It is easy to be brave and take a stand when there are no consequences. We see this all the time in politics when a member of the House or Senate is up for reelection and there is a vote on something that person’s constituents do not like. After the numbers are counted if the measure will pass without that member’s vote then the leader gives permission for the member to vote against the issue thus painting a picture of a person who works for and listens to the people.
It is all hogwash. It is political theater at its finest and the Republicans in Congress have their theatrics on full display. There is no way for them to hide it like is normally done because all of them are shown for the hypocritical cowards they are.
What am I talking about, you ask?
Well, it is about Obamacare. You see, a long time ago that horrible bill passed without any Republican support. Republicans told us if we wanted to do anything about it we needed to put them in the majority. We did that in the House and gave them a commanding lead. House Republicans, “emboldened” by their new majority passed a few bills to repeal Obamacare. But they went nowhere so we were told that we needed to give them the Senate as well.
We did just that so now, with the House and the Senate, Republicans went about passing bills to repeal Obamacare. Those went nowhere because of procedure and because Obama, as president, would veto any bill that repealed his socialized medicine law. Give us the White House Republicans cried and we will get rid of Obamacare. We will repeal it because it is no good but we need the White House.
So we gave them the White House and suddenly there are no repeal bills. There is talk of fixing Obamacare or repealing and REPLACING it with something else. There is talk of everything except repealing it and there have been no bills introduced.
It should be very easy. The Republicans could introduce the bill they last voted on when Obama was in office. They all vote on that repeal bill and once it passes both chambers it goes to Trump to be signed into law, presto-chango the law is repealed.
But you see, that would require courage. It took no courage to pass bills repealing Obamacare when the Democrats had the Senate and the White House. Republicans could talk tough and pass a bill repealing Obamacare knowing full well it would never make it to law. There was no risk but lots of reward. The members could go home and tell people they voted to repeal but doggone it without control of Congress and the White House they just couldn’t do it. Look, we tried hard and we passed a full repeal and by golly if we had control Obamacare would be on the ash heap of history where it belongs, can you support me with $25, or $50 or even $75 as I fight the evil Obama machine?
They were so courageous when there was nothing to lose and when the bills could not possibly pass.
But now that Donald Trump won and Republicans have full control of the government these brave warriors have put the brakes on and are taking a longer look. They are also discussing ways to REPLACE Obamacare rather than just repealing it as they promised when they had nothing to lose.
They talk now of people who will lose coverage and angry voters who might vote them out of office if they repeal this albatross. They are being more cautious because now there will be consequences for their actions. It is easy to talk tough when you have no risk, or as Joe Biden might say, skin in the game.
Once the risk is there the risk averse Republicans cower in the corner with their thumbs in their mouths.
What they need to fear is the backlash of the voters who supported them and voted for them BECAUSE they said they would repeal Obamacare. What they should fear is the base of voters who will primary them or vote for their Democrat opponent if they do not do as they promised and as they did when there was no risk and vote to REPEAL (and not replace) Obamacare.
They can give it a sunset date so that people on the exchanges have time to transition but they MUST repeal this thing or they will pay a political price.
My Congress critter is Dr. Andy Harris. I will NOT vote for him for anything (primary or general should he win the primary) if Obamacare is not repealed.
I don’t want to hear excuses or be told I don’t understand or that it is complicated or any other BS from Harris or any other Republican.
All you need to do is sack up and vote for the very last repeal bill you passed when Obama was there to save you from actually accomplishing the task.
All you have to do is pass the repeal bill and sent it to President Trump to sign.
Never surrender, never submit.
I listened to some of the committee hearing on the confirmation of Senator Sessions to be the Attorney General and I tuned in at the time Senator Al Franken was speaking and he took up the entire time until the vote. He went on and on about whether Sessions was honest or misrepresented something and then attacked Senator Ted Cruz about Cruz’s defense of Sessions in earlier hearings.
Franken spent a lot of his time attacking President Trump and his assertion that millions of people voted illegally. Franken then went on to say Trump was going to look for people who are registered in more than one state. At that time Franken pointed to Trump family members and staff who are registered in two states.
Franken basically called Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump liars because, you know, liberals know lying when they see it.
So let me help out Franken because this unfunny has been comedian is a liberal hack who needs help.
It is unclear if Sessions was untruthful on his questionnaire because the definition of significant is different to different people. Maybe what Sessions did was significant for the work he was doing and maybe it was not. But Franken, who is not a lawyer, was putting his own definition on the case and using that. He also took the word of some other person over the word of Sessions. I expected as much as Democrats are working hard to harm Trump’s cabinet nominations.
Franken’s assertion about being registered in two states is misleading. I believe what the President means is people who are registered in two states and VOTED in BOTH. We see this a lot with liberal snow birds and liberal college students. They vote absentee in one state and then vote in person in the other. They do this intentionally. As far as I know, it is not illegal to be registered to vote in two states. If you are registered in one place and move and then register in the new place your first registration might not get cancelled. One is supposed to update the first registration but a lot of people never think of that. This is why a number of people can be registered in two places. It is not until you vote in both of them that you have broken the law. Nice try Al but as usual, you are wrong.
