With Against Trump the National Review has taken a side. I believe they’re on the wrong side of history at least with this election. It looks increasingly like the conservative base and perhaps eventually a majority of the electorate are taking the side of one Donald Trump. I fall into the Trump zone. Publications like National Review mostly do great work and hold the banner of conservatism above water in a sea of leftism. But like members of any family from time to time we’re going to have a falling out. This is one of those times. Their “coming out” against Trump is going to backfire. As noted elsewhere, his campaign slogan may as well be f*** the eggheads! We’re tired of the go along get along Establishment telling us to shut up and pull the lever each election, then getting a Republican majority that’s for all practical purposes a Democrat majority. After next January, if that long, the National Review’s esoteric philosophical diatribe against Trump will look pedantic and silly.
This ad is a winner. Why? Because it’s about winning. It’s not about losing. The rest of the GOP and their Dem opponents are fighting over what to do with the scraps left behind by the collapsing detritus of their welfare state. It’s clear, uncompromising and it’s the kind of ad that wins campaigns. #Trump2016
Here we go again. It’s time for Obama’s annual let’s get every law-abiding citizens’ guns or at least create a climate of fear that we’re going to do something some substantial and grossly unconstitutional. What steps he can take would be markedly ineffectual. I think he tried this last year with a 14 point program of gun restrictions. Echoes of Woodrow Wilson nothwithstanding, that too was a major failure. Except of course for gun sales.
So what’s with this guy and guns? Is it a cover, a political jujitsu designed to cover all of his most recent epic fails? Can’t or won’t screen adequately for terrorists trying to enter the country like they did in San Bernandino? Let’s blame guns. Can’t bring down or barely dent ISIS (or more likely won’t) despite a growing international presence? Let’s blame guns. Clearly for any rational person, politics aside, there’s no viable correlation between terrorism and gun violence versus law-abiding citizens licensed to carry firearms.
I suppose by doing this and the resulting cloud of media noise, it would mask somewhat his other failures. Then when people get vocal about it, voila, his real enemies the American people are back that he can take a verbal swing at. It’s childish but effective. Much like a petulant toddler that cries until he gets a cookie just to shut him up. But it’s gotten so old. In my case at least the result is a blog posting and a lone eye roll. At this point I think people like myself know at least on this issue, he genuinely is constitutionally proscribed from over-stepping far enough to cause a real issue among legitimate gun owners.
The only thing that still nags at me is the why. My analysis above could be the case. But it could also be that since Obama views America and it’s citizens as a source for malfeasance in his world view, that by de-arming its citizenry he is effectively de-arming the nation in a sense. I don’t know if his base psychology is that warped or if his mental faculties are that impaired by a visceral, emotional impulse. I’m no psychologist and I don’t pretend to be one.
Once again it brings me full circle though to Trump. It seems on every issue of national importance, or at least anything related to an action by Obama, I find myself increasingly using the event to contrast and explain Donald Trump’s popularity. In this case, not only is he a vocal supporter of gun rights, all of the GOP candidates are, but he’s as befuddled by Obama as the rest of us. The man has a platform to openly muse about it, and does so without punch pulling hesitation. He questions Obama’s sanity or motivations, or both, in a way that’s similar to the way you and I do. The guy speaks plain English and despite his political success, for other reasons that’s simply a language I don’t think Obama has ever mastered.
Schlichter’s column provides a point by point breakdown of the effort by CNN “news” anchor Don Lemon to keep his criticism of Hillary’s “war on women” off limits. Regardless of whether you’re for Trump (he’s not, I am) he is astutely aware of the means by which the polite Establishment class politician will let him or herself be “guided” by the left’s press minions to within conversational parameters of what those press minions deign to be permissible conversation. It’s a trap that conservatives are tired of seeing our politicians fall into. It’s tiresome, pathetic and yet another reason for Trump’s immense popularity with the rank and file. That Trump would ever abide by the leftist censors of Hillarian-virtue, is laughable.
Contrast how you imagine Trump reacting versus most other candidates in our be-knighted Establishment class of candidate. Trump would rightly call someone like Don Lemon in this situation a dishonest loser, launch an anti-press bias diatribe and end with “it’s sad really”. So would Ted Cruz, no less emphatically but far more politely. Either of which is what every conservative politician should do every time. I think that is Schlichter’s point.
You know international law is only international law when all the signatory nations abide by the terms of a given treaty or set of internationally accepted norms of behavior. The left counts on that deferential politeness by conservative politicians, and they’re used to getting it from folks like, as Schlicter mockingly refers to them, “President McCain and President Romney”. Schlicter’s obvious point is that no conservative should let themselves be corralled like they often have in the past. My point is that The Donald doesn’t need to be reminded to have moral courage. Neither should the rest of them.
As Kermit says, “It’s not easy being green”. It’s also not easy being a conservative with a majority of liberal friends. Having been if not a liberal at least a moderate Democrat in my youth, I like to think I have some insight into the left of center mind. As such, I look not at most liberals as foes to be beaten but as friends to be enlightened. And every once in a while an issue comes up where I can sit back and explain to my bewildered pals what something means to conservatives and the angle from which we’re seeing it. Of course, I don’t speak for all conservatives but I am supremely fluent in conservative, not just a “severe” conservative as Romney would say.
So let’s see, a good recent example might be when everyone added French flags to their Facebook profile pic after the Paris massacre. It’s very comforting and warranted to show that kind of solidarity. But I told my friend I wouldn’t do it, not just because it’s the French flag and that’s weird, but because ultimately it’s a cop out. You change your profile pic and say what a tragedy, which is true and then some. But then after just some hand-wringing and condolences then we move on tomorrow to the next issue d’jour. From my perspective, you’re not addressing the real problem, just mourning a horrific outcome of a symptom. If you change the profile pic and then say “Let’s get these bastards!” or something then while that’s not the same as taking action it’s at least something. Granted what we can do as mere individuals is obviously very limited. But at least acknowledge this was something more than just a natural disaster like a tornado or a hurricane. It was in fact an act of war. Changing your profile pic is pretty much the whole #bringbackourgirls campaign from Michelle Obama when Boko Haram (not to be confused with Procul Harum) kidnapped all those schoolgirls in Africa. A twitter campaign is not the same thing as taking action. What made that so bizarre to me is this was the First Lady of the United States acting like she was a tragically powerless victim. Go get your husband off of the golf course and tell him to send in Chuck Norris and the Delta Force if you’re that upset about it.
