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  • Kasich: "We believe that an open convention is the best way for the Republican Party to win"

    04/25/2016 5:54:41 PM PDT · by maggief · 129 replies
    Kasich: "We believe that an open convention is the best way for the Republican Party to win" http://cnn.it/1pzz0Ig
  • Insiders: Ted Cruz will capture Wisconsin - Democrats expect a Bernie Sanders victory.

    04/01/2016 3:32:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 194 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 1, 2016 | Steven Shepard
    Ted Cruz will deal Donald Trump an emphatic defeat in Wisconsin next week. That’s according to The POLITICO Caucus – a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in 10 key battleground states. Nearly nine-in-10 Republicans in those states chose Cruz as the likely winner of next Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primary. Among Democrats, Caucus members by a nearly two-to-one margin predicted Bernie Sanders would defeat Hillary Clinton. In the Republican race, insiders said Cruz has surged ahead of Trump in Wisconsin thanks to GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s endorsement and an electorate that isn’t as favorable to Trump as those in other...
  • Conservative[?] activists plot to stop Donald Trump

    03/17/2016 9:08:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 66 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3-17-2016
    A group of conservative activists huddled behind closed doors Thursday at a Washington hotel to plot strategy to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump , including calling for a unity ticket to oppose him and a floor fight at the GOP convention to deny him the nomination. The meeting was led by conservative talk radio host Erick Erickson, a longtime outspoken critic of Mr. Trump . “We believe that the issue of Donald Trump is greater than an issue of party. It is an issue of morals and character that all Americans, not just those of us in the conservative movement,...
  • Donald Trump, Enemy of the Constitution

    03/03/2016 11:05:05 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 113 replies
    REASON ^ | 3 Feb 16 | Damon Root
    Trump has trashed free speech, religious liberty, property rights, and limits on executive power. Here's a question for you to puzzle over. Can you name the single most unconstitutional thing Donald Trump has proposed or endorsed so far in the 2016 presidential race? Not an easy question to answer, is it? Do you start with Trump's efforts to suppress immigration by gutting the 14th Amendment? Or do you perhaps point to Trump's long war on the Fifth Amendment and its protections for property rights, as exemplified by Trump's embrace of boundless eminent domain powers for the government and Trump's own...
  • McCain Follows Romney In Urging Voters To Think Twice About Trump

    03/03/2016 9:46:40 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 233 replies
    politico.com ^ | March 4
    John McCain followed Mitt Romney on Thursday in blistering Donald Trump, warning that voters should think "long and hard" before making him commander in chief. “I share the concerns about Donald Trump that my friend and former Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, described in his speech today,” said the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican nominee.
  • Unreal – The Washington Examiner Promises To Destroy Any DC Politician Who Supports Donald Trump

    03/03/2016 6:48:19 AM PST · by detective · 68 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 2, 2016 | sundance
    The Washington Examiner, a widely read political media outlet, has now run an editorial article threatening any DC politician who supports Donald Trump.
  • ( From Raw Story ) McConnell Says Republicans Will Drop Donald Trump ‘Like A Hot Rock’ If He Wins GO

    02/27/2016 7:00:55 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 166 replies
    From Raw Story via rickey.org ^ | 2/27/16 | Rickey Yaneza
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has assured Senate candidates running for reelection that they can run ads against Donald Trump even if he wins the GOP nomination for president. According to the New York Times, senators attending private lunches with the Majority Leader have been advised to take the position that Donald Trump will lose badly in the general election and should prepare themselves for a Hillary Clinton presidency.
  • Mitt Romney's Speech Live on Facebook as his page gets hammered

    03/03/2016 8:28:59 AM PST · by freedomlover · 137 replies
    Facebook ^ | 2016-03-03 | Freedomlover
    I was looking for the Romney speech live and found a note on his Facebook page to "Watch my speech on the state of the 2016 presidential race LIVE on Facebook at 11:30 AM, ET." Can't find the Facebook link but LOL'd at the comments he is getting. Perhaps some Freepers could add to the discourse?? https://www.facebook.com/mittromney/?fref=ts
  • Mitt Romney is about to smash Donald Trump in a speech for the ages

