The Week Begins… *Open Thread*

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Amy here. KenoshaMarge has given us another excellent piece for which I am grateful since we ended up in some travel hell returning from our amazing vacation (photos to follow beginning on Tuesday). Thanks so much for this, Marge!

Here it is Monday again and the world looks no better than it did on Friday. Actually the world itself, with many parts dressed in fiery fall colors, is a thing of beauty as always. It’s the people that infest it that are ugly.

That’s not to say there aren’t a lot of good and decent people. They just seem to not enter politics or journalism, for the most part, and they seem to say little or nothing as loudmouth liars in politics and media destroy all that we hold dear.

Many citizens are too concerned with the day to day problems of keeping a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs and food on the table. Others, the potted plant people, the race voters, and the vagina voters have one issue and they vote accordingly. Is the candidate the right color? Is the candidate the right gender? And last but far from least, does the candidate promise enough free stuff?

I confess I have voted for people when the only way I could do it was to hold my nose and tell myself the alternative was worse. But never, not once, did I cast a vote because of race, gender or the promise of freebies. Unlike the greedy-needy, I know that the government has nothing. It only has what it’s taken from someone else.

I have no problem with taxes. I do have a problem when nearly half of the people in this country don’t pay any federal taxes. When the poor only take and don’t contribute they stop being citizens that need help and have become parasites that suck the life out of those that do pay and do work.

These are the things that I’m thinking on this sunny Monday morning. The following are the things I’ve read thus far today:

Gowdy: New Benghazi Emails Show “Disconnect” With Washington

A U.S. ambassador in a dangerous country asks the State Department for more security. Washington sends the ambassador a request for advice on talking points. Maybe, the ambassador jokes, he should seek help from another country.

But the escalating situation on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 was no joke, and on Sept. 11, the ambassador, Chris Stevens, was dead along with three other Americans. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of a panel investigating the terrorist attacks there, is describing Stevens’ pleas, and Washington’s response, as a “total disconnect” that left the U.S. consulate vulnerable to attack. (Click here to read the rest at Real Clear Politics.)

Gowdy was obviously out doing damage control but I’m not sure that matters. The media is pushing the “get Hillary” narrative and the potted plant voters will never know different.

Next up:

Judd Gregg: The problems with progressives

This presidency has built itself around a few core elements of the progressive cause.

One such element involves developing a culture where class identity, and the envy it inherently infuses, is the driver of policy.

We are not one country, in this view. Progressives have no sense that the United States has created one people out of citizens with many disparate roots.

Instead they see a country divided — and one that needs to be further divided — by race, wealth, education, geography and identity.  The American dream has been redefined according to the European experience of class confrontation.

It is of course ironic that the progressive movement seeks this goal, since most people who arrived here came as immigrants seeking to escape the concept of class. For most of America’s history, we have sought mobility, not class confrontation, as a keystone of our way of life. (Click here to read the rest at The Hill.)

The problem with all these facts and all the logic is that many/most Dem voters don’t know the facts and don’t care to learn. They hear “get the rich bastards and you’ll get more free stuff from Uncle Sam and they’re sold. Votes based on greed and envy. Nice.

Then there is this good piece from Roger Kimball:

 Why The Left Hates Freedom  

If you have freedom, you will also have inequality.

Ponder this passage of stately prose:

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. From the protection of different and unequal faculties of acquiring property, the possession of different degrees and kinds of property immediately results; and from the influence of these on the sentiments and views of the respective proprietors, ensues a division of the society into different interests and parties.

That, of course, is James Madison, from Federalist 10 [1], where he dilates on the origin of “faction” — its causes, he observes, are “sown in the nature of man” —  and argues for a large republic (as distinct from a pure democracy) as the best prophylactic against the evil potential of conflicting interests, not least of which evils is the tyranny of the majority.

But let me return to the famous passage I quoted: “The protection of these faculties,” Madison wrote, “is the first object of government.”

Question: is it the first object of our government, the government of Barack Obama? Would it be the first object of a government presided over by, say, Hillary Clinton (who, in case you didn’t notice, is a woman)? How about a government presided over by Bernie Sanders, who is not a woman but makes up for it by being a lunatic. (Click here to read the rest from PJMedia.)

Would a public that is less than happy with the two terms of Obama’s presidency really vote for another 4 years of the same under an old white woman? He had least had his race going for him, and for many it was/is enough. Are there enough vagina voters for Hillary? Are there enough lunatics for Bernie? 

Finally, this piece in Townhall by Kurt Schlichter:

Can Any Republican Defeat Ancient Socialist Crone Hillary Clinton?

It’s pretty clear that Hillary is going to be the nominee of the Party of Elderly Socialist White People. Bernie Sanders isn’t serious about taking her out and taking the lead – he’s only interested in yelling at rich people and telling them to get the hell off their own lawns.

Biden may or may not run, but the Democrat elite heaved a huge sigh of relief when Hillary didn’t whiff any of the softballs at the debate and stood towering over the midgets. That the likes of Lincoln Chaffee failed to show her up was probably enough to quell the growing unease that this empty pantsuit, whose greatest achievement is enduring the decades of humiliation heaped upon her by her satyr husband, can’t pull it off. It leaves little opportunity for the Warm Bucket of Spit from Delaware to stumble in and save the day. The Dems are nominating Hillary and whoever the focus groups pick as her vice-president.

The Republicans, however, have become the Party of Hyphenation. We have black-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, woman-Americans and, thanks to Donald Trump, oaf-Americans. The bottom line is that the GOP is going to nominate a ticket that looks a lot like the same people Hillary was counting on to elect her. (Click here to read the rest.)

