Understandable Change For This State Senator *Open Thread*


This week is bringing all kinds of unwelcome news. We have a travel warning from the State Department for US citizens traveling, well, EVERYWHERE. You have the Defense Department expanding its investigation into an issue about which I wrote late this summer: intelligence analysts complaining the intel was being cooked about ISIS. Apparently, it is worse than we already thought, and so bad even the New York Times is reporting on it.

And speaking of ISIS, it is pretty bad when a top, longtime Democratic Senator who is also the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, has this to say about our ISIS Strategy:

Just to be clear, Sen. Feinstein asserted that things are worse with ISIS, not better, as a result of Obama’s strategies (such as they are – that was my editorial snark there).

Then there is Obama releasing over two thousand – yes, two thousand plus – regulations before Thanksgiving that will end up costing us a BUNDLE of money. From the Daily Caller:

While millions of Americans prepare to stuff themselves with Turkey and pie, the Obama administration quietly released its plans for 2,224 federal rules Friday — a preview of just how many more regulations the president is attempting to issue before he leaves office.

President Barack Obama’s Unified Agenda for Fall 2015 is his administration’s regulatory road map and lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Obama has developed a habit of releasing the agenda late on Friday before a major holiday.

Indeed, Obama’s Spring 2015 agenda detailing the status of more than 2,300 regulations was released the eve of Memorial Day weekend. Obama’s Fall 2014 agenda featuring more than 3,400 regulations was also released the Friday before Thanksgiving.

While Obama’s latest release features fewer regulations than the last two, it shows the administration is determined to churn out as many rules as it can before the end of 2016. This includes major energy and environmental regulations coming down the pipe, like new rules for coal mines and rules banning common pesticides. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And the cost of all of Obama’s regulations he has handed down just this year? That would be (at least) $183 BILLION. Awesome.

I could go on and on and on, and that would just be for this week alone. But I am sure you get the point. Please do feel free to add stories that are resonating with you as excellent reasons for the point of this post: Making a change.

The person making the change is Arizona State Senator, Carlyle Begay, a Navaho (Dine) Indian. And what is Sen. Begay changing? His party, from Democrat to Republican. Here are Sen. Begay’s reasons for making this big change:

Wow, right? Pretty powerful video, I think, and his explanation for why he is switching speaks volumes. BizPacReview has more:

[…] Begay told The Arizona Republic Monday that his crucial vote crossing party lines to pass the current-year budget was his “tipping point.” After that vote, state Democrats barred him from using caucus resources such as issuing news releases.

“I was being isolated because I was fighting for people to have a voice,” Begay said. Welcomed by U.S. senators John McCain and Jeff Flake and many of the state’s GOP leaders, he told reporters at a news conference, “I want to help the Republican Party build a bridge with those who need and want a chance with those who can provide that chance.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Sen. Begay received a lot of support via Twitter for his change in party. You can click here to see some of them.

I am sure this kind of defection, and the rationale for the defection, is just a tad unnerving for the Democrats.

A change is coming, I think. I hope so, anyway. This President has been an unmitigated disaster for this nation on a host of levels. From his thousands and thousands and thousands of regulations EACH year to his unwillingness to listen to what is going on with ISIS, or his “strategy” regarding ISIS, to the current unemployment problems in this country and the stagnation in jobs created that has resulted thanks to the disaster that is Obamacare, and on and on I could go, this country needs a sea change.

I hope 2016 marks such a change.

How about you? What is on your minds today? Other examples of Obama’s failed policies are welcome, or whatever else is on your minds. This is an Open Thread.


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36 Responses to “Understandable Change For This State Senator *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I applaud State Senator Begay for changing parties in order to help those he represents. How short-sited and foolish of the Democrat Party to bar him from using caucus resources such as issuing news releases. If that was the “tipping” point, they are the fools that tipped him.

    Their actions also say a lot about the men and women of the Democrat party in Arizona’s state Senate. They punished a man for voting his conscience and not voting along party lines. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were more people of character that did that?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Indeed, Marge, it does say a lot abt those in the Democrat party both in AZ, and in Congress. Too, too often we have seen them vote Party before Conscience or Country, leading us to where we are today.

      Good on Begay for having the strength of his convictions to make this change. I wish him well in his work for his people, and the people of AZ.

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Republicans hold an edge in 2016 elections

    By Josh Kraushaar

    The Demo­crats’ hopes of hold­ing the White House rest on: a) re­mo­bil­iz­ing the Obama co­ali­tion of mil­len­ni­als, single wo­men, and non­white voters; and b) hop­ing that Re­pub­lic­ans nom­in­ate someone out­side the main­stream, like Don­ald Trump.

    In short: If the Re­pub­lic­an Party doesn’t split in two—which is a dis­tinct pos­sib­il­ity if Trump is either nom­in­ated or runs as a third-party can­did­ate—Re­pub­lic­ans have a clear ad­vant­age. In the last two midterm elec­tions, des­pite the di­vis­ive fights between the es­tab­lish­ment and tea-party wings of the GOP, Re­pub­lic­ans still won back the House and Sen­ate in de­cis­ive fash­ion.


