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The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama
Wall Street Journal, by Ted Cruz

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 1/28/2014 9:47:55 PM

Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president´s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The president´s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: "There can


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/28/2014 9:51:27 PM     (No. 9709739)

Where are all the noble RINOs that call Ted a radical and wacobird. If they did not like the filibuster, what do they like? Methinks they are jealous and wusses and pretty boys with mainly women supporters carrying them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/28/2014 10:14:17 PM     (No. 9709756)

Cruz is the genuine article.
Obama is a girly man from the dregs of Lederers Bar.
Obama aka Barry Dunham- illegitimate child of Anne Dunham - is a puppet for a political cartel focused upon the looting of America and their own enrichment.
Everything about the creature is a LIE.
He and his Cabal must be held to account.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 1/28/2014 10:24:50 PM     (No. 9709770)

We are at a very dangerous juncture in United States History.

We have a Congress unwilling to hold the Executive Branch accountable to the Constitution, his oath of office and the people.

Its time to ring the phones off the hook in DC until this evil viel potus is brought up on charges of High Crimes.

We also need to get out States involved. Only the States have the power to hold this potus in check. Its time to roll.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Namma, 1/28/2014 10:24:52 PM     (No. 9709771)

Ted. Cruz is correct..every real American should be concerned about obamas total disregard for our Constitution...but the members of the democratic party are the ones who should be stopping him. Problem is most of the dems agree with him..
Again,check out the names of our congress members that are members of the communist club of America. And they all support obama fundamentals transforming this country. Sad

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Reply 5 - Posted by: STLstudent, 1/28/2014 10:28:04 PM     (No. 9709773)

We should all send packages of feminine hygiene products to Republican Congressional leaders.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lana720, 1/28/2014 10:39:35 PM     (No. 9709790)

Separation of a Powers is in the Constitution, you know that "thing" you promised to uphold. Abide by it and stop being a dictator.
We all have pens and phones and intend to use them, too. So there.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 1/28/2014 10:53:34 PM     (No. 9709799)

While scanning currently posted articles, this one stood out & was riveting from start to finish. And, this was before I saw at the end that the author was my US Senator Ted Cruz. It more than bolstered my idea as to why it is important to elect more like him to Congress in the midterms, if 0bama is to be kept from trashing the office of the president. 0bama has set our Nation on the road to perdition, not only in the internal strife he is creating with Congress and the Supreme Court, but with our external enemies as they prepare to strike when they deem US weak enough. Like Iran's nuclear bomb, that day is fast approaching.

If you do not see this is where the 0bamaNation is sending US, then we are well on the way to repeating the history that brings great nations to ruin. (As an aside, if you haven´t learned history from school, hopefully, the Bible will have taught you these lessons before you lose the chance to be able to read it).

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Reply 8 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 1/29/2014 12:21:03 AM     (No. 9709841)

God bless Senator Cruz... and Montesquieu.
Let´s work and pray to get 66+ like them in the US Senate.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NotaBene, 1/29/2014 2:10:17 AM     (No. 9709864)

Barack Hussein Obama is a tyrant that governs by executive pleasure, hates the workers of America and distributes Food Stamps to 50,000,000 Federal Government indentured moochers who get an Obamaphone with that as well. He should go back to Indonesia and stop sending the DoJ and IRS to punish my political friends.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pwb, 1/29/2014 6:56:52 AM     (No. 9709918)

All we need is a opposition party so that the country can go back to being at least a two party system. Right now we have a one party system with a sub group of the same party. So we have Democrats and RINOS (who claim to be republicans). The Democrats and RINOS hate the idea of a democratic republic and they want to do away with it and start a banana republic. We use to have a Republican party and there are a few left but the media has beat on them with lies, false hoods given them to report from the Democrat party . They have been able to get rid of most of them and we are now a Banana Republic where one man cant rule the country by fiat just like the other growing dictatorships.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Poobah, 1/29/2014 7:35:25 AM     (No. 9709937)

Obama has taken the first step down a road that leads to Civil War. When we lose the rule of law, we substitute the rule of power. If Obama isn’t able to persuade the populace to accept his dictates, he must either back down or impose them by force. Then we the people have a choice of the loss of our freedoms or responding with force. That’s how societies are destroyed.

Our problem is that we on the right want desperately to preserve our blessed nation. Obama would rejoice in its destruction.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/29/2014 7:44:32 AM     (No. 9709946)

This from a fellow Harvard Law grad--one with actual, verified credentials:

After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor. While at Harvard Law, Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. Referring to Cruz´s time as a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, "Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/29/2014 7:47:33 AM     (No. 9709947)

If a usurper were to be elected President of the United States with the express and implied intention of destroying the very country he is to lead....

