Note – I usually try to avoid calling people names — it’s not too classy and often lazy… but I couldn’t resist how well the word buffoon captures Mr. Trump and his exploits.
Donald Trump is now a serious, legitimate candidate for the highest office in the land. In fact, he’s probably the best hope the Republicans have! He connects with our fit-to-be-tied base far better than any other man could ever dream!
This is what I have learned in the past few days from Fox News & Laura Ingraham… and from even some of my own non-media Conservative Brethren! I don’t spend a lot of time pondering reality tv stars and outrageous people in general, so normally I wouldn’t be punching the keys to speak of this man. But reportedly he’s going to run and doubtless he’ll continue to be slathered with attention. So I sense this may be the time for some important review on our new Conservative savior.
10 years ago Donald Trump tried to win the Presidential nomination… of the Reform Party. In 2001 he became a Democrat. In 2004, The Donald said this to Wolf Blitzer:
“Well, you’d be shocked if I said that in many cases I probably identify more as a Democrat…. And it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans. But certainly, we had some good economies under Democrats as well as Republicans. But we’ve had some pretty bad disasters under the Republicans. Including a thing called the Depression.”
Trump claimed George W Bush was the worst President in US history, hoped the “impressive” Nancy Pelosi would impeach the man who drew us into Iraq with “lies”… and just 2 days ago he said that if he didn’t win the 2012 GOP nod, he’d probably run as an independent!
On the subject of ideological allegiances… I thought it would behoove me to Google what political figures he’s donated to. Some highlights…
Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Tom Daschle, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Charles Range
This man has never shirked from an opportunity to further himself by whatever publicity available. But make no mistake about it, this isn’t man has no core of Conservative principles. The fact that many Conservatives on the radio and FoxNews are lofting him a willing bullhorn and not asking him to explain his… incredible past speaks to their complete lack of judgment and complete focus on ratings. Donald Trump doesn’t belong in the Oval Office. The man is a buffoon.
For the last twenty months or so the Obama administration and the Pelosi/Reid congress have ignored the outspoken preferences of a majority of citizens, enacting legislation and policies that have most of us counting the days until the November mid-terms.
Many voters who swooned for Obama in 2008 are getting ready to make different choices this year and sleepy citizens who typically don’t pay attention to politics are slowly waking up to the issues and consequences we face as a nation. They are seeing what happens when the long-touted progressive agenda has an unrestrained opportunity to germinate, flower, and bear fruit, and they don’t like it.
Despite the media silence on many big issues in the last couple of years and repeated attempts to obfuscate the obvious, the character of this administration is on display for all to see: the corruption and nepotism, the broken promises, the unsolved economic woes, the bad foreign policy, the arrogance, and a cornucopia of other things that reveal how deeply out of step our policymakers are with the rest of the country and the original intent of our founders for the United States of America. This year’s elections are practically ours for the taking.
So why are we making the so-called Ground Zero Mosque our current defining issue?
Most average Americans are far more concerned about things like joblessness, illegal immigration, out-of-control national debt and government spending, health care reform, the war on terror, so why are we repeating old mistakes by losing sight of the big picture?
Sure, most of us don’t like the idea of the Islamic Cultural Center (henceforth referred to as a mosque for reasons of convenience, if not precision), and our reasons why are very popular talking points: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (the chief proponent of the mosque) has espoused some controversial views regarding terrorism and 9/11, it’s too close to the “hallowed ground” of Ground Zero, taxpayer dollars have paid for Rauf to travel internationally, and so forth.
I don’t disagree with the relevance of any of these things. In fact, I think it’s probable that many things about this mosque are intended to be a political statement and even an intentional slap to the face of America.
That said, I have yet to see a single argument that demonstrates a valid legal or constitutional reason for prohibiting the construction of this mosque.
Here’s the salient point: if, as conservatives, we desire the limited government and broader freedoms that our country’s founders intended, we must not go running to the government for solutions to things we dislike.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Not only is it hypocritical of us to ask the government to intervene in the private affairs of this Muslim group, it sets a dangerous precedent for what the government could then be permitted to do elsewhere. Those warm fuzzies we might feel after the construction of the mosque is blocked would fade pretty quickly when our own churches are prohibited from being built in a certain part of town.
Now, there are certainly options on the table for preventing the mosque from being built on the proposed location, but all of those remain squarely the responsibility of the citizens of New York City and no one else. For example, should NYC residents vote to enact special landmark zoning for a specified area around Ground Zero, that would be entirely their right. Similar zoning practices are in use near other places of historical significance around the country and could be put into place in New York; at this time, however, no such action has been taken.
While the “Ground Zero Mosque” is unpopular at a national level on both sides of the aisle (Senator Harry Reid recently came out in opposition to it!), it is still a divisive issue. In the eyes of individuals who have no problem with the mosque, those who oppose it come across as intolerant, bigoted, fearful, or just plain mean.
In this election year, when success for conservatives — and America — means ensuring a historic overturn of Congress, we need all the help we can get. We need to focus on the issues that unite, not divide. We need to communicate solutions to clear-cut problems like health care and government overspending. We need to be leaders, not whiners.
So even if the mosque offends you, let them build it — or let the people of New York be the ones to stop it. Let’s turn our efforts instead to making sure all Americans are fired up to vote this November and that they’re educated and informed about the real issues at hand.
