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, 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.

Republicans vs. Conservatives


One difference between the two major parties is that Democrats harness the energy of their base to fight legislative battles; Republicans make end-runs around their base to obviate their energy.

Let’s examine the GOP’s strategy for dealing with immigration.  Instead of harnessing their energy to fight amnesty and hang it around the necks of Democrats in the red state electoral landscape next year, they are trying to outflank the conservative base with subterfuge in order to pass amnesty.  National Journal has an inside story of the strategy:

House Republicans head home for the August break having done little to pass immigration reform, falling well short of Speaker John Boehner’s goal of voting on legislation before next week’s monthlong recess begins. But far from a failure of leadership, top House Republicans are casting the inaction as a tactical play designed to boost reform’s chances.

Keeping immigration on the back-burner helps avoid a recess filled with angry town-hall meetings reminiscent of the heated August 2009 protests where the backlash against health care reform coalesced. Doing nothing also starves Democrats of a target, Republicans argue.

“August was a central part of our discussions. People don’t want to go home and get screamed at,” a House GOP leadership aide said.

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Wanted…Real Leaders

By: the Common Constitutionalist


True conservative Senator Ted Cruz has repeatedly said he trusts neither the moderate Republicans nor Democrats to do the right thing for the country.


Back in May, regarding the last debt ceiling battle Cruz said: “Let me be clear: I don’t trust the Republicans and I don’t trust the Democrats. And I think a whole lot of Americans likewise don’t trust the Republicans and the Democrats, because it is leadership in both parties that have gotten us into this mess.”


He is absolutely right. None of us conservatives trust any of them or their advisors that really steer the ship behind the scene.


I’ve heard on many occasions, political hacks on both sides harkening back to the era of Reagan when more reasonable politicians got together and solved problems. As if they the republicans and the dems were buddies.


Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but the powerful democrat Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill was no fan of Reagan and vice versa. O’Neill tried his best to undermine Reagan’s policies and initiatives whenever possible.


They may not have outright hated one another but it sure was no love fest.


As bad as it was then, I admit it has gotten much worse. The democrats have gone from being merely leftist to full on Marxist and the republicans, with few exceptions have been pulled left to fill the void vacated by the dems of old.


Cruz, Lee and a few others have become hated because they’re trying to maintain their principles in that evil Washington cesspool.


Most other Republicans have all but given up thinking for themselves. They are driven by fear and wholly dependent on the guidance of their “handlers” and “genius” powerbrokers like Karl Rove feeding them talking points.


Think back to any historic event in America and ask yourself where would we be if Karl Rove had been advising those great men.


What would our nation look like if instead of Abraham Lincoln, we had president Lindsey Graham, John McCain or John Boehner? Rove would have advised them to make a backroom deal with the South while sending out talking points on how this would be good for America.


Do we think any of our spineless Republican leaders would’ve had the courage to sign the Declaration of Independence? Rove would’ve told them it was political suicide to put their names to such an incendiary document.


Leaders like Reagan and future ones like Cruz (hopefully) lead because they know they must, for the good of the country, not just for the party.


In 1986, against all advice, Reagan walked out on Mikhail Gorbachev at the nuclear summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. The “squishes”, as Cruz calls them, were apoplectic. They thought, due to Reagan’s rash action, the world would literally come to an end, yet it didn’t and we were much better for it. That event marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Empire.


We need leaders, now maybe more than ever. We need those with the courage to stand up to the moderate old dog bullies and challenge them to join us or get out of the way. Interestingly, we are the only ones the old dogs feel the need to bully.


It’s time these old fossils like Graham, Enzi, Alexander, McConnell and the rest step aside and allow real leaders to take over. Don’t count on them going quietly.

Moderates Don’t Heart Ted Cruz

Bill Kristol has about had it with Ted Cruz.

In a radio conversation Thursday morning, the Weekly Standard founder and multi-platform pundit made sure to establish a base coat of respect, even admiration for the energetic and courageous conservatism of Texas’ freshman Senator.

But he grows weary of what he perceives as attacks from the Defund Obamacare chorus that anyone preferring another path must be an unfit warrior in the battle against the fraudulently-named Affordable Care Act.

The community distancing from the Defund movement contains people I have long respected, from Bill Bennett to Charles Krauthammer to Texas’ other Senator, John Cornyn.

All point to the near certainty that the defund effort will fail on the Senate floor, and succeed only in marginalizing the Republican party with another government shutdown PR disaster.

They have a point. And it’s probably not helpful to refer to them as members of a “surrender caucus.”

But rather than quibble over the word choices of Cruz, Utah Senator Mike Lee and others rallying around them, I prefer to examine why I will stand with the defund effort until it breathes its last.

Massive tyranny requires bold response. Obamacare is not just another big-government bad idea that can be whittled and trifled with by detail guys like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is a scourge of epic proportions, the most stunning hijacking of our economy and our liberties in modern times.

Parsing the poisonous pages of the Affordable Care Act gives the impression that this is just another in a series of noble pushbacks that Republicans will mount in the Obama era.

It is no such thing. It is an attack that necessitates a reply that reflects our outrage.

We all know it passed, and that it is “the law of the land.” Well, here’s another matter of law– Congress holds the purse strings, even to measures that have passed. If they can legally turn off the money spigot to fend off this nightmare, that is as legitimate an exercise of public will as its hasty, ramshackle passage in March 2010.

Now to the skeptics’ points:

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The Politics of Instant Gratification

by: the Common Constitutionalist


The search for immediate results, instant gratification, is everywhere in our society. It has permeated every facet of our lives from professional to personal to political.

