NewsBytes Jan. 1 - US Politics
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Don’t Do It, Sarah
I haven’t seen anything in Sarah Palin that suggests strength, gravity, and that edgy ability to craft strategies to dispatch opponents. Dare I say she’s too nice? By comparison, Margaret Thatcher had a sense of presence that commanded respect.
Kennedy Catholicism and Palin - American Spectator
No one else with comparable name recognition demolishes progressive dogma just by getting up in the morning. When Palin contends that “morality cannot be sustained without the support of religious beliefs,” Townsend misreads this acknowledgement of our collective debt to Judeo-Christian intellectual and religious capital as “a wholesale attack on countless Americans.” Has she never heard John Adams’ famous quip that “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”?
Barbara Walters vs. Sarah Palin - CNS
Liberals like Barbara Walters always assume that if you’re liberal, you’re smart; if you’re conservative, you’re either evil or stupid. Or both. It’s the never-ending problem for Sarah Palin.
Is the Republican Party Finished? - American Thinker
The lame-duck session of the 111th Congress proved one thing beyond a doubt: the Republican Party does not represent the interests of conservatives. Despite the midterm election tidal wave, in which the Republican Party gained 63 House seats (eclipsing its historic 1994 success against Clinton), congressional Republicans failed to leverage their victory into political clout and collapsed like a house of cards in the lame-duck session.
The capitulation to the lame-duck Democrats is merely the latest in a decades-long series of episodes in which Republicans have actively colluded with Democrats to push the left-wing agenda of the 1960s forward.
The majority opinion in Roe v. Wade was written by Republican Harry Blackmun. Republican appointee Sandra Day O’Connor voted to uphold Roe in Casey v. Planned Parenthood. Republican justice Anthony Kennedy cited the European Court of Human Rights in Lawrence v. Texas, which declared that the Constitution guarantees a right to anal sodomy. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger supports gay marriage
US Conservatives need a purge - WorldNetDaily
A Scott Brown primary challenge? - Politico
...now there’s talk of a primary challenge against Scott Brown. “I think that there will be a primary challenge,’’ said Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. “There’s enough of an underground movement in the tea party movement as seeing him as not being conservative enough. There probably will be multiple people who attempt to run against him.’’
It’s a delicious irony - American Thinker
Radical feminists’ dreams came true recently with the creation of U.N. Women, a new über-agency that will agitate globally for their pet projects using unrestricted funding from governments. Yet in an unexpected twist, a Republican congresswoman will soon be in charge of the House Foreign Affairs committees that oversee U.S. involvement at the U.N. And this lady plans to tighten the purse strings.
The Liberal Reckoning of 2010 - Wall Street Journal
The year voters saw the left’s unvarnished agenda and said no. Democrats achieved 60 Senate votes by an historical accident of prosecutorial abuse (Ted Stevens), a stolen election (Al Franken) and a betrayal (Arlen Specter). They then attempted to do nearly everything we expected, regardless of public opinion, and they only stopped because the clock ran out.
The real story of 2010 is that the voters were finally able to see and judge this liberal agenda in its unvarnished form. For once, there was no Republican President to muddle the message or divide the accountability. Note well, however, that the Democrats still standing on Capitol Hill remain unchastened. The GOP can achieve all kinds of victories in the next two years, and some of them will be important for economic growth. But the main chance is ObamaCare, which will fundamentally change the balance of power between government and individuals if it is not repealed or replaced.
Wash Post’s Ezra Klein Laments ‘Confusing’ Nature of Old Constitution - Newsbusters
After playing clips of Republicans claiming they would reject legislation that couldn’t be justified constitutionally, Klein complained, “The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done.” It was actually written 223 years ago, which is a slightly “more than 100.”)
Law in the Empathetic Society - American Thinker
Must an increase in empathy signal a decrease in law? There is an increasing number of people in our United States who claim that justice and compassion are mutually exclusive, that in order for us to be loving, we must abandon many forms of law and morality, that we must become radically permissive, that serious stances must not be made against serious offenses.
The Stealthy Spread of Socialism in the U.S. - American Thinker
The biggest challenge facing Republicans in the 112th Congress is not Barack Obama. It is not Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate. It isn’t high unemployment, repealing ObamaCare, the threat of Islamism and shariah in America, the deficit, or the looming insolvency of several (mostly blue) states. These, broadly speaking, are symptoms. The disease is socialism or, at the very least, a pervasive socialistic mindset.
Winston Churchill aptly described socialism as “a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” As economist Thomas Sowell put it, “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”