AN OPEN LETTER TO MCCONNELL AND RYAN

 

Gentlemen:

 We know how you must feel.  The earth has shifted under your political feet.  The solid political principles that have guided your lives are in flux.  You are desperate to find a path to political safety in an uncertain populist environment.  Unfortunately, you are ill-equipped to deal with what is happening in America and your traditional instincts are leading you down the wrong path. 

 You have apparently decided that President Trump is an aberration.  Like campaign finance laws and earmark restrictions, this too shall pass.  But you ignore the populist movement at your own peril.  The voters’ being upset with the GOP status quo is not a passing fancy.  Ignoring the will of your constituents is not a formula for success.  You will not remain relevant to this country and its government so long as you continue to believe that the power you have accumulated is more important than the will of the people who granted you that power.

 How can you reconcile that, while the same people who put you in power want you to support the agenda of President Trump, you seem to believe that your solemn duty is to join the Democrats in obstructing Trump’s populist agenda? 

 What part of your promise to “repeal” Obamacare do you not understand?  Do you think we understood your promise to “repeal” Obamacare meant “tweak and improve”?  Or “prop up failing Obamacare”?  Or “fix the Obamanation constructed exclusively by the Democrats”?  Or “save Obamacare” so that the legacy of America’s worst President will be forever hailed as the progenitor of America’s new socialized medicine?  Do you think that we put you in Congress to salvage Obama’s takeover of America’s health care system?  Do you think we elected you to “Make Obamacare Great Again” or to “Make American Health Care Great Again”?  This is supposed to be a rhetorical question, but we are guessing that such a notion went well over your political noggins. 

 The usual suspects turn up as being RINO—pettifogging the public into believing that they are Republicans when in fact they are nothing more than Democrat wolves in Republican sheep’s clothing.  To avoid any ambiguity, let’s list the so-called Republican Senators who are standing in the way or the Trump agenda and who need to be subject to primary challenge and replaced.  If these people continue to be appropriate soldiers under the Republican banner, then the banner needs to be torn down.  To list only the most obvious (and not including the failed GOP Congressional leadership)—Rob Portman, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Lisa Murkowski, Thom Tillis and Susan Collins.  These Senators have no kinship with the Republican Party, no interest in their constituents, and no interest in making America great again.  Their only interest is in political self-preservation or self-aggrandizement.  The sooner they can be extirpated from the GOP the better.

 Please do not misunderstand the clear message that we are attempting to communicate to the GOP.  Your survival is dependent on your grasp of this concept.  Do what the American people are demanding that you do.  Stop putting interest groups’ interests in front of the interests of your constituents. We are not at all confident that you possess the intellect or intuition to understand the precarious nature of your position.   You are on the verge of becoming irrelevant—on the verge of being preplaced by the Tea Party.

 You are constantly asking for our political support.  Now it’s turn for us to ask—Will you do what you have promised, or forever desert your supporters?

 © 2017 

THEY HAVE SEWN THE WIND (OR, IF YOU PREFER, RIP GOP)

Now they are reaping the Whirlwind. The unbelievable shock of the GOP Establishment that there is voter pushback against their empty promises and feckless policies. “If we just had the House.” “If we just had the Senate.” “ If we just had the Presidency.” Time after time they have ignored the clear will of the people. Such hubris. Such arrogance. They can’t believe that GOP voters have finally had enough. But the voters are hellbent on taking their country back from career political hacks, from lobbyists, from Wall Street greed, from special interest groups, and from those anarchists who are committed to spreading chaos by allowing religious liberties to be trampled on, by disregarding immigration laws, by disregarding racially-motivated riots, by disregarding sanctuary cities, by ignoring or making excuses for radical Islam–all with a view to fundamentally changing the nature of our county and our culture.

Many of the Establishment folks have even taken to trying to undermine the candidacy of Trump–calling him unfit, unqualified, dangerous, lacking Presidential temperament, or at least, failing to whole-heartedly endorse him if they endorse him at all. It is obvious that most of these GOP traitors (some of whom are actually violating the pre-primary pledge they took to support the ultimate GOP nominee) are under the misapprehension that all they need to do is suffer through 4 years of Hillary until 2020 when they believe they will be able to run and support a more conventional, ultra-conservative, bought-and-paid-for candidate. Then they can go back to the rigged, crony, feckless governmental activity that has been so beneficial for them and so awful for the rest of us.

