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Let the Democrats Shoot Themselves in the Foot
Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter

Posted on 01/22/2013 11:46:13 PM PST by Kaslin

For the liberal establishment, “political courage” means a politician spitting in the face of his conservative constituents. The President’s gun proposals demand such political courage, and we conservatives ought to be all for it.

There are people who really believe President Barack Obama is some sort of cunning political grand-master, plotting out the checkmate ten moves ahead of his plodding opponents. Nonsense. He’s actually President Peter Principle, failing ever upward thanks to the disarray of his opponents.

Just when you think he might be clever enough to score his cheap points off of Newtown and turn back to beating the hapless House GOP over taxes he doubles down on guns. This guy probably hits on a 19 with the dealer’s 6 showing.

He made the big announcement of his 23 executive orders and his gun-grabbing legislative wish list in a ceremony so packed with kids that it’s surprising the Wiggles didn’t show up to sing along. They would have had more policy credibility than Biden. The executive orders were astonishingly lightweight – most of them were along the lines of directing Bureaucrat A to talk to Bureaucrat B about synergizing the synchronization of their coordination. He also clarified that Obamacare doesn’t prevent doctors from adding your guns to your weight and your blood pressure on the list of things to pester you about.

On Capitol Hill, the half-dozen or so Democrat senators who somehow nabbed seats from red states back in 2008 reacted to the President’s promise to pursue ban on useful weapons and standard magazines with about the same level of enthusiasm displayed by critics greeting the release of a new Nickelback album. “Political courage” is easy when you've run your last campaign or when you’re writing editorials for the New York Times. It can be downright dangerous to your career when you’re facing the voters in Arkansas and have to explain why you decided that because some Yankee psycho shot up a school they need to disarm themselves to please that guy in the White House and the gang at the New York Times.

The House Republicans, astonishingly, played it well, withholding comment until they see what Harry Reid gets passed out of the Senate. This is as it should be – making this the Democrats’ problem.

Fact is that this is a great opportunity for the Republicans to really get to work for the sake of the country. No, not by passing laws – there are too many laws already. The work they can do that will truly help this country during this Congress is handing embarrassing defeats to Barack Obama, making him expend his political capital for nothing, and damaging the electoral prospects of his enablers in the Senate. Liberals are the problem; the GOP needs to solve that.

Yes, gun control legislation is vital for our country, but not substantively, as nothing being proposed would have made the slightest difference in what happened at Newtown. It’s vital because it’s a chance to defeat the liberals in clear and meaningful way.

Now, we need to give the Republicans some credit – we cannot underestimate their ability to blow a winning hand. In the Senate, a lot depends on the whether the squish caucus in the World Greatest Deliberative Body can resist boot-licking the liberal establishment and providing bipartisan cover for the red state Democrats. It’s easy to imagine Lindsay Graham or one of the other Senate pseudo-cons scoring themselves a handful of cocktail party invitations by stroking his chin on “Meet the Press” and explaining that, of course, no one would need a semi-automatic rifle for hunting.

But then maybe Harry Reid’s obnoxious behavior of late will inspire the GOP Senators to put schadenfreude above sycophancy. It’s got to be a temptation to watch Nevada’s Pride trying to thread the needle on his own “A” rating on guns while dealing with blue state liberals insisting on starting the march to confiscation, red state Democrats freaking out about 2014, and a President whose every utterance gets the NRA 10,000 new members.

Senators, for once, control your urge to blow an opportunity in exchange for a kind word from the WaPo. Don’t throw this guy a life preserver. Watch him tread water as you giggle and point.

The House is the place to really start dealing the pain. Wait until something crawls out of the Senate over the mangled careers of a bunch of red state Democrats – hopefully with zero GOP votes – and then shift the paradigm.

Give the President some of the dough he wanted as part of his 180 degree shift on the “crazy”, “insane”, “evil” idea of actually protecting kids with armed security. Just make sure everyone knows how you’ll back the President on his backing of the NRA’s common sense proposal.

And no, the federal government has no legitimate business involving itself in school security, but this is not the time to rediscover federalism. Peggy Noonan may cluck like a schoolmarm about you playing hardball, but saving this country requires this guy in the White House be a lame duck starting now.

