It doesn’t matter that Republicans won the Senate because they haven’t actually limited government

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Right before Election Day last year, I wrote here at Rare that it wouldn’t matter if Republicans won the Senate (and thus control of the whole Congress) unless they actually made real cuts to the size and scope of government.

As I wrote then, many politicians in the Republican Party talk a good talk. The problem is that—for most of them—it’s nothing but talk. So I predicted that a GOP Senate win would likely produce more of the same: irresponsible spending, aimless war, reckless, feckless government all around.

Almost six months into our new Congress, I’m gonna go ahead and say I was right—and a poll released today suggests most grassroots Republicans agree. Republican (and independent) support of GOP leaders in Congress has declined in the last few months:

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In fact, “Republicans (36%) are about as likely as Democrats (38%) or independents (38%) to say Congress is accomplishing less than they expected.” Also noteworthy: conservative Republicans are the angriest at Congress and showed the biggest shift in (dis)approval of GOP leadership since February.

So let that be a lesson to the Republican Party: some Pollyannaish conservatives may be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt for a month or two. But if you want small government types to stick around, you’re going to have to actually make the government smaller.

Conservatives Would Be Better Off If Harry Reid Still Ran The Senate

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The whole case for reelecting mediocre Republicans has been, “Sure, they stink, but do you want a Democrat in office? They’re the lesser of two evils.” That’s an argument I’ve used many times myself. However, what happens when it’s no longer true? What happens if conservatives realize that they would be better off RIGHT NOW if Harry Reid were still running the Senate?

Because we would be.

Instead of reflexively saying, “That’s ridiculous,” think about what happened during the last congressional cycle.

Democrats refused to compromise with Republicans on anything and the GOP was desperate to show its opposition to Barack Obama’s unpopular agenda; so Republicans had little incentive to vote for bad legislation. That led to complete gridlock. Now that might not be the ideal outcome, but conservatives believe that no legislation is preferable to bad legislation.

Instead we now have a situation in America where Democrats pass far left wing legislation when they’re in charge, nothing happens when Congress is split and Republicans pass moderately liberal legislation to show they can “get something done” when they’re in charge.

Just look at what has happened since Republicans took over the Senate after spending the entire campaign cycle promising that they would fight Obama tooth and nail.

* After swearing that they’d stop Obama’s illegal executive amnesty by blocking DHS funds, the GOP Leadership in the House and Senate caved and worked with the Democrats to fund Obama’s amnesty despite the fact that the majority of House Republicans opposed it. The promise to fight executive amnesty was as important as George W. Bush’s “Read my lips, no new taxes” pledge and the GOP didn’t even hold out for TWO MONTHS before it broke it.

* Despite the fact that they’ve PUBLICLY railed against Obama’s terrible nuke deal, Senate Republicans just voted to strip Congress of its ability to block Obama’s treaty with Iran. Publicly, they’re claiming that they’re holding Obama accountable, but in actuality, the bill they’re supporting will in effect allow him to do whatever he wants in Iran. Not only is it bad legislation that turns the Constitution on its ear, it’s insulting. They think everyone is so stupid that we can’t figure out what they’re doing.

* Even though Loretta Lynch said she agreed with Obama’s illegal executive orders, she couldn’t name any differences she had with Eric Holder, and she essentially said that she thought Obama had no limits under the law, she was confirmed as Attorney General with Republican votes.

* Republicans, including RAND PAUL – let me repeat that, RAND PAUL – are blocking an investigation that’s designed to kill fraudulent OBAMACARE subsidies to Congress. When even Rand Paul wants his fraudulent Obamacare subsidy more than he wants to protect the taxpayers, it doesn’t bode well for the country.

* The GOP is about to shove through a secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Not only have the details of the trade deal been withheld from the public (Remember how well it worked out the last time we had to “pass a bill to see what’s in it?”), but what we do know about it is disturbing. According to Jeff Sessions, it limits the power of Congress to amend all international trade agreements during the deal, it allows the President to change the deal after the fact without the approval of Congress and it is likely to massively increase the number of foreign workers coming into the U.S. Perhaps worst of all, it would provide a backdoor method to limit American sovereignty because a signed treaty supersedes American law. In effect, it gives the President the power to adopt certain foreign laws related to the trade agreement without getting the approval of Congress. This bill is a Frankenstein’s monster waiting to happen and the Republican Party is working with Obama in secret to bring it to life.

* If the Supreme Court kills the Obamacare subsidies (which is entirely possible), it will in effect kill Obamacare. Without the subsidies, the whole program will collapse. Instead of saying, “We didn’t vote for it and we told you it was unconstitutional from day 1,” Republicans are openly acknowledging that they plan to save Obamacare. After all these phony promises to repeal Obamacare, after all these votes, after all the polls showing that it’s unpopular, the GOP Leadership wants to buy into Obamacare so Americans can now blame BOTH PARTIES for the disastrous legislation.

