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Entries in Democrats (38)


What is an extremist, Mr. President?

Commentary by Chris CarterPres. Obama frequently portrays opponents as "extremists."

In today's polarized society, politicians are increasingly using the term “extremist” to label their opponents. But what is an extremist? Merriam-Webster defines the word as “the quality or state of being extreme,” being the “farthest possible point from the center.”

Now those definitions by themselves are largely subjective; my view of the center and how far something is from it may be entirely different than yours.

But let's consider an example: you are well within your constitutional rights to peaceably oppose partial-birth abortions. Likewise, someone who peaceably opposes the banning of such abortions would be within their rights. One could argue that this free exchange of ideas, for or against abortion, would be the “center.” Since neither group imposes upon the rights of the other, this is how our civilized society properly functions. Each citizen is entitled to his or her opinion and we empower government to express the will of the majority, provided the majority itself doesn't interfere with the rights of the minority.

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Why the GOP should not cave in to ‘Crat care AKA HR 3200

In the news Tuesday is Sen. Charles Schumer starring in a blog post at USA Today. The paper reported on healthcare remarks by the senator who started a chain reaction in bank failures with a letter about IndyMac (and then washed his hands of the whole affair). Basically Schumer believes a healthcare bill can pass without Republican support, and this of course is not news. Democrats can do whatever they want to—they hold absolute power in the executive and legislative branches of our government. And Schumer, like other misguided liberals, wants Americans to come aboard for what I call ‘Crat care, the Democratic model for healthcare reform.

The Dem push has, with a great deal of help from media and the political class, addressed the need for healthcare reform as a “crisis.” Of course it isn’t. If you are flat busted broke and living under a bridge, you can get treatment at any emergency room. If you are in the country illegally and need care, the same applies. If you’re a gang member in a dustup and 4 or 5 of you decide to shoot each other, you will receive care when public dollars are used to transport you to the nearest trauma center. If you are an unmarried woman with children and no father involved in their lives, rest easy. The government will provide care for as many children as you choose to produce.

And of course all that treatment is courtesy of the US taxpayer.

There’s a telling editorial by Dr. Bernadine Healy at US News and World Report.

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Security breach at National Archives results in more missing Clinton data

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to know how "an outrageous breach of security happened.”A new security breach at the National Archives is reminiscent of Sandy Berger, former National Security Adviser to President Bill Clinton, who removed documents from the National Archives as the 9/11 Commission conducted investigations. Now there’s a terabyte of data missing in what amounts to another Clinton administration whodunit.

Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) issued a statement Tuesday calling for National Archives and Administration acting archivist Adrienne Thomas to appear before an Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Thursday to answer questions regarding the loss of a hard drive containing national security information and other Clinton Administration records.

No one will ever really know what Berger took in 2003 when he did the cloak and dagger routine, allegedly removing documents related to millennium terror threats. But there is some information about what’s currently missing and the news is not good.

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As GOP tangles within, RGA has winning platform with focus on core values

TGov. Mark Sanford (S.C.) is one of the few governors smart enough to realize federal stimulus funds amounted to "Greeks bearing gifts."he “Gallant Old Party” may be bickering within, but the Republican Governors Association quietly came up with a platform that is true to party roots, one that doesn’t aim to recreate the United States as a nanny. To be perfectly accurate, the most obese nanny in the history of the world. The Tax Day “Tea Party” Protests were completely misunderstood by pomp media, the political class, President Barack Obama and the Democratic members of the biggest spending Congress in the history of the country. But the RGA got what protesters were saying, and the organization has scheduled a townhall by telephone for Thursday, May 14 at 8:30 p.m.

I realize my opening paragraph sounds like I’m advocating for Republican governors like Mark Sanford (S.C.), Bobby Jindal (La.), Rick Perry (Tex.) and Haley Barbour (Miss). I am advocating for these governors because they get what the country needs. Here’s a statement that sums up a true conservative platform: “[T]axes are too high, our federal government is too big, and our states' rights are being trampled upon.” Within that statement is the spirit of the US Constitution many senators and representatives in Washington seem to have forgotten. The constitution limits the power of the federal government. Yet many in Washington today seem hell bent on expanding it even more. And some of the expenses are completely insane.

