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It’s always worse than you think, Washington D.C. edition

October 12th, 2013 - 10:46 am

You’re busy, right? You have a lot on your plate. I know that, and I am going to help you out. Forget about the pseudo-shutdown and the posturing by Reid and Obama on one side and Boehner on the other.  The only thing you really need to read this weekend is Andy McCarthy’s piece at NRO, “Funding Jihadists while Denying Military Benefits.” It’s only about 1200 words. You can read it in a few minutes.  But you’ll remember it for a very long time. Think you’re disgusted with business-as-usual in Washington?  Just wait till you get your mind around what Andy has to say about how these clowns are actually conducting, or failing to conduct, the people’s business. And by “clowns” I very much include the Republican as well as the Democratic establishment. Listen:

The Republican establishment — the guys who told us that for a trillion dollars and several thousand American casualties, we could build “Islamic democracies” that would be reliable U.S. allies in the War on Terror — say it is Ted Cruz who is “delusional” and the effort to stave off Obamacare that is “unattainable.”

These self-appointed sages are, of course, the same guys who told us the way to “stabilize” and “democratize” Libya was to help jihadists topple and kill the resident dictator — who, at the time, was a U.S. ally, providing intelligence about the jihadists using his eastern badlands as a springboard for the anti-American terror insurgency in Iraq. That’s probably worth remembering this week, during which some of our new “allies” abducted Libya’s president while others car-bombed Sweden’s consulate in Benghazi — site of the still unavenged terrorist massacre of American ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. officials 13 months ago.

Feeling bad yet?

So successful do they figure the Libyan escapade was, GOP leaders are backing a reprise in Syria. It is there, we learn from a Human Rights Watch report issued this week, that our new “allies,” the al-Qaeda-rife “rebels,” executed a savage atrocity just two months ago. Sweeping into the coastal village of Latakia, the jihadists slaughtered 190 minority Alawites. As the New York Times details, “at least 67 of the dead appeared to have been shot or stabbed while unarmed or fleeing, including 48 women and 11 children.” More than 200 other civilians were captured and are still being held hostage.

Smart diplomacy in action, right?

And here at home? “Conservatives” are busy looking for their collective vertebrae, terrified lest anyone blame them for “shutting down the government.” As of this writing, they’ve “negotiated” (i.e., capitulated) several times to the administration in their desperate effort to appear “reasonable” to entities like the New York Times, CNN, and Jay Carney. It’s not working so well.  Meanwhile, the public, fickle, untrustworthy, stupid thing that is is, has the temerity to blame Obama as well as the Republicans for shutting down national monuments, denying death benefits to the families of vets, etc. What ingrates!

in order to demonstrate beyond cavil that they were being reasonable, notwithstanding huge objections to the current unsustainable $3.6 trillion trough of federal spending, conservatives volunteered to fund everything the government does except Obamacare. The administration and its scribes shrieked, of course, but there is nothing illegal or unusual about withholding appropriations for federal programs. The government does it every year. Obama himself does it, not just in refusing to enforce the federal immigration laws (to take just one example) but in refusing to execute aspects of Obamacare that harm preferred corporations, union cronies, and Congress.

But don’t distract us with the facts. We’ve got politics to play here! Naturally, the president told the GOP to take a hike. Doesn’t matter that ObamaCare is the most unpopular legislation in history (with the possible exception of Prohibition). Obama  wants to shove it down our throats, so open wide.  The behavior of the administration this last week or so has been extraordinary, even by the low and cynical standards it set for itself in the previous 4 years. I think the only spending bill that the president let by was the “Pay Our Military Act.” “Why?,” asks Andy.

Because Obama needs to hold Senate Democrats in lockstep “no” mode, but even they would not sign on to refusing to pay our troops in wartime. So the bill was passed — proving that, as the delusional Ted Cruz maintains, Democrats can be moved if unified Republicans make the pressure intense enough.

By the way, the adjective “delusional” before Ted Cruz’s name is sarcastic. That’s clear in Andy’s original. Pantywaists from both parties are screaming that Ted Cruz is an extremist who is wrecking the GOP, but is he?  Or is he rather an almost lone voice of reason campaigning vigorously for the principles he espouses: limited government, fiscal restraint, individual responsibility? Of course, all GOPers emit those phrases on the hustings.  How many follow through with action? Hardly any.

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In 1961, President Kennedy committed the US to the space race and getting to the moon first before the USSR.

All the greatest minds in aerospace were engaged in the endeavor. Max Faget, chief design engineer and with many achievements to his record and Dr Robert Seamans, Associate Director for NASA, believed that the way to get there was by sending a giant multi-story high rocket to the moon and back, as seen in the science-fiction movies of the time.

An engineer by the name of John Houbolt sent a letter to Dr Seamans and, knowing it could cost him his career, he explained why Lunar Orbit Rendezvous was the ONLY way to get to the moon and back.

His peers, his superiors and directors and managers thought he was nuts. He was going against the "conventional wisdom" set forth by all the great, established, track-record minds.

Wernher Von Braun decided that Houbolt's idea, that LOR was the ONLY way to get to the moon won out and, as history shows, that's how it was done.

He stood his ground. He believed in a superior idea. He explained it repeatedly to deaf ears for some time. He is now recognized for his major contribution to the whole program.

