The Democratic Party Platform
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Liberals are people who oppose conservatism; that is, they are not bound by traditional values and beliefs and work toward the elimination of many of the moral standards that have been expected by civilized society for centuries.  Calling someone a liberal is usually disparaging, because liberalism is a system of beliefs with which most people disagree.  For that reason, liberal politicians do not refer to themselves as "liberal."

Liberals are sometimes called "progressive", but they appear to make progress in a direction that most people don't want to go.  In other words, liberals are out of step with America.

The Democratic Party platform contains a number of features that most people would find objectionable -- in addition to the obvious.  Allow me to bring some of them to light.

Democrats — Still the Party of Slavery after all these years.  According to Melissa Harris-Perry people have "...the right to health care, and to education, and to decent housing and to quality food at all times."  Perry is certainly not the first Democrat to argue that people have a "right" to the labor of others.  I have been fielding this argument in the course of debates about health care for years.  To be fair, I think sometimes such rhetoric is simply the result of a lack of deep thinking.  But like it or not, health care, education, housing, and food are all either services or tangible items which come from the labor of real people, people who many Democrats believe should be compelled to toil without compensation to provide for the "rights" of others.  To put it more simply, people like Harris-Perry are calling for certain people to be forced to work without compensation for the benefit of others.  Anytime you designate a good or service that must be produced by someone to be a right, you make the producer a slave.

Don't Be Fooled:  The Left Doesn't Care About Morals; It Cares About Power.  [Scroll down]  We're not seeing a revival of virtue in America.  We're seeing a resistance to it.  For true national repentance, there needs to be recognition of objective standards that allow for any of these judgments to be made in the first place.  There's not.  We're not seeing careful consideration of how we got to this point — the abandonment of God as the source of all moral authority or, at the very least, a common recognition of natural law and traditional social norms.  Instead, we are seeing navel-gazing about how to rethink sex, what to do about the brutality of masculinity, and how to delegitimize conservatives who have been accused of abandoning character for political expediency.

Sanders Puts Forward A Super Expensive Green 'Marshall Plan' For Puerto Rico.  Sen. Bernie Sanders will unveil an extremely pricey legislation to help Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes flattened the American territory nearly two months ago.  Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist from Vermont, is proposing a $146 million plan to resuscitate Puerto Rico's beleaguered infrastructure.  His goal is to have the 70 percent of the island running on solar and wind power within a decade, but some analysts believe the idea is a too ambitious.  "More than two months after Hurricane Maria, in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, most of the homes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still without electricity.  This is beyond belief," Sanders told reporters Tuesday [11/28/2017].

CNN Wants to Ban the Term Fake News.  This is what progressive fascist Democrat do.  Anytime they don't like something, they want to ban it.  Sometimes they call it "hate speech" when you point out the hypocrisy of the left and their history on slavery, the KKK and segregation.  Other times it's guns.  Leftists are always calling for normal, law abiding Americans to give up their legally owned firearms.  Then what happens?  A left wing terrorist named James Hodgkinson tries to shoot down GOP members of congress practicing for an annual charity softball game.  Other things progressive fascist Democrats are talking about banning is the playing of national anthems at NFL games because it makes the league look like shit when millionaire thug players decide to disrespect the national anthem.

Democrat Doug Jones:  The Second Amendment Has 'Limitations'.  Doug Jones, the Democrat running for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat, says he loves to hunt but the Second Amendment has "limitations."  He believes that every right enumerated in the Bill of Rights is limited, and the Second Amendment is no exception.  According to the Alabama Political Reporter, Jones described himself as "a Second Amendment guy," but stressed that some gun control is necessary.

Who Are the Real Fascists in American Politics?  [Scroll down]  [T]he Nazis wanted government ownership of all industry.  Is there anyone on the face of the earth who thinks that Trump wants that?  Rather, if anyone would opt for nationalization, it would be Democrats who insist on more and more regulations of industry, and more and more forms and accountability to government by individual citizens.  As regulation keeps growing and becomes excessive, it morphs into control.  Even if there is, technically-speaking, private ownership, the freedom that ownership normally implies is negated by the tight controls imposed and the accountability to governmental offices.  For example, technology now exists which would enable the regulation in private homes and businesses of heat and air conditioning from a remote location. [...] Under the guise of environmental concerns, stopping discrimination against "protected classes," paying a fair share, getting funds for dubious public programs, buying peace by attempting to bribe barbarous enemies like Iran and North Korea through various "deals," and enlarging public support of the supposed indigent to the point where 48% of Americans do not pay any tax at all, the tentacles of government growth keep expanding.

Zimbabwe's Coup, Venezuela's Default, And The Ongoing Failure Of Socialism.  As Zimbabwe locked down following a military coup this week, Venezuela defaulted on its debt.  On the surface, these events in these two countries — one African, the other South American — seem to have little in common.  But, in fact, they share two very big things:  Both are socialist, and both are failed states.

The Real Scandal in the Alabama Senate Race.  Democrat Doug Jones, [Judge Roy] Moore's opponent, has some noteworthy positions.  He's pro-prenatal infanticide.  It's not a stance he took 40 years ago but has since abandoned, and it doesn't mean he's accused of once having kissed an underage girl.  It means he believes in the murder of underage girls — and boys.  That's beyond scandalous.  Jones supports de-facto amnesty, meaning, he wouldn't even require illegal aliens to return to their home countries before being granted citizenship.  This undermines the rule of law and exemplifies the treasonous attitude that subordinates the good of one's countrymen to the good of invading foreigners — and all because they'll vote Democrat after being naturalized.  Selling out your culture for political power is scandal on steroids. [...] Jones advocates the unscientific, socially disastrous "transgender" agenda.  First, he said President Trump was "wrong, wrong, wrong" to return to the longtime status quo of banning so-called "transgender" people from the military; this means he supports social experimentation in the armed forces.

Socialist Lee Carter running as Democrat in Virginia, & Dems know it.  Although Politico reported just last month that Lee Carter was a "self-described socialist," that fact appears to be absent from the "about" section of Lee Carter's website.  In fact, the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America made Lee J. Carter's candidacy for Virginia's 50th House District a "priority."

Cultural Marxism and its discontents.  The deadly Islamic terrorist truck attack in New York City on Halloween exposed a caldron of issues, from national security to immigration policy.  But it's about much more than that.  The attack and its aftermath have shone a light on the left's campaign to radically transform America through cultural Marxism.  That's the revolutionary philosophy that aims to cure inequality by destroying traditional Western culture.  This includes massive, unrestricted immigration.

The triumph of Bill Ayers.  Yes, there have been stories about young people turning to socialism.  One of the latest polls shows that a majority of millenials would prefer to live under a socialist, fascist or communist system rather than a capitalist one.  But thing are getting a bit more disturbing now that elections have been happening.  Turns out one of the Virginia Democrats elected in last week's special election.  Lee Carter, is a young unreconstructed socialist, and a member of the far-left Democratic Socialists of America.  That organization has seen a fivefold increase in its membership, from about 6,000 to now 30,000.  You can bet the Communist Party U.S.A., now run in part by the fairly youthful and charismatic Libero della Piana, is seeing similar membership numbers rise.  Disillusion with free markets and capitalism is often cited as the reason for this phenomenon.

The New York Times keeps whitewashing communism's crimes.  The Trump administration marked this week's 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution by declaring a National Day for the Victims of Communism.  The New York Times marked the same anniversary in a different way: by running a series of articles extolling the virtues of communism.  The irony of the series' title, "Red Century," seems lost on the Times's editors.  The 20th century was "red" indeed — red with the blood of communism's victims.  The death toll of communism, cited in "The Black Book of Communism," is simply staggering:  In the USSR, nearly 20 million dead; China, 65 million; Vietnam, 1 million; Cambodia, 2 million; Eastern Europe, 1 million; Africa, 1.7 million; Afghanistan, 1.5 million; North Korea, 2 million (and counting).  In all, Communist regimes killed some 100 million people — roughly four times the number killed by the Nazis — making communism the most murderous ideology in human history.  Never mind all that.  University of Pennsylvania professor Kristen R. Ghodsee writes that Communists had better sex: [...] She has tough words for Joseph Stalin because he "reversed much of the Soviet Union's early progress in women's rights — outlawing abortion and promoting the nuclear family."  Yes, that was Stalin's crime.  Not the purges, not the gulag, but promoting the nuclear family.

How Leftism Makes Us Stupid.  It is now irrefutable that socialism destroys every nation it touches.  Small homogenous nations that are essentially protected by American might can fool around with confiscatory taxes and massive social programs, but even they will have to privatize industry sooner or later to stay solvent.  Otherwise socialism gets you Venezuela, and that's only if you're lucky enough not to wind up with the Soviet Union or Red China, with over 100 million human beings exterminated in the name of paradise.  And since each of the left's arguments is being made not in support of Islam or blacks or women or anyone else, but in support of a bigger government with an eye toward ultimately achieving socialism, leftists can't afford to accept or even hear the arguments from the other side.  Thus we end up with a press corps full of idiots:  leftists too stupid to deliver the straight news about an act of Islamist terror.

Socialism Causes Underage Prostitution.  Adam Smith said there is a lot of ruin in a country, but Venezuela is getting ridiculous.  How much lower can socialism drag that once-prosperous place?  Venezuelans have eaten their pets and raided zoos for dinner; now, Telemundo reports (via Breitbart) that thousands of Venezuelan girls are turning to prostitution out of desperation.

What Is 'Democratic Socialism'?  [Scroll down]  Thus these — and many other — socialists don't see any conflict at all between outright revolution/"radicalism" and democracy.  Indeed, they don't see any conflict or contradiction between their democratic socialism and revolution.  All this must surely mean that such people simply can't be believers in social democracy (in the Scandinavian or European sense) in any historical or meaningful sense of that term.  In other words, the word "democratic" in "democratic socialism" is pretty much a pretense.  Indeed, most of the history of socialist states, ideology and practice shows us that very clearly.

The same thing over again:  Kamala Harris loads up on hoary campaign tactics.  California's wunderkind Democratic Senator, Kamala Harris, is loading up for a presidential run. [...] All she must think she has to do, it seems, is put on a new face with the old tactics and the voters will come flocking in.  As if her political start as Willie Brown's girlfriend wouldn't be more than a little problematic, and her entrenchment with the establishment since then wouldn't add to it.  Not to mention, what she's now selling is socialism.  But the world has changed since Trump won.

The Issue That Could Lose the Next Election for Democrats.  [Scroll down]  This is, to be blunt, political suicide.  The Democrats' current position seems to be that the Dreamer parents who broke the law are near heroes, indistinguishable from the children they brought with them; and their rhetoric is very hard to distinguish, certainly for most swing voters, from a belief in open borders.  In fact, the Democrats increasingly seem to suggest that any kind of distinction between citizens and noncitizens is somehow racist.  You could see this at the last convention, when an entire evening was dedicated to Latinos, illegal and legal, as if the rule of law were largely irrelevant.  Hence the euphemism "undocumented" rather than "illegal."  So the stage was built, lit, and set for Trump.

The Mythical Far Right.  Few ideas are as silly or destructive as the idea that there is an "ideological spectrum" that has at one extreme Nazis and fascists and at the other end communists.  There is no "far right" that connects in any way with conservatism.  The communists and Nazis are not simply totalitarians, but totalitarians who believe in almost identical values.  That is why Orwell in 1984 could describe an Inner Party that everyone understands but fits nowhere on an "ideological spectrum."  Moving too far in the direction of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater never, ever leads to totalitarianism, but moving too far in the direction of Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi always leads to totalitarianism.

The Left's Last Spasm.  The Democrats, America's de facto leftist party (note how a sworn socialist, Bernie Sanders, is effectively exercising leadership of the party without anyone so much as blinking) have lost over 1,000 offices nationwide in the past year.  The GOP controls nearly two-thirds of all governorships and nearly half of state governments.  The left's political presence and influence is negligible across vast areas of the heartland.  They have abandoned the working class, the bedrock of any leftist movement, in favor of representing transsexuals, ball club millionaires, and noncitizen criminals, not a strategy with much of a future, on the face of it.  The year since the 2016 electoral debacle has witnessed a number of off-elections to replace cabinet picks, each one hailed by the media as the turning of the progressive tide, each one won by the GOP.

The Left's Sirens Are Already Hinting Our Culture Wars Will End In Another Civil War.  Pick your issue.  On immigration, 84 percent of Democrats say immigrants strengthen the country, while only 42 percent of Republicans say the same.  Ten years ago, those percentages were nearly identical.  On environmental regulation, 77 percent of Democrats say more regulation is worth the cost, compared to just 36 percent of Republicans.  A decade ago, that spread was 67 and 58 percent, respectively.  On whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence, 65 percent of Republicans say it does while 69 percent of Democrats say it doesn't.  When Pew first asked that question in 2002, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the partisan gap was just 11 points.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'Housing Is a Necessary Human Right'.  Prominent liberals, Sen. Bernie Sanders among them, insist that health care is a human right, and the same can be said about housing, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said on Thursday [10/12/2017].  Waters, the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, was among several African-American Democrats on the committee who blasted HUD Secretary Ben Carson as uncaring and incompetent because he supports the Trump administration's budget cuts.  "In the face of the immense housing needs in our country, President Trump chose Dr. Ben Carson to serve as the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development," Waters said in her opening statement at the HUD oversight hearing.

America Divided: It Starts With the Democratic Party.  Like John Edwards before him, Bernie Sanders sees two Americas:  the America of the wealthy, and the America of those who live paycheck to paycheck.  The villains in Sanders's speeches are the rich, the billionaires, the 1 percenters, and their centers of power on Wall Street.  The good guys are the poor, the middle-class and the American people more generally — including all the working-class whites who reside in the hinterland.  Not surprisingly, Sanders called wealth and income inequality "the great moral issue of our time," "the great economic issue of our time," and "the great political issue of our time."  According to him, the wealthy not only earn too much, they also refuse to pay their "fair share" of taxes, thereby depriving the government of the funds necessary to provide for the needs of the people, from free health care to free college (that the top 1 percent of earners already pay 40 percent of all federal income taxes apparently does not factor into the Sandersian equation).  Contrary to all the hype, Sandersism is not socialism.  It does not aim to nationalize industry and has no five-year plans.  Rather, its brand of democratic socialism is really just a continuation of traditional progressivism:  it aims to further regulate the economy — Wall Street in particular — and to enact European-style middle-class entitlements.  The U.S. already provides generous benefits to the elderly (about 40% of the federal budget) and the non-elderly poor (about 20% of the federal budget).  Sandersism wants to fill the gap and expand the welfare state to cover the non-elderly and the non-poor.

8 Truly 'Unsustainable' Policies.  Socialism is unsustainable because it doesn't offer an incentive-based economy that rewards hard work and innovation.  It also attacks the uniquely American constitutional principle of "limited government" — that there are proper roles for government and improper roles.  Let's be honest about what socialism is:  It's a system that potentially, without constraints, allows government to meddle in anything and everything, making both personal liberty and prosperity unsustainable. [...] Economic policies that depend on endless borrowing are unsustainable because, by definition, it's something that can only be done by governments and banking cartels, like the Federal Reserve, without any accountability to anyone but themselves.  Inevitably, there is a day of reckoning if the debts are not repaid.  One of the very definitions of "sustainability" is protecting the future needs of future generations, even if it means ignoring or compromising the desires the current generation.  Piling debt on future generations ignores that very principle.

Lawmaker takes first step to remove Columbus Day in NYC.  A radical Brooklyn lawmaker on Monday [10/9/2017] introduced a new state bill to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day, and slammed the famed explorer as a "murderer."  "This land that all of us inhabit is stolen land — stolen from the indigenous people who were slaughtered and forced onto reservations," Assemblyman Charles Barron told The Post, adding that "they should be recognized in replace of Columbus Day."  Barron described Columbus as a "colonizer" who "enslaved Africans and slaughtered indigenous people."

The Editor says...
The liberals just don't get it.  This perpetual PC nonsense about Indigenous People's Day, perverts in the women's restrooms, and same-sex wedding cakes, etc., is precisely the reason Donald Trump got elected, and will get re-elected.  The majority of the American people are sick of having every normal, routine, time-honored cultural tradition upended.  That's what the Democratic Party platform is all about.  And of course the rest of the Democrats' platform (and its byproducts), including their constant fear-mongering about carbon dioxide, the unnecessary war on coal, weird gender-fluid pronouns, political demonstrations by professional athletes, the war on oil pipelines, high taxes, a constantly growing welfare state, abortion on demand, open borders, electric cars, and dumbed-down classrooms don't help the Democrats win the undecided vote, either.

Democrats' Leftward Shift and Its Impact on 2020.  [Scroll down]  Democrats weren't always as willing to embrace immigrants as positive contributors to the country.  From 1994 until 1996, a majority of Democrats agreed with the statement that immigrants "are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care."  In fact, Democrats and Republicans were aligned on this sentiment for much of the 1990s.  It wasn't until 1999 that more Democrats believed that "immigrants strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents" than believed immigrants were a drain on U.S. resources.  But, it wasn't until 2010, when a majority of Democrats (54 percent) saw immigrants in a positive light.  That sentiment has only intensified since.  In 2017, 62 percent of Democrats saw immigrants as an asset instead of a burden.

Democrats Threaten to Regulate Twitter.  Two House Democrats have written a letter to Twitter's Jack Dorsey, threatening "increased regulations" if Twitter fails to crack down on objectionable speech. [...] The letter also referred to Russian accounts, about which a Twitter vice president recently met with Congressional staff.  But its main focus was speech deemed racially offensive: [...]

A Constitutional Right to Win?  The Democrats Want One.  Does the Democratic Party have a constitutional right to win a minimum number of elections?  Of course not, but that's what lawyers for a group of Wisconsin Democrats effectively argued at the Supreme Court in Gill v.  Whitford.  Despite decades of experience and legal precedent to the contrary, Democrats are asking the Court to enter the political realm and find for the first time that a legislative map is unconstitutional on partisan-related grounds.  The Supreme Court should take a pass.

Democrats' best hope for 2020: Oprah.  If any figure in the United States bears watching over the next couple of years as our political culture continues the radical transformation that led to the election of Donald Trump, it's Oprah.  I believe she's uniquely positioned, should she wish to commit herself, to seek the Democratic nomination for president and challenge Trump in 2020.

Bernie Sanders Goes There:  Let's Have A "Wealth Tax".  You're probably already aware of the growing popularity of Bernie Sanders among the furthest left wing of the Democratic Party.  (Ironic, since Senator Sanders fled the party and re-registered as an independent as soon as his presidential bid ended.)  One of his most often discussed proposals lately is a single payer health care scheme involving "Medicare for All."  The big sticking point on that plan is the almost unimaginable price tag that goes along with it and the question of how he plans to pay for it.

D.C. Delegate:  Stop North Korea by Getting Rid of Our Nukes First.  D.C.'s delegate to Congress said that as nuclear tensions rise with North Korea, the United States should get rid of its nuclear weapons. [...] Del.  Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced Monday [9/25/2017] the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2017 to mandate a U.S.-brokered international agreement that would see America's nuclear stockpile disabled and dismantled by 2024.  "There is no greater threat to the future of our planet than nuclear war," Norton said in a statement.  "As we seek to eliminate North Korea's march toward achieving long-range nuclear weapons, our nation, with the world's largest nuclear arsenal, should lead by example by bringing nations together to begin negotiations on reducing our stockpiles of warheads and moving toward realizing a world without nuclear weapons."

The Editor says...
Brilliant idea, Eleanor!  Why don't we just disband the Army while we're at it?  If we do, we'll only be involved in one more war.  I'll wait while you think about it.

The Awful Future that Looms for a Majority of Today's Americans.  [Scroll down]  Thus, the populace, instead of being aware of the disaster ahead, is taking its lead from the Ruling Class.  Alternatively, the American people are blithely swimming in a sea of banalities and faux causes.  Whether it is promoting transgenderism, drowning in cults of personality, defacing and tearing down statues, feverously looking for supposed racism under every rock, asserting hypothetical compassion in the promotion of open borders and amnesty for untold millions, breathlessly endorsing the false God of climate change, cheering for their side of the political spectrum to humiliate the other, or demanding that government make their lives better.  I will not be among the 225 million Americans living today that will be alive in 2048.  I have been fortunate to live throughout the golden age of America's power and influence, but regrettably to also see the impending end of this glorious and short-lived era.

It's not your party anymore.  Everything white Democrats need to know in four short video clips.

Leftists Never Fight.  Nazis have no power in America precisely because people know who they are.  If the people find out who the Democrats really are they too will have no power.

Sanders Admits His Health Plan Will Bankrupt the US.  Bernie Sanders's single-payer health care plan released yesterday offered no cost estimate, and no funding mechanism, though a credible estimate from the Urban Institute of a previous Sanders proposal came in at $32 trillion of new spending for the first ten years.  I suspect that for Sanders, this is a feature and not a bug.

Democrats want to cancel the health policies of 180 million Americans.  ObamaCare falsely promised Americans they could keep their health plans, but what Democrats really had in mind is now clear:  They want everyone to lose their insurance and take what government gives them instead.  That's obvious from Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All scheme, rolled out Wednesday with the support of the party's chief 2020 presidential hopefuls.  ObamaCare kicked some 7 million people off their plans.  But Bernie's bill would outlaw both employer-paid health care and private insurance for individuals.  That is, more than half the country — 180 million people — would have to say good-bye to their current plans (which they're mostly happy with) and switch to BernieCare.  (Most of the other half is already on some form of government health plan.)

Democrats Follow Bernie Sanders Off a Cliff.  How rudderless is the Democratic Party?  Its membership is so bereft of leadership and policy direction that 16 of its senators have signed on to a health care bill sponsored by a self-avowed independent democratic socialist from Vermont.  The "Medicare for All Act of 2017" would repeal Obamacare, along with most other private and public insurance, and replace it with a government-run, one-size-fits-all, centrally directed system of reimbursement for medical expenses.  Sanders, who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, holds the same opinion of health insurance as he does antiperspirants:  "You don't necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different sneakers when children are hungry in this country."

Dems are stampeding to support 'health care from hell'.  This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced legislation calling for "Medicare for All," a single-payer system that would put government firmly in charge.  His proposal was backed by 17 senators — one-third of the Democratic caucus — including New York's Kirsten Gillibrand.  Bernie's plan is long on promises, with benefits far more generous than current Medicare, including dental and vision care.  In fact, the benefits would be more generous than almost any national health-care system anywhere, including Canada.  And it would all be "free."  No deductibles, copayments or out-of-pocket costs.  What's not to love? [...] BernieCare has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, but independent analysts suggest it will cost at least $1.4 trillion per year.  That would be equal to 36 percent of our current federal budget.

The Destruction of the Individual.  The American Left makes a show of disapproving any but the most denatured, toothless and universalist religious beliefs.  They are suffused with a sexual ethos that is amoral and libertine by the standards of the recent past.  Their intellectual post-modernism specifically prevents any moral judgement or ethical framework.  In fact they pride themselves on the ability to"deconstruct" the traditions and values that under-pin our civilization.  Yet, they seem able to put aside their fractious identity politics in order to be unaccountably tolerant — even supportive of Radical Islam That political religion commits terror against the rest of the world and has spawned despotisms of religious elites of some degree in the entire Muslim world.  They also demand the killing of apostates, the torture and murder of homosexuals, the subjugation, rape and "honor" murder of women and children:  This begs for explanation.

Hillary Almost Proposed 'A Universal Basic Income' In 2016, And The Idea Is Catching Fire Among Grassroots Democrats.  Should you get free money from the U.S. government every month simply for being alive?  That may sound like a crazy idea to many of us, but the truth is that this will likely be one of the biggest political issues in the 2020 presidential election.  At this point, 40 percent of all Americans already "prefer socialism to capitalism", and the concept of a "universal basic income" is starting to catch fire among grassroots Democrats.

Your Beliefs Are No Longer Allowed.  American progressives have fnally gone all the way to a totalitarian vision, demanding control over not just your behavior, but your thoughts and beliefs.  This as the price of simply living without being attacked. [...] Do you believe in traditional marriage but don't care that gays marry?  Think it's OK teenagers take hormonal injections to swap genders but it's not right for your kids?  Don't really give a hoot about someone who identifies as "xe"?  Well, too bad, sucker.  The new dispensation doesn't care for your waffling.  Going forward, your private beliefs must align with your public stance.  No exceptions made or allowed.

A deal made possible by Antifa's collapse.  It is not what the press reports that matters, it is what the press does not report that matters most. [...] I mean when it comes to demonizing and marginalizing people, no one has been called more crude names than The Donald.  And yet, here he was graciously allowing Schumer and Pelosi to visit him in the Oval Office and cut a deal to get aid to Houston without a political catfight.  The reason is the Democrats need this win.  August was horrible for them.  They revealed what ugly, hateful, mean, spiteful, and nasty people they are through their Antifa henchmen.

The Far Left Won't Stop — Will They Try To Burn The Constitution Next?  The far-left and the anarchists it sends into the streets to enforce its doctrine will never stop.  Ever.  As we are now seeing, eradicating monuments and names affiliated with the Confederate South is just the beginning.  The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. being the latest to choose political correctness over American history.  With each passing day, the list of symbols of our American history which does offend the left and the anarchists and must be censored or destroyed grows.  What are their ultimate targets?

The Democrats' farfetched, laughable, thoroughly ridiculous and possibly successful DACA lawsuit.  President Trump's decision to rescind DACA was only hours old when the Democratic attorneys general of 15 states filed a lawsuit to stop him. [...] Together, they claim Trump's action is "arbitrary, unconstitutional, and contrary to statute."  There is one glaring, fundamental problem with their argument.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is a policy — not law — imposed by former President Barack Obama solely on his executive authority.  At the time it was imposed, in 2012, Obama conceded that a future president could undo it as easily as Obama imposed it.  There were serious questions about whether Obama had the authority to act — many felt the policy was Congress's to make or not make — but there is no question about a later president's authority to do away with it.  Obama's Justice Department took the same position.  In 2014, the Department published a legal analysis of DACA that noted on four separate occasions that "deferred action confers no lawful immigration status, provides no path to lawful permanent residence or citizenship, and is revocable at any time in the [Department of Homeland Security's] discretion."

FEMA Apologists Unite.  After Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, [...] President Trump requested Congress to approve a $7.85 billion down payment for disaster relief, most of which are meant to fill the coffers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster relief fund.  The original plan to cut FEMA's budget by $876 million to free up resources for national security priorities such as the border wall was already on the verge of being repealed.  But with the new funding request being pegged to raising the debt ceiling, Democrats have positioned themselves to stifle any debate about fiscal responsibility.  As it stands now, Democrats can hit two birds with one stone and push through two of their main agendas — a higher debt ceiling and the continued funding of a dysfunctional federal agency.  With budget and debt ceilings approaching at the end of the month, the Left is willingly pushing the U.S. into financial ruin.

DACA Backlash Shows Democrats Don't Really Think Their Policies Should Be Subject To Elections.  In the first seven months of his presidency, Donald Trump has tried to fulfill his campaign promises to reverse a number of Obama-era policies, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the program Obama created by executive order in 2012 for children brought to America illegally.  Arguably, Trump won the White House on such promises, and it stands to reason that he would try to follow through on them now that he's in office.  Shortly after the government shutdown in 2013, then-President Obama said if Republicans didn't like his policies then they should go out there and "win an election," not try to undermine the policies they don't like.  That's exactly what the GOP did, first in 2014 and again in 2016, taking control of both Congress and the White House.  So does Obama stand by what he said?

Democrats Embrace A Single-Payer Plan That's Radical Even By Communist China Standards.  Sometime in September, Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to unveil his "Medicare for all" bill, which would have the government pay 100% of the nation's entire health care costs.  Sanders, like all of his kindred single-payer advocates, claims that every other industrialized country in the world provides guaranteed universal coverage, and has lower health costs and better health outcomes as a result.  But what Sanders and Co. never, ever, say is that those countries also require their citizens to pay a far bigger share of health care dollars out of pocket than the U.S. does today, or that most of them have some form of private health insurance in the mix.

Draft Bernie activists implore Vermont Sen. Sanders to consider leading new party.  Sen. Bernard Sanders is giving the silent treatment to progressive activists clamoring for him to end his political marriage with Democrats and pilot a new party committed to making his progressive vision a reality.  Activists say they still hope Mr. Sanders will join their effort, but are miffed the Vermont independent is hewing so closely to the party that they say mistreated him in last year's presidential primary.  They hope to give Mr. Sanders a nudge next week, dropping off 50,000 signed petitions at his Capitol Hill office calling on him to lead a new party and to take part in a town hall.

There Is An "Alt Left" — It's Totalitarian, It's Captured The Democratic Party, And It's Coming For America.  The term is "Alt Left" not totally new.  It was used in two main forms before Charlottesville:  First, "Alt Left" was used by centrist liberals to criticize socialist critics who were opposing Hillary Clinton from the left.  Instead of the neoliberal economics, fashionable identity politics and foreign interventionism which characterizes Clinton Democrats, the Alt Left was more forthrightly socialist, discussed class politics instead of championing homosexual CEOs and displayed at least some skepticism about the theory that Russia was single-handedly funding all opposition to the Democratic Party.

CNN's Ana Navarro Loses It After Republican Senator Calls Her a 'Liberal'.  Monday morning's [8/28/2017] New Day ended the 8am hour with a fiery back-and-forth exchange between host Chris Cuomo, CNN analyst Ana Navarro and Republican Senator from Arizona, Steve Montenegro, over President Trump's pardoning of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio this past weekend.  The CNN host actually began by suggesting Trump "used" Hurricane Harvey as a "convenient" "cover" for his pardoning of the controversial sheriff.  After Montenegro claimed the controversy was created by the media and the left, Navarro angrily ranted she was not part of the left, citing her record of siding with liberal Republicans as some kind of evidence that she was a conservative.

The Never-Ending Liberal Bait And Switch.  Back in 2015, liberals demanded that Confederate flags be taken down because Dylann Roof had a picture of one on his Facebook page.  Most Republicans, even Southern Republicans, didn't care all that much about the Confederate flag.  So, in South Carolina for example, Republicans voluntarily removed the Confederate flag.  That's what liberals wanted, right?  So, that was it?  No, that was the start of the bait and switch.  The Dukes of Hazzard was taken off the air.  Confederate flags were ripped down.  There were liberals who said that waving a Confederate flag should be considered a hate crime and Southerners in general were attacked as racist.  Then people who protested this stupidity were labeled as bigots.  Next the Left moved on to statues.

After the War on Statues.  January 2005 may be remembered as the Day It All Began.  At a Conference on Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce, Larry Summers lost his job as president of Harvard by suggesting there might be small differences in aptitude between men and women in STEM fields.  That was enough to finish him.  Although the penalty may have struck some as disproportionate no one attached any wider significance to the incident at the time. [...] By 2012 it had become unacceptable to think of illegal immigration as a crime. [...] By 2016, when same sex marriage reversed the Defense of Marriage Act enacted just 10 years, the advance had become so rapid it surprised even its most ardent supporters. [...] Shortly after the same sex marriage issue subsided, the headlines became dominated by transgender bathrooms.

'Get Tough or Shut Up': The Malicious Spirit Loose in the Land.  Our political culture is losing any sense of proportion.  Political rage is transcending basic human decency, any semblance of tolerance, and even faith itself.  It's a general truth in politics and culture that a nation is defined by those who care the most, and increasingly, those who care the most have lost their moorings.  There is a malicious spirit loose in the land.  We've certainly seen it on the left.  Google's recent decision to fire an employee for wrongthink is all too indicative of a progressive political culture that's not content merely to disagree with dissenters.  People in error have to be called out, investigated, shamed, and punished.  The deeper you move into the ideological cocoon, the less tolerance there is for debate.

Charlottesville is being exploited to attack freedom of speech and internet freedom.  We are at an extremely dangerous moment for freedom of speech and internet freedom.  Charlottesville is being exploited by left-wing groups to destroy the free exchange of ideas, opting instead to shut down speech.

All in:  The left is through messing around.  We have seen the recent drive to take down Confederate monuments that had been around for one hundred years or more.  Enraged by Trump's press conference, the left is now calling to erase the Founding Fathers.  Trump was not wrong in asking if it were to end with Washington and Jefferson — he just didn't go far enough.  The left's goal is to eliminate the Constitution.  Every argument made against the Founders can also be made against their historic document.  Whether the left achieves this through elections or civil unrest, it has started the ball rolling, and it will be difficult to stop.

Monument madness [is] a leftist cover to crumble America from within.  Don't for one minute think this past week of Charlottesville-tied mayhem has been over a statue of Robert E. Lee.  It's not.  It's about power, control and the political course our nation will take as we head into the future.

Oregon Governor Signs Gun Confiscation Bill Into Law.  The governor of Oregon signed Democrat (and even Republican) supported gun control legislation that would allow authorities to strip firearms from law-abiding citizens.  The bill, signed Wednesday [8/16/2017] by Gov. Kate Brown, would permit state authorities to seize the firearms of anyone who has been determined as a threat to themselves or others — without any judicial process at all.  The intent is to reduce the number of gun-related suicides, which has been on the rise recently in the state, but Second Amendment advocates were incensed.

A Single-Payer Litmus Test For Democrats?  Go For It.  The Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party could mount primary challenges against candidates who don't fully embrace socialized medicine.  They should.  It would be a clarifying moment for a party that has been drifting toward the extreme left for some time.  Sanders' presidential pollster Ben Tulchin told Politico this week that "within the Democratic Party, this is fast-emerging as a litmus test."  And Sanders, in an email to supporters, promises to "take on" not just insurance and drug companies, but "the establishment wing of the Democratic Party" to realize his dream of medical socialism in America.  If they succeed, whatever is left of the old mainstream Democrats would be swept away.  And for what?

Beware The Trojan Horses For Single-Payer Health Care.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has promised to introduce a single-payer bill next month.  "I have no illusions that ... suddenly we're going to see a Medicare-for-all, single-payer passed," he said last week.  "Why is the United States the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people?"  Several folks within the senator's sizeable political following have hinted that support for single-payer will be a "litmus test" that will determine whether they will get behind Democratic candidates — or primary them.

The Last White Democrat President.  Democrats have three choices in 2020.  They can try running a white New England leftist like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren who will appeal to the white college leftist base, they can take a shot at a minority progressive like Deval Patrick or Cory Booker who will bring out the minority vote and the progressives, or they can take a gamble on a general candidate who might still appeal to working class white voters like Joe Biden.  Obama's people are pushing Patrick.  Valerie Jarrett, Obama's Ethel Gumm, gushes that Patrick is what "my heart desires."  He's also what the demographic transformation of the Democrats requires.

More than 50 House Dems urge Mattis to reject transgender military ban.  More than 50 House Democrats sent a letter on Friday to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford urging the military not to comply with President Donald Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the armed forces.  "As members of Congress with an abiding interest in our nation's military and its policies towards the LGBTQ community, we write to not only express our strong opposition to President Trump's recent tweets seeking to ban transgender individuals from the military, but to remind you not to comply with any unconstitutional directive which may ultimately be issued," the letter reads.  The letter was responding to a Trump tweet that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in "any capacity in the U.S. military."

One Day.  There is a moment when a government becomes so corrupt that it can no longer be tolerated by the people and I suggest that we are there.  It is much more openly corrupt today than it has ever been. [...] Open rebellion among the cities and states that claim "sanctuary" status for criminals are putting the property I own and the people I love in danger.  Allowing jihadists into the nation out of some self-serving idea of compassion (understanding that is all propaganda) places the property I own and the people I love in danger.  Just because it has not yet visited me personally, doesn't mean that it doesn't affect me.

The Identity Crisis of the American Left.  Many supporters of leftist leaders are clearly in a state of confusion regarding the nature and direction of the dangerously morphing Democratic Party.  The "militants" change their slogans as often as teens swap subcultures, and they come up with new names quicker than a snake can shed its skin. [...] They know that "Trump is a Nazi" but can't explain why.  If you disagree with them, you are "a Nazi," too.  The "militants" fancy themselves a revolutionary movement but are unwilling to use logical thinking; they hope to "acquire personality" in a rioting crowd and resolve identity conflict through flag-burning.

You just might be a Progressive Democrat if...  If you think you are the most tolerant person in the room but label all opposing views "hate speech," you just might be a Progressive Democrat.  If you believe that being gay is hardwired and unchangeable but insist that male and female are merely social constructs and that folks can change their "gender identities" from one day to the next, there's a good chance you are a Progressive Democrat. [...] If you are passionate about protecting snail darters, spotted owls, and gray wolves but believe there's a constitutional right to dismember a nine-month-old human baby in his mother's womb, you are quite likely a Progressive Democrat.

Democrats' 'Better Deal' Proposals Would Make Americans Worse Off.  First, the initiative calls for "rais[ing] the wages and incomes of American workers and creat[ing] millions of good-paying jobs."  To this end, it calls for government "investment" in job creation projects, "fighting back" against corporations that outsource American jobs, and "ensur[ing] a living wage" for all Americans — a proposal that suggests a higher government-set minimum wage.  But all of these suggestions would harm, not help, the American workforce.  As Heritage Foundation research shows, government spending does not encourage private businesses to expand or entrepreneurs to start new firms — for instance, the 2009 fiscal stimulus did not boost employment.  Moreover, higher minimum wages merely price less-skilled entry-level workers out of the workforce, reducing the portion of Americans who work.  "Fighting back" against corporations that outsource does not create an incentive for them to expand employment.

Cory Booker introduces bill to legalize marijuana at federal level.  Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana on the legal level.  The legislation would would amend the Controlled Substance Act to eliminate marijuana's status as a Schedule 1 drug, which would decriminalize it at the federal level.  The former mayor of Newark formally unveiled the Marijuana Justice Act on Tuesday [8/1/2017] during a Facebook Live event.  The legislation, Booker said, will "go even further in an effort to remedy many of the failures of the War on Drugs."  "The effects of the drug war have had a disproportionately devastating impact on Americans of color and the poor," Booker added during his Facebook event.  "This is the right thing to do for public safety, and will help reduce our overflowing prison population."

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The "bread and circus" equivalent in the 21st century television, food stamps, and (coming soon) a perpetual marijuana-induced stupor.

Trump's Circular Firing Squad.  So far, Trump's most furious Democratic opponents have not been able to offer alternative visions to Trump's agenda that might help them win back Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.  Higher taxes, more government regulations, less gas and oil production, loose immigration policies, and the promotion of identity politics are not really winning issues.  Instead, the aim is to either to remove Trump before his first term is up or to so delegitimize him that he is rendered powerless.  Yet obsessions with Trump often lead to boomerang excesses — mad talk and visuals, from obscene rants to decapitation art — that hurt the attackers more than Trump.

Democrats 'Better Deal' Agenda Isn't New, And It Isn't Better.  On Sunday [7/23/2017], Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised that Democrats would reveal a "sharp, bold" new economic agenda that would appeal to working Americans.  What he delivered on Monday was warmed over cliches and tried-and-failed policies.  If this is the best Democrats can offer, they truly are out of ideas.

Schumer's Criticism of Hillary Is Worse Than It Seems.  Hillary's loss didn't occur entirely due to her own ineptitude.  She is not alone.  Her party has no useful programs anymore. [...] All they have is Trump bashing and, with the help of their media pals, that's all they do — and the country knows it.  Yes, as we also all know, the Republicans have their issues, to put it mildly.  For a party controlling practically everything, they are remarkably inept and self-destructive, but at least, beneath it all, they have the potential to come together and move forward.  (Who knows if they will?)  For the Democrats it is another matter.  They are hamstrung on all sides.

Maxine Waters for President?  Please Let It Happen!  Maxine Waters running for President in 2020 would be a dream come true for Republicans.  It seems impossible that Democrats would find the elderly liberal extremist desirable.  If Trump took the working class away from the Democrats, could Maxine Waters get them back?  Highly doubtful.  Yet, as the American Mirror points out, Maxine Water's impending trip the New Hampshire indicates she might be trying out for a run.  As much as Liberals want to win the next presidential race, they seem to want to hate Trump Americans more.  That is the appeal of Maxine Waters.

Statism's Violent Wages.  The distance between the government — state and local, but especially federal — and the people, as well as ordinary people's distrust and enmity toward one another, are the necessary, inescapable, result of 1) government having taken on, not to say usurped, outsized powers over individuals' lives; 2) having divided the people into groups to which politicians offer the favors they think these groups want, not least among which is the denigration of other groups.  Government nowadays tells you how your children will be educated.  You have almost no way of objecting.  Object too hard, and you're in trouble.  That goes for any number of regulations, including how much water you can have in your shower, what health care you may have at what cost.  Your business, or the one for which you work, must function by rules you can't do anything about.  Will you be able to retire?  That depends on the government.  Which party controls the White House, Congress, or the State House may or may not make a difference.

The Democrats have a new agenda, and guess what...  Democrat leaders have been working on a new agenda for many months because they lost in 2016 and because of their continuous losses the last six years and after all their hard work.  Dana Milbank of the Washington Post — and, I am sure, most reporters — is very proud of the Democrats' amazing product. [...] I thought this was one of the funniest opinion pieces I have seen in a long time, because the gullible Milbank actually thinks this is a new agenda.  In summary, Democrats believe that the government is the solution to everything, which means they have an infantile knowledge of economics.

Kamala Harris:  Eric Holder in a skirt.  Democrats are in a tizzy about their latest and brightest prospect for the 2020 White House — Kamala Harris, the senator from California who made a name for herself bullying Jeff Sessions during his attorney general confirmation hearings.  Make way for the next social justice warrior beating a drum for the White House.  Harris, a la Eric Holder, a la Barack Obama, is a far leftist with a vision of America as an inherently racist, unjust, unfair, misogynist nation.  And [...] she's just the candidate to fix it.

Trump tapped into an American anger, and he keeps tapping it..  His supporters are fed up with the Establishment, as well they should be.  What has the Establishment given them?  Stagnate wages, closed factories, and constantly being ridiculed for being Christian or white or male or not going to college.  The list is endless.

The Subterfuge of Socialism.  If you feel like you are being attacked every time you walk out the door, you are.  The part of freedom that no one born after the 1970's can possibly understand is how much our fellow citizens, at the behest of their collectivist puppet masters, have entered our lives and decided what we were able to say, think and do.  This is a direct attack, not on your house, or your car, but on you specifically as a human being.  People like to think about the government as an amoeba, but it is populated by your neighbors, the ones who go to meetings and the PTA.  They are the sort of people who lust after a spot on the Home Owners Association board.  As I have said elsewhere, the people in power are hardly ever the people who should be.  There is a particular mental disorder that seeks power, most of them are rapists and vandals.  This is not aimed at cops, but it does not exclude them either.

The Tyranny of Pseudo-Science.  The hysterical reaction of the left to Scott Pruitt's plan to create two competing teams of scientists to study from opposite positions the left's pet myth, man-made global warming, shows just how anti-science the left has become.  The left is a single, stupid collective mind that is utterly incapable of truly independent and free thought.  The left is very much like the Inner Party in Orwell's classic, 1984, where party members believe things that are obviously not true and in which dissent is — quite literally — unthinkable.  All totalitarianism purports to rest upon "science," and all totalitarian science slavishly follows what the state and the party of statism desire.  Institutions are inevitably infiltrated by leftists and used to rubber-stamp whatever the state wants.

The "S" in socialism stands for Seattle.  In a unanimous decision, the Seattle City Council has passed a new income tax on only "rich" under the belief that "social injustice" will disappear if they do as Barack Obama once said and "spread the wealth around."  This new tax-the-rich law is a classic move by Democratic Socialists who are always looking to spend more of our money in the name of so-called "social justice."  But it's also a classic move for another reason — it's illegal.  This law is a violation of the Washington Constitution because it isn't evenly applied to all people (the poor and middle class would not have their income taxed).  In addition, a state law written in the 1980's prohibits counties and cities from taxing net income.  Still, the mayor of Seattle is undeterred, even as he is likely to spend untold amounts of taxpayer money defending the law in upcoming legal challenges.  But wait!  There's more!  The socialists — some would say communists — in the state of Washington aren't done yet.  This tax-the-rich effort is only part two of a three-part agenda.

Had Hillary Clinton Won the Election....  Had HRC won, she would be implementing thousands of new regulations on businesses to further hamstring the economy.  She would let the fascist freaks at the Environmental Protection Agency have their way with every aspect of our daily lives:  Our cars, our showerheads, our toilets, our rainwater in our yards, etc.  She would, like the EPA under Obama, privilege any species, no matter how insignificant, over humans.  Central California has been devastated by the environmentalists' reverence for the delta smelt!  Thousands of farm workers lost their jobs thanks to this lefty decision, turning a lush agricultural valley into a brown wasteland in the name of "going green."  This is the American left today.

The left's war on Christianity and why it hates Trump.  In contemporary America, Democrats have become congruent with the left, and the belief that the government owns us is a pervasive sentiment.  Why is this?  Democrats, as a political party, have literally denounced religion, particularly Christianity.  At that same Convention in 2012, the delegates filled the arena with loud booing during the attempt to reinstate the word "God" into the Democratic Party platform.  Persecution of Christians was practically Obama administration policy, including lawsuits of Christians refusing to subordinate their beliefs to government mandates.

MSNBC Host Amused When DNC Chair Can't Say Who's Voice of the Democratic Party.  Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez couldn't say he was the voice of the Democratic Party on MSNBC Monday and couldn't name any other prominent party member either.  "Are you the voice of the Democratic Party today?  Are you the clearest voice that people can see?" MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked.  "I think the voices of the Democratic Party today, Ali, are the millions of people who marched on the streets across this country on January 21 saying, 'Donald Trump, you didn't win the majority of American voters, and you don't stand for our values,'" Perez said.

Liberals Are in Trouble — and They Know It.  Gone are the days in which liberals worked inside a consensus and engaged in debate with others.  Everywhere, liberal democracy seems to be endangered by the breakdown of political discourse.  This is due to a great crisis inside the left worldwide.  It is no longer a movement of ideas.  Liberals have no new ideas because they have adopted such an extreme relativism that they no longer strongly believe in anything.  Everything is fluid and undefined.  In this way, they have undermined their own foundation of logic and authority that is essential to the functioning of any political movement.  As a result, the old days of rational debate are over.  The left exploits emotions and resentments, but can no longer be held to the logic of ideas.

12 Ways Progressives and Americans Differ on Public Policy.  [For example,]
  •   We believe in separation of powers, they believe in a monolithic, all-powerful, administrative state.
  •   We believe in eternal truths, they believe in ideologically meandering social engineering.
  •   We believe in cultural stability, they believe in never-ending transformation of our society.
  •   We believe in real science, they believe in social science (e.g., "environmental justice").
  •   We believe in the rights of man, they believe in the power of centralized government.
  •   We believe in the moral order, they believe in situational ethics.

The Most Abused President in History.  The American media, including social media, is overwhelmingly anti-Trump.  The heart of the matter is that the left does not wish to make America great again.  Leftists wish to see America diminished.  They do not favor "America First," "more and better jobs for American workers," "lower taxes for individuals and businesses," "repealing and replacing Obamacare," "greater national security," "immigration security," and other Trump initiatives.  They favor fewer good jobs, higher taxes, less military spending, open borders, and bowing to the world outside the U.S.  The media are guilt-ridden over our national history, as they see it, of racism and class oppression.  They despise the middle class, and they live in a politically correct nightmare of benefiting from any sort of privilege or unfair advantage.

Why I Spend So Much Time and Effort on Climate Skepticism.  It is now clearer than ever that the alarmists have no intention of reaching a symbolic compromise that while unjustified might be livable by the rest of society.  Rather, their apparent intention is to keep pushing the US and other developed countries into a fossil fuel-less society in which all energy used will come from wind and solar or a few other "renewables" but not including either hydro or nuclear.  This is just what the Democratic Party included in its Party platform last year.  And if their candidate had won, this is exactly what the US would now be trying to do.  She even endorsed Al Gore's objectives just before the election, perhaps in hopes of added votes from "environmentalists."  If this had happened, this is a recipe for a financial disaster and probably the end of the US as a global innovator and economic leader.

Pelosi and Clinton are selfish losers, blocking the rise of young Democrats.  Without the advantage of the presidential bully pulpit, it falls upon the Democratic congressional leadership and the Democratic National Committee to frame a vision that will attract and motivate voters.  At a time when the country desperately needs a loyal opposition and citizens are highly motivated, both have failed miserably.  In the six months since Donald Trump has become president, Democrats have offered no ideas, no strategy, and no message beyond opposing Trump.

What Is the Alternative to Trump Derangement?  If they weren't trying to destroy the president, Democrats would have to focus on an agenda most Americans don't support.

Process vs.  Product:  Why the Dems Keep Losing.  Memo to Tim Ryan (and please pass it along to Maureen Dowd):  Republicans are winning all over the country, as much or more in local and states races as in national ones, not because Donald Trump makes robo calls, because he tweets, or because he "motivates the base."  Nope, the Republicans are winning everywhere because people like what they are selling.  They especially like what Donald Trump is selling:  an America-first attitude that unapologetically makes the U.S. economy and U.S. national security top priorities.

The Unbearable Smugness Of Being A Democrat.  I remember it like it was, well, just last week, when Democrats suggested that maybe, just maybe, the political rhetoric in the country was a little too heated after one of their own tried to murder as many Republican Congressmen as possible.  Like I said, it was a different time.  After less than two weeks, that time is done and the political left is back at their lying, hateful rhetoric about how Republicans are hoping to kill as many Americans as possible.  It actually took a little longer than I thought it would.  Putting aside the hypocrisy for a second, how dumb must Democrats think their base is to believe the other political party's election strategy is to hasten the deaths of millions of people?  How idiotic is the idea that one party's plan to continue to win elections across the country is the screw as many people as possible out of something?

Why Democrats keep losing.  [#9] They advocate weird sexual public practices.  Privately, anyone can be what he wants if his choice harms no one else.  Publicly, if a man who believes he is a woman walks into a public space historically reserved for women, then this action endangers the women because he may be just a pervert.  The Dems can't keep advocating obvious nonsense and expect the larger public to like them.

Lawmakers in New York, D.C. Propose Third Sex on Driver's Licenses.  Lawmakers in New York and Washington, D.C., this week introduced two bills proposing a third sex field on local driver's licenses and ID cards.  The moves comes just days after Oregon made history as the first state to expand its own ID cards beyond just male and female — adding an "X" option for people who identify their gender as non-binary, or who want to opt out of gender identification altogether.  New York Assistant Speaker of the House Felix Ortiz introduced his legislation on Monday [6/19/2017], saying it acknowledges those who are "outside the stereotypical gender binary of male or female."

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The "gender binary" is not a stereotype, it's biology.  Every person in the world has male chromosomes or female chromosomes.  Only the most poorly educated do not know that there is no third sex.

Why the Russians Conceived the Global Warming Scam.  In short, for communism to succeed, capitalism would have to be portrayed as based on exploitation — but not of man, as the old Marxist theory held.  Rather, capitalism was now exploiting the earth!  The whole purpose of this dogma has been to inhibit global capitalism, the only system that has proven capable of meeting the growing needs of expanding populations.  But this time the claim was that human economic progress threatened the environment because of the capitalist model on which it was based.  Hence, President Obama's Paris climate change agreement was designed to curtail U.S. industrial expansion while sending foreign aid to the rest of the world.  It was a Marxist plan that benefited Russia, a major oil and gas producer.

Stroke.  In 2016 the Western political system had a stroke.  Since then it has been incoherent and unable to focus. [...] It is an in absurd condition.  The obsession with Trump's very real shortcomings obscures the fact that the biggest crisis in American political life today is the that of the Democratic Party.  It never really recovered from the Clintons or Obama and it never really came to terms with the economic collapse of the Blue Model.

Message from Georgia:  Hating Trump is not a platform.  Democrats pulled out all stops in their effort to show that the #Resistance isn't just about marches and slogans and insulting the president, but also about flipping the House in 2018.  They poured tens of millions of dollars into what became the most expensive House race ever, trying to elect 30-year-old nonentity Jon Ossoff to fill the seat of HHS head Tom Price.  They cast the race as a referendum on Donald Trump, and a bellwether for 2018.  Republicans will be elated with the outcome, and hopeful that both those claims are true.  What is undoubtedly true is this:  despising Donald Trump is not much of a platform.

Civil War on the Left, Part 41: Democrats and Immigration'.  Peter Beinart, a smart center-left writer once affiliated with The New Republic before it went crazy, nowadays is at The Atlantic, and he has a barn-burner of an essay out today on the subject, "How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration."  It is a long article, but very much worth reading the whole thing.  The point is, Beinart honestly confronts the craven partisan political calculation behind the liberal line on immigration, and he goes through the serious substantive economic and social reasons why liberals should be in favor of managing immigration in the interests of American workers — as they did not that long ago.

Antifa leftists are completely honest:  They want to destroy you.  If there remained any question about the character of the radical Left, recent reporting by Ian Miles Cheong at Heat Street paints a disturbing picture of the extent to which Antifa leftists condone violence against capitalists and so-called "fascists."  Cheong draws attention to an Antifa website, "It's Going Down," the "de facto resource for anarchists and 'anti-fascist' activists currently engaging in sporadic street battles across the United States against Trump supporters and the government."  The website features Antifa articles from staff writers and anonymous submissions that give the reader insight into the demented minds of those who urge violence against their countrymen.  The literature of the anarchist leftists is honest in its presentation of who they are and what they want.

How the Democrats lost their way on immigration.  If the right has grown more nationalistic, the left has grown less so.  A decade ago, liberals publicly questioned immigration in ways that would shock many progressives today.

When losing an election makes you lose your mind.  Although it made absolutely no sense, the hype for a Hillary Clinton presidency was relentless and overpoweringly waged in all sources, including the media, the Internet and social networks.  There were very few critics asking the important question — why this woman?  She carried more baggage than an airport porter yet only one candidate (Trump) chose to call her a criminal.  Then an unlikely rival cropped up promising free stuff to millennials who didn't bother to note that nothing from the government is free but was paid for by taxpayers.  They also failed to question why this socialist senior citizen hadn't accomplished anything in the decades he served in Congress.  Wikileaks would go on to release DNC emails showing that it was favoring Clinton over Sanders and outlined ways to defeat him.  Oops.

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The Democrat Party Social Pyramid.  [This chart] portrays an eerily similar caste system enforced by the post-Wilson Democrat Party, reinforced by FDR, LBJ and BHO.

The Democrats' Leftward March.  Both victory and defeat have been radicalizing experiences for the Democratic party during this century.  Democrats moved left after losing to George W. Bush; they moved farther left after winning with Barack Obama; and now they seem to be moving farther left still under President Donald Trump.

Dems' Sanders Wing Aims to Found New Party By 2018 Elections.  The seemingly fractured Democratic Party may face another setback ahead of the 2018 elections, Peter Doocy reported.  Supporters of progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said they want to start their own party.  The organizers said they want to focus on the future after their current party's last presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, seemed to focus on the past.  Sanders called for "fundamental change" during a speech in Illinois over the weekend.

California's descent to socialism.  California is widely celebrated as the fount of technical, cultural and political innovation.  Now we seem primed to outdo even ourselves, creating a new kind of socialism that, in the end, more resembles feudalism than social democracy. [...] This new progressive synthesis promises not upward mobility and independence, but rather the prospect of turning most Californians into either tax slaves or dependent serfs.

The soft bigotry of Denver's public pooping laws.  'The Denver City Council has voted unanimously to decriminalize a number of offenses, including defecating in public.  Also, urinating in public.  Camping on public or private land without permission.  Panhandling.  And lying across public rights-of-way, such as sidewalks.  Democrat Mayor Michael Hancock and city officials explained the new ordinances are designed to protect immigrants — legal and the other kind — from "unintended consequences."  These consequences were fines and longer jail terms, as has been customary in most places for violating the behavioral norms of civilized American society.

Big Names Headline The People's Summit In Chicago — It's A Who's Who Of Communists.  The commies have truly come out of the closet.  The whole gang will be getting together in Chicago on June 9th thru the 11th.  Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore, Danny Glover and Van Jones will be headlining the People's Summit.  Chicago is where the headquarters of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) is located.  They are still labeling themselves as progressives, but anyone with two functioning brain cells knows these are devout communists... comrades in arms.  Thousands will join them to plot taking back America from President Trump and the Republicans.  It will be one giant war room.  This should be common knowledge now and come as no surprise to anyone.  Van Jones has a long, violent history of being a Marxist.  Don't believe his protestations that he has reformed, he hasn't.  Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist... in reality, he's a communist and the current healthcare plan he is presenting to Trump should prove that.  He is pushing single payer healthcare.  Michael Moore is a Marxist film producer and the editor of The Nation.  And Danny Glover never met a communist or dictator he didn't love.

Leftism:  An Incurable Disease.  Call it Global Stockholm Syndrome, Mass Psychogenic Illness, or the Leftist Plague, as it will be called, in a hundred years, by grandparents who are explaining to their grandchildren the demise of Western civilization.

The coming Democratic civil war.  Simply put, the Democrats seem to know only what they are against — Trump — but have provided no clear sense of where they want to take the country.  The party, and much of the nation, despises Trump, but there does not seem to be any huge pent-up national demand for the Democrats to take over — at least, not yet.  Part of the problem is major chasms underneath the absurd faux solidarity of the "resistance" movement on the left.  These have been largely hidden in the increasingly uniformly pro-Democratic media.  These differences extend beyond personal fiefdoms or stylistic differences.  They reflect deep divides in terms of class and geography, and will not be easy for the party leadership to reconcile.

It's the Hypocrisy, Stupid.  [Hillary Clinton's] campaign was based on pandering to identity-politics groups — while she had cashed in on Wall Street in what can be fairly called a payola scheme with Bill to enrich the Clinton Foundation and thus indirectly themselves.  The result was both a cultural and economic affront to what used to be the bedrock of the Democratic party.

Pelosi: Liberals Only Voted for 2011 Defense Spending Bill so They Could Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) spoke Friday at an LGBT rights event at the Pride Center at Equality Park of South Florida, where she touted how liberals in the Democratic Party only voted for the nation's defense spending bill for fiscal year 2011 so they could repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  "Don't tell anybody I told you this," Pelosi said, before explaining how she was able to get liberal Democrats onboard to support the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, the annual federal law that specifies the Defense Department's budget and expenditures.

The Democrats' Second Secession & America's New Civil War.  [Scroll down]  The 2016 platform of the Democratic Party vows "a societal transformation" that will "end institutional and systemic racism in our society."  This is the ideology of cultural Marxism.  "Institutional racism" as a systemic American problem is a political fiction.  Americans outlawed "institutional racism" half a century ago with the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965.  Any incidence of institutional racism today is actionable in the courts — the utra-liberal courts that threw out Trump's executive orders on extra-legal grounds because of off-the-cuff remarks he made on the campaign trail.  "Systemic racism" and "institutional racism" are anti-American mythologies that drive the Democratic Party's political agendas.

The Democrats' Second Secession & America's New Civil War.  The idea that creates the identity "American" is summarized in America's official motto:  e pluribus unum — out of many, one.  It took a Civil War and two hundred years of sacrifice and struggle to achieve a polity that approached this ideal.  If one political faction is now able to redefine the ideal to conform to its own sectarian beliefs, the country we have known will cease to exist.  But that is just what the current creed of the Democratic Party — "identity politics" — entails, and is why the current divisions in our political life seem so intractable.  Identity politics is, in fact, the antithesis of the American idea.  It is a reversion to tribal loyalties.  It regards diverse origins — colors, ethnicities, genders and classes — as primary, and proposes a hierarchy of privilege based on them, which it justifies as a reversal of past oppressions.

America's Betrayal by the Democratic Party.  They can call it liberalism or social justice or togetherness, but it is my considered judgment that, without exaggeration, we are facing an intent to subvert the electoral will of the American people. [...] The Democratic Party is not only soft on this unrest, but encouraging the unrest and the lying, hyperventilating, and false reporting.  It is morally bankrupt.  With its alliance against constitutional values, federalism, free markets, freedom of property and liberty for the individual, it has crossed an invisible line from supporting America to being an enemy of America.

America's Islam Trance.  Let's take a closer look now at the bizarre alliance between two seemingly incompatible utopian ideologies — the progressive left and expansionist Islam — currently undermining America at every turn.  After all, those on the Democratic left are continually defending, excusing and running interference for Islamic supremacists in America, not to mention "welcoming" into our country thousands of Muslims from the most radicalized regions on earth.  Why would they do that?  The alliance between the left and Islam can best be explained by the overarching reality that both share a common enemy, Christianity.  Thus does the left warmly sidle up to Islam, which, truth be known, were it in charge would destroy the left, throwing members of some of the left's main constituent groups off buildings or hanging or stoning or otherwise executing or enslaving them.  Both since the Marxist left and Shariah Islam both detest and fear Christian civilization more than each other, they therefore are natural, albeit temporary, allies in their shared aim to defeat a common enemy.

The Left Versus Common Sense.  [Scroll down]  Today, the left has completely abandoned all spending restraint in favor of "free" college and "single payer" healthcare — which means nobody pays which really means everybody pays because costs are abstracted from the beneficiaries of goods and services and seemingly passed on to a third party.  News flash:  We are the third party!  But the important point to understand is that the party of the left has moved far beyond mere reckless spending.  While LBJ was eager to spend trillions to purchase the votes of inner city blacks in perpetuity with money distributed by welfare bureaucrats, showing no concern for the cost to taxpayers, I believe even LBJ would have drawn the line at welcoming illegal aliens into the country and actively importing Muslims from the Islamist-inflamed Middle East in order to put them on the dole for their votes.  To do so defies common sense and evinces a lack of neighborly concern for one's fellow Americans.

You Gotta Lie.  Red/blue, conservative/liberal, and Republican/Democrat mark traditional American divides.  But one fault line is not so 50/50 — that of the contemporary hard progressive movement versus traditional politics, values, and customs.  The entire menu of race, class, and gender identity politics, lead-from-behind foreign policy, political correctness, and radical environmentalism so far have not won over most Americans.  Proof of that fact are the serial reliance of their supporters on deception, and the erosion of language on campus and in politics and the media.  The progressive movement requires both deceit and euphemism to mask its apparently unpopular agenda.

May Day is a March for Communism.  Around the world, May Day is an opportunity for various socialist, communist, and anarchist groups to demonstrate against their governments.  In the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba, and other similar governments, May Day is a huge workforce parade with soldiers and military equipment while the dear leader salutes and inspects them proudly. Nobody is present there by their own choice.  Even the Catholic Church celebrates May Day since 1955, by dedicating it to Saint Joseph the Worker, the patron saint of workers and craftsmen.  During the Cold War, large military parades were assembled in USSR's Red Square.

The Left Slams Even the NRA's Program to Keep Children Away from Guns.  The National Rifle Association doesn't want young children handling guns, and so it runs the "Eddie Eagle GunSafe" program for schools, designed to teach kids four steps they should take if they find a gun:  Stop, don't touch, run away, and tell a grown-up.  This is absolute common sense, and the sort of message that every kid in the country should hear.  Nothing in the program encourages kids to want guns, purchase guns when they're older, or shoot guns.  The potential harm of a gun in the wrong hands — and unprepared hands are the wrong hands — is made clear.  Despite the utterly innocuous message, some voices on the left object to the Eddie Eagle program.

Darkness at the Heart of Liberal Progressivism.  Ironically, it seems that the only religion that the Left deems worthy of protection is the one major world religion that stands diametrically opposed to religious freedom, and indeed, to all the founding principles of equality and liberty which Americans have died to preserve.  It is not that liberals worship the God of that religion, nor of any other (with the possible exception of the goddess, Mother Earth), but rather, that they regard Islam as a vehicle for tearing down the traditions of Western Civilization, and thereby destroying our nation.

Bill Nye, the Misuse of Science Guy:  Why Science Doesn't Answer Public Policy Questions.  The use of science in public policy has recently been in the news, most prominently in the "March for Science" at over 600 locations around the globe.  Thousands rallied "for science," including climate change activists, anti-vaxxers, and those who are either for or against GMOs, not to mention those who just generally protested Donald Trump.

The Real Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Lost In 2016.  In short, to many Americans now living through economic tough times, the Democrats have become the party of the rich and the connected.  Some 77% in the poll said that Trump's policies would help all classes of Americans, vs. just 58% for congressional Democrats.  Even so, that leaves out one key point that appeared nowhere in the Democratic Party analysis that we saw — that is, the Democratic Party has veered sharply leftward in recent years.  They easily capture the bright Blue population centers on both coasts, but increasingly have trouble capturing the middle, both geographically and metaphorically.

Exit Dems — stage left.  As the Democratic Party tilts ever leftward, it's still not far enough left for some, especially some in what has become known as the Bernie Sanders wing.  After all, the Vermont senator is still officially an "independent" even as he sought the Democratic presidential nomination.  So like-minded folks on the left side of the spectrum are urging him to make the break complete.

Apocalyptic Progressivism.  During the 2008 campaign, gas prices at one point averaged over $4 a gallon.  Then-candidate Obama reacted by pushing a green agenda — as if the cash-strapped but skeptical public could be pushed into alternative energy agendas.  Obama mocked then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's prescient advice to "drill, baby, drill" — as if Palin's endorsement of new technologies such as fracking and horizontal drilling could never ensure consumers plentiful fuel.  Instead, in September 2008, Steven Chu, who would go on to become Obama's secretary of energy, told the Wall Street Journal that, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."

The Left's New Cure-All: 'Science'.  Alas, this March for Science does not appear to be largely about science, or about people who know a great deal about science, or even about people who want to know a great deal about science.  Keeping up with today's hottest trends, the March for Science has wrapped itself in identity politics, cranked up the oven to "scorch," and potentially set things on track to unceremoniously collapse into one giant intersectional soufflé.  The troubles brewing within the March for Science surfaced in January, marked by a now-deleted official tweet:  "Colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, ableism, queer-, trans-, intersex-phobia, & econ justice are scientific issues."  Since then, the addled march has torn through four different diversity statements, shellacked by critics on both sides.

Winning the Civil War of Two Americas.  This is not just a power struggle.  It's a clash between two Americas.  And only one America can survive.  The left had meant for their Anti-America to replace America.  If America is to survive, Anti-America must be destroyed.  Unlike America, Anti-America is an artificial entity.  Its vulnerabilities are easy to spot by the policy priorities of the left.  Anti-America lives by mass migration and campus brainwashing.  It requires a huge infrastructure of government employees maintained by taxes and regulations.  Its segregated cities depend on a complex hierarchy of political identities that provide access to everything from subsidized housing to jobs based on intersectional caste membership.

This is science?
Surprise: Warmist's March On Washington Turns Into A Hotbed Of Racial Whining.  Like most Leftist marches, this one has become muddled with all their Social Warrior beliefs.  The signs (so many of which will be astroturfed) at the march on April 22nd are sure to be amusing.

Democrats Are Stuck Between A Mob And Their Job.  Under former President Barack Obama's stewardship, Democrats lost the 2016 presidential election, House, Senate, governorships and state legislatures across the country.  Now they're dealing with an identity crisis with no clear solution — one that is primed to cause more intraparty conflict than the tea party caused the Republican Party.  Despite all this failure, they succeeded at one thing:  throwing away the old and creating a new base stitched together with all the left's most volatile constituencies.  Each limb of this mishmash of rage — Black Lives Matter, "modern" feminism, social justice warriors and environmentalists — is a carefully cultivated, and yet ultimately uncontrollable, demographic Democrats hoped would be their ticket to political domination.  Instead, it's threatening to swallow the party whole.

Liberals [are] Suddenly Incensed About Budget Process Obama Blew Off For Eight Years.  The latest Leftist hypocrisy is in, and it's a doozy.  Progressives are losing their minds over President Trump's budget proposal for all sorts of reasons.  Under his legal obligation, President Trump submitted his proposed budget to Congress for approval.  If you listen to the Democrat Media Complex, it will hurt the poor, the young, the elderly, the rural, the vulnerable, the arts, the sciences, Big Bird, and federal workers.  In typical liberal self-unaware fashion, progressives fail to remember how President Obama blew off his legal obligation to submit a budget proposal by the statutory deadline in seven of his eight years at the helm.  Now, I know that strict adherence to the law is not the strong suit of Democrats, but you'd think they'd at least give lip service to holding their guy to some set of standards.

Would YOU let a homeless person live in your backyard?  Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box.  A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing homeowners.

Agenda: How Marxists Are Grinding America Down.  The movie begins with Bowers explaining why he made the movie — based on a 2008 op-ed he wrote about a 1992 Communist Party USA meeting he attended at Berkeley.  The meeting took place after the Berlin Wall fell and Bowers took notes.  According to Bowers' op-ed:  ["]They had a three part agenda.  They would use their manpower, influence and funds to back anything that would destroy our families, businesses and culture.["]  Needless to say, his op-ed created quite a controversy and, as Bowers explains in the film, a letter to the editor gave him a clue that what the Communists were saying in 1992 was part of a larger agenda that was planned decades earlier.  From there, Bowers set about researching and documenting what has really happened to America and how the center has moved so far to the left, the history behind it, and the dangers to our families, churches, and economic way of life.

Anyone surprised Obama won't go away?  Trump has NONE of the benefits Obama enjoyed[:]  no political media, no sports media, no Hollywood, no print media, no Entertainment Industry. [...] We are up against the most radical lefties that have EVER been in power in America[.  T]hey detest what America stands for[.  T]hat's why Obama wanted to 'fundamentally change' it[,] and now they have been rejected by the American people and they've completely lost their minds.  They weren't supposed to lose!  These people are communists and their goal is to overthrow our president[,] and it absolutely cannot be allowed to happen.

Connecticut Kennedy Thinks State Should Own Your Organs.  Connecticut State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. (D-Branford) — son of former U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) — wants to give state government control over what happens to citizens' organs after they die.  Kennedy recently introduced SB 750, which would automatically enroll Connecticut's citizens in the organ donation program.  "If people want to donate their organs after death, I have no problem with that at all, but it should not be coercive in any way," state Sen. Len Suzio (R-Meriden) told the local Connecticut newspaper The Record-Journal.

Well deserved ridicule:
Blank book called 'Reasons to vote for Democrats' top seller on Amazon.  Judging by the popularity of "Reasons to Vote for Democrats:  A Comprehensive Guide," one would think the party out of power were making a comeback.  There's just one problem — the top-seller is completely blank.  Written by Michael J. Knowles, managing editor for the Daily Wire, the book is described as the "most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date" and "a political treatise sure to stand the test of time."

Meet the DNC's New Organizer in Chief.  The election of a new chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday was clearly an inside-baseball affair.  Only 17 percent of Democratic voters had even heard it was happening, according to a new Morning Consult poll. [...] In reality, both candidates are hard-core progressives committed to the party's scorched-earth opposition to the Trump administration.

The Rampant Incivility of the Left.  [Scroll down]  [T]he Left knows it cannot compete in the larger arena of ideas.  They know the only means they have to accumulate power and win elections is by:
    1) Destroying the opposition through vile personal attacks,
    2) Organizing and pre-planning demonstrations to appear spontaneous,
    3) Orchestrating occasional violence at marches to ensure media coverage,
    4) Utilizing their allies in the mainstream media to propagate false and misleading stories, and
    5) Accelerating the spread of outright socialist anti-American propaganda through their fellow travelers in the education and entertainment establishment.
These are, in fact, some of the same strategies utilized by the despots of recent history in their seizure of power.  If there is any group in the United States today that could be truthfully compared to the Fascists, it is the current iteration of the American Left.

It's Official:  Liberals Only Care About Illegals and Muslims.  Let us talk about why the white working class has finally turned up in the Republican column.  It is because the left repaid the loyalty of the working class — won 150 years ago — by leading it into the wilderness, with no Promised Land at the end of the journey.  Why?  Because the left blocked off the road to the middle class with tribal labor unions and replaced mutual aid and fraternal associations with government welfare.  So the white working class ended up dying of despair in the Rust Belt, and liberals didn't care.

Pelosi:  Amend the First Amendment.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday [2/22/2017] to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged in by corporations as opposed to individuals.

DNC Chair Debate Confirms Democrats Are Hopelessly Lost.  On February 22, CNN hosted a debate between DNC chair candidates, inherently presenting a false sense of democracy.  The election will be determined by the 447 members of the DNC, many of whom are the same superdelegate loyalists who anointed Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee — even after their constituents overwhelmingly voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders.  CNN's debate showed that the Democratic Party is continuing the same failed strategies that led to its current political paralysis.  In the 2016 election cycle, Democrats lost not only the presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress, but hundreds of state legislatures across the country.

Hawaii Dem Argues Doctors Should be Able to Prescribe Housing to Cure Homelessness.  Doctors agree that being homeless can make a person sick.  Lack of hygiene, quality meals, and everything else that goes with not having a permanent address can result in a number of medical conditions.  And health problems, doctors say, can cause homelessness.  So Hawaii Sen. Josh Green (D) has introduced legislation to classify "homelessness" as a medical condition under state law.  Green, who works as an emergency room doctor when he isn't in the state legislature, contends that if it is true that homelessness is a medical condition or a disease, it naturally follows that physicians should be able to prescribe a cure.  And that cure, according to Dr. Green, is obvious:  Housing.

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Those on the political left seem to be engaged in a campaign to medicalize every social issue.  In this case it is an attempt to make the deadbeat appear to be a victim of their own medical condition, which in most cases is a direct result of a lifetime of bad decisions.  I suppose Senator Green hopes we won't think about his proposal long enough to realize that a prescription won't cause free housing to appear out of nowhere, especially in Hawaii, which is already one of the most expensive places to live.

The Goal Of Socialists Is Socialism - Not Prosperity.  About 40 years ago, economist Bruce Yandle went to Washington to work for the Council on Wage and Price Stability, ready to apply his knowledge of economics and educate his fellow workers.  After all, he reminisces, one eye-rolling, head-scratching decision after another was coming from government regulators that surely someone versed in economics could expose as stupid, wasteful, and downright ridiculous. [...] The more he examined the situation, the more he realized that all of the various actors in the system were acting in their own perceived self-interests — regulators, politicians, and those being regulated — and the combination of their interests created perverse outcomes.  The "big picture" view that those on the outside of the situation might have is irrelevant to what actually happens, and understandably so.

The Muslim Face of the New Democratic Party.  Most Americans are concerned about unvetted refugees from jihadi countries.  Those who are Democrats have no say in their party anymore.  Obama yanked the party hard left.  He personally championed the jihadi movement, be it by trying to install the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or giving the pariah state Iran billions of dollars and the obsequious Iran deal.  Obama's legacy:  Hard-left Muslim-Americans are rising to positions of prominence in the Democrats' grassroots organizations.  This alliance between Western socialists and Islamists dates back to the Cold War, but it has gained traction in America since 9/11.

Is Jim Webb The Only Sane Democrat Left?  A whimsical definition of a gaffe is "when a politician accidentally speaks the truth."  By that measure, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb committed a gaffe of huge proportions over the weekend.  On "Meet the Press" [2/12/2017], Webb admitted that the Democratic Party has no ideas to offer, that it's determined to destroy the Trump administration and — here's the gaffe — that "the Democratic Party over the past five or six years has moved very far to the left."

Webb: Democratic Party has moved 'very far to the left'.  Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) on Sunday said the Democratic Party has moved "very far to the left" over the past five or six years. [...] Webb said the Democrats haven't done the kind of "self reflection" they needed starting in 2010.  "You've lost white working people.  You've lost flyover land, and you saw in this election what happens when people get frustrated enough that they say, 'I'm not going to take this,'" he said.

The Democratic party has lost its mind — and its soul.  Democrats claim to stand for the poor, immigrants and nonwhites.  Yet given a chance to actually support someone who is dedicated to improving education for all America's children, especially those trapped in failing urban schools, the Dems said no, [emphatically] no.  Joined by two Republicans, they stood in the schoolhouse door to block vital change, casting their lot with teachers unions that fear reform the way a vampire fears garlic.  Throw away all the subtexts and subterfuge, a defense of the rotten status quo is the only explanation for the bid to block DeVos.  The teachers unions pulled the strings, and the political puppets danced to their masters' tune.

Expelled Candidate for DNC Chair Suing Democrats for Breach of First Amendment.  A candidate expelled from the race for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for criticising Islam tells Breitbart News he intends to sue for a breach of his First Amendment rights.  Vincent Tolliver, who previously ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in Arkansas, was expelled from the campaign by interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazil, after telling The Hill he didn't believe his rival Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) should become chairman because of his Islamic faith, citing the religion's positions on homosexuality.

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This is interesting because it shows the Democrats are more worried about offending Muslims than about offending homosexuals.  Sooner or later the Democratic Party would have to choose one side or the other, and now they've done it.