Which brings me to another example. That is one sees America in terms of overall worldview. Many liberals these days, not to be confused with those in the Truman or Kennedy eras, see America as a major force for bad or at least chaos in the world. Conservatives mostly see America as the supreme force for good in the world. There are obviously deep philosophical divides between our two sides across the board, but this distinction is a core bifurcation in our world views. The liberal sees America as needing to atone for past interventions and despises the notion that we get involved somewhere unless we have zero national interests at stake (e.g., Darfur). And oil as a motivation is bad. Very bad. Whereas conservatives, well at least yours truly, looks at natural resources and their protection for our economic interests as a damn good reason to take some action where it’s needed. When I post a clip of Chuck Norris blowing up trucks full of asshole Islamic terrorists, I’m not kidding. That’s America F Yeah from the heart! Most liberals see that and roll their eyes. It’s not to say I’m a broken-state repairing neo-con, but I think we need to apply our forces in areas limited to our own national interests and then move along. If we can help other people along the way then great.
Speaking of oil, that issue segues nicely into my first point about Donald Trump to my liberal friends. What you’re about to see is in my opinion one of Trump’s finest moments on the campaign trail. In just a minute and a half he says things that conservatives and perhaps many Americans are literally starving to hear. He doesn’t dance on the head of a pin like Jeb Bush, he doesn’t soften the goal with niceties. It’s plain-spoken and direct. He addresses 3 key points that I’ll review with you after the clip.
So when Trump says “I have a plan but I don’t want to tell ISIS what it is” that may or may not be completely true. But more importantly, plan or not, he says he isn’t going to give the game away to ISIS. When Obama issues withdrawal dates, his Pentagon spokesman issues statements at a press conference telling the world yeah we’re sending 30 guys out of this base to this other base and this is exactly where they’re going to be and what they’re going to do, it sounds like sheer idiocy. Instead Trump just says “Yeah I’ve got a plan and we’re going to bomb the shit out of you and destroy your oil production” that’s just refreshing.
Then it gets really interesting. I don’t think this is necessarily genius but the instincts are so there it’s fascinating to watch because no other politician either thinks this way or if they do they don’t articulate it well enough. Trump talks about how great Exxon is. What? The Exxon Valdez guys, Prince William Sound, they’re supposed to be the bad guys right? Not to Trump. He says you should see them, how they come and get things up and running so fast with oil production. He’s singing the praises of a large American company in an industry loathed by liberals – “Let’s Make America Great Again” – see what I mean? And he’s doing it not because they create jobs or he owns shares, he’s saying it because they kick ass at what they do. Despite the dog and pony show, Trump is about one thing: results. And he sees yankee ingenuity as a force for good, not a wicked arm of colonialism or some such thing. This is what resonates for people who’ve been told since Vietnam that we’re also basically assholes.
But then we get the kicker, the penultimate statement that gets elites and many liberals into a fit of mouth-foaming lunacy. Trump says after we bomb the shit out of ISIS and we send in Exxon to rebuild, we’re going to take the oil!! What? You can’t do that. How horribly gauche, unthinkable. Actually benefiting from a foreign intervention is so colonial and backward. It’s considered impolite at best to the elite in this country to imply that we might do anything but sacrifice our resources and our people for anything other than selfless reasons. In the past I’ve suggested this and gotten looks like I’m Freddy Krueger crossed with Cecil Rhodes. Most liberals, and definitely our polite ruling class from both parties, are conditioned to view that something along these lines is unthinkable. Trump is again about results. Why wouldn’t we get the oil and redistribute the proceeds to the soldiers and their families? It’s common sense to him and to most people. It’s anathema to many others. So if you winced at the notion then you’ve probably been conditioned to view America as a problem rather than a solution to most of our history. And that’s one of the things you don’t get about Trump. It’s not knuckle-dragging conservatism, it’s common-sense practicality. Unabashed promotion of our can-do spirit and our own self-interest is not something our effete elites can fathom. Hence the drooling disdain for Trump by the Establishment. Clowns like George Will and otherwise respectable pundits like Charles Krauthammer are aghast at all of this.
So let’s talk about the so-called War on Women. Trump hates women. Trump is a Neanderthal. That is nonsense. Trump used to own the Miss USA pageant. When Tara Conner was revealed to be a drug-addled nymphomaniac, there was a lot of pressure on Trump to fire her. Instead, he got her into rehab and she kept her crown for the remainder of the year. Is the man perfect? Undoubtedly not. Does he despise Rosie O’Donnell? Sure, but who doesn’t. That Trump will punch back against personal attacks from any source, be they male or female, is actually indicative of a true belief in gender equality. The man does not pull his punches regardless of gender.
Again, I’m not saying he’s a saint. But a lot of conservatives view him the way I describe and that’s why when we hear people complain about his past with women we brush it off. Anyone that’s watched the Apprentice knows he makes the same demands of everyone and doesn’t weigh in any direction based on gender. Yes it’s a tv show but were it otherwise that would be readily visible. It’s also hard to take such complaints seriously after Bill Clinton. In the late 90s we were told that the job and the personal life are separate and never the twain shall meet. If it’s good for the Clinton goose then it’s good for the Trump gander. And if we are going to go there, I think Clinton has a great deal more by way of a dubious past in his dealings with women than Trump does. When liberals complain about Trump, conservatives are the worst parts of the Clinton hypocrisy. Of course compared to Obama though, in many ways Clinton is Calvin Coolidge.
Something else I find explaining often to liberals is how hard it is to underestimate the effect that the conservative Establishment has had on both the rise of Trump and the insulation of him from any flagging in the polls. It’s also had a positive effect on Ted Cruz’s numbers, whom I also like very much and is basically now seen by the donor class as an almost acceptable alternative to Trump. That is frankly an amazing development given how much Cruz is loathed by the conservative elites overall. Yet another indication of how much Trump has gotten behind their lines, blitzkrieg-like, and messed with their heads.
