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Isn’t it interesting that when the Republicans threatened to use the ‘nuclear option’, Democrats raised holy hell, spouting how it was not what the founders intended, but now that the Dems are in control it’s exactly what the founders wanted? I honestly don’t believe the Dems know a damn thing about the founders, or the founding, of this nation. They know nothing about what those men, and women, had to put on the line to grant the current crop the liberties they take for granted, and destroy on a daily basis.
This is nothing more than a power grab by the Democrats, as THEY called it back when it was threatened in 2005. Note I said threatened. The Republicans did not grab the power, as I’ve no doubt many believed such an action would have been wrong. The Democrats have no concept of right and wrong, fair, or unfair. I suppose they, falsely, believe they will be in power forever? I’m afraid they are delusional. We are on to their games of lying, cheating, and stealing of elections, through fraudulent votes, and cooking numbers to make themselves look better. IF, on the off chance they pull any more of their games, WE, The People will have a response, and they won’t like it.
They Got Away With It
Amy Payne – The Foundry
As President Obama said, they got away with it.
Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate got away with changing the Senate’s rules so that they can shove through anything they want without having to worry about Republicans filibustering against it.
Just a few short years ago, then-Senator Obama spoke forcefully against doing what Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) just did. When Republicans talked about a similar rule change in 2005, Obama said (emphasis added):
I urge my Republican colleagues not to go through with changing these rules. In the long run, it is not a good result for either party. One day Democrats will be in the majority again, and this rule change will be no fairer to a Republican minority than it is to a Democratic minority. I sense that talk of the nuclear option is more about power than about fairness. I believe some of my colleagues propose this rule change because they can get away with it rather than because they know it is good for our democracy.
Yesterday, the President’s strong words in support of the filibuster were but a memory, as he declared his about-face in favor of the Democratic majority seizing power. “I support the step a majority of Senators today took to change the way that Washington is doing business,” he said, describing Reid’s power grab in lofty, for-the-people terms.
I wonder if the people in Nevada are aware that Harry Reid doesn’t represent them? Nope. He doesn’t. He is Obama’s top lapdog, and whatever Obama wants, Harry Reid will do his utmost to make sure Obama gets it, no matter what! If you want to know who is really blocking any REAL progress, all you have to do is look at them.
We’ve already seen too many judges legislate from the bench. Truth be told, the law doesn’t mean squat in the hands of a liberal, and those two are doing their best to make sure as many liberals sit on the bench as possible. The more libs, the less liberty.
Perhaps they’ve both forgotten some wise advice given to Moses by his father in law? Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness… Exodus 18:21a (KJV)
Reid is a dangerous man. He has no business being in such a position of leadership and power. Someone should sit him down, and give him a crash course on the Constitution. His oath of office has been broken, and therefore, he should be removed, as should ALL elected officials who violate their oaths.
Now, I’m no Constitutional scholar, but it’s my understanding that the only way Reid can change any established rule is with a quorum, which would be 51 senators. He has that many Dem votes. However, those Dems might want to remember that one of these days, they will be in the minority. Very soon, I hope!
While Obama Remakes the Courts, Harry Reid Wants to Remake the Senate
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Every few months, it seems, Harry Reid (D-NV) threatens to upend the Senate so that he can push something through without following the rules.
This time, it’s the President’s judicial nominees.
President Obama is already well on his way to remaking federal courts in the liberal image, but Reid insists this isn’t happening fast enough. The Senate Majority Leader is threatening again that he will break Senate rules to change the rules—so he can do anything he wants with the bare minimum number of votes (51).
Hang One, To Encourage The Others
by Ann Coulter
One of the most effective ways of discouraging people is to make them think there’s absolutely nothing they can do about something, anyway. Thus, liberals have tried to insinuate that Obamacare is impossible to remove, hoping conservatives will despair.
But with only one-half of one branch of government, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and the House Republicans have made it absolutely clear that Republicans are not giving up on repealing Obamacare. Inasmuch as “bubonic plague” is polling higher than “Obamacare,” I’d say this is a brilliant marketing strategy for the GOP.
