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Friday, November 21, 2014

Pat Buchanan: Rogue President

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.

He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million, and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards.

Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million? Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with. Barack Obama just felt it was about right.

Thus does our constitutional law professor-president “faithfully execute” the laws of the United States he has twice swore to uphold?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schlafly: Obama Could Launch Another Civil War

 “I think he lies about everything”

President Obama’s looming executive action on immigration reform represents a Fort Sumter-type moment, according to conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly.

Schlafly at first considered comparing the Obama amnesty to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but decided that Obama’s plan is much more subtle.

“With Pearl Harbor, the American people knew what was happening,” she said.

But Fort Sumter, where the opening shots of the Civil War were fired, represented the beginning of a ruinous conflict, and Schlafly, like fellow conservative luminary Richard Viguerie, speculates that an executive amnesty might touch off a sort of modern-day conflagration.

Read more at WND >>

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dear GOP, Do Your Damned Job

By Steve Deace 

November 17, 2014

Dear Republican Party,

On November 4th the American people spoke with a resounding voice, and voted “no” to President Obama’s Marxist Progressive agenda/tactics. The numbers show the American people gave you a definitive mandate as well.

  • Democrats are now at their lowest numbers in state legislatures nationwide in 86 years, and Republicans now control more than two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the country. 
  • Republicans have the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives since before the Great Depression.
  • Republicans posted one of the top five election year swings in the U.S. Senate in the past 70 years.
  • For the first time in 58 years there will be Republican governors in Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts at the same time. 
  • Over 80% of U.S. geography is now represented by Republicans.
The depth and extent of GOP gains were unforeseen by every pollster and pundit that correctly predicted the outcome of the 2014 election. That’s because they failed to see two things:

1)    The willingness of the conservative base you’ve been battling in recent years to still turn out and turn the tide in several key races.

2)    The American people were far angrier with Obama than they were with Republicans; disregarding the fact your 42% approval rating in the latest Gallup poll is the same as the president’s.

Despite claims from liberal media pundits on election night, 2014 was not an anti-incumbent election. Almost all of the Republican incumbents won. In fact, the only Republican governor who lost was the one who raised the gas tax.

However, defiant as ever, the president has reacted to the 2014 election results by threatening anti-constitutional executive amnesty for illegal aliens, appointing an Eric Holder clone to succeed him at his renegade Justice department, and to essentially create an Obamacare for the internet.

Even Obama’s chosen architect for his signature legislation has been caught on camera admitting Obamacare wouldn’t have passed without a lack of transparency from Democrats, and the stupidity of the American people. The Obama Regime is nothing if not shameless.

In spite of this president’s repeated efforts to thwart the rule of law, this is still a representative republic. On November 4th the American people did all they can lawfully do to save themselves from Obamaism. They more then went out of their way to change the direction of the country, even electing Republicans to positions of prominence within deep blue states like the president’s own home. There is nothing more the American people can lawfully do that they haven’t already done.

Now it’s up to you to lead.

See, the American people weren’t just sending a message to Obama, they were also sending a message to you. And if you refuse to act upon that message, then you will be guilty of defying the will of the people every bit as much as the Marxist Progressive in the White House.

The message from the American people is clear – stop Obama.

Contrary to the cynical claims of the Obama Regime, the American people are not stupid. Therefore, you cannot run ads nationwide reminding voters Obamacare was on the ballot this year and then not do everything you can to save them from it. You cannot send Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) all over the country to rally a wary conservative base to use this election as a means to stop Obama’s illegal executive amnesty scheme, and then not do so.

Despite your lackluster record, we are trusting you again because the future of the country is at stake and you were our only viable alternative. Sometimes you have to fight wars with the soldiers you have.

It is your solemn duty to come up with the remedies that honor the faith the American people have placed in you, not to mention that upholds your sworn oaths of office to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

For Obama cannot unilaterally act lawlessly in our system of government. The separation of powers requires fecklessness on your part to permit it to happen.

Forget what your consultants tell you is politically possible. You’re up against an opponent who doesn’t care about possible, let alone legal. And if this is how this president operates when he had to pretend to care what the American people thought, imagine what boundaries he’ll push these final two years when he does not.

You will not be able to outmaneuver or outlast a Progressive who is hell-bent – literally – on winning a Marxist argument with history. You will have to face him and defeat him. This isn’t about the technocratic tactics you too often obsess over. This is about the only tactic that matters now—survival.