The Democrats are pretty much unified on every issue. There is very little daylight between its leadership with the rank and file. The disparity between the conservative base and the Republican Establishment is a vast chasm. We the base view the leadership as craven sell-outs, philosophically rudderless, utterly beholden to special interest donors and reliant on political operatives who could care less about actual issues, just what will keep their guys elected and the campaign dollars flowing. For our long-standing sufferance of this crowd, we the base are viewed by them much the same as a lot of liberals view us, as knuckle-dragging Neanderthals just one pipe bombing away from engaging in a pogrom against muslims or the next closest minority. The Tea Party came about mainly because of the base’s frustration with these elites. The Trump phenomenon is very different from the Tea Party but the motivations are similar. The more that snot-nosed Establishment pundits and leaders like George Will and Paul Ryan tell us how awful Trump is, the more our enthusiasm grows. Then you have things like this $1.1 trillion budget deal that Ryan is crowing over. I’ll skip the details here but this is a prime example of how they are propping up Trump. In fact, the day that passed is the day I said that Trump just got the nomination. That isn’t to say that the rise of Trump is solely inversely proportional to our hatred of the Establishment. But don’t discount its importance.
I think that Trump would be a capable president and I look forward to his 8 years in Office. For those of you who ask how we can possibly elect such a narcissist I can only point out to you what we’ve been stuck with since 2008. If I have to choose between a narcissist that is a delusional anti-American buffoon and one that is a practical, pro-American buffoon, I’ll gladly take the latter.
In Republican Establishment races to topple Trump it’s pretty clear they don’t include Ted Cruz or Ben Carson in that group. They refer specifically to Christie, Bush, Rubio and Kasich. Other than Rubio, I’m not sure who among them is polling at more than 4-5% so how much of a race these so-called Establishment guys are running. And how is Establishment defined? Well it seems to me the consistent common denominator is amnesty. That appears to be the major dividing line, at least for the media by way of this example. But in this electoral climate, is the media doing the “Establishment” guys any favors by pointing out how desperate they are to bring down the Trump/Cruz/Carson who together have a national polling average north of 60%?
Does Jeb do anything but talk about Trump these days? Not according to the snippets in the linked article. He even promised a “crowd” in New Hampshire that he would stop talking about Trump! I think Jeb is a little too obsessed with the Donald. I do get Jeb’s thing for Supergirl but that’s where our commonality ends.
Also revealing is that Jeb Bush is speaking at a community college classroom. I don’t know if anyone’s seen the venues with the non-Establishment guys recently? There were 10,000 people at the Trump rally a few weeks ago here in Raleigh. I was almost one of them but unfortunately couldn’t make it.
Any quick perusal of my long delinquent posting history on this site will show the reader how much I despised John Boehner. Well I’m sure he’s a wonderful guy and adept golfing buddy, but he was just about the worst policymaker and politician in a national setting that I’ve seen. I lamented his departure like medieval Europe missed the black plague. But of course Paul Ryan looks to be more of the same. No surprise really. His Chamber of Commerce-ness has been pretty clear to see. Conservatives knew all along that Ryan was just another money printing machine for the hand-out class, this time just sans the orange tan. What does surprise yours truly though is the enthusiastic aplomb with which Ryan has embraced the runaway fiscal suicide train. Ryan sees nothing wrong with this unopposed $1.1 trillion dollar Faustian nightmare. He thinks it’s a big win. Even Dave Brat thinks this is awesome?! I feel like I’m stuck in the Twilight Zone while living on the Bizarro homeworld.
They’re not even trying to hide it anymore. And they seem downright giddy about it too. These clowns are just as much Democrats as are the actual Democrats. At least the genuine Democrats aren’t lying to their entire voter base and expecting them to keep falling in line. Aside from continuing a non-stop ride to national bankruptcy, the only silver lining to this latest disgrace is it will probably give the GOP nomination right to Donald Trump. And that would be just fine with me. We could do far worse than having someone running the country like a business for once, well post Calvin Coolidge anyway.
I like Ben Carson very much but his temperament would make him a far better surgeon general than commander in chief. With Carson plummeting that leaves one remaining outsider candidate, chiefly Donald Trump. Whether he will benefit the most from Carson’s drop remains to be seen but Trump’s polling is consistently high with only Cruz on his heels in Iowa. It’s possible many of the Carson voters in Iowa will defect to Cruz given his evangelical bona fides but don’t underestimate the power of the outsider, anti-establishment zeal. It’s really going to start coming down to the individual primary races moreso than national polling. And Trump remains strong in Iowa and South Carolina. Rubio has definitely been pulling in the dwindling RINO vote from Bush and Christie’s boomlet is just limited to the northeast. With Rubio and Cruz dividing the 2nd place spot that doesn’t give a whole lot of space for the Donald to drop anytime soon. Here’s the link to the current Real Clear Politics polling average. The interactive chronological graph is really nice but like stocks, past performance is no guarantee of anything.
▶ Trey Gowdy GRILLS Jonathan Gruber. Did You Apologize Because You Said It Or Meant It? – YouTube. Entertaining as it is to watch this rhetorical obliteration, Congressman Gowdy and then at the very tail end, Congressman Issa, are doing a valuable service on more than one level. Yes Gruber is an inveterate elitist with nothing save contempt for all of us little folks in flyover country. But what Gowdy does here with the “Did you apologize because you said or meant it?” line is bring home for America just what contempt Gruber has in his heart for the average American. Why did he say these things, which he obviously meant very sincerely? Because he truly believes his elitist MIT education and airy sojourns in the halls of power place him above the melee and outside the realm of responsible thought and simple compassionate empathy. Like the Bolsheviks before him, he’s going to drag society kicking and screaming into his myopic view of utopia, even if it kills all us rubes to get there. When Stalin collectivized the farms it resulted in the greatest man-made famine in history. He created an imaginary enemy, the Kulaks, and rounded up hundreds of thousands for deportation and execution, all to fulfill his twisted vision of community perfection. Gruber is little different, albeit on a less violent level. His is a more gentle indifference to fate of Americans over whom he must stomp in his wizened march to societal perfection. And Congressman Issa’s simple point at the end was masterful. By asking Gruber whether anyone else at these academic conferences ever chastened him for the vile disdain he so casually dispensed, he answered “no” – and Issa simply noted that probably this was due to the common perception of Gruber’s peers on the subject. The bubble in which people like this exist, in addition to their relentless utopianism at any price, renders them indifferent to the normal mores that bind civil society. Gruber can call all of us stupid because everyone in the room, at least until today’s appearance before Congress, agrees with him. Anyone that opposes their view of what must be done is “the other”; the hopelessly ignorant, tax-tethered serfs whom he sees as existing simply to fund the revenue that goes to pay him and his brilliant friends. Thank you Congressman, for getting to the very heart of Mr. Gruber.
