Forum:Is it Time To Replace The GOP? Would You Support A New Party?


Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Is it Time To Replace The GOP? Would You Support A New Party?

 The Noisy Room : I am very close to that pivot shift. The tipping point for me will be the nomination for 2016. If a true conservative does not clinch the nomination due to RINO machinations, then I will swing to a Third Party, consequences be damned. There will be those who say, if you do that, Hillary Clinton is assured the ascendency. My reply to that is if someone such as Jeb Bush is nominated, Hillary Clinton or the likes of Bernie Sanders will win anyway and we have nothing to lose anymore. I truly believe if a candidate such as Ted Cruz is forced to run on a Third Party ticket, he stands an excellent chance of winning – barring voter fraud and being assassinated by the powers-that-be.

I believe a new Civil Rights movement has just been born out of this week’s Supreme Court rulings. The end of our Constitutional government is upon us with lawless rulings from the bench and the dissolution of the three branches of government into one monstrously corrupt executive behemoth. Leaders will now rise in that movement and Ted Cruz will almost certainly be one of them. He is one of the few with the stones to stand and tell it like it is. He is also a master debater and won’t be silenced. I am joining with other Constitutionalists out there such as Trevor Loudon, James Simpson, Cliff Kincaid, Wild Bill, the Black Robe Regiment and many, many others calling for civil resistance. We will not comply. A third party could very well be at the forefront of the resistance. As Daniel Greenfield of Sultan Knish penned it, be the best saboteur you can be.

The Independent Sentinel : I always said that I would wait until 2016 to give up on Republicans and I would prefer to do that. They are our only hope and they haven’t had the majority they need to overrule Barack Obama on anything except those bills that liberals like.

Oddly, when the Democrats held power, they got what they wanted and now that they don’t hold power, they get what they want. The establishment refuses to use the power of the purse. It appears that the Republican establishment is too weak-willed to fight back, think keeping their jobs is the prime objective, or maybe they are just as liberal as the Democrats.

The establishment is now punishing Conservatives who do what their constituents want over their demands. We see Mitch McConnell ripping into the Confederate flag instead of telling people that flag was a creation of the Democratic party. The list of unappealing Republican establishment responses is endless.

If they don’t cut it out and if they shove a RINO down our throats, then I will join any reasonable movement to start a third party.

JoshuaPundit: I’ve done a lot of thinking about this one, especially as I saw the reaction from all sides to this weeks’ events.

I am by no means a die hard Republican, but I am loyal to certain principles they supposedly represent. I actually hoped that after they won control of congress, we would finally see them do as they promised and uphold those principles again. But we were simply lied to.

I no longer feel it is possible to hijack or take control of the GOP. My own feeling is that this this Regime’s unprecedented NSA spying and secret data collection unearthed things certain congressmen, government figures and even perhaps a Supreme Court Justice or two desperately want hidden. After all, this president has used these tactics before, and that kind of leverage would certainly account for his aggressive attitude since the midterms. Whether it’s that or simple cowardice or avarice, it doesn’t matter.

I also no longer see waiting around until 2016 as an option. The time to organize is now, a year and a half before the elections so that cohesive principles can be agreed on, strategy plotted out and lines of communication opened.We need to act to secure the liberty of ourselves and our prosperity, rather than once again depending on the Republican Party (or the Democrats, for that matter) to do it for us.

Doing so gives us a much larger, united seat at the table. And it provides a framework for something new and badly, badly needed.

And another thing to consider…we may need that unity and that structure before 2016.  These recent decisions have quite a bit of teeth in them,  and the way they’re certain to be enforced by the Obama Administration is pretty clear, at least to me.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Those of us who actually care enough about our country to follow politics have come to the realization that both the Democrat and Republican Party no longer represent the American people. Unfortunately, while we grew up, went to work, raised our families, and pursued our personal version of the American Dream, the “trusted servants” we elected to protect our rights and interests were pursuing their own agendas. When we finally realized what was happening we got involved and worked very hard to get professed “conservative” Republicans elected, only to be bitterly disappointed once they took office.

