Third Party & Independents

Sunday Morning Breakdown

Posted by Roy Ellis on March 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM

A populist President carrying out populist ideas. President Trump actually working to immolate Andrew Jackson. How great is that?

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Will Gorsuch Be Sacrificed to Partisan Politics?

Posted by AllardK on March 17, 2017 at 6:24 PM

Has 2,2,2 been turned into 6,6,6 for some time now? Has the constitution's Article II, section 2, paragraph 2, which reads in part:

... and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other Public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States ...

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Should AG Sessions Prosecute His DOJ?

Posted by AllardK on March 15, 2017 at 8:18 PM

It's certainly not 95 theses nailed to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, but ... Lawyer and author Benjamin Wetmore, writing in The Federalist paints a disturbing portrait of Obama's Justice Department as an out of control partisan prosecutorial army. Conservative activists and even Congressmen were hauled before an inquisitorial DOJ and reduced often to forced confessions based on faulty local news reports.

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What the Latest Wikileaks Document Dump Means

Posted by AllardK on March 10, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Yes, imagining your HD propped up with a brace and resting quietly on your living room wall as the mother of all listening devices is wonderfully scary stuff. It's something most good spy or sci-fi writers don't usually come up with. Or if they do, people say that's way too crazy.

But that's not the main point regarding the latest information dump of detailed technical documents that almost certainly came from the CIA, courtesy of Wikileaks.

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Where's your health care plan?

Posted by Weary_Willie on March 4, 2017 at 7:59 PM

Everyone's debating what someone else will do. What will you do? Where's your plan? My plan is God's plan. It is! For Real! My plan starts and ends with the individual.

Before you Liberals gather to make protest signs, hear me out. This is my plan in simple form.

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Whence Conservatism? Uh, How About Repeal and Replace?

Posted by AllardK on March 1, 2017 at 8:43 PM

CPAC is over, and whence the conservative movement is a grand question hanging in the air. Is it Trump's movement now, with a splinter true-conservative movement left to virtuously contemplate it's purity on the margins of political life? Or is the surprising shift of allegiances towards Trump merely provisional and therefore too early to describe as a fundamental shift in political conservatism in America?

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The Resistance Pleads the Twenty Fifth

Posted by AllardK on February 21, 2017 at 12:34 PM

As an approximate equivalent of Godwin's Law (the longer any online chat, the more likely an analogy/accusation involving Hitler will come up), political conspiracy theory could provide, say, a Dealey Plaza Maxim:

The longer you attack your opponent, whether as fascist or not, the more likely he/she will somehow be linked to JFK's assassination.

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Flynn Got Too Close to the Iran Deal, not to Russia

Posted by AllardK on February 15, 2017 at 4:19 PM

What is Ben Rhodes up to? Obama's former deputy National Security Adviser is still hard at work, according to a very troubling story in the Washington Free Beacon. Mr. Echo Chamber himself has not yet unplugged his evil genius machine and seems to have been one of the organizing forces behind the intel community's character assassination of Mike Flynn. And if you believe some commentators, Flynn was just the appetizer. They're trying to bring down far bigger game.

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Flynn Was Wrong to Deny - but Who Leaked?

Posted by AllardK on February 14, 2017 at 5:20 PM

The cover up is usually worse than the original offense. That's the old adage they're slapping on Mike Flynn's apparent sending out of Vice President Pence to cover for him. Based on Flynn's denials over a phone call with the Russian ambassador a short while after Obama slapped sanctions on Russia. And yes, if Flynn is gone by the time you read this, it will be because of what he did to the Vice President. Not because of the phone call itself.

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President Trump's Moral Relativism on Putin Is Wrong

Posted by AllardK on February 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM

There is an enormous amount of conventional wisdom, dear to the elites in Washington and in major urban centers on both coasts, that President Trump is, and will be, battling against. Good for him.

Putin's lack of character and integrity is not, and should not be, one of those things.

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Senators Collins and Murkowski Betray Betsy DeVos

Posted by AllardK on February 3, 2017 at 4:25 PM

This Friday, before the dawn's early light, the Senate voted to end debate and move to a final vote, scheduled for next week, on Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education. She is far from clear, however, on the path to obtaining a well deserved Cabinet position.

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President Trump Vs. the Gang on the Hill

Posted by AllardK on January 27, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Now that President Trump has come barreling out of the gate, and has profoundly dismayed and shocked the Washington elite and the media, by actually doing what he said he would do, who are his most dangerous opponents? How about proceeding by elimination.

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Pipelines and Jobs Are So 80's

Posted by AllardK on January 25, 2017 at 4:24 PM

If you're Tiernan Sittenfeld - the chief lobbyist at the League of Conservation Voters - then you're really mad at President Trump this Tuesday for signing two executive orders that put the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects back on track to be approved. For Tiernan, pipelines are dirty and dangerous and the stuff they move should, of course, be left in the ground.

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Weaponizing Special Needs Kids Against Betsy DeVos

Posted by AllardK on January 19, 2017 at 7:17 PM

It's not just that Betsy DeVos has not been a card-carrying member of the teacher's union, nor a long-entrenched education bureaucrat. It's not just that, yes, she is wealthy - and a philanthropist for causes the left oppose. It's not just that she does not hide her faith under a bushel.

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Can Civil Rights Icons Suffer From TDS?

Posted by AllardK on January 17, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Who carries the legacy of Martin Luther King? His own wife and son? Or John Lewis? As this year's MLK Day comes and goes, the question is not just topical. It's not just about the peaceful transition of power, but whether Donald Trump will be accepted as the freely elected President of the United States of America, by those on the left who still cannot come to terms with his victory last November.

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