Will the GOP Exercise Power?

I don’t have any idea how this is going to go. Absent a miracle, the GOP is set for a pretty big victory next year – and if the chips fall the right way, perhaps an historic victory. The GOP could sweep into DC in 2023 with 260+ House members and 53+ Senators. And then, what? What does the GOP do?

We know that Team Pudding doesn’t give a damn what the law says and we also know that the bureaucracy is controlled by the DNC and so will carry out any Democrat executive order. The Congress is really reduced to its primordial function here: the Executive can’t tax or spend without Congressional approval. But, will the GOP go to the mat? I’m not talking about a shutdown leading to another continuing resolution…I’m talking about, say, zeroing out all DOJ funds for domestic surveillance of American citizens? Where it would illegal for the FBI to spend even a red cent checking up on us. They still might, of course. They are, after all, the DNC’s Stasi…but any such action would be manifestly illegal and any future GOP Executive could have the agents who engaged in it prosecuted.

But that is the kind of battles we’d have to engage it. Genuine Charles I vs Parliament stuff. It must be kept in mind that the real power in the United States is in Congress. President’s can order all sorts of thing, judges can rule any way they like but if the money isn’t there, it doesn’t really happen. We’ve got this mental attitude that the President, being elected by the whole country, represents the United States. That isn’t the case: Congress does. People and States are represented in Congress, not the Executive or Judiciary. The President is the instrument whereby Congressional action is carried out. Since we first got our Imperial Presidency under TR, people have lost sight of that. But it is the reality. The law is actually there and nowhere else.

Do they have the courage? Do they even have the knowledge of what they can do? Congress set up a joint committee during the Civil War to monitor the Executive. And Lincoln had to pay heed to it…because if he didn’t, he’d have trouble getting money out of Congress. When was the last time an American Executive actually went, hat in hand, to a Congressional committee? The Executive is supposed to…but for the past decades, it has all been a charade where what gets into a law is worked out in secret and then handed to a stupefied Congress a couple hours before the vote is scheduled. My bet is that most Congresspersons don’t even know the legislative rules (though a few, like MTG, are learning them).

But the GOP will be granted massive power next year – and if they refuse to use it, then it will all be retained by the Executive, run by a senile man’s people. We’re spinning towards national catastrophe and it may be up to the Congressional Republicans to save us.

And, yes: God help us!

34 thoughts on “Will the GOP Exercise Power?

  1. Amazona November 28, 2021 / 12:43 am

    What does the GOP do?

    Well, that depends on a couple of things. One is the mood of voters that brings about a change in Congress. If it’s a kind of ho-hum, time for a change attitude, then the GOP squishes will continue to be squishes. But if it’s a “Mad As Hell And Not Taking It Anymore” mood then Katy bar the door.

    5 Republican Senators are also not running for reelection, which could be a problem for us.

    Biden, and by extension the wokeist extension of the party, represent the tiger in the “tiger by the tail” parable—“moderates” can’t let go and be attacked by their own party, but they can’t hang on and be dragged across broken glass only to be eaten by the opposition.

    I think it’s obvious that the GOP is going to be running a door kicker in 2024—Trump or DeSantis, take your pick. I think it’s obvious that heads are going to roll, from the DOJ on down to members of Congress like Swalwell for his bang-bang of Fang-Fang and, of course, Fauci for his various misdeeds and repeated lying to Congress. And with that looming over the Dems while energizing the Republicans, the two years between ’22 and ’24 could be very very interesting. It will be up to that Congress to set the stage for 2024 and I hope they will take it seriously.

    • Amazona November 28, 2021 / 5:56 pm

      As long as we are talking about what a newly elected Republican majority Congress could or should do, let’s look at a scenario suggested by Wayne Allyn Root—-one which, BTW, I have also suggested as a possibility.

      Here’s my crystal ball. Democrats will demand Harris’ resignation. She’ll cite “personal reasons” or “family issues.” Then corrupt Democrat billionaire donors will give her a $25 million mansion to retire in. You’ll never hear from Harris again.

      Next, they’ll name Hillary Clinton vice president.

      Very quickly after that, they’ll start planting nonstop stories in the media claiming Biden’s aides see him in dramatic mental decline. After 3 to 6 months of those stories in the media, Biden will make his touching goodbye announcement and ride off to a nursing home specializing in dementia patients. And like Harris, Jill Biden will get a $25 million mansion as incentive to shut her mouth and never be heard from again.

      It’s not only possible, given the double whammy of a rapidly disintegrating Biden and an even more rapidly plummeting Harris, making her unacceptable as a replacement, it is probably the most likely .

