadful results.
But perhaps the mass excoriation is unwarranted if their prognostications as a group are viewed not by how bad they were in detailing how much a particular candidate would win by (at which they were, frankly, terrible, as I will show), but simply by what, in the end, really matters: who won.
…The more power is diluted from any one individual, the safer we become. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Commentator Never A Dull Moment responded:
With all due respect…Power doesn’t corrupt people. People corrupt power.
Smitty then remarked:
It’s not really clear what difference it makes, or how political power exists in a stand-alone form.
Adobe Walls commented:
Political power can’t exist in ”a stand -alone form” it is always wielded by humans and therefore modified by human nature. That’s why the American Revolution was the last successful revolution. The founders accepted human nature as they found it. That’s why they designed political power to compartmentalized. Relying on the virtues and vices of our natures to create a balance. Every other revolution since has relied on changing human nature to create their perfect (see fools errand) societies.
Damn well put.
Sadly, we have come to embrace more Vices and less Virtues, so the equilibrium has become deranged and we find ourselves far down The Road To Serfdom – with, perhaps, not enough fuel to turnaround and get back Home.
There are going to be some very hard and cruel times ahead. A hard rain is gonna fall. Such is the Purgatory we must endure for our past neglect of our duties as Guardians of The Republic.
As to the question posed in the title of this post: it would seem we’re running on fumes, if you are speaking of The American Republic as constituted by The Founding Fathers, but the American Spirit that animated The Republic’s creation will remain alive as long as one American believes in it. And, fortunately, there are millions of us that still do.
We may never see in our lifetimes the physical Restoration of The United States Of America as we found it when we were born, but we sure as Hell have a fighting chance to preserve it’s Traditions, Morality, and Ways in some form, on some patch of land, somewhere across The Fruited Plain. We have the opportunity to leave our Posterity the necessary materials to rebuild that shining city on a hill.
Pierce, that is [I suspect a prodigious amount of amber liquid will be present for our use, if I know Frankie].
Mrs. B. and I are traveling to New Hampshire for a few days to blow the stink off and relax a bit, so, unless Armageddon happens, I will not be publishing any posts.
— A Happy Thanksgiving To All —
Over at PJ Media, Joan Kaufman has written a damn fine post on the Lava Lamp Philosophy that guides some people on the Right and is destructive to our efforts to effect a Restoration of The American Republic. She uses the example of Peggy Noonan, and also engages in insightful analysis of Nihilism, which I believe guides the Leftist Masterminds and many of their minions.
Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan is an example of a type of person with a good mind who has huge pockets of — I’m not sure exactly what to call it. Naivete? Trust? Idealism? Lack of comprehension? Almost willful blindness? She often gets to a certain point in understanding someone or something and then stops, refusing to open the door of the room she stands before, afraid to look inside. Or she opens it a crack, takes a tiny peek, and then slams it shut.
It is not just Noonan who does this sort of thing, either. If it were, it would hardly matter at all, even though she’s an influential columnist. This is the mindset of a great many people. It almost seems as though there are three kinds of humans in the world, and all of them are useful to Obama: those who are naive about human nature, those who are so cynical they equally condemn all politicians as equally bad/corrupt/selfish, and those who justify anything a public figure does if it furthers their own goals.
There’s a fourth: those who see more clearly that that. But of course, some of those who think they see clearly fall into one of the above categories.
…perhaps she is merely doubting and denying her own dawning understanding and its meaning, because it is too frightening. She refuses to connect the dots. And she is most assuredly not a dumb person, nor does she lack perceptiveness. But she has a blind spot for human evil, and would like to attribute the best motives to people rather than the worst, despite the evidence before her eyes.
In this she is not alone. Much of America ignored (and many still ignore) the evidence before their eyes, which is now irrefutable. Obama’s destructiveness is deliberate, and his goals are the remaking of American in a leftist image, and permanent power for the left. This continuing denial on the part of many Americans is one of the main reasons he may succeed.
