Too bad no member of Congress possessed the courage to blurt out "You lie", especially in light how everyone was suppose to make bipartisan goo-goo eyes at one another.
Obama says cutting stimulus is akin to taking the motor out of an airplane taking off. But how can a jetliner even take off when the flue supply has already been burned up?
The camera panned the congressional gallery and showed the head of Xerox sitting in the crowd. Guess they need her to help make all that money that really isn't there.
Obama praised education for beginning earlier in China than in the United States. Guess the government should haul the child off as soon as the youngster emerges from the womb. Perhaps Obama should elaborate to the nation what he thinks of those slave labor camps where children are snatched from their parents and beaten into being Olympic athletes and the like.
Does Obama realize that it's not government that sparks imagination?
Soviets did not beat America into space not so much because of the superiority of their technology or social system but because we were concerned they would disapprove of us using a missile as a rocket.
If Obama believes in spreading the wealth around like he told Joe the Plumber, why should we bother being educated for the complex jobs he is promising?
If more students get college degrees through government subsidies that disrupt the market, the credentials will be useless in securing better employment and higher pay.
I guess $4.00 per gallon gas is reinvented energy policy.
Will one of the promised millions of electric vehicles be Obama’s or will he continue to ride around in gas guzzlers?
Obama is emphasizing rail transportation because the electric cars he is promoting will pretty much otherwise confine people to the areas in which government will permit them to live.
Wonder how many homes will be abolished and how much private property seized to build this fabled high speed train.
By calling the proposed high-speed rail system a "bullet train", isn't the President contributing to the coarsening of the national discourse?
Quite revealing how History is deliberately omitted from the list of subjects such as Math and Science that those advocating an increased federal role in education believe need to be emphasized as part of a renewed national education policy.
If Obama doesn't like foreign students returning to their native lands upon completion of their studies, perhaps they should not be admitted to American universities to begin with.
Obama insists that foreigners are the ones enriching America and fostering innovation. Guess actual Americans are just suppose to keep our mouths shut and paying taxes out the wazoo.
Many of the implications of what Obama says are more between the lines rather than said openly.
For example, the President calls for the leveling of tax rates. This could just as easily mean increasing assessments instead of lowering them.
Obama claims he will eliminate unnecessary regulations. Thing is, he no doubt sees the vast majority of those his minions are promulgating as absolutely necessary.
Contrary to the impression Obama attempted to create, deficit spending just didn't begin a decade ago. My grandfather passed away more than a decade ago and I remember him warning about the national debt when I was a kid.
The way the camera froze and elongated the image, for a moment, Obama looked like the Necromonger emperor in "The Chronicles Of Riddick".
Obama reassured that Muslims are a part of the American family. What about other religions, especially the ones not as inclined to blow things up when they don't get their way?
Likewise, Obama went out of his way to mention gay military personnel. Why aren't the sacrifices of heterosexuals worthy of mention?
Obama hopes to establish new alliances and friendships across the Americas. Wonder how much that is going to cost.
I tabulated 81 rounds of applause during the 2011 State of the Union Address.
by Frederick Meekins
Iran is on the march all over the middle east. Its surrogates carefully chosen and in place. Iran spews venom and exports hatred, fear and murder. Iran’s reach is growing. The United States is viewing the detente between the Iranian-Venezuelan governments very closely.
Egypt is still in chaos, though the army is firmly in control and plans to stay that way. Jordan is shaky… King Abdullah has released his cabinet and is forming a new one. The speed with which the unrest has traveled has left world leaders stunned and totally unprepared.
The intemperate and totally out-of-depth Obama administration’s official and unofficial encouragement of the Egyptian demonstrators is sophomoric and dangerous in the extreme. Barack Obama sounded like some petulant teenager with attitude, as he demanded Mubarak step down right now and that Egypt would have democratic elections… presumably presided over by Jimmy Boy Carter, middle east expert extraordinaire.