As for Franken’s claims that there were not millions of people who voted illegally and that this has been debunked he has no real way of knowing. He knows that Democrats think there was fraud but believe it came from the right and they are convinced of that because their fraud was not enough to win. Even cheating they lost so the other side must have cheated too. Funny thing is Franken got elected on fraudulent votes that were miraculously discovered after he was behind in the recount. It was just enough to put him over the top. Yeah Al, tell me again about cheating you lying jackass.
Barack Obama encouraged illegals to vote (a violation of the law) and California has millions of illegals with driver’s licenses who are able to vote. It is not beyond belief that millions of illegals voted and that people voted in two different locations. Franken said that people who commit voter fraud should be found and prosecuted but he asserts that fewer than 100 cases have occurred or been found. Really? Then why did Democrats scream about fraud in 2000? Why did Democrats demand so many recounts after the last election?
Democrats don’t want this looked into so they claim it has been debunked. If it is looked at they are afraid the fraud committed by them will be discovered. The votes from dead people, from snow birds and college kids coupled with the illegals could very well be in the millions. I hope Trump has this investigated and I hope he finds 5 million illegal votes just so we can shove it down Franken’s throat.
Oh yeah, Franken also stated that Trump came up with a 3-5 million number because Hillary won by 2 point something million. Al, Hillary did not win by 2 million something votes because we do not have a national election. She won some states and she lost other states but she lost the electoral vote and that is all that matters. To claim she won the popular vote is moronic and misleading since we do not have a national election we do not have a national popular vote.
Franken also took the time to praise Sally Yates as a hero who stood up to an illegal order. Once again it is Franken who is lying. He couched it with the “I think we can all agree…” but we do not all agree. First of all the order was NOT illegal. It was in accordance with the law and it is a law that Obama signed. It also follows Title 8 of The United States Code, if Franken cares to read it. Yates did not exercise courage or heroism, she was insubordinate. If she had expressed concerns based on the Constitution or the law she would still have a job. Instead, she just took it upon herself to say she disagreed with it and then told her people not to defend it. This is gross insubordination.
General Stanley McChrystal tendered his resignation (was fired by Barack Obama) based on some things he allegedly said (the claim is his words, and those of his soldiers, were taken out of context) in a Rolling Stone interview. Those things were viewed as improper and Obama wasted no time in Accepting his resignation (dismissing him), a true hero by the way.
Yates was grossly insubordinate and a moron like Franken thinks she is a hero.
As expected the Democrats on the committee all voted against Sessions and the Republicans all voted for so he will go for a full vote and is sure to be confirmed. It is a shame that these people who have worked with Sessions for decades would stoop so low as to impugn his character all in the name of politics and all because they are butt hurt that Trump won.
After the last few days I never ever want to hear a Democrat cry about obstruction from Republicans and I never want to hear them complain about any character assassination. Screw every last one of them. They are low life scum sucking ass hats who should all be put out to pasture.
Yes, they are vile and loathsome creatures.
Never surrender, never submit.
Sally Yates, an Obama hack, was serving as the Acting Attorney General because the Senate is dragging its feet in the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the new AG. Some have questioned why Trump would leave an Obama hack in the position while he awaited his own nominee and that is a valid argument but the reality is Trump should not have had to have an acting anybody. The Senate should have approved Sessions the day Trump took office.
Instead, President Trump had to wait and after he issued his now famous Executive Order on immigration and refugees his acting AG, Yates, publicly stated she opposed the EO and that the DOJ would not enforce it.
Yes, she was insubordinate. She refused to follow the LEGAL order of the president, the very person from whom she gets her authority.
If Yates had some legal issue with it or wanted to discuss any possible Constitutional concerns then that would be a different issue but she did not take that route. As a liberal Obama crony she did not want to enforce it. How could she when her former boss was out praising protesters and falsely claiming this was a ban on religion?
President Trump was well within his legal right to issue the EO and he was on sound legal footing in doing so:
(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Cornell Law
Yates had two professional choices, follow the order or resign. She chose an unprofessional and blatantly political option instead, to disobey her boss. She chose to be insubordinate.
There are plenty of misguided people out protesting and screaming about this order (and people like B. Hussein Obama are praising them) but the order is legal. There is nothing that says people have to like the order but it is legal nonetheless (not to mention none of you complained when Obama did the same thing).
Plenty of judges are morally opposed to abortion but they uphold challenges to it every day. There are people who are opposed to the ACA (aka Obamacare) but they were forced to buy insurance or pay a tax. None of them protested the IRS or shut down major cities because they were upset about a law they did not like (and that is unconstitutional despite what the tyrants in black robes say).
So people if you don’t like the EO that is your business but please stop claiming it is a religious ban, or a ban on Muslims or that it is unconstitutional because none of that is true.