In the Comments section, PubliusII remarks:
Peggy Noonan is on record as having voted for Obama at least the first time, and probably the second. Depending on your charitable feelings (or lack of them), she’s a dupe, a nincompoop, a stealth leftist, or what I think is the case, someone who has spent much too long close to government.
I simply ignore what she says and I suggest you do likewise.
Indeed, Mzz. Noonan should be ignored, but the author of this post is right in pointing out, through her example, this kind of thinking because it is so prevalent on the Right.
She, like so many people these days, believes that Man is born Good, whereas History has shown that we are, indeed, born Fallen.
Those who believe as she does hold dear what I like to call a ‘Lava Lamp Philosophy’, where, gosh darn it, we ultimately can teach the world to sing in perfect harmony — grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle doves.
Not recognizing the reality of Human Nature means people like her are near-perfect candidates to be Useful Idiots for Ideologues, such as the Left In America.
It is interesting that, I believe, Mzz. Noonan still claims she is a Catholic even though The Church believes dogmatically that Mankind is Fallen. One wonders if she is a Cafeteria Catholic — which is to say she is not one.
The Leftist Way Of Thinking must be purged from all of Souls — we’re all infected to varying degrees — if we are going to be able to Restore this Republic and keep it.
It is the Disgrace of human Nature that in most Countries the People are so debauched, as to be utterly unable to defend or enjoy their Liberty.
—Samuel Adams, Letter to John Langdon, 07 August 1777
There’s been a discussion going on over at Protein Wisdom on Beauty that is worth your time.
One comment, this one by Friend In The Ether McGehee, I totally agree with:
To me, what makes anything beautiful is as much its context as the thing itself. Take the thing out of the context and I am likely to find it transformed from something sublime, to a bauble by comparison.
Some thoughts from your humble Dispatcher…
Beauty is something more than appearance, be it a visual appearance, an audio audio appearance, etc..
It is a combination of qualities that are mixed together just right [ie: McGehee’s ‘context’]. Beauty is, as the poet said, Truth.
To proclaim a Woman Beautiful, for example, is to say that she possesses a kind and merciful heart, a love of Life as it is, a natural intelligence.
These qualities are reflected in her face – in how it is animated [watch the eyes, especially]. It is also reflected in the way she carries herself, in the ways she interacts with other people, in the sound of her voice. And all of these reflections emanate from the Soul, from who she really is.
We’ve all seen the gal who is physically very attractive in a picture, but who we sour on once we see her in action, even if the sound is mute. The face distorts [in the neutral sense that all movement of
it distorts] and we immediately understand in our Souls that this particular person is not worthy of being described as ‘Beautiful’.
And then there are those women who would not be considered very attractive, but who, upon watching them in action, we would develop a very warm appreciation for them, which, when further experience shows us that they radiate those qualities we admire, would cause us to say they are Beautiful.
The same goes for such things as music, which, when it hits some positive, some Truthful, emotional chord within us, we often describe as ‘having soul’.
[NOTE: The above are just some thoughts I’ve been working out these past several years.]
There’s been a very interesting discussion going-on over the past couple of days over at the Belmont Club in the Comments section of a post by Richard Fernandez.
At one point Subotai Bahadur [who I have quoted from approvingly a number of times before in these Dispatches] remarked:
Civility is a virtue up to a point. That point in politics is the point where it is forgotten what the purpose of politics is. Politics is how a society has agreed to allocate power and resources and and legitimize the process short of the violence that has been how our species has done it for as long as it has existed. Once the agreement on how politics are to be conducted is broken, the automatic default is bloodshed until a new equilibrium is achieved.
It seems that civility holds only in those who are in theory the opposition to Obama. That civility is now out of place for the times, and does nothing but guarantee losing.
The legitimacy of the law, and the government as a whole is based on consent of the governed under the rules set out under the Constitution. When Emperor Buraq chose to rule by decree totally outside the Constitution [take a look at Article I, Section 8 which gives Congress
exclusive authority over immigration law. Further, in over half a
century of reading the Constitution I have yet to encounter the “sick
and tired of waiting so the President rules by decree” clause] he violated the contract between the American people and the government. If he is not reined in, and right smartly, the contract will be void. And the power of the Federal government will only extend as far as the reach of the guns of those of its employees who violate their oaths.
