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Come On Already – We are not a Democracy

We hear it all the time – America described as a democracy. It’s pervasive in today’s society, particularly in the political class.

One of my heroes, economist and former fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh, Walter E. Williams, explains just why America is not a democracy, and why our Founding Fathers were very clear about it.

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Filibuster is Good – No It’s Not – Yes it Is – No It’s Not

from RedState:

New York Times Prints Op-Ed Supporting Filibuster (Unexpectedly!)

The New York Times, facing a Republican Senate and President, today prints a shock op-ed piece arguing that the filibuster is a venerable tool that should not be discarded. (Yes, I’m joking about it being shocking.) The piece is titled Why Republicans Shouldn’t Weaken the Filibuster:

The Senate has historically been the one place in our government where legislative minorities are protected, with rules to check overzealous majorities.

The twin pillars of the body’s uniqueness are unlimited debate and unfettered amendments. The minority can almost always have some influence on legislative outcomes. This has often made the Senate the cradle of compromise. read more

Conservatives to Watch…or Teddy and the Cruzers

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

It seems these days there is very little to get excited about.

 

The debt and deficit, Obama’s 4 billion-dollar budget request, drastic unilateral military cutbacks, Obamacare, the new normal of absurdly priced gas, Russia and Ukraine and the constant struggle of us conservatives versus our own party. Man, that is a lot to wrestle with.

 

Many, and at times all of us, have asked ourselves; what can we do? How do we fight this progressive madness? Can and will anyone stand up to Obama and the Democrats or the Republican establishment?

 

Well, this can and may be the year. This can be our watershed moment. The year where we begin to throw off the shackles of establishment Republicanism. The moment in history we take hold of our destiny and reverse what will otherwise be inevitable.

 

More and more true American conservatives are coming forth to unseat the old Republican guard. Sure, in past years, this has been a pipe dream, but this time, it feels different. read more

We Can’t Always Agree with Our Heroes

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Lately I’ve penned a few rather depressing articles. I’ve even had someone tell me that I’ve written of America’s demise because I want it to occur.

 

Well that couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

I told him, “Do you think I want to write or even think of this stuff? People must know what is happening to our country.”

 

Just think of where we would be without talk radio and the Internet. We would be virtually blind, metaphorically.

 

It gives me no pleasure to report on the destruction of our country and the people who are causing it.

 

But as Glenn Beck says; “the truth lives here”, so no matter how painful, we must dispense the truth, or at least as we perceive it.

 

So it pains me to do this – to write about this individual in anyway but hero worship, for he is a truly brilliant conservative -one of the greatest minds of our time.

 

But even Dr. Thomas Sowell is not above criticism, albeit, this is a first for me. I’m hoping it will be the last.

 

I hate this, but right is right and I think Dr. Sowell is wrong. Boy that hurt! I’m glad this isn’t paper for it would be wet from my tears.

 

Recently Dr. Sowell wrote a couple of articles basically singling out Ted Cruz for not attempting to “unify” the Republican Party before the 2014 elections. read more

Nanny Bloomberg Tells It As It Is

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

It’s that time again; time for Democrats and Republicans to once more lie about how much we need a new immigration bill.

 

Already, there is nothing new. It is the same old tired argument that poor immigrants are hiding in the shadows and just want to come into the light, be legalized and become productive Americans, just like you and me.

 

And naturally we know these are lies generated by the Democrats to form an insurmountable voting block – keeping them in power in perpetuity. And the establishment Republicans, controlled by their puppet masters at the Chamber of Commerce, who want a permanent underclass of labor.

 

Despite all evidence to the contrary, it seems the Republican leadership is still convinced they can curry favor with Hispanics by allowing millions of criminal aliens to become legal.

 

They have also convinced themselves that lying about their true intentions is both acceptable and will work…this time.

 

The Republicans have a problem though. Their constituents aren’t morons. They/we are not the ill-informed rubes the press makes us out to be. read more

History Doesn’t Support Cuomo

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

The political world is still buzzing over the incendiary comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made regarding his views on Republicans, more specifically, conservatives.

