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Judas Must Have Been a Republican
American Thinker ^ | June 22, 2010 | Deborah B. Sloan

Posted on 06/22/2010 7:35:49 AM PDT by MarkLevinFan

There is no greater injustice than punishment of a man for doing something good, and no more loathsome cowardice than when those responsible for defending good sacrifice their cause to accommodate an uncompromising evil. But this type of betrayal is not uncommon for the Republican leadership, and it happened again last week in Congress.

Thursday's House committee hearings with BP CEO Tony Hayward consisted mostly of the empty political grandstanding one would expect from this type of proceedings, characterized by Mark Levin as Soviet-style show trials. There was an exception, however, when Representative Joe Barton spoke out against the Obama regime for extorting $20 billion from BP -- without due process -- to be distributed by an Obama appointee as compensation not only to Gulf residents harmed by the oil leak, but also to those left unemployed by Obama's moratorium by fiat on all offshore drilling operations. This was not to say that the Gulf residents shouldn't be compensated, but that the manner in which the funds were expropriated is reprehensible, and it is outrageous for the government to force a private corporation to finance a moratorium imposed by the president.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barton; bp; dueprocess; joebarton; marklevin; republican; shakedown

1 posted on 06/22/2010 7:35:51 AM PDT by MarkLevinFan
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To: MarkLevinFan

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) condemned remarks Thursday by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) in which he apologized to BP for the treatment the company has faced by the government.

“The oil spill in the Gulf is this nation’s largest natural disaster and stopping the leak and cleaning up the region is our top priority. Congressman Barton’s statements this morning were wrong,” the three said in a joint statement. “BP itself has acknowledged that responsibility for the economic damages lies with them and has offered an initial pledge of $20 billion dollars for that purpose.”

Forcing Barton to apologize just made us look like fools.

The 3 Cowards!!


2 posted on 06/22/2010 7:42:23 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: shanover; Shhhh They are watching Us; SilvieWaldorfMD; Sir Hailstone; Sisku Hanne; sissyjane; ...

Ping!


3 posted on 06/22/2010 7:43:46 AM PDT by MarkLevinFan (Thank me!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Even if Barton was correct, he should have remained silent.


4 posted on 06/22/2010 7:45:36 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Why?

Was it not a “shakedown” ?


5 posted on 06/22/2010 7:48:05 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
The 3 Cowards!!

I agree.

6 posted on 06/22/2010 7:49:54 AM PDT by MarkLevinFan (Thank me!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“Was it not a “shakedown” ?”

Yes, but the comment was tone deaf. Sometimes one must ride the wave of popularism -— because people are stupid.


7 posted on 06/22/2010 7:52:40 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: MarkLevinFan; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; genetic homophobe; ...
RE :”Instead, the House Republican leadership denounced the stand taken by Mr. Barton and demanded that he apologize.

Let's not lose it over this one. Defending BP is political suicide and it is the democrats dream that Republicans go for it. They already are trying to claim all Republicans think BP is the victim here.

An angry listener critical of Republicans for caving called Rush on this yesterday and Rush (who was talking this same theme previously) explained to him that he (Rush) does not have to get elected and that defending BP would cause election problems, and that he (Rush) didn't mean to defend BP. I normally rip Republicans for folding but pushing this line of argument is pointless given BP is the bad guy. Especially for a party that generally supported TARP when they were in power.

Better to defend against energy taxes and drilling restrictions against other energy companies that had nothing to do with this leak.

8 posted on 06/22/2010 7:53:21 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: Jewbacca

” Yes, but the comment was tone deaf. Sometimes one must ride the wave of popularism -— because people are stupid.”

That thinking got us here. If people are stupid they need to be led. We turned that job over to the Democrats.


9 posted on 06/22/2010 7:58:12 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: MarkLevinFan

DumBO cannot allow a $20 billion slush fund to not benefit his friends, so, the applicants for oil spill relief will be paid in new GM/Chrysler cars.


10 posted on 06/22/2010 7:59:02 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (2012, the end of our long national nightmare.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I disagree. Its a highly-emotional time, and BP certainly screwed up -— bad.

He didn’t need to attack BP, but he should have remained quiet -— for now.


11 posted on 06/22/2010 7:59:38 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: sickoflibs
Let's not lose it over this one. Defending BP is political suicide and it is the democrats dream that Republicans go for it. They already are trying to claim all Republicans think BP is the victim here. An angry listener critical of Republicans for caving called Rush on this yesterday and Rush (who was talking this same theme previously) explained to him that he (Rush) does not have to get elected and that defending BP would cause election problems, and that he (Rush) didn't mean to defend BP. I normally rip Republicans for folding but pushing this line of argument is pointless given BP is the bad guy. Especially for a party that generally supported TARP when they were in power. Better to defend against energy taxes and drilling restrictions against other energy companies that had nothing to do with this leak.