Everything the Republicans have done since they won in November has been one long “Screw you” to the people who voted for them. They’re like a 0-16 football team that gets angry with their fans for failing to appreciate how wonderful they are despite the fact that they lose every game.

We live in a Bizarro world where the Republican politicians don’t work for the voters who put them in office. In the real world, the GOP Leadership in Congress along with most of the Republicans in the Senate work for whatever lobbyist is willing to give them the most money while the voters are treated like THEIR employees. They’re for sale and the voters have been sold out because our pockets aren’t deep enough to compete with the people giving them campaign contributions.

Well, in 2016 there will be an awful lot of Republican senators up for reelection and they’re certainly not going to have much of a record to brag about. Couple that with the fact that even the French in WWII put up a bigger fight than John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican “leadership” have so far and there’s really not going to be much of a reason for conservatives to vote for Republican senators. In fact, the only thing they ever seem to be able to offer is that, “Well, it’s better to have us in charge than the Democrats.” What happens if people realize that’s not even true anymore?

A Letter to the GOP Establishment from ‘We the People’

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Considering recent developments on the political landscape, I thought it was high time I wrote to our House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader. Just thought I’d run it by my readers before I sent it off…  Erik Rush

April 27, 2015

To:      The Hon. John A. Boehner, Speaker, United States House of Representatives

The Hon. Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr., Majority Leader, United States Senate

From: We The People of the United States of America

Re:       The ongoing treason against the Republic of the United States of America by the standing administration and its surrogates, and the failure of Congress to carry out its duty to prosecute same.


Last Thursday afternoon, Americans learned that the Senate had confirmed Loretta Lynch as the new Attorney General by a vote of 56-43. As reported, much to the disgust of conservative Republicans and other liberty-loving citizens, we also learned that ten Republican senators joined Senate Democrats in approving her nomination.


One notes that Senate Majority Leader McConnell was among the defectors, and that these ten individuals are the most prominent among those whom American conservatives and libertarians typically reference as “RINOs” (Republican In Name Only).

Every vote that has passed the Senate since January of this year – when Republicans supposedly took control of that body – has passed with at least 93 percent of support from Democrats, and former Majority Leader Harry Reid has been singing the current Majority Leader’s praises for bipartisan cooperation. This of course indicates that Majority Leader McConnell is an abject invertebrate, or he is being complicit in the designs of the former majority. Lest we leave you out, Mr. Speaker, your actions to date have been no less reprehensible in perfidiously compromising your conservative colleagues and the party base.

At this juncture gentlemen, the question is this: Do you gutless, quivering reproductive orifices plan to wait until Barack Hussein Obama declares himself Emperor For Life before you cease treating him and his cabal of Marxists, Islamists and sundry America-hating radicals as your garden variety Democrat administration? This is assuming that you are not simply willing accomplices in this subjugation of the Republic by this administration and the ever-widening array of human vermin who have maneuvered our nation to this point over many decades.

In addition to being inherently corrupt in the political sense (as has been revealed over the course of her confirmation process), Loretta Lynch, like her predecessor Eric Holder, is a black nationalist in the spirit of the Black Panther Party and other subversive 1960s radical groups. The worldview they hold has been one in common with nearly all of the President’s political appointees, regardless of race.

Individuals of this caliber and character are obviously unacceptable as public servants, but public apathy, notions of political correctness, and the duplicity of people such as yourselves have increasingly facilitated the insinuation of these miscreants into our government.


Despite the complicity of the establishment press in concealing untold amounts of damning information about Mr. Obama and his accomplices from the American people, they are unquestionably the most treacherous creatures ever to slither through the corridors of power in Washington. Their actions only confirm this charge.

As educated men who have worked in government since the Cretaceous Period, you must be aware that within the scope of the Constitution of the United States of America, Mr. Obama and members of his cabinet both past and present are undeniably guilty of treason against the United States. This is not something one can rationalize into a more acceptable contemporary concept for the sake of public consumption. Deeds have been done, and policies executed by the Obama administration and members of Congress at the behest of the White House that are clearly treasonable.

You are familiar with the standing penalties for treason gentlemen, are you not?

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason:

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

There is a vast difference between being an archetype of the self-serving, corrupt political prostitute, and being a traitor to this nation. To which will you lay claim? Bear in mind that your choices are limited to these two, since you clearly gave up the claim to being statesman and servants of the American people a long time ago.


We’re well aware that the establishment press, being ideologically kindred with the Obama cabal, are not going to perform their ostensible function and bring these issues to light, but neither will they be the first held accountable for the persistent inaction against criminal deceptions and conspiracies currently under weigh at the highest levels of our government.

It is the supposed political opposition to this cabal, the Republican leadership, that will be the first held accountable when the obscenity that is the Obama administration is finally seen for what it is. That would be you, gentlemen, among others.

And the Obama administration will be seen for what it is; the only question is whether the people of this great nation will still be in a position to pursue justice, or completely under the yoke of totalitarianism, when this occurs.

