Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Strategy to win
Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Strategy to win
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By Lawrence Sellin Wednesday, July 20, 2011
image“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
I think the American people have taken far too much abuse
The Mid-Term Elections Of 2011: A Gentle Reminder
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:26:50 PM by GravityFree
This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over half the navy’s deployed aircraft not ready for combat.
That is the picture of the U.S. military in disrepair—what The Heritage Foundation’s Mackenzie Eaglen calls a “readiness crisis” among all U.S. military services, including the National Guard and reserves. Readiness is “dangerously lower,” she writes, leading to “delayed, shortened, and less diverse training; plugging personnel and equipment shortfalls in deploying units with resources from others; reduced maintenance for worn-out equipment; and shortened rest time before redeploying overseas.”
How did the military get here? A decade of constant combat and ever-increasing disaster relief and homeland defense missions has contributed to the decline in readiness, and Eaglen writes in AOL Defense that the navy is under particular strain:
While the fleet has shrunk by about 15 percent since 1998, the number of ships deployed overseas has remained constant at about 100. Each ship goes to sea longer and more often, resulting in problems such as the well-publicized shortfalls in surface ship condition. With no surge capacity left in the fleet, each new casualty ripples through the schedules of dozens of ships. With the end of supplemental funding, Navy maintenance funding will be cut by almost 20 percent this year. In this context, a relatively small additional reduction in maintenance funding could render a Navy with 250 to 280 ships capable of keeping only 50 to 60 ships at sea.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.heritage.org …
We hear these same economic arguments all the time these days, to the point that these virtual and actual ideological skirmishes often take on an almost Ground Hog Day-ish repetitive cycle of nauseating repetition. The Political Right says “spend less,” the Political Left says “tax more,” so that, ultimately, many Americans are left feeling measurably unsure, if not completely confused, as to what the proper course of action should actually be for America as a nation, when in fact it’s not so terribly difficult.
Over these past few weeks, we have also further witnessed a depressing number of moderate Republicans, as well as an equally impressive number of middling Liberals, essentially second-guessing their own positions throughout these economic debates. Maybe not so much outwardly–but rather in a passing glimpse, a splinter of doubt in the the mind’s eye or even a certain identifiable hesitance in their verbal tirades. Both sides doubting what they have formerly held to be as sacrosanct and undeniable. Perhaps that doubt can be actively identified as where compromise begins taking form, or could this spate of heavily veiled penance also be where a correctable mistake begins to snowball into a ground-skipping comet of fiscal oblivion?
Put in another way, what if we as a Nation are looking in all the wrong places in order to find the true answers to the Nation’s economic problems? There is an old saying that goes something to the effect that “if everyone is thinking the same thing, then no one is actually thinking.” With some, it now appears that America has reached a sort of aggregated professional lunacy as to the true facts that may be in play. As we have alluded to increasingly throughout this current President’s term, there appears to be much, much, more to our economic morass than meets the proverbial eye.
A Bizarre Approach
When we realistically look at the performance of our Executive Branch up to this point, we see what could be termed as an ostensibly bizarre approach to all things economic and otherwise. When we should be doing one thing in reaction to some ever-present mushrooming dilemma, our leadership often takes an opposite tack that actually worsens a given situation rather than ameliorating it. Take for instance the subprime lending debacle that in large part placed our economy into this position in the first place. The Obama team’s reaction was to vastly over-regulate the mortgage industry and even add staff bank regulators to various bank branch offices in order to intensively micro-manage each and every loan.
So, at a time when our Nation’s building industry, which is one of the major engines of America’s economy, needed to be aided and fortified in every officious manner possible, the White House put forth draconian measures to essentially restrict and even hasten the down-fall of our residential builders, thereby also denying families needed housing…but then again, not exactly all families it would seem, as we are now given to understand.Even after the sub-prime lending scandal came to be understood as the forge by which our economy was hammered into submission, the Obama Department of Justice recently began enforcing a bizarre impetus to actually punish banks which are not making enough sub-prime loans. According to an Investors Business Daily July 8th article, the US Attorney General is even now launching a witch hunt in order to prosecute lenders who fail to originate loans to minorities with poor credit.
