Treat the Constitution Like the NFL Rulebook

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What does it mean when we right-wingers describe ourselves as conservatives? What is it that we are trying so hard to save, preserve or prevent the loss of – which is what conserve means. Those on the left would say we wish to conserve the days of slavery and Jim Crow – or maybe the white-old days of the 1950s before the Civil Rights movement.

Despite the fact that all those bad times were born of the left in this country, we conservatives wish to reestablish and conserve America’s original set of governing rules.

Our nation was founded on a set of ideals – the Declaration of Independence, and rules – the Constitution. Yet Americans today seem only to care about some rules, but not others. We demand absolute adherence to some rule books, while all but ignoring others.

As most of my readers know, I’m a huge fan of the NFL – particularly the New England Patriots, but also just a lover of everything pro-football. (Don’t hate me just because your team isn’t as good).

On many occasions, I’ve witnessed that we, at least we football fans, will have a nationwide collective meltdown, if say a player commits a penalty and gets away with it late in the fourth quarter of a close game. Fans take to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to vent their spleens over a flagrant violation that goes unpunished and may cost their team the game. read more

If You’re Going to get Sick – Better do it Before Single Payer

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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On his radio program  Monday evening, Mark Levin was discussing the ghastly way the Republican Party has treated us regarding the whole healthcare debacle. Mark said, “It’s amazing to me that a man can remain the Majority Leader, McConnell, when the man controlling the Senate, for all intents and purposes, is Chuck Schumer.”

Levin said, “we thought Republicans would repeal ObamaCare – we thought that would be a no-brainer.”

Mark then took some calls. The discussion turned to single payer. One woman told Levin that she thinks Americans don’t really understand what single payer truly is. She said that “Joe-six-pack doesn’t know what it means.” Mark disagreed that “Joe six-pack does know what it means, because Joe six-pack has to deal with it too.”

I rarely disagree with Mark, but I have to this time and side with the female caller, who sounded British.

The public doesn’t understand what single payer truly is. They couldn’t. Just as with many other life experiences, single payer, top to bottom run government healthcare must be experienced first-hand, apparently, in order for many to discover just how bad it is. read more

WND Exclusive – What Bezos isn’t buying enough of: Politicians

There are two ways to develop a monopoly in America. One way is based upon capitalism, freedom and the free market.

This is the more transparent approach, but it also doesn’t have as much staying power, due to competition – the constant striving of others to build a better mousetrap, if you will. And despite what we think and are told, there is always a better mousetrap around the corner. This way is also much more difficult, for one has to remain on top of his game not only to achieve the goal of becoming a monopoly, but to maintain it. read more

It may take More than Sound Bites and One-liners to Pass Single Payer

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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“On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled yet another revision of the GOP’s fraught repeal-and-replace [R & R] legislation, and the controversial bill will either find the 50 Republican votes it needs to pass the upper chamber of Congress in the next few days — or it will perish once and for all,” Yahoo News wrote.

Despite Yahoo News being about as leftist as a “news site” can be, they in fact are right, perhaps regarding both claims. The latest iteration of R & R bills is fraught, as have been everyone since this current legislature gaveled in. Watching the pathetic spectacle has certainly caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety. Nothing they’ve offered comes close to the clean repeal they promised.

And Yahoo may also be right about this attempt being the last. At least I’m sure the Republican leadership is hoping it will. I agree with many conservatives who think the party isn’t interested in doing anything, and is merely strategizing behind closed doors on exactly who they will place the blame on to deflect from their own spinelessness. read more

Video Podcast – Democrat Hypocrisy Alert – New VA Secretary David Shulkin

A democrat Senator has been caught investing in a business that has outsourced jobs to Mexico, while authoring legislation aimed against outsourcing jobs.

