Fortune Favors The Bold

Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker

It has been a bit comical to see what Democrats have been doing so far in their general election campaigns here in Illinois and the key themes they think will carry them, and Democrats nationally, to victory in November.

Governor Pat Quinn and Speaker Michael Madigan have been highlighting the Democrats desire to raise taxes here in Illinois by pushing to make our supposedly temporary  income and corporate tax increases permanent, proposing a new millionaires tax, and pushing a state constitutional amendment to impose a Marxist progressive income tax.

Then there are Democrats such as pollster Celinda Lake who have been advocating Democrat candidates run on fixing Obamacare because they have come to the realization that defending Obamacare is a certifiable loser.

There has also been talk from President Obama on down of Democrats also running on such things as raising the minimum wage to $10 and some odd cents an hour, giving 11-20 million illegal immigrants amnesty, trying to curtail Americans second amendment rights, and arresting industrial and energy production under the pretenses of the man made global warming hoax.

O’ and we can certainly expect to hear some chatter about some kind of Republican war on women, the urgent need for women to have unfettered access to abortion and contraceptives, and the civil rights issue of the century redefining the meaning of a thousands of years old institution(marriage).

These aren’t the kind of bold reforms necessary to help a state with the second worst unemployment rate in the nation, a $100 billion unfunded pension liability, billions in unpaid bills, and a city, Chicago, on the verge of being the biggest municipal bankruptcy in the country.  Nor are they the kind of reforms a nation that has seen years of economic stagnation, a $17 trillion national debt, and $100 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities that future generations will one day have to pay off needs, ever.

As the ancient saying goes, fortune favors the bold.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Act 10 budget and collective bargaining reforms are the kinds of bold reforms are nation needs right now and the more conservatives and Republicans get behind bold reforms the better their fortunes will become.

If Republicans running for Congress nationally all unite behind the bold notion of totally repealing Obamacare they can expect to have happen to them what happened to Mr. Jolly in Florida’s recent special election, and that is victory at the polls.

If Ken Cuccinelli had just a little bit more time(and some more help from national Republicans like the RNC and Chris Christie) the terrible roll out of Obamacare could have easily pushed him to victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

As Republicans saw in 2010 with the help of the Tea Party and an aggressive stance against Obamacare(i.e total repealment) the voters can and will reward them with massive and even historic wins.

And it is not just reforms that a candidate has to be bold about in order to win.

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Should Bruce Rauner and the rest of the Illinois GOP be bold and attack Gov. Pat Quinn relentlessly over the $50 million in anti-violence money that went missing during his 2010 election and the recent report from Open The Books that the vast majority of heads of the Quinn administration are willfully not in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act and the Freedom Of Information Act they can turn what has been handicapped as a 50-50 race into another Governors mansion occupied by a Republican.

Nationally Republicans should be using the recent arrest of numerous Democrat lawmakers in New York, Illinois, North Carolina, and in California in a bold fashion and hit the entire Democrat Party hard for being corrupt just as the Democrats hit Republicans for being corrupt in 2006 for that whole Mark Foley incident.

On a more long term scale if we take a message of bold reforms into say the African-American community or to the nations young people we can have a groundswell of new support of our candidates and cause.

If Republicans and conservatives where bold and went into the inner city, and the black churches, and the poorest of neighborhoods and talked to the people about their support for defending the traditional definition of marriage and advocate for school choice, school vouchers, and other education reforms that person(s) would see the 99% African-American vote that goes to the Democrats change into 95, then 90, then 85, then 75%.

If Republicans and conservatives did the bold thing and went into the nations high schools and universities and talked about the need to have the 4th and 5th amendment with the NSA spying being a hot button issue with them we would see that millennial generation start to listen to us when we talk about people like Milton Friedman and the positives associated with Capitalism and free markets.

If more people of national political prominence than just Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former congressman Joe Walsh, Senator Tom Coburn, and nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author Mark Levin would be bold and endorse the use of an Article V convention of the states in order to propose constitutional amendments to fix some of the systemic problems gripping the country and the body politic posterity will look fondly upon those people.

Being bold about education reform, balancing the budget, growing the economy, getting congressional term limits to restore the peoples trust in government(at least in part), and not being afraid to go after the other side is what this country, and to be honest the Republican Party, needs right now.

It isn’t like being bold hasn’t worked in the past.

Ronald Reagan was bold when he told Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

Kennedy was bold when he set to put a man on the moon.

Abraham Lincoln was bold when he freed the slaves.

Our Founding Fathers where bold when they set out to establish this nation free from the tyranny of the British Crown.

It takes boldness in order to do big things and the big things are the only things in life worth doing.

USofArn.com’s 2014 Illinois GOP Primary Endorsed Candidates

The Illinois Republican primary is Tuesday March 18th and it is time for me to list those candidates that I am giving my endorsement to.

Doug Truax

Doug Truax

US Senate-Doug Truax

Who I want to endorse to face Senator Dick Durbin this November is one of the toughest races to make a choice in, both state Senator Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax are good solid conservatives with tons of promise and potential.  In the end either of them make great candidates to challenge Durbin, and since that is the name of the game it is the general election match-up that makes all the difference.  In that regard I fell that Doug Truax, a Chicago area businessman involved in healthcare, provides the biggest contrast and offers us conservative Republicans the best chance to defeat “Little” Dick Durbin this November.

Bob Grogan

Bob Grogan

Illinois Treasurer-Bob Grogan

In the race for the next Treasurer for the state of Illinois the choice is actually one of the simplest to make.  In state Rep. Tom Cross, former GOP minority leader, we have someone who has voted for same sex marriage in Illinois when the state and national GOP platform supports traditional marriage.  That along with many other troubling votes makes Tom Cross a poor choice for any office as a Republican.  What’s more Tom Cross’s resume pales in comparison to DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan, a certified CPA.  With Bob Grogan we have someone who has been looking out for the taxpayers in DuPage County and fighting waste, fraud, and abuse in government there.  As Illinois’ next Treasurer we can be assured that Bob Grogan will do everything in his powers to fix Illinois’ fiscal mess(unfunded pension liabilities, billions in unpaid bills, etc) and that is something that cannot be said of Tom Cross.(interview with Bob Grogan)

Diane Harris

Diane Harris

US House of Representatives 3rd District-Diane Harris

I recently Interviewed Diane Harris(here) and was glad that I did it because from her answers I think conservatives in Illinois have another Paul McKinley in waiting and that is a good thing.  While any Republican will have a tough time taking out incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski, I feel Diane Harris actually has a chance of pulling off an upset.