 

Even dyed in the wool New Yorker Sean Hannity said he would make plans to leave his state. Something I thought he would never do or even say. Good for Sean.

 

Now I don’t know if Cuomo really believes the things he said or whether he simply sees the final transformation of the Democratic Party into the Communist Party via New York City Mayor DeBlasio? It may be a calculated attempt to shift way left. Who knows – who cares. He said what he said and there’s really no walking it back.

 

It’s funny though, with all the problems plaguing his state and the country, he and the rest of the leftists insist on blaming conservatives for ruining the country. We are why the country is falling apart. It certainly couldn’t be the combination of almost 200 years of rotten, fascist, racist Democrat policies. Whatever do I mean, you ask?

 

I mean just this. Look back in history and be reminded that virtually every bad policy, every ruinous decision, every unconstitutional law or mandate was the handiwork of a Democrat. read more

The Third Member of the New Axis of Evil

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

We all remember the speech that George W. Bush gave, where he described North Korea, Iran and Iraq as the “Axis of Evil”.

 

Well, there’s a new “Axis” in town, as it were – like three legs holding up the same evil stool.

 

The first leg is the Democrat party – the whole lot of them. The second leg is the establishment wing of the Republican Party, which is most of them.

 

The third is an organization that many would not expect – the United States Chamber of Commerce and its el Presidente, Tom Donohue.

 

On January 8, Jim Kuhnhenn of the AP wrote a piece concerning the Chamber of Commerce and immigration (illegal, that is), as well as politics and the upcoming elections.

 

It is important to know what this “pro-business” organization has morphed into, so I’d like to comment on some of what Mr. Kuhnhenn wrote. read more

All Hail Chris Christie

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Yes, prepare the kingdom for the coronation of the new monarch of the moderates.

 

Chris Christie won big in New Jersey and now has his sights firmly set on the White House.

 

He won in a liberal state with the backing of the Republican Party and Chamber of Commerce, none of which he needed to defeat a weak Democrat with virtually no party support.

 

It’s almost as if the Democrats wanted Christie to win.

 

At the same time the Republicans spent very little to help the conservative Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. And the Chamber of Commerce; how much did they spend on the Cuccinelli campaign? Zip!

 

So why on earth would the Libs want Christie to win? Heck, Obama even called to congratulate Christie, you know, cause they are such good buddies. Frankly, I’m half surprised Obama didn’t join Christie on the campaign trail. read more

Dump Boehner While We Still Can

by: Ned Ryun at RedState

If conservatives want to keep the House and win the Senate, we need to fire John Boehner as speaker of the House. We only need 16 House votes to do it.

As most conservatives know, Boehner and the House GOP Steering Committee decided to purge four conservative House members from their committee. Congressmen Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp were removed from the House Budget Committee, and Congressmen David Schweikert and Walter Jones were cut from the Financial Services fire-john-boehnerCommittee.

Amash, Huelskamp, and Schweikert were targeted because they were too fiscally conservative—all three have voted against Boehner’s debt ceiling hikes. Amash and Huelskamp were the only two GOP votes against House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget.

Amash explained that vote at yesterday’s Bloggers’ Briefing at the Heritage Foundation, “It’s unacceptable to have unbalanced budgets until 2040.”

For anyone outside of DC, this statement seems obvious. Only in Washington is balancing the budget radical.

Many conservatives voted for the Ryan budget because they didn’t want to “let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” I understand that, but we shouldn’t criticize those who actually understand the depth of our debt problem and plan to propose real answers.

BoehnerIf Speaker Boehner wants to purge independent, bold conservatives—I think it’s time he gets fired as Speaker. Not only for the purge. He has failed to effectively win negotiations with President Obama and appointed moderate committee chairs. To the public, Boehner may appear radical but in reality he proposes milquetoast policies, like the tax-hikes he proposed this week.

While the caucus has already voted in support of John Boehner as speaker of the 113th Congress, the final floor vote doesn’t happen until early January.

Everyone thinks it’s a fairytale, but the Conservative Movement is capable of firing Boehner with just 16 votes.

