For more than half a decade, the adoring media and doe-eyed supporters have coronated Barack Obama as “sort of a god”, who was “probably the smartest guy ever to become President.” Simply by virtue of being nominated by the Democrat Party in 2008, we were told, the ocean levels would begin to recede and the Earth begin to heal. Even so, maybe we should cut Obama some slack. It is a near-impossible task to live up to the brilliant reasoning and powerful imagery invoked by the “I Have a Dream” speech given half a century ago by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who exhorted Americans to end racial division and strife, and to be united.
Obama’s speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech actually started off well. He spoke of the horrible treatment that blacks suffered in America, of how “In the face of violence, they stood up and sat in with the moral force of nonviolence.” Of course, he neglected to mention that their tormentors were racist Democrats, but I digress. Obama went on to say “They had learned through hard experience what Frederick Douglas once taught: that freedom is not given; it must be won through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith.” A wise man, Frederick Douglass…and a Republican.
But alas Obama, ever the hyperpartisan hack, just could not help himself, once again destroying something good by diving into the deep end of the stagnant, fetid pool of race and class warfare, hitting on each and every word, phrase, and talking point he knew would send his minions into a state of furious Pavlovian salivation. He just could not help himself. Asking Obama to refrain from race and class warfare is like asking the ocean to stop being wet; and of course he blames everyone but himself.
Members of the House of Representatives have signed two separate letters urging President Barack Obama to seek congressional authorization before he launches a military strike against Syria.
In addition to the 140 signatories from both parties on the letter from Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) penned a separate missive yesterday that received support from 53 House Democrats.
“While we understand that as Commander in Chief you have a constitutional obligation to protect our national interests from direct attack, Congress has the constitutional obligation and power to approve military force, even if the United States or its direct interests (such as its embassies) have not been attacked or threatened with an attack,” wrote Lee in her letter to President Obama. “As such, we strongly urge you to seek an affirmative decision of Congress prior to committing any U.S. military engagement to this complex crisis.”
Lee expressed concern for human rights violations and “horrific” loss of life in Syria, but she explained that this “should not draw us into an unwise war.” The letter also lends support to efforts in the United Nations Security Council to build an “international consensus condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons” and any potential response.
If you’re a Democrat running in a state that went for Mitt Romney by 23 points in 2012, you have to project yourself as someone who is politically independent from President Barack Obama. That’s what Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) is trying to do in his bid for re-election, as Politico reported on Tuesday:
Obama’s presence in the White House could very well be the biggest hurdle Pryor has to clear to win a third term, replicating obstacles red state Democrats face in Senate races in Louisiana, Alaska and Kentucky and imperiling the 55-45 majority the party expects to hold next year.
The mild-mannered Arkansas Democrat is projecting himself as an independent voice and a bipartisan consensus-builder — despite voting for Obamacare, the economic stimulus package and other controversial elements of the president’s domestic agenda.
Asked if he approved or disapproved of the president’s performance in office, Pryor took a long pause and said, “I would say, ‘Is there another option there?’”
But Pryor acknowledges that Obama “doesn’t connect well” with Arkansans.
“I think that President Obama has in some ways what you would think of as a hard-left agenda in various ways, and that agenda is not popular in our state,” Pryor said, riding in the backseat of an aide’s pickup. “And a lot of that agenda I don’t support.”
Glenn Danzig, a punk rock icon, took a shots at Democrats and President Barack Obama during a recent interview with Minneapolis-based newspaper City Pages.
Danzig has been playing music for over 35 years, beginning in 1977 with the horror punk band the Misfits. After the breakup of the Misfits, he formed Samhain which eventually changed names to Danzig.
The comments came as when Danzig was asked about the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), which was founded in 1985 with the help of Al and Tipper Gore. The PMRC was notorious for pushing for congressional hearings that dragged musicians —including Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Frank Zappa — to testify about the contents of their songs. The push for censorship eventually led to record labels putting “parental advisory” stickers on controversial albums.
“Yeah, you know, Al Gore wanted to tell people what they could listen to and what they couldn’t, what they could record. It was basically coming down to the idea that he wouldn’t let anybody record any music that he didn’t think you should be doing,” Danzig told City Pages.
“There was going to be an organization that would tell you what you could and couldn’t record,” he continued. “And certainly if you couldn’t record it, you couldn’t put it out. It was really fascist.”
Danzig didn’t stop there. He called Democrats “fascists” and slammed President Obama’s drones policy.
Though still many months away, many political analysts and pundits are turning their attention to the 2014 mid-term election, the results of which will determine President Barack Obama’s legacy.
There has been much talk in recent weeks about the push by conservatives inside Congress to defund ObamaCare. If successful, this would lead to a government shutdown, a prospect that most establishment Republicans, including Karl Rove and Mitt Romney, believe would greatly diminish the party’s chances of taking control fo the Senate and, possibly, cost them the House of Representatives.
Those fueling the push to defund ObamaCare note that a majority of Americans oppose the law and that the Republican Party hasn’t done much to take a strong stand against it, outside of repeal votes that are dead-on-arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate. They’ve said they have every intention of funding the government, outside of ObamaCare, and are leaving the prospect of a government shutdown in the hands of the White House.
