Question: What is the largest cave in the United States?
Answer: The Republican Establishment.
While there a relatively small number of true Conservative Republicans in the House (thankfully our own Congressman, Ted Yoho is one of them) and Senate, many are not. Many talk the talk, but when it comes to walking the walk, not so much. They are so concerned with their own reelection and power, that principles do not seem to matter. The voters gave them a mandate to do the right thing, but they just keep on keeping on with their Washington business-as-usual behavior. At least the Progressive Democrats are honest about where they stand; they want more government control of everything and everyone and they make no bones about it.
The links below illustrate this cave-in mentality. While many refer to very recent events, one can easily locate articles that go back years. Just Google the phrase Republican party caves or Republican cave. You’ll come up with more than you care to read. Sad!
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland–Here at CPAC, the speaker lineup got shuffled around to accommodate Sen. Rand Paul’s voting schedule in the Senate. That led to a big delay for a large group of young Jeb Bush supporters who arrived in time to boost their candidate’s CPAC speech.
Instead of Jeb Bush, who was expected to speak at 1:40 this afternoon, supporters found Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on stage.
As the delay continued, the influx of Bush supporters wearing red “Jeb!” stickers thumbed through their smart phones and waited patiently in the ballroom aisles for their candidate. Many of the ballroom chairs weren’t filled, but they appeared willing to stay standing in groups. Continue reading at breitbart.com.
Here’s Jeb’s full speech if you can sit through it.
February 26, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Taxes, Tea Party
BY ALAN CARUBA
The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.
That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”
Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”
“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.
The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.
Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”
Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”
There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”
Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.
Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.
In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”
“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”
Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.
As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America [bold type, mine].
Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.
If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access [sic] countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That’s what tyrannies do.
© Alan Caruba, 2015
My Tweets from yesterday’s Tweet fest to stop Common Core & No Child Left Behind event sponsored by Heritage Action:
February 23, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Tea Party
This is IMPORTANT. Net Neutrality will kill the internet and our Free Speech as we know it – How is Obamacare working out for YOU?
February 26 is Internet Doom’s Day.
Written by: Seton Motley
That is the day President Barack Obama’s campaign-coin-bundling Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will jam through President Obama’s Title-II-Reclassification-Net-Neutrality power grab.
(At this point, I wish Chairman Wheeler had instead been appointed an ambassador – like oh-so-many other Obama contributors.)
Meanwhile, President Obama wants to ramp up government-provided broadband. To fill the void his Internet regulatory body slam will create in the private sector.
And here is where a free market problem begets a free speech one.
As we know, government control leads to rationing – in this case bandwidth. As we know from the Internal Revenue Service scandal – it is Less Government advocates that will get the short end of the government stick.
Democrat donors will never have to wait in line for ObamaCare medical attention. Or Web downloads.
All of which and more is laid out in this Public Service Announcement (PSA).
Please contact your Senators and Congressmen – and demand they do everything they can to rein in this rogue Commission:
“Obama’s plan for the Internet – Net Neutrality, Title II Reclassification – is Socialism for the Internet. It guarantees everyone equal amounts of nothing.
“What this is – is an assault on the industry to effect an ideological outcome.
“Where have we seen this before? ObamaCare.
“Likewise, with the Internet – with Title II Reclassification and Net Neutrality – this is an assault on the Internet industry to effect that same ideological outcome.
“This is why Barack Obama is trying to fund through federal money the local governments’ foolhardy notion of getting into the broadband business.
“He wants to ramp that up to fill the void he is creating with Net Neutrality and Title II Reclassification
“And when this government presence grows as the private presence shrinks – this very quickly becomes a free market problem that begets a free speech problem.
“When government is the sole Internet Service Provider (ISP), bandwidth rationing becomes a problem just like health care rationing becomes a problem.
“And then when they’re rationing and deciding who gets bandwidth and who doesn’t. As we’ve seen from the IRS, the Left-wing websites won’t have a problem getting bandwidth – it’s going to be the Right-wing websites who will have a problem getting bandwidth.
“The people who are going to be waiting in line – whether it’s for health care, whether it’s for bandwidth – are the people who are opposed to Big Government, the people who are opposed to government takeovers of private sectors.
“So a free market assault begets a free speech problem.
“All of which is consolidated and compiled into the February 26 Internet power grab takeover that’s going to happen at the Federal Communications Commission.”
Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Red State.
By Leada Gore
Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson was first propelled into the national spotlight in 2013 when she became the face of a controversy surrounding alleged targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.
Now, Gerritson said she is considering running for Congress from Alabama’s Second District, currently represented by Republican Martha Roby of Montgomery.