I know it is tough for you to live in a world where a person elected to office does exactly what he said he was going to do and I know it hurts even more when you hate that guy and did not vote for him but your dislike and hatred do not trump (see what I did there) the facts and the facts are clear.
He is well within his legal authority in what he is doing.
And Sally Yates, your inability to see this and your partisan attitude and blindness earned you the honor of hearing Donald Trump’s catch phrase:
One gone from the swamp….
Never surrender, never submit.
Jan 17, 2017 Political
Congressman John Lewis of the great state of Georgia is often referred to as a civil rights icon because he marched in Selma and got the hell beat out of him by a bunch of racist cops. He is often referred to as a hero though I fail to see what exactly qualifies him for that description.
Lewis fought oh so long ago for civil rights and now he is a member of Congress and belongs to the very party that opposed civil rights. He is a Democrat, the very party that had grown all kinds of racist things from the KKK to Jim Crow and yet Lewis is part of the club.
He says he is for civil rights but he is part of the political party that has kept black people down and under the oppressive thumb of government despite the gains achieved because of Selma.
Lewis is now indicating that he will not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump because Lewis does not view him as a legitimate president. You see, Lewis’ choice, Hillary Clinton, did not win. Then there were allegation that the Russians hacked the electronic systems involved in the election. The Russians did not affect the outcome, if they even did the hacking (our intelligence agencies could do it and make the breadcrumbs lead to Russia) but that matters not to Lewis. He views Trump as illegitimate. Lewis had earlier claimed that he would not attend the inauguration and it would be the first he missed in 30 years.
Only problem is Lewis sat out the inauguration of G W Bush in 2001 because Lewis did not view Bush as, wait for it, legitimate.
A number of Democrats are joining Lewis because they are upset that Trump responded to Lewis and his allegation that Trump is not legitimate. They are all upset Trump would dare defend himself from an attack. I guess they would rather have him sit there and get beat up by a government thug. Funny how Lewis didn’t like it when it when he was attacked by government thugs…
Lewis is well past the age where he should be walking around malls with his pants hiked up to his nipples. He is living in the past as evidenced by his testimony at the confirmation hearing for Senator Sessions to be the Attorney General. Listening to Lewis describe the past and how he felt Sessions would affect the nation had me wondering if Lewis was aware that we are living in 2017 and a black man (a half black one anyway) is finishing up eight years as president.
I wondered if perhaps that beating his head took in Selma had affected his brain.
No matter what it is time for Lewis, at 76, to hang it up and gracefully head to pasture.
He needs to do it now before he completely ruins the inflated image the left has of him.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jan 12, 2017 Political
CNN is in a mess because it chose to mention a report with unbelievable (and unverifiable) tales of sex, depravity and espionage concerning Donald Trump and the Russians.
One can debate whether or not CNN actually reported the vile accusations found in a report or just reported that the report was out there but the fact remains it was something that no reputable (if we still have those) news source could verify so many left it alone.
CNN wanted to mention it and while it might not have actually reported “fake news” as Buzzfeed did when it released the entire report the fact remains that CNN mentioned it in hopes that people would look for it. CNN hoped to give itself plausible deniability by claiming it never released the details of the report while enjoying the reality that its reporting tacitly encouraged people to look for the information.
Donald Trump was having NONE of it and he made his dissatisfaction known to CNN when he refused to allow a reporter to ask a question and told him that he (his network) was “fake news.”
CNN is doing the song and dance today trying to convince anyone who will listen that the network never released the information and only mentioned the report. It is asking that folks do not judge it by what Buzzfeed did.
CNN wants people to think of it as an honest news network and not to give in to accusations that it peddles “fake news.”
Isn’t it ironic that CNN is fighting back at allegations that it claims are not true and are unfair when the accusations are that CNN reported something untrue and that was not fair?
I find this and Trump’s treatment of the network delicious. I am glad he lashed out so that he could set the pace from the start. He showed the media that he will not take kindly to these kinds of things and that he has no issue belittling anyone involved. He has no issue with punishing a network by removing its White House press credentials if that network does something that calls into question journalistic integrity.
I hope Trump removes their credentials and if they are ever allowed back (or if he can’t pull them for some reason) he assigns them a seat in the back and never calls on them for a question. They need to be shunned and they need to suffer so the other networks can see what happens when they are dishonest.
They have played fast and loose for years. They have been openly hostile to Republican presidents while treating Democrats like they walk on water. Hell, they still fawn over Obama and they gave Clinton a pass on his sexual escapades and treated his walking dead wife like she was a queen.
I am all for a free press that is hard on politicians when that press is busy protecting the American public as they are supposed to do. I have no sympathy for a press that is part of the problem and that has become nothing more than the media wing of the Democrat Party.
The attempt to smear PE Trump backfired in an awful way and now CNN is trying to convince people it is not fake news and these things being said about them are not true.
It looks like they are experiencing what they tried to do to Trump.
They are getting a taste of their own medicine and I think they are finding it slightly bitter.
Never surrender, never submit.