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December 13, 2014

 

It’s crystal clear that Hillary Clinton has a glass jaw and is poised to be knocked out in 2016.  With Barack Obama and his legacy of failure weighing her down, Hillary must cobble together a coalition by recovering the normal Americans who used to help Democrats win while at the same time satisfying the freak show that is the Democrat base.  She'll still be the face of the party of idiots who block you on the freeways, of morons who burn stores, of faceless ObamaCare bureaucrats raising premiums, and of Goldman Sachs.  Wall Street crony capitalists pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for her keen insights.  Hillary is a loser and the Democrats know it.  James Webb is sizing up his chances.  Martin O'Malley of Maryland thinks he's a viable candidate.  Elizabeth Warren is pretending that she's not going to jump in.  There's your Democrat diversity: All kinds of rich white people, from faux populists to failed governors to fake Indians.  The 2016 election isn't just an opportunity to win the Presidency.  We need to save our country and our Constitution from the Chablis-swilling liberal elitists.  If you like the sound of “President Hillary Clinton” support Ben, Jeb, Mitt, or any of the delusional moderate candidates.  GOP establishment types, you’ve been warned.  So who is the perfect candidate in 2016: The answer is an amalgam of a lot of people.  I wish I could put together the perfect candidate out of the bits and pieces of many potential nominees.  I’d take the brains of a Bobby Jindal and blend them with the aggressiveness of Chris Christie.  I’d take the executive acumen of Mitt Romney and put it together with the winning record of perpetual underdog Scott Walker.  I’d take the understanding of the Constitution of Ted Cruz and mix it with the charisma of Marco Rubio.  I’d take the Texas track record of Rick Perry and match it with the ability to win in a purple state of John Kasich.  Unfortunately you can't just choose the best qualities.  I guess we will have to wait and see how much the Republican Party wants to commit political suicide to see who they nominate.

(“Will the GOP Lose to Hillary in 2016 by Nominating a Loser Like Jeb?” by Kurt Schlichter dated December 8, 2014 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2014/12/08/will-the-gop-lose-to-hillary-in-2016-by-nominating-a-loser-like-jeb-n1928071 )

The single thread that winds through Ferguson, Staten Island, and the UVA “rape” case is “liberalism.”  I am just drawing attention that liberals, starting in the Progressive Era a century ago, are the ruling class in America.  Liberals rule the culture; it is a liberal cultural world that you encounter when you turn on your TV or go to the movies, or go to school.  Liberals rule our politics.  I do not mean that Republicans never get into office.  When Republicans do gain the Presidency they don't get to rule; they just get to run the government for a while.  Liberals mostly rule the economy; the rules that govern the workplace and the marketplace were fashioned by liberals.  It's liberals that have boxed in the African American community so that the only life they know is gangs and Swisher Sweets and working for chump change in the informal economy.  The first liberal oppression is welfare.Why do I need a job; I already got a check,” says the African American woman in the ads that keeping turning up on my browser.  The second liberal oppression is the taxes and regulations on work.  Given the payroll taxes and the unemployment taxes and the workers comp. and disability premiums it's really not worth employing unskilled workers in the formal economy.  If you are getting welfare benefits then you can't work in the formal sector without losing your benefits and/or paying a marginal tax rate over 50%.  There's a double liberal oppression.  First there were the feminists and liberals bullying us into the sexual revolution on the absurd idea that women could experience sex like men; it gave us the campus hook-up culture.  Now, two generations later, liberals are bullying us into “teaching men not to rape.”  German sociologist Georg Simmel wrote that oppression, except the most violent physical coercion, is voluntary, so if we put up with it, we tell the world that for us the price of freedom is too high.

(“It’s the Liberal Oppression, Stupid” by Christopher Chantrill dated December 9, 2014 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/12/its_the_liberal_oppression_stupid.html )