The House rules demand that a Speaker receive a majority—218 votes—to be elected speaker. If no nominee for speaker receives 218, the House remains speakerless—as it did during parts of the Civil War.

If 16 House Republicans were to abstain from voting for Speaker, Boehner would only receive 217 votes.

Once we depose Boehner and cause a firestorm, the Republican caucus will get the memo: Pick someone else! These 16 Republicans only need to hold out until the caucus chooses a new leader.

For Speaker, I suggest members who are anti-establishment, but still have broad support.boehner-to-obama-lets-make-a-deal Congressmen Jim Jordan of Ohio would be my pick. He just finished leading the Republican Study Committee and proposed the best budget we’ve seen come out of Congress.

Republicans and conservatives deserve a more articulate, more conservative leader. In fact, we need one if we want to keep the House majority and take the Senate. Boehner has been Obama’s punching bag and has lost every public battle with the President. Now, he’s waging an internal war on conservatives.

Remember, we lost seats in the House under his leadership. He has failed as spokesman for the movement. Boehner has been in Congress for 22 years, and he looks like and embodies the typical DC politician. Can’t we find someone fresher to lead the party forward?

from: the Common Constitutionalist:

If they really want to shake things up in Conress, I have a suggestion for the real allen-westconservative members of the house; nominate and vote for Allen West as Speaker of the House.

But he was defeated by that swine Patrick Murphy? He won’t even be a member of the House in the next Congress. How could they do that?

The office of Speaker is established by the Constitution, which simply states (in Article 1, Section 2, clause 5) that the House shall choose a Speaker. Beyond naming the position, the Constitution does not elaborate on the duties or responsibilities of the office. In fact, it does not even require the Speaker to be an elected Member of the House of Representatives, although that has always been the case.

It’s Over, Obama Wins

 CBS: Obama Leads in Our D+13 Poll

by Mike Flynn

Anyone following the presidential campaign through the prism of media polls is doing themselves a serious disservice. Virtually every one of them uses a polling sample that is so heavily-skewed towards Democrats that it distorts the actual state of the campaign. Of course, that is a feature, not a bug of the polls. The polls are specifically designed to drive a narrative that Obama is surging and Romney is struggling. Increasingly, though, the polls are having to go to ridiculous efforts to support this meme. Friday’s CBS/New York Times poll, for example, uses a D+13 (13% more democrats polled) sample of registered voters. That’s registered, but not likely voters. This is absurd. 

In 2008, an historic election wave for Democrats, the electorate was D+7. In 2004, when George W. Bush won reelection, the electorate was evenly split. In other words, D+0. Repeat after me; the Democrat share of the electorate is not going to double this year. Given the well-noted enthusiasm edge for Republicans this year, the electorate is going to be far closer to the 2004 model than 2008. Any poll trying to replicate the 2008 is going to artificially inflate Obama’s support. 

CBS does apply a Likely Voter screen to the head-to-head match up. The LV sample is D+6, similar to the make up of the 08 election. In that, Obama leads Romney by just 3 points, 49-46. In the RV sample, which more than doubles the proportion of Democrats to D+13, Obama leads by 8 points, 51-43. See the simple relationship there? 

Let’s try a simple thought experiment. Imagine if, for a week, all media polls decided to use a sample that replicated the 2004 electorate–a D+0 model. Given the GOP’s enthusiasm edge–even the CBS poll found Republicans voters with a double-digit lead on enthusiasm for the election–the electorate is going to look a lot more like 2004 than 2008. Imagine how the narrative of the campaign would change. The CBS poll found Romney beating Obama among Independents by 11 points. With a balanced partisan sample, Romney would likely post consistent leads against Obama. 

A week of this and Politico would run out of fuel for its daily “Romney is struggling” theme. Which is why the media will never adjust its samples. This election, it isn’t so much about polling as propaganda. The polls are simply a tool being used by the media to try to depress GOP turnout and give a powerful lift to Obama’s obviously lackluster campaign. 

The polls confirm that the media aren’t really biased. Rather, they are active players for the other team.