Nothing gets past Rep. Kurt Schrader. The Oregon Democrat has figured out that the administration’s delay of ObamaCare’s employer mandate was politically motivated.
The Weekly Standard notes that Schrader made the admission in response to a question from a viewer during a local television appearance.
“Why are ‘Obamacare’ employer mandates held off until after the next election?” asked the viewer. “Sounds like they want to retain Congress people before we get clobbered with much higher insurance rates.”
Schrader replied, “Well, I don’t know.”
“I have my suspicions about the political motivations here, too. I’d be less than honest if I [hadn’t] said that,” added Schrader before going onto discuss the concerns he’s heard from the business community.
There’s no question that the employer mandate delay was an attempt to save congressional Democrats in 2014.
Vice President Joe Biden is calling Democrats to action to stop grassroots conservatives from electing more Republicans in the mold of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY).
In a fundraising letter for the Democratic National Committee, first reported by Ed Krayewski at Reason, Biden wrote told prospective donors that a “group of freshmen senators are running the show in the Republican Party” and played up the possibility of a government shutdown over ObamaCare.
“Now these aren’t bad guys, but I want you to think about this: not only are they still trying to get rid of health care reform — they’re willing to use the entire federal government as a bargaining chip to get it done,” wrote Biden. “That’s what we’re dealing with in Washington right now, and it’s unprecedented in my lifetime.”
“Make no mistake — one thing we don’t need is to let the Republicans outrun us in 2014, and elect a bunch more people to the House and Senate who think, act, and vote the way Ted Cruz and Rand Paul do,” he added.
Biden’s comments are practically identical to a speech he gave during a recent fundraiser in Massachusetts in which he asked the crowd, “Have you ever seen a time when two freshman senators are able to cower the bulk of the Republican Party in the Senate?”
While already notable players given how they won tough primaries against establishment-backed candidates, Paul, Cruz, and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) have emerged as the conscience of the Republican Party in the Senate, principled conservatives who are willing to take stands when leaders would prefer they toe the party-line.
“That’s the thing that’s so interesting about the Left, is they think they’re populists, but they’re really elitists. So all of these elitists, you know, say, ‘Oh, individuals can’t make decisions about healthcare. These are too complicated for people.’ Well, yes, they can!” — Stephen Moore
There are many issues swirling around Capitol Hill these days, many of which could great impact the every day lives of Americans.
Earlier this week, United Liberty stopped by the Washington, DC offices of the Wall Street Journal to chat with Stephen Moore, a member of the paper’s editorial board and senior economics writer, to talk about tax reform and the push inside Congress to defund ObamaCare.
Moore is no stranger to the conservative movement. In 1999, he founded the Club for Growth, an advocacy organization that promotes free market policies, and served as its president until 2004. Moore joined the Wall Street Journal in 2005 and is the author of six books, the most recent of which is Who’s The Fairest of Them All: The Truth About Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America.
There has been a lot of discussion about tax reform recently in Congress. Moore has long-been an advocate of pro-growth tax reform and explained that the current tax code serves as a “deterrent” to our success in the global economy.
Not only is the White House on defense over the delay of ObamaCare’s employer mandate and near constant stories about rising health insurance premiums, they now has to contend with increasing opposition to the law from labor unions.
The Wall Street Journal noted yesterday that the leaders of three prominent labor unions have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, asking that they “fix” the law that they previously supported.
In the letter, the labor leaders — James Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the UFCW, and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE — told Reid and Pelosi that the employer mandate has caused employer to scale back hours to avoid having to offer health insurance to employees.
“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat,” wrote the labor leaders. “Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the [Affordable Care Act] will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
The labor leaders noted they support the “all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care” and reminded Reid and Pelosi that they’ve supported Democratic Party candidates through raising money and providing volunteers for campaigns “to secure this vision.”
“Now, this vision has come back to haunt us,” continued the labor leaders.
At the very same time they’re playing up a return of the Clinton legacy to the White House by coalescing around 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Democrats have rejected a key point of then-President Bill Clinton’s approach to politics and a more sound economy.
Writing at Roll Call, Nathan Gonzales notes that a bipartisan achievement — like balancing the budget, for example — is not something about which Obama-era Democrats are particularly concerned:
“Like every generation of Americans before us, we have been called upon to renew our Nation and to restore its promise. For too long, huge, persistent, and growing budget deficits threatened to choke the opportunity that should be every American’s birthright. For too long, it seemed as if America would not be ready for the new century, that we would be too divided, too wedded to old arrangements and ideas. It’s hard to believe now, but it wasn’t so very long ago that some people looked at our Nation and saw a setting Sun,” Clinton said in his signing speech.
Today’s Democrats are singing a slightly different tune.
Democrats, including the president, don’t believe the deficit is an immediate problem. And while Republicans are touting and advocating for a “balanced budget,” Democrats want a “balanced approach.” The new Democratic approach includes a mix of spending cuts and tax increases but has no intention of balancing the budget, at this point.