And the new American sport will be hunting Leftists in the streets with dogs.
We ended the rule of Kings in this country over two centuries ago. We will not have an Emperor. Consent Rescinded.
And if necessary the sanguinary process involved will be most uncivil. Here there be dragons, and it is best to be either one of them or on good terms with them, when they decide that a certain Oath never expires.
Commentator ExSSNcrew responded:
From the Declaration of Independence:
“… Governments long established should not be changed for light or transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.”
The long train of abuses and usurpations is not yet long enough or abusive enough to be insufferable.
And when will they be long enough and abusive enough?
I say we have been disposed to suffer long enough.
The Founders rose up over less than we are experiencing now.
The Constitution has been overturned in a Stealth Coup that took slightly over a century to achieve. The current Leftists in Power And Control are merely firing the final shots into it’s critically wounded corpse.
How long is long? You say a century is not long enough a train. Many of us say it is too long, that it is so long we stand a very good chance of not being able to derail it.
I say the situation is insufferable, intolerable, that it is time to act.
There is a chance that the Article V Effort might work, but, considering how fair down The Road To Serfdom we have gone, it will be a very close-run thing. And what good will it do to achieve such a victory, what will ensure it’s continuing success if it is not complemented by a recapturing of Virtue in our Souls, by a flushing out of the Leftist Way Of Thinking that has invaded all of our hearts and minds?
Sadly – and it breaks my heart to say this – we will soon have to decide whether we will allow the chains to be locked on our wrists and ankles or take up arms.
I know not what course others may take, but as for me:
I will not be a slave; I will either Live Free Or Die.
A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central [Red] China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported.
No one wants to talk about it, but this could happen to The White House. The pressure has been building in the Oval Office for nearly six years. Scientists who I have consulted with at a local Tavern, have insisted that it’s just a matter of time before, as they put it in technical terms, ‘she blows like Monica Lewinsky’. Combined with all the hot air coming from the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, they slur, er, say, and what you will have is a major-league crapstorm as the Shia hits the fan of Nemesis.
Some Oriental sage once issued a curse that reads: ‘May you live in interesting times’. Who knew the definition of ‘interesting’ also included stinky.
This nation stinks to High Heaven already and, if my scientists are correct, it’s going to reek soon enough of massive B[H]O.
Okay…I’m going to lay down for awhile now…
And they thought it couldn’t happen here
(duh duh duh)
They knew it couldn’t happen here…
They were so sure it couldn’t happen here…
Steven Hayward has a grand idea on how to use the Leftist offensive against Bill Cosby* to our advantage:
Writing in The New Republic yesterday, Rebecca Traister says the charges against Cosby, though previously reported, were willfully disregarded because Cosby made white people feel just too good about themselves:
One reason that we have collectively plugged our ears against a decade of dismal revelations about Bill Cosby is that he made lots of Americans feel good about two things we rarely have reason to feel good about: race and gender. . .
White people loved “The Cosby Show,” especially liberal white people. . . Any suggestion that white people were culpable in the history of racism that the show addressed mostly through reference to mid-twentieth-century activism. White audiences were never made to feel bad about themselves or confront any hard questions about how they had benefitted from American systems from which black Americans had not benefitted. .
But when Cosby began to do his moralizing on race and responsibility, some of the cracks in the show’s gender politics were exposed. It became clear that he placed a lot of blame for racial inequality not just on black people, but on black women who were not like Clair Huxtable. . . This was a brutal language of misogyny, blaming women—women unattached to men—for the social disintegration of the family.
Message received and understood: depart from the liberal party line at your peril.
Actually I think the whole racial angle on Cosby should be turned on its head: How come Roman Polanski’s film career wasn’t ended after a conviction for rape? Or Woody Allen’s career after the facts of his behavior emerged? And if we’re now going to end careers over old charges, can Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey now get their due against Bill Clinton, whose sexual assaults didn’t end his career. To the contrary, he is honored as if he were the Dr. Huxtable of politics. The double standard here is obvious: if you’re a powerful (liberal) white man, you can survive being a rapist. Maybe the liberals are ironically right for a change.
