The U.S. No Longer has Influence in the Middle East – Tea Party Nation

The U.S. No Longer has Influence in the Middle East – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

The rise of the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS) and its barbarity may be news to the West, but it is a very old story in the Middle East.

 

Briefly stated, the Arabs have been at war with one another for some 1,400 years before and since the emergence of Islam and the schism that occurred between its Sunni and Shiite components.

 

Daniel Pipes, a noted Middle East scholar, writing in an August 24 Turkish newspaper regarding the announcement of the Islamic State caliphate noted that “The classic concept of the caliphate—of a single successor to Muhammad ruling a unified Muslim state—lasted just over a century and expired with the emergence of two caliphs in 750 CE. The power of the caliphate collapsed in about the year 940 CE.”  Arabs could not unite following the death of Muhammad, resulting in the two caliphs who claimed his mantle.

 

Apparently anyone can declare themselves a caliph as did ISIS’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on June 29, 2014. There is some question, for example, whether Abubakar Shakau, the leader of Boko Haram, has acknowledged al-Baghdadi or whether he was declaring his own separate caliphate in Nigeria where his group controls a large swath of the northern part of that nation.

 

Dr. Pipes predicts that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will not survive due to “the hostility both from neighbors and its subject population, it will not last long.” As demonstrated in Nigeria, “other ambitious Islamists will act more boldly by declaring themselves caliph” and this could occur “from Nigeria to Somalia to Afghanistan to Indonesia, and beyond.”

 

When not fighting with each other as Sunnis and Shiites, Arabs and other Muslim nationalities have been united by their disdain of the West which resisted Islam and which manifested its power via the colonization that occurred as the West reached out with its naval capabilities and military superiority wherever it could gain control.

 

When the Middle East’s decaying Ottoman Empire sided with Germany in World War I, it was dissected by France and Great Britain whose diplomats literally created new “nations” such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Trans-Jordan by drawing lines on a map. Using local sheiks as their flunkies, they governed through them. In time, military coups by local despots replaced them.

 

The Islamic State is only the latest manifestation of the ancient desire to not only control the whole of the Middle East, but to reach out and through terror to exert domination over the entire world in the name of Islam. Anyone familiar with the Koran knows this is a demand that is to be fulfilled with jihad or holy war.

 

In the real world, however, nations deal with threats to their sovereignty and economic interests. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, Bush41 put together a coalition to drive him back into Iraq. The U.S. did nothing, however, when he had previously waged war with Iran for eight years after Iran had taken diplomats as hostages in 1979, releasing them in 1981. When al Qaeda attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001, Bush43 launched an attack on al Qaeda’s stronghold in Afghanistan, driving them into Pakistan. Saddam Hussein continued to be a threat to the stability of the region and, in particular the Saudis, so Iraq was invaded to depose him.

 

In both Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. discovered there was literally nothing resembling a functional government and so remained on to do some “nation building” at the cost of military lives and deployment. The ancient divide between Sunnis and Shiites has continued to make it impossible to modernize, i.e. westernize, the governance of either nation.

 

Since it took power in 2009 the policies of the Obama administration have proven to be a disaster, leaving the U.S. with no influence and no allies in the Middle East. Even Israel has been rudely treated.

 

On August 19, as reported in the Daily Caller, “The highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia condemned the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.” The Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh was quoted saying “Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism, which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilization, are not in any way part of Islam, but are the enemy number one of Islam. And Muslims are their first victims.”

 

When a Saudi cleric worries about “human civilization” at the same time he lives in a nation that routinely punishes its criminals with beheading and amputations, as well as limiting the rights of women, and forbidding any other religion to exist there, one has to also keep in mind the millions of dollars that members of the royal family and other Saudis have given to those advancing the Sunni brand of Islam. It has come back to bite them.  Will they muster the courage to join in any military coalition using their air force and other military to defeat ISIS?

 

The Islamic State, however, has other enemies as well. As IDF Lt. Col. (ret) Michael Segall, a senior analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has written, Sunni jihadists “now constitute a real threat to Iran’s strategic assets in Syria and Lebanon, and especially its aspiration to restore Shiite supremacy.”

 

“The United States, says Lt. Col. Segall, “has lost almost all its cards and traditional allies in the region. One open question is whether it will also give up the Iranian nuclear card for a hollow promise from Tehran to help stabilize Iraq.”

 

Welcome, once again, to the Sunni-Shiite rivalry and animosity. The Islamic State is a challenge to what has been called the Shiite Crescent stretching from Iran to Syria.

 

Islam has been posing a threat to the West for a very long time now. It didn’t begin with the attack on the World Trade Center towers in 2001. It has its roots in the nation’s earliest years, dating back to when Thomas Jefferson was President, but in more recent times Al Qaeda attacked U.S. embassies in the 1980s.