 

Larry Kaifesh

Larry Kaifesh

US House of Representatives 8th District-Larry Kaifesh

For all the promise and potential Indian-American candidate Manu Goel had it has been wiped out by a series of problems not the least of which is the fact that as recently as 2012 she was a Democrat(there have also been problems related to the campaign among some other issues that have been covered well at Illinois Review).  Larry Kaifesh on the other hand doesn’t have any of those pesky little problems.  The former soldier is a great candidate to try and knock off Democrat Tammy Duckworth and I hope he wins both the primary and the general election so we conservative Republicans can stick it to Mike Madigan and his redrawn district maps that were created to make Duckworth a member of Congress even though she doesn’t deserve it based off the scandals that occurred under her watch at the VA.

Chris Balkema

Chris Balkema

US House of Representatives 11th District-Chris Balkema

The field for the 11th CD is crowded but one solid conservative stands out above the crowd and that person is  Grundy County board member Chris Balkema.  Illinois Review story on Chris’s candidacy.

 

 

Erika Harold

Erika Harold

US House of Representatives 13th District-Erika Harold

Two years ago party bosses in the 13th District had the chance to make a young, up and coming, conservative woman, who happens to be a minority, Harvard educated, and a beauty queen named Erika Harold a member of Congress, and they could have watched instantly as every attack the Democrats use against Republicans neutered.  Instead of doing that they picked an establishment candidate who would do the bidding of House leadership in Rodney Davis.  This mistake on the part of party bosses needs to be corrected and that means send Rodney back home and sending Erika to Washington.(Washington Post-Women to Watch at CPAC)

David Hale

David Hale

US House of Representatives 16th DistrictDavid Hale

This endorsement should come to no surprise to anyone.  Two years ago congressman Adam Kinzinger attacked lifelong conservative Don Manzullo and any conservative or conservative group that backed Manzullo.  Since then Adam Kinzinger has been a reliable ally of House leadership and an attack dog against conservatives from Senator Ted Cruz to conservative groups such as FreedomWorks and Heritage Action.  Any search of the archives of this blog in regards to Kinzinger will reveal that he is beyond any shadow of a doubt a moderate establishment RINO and someone who is very dangerous should he remain a member of Congress.  In the last few months Kinzinger has called for the US military bombing Syria and Iraq, this reckless military interventionism would have cost countless American lives had Kinzinger gotten his way.  As both Joe Walsh(AM 560 The Answer) and Mark Levin have said Adam Kinzinger is a young John McCain.  On the other hand Rockford Tea Party leader David Hale is a bona-fide conservative who has been holding Washington and local elected officials accountable since the very beginning of the Tea Party movement in 2009.  David has tried to fight for the taxpayers of Winnebago County for years and did fight for their second amendment rights by trying to get concealed carry there before Illinois’ new concealed carry law was forced upon the state by the Courts when the found Illinois ban on concealed carry unconstitutional.  With David Hale in Congress the conservative ranks of Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Steve King and the others will be bolstered.  As a member of Congress David will fight to end the IRS, stop any reckless military interventionism, and try to bring our national debt under control.  If Kinzinger is sent back to Washington, we will see him vote for more of Boehner and McConnell’s bad deals, and continue to push for reckless interventionism.  We can do better than that in the 16th CD.  #DavidHale4Congress

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Illinois Governor-Bruce Rauner

Talk about picking the best out of a bad lot.  None of the four men vying to be the GOP nominee for Governor of Illinois are great candidates.  State Senator Kirk Dillard is an establishment semi-moderate guy who has cut a commercial for Barack Obama in 2008, voted to allow illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses, and has at least a dozen other bad votes on his record.  State Senator Bill Brady like wise has some very bad votes, including voting for the “fake” pension pushed by Mike Madigan.  Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s negatives include running the nearly non-existent General election campaign in Illinois for Mitt Romney, and being involved in a scandal involving a former employee of the Treasurers office(a scandal I think has many parallels to the smear job Politico did against Herman Cain) that make him rather toxic as a candidate in the general election.  That leaves businessman Bruce Rauner, whose main negatives are his really bad answer about the minimum wage and who(i.e Chicago Democrats like Rahm Emanuel) he has given money to.  On the plus side for Rauner he has been using his primary air wave ad buys to hammer Gov. Pat Quinn and the Unions who have and are ruining this state in addition to backing the effort to amend the Illinois Constitution to limit the terms of the state legislature. Bruce Rauner is by no means a conservative, but his baggage is a lot more tolerable than that of the others.  To be honest if it was not for that scandal Dan Rutherford would in all likelihood be getting this endorsement but we have to put forward someone who can(and will) beat Pat Quinn and the Unions, and as much as some of my fellow conservatives may not like to hear this, the only person in our primary field who can do that at this time is Bruce Rauner.

Chicago Tribune-Rauner is the change agent in the GOP field

How Long Untill Rep. Adam Kinzinger Backs Bombing Russia/Ukraine

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger is quickly becoming a textbook definition of an interventionist.

Just a few months ago congressman Kinzinger was calling for the US military, of which he is a member, to start bombing targets inside of Iraq because predictably Al Qaeda terrorist had resurfaced there.

Before that congressman Kinzinger was one of the leading voices calling for the US to bomb the Assad regime in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.  Kinzinger so badly wanted to be a part of the bombing effort in Syria that he begged the White House and Obama administration to get in touch with him so he could help sell our intervening in a terrorist on terrorist civil war to other members of Congress.

Now with Russia and Vlad Putin invading a portion of Ukraine, just like he did in 2008 with the nation of Georgia, congressman Kinzinger is once again leading the charge for intervention.

In appearances and interviews the last few days congressman Kinzinger has been calling for international consequences for Putin’s actions in Ukraine such as increase US energy production and exports to Europe and wanting Western nations to seize Putin’s assets held abroad among other action items.

While congressman Kinzinger is not yet calling for military action in Ukraine if past is prologue Adam Kinzinger will begin pushing for military action against Putin and the Russian should they continue to occupy Ukrainian territory.

God help us all if things get to that point.