We now know that no one, or very few, of our elected officials are working and looking out for our interests. The Democrat Party has been infiltrated with progressives bent on destroying everything that has made America great, in particular the middle class. The Republicans are no better, beholden to big corporations and bankers, also at the expense of the middle class. The government has become a massive wealth redistribution machine through the confiscatory theft of our hard earned wages via numerous tax and regulatory policies.

After last week’s Supreme Court decisions, it has become even more apparent that activist judges allow their political leanings to color their decisions instead of considering the cases before them with strict scrutiny and interpretation of the Constitution. We are no longer a nation that follows the rule of law or respects the will of the people or state’s rights.

We do need a third party and I would support one. The question is do we have enough time to turn everything around, and who would stand for us and be our voice.

Bookworm Room : To put it bluntly, I think that the Republican Party sucks eggs. It does not represent conservatives. Instead, as James Taranto long-ago said, it represents Leftists who have a slight edge on Democrats when it comes to fiscal conservativism. The GOPers are on board with every single Progressive idea — they just think that we ought to be a little more responsible about paying as we travel down The Road to Serfdom.

Having said that, I think true conservatives lack the critical mass to create a meaningful third party, especially with a pivotal election less than a year and a half away. Moreover, in this technologically driven age, the Republican Party has the infrastructure, and that’s something that can’t quickly be replicated either.

What I’d like to see is a coup without the Republican Party. Not having previously been of a revolutionary frame of mind, I’m not quite sure how to go about doing this, but I would certainly begin with fighting vigorously in the Republican primaries to destroy every RINO, starting with Boehner and McConnell.

Interestingly, an idea that has been picking up more and more traction in the comments section at my own blog is the feeling that, true to his Chicago roots, Obama has been blackmailing people like Boehner, Roberts, and McConnell. Indeed, my readers feel that the prosecution against Hastert was a little warning to all three of them to toe the Obama line with both the trade deal and the Obamacare ruling.

I have to admit that this idea, crazy though it is, seems more and more feasible lately. It certainly explains a lot of the insanity going on at the highest level of Republican governance, including Trey Gowdy’s peculiar inept and slow Benghazi investigation.

It was Sherlock Holmes who said when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Either that, or I’m getting even more crazy than the Leftists.

The Glittering Eye : In political science there’s something called “Duverger’s law”. That’s the observed tendency of all non-proportional representation, “first past the post” representative democracies to become two party systems. The implication is that any third party is strictly a temporary phenomenon–it won’t be able to stay around long enough to gain any real influence. Add to that the reality that when the electorate is closely divided between the two surviving parties a third party tends to throw elections towards the party it is least like and you’ve got a pretty substantial argument against a third party.

Forty-five years ago I read a very interesting history of the New York State Conservative Party that outlined the circumstances peculiar to New York that made its creation a sensible move and articulated the party’s role: to nudge the Republican Party, in New York at the time very much more liberal than it is now (remember John Lindsay?), in a direction more to its liking. Unless and until we go to a proportional representation system that’s the role I’d see for any third party and I think the Tea Party is filling that role pretty effectively for the Republicans.

Don Surber: Meh

Ask Marion : It is absolutely time for the GOP to go, as did the Whig party, whom they replaced!

The GOP leadership has stabbed their base, as well as the American people in general, in the back and has sold out to the ruling elite, as have the Democrats. For anyone who doubts that or does not keep up with the day to day treachery in Washington, D.C. please read: The Time For Changing Is Now. The time for change ”is” now, and in order to save America and what freedoms we have left, the change must take place swiftly in the form of not a 3rd party but rather a new replacement party, nullifying the GOP.

The creation of a 3rd party while leaving the GOP in place would just weaken the ability of average Americans to fight for and win back what the Constitution gives us. A new party must replace the Republican party. It is something I have fought supporting for a long time, but the past couple of weeks have proven that we cannot wait any longer.

As Sarah Palin said when she was asked this same question. “;I do not wish to leave the Republican Party, but if they leave me…?!?”; Well their leadership seems to be leaving all of us, leaving me no choice but to support a new party to replace them!