 

Israel has been the only focus for unity among Arab nations, having been attacked unsuccessfully several times since 1948 when it declared its sovereignty. The creation of “Palestinians” permitted the wars to continue in other forms. It is currently engaged in a war with Hamas, a terrorist group whose goals mirror those of the Islamic State. The hidden hand of Iran can be found in attacks directed against Israel insofar as Hamas and Hezbollah are Iranian proxies.

 

For the next two years America’s options to change the course of events in the Middle East will be determined by a President who was elected to get the U.S. out of Iraq and intends to do the same thing in Afghanistan. He is a President who released five Taliban leaders while the nation still has troops in Afghanistan and he did so without consulting Congress. He drew back from taking any action in Syria a year ago.

 

President Obama has said he wants no “boots on the ground” but even his Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have made it clear that is the only realistic option if the Islamic State is to be destroyed.

 

As always, however, when it comes to the Middle East, Obama arrives late, lacking an   understanding of its true dynamics and lingers too long to made a decision.

 

At this point in time, the U.S. can settle for nothing less than the destruction of the Islamic State, but it is unlikely to get much support from either European allies or action from the Arab states.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Crushing the establishment class – Tea Party Nation

Crushing the establishment class – Tea Party Nation.

America is ruled by an establishment class.  No longer are we Mr. Lincoln’s land where there is a government, “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Today we live in an America that is run by a political establishment.  The primary interest of the political establishment is to look out for itself.

 Who is this political establishment and how do we defeat them?

 The problem is the establishment is made up of both political parties.  Most elective offices in the United States are elected by a district.  Therefore we have the noble American tradition of Gerrymandering.  This tradition runs from the city level where city council districts are drawn, to state legislative and congressional districts.

 All of these districts are drawn with one intention in mind.  That is to ensure that one particular political party wins that district.

 That is why today, less than ten percent of Congressional Districts are competitive. 

 If House Speaker John Boehner faces any competition, it will be at a primary, not in the general election.  The same is true for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

 In the General Election, their seats are quite safe.  The odds of Nancy Pelosi being defeated by a Republican in her district are about the same as winning the record Megamillions lottery that will be drawn next week.

 The left always has a solution.  They want independent commissions to select the districts for state legislative districts as well as congressional districts.  But something amazing always happens when a so-called “independent” commission is set up to do these things.

 They always end up drawing lines that favor liberals.

 There is a better way.

 Most states do not need districts.  Most states have natural subdivisions in them anyway that have been around as long as the state has.  The answer to gerrymandering and the liberal idea of stacking the deck by independent commission is to simply go to at large voting.

 Let’s use Tennessee for example.

 Tennessee has nine congressional seats.  The idea is simple.  At the general election, the nine top vote getters are the congressional delegation.  Tennessee has 99 state representatives and 33 state senators.  Those are too many to put on a ballot to allow the top 99 or 33 to be elected.

 However, Tennessee has three traditional grand divisions, West, Middle and East.  The lines for those divisions do not change.  Divide the state among those three grand division and each division of the state gets to elect 11 state senators and 33 state representatives.  The 11 senate candidates who receive the most votes are elected as well as the 33 house candidates who receive the most votes are elected.

 Other states will operate differently.  A state as small as Rhode Island would probably not need to divide its ballot.  States like Texas, California and New York would almost certainly have to create more divisions.

 At large voting ends the practice of gerrymandering.  It also ends the practice of either creating districts that supposedly can only be won by someone from a certain ethnicity or diluting minority votes.

 A plan like this is a real threat to the political establishment that believes they control America for their benefit instead of the benefit of real Americans. 

 Our founding fathers feared a political elite running America.

 And our current crop of leaders are the people they warned us about.

RINOs and cowardly conservatives – Tea Party Nation

RINOs and cowardly conservatives – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Conservatives always lament RINOs.  Conservatives ask why we end up with RINOs all of the time.

 

Where are the conservatives that can defeat RINOs?

 One of the worst RINOs in the Senate has been at work again.   But understanding how he got there might help conservatives rid the Party of these RINOs.

 Who is one of the worst RINOs and how did he get there?

 One of the worst RINOs is Bob Corker of Tennessee.  Corker, despite his pledge to the people of Tennessee that he was a conservative, has been a non-stop disaster for Republicans.

 When the Democrats need help, they can count on Bob Corker to help bail them out.   Corker almost singlehandedly revived the horrendous Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.

 Now he is riding to the rescue to save the Gang of Eight and their amnesty bill.

 How did we end up with Corker?

 He was a businessman in east Tennessee, who got the political bug.  He ran or the Senate and lost in 1994.  He became Mayor of Chattanooga and then in 2006, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced he would not run for reelection.

