Obama Was A Bad Affirmative Action Hire…Don’t Make The Same Mistake Twice, America

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The announcements from Ted Cruz and Rand Paul that they are running for President in 2016 is causing huge excitement amongst the Tea Party set and an equal amount of angst with the “my turn” Republicans who gave us John McCain and Mitt Romney.

I like and admire both of them as well as Marco Rubio, who has not yet but probably will announce.

But I would be completely remiss in not sounding a note of caution.

What do these guys have in common with our current President?

They are all first term Senators.

And, candidly, there’s a big difference between what a Senator gets paid to do and what the President gets paid to do.

If you need a cautionary tale as to the pitfalls of a young, first term Senator as President, look no further than Barack Obama.

I’m not talking about ideology.

I’m talking about executive competence.

Obama never even ran a community organizing office before he became the leader of the free world.

And, in the immortal words of Dr. Phil, how’s that working out for us?

Before they became Senators, Cruz, Paul, and Rubio simply have no executive resume.

I, for one, would be a lot more interested in their presidential prospects if they would all go back to their respective states and run for Governor. Then, come see us after a term or two.

Governors have to deal with legislatures, bureaucracies, crime, public safety, education, welfare, and all of the other things you take for granted from your government.

Senators talk. And talk. And then, they talk some more.

The Senate is not Presidential prep school. It gives its members the mistaken impression that talking solves real problems.

The GOP has a pretty deep bench of executive talent this time around. Much more so than the Democrats.

As much as we may like the ideology expressed by the three Senators, the truth is that is all it is. Hope and change. None of them has a track record to point to.

And, let’s be brutally honest about our current President.

He was an affirmative action hire. If Barack Obama were white, he wouldn’t even be a first-term Senator.

His resume was so thin, that is the only way he could have been elected. That and 4,000,000 GOP voters staying home.

If we as a nation haven’t learned from the debacle of the past six years—and I’m not talking about ideology—than we’d better learn before we make that mistake again.

I don’t think any first-term Senator is qualified to become President.

Ideology is important.

But executive talent is much more important.

If Obama were at least competent, we would be looking at the last six years completely differently.

And, if we have not yet learned, prepare yourself for another four years of White House follies.

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The Buzz Builds: Harry Reid’s Injuries Now Linked By Some To This Man…And Guess Who He Is

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While the ease of posting and sharing speculative, unconfirmed information on the Internet can certainly result in wild rumor evolving into presumed fact, the latest buzz about Harry Reid’s severe injuries is starting to gain traction.

A number of websites, including WND, are now seriously looking at a report that claims Reid’s concussion, loss of vision in his right eye, facial lacerations and broken ribs were not the result of an exercise accident in his bathroom.

“…numerous publications are picking up on a report that points the finger of blame at Reid’s brother, Larry.”

According to these publications, among them Powerline blog, a man later identified as the senator’s 73-year-old brother, Larry, showed up at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Henderson, Nevada, late on New Year’s Eve. He was said to have been disheveled with blood on his clothes and a swollen left hand, as though he had been in a fight.

A man named Elliott who claimed he was at the AA meeting reportedly told others: “Larry said he’d had a fight with a family member, didn’t remember much because he had blacked out, and was now worried the Secret Service would come after him, according to Elliott.”

Curiously — and now this has been confirmed — Larry Reid was arrested and charged with drunk driving, resisting arrest, possession of a gun and assaulting a police officer in early April. The photo associated with this post shows Larry Reid’s booking picture at the time of his arrest.

The Daily Mail reported details of the arrest of Harry Reid’s younger brother in an incident that suggests he may have a tendency to over-indulge as well as become belligerent when under the influence.

The WND post about the possibility that the senator’s brother may have beaten him up notes that the Senate Minority Leader’s “Capitol Police security detail was with him at the time of the injuries, and they accompanied him to a hospital in Henderson, Nevada, on New Year’s Day.”

The city of Henderson was where the AA meeting supposedly occurred at which Larry Reid appeared on the night before Harry Reid was taken to the hospital.

Breitbart News reports that it has repeatedly tried, without success, to get Capitol Police to verify Senator Reid’s story about his injuries resulting from a home exercise accident.

“Despite sending numerous phone and email requests for this information to the Capitol Police over the last several days, no such information has been provided.”