Democrats are becoming the party of secession.  Some call it Trump Derangement Syndrome, but that's too kind.  It's not a temporarily insane reaction, it's a calculated plan to wreck the presidency, whatever the cost to the country.  Things never seen in the modern era are now rapidly becoming common.  Impeachment talk already is rumbling in the party's hothouses, and Trump was met with a lawsuit the minute he took the oath.  Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, the top Dems in Congress, led a raucous demonstration Monday night, as if they are community organizers.  And Obama couldn't bear the irrelevance after eight days out of office and felt compelled to encourage disruptions.  This is Third World behavior and it's now the M.O. of one of America's two political parties.

Trump's Political Blitzkrieg.  Trump correctly discerned that ordinary citizens who desire nothing more than to be left alone to enjoy peace and while at an actual job or sitting by their undisturbed hearths are sick to death of constantly being roiled by the incessant demands of the latest approved victim of the month.  They are fed up with the constant assaults on authority and on their faith.  For them, the old tactics from radicals' playbooks dating from the 1960s have become merely irritating and meaningless liturgical chants rather than urgent and legitimate calls for justice.

What Is the Democratic Party?  [Scroll down]  Here is one possibility:  The Democratic party in reality is the cartoon version of the Republican party stood on its head, with cold-eyed self-serving economic interests using the so-called social issues to stir up the rubes while they go about seeing to their own paydays and pensions.  The economic interests attached to the Democratic party are fairly easy to identify:  people who work for government at all levels.

This misguided Democrat proposal would negate the deterrent effect of mutually assured destruction.
Democrats try to take nukes away from Trump:  Senator and Congressman propose new law banning the President from firing weapons without a vote.  Two Democratic lawmakers have put forward bill that would take away President Trump's access to the nuclear codes.  The new law, introduced by Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Ted Lieu of California, would prevent the President from launching nuclear weapons without first a obtaining a congressional declaration of war.  Under current legislation, the US president can launch a nuclear strike regardless of whether or not America is under attack.  In a statement, Markey said that nuclear war is the 'gravest risk to human survival,' and expressed concerns about Trump having access to the nuclear button.

The Editor says...
Wait, I thought the libs believed global warming was the greatest threat to human survival.  So global warming is not an absolute certainty, but nuclear war is?

California Democrats propose adding third, nonbinary gender option for driver's licenses and other official documents.  California driver's licenses and birth certificates could have a third option for gender in addition to male or female under legislation unveiled Thursday [1/26/2017] by Democratic lawmakers.  The bill by state Sens. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would establish a new nonbinary gender marker for official state documents.  Lawmakers framed the measure as an expansion of rights for transgender, intersex and other people who do not identify as male or female.

Philadelphia becomes first US city to ban employers from requesting salary history.  Philadelphia became the first city in the nation to bar employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history Monday [1/30/2017], a move supporters say is a vital step toward closing the wage gap between men and women.  Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, signed the measure and said he's confident the bill can withstand legal challenges he faces from companies such as cable giant Comcast.

Senate Democrats Introduce $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Offer Trump Support If He Backs It.  Senate Democrats are set to unveil a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and offer President Donald Trump their support if he backs it, the NYT reports.  The plan includes $180 billion to rail and bus systems, $65 billion to ports, airports and waterways, $110 billion for water and sewer systems, $100 billion for energy infrastructure, and $20 billion for public and tribal lands.

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Infrastructure is not mentioned in the Constitution.  This job belongs to the fifty states.  The Tenth Amendment says so.  Too bad the Democrats don't know or care what the Constitution says.

Dear Liberals:  Here Is Some Magnanimous Advice.  [Scroll down]  Do you notice the common denominator of these three groups?  All three are, or have been, the little darlings of the left.  Follow us, the left said to the workers, and we will bring you justice.  Follow us, the left said to African Americans, and we will defeat racism.  Follow us, the left said to women, and we will defeat sexism and the patriarchy.  And liberals and lefties have been doing nothing but protesting and marching and legislating on these three fronts for the last 150 years.  So why are your little darlings so demoralized, liberals?  Why is the working-class dying of despair despite your welfare state?  Why are blacks killing cops and burning cities again, 50 years after the Civil Rights Acts?  Why are women suffering sexual harassment on campus and huddling in safe spaces fifty years after the sexual revolution?

Why liberals just love to set terrorists free.  What is it about progressives like President Obama — and even pretend progressives like Gov. Andrew Cuomo — that makes them so forgiving of terrorists?  Obama, on his way out the door, Tuesday [1/17/2017] commuted the effective life sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist-terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera — an architect of the wave of terror that led to the murder-by-bombing of four at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan in 1975.  Cuomo, for no apparent reason other than to plant a wet one on Black Lives Matter, last month gave an early out to one-time Weather Underground conspirator Judith Clark — convicted of murdering two cops and a security guard during the infamous Brinks armored car robbery in Rockland County in 1981.

Black History (aka Demonize White America) Month.  Clarence Thomas describes Myers, his grandfather, as "the greatest man I have ever known."  Where are such strong, wise, character-driven, and masculine mentors for black males today?  The number-one mission of high-profile blacks (actors, politicians and preachers) appears to be getting blacks to embrace same-sex marriage, men using little girl's restrooms, and blaming white America.  Myers' Godly principles and values are only echoes of a distant past in the black community today.

And Now The Left's War On Normal Americans Truly Begins.  The left's strategy is simple — deny normal Americans normalcy.  After all, that's what we really want, a return to normal. [...] It's what we want, and liberals want to deny it to us in order to doom Donald Trump and reopen their path back into power.  So how will they do it?  Constant resistance at every turn.  They will ignore norms and rules — remember, norms and rules are only supposed to constrain us.  They will lie, cheat, and engage in any conduct that they believe will help their hateful cause.  A huge part of the progressive effort will go toward policing their own for any weakness or faltering in their lockstep opposition to everything Trump and the GOP do.

Twenty Non-Questions on Campus.  Merriam-Webster defines dogma as "a belief or set of beliefs that is accepted by the members of a group without being questioned or doubted."  On too many college campuses, certain beliefs are promoted just that dogmatically.  Students are not allowed to challenge them. [...] Those beliefs are:
  •   There is a campus rape culture that encourages the sexual assault of women.
  •   A woman accusing a man of rape has vastly more credibility than a man who claims his innocence.
  •   The earth is getting dramatically warmer due to human activity, and altering that activity can stop or slow this trend.
  •   Israeli settlers and the Israeli government are as bad as or worse than Palestinian terrorists.
  •   Fundamentalist Christians are morally the same as Muslim terrorists.
  •   Any military action in the Middle East creates more problems than it solves.
  •   Criticizing Islam as a religion of terrorism is an example of Islamophobia.
  •   Religious freedom is less important than acceptance of sexual minorities.
  •   Society would generally be better off if traditional religion disappeared.
  •   Marriage between those of the same sex should be seen as the same as marriage between those of different sexes.
  •   Trans women (men who identify as women) should be allowed to use the same facilities as biological women.
  •   The physical differences between men and women play no role in economic disparities between them.
  •   A woman has a right to an abortion for whatever reason she chooses.
  •   Black men are targeted by the police.
  •   Anti-Hispanic racism is an important part of what motivates those who oppose immigration reform.
  •   President Obama has been criticized more than previous presidents because of his race.
  •   Raising taxes on the wealthy will improve our economy.
  •   Political conservatives are either greedy manipulators exploiting the marginalized, or sincere dupes voting against their own economic interests.
  •   There is little if any correlation between hard work and economic success.
  •   The United States is more damaging to the world than other western industrialized nations.

Obama's Failed Presidency.  The president is correct that the largest issue in the election was the Obama legacy:  the 125 percent increase in federal debt while the national work force shrank by 10 percent, the shameful Iran nuclear and sanctions giveaway, the shambles of the "red line" and other flip-flops and miscues all over foreign policy, the haughty disparagement of large sections of the electorate (in which he was almost outdone by Mrs. Clinton), the immigration policy of proudly admitting to the U.S. whomever might be seized by the ambition to enter, and the slavish adherence to the most alarmist versions of the faddish climate apocalypse, whatever the cost in American jobs and the current-account deficit, and without waiting for evidence adequate to justify radical measures.

Governor Calls for Free Tuition at New York Public Colleges.  Hundreds of thousands of New York students would be able to attend college for free under a proposal announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make state universities tuition-free for residents earning $125,000 or less.

Meet the Dems who want to abolish the Electoral College.  Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation aimed at building pressure to scrap the centuries-old system, and replace it with a simple popular vote.  Under the change, Clinton would have become the 45th president of the United States, since she won about 3 million more votes than Trump.  Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., proposed a resolution to amend the Constitution to end the Electoral College, and dozens of House Democrats are supporting three separate House resolutions that would do the same thing.  Some Democrats have indicated support for the idea, even if they haven't yet joined the legislation.

The Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right.  Everyone knows it is the self-appointed morally superior Left that is behind the tyrannies of multiculturalism, political correctness, a genderless society, man-made global warming, the promotion of homosexuality and gay marriage, the crusade against all religions but Isalm, the most violent and intolerant faith on the planet.

Watching the Fakestream Break Down.  Psychologically, there is no difference now between the Democrats and Jim Jones or Scientology.  Closed-minded utopian cults are all the same: they all follow messianic personalities like Obama and Hillary, and they all drive out any source of dissent.  But dissent and open debate are what keeps us in touch with reality, a point that applies to nations as well as individuals.  North Korea is run by a closed cult, like Iran and Saudi Arabia.  No dissent is allowed, and little by little a Party Line takes over that drifts out of touch with reality.  Because Eurosocialism is identical to Obamanoia, we are seeing stunning parallels between the U.S. and Europe.  The same political ideology is running things over there and over here.  These people are still stuck in soft Marxism, having learned nothing from the fall of the Soviet Empire.  They are doomed to failure.

Liberal Logic.  If a man says he's Napoleon Bonaparte, he needs help, but if he says he's a woman he's perfectly sane and if anyone refuses to go along with him he's being oppressed.  If 97% of scientists say that man made global warming is real anyone who disagrees should be put in prison.  When 100% of scientists say that human life begins at conception it has nothing to do with abortion.  If Russia publishes true facts about Hillary it's foreign interference in our election.  If illegals, i.e. foreigners, vote in our election it's a good thing.  Clubbing a baby seal to death is evil.  Dismembering an unborn human girl without anesthetic is a societal good.  Getting water to California's central valley farmers isn't as important as protecting the delta smelt.  It's okay if wind turbines kill 4200 bald eagles each year.  Saying all lives matter is racist.  Saying only black lives matter is not.

Why the Left Cried When Fidel Died.  To understand why leftists, especially of the Western variety, are weeping upon Castro's death, it is first crucial to grasp the underlying foundation of the progressives' belief system.  The leftist is a believer in a political faith, a faith that envisions a classless utopia of perfect equality and "social justice."  This faith is interlinked with the leftist's revulsion of his own democratic-capitalist host society, which he sees as oppressive and unjust — and which he seeks to destroy.  And it is upon the ashes of this intended destruction that the leftist hopes to build, with his other self-appointed social redeemers, the secular socialist paradise.

How the Left Strangled Itself With Identity Politics.  Listen up, dimwits:  When you encourage racial pride in all groups except whites, you aren't exactly making a case against "racism."

Why the Democrats Can't Stop Calling the GOP Racists.  Democrats don't debate Trump on the issues, because their agenda is a turn-off.  Under the leadership of Alinskyite Barack Obama, the Democratic Party has degenerated from liberalism to progressivism.  It has not been pretty.  A focus on preferential treatment for blacks has given way to a war on cops.  Caring about Hispanic Americans suddenly means America shouldn't have borders and should have sanctuary for rapists and killers — as long as they are here illegally.  Browbeating college kids by empowerring feminists and black activists with Title IX money has turned college campuses against freedom of thought and speech.  Women's issues have bizarrely turned into a war on masculinity.  Gay rights has morphed into men in women's bathrooms.  Pro-choice turned into third-trimester infanticide and lawsuits against the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Physical violence against Republicans is encouraged by President Obama and Clinton under the euphemism 'protest.'

Hillary Lost In The Rust Belt Because People Thought She Cared More About Bathrooms Than Jobs.  It's been shown time and again in poll after poll after poll that the economy and jobs, the bread and butter issues, are always tops.  All the other things came way after, but, these are the ones Democrats focus on, and, even when they do focus on jobs, they do it in a pandering fashion, while also talking about retraining for people who've lost their jobs due to Democratic Party policies.  The question is, does the Dem Party change? [...] Their unhinged Progressive base is what drives them, though, and they care more about things like forcing people to accept the gender confused in the showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms with Other People's daughters.

The Ellison Challenge.  Antisemitism, like hatred of police and Christians, is a necessary component of Democratic populism.  This is true first and foremost because they will need scapegoats to blame for all the bad things you can't solve by demonizing and silencing your political opponents.  Jews, and particularly the Jewish state, along with evangelical Christians and cops are the only groups that you are allowed to hate, discriminate against and scapegoat in the authoritarian PC universe.  From the party's initial post-election moves, it appears that the Democrats have decided to take the latter path.

The High-water Mark of Progressivism.  Attempts to persuade the renegade American public and its new leaders back into the progressive fold will not cease, but they will be largely futile because Americans have made it clear they do not want progressivism to dictate domestic and foreign policy.  Why was there a revolution at the voting booth?  The revolution happened because Americans have seen the wrecking ball that is progressivism in action for the last eight years (and counting).  The pendulum swung because citizens have watched as the leadership of the Democratic Party was gradually taken over by a bunch of fanatical extremists whose agenda was both morally and pragmatically repellent — completely divorced from the realities of human existence.

The Borking Bullies of the Left.  It was amusing to watch the actors lecture Pence on the founding "ideals" of the country even as they throw infantile tantrums about those supposedly antiquated principles.  When not performing in Hamilton, they are out marching against the electoral college, which Alexander Hamilton in part designed.  The "ideals" to which they refer originated, not in 1776, but more like 1966.  And they don't even rise to the level of ideals.  They amount to a totalitarianism in which "freedom" and "justice" possess no meaning apart from whatever liberals want at any given moment.  Under this willfulness, to take one of its more blatant manifestations, honest cops are treated like criminals while advocates for the criminal class, such as Al Sharpton, get to re-design police departments.  The prospect of that racket coming to a close has the Borking bullies of the left gearing up for a savage trashing of Sen. Jeff Sessions.

Professional Antagonist Keith Ellison Likely DNC Head.  In 2008 the DNC made a specific decision to go all-in with full throated radicalism and left-wing ideological moonbattery.  The social justice warriors took over the advocacy reins of the Democrat party.  Progressive purity was the litmus, climate and social justice was the cause celeb.  Obama was the vehicle, emotion drives the brand.  Two years later Democrats killed their own "blue dog" coalition (2010), and suffered the largest electoral defeat in the history of their party.  In 2011 they doubled down in Madison Wisconsin and waged a ground battle, they lost.  Occupy Wall Street (OWS) began smashing windows in Dem strongholds as a visible protest to their defeat.  In 2012 and 2014 the Democrat party loses only amplified across America as one-by-one state legislative houses collapsed under the weight of continual Democrat radicalism.

Disasters averted.  That Donald Trump won in spite of his many blunders, and in spite of the mainstream media machine acting as an integral part of Hillary Clinton's campaign, indicates the magnitude of the elite-class debacle.  Many disasters will be averted now.  The appointment of one, two, or even three Ruth Bader Sotomayor clones will not happen.  There will be no mass amnesty for the illegals.  The Clinton crime syndicate will no longer be able to operate with impunity, and its principals may face justice.  (After all, Hillary Clinton has said that Nelson Mandela was her role model, and he was elected president only after he had served 27 years in prison.)  There will be no second-generation Clinton dynasts.  There will be no more mass pardons of hardened criminals.  There will be no more bowing before Saudi royal kleptocrats, and no White House Iftar dinners with halal menus.  There will be no mass influx of Syrian "refugees."

The Democratic Party Establishment Is Finished.  The Democratic Party establishment has beclowned itself and is finished.  I think of the lawmakers, the consultants, the operatives, and — yes — the center-left media, and how everything said over the past few years leading up to this night was [deliberately misleading].

Virginia Dem Suggests 'ID Document' for Illegal Immigrants to Show They're 'Not Breaking Any Laws'.  Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said he would support legislation to simplify the immigration visa system if both parties cannot come to an agreement on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.  "Absolutely, as we make sure that people are properly vetted for Homeland Security purposes.  But, yeah, even the path to citizenship, there's much we can do before that — letting people get driver's licenses, making sure people are paying taxes — those aren't necessarily citizenship but it takes them out of the shadows, takes the families away from fear," he told PJM at the Virginia Democrats' election results event in the Beltway on Tuesday evening [1/8/2016].

All the Queen's Men.  [Scroll down]  What do the leading men in Hillary Clinton's campaign have in common?  Quite a lot:
  •   All support the sexual revolution's ascendency over religion, morality and religious liberty.
  •   All support the primacy of sex over either family or faith.
  •   All support the dominion of abortion over the dominion of life.  Put another way:  They all support a throwaway culture where human lives are expendable if found to be inconvenient, over a culture of unconditional love.
  •   All also support divorce over unconditional love which upholds the dignity of their current and former spouses.  Continued conquests in the sexual revolution are valued more highly than spouses.
  •   All support genderless, same-sex marriage as fully equal to conjugal, complementary marriage, which, whether wittingly or unwittingly serves as a mocking condemnation of the one true definition of marriage.  They just don't see marriage as a big deal.
  •   All support a decayed form of manhood that seeks sex without consequence, without commitment, with either women or men — and mostly with younger women and younger men.

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Progressives Want to Control Everything.  In the latest batch of Podesta Files 34, we have the Progressive-Globalist-Marxist plan for governance.  It's alarming if you are in any way a traditional American.  Email 56649 has a Powerpoint presentation of their complete takeover.  There will be no dissent under their governance, of that there is no question.  Check out this first slide of their plan to seize control of the media.  They want to control it all.  You can see where they are focusing their Marxist efforts on this map.  They are very well-organized and are continuing to grow and expand their networks of social justice warriors throughout the nation.

The Left and the Masses:  Part II.  One of the first things the left does is take away the right of other people to make their own choices.  For example, under current California law, Hispanic school children cannot be taught in Spanish if their parents want them taught in English.  Like parents in other immigrant groups before them, Hispanic parents tend to want their children to learn English, so that those children will have more opportunities when they become adults in an English-speaking country.  But the left in general, and Hispanic activists in particular, have fought against leaving Hispanic parents with that choice.  At the heart of the left's vision of the world — and of themselves — is that they know better what is good for other people.  This means that the left sees itself as having both a right and a duty to take away other people's options.

Alinsky's Rules + Cloward-Piven = Obama's Fundamental Change to Socialism
  [#1] Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people.
  [#2] Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
  [#3] Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level.  That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
  [#4] Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government.  That way you are able to create a police state.
  [#5] Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives.  (Food, Housing, and Income)
  [#6] Education — Take control of what people read and listen to us" take control of what children learn in school.
  [#7] Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.
  [#8] Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor.  This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

The Experiment:  Capitalism vs Socialism.  [Scroll down]  By the time of reunification, productivity in East Germany was barely 70% of that in West Germany.  The West boasted large, vibrant industries and other highly productive sectors, while dirty antiquated factories and outmoded farming methods dominated the East.  Even staples like butter, eggs and chicken — abundant and affordable in West Germany — were twice as expensive in the eastern "workers' paradise."  Coffee was seven times more expensive, while gasoline and laundry detergent were more than 2½ times more expensive.  Luxury items, like automobiles and men's suits were twice as expensive, color televisions five times more costly.  About the only staple that was cheaper in East Germany were potatoes, which could be distilled into vodka, so that lower caste East Germans could commiserate better with their abundant Russian comrades.

Hillary the Abnormal.  While Trump is following in the footsteps of JFK and Ronald Reagan, Hillary is a fawning admirer of government by the politicians, for the politicians, and of the politicians.  Hillary is also the first presidential candidate to tell churches what they should or shouldn't believe in.  According to the Gospel of Hillary abortion is a sacrament.  She's all for forcing nuns who dedicate their lives to helping the poor to pay for abortions, and she's enthused about making five-year-old girls share the washroom with 40-year-old bearded men who say they think they're really women.  While most Americans who do support abortion support it only in cases of rape, or to protect the life of the mother and then only in the first trimester Hillary supports abortion up until the instant of birth for any reason.  Hillary is also quite comfortable with Planned Parenthood profiting by selling baby parts.

Green Pixie Dust Energy Policies.  [The Democratic Party Platform] supports impeding or rejecting oil and gas leasing, drilling, fracking and pipelines, as well as gas-fired power plants — while accelerating and incentivizing wind and solar installations and transmission lines.  It says America should "lead the fight against climate change," locally and globally.  Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton has said she would stringently regulate hydraulic fracturing, banning oil and gas extraction from public lands is a "done deal," and her party is "going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."  (But it will re-train miners and fund their pensions with taxes and red ink.)  In short, Democrats support a government mandated and regulated energy system that would require constant infusions of taxpayer and consumer subsidies via grants, loans, feed-in tariffs and crony-corporatist arrangements.  It will oppose fossil fuels that provide reliable, affordable energy [...]

California Could Let Felons Behind Bars Vote, Despite What the State Constitution Says.  California Gov.  Jerry Brown is considering whether to sign a bill that would allow tens of thousands of incarcerated felons to vote, while continuing to deny the vote to others.  The Legislature sent a bill to Brown's desk that would restore voting rights to an estimated 50,000 convicted felons who are behind bars in county jails, but not to felons who are serving their sentence in prisons.

Tim Kaine's radical roots.  According to the media, Tim Kaine took a life transforming "mission" trip to Latin America in 1980. Conveniently left out of these stories, are the radical reality of the Cold War in Latin America and Tim Kaine's Soviet sympathizing mentors.  In fact, whatever Kaine's intentions, he more likely met Karl Marx than Jesus Christ while there.  Connect the dots with a little history, and an alarming picture emerges of Kaine's adventures with radicals and revolutionaries in 1980s Latin America.  Reports indicate that in Honduras, "Mr. Kaine embraced an interpretation of the gospel, known as liberation theology..."  This wasn't mainstream "Catholic thought" at the time.  It was a radical, Marxist-based ideology at odds with the Church, the pope, and the United States, but supportive of (and supported by) the Soviet Union.

Democrat VP Candidate Tim Kaine:  Confirmed — He's a Radical Leftist Gun-Banner.  In May 2000, Tim Kaine, then-mayor of Richmond, Va., used more than $6,000 in public funds to charter eight buses.  The buses were used to transport city residents from Richmond to the anti-gun, and inaccurately named, Million Mom March in Washington, D.C.  The Million Mom March was sponsored and organized by extremist gun control organization the Bell Campaign, which was later renamed the Million Mom March Foundation.  The Bell Campaign supported a litany of gun control measures, including gun rationing, a ban on the possession of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their magazines, firearm owner licensing, and gun registration.  In regards to the right to keep and bear arms, the Bell Campaign contended, "The Second Amendment does not, and never did, protect the private ownership of guns for private purposes."

How to Be a Liberal.  It's easy to be an American liberal.  All that is required are hypocrisy and ignorance.  Ignorance is an absolute must, but especially ignorance of three things:  economics, human nature and all of recorded history.  One has to be truly economically illiterate to believe that high taxes encourages productivity, that union-imposed labor regulations don't dis-incentivize hiring, that energy regulations don't raise prices on the poor and working class.  Likewise, to be a liberal you must pretend that men and women are exactly alike in every respect and that communism produces the most happiness for the most people.

Why do Young People Support Socialism and Old People Don't?  Young people start working, or trying to anyway, and discover that it isn't always immediately gratifying.  Many among them, I suspect, through this initial effort are forced to cope with prolonged discouragement for the first time in their short lives.  If the resulting frustration has a tendency to incline them toward left-wing politics, and I find that quite credible, that would mean it is to the left-wing politician's advantage to make this experience more discouraging.  What evidence is there to suggest this is not the case?

Capitalism Works If Government Would Just Get Out of the Way!  The media, Hollywood, and even some of our fellow citizens bash "big pharma," big oil, or big retailers like Wal-Mart.  But in reality what do those "big" evil companies do?  They provide needed products and services at reasonable prices, and jobs, enabling our national economic engine, and our quality of life, to keep chugging along.  They have limited control over much of their expenses, but to be able to continue doing what they do, they achieve a modest profit to ensure their viability in future years, and allow us to have a job.  When politicians promise "free stuff" at the expense of taxpayers, they're doing nothing more than attempting bribery — they promise free stuff for our votes.  And it's not their free stuff.  It's stuff they promise to use governmental coercion to forcibly take from others, in order to redistribute to those they're bribing.

Sorry, Hillary:  Trump's policies are clearly better for blacks.  On everything from education to jobs to crime, Trump's policies offer a lifeline to people who have been losing ground for decades.  Hillary's policies will just exacerbate them.  And no amount of speeches will change that.  On education, Trump strongly supports school choice.  This would give inner-city blacks a way out of horribly performing public schools.  Clinton attacks charters and clearly opposes other forms of school choice, opting to protect teachers unions at the expense of students.  And who's harmed the most by illegal immigration?  Who's most likely to suffer unemployment or wage reductions due to the added competition?  Young, unskilled blacks and Hispanics.  The biggest beneficiaries?  Wealthy people who get to pay less for lawn care and housecleaning.  But crime is the immediate, life-and-death issue for so many blacks and Hispanics trapped in high-crime urban areas.  Too many come to physical harm, have their property stolen, or lose their jobs as businesses are driven from their neighborhoods.  Clinton seems more focused on helping criminals rather than their victims.

Something Has Gone Wrong.  Social justice, broadly defined, is the pursuit of human perfection.  You never hear social justice warriors promoting half measures.  Theirs is the pursuit of the perfect as they think things like crime, racism and immorality can be abolished.  They are not just seeking a perfect society.  They think they can make perfect people.  The absurd and dangerous habit of policing the space between people's ears with hate crimes and speech crimes in an obvious example.

The Scourge Of Racism In America.  One party views people as people as the individuals they are.  The other proudly states black people are incapable of obtaining free photo IDs.  One seeks to empower individuals to realize their potential and have a shot to raise themselves up as high as their ability, work-ethic and good fortune will take them The other views them as unable to open bank accounts and sees them a victims of payday loans and check cashing places.  One wants to free everyone from the soul-crushing death spiral of government dependence.  The other hears "food stamps" and thinks "black people" even though there are more white people receiving them.  One is the American spirit; the other is racist.

Manufactured Grievance:  You are right that the number of depressed and confused men driven to enter the ladies' room is practically zero as a percentage of American men (gay or straight), but that's not the point.  You are right that good studies show police are less likely to shoot and kill black men than other men, but those facts don't matter.  You are right that America is a good country, but again you don't get it.  The point is to elevate the perceived victimhood of all minorities through the girls' bathroom issue, of black Americans by making "all lives" a slur, of successful women by converting reasonable and humane abortion restrictions into a century-reversing threat to their livelihood.

Hillary's Big Economic Plan is an Embarrassing Display of Leftist Ignorance.  It was a powerful-sounding speech, promising to solve everyone's problems and the problems that had never occurred to them.  Jobs, lots of them, how? — Infrastructure!  Why is it always infrastructure?  If you remember, Obama was going to create all sorts of jobs in Infrastructure — "crumbling roads and bridges" — all sorts of promises of what they were going to do, and eventually Obama admitted that there didn't seem to actually be any "shovel-ready jobs." [...] Construction jobs are temporary.  That's why Obama said there weren't any "shovel-ready jobs."  We went through all this before, but Hillary wasn't paying attention, or else she doesn't care because it sounds good.

Communist Party Admits Infiltration & Takeover of Democratic Party!  [Scroll down]  In 2004, for example, the CPUSA platform included, among other elements, demands for "free" healthcare, unrestricted abortion, government-funded education from pre-kindergarten to college, more federal "job" programs for "minorities," more farm subsidies, a higher minimum wage, a ban on "discrimination" against homosexuals, international treaties to stop "global warming," and much more.  When compared with the Obama agenda that was unleashed upon America beginning in 2008 and that continues to be foisted on an outraged America today via lawless executive decrees — and funding from the GOP Congress — the parallels are impossible to deny.

Pope Francis and the Decline of the West.  Pope Francis made comments last week that reveal the most important single thing you need to know about the modern world:  The most dynamic religion of the last hundred years has been leftism.  Not Christianity, and not Islam, but leftism.  Leftism has taken over the world's leading educational institutions, the world's news media and the world's popular entertainment, and it has influenced Christianity (and Judaism) far more than Christianity (or Judaism) has influenced anything.

Communist Party Unites Behind Hillary.  The Communist Party USA may not control many actual votes, but what they lack in support is made up for in enthusiasm.  That passion was in full display with a seven-person team of "reporters" covering their national political convention last month.  And their convention was the Democratic National Convention that nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton as their undisputed candidate for president of the United States.

Full List of Hillary's Planned Tax Hikes.  [Scroll down]  Hillary's formally proposed $1 trillion net tax increase consists of the following:  [#1] Income Tax Increase — $350 Billion:  Clinton has proposed a $350 billion income tax hike in the form of a 28 percent cap on itemized deductions.  [#2] Business Tax Increase — $275 Billion:  Clinton has called for a tax hike of at least $275 billion through undefined business tax reform, as described in a Clinton campaign document.  [#3] "Fairness" Tax Increase — $400 Billion:  According to her published plan, Clinton has called for a tax increase of "between $400 and $500 billion" by "restoring basic fairness to our tax code."  These proposals include a "fair share surcharge," the taxing of carried interest capital gains as ordinary income, and a hike in the Death Tax.  But there are even more Clinton tax hike proposals not included in the tally above.  Her campaign has failed to release specific details for many of her proposals.  The true Clinton net tax hike figure is likely much higher than $1 trillion.

America's First Major Socialist Party Debuts in Philadelphia.  It's five minutes to midnight for Western Civilization.  Europe, in case you haven't noticed, is on the brink of going Islamic.  Twenty-five percent of French teenagers already are.  Mohammed has been the most popular baby name in the UK for some time.  And Ms. Merkel, despite the constant carnage in her country, is doubling down on Middle Eastern immigration.  Hillary Clinton intends to do the same thing here — in the name of human rights, naturally, when, needless to say, it's about votes.  Economically, if she passes even a third of her proposals, our country will be so far in debt we may never find a way out, ratifying all of Hayek's predictions as we all become slaves to a desperate state.

Stop Pretending Women Automatically Support Hillary.  A majority of American women disagree with Clinton's extreme position on abortion.  Her position, backed by the abortion lobby and Democratic platform, advocates for abortion on demand at any time — even moments before birth — in any facility conditions, paid for by taxpayer dollars yet unaudited by the government.  There are women who disagree with her foreign policy:  giving up on our ambassador and men protecting him in Benghazi matters.  It matters a lot.  The rise of ISIS and the Iran debacle also matter a lot — especially when Catholic priests are getting their heads cut off during morning Mass in France and terrorist attacks are on the rise. [...] Many women disagree with Clinton's economic policies.  Attacking the rich and leveling the playing field for businesses creates an environment where only certain big banks and big companies can succeed, a disincentive for success.

Philadelphia: The Dems' Balkanized Vision Of America.  [Scroll down]  But, for the most part, while they talked about being "united," the Democrats ironically presented a vision of a Balkanized America — an America of ever-proliferating interest groups, races, ethnicities, religions, disabilities and sexual "identities", whose particular "interests" have to be accommodated, no matter what they might be.  No dispute.  That's what Big Government is for.  And they made clear:  "United Together" doesn't really mean everyone.  Those who have been successful — CEOs, investors, and others who have created millions and millions of jobs for, yes, American families and helped provide the highest standard of living on Earth — are plainly not part of the "united together" vision.

ISIS Ignored:  Moral Sickness at the Democratic Convention.  The real story from day one at the Democratic National Convention is that in sixty-one speeches never once did these so-called "liberals" mention terrorism. [...] Why?  The answer is simple:  It doesn't play well for them.  They're scared it plays better for the Republicans and Donald Trump.  So they don't mention it.  Also, it doesn't fit with their morally narcissistic narrative that all religions are equal.

Democratic delegate admits 'gun control' is code for wanting to ban all guns.  A new video by Project Veritas shows Mary Bayer, a former Democratic delegate admitting that the term "gun control" is just code for repealing the Second Ammendment and banning guns.  When asked by an undercover reporter if she was in favour of banning guns, Bayer replied in the affirmative.  "I'm totally against them, and my husband is against guns.  My husband is now a registered Democrat."

Clinton Trying To Run Away From "The Sanders Manifesto".  Hillary Clinton can try to run and hide from the radical ideas proposed in the democrat Platform, but her policies proposals confirm her full embrace of the "The Sanders Manifesto," which declares war on small business and threatens millions jobs across the country.  Last night [7/19/2016], in an interview with CBS's Charlie Rose, Clinton ridiculously claimed that her policies and the policies of her Party had not shifted to the left, even though Socialist Bernie Sanders called the democrat Platform "the most progressive platform ever."  Clinton's laughable argument that the democrat Party is the party of the "center-left" couldn't be more untrue.  [Video clip]

Palestinian flag waved at Democratic National Convention.  One of the consequences of the leftward swing within the Democratic party has been a renewed questioning of its support for Israel.  Support for the Jewish state has traditionally been a bipartisan issue in the US but Sanders had been associated with some anti-Israel sentiments, in spite of his being Jewish.  He called for a "more balanced" Middle East policy, and greatly exaggerated the Palestinian death toll in operation Protective Edge.  He even employed a "Jewish Outreach" staffer who made vehemently anti-Israel statement on the internet, ultimately suspending her.  The Sanders campaign has thus become associated with a new, more extremely "progressive" wing of the Democratic party, and that wing reared its head at the DNC yesterday [7/25/2016].

Tim Kaine Addresses Crowd in Spanish, Promises Amnesty Plan 'In the First 100 Days' in Office.  Sen.  Tim Kaine (D-VA) was officially announced as Hillary Clinton's running mate in Miami this afternoon as she introduced him as a "progressive who likes to get things done."  "Hey, guys.  Thank you!" he said as he took the podium, before immediately launching into a message in Spanish.

Open Borders:  Democrats Build Massive Four-Mile Long Fence Around Their Convention.  Just as Hillary proved that laws are for the little people and that guns should be reserved only to protect Democrat elites, it turns out that security walls are also for your betters.

DNC Turns Women's Restroom into 'All-Gender' Bathroom.  The Democratic National Convention has turned a women's restroom into an "all-gender" bathroom at the Wells Fargo Arena.  The all-gender bathroom is one of the ways the DNC is infusing its party platform into the arena accommodations.  The arena also has a "gluten-free zone" and garbage cans are categorized by landfill, recycling, and compost.  A DNC volunteer told the Washington Free Beacon that there is only one all-gender restroom to accommodate transgender individuals.  The change leaves female convention goers with one fewer bathroom than male attendees.

Should the Postal Service Handle Your Loans as Well as Your Mail?  Elizabeth Warren Thinks So.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is inching closer to eliminating private payday lending with restrictive new rules and, some advocates hope, paving the way for the U.S. Postal Service to take over these banking services.  The agency's liberal supporters, including Sen.  Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., long have wanted to replace the payday lending industry with a government-run alternative.  Now, they are pushing to include language in the Democratic Party platform to add banking to the line of services provided by the U.S. Postal Service.  The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act granted authority to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate and restrict short-term credit providers and payday lenders.

Discrimination and sexism on the part of the Democrats:
DNC Forces Replacement of 2 Delegates Because They Were Men, Complaint Says.  Here's a little political/legal story not getting much attention.  It's definitely interesting.  A complaint alleges two Vermont DNC delegates (who are Bernie supporters, no less) say they were replaced and can no longer attend the Democratic National Convention because the DNC was trying to achieve "gender balance."  Ken Dean and State Sen.  Tim Ashe were reportedly elected to be delegates in June.  In an effort to make the Vermont delegation balanced (13 men and 13 woman [sic]), the Democratic National Party ordered them replaced.

House Democrats' Plan to Secure Nation Is Less Than Two Pages Long.  House Democratic leaders unveiled a national security agenda that is less than two pages in length and prioritizes combatting online radicalization and restricting gun sales.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), and other leading Democrats unveiled the agenda for a "stronger America" at a Thursday [7/14/2016] news conference on Capitol Hill.  The three-pronged agenda focuses on securing the nation, its future, and its democracy.  The white papers outlining each target area are roughly one-and-a-half pages long.

Black Bishop Calls For All Christians To Leave Democratic Party.  Bishop Earl Walker Jackson Sr. (E.W. Jackson) has issued a plea for all Christians to leave the Democratic Party. [...] In his plea for Christians to make an exodus from the Democratic Party, Jackson refers to the Party as cult-like and cites the following reasons for his statement and actions:
  •   Pro-abortion
  •   Rejection of biblical family model and values
  •   Open hostility to anyone who expresses their Christian values including Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A and Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas
  •   Actions taken against cities and towns for displaying crosses at memorials
  •   Actions taken against anyone who invokes the name of Jesus during prayers at official events

Democrats Finalize Exceptionally Progressive Party Platform.  The document — a formal declaration of the party's positions — includes language on breaking up "too-big-to fail" banks; reinstating a new version of the Glass-Steagall Act, which required that commercial banking and securities activities be separated; abolishing the death penalty; and fighting for a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizen's United case, which barred the government from restricting political spending by nonprofit corporations.

Democrats call for 'pathway' to marijuana legalization.  The Democratic Party endorsed a "reasoned pathway to future legalization" of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen.  Bernie Sanders.  Going into the platform committee meeting, Sanders's campaign had no new language about marijuana.  The senator from Vermont had favored state-to-state legalization efforts, and the language approved by the drafting committee called for "policies that will allow more research on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty."

Why The Left Always Talks Gun Control.  A terrorist goes into a nightclub in Orlando and kills dozens.  The President rushes out to make sure everyone knows it is a hate crime and we must have gun control.  In Dallas, a man guns down police officers and the President rushes out and will not call it a hate crime, but declares we must have gun control.  In addition to admitting he classifies hate crimes based on the victim's class, not the intent of the killer, the President admits he has no ideas but gun control.  Like the solution always being the same whether the left believes we are in global cooling or global warming, the solution to every terrible act in America is gun control.

Dem Platform Follies.  On Friday, the Democratic Party unveiled its 2016 national platform, promising to put "a middle-class life within the reach of more Americans."  Unfortunately, the party's proposals will do the opposite.  They will slow economic growth, prevent millions of people from advancing up the economic ladder and hold back their children, too. [...] The democrats' platform doubles down on the same misguided policies:  over-taxation, lax immigration standards and slavish protection of the public school monopoly.  The democrats' tax platform is an ignorant, anti-business rant.

The Stupidity of the Left.  [Scroll down]  The pabulum of global warming is accepted as easily as Soviet scientists accepted the idiocy of Lysenko.  The same predictable "solutions" are offered for every single problem:  more "investment" on education and infrastructure, stronger gun control laws, more draconian environmental regulations, more "diversity," and more of everything that has never worked in America anywhere and anytime it has been tried.

It Ain't About Guns:  Democrats Super-Excited About Killing Off Your Due Process Rights.  The latest efforts to enact gun-control by Democrats in congress are either strictly symbolic, since they would not have stopped the San Bernadino or the Orlando Islamic extremists, or a Trojan horse to abolish the 2nd Amendment.  Their proposal is to deny 2nd Amendment rights to anyone on the Transportation Safety Administration's (TSA) "no-fly list."  The murderers in San Bernadino and Orlando were not on the no-fly list, so even if such a law were in place, those acts of domestic terrorism would not have been prevented.  So from that standpoint, such legislation would be mostly symbolic, and solve little to nothing.  It is much more likely, however, that the legislation is a Trojan horse to literally abolish 2nd Amendment rights of all, or more likely, select citizens.

Dem Platform Embraces Climate Change.  Are you now or have you ever been a climate change denier?  That might be a question asked at a hearing by Congressional Democrats should they control the next Congress.  A platform plank being proposes [sic] criminalizes true scientific inquiry in favor of climate orthodoxy and seeks to threaten climate heretics with the full weight of government. [...] The goal is to use climate change as a means to increase government power over every aspect of our lives, what we make, how we make it, what energy we use, what cars we drive, even what food we eat.

The Embrace of Socialism — Despite Its Track Record.  One of life's enduring mysteries is why the left — against overwhelming evidence to the contrary — insists on more taxation, more government spending and more government control over the private sector.  Europe's socialism has, over the last several decades, generated few private sector jobs and lags in growth when compared to the United States with its comparatively lighter hand of government.  What does it take to show that, good intentions aside, government bureaucrats cannot spend money as efficiently and as effectively as the people who produce the money?  The most recent example is Venezuela.  Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor now presides over a country with food lines and soaring inflation, all directly attributable to the pursuit of a socialist paradise where a benevolent and enlightened government redistributes wealth from the greedy few to the entitled many.  It ... does ... not ... work.

Democrat Party Goes Full Radical Nutjob:  "Most Progressive Platform Our Party Has Ever Seen".  There are many dangerous proposals in the Democratic Party's platform that should raise concern:
  •   A $15 minimum wage, including one for tipped workers, will force businesses to slash jobs, shift to automation, and put companies out of business
  •   Burdensome regulations will make companies subservient to the government and prevent them from expanding.
  •   Massive new spending on government programs that won't be paid for and will substantially increase the national debt.
In addition, Sanders allies proposed some costly ideas that were just a vote away from becoming part of the platform and will no doubt be under consideration in a Democratic administration.

Back to Mencken's America.  Today America looks very different from the America of Mencken and Nock's era, but the similarities are hard to ignore.  Liberal elites have decided that if you have a problem with men using women's bathrooms, you're not just wrong, you're a bigot.  A registered Democrat murdered 49 Americans at a gay nightclub, in the name of the Islamic State, and the smart set insists that conservative Christians are somehow to blame.  The zeal of Prohibition has multiplied like a cancer cell with reformers wanting to ban everything they don't like:  vaping, free speech, coal, Uber, refusal to bake cakes for gay weddings, and, if they could, guns.

What's really behind the ongoing push for gun control?  The gun grabbers tell you they want more gun control in order to keep you safe.  But that is the Big Lie.  If they really wanted to limit guns used most to murder people they'd target handguns, which are used in almost half of all homicides.  Of 8,124 murders using a firearm in 2014, handguns were used 5,562 times.  Rifles were used to murder someone only 248 times.  And the dreaded "assault weapon" the politicians make such a kerfuffle over is a subset of rifles, so the number of people killed by those is much lower.  That is evidence the government assault on so-called "assault rifles" is just a show designed to confuse, deflect and cause conflict and a means to begin the incremental steps to a complete gun ban.

Red Democrats:  Meet the Communists and Socialists on the Dems Platform Drafting Committee.  Several communists and radical anti-American socialists now serve on the influential Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee.  None of them covertly infiltrated their way onto this important body.  All were appointed at the request of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or at the discretion of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  Many of those appointed have been involved with Democratic Socialists of America, which despite its name is a communist group based on the theories of Italian Communist party theoretician Antonio Gramsci — an advocate of revolution through infiltration.  Others come from more traditionally communist groups.

Democrat Platform Super Enthused To Prosecute Climate Skeptics.  In other words, this is all politically motivated, pushed by people who won't give up their own use of fossil fuels, often refuse to give up the fossil fuels companies donations, and surely have fossil fuels in their own portfolios.  They're excited to use the power of Government to intimidate, harass, and prosecute people and companies for daring to have Wrongthink.  And that's what this is, because the investigations have been fishing expeditions based on nothing more than supposition.  There has to be some bit of proof that there was actual fraud, not a difference of opinion.

Democrats force Hillary Clinton's hand on prosecution of climate skeptics.  The debate over prosecuting climate change "fraud" has landed squarely in the lap of Hillary Clinton, who must now decide whether the Democratic Party platform will include a resolution urging the Justice Department to pursue climate dissent.  So far it doesn't look good for climate skeptics.  The 15-member Democratic Platform Drafting Committee approved Friday [6/24/2016] a statement calling for a Justice Department investigation into "alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change."

Also posted under Silencing the Global Warming Skeptics.

Dem Party Platform Calls For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics.  Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party's platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.  A panel of Democrats voted Friday to approve a final draft of the party's platform to promote "Progressive Democratic Values," which apparently includes investigating energy companies who "misled" shareholders about global warming.

Democratic Platform Calls For Taxpayer-Funded Abortions.  Unlike any previous major party platform, the final draft of the 2016 Democratic platform explicitly calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.  A press release from the Democratic Party on Saturday [6/25/2016] proudly announced, "The platform goes further than previous Democratic platforms on women's reproductive rights.  It champions Planned Parenthood health centers and commits to push back on all Republican efforts to defund it."

Hillary: I'll Fix Obama's Lousy Economy By Applying More Of His Failed Policies.  If you want to know how bankrupt the Democratic Party is today of pro-growth ideas, check out Hillary Clinton's latest speech on the economy.  She has absolutely nothing new to offer that President Obama hasn't already tried.

After Trying to Kill 1st, Democrats Move on to 2nd and 5th Amendments.  In September of 2014, Senate Democrats voted to repeal the First Amendment.  They were enraged by a Supreme Court decision holding that ordinary constitutional protections for free speech prohibited the government from punishing political activists who had shown a film critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the run-up to the 2008 presidential election.  This was a straightforward case of classical political speech — critics of Mrs.  Clinton arguing that she'd make a poor president and distributing a film making that case — and Democrats, including every single Democrat in the Senate, insisted that that isn't what the First Amendment is intended to protect.  They started at the beginning, and are making their way down the Bill of Rights, with the Second Amendment and the Fifth Amendment.

The Illogical As The Most Logical.  [Scroll down]  The danger of all of these illogical conclusions of the left, it that all of us will have to pay the price for their sacred cows.  It is our money that is being used to subsidize these green energy frauds; it is our freedom that is being sacrificed to turn a blind eye to violent, radical Islamic terrorists; it is our privacy that is being destroyed to satisfy the DHS, who have been unable to stop these terrorist acts, the only purpose they have for existing at all (at least that was their mandate). But, in the leftist mind, it is not the fault of government, but that government has not yet been able to fully implement their absolute destruction of the conservative.  When that finally comes to pass, through social ostracization, imprisonment, denial of self-defense and the burning of the churches, the world will be as it should.

Why Liberals Support Muslims Who Hate Everything They Stand For.  At first glance, the liberal approach to Islam makes no sense whatsoever.  Liberalism is generally hostile to Christianity and it particularly seems to dislike anyone who has strong religious convictions that conflict with liberalism.  This describes every devout Muslim on the planet.  Liberals go on and on endlessly about a war on women and Islam treats women like garbage.  In many parts of the Islamic world, women are forced to wear burkas or veils, are given clitoridectomies to take the pleasure out of sex for them, can't leave the house or drive without a male relative and may be raped or beaten with impunity.  Libs obsess endlessly about gun violence and constantly trash our troops when they accidentally kill civilians.  In a large minority of the Islamic world (and a majority in many more fundamentalist countries), innocent women and children are considered fair game and terrorists who murder them in large numbers in places like the Palestinian territories are considered to be heroes.

Why do Jews and Asians support Dems so strongly?  Tevi Troy and Lanhee Chen tackle "the mystery of Jewish and Asian-American Democratic loyalty."  The existence of such loyalty is beyond dispute.  The authors remind us that among Jews, Barack Obama's support was 78 percent in 2008 and 70 percent in 2012.  As for Asian-Americans, their support of Obama grew from 62 percent in 2008 to 73 percent four years later.  The extent of this loyalty is mysterious because, as the authors point out, socioeconomic factors might suggest greater support for conservative causes and candidates, as well as "wariness of Democrats who seem to regard success as shameful and higher taxes as a cure-all."  25 percent of Jewish households in the U.S. have annual incomes over $150,000, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, compared with only 8 percent of American households generally.  And the Asian-American median household income of $72,689 is about $20,000 higher than the U.S. average, according to U.S Census Bureau data.

6 Things To Know About Tying Gun Sales To A Watch List.  [#6] It is no vice to want to respond forcefully to terrorist attacks.  But in this case the response looks exactly like the Democrats' last call for gun control.  In the months since they last pushed this legislation, the Democrats have not granted even for a second that the due process concerns that defeated it last time are reasonable.  This strongly suggests that the Democrats do not have the due process rights of Americans in mind in this legislation.  One can reasonably wonder why the Democrats' response to terrorism seems to set its sights on something other than terrorism.

The American Left is Beneath Contempt.  The United States has just experienced the worst terrorist attack on its shores since September 11, 2001.  Forty-nine innocent fellow Americans were wantonly slaughtered by a radicalized Muslim, and traitor, who had pledged his allegiance to a foreign entity, ISIS, whose declared objective is the reinstitution of the Islamic Caliphate and the butchery of western infidels.  These victims were murdered primarily because they were in a gay night club, thus subject to summary execution under Sharia Law, and secondly because they were Americans.  Yet, today nearly all of the voices from the Left, and their front group, the Democratic Party, choose not to focus on the victims, the terrorist or the blood stained failure of their approach in dealing with radical Islam.  Instead they are using this tragedy to unabashedly pursue one of their primary ideological objectives:  the de facto repeal of the Second Amendment.

DNC Platform Witness:  Raising Taxes by 80% Won't Impact Economic Growth.  A witness appearing before the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee on Thursday [6/9/2016] said that raising taxes by 80 percent would not impact economic growth.  Heather Boushey, the chief economist and executive director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, said that raising taxes to nearly twice the current level on some would not hurt America's economic growth according to a paper by a colleague of hers.  "And let me end this by noting Emmanuel Saez, one of the nation's foremost tax experts, is on my steering committee and he did a paper with a couple of his colleagues a few years ago, really documenting that we could, and get this, hold onto your seats, raise taxes at the top by upwards of 80 percent and not have any negative effect on economic growth," Boushey said.

DNC Platform Committee Member Says Nobody 'Should Have A Gun'.  A member of the Democratic National Committee's 15-person platform drafting committee said during a public meeting on Wednesday that she does not believe that "anyone should have a gun."  Bonnie Schaefer, a former retail executive and a progressive philanthropist, said that more should be done to combat gun violence in addition to "just keeping the guns out of the hands of mentally ill people and criminals."  "I really don't personally think anyone should have a gun," she said.  "That's just my own philosophy.  Nothing is ever solved when you have a gun in your hand except the worst possible scenario."

Hey Bernie, I left Venezuela's socialism behind for a reason.  Socialism has been the defining theme of the Democratic contest.  Bernie Sanders, a self-described "Democratic Socialist," has come closer to toppling Hillary Clinton than most people thought possible.  College students and recent graduates in particular have flocked to his message of a government controlled and directed economy and a cradle-to-grave welfare state.  Although he will likely fall short, Sanders' success has nonetheless pulled both Clinton and the entire Democratic Party to the left, giving socialism a mainstream pedigree that will undoubtedly affect future elections.

Hillary Tells Univision Instead Of Wall, She Will Build Bridge.  Looks like Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is betting the farm that America's voters are with her in her position against building a secure wall along the United States' border with Mexico.  When asked by Univision correspondent Luis Megid about how she plans to secure the country's border, Clinton said that instead of "building walls ... we should be building bridges."

Hey, Sanders Supporters — All Roads Lead To Venezuela.  When socialist Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela after the 1998 election, he promised a path he described as "revolutionary," the same word Bernie Sanders uses for his "movement" to fight "income inequality."  Useful American idiots like actors Sean Penn and Danny Glover, who got rich making movies for capitalist Hollywood, sang Chavez's praises.  Penn described him as "one of the most important forces we have had on this planet."

Clinton Releases Plan to Dissolve U.S. Border Within 100 Days.  Professional Republicans in the #NeverTrump movement continue to oppose the presumptive nominee selected by the GOP electorate and are now floating strategies to throw the election to Hillary Clinton.  However, an examination of Clinton's campaign promises reveals that Republicans who are willing to thwart Trump in favor of Clinton will be complicit in electing a President who would seek to bring about the complete and, possibly irreversible, dissolution of our nation's borders.

Clinton Plans to Dissolve U.S. Border Within 100 Days of Taking Presidency.  A review of Clinton's stated positions on the issue suggests she is perhaps the most extreme candidate on immigration ever to run for the office of the U.S. Presidency.  Her views place her even further outside the mainstream of the American electorate than President Barack Obama, who systematically dismantled U.S. immigration law during his two terms in office.

Colorado, Single-Payer, and the Definition of Insanity.  Despite the uniform record of failure racked up by single-payer health care systems everywhere they have been imposed, the advocates of Amendment 69 believe the results will be different in the Centennial State.  Thus, they contrived late last year to add a question to this November's ballot asking their fellow Coloradans to approve an amendment to the state constitution permitting them to demonstrate yet again that single-payer doesn't work.

Kristol's Betrayal Gets Serious.  Obama's most consequential domestic legislation is the Affordable Care Act, which he had no part in writing.  It was the work of left-wing think tanks and the congressional Democrats.  So it will be with Trump, which is why all the blather about his vagueness or impracticality on policy issues is beside the point.  Will he build a wall the length of the Mexican border?  Probably not.  But will he secure the border?  Probably so.  Will a Democrat — whether Hillary, Bernie, or Joe Biden — secure our borders and stop the flow of illegal immigrants, criminals, and terrorists?  Certainly not.  In addition to their decades-long war for amnesties and open boarders, Democrats are responsible for the more than 350 "Sanctuary Cities" that openly defy federal law and provide safe havens for those same illegal immigrants, criminals, and terrorists.  Open borders, Sanctuary Cities, importing unvetted Muslim refugees from the Middle East are but the tip of the iceberg in assessing the threat that the Democratic Party and its candidate (whoever it is) pose to America's national security.

Sanders names Cornel West, Keith Ellison to DNC platform committee.  Top Bernie Sanders supporters Dr.  Cornel West and Rep.  Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party's important Platform Drafting Committee after the Vermont senator won a key concession as he looks to leave his mark on the party's platform. [...] Along with West and Ellison, Sanders supporters on the committee are author Bill McKibben, Arab American Institute head James Zogby and Native American activist Deborah Parker.

Progressive Boot Camp.  [Scroll down]  Everything the Progressives do has a purpose, and usually not the one that is stated by them.  Gay marriage, for instance, or transgendered bathrooms, or Black Lives Matter uprisings, have little to do with fairness for homosexuals and everything to do with breaking down the dominant culture.  It recruits a certain number of children or young people and turns them into social justice warriors, telling them they are fighting for freedom and justice.  Those who won't joint the campaigns are seen as the enemy, and are forced into silence through shaming, through bullying, through acts of aggression.  You are taught that everything you were was weak and pathetic, oppressive and, well, wrong or even evil.

What the restroom war is really about.  So why have liberals chosen to force the issue of "transgender" rights down our throats and trigger another (and possibly) losing fight over loo access?  The answer is not only that liberals are drawn to the issue like salmon to their home stream, but that they're afraid to leave it be.  But not for the reason you think.  Indeed, they couldn't care less about the hurt feelings of the sexually confused.  What they're targeting is the mindset of those men who aren't at all confused.  After all, you have to remember that their goal has always been a state of being that doesn't admit any identity for oneself other than that provided by the government.

Thank You, Bernie Sanders, For Exposing The True Cost of Socialized Medicine.  For decades the left has been pushing "single payer" health care without ever coming clean about how much it would cost.  Now, thanks to Bernie Sanders, we have our answer.  And the price tag is mind-boggling.  Sanders' plan would eliminate private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare in favor of a single, government-run program, which he calls "Medicare for all."  There'd be no out-of-pocket costs for health care and long-term care.  When he released his plan, Sanders claimed it would cost about $14 trillion over 10 years.  But not to worry, he said, since it would be fully paid for by the rich, and the middle class, and the working class, who would all see their taxes go up.

With Gender Bender Bathrooms, Liberals Jump the Shark.  The culture of the People of the Creative Self has two strains.  On the one hand is the absolute right to be creative and challenge the status quo; that is what they demand for themselves.  But creatives also advocate for the People of the Subordinate Self using the politics of rights.  Hillary Clinton said it the other day:  "we're going to defend our rights — civil rights, voting rights, workers' rights, women's rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities."  Because we're all helpless subordinate victims.  Rights talk has turned out to be political gold for liberals, so why not combine the right to be creative with the rights of helpless victims?  You demand your right to be edgy and out there with the demand to be cosseted as a helpless victim in your safe space.

Forget Denmark, Venezuela is the Real Culmination of Bernie's Socialist Dreams.  Last month Nicolas Maduro, [Hugo] Chavez's hand-picked successor, praised [Bernie] Sanders as "an emerging candidate with a renovating and revolutionary message."  And why not?  In addition to oil deals, Sanders and the Bolivarian regime in Caracas have much in common.  Venezuela has people waiting for hours to buy strictly rationed quantities of basic foodstuffs, and the Vermont senator loves him some bread lines.

Clinton: I Want To 'Go Further' Left Than Obama On A Number Of Issues.  During an MSNBC town hall on Monday evening [4/25/2016], Hillary Clinton praised President Obama's accomplishments on a number of policy issues, including the economy, but said she wanted to "go further" on other issues. [...] Among the items she named as wanting to "make a big, big push on," included equal pay for women (despite the fact that the Clinton Foundation pays female executives less than their male counterparts), early childhood education, affordable college and deb-free tuition, the Affordable Care Act, mental health, criminal justice reform, and — you guessed it — gun control.

Hillary's Soda Tax Endorsement Violates Middle Class Tax Pledge.  Clinton was speaking in Philadelphia on Wednesday [4/20/2016] when she said the following:  "I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids.  I mean, we need universal preschool, and if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it.  Clinton used preschool as an excuse for her soda tax endorsement, and the threat to soda and pop drinkers nationwide is clear:  Clinton's official campaign plan calls for universal preschool for the entire country.

Bernie Sanders' 'War' On Climate Change Would Sharply Boost CO2 Emissions.  A key plank of Sanders's energy plan is to stop renewing licenses for any nuclear power plants — which currently provide one-fifth of the nation's electricity and emit zero CO2 — effectively killing them off over time.  Sanders would also ban fracking, which is singularly responsible for the dramatic increase in natural gas production, which in turn lowered prices and caused power plants to switch en masse from high-carbon coal to low-carbon gas.  Just in the past seven years, coal's share of electricity production dropped from 48% to 33%, while natural gas shot up from 20% to 33%.

Bernie Sanders asks if Wall Street is necessary.  Bernie Sanders wants to break up big Wall Street banks.  On Monday — mere hours before the decisive New York primary — he went a step further and questioned whether Wall Street is necessary to grow the economy.

Hillary promises a trillion dollars in new taxes if elected.  Not to be outdone by Bernie Sanders in promising free stuff to voters, Hillary Clinton is promising to raise taxes by an astounding trillion dollars a year.  Taking that kind money out of the economy and putting it into the hands of government bureaucrats will tank the economy.  But of course, with so many members of the voting pubic not paying income taxes, this may actually be an attractive proposition to them.

Bernie Promises Free College But Not A Free Diploma.  Why Not?  I wonder if liberals are too dumb to see that the free college education they're being promised will soon result in their being able to find employed only at one of the fifteen dollar an hour jobs Bernie is also promising.  But there will be very few of even those base-pay jobs if the minimum wage law becomes a reality, because businesses will shut down when they have to pay their newest, probably temporary and least skilled employees the same wage as someone who has worked for them for several years.  This liberal/socialist idiocy must stop.  Businesses cannot afford the goodies that Democrats are promising, and it must come to a halt before the nation plunges into a full depression.

Progressives are implementing lopsided equity.  [Scroll down]  In the name of thoughtfulness toward minorities, fear of offending some overly sensitive protected class has bestowed upon cultural diversity a power that has usurped the constitutional right to free expression.  And that's not the worst of it.  Religious freedom is eroding as Islam is given deference over the nation's foundational Judeo-Christian tenets.  The reality of that forfeiture intensifies when taxpayers, who are largely pro-life, are forced to fund abortion on demand, and Christian bakers and photographers pay penalties for refusing to provide wedding services to same-sex couples.  Let's not forget that these are the same progressives who manipulate thought and opinion by elevating illegals to immigrant status, and doing so while referring to living human beings, growing within the womb as clumps of cells.  These misleading actions, words, and ideas are how the marginal have managed to gain despotic dominance over the majority.

Sanders Says He'll Apologize For Slavery.  He Should Start By Apologizing For Socialism.  [Scroll down]  Sanders thinks he has a shot at the nomination if he can just pry enough black support away from Hillary.  So he'll say anything, including imputing pro-slavery motivations to his opponents.  In reality, of course, the president apologizing for slavery 150 years after its conclusion only exacerbates racial tensions by reinforcing the notion that America is irredeemably racist; Sanders' protestations that he wants to "wipe the slate clean" are nonsense.  Teaching yet another generation of young black people that America was born in sin and raised in evil and bears a stain that will never be washed away — all of that will do nothing to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives.  But Sanders doesn't want individuals taking responsibility for their own lives.  It's government's job to take responsibility for everybody's life — to seize from them their property and their labor for its own ends.  Which, come to think of it, sounds a lot more like involuntary servitude than freedom.

Sanders: 'Yes' I'd apologize for slavery and I'd make reparations by investing in low-income communities.  Bernie Sanders committed tonight to formally apologizing for slavery on behalf of the United States if he becomes president.  Sanders told heavily black audience that Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 'There's nothing that anybody can do to undo the deaths and misery, how many people we don't even know who died on the way over here in the ships.'  But the United States has to make an attempt to 'wipe the slate clean' by acknowledging the truth, he said after an audience member asked him point blank if he'd offer a presidential-level apology and he said, 'Yes.'

Obama Criticizes Difficulty of Voting in U.S.: 'Australia Has Got Mandatory Voting'.  Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School yesterday [4/7/2016], President Barack Obama criticized what he described as the difficulty of voting in the United States of America.  "We really are the only advanced democracy on Earth that systematically and purposely makes it really hard for people to vote," he said.  "Maybe the single biggest change that we could make in our political process that would reduce some of the polarization, make people feel more invested, restore integrity to the system, would be just make sure everybody is voting," said Obama.  "Australia has got mandatory voting.  You start getting 70-80 percent voting rates, that's transformative."

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The president is lying when he says this country intentionally makes it difficult to vote.  Compulsory voting will not "make people feel more invested" any more than jury duty does.  Most Americans see jury duty as a chore, despite the government's efforts to make it look like a great honor (in the propaganda film shown to the jury pool when they arrive).  Nor is there any reason to believe that mandatory voting would "restore integrity to the system."  The Democrats could "restore integrity to the system" by supporting Voter-ID laws that keep dead people from voting, and by prosecuting voter fraud more vigorously.  Barack H. Obama, a/k/a Barry Soetoro, hates this country and wants to change it into something it has never been.  I want this country to be led by a President who will preserve and defend the Constitution, as well as our cultural traditions, and make America what it was before the Left ruined it.  We don't need laws that are "transformative."  If anything, we need fewer laws on the books and less transformation.

The New Red Scare.  Bernie Sanders has made socialism reputable in America. [...] What the independent senator from Vermont has done is to further popularize and legitimize the S-word.  Conservatives and libertarians are dismayed by the growing support for an ideology they thought had been consigned to the ash heap of history.

Obama's Tax-And-Spend Budget Would Add $7.5 Trillion To Debt, CBO Report Shows.  President Obama's first budget as president declared that he was ushering in a "new era of responsibility."  His last budget as president shows that he's presided over an era of unprecedented fiscal irresponsibility.  That at least, is what the Congressional Budget Office's independent analysis of Obama's budget shows.  According to the CBO, Obama's budget would, if implemented, boost taxes by $2.8 trillion and increase spending by $401 billion over the next 10 years.  While it would trim 10-year deficits somewhat, annual deficits would climb every year after 2018, from $383 billion that year to nearly $1 trillion by 2026.

America is Still Great. Keep It That Way — Vote Smart.  The hysteria about Donald Trump's success as a presidential candidate only confirms the fact that the media and the establishment that promoted him are ignorant of history.  If there are riots to come then they will come from the Democrats who've crossed over to Trump in despair at their own pitiful candidates.  Conservatives don't riot.  They may sulk but they don't riot.  They were not there in 1968 at the Democrat convention.  Conservatives don't have progressive terrorists like Bill Ayers in their membership.  Conservatives aren't looking for cradle to grave support from the government.  Conservatives want a smaller government that will protect them against invaders not invite them in to rob and attack the innocent.  Conservatives want a government that will allow citizens the right to defend themselves as written in the constitution.  Conservatives want the government and bureaucrats to leave them alone.

The Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer.  [Question #3]  Why do you support legally persecuting millions of Christians who quite correctly believe that they cannot live in accordance with their faith if they participate in a gay wedding?  Who's a worse person, a Christian cake maker who happily serves gay customers, but believes it's wrong for her to cater a gay wedding or a gay couple that deliberately searches out a Christian cake maker who can't participate in their wedding so they can sue her?  Why should little girls be forced to share a bathroom with grown men who claim they "feel like" women?  What about their safety?  What about the fact that many of them don't feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with someone with male genitalia?  Are you helping people or hurting them by falsely telling them they can change their sex and encouraging them to mutilate themselves through surgery instead of encouraging them to get psychiatric treatment?

According To Democrats, It's 'Un-American' To Enforce Immigration Laws.  Hillary Clinton made quite the incredulous claim last week.  In an interview with an Arizona radio station, Clinton asserted the U.S.-Mexico border is secure and migration from the Central American country was no longer a problem.  "I think we've done a really good job securing the border," the Democratic front-runner confidently stated.

Clinton: 'We're Going to Put a Lot of Coal Miners and Coal Companies Out of Business'.  Hillary Clinton said that her policies would "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business" during Sunday night's Ohio town hall on CNN.  Clinton was asked by TVOne's Roland Martin about her Democratic primary success in states that tend to vote Republican in general elections, and he wondered how she could carry such states once matched up with a Republican rather than a far-left candidate like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).  Clinton has struggled against Sanders in states that voted for Barack Obama in 2012, losing such contests as Michigan, New Hampshire, Colorado, Minnesota and Maine.

Hillary's vow to kill coal miners' jobs finishes a vast Democratic betrayal.  "We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business," Clinton said Sunday night [3/13/2016] while boasting about her clean-energy program — and with a big smile on her face.  In fact, this is standard Democratic policy:  President Obama's been throwing coal miners out of work for seven years now, aiming to deliver on his 2008 pledge to "bankrupt" the coal industry.

Obama Admin Pushes Federal Funding to Fix Diaper Inequality.  The Obama administration has pushed some strange crusades before at taxpayer expense, but "diaper disparity"?  Apparently, yes.  The White House website features a plea for us all to "take action" on the country's "diaper divide."  This means pushing federal funding to the tune of $10 million U.S. tax-dollars to get "diapers to families in need."  "Nearly 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers for their babies," reads the March 10 post by Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

With Every Other Problem Solved, Obama Makes Diaper Prices A Priority.  An official White House email alerts the public that while diapers "are basic necessities ... nearly one in three families struggle to afford them for their babies."  These families, the email says, are forced to choose among food, heat and diapers.  "That's a choice no family should have to make."  The email directed recipients to a White House Web page [...] wherein Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, laments that while the lucky few can buy diapers by the truckload at Costco or order them for cheap on Amazon, "the benefits of the new economy aren't available to all Americans."

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Some luxuries are not "available to all Americans" because some Americans do not work, and some Americans are incurably stupid, and some Americans spend their money on cigarettes, beer, and scratch-off lottery tickets rather than spending it on diapers for their illegitimate children.

Bernie's Doomed Democratic Socialism.  [Scroll down]  Free quality medical care cannot survive a population that converts every injury into an ambulance ride to the emergency room.  Similarly bad personal habits can quickly bankrupt "free" medical care.  Try sustaining socialized medicine where a population eats itself into obesity causing diabetes and heart attacks, slides into narcotics addition, practices dangerous sex, smokes and drinks to excesses and otherwise burdens the state with self-imposed tribulations?

Bernie Sanders Is Deluded: There's No Such Thing As Positive Socialism.  Bernie Sanders is proud to be a socialist.  In July 2015, he told The Nation:  "Do they think I'm afraid of the word?  I'm not afraid of the word."  As far back as 1989, Sanders said:  "I think there has been too much of a reluctance on the part of progressives and radicals to use the word socialism."  He chooses to emphasize selective aspects he considers "positive," while ignoring socialism's brutal history.

Waiting for Lefty.  In the grand leftist tradition of putting lipstick on a pig, Bernie Sanders's democratic socialism is being touted as "a fair capitalism," where Academy Award swag bags of entitlements will be handed out — free health care, free college tuition, expanded Social Security, increased minimum wage, pay equity for women, near forgiveness of student debt...  The list goes on — all made sweeter by the promise that everything will be paid for by thickets of taxes targeting "Wall Street," "the billionaire class," "the top 1%," "the largest corporations," and the "20 wealthiest people in this country."

Hillary's Federal Education Jackboot Squad.  Clinton wants a cadre of new government educrats to undo the decades-old damage of old government educrats in America's worst public schools.  She pitched her creepy proposal at the Democratic presidential debate in Michigan on Sunday for an "education SWAT team" to swarm down and rescue students from failing districts in decrepit cities such as Detroit (run by whom?  Oh, yeah.  Democrats!).  "I want to set-up inside the Department of Education, for want of a better term, kind of an education SWAT team, if you will," Clinton explained in a bizarre, semi-blaccent, "where we've got qualified people, teachers, principals, maybe folks who are retired, maybe folks who are active, but all of whom are willing to come and help."

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America's "worst public schools" are filled with the illegitimate children from America's worst households.  Decades of godless, fatherless, lawless, welfare-dependent "families" cannot be remedied, normalized and assimilated into polite society by a sudden show of federal force.  Besides, the Department of Education already has a SWAT team, and it's not something to be proud of.  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] (The DOE denies it, of course.)

Obamanism Is the Real Enemy.  Fact 1.  Obama and the hard left are deadly foreign toxins imported into the American body politic, pumped into us by the remnants of the hard left that seemed to be defeated after 1990 due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. [...] Fact 2.  Obama, Hillary, Bernie, and their kind show us that the virus has survived in the shadows, while we have dropped our guard.  The hard left now dominates the Democrats and their one-party media.  Fact 3.  The hard left here and in Europe has built a malignant power axis with jihad, which rose to global prominence with OPEC around 1970. [...] Fact 4.  Obama, Hillary, and Jarrett are in close alliance with our enemies, jihad and the hard left, after penetrating the Democratic Party and therefore the one-party media.

But College is Free in Europe.  To those who give it zero thought, free stuff is great — and free.  For we who do think about such things, the immutable fact is that there is no such thing as a free lunch.  Someone is paying, directly or indirectly.  But still they argue — college is in fact free in many European nations.  Well, that's true — so let's take a look at how the EU is blossoming by making everything "free."

Socialism: Worshipping the God of Government.  It takes more faith to depend on the government than it does to trust in God's provision, but you'd never know it watching Progressives worship at their government golden calf that owns nothing at all unless it takes it from you.  Thanks to capitalism, Bernie Sanders went from being an unemployed middle aged socialist hippie living in a shack with dirt floors to living the D.C. dream while giving Hillary a run for her money in the race to the White House.  Both Democrat Party presidential candidates overlook the fact that thanks to God's grace and good old American capitalism, the sky is the limit in the United States.

Democrats say illegal immigrant children should have constitutional right to lawyers.  Congressional Democrats introduced legislation Friday [2/26/2016] to grant illegal immigrant children taxpayer-funded lawyers to argue their cases, saying once they get into the U.S. they deserve constitutional due process protections to make sure their cases are fairly decided.  It's the latest battlefield as Washington grapples with the ongoing stream of illegal immigrants from Central America who have surged into the U.S. in the last few years, overwhelming the Border Patrol, social workers and the immigration courts.

Bernie Sanders' Medicare-For-All Plan Has Even Liberals Crying Foul.  [As Bernie] Sanders has gained traction with an increasingly out-of-the-mainstream Democratic Party, more grounded liberals among them have started to publicly denounce his plans, particularly his "Medicare for all" plan, as wildly unrealistic.  How unrealistic?  Just look at the details of his health plan.  First, he would abolish all private health insurance, forcing everyone into a government-run health system.  And the government would pay for everything, from dental work to annual checkups to brain surgery, with no deductibles or co-pays.  It would, he says, be entirely free.  Well, not free.  By Sanders' own admission his health plan is massively expensive — its $1.4 trillion price tag would increase an already out-of-control federal budget by more than a third.

Why So Many Millennials Are Socialists.  Since when did socialism become en vogue?  It seems like only a few years ago being called a socialist in American politics was an insult.  Today, however, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — a self-avowed socialist — is quickly rising in the polls, and millennials are largely driving his support.  The Iowa caucus entrance poll found Sanders garnered an overwhelming 84 percent of the 30 and under vote.  Exit polls from New Hampshire found 85 percent support for Sanders among voters ages 30 and younger.  What is going on?

Clinton says she'll go further than Obama on immigration.  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both said they'll go further than President Barack Obama on the issue of immigration, with Sanders condemning recent deportation raids as "unacceptable."

Prominent Dem Finally Explains Difference Between Democrats And Socialists.  MSNBC host Chris Matthews was astounded last July when DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to tell him the difference between a Democrat and socialist.  Curiously, however, Hillary Clinton and Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer, both Ivy League law school graduates, subsequently demurred.  However, at the Christian Science Monitor press breakfast Thursday, Michigan Democratic Rep. Sander Levin, although clearly astounded anybody would need to ask such a thing, gave a definitive and obvious answer to the question. [...] Of course, anybody who got a C- or better in a freshman political science class should know the distinction.

Bernie Sanders: 'Democratic Socialist' Or Out-And-Out Stalinist?  Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders says concerns about his honeymoon trip to the USSR in the '80s are "silly."  He'll have a harder time explaining his months-long stay at a hardcore Stalinist camp in the '60s.  It's clear the self-avowed socialist is even further left than he has admitted.  Fifty years ago, during the height of the Cold War, he sought out communist indoctrination.  The Israeli press earlier this month broke the story that Sanders, who is Jewish, spent several months at an Israeli commune co-founded by a Soviet spy.  The revelation is just now wending its way through the American media, where it's been confirmed by none other than the New York Times, though the pro-Democrat paper predictably buried the story on its back pages.

Bernie Sanders is a Communist and an Ignoramus.  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been getting away for years with describing himself as a socialist, when in reality he is an outright America-hating communist.  This belief in communism is reflected in the Sanders platform.  Even a brief glance reveals his plan to be hopelessly utopian and insane.  It will extinguish freedom and shutter businesses and cause widespread suffering especially among the poor people he claims to want to help.  It is a program for exporting the best and the brightest to places that appreciate them.  But identifying Sanders as a communist can be a risky proposition in modern-day America.  The Left so dominates American culture that the word communist itself has become jarring, not because communism is bad but instead because leftists believe communism is good.

Uncle Bernie Sanders Is Brainwashing Our Uneducated Youth.  Lovable Bernie is essentially propagandizing a generation of gullible American young people who don't have anything near the education or experience to understand what is happening to them.  His task is made simpler because his Democratic Party opponent is demonstrably and obviously corrupt and in danger of prosecution.  She has also been pushed so far to the left by Bernie's success (and her own fears) that no serious questions about socialism are even asked.  Our educational system, which, even at the college level, rarely looks at socialism from a results-oriented perspective, exacerbates this situation.  Yet those results sit just below our southern border in catastrophic form for all to see, though few, especially among the young, have the background or, frankly, even the interest, to look.

I don't like Bernie because his "Medicare For All" plan will destroy our health and economy.  My college-age child introduced me to a website called I Like Bernie, But... which is particularly appealing to young voters.  The website offers short answers to concerns pro-Bernie voters might still be harboring about his policies and his ability to win.  With few exceptions, these answers are just plain wrong.  You can see my rebuttals at a website I set up as a counterweight (I Don't Like Bernie, Because...).  I've republished those same articles here, at my own blog, addressing Bernie's socialism, his tax plans, and his Second Amendment stance.  Today I'm tackling everything that's wrong with Bernie's plan to socialize American medicine.