 Corker quickly threw his hat into the ring, as did two other Republicans.  They were Ed Bryant and Van Hillary

 Both Bryant and Hillary were good solid conservatives.  They had been swept into office as a part of the 1994 Gingrich revolution.  Both served three terms and then left.  Bryant ran for the Senate, losing to “Liberal” Lamar Alexander.  Hillary ran for Tennessee governor, losing to Phil Bredesen.

 As 2006, rolled on, the three men campaigned against each other for the Republican nomination for the Senate.

 While that campaign was going on, another campaign was going on in Tennessee.  Governor Phil Bredesen was running for reelection.  As two well-funded, well-regarded and experienced candidates were busy dividing the conservative vote for the Senate, Tennessee Republicans were desperately searching for a candidate to challenge Bredesen for reelection.

 Jim Bryson was a relatively unknown state senator who ended up running against Bredesen.  The term that was often used by political pundits to describe Bryson’s campaign was, “sacrificial lamb.”

 In August 2006, Corker won the three way primary with 48% of the vote.  The two conservatives split the majority of the vote.  Since Tennessee does not have a runoff system, Corker became the nominee.   In November, Bredesen handily defeated Bryson, carrying all of Tennessee’s 95 counties and gaining a second term.

 There are lessons to be learned from this.

 First, had conservatives united behind a single candidate, we could have had a conservative Senator instead of Corker.  Second, conservatives need to learn how to be very forceful with conservative candidates.  In Tennessee in 2006, one of the candidates for the Senate should have been told to drop out and run for governor. 

 Had that happened, in January 2007, Tennessee might have seen a conservative Republican Governor and a conservative United States Senator

 This is a lesson conservatives should and must learn as we look to the 2014 elections.

 While there are some squishy Republicans we should give a pass to because it is better to have them than a Democrat, there are some RINOs in solidly Red States that we must replace.

 Lamar Alexander is one of them.  Lindsay Graham is another.  Conservatives must do something we are unaccustomed to doing.  We must unite and get behind one candidate in each of those races and replace those two RINOs. 

 Several candidates are already talking about running against Graham.  Alexander has done a good job of trying to co-opt his potential competition but there are a couple of people who are thinking about running against him.  Once the candidates have announced, the conservatives in those states must unite to find someone who can defeat both Alexander and Graham.

 Winning the Senate is the crucial battle of 2014.  We need not only a Republican majority in the Senate; we need to replace some of the worst RINOs.  There are some RINOs that if we primary them, we risk losing their seat and losing control of the Senate.  But there are some, like Alexander and Graham, we can primary and not worry about losing the general election.

 Conservatives must learn from our failures of the past and act.  Only then can we put RINOs on the endangered species list.

 

A new Speaker – Tea Party Nation

November 8: Republicans gain control of Congre...

November 8: Republicans gain control of Congress (Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pictured) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A new Speaker – Tea Party Nation.

 

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

CNS News reported that under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner, our national debt has risen more than $2 trillion dollars or almost $19,000 per person in this nation.

 

 Boehner gives us sound bites about cutting spending and cutting the deficit but the reality of life is that he is not interested in doing either. 

 

 There is another painful reality we must face as well.  John Boehner is a disaster as the Speaker of the House.  With the Senate and the White House in the hands of the Democrats, the Speaker of the House is the de facto leader of the Republican Party.  He is the opposition to Barack Obama and the Party of Treason.

 

 John Boehner has been a complete failure in this role.   He must go.  But it is not enough to say he must go.  Someone must replace him.  This must be someone with leadership skills, convictions and courage to fight for America.

 

 Who could replace Boehner?

 

 Let’s start with who could not.

 

 None of the current House leadership is good enough to replace Boehner.  Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy are just as bad.    Neither of them has stood up for Americans against the insanity that has transpired in the last two years.

 

 There is no other Member of Congress right now who stands out enough that I could comfortably say has the aptitude to lead right now.

 

 We need not simply a leader.  We need someone who can articulate our message and get it out to the American people.  We need someone who can take on Barack Obama, Harry Reid and the Party of Treason and run circles around them.   We need someone with the skills of a field general who understands that this is a war and we need a strategy to win this war.

 

 There is only one person in the Republican Party or the greater conservative movement who fits the bill.

 

 That man is Newt Gingrich.

 

 Newt is not currently a Member of Congress.

 

 That does not matter.  The Constitution does not mandate that the Speaker of the House be a Member of Congress.

 

 Newt is brilliant.  Newt is a visionary.   Newt has fought the best the Democrats had in Bill Clinton in the 90’s and he came out on top of those fights.   While the drive by media likes to give Bill Clinton the credit for the 90’s, the simple truth is that after Newt became Speaker in 1995, it was his agenda that was passed.  It was Newt’s agenda that set up budget surpluses and the prosperity of the 90’s.

 

 It is time for conservatives to set up a draft Newt movement. 

 

 ohn Boehner must go.   He is not a leader.  He is a joke.  If he remains as Speaker of the House not only will he destroy what is left of the Republican Party, he will allow Obama to completely destroy America.