Wolf Howling : It is time for a lot of things. One is a complete restructuring of our completely out of control courts. Two is a requirement that no regulation pass into effect until voted on by our elected representatives As to time for a third party, under normal circumstance, the answer would be a resounding yes. The Republican hierarchy are leading the way in enacting Obama’s second term agenda. Having voted Republicans into office in what was a historic wave election, they promptly rolled over and played dead. It is long past time for a third party. Our current crop of Republican congresscritters, as currently constituted, are a fifth column.

That said, we are on the knife’s edge of being so far transformed by Obama and the left, that to support a third party now would be to kiss America – the America envisioned by our Founders and written into our Constitution – goodbye forever. We need to vote for the most conservative candidate – and that appears to me to be either Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina. We then have to hope against hope that it actually makes a difference in the direction our country is headed.

Well, there you have it.

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The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results


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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“A republic, if you can keep it.” -Benjamin Frankin

“What is euphemistically called government-corporate ‘partnership’ is just government coercion, political favoritism, collectivist industrial policy, and old-fashioned federal boondoggles nicely wrapped up in a bright-colored ribbon. It doesn’t work.” – Ronald Reagan

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt, in the House of Commons November 18, 1783

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This week’s winning essay,Joshuapundit’s The Time For Changing Is Now was my reaction to the Republican leadership’s betrayal of the party’s conservative base to push through ObamaTrade…and my reflection what this and similar betrayals mean.

Here’s a slice:

The Republican leadership today managed to threaten or bribe enough GOP congressmen to pass something most Americans overwhelmingly did not want passed – ‘Fast Track’ authority, the TPA for President Obama on his top secret trade bill that mostly isn’t one.

The vote was 218-208, with 28 Democrats voting for it.

The fast track authority for President Obama was originally paired with another bill called the TAA, a bogus welfare crumb for all the American workers whom will lose their jobs thanks to Obama’s secret trade bill. The combination legislation was voted down last week, but the TPA fast track was shoved through on its own and now goes to the Senate.The GOP leadership has promised to put the TAA provision, which expires in September to a separate vote, which the GOP leaders have promised will be nearly simultaneous.

Oh, I’m sure it will be…after the rest of the secret trade bill gets passed. And of course, as RINO Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, the Republican Gruppenführer for Obama’s trade agenda tells us, the peasants like you and I will find out what’s in it when it’s passed, since on a need to know basis, we’re not even on the list.

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Neither is most of congress, since the administration our president told us would be “the most transparent in history’ is anything but. Only a handful have actually seen it, because it’s locked in a secret room and no one is allowed to take notes or photograph any of it. Based on Wikileaks and a few things Senator Jeff Sessions has said, it’s pretty easy to extrapolate why Barack Obama wants this so bad, and very little of it is actually concerned about trade.

According to the draft provisions,a brand new, unelected international bureaucracy is to be formed, in which America would have the same vote as Qatar. Countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country.

The Healthcare Annex, according to WikiLeaks, “seeks to regulate state schemes for medicines and medical devices. It forces healthcare authorities to give big pharmaceutical companies more information about national decisions on public access to medicine, and grants corporations greater powers to challenge decisions they perceive as harmful to their interests.”

In other words, congress would no longer have sole authority to over reforming MediCare and of course, ObamaCare. And the FDA would be subject to this international bureaucracy that’s being set up as well.

Immigration is a big part of this too. U.S. laws, what remains of them, would now be subject to this international agreement. It calls for special fast tracking of visas that essentially would turn ICE into a rubber stamp. If this passes, look for thousands of American jobs to be replaced by foreigners at vastly lower wages and benefits as fast as corporate America can process the paperwork. And it allows much easier fast tracking of corporate off shoring of American jobs, putting Americans in competition with workers happy to receive less than a dollar an hour in countries like Vietnam.

Of course, there are also provisions to steal billions of dollars from America’s tax payers in the name of global warming as well, while driving utility costs sky high.

Even more shocking, TPA gives congress no leeway on changing any of this. No amendments are allowed, simply a yes or no vote.