Our political capital in the entire region is negligible, after the incredibly stupid foreign policy that our boy president and Islamophile, Barack Hussein Obama, has pursued for the last two years. Israel’s options are even fewer now, with another 500 or so miles of border that will become hostile should Egypt and Jordan fall. read more »
Liberals mocked George W. Bush’s “Forward Strategy of Freedom,” sneering that it was corny and idealistic, wouldn’t work, and didn’t suit exotic, backward, brown people who wouldn’t know what to do with liberty if it fell in their laps.
In the years since U.S. forces ousted the Taliban in Afghanistan and deposed Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the world has beheld a remarkably long line of popular uprisings in Middle Eastern and Eastern European states that has thoroughly vindicated Bush’s approach.
Four months after U.S. Marines took Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom, a quivering-in-his-boots Muammar Gaddafi acknowledged Libya’s responsibility for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and paid billions in compensation to relatives of victims, and to those of the UTA Flight 772 bombing and the Berlin discotheque bombing.
Three months later we witnessed the Rose Revolution in Georgia, in which the public protested against rigged parliamentary elections, removed President Eduard Shevardnadze, and installed reformist Mikhail Saakashvili.
In 2004 we watched the Ukrainian Orange Revolution, in which protestors kept Viktor Yanukovych from assuming office as Prime Minister after fraudulent elections and instated pro-reform Viktor Yushchenko.
In 2005 we observed the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, in which citizens rioted to protest the assassination of pro-Western former Primer Minister Rafik Hariri, the presence of tens of thousands of Syrian troops, and the rule of a pro-Syrian government.
Days after the Cedar Revolution, we had the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, in which protestors ousted corrupt President Askar Akayev. read more »
Since the idea of reconciliation entered the minds of congress as a way to pass the Health Insurance bill there has been raging debate on the constitutionality of the bill. Not for the way it was imposed on the American people but for what it imposed. We could argue all day about parts of the bill but one Judge in Florida had made a very clear and somewhat wordy argument for the unconstitutional nature of the individual mandate.
Since Judge Vinson issued his ruling the Department of Justice has already issued an appeal. As you read Judge Vinson’s ruling you are amazed by the depth to which this man researched one of the most important issues of our time. It took this judge 78 pages to decide 2 items. What people don’t realize is that it was a split decision. The reality is that the matter of the individual mandate due to the governments own contention on its importance to the legislation. Striking down that mandate would hollow out the law entirely. Not being able to sever as most court decisions can do makes this law useless. But let’s take a minute to reflect on the governments win.
Judge Vinson ruled that the Medicaid expansion forced on the states by this law was constitutional. The states contended that the law would create a new and much larger class of people covered by medicaid. This being an unfunded mandate would place undo strain on the coffers of the individual states. The judge ruled that there would be no coercion on the part of the government due to the voluntary nature of Medicaid. I don’t see anyone applauding this decision. But say that the government can’t force you to buy health insurance and you get labeled a Tea party judge and a nut. read more »
I don’t think we’d need a graduated grading system say, for instance, ‘C’ for Champion and on the opposite end, ‘T’ for Traitor. Look at all the fun we could have with all of the grades in between.
‘Everyday’ patriot I think would describe most of us… just Americans who go about our lives, proud of the greatness of our nation. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, there are the inhabitants of the darkside. Goons, Goobers, Frauds and Thieves.
The Marxist pantheon is vast. The world they inhabit is as insubstantial as an early morning meadow mist that only they can see. But cling to that mist they will, beyond any ken of reasonable, rational men and women.
This is the great divide. It’s where the rubber hits the road. In the coming months, the divide between the American Patriot and those who would destroy America for the sake of their land of mists… the choices will become plainer than ever before. Those who work to enslave free people, those who consort with or give aid and comfort to the enemies of this great nation, will be called out to answer for their perfidy.