    03/03/2016 5:31:45 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 157 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | 3/3 | Allan Smith
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney plans to bash Donald Trump in a speech Thursday, according to excerpts of the speech being passed around social media. In quoted remarks released by Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin, Romney calls Trump "a phony, a fraud." "He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat," Romney is expected to say. Romney, who recently has been publicly critical of Trump's campaign, announced Thursday's speech on Wednesday at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah in Salt...
  • Why I Changed My Mind and Joined the #NeverTrump Movement

    03/03/2016 6:05:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 82 replies
    National Review ^ | March 2, 2016 | David French
    Let me begin by saying that I was wrong. Weeks ago I said on a number of radio interviews that while I opposed Trump in the primary, I’d back him if he won the GOP nomination. I hadn’t yet seen — or had been unwilling to believe — the full extent of his contempt for the truth, his fondness for far-left conspiracy theories, and his sheer malice. When I saw Trump in full, my decision was easy: Never Trump.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, My New Best Friend

    03/03/2016 7:31:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    I could vote for Ted Cruz in the California primary, I realized as I learned the senator from Texas won not only his home state on Super Tuesday but also Oklahoma. Cruz also beat Donald Trump in the Iowa caucuses and claimed the top spot in the Alaska caucuses Tuesday. OK, so maybe I've scolded Cruz for leading the GOP House into a box canyon in his doomed effort to defund Obamacare. And I may have called him a snake a time or two. There's something about the way he talks that gets on my nerves. I believe that Sen....
  • No Traffic. No Accidents. No Death. All you have to do is give up your right to drive.

    03/03/2016 7:37:32 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 106 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 02/25/2016 | Matt Vella
    Why You Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Drive The article is behind a paywall, but I posted it to show where we are headed.
  • Establishment Unleash The Big Gun on Trump: Mitt Romney! (This Will Not Go Well.)

    03/03/2016 7:15:41 AM PST · by rktman · 73 replies
    dailywire.com ^ | 3/3/2016 | Ben Shapiro
    Donald Trump's yuge Super Tuesday win means that the Republican Smart Set have decided to unleash the big guns. The conversation went something like this: Establishment Genius #1: "We need someone with real grassroots bona fides, a true winner, to come off the bench and clock this Trump fellow." Establishment Genius #2: "Yes, yes, you speak wisely, good sir. Let me consider the possibilities. (Pauses) How about...Mitt Romney?"
  • AMERICA’S RULING CLASS — AND THE PERILS OF REVOLUTION

    12/29/2015 4:05:34 PM PST · by DugwayDuke · 48 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 2010 - August 2010 Issue TAS | Angelo M. Codevilla
    From the article: "The only serious opposition to this arrogant Ruling Party is coming not from feckless Republicans but from what might be called the Country Party -- and its vision is revolutionary."
  • Following his father’s footsteps: the path of Jeb Bush (50 yrs of power-hungry Bushes is enough!)

    11/26/2015 6:41:49 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 11/26/15 | John Meacham
    THE vice president of the United States was unhappy. In 1983, a "Conservative Digest" poll of conservatives found that 64 percent of right-leaning party leaders wanted George H.W. Bush replaced on the 1984 Reagan ticket. "Light reading," Bush scribbled across a cover sheet as he sent a copy to his friend James Baker - adding a frowning face. Reagan would have none of it - he liked and appreciated Bush. But the gulf between establishment and insurgent Republicans has only grown in the ensuing decades. The elder Bush's struggles through the years with a restive right shed light on the...
  • Is the Republican Party looking a gift horse in the mouth?