Bernie Sanders's Free College Tuition Problem.  Bernie Sanders is running for president of the United States proclaiming that under his presidency, all Americans will have the opportunity to attend public college for free.  There's only one fly in the ointment of this free college proposal:  today in Illinois, half of the public college and university tuition goes not toward education, but toward pensions for college professors who no longer work.  So in order for Sanders to make college free, someone, other than students, has to pick up the huge cost of the retired professors' pensions.  He has said nothing about eliminating this cost by forcing public university professors to save for their own retirements.  Sanders is in an awkward situation.  He has to gain the support of young voters by criticizing the high cost of college but can't acknowledge that his party not only depends on this money, but established this quid pro quo setup.

Bernie Sanders confronted by supporters demanding slavery reparations as he courts the black vote.  Bernie Sanders was repeatedly pressed to endorse reparations tonight by his own supporters at a 'Black America' community forum.  'I know you're scared to say 'black,' I know you're scared to say 'reparations,' panelist Felicia Perry said, then told him, 'Can you please talk specifically about black people and reparations?'  Sanders replied, 'You and I may have a disagreement on this,' but 'it's not just black.  This is Latinos.  There are areas of America, more rural areas where its whites, OK?  As he talked about income inequality and poverty in the 'African-American community an audience member interrupted to urge him to use the term 'black.'  'I've said 'black' 50 times.  That's the 51st,' Sanders declared.

Sanders Advocates Path to Citizenship, Using Executive Orders 'If Congress Doesn't Do the Right Thing'.  Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he mostly agrees with President Obama, except when it comes to his deportation policies.  "And I would not support those," Sanders said at Thursday's Democratic debate in Milwaukee.  "Bottom line is a path towards citizenship for 11 million undocumented people.  If Congress doesn't do the right thing, we use the executive orders of the president."  Sanders was applauded for saying it.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Debate: Who Hates America More?  Ed Driscoll quoted Ace in the context of reminding us how much liberals hate America, or at least that part of America where white heterosexual men work for a living.  It was a strange thing to watch Thursday's [2/11/2016] debate between the insurgent socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and the increasingly frantic former frontrunner Hillary Clinton, where the key issue seemed to be which one of them was more capable of destroying whatever fragments of American civilization might still be intact after Barack Obama concludes his eight-year effort to wreck the country.

Sanders: Government Has a 'Moral Responsibility' to Guarantee 'A Decent Standard of Living' for Everyone.  PBS debate moderator Judy Woodruff asked socialist Bernie Sanders Thursday night [2/11/2016], "How big would government be," if Sanders gets the chance to do everything he's promising to do.  Sanders said he would guarantee health care to all people; make public colleges and universities tuition-free; and spend trillion dollars rebuilding the nation's infrastructure.

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Unfortunately there are teeming masses of poorly educated young Americans who have never given the slightest thought to the question of who pays for free stuff.  If college tuition is reduced to zero, do the professors still get paid?  When the government pays for everything, where does the money come from?  It's a concept that most of Bernie Sanders fans have apparently never considered.

What is Bernie Sanders hiding about his radical history?  America eschews religious tests as a matter of law and principle.  Yet for a man who wants to be the first Jewish president, Sanders certainly seems to be bent on avoiding the subject of the time he spent in Israel.  Time for him to explain himself.  It's long been known that the only self-professed socialist in the Senate spent time on a kibbutz, or communal farm.  Nothing wrong with that.  But so tight-lipped has Sanders been about it that the Israeli daily Haaretz put its reporters on the mystery.  "One of Israel's best-kept secrets" is how the paper described the name of Sanders' kibbutz.

Here's What Bernie Sanders Doesn't Want You To Know About College Costs.  Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democratic leadership are constantly complaining that college education costs too much.  What they never bother to explain, however, is why.  Two economists set out to do so, and Bernie and company will not like what they found.

Bernie Sanders's New Hampshire victory speech: Terrifying.  Bernie's speech was delivered with profound sincerity and conviction, and his supporters were wildly enthusiastic.  His delivery was excellent.  It was the content I found to be not just troubling, but frightening.  I've never in my life heard such unapologetic, full-throated socialism in American politics.  Sanders is the real deal.  He's so left-wing he practically makes Obama look like the chairman of the Republican National Committee.  At least Obama felt compelled to lie about the true extent of his leftism.  Sanders doesn't — and he isn't kidding around.

Indenturing Students.  Young voters should be very cautious in accepting Bernie Sanders' idea that college should be free.  Anybody who thinks this socialist-spun fantasy is a responsible plan should look at the rising student loan debt.  It is now at $1.3 trillion and is stifling the finances of young people who want to get married, buy a house, buy a car, or pursue any other financial goals.  Socialism is a millstone around the necks of America's middle class and poor.  Anyone who disagrees with this should look at how the cost of a college education has risen much faster than wages.  This was only possible because student loans became a substitute for incomes.  They seemed to make college more affordable but that was not only an illusion:  it was a hurtful, intentional fraud.

No More Room for Compromise with the Socialist Agenda of the Democrats.  In recent polls nearly 59% of Democrats say they would vote for a socialist candidate as well as nearly 50% of independents and even more frightening nearly 70% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 in the country claim they would vote for a socialist.  This phenomenon is due to two primary factors.  First, the ignorance of what socialism is and its overwhelming failure everywhere it has been tried.  This is due to the Left's control of the entertainment/education establishment over the past 40 years, which has eventuated in indoctrination not education.  Second, the unwillingness of the opposition to vigorously defend capitalism and the founding tenets of this country.

Mrs. Clinton's Ode to Serfdom.  Hillary Rodham Clinton is not qualified to be president of the United States of America, because she doesn't know what the United States of America are.  Terry Shumaker, former U.S. ambassador to Trinidad (I wonder what that gig cost him) and current abject minion in the service of Mrs. Clinton, quotes Herself telling an audience in New Hampshire:  "Service is the rent we pay for living in this great country."  There is a very old English word for people who are required to perform service as a rent for their existence, and that word is serf.  Serfdom is a form of bondage.

Bern me twice, shame on me.  Bernie Sanders' ideas are, in my opinion, wrong — and they have been proven wrong by generation after generation since they were first fully developed by Karl Marx in 1848.  The fable of communism is that a few bad people rise to the top through chicanery and then spend their entire lives exploiting the multitudes of good people who are fooled into thinking life is grand while they are being crushed underfoot by the capitalist dogs.  This us-against-them model has been successfully used in toppling many governments through the years, perhaps most notably in the French Revolution.  But what is instructive from history is that the revolution that follows an uprising against the elite is almost always as bad or worse for the common people as what preceded it.  Thus, the Reign of Terror FOLLOWED the French Revolution.  Thus the enslavement and murder of millions of Russians FOLLOWED the Russian Revolution.  Thus, more presently, the collapse into chaos in Libya FOLLOWED the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.  There is a reason for that.  Very simply, the revolutionary demands of the people are based on an unrealistic model of human experience — which undervalues hard work and overvalues a handout — and this is where Bernie Sanders comes back into the picture, along with President Obama.

Hillary And Bernie's Unquenchable Thirst For Wall Street Blood.  Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go on and on in their debate about the need to rein in Wall Street, you'd never know Democrats pushed through a massive regulatory bill almost six years ago designed to do just that.  When President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank bill into law in July 2010, he promised that it would "make sure that everybody follows the same set of rules, so that firms compete on price and quality, not on tricks and not on traps."  He said Dodd-Frank would "crack down on abusive practices in the mortgage industry."  Americans "will never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street's mistakes."

Is Socialism in America's Future?  In every nation where it's been tried, socialism has been a colossal failure in terms of the society's economy.  As the late Margaret Thatcher noted, "[t]he problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."  Socialism also typically entails various forms of authoritarianism, or, at the very least, some government regimentation of society.  If America were to succumb to socialism, or even if socialists were to become a significant force in society, our democratic way of life would be seriously endangered, and our future would be even bleaker than it already may be.

Hillary Clinton's Plan Would Raise Taxes by Half a Trillion Over Next Decade.  Hillary Clinton's proposed tax plan would raise taxes by $498 billion over the next decade and would reduce the economy's size by 1 percent, according to analysis by the Tax Foundation.  In order to pay for the new and expanded government programs Clinton has touted on the campaign trail, her proposed tax plan will increase marginal tax rates on income, labor, and capital, a move that will in turn reduce GDP, lower wages, and eliminate jobs.  Most of the $498 billion in tax revenue over the next decade would come from individual income taxes, the estate tax, and taxes on corporations.

Sounds like Obama's biography, without the mysterious gaps.
Bernie Sanders, The Bum Who Wants Your Money.  Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Monday [1/25/2016] his parents would never have thought their son would end up in the Senate and running for president.  No kidding.  He was a ne'er-do-well into his late 30s. [...] Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything.  And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — "We will raise taxes;" he confirmed Monday, "yes, we will."  One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.  Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him.  Penniless, he went on unemployment.  Then he had a child out of wedlock.  Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail.

The Revolution That Will Either Destroy America... or the Left.  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are the same candidate.  They're both leftist radicals with degrees in political science who held back some of their more radical ideas to pursue political office.  In the two years that they served together in the Senate, they voted the same way 93 percent of the time.  They're also political opportunists.  Bernie Sanders, no less than Hillary, reinvented his political views, including his allegiance to Socialism, numerous times over the years.  Sanders moderated his positions on everything from gun control to Israel when it helped his political career.  He's now modifying plenty of positions all over again in order to appeal to new and different voters.  Bernie Sanders is no more authentic than Hillary Clinton and she is no less radical than he is.

Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan Would Kill 6 Million Jobs — Analysis.  Bernie Sanders' plan to raise taxes by $13.6 trillion over the next decade would have a devastating effect on the economy, according to a detailed analysis released on Thursday [1/28/2016] by the Tax Foundation.  The analysis concludes his myriad tax hikes would cut GDP growth by 9.5%, reduce the nation's capital stock by 18.6% and result in 6 million fewer full-time equivalent jobs.

Dems push citizenship for illegals, 'sanctuary cities,' in Iowa Caucuses.  The Iowa Democratic Party on Caucus night Monday [2/1/2016] will seek approval of a far left platform that endorses "sanctuary cities," backs President Obama's goal of delaying deportation of immigrant youths, gives illegals a license to drive and provides taxpayer funded lawyers to undocumented youths.

O'Malley: 'Climate Change Is the Greatest Business Opportunity to Come to the United States in 100 Years'.  Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday [1/25/2016] that the one issue young voters should care the most about is climate change, [...] "Climate change is the greatest business opportunity to come to the United States in 100 years, and I am the first candidate in either party to put forward a plan to move us to a 100 percent clean electric energy grid by 2050 and create 5 million jobs along the way," O'Malley said at the Democratic presidential town hall in Des Moines, Iowa.  O'Malley said Iowa is "pointing the way forward" on the issue.

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Really?  He's shooting for "a 100 percent clean electric energy grid," yet I'd almost be willing to bet that he's opposed to nuclear power plants to contribute power to that grid.  The "Clean Energy Future" page on his web site mentions nothing about nuclear energy.  Liberals want "clean energy" to appear out of nowhere, but the simple fact is that industrial activity and productivity are sometimes messy.

Here are 5 of Bernie Sanders' Most Ridiculous Ideas.  [#1] "Medicare for All."  As one of the sections on Sanders' website explains, the presidential candidate is calling for a single-payer healthcare system.  Medicare is an example of a single-payer system, which is why Sander calls for "Medicare for All."  The problem is that Medicare already faces $43 trillion in unfunded liabilities and denies healthcare claims at a higher rate than any private insurer.  "Medicare for all" would drive the country into bankruptcy.

The Democrats Stumble Toward 50 Shades of Socialism.  Webster's says socialism is "a social system or theory in which the government owns and controls the means of production."  Democrats tend to believe in free enterprise.  They think government should regulate the means of production, not own it.  They have taken great pains to separate themselves from socialism, which has always been a poison word in American politics.  And yet, according to a recent Des Moines Register poll, 43% of Iowa Democrats describe themselves as socialists.

The wild stuff they're saying way out there on the left.  The interesting thing — understandable, given the incumbent Barack Obama's abysmal economic/social record — is all three of these [Democratic candidates] sound as if they're running to repair a troubled United States headed [by] some golf-club Republican president, instead of a golf club Chicago Democrat.  Each of them, for instance, sees the need to pull a badly-divided country together, even if it's just to get at rich people.  This after seven full years of the Great Uniter's policies and politics.

Bernie Sanders Peddles A Health Plan His Own State Rejected.  When Vermont voted in 2011 to set up a statewide single-payer health plan, it was music to liberals' ears.  Finally, there'd be a model to show how ObamaCare could be transformed into what the left has always wanted anyway:  a completely government-run health care system.  It was certainly music to Sanders' ears.  The Vermont senator, who describes himself as a socialist, said that "Americans want to see a model that works.  If Vermont can be that model, it will have a profound impact on discourse in this country."  As it turns out, Vermont did end up being a model — a model of why single-payer health care is a bad idea.

NBC's Todd to Clinton: '43% of Likely Democratic Caucus Goers Identify as Socialist'.  On NBC's "Meet the Press" today [1/17/2016], anchor Chuck Todd asked former Secretary State Hillary Clinton about a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll in which 43 percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucus goers described themselves as "socialist" while only 38 percent described themselves as "capitalist."

The Dems' Debate: Another World.  I don't deprecate President Obama's accomplishments in office.  It seems to me that he has delivered to a substantial extent on his promise of "fundamental transformation" of the United States.  He has also had a profound effect on the Democratic Party.  Last night at the Dems' debate in Charleston, Hillary Clinton presented herself as his heir.  Bernie Sanders, well, he wants to continue the fundamental transformation too.  There is nothing funny about this crew.  They are as funny as cancer.

Sanders's Proposed Universal Healthcare Plan Covers Undocumented Immigrants.  Last night, prior to the first Democratic debate of the year, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released his new healthcare plan.  At the debate itself, he and frontrunner Hillary Clinton went around the issue a little, but one interesting aspect of his proposal was conspicuously left out.  Sanders's plan includes coverage for undocumented immigrants, which wasn't even explicitly mentioned in the proposal he released to his website.  Instead, an aide confirmed to Politico late last night that millions of illegal residents would receive health care coverage under his envisioned single-payer plan.

Clinton casts herself as Obama's heir, Sanders calls for 'revolution' in debate.  Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Sunday cast herself as President Obama's natural heir on guns, health care and the economy in the final debate before Iowa's caucuses, but Sen. Bernard Sanders said it's time for Democrats to push further, saying the country needs a "political revolution" to break the power of big corporations.  Mrs. Clinton accused Mr. Sanders of betraying Mr. Obama by seeking a primary opponent for him in 2012, and calling the president weak on tackling Wall Street.  And she said Mr. Sanders' new plan for government-sponsored universal health care would undo the advances of Obamacare, which she said she would defend and expand.

What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me About Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party.  [Dinesh] D'Souza now views the Progressive movement as a criminal enterprise designed to pull off the biggest heist in world history — effective control of the enormous wealth created by America's entrepreneurs.  This bounty, the author argues, was made possible by the country's embrace of a capitalist system that rewards industry and customer-centered innovation and discourages the hitherto ubiquitous ethic of theft.  Democrats, however, through a reversal of traditional American values, seek to acquire power by vilifying wealth-creators and rewarding "victims" with trickle-down shares of the national loot — all while portraying themselves as righteous advocates of social justice.

Surprise: Sanders Has No Idea How to Pay for His Single-Payer Health Plan.  A Democrat has proposed a plan, and does not intend to offer an explanation for how to pay for that plan. [...] Again I am forced to note, that if Democrat voters cared how much "free" programs cost, they wouldn't be Democrats.  They'd be Republicans.

Healthcare Price Controls Would Turn U.S. Into Venezuela.  If you're outraged about prescription drug prices, what do you do?  If you're Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders — or if you work at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank — you adopt the policies of that bastion of sound economic management:  Venezuela.  Yes, that's right.  To contain drug costs, the left is now advocating for the exact same measures the Latin American basket case has employed to control the price of toilet paper.  Ostensibly to prevent monopolies and price gouging, Venezuelan's socialist regime rigorously controls product pricing practices.  The government audits the production, marketing, and development expenses for all companies and limits profit margins.

Bernie Sanders And Basic Economics: Never In The Same Room Together.  Shortly after announcing Tuesday [1/12/2016] that he would cap ATM fees, Sanders tweeted that in his view, "it is unacceptable that Americans are paying a $5 fee each time they go to the ATM."  On a practical level, Sanders misses a lot with his statement and tweet.  First, many Americans — probably most — pay nothing for their ATM withdrawals.  They simply use their banks' ATMs.  If one isn't available, they buy something from a store that provides cash back on purchases.  The market solves the problem.  Of course, sometimes neither of these options is available, so consumers have to go out of their networks to other banks or to privately owned ATMs, which charge fees.  And this is where Sanders really blows a tire and shows his ignorance — which just might be willful — of economics.

Bernie Hints at Warren for VP.  In what would be a dream ticket for some and a nightmare to others, Bernie Sanders has been dropping some not-so-subtle hints that he would select Elizabeth Warren as his running mate.  This would be a smart move on Bernie's part.  He has been functioning as a stand-in for Warren and derives support from her wing of the Democratic Party.  The left would be electrified.  The rest of the country would be horrified as these two Neo-Marxists traveled the land promising to take wealth from some and give to others.

Democrats on Guns: It's a Mystery.  In the waning days of the Obama administration, it seems that gun control is the Democrats' number one priority.  President Obama bestirred himself to both deliver a speech and participate in a staged "town hall" on the issue of gun regulation, showing unusual energy by his standards.  The White House issued an odd potpourri of gun initiatives, including some that are already law. [...] I find this extremely puzzling.  We have seen this movie before, and we know how it ends.  The Democrats have died on the gun control hill a couple of times already.  I understand demagoguing an issue, but don't politicians generally try to demagogue issues that are popular?

Hillary Clinton Can't Tell The Difference Between A Democrat And A Socialist.  At the tail end of a series of beach-ball-soft questions, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews asked Clinton:  "Now, Bernie (Sanders) calls himself a socialist. ... You're a Democrat. ... What's the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?"  Clinton:  "Well, I can tell you what I am.  I am a progressive Democrat."  Matthews:  "How is that different than a socialist?"  Clinton:  Hamana, hamana, mumble, mumble, "we have got to get all our problems, you know, tackled."  A few months ago, Matthews tried to get an answer to the same question from party head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was equally unforthcoming in her answer.

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This is a question for which Democrats are totally unprepared — no matter how often the question is asked.  There is no difference between socialism and the Democratic party platform, yet no politician can afford to be the first to admit it.  It's a slam dunk waiting to happen, which means the Republicans will avoid this question if at all possible.

The American Left and the Death of Political Discourse.  While the American Left and their mind-numbed robotic followers may bristle at any comparison to the totalitarian regimes of the past, including those of Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, their mindset is the same insofar as abridging freedom of speech and, through intimidation and the coercive power of government, permanently shutting down their opposition.  This totalitarian mindset is in full flower on the college campuses of today and openly visible for all to see.  The two major candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, are full throated adherents of this brown shirt mentality.  Hillary has referred to Republicans as the "enemy" that must be defeated while never saying the same about radical Islam; she has unabashedly supported the Black Lives Matter movement and promoted the ongoing chaos on American college campuses as well as lobbied for government control of talk radio, the internet and all political funding and speech.

Hillary Can't Explain The Difference Between A Democrat And A Socialist.  [Chris] Matthews asked Clinton, "What's the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?  Is that a question you want to answer, or would you rather not?"  "You'd have to ask [Sanders]," Clinton said before being interrupted by Matthews.  "You see, I'm asking you.  You're a Democrat, he's a socialist.  Would you like someone to call you a socialist?" Matthews asked.  "I am not one," Hillary responded without answering the question.  "OK, well what's the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?" Matthews asked again.  "I can tell you what I am, I am a progressive Democrat," Clinton responded.  "How is that different than a socialist?" Matthews asked a third time.

The Left's Authoritarian Impulse Gets Exposed.  Conservatives in the U.S. hew to the views of the Founding Fathers, who valued personal liberty above all else, and who worried most about a tyrannical central government.  At the same time, it's liberals who have tended to support totalitarian regimes, praised China for its ability to "get things done," and has pushed endlessly to mandate, regulate and restrict behavior that they find unacceptable.  Now even some non-conservatives are starting to worry that the liberal left is drifting too far into authoritarianism.  In an excellent piece published in The Daily Beast, for example, Joel Kotkin lays out the particulars of "How Liberals Are The New Autocrats."  Among them:
  •   California Gov. Jerry Brown's hailing the "coercive power of the state."  President Obama's disdain for the democratic process when he can't get his way, and his "commonplace" efforts to rule by decree.  (The latest example of which involves his executive orders on gun control.)
  •   Federal efforts under the Obama administration "to enforce racial and class 'balance' in neighborhoods."
  •   The desire to use climate change as "the killer app for expanding state control."
  •   The open calls on the left that "power should shift from naturally contentious elected bodies ... to credentialed 'experts.'"

The Left May Come to Loathe Obama.  From halting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, to the sprawling scope of the EPA's regulatory authority, to the implementation of a dangerous nuclear détente with Iran, to the normalization of relations with Cuba; these liberal policy achievements can be unraveled with the stroke of a pen once Barack Obama is out of office.  Democrats comfort themselves in the notion that these orders will prove practically impossible to undo, but that is a statement of faith.  Only Obama's policy toward Cuba is popular nationally, and it will become less so when the federal government gets around to settling generations of outstanding judgments against Havana and Cuba's demand for close to $200 billion in reparations from Washington.

Hillary Proposes Defense Cuts to Cure Alzheimer's.  Last week, Hillary Clinton pledged to spend $2 billion a year to find a cure for Alzheimer's by 2025 — an admirable effort, no doubt.  At the time, an aide said the program would be paid in the form of tax reforms and other savings.  On Tuesday [12/29/2015], Clinton gave us some indication regarding what those "other savings" would look like.

The Left's Retreat to Fantasy.  The left's slide into irrationality in recent years should come as no surprise.  There is no way the ideology — in particular regarding its record — can be rationally defended any longer. [...] The UK, Sweden, France, and all other social democratic states have been forced to admit defeat.  The same occurred in the U.S. with the Great Society and its underpinning programs — federal welfare, urban renewal, the War on Poverty.  All were based on the most rigorous rationality, and all were abject failures.  Which doesn't mean that leftists have given up.  True believers don't.  Instead, the collapse of the liberal/leftist program following the 60s led to a retreat into romantic fatuity — evanescent claims of "compassion" and decency that were considered to be beyond debate.  But these are no longer tenable either, after 65 million abortions, mass murder and outrage in the inner cities, and the piles of dead generated by the left-supported "Arab Spring," to mention only three outcomes of leftist policy.

The Omnibus and the Left's Merry Statemas.  The list of victories in the spending package for the Left is so great that Nancy Pelosi had to preemptively warn her caucus not to gloat before it was passed for fear of scaring off any Republicans not fully aware of what the bill contained.  Harry Reid also tweeted that Democrats met all their omnibus goals, including "roll[ing] back sequester."  The forces of big government, in other words, are quite pleased with the outcome.  They have every reason to feel that way.  The omnibus rightly ended the crude oil export ban, a pointless and destructive anti-trade provision.  But that victory was paid for not only by extending wasteful and distortionary handouts to renewable energy, but also by establishing a slush fund to pay for the Paris climate deal, a global redistribution scheme beyond even the wildest dreams of Karl Marx.

The Democrats' Theme for 2016 Is Totalitarianism.  Donald Trump may talk like a brownshirt, but the Democrats mean business.  For those of you keeping track, the Democrats and their allies on the left have now:  voted in the Senate to repeal the First Amendment, proposed imprisoning people for holding the wrong views on global warming, sought to prohibit the showing of a film critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton, proposed banning politically unpopular academic research, demanded that funding politically unpopular organizations and causes be made a crime and that the RICO organized-crime statute be used as a weapon against targeted political groups.  They have filed felony charges against a Republican governor for vetoing a piece of legislation, engaged in naked political persecutions of members of Congress, and used the IRS and the ATF as weapons against political critics.

The Gay Agenda and the Real World.  The gay agenda is now a fait accompli.  How was it sold to the American people?  In three ways.  First, by control of language.  Second, by media propaganda.  Third, by relying upon the fact that ignorance is the normal human condition.  Most people do not have a clue as to what homosexuals do or what the medical consequences of these practices are.  The most significant tool for promoting the gay agenda was the introduction of the word "homophobia."  A phobia is an irrational fear.  Thus the use of the term homophobia automatically implies that any aversion or objection to any facet of homosexuality is irrational.  The beauty of this is that it removes the burden of argument.

Democratic Party resolution condemns GOP's 'anti-Muslim rhetoric'.  The Democratic National Committee drafted a resolution, expected to pass Saturday [12/12/2015], which accuses the Republican presidential candidates of engaging in "anti-Muslim rhetoric."  The resolution, according to CNN, says the DNC is "sickened by the vile personal attacks that denigrate Islam" from the GOP candidates.  It says the candidates have "incited disturbing levels of fear mongering and demagoguery against racial, ethnic and religious minority communities."

Liberals Praise Hillary Clinton's New Ad With Same Sex Couples Kissing.  The Hillary Clinton campaign is out with an ad highlighting her record as an advocate for LGBT rights.  The spot includes images of gay couples kissing each other.  The liberal website Slate praises Clinton for including same-sex kissing in her campaign ad, saying, "Given the distressingly puritanical rules that govern gay PDAs, it's both impressive and heartening that Clinton includes gay kisses in her official campaign spots."

Liberal Nihilism in a Nutshell.  Barack Obama entered office in 2009 with overwhelming popular goodwill and solid majorities in both houses of Congress.  He chose not to translate that political heft into passing "comprehensive immigration reform" (i.e., open borders and amnesties) or more gun control.  He opposed gay marriage.  He warned that he could not use presidential fiats to grant amnesty, close down Guantanamo, or remake the EPA in his own image.  He borrowed as never before, in vain hopes of kicking-starting a natural recovery that he would soon abort through his own anti-business jawboning, more regulations, growth in government, and tax increases.  So far Obama's legacy is a sudden crash in energy prices and an unforeseen huge expansion in U.S. oil and gas production that came despite — not because of — his efforts.

Hillary's Reichsfluchsteuer Emerges as a New Tax Straight Out of Germany.  The former secretary of state and senator from New York, Hillary Clinton, reportedly will announce on Wednesday [12/9/2015] plans to impose an "exit tax" on companies that move their headquarters out of America or merge with foreign firms to escape America's unreasonably high corporate taxes.

The Democratic Party Is A Death Cult.  I am so sick of these progressive Democrats waiting to pounce on death and exploit it to their advantage.  It takes a special kind of person to do it, to see something awful unfolding on television and think, "How can I use this to my advantage?"  That's the modern American left, and it has to be destroyed.  While the San Bernardino terrorists were still at large, all three Democrats running for president took the opportunity to call for gun control.  That's the sort of sociopathic disconnect from human decency we expect from serial killers, not someone who seeks to become the next leader of the free world.

Climate Talks Show Us Progressivism's True Hypocrisy.  What do you call it when elites fly their private jets to an international climate change conference to forge a deal with despots that caps American prosperity without our consent?  You call it progressivism. [...] It took a handful of gunmen only one night to impede free expression in Paris.  Yet, according to the president, a massive and expensive effort to curb the 0.1 to 0.2[°]C of warming we might see over the next decade — the worst case scenario predicted by alarmists — is the most critical project facing mankind.

The Surging Anti-American Sentiment of the Left.  The Democratic party spews lies on a daily basis as they concern themselves with single, concrete-bound, range-of-the-moment projects and demands, without regard to cost, context, or consequence.  If it furthers the power and control of the party, they'll utter lies, force through legislation, slander opponents, and destroy whatever gets in their way.  They loathe the man that is independent and unafraid to take a stand for what he believes in, specially if that belief is rooted in Christianity, conservatism, and capitalism.  The left are cowards, hypocrites, and most of all self-hating parasites who despise the American way of life.

How the Left Thinks about the War on Terror.  Are you confused about how Barack Obama thinks about the War on Terror?  How about Hillary Clinton?  What about the editorial page of The New York Times?  If you can't make sense of anything you hear or read, there is a reason for that.  How they really think is rarely ever made explicit and never debated or publicly discussed.

Democrats' devious gun control measure.  [Scroll down]  The attorney general would make a list based on data the government already has amassed.  Or, potentially, based on anything else for that matter.  Perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of troublesome people would serve as a guide.  Who knows?  Bottom line, if your name appeared on that mysterious list (intentionally or unintentionally due to errors, which routinely occur), then you would be unable to buy a gun.  Wow.  I have to hand it to the Democrats.  They've devised a strategy that combines gun control, faux window dressing concern about national security, and the likely targeting of law abiding American citizens who might wind up on The List.

New DNC ad criticizes Republicans for using the term 'radical Islam'.  President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and most Washington Democrats are desperate to avoid using the term "radical Islam" to describe, well, radical Islamists.  Forget reason or logic; toss away reality.  What Obama and the Democrats are doing by denying the existence of radical Islam is throwing a bone to Muslims who, themselves, are hostages to a fantasy.  The Democratic National Committee has now enabled that fantasy by releasing what Mediaite's Alex Griswold calls a "stupid" ad that criticizes Republicans for connecting Islam with terrorism.

Democrats prefer fantasy to reality.  In the immediate aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, much of the debate focused on how to respond to the threat from ISIS.  Unfortunately, the Democratic presidential candidates are captives of political correctness and refuse to label the threat accurately.  They agree with President Obama that the term "radical Islam" is offensive to law abiding Muslims.  They prefer the innocuous and inaccurate term "extremism" to identify the string of terrorist attacks being inflicted across the globe.

CFPB conspired with left-leaning group to draft Obama payday loan crackdown, emails show.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation to thwart President Obama's crackdown on payday loans, while evidence has emerged that regulators at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau conspired with left-leaning groups to draft their regulations against the industry.  In March the CFPB proposed payday rules to end what it calls "payday debt traps" by limiting the interest rates payday lenders can charge, prohibiting borrowers from taking out more than one loan at a time and by requiring lenders to assess the borrower's ability to pay.  Mr. Obama has long championed such reform, however, many states are upset with how the initiative has been handled at the federal level.

Democrats Refused to Utter the "I" Word in Their Debate.  As the cleaning crews were mopping up the dried blood from the stage and the seats of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, a depressing act appeared on stage in distant Iowa.  Saturday night [11/14/2015] the three contenders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination took to the stage in Iowa for a debate.  The moderator asked them whether they would be willing to use the term "radical Islam" to describe the ideology motivating Islamic terrorists to massacre innocents.  All refused.

ISIS Is Islamic and Bruce Jenner is a Man.  When Bruce Jenner says he is a woman now, the American left not only applauds him and starts referring to him as a she, but demands that everyone else do so at the risk of their livelihoods.  Only a bigot would think a man with a penis is a man when he says he is a woman.  The left has an ongoing war with reality where, in their quest for utopia, they have decided to shut out truths contrary to their reality.

After last night.  Watching the Democratic presidential candidates' event on CBS last night, I thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. [...] Homosexuality used to be known as the love that dare not speak its name.  When it comes to Islamic terrorism, Islam is the religion that dare not speak its name.  On this the candidates were all agreed.  The Democratic candidates promise "free" college.  In the Democratic future, pretty much everything will be "free."  On this the candidates agreed as well.

Look, Ma, No Islam — The Stupefying Democratic Debate.  Well, we did learn two things from the CBS Democratic debate Saturday night:  1. Bernie Sanders thinks climate change causes terrorism. [...] 2. Hillary Clinton wants to raise the 10,000 Syrian refugees Obama intends to admit to 65,000.

Wisconsin Dems move to ban most semi-auto firearms in a big way.  A bill introduced by four Assembly Democrats would establish prohibitions on a variety of rifles, shotguns and pistols with no provision to grandfather. [...] [Lisa] Subeck's legislation would set a broad definition of just what would be considered an assault weapon under Wisconsin law.  For semi-auto rifles with a detachable magazine, having the addition of a pistol grip; adjustable, folding or thumbhole stock; bayonet mount, threaded barrel, muzzle brake or compensator would deem them an assault rifle.

Houston's real Hero, Lance Berkman Discusses Being Attacked by Houston's Real Zero Mayor Annise Parker After Transgender Bathroom Fail.  "Social justice"-minded liberal activists took a beating on Tuesday night as the HERO ordinance (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance) went down in flames at the hands of a majority of liberal voters in dark blue Houston. [...] Yet, no takedown of a fake HERO would be possible without real heroes.  One of those real heroes in Houston, who fought against the certifiable insanity that lesbian Mayor Annise Parker tried to perpetrate on citizens she's charged with protecting, was former Rice University and former Houston Astro star Lance Berkman who was considered by many — rightly or wrongly — to be the "face" of the anti-HERO effort.

Bullies lose, sanity wins in Houston: There will be no man parts in the ladies room.  The bullies lost.  After a nearly 18-month slugfest, Houston's LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance was crushed in a landslide defeat Tuesday — rejected by 61 percent of voters.

Liberals Are Losing the Culture Wars.  In Tuesday's [11/3/2015] elections, voters rejected recreational marijuana, transgender rights, and illegal-immigrant sanctuaries; they reacted equivocally to gun-control arguments; and they handed a surprise victory to a Republican gubernatorial candidate who emphasized his opposition to gay marriage.  Democrats have become increasingly assertive in taking liberal social positions in recent years, believing that they enjoy majority support and even seeking to turn abortion and gay rights into electoral wedges against Republicans.  But Tuesday's results — and the broader trend of recent elections that have been generally disastrous for Democrats not named Barack Obama — call that view into question.

Has the liberal wing of the Democrats finally pushed the party too far?  Alexander Bolton has a column at The Hill where he explores the question of whether or not the ascendant, hard left, liberal wing of the Democrats has finally pushed their part to a tipping point in the run-up to the next presidential election and how that might affect some downticket races as well.  The main area he focuses on is the anti-arms race going on among Democrats as they each try to one-up each other on who would ban the most guns the fastest.

Office of Civil Rights says disguised boy has right to shower with girls.  The Department of Education's office of civil rights says that a disguised boy has been discriminated against because he is not allowed to shower naked with girls. [...] This is an enormous opening for Republicans.  Who is waging the "war on women" now?  It is radical Democrats pushing for girls to be exposed to naked men.  Now Hillary Clinton has become a born-again transvestite supporter.  Would it really be hard for a Republican in a debate to turn to her and say, "Mrs. Clinton, do you really want girls to be forced to expose themselves to boys in locker rooms?"  It's indefensible.

Poll: For First Time, Most Democrats View Insane, Failed, Murderous Political Philosophy Favorably.  Over at Rasmussen, the pollsters have discovered that — for the first time in history — self-identified members of the Democrat Party now view socialism favorably. [...] Socialism, Communism, Maoism, and National Socialism (e.g., the Nazi Party) are all offshoots of Marxism.  They are all branches of the same defective tree.  Marxism has failed in literally every venue it has been tried, despite progressives' laughable efforts to claim certain countries have implemented it successfully.

Hillary Lets It Slip: If Elected President, She Will Indeed Try to Confiscate Your Guns.  As Hillary Clinton floundered on the witness stand last week, despite withering help from her Democrat apologists who dutifully fell in line and insisted that she can do no wrong, her speech last Friday [10/23/2015] on the subject of private ownership of guns by American citizens has gone largely unreported.  Last Friday, Clinton, in a rare moment of honesty, advocated for the forced confiscation of privately, legally-owned guns from otherwise innocent American citizens.

Rebranding Socialism.  At least since the New Deal, national Democrats have been forced to defend themselves against the charge that their belief in aggressive government intervention in the economy was a smokescreen for their true desire: a "soft" socialism, resembling that which has taken hold across much of Western Europe.  Over the years, Democrats have developed a standard reply:  if you think this is socialism, then you don't know what socialism is.

Of course Hillary wants your guns.  Hillary Clinton, who served an administration that ran thousands of guns to Mexican drug lords under Operation Fast and Furious, is now fast and furiously trying to resurrect a failing campaign by taking aim at so-called gun rights "extremists".  In the wake of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Mrs. Clinton advocated in New Hampshire for a new gun group for "responsible gun owners" apart from the National Rifle Association, which she considers extremist, even though no NRA member has ever been involved in a mass shooting.

Bernie Sanders Admits He Wants To Hike Taxes On Everyone.  On ABC's "This Week," [10/18/2015] Sanders admitted that to pay for all his freebies for the middle class, he'll have to tax — you guessed it — the middle class.  In other words, the government will take it from you and then give some of it back.  What a deal!

Brutal Meme Reveals Truth About European Socialist Countries.
Socialism in Denmark isn't going nearly as well as Americans think.

Gun Confiscation Fantasies Fast-Tracking Democrat Party To Destruction.  We're seeing a sort of collective insanity taking over the political left in the United States, and the decline seems to be accelerating in recent weeks.  Despite the FBI's recent release of Crime in the United States for 2014 — showing that violent crime is continuing a dramatic long-term decline of over 18-percent for the past 15 years even as gun ownership has skyrocketed almost 82-percent — left wing pundits, journalists, and politicians have thrown rationality to the wind to launch a hysterical and poorly thought-out attack on the Second Amendment and their fellow Americans.  Going far beyond their "normal" calls for mere infringements on constitutional rights that have protected this nation since 1791, they're now calling for forcible disarmament in newspaper op-eds, blog posts, and social media rants.

Can the Democrats Mainstream Socialism?  Socialism is the worst idea, and the greatest tragedy, in human history.  It is responsible for more than 100 million deaths and almost unimaginable suffering and poverty.  And yet[,] somehow, it keeps making a comeback.  Even here in the United States, where many Democrats think it is time to come out of the closet and, like Bernie Sanders, declare themselves to be socialists.

Hillary's Sexploitation of the Issues.  [Scroll down]  Still, what do voters really know about Bernie [Sanders], other than that he is a feisty avowed socialist?  I haven't even heard it mentioned that Bernie Sanders is a Jew.  His Wikipedia claims he is "proud to be Jewish" but adds that he is "not particularly religious."  Maybe it has become politically incorrect to allude to a candidate's faith.  If so, times have changed in a hurry.  In the last election, presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism was a source of considerable media conversation. [...] Isn't it unusual, then, that the DNC — an organization that boasts of its inclusiveness and cutting-edge candidates — hasn't bothered to point out that if Bernie Sanders were elected, he would do our country proud by being the first Jewish president?

Introducing The 'Democratic Socialist' Party.  The Left loves to ridicule Republicans for standing on the "wrong side of history."  And let's concede, for this piece at least, that conservatives hold hopelessly archaic views on social and cultural issues.  But what if there were a party whose economic case rested on undermining the most successful, poverty-reducing, prosperity-creating idea ever known to mankind?  What would history say about that?

We Could Be Living Through the Last Days of Capitalism.  We are being told Capitalism isn't working as the Socialist policies actually cause the great divide in income inequality.  We need to get serious about our belief in Capitalism and fight for it at the polls and in our exchanges with people if we hope to save it.  It is under direct and open assault.  While the media raved about how adult the "debaters" were, what we really saw was a coronation by unchallenged far-left activists who promise they will bring in a new, more potent wave of Socialism.  Once it's in, it will never be extricated and it will continue to develop.

Washington Post: "Democratic Candidates Vowed To Toughen Restrictions On Gun Owners".  Democrats want to toughen control on all gun owners, something we've known for years, but never ends up in print.  Virtually every piece of legislation Democrats push and every talking point that passes their lips is about restricting the law abiding gun owners, rather than going after the criminals.  How has gun control worked in Democratic Party cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Camden, and Chicago, among others?

Bernie Sanders is a Communist and an Ignoramus.  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been getting away for years with describing himself as a socialist, when in reality he is an outright America-hating communist.  This belief in communism is reflected in the Sanders platform.  Even a brief glance reveals his plan to be hopelessly utopian and insane.  It will extinguish freedom and shutter businesses and cause widespread suffering especially among the poor people he claims to want to help.  It is a program for exporting the best and the brightest to places that appreciate them.  But identifying Sanders as a communist can be a risky proposition in modern-day America.  The Left so dominates American culture that the word communist itself has become jarring, not because communism is bad but instead because leftists believe communism is good.

Bernie Sanders's Denmark Comments Show He Doesn't Even Understand His Own 'Socialism'.  If Senator Sanders were an intellectually honest man, he'd acknowledge forthrightly that the only way to pay for generous benefits for the middle class is to tax the middle class, where most of the income earners are.  Instead, he talks about taxing a handful of billionaires to pay for practically everything.  Rhetorically, he's already spent the entire holdings of the billionaire class many times over.

You won't believe the price tag for all that free stuff offered by Dem candidates at the debate.  Surveys show that the American people believe that the size of government is one of the top issues facing the country.  Yet Democrats insist on radically increasing its size and scope.  You would think they would pay at the ballot box for their profligacy, but the allure of government goodies is too much to overcome.

Cruz: Dem debate shows 'recipe to destroy a country'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday [10/14/2015] that he is troubled by the ideas offered during the first Democratic presidential debate. [...] "It was more socialism, more pacifism, more weakness and less Constitution," Cruz, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, said of the Tuesday evening debate in Las Vegas.  "We're seeing our freedoms taken away, and last night was an audition for who would wear the jackboot most vigorously," he added.  "Last night was an audition for who would embrace government power [and] strip your and my individual liberties."

Debate Makes It Official: Democrats Really Are Socialists.  The Democratic debate shows just how far left the party's lurched.  Capitalism was on trial, and self-ID'd socialism was literally front and center.  Stop the charade.  Just change your name to the Democratic Socialist Party. [...] Here's their laundry list:
  1.   Free college for everyone, courtesy of Wall Street.
  2.  A $15 minimum wage.
  3.  Paid family leave, courtesy of small business.
  4.  Guaranteed health care as a "right."
  5.  Expanded Social Security benefits.
  6.  ObamaCare for illegal immigrants.
  7.  In-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
  8.  Legalized pot.
  9.  De-incarceration.
  10.  Expanded executive amnesty for illegals.
One thing never came up:  the national debt.

The Debate Lesson: America Now Has an Openly Socialist Party.  Sure, this batch of candidates sounded like a bunch of loons.  They contended socialism is mostly about standing up to the richest one percent and promoting entrepreneurs and small business; climate change is the biggest national security threat facing the nation; college educations should be free for everyone; all lives don't matter, black lives do; Obama is simultaneously an enormously successful president in managing the economy and the middle class is collapsing and there's a need for a "New New Deal" which is in fact an Old Old Idea, considering how FDR called for a Second New Deal in 1935. [...] So yes, the candidates sounded like hard-Left, pie-in-the-sky, free-ice-cream-for-everyone, Socialist pander bears.  But they do so because that is what the Democratic Party's primary voters demand.

Clinton Promises to 'Make the Wealthy Pay' and Make 'Companies Share Profits'.  The very wealthy Hillary Clinton took aim at very wealthy Americans in the first Democrat debate Tuesday night [10/13/2015], saying that success is good, but only to a point.  She promised to "make the wealthy pay" for the government programs she favors, including paid family leave; and she said she will find ways to make "companies share profits with the workers who helped to make them."

Democrat Debate: Behold the Glory of the Church of the State.  All we heard about from these people was the towering glory of government.  To them, the private sector is a tiny vestigial organ in the American body, existing only to pump fresh blood into the mighty State from which all good things flow.  None of these candidates had a single good word to say about private-sector America.  On the contrary, they spent all night wildly accusing it of crimes, without offering any evidence or naming suspects.

Levin: If Liberal Policies Worked, North Korea Would be Richest Place on Earth.  On his Nationally syndicated radio show last Wednesday [10/7/2015], Mark Levin responded to President Obama's concerns over economic globalization and automation, saying that if liberal changes to capitalism were feasible, the most prosperous society on earth would be North Korea.  "You can't impose success.  You can't impose living wages.  You can't do any of those things," Levin said.  "If you could do those things, the most successful, prosperous, paradisiacal society on the face of the earth would be North Korea."

Who You Callin' 'Extreme'?  I can see very little of today's Republican Party that you can't find in Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative, or in his infamous nomination acceptance speech of 1964.  On the other side, lots of Democrats, including both Clintons and Barack Obama, opposed gay marriage until very recently.  Leading Democrats — including Al Gore, Richard Gephardt, and Jesse Jackson — were opposed to abortion-on-demand well into the 1980s.  Try to find a prominent pro-life Democrat today.  It wasn't that long ago that Bill Clinton had repositioned Democrats as a fiscally responsible, market-friendly party.  Now the Dowager Countess of Chappaqua is running against his legacy, while Bern-It-Down Sanders is channeling the id of the Democrats who are disappointed that Obama isn't left enough.  And it's Republicans who are extreme?

DNC Chair Won't Say if Bernie Sanders is Electable.  The s-word is back to haunt Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.). The DNC chair wouldn't say on Sunday [10/11/2015] if Bernie Sanders would be able to win in a general election given his socialist views.  Twice Wasserman Schultz was asked about Sanders' electability on CNN's State of the Union, and twice she ducked the question to bash Republican presidential candidates for holding what she says are extreme views.  "Bernie Sanders is a self-identified socialist.  If he's your party's nominee would the socialist label hurt the Democratic Party's chances of winning the White House in 2016?" CNN reporter Dana Bash asked Wasserman Schultz.

DNC chief dodges question about Sanders's socialism.  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz dodged questions on Sunday [10/11/2015] about whether Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's description of himself as a "socialist" would hurt the Democratic Party.  Sanders, an Independent Vermont senator, has stunned political watchers as he's gained on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the polls.  "He is a self-identified socialist," CNN's Dana Bash asked Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida.  "If he is your party's nominee, would that social label hurt the Democratic Party's chances of winning the White House in 2016?"

Bernie Sanders pledges to raise taxes and spend $1 trillion on make-work jobs fixing roads and bridges.  Bernie Sanders said Sunday that if he's elected president he will raise taxes on American companies and upper-income earners to pay for a $1 trillion infrastructure-rebuilding jobs program even as America's public debt crests over the $18 trillion mark and twelve-figure annual deficits continue to pile up.  'Real unemployment in this country is not 5.1 percent,' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' show.  'It is 10 percent.'

Sanders: 'No' I'm Not A Capitalist, 'I'm a Democratic Socialist'.  Bernie Sanders insisted Sunday [10/11/2015] that he is a "Democratic Socialist."  Sanders, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd, argued, "But what I mean is I've been elected as an Independent throughout my political career."  Sanders explained that philosophically, "I think that countries like Denmark and Sweden, where healthcare is a right and virtually free to all people, where public college education is free, where childcare is excellent and stronger, where workers in the middle class make higher wages where they're stronger in terms of reducing income and wealth inequality" can be used for "guidance."

Hillary was "Human" and "Likable" Last Week But She's "Tough" and "Candid" This Week.  She's now considering adding the issues of radical black Marxists to her platform.  She met with BlackLivesMatter on Friday [10/9/2015].  "We had a tough conversation about de-centering the police as the key mechanism to ensuring safety in communities.  And we also had a spirited conversation about alternatives to policing," Deray McKesson, one of the leaders of the Campaign Zero, a Black Lives Matter group — told Politico.  These people want the police out of their neighborhoods completely.  The meeting held at the National Council of Negro Women in Washington D.C. is in preparation for her criminal justice reform platform which she will roll out in the next few weeks.

Study: Democrats Moving Left Faster than GOP Moving Right.  How can anyone with any sense claim that doubling the minimum wage isn't radical?  Or passing a 2000-page health insurance reform law isn't extreme?  It is the Democrats who claim they want to "transform" America.  GOP "extremism" is, for the most part, a reaction to the radicalization of our politics by Democrats who have sought at every turn for the last 7 years to circumvent the Constitution to achieve their extremist goals.

Sanders Adviser Calls for Repeal of Columbus Day.  Near the end of Mel Gibson's film "Apocalypto," we see Christian missionaries arriving in the New World to save the natives from a culture of death that celebrates beheadings and human sacrifices to pagan Gods.  Gibson has said he based the dramatic landing scene on the fourth expedition of the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.  But celebrating the spread of Christianity has become so politically incorrect that a New Age adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for repealing Columbus Day.

Hillary tells Black Lives Matter she'll end private prisons.  Hillary Clinton reportedly told leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement on Friday [10/9/2015] she will get rid of private prisons.  The meeting with Black Lives Matter comes a day after Clinton was heckled by a protester at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala over her ties to the private prison lobby.

The Obama Depression continues.  Call 'em commies, call 'em socialists, call 'em Marxists or neo-Marxists, call 'em statists, call 'em whatever you like.  The central truth remains:  power and control are what they're all about, under any ideological nomenclature you may prefer.  The irony is that they see themselves as indispensable, [...]

Gay Gala Offers Pulpits for Two Favorites in Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.  As Joe Biden nears a decision on whether to seek the White House in 2016, gay rights advocates got a side-by-side look on Saturday of the would-be candidate and the front-runner in the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton.  Biden delivered the keynote speech at the gala dinner in Washington for the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBT civil rights and lobbying group.

Why Socialism Always Fails.  Socialism is the Big Lie of the last century.  While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery.  In the same way that a Ponzi scheme or chain letter initially succeeds but eventually collapses, socialism may show early signs of success.  But any accomplishments quickly fade as the fundamental deficiencies of central planning emerge.  It is the initial illusion of success that gives government intervention its pernicious, seductive appeal.  In the long run, socialism has always proven to be a formula for tyranny and misery.

Liberalism and Munchausen Syndrome: The Perfect Fit.  One goal of ObamaCare was to compel the private companies of the U.S. health industry to become adjuncts of the federal government.  Health care providers endorsed the law and traded $155 billion in cuts to hospital reimbursement for the payola of more government-insured (and taxpayer subsidized) patients.  Meanwhile, to hell with health care consumers saddled with higher deductibles, higher co-pays, higher premiums, and fewer heath care choices.  So too, Democrats never tire of hectoring Blacks, women, gays and other carefully delineated minorities that they are victims of malevolent economic and social forces that only Democrats can thwart.  The strategy is to parley the good will their utopian schemes generate among these victim classes, media, academia, organized labor, government bureaucrats, and the casual voter swayed by platitudes and sound bites into wins on election day.  Without this coalition of the dependent the Democrat Party would cease to exist.  Time and again, Democrat policies launched with great fanfare (Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society") to assist the disadvantaged have resulted in their disadvantage.

Infiltrating the #BlackLivesMatter Cult.  It is wrong to think of the Black Lives Matter movement as merely a movement, a racist insurgency that embraces violent attacks on police and white Americans.  It is so much more.  It's a Marxist, anti-American, revolutionary cult whose members aim to unleash a reign of terror on American society.  It is religious in the limited sense that the late anti-PC intellectual Christopher Hitchens used that adjective to describe the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  After visiting barren, Stalinist North Korea, where people eat grass clippings and tree bark to survive, Hitchens remarked that it was "the most religious state I've ever been to."  But North Korea doesn't embrace a religion in the sense we in the civilized world use the word.  At risk of oversimplifying the politics and culture of the hermetically sealed, oversized gulag run by Kim Jong-un, that country's religion is socialism.

DNC Email on LGBT/Same-Sex Marriage: 'Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations'.  Defenders of traditional marriage have long warned about the slippery slope to bigamy and polygamy on which same-sex marriage places the country, but to hear Star Trek star George Takei and the Democratic party tell it, there may be more to come.

Democrats Are Falling In Love With A Radical Leftist.  Bernie Sanders has made no bones about being a socialist, and his $18 trillion agenda confirms it.  The fact that he's rising in the polls shows just how extremist the Democratic Party has become.  'I wouldn't deny it.  Not for one second.  I'm a democratic socialist."  That was Sanders back in 2006, reflecting on his time in politics — a proud far-left leftist.  This is a guy who called the communist takeover of Nicaragua by the Sandinistas a "heroic revolution" and tried to set up a meeting with Fidel Castro while visiting Cuba in the 1980s.  He's a guy who honeymooned in the Soviet Union and who paraphrased Karl Marx when describing his vision of society as one "where human beings can own the means of production."  Sanders hasn't changed his views one jot since then.

Bernie Sanders's Plan For America Would Cost $18 Trillion.  As the great Margaret Thatcher once said, socialism only works until you run out of other people's money.  And at the rate Bernie Sanders would spend, he'd run out of money before they'd swept up all the confetti from the inauguration.  His whole plan, from top to bottom, would have a totally reasonable price tag of a mere $18 trillion.

Bernie Sanders Gets Backed By Some Big Corporations, Vindicating Citizens United.  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both running for president while at the same time calling for a constitutional amendment that would change the laws governing our elections.  It's an unusual situation in that if either of them manage to get elected, it would actually weaken the case for enacting the amendment they favor.

Sanders: America Was Founded on 'Racist Principles'.  Monday [9/14/2015] at at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said America was founded on "racist principles," but as the election of the first African-American President Barack Obama shows we have come a long way.

Great Moments in Socialism.  Socialism is an economic failure.  International socialism didn't work in the Soviet Union.  National socialism didn't work in Germany.  And democratic socialism, while avoiding the horrors of its communist and Nazi cousins, also has been a flop.  Socialism fails because it attempts to replace market-determined prices with various forms of central planning based on government-dictated prices.  Moreover, socialism channels self-interest in a destructive direction.  In a free market, people get income and improve their lot in life by satisfying and fulfilling the needs of other people.  In a socialist system, by contrast, people squabble over the re-slicing of a shrinking pie.

The Answer Is: Democrats Don't Differ From Socialists Anymore.  The head of the Democratic Party keeps refusing to say how her party differs from socialists.  Why?  Because she doesn't want to publicly admit the truth. [...] The reason [Debbie] Wasserman Schultz won't answer the question is because Democrats have moved so far to the left that there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two anymore.  Look at Clinton's and Sander's views on the issues.  Both want to sharply hike the minimum wage.  Both want to aggressively redistribute wealth in the name of "income equality."  Both want to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance decision.  Both want free child care, paid family leave, more federal aid for college, amnesty, gun control, and so on.

After Iran deal, Obama to pivot to climate change.  Buoyed by the success of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama is preparing to move aggressively on other long-delayed priorities, including a major climate change summit this winter and his elusive quest to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

So What's Wrong with Socialism Anyway?  [Scroll down]  The State is an abstraction for humans working in it and forming it by passing laws restricting the Few.  But what if the successful business owners got rich by legal means?  Why should his business be stolen from him?  Who does the stealing?  Only these few socialists do those things and determine your destiny.  So this is the fatal flaw in socialism:  people.  More specifically, it assumes the proletariat is somehow pure, while the bourgeoisie is sinful.  Poverty purifies you; prosperity ruins you.  It's a misread of human nature.  Worse still, the power of the people or the Many is a false promise because power is concentrated in the hands of the Few — socialists who soon rule over the Many, ironically in the name of the Many.

Look Who's Bashing Obama's Economy Now.  [Scroll down]  Naturally, neither Biden, Clinton nor Sanders mentioned Obama, much less blamed him for the current state of affairs.  But lest they forget, it was Obama who presided over the largest Keynesian stimulus in history and signed the job-killing ObamaCare law.  And it was Obama who succeeded in getting multiple tax hikes on the "rich."  And it was his administration that has imposed massive regulations on banking, health care, energy suppliers, employers and just about every other corner of the private economy.  Still, give these Democrats credit for recognizing what's going on, and acknowledging that voters aren't happy about it.  That's more than the mainstream press has been willing to admit.  It's just too bad Obama's would-be successors are all proposing to prescribe more of the same.

Dems Officially Endorse Anti-Cop BlackLivesMatter Movement.  The Democratic National Committee has officially endorsed the increasingly violent Black Lives Matter movement whose paranoid radical left-wing members accuse police nationwide of systemic anti-black racism and brutality against black suspects.  Throwing their lot in with black racists and radical Black Power militants who have openly expressed support for the murder of police officers, Democrats embraced a statement that slams the U.S. for allegedly systemic police violence against African-Americans.

Americans' Ignorance About Socialism Is Unbelievable.  Socialism has never worked but it is easy to sell to those who refuse to study history which is why progressives use academia as their base of operations. [...] Clever proponents of the takeover and elimination of our capitalist system cloak their intentions by calling themselves progressives only concerned with the basic needs of the community.  That's why they push national health care and other issues involving social change like gay marriage.  Meanwhile once they come to political power they use public money to fund the takeover of major industries, e.g. the auto industry.  Public entitlement programs eventually bankrupt cities and states and leave citizens dependent on a government check.

How Illegal Immigration Finally Turned Off the Public.  The old canard that without law there is nothing did not resonate with voters in connection with illegal immigration until the 21st century.  As long as there were only one or two million illegal immigrants apparently the public turned a blind eye.  No longer.  Extremists took legal noncompliance to an entirely new level of Orwellian arrogance.  Suddenly, as if by fiat, the illegal-immigration lobby banned the term "illegal alien" — as if they had never read a word of 1984 or Animal Farm.  They dreamed up "sanctuary city," a reactionary, neo-Confederate idea of legal nullification, whose logical trajectory is the implosion of the entire idea of federal laws constitutionally supreme to state and local statutes.  They lied by insisting that entering the United States illegally was simply a minor misdemeanor, when most Americans knew such unlawful entry was the beginning, not the end, of negating the law — inaugurating years of fake IDs, false Social Security numbers, second and third identities, and deliberate filing of untruthful federal and state documents.

Here is a complete list of all of the differences between Socialists and Democrats: _________.  [Senator Bernie] Sanders is attracting larger campaign crowds than any of the other presidential candidates.  Earlier this week he attracted nearly 28,000 in Los Angeles, 28,000 in Portland, Oregon, and over 15,000 in Seattle.  When looking at his proposals, it's difficult to identify any substantive differences from mainstream Democrat Party doctrine.  Sanders is pushing for universal single-payer health care; supports redistribution of wealth; advocates "free" college; fosters an antipathy toward corporations and "big business;" wants military spending cut by 50%; opposes natural resource development for energy; advocates government control and solutions for all economic or cultural challenges; and emphasizes egalitarianism rather than merit and achievement.

Rep. DeLauro Pushes for Gov't Assisted 24/7 Child Care.  Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has been promoting federal government child care assistance "that expands with need," focusing on 24 hour availability and pay of at least $15 an hour for child care workers.  DeLauro was part of an event last week at Sleeping Giant Day Care in Connecticut, where she discussed her support for a resolution on universal child care.  "I'm proud to add my name to a resolution supported by SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and the Congressional Progressive Caucus," DeLauro says in a video released Monday [8/24/2015] by the SEIU.

The Editor says...
Once the government takes 24-hour control of the lower-class children, the government will be the head of the household, unionized workers will dispense all meals, and the kids will be immersed in all-day indoctrination.  This can only result in cradle-to-prison socialism.

Also posted under Politicians and unions exchange favors constantly.

The Quiet Revolution: How the New Left Took Over the Democratic Party.  Alinksy succeeded in what would be a crowning achievement:  the recruitment of young idealistic radicals — Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — who would go on to climb to the top of political power in the Democratic Party.  Hillary wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley College in 1969 on Alinsky's methods and remained a friend of Alinsky until his death in 1972.  A decade later, Barack Obama was trained in the methods and Rules for Radicals in the Alinsky-founded Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago.  Camouflage and deception are key to Alinsky-style organizing.  When Barack Obama was organizing black churches in Chicago and was criticized for not attending church himself, he pivoted and became a regular church attendee, ultimately becoming a member at Jeremiah Wright's radical Trinity United Church of Christ.

The Quiet Revolution: How the New Left Took Over the Democratic Party.  What's remarkable is how the political and cultural center of American values has collapsed in the last two and a half decades with the Democratic Party having moved dramatically to the left.  Recently, Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz could not explain the difference between the modern Democratic Party platform and that of socialism, while at the same time gushing over the prospect of Socialist Bernie Sanders having a prominent place at the 2016 Democratic Party convention.  If people today could somehow be transported back to the time of Harry Truman and Jack Kennedy, they would swear those standard bearers were Republicans with little in common with today's Democratic Party.

Why Progressives Are Wrong to Revere Margaret Sanger.  Margaret Sanger is a saint in the feminist church.  She is a charter member of the progressive hall of fame.  Liberals revere this woman who preached "race improvement" and denounced what she called "human weeds".  Hillary Clinton glows that she is "in awe of" Sanger.  She said so in 2009 upon receiving Planned Parenthood's "highest honor" that year:  its coveted Margaret Sanger Award.  Likewise effusive was Nancy Pelosi when she proudly accepted the award in 2014.  Speaking to Planned Parenthood a year earlier, President Barack Obama, hailed the organization founded by this racial eugenicist committed to creating a "race of thoroughbreds" and purging America's "race of degenerates."

Use PsyWar Principles to Stop Clinton and Biden.  We now have people who advocate the election of Hillary Clinton for the sole purpose of giving the country its first female president, much as Barack Obama's election underscored the fact that affirmative action means hiring, appointing, or electing people for the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.

Lyndon Baines Johnson: Face of the Modern Democratic Party.  Johnson is the perfect candidate as his scorn, pettiness, infidelity, opportunism, selfishness, duplicity, and above all his unbridled lust for power ooze leftist politics.  Truly, Johnson is the once and future king of the Democratic Party.  Robert Caro's multi-volume biography of Johnson is a masterful study of a man so consumed by the quest for power that his singular focus from childhood had been its accumulation.  What follows is a short-listing of the reasons why Johnson epitomizes today's Democratic Party: [...]

New Agers Back Socialist Sanders as Messiah.  The huge crowds greeting socialist Bernie Sanders in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination cannot just be attributed to large numbers of left-wingers.  There is a hard-core left-wing element to the Sanders candidacy, of course.  But Sanders has tapped into what used to be one of Hillary Clinton's key constituencies, the New Age Movement.  A top Sanders adviser is the influential "spiritual teacher" Marianne Williamson, whose self-help books have been heavily promoted by Oprah Winfrey and sold millions.  The New Age Movement is a growing group of people in America who have broken with the Judeo-Christian tradition to instead endorse the notion of God as a mystical force inhabiting humans, the earth, or spiritual "masters."

The Democrats' Socialist Surge.  If the Democratic Party once felt the need to distinguish itself from socialism, that no longer seems to be the case.  When Mr. Sanders entered Congress in 1991, "Democrats initially balked at accepting a Socialist in their caucus," according to the "Almanac of American Politics."  Eventually, however, he was granted seniority status as a Democrat, and he used it to push a progressive agenda that included tax increases, single-payer health care, a 50% reduction in military spending and a national energy policy.

Sanders Wants Black Lives Matter Protesters to Help 'Reinvent How We Police America'.  Yesterday [8/9/2015], on the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown that fueled the Ferguson riots and the Black Lives Matter movement, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) unveiled a new "Racial Justice" platform.  Sanders' platform includes having Black Lives Matter protesters help "reinvent how we police America," the proclamation that America is worse than the "Communist totalitarian state of China" in terms of incarcerations rates, and providing "free" college tuition.

Hillary Wants Debt-Free College (Just Like Bernie!).  [Scroll down]  Yes, lots of people have borrowed lots of money, myself included.  Occasionally, that money becomes difficult to pay back.  And the cost of college is fundamentally out of whack with the economy, of course:  as the supply of schools increases for students and demand for higher education decreases for colleges, it follows that higher education costs should go down and not up, even if the majority of the students attending those schools are getting useless degrees in mid-century French film.  But that's not what's happening — as the years go on, college gets more expensive and less necessary, and students are paying back scads of money to the Federal government without an end in sight.

Hillary's College Plan: Bribe Kids to Vote Dem.  Of course Hillary Clinton rolled out a college tuition program that will tax the living daylights out of the Evil Rich to shower students with "free" goodies.  That was always how this was going to work.  From the day Obama seized control of student loans under ObamaCare and blew them into orbit, dumping tons of fresh debt on the shoulders of young people to handle ridiculously inflated tuition, the endgame was always about buying the votes of those kids with debt relief.  Like ObamaCare itself, the degeneration of academic finance is a bid to subjugate the middle class, making them helplessly dependent on government handouts to finance something people in a stronger, more independent America handled on their own.

Socialism Crumbles In Venezuela, But Democrats Think It's a Great Idea.  Socialism must be the number one folly in the history of the human race.  People keep trying it, and it keeps collapsing ignominiously.  Yet leftists never give up.  It is as though a guy stood in his yard throwing a ball into the air over and over, hoping that next time it won't come back down.

Hillary Clinton, Reactionary.  Ostensibly Clinton's candidacy is to be a continuation of her boss's eight years.  The problem, however, is that for all Obama's iconic status, the president polls well below 50% in approval ratings.  He lost both the House and Senate, and the majority of state governorships and legislatures are now Republican, if not solidly conservative.  His signature legacies — Obamacare, the Iran nuke deal, open borders, and massive deficits — poll poorly.  Is borrowing another $8 trillion Clinton's agenda?  Cutting another 25% from defense?  No one believes that Obama's liberal boilerplate — more government regulation, zero interest rates, higher taxes, bigger deficits, smaller defense, more illegal aliens, greater racial hyphenation — is working.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders backs Obama's agreement with Iran.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, announced Friday [8/7/2015] he will support an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program.  The Vermont independent issued his statement after President Obama addressed some of Sanders' concerns during a Friday telephone call, according to his office.  He discussed his intention to vote in favor of the agreement during an interview that will be broadcast Sunday [8/9/2015] on "Face the Nation."

Liberalism: From "Mainstreaming Dumb" To "Mainstreaming Crazy".  If there is a part of America that's important or works, liberals are systematically trying to destroy it.  We HAD — emphasis on the word HAD — the best healthcare system in the world before Obamacare.  Under Obama's incompetent leadership, the economy STILL hasn't recovered from the housing crash of 2007.  Marriage was already in trouble; so rather than trying to fix it, liberals were like, "Hey, let's kick that all the way down the stairs with gay marriage!  Then we'll push a refrigerator down the stairs behind it with polygamy next!"  Despite the fact that we now have the first black president, his supporters have spent practically his entire presidency trying to create race riots and foment hatred between black and white Americans.  As a rule, liberals support stupid, counter-productive policies that do more harm than good to the country.

Obama Wants Soviet-Style 5-Year Plan on Infrastructure.  When President Obama signed a law yesterday [7/31/2015] funding federal transportation projects for the next three months, he lamented that the United States did not have a five-year federal plan for transportation — and warned Congress that "big, powerful countries" like the Peoples Republic of China did not do it the way the U.S. is doing it now.  "I guarantee you this is not how China, Germany, other countries around the world — other big, powerful countries around the world — handle their infrastructure," Obama said.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Can't Define Difference Between Socialist and Democrat.  The reason the head of the DNC cannot tell the difference is because in 2015 the Democrat party has moved so far to the left, they are now fully immersed socialists.  [Video clip]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Again Won't Explain Difference Between Democrats and Socialists.  This seems to have become a problematic meme for DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz:  Her party's second-most visible candidate, Bernie Sanders, describes himself as a "democratic socialist" — a hot-button term from which many mainstream Democrats seek to distance themselves.  Asked this week by MSNBC's Chris Matthews to describe if there is any difference, Wasserman Schultz was unable to explain it, instead focusing on the obvious distinctions between her party and the Republicans.  NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd pressed the DNC chairwoman with that same exact question on Sunday morning [8/2/2015], and she once again failed to explain the difference.

The Editor says...
"National Socialism" is where the term Nazi comes from.  It is not unreasonable to say that the Democrats are unable or unwilling to differentiate between themselves and the Nazis.

Bernie Sanders: 'Climate Change Is the Greatest Threat Facing the Planet'.  "The scientific community is virtually unanimous, climate change is real," Sanders said.  "Climate change is caused by human activity."  He said he is opposed to a so-called "all of the above" energy strategy, and the nation must transition to use only renewable sources of energy.  "We need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into sustainable energy," Sanders said.

How the left gets everything wrong.  Example 1: Planned Parenthood is exposed like never before through a brilliant undercover sting operation.  The left's response?  Demonize the messenger and target him with legal action.  Never mind that growing babies inside the womb are being poisoned, dismembered, crushed, squeezed, yanked, ripped, torn apart, sucked out with a vacuum, and killed?  And never mind that for some once living babies it doesn't end there as their butchered bodies are then put through a strainer, poured into glass pie plates, and picked through with tweezers, while ghoulish Planned Parenthood employees laugh and joke and exclaim while looking at the mangled mess of blood and body parts, "It's a baby!" and "Another boy!"

You might be a liberal if ... you're delusional.  You may be a liberal if you believe that allowing working people to keep a few more of the dollars they earned themselves is a "boondoggle" and a "gimmick."  You may be a Massachusetts liberal if you think that the annual sales tax holiday weekend "diverts" money from "education," by which you mean teachers unions, and from "the MBTA," by which you mean handouts for T hacks who retired with full pensions at age 41.  By this definition of diversion, every time you drive past a bank and don't rob it, you have "diverted" the money inside by not stealing it from its rightful owners.

Hillary's 'Progressive' Demise.  Barack Obama is the most "Progressive" of recent, and perhaps of all, American presidents.  Indeed he is the only recent Democratic president rightly characterized as "Progressive" rather than just liberal.  But with massive increases in government debt and food stamp use, declines in labor force participation, the impending insolvency of the Social Security Disability Fund, relentless unemployment among African-Americans and deteriorating race relations, and by far the worst economic "recovery" in modern American history, one has to ask (in the sarcastic style of my Jewish grandma), "This is progress?!?"

Exposed: America's Enemies Within.  My deep desire is to alert my son, daughter, and other non-political hard-working Americans of the moral, spiritual, and cultural evil threatening to overtake our great nation.  No longer are we simply engaged in a battle of ideas — Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative.  America's choice of governing has become far more daunting — light vs. darkness, good vs. evil.  "Choose ye this day, whom you will serve."

The Failed Missionary.  [Scroll down]  [President Obama] has created a position at the State Department for a roving gay activist, called the nation's "first special envoy for the human rights of L.G.B.T. persons," to meddle abroad.  Obama has dispatched that envoy to Africa but he wouldn't dare send him to an Islamic conference, say, in Riyadh.  Should Hillary Clinton win the presidency, such positions will multiply.  She was the first Secretary of State to declare gay activism abroad to be a "priority of our foreign policy."

Radical Socialist Bernie Sanders Wants To Toughen Up Gun Laws Not Being Enforced.  Bernie Sanders has been somewhat supportive of gun rights but he is calling for tougher gun laws when the problem seems to be illegal guns or an FBI that falls down on the job.  He also doesn't know what laws we have in place but he knows he wants them to be tougher.

O'Malley: American citizenship is 'a human right'.  Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley took his pro-immigration stance to a new level Friday [7/24/2015] by declaring citizenship "a human right."  O'Malley, who has long been an advocate for illegal immigrant rights, has made amnesty a centerpiece of his campaign since he declared two months ago.  His comments come in response to Texas health officials asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by immigrant parents who were denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children.

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If it's true — and it isn't — that U.S. citizenship is a human right, then one would be able to select and acquire the citizenship of any country in the world — or all of them!  This would result in the dissolution of international borders, and, in no time at all, anarchy.

Time is Running Out: Will Schumer and the Democrats Finally Step Up and Defend America?  While fellow party members may have enjoyed Barack's rewriting ObamaCare, and changing immigration laws to fit their partisan needs, his handing the Iranian Nuclear Arms Deal to the United Nations before Congress has even read it, is very, very different.  It puts Democrats in an extremely tough spot on a two levels.

Progressives' Two-Pronged Attack on America.  It is fair to say that support for America's enemies abroad and criminals at home are the twin pillars of progressivism today.  Since in the real world left-wing social engineering schemes inflict great damage on the human beings selected for experimentation, progressives' most effective tactic is the smear, which they deploy day in, day out, when they run out of arguments, or increasingly nowadays, as their opening argument.  Two recent events illustrate the dual tracks on which progressivism operates in its never-ending campaign to bring down America.

Democrats Want To Outlaw 'Unfair' Work Schedules.  In the name of fairness, congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday [7/15/2015] that would put significant restrictions on how employers schedule their employees. [...] The Schedules That Work Act will add restrictions on how employers can schedule their employees.  If passed, it would ban employers from putting their employees on call, splitting their shifts, sending workers home with no pay, or punishing them for requesting schedule changes.

Cruz: 'The Democratic Party Supports Illegal Immigration'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the policy of sanctuary cities tonight, stating that "the Democratic Party supports illegal immigration."  The 2016 GOP presidential candidate said that sanctuary cities have been a "persistent problem" in Texas.  He said that the Democratic mayors who are elected in his state decline to enforce the law.  "It varies in terms of how brazen it is, it's not always as brazen as San Francisco is," he explained.  "But it's a problem when you have cities that are in the control of the Democrats and don't want to follow the law."

Two Sides to Every Story Doesn't Apply to Confederate Flags.  Leftists and grievance groups now feel that the time is ripe to radically alter society.  Their two top "justifications" for eliminating the existing society are the 'legacy of slavery' and Christian "convictions" that inhibit progress; progress as defined by Mr. Obama and the Left. [...] The Left's tactical reasoning is, if a substantial segment of society can be made to believe that a replica of a Confederate flag can motivate a mentally-troubled, drug-addled teen to commit murder, then it will be easy to convince the public that every single Southern custom must be eliminated.  If the South's past can be eliminated, then those same tactics will be employed against American customs that stand in the way of Leftist goals.

Public Pensions Prove Zero Sum Economics.  One of the major appeals in Democrat presidential campaigns is to explain to voters that they need Democrats in office to take money away from the rich.  This is known as the zero sum theory of economic growth:  that at any given time there is a fixed amount of money, and if the rich take too much, less is left for the working class.  As long as the rich stubbornly hang onto their fortunes, Democrats argue, the working class will be prevented from making a good living.  And since the rich own big corporations, they will pay workers as little as possible.  This idea is what Barack Obama had in mind in 2008 when he said he will redistribute money to the working class and poor.

Top 10 reasons to vote Democrat.  [#6]  Vote Democrat because you're way too irresponsible to own a gun, and know that your local police are all you need to protect yourself from murderers and thieves.  You're also thankful you have a 911 service that get police to your home in order to identify your body after a home invasion.

American manufacturing jobs are never coming back.  There is a populist wave sweeping America.  The progressive economic philosophies of liberal Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are resonating, with a big chunk of the voting public seeing progressive populism as a better alternative to the reckless capitalism that many blame for the 2008 financial crash.  But here's the thing:  While both senators are lauded as "progressive," they base a lot of their economic philosophy on an idea rooted in yesteryear:  the return of American manufacturing.

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I don't think left-wing tax-and-spend "progressives" cared about the 2008 financial crash.  Among those who hate capitalism, how many invest in the stock market?

Obama to visit federal prison in push for criminal justice reform.  President Obama will visit a federal prison in Oklahoma next Thursday as part of his push to overhaul the country's criminal-justice system.  Obama will travel to the El Reno Correctional Institution outside of Oklahoma City, becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced Friday [7/10/2015].  While at the prison, the president is likely to commute the sentences of dozens of non-violent drug offenders, The Washington Post reported.

Now Democrats Want to Ban the Words 'Husband' and 'Wife'.  Now that compulsory gay marriage is the law of the land thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, liberals are reaching out from that decision to see where else they can force the gay lobby's agenda on the country.  Next up is a war against the words "husband" and "wife" because they are somehow "anti-gay."  California Congresscritter Lois Capps is now leading the charge to try to get the two words expunged from federal law.

Dems declare war on words 'husband,' 'wife'.  More than two dozen Democrats have proposed legislation that would eliminate the words "husband" and "wife" from federal law.  Those "gendered terms" would be replaced by "gender-neutral" words like "spouse" or "married couple," according to the bill from Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif.  "The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts," Capps said.  "Our values as a country are reflected in our laws.  I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages."

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When the liberals start deleting words from the dictionary, it will be impossible to teach future generations the difference between right and wrong, or the difference between normal and perverse, because the words that describe perversion will have been outlawed.  The normalization of perversion is not only well underway, it's gaining momentum.

Wasserman-Schultz on Bakers Fined $135K Over Wedding Cake: 'You Shouldn't Be Able to Turn People Away'.  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said the marriage debate is over.  "The marriage equality decision is settled.  Love is love and now everyone in America enjoys the protection of the United States Constitution when it comes to who they choose to marry legally," Wasserman-Schultz told The Daily Signal.  She also weighed in on the religious liberty debate.  "That doesn't mean that churches and religious institutions have to conduct same-sex marriages and it doesn't mean that religious institutions aren't able to practice their own values.  But, in this country, we do not allow people to discriminate."