WGN-Rep Adam Kinzinger: We need an international effort to help Ukraine

Politico-Kinzinger: House will back Obama on Ukraine

NewsMax-Freeze Putin’s Assets, Get Russia Out of G-8, Says Rep. Kinzinger

Diane Harris GOP Candidate For IL 3rd CD: “What War On Women”

Diane Harris

Diane Harris

Diane Harris is seeking to be the Republican Party nominee to run for Illinois’s 3rd congressional district against incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski.

As Diane Harris is an African-American female running for office as a Republican I simply had to ask her about various political issues such as the Democrats so called “Republican war on women”, and the GOP’s effort to reach out to minorities.

First off I asked Diane about the “war on women” meme and about attacks that have been leveled against prominent African-American Republicans like South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former congressman Allen West, and Justice Clarence Thomas.

No matter the amount of education, money or success an African American may have the fact remains they will never be exempt from the various attacks the left and the media will bring. One would wonder why someone educated, successful, financially secure and exercise their 1st amendment right so eloquently, would be a target. African Americans are more critical of each other than most any other race and this fact is certainly known by the media. Example: Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Should we beat our own or should we take the opportunity to help by enhancing, supporting, sharing views and encouraging? I can only imagine what’s in store for me being single, an African American female, sustaining member of the Republican Party, but, from humble beginnings, faced marital and financial struggles now speaking out in support of conservative principals. I can only wonder if that makes me a target. Now you ask about the war on women and I ask “what war on women? Statistics prove the Republican Party has more women in elected position from government down to local offices. The prolife issues are designed to create awareness and protect women from harmful futures and they all have been intentionally misinterpreted as a war on women by the left. The war is waged in the minds of the left wing leaders wondering how to continue the fight to keep the doors open to the immoral organizations located in these already destitute communities. Also wondering how long before their political career will be over as a result of the voters waking up to find that the shackles were removed since
1865.

Here are the rest of my questions to Diane Harris and her answers:

Q: It’s been hard for Republicans to win in the Chicagoland congressional districts like the 3rd for decades, is there anything that can be done/or will happen in this election cycle that will break the trend of Chicago’s CD’s going to the Democrat?

A: Yes, it has been, but my hopes are that I will be elected as Congresswomen to represent the 3rd. Congressional district that will break the trend starting in 2014. This is a new day for the Republican Party. I believe inclusion is unfolding and slowly being seen not only by Democrats but all voters. Voters are educating themselves and finding the previous path taken has not provide the desired results in terms of reaching economic recovery. The messages from Republicans are keys that are crucial to the issues and will unlock the strongholds currently held on the backs of the people within the 3rd Congressional District. Winning the fight for growth and opportunity, economic recovery, financial freedom and most importantly job recovery is the focus for the Republican Party and should be for all voters within the 3rd congressional district who are interested in fighting for the same issues.

Q:Obamacare is obviously a big issue this campaign, Lipinski has been critical of it at times and even was among a few Democrats who voted against its passage, with that in mind is there anyway you can use the publics outrage over Obamacares rollout and tie it to Dan(and/or his party)?

A:There has never been a question about the spending record of the left and whether their spending habit has put a burden on the people and on this economy. I’m sure the focus was to see that the uninsured were insured but the burden is not warranted to the taxpayers as the Constitution doesn’t mandate health for all. Because the ACA was implemented during the current administration, history will remember the public outrage and the political leaders such as Congressman Lipinski, Democrat from Illinois, who was instrumental in promoting a bill with all new taxes hikes, costing Americans an estimated 1 billion dollars to roll out have everlasting effects on our economy. His no vote to repeal will be helping to leave debt to our children and grandchildren, to the seniors, the veterans, and all the people within Congressional 3 for years to come. Congressman Lipinski’s voting history is 85% part of the fabric from the Democratic Party; therefore, he is also responsible for this public outrage.

Q: As a believer in the Flat Tax and being pro-life and a supporter of the 2nd Amendment what do you make of Democrats claims that wanting to lower/reform the tax code, make Washington fiscally responsible, being pro life and pro gun are “extremist” positions that shouldn’t be the political views held by elected office holders?

A: As a matter of fact these are views that should be held by all elected office holders. First and foremost these views are in line with the United States Constitution. A tax issued by Congress can be controlled and can limit over taxation. Pro life issues should not have gotten to the point where we need to have it weighed in at the government because the right to life is giving to all and is also stated in our Constitution. That’s why I will continue to speak for the one’s who cannot speak for themselves and continue to protect the rights of the unborn. The 2nd amendment right is clear, the Constitution gives us the right to keep and bear arms. If these positions are said to be extreme then Americans should consider becoming extreme in order to get back to the basic of a limited government, land of hope, and respect for individual liberty for others but most importantly financial freedom. That is why it is important to vote for candidates, such as myself, who will fight for the rights of others and have respect for our U.S. Constitution.

Springfield, IL Term Limit Amendment Town Hall W/Joe Walsh(Video)

On Saturday February 8th AM 560 The Answer host and former Republican congressman Joe Walsh along with Bob Costello of the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits took part in a town hall meeting in Springfield hosted by the Springfield Tea Party and the Illinois Tea Party about getting a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would among other thing limit members of the Illinois Legislature to 8 years total in the legislative branch.

Nearly 100 people attended for several parts of the state to discuss the merits and need of the Term Limit amendment and on the best ways and practices to go about getting the needed number of signatures before the deadline in May.

Joe Walsh and Bob Costello also addressed peoples concerns about possible unintended consequences the amendment might have in future years as well as the hurdles Speaker Michael Madigan and the Public Sector Unions might throw to try and keep this off the ballot.

Joe Walsh Endorses Article V Convention of the States

At a term limit amendment town hall meeting Saturday in Springfield, Illinois former Republican congressman Joe Walsh gave his enthusiastic endorsement of using the Article V Convention of the States process to propose new amendments to the Constitution.

Levin-LibertyjpgThis effort has been made popular by Mark Levin’s best selling book The Liberty Amendments

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Pulling Pages From Wendy Davis Political Playbook

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger has a rather perplexing problem.  In campaign after campaign he seems to keep pulling pages out of the political playbook of Wendy Davis(aka Abortion Barbie), the Texas state Senator running for the Democrat nomination for Governor.

Davis has come under scrutiny after a Dallas newspaper reported that Davis lied during testimony in a federal trial about her life story. Fudging dates and leaving out key details.  Claiming to be a divorced teen mom living in a trailer when in truth she was in her 20s when her first marriage ended and only lived in her families trail for a few months.  Among her many alterations to her own biography.