Sexy Russian spy ‘tried to seduce’ Snowden | New York Post. I find it hard to fathom why the FSB would sic Ms. Chapman on Snowden. I think he was already safely ensconced in Moscow, desperately seeking asylum, if you will. I also understand that he was required to divulge some information or records, I don’t know what, as the price for his perfidy. So what reason could there be? My bet is this is just a publicity stunt for Anna Chapman. She’s made no secret of her interest in promoting herself. She has done well in fact.
Time and again, particularly since November 2012, I hear and read that conservatives are disconnected from the concerns and values of middle class voters. Nothing could be further from the truth. The disconnect is in a failure to put across the practical benefits of conservative philosophy in a manner that is coherent and forceful enough to pierce the media shield in place against it. In short, it is the messenger rather than the message that’s the problem. Perhaps its the messenger? Take for example a column by Sean Trende in Real Clear Politics on the missing Reagan Democrats from 2012, who notes among other things:
The basic point here is that if Republicans had run a candidate more like working-class ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and less like the private equity mogul/ex-Massachusetts governor whom the GOP ended up nominating, these voters might have been more likely to vote. “We built this” might have corralled the small business-owner vote, but probably didn’t do much for workers. I suppose that you can construct an argument that the missing “non-whites” would have turned out in response to a similar move by Republicans, but I think it’s hard to put that together. These really are two separate issues.
That’s right. It really is two separate issues. Would a seemingly more working class candidate than Romney have gone further with the same message? Or would Romney have done better with a more broad economic message? I believe could have been both. I recall that for the first several months after obtaining the nomination, that the Romney camp was more or less silent in vigorously opposing the Bain Capital attacks. They sat back and let the media define Romney rather than counter-attacking with both a philosophical argument and a depiction of the charges as ludicrous. Sure there were press releases and talk show appearances by consultants and supportive politicians. But I don’t recall there being any press conference by Romney to address this. It would have been a great opportunity to take on the media in Gingrich-esque fashion and to cut off the Obama campaign attacks at the knees. As Gingrich clearly understands from what I remember of the primary debates, taking on the press is both a healthy thing for the country and a base energizing approach. It’s easy for me to sit here and Monday morning quarterback about this. But I was very dismayed last August, during which time I was out knocking on doors in Wake County, NC in 100 plus degree heat. Shortly afterward in early September, Pat Caddell came out and confirmed my fears in stating that the Romney campaign was the worst he’d seen in his lifetime. and “they have set themselves on a course that says, ‘We don’t have to do anything, we’re going to win because they don’t like the other guy.'” Sadly prophetic.
The Senate attempt at amnesty is the misguided and misinterpreted culmination of that failure from 2012. The misapprehension that it’s hispanic voters that made the margin for Obama is entirely wrong. While yes, efforts must be made in a coherent and legally appropriate matter, ie. – no amnesty, to connect with hispanic voters, that is not the main reason for the loss last November. The Reagan Democrats of the middle and blue collar working class simply stayed home. As pointed out by Senator Sessions in National Review, “if there is any lesson for the GOP to learn from 2012, it’s that we must do a better job fighting for and connecting with working Americans of all backgrounds — immigrant and native-born alike — whose wages have fallen and whose employment opportunities have increasingly diminished.” He correctly makes the argument that the amnesty effort is a slap in the face to working Americans in a terrible economy and utilizes CBO data to bear out that claim.
Islamic State claims beheading of British hostage David Haines. The normally comatose denizens of the western elite essentially wrote off the middle east after their anti-Bush jihad was ended. So what’s pushing the sudden hankering for military intervention? I think it’s simple. As long as ISIS was ravaging “far away peoples of whom we know little” to quote Neville Chamberlain, the western leadership was content to sit on their hands. But now that we have well-publicized videos of one on one killings, up close and personal, public opinion is shifting toward intervention.
I think it all comes down to what someone who knows a lot about genocide said awhile back about this very kind of thing: “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.”
I’ve hardly even read the news for two months. There’s frankly only so much stress I can handle at one time with things I’ve got no control over. So I’ve gotten rid of those which I’m at least capable of dispensing with.
Pelosi explained, “We are all Americans — north and south in this hemisphere,” via Pelosi on the Border: We Have to Use This Crisis as an Opportunity. What Pelosi really means by that is “if everyone’s an American, then there really are no Americans”. Don’t ask me why the left seems to think that way, I only know that they do.
The patent office goes out of bounds in Redskins trademark case – Jonathan Turley – The Washington Post. “What is needed is a new law returning these agencies to their core regulatory responsibilities and requiring speech neutrality in enforcement. We do not need faceless federal officials to become arbiters of our social controversies.”
It says something significant when a liberal Constitutional law professor sees eye to eye, whether or not he knows or admits it, with Ronald Reagan. The notion that government has overrun its banks and flooded the lives of everyday Americans is not new. Reagan made rolling back that tide one the cornerstones of his two terms. Unlike Mr. Obama, Mr. Reagan did in fact cause those waters to recede, alas, if only temporarily.
Why People Zone Out on Hillary – Roger L. Simon “So Hillary is a nowhere woman, trying to replace a nowhere man, which is saying something given Obama’s recent poll numbers.”
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board cancels Redskins trademark « Hot Air. Aside from being wrong about mostly every issue in the past 40 years, the left has an even bigger problem. That problem is self-restraint. They have none whatsoever. In the past and in the future, that inability to control themselves is their undoing. Those of the left in power, and I would venture to guess in media, academia, etc., view the freedom of whose with whom they disagree as little more than an obstacle on a forced march to enlightenment.
You may have noticed that all of the whining about a lawless dictatorship and oppression fantasizing in the Bush years were a figment of the left’s fevered imagination. However, having been in executive branch power these past five years, all of their fantasizing about being victims has translated into a reality in which they are instead the gleeful oppressors. Obama doesn’t like the name Redskins? Forget the 1st Amendment, that’s just for liberals. Obama doesn’t like immigration enforcement? Forget the rule of law, that’s just for conservatives. Obama doesn’t like a Supreme Court ruling? Forget about an impartial IRS, that’s just for suckers.