Overall, it’s a great plan to finish bankrupting America’s middle class and subject our sovereignty to the ‘international community.’ No wonder this president wanted it so bad and worked so hard to push it through. None of this was possible without the fast track TPA authority. And a GOP majority House just gave it to him.

Here’s Louie Golmert (R-TX), one of the House’s honest men, trying to stem the tide (H/T The Noisy Room and The Right Planet):



So did Senator Jeff Sessions
, who is one of the few congress members who has actually seen the proposed trade bill locked in that secret room:

“It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years,” Sessions said. “Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress ‘implementing’ legislation to change U.S. law—legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote.”

“According to the European Commission, the TiSA agreement—which most House and Senate members did not know about when they voted—will follow in the footsteps of the WTO’s Trade in Services Provisions, which has already inhibited the U.S. from making needed immigration changes,” Sessions said. “The European Commission says the EU ‘wants as many countries as possible to join the agreement.’ We have already seen how the EU has curtailed sovereignty in Europe; we do not want to follow in its footsteps.”

With regard to TPP, Sessions warned that America has “never seen” anything like it before—and that it’ll force the United States into a version of the European Union he calls “a new Pacific Union.”

“This nation has never seen an agreement that compares to the TPP, which forms a new Pacific Union,” Sessions said. “This is far more than a trade agreement, but creates a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty. Such a historic international regulatory Commission should never be fast-tracked, and should never be put on a path to passage until every word has been publicly scrutinized, every question answered, and every last power understood by Congress and the American people.”

This is still going to be bounced back and forth between the Senate and the House, but the fix is likely in for this colossal betrayal. We’re being told that this ‘free trade bill’ will benefit American workers. It will not. Actually, it will cost many of them their livelihoods as visas for foreign workers to replace them at cheaper wages are rubber-stamped. One more time – this isn’t primarily a trade agreement at all.

I just heard Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) trying to sell it that way on one of the talk shows, saying we didn’t have trade agreement with Japan, or China, or a number of other countries. Well and good senator. What’s wrong with the normal process of sending diplomats to negotiate them on a per country basis and submitting them to congress for approval as we’ve done in the past?

Or is it just that your corporate donors want it done this way, in stealth and secrecy? Because it isn’t going to benefit the American economy so much as milk it dry for the benefit of the well connected…and of course, their servile toadies in congress.

So once again, we’re faced with outright betrayal. Virtually everything the Republican Party campaigned on in 2010 and especially in 2014 was an outright lie. Instead of being ‘pulled out root and branch’ as Mitch McConnell told voters in 2014 in Kentucky, ObamaCare is being funded by congress and the GOP establishment is already plotting to save it in case the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional, which it always was.

President Obama’s amnesty of illegal aliens by executive order? In spite of all the rhetoric, that’s being funded too. We essentially have no borders anymore, or any standards whatsoever on whom we let stay here.

Shutting down President Obama’s appointments of radical judges and federal appointees at offices like the FCC? Or his radical new racialist attorney general? Using the nuclear option, the way Harry Reid did to stop over 200 bills the house passed from even going to committee? Nothing. The GOP’s congressional leaders have made sure that President Obama has gotten whatever he wanted.

Barack Obama’s EPA war on coal? Same story.

And forget about congress using the power of the purse to compel the release of documents and the testimony of those involved in major scandals like Benghazi, the IRS targeting political opponents or the Clinton Foundation’s dealings.

I have speculated on these pages that with all the warrentless NSA spying and data collection going on, it’s quite possible this president has something juicy on key Republicans like McConnell and Boehner. Or it may be they’re simply being paid off in one way or another.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter. What does is the realization of this foul betrayal and to look at Tolstoy’s eternal question; what then must we do?

Much more, and an update at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winners were Gillespie & Welch at Reason.Com’s Hit and Run Blog with How Government Stifled Reason’s Free Speech submitted by Rhymes With Right.

This is an excellent complement to this week’s winning Council essay because [t concerns government overreach and tyranny. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Right Planet was unable to vote this week, but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

 

  • Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnDISIS Dirty Bomb

 

Non-Council Winners

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12 Must-Read Quotes From Scalia’s Blistering Same-Sex Marriage Dissent

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Handing the LGBT community and Barack Obama a victory, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision in favor of gay marriage making it legal in all 50 states.