The penalties against the banking industry thus far have amounted to over $ 20 million in loan subsidies and set-asides by banks which have elected the cases to be settled out of court, rather than being branded with the dreaded racist label. An additional 60 banks are even now under investigation. One of the main themes at play in the underwriting of these loans? No job, no problem…and here we go again, but at the worst of all possible times.
In fact, the theme at play when we look at almost every problem that exists, speaks to an administration that seeks to take an existing problem, whatever it may be, twist it around and then needlessly complicate that same problem into an unsolvable nightmare of epic fail proportions. We could look at Obama’s failure to drill and the blocking of oil leases and permits with regard to our often dour energy situation as evidence.
If we see the spectre of hyper-inflation staring us down, the administration establishes quantitative easing exercises, which, in effect, prints even more money, thereby lowering the dollar’s value, while intensifying inflationary trends magnitudinally the world over. If we worry over the world’s establishing a new reserve currency other than the US dollar, our treasury chief actually seconds and even approves of the notion– sparking a go-ahead for the UN to seek the possible alternatives thereby dooming current efforts.
The Problem Exacerbated….
(Continue reading at Conservative Refocus)
A federal magistrate refused Wednesday to order the White House to provide BP PLC with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration’s response to last summer’s massive Gulf oil spill.
A lawyer for the oil giant had argued that emails by Carol Browner, Obama’s former adviser on energy and climate matters, and three other officials in the Executive Office of the President could shed light on the White House’s role in estimating the rate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the company’s blown-out well.
But U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan wrote that BP failed to show that it needed the White House’s internal documents.
In a letter to Shushan, BP said it should be allowed to review the White House communications on the spill’s flow rate because the data will help determine the company’s financial liability.
“There is compelling evidence Ms. Browner was personally and substantially involved in the decision-making process that produced the United States’ estimates of oil flow rates and oil spill volumes,” the company wrote.
The Justice Department said BP’s request was overly broad. BP’s proposed search of White House emails would collect nearly everything that mentions BP or the blown-out well that triggered a deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, a government attorney argued.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com …
Herman we hardly knew you. On first hearing about Herman Cain‘s candidacy it was exciting. What a resume, good on the stump, conservative ideals, worked for the federal govt but really became famous as a business executive who turned around companies in trouble…heck he saved Godfather’s Pizza and I love pizza, that alone gave him extra points in my book.
Cain showed so much promise, he was good on the stump and was even better during the first debate, but now his campaign is dead, he may not know it yet but all that’s left is for it to fall over. The cause of death is the same as so many presidential campaigns before him, known in the Latin as Bardus Superstitiosus Orationes (stupid bigoted statements).
The first hint that Cain’s mouth did not have a self-control switch is when he announced that he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet. Now a president’s cabinet is supposed to act as his closest advisers, and he should be able to pick whoever he trusted most to fill those positions. But making a public claim that he will pick his advisers based on religion even if it were true, showed problem with his brain’s “Warning You Are About To Say Something Really, Really Dumb” switch.
Cain seemed to back off that original statement last month, he started saying that he would appoint Muslims as long as they stated their loyalty was to America. He supported that by saying he would make that same loyalty judgment about all of his appointees, no matter what the religion. Something that sounded reasonable if it was the first thing he said, but coming after the “won’t appoint Muslims at all” comment, it seemed hollow. As long as he didn’t make the same mistake again the Cain campaign was still alive.
But sufferers of Bardus Superstitiosus Orationes usually find a way to become repeat offenders, and Herman Cain is no different.
This weekend Herman Cain was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. The former Godfather Pizza Executive doubled-down on his opposition to a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and he showed a disturbing lack of knowledge about the first Amendment to the constitution.
“Our constitution guarantees separation of church and state,” said Cain. “Islam combines church and state. They are using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their mosque in the community and people in the community don’t like it. They disagree with it. Sharia law is what they are trying to infuse.” Cain makes the same mistake that the ACLU types every year around Christmas. There is no Constitutional separation of Church and State. This is what the first amendment to the constitution says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. See not there! Whether you agree with the ACLU that there should be a separation of Church and State or not, any first year law student should know the original reason for the religion part of the first amendment was to keep the Federal government from trying to control religion. Many of the individual states already had an “official” religion, and the founders were worried about the Federal Government supplanting that local authority.