Enter congressman Kinzinger who in 2010 during his first run for Congress made claims about his service in the Air Force that were not accurate as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

And now as Kinzinger runs for reelection against Rockford Tea Party coordinator David Hale, himself an Army veteran, Kinzinger has released a campaign ad that leads the viewer to believe that congressman Kinzinger is a fighter pilot.

The ad shows Kinzinger in the cockpit of what appears to be a military jet fighter as voice-over narration talks about how Kinzinger is a “Servant” and a “Leader”.

The problem is Adam Kinzinger isn’t a fighter pilot, he is no Top Gun.

Back in 2010 Kinzinger got in trouble for pulling a Wendy Davis and fudging about his attachment to Special Forces and now Kinzinger is doing it again, granted in a lot subtler way.

As is pointed out in this Washington Post piece and again in the piece from Chicago Now the only aircraft that can be confirmed to have been flown by congressman Kinzinger are refueling tankers and reconnaissance planes, not the F-14/F-16/F-18/F-22′s his campaign ad alludes to him having flown as a member of the Air Force and Air Guard.

From my experience with the United States Military and military aircraft it is my best guess based on the images from the campaign ad that congressman Kinzinger was photographed in the cockpit of one of the many kinds of training aircraft employed by the Air Force and not an actual combat ready aircraft. (This would be easier to prove/disprove if the ad/images shown more of the plane.)

It is unseemly for any candidate to make false statements  about their background.  It is even more so if that candidate is a Republican.  Dishonesty in any form, in a candidate, is a receipt for disaster.

Congressman Kinzinger should know better than to imitate liberal Democrats.

*Update: H/T to reader Aaron F. for this Youtube audio clip of Adam Kinzinger in 2010 talking about what planes he flow as a member of the Air Force/Air Guard and he only talks about flying refueling tankers and a recon plane. Relevant portion starts at 3:10

*Note: I’ve noticed in comments to this story that some people don’t quite get why I mentioned Kinzinger and Wendy Davis in this piece.  The point is that Wendy Davis has been caught, by the Dallas Morning News, telling really big lies about her past.  Lies she used to enhance her resume in Democrat circles.  While Adam Kinzinger isn’t lying about his military service he is leaving a false impression in the minds of voters about what he did/does while on military duty.  As this isn’t the first time Kinzinger has been caught up in questions he himself opened up to being asked about his military career it is incumbent upon me as a voter in the 16th CD and as one of the biggest/only political bloggers in Northern Illinois I have a duty to use whatever means available to me to call out politicians when they do something wrong.

Adam Kinzinger has served his country proudly as a military pilot and he should be proud that he help refuel countless other military aircraft as they performed their missions in the global war on terror and has been flying border security surveillance flights, those are noble deeds that he has legitimately done, as we as citizens should be thankful to him for that service.  That being said Adam Kinzinger doesn’t have to resort to pulling pages out of the political playbook of characters like Wendy Davis.

Tell the voters the truth and let them sort it out at the ballot box.

Don’t pretend to be something, even subtly, that you aren’t.

Coercion: Stiffling Political Decent In Obama’s America

Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D’Souza

With the recent arrest of film-maker Dinesh D’Souza over an alleged illegal campaign contributions that ended up going to 2012 Republican New York Senate candidate Wendy Long combined with a whole host of other items that will be discussed later on in this piece, it is quite evident that political decent of the policies and agenda of President Obama and the extreme liberal Democrats is being stifled with the whole brunt of brute government power creating than a state of coercion in this country.

Dinesh came to prominence because of his widely popular film “2016: Obama’s America” which looked into the family and background of President Obama and pointed out who that background was one that was unfriendly to the United States.

His arrest comes on the heels of former Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonald being indicted for accepting gifts and the one going bridge-gate scandal clouding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

And it is not like it isn’t uncommon for Democrats in government in recent years to use office and the law to try and punish, attack, and imprison political opponents. Such as the case of former congressman Tom Delay, railroaded into prosecution for legally raising funds for political purposes.  And then there is the ongoing investigation in Wisconsin by partisan Democrats there targeting conservative groups that assisted in the recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

This pattern of behavior is troubling enough but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Having personally lead the Rockford Tea Party protest of the IRS office there last year how can I forget the crimes that were done to my fellow Patriots seeking tax exempt status just because they wanted to do such simple things as register people to vote and be poll watchers or give children copies of our founding documents.

And who still isn’t outraged over the closure during the partial government shutdown of the open air World War II memorial, Mt. Rushmore, or the Grand Canyon, let alone the many private businesses that were told to close all at the direction of the director of the National Park Service and President Obama.

Why go after the Tea Party, our greatest generation, successful(Walker) Republican Governors?

Because in this age decent cannot be tolerated.

Things like Obamcare have to be accepted hands down otherwise you get audited like C. Steven Tucker and cancer patient Bill Elliot know first hand.

You can’t report on the administrations failures or you will be spied on as the Associated Press and Fox New reporter James Rosen experienced.

O’ and Heaven forbid you are a Christian business owner and you don’t believe in abortion or same sex marriage.  Our government is going to use its powers to force you to take part in those activities whether you like it or not.

In New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, photographers, florist, and bakers have been told that their religious beliefs are irrelevant they must accommodate the same sex community and their wants and whims not matter how greatly those wants go against the basic tenants of their faith.

The same is true for businesses like Hobby Lobby, and the wonder Little Sisters of the Poor, among others, who are being forced to carry insurance, or be fined millions of dollars, that includes abortion inducing drugs which are in direct contradiction to their religion beliefs that consider abortion to be a sin and something to be avoided at all cost.

That doesn’t matter to Obama and the Department of HHS who are forcing them to carry that insurance anyways.

With us being coerced to abandon our religious beliefs when it comes to life and marriage, to abandon Republican Governors who do such things as take on the public sector unions and balance their states budgets in the process, and attempts being made daily to silence critics even a blind man can see that our liberties and freedoms our under assault like never before and that our nation in is serious peril of failing into a self perpetuating tyranny.

Thank God we have some options to reverse this distribing chain of events, namely the Article V Convention of the States amendment proposal process.

Just waiting and hoping we can win back the Senate and elect and Republican President(Say Ted Cruz), isn’t enough to stop the serial abuse of government against the people, action to preeminently restore our constitutional republic is and it requires your involvement.