      So what could we do, if the Dems try to pull something like this off? (They could try it with anyone, but Hillary is the most likely.)

      The assassination of President John Kennedy in 1963 provided a dramatic catalyst for change, helping stimulate congressional approval of an amendment that, among other provisions, empowers the President to nominate a Vice President whenever the office is vacant, subject to approval by a majority of both houses of Congress. The 25th Amendment became operational in 1967. “Empowers”, not “requires”.

      So if we need even more motivation to not just retake the House and the Senate but to do as much as possible to ensure strong conservatives in these offices, the 25th Amendment ought to do it. If not, the prospect of a President Pelosi ought to: The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 placed the Speaker and President Pro Tempore in first and second place,
      followed by the Cabinet, as before.
      Thank God—before that the succession had the Secretary of State as next in line.

      But let’s make it even more fun. Although the U.S. Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a Member of the House , all Speakers have been Members. However, some individuals not serving in the House have received votes. (Individuals not serving in the House received votes in 1997, 2013, the two 2015 elections, and 2019)

      What does it take to be elected as Speaker? The long-standing practice of the House is that electing a Speaker requires a numerical majority of the votes cast by Members “for a person by name.” This does not mean that an individual must necessarily receive a majority (currently 218) of the full membership of the House, because some Members may not be present to vote (or may instead answer “present”) [ In the period since the House first reached its current size of 435 Members (in 1913), five Speakers have been elected with fewer than 218 votes.].

      So, to get back to Mark’s original questions of Do they have the courage? Do they even have the knowledge of what they can do? a newly revised and (hopefully) energized Republican Congress might be tested by how it addresses the matter of succession. Would we be willing to play hardball and play to win, or would the whining and whimpering of “what will people THINNNNKKKK???” dominate the need to deal with a runaway presidency already threatening the core stability of the country? Is there a single Democrat who could be an acceptable replacement for Biden? I can’t think of one.

      A strong and focused Republican Congress could simply not approve any VP nominee, having first made sure it has a strong Speaker of the House in place, and then let the Dems do whatever they want to do with Biden—keep him or dump him and let the Republican take over. That would probably be less upsetting to the media-controlled sheeple.

  2. Cluster November 28, 2021 / 10:39 am

    If anything meaningful happens, it will have to include the complete elimination of the IRS. The IRS is a criminal organization through and through, is used to aid and abet other criminal activity, and as we have all seen, is used as a club against political opponents. I favor a flat tax; 10% of your gross income, period. No more write offs, shelters, deferents, etc., etc., and that goes for corporations and for those lower income folks. I might consider lowering the burden to 5% for those in lower income brackets, but the point is … everyone needs skin in the game and corporations MUST pay. Get rid of all the loopholes, depreciation schedules, etc.

    The next move will need to fall along the lines of accountability at all levels, particularly the media. Term limits for politicians AND federal bureaucrats, and stronger slander laws for the media.

    And finally but maybe most importantly … STAND ALONE BILLS. No more 2,500 page spending bills, that’s just insane. Most members don’t even know what’s in the bill they are voting for, and no more Nancy Pelosi saying we must pass it to find out. One issue, one vote.

    • Amazona November 28, 2021 / 12:27 pm

      I agree completely about the IRS. I have looked at the two main alternative tax methods and while a flat tax is better than what we have now, I have ended up preferring what is called the Fair Tax, or a consumption tax.

      I have several reasons for preferring this tax. One is that it is not dependent on income. So much income today is from illegal sources that can’t be taxed that these people end up paying no tax at all. But they do buy stuff. Lots of stuff. Taxing purchases brings these people into the tax stream.

      A side effect of this is ease of collection. Sales taxes are already collected, so it would just require tweaking of the point-of-sale calculations to add in a 15%-17% consumption tax. This way the consumer’s taxes are already paid.

      Another aspect I like is that the consumer now has control over his finances. He can live the way he normally does, or he can decide to cut back on his purchasing to allow him to accumulate more cash. Under this plan, food and medicine are not taxed, nor are used goods. So if someone wants to build up a retirement account, he can get by very well without buying much that is taxable.

      The tax exemption for used goods would mean that they would have greater market value, so people would be inclined to take better car of their cars and furniture and so on, once they have more market value. There is also a set-aside for low income people.

      I’m a big Stephen Moore fan, and he says: Well, can you imagine the United States without the burden of an income tax? It would be rocket fuel for the U.S. economy. Imagine how much we would grow and how prosperous we would become if we started taxing people on what they take out of the economy — which is what they consume — rather than what they put into the economy, which is their work and their thrift and their productivity and their entrepreneurship.

