I made a terrible mistake in 2012: one that I don’t plan to repeat. I urged voters to cast their ballots for Mitt Romney, but the evidence that conservatives didn’t want Romney was ubiquitous. They voiced their concerns energetically, and I should have listened to them. Now, I’m willing to concede that a responsible candidate for president can’t win without enthusiastic conservative support.
My logic for supporting Romney boiled down to this: roughly 50% of our fellow citizens are net takers, and they would vote to support the candidate who promised to continue pouring dollars in their direction — i.e., Barack Obama. I thought that a real conservative would be rejected by the masses because the net takers would rally to deny him or her the highest office in the land. I thought that nominating someone who wasn’t regarded by the takers as a serious threat to their income stream would help to keep them from going to the polls in large numbers.
Many Obama supporters were disenchanted with his performance in office, and they didn’t support him in 2012 the way they did in 2008. The president’s union thug organizers stepped in and helped to make up for his deficiencies, but they didn’t determine the outcome of the election. Conservative voters did that, and as Rush Limbaugh explained, they denied Romney the presidency by not voting:
What would be the reason that three million voters didn’t show up? Let’s go through the possibilities. It could be that there are a number… We’ve talked to ’em. We’ve htad ’em call. We got ’em, in fact, on hold. A number of Republicans are tired of moderate nominees. They’ve sent the Republican Party money for years and said, “To hell with it. If you’re gonna eschew conservatism, I’m not giving you any money, and I’m not voting for you.”
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President Barack Obama will go for immigration reform and gun control this month, the White House tells the left-leaning Huffington Post. Obama’s actions will reportedly be done “quickly.”
“An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well,” reports the Huffington Post.
“The timeframe is likely to be cheered by Democrats and immigration reform advocates alike, who have privately expressed fears that Obama’s second term will be drowned out in seemingly unending showdowns between parties.”
The outlet claims that it is “unclear what type of immigration policies the White House plans to push in January.”
No details on what sort of gun control legislation the White House will seek were offered in the article.
As Politico reported last month, a “Gang of Eight,” a conference of 8 senators from both parties, “has begun to meet to discuss immigration reform.” But it is not at all clear what progress this group has made and what immigration laws it might propose.
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President Barack Obama scheduled another so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis for February by announcing late Jan. 1 he would refuse to negotiate any curbs on his use of the nation’s maxed-out credit card.
“I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” he claimed during a late-night appearance on the last-minute resolution to the December 2012 fiscal cliff.
However, the GOP-led Congress wants to use its authority over the nation’s debt ceiling to pressure Obama to shrink future spending, not to repudiate existing debts.
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The Washington DC based Institute for Policy Studies turns 50 this year.
For half a century, IPS has been one of the most subversive and destructive organizations in the US.
Both domestically and internationally, IPS has been pushing its leftist agenda relentlessly.
From the extreme wing of the civil rights movement, to the feminist and gay rights movements, the anti-South Africa campaigns, the anti-military movements, anti-corporate campaigns, right through to the Occupy Movement, IPS has had its thumbprint om virtually every major subversive movement in the last five decades.
Now IPS has released a timeline boasting of its 50 years of destruction and social mayhem.
The IPS is the Forrest Gump of socialism.
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While it is no mystery that Islamic extremists have been wreaking havoc on innocent people across the world for well over a millennium, the 2012 death toll of those claimed by its hands is still as disturbing as ever. As the world rings in 2013, the jihadist-monitoring site “The Religion of Peace” (TRP) has tallied the number of people killed in the last year by Islamists, placing the death toll at 11,267 carried out across 2,459 savage terror attacks.
Since we, in today’s day and age, have become desensitized to numbers (understandably so given the carnage taking place across the world on a daily basis), an overview of some of these horrific terror attacks places the gravitas of the matter in proper perspective. While we won’t list all 2,459 attacks here, the Religion of Peace website painstakingly took the time to chronicle each documented terror attack since 2012 commenced, including the siege on our American outpost in Benghazi that left Ambassador Chris Stevens, two Navy SEALs and another civil servant dead.
