Weekly Musing 5-5-13
“Everything real violent criminals do to acquire a firearm is already a serious federal felony”.
– Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association
At the NRA Convention in Houston this Weekend
It’s estimated that over 100,000 patriots from around the country will gather this weekend in Houston to stand up for our 2nd Amendment rights. The place is packed with excitement and optimism, with a renewed priority to protect our Constitutional form of government and the rights it provides it’s citizens.
The exhibit hall is packed with vendors and participants and they share their latest products, services and show their wares. It’s funny, one question I’ve heard over and over again is “can I get ammo for this gun”J Apparently Americans continue to “stack up” their reserves in fear of what the Obama Administration will try next.
A great event any gun owner,hunter or supporter of the 2nd Amendment should participate in at least once in their lifetime…if not annually!
Pearls of wisdom…
| We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds
I offered my opponents a deal: “if they stop telling lies about me, I will
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to
About Those Conservative ‘Squishes’
The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.
Take our orders, or we will brand you a RINO in a primary.
These days, the squishes apparently include groups like Americans for Tax Reform and FreedomWorks, which supported the pre-existing conditions bill. They include rock-ribbed conservatives like Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, who did not join the gun filibuster threat—issued before the bill was written. “I’ve done more filibusters than Rand Paul is old,” said Mr. Coburn at the time—adding that his rule is to first read what he’s filibustering.
These groups are sincere in their belief that only by standing on principle can the party draw a sharp distinction with Mr. Obama. Yet it is, after all, possible to be both principled and . . . smart! It is principled to allow a congressional debate on guns (what is the GOP afraid of?), and smart to let Democrats own their gun failure. It is principled to chip away at ObamaCare, and smart to force Democrats to help do it.
Mr. Obama is betting the GOP keeps running into his fixed bayonets, shouting “repeal!” with their last, spent breath. The real debate within the GOP right now is whether battles might not be better won with canny flanking maneuvers. Bear that in mind next time someone hollers “squish.”
Ted Cruz’s red-meat Republicanism
With this litany of conservative touchstones and more, Cruz drew round after round of applause Friday night here at the South Carolina GOP’s Silver Elephant Dinner, an annual fundraising event that routinely hosts aspiring presidential candidates.
It remains to be seen whether Cruz’s keynote speech represents an early step toward seeking the presidency.
What it was, for now, was one more successful stop on the rubber-chicken circuit for a Republican who has become a master of political dinner theater with an act that should give real pause to party bigwigs who think a remodeled GOP 2.0 is just around the corner.
Every Drudge-linked, Fox-hyped, Rush-endorsed zinger a Republican county activist could want – Cruz delivered it here.
The GOP Sets Its Sights on the Senate in 2014
Of the 35 Senate seats up for grabs next year, 21 are held by Democrats, 14 by Republicans. Six Democratic seats are in states (W. Va., Ark., S.D., Louisiana, Alaska and Mont.) that Mitt Romney won by at least 10%. Only one Republican seat is in a state (Maine) that President Obama won by more than 10%.
A GOP pickup of even three or four Senate seats would produce big changes. The ratio between Democrats and Republicans on committees would shift, and Republicans would be more likely to cobble together a majority on issues like spending and defense policy. Not every Democrat wants to go over the liberal cliff with Mr. Obama.
To take control of the Senate, however, Republicans must win a net of six seats. They won that many seats in 2010 but lost two seats in 2012, leaving the Democrats with a 53-45 margin today (independents Bernie Sanders in Vermont and Angus King of Maine caucus with the Democrats.)
Obama’s ‘Fairness’ Economy Has Backfired
The left’s answer to this accelerating disparity under Obama will, no doubt, be more regulatory burdens, more tax hikes (the president is still obsessed with closing loopholes on private jets — a rounding error, in his budget), more deficit spending and more programs that smooth over all the unjust vagaries of life. Most often, these solutions erect barriers to mobility for small businesses and entrepreneurs — the types of people who help alter the dynamics of mobility. Despite what you may hear, more revenue for government doesn’t create wealth. A freer economy and more societal stability do.
If Americans believe that government should promote opportunity and mobility and not equality of outcomes, as this administration claims, allowing more economic freedom would not leave us hapless in the face of unregulated anarchy. It would do the opposite. It would invite more innovation and more opportunity.
Power Constrains – Why “community organizer” tactics don’t work for the president.
Unlike Alinsky’s threat to disrupt air travel, Obama’s was at least partly carried out. But like Alinsky’s threat, Obama’s threat caused the administration to cave in–though unlike Alinsky’s threat, its purpose was the opposite.
Power constrains because it entails responsibility, and Alinskyite tactics are designed to take advantage of those constraints for the benefit of the powerless. Such tactics have backfired on Obama repeatedly because he seems not to understand that they are ill-suited to power politics.