Electronic media is a perfect example. Twitter, in my opinion, has become exactly what I thought it would be, a platform for the stupid. It is the epitome of the instant gratification society.

I’m not a fuddy-duddy, unless you ask my children. I just know “you can’t always get what you want” (Rolling Stones) in the time frame you desire.

And thus it is also in politics. How many times have we heard Obama say “we’re out of time” or “we don’t have time for Congress to debate this” or “we must act for the good of the…” fill in the blank. And then he signs and anticonstitutional executive order.

Speaking of executive orders, you may have noticed the president and his people no longer use the term executive order. It is now “Executive Action”, for he is a man of action and action gives us… you got it, instant gratification.

The Republicans are not immune from this disease, except when it comes to taking a stand on or for something. Then we can wait until next time, like the debt ceiling, or a budget battle, etc. But when it comes to things like amnesty, we can’t wait.

Never mind looking down the road to see how it will destroy what so many have fought and died for. No, we must win the next election and nothing else matters.

It seems we no longer need men (and women) of thought and deliberation. No, we need “Men of Action”, who can’t get something done now.

As I stated, many have fallen prey to this myopic approach to life and politics, even real conservatives whom I respect and trust.

I am speaking of the desperate need some have to cling to a party that clearly has abandoned us. Rush Limbaugh has on so many occasions excoriated people for even positing the notion of a third-party. He has always stated that the party can only be fixed, as was Reagan’s view, from the inside.

Well, as controversial as this may be, I believe that portion of the era of Reagan  to be over.

Limbaugh insists, as do many others, we don’t stand a chance if we form a third-party. With an attitude like that, I agree. He’s right though; there may not be the instant gratification of an election victory right around the corner. So what!

At this point, are we not beyond that? Presently, I’m going to guess there are maybe 15 to 25 constitutional conservative Republicans within both Houses. That’s maybe 25 out of 535. Pitiful! And it’s crystal clear that the Republican leadership despises them (and us) more than Al Qaeda.

So again, what are we supposed to do? Just go along to get along? That’s no longer an option.

It’s time to begin doing what is right for our country, our children, because it’s the right thing to do. Let’s stop worrying about just winning the next election. With few exceptions, we all see where that has gotten us.

Republicans Afraid to Shutdown

There is a lot of talk these days about how the GOP cannot afford to shut down the government like they did in 1995. “Remember,” they the chattering class say, “the GOP got destroyed at the polls in 1996.”

That talk has everything to do with the Democrats winning the message battle in the media, but has nothing to do with anything else. Let’s roll the tape, shall we?

In 1995, Republicans in Washington shut down the government. They got creamed by the media and Democrats. The Democrats were interested in scoring points. The media was interested and remains interested in “good government,” never mind what that may or may not be.

But what actually happened?

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Be Kinder and Gentler

by: the Common Constitutionalist


Yes, we must be kinder, gentler and more compassionate. In other words, stop being so consistently conservative for we all know conservatives are cold, mean and heartless.

The inside the Beltway crowd been shouting this at Republicans for decades. Our wonderful consultants have been telling candidates and incumbents alike that they must soften, they must move to the center and learn the art of compromise.

Well, frankly I’m tired of hearing it and tired of hearing from them. I am also tired of hearing that politics is somehow different. It’s different having to win over voters to get elected. Even Rush Limbaugh constantly says that it is different for him on the radio. He says it’s easier for him because he doesn’t have to try to win votes.

Well I disagree! Most citizens live their lives as conservatives, whether they know it or not. They have regular jobs (for now), they have a home, raise their kids, pay their bills, etc. They have rules the family abides by. You know the saying “my house, my rules”. Every family, either spoken or not, has a set of core values and beliefs they live by and will not compromise away.

So why is politics so different? Well, in my opinion it is not, but somehow a perception was developed long ago that insists it is.

The consultants tell the politicians they must look a certain way. They must act a certain way and say certain things just to get elected.

I’d like to say that voters today are more sophisticated and intelligent but that would be wrong. They most certainly are not. But they/we do have access to more information than ever before, so it’s easier to catch a politician when they lie, which is often.

One thing that hasn’t changed – here we go again – human nature. While it’s true that most people/voters are not as well informed as we, most can still smell line of crap when politicians double speak.

Politics and elections are simply made to appear difficult because it keeps the consultants and powerbrokers in business. Every word, every look, every phrase must be focus group tested, as if they are trying to con us into voting for their guy.

Most point to Ronald Reagan as a great president and consummate winner. Well that’s true, he was and the number one reason he was was not because of policy. It was because he was real. He wasn’t a policy wonk or a slick talking baby kisser.

He spoke as a real person. His speeches, I believe most of which he wrote himself, connected with people because they understood and could relate to him. People heard him speak and came away thinking, yeah, I believe him.

How many politicians can you say that of today? Not many I would guess.

This is why, in my opinion, Ted Cruz may be this generations Ronald Reagan. I say maybe for I know Washington could probably corrupt Christ. The Democrats and the press despise him and the Republicans hate him. It was the same for Reagan. The moderate country club Republicans couldn’t stand Reagan.

Cruz, like Reagan is overcoming them all and winning the day. He is bold and not afraid to speak the truth. And for this he is winning support of many like us.

We need more like Ted Cruz. Many more. Ones who will stop listening to the press and fire the pinheaded moderate consultants. Maybe then will more Ronald Reagans come forward with the courage to speak their mind and lead.