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GOP rebrands; CNN article inspires leftwing extremist rage

The GOP, alternatively called 'The Gallant Old Party' or the 'Grand Old Party,' is the party of Abraham Lincoln. According to historian Diane Alden,in the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes. [Photo N. Illinois University] After receiving a press release about the National Council for a New America, I happened across an article about the NCNA’s conversations with the American people, with the first to be held in Arlington, Va., on Saturday at the popular restaurant Pie-tanza. The CNN article was benign, but quite a few comments weren’t. Here’s an example posted under the moniker, ‘Sonya’: “Hmmm, rebranding? How do you rebrand a bunch of self-centered, out-of-touch, dumb obstructionists? Personally, I'd be happy if they'd all drop out of sight forever and open the door for a new opposition party. We all know their faces and we're all sick and tired of them. Rove, Limbaugh, Cheney, Bush, Hannity and.FIX NEWS!!! The list goes on and on and THEY ALL MAKE ME SICK!”

If you read The US Report, you know how much I love politics and history. So especially for Sonya, I’d like to fill her in on a few matters wherein the Democratic Party rebranded at various times:

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Look at Specter switch in 1965 shows GOP battle scars nothing new

Updated on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 10:47AM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Undated photo of Arlen Specter during a run for governor. [photo from Sen. Specter's US government website]In 1965 Arlen Specter ran on the Republican ticket for District Attorney of Philadelphia and won. Specter was actually a registered Democrat and even more surprising, a member of Americans for Democratic Action. The year was a challenge for any politician. And none other than Richard Nixon gave the GOP some timely advice: “There is room for both the left wing and the right wing in the party…and each must learn to live with the other.” Nixon wasn’t the only one speaking about the conflict.

Former Sen. Prescott Bush warned Sen. Everett Dirksen (minority leader at the time) about speaking at a November, 1965 rally in Hartford—Bush said Dirksen would be stepping into a bitter battle between GOP conservatives and liberals. Dirksen cancelled his speech.

And the GOP wasn’t alone in having internal conflicts—the Democrats had the same issues but as now, their public relations machine was slicker. The Prescott Evening Courier pointed out how the Dems dealt with the problem: “what the Democrats long have done—be conservative in the South, liberal in the North.”

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CNN's Sanchez to DeMint: 'What the hell does that mean?'

Rick Sanchez, CNN pundit, doesn't understand the concept of freedom.Shortly after Sen. Arlen Specter “thrilled” President Barack Obama by jumping the fence to join the Democratic Party, CNN pundit Rick Sanchez interviewed South Carolina senator Jim DeMint. Sanchez led with predictable comments such as Republicans are making it hard for Republicans to get elected and the GOP is shrinking the electorate. DeMint pointed out the GOP has the “biggest tent of all—the tent of freedom.”

Sanchez erupted. “What the hell does that mean? The biggest tent is freedom?” Then he shrieked. “Freedom? You gotta’ do better than that!” I must mention CNN pundits often ask a subject a question but foam at the mouth before the subject can answer the question.

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Say no to Medicare Part A, you lose your social security benefits

Photo by James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control.It came as a surprise to me, but if a senior refuses to sign up for part A of the Medicare program, social security goes down the drain. A Tennessee congresswoman is trying to change that.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) sponsored H.R. 1118, the "Health Care Choices for Seniors Act," a bill to allow seniors a choice they currently don’t have. I had no idea how insurance for seniors works until I read The FreedomWorks blog by Joseph Onerati. Medicare Part A is mandated by the federal government.

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The Obama factor: tax hikes as economy tries to correct, record federal spending

President Barack Obama has repeatedly promised tax increases, and he'll keep his word for sure. [Photo of inauguration 2009 by Kay B. Day]Predictions and projections for US citizens

I had a rather darkly humorous moment the other day as I watched a young man purchase a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk told him how much he owed, he said, “What!” As he left, I told him, “Hits me too—I smoke. And for that tax you can thank Obama and the Democrats.”

He looked at me quizzically and said, “Really?”

“Yup,” I said.

If I hadn’t been in a hurry, I’d have said, “Buddy, this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

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