 

 We need a Speaker committed to a conservative agenda.   We need a Speaker who can take on Barack Obama and defeat him in the battle of public opinion.  We need someone who can articulate the conservative message and conservative agenda.  We need someone who can and will implement a conservative agenda.

 

 

 

We need someone who is not going to have a sharp learning curve as Speaker.  We need someone who can hit the ground running.   We need someone who will be a leader on day one.

 

 We need Newt Gingrich.

 

 Join me in urging House Republicans to dump John Boehner and draft Newt Gingrich to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP – Washington Times

Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP – Washington Times.

By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner is facing increasing pressure as several rebellious Republicans hinted that they won’t vote to re-elect him to run the chamber, and a conservative interest group announced a bid to recruit someone else to run against him for the speakership.

Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, is not in any danger yet — the rebellion shows no signs of reaching beyond a small group of dissatisfied lawmakers — but it could complicate his efforts to strike a deal with President Obama to head off the looming “fiscal cliff” that will send tax rates soaring and will impose automatic spending cuts early next month.

American Majority Action, a conservative interest group, on Monday endorsed Rep. Tom Price and two other Republicans who they said should replace Mr. Boehner and his top lieutenants, and has launched a lobbying push to try to sway rank-and-file members to withhold their votes from Mr. Boehner.

Mr. Price won’t challenge Mr. Boehner, a spokesman said.

But lawmakers can vote for anyone when the House members cast ballots Jan. 3 for the next speaker, and if Republican members vote for someone other than Mr. Boehner, that could help Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.

So far it’s a matter of threats, as some Republicans hold out the possibility of voting for an alternative.

Last week, Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who was one of four lawmakers booted from his committee assignments after leaders said he wasn’t a team player on votes, refused to commit to supporting Mr. Boehner. He told CNN that the speaker needs to be “willing to make amends.”

On Monday, Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, another Republican who was stripped of his assignments, seemed to float the idea of voting for Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, who is the second ranking Republican in the House.

“I must tell you that I’ve had wonderful relationships with [House Majority Leader] Eric Cantor and I’ve actually found him to be one of the truly straight shooters I’ve dealt with,” Mr. Schweikert said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Asked specifically whether he would vote for a Speaker Cantor, he paused.

“You know, it’s bad enough being removed from your committee — I’d actually like not to be chairman of janitorial supplies if I answer that,” he said.

“I didn’t come to Washington to fight against my Republican colleagues, or even against my colleagues on the other side of the aisle,” he wrote in a commentary published in The Washington Times on Tuesday. “I came to Washington to fight for the values that make our country unique — for the economic freedom that gives life to the American Dream. I came to fight for the people back home who still can’t find a job, for the families who worry about their children and grandchildren’s futures. No matter the price, that is what I intend to do.”

Another of the targeted lawmakers, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, said Monday that he has formally asked Mr. Boehner to be reinstated to the House Agriculture and Budget committees.

Mr. Huelskamp, along with Mr. Amash and Mr. Schweikert, also wrote to Mr. Boehner asking for a complete written explanation as to why they were removed from their committee assignments, plus any purported voting “scorecards” used to make the decision. Mr. Amash was removed from the House Budget Committee and Mr. Schweikert from the House Financial Services Committee.

Mr. Boehner’s office responded to the request from the three congressmen, but a spokesman said Mr. Huelskamp will not be reinstated to his committees.

The spokesman had no comment on Mr. Price’s decision not to raise a challenge for the speakership.

Conservative interest groups have complained about the committee moves and Mr. Boehner’s negotiations in the fiscal cliff talks.

Mr. Boehner and his lieutenants have said they would be willing to accept $800 billion in higher income taxes for the wealthy, as long as the money comes from eliminating deductions and loopholes, not from raising rates.

That runs against conservative orthodoxy, which holds that the deficit is a result of too much spending, not of too little taxing. Mr. Obama, though, has insisted that higher rates be the centerpiece of any final deal and that the wealthy can afford to pay more in order to maintain the promises the government has made to lower- and middle-income Americans.

As he tries to negotiate, Mr. Boehner has the support of the rest of House leadership. Even many rank-and-file members who aren’t enamored with his opening offer say he still has their backing as he tries to negotiate a deal.

Committee assignments are doled out by a steering committee headed by Mr. Boehner, and his spokesman, Michael Steel, said those decisions are “based on a variety of factors.”

Leadership aides disputed the notion that the four Republicans who were kicked off their committees were punished for being too conservative. They pointed to conservative lawmakers who won key committee assignments this year as evidence that it wasn’t a purge.

Party leaders often struggle to maintain discipline. Earmarks once were a key tool, as leaders doled out spending for local projects based on who was most cooperative, but with the end of earmarks, leaders have fewer tools at their disposal. Committee assignments are one way to punish lawmakers.

Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, who was booted from the Financial Services Committee, said he has no regrets and vowed to continue to vote his conscience.

“I’m not going to sacrifice my integrity for anyone or any party,” Mr. Jones said. “It’s the price you pay. I didn’t come up here to be a puppet for anyone. And I think the public back in my district, which is the most important, has seen I’m willing to do what I think is right.”

Barack Obama: The kind of leader we should have. – Tea Party Nation

 

 

Barack Obama: The kind of leader we should have. – Tea Party Nation.

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Is Barack Obama the kind of leader we should have?   Would it shock you to hear a conservative say he is?

 What kind of leadership by Barack Obama would make a conservative say that?

 Barack Obama is going to war with the Republicans in the House of Representatives.

 How do I know this?

 Look at his offer on the “Fiscal cliff” negotiations. 

 Hitler got better terms to end World War II.

 When you make someone an offer to resolve an issue, there are two kinds of offers you can make.  The first is a serious offer and the second is a let’s go to war offer.

 Obama’s demands to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis are so severe only John Boehner might surrender.  Even the French Army would fight in these circumstances.

 Obama wants to go to war with the GOP.

 Why would he want this?

 Leaders only want to go to war with the opposition when they believe they can win and when it is to their advantage to go to war. 

 Obama believes he has both.

 In 2011, there were several opportunities for the Republicans to go to war against Obama.  The GOP could have won several fights and possibly crippled Obama to the extent he would have lost the election, even with Mitt Romney as a Republican nominee.

 The only problem was arun-away_monty-pythonnd still is the Republican Party has a leader who will not fight. 

 Imagine for a moment if we had a leader like Barack Obama for the Republican Party.  Conservative of course.  Charismatic.  And willing to fight.

 What would have happened?

 How many of the battle of the last two years could we have won?

 Where would America be today if we had a leader of conservative principles who was willing to fight?  Where would we be today if we had for example, Newt Gingrich as Speaker?

 Say whatever you will about Newt, he is brilliant, he is conservative and he did not shy away from a fight. 

 The Party of Treason has Barack Obama.  The Republicans have John Boehner.

 America is so screwed.

CURL: Time for a new Republican Party – Washington Times

CURL: Time for a new Republican Party – Washington Times.

By Joseph Curl

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Republican Party did not lose last Tuesday’s election. It was obliterated, crushed, slaughtered, massacred, squashed, annihilated — and, let’s hope, extinguished.

For the party of Lincoln, it’s been a week of sifting through the carnage: What went wrong? How could a party that just a decade ago controlled all of government have been so completely nullified that an incumbent Democrat who was quite possibly the worst president in a century handily defeated the Republican nominee?

The soul searching followed the standard stages of grief: There was denial. (Former electoral wizard Karl Rove made a fool of himself on Election Night by declaring Ohio still alive long after the state was lost.) Anger raged — Rush Limbaugh blamed it on the ignorant entitlement society. Some began bargaining: Next time we’ll reject a moderate candidate, and if we can just talk Sarah Palin into . Depression followed; one Fox News host gave viewers directions for the fastest route to Canada.

But so far, there has been little of Stage 5: acceptance. To reach that stage, Republicans are going to have to know the full, brutal truth, so here it is: The Grand Old Party is an antiquated throwback to another time and place, so pathetically out of touch with America that it has become a parody of itself. And if it doesn’t change — fast — it will go the way of the Free Soil Party (buried).

Consider just one fact: Mitt Romney lost blacks by 94 percent, voters younger than 30 by 63 percent, Hispanics by 54 percent, Asians by 53 percent and Jews by 39 percent.

In “The American President,” commander in chief Andrew Shepherd, a die-hard liberal who by movie’s end will seek to overturn the Second Amendment, takes aim at his conservative challenger, Bob Rumson. He cuts to the core of the GOP’s problem today: “I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it!”

He can’t sell it: The Republican Party’s problem in a nutshell.

How on Earth not? The party stands for smaller government, far less federal spending, individual freedom, less intrusion, a strong national defense, lower taxes and supply-side, business-friendly economics. Far more than half of America believes in just the same tenets: Make no mistake, the nation is still solidly center-right.

But the GOP as it exists today almost completely prevents like-minded Americans from considering the party because it puts front and center ideologies that many categorically reject. While it espouses an ideology of individual freedom, it rejects that tenet for anyone not a white heterosexual male — women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, young people.

Take abortion. Who in 21st-century America really thinks abortion will be outlawed? Only hard-core, right-wing Republicans. And they actually put forward as members of their party two men who think such things as “legitimate rape” exist or that pregnancy from rape just may be “God’s will.” Mitt Romney tried to scrub those absurd views off him, to no avail. And for good reason: They are real beliefs of some in the Republican Party. (Um, the guys who pronounced them were party nominees.)