Unlike every other idiotic government program ever foisted on us by the Democrats, this time Republicans are not rolling over on this illegitimately passed, disastrous legislation. Give Republicans a veto-proof majority in the Senate, America, and they will rid us of this plague. (Without even charging a co-pay!)
Not only that, but Republicans have exposed Democrats as hypocrites who are forcing the rest of the country to live under Obamacare, while shutting down the government rather than live under it themselves.
I am writing to send my condolences to 90% of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate. I was very sorry to hear about the complete loss of their spines.
Please inform your colleagues that the majority of those of us who have typically voted as Republican have been PROUD of those few who have stood up for the American people. As for the rest of you? We feel nothing but shame, and will do our utmost to replace every Senator and Representative who has forgotten who pays their salary.
I would send you all copies of the U.S. Constitution, but I’m afraid very few of you understand the big words, like ‘establish justice’ or ‘secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity’, even though all of you swore to uphold said document.
Once again, my sincere condolences.
It’s not bad enough we have major RINO in the Senate, supposedly representing the folks in the state of Tennessee? He now blocks his constituents? Seriously?
Sam Hatt, a self-described constitutional conservative and Sparta,Tennessee resident , tells us that Alexander blocked him shortly after Representative Carr announced he would challenge him for the Senate seat. “I asked Alexander how many pieces of silver Washington was paying him to vote liberal. I was no longer allowed to comment or contact the Senator,” says Hatt.
Phil Dedrick, another self-described constitutional conservative and legislative activist living in Waynesborro,Tennessee, has voted for Alexander every time he has run for office since 1978. “Things are different now,” says Dedrick. ”He votes Liberal and we Tennesseans sent him to DC to vote as a conservative, and only as a conservative. If Lamar is going to vote the way he has been, then he should run as a Democrat.”
Dedrick was blocked after posting Lamar’s voting record on a post where the senator had lied to voters about his vote. “I was simply trying to show voters the truth,” says Dedrick.
I guess the ‘gentleman from Tennessee’ has a VERY thin skin! If he can’t take criticism from his constituents, then perhaps he needs to find another line of work. Oh…that’s right! We’re trying to help him do JUST THAT!
Read the whole column. Quite an eye opener on the hopefully EX TN Senator!!
Isn’t it funny. I have contacted Alexander on a number of issues since we moved to Tennessee, and of all the many emails I’ve sent, I’ve received perhaps 2, maybe 3 responses…form letters of course, that never answers any questions. I get the impression he doesn’t like me very much. Shoot, I get the impression he doesn’t like conservatives! Hmmm… Not a good idea to shaft the folks who vote you in, or out, as the case may be. In your case, we are hoping for OUT in the not too distant future!
Spring Hill, TN—Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR, today announced that BEAT LAMAR, a project of the conservative ground game SuperPac the Real Conservatives National Committee, and a coalition of local Tea Party groups across Tennessee have endorsed State Representative Joe Carr for the Republican nomination in the 2014 United Senate race.
“Over the past month Joe Carr has been vetted in five BEAT LAMAR Town Halls across the state of Tennessee—in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Maryville, and this Saturday in Johnson City,” Leahy said. “Joe Carr has emerged as the unanimous choice among the Tea Party co-sponsors of each of these events—the Nashville Tea Party, the Mid-South Tea Party, the Chattanooga Tea Party, the Blount County Tea Party, the Roane County Tea Party, and the Tri-Cities—as the constitutional conservative candidate we enthusiastically endorse to stand with Ted Cruz and beat Lamar.”
“I am also delighted to note that the Coalition for a Constitutional Senate, an informal coalition of 63 Tea Party and Liberty groups throughout Tennessee, is also issuing a statement of support for Joe Carr today,” Leahy said.
Leahy added that the BEAT LAMAR Town Halls have been so popular that BEAT LAMAR will continue to hold them in cooperation with local Tea Party groups around the state. “Several local Tea Party groups have asked us to continue the BEAT LAMAR Town Halls, and we’ve decided to do that. Our purpose now will be to sign up additional door-to-door volunteers in every one of Tennessee’s 95 counties.”Leahy said.”
We, in Tennessee, are pretty fed up with the Republican In Name Only, Lamar Alexander. I like what I see in Joe Carr. Check him out, see what you think.