This nation may be facing the greatest perils and challenges of our country’s history. Aside from the enemy within, we are beset with enemies around the world. The deteriorating situation in the middle east can be laid directly at the door of Barack Hussein Obama and his administration. Worldwide food shortages, looming inflation, demonstrations, riots… can all be laid at least partially at the administration’s doors. read more »
Though in this case it’s boiling, and Israel is watching the rapidly devolving situation right next door in Egypt. They are looking at having to re-evaluate the situation in terms of the worst-case scenario.
Although nominally enemy states, Israel, Egypt and the United States have cooperated at the highest levels of military command and with the intelligence services of all three countries, and you can bet your boots there’s one heck of a lot of communicating going on right now between all of them.
Hosni Mubarak probably has a better chance of riding this thing out than the Shah of Iran did when faced with Khomeini’s revolution. But if he doesn’t, the generals who now so staunchly support him will give him a gentle nudge into a nice dignified retirement some place, and the country will choose a new president in accordance with its constitution.
Egypt, though a muslim country, is largely a secular nation. How far the radical Islamists will get in influencing events in Egypt is difficult to judge at this point. One thing is for sure… the generals are not about to relinquish power to some revolutionary cabal. Right now, the army holds all the cards. They have, at least to this point, shown remarkable restraint in dealing with the protesters. read more »
There is lots of talk around Washington these days about the debt ceiling. Specifically about whether or not the Republicans will vote for raising the limit. There are many thoughts out there. Here are some of the things being thrown around.
Cutting a deal on a balanced budget amendment. The thought being the Republicans can get the balanced budget amendment through if they vote to raise the debt ceiling. What is it about a balanced budget Amendment that we keep hearing about it. To me a balanced budget amendment is tantamount to Congress becoming its own parents and setting limits on itself. Well if they can't do that without the amendment how long will it be they alter it for this exception or that. Besides with our current debt balancing the budget will not achieve debt reduction.
Altering entitlements. While this is the third rail of politics it is also the cause of much of the increase in spending and does it automatically. Once these entitlements start the outflow is hardly what you would call regulated. So this is where the emphasis should be. How do we effectively reign in spending on entitlements without depriving the recipients of some security? Raising the age is one option as we are living longer and there are people who work until they can't work anymore. We could gradually raise the retirement age to 70 by doing it gradually going up to 66 in 2012, 67 in 2013 and so on. This would be for all entitlements
One more is cutting non-discretionary spending. Numbers are being thrown around but whatever happens it has to be big billions not millions here and there. Cutting agency spending and costs would save money too. As agencies have instituted policy without Congressional oversight (a flaw in the creation of each agency, giving them power to regulate) The congressional oversight committees themselves should pour over the mundane and duplicitous regulations and have an up or down vote on all of them. Cutting back on Government regulations would free business up to possibly begin to manufacture here again. But it is one step. read more »
I’m one of those who sees another Iranian revolution in the events now taking place in Egypt. It’s just too eerily reminiscent of the events leading up to the overthrow of the Shah, after Jimmy Carter refused to support him as an ally of the United States.
The Islamist radicals throughout the the region are licking their slavering chops, hoping that the unrest in Egypt becomes a general conflagration through which they can impose their rigid sixth century ideology on the middle east and establish their worldwide caliphate… if only the pesky United States would get out of the way.
The enemies of this country have had their best chance with Barack Hussein Obama. The hardcore communists in this country, not a few of whom reside in the Democrat side of the aisle, are doing everything in their power to prop up their failed golden boy… along with the ideological toadies in the Lame Stream Press with their slavish devotion to all things Obama, which is to say, all things Marxist.