As John McLaughlin used to say: the Left ‘has stumbled into the Truth’.
They certainly would never find it any other way, even if Jesus Himself returned and told it to them, because, as Sultan Knish points out rather eloquently, the Left In America is full-on deranged [tip of the fedora to Newrouter]:
The great tragedies of the last two centuries were brought about by men and women like these, obsessed, maniacal, filled with churning hatreds and fears, commanding crowds, spreading lies, manufacturing ridiculous philosophies out of thin air and spreading them like an infection on the wind.
The Democratic Party has been contaminated by the madness of the left through its alliance with the left. Its one night stand has developed into a syphilitic infection and it’s slowly going insane. You can see the derangement in Nancy Pelosi, staggering through aimless rhetoric, or Harry Reid, burning with inchoate anger, telling increasingly implausible lies, doing anything to hang on to power.
Desperation and madness are both not pretty, but the worst thing about these demented conditions is that those suffering from them ALWAYS hurt innocent people in their plunge into the pit of Nihilism.
The Sultan ends his post with this remark:
One of America’s two major parties has become deranged and the entire country is paying the price.
True, but let us not forget that the other Party is riding beside them in a short bus.
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*I have no idea whether Mr. Cosby isguilty or not at this point. I would hope he’s not because he is talented and has brought much needed laughter into these sorry times. However, if the this turns out to be nothing but a smear campaign for him having gone-off the Leftist Reservation, he will be partially to blame because he has promoted and endorsed many aspects of the Leftist Agenda throughout his whole life. A petard up the butt really, really hurts, sayeth Noah.
[Rousing and humorous music starts]
[The whole cast enters and sings]
Something for everyone
Something for everyone
Act like a king
Not with a crown
Bring on the Latins
Bring on the browns
Bad Constitution – set it aside
Something for Illegals
Something for Democrats
Acting like gods
Sealing our fate
Will just have to wait
Nothing that’s legal
Nothing that’s normal
Teleprompter to recite
Open up the border…
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sodomheine & Kal Penn
The Cold War got hot again because Big Picture Barry is a small c communist trying to community organize the world. Nobody else is buying his faculty lounge fluff. Rules for Radicals doesn’t work against bigger radicals. It’s Little League extremism, fringe culture weekend warrior bravado.
Our Cold War is now operating hot on every side. Obama treats ISIS like gangbangers with "root caused oppression" who are "acting out" due to disenfranchisement, poverty and lack of opportunity. He doesn’t want to oppose them as much as console them.
He approaches every enemy in the same way. That’s not "big picture", it’s Big Lie.
His "reset button" is locked in the off position.
The Bill Ayers/Rashid Khalidi/George Soros approach to world affairs has us reeling on every front. His faculty lounge radical fluff is not merely "little picture book small c communism" it’s dangerously fascist domestically and reflexively treasonous internationally.
"Liberalism" has either been hijacked by traitors so that it is no longer recognizable…or "liberals" have morphed into tyrants and their belief system now…sucks.
"Liberals" have to pick a side. Because this "big picture" is for very small minds.
This is the result of the Cult Of Personality we have allowed to be legitimized around those considered by American Society to be ‘Cool’ and ‘Educated’ and ‘Compassionate’.
Only a spoiled culture that had forsaken it’s hardiness, it’s Rugged Vigor, and it’s Virtue could ‘evolve’ into such a state where such thinking is considered healthy and proper.
Americans are governed by Amateurs who are totally out of their League. We have sent puny, inept dilettantes up against ruthless and seasoned practitioners of Tyranny, and the World has become a much more dangerous place for Freedom-loving peoples.
Whether we want to accept it or not, we are, in Reality, the preservers of Freedom and Liberty in the World. This does not mean that we must shed blood and spend our wealth across the battlefields of the World. It means we have a duty to keep the Lamp Of Ordered Liberty preserved here as a Beacon to the rest of the World, as it’s last, best, and only hope.