The Republicans are no great shakes these days, led by impotent clowns like John Boehner. But no one in their right mind can accuse him of overreaching. The left will indeed pay a price this November, and America will benefit from that pendulum swing. But we will do so almost solely from the sheer folly and tyrannical arrogance of Obama and his Congressional accomplices.
BREAKING: ISIS Surrounds Baghdad on Three Sides – Controls Water Supplies to Capital (Video) | The Gateway Pundit. The parallels here to the mid-70’s are staggering. Baghdad is about to fall, just like Saigon. Radical jihadis, essentially psychopaths based on the pictures I’ve seen, are fanning out through northern and cental Iraq. I’m no military expert, and I don’t want to see U.S. boots on the ground there anytime soon. But how difficult would it be for the Commander in Chief to bomb these cretins back to the stone age? This is a motley force with an overextended supply line. What about an aerial version of Inchon, or the Stalingrad counter-offensive, in order to cut these maniacs off in and around Baghdad? Perhaps then whatever remains of U.S. trained Iraqi defense forces can finish off the remnants themselves.
Assuming for the moment that Obama hasn’t enacted such a course of action is based on his usual dithering while events force an adverse conclusion, then what is the motivation for doing nothing here when something substantial can be accomplished without a U.S. commitment of ground forces? And why suddenly would Obama be interested in involving the Iranians within Iraq? I thought that one of our goals over the past decade was to keep the Shiite Iranians out of a Sunni / Shiite and Kurdish Iraq. Does this President have any grasp of history or strategy that isn’t solely steeped in the world of domestic politics?
As you can see, I have many questions but very few answers. Perhaps I am spending too much time trying to derive a strategic meaning from a simple jumble of incompetence and indifference. Maybe the best way to define an ‘Obama Doctrine’ is that it’s the use of incompetence as a tool abroad in such a manner as to spread chaos, uncertainty and tyranny, to the fullest extent possible. And there you have it.
Timing questioned in Benghazi consulate attack arrest | Boston Herald. ‘“All of these decisions are political,” said Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence with Stratfor, a commercial intelligence service. “It is curious, the timing”…’.
‘Curious’ is a euphemistic way to describe ‘obvious’. Let’s assume for a moment that the arrest of this Benghazi attacker was a fortuitous, random occurrence. The problem for this White House, among many others, is that all credibility is gone. It’s the President who cried wolf once too many times. Somewhere between his 100th or something golf game and if you like your plan, you can keep your plan, everyone either with a functioning brain or a smidgeon of intellectual honesty, stopped believing anything that this President or his spokespeople are telling us. That includes any of our adversaries abroad. Red lines are all blurred lines. The IRS happened to lose all of its Lois Lerner e-mails after stonewalling Congress on handing them over for a year. No analogy or statement of disbelief suffices any longer to describe the mendacity of this Administration. Comparisons to the Nixon / Watergate period simply doesn’t do justice to Nixon.
The only way it seems to check this President is to impeach him, a politically unpalatable tool. But if Congress doesn’t take some concrete action soon, the next two years will make the last several look like a picnic.
Eric Cantor Falls to Shock Defeat in Primary – NationalJournal.com. I just got home from work after a long and aggravating day. I knew there were primaries going on. But just recently I kept reading about how the Tea Party was dead. That’s obviously media propaganda but really didn’t expect a sea change. It really crept up didn’t it? I hope that this sends a clear and unmistakable message to the rest of the spineless RINO’s that We the People have had enough. No amnesty, no compromise without a principled reason for doing so, and no prisoners. Goodbye Mr. Cantor. And not a moment too soon. I hope Mr. Boehner will be joining you.
They’re happy to form a circular firing squad for socialism. But having incompetent leadership threatens to further discredit the leftist brand. And that they cannot have.
There’s been a lot of nonsense the last few years about the one percent versus the ninety-nine percent. Or the forty-three versus the fifty-seven percent. Whether it’s demagogues playing the petty fiddle of class division or short-sighted leaders disinterested in the hardships of the everyday working class, they’ve got it wrong. This country was founded on a bedrock of equality. And not equality at the finish line but equality at the starting gate. Until recently, generations of Americans looked to success in practically every endeavor as a beacon of hope. Now, sadly, the politics of class division has warped the American dream in one of two ways. It’s perceived as being either hopelessly unattainable or it’s viewed as an object of scorn and envy.
In a 2012 presidential debate, President Obama mocked Mr. Romney, saying “I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it doesn’t take as long“. In speech after speech before and since, Mr. Obama has relentlessly attacked what he calls big business. And all the while, gladly accepting their largesse in the form of campaign contributions. He talks about wanting to spread the wealth around. At the same time he’s always trying to raise taxes on and regulate to no end the same companies people rely on to create that very wealth. In 2011, he said of the Occupy Wall Street crowd, “you’re the reason I ran for office.” This is the same group known all too well for sexual assault in their camps and for defecating on police cars. If these folks are the reason Mr. Obama ran for office then our problems are much wider than mere class division.
The simple fact is that Americans don’t have a history of class warfare. We’ve always been bigger than that. Self-reliance, pulling oneself up by the bootstraps, these are the cornerstones of our economic growth. When taxes are cut, as under President Reagan, who gave us the largest economic boom we’ve experienced, real growth translates to real jobs and real recovery. We’ve always known that this is the fairest, most decent and humane way to ‘spread the wealth around’. You don’t do it by bringing those around you down. You do it by lifting up those around you in the wake of your own success. America has never been and shouldn’t ever be defined as become a disgruntled camp divided by success and envy. There is no one percent, ninety-nine percent, or any other percentage of economic division. Because when it comes down to it, we only get as far as we take each other. That I know one hundred percent.
Team Boehner to Drudge: We didn’t ‘expand’ Obamacare, we repealed a piece | WashingtonExaminer.com. At least when Democrats lie they make like they believe what they’re shoveling (channeling Sg. Al Powell). Another reason Boehner needs to retire, he even fails at being disingenuous. If the right can’t produce leaders that are honest, then hell, at least be as good at lying as the other side. On the other hand, I guess if you’re a moral relativist, then what you said on Monday can be 180 degrees different than what you’re saying on Friday.
Report: Top Boehner Allies Departing Congress. “We’re going to have a new speaker,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), a conservative who helped spearhead the failed coup against Boehner at the beginning of the 113th Congress. “Looks like a whole bunch of folks leaving who are key to him staying as speaker.” This guy is so superfluous that when he’s gone I don’t think I’m even going to realize it.