We can no longer allow Washington D.C. to function with ‘business as usual’. They are no longer representing us! They are so concerned with themselves, and their cronies, they have forgotten who pays their salaries! ENOUGH! You work for us! NOT the other way around! Some have become so entrenched in their seats, anyone who replaces them will also have to replace the chairs due the butt imprint!
Check out the CNC’s website. Interesting stuff. Donate if you can. I hope to be able to in the not to distant future. There are a LOT of RINOs that need to go!!
I’m sick of Obamacare! I’m sick of talking about it, I’m sick of writing about it, I’m sick of Obama!! Period! That jackass isn’t concerned with your financial trouble that his “PET” is going to cause you. Harry Reid doesn’t give a damn if your going to have to go into the hole to be able to pay for your insurance. NONE of them give a damn!
I will say it again and again: This isn’t about health care! This is about CONTROL! Control of your health care, control of your finances, control of your household, control of YOU!
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS NOW! If they are up for re-election in 2014, make sure they know that many will find someone else to replace them that WILL reflect their values, AND represent them! We’re working on that right now in Tennessee. You hear that Lamar?
Will Congress Stop Obamacare?
Rob Bluey & Ryan O’Donnell
Less than 24 hours from now, the government takeover of health care will begin implementation—unless Congress acts to stop Obamacare.
Over the weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to delay the unpopular law’s implementation by one year. Although the plan falls short of defunding Obamacare, Heritage Action for America called the delay “a step towards preventing the law’s entitlements from taking root.”
Lawmakers also approved a measure to repeal Obamacare’s tax on medical devices and ensure that the U.S. military would continue to get paid in the event of a government shutdown tomorrow.
With so much at stake, all eyes are on President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who must decide if they will force Obamacare on the American people — harming individual citizens, our country’s health care system and our economy.
Let’s face facts! The Democrats hate this country and want to see her destroyed. If they didn’t then they wouldn’t have voted to do so.
And just where were Hatch and Flake?
Now, I’m going to ignore the stupidity of the Senate Democrats, because I find it extremely to ‘love’ evil, and that’s what they are….EVIL!
Tossing my 2 cents in…this law isn’t about health care at all. Nope! It’s about control…control of YOU!! This is just the beginning!
Health care law must be delayed
by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn & U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake
As we approach the Oct. 1 deadline when the Affordable Care Act begins to go into effect, it becomes more and more evident that the president’s health care law is not ready for prime time.
Through our congressional oversight and the feedback we get from businesses and families around the country on a daily basis, we have seen just how frustrated people are with the impact ACA is having on their lives. It has become very clear that this law is unworkable. A recent CNN poll shows support for the president’s health care law waning, with only 39 percent of Americans now in favor of it, down from 51 percent in January.
With the Obama administration’s decisions to delay several parts of the health care law, including the employer mandate, it is clear that even the White House now recognizes what the rest of America already knows: “Obamacare” is a train wreck.
Businesses small and large across our states have shared stories about the burdens the Affordable Care Act is placing on them. Couple that with the most recent jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it is difficult not to conclude that the law is having a dampening effect on the country’s economy.
That is why we have introduced legislation that would delay all ACA provisions and taxes for one year. H.R. 2809/S. 1490 seek to postpone all provisions of the Affordable Care Act taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014, or later by one year from the date of enactment.
Delaying the law is a necessary step in our efforts to get it off the books and replace it with real health care solutions that work for American families and businesses. It builds on efforts already taken by the House and Senate to delay both the individual and employer mandates. In fairness to American taxpayers, the best thing we can do right now is to implement a one-year delay so we can continue to chip away at this disastrous law.
Postponing “Obamacare” gives us the best chance to defund it. If we delay the law, the administration will be unable to collect new taxes, provide subsidies or expand Medicaid, all things that put taxpayers further on the hook.
As Republicans continue to work to implement real health care solutions for Americans, our legislation is the right step to take. In fairness to taxpayers, our best option today is to delay the law’s implementation for one year and continue to work to enact policies that put patients and doctors in charge of health care and do not require trillions of dollars of taxpayer money.
…not the country they were charged with protecting, nor the oath they swore to do so.
