It’s safe to say that the GOP is facing some challenges. Women gave twice as much money to Obama’s presidential campaign as to Romney’s. It looks like most Americans will blame the GOP if we sail over the fiscal cliff. And Republicans’ most noted political victory of the last few months has been clearing the field so John Kerry can be secretary of state. Things could be better. And on top of all that, new data from Pew on the voting habits, and growing numbers, of the religiously unaffiliated doesn’t seem to bode particularly well for the party.
Comments: The GOP inconsistently embraces the credo laid out in our Declaration of Independence.
Republicans are steadfast in defense of our inalienable right to Life and Liberty but divided in support of our equally endowed right to pursue Happiness.
The paths to happiness available to individual Americans cannot be limited to a menu of options approved by others.
Faithfulness to the principles that our Founders pledged to defend with their lives, fortunes and sacred honor requires us to recognize but a single constraint on the Pursuit of Happiness: that your path does not infringe on the rights of others.
I have changed my party affiliation to "independent". The GOP is a party without principles, without clear, steadfast leadership and without will! The defeat of Romney should only be a clarion call to further double down on clear conservative principles and values. Compromise on those values and principles is NOT going to make things better but only the opposite. The RNC will never see another dime from me with things going the way they are. PurpleLipps only squeaked by winning in November and that was on account of massive cheating. The GOP leadership is behaving like the other 5x,xxx,xxx people that voted for Romeny don´t matter. The hell with the GOP leadership.
Being "independent" is the ultimate copout. No principles there! I guess "independents" are under the impression that a Republican president and congress will be no different on abortion, taxes, spending, regulation, foreign policy, borders, rule or law, etc. as a Dem one. Brilliant!
Conservatives couldn´t be bothered to vote in bigger numbers because they didn´t think Romney was conservative enough. They didn´t get the perfect candidate, so they got 4 more years of BO. We really do get the government we deserve.
Every action the GOP has taken since the election has been to lay blame on conservatives and the Tea Party for its losses. Well then bubba, try to win an election without us. Like #2, I registered Independent and the GOP will get nothing from me. If I´m going to lose I may as well lose with my principles (and my wallet) intact.
I disagree. The cop out is staying loyal to a party that has intentionally and repeatedly violated its own principles in hopes of wooing the ever elusive "independents". They just assumed they had all the conservative votes locked up and could do anything they wanted. This is the same strategy they have been using for years. Smack your wife around all you want because she has nowhere else to go, but be nice to the prospective clients. Apparently some wives are getting tired of being smacked.
#3. The canard that Romney lost due to lack of conservative support is an ignorant slander. In fact, conservatives are the most loyal component in the R rank and file. Romney lost for a painfully obvious reason; he was a feckless and inept doofus w/o core principle and the voters knew it in their bones. So they stuck w/the devil they knew. The GOP is a house divided with a center/right membership and a faddish lefty leadership perpetually stuck on stupid. Any party that nominates the likes of the Bush buffoons, Dole, McCain, Romney etc; is not a conservative party. Suggest you acquaint yourself w/reality.
Great... Now they´ve created another entitled minority called Nones... With all MSM & most of hollywood only spewing propaganda for marxists, it is ludicrous to think we can break thru that firewall.
I say its time to give the uninformed a real choice! The 23 states should secede & form a Free America.... Give peeps 90 days to relocate to either the new Free America or the Obamanation (pun intended).
Since we won´t have any special rights outside the constitution & original bill of rights, only true patriots will want to live with us. ... until they see quality of life in each nation after 3 to 5 years.
But we´ll have real immigration laws... Gotta be self sufficient or bring a talent to enter. period.
Being a woman, I wish I could say that women are politically aware but I have to admit that they are not. The abortion issue determined their vote as it was the only thing they really understood or paid any attention to. I found it to be important even to older women unlikely to get pregnant and women who had undergone hyserectomy.
~ ...under the impression that a Republican president and congress will be no different on abortion, taxes, spending, regulation, foreign policy, borders, rule or law, etc. as a Dem one. ~
Abortion: Several GOP higher-ups have been consistently calling for the Republican Party to change its stance on abortion in order to appeal to more people. In fact, several Republican congressmen have voted against bills limiting ´dialation & extraction´ abortions. That´s the one where the baby is removed from the womb far enough for the doctor to cut a hole in the back of its neck and use a suction catheter to suck its brains out.
Taxes and Spending: Since the 1990´s, excluding four years of Nancy Pelosi, we have had a Republican controlled Congress - coinciding several years with a Republican controlled Senate. Today federal spending is $3.8 trillion. While the Democrats might have done worse, it hardly matters, does it?
Regulation: The same Republican majority as mentioned above has continued to fund the EPA, FCC, FDA and many other alphabet soup tyrants in their creation of regulations and unfunded mandates. Current estimates average well over 100.000 federal regulations.
There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. ~ John Baker (Louisiana State University law professor) ~
Borders: George W Bush, Lindsey Graham, John McCain...