      We would still need a tax agency, but it wouldn’t be a collection agency like the IRS is now. Its focus would be vendors, making sure they are collecting what they are supposed to. The huge IRS budget would be slashed and the employees could be shifted to other agencies till they reach retirement age and then simply not replaced. For example, the backlog on processing legal immigration paperwork is years, and getting this up to date would benefit everyone.

      • Amazona November 28, 2021 / 1:08 pm

        More from Moore: And by the way, another huge advantage of this is that you wouldn’t have to have an IRS. Think about that, you wouldn’t have to have the government knowing how much money you’d make, your personal financial privacy would be your own business, you wouldn’t have the IRS snooping into your financial records, you wouldn’t have April 15th (this year it’s July 15) as Tax Day where you have to fill out mountains of paperwork.

        So it’s administratively clean, it’s economically smart and it protects our liberties.

      • Cluster November 28, 2021 / 1:12 pm

        I’m sold. Fair tax it is

    • Amazona November 28, 2021 / 12:40 pm

      I also agree on the stand alone bill concept, and have been arguing this for years. No more omnibus bills where pork can be hidden in a barrage of details, or that are so long and convoluted no one reads them.

      We should initiate something to the effect that no bill can be longer, than ten pages, can address more than one thing, and must be written by its sponsor. Then a rule would be that no one who has not personally read the bill can vote on it. (Ten pages might be too long.) Also, any new bill must prove itself to comply with the 10th Amendment, and any other Constitutional law that might apply.

      No more bills written by outside interests. I don’t think most people realize that the Obamacare bill was written by the SEIU, for example.

      I have also thought for years that we should commit to going over existing legislation and cleaning it up. I have rather distasteful image of many of our laws, that of a cut having a bandaid put on it only to fester because the bandaid did not solve the problem. But instead of removing the bandaid, cleaning the wound and applying the correct treatment, we have just slapped another bandaid on top of the first one, and so on. Then when the problem is not only not solved but gotten worse, which is exacerbated by the unintended consequences of poorly thought out additional bandaids, we have ended up with a nasty festering oozing mess—-with the original problem probably still not solved.

      I have thought that a good campaign idea would be to promise to clean up the legislation that is cumbersome and often counterproductive by going back to the original reason the original bill was passed, removing everything that has been done to try to solve the problem and then initiating new legislation specific to that issue.

  3. Cluster November 28, 2021 / 11:11 am

    Prepare yourself for a lot of media distractions the next couple weeks. Why? Some very high profile people may be on the witness stand:

    The Ghislaine Maxwell trial begins Monday, November 29th, 2021. D-Day. Twelve jurors and six alternatives will choose the fate of an accused sex offender and trafficker.

    I wonder if Bill and Hillary are a little worried.


  4. Amazona November 28, 2021 / 12:49 pm

    I wonder if Bill and Hillary are a little worried.

    Given the current DOJ I wouldn’t count on that. The Southern District of New York has proved to be hyper-political, as seen in its efforts to block a second Trump presidency.

  5. Cluster November 29, 2021 / 9:04 am

    ummmm … should someone point out that Biden just put a xenophobic travel ban on 8 predominately black countries? Could this be construed as racist? Asking for a friend.

    • Amazona November 29, 2021 / 1:05 pm

      Oh you silly silly bunny. Haven’t you learned by now that nothing anyone on the Left ever does is racist? Can’t happen. Judge people by the color of their skin? Not racist. Admit people to colleges based on the color of their skin? Not racist. Hire people based on the color of their skin? Not racist. Refuse to prosecute people based on the color of their skin? Not racist. Elect people based on the color of their skin? Not racist.

      The only way anyone can be a racist is to be a white conservative, and then everything he or she does or thinks or says is racist.

      Do try to keep up……..

      • Cluster November 29, 2021 / 1:07 pm

        My apologies lol

  6. Retired Spook November 29, 2021 / 6:31 pm

    This is the first I’ve read that there’s an organized, grassroots effort to uncover election fraud across the country. It’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of it. I’ll breathe easier when people start going to jail.

  7. Retired Spook November 29, 2021 / 7:00 pm

    I did a search on “fraud and error in COVID testing data” after listening to a male nurse on a local radio show (who said he’s done thousands of COVID tests) question the validity of testing data. The government/medical bureaucracy has lied about every other aspect of COVID, so manipulating and.lying about testing data wouldn’t be surprising. As you can see, a lot of the search hits are credible sources.