Late last month, Western Journalism posted a piece by Steven Crowder refuting Reid’s story about his serious injuries resulting from a mishap with resistance bands:

“So in a nutshell, Harry Reid is either lying, a complete pansy (using less than 10lbs of resistance on a glass door), or – and this is what I’m suggesting – both.”

 

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WATCH What Harry Reid Just Said When Given Another Chance To Own Up To Romney Tax Lies

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Kudos to Fusion’s Jorge Ramos for pressing Sen. Harry Reid on his unfounded accusations and cynical smears against Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign.

In an interview with the Nevada Democrat, as Breitbart reports, Ramos came right out and asked the powerful senator, “Did you purposefully lie” in proclaiming repeatedly that the GOP candidate didn’t pay any taxes for ten years?

Reid’s answers to the questions posed by Ramos were so disjointed and incoherent, one might reasonably ask if the lawmaker’s recent bathroom encounter with exercise equipment might have resulted in some sort of brain fog.

Reid admitted to Ramos, “Of course [Romney] paid taxes,” while also refusing to apologize or even acknowledge that his scurrilous claims were not at all fair to the GOP candidate or to the American people.

“I have no repentance because it was an issue that was important,” said the senator, who boasted to CNN in an earlier interview that his lies told on the Senate floor were useful in making sure Romney lost the election.

Western Journalism noted how Fox News host Megyn Kelly blasted Reid’s “disgusting” dishonesty that was an “ugly breach of the public trust.”

You can watch Jorge Ramos’ interview with Harry Reid by clicking on the video above.

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Republican Party Elites Abandon Traditional Marriage

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Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic] leadership teams.”

These developments strongly suggest that while the homosexual movement remains solidly in control of the Democratic Party, the tactics of harassment and intimidation that we saw wielded against the religious freedom bill in Indiana last week are taking their toll on the Republican Party as a whole.

In the Indiana case, a conservative Republican governor, Mike Pence, abandoned the fight for religious freedom in the face of homosexual and corporate pressure.

It appears that more and more elite or establishment Republicans are simply deciding to give up on the fight for traditional values and marriage.

While this may seem politically expedient, this dramatic move to the left by the GOP could result in millions of pro-family conservatives deciding to abandon the Republican Party in 2016, a critical election year.

USA Today also noted that, “while some members of the 2012 Republican National Convention platform committee filed a brief against gay marriage Friday, it notably did not include GOP Chairman Reince Priebus.”

The Republican senators signing the brief included:

  • Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
  • Senator Steve Daines of Montana
  • Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma
  • Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma
  • Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina

Fifty-one members of the House of Representatives signed the brief. But House Speaker John Boehner’s, R-Ohio, name was not on it.

Taking the lead for traditional marriage in the House was Representative Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., who not only signed the pro-marriage brief but has also introduced House Joint Resolution 32, the Marriage Protection Amendment, to amend the United States Constitution to protect marriage, family, and children by defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The resolution has 33 co-sponsors and has been referred for action to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Huelskamp is the only member of Congress who has authored one of the 30 state constitutional amendments that prohibits homosexual marriage and polygamous marriage. In 2005, when he was a state senator, 71 percent of Kansans voted for the state constitutional amendment that he authored.

In reintroducing the federal marriage amendment, Huelskamp said, “In June 2013 the Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman, but upheld the right and responsibility of states to define marriage. Since then, though, numerous unelected lower court judges have construed the U.S. Constitution as suddenly demanding recognition of same sex ‘marriages,’ and they struck down state Marriage Amendments—including the Kansas Marriage Amendment—approved by tens of millions of voters and their elected representatives.”

However, on April 28 the U.S. Supreme Court will review the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which upholds marriage laws in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. A ruling is expected in June.

USA Today noted that scores of prominent Republicans last month joined a brief on the homosexual side filed by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, a former lieutenant to Karl Rove who came out of the closet and announced in August of 2010 that he was a homosexual. He has since launched a “Project Right Side” to make the “conservative” case for gay marriage.

Big money Republican donors such as Paul Singer, David Koch, and Peter Thiel have either endorsed homosexual rights and same-sex marriage or funded the homosexual movement. Thiel is an open homosexual.

A libertarian group funded by the Koch brothers, the Cato Institute, has been in the gay rights camp for many years and its chairman, Robert A. Levy, wrote a “moral and constitutional case for a right to gay marriage.”

Other signatories to the Mehlman brief included Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois, and former presidential candidates Rudolph Giuliani and Jon Huntsman.

The signers of this brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage were described as “300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants.” Some two dozen or so had worked for Mitt Romney for President.

