Don’t Let Liberal Establishment Choose Our Candidates

Conservatives are worried that an ideal Reagan conservative has yet to emerge and lead the 2012 GOP presidential field. But are we allowing the liberal media (and establishment Republicans) to manipulate the narrative to prevent such a result?

Obviously, the liberal media do not have the best interests of Reagan conservatives in mind when they do their “reporting.” So when they tell us certain GOP candidates are unelectable or electable, common sense would counsel us to take their advice with mounds of salt. But do we?

Surely Ronald Reagan isn’t the only qualified, electable Reagan conservative in our lifetimes. Nonetheless, the virtually unchallenged assumption is that Reagan conservatism is extreme and its purveyors intrinsically divisive.

Read More at Human Events By David Limbaugh, Human Events

Why the Right Fails Online — Lessons From History for the GOP

If you think the Internet revolution encompasses only areas like business, advertising, publishing and entertainment, you are sorely mistaken.

In less than a decade, starting from nearly nothing, left-wing powerhouse MoveOn.org created a force that can put a million volunteers on the ground, can raise $30 million in small donor contributions every cycle (several times that number in 2008 and likely 2012), and never needs help from big check writers. The group’s small donors kept Barack Obama even or ahead of Hillary Clinton in fundraising throughout 2007, even while he was 20 points down in the polls, and their activists won him the caucus states by an average of 70-30, ultimately delivering the Democratic nomination.

There is nothing like that kind of online political powerhouse on the right. Nothing.

Read More at Fox News By Rod D. Martin, FoxNews

Video:Obama Paddles His Enemies

Patton: Can We Trade Barack For Bibi?

Let’s just get it out in the open right now. I would like to trade Barack Obama for Benjamin Netanyahu. I know, I know, Netanyahu was not born in the United States, but then…well, let’s don’t open that can of worms again. The bottom line is that the Israeli prime minister is one of the premier leaders in the world today, while Obama is one of the premier aspiring dictators. Ask yourself; wouldn’t you honestly prefer an Israeli conservative to a Muslim sympathizer?

In the 63 years since the creation of modern Israel, every American president has met the responsibilities expected of a friend and an ally — until now. From Harry Truman to George W. Bush, the tiny Jewish state could count on the United States of America to honor its commitments. Not any more. Barack Obama has thrown Israel under the international bus and is making no apologies for it.

In his recent speech on the subject of Israeli-Palestinian “peace,” Obama informed the world that he expected Israel to go back to its pre-1967 borders. Who does this arrogant man think that he is? Can you imagine Mexico telling Texans they should go back to their pre-1836 borders? (Actually, there are a lot of Mexicans who believe that is exactly what should happen, but that is a topic for another day.)

Read More at GOPUSA by Doug Patton, GOPUSA

Did Obama quote Alinsky in Mideast policy address?

In his major address on the Middle East last week, did President Obama quote from the centerpiece of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky’s defining work?

While hailing the Arab uprisings sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, Obama laid out his foreign policy using terminology strikingly similar to Alinsky’s mantra.

“There must be no doubt that the United States of America welcomes change that advances self-determination and opportunity,” Obama stated. “Yes, there will be perils that accompany this moment of promise. But after decades of accepting the world as it is in the region, we have a chance to pursue the world as it should be.”

Read More at WND by Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily

Miller: Parnell should ‘resist unconstitutional mandates of the federal government’

A recent exchange from one-time U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller’s Facebook page raises an interesting question about Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s strategy in dealing with the tangle of federal permitting that can slow oil and gas projects. Miller says Parnell should ignore those pesky laws and just do as he wants by invoking the state’s right to “nullify” or “resist unconstitutional mandates of the federal government.”

Miller, the tea party candidate who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski and has since gone on to become chairman of the Western Representation Political Action Committee, is pitching a strategy that others nationwide have used to push back against marijuana laws, health care mandates, gun control, the TSA and more. A website tracking the 10th Amendment Nullification movement details these and other issues the movement is taking on.