What would he do DIFFERENTLY?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Freeloader, 1/29/2014 7:51:39 AM     (No. 9709951)

The current "State Of The Union" in twenty words or less:

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan."
-Proverbs 29:2

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Reply 15 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/29/2014 7:57:32 AM     (No. 9709954)

Obama even breaks environmental law. The EPA is required to update things like the National Air Standard on a schedule. He routinely misses the due dates. His most recent EPA rule was announced in Nov but not published until Jan so that the implementation, which is required to occur within a year of publication, won´t happen until after the elections.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: safesword, 1/29/2014 8:22:21 AM     (No. 9709979)

number 5 gets post of the century!!!! coffee literally shot out of my nose!!lolololololol...hahahahahaha!!!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/29/2014 8:24:53 AM     (No. 9709982)

Listening to Mark Levin last night and I agree with his comments about the silent coup taking place by this Imperial President and the failure of the Congress, in particular the Republican House to do or say anything, but I disagree with one point. Mark´s comment that Obama will not be President forever. I think one reason he has been doing all these executive orders is to see how far he can go and right now, it´s pretty much unlimited. And whose to say that if Hillary! doesn´t win the Presidential election that he just stays around issuing another EO intalling him in the office indefinitely "for the good of the country."

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Reply 18 - Posted by: stryker714, 1/29/2014 8:42:11 AM     (No. 9710006)

Excellent read Mr Cruz. I´m concerned about the arrogance Obama shows with his latest pen/phone EO threats. Sure he´s starting out with baby steps, ie the niche Fed contractor "raise" but it is certain the range of possibilities of what he will do with EO´s will astonish the US citizenry. No, I disagree-the democrats do not alway go along with everything he wants, that´s why he´s a lame duck. He´s been so conditioned to getting most everything he wants, breaking the law at will, it´s hard to imagine he is going to go willingly in 2016. That is when patriots are going to have to get really nasty, hostile to get rid of him. Oh Obama knows that and he has been preparing accordingly. He is not just an ideologue, he is akin to a robot on a mission(think Terminator robot) and he will not stop until he succeeds-in destroying the USA.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: ramona, 1/29/2014 8:49:38 AM     (No. 9710018)

Poster #11 contends that "If all the Tea Party candidates were of this caliber and style, I would be a roaring supporter. But I am in Texas, where the Tea Party also gave us Rep. Stockman, whose opposition run against Cornyn has become a local laughing-stock. So it is a mixed-bag. "

Here are my questions for those who agree with these sentiments and who are otherwise big-time Rovettes (establishment supporters):

1. The GOP also gave us McCain, (John) Warner, Crist, etc. Isn´t the GOP a mixed bag and are you "roaring supporters" of them?
2. What precisely are the a) fundamental principles of Conservatism and b) basic policy proposals of Conservatives with which you most disagree?
3. If you do stand on Conservative principles, are you willing to support untested Conservative (TEA) candidates to the same extent that you would support a loser like McCain or a some-time conservative like Cornyn?

Most Conservatives here have held our noses and voted for even the most obnoxious, ineffective Republicans in the hope that they would do the Right thing once in office - if they could even win. I see no reciprocity from the establishment in backing TEA Conservatives, even those with solid credentials such as Cruz. I truly doubt that our resident lapin supported Ted Cruz. Otherwise it would have seconded the Senator´s remarks here rather than disparaging them with a slam against the Tea Party.

Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Clinger, 1/29/2014 9:00:36 AM     (No. 9710037)

Far too many of our fellow voting citizens have no appreciation whatsoever for the ramifications of departing from the rule of law. We have had it so well or so long sustainability is just assumed. The knowledge of history and the correlation between liberty and the condition of all including the lower income tier is beyond them. I suspect that the response on their part to Mr. Cruz´s well formed position is a resounding "so what." We are playing an extraordinarily dangerous game, I wonder just how any of those that tend to vote GOP even get it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: rmagnus, 1/29/2014 9:01:06 AM     (No. 9710041)

There goes the "amiable dunce" strategy typically employed by dems against our Republican candidates. I suspect Cruz´s quoting of Montesquieu and reference to Lewis Carroll has them a bit off balance as to how to deal with him.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: MissMolly, 1/29/2014 9:15:19 AM     (No. 9710057)

"2. What precisely are the a) fundamental principles of Conservatism and b) basic policy proposals of Conservatives with which you most disagree?"

