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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Keep Hope Alive

"You can call it mysticism if you want to, but I have always believed that there was some divine plan that placed this great continent between two oceans to be sought out by those who were possessed of an abiding love of freedom and a special kind of courage."

"Those other constitutions say, 'Government grants you these rights' and ours says, 'You are born with these rights, they are yours by the grace of God, and no government on earth can take them from you.'”

"Standing on the tiny deck of the Arabella in 1630 off the Massachusetts coast, John Winthrop said, 'We will be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.' Well, we have not dealt falsely with our God, even if He is temporarily suspended from the classroom."

"We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, 'The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind.'”

-- President Ronald Reagan,  excerpts from "The Shining City Upon A Hill", January 25, 1974 --

 Hat tip to Powerline.

Gotta Love Those Virginia Democrats

Constituents are so passé. So last year. So out of place in the New World Odor that Obama and his ilk have brought to Washington:

Galley slaves, get back to work. Connolly has more important things to do than pay attention to your concerns.  He has your health care system to destroy and you're distracting him.

Al Gore Mocked

And it's high time:
Gore Attaches Global Warming as Cause to Last Weekend's Storm in Northeast
By Jeff Poor, Business & Media Institute

If there’s a drought – it’s global warming. When there’s a hurricane – it’s global warming. If there are heavy snows or even blizzards – it’s somehow global warming. And amazingly, the latest round of rainy and windy weather in the Northeast, well that’s consistent with this phenomenon as well, so says former Vice President Al Gore.

Gore, the self-anointed climate change alarmist-in-chief, told supporters on a March 15 conference call that severe weather in certain regions of the country could be attributed to carbon in the atmosphere – including the recent rash of rainy weather.

“[T]he odds have shifted toward much larger downpours,” Gore said. “And we have seen that happen in the Northeast, we’ve seen it happen in the Northwest – in both of those regions are among those that scientists have predicted for a long time would begin to experience much larger downpours.”

But Gore had a specific example in mind. He explained this recent soaking in the Northeastern United States was “consistent” with what global warming alarmists were projecting.

“Just look at ... [blah blah blah]." [link]
Nobody's buying it anymore, doofus.  You're done.  Go home.


We're supposed to be proud of our elected officials in Washington when they pull stunts like this?
House Democrats' tactic for health-care bill is debated
By Amy Goldstein, Washington Post Staff Writer

An obscure parliamentary maneuver favored by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suddenly ignited Tuesday as the latest tinder in the year-long partisan strife over reshaping the nation's health-care system, triggering debate over the strategy's legitimacy and political wisdom.

Republicans condemned Pelosi's idea -- in which House members would make a final decision on broad health-care changes without voting directly on the Senate version of the bill -- as an abuse of the legislative process.

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called it "the ultimate in Washington power grabs." Pelosi shot back: "I didn't hear any of that ferocity when the Republicans used this, perhaps, hundreds of times."

Off Capitol Hill, parliamentary experts of both parties said the tactic has been used with increasing frequency in recent years by Democrats and Republicans alike, usually earlier in the legislative process. And political analysts wrangled over whether the use of the "self-executing rule," also known as a "deem and pass," would further antagonize an electorate whose enthusiasm for Democrats has dimmed in the past year.

Legal scholars disagreed about whether it would be a constitutional way to pass the legislation. Yet even critics said they doubt that the procedure would put the measure at risk of being struck down by the courts.

"I feel pretty confident it is unconstitutional," said Michael W. McConnell, director of Stanford Law School's Constitutional Law Center and a former appellate judge appointed by President George W. Bush. "What a court would do about it is a murkier problem." [link]
The most important piece of legislation of our lifetime and the cowards in Washington (more specifically, every Democrat in Washington) are not even going to vote on it?  They're just going to assume passage?

What in God's name is that?

For a dramatic alteration of our way of life I think we deserve that "up or down vote" that Obama demanded just hours ago.  Anything less and this Glorious Republic becomes a Banana Republic.

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By the way, here's my legal opinion on the matter of the Supreme Court stepping in and righting this Democrat wrong, should it occur.  Don't count on it.  The Court gives wide latitude to the legislative branch of government in matters procedural.  The Supremes won't touch this with a ten-foot pole.  So if you're hoping the judicial branch will make things right (as George W. Bush was hoping with regard to McCain-Feingold), you're going to be rudely awakened.

Quote of the Day

Actually, it's Tweet of the Day, from Senator John Thune - Republican:

"We've gone from passing Bills w/out reading them to passing Bills w/out *voting* on them?"

In Obama's America the rules don't matter.  As a famous communist once said: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”  And the party in power has all the guns.

All rules are out the window.  Only the ends matter.  Not the means.

Where's Boucher?

Ever notice how our congressman here in Southwest Virginia has a knack for laying low when critical issues and/or controversies erupt in Washington?  The House of Representatives - of which he's presumably still a member - is poised to "deem" - yes, DEEM - ObamaCare the law of the land and Mr. Boucher is nowhere to be found.

Does he favor this underhanded way of passing sweeping legislation that will affect one-eighth of the economy?  Does he have an opinion on Obama's call for "an up or down vote" on the most important piece of legislation of our lifetime?  Where is he on the Senate version of the health care bill that is now before him?

We don't know.

Rick Boucher - it's rumored - was last seen heading down his Creeper Trail.

Representation you can count on when it's needed most.

For the love of God.

One Shouldn't Talk About That Of Which He's Ignorant

Otherwise it makes him out the fool.

Get the distinct impression that MSNBC's Chris Matthews has never watched Fox News?

See "Matthews: Unlike MSNBC and CNN 'There's Absolutely No Debate' on Fox News."

Yup. That's the word "FOOL" tattooed on his forehead.

Don't Take My Word For It