Conservatives Versus the Establishment

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 You have 2 Options. Read the article or listen to the Podcast.

 

Question: If conservatives are such losers, why do the Democrats wish to dispatch them so early? If the voters consider conservatives and the Tea Party a bunch of Bible thumping hayseed extremists, why don’t the Dems root for their success in the primaries?

 

Why doesn’t Democrat strategist Joe Trippi jump on the Matt Bevin bandwagon – try to defeat the great Mitch McConnell – thus enabling the Democrats to defeat the “fringe” Bevin in the general election?

 

After all, no one in their right mind would vote for a “Wacko Bird” (thank you John McCain) like Matt Bevin. But that’s not going to happen.

 

And why? Because the left will always tell you with whom they are afraid. The more afraid they are of an opponent the more they appear to discount that opponent. That’s their tell – to put it in poker terms. read more

Republican Three Card Monte

by: the Common Constitutionalist

At 7:45 on Friday morning reports indicated zero senate republicans were planning on voting for the Ryan-Murray House budget proposal. The GOP’s Senate leaders plan is to launch a procedural effort to kill the plan over a laundry list of objections – including a claim that it short-changes military veterans and other government retirees, which is does, of course.

Dick (turban) Durbin told reporters on Thursday, “We need Republican votes to pass the budget agreement, period. We need at least five. And I’m hoping that there will be more than that.” As of Friday morning he had none.

The GOP’s three most senior senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have announced that they will vote ‘no.’

As one would expect, Senator Ted Cruz said the proposal, “spends more, taxes more, and allows continued funding for Obamacare. I cannot support it.” Thanks Paul Ryan, for selling us out and lying to Mark Levin on national radio about it.

One GOP Senate staffer,  speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “this is the agreement’s ‘pixie dust approach to budgeting. We’re doing what we always do. We set out a ten-year plan while knowing full well that we have a decade to undo it and shift gears again.” read more

Boehner, Conservatives, Go To War

The war of words inside the GOP over a proposed budget compromise escalated on Thursday, with tea party conservatives targeting Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans who support the deal and “don’t have the stomach” to cut spending.

Heritage Action’s Dan Holler said on Thursday that Republicans who support the budget plan unveiled Tuesday night “will have to explain to their constituents” their broken promises on taxes and spending.

And Club for Growth’s Chris Chocola said “it should surprise no one” when GOP members who vote for the plan are challenged in future primaries.
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The Girlie Man Party

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

When John Boehner said to effectively read his lips: If you are for tax cuts, you are for this budget; did you believe him?

When Paul Ryan explained that this budget is the best deal we can get, did you believe him?

When old Johnny Boehner went on to exclaim that the budget deal, which fully funds Obamacare, is far from perfect, but it’s a start; did you believe him then?

Do you believe anything the Republicans are saying about this disastrous budget agreement? No? Me either.

Yet there is a positive that has come out of this bogus budget busting deal. And don’t believe the lies. There are no budget cuts – only the usual hollow promises.

So what’s the positive? We can, once and for all, plainly see who is on our side and who is not. We can clearly see who will fight and who will cave. Who has true courage and who are spineless.

And it all comes down to one word: Shutdown, or fear of another dreaded shutdown. read more

Don’t Repeal It; Fix It Up A Little

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Republican fix for Obamacare isn’t repeal or defund . The House Republican fix that Fred Upton floated a couple of weeks ago  is, “if you have an individual healthcare policy that was effective as of this year,  January 2013, that policy in fact is grandfathered in and it allows you to keep it for another year. You’re not going to be subject to a penalty. You’re not going to be forced to find something else.”

 

Wow Fred. Way to go out on a limb buddy! That’s like a Governor giving a death row inmate a one year reprieve. We’ll just kill you next year. Awesome!

 

I agree with Glenn Beck’s description of what is really going. They (the republicans) also want national healthcare. Don’t believe the lies that they are against it. Like every other  progressive program, most republicans are all for them. At the least the left, or should I say further left, is honest about what they want, kind of.

 

The republicrats want a republicare or a Romneycare or some other derivation, yet we here them speak glowingly of the free market. Progressives don’t want a “free” market. Just listen to them. Even when they speak of repeal, it’s never just to repeal it. It’s always “repeal and replace”. Replace with what? read more

Are “Lawmakers” Pro-American?

The least dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight  of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the  National Mall, dragging them up the street and dumping them outside the White  House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a  gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in  years.”

Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on  his Segway was especially impressive. It would have been even better had these  disgruntled citizens neatly lined up the Barrycades across the front of the  White House and round the sides, symbolically Barrycading him in as punishment  for Barrycading them out.

But, in a town where an unarmed woman can be left a bullet-riddled corpse  merely for driving too near His Benign Majesty’s palace and nobody seems to  care, one appreciates a certain caution. read more

The Ghost and the French Republicans

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Decades ago comic actor Don Knotts starred in a movie entitled “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken”. My kids love the movie. “Atta Boy Luther”! (a little shout out to them)

 

Anyway, Knotts plays a young man working as a typesetter for a local newspaper. As is typically the case, Knott’s character is shy and literally afraid of everything.

 

Succumbing to pressure from friends and a perceived rival, he excepts a dare to spend the night in a house thought to be haunted, before it is to be demolished.

 

The long and short of the story is that he does and despite his fears, discovers it’s not haunted and unwittingly uncovers a plot to cover up a murder committed in the home years earlier.

 

Wow, great story. Woopty doo! What does that have to do with the Republicans? read more

Is GOP Caving With Victory At Hand?

Shutdown: Obama’s approval rating has cratered, Democrats  are fighting among themselves and ObamaCare — the reason for the shutdown in the  first place — has been a disaster. So why are Republicans’ knees shaking?

