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.
A 19th-century Scottish journalist, songwriter, and poet is not an obvious guide to a 21st-century intellectual and political phenomenon, but when it comes to making sense of climate-change zealotry, there are worse choices than Charles Mackay (1812–89), the author of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841), an acerbic, often drily amusing study of the frenzies — from witch mania to the tulip bubble — that regularly possess our supposedly sophisticated species. “In reading the history of nations,” wrote Mackay, “we find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit
Barack Obama´s latest act of surrender in the war against terrorism comes in Afghanistan. Administration sources are leaking that Obama is considering withdrawing all American troops before Dec. 31, 2013, one year early, without leaving even a small, residual force in the country. Such a decision would simply accelerate an already badly misguided policy. Faster draw-downs in Afghanistan are bad enough but even worse is Obama´s inability or unwillingness to see the inevitably broader adverse consequences. The inclination toward speedier withdrawal is attributed to Obama´s deteriorating relations with Afghan President Karzai, who is apparently livid about U.S. negotiations
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he will visit Israel in October, a move that signals to the political world that he is seriously considering making another presidential run in 2016. “We will be going to Israel to bring together Arabs, Christian and Jews in an educational forum ,” Mr. Perry told The Washington Times in an interview just three days after he announced he would not seek an unprecedented fourth term as Texas governor. Many analysts interpreted that decision as evidence that he is setting the table for a White House campaign.
It looks increasingly that solving the Egyptian puzzle is going to take us all to Syria. How far the army´s coup in Egypt resets the geopolitics of the Middle East, or, conversely, whether the coup itself forms the commencement of a region-wide tectonic shift that is going to play out over time - this is the big question. The cascading events this week indicate that the latter could well be the case. To be sure, even by the standards of the Middle East, the past week has been an extraordinary one.
A Treasury Department official who declined to be named confirmed to MailOnline on Tuesday that the Obama administration will not begin enforcing employer mandates in the Obamacare law until 2015 - one year later than originally planned - and pinned that change of direction on a combination of politics and economic realities in the marketplace. Mark Mazur, the Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy, announced on the agency´s blog that the administration ´will provide an additional year before the ... mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements begin.´
Oh, really? That will come as good news to the thousands of coal miners and others who work in the coal industry slated to lose their jobs because of EPA regs and Obama executive orders. Except the guy is full of horse manure. Of course there´s a war on coal. The war has been going on for at least 3 years as more than 142 coal fired plants have been shuttered, according to the Sierra Club. But apparently, that´s not considered a war on coal by the administration.
Wattsupwiththat notes the mind boggling idiocy of the President´s war on coal: the reality is that Chris Hope, an ardent supporter of the War on CoalTM, using the most optimistic (and unattainable) assumptions, says that IF we win the War on Coal and we put hundreds of people out of work and increase the cost of electricity for poor and wealthy alike (although obviously, Obama and his rich pals don´t care about the cost increase), here´s our prize. Here´s what Chris Hope says we´ve bought for the all the pain and suffering: In the year 2100 the world might be
When defending the liberty of unsavory characters, I usually write of my native England. Not this week, alas. In the state of Texas, a 19-year-old man named Justin Carter sits in prison, ruthlessly stripped of his freedom for making an offensive joke. After a Facebook friend with whom he played video games described him as “crazy” and “messed up in the head,” Carter replied, sarcastically, one imagines, “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” He added “lol” and “jk”
Five years into Obama´s presidency, twelve million Americans remain unemployed, ten million others are underemployed, the unemployment rate is rising, and Obama wants to make it worse. In the fourth year of the Reagan presidency, the national economy grew by 6.8%. Last year, under Obama, it was still stuck at 2.2%. That difference is not accidental. It is the result of the contrasting policies of the two administrations. Sadly, the economic destruction of America continues in Obama´s second term. One example of this continuing damage is Obama´s determination to fight the phantom
Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA´s Prism system has been fed into the Five Eyes intelligence alliance whose members also include the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. But why have Western security agencies developed such an unprecedented capacity to spy on their own domestic populations? Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increasingly spied on political activists
During his opening remarks at today´s House Budget Committee hearing on the Department of Defense and the 2014 budget, Paul Ryan said, "The first duty of government is to keep us safe. And to keep us safe, our strategy should drive our budget. But under this administration, the budget is driving the strategy." With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, there to testify, Ryan continued: "Last year, Secretary Panetta made a budget request [that] he said was the minimum necessary to execute the President’s strategy.
The world has been scandalized to learn about Prism, the broad data surveillance program used by the US at home and abroad. German commentators say that both Berlin and Brussels must defend Europe from this invasion of privacy. Revelations about a far-reaching intelligence program in the United States leaked last week aren´t just causing problems for President Barack Obama at home. While American citizens are left wondering whether their privacy has been violated by the Internet and phone surveillance, officials abroad are expressing serious concerns too.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
I think she’s one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world,” confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word “good” has many uses: “For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot but not necessarily a good man.” So it is,
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.
An archaeologist overseeing a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkey´s Sinop Province claims her team has discovered a 1,350-year-old stone chest containing "a piece of a cross" and which she believes possibly came from the one on which Jesus was crucified as recorded in the Gospels. "We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross, and we think it was [part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified]," Gulgun Koroglu, head of the years-long excavation at the site, told reporters. "