The ruling permits same sex couples to marry in all 50 states and states must perform same sex marriages. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissent, joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas.”

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Anyone who thought Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in Thursday’s Obamacare—which Scalia now calls ‘SCOTUScare’— was intense should read his dissent in Friday’s 5-4 ruling mandating same-sex marriage in all 50 states. In fact, Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano said that Scalia’s Obamacare dissent ‘looks like a Christmas card’ compared to his rebuke of the majority today….

Scalia doesn’t hold back in his criticisms of the Supreme Court and the “wisdom” of five robed members of our federal government.

We pulled out a dozen of the best quotes from his blistering disagreement with the SCOTUS majority (emphasis added):

No. 1: SCOTUS Is a ‘Threat’

‘I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.’

No. 2: Our New Rulers

‘[I]t is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves…..’

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While we’re on the subject, check out Grumpy Opinions post entitled, “5 Justices Just Trashed The Accumulated Knowledge of Mankind, and the Constitution.” Definitely a worth read (excerpt below).

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy.’ The 45 Communist Goal Necessary To Destroy America.

George Washington, our first President viewed “sodomy” or homosexual relations with “Abhorrence and Detestation.”

As a member of the Virginia Legislature, Thomas Jefferson proposed a law that would punish homosexual males by castration and a half inch hole drilled through the nose cartridge of lesbians. His colleagues disagreed, hanging was faster and cheaper. When our Constitution was written homosexuality was a hanging offense in all thirteen states. For a brief period Pennsylvania experimented with short prison terms, it took them less than 20 years to go back to hanging them.

Needless to say, back then, a discussion about gay marriage wouldn’t have ended well for supporters of the idea….

 

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Finally, Progressives are doing what they do best when a Black person refuses to tend the fields of their plantation. Clarence Thomas is trending on twitter courtesy of foul-mouthed, racists, many self-loathing petards all too thrilled to tote that barge and lift that bail on their Progressive slave master’s plantation.

The decision in OBERGEFELL ET AL. v. HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL. can be read here in pdf format.

 

 

LINKS:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/06/26/12-must-read-quotes-from-scalias-blistering-same-sex-marriage-dissent/
http://grumpyelder.com/2015/06/5-justices-just-trashed-the-accumulated-knowledge-of-mankind-and-the-constitution/
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/06/26/breaking-supreme-court-upholds-state-bans-on-gay-marriage-n2017268
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf

Clinton Brooklyn Headquarters a Prop – Opts for Times Square Location

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In April when Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 campaign for presidency, Brooklynites and a building located in Brooklyn Heights, 1 Pierrepont Plaza dubbed “Brooklyn Cool” in a community of elitists that is barely a blip on the borough’s map and dubbed by yours truly as “land of the Communists” were used as props.

Heralded by a fawning media as “hip”, immediately after the launching of her campaign, Clinton rode out of Brooklyn in her “Scooby Van” and has not returned to what was formerly known as the borough of churches since. (Thanks to former NYC mayor, Michael Bloomberg and Commie Bill, churches have been and continue to be converted to condos.)

 

 

Commie elitists vs. One Percenters – No contest.

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Prior to kicking fellow Commies to the curb, Clinton last summer signed a two year lease for office space in the newly renovated Tower 45 building located at West 45th Street in the heart of Times Square. The lease for the Brooklyn location was signed late February, March after Huma Abedin checked out the location and the neighborhood.

Approximately, thirty-five of Clinton’s minions are working out of Brooklyn, while Clinton and major staffers utilize the space in Times Square.

Politico

The building has an outdoor plaza and lobby featuring ‘magnificent large-scale hanging lit sculptures,’ according to the developer, SL Green. At the time she signed the lease, a spokesman said Clinton was setting up a personal office.

That space is now occupied by Clinton’s campaign; 10 to 15 campaign staffers and interns work there regularly, and meetings take place there. Senior staffers also use the office out of convenience, if they need a place to work in Manhattan between appointments around town….