    09/15/2015 6:52:38 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 46 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | September 15, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    The Republican Party is facing a crisis. It has a candidate who is likely to win the nomination and could very well win the Presidential election. Yet they are doing their very best to see a repeat of the past two presidential cycles – nominating uninspiring candidates who have no chance of winning. The RNC would rather have a Democratic president, rather than support a reformer who would change the corrupt political structure of Washington. And they ignore the will of the people who are desperate to see that change happen.... Donald Trump has caught the imagination of not only...
  • Trump’s Secret - He’s One of Us

    09/04/2015 9:57:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/04/15 | Peggy Ryan
    Clearly, from the vitriol pouring forth from the ruling class, Trump's not one of them. He's flying our flag, fighting our battles, and taking the enemy down. No, he's not one of them, he's one of us. I’m told that in supporting Donald Trump, I’m advocating for a civil war within the Republican party. Let me be clear, I’m not trying to start a civil war, I’m simply joining a revolution. I’m taking up arms (in my case a pen) for the conservative cause against the ruling class of Washington insiders, the UniParty (Democrats and Republicans), the media, and activist...
  • DOES TRUMP TRUMP? ANGELO CODEVILLA ON OUR PRESENT MOMENT

    08/06/2015 7:50:33 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 8 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 27, 2015 | Prof. Angelo Codevilla
    “In the land of the blind,” so goes the saying, “the one-eyed man is king.” Donald Trump leapt atop other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination when he acted on the primordial fact in American public life today, from which most of the others hide their eyes, namely: most Americans distrust, fear, are sick and tired of, the elected, appointed, and bureaucratic officials who rule over us, as well as their cronies in the corporate, media, and academic world. Trump’s attraction lies less in his words’ grace or even precision than in the extent to which Americans are searching for...
  • DOES TRUMP TRUMP? ANGELO CODEVILLA ON OUR PRESENT MOMENT

    07/27/2015 9:58:22 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 26 replies
    Powerline ^ | 7/27/15 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    “In the land of the blind,” so goes the saying, “the one-eyed man is king.” Donald Trump leapt atop other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination when he acted on the primordial fact in American public life today, from which most of the others hide their eyes, namely: most Americans distrust, fear, are sick and tired of, the elected, appointed, and bureaucratic officials who rule over us, as well as their cronies in the corporate, media, and academic world. Trump’s attraction lies less in his words’ grace or even precision than in the extent to which Americans are searching for...
  • Pay Hike Needed to Boost Congress’ Morale [semi-satire]

    05/25/2015 10:35:57 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2015 | John Semmens
    Several Democrats, including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md), made the case for higher compensation this week citing “the low morale among those of us in the legislature who can only salivate at the sums being hauled in by ex-presidents and others for trifling amounts of work. As members of a body of 435 we won’t have the same name recognition. We won’t be invited to pontificate on sundry topics for piles of cash.” Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla) seconded Hoyer’s remarks saying “we need to get a bigger piece of the pie now! We pass laws doling out billions to important...
  • Few know how destructive the 'Democratic' Party is [vanity]

    11/02/2014 8:36:17 AM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 9 replies
    First quick highlights -- Islamic School Teacher Accused of ‘Horrific’ Sexual Abuse Against Teen Girls... (Florida manhunt) -- Document shows feds fear airborne Ebola -- News Blackout on New Ebola Tests Tightens -- Update: Voting Machines Keep Changing Votes [R] into [D] [Ill & M] -- Obama's Border Policy Fueled [another] Epidemic, Evidence Shows -- Scientists See Ebola Cases In Every Major U.S. City Possible By Year’s End -- Ebola response ignores history’s lessons: Risks from AIDS were discounted and thousands died [Washington Times] -- DOJ’s Fast and Furious Prequel: Failed Grenade-Running Operation o o o o Here's a headline...
  • Gramsci's Dream Came True: We Have a Leftist Ruling Class

    10/25/2014 7:42:38 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Oct. 25, 2014 | Paul Austin Murphy
    Antonio Gramsci is a figure of high importance to the development of the left, both in Britain and the United states. While looking into Gramsci, I came across James Joll's book, a clear exposition of Gramsci’s ideas by a fan of the Italian Marxist. Thus it can be said that the text is a fair account of Gramsci's ideas. And if there is any bias in the texts I've chosen, it's bias in favor -- rather than against – Antonio Gramsci.
  • THE NEW ARISTOCRACY