Democrats and left-wing activists clutch the notion of racism as America’s defining characteristic just as street corner drunks cling to their fifths of cheap booze, and this debilitating liberal addiction deserves a name: “raceaholism.”  Raceaholics like President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, New York mayor Bill de Blasio, overexposed circus barker Al Sharpton, Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, their allies, and their media enablers cannot stop talking about race. They refract almost every issue through that prism. According to them, we shall not overcome our long history of racial injustice.  Raceaholics wear fact-proof vests, which facilitate their addiction.  Less than a month after becoming this country’s first black Attorney General, Eric Holder claimed that “we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”  The national conversation on race began before 1787, when the Constitutional Convention debated the Three-Fifths Compromise.  Abolitionists and slavers spent the first half of the 19th century conversing about the morality of white Americans’ owning black human beings as property.  The Emancipation Proclamation and the defeat of the Confederacy, which stirred millions of discussions, soon yielded to talk of Reconstruction, followed by the Democrat Party’s obstruction of Republican efforts to protect recently freed slaves and integrate them as full citizens.  The national conversation on race soon turned to Jim Crow laws and segregation.  It continued through the decades with Plessy v. Ferguson, anti-lynching efforts, D. W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation, President Truman’s desegregation of the U.S. military, Jackie Robinson, Brown v. Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, President Eisenhower’s deployment of federal troops to integrate Little Rock’s schools, Motown Records, Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Watts riots, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, President Nixon’s  creation of racial-preference programs, forced busing,  President Reagan’s signing of the MLK national holiday into law, the Clarence Thomas hearings, the Rodney King riots, O.J., the election of Obama as America’s first black President, and much, much more.  Americans have not stopped talking about race for at least 227 years, yet the raceaholics consider Americans too weak and self-doubting to address the topic.  The raceaholics seem incapable of recognizing America’s tremendous progress in this area.  America has a black Supreme Court justice and, under President George W. Bush, enjoyed the service of not one but two black Secretaries of State: Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.  Kenneth Chenault has been CEO of American Express since 2001; Richard Parsons was chairman of Citigroup and CEO of Time Warner; and E. Stanley O’Neal, the grandson of a slave, was CEO of Merrill Lynch.  Oprah Winfrey is one of America’s most wealthy, successful, and beloved women.  Denzel Washington is among America’s most revered actors.  When it comes to the two hottest flashpoints, the raceaholics’ screams about racism are beyond hollow.  While people may disagree with the Ferguson decision, no one has offered any evidence that Officer Darren Wilson acted with any racial animus or that the 28-year-old harbored any ill will toward black Americans.  In the more troublesome case of Eric Garner, who died of a heart attack after NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a headlock and ignored him as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe!” eleven times.  No one has shown that Pantaleo did this because of racism.  Those ethnically exculpatory facts do not deter the raceaholics.  Raceaholics are not just misguided or confused.  They are cruel, destructive, and un-American.  Ignoring the fact that America has come light years forward in its quest for racial equality and then inventing racism where it does not exist is no less disgusting and evil than yanking a struggling AA member off the wagon and making him drink.

(“Liberal Raceaholics” by Deroy Murdock dated December 10, 2014 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/394311/liberal-raceaholics-deroy-murdock )

 

What America needs most is a Patriotic President, a President who puts love of country well above love of self.  America needs a President who, even before coming forward, has already shoved his ego into his back pocket; one wise enough to ignore the pandering of the moment and one whose head is never turned by Mae West type publicity.  America needs a President who will belt out the American anthem at the top of his/her lungs every chance they get, with an occasional God Bless America for musical balance.  The President who can turn an upside-down America right side up is one who knows that ‘bi-partisanship’ is only an imaginary tool, pulled out of the bottom of the trick bag.  In public, politicians of all stripes make like they hate each other.  In private, politicians work in concert making deals that keep their nests well feathered.  Real leadership calls for a leader who will blow raspberries at blowhard protesters like Occupy Wall Street (OWS) ones who need someone to run their cafe lattés to them between sore throat chants.  America needs the kind of firm leadership which will send scurrying like White House rats, the followers of a crazed, sore-infested, living on the avails of their parents and rich friends, Marxist malcontent like Karl Marx, whose brain was in worse shape than his boil-studded body.  New blood is needed in Washington to rid the White House of the still-living-in-the-1960s unelected czars that form the wavery ‘O’ in Obama’s over-exposed logo.  America needs a serious Commander in Chief who puts the comfort of war veterans ahead of that of Hollywood stars, who, like millions of others in the world, pays sincere respect to a military who made a peaceful life in the West possible; a Commander in Chief who doesn’t cut and run from every threat from a group he exaggeratedly claims that he already rid the world of.  The Presidency of the United States does not belong to either the Republican or Democrat Party; it belongs, lock, stock and barrel to We the People.  We need someone like Ben Carson or Herman Cain who have “walked the walk” with scars to prove it and can “talk the talk,” or someone just like them!