Democrat Senator: 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To Individuals.  Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says the 1st Amendment's religious liberty protections don't apply to individuals. [...] Democrat Senators Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein already believe that 'freedom of speech' only applies to the mainstream media.  They're both on record claiming that bloggers don't deserve 1st Amendment protections because in their eyes, we aren't genuine journalists.  To them, to be a real journalist you have to work for a nationally recognized media conglomerate, have a degree from an accredited school of journalism, collect a paycheck and be answerable to an editor for what you say.  In other words, they (the government) want the power to threaten to have you fired if you dare speak out of line.  Bloggers, being self employed, in their opinion, are renegades because they have no way to intimidate us into silence.

How the Left Fails.  Everywhere we look, the things we love are under siege by progressives.  They outlaw our religious symbols, they try to outlaw our guns, they apply laws unequally a la Jim Crow, they leave our borders wide open, they call us racists, they complicate our professional lives with useless regulation, and they force our children to eat nasty food in quantities barely fit for hummingbirds.  Then they add insult to injury by teaching our children the virtues of doing all these things.  That's a whole lot of stuff to tolerate.  One might ask if there is anything else the left can possibly do to put American dreams and traditions further and further out of reach.

United We Stood, Divided We'll Fall.  [Scroll down]  There would be no rainbow White House if they'd already defeated conservative Americans because they really, honestly don't care.  What they do care about is the slow, steady destruction of freedom.  For every group they claim to support there is an opportunity to further decimate the constitutional freedoms in this country.  They pass laws that require business owners to hire identified candidates regardless of their qualifications or demeanor, require colleges to give preference to certain applicants even if they were lower on every measure of merit, force states to abandon their autonomy and succumb to the ruling elite.  The list goes on of their small victories on the road to totalitarian rule.  But they've found their winning formula, the strategy that will finish this country off, turning Americans against America.

America's Destiny in the Balance.  Beginning in the 1930's, under the aegis of Franklin Roosevelt, the nation began a drift to the left as a reaction to the Great Depression.  However, those truly committed to socialist/Marxist philosophy and tactics remained in the shadows until the 1960's. [...] This swarm of locusts soon enveloped the higher levels of academia spawning countless clones to further infiltrate all strata of society — most notably the mainstream media, the entertainment complex and the ultimate target:  the Democratic Party.  These vital segments of the culture are now instruments of indoctrination, propaganda and political power.  The curriculum throughout all levels of schooling and the scripts of movies and television shows were gradually but inexorably altered to reflect the American left's mindset, not only about governing, but their determination to undermine basic societal moral and religious underpinning as a necessary step in assuring that an eventual ill-educated and dependent populace would look to a government controlled by a single political party as their savior and provider.

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough.  Bernie Sanders isn't satisfied with the Supreme Court's affirmation last week of President Barack Obama's health care law.  Instead, the Democratic presidential hopeful said on Sunday [6/28/2015] he wants the United States to adopt a "Medicare-for-all" single-payer health care plan.

Progressive Mass Hysteria.  The idea of gay marriage in 2008 earned unapologetic disapproval from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  The liberal voters of California twice rejected the idea in statewide plebiscites.  But after years of constant harangues in the media, boycotts, public ostracisms, and ad hominem attacks on the integrity of skeptics, the liberal political establishment — many of whose members are recipients of large amounts of cash from wealthy gay donors — suddenly flipped.  A sort of collective hysteria took over from there.  In 2008 there was common assent on the part of the Democratic party's leadership that the three-millennia-old belief that marriage involved different sexes would prevail, while a separate rubric, "civil union," would be invented for homosexual couples.  But by 2012 that notion was not merely outdated, but taboo.  Almost overnight, supporting the erstwhile Obama position of permitting civil unions but rejecting gay marriage became tantamount to career suicide.

Obama's Overtime Fantasy.  Senator Bernie Sanders, the irascible Vermont socialist, has been making a strange complaint as he grumpily stumps for the anyone-but-Hillary vote:  Americans are working too much — more than the Japanese, he laments, more than the Brits, and much more — he says this with a smirk — than the French.  President Obama apparently agrees, and his Department of Labor is planning to propose a new rule that will encourage businesses of many kinds to cut their employees' hours.

Dems need a Plan 'B'.  With Democrats suddenly realizing their nominee is going to be a socialist or a baggage-laden throwback with honesty issues, the often-dismissed vice president is looking pretty, pretty good.  What seemed laughable just a few weeks ago is now getting serious consideration from Democratic power brokers panicked at the evaporation of Hillary Clinton's poll numbers and the rise of ultra-left Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Will Democrats Apologize for Slavery and Segregation?  Dear Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz: [...] In 1860 your platform said:  "Resolved, That the Democratic party will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States upon these questions of Constitutional law."  This was, in fact, an endorsement of the infamous Dred Scott decision by the Court, a decision which legal scholars say was designed to write slavery into the Constitution.  And your party approved of it.  As the Civil War was ending your party opposed the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment — which ended slavery. [...] For decades your party gave free rein to the Klan and its rabid, racist violence.  In 1924 the Klan ran your Democratic Convention in New York's Madison Square Garden, known to history as the "Klan bake" convention.  Time and time and time again your party selected Klan members to represent it in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House as well as state governorships and all manner of local officials.

Will Dems apologize?  In an open letter to DNC Chairman Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, Jeffrey Lord provides a readout of the tangled history of the Democratic Party with slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan.  Lord draws on the Democratic Party platforms of 1840, 1844, 1856 and 1860.  He adds that, as the Civil War drew to a close, the Democrats opposed the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment (ending slavery), and proceeded afterwards also to oppose the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.  Lord has more, all in the spirit of the moment; Lord calls on Schultz to apologize on behalf of the party.

When Erasing Symbols of Slavery, Don't Forget the Democratic Party.  [Scroll down]  Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren (anti-abolitionist), James K. Polk (slavery compromiser), and Stephen A. Douglas (slavery fence-sitter) founded the current Democratic Party.  The abolitionists wandered in the wilderness for a while, mixing with Whigs, and finally coalescing into the Republican Party in 1854, with abolition as its singular purpose.  During the first half of the 1800's, slavery was a contentious and persistent issue.  Many slave owners and Democrats viewed slavery as a necessary evil, and abolition as unnecessary contention.  Thomas Jefferson advocated for mass emancipation and deportation, for he viewed the black race as too childish, and based on the 1791 Haiti rebellion, unable to handle the anger engendered by their enslavement.  Another common view held that the black race was simply unable to care for itself, and thus slaves were better off under the care of their masters, and that slavery only needed greater compassion, a view still held by the Democratic Party to this day.  Why do you think Democrats promote government assistance programs for African Americans?

Democrats veer left then blast everyone else for being 'right wing'.  Hillary Clinton knows she has more baggage than Newark Airport.  She doesn't care, because she is counting on two strong forces to carry her to victory:  Demographics and the leftward turn in American culture. [...] Since just the middle of the last decade, there has been a huge increase in support for gay marriage, legalized marijuana and single parenthood.  These changes favor Democrats, as does increasing ethnic diversity.

The Republican Party is a party of ideas; the Democratic Party is a party of interests.
Why is the Democratic Party So Disciplined?  For years I've been marveling at the extraordinary discipline of the Democratic Party.  For me it started with the Clinton impeachment in 1998.  Right through the 2000s it was amazing to experience the Democrats uniformly reciting their talking points and catchphrases from what seemed to be the same email.  Then there was ObamaCare and Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to have absolute control of the Democratic members.  Dozens of moderates like Bart Stupak walked the plank for the good of the party.  How do they do it, I wondered?  How do they tell their rebels to stuff it?  Who tells them "you'll never work in this town again?"  Well, now Peggy Noonan has told us why and how.

It's Democrats, Not Republicans, Who Are The Extremists.  Despite the constantly stated claim that Republicans have moved to the extreme right while Democrats have remained a bunch of perfectly reasonable moderates, the fact is that it's the Democratic party that is driving to the ideological corner, as shown by a Gallup report released on Thursday [6/18/2015].

Obama Praises 'Good Idea' to Have More Women on American Money.  President Obama signaled support for putting the faces of more women on American money during a speech in Kansas City on Wednesday [6/17/2015].  "Last week a young girl wrote to ask me why aren't there any women on our currency," Obama said.

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Raise your hand if you believe that a little girl spontaneously and coincidentally wrote to Barack H. Obama to ask a feminist question about U.S. currency, just last week.  Yeah.  Neither do I.

Micro-totalitarianism.  Word games are just one of the ways of silencing politically incorrect ideas, instead of debating them.  Demands that various conservative organizations be forced to reveal the names of their donors are another way of silencing ideas by intimidating people who facilitate the spread of those ideas.  Whatever the rationale for wanting those names, the implicit threat is retaliation.  This same tactic was used, decades ago, by Southern segregationists who tried to force black civil rights organizations to reveal the names of their donors, in a situation where retaliation might have included violence as well as economic losses.

Obama, Cuomo and de Blasio: The 3 stooges of the apocalypse.  [Scroll down]  The biggest change is that America, the modern world's anchor of stability and security, is being roiled by a never-ending loop of turmoil and division.  Mankind's last resort feels unsettled and unreliable, adding to the sense of impending danger.  The lion's share of the blame belongs to our awful governments, from New York City to Albany to Washington.  I can think of no other period when we simultaneously had such terrible leaders and ineffective lawmakers at all three levels.  They seem to feed on each other's worst instincts, competing to lay claim to the most sweeping changes, no matter the method or impact.

Dems want police license for handguns — photos, fingerprints, background check.  House and Senate Democrats have opened a campaign to get states to require a license issued by police, complete with fingerprints and photos, before buying a handgun, even from a friend or family member.  The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015, introduced Thursday [6/11/2015], would also provide a taxpayer-funded federal grant to implement the program, which proponents say will help to cut down on gun violence and deaths.

Hitler and Mussolini were "progressives" and men of the left.  Daniel Hannan cuts through the disinformation routinely spewed by the pundit class to reveal the true historical nature of fascism, albeit as it pertains to British politics.  The lessons, however, are applicable here as well.

Indiana Democrats Are Worried Their Candidates Aren't Pro-Gay Marriage Enough.  Public opinion is moving so quickly on gay marriage that even its supporters are struggling to keep up.  Such in [sic] the case in Indiana, which was at the center of the national LGBT-rights debate this spring after a "religious freedom" bill was met with overwhelming opposition from voters and business leaders.  In a state where same-sex marriage only become legal in 2014, this year's backlash against the measure was an unpleasant surprise for state Republicans, including Gov. Mike Pence, whose image and approval suffered in the wake of the controversy.

Bernie Sanders: Let's Spend $5.5 Billion to Employ 1 Million Young People.  The Employ Young Americans Now Act is the sort of legislation that would have struggled even in a Democratic Congress.  In a Capitol controlled by Republicans, it might as well propose taxing churches to pay for sex reassignment surgeries on a moon base.  The legislation, introduced by Michigan Representative John Conyers, would create a $5.5 billion fund, $4 billion earmarked for the employment of people between 16 and 24, $1.5 billion for job training grants.  There are no pay-fors.  It would ask a Congress that is dead-set against "big government" to employ people, with the help of big government.

The Democratic Party's Growing Radicalism.  For those Democrats who insist their party is utterly mainstream, pragmatic rather than ideological, and right in the center of American politics, I have some news for you:  You're not.  The New York Times published a story reporting that Bernie Sanders — that would be the socialist Bernie Sanders, referred to by the Times as "the Senate's most left-wing member" — is not only gaining momentum in Iowa, he has "been inspiring fervor among the Democratic base."  And how he has.  The Times story points to the fact the Sanders drew 700 people to an event on Thursday night [5/28/2015] in Davenport, the largest rally in the state for any single candidate this campaign season.

The Soft-Soaping Of Socialism In The U.S..  Bernie Sanders is coming on as a presidential contender, while polls show surprisingly large parts of the public look favorably on the socialism he espouses.  The public apparently has forgotten socialism's record.

Left's Gifts to Language.  [Scroll down]  Liberal legislators nationwide are casually adopting laws to include this new and exciting language into the public realm because they are pressured.  Pressure by small, vocal and dedicated groups like LGBTQ result in huge societal impacts because once it's law, implementation of it forces this 'inclusionary" language to be considered as common as pencils.  Liberal legislators know they gain additional votes for their next election, and gain a very loyal constituency whose impact far Warren outweighs their numbers.  Because laws don't really attach to any of them personally (legislation is essentially anonymous as to its origins) they don't worry criticism will attach to them; they will even verbally side with critics.  Say one thing, vote another; it happens all the time in politics.

Slim Pickings.  The Democratic presidential candidates are a sad lot.  Hillary Clinton is clumsily positioning herself inside the left wing of her party.  She won't take questions.  Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is 73, looks 10 years older, and says a 90 percent income-tax rate would be fine with him.  Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island didn't run for reelection as governor in 2014 because his approval rating was so low.  Jim Webb, the former senator from Virginia, is a better novelist than politician.  As a campaigner, he's invisible.  Martin O'Malley, ex-governor of Maryland, is chiefly famous for his enthusiasm for taxing anything and everything.

The Left Goes Insane.  [Scroll down]  What are a few of the insane ideas being promulgated as truth by progressives?  One current insanity on the home front is the concept of "gender fluidity."  Translated from newspeak into everyday language, "gender fluidity" means that any man can declare himself by fiat to be a woman — or vice versa.  Another is that the unborn child within the womb is not really human but is "potential human life."  It is insane to say that a fetus is a potential human being.  It either is human or it is not.  Yet another sign the Left is completely detached from reality is the idea is that money may, like gender, be declared to be money strictly by fiat without any particular regard to underlying worth.

Differences Between Left and Right.  Most Americans hold either liberal or conservative positions on most matters.  In many instances, however, they would be hard pressed to explain their position or the position they oppose.  But if you can't explain both sides, how do you know you're right?  At the very least, you need to understand both the liberal and conservative positions in order to effectively understand your own.

Hillary Clinton, Bill de Blasio and the false god of American politics.  [Scroll down]  Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, however, may result in robots replacing workers.  Food will be ordered from a computer at your table.  It's already happening in some restaurants.  Bolstering unions means more workers paying more dues so more unions can give more money to the Democratic Party.  National paid sick leave?  Why do liberals focus so much on time off instead of productivity?  Such a policy would be ripe for abuse.  Pre-school, if it's public and made mandatory by politicians, would give liberals an even earlier start at shaping young minds into their political and social image by getting kids attuned to the things liberals believe to be true.

Bernie Sanders Introduces "Free College For All Act".  Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), the recently-announced progressive candidate for president, has introduced a new piece of legislation that is designed to give young people from low and middle-income families the opportunity of a lifetime:  To attend public colleges or universities for free.  "It is a national disgrace that hundreds of thousands of young Americans today do not go to college, not because they are unqualified, but because they cannot afford it," he said in a statement on Tuesday [5/19/2015].

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(1)  What does he mean by "free" education at a public college?  I suspect there are a number of strings attached:  You will probably owe the government some number of hours (or years) of "community service" afterward, and you will probably emerge from the government  university  indoctrination center full of left-wing propaganda and an overwhelming urge to expand the government and rely upon it heavily.  (2) Those who really are college material can always find a way to pay for it, and do so without going into debt.  If you take out a huge loan to get a four-year degree with a really easy major, you won't be employable.  Or a really unmarketable major:  You may have a passion for underwater archaeology, but that doesn't mean you can make a living at it.  It is far better to go to welding school and have a steady job.

Rep. Johnson on Taxes: 'We Don't Have Enough'.  Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says when it comes to taxes, "we don't have enough to do what the government — and do what the country needs the government to do and that's the problem."

Democrats Push Bans and Reporting Requirements for Online Ammo Sales.  Democrats are pushing legislation which bans online ammunition sales that do not include a face-to-face exchange of IDs and which requires ammunition dealers to report any purchases of more than 1,000 rounds.

If They Can't Get Your Guns, They'll Get Your Ammo.  The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015 was introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson (D-NJ).  The bill would regulate online ammunition sales much the same way online gun sales are regulated, which means that a consumer would not be able to have an online ammunition purchase delivered to his home, but rather would have to display a photo ID to an "authorized dealer" to retrieve his purchase.  I know Democrats like to pretend you can go on a gun-shopping spree and have your pile of guns delivered to your front door, but you can't.  This is the first step in trying to ban online ammunition sales, no matter how they spin it.

The unhinged Left: Liberal reaction to Kirsten Powers' book.  In one sense, the Left's immediate meltdown over Kirsten Powers' new book highlighting its intolerance was perfectly timed to sell a book.  But in another way, "The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech" predicted the reaction from the Left before a word was even published.  Either way, the book is explosive.  It carefully details the fall of free speech and the rise of the new intolerants on the left.

The Unassailable Virtue of Victims.  If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in 2016 she will not only be the nation's first woman president but our second affirmative-action president.  By affirmative-action president I mean that she, like Barack Obama, will have got into office partly for reasons extraneous to her political philosophy or to her merits, which, though fully tested while holding some of the highest offices in the land, have not been notably distinguished. [...] How have we come to the point where we elect presidents of the United States not on their intrinsic qualities but because of the accidents of their birth: because they are black, or women, or, one day doubtless, gay, or disabled — not, in other words, for themselves but for the causes they seem to embody or represent, for their status as members of a victim group?

Poll: Democrats now view socialism as favorably as they view capitalism.  What's the key factor here?  Democrats drifting left over time as Clinton's coalition was replaced by Obama's?  Or the word "socialism" being watered down since its Cold War heyday?  The One promised us a transformational presidency.  Mission accomplished.

Obama: Wealthiest people aren't 'evil,' they just make too much money.  President Obama doesn't think rich people are bad people — he just says they make too much money.  "I'm not saying this because I dislike hedge fund managers or think they are evil," Obama said Tuesday [5/12/2015] at a panel discussion on poverty, after pointing out that the top 25 hedge fund managers combined make more money than all the Kindergarten teachers in the U.S.  "You pretty much have more than you'll ever use and your family will ever use."

AIDS: Feds Recommend New Rules To Ease Blood Ban For Gay Men.  The Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance Tuesday that recommends reforming a three-decade-old rule that bans blood donations from men who have had sex with another man. [...] U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin hailed the proposal as progress, but said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that "it doesn't go far enough."

Democratic Party Support Of Israel Died Twenty Years Ago.  The truth is Israel is not a bi-partisan issue and hasn't been bi-partisan for over two decades.  On Thursday [5/7/2015] House Democrats once again proved that Democratic Party support of Israel is not strong.

The Democrat Party's Growing Embrace of Anti-Semitism.  Anti-Israel rants by Black radicals are nothing new; nor is Black anti-Semitism.  But injecting them into a Democratic primary campaign via a publicly circulated flyer suggests that the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Black left has become emboldened.  Why?  Perhaps it's because President Obama has been so eager to attack Israel, though not, of course, as viciously as Edwards' supporters have.  Israel bashing is now acceptable for left-wing Democratic officer holders.

Liberals do themselves no favor by denying their ideology.  Another beloved trinket in the nest of notions that make up elite groupthink is that liberals not only haven't moved left, but they aren't even liberals at all.  A week doesn't go by without Barack Obama insisting that he's merely a pragmatist and problem-solver, with nary an ideological ax to grind.

Bernie Sanders brings wealth of 19th century ideas to Democratic '16 race.  Bored by 24 years of being ignored in Congress, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has entered the presidential race in his bid to be the Democratic Party's ABC (Anybody But Clinton) candidate this year, where he will be ignored by millions of voters.  His entrance pushes the median age of a Democratic candidate to 70 as the 73-year-old joins Elizabeth Warren, 65, Hillary Clinton, 67, and Joe Biden 72 in the battle to be the least unelectable candidate the party can find for 2016.

Bernie Sanders is an avowed socialist. 52 percent of Democrats are OK with that.  When he first won election to the House in 1990, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) embraced his political identity.  "I am a socialist and everyone knows that," Sanders said, responding to an ad that tried to link him to the regime of Fidel Castro.  He continued:  "They also understand that my kind of democratic socialism has nothing to do with authoritarian communism."  Times change.  With the Cold War fading in the rear view mirror, being nice to Cuba isn't the political liability that it once was.  And no longer does the term "socialist" carry the same stigma it once did — in part because self-identified socialists are few and far between.

In 2016 Dem race, Bernie Sanders is the new Elizabeth Warren.  As he formally announces his run for the presidency, it is nothing short of astonishing that Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist who will be 75 years old on Inauguration Day 2017, has emerged as Hillary Clinton's leading opponent in the race for the Democratic nomination.  But that is what has happened.  A new Iowa survey by the Democratic polling firm PPP finds Clinton with an overwhelming lead over the Democratic pack — no news there.  But PPP also found that, while the former secretary of state is the choice of 62 percent of Democrats surveyed, Sanders is now in double digits, with 14 percent saying they support him.

Friendly Reminder: 52 Percent Of Democrats View Socialism Favorably.  [W]hile some might scoff at Sen. Bernie Sander's (I-VT) self-described "democratic socialism and think it won't resonate with the electorate, let's not forget the Reason-Rupe poll that showed just as many Democrats who viewed capitalism favorably, viewed socialism with the same regard.  Philip Bump at the Washington Post noted this flashback today, but also included that self-avowed socialists have done miserably in national elections.

Hillary Clinton always seems to be zigging when others zag.  As if the flap over fundraising at her family foundation weren't enough, now Hillary Clinton has to deal with Bernie Sanders.  The big story here is that an avowed socialist who voted with the Democratic Party in the Senate, but wouldn't join it, now feels comfortable seeking its presidential nomination.  This says a lot about the party's long-term ideological trajectory, and Clinton's compatibility with it, or lack thereof.

Anarchy in Baltimore.  Liberals must blame "society," despite the fact that the "publicly appointed guardians of order" answer to a "society" (i.e., the citizens of Baltimore) who in 2012 gave 87% of their votes to Barack Obama.  Yet it is predictable that, to people whose politics is a simple devotion to (a) electing Democrats and (b) supporting liberal policies, the evidence of failure leaves them angry, confused and hunting for scapegoats.  Democrats cannot be blamed, nor can the party's most loyal constituents be held responsible, and the possibility that liberalism is itself the problem [...] This is the political gospel of modern liberalism:  People who vote 87% Democrat are never to be blamed for anything they do wrong.

Gay Marriage: A Trojan Horse Movement.  The Left doesn't care about gay rights, any more than they care about civil rights, welfare rights, minority rights, animal rights or any other "rights."  According to the Left, "the issue is never the issue; the issue is always the revolution."  The various "rights" the Left has aggressively promoted over the years are merely vehicles to advance the Left's power.

For the Left, Society's Death is Victory.  Now that the left has gotten its way in America, crushing its enemies, inflicting everything from socialized medicine to mandatory gay marriages on the masses, the excitement is gone.  Even pro-criminal policies, the straw that once broke the left's electoral back, have been accepted by Republicans.  What's left except trying to sell Hillary Clinton as the exciting face of the future, a task that even the left seems to lack the stomach for.  The excitement died once Obama took over.  Suddenly those inspiring speeches no longer inspired.  The speeches were the same teleprompter pabulum mixing bad poetry with worse diction, but there was no longer anything to push against except a frustrated Republican opposition in Congress.  The left had won and victory was boring.  Obama took to golfing.  He only seemed to come alive by campaigning so he campaigned all the time in an endless non-stop cultural revolution.

'Hillary Thinks She Is Bigger Than God'.  Hillary believed since at least her college days that religion needed a serious overhaul if not entire junking; a trait that has been believed by every dyed-in-the-wool "Progressive" since the 19th century.

Thanks, governor, for showing how wage gap is not the result of bias.  [T]his is exactly the kind of sham social science that the media parrots every year on "Equal Pay Day" — the date that is supposed to represent how many extra days a woman needs to work to earn as much as a man works in a normal 365-day year.  We are told, thus, that women in the aggregate earn approximately 70 percent of what men in the aggregate earn during a year.  Because that number is associated with the phrase "Equal Pay for Equal Work," we are suppose to be shocked, dismayed and go vote for Democrats at the next election.  But, of course, the 70 percent number that is trotted out (or whatever number is used that year) has NOTHING to do with discrimination.

Multi-Millionaire Hillary Clinton Launches Populist Attack on CEO Pay.  Newly-minted Democratic candidate for president and multi-millionaire Hillary Clinton is testing a theme for her new campaign:  A populist attack on the tax rates paid by fund managers and CEOs.  Clinton comes to the issue because various voices to her left, like Senator Elizabeth Warren, have made income inequality a staple of the Democrat Party political discussion.  In an obvious effort to keep up with the Warrenses, Hillary is now going after CEOs.

Environmentalism and Envy.  The left's scheme is always to bring down the highflying objects of envy, usually by means of taxation or by outlawing the pleasures enjoyed by the social classes envied.  Ironically, the persons envied often join in the schemes directed against themselves.  Warren Buffet, a billionaire many times over, advocates higher taxation of the rich.  Richard Branson, the owner of an airline that gulps jet fuel by the tanker load, whines about global warming and implicitly the need to restrict the use of fossil fuels.

Hillary Clinton's Candidacy Is Depressing.  She has accomplished nothing, but she's a woman (who's a liberal), and that's all that matters to the Left.

The redistribution racket.  In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents.  How did it work out?  Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes.  So, if income redistribution policies are the solution to shrinking the gap between rich and poor, why do they fail so miserably in the states?

Governor Moonbeam Regulates Bathroom Activities.  Changing behavior is what liberal fascists are all about.  For them change — specifically, coerced change — is an end in itself.  Stalin figured it out long ago:  control food, control people.  But Democrats are doing him one better.  Control water, control food production and people.  How will the authorities know if you took too long in the shower?  One way is if your neighbors rat you out, just as in any other police state.  Another is the smart meter: [...]

California Lawmakers Present Bills to Protect Undocumented Immigrants.  A group of California lawmakers on Tuesday [4/7/2015] presented a package of measures to strengthen protection of undocumented immigrants and thus alleviate the "political paralysis" in Congress over approving immigration reform.  "In California, there are about 40 million residents... of Mexican, Central American and Asian origin. So, today we're presenting a package of 10 measures to protect undocumented immigrants," Kevin de Leon, the Democratic president pro tempore of the California Senate, told Efe.

The Brutality of Obama and the Left.  The left has been marching through America for decades, destroying traditional America as it goes.  Ransacking our institutions.  Torching our values and virtues.  Shredding constitutional rights and undercutting the rule of law.  If it's possible to ransack, torch, shred, and undercut by enfolding actions in the language and symbols of traditional America, and the language of "compassion," the vintage left did so.  The telling contrast is that today's left is dropping the cloak.  It still pays lip service to compassion (toss in fairness and equality).  But the modern left's approach contains stridency, brazenness — open brutality... more of the naked iron fist. [...] The left doesn't really want a free people.  It wants power — power to radically change America.

Liberals and their Social Justice Warrior Thugs Celebrate Holy Week.  Democracy, according to H.L. Mencken, is giving the people what they want, good and hard.  Now Americans have ObamaCare good and hard, but they can't keep their doctor.  Now it turns out that gay marriage is not about love but humiliating Christians.  Now it turns out that keeping the campus safe means that your son gets stripped of his due-process rights.  This is the beginning of clarity.  It gives Republican politicians easy sound-bites.  "They" promised you could keep your doctor, and they delivered higher premiums and deductibles.  "They" said gay marriage was about love and equality. Now they are sending virtual mobs out against mom-and-pop pizza joints.  "They" said that one in five college women faced sexual harassment.  Now your friend's kid has a black mark on his record forever.  I could go on.  "They" promised affordable housing, and crashed the financial system.  "They" promised college for all, and bankrupted our kids with debt.

Obama wants to turn America against Israel.  [Scroll down]  The Democratic Party has been moving away from support for Israel for years.  This has been proven by poll after poll regarding the party affiliation of those who sympathize and support Israel.  There was a visual manifestation of this reality three years ago.  During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama had maneuvered through his minions to remove from the plank longstanding support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A List Of Things Potential Senate Minority Leader Schumer Has Tried To Ban.  It's long been said that the most dangerous place in Washington is between Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and a TV camera. [...] So what kind of leader is Chuck Schumer?  He is among the very most trivial politicians to serve in that crucible of triviality, mediocrity, and dead weight we call the U.S. Senate.  Here's a list of quickly ginned-up headlines of what our next illustrious Senate leader has been up to over his time in Washington.

Time for the Obamadorian Reaction.  Obama believes the fallacy that all ultra-reformers believe in.  The perfectibility of man.  If given the right education, the right worldview, the right morality, we would all get along.  It is the signature error of all revolutions gone awry. [...] Obama will not be reasoned with.  He is besmitten.  He actually conceives of Islam as no different than other religions.  Just needs some fine-tuning.  He actually thinks socialism works.  He thinks LGBT advances will improve society.  His wife thinks kids will prefer carrot juice to soda pop apart from deadly force.

Liberals Find An Excuse To Abandon Israel.  Israel is a liberal nation — in the best sense of the word — but it's not a leftist one.  And for increasing numbers of Democrats, the center-right consensus of Israeli politics is unacceptable, immoral and bigoted, incompatible with their conception of American values.

Dem Suggests Kids Should Be Drug-Tested Before They Can Inherit From Their Parents.  Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez offered a baffling defense of the death tax Wednesday [3/18/2015] during a hearing examining the sometimes unbearable burden it places on family farms and businesses.  People receiving food stamps have to pass drug tests or meet work requirements to receive taxpayer dollars, Sanchez reasoned, so it's only fair that those "lucky" enough to inherit wealth should have to do something to earn it or, in this case, pay a tax.  "What work requirements are there to inherit up to $10 million tax free?" she asked a witness, rhetorically.

Dems Push ATF To Ban Bullets Now.  Congressional Democrats are demanding the ATF use "existing authority" to ban a popular bullet.  The move comes just days after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives backed off a proposal to ban the M855 green-tip cartridges, one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 rifles.  The public comment period for the proposed ban closes Monday but in the face of overwhelming public opposition the ATF announced last week that they were going back to the drawing board.  Not good enough for Democrats.  They sent a letter, obtained by The Hill, which says the ATF needs to act to keep, "dangerous ammunition out of our communities."

Black Caucus Pushes Hard for Ferguson-Inspired Reform in Missouri Legislature.  Missouri House Speaker John Diehl (R) promised in January that the state's legislature, the General Assembly, would not "have a Ferguson agenda" in response to the rioting that followed the shooting death of Michael Brown. [...] But then the Department of Justice released a report detailing racist emails that had been sent by police and court officials in Ferguson.  It was followed by a flurry of legislation that rained down on the Missouri statehouse.  Proposals have been introduced that would mandate body cameras on police officers, cut the revenue local governments pull in from traffic tickets, and tighten reporting policies to detect racial profiling.  Legislation has also been introduced that would do away with Missouri's grand jury system.  However, members of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus are accusing Republicans of blocking their proposals.

Liz Warren: The next Obama.  [Scroll down]  Obama is the most extreme leftist ever to become president.  He has no real commitment to the U.S. Constitution, as he has said himself, but he obviously does have a yen for Islamist extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian mullahs.  Remember, these are seriously delusional people.  They think they deserve untrammeled power over the rest of us, because they, and only they, know how to run things.  They believe that regular Americans are stupid, when they believe in the viability of Marxism, the global warming fraud, and killing off U.S. energy independence.  But they are experts at political deception and manipulation, and the public is still mostly in the dark.

Obama's Budget Plan: Tax And Spend With A Vengeance.  When the president released his budget in February, he said it was full of new ideas for the 21st century.  But now we know it's just good old tax-and-spend liberalism.  Obama went on to say "these proposals are practical, not partisan" and bragged how his budget would cut future deficits by $1.8 trillion "primarily from reforms in health programs, our tax code and immigration."  But a Congressional Budget Office review of the budget shows it's little more than a call for more spending, far higher taxes, ever-growing deficits and steadily expanding debt.  Not exactly the "new era of responsibility" that Obama promised when he took office.

Will Hillary Break The Criminal Conduct Glass Ceiling?  Democrats have perfected the art of elevating identity as the cardinal attribute of anyone running for office.  Multi-culturalism, race, gender, and sexual preference are used to neutralize so-called white male privilege to advance the tyranny of equal outcomes.  Identity preferences first trumped competence and accomplishment.  That's how Barack Obama was sworn in as the first black president.  Next up is to elevate a woman to the White House.

The Men Who Would Be Kings.  Hillary will rule by divine right.  The god of Politcal Correctness has commanded that in atonement for its past sins, America is condemned to vote for a succession of Firsts.  The historic First Black President, the First Woman President, First American Indian President, First Illegal Alien President ... ad infinitum, until the albatross falls from its neck.  But even loyal liberal Greg Sargent is starting to worry, if only because the Obama courtiers may not be much welcome during a Hillareign.  "Maybe it's time for a real Democratic presidential primary," Sargent writes.  Sure why not?  You would think the "Democratic" party might occasionally remember Democracy.  But for now it is enamored of aristocracy.

Liberals against Perversion?  President Obama says that we are not at war with Islam but with those who have perverted Islam.  Since when have liberals been against perversion?  Name one other perversion they are against. [...] Liberals have ruined education.  They have turned civil rights into uncivil wrongs.  They have spoken power to truth.  They have politicized the churches.  They slaughter millions of birds with their [...] wind turbines.  They have turned reporters into propagandists.  They trick people into wearing ugly clothes and bizarre hairstyles.  They call noise music.  They design ugly buildings.  They even like weird furniture.  They don't mind perverting education, rights, truth, God's creatures, news, clothes, hair, music, architecture, furniture, anything, anything, anything, anything but Islam.

Democrats Fighting for Unions and Against the Middle Class.  Across the country, state governments have righted the ship from the brink of numerous fiscal disasters by decreasing the power of unions to coercively force members to join and to collectively bargain on non-salary issues (and thus hide budgetary costs).  Within the private sector, the evidence continues to mount that unions are bad for the economy, bad for good employees, and bad for all workers in that they reduce the pool of available jobs.

The Secular Religion of the Left.  The left can be summed up as moral materialism.  It is a secular religion that claims to add a moral dimension to materialism.  Its obsessions are largely economic, from its early class warfare focus to its modern environmentalism.  Even its racial politics code class warfare by skin color.

A Marxist View of the Democrats' Entitlement Economy.  Karl Marx, considered the founding figure in the rise of communism, divided all persons into two classes: the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. [...] It is important to understand that Karl Marx never spoke of food stamps, welfare, and free health care as a remedy for the exploitation of the worker.  He held that workers should unite together and run the government so that all are treated equally and no one class exploits the other; that the wages and benefits to workers should be fair and equitable.  So when Democrats take the language of Marxism and use it to enable entitlement creation they are not following Marx's theory of class society.

The Left's War on White America.  When you teach black youths that criticizing the president is racist, that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were murdered by whites, that black flash mob attacks, the knockout game, polar bearing hunting, and assassinations of police are to be expected. [...] Lying to the American people comes easy to the left.  The Left considers the sabotage of national race relations acceptable collateral damage to recruit minority voters.

State Sen. Tony Avella wants to ban machete possession in New York.  The sale of machetes should be outlawed after several recent attacks, a Queens pol said Wednesday [2/18/2015].  State Sen. Tony Avella plans to introduce a bill to ban the possession of the scary blades in New York.

Obama Changed His Party, Not the Country.  As a presidential candidate, President Obama expressed his desire to "change the trajectory of America" along the lines of Ronald Reagan, rebuking the legacy of Bill Clinton's pragmatic presidency in the process.  Now that his own presidency is winding down, Obama is finding that his main legacy is only half-achieved.  He has indeed transformed the Democratic party to his liking, but failed to get anyone else to follow suit.  At the same time, there's no doubt he's successfully pushed Democrats to adopt his favored policies with minimal dissent — and that will have lasting consequences for many elections to come.

Virginia Democrats Flee Vote on Pro-Israel Resolution.  Around 20 Democratic members of the Virginia house of delegates twice fled the chamber in Richmond earlier this month during a vote on a resolution supporting the state of Israel.

The Democratic case for Impeachment.  The notion of casting their ballots for a young, good-looking, articulate, black-American struck the right nerve for millions of voters.  But his obsessive desires to fundamentally change America into debt-laden, socialist utopia for bisexual transgender unionized illegals do not.

The Democrats' green energy dream is becoming their nightmare.  Like so many other scandalous episodes, the media long ago dismissed the controversy surrounding the green energy firm Solyndra.  A little corruption at taxpayer expense is the cost of doing green business, the left-leaning members of the press apparently tell themselves. [...] For years, Democratic politicians have been untouched by the scandalous antics of the green firms they supported.  But the Democrats' green energy chickens are finally coming home to roost.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'We Have to Take on the Billionaire Class'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermont, says he has not decided if he will run for president in 2016, but if he does, the nation's "grotesque" income inequality will be his issue:  "This is where I am right now," Sanders told MSNBC on Monday [2/9/2015]:  "The great moral and economic and political issue of our time is the grotesque level of wealth and income inequality that we are experiencing.

Hating the Duggars.  Every day seems to bring another example of intolerance by a shocking number of people on the American left.  Whether progressives/liberals are picketing, denouncing, demonizing, boycotting, and seeking to shut down florists and bakers and photographers who — pleading their First Amendment rights of religious freedom — beg not to be forced to service a same-sex marriage ceremony, or whether they're suing Hobby Lobby or the Little Sisters of the Poor for not funding other people's abortions, the examples keep piling up.  And yet, amazingly, these progressives/liberals never seem to detect a conflict between their constant professions of "tolerance" and "diversity" and the undeniably obvious fact that they only tolerate things they agree with.  That, of course, is not tolerance.  In so many areas, they will not tolerate you disagreeing with them; when you do, they want to shut you down.

Obama Touts "Inclusive Capitalism".  In an interview with Ezra Klein of Vox, President Obama said traditional market forces that used to redistribute income are failing and the time for government to do it instead has arrived.  The interview, which ran today, was conducted January 23.  Touting what he referred to as inclusive capitalism, Obama made the case for what actually sounds a lot like socialism. [...] Capitalism, Obama indicated, is no longer working to get enough money out of the hands of the rich and into the hands of workers.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and lefty-approved bullying.  "While at school to learn, some students are forced to endure harassment, violence, bullying and intimidation. ... This is completely unacceptable," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in 2010.  She was talking about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, but shouldn't the ability to learn free of harassment, violence, bullying and intimidation be available to all students, regardless of sexual orientation?  Not so, according to the same Gillibrand, who is now tacitly supporting and even engaging in the very same bullying she just a few years ago fought to eradicate.

A Quick Reminder of Obama's Unanimously Rejected Budgets.  POLITICO is calling it "Barack Obama's Have-It-All Budget," and the reality is, it's dead on arrival when it reaches Capitol Hill.  Regardless, President Obama is putting on a show and will pander to his far left base by stirring up controversy over funding measures as debate on budget issues continues over the next few weeks.  Looking back on Obama's tenure as President, it's important to note just how far-left the vast majority of his budget proposals have been over the years, which is exactly why only one of them has passed and the rest have been roundly defeated, often unanimously, by Democrats and Republicans.

No, there shouldn't be a law.  They are meddlesome.  They are relentless.  And they are on a quest to influence almost every decision you make, from sunrise to sunset.  It's all in an attempt to "better the collective" and control your life.  Let them, help you.  After all, it takes a village.

Obama Wants to Hike Corporate Taxes to Pay For Infrastructure.  It is fitting that President Obama released his 2016 budget on Groundhog's Day.  Like Bill Murray's character Phil Connors in the famous movie, Obama is stuck in an endless loop where he keeps pushing economically destructive tax hikes that have little chance of becoming law.  This is the seventh budget he has released, and each of them had trillions of dollars of tax hikes that would needlessly increase the tax burden on American families and increase the already bloated size of the federal government.

Biden: Four Years of College 'Should Be Free'.  Vice President Joe Biden said four years of college should be free, rather than two years of community college.  "We've been ahead of the curve, except now people are catching up, no other country in the world had universal education for 12 years, including Great Britain, for the first quarter of the century and only until recently have they started that in China and other countries.  Nobody has the great research universities we have," Biden told the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a speech at the organization's winter meeting.

Communist Party: We Won't Be Leaving Democrat Party Anytime Soon.  The Communist Party USA National Committee chairman declared last week that while American Communists long for a third party, for the foreseeable future they remain committed to working with the Democratic Party, which he explains is the "most realistic electoral vehicle" for accomplishing their political agenda.

Communist Party USA Chairman Vows Cooperation With Democratic Party.  The chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA has penned a 2,023-word manifesto making the critical point that American Communists are eager to work with the Democratic Party to advance the modern communist agenda and achieve communist goals.  Communist Party chairman John Bachtell published his essay last week at People's World, a "daily news website of, for and by the 99% and the direct descendant of the Daily Worker."  "[L]abor and other key social forces are not about to leave the Democratic Party anytime soon," Bachtell promised.

Obama's Free Stuff Army.  Fresh from offering "free" health care, "free" phones and "free" food to the masses, he's upped the bribery to "free" community college tuition and "free" child care.  It's not that the Clintons oppose any of these; they just need to affect moderation in case Hillary runs for president and has to knock back boilermakers again with the good old boys in Pennsylvania taverns.  Since someone has to pay for these expensive, new entitlements to the Free Stuff Army, Mr. Obama has proposed yet another "tax the rich" scheme that, if enacted (which is unlikely) would eventually plunder working-class families.  To liberals, that's what tax "reform" is all about.

Top Communist Admits How CPUSA Uses the Democrat Party.  New national chair of the Communist Party USA, Chicago man John Bachtell, has admitted that his Party "utilizes" the Democratic Party "to advance its agenda."  Writing on the People's World website, Bachtell explains that much of the left wants to abandon the Democratic Party (as much of the "right" wants to abandon the GOP) to form a radical third party.

President Obama sings the same old song.  Advance leaks of the president's address indicate he will call for higher taxes on the wealthy and successful in order to pay for programs for the poor and middle class.  This is boilerplate Democratic wealth redistribution we've heard since New Deal days, which appeals more to emotions than it does to principles with a long history of success.

Democrats' Latest Economic Plan Goes Full-Bore Marxist.  There's been a big gap between how Democrats have described America's economic problems and the scope of the solutions they've offered.  Recall President Obama's late 2013 speech where he declared the "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America's basic bargain" to be the "defining challenge" of our time.  Strong stuff.  But what have been the subsequent policy prescriptions?  Relatively small stuff, like raising the minimum wage.  You can debate whether it's a good idea or not, but only 3% of workers age 25 and over earn the minimum wage or less.  Raising it to nearly $10 would raise incomes of only 11% of workers who live in poor households.  Or take the "free" community college proposal.  Attendance is already essentially free for many students.

Centrist angst over Dems' leftward lurch.  Reacting to early signs that President Obama and the Democratic rump in Congress is lurching to the Left, centrists are complaining bitterly that the left-wing Elizabeth Warren wing of the party is taking control.  Liberal Democrats say centrist grumbling is sour grapes over their decimation in the midterm election.  Obama cannot discount the shrinking centrist group because they can cross the aisle and hand the new GOP's new Senate majority victories on everything from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and banking reforms, to dismantling Obamacare.

Chris Van Hollen, House Democrats push tax increases, wealth redistribution.  House Democrats, fresh off massive election losses, say the problem is they didn't make a bold enough case for tax increases and wealth transfer to the poor.  They rectified that Monday with a speech by Rep. Chris Van Hollen proposing tax increases on the wealthy with the money going straight to tax cuts for the poor and middle class.  The plan uses tax laws to encourage employee wage increases, reduce tax breaks for Wall Street and slap another fee on financial transactions.  The government would dole out $1,000 tax credits for most workers and increase a slew of other tax credits for poor and middle-class families.

Gov.-elect Abbott: End local bans on bags, fracking, tree-cutting.  Declaring that freedom and private property rights should not be bound by city lines, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott on Thursday [1/8/2015] called for doing away with a "patchwork quilt" of local bans on everything from paper and plastic bags to fracking that he said threatens to turn Texas into California.  "Texas is being Californianized and you may not even be noticing it," Abbott said, addressing a downtown Austin conference hosted by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, an influential think tank.  "It's being done at the city level with bag bans, fracking bans, tree-cutting bans.  We're forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model."

Econ book acclaimed by left based on faulty premise, factual errors, study finds.  A book by a French economist who became a darling of 99 percenters and his lefty peers is riddled with errors, cherry-picked data and flawed premises, according to two new studies.  Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century," which New York Times columnist and Nobel-prize winner Paul Krugman called "the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade," calls for an 80 percent income tax to stop wealth inequality from increasing.  The book earned its author an invitation to the White House to meet with Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

The Democratic Party Runs on Empty.  [Scroll down]  They sound like President Barack Obama orating in Roanoke, Virginia in 2012:  "If you've got a business, you didn't build that."  And his former secretary of state Hillary Clinton offering her variation on the same statist theme:  "Don't let anybody tell you that, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs."  These are the beliefs of crony capitalists, politicians who believe that there are banks and other corporations that are too big to fail.  So they shovel money to them in return for favors.  They endow environmental friendly companies like Solyndra and ECOtality with government largess.

Income inequality — the issue the Democrats want.  It is interesting to watch the Democrats work to fashion "income inequality" into an issue they think they can use. [...] It takes a lot of gall for them to pretend that they had nothing to do with what they see as this great evil that has somehow been allowed to infect society.  The Democrats are completely uninhibited by the truth.  Under even mild scrutiny, their claims that they are foes of income inequality are revealed as hollow at best and are loaded with hypocrisy.  Do the Democrats really want to get rid of income inequality?  Or do they see it as actually in their political interest to perpetuate the political forces that amplify it?  The fact is, in crass political terms, income inequality is working for them.

The Left's Base Motive: Vengeance.  American leftism has gotten an awful lot of mileage by monopolizing the moral high ground.  It is the sole force in American that favors the poor.  The sole enemy of racism.  The sole comforter of rape victims.  The sole protector of defenseless Muslims.  The sole guardian of the environment, and so on ad nauseum.  It all falls apart eventually — with friends like the left, nobody needs enemies.  But often overlooked is that fact that it's bogus from the start.  Any prolonged glance at the left reveals it to be an ideology of power, its major tool violence, its goal revenge.

Bernie Sanders's 12-Point Socialist Plan for America.  Every committed revolutionary needs a plan.  Karl Marx had one, and so did Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.  Add to that group socialist senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, who is considering running for president (as a Democrat) and has already announced a 12-point plan at the Huffington Post.

The Democrats and Treason.  The Feinstein report was a partisan PR stunt.  The acts of coercion it recited with such delight and pious horror occurred before 2003, have been renounced by the CIA, and have been the subject of extensive Federal legislation.  They have been known to the competent Congressional Committees since 2002, when Nancy Pelosi was notoriously briefed on U.S. methods, along with other Congressional leaders.  The Feinstein Report was written exclusively by Democratic committee staffers, and received no Republican votes.  Most significantly, this was the last act of a Democratic Senate majority that has been voted out of power — their last despairing publicity blast at the enemy they really hate the most: the Republicans.  No new witnesses were interviewed for the report, but the media predictably blasted the old news in scare headlines.

While the Country Crumbles, Democrats Address the Needs of Transgender Illegal Alien Children.  Don't blame Democrats for refusing to address problems like the $18 trillion debt, the erosion of American influence, the rogue nature of the executive branch under Obama, Putin's reconstitution of the Soviet Union, China's expansion into our former sphere of influence, the rise of ISIS, continuing Islamic terror, Iran's race to acquire nuclear weapons, the continuing threat of Ebola and many other exotic diseases from the Third World, our virtually nonexistent border defenses, our crumbling cities and schools, et cetera.  They have more serious issues to address — like providing politically correct housing for transgender illegal alien children.

Democrats demand better protections for transgender illegal immigrant children.  Dozens of congressional Democrats asked federal health officials Monday to take extra steps to protect gay illegal immigrant children from abuse while they're in custody, including ensuring that transgender children are housed with the sex they identify as.  Saying reports of mistreatment "continue to emerge" from federal facilities, the lawmakers asked the Health and Human Services Department's Office of Refugee Resettlement to improve care for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children who streamed across the border over the last year, and who are still coming, though in smaller numbers.

About that Senate Report: The CIA and Alinsky's Rule No. 4.  ust in time for Grubergate, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has decided to horn in on the show with the release of the Senate's report on the "enhanced interrogation techniques" of the Bush administration.  Those would be the same techniques that eventually led to the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden, but never mind.  Today of all days, the Ugly Truth must be told, in all its media-ready glory.  Still, stop and ask yourself why.  Why now?

Obama just tweeted something that is straight up communist.  Three things pretty much can guarantee you won't permanently live in poverty in this country.  Graduate high school, get a job, and don't have kids out of wedlock.  It's not very complicated.  That is what will improve the standard of living in this country.  Not the government being responsible for everybody.  We've seen how well the DMV operates.  Sorry, but those aren't the people I want being equally responsible for my kids someday.

It's the Branding, Stupid.  Liberalism is nothing if not a constant rebranding effort.  The last century began with statists rechristening themselves "progressives."  But imposing an upward-creeping income tax, nationalizing the railroads, devaluing the currency through the Federal Reserve, and outlawing the liquor needed to cope with such colossal idiocy all damaged the label.  So, progressives regrouped after the Return to Normalcy as "liberals."  But top tax rates confiscating as much as 95 percent of income, a welfare state incentivizing shiftlessness, and a misdiagnosis of criminal behavior as the fault of society rather than the perpetrator made "liberal" a term of derision by the time Michael Dukakis donned a tanker's helmet.

Liberalism Is a Hoax.  Liberal myths propagated to generate outrage and activism, to organize and coordinate and mobilize disparate grievances and conflicting agendas, so often have the same relation to truth, accuracy, and legitimacy as a Bud Light commercial.  Marketing is not limited to business.  Inside the office buildings of Washington, D.C., are thousands upon thousands of professionals whose livelihoods depend on the fact that there is no better way than a well-run public relations campaign to get you to do what they want.  What recent weeks have done is provide several lessons in the suspect nature of such campaigns.

After Ferguson: Yeah, Let's Have a Conversation Mr. President.  [Scroll down]  To the youth I want to say:  When liberals tempt you with talk of pot legalization and gay marriage and climate change, do you understand you are being suckered?  Do you know how much you are exploited by the swingeing taxes on labor and now ObamaCare?  Do you realize how much you have been shortchanged by a lousy government education?  Do you realize how the unjust student debt game — from which there is no escape in bankruptcy — ruins your life so that identity-studies college professors and sexual-assault administrators can live the Life of Riley?

Gruber, the Grey Lady, and Gullibility.  Deception has always been essential to the marketing of the ACA.  A health-care mandate was originally a Republican idea.  The plan was to eliminate the free riders — the folks who didn't buy insurance because they knew they could show up at the nearest ER with a gunshot wound or a cold and get treated gratis.  By definition you can't mandate responsibility, but you could lower the costs for those who were conscientious and had forked over the cash for their premiums.  This was not at all what the Dems wanted.  They had something much bigger and braver in mind — a new National Health Board and an expanded Department of Health and Human Services dictating the provision of health care, what was once called "socialized medicine."

Leftist organizers are using Ferguson to rehearse the Big Ugly.  [L]eftist, community organizing groups — meaning those that openly define their guiding ideology with socialist/communist language (quoting Marx & Lenin, while avoiding any mention of Stalin) — have been using Ferguson to stretch their muscles, largely unused after the 2008 election of an ally in the White House.  For them, the Ferguson protests have little to do with Michael Brown's death, and more to do with anti-capitalist rants, punctuated by chants against police brutality against young, innocent, black men.  Their stage setting is Brown's death — the play is about anti-capitalism.

Not working for the working class.  [Scroll down]  So if Democrats want to win back the white working class — and they kind of need to, if they want to win elections, because it's an enormous demographic — maybe they need to start thinking about honoring and encouraging work, rather than talking about race or class.  One person who has some ideas in this direction is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who suggests that the government invest heavily in infrastructure, which would create a lot of blue-collar jobs.  That was actually an original part of Barack Obama's stimulus plan, but it was derailed by feminists within the Obama coalition who thought it would produce too many jobs for men.

The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many.  In the leftist worldview, the individual doesn't matter except as part of a group.  They are all about manipulating differing groups against each other to consolidate their hold on power.  Look at any leftist movement in history and it's front and center in all of them. [...] Today's Democrats are all about pigeonholing people into one or more groups:  black, gay, female, Hispanic, whatever.  It doesn't matter anything about a given individual, they are slotted into one or more group identities and assumed to have a certain set of beliefs, desires and behaviors depending on which group they are in.

Groups Behind Closing Gitmo.  Just dig a little deeper into who has been driving the anti-Gitmo disinformation campaign these past 12 years, and we discover an international, fervently anti-American, far-left coalition attacking the nation through a savvy propaganda effort.  This includes those linked to Al Qaeda financiers, communist groups, anarchist movements — backed by sympathetic press and politicians.  Regrettably, it's a coalition President Barack Obama has sided with in his priority to release as many Al Qaeda, Taliban and "affiliates" as humanly possible.  Let's take a look at the key players: [...]

Aren't these the same people who defended Bill Clinton by saying, "everybody lies about sex"?
Proposed Legislation Would Make 'Rape By Fraud' A Crime In New Jersey.  A New Jersey lawmaker has a plan that would make it a crime to lie in order to sleep with someone.  As CBS2's Jessica Schneider reported, Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Mount Laurel) calls it "rape by fraud."  Women and even men have been lured into relationships with people who aren't who they say they are.  "You probably would not consent to someone who purported to be a million different things other than they are," Singleton said.  The assemblyman has introduced a bill that would make lying to get someone to have sex equal to rape.

Understanding the Nihilist in the White House.  In what does Obama believe, and what does he wish to create?  His beliefs are those of the left:  America must be punished and humbled for its crimes, which include colonialism and racism.  And what does he want to build?  He is dedicated to the idea that America must be remade into a leftist welfare state of the European type (or the Chavez type).  Purposely encouraging illegal immigration seems a great way to further those goals, as well as (he believes) to gain the future votes of such immigrants and their offspring for the left.

The Forgotten Americans.  Note that the new progressive coalition was largely abstract.  In their own personal lives, the upscale denizens of Santa Monica, Chevy Chase, and the Upper West Side did not put their children in diverse public schools, much less live among undocumented immigrants or give up their Mercedeses and Volvo SUVs for fleets of Priuses.  None promised to take two fewer trips by jet each year.  Ideally from its point of view, the new progressive partnership would end up with America looking something like California.  Sky-high income, sales, and gas taxes and soaring electric rates, coupled with prohibitive housing costs along the state's 700-mile-long coastal corridor, have turned the once golden state into two cultures strangely united by a common Democratic party.

Watching the Democrats Commit Suicide.  Here's the thing about energy:  we need as much of it as we can get as cheaply as possible.  Are you worried about "the environment," "peak oil," etc.?  Then you should be an aivd supporter of fracking, the Keystone pipeline, and any other means of extracting fossil fuels from the bounty of the Earth.  Why?  Because what the United States needs is cheap, abundant energy, period (as the president might say).  The reason is that if you want to help the downtrodden, save the environment, preserve the wetlands, and make the world safe for unbearable gasbags like Elizabeth Warren, then you need money.  And to get money you need energy, lots and lots of energy.

Democrats "should thank God every single day that we are a peaceful, law-abiding people".  You heard Donald Berwick, who flat-out stated that the purpose of government-run health care is to redistribute wealth, is to redistribute services.  Then you heard Obama lie about every aspect of this law that they were constructing and promoting, every piece of it — you could keep your doctor, you could keep your policy, your costs will go down $2,500 a year per family, it would reduce the annual deficit and the overall debt — just absurd.  Now you're going to hear from Gruber, Professor Gruber again with one additional audio, telling you, bragging about how he lied, how Obamacare as told to you was a fiction, and how the statute itself, its complexity, its length, was used to bamboozle you.  And I want to add this — not only was the President of the United States behind this, the entire Democrat party, the entire media, they were all behind it.

Brit Hume brilliantly ties Gruber to liberal ideology in less than 30 seconds.  While the left-wing media tries to cover up the Gruber comments for the sake of the Obama administration, Brit Hume brilliantly puts it all into the best and most explanatory context:  [Video clip]

It's Time to Save the American Family; A Joyless Experiment Strained to the Limit.  [Scroll down]  Related to the demise of the father is the astonishing, disfiguring and wholly curious rise of perversion in the arena of personal identity.  Individual identities which could not have been fathomed a generation ago are beginning to flourish across the cultural wasteland.  Societal standards appear, to our children, as a seamless web of truths, metabolized by the young and taken into the mind as natural pillars of the culture, simply accepted as "truth."  So, for example, if polygamy is taught as a principle in a nation, then the members naturally accept and adapt, regardless of any negative impact on individual family members.  Yet, learning false standards often causes lifelong havoc, as seen in the existence of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, who often have no felt understanding of sexual mores, and therefore struggle to adapt to stable relationships.

The Liberals Are Going To Lose If We Just Let Them.  As Napoleon taught, never interrupt your enemies when they are making a mistake.  Exhibit A:  Barack Obama is about to use his executive power, or his perverted version of his executive power, to effectively legalize about five million illegal aliens.  He wants to do that in spite of just having an election where exit polls showed about 65% of Americans don't want five million illegal aliens legalized.  Does anyone still think that Obama is some sort of political evil genius, dwelling in a volcano lair and plotting world domination?  This isn't a brilliant masterstroke.  It's insanity.

Is This the End Game for Liberal Racism?  Every day in every way corporations are converting your tired and your poor into middle-class workers glad to serve the stranger, make the customer king, act friendly with everyone.  No wonder lefties hate corporations; they are teaching people how to break out of liberal tribalism and join the global middle class.

Amnesty and Impeachment.  [Scroll down]  If the president refuses to enforce the immigration laws and grants something close to a blanket amnesty, we will be on an inexorable course toward citizenship — and, crucially, voting rights — for millions of illegal aliens, also known as Democrats waiting to happen.  It is the Left's dream of a permanent, unassimilated, post-American governing majority.  Is that where we are headed?

Democrats Still Hate Dirty, Greedy Businesses.  Hillary Clinton sniffs, "Don't let anyone tell you that, um, you know, (smirk) corporations and businesses create jobs."  Barack Obama chastises, "If you have a business, you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen."  Analysts around the country have correctly noted that Obama and Hillary were trying to be Elizabeth Warren, Lioness of the Leeches, Princess of Thieves.  Here's the way Warren said it: [...]

Mormon bishop: Harry Reid unworthy to enter temples.  A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support for Democratic Party positions.

The Leftist and Islamic War on the Family.  While liberalism's War on Women meme and the sexism of Islamic law may seem like two opposites, they are actually mirror images of each other.  Muslims teach men to hate and fear women.  Liberals teach women to hate and fear men.  Liberalism promotes paranoia about the intentions of men while Islam teaches men to be paranoid about the intentions of women.  Liberalism treats masculinity as a pathology.  Islam treats femininity as the root of all evil.  Both ideologies insist that one gender and everything related to it is inherently tainted and that the only way to maintain a good society is to purge that gender and everything it represents from the public square.

The 'War on Women' Failure Is a Very Bad Omen for Democrats' Future.  As things started to look really bad for Democrats in the waning days of the midterm election, we started to hear complaints that Democratic candidates had focused too much of their effort on flogging the idea of a Republican "war on women."  Colorado's Mark Udall returned to this theme so often that he was dubbed "Mark Uterus," and you can see where that got him:  he lost by a five-point margin.  And that's not the worst of it.

The Democratic Party's Civil War Is Here.  There are really two Democratic parties.  One is the old corrupt party of thieves and crooks.  Its politicians, black and white, are the products of political machines.  They believe in absolutely nothing.  They can go from being Dixiecrats to crying racism, from running on family values to pushing gay marriage and the War on Women.  They will say absolutely anything to get elected. [...] The other Democratic Party is progressive.  Its members are radical leftists working within the system.

A Democratic Waterloo.  Obama and the Democrats chose not to defend the administration's record of the last six years.  On foreign policy, no Democratic chorus seconded Obama's 2013 claim that this chaotic period in world affairs has been the most stable time in recent memory.  No Democratic senator insisted that Obama's Russian reset had calmed Vladimir Putin.  Democrats did not argue that Obama had rightly distanced the U.S. from Israel.  Could Democratic candidates have pointed to the Middle East — the Iranian bomb-making efforts, the civil war in Syria, the collapse of post-surge Iraq, the rise of the Islamic State — to confirm Obama's diagnosis that these were mostly manageable problems?  On the home front, why didn't Democratic candidates run on their own prior overwhelming support for the Affordable Care Act, which passed without a single Republican vote?

Losers.  [In the 2014 election,] Race/class/and gender baiting lost out to the dismal recovery, a foreign policy in shambles, a ruined health-care system, an alphabet soup of government corruption, and an Islamic State/Ebola/open border miasma of incompetence.  The bankrupt idea that an amoral Al Sharpton was to be consulted on matters of race, while someone like a Senator Tim Scott would not be was always surreal.  And the idea that a Wendy Davis or a Sandra Fluke was a model of feminist achievement in a way Joni Ernst was not was equally absurd.

You're not paranoid, Dems actually do want FEC to silence internet speech.  This is just another case of Democrats doing something they would be outraged about if Republicans tried it.  In this instance, they want to use the power of government to silence opposition.

Obama Wants the Democrats to Lose.  [Scroll down]  But Obama hears the clock ticking.  Six years have gone by, and the American economy, though crippled, is still intact.  The food stamp rolls, though expanding exponentially, have still not swamped GDP.  The Federal Reserve, though printing money faster than it ever has, has still not flushed the value from the greenback.  Attempts to incite racial revolutions in Florida and Missouri stalled because of the pesky persistence of facts.  Israel, far from being enslaved to its Muslim neighbors, rightfully ignores Obama, and defends herself more forcefully than ever.  The EPA still does not have the power to socialize the means of energy production in the United States.  Oil and natural gas still flow out of the ground, enriching American companies.  Obamacare has not yet killed off American medical research and advancement.  And Christians still do not have to choose in mass numbers between jail and Christ.  There is precious little time to bring all of these aims to fruition.

Obama's post-election plans for a secret radical agenda.  He's the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4.  Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet.  This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate.  But it's more than that.  Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention.  This includes a forced transformation of our neighborhoods, a huge influx of immigrants and billions of dollars in additional taxes.

This is Not a Joke, This is the Left.  So many amazing policy prescriptions from the guys who have been fixing the world since 1973.  That was the beginning of our golden age.  An age of unlimited possibilities and wonders.  Now the future extends all around us.  Big oil will be replaced by big windmills.  Womb rental will help the poor out of poverty.  Cheap food will be defeated and Naomi Klein will rock the boat by pretending that ISIS is a bunch of CIA guys in beards filming beheadings in the same studio where they filmed the moon landing.  Could anything be better?

The fevered political plague.  The merry-go-round of evasion and unaccountability is well-known.  First, never-ending investigations are launched promising to hold people accountable.  Then governing elites blame budget hawks — even amid increasing budgets — not misplaced priorities and misspent taxpayer money.  Finally, to protect the governing agenda, appointed mouthpieces run interference, rambling incoherently at oversight hearings to run out the clock.

Obama: They Still Don't Get Who He is.  Fundamentally transforming America as founded requires open borders and granting amnesty to several millions of unskilled needy illegals.  Eventually, illegals will be granted amnesty and the right to vote.  Then, the Democrats' insidious deception will begin; convincing the new faux Americans that they are victims of racist white rich Republicans.  Step two is to seduce/addict them to government handouts.  The Step three is a promise to keep their supposed evil Republican Nemesis at bay.  And presto, millions of new Democrat voters.

RINOs are not the Enemy.  It is easy for Democrats to line up in a very neat row because they all subscribe to the same talking points.  For instance, they believe that a massive federal government collecting a massive amount of tax dollars, running up a massive debt and controlling everything from the economy to education, from health care to the climate, is the answer to every problem.  In spite of the fact that states that allow their citizens to carry concealed weapons, liberals are convinced that the Second Amendment should be made null and void.  In spite of falling temperatures, they believe that Al Gore's warnings about global warming are as close to gospel as they care to get.  In spite of his lies about ObamaCare, Benghazi, the IRS and Ebola, they are convinced that Obama is an honest man.

Obama's Enablers in the Senate.  Barack Obama isn't running merely the worst American presidency since James Buchanan's, but the worst imaginable presidency in this day and age.  And every single Senate Democrat is thoroughly complicit in Obama's horrendous record.  Is there a single Obama initiative that has actually worked as advertised, or even one that has improved the lives of most Americans or improved the U.S.'s standing in the world?

What a Waste it is to Prevent Waste.  Denizens of Massachusetts, displeased with the state legislature repeatedly balking at expanding the bottle bill to apply to flimsy water containers, have taken their campaign directly to the people.  Question 2 seeks to compel consumers to pay an extra tax when purchasing a Gatorade, Snapple, or other non-carbonated beverage not currently requiring a deposit charge.  The state now charges a nickel.  The initiative directs increases automatically tied to inflation.

Liberals Wage War on the Truth.  In the history of our nation, only the pro-slavery Democrats of the 19th century rival the political deception employed by today's liberals that lead the modern Democrat Party.  Support of everything from abortion, to gender perversions, homosexuality, pornography, a redefinition of marriage, wicked climate policies, and an enslaving welfare state have made today's Democrat Party little more than a modern-day Mephistopheles.  Instead of magic to lure their Faustian targets, today's Democrats employ, among other things, bribery, class warfare, fear, greed, lust, propaganda, scientism, vengeance, and violence.  This is really unsurprising.  When your politics regularly conflict with absolute truth, constant deception is required.

Dem Gov. Martin O'Malley: 'WiFi Is a Human Right'.  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has raised some eyebrows this week by suggesting that "WiFi is a human right."  In a CNN profile piece, the Democratic governor (oft-mentioned as a possible presidential candidate) explained that he sees a political "renaissance" emerging with young people and a more technological future.

Here is the left's secret plan to turn America into Sweden.  Democrats continue to dream up new entitlements.  To Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, we now have Obamacare.  Next up on the wish list is universal pre-K.  After that, perhaps a universal basic income.  On taxes, some prominent left-wing economists are arguing the US economy would be just fine with sharply higher top tax rates of at least 70%.  Put it all together, and it seems like the left is quietly working toward a future America where government spends more, intervenes more, taxes more.  A whole lot more.

Labor Secretary: Obama Wants Amnesty Because He Believes America Is Part of Global Universe.  Wednesday at his speech to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez said President Barack Obama will fulfill his promise to use an executive order to grant amnesty for up to 6 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States because he "has someone who has lived overseas, he understands that we are a global universe here in the United States and everywhere."

Trust in Government is Pathological.  [Scroll down]  The Barnacles are the folks that have fixed themselves on the government teat. Whether they are lifer bureaucrats counting the days till they can retire on that government pension or single mothers on welfare or crony capitalists sucking up green subsidies, they have to believe in government.  Otherwise they'd have to get a life.  Then there's the liberal professor at a government university, or the diversity dean, or the trainers teaching men not to rape.  Of course they all believe in government.  They are Barnacles; they have to fix themselves to a host. [...] Every day in every way the liberal shills out on the midway invite Americans to become Barnacles and attach themselves to the free-stuff substrate.

Poll: 51% of Democrats support criminalizing hate speech.  Note: Hate speech not hate crimes.  YouGov asked people about hate crimes for its poll too and found bipartisan support for the federal law that provides steeper penalties for crimes motivated by hatred of the victim's race, religion, gender, or national origin.  Sixty-four percent of Dems gave thumbs-up to that versus 54 percent of Republicans.  A plurality of Republicans also support expanding that law to target hate crimes committed against gays:  44 percent say yes versus 30 percent who say no.

Wrong Ideological Choice has Cost Obama Dearly.  Liberalism, as an ideology, insists that government can do good and great things for the people and the world, if the people running the government are smart liberals.  The Democratic Party says the exact same thing.  But liberalism is an ideal, while the Democratic Party is that ideal's representative here in the real world, and in the real world political parties disappoint.

Leading Dem Insider: Save America, Scrap The Constitution.  Harry Reid is a determined radical, intent on limiting freedom, overturning American traditions, and remaking our institutions in the name of crushing the opposition and empowering the left.  His attempt to amend the First Amendment to curb free speech is a natural extension of his obliteration of longstanding Senate rules that promote deliberation and minority input.  But Reid seems almost moderate by left-wing Democrat standards.  Take Donna Brazile, vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee for voter registration and participation.  For her, eviscerating the First Amendment is small potatoes; she wants to scrap the entire U.S. Constitution.

Why Conservatives Shouldn't Believe in 'Climate Change'.  Have you ever wondered why conservatives don't talk more often about nationalisation of industry, wealth redistribution, affirmative action, the need for higher taxes and more government intervention, Islamophobia, the glories of multiculturalism, the "war on women", and the urgent need to rein in economic growth in order to give the planet a more sustainable future?  Me neither.  Conservatives don't talk about these things because they are idle leftist preoccupations which have no place in a political philosophy based on personal responsibility, liberty and empiricism.

Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting.  Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday [9/26/2014] signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process.  He also signed dozens of other bills Friday — a hodgepodge that included new rights for gay and transgender Californians, a requirement that state prisons expand the availability of condoms to inmates and measures that promote the "farm to fork" movement to increase consumer access to fresh food.

L.A., Houston, Philadelphia mayors vow more action on climate change.  Mayors of three of the nation's largest cities are pledging to take more action against climate change by implementing new projects to curb greenhouse gas emissions and persuading other leaders to do the same.  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will announce the new initiative Monday in New York in advance of a United Nations climate summit being held this week.

The Attractions of Paradise.  Back in the 1930s intellectuals sometimes advised each other:  don't give to beggars, you'll delay the revolution.  Socialism has been described as a method of loving humanity so that you can be indifferent to your actual neighbor.  The idea has been around a long time.

Democrats' Push to Criminalize Dissent.  Free speech just won an important victory in a federal courtroom, though it is shameful that the case ever even had to go to court.  Ohio had enacted a plainly unconstitutional law that empowered a government panel to determine whether criticisms offered in political advertisements were sufficiently true to be permitted in the public discourse.  Those who have followed the IRS scandal, the Travis County, Texas, prosecutorial scandals, or Harry Reid's recent effort to repeal the First Amendment will not be surprised that this measure was used as a political weapon against a conservative group, in this case the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List.

NY Democrats Pushing Hard to Grant Citizen, Voting Rights to Illegal Immigrants.  Democrats in New York are pushing for — and openly hoping for — a chance to grant citizen and voting rights to illegal immigrants, making the Empire State a sanctuary state.  A bill titled the New York Is Home Act, [...] has received little attention from the media because it seems so far-fetched.  In fact, we personally had a reporter from ABC News respond to an e-mail asking if illegals were being given a path to citizen and voting rights through the municipal ID program, scoffing at the suggestion.  Admittedly, even during our report we also scoffed at the idea, saying the New York Is Home Act has "no chance of passing."  Unfortunately, that may not be true after all.

The Religion of Liberalism and the 'Killing of Innocents'.  Liberalism's basic tenets, or "particular set of beliefs and practices," if you will, center on race-baiting, pushing illegal immigration, harping on "climate change," and furthering unbridled promiscuity.  Adherents of the religion of liberalism evangelize proselytes to hate the U.S. Constitution, despise capitalism, and fervently revere the holy sacrament of abortion.  As defined, liberalism is a faith to which the president is wholeheartedly devoted.  The fact that high priest Barack Obama, as a central tenet of his religion, condones and even funds abortion serves to discredit the very assertion he made about religion and killing innocents.

Ted Cruz: 'Saturday Night Live' Skits Illegal Under New Campaign Finance Proposal.  A new proposal for campaign finance reform would make Saturday Night Live's political skits illegal, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has warned.  The Senate is debating a proposal to add a constitutional amendment allowing Congress reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision and restore limits on corporate campaign spending.  Republicans say the proposal, put forward by Dems, is an attack on free speech.

The Trojan Horse of Campaign Finance Reform.  Senate Democrats at a press conference on Monday [9/8/2014] unveiling a constitutional amendment designed to alter First Amendment freedoms argued that their effort is both nonpartisan and absolutely essential to advance the agenda of the Democratic Party.  "We are here today to overturn Citizens United," said Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M.), the amendment's author.  However, the language of the amendment does not specifically address Citizens United, and would not require Congress to address the issues raised in the case.

The Distraction of Obama's Character.  The idea that the government should be allowed to seize private property and "spread the wealth" for the good of all; the idea that mass equality is more important than individual liberty; the idea that all cultures deserve the same respect; the idea that white Christianity is to blame for the ills of other nations; the idea that America — America as it was founded — is the problem rather than the last, best hope of earth...  These ideas are all untrue and the policies that arise from them are always disastrous.

Kerry: God Wants Me to Save Muslim Countries from Global Warming.  No really.  That's what he said.  Secretary of State John Kerry today [9/3/2014] deployed logic to the effect of, God "created the heavens and the earth" and therefore God wants him to stop global warming and especially to do this to help Muslim countries, which are particularly imperiled.

John Kerry: Scripture Commands USA to Protect Muslim Countries Against Global Warming.  Last Wednesday [9/3/2014], at a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States' Biblical "responsibility" to "confront climate change," including to protect "vulnerable Muslim majority counties."  Kerry said Scripture, in particular the Book of Genesis, makes clear it is our "duty" to protect the planet and we should look at Muslim countries "with a sense of stewardship of earth," adding, "That responsibility comes from God."  And here you thought all along that "Uncle Joe" was the resident crazy in the Obama administration.

Biden Tells Union Workers They Deserve 'Fair Share' of Corporate Profits.  Speaking during a Labor Day event in Detroit, Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd of hundreds that union employees deserve a "fair share" of corporate profits.  The notion goes, if companies earn more, so should their employees. [...] By virtue of the fact that you work for someone, your success should track proportionally with theirs.  Never mind the true value of a given contribution.  If your boss gets richer, you should too.  Like so many attractive notions, it falls apart upon deeper examination.

The Incompetence of Leftist Ideology.  Many perfectly intelligent people have been labeled "incompetent," particularly by conservatives, when actually they are or have been quite competent — at achieving disasters.  We have such a person sitting in the White House — quite intelligent, but committed to disastrous ideology.  Our present administration is not incompetent in the way its officials go about achieving their goals, using as they do the incredible powers of bureaucracy and executive orders to bypass Congress and override the Constitution.  They are perfectly competent in promoting and putting their toxically incompetent leftist ideology into effect.  To put it another way, people who are competent at creating disasters are not necessarily dimwitted, though some are.  The problem is not their stupidity.  The problem is that their core ideas about how the world works are wrong.  If their basic ideas are wrong, everything else goes wrong.

Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS.  Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.  The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans.

The Democratic Shift to the Left.  In short, the Democratic Party is torn between a liberal establishment that wants more government, and an even more liberal wing that wants the same thing squared.  At bottom, both wings believe the formula for perfection is simple:  Put the government in charge of everything, and put the right people in charge of the government.  Then just sit back and wait for Shangri-La.  History has falsified that premise time after time.

"Liberal" Is Just A Synonym For "Smug".  It's astonishing that an ideology which such an unbroken track record of failure has adherents who are so incredibly pleased with themselves. [...] You'd be better off discussing ethics with your terrier.  At least your dog isn't going to come up with excuses for Ted Kennedy.  They're delusional in that they really believe they're somehow better than people who actually contribute to society.

Rep. DeLauro Wants SWEET New Soda Tax.  Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced this week the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET Act), which aims to institute a tax of one cent per teaspoon — 4.2 grams — of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or caloric sweetener.  The measure (HB 5279), introduced Wednesday [7/30/2014] says, "A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains about 16 teaspoons of sugars.  Yet, the American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume no more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar per day."  Even though the manufacturers' of the sweet drinks are targeted to pay the tax, the text of the bill itself notes that the goal is to reduce public consumption through a price increase.

Harry Reid just made sure the Senate will deal with amending the Constitution first thing when it gets back from recess.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday scheduled a Sept. 8 procedural vote on a constitutional amendment to limit the amount of money that can be donated to campaigns, a measure that's likely more about curbing donations to conservative candidates than it is about about cleaning up politics. [...] It's rather remarkable, really, that with all the problems currently facing the nation, Reid moved to ensure that the Senate's first order of business when it returns in September will be to debate amending the First Amendment.  This is the issue that he wants to address first thing?

Democrats, the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  [A]s much as it pleases some to invoke moral equivalency excuses when caught in wrongdoing, it simply isn't true that Republicans and conservatives are anywhere close to being as culpable as Democrats and liberals in thwarting the Constitution and the rule of law to achieve their ends.  There is a simple reason for that:  Liberals believe, as a matter of their ideology, that the ends justify the means.