New V.A. Secretary David Shulkin is getting things done and it’s been only six months. read more

Time to Replace Majority Leader McConnell

Spoiler Alert: Although I agree with the premise of this well written article, the author suggests a Majority Leader to replace McConnell. I agree that he must be replaced, but not with someone who has a Conservative Review Liberty Score of ‘F’ (59%). If the Senate decides to go to the trouble of replacing the dirtbag McConnell, why do it with another “moderate?”

from Conservative Review:

In a not-so-subtle chess move late last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sent a signal to his rank-and-file that the time is coming to capitulate to Democrats on health care reform. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not hesitate to exploit the weakness (emphasis mine):

It’s encouraging that Sen. McConnell today acknowledged that the issues with the exchanges are fixable, and opened the door to bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system. As we’ve said time and time again, Democrats are eager to work with Republicans to stabilize the markets and improve the law.

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Global Warming Science – It’s Settled – They Lied Again

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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How many times would you put up with being cheated on in a relationship? How many times would you tolerate being lied to? Is it one and done? Or maybe 2 – 3 – a half a dozen?

Obviously, this is a loaded question. It would depend on a number of factors. Independence vs. interdependence – or maybe just how forgiving a person is. Maybe it’s a relationship of convenience – like the Clintons – more a business partnership than a personal, loving relationship.

But what if the relationship were between you and cause? A cause you felt so strongly for, people considered you “wedded” to it. A cause like…oh…I don’t know…Global Warming.

What if you were all-in on man caused global warming because, as experts have oft-repeated, the science of global warming is settled? But then you found out that the cause you’ve been wedded to is almost entirely a lie? What would you do? You just may have to reevaluate your loyalty. read more

Thank the Democrats for a Non-Functioning Missile Defense System

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Last Friday IBD wrote  that, “Shortly after the North Korea [ICBM] test, Politico ran an article pointing out that ‘the Pentagon and its contractors still haven’t figured out how to reliably shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile.’ The Washington Post noted that after spending tens of billions of dollars, the system ‘has never faced combat or been fully tested.’”

You may recall the fanfare a few months ago over a triumphant test of our missile defense system. We successfully intercepted one of our own mock ICBMs launched from the Marshall Islands. A Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) was deployed from California and shot down the ICBM. Hooray for us!

Unfortunately, that intercept is the exception, not the rule, and that’s very worrisome. The one successful intercept was as close to being “laboratory” conditions as one can be. Everything about the trial was highly scripted.

And Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director Vice Admiral James Syring told a House committee recently that “I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat. I would say we are addressing the threat.” Translation: We’re in trouble. read more

Obamaphone Program Still equals Waste, Fraud and Abuse

from One News Now:

Former President Barack Obama’s controversial “Obamaphone” program – which is still having taxpayers foot the bill for cellphones for the poor – has been exposed as being riddled with fraud, as reports indicate that more than one out of three enrollees were not qualified to receive “free” phones … phones they could afford.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the report on Thursday shedding new light on Obama’s free cellphone program to the poor – officially called the “Lifeline Program” — which is raising more concern about the giveaway that has become a symbol of the former administration’s frivolous government waste. read more

Innovation can not be Statically Scored

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Mark Levin had a great point the other day when he was a guest on Fox News. Of course, when does Levin not make great points. He was debating Eric Bolling over whether the Republicans should go ahead and repeal Obamacare without a replacement bill.

Naturally the debate shifted to the elephant in the room – the CBO scoring of the Senate healthcare bill which stated that 22 million fewer people will go without healthcare should their bill pass.

Now, to most other guests, this predicament would see the them stammering or trying to change the subject. Not Levin.

He said the Insurance companies will immediately begin offering plans like a-la-carte and bare-bones catastrophic plans. Plans that people actually want and can afford. He added that these companies may already have them waiting in the wings – that there’s just too much money out there for companies to just ignore. In other words, entrepreneurs will step in to fill the gap as rapidly as they are allowed.

This is the beauty of America ingenuity and innovation. The need for insurance will be filled, and it will be better and cheaper than with government heavy-handedness. read more