My dear, no two L-Dotters can agree on the definition of conservative. Instead of meaning small Constitutional government, less spending and lower taxes, it´s been enlarged to include anti-abortion, lockstep with others claiming to be conservatives and, according to your comment, a vow to enthusiastically support "untested" Tea Party candidates. Plus, you seem to reserve to yourself the ability to determine which other L-Dotters are telling the truth.

No thank you. I´ll stick to my own interpretation of what conservatism means and I ask you to do your own interpreting and to agree that there should not be a cookie cutter requirement for the rest of us.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/29/2014 9:43:26 AM     (No. 9710091)

Oh for a thousand Ted Cruz´s!

Excellent comments -- as usual!! -- from #20, who has ruffled feathers from the "tsk tsk" establishment supporters. I could not have said it better. Keep up the good work, my dear!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Shucky, 1/29/2014 9:51:31 AM     (No. 9710107)

The nation has become a leftist soft dictatorship. This is what the left, the democrats, expect when they elect a president, someone who will do whatever he pleases so long as it is in their interest. The only reason we don´t have a civil war is that they haven´t actually started confiscating property and destroying their opposition on a massive scale, but they will go as far as they think they can. We share a nation with half the population having a criminal mindset.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/29/2014 9:56:35 AM     (No. 9710117)

In conclusion FTA: As Montesquieu knew, an imperial presidency threatens the liberty of every citizen. Because when a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.

Ted is 100% correct, now where are the Articles of Impeachment?????

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Reply 26 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 1/29/2014 10:05:02 AM     (No. 9710135)

I disagree with No. 3. We do not have a "Congress" that is letting the President get away with this stuff. Congress consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is the Senate that is backing him in everything he does. The House of Representatives is our last line of defgense. They have been fighting a rear guard action and get no recognition for it from our own Republican voters.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/29/2014 10:29:22 AM     (No. 9710164)

Ted Cruz is a breath of fresh air. Too bad others are so timid. When Obama raises the minimum wage for federal contractors where does the money come from? Is the contractor squeezed for more costs after the deal is signed with the federal government? If so nobody should ever dare to do business with this grandstanding bloodsucker!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: zzzghy, 1/29/2014 10:32:27 AM     (No. 9710167)

Excellent. Bravo, truly. All of it.

Here´s the thing: 99+% of the American ruck will never read this article, and a significant percentage of those who do won´t get it.

The American citizenry is now a bait ball, more or less. They´re being consumed, eaten alive, by a swarm of predators they cannot identify. What a shame.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/29/2014 10:46:13 AM     (No. 9710178)

Ted Cruz tells the truth. Obama teleprompters us lies. .Obama´s Mussolini-like arrogance is sickening.
We are in serious trouble with only Rand and Ted speaking out for honest American citizens.
This is the perfect day to listen to Rush at 12 ET !

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/29/2014 11:18:16 AM     (No. 9710237)

Solid logic, #20.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/29/2014 11:36:05 AM     (No. 9710273)

I don’t think that anyone can dispute that the Reid-controlled Senate is backing Obama in everything he does, or that the House of Representatives is our last line of defense with some members fighting a rear guard action. If they get no recognition from their Republican voters, I submit it is because we do not know of it and neither does anyone else. The GOP leadership appears incapable of articulating these actions when they have the opportunity to address the American people directly outside the MSM filter, such as the pathetic performance of Speaker Boehner on Leno’s couch or Minority Leader McConnell on the Sunday news shows.

We only see a spirited fight from TEA affiliated electeds, such as Senator Cruz’s filibuster that forced the coming disaster of Obamacare to the forefront of the national conscientiousness, or the actions enumerated by Senator Mike Lee in his Tea Party response to the SOTU last night. I was quite impressed Lee’s list of conservative legislative efforts, most of which I had no idea were occurring. If even Ldotters do not know, how can we expect the general voting public to be aware of them?

Communicating the priorities and actions of the Republican Party is the responsibility of the leadership, a task at which they have been abject failures. Our situation is dire and calls for bold leadership that will draw sharp lines of contrast between the parties, and present a coherent and responsible agenda for our republic. We all agree that our country and the rule of law are facing an existential crisis. Critics of the TEA movement like to say we only have a difference of opinion about tactics, and that is true. Conservatives want tactics, while the Grand Old Progressives have none.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: killerbee, 1/29/2014 11:39:38 AM     (No. 9710278)

#20: You make some excellent points. The disparaging of the TEA Party -- particularly anyone who rises to national attention among the TEA ranks -- is a knee jerk thing.