Naturally, out must go anything like an assault weapon or standard magazine ban. He gets nothing in the win column. What’s important is what the House puts into the bill. Start with a clear and unequivocal statement of the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right by statute, as well as by Constitution, and direct that all laws must be interpreted in that light. Make sure you cite both the Commerce Clause and Militia Clauses (Article I, Section 8, Clause 15-16)!

Gee, reaffirming the fundamental individual right kind of puts the screws to folks who keep lying about how they don’t want to take our guns in kind of a pickle. It would force some welcome honesty. A statute like this would also provide a backstop against the next time the Supreme Court has five liberals and decides that the Constitution’s clear statement of the people’s right to keep and bear arms means nothing of the sort. It would also undercut the various state laws that infringe upon the right. Oh, and best of all, no rational red state Democrats could ever consider voting against it. But if one does, even better!

And when rolling this out, send Boehner to the bar for the afternoon and put some of the GOP women out on the steps surrounded by moms and kids who protected themselves from scumbag criminals through the magic of firearms. Ask why the liberals are willing to sacrifice women to be raped, gays to be bashed, and minorities to be intimidated, all in order to disarm law-abiding citizens. Maybe some of the kids can even read their letters talking about how thankful they are that Mommy was able to use her Glock to keep her family from being murdered by that thug the liberal judge released on a technicality.

Yes, time for some political courage. After all, it’s for the children.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; barackobama; guncontrol; secondamendment; ussenate

1 posted on 01/22/2013 11:46:23 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This. We need to play the games that they do, as the ‘old civil way’ isn’t working. And won’t work with people my age or younger.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 11:56:11 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Kaslin

The commies still have some fight in them apparently. Be that as it may, they won’t step one foot across the line we have drawn. They might as well be throwing themselves over a cliff for all the good they will do.


3 posted on 01/23/2013 12:11:49 AM PST by RC one (.From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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To: Kaslin
SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!

It's the law.

4 posted on 01/23/2013 12:22:42 AM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Kaslin

If the ‘Rats are standing with their jack boot on our feet, then when they shoot their foot, it goes thru theirs and ours as well.

We must fight the evil they are at every turn.


5 posted on 01/23/2013 2:49:12 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: sickoflibs; GOPJ; Libloather; AuntB; Tennessee Nana; The Mayor; NYer; Sun
PEP TALK Demonrats are giddy with success. Ohaha sees himself----and his secular/welfare/socialist/union coalition----dominating public life. But tyranny and grandiosity have a very short shelf life.....as history shows.

The self-serving progs live in a dark place----they know only (1) the govt as enforcer, and, (2) the individual to be crushed.

Whereas Conservatives are strongly united by love of country----united by a dynamic force of issue-centered groups, associations, churches, military, tea parties, prayer groups, gun pwners, the power of the internet and web sites.......

as well as powerful organizing issues----patriotism, gun ownership, pro-lifers, religious freedom/1st amendment.........and on, and on, and on.

Obama's forces of evil refuse to recognize constitutional freedoms. They refuse to adhere to the hallmarks of a democracy---in-place constitutional guarantees.

The Founders escaped foreign domination and endured horrendous deprivation----they structured our govt to protect the citizenry from tyrants and oppression. The safeguards are there----they merely have to be mobilized.......by we, the people.

=====================================================

NOW WHAT? Conservatives have the sheer manpower to conduct democratically-inspired sabotage at every point. Hold up every bill, refuse to fund anything, filibuster Reid's filibuster, investigate, and so on.

We are in the best position vis a vis the Dem/Prog/Obamanations. That's why we win, they lose.

6 posted on 01/23/2013 4:57:26 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz

The only thing the conservatives in congress seem to lack right now is courage. If they can find that ingredient we can take back this country from our domestic enemies.


7 posted on 01/23/2013 5:06:42 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: All
How best to describe the secular/welfare/socialist/union Obamanations?

Paraphrasing author Satan worshipper and religious-hater Saul Alinsky ......"they do not have a fixed truth -- truth to them is relative and changing..... they are free from the shackles of dogma."