Like many Americans, I have a problem with Muslims who wish to make Sharia law public policy, the civil rule must take precedence over everything. However Sharia law being observed within the context of a Mosque is allowed under the Constitution as long as that law is subservient to civil law. Remember the amendment is supposed to protect the religion from government, not the other way around. Constitutionally the above statement would also be true if the words Sharia law were removed and Halachic Law (Jewish religious law) was substituted. It does not mater of there are parts of fundamental Sharia Law are particularly brutal as long as the government enforces the fact that a particular code of religious law is subservient to civil law no one will be allowed to be brutalized and everyone’s right will be protected.
So Herman Cain is wrong about the constitution here, and even worse that little speech filter failed him again. But Cain wasn’t done (if you cannot see two videos below click here):
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Gunny G: US Constitution Not What It’s Thought To Be!
THIS IS “OUR” COUNTRY!!!!!
Criminally Prosecuted, NOT IMPEACHED (And Why!)
The Cavalry Ain’t Coming…Do It The Old Fashioned Way!
“If our government officials refuse to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law, then American citizens will be forced to act to save our republic. “
When/Where/Why? Did The Turning Point Really Occur For America?
Col SELLIN: THE BIG CON “MUST BE DEALT WITH BEFORE 2012 ELECTION”
Greatest Crisis Since The Civil War
Declaration Of Independence
“… America Can’t Be Saved Or Returned To Its Roots Until The “R” Party Is Destroyed”
Interesting: Admiral Fallon; Gen Petraeus; McCain; USS Liberty, Etc.
Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Strategy to win
CERTIFIGATE Leaders, media ‘hiding what they know’ about Obama eligibility
CERTIFIGATE Leaders, media ‘hiding what they know’ about Obama eligibility: “CERTIFIGATE Leaders, media ‘hiding what they know’ about Obama eligibility Investigator says, ‘I can’t wait to see Nancy Pelosi in an orange jumpsuit’
The private investigator who has confirmed that Barack Obama is using a Social Security number issued to a Connecticut address, when he allegedly was in high school in Hawaii at the time it was assigned, says the leaders in American government as well as the mainstream media are aiding and abetting in concealing the truth from the American public.
‘They are hiding what they know to be the truth, that he’s not eligible to be president,’ Susan Daniels said today. ‘I can’t wait to see Nancy Pelosi in an orange jumpsuit.’
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com …”
Posted by Gunny G at Wednesday, July 20, 2011
AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ERROR
It is with a modicum of embarrassment that I lead off this article with a bit of mea culpa in regard to a piece of misinformation that was included in my last writing, The State of the Nation. In that composition I imputed the following quote to George W. Bush: “The Constitution is just a goddam piece of paper.” That contention was in fact not just a misstatement, but rather a repeating of a complete fabrication that was picked up and stated as gospel.
George W. Bush – who seems lately to have taken on a mythical persona as the great patriotic deliverer of the nation from an also mythical scenario of a near total destruction at the hands of a disorganized rabble of Islamic Jihadists – said and did many stupid things, but he did not make that statement. It is essential in a civilized society that one respect the truth, this especially in a time when it seems that none from the president and the congress on down looks upon the truth as a virtue or an admirable quality. As my dear departed Mother would say, “Be that as it may my dear, it is necessary and important that one always speaks the truth.” And so I make my amends to George and to my readers for that delusive quote.
If old George’s reign had not been such a total disaster I might in fact be conscience-stricken, but since nearly everything that he did as president was absolutely calamitous and contrary to the preservation of the Constitution and the Republic the remorse factor of my confession has been greatly mitigated.
“I think increasingly the American people are going to say to themselves, ‘You know what? If a party or a politician is constantly taking the position my-way-or-the-highway, constantly being locked into ideologically rigid positions, that we’re going to remember at the polls,'” President Obama said at his Friday news conference.
I know everyone is sick of hearing about the debt-limit negotiations. Lord knows I am. When I turn on the news these days, I feel like one of the passengers seated next to Robert Hays in the movie “Airplane!” By the time we get to the phrase “in the out years,” I’m ready to pour a can of gasoline over my head.
Still, regardless of how things turn out with the negotiations, what we are witnessing is the rollout of the Obama re-election campaign’s theme: Obama is the pragmatic voice of reason holding the ideologues at bay.
So it’s worth asking, before this branding campaign gels into the conventional wisdom: Who is the real ideologue here?