It is one thing to cut off one’s nose to spite one’s face–it is quite another thing to cut off one’s head to spite one’s body. Yet that is exactly what our conscience-stricken GOP turncoats are doing.

Here’s what they clearly do not understand. If Donald Trump does not win the Presidential election in 2016, the Republican Party will be effectively dead. Do they really think that millions and millions of Trump supporters and voters are going to take the Establishment’s rebuff of GOP primary results lying down? We think we know where they are going to go: Directly to a nationally unified and organized Tea Party. Not the sporadic, crop-up organization that you know today as the Tea Party–but rather one that will either swamp and supplant the GOP entirely or, at a minimum, take so many votes away from traditional, Establishment-types that the GOP will be lucky to win an occasional county dog-catcher’s race.

The false hope that these arrogant, know-it-all Republican Trump defectors are relying on is the notion that they can still manage to win enough down-ballot races to hang onto the Senate and the House. The only way that these misguided folks can reasonably expect to hold onto anything is if Donald Trump sweeps to victory (or the race is very competitive regardless who ultimately wins). Do they really think that, if Trump is getting clobbered, quite possibly as a direct result of the defections and/or outright attacks by these same Establishment gurus, Trump supporters are going to rush to the polls to vote for some down-ballot Senatorial or Congressional candidate? And to be perfectly blunt about it, unless Trump wins the White House, it really doesn’t matter to most Republican voters whether the GOP holds the Senate or the House. Why should they care? After all, the GOP has held the House since 2010 and the Senate since 2014, and what have the Party faithful got to show for it–bupkis. The Republicans in the Senate, and to a slightly lesser extent in the House, have done absolutely nothing to halt Obama’s assaults on the Constitution, or do anything other than appease their Democrat colleagues. In other words, while we thought we were electing Republicans, we have, effectively simply gotten more Democrats.

Additionally, if Hillary wins the White House and has the likely opportunity to pack the Supreme Court with more Progressive activists, it really won’t matter what majorities the Republicans might hold going forward.

So, in other words, the active Republican opponents of Trump are pursuing the only course that will ensure loss of the White House, loss of majorities in both the Senate and the House, politicizing of the Supreme Court for decades, and the probable, permanent destruction of the Republican Party. You’ve got to hand it to them–they are willing to unabashedly convey the message that they plainly are putting personal aggrandizement ahead of the well-being of the country. Let’s all give them a standing ovation for their candor.

© 2016

 

THE UNFOUNDED FATHERS

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This will be short and sweet because it is both simple and urgent. We have 140 days, give or take, to put matters right, or matters may never be right again.

We all know about the Founding Fathers, those great men from centuries gone by who created the wonderful Constitutional Republic that has become a superpower, a global force for good, the creator of a protracted era of global peace (the “Pax Americana”), and, without question, the greatest, most-benevolent, and generous nation the world has ever known.

The Founding Fathers were legitimately concerned about the prospect of “Unfounded Fathers” (though they didn’t call them that), who, in spite of all of the checks and balances built into our form of government by the Founding Fathers, would become so corrupt as to cause our democratic fabric to come unwoven. While the Founding Fathers were concerned, they had to believe that it was unlikely that their carefully crafted checks and balances would be rent asunder, because that result could only occur if the people voted into office representatives of incredible greed, ego, self-interest, narrow-mindedness, stupidity, and lack of regard for the will of the voters and the general well-being of the country.

Well friends, the day of reckoning, the day the Founding Fathers hoped would never come, is upon us. The “Unfounded Fathers” are among us, suffused in Beltway ignorance and arrogance, egomania and self-centeredness, greed and narrow-mindedness, incredible hubris, and disregard for the country and its citizens.

And we are not here to castigate Congressional Democrats, or even the Democrat-in-Chief in the White House–those folks have always exhibited the character and other failings set forth above. No, concerned citizens and conservatives, the “Unfounded Fathers” are here and bent on destruction generally of the nation’s political balance of power and destruction specifically of the Republican Party. It is with much angst and considerable sadness that we have been set upon by the enemy within–current members of the Republican Establishment. The very folks who are supposed to act as a check and balance against the callow, mindless policies of the unenlightened and maniacal Democrats, have thrown in the towel, have stabbed their constituents in the back, have gone over to the dark side, and are in the process of throwing this great country under the bus.