"How'd I get reelected despite Benghazi, trillion dollar deficits, and a crappy
economy? Easy---all we need to win are heavy-duty knee-pads to suckup for
votes, busloads of illegal voters, a blank check from the US Treasury, a
bleeding heart and a steady supply of transfusions."

8 posted on 01/23/2013 5:07:11 AM PST by Liz
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To: Russ

Courage-—we, the people, got plenty of it....just egg on the weenies in Congress.


9 posted on 01/23/2013 5:09:51 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin; Liz; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; stephenjohnbanker; NFHale; ...
RE :”“Political courage” is easy when you've run your last campaign or when you’re writing editorials for the New York Times. It can be downright dangerous to your career when you’re facing the voters in Arkansas and have to explain why you decided that because some Yankee psycho shot up a school they need to disarm themselves to please that guy in the White House and the gang at the New York Times.
The House Republicans, astonishingly, played it well, withholding comment until they see what Harry Reid gets passed out of the Senate. This is as it should be – making this the Democrats’ problem.
Fact is that this is a great opportunity for the Republicans to really get to work for the sake of the country. No, not by passing laws – there are too many laws already. The work they can do that will truly help this country during this Congress is handing embarrassing defeats to Barack Obama, making him expend his political capital for nothing, and damaging the electoral prospects of his enablers in the Senate. Liberals are the problem; the GOP needs to solve that. “
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The House is the place to really start dealing the pain. Wait until something crawls out of the Senate over the mangled careers of a bunch of red state Democrats – hopefully with zero GOP votes – and then shift the paradigm.
Give the President some of the dough he wanted as part of his 180 degree shift on the “crazy”, “insane”, “evil” idea of actually protecting kids with armed security. Just make sure everyone knows how you’ll back the President on his backing of the NRA’s common sense proposal.

One of the lessons Rs seemed to have hopefully learned is to hold back on the big talk, bragging and boasting which we have seen has backfired many times the past two years.(mid 2011 McConnell boasted that his #1 job was to 'make sure' that Obama was a 1 termer, #1 job!!! and disasters followed for the GOP.)

Let Democrats put up their bills like this in the Senate and lets see who votes for them and what get’s through, then the House can ignore them or pass much watered down replacements.

10 posted on 01/23/2013 5:17:46 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: sickoflibs
Ohaha's fave sport is baiting Repubs.....who then dangle in the air like dead fish.

Cong/VP candidate Paul Ryan said recently that the US had become one of "makers and takers."

Ohaha replied by pontificating: “The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”

Ohaha's cavalier/misleading statement WRT entitlements overburdening taxpayers should have generated a smart comeback from Ryan.

In the words of O's idol, Abe Lincoln....and I quote: "You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time."

11 posted on 01/23/2013 5:47:19 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin

“He’s actually President Peter Principle...”

This writer gets it and has a plan. It’s time to pound the rats and make them defend the indefensible. Let’s see if anyone grabs the ball and moves it forward.


12 posted on 01/23/2013 6:24:38 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: sickoflibs
Let Democrats put up their bills like this in the Senate and lets see who votes for them and what get’s through, then the House can ignore them or pass much watered down replacements.

problem is the back room dealings and buried in the text crap that might pass during one of these high profile media events...

where our 'our guys' demanding repeal of worthless gun laws, rather than even entertaining further INFRINGEMENTS ???

so long as we continue to play defensive rope-a-dope, we're in danger of them cramming stuff in piecemeal...

13 posted on 01/23/2013 8:11:55 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gilbo_3
RE :”where our ‘our guys’ demanding repeal of worthless gun laws, rather than even entertaining further INFRINGEMENTS ???”

They know that would not go over too well right now, at the Federal level. It would be a disaster, like demanding ending Social Security. How about demanding that O resign immediately too?

What gun INFRINGEMENTS is the GOP considering? This post talks about Reid trying to get a bill through the Dem Senate.

In NYS that law Coumo just passed looks like ripe picking for attacks though.

