Tuesday, March 16, 2010

'Breathtaking arrogance' in the House

From what I gather the best thing to come out of Monday's House antics was Rep. Paul Ryan's condemnation of them. Dems like to think (and dearly hope) that the voters don't care about the process, and perhaps that's often true. But don't count on it in this case, when 1) voters are informed, 2) the majority party is pushing the process up to and perhaps beyond the limits of the Constitution, and 3) there is so much at stake. People are paying attention and they do, in fact, care about this disgraceful process.

Here's Ryan:

Michelle Malkin has excerpts for those who can't watch the whole thing. Just one:
This is the vaunted transparency that the president promised? The arrogance, the paternalism, the condescension to the American people is just breathtaking.
Ryan covers the substance as well as the process. Worth watching.

Meanwhile, our Campaigner in Chief graced Ohio with his presence yesterday. He was "there for Natoma," an alleged victim of insurance industry abuse and our "broken" health care system. Turns out (you know what's coming) her story is, er, different, from the one Obama sold to the small crowd in Strongsville. Gateway Pundit:
Natoma Canfield is being cared for at one of the top cancer centers in America. She will qualify for financial aid and won’t lose her home.
Someday they'll find a real victim of the flawed system. In the meantime I'm feeling pretty good about what we've got.

h/t: Potluck, Instapundit

I'm reluctant to repeat this but The Hill reported last night that Rep. Bart Stupak "guesstimates" that Pelosi isn't close to the 216 votes she needs. The Dems say otherwise. No one knows what's true and it shouldn't affect our actions either way. Keep melting the phones.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Is your liberty meaningless to you?

Bob Belvedere wonders, and quotes something our “leaders” have spat upon today!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Stacy McCain has been aggregating, updating, and commenting here.

The good news: They still don’t have the votes. The bad news: Obama doesn’t care:

If Obama refuses to look at public opinion polls, then how can he profess to know what the American people want? And if he doesn’t care about polls, then how come the White House is circulating polls on Capitol Hill asserting that support for health care legislation is rising?

UPDATE 6:26 p.m. ET: Nancy Pelosi reminds the national press corps that she thinks Americans are a bunch of idiots:

House speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference with children’s advocates at the Capitol on Monday to push for the Democrats’ sweeping health care legislation. . . .

In a brief question-and-answer session, a reporter asked Ms. Pelosi about assertions by Representative David Dreier of California, the senior Republican on the House rules committee, that Democrats were engaging in legislative gymnastics to complete the legislation.

“It’s about accountability of the insurance companies; it’s about affordability for the middle class,” Ms. Pelosi said. “It’s not about gymnastics alone — except if that’s part of the wellness program that we have for our children.”
Translation: “We’re going to ignore any criticism you might have. It’s about what I say it’s about, you stupid morons.”
Michelle Malkin live-blogged today’s usurpations here
The Classic Liberal has been aggregating here and comments:Dismiss this warning at your own peril. Believe in the Beltway pundits if you must. After all, they’ve helped you achieve freedom and liberty by limiting and reducing government over the years. Right?
In my 41 years, the government has consistently grown in size and scope as we continue to march further and further down the road of serfdom. In other words, the Beltway pundits have harmed our cause, not helped.
These are not normal times. They are historical times. Volatile times. Keep listening to the same, tired-old mumblers … at America’s peril.
Washington will no longer vote on legislation, but instead, we now have law by fiat.
Fight for nothing less than the liberty and freedom our founding generations bequeathed us. Compromise won’t do. “Republican” isn’t enough.
The Grim Reaper is knocking at America’s door. What are YOU going to do about it?
So, I ask again, how much IS your liberty, your Constitution worth? As we see the Democrats give not one good shit about either. They stopped believing in them some time ago. Remember this in November. And again, pray that God will turn their hearts back towards our founding principles. There is still time, but remember, liberty, once lost…………….

Cross-Posted at The DaleyGator

A message to Democrats

Bluegrass Pundit has a message for the Blue Dogs, from Samuel Adams

Here is an important message for Blue Dog Democrats from Samuel Adams
"If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams
My friends our liberty IS at stake here, once passed this bill will become an entitlement to dwarf all others.You and I will lose vital control of OUR health care decisions. American liberty will be dealt a blow from which it might never recover.
I ask that all of you pray, and keep as much heat on our elected representatives as we can.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Will someone go buy Derrick Z. Jackson some Pampers please?

Derrick Jackson, columnist for the Boston Globe is nothing if not reliably predictable. He seems to write every column as if he has lost control of his wimpy, Leftist bladder. And his latest on Starbucks allowing people with licenses to carry firearms in their stores is more of the pants-wetting same.

IF STARBUCKS wants to run Wild West caffeine saloons, the least it can do is provide gunsmoking and nongunsmoking sections.
Oh, of course, right off the bat, Jackson plays the Wild West card. Every time a pants-wetting whiner writes, or talks about gun rights, they, at some point, babble about creating a Wild West atmosphere, where mass shootings will become rampant, and blood will run in the streets, and blah, blah, freaking blah!

The fact is Derrick, the states, 37 of them, that allow concealed and open carry, are SAFER, than states that do not. Violent crime goes down, and the Wild West scenarios? They never materialize. See, Derrick, those Americans who carry firearms, are very responsible, and safe. You can prattle and whine all you want, but, guns are not evil, and those who carry them legally? They are no threat to anyone. Criminals, on the other hand, tend to, you might want to sit down for this Derrick, break the law. Gun-free zones,which Liberal bed-wetters like you orgasm over, seem to be the only places mass shootings happen. And those shootings stop when armed police, or armed citizens arrive and stop the bad guys who, again, ignore laws.

You can go read the rest of Jackson’s whining, but, it is just more of the “guns are scary” idiocy the Left has been spewing for years. Jackson, of course, vows to not enter a Starbucks. Hey, fine with me. I do not really frequent coffee shops, but, now, I AM going to go visit my local Starbucks, and thank them for respecting the right to self-defense. And, I will feel much better about having coffee at Starbucks, since, from what I hear, it is going to be a whiny-bitching-moaning,-pants-wetting-Leftist-free-zone!

Cross-posted at The Daley Gator and The Resistance