If you incomprehensibly craven, purulent secretions continue to do nothing, hoping to escape a reckoning due to your august positions, or through glib testimony at some later time, until this criminal White House initiates its end game, then you had damn well better hope this administration prevails.

Because if you and your allies in the Republican leadership remain in this state of quiescence (whether due to complicity or cowardice), and the enemies of the Republic do not prevail, then We The People shall immensely enjoy seeing both of you gentlemen hang with them.


And by “hang,” we do mean quite literally.


We The People of the United States of America

from Instigator News



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By Jack Coleman

Prompted by a listener’s call, Rush Limbaugh made what initially sounds exceedingly unlikely come across instead as still unlikely but not beyond the realm of possibility.

The listener’s question — even though the 22nd Amendment prevents President Obama from seeking a third term, what if he decided to remain in office after January 2017?

Limbaugh outlined an intriguing hypothetical on his radio show Friday (audio) —

Let’s put this in a scenario, because some of you might be thinking, all right, Rush, now this is, we’re going too far now. I mean, now all you guys thinking Obama’s doing this and that and he’s violating the Constitution, but he would never — well, let’s construct a scenario and see if it has even the slightest bit of believability. And let’s establish some things that we know to be true that Obama also knows and chief among those is that the Republican Party has said that impeachment is off the table, and more than once they’ve said this. The Republican Party has made it clear that they will not use that constitutional measure as a means of reining Obama in and maybe even getting him out of office.

They have also made it very clear in just the most recent vote on the funding for Department of Homeland Security that they will not use the power of the purse to stop Obama. OK, so those two realities equal Obama fully aware the Republican Party will take no steps to stop him in his ongoing violations, and running up to the edges, of the Constitution.

Now let’s fast-forward to, say, May, June of 2016. Let’s say that Mrs. Clinton has withstood all of this email stuff, Elizabeth Warren has not gotten in the race, that Al Gore took the temperature and decided not to go, that it’s just Mrs. Clinton and Joe Biden. On the other side, the Republican field has a great list of possible candidates and they will have by that time engaged in a vigorous debate which may have served to educate the country on the foibles and the problems of the past eight years and the country may be looking forward to a dramatic change to Republican in the election of 2016. Obama fully aware of this would go on television and say that the Democrat field is so weak that he’s not confident that Mrs. Clinton can win. He might even take steps to get her to, you know, to make sure she can’t win, you know, sabotage her campaign, and then call a national speech to the nation in which his main point is that it’s beginning to look like the Republicans will win the White House and this is something that he can’t risk — not after eight courageous years of transforming America, we just can’t put it all to risk of being unraveled and undone by these racist, sexist, misogynist, whatever else Republicans.

And so as a service to the nation and to his accomplishments he is going to forget the 22nd Amendment and either not leave office or run for re-election himself as the Democrat nominee. Just imagine that scenario — I don’t care how unreal it sounds, how unbelievable is sounds — imagine it. What would anybody do? What would Mitch McConnell do? What would John Boehner do? Mark Levin would have a heart attack, I would probably have an aneurysm, we’d be done (laughs). What would anybody do?! The Supreme Court would say, nobody has standing here, there’s no case yet, Obama hasn’t done anything yet. We can’t do anything about this until he actually serves a third term and then you’ve got to bring a case to us.

What would anybody do if he says this? The media would be cheering it. Put all this in the mix. This guy’s out there thinking about this. It’s hard to believe, it’s so unlikely, but don’t think — Obama’s planning on staying in Washington part of the time, he’s got a plan to continue to live in Washington after he has left office for that exact reason. Whoever the next president, Republican or Democrat, if that next president starts to unravel any of this, Obama’s on television every night, he knows he’s going to have the media in his back pocket, and whoever the next president is is not going to get away with anything without a huge fight from Obama.

What would the Republicans do? I think the odds are the Republicans might call an emergency constitutional convention and amend the 22nd Amendment, permitting Obama to do this, because their fear of being critical of Obama would destroy their chances of winning with the independents.

Limbaugh’s being deliberately provocative, to be sure, and the scenario he describes remains difficult to envision.

First of all, GOP leadership declaring impeachment off the table is based on the assumption that Obama leaves office at the end of his second term. No other situation would so immediately galvanize and unite Republicans as that of Obama announcing plans to remain in the White House indefinitely. Articles of impeachment would be drafted the same hour as Obama’s announcement, the previous assurances of McConnell and Boehner against impeachment having been rendered null and void.

As for who would stop Obama if he decided to run for a third term (as opposed to refusing to leave office), a specific group of elected officials comes to mind — state secretaries of state, especially Republicans, who would cite the clear wording of the 22nd Amendment and refuse to put Obama’s name on the ballot, depriving him of the legitimacy that would come from winning an election.

Obama remaining in Washington after he leaves office would break a century of precedent — the last president who did this was Woodrow Wilson while on his deathbed. The Obamas have said they will stay in the capital at least until their younger daughter finishes high school — but would they also shun their many handmaidens in the media? That’s even more unlikely than the scenario painted by Limbaugh.

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