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Fifteen minutes from Wall Street, less than that from the Clinton’s hedge fund buddies, the heart of Broadway and land of the one per centers.

H/t Washington Free Beacon.

 

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http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/hillary-clinton-too-cool-for-brooklyn-119236.html
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/hillary-clinton-campaign-headquarters-brooklyn-116649.html
http://freebeacon.com/politics/hillary-clinton-abandons-brooklyn-hipsters-works-out-of-posh-manhattan-office/

The ObamaCare Ruling As Legal Gnosticism

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In the early Christian church, there arose the Gnostic heresy. It diverged wildly from the orthodox teachings of the Christian community in a number of ways, among them in the belief that Biblical texts have a deep, hidden meaning which could only be understood by those initiated into the “secret wisdom” to which the Gnostics claimed access. Thus the average believer might understand a scriptural text to have a clear meaning based upon the written word, but those who were initiates would understand the actual meaning which lurked beneath the text because they were “in the know”.

Frankly, I have not thought much about the Gnostics in the two decades since I left the seminary — but that changed this morning after the announcement of the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell. Why? Because the majority opinion goes to great lengths to show that the actual text of the statute establishing ObamaCare means something other than what the words clearly state — just trust the enlightened initiates whose special knowledge enables them to see a meaning quite different than what those words actually say!

‘Today’s decision in King v. Burwell is notable in many respects. It is a significant legal victory for the Obama Administration, a victory for purposivist statutory interpretation, a loss for textualism, and a loss for an expansive Chevron doctrine. In these latter respects, the decision is something of a double-loss for Justice Scalia (which may explain the last line of his opinion). King also means that, in many respects, the PPACA is now the law that Chief Justice Roberts wrote as here, as in NFIB v. Sebelius, the Chief Justice has decided it is the Court’s job to determine what the statute means — even if this requires ignoring or rewriting text — if such is necessary in order to save it. The umpire has decided it’s okay to pinch hit to ensure the right team wins….

 

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You can read the Supreme Court’s decision here in pdf format.

LINKS:
http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/357525.php
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-114_qol1.pdf

 

Our Weasel Of The Week!!


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Once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all disgusting but the Council has spoken and we have our winner. The envelope please….

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Mentally Challenged Murderer Dylann Roof!!

Virginia Right! :I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the WotW title than Dylann Roof. And I am not sure what more can be said that hasn’t already been said multiple times. Roof spent about an hour in a Church praying with the Bible Class and then opened fire. I am at a loss to find words to express the feelings and emotions we all have about this act of violence.

Indeed. Mr. Roof is currently a guest of the State of South Carolina, so is unable to receive his statuette of shame today. We will attempt to deliver  it to his next of kin.

Well, there it is! 

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and  remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.


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Confederate Flag Pleads Not Guilty in Charleston Church Shootings


Originally posted on The Barbed Wire:

CHARLESTON (The Barbed Wire) – Charged with the death of nine Americans here last week, the Confederate Flag was arraigned this morning and entered a plea of not guilty in the case. The Confederate Flag denied having thought of, inspired, or carried out the attack that killed nine in a church. The flag denied having pulled the trigger that caused the death and even denied driving the getaway car.

“These people on the Left are nuts!” the Confederate Flag said after leaving the courtroom. “They’re like the American ISIS. They want to tell people what they can and can’t say, what they can and can’t eat, buy, etc. Now they’re trying to remove me and then they’re going after statues of men associated with the Confederacy. They might not agree with it, but this was a significant period in the nation’s history. I thought these people were supposed to be…

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – False Flag Edition


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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Mellow Jihadi, Simply Jews and Blazing Cat Fur earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

 

Honorable Mentions

 

Non-Council Submissions

 

  • /David Rothkoph/Foreign Policy Oren Agonistes submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD

 

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Observe How Confederate-Themed Store Worker Reacts When CNN Crew Shows Up

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When a CNN crew showed up at a Confederate-themed store in Summerville, South Carolina, they were immediately confronted by a visibly frustrated worker who refused to let them film in the store.