Speaker: Immigration overhaul tough to pass – WRAL.com “Just last week, Boehner and other House Republican leaders had unveiled broad principles for immigration changes, including legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally, tougher border security and a shot at citizenship for children brought to the country illegally.”
In the history of idiocy, there are few competitors for the ultimate crown itself. John Boehner is one of them. Several obvious cliches come to mind: never start a battle you can’t win, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, stupid is as stupid does! It’s also prudent not to push something one hundred eighty degrees anathema to the wish of your Party’s base supporters. Maybe I’m old fashioned making presumptions like that. Or just naive. It isn’t like I’m Speaker of the House or anything.
via Rep. Raul Labrador: Boehner’s speakership at risk over immigration, report says – Washington Times. “I think it should cost him his speakership,” Mr. Labrador, Idaho Republican, said in an interview with the Capitol Hill news organization…Mr. Labrador also refused to rule out running to replace Mr. Boehner — even if the Ohio Republican put the brakes on immigration bills.”
After a weeks long hiatus doing actual work, I have returned to take up one of my favorite hobbies, Boehner-bashing. Sadly for me, it’s becoming quite popular, a regular national pastime. If you haven’t seen for yourself his appearance on Jay Leno, don’t. It’s like chewing tinfoil while standing naked in acid rain on a Monday morning. And if you are under the bizarre impression that this idiot’s brazen embrace of amnesty is some kind of genius master plan, I refer you again to his Jay Leno appearance. Better yet, listen to Mark Levin on Boehner on Leno. It’s truly devastating. it’s also an eye-opening descent into reality, a place where you will come to realize that the GOP is presently led by a bunch of clueless morons. Seriously clueless. I’m sure they’re great at fundraising, and groveling before our mult-culti overlords in the media. But leaders they are not.
Tom Coburn: The Year Washington Fled Reality – WSJ.com. “How the nation’s leaders perform in Washington is a reflection of the country, and culture, they represent. Moral relativism and postmodern disregard of truth has been promoted by academia for decades; sometimes it seems that the best students of that thinking can be found in Washington.”
There’s much more to the Senator’s column on the analysis of specifics, but I think the crux of the issue is summed up quite well with the above quote. I keep writing that Obama isn’t so much the problem as he is a symptom of our progressive-dominated culture in free fall. It’s accurate to suggest that the dysfunction of Congress is no less a symptom itself. On the one hand though, I fault leftists like Reid for disregarding precedent and of course common sense. And on the GOP side I fault Establishment types like Weepy Boehner for failing to undertake any serious opposition to Obama’s lawlessness. My disdain for their budgetary capitulation led by Paul Ryan is no less deserving. The foundations of our republic, the rule of law and fiscal sanity, are indeed under assault like never before at least in my lifetime.
via Richard Miniter, Saudis lament, ‘we have been stabbed in the back by Obama’ | Fox News. “Every time that Obama had to choose between his enemies and his friends, he always chose his enemies,” he said. “We don’t know what he’s putting in his tea.”
I’ve gotten tired of Die Hard analogies and welcoming people to the party. So how about we skip the similes, stand back and just admire the handiwork wrought by the ultimate confluence of anti-Americanism, socialism and unmitigated incompetence. It’s tempting to try and imagine the world if Obama had been elected during the Cold War. Of course, I’ve seen Red Dawn and Amerika, so I don’t need to try that hard. And we did have Obama-lite with Carter after all.
But I don’t think Obama could have been elected and certainly not re-elected were we still faced with the Soviet colossus. But for certain brief lapses and errors, the U.S. government and the American people were in the majority a serious people waging a serious multi-generational campaign against global communist tyranny. Our president today, a hubristic ivory tower man-child, could only have been elected and then re-elected by a profoundly unserious people. Weary from fighting post 9-11 jihad and a government that refuses to recognize it as such, with two conventional wars fought ultimately to little if any strategic end, perhaps the American people no longer feel the need to be serious.
Indisputably the government has reached an apogee of corruption and un-seriousness. Look at the debt and lack of action from either side to reign it in. We are in a moral, cultural and political death spiral. Obama is a symptom of this societal collapse more so than its cause. Assuming we can recover our bearings, sense of destiny and ‘seriousness’, the wreckage will take a generation to clear. That is, if we’re lucky and consistent in purpose. The growing disenchantment by allies like the Saudi government, is just the latest example of the damage which must be repaired. Hopefully that can happen before it’s too late.
via Ann-Marie Garcia, The Associated Press: Raul Castro issues stern warning to entrepreneurs. President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba’s economic reform, telling parliament on Saturday that “those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure.”
David Martosko: Obama hijacks tech executive meeting, changes subject from NSA surveillance to healthcare.gov fixes | Mail Online. “That wasn’t what we came for,’ a vice-president of a company whose CEO attended told MailOnline. ‘We really didn’t care for a PR pitch about how the administration is trying to salvage its internal health care tech nightmare.'”
Come on folks, what did you expect from someone who takes selfies at a funeral? You should have brought along at least one corporate psychiatrist to explain how malignant narcissism works. Maybe next time you’ll get invited over to discuss 401K’s and instead spend two hours getting asked tech questions like “what the hell are cookies?” or “what’s the difference between Instagram and Tumbler” (in fairness, I don’t know either). Let’s get to the real crux of the issue. Obama clearly doesn’t give a damn about his socialist healthcare debacle or the NSA. He didn’t bring up basketball brackets so that just leaves one purpose to this little high tech confab: Marissa Mayer.
After being called out on his Danish Prime Minister hijinks, Obama’s obviously set his grubby sights on my favorite CEO. This photo from the above link confirms it (though I’ve edited out the President for the sake of space). Not that I blame him, it’s the only thing Obama’s ever done outside of a Marxist-Alinskyite paradigm that actually makes any sense.
Dennis Prager: ‘Tolerance’ Now Means Government-Coerced Celebration | via RealClearPolitics. Mr. Prager makes a better argument here than I could ever hope to do. But there is one analytical prong missing, and that is a reference to the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
I refer you to Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge for some history on this Amendment. Or just look in Amazon.com, I’m sure there are plenty of legitimate texts which cover it well. Here is the text:
- Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The plain reading of this Constitutional Amendment prohibits involuntary servitude except as punishment for a convicted crime. Unless refusing to bake a cake for a wedding which is not recognized as lawful constitutes a crime, and perhaps it soon will in the new Amerika, then this Judge’s ruling is exceedingly unconstitutional.