Shame on you Paul Ryan, shame on you Ben Sasse, shame on you Mitch McConnell, shame on you John McCain, shame on you Mitt Romney, shame on you George W. Bush. Shame on all of you phony Republicans who have decided that your “consciences,” your “elitist attitudes,” your “unbounded arrogance,” your alleged political “experience,” your ostensible political “judgment,” your previously lacking “canny insight,” your “distain for the judgment of your constituents,” and your “unbounded egos” entitle you to dismiss the will of the voters who have selected Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for President.

We hate to rain on the GOP Establishment’s “pity parade,” but Unfounded Fathers, when it comes to honesty, candor, sincerity, loyalty, common sense, love of country, and desire to make America a better and safer place to live, you aren’t worthy of carrying the Donald’s gym bag.

Most startling is the fact that the Unfounded Fathers are not only incredibly ignorant, you are also incredibly wrong. It takes an arrogance of Obamaian proportions to tell your constituents that they are misguided idiots. More importantly, the Unfounded Fathers are apparently under the erroneous belief that they can ignore, demean, and oppose Donald Trump as the Party’s nominee while still saving their yellow, political skins by concentrating time, effort, and money in an attempt to keep “down-stream” Republican candidates from being “swept away” by a Hillary Clinton landslide. The Unfounded Fathers seem to have reached the illogical conclusion that they can bash the head of the GOP ticket and yet, somehow, help the GOP under-carders to carry the day. Unfortunately, these political geniuses have it exactly backwards.

If (thanks in large part to the unfounded opposition of the Unfounded Fathers) it appears as election day approaches that Trump has no chance of winning, millions and millions and millions of Trump supporters will stay home. Why should they make the effort to vote for a candidate that the Unfounded Fathers have beaten into the ground? And if the Unfounded Fathers think that the worst Republican turnout in history in a Presidential campaign is going to be good for their “down ballot” buddies, then they are even more foolish than we give them credit for. Perhaps these flighty Unfounded Fathers, who have shown little interest in supporting their constituents by challenging a political novice and lightweight like Obama, believe that, even though they have done everything in their power to drive away Trump supporters, those same voters will flock to the polls for the sole purpose of perking up the candidacies of beleaguered Republican Senatorial or Congressional candidates. Do they really expect the voters, whose candidate they have just willfully trampled, will come to the rescue of their favorite candidates?

Perhaps the Unfounded Fathers simply believe that the voters will have the common sense to want to preserve Republican majorities in the House and the Senate. But why should the voters respond to that self-interested appeal by the Unfounded Fathers? After all, the Republicans have had majorities in both the House and the Senate for 2 years, and have accomplished zero, zip, nada. Trump supporters are counting on Trump to shake up D.C., including the Republican majorities–to put an end to gridlock, ever-expanding bureaucracy and regulatory intrusion, petty bickering, and economic calamity. In other words: to mix things up a bit in the nation’s capitol. But, without Trump, there is no mix, no shake up, no change, and very little to hope for. Under such circumstances, do the Unfounded Fathers really think that, without Trump, the voters really give a fig whether the GOP retains its majority in either chamber?

Let us be perfectly blunt about this. The perilous path that you Unfounded Fathers are pursuing is guaranteed only to ensure 8 years of a Hillary Presidency, the loss of conservative influence on the Supreme Court for decades, the probable bankruptcy of the country, economic stagnation or recession for years to come, the Middle East in increasing flames and disorder, China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia unchecked on the world stage, further reduction in both size and readiness of the military, further fomentation of divisiveness on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, and socio-economic status, and vastly more attacks by Muslim extremists, both inside and outside of the United States. But not to worry, the Unfounded Fathers will still have reserved deck chairs on the USS Titanic.