14 posted on 01/23/2013 8:29:22 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: sickoflibs
What gun INFRINGEMENTS is the GOP considering? This post talks about Reid trying to get a bill through the Dem Senate.

any and everything coming down the pipe is further infringement...period...

and yes, many of the useless hacks in the house and sinate would easily climb aboard the magazine ban train, or many of the other useless demands of the progcomms...

why not for every utterance by fineswine or schmuckie bloomer, *we* counter with a fact based proposal to repeal the 86 machine gun ban, or 68 gca, or 34 nfa ???

the obvious facts are that these 'common sense' infringements have made things worse, and simply diminished the 2A over time...a united front and a few posterboards with facts and figures, repeated by all of the 'R's everytime new infringements are proposed, might eventually educated a few people, instead of entertaining stupid ideas that will do nothing but further erode our freedoms...

pretty simple to use the DHS's own words to show the mis-direction of the hype, if done consistently...

http://radioviceonline.com/department-of-homeland-security-sport-rifle-ar-15-suitable-for-personal-defense/

15 posted on 01/23/2013 9:00:40 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gilbo_3

clickable...http://radioviceonline.com/department-of-homeland-security-sport-rifle-ar-15-suitable-for-personal-defense/


16 posted on 01/23/2013 9:01:47 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gilbo_3
RE :”any and everything coming down the pipe is further infringement...period...
and yes, many of the useless hacks in the house and sinate would easily climb aboard the magazine ban train, or many of the other useless demands of the progcomms...”

Actually I think you handed me great example.

The GOP House will not be voting on any bills that limits magazine sizes, but a Pelosi House would most certainly, and would probably pass it too.

So both parties are not in fact ‘the same’.

I had a feeling I should pull this thread :)

17 posted on 01/23/2013 9:09:54 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: sickoflibs
So both parties are not in fact ‘the same’.

let another mass shooting happen, and i wouldnt take the bet that the 'R's wouldnt feel the need and pressure to *do something* to keep the invites to the beltway cocktail parties...

if they begin to get painted as neglectful of 'the children', unlike bambam the father figure, they may just go for something as stupid as a mag ban...after all, with a 10 rounder, or even a 7 rounder, its not really an infringement in their minds, *if* they see no infringement in all the other crap of the past 80 yrs...

18 posted on 01/23/2013 9:15:47 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gilbo_3
RE :”let another mass shooting happen, and i wouldnt take the bet that the ‘R's wouldnt feel the need and pressure to *do something* to keep the invites to the beltway cocktail parties”

I don't see that happening and there have already been more shootings since that first one. To the contrary, Reid might put up some gun bills for a vote that puts his own Dem NRA members on the spot.

Immigration/amnesty is the one that scares me with the GOP.

Too many Rs are dying to score a few points with Hispanics by working with Dems on amnesty when O would get all the credit, the GOP would fracture, the result would cost taxpayers more, and they would vote Dem anyway.

19 posted on 01/23/2013 9:34:18 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: sickoflibs

The DiFi bill is nothing but cover fire for the “compromise” that they’ll eventually pass.

“At least it’s not as bad as the democrats wanted to start with”


20 posted on 01/23/2013 9:40:48 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin
Senators, for once, control your urge to blow an opportunity in exchange for a kind word from the WaPo.

This is good advice for everybody on the hill, and not just on this issue. The WaPo is never going to cut the Republicans a break as they do the Dems every day, so stop trying! You're ruining the party!

21 posted on 01/23/2013 9:43:25 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: MrB
RE :”The DiFi bill is nothing but cover fire for the “compromise” that they’ll eventually pass.
“At least it’s not as bad as the democrats wanted to start with”

Not happening, not in the House unless Pelosi gets it back.

Your analogy is a bit misguided.
To compare this with the tax standoff nearly all privately owned guns would have to become illegal automatically on a certain date if nothing was passed , because all of our taxes were going up if Bohner didnt do anything.

So the 'do nuthin-ers' were holding out for higher taxes on us all in that case so no R Speaker would have done what was demanded of Bohner.

In this case all guns will not =become illegal if the House does nothing.

22 posted on 01/23/2013 9:53:52 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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