What is glaringly apparent is that Barack Obama, far from being the mover and shaker his hacks make him out to be, is in fact probably the single biggest laughing stock in the world. We’re living in a world which is on the precipice. The world needs a strong, stable, militarily powerful United States and a stable dollar to bolster economies around the globe. read more »
If you are a conservative or for that matter someone who just loves America you need look no further than the Center for American Progress (CAP) to find the Anti-American sentiment that is driving both the White House and many on the left. This far left think tank has a very “progressive” view of both the country and the constitution. Want to know what the President is thinking check out the Center for American Progress. Here is a report issued by the Center on the appointment of a couple of Republicans to committees. If you would note the “New Tone” of the rhetoric in this piece. This is the think tank for the people calling for civility.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Ian Milhiser noted yesterday that Senate Republicans put Sen. Mike “noun, verb, unconstitutional” Lee (R-UT) on the Judiciary Committee, despite his radical ignorance regarding constitutional matters. But that wasn’t the only committee assignment for which the GOP decided that fealty to ideology was more important that acknowledging reality.
The uprising that started in Egypt and swelled to a boiling point today is a real problem for the people there and here. Mubarak is in essence a dictator having miraculously won election with 90% of the vote in every election he ever ran in. The uprising is a democratic one. The people are tired of not being heard by their government. So they rise up to tell them to change. The problem is that if the people don't feel the President has gone far enough they will continue to rebel until the country is completely destabilized. This is the point that our interests are threatened. Egypt is a major route for oil to come to the United States. The Suez canal is ground zero for these riots. If the flow of oil is cut off from the middle east due to this upheaval it could seriously affect the price of gasoline here in the US.
Part of the problem in this area is the large Muslim Arab presence in the country. A violent overthrow of the government could leave a void that radical Islam could slip into and wrest control of the government. If you doubt this could happen take a look at Iran back when the Shah was deposed. The radicals immediately began an Islamic theocracy.
The outcome of this uprising is in doubt and is a major concern but as I watch the events unfold on the news I thank God everyday that I live in a country where the protest against the government is conducted in a peaceful fashion at the ballot box. Let's keep that going.
Even as Barack Obama was trying to convince everyone that he had become a committed centrist and business-friendly policy was his game, the second half of his speech was still laden with promises of more government intervention and control of business.
He speaks of pumping federal dollars into more ‘green’ technology, magically creating tens of thousands of jobs for happy American workers who will walk, bicycle or publicly transport to work singing ‘hi-ho, hi-ho’… or was that ‘The International’? By the way, did you know that the Green Party platform is the International Communist Manifesto in all but name?
While Obama is playing the centrist straw man, his Marxist minions over at the Department of the Interior and at the Environmental Protection Agency have taken up pillaging the nation right from where ‘centrist’ Obama left off. Another campaign promise to his nutcake base, Obama, unable to get cap and tax passed through the Congress even when he had overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, has unleashed the regulatory dogs from hell on the United States coal industry. He did say that’s what he was going to do in the campaign.
This country really does need to pay attention when these people speak. If you do enough talking, and the DeMarxists do a lot of it, you’ll tip your true hand sooner or later. All I know is he’s purposefully destroying the livelihoods of tens of thousands more Americans… and it’s all behind such a fraud. read more »
Those are some of the more common reactions I’ve heard. Some of our readers have been a little more pointed in their comments about the Obama Show on Tuesday night… like a lot of Conservatives who have come to the conclusion that Obama never says anything new. He just rehashes stuff he’s already said, putting fresh lipstick on the pig time after time.
Actually, I had decided not to listen to Obama’s little extravaganza for just that reason. I felt I knew what he was going to say. The radio that I listen to when I’m writing betrayed me, and once President Obama started speaking I left it on.
I wasn’t disappointed. He spouted about 1950s Russian Sputniks and roofing companies reinventing themselves. He talked about all the neat things he was going to do for business instead of to business. Gee, that would be a nice change.
Barack has a problem. He can get people to listen to him. Getting people to believe him is another story altogether. He is learning the lesson that all liars learn sooner or later. You can only go to the well just so many times and then even the thickest airheads start seeing the light.
He still has the considerable power of the bully pulpit… he still has the slavish devotion of the main stream media and their influence, greatly diminished though it may be.
