Obama’s DOMA Betrayal is not a “Distraction”

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

One of the sad ironies of American politics is that Republicans occasionally prove that Democrats are not the only party that can be rigidly disciplined in spreading a mind-bendingly stupid message. It seems that after Barack Obama announced his administration will simply ignore its constitutional duty to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the talking points went out. Suddenly, a host of self-appointed “conservative” talking heads on cable television and talk radio programs had an answer for why Obama embarked on his program on constitutional negligence now. It’s a “distraction,” they said in unison. According to even many “social conservatives,” up to and including William Bennett on his radio program this morning, Obama announced rolled out this new policy to distract Americans from the fact that he has not done anything to stop the murder of demonstrators in Libya. Various conservatives have advocated everything from harsher rhetoric to saturation bombing.

The American people, they insist, are pining for a third war in the heart of the Muslim world, and surely nothing would enhance America’s security more. Since Obama has not delivered, he made this announcement to cover his tracks. Others claimed he needed to change the focus from the national debt, so he dropped the DOMA Distraction. Either way, the Beltway blatherers tell us, this is merely “politics” to get the people talking about his plan to reinvent marriage, rather than important messages.

Occasionally, listening to Republicans, I wonder if they truly are this stupid….

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Prominent Blog Puts Impeachment on the Table

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

A well-trafficked right-leaning blog has raised the possibility of impeaching Barack Obama. Pajamas Media, one of the most prominent political blogs followed by Republican voters, raised the possibility on its blog, The PJ Tattler. In an entry posted today entitled “Democrats Gone Wild, Subverting Our Democracy,” contributor Bryan Preston writes:

In the space of a few days, Democrats in Wisconsin and Indiana fled their state capitals rather than allow the democratic process to work.

Now, President Obama is declaring a federal law unconstitutional rather than respect the fact that the democratic process has already worked.

The Constitution is not silent on President Obama’s actions. Article II, Section I spells out the presidential oath of office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Barack H. Obama took that oath — twice — on January 20, 2009. Article II, Section III is clear on the president’s relationship to US law.

[The president] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed

There’s nothing in there about the president faithfully executing only the laws with which he agrees. It says nothing about the president or his attorney general being vested with the power of judicial review. That power belongs to the courts.

This president and his party have gone over the cliff into lawlessness. At this point, I wouldn’t put impeachment off the table for discussion. The president is intentionally stoking a constitutional crisis, while his party fosters anarchy in the states. These acts cannot stand.

Preston’s grounds largely echo those made by Floyd Brown‘s Impeach Obama Campaign and expounded on this website. The constitutional implications of the president’s stoking of the uprisings in Wisconsin and Indiana, which featured their Democratic legislators’ exodus from their respective states, gives even liberal writers pause. More troubling is Barack Obama’s selective, often race-based enforcement of the law and his dedication to side-stepping the usual means of legislation to implement his agenda. As conservatives, Republicans, and independents of all persuasions are beginning to discover, this administration is, in the words of Rush Limbaugh, “increasingly lawless.”

Preston’s writing of impeachment signals its growing mainstream acceptance. Preston is the former….

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A “Conservative” Paving the Way for Islamic Jihad?

Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com

The night they drove old Hosni down — and all the neo-cons were singing. Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was the kapellmeister.

Prior to the exit of Beast Mubarak, Kristol (in yet another of his Olympian pronouncements), thundered: “The United States must support the Egyptian awakening, and has a paramount moral and strategic interest in real democracy in Egypt and freedom for the Egyptian people. The question is how the U.S. government can do its best to help the awakening turn out well.”

How do we know neo-cons aren’t really conservatives? Conservatives are realists. They confront reality without ideological blinders. They do their best to perceive the world as it is, not as they wish it was.

Neo-cons think democracy is the magic elixir — good for what ails the downtrodden, regardless of their benightedness and barbarism. The neo-cons’ touching faith in the universalism of democratic longings is like the liberals’ faith in economic interventionism.

In the case of the Egyptian masses (better they should go back to sleep), popular sovereignty would mean amputating the limbs of shoplifters, killing Christian converts on the spot, a Cairo-Tehran alliance (possibly with Iranian missiles in the Sinai), abrogating Egypt’s 30-year-old peace treaty with Israel, the merger of mosque and state — and, please welcome the Muslim Brotherhood.

Kristol is incensed — incensed I tell you — over Glenn Beck’s warning that the “Egyptian awakening” may be a milestone on the road to a caliphate.

“When Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines (Kristol’s knowledge of geography is akin to his understanding of history), and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society,” Kristol sneers.

An alliance between the Left and radical Islam? How preposterous! Oh, Beck, you old Bircher.

Let’s see, the Left is anti-American, and “caliphate-promoters” are anti-American. Both hate Israel even more than they detest capitalism.