(“America needs a Patriotic President” by Jodi McLeod dated December 9, 2014 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/68179 )

 

The single thread that winds through Ferguson, Staten Island, and the UVA “rape” case is “liberalism.”  I am just drawing attention that liberals, starting in the Progressive Era a century ago, are the ruling class in America.  Liberals rule the culture; it is a liberal cultural world that you encounter when you turn on your TV or go to the movies, or go to school.  Liberals rule our politics.  I do not mean that Republicans never get into office.  When Republicans do gain the Presidency they don't get to rule; they just get to run the government for a while.  Liberals mostly rule the economy; the rules that govern the workplace and the marketplace were fashioned by liberals.  It's liberals that have boxed in the African American community so that the only life they know is gangs and Swisher Sweets and working for chump change in the informal economy.  The first liberal oppression is welfare.Why do I need a job; I already got a check,” says the African American woman in the ads that keeping turning up on my browser.  The second liberal oppression is the taxes and regulations on work.  Given the payroll taxes and the unemployment taxes and the workers comp. and disability premiums it's really not worth employing unskilled workers in the formal economy.  If you are getting welfare benefits then you can't work in the formal sector without losing your benefits and/or paying a marginal tax rate over 50%.  There's a double liberal oppression.  First there were the feminists and liberals bullying us into the sexual revolution on the absurd idea that women could experience sex like men; it gave us the campus hook-up culture.  Now, two generations later, liberals are bullying us into “teaching men not to rape.”  German sociologist Georg Simmel wrote that oppression, except the most violent physical coercion, is voluntary, so if we put up with it, we tell the world that for us the price of freedom is too high.

(“It’s the Liberal Oppression, Stupid” by Christopher Chantrill dated December 9, 2014 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/12/its_the_liberal_oppression_stupid.html )

More than 100 state legislators (Assembly of State Legislatures) from around the country are meeting to discuss the rules for the first-ever Article V Constitutional amendment convention.   They're preparing to take on Washington, and Congress doesn't like it.  The Framers of the Constitution had the foresight to anticipate what Congress has become: a dysfunctional mess.  In Article V they wisely provided a means for the states to step in and amend the Constitution largely without congressional approval.  The state legislators in ASL are determined to convene an amendment convention.  The country has not been this mired in critical problems and divided since the Civil War.  Congress has become a body focused primarily on raising money for re-election. Getting re-elected is one area where they do succeed.  Despite an 8% approval rating, over 90% of incumbents were just re-elected.  The good news is: State legislators can force reform on Congress.  The most important question for the Assembly of State Legislatures is: Which reforms are so popular that they could be adopted by 38 states and become Constitutional amendments?  It won't be enough for 34 states to pass applications and simply hold an amendment convention.  Having support for reforms from 38 states must be the goal. (Thirty-eight states are required to adopt Constitutional amendments, 34 to call an amendment convention.)  There are two very popular and meaningful reforms on which millions of Americans in both parties agree: Equal application of law and congressional term limits.  State legislators should focus their efforts on these two reforms first.  Following a successful amendment convention where precedent is established, the states could call additional conventions to consider other, more complex and divisive reforms.  We suggest the following amendment language: "Congress shall make no law applicable to the citizens of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress."  Congressional Term Limits should be the second topic for an amendment convention.  Seventy-five percent of Americans support term limits. The President is term-limited to eight years, 35 state governors are term-limited (most of them to eight years) and 15 state legislatures are term-limited (most of them also to eight years).  The delegates to the amendment convention will decide on the specific number of terms to limit the Senate and House.  Expect Washington to fire back with op-ed scare articles hysterically screaming that there will be a "runaway convention.”  Merely 13 states can prevent any amendment. Simple math reveals that we need not fear a runaway convention.  All this hard work will bear fruit as the initial focus is on the two most popular and nonpartisan reforms: Equal Application of Law and Congressional Term Limits, and sets the stage for other much needed changes.

(“States Move Forward With Plan to Alter Constitution” by Bryan Anderson dated December 8, 2014 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/120814-729571-fed-up-with-washington-states-look-to-convention-to-change-constitution.htm )

 

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David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY                                  

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