But before the country goes under, or before anyone who can afford to leave the country does so, we will make sure that there is a huge monument erected to the Unfounded Fathers, prominently featuring all of their names and memorializing their destruction of the single greatest country in all of human kind–and for no reason other than the Unfounded Fathers’ petulance over the Republican primary voters having had the temerity (imagine the gall) to pick a Presidential nominee that the Unfounded Fathers would not have personally selected.   Election Day in 2016 will become the new day that “will live in infamy,” and the names of the Unfounded Fathers will forever be etched in the history books as the shortsighted individuals who singlehandedly destroyed the greatest and most successful political experiment of all time. And don’t forget that, after the destruction of the country, the loss of both the House and the Senate, and the ultimate consolidation of power to the Democrat Party, the lingering justification by the Unfounded Fathers will be an astonishing–“Well, at least our Presidential candidate lost.” Brilliant. Great political minds will be staggered for generations to come.

© 2016

JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA

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Rest in peace Mr. Justice. Your legacy as one of the truly great Supreme Court Justices is secure. More than any Justice within recent memory, you have embodied the legal spirit that we believe the drafters of the Constitution had in mind. You have interpreted the Constitution without endeavoring to expand or modify it. Your opinions have been insightful, imminently readable, fair, and consistent–whether as part of a majority or in dissent. And you have carried out your sworn duties with verve, wit, and humor.

We suggest to our readers that they take the time to read some of your recent opinions if they want to understand how a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States should comport himself or herself.

It is however a sad commentary on the state of political life in America today that, before you even had an opportunity to lay in state, the matter of your successor became a political football. President Obama was quick to assert that he intended to carry out his sworn Constitutional duty to nominate your successor. As an aside, it is interesting to observe how this President adheres to the Constitution when it suits his political narrative and blatantly disregards that document when it does not.

And so the President has set the table for the Republican majority in the Senate to, at last, demonstrate to their constituents why it was important to elect that majority. In spite of holding majorities in both the Senate and the House, Republicans have done little to justify the honor that the voting public has bestowed upon them–unless, of course, one believes that acquiescence to Presidential whims, or standing by while the President tramples upon the Constitution, are virtues. But perhaps this is the moment we have all been waiting for–that significant opportunity for the Senate majority to demonstrate that they are not simply Democrats light, that they are more than just appeasers, that they have at long last developed a backbone.

Let us begin by noting that allowing President Obama to have his third nominee appointed to the Supreme Court would be an unmitigated disaster. Who can seriously doubt that a President, who has politicized everything down to the White House china, would fail to politicize the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice who could, and likely would, implement his plan to radically transform America for decades to come?

And so we beseech you Senate majority–stand tall and firm with respect to this seminal event. The President has, once again, endeavored to convince the public that he occupies the moral high ground by promptly performing his Constitutional duty to nominate a new Supreme Court Justice–while, of course, implying that the failure of the Senate to immediately confirm his nominee would be an un-Constitutional response. The Senate majority must not let the President frame this debate. The Senate has “a Constitutional obligation” not to appoint a Presidential nominee who has even the remotest chance of sending the Court in a decades-long, leftward-leaning misdirection. And, by design, the Senate’s Constitutional obligation trumps the President’s obligation. So here is the challenge to the Senate majority–unless the President nominates Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, or Ted Cruz, there is no justifiable basis for the Senate to approve “any” Obama nominee. While we would take some satisfaction from having the Senate remind the President that “they won and he lost” or that “elections have consequences,” we will settle for the simple exercise of Constitutional defiance. We don’t really care whether the Senate exercises its Constitutional duty by means of a blanket statement that no Obama nominee will receive consent of the Senate, by advising the President that any nominee he puts forward will be unacceptable and that no hearing will be necessary, or by going through the exercise of holding a hearing before turning down the nominee (though, in fairness, any nominee who wants and receives a hearing should be advised in advance that the process will likely be a waste of his or her time, of the Senate’s time, and of taxpayer dollars).

The appointment of any Obama nominee will disrespect, and likely destroy, the decades of hard work judicial work by a singular Justice. And if the public good is insufficient incentive for the Senate majority to do the right thing, perhaps enlightened self-interest will do the trick. Cooperation with Obama on this important matter would be a deal-breaker for re-election of any Republican Senator.

To date, the center of the Republican majority seems to be holding firm–although the usual weak-kneed GOP Senators have attempted to straddle the fence by agreeing to meet with Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. We will see if the soft, squishy middle of the Republican Senate is willing to hold its ground. Kudos to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, of whom we are frequent critics, for so far holding his ground regarding this critical Supreme Court decision.

© 2016