The After Thanksgiving Open Thread

I thought we would pick up where we left off on the Thanksgiving thread. There is certainly a lot to talk about, including this recent NYT article on Climate Change which I thought was irresponsible. Talk about fear based politics and not one mention of data manipulation or previous predictions which have been way off the mark. Then of course there is this article on the Maunder Minimum which in my opinion merits attention.

And finally, on an issue all of us have discussed at length and what Democrats are fond of calling the “Great Recession”, here is a well sourced article that connects the dots better than we ever did and it reveals a lot.

The Obama Legacy

I can’t imagine Obama’s legacy will be too kind to him from his apocalyptic foreign policy, to his destruction of the health care industry, to his mishandling of the economy, and to his divisive nature, there will be many issues facing the next POTUS. Ironically, Obama was quick to blame Bush for everything he inherited and considering the massive number of problems that will confront the next President, I can only imagine the field day the next President could have in blaming Obama. Personally, though I hope the next GOP President will quietly take on the issues in a workman like manner and put Obama in the rear view mirror as I am sure this country is eager to do.

Of all the destruction Obama will leave in his wake however, the destruction of his own party could possibly be the most damaging legacy and could leave the Democrats in a political wasteland for years. Consider this, in 2009 the Democrats had full control 27 State legislatures yet today they control the legislatures in just 11 States, the lowest number since 1978. On the other hand, in 2009 Republicans controlled just 11 State legislatures yet today that number is 30. In addition, the Republicans control the majority of Governorships with 31 including the very blue states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Maryland. The GOP’s State game plan has been far superior then the DNC’s and the 2010 and 2014 election results are proof that the conservative message is resonating at the State level. Part of the GOP plan was to recruit women with their GROW (Growing Republican Opportunities for Women), a successful effort that resulted in many new women being elected including the youngest ever elected Congresswoman in Rep. Elise Stefanik.

At the Federal level, the GOP occupies more seats now in the House than they ever have, and in 2014 took over the Senate thanks in large part to Harry Reid and his tyrannical grip on power. The 2016 POTUS candidate field is a good example of what has transpired over the last several years. On the DNC side we see aging, career bureaucratic politicians campaigning on the same old stale and failed socialist economic ideas and still trying to advance a social agenda that has resulted in riots, rancor and discord throughout the country. On the GOP side, we see a diverse cross section of America from young to old, from politicos to outsiders, and all inclusive of men, women, Hispanic, Black and White, offering ideas that cross the spectrum. Once the next GOP President is elected, they will begin to work with a GOP led Congress and a majority of GOP led States to restore America’s capitalist economy and leadership in the world while the Democrats start to pick up the pieces of a broken party and a failed ideology.

The Aftermath

Hillary Clinton is a documented liar. That fact was well established yesterday if it hadn’t already been engraved in stone. Back in 1996 William Safire labeled Hillary a congenital liar as a result of recollections of events regarding the Rose Law Firm, Whitewater, Travelgate and of course her mastery of commodity purchases in cattle futures. Hillary will say anything, to any audience, using any accent necessary to pander to that particular group, and her seething hatred of all things Republican was again on full display. She has no principles, no morals, no compassion, no integrity, no decency and considering her reputation as one of the most publicly cheated on woman in the history of marriage infidelity, it can easily be argued that she has no self respect. And this is who the Democrats offer up as their candidate for POTUS. So what did we learn yesterday:

  • In 2012, Amb. Stevens sent 600 cables requesting increased security, none of which landed on the desk of Hillary Clinton, nor were any brought to her attention. However, every email sent by Sid Blumenthal did reach her, and were responded to.
  • As the attack was unfolding, Hillary established the video narrative despite emailing her family shortly thereafter wherein she correctly identified the attack as a terrorist attack. Four days later, she again lied as she looked the parents of the victims in the eyes and promised to punish the producer of the video.
  • Following the attack, Hillary sent Susan Rice out to lie to the American public, and then proceeded over the next 3 years to lie, spin, deflect, hide and erase relevant emails and information. She was not at all forth coming with information and in fact did have highly sensitive information on an unprotected server.

When questioned about the 600 cables from Amb. Stevens, Hillary said that she couldn’t be bothered with the numerous security requests the State Dept. receives and that those requests were the responsibility of the “security professionals”. So let’s review, Hillary sends an Ambassador into a dangerous country in which the leadership was recently toppled by a coalition brought together by Hillary Clinton and of which she gladly took credit for, and then proceeds to ignore those requests for additional security and admittedly has little to no direct contact with that Ambassador. That alone is a dereliction of duty that she should have been fired for, but to me the most important and disturbing aspect to Benghazi is Sid Blumenthal. Here is a guy that was forbidden to be hired by the President, was paid for by the Clinton Foundation and who was on the ground in Libya with direct access to Hillary providing her with intel and advice. This was a man who had no security clearance or position within the government who was directly influencing American foreign policy without any direct knowledge of the President as admitted by Hillary. I only wish the panel would have dug into the reason why Blumenthal was there. In my opinion, I believe the Clinton’s and Blumenthal saw a huge financial opportunity to partner with the new Libyan government, therefore Ghadaffi had to go. Not because he was an imminent threat to America, which was the standard for Iraq, but because the Clinton’s saw a big financial upside.

The Beghazi tragedy not only disqualifies Hillary as a POTUS candidate, it seriously brings into question her standing as a human being.


Coming to a State near you:

The SAFE (“Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement”) Act was presented to the New York State Senate and passed into law in 15 minutes.  No debate was allowed, and senators did not have time to read the bill before voting it into law.

