Welcome to Washington, DC – Now Get To Work! *Open Thread*

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Old and new Congresspeople are returning /going to Washington, DC, and many will be sworn in on Tuesday. And for the first time in some time, the balance has shifted with the entire Congress being controlled by Republicans. That alone should bring some fireworks.

But what about some of the new folks coming in? Chris Wallace had Col. Martha McSally from Tucson, AZ, and Major Lee Zeldin on his Sunday program. Being veterans sets them apart from the majority of their fellow representatives since only 20% of our elected officials have served in our military (according to Col. McSally). This was an informative interview, and gives me some hope for the next few years:

Both of these people seem to be clear on one point: they serve ALL the people, and will do their best to reflect the will of the people in their votes. I might add, they damn sure better, and that goes for the whole lot of them.

As a digression, I have to say, I am disappointed that someone like Wallace is perpetuating this false narrative about. Rep. Scalise. According to David Duke himself, Scalise did NOT speak at the EURO convention, but rather, spoke at a meeting in the morning. Fox News had the story:

Reports that Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking Republican in the House, gave a speech to a group connected with white supremacist David Duke in 2002 are not accurate, the man who organized the events said Wednesday.

Kenny Knight, a longtime political adviser to Duke, told The Times-Picayune of New Orleans that Scalise spoke at a meeting of the Jefferson Heights Civic Association, not affiliated with the European-American Unity and Rights conference that was held in the same Metairie hotel two-and-a-half hours before the white nationalist event started. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

But why let facts influence opinions, am I right? Ahem. Well, David Duke is not amused, and basically told Democrats and Republicans alike who are piling on to this false narrative that he has names he can reveal, and he ain’t afraid to do so, as BuzPacReciew.com highlights:

[…] Smerconish: You said this week if he’s (Scalise) is crucified, I think that was your word of choice, that you’re going to name names. What are we talking about

Duke: I would name names of any Democrat or rep….I know some Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives who tried, in fact urged me to support them…and in fact I did..

Smerconish. In other words you are saying there are members in Congress today who have relationships with you…

Duke: …have had relationships

Smerconish. But they have chose to keep it private and you honor that

Duke: and that’s fine and I respect somebody’s privacy

Smerconish: but you would call them out

Duke: I would call them out if they would ..hypocritical

Duke made it clear, though, that any attempt to expose the hypocrites will be made to set the record straight, not to cover for a friend. He and Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, he said, aren’t exactly mutual admirers.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

It is appalling that the media, once again, has created a story based on a non-event intended to disparage Republicans. Yet they cannot be bothered to do the MINIMUM fact-finding before blowing up someone’s reputation. It is abhorrent.

But I digress. With the new Congress also comes questions about Leadership, and Boehner’s is in serious question. A number of Republicans plan to vote against him, and some are throwing their hat in the ring, like Rep. Louis Gohmert from Texas. Even if Boehner survives his challengers, I hope this is a major wake up call to him that people are NOT happy with the way he has been running things. We’ll see, I reckon.

But one thing is clear: things need to change. The way Washington, DC has worked, or rather, hasn’t, cannot continue. We are, as Professor Os Guinness claims, less free now, and that cannot stand. From the Daily Caller:

[…] As a Brit living in the U.S. for some 30 years, he says “America is adrift,” and is on the brink of “squandering its great heritage” and “becoming less free.”

Yet, we are at what he calls in this exclusive Daily Caller interview, an “extraordinary hinge moment” of likely western decline, needing more citizens to stand up for what’s right before we fall.

Guinness calls for a “Jewish/Christian Grand Vision” that embraces humanity, freedom, dignity and community to counter the radical “no givens, no rules and no limits” path progressives are leading America down. The liberal or progressive path leads to “psychological confusion, and worse still, civil chaos,” the author says.

The author ends this interview with an urgent call for statesmen and activists who have a sense of history.

Instead, he says we have ignorant leaders with myopia when it comes to knowing the past, the world or seeing the future. Few of those he asks when he speaks around the country can name such a leader, like the great Winston Churchill Guinness met as a teenager. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

No kidding. It seems a lack of historical perspective is rampant, and I think we are seeing the ramifications of that now. One need only look at the current outrage made manifest in protests/riots (h/t Facebook friend) continuing over false narratives by those in the highest levels of government regarding police officers.

It’s a new Congress starting tomorrow. Let’s hope this one actually works FOR us as opposed to AGAINST us.

This is an Open Thread.