Gerritson isn’t pulling any punches on why she might run.
Continue reading at al.com.
Related article: Wetumpka Tea Party leader says what IRS did was ‘un-American’
And what about all that talk of the Constitution and our Founding Fathers back in 2010 Sen. (then Mr.) Rubio?
By Matthew Boyle
UPDATE: Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant reached out to Breitbart News after the publication of this article to clarify the senator’s position.
“Senator Rubio does not support shutting down DHS,” Conant said in a statement. “But he does support stopping the new executive order on immigration and is willing to support any approach we could get passed to stop it. But the President had made clear he will veto any effort to stop his unconstitutional order. And Senate Democrats have made clear they will not even end their filibuster on the DHS funding bill. The result will be a DHS shutdown which would be harmful to our national security. The answer is not for Republicans to surrender and pass a clean funding bill. The answer is for the President and Senate Democrats to abandon the executive order and cooperate in passing a series of immigration bills beginning with real border security.”
Conant also provided the entire transcript of Rubio’s remarks, which includes the exact quote from above and means the meaning of this story and the context in which it was put are accurate. Read the rest of this article at breitbart.com.
By: @SharylAttkisson / February 06, 2015
The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced that both Democrats and Republicans want to schedule the appearance of Hillary Clinton “as soon as possible.”
But first, says Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the State Department must provide documents originally subpoenaed in 2013 so the materials can be reviewed in order to “constructively ask questions of Secretary Clinton.”
Among the materials sought: documents related to the State Department’s Accountability Review Board investigation and other relevant emails and documents in the possession of the State Department.
For the first time, the committee has also disclosed a partial list of executive branch, military, intelligence and State Department witnesses it intends to interview beginning as early as April 1. It includes Clinton’s top aides Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.
EXCLUSIVE: Conservative Grassroots Group Plans Massive Snipers Save Lives Billboard Outside Dolby Theatre During 87th Academy Awards
Hat tip: Eric Odom
“Obama Will Cut Their Grants If Congress Does Not Fund Amnesty”
This is but another example of how the Obama administration is a regime of the government, by the government and for the government.
From westernjournalism.com: According to a Facebook post by one Colorado sheriff, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (pictured above) is taking a personal interest in making sure authorities across the nation fall in line with the Obama administration’s immigration policy. Scroll down to see the full post.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith reported receiving a “very interesting veiled threat” from Johnson, which he said was addressed to “all police chiefs and sheriffs around the country.”
Within the correspondence, Smith explained, was a promise that “local and state public safety agencies would not receive federal grants they were counting on” if legislators do not endorse the DHS funding bill Obama supports. Read more at westernjournalism.com.
As millions of Americans brace for tax season, the Internal Revenue Service is requesting a $2 billion boost to its budget and 9,000 new employees as it prepares to enforce Obamacare’s tax provisions.
President Obama released his $4 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 this week, which includes $13.9 billion for the Internal Revenue Service. The agency asked Congress for close to $2 billion more for operations than last year—a 16 percent increase. Read more at dailysignal.com.
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Thursday of this week you voted in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?
Congratulations. Other than to pander to a microscopic percentage of Americans who simply don’t like progress and energy production, there remains not one reasonable excuse not to build this pipeline — even if it produces only a handful of jobs. Barack Obama said he’ll veto the approval. So what?
Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress to address the threat Iran poses against his country and the rest of the (not just free) world? The threats from Ojarrett were palpable (“There will be a price”), and Obama has petulantly refused to meet with Bibi while the Jewish leader is here. Obama has also sent a delegation of political operatives to Israel to compromise Netanyahu’s election in the next couple weeks. Not good, but so what?
Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC) is taking a hammer to the wall of lies surrounding events that occurred on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya? Everyone on the Left seems to have put up roadblocks to keep the American people from learning the truth, and don’t show signs of stopping. So what? Read more HERE.
Written by Dr. Mom on January 30, 2015
I have both a confession and a strong suggestion to make.
First, the confession: I’m not interested in being an ordinary Republican anymore.
Don’t get me wrong. All my political heroes are still in the GOP—Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Trey Gowdy, Jim Jordan, you know the drill. But, like many people, I am disappointed in the so-called “establishment” GOP. However, I’m not willing to jump to the baby-killer, anti-family, huge government party (Democrats). And I’m not bonkers enough to buy the “not a dime’s worth of difference between them” tinfoil hat line.
But after much soul-searching and research, I have discovered what I really am. And it’s time to shout it from the rooftops, unashamed to be true to myself. With apologies to Jim McGreevey, I hereby declare “my truth”:
I am a proud 1866 Radical Republican American. Read more HERE.