Below are several screenshots outlining a mere fraction of the online chart to provide context. You will find that these terror attacks carried out by Islamists around the world have spared no one in their bloodlust and quest for dominance. Among those targeted are children, Christian worshippers, elderly Jews, those who hail from a “rival” sects of Islam, women, teachers, Buddhists, Hindu activists and so on. Also included in the list are Israelis wounded or killed by Hamas rocket attacks and suicide bombings as well as attacks on Israeli tourists abroad.
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The Hill reported:
A federal judge has ordered a temporary halt on the Obama administration’s birth-control coverage policy for Tom Monaghan, the Catholic billionaire who founded Domino’s Pizza.
Federal District Court Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff issued the decision Sunday, less than two days before the policy would have taken effect and exposed Monaghan to fines for non-compliance.
“Plaintiff has shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion,” Zatkoff wrote.
“The government has failed to satisfy its burden of showing that its actions were narrowly tailored to serve a compelling interest. … This factor weighs in favor of granting Plaintiffs’ motion.”
Monaghan recently filed suit against the policy, which requires most employers to cover a range of birth-control methods in their health plans. Churches and houses of worship are exempt, and employees of religiously affiliated institutions such as Catholic schools will be able to obtain birth control directly from their insurance company, also without a co-pay.
The biggest liberal newspaper in the country has printed a column from a top progressive scholar calling on the American people to ignore the Constitution with its “evil provisions,” revealing the far-left agenda for what it is and making sense of several major actions of the Obama administration.
Those who love liberty and our Constitution need to speak up and be heard. The Constitution is the cornerstone of the United States of America as a nation. It holds us together, gives us our national identity, and is the surest safeguard against an all-powerful government.
That is why every officer of federal and state government must take an oath to support and defend the Constitution before they can assume the powers of their office. Every military officer must swear to support the Constitution, including the words “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
And every lawyer—as an officer of the courts—takes an oath to support the Constitution. I have taken such an oath ten times in my career, including one standing before the nine justices of the Supreme Court.
So did Professor Louis Michael Seidman of Georgetown, but now he evidently thinks taking such an oath was a mistake. In a New York Times column, he calls for America to free itself of “bondage” to the Constitution. Speaking of what’s wrong in the country today, he laments that “no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.”
Looking through American history, Seidman claims that “flagrant disregard of the Constitution [has] helped us to grow and prosper.” He lauds governmental systems like Great Britain that have parliamentary supremacy, where the government can vote to do absolutely anything it wants. This is precisely the form of government we rejected when we revolted against Britain and declared independence in 1776. Perhaps Seidman thinks the American Revolution was a mistake.
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Pro-life forces have legislative momentum across the country heading into 2013, but pro-choice supporters also see plenty of opportunities to win in and out of the courts, as the nation’s political clash over abortion rights shows no signs of easing ahead of the 40th anniversary this month of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
In the wake of November’s elections, 27 states now “enjoy a Republican majority in the legislature,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports pro-life candidates.
“We expect these states to be fertile ground for pro-life legislation,” she said, noting that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, signed a pro-life omnibus bill Friday.
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Ray Lewis is walking away from the game of football following this season, the linebacker said Wednesday.
Lewis, one of the all-time NFL greats and arguably the best middle linebacker ever, told his teammates “this will be my last ride.”
This means Sunday’s wild-card game against the Colts could be Lewis’ final home game with the Ravens. The Ravens are the AFC’s fourth seed and would need some serious breaks in order to find themselves playing postseason football back at home again.
Lewis doesn’t expect his journey to end Sunday, however.
“Wherever it ends it ends,” Lewis said. “But I didn’t come back to be eliminated in the first round.”
The first-round matchup for the Ravens is suddenly a fascinating one: the Colts are riding an intangible train drawing inspiration from Chuck Pagano, who just so happens to be the former defensive coordinator for Baltimore and knows what Lewis can bring to a game.
“He’ll probably introduce the defense and probably be the last one out and he’ll ignite and incite a riot so to speak,” Pagano said. “And there will be a ton of energy on that football team and on that sideline and in that stadium. He’s their leader and any time you get your leader back it’s an added spark.”
Lewis is as well known for his introduction dance and energy as he is for his play on the field; expect M&T Bank Stadium to be rocking when he comes on the field before the game.
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