  8. Cluster November 29, 2021 / 7:02 pm

    Doesn’t it seem like the wheels of this country really started coming off when the elites did their best to convince us that there were WMD’s in Iraq? I really now think that 9/11 was a coordinated hit on the US by the billionaire class ushering in the patriot act and trillions in new debt which were precursors to market crashes and redistribution of wealth which was the precursor to Obama and the fundamental transformation of our country. Authoritarians always play the long game, and we have been played.

    • Cluster November 29, 2021 / 9:46 pm

      Trump was an unexpected speed bumb and they did everything they had to to get rid of him.

    • Amazona November 30, 2021 / 2:17 pm

      Well, I am one of those who think there WERE WMDs in Iraq, and we watched them all get moved to Syria in semi-trailer convoys while Bush dithered, wanting permission from Congress and the UN to cover his a** before moving. We knew Iraq was making them, we knew Iraq was moving them, we had eyewitness accounts from within Iraq about them removing the seats on one of the two airliners we allowed to fly in and out of the country and installing brackets to hold tanks upright, with the flights going into Syria as well. We had our military finding traces of WMD in several locations in the country.

      And I don’t buy into the 9/11 conspiracy theories. Being an Occam’s Razor kind of person, I do believe the most obvious answer is usually the right one. Radical Islamists said they wanted to kill us and thought the World Trade Center was an ideal and symbolic target, They tried once, and then they tried again.

      You’re right that Authoritarians always play the long game, but sometimes fate plays into their hands. They don’t always initiate things but they are brilliant at making the most of what happens.

      • Cluster November 30, 2021 / 4:02 pm

        You may be right, but I am rethinking everything. There may have been WMD’s in Iraq but did it warrant the invasion? Pakistan has nukes and they are just as unstable as Iraq was, if not more so, yet we’ve never invaded Pakistan and deposed their leader? I think after a decade of peace, the Military Industrial Complex was looking for a profit venture and invading Iraq was made to order. Then what do we do 9 years later?? Depose Ghaddafi for no reason whatsoever and turn Libya into the new breeding ground for terrorists. Fast forward another 10 years and we just armed the Taliban again, so I am not convinced that WMD’s were ever the impetus for a full scale military invasion because in the ensuing 20 years, we reversed every advance we made.

        Also consider how chummy the Bush’s and Obama’s are now. If they were ever true to their moral and political convictions, they would be passing acquaintances at best. But I believe they are just two sides of the same coin and they both served their roles well in moving the elitist agenda forward and now … they are both worth tens of millions of dollars with sea side resorts.

      • Cluster November 30, 2021 / 7:38 pm

        Of course this is probably just the cynic in me talking lol

  9. Cluster November 30, 2021 / 9:43 am

    Lack of accountability is the greatest threat to this Republic.


    Joe Rogan says what has bothered me for years now. NO ONE is held accountable in this f**ked up country. From criminals, to tv talk show hosts, to politicians … no one suffers the consequences for their activity, incompetence and deception and you just can’t run a decent society that way.

    • Amazona December 1, 2021 / 2:57 pm

      you just can’t run a decent society that way.

      No. but you CAN run a decent society into the ground that way. And once is it is broken it is ripe for Leftist assumption of power. You can call it a bloodless coup if you ignore the armies of the Left rampaging through once-vibrant cities turning them into rubble and inflicting violence on anyone who gets in their way, because the symbolic government is still there, there are no public guillotines set up in town squares or firing squads and the violence is downplayed or ignored by the Complicit Agenda Media.

      But there IS a death toll, and it will rise. Wait till the accumulated damages of the “vaccines” start to show up–scarred and weakened hearts, growing blood clots, neurological damage increasing, etc. Wait till the economy is so damaged it would take decades to recover, if recovery would be allowed.

  10. Cluster November 30, 2021 / 9:54 am

    So this happened …

    A 49-year-old Texas man who recovered from COVID — but was required to be fully vaccinated against the virus before being approved for a life-saving lung transplant — died when he developed a pulmonary embolism and heart issues after his second Moderna vaccine.

    Forced vaccinations are pure evil. As Spook mentioned, this is all a lie. Covid was used to change our voting laws and get Trump out of office, and now it’s morphed into a power and money grab.

    • Amazona November 30, 2021 / 2:25 pm

      What I want to know is when the real journalists are going to break this vaccine danger story wide open. We know, they know, but I am still hearing all this mealy-mouthed mumbling by “conservatives” about how after all the vaccine DOES keep people from getting really sick, blah blah blah. Except when it kills them, anyway, or when they still get sick enough to die.

      What is the real story about why Tucker, et al, are so silent about this? How many more people are going to be killed or maimed by this “vaccine” while the voices we do still trust are silent? That testimony about the dangers of the “vaccine” in that Senate hearing was almost a month ago—November 4—–and what do we hear from Congress? Crickets.