“Poppies, poppies, sleep, sleep”
On Dying After Your Time – Daniel Callahan, NYTimes.com. “Even if anti-aging research could give us radically longer lives someday, though, should we even be seeking them? Regardless of what science makes possible, or what individual people want, aging is a public issue with social consequences, and these must be thought through.Consider how dire the cost projections for Medicare already are.”
So the Death Panel concept argued over in the context of Obamacare by Governor Palin wasn’t so nutty after all. The not-so-much-it-turns-out absurd ramblings of an Alaskan Governor were just that to the media for the last several years. But here we are now with a post-Obamacare de facto endorsement of euthanizing the old in the op ed section of the NY Times. Sure it doesn’t discuss euthanasia. But really it does. Having the medical capacity to prolong elderly lives is being viewed negatively here through the prism of what’s deemed beneficial for the economy. Remember when the left called Palin crazy for even discussing this? Nah, of course you don’t. But frankly, this kind of thing should scare the Soylent Green out of you, comrades!
Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal | Adam Kredo | Washington Free Beacon. Now the Iranians know what it’s like to be an American living under the Obama Industrial Deceit Complex: “If you like your nukes, you can keep your nukes. Period.”
According to this article, Iran’s draft of the text to the agreement permits them to continue with the uranium enrichment process. Apparently they need that kind of thing for peaceful purposes, like irradiating tomatoes and poisoning dissidents like the Russians do from time to time. It’s a sad testament to the pathetic reputation of this White House that I automatically cede more credibility to the spokesman for an Islamic republic than I do to the so-called leader of the free world.
What’s at least mildly reassuring is that the damage from this can yet be minimized. What this latest in an endless conveyer belt of idiotic debacles shows, is that this President can’t even succeed in appeasing our enemies properly. Perhaps he should have done a better job explaining to the Iranians why they would enjoy being shanked by the U.S. government, just like its citizens under Obamacare. It’s the Non-Affordable Care Act for jihadis. Maybe they should have launched another $600 million non-functional website. Call it Sellout.Gov or Appeasement.Org.
What an embarrassment. Again. Will our nation ever recover its reputation and our dignity, do we even deserve to? Considering the results from last November, I’m not so sure.
At the crescendo of Obamacare’s collapse, Boehner does the obvious and stabs us all in the back. Again.
Boehner to amnesty fans: No way are we done with immigration reform « Hot Air. In a predictable act of self-immolation apparently designed to blot out the collapse of Obamacare, an event that would otherwise unite Republicans, conservatives and libertarians, Speaker John “What the @#!k are you doing, a$$hole” Boehner has colluded with the left to stab all of us in the back simultaneously. Predictable, despicable and despairing. Boehner pulls this crap on the same day that Harry Reid rewrites the Senate rules to effectively end the filibuster. Just in time for the grand amnesty sell out of America, announced today by this duplicitous cretin. To quote Slim Pickens from 1941, “You’re all in cahoots!!”
You know, at least Obama has the decency to lie to all Americans. Boehner just sticks it to his own.
New GOP strategy on ObamaCare: Let it burn « Hot Air. If we’ve seen one electoral constant in the last five plus years, it’s this: sitting on your hands does not win anything. McCain sat on his hands. For much of the electoral cycle, and the last two presidential debates, Romney sat on his. Cruz was right to pseudo-filibuster for defunding Obamacare and even more right when he led the government shutdown fight. Every time you leave the battlefield, the narrative is left to those standing on the field, Democrats and their hegemonic media allies. To do so here, when as Rahm Emmanuel would say, “never let a crisis go to waste”, would be yet another tragic mistake. When your enemy is down for the count, whether by his own doing or not, you’d better make the effort to finish him off before he recovers. I don’t think Obama, Harry Reid or Pelosi would be so merciful were the situation in reverse. Quite the opposite in fact.
Also, politics aside, elected conservatives who are well aware of what’s at stake all have a duty to do what they can, anytime that they can, to actively burn down this Obamacare monstrosity. If not, then they should all go home.
via Obama implores supporters for help on health law crisis – Yahoo News. “It is a long race, and we aren’t near the tape yet, we have just got to keep on running,” a tired-sounding Obama said, on a scratchy phone and Internet call with his Organizing for Action political group.”
Does this President know how to do anything other than campaign? Does he even know he’s the President? Well if you follow the oft-repeated Limbaugh Theorem that Obama acts as a bystander to his own regime, it would be easy to draw that conclusion.
UnitedHealth drops thousands of doctors from insurance plans: WSJ – Yahoo News. Fundamentally transforming America is the one promise that this Manchurian Candidate has actually kept. If by fundamentally transforming he meant turning America into a third world cesspool. It’s easy to assume that this is all being done intentionally than to come to the conclusion that the President is an incompetent sociopath. After all, that means the majority of registered American voters are dupes. When I refer to this hack as a Manchurian Candidate I don’t necessarily mean he’s some kind of long-term Telefon-esque mole working for an organized government. He’s an internal mole, a product of socialist fed American self-loathing. Oh and he’s a lazy bum. Not a good combination for the well-being of our citizens and America’s standing in the world. But hey this is what we asked for. Now we’ve got it don’t we?
Cuccinelli Campaign Says National GOP Abandoned Them: ‘We Were on Our Own’ – Tony Lee, Breitbart.com. I’m not saying hey let’s go all third party necessarily. That’s never been much of a winner in America despite it’s allure for various reasons. But for the GOP to be incentivizing that as an option doesn’t seem very smart to me. Then maybe that’s why I keep hearing them being referred to as “The Stupid Party.”
via D.C. Council calls on Washington Redskins to ditch ‘racist and derogatory’ name – Mike DeBonis & Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post. “In the latest challenge to the Washington Redskins’ name, District lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to call on the team to change it, saying it is widely recognized as “racist and derogatory.”…“Enough is enough — the name must go,” said David Grosso (I-At Large), who first introduced the name-change resolution in May.”