So get off your butt and get going, your country needs you. Or does the IRS have to come after you for not trying to expose yourself to identity theft at that debacle of a website called healthcare.gov and buy health insurance that cost more than most new cars.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Is A Slimmer Version Of Chris Christie

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

On Sunday Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger was on ABC’s This Week and publicly became one of only a few Republicans nationally to come to the aid of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie(along with Karl Rove).  Kinzinger effectively stood by Christie and all but endorsed his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

It is only natural that an establishment Republican like Adam Kinzinger would do this for what was the GOP establishments leading contender to face off against Hillary Clinton.

Why?

Because when Adam Kinzinger looks into a mirror he sees a slimmer version of Chris Christie doing a John McCain impersonation.(Kinzinger also used that ABC appearance to push for the US military to bomb Fallujah in Iraq.)

Chris Christie and Adam Kinzinger are both members of the Republican party establishment in good standing with big futures head of them in the eyes of some.  Christie for President, Kinzinger possibly as a replacement for Illinois Senator Mark Kirk who may have to resign in the future due to his stroke a few years ago.

With Christie grabbing all the headlines over people close to him using governmental power to retaliate against political opponents many, thanks to Rush Limbaugh, are being reminded that Chris Christie has a history of attacking, usually in subtle ways people he and or the GOP establishment don’t like. Christie gave that lame keynote speech at the RNC convention and swapped spit with President Obama following Hurricane Sandy presumably out of spite for not being picked to be the VP. Christie also scheduled New Jersey’s special Senate election between Steve Lonegan and Corey Booker ahead of his own reelection for Governor making sure Lonegan didn’t garner any coattails for Christie’s big win.  There is also the fact that Christie didn’t help out Virginia’s Ken Cuccenelli who was also running for Governor at the same time as Christie.

Adam Kinzinger displays the same habit’s and tendencies in that regard as Christie but he is more out front and open about attacking conservatives and the Tea Party than Christie having gone after publicly former congressman Don Manzullo(a lifelong solid conservative), Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and groups like Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, and Club For Growth.

Even on the issues Kinzinger and Christie are reflections of the same moderate Republican establishment mindset.

When more than half the states where challenging Obamacare New Jersey was oddly absent from the list and that was because Christie refused to simply sign his name to a piece of paper, that is all he had to do and New Jersey was a part of the legal challenge that ended up before the Supreme Court. It isn’t like Christie had to run a half marathon or anything.

Adam Kinzinger on the other hand openly scoffed and ridiculed the attempt by Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to rally the public and the Republican Party to the effort to defund Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution.  Kinzinger objected because he thought the eventual partial government shutdown would cost Republicans the majority in the House of Representatives in 2014(not that he would personally have to worry being in one of the safest Republican districts in the country thanks to Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan’s redrawn maps).

The pattern between then goes even further, although differs due to the offices held.

Christie has put real radical liberals on the bench in New Jersey, been weak on the 2nd amendment, and recently backed giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants(the New Jersey DREAM Act).  Meanwhile as a member of the House who is a major ally of House leadership Adam Kinzinger has voted for deals, the Ryan-Murray budget deal being the latest, that have cut pension and disability benefits to our Veterans, raised taxes on small business owners, increased the debt limit, gave federal workers a pay raise, and has left Obamacare alone.  Also, don’t be surprised to see Adam Kinzinger vote for whatever version of amnesty Speaker John Boehner introduces in the House following the filling deadline for Republican primaries.

This stuff matters because both Adam Kinzigner and Chris Christie have ambition.

Obviously Christie is the prime choice of the GOP establishment to be the nominee in 2016, the talk of only Christie can beat Hillary is starting.

David Hale, who is challenging Kinzinger in the March primary, thinks Kinzinger is setting himself up to be made the replacement for Illinois Senator Mark Kirk should he retire from office due to a stroke.

The prospect of either of these men, both of whom have proven to be great attack dogs against conservatives and the Tea Party but not President Obama or the Democrats, being in higher office is terrifying.

Say hello amnesty, hello Bush level profligate spending, reckless military intervention, and even more Republican pandering to subgroups of Americans.

We don’t need that.

Every thing good about Adam Kinzinger(pro business, pro energy) and Chris Christie(takes on unions/media) can be found in other people.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Michigan Gov. Rick Synder took it to the unions.

Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence are all doing wonderful jobs as Governors as has outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

As a true Tea Party conservative David Hale supports business(free enterprise), but has also advocated for limited government, the FAIR Tax, and has been fighting Obamacare from the beginning.

While Adam Kizinger has been pushing to have us start bombing Syria and Iraq, David Hale has been doing the grassroots work to advance the flag of liberty and the principles of conservatism and the Tea Party(concealed carry, education events on the Constitution, etc).

The media circus that has transpired lately over Christie’s bridgegate(which isn’t new since Christie is always a walking self publicized media circus) and the Republican Party’s insistence that Adam Kinzinger be the new young face of the House Boehner loyalist, helped by his repeated appearances on ABC and Fox News, is sickening.

Lets break this mirror.

David Hale along with people such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum deserve to be in the spotlight and offices Kinzinger has and Christie wants.

Hale: Congressman Kinzinger Why Bomb Iraq?

kinzinger:mccain*The following is from Illinois 16th CD Republican primary candidate David Hale who is challenging congressman Adam Kinzinger.

It’s as if Adam Kinzinger has a button on the back of his head that when pressed he says “let’s go bomb them, let’s go bomb them” whenever new turbulence arises in the Middle East. He called on the Obama Administration yesterday to “Immediately” commence a bombing campaign in Iraq to attack Al Qaeda. He made his remarks on the floor of the US House of Representatives. Al Qaeda doesn’t deserve any oxygen, but this is an internal Security Issue for Iraq.

1. May I remind my opponent the reason we went to war with Iraq wasn’t because of 911 or 1400 years of Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence. It was to find and destroy Weapons of Mass Destruction, and eliminate Saddam Hussein’s ability to produce them again. That mission was accomplished.

2. The USA liberated Iraq and created the conditions for the Iraqi people to be self-governing. Iraq’s current problem with Al Qaeda is an internal security issue. It is their country, and they must maintain domestic order themselves.

3. My opponent wants to project American force into a sovereign nation that must be able to handle its own domestic security challenges. If there is a realistic American interest in going back to Iraq, my opponent should articulate that interest precisely.  When my opponent’s button is pressed he gratuitously uses the memory of our fallen and wounded heroes to draw us back into a conflict where they have already done their job.