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34 Responses to “Welcome to Washington, DC – Now Get To Work! *Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    I can hear the progs mashing their teeth today. Vox and other leftys will stay up all night to diss. the GOP governors especially my governor, Scott Walker who started his day with a prayer breakfast.
    Snippet of interview
    ““My ability to be even potentially a viable candidate is almost solely driven by how well we do in the state. If the state’s not doing well, I’m nothing — no possibility of being a candidate,” Governor Walker said.”

    http://fox6now.com/2015/01/04/governor-scott-walker-to-be-sworn-in-for-second-term-as-wisconsins-45th-governor-monday/

    Also

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/governors-inaugural-celebration-plans-by-state/2015/01/03/b2feceb6-935e-11e4-a66f-0ca5037a597d_story.html

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That mindset evidenced by Gov. Walker is so foreign to most of these people: if his people are not thriving, he should be held accountable. It is such a simple concept, yet it is one that has become so diluted and “quaint.” There is NO accountability or responsibility for actions, or lack thereof, among these folks – it is all someone else’s fault, so yeah – they will have to attack Gov. Walker for that one.

      Thanks for the links, piper!

  2. piper Says:

    A bit off topic but you all know how crazy I’m about the weather.
    Sun is out today, few clouds and a tropical glow-bull temp of -6*F. Plans for today a facial, snow removal of several inches then hibernation under a down comforter.
    Stay warm my friends!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH – that makes me cold just READING the number!! Um, you don’t want to know what it is here, I reckon.

      Hey, you could probably get a free derma abrasion just by standing outside! Aren’t I helpful? 😀

      I think the rest of your plan for the day sounds perfect! Maybe throw some hot chocolate or tea or something into that mix!

      • piper Says:

        Amy,
        Thanks for keeping mmmmm on the temps down there. I knew that winter would finally arrive and was prepared for a dusting and temps in the 20’s but this is more like Minnesota where I lived for 30 years. Before that slushy Detroit.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      Indeed Piper, Now we get Winter. 😦

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Bright sunny day down here in my little corner of Wisconsin. – 6 here also. Brrrr

      We got most of the snow removed yesterday – sadly the snow was too wet and heavy for all the neighborhood boys to play with their toys. They were forced to actually shovel snow. The indignity of it all.

      Even the boy next door , the one with the bald head and wrinkles, he who has the biggest toy, a two cycle machine that sounds like a 747 is coming down the sidewalk, couldn’t make his giant toy work. A two cycle like his has an auger, that screw turning thingy that scoops up the snow, both on the ground and in the chute that spits the snow out. Both augers kept clogging with the wet slush beneath the new snow.

      He had to relearn how to shovel snow. He complained with every shovel full of snow he lifted. Poor baby. s/

      I, wanting to be of help, came alone with my bucket of kitty litter to keep the sidewalks from being slippery. We all have to go our part.

      Right now my part is sitting in the dining room window with my latest James Rollins book, watching the birds in the feeder next to the window, and enjoying the solar power.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, my – those poor boys! Yeah, that wet, heavy snow crap is precisely why I moved back down South from Boston! Well, that and I grew weary of being both a Southerner AND a Yankees fan there. But I digress (again)…

        Sometimes, you just have to do it the old-fashioned way, right? And smart abt the kitty litter. I bet your neighbor eyed that trick with some envy!

        Yep, curling up with a good book and watching the birds sounds like the wise course on such a cold day!

        And Piper, I bet you feel like you jumped from the frying pan to the fire – wait – probably not the best analogy for today, huh? Anyway, yeah, leaving Minnesota weather only to discover it in Wisconsin has to be a tad tough!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I use kitty litter instead of salt most of the time to prevent slipping on slippery sidewalks. When I need to melt the ice I use the salt – reluctantly and sparingly. It is destructive to the environment. I suppose I’m silly when you think of the mountains of salt used on our highways but I have always believed in doing what I could where I could under the feeling that if enough of us did a little it would add up to a lot.

          We also keep a bag in the trunk of the car to use under tires when needed for traction. It works very well. You can also take your floor mat our and put under tires for traction if needed. May not be good for floor mat but being stuck is not good either and a new floor mat is a heck of a lot cheaper than paying for a tow truck.