“Are we on your f***ing agenda today? Get the f*** out of Summerville!” the man, who refused to identify himself.

He went on to accuse the national news network of “stirring s**t up.”

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A comment under the above video on YouTube says it all:

Funny that all of these liberal mouth breathers at Amazon, et. al are scrambling to remove Confederate battle flags from their catalogs, yet you can easily get Nazi paraphernalia without any issues whatsoever.

 

Progressives, the real racists in the nation.

Did CNN believe for a moment that this man would shoot himself in the foot (no pun intended) by rolling out the Southern charm for them to destroy his livelihood? Really? That is the arrogance of Marxist elites on display.

Why many are celebrating the take down of the Confederate flag, this unhyphenated American, born and bred in New York City wants to know, “what’s the problem?”

Does anyone see where this is going? The same people attacking the Confederate flag are the same Communist bastards burning the American flag.

Everyone is thinking but no one dare ask out loud, “Is the American flag next?”

Moreover, those attacking the Confederate flag are the same people guilty of Progressive revisionist history on the Bible, American history, world history, racism, propaganda, staging riots, burning down communities in counties and states where they do not reside, etc.

My take on the subject of the Confederate flag, let’s just say that (a) like it or not, this flag is part of our history, (b) removing the Confederate flag is not a deterrence to evil and (c) this is a state matter. Outsiders have no right to call for the removal of this flag. The federal government needs to stay out of it as well as Barack Obama’s paid agent provocateurs and his mainstream media sock puppets espousing White House propaganda which itself is racist.

Who would have thought that under the nation’s first bi-racial non-leader, the Confederate flag would become a collector’s item? Such an action in itself is a stain on American history.

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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/06/23/watch-how-confederate-themed-store-worker-reacts-when-cnn-crew-shows-up-are-we-on-youragenda-today/

 

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!


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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

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Race Pimp And MSNBC Common Tater Michael Dyson!

The Noisy Room : Michael Dyson for taking a cheap shot at Clarence Thomas by comparing him to Rachel Dolezal. This is a case of situational blackness. Black social justice activists have forever accused white people of cultural appropriation and trying to ‘be black.’ Claiming that they could not possibly understand what it was to be an oppressed minority. Now when it suits them, they’re all for some delusional white chick ‘being black.’ Michelle Malkin gets it stunningly right when she calls them trans-racial hoaxers and pretendians. It has very little to do with race and everything to do with a political agenda.

From IJReview:

On Monday, host Ed Schultz asked MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson to share his opinion surrounding the story of Rachel Dolezal, a Caucasian woman who was posing as an African American NAACP leader.

Dyson said:

“Yeah, it’s striking to me that her parents want her to pledge fidelity and loyalty to her true roots.

You know, but what Rachel has suggested, is that she has embraced an African-American culture, a black identity, that seems counter to what her parents desire…

It means that she may not be African-American, but she certainly could be black in a cultural sense. She’s taking on the ideas, the identities, the struggles. She’s identified with them. I bet a lot more black people would support Rachel Dolezal than would support say Clarence Thomas.”

Michael Dyson is a racist hack, who on any given day, has an audience of about two. He uses race as his weapon of choice to justify his Marxist goals, bludgeoning whomever he perceives as the du jour threat of the day. Thus, in his mind, viewing Rudy Giuliani as a white supremacist is somehow rational and sane. Which is blatantly ridiculous and he knows it. He also takes every opportunity to bash Clarence Thomas, who is a steadfast conservative. It’s not his race that Dyson objects to, it’s his political stance. Dyson and the Progressive’s position on Dolezal is an insult to blacks and I don’t blame them for being embarrassed. The whole thing is one big lie of convenience. The idiot is white, not black and Dyson is a Marxist weasel, not a journalist. But what did you expect from MSNBC?

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Sports Icon, Racialist And Islamist Apologist Kareem-Abdul Jabbar!

Don Surber : When it comes to bitter, rich old men who have turned on the nation of their birth who made them a multi-millionaire celebrity, few match author Stephen King or actor Sean Penn. But the king of such haters is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar whose poison pen appears regularly in Time magazine. His utter contempt for his own race as well as whites — he has long been a racist — was nearly humorous as he defended the contemptible Rachel Dolezal.