      I wrote to a dozen or so Senators about this after that hearing and those who did have minions send a boilerplate non-reply just muttered crap about “mandates”. I didn’t write to them about “mandates”. I am so tired of our so-called representatives in Congress having interns read their emails and send out canned non-responses.

      • Cluster November 30, 2021 / 4:07 pm

        The “piece of shits” press conference yesterday re: the new variant was Orwellian at best. Pudding brain did not mention one factual medical statistic of the new variant like infection rates, hospitalization rates, death rates, etc. Not one mention. All he did was stir up some fear and implore everyone to get vaccinated NOW.

        What’s going on in this country has nothing to do with a pandemic.

  11. Cluster December 1, 2021 / 9:25 am

    So I have a question, who do you think will win the Pfizer/Moderna salesman of the year? Oh pardon me, let me rephrase that, who do you think will win the Pfizer/Moderna non binary salesperson of the year? Choose from the following:

    Warren Wilhelm Jr. (aka Bill DeBlasio)
    Peppermint Patty (aka Jen Psaki)
    Brandon (aka F**K Joe Biden)
    Napoleon (aka lil Tony Fauci)

    Mail in voting encouraged.

  12. Retired Spook December 1, 2021 / 9:43 pm

    Laugh for the day:

    Roger Stone on Tucker Carlson discussing the relevance of CNN. “I don’t get my news from CNN for the same reason I don’t eat out of the toilet.”

    • Cluster December 2, 2021 / 9:33 am

      Tucker had a good show last night and his first 15 minutes where he sounded the alarm on the growing threat of communist tyranny in this country needs to be taken seriously. Tucker said what all of us have been saying for a while now and that is these mandates and lockdowns are not to protect people from a virus, but to restrict their freedoms and enslave them and if you don’t understand that by now, you’re not paying attention. The most alarming realization of this is that we will either need to confront this threat head on, or ultimately succumb, and I agree. We are two years into this and time is running out. We can’t let his become the new norm.

  13. Cluster December 2, 2021 / 9:41 am

    When government autocrats claim that mandates work, what they’re saying is of course that threats do work. The American mafia and the Mexican cartels have understood and employed this simple concept for decades. I am curious how government autocrats will react when they are threatened. Because that day is coming.

    • Amazona December 2, 2021 / 8:19 pm

      Well, we need to define “works”. These Covid mandates don’t “work” if by “work” we mean limit the spread or the intensity of the virus. But they do “work” to control the people, through controlling what they can do, where they can go, and how fearful they are. They do “work” in that they consolidate power in the hands of a few.

      A Dem Congresswoman just threatened the country with a “revolution” if Roe is overturned. The Left is fine with that kind of threat, because it comes from their side and they think it would only target the Right. They haven’t thought it through enough to realize what would happen when the Right fights back

      • Retired Spook December 2, 2021 / 10:43 pm

        A Dem Congresswoman just threatened the country with a “revolution” if Roe is overturned.

        That would be the ultimate be-careful-what-you-wish-for moment.

      • Amazona December 3, 2021 / 12:49 pm

        That would be the ultimate be-careful-what-you-wish-for moment.

        That’s exactly what I thought.

  14. Cluster December 2, 2021 / 9:53 am

    A quote from Justice Clarence Thomas (love this man) during yesterdays hearing:

    We’ve heard for years that a right to abortion is somewhere in the Constitution. Justice Clarence Thomas pointedly asked where that right lives when he said, “I understand we’re talking about abortion here. But what is confusing is that if we were talking about the Second Amendment, I know exactly what we’re talking about. If we’re talking about the Fourth Amendment, I know what we’re talking about. Because it’s written in there. What specifically is the right here that we’re talking about?”

  15. Cluster December 2, 2021 / 11:56 am

    Holy shit folks what’s going on in Australia is pure insanity:

    Northern Territory police say they don’t believe three teenagers who absconded from Darwin’s Howard Springs COVID quarantine facility this morning came into contact with members of the community … He said the escape could mean an extension of the time the teenagers were required to stay in quarantine. “Absconding from Howard Springs isn’t just dangerous — it is incredibly stupid.”

    “Because we will catch you and there will be consequences.”


    • Amazona December 2, 2021 / 8:22 pm

      I never dreamed that Australia, of all places, would disintegrate so completely or so quickly, Now I have to wonder if I was always wrong in thinking of Australians as independent free thinkers when they were just wimpy weenies looking for some authoritarian government to tell them what they can and can’t do.

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