Rule and Law: In early 1980, the DOJ estimated that there were approximately 3,000 federal laws on the books. In 2007, an estimate attempted by outside sources put the number at around 4,500. Current attempts to estimate have been declared impossible with the guess being over 10,000. I will refer you again to the mostly Republican House majority since the 1990´s.
Again, while the Democrats might have done worse, I fail to see that it would have made that much difference.
This RINO/True Conservative back & forth is undoubtedly the longest running argument on L-Dot. Two points:
1). In modern politics money speaks louder than ideology or ideas. He or she who masters the fundraising and organization early on has a huge leg up on candidates who enter the race later. These campaigns are really less about whose "turn" it is than about who get out in front with the bucks. That is an irksome notion for people like us, who are primarily motivated by ideas, to accept.
2). Those who complain about the deficiencies of recent GOP nominees need to recall the circumstances of their nominations and the opposition they faced. In the case of Bush 41, what potentially serious candidate was willing to challenge the incumbent VP and, four years later, the sitting Prez for nomination?
Dole in ´96? Well, no wonder he was nominated when his only opposition came from Steve Forbes and Pat Buchanan.
In 2000 Bush had the money locked up early, and after eight years of Bubba we were eager to win. Conservative Dan Quayle´s candidacy withered and died due to lack of funds and conservative interest.
In ´08 McPain won pretty much by default when that great internet invention known as the Fred Thompson candidacy fizzled, and Romney was upended by Charlie Crist and Huckabee.
And this time around we were presented with the B Team, and none of the more conservative candidates was able to gain any permanent traction.
So, before laying blame for the state of things at the feet of reluctant RINOs and the RNC, conservative need to find appealing and qualified individuals willing to run and fund them to the teeth early on. That is a task much more easily talked about than done.
Money and corruption are the root of the problem, #14. Read Pat Caddell´s comments on Breitbart.com or listen to him on Political Insiders on foxnews.com and FNC Sunday afternoons.
Yes, the RINO/Conservative "back and forth" is long-running, because the differences are irreconcilable. Witness Boehner setting us up for yet another RINO cave. Yet your suggestion is that conservatives need to better vet their candidates and pony up more up-front money. If we need to do that, then who needs the RNC?
We need a political "divorce". We need a new party of our own.
The inconclusive negotiations over the weekend on Iran’s nuclear program were disappointing, but two critical points have mostly been ignored. First, diplomacy takes work, and agreements rarely flow seamlessly from beginning to end. Second, if all those inveighing against any deal — namely members of Congress, Israel and Saudi Arabia — see the weekend results as a new opportunity to sabotage it, what is the alternative?
The least dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the National Mall, dragging them up the street, and dumping them outside the White House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in years.” Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on his Segway was especially impressive.
They can drive cars, win Jeopardy and find your soon-to-be favorite song. Machines are also learning to decipher the most human qualities about you -- and help businesses predict your potential to be their next star employee. A handful of technology companies from Knack.it Corp. to Evolv Inc. are doing just that, developing video games and online questionnaires that measure personality attributes in a job applicant. Based on patterns of how a company’s best performers responded in these assessments, the software estimates a candidate’s suitability to be everything from a warehouse worker to an investment bank analyst.
Representative Paul D. Ryan may have temporarily receded into the Capitol shadows after his stinging vice-presidential defeat in November, but he remains a powerful presence among House Republicans, earning the respect of hard-line conservatives for his budget blueprint and the trust of anxious moderates for his pragmatism. Now, the impasse that has shuttered much of the government and steered the nation toward a default has offered the Wisconsin congressman a new opening to reassert himself — and suddenly a man who seemed in danger of being eclipsed as the face of his party has re-emerged as essential to its rescue.
Diplomacy has never witnessed anything like the dizzying and erratic sequence of events relating to Syria that began on Wednesday, August 21, and ended three and a half weeks later, on Saturday, September 14. Who won, who lost? It’s too soon for a definite answer, but Bashar Assad is in the driver’s seat, suggesting that he, Putin, and the mullahs will gain while Obama, Erdogan, and Israel will lose. (snip) Barack Obama’s foreign-policy credibility sinks and that of the United States with him, especially vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear buildup, at least until 2017.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov are meeting in Geneva this week, both accompanied by dozens of arms-control experts. The focus is on the Russian proposal to take custody of, and then eliminate, all chemical weapons in Syria. Initially voiced as an off-the-cuff remark by Kerry — and immediately dismissed by him as unachievable — the proposal has become the subject of world attention. The Obama administration, while cautiously describing the Geneva talks as exploratory, must at some level share the widely held suspicion that the Putin initiative may be only a ruse or distraction
When it comes to reports of civilian deaths from chemical weapons in opposition-occupied Syrian towns, the Obama White House suddenly claims to be as certain of its own intelligence as the Bush White House was about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in October 2002. But it is much easier to rush into war, without congressional or popular approval, than it is to get out. There was far more humility at the Obama White House the last time similar atrocities led the usual suspects to urge the U.S. to become militarily entangled in Syria.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
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In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by