This is no way to fluff up conservative credentials by attempting to flex military might as soon as his ‘go bomb them’ button is pressed which is increasingly the only component to his neo-conservative credentials.

Don’t Fear Using The Constitution To Save Our Nation

Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather QuillOn Monday night AM 560 The Answer host Joe Walsh took a call from a man in the Chicagoland area who used his air time to tell people not to go down the Article V path to amend the Constitution in order to address such issues as a balanced budget and congressional term limits.

This caller said that those who are leading this effort are false and phony conservatives and that if 2/3 of the states did hold a convention of the states then the entire Constitution would be opened up and presumably further eroded or weakened by liberals.

Our caller also wanted people to be wary of the members of the state legislature, particularly in Indiana, who are backing the Article V process.

All of this is absolutely folly on the part of this caller.

We should not fear using the Constitution in order to save our nation from many of the problems we are facing.

Article V of the Constitution lays out two methods for amending the Constitution.  One is for a super-majority of both chambers of Congress to propose an amendment and then send it to the states for ratification(3/4). The other is for 2/3 of the state legislatures to call for a convention to propose amendments to the states, again requiring 3/4 of which to ratify.

It is that second process for amending the Constitution that this caller was referring to.

There is no possible way under that process for the entire Constitution to be “opened up”, the Constitution itself forbids such an action.  Furthermore if liberals or others should somehow manage to get a dangerous or destructive amendment out of the convention 3/4 of the states would still have to ratify such an amendment and do you really think the state legislatures in say Texas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, and other solid states would allow such a thing to happen.

And our caller should play a little bit closer attention to Indiana because the state legislature there has passed to statutes governing any possible delegates to any convention of the states including how the state legislature could remove a delegate if they got out of line.

In early December some 100 state lawmakers from around 30 states gathered at Mt. Vernon in Virginia to layout the ground work for a convention and to plan to meet this summer in Indianapolis to agree upon rules for a convention.

I of course would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this whole discussion about the Article V process was started earlier this year by best selling author and nationally syndicated talk show host Mark Levin with the release of his new book The Liberty Amendments.

In the book Mark lays out his reasoning, which are similar for everyone involved in wanting to see the Article V process proceed, for why we have to by-pass Congress and go to our state legislatures to enact amendments to the Constitution to rectify many of our nations ills.

In The Liberty Amendments, Mark calls for such things as term limits on members of Congress and the Supreme Court, granting override authority to the states on Supreme Court decisions and certain regulations, an amendment capping federal taxes and capping federal spending, moving tax day to the day before elections, making Senators once again selected by state legislatures and more.

With this nation facing $17 trillion in debt, $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, a Congress that only gets together to increase the size and scope of the government, an imperial President(Obama) acting like a Dictator blatantly ignoring the Constitution, and a court system that rewrites the Constitution, we really don’t have any other recourse that to use Article V in order to save us.

Just trying to win the Senate and the Presidency isn’t enough.

Continuing with the status quo given the situation we are in is the equivalent of banging ones head up against a brick wall.

Our nation is in serious peril and we cannot fear using the Constitution, Article V, to try and save us.

Elected Illinois Republicans Are Letting Us Down

398495_366397326707083_983989798_a.jpgRepublicans elected to office from Illinois are letting those of us who sent them to Springfield and Washington down big time.

State Rep. Tom Cross let down everyone who believes in traditional marriage and the Republican Party platform when he voted to redefine marriage.

House minority leader Jim Durkin, Senate minority leader Christine Radogno, and gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady let everyone who wants true pension reform down when they voted for the fake, phony, fraudulent pension fix.

Illinois’s congressional Republicans let everyone who wants Washington to embrace fiscal responsibility down when they voted for the sequestration ending, spending increasing, tax raising, Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal.

These and other examples are enough to make a Republican voting conservative want to either stay home on election day or join a third party.

I don’t blame my fellow Republicans and conservatives for feeling that way.

Our elected officials are doing nothing to instill any confidence in them of the Illinois GOP.

But instead of sitting at home or going third party I’m of the mind of teaching these wayward Republicans a lesson by supporting their challengers.

For voting for the redefinition of marriage I am not going to support Tom Cross’s run for Treasurer but the candidacy of Bob Grogan.

By voting for the fake pension fix Bill Brady has put himself well behind the others running for Governor.

And because congressman’s Adam Kinzinger and Rodney Davis gleefully voted for the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal I am proud to say I support the congressional bids of David Hale and Erika Harold.

 

The GOP Establishment And Their Dung Pile Deals

Paul Ryan and Patty Murray

Paul Ryan and Patty Murray

The Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal is well on its way to President Obama’s desk and once again the moderate to liberal Republican Party establishment has saddled this nation with terrible deal.

And just like with the deal to end the partial government shutdown or any of the other deals John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have struck with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama over the last several years the GOP establishment is using the fact that conservatives and Tea Partiers objected as an excuse to wage warfare against conservatives and the Tea Party and to try and rid the Republican Party of their members and influence.

I am sick and tired of this.

I’m sick of myself and people who think and believe as I do being attacked and attempts being made to silence us because we object to the latest dung pile of a deal the GOP establishment has crafted with the help of Democrats and is trying to sell to the American people as a bush of roses.

This nation doesn’t need another fiscal cliff crap sandwich raising taxes on small business owners or another Ryan-Murray budget deal increasing federal spending while calling it deficit reduction.

What this nation needs is a splash of cold water to the face and a hefty does of the truth.

The American people that do pay taxes pay too much.

The 20 million who are out of work need a growing, thriving economy not more unemployment benefits or food stamps.

We as a nation have $17 trillion in debt and roughly $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities that we and our children can’t afford to see get any higher.

Instead of insisting and demanding that taxes be lowered or Heaven forbid redone with either the flat tax or the FAIR tax what has the GOP establishment given us, higher taxes.

Instead of cutting the millions and billions in wasteful spending that is tucked into the federal budget what does the Ryan-Murray deal do, it immediately increases federal spending the next two years.

When Republicans did manage to pry some spending restraints out of the Democrats known as sequester that was actually putting an real dent into Washington’s spending appitite what did Paul Ryan and his establishment pals do, they got rid of sequestration.

And what of Obamacare something virtually every Republican elected to the House and Senate vowed to fight and repeal well the Republicans balked at trying to defund Obamacare, they refused to make any changes to it in the deal that ended the partial government shutdown and they left it alone in the Ryan-Murray deal.