Automation [is] the Joker in the Deck.  At the same time that the political Left is agitating for the minimum wage increase, it is seeking legalization, or normalization, of millions of illegal aliens, most of whom fall into the low-skilled category.  In effect, they are promoting one measure that would reduce low-skilled employment while at the same time increasing the number of people seeking those jobs.

Why liberals will try to outlaw spanking.  Prediction:  In 10 years, it'll be illegal to spank your kids.  Progressivism's never-ending zeal to intrude into our lives, bust up families and force us all to march to its grim beat means that yesterday's absurdity turns into today's hot topic in lefty opinion magazines, which turns into tomorrow's law.  If the people resist such a change — if an actual statute can't be passed — that matters little.  Judges will simply impose their vision on us, chiding us all for not having the imagination to recognize that what looks like a radical new policy was there all along, lacking only a wise interpreter to come along to clarify it.

Rep. Steve King Predicts Impeachment if Obama Grants Executive Amnesty.  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has given Obama a six-page wish list of executive actions, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said Obama may give temporary amnesty and work permits to five million more illegal immigrants by expanding the Deferred Amnesty for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the parents of illegal immigrants.  King called that program lawless and unconstitutional.  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has even recommended that Obama give amnesty, by executive fiat, to every illegal immigrant who would have received it under the Senate's comprehensive amnesty bill.  In other words, amnesty for nearly all of the illegal immigrants in the country who are not hardened criminals.

Luis Gutierrez to La Raza: Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People'.  On Saturday [7/19/2014], Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."

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Common sense would tell you that those who are eligible for deportation are not "our people."  But if you have common sense you probably don't vote for Democrats.

Moral Equivalence Is Usually Moral Negligence.  I don't know a single conservative who supports muzzling leftist thought or speech, no matter how repugnant he may find it.  Yet leftists are strongly supportive of various measures to suppress, even outlaw, conservative speech, from campus speech codes to the Fairness Doctrine.  There is no way to describe this disparity in terms of moral equivalence.  I sincerely believe there is a reason liberals engage in this behavior far more than conservatives.  It is because many of them believe that their ends, which they believe are vastly superior, justify their means.  I've seen it so much that I suspect it is inherent in leftist ideology.

20 Examples of What Liberalism REALLY Is.  [#11] Liberalism is saying you're for "choice" because you support abortion while opposing giving Americans choices about their health care, schools, whether they want to bake cakes for gay weddings, or even the light bulbs they have in their house.

Back to Work.  White House policy is being driven by an über-left version of social justice that has deep roots in liberation theology and Marxism.  Pope Saint John Paul II worked with Ronald Reagan to bring down an evil empire.  Now Pope Francis appears to be working with Obama to bring down capitalism.  Expect the left to demand equal sainthood for what they consider to be comparable work by their new friend.

The Political Left Is Deconstructing The Middle Class.  Progressives see property and control seated more appropriately in the collective, and not limited by Judeo-Christian "middle-class" values like private property and personal responsibility.  Such ideas are bedrock for the middle class but a bane for Progressives; Progressives approve of limits for individuals, but not for government.

The murder of the middle class.  Lies and fraud are at the center of this "murder of the middle class."  President Obama and various big government politicians need to distract the middle class from their real agenda.  Lies are their WMD — weapon of mass distraction.  So they claim ObamaCare is about "saving the sick and uninsured[,]" when the real objective is income redistribution (through higher taxes and higher premiums) to make the middle class poor and dependent on government.  They claim environmental regulations and green energy will save us from global warming[,] when the real objective is bankrupting the middle class by tripling utility bills, gas bills and grocery bills.  They claim immigration reform is about "protecting innocent children[,]" when the real objective is to create 12 million new low-wage employees in the labor force[,] depress middle class wages for generations to come[,] and create 12 million future Democratic voters.

Democrats take aim at First Amendment rights.  Democrats said their amendment was a response to two Supreme Court rulings in recent years:  one to allow interest groups to spend freely on issue ads, and another that canceled limits on how much a person can give to federal campaigns overall — though the dollar limits to individual candidates remain in place.  If ratified, the new amendment would give Congress the power to ban campaign spending altogether, and would specifically target the 2010 Citizens United decision that freed interest groups to run ads.  "We can't fail to act," said Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat and an author of the new proposal.  "I want to restore the previous balance."  He acknowledged that amending the First Amendment was "arguably extreme" but said the court decisions have forced Congress to this point.

A Window Opens Onto the Left-Wing Conspiracy.  The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be.  The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America's many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda.  The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its "partners" and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in Chicago.  Someone who attended the conference unfortunately (heh) left his or her copy of the documents passed out by the Democracy Alliance behind, and they eventually fell into the wrong hands.  Ours.

Hobby Lobby Deceit.  Liberals typically use religion like they do corporations (and most other things, for that matter):  only when it is politically convenient or profitable.  Whenever conservatives use their morality as a basis for making business decisions or passing legislation, liberals, seemingly unaware of their hypocrisy, love to note how conservatives are "forcing their religion" or "forcing their morality" on others.  When liberals talk in terms of the "evils" of corporations and the "one-percent," or the "rights" of women (or men) to have all the sex they want without any of the consequences, or how "wrong" it is to deny homosexuals the privilege of "marrying," they are also making moral and religious arguments.  Of course, when one's "morals" allow for the killing of children in the womb, marriage perversions, and the like, it is rather easy to deceive others into thinking that your arguments are rooted not in some perverse morality but in "science" and "reason."

The Blood of Liberty.  Liberals encounter no hazardous side roads or dead-ends on their grand highway to perfection.  From claiming that Social Security funds are safe in a lockbox to insisting that government control of the medical system will provide superior health care to arguing that throwing money at climate change will make it stop changing, they can't foresee that attempting to solve one problem can lead to more problems.  When new problems arise, they blame conservatives.  They can scoff at conservative faith because they have "science."

New York Dem: Illegals Should Have The Right To Vote.  New York state Sen. Guestavo Rivera wants to pass legislation to give illegal immigrants the right to vote in local and state elections, Reuters reports.  In terms of the broad benefits available to non-citizens, this bill is the first of its kind in America.  The main objective of the New York Is Home Act, according to Rivera, is to integrate illegal immigrants, who are estranged from participation in civic, economic and political life.  The legislation not only gives illegal immigrants the right to vote, but establishes a kind of second-tiered citizenship on a state level, in which illegal immigrants can apply for tuition assistance, health insurance and driver's and professional licenses, among other benefits.

Beware a beneficent government.  The president is an ardent progressive.  This dastardly philosophy of government was brought into the American mainstream 100 years ago by a Republican, Theodore Roosevelt, and a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson.  Its guiding principle is the belief that government — not individuals — is the chief engine of human progress.  If that means government tearing down rich persons to help poor persons, if that means the massive redistribution of wealth, if it means federal regulation of every conceivable occupation or productive endeavor, if it means fighting an unjust war, progressives are for it.

5 Disastrous Obama Policy Decisions That Have Already Blown Up In His Face.  The only reason liberalism survives is because there's usually a good bit of lag between when a policy is being implemented and the time when the American people get to see the results.  If Americans could somehow magically see what would happen in a decade or two after a liberal policy has passed, there would be no liberals left.  Instead, back in the real world, liberals create or exacerbate disasters with their policies, blame everyone other than themselves, and then demand more government action to fix the problem they screwed up in the first place.

Iraq Civil War Is Exactly What Democrats Wanted.  The chaos that is unfolding in Iraq is being portrayed in the media as an unexpected development.  It certainly is an unnecessary fate for a country that had, until recently, a chance of survival.  Yet it is not only the predictable, but in fact the desirable, outcome in Iraq for Democrats, who in 2006 were pushing for as quick a withdrawal from Iraq as possible — never mind the foreseeable consequences, including genocide and a terrorist takeover.

38 Points From 1963 — It Is Happening — The Communist Takeover of America.  Of course this isn't new information, but it is even more critical today than it was then with the passage of time.  It is now fifty-one years later and the hard work of the communists seems to be paying off — for them, and they aren't through.  Every American should be clamoring in the streets over what is taking place.  The fact that we aren't is frightening.  While some of those 45 seem irrelevant now, most are clearly in play in today's Democrat Party as well as American politics and government.

The New Regressives.  We should not use the word "progressive" or "liberal," given that on issues like abortion, affirmative action, the environment, illegal immigration, censorship, and a host of others, the left is reactionary to the core.

The Perplexing Durability of Keynesian Economics.  Keynesian economics is a failure.  It didn't work for Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s.  It didn't work for Japan in the 1990s.  And it didn't work for Bush or Obama in recent years.  No matter where's it's been tried, it's been a flop.  So why, whenever there's a downturn, do politicians resuscitate the idea that bigger government will "stimulate" the economy?

A Performance Review.  Obama has [a vision].  It's a left-wing vision, and it's mostly coherent.  He's for raising taxes, redistributing the wealth, giving federal regulators and bureaucrats more power than they've ever dreamed of, and reducing America's sway in the world.  For all his complaints about gridlock, he's achieved a good bit of this.  Oh, and he wants the national political discussion to focus on race, poverty, sexism, and fairness.

The VA and the Limits of Liberalism.  Many have noted, including our own John Fund, that the VA scandal poses an acute threat to the Obama administration because of how much its problems resemble the criticisms of Obamacare itself.  But let's imagine there was no Obamacare.  Let's imagine that Obama had actually followed through on his occasional promises to focus on the economy and jobs first and foremost and didn't blunder into the huge wasteful distraction that is the Affordable Care Act.  The lessons of the VA would still be a problem for Obama and for liberals generally.  Why?  Because the Democratic party simply is the party of government.  It is the party that insists on the nobility, efficacy and intellectual superiority of government.

The Democratic Party makes war on free speech.  The proposed amendment is astonishingly radical.  It would allow Congress to ban any spending on federal elections, which means that a challenger could beat an incumbent in only the most extraordinary circumstances.  (Campaign finance regulation has always been mostly about incumbent protection.)  Or Congress could ban all contributions or independent spending by individuals or corporations in excess of, say, $10, while allowing unlimited expenditures by unions.  This would guarantee that if the Congress is once controlled by Democrats, the Republicans could never win it back.

Another Noble Quest With No Solution.  Just as the left has no practical solution for global warming it has had no solution for arms control, universal healthcare, in fact, the expenses of the welfare state.  Arms control always depended on the United States, a nation that abides by its treaties, signing a treaty with Russia, a nation that does not abide by its treaties.  Universal health care's costs are proving to be catastrophic and will be unsustainable.  The welfare state runs up bills that in the end will bankrupt us.  Yet the dutiful leftists plods on, insisting that the answer to all our problems are readily available.

The Height of Utopianism.  A political battle that is shaping up in San Francisco has implications for other communities across the country.  The issue that will be on the June ballot is whether voter approval shall be required to change the height restrictions on buildings along the San Francisco waterfront.  Like so many other political issues, this one is being debated in runaway rhetoric bearing no resemblance to reality.  Former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne, for example, says that "the people" own the waterfront and therefore should be "consulted."  Really?  Can one of "the people," who supposedly own the waterfront, decide that he wants to sell his share of it and pocket the money?

What Conservatives Want from Washington.  Washington has become an exclusive province of leftism, a place in which all variety of conservative positions and values are subverted, corrupted, or compromised.  Is there any aspect of established leftism that could survive without the power centers of Washington?  No, there is not.

The Ten Commandments Of Liberalism.  [#6] Liberalism is a jealous god and it will not tolerate anything, especially Christianity, being put before it. [...]
[#7] It's better to bankrupt a city like Detroit, cause the deaths of millions in Africa by banning DDT, or destroy the American health care system with Obamacare than to be called "mean" for choosing policies based on whether they work or not.
[#8] Not only should you go ahead and covet your neighbor's possessions, you should encourage other people to do it, too.  Then, you should call for the government to take their possessions and redistribute them.

Why True American Conservatives Cannot Be Extremist and How Progressives are Ultimately Tyrants.  [Scroll down]  The unspeakable crime of conservatives?  Their heartless desire to live their own lives and to be left alone by the bullying U.S. government.  What has been the conservative outcry since disco was still a thing?  Follow the Constitution, be fiscally responsible, and restore limited government.  Not to impose their will on anyone; and if anything, simply to work, prosper, express themselves freely and be allowed to watch the new season of 24 in peace.  Unfortunately, this doesn't jibe with the progressives' plans for control over Americans' lives — regarding everything from education to dish detergent.  There is no natural barrier to the left's powerlust:  the "progressive" seeks no less than to control the social and physical environment of all mankind.  Their philosophy is the very essence of extremism, [...]

Torquemada Invades America.  This nation of free and open inquiry has been seized by totalitarians who refuse to entertain other points of view.  The debate about global warming is over[,] say adherents of this position.  When, if ever, has the debate about any scientific issue been over?  That is the least of it.  So complete is the feminist assault on the culture that one can no longer say men and woman aren't interchangeable.  Should a military officer challenge the faith, he can be sure promotion is not in his future.  Common sense is in retreat before the gods of cultural reformation.  It is now part of the orthodoxy to contend that all nations and cultures are equally good, with the possible exception of Israel.

Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'.  Election-year memo to Democratic candidates:  Don't talk about the economic recovery.

Dem consultants telling candidates not to use the word 'recovery'.  You can't spin the failure of Obama's economic policies.  Too many people are still hurting while a majority believe we're still in a recession.  Since the Dems won't mention "recovery" it's up to Republican candidates to bring up the fact that there has been no recovery after 6 years — and bring it up often.

A Lesson in Liberal/Democratic Party Hypocrisy.  What do Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Michele Bachmann, Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, and TW Shannon all have in common? [...] They are hated by liberals and Democrats. [...] They are women and minorities who honor God, family, and country.  They are self-reliant, extremely successful and do not view themselves as victims.  Liberals and Democrats will not tolerate such liberated independent thinking by women and minorities.  It threatens the foundation of the Democratic Party which is built on insidious evil lies, class envy, and victimhood-ism.

First, Stop the Train.  Currently, there are two major visions for America.  Liberals envision an overarching central government that controls all of the resources and ensures "equitable" redistribution in a way that prevents anyone from suffering hardship, regardless of their lifestyle and life choices.  The conservative vision emphasizes personal responsibility and a governmental role confined by the U.S. Constitution.  This is the vision that was embraced by our Founders.  The liberal vision, however, seems to be rapidly gaining momentum, even though many of its proponents would argue that either the government is not really trying to take control, or authority is a necessary function in its role of determining qualifications for licenses, setting standards, and establishing such things as age requirements for public-school attendance.

The Progressive March to the Future is Destroying America.  The progressive march to the future is destroying America.  What the Democrats and the progressives are doing behind the scenes is a more frightening and unjustified power grab than Putin's on the Ukraine. [...] [I]n spite of the dysfunction of our House and Senate there is a more pervasive danger — and it is the people who are behind the scenes — people who in the dead of night write laws and bills that no one seems to know what [...] is in them.  Or decisions that give up America's sovereignty to an organization that has now changed what its initial purpose once was to an institution preparing for a one-world government, The United Nations.  So the freest, most stable nation in the world gives up the Internet to forces that could advance it being stifled?  Does this make sense?

More proof liberals are the new intolerants.  Silicon Valley liberals spent millions of dollars funding President Obama's re-election and have been some of the left's most ardent supporters of progressive causes.  And they are just getting started.  After helping give America ObamaCare, medical marijuana and a feeble foreign policy, the young tech geniuses are now trying to purge conservatives and those who support conservative causes from corporate board rooms.

GOP Blows Chance To Nail Another ObamaCare Failure.  The original plan for ObamaCare was to force every business with 50 or more employees to provide "affordable" coverage or pay a stiff fine, [and] to sharply restrict the plans they could offer by, among other things, capping deductibles at $2,000 for workers.  The cap was little more than a stealth attempt by Democrats to wreck Health Savings Accounts, which trade off high deductibles for tax-free savings accounts that can be used to pay out-of-pocket health costs.

Fish Instead of People, Ideologies without Consequences.  There is a great sickness in California, home of the greatest number of American billionaires and poor people, land of the highest taxes and about the worst schools and roads in the nation.  The illness is a new secular religion far more zealous and intolerant than the pre-Reformation zealotry of the Church.  Modern elite liberalism is based on the simple creed that one's affluence and education, one's coolness and zip code, should shield him from the consequences of one's bankrupt thoughts that he inflicts on others.

We Have Become the Communist States of America.  In 1963, U.S. Rep. A.S. Herlong Jr., D-Fla., read into the Congressional Record a list of "Current Communist Goals" as enumerated by Dr. Cleon Skousen in "The Naked Communist," penned in 1958.  I encourage you to read the whole list, but for now let's focus on those goals that most closely align with the seditious agenda of America's "progressive" movement.  It's actually most of them.  Though Herlong was a Democrat, the list reads like today's Democratic Party Platform.

Why Not Just Get Rid of the Immigration Law Altogether?  The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Sandweg, published an op-ed this week calling, in effect, for the abolition of immigration law.  Sandweg, a criminal defense attorney and Arizona crony of Janet Napolitano, wrote in relation to President Obama's directive that ICE reexamine enforcement policies with an eye toward making them more "humane."  To that end, he says ICE "should eliminate 'non-criminal re-entrants and immigration fugitives' as a priority category for deportation."

Democrat Wants His Party to Officially Come Out Against the Second Amendment.  The Daily Surge has a clip of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Bill Maher's HBO show.  Ellison says the Democratic Party should just be honest about its stance on guns. [...] For some reason, Americans murdered by drug cartel members along the border never came up.  Neither did the victims of Chicago's gang violence.

Obama and The Democrats Plot To Control America.  The entitlement crisis has been a crisis that has not been allowed to go to waste.  Under Obama's feeble economy and sputtering "recovery" (the weakest in modern history), spending on welfare, food stamps, and disability payments have soared.  Hooking people onto the government IV line is an excellent way to increase dependency and the number of future dependable Democrats.  It is also an excellent way to bankrupt America. [...] [T]hey can then consider their mission accomplished:  the permanent weakening of America.  Obama and Congressional Democrats have handcuffed all future presidents and endangered Americans yet to be born.

'You have no idea how bad it is,' says ex-spook on destruction of US.  On Wednesday it was reported that America's enemies within, mainly those who are part of the "progressive movement," are very close to their ultimate goal of the complete demise of the Republic has envisioned by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Today there is even more disturbing news.  An "ex-spook" as they are known, in other words a retired member of the CIA, stated concerning the effort to destroy the U.S., "You have no idea how bad it is."  The enemies of freedom and the Constitution within the country, he said, have now succeeded in putting most of their goals in place.  "Think of how far they have come since 2008," he continued, "Most Americans don't even recognize their own country anymore.  They feel like foreigners in their own land."

Hedge Funds, K Street, and the Ugly Underbelly of the Democratic Party.  In case you missed it, Senate Democrats staged an all-night talkfest on Monday to promote higher taxes and increased government regulation to address the scientific theory known as "climate change."  Hopefully you did miss it, because most well adjusted people have better things to do than stay up all night watching a bunch of senior citizens talk about solar panels and wind turbines.  At least one person was paying close attention:  liberal billionaire and reluctant democracy advocate Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million backing Democrats who support aggressive government action to reduce carbon emissions.  Democratic senators want Steyer's money, they just don't want anyone to think their stance on "climate change" is based on anything other than a genuine concern for Gaia.

The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives.  We have entered a surreal political landscape where a radical left — a left that supported Communism during the Cold War either directly or under the guise of "anti-anti-Communism" — now occupies the commanding heights of the culture and has redefined the political center.  Now radicalism — Marxism and its socialist variants — is referred to by arbitrators of the culture as the political center — liberalism.  What was once "centrism" — the liberalism of the Democratic Party in the Kennedy era is now referred to as right-wing extremism.  John F. Kennedy now long dead can still be carelessly referred to as a liberal icon thanks to the general amnesia, but Kennedy's actual politics were identical to those of Ronald Reagan — militant anti-communism, hawkish on defense, for a capital gains tax cut and a balanced budget.

What the Senate's all-nighter on climate change is really about.  Dozens of Democratic senators plan to speak out Monday night [3/10/2014] into early Tuesday morning about their growing concerns with climate change.  Adopting a strategy used in the past year to great effect by Republican senators  — Ted Cruz, anyone? — at least 28 Democrats plan to use floor time to raise their concerns on the lack of attention being paid to climate change — although there is no single bill or even set of bills for which they will be advocating.

Senate Democrats' donor-friendly global warming show.  Senator after senator will undoubtedly join [Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian] Schatz in insisting that Congress must act.  But the Democratic talkathon is not about any action in particular.  It's not being staged in support of, or opposition to, any specific legislative proposal.  And if there were proposed legislation under consideration, Democrats could just pass it, or at least bring it up for debate and a vote, because they control the Senate with a 55-seat majority.  But that, apparently, is not the point of the all-nighter.

Dinesh D'Souza: Obama Believes in 'Moral Indictment of America and Free Market'.  President Barack Obama believes in the central argument of modern progressivism, according to Dinesh D'Souza. [...] Obama, he said, knows exactly what he is doing.  "The point about Obama is that he is someone who wants to shrink America's footprint in the world," he said.  "He wants to remake America."  Modern progressives like Obama, D'Souza said, believe that "America and the wealth of America is based on theft."  He said they fundamentally believe that America stole land from Native Americans, took the labor of Africans, stole a part of Mexico, and is currently taking oil from the Middle East.  "This is what we are up against," D'Souza said of the "moral attack against capitalism."

Obama's $4 Trillion Budget: Liberalism's Last Hurrah?  Barack Obama keeps saying there isn't a government program for every problem in America, but you wouldn't know it from reading his new 2015 federal budget.  This nearly $4 trillion document would spend more federal dollars on everything from climate change to green energy to transit systems to welfare state expansion to federal land purchases to day-care subsidies.  The spending blueprint is a back-door scheme to bust the budget caps that already were raised just last December.

Obama's Bizarro World Budget For Fiscal 2015.  Despite its relative insignificance in the grand scheme of things, the annual White House budget proposal does provide a window into the president's thinking on the size and scope of government.  The fiscal 2015 budget — released a month late on Tuesday — also manages to showcase Obama's worrisome detachment from reality.  The budget rests, for example, on the assumption that real GDP growth this year will be 3.1%.  The Congressional Budget Office pegs it at 2.7%; the consensus in the financial sector is 2.5%.

Boxer: 'Absolutely No Way We're Going to Cut Spending'.  While discussing federal spending and transportation funding last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said "there is absolutely no way we're going to cut spending."  Boxer was discussing the Highway Trust Fund with members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in Washington on Feb. 26, when she addressed various tax increases that may be used to raise money for the program.

Tax-and-spend liberalism does not work.  Here is the proof:
President Obama's Growth Gap Hits $1.31 Trillion.  [A]nnual growth during Obama's "recovery" has never topped 3%.  By comparison, it never fell below 3% during the Reagan recovery.  And in the nine years following the 1990-91 recession, GDP grew faster than 3% in all but two.  [Indeed], even Jimmy Carter had some strong growth years.

Obama: the Pen, Phone, and Failure.  [President Obama's] EPA is trying to regulate the coal industry out of business.  Coal provides 37% of our electricity.  Do not be alarmed, he is replacing that generating capacity with... well, nothing.  You see, skyrocketing the price of electricity was an objective not a side effect.  If you can't afford it, you won't use it.  The goal is to push Americans out of single-family homes into high-density cities, where tiny, cubicle-like apartments, clustered around mass transit will become the norm.  In these progressive Shangri-Las, no one will own a car, which is a good thing since Barry has doubled the price of gasoline in his first term and will probably double it again before the end of his second.

Dem Sen. Wyden: Give Every Child a $500 College Savings Account.  Sen. Ron Wyden, (D-OR) is intending to draft a law that would entitle every child born in the United States to a $500 savings account of their own.  Wyden stated that if there were universal savings accounts for newborns, it would "really put a dent in the poverty rate."

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This is nothing new.  Hillary Clinton had the same idea 6½ years ago, except her idea was to give every newborn $5,000.  The money wouldn't come out of her pocket, or Senator Wyden's pocket, so why not offer $50,000?

Obama calls homosexuality one of our 'fundamental freedoms' in statement slamming Ugandan bill.  President Barack Obama has elevated the right to have sex with a member of the same sex to the level of universal "fundamental freedoms" in a new presidential statement criticizing Uganda.  But critics say his promotion of homosexuality in a continent that overwhelmingly opposes that behavior amounts to a form of liberal "cultural imperialism."

Time to hold Democrats in Congress responsible for the mess they created.  [Scroll down]  A more appropriate target for the current sorry state of affairs would be Democrats in Congress who have been loyally marching behind this president as he leads this country into the abyss.  Democrats from red and purple states like to tout themselves at home as "moderates" or "independents" in line with the interests and values of their voters.  But a closer look at many of their actual votes paints a much different picture.  Their record is far different than their campaign rhetoric, and a careful examination shows that when President Obama needed them to advance his liberal agenda, they fell in line.  All the big ticket legislative items under his watch only happened because of Democratic unity.

Progressive Democrats are Going to Bankrupt One State at a Time.  Time to start watching U.S. cities go bankrupt.  Prior to Detroit, there was Stockton, California, and, according to Stephen Moore, now the chief economist with the Heritage Foundation, there are more than sixty of the largest cities that "are plagued with the same kinds of retirement legacy costs that sent Detroit in Chapter 9 bankruptcy" last year.  "Keep an eye on 'too big to fail' cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York," he warned.  Among the twenty cities he listed in an August 2013 Newsmax article, he cited Compton and Oakland, CA, Harrisburg, PA, and Providence, RI.  What these and other cities have in common is that "the vast majority are located in states with forced unions, non-right-to-work states." [...] At the time it declared bankruptcy, Detroit had 47 different public employee unions.

The Democrats' New Rallying Cry: Work Is a Trap and We Applaud Those Who Can Avoid It.  The modern Democrat Party looks at government the same way little kids view Santa.  Liberals seem to believe the government has infinite resources that can be used to hand out free gifts without ever having to worry about how they will be paid for.  However, back in the real world, "gifts" aren't free.  The money for those "gifts" has to be confiscated from people who work for a living and all too often these days, it's given to people who don't.

A Nation Governed by Traitors.  Liberals and 'progressives' want so desperately to change America into the kinds of nations others flee from by the millions.  Yet, they're constantly proclaiming America as great and wonderful ... but truthfully, they don't believe it.  If they did then why the desire to change her?

65 of 70 biggest spenders are Democrats, led by Congressional Black Caucus members.  Democrats in Congress sponsored 618 bills in 2013 that would have spent at least $1.35 trillion, and Republicans sponsored 147 bills worth $635 billion, according to a Washington Examiner analysis.  The figures provide an unusual insight into what members of Congress would do if they ran the show and had a free hand to spend tax dollars.  Of the 70 members who sponsored the largest number of spending bills, 65 were Democrats, four were Republicans and one an independent.

Farewell to Henry Waxman, maker of bad laws.  After 40 years in Congress, California Democrat Henry Waxman is calling it quits.  His legacy includes a toxic fuel additive (a boondoggle known as ethanol), a failed pork-fest of a climate bill and the devastation of small businesses — to name a few of his legislative accomplishments.

Waxman Retirement A Sign Of The Times For Troubled Dems.  If you've never heard of Waxman, he's one of the farthest-left members of the House of Representatives, a key member of the chamber's way-beyond-liberal Progressive Caucus.  The Democratic Socialists of America claim him as one of their own.  In his long career, he's never met a big-spending, high-taxing program he didn't either back or push himself.  It was Waxman who, among many other damaging endeavors, championed an industry-destroying cap-and-trade bill, helped expand Medicare and Social Security and push them into bankruptcy, held endless hearings to harass businesses and conservatives, tried to impose net neutrality on the Internet and advocated a ruinous carbon tax.

Progressives Without Progress.  There isn't very much progress in the progressive movement.  Progress is the expansion of possibilities.  Progressives, however, have a Malthusian obsession with the scarcity of all things.  They believe that we are about to run out of everything from energy to water to wealth and education and that like starving survivors on a lifeboat we have to redistribute everything.

In Their Own Words: Lenin, Stalin, Obama, and Hillary.  It is beneficial to remind ourselves periodically of the realities in the struggle between Constitutionalism / Capitalism and Marxism-Leninism.  It is a continual struggle, whether we acknowledge it or not.  And the enemy of America as a constitutional republic with a capitalistic economic system is Marxism-Leninism, whether it be characterized as communism, socialism, progressivism, leftism, statism, or liberalism (in its current state).

Fact-Free Liberals.  President Obama seems completely unaware of how many of the policies he is trying to impose have been tried before, in many times and places around the world, and have failed time and again.  Economic equality?  That was tried in the 19th century, in communities set up by Robert Owen, the man who coined the term "socialism."  Those communities all collapsed.

Why Don't We Merge These Disasters and Call It "ClimateCare"!  We shouldn't be surprised that something called the "Affordable Care Act" would be anything but.  And the number of uninsured Americans is now likely higher because of this law. [...] [W]e have a health care policy and a climate policy both falling short of "ambitions."  And for the exact same reason:  reality just won't conform to the will of liberalism.

Global Citizens of the World, Obey!  The political left never rests in its drive to transform the U.S. into a more statist, more collective society.  Its adherents are always scanning the status quo for openings and vulnerabilities to exploit, and they tirelessly produce a wide array of initiatives to advance their cause.  It is hard to always know what they are up to; these initiatives are often veiled to look benign, or they contain rewards for special interests that defuse likely opposition.  When closely examined, however, the initiatives are embedded with plans for major fundamental changes.  Well-known recent examples include the Common Core, the Affordable Care Act, and Agenda 21.  One such initiative with the hidden potential for sweeping transformation is the "internationalization" of higher education.

Dems want detained immigrants to be informed of their legal rights.  Reps. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) have proposed a bill that would require U.S. officials to ensure that immigrants who are detained are made fully aware of their legal rights.  The Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act, H.R. 3914, establishes an Office of Legal Access Programs, which would educate illegal immigrants about their rights.  The program would also help detained immigrants make "informed and timely decisions regarding their removal and eligibility for relief from removal."

Obama is 100% right about inequality.  America was not built around fighting inequality.  Never.  America was not built around equality, fairness, or social justice.  Those have never been the cornerstones of our economy.  Those have never been the central tenants of our country, or our Constitution.  [...] Yet somehow we managed, even with inequality not even on our radar screen, to build the greatest nation in world history — and the greatest economy in world history.  Coincidence?  We built an economy more powerful than most of the world combined.  An economy so great that people the world over tried to escape their countries to come to ours.  An economy so great the world gave it a name:  "the American Dream."

The Idol of Equality.  Gun-control laws and the use of the bully pulpit and government protocols to prevent law-abiding citizens from obtaining traditional firearms did not curb the murder rate in Chicago or Detroit.  It only drove up the price of bullets, created panic buying, and ultimately will result in more, not fewer, guns in the hands of citizens who are now angry that their government slanders them as quasi-criminals.

You've Been Warned.  Most every president hopes for a second term, but this bunch understood from the jump that the second term is everything.  Harry Reid sounds and acts like a man who never expects the Democrats to lose another election.

California Democrats will push background checks for ammunition.  Following passage last year of some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn., leading California Democrats will open a new front in the fight against gun violence this year with a proposal to conduct background checks on people who purchase ammunition.  State Senate Democrats will push to require a comprehensive background check on anyone seeking to purchase ammunition, and to require a one-year permit for ammunition purchases.

NY Times and the Left: Champions of Polygamy.  The New York Times, ever eager to push any meme that undermines the Judeo-Christian devotion to traditional morality and the single heterosexual family unit, has progressed from championing LGBT rights to its newest passion:  polygamy.  The Times is not alone; other leftist media outlets such as Huffington Post are leaders in the effort, too.

Leftists Committed To Getting Their Grubby Paws On Your Kids Early.  Progressives will trot out study after study to prove to you that your child will never learn to write his name without sticking the pen in his eye if you don't get him to a preschool STAT.  (One wonders how all of the scientists who got us to the moon were able to do so without the benefit of having gone to preschool.)  It's all garbage, of course, but it's purposeful garbage.  The sooner they can get your kids out of your hands and into those of a government employee who will say anything for a pension, the better.

DeFazio: U.S. Must Regulate Carbon Emissions and 'Force' Regulation on Other Countries.  Blasting Republican "climate-change deniers" as well as "blathering idiots on talk shows" who joked about the "Arctic vortex," Rep. Peter DeFazio urged Congress to tackle climate change in 2014.  He called it one of the "biggest challenges of our time."  He wants the Obama administration to regulate carbon emissions as pollution.  And "even if we take strong measures here, we've got to force those measures on other countries," he said in a five-minute speech on the House floor Wednesday [1/8/2014].

The Bleeding Obvious.  [T]he push for "gun control" in this country has almost nothing to do with safety (something every responsible gun owner is entirely in favor of) and everything to do with the Left's innately fascist impulses.  Restrict it!  Ban it!  Outlaw it!  These people never stop, they never sleep, they never quit, even in the face of all the evidence.

Progressivism Is A Move Backward, Not Forward.  Progressivism.  It sounds positive and uncontroversial.  After all, we all want to progress, don't we?  But progressivism isn't what its advocates want everyone to think it is.  It is not a road to progress or any attempt to make progress.  It is a return to a tribal existence in which groups fight among each other for government-distributed resources.  Progressivism dates back to the late 19th century.  Its animating objective is to use the power of government to design, order, mold and control society.  Under this idea, professional politicians and master bureaucrats identify what they believe to be societal flaws and use government to "fix" them.  It results in the practice of unlimited government and the supremacy of the state, which has the duty, according to progressive political scientist John Burgess, to perfect humanity.

The Progressive Agenda Crashes into Complexity.  [T]he destruction of the American coal industry is moving right along, a product of Obama executive decrees and EPA regulations.  And if we were to look deeper we'd find plenty of others.  The attempted transformation of the economy that we are witnessing is by no means limited to a handful of isolated and unrelated programs.  What does this transformation look like overall?  It involves drastically cut energy sources, seriously limited forms of transportation, 19th-century (or even more primitive) health care, less food, expensive light sources, seriously truncated job opportunities, and higher education too expensive for any but the elite.  In other words, Americans are to become poor, cold, hungry, and stupid, while sitting in the dark.  That's the progressive plan for the wealthiest nation in the long human record.

A Left-Wing America Stands Alone.  America's massive wealth and resources have allowed the left to act as if it could borrow against them indefinitely to finance its big government schemes.  Imagine a billionaire's fortune falling into the hands of his idiot wastrel son who has no idea that money ever runs out.  Smaller countries don't have the luxury of running up infinite debts and not worrying about how they will be paid back or pretending that impossible rates of economic growth will compensate for trillion dollar deficits.  America is the left's economic fantasyland because it has so much that they imagine that it will take a long time to bankrupt.

The Four Freedoms: 75 Years of Liberal Betrayal.  The point is that liberals today stand foursquare against any speech that hasn't been pre-approved by the liberal censors, and they operate blacklists against people that violate liberal speech codes, according to the principle that you'll never get a job in this tinsel-town again.  Liberals have utterly betrayed their belief in Freedom of Speech.

Do Democrats really need to promote religious persecution?  Democrat politicians do not want respectful disagreement between evangelicals and gays.  War between homosexuals and evangelicals is important for them.  The Democratic Party, in order to raise money from gays and lock in millennial votes, is attacking freedom of thought, speech and religion.  This is a basic community organizing tactic:  encourage grievance, divide the community, fan the flames of conflict, and inject government power into social problems.  By putting their own political interests before every other value, Democrats have pushed our country into a culture clash that is becoming unresolvable.

Why Obama and Obamacare may be the death of American liberalism.  It's almost impossible to exaggerate the absurdities that have attended Obamacare, beginning with the president's infamous lies about keeping your present plan and your doctor, and continuing through the 11,000 pages of implementing regulations written to date, according to USA Today's Jayne O'Donnell.  Incredibly, thousands more Obamacare regulations are yet to be written, many of the horrendous problems with the program's website remain unsolved and 2014 promises to add millions more people to nearly six million who lost their coverage in 2013.

National Renewable Electricity Standard: Why raise electricity prices?  Earlier this month, Representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act) into the US House of Representatives.  The act mandates that all US retail electrical suppliers buy an increasing amount of electricity from renewable energy sources, or pay fines for the shortfall.  If the law is passed, it will raise electricity prices for Americans for questionable environmental gains.

The Decline and Fall of Political Discourse.  The majority of the American people, asleep during the past sixty years of overwhelming peace and prosperity, are gradually waking up to the massive deception that has been perpetrated by the Left and their inability to solve the almost insolvable problems they, in large part, created.  Unfortunately it has taken the election of Barack Obama and the imposition of ObamaCare, among other policies aimed at concentrating power in the hands of the American Left, to achieve this epiphany.

On the Road to Itascas.  Martin Luther King Jr. said, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." [...] Was Reverend King referring to the infinite hope for more food stamps, Medicaid, and Obamaphones?  That is all socialist entitlement offers.

No Moral Grounds for Obamacare.  Obamacare, like all redistributionist programs, turns morality on its head by holding need as the moral standard.  This subjects anyone to the force and whim of a thousand masters, or a hundred thousand, or as many who declare such need.  That is the antithesis of a moral system.

Democratic Party has no more centrists.  The Democratic Party has gone so far left that late Senate stalwarts like Henry "Scoop" Jackson and Pat Moynihan, lions of liberalism but also of common sense and a strong military, must be spinning in their graves.

Progressives & patience: A look at how we got Obamacare.  Obamacare didn't happen overnight.  For the last 75 years, progressives have trotted out the idea of compulsory health care or subsidized national health insurance every decade or so, been defeated, and then gone back to the drawing board.  Their tenaciousness finally paid off in 2010 when Congress by the narrowest of margins passed a bill with no Republican votes, and President Obama signed into law his "signature" achievement.

Comprehensively Yours.  [B]ecause liberalism (or "progressivism," as they now prefer), when taken to its nth degree, must and does end in fascism.  In order to achieve the liberal paradise, and since the common folk cannot be trusted, coercion must be part of the solution; the generation that screamed "off the pigs" now controls most of the levers of the federal government, and have become the pigs themselves.

Howard Dean: Employers Have No Right to Make Health Decisions, But Gov't Does.  Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a liberal Democrat, says decisions about health care should rest with the federal government, not with individual employers who pay for their workers' health insurance.  "So, you know, this is one country," Dean told CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley on Sunday [12/1/2013].  "We all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and agreed to by the court.  We'll see what the court does, but I don't think a particular employer has a right to decide what kind of health care their employees are going to get.  That's now in the hands of the federal government, and that's where it should be."

Morality, Anti-Morality, and Socialism.  Since the founding of America, personal choice has been organized around the teachings of Judeo-Christian morality.  But this psychology of personal choice has been upended by a vast reaction against the idea of morality itself.  Today in America the psychological process of personal choice is influenced by anti-moral experimentalism, the end stage of which is socialism.

Masking Totalitarianism.  One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey.  The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they've been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us.  Their agenda calls for an attack on the free market and what it implies — voluntary exchange.  Tyrants do not trust that people acting voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do.  Therefore, free markets are replaced with economic planning and regulation that is nothing less than the forcible superseding of other people's plans by the powerful elite.

The 'fatal conceit' of President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius.  The book is called The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism.  Although the language and discussion of the book is not all that simple, the basic point is, I think, pretty straightforward.  Hayek summed it all up in his acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize.  He noted the critical importance that we know what we don't know.  Thinking you know what you don't and can't know, the illusion that men can plan, organize, and control things far beyond their understanding is the "fatal conceit" of socialism.

Don't Forget the Other Entitlement Monsters.  Like Obamacare, the SNAP program takes a small problem that in the past was addressed by churches, families, mutual aid societies, and fraternal organizations, inflates it into a crisis by hyperbolic rhetoric, and then claims only a massive federal entitlement and regulatory regime can solve the problem.  That has been the progressive playbook for nearly a century, and the result has been a bloated federal bureaucracy, ruinous debt, and taxes appropriated from the producers of economic growth.

Legalizing illegal immigrants is the solution to Obamacare: Democrat.  Rep. Jared Polis said Friday [11/15/2013] the key problem with health care right now is that illegal immigrants aren't included in Obamacare, and said part of the solution is to pass a bill granting them citizenship rights.  The House is debating a GOP-written bill that would allow Americans to keep their health plans that have been canceled under Obamacare, but Mr. Polis, a Colorado Democrat, said the chamber should instead be looking at ways to make sure everyone in the country is covered by the Affordable Care Act — including illegal immigrants.

House Democratic Leaders: We Will Not Apologize to Americans Losing Their Health Insurance.  Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the top four House Democrats — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Leader James Clyburn, Whip Steny Hoyer and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra — were asked if they would apologize to any constituents who felt misled by Democrats.  Each declined.

Why Obama lied about health care.  [E]very lie is planted for a single end:  to justify increasing the power of the federal government, and with it the clout of its Number One champion, the Democrat Party.  That's why it's important to remember that it wasn't just Obama who told the Noble Lie about ObamaCare, it was the entire Democratic party.  Every member of Congress who voted for the Affordable Care Act knew its provisions would be a disaster for ten of millions of Americans already holding health insurance policies.  They knew the idea that people would be allowed to keep their existing policies was a fiction, just as they knew that far from making health care "affordable" ObamaCare would send insurance premiums skyrocketing — an average of 43 percent around the country.

MA Politician Wants Unannounced Home Searches by Police to Enforce Gun Law.  Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms.  Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable."  There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance.

The Editor says...
The 4th Amendment very clearly prohibits blanket searches of every house in town, looking for guns, drugs, cash, or whatever the cops can find.  If an idea like this were to be met with no resistance, those unannounced searches would become a daily routine, and the 4th Amendment would be an archaic technicality.  Even the mere proposal of such a law (by the state of Massachusetts) is what one would expect to see only in Cuba, North Korea or East Germany.

Debbie Does D.C.  Leftists wishing a complete treatment of progressive chants, tics, talking points, sacraments, secret handshakes, and calamitous policies can find them in For the Next Generation, a tedious and repetitious 300-page walk through the entire catalogue of leftist delusions.  Every failed idea since Rousseau is here lovingly lifted up as part of the path to an American paradise.

Democrats Want Doctors To Be Owned By The State.  Don't think that ObamaCare is the Democrats' last word on health care.  They won't be content until both patients and doctors are under their command.

Democrats considering bill to lift minimum wage by 40 percent.  Senate Democrats, hoping to move beyond the disastrous rollout of the new health care law, plan to pivot to legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage by nearly $3, to over $10 an hour.  Democratic lawmakers met privately Thursday [11/7/2013] to discuss proposals, including one by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, a nearly 40 percent increase.  It would also would tie wage levels to inflation.

Obamacare Is Obama Unmasked.  [A]fter five years of unconscionably reckless federal spending, a wholesale assault on our domestic energy industries, endless abuses of executive authority and other lawless incursions on the Constitution, unprecedented divisiveness and polarization across economic, racial and gender lines, America's declining power and prestige in the world, an explosion of the welfare state, and the worst economic recovery in 60 years, how can anyone who cares about this nation's future and the well-being of our children and grandchildren keep supporting this man's policies?

Winners and Losers: ObamaCare Exposes the 'Soylent Green Liberals'.  America is learning that under ObamaCare there are losers — millions of them — and almost all among the working and middle class.  Up to 20 million will lose the insurance President Obama reassured them they could keep, and as the cost of premiums and deductibles spike, they will find their health care choices limited.  But the only reaction to this human carnage from America's "Soylent Green Liberals" is that it is all for the greater good.

Reid Hopes to Pass LGBT Workplace Protections.  The search is on for one last senator to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.  Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the Senate floor for the first time in 17 years next week, a statistic that both awes and infuriates advocates who say the vote is long overdue.  "People realize this is the next big civil rights step in America," says Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.  "It is a historic step forward."

The Editor says...
It's the next big step, he says.  Not the last big step, just the next step in a long series.

If America blames Obama, Obamacare dies.  Democrats will not be satisfied with anything short of full government control of healthcare.  Like good disciples of Saul Alinsky, they will use any means necessary to get to this desired end.  In order to achieve the holy grail of single-payer healthcare, Democrats must do three things, almost simultaneously:  First, Obamacare must fail; second, destroy the private insurance market by putting private health insurers out of business; third, in conjunction with their partners in the mainstream media, they must persuade America that private insurance companies, not the federal takeover of healthcare, are responsible for rising premiums, lack of access, and the cancellation of tens of millions of Americans' healthcare plans.

Obamacare laid bare.  [Scroll down]  Obamacare is the largest transfer of wealth in recent American history.  But you can't say that openly lest you lose elections.  So you do it by subterfuge:  hidden taxes, penalties, mandates and coverage requirements that yield a surplus of overpayments.  So that your president can promise to cover 30 million uninsured without costing the government a dime.  Which from the beginning was the biggest falsehood of them all.  And yet the free lunch is the essence of modern liberalism.  Free mammograms, free preventative care, free contraceptives for Sandra Fluke.  Come and get it.

Obama orders government to prepare for impact of global warming.  President Obama issued an executive order Friday [11/1/2013] directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming.  The action orders federal agencies to work with states to build "resilience" against major storms and other weather extremes.  For example, the president's order directs that infrastructure projects like bridges and flood control take into consideration climate conditions of the future, which might require building structures larger or stronger — and likely at a higher price tag.

The Editor says...
By now it should be obvious:  Obama's goal is to make everything more expensive.  Electricity, gasoline, medical insurance, and, as we see here, everything else.  In order to justify preparations for the "impact of global warming," Mr. Obama would have to prove that there is (or will be) any global warming, and prove that one or two degrees of warming would be hazardous.  Neither he nor anyone else will never accomplish such a goal.  As usual, Mr. Obama is meddling in everybody's business for no reason except to impede capitalism.

Liberalism = Unhappyism.  Think about how our president campaigned and won.  "Hope and Change" was his slogan for the 2008 election.  Prior to his first swearing in he quipped, "We're just five days away from fundamentally changing America."  Why the need for all this change?  You typically want to change something if you're not happy about its current state.  This is the mantra of left-wing liberalism, "We've got to change all this because the way it is now stinks."  This seems to be how they feel about virtually everything.

Can We Finally Stop Pretending?  The president is incapable of telling a truth, and what conservatives have been predicting for three years about ObamaCare has been entirely correct. [...] We've seen a website and estimates of premium and deductible figures which have been panic-inducing all on their own.  There is not one single fact about this monstrosity that has been truly presented by the president, and his law, its destruction of lives and fortunes, and the pattern of fraud that have accompanied it rest solely and squarely on the Democratic Party.  They did this to the United States of America and they did it on purpose.

Is Obama a Dupe or a Totalitarian, Megalomaniacal Liar?  [Scroll down]  In the progressive era 100 years ago, that presidential attitude brought us the Federal Reserve, the federal income tax, Prohibition, World War I, prosecutions for speech critical of the government and the beginnings of official modern government racial segregation.  That same attitude in our era has brought us the Patriot Act, which allows federal agents to write their own search warrants, government borrowing that knows no end — including the $2 trillion Bush borrowed for the war in Iraq, a country which is now less stable than before Bush invaded, and the $7 trillion Obama borrowed to redistribute — and an NSA that monitors all Americans all the time.

Obamacare is a River of Lies.  How many Republican votes were for it?  Zip, zero, nada, zilch.  In either chamber of Congress.  The Democrats, and their little sycophants, own this.  They were all prepared to bask in the glory, set up a permanent Democrat majority, and pulverize the Republican party.  But ObamaCare is a river of lies, with headwaters in hell.  It was falsely conceived, falsely legislated, falsely adjudicated, falsely reported, falsely coded, and, unexpectedly, enjoyed a false rollout.

Ban on Gay Bias Gains Ground in Senate.  Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, said Wednesday [10/30/2013] that he would vote for a nondiscrimination bill that protects gay men, lesbians and transgender people, putting the measure within one vote of gaining the support it needs to overcome a filibuster.

The ObamaCare Awakening.  The millions of Americans who are receiving termination notices because their current coverage does not conform to Health and Human Services Department rules may not realize this is by design.  Maybe they trusted President Obama's repeated falsehood that people who liked their health plans could keep them.  But Americans should understand that this month's mass cancellation wave has been the President's political goal since 2008.  Liberals believe they must destroy the market in order to save it.

Senate Democrats back automatic debt limit hikes.  The move by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is aimed at heading off future Washington confrontations over increasing the government's borrowing cap.

The Editor says...
That's the same as no debt limit at all.

Obamacare's Media Mandate.  [Scroll down]  But, my friends, the Affordable Care Act may turn out to be the best thing that's happened to our country in decades, because it has so definitively crystallized the difference between our two political parties.  The coming failure of the ACA is only more proof that big government can do nothing right; that its intrusion into the private sector forebodes nothing but disaster; that the greatest healthcare system in the world will end up in shambles thanks solely to the Democratic Party, because, as officially noted in the Congressional Record, not a single Republican cast a vote to enact this doomed monstrosity.

ObamaCare Schaden-Fraud.  [Scroll down]  We did not grossly overpay cronies of yours to put the website together, and we did not forget the simple step of obtaining similar domain names to prevent cyber-squatting and identity theft.  You tech geniuses, you!  We did not hire ACORN and other known criminals as navigators to help get around the failing website, and we did not bring on sixteen thousand new IRS agents with the notion that they would help Americans stay healthier.  And we did not fire a polite operator who simply took a phone call from Sean Hannity.  Nope, this was all you.  And by "you," I mean the president and his economically ignorant cabinet and advisor team, the mainstream media, and the low-information bloggers and message board trolls who are going more silent by the second.  No, you guys did all this.

Obamacare's Rollout Is a Disaster That Didn't Have to Happen.  Obama promised open innovation and transparency.  Yet startups and hackers are forced to take a backseat to state-run websites, a mediocre government contractor secured the lucrative deal to build the federal exchange, and both's code and enrollment numbers are locked up by tight-lipped bureaucrats.

The Editor says...
Obamacare will inevitably implode, because Marxism fails every time it is attempted, and the Obamacare scheme is just a collectivist middle man between you and your health insurance company.  There is no value added by Obamacare — it is a tax collection mechanism that siphons money out of the health care industry, and it does this under threat of imprisonment.  Obamacare is a meddling parasite at best, and heavy-handed tyranny at worst.  In that regard, it is a reflection of Obama himself.

Broke U.S. Resumes Spending.  What would you think of a person who earned $24,000 a year but spent $35,000?  Suppose on top of that, he was already $170,000 in debt.  You'd tell him to get his act together — stop spending so much or he'd destroy his family, impoverish his kids and wreck their future.  Of course, no individual could live so irresponsibly for long.  But tack on eight more zeroes to that budget and you have the checkbook for our out-of-control, big-spending federal government.

Obama's Immigration Pivot Is Politically Self-Serving.  For a leader who's dispensed so much bad medicine to his country — from the botched rollout of health reform to the endless debt debacle over government spending — it's almost surreal to see him make his next priority amnesty for illegal immigrants, an idea about as popular with the public as ObamaCare.  But that's Obama's agenda, and the only thing we can conclude is that immigration reform is something that he thinks will help him, not the country.

Making a God of Government.  Liberals love to quote Scripture when they think it might help them further their Big-Government social agenda.  They also love to talk about compassion and morality but would prefer it if you left Scripture out of it.  Perhaps if more liberals were for posting the Ten Commandments in every public school and post office in the U.S., more Americans would feel comfortable putting health care in the hands of the federal government.

"I Am The Guilty Man".  No liberal policy is rational.  No liberal proposition ever makes logical sense.  Yet we press on despite smaller margins, higher regulations, higher taxes, and further vilification by the American Left.  You see, liberals are not guilty for destroying this country.  I am guilty for accepting their agenda and pushing forward even in the face of more people that choose to produce nothing... yet consume everything.

Treasury Secretary Lew: Stop lying to the American people.  Since January 2009, the federal government has thrown money out the window then burned it once it hit the ground.  Starting with spending for non-existent "shovel ready jobs," your Administration bilks taxpayers and future generations blithely and continuously.  Federal spending under President Obama's watch soared upwards from 2007 levels by approximately one trillion dollars each subsequent year.  This huge increase funds ineffective and "extraordinary stimulus" outflows that the Obama Administration apparently seeks to lock in as a permanent, growing base even as we unwisely shrink our military.

The Threat We Face.  The president, his chief operative Valerie Jarrett and his chief political strategist David Axelrod all came out of the same Communist left and the same radical new left as I did, and all have remained heart and soul a part of it.  As someone who turned his back on that destructive movement, I can say with confidence that they have not. [...] Instead of calling themselves communists or socialists they call themselves liberals and progressives.  This camouflage is very old.  I never once heard my parents and their party friends refer to themselves as Communists.  They were progressives — and registered Democrats.

What Democrats Really Care About.  To understand what motivates Obama, it's important to understand a critical aspect of liberalism:  liberals are all about a will for power, not about caring for the poor.  A key core attribute of most liberals is a sense of smug superiority:
  •   Atheist liberals believe they are better than those fools who believe in God.
  •   Liberals who give little of their own money to charity believe they are better than Christians who sacrifice to help the poor.
  •   Liberals who have no children believe they know better how to raise children than do families who actually have children.
  •   Racist liberals believe that they are better than blacks, which is why white liberals believe they can define who is authentically black.
  •   Liberals who've never run a business or created a job believe they know better than American businessmen how to run a business.

Bankrupt ideas lead to bankrupt governments.  There is nothing left to cut," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week when referring to the federal budget.  Again, she displayed a complete disconnect with reality — a disconnect reinforced by all those other fantasyland souls who make her their leader. [...] [F]ederal spending is at record levels in nominal terms and near the all-time high as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), except during World War II.

Wendy Davis favors driver licenses for immigrants here illegally.  The Fort Worth Democrat, who is due to announce her plans Thursday, said in response to questions at the Texas Tribune Festival that she favors:
  ·   Granting driver licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, citing business backing for the idea.
  ·   Re-regulating college tuition only if the state steps up to the plate with the money needed to subsidize the move.
  ·   More investment in public education, including making pre-kindergarten available to all students.

Patient Privacy Goes Out the Window and Into the ObamaCare Data Hub.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — "ObamaCare" as it will be forever known in the annals of failed, big-government policies — wants to know what you've been up to in your sex life.  It's ironic that ObamaCare, passed in the dead of night with only Democrat votes, should make such an egregious attempt to violate the privacy rights of medical patients.  After all, wasn't it the Democratic Party that held a national convention in 2012 celebrating abortion and claiming a woman's "choice" should be a private matter between her and her doctor?

Dem Rep. Alan Grayson Praises Rise of 'Stealth Socialism' in America.  Asked about the Fed's expanding balance sheet, the Florida Democrat said:  "We've had a government takeover of the bond market.  Stealth socialism's been created.  Government simply ends up owning more and more and more."  "If government had taken over the steel industry, maybe it would have been more noticeable," he added.  "They've taken over the financing of housing industry as well, with a desired result."

Surprise CBO report: United States on an "unsustainable" budget course.  Here's some oh-so-pleasant news to keep in mind as Democrats casually insist that we should simply raise the debt ceiling again and again and again, with no end in sight, and fiercely rip Republicans for even daring to suggest budget cuts to federal programs.

Freedom of the Press is now an Entitlement?  Diane Feinstein and a few other well meaning Senators are in the process of defining who qualifies for 1st Amendment rights, or privileges as she put it, as the Senate Judiciary Committee attempts to iron out a "shield law for reporters or journalists" from having to divulge their sources.  This rush for an immediate fix regarding the press has nothing to do with a recent scandal in which the NSA ran rough shod over individual rights or private records and which the Justice Department claimed to have no knowledge; no there's no connection, move along.

Study: 114 Out Of 117 Global Warming Predictions Wrong.  The Left is habitually on the wrong side of any issue.  I've maintained that if these people were blindly flipping a coin to decide their policy positions, over the long term they'd be right half the time.  Clearly they deliberately choose positions that are carefully calculated to cause harm. [...] They been to the drawing board and they have conspired to promote a lie calculated to cause maximum harm to industrialized nations to fulfill a political agenda.

California Legislature OKs minimum wage boost.  A bill that would boost California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016 won approval by the state Legislature on Thursday [9/12/2013] and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown, who said he would sign it.  The measure would raise the current $8 minimum wage to $9 an hour next July 1 and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Senate Panel OKs Measure Defining a Journalist.  A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources.

There Ought To Be No Law.  As I've written elsewhere, under the guise of "protection," the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party is moving toward its real goal of licensing journalists and creating an American version of Britain's Official Secrets Act.  The Senate bill has nothing to do with protecting journalists, and everything to do with the Government Class protecting itself from those who would expose its activities.  Having successfully co-opted what used to be the national media — so much so that there is now a veritable revolving door between Washington and old-media institutions — Congress now seeks to shut down via exclusion all those who do not toe the party line.

Who's a journalist?  The bill is supposed to protect journalists by defining who get the protection accorded to the Fourth Estate.  I get that.  But it's not up to the government to define who is, and who is not, a journalist, especially in an era when "reporting" covers everything from being a beat jocket at a paper to being a guy who records something on his cellphone and distributes the news via YouTube.

The Colorado recall was about more than gun control.  There was much more going on in Tuesday's recall elections Colorado than an up and down vote on Second Amendment Issues.  We may be looking at a bipartisan rebellion against a problem that afflicts both parties:  lawmakers passing laws that make them feel virtuous but which are either ineffectual or actually make life worse for the voters.  It was arrogance and overreaching that deposed the leader of the Colorado State Senate and a female Hispanic Democrat from a district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 24 percent.

The Myth of Live-and-Let-Live Liberalism.  [Scroll down]  Seriously, who else do people think are behind efforts to ban big sodas or sue hairdressers for charging women more than men?  Who harasses little kids for making toy guns out of sticks, Pop Tarts, or their own fingers?  Who wants to regulate the air you breathe, the food you eat, and the beverages you drink?  Who wants to control your thermostat?  Take your guns?  Your cigarettes?

Syrial Losers.  Americans unsure what to think about President Obama's plans for Syria should remember that all military action undertaken by Democrats for the last half-century has led to utter disaster.

Three-and-a-half More Years of Obama!  We will not win this round.  We have a national security system that is run by wannabe trannies and later-day beatniks.  We are operating under the delusion that major military units can be led in battle by gays, transvestites, and what have you.  We have convinced ourselves that the 21st-century world can be mastered by weapons purchased in the 1980s.  We have sown the wind.  We will reap the whirlwind.

Are Liberals Misanthropes?  Individual freedom is a low priority for liberals.  In fact, they see individual freedom as a problem, not a blessing.  Liberals fear freedom.  They don't like freedom because they don't like what people do with their freedom.  If you don't like humans and don't approve of their behavior, you will not want them to be free.  If you dislike humans, you'll dislike liberty. [...] That's why most of liberalism involves constriction of individual freedom.  Liberals love government.  They advocate taking choice away from individuals and putting it in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats.  That is a dehumanizing process.

Rangel: No Young Person Should Have to Pay for College.  Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), offered a modest proposal in response to Barack Obama's suggestions on education policy Thursday.  Speaking on MSNBC's Martin Bashir show to substitute host Joy-Ann Reid, Rangel opined that no young people should have to pay for their college education.

Tolerance, Health and Fascism.  In the name of tolerance, girls' high school teams in California and elsewhere must now accept male players who feel female.  In the name of tolerance, businesses cannot fire a man who one day shows up on the sales floor dressed as a woman.  For the left, tolerance does not mean tolerance.  It means first, acceptance.  And second, celebration.  That is totalitarianism:  You not only have to live with what you may differ with, dear citizen, you have to celebrate it or pay a steep price.

America the Trivial.  At the end of two years of near-record drought in California, the fate of hundreds of thousands of acres of irrigated farmlands, which feed millions of Americans and earn billions of dollars in critical foreign exchange, hinges on a snow-filled winter in the Sierra Nevada.  You might never know of that razor's edge from the state legislature.  Rather than discussing new dams and canals, it debated whether transgendered youth in public schools could use the bathrooms of their choice and whether residents should need a permit to buy ammunition.

You don't need a license to exercise a right.
California's State Senate Passes 'Ammunition Purchase Permit' Bill.  As I write [8/13/2013], California's state legislature is attempting to regain for the state the lost title of Most Anti-Gun Place in the Union.  The senate has just passed a provision that would require residents to get hold of a "Purchase Permit" before buying ammunition.

SoCal Senator Pushes For Ammunition Buying License.  A controversial gun measure proposed by a Southern California lawmaker that would require background checks for all ammunition purchases statewide is moving forward in Sacramento.

Hot air in Las Vegas.  What happens in Las Vegas, despite what they say, does not always stay in Las Vegas.  Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, has invited Democratic politicians and liberal activists to gather there Tuesday [8/13/2013] to sit still for sermons about global warming and to think big thoughts about clean energy.  The congregation will hear how it's not so much about taking control of the weather as about how to promote more government subsidies for impractical sources of power that nobody else wants.

State asks insurers: Are you ready for climate change?  Minnesota has joined four other states in requiring its insurance companies to discuss how extensively they've prepared for climate change.  About 70 companies have until Aug. 31 to respond to an eight-question survey.

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The temperature in Dallas changes about 25 or 30 degrees between night and day.  Sometimes the high temperature is at least 100°F. for a week at a time.  How hot would it have to get before the effects of global warming would justify an insurance claim -- in Minnesota?  Insurance provides coverage against unlikely losses.  A tornado might hit Dallas this year, but it won't wipe out every house in town.  So the insurance companies can provide coverage knowing that relatively few people will file claims.  Global warming, on the other hand, is a change with a projected rate of one or two degrees per century, and right now the global warming rate is zero.  In other words, if it ever happens, we will have had plenty of warning.  The whole idea of demanding proof of readiness from the insurance companies has only two purposes, as far as I can tell:  [#1]  It is harrassment of the insurance companies, which are second only to oil companies as the liberals' most reviled villain, and [#2]  it is an attempt to substantiate liberals' claims that global warming causes everything, when in reality there is no global warming and therefore global warming has caused nothing.

Green Jobs: Surely You're Joking, Mr. President.  In his speech at Knox College, President Obama laid out his plan for the Detroitification of America:  higher taxes, higher spending, increased minimum wages, more mandates, and rerouting the path of upward mobility through tried-and-failed social programs.  He blames unfettered markets for taking America away from the halcyon days of the 1950s and 1960s, ignoring the phenomenal growth of taxes, spending, and regulation since then.  His promise for more of the same makes you wonder if his teleprompter has been inverting his charts and tables.

Dem Rep: We're Not Broke; Gov't Just Doesn't Have Your Money... Yet.  The 'Inclusive Prosperity Act' is the latest in a long string of "transaction tax" proposals.  Essentially the act would levy a sales tax on the trading of stocks, bonds and derivatives.  And while the tax might be ill-conceived, and economically damaging, it was the sales pitch for the tax that proved to be most disturbing.

The Death of Populism.  Gas has gone up about $2 a gallon since Barack Obama took office.  Given average yearly rates of national consumption, that increase alone translates into an extra $1 trillion that American drivers have collectively paid in higher fuel costs over the last 54 months.  Such a crushing burden on the cash-strapped commuter class is rarely cited in the liberal fixation on cap-and-trade, wind and solar subsidies, and the supposed dangers of fracking.

Democrats' Assault On Filibuster Would Alter Our Republic.  Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, seem intent on pursuing the so-called nuclear option on the Senate's filibuster rules.  Someday, they might even win.  They should be careful what they wish for.  Given the low esteem of Congress in the public's eye and the slow-motion collapse of the Democratic Party's Big Government agenda, Reid and his allies no doubt believe that changing the Senate's decades-old filibuster rules is a good idea.

Hate Crimes Indeed.  We are forever being told by the left about how awful this country is for anyone who is not white.  Blacks are being gunned down in the streets by non-blacks.  Except they're not.  Muslims are being discriminated against wholesale, and are afraid to leave their homes.  Except they're not.  Gun owners are violent crazies bent on mass murder, except they're not.  Christians are trying to force their religion on us.  Except they're not.  Tea Party members are racists and violent.  I believe the Breitbart reward for evidence of the accusations of tea party racism remains unclaimed, even in this day of cell phone cameras and video.

Homes, Businesses to Pay 'Rain Fees' In Nine Maryland Counties.  Despite a Republican filibuster attempt in the Senate, the Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation that would implement a stormwater pollution fee to raise revenue to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  Approved by the Senate and House of Delegates minutes before the end of the legislative session, HB 987 requires nine counties and Baltimore City to establish a watershed protection and restoration program.  Senate Republican Leader E. J. Pipkin proposed 12 amendments, none of which were adopted.  Pipkin said the bill was essentially an attempt to tax rain water.

The New 'Pro-Choice' Mantra: 'Hail Satan!'  Not surprisingly, as the pro-abortion side loses legislative battle after legislative battle, its "true colors" are coming into focus.  Those colors are darker than many might have imagined. [...] Understandably, many leftists now complain that this frank display of "pro-choice" allegiance to the prince of darkness has hurt the multi-billion dollar baby-killing biz.  They're right.  It has.  It's blown away the smokescreen of euphemistic "pro-choice" rhetoric and propaganda to expose, naked beneath, that which lies at abortion's inglorious core:  Death, death and more death.

In some cases, when a Leftist Democrat makes a statement, exactly the opposite is true.
Harry Reid: Insufficient Government Spending Hurts U.S. Economy.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a press release Friday [7/5/2013] that insufficient government spending, caused by Republican "austerity policies" is hurting the U.S. economy and preventing a quicker recovery.  "We need to continue advancing policies that spur growth and create jobs," Reid said.  "It's time for Republicans to let go of their failed austerity policies that weigh down our economy and prevent a speedier recovery.  We simply can't cut our way to prosperity."

Who is a Journalist?  Sen. Dick Durbin thinks it's time for Congress to decide who's a real reporter.  In The Chicago Sun-Times last week, he wrote:  "Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech.  But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive."  How do you decide who is a journalist?

Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin Wants Government to Decide Who Qualifies as a Real Journalist.  What qualifies as "legitimate journalism" or a "news website" in Durbin's mind?  Anyone can tweet something that constitutes news and the broadcast of which can be deemed journalism.  Tweets of ordinary citizens molested by the TSA have become news stories.  As we've seen repeatedly over the past several decades, so-called journalists can bury stories harmful to powerful politicians or pet causes.

Memo To Dick Durbin: All Americans Are Journalists.  Congress, when controlled by Democrats, already has the mainstream media under its thumb.  So it's not ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times and the Washington Post that Durbin is worried about.  It's the bloggers, tweeters and Facebook users that he wants to control. [...] With the mainstream press in their pockets, what Durbin and others truly fear are citizen journalists and the free and open dissemination of ideas that threaten the political class' agenda.

Another brilliant idea from the people who brought you the Autopen President:
Dem resolution would let 'mobile Congress' cast votes from home.  A freshman House Democrat filed a resolution Friday [6/28/2013] that would allow members of Congress to vote remotely on bills from their home districts.  Rep. Eric Swalwell's (D-Calif.) proposal for a mobile Congress would amend House rules so lawmakers can take care of business using the latest communication technologies, including video conferencing.

Oh, really?  Somebody does, and it's not the Republicans.
Wasserman Schultz: Dems have 'no gay agenda'.  Supreme Court decisions are fast becoming the Democratic National Committee's BFF because for a second day the Democrats have drafted off a court decision with a fundraising pitch.  This time Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is cheering the end of the Defense of Marriage Act in her fundraising memo feature a picture of a beaming President Obama.  On Tuesday, the Democrats blasted the court's decision to gut the Voting Rights Act.  In her note, Wasserman Schultz said that the party has "no gay agenda."

Now the defense of marriage begins.  A couple of hours after the decisions were announced, President Obama's Organizing for Action sent an email to supporters stating that the rulings were "a call to action."  "This is a fight we will win," Mr. Obama's team announced.  "We will go state by state if we have to.  And OFA is going to be there every step of the way."  With each court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, the country takes another step away from the vision of our Founders, who understood that American exceptionalism is rooted in Judeo-Christian values — values that include the biblical definition of marriage.  They understood that our freedom is based not on the liberty to do what we please, but on liberty that comes from God, who teaches that only a virtuous people can remain free.

Why Liberals Kill.  Generally speaking, like all relativistic people, liberals don't have principles.  They have feelings.  And feelings change with the wind.  Of course, some have learned the hard way — mostly through debating liberals, only to find they're virtually immune to reason — that the left isn't intellect-oriented but emotion-oriented.  But the question is, why do liberals deify their own feelings?  The short answer is that they have little else to deify.

Dem bill would require companies to give workers paid time off to vote.  A group of House Democrats has proposed legislation that would require companies around the country to give workers two hours of paid time off in order to vote in federal elections.  The bill, from Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), is co-sponsored by 17 Democrats, including many from states or U.S. territories without laws in place to guarantee paid time off.

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And of course as long as you're on the Democrats' payroll for those two hours, you know how you're expected to vote.  The Democrats haven't bought your vote, strictly speaking, but you owe them two hours of your pay, which could be quite substantial in the 30-hour work week under Obamacare.

Immigration reform to gag on.  Sometimes the only antidote for poison is more poison.  The body politic just can't take it any more and throws up everything.  The result would suit the Democrats just fine.  The Democrats pushing immigration reform want the issue, not the reform, and they think a defeat they could hang on the Republicans could give them a shot at keeping the Senate and taking the House next November.  Then they could enact a law to give everybody who wants one an American passport.  This would guarantee unanimous election results, like those in the squalid places the illegals are fleeing.

Fascism In America.  Progressivism is a harbinger of fascist collectivism.  Omnipotent central government, economic regulation — sometimes known as "crony capitalism" — redistribution of wealth; all these are consistent with fascism.

Obama calls Democrats 'common-sense folks'.  President Barack Obama told a fundraising crowd in California Thursday night [6/6/2013] that Democrats represent the moderate party.  "If you talk to us ... it turns out we're pretty common-sense folks," he told a crowd of 75 in Palo Alto, Calif., at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats.

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Is that right, Mr. Soetoro/Obama?  Is it common sense to suspend a five-year-old from school for pretending a pencil is a gun?  Is it common sense to give 1.3 billion dollars to Egypt -- secretly?  Is it common sense to take half of the U.S. corn crop and turn it into a gasoline additive instead of food?  Is it common sense to impede offshore oil drilling when gas is $4.00 a gallon?  Is it common sense to let Mexican drug pushers walk off with thousands of guns?  Is it common sense to strip-search little old ladies at the airport?  Is it common sense to spend billions of dollars on solar panels and windmills that nobody in the free market wants?  Is it common sense to spend billions of dollars fighting global warming -- even though global warming stopped, all by itself, in 1998?  Do people with common sense attend TUCC more than once?  Do people with common sense vote for a black candidate just because he's black?  Do people with common sense want illegal aliens to get food stamps?  Do people with common sense think Guam is going to capsize if too many people go there?  Do people with common sense welcome Sharia law to the United States?  Do people with common sense kill unborn children?

The epic implosion of hope and change.  With scandals engulfing the Obama administration, I'll happily reiterate what I've been saying since 2008 (and even earlier).  Namely:  liberalism has no limiting principle.  It exists to attempt to create utopia, and considers evil anyone who doubts the attainability of that dream.  To the left, the only truly unethical thing is to question the rolling tide of progressivism and the rise of the state.

A Gender-Neutral Army.  The proposal to put women into combat is a transparently bad idea for reasons of common sense.  Without an ongoing conflict and with deep cuts to the military, there is no shortage of manpower that requires desperate measures and compromised standards.  There is no reasonable reason for it all except the need to transform the military from a warfighting force into a beacon of liberal values.

The Burden Is on Us.  The Obama administration is drowning in the tsunami of its lawlessness. [...] What were [Ambassador] Stevens and others in the U.S. diplomatic corps doing at that Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi in the first place?  Was the Obama administration running a Middle Eastern version of Fast and Furious?  Were we arming terrorists?  Why were particular organizations investigated and harassed by the IRS, and on whose say?  For what purposes did you snoop on the communications of the Associated Press?  They weren't pliant enough?  The responsibility is on Democrats everywhere, who must, once and for all, put aside their maniacal loyalty to a man who is finally being widely exposed as a tyrant.

In Praise of Schadenfreude.  Why is anybody surprised by the tactics of this administration?  Starting with the 2008 campaign, some of us have been warning about the fundamental nature of a crew whose explicit goal was the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.  Today, as scandal piles upon scandal, the press finally seems to be waking up to the fact that it's been had.

25 Reasons To Dislike Liberals.  Is every liberal an immoral, nasty tempered, habitual liar who accuses people of racism for fun and trashes his own country because he thinks it makes him look sophisticated?  Of course, not!  On the other hand, is that a fairly accurate description of most liberals in politics?  Yes, it is.

"Progressive" Action List — Destroy the Military, Defeat the "Right".  In a speech delivered last Saturday [4/27/2013] to a members conference of the Communist Party USA, Sam Webb, the party's Chairman, acknowledged that "it is easy to become frustrated with the pace and scale of change in recent years," but laid out an approach he believes has the "potential to shape a bright future for the majority of Americans."  Webb noted that the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, which gave people the hope that things would change for the better, but has left them with that hope not fully realized.

Dems propose minimum 45 percent tax rate on income above $1 million.  Several House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation that would impose a minimum 45 percent tax rate on taxable income above $1 million, and would set a 49 percent rate on income above $1 billion.  The Fairness in Taxation Act, H.R. 1723, was proposed by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who said the bill would help put the nation's wealth back into the hands of middle- and lower-income workers.

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That was the original idea of the income tax — to skim a little off the wealthiest Americans and spread the wealth around.  Right now, the ceiling is at a billion dollars — above which the Democrats would like to help themselves to half your income — but I predict the ceiling will gradually drop until the 45% rate affects most of us.

Clinging to Guns — and Abortion.  Atop the quotable Barack Obama there will be this:  "And it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."  Everyone clings to something.  But when it comes to criticizing unseemly political dependencies, it's almost always liberals accusing them of clinging to positions and ideas that an enlightened society would have abandoned.  But what do liberals cling to? Recent events have revealed two things.  Gun control and abortion.

1984 + 29.  Imagine if, during the campaign of 2008, someone had written the following:  "If Barack Obama is elected president, then each year from now on the federal budget will be a trillion dollars in the red.  He will pile up in two terms more debt than all previous presidents combined.  Interest rates will stay at near zero; 7.6 percent unemployment will be proof of progress in creating jobs.  Record use of food stamps, unemployment, and disability insurance will be hallmarks of recovery.  The government will take over health care, and the costs will skyrocket.  During Obama's second term, ammunition will vanish from America's store shelves in panic buying.  Gay marriage will become uncontroversial.  Women will be eligible for infantry combat. [...]" Obviously, such a conspiracist would have been dismissed as an unhinged nut.

Obama's plan hatched at Columbia University.  My time at Columbia made it crystal clear:  liberals always believe they are morally superior.  While they publicly state that their mission is to save the world from prejudice, patriotism, racism, greed, and inequality, they are, in fact, hostile and resentful towards anyone who has achieved self-made success through American values.  It is in this cesspool of intolerance that Obama and his Marxist cronies hatched a secret plan to destroy our country.

Exclusive: Obama's budget raises taxes by $1 trillion.  President Obama's 2014 budget calls for a trillion dollars in new taxes, almost twice as much as previously thought, The Washington Examiner has learned.  "Of the more than $1 trillion in new taxes, about $800 billion is raised through the individual income tax system, about $125 billion comes from new excise taxes — including new taxes on tobacco and financial companies," a source familiar with the president's budget explained.

The Obama Budget Proposal: Tax Increase on Charity.  President Obama's long-awaited budget proposal, to be released today, does not come right out and say that it intends to reduce contributions to charity — but that is almost certainly what would happen were it to become law.

Apparently the ultimate goal is to commandeer your children at birth.  This is just an incremental step in that direction.
Obama: Put Nation's 4-Year-Olds in 'Public Preschool;' Will Save on 'Child-Care Costs'.  In the message he issued along with his budget proposal on Wednesday morning [4/10/2013], President Barack Obama said he wants to see 4-year-old children in the United States enrolled in public schools.  Obama said America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds to make sure the children are "better prepared for the demands of the global economy" and to help parents save on "child-care costs."

Where's the Progress in Progressivism?  [Scroll down]  Progress, in this special sense applicable to politics for the past century and a half, does not mean growing prosperity, technological development, increased understanding, or any of the other things we might regard as progress in the limited, contingent world of history understood (properly) as the product of the choices and actions of individual men. [...] But Progress, as this word is used by progressives, means the inescapable logic of History, leading mankind "forward," ultimately by means of the historical dialectic's peculiar means of drawing logical conclusions, namely violent upheaval, aka "revolution."