The president, we are told, is a pragmatist for wanting a “fair and balanced” budget deal. What that means is tax increases must accompany spending cuts. Any significant spending cuts would be way in the future. The tax increases would begin right after Obama is re-elected.
Now keep in mind that tax hikes (or what the administration calls “revenue increases”) are Obama’s idee fixe. He campaigned on raising taxes for millionaires and billionaires (defined in the small print as people making more than $200,000 a year or couples making $250,000).
During a primary debate, he was asked by ABC’s Charles Gibson if he would raise the capital gains tax even if he knew that cutting it would generate more revenue for the government. The non-ideologue responded that raising the tax, even if doing so would lower revenue, might be warranted out of “fairness.” As he said to Joe the Plumber, things are better when you “spread the wealth around.”
Earlier last week, referring to the fact that he is rich, the president said: “I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing. In fact, I’m able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don’t need.”
Leaving aside the fact that the man lives in public housing and has a government jet at his disposal — so his definition of “need” might be a bit out of whack — what is pragmatic about this position?
Obama says that Republicans are rigid ideologues because they won’t put “everything on the table.” Specifically, they won’t consider tax hikes, even though polls suggest Americans wouldn’t mind soaking “the rich,” “big oil” and “corporate jet owners.”
But Obama hasn’t put everything on the table either. He’s walled off “ObamaCare” and the rest of his “winning the future” agenda.
If Obama believes the American people are the voice of reason when it comes to tax hikes, why does their opinion count for nothing when it comes to ObamaCare, which has never been popular? (According to a RealClearPolitics average of polls, only 38.6 percent of voters favor the plan.) Why not look for some savings there?
Consider the frustration of the supposedly ideologically locked-in GOP Congress. In 2008, the national debt was 40 percent of GDP. Now it’s more than 60 percent, and it is projected to reach 75 percent next year, all thanks to a sour economy the GOP feels Obama made worse with incontinent spending.
Republicans won a historic election last November campaigning against the spending, borrowing, tax hikes and ObamaCare. Yet Obama’s position is that the Republicans are deranged dogmatists because they don’t want to raise taxes or borrow more money to pay for spending they opposed. And Obama is flexible because he refuses to revisit a program that has never been popular.
Meanwhile, the sole example of Obama’s pragmatism — that he has publicly acknowledged — is his openness to means-testing Medicare, which may not be a bad idea. But Obama’s support for it rests entirely on the fact that it would continue to tax upper-income people for benefits they will no longer receive. So, in addition to taxing the “rich” more, he also wants to give them less. I know why liberals would support that, but for the life of me I can’t see how it’s non-ideological
Exclusive: Interviewee: Obama Born in Kenya, Birth Records are in the Possession of Kenyan Prime Minister| The Post & Email
Exclusive: Interviewee: Obama Born in Kenya, Birth Records are in the Possession of Kenyan Prime Minister| The Post & Email: “PERSON WHOSE COMPANY DOES BUSINESS IN KENYA: “WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE INFORMATION”
by Sharon Rondeau
What is going to happen when the truth comes out?
(Jul. 19, 2011) — Recently The Post & Email was contacted by someone who stated that he was told by very reliable business contacts within his company that they were provided information before the 2008 presidential election that Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Mombasa, Kenya. The interviewee stated that his coworkers were told by an assistant to an under-secretary within the Kenyan government that Obama’s birth record existed in Kenya, and that the information was not difficult at the time to obtain.
The following is our interview with the individual:
MRS. RONDEAU: Thank you for contacting us regarding the knowledge which you said you have that Obama II was definitely born in Mombasa, Kenya. How did you learn that information?”
Posted by Gunny G at Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The California governor has signed into law a bill that will not simply require a “gay history” curriculum. It requires a form of “indoctrination” that will label Christianity as being intolerant and bigoted, one critic says.
“The bill is not about teaching gay history. That’s what the sponsors of the bill are portraying it as. That is not the language of the bill. That is not what it does, that’s not the intent,” William B. May, head of the San Francisco-based Catholics for the Common Good, told EWTN News on July 15.
While the history of the gay rights movement would be covered in history books as history, he said, the bill’s curriculum standards require “bringing to the attention of students the sexuality of people in history and social studies, who happen to be gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual.”
