As is their recent history, the GOP always talks a good game but seems to go wobbly when the chips are down and polls go sideways.

Hey Republicans: ObamaCare must be defunded NOW or it will metastasize into a deadly national cancer that will cavitate America.  House Republicans must use the Power of the Purse as provided in the Constitution to defund ObamaCare.  Hold the line until the individual mandate is delayed for a year - at the very least.  This absurd “law of the Land” doesn’t even require income verification to enroll for Heaven’s sake.  

ObamaCare must not be allowed to go forward and just “fail under its own weight”.  That is total nonsense.  Nobody with any sense of history (or common sense) could possibly think that ObamaCare could operate for a year, enroll thousands, fail in all aspects and then expect Obama, Democrats and the media to say “OK, we tried, it didn’t work so let’s end it.”  Who believes that would happen?

Hey GOP: The Debt Ceiling should not be raised unless there are substantial and unambiguous spending cuts and entitlement reforms that will truly bend the deficit curve.  Stop being afraid of your own shadow.  

Don’t believe the media and Obama scare tactics that conflate not raising the Debt Ceiling with defaulting on the Debt.  They are totally different.  The government generates enough monthly tax revenue to pay the interest and principle on the Debt. There is also enough cash flow to fund key entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, etc), Defense, CIA and Homeland Security.  That is not “default” by any stretch.  But it does mean the Feds will have to prioritize spending and reduce other programs like the EPA and Department of Education.  Heaven forbid!

Stop being afraid that money markets and Wall Street might crater if the Debt Ceiling is not raised.  The markets recovered after the Savings & Loan debacle.  They recovered after 9/11.  They rebounded after the collapse of GM, Chrysler, Lehman Brothers and AIG.  The markets continued to generate profits after the U.S. lost its AAA credit rating.  The markets survived TWO world wars, the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the financial collapse of Greece and Italy.  And it will recover after the Debt Ceiling holds firm in 2013.

Hold the line on defunding ObamaCare.  Hold the line on raising the Debt Ceiling.  Hold that line on stopping illegal immigration.  Preserve and protect traditional marriage.  Govern according to the Constitution.  Listen to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.  Stop being afraid of transient polls.

Hey Republicans: If you just capitulate and do what Democrats and the media want then there is no viable reason for your Party to exist anymore.  Go home, sit on the couch, watch Oprah and R.I.P.

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Political Cartoons by AF Branco

Political Cartoons by AF Branco


Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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