Wisely and Slow.  The Nancy Pelosi approach to lawmaking — pass the bill to find out what's in it — is no way to go about repairing our defective immigration system.

Obama's Alinsky Tactics Go into Overdrive.  One day it's voting rights; the next day, gun control and immigration reform; then health care; then student loans; then climate change; then oil drilling; then the coal industry; then gay marriage; then minimum-wage and living-wage laws; then a brain research initiative. [...] Above all, it is vital to understand that none of this "hyperactivity" is random or accidental.  Every single, solitary bit of it has been carefully planned and orchestrated by Obama and his political allies, for the purpose of advancing the transformational change the president so zealously seeks to impose on America by means of the tactics taught by the late, famed godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky.

Liberals accomplish massive changes through innocuous incremental steps.  Note the steps:
  •   Ask for more than you know you can achieve.  In fact, ask for something you don't even want.  Then everyone will be focused more on that than on your real goal.
  •   Use all media and educational tools to inculcate your view in the public and low-information voters.
  •   Develop your own lexicon, redefine words, and then keep pounding those words into the psyche each time you speak.
  •   Attack your opponents not on logic or facts, but by name-calling and emotion, and accuse them of being "obstructionist."
  •   When you concede, always be sure you've moved the marker a little farther toward your goal.
  •   Reset the measures so that the new position is now considered "normal," which makes it impossible for anyone to argue against or reverse.

Obama Budget to Cap Retirement Accounts at $3 Million.  The budget President Barack Obama will submit on April 10 will contain a proposal that would prohibit individuals from accumulating more than $3 million in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and tax-preferred retirement accounts.

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Remember, the income tax originally affected only the wealthy, and affected them only a little.  Tyranny starts small and grows incrementally.

Here are the 46 Senators Who Voted to Turn Your Gun Rights Over to UN.  The anti-gun senators are all Democrats or so-called Independents.

The Coming Global Warming Voter Backlash.  News is breaking out all over:  global warming stopped 20 years ago. [...] While our economy is struggling and our nation in debt, Democrats squandered tens of billions on a climate change hoax.  How many voters are unemployed due to climate change polices?  Unnecessary regulations are strangling people's jobs and their lives.  And then one must wonder:  what else were Democrats unbelievably wrong about?

Is the Republican Party America's Achilles Heel?  There is a war going on in the United States — as survivor of World War II I do not say that lightly.  It is being waged by the current incarnation of the Democratic Party in order to transform the most successful nation in the history of mankind into another secular socialist state permanently ruled by an oligarchy made up of the establishment in their party.

New York approves $9 minimum wage.  The New York Legislature approved a $135 billion budget that included a $9 minimum wage and a middle-class tax rebate paid for by the "millionaires tax."

Taxpayers to subsidize NY's higher minimum wage.  A hike in New York's minimum wage is a big win for Democrats, but a provision buried inside the tentative state budget shows taxpayers will be paying much of the bill.

Senate Democrats unite to defeat balanced budget motion.  Senate Democrats stuck together on Thursday night [3/21/2013] to oppose a GOP floor motion that would have required them to rewrite their budget to make it balance.  The motion was defeated on a 46 to 53 vote.  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined with the united Republican Conference to support it.

Clintons' Progress.  No progressive 100 years ago could have imagined their ideology and Democratic Party embracing gay marriage.  Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan are rolling over in their graves.  [In fact], merely a decade-and-a-half ago, the entirety of the Democratic Party supported traditional marriage, codified under law.  And yet, Democrats turned on a dime in faithful obedience to Barack Obama's mountaintop-message sanctifying gay marriage a year ago.

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No progressive 100 years ago could have imagined the word "gay" meaning "homosexual."

The Abolition of Sex.  The Massachusetts public school system has taken the tired mantra "You can be whatever you want to be" to new heights of absurdity.  It is now possible for any student to declare what his sex is regardless of whether it is the biological opposite of what she was born as.  The new transgender manifesto, which includes punishments and counseling for students who object to the idea of changing one's sex by fiat, can be found here.  The basic premise is that a student has the right to decide what sex he or she is, and the school is required to support the child's self-proclaimed identity in every respect.

Universal Background Checks: the Liberal Holy Grail.  The goals of the left have always been shrouded in deception and misrepresentation.  Hide your true agenda behind a deceitful argument and then, after grabbing power, do what you really meant to do all along.  That is what Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Castro and Obama have all done.  By controlling the terms of the discussion, the left controls the argument.  Actual Assault Rifles are not sold to the general public.  The left invented the term "assault-style rifles" and the next thing you know assault-style rifles become assault rifles.

Progressive Democrat Control Came Via Welfare State Voters.  The U.S. populace has simply become too ignorant, stupid and weak (qualities reflected in those it chooses to send to Washington) for the nation to survive.  The country is committing slow-motion assisted suicide — maybe not so slow anymore.  It must be said because the tipping point has been passed:  The liberal Democrats are literally destroying America.

House Dem calls for penny-a-gallon increase in the gas tax.  Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on Tuesday [3/19/2013] said Congress needs to pass legislation increasing the federal gasoline tax in order to pay for increased and ongoing demands on U.S. infrastructure.  DeFazio warned on the House floor that the federal highway trust fund will fall to zero by next year, and said the government is spending billions less on infrastructure each year, which is hurting job creation.

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If the government is "spending billions less on infrastructure," what happened to the trillion dollars of "stimulus" money spent in Obama's first term?

Obama Wants to Invest in Infrastructure and Make it Impossible to Build Anything.  If you heard one theme that Obama has been on about at the beginning of both of his terms, it's infrastructure. [...] All the bridges, we were told, were seconds away from falling down.  The highways were full of potholes. [...] The infrastructure pitch sounds good to a lot of people.  But it's coupled with an environmentalist anti-infrastructure pitch.

House Dem budget includes $1.2T in taxes, $200B new stimulus.  House Democrats on Monday unveiled a 2014 budget proposal that includes $1.2 trillion in new taxes and $200 billion in stimulus spending.  That's about twice the level of stimulus spending that what was in the Senate Democratic budget, which included $975 million in new taxes.

Outsourcing the Poor.  [Scroll down]  Meanwhile, secular liberals, opinion leaders, and the news media want to remove the Catholic Church as a moral obstacle to abortion, homosexual marriage, and other liberal goals.  They embrace Islam, although Muslims also oppose abortion, homosexuality and homosexual marriage.  They oppose the Catholic Church because Catholics oppose abortion, homosexuality, and homosexual marriage.  Thinking things through has never been a liberal strength.

Karl Marx and the American Dream.  You cannot use Karl Marx's ideas to help the middle class.  You can't do it.  Anyone who claims otherwise is stupid, ignorant, crazy, a liar, or some combination of the above.

Senate Democrats Want Unnecessary $1.5 Trillion Tax Increase.  It has been nearly four years since the last time the Senate passed a budget.  In that time, it hasn't as much as proposed a budget.  That at long last changed yesterday when Senate Budget chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) released a budget plan for next year.  Now that the Democrats in control of the Senate have at least proposed a budget, passing it through the senior chamber will be the next challenge.  Doing so will be no small order.  It could be difficult because, to no one's surprise, Murray's budget includes a massive tax increase.  She wants to raise taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.  She would do so by "closing loopholes."

Hoyer warns GOP to abandon efforts to repeal healthcare law.  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned his Republican counterpart on Friday [3/15/2013] that the GOP will have no hope of finding bipartisan agreement on any issue if it continues to insist on repealing the 2010 healthcare law.  "If we want to do something in a bipartisan fashion, if we want to get to an end here, we ought to stop pretending that we're going to repeal the Affordable Care Act," Hoyer told Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  "We had an election about that.  We won.  The president won."

Senate Democrats' Budget Hikes Spending 62%.  Federal spending this year will top out at $3.6 trillion.  At the start of the recession in 2007, federal spending was just $2.7 trillion.  Under the Democrat's plan, however, over the next ten years spending will rise sharply to $5.7 trillion, an increase of 62%.

Pelosi Will Balance the Budget Over Her Dead Body.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that she would like to see a balanced budget, "in a number of decades."  During her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, asked Pelosi if she agreed with President Barack Obama's recent remarks that America does not have an "immediate" debt crisis.  The U.S. debt as of Wednesday stands at $16.7 trillion.

Senate Democrats' budget includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.  The first budget from Senate Democrats in four years includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes but would not balance the budget.  The blueprint unveiled by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday to her Democratic colleagues would also turn off the next nine years of the sequester and replace those spending cuts with a 50-50 mix of tax increases and spending cuts.  The budget would dedicate $100 billion to economic stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending and job training.

Senate Democrats release first budget in four years, includes $1 trillion in tax increases.  The Senate on Wednesday [3/13/2013] presented its first budget in four years, a proposal by leaders of the Democrat-controlled chamber that calls for nearly $1 trillion in tax increases but includes no strategy to make federal revenue match spending in the coming years.  The plan calls for $975 billion in new tax revenue through closing loopholes and ending deductions and credits benefiting corporations and the country's highest wage earners.

America's New Theocracy.  Guns.  Soda.  Salt.  SUVs.  Trans Fats.  Plastic bags. [...] Styrofoam.  Fracking.  The Bible.  Rush Limbaugh.  Conservative talk radio.  Fox News.  Plastic bags.  Smoking.  Shark fin soup.  Bacon.  Paper Bags.  Oil.  Coal.  The internal combustion engine.  Incandescent light bulbs.  And don't forget the Foie Gras.  One could keep going, but suffice to say these things are on the short list of things liberals in America either have banned or seek to ban.

Schakowsky Busted: Assault Weapons "Absolutely" Just the Beginning.  The Marxists Dems in control of the party can never be honest and up front about what they're trying to do — whether it be moving from a free market driven health care system to a government run healthcare system, or a ban on only certain, dangerous high-powered assault weapons (that only dangerous gun nuts own) to a complete ban on guns — they have to lie about their goals, lest the general public catch on.

Schakowsky: Assault Weapons Ban 'Just the Beginning'.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the Democratic Party's leadership in the House of Representatives, suggested to Jason Mattera at a Feb. 13 women's rights rally that plans for an assault weapons ban and private-sales background checks were only the beginning of a broader gun control agenda extending to handguns as well.

Making the world safe from armed Mallards.  Dianne Feinstein is the absolute, living demonstration in support of the concept of term limits for Congress.  No pol has been more aggressive than Old Dame Feinstein in seizing on the recent school shooting tragedy in Connecticut to advance her über liberal, gun-grabbing agenda.  This old Left Coast tool has recently advanced her silliness to the point of making herself the subject of outright ridicule.

The Obama Credo.  I believe that the federal government should confiscate guns from law-abiding Americans, but give thousands of guns to Mexican drug gangs to kill our Border Patrol agents.  I believe the president should stay up late partying with Jay-Z and Beyonce, but hit the sack when our Libyan consulate is under attack and our Ambassador is missing.  I believe that plastic bags are a menace to the earth, but Iran's nuclear weapons are no big deal.  I believe that mankind controls the weather, but is helpless to get a job.

Phoenix mayor, council open the women's bathroom door for men.  On Feb. 26, the Phoenix City Council passed the so-called "Bathroom Bill," which will allow not only "transgendered" men, but also any man who thinks he is a woman to use many of the same public restrooms that women and young girls use.  The bill, which passed 5-3, is a sterling example of how a mayor and city council can quickly forego their duty to protect women and children in order to win the praise and support of special-interest groups in the community.

Why Is America Facing Economic and Societal Turmoil?  [Scroll down]  The nation now has the most radical government in its history.  The victors are unabashedly brazen in their triumph.  While still assuming that the general public is asleep, they do not hesitate to openly advocate and implement policies not wanted by the electorate.  Among them:  so-called green energy, health care restructuring, amnesty for illegal aliens, gun control, gay marriage and expanded welfare and social spending.  The Left does so, not as a benefit for the country or its people, but to enhance and make permanent government power, regardless of the long term consequences to the nation.

Agenda: How Marxists Are Grinding America Down.  Though he uses the term Communism more pointedly and for a reason, [Curtis] Bowers['] research is a good overview that traces the history of Marxism (in all its variants) in America from Karl Marx and the Fabian Socialists in England to their philosophical progeny today — from the radicals of the 1960s to those radicals who mentored Barack Obama.  He shows in a simple and visual way how hard-core radicals have taken over our culture through many of the major institutions in our country — including unions, education and, finally, government — and the Agenda they have.

Nancy Pelosi demands $10.10 per hour minimum wage.  Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that recent Wall Street gains mean one sure thing:  The minimum wage should be hike to $10.10 per hour.  "This week, we saw something quite remarkable — the stock marking soaring to record heights," she said, Raw Story reported. [...] So, she suggests, why not raise the current minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour — even more than the $9 per hour proposed by the president?

The Low-Information Voter's Guide to Politics.  Are you typically lost when co-workers discuss current events around the water cooler?  Do you have trouble figuring out the national debt or who that Ben Ghazi dude is, but you know what's on Kim Kardashian's grocery list?  If you think you only deserve fun answers to all life's questions ... you're right!  This primer will help you look smart and morally superior in any political discussion.

The Logic of Liberalism.  The serious issues of immigration and naturalization are tricky, particularly in a weakened economy.  Neither liberals nor conservatives know quite what to do.  The liberal idea is, as usual, to spend more money, but even they are uncertain the net result — except probably the accrual of more votes.

Popular Standard Shotgun Could Be Banned Under Proposed Bill.  A popular hunting shotgun could be banned under one of the bills moving through the state Capitol.  A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado use.  It's a gun state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, says could be banned under a bill that's already passed the House and Gov. John Hickenlooper says he'll sign.  "They're coming after the standard shotgun," Brophy told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd.

Just what this country needs:  Another permanent cabinet-level bureaucracy.
Dems pitch Department of Peacebuilding.  House Democrats led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would create a federal Department of Peacebuilding, which would be tasked with everything from finding ways to scale back U.S. military actions to ending bullying at schools.  Under her bill, H.R. 808, the new department would be led by a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding, who would have a seat on the National Security Council.

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There is already a department of peace (through strength) building, known as the Department of Defense.

Would-be tyrants taking over Democratic Party and they want your guns!  Yes, leftists really are seeking not only to ban your guns, but to confiscate them as well.  These freedom-hating tyrants are taking over the Democratic Party and trying to turn it into not only the party of gun control, but the party of gun confiscations!

Warrantless Searches Proposed — for the Third Time — by WA Democrats.  In this case, liberal Democrats in the legislature have introduced an assault weapon ban that includes annual inspections of the homes of people that already own assault weapons to make sure that they are being safely stored.  There is no need for a warrant; there is no probable cause requirement; and the Seattle Times columnist writing about this clearly unconstitutional law observes that the sponsors include "Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues."  After a stream of criticism, the author withdrew the warrantless search section of the bill, calling it a "mistake."

MO Democrat Proposes Gun Ban, 90 Days to Turn in 'Assault Weapons'.  Missouri Democrat state Rep. Rory Ellinger has put forth H.B. 545, which would ban "assault weapons" and many semi-automatic pistols.  It would give owners of said weapons 90 days to either turn them in or get them out of the state.  After 90 days, those in possession of such weapons would face class "C" felony charges.

But Don't Rule Out Malice.  What kind of person would want to do harm to America?  Well, besides Islamists there are people that believe that "The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States."  That quote is from George Soros, who is using his billions to create a global "open society" (more correctly called a global Marxist police state).  But Soros is just one of many who hold the same negative beliefs about America. [...] These utopianists, more commonly known today as progressives, who have been active in both of our two major political parties, are really just renamed Marxists who seek to weaken America in every possible way in order to hasten its collapse, and some of them have infiltrated our government at the highest levels.

Misstep in gun bill could defeat the effort.  Forget police drones flying over your house.  How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around?  As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn't hypothetical.  The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.  That it's part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me.  It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales.  But then last week they went too far.  By mistake, they claim.  But still too far.

WA Dems Sponsor Bill Allowing Police to Search Gun owners' Homes.  In a mistake that probably wasn't a mistake, a Washington state bill sponsored by liberal Democrats contained a little-noticed provision that would have called for the police to have the right to search private citizens' home once per year if they own certain types of guns.

Waxman: Obama Should Regulate Oil Refineries, Household Appliances to Stop Global Warming.  Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said the Obama administration should regulate oil refineries, household appliances, and even renegotiate climate treaties if Congress does not pass legislation dealing with global warming.  "The president will be taking action by executive order through his administration," Waxman said at a press conference on Friday [2/15/2013] unveiling his Safe Climate Caucus, which will work to pressure House Republicans to take up a climate change initiative.

Here's a news bulletin for Mr. Waxman:  Global warming has already stopped.

So total is the Left's cultural ascendancy that we dare not mention the socialist roots of fascism.  The Nazis could hardly have been more open in their socialism, describing themselves with the same terminology as our own SWP:  National Socialist German Workers' Party.  Almost everyone in those days accepted that fascism had emerged from the revolutionary Left.  Its militants marched on May Day under red flags.  Its leaders stood for collectivism, state control of industry, high tariffs, workers' councils.  Around Europe, fascists were convinced that, as Hitler told an enthusiastic Mussolini in 1934, 'capitalism has run its course'.  One of the most stunning achievements of the modern Left is to have created a cultural climate where simply to recite these facts is jarring.

What Our Society Has Become.  Today's democrats are often called "socialists" by their opposition, and though that is probably true, what today's progressive liberals truly are is something worse.  These people are statists, which are people who believe that only the ruling elite understand how a society should be run, and that it is up to them to engineer that society so that eventually it becomes a peaceful utopia equipped with equality, fairness, and a share-and-share alike attitude. [...] Samuel Adams called the concept "utopianism."  Karl Marx called it communism.

20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society.  [#18]  The Democratic Party's entire electoral strategy is based around giving people money and goods that they didn't earn and ginning up hatred between different groups of Americans.

Brainwashed by Obama.  One would think with a soaring youth unemployment rate, a $16 trillion national debt, rising costs of higher education and health care, and more taxes, young Americans would come to their senses.  Yet we continue to subscribe to the destructive, progressive agenda the president has pursued during his first four years and has laid out for his next four.

The Democratic Disgrace.  [Scroll down]  Congressman Hank Johnson used a House Armed Services Committee hearing to ask an admiral whether Guam might tip over if too many Marines land there.  Congresswoman Shirley Jackson Lee delivered a speech on how well North Vietnam and South Vietnam were getting along.  Johnson followed that up by calling for a new constitutional amendment to control free speech and Jackson did her part by accusing the Tea Party of being the new KKK and demanding that black people's names be represented in the naming scheme for hurricanes.

Nancy Pelosi: Push for Gun Control While We Have the Chance.  The measures, which largely reflect recommendations by President Obama and Vice President Biden, include universal background checks, "high capacity" magazine bans, an "assault weapons" ban, a "crack down on gun trafficking," laws against "straw purchases," and mandatory gun safety training programs.  It should be noted that none of these would have prevented the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Killer Dorner's Supporters Are Par for the Left's Course.  It hit me like a bolt of lightning:  Liberalism is what evil is masquerading as in our time.  I won't go into the labyrinthine details of the matter here, but it was a life-changing epiphany that ultimately led to a transition from secular-conservative/libertarian to man of faith and walking, talking anachronism.  And it made me realize that liberals aren't just misguided, which they are — they're also in bed with evil.

Adolf Hitler — Progressive Pioneer.  [Scroll down]  Hitler revamped Germany's healthcare system and made it truly universal as well as state subsidized.  Hitler and the Nazis considered healthcare to be the right of all Germans, and there were numerous public-health campaigns in Nazi Germany urging healthy eating and exercise, and even no smoking campaigns at a time when cigarettes and cigars were being puffed with abandon worldwide.  Water supplies were cleaned up, lead and mercury were removed from consumer products, and women were urged to undergo regular screenings for breast cancer.

New York's 'SAFE' Act: The 'Rape' of the Second Amendment.  In January, the New York State Legislature passed the Orwellian-sounding "SAFE" (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act.  The act was debated in closed session without committee hearings, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law within an hour of its passage — after waiving the required three-day public comment period.  Cuomo bragged that New York now has the "toughest assault weapons ban" in the country but claimed that the law respects the Second Amendment and preserves the rights of "hunters and sportsmen."  The former is true; the latter is a bald-faced lie.  Even if you do not live in New York, you should be very worried, because the SAFE Act is a harbinger of what Democrats in the federal government will do nationwide if they can.

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Any time a major new law is rushed through a legislative body, it is for the purpose of deception, especially if the law is fundamentally unpopular, and if the law includes a lot of unsavory provisions.  This is one example.  Previous cases include the recent Fiscal Cliff bill, the Patriot Act, and the Obamacare law.

D.C.'s minimum wage folly.  The nation's post-election leftward lurch is gaining momentum.  Six states, including New York and California, are agitating for a boost in the minimum wage.  Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, wants the federal government to set a nationwide wage floor that will automatically rise each year.  Not to be left out, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Tuesday circulated his proposal for a 55 percent increase in the minimum wage over the federal level, which he would only apply to employees of the "big box" retailers that liberals love to hate.

Helping Misguided Democrat Voters.  [The purpose of this web site is] to help misguided Democrats learn the truth about how they are being hurt by uninformed or manipulating Liberal/Democrat/Progressive politicians, because their goal is to create laws that move us ever closer to their ideal form of government — the distributed-wealth government-controlled socialist state — which will greatly impinge on our freedoms and enslave us to taxes.

The Canary in the Culture.  The HHS mandate is [...] making it clear that liberals believe in an all-powerful government, not the government empowered by the people that is enshrined in the Constitution.

Conservatism for the Masses.  Obama and company are swiftly making socialism the dominant philosophy, leading to the end of America's role as the Land of the Free.  Far too many Americans believe that individual rights and pursuits are evil.  They hate the rich and believe that it is morally correct for government to confiscate and redistribute their money.

Krugman: 'We Can Print the Money'.  Responding to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's warning that if the federal government continues to run annual $1 trillion deficits we will eventually face a debt crisis, liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said Wednesday that that is not a legitimate worry because the U.S. government can always print money and weaken the buying power of the dollar.  Weakening the dollar, Krugman said, would be a good thing.

Did God Exalt Obama to the Presidency?  [Scroll down]  The Democratic Party rejected God by a voice vote.  That happened at their convention in 2012.  Then the chairman had to outflank them.  It may be true that apparently Obama requested putting God back in the platform, but how did things deteriorate so far?  In any event, God was dropped at the inaugural prayer.  Fighting like this about God does not inspire confidence.

White House: Schools must open sports to disabled.  The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making.  In a letter to schools due out Friday [1/25/2013], Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate — for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear.

Is Liberalism Doomed?  Liberals are feeling triumphant these days, but in the backs of their minds there must be a sense of foreboding.  They won this year by demonizing Republicans and by bribing various demographic groups with government largesse.  But the Left's tactical victory can't conceal the fact that its ideology is bankrupt.  The left's real enemy isn't Republicans, it is arithmetic.

The Democracy Initiative: a Coup in Plain Sight.  Matthew Continetti [...] picks up on a report by Andy Kroll in Mother Jones about a coordinated effort by about 36 different interest groups with reported revenues of no less than $1.69 billion, pledging millions of dollars to work together to attack conservative supporters and organizations, to intervene directly in Democratic politics, to push for filibuster reform to better enable a push through their agenda without any input from the opposition, and expanding "voting rights" and fighting voter registration laws to further grease the skids for their legislative agenda.

Obama 2.0: Destroy the GOP as National Party.  Since winning reelection, President Obama has been aggressive, combative and supremely confident in his public appearances.  Like many reelected Presidents, he enters his second term believing he has a personal mandate from the voters.  Unlike many others in their second term, however, he seems focused not on achieving specific policy results, but in reshaping the American political landscape.  He is set to use the next four years to make the Republican Party a toxic brand in many parts of the country.

Obama is Sinking America.  Our enemies, both foreign and domestic — some of whom have "The Honorable" before their names — are laughing themselves silly.  Indeed, "progressives" are a caricature of themselves, fully given over to pseudo-utopian, relativist ideals that remain ludicrous — hopelessly unattainable — by any objective standard.

Tax dollars for gun control.  The directives on gun violence President Obama signed Wednesday were meant to seem harmless.  A closer look at the president's first memorandum reveals it to be a sneaky assault on congressional authority in order to fund gun-control propaganda.  Getting this done has been on the White House "to do" list for some time.

Dangerous Times.  When the media openly question the right of Tea Parties to exist, they are telling us they really want single-party rule.  That's why they want to abolish the free political opposition.  They are political control freaks, totally contrary to American history and tradition.  That is why they want to dump the US Constitution.

Zimbabwe, here we come.
Dems offer bill to abolish debt limit.  A group of House Democrats accused Republicans of having "weaponized" the debt ceiling Wednesday, and are pushing to abolish it.  The lawmakers blasted GOP members as taking the economic wellbeing of the nation hostage to achieve political victory, and are hoping to scrap the debt limit once and for all as a danger looming over the economy.

America Should Declare Bankruptcy: Doug Casey.  This week started with President Obama Monday [1/14/2013] demanding lawmakers raise the U.S.'s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling, warning Republicans not to insist on spending cuts in return.  The same day, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke advocated getting rid of the debt limit altogether.  The Washington Post reports in a conversation at the University of Michigan Bernanke said the debt ceiling has only "symbolic value."

Democrat: Please Don't Release Our Gun Confiscation Plans.  [Scroll down]  The list of proposals that Democrats would rather you didn't see, can be seen below.
   1.  Confiscation of "assault weapons"
   2.  Confiscation of ten round clips
   3.  Statewide database for ALL Guns
   4.  Continue to allow pistol permit holder's information to be released to the public
   5.  Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as "assault weapons"
   6.  Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
   7.  Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
   8.  Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
   9.  Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
 10.  Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
 11.  State issued pistol permits
 12.  Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
 13.  Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
 14.  Mandatory locking of guns at home
 15.  Fee for licensing, registering weapons

Control politicians, not guns.  If laws were enough to deter criminal behavior prisons would be empty. [...] President Obama put Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the task force.  Biden calls his gun control effort a "moral issue."  Does Biden suffer from selective morality?  For him, same-sex "marriage" and abortion don't appear to be moral issues, as they are for his Catholic church, but gun control is.

Disinviting God to the Inauguration.  Liberals booed God at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte last year after skittish party officials reinserted a mention of him in the platform.  Nothing has changed since then.  The latest secularist push of the party is to remove God from the inauguration.  Prominent liberals are questioning the use of the Bible for the presidential oath and the use of prayers in the ceremony.

Soros: 13 New Gun Laws Needed Now.  Soros & Co. undoubtedly believe guns are the problem.  Rational people, on the other hand, know that criminals are the problem.  If we create registries, pass bans, and give the government a greater share in our daily lives than they already have, we will soon realize that we ourselves have infringed on the very right our Founders marked as sacrosanct — private gun ownership.

The Real Gun-Control Consensus.  By this week, the elites were calling for a gun-control agenda unmatched in modern times.  The closing of the gun-show "loophole"?  Restrictions on large-capacity clips?  An "assault weapons" ban?  They want all that, plus a national gun database, and a background check for every gun sale, and similar checks for ammunition sales, and regulation of Internet transactions, and Michael Bloomberg crowned emperor.  (A position for which Mr. Bloomberg no doubt believes himself suited.)  The media have reported all this as rational, reasonable and doable.

Enron and the Trillion Dollar Coin.  I couldn't help but think of Enron as I read the Business Insider piece Gabe linked yesterday [1/9/2014], where the Smartest Guys In The Room are saying that the government can do this trillion dollar coin trick and keep the checks going out the door forever with no negative or unforeseen consequences.  "It's a one time thing", they say, ignoring the fact that we'll run a trillion dollar deficit this year that eats up the newly-minted room under the debt ceiling.  Then what?  Mint another coin, I guess.

Why can't Senator Reid be forced to submit a budget?  It's the law of the land that the Senate must submit a budget by April 15, but the last time Harry Reid was in compliance was 2009.  Why isn't Reid being punished for being a budget scofflaw?

Why can't Republicans enforce law against Harry Reid?  The answer is the law requiring Congress to pass an annual budget, the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, doesn't have an enforcement mechanism.  Lawmakers are required by law to pass a budget each year by April 15, but there's no provision to punish them, or even slightly inconvenience them, if they don't.  In Reid's case, the Senate last passed a budget in April 2009, 1,351 days ago as of Wednesday [1/9/2013].

What Crime Has Harry Reid Committed?  Majority Leader Harry's transgression is that for over 1300 days he has failed to pass a budget.  In fact, there is no evidence he has even tried.  This is against the law.

Blumenthal introduces new legislation on gun ammunition.  Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require background checks for buying gun ammunition.  It's currently illegal to sell ammunition to fugitives, felons and people suffering from mental disorders.  However, while background checks are required for selling firearms, they are not required for selling ammunition.  Blumenthal's legislation would require background checks for selling ammunition as well.

The Left's Greatest Mind-Trick: Politicizing Emotion.  Is it right or wrong to help a poor person?  What about providing for children's education?  Or making sure that everyone has health coverage?  These things appear self-evidently right, and therefore the cost doesn't matter to the left.  Scarcity and how resources are employed don't enter into the equation.  Voluntary or involuntary, it doesn't matter how these things are done.  So it doesn't matter if government forces people to do something or not.

Texas AG Proposes 'Double-Barreled' Lawsuit Challenge if City, County Ban Gun Shows.  According to the Austin American-Statesman, the City of Austin, Texas and Travis County are both looking at proposals to limit gun shows in their jurisdictions. [...] This is Texas, but Austin and Travis County are the blue dot in the red sea here.  They're more than a little out of sync with the rest of the state.

Three completely unrelated news stories that vintage media somehow forgot to report.  [#2]  Dianne Feinstein's true stated goal is the unconstitutional confiscation of all firearms from civilians: [...] "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]... Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in."  Note she doesn't mention the Constitution as an obstacle; only the vote tally.  As Obama's economic policies make ever more Americans dependent on government largesse, vote tallies will soon cease to be a problem for authoritarian statists like Feinstein.

Left's Desire To Weaken Constitution Endangers American Freedom.  During the debate over ObamaCare — a massive, budget-busting entitlement funded with money our country doesn't have — former New Jersey Judge Andrew Napolitano pointedly challenged then-U.S. Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., regarding the constitutionality of this socialized medicine monstrosity.  Clyburn's response?  "There's nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do," he said.  Therein lies the root of our problem.

Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun ban, confiscation of semi-automatic weapons.  In an interview with the Daily Times Herald in Caroll, Iowa, state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer said governments should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.  Muhlbauer, a Democrat from the western Iowa town of Manilla, is a cattleman and farmer.  The newspaper reported that he owns a .410 shotgun, a .22 rifle and a .22 pistol.

Senator Feinstein's All-Out Assault On Gun Rights.  According to a December 27th posting on her website and a draft bill obtained by the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, the legislation would define "assault weapons" to comprise a much larger variety of firearms than ever before, require current owners of those included to register them with the Federal Government noting locations, impose a $200 tax per firearm, prohibit their transfer to other people, and require that those weapons be forfeited and destroyed upon the owners' deaths.

America's Coming Gun War.  To most Americans, an armed guard in a school is a good idea in our too-violent nation.  Most Americans realize that when shooting breaks out in a gun-free zone — a school, movie theater, mall — the first call goes to 911 to get cops with Glocks and a SWAT team with black rifles there as soon as possible.  Most folks understand why air marshals on planes might have to be armed.  Most folks know that the people running up the death toll in murder capitals like Chicago are not using AR-15s.  And many Americans yet accept that in the last analysis it is a man's duty to be the defender and protector of his wife and children.

Obama Exploits Sandy Hook to Push Gun Control Agenda.  The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are launching a massive gun control campaign as the President begins his second term and a divided Capitol Hill returns to work.  Billed as a response to the Sandy Hook shootings in December, the campaign includes ten gun control bills that were introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress — none of which would have prevented the shootings from taking place.

Former NYC Mayoral Candidate Wants Megan's Law Equivalent for Gun Owners.  Did you know that if you own a gun you are equivalent to a child molester?  According to Mark Green, who has run for the mayoralty of new York on the Democratic ticket, your right to own a gun grants you the same right to privacy as a child molester:  none.

The single dumbest gun-control measure ever proposed.  With extraordinary shortsightedness, Connecticut lawmakers want to publicize the addresses of handgun owners.

Connecticut Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Publish Names, Addresses of Gun Permit Holders.  Connecticut State Representative Stephen D. Dargan (D-New Haven), co-chairman of the state's Public Safety Committee, has introduced a bill that would make public the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Connecticut under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Democrats Drop Eight Anti-Gun People Control Bills On First Day.  Of course, the vast majority of ammo dealers require that people who place orders pick up said orders at licensed firearms stores, just like with gun orders.  And the proof is in the details of what the legislation says, and none of them are available to read as of yet on Thomas or at [Carolyn McCarthy's] webpage.  Bobby Rush, Rush Holt, Jim Moran, and Sheila Jackson Lee also submitted legislation.  Lee's would raise the eligibility age to carry a handgun from 18-21.  I'm sure the young criminals who break the law regarding murder in Chicago will quickly ignore her.

Pelosi says upcoming fiscal deals should include greater tax increase.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday [1/6/2013] that recent tax increases are "not enough" to solve the country's fiscal problems and argued that additional hikes should be included in upcoming deficit-reduction deals.

New York congressman introduces bill to abolish presidential term limits.  New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduced a bill in Congress on Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which places term limits on the U.S. presidency.  The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office.

Dem House Proposal Would Allow Obama to Run For More Than 2 Terms.  Before you take up arms against the government, keep in mind this has been proposed before in 2011 and died in committee.  It would have to get two-thirds support in both houses, including our radical right-wing hostage House of Representatives, and after that, three-quarters of the states would have to ratify it, or 38 states, which is nearly impossible.

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Or Obama could bypass the Congress and implement it himself, which is entirely possible.  It's worth noting that some Congressmen are willing to introduce bills which have no hope of passing, thus wasting everyone's time.  A law of this sort would require an amendment to the Constitution.  The only reason a Congressman might introduce such a futile bill is if he or she knows the Constitution has been ignored and bypassed for so long that anything goes.

Illinois Dems advance ban on most modern firearms.  Illinois Senate Democrats advanced legislation late Wednesday to restrict semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, pressing forward with new gun control measures in the waning days of the session over the objections of firearms groups.  Amid the developments, the Illinois State Rifle Association issued an "urgent alert" to its members warning them that Democratic legislators were trying to push through last-minute anti-gun legislation.

On First Day, Democrats Propose Eight Anti-Gun Bills.  With the left looking for its next big cause, Congressional Democrats have latched onto the Sandy Hook massacre as an opportunity to push gun control.  Yesterday alone, eight new bills were introduced relating to gun control.  Two conservative bills were introduced relating to ending "gun free zones" under federal law.

Cliff Deal Only Whets Obama's Appetite For More Taxes.  Anyone who thinks the fiscal cliff deal will end President Obama's soak-the-rich campaign isn't paying attention.  Even before the ink had dried on his $620 billion tax hike, Obama was talking up his desire for more.

My Belated List of Things for Which I Am Thankful.  [I'm] Especially thankful for those millions of Americans who blindly support policies and politicians that impoverish us, destroy economic opportunities, wage war against innocents, create a police state, take away our liberty, and generally brutalize the innocent, since everyone knows that what we really need is a strong government that can tell us what to do.

Progressives and the Phony Gun Debate.  Progressives do not want individuals disarmed because they believe the result will be less violence and less danger; no, they push disarmament because they believe that a "good society" can come about only when individuals live in constant fear of the State and when the State is so powerful that it can do anything it wants to anyone.

The Socialist Mind Game: A Brief Manual.  Conservatives have their Constitution.  Progressives have their Narrative.  The current battle for America is between these two concepts, and each side uses different rules to fight it.  One set of rules is consistent with an unchanging objective:  limited government and individual freedoms.  The other side's rules are as fickle as their goals, which are never fully disclosed beyond the equivocal references to fairness and hyphenated forms of justice.  They will have to remain vague and deny their true allegiances until a time when American voters will no longer squirm at the word "socialism."

Communist Revolution: I Never Thought It Would Come to This.  How could anyone believe in a totalitarian tyranny that destroys freedom, starves millions and executes millions more?  Apparently, a lot of people do — or at least, believe in their version of it.  The long march through the institutions was completed some time ago, and both academia and media have a near monopoly on the transmission of biased news, cultural demolition and the ability to affect public attitudes.

HuffPost Parrots Communist Propaganda.  To the public, the Communist Party USA tries to appear moderate and even occasionally at odds with Obama and the Democrats.  In reality, the Communists and Democrats are working hand in glove, mainly through the Congressional Progressive Caucus.  To their own membership, the communists emphasize their commonality and call Obama their "friend."

Best Dog Whistles of 2012.  "Affirmative action" usually means racial or gender quotas.  "Revenue" usually means taxes.  Calling "addiction" sickness is a dog whistle that allows drunks and addicts to think they are ill, not irresponsible.  Glaucoma treatment has become a dog whistle for legalizing pot.  "Title IX" is a dog whistle that signals football and basketball to carry all those sports that don't pay their own way — or subsidize sports that nobody wants to watch anyway.

Gun confiscation raised by rising star Democrat.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly declared the death of the US Constitution yesterday, December 20, 2012.  Cuomo, in few short sentences, has begun laying the essential groundwork for the possible mass deportation of undesirable civilians to government "work" camps, re-education camps, and even death camps.  After all, only disarmed Americans can be herded and shipped off in cattle cars to their uncertain fate.

Kerry Backed LGBT 'Immigration Equality' to Stop Deportation of Gay Partners.  For the last two years, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the nominee to be the next secretary of state, has called for "immigration equality" to prevent the deportation of illegal alien same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents.  In May, shortly after President Barack Obama announced his support for homosexual marriage, Kerry and 16 other Democratic senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Proof the Left Wants All Guns Outlawed.  If the "assault rifles" (that aren't) are too deadly to be legal, and the handguns are equally deadly, it follows that the handguns are also too deadly to be legal, no?

The right states of mind.  People like the idea that Obama is president.  As a politician and president, he has only one failing — he is the wrong man at the wrong time to be leading this country.  He is out of sync with his age and its crises.  There is more proof every day — here and abroad, in nation-states, states and even some cities — that his political theories will lead to disaster, and do so every time they are tried.

The God Complex.  As the non-liberals among us know, socialism and communism are and always will be utter failures.  As Winston Churchill said, "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."  An all-powerful government never can fix the ills of the world. [...] Everywhere a communist government has been tried, it has failed — and at great pain to the citizens of that country.

Ramping Up Government Control of the Energy Sector.  To understand the president's thinking, or what passes for thought, all that's necessary is to grasp one simple fact:  that for the left, profits are evil, and therefore businesses that make a profit and succeed are evil.  Only businesses that fail are virtuous.  A corollary of this is, of course, that all businesses must be made to fail.  The function of government, as the left sees it, is to transfer control of the economy from the private sector to government.

Democratic congressman urges legislation to renew ban on plastic guns that don't exist.  New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel is calling for legislation to renew the federal ban on plastic guns, according to his official congressional website. [...] 3-D printers, which have been available since the 1980s, take two-dimensional plans and convert them to three-dimensional objects, which are then usually made from plastic.

Let's Be Honest And Call The Modern Democrat Party The Socialist Party.  The Old Democrat Party has been folded into the new one led by those who support socialist policies, this is not breaking news and it is not meant as a derogatory slur either.  When you look at a recent poll it shows that those that do support the Democrat Party also lean in the direction of socialism and when you look at those in charge today of the party they emulate it through policies and verbiage.

Obama voters love socialism.  While 90 percent of liberal Republicans and even 51 percent of moderate Democrats oppose socialism, 59 percent of liberal Democrats view socialism positively.  This is Obama's base:  liberal Democrats, the young and African-Americans.

Democrats (Heart) Socialism.  A majority of people — 53 percent — who describe themselves as Democrats or leaning Democrat, admit to Gallup's pulse takers that they have a positive image of socialism.  Only two percent more — 55 — say they are positive about capitalism.  A robust 75 percent of Democrats say they have a positive image of the federal government.  These numbers should not surprise anyone who has talked to a Democrat over the last couple of decades.

Rep.-elect from Florida pledges support for climate change legislation.  Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) said he is ready to come out swinging on climate change.  Murphy, who will replace Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), said he would support climate change legislation, according to The Miami Herald.  "Unfortunately we have far too many politicians who continue to bury their heads in the sand and pretend it's not happening," Murphy said Thursday [12/6/2012] at the Southeast Florida regional climate leadership summit in Jupiter, Fla.

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No sand is required.  I will gladly "pretend it's not happening" because it isn't!  Years of measurements indicate no warming.

Mark Steyn: Obama aims to finish the work of FDR and LBJ to create 'a big Sweden'.  With last month's electoral loss for the Republican Party, President Barack Obama is one step closer to fulfilling an 80-year vision for the United States first put in place by former President Franklin Roosevelt, Mark Steyn said Tuesday [12/4/2012].

I'll See Your Economic Collapse and Raise You National Demise.  A scorpion stings, a cuttlefish expels ink, a skunk sprays mercaptan fluid, and a liberal spends.  It's what the species does.

45 percent of US Democrats favour socialism.  Rasmussen has just published a major poll on US voter attitudes towards socialism.  It reveals that Democrats are evenly divided in their views on socialism, with 45 percent viewing it favourably, and 45 percent negatively.  This is a strikingly high level of support for socialist ideology within a political party in the United States (and the ruling party at that), and strongly suggests that Democrats are increasingly moving towards a continental-European style approach to economic issues, advancing a big government agenda that resembles that of European Social Democratic governments.

Socialists Outline Democrat's Agenda for Next Two Years.  Contrary to popular opinion, the US Democratic Party does not set much of its own policy.  Democrat policy is actually dictated by the labor unions and radical think tanks, such as the Center for American Progress, and the Institute for Policy Studies.  The unions are dominated by the US's largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America — which also works closely with the C.A.P. and I.P.S.  So, by a process of osmosis and deliberate orchestration, D.S.A., and their friends in the Communist Party USA, effectively dictate Democrat policy at state and national levels.

Liberal Democrats: Higher rates for wealthy 'just the beginning'.  The group says "low and moderate-income Americans are already contributing to deficit reduction," and that "progressive tax reform is the only way that wealthy Americans can share significantly in that sacrifice."

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Exactly the opposite is true.  The "low and moderate-income Americans" who expect taxpayers to make up for their shortfalls are the ones who are dragging the country down.  The budget deficit exists because of (unconstitutional) payments to individuals, many of whom pay no income tax.

White House: Obama 'Will Not Sign' a Deal Unless It Increases Taxes.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that no matter what else happens President Barack Obama — who is the only modern president other than Franklin Roosevelt to serve in four years when federal spending topped 24 percent of GDP — will not sign a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that will arrive at the end of this year unless that deal increases taxes.

Obama's Santa Claus Presidency.  Every time the left invents a new "right," it creates a voting bloc demanding government protection and provision of new benefits.  Welfare cheats driving Cadillacs, students demanding free college education, double dipping government employees, crony capitalists feeding at the government trough, corrupt SEIU thugs, and lazy people on disability are not phantasms of hardhearted conservatives.

Obama didn't win on turnout alone.  Our country has changed.
We're Not in 1980 Anymore.  In 1980, Americans would not tolerate rising unemployment.  In 2012, not only is high unemployment accepted as a fact of life but receiving food stamps is encouraged.  There was also no concept of gay marriage in 1980. [...] Thirty-two years ago, being wealthy and successful was considered something to aspire to and be proud of.  Today, it is a source of bitterness, envy, resentment and, in some quarters, the very epitome of evil.

Left's Newest Inquisition: Deny Your God or Be Declared Unfit.  [Scroll down]  Do you believe in the Virgin birth?  Then how can we trust you with oversight of HHS programs and youth sexual education?  If you won't swear allegiance to the principles of biological reality and sexual autonomy then you are a freak and a menace.

The Democrats' Dog Whistle Slogan.  For example, "liberal" was once used to mask and aggrandize a worldview hostile to any form of individual freedom apart from the absence of moral restraint.  Now everyone understands this once-masked meaning; phrases such as "Hollywood liberal" (i.e., a libertine with no concept of moral order) demonstrate the death of the euphemistic value of the word "liberal."  That is why most leftists run from this label, which was once meant to serve as their public shield.

Why Accept Tyranny and Ruin?  The modern left has shed faith in God.  God — who is foundational to our rights and being as a nation.  The left seeks, in fact, to infringe on the rights of churches and their agencies regarding the provision of contraceptive and abortion services.  That's a first step in subordinating religion to the state.  It has sought to drive and largely succeeded in driving out faith from the public square.  It pushes to impose a smothering political correctness — a tyranny on expression and action.  It acts to hobble and punish enterprising and productive citizens and nurture government dependence.  It's debauching the nation's currency, plundering the treasury, and adding debt atop debt.  The left has moved over the decades, and now with accelerating speed, to centralize and consolidate its power in the national government.

The Struggle for Obama is Really a Religious Battle Over the Soul of the Republic.  Progressive forces are trying to birth into being a neo-pagan kingdom, with all that implies, symbolized by the Democrat National Convention dropping Israel and God from the party platform.  Those on the right are struggling to balance the original outline of US colonial theory with ever present demands for modernization — which will be our demise if carried too far.  The ultimate war revolves around freedom and liberty — and whether our rights will be finally handed over to the godlike state.

Update:  What happens when God is expelled?
Democrats Stole $75K Worth of TVs During 2012 Convention.  Once again we get proof that Democrats are criminals, that they think others' property is theirs for the taking, and that they cannot be trusted with the story that they stole $75,000 worth of TVs after their national convention last year.  LG Electronics, one of the world's biggest sellers of televisions, joined with Democrats to help supply the flat screen monitors that the Party needed throughout the convention center in Charlotte, NC in 2012.  But once the party was over and all the delegates went home, along with those delegates somehow 72 of LG's large screen TVs also walked out the door never to be seen again.

The Real Enemy.  The list of flacks for leftism is drearily familiar:  academia, public school systems, the entertainment industry, professional organizations, nonprofit foundations of vast wealth, the bureaucracies dependent upon social grievance and mind-numbing regulations (which includes not only federal and state bureaucrats, but "experts" in private industry who would have spent their careers mastering the arcane arts of regulatory compliance), and, of course, the media.  It is this establishment which is our true enemy.

Power Grab.  Today's liberal agenda is more akin to the corporatist vision of the 1920s and '30s — an economy in which the state directs the activities of the private sector to achieve ideologically desired ends.  But even that description doesn't quite get to the nub of it.  Liberals today seek to create a stable, and what they perceive to be a socially just, society via rule by experts — in which most of the activities of society are micromanaged by technocrats for the economic and social benefit of the whole.

Shame.  The people who booed the God of love, now rush to the defense of a hateful Allah.  The people who p***ed on the Christ of redemption, now bewail the hurt feelings of a damnable Islam.  The people who denounced the death of civil liberties under the Patriot Act, now make rationalizations as brown-shirted cops drag a man from his home at midnight for the crime of posting a video on YouTube.

Liberalism has no fixed goal.  We will never reach a point at which the liberal will say, "enough."  Grant all his demands today, and tomorrow the liberal will return to demand more. [...] The liberal concept of "progress" fuels a remorseless shark-like hunger for more, until eventually we find ourselves watching an illegal immigrant being celebrated on the stage of the Democratic National Convention with rhetoric suggesting that only hateful bigots can be in favor of enforcing our nation's immigration laws.

Depending on Dependency.  The theme that most seemed to rouse the enthusiasm of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was that we are all responsible for one another — and that Republicans don't want to help the poor, the sick and the helpless. [...] Belief in the superior compassion of the political left is a worldwide phenomenon that goes back at least as far as the 18th century.  But in all that time, and in all those places, there has been little, if any, effort on the left to check this crucial assumption against facts.

Peter Schiff Baits DNC to "Ban Corporate Profits".  Free-market financial analyst, author and radio talk-show host Peter Schiff made some waves online with his baiting of delegates at this week's Democratic National Convention. Schiff, microphone in hand, trotted down to the DNC confab in Charlotte, North Carolina, and asked delegates to agree to a platform change to ban all corporate profits.  About half of those filmed on his YouTube video, which already has more than half a million views in just a few days, did agree.

Willful Blindness at the DNC.  I spent a fair bit of time walking around and asking delegates to the DNC three questions:  What was the deficit?  What was the unemployment rate?  And how many net jobs had President Obama created?  Not a single delegate got all three questions right.  Most couldn't even answer a single question correctly.  But they cheered wildly when President Obama entered the arena, because knowing the facts would have ruined their day.

Obama: 'You Belong to Me'.  "Government is the only thing we all belong to."  That assertion was the theme of a now infamous DNC video that aired during the Democratic convention in Charlotte.  After it was lambasted by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to the Romney campaign, Obama staffers distanced themselves from the video, blaming it on "the host committee of the city of Charlotte."  That should make North Carolinians ecstatic — now they're under the bus with everyone from Larry Summers to the Rev. Wright.  But no matter how the DNC attempts to disown the video in question, it can't disavow the message.  For this president, government is the only thing that matters.  We all belong to government, and Obama is the government.

DNC Opens with the Declaration 'Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To'.  Tonight [9/4/2012], the Democratic National Convention officially got under way — and the party of "You Didn't Build That," "We Made It Possible," record food stamp enrollment, nationalized health care, and record deficits opened its gala with a video declaration that "Government is the only thing we all belong to."

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No, no, no.  The government belongs to us.  You and I don't belong to the government unless we are slaves, and I am not a slave.

"Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To".  You could not have a more clear statement of the Democratic Party philosphy of government supremacy.

Democrats Derail Their Message.  The Democrats clearly intended to have a focused message for tonight's coverage of their convention:  Democrats won't bend an inch in their support of universal access to abortions, Republican obstructionism is responsible for all the country's ills, Mitt Romney was callous towards the military by not mentioning Afghanistan in his acceptance speech, and the GOP war on women is unending.  But some flies landed in the ointment.  A curious party video intoned, "Government's the only thing we all belong to."  Talk about worshiping the omnipotence of the state.

Obama Camp Disavows 'Government Is The Only Thing That We All Belong To' Video.  A video that aired Tuesday night [9/4/2012] at the Democratic National Convention proclaiming that "government is the only thing that we all belong to" is getting strong reaction from conservatives, and the Obama campaign is disavowing involvement in the production, BuzzFeed reports.  The video, entitled "Welcome to Charlotte," includes other proclamations like:  "We do believe you can use government in a good way."

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Are we supposed to believe that Obama's team didn't see that video clip before the convention?

DNC video: "Government is the only thing we all belong to".  One of the worst monsters from the Democrat id unfortunately escaped to rampage across the forbidden planet of their convention on Monday, and had to be brought down with concentrated blasts of denial.  The DNC played a video that included the unfortunate line, "Government is the only thing we all belong to."

Dem. Video: 'Government Is the Only Thing that We All Belong To'.  A promotional video played this afternoon at the Democratic convention in Charlotte states, "Government is the only thing that we all belong to."  [Video clip.]

Charlotte Motto for DNC: We Make It Possible.  The Obama campaign is completely tone-deaf.  The DNC will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and guess what mantra is featured in Charlotte's banners all over the city during the convention?  "We make it possible."  The last time a four-word phrase became the Obama mantra it didn't do so well:  You Didn't Build That.  Now, that insult to the independent-minded American has been given new impetus by telling people that "WE" make it possible.  YOU need OUR help.

Hide your guns.  You didn't hear the word "guns" voluntarily pass the lips of any Democratic speaker at this week's convention in Charlotte, N.C. Liberals may be smart enough to avoid alienating the almost half of all Americans who have guns in their homes, but the same can't be said for their party platform.

Dems abortion shift.  Why has the Democratic Party removed the sentence "Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare" from its platform?  It was in the 2004 document but not in 2008's or this year's.  Can't Democrats just throw a crumb to the many millions who are pro-choice but not pro-abortion?

Disappointing speech, jobs report, presidency.  What a sham that was in Charlotte, a long series of diversions best remembered for Antonio Villaraigosa's now immortal "In the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it," a spectacular show-and-telling of the core of the new Democratic Party overflowing with Alinskyite ruthlessness tethered to the old New Left's agenda of nonsense.

The First Refuge of Scoundrels.  The president and his fellow-travelers, the vast majority of whom are disciples of Saul Alinsky, have brought the Marxist strategy of unbridled personal destruction of their political opponents into the mainstream.  They know no other way to achieve and retain power, as historically their left-wing policies and beliefs have never succeeded in bettering the lives of the people — only those of the proponents.  Thus, they must unleash the dogs of demagoguery, bigotry, and hatred.  Many of their mind-numbed followers, such as those in the entertainment community, willingly, and with no forethought, regurgitate these accusations in order to be part of the supposed in-crowd.

The $10 Million Per Minute Platform.  On Friday [9/7/2012], former Comptroller General of the United States David Walker will launch his "$10 Million Per Minute" bus tour, reflecting in its name the true speed at which America's future is being mortgaged.  The bus tour is an important part of the "Comeback America Initiative" which Walker heads; and it will spend the next month touring battleground states and impressing on American citizens, businesses, and media outlets, the genuine urgency with which the national debt burden must be understood and dealt with.

Sluts and condoms for Obama.  You only have to step outside the Democratic National Convention center in downtown Charlotte where vendors and special interest groups are hawking their goods to realize that the Democrats have become the party of hard-edged social issues, not the GOP.  While the Republicans have largely tried to follow former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' suggestion that they stick to economic issues, the Democrats have gone hog wild on social issues like abortion, contraception and same sex marriage.

Democrats Embrace Sandra Fluke, Not God And Jerusalem.  On the same night God and Jerusalem were booed, Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who couldn't afford nine bucks a month for contraceptives unless religious institutions were forced under Obama-Care to violate their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion, was cheered.

God was merely an afterthought.  The Democratic Party didn't quite succeed in banning God from its platform, but it did its best to ensure that no one would listen to him by putting a liberal clergyman who talks about anything except God in front of a deserted stadium.  That checked the God box without allowing the Maker of Heaven to get a word in edgewise.

The Godless Democrats.  In just the last decade or so, extremist elements within the Democratic establishment have lodged a successful secular-socialist coup.  The alarming consequences of this "progressive" triumph have become manifest throughout the pages of the DNC's 2012 platform.  They were also on display at the recent Democratic convention.

How the Media Misrepresents the Race.  The gap between the way the media characterizes the presidential race and what is actually happening is growing larger by the day.  In particular, we see a systematic emphasis on news items that favor the president and a discounting of evidence that disfavor him.  The mainstream media's recent coverage of the Democratic National Convention was fawning — little or no mention was made of the extremist abortion plank or the decisive defeat on the floor of the motion to reinstate a reference to God in the platform (nevertheless gaveled through by the party establishment) and an acknowledgment that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel (pro-Israel language that had been included in previous party platforms).

Will Democrats Booing God Cost Obama the Election?  It all began when the people framing the party platform decided to delete all references to God. [...] If the Republicans don't remind potential voters about this a few hundred times between now and the elections, they're making a huge mistake. [...] There was another lulu on opening night, when a Hollywood-style video greeted delegates with the news that "government is the only thing we all belong to."

God and Jerusalem.  Previous Democratic Party platforms had mentioned God and referred to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  After both were initially missing from this year's platform, someone apparently realized that this was likely to raise questions about Democrats that they could ill afford to have raised in an election year.

Obama's Disdain for Democracy and Free Expression.  Ironically, one of the most brazen examples of the President's propensity to ignore the wishes of the electorate occurred just recently at the Democratic National Convention.  I refer, of course, to the infamous floor vote that resulted in the reinsertion of the words "God" and "Jerusalem" in the Democratic-party platform.  Obama and his accomplices belatedly realized that the absence of those words would be a liability during the final weeks of the election season, so they ordered their hapless convention chair to remedy the problem.  But a funny thing happened when Antonio Villaraigosa tried to nail down these two seemingly innocuous planks to the platform — he couldn't get the Democrat delegates to cooperate.

Political Conventions Perfectly Defined Their Parties.  [Scroll down]  There were so many misleading remarks by speakers that even the media noted the discrepancies but what really defined the party's agenda was the removal of the words God and Jerusalem in the Democrat platform.  Both words are included in the Republican one and the resultant criticism forced the DNC to reinsert them.  The delegates booed and hollered at this and their anger was caught on video and outraged the nation.  Although many conservatives believed that this confirmed the anti-religious secular bent of the party, I felt that it was more indicative of the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel sentiment and the influence of the Muslims community on the Democrats.

Convention Intentions.  What to say about the Democratic Party's convention problems?  Specifically their infamous decision to remove the word God from their official party platform?  It's hard to say which is more risible; their sloughing the whole thing off by calling it an oversight, or the raucous floor vote to correct the supposed faux pas, which proved to anyone with eyes and ears that it was no such thing.

Democrats reinstate Jerusalem language in party platform.  Democrats amended the party platform Wednesday afternoon [9/5/2012] to include language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The quickly approved changed came in the wake of mounting criticism from Democratic members of Congress incensed that the 2008 platform's declaration backing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had been removed from the 2012 text.

DNC Overrules Delegates, Rams God and Jerusalem Back into Platform.  Tonight [9/5/2012], the Democratic National Committee suspended the rules of the convention and inserted language regarding God and the State of Israel back to its platform.  They had to vote three times to do it — and they had to lie to deem it passed, even though it was clear that the measure did not pass a voice vote in the chamber.  The original 2012 Democratic Party platform had excised all mention of God and Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

Multiple votes amid boos as Dem platform is amended.  The RNC captured the messy moments in which the Democratic platform was amended to reflect the words "God" and "Jerusalem," which finally happened after a few votes and a lot of boos.

Pinkerton's Amusing Take on How Media Would Have Reacted If GOP Had Platform Dispute.  How would the media — which barely noticed the platform dispute at the Democratic convention in which the chair clearly didn't get the required two-thirds majority from the floor to revise embarrassing platform gaps by adding a reference to God and identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — react if such an incident occurred at the Republican convention?

Democrats Ignored Advice Against Radical Changes to Platform Language on Israel.  Video obtained from C-SPAN suggests that as Democrats discussed their party's emerging new position on Israel this past summer, few seemed concerned about the party's radical new direction on Israel policy.  Those who advised against making drastic changes from past party planks on Israel were evidently ignored.

Politico Catches Team Obama in Double-Talk Over Boss's God-Jerusalem Platform Knowledge; AP Whitewashes.  In a rare moment of reluctant semi-journalism which didn't name names, the Politico's Reid Epstein, in reporting about the God-Jerusalem debacle at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night, buried the lede, waiting until his third paragraph to tell readers that "While the campaign at first said Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, it later said he did not learn of the issue until Wednesday morning, when he became aware of seeing news coverage of the issue."

Platform Chaos and Class Warfare at DNC.  On Tuesday [9/4/2012], the DNC confirmed their party platform that included no mention of "God" or of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.  This provided much ammunition for Mitt Romney, who only one month ago visited Israel and proclaimed Jerusalem as her capital.  This also concerned a number of Democrats, so they moved to re-vote — three times — to put these two issues into the platform.  At least half the crowd yelled "No" and booed loudly when the motion was adopted.  In the beginning, these issues were merely missing from the party platform.  Now we know why.

The Editor says...
Why bother to attend the party convention and cast your vote, when the party establishment has shown that they can make whatever changes they want regardless of the delegates' votes?

Proposed changes regarding Jerusalem and the mention of God are met with boos by convention delegates.
The night the Democrats lost control of the Israel message.  In calling for the voice vote from delegates to reinstate the term "God" — in an excised phrase from 2008 that "gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential" — and the sentence about Jerusalem as Israel's capital into the platform on Wednesday, Democratic leaders were taken aback by vociferous shouting of "boos" and "noes" in the half-empty Time Warner Arena in Charlotte.

Angry Democratic Delegates Booed As The Party Added 'God' And Support Of Jerusalem To The Platform.  Democrats added mentions of the word "God" and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital today in a testy vote that left angry delegates booing on the floor.  It took three votes to pass the resolution in what was an extremely tense and divided vote.

And All the Democrats Said, 'AMEN!'.  Godless Democrats worship at the altar of Big Government.

Obama's party says no to God.  The most memorable moment of the Democratic National Convention was when the delegates denied God three times from the convention floor.  It was the latest blunder in an Obama re-election effort that increasingly looks like it doesn't have a prayer. [...] Democrats compounded the platform blunder by not getting their story straight.  The Obama campaign claimed omitting God and Jerusalem was a "technical" error, whatever that means.  It was reported that Mr. Obama had seen and signed off on the original godless platform, but then the campaign denied he had approved it.  Either way, the platform bears the mark of Mr. Obama, who is mentioned by name 38 times and cited more than 200 times in the 40-page manifesto.  Voters are left with the conclusion that either Mr. Obama saw the platform in advance and thought it was fine or the president simply isn't on top of things.

Dems Quickly Switch to Include "God," "Jerusalem".  Moments after convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa gaveled in day two of the Democratic Convention, the hall burst into chaos as Democrats voted to amend their party's platform to include the word "God" and name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [...] When Villaraigosa announced "the ays [sic] have it," loud boos erupted across the arena.

A Godless party expels the Creator.  The authors of the Democratic platform have inadvertently revealed to the world the sea change that has taken place in that party we once knew.  For the first time — and in the longest Democratic platform in history, 26,000 words — there was not a single mention of God, the Creator, whom Thomas Jefferson himself, father of the party, proclaimed to be the author of our right to life and liberty.  The convention had approved the new platform, but when a firestorm erupted, a panicked Barack Obama hastily ordered "God" reinstated.

Source: Obama Saw Platform Language Prior to Convention.  The Democratic National Convention, reeling from today's chaotic fiasco surrounding the reinsertion of pro-Israel, pro-God language into the party platform, has announced that President Obama personally intervened to ensure that that language was revived.  But Politico is now reporting that President Obama approved the original, Jerusalem-less, Hamas-less language less than a fortnight ago.  He didn't try to change the platform "until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday."

New Democratic Party Platform Betrays Israel.  Despite some introductory bromides proclaiming the "unshakable commitment" of President Obama and the Democratic Party to Israel's security, the 2012 Democratic National Platform, titled "Moving America Forward," mirrors perfectly President Obama's decision to turn his back on our closest ally in the Middle East.  It represents a radical break with prior Democratic Party platforms, not to mention its counterparts issued by the Republican Party, that have expressed unequivocal support for the Jewish state.

Democratic convention: God is thrown out, then brought back in.  Unusually in this age of super-produced, carefully manipulated political events, the Democrats suffered a catastrophic fit of mismanagement yesterday.  The ever-vigilant press noticed that this year's Democratic party platform not only failed to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but also pointedly ommitted any reference to God — which was unprecedented in a national party manifesto.

Democrats Bring Platform Debacle on Themselves.  [Scroll down]  There's little doubt that the party appears to be lurching leftward at this year's convention, especially compared to 2008 when the party and Obama made serious outreach efforts to faith groups and pro-lifers.  This year, the heavy emphasis on abortion and other liberal social issues is undeniable, and it's also hard to argue that the party base's positions here — such as advocating taxpayer subsidization of abortion until birth — are way out of step with the mainstream.

Jerusalem change puts DNC at odds with W.H., delegates.  A Wednesday voice on the floor of the Democratic convention put the party in two awkward binds — pitting them against both official U.S. policy and many of their own delegates.  The Democrats restored language affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and putting mentions of God back into their platforms in a quick voice vote that the Democratic chair declared had passed.  A Democratic source says that President Obama personally interevened to change the language.

Waiting for Obama.  As the Democrats unveil their 2012 party platform, they will be for the first time officially endorsing same-sex marriage. [...] As a candidate, Obama cynically attempted to split the difference between appeasing social liberals, who have a very large footprint in the Democratic party, and working to disguise himself as a moderate.  He is in fact a garden-variety leftist of the sort familiar to anybody who has spent any time on a college campus, which is President Obama's natural habitat.

Sen. Durbin Picks Fight With Fox And Bret Baier.  During Tuesday's [9/4/2012] edition of Special Report, Fox News host Bret Baier asked Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin about the news that the Democratic Party removed all mention of the word "God" from their party platform, and have removed mention of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Durbin did not take kindly to the questioning, and unfairly accused Baier and the network of "harping on" a narrative that doesn't focus on the "real issues" facing Americans.

Democrats Platform: We're Gonna Close Gitmo Someday, We Swear!  Shouldn't the party pay some price for having a pledge in its platform that everyone knows it will never keep?

The Democrats' Anti-Israel Party Platform.  This year's Democratic Party Platform is an interesting document to read.  Aside from radical stances on things like same-sex marriage and unlimited, government-funded abortion on demand including partial birth abortion, it's noteworthy in that it focuses on attacking Mitt Romney by name rather than merely stating the party's position on the issues.  This use of platform planks as attack vehicles is something unique in the history of platforms from either party.  One interesting part of this year's Democrat party platform is its anti-Israel language.

Democratic Platform Calls for Constitutional Amendment Limiting Free Speech.  The 2012 Democratic Party platform includes language calling for a constitutional amendment restricting free speech rights during elections, saying that the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case should be overturned.  "Our opponents have applauded the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United and welcomed the new flow of special interest money with open arms.  In stark contrast, we believe we must take immediate action to curb the influence of lobbyists and special interests on our political institutions," the 2012 platform says.

The Editor says...
Really?  When discussing "special interests", does that include abortion providers like Planned Parenthood?  Are labor unions providing "special interest money"?  Would you say the Center for American Progress is a special interest group?  How about the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or People for the American Way?  Are the homosexuals a special interest group?  How about the immigration activists, and environmentalists?  Isn't there a lot of "special interest money" coming from Hollywood celebrities this year?  Have Solyndra and First Solar and SunPower and the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Wind Energy Association and General Electric and Boeing and and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting done any lobbying in the last few years?  I could go on and on (and I have already).

Narcissist-in-Chief: Obama Most Cited Term in Dem Platform.  Platforms are where the national parties lay out their guiding philosophical and policy positions on the major issues of the day.  They are meant to suggest where the party will move the country's policies if they are entrusted with the responsibility.  This year's Democrat platform, however, is different.  The collective voice of millions of Democrats across the country have been reduced to "whatever Obama says."  Barack Obama is the most cited term in the Democrat platform.  Out of the 40 pages that make up the platform, Obama is cited by name on 38 of them.

Democrats Remove Pro-Israel Language from Party Platform.  In the 2008 Democratic party platform, there was this language on Jerusalem, Israel:  ["]Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.  The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations.  It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.["]  This year, however, that language has been removed.  Indeed, there is no mention of Jerusalem in the 2012 party platform adopted by Democrats.

Democrats have removed God from the Democratic National Committee platform.  David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network noticed the omission and compared the language in the 2012 DNC platform to the language in the 2008 platform.  In 2008, the DNC platform read: ["]We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.["]  In 2012, the words "God-given" were removed, [...] In addition, there is no mention of "God" in the "Faith" section of the platform as well.

Democrats Drop 'God' From Party Platform.  Guess what?  God's name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform. [...] Some critics will suggest that when you have planks in your platform that support abortion rights and gay marriage then it's no wonder that God's name would be dropped as well.

'God' also absent from Democrats' platform.  Democrats omitted the word "God" from their 2012 platform, a change from the party's 2008 document and a noticeable split from Republicans, who mention God ten times in their official party stance.

In Obama We Trust.  Speaking of the the Democrats' platform:  They've dropped God from it.

Democrats Remove Pro-Israel Language from Platform.  The Democrat Party has removed a section of its 2008 Party Platform in the 2012 version recently released online — some key language in expressing support for the state of Israel.

Democrats poised to embrace gay marriage.  Eight years after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the push for legalizing same-sex marriage was "too much, too fast, too soon," the Democratic Party will make history Tuesday [9/4/2012] when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform.

Democratic platform on Obamacare: 'No law is perfect'.  The health care plank of the Democratic Party's platform, released on Monday [9/3/2012] ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., praises President Barack Obama's 2010 health care reform law, but admits, "No law is perfect."  A 15-person committee prepared the draft platform.

20,000 Muslims Warm-Up Act for Democratic National Convention.  Will what Barack Obama calls "one of the prettiest sounds on earth at sunset", the Muslim call to prayer end the first day of the kickoff to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC?  According to the Charlotte DNC homepage, 'The Jumah at the 2012 DNC' will welcome some 20,000 Muslims to Charlotte, DEM-dubbed an "official event".  'Jumah at the 2012 DNC' starts Friday afternoon, Aug. 31 jumah prayer followed by a myriad of other as yet unidentified programs and events, but leading up to the Islam Regal Banquet.

Jihad At the DNC.  It is no surprise, after four years of Obama Administration pandering, Muslim groups have a prominent role at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.  The Charlotte Observer reports that organizers expect as many as 20,000 Muslims to attend the "Jumah at the DNC" series of events being organized by the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA).  Among these events is an all-day "Islamic Cultural & Fun Fest," which will include a "TownHall Issues Conference" that will address "issues such as Islamaphobia, Anti-Shariah, Middle Eastern Crisis, Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act and more."

Just imagine the uproar if this had been a Christian event at the Republican convention.
The DNC Embraces Radical Islam.  The Democratic National Convention will commence from August 31st through September 1st with a focus on Islam.  Jumah at the DNC will begin Aug. 29th.  20,000 Muslims are expected to be in attendance.  This is according to the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), led by one of the un-indicted co-conspirators in the World Trade Center bombing.  The DNC has come full circle since 9-11 and they are now embracing the enemy from within and joining with radical Islam and their hatred of America.

Islamic Jumah Disappears From Official DNC Schedule.  Back on Monday [8/27/2012] the Obama Campaign listed an "Islamic Jumah at the DNC" as an "official function" at the DNC convention in Charlotte next week.  But now it's gone.

President Infanticide: Dem Abortion Platform Does Not Exclude Partial-Birth Abortion.  President Clinton believed abortion should be "safe, rare; and legal."  But Clinton also believed in a work requirement in his welfare reform bill.  President Obama apparently disagrees on both counts.  After unilaterally allowing states to waive the central pillar of the landmark and bipartisan 1996 welfare reform act — the work requirement — Obama has also proven himself to be a wild-eyed extremist on the issue of abortion and way out of step with at least two-thirds of the American people.  And his convention platform backs this extremism up.

The Democrats plan for 9 percent unemployment.  The Congressional Budget Office released its Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022 today [8/22/2012], showing that if Congress and President Obama do nothing to stop Taxmageddon and the sequester unemployment will rise to 9.1 percent next year.  Sounds bad right?  But guess what?  This is the preferred plan of a growing number of Democrats.

The Herd of Independent Minds.  Just about any gregarious conservative can register the same complaint:  his friends of a liberal persuasion firmly believe in evolution, the hydrocarbon menace, technogenic global warming, and the virtues of green energy; they are convinced that racism is still rampant in America, that all the ills of inner-city schools can be cured by throwing more money at them, that criminals are actually victims of society, that voter fraud is a myth concocted by evil conservatives, that cheating at the polls is a sacred right of minorities, that illegal immigrants have committed no crime even though the word "illegal" is self-explanatory, that George Bush attacked Iraq at the behest of Halliburton to grab Iraqi oil...

Democrats continue to beat up Christians.  Inch by inch, the Democratic Party continues to ostracize Christians.  Its latest attack consists of forcing any Christian who would like to support the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) platform to betray his deeply held religious beliefs on the issue of marriage. [...] For the first time in history, the DNC's platform committee voted on Aug. 12 to endorse same-sex "marriage."  The language calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which, for federal purposes, defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman.  The language is set to go for approval at the Democratic National Convention in September.

Religious, Pro-Market Ryan Is Dems' Worst Nightmare.  The Republican vice-presidential candidate, Congressman Paul Ryan, is the Democrats' political version of the Anti-Christ.  He believes in self-reliance; the left believes in reliance on the state.  His moral values are shaped by religion (Catholicism); the left is frightened by religious Christian politicians (and athletes, and members of the armed forces, and talk-show hosts, and, for that matter, clergy).  He believes in individualism; the left believes in collectivism.  He believes in small government and powerful citizens; the left believes in large government and dependent citizens.

The Childishness of the American Left.  [Scroll down]  To the true believers on the left, re-electing Barack Obama is not a matter of what is or is not good for the country; rather, for the majority on the left, the primary motivation is geared solely toward defeating their sworn enemy:  conservatives and Republicans, whom many falsely believe are a right-wing horde determined to create a theocracy and impose old-fashioned morality.  But what they fear most from the right is a determination to reinstitute unfettered individual freedom and concomitant economic growth, which would relegate the American left to the back bench of American society.

Gay marriage headed to DNC platform.  Democrats are set to include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history, party sources confirm to POLITICO.  The language was approved unanimously by a 15-member platform draft committee, and now heads for approval by the full platform committee in August.

Detroit: The Moral of the Story.  The Left's answer to the deficit:  raise taxes to protect spending.  The Left's answer to the weak economy:  raise taxes to enable new spending.  The Left's answer to the looming sovereign-debt crisis:  raise taxes to pay off old spending.  For the Left, every deficit is a revenue-side problem, not a spending-side problem, and the solution to every economic problem is more spending, necessitating more taxes.  The problem with that way of looking at things is called Detroit, which looks to be running out of money in about one week.  Detroit is what liberalism's end-game looks like.

Barney Frank, Deval Patrick to help draft national Democratic Party platform.  Two Massachusetts Democrats will help draft the Democratic Party's national platform.  Retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will be a member of the platform drafting committee.  Gov. Deval Patrick will be an ex-officio member.  The Democratic National Committee and Obama for America announced the committee on Thursday [7/12/2012].

The "People United" Go Down In Flames.  The public sector unions are critical to what remains of the American left.  The power of the public service unions in Democratic politics pulls the entire party to the left and gives ideas that are important to the left an access to power that they would otherwise lack.  But more important than that, they provide a kind of center to a movement that otherwise threatens to fragment into antagonistic cliques.  The New Left of the 1960s and 1970s rapidly devolved into different factions.  There are environmentalists, civil rights and Black activists, poverty activists, feminists, intellectuals in the academy and the arts, gay rights advocates and many other groups whose agendas often don't overlap and sometimes conflict.  Two big things unite them:  a general sense of being on the same side in opposition to the economic and social right, and the belief in a strong, well-funded state.

The Speed of Progressivism.  [Scroll down]  Progressivism is chaos.  It is a force that is constantly destroying old things to make way for new things and with so much destruction, it can't be expected to tell the new old things and the old new things apart.  Progressivism is a contrary talker, a teenager who knows everything, it doesn't know a whole lot, but it knows that everything you know is wrong.

Liberal Bigotry.  American progressives hold these truths to be self-evident:
  •   All cultures and religions are equally meritorious (except for Christianity)
  •   There is no objective truth (until and unless progressives declare the truth)
  •   You cannot legislate morality (Therefore, everything is "moral" — except Christian morality)
  •   Progressives celebrate diversity and are tolerant, inclusive, and accepting of all fellow humans (except conservative, white and Christian people)
  •   Progressives are intelligent, thoughtful, reality-based, and benevolent

Obama's Share-The-Wealth Mantra Is A Threat To Freedom.  In Obama's view, wealth is mere money that the government must step in to share since we won't.  But in reality, wealth is always shared.  There is no wealth created in a vacuum, because it all comes from capital.  In places where wealth creation is forbidden, such as Venezuela, the country's natural oil wealth has done nothing to enrich its citizens.

Democratic Party platform group backs gay marriage.  The national Democratic Party's platform committee endorsed gay marriage Saturday [8/11/2012] for the first time and called for the repeal of a federal law that recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman.

The Ignorant, the Pets, and the Dead: That's the Plan.  Obama, it seems, can count on newly swollen armies of bureaucrats; the vast majority of black voters; frightened people who perceive themselves principally as clients and beneficiaries of government; crony capitalists; sleazy investment advisers who cross their fingers for more quantitative easing to keep the game going; non-married women; ObamaCare bitter-enders; distributive, social, and environmental justice-hustlers and their marks; Prius and Volt owners; public-employee union bosses; and anybody with whom Anna Wintour would not mind breaking arugula...