We need to wipe the slate clean! Those who have been fighting to protect our God given rights, cut federal spending, and uphold their oaths of office can be re-elected. The rest NEED TO GO! The control of the government should be in the hands of law abiding, Constitution supporting, citizens. Few in Congress fall into that category. They not only get paid a fat salary, but a LOT of perks you and I will never see.
I see Congress and the administration as ticks. Blood suckers that must be burned out, because heaven knows, they have truly buried themselves into our skin. In other words, they have more control of your life than you do! They have created parasites, like them, who feel entitled to live on YOUR hard earned money, even though the amount you earn may be less than what you need to live a reasonably comfortable life without falling into debt.
If we have to use crowbars to remove them out of their overstuffed, taxpayer funded, comfy seats, then so be it. WE MUST put a stop to the feckless weasels and their reckless spending!
6 Reasons Why the National Debt Keeps Rising
Josh Shepherd – The Foundry
Out-of-control spending by Congress and the Obama Administration has once again maxed out the latest debt limit—a nearly $17 trillion burden that harms job growth, gives special interests a pass, and lowers American families’ personal income.
Inspired by Dave Ramsey’s recent post “6 Reasons People Stay in Debt,” we compiled six reasons why Members of Congress, the Obama Administration, and others in Washington avoid the path to financial stability in favor of big spending…
1. lie: an intentionally untrue statement
2. telling of lies: the act of spreading lies
3. something not consistent with fact: something that does not correspond with the known or observable facts
Synonyms: lie, untruth, story, tale, fiction, fib, misrepresentation
Why don’t we just call it what it is…. LIES! Period!
5 Immigration Falsehoods from the White House
Jessica Zuckerman & Ken McIntyre – The Foundry
Congress gets back to its regularly scheduled work on Monday—and there’s plenty of immigration propaganda greeting them.
The falsehoods from the White House just keep on coming, and Catholic leaders have called for clergy to preach in support of the Senate-passed immigration overhaul this Sunday.
On the White House blog, Cecilia Muñoz, assistant to the President and director of the Domestic Policy Council, laid out the Obama Administration’s take on the benefits of “commonsense immigration reform.” The blog, complete with “fact sheets” and the reposting of an animated video, made numerous claims about what the Senate-passed immigration bill (S. 744) would do for U.S. citizens and immigrants alike.
Here is how five of the White House’s latest claims stack up against the facts.
The ALL have my address!
On 16 June 2013, I posted the Heritage’s rankings of Tennessee’s so called representative, that you can see here. I was disappointed that my Rep had dropped in the rankings, so you can imagine my distress when I learned that not only Marsha had dropped, but my two Senators dropped….significantly!
Votes. A drop of 3% in Heritage’s ‘conservative rankings.
Votes. A drop of 6%.
Votes. And last, we have Corker, with quite a significant change of 13%.
Now, I’m not saying that Heritage is the final voice in conservatism, but they ARE a voice that addresses a great many issues that concern the majority of conservatives today. When I see my so called representatives voting against issues that are important to me and mine, I just have to wonder….who, exactly, are they representing?
See how your reps stack up here. Funny how Sen Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen Mike Lee of Utah have a 100% ranking, isn’t it. The guys the libs love to hate! They really should get a new hobby….like basket weaving or some such, don’cha know.
Does anyone really know what’s in this amnesty bill Congress is trying to shove down our throats, just like they did with Obamacare? I’d have to say few, if any Senators even read the damn thing before they voted for this fiasco. Thankfully, there are people our here in the real world who are doing the job the Senate won’t do….READ THE BILL! Here’s just a small snippet of a piece on Zero Hedge by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog:
#7 Thanks to illegal immigration, California’s overstretched health care system is on the verge of collapse. Dozens of California hospitals and emergency rooms have shut down over the past decade because they could not afford to stay open after being endlessly swamped by illegal immigrants who were simply not able to pay for the services that they were receiving. As a result, the remainder of the health care system in the state of California is now beyond overloaded. This had led to brutally long waits, diverted ambulances and even unnecessary patient deaths. At this point, the state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.
#9 It is estimated that illegal aliens make up approximately 30 percent of the population in federal, state and local prisons and that the total cost of incarcerating them is more than $1.6 billion annually.