It's about defending the rule of law and the Constitution, not BP. And these 3 Republicans do not have to get re-elected. If fact, I wish they wouldn't! They should be replaced by Republicans that have a spine!

12 posted on 06/22/2010 8:02:04 AM PDT by MarkLevinFan (Thank me!)
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To: sickoflibs

Obama took tons of BP money. Any politician bring this up on the national stage?

NO


13 posted on 06/22/2010 8:03:23 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: MarkLevinFan

” It’s about defending the rule of law and the Constitution, not BP. And these 3 Republicans do not have to get re-elected. If fact, I wish they wouldn’t! They should be replaced by Republicans that have a spine! “

Exactly.

1) Obama took BIG MONEY from BP

BP cut corners

Obama was “ BOUGHT OFF” by BP. When BP “f”ed up, Obama “DROPPED SUPPORT “ of BP. Then Obama “shook down” BP.


14 posted on 06/22/2010 8:07:25 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
RE :”Obama took tons of BP money. Any politician bring this up on the national stage?

Sarah Palin did early on. She asked why the media didnt investigate Obama which I thought was a good approach.

But that contradicts the 'BP is a victim' theme that some Republicans want to go with. It's just suicide to defend BP when they agreed to pay for the spill and are not even defending themselves regarding it.

15 posted on 06/22/2010 8:10:20 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: Jewbacca

Even if Barton was correct, he should have remained silent.
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“All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent.”


16 posted on 06/22/2010 8:10:54 AM PDT by Irenic
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To: MarkLevinFan
Darned right!

The Patriot's Flag - Barton's Constitutional Moment.

17 posted on 06/22/2010 8:12:50 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Irenic

It’s chess, not checkers.


18 posted on 06/22/2010 8:13:53 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Irenic

“All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent.””

Lose lips sink ships.


19 posted on 06/22/2010 8:14:25 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: sickoflibs

” Sarah Palin did early on.”

Sarah Palin does not hold political office, and nobody takes her seriously, as she has nothing to lose.

If Jim DeMint or someone who DOES have something to lose, goes after Obama, it might count.


20 posted on 06/22/2010 8:14:39 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: sickoflibs

” But that contradicts the ‘BP is a victim’ theme that some Republicans want to go with. It’s just suicide to defend BP when they agreed to pay for the spill and are not even defending themselves regarding it. “

You can expose the “SHAKEDOWN” without defending BP.


21 posted on 06/22/2010 8:16:08 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: MarkLevinFan
Smart: Pointing out that Obama overstepped his Constitutional power by strong arming BP.

Stupid: Apologizing to BP for it.

Apologizing to BP is like apologizing to a notorious armed robber because the police roughed him up during the arrest. It distracts from the point you are trying to make.

22 posted on 06/22/2010 8:20:03 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (I am so immune to satire that I ate three Irish children after reading Swift's "A Modest Proposal")
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To: stephenjohnbanker
RE :”Sarah Palin does not hold political office, and nobody takes her seriously, as she has nothing to lose.

I knew you would like that example :)

23 posted on 06/22/2010 8:22:28 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: stephenjohnbanker
The 3 Cowards!!

BP is an Obama-supporter, having given him over $1 million in campaign donations. Now Obama is shaking BP down for $20 billion. Frankly, BP is responsible for the oil spill. Why should the GOP defend BP? Why should anyone in the GOP apologize to BP? BP should stand as an example to other companies who think that by giving money to Democrats, they will be immune from attacks from Democrats.

24 posted on 06/22/2010 8:26:20 AM PDT by Guyin4Os (A messianic ger-tsedek)
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To: sickoflibs
"Let's not lose it over this one. Defending BP is political suicide"

Yes, but nobody was defending BP.

"and it is the democrats dream that Republicans go for it. They already are trying to claim all Republicans think BP is the victim here."

You appear to have missed the issue here. The Congressman was not talking about BP: he was talking about our Constitution basic principles that were violated in the process of handling BP.

If someone commits murder during breakfast, nobody discussed what the murderer and the judge think of breakfast: it is merely incidental. Obama has once again wounded the Constitution, and that it happened in his dealings with BP is also coincidental and irrelevant.

It is a sad fact that (i) most people in this country, including so-called conservatives, are so inflicted with victimhood mentality that they take sides rather than stand on principles; and (ii) the GOP leader are not only any better, they assume that all of us lack principles, and apologize where they should stand firm. Instead of apologizing, they sould've enunciated the principles better and explained what Congressman's remarks were really about (not BP at all).

As it stands, the GOP played into the hands of Obama. It is because even Republicans do not stand on principle that we have have socialist anti-Americans running the country.

25 posted on 06/22/2010 8:28:55 AM PDT by TopQuark
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To: sickoflibs
Defending BP is political suicide and it is the democrats dream that Republicans go for it. They already are trying to claim all Republicans think BP is the victim here.

We can't use the mainstream media for a nuanced message like dems can - so you're probably right on this sickoflibs.