George Orwell, Call Your Office.  The Atlantic has an article this month with the title "Americans Want to Live in a Much More Equal Country (They Just Don't Realize It)."  I am always curious when intellectuals announce that the people (who in the American constitutional system serve as the sovereign power) don't know what's good for them or don't even know what they want.  Implicit in all of these revelations, of course, is the firmest, if never directly expressed, belief of the Left:  That the average person is too stupid to run his own life, let alone make public policy decisions.  Those few, those happy few, that band of liberal intellectuals, must do that for them.

Obama's Calculated Deception.  The Obama campaign is trailblazing new realms of dishonesty in the history of American politics, bringing to America for the first time Soviet-style propaganda that flies in the direct face of reality, buttressed by dishonest, party-controlled media operations.  Moreover, it is a classically abusive Saul Alinsky trick to accuse your opponent of planning to do exactly what you have done, as Obama does in continually accusing Romney of proposing to raise taxes on the middle class.  Only an idiot can fail to see that the entire Democrat party's spending plans require sweeping tax increases on the middle class.

Sen. Schumer Seeks Ban on High Cap Mags and Assault Weapons Next Week.  The Cybersecurity Act, which the Senate will vote on next week, will not only contain measures for cyber security but also quite a bit of gun control, if a coalition of Democrats led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) get their way.

Dems Push Gun Control.  Whenever a major crime takes place, liberals cannot help but politicize it.  George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin became an excuse for liberals to push against "Stand Your Ground" laws and, for some odd reason, voter ID.  Jared Loughner's shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) turned into an excuse for the left to attack the "political tone" of the country in general and Sarah Palin in particular, despite the fact that Loughner was a leftist and an insane person.  Now, in the aftermath of James Holmes' horrifying massacre of moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, Democrats are pushing for gun control.  This despite the fact that the theater in question was reportedly a gun-free zone.

Obama's copper curtain.  President Obama wants this election to be a debate about outsourcing. [...] If the president understood anything about outsourcing, he probably would run from it as if it were the plague, or worse.  That is simply because the policies of the modern Democratic Party — in particular, those that the president champions — are at the heart of the outsourcing problem.

Of Marx and Men.  Election 2012 is shaping up to be the most clearly defined clash of political ideologies since FDR's New Deal.  The heart of the matter is the long-overdue awakening of a slumbering majority of constitutional traditionalists.  This awakening has been triggered by a surge of authoritarian socialism, or more accurately, cultural Marxism advocated by a radical Obama administration to fashion a "fundamentally transformed" America.  If the 2008 election was about dumping free-market capitalism and America's constitutional liberties for a nascent Marxist police state, probably not too many people understood the issue.  The 2012 election will be about ratifying or rescinding that choice, hopefully, without ambiguity.  What's at stake is the preservation of America's unique ethos of creative individual liberty or a continuation of our accelerating descent into a coercive statist regime derivative of Marx.

Americans' Ignorance About Socialism Is Unbelievable.  Socialism has never worked but it is easy to sell to those who refuse to study history which is why progressives use academia as their base of operations.  I'm willing to bet that "Animal Farm" and "1984" are no longer recommended reading in today's high schools.  Big Brother is only a TV reality show to many of the young today who regard socialism and big government as a good thing because that's how the mainstream media presents it.  If this country is to survive the disastrous results of socialist experiments in government, we need to educate our citizenry on what socialism actually is which is neither benign nor without hazard.

Pandering to His Base.  The usual strategy for presidential candidates is to appeal to the political center in hopes of broadening their support.  President Obama isn't doing that.  He is tilting sharply to the left on issue after issue:  immigration, religious liberty, welfare, gay marriage, the environment, race, the role of government.  Why?  The simplest answer is that his bid for reelection is in trouble, and he's going where he has the best chance of finding friendly faces.

The Truth Behind President Obama's Attack on Success.  [Scroll down]  Yes, the President was wrong, [...] but he was also boring.  What he said is what progressives have said for more than a century.  It wasn't true in Soviet Russia, in Nazi Germany, in fascist Italy, in poor and oppressed Cuba, or in starving and shivering North Korea.  It has not been true anywhere nor at any time.  Free markets bring innovation, health, and prosperity for any who will work hard enough to get it.  Collectivism brings stultification, sickness, and desperate want for everyone.

The Professor, the Ballerina, and the Public Enemy.  Not since the Copperhead Democrats tried to appease the South and derail the Lincoln presidency have the Democrats been such an explicitly anti-American party.  The relatively moderate party of JFK and Hubert Humphrey was hijacked in the streets of Saul Alinsky's Chicago in 1968 and at the Miami Beach convention of 1972, which nominated George McGovern, and was transformed into a radical group that can no longer contain its animus against our country, our history, and our Constitution.

How Statists Are Getting Away with It.  It's an awesome strategy.  It's about 80 years old now, and working like a charm.

Communists appear to be right at home in the Democrat party.
CPUSA Says Re-electing Obama is "Absolutely Essential".  A writer for the Communist Party USA says that " Obama is absolutely essential," and warns that "divisions among Democrats and a potential wave of bad economic news can combine to threaten President Obama's reelection." [...] Since 1988, the CPUSA has not run its own candidates for president and vice-president, preferring instead to work through the Democratic Party.  Its support for Obama in 2008 and again this year has been open and outspoken.

Black pastors target Obama.  A large coalition of African-American pastors, snubbed by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in their demand for a meeting to discuss same-sex marriage, are calling on blacks to boycott the president and sign a petition demanding that the administration withdraw support for gay marriage.  "By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path," said Rev. William Owens, president of the 1,300-member Coalition of African-American Pastors.  "Some things are bigger than the next election."

The Editor says...
I've got news for you, Reverend Owens.  The next Democrat nominee for President won't be any better than Barack Obama.  You should consider switching to the Republican Party if you believe the Democrats are headed down an immoral path.  And they are.  And you said so.  So what are you waiting for?

The Mandate Represents What's Wrong With Democrats.  The individual mandate is the apotheosis of the modern Democratic party's way of doing business.  In particular, it is the quintessential example of how, hiding behind a smokescreen of egalitarian rhetoric, the party has become deeply, perhaps hopelessly, anti-republican, happy to dole out favors to privileged groups while the rest of the country is left with nothing.

Democrats Next to Move to Unionize Obamacare Doctors.  In another sign that our healthcare industry is soon to be just another arm of the Democrat Party, Chicago are Democrat Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky thinks it's a great idea if doctors unionize.  This will completely end any chance that doctors will care about patients.  They will instead become just another uncaring, slipshod union hack that won't much care about the excellence of his work because he's protected by union rules.  Patients will no longer matter.

Democrat Controlled Senate Votes to Keep Costly EPA Restrictions.  The U.S. Senate yesterday [6/20/2012] voted to keep costly EPA mercury restrictions on power plants.  The Senate voted largely along party lines, with just a few Senators from each party bucking their party leadership.  The EPA restrictions are so severe as to effectively ban the future construction of coal-fired power plants.  Coal powers nearly half the nation's electricity and is substantially less expensive than alternative power sources, so the EPA restrictions will necessarily cause steep increases in energy prices that will act as a punitive economic tax without generating any tax revenues.

The Mind of a Marxist.  Marxists like Obama and Harry Reid can't connect dots that the overwhelming majority of the bureaucratic tyranny they call government is a cancer on the economy.  They are an impediment to prosperity and until we figure this out, we will never (and I do mean never) restore the kind of prosperity that only free market capitalism can produce.  Government, for the most part, produces nothing and every dollar transferred to them from the productive sector is a dollar that is tragically wasted, unable to be invested, saved, spent, or used to hire people to grow their businesses.

Legislating self-control.  Too often, Americans are willing to cede control over their lives to politicians.  If the government can force us to use mercury-filled light bulbs, ban smoking in bars, outlaw plastic bags in grocery stores and even prohibit Happy Meals at McDonald's, it should come as no surprise that something as innocuous as a carbonated drink would be next on the list.  Feel-good proposals of this sort are evaluated according to the intentions of their proponents, not their likely result.  The public tends to give it a pass because it's a matter of health and safety.  Such busybody ventures never achieve their stated goals.

Government as God is Liberalism's Idea — Stolen From Ancient Pagan World.  Of the central core of ideas from socialism and Marxism, none is more important than erecting a government to operate as a kind of default god.  While this could seem an accidental effect of Marxism's war against religion, a better informed explanation exists.  This reveals the real purpose of leftism as one of waging war against, and trying to murder God, Himself.  After God is removed from the scene, imposition of a humanistic cult allows mankind to pursue all his desires unfettered.  More importantly — it erases the history of man's sins against God.

Watch out: Democrats are trying to implement Obamacare at the state level.  If you think the Supreme Court's upcoming verdict on Obamacare will be the final word, you're in for a surprise.  Here in Delaware, the Democrats who control the state legislature and governor's mansion have just floated a bill to mandate single-payer health care in the state.  If your state government is controlled by the Democratic Party, brace yourself.  It's clear Democrats have decided that if Obamacare doesn't survive a federal court test, they'll battle it out state by state.

Liberal and Incompetent.  [Scroll down]  The liberalism part is widely understood and easily documented.  After running a clever campaign in 2008 where he positioned himself as a centrist, President Obama has been the most liberal president since Jimmy Carter.  He jammed through a government takeover of health care that has never enjoyed the support of a majority of Americans, not on even one single day.  It is bad policy and it is unpopular and he jammed it through anyway.  It cost the Democrats control of the House, but President Obama considers that a small price to pay.  This Administration lurches America every day toward a model of government that is patterned after European style socialist policies.

It's the public sector "doing fine".  After recently letting it slip that he believes the private sector in the United States is "doing fine," many looked to President Barack Obama's economic speech Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, as a potential defining moment of his reelection effort and, perhaps, as an opportunity to negate some of the backlash resulting from his "doing fine" remark.  Yet, in a swing state as important as Ohio and at a critical juncture in his campaign, President Obama failed to break new ground or outline an agenda for economic growth.  Instead he offered up the same tired approach that he has employed throughout his presidency:  more government spending.

Crowds gather as today's expanded [homosexual] Pride Parade kicks off.  Crowds gathered along the newly re-routed path of the annual Chicago Pride Parade as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn were at the front of the parade as it began its march from the Uptown neighborhood.

Obama hosts LGBT Pride reception, vows to be 'advocate'.  President Barack Obama promised a roomful of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) activists on Friday [6/15/2012] that he would be their "fellow advocate" as long as he is in the White House.

Sherrod Brown: "Everybody knows that government creates jobs".  Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who last year tied Socialist Bernie Sanders for the title of the Senate's most liberal, has always voted in a manner that suggests that more government is the answer to every problem.

Obama's Hope ... And Climate Change.  'Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda," wrote Ryan Lizza in this week's New Yorker.  "The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change," supposedly to "improve the world."  So forget about the abysmal jobless numbers above 8% for over three years, or the $15 trillion deficit that threatens to turn the U.S. into Greece.  No, amid those very real calamities, climate change is more important.  If this isn't a sign of a president out of touch with reality, what is?

Socialist or Fascist?  What socialism, fascism, and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.  The left's vision is not only a vision of the world, but also a vision of themselves, as superior beings pursuing superior ends.

President Obama Proclaims June "Gay Pride Month".  Every year he has been in office President Obama has made it a point to cozy up to America's tiny homosexual activist minority by officially recognizing June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month."  This year, of course, was no exception.  Having just come out officially in favor of legalizing same-sex "marriage," the President followed up on June 1 by issuing this year's proclamation setting aside the entire month to commemorate the valuable contributions that gays, lesbians, transvestites, and an odds-and-ends assortment of sexually- and gender-confused individuals have made to American society.

Obama Forced a Change Nobody Wanted.  Barack Hussein Obama promised to transform America with an ill-defined message of change during his 2008 campaign.  As Americans discovered what that change involved, they began to reject it.  It was a change to the Left, to liberalism, to socialism.  The first sign of rejection was the 2010 election when voters returned power in the House of Representatives to Republicans.  Since the 2006 midterm elections that gave the Democratic Party a sweeping victory and elevated Nancy Pelosi as the first woman to become Speaker of the House, Americans have had an opportunity to experience the liberal agenda and they don't like it.

Dems Can't Make it Without Government Worker Unions.  The Wall Street Journal today reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest part of the AFL-CIO, has been shedding members even faster than overall public-sector job losses.  A 50,000-member drop from March 2011 to February 2010 may not sound like a big deal for an organization that boasts 1.37 million members and is surpassed in size only by the Service Employees International Union, which represents service workers, such as busboys and hospital orderlies, as well as government workers.

Party Loyalty and the Future of America.  Does loyalty to a political party trump the well-being of a nation?  That question now confronts many Democratic Party activists, financial contributors, and elected politicians, particularly because Barack Obama has no loyalty to the party he leads.  In 2008, the Party went on a blind date with someone they did not know and made no effort to investigate. [...] Barack Obama has made clear by his disdain for elected Democrats everywhere that his is a dictatorial and narcissistic mindset.

Obama hails LGBT Pride Month.  [Quoting from Barack Obama's proclamation:] From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law — not just for some, but for all. [...] The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story.

Progressives Without Progress.  On the economy, it is hard to think of policies that have done more harm to the future of the United States than those that have come out of left field.  Every day more and more debt is put on the shoulders of future Americans at a record pace.  Of course, Democrats argue that this is all done in order to save the economy and get us out of the economic crisis.  If government spending was the clear solution there wouldn't be any economic problems in Europe.

Gay Marriage: The Hidden Agenda.  It is the iron law of "progressive" movements that having achieved their goals, they refuse to fade away.  Rather than disbanding upon completion of their mission, these movements, now fully institutionalized, keep chugging along, and the farther they go, the more they resemble their sworn enemies, the rationale for their existence.

'Left'-over tactics to lie, smear.  Same-sex marriage has replaced abortion as the biggest hot potato on the list of social issues, and the President of the United States has ensured that it will be front and center to divide America right down to Election Day.  Toward that end, hardcore liberals are in the process of smearing and destroying everyone who believes that traditional marriage is worth saving.

Barack Obama's 15 Minutes of Fame.  The Obama re-election campaign is attempting to hold together a fragile coalition of minorities almost solely on the strength of Obama's now endangered celebrity status. [...] They include the following:  radical environmentalists; those heavily dependent on the federal government for their subsistence; illegal immigrants who favor continuing the administration's policies of providing sanctuary and funding for those here illegally; women bent on convincing other women that being a woman consists precisely of not doing those things that women have traditionally done to maintain and define their families; the rapidly shrinking number of union members; and gender-based minorities.

Why Wright Matters: Obama's on a Mission from God.  [Scroll down]  What motivates Obama is so simple to explain, if only a free media would bother to expose it.  Cockamamie, but simple.  Obama believes he is on a mission from God to upend our oppressive free-market system and replace it with mystic utopian "fairness" as yet to be determined by enlightened ruling-class elites like him.

DOJ pressures university to allow 38-year old man access to women's restrooms.  Watch out, you ladies at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith:  Those feet under the stall next to you might just belong to a 38-year-old man.  Despite opposition from female students, UAFS has decided on "advice of counsel" to allow a 38-year-old anatomically-male, transgendered student access to the women's bathrooms on campus.  According to a report from the conservative Campus Reform, the university decided to reverse its transgender policy after receiving a letter from the Department of Justice.

Never Call Socialism by Its Right Name.  Allen West was the latest to get his knuckles rapped for saying there were "about 78 to 81" members of the Democratic Party who are members of the Communist Party.  His crime, like McCarthy's, was in raising an uncomfortable subject.  We may never know who is or isn't a communist, socialist, Marxist, Stalinist or Leninist in Congress, since all socialists work by deception, define words with obscurities, and refuse to identify themselves, with exceptions like Dohrn and Van Jones.  Even in the heyday of communism, the most influential of its comrades were never "card carrying members" and lying was a way of life, which included obligatory perjury.  But regardless of their nuances, deception is an integral part of their political ideology.

Socialism, by Any Other Name, Is Still Socialism.  Isn't there something conspicuously familiar about Hollande's proposed initiatives?  Doesn't his plan to "soak the rich" in France sound like that of Barack Obama?  Our president has vilified corporations, alleging that they do not pay their fair share for the collective good, and has suggested that million-dollar-earners be taxed more heavily to finance his platform of "social justice."  He has waged his own war against the world of finance, hailed as "the biggest shake-up of the financial industry since the reforms following the Great Depression."  And setting wage prices, increasing federal spending on education, and expanding entitlements of all forms are staple ambitions of the Democratic Party as a whole.

When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler

Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy.
Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban.  The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public.  "It removes the protection for Americans," says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law.  "It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information.  There are no checks and balances.  No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false."  According to this official, "senior public affairs" officers within the Department of Defense want to "get rid" of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies — like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apparently We're Too Stupid To Run Our Own Lives.  It's incredible that so many learned and educated journalists are unable to view socialism as less harmful than communism.  The USSR stood for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Nazis were members of the National Socialist German Workers Party.  Those immigrants who have lived under these systems invariably become arch conservatives.  The liberals still believe that once we get rid of our capitalistic, free enterprise, democratic (small d) government and empower the state with more intelligent leaders, it will be better for the nation.  That's why we get the ignorant media articles proclaiming the brilliance of President Barack Obama.  He's too brainy for us and we're too stupid to appreciate how his policies will be best for us.

Alias Marx and Alinsky.  Calling socialists liberals is as deceptive as calling goose gizzards foie gras.  It fools no one but the epistemologically blinkered.  The term liberal allows liberals to pose as concerned, generous and forward-thinking individuals and to act under what was once an honorable term for anyone who advocated or endorsed liberty.  And as any well-read American knows, liberals do not advocate liberty.  Quite the opposite.  The subject here is the devolution of the term liberal, not its evolution.  Even out-and-out communists are called liberals.  President Barack Obama is called a "liberal."  The late Senator Ted Kennedy was called a "liberal."  Barney Frank is a liberal.  Obama's cabinet is largely staffed by liberals (unless outed, as self-confessed communist Van Jones was).  Communism and socialism still carry a bad reputation, so everyone, including the Main Stream Media, and even well-intentioned pundits and commentators friendly to liberty, use the term liberal.

Barack Obama in the Twelve-Step Program.  [Scroll down]  This is the kind of "change" an antiestablishment, anti-American liberal secretly hopes for:  to bring our longtime successful nation, powered by personal responsibility, to its knees so it can be blown up once and for all.  And from the ashes will rise a new, progressive, pluralistic utopia, where perpetual motion machines, manufactured by green government agencies, are possible.  Where automobiles run on algae and everything is free for the taking.  Or so goes the socialist's Grand Delusion.

Follow the Money: One in Six Top Obama Bundlers Identify as Gay.  Heeding the journalistic adage to "follow the money," the Washington Post has found that every one out of six of President Obama's top fundraising "bundlers" who have hauled in $500,000 or more publicly identify themselves as gay.

A Manifesto on the "Manifesto".  In another illuminating section [of the Communist Manifesto] (page 75), Marx interrupted his meandering sophistries with a 10-point program of specific policy recommendations.  I'm not going to shy from stating the obvious:  Marx's list is chillingly similar — in some respects, certainly not all — to what the American left has pushed for decades, from progressive income taxes, to inheritance taxes, to centralization and nationalization.  Here they are, in direct quotation:
   1.  Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
   2.  A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
   3.  Abolition of all right of inheritance.
   4.  Confiscation of all property of emigrants and rebels.
   5.  Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
   6.  Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
   7.  Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
   8.  Equal obligation of all to work....
   9.  ... gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
  10.  Free education for all children in public schools....
That's what the Communist Manifesto really says, and, worse, desired for not one country but the whole world (page 91).  It's a prescription for despotism, as Marx himself conceded, prefacing his 10 points:  "Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads."  Marxism wasn't hijacked by despots; Marxism demanded despots.

Big Enviro Push Coming to End All Coal, Oil, Gas Subsidies.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will announce legislation today to end every last subsidy for oil, coal and natural gas production.  "The measure would do away with tax breaks, financial assistance, royalty relief, direct federal research and development and many loopholes that benefit the fossil fuel industry," Sanders' office said.

How President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage.  Vice President Biden torpedoed the White House plan to endorse gay marriage before the Democratic convention.

Mocking derision:
Another Gutsy Call!  This now puts Barack Obama in the same reviled category as the Hollywood elite, the New York Times editorial page, the American professoriat, his Wall Street fundraising bundlers, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, readers of the Nation, the cast and crew of The Daily Show, and the majority of residents on New York's Upper West Side.  And lest we forget:  He now risks the wrath of zealots, extremists, partisans, and ideologues.

Gay for Pay.  President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage less than 48 hours after the Washington Post reported that prominent political donors were threatening to withhold donations over the president's position on gay rights.

President Obama's calculated gamble on gay marriage.  President Obama's decision to express support for gay marriage in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts is a decision that comes with real political risk.

Oceguera makes case for ... Heck.  The inescapable conclusion after congressional candidate John Oceguera's performance on television this week is either he believes in nothing or is scared of everything.  Or both.  Either way, if there are any Democrats who can defend his spectacularly evasive and all-too-revealing appearances on "Face to Face" and "The Agenda," they should be ashamed of themselves.

Obama: Michelle influenced gay marriage decision.  First Lady Michelle Obama contributed to the president making his long-delayed declaration of support for gay marriage, which he positioned as an outgrowth of his Christian faith.  "I think same sex couples should be able to get married," Obama told ABC today.  He explained that his wife, Michelle Obama, influenced his thinking on the issue.

Obama's same-sex evolution.  Adopting an evolving position is a classic political dodge, allowing Mr. Obama to claim to be sympathetic to the concerns of homosexual activists while not offending traditionalists.  His stance is calculated to grab centrists whose votes he needs in November.  It gives him wiggle room with leftists who are curious why he won't be more explicit.  But when Mr. Obama says he is evolving, he does so with a wink.  His liberal supporters know where he really stands.

The Left's National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed.  The Left seeks fundamental structural change to our entire form of government.  In keeping with their amoral, means-justifies-ends philosophy, they will register any voters, dead or alive, legal or illegal, who will then vote as many times as possible, in order to establish a "permanent progressive majority."  As two New York Democrats recently caught in a vote fraud scandal told police, "voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections..."

The Patriot's Handbook: a Practical Guide for all Activists.  The events of the Obama administration's first two years have brought this crisis into sharp focus.  Never in recent memory have any President and Congress attempted to move so far, so fast to radically transform our country.  They have sought to impose vast new regulatory regimes against our will, and engaged in a budget busting spending spree — robbing a flagging economy of much-needed resources and raising the specter of rampant inflation.  And while threatening economic stability at home, the administration pursues a foreign policy of indulging our enemies and undermining national defense.  But this radical leftist administration and Democrat-controlled Congress are only a symptom of a larger systemic problem.  The radical Left represents an indescribably destructive system of thinking and philosophy of government that has gradually been "mainstreamed" over the past century.  It infests our grade schools and college campuses.  It pervades the thinking of most among our media elite, the political class and even the church.  It must be expunged from our national psyche if we are ever to rescue ourselves from this crisis.

Missing: $400 purse holding $800 cash, plus food stamp cards.  It bears repeating, as both a critique and a warning of things to come, that the great project of the American Left involves teaching the middle class to think of itself as "poor."  That way, they'll vote themselves into servitude.

Let's just say it: The Democrats are the problem.  "The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics," they wrote.  "It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."  But just take a look at the number one issue facing America domestically:  our looming entitlement crisis.  If we don't radically change our entitlement programs and put them on a sustainable course, our country is in deep, catastrophic trouble.  We face in the neighborhood of $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities.  That's trillion with a "t."

The Two Lefts.  It is impossible to understand politics in the world today without grasping the fundamental fact that there exist two different lefts.  I propose that the two be referred to by everyone as the Stupid Left and the Satanic Left.  The two are very different, although they work together.  People who are part of the first are simply stupid people.  People who are part of the second may in fact be quite shrewd, but are evil and nefarious.  There is no third type of leftist.

Celebrating our "Warrior President".  Not only the Democratic Party, but also its progressive faction, is wildly enamored of "one of the most militarily aggressive American leaders in decades."  That's quite revealing on multiple levels.  Bergen does note that irony:  he recalls that Obama used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech to defend the justifications for war and points out:  "if those on the left were listening, they didn't seem to care."

Europe: From the Welfare State to the Totalitarian State?  Thanks to the voters who put Obama in the White House and Democrats in charge of Congress in 2008 the hard-line left has been able to determine the course of America over the past 3.5 years.  In the 2010 election a majority of voters issued a restraining order on the runaway leftists who thought they were invincible after 2008.  But so long as we have a radical in the White House and a Democrat Senate majority that gives the president a pass on every decisive power grab he wants, we are going to continue down the path that the hard-line left staked out in '08.  That path goes straight into the murky backwoods of big-government Europe.

Obama's Nakba.  [Scroll down]  Obama is historic — not because he is our first black president, but because he is the first president who believes in a war ideology.  Abraham Lincoln did not believe in war, and neither did George Washington or FDR.  Normal Americans don't, but Obama believes in class warfare, racial warfare, ideological warfare, religious warfare.  This is Jerry Wright and Louis Farrakhan thinking.  How could it not be?  When you spend 20 years learning at the feet of Jerry Wright, you can't think outside of that box.

How to Keep the Poor Poor.  Media personality Tavis Smiley and Princeton philosophy professor Cornell West have just published their latest contribution to American poverty propaganda, "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto." [...] Smiley and West's message is simple.  America today consists of a few powerful, rapacious rich people and a lot of unfortunate, exploited poor people.  The rich are rich because they are lucky.  The poor are poor because they are unlucky.  And the only way to solve the problem is activist government to manage the American economy and redistribute wealth.

Top five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments.  [#3]  'The living Constitution'[:]  It is dogma among liberals that sophisticated people understand that the Constitution is a "living, breathing document."  The idea was largely introduced into the political bloodstream by Woodrow Wilson and his allies, who were desperate to be free of the constraints of the founders' vision.  Wilson explained that he preferred an evolving, "organic," "Darwinian" Constitution that empowered progressives to breathe whatever meaning they wished into it.  It is a wildly ideological view of the nature of our political system.

First Lady Hails Free-Contraception Mandate.  First Lady Michelle Obama boasted at a campaign event in Omaha, Neb. on Tuesday [4/24/2012] that "we made history" when the president's health care proposal was enacted and the administration issued a regulation mandating that insurance companies provide women with free contraceptives.

Democrats Have Nothing to Offer But Fear Itself.  The Senate hasn't produced a budget since 2009 and refuses to this year, which means that once again the red-ink hemorrhaging federal government will be operating without any spending guidelines.  Obama's budget plan was so ludicrous that not one House Democrat would vote for it.  The Democrats' refusal to govern hardly ends here.

Senate Democrat: We Can Save the Postal Service with Wind Farms?  Is Sen. Tom Carper's (D-DE) argument even logical?

Taking a scythe to the Bill of Rights.  Controversies can be wonderfully clarified when people follow the logic of illogical premises to perverse conclusions. [...] Now comes Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) with a comparable contribution to another debate, the one concerning government regulation of political speech.  Joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 26 other Democrats and one Republican, he proposes a constitutional amendment to radically contract First Amendment protections.  His purpose is to vastly expand government's power — i.e., the power of incumbent legislators — to write laws regulating, rationing or even proscribing speech in elections that determine the composition of the legislature and the rest of the government.

Jim McGovern's War on the Constitution.  It is hard to overstate how radical and dangerous the People's Rights Amendment would be.  It would overturn Citizens United, all right — along with much of the freedom Americans have always taken for granted.  All of them would lose their constitutional rights, including freedom of speech and of the press, if US Rep. Jim McGovern's "People's Rights Amendment" were adopted.

Rep. Bob Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk.  Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s.

Dem Rep. Admits Party Expects Votes in Exchange for Gov. Handouts.  When Democrats are actually honest with the American people, they usually say things they wish they hadn't.  Like the time Michelle Obama told a Wisconsin crowd in 2008 that she was "really proud of her country ... for the first time in [her] adult life," or when John Kerry (D-Mass.) equated our military with terrorists, or more recently, when Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.) admitted that Democrats expect votes in exchange for all the free stuff that pass out to people via the government dole.

Keep the First Amendment.  The phrase "stunning development" is used far too often in our politics, but here is an item that can be described in no other way:  Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats, frustrated by the fact that the Bill of Rights interferes with their desire to muzzle their political opponents, have proposed to repeal the First Amendment.  That is precisely what the so-called People's Rights Amendment would do.

The Inequality Obsession.  If it were learned that the car driven by the average American is 10 times more likely to burst into flames than the car driven by the richest 1%, what should the policy response be?  Should it be to mandate that cars driven by the rich burst into flames more often?  Income inequality is a strange obsession, at least to the extent the obsessives focus their policy responses on trying to adjust the condition of the top 1% rather than improving the opportunities of everyone else.

Geithner: U.S. Fiscal Situation 'Unsustainable' — But We Can't 'Just Cut Things'.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that the U.S. government's long-term fiscal commitments are "unsustainable," but that they should not be the country's top priority, because the government still needs to "do things."  "Our fiscal commitments are unsustainable over the long run, but we cannot put our long-run fiscal challenges above all others," Geithner told the Economic Club of Chicago on Wednesday [4/4/2012].  "We have to be willing to do things, not just cut things."

Progressive Caucus Budget Proposes $2.9 Trillion Spending Hike.  [Quoting Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.):]  "This budget responds to what the people want, what the economy requires and what the Progressive Caucus believes in.  I look forward to a national discussion about what's in this plan, and I'm excited to stand behind it."

Liberals' budget would raise taxes to an all-time high.  If you want to know why House Democrats lost 63 seats in the 2010 elections — the largest political defeat since 1938 — look no further than the budget put forward this week by the 83-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.  Perhaps unsatisfied with the title they used last year — "The People's Budget" — the CPC calls this one the "Budget for All."  It raises taxes to levels never seen before — not even during World War II — guts defense spending and splurges on a number of liberal priorities.

President Obama, his 'evolving' stance on gay marriage, and the 2012 campaign.  Interviews with gay rights advocates and people close to Obama's campaign suggest it is no longer a matter of if, but when the President publicly voices his support.

Biden: "We Want To Create A Global Minimum Tax".  "We want to create (what's called) a global minimum tax, because American taxpayers shouldn't be providing a larger subsidy for investing abroad than investing at home," Biden said at a campaign event.

House Dems propose raising taxes by 40%, including on middle class.  A new budget proposal from liberal House Democrats suggests what Obama's "dream agenda" might be.  And if Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan is the "Path to Prosperity," the Congressional Progressive Caucus has offered the "Road to Ruin."

Faith-Based Energy Policy.  Americans remember that [President Obama's] team boasted about wanting higher energy costs in 2008, when Obama was still basking in hope-and-change adulation.  Energy Secretary-designate Steven Chu, who doesn't own a car, pontificated about wanting higher American gasoline prices, hoping they would somehow reach European levels.  Candidate Obama breezily warned of skyrocketing energy prices — the necessary cost of his planned cap-and-trade, anti-global-warming legislation.  Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado, who was soon to become interior secretary, bragged that even if gas reached $10 a gallon, he would not vote to open up new federal offshore oil leases.

Congresswoman: We're Not 'Promoting Sterilization' of College Girls, We're Just Making It Free.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D.-Ill.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which has oversight over the Affordable Care Act (AKA "Obamacare"), said Monday that a new Obamacare regulation announced on Friday afternoon [3/16/2012] that requires all student health insurance plans to offer college women free sterilizations does not mean the government is "promoting sterilization."

5 Reasons Socialism Is Inferior To Capitalism.  If you have an open mind, a good grasp on human nature and economics, and a passing knowledge of world history, there's absolutely no question that capitalism is superior to socialism.  Unfortunately, this lesson has been lost on a lot of people because our school systems have become so mediocre, there are no pure capitalist and socialist systems, and there are a lot of people who promote socialism for reasons that have nothing to do with economics.

Barack Obama & the corruption of the American Left.  Defending a corporate welfare agency.  Attacking the critics of intrusive federal anti-terrorism measures.  Giving a President the benefit of the doubt regarding the jailing of journalists critical of U.S. foreign policy.  Ignoring multiple, deadly, ongoing, unauthorized wars.  Celebrating military victory over a weak country as if creates moral legitimacy.  Keeping Guantanamo Bay open.  What has happened to the American Left?  Barack Obama happened, that's what.

Obama's Energy Lies.  President Obama is spewing lies and distortions on America's energy capabilities, and attempting to paint political opponents as medieval.  The president's agenda is anti-American and anti-progress.  It's driven by a statist ideology.  Frankly, the country's not likely to expand domestic supply and reduce foreign dependence while the Democrats are in power.

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.
The Left's Long-Time War on Women.  It should be shocking, by the conventional narrative, that the White House of a "liberal" president would be a hostile work environment for women, but it is not at all a surprise to anyone familiar with the history of the Democrats and the Left, going back at least to the 1960s, when a prominent Democrat politician got a pass from the media for abandoning a young woman (possibly pregnant by him) to drown in his car.

Oust Obama.  Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recently gave congressional testimony saying that the United States no longer needs the approval or consent of Congress before launching a major military offensive.  In particular, Mr. Panetta — to the amazement of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican — argued that the administration needs only "international permission" to engage in war.  In other words, Mr. Panetta stressed that international approval from the United Nations or NATO trumps the sovereign authority of Congress.

White House doormat.  [Scroll down]  The latest, and one of the most ominous, examples of Mr. Obama's low regard for the Constitution came to light in congressional testimony last week by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta.  He told incredulous senators that the United States would only go to war in Syria if it got international permission.  Wherever you come down on the advisability of America engaging militarily in yet another Middle Eastern nation, if we decide it is in our national interest to do so, it should be up to our elected representatives, not the United Nations, the Arab League or some other multilateral entity.

The Left's War on Christianity.  Liberalism is so unrelentingly hostile to Christianity that it's virtually impossible to be both a devout Christian and a devout liberal at the same time.  To be a liberal Christian means you either have to completely gut your religious beliefs to make them compatible with your political inclinations or alternately, you have to spend your days cowering with your eyes down while your fellow liberals demean, smear, and mock everything you should hold dear.

The Left Finally Goes for the First Amendment.  The short-sighted may see Mr. Obama's 1st Amendment challenge as a botch politically, an election year goof that's going to cost Democrats in November.  That may well be, but that estimate fails to appreciate that the president and the left aren't about one election; they're about radically altering the nation — its morality, society, culture, and adherence to faith.  That's a long-term project, with its beginnings in the early 20th century.

Dying to be Green.  Americans complaining about high gas and oil prices can buckle up because what is happening in Europe is only a taste of what is coming this way.  Last year UK petrol prices hit 6 pounds per gallon.  That's nearly 10 dollars, though for the imperial gallon, which is greater than the US gallon.  If you think it costs a lot to fill up a tank now, consider that the UK has a better ratio of production to population than we do.  The high prices aren't an accident; they're part of the green program.  The Obama agenda isn't to make energy prices affordable.  It's to make them so horribly impossible to afford that we'll use less energy.

Is this still America?  Our land of the free is under assault by control freaks, most of whom call themselves "pro-choice" but simply don't trust you to choose your own light bulbs, salt intake or home thermostat settings.  They even want to regulate how much methane gas your cow can expel.

A Guide to the Liberal Mind.  As a great fan of Jeff Foxworthy, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to use his hilarious you-might-be-a-redneck comedy routine in an attempt to characterize the liberal mindset (tweaking Jeff's formula a bit to convert it from the suppositional to the unconditional). ... [For example,] If you believe that Obama is an intellectual giant whose IQ is off the charts even though you have no idea what his IQ actually is, you are a liberal.

President Obama's Theology: Is It Phony?  Liberal politicians rarely cite Bible verses that teach that poverty can be the fault of the individual, that governments are often arrogant and ungodly, that government's power should be limited, that God created marriage for one man and one woman, or that God rejects abortion and homosexuality.  You will rarely hear a liberal politician invoke a Bible passage when speaking of the personal morality required of a free people.  Instead, their interpretation of the Bible always seems to require the government to assume more power — godlike power.

Why Do Democrats Want to Protect Voter Fraud?  As many as 24 million registrations are invalid or contain significant errors, including almost 3 million who are registered in two or more states and 1.8 million dead people still listed as active voters.  Obviously this is a problem states must fix, and the sooner the better.

White House Economic Adviser: 'We Need a Global Minimum Tax'.  Gene Sperling, director of the White House's national economic council, said today [2/13/2012] at an official meeting that "we need a global minimum tax".

'We don't have shared goals with the Democrats'.  "The democrats can't cut spending.  Their whole platform is based on promising more from government," [Senator Jim] DeMint told activists gathered in Washington, D.C.  "Every time we compromise with Democrats, we spend more, we borrow more, we grow government," he said.

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There is no reason to agree with socialist tax-and-spend baby-killing Democrats on any issue.  If I were to run for Congress, my entire platform would consist of voting against whatever the Democrats want to do.

Bigoted Barack, Red in Tooth and Clause.  The essential character of secularism is totalitarian.  For all of its chatter about religion as a "private" matter, for all of its nonsense about the "privacy of the bedroom," nothing under secularism in the end is actually private.  The social engineers of Obamacare will determine the birth control methods of the unwashed.  They will dictate the terms of man's beginning through eugenic abortion and his end through death panels.  And to gratify the bloodlust of bigots, they will leave the stained bill for the reviled religious to pay.

Liberals are the true aggressors in culture wars.  They see nothing wrong with imposing their views about diet, exercise, sex, race and the environment on Americans.  What outrages them is resistance, or even non-compliance with their agenda.

Government demands we keep our Catholic Beliefs out of their realm yet forces their beliefs into ours.
Separation of Church and State:  Secular progressives are a curious bunch.  They will vehemently protest the use of public school classrooms for after school Bible Study.  They will sue to keep high school valedictorians from mentioning The Deity during graduation addresses.  They will ban prayer before sporting events, and suspend children from sports teams who kneel in thanks after scoring points.  These same supposedly non-judgmental secularists will approve of prayer rooms for Muslim students in public school buildings.  I find that odd.  Displays of Christianity are to be actively erased, but religious institutions that have begotten millennia of bloodshed are both coddled and encouraged.

God bless Jan Brewer.  Obama is the ultra-left-wing president who sometimes tries to hoodwink those of us who know better — that would be those of us who didn't vote for him and never will — into believing that he's some sort of moderate.  Obama is the guy who tries to pretend he's tough on illegal immigration, while chiding us for having a "broken" immigration system and making it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens.  And he's also the man who believes the horrendous 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision is nothing less than God's 11th commandment.

Barack Obama is trying to make the US a more socialist state.  Obama is clearly living the Left-liberal dream, which still survives in small pockets of American life.  He wants to import the democratic socialism that Europe embraced after the war, which was, for European cultural reasons, imbued with aristocratic paternalism and Marxist notions of bourgeois guilt.  But neither of these things are part of the American historical experience.  The Left-wing intellectuals, including Obama himself, who adopt this language are talking dangerously uninformed rubbish.

Destroying America by Denying Access to Energy.  It is the crime of the century that America, home to some of the world's greatest reserves of coal, natural gas and oil, is being deliberately destroyed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior as they do everything in their power to restrict access and drive energy producers out of business.  It is common sense that a nation that cannot produce sufficient electricity to turn on its lights and power its manufacturing sector will be destroyed if current Obama administration regulations and actions continue.

I Finally Understand Democrats.  In order to believe that Democrats have the answer today, you would have to believe:
  •   That you can grow the entitlement class beyond the taxpayer class and never hit critical mass where there is no money left.
  •   That using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2003 was criminal, and using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2011 was noble.
  •   That the best way to grow the wealth of the private sector is to take all the money out of it.
  •   That the best way to make us energy independent is to block any effort to produce more petrocarbons in this country.
  •   That more unemployment checks create more jobs.

What We're Learning about Obamacare isn't Good — Especially for Seniors.  The Republican Party isn't perfect by a long shot and neither are its candidates, but the party is trying to undo the damage done by Obamacare; it's the party that supports the right to life; and it's the party that is attempting to reduce needless spending and trying to solve our deficit and debt problems.  President Obama and like-minded Democrats in the House and Senate are principally responsible for creating and exacerbating those problems.  Trusting them to solve those problems is ridiculous.

Mark Levin's 'Ameritopia'.  Mark Levin's hard work in researching, organizing and writing his new book, "Ameritopia," will be a blessing for all who read it.  Countless books chronicle the forward march of the liberal agenda and attempt to deconstruct the fallacies in modern leftist thinking.  Many critique the statist policies the left has imposed on us the past half-century and their disastrous effects on our culture, our economy and our national security.  Few modern books, however, direct our attention to first principles, perhaps assuming people implicitly understand the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of conservative thinking, and even fewer truly explore the anatomy of the liberal vision.

Harry Reid's 'Extreme'.  Mr. Reid's call of Tea Party extremism comes most peculiarly, at a time President Obama is under scrutiny for his illegal appointments of people who could not be approved even by a Democrat controlled Senate.  Could Mr. Reid's call of Tea Party extremism be nothing more than a diversion to Mr. Obama's appointments of people too extreme even by the standards his own party?  Or perhaps is Mr. Reid's extremist rant a diversion from Mr. Obama's call to increase the debt limit, by yet another $1.5 trillion?  Extreme?  Let's take a look; $16.5 trillion in debt vs. a balanced budget.  Zealots at the EPA circumventing Congress by making a law fining companies $6 million for not using a fuel that doesn't exist vs. smaller government, transparency and accountability.

Behind the multicultural push is an effort to degrade American culture.  Diversity is America's greatest strength, according to the left and its socialist, Marxist, commie cohorts and co-conspirators running rampant across the country.  If you listen carefully to these America-hating, social-engineering liberals, virtually all behavior, conduct, morals and beliefs make America stronger.

The Left's Rights Scam.  The left invariably frames its policy pronouncements under the mantle of so-called "rights" that only the government can guarantee.  The implication being that all citizens are entitled and guaranteed, by virtue of living in the United States, to what is defined as a "right."  Much of this current approach by the so-called Progressives stems from the State of the Union address delivered by Franklin Roosevelt in 1944 in which he laid out what is commonly referred to as the "Second Bill of Rights."  It is a consolidation of socialist thinking begun in the mid-nineteenth century.

Obamanomics By The Numbers:  Every day, the U.S. government takes in $6 billion and spends $10 billion.  This means that every day the federal government spends $4 billion more dollars than it has.  The real unemployment rate is a jaw-dropping 11 percent.  Every fifth man you pass on your way to work is now out of work.

The Jews, the Communists, and the Democratic Party.  The ACLU's activities have been characterized as anti-God, anti-American, and anti-family, all notable communist goals.  Yet the ACLU did what it did in the name of individual rights.  Although the ACLU lobbies Congress and state legislatures, its accomplishments derive chiefly from judges who share the ACLU's view of the Constitution as a "living document."  There is little if any daylight between them and the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.  And they are all pro-uncontrolled immigration.

Rush on how to fix Detroit: 'Get rid of every liberal in government'.  In an appearance on Fox News Channel aired on Thursday night's [12/29/2011] "On the Record with Greta Van Sustren," conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh explained, in no uncertain terms, how to fix Detroit, where unemployment and poverty are rampant.  His solution:  End liberalism.  "Get rid of every liberal in government," he said.  "What is the one constant in Detroit, all of these years?  Been run by liberals.  Liberal ideology.  Liberal economics.  Liberal belief system.  Detroit, other places:  A microcosm of where Europe is, and where we are headed — unchecked, unstopped liberalism.

Obama's Freeloader Economy.  Whether it is bullying people to buy mercury-filled light bulbs, or bullying Boeing to sign up for more union labor, or bullying people into government health care, or forcing the American people to pay good money to crony solar and wind capitalists, or jacking up the price of energy to save the planet, or bullying millionaires and billionaires into coughing up more taxes, it's the new dance at the predator's ball.

Obama's Kind of Immigrants.  Of course Obama wants illegal immigration.  Illegal immigrants will depend on the federal government for subsistence, if the federal government offers it.  That's the whole purpose of the Democratic Party in the first place:  To create dependents and enhance their own power.  But think about what this means.  The Democratic Party, and its standard bearer Obama, can only survive politically if millions of people depend on them for their livelihood:  Their food, their shelter, and what passes for medical care and education when run by the government.

What Is a Progressive?  When is the last time you heard a liberal describe himself as a "liberal"?  It's probably been a long time.  These days, those on the left are more likely to call themselves "progressives."

The Corporate Psychopaths Among Us.  A return to a culture of corporate stability and long term employment would help.  We certainly cannot continue in the direction the Democratic Party is taking us without becoming as broke as Greece, or the Soviet Union.  All tools, including the ballot box, should be used to correct the financial disaster that threatens.

Most Americans don't buy Obama's class warfare rhetoric.  President Obama believes the greatest threat facing our country today is income inequality. ... According to a Gallup poll conducted just days before Obama's speech, only 46 percent of Americans believe it is important that the federal government do something to reduce the income gap between the rich and poor. ... A closer examination of the numbers shows that income inequality is little more than a perennial obsession among liberal Democrats like Obama.  Just 43 percent of independents, and only 21 percent of Republicans, say the gap between the rich and poor is an important issue, whereas 72 percent of Democrats say that it is.  Maybe Obama's Osawatomie speech maybe wasn't written to appeal to most Americans but rather to fire up the Democratic base for his 2012 re-election campaign.

Is Liberalism a Religion?  Whether the beliefs are true or false, if people didn't come to their religious convictions by means of reason, then reason isn't going to convince them to change their minds.  This same principle applies to collectivism and health care.  If people didn't come to the false religion of collectivism by means of reason, you are not going to talk them out of it by means of reason.  If you remember this principle, you will save yourself the agony of many, many pointless conversations.

Our Marxist Wizard of Oz.  This is the man the Democrat party took off the streets of Chicago, then pursuing a career as a Marxist street agitator, and launched into the White House, favoring him over Hillary Clinton because she was too moderate for the party.

They Mean Well. Really?  The progressive cause has all the trappings of a quasi-religion, and its adherents are every bit as fervent in their beliefs, every bit as intolerant and hate-filled, as any religious fanatic.  Seeing themselves as the holy warriors of progress, they are absolutely single-minded and ruthless.  Conservatives view them as "our friends across the aisle," as honest, well-meaning opponents.  But liberals don't reciprocate.  For them, conservatives are enemies devoid of humanity and deserving only of pitiless destruction.  Does anyone doubt the sincerity of Democrats when they castigate their Republican opponents as Nazis?

The Rich Are Not Conservative.  [Scroll down]  Leftists do not want "Hope and Change."  They want, instead, glacial immobility.  That is why saving every single species on the planet really matters to leftists, even though species quite naturally die out all the time.  That is why climate change troubles the left so much; climate change, man-made or not, may actually improve our lives, but any real change terrifies the left.  This is also why the left still spouts Keynesian nonsense fifty years after Keynes died and long after this economic theory was empirically disproved, and it explains why Obama still seems to idolize that misanthropic quack, Karl Marx, more than 150 years after his proposed "science."

Malnourished Muppets and the Indoctrination of America's Children.  After an extended interlude, America finally has another liberal buzz phrase to add to the country's politically correct vernacular:  "Food Insecurity."  Food Insecurity is right up there with "man-caused disaster," not to mention the long, ever-growing list of 'ities':  neutrality, inequality, inequity, accessibility and ethnocentricity.

The Differences between Corporate Greed and Government Greed.  There are two recent examples of exploitation of working people by political elites.  Both come from states that have been dominated by Democrats for decades:  California and Illinois.  It is important to keep in mind that the longer a political party remains in control, the more time its political elites have to form strategies and partnerships in corruption.  The simple fact is that while it is easy to state that "both parties are the same," the great majority of big cities in the Midwest and Northeast have been controlled by Democrats since FDR.  And since 85 percent of people live in cities, Democrats have controlled most of the country's population for the past eighty years.

Organizing the Takers Against the Makers.  The Democrat party is throwing in the towel on economic growth and prosperity, because even Obama's people recognize they cannot credibly sell themselves as delivering on that.  What they are going to sell in 2012 is taxes and redistribution from those that have more to buy the votes of those they think will sell their vote for government handouts.  That marries perfectly Marxist philosophy with Chicago political machine politics.

Sundays with Sherrod: Union Reform is Unchristian.  Sherrod Brown (D-OH) isn't merely the most extreme Progressive in the U.S. Senate, he's also a religious scholar.  Week in and week out, Sherrod preaches the Gospel of Progressivism:  Greater love hath no man than he who gives generously from his neighbor's purse.

For Democrats Class Warfare Trumps Job Creation.  Admitting that their big-spending stimulus failed is the first step to getting to work with Republicans on a jobs policy that actually produces jobs.  But Obama, Reid and Pelosi, with their unconscionable record of incompetence and corruption in handling the economy over the past five years, refuse.

Spending Wars.  The ideas that federal spending exploded under George W. Bush, that "Bush's wars" account for our spending explosion, that Reaganism died with Reagan, and that we are on a spending binge that started decades ago are all nonsense.  Our current spending binge is a very recent phenomenon with a very specific starting point:  the year Democrats started writing budgets (or continuing resolutions), compounded by Barack Obama's inauguration.

Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military.  The Senate on Thursday evening [12/1/2011] voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals — or bestiality.

Race: The Ultimate Weapon of the Left.  If Herman Cain were elected president of the United States, racial politics, far from waning, would, if anything, gain in intensity — and so would be the case if any other Republican wins the presidency, or even if Obama is reelected, for that matter.  Whatever happens, the hardy perennial of race politics will survive and thrive.  It is utterly unreasonable to expect the left to lay down its tools and walk away from a claim it has been mining with such spectacular success for so many years.

Why Do Catholics Keep Funding the Radical Left?  Every November, including this one, American Catholics — who constitute approximately 25% of the U.S. population — are asked to contribute to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  The Catholic faithful have been told that their donations will go to fight poverty.  Little do most of them realize what their money will actually fund.  CCHD is the brainchild of Saul Alinsky, the "father of community organizing."  Alinsky (1909-1972) had numerous connections in the Catholic community of his native Chicago, some of them nearly as radical as he was.  He helped start CCHD in 1969.

The Democrats Were Not For Me.  [Daniel Patrick] Moynihan was prophetic about the hazards of good intentions and the flaws of social democracy, in the same way that Orwell had been prophetic about the dark side of Communism.  The specter of sovereign default for Western social democracies today might well be the ghost of Pat Moynihan.  Like old school Communists, the Left created a social Ponzi scheme in America, making promises they cannot possibly keep.  My disillusionment with Democrats in particular, and liberal thought in general, didn't make me a Republican, but it did make me realize that "progressive" America had somehow become regressive at its best and suicidal at its worst.

The Dems Target Defense and Your Wallet Again.  With a debt ceiling deal mandate to find $1.5 trillion in savings over the next decade, what have the Democrats on the Super Committee proposed?  The same old policies from the Democratic playbook:  massive tax hikes and defense cuts.

What Change Looks Like Under Obama.  This was their moment.  This was their time.  And they've had their chance.  The Obama record is one of almost undiluted failures.  And no group of Americans have been hurt more by his failures than the poor, the weak and defenseless, and those living in the shadows of society.

Detroit's Liberal Nightmare.  Detroit, once known as "the great arsenal of democracy," has made headlines of late for its notorious fall from grace.  The "Big Three" automakers are no longer the biggest, falling behind their overseas rivals, and the Michigan economy lost 450,000 manufacturing jobs over the past 10 years all while Detroit lost population.  And while the Motor City suffers unemployment from a decimated automotive industry, it suffers crime, high taxes, poor city services, plummeting home values, and a public education system in shambles with a $327 million budget deficit and a 19 percent dropout rate.  Is it any wonder people are leaving in droves?

Want to See Pictures From America's Cheapest Zip Code?  The distinction of being the absolute cheapest zip code, well below the median price of $15,000, belongs to a neighborhood located in southern Detroit.  How "cheap" is this neighborhood?  Home prices in the 48208 zip code are about $6,388.

Time to Break Apart the United States?  What the liberals have done to Detroit they do most everywhere that they go.  The only reason that each and every liberal enclave has not imploded under the weight of liberal stupidity, greed, and cupidity is the constant influx of revenue from the more conservative and responsible (and yes, honest) citizens in America.

Connecting the Obama-Communist Dots.  [Scroll down]  The book sheds light on certain activities and affiliations of certain members of the government such as U.S. representatives Maxine Water (D-CA) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).  These two, along with former Oakland mayor Ron Dellums, are sponsors of MECA (The Middle East Children's Alliance), an organization founded originally by activists Barbara Lubin and Howard Levine.  Lubin, as it turns out, is allied with the Workers World Party, a Marxist-Leninist sect aligned with North Korea.

Progressives and Their Taxes Kill Cities.  High taxes are bad for cities.  Low taxes encourage growth.  In fact, between 1980 and 2007, compared to the ten most-taxed metropolitan areas, America's ten least-taxed metropolitan areas experienced three times faster population growth, 2.7 times faster employment growth, and twice as great an increase in personal income.

Do the Democrats want to create jobs — or red tape?  A new video produced by the Republican Study Committee (RSC) for the Internet this week opens with Rep. Cynthia Lummis standing beside a Caterpillar tractor and pointing to a stack of new federal regulations that is taller than she is.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that an economy is less able to create new jobs when it costs more than $1 trillion a year to comply with federal regulations.

'Change' and Marxism.  Occupy Wall Street is an un-American movement generated by an un-American depiction of our country.  In 2008, the leaders of the Democratic Party painted the United States as a "decaying, racist, capitalist realm," unable to provide medical care for the poor, to rebuild her "crumbling schools," or to replace the "shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race."  A young generation of Americans, who had never been taught real history in school, became galvanized by the Democratic Party's pledge to "change" that rotting America.

Progressive America.  Unemployment stands at 9.1 percent, with real unemployment closer to 20.  Nearly 50 million Americans are on food stamps.  We've added $4 trillion in new debt in less than three years.  And there's no sign any of this will change soon.  The seriousness of the times require serious leaders... and all we have is Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats and a sea of unwashed "gimmie-crats" sleeping in parks demanding more.  Welcome to Progressive America.

Dems' 900 Days Of Irresponsibility.  Over the weekend, Senate Democrats passed a dubious milestone — going 900 days without fulfilling their legal obligation to pass a budget.  Worse is the fact that this gross dereliction of duty has gone largely unnoticed.

Shouldn't We Need Fewer Police Officers Mr. Biden?  The enormous spending on the war on poverty as well as education was supposed to get to the very roots of most of the crime problems and prevent their very occurrence in the first place.  At least that's the bill of goods that the Democrats sold us.  The rehabilitation of criminals would "save" us money by reducing the prison populations as well as create "experienced" role models for our children to learn from.  Gun control laws would keep the streets safe and also prevent "underprivileged" kids from being shot by little-old-ladies. ... The point is that we've been spending more money and enacting more laws over the last several years than at any time in history, so how is it that we still have a need to "invest" even more money into these police programs?

Democratic Party Full Of Nuts As Well As Flakes.  For example, regulatory adviser Cass Sustein believes those promoting what the government categorizes broadly as "conspiracy theories" should have their freedom of speech curtailed. ... Science adviser John Holdren believes sterilants should be put into the public drinking water in order to decrease fertility rates.  However, Holdren is not the only Obama minion wanting to do away with what Ebenezer Scrooge dismissed as the "excess population" before this famed miser's Yuletide change of heart.  Obama Healthcare Adviser Ezekiel Emanuel thinks that those below or above a certain age range should be denied medical treatment.  Basically put a bullet in granny's head.  Obama's Secretary of Energy believes you should be permitted to color your roof any color you want so long as it is white.  And speaking of colors, Obama's FCC appointment Mark Lloyd believes White folks should be denied FCC licenses.  Obama's State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh believes that Sharia law should be consulted as a source for American jurisprudence.

Dems' Stimulus Idea: More Regulations.  Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., issued a report defending the Environmental Protection Agency from GOP attacks.  Not only do EPA rules protect the environment, the report says, they are an engine of economic growth.  After all, somebody has to do the work of complying with the rules, and "industries that provide environmental protection," the report says, have "created more than a million jobs."  And new rules are creating still more jobs, according to the report — issued by Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee — like the 54,000 jobs it says will result from tougher auto fuel economy standards.

Dem Congressman Keith Ellison: Regulations Create Jobs.  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) tells MSNBC regulations create jobs because a business will have to hire people to help them comply with the new requirement.  "I think the answer is no," Ellison said when asked if he believes regulations kill jobs.  "And here is why:  When we talked about increasing fuel efficiency standards, the industry responded, and they need engineers and designers and manufacturers, and they need actually more people to help respond to the new requirement."

The Left's Love of Rights-Stripping.  [Scroll down]  For example, take Everson v. Board of Education's opinion (supported by amicus curiae ACLU, by the way), written by the KKK-member, rabid anti-Catholic, and statist Hugo Black.  It's not quite the incarnate leftist support for the individual rights guaranteed by the First Amendment that any sort of a moderate would argue for.  Justice Black and the majority created ad hoc a "separation" between church and state which discriminates against all who wish to freely exercise their religion in the public sphere (specifically in public schools).

Obama's Contempt Bordering on Treachery.  Under the banner of "progressive thinking," a plurality of the American population has arbitrarily rejected the fundamental concepts that made the United States the most successful country in the history of mankind:  respect for the uniqueness of each individual, and self-determination.  The death of over 50 million since 1973 from legal abortions, the open promotion of euthanasia, the abandonment of traditional behavioral guidelines, and the active denigration of religion, together with the successful indoctrination of the entitlement mentality and its concurrent belief in an all-powerful government, have unalterably frayed the ties that bind all Americans and greatly eroded the ability of the society as a whole to successfully weather an overwhelmingly severe financial or societal crisis.

A Frivolously Destructive Presidency.  Obama's presidency lurches from fad to fad — from gays in the military to "green jobs" to the "Buffett rule."  Hyped as a profound presidency, it has turned out to be an embarrassingly frivolous one.  Sober historians of the future, not cowed by political correctness, will no doubt look back and say that Obama fiddled while America burned, indulging his sophomoric socialism, environmentalism, and social engineering at a time of terrorism and economic crisis.

Obama Might Be a Socialist.  [Recently], Howard Dean gave a speech where he insinuated that anyone who says "Obama is a Socialist" is crazy, ignorant, racist, or extreme.  Funny, a recent national poll shows that a majority (55%) of Americans believe "Socialist" best describes Obama.  Another poll shows the Democrat Party is filled with people who identify with Socialism.  I say, it's time for them to come out of the closet.  I ought to know.  I was Obama's college classmate at Columbia University Class of '83.  Our college was dominated by Socialists and Marxists who hated capitalism and America.

Obama's Fascist Economy.  Barack Obama and his minions in the administration as well as many Democrats in the Congress are often described as Socialists, or in the extreme as Marxists.  However, their actions and strategy are straight out of the fascist economic playbook. ... Socialism/Marxism seeks the total control of a society's economy through complete state control of the means of production and income.  Fascism seeks that same control, indirectly by the state domination of private ownership, as well as controlling individual income and wealth through taxation and regulation.

Loud And Clear, And Repeated.  The American people vehemently oppose the program of massive government expansion and intrusion the Obama administration has undertaken.

The Postmodern Party.  Yes, today's Democratic Party is profoundly infected by postmodernism — at its root, an outrageous fraud cleverly covered up by a fog of arcane gibberish and deceitful, euphemistic code words that permit its adherents to imagine that they are members of a superior, elite gnostic coterie when in fact they are intellectual eunuchs and just plain lazy.  It's so easy to be a postmodernist, since we no longer have to suffer the onerous mental toil and exertion required to be right.  That's one of the chief reasons for its appeal to ignorant people.

Quit Coddling Everybody.  One of the main planks of progressive politics is to have government be the common bond between everyone.  They would destroy many of the very things [Obama] touts as American.  As an example, he wants to reduce tax deductions to charitable institutions.  Why?  He wants to take the money generous Americans give to churches and non-profit community groups and let the government receive it instead.

Top 10 Scary Things About Living in Washington, D.C..  [#10]  Liberals are everywhere:  This is a city that voted more than 92% for Barack Obama in 2008.  Washington, D.C., has been run by liberal Democratic mayors and city councils for years, and it shows, with high taxes and terrible schools, poverty and crime.

A New Obama Milestone: ZERO Jobs Growth.  President Barack Obama made history again today, as today's new Labor Department report shows zero net jobs created for August.  CNBC notes this makes "the first time since World War II that the economy had net zero jobs created for a month."  Thank you, Obama voters!  We couldn't have done this without you.

The Democrats' Invincible Ignorance.  I'm hearing from a disturbingly high number of people who apparently buy the Democratic Party line with no question whatsoever.  They exhibit a remarkable, frightful willingness to act against their own interests in blind service to partisanship and ideology.

7 Reasons Why Liberals Are Incapable of Understanding The World.  [#2]  Liberals sources of information are ever present.  Conservatives are regularly exposed to the liberal viewpoint whether they want to be or not.  That's not necessarily so for liberals.  Imagine the average day for liberals.  They get up and read their local newspaper.  It has a liberal viewpoint.  They take their kids to school, where the teachers are liberal.  Then they go to work, listen to NPR which has a liberal viewpoint on the way home, and then turn on the nightly news which also skews leftward.

The Left Owns the Election Law Industry.  Leftist foundations, litigators and organizations have established permanent structures designed to alter election outcomes through policy advocacy and strategic litigation. ... They bring lawsuits under federal and state statutes ranging from the Voting Rights Act, Motor Voter law and the Help America Vote Act.  They station teams of election observers in polling places around the nation every election to fuel their litigation and their media efforts.  Almost nobody opposes their efforts.

A Nation That Honors Sin.  The increasingly intrusive apparatus of bureaucratic control forces many people to act as if they approve of sins they oppose.  Think of the college professor who would suffer professionally if his companions knew that he opposed "gay rights," of the nurse who would be fired if it were known that she opposed "reproductive rights" (i.e, abortion); of the college student whose grade would be arbitrarily lowered if he expressed opposition to the favoring of nonwhites at the expense of whites.  The mandatory approval of sin forces many people to hide their true beliefs, and they often become demoralized at this erosion of their integrity.

Facts? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Facts.  Progressives just like feeling good about what they believe in.  Thus, it completely eludes progressives why companies refuse to hire, or ship jobs overseas at every opportunity.  In prog-world, companies exist primarily to re-distribute wealth, not make a profit or turn out a product.  In prog-world, every business owner is suspect until proven otherwise, even as thousands of rules and regulations must be substituted for common sense and common decency.

The Democratic Party and the Language of Bankruptcy.  What does a political regime do when its philosophy doesn't work and is leading to ruin?  It can't scrap the philosophy, which is its raison d'étre and the basis of its power.  Were it to chuck the philosophy, its core constituencies would abandon it.  So instead it blames those who have most cogently pointed out the defects of the philosophy.  It calls them liars and haters.  The strategy is evidently one of desperation, and a confession of the bankruptcy of the regime in question.

Democrats Own the Stock Market Crash.  Now, I am one who happens to think S&P's downgrade is a bunch of garbage. ... Nevertheless, if we can believe S&P about the reason for the downgrade, then who is to blame (or should I say most to blame) for the failure of a timely agreement?  Dems.  No question about it.

Democrats Are Obsessed With Raising Taxes.  The House-passed spending control plan rejected by the Senate is exactly what Republicans were elected to do last November.  The president's obsession with tax increases repudiates the will of the people.

Big Government Means Small People.  While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society's moral character.  Many individual liberals are fine people, but the policies they advocate tend to make a people worse.  Here are ten reasons:  [#1] The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another.  If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I?

With the country on the brink of bankruptcy, is this a major priority?
House Democrats renew battle against cafeteria Styrofoam.  House Democrats are once again attempting to do away with Styrofoam products in congressional cafeterias, this time with an amendment to a fiscal 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) introduced an anti-Styrofoam amendment on Wednesday [7/13/2011] during an Appropriations Committee markup.

Democrat Moran Fails to Ban Styrofoam from House Cafeterias.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) has failed in a bid to secure a proposed amendment to the 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill that would ban Styrofoam products from congressional cafeterias.  The amendment, introduced Wednesday, failed to pass the House Appropriations Committee on a 26-18 vote, along party lines.

Reagan Gets No Credit, Obama Gets No Blame.  The top priority of the left isn't "jobs, jobs, jobs."  Andy Stern, the former head of the Service Employees International Union and hero to the left, makes this clear:  "Western Europe, as much as we used to make fun of it, has made different trade-offs which may have ended with a little more unemployment but a lot more equality."  The goal of the leftist is social justice — using government to close the gap between the have and the have-nots, to secure the "right" to health care.

Happy Dependence Day from Your Community Organizer Friends!  What's that?  July 4 is called Independence Day, you say?  Not to the radical mob-o-crats of ACORN, La Raza, SEIU, and the legions of other socialist groups that are swinging a wrecking ball at the foundations of this great republic.  America is under siege as extremists determined to pulverize the U.S. Constitution deliberately bankrupt the nation, destroy the electoral system, and drive the economy into the ground.

Senators Appear in 'It Gets Better' Video.  Thirteen Democratic senators have added themselves to the chorus of people telling young gays and lesbians that "It Gets Better."  At a Wednesday [6/30/2011] news conference, several of the Democratic lawmakers unveiled their nearly five-minute entry to the nationwide video series that reaches out to bullied gay and lesbian youth — with a message that not only is the best yet to come, but that momentum was on their side.

The Education of a Compassionate Conservative.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, the "compassion" card is the Holy Grail to a progressive Democrat.  It's a philosophical ace in the hole that has allowed Democrats to rhetorically smother and intimidate Republicans for generations.  It's an idea, as Ronald Reagan should have known, more formidable than the Soviet military.  It's the reason a socialist like Barack Obama was swept into office in America a mere twenty years after communism was "defeated."

Residing In Speechworld Lets Obama Fake Reality.  The Democrats seem to have given up on budgets.  Hey, who can blame them?  They've got a ballpark figure:  Let's raise $2 trillion in revenue every year, and then spend $4 trillion.  That seems to work pretty well, so why get hung up on a lot of fine print?

Singing the Climate Blues.  [Scroll down]  The referee at a wrestling match is a populist portrait of the FCC, the NLRB, NPR, the New York Times editorial board and everyone else who does exactly what Al Gore would like to spend his whole life doing:  judging mankind impartially and ruling them well.  The referee is part of the entertainment who is funny in part because he thinks he is above the fray.

Democrats' Tax-And-Spend Insanity.  You have to wonder who's advising Democrats these days.  With the economy stuck in a two-year, Obama-dug rut, their only new economic growth idea is to raise taxes and hike federal spending.

The states with the least freedom are the states where Democrats rule.
Lights Of Liberty.  The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has for three years compiled "An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom" that "comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social and personal spheres."  The rankings are based on fiscal policy, regulations and personal freedoms.  Gun control, the latitude to home school, alcohol and tobacco laws, and asset forfeiture rules are among the standards used to determine personal freedom.  Based on these criteria, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Indiana, Idaho and Missouri are the freest states, while New York is the least free "by a considerable margin," followed from the bottom up by New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

A New Paradigm for the Left?  More and more people believe that government exists not just to perform essential services as delimited in the Constitution, but as a grand equalizer of economic outcomes.  It's one thing to argue that those who earn more should pay a higher percentage of their earnings in income tax.  But it's a completely different idea to suggest that the government should use the tax code and other legislative schemes not just to ensure sufficient revenues to operate the government, but to more equitably distribute people's remaining income — or, possibly, assets.

Disgraced pol embodies values Democrats have embedded in American culture.  Democrats are willing to sacrifice ruthlessly one of their rising stars to serve a larger objective — retaining their grip on power.  Yet, for decades, it has been liberals who have pushed for condoms to be distributed to high school kids, homosexuality and bisexuality to be taught in schools, the murder of unborn infants to be tolerated, and pornography and permissiveness to be accepted as part of the mainstream.  The result has been a coarsening of our culture, the breakdown of the family and the disintegration of a moral consensus.  Mr. Weiner is simply a product of modern liberalism — self-absorbed narcissism combined with an obsession for sexual gratification.

The Socialist Phobia of Scarcity.  If you are a socialist, chances are you believe that there is only a limited amount of wealth in the world.  People are impoverished only because rich capitalists are hoarding it.  You probably also believe that global natural resources are scarce, the world's water supply is drying up, and irreplaceable species are becoming extinct.  This irrational fear of scarcity is what drives the socialist advocacy for abortion of the unborn and euthanasia of the aged and infirm.  As it turns out, the "population bomb" has thus far been a dud.  Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book of the same name predicted mass starvation and global social upheavals by the 1980s.  Although this never happened, it has not deterred true believers.

When Government Jumps the Shark.  [Scroll down]  Progressivism itself, and not simply the individual government programs it spawns, is moving through the same cycle of life.  The most urgent social problems that progressivism set out to solve have been dealt with.  Child labor and lynch mobs are no longer common in the United States.  The greatest natural and scenic treasures of the country are protected by the National Park system.  Food is much less dangerous, buildings are better built, cars are safer, the air and water is in better shape and the charismatic megafauna (big interesting animals) have been saved from extinction.  Many more people have much more access to education today than was true 100 years ago; ditto for lifesaving medical treatment.  The progressive vision morphed from Great White Hope and Great White Father into Great White Elephant over the years.

There's No Stimulant In Stimulus.  The Democrats' response to the grim jobs data from May is typical.  They believe they should spend more taxpayer money.  But that's no solution.  Government activity can't pull an economy out of a ditch.

Liberal vs Conservative: A Spiritual Battle.  The left has a huge problem with the concept of right and wrong.  Their religion of liberalism embraces Moral Relativism. ... There is definitely an anti-wholesome, anti-goodness vibe coming out of Hollywood.  Hollywood leftists are vehemently anti-death penalty.  They rally around convicted murderers. ... Liberals always cater to man's lowest base instincts.  They hate standards for behavior, labeling all rebuke of bad behavior as being intolerant and judgmental.  And yet, they believe without divine influence, man is capable of someday achieving universal peace.  Totally absurd.

All liberal debt plans raise taxes to historically unprecedented levels.  This January Peter G. Peterson Foundation paid six think tanks $200,000 each to produce long-term budget plans that would reduce our nation's debt.  Today all six plan were revealed. ... The six tanks are the American Enterprise Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for American Progress, the Economic Policy Institute, The Heritage Foundation, and the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.  All but the only conservative groups in the mix (Heritage and AEI) call for raising taxes to levels unprecedented in American history.

Debt Limit: 'It's A Great Government, Why Not Be Big?'  Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel appeared with Judge Andrew Napolitano last night [5/17/2011] and they respectfully disagreed with one another on the issue of whether the government should be able to tax and spend more money.

The Democrats refuse to cut spending.
Reid rejects Boehner proposal for $2 trillion in spending cuts.  Battle lines in federal debt talks sharpened markedly Thursday [5/19/2011] when the Senate's top Democrat rejected a proposal for $2 trillion in budget cuts as demanded by House Speaker John A. Boehner, saying any cuts must be accompanied by action on closing tax loopholes.

Superficiality: A necessary part of liberal-progressive-socialism.  [Scroll down]  This combination of presumption and superficiality was prominently displayed during the Democrat-Socialist Party's ram-rodding Obamacare through Congress.  Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrat-Socialists were unconcerned that hardly anyone had even read the entire bundle of Obamacare legislation, and that no one could foresee all of its destructive effects.  When asked whether certain aspects of Obamacare are unconstitutional, Mrs. Pelosi said, in effect, that there are no limits on government power; the Federal government (provided that it is in the hands of liberal-progressives) can do whatever it deems desirable.

Ravening Wolf at America's Door.  In open societies where the masses go about the daily grind of getting by, the Marxists are out there turning society upside-down.  Wrong is presented as right; evil as good.  Once enough tables have been sufficiently turned upside-down, the Marxists turn around and blame it on the other side.  Above all else the Marxists excel at the fine art of projection.  Because they lack empathy of others, and like textbook psychopaths have no conscience, they don't even mind getting caught.

Libs Always Put Government First.  Edmund Burke said that "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse," and also that "the people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."  Liberals today suffer under the delusion that giving more power to the government somehow advances human happiness, without recognizing the abuses that come as a result.

Geronimo and Osama.  In Religious Left mythology, the U.S. is an endlessly and uniquely hegemonic power whose crimes began with the suppression of the original tribal peoples, for which we should endlessly seek atonement.  As with many myths, there's a bit of truth here.  But this particular myth neglects to admit that the original tribal peoples were themselves perpetually warring against each other, and exterminating each other, many centuries before any European arrived.  All nations and cultures everywhere were founded amid conquest and blood, for better or worse.  While traditional Christians can readily acknowledge the sinfulness of all humanity, Religious Left utopians struggle with this admission, preferring to demonize impersonal systems:  militarism, imperialism, capitalism, Western Civilization.

The Danger in Severing God from America's Identity.  It is beyond dispute that there is a link between socialism and American progressivism.  Both flawed ideologies are predicated upon the soundness of a large and powerful government designed to disperse the fruits of labor by seizing means and property from the productive.  And as many conservatives are quick to point out, nothing could be more antithetical to the ideals scribed in the Constitution.  But beyond the insidious application of socialism under the less condemning titles of "progressivism" and "social justice," the liberal left poses another threat to America that is less defended.  It has, for over a century, laid perpetual siege upon Christianity, seeking to excise all Christian influence from American government and its institutions piecemeal, from banning prayer in schools to seeking taxpayer-funded abortions.

Why Liberals See Taxes as a Holy Sacrament & How This Destroys America:  Perpetual deficits can only lead to fiscal insolvency.  Yet, liberals claim towering public debt is efficacious, a sacred talisman, magically creating prosperity and peace.  But, if better societies resulted simply from massive government wealth confiscation, paradise would have flourished in Russia, instead of the smoldering hell on earth the Marxists created.  Bizarrely, leftist politicians warn we cannot stop spending tidal waves of borrowed money or unacceptable injustices will occur.  The misuse of tax policy to create certain economic death for America meant to push us into socialism is the topic of this essay.

Trump and Obama's Brittle Narrative:  [Scroll down]  I do believe that since the Democratic Party has become a full-fledged socialist party, Republicans do a grave disservice to this Country by continuing to believe that this is not the case and that Democrats can be compromised with, in the matter of just how fast they get us to the end goal of complete socialist utopia.  I truly believe that it is insane to continue to pursue the same policies which have literally destroyed the once-great Western European democracies.

The Toxic Influence of Progressive Education Schools on K-12 Curricula.  [Scroll down]  Progressive politicians came to view society as a hodge-podge of racial, ethnic, gender-based, and now also sexual orientation-based groups locked in zero-sum combat with Western whites.  Generally speaking, cultural Marxism's indoctrinees have learned to view morality and knowledge as "constructs" and social and economic power as commodities to be transferred from "oppressor" to "oppressed."  Progressives routinely label minorities as oppressed and anything that benefits minorities as moral.  Such thinking dominates the Democrat party platform.

Taxes On Everything.  As Americans scramble to file their taxes, the second-ranking Senate Democrat plans legislation to tax cyberspace.  Liberals seem willing to tax anything that moves — and even some things that don't.

The Democrats' Shameful Rhetoric.  For the left in recent years, none of these legitimate forms of argument have been an option.  This is because the left is fundamentally lacking in ideas.  The "truths" that the left relies on are intellectually specious.  These fraudulent ideas include the notion that all human beings have a right to an equal share of society's wealth; that government exists to control the lives of its citizens and to redistribute wealth; and that these principles are universal and so must involve the redistribution of wealth from rich nations to poor ones.  None of these truths are self-evident to anyone except ideologues on the left.

Blind Leftist Devotion to Obama Results From Marxist Critical Theory.  Obama's willing army of imbeciles, who see the world through self-righteous and simplistic lenses, are everywhere in universities, media sites, and in the corridors of power.  They have already jettisoned logic and traditional ideas eons ago, and now simply long to be of use to our intellectually-challenged commander in chief as he plots his inane assault against the history, mission and future of the USA.

Inflating Our Way to a Government-Controlled Economy.  Spiraling food prices, record energy costs and federally mandated health insurance reflect this Administration's slavish ideological devotion to the centralized planning of key sectors of the American economy.  So, what are the current results of Obama's indoctrination of America into progressive collectivism?  Global food costs have risen an astonishing 29% in the past year, and almost 4% a month between October and January of 2011.  Retail prices for gasoline have doubled in the 26 months since Obama was inaugurated.  And the Democratic majorities in Congress passed a mandated health insurance bill that is not only unconstitutional, but also riddled with exemptions, political payoffs while adding 159 new boards, commissions and programs.