    07/05/2014 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Bratch · 16 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 5, 2014 | Ron Maxwell
    [...]If Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush were to become president of the United States it would mean the power and influence of the presidency remained in the hands of the Clinton family for possibly sixteen years, and that’s not even counting the princess in waiting, Chelsea; and in the case of the Bush family, possibly twenty years, and that’s not counting the heir apparent, George Prescott Bush. Have we devolved into a nation of bleating sheep, or screaming teenagers at an episode of American Idol? Can it be true that there are no other citizens in this great nation worthy of...
  • The Naked Self-Interest Of The Bureaucratic Class

    06/20/2014 5:06:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there's no evidence that it did. That's good for the president, but it may not be good for the country, because if the administration didn't target opponents, that would mean the IRS has become corrupt all on its own. In 1939, Bruno Rizzi, a largely forgotten communist intellectual, wrote a hugely controversial book, "The Bureaucratization of the World." Rizzi argued that the Soviet Union wasn't communist. Rather, it represented a new kind of system, what Rizzi...
  • Pro-Amnesty Elites Treat People as 'Commodities

    06/23/2014 2:57:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Big Government ^ | 6/23/2014 | Sen. Jeff Sessions
    Perhaps no issue better illustrates the current divide between everyday citizens and our political and business elites than the issue of immigration. The latter group draws the financial gains from a generous labor supply without considering the perspective of those on the other side of the ledger: the working people who have to worry about being laid off and replaced with lower-wage workers, about the strain placed on their local hospitals and neighborhood resources, or about cartel violence spilling across the border into their own communities. For instance, Sheldon Adelson recently wrote that: “The immigrants here illegally need jobs, want...
  • Vet Affairs Scandal Raises Questions About Paid Leave Abuse for Fed Workers

    05/22/2014 5:03:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | May 21 ,2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    They include the Inspector General of the National Archives, who’s continued collecting a paycheck courtesy of taxpayers since Sept. 14, 2012 during a professional misconduct investigation; and an IRS employee who stayed on the federal payroll for three years “without performing any work after a conviction for several felonies.” Federal rules call for use of administrative leave “for short periods of time not generally exceeding three consecutive work days.” Sen. Grassley’s letter Are all of the VA employees who are currently placed on administrative leave pending investigations related to this matter continuing in a paid status? If not, which ones...
  • Bush Embarrassed By Wife's Run-in With Customs (1999 Columba Bush Flashback)

    05/16/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 6/22/1999 | DAVID COX and JOHN KENNEDY
    Florida first lady Columba Bush made a mistake and "feels horrible" about her embarrassing run-in with U.S. Customs agents late last week, a chagrined Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday. "I can assure you it was a difficult weekend at our house," the governor said. "She knew that what she did was wrong and [she] made a mistake." Columba Bush was briefly detained and fined at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday after her arrival following a five-day shopping spree in Paris. The governor was not with her. She declared only $500 worth of merchandise on a Customs form at the...
  • ‘Affluenza’ teen’s family to pay victim $2M

    05/06/2014 11:18:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2014 1:29 PM EDT
    The family of a Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has agreed to pay more than $2 million to the family of a boy left paralyzed by the accident. Tarrant County court documents show that the liability insurer of Ethan Couch’s parents agreed to pay more than $1 million in cash and the rest in two annuities to a trust established for Sergio Molina. …
  • Boehner’s Last Two Opponents Were Fired From Their Jobs

    05/01/2014 6:33:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/30/14 | Patrick Howley
    John Boehner’s last two serious challengers for his Ohio eighth district congressional seat both got fired during their campaigns — and one of them was told explicitly that he was getting canned for running against Boehner. The Daily Caller exclusively reported Monday that Boehner’s tea party primary challenger J.D. Winteregg was fired from his job as an adjunct professor at Ohio’s Cedarville University for running an anti-Boehner campaign ad accusing the speaker of “Electile Dysfunction.” Winteregg is challenging Boehner in the district’s May 6 Republican primary. “I would say the raciness of it, sure,” was the reason the Christian college...
  • REPORT: GOP CONSULTANT CLASS CONTINUES TO GET FABULOUSLY RICH