In the war on terror, both would hamstring law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Both rely on useful dupes (Bill Kristol?). But only a certified member of the lunatic fringe could conjure up a connection between militant Islam and the totalitarian Left.

Jealousy may play a part in Kristol’s attack, reminiscent of the cruder smears of the Left. According to the latest stats, The Weekly Standard has a circulation of just over 103,000, while between 2.5 million and 3 million watch Beck’s television show every weekday evening. Kristol has his thousands, Beck his millions.

Egypt isn’t Kristol’s first democracy binge-drinking bout.

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Gays, Grover, and False Gods: The Problems with CPAC 2011

Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com

The trouble with CPAC (the annual Conservative Political Action Conference) can be summed up in six words – gays, Grover, knee-jerk libertarianism, and Islamist connections.

What started in 1973 as a modest meet-and-eat for insiders and the faithful has evolved into an extravaganza – 130 co-sponsors and exhibitors this year, marquee speakers (Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Ann Coulter among them), and an expected turnout of 10,000, heavily weighted towards conservatives in their 20s and 30s.

But all won’t be Ronnie and Rush when CPAC opens on February 10 at a D.C. Marriott. Panels will include “Traditional Marriage and Society.” At the same time, CPAC will provide a forum for those who think marriage is two men and a kumquat.

For conservatives who understand that conservatism is about more than the Laffer Curve and Obama’s birth certificate, a group of allegedly conservative homosexuals has become a dinosaur bone of contention.

For the third year in a row, GOProud will be a participating organization at CPAC. It opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment and favors repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which would allow the federal judiciary to impose gay “marriage” on the nation, negating the will of voters in 30 states who have passed their own marriage-protection amendments.

GOPoof also worked for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, facilitating military service by individuals who (according to the Centers for Disease Control) are 44 times more likely to be HIV-carriers than their “breeder” counterparts. Webmaster Andrew Breitbart thinks this is so skippy that he’s throwing a CPAC party for those of the fern-bar persuasion – Come Dance Leviticus Away!

GOProud’s presence has, at least in part, led to a boycott by many A-List conservative groups and leaders, including Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, American Family Association, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Jim DeMint and Sean Hannity.

David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union (which sponsors CPAC) offers a lobbyist’s spin on alternative lifestyles at the increasingly un-conservative conference. “We try to give an umbrella for all groups that are legitimately conservative on most issues,” Keene explained to The New York Times, as reported on January 27.

“Legitimately conservative on most issues,” doesn’t mean CPAC will compromise on things that really matter. “If you’re for socializing the country or stripping our national defense, you’re probably not a conservative,” Keene cautioned.

In other words, economics, not morality, is the bench mark of conservatism. No to confiscatory taxation, yes to undermining the one social institution that makes capitalism possible – the family. No to slashing defense spending; yes to attacking the natural family, which gives young men something to fight for – besides enterprise zones and marginal tax rates.

In the same story, Keene explained that, as the Times put it, “He would not oppose participation (in CPAC) by a group that shared conservative views on free enterprise and defense but favored abortion rights.” Give us liberty and happiness. The life part is negotiable.

Keene, GOProud and CPAC not only deny the significance of the family but the transcendence of natural law. The nine most important words in the Declaration of Independence are “And endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Without God-based morality, what is conservatism but another ism – a grubby market-centered materialism which substitutes limited government for the class struggle in its dialectic.

Antonio Gramsci would have been tickled pink (or red) by the “conservatism” of Keene and Grover Norquist. An Italian Marxist who died in one of Mussolini’s prisons in the 1930s, Gramsci lived through the Bolshevik revolution and the aborted communist regimes in Central Europe…

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Michele Bachmann: The Female Reagan

J. Matt Barber, CNSNews.com

From the instant his fruitful eight-year reign ended, Republicans have pined for the next Ronald Reagan. To date, no man has succeeded in filling the conservative standard-bearer’s legendary boots. Well, maybe it’s time to swap boots for pumps. Could he be a she?

Sarah Palin, you say? Perhaps, but there’s actually another outspoken, attractive, fearlessly conservative Tea Party favorite firing up the center-right grass roots: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican.

Forget a Senate run. The buzz inside the Beltway is that Mrs. Bachmann may be looking to add a woman’s touch to the Oval Office (beyond just sprucing up its temporary occupant’s eyesore decor). Her spokesman, Doug Sachtleben, has confirmed to media that the congresswoman is considering a potential presidential run, saying: “Nothing’s off the table.”

Mrs. Bachmann also hinted at the possibility, recently telling MinnPost.com: “We’re going to have a deep bench for 2012, I have no doubt, and I think what people are asking for is a bold, strong, constitutional conservative.”

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