The federal government’s hometown newspaper, the Washington Post, reports  “key GOP figures” are “abandoning their bid to immediately stop the federal  health care law” and are “scrambling for a fallback strategy.” Republicans, the  paper claims, “have overreached,” and their plan to stop ObamaCare has been  “politically disastrous” and a “failure.”

House leaders seem to be dropping talk of Obama-Care and, over in the Senate,  Republicans appear ready to push only the repeal of ObamaCare’s medical device  tax, which already has wide bipartisan support. read more

Obamacare Drives Up Other Costs

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

The Republicans appear to be all for full repeal of Obamacare. They make speeches and appear on talking head shows bemoaning the new healthcare law, insisting it has to go. Nothing else will suffice but full repeal.

 

It makes for a great “conservative” soundbite, but that’s all it is. For now, full repeal is a pipe dream.

 

Knowing that the call for full repeal is simply a soundbite those few true conservatives have had to once again step up to the plate and lead.

 

Sen. Mike Lee has proposed defunding Obamacare. That sounds simple enough. After all, Congress does control the purse strings.

 

However, this idea is evidently too radical for our spineless Republican leadership due to their overwhelming fear of the dreaded “government shut down”.

 

Meanwhile the president and the Democrats continue to insist that Obamacare is a good thing and will actually save us money. I give them props for boldness – boldness in the face of obvious truths.

 

On ObamacareFacts.com, it clearly states that Obamacare does not increase insurance premiums directly. In a way, they’re right. There is no mandate to raise insurance rates. That is left to the discretion of the individual insurance companies, to either raise rates or grow broke. It’s their choice. The site’s argument is that rate increases will be curbed when the law is fully implemented next year.

 

Well, the insurance companies know this and know they must raise their rates now while they can in an attempt to stay viable in the future.

 

This is why we see health insurance rates skyrocketing in states all over the Union. Washington states rates are expected to rise between 34 and 80%, Florida: 30 to 40%. Georgia expects increases of upwards of 198%. Indiana estimates a 72% increase and Ohio, 41%.

 

The low information twenty-something crowd of Obama supporters is in for a surprise when they discover they will be paying 100% more (on average) than their elderly counterparts. Surprise!

 

But the Obamacare law is not only affecting our direct healthcare costs. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you soon will.

 

This past weekend I received my auto insurance renewal. I opened the envelope and saw something I didn’t expect. My auto insurance premium increased by 20%.

 

I’m pretty plugged in to all this stuff, but I must admit, I didn’t connect the dots.

 

Figuring it must be a clerical error, I called my insurance carrier. I explained my spotless record to the representative; the fact that I am a year older as is my car, yet my premium was jacked up. He explained the increase was due to a sharp rise in the medical insurance rider and auto repair costs.

 

That’s when the light went on! Obamacare is also driving up auto insurance rates.

 

I called the dealership that does work on my car and spoke with the owner. He explained he would either have to lay people off or raise the labor rates for repairs, thanks to… you got it… Obamacare.

 

So when you start to see increased costs across a full spectrum of goods and services, you can thank Obama, the Democrats and the jerk Republicans who are too stupid and too spineless to defund this ruinous law.

Conservatives to Republicans: Follow Us or Fold Up Your Big Tent

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

How many times have we heard this line of crap: Republicans need to broaden their base. We need to be the party of the “Big Tent”. Are you as sick of hearing that as I?

 

And from whom do we constantly hear it? It’s always the same crowd; the moderates, the RINOs, the aisle crossers.

 

Oh, and we also it hear from the Democrats. Have you ever noticed how often the dems offer Republicans advice on how to win elections? It’s mighty decent of them to wish us to be more competitive. Makes no sense, does it? It would be like Tom Brady telling the New York Jets defense: “Look, my shoulder aches a little today, so don’t worry about me throwing the football long. Just concentrate on defending the short stuff and you’ll beat us.” Yes, that will ever happen. Brady is as concerned with the Jets winning as the Democrats are about us.

 

Yet our wizards of smart, from politicians to “conservative” pundits to Republican consultants, all fall for it, year after year.

 

And why? I contend that they have no other strategy. They don’t know what else to do. And if one was to give it some thought, you’d realize the “Big Tent” goal is unattainable. There will always be some group left out of the “Big Tent”.

 

It’s similar to the lefties dream of a socialist utopia. They’ll say: “We just haven’t spent enough to achieve the goal”. Well, there’s not enough money on the planet to “achieve the goal”. But they’ll keep insisting that is the only problem with the idea.

 

No real conservative has any problem with the Big Tent theory. We welcome everyone. We’re just not willing to prostitute ourselves or water down our values just to get more voters into the tent. But some certainly are. That’s precisely why the Rubio’s and Ryan’s have spearheaded the immigration bill debacle. They don’t know what else to do. They appear to rely on the advice of our idiot consultants, who are really glorified bookies. Win or lose, they get paid. What a racket.

 

Just a couple of weeks ago Rand Paul said: “We need to have a bigger, broader and more appealing message.” That sounds good, but he also said: “I think things like liberty, things like your privacy, things like defending the Fourth Amendment, I think they are important things and they can help us grow the party.”

 

Huh? How many people even know what the Fourth Amendment says? Not many. Now watch a 1984 Reagan campaign commercial:

 

 

There you go. Big, broad ideas; dealing with emotions, with few statistics. That will fill the tent. Not some lecture on the fourth amendment, as much as most may need it.

 

Reagan wasn’t so universally popular because of his groundbreaking policy ideas. He had a simple vision of American greatness expressed in plain English – not political doubletalk.

 

He built it and they did come. Reagan’s American “Field of Dreams” can be replicated. We just need to support the right people – jettison the moderates and consultants and as in Reagan’s commercial, take our vision directly to the people.