By readopting his arrogant professor persona and likening Republican stonewalling on the budget to Sasha and Malia procrastinating on homework, the president is putting himself on dangerous ground for 2012. When President Obama used the example of his daughters finishing their homework on time to scold Republican lawmakers for putting off tough decisions about the budget, you may have realized, with some horror, that the president had become narrative-challenged.
The story of The One, the Messianic Figure, the Soulful Black Man Come to Redeem a Fallen America, the Quintessential Stranger Who Was Thus the Quintessential Figure of American Democracy—the thrilling, universal tale of Obama’s rise through a torn family with a world-wandering mother and an absent father had become tired and irrelevant. It was all used up.
Instead, you were left with the off-putting image of the dry, arrogant law professor, with his superior intellectual airs, that had occasionally appeared during the last presidential campaign. Back then, that unlovely side of the candidate was quickly eclipsed by The One’s universal tale. Now it has emerged as the only storyline the president can muster. Which means that Obama and the Democrats could be in big trouble.
Tea Partiers’ anger runs on feelings that they have been belittled by liberal elites who are far removed from the country’s immediate everyday interests. And here was Obama on Wednesday, fulfilling every aspect of the frightening chimera that the the new American right has turned him into. By comparing the Republicans, unfavorably, to his two children, he was dismissing their concerns as childish and unserious. You recalled his allusion to the New Testament during his inaugural address: “We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.”
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Stricter offensive bumper sticker law takes effect – WKRN, Nashville, Tennessee News, Weather and Sports |
Tennessee code 55-8-187 had allowed judges to decide on a fine from $2 to $50 based on their opinion.
Democratic State Representative Gary Moore, of Joelton, however, co-sponsored a House bill to stiffen the fine after he got several angry calls from constituents.
“On two different instances they had their children in the car with them and they pulled up on a vehicle that had an obscene bumper sticker,” he said. “I think it will make drivers a little more aware that there is a law out there.”
Drivers question if the law violates their rights to free speech.
Obama using your private emails to get re-elected
One member of Congress suggests it actually is the U.S. State Department that sets the eligibility requirements for presidents, not the Constitution, and another says anyone with concerns about the heated dispute should go to court, where not a single judge has been willing to hear arguments on the merits.
The comments are just the latest is a series of statements on which WND has reported coming from members of Congress, who have been advised by their Congressional Research Service on how to dismiss such concerns.
WND reported how Jerry W. Mansfield, an information research specialist in the Knowledge Services Group of the CRS, issued a memo to prepare members of Congress to rebut and defuse questions constituents were asking regarding Obama’s presidential eligibility under the natural-born citizen requirement of the Constitution.
WND has posted the CRS memo on Scribd.com for download.
Attached to the memo was an attack piece published by FactCheck.org to dismiss claims that Obama’s short-form Certification of Live Birth, originally published during the 2008 presidential campaign by DailyKos.com, was a forgery.
Many of the previous statements from members of Congress apparently based on CRS material obfuscate the difference between “citizen” and “natural -born citizen” and simply make assumptions about Obama for which the evidence is lacking.
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According to an e-mail forwarded to WND by a constituent, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., explained, “I believe that President Obama has met all the requirements of citizenship as set forth by the U.S. State Department, and therefore is eligible for the office of the presidency.”
The comment attributed to Sessions didn’t recognize that the Constitution clearly uses “natural born Citizen” to define a president, which is different from other references to “citizen,” and those requirements are from the Constitution, not the State Department’s bureaucracy.
Sessions’ office could not be reached for comment.
But another comment came recently from Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., who said concerned citizens need to go to court over Obama’s eligibility, even though courts ranging up to the U.S. Supreme Court have refused in dozens of cases already to hear arguments on the merits of the dispute.
July 4 infamy: Republicans try to destroy the American economy
By Brent Budowsky – 07/01/11 09:36 AM ET
Ron Paul would defeat the debt-ceiling increase and cause a global crash. Paul Ryan would destroy Medicare and impose huge punishment on seniors. Mitch McConnell has said his No. 1 goal is to destroy President Obama, not improve our economy, and has abused the rules of the Senate to obstruct every major jobs program for more than two years. Eric Cantor walks out of the debt-ceiling talks and the big question is whether Cantor’s dagger is aimed at the back of President Obama, Speaker Boehner or both. (I vote for both.)