    03/17/2014 7:36:53 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Monday March 17, 2014
    A new report from Politico’s Ken Vogel details how ten major GOP consultant firms who made a combined $1 billion off Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 White House bid are still large and in charge of GOP politics, raking in millions more for the 2014 cycle. According to Vogel’s analysis, the firms and the consultants who work for them have already made—through January 2014, nearly a full year before the midterm elections—more than $19.6 million. “They’ve also cemented relationships with some of the GOP’s rising stars, setting up the firms for even bigger paydays headed into the fall, when costly advertising...
  • Land of Inequality: Government of elites, by elites, for elites.

    02/24/2014 6:49:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Troy Senik
    From the end of World War II until the 1990s, California possessed a magnetism unique among the 50 states. It was — according to a mythology that was probably overwrought even in those halcyon days — an American Eden, a place where ambition and unfettered imagination combined to make even the most exotic dreams seem feasible. One of the reasons that image was so enduring was that the state consistently delivered on the outsized expectations. It came to be the center of American entertainment, with “Hollywood” becoming a metonym for the entire industry. It fostered the digital revolution that would...
  • Podesta, Left-Wing Mastermind, to Lead NSA Review

    01/17/2014 11:52:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/17/14 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama announced Friday that John Podesta, his new "counselor" and the political operative responsible for creating the institutional left in Washington, will be the appointed "to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy" in the aftermath of revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic spying programs. When he joined the White House last month, Podesta's focus was said to be "climate change." The president's speech contained little news. It was a classic Obama set-piece, designed to demonstrate that he understands both sides of a complex argument, while delegating
  • Just How Out of Touch is the Ruling Class?

    01/16/2014 1:24:26 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Daniel Horowitz
    As House Republicans prepare for their aptly-named “GOP Retreat” at the end of the month, they are planning to make immigration the centerpiece of their legislative strategy. Both Politico and Roll Call offer a glimpse into their grand scheme. They will offer a lot of window dressing about enforcement and all the things the GOP base wants to hear. But ask yourself this question: why the urgency? According to a new Gallup poll, immigration ranks among the lowest priority issues in the minds of voters. Only 3% listed it as a top issue, whereas most people felt the economy, jobs,...
  • Latest perk on Google buses: security guards

    01/16/2014 1:03:43 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/16/2014 | Alexei Oreskovic and Sarah McBride
    In San Francisco, many long-time residents believe the influx of richly compensated workers at Google and other big technology companies such as Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc has pushed rents to unaffordable levels in neighborhoods that once were homes to the working class. Technology companies have grown more aware of the tensions. They recently reached an agreement with the city of San Francisco governing the use of municipal bus stops. Google recently began to experiment with a privately chartered boat that can transport some of its employees living in San Francisco to its offices. And Google may be taking extra...
  • Obamacare and the Death of Liberalism - Bob Tyrrell was right.

    10/29/2013 4:47:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 29, 2913 | Jeffrey Lord
    "..................Just as Tyrrell predicted, Obama and company, believing the opposite and in denial over the reality of the Soviet lesson, made Obamacare the very face of “Friendly Fascism” and “Stealth Fascism.” Today the entire Great Leap Forward in American health care as envisioned by the liberal “yokels back at academe, drunk on their higher knowledge of ‘how-to’ studies” is a disaster collapsing in on itself faster than a Florida sinkhole. All at once, the reality of the collective consequences of liberalism is glaringly in the spotlight — making Tyrrell’s point with an uncanny precision. The worship of Big Government? The...
  • Darrell Issa to introduce immigration bill (House GOP begins Amnesty push next week...)