I repeat myself here. But let’s be honest about this Redskins name change push. The left doesn’t give a shit about Native Americans. The left doesn’t give a shit about what anyone calls their football team. The left cares about one thing only. That’s control. They want to control your healthcare, your business, your religion or to specifically obliterate it from public existence. Whether it’s from a misbegotten sense of socialist equality imposed from the top down, an expanded dependency base of voters or a shakedown racket and massive conversion of our tax revenue for their various interest group pals, are all of them together, it’s about control. We all know that too well. But what can anyone do about it? Well it sounds like the Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, is so far handling this right way. He’s telling the pressure groups and socialist media lackeys to piss off. But this story won’t go away until he caves or the left sniffs out a more vulnerable carcass. Just like they did with gun control – now the AR-15s are back on the shelves at regular retail prices. Anyway, the press stories, boycotts, whatever, all of it will continue relentlessly until either of those things happen. Hopefully Snyder will continue holding out and not offer up his balls on a platter. That would at least be a nice example for others to take heed off.
GOP Strategy on Obamacare: Shut Up and Leave Town – NationalJournal.com. There is a reason I keep reading that the GOP is known as the “Stupid Party.” The “Dumb and Dumber” strategy of curling up sucking your thumb on the floor of a bathroom stall crying “Take Me To A Happy Place” is not a strategy for winning. It’s a strategy for letting your opponent define the narrative while you sit and wait for people to see the light of their own volition. As the last half decade at least has shown, the answer isn’t blowing in the wind. What would the left do in a similar situation in reverse? They don’t sit on their hands waiting for people to get it together, they Alinksify everything and everyone in the way of their objective. The White House and media allies are doing what they can to spin this debacle in their favor. Maybe McConnell and the rest of the go along get along crowd should stay home after the recess, do what they do best and raise money. Let the conservatives handle this.
Illegal aliens to launch ‘Week of Escalation’ to pressure GOP – Breitbart.com. I’ve got a better idea. Let’s launch a “Week of Deportation’ to enforce the law. I know, that’s crazy! What can I say, I like to push the envelope a little. This reminds of another recent story where a bunch of illegals chained themselves to a detention center to protest deportations. What? Why weren’t they all arrested and processed? No transportation was required. No carbon footprint necessary. No $630 million website that doesn’t work was needed to frog march these people 10 yards away into detention. America was a melting pot until up to roughly thirty years ago, and indeed a successful one. But for a variety of reasons, not only do we no longer enforce immigration law, it’s been made almost taboo even to consider the possibility of doing so. With no limit to the influx of foreigners, there is no longer any incentive to assimilate legal newcomers into the American tapestry. Indeed, our multi-cultist elite abhor that very idea. How did this happen? We know the answer. A confluence of liberal anti-Americanism and big business opportunism have colluded in forming a maelstrom of illegality that has malformed the very notion of what America is and what it means to be an American. But how did this come about and in such a relatively short space of time?
It isn’t that we lack the means to enforce the law. We are a nation that put men on the moon. Quite simply, we lack the will. And everyone knows it, including the illegals. It’s just like how Americans are kidnapped and murdered with impunity. And our citizens are jailed in foreign nations on spurious charges of espionage. Well, some of them anyway. But all of this takes place with complete disregard because our adversaries, and even sometimes allies abroad, know there is no consequence. World stage level fiascos like Obama’s dithering and ultimate failure in Syria is a giant Bat Signal of cowardly incompetence broadcast to the entire world. We have enemies within and without that have taken the full measure of American fortitude, and found it utterly wanting. Just 100 years ago, the notion of any foreign action taken against citizens of the western world was laughable. The western world sat astride the world as an unmitigated and unchallenged colossus. And why? We had the maxim gun and weren’t afraid to use it. We had battlleships and gun boats and weren’t afraid to use them. It wasn’t always necessary to use these weapons, but the world knew that they could and would be employed anywhere at anytime. And without hesitation. The world knew it. The world respected it. All it took was the unnecessary implosion of the west in 1914 to bring down the whole edifice. One hundred years later the colonizers have become the colonized. The enforcers of obeisance are now the enforced. And the western elite are a navel-gazing horde of self-loathing Capos. Look at us now. Just look at us.
We’ve made too many excuses for too long in a decades long parade of self-pity and delusional, self- destructive oppression fantasy. Obama’s international boot-licking is just a final culmination of this multi-generational rot. The long crawl back from this sorry state begins at home. It begins with the rounding up and the deporting en masse of illegal aliens. It begins with putting a stop to the making of excuses about the ‘unfairness’ of enforcing the law, of respecting our borders and re-establishing a respect for our sovereignty. Stop making apologies for self-defense and a robust program of border enforcement. It’s time to break the shackles of self-doubt and take pride in ourselves once again as a nation and a people. It’s a rational calling, no less expected of any other nation. So why should it be any different for America? Even President Obama says that America is no less exceptional than any other nation considers itself exceptional. Of course his point is that America is nothing much and certainly not anything to be particularly proud of, at least not before January 2009 that is. Maybe he’s right about that. Even so, if we do consider ourselves no less exceptional than any other nation thinks itself, then why can’t we start acting like it?
Boehner pitches short-term debt-ceiling hike ahead of White House meeting | Fox News. Thanks again to my visiting father, I’m watching Chuck Schumer on my television longer than ever before. I usually can’t make it past the first thirty seconds. CNBC’s anchor is tossing really tough leading questions at Schumer, such as this doozy: “So what do you think of Republican’s being down to 27% approval?” Then giving him a 5 minute time frame for a monologue about those tyrannical tea party republicans, who again thanks to spineless Boehner, are being handed their lunch. I’ll be glad that the shutdown ends. But that the Republican leadership has caved comes as zero surprise. Excuse me now while I go pump my stomach.
Establishment Conservative Journalists Meet Off-the-Record with Obama at White House. It seems Dr. Charles Krauthammer will be among those visiting the blessed presence of President Man Child. That is, assuming they can get past Obama’s National Park Police gestapo. I realize that a lot of land in DC is government owned, including the White House. Also, I don’t believe that any of these columnists are illegal aliens so it isn’t like they can expect an exemption of any kind. After all, it seems illegals not only have no fear of being deported, they can also appear on the National Mall to “protest” their illegal status while the rest of us Americans are kept off the lawn. On that note, why isn’t the mainstream press shut down as well? For a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama Administration, it certainly is odd that the Park Service hasn’t been dispatched to storm the offices of the NY Times, the Washington Post, NBC, etc. Maybe they’re too busy arresting WW2 veterans.