The Republican Party — which, by the way lost women to President Obama by 12 points — needs to run away from its archaic stance. Yes, object to abortion. Yes, work to make it rare. But move on: Abortion is here to stay. (And while you’re at it, GOP, it might just be time also to abandon that vaunted “abstinence-only” policy that has been such a dismal failure.)

Second, gay marriage. On this, simply — who cares? America 2012 has enormous problems. Is this really an issue that matters to — anyone? Christians, two men getting married doesn’t affect your marriage in any way. Get over it. The Republicans are on the wrong side of history on this issue, and Mr. Obama swept in millions of young voters by his tolerance. It’s time to walk away.

On both issues, the GOP can make a clean break: As the party of individual freedom, the GOP can simply say it now sees that Americans — especially women — do have the right to choose their own path. In fact, the party espouses the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, always has, so the turnabout won’t even raise an eyebrow.

Such a recalibration would allow the millions of Americans who believe in the core Republican tenets to give the party a real evaluation at election time. Gone would be the hypocritical stances that invalidate the party for many voters before they can even weigh its differences with the Democratic Party.

If the Republican Party continues to press the notion that its biggest difference with Democrats is that it will fight to outlaw abortion and gay marriage, the GOP is done for good. Simple as that.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jcurl@washingtontimes.com.

It is time for a conservative insurrection – Tea Party Nation

It is time for a conservative insurrection – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

It is time for conservatives to stand up and fight.  Yes we are discouraged and depressed after the election on Tuesday.  We are mourning the loss of our nation.  We have seen defeat after defeat, yet we cannot give up.

 We must start our insurrection now.  What must we do?

 Let’s start our next battle now.  

 Having just lost this fight, a new fight is probably the last thing most people are thinking about.  Yet, time dictates that we must fight now. 

 What is this fight?

 We must fight to replace John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

 On election night, while a disaster of unimaginable proportions unfolded, Boehner gleefully appeared on a stage in Washington to announce that the Republicans were holding the House and by extension, he was keeping his job.

 Can someone give me one reason why Boehner should keep his job?

 Within a day of the election, he announced that he was putting tax hikes on the table.  Boehner wasted no time in raising his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again.

 Just after this gem, Boehner announced he was not fighting Obamacare any more.  It would be hard to call what Boehner was doing a fight.  Perhaps a slow motion surrender would be more accurate.  Boehner announced that Obamacare is now the law of the land.  And with that pronouncement, Boehner takes his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only man to have surrendered more than the French Army.

 In fact, emblazoned above the Speaker’s office is a giant motto, “Surrender early and surrender often.”

 During the last two years, Boehner did nothing but surrender.  Was Obamacare defunded?  No, but he did make sure we had a bunch of worthless symbolic votes on Obamacare that would do nothing.  Was government shrunk?   No.  In 2011, spending was up 3% over Nancy Pelosi’s last year.

 In fact, can anyone show me a single conservative accomplishment for Boehner’s first term as the Speaker?

 The closest thing to an accomplishment is his golf game with Obama.   Or perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the times he sent the House into recess so no more damage could be done.

 What will Boehner do in the next two years?  He will not solved our fiscal cliff problem.   He will agree to a solution that simply pushes the problem down the road.   He will agree to a “grand bargain” with the Democrats, which involves immediate tax hikes with promised spending cuts (other than military cuts) at some point down the road.

 A friend of mine who is a Washington insider told me an interesting story about Boehner.  He was one of Gingrich’s lieutenants during the 1995 government shut down.  According to my friend, Boehner told people that he learned his lesson from 1995.  Never pick a fight with the President.  That is Boehner’s wisdom.

 He will not fight Obama.  He will roll over.   He rolled over when the debt ceiling fights came up.  He rolled over when the budget fights happened.  He is going to roll over when Harry Reid and Barack Obama demand new taxes.

 Enough is enough.

 Boehner is a feckless failure.  He must go.

 We conservatives need to start calling our Republican Congressmen and demanding that they pick someone else, other than John Boehner to be the House Speaker.

 Who could it be?

 First House rules do not require the Speaker to be a member of the House.   A new speaker can be someone who is not a Member of Congress.  Or, it can be a sitting member of Congress.   

 Honestly, it does not matter, as long as it is not Boehner. 

 How about Paul Ryan?

 Ryan did well on the campaign trail.  He has shown a willingness to confront the Democrats and understands not only the budget but also the desperate need to fix the problems that are going to destroy America.

 How about Allen West, whether or not he wins his recount?   How about Michele Bachmann?  She has shown courage and a willingness to take on tough issues.  Plus, she could be good narrowing the so-called “gender gap” we saw in this last election.

 We must have new Republican leadership.  It starts with the Speaker of the House and it must go through the Party and to the next nominee for President.