    I have been doing battle for months with the “Trumpkins” over at NQ. Today one told me she was insulted that I called her a Trumpkin. I’m insulted that she’s fool enough to support him.

    They also don’t like it when I point out that they act just like Obots in their willingness to forgive, forget, or ignore every lie, distortion, imbecilic or nasty thing he says.

    They also ignore the Donald’s thin-skin and narcissistic Obama like qualities. But boy howdy they sure condemned the Obots plenty for the same behavior. It’s mystifying and horrifying.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I agree completely – if Trump isn’t the nominee, and doesn’t let his petulant toddler ego get in the way and run third party, I would be shocked if the Reps don’t win, especially with a Rubio or Cruz ticket.

      As for the “Trumpkins,” love the name! And you said it – it is offensive that people are supporting someone who constantly spews lies, who calls people names left and right, engages in character assassinations, and more. A while back, someone in political group on Facebook was SHOCKED that I said I would NOT vote for Trump if he was the nominee. She asserted I would be handing the election to Hillary. I said, “no, people who nominated Trump would be handing it to Hillary.” I went on to detail how he is completely unworthy of the office he seeks because of his behavior, his rhetoric, and more. I don’t think she was amused, but I am serious. I will not vote for him. Nope. No way.

      I could not agree more that Trump’s supporters are EXACTLY like Obama’s supporters. EXACTLY. In every way, shape and form, for supporting someone like him.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        If Trump doesn’t win the nomination and runs 3rd Party then he and his crazy supporters, the aforementioned “Trumpkins” will have handed the White House to the Clinton’s. I can hold my nose and vote for some people I don’t “like” much but Trump isn’t one of them. To me he is little better than Hillary.

        I also won’t vote for Bush, ditto Hillary lite.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Perfect, absolutely perfect!

      Along those lines, did you see that the new Canadian PM, Trudeau, is going to let in 25,000 Syrian “refugees” against the wishes of HIS people?? One of my first thoughts was that they were finding a way to bring these unvetted people over here one way or the other. Heaven forfend that one of them is a terrorist and attacks Canada and/or the USA, but if they do, Trudeau is singularly responsible for it.

      Here’s the link: http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/11/canadas-government-plans-to-accept-syrian-refugees/

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I heard that Trudeau is Canada’s Obama. Looks like that was right. Another “Leader” that doesn’t care what his people want so long as he can follow his liberal agenda. Evidently it wasn’t his race but his good looks that caused many to vote for him.

        I would say that the Canadians have voted the wind and now must reap the whirlwind. Trouble is, now we have another border to worry about. Because Canada’s “Obama” won’t think to keep the “refugees” he lets in on his side of the border and we know our useless POS POTUS won’t.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          That’s what I have seen too, Marge – you would think after all the crap Obama has wreaked on our country they would have gotten the damn clue.

          And yes – that is exactly it – he is going to let in these people and now we have to worry more abt the Canadian border. WOW.

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    If I fly this Holiday season,
    I will take my trusty Broom. 😀


  6. foxyladi14 Says:

    love this comment. 🙂

    ” if our president has declared America unsafe, shouldn’t we close our border to all the vulnerable women and children we’re now allowing in from our south? I mean isn’t that the humane, decent and, most importantly, politically correct thing to do?”

  7. foxyladi14 Says:



  8. foxyladi14 Says:

    Putin might just cook this turkey!!!! 😦

  9. mcnorman Says:


  10. A. L. Luttrell Says:

    Reblogged this on Arlin Report.

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Jennifer Griffin is reporting that Russia was warned numerous times before their plane was shot down, and Russia continued. She also said the US was listening in since it was an open channel: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/24/turkish-f-16-shoots-down-russian-fighter-jet-near-syria-border/

    So it seems it is a little more complicated than it first appeared to be.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      It also appears that the report of pilots shot while parachuting was not true.

      But the fact is that the Russian plane was in Turkey’s airspace for only a matter of seconds. And the Russian plane was targeting oil trucks carrying ISIS oil. And we, meaning the Obama Administration, are backing Turkey which is helping ISIS against Russia that is bombing ISIS. Confusing? I know I’m trying to make some sense of it but all I can really wrap my head around is the fact that the world is a seriously more dangerous place than it was before Turkey shot down a Russian plane.

      First, Russia cannot let this stand without suffering from a loss of prestige and an appearance of strength.

      Second, Turkey is a NATO country so the west is more or less obligated to defend them. Obama is all ready talking that the USA must defend Turkey. This is truly frightening.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Indeed, Marge – this is so much more complicated than first reported, and with so many more moving parts than first thought.

        As I was reading your comment, it was making my head spin. Ugh.

        “Truly frightening” is exactly right. Yikes…

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