Some Want Their Freedom, Some Fear It.  The conflict between liberals and conservatives in America is an ideological one.  When our Founders came to this continent, they created a country where all men could live free and unimpaired by an all-powerful government.  But living free also requires every adult to accept personal responsibility for his or her own lives and well-being.  This is where conservatives and liberal part company.

On the Road to An Idiocracy.  If we are to avoid killing off all our brain cells we need to start asking "why" more often than we do.  Why do we have to replace incandescent light bulbs with ones that contain toxic mercury?  Is it because they are made in China?  Where is the word "abortion" in the Constitution?  The taxpayers fund Planned Parenthood abortions — why?  The constitution does include the right to bear arms so why are there so many laws against them?  Why do we spend so much money on bottled water when our city has the best tasting water anywhere and is perfectly safe?  Who's making money off of these health scares?

Clash for America's soul.  The left is lobbing nukes into the institution of marriage and the military.  Obamacare is going forward, complete with funding for abortion and massive increases in the size of the already enormous Department of Health and Human Services.  Defunding this increasingly unpopular power grab should be in every budget bill — but it's not.

Sen. Lautenberg: GOPers "Don't Deserve Freedoms In The Constitution".  U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) stood with, and was applauded by, Planned Parenthood supporters and state lawmakers and said, "They [Tea Party Republicans and the majority of Americans who don't want their tax dollars funding Planned Parenthood] don't deserve the freedoms in the Constitution, but we'll give it to them anyway."

Democratic Socialists of America reach their goal ahead of time.  DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) is the largest socialist organization outside of the CPUSA (Communist Party U.S.A.) honest enough not to masquerade as something other than what they are.  In 1997 DSA goals to attain by 2017 included:  ["]A U.S. President from the Progressive Caucus, a 50 member socialist caucus in Congress, successful programs of the likes of universal health care, progressive taxation, social provision and campaign finance reform.["]  Little could they have known that almost a decade before their deadline, they would have practically achieved every one of their stated goals.

The "redevelopment" hoax:  If development is considered to be so bad, why is redevelopment considered to be good, by many of the same people?  Redevelopment imposes the supposedly superior wisdom and virtue of an elite on the rest of us.  That is its ideological appeal to self-congratulatory elites.  Its political appeal is more mundane.  By bulldozing low-income neighborhoods and replacing them with upscale malls and condos, local political leaders get more tax money into their coffers, offering more opportunities for them to do things that enhance their chances of being reelected.

The bullies' many pulpits:  Rep. Jackie Speier is on a crusade to use the U.S. government to stamp out bullying in America. ... I'm not sure where the Constitution legitimates such a sweeping directive, but it's probably in one of the penumbras emanating from the Preamble's General Welfare Clause.  Once you create giant Washington bureaucracies, you can use the clause to justify almost anything — from forcing poison light bulbs down our throats to dictating schoolyard behavior.

Just sit in the dark.  For "progressives," few things are as virtuous as sacrifice.  Especially if it's someone else doing the sacrificing.  Thus, in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, you just know they'll be calling for less nuke power and greater energy-conservation efforts (preferably, by you).  Oh, the glory of deprivation.  It's music to a monk's ears:  We'll all have to make do with less!  This is progressives' idea of "progress."

Confiscate Americans' Wealth to Pay Government Workers?  Even the most jaded of true-believers on the Left knows that confiscating the wealth and taxing what they consider to be unjust income would be self-defeating.  What could be done one time can never be repeated and there would be no one to create jobs or a higher standard of living for the overall citizenry, particularly those on the left side of the ruling class.  A cursory study of the experiences in the Soviet Union, Mao's Red China and Cuba among others reveals that government control of the means of production and wealth creation is a massive failure.

Gov't That Governs The Least Is One Americans Want Most.  Overall, nearly six in 10 (59%) Americans surveyed in February think the federal government has too much power, 31% believe it has the right amount of power and 7% say it has too little power.  Not surprisingly, 83% of Republicans and 72% of conservatives believe the government is too powerful.  But 64% of independents and 62% of moderates feel the same way.  Majorities of Democrats (52%) and liberals (54%) think the government has the right amount of power.

The Vanishing Constitution.  The federal government has increasingly assumed unlimited powers and acted against the will of the people.  When they can't legislate, they regulate.  The attitude is:  We know you don't want it, but we are going to force it on you anyway.  Who are you to know what is best for you?  You are just a pesky voter.  We are entitled to discount what you say because you cannot possibly grasp our progressive agenda.  Progressives began the gradual erosion of constitutional principles around the beginning of the 20th century.  The goal?  To impose their superior wisdom on the rest of us.  The way progressives measure progress is by moving up from the vision of the founding fathers.  But the Constitution gets in the way with its restrictions on the arbitrary powers of government.  So it must be bypassed.

The Cheesehead Rubicon.  In 2008, 56 percent of Wisconsin voters supported Barack Obama for president.  In 2009, Wisconsin's Democratic governor and Democratic Legislature passed legislation that raised taxes and fees by about $1.2 billion over three years.  State lawmakers approved the bill on the very day it was introduced, with no public hearing.  Remember that.

What will they call themselves if they can't use 'liberal' or 'progressive?'  Uh oh, this is bad news for folks formerly known as "liberals," then as "progressives."  Seems Rasmussen Reports finds that "conservative" is the most positively viewed political label, while "liberal" and "progressive" are in the negative.

Unionized Public Servants Meet Their Enemy.  Upon reflection, we find that the liberal policies that led to these generous civil service compensation time bombs are in many ways the very reason that that they have become unaffordable.  Consider:  [#1] To fund a huge civil service, you need a huge tax base, but the crippling red tape and rules produced by this huge civil service of regulation-generators have driven employers and jobs overseas at a frenetic pace, stunting the growth of that critical tax base.  [#2] To finance a pension plan, you set aside money every year, and invest it in the stock market; but the recent assault on the private sector has robbed those Wall Street investments of their expected growth...

Government Worker Unions: The Long Good-bye.  The Democratic Party has sold its soul to the public sector unions.  In the 2010 mid-term election, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees poured over $87 million dollars into the election.  (A new spending record).  AFSCME's $87 million was greater than the campaign spending by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($75 million) and American Crossroads ($65 million).  Other public sector unions also ratcheted up their spending such as SEIU ($44 million) and the National Education Association ($40 million).  The three major public sector unions spent over $171 million in the 2010 election plus an estimated $250 million equivalent value of so-called volunteer activity such as get out the vote efforts, door-to-door campaigning and poll watching.

How to Get Rich from Liberal Delusions.  Global warming fraud is now in the midst of a slow collapse.  The Chicago Carbon Exchange just closed, because the investors figured out the scam.  But the list of liberal crazes is long, and we can expect the media to make up ever-new headlines to keep their business model alive. ... It was socialist Europe that made up global warming, and turned Mad Cow into a mass hysteria.  You can bet that the big investors had it figured out long before things got rolling.  Then there is the Chevy Volt, a fantasy "hybrid," financed in part by thirteen trillion tax dollars from Obama.  There will be huge government subsidies for electrical charging stations to juice up your golf cart every forty miles.  So invest in golf cart technology.  Then there is ZeroCare, Bee Colony Collapse disease, and flesh-eating bacteria.

Outwitting Lethal Government Policies.  Over the past fifty years, at least a half-million Americans, and perhaps many more, have died prematurely due to ill-designed and badly executed liberal programs.  The causes, as I reveal in detail in Death by Liberalism, range from the criminal justice "reforms" of the 1960s, which triggered a crime wave that that killed up to 268,000 Americans, to government-mandated fuel standards responsible for up to 125,000 lives.  At least a thousand people are murdered each year by the derelict insane, with many deinstitutionalized lunatics dying as well, giving us a total of as many as 70,000 deaths.

Ceteris Paribus:  The hidden killer in Washington.
The Tragedy of CP.  Consider the following short sample of outcomes resulting from CP naïvité and the numerous variables that (predictably) refuse to remain constant:
  •   Legislation requiring increased auto mileage reduced the cost of driving and doubled miles driven, leaving oil imports unaffected;
  •   The same legislation requiring increased auto mileage resulted in lighter cars and increased traffic deaths, specifically an additional 7,700 deaths per gained mile per gallon;
  •   Welfare policies prescribing greater welfare payments for single mothers with more children resulted in an increase in out-of-wedlock births;
  •   ObamaCare's requiring numerous costly additions to health insurance policies and capping insurance rates resulted in insurance companies' dropping coverage and beneficiaries;
  •   The Illinois legislature's raising state income taxes 67% resulted in surrounding states' courting Illinois businesses and a likely contraction of the Illinois tax base; and
  •   Finally, in a still developing but particularly sad example, a group of critically ill CP patients at the East Anglia Research Unit apparently ignored the sun and clouds in an attempt to explain temperature changes.  These poor patients went to all lengths of fraud to perpetuate their delusion.  If asked, any healthy person would have certainly cautioned against assuming away the sun.

The Taming of the Masses.  One of the most dangerous strategies of the totalitarians in our midst is the deliberate confusion they create around the notion of totalitarianism.  Only a fraction of "educated" people know that so-called "right-wing" fascists and "left-wing" socialists historically occupy the same end of the sociopolitical spectrum.  The reason most people don't know this is because for eighty years, the "left" has engaged in a campaign to disguise the fact that it is fundamentally a totalitarian movement.

Socialism Is Back.  Even in its more dispersed modern forms, socialist central planning is fairly easy to spot, because it has an easily identifiable signature:  failure.  Socialism reliably produces economic failures when applied nationally (the USSR, China, India, Chile, Vietnam), when applied in modified forms across mixed economies (post-war Britain's nationalized industries), and when applied to particular sectors within largely capitalist economies (national health-care programs).

Progressive Education:  Of all the misnomers of our political vocabulary, "progressive" is the most abusive and the most abused.  "Progressive" is the accepted term for the political left today, just as it was 50 years ago, when it was used as a self-description by Communists and fellow-travelers who sought its protective cover even as they supported the most oppressive regimes in human history.  In the later years of the Cold War, it was the term of choice for liberals as well, who thought that the Soviet system was "converging" with Reagan's America, just before the Communist fall.  One of the more interesting characteristics of progressives is the way they seem to learn nothing from their experience, confounding the very idea of progress as a process of escaping from the myths of the past and acquiring knowledge.

Government as a Criminal Enterprise.  How long can a nation survive when its east and west coasts are occupied by liberals who are so out of touch with reality they cannot understand why the rest of the nation would disagree with them about anything?  Two States alone, California and New York, are so broke and so laden with red tape they exist by mercy alone.  Liberals are people who still think bigger government, more regulations and more spending is the answer to every problem and need.  These are people who still talk about "global warming", often in the midst of a raging blizzard.

Roll Back the Hippie Damage.  Conservative America has been witness to the cultural damage and decay perpetrated on it by the left since the 1960s.  We have stood back with jaw agape at the horrifying images of the American family disintegrating and drug use soaring, while the liberals nod approvingly and call it "progress."  This is astonishing.  Without further investigation into their motives, you would think that they are simply trying to destroy our culture simply because they are hateful.  It makes one wonder.  Who in his right mind would consider rising drug use and overdoses "progress"?  Who in his right mind would consider an epidemic of broken homes "progress"?  What woman in her right mind would consider the over-sexualization of females a good thing?

Getting Back On The Bicycle.  In a genuinely moral society, progressivism would be dead in the water.  This is why the "anything goes," overwhelmingly secular model on which progressivism relies, must be kept alive at all costs.  Religion codifies morality, which is why, especially in the case of Christianity, it is treated with contempt by so many on the Left.

Liberal Seek Ban on Metaphors In Wake of Arizona Shooting.  After the monstrous shooting in Arizona last week, surely we can all agree that we've got to pass Obama's agenda immediately and stop using metaphors.  At least I think that's what the mainstream media are trying to tell me.

Chafee to Issue Talk Radio Ban.  State officials in Rhode Island will soon be ordered to stay off the airways, provided the interviewer happens to be a talk show host.  A spokesman for Gov. Lincoln Chafee tells the Providence Journal that talk radio is essentially "ratings-driven, for-profit programming," and "we don't think it is appropriate to use taxpayer resources" to have state employees use work time to "support for-profit, ratings-driven programming."

Plan would treat animal abusers like sex offenders.  People convicted of felony animal cruelty offenses would have to register just like sex offenders do under a proposal being pushed by Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander.  Alexander is one of the advocates hoping lawmakers take time to focus on animal welfare in the upcoming legislative session.

The Stealthy Spread of Socialism in the U.S..  The biggest challenge facing Republicans in the 112th Congress is not Barack Obama.  It is not Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate.  It isn't high unemployment, repealing ObamaCare, the threat of Islamism and shariah in America, the deficit, or the looming insolvency of several (mostly blue) states.  These, broadly speaking, are symptoms.  The disease is socialism or, at the very least, a pervasive socialistic mindset.

Bootleg Lightbulbs Coming to California.  Old reliable, the 100-watt light bulb — safe, cheap, and bright enough to read, write, cook, shave, and put on your makeup by, will be gone January 1.  The California Energy Commission in September 2010 published its 226-page Appliance Efficiency Regulations, whereby the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will be outlawed at midnight on December 31, 2010.  Californians with self-imposed rationing, running out of both energy and common sense, have declared that consuming electrical power is a social vice.  Electric power must be curbed, along with banning Dr. Pepper and Happy Meals.  And it's not just light bulbs.  These appliance standards will regulate and ban hundreds of products including...

What to Ask Progressives.  Dear Americans, these are some questions I have collected in 16 years of living in your country.
  • Ever noticed that for the past thirty years, we've been hearing we have less than ten years to save the planet?
  • When the media portrays the killing of terrorists as "slaughter of civilians," while slaughter of civilians is portrayed as "resistance to occupation," is the media really being neutral?  Whose side are they really on?
  • If Hollywood types are so opposed to capitalism, why is there a warning against unauthorized distribution of their movies?
  • Why is experimenting on animals cruel, but experimenting on human embryos compassionate?
  • How come industrial logging is a crime against nature, but the destruction of forests by wildfires is a natural cycle of life?

To congressional Democrats:  Merry Christmas, and thanks for nothing.  Dear Pelosi/Reid Congress — In the words of the monotonously repetitive holiday song, I want to wish you a merry Christmas.  What a distinguished record you have amassed:  The stimulus, which added, oh, about $1 trillion to the deficit and did not, as heralded, either end the recession or drive down unemployment.  [And] Obamacare, which, if it ever takes full effect, will impersonalize and socialize medicine along the lines of the European model and create government medicine with the regulatory hammer of the Internal Revenue Service and all the efficiencies of the Postal Service.

What Do Liberals Have To Show For 50 Years Of Horrible Policies?  [Scroll down]  When President Lyndon Johnson launched his "War on Poverty," the poverty rate was trending down.  When he offered money and benefits to unmarried women, the rate started flat-lining.  Women married the government, allowing men to abandon their moral and financial responsibilities.  The percentage of children born outside of marriage — to young, disproportionately uneducated and disproportionately brown and black women — exploded.

More about Poverty and Dependency in America.

Nancy Pelosi: A Ruler of Fools.  Nancy Pelosi doesn't have much longer as Speaker of the House.  But if there's one constant in our ever-changing world, it's that Pelosi will remain unconscionable until the gavel is wrested from her hand.  During a recent speech on the House floor, she expressed opinions about unemployment insurance and tax policy that seem irrational even for her.  Pelosi supports extending unemployment insurance beyond the current 99-week limit.  To substantiate her position, she touted unemployment benefits as a burgeoning economic catalyst.  All we need do is and tap into their power.  Pelosi informed Congress that "[u]nemployment insurance ... returns two dollars for every one dollar that is put out there."  A two-dollar return for every one invested is a lofty promise.

The Left's Politics of Retribution.  Disproportionately taxing the wealthy is a critical plank in the ideology of the left, and the reason for that is simple.  When liberals think of George Bush, they think of big business destroying society.  When they think of big business destroying society, they think of rich, corporate fat cats.  And as much as they would love to, they are unable to send George Bush to the poor house, so settling the score with the rich, corporate fat cats is the next best thing.  That's what it is all about:  retribution.

The Constitution keeps getting in the way of the left's agenda.  On December 13, 2010, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson signed a Memorandum Opinion declaring unconstitutional a key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 — better known as ObamaCare. ... The core issue examined by Judge Hudson was whether or not Congress has the power to regulate — and tax — a citizen's decision not to participate in interstate commerce, to wit, the purchase of insurance.  Judge Henry correctly points out in his decision that no reported case from any federal appellate court in history has extended the Commerce Clause to include the regulation of a person's decision not to purchase a product — notwithstanding its effect on interstate commerce.

Behind the broccoli: Liberalism's war on liberty.  ObamaCare and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are the things that expose modern liberalism for the iron fist in the velvet glove.  Can't feed yourself?  Dinner's on us.  Out of work?  We'll pay you to stay unemployed.  After all, you're too stupid to make your own best decisions in what used to be personal matters.  All we ask in exchange for your freedom is your vote.

Reid threatens to keep Congress into next year.  Forget about going quietly into the night.  Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a broad agenda for an end-of-session sprint that, in other years, could be a whole year's worth of activity — ranging from an arms-reduction treaty with Russia to a major immigration bill to overturning the ban on gay troops.  And that's not to mention the nearly 2,000-page, $1.1 trillion massive spending bill Senate Democrats said they'll try to push through.

The Modern Left (Unmasked).  The left embraces "social justice," a concept in which the State — not the individual, guided by the Constitution or any god — is the ultimate authority to determine the best interest of its wards.  The intent is to subvert the "evils" of the marketplace and create an "equal opportunity" for all citizens to be entitled to a piece — not merely a chance at a piece — of the pie.  Further, top proponents hold that the State should manufacture the condition through legislation, progressive taxation, and the redistribution of wealth.

Leasing Your Life From The State.  One of the many beneficial side effects of driving Democrats out of power is that they become more open about their beliefs when they're panicked.  Such a moment came on Megyn Kelly's Fox News program on Wednesday [12/8/2010], when Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) freaked out over the estate tax. ... This is one of the purest expressions of reflexive Marxist impulse in recent memory.  You don't own anything in the mind of the Democrat Party.  It all belongs to the State, and it always did.  You are allowed to keep what our wise and benevolent masters decide to let you keep, and when you die, they're entitled to take it all back.

Eco-Diplomacy, The Chicago Way.  Confronted with a demonstrably cooling planet and a corrupt and fraudulent global climate-change bureaucracy, our government is reduced to bribes and coercion to cobble together a new agreement.  In the absence of sound science and a rationale for committing global economic suicide, we are quite simply trying to make the world an offer it can't refuse.

FCC proposal to regulate news draws fire.  Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) pushed back on Monday [12/6/2010] against a contention by a Democratic FCC commissioner that the government should create new regulations to promote diversity in news programming.  Barton was reacting to a proposal made last week by FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who in a speech suggested that broadcasters be subject to a new "public values test" every four years.

The Unemployment Crisis Catch-22.  The historical facts are quite clear on the subject:  lowering tax rates always results in economic growth by leaving more investment resources in the private sector, where real jobs must be created.  Lower tax rates have always resulted in increased tax revenue streams by way of economic expansion.  So why are Democrats so committed to raising taxes?

The Great Weaponless Conquest of America.  An ambitious man or men, need not shed blood anymore, to conquer a nation.  They only need to exploit man's ignorance and stupidity and his inability to be aware of what goes on around him.  First, they infiltrate government at every level with their trained followers and set their agenda with new law, after new law.  Increasing control of the masses, over a long period of time is their goal.  They don't need guns to control the people, they only need willing subjects who are looking the other way.  Second, they take control of the news media and the venues of information and feed the people what the patient, silent conquerors want them to know.  Third, with the help of the government that they now control, they establish "their" curriculum in the public schools and colleges, pumping out brainwashed converts with each graduating class.

Union Member Advocates for End of Capitalism, Private Property Rights.  Calling for civil unrest and the end to private property rights, Sharon Black of the Baltimore All-Peoples Congress, tried desperately to rouse communists and socialists everywhere at the Workers World Party's annual conference on November 13th and 14th in New York City.  Black — whose name is a fitting one for her dark agenda — wants an end to capitalism and the United States of America and yearns for a return to the glory days of the Soviet Union.

Thirty-six Reasons to Vote Democrat.  [#5] If you want to pay through the nose in taxes until you are 70 so union thugs in purple shirts can retire in security at age 50 — vote Democrat.  [#6] If you like the fact that people who actually know the Constitution get laughed at by people who are ignorant of it — vote Democrat.  [#7] If you want the entire country to be like Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Chicago — vote Democrat.

Waiting for the King's Return.  In post-election reality, it does not really matter how many seats the Republicans won, it matters only if they will do something meaningful to halt the progress of the Socialist Transformation of America to One World Government.

'Progressive' Is a Funny Name for Poverty!  The slogans of Big Brother's ruling party in George Orwell's 1984 included Love is Hate and War is Peace.  Today's leftists unwinding the country back to pre-constitutional poverty call themselves Progressives.  They are truly Regressives, but perhaps truth is too hard for politicians.  The original thirteen colonies encouraged using free-standing timber for energy to promote development; later governments promoted coal, then oil and hydroelectric power for the same reasons.  That, along with promoting roads and railroads, provided for the industrialization of North America, the process that produced American wealth.  Our Progressives despise all that.

Conservatism's Boll Weevil.  Initially defined during the Cold War, the salami principle is an analogy reflecting the way in which liberals have historically advanced their agenda.  No sensible individual would eat an entire salami in one sitting.  By cutting it into thin slices and feeding it to a person over time, though, it can be entirely consumed.  The same has been true with liberal policy.  Although the complete platform would be repugnant to the majority of the people, much of it has been achieved through small steps over time.

Obama's Grand Strategic Error.  The grand strategy of the Chicago socialist community was Leninist:  the worse the better.  Lefty thinkers at the Midwest Academy dreamed up plans that would destabilize capitalism and then destroy it.  Community-organizing outfits like ACORN would bully the banks and flood the mortgage market with dead-beat borrowers.  Same thing on health care.  They would load up the insurance companies with mandatory benefits and crash the health care industry.  A frightened populace would demand a government takeover of housing or health care, and bingo:  full socialism in America.

Unions target your private retirement savings.  Will the government outlaw your 401(k) plan?  It seems like an absurd possibility, yet earlier this month two Democratic senators, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a hearing on Capitol Hill exploring the possibility of doing exactly that.

Obama Battles Reagan.  One suspects that Ronald Reagan would not be surprised by the rise of Barack Obama.  Nor would he ever believe that the fight is over, regardless of who wins and who loses on Election Day of 2010.  The human urge to grimly control others, to force, to dominate, to suppress personal freedom and individual excellence in the name of the common good has always been and will always be among us.  He would surely not be surprised to know that the American people in 2010 — now understanding the Obama agenda for exactly what it means — are in open rebellion against that agenda.

The Inexplicables.  Barack Obama entered office; nationalized health care; ran up record $1 trillion deficits; promised to hike taxes on the rich; pushed cap and trade through the House; took over large chunks of banks, insurance companies, and auto corporations; made hard-left appointments from Van Jones to Sonia Sotomayor ... Yet if one were to read mainstream Democratic analysis, there is almost no acknowledgment that the party has become far too liberal.

You Just Might Be a Marxist.  While [these] are intrinsically Marxist notions, many hold them who do not consider themselves Marxists.
  •  If you believe, as the president does, that "it's good for everyone when we spread the wealth around," you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that "the rich" don't "need" tax rate reductions, you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that, at some point, other people have "made enough money," you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that there is a floor on the value of everyone's labor, and it is a single number applicable in every state of the union, regardless of the cost of living, then you might be a Marxist.
  •  If you believe that unemployment checks are the surest, fastest way to stimulate the economy, you might be a Marxist.

Time to rebuke the radical Democrats.  The Democratic Party is now an agent of European soft socialism — not the sort that wishes to own the means of production, but the model that wants taxes very high, and to make public benefits ubiquitous, if not very satisfactory.  It is run by an elite with more than enough personal assets to enjoy comfort and ease despite the double-digit unemployment their policies have brought about, and to avoid the lines that Obamacare imposes while accessing whatever drugs and surgeries aren't available on the non-Cadillac health care plans they have mandated.  This is the Democratic Party of anti-Israel gestures and pro-ground zero mosque declarations.  Its enemies are the Fox News Channel, Catholic bishops who believe in their catechism, entrepreneurs who want to reinvest their profits, and parents who want their kids out of the classrooms of lousy teachers and out of the schools of lousy principals.

An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh and His Listeners.  [Scroll down]  This was solidified for me on Christmas Eve of last year, when Democrats rushed Obamacare through the Senate in the dead of night, through various secret channels, and every single Democrat voted for its passage (even supposed moderates like Evan Bayh in Indiana, who quickly realized his vote would cost him re-election ... so the coward retired rather then face angry voters over what he did).  I just don't believe Democrats should be given elected office by voters because they cannot be trusted to even read bills before they vote on them, not even when said bills seek to permanently alter the entire American economy.  This is reckless and reprehensible to the point of treason.  I was a Democrat for 32 years before the heavy-handed push for Obama alienated me from the party...

Outsourcing Myths.  In the 2004 election, with the economy in full recovery mode, Democrats launched an all-out attack on outsourcing to win votes.  It didn't work.  This year, in a much weaker economy, they're trying again.

Liberals at War With Liberty.  Liberals have been seducing Americans out of their liberties for decades with false promises of security.  Prior to Obama, we were on a slow march toward statism, but now we are on a rapid gallop.  That's mostly what next week's congressional elections will be about.  Ordinary Americans are horrified and outraged that Obama and his enablers in Congress are fundamentally transforming America from a beacon of liberty to a bankrupt socialist state.

Socialism and RealityThey Hate Our Guts and They're Drunk on Power.  Democrats hate Democrats most of all.  Witness the policies that Democrats have inflicted on their core constituencies, resulting in vile schools, lawless slums, economic stagnation, and social immobility.  Democrats will do anything to make sure that Democratic voters stay helpless and hopeless enough to vote for Democrats.

Those Dirty Democrats.  The Democrats have been the ones who, with a mandate after the 2008 election, contributed and exacerbated the economic crisis.  Barack promised unification, but has divided.  The Democrats slammed a healthcare travesty down our throats without any hesitation or consideration and thought that the American people would just take it.  But, as polls show, we simply won't.  The Democrats have no agenda and with their backs against the wall, they must lash out and denigrate and smear their way to Election Day, in the hopes of preventing an outright slaughter.

They're Not Socialists.  All statism is built upon a rationalization of apparently noble ideals; perfecting human nature, helping the oppressed, lifting the poor out of misery, alleviating unemployment, and so on.  Some people see themselves as doing good through the use of force, benevolent dictators, so to speak, and the more good the better, according to their line of thinking.  The more sincere, helpful, and energetic the statist sees himself or herself, however, the more people suffer.  Stalin, Mao, and Hitler all thought they were doing humanity, or at least a portion of humanity, a tremendous favor.  Robert Mugabe and Fidel Castro justify the poverty and oppression of the people in Zimbabwe and Cuba on the basis of fairness and equity.

Keen Graphs of the Obvious.  Not to put too fine a point on it:  liberals have been wrong about almost everything, and conservatives have been right about almost everything, at least in my lifetime (half a century).  That goes not only for the economy, the role of government, and climate change, but also for many "social issues" as well.
 •  The death penalty seems to actually deter murder.
 •  Higher rates of handgun ownership do not appear to cause more crime.
 •  Putting more people in prison seems to reduce crime.
 •  Increased concealed carry of handguns by law-abiding citizens coincides with reduced homicide rates.
 •  The nuclear family is disappearing, yet the safest place for a child is in the home of her married, biological parents.  A child is also less likely to be poor if her parents are married.

Sherman's March.  A California congressman wants to eliminate right-to-work laws in 22 states where workers don't have to join unions.  If even-higher unemployment is his goal, he has the right idea.

Obama's Post-Election Attack Plan.  Just in case you have not heard the news, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are gearing up for the mother of all battles just after the election.  They know that the American people are about to go to the polls and hand them a massive repudiation of their left-wing agenda, and they're not happy.  Refusing to accept defeat, these three are planning a counter attack.  Instead of taking to heart the unmistakable message of the American people, they're moving, full steam ahead, in the opposite direction.

If You Are Not a Leftist, Why Are You Voting Democrat?  The Democratic Party is now America's version of a European Social Democratic or even Green Party.  In domestic policy, there is no significant difference between the American and European parties.

Interview with Sally Pipes on ObamaCare at Six Months.  [Scroll down]  "I would say the mainstream media, of course, always likes to increase the role of government in our lives, and Obama, Pelosi, and Reid believe that government can make decisions for the American people better than we can make for ourselves.  It's an ideological vision that they have, and that is not the American way.

The Biggest Target is Liberalism.  The [Obama] administration has reached back to the New Deal, the British National Health Service, and the Great Society for its "new, unheralded policies" to overcome our current problems.  It seems that no policy or concept is too antiquated, over the hill, or moribund for the Obama administration.  All these programs have been repeatedly discredited.  Like other collectivist, state-oriented ideologies, liberalism degrades by encouraging the lowest expressions of behavior — greed, hatred, and envy.  Liberalism robs all levels of society to fund its efforts — and not only contemporary society, but generations to come, yea, even unto the grandchildren's grandchildren.  Liberalism destroys entire social networks — unions, the educational system, and today, even the military, along with neighborhoods and cities such as Detroit, Newark, East St. Louis, and Camden.

'Crazy' Or Finally Wise To Elite Agenda?  'Liberalism under siege is an ugly sight indeed," said Charles Krauthammer in a recent column, pointing out that overwhelming majorities of Americans have repudiated liberal agenda items such as:  ObamaCare, Obama's stimulus, building an Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero, redefinition of marriage to include same-sex marriage, lax immigration law enforcement and vast expansion of federal power that includes unprecedented debt and deficits.  The nation's elite and the news media see being against the Obama-led agenda as being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, mean-spirited and insensitive.

The Gospel of Obama.  My story is not an unusual one; it is typical among most of the liberals I know.  I see the same behavior patterns and mindset in those around me.  Thus, liberals are determined to become model, global citizens.  They've morphed into politically correct zealots, the ones who proselytize their faith with hardcore fanaticism.  By doing so, they wash away their sins.  When a culture banishes God as the ultimate arbiter, a guilt-ridden populace is the inevitable outcome.  And stripped of God, what other path is there to liberation than liberalism?

Reaping the Whirlwind.  There is a sense of foreboding rising in this country. ... Our prosperity, our security, and even our safety are fast fading away.  Our own president and his party are facilitating our demise.  The signs are everywhere.  Every new piece of backroom congressional legislation chips away at a few more freedoms, undermining our republic by preventing open and honest debate.  Behind the scenes, Obama's henchmen wield sledgehammers against free commerce, gun ownership, freedom of speech, and energy.  The billions in taxpayer money going to leftist and socialist organizations cement their toxic influence into the very fabric of our government.

By Any Means Possible — The American Civil War of 2010.  For readers not so inclined to delve into the history of Marxism, while the theories of setting the working class free at the demise of the rich may sound glamorous in theory, the application of true Marxism by Communist countries — dating as far back as the turn of the twentieth century — has resulted in the loss of millions of lives, as well as ecological ruin.

Words sugarcoat politicians' bad ideas.  [Scroll down]  Take the simple phrase "rent control."  If you take these words literally — as if they were money in the bank — you get a complete distortion of reality.  New York is the city with the oldest and strongest rent control laws in the nation.  San Francisco is second.  But if you look at cities with the highest average rents, New York is first and San Francisco is second.  Obviously, "rent control" laws do not control rent.

Send In the Clowns.  When liberal Democrats hold to their views that higher taxes and more government spending are the way to revive an economy, they acquire no negative labeling.  In fact, they are no longer referred to as liberals, but as "progressives."  Who could be against progress?  Which is the point of the word.  When their policy fails to produce the announced results, they are not called fanatics, but remain progressives.  Liberals who refuse to admit their misplaced faith in Keynsian economics when it doesn't work are like cult members whose misplaced faith has been exposed as bogus.  In fact, liberals dig in their heels claiming it isn't that too much has been spent, but too little.

Barack Obama Vs. Majority Public Opinion.  Obama chose the most left-wing Supreme Court justice in history, Elena Kagan.  He ignored the Gallup poll showing that 42% of Americans wanted a new Supreme Court justice who would move the court in the conservative direction, while only 27% wanted it to move more liberal.  Obama is even pressing for "card check," one of his many payoffs to the unions, even though 61% of Americans oppose this, according to Voter Consumer Research.  Card check would make it easier for unions to organize workplaces by getting rid of the secret ballot.  Obama is still pushing cap-and-trade, which the voters have dubbed "cap and tax" because it will make electricity and all kinds of energy cost every American thousands of dollars a year.

Barack and Hillary:  Ideologically Identical.  The security of our nation is in danger as a direct result of the policies, ideology, and affiliations of our president.  Those who clamor for socialism despite its miserable track record invariably defend it by saying it simply wasn't implemented correctly.

Liberals Losing the Culture Wars.  This year, liberals demanded Americans respect the triumphalist mosque near Ground Zero as an expression of American commitment to religious freedom.  At the same time, liberals sued to remove a cross in a remote area of California's Mojave Desert and sponsored hate crime legislation that would put Christian pastors in jail for reading Biblical passages condemning homosexuality.  The hypocrisy had gone too far.

Socialist Party of America reveals 70 Democrats as belonging to their caucus.  Two things of note in this revelation.  The first is the astonishing number of Democratic House members who not only belong to the Socialist Party of America, but even more incredible, don't mind if people find out about it.

Obama Continues Pushing Absurd College Agenda.  Just like the notion that federal deficit spending will revive the economy, the idea that getting more young Americans through college will make the country more competitive and prosperous is utterly mistaken.  Of course, Obama will never abandon it.

The Unhealthy Motivations of Liberals.  In general, low self-esteem and a lack of self-love are the basis for the ideology of liberals.  Liberals are those who would use government to reduce the freedoms of some people to provide benefits for others.  Liberals argue for fairness and equality for all people, but neither is possible.

A Liberal Judge Lights a Fuse.  Look what the culture war has done to liberals.  Seventy years ago liberals set out to fight against the white Southern obsession with race.  Now, after America elected a black president, liberals can think of nothing but race.  An African American acquaintance confidently told me recently that opposition to President Obama was all about race.  Liberals have been fighting for half a century against "homophobia" by which I think they mean hatred rather than fear of homosexuals.  But a gay acquaintance recently told me how he "loathed" Sarah Palin.  Then there are the feminists.  It was the marginalization, the humiliation of women that brought them into the streets and the lobbies.  So what do they do?  They have gamed the education system to humiliate boys.

The Danger of a Government with Unlimited Power.  The fundamental thrust of governments such as that of President Obama is to abrogate the rights of private property, aiming at the holy grail of their secular religion:  redistribution of income and wealth to reduce everyone to an equally low state of economic equality.

Liberals?  Progressives?  Just Call Them Control Freaks.  Some advocates of big government now call themselves progressives — without specifying exactly where it is they want America to progress.  When that question is answered accurately, a better new name for liberals suggests itself:  Control Freaks.

America on the Brink.  When I read the title of [Terence P. Jeffrey]'s new book, "Control Freaks:  7 Ways Liberals Plan to Ruin Your Life," I didn't much care for the title.  Control Freaks  — a little too hyperbolic, maybe?  Then I read it.  There is no hyperbole here.  If anything, the problem's with the subtitle.  Liberals aren't planning to ruin our lives.  They're well on their way.

Reality and the American Left.  The 20% of the population who consider themselves Liberal or Progressive have succeeded in dominating not only government, but most of our institutions.  It is this domination that has led the United States to the brink of bankruptcy and societal upheaval.  Yet as a group, they are oblivious to the damage they are causing to a country which has given them so much and asked for so little in return.

Of Course Obama's a Socialist.  A hundred-odd years ago, everyone in the educated class from Boston Transcendentalists in the east to hard-drinking Jack London in the west wanted to be called socialists.  Then they decided they wanted to be called Progressives.  When "Progressive" became a dirty word, then the educated class wanted to be called liberals.  Of course, after a generation of liberal programs, liberal corruption, and liberal failure, "liberal" became a dirty word.  So liberals renamed themselves back to "progressive."  In the Vietnam War, liberals were proud to sneer at patriotism.  Now they throw a fit at anyone who questions their patriotism.

Will Senate Democrats Stifle Free Speech?  The DISCLOSE Act is a desperate attempt to influence the November elections, and minimize Democrat losses.  Senator Schumer and the legislation's other sponsors aim to have a law on the books that will take effect prior to November regardless of whether a regulatory system is in place to enforce the burdensome new reporting requirements.  The Act, its reporting burdens, and penalties are set to take effect 30 days after it has been signed by President Obama.

Beware The Dems' Lame-Duck Agenda.  As John Fund reports in the Wall Street Journal, Sens. Jay Rockefeller, Kent Conrad and Tom Harkin are already looking forward to what they might get passed in a lame-duck session.  Among the major items being considered are card-check, budget-balancing through major tax hikes and climate-change legislation involving heavy carbon taxes and regulation.  Card-check, which effectively abolishes the secret ballot in the workplace, is the fondest wish of a union movement to which Obama is highly beholden.  Major tax hikes, possibly including a value-added tax, will undoubtedly be included in the recommendations of the president's debt commission, which conveniently reports by Dec. 1.

When Did the Rules Change?  [Scroll down]  In 2008, American liberalism seemed poised for its comeback.  The pendulum of Arthur Schlesinger's "cycle of history" was swinging back toward a new progressive era.  Obama would be the liberal Reagan.  Now that all looks preposterous.  Of course, considerable blame can be laid at a White House that seems confused about how to relate to the American people when the American people don't share the White House's ideological agenda.

The myth that the border can't be secured:  Why does the left perpetually offer the excuse that what is necessary and right can't be done?  Liberals famously make lame excuses to explain away personal responsibility and defend defeat.  Take for instance the liberal mantra, "Kids have sex anyway might as well hand out condoms."  The left is of the belief that those divinely bestowed with a free will are powerless to control natural impulse.  Human beings are reduced to beasts, devoid of ability to choose right from wrong.  Thus, in liberal land, lack of a standard fosters the promotion of mediocre expectations and accomplishes the goal of excusing failure.

Gallup:  Majority of Americans Don't Know What "Progressive" Means.  Today [7/12/2010], Gallup released the results of a recent poll which quantifies why so many on the left have eschewed the liberal label in favor of progressive.  It finds that while just 12 percent of Americans say they would describe themselves as "progressive" and 31 percent say they would not, a majority of 54 percent are unsure about the meaning of the term.

The Editor says...
Until the American public finds out what "progressive" means, it's a great place for socialists to hide.

Sour Grapes.  The Left and the media have been exposed for the frauds they are, and they've spent too much time in the sunlight now to ever go back into hiding.  They have shown themselves to be wolves in sheep's clothing, and they have no one's interest at heart save their own.  They've proven repeatedly that party loyalty is more important to them than the prosperity of their own country.

Hello, I'm a Racist, Pleased to Meet You.  [Being politically correct] means doing what's fashionable in our time, what makes you popular.  A man who believes in Truth, such as Thomas More, will die for his principles, alone, twisting in the wind.  A liberal goes the way the wind blows and will die for nothing.  Stand up to leftists en masse, and they'll fold like a tent.

The Inhuman Government.  The embrace of big government in the United States was driven by the belief in scientific government as a perfectible system.  This creepy worship of elitist technocracy lingers around the more idealistic liberal administrations, from FDR to JFK to Obama. ... The idea of a perfected government is at odds with democracy, which treats political chaos and voter misjudgments as valid tradeoffs for a leash on government.

A Socialist on the High Court?  Part Two.  As a student, Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was so interested in the socialist movement that she wrote a thesis about its history in New York City from 1900-1933.  But the history of the Progressive Party, which ran FDR's former vice president Henry Wallace as its presidential candidate in 1948, helps bring the subject up to date and explains the current direction of the Democratic Party.  The Progressive Party was controlled by the Communist Party but efforts to work through the democratic process did not die out with its election defeat in 1948.  Communists and "progressives" then targeted the Democratic Party for a takeover from within.

A silver platter of GOP talking points for November.  Let's review some tasty silver platter entrees:
  •  Over $800 billion in stimulus spending that hasn't worked,
  •  Using TARP funds to cherry-pick which banks survive and which don't
  •  9.7% unemployment when Obama promised it wouldn't go above 8%
  •  A "pay czar" deciding how much corporate executives can earn

Are Democrats the New Whigs?  In dealing with the two major issues of the day, both yesterday's Whigs and today's Democrats created a platform in which the solution to one issue conflicted directly with their solution to the other issue.  The history of American political parties shows that a party relying on counterproductive solutions to solve the challenges of governing the country has stood, and will always stand, on shaky ground.

The Left-Fascist Axis Again.  [Scroll down]  So here are two ways to simplify the daily media circus.  First, the media are the cult of the Left, trying to twist your mind.  The "Left" equals global totalitarianism, which is Stalinism, which is Leninism, which is radical feminism, which is the hateful racism of the Reverend Wright and Louis Farrakhan.  Same story, different labels.  Keep it simple.  Whatever mask they try on, radical leftists are internationalists — meaning that they are against America as a sovereign nation.  That's Obama's real beef against us, and it's why he will never enforce our borders.

When Lame Ducks Bite.  This year, for the first time since modern budgeting began, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has simply refused to pass a budget resolution.  Presumably, the failure even to take up a budget would free plenty of time for the Congress to complete the rest of its work.  But remarkably — and disturbingly — plans are already in the offing to postpone important legislative business until after the November elections.

You Vote, They Don't Listen.  It's official.  There will be a lame duck session of Congress even after voters have rendered their verdict on the work of the current incumbents in November.  This week, the House voted down a resolution opposing a lame-duck session to tackle hot button issues such as new taxes and climate change.

Second attack on the First Amendment.  Democrats are committed to attacking our First Amendment rights by passing a bill that will limit freedom of speech for groups with whom they disagree. ... The most troubling aspect of this is that the Democrats are fully aware that this legislation will not hold up to the scrutiny of the Supreme Court but, if passed, would have major implications on the upcoming elections because the court probably would not address the issue before November.  This Saul Alinsky-type approach is obvious:  Its goal is to take away our rights as Americans.

Which political party wants to take away your right to own a gun?
Ohio Democratic Party unsuccessfully tries to get gun records.  The Ohio Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully this week to get information on all people licensed to carry concealed weapons in the Buckeye State.  The state party sent letters to Ohio's 88 sheriffs requesting the names and addresses of permit holders and the dates the licenses were issued.  Ohio has about 211,000 permit holders.

The Secret of America:  The entire goal of the Left is to murder the idea of the goodness and righteousness of freedom, of self-reliance, of independence, of merit, of virtue, of hard work, of honor, of courage, of sacrifice, of loyalty, of morality, of faith, of the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and property.  The Left, in politics, media, education and entertainment, despise the idea that is America.

Democrats' budget plan:  Tax and spend more.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday [6/22/2010] that Democratic congressional leaders have opted not to propose a budget this year.  "It isn't possible to debate and pass a realistic, long-term budget until we've considered the bipartisan commission's deficit-reduction plan, which is expected in December," he said.  This means Congress won't pass an annual budget plan for the first time since enactment of the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.

Commie Watch, Updated.  [Scroll down]  Just to recap, the Communist Party USA is in favor of
  •  President Obama, his win in 2008 (which the CPUSA takes some credit for) and his reelection in 2012.
  •  A Democrat majority in both houses of Congress.
  •  Charlie Crist, the AFL-CIO, Rick Nagin, Rudy Lozano, Organizing for America and MoveOn.
  •  ObamaCare, unemployment compensation, the Harkin education jobs bill, the Miller Local Jobs for America bill, the Murray bill.
  •  FDR and LBJ.
On the other hand, the CPUSA is against
  •  The Republican Party.
  •  The Tea Party movement.
  •  Arizona's immigration law.
  •  And, of course, free markets and limited government.

Are the Communists Coming?  It is getting increasingly difficult to distinguish between the agenda of the Democratic party, and the agenda of the Communist Party.  Joelle Fishman, Chair, Political Action Committee, CPUSA, says, "Our Party has an important role to play in keeping the focus on the fight for a new direction in our country for jobs, healthcare and an end to the war.  That is how the 2008 elections will be won." ... Does this sound like a Democratic rally or what?

Residents get 6 votes each in suburban NY election.  [Arthur] Furano cast multiple votes on the instructions of a federal judge and the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a new election system crafted to help boost Hispanic representation.

The Editor says...
Why stop at six votes?  Why not give a dozen votes to everyone who is not (for example) a white male?  How about allowing ten votes per Democrat, and one vote per Republican?  All in the interest of fairness, of course.

Goodbye to One Man, One Vote.  If you thought that "one man, one vote" reflected the full flowering of representative democracy, think again.  In the village of Port Chester, N.Y., just a few towns north of my locality in Westchester County, there is a new system.  It's "one (minority) man, six votes" — brought to us courtesy of the U.S. Department of Injustice and a lunkhead of a federal judge named Stephen Robinson.

More about activist judges.

Democrat 'Suicide Bombers'.  [Scroll down]  Let's just think this through, which the Democrats obviously haven't.  Both the Cap-and-Trade bill, and a VAT imposition, would raise taxes on everyone in the country. ... These new taxes are not the type that can be withheld from a paycheck, or tacked discreetly on everyone's phone bill.  They are the type that will be paid every day.  They will be paid at the gas pump.  They will be paid at the checkout line in every store in the country.  They will be paid every single day.

Obama isn't radical enough for some Democrats.  Borosage knows that Obama is the most liberal president since Johnson.  He knows that Obama is moving the left's agenda more successfully than any president in the past 40 years, and yet he is "dismayed and disaffected."  How on earth can that be?  How can one see one's own ideology sustain its greatest movement forward in close to half a century and be... disappointed?  It takes a particularly extreme and rigid ideologue to consider President Obama insufficiently liberal.

Boxer Declares Climate Change as the Greatest Threat.  Terrorism.  Nuclear weapons.  Corrupt and oppressive regimes.  Sen. Barbara Boxer said last week that climate change — not any of that other stuff — will stand as the "leading cause of conflict" over the next two decades.

Today's PC police would arrest Abe Lincoln for sedition.  During his first inaugural address in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously but inaccurately claimed that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."  Leaving aside the fact that 77 years later, many of Roosevelt's socialist leanings serve as a roadmap for President Obama, the inescapable reality of 2010 is that the only thing we have to fear is political unaccountability, an unethical media, liberal judicial activists, and those among us who want and demand something for nothing.

Which is the racial, profiling party?  Because liberals consciously notice the color, the ethnicity, the gender, the class, the physical ableness of an individual before anointment as candidate, friend, colleague, employee rather than the person the answer is... liberals!

QUIZ:  Who said it — Democratic leaders or Communist Party USA?  Comrades flocked to New York City two weeks ago for the 29th national convention of the Communist Party USA.  While reviewing materials from the event, we had a sudden sense of déjà vu: the feeling that we had heard these talking points before.  Maybe you have as well — they're espoused, in near identical form, by the president and his fellow Democrats.

The Real Reason the Left Loves Illegals.  The history of the left in this country is a history of division.  Whatever conflict was current — labor vs. management, class vs. class, race vs. race — there you'd find the left, stirring things up in order to derive as much political benefit as possible.  A workable democratic system demands a willingness to seek consensus and engage in compromise.  The left prefers Balkanization and permanent conflict.

Why Radicals Matter.  Like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton also campaigned as a moderate.  Once elected, however, he surrounded himself with some of the most radical leftists ever appointed to the Cabinet.  (Many of them have re-enlisted with this administration.)  Behind the scenes, they worked furiously to undermine the system.  And now, decades later, we're seeing the results.  Clinton's policies — not just his unethical conduct — were recipes for disaster.

The Leftist 'Purification' Movement.  The purificationist dream is a world without borders, governed by a global network of NGO's.  Almost all current activist organizations containing the words "green", "justice", "peace", or "solidarity" would find a position in the ruling structure.  These NGO's would gravitate toward forming a totalitarian regime since, as [Ernest] Steinberg points out, they are "unaccountable to an electorate and escape political checks and balances..."  Even more disturbing is the increasing coalition between progressivism and radical Islam.

Modern Liberalism & Islam:  An Uncanny Resemblance.  Both Neo-Liberalism and traditional Islam present unmistakable hallmarks of Fundamentalist thought.  (Neo-Liberalism defined here as the early 20th century attempt to hide socialism behind the term "liberalism.")  Arguably, the main fixation behind both ideologies is controlling others, seeing to it they obey all the rules.  In other words, both have a predilection towards totalitarianism.

Islam and the Left — Two Sides of the Same Coin.  The Islamists and the Leftists have the same goal.  Absolute power.  Islam like Communism is a means to that end.  This is what makes them so dangerous.  Their goal is to create absolute tyrannies based on ideologies that promise a better world.

Socialism: The New Feudalism.  The left should study history and the rhetoric of a distance political system called Feudalism.  Many people have a misconception that the early socialist thinkers like Jean Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels were original thinkers, writing ideas about collectivism and equal sharing of property.  But one only has to look back a few centuries to see they were simply recycling old failed ideas with some new jive attached.

They're All Obama Liberals Now.  Liberals have always denied they intend to unduly shackle the free market.  They say America is exceptionally prosperous — though it never occurs to them why — and can afford robust entitlement and redistributive schemes.  But in no way would they favor anything extreme that would push the market to the tipping point.  Well, now that they are completely in charge, we've seen what they will do.  Obama liberals believe not in America's promise (and Martin Luther King Jr.'s hope) of equality of opportunity, but in equality of outcomes.

What Motivates Obama:  Leftist Turnout.  Why is Barack Obama vilifying Fox News?  Why does Harry Reid push an immigration bill he knows can't pass?  Why won't Chuck Schumer compromise on regulatory reform, and why does he try to hang Goldman Sachs around the GOP?  Why did Bill Clinton blame conservatives who oppose big government for the Oklahoma City bombing?  All share one motivation:  to increase their base's turnout in the off-year elections of 2010.

Obama Has Enraged the "Citizen Class".  Those of us among the citizen class generally agree that the United States is a good country.  While far from perfect, we see our nation as being a place of tremendous opportunity, and a force for goodness around the world.  We also agree that being a U.S. citizen is a significant and distinct thing.  While we respect the notion that all human beings are worthy of their "basic human rights," we see the rights imparted to citizens of the United States as being something different, something "over and above" the category of "basic human rights."

Where are the "separation of church and state" people now?
Pelosi Told Catholic Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops to Push Immigration Reform.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has told Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops that she wants them to speak from the pulpit for immigration reform and tell Catholics who oppose it that reform "is a manifestation of our living the gospels."

Defining Dumbness Down.  Having no substance of its own, the left is inherently parasitic; like a cancer cell or virus, it survives by posing as a healthy member of the same host it then attacks and ultimately destroys.  This pattern of "mimic-attack-conquer" has given us liberty-hating "liberals," leftist mainline churches that publicly embrace what their own teachings explicitly prohibit, and educators whose goal is to ensure that all children get left behind.

The Progressive Assault on America.  For over a century, liberal-progressives have focused on replacing our Constitutional republic with a statist, social welfare state.

Transgender anti-discrimination bill is a tough sell for centrist Dems.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership are pushing legislation, written by Rep. Barney Frank, that would made it illegal for employers to discriminate against transgendered people.  The bill scares centrist Democrats, who don't want to be forced to vote on a hot-button issue popular on the left as they approach November congressional elections in which heavy Democratic losses are expected.

Wake up, America:  Democrats aren't Democrats Anymore, They're Communists.  Each and every Democrat political priority can be broken down to a simple concept:  they are all designed to take money and power away from individuals, families, communities, businesses, charities, and states and transfer it directly to the federal government.  Centralized government control of vital national resources, which pretty much means everything when you break it all down, is practically the definition of communism.

20 Examples of How the World Would Look if Big Government Worked.  If you ran into people who insisted on trying to pound nails with a screwdriver no matter how many times they were shown a better way, wouldn't you think there was something wrong with them?  What if those people not only used a screwdriver, but demanded that everyone else use a screwdriver instead of a hammer, too?  Worse yet, what if those people did this for decades on end?  Well, guess what? We have people like that in this country.  They're called liberals and the screwdriver they're using to try to fix America's problems is called big government.

Last Binge Of A Condemned Congress.  Having nothing to lose as they tumble toward November's electoral cliff, Democrats have gone into legislative overdrive.  With the hangman ready, the condemned are ordering the whole menu.

Marx, Keynes, Pelosi.  [Scroll down]  Keynes has given us a glimpse into the heart of modern progressivism:  For now, progress requires a respect for work, for jobs, for economics.  So the left embraces the use of government for economic ends.  But ultimately all of this is for the sake of transcending "pseudo-moral principles" like precaution.  So the left embraces big government while disdaining the need for self-government.

What the world needs now is more real liberals.  There were many who came before us, including John Stuart Mill, the British philosopher whose "conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control."  (For convenience' sake, I am again quoting Wikipedia.)  That's my kind of liberal, and why — for the first 45 years of my life — through the Kennedy era, in opposition to the Nixon era, and even into the Clinton years ("The era of big government is over!") I considered myself a liberal.

Liberalism is no longer about freedom.  We know that conservatives want government to conserve traditional values.  They say they're for limited government, but they're pro-drug war, pro-immigration restriction and anti-abortion, and they often support "nation-building."  And so-called liberals?  They tend to be anti-gun and pro-choice on abortion.  They favor big, powerful government — they say — to make life kinder for people.  By contrast, libertarians want government to leave people alone — in both the economic and personal spheres.

Progressive Death.  Progressivism is all-the-rage nowadays, with liberals having jettisoned the "liberal" label for the less maligned tag of "progressive." ... One of the only things we really know about progressives, and that they know about themselves and their ideology, is that they favor constant "change," "reform," an ever-shifting, ongoing "evolution," or, yes, progression.  And therein is an inherent, significant difficulty:  progressivism offers no clear, definable end.

Without the Consent of the Governed.  Now that Obama & Co. have found the legislative mechanisms to subvert the Law of the Land on the federal health care grab, they intend to rush forward with the passage of "financial reform" — "energy reform" — and "Immigration reform" — none of which are any type of "reform." ... They plan to advance their anti-American agenda no matter how many stand opposed, and in such a manner that it can never be reversed.

Liberals and the Violence Card.  Liberals are perfectly comfortable with antigovernment protest when they're not in power.  From the halls of the Ivy League to the halls of Congress, from the antiwar protests during the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq to the anticapitalist protests during International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings, we're used to seeing leftist malcontents take to the streets.  Sometimes they're violent, breaking shop windows with bricks and throwing rocks at police.  Sometimes there are arrests.  Not all leftists are violent, of course.  But most are angry.  It's in their DNA.  They view the culture as corrupt and capitalism as unjust.

"Give Me 'Niceness' or Give Me Death".  I believe that one of the greatest obstacles facing opponents of the socialist agenda of Obama Democrats is this misguided insistence that we always have to give them the benefit of the doubt — as if it were virtuous not to be vigilant in safeguarding our sacred liberties.  Only if we first recognize and then clearly speak out against what they're truly about will we have any chance of stopping their suicidal blueprint for America.

The Naked Left.  The left loves to hide.  This is why leftists reject the label "liberal" in favor of "progressive" or some other meaningless term.  This is also why leftists must describe their opponents as the "hard right" or "right-wing extremists," rather than simply respond to the serious policy issues their opponents raise.

Ivy League Useful Idiocy.  [Scroll down]  And yet ironically, it is the activist community organizers who are the community destroyers, as they pit their followers against the policies that would otherwise help them advance in society into the productive positions I mentioned.  They advocate for the minimum wage, creating unemployment.  They advocate for green jobs, jobs that destroy wealth and by extension greater real job creation as dictated by consumers.  They advocate for labor unions that end up wrecking the companies that created the labor in the first place.  They advocate for socialized medicine, which like all experiments in central planning produces a worse and more costly service.  They advocate for artificially cheap credit for things like homes that end up distorting and crushing the economy.  They advocate for affirmative action which institutionalizes reverse racism and denigrates the people it purports to help by implying that those of a certain background cannot make it on their own merits.  In sum, they attack the free market and individual liberty and as a result punish their communities with bankruptcy and decay.

Socialism's Downfall.  Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried, and it will continue to do so despite the best efforts of the die-hard true believers in the Obama administration and the rest of the world.  The most recent example of this failure:  Euro-Socialism is presently bankrupting the countries that embraced it in Europe.  This will result not only in more social and economic upheaval, but also the ultimate demise of the ill-conceived European Union.  The original and current proponents of socialism fail to take into account one very basic but immutable factor:  the fundamental nature of the human race.

Marxism:  A Study In Slacker Mentality.  Marx is dead.  Marxism on the other hand keeps coming back, like cancer, under a government controlled health care plan.  It is the carrot on the stick the elite uses to beat the people on the head with.  It is called many different things including progressivism.  If America chooses this path, the people are choosing to abandon the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and freedom.  There is a difference between a Marxist and an Anti-Marxist; Both have read the Communist Manifesto but only the Anti-Marxist understood it.

KGB Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.  [Scroll down]  Most people believe that [communism] is dead.  Some people, particularly in the United States, believe that the idea of global socialism is dead.  But it is not.  If you look at its development in Europe and Latin America, you see that there is now more socialism than ever before.  Because of public opinion, or rather, the media, political parties, political movements, parliaments, and institutions are all becoming more and more socialist.

A Good Night For Tyranny.  The people who pledged to unite America have divided it to a point not seen since the Civil War.  The battle lines are drawn — not geographically, but ideologically.  On the one hand we have the "progressives" — leftists who align themselves with other infamous Marxist tyrants who use the power of government to subjugate, tax, and control its populace.  Leftists who use class-envy warfare and promise free goodies to parasitic masses who think the world owes them a living simply because they draw breath.

America's Political Crisis:  The American people instinctively sense that there is something terrible happening, something that is antithetical to the indomitable spirit of benevolence, self-reliance, independence, and freedom that has characterized our nation from its beginning.  Our government has been hijacked by collectivist radicals whose every act is designed to expand their power and chip away at our freedom.  One never knows what new government fiat may emerge on any given day, what its effects will be, and whose lives will be damaged for the benefit of what purportedly needy segment of the population.  This is the nature of the real crisis.

Reflections on the Revolution in America:  The present attempt to remake America is the effort of the liberal well-to-do — highly educated at mostly private universities, nursed on three decades of postmodern education, either with inherited wealth or earning top salaries, lifestyles of privilege indistinguishable from those they decry as selfish, and immune from the dictates they impose on others.

The Truth About Progressives — aka Marxists:  To fully understand the progressive movement and their current rush to grab one-sixth of the US economy via unconstitutional federal health care mandates, one must follow the trail that leads from the Maoist Movement of the 60s that started in Berkley California, and the Marxist Movement that has culminated in the joint venture between the Communist Party USA and Socialist Party USA, today's Democratic Socialists of America.

It's Not Socialism, It's Communism.  If you felt a frisson of fear on news that the Senate had passed Obamacare the day before Christmas, then you now know what it was and is like to live in a dictatorship.  The voice of the people was ignored in a demonstration of raw political power. ... Healthcare "reform" is not about uninsured Americans.  It is not "socialism."  It is Communism, effectively putting the entire nation's healthcare system under state control.

Turning America Into a Banana Republic.  America was a democratic constitutional republic, governed by the rule of law, a beacon of liberty to the entire world.  But no more.  After just one year of Barack Obama's fundamental change, aided by the far left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco, and the easily confused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, America has been transformed from a Constitutional Republic into a Banana Republic.

Does Obama Employ the Marxist Doctrine of Creative Destruction?  [Scroll down]  Does Obama have something like a Cloward-Piven principle in mind for shaking out resistance to his economic plans to force Americans to accept socialism by necessity?  The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" was designed by Columbia University professors Richard Cloward and wife Frances Piven.  Their strategy was simply a method used by leftists to encourage as many eligible people as possible into signing up for all the social welfare programs available.  This is meant to then bankrupt the system.  After this occurs, the plan is to push a country towards socialism.  But the general strategy can also be adapted to other methods of bankrupting a nation.

America's 20 Most Miserable Cities.  Guess what they all have in common.  They're all controlled by liberal Democrat politicians.

Why Democrats Don't Care about $9.7 Trillion Debt:  [Scroll down slowly]  Most Americans do not understand the difference between liberal and left.  They do not realize, for example, that there is no major difference between the American Democratic Party and the leftist social democratic parties of Western Europe.  They do not know that from Karl Marx to Obama, the left (as opposed to liberals) has never created wealth because it has never been interested in creating wealth; it is interested in redistributing wealth.

An Orwellian redefinition of the Constitution:  The proponents of the most regressive idea of government on the planet (Centralized control by a small group of elites who rule "for the people's own good") are now relabeling themselves as "Today's Defender's of the Constitution."

The Cut-and-Paste Doctrines of the Left:  Why is it that the doctrines of one leftist cause can be obtained from another by simply cutting and pasting a few phrases?  Because each activist is an anti-capitalist who blames bourgeois privilege for the institutional oppression directed against the proletariat.  In American society, the left has decided that our proletariat should include people of color, women, homosexuals, animals, and the environment, while the face of the bourgeoisie is that of a white, capitalist, Christian male.  Each leftist identifies with a specific cause, and collectively, they work to bring about a revolution which will usher in our own imitation of the former Soviet Union.

The 'Progressives' Are Really 'Oppressives'.  [Scroll down]  Take the word "progressive," for example.  The very word is positive.  Who can possibly be against progress, and how can stagnation or regression be better than progress?  While many of us know that Progressivism has led to some of the most brutal, violent, oppressive regimes in the modern world, those who apply the term to themselves obviously do not see it in a negative way.

Socialism and Stuff:  Socialism is the easiest thing you can romanticize, because it's a big fat exaggeration of "sharing."  As kids, we were always told to share, because sharing is good. ... Socialism has always piggybacked on this notion:  that it's just not right for you to have so much, when others have so little.  Never mind that you've earned what you've got, while the others sit around watching [television].  Socialism is government forcing you to share your stuff with jerks.

The Left's Great Motivator:  Leftist ideologues comprising environmental extremists, progressives, liberals (the hijacked definition), socialists, and communists believe that the ends justify the means -- that governance may use any means necessary to achieve predetermined outcomes.  Characteristics of the leftist ideology include a heavily regulated economy and/or government owned industry, equal outcomes and economic leveling, multiculturalism, moral relativism, and the perfection of mankind.

Progressives and Conservatives.  When the Founders were drawing up plans for the Republic they looked at the history of past republics and concluded that democracy was the least problematic form of government but that it posed the danger of a populist tyranny.  So they instituted a system of checks and balances to guard against tyrannies of the majority and to provide the public with a cooling off period in which their emotion driven agendas could be corrected by reflection.  Progressives, by contrast, ... have in their heads an image of what the future should look like based on emotion (hope and change), and they discount the experience of past and present as products of ignorance, prejudice and selfish interests, which they are determined to overcome.

Big Brother, can you spare a dime?  They say you can't put the genie back in the bottle, and the same goes for presidents.  The voters summoned President Obama into existence with their chant of "Hope and Change" and now he is poised to grant three wishes held dear by liberals:  Unlimited health care for all American citizens ... Unlimited citizenship for all American residents ... And unlimited government for all time.

Is the Southern Poverty Law Center Terrorizing Decent American Patriots?  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is very influential in the current administration, almost single handedly responsible for defining "domestic terrorists" for the Department of Homeland Security and ratcheting up the racial rhetoric like never before in U.S. history, in the name of so-called "social justice."

The Transformation of the American Dream into the American Nightmare:  The left has made a specialty of demeaning the American Dream as bourgeois, capitalist, exploitative, consumerist and middle classist.  There is a reason for that since the entire idea of the American Dream competes with the entire agenda of the left.  The American Dream is premised on the idea that social and economic mobility can be accomplished through less government and more industry, rather than more government and less industry.

From this moment on.  The Left is not about principles.  It is about itself.  It is about power.  Now that President Obama has been politically weakened, look for the mask to come back on.  The words of sweet reason, the entreaties to "make a deal," and feigned affection will now make a surprise reappearance.  When the Left cannot rule, it will try to govern.

Crisis of the Government Party.  Democrats are the Party of Government.  They feed it, and it feeds them.  The larger government grows, the more agencies that are created, the more bureaucrats who are hired, the more people who become beneficiaries, the more deeply entrenched in power the Party of Government becomes.  At the local, state and federal level, there are 19 million to 20 million government employees.  And if one takes only Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and earned income tax credits, we are talking of scores of millions who depend on government checks for the necessities of their daily life.

Liberal Economic Illiteracy:  It doesn't matter one iota that there have been three major tax cuts initiated by three different presidents since the 1960s — and every one of them resulted in increased revenue flowing into federal coffers.  It doesn't even matter that the largest one was passed, not by a Republican president, but by Democrat John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Environmentalism Refuted:  [Scroll down]  Ignorance of the ideas of [Ludwig] von Mises — the willful evasion of his ideas — has enabled the last three generations of intellectuals to go on with the delusion that capitalism is an "anarchy of production," a system of rampant evil, utter madness, and continuous strife and conflict, while socialism is a system of rational planning and order, of morality and justice, and the ultimate universal harmony of all mankind.

What Does 'Racial Socialism' Sound Like to You?  The United States today has slipped toward race-based socialism:  That's the true name for an overwhelming bias for one race above others, in employment, promotion, and educational opportunities.  Our media are constantly stirring the witch's brew of racial grievances, constantly making black people feel aggrieved and white people feel accused.  Our schools drive that lesson home with young and innocent kids in a totally ruthless way.  Repeat that for twelve years of schooling and TV, and you have a brainwashed kid.

The Government Still Hasn't a Clue.  Last month we saw the scientific climate experts exposed as conniving manipulators in Climategate.  On Christmas Eve, the United States Senate passed a health reform bill with 2,000 pages of undigested expert ideas on gaming the health system with untested administrative rules and commissions. ... These liberals, Progressives, or whatever they want to call themselves next are clueless.

The Left's End Times.  The global warming cult, in one sense, is the left's last stand:  It's a lashing out at the human race for all its perceived deficiencies, avarice, narrowness, and failings — or at least, that portion of the human race that resides in the west.  The human race stands in the docket accused of degrading the world with the intent of destroying it.  But the evidence doesn't bear out the charge.  It is instead the accuser who has and continues to destroy human life.  It's the left that's intent on making the end times a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Laughing at the Left.  If the consequences for this great nation of ours weren't so serious and the policies preferred by the left weren't so dangerous, one would really laugh, almost uncontrollably, at the beliefs and (il)logic of American liberals.  Based on things they have actually said or done, here are some of the things they really, truly seem to believe.  They believe we can spend our way out of debt.  They believe taking money from one part of the economy to give to another part somehow makes the economy bigger.  They believe people who have never run a business can run a business better than people who have spent their whole lives running businesses.

The Great Hate of the Left:  Why is it considered "hate" to oppose the left but considered "civil rights" to oppose the right? ... Why is the Fairness Doctrine fair only if it shuts down the voices of conservatives?  Why do the left call themselves pro-choice when the only thing they choose to endorse is to kill an unborn or partially born baby?

The Long March From California to Copenhagen.  On the one, are those who believe personal freedom and liberty trump egalitarianism and fraternity. ... On the other side are those who wish a large government to ensure an equality of result.  Their notion is that personal responsibility, talent, behavior, luck, fate, etc. do not so much determine why one is well off and another not so.

Democrats trying to criminalize citizen journalism.  An amendment to a bill currently being considered by the Senate would deny ordinary citizens doing vital investigations in the public interest the same legal protections as professional journalists.  If it were to become law, the change could significantly stifle important citizen journalism efforts similar to the recent ACORN exposé.

The Silver Lining of the Left in Power.  There may be a major silver lining for conservatives and for America's future thanks to the foreign and domestic policies of President Obama and the Democrat-controlled House and Senate:  For the first time in their lives, millions of Americans are coming to understand the left.  It is difficult to overstate how important this is.

Spare The Rod, Destroy America.  [Scroll down]  Liberalism is a public cancer, and the sooner it is halted and their upside down policies are made extinct, the sooner society can go about the business of building a better, more vibrant, and safer America that provides unlimited opportunity for those who want to celebrate it.

The shocking lesson from the climate scandal.  Liberalism, progressivism, post-modernism or whatever you want to call the pathology, originated out of and is perpetrated upon fantasy far removed from reality.  The counter culture revolution which produced the current phenomenom known as liberalism was based entirely upon make-believe.  Specifically, the youth of the 1960s fancied themselves somehow smarter, wiser and morally superior to their elders and all the tradition that preceded them.

Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up.  While President Barack Obama still faces stiff headwinds on a range of major legislation on his agenda, he has been signing into law a slew of smaller initiatives that had gathered dust on the Democratic wish list for years.  Many of the bills had been blocked by Republicans who considered the measures unnecessary expansions of government or too costly.

Secondhand Hate:  Another step downhill for modern liberalism.  The left, which invented first "hate speech" (opinions they didn't like) and then "hate crimes" (crimes judged less on the criminal's actions than on what he was presumed to be thinking), has now gone on to its epiphany, which is "hate" defined not by your words or deeds but by what other people have decided you really think.  "Hate" is no longer what you do or say, but what a liberal says that you think and projects on to you.

When Is a Person Not a Person?  [Scroll down slowly]  When legal decisions come down to philosophical theories, it means there is no fixed answer.  That is why most socialist ideas rely on 'relativism'.  It is an attitude to life that refuses morality, refuses to penalise murder, and refuses to acknowledge that anyone other than yourself has a right to life.  It also refuses to accept there are absolutes, which, in itself, is an absurdity.

What's Wrong With Socialism?  In the late 1930s, the noted economist Friedrich Von Hayek wrote his landmark pamphlet "Road to Serfdom," laying bare the diseased skeleton of socialist/utopian thought that had permeated academia and the salons of his day.  With an economy of words that showcased the significance of his conclusion, he pointed out the Achilles heel of collectivist dogma:  for a planned economy to succeed, there must be central planners, who by necessity will insist on universal commitment to their plan.  How do you attain total commitment to a goal from a free people?  Well, you don't.

Augean Socialism.  If you don't think heavy regulation, elephantine bureaucracies, union rule and runaway spending amount to poison for an economy, take a gander at what decades of such socialist policies have done to Greece.

Divide and Conquer.  The current Democratic Party overwhelmingly comprises interest groups that believe a powerful central government is essential to guarantee their predetermined "equitable" outcomes.  The Republican Party membership, in even greater numbers, is dominated by those who believe government (per the founders) should be limited and the rights of the individual paramount.

The Myth of the Moderate Democrat.  Don't assume that the 38 Democrats who voted against Nancy Pelosi's extremist version of health care reform wouldn't have supported it if their votes had been needed.  The days before the final passage on Saturday were not filled with stirring appeals to get Democrats to back the bill so much as an auction to decide whom to let off the hook.

We're Governed by Callous Children.  [Scroll down]  Our federal government, from the White House through Congress, and so many state and local governments, seems to be demonstrating every day that they cannot make things better.  They are not offering a new path, they are only offering old paths — spend more, regulate more, tax more in an attempt to make us more healthy locally and nationally.

Freedom is Hard Work.  The great irony of America is that the maintenance of freedom is awfully hard work and with few exceptions, it's the work of individuals, not the government.  The Constitution was drafted to ensure that this was the case.  It was drafted to make government subject to the governed.  Of course that means that the governed must do the hard civic work of keeping government in check.  That work is made all the harder by those who are determined, in their vast ignorance, to have government impose equality-of-outcome across the social landscape.  In short, those that argue for wealth redistribution lead us toward tyranny.

Republicans Should Just Say 'No' to Democrats.  There is nothing wrong with Republicans sticking to their principles and thwarting Democrats attempts to grow government, increase taxes, socialize health care, and burden generations with deficit spending. ... Without the Republicans rising up against the "my way or the highway" governing by the Democrats, we would most certainly would have had a socialized health care system in place by now as well as a cap-and-trade bill that would slap a tax on every American with increased energy costs.

The Saints of Socialism and the Religion of Radicalism.  The phenomenon of the quasi-religious worship of Obama is only shocking to those who fail to understand that socialism is itself a religion.

Democrats and Job Creation ... or Not.  I wonder what level of unemployment Democrats need before they start considering actual rate cuts.  A cut in the payroll tax would stimulate the economy instantly by cutting the cost of employing people.  Is that really too hard to understand?

Obama and the Last Hurrah of Liberalism.  The Democratic Party, at one time the self-declared defender of the little guy, has openly declared war on small business and capitalism.  The Democratic members of Congress have been revealed to be indifferent to the voters, incapable of reading bills and fully in the pockets of liberal special interests groups.  Further the Administration has blithely declared a tripling of the national debt over the next 10 years as if it were immaterial.  President Obama has championed "health care reform" and a "carbon tax" in an attempt to control the day-to-day lives of the American people.  There are now 32 advisors (czars), to the President, most being left-wing ideologues, with the power to implement his agenda, none of whom have been approved by the Senate.

Obama And The Great Weaknesses Of Reasonable Men.  The people who run the Democratic Party today are radical liberals and Obama himself has more in common with Castro or Brezhnev than he does with, say John Kennedy or Harry Truman — but a lot of the negatives about Obama, but those things are so alien to their way of thinking that they can't truly believe he means what he says.  He wants skyrocketing energy prices?  Can't be!  He wants to bankrupt the coal industry!  No way. ... He supported a complete ban on handguns.  That must have been a mistake!

5 Things That Republicans In D.C. Need To Understand:  The Democrats are methodically destroying the future of this country.  They're running up an astronomical debt, they're taking over huge segments of the economy, and they're going to annihilate the quality of medical care in this country with this health care bill.

Don't Call Them Progressives.  The Lefties are at it again.  Having completely destroyed that fine word, "liberal," along with the enlightened 18th century sensibilities that went with it, they have now moved on like locusts through the lexicon, and want to be called "progressives."  An astonishing number of conservative commentators are going along with it.  Not me.

Liberalism:  Because We Know What's Best For You.  [Scroll down]  Liberal philosophers almost always believe there is a need for a government solution to problems — a solution that they will design and that all average people should be happy to follow.  Their glass is almost always half-empty:  America is broken, people are struggling, we must look to Canada and Europe rather than inward for our solutions.  The American dream?  It is lost for future generations unless we have more government involvement.

How Liberalism Exploits The Vulnerable.  Not knowing that she was on camera, this "community organizer" gave away the dirtiest of the dirty secrets of the left.  Herein lies the explanation of how and why major segments of America, particularly in urban areas, upon becoming increasingly liberal over the past several decades, have become more lawless, more hopeless, and more helpless.  While claiming to "help the little guy," liberalism has a vested interest in keeping the "little guy" oppressed and dependent.  Only in such a state can he fulfill his intended role as a "resource" of the liberal machine.

Obama:  Legalize illegals to get them health care.  President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.  He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered — a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.

The Immoral Agenda Of A Liberal Congress:  Some people in government have a very strange sense of morality.  They think that stealing from the wealthy to give to the poor is somehow a good thing to do.  It is actually highly immoral because not only is it theft pure and simple but it also punishes achievement, rewards imprudence, strips ambition, and creates dependency.  Too bad this ideology is held by those who are irreligious yet use religious guilt to sell their agenda.

Infatuation with Crisis.  Periodically we are informed that there is an infrastructure crisis — roads, bridges, water lines, school buildings, etc. are wearing out because they are getting older.  The largely mythical "Hunger in America" in the 1960s was a crisis which produced the Food Stamp Program, and now — with a straight face! — Leftists' planners warn us that obesity is the most serious health problem of the poor.  Monumental levels of government "stimulus" spending was supposed to end the economic crisis (which could never — of course — be the consequent of monumental levels of government spending in the first place!)  And now, of course, we face (whether we are deemed "smart" enough to see it or not) a health care crisis.

How to Defeat the Left.  The only way to defeat the left — and I have failed in twenty years of arguing this to persuade conservatives — is to turn the table around and attack their moral self-image.  Leftists are in fact the enemies and oppressors of women, children, gays, minorities and the poor, and conservatives should never confront them without reminding them of this fact.

Incentivizing Irresponsibility:  It is almost irresistible for conservatives to snicker as Democrats in Massachusetts hold hearings and seek ways to justify an attempt to change the law in Massachusetts to allow the Democratic governor of the Commonwealth to appoint a Democratic senator — presumably available to vote for President Obama's initiatives.  It was just a few years ago when Senator John Kerry was running for president and the governor was a Republic