Your courage of conviction is required. History is calling on you to hold the line on American Exceptionalism, so there’s enough liberty left for the next president to hopefully start turning the country back to the vision of the Founding Fathers.

Do your damned job, or you may be the generation Ronald Reagan once warned us about. The one who will have to explain to their children and grandchildren what it was once like here when people were still free.

Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host and also the author of the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can “like” him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.)  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mark Levin on Worthless RINOs, Government Shutdowns and the Power of the Purse

In our view, there is no more articulate defender of the United States Constitution and the need for Congress to use their power of the purse to stop a tyrannous President, intent on tearing up the Constitution, than Mark Levin.  Levin understands, as too many Republican leaders do not, that the many new Republican members of Congress were elected to STOP the Marxist thug in the White House, not to "work with him."

Listen to "the great one" in his own words:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hoover Institution: The 2014 Congressional Elections in Historical Perspective

David Brady, Hoover deputy director and the Davies Family Senior Fellow, compares congressional elections from the 1880s to the present, emphasizing eras of uncertainty, party parity, and surges in independent voters. His primary theme is the importance of distinguishing between party sorting versus party polarization and the widespread effects of party sorting on several aspects of the elections, including incumbency and election financing in the House and the Senate; local parties, nationalization, and split tickets; and polling discrepancies with final election results. He ends by applying these concepts to predictions on the upcoming general elections.

Support for Obamacare Hits New Low

From Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period begins, 37% of Americans say they approve of the law, one percentage point below the previous low in January. Fifty-six percent disapprove, the high in disapproval by one point.

Trend: Americans' Views of the Affordable Care Act

Americans were slightly more positive than negative about the law around the time of the 2012 election, but they have consistently been more likely to disapprove than approve of the law in all surveys that have been conducted since then. Approval has been in the low 40% or high 30% range after a noticeable dip that occurred in early November 2013. This was shortly after millions of Americans received notices that their current policies were being canceled, which was at odds with President Barack Obama's pledge that those who liked their plans could keep them. The president later said, by way of clarification, that Americans could keep their plans if those plans didn't change after the ACA was passed.

The current 37% reading comes on the heels of last week's midterm elections, in which Republicans won full control of both houses of Congress. Already, party leaders are discussing efforts to repeal the unpopular law.

Repeal is highly unlikely, given Obama's veto power, but the law's new low in approval -- and new high in disapproval (56%) -- could potentially have an impact on its future. The president himself has acknowledged he will consider modifications to the law, which could include repealing the tax on medical devices.

Approval Among Independents at 33%

Approval of the law continues to diverge sharply by party, with 74% of Democrats and 8% of Republicans approving of it. Independents have never been particularly positive toward the law, with approval ranging between 31% and 41%. Currently, 33% of independents approve.

Trend: Approval of the Affordable Care Act, by Party ID

Nonwhites, who disproportionately identify as Democrats, have maintained majority approval since the ACA's inception, now at 56%. Though this is still about double the level of approval among whites (29%), it is the first time nonwhites have fallen below the 60% mark.

Trend: Approval of the Affordable Care Act, Whites vs. Nonwhites

Bottom Line

Americans have never been overly positive toward the ACA, at best showing a roughly equal division between approval and disapproval early on in the law's implementation. The percentage of Americans who approve of the law represents a new numerical low, which could indicate a loss of faith in the law amid the aftermath of the 2014 midterms. Although the ACA, also called Obamacare, was not as dominant an issue in this year's congressional elections as it was in 2010, the issue was part of Republicans' campaign efforts to oppose the president's agenda overall. In doing that, many of the party's candidates were successful.

Though the law's implementation suffered setbacks last fall, government officials have greater optimism for the health insurance website's usability this time around. Importantly, though, approval of the law has remained low throughout the year even as it has had obvious success in reducing the uninsured rate. And with approval holding in a fairly narrow range since last fall, it may be that Americans have fairly well made up their minds about the law, and even a highly successful second open enrollment period may not do much to boost their approval.

Read more at Gallup >>


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Choir and Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper - "De Profundis Clamavi" - W. A. Mozart

From the depths, I have cried out to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.
If you, Lord, were to mark iniquities, who, O Lord, shall stand?
For with you is forgiveness; and because of your law, I stood by you, Lord.
My soul has stood by his word.
My soul has hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch, even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.