Sit-Ins and the Assault on the Second Amendment

Posted by Keeley on June 24, 2016 at 4:33 PM

History might repeat itself, but when it does, it is often an imitation of a past that no longer exists. So, yes, John Lewis was there sitting-in at Nashville lunch counters nearly 60 years ago. He really is that old, unlike Elizabeth Warren who had she been old enough, would have never been part of such a demonstration. Times change. People change.

But the Democrat House Sit-in is more of a coup than a revolt. A media coup that will cycle for the next little while - even if the cameras and lights are off at the House of Representatives. We Shall Overcome was sung. And make no mistake: We Shall Overcome the Second Amendment is what that out-of-tune singing really meant.

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Omar Mateen's Pledge of Allegiance

Posted by Keeley on June 20, 2016 at 7:28 PM

Did you recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school? Did Omar Mateen? As an apparently restless young kid in elementary school in St. Lucie County, Florida?

Francis Bellamy was part of a campaign in 1891 to place a flag before every schoolhouse in America and "install into the minds of our American youth, a love for their country and the principles on which it was founded." It competed with Admiral Balch's earlier and folksier pledge and then superseded it from 1923 onward. In 1954, the words "under God" were officially added, but had already been part of local recitations of the pledge from at least the late 40's.

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Senator Manchin Spits at the Constitution

Posted by Keeley on June 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Everyone is using Orlando to blame someone else for the terrorist attack. Even Senator McCain, who walked back his comments on Obama yesterday. The only one who has. Some still won't call it a terrorist attack, but rather label it a hate-crime shooting. And those that do so - following Obama's lead to avoid at all costs using words like radical jihadist terrorism - often have been taking it a step further, and laying the blame on anyone who does not actively and loudly support gay marriage, transgender bathrooms, and oppose religious liberty. A tipping of the scales against the religious freedoms of Christians, precisely speaking.

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Diamond Donald, Bigmouth Bernie, and Wipe-It-Clean Hillary: a Family Story

Posted by Keeley on June 9, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Just as the Democratic Party brings its firepower to bear on Bernie Sanders ... No. Here's a better way to describe it: just as the Democratic Commission holds a private meeting with Bernie Bigmouth Sanders to convince their brother that he's way outta line - maybe a further meeting in Vegas with Harry The Hook Reid would help convince him - there is talk of insurrection in the GOP family.

Members of Teddy Tea Bags Cruz's outfit are grumbling it seems. They are not happy at all with Diamond Donald's comments on their Mexican cousins, along with a whole list of disrespecting grievances that have been accumulating over the past year or so. There's threats of delegate persuasion in Cleveland, which is next to a big lake, and maybe even a brewing (maybe that should be steeping: it's Teddy Tea Bags after all) revolt.

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Will Trump Change? not Yet

Posted by Keeley on June 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

In case there was any doubt over whether it was Trump himself or his close circle of advisors like Lewandowski who pushed him to double down on controversies, Trump cleared that up this Monday. A memo sent to Trump campaign staff and supporters by campaign aide Erica Freeman urged his supporters to avoid the Judge Curiel issue. Curiel is presiding over the Trump University case in San Diego and is the son of Mexican immigrants, and an Indiana native.

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Does Douglas Schoen Want to Be a New Republican? or a Socialist?

Posted by Keeley on June 1, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Douglas Schoen was and probably still is a New Democrat: those centrist Dems who emerged in the late 80's and prospered under Bill Clinton's presidency. Schoen worked for President Clinton during much of the 90's as a consultant. He has helped Democrats run for office from Koch to Hillary's failed 2008 campaign. One Democrat who Schoen has never worked for, however, is Barack Obama, whose nomination and successful run for the presidency Schoen vigorously opposed. Both times.

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They Will Shoot at Rick Santorum

Posted by Keeley on May 26, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Some of the NeverTrump crowd have had noteworthy political careers, Mitt Romney being the main example. But most are from the policy wing of the conservative movement. Intellectuals who may have been advisors, but are mostly commentators. And the fiercest critics among the NeverTrump crowd, the most intransigent of them, point accusing fingers at Trump's character above all. The man is not fit to be president. Or, the man is a liar. Or the man is a liberal and so not-conservative. Or the man has no policy spine, only a lust for power. As if that is a disqualifying characteristic in Washington D.C. or any of the state capitals.