The SAFE Act is a complete ban on the sale or transfer of all military-style semi-automatic rifles manufactured within the past several decades.  It is a total ban on the AR-15, AK-47, M-14/M-1a, HK G3, Steyr AUG, and many other civilian copies of military firearms.  Prior to the passage of the law, Gov. Cuomo publicly stated that he was considering “confiscation” of existing rifles, but the final version of the law allowed existing owners to keep their rifles as long as they registered them with the State.  Upon the death of the owner, the rifle will be confiscated; it cannot be transferred to an heir within New York State.

Like most, if not all liberal policies, this too will accomplish nothing. I heard the other night that guns purchased at gun shows accounted for less than 1/2% of all gun crime, but that doesn’t stop liberals from using gun shows as the example of our “out of control” gun culture. The Democratic Party must be stopped if America is to continue it’s rich history.

Weekend Open Thread – Gross Negligence Version

Democrats are desperately trying to paint Hillary’s server debacle as simply a partisan attack with no “there there” following Kevin McCarthy’s comment, but the FBI has another term for it – Gross Negligence, which carries a possible ten year sentence and there is no doubt that she is guilty:

Under 18 USC 793 subsection F, the information does not have to be classified to count as a violation. The intelligence source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the ongoing probe, said the subsection requires the “lawful possession” of national defense information by a security clearance holder who “through gross negligence,” such as the use of an unsecure computer network, permits the material to be removed or abstracted from its proper, secure location.

Through deleting emails after being notified to turn over her server, to allowing her attorney, without security clearance, to have a flash drive of those sensitive emails, Hillary has violated federal law through those two actions alone. But I think what Hillary is really trying to cover up more than anything else is her communiqué with long time friend Sydney Blumenthal who was on the ground in Libya and allegedly encouraging Hillary to push Obama to move forward and depose Gaddafi. Why? Sydney felt that he could financially benefit from working with the new government in Libya, and if proven to be true, this would be the greatest scandal in American history. At the very least, Hillary helped depose a foreign leader who posed no imminent threat and left the country in complete shambles and a vacuum of which was filled by jihadists. Judgement like that is a complete disqualifier for POTUS.

On another disturbing note, the weakness of Obama continues to make life miserable for people around the world and he could care less. Obama’s indifference to the full out assault on Israeli’s by emboldened Palestinians is shameful and lays to rest the question of whose side Obama is really on. There is no question that through his actions, Obama has turned his back on Israel and has abandoned the long established relationship we have with the Middle East’s only democracy.

These are interesting times and decent civilized people had better wake up, pay attention, and do what is needed to defeat the current assault on democracy, personal freedom, common sense, and civility. And the greatest threat resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Hope and Change

Last nights Democrat debate was déjà vu all over again. Every issue and position last night was discussed in the same manner, with the same rhetoric as it was 8 years ago, ie; “we need to invest in infrastructure”, “we need to invest in clean energy”, “we need to make the rich pay their fair share”, “millionaires and billionaires are ruining this country”, “republican war on women”, republican obstructionism”, “mass incarceration”, “leading from behind” etc, etc. And then of course we heard the usual populist giveaway ideas; free college tuition, expanded Medicare, and expanded family leave, along with the now obligatory deference to the BLM movement. A couple of my favorite moments was when Hillary said that she walked over to Wall Street and told the investment bankers to “knock it off”, and then when she stated that she didn’t take a position on Keystone, until she did take a position on Keystone. Those are two fine examples of leadership aren’t they?

The Democrats are again running on Hope and Change, and are seemingly prepared to say whatever they have to, too curry favor with whatever audience they are in front of. Not once did we hear specific policy ideas on any pressing issues. Instead we heard nothing more than populist platitudes and empty political rhetoric. Hint to the political class: if you have been working for over 30 years on all of these unresolved problems, it is time to step aside and let someone else give it a try. But of course all Democrats, and most current Republicans, have no interest in resolving problems, preferring instead to keep the wheel barrels of K street cash rolling in, and too keep average Americans at each others throats over divisive issues.

Russia and The 1980’s

Things are going so badly for the Obama administration on foreign policy that it just might be time for another speech on Climate Change. This post has to be sarcastic in nature because of the fact that the reality is so devastating that it is hard to comprehend. Putin has shown the world how feckless Obama is on the world stage and has upstaged and outwitted Obama at every turn. The sight of John Francois Kerry standing next to his Russian counterpart yesterday speaking of “deconfliction” was an absolute embarrassment. In the foreign policy debate of the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney correctly pointed out that Russia was our main geo political foe, a comment of which was met with ridicule from our Idiot in Chief, and the idiot is now confronted with that exact reality. Obama is no match for Putin, and Putin knows it. In fact the world knows it. The United States of America has been marginalized in the eyes of our allies, and mocked by our foes and that is hard to take for those of us who actually care about this country. The USA is presently in more danger than at any other time in it’s history and all you need to know about our political opponents is that they still consider Republicans to be more of a threat than any current external force. The Democrats and the Progressive media are more focused on the defunding of PP, the “right wing conspiracy” against Hillary, and immigration, than they are with the growing threat of ISIS, Russia, and Iran and that fact should alarm everyone. The deal that Obama just cut with Iran poses a monumental threat not just to the stability of the Middle East but to our national security. The single greatest national sponsor of terrorism is Iran, and thanks to Obama they now have the means and the confidence to expand their reach. Our political opponents are as dangerous to this country as any terrorist group could ever be, and we need to treat them as such. We should initiate impeachment proceedings immediately.