What he doesn’t have is the American people. Obama has been tried in the court of the mind of the American citizen and was found wanting. read more »
Ever since Democrats suffered historic, butt-spanking losses in the 2010 midterms, they’ve been whimpering for “bipartisanship,” “cooperation,” “compromise,” “togetherness,” “shared responsibility,” and “national unity.”
President Obama has been coaxing House and Senate Republicans to work together with Democrats to get things done.
Recently New York Senator Charles Schumer, one of the most viciously partisan individuals on the planet (you might say he’s full of “vitriol”), suggested it might be melodious for Democrats and Republicans to sit mingled among one another at Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address, rather than hunkering down battalion-style on opposite sides of the room.
Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn was the first to stupidly take the bait, followed by dozens of other Congressmen including Charles Grassley, Pat Toomey, Mark Kirk, Olympia Snowe, and—surprise!—John McCain.
Obama, it should be remembered, campaigned for president on the promise that he would usher in a “new era of bipartisanship.”
If the Democratic 111th Congress took Obama up on his idea, they had a funny way of showing it.
When they weren’t shutting Republicans out of committee meetings to write the 2009 stimulus bill and health care reform act, they were failing to post bills online for enough time to allow Republicans to read them and offer input. read more »
For someone who is constantly lauded for his brilliance and high-mindedness, and who himself seems never to stop talking about bipartisanship and unity, President Obama never fails to be petulant, petty, hyper-partisan and, most problematically, hypocritical.
After insisting at the outset of the speech that “we will move forward together, or not at all -- for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics” and that “we are part of the American family,” Obama once again set out to demonize a part of that America, the evil producers of 90 percent of our energy, the oil companies. “I don't know if -- I don't know if you've noticed,” Obama snarked, “but they're doing just fine on their own,”after demanding we eliminate unspecified “subsidies” for oil and give them to energy producers hand picked by Obama himself.
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The only thing missing was Barney Frank as Prom Queen… well, queen anyway. I can’t tell you how uncomfortable I felt when our chosen warriors were duped into the ridiculous pose of sitting with the opposition, to illustrate some sort of new ‘tone’ at the State of the Union show.
Many times I’ve talked about and warned the Republicans about letting the opposition control the message. Time after time we’ve allowed them to do it to us. And time after time they have succeeded, simply because they were allowed to.
I thought with the advent of the new Congress we would see a Republican party of much sterner stuff than the wishy-washy, panty-waisted establishment types which we’ve all come to recognize and despise. The only reason the left engineered this touching nouveaux amis was so that the visual of the huge Republican numbers wouldn’t be broadcast to millions of American homes during prime time. It’s a significant difference in numbers, and it shows.
What bothers me most is that a ten year old could have seen this coming a block away. The left playing off of the emotional backwash of the Tucson tragedy, the whole thing reminiscent of the anti-gun, anti-conservative frenzy whipped up by the Democrats, after James S. Brady was paralyzed during the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. read more »
As if a 14 trillion dollar deficit, with his name and that of his party all over it, isn’t enough already. As if the House hasn’t zeroed in on: (a) The outright repeal of health care; (b) Dismantling its various components and provisions and starving more onerous items of funding to cripple them and keep them from harming the people or the economy.
Barack Obama has done everything just exactly as though he was driving our country into economic destruction. And it sure as heck looks to an awful lot of us out here that he’s done everything according to a scripted plan.
My guess is that the Democrat Marxists, in the first flush of victory after Obama was elected, vastly overestimated the political capital that the victory had afforded them. The Marxists in the administration and in Congress misinterpreted the 2008 election results. More importantly, they completely misread the mood of the nation.
One more Achilles heel out there awaiting Mr Obama is the energy sector of the economy. With rising gas prices and the threat of even higher gas prices by next summer, the specter of four dollar a gallon gasoline is not going to endear Obama to anyone.
There are tens of thousands of men who are not working because of Obama’s drilling ban. These men, their families and friends, the very communities that helped elect Obama, now detest him.