“It also has the effect of making sure that they are portrayed in a good light,” May continued. “It’s really an indoctrination bill that is being totally misrepresented by the politicians and by the media.”
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on July 14 after it passed the Democrat-controlled legislature on a largely party-line vote.
“We’re disappointed that the governor signed it,” May said. “It’s a troubling precedent for politicians to dictate what’s in textbooks.”
Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, the bill’s author, said that teaching gay history in public schools will teach students to be more accepting of gays and lesbians.
“We should not be afraid to teach our children of the broad diversity of human experience,” Sen. Leno said, according to Fox News. “It’s not going away, it’s always been with us. We have different kinds of people, who are, under law, to be treated equally. Why would we not want to teach our children this?”
He compared opponents to those who criticized curriculum requirements for ethnic and women’s studies.
However, May warned that the curriculum requirements will have adverse effects on groups that disapprove of homosexual behavior.
“This bill will contribute to Christianity coming under attack in the classroom as being intolerant, bigoted, and standing in the way of progress,” he told CNA. “This is part of a broader agenda to redefine love, relationships, marriage and family.”
He noted the related public debate about bullying, which he called “a serious problem” that “needs to be dealt with directly.”
He rejected the claim that curriculum requirements would reduce bullying.
“It’s absurd to think that teaching about the sexual characteristics or sexual orientation of people in history is going to have any bearing on that,” he continued.
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has also criticized the bill. In a July 5 column, he called it “another example of the government interfering with parents’ rights to be their children’s primary educators.”
The bill could have national effects. Because of California’s size and influence, many textbook publishers adjust their products to meet California curriculum standards.
May said the bill’s passage into law is “just one more wake-up call for the need to organize.”
He pointed out that Catholics for the Common Good has launched projects like Stand with Children, a marriage advocacy program.
It is also organizing a program called Faith in Action, which consists of small formation and support groups for “not just defending marriage and family, but promoting it.”
Utah Park Ranger Steven Powers marked the 4th of July by pulling a woman over for driving too slowly, then yanking her out of her car and slapping on cuffs when the woman insisted on filming the stop with her phone. Unfortunately for Powers, that woman happened to be Celia Sullivan, “a longtime Photography is Not a Crime reader,” according to the site’s proprietor, Carlos Miller.
Sullivan is also 50 years old, a mother of two, and about as non-threatening a person as any cop could hope to interact with while miles away from backup. While Powers apparently thought Sullivan was driving under the influence, she was actually driving so slowly because she had lost her camera tripod on the side of the road.
Courtesy of Miller, here’s the gist of the incident as Sullivan described it on her Facebook page:
I told PRSP (Park Ranger Steven Powers) that I was going to record him and said just a minute, let me grab my phone. PRSP decided that he didn’t have to be patient with me (like a good cop would), which is when he opened the door to my vehicle without my permission. I remember telling him just a second, I’m grabbing the documents and I grabbed my wallet too. I WAS NOT SCARED AT ALL. I was irritated but had no problem getting out of the vehicle but I was going to protect myself just in case. I had nothing to fear if he was good cop, and the video WOULD protect me if he was a bad cop.
And I remember telling him the video was for MY PROTECTION. I didn’t know what kind of person PRSP was, and he had a taser AND a gun.
I was all alone. Don’t forget that.
PRSP didn’t like the fact I was getting ready to record things because he grabbed my left wrist in an attempt to get me to drop the phone. I then said I can get out the car by myself, and turned and placed my feet on the ground and stood. This is where I complied with BOTH of his direct orders: I was out of the car, and I had my papers with me.
But he didn’t give me a chance to do anything else since he still had a hold of my wrist. With one motion, he twisted my left arm around to my back, and then at the same time saying you are under arrest for disobeying a direct order. I sank to my knees, dropped my papers phone and wallet and said over and over again you’ve got to be kidding, you’ve got to be kidding, are you kidding me.
Miller says that Sullivan was charged with “disobeying a lawful order” and “resisting arrest,” and was kept in handcuffs for 90 minutes before being released. To paraphrase Radley Balko, (not) another isolated incident.
And from Reason.tv, “The Government’s War on Cameras.”
Political donations by News Corp., its employees and their families were evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with President Obama the all-time leading recipient, according to a report from the Sunlight Foundation.