On this July 4 the Republican Party is divided between the “hope America fails” Republicans, who appear to actively want joblessness to rise to seek political gain, and the “radical Republicans” who adore Ayn Rand, like Paul and Ryan, who favor extremist economic policies that would make America fail (as Republican economic policies often do).
The “hope America fails” Republicans are a disgrace, with their disgrace made more dramatic as the rest of us celebrate the Fourth of July. It is incredible, amazing and unprecedented that any leader of a major party in Congress could publicly state that his major goal is not to improve the economic lives of Americans, but to destroy a political opponent, while opposing programs to create jobs that Americans desperately want and need.
There is something strange, sick and weird about certain Republicans who express joy, glee and happiness with every new jobless worker while they brag about their success in destroying policies that would create new jobs.
Is there any better reason for large donors to give big money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Majority PAC?
The radical Ayn Rand Republicans sincerely believe in their reactionary support for unlimited greed and their destructive opposition to any programs that would create jobs.
Is there any better reason for large donors to give big money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC?
My guess is that the “hope America fails” Republicans and the “radical Ayn Rand” Republicans may well bring Democrats back to power in the House, and preserve Democratic control of the Senate. Americans do not like partisan politicians who hope America fails, or ideological radicals who would make America fail with an extremism that is hostile to the heartland of the nation.
This is why so many Republican governors are collapsing in the polls and a growing number of Democratic recall battles have a good chance of prevailing, beginning with Wisconsin.
There is a large truth involved here.
The real Boston Tea Party that helped to create this country is most represented by names like Kerry and Kennedy.
The spirit of the Declaration of Independence is best carried by the great liberals of today, and in many ways, mocked by those who wear the Tea Party costumes of the faux Tea Party today, but are really the partisan and ideological ancestors of the British Crown and the oligarchs who backed them, and tried to destroy the colonists, in 1776.
Yes indeed, both the “hope America fails” Republicans, who seem to take joy when the jobless rolls rise, and the “radical Ayn Rand Republicans,” whose extremism would ensure that the jobless rolls keep rising, are not the heirs to the colonists of 1776. No, they champion the cause once championed by the royalists and their oligarch benefactors Americans defeated in our magnificent war for independence!
Prison Planet.com » The Elite Are Not Even Trying To Hide How Much They Hate The U.S. Constitution Anymore
In the United States today, it is becoming increasingly fashionable to openly trash the U.S. Constitution. Many among the elite are not even trying to hide how much they hate the U.S. Constitution anymore. As the Patriot movement and the Tea Party movement call for a return to the principles that this nation was founded upon, many among the elite and in the mainstream media are responding by publicly dumping on the U.S. Constitution. The level of vitriol that we are seeing for our founding fathers and for our Constitution is unprecedented. It turns out that the U.S. Constitution does not fit very well with the benevolent futuristic “Big Brother” totalitarianism that they want to impose on all of us. All of that talk about “freedom” and “liberty” in the Constitution does not exactly square with thecentralized global planning that the elite have in mind. The ruling elite believe that the “rights of the individual” must be greatly restricted for the “good of society” and for the “good of the environment”. Right now the “constitutional revival” that is happening in the United States is a direct threat to what the elite are trying to accomplish, so they are responding by openly attacking the Constitution.
As the two Washingtons get back to business following the July 4 weekend festivities, and Operation Fast and Furious documents resume their flow from the Department of Justice to Senator Charles Grassley, it may be a good time to ask about a heavily redacted e-mail exchange obtained by the senator and offered as an attachment to testimony he provided to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The e-mails, dated Oct. 22, 23, 26 and 27, 2009 appear under the heading “Attachment 4” in Grassley’s attachments and they clearly show a couple of things. First, Operation Fast and Furious — now the object of two Capitol Hill inquiries including Grassley’s and the other by Congressman Darrell Issa — was a product solely of the Obama administration. Second, a lot of people knew apparently knew about it, or at least the strategy that was the basis for the botched operation.
The e-mail exchange has several names redacted, but there are some significant identifiable names who were evidently in on the creation of what was dubbed the “Department’s new strategy for combating Mexican drug cartels.”
“On October 26, 2009, emails indicate that there was a meeting of senior law enforcement officials at the Justice Department. It appears to have included the heads every law enforcement component of the Department, including directors of the FBI, the DEA and the ATF. It also included the U.S. Attorneys for all the Southwest border states, the Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
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