There are certain Rubicons which cannot be "uncrossed." This President is intent upon crossing as many of them as possible, because he does not have the respect for our system, nor does he have the restraint which is necessary for a leader in a republic such as ours. I had held some small hope that he would step back from the abyss, but he will not. He is determined to destroy what’s left of this country on his way out, and the feckless Congress will let him, simply because they’re more concerned for their own places at the trough than they are with the oath they took to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution.
Dead solid perfect.
Crossing Rubicons is part of the Grand Leftist Strategy. They believe [and are probably correct] that, once a Rubicon is crossed, the tendency in the vast majority of cases is not to go back to the status quo ante, the way things were before the particular Crossing.
The Left are high-stakes gamblers who, forgive me, ‘know when to hold ‘em / Know when to fold ‘em / Know when to walk away / Know when to run’.
While it is not in the Conservative Nature to be such a kind of Gambler, there are times when adopting such a tactic is necessary to preserve our Freedoms and Liberties. Many of The Founding Fathers were in possession of a Conservative Nature, yet, they eventually and individually came to realize that the time had come in 1776 to effect a separation from Great Britain. And they boldly and courageously stepped aboard that ‘skiff made out of paper’ — The Declaration Of Independence — and sailed against the prevailing high winds into uncharted rough waters.
We conservatives must be willing, to use a uniquely American cliche, to saddle-up and ride.
Those in Power And Control in America — the Leftists and the Useful Idiots in the GOP Establishment — have declared us, we who seek nothing more than to live under The Constitution Of The United States, preserving the Spirit that animated The Founders, they have branded us as Outlaws.
Well then: Time is running out / Let’s roll…
Speaker Of The
Souse, er, House, John Boehner thinks he’s being quite clever in hiring Leftist Attorney Professor Jonathan Turley as Chief Counsel in the suit he plans to file [and has been planning to file for months] against El Presidente Baracko Husseinez j Lopez Cara de Tiron Antonio de Gatito Marfa Alinsky Debil Tonto de Santa Obamanna
Andrew McCarthy points out what a Boehner-head move this is [worth quoting in full]:
I am with Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff on the too-clever-by-half choice by Speaker Boehner to retain leftwing law professor Jonathan Turley as counsel in the House’s long-delayed lawsuit against President Obama. In the end, I don’t think it will matter. As Paul points out, judges tend to decide cases based on the merits. When they don’t, their own political leanings matter a lot more than those of the lawyers for the parties.
Moreover, as I’ve opined, the lawsuit is frivolous: The Framers gave Congress its own powers to deal with a rogue president and would have been appalled at the thought of the powerful first branch asking the “least dangerous” third branch to do its heavy lifting. Moreover, as I recounted in Faithless Execution, Obama pays no more attention to court decisions against him than to statutes he dislikes. Since judges have no power to execute their rulings (they need the executive branch for that) a decision against Obama would have no effect – which makes it even less likely that a judge would agree to hear the case, in which the House already faces a daunting challenge to establishing legal standing to sue. (And by the way, that standing challenge now includes not only the fact that courts are not meant to resolve these policy disputes between the political branches, but the problem of mootness: Boehner talked a big game on the lawsuit but has waited so long to file it that many of the president’s Obamacare “waivers” that the suit was to target are about to lapse.)
But even if we indulge the dubious assumptions that a court will take the case and could give a rat’s rump about the politics of the lawyers, the relevant fact about Professor Turley is not that he is a liberal taking a principled stand against a Democratic president’s lawlessness. It is, as Paul notes, that he is an extreme opponent of executive power, even in areas where the president has broad inherent authority. So if a judge bothered to weigh Turley’s politics, he would either discount the professor’s advocacy as the product of excessive skepticism about presidential action; or adopt Turley’s theories and issue a ruling that hampers future Republican presidents in matters of foreign affairs and national security.
That is the problem with political stunts like the lawsuit. They don’t have real upside but they’re not always harmless.
So…once again, this fool from Ohio wine [‘whine’?] country shows what an absolute amateur he is, what an incompetent putz.
Dipsomania is a horrible affliction, kids.