The transparency watchdog noted Tuesday that Democrats received 51 percent of contributions while Republicans received 49 percent, despite the firm’s highly publicized links to the GOP, such as a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association in August.
News Corp. is the parent company of The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Fox News, among others. The firm is currently under scrutiny in both the U.S. and U.K. over allegations its subsidiary News of the World hacked into voice mail accounts and bribed public officials.
“Obama being listed as the company’s top recipient might surprise some people because of its highly publicized involvement with his political rivals, like Sarah Palin who was the vice presidential candidate in 2008 and reportedly still under contract with Murdoch-owned Fox News as a paid commentator,” wrote Sunlight’s Ryan Sibley.
Sibley said News Corp. has spent $8.2 million since 1997 lobbying on issues such as net neutrality and privacy. He also points out the top recipients from the firm’s political action committee, News America Holdings, in the 2009-10 election cycle were Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Such occurred on Fox‘s “Hannity” show as the Great American Panel discussed the “Hardball” host’s deplorable interview with Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) earlier in the day (video follows with transcript and commentary):
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Ooh. Thrill up my, that was a good line.
TUCKER CARLSON, DAILY CALLER: It’s excruciating for Chris to listen to other people talk for once. You could see the kind of pain in his face. But, you know, he’s spent the last couple years just sucking up to this guy, sniffing his throne, really, kind of, in an obsequious embarrassing way humiliating himself on behalf of Obama. It must be difficult to watch what’s happened to the country.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: It’s a good, that’s a good point. Now you as a, as a, you know, lifelong Democrat, you have tried to get the Party to moderate a little bit, and they have just, they’ve excoriated you for urging moderation.
DOUG SCHOEN, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: And I will continue with Caddell to advocate moderation because that’s what’s best for the country. Sean, he’s not your president or our, or his president. He’s our president. It’s our country.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org …
Last year, Branch published the taped revelations, heavily edited and embellished with his own commentary, in an overpraised but useful volume called “The Clinton Tapes.”
I say “overpraised” because anyone who knows the underside of the Clinton White House can see how Branch allowed, even encouraged, Clinton to spin a selectively remembered, self-absolving account of his presidency.
I say “useful” because every now and then Branch caught up with Clinton before the White House has had a chance to shape the narrative.
For instance, Branch scheduled a visit with Clinton for the night of April 19, 1995. Earlier that day, a truck bomb took out the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, most of them federal workers.
Clinton shocked Branch by keeping his appointment. The two old friends talked for hours. The phrase “painful loss” came up between them only in reference to the Arkansas defeat in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Clinton spent but a few minutes on Oklahoma City. The reader learns that the only person Clinton spoke to at the scene was Oklahoma’s “right-wing Republican” governor, Frank Keating. That’s it.
Branch returned to a more cheerful White House a month later. He opens this chapter with a revealing sentence: “Oklahoma City did not lead overseas as President Clinton had feared, but domestic terror did spawn confusion and denial.”
This translates: Clinton did not want the investigation to lead overseas especially when he could exploit the two white, right wing suspects—Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols—for all their political capital.
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“I really don’t know,” DeMint said. “As I move around, people are telling me they’re out there and they’re engaged, but since the election they have not had as much of a focus.”
In 2009 and 2010, thousands of people took to the streets in cities around the country under the tea party banner to protest President Obama’s legislative agenda. But since Republicans took control of the House and beefed up their ranks in the Senate, participation at tea party rallies—and the number of rallies themselves—has waned. Republicans in Congress are now embroiled in a debate over reducing federal spending in return for a vote to raise the debt ceiling. DeMint has led the charge in the Senate, demanding a constitutional amendment that would force the federal government to balance its budget annually. But he said it’s crucial for the tea party to pressure other Republicans looking to compromise.
If they don’t, DeMint suggested, it could be an indicator that the tea party is losing steam.
“We’ve got well over 100 outside groups and well over 100 tea party groups that are focused on this Cut, Cap, Balance and we’ll see in the next few days if they still have the energy and the passion to affect policy here in Washington,” he said. “If we can’t move some votes in the House and Senate with that, it’s going to be a little bit discouraging right now. It’s not only make or break time for Republicans, it’s make or break time for the tea party.”
“I’m looking for some signals that they’re not only still awake, but that they’ve gained power,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll see them.”
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com …