    10/23/2013 6:32:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 273 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/23/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to release legislation next week that would provide legal status for six years to undocumented immigrants in the United States, he said in an interview Wednesday. Issa, an influential Republican who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, described the legislation as a “come-from-the-shadows” effort that would allow the government to do a full accounting of those who are in the U.S. illegally. Immigrants in this new status would be able to travel to their native country while on this temporary visa, he said.
  • Jeb Bush Advises Sen. Ted Cruz to ‘Have a Bit of Self-Restraint’

    10/21/2013 6:28:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 93 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/20/13 | Noah Rothman
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sat down with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on Sunday for a discussion about the Republican tactics which led to the government shutdown. Bush said that he sympathizes with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) desire to defund the Affordable Care Act, but advised hi m to exercise a “bit of self-restraint” when it comes to tactics. Bush began by taking aim at Cruz’s tactics. He observed that the GOP actually lost ground with the public over the course of the shutdown and ironically made significantly reforming the ACA that much harder. “Tactically it...
  • The Healthcare Act is really about confiscation of tax refunds

    10/18/2013 9:14:42 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 26 replies
    Thought | 18 October 2013 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    The Healthcare Act just forced upon Americans was pushed through with deceit by telling ignorant Americans they would receive healthcare at reasonable premiums. It turns out (as usual) that it was all a lie. What the Healthcare Act is, in fact, is a way to more thoroughly tax citizens without provoking a revolution. Millions of younger Americans never carried insurance because with good health they didn't need to. Now, the government is going to force EVERY adult to have healthcare. Many companies have dropped healthcare or have cut hours to 29 per week to not have to incur the costs...
  • Was the Point Republicans Made in the Shutdown Worth the Price?

    10/17/2013 2:47:59 AM PDT · by lbryce · 74 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 16, 2013 | Gerald F. Seib
    The Republican Party's tea-party adherents believe they made an important point by setting in motion the events that led to this month's government shutdown, ill-fated though that shutdown might have been. The question they and the rest of their party now are left to ponder is this: Was the price paid worth the point made? That question, in fact, now lies at the heart of what figures to be a full-fledged struggle over the soul of the party, and over who really leads it.
  • The Ruling Elite Settles In

    09/06/2013 1:13:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 6, 2013 | J.R. Dunn
    It has been said a number of times in recent years that the U.S. is undergoing a period of flux, a state of rapid churning on the political-social level with any number contradictory trends appearing and vanishing while few permanent changes are evident. After 2013, this may no longer be the case. Events of this past summer indicate that a new political paradigm is settling in -- one in no way friendly toward American life as we now understand it. This new system was outlined by Dr. Angelo Codevilla in his 2010 book, The Ruling Class. Codevilla saw clear signs...
  • Congress Exempt from Obamacare in Last-Minute Deal

    08/05/2013 11:26:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    CBN News ^ | 5 Aug 13 | CBN
    Senators, representatives, and their top aides will be able to stay under the current subsidized health care system. That means they will continue to get a taxpayer-funded contribution to help pay for their health care premiums. A last-minute deal worked out before Congress went on their five-week summer vacation gets lawmakers out of the original language of Obamacare, which said members and their aides had to use its health care plans. Republicans like Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed the move, calling it a "behind-closed-doors deal, announced right after Congress is safely away from the crime scene." "This is exactly...
  • Two Sets of Rules For Obamacare – The Ruling Class vs. the Serfs

    08/05/2013 9:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    It’s official, the United States has a Ruling Class and it is no longer being hidden or denied.  Obama and the Congress have just decided that they don’t want to play by the same rules as the rest of us. Big surprise that the Office of Personnel Management, under pressure from Capitol Hill and Obama, has said that they will issue a ruling that states government can keep making contributions to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides.  In other words, “we” the “serfs” will be paying for Congress and their staff to keep their “Cadillac...
  • A Republican Case for Climate Action

    08/04/2013 12:21:41 AM PDT · by iowamark · 71 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 1, 2013 | WILLIAM D. RUCKELSHAUS, LEE M. THOMAS, WILLIAM K. REILLY and CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN
    EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally. There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected. The costs of inaction are undeniable....
  • Downton’s Class System — and Ours: We have a ruling class that despises the free market and does...