#16 It is an open secret that Mexican drug cartels are openly conducting military operations inside the United States. The handful of border patrol agents that we have guarding the border are massively outgunned and outmanned.
#17 According to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, Mexican drug cartels were actively operating in 50 different U.S. cities in 2006. By 2010, that number had skyrocketed to 1,286.
#18 Overall, more than 55,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006. That same level of violence will eventually show up in major U.S. cities unless something dramatic is done about illegal immigration.
Please read the entire piece. It’s quite informative!
I really would like a rational answer. Harry Reid is one of the worst! Gee, thanks Nevada! Ya could have sent that whiny two bit hustler back where he belongs, but no! Ya had to make the rest of the country suffer, too. I think my cats are more logical than that tiddy baby!
Medical science has come up with all kinds of new diseases and conditions in recent years. Well, I have a new, or not so new, one, as well. It’s called Congressional dementia. It’s a very sad state. Men and women who have been in Congress (either body) way too long, have never worked an HONEST day in their life, become so delusional that they believe they are entitled to have anything, and everything, the way THEY want it, and not the way it is…the rules, the Constitution, and the law be damned!
Harry Reid Is At It Again
Amy Payne – The Foundry
When Harry Reid gets frustrated, he threatens to change the Senate’s rules to get his way.
The Senate Majority Leader, a Democrat from Nevada, has once again threatened to change the way the Senate works—this time, to push through President Obama’s nominees for several controversial appointments.
Reid wants to change the rules so that it would take only 51 votes, a simple majority, to break a filibuster. Now, it takes 60 votes to end debate.
The filibuster is a valued tool of minority Senators to keep the majority from simply enacting everything it wants. It’s one of the major differences between the House and Senate, making the Senate the more deliberative chamber.
But don’t take our word for it—Reid and President Obama already made the case for keeping the filibuster and the 60-vote rule intact. They argued quite well for it when they were in the Senate minority. Obama said in 2005:
what [the American people] don’t expect, is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so that they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet…everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster—if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate—then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse.
Now Obama has signaled that he would support Reid’s changes. Reid argues that he just wants to pass Obama’s nominees for Cabinet positions and other agencies, and that the change would not apply to judges who enjoy lifelong appointments. Of course, once the filibuster is changed, it would be difficult to walk back the change.
All 100 Senators are invited to a closed meeting tonight to discuss the Obama nominees and Reid’s threats. We can hope that enough Senators recognize the value of the filibuster—whether they are in the minority or the majority—and preserve the ability to debate.
When your buddy wanders into a bank, pulls out a gun, and demands the teller turn over his/her stash of cash, and you’re waiting outside with the motor running, you are just as guilty of bank robbery as the person who pulled the gun. It’s called a criminal. Driving the getaway car makes you a criminal, too. Well, that’s what the Senate is doing! They are driving the getaway car after a crime has been committed. In this case, it’s 11 MILLION criminals, and 68 senators are driving the getaway bus. Sadly, even Tennessee has to suffer through the RINO invasion, as both our senators voted for amnesty for criminals. This makes them criminals as well.
Sixty eight senators, who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, and the laws of the land, violated that oath when they voted FOR this sham of a bill. We won’t forget.
5 Immigration Questions for Members of Congress
James Carafano & Jessica Zuckerman – The Foundry
It’s July 4 week, which means Members of Congress are at home in their districts. As you head to your nearest town hall meeting, take these questions for your Representative. Below, we also provide the real answers you should be listening for.
1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the flow of illegal immigrants to stop, how can you say this approach secures the border?
No one can make that promise. The Senate bill, S.744, throws tens of billions of dollars at the problem and calls for meeting arbitrary security standards, but it doesn’t guarantee that illegal immigration will stop.
Also, many of the bill’s “requirements,” such as 700 miles of border fencing and new border patrol agents, would not commence immediately but over time. As with current immigration laws, some provisions would end up being ignored or waived.
S.744 contains no guarantee that the government would keep its promises of more security and enforcement. Even if it did, it wouldn’t even come close to stopping illegal immigration. We’d revisit this debate again within 20 years.