The site includes coverage of a sovereignty resolution signed by Sarah Palin in 2009 just weeks before she stepped down from her job as Alaska’s governor. The Tenth Amendment Center describes the document as a resolution that “serves notice to the federal government that it should cease and desist any activities beyond the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers.”

Read More at Alaska Dispatch by Jill Burke, Alaska Dispatch

US Vs Jones Amicus Brief

Will Obama Follow the Law? War Power Deadline Approaching

As the U.S. military campaign in Libya approaches the 60-day mark this Friday, six Republican senators wrote President Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act, which says Congress must authorize action that lasts more than 60 days.

“Friday is the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution. Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response,” wrote the GOP senators Wednesday.

The letter was signed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

The GOP senators said they believe the president already violated part of the War Powers Act – which says the president’s constitutional powers allow him to only deploy troops into Read More

 

Commentary: A Libyan Quagmire?

By Roger Aronoff

Obama and GaddafiThe botched and confused handling of the conflict in Libya has been a stunning example of President Obama’s leadership style, and of the media’s continued determination to ignore or gloss over anything that makes him look weak, incompetent or indecisive. What started out as a humanitarian mission to protect the civilian population of Benghazi, Libya, soon evolved into a stalemate. The dilemma is that Obama has repeatedly said that the goal is for regime change, but the NATO mission tasked to establish a no-fly zone and to protect the civilians does not provide the means to accomplish that goal.

It wasn’t until events in Egypt unfolded that the world’s attention moved west to Libya. On February 11th, Egypt’s president of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, stepped down from office after weeks of drama, massive demonstrations, and a sense of inevitability that change was coming to the Middle East. President Obama stepped up to claim credit for his administration’s handling of the situation, but he was immediately faced with a growing crisis in Libya, where the circumstances were quite different from those in Egypt. Mubarak had been allied with the U.S. both militarily and diplomatically for many years. Egypt had kept the peace with Israel, and kept the Iranian-backed Hamas in Gaza from easily acquiring weapons and artillery with which to use against Israel.

Mubarak allowed the media to remain in the country with their cameras running, and chose not to use the kind of ruthless force necessary to shut down the protests against his government. Many analysts expressed concern that the best organized group in the country, other than the military, was the Muslim Brotherhood, which had spawned groups such al Qaeda. The concern was that if the Muslim Brotherhood came to power in the wake of Mubarak’s departure, they were more likely to create an Islamist state governed by Sharia law, rather than a free and democratic state. In fact, there are already ominous signs that another chance at democracy in the Middle East is being hijacked by radical Islamists. One of the new government’s first acts was to allow an Iranian ship to pass through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean. And less than two weeks after Mubarak stepped down, the radical Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who had been exiled by Mubarak, addressed a crowd of more than a million Egyptians in Tahrir Square, while Google executive Wael Ghonim, who had become a hero to many for spearheading this revolution when he started up a Facebook page, was denied the right to speak by Qaradawi’s security forces. The outcome of the revolution remains an uncertain concern for the West.

Less than a week after Mubarak stepped down, February 17th became a “day of rage” in Libya, marking the five-year Read More


Reid rejects badly needed $2 Trillion cuts

 

Harry Reid Rejects CutsReporting from Washington— Battle lines in federal debt talks sharpened markedly Thursday when the Senate’s top Democrat rejected a proposal for $2 trillion in budget cuts as demanded by House Speaker John A. Boehner, saying any cuts must be accompanied by action on closing tax loopholes.

“You can’t do $2 trillion just in cuts,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in an interview in his Capitol office. “There has to be a mix of spending cuts, including defense. There has to be a more fair apportionment of tax policy in this country.”
Republicans have resisted using tax reform to rein in deficits as Congress and the White House try to break a stalemate over raising the nation’s debt limit by Aug. 2 to avoid a first-ever federal default. Boehner’s office reiterated Thursday that tax hikes would not be “on the table” in talks.
Reid said negotiations are likely to drag until the 11th hour, a prospect certain to send shudders through the financial markets and fuel political debate.

Read More: LaTimes.com

From Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau of the LaTimes