Obama may just find out that he has sold off so much of his political soul that there’s none left. read more »
And that’s it in a nutshell, as they used to say. There have been many weighty opinions offered as to the success of the viral phenomenon known as the Tea Party or collectively the Patriot Movement, which name sort of encompasses all such groups.
It’s confusing to the liberals because they can’t find anyone to attack except Sarah Palin, who seems to be the target of the day every day. They must fear her terribly to hate her that much. Go, Sarah!
The Marxists can’t figure us out because we are diametrically opposed to them and their every precept. They are simply incapable of being honest with themselves. This in turn co-opts their sense of right and wrong and engenders attitudes of fear, spite and envy. A false sense of entitlement and anger towards those more successful in life. Perennially unhappy and unsatisfied, they inevitably seek to influence those around them to their own level of self-induced misery.
The difference between the liberal and the patriot could not be in greater contrast. On one hand, we are presented with doom and gloom and ever more strident calls for more of our treasure, both personal and national. On the other, we have the conservative patriot movement where the tempo is upbeat and the atmosphere is full of promise for America.
Our Conservative Congress is starting to make itself felt and will soon start flexing its muscles. What has made the difference so far amongst the ranks of the patriots, is that individual Americans have taken up the challenge in their own neighborhoods. They’ve thrown down the Conservative gauntlet at school board meetings and town council meetings across America. read more »
We have a lot of great readers out there and we cherish every one. Recently, we have had a few unplanned and unavoidable gaps in our publication. Just a day here and there, but I thought some clarity was called for.
I have a full time career outside of writing. It demands a lot of my time normally, but during the winter months especially. Dee, the very capable editor of this column, also has a full time career and has proven to be a gifted writer filling in for me. It takes several hours to write, edit and distribute our articles to our affiliates, who then distribute to their readers.
With the intense work schedules there are times when we just don’t have the time. Our first choice is to go to the archives and see if something there will work. Then there are the times, such as happened this last week, when we couldn’t even do that.
We were under no illusions when we started this column that it was going to be easy. Our sole purpose is to get the Conservative Constitutional message to as many people as we can. As anyone who has read my columns for any amount of time will tell you, I’m an equal opportunity opinion editorialist. I’m just as quick to jump on and excoriate the Republicans as I am the Marxists… quicker in fact.
The situation and the economy demand nothing less than our dedicated vigilance. Conservative principles have gotten us this far… a political comeback and reversal of epic proportions, for a party who had been written out, walked over and buried by virtually every liberal political pundit (and not a few of our own) in the country. read more »
Apparently, liberals are offended only when blunt talk is used to burrow through the verbal artifice they’ve constructed to protect their generally unpopular ideas. Notice that liberals thrive in institutions where the linguistic architecture of "political correctness" can be protected by harsh rules or by monopoly (universities, public schools), or where political messages can be folded into images or language designed for other purposes (entertainment, news).
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I’m hearing some disturbing things about some of the people who we of the patriot movement were instrumental in getting elected to office. The whole RINO issue chaps the hell out of my hide to start with.
I’m not sure whether it’s because we’re stupid or because we don’t know how to vet our candidates. Or perhaps it’s because these undercover creatures are just so darn good at hiding who they really are that we get hoodwinked every time. I’m not buying any part of that argument.
The RINO (for the uninitiated, RINO stands for Republican in name only) has caused incalculable damage to the country because of their collective perfidy. It would have not been possible for the DeMarxist regime to pass as much of their onerous nation-destroying legislation as they have without the collusion of the so-called moderates.
Some of the names are the same ones we’ve seen time and again… selling out their party and their nation for personal gain. We’re familiar with the machinations of Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. I won’t belabor you with the names of the RINOs out there right now, we’ll be focusing on them in detail as the electoral cycle rolls on.
Chris Christie was elected on a wave of patriot enthusiasm and endorsement. He said and did all the right things to get our support. We sort of expected it from Scott Brown… after all, a conservative Republican from Massachusetts would be a liberal just about anywhere else. read more »