    05/26/2013 5:16:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 2013 | TOM BETHELL
    We have a ruling class that despises the free market and does all in its power to restrict its scope. --snip-- In these pages a few years ago, Angelo Codevilla gave us a lengthy analysis of “America’s Ruling Class” (TAS, July/August 2010). The major parties aspired to merge into a governing class, he said: “Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the...” --snip-- The ruling class also supports and is supported by...
  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling: Finally free to speak out against GOP’s shift to right

    02/21/2013 5:31:22 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2013 | Robert McCartney
    Until three months ago, when he dropped out of the race to become the Republican nominee for governor, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling had to keep mum about his unhappiness with the GOP’s shift to the right. He couldn’t say, as he did in an interview here Tuesday, that he thought the Republicans had become so extreme that they were alienating voters and blocking the commonwealth’s progress. (snip) To say all that previously would have meant giving up any chance of beating Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a tea party favorite, for the nomination. As it happened, Cuccinelli and his allies...
  • As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters

    02/21/2013 8:04:48 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 17 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | February 20, 2013 | Angelo Codevilla
    --snip-- The ever-growing U.S. government has an edgy social, ethical, and political character. It is distasteful to a majority of persons who vote Republican and to independent voters, as well as to perhaps one fifth of those who vote Democrat. The Republican leadership’s kinship with the socio-political class that runs modern government is deep. Country class Americans have but to glance at the Media to hear themselves insulted from on high as greedy, racist, violent, ignorant extremists. Yet far has it been from the Republican leadership to defend them. Whenever possible, the Republican Establishment has chosen candidates for office –...
  • As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class...

    02/21/2013 4:59:44 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 3 replies
    http://www.forbes.com/ ^ | February 0 2013 | Angelo Codevilla
    Modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been partners in the expansion of government, indeed in the growth of a government-based “ruling class.” They have relished that role despite their voters. Thus these leaders gradually solidified their choice to no longer represent what had been their constituency, but to openly adopt the identity of junior partners in that ruling class. Republican leaders neither parry the insults nor vilify their Democratic counterparts in comparable terms because they do not want to beat the ruling class, but to join it in solving the nation’s problems.... (excerpt)
  • As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are...

    02/21/2013 2:56:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/20/2013 | Angelo Codevilla
    As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned On January 1, 2013 one third of Republican congressmen, following their leaders, joined with nearly all Democrats to legislate higher taxes and more subsidies for Democratic constituencies. Two thirds voted no, following the people who had elected them. For generations, the Republican Party had presented itself as the political vehicle for Americans whose opposition to ever-bigger government financed by ever-higher taxes makes them a “country class.” Yet modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been... --snip-- Similarly the entire country...
  • Congressional Pay Protected by Constitution

    01/28/2013 10:41:11 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Recent legislation passed by the House of Representatives to extend the debt limit included a clause that will withhold salaries from members of Congress if they do not pas a budget. While existing law appears to require that Congress pass an annual budget, the body has neglected to do so since 2009. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) contends that this salary withholding clause is unConstitutiuonal. “The 27th Amendment says that 'No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened,'” Jeffries asserted. “My salary is Constitutionally protected...
  • Is the head of the New York Times a liar (Not a Joke)

    11/16/2012 10:09:09 AM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Spero News ^ | Friday, November 16, 2012 | William Donohue
    Is the head of the New York Times a liar/ Friday, November 16, 2012 By William Donohue Mark Thompson, the former BBC chief and current president of the New York Times Company, has said all along that he knew nothing about a spiked BBC exposé on BBC child rapist Jimmy Savile. Most astounding of all, on October 13, he said, “During my time as director general of the BBC, I never heard any allegations” about Jimmy Savile. As I wrote on October 26, “If this is true, it makes him a rare find for the Times: everyone else had at...