Time and again we’re getting dung piles from the GOP establishment when we need real reforms and deals that actually accomplish something.

Our so called, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor and the rest are helping push this nation to the brink with these rotten no good deals and they and their minions like Pete King and Adam Kinzinger have the gall to say it is conservatives and Tea Partiers who are the problem.

enough is enough.

Everyone in this country who is tired of these worthless deals has to do what needs to be done and support the likes of Matt Bevin who is running against Mitch McConnell, David Hale who is running against Adam Kinzinger in Illinois, and congressman Steve Stockman who is running against Senator John Cornyn in Texas.

If we conservatives and Tea Partiers don’t make serious strides towards taking control of the Republican Party in 2014 I’m afraid this nation will fall and we’ll continue to get more dung piles of deals from the establishment.

The GOP Establishment Cannot Be Defeated Unless You Help

No-More-RINOs-2We all know the names of the GOP establishment RINOs whom we love to hate; John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell in the Senate, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Pete King in the House.

They and others are the ones pushing the Republican Party to embrace amnesty, they are the ones who wouldn’t support defunding Obamacare, they are the ones attacking Ted Cruz, and they are the ones whom we conservatives and Tea Party patriots are trying to oust in the 2014 primaries.

But as badly as we want to send these establishment RINO hacks packing it will not, it cannot happen unless each and every last one of you is willing to step up and take part in the effort to unseat the GOP establishment in each and every race.

One of those races involves the new fresh young face of the GOP establishment, Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger and his genuine Tea Party opponent David Hale.

Kinzinger has been called a young John McCain by nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author Mark Levin and for good reason.

Like McCain Kinzinger whole heartedly supported the US military getting entangled in the Syrian terrorist on terrorist civil war.

Like McCain Adam Kinzinger has repeatedly spoken ill of Senator Ted Cruz, the effort to defund Obamacare and the subsequent partial government shutdown.

Whereas John McCain infamously called the Tea Party “Hobbits” Adam Kinzinger used an appearance on ABC’s This Week to attack Heritage Action, Club For Growth, and FreedomWorks in one breath.

Time and again when a big vote has come up in the House from the debt limit, to the fiscal cliff “crap sandwich”, to the terrible deal that ended the partial government shutdown Adam Kinzinger has voted the way Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor wanted him and the rest of the establishment RINOs to vote.

Because of his record of attacking conservatives like Ted Cruz and former congressman Don Manzullo and his history of attacking conservative organizations(in 2012 Kinzinger attacked Illinois Conservatives and its President Zach Oltmanns) not to mention his support for bombing Syria Adam Kinzinger has drawn a primary challenge from Rockford Tea Party leader David Hale.

This congressional race between Adam Kinzinger and David Hale is a textbook example of the Conservative/Tea Party base rebelling against the GOP establishment and it is a race everyone in the nation should pay attention to(and help out).

With a campaign war chest of over half a million dollars and a ton of money at his disposal in the form of PAC’s affiliated with Boehner and Cantor coupled with money from big corporations that he helps scratch the backs of(think crony capitalism and corporate Republicanism) Adam Kinzinger has an air about him of invincibility.

Nothing would please me more than to see the grassroots toss a monkey wrench into the dreams and ambitions of Adam Kinzinger.

But that can’t happen unless you are willing to send a donation David Hale’s way, or walk precincts and knock on doors, or do something else to sway voters in Illinois’ 16th congressional district(which is a very big and rather rural chunk of Northern Illinois) to support David Hale.

It doesn’t take anything big to unseat an incumbent establishment candidate just tens of thousands of people doing the small things; send Hale your checks not the RNC, write letters to the editors, don’t sit around an complain to the walls call into your local radio station and promote David.

Don’t wait for Heritage, FreedomWorks, or Club For Growth to jump into this race before you get involved, be involved at the grassroots level so that those and other conservative and Tea Party groups and organizations have no choice but to join in because they want to be a part of a monumental victory where you helped a true advocate of conservative and Tea Party principles defeat a Boehner yes man.

This race is truly a David versus Goliath(aka Adam Kinzinger) affair and it can have the same result as the Biblical story but only if your willing to hand David Hale a figurative stone.

#DavidHale4Congress

Illinois GOP Congressional Delegation Ask Gov. Quinn How Medicaid Eligibility Will Be Varified Under Obamacare

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn

Among other things Obamacare allowed states to do was to expand Medicaid to more people, many states including Illinois jumped at the chance to put more people on the welfare rolls.

There is just one problem with the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, those seeking to get added only have to self verify that they are eligible leaving it up to the states to make sure someone isn’t trying to defraud the system.

Which brings up another problem, the state of Illinois is terrible at verifying the eligibility of Medicaid recipients already.

And ongoing independent audit of the states Medicaid rolls has found that half of those currently on Medicaid in Illinois are ineligible.

Hence every Republican member of Congress in Illinois has sent Governor Pat Quinn a letter asking him how the state of Illinois is going to check to make sure that people signing up for Medicaid under Obamacare are actually eligible for the program.

Illinois Review has more:

The letter followed the state’s announcement earlier this month that with the ObamaCare changes working their way through the state’s uninsured, only 1,370 had selected private health insurance plans and nearly 20,000 were deemed Medicaid eligible. The letter explains:

“We are writing to gather more information regarding those estimates to better understand how many Illinois residents have: (1) completed applications and purchased a private plan, and (2) been deemed possibly eligible for Medicaid but not previously enrolled versus those newly eligible to the program.”

The state will bear a higher burden of the cost of those who were previously eligible for Medicaid yet were not signed up. Newly eligible Medicaid recipients are reimbursed higher under Obamacare. And an audit for fiscal year 2010 showed Illinois overpaid $171 million under Medicaid.

Pakistani Doctor That Helped Get Osama Bin Laden Charged With Murder

Shakil Afridi

Shakil Afridi

It is absolutely unbelievable and a genuine tragedy that President Obama is letting Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the US military find and ultimately kill terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden, rot in a Pakistan prison.

The man is a hero.

He doesn’t deserve the treatment his own country is giving him such as the latest trumped up murder charge they are placing on him.

From the UK Telegraph:

The doctor who helped the United States track down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder, in the latest development in a case that has strained ties between the two countries.