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    I really like Scott Walker,He would be a great POTUS. 🙂

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I think he would be, too. I don’t know if he could be elected, though, because he isn’t flashy. He is a man of substance, experience, and dedication. Unfortunately, these days, I am not sure that is enough. It’s just not “cool” apparently…

      • foxyladi14 Says:

        Tru Dat Ay and it breaks my heart.
        The country has a Pretty Boy image.
        All sizzle no Steak. 😡

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        That is the problem with today’s silly electorate, looking for flash instead of substance. Scott Walker has kept his cool during very trying times and not put a foot wrong. He doesn’t stick his foot in his mouth and while he is the darling of the conservatives he is actually rather moderate. Just the kind of a man who would make a very good president. Which is why, IMO he would never be elected.

        If voters would grow up and quit looking for the Messiah to move into the White House and look for a good manager we, and the country would be better off. But, again just MO, the media will never let that happen. He’s a Republican and like the media here in Wisconsin they will lie, spin and smear him every damn day if he runs. Only hope he, or any other Republican candidate has is that fewer people trust the media all the time.

        The media will try to make us think Hillary has the glitter and glamour to be POTUS, until they abandon her, they have never really liked her, for Lizzie Warren aka Fauxcahontus.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Well said, Marge. That is exactly right. The expectations of some of these people is just delusional…

          As for Walker and the media, you are spot on. Like when they dredged up some case that had already been decided – TWICE, if I recall correctly – simply to cast aspersions upon him. Just like they did with Scalise. It is truly appalling. He deserves better than that, as do we all. But no doubt, they will continue to manufacture or intentionally mislead abt him should it appear he is making headway.

          Just like they did with Palin, and she was only running for VP…

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            We deserve the truth from our news organizations. What we get is propaganda. Most people think MSNBC is the worst and they may be but they are also so over the top that they are laughable.

            For me the most dangerous of the alphabet soup channels is CBS. Many people still regard them as honest. Not for some times and certainly not with scumbag Scott Pelley in charge of the news. They lost one of the few decent people they had when Sharyl Attkinsson walked.

  4. foxyladi14 Says:

    We the people spoke loud and clear in November!!!
    All of them Congress Critters are on notice. 🙂

    • piper Says:

      Especially Boehner who I know walks a tight line but really needs to stop the crying and man up.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        They need to know that we’re watching them.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I LOVE the one abt Sharyl Attkisson! That is fantastic! And the one above is very good, too. Yes, we ARE watching them, and we will remember.

          We do deserve the truth, though it seems too many not only accept the propaganda, but WANT it. It is truly stunning to see…

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    I found this linl over at the CDH. Enjoy. 😀

    http://www.biography.com/people/winston-churchill-9248164

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    It is a Sunny day here. But it isn’t warming anything up.
    Just Smiling at us.
    No Snow yet but it is on the way. 🙂

    • piper Says:

      foxy,
      I trust you are keeping warm and have someone to do snow removal when it arrives. I still good with the shovel but am happy I finally got the snow blower working.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And the beat goes on: Josh Earnest weighed in on Scalise today as the voice of the White House implying how detrimental it would be to the GOP to keep someone like Scalise in power: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/228502-white-house-knocks-gop-over-scalise#.VKsI50I-MbE

    Never mind that it is trumped up, and downright false – the White House will use the set up by the media to their benefit to depict the GOP as a bunch of white racists. That’s how they roll…

    • piper Says:

      Sad to see all these false charges of racism, although I think most people are tired of this song and wanted Congress and Prez to work together for the betterment of this country not false issues which only brings us down. I hope that this experiment with a novice is never repeated in my life.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I sure hope so – it is getting to be just insane. They are literally making crap up, and acting as if it is true, getting all sanctimonious and holier-than-thou abt it. Just astonishing that people continue to believe this, but WORSE that elected officials are pushing this false narrative…

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Something to think about…

  9. piper Says:

    A must see – beauty in the winter. Harbin, China largest Ice and Snow Carnival
    Click out the pics at top of the screen.
    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-largest-ice-and-snow-carnival-underway-china-180953797/?no-ist

  10. piper Says:

    Last one – can’t put off shoveling any longer so I’ll leave you with Thomas Sowell’s thread on the equality racket and why the left needs a villain.
    “Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: “RICH BASTARDS.”
    Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality — that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves.”
    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2015/01/06/the-equality-racket-n1938854/page/full

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this. Sowell is such a smart, erudite man, isn’t he?

      Sorry abt the snow shoveling! Be careful out there…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Great article. Sowell never disappoints. Even when I don’t agree with him 100%, he’s more hawkish than I am, I always learn something from his pieces.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        No, he doesn’t disappoint Great piece.

        And I hear you – I am not hawkish either, but like Krauthammer, I marvel at the intellect and use od language.

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