The gun-control failure is another example. Here’s how a Washington Post piece describes what went wrong:
Mitch McConnell Wants to Be the Republican Party’s Chief Tech Innovator
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has set an ambitious goal for his reelection campaign: to build the most sophisticated Republican digital and data operation to date.
The Kentucky Republican, known more as tactician than technologist, is making a major investment in technology infrastructure in hopes that a treasure trove of real-time data about the electorate will help guide him to a sixth term.
The Coming ObamaCare Shock: Millions of Americans will pay more for health insurance, lose their coverage, or have their hours of work cut back.
In recent weeks, there have been increasing expressions of concern from surprising quarters about the implementation of ObamaCare. Montana Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat, called it a “train wreck.” A Democratic colleague, West Virginia’s Sen. Jay Rockefeller, described the massive Affordable Care Act as “beyond comprehension.” Henry Chao, the government’s chief technical officer in charge of putting in place the insurance exchanges mandated by the law, was quoted in the Congressional Quarterly as saying “I’m pretty nervous . . . Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”
These individuals are worried for good reason. The unpopular health-care law’s rollout is going to be rough. It will also administer several price (and other) shocks to tens of millions of Americans.
Could Kirsten Gillibrand run for president?
Since then, the 46-year-old Dartmouth-educated attorney has demonstrated impressive political chops. She has managed not only to ease liberals’ misgivings about her but also to win their enthusiastic support — all while maintaining her moderate cred and doing the kind of behind-the-scenes political scut work that could enable an eventual national bid.
“I find her to be very impressive,” said the champion of the left circa 2004, Howard Dean. “She often underwhelms people at first sight, [but] when you look under the hood, you find a first-class political mind and someone who has a great deal of skill.”
The Fight for Millennials – Democrats think they have the youth vote locked up. Think again.
President Obama carried the 18-to-29-year-old voting bloc by 34 points in 2008 and by 23 points last year. But a new national survey of millennial voters conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics suggests this emerging generation might not be as locked into the Democratic camp as conventional wisdom suggests, and that young voters exhibit some of the same stark partisan divides as older Americans.
In the study of 3,013 millennials, conducted online by GfK, Obama’s job approval was at 52 percent, with a disapproval rate of 46 percent (the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points). That is only slightly better than the Huffington Post/Pollster.com averages and the RealClearPolitics.com averages of all national polls among Americans over 18 years of age, both of which show 48 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval.
At the same time, the gap between those young voters who consider themselves Democrats and those who identify more with the Republican Party is the size of the Grand Canyon, just as it is with older generations. Among Democrats ages 18-29, Obama enjoys an 85 percent approval rating, but among Republicans in that same age cohort, his approval rating is just 11 percent, a 74-point difference, compared with a 63-point difference in the same survey a year ago.
Winning Hispanic vote would not be enough for GOP
It is simply not reasonable to believe there is something the GOP can do — pass immigration reform, juice up voter-outreach efforts — that will create that result.
That doesn’t mean future Republican presidential candidates should not work to increase their share of the Hispanic vote. They could, for example, actually campaign in areas with large numbers of Hispanic voters.
But here is the real solution. Romney lost because he did not appeal to the millions of Americans who have seen their standard of living decline over the past decades. They’re nervous about the future. When Romney did not address their concerns, they either voted for Obama or didn’t vote at all. If the next Republican candidate can address their concerns effectively, he will win. And, amazingly enough, he’ll win a lot more Hispanic votes in the process. A lot from other groups, too.
Southern Whites’ Shift to the GOP Predates the ’60s
Two civil rights bills pushed by the Eisenhower administration had cleared Congress, and the administration was pushing forward with the Brown decision, most famously by sending the 101st Airborne Division to Arkansas to assist with the integration of Little Rock Central High School.
It’s impossible to separate race and economics completely anywhere in the country, perhaps least of all in the South. But the inescapable truth is that the GOP was making its greatest gains in the South while it was also pushing a pro-civil rights agenda nationally. What was really driving the GOP at this time was economic development. As Southern cities continued to develop and sprout suburbs, Southern exceptionalism was eroded; Southern whites simply became wealthy enough to start voting Republican.
…But the assertion that white Southerners began voting Republican in 1964 is simply incorrect, whether for president, Congress, or statehouses. The development of the Southern GOP was a slow-moving, gradual process that lasted over a century, and is just being completed today.
Michigan’s Wayne Bradley interviews RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Immigration Bill Gives Amnestied Residents ‘Immediate’ Access to Welfare
The immigration bill introduced to the Senate a week and a half ago would, if passed, allow illegal immigrants to access state and local welfare benefits immediately, Breitbart News has learned. The financial impact of allowing potentially millions of immigrants onto state and local public assistance could overwhelm these programs’ budgets.
If the bill were signed into law, America’s 11 million illegal immigrants would be legalized within six months, when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano submits her border security plan to Congress. Illegal immigrants would immediately be eligible for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status, making them legal to live and work in the country.
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