I still recall the castigating of Ted Cruz over his filibuster and how he "didn´t have a back-up plan". Oy.

And then there are those who say he´s only out to get attention for himself but, of course, when he lies low they say he´s pushed his GOP cohorts out in front and he´s abandoning them.

Odd psychology going on there. You are right. What we have now isn´t working on so many levels. Those who have engaged in "business as usual" need to go. The Dems play tricks with the TEA Party as do the GOP Est. It´s a tough game. It´d be nice if there weren´t so many opponents.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 1/29/2014 11:40:01 AM     (No. 9710279)

Senator Cruz is bold enough to highlight the Obama administration´s trampling of our Constitution, and their lawlessness. What should terrify us most is what Obama´s thugs have almost certainly begun to examine: How to get around the XXIX Amendment to our Constitution.

The Twenty Second Amendment, Section 1, begins: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice….”

#11: Your posts are sooo informative.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 1/29/2014 11:44:38 AM     (No. 9710288)

And speaking of "informative," let´s make that XXII shall we?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: TexasRose, 1/29/2014 12:12:27 PM     (No. 9710321)

If any one can please tell me: FTA - "The law says that only Americans who have access to state-run exchanges will be subject to employer penalties and may obtain ObamaCare premium subsidies. This was done to entice the states to create exchanges. But, when 34 states decided not to establish state-run exchanges, the Obama administration announced that the statutory words ´established by State´ would also mean "established by the federal government.´"

Does this mean that states like Indiana IS or IS NOT subject to the fines?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Aria, 1/29/2014 12:13:09 PM     (No. 9710323)

POTUS announced proudly and defiantly that he will go around Congress to get what he wants and the rats in Congress give him an ovation.

Beyond belief. Congress is 1/2 traitors and the rest are mostly cowards. There are a few exceptions but they are mostly blacked out or ridiculed by the media.

The fundamental transformation of a once mighty and honorable country. Founded by geniuses, now run by idiots.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: catfur27, 1/29/2014 12:14:32 PM     (No. 9710325)

..in the 1930´s there was Il Duce...in 2014 we have Ill D-bag

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/29/2014 12:28:04 PM     (No. 9710346)

It seems that what we have now in congress is one segment (Senate) under the control of those who agree with Obozo and the other (House) that, despite being controlled by the opposition party, has thrown up it´s collective hands and proclaimed "What can we do about it. We only control 1/2 of 1/3 of the government". Apparently they have never read that part of the constitution that states that all spending and tax bills must originate in the House. And that the House has the power to bring impeachment articles against the President and even federal judges. And that cry about "we would never get it thru the Senate" won´t wash. If impeachment articles were to be brought against Obozo, it would have the effect of the lo-fo´s and everyone else to learn just what Obozo has and is doing. And rest assured, if enough people learn what their own Senators are doing, they just might make it hot for them when re-election comes around. We never know what would happen if we don´t try.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: danvillebill, 1/29/2014 12:53:54 PM     (No. 9710381)

Thank you Sen. Cruz for a splendid essay.
And when you announce your candidacy for POTUS you can be absolutely certain that you shall receive my time, my donation and my vote.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/29/2014 2:00:01 PM     (No. 9710482)

The problem was very well stated. What is missing is the SOLUTION. The solution is not hoping the next election might turn it around. It won´t. This is a do it now solution to this growing problem. The body of this country is infected with a flesh eating bacteria that is fundamentally transforming it from a free nation with liberty and justice for all into a nation of slaves and government control over every aspect and thing in your life. What to do now? Listen to the opening monologue of the 1-28-14 edition of the Mark Levin Show. Congress needs to do exactly what he has so eloquently suggested. Congress needs to act now or it will never act. Boehner is a gutless weak man with no dog in this fight. He is frozen in fear of The Fresh Prince of The Putting Greens. I can expect Johnny B to take no action except to let his Zero Hero roll over him time and time again. It´s not Johnny B Good, it´s Johnny B Bad for not standing up to tyranny.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: lencu255, 1/29/2014 2:25:47 PM     (No. 9710521)

I am with #2 - yes, it is THE CABAL! Not ideologues, not socialist (whatever that means), but a bunch of sick sadists, who not only want the money-money-money, but also want in the process of ripping off the people who create, manufacture and produce to harm us as much as possible. Historic examples: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot! They had everything the person can imagine - arugula, kobe beef, etc, but they wanted to make suffer as many people as possible. 100 million+ deaths, ruined individuals, families, whole countries.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 1/29/2014 6:38:50 PM     (No. 9710779)