You can’t help but slap your forehead repeatedly and think to yourself… this health care bill is going to smack the economy around at a time when it really isn’t prudent. All we have to do is look across the Canadian border and across the pond to see this won’t work! And man, how did we let Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Charlie Rangle be in the position to pull this off? Our post-Obamacare TWG Special dwells on some forehead smacking, but also speaks to the hope we have for a Conservative renewal… N*Sync and Peter Pan somehow make appearances as well…
To make a law, a bill must be passed by both the House and Senate and signed by the President. This is what we all learned from the School House Rock song, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Both chambers want their say in a bill. If the House writes and passes a bill, the senate usually isn’t willing to just rubber stamp it into law. The senators want their own concerns addressed. So after the house passes a bill, the senate will usually write an entirely separate bill. Now we have a problem: no single bill has been passed by both chambers, so despite the fact both have passed a bill, nothing can yet be presented to the president. Here comes the fun part. Both bills are sent to a conference committee which creates a third bill. Now both houses vote on this, and then the president can sign it into law.
The Democratic “health care” “reform” bill is at the proper stage for conference committee. One bill has passed the House, and a second has passed the Senate. But Democrats can’t do this, because a committee bill would have to pass the Senate again. As of tonight, that’s not going to happen. The Republicans have picked up seat number 41 with the election of Scott Brown. This allows them to filibuster, or to essentially prolong debate on the bill indefinitely. Not only that, the fact that Brown was elected by Massachusetts is quite probably going to shake either Nelson or Bayh or Webb into the no camp. Remember: Obama’s been telling the Dems for months that the only way they can save their careers is to vote yes on Obamacare. Clinton has prolcaimed that the major Democratic defeat in 94 was caused, not by the same manner of voter disgust over Hillarycare as we see over Obamacare, but rather, by Congress’s inability to pass a bill. If that were true, we’d have a Senator Elect Coakley tonight instead.
If the Senate can’t be counted on to pass another bill, the only option Democrats have is to have the House pass the Senate bill which had already been passed verbatim. Through a process called reconciliation, which is immune to the filibuster but can only address strictly budgetary issues, the senate can pass modifications to the taxes planned to pay for this, but otherwise, the House has to accept everything the Senate gave them, or the bill is dead.
Is this going to happen? House leadership says yes. The average house Democrat, by all accounts, is much less optimistic. When the bill passed the house, it passed by 5 votes. One of those was the lone Republican, Joseph Cao, whom no one expects to vote for it again. Now if even two more Democrats flip, that means the bill will fail by one vote (because every vote which flips from yes to no subtracts one from the yes column and adds one to the no column, bringing the columns nearer by two).
Now, about twenty or so Democrats voted against the first bill, for various reasons. The House contains a coalition of “Blue Dogs,” or conservative Democrats. But these have been derided over the past three years as being all bark and no bite. It’s been argued that Pelosi is allowing these two dozen or so to vote no such that their largely conservative constituencies won’t vote them out, but if she needs the votes, she can get them. Nonetheless, if these representatives were allowed to vote no to save their jobs earlier, and now seeing Massachusetts have even more reason to fear for their jobs, one would have to be a pretty serious ideological liberal to flip one’s vote now.
So, for what it’s worth, I think this bill is dead. And I’m hoping to see one of the market-driven reform bills that have been written by the Republicans replace it after the Republicans either retake the house this November, or at least make the gains necessary to prevent the Dems from suppressing it like they have suppressed a half dozen palatable alternatives already.
About two hours after the election was called, I read that Barney Frank, who is no Blue Dog, has stated that the Democrats are not going to be able to continue as if the Massachusetts election hadn’t happened, and will have to try to pass a revised version of the current bill through the Senate. If the House leadership can’t get Frank on board with the pass-the-Senate-bill-verbatim strategy, it’s not going to happen. The day after the election was called, we have Obama himself making similar, if cryptic statements. Democratic leadership has awoken to the fact they overstepped with Obamacare, and do not intend to destroy their party with what everyone would now see as cheap antics. There is still talk of a compromise which would be diluted so that it can get the approval of Senate moderates, but such, if even possible, would require foundational and revolutionary changes such that it wouldn’t even be the same bill, I think I’m justified in reiterating, this bill is dead.
A TWG Podcast special… You’ve doubtless heard at least the first lines of the legendary ‘The Night Before Christmas’. But we’d wager a trek to Siberia you’ve never heard it quite like this.
We take you to Washington, two weeks before Christmas, where Keith Olberman, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Max Baucus, and a certain jolly old chief executive are about to join together for one of the most remarkable holiday tales of the year…
It’s 7 bells after the noontide apex of the shining orb which lights our world (Central). Welcome to an evening of oratory with President Obama on Capitol Hill! Come, and let us together sit down and learn how we shall be healed of our goiters and our greed.
7:03 – The Cabinet’s headed into the chamber. Hillary Clinton! Remember when she was going to be president? Man.
7:04 – Watching on Fox like the right winger I am… Brit Hume has a similar voice to that which I imagine God might use if he wanted to comment on politics.
Fox’s Front Page After Obama’s Address7:12 – President introduced by sergeant at arms and assorted other dudes.
The President is flanked by Dingy Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. That is one sour looking man!
This week’s holiday and the patriotism surrounding it makes us wonder why so many liberal educators, professors, and pontificators want so badly to blame every problem in sight on the United States.
Hillary Duff and her advertisement for not using the word ‘gay’ improperly are the target of our TWG spotlight. We point out the term was pretty much seized to begin with, and Noah Webster was definitely not consulted.
Prophecy Goose tackles Keith Olbermann and Nancy Pelosi… not physically.
And the week in summations runs down the latest in Twins territory, Rush Limbaugh, and President Obama’s recent hypocrisy.
It’s the only podcast tirelessly dedicated to providing you entertainment, information, and a general sense… of well being. Listen here…