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Speaking of Hillary

Posted by Christine & John on May 25, 2016 at 4:43 PM

The news is out that Obama-appointed State Department inspectors faulted Hillary for his bad email practices. I worked for State for more than thirty years and had the pleasure of working with the Hillary teams when she was first lady and Secretary of State. My experience with the Hillary team come from her visits to my posts. It was nearly impossible to tell her political staff anything. They disrespected the professionals. If you stood up to them on a matter of policy, practicality or principle, they just found somebody else to do it. It sounds like this was exactly what they did with the email scandal. I am sure that principled professionals advised them about the ethical and security problems and I am equally sure that these good people just were no longer invited to meetings and the Clinton folks found those with less information or more flexible ethics to do the job she wanted done.

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Whose Convention Will Be Filled With More Angry People?

Posted by Keeley on May 18, 2016 at 5:41 PM

You have to hand it to Ben Rhodes and Bernie Sanders. They don't quit easily. In fact, they don't quit. They finish the job. Right up to the last day. Be it moving day in January 2017 at the White House, or be it the Democrat Convention in Philadelphia. So while the would-be post-modern novelist frames Obama's narratives and mind melds with his boss, all in order to bring to fruition things like The Iran Deal, Bernie keeps fighting against the Democratic Party's establishment.

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Freedom of Association - the next civil rights challenge

Posted by Christine & John on May 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Our nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. They meant equality before the law and an equal claim to basic human dignity. Nobody thought to enforce equality beyond that since anything more would interfere with liberty. What people did in their private affairs was none of the government's business. Voluntary associations formed the unique base of American freedom and prosperity, as Alexis de Tocqueville famously described. The civil rights movements of the 1960s necessarily abridged the liberty to free association in the cause of greater equality. The difference between a life-giving medicine and a deadly poison often depends on the dosage. We do not need more medicine. Yet the Administration is adding new and ever more imaginative interpretations.

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Making the best of the worst

Posted by Christine & John on May 9, 2016 at 11:31 PM

I have argued against Hillary with passion for a quarter century. I think she is a crook and a liar and not nearly as smart as her supporters say. BUT Hillary is the lesser of the two evils. Trumps is plain batshit crazy. So a Hillary victory is the best likely scenario. Maybe Hillary can dump the Bernie crazies and move more toward the center. With moderate votes and lots of Wall Street money, she can be a moderate.

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Two Unclean Choices Ahead for Conservatives

Posted by Keeley on May 5, 2016 at 7:06 PM

How about conservatives wondering what to do next with Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee think of those limited government libertarians: Green Day? Good Riddance I hope you had the time of your life, could be their wishes for those who voted for Trump. And there is definitely a fork stuck in the carcass of their ambitions. Or more accurately, the scalpels are already digging deep into Cruz's campaign in what will be a few days of endless autopsies.

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Sanders and the Zombie Contested Convention

Posted by Keeley on May 2, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Could Indiana possibly put a contested GOP convention out of reach for Cruz, and Kasich as well? The answer is looking more like a yes than a maybe. But for those who yearn for the drama and dealing of a contested convention, take heart. There will almost definitely be a contested convention.

The only problem is knowing whether it will be Democrat or Republican, or possibly both.

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Trump Steams Kristol Dreams

Posted by Keeley on April 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The Trump train has rolled decisively through the Acela corridor. But now, Indiana is no longer a brave last stand by the #NeverTrump forces. It's the beginning of a brave new world, and like all utopias it seems a little wacky - to not say delirious - to skeptical unbelievers.

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What If All of America Suddenly Agreed With Liberals?

Posted by Keeley on April 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Would the Acela corridor and Greater LA to the Bay Area really wish for fly-over country to turn towards their urban, mostly liberal values? Imagine if suddenly Harvard professors, Wall Street plutocrat liberals, Hollywood Honchos and Silicon valley progressive techies could zap every individual who dissents from their peculiar platform of open borders, high tech displacement of labor, and zealous identity politics witch (or sombrero) hunts.

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