I am a conservative independent. while i believe that any citizen who wishes to run for office should do so. I also believe that any candidate worth voting for should also be a reasonable citizen who does not destroy his/her own chances by voicing extreme social rants that cost the nation the loss of decent representation.
I support the Tea Party at it´s best such as Cruz and deplore the foot in mouth individual who shouts venom and positions that sicken most voters.
Since there is no formal membership rules of engagement the party is open to all the dirt and smears cast on these ranters. If members want a clean well run coalition they must also accept the responsibility to weed out the destructive excesses.
Obama must be defeated and only a reasonable force can accompolish

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Reply 43 - Posted by: 1976Ag, 1/29/2014 7:15:07 PM     (No. 9710810)

Palpatine must go!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: noparallel, 1/30/2014 8:51:11 AM     (No. 9711305)

The lucianne moderator/official commenter comment says it all, "extremely heavy readership."

And the CofC and Establishment push their guaranteed losers, amnesty for lawbreakers, military pay/health insurance cuts.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: rocco49, 1/30/2014 2:23:38 PM     (No. 9712034)

To the Imperial Imposter and his cabal of Reid, Pelosi, Clintoon, Kerry, Biden, Schumer, Sebelious, Holder, the socialists, the communists, MoveOn.org, Moochelle, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and all the dumbasses who are illiterate, stupid, lazy, on welfare, or majoring in ethnic studies, and the thug unions who permeate voter fraud.....to all of you, in the words of Joe Wilson......

"YOU LIE" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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As the nation awaits Hillary Clinton´s decision of whether or not she will run for president in 2016, a cache of 7,500 pages of newly released documents from Bill Clinton´s years in the White House show some familiar political themes. One revelation is that Bill Clinton worried that a massive new healthcare scheme would cause Americans to lose their insurance. In 1993, the President allowed his wife, first lady Hillary Clinton, to become the face of an Obamacare-like takeover of the nation´s healthcare system. The plan was sarcastically dubbed Hillarycare. But as these internal documents show, in what is now a

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

Special Report: How the U.S.
made its Putin problem worse
Reuters, by David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:04:33 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington´s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. During Putin´s visit to President George W. Bush´s Texas ranch two

Is THIS America´s newest top-secret spy
plane? Clearest picture yet of mystery
aircraft spotted flying over Kansas just
weeks after being seen in Texas
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jonathan O´Callaghan*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:01:49 PM     Post Reply
A new photo of a mysterious flying object over Kansas has been revealed. It appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but rumours abound that it could be a secret jet. ´The photo is grainy because it was taken with a hand-held maxed-out 400mm telephoto lens through a cloud layer and then it was severely cropped to bring it up even close,´ says Jeff Templin, who took the photo on 16 April. ´There is no way to know the altitude and no way to judge its

Bush versus Clinton 2016: would a battle
of the dynasties really be un-American?
Telegraph (U.K.), by Matt Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:59:00 PM     Post Reply
Could the 2016 presidential election turn into a contest between a Bush and a Clinton? Political debate in America last week revolved around whether or not Jeb Bush, Florida´s former governor who is son or brother to two former US presidents – both named George – would jump into the 2016 battle for the Republican presidential nomination. For a nation that fought a war for independence from the hereditary power of the British Crown, in the person of another fellow named George, the concept of nominating a third Bush to run for the White House against a second Clinton (the former

Kate Humble: We don´t value food
because it´s not expensive enough
Guardian (U.K.), by Lucy Siegle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:55:03 PM     Post Reply
"I´m over here!" shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She´s carrying a bucket. "I was just about to muck out," she announces, and I´m reminded this is a working farm in the Wye Valley and in no way a TV set. The photographer has already done his work and gone. Apparently Humble had no idea he was coming. It is hard to think of another TV person on the planet for whom an impromptu photoshoot while wearing a well-loved fleece and

Behind the cornucopia
of higher food prices
CNBC, by John W. Schoen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:53:44 PM     Post Reply
Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip. And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases. Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation´s fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an ongoing water

Senator urges hearing
on Bundy ranch dispute
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:51:55 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing. Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy’s ranch after the BLM began to seize his cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees and fines that now total more than $1 million. Heller debated the ranch standoff on a Nevada television station with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the armed Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists.” "What senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots," Heller said.

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,

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White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

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