It is time for conservatives to stand up and fight.  Yes we are discouraged and depressed after the election on Tuesday.  We are mourning the loss of our nation.  We have seen defeat after defeat, yet we cannot give up.

 We must start our insurrection now.  What must we do?

 Let’s start our next battle now.  

 Having just lost this fight, a new fight is probably the last thing most people are thinking about.  Yet, time dictates that we must fight now. 

 What is this fight?

 We must fight to replace John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

 On election night, while a disaster of unimaginable proportions unfolded, Boehner gleefully appeared on a stage in Washington to announce that the Republicans were holding the House and by extension, he was keeping his job.

 Can someone give me one reason why Boehner should keep his job?

 Within a day of the election, he announced that he was putting tax hikes on the table.  Boehner wasted no time in raising his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again.

 Just after this gem, Boehner announced he was not fighting Obamacare any more.  It would be hard to call what Boehner was doing a fight.  Perhaps a slow motion surrender would be more accurate.  Boehner announced that Obamacare is now the law of the land.  And with that pronouncement, Boehner takes his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only man to have surrendered more than the French Army.

 In fact, emblazoned above the Speaker’s office is a giant motto, “Surrender early and surrender often.”

 During the last two years, Boehner did nothing but surrender.  Was Obamacare defunded?  No, but he did make sure we had a bunch of worthless symbolic votes on Obamacare that would do nothing.  Was government shrunk?   No.  In 2011, spending was up 3% over Nancy Pelosi’s last year.

 In fact, can anyone show me a single conservative accomplishment for Boehner’s first term as the Speaker?

 The closest thing to an accomplishment is his golf game with Obama.   Or perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the times he sent the House into recess so no more damage could be done.

 What will Boehner do in the next two years?  He will not solved our fiscal cliff problem.   He will agree to a solution that simply pushes the problem down the road.   He will agree to a “grand bargain” with the Democrats, which involves immediate tax hikes with promised spending cuts (other than military cuts) at some point down the road.

 A friend of mine who is a Washington insider told me an interesting story about Boehner.  He was one of Gingrich’s lieutenants during the 1995 government shut down.  According to my friend, Boehner told people that he learned his lesson from 1995.  Never pick a fight with the President.  That is Boehner’s wisdom.

 He will not fight Obama.  He will roll over.   He rolled over when the debt ceiling fights came up.  He rolled over when the budget fights happened.  He is going to roll over when Harry Reid and Barack Obama demand new taxes.

 Enough is enough.

 Boehner is a feckless failure.  He must go.

 We conservatives need to start calling our Republican Congressmen and demanding that they pick someone else, other than John Boehner to be the House Speaker.

 Who could it be?

 First House rules do not require the Speaker to be a member of the House.   A new speaker can be someone who is not a Member of Congress.  Or, it can be a sitting member of Congress.   

 Honestly, it does not matter, as long as it is not Boehner. 

 How about Paul Ryan?

 Ryan did well on the campaign trail.  He has shown a willingness to confront the Democrats and understands not only the budget but also the desperate need to fix the problems that are going to destroy America.

 How about Allen West, whether or not he wins his recount?   How about Michele Bachmann?  She has shown courage and a willingness to take on tough issues.  Plus, she could be good narrowing the so-called “gender gap” we saw in this last election.

 We must have new Republican leadership.  It starts with the Speaker of the House and it must go through the Party and to the next nominee for President.

Romney and Ryan 2012 – Tea Party Nation

 

Romney and Ryan 2012 – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Rivoli Revue

The Tea Party Express VIII – Winning For America Tour just finished it’s sixth day.  It has been a great start to the tour having held several rallies in Florida, Georgia and covering the state of North Carolina.  The number of first time attendees at a Tea Party rally were surprising.   When talking to folks we were told they are coming out to show support and get informed.  They are trying to find out if the liberal media is lying to them about the demise of the Tea Party.  We assure them that “Yes, the media is lying!  The Tea Party is alive and well.”

Several people mentioned to us that the media seems to be trying to make them believe we have no hope.  Folks, the liberal media is lying.  They are trying to make you feel defeated so you won’t bother going to the polls to vote.  But there is hope and that hope is in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  The crowds have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic for Romney and Ryan.  We can win in November if you get out and vote!

Crowds are energized and motivated to take back our White House and end the socialist agenda of Barack Obama.