Cruz is a voice of sanity and reason among all those established types who want to go to the moon in a big, bulky, expensive, unaffordable rocket that can't be safely navigated to the surface. Or rather, all the establishment types who like to raise the debt limit repeatedly, borrow our way into oblivion and look down their noses at the little people (you and I) and scoff and believe that we cannot possibly fathom the complex workings of the government.

This is nothing new. It's been going on for millenia.
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"Pantywaists from both parties are screaming that Ted Cruz is an extremist who is wrecking the GOP, but is he? "

Of course he is ... ... ... just like Reagan.
46 weeks ago
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Ted Cruz is the point man for the movement that will save the GOP and the United States of America, possibly.

If there is enough time.

Else, stick a fork in America. It's done.
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"A Republic, if you can keep it."
45 weeks ago
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45 weeks ago
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"Is Ted Cruz wrecking the Republican Party?"

We should all chip in and buy him a bigger hammer. The Gutless Old Pussies are at best 50% responsible for the debacle.
46 weeks ago
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Jaybug, you have an absolute right to remain silent...Y'all have already destroyed our country with your votes for a criminally insane megalomaniac. We are trying to save y'all from driving over a cliff to your eternal doom and you fools are snickering as you attempt to evade your wouldbe rescuers, who do not loathe ,but pity you. But, on the up side, your user name seems well chosen.
46 weeks ago
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The thing is that we loathe you as much as you loathe us. But what you ignore is that we WON the last election...we re-elected President Obama;
you idiots promised a Romney win (hee hee) and we (quietly) laughed at you. Now, in payback, you're prepared to destroy the country.
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No skippy, that would be your dolt of a president doing the destruction... deliberately cherry picking things to close in a halfassed attempt to enrage the public only at the GOP..

he is instead, has gotten them enraged at him as well.. 37% job approval?.. when Bush was that low you idiots were dancing in the streets at your successful media propaganda campaign..

You clowns have decided to destroy the country if you can't get 100% of your way, a childs mind at work, and folks are seeing it. My GOP hating mother in law is now so damned mad at Obama for destroying her healthcare plan, she's going independent.. and cursing Obama like she used to curse Bush..

You only succeeded in owning that debacle outright, you can't blame anyone BUT you people.. The GOP at least tried to stop that trainwreck, which has never been popular, never least so than now..

after it continues to screw the dem blue collar base as it did my wife's mother..

expect to cry a lot in 2014.
45 weeks ago
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Having voted for a Republican president every time since Richard Nixon, I can only say that Ted Cruz will be the death knell of my beloved party.

While he seems to be a both learned and brilliant man, he has about as many negotiating skills as Harry Reid, with no end game in sight.

Purity is a wonderful concept, but it ain't working. Now the libtards have seized the opportunity and are going after Sequester, Part II.

Watch. A cave is coming.
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With a name like that, I highly doubt you're a long time GOP supporter,

People like you raged against Reagan in 76, how DARE he run against Ford.. the perfect rino candidate, don't we know those conservatives are crazy?.. wanna start WW III?..

Folks like you said he'd never get a deal with the Soviets..

He not only did, the first in history to actually reduce the numbers of warheads instead of manage their increase...

He ushered in the Soviet collapse..

so scuse us for not taking the supposed middle approach seriously from people in the party who have been consistently wrong about what we CAN do..
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The face that the establishment Republicans put forth is the same face we see on the other side of the aisle, and that is an ugly face. Ted Cruz is considered by them to be a radical right wing nut, but what he puts forth is more in line with the grassroot Republicans that did not vote in the last election. And they did not vote because they are fed up with the self serving establishment toadies. The GOP is committing suicide by following the moderate/progressive Republicans down their primrose path to socialism.
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exactly...

Ted Cruz is vastly more in line with the party base.. and that's why they hate him, he doesn't toss his principles the minute he gets sworn in for party perks and special favors.. The kind of man who can rise to statesman..

If there is another historic figure looming on the horizon, odds are, it's Ted Cruz who can be the president we need. We've always been blessed to have the right people in place when history shifts into another phase, the last was Reagan..

I'd bet the house Cruz is the next.
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Is Ted Cruz ruining the Republican Party? I don't think so. It seems to me that the Republican Party has succumbed to the same erosion of character, fascination with the superficial over authenticity and a need for the approval of those who represent the lowest common denominator (the media) that the Democrat Party succumbed to long ago. The creeping mediocrity and elevation of ideas based on anything but substance and reality has become so epidemic in our world that there's so way out in sight. To think that any single politician is responsible for this bottomless societal fissure we're sinking into is as pie-in-the-sky as thinking one sole politician can save us. The self-indulgent and short-sighted collective created this catastrophe and it will take many - if not all - of us to get ourselves out. If that's even possible.
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Cruz is a voice of truth and reason. But he is not alone on Capitol HIll. Not quite. He speaks for the conservative base in opposition to the self-serving D.C. ruling class. This conflict has been a LONG time building. The base has suffered years of bullying, condescension, and insult. And now it has bust wide open. And the RINOs are growing as shrill in their protest as the Far Left. And they are right to squeal. Because their time has run out.
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I am currently reading "The Federalist Papers" that explain the Founder's ideas behind and what exactly they were doing when they wrote the Constitution. So far, from what I have read, Cruz is doing exactly what the Framers intended Congress to do. When one side of Congress goes too far it is up to the other side to stop it.
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