President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because ‘I’m the President of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’ Well, apparently we now have an ‘Emperor of the United States.’ President Obama’s immigration order would provide illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected….
Naw, Senator: Obama’s just a king — King Barack The Unready…..for now.
This sickness doth infect
The very life-blood of our enterprise.
—’Hotspur’, Henry IV, Act IV, Scene 1.
A question for all of you: Is the Left In America, by it’s actions, committing suicide? Or are it’s endeavors going to result in a consolidation of it’s Power And Control over us?
This latest folly by ideologically-motivated Democrats [the voting down of the Keystone Pipeline by the Senate], who put their party before the people they supposedly serve, is a prescription for suicide. We witnessed part of that ritual earlier this month when the people issued their tart referendum on Obama’s policies. The concluding pieces will come in the following months as Obama endeavors to circumvent Congress and the Constitution and govern by dictatorial fiat. The Founders feared just such an eventuality, and they provide a mechanism for dealing with a rogue executive.
Before the election there were few voices on the right that dared to utter the i-word. Now you can scarcely turn on a television news show or scan the latest headlines without stumbling across the word. The country’s experience with Bill Clinton still has people terrified of impeachment. But an errant president, bent on imposing his will on the country, in contravention of the Constitution and against the wishes of the majority of the people, has no mandate. On the contrary, he has lost the confidence of the country. With every day that passes, the chances improve that his impeachment would be followed by conviction in the Senate.
We’re not there, not yet. But the president has made it clear that, far from being chastened by his humiliating defeat at the polls, he is ready to “double down,” go it alone, and engage in an all-out dictatorial press. The people, I predict, will not stand for that. And once that is clear, the Senate will, however reluctantly, take up the process where the House will have left off. Impeach. Convict. Remove. Unless the president changes course, and soon, that will be the mantra in 2015.
Your thoughts would be appreciated.
The headline of the post by Doug Powers reads:
Some of us have been praying and have prepared for the Sweet Meteor Of Death since early in 2009.
There’s gotta be an app for that.
The murder of four Jews in a Jerusalem synagogue by
Radical Extremist Devout Muslims, along with the death of a heroic police office [a Druze] is not unexpected in a world where Totalitarianism is flourishing via Hegemonic Leftist and Mohammedin regimes, where hatred of the Hebrew is fashionable and emerging out of the dank and putrid shadows once again.
-In Washington, Moral Equivalency reigned, per usual:
In a statement delivered to the White House press pool, President Obama responded to the attack by declaring that “too many Palestinians have died,” as well as Israelis, in the struggle between the state of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas and its affiliates, including the internationally active Muslim Brotherhood. “At this difficult time,” the President told reports, “I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”
“We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace,” the statement concludes, before the President begins remarks on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The President did not take questions.
Of course not. Why risk having him make a mistake in speaking off-the-cuff and revealing his utter hatred for Israel and believing Jews.
-In Israel, Resolve and Courage held sway:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would “reply harshly” after police said Palestinian assailants wielding knives and axes killed five people after attacking a Jerusalem synagogue.
After the attack, Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the alleged attackers’ homes and arrested multiple members of each man’s family. He told reporters he would also demolish the homes of other Palestinians accused of recent attacks against Israeli citizens.
“We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers,” said Netanyahu.
This the first attack of this kind on an Israeli synagogue.
Netanyahu earlier had denounced the attack as a “cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers.”
During a news conference Netanyahu blamed Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority for helping to incite violence against Jews and warned Israelis to be alert for other potential attacks.
“As a state, we will settle accounts with all of the terrorists and those who dispatched them,” Netanyahu said….
— Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) November 18, 2014
Deuteronomy, Chapter 6
4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart;
7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.
These three headlines from Drudge say it all…
White House taunts GOP on ‘climate change’…
‘I don’t believe they can stop us’…
Christie calls on Republicans to compromise…
To paraphrase ‘Gunnery Sergeant Hartman':
…you are a puke. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even a human fucking being. You are nothing but an unorganized grabastic piece of amphibian shit!
With a friggin’ cherry on top.