Shakil Afridi, hailed as a hero by US officials, was arrested after U.S. soldiers killed bin Laden in May 2011 in a secret raid that outraged Pakistan and plunged relations between the strategic partners to a new low.

Pakistan arrested Afridi and sentenced him last year to 33 years in jail for membership of militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, an accusation he denies.

But in August, Pakistan overturned his conviction, citing procedural errors and ordering a retrial.

Friday’s murder charge, relating to the death of a patient eight years ago, dims Afridi’s chances of going free and could further sour ties with the United States.

Woman Who Accused Duke Lacrosse Team Of Sexual Assault Found Guilty Of Murder

Crystal Mangum

Crystal Mangum

Crystal Mangum was the stripper/prostitute that accused members of the Duke lacrosse team of sexually assaulting her at a house party.  That accusation, which the Duke faculty, and the liberal media believed, was a complex hoax as evidenced by the fact that the young men she accused of assaulting her were miles away from the alleged crime scene with video tape and credit card receipts proving their innocence.

The prosecutor that tried to charge them, who also fell for the hoax Crystal Mangum perpetrated, was forced out of office.

On Friday a North Carolina jury found Crystal Mangum guilty of second degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

WTVD has more:

A Durham jury found former Duke Lacrosse accuser Crystal Mangum guilty of second-degree murder Friday.

Mangum stabbed boyfriend Reginald Daye with a kitchen knife during an argument in April 2011. Daye died at the hospital 10 days later from complications related to the stabbing.

The jury got the case Thursday afternoon. It had to choose between first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or not guilty.  It found Mangum not guilty of theft charges related to the case.

At the sentencing hearing, Daye’s family asked Judge Paul Ridgeway for the maximum sentence, saying he was loved and didn’t deserve what happened to him.

Ridgeway immediately sentenced Mangum to serve a minimum of 14 years in prison.

Obamacare Navigator Willing To Release Private Information For Political Purposes

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas has another undercover video of an Obamacare navigator in Texas, who turns out is a major player with Organizing for Action, willing to release the private information for political purposes.

Common Core Teaching 4th Graders White Voters Rejected Obama Because Of Race

Common Core education standards aren’t just bad, they are down right evil.

As Illinois Review is reporting 4th grade students in St.Clair country are being taught that white voters rejected Barack Obama because of race, never mind the fact the Obama was elected and reelected as President.

6a00d834515c5469e2019b016e7277970b-500wiFourth graders in Dupo Illinois are reading a biography of Barack Obama that’s raising eyebrows among St. Clair County parents. The book, which supplements the school’s Common Core curriculum, blames television for the negative behaviors the first African-American president picked up as a teen:

The book – brought to the attention this week of those on the “Moms Against Duncan – MAD” Facebook page, goes on to say white Americans were hesitant to vote for a black president, and that Obama pushed the race issue to bring the nation together.

“But some people said Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Barack’s former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.”

6a00e54ee061708834019b016dfe23970d-400wiThe Bluffview Elementary students were told the book’s content would be tested for grades. That brought outrage among parents just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, one of the “MAD” moms reported.

This biography of America’s 44th president, entitled “Barack Obama,” is written by Jane Sutcliffe and published by Lerner. The book is part of Scholastic’s “Reading Counts” program acceptable to the controversial Common Core curriculum standards.

Going Nuclear: Harry Reid Strips GOP Of Ability To Filibuster Presidential Nominations

Senator Harry Reid

Senator Harry Reid

Today in the Senate 52 Democrats lead by majority leader Harry Reid voted to change the rules of the Senate eliminating the ability of the minority party, at this time the Republicans, to filibuster presidential nominations both of executive branch positions and for judges.

I am going to refer to this rule change as the No More Rand Paul’s rule.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s big claim to fame was his more than 12 hour talking filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency because he wanted the administration to make it clear they didn’t have the authority to target an American citizen on US soil with a drone.

In more recent days Texas Senator Ted Cruz and others have been using the rules of the Senate to filibuster(non-talking) some of President Obama’s nomination to the Federal bench.

This has outraged Senate minority leader Harry Reid(D-NV) who today made it impossible for Republican Senators to hold up any of President Obama’s nomination.

Many of President Obama’s nominees are far left wing radicals with radical views on a wide range of issues who are not qualified to hold the offices he has nominated them to.

Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security is partially responsible for Immigration and Customs Enforcement not being able to enforce existing federal immigration law.

Obama’s nominee to lead the Federal Reserve wants to continue the Fed’s money printing, Wall Street propping Quantitative Easing policies.

One of Obama’s judicial nominees is an extreme radical  in her views of abortion.

And there are dozens more in the nomination pipeline to go along with the other questionable nominations President Obama has already made in his first 5 years in office including Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius among others.

Fox News has more on todays Senate rule change.

Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP’s ability to block nominees, in a move Republicans called a “raw power grab.”

“It’s a sad day in the history of the Senate,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the vote.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moving quickly following days of speculation, used the so-called “nuclear option” to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple majority.

With Republicans fuming, the change weakens the power of the minority to stall nominations for top positions. Instead of needing 60 votes to break a filibuster, the change means Democrats will now need just 51.

Republicans charged that Democrats were merely trying to shift focus away from ObamaCare with the move.

“Today we face a real crisis in the confirmation process, a crisis concocted by the Democrat majority to distract attention from the ObamaCare disaster and, in the process, consolidate more power than any majority has had in more than 200 years,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a statement immediately following the historic vote.

“It sounds to me like Harry Reid is trying to change the subject and if I were taking all the incoming fire that he’s taking over Obamacare, I’d try to change the subject too,” House Speaker John Boehner said.

Reid won approval for the change on a 52-48 vote.

Regardless of Reid’s underlying motivations, the vote Thursday marks a major change in Senate rules. The filibuster, for better or worse, has been a defining feature of the Senate for decades. While this makes the Senate one of the slowest-moving legislative bodies in the world, it also prevents legislation and appointments from moving too fast.

The vote on Thursday vastly reduces the power of the minority to stall nominations and makes it easier for federal judges to get lifetime appointments.

The so called Nuclear Option which Senator Harry Reid executed today was first floated in 2005 by Senate Republicans in order to get around Democrats blocking virtually all of President Bush’s judicial nominees.

At the time Senate Democrats including Harry Reid objected to and opposed to proposed rule change.

Of course that opposition to changing the filibuster rule has since gone away as Democrats have gone from being the minority in the Senate to being the majority.