Will it really matter if Biden gets in? Does one more old white guy make a difference? Even if the old white guy is a VP? Or maybe especially if the old white guy is the VP of the not so popular Obama Administration. The question should be, “are you better off than you were 8 years ago? If not, why in hell would you vote for a Democrat?” 

That’s me. What are you all up to?

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15 Responses to “The Week Begins… *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Ruh roh – wonder what they will do about this now? And not like we didn’t already know this: http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/25/trey-gowdy-hillary-clinton-lied-under-oath-at-benghazi-committee-hearing-video/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The Dems are too busy taking victory laps about the hearing to know, or care about her lies. Those that excuse her behavior are as bad as she is. And I’m glad to see that Trey Gowdy is still fighting the good fight. The left is doing their best to destroy him because he’s an honest man that can’t be bought.

      I usually DVR the Fox Report on Sunday night because I like Harris Faulkner and because I like to watch the “Political Insiders”. Make that past tense. I had thought that in spite of the fact that Doug Schoen was a Clinton supporter and former pollster for Bubba that he was a relatively good man. Make that past tense. He was so giddy over Hillary’s perceived wins that he could barely stop grinning like and idiot. He knows that she’s a liar and he just doesn’t care. He still want her to be president. What kind of a man is he? I am way past disgusted with this kind of behavior.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You are so right, Marge – that is precisely what they are doing. They set a pretty low bar – don’t make a talking point gaffe – and are now claiming VICTORY as a result of her slowing down her speech tremendously to appear even keeled. WOW.

        No doubt they are going after Gowdy and big time, too. They want to DESTROY him the way they do anyone who gets in their way. It is despicable to treat this good and honest man like this.

        UGH abt Schoen. I had thought he was at least a decent fellow, too.

        Yep – the Dems have set a low bar for their frontrunner indeed…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary Clinton Is Finally Inevitable, And That’s Bad News For Democrats

    By Robert Trancinski

    Yesterday’s Benghazi hearing is being hailed by the mainstream media as a triumph for Hillary Clinton. But then again, what choice do they have? If she is the inevitable Democratic nominee, then it’s TINA time: There Is No Alternative. So they had their narrative planned in advance.

    But there are two new things we’ve gotten out of this hearing that indicate why she’s going to be a vulnerable candidate in the general election.

    First, it underscored the degree to which she was primarily responsible for pushing the U.S. into the war in Libya — and that she did so with no plan for what to do afterward. Haven’t Democrats just finished a decade of blaming everything on George W. Bush because he did the same?

    But the big news from yesterday’s hearing is that she knew all along that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack by an al-Qaeda affiliate, not a spontaneous demonstration about a YouTube video. Three e-mails unveiled by the Benghazi investigation — one to her daughter and two that are notes of her phone conversations with the leaders of Libya and Egypt — show that she knew and acknowledged the truth in private while at the same time she was telling a different story to the American people. Yet all her responses to this sort of question can be summed up in the ultimate Hillary Clinton meme: the real-life “shruggie.”

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/10/23/hillary-clinton-is-finally-inevitable-and-thats-bad-news-for-democrats/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is only bad news for the Dems if the Reps hammer away at this and don’t allow the MEDIA to wag this dog…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I think the fact that she’s dishonest and corrupt is all ready baked in the public brain. She may come back from it for now but it is going to haunt her. Unless the right continues with it’s insanity about Donald Trump. Then all bets are off it we may be punished for their idiocy with a President Hillary.

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Great post Marge, Thanks.
    She would be worse then Obama. 👿

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/clinton-i-will-go-as-far-as-i-can-even-beyond-obama-to-welcome-illegal-immigrants/article/2574879

  4. Myiq2xu Says:

    I hate Mondays.

    I don’t like Tuesdays and Wednesdays very much either.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – I hear you! 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I don’t know why I still hate Mondays – I’ve been retired for several years. Habit? Or is it just the knowledge that the same craziness is going to be there at the beginning of the week as was there when it ended? Crazy world without end. Damn, I depressed the hell out of myself. 😦

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        For me, I think it is knowing the craziness will still be there, with chances good it will be worse than the week before. 🙂

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Just got an email from Carly Fiorina that she will be live on Facebook at 4:00 pm EST if you want to ask her a question: https://www.facebook.com/CarlyFiorina

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    It’s all Oz now

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary: Relax, the VA Scandal Wasn’t a ‘Widespread’ Problem

    By Guy Benson

    Many in the news media may remain too infatuated with their “Hillary momentum!” narrative to pay this story much heed, but Republicans ought to clip this comment and pummel her with it:

    Clinton cautioned that “it’s not been as widespread as it has been made out to be” on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on Friday. The former first lady blamed Republicans for using the issue as part of an “ideological agenda” and said they want the VA to fail. “Now nobody would believe that from the coverage you see, and the constant berating of the VA that comes from the Republicans, in – in part in pursuit of this ideological agenda that they have,” Clinton said. “They try to create a downward spiral, don’t fund it to the extent that it needs to be funded, because they want it to fail, so then we can argue for privatization.”

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/10/26/hillary-relax-the-va-scandal-wasnt-a-widespread-problem-n2070919

    There really is no low too low for this witch to go is there?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Can you BELIEVE she said this?! If she wanted to alienate a whole bunch of veterans, I think she surely succeeded.

      GREAT Ramirez cartoon!

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