Even if dems are doing a shakedown - even if it's a slush fund - we have to get on board until it's "unexpectedly" discovered that the bulk of the money went to dem victim groups - and not to the majority of people who suffered from the spill...

Should we also act shocked and "oh so surprised" when that happens?

26 posted on 06/22/2010 8:35:57 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: GOPJ
RE :”Even if dems are doing a shakedown - even if it's a slush fund - we have to get on board until it's “unexpectedly” discovered that the bulk of the money went to dem victim groups - and not to the majority of people who suffered from the spill...

That is exactly the right approach, remember there are many real victims here and BP is not one of them.

Republicans really were handed a present with this spill, with the public disapproving of Obama on this even more than Bush with Katrina. Why some want to blow this by confirming MSNBC’s daily theme is beyond me.

Is having victims of this spill wait years for lawsuits to go through the courts even practical?

27 posted on 06/22/2010 8:44:51 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Even though Joe Varton’s underlying point is valid, the oil spill up until the gave the Democrats a soundbite, was owned by the Obama administration.

But he insisted on giving them that soundbite, which will be used to bludgeon Republicans consistently until November.

I wish he had used better judgment. This could be a macaca moment; I hope not.


28 posted on 06/22/2010 9:32:09 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Pray for our leaders: Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Barton apologizes, now McCrystal apologizes. Geraldine Ferraro bit the dust when she spoke out, and even BJ’s “it’s a fairy tale” came under attack.

Folks, this is what living under a tyranny is like- the LACK of freedom to voice honest opinions- and why does it seem like every time the WH shakes down someone, it is out of bounds to say so?

We got a fricking, bloomin’ dictatorship on our hands. And those of us who remember FREEDOM OF SPEECH are extremely P.O.’d about it.


29 posted on 06/22/2010 9:52:33 AM PDT by Canedawg (...still not digging this tyranny thing.)
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To: TopQuark; Canedawg; DoughtyOne; mkjessup; AuntB; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; MaggieCarta; ...

” You appear to have missed the issue here. The Congressman was not talking about BP: he was talking about our Constitution basic principles that were violated in the process of handling BP.

If someone commits murder during breakfast, nobody discussed what the murderer and the judge think of breakfast: it is merely incidental. Obama has once again wounded the Constitution, and that it happened in his dealings with BP is also coincidental and irrelevant. “

“It is a sad fact that (i) most people in this country, including so-called conservatives, are so inflicted with victimhood mentality that they take sides rather than stand on principles; “

” As it stands, the GOP played into the hands of Obama. It is because even Republicans do not stand on principle that we have have socialist anti-Americans running the country. “

The Republicans in the House & Senate are so accustomed to total subservience, that they don’t even know HOW to respond to evil.

Now I just heard Limbaugh state that it is possible that either the Democrats in D.C. will “deem” amnesty passed, or Obama will do an “executive order” . If amnesty passes, you can forget about this country, because no matter who is in power, chain migration will give us 60-80 million unskilled, illiterate slobs within 5-10 years. Do you think Obama or Pelosi would DARE pull this, if they feared the GOP in D.C.?


30 posted on 06/22/2010 10:53:18 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: MarkLevinFan
The Great One : Don't call my show if you're an idiot ! Call Hannity .
31 posted on 06/22/2010 2:01:42 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; TopQuark; DoughtyOne
Even if dems are doing a shakedown - even if it's a slush fund - we have to get on board until it's “unexpectedly” discovered that the bulk of the money went to dem victim groups - and not to the majority of people who suffered from the spill...

I don't want my congressman or senators to "get on board," even temporarily, with BP paying for Obama shutting down drilling and exploration. They should, however, speak carefully to make it clear that they do expect BP to pay for the damage it caused.

32 posted on 06/22/2010 2:11:07 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Yep


33 posted on 06/22/2010 2:55:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: sickoflibs

Yes. Obama wants to tie GOP to “evil oil giants” in general. No need to play into his hands.


34 posted on 06/22/2010 5:59:06 PM PDT by Impy (DROP. OUT. MARK. KIRK.)
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To: sickoflibs

Watching Obama destroy one corporation after another, setting precedence after precedence, to further the Fascist party line, is not a winning move IMO.

There are plenty of Democrats on the coast, including political party office holders, who have come out against this ignorant president on the issue of the moratorium on drilling, including B.P.

We’re not losing folks by defending B.P. on principle IMO.

Sure you’ll get a wing-nut call once in a while, but we get wing-nut calls on almost every subject. Do we avoid every touchy issue then? No.

Talk common sense and solid policy, and good people will flock to you.

Obama is catching hell from every quarter these days. It’s no time to avoid providing a reasoned alternative voice IMO. This is perhaps the most important time to do it in decades.


35 posted on 06/22/2010 7:23:03 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (06/15/2010 Obama's Shame-Wow address...)
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