We received an email from a friend just before starting the tour.  He said “when you hit that stage hold nothing back.  For the sake of my children and yours, hold nothing back.”  We have thought of those words each time we have taken the stage and we have held nothing back.  So for those of you still undecided, here are the facts.  If you are thinking of not voting, then you are surrendering your vote to Obama.  If you are thinking of a write in vote or voting for a third party, then you are voting for Obama.  NEVER has a Presidential candidate won as a write in.  NEVER has a Presidential candidate been elected from a third party.  NEVER.  And it will not happen this election either.  If you went to the polls during the primary and you voted your principles then you did the right thing.  If your candidate didn’t win, then we’re sorry.  In all honesty, ours didn’t win either.  But the primaries are over.  The next President and Vice President of the United States will be elected from one of the two major parties.  That’s the facts.  It will either be Barack Obama and Joe Biden or Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  Those are your choices.  At this point, you start from square one and you look at your principles and you pick the candidates that stand closest to what your values represent.  And here’s the hard truth – if you think you’re going to skip out on voting, write in a vote, or vote for a third party, then just go ahead and vote for Barack Obama.  Then you can at least take responsibility for the collapse of our economy and the loss of our nation if Obama is reelected.

As we listened tonight at the rally in Wilmington N.C. to the gentlemen who spoke about escaping communism to come to this “great country”, we were reminded of the importance of this election.  Folks, our freedoms here are now at stake.  Make no mistake about it.  If you believe in America and love this land your choice is clear.  Only one choice will keep America’s future bright.   So Ron and I will proudly, and without hesitation march to the polls in November and vote for Freedom and Liberty.  We will vote for Faith and Integrity.  We will vote for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  We will vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

We must stand united to win in November.  Will you stand with us in support of candidates who love America, will not apologize for being exceptional, will support our military and will bring back our economy, bring back jobs, save medicare and repeal Obamacare?  Please join us in voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

(As we traveled to join the tour we wrote a new song to show our support.  It’s titled “Romney and Ryan 2012″.  It can be downloaded for FREE at www.Soundclick.com/RivoliRevuefeaturingRonandKayRivoli  Go there, listen to the words, then download it and send it to all your friends, family, email lists and radio stations in your area.  We must stand united to elect Romney and Ryan in November.)

 

Where do we go from here? – Tea Party Nation

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Where do we go from here? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Despite the desire for a carefully choreographed convention, the Republican National Convention got off to a bumpy start yesterday with a fight over the rules that govern the Party. 

 The rule changes were a direct slam at grassroots activists and a power play by the victorious Party Establishment. 

 Many grassroots activists are furious with the GOP.  So where do we go from here?

 If you have seen the old movie Glengarry Glen Ross, you may remember the speech given by the character played by Alec Baldwin.  It is the ABC speech.  In the movie, ABC stands for, “Always be closing.”   Since the movie deals with salesmen in a Real Estate office, that makes sense.

 Our motto, our speech is OMG.  Obama must go. 

 The rule changes at the Republican Party are designed to consolidate power in the Party Establishment. They make it harder for grassroots activists, such as the Tea Party to change the party.  They can best be described as a ham-handed effort by Team Romney to eliminate any possibility of party dissent should he win and seek reelection in 2016.

 It flies in the face of everything the Tea Party stands for and every reason the Tea Party came into existence.

 OMG.  Obama must go.   Harry Reid must go.

 There were several rules that were changed, including rules concerning the selection of delegates and how they are bound.   The Republican Party has a huge issue in front of it and it is not how the delegates are chosen or bound. 

 It is how the candidates are selected.

 In many states, there are open primaries.   The problem with open primaries is that it allows the other side to cross over and vote in Republican primaries. 

 Does anyone else have a problem with the other side choosing our candidates?

 This has actually become a tactic.  Earlier this year, in Indiana, the Young Guns PAC, which is associated with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, encouraged Democrats to come out and vote for Richard Lugar

 What?

 Yes, that really happened.

 In 2008, Rush Limbaugh famously encouraged “Operation Chaos,” where he encouraged conservative Republicans to go vote in the Democrat primaries to keep that race going on as long as possible.  Does anyone doubt the favor was returned in 2012?

 In Missouri, Todd Akin was the favored choice of opponents by Democrat Claire McCaskill.  The Democrats spent $1.5 million in ads that were designed to help Akin.   Does anyone doubt that Democrats were crossing over to help get Akin nominated?

 The real reform that Republicans need to push is reforms that make certain Republicans, not Democrats, select the Republican nominee for office.

 Does this mean that there would be a greater role for the Party Establishment in these selections?  Sure.  But which is worse?  The Party Establishment having a much greater influence on the nomination or the other party?

 Besides, grassroots activists, particularly at the local level, can take over the Party.  This has been done in many places and is still on going.

 Meanwhile, Conservatives remain justifiably outraged about what has happened in Tampa.  One delegate from Minnesota was quoted as they walked out about going to a third party. 

 Guess what?  OMG still applies.

 Obama must go.  Harry Reid must go. 

 The way Team Romney handled these rule changes was nothing short of a disaster.  But I am also a believer in the law of unintended consequences.   Those rules should be examined after the anger is passed and we in the grassroots should look and see what we can do to give the establishment a taste of their own medicine.

 Meanwhile, the most important fact of all has not changed.

 OMG.  Obama must go.

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