One of the signatories, Mason Fink, who was the finance director of the Mitt Romney for President campaign, has signed on with a super PAC promoting former Florida Republican governor Jeb Bush for president. In another move signaling his alignment with the homosexual movement, Bush has reportedly picked Tim Miller, “one of the most prominent gay Republicans in Washington politics,” as his communications director.

A far-left media outlet known as Buzzfeed has described Bush as “2016’s Gay-Friendly Republican,” and says he has “stocked his inner circle with advisers who are vocal proponents of gay rights.”

But some conservative Christians are fighting back against the homosexual movement.

A brief to the court filed by Liberty Counsel notes that, in the past, the Supreme Court has upheld marriage as “a foundational social institution that is necessarily defined as the union of one man and one woman.” It cites the case of Skinner v. Oklahoma, in which marriage was declared to be “fundamental to the very existence and survival of the race,” and Maynard v. Hill, in which marriage was declared “the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress.”

Liberty Counsel said the court is being asked to affirm a false notion of marriage based upon fraudulent data about homosexual activity in society. It said, “For the past 67 years, scholars, lawyers and judges have undertaken fundamental societal transformation by embracing Alfred Kinsey’s statistically and scientifically fraudulent ‘data’ derived from serial child rapists, sex offenders, prisoners, prostitutes, pedophiles and pederasts. Now these same change agents, still covering up the fraudulent nature of the Kinsey ‘data,’ want this Court to utilize it to demolish the cornerstone of society, natural marriage.”

The homosexual movement has long maintained that Kinsey validated changes in sexual behavior that were already taking place in society. In fact, however, the evidence uncovered by Dr. Judith Reisman shows that Kinsey deliberately exaggerated those changes in a fraudulent manner by using data from pedophiles and prisoners.

Commenting on the impact of the acceptance of the fraudulent Kinsey data, Accuracy in Media founder Reed Irvine noted, “Gradually over the years, acceptance of the Kinsey morality has grown to the point where premarital and extramarital sex raise no eyebrows, where, in some communities, out-of-wedlock births are in the majority, homosexuality is glorified and aggressively promoted in our schools and the last taboo—adults having sex with young children—is now under attack in some of our institutions of higher learning.”

The Mattachine Society, a gay rights organization started by communist Harry Hay in 1950, cited the flawed Kinsey data in an effort to convince the public that homosexual behavior was widespread in American society.

The book, Take Back! The Gay Person’s Guide to Media Action, said the Kinsey Report on male sexuality “paved the way for the first truly positive discussion of homosexuality in the mainstream media.”

Today, this same Kinsey data is being used to convince the Supreme Court to approve homosexual “marriage” as a constitutional right.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Wow! Look Who’s Really Excited About Hosting Harry Reid’s ‘Big Hit’ Retirement Party

Images Credit: Politico & Sheri's Ranch

Though Harry Reid still has some 22 months before he leaves the Senate floor for the last time, there’s already at least one offer from a famous Nevada business to host the senator’s official retirement party — a celebration that the venue tells Reid “may even help lessen the animosity between you and your Republican acquaintances.”

In an open letter posted on its website, Sheri’s Ranch — a legal brothel located in Pahrump, Nevada, sixty miles west of Las Vegas — congratulates Reid on his “exemplary service” to the country, the state and the “working girls” who are especially grateful for Reid’s leadership in ramming ObamaCare through the Congress.

“We are sorry to hear that the Silver State’s most tenacious public servant will not seek reelection in 2016, and your plan to retire from politics.”

A few passages in the letter posted by the ranch — which bills itself as a resort and spa as well as a brothel — are of particular interest.

One section notes that, though Sen. Reid is a Mormon, he has been an ardent supporter of LGBT rights and “worked to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.” That’s a big feather in Reid’s political hat, according to the letter writer, considering the, well, extremely liberal and open-minded work practices of the ladies at the facility.

Another curious passage in the letter to the minority leader of the Senate notes that “many of your colleagues are intimately aware of our offerings.”

There’s no real explanation of exactly what that revelation means, but one doesn’t have to exercise the imagination too greatly to get the point. The letter does mention that Sheri’s Ranch offers “numerous Jacuzzi rooms popular with our friends from the political arena.”

It’s no surprise that Harry Reid’s office has not responded — at least not publicly — to the invitation from the very grateful “courtesans” of one of Nevada’s pleasure destinations.

h/t PJ Media

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