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Mentally Challenged Murderer Dylann Roof!!

Virginia Right! :I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the WotW title than Dylann Roof. And I am not sure what more can be said that hasn’t already been said multiple times. Roof spent about an hour in a Church praying with the Bible Class and then opened fire. I am at a loss to find words to express the feelings and emotions we all have about this act of violence.

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Sista Solove, Race Hatin’ Whatever!

The Independent Sentinel : Outside the Mother Emmanuel American Methodist Church, Crazy lady Sista Solove complained to Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby about the “white devil” and “white privilege”. She also called for a race war. She referred to him as a “cracka”.

She said “these n–as better get off their knees and stop praying to white Jesus”, because “white Jesus ain’t gonna save nobody”. She said that in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre of 9 innocent religious people gunned down in a church.

Everyone is expressing love and joining together, white and black, and this dingbat is calling for a race war.

Well, there it is. What a despicable group of  Weasels…ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum.

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.


It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Support Senator Sessions’ State and Local Law Enforcement Act

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Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael David Davis Jr. killed in the line of duty by illegal aliens

Grumpy Opinions

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers is writing today to advise all Americans that there is good news for the citizens of these United States taking place in the United States Senate in the form of new legislation currently known as Senator Jeff Sessions State and Local Law Enforcement Act.

We at NAFBPO have long advised that the true weakness in border security that must be addressed first is the lack of effective enforcement in the interior of the United States. This glaring deficiency is probably the major long term factor encouraging illegal aliens to come into the United States and remain even though they have been apprehended during the commission of other crimes subsequent to their unlawful entry by State and local officers….

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Below is a Jun 22 2015 press release from Senator Sessions:

“Congress spends too much time catering to special interests, and not enough time serving the people who sent us here. Advancing this bill would be a dramatic step towards reestablishing the severed trust between the people and their government.”

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, announced today that he was introducing legislation in response to the planned and sustained dismantlement of immigration enforcement in America. The legislation would end the mass release of criminal aliens, return law and order to devastated communities, and ensure the consistent and uniform application of federal law. The proposal, which builds on legislation introduced by House Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy, is named after Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Danny Oliver, two local law enforcement officers who were murdered by an illegal alien with an extensive criminal history:

“I applaud Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte for their dedicated work in carefully crafting this crucial measure. The introduction of this companion bill in the Senate is another important step towards protecting the lives and livelihoods of American citizens. The legislation is named for Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Detective Michael Davis, who were gunned down in the line of duty by a twice-deported illegal alien. Had our nation’s immigration laws been enforced, both of these slain heroes would be with their families today.

In America, tens of thousands of preventable crimes occur each year, including the most violent and heinous, because of our failure to enforce our immigration laws. Too many people are living in fear of violent gangs and drug cartels as a result.

Every single day, law officers at the state, local, and federal level are forced to release criminal aliens who pose a threat to community safety—in violation of current laws that require deportation. Additionally, in the last two years, ICE released back onto the streets 76,000 convicted criminal aliens. There are 169,000 criminal aliens at large in the United States right now who have criminal convictions and were formally and lawfully ordered deported. The Administration’s tolerance of sanctuary cities has also resulted in another 10,000 potentially deportable arrested aliens being released by local law agencies since January of last year. And, 121 of the criminal aliens who’ve been ordered deported in the last few years and were released by ICE have now been charged with additional homicide offenses.

This legislation will ensure cooperation between state, local, and federal officials, each with their own valuable role. It will crack down on sanctuary cities. It will empower our Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to actually enforce our immigration laws—protecting the jobs, wages, and well-being of the American people. It will make sure that our immigration policies are carried out—not ignored.

Congress spends too much time catering to special interests, and not enough time serving the people who sent us here. Advancing this bill would be a dramatic step towards reestablishing the severed trust between the people and their government.”

Legislative Background

Endorsements for the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act:

  • Chris Crane, President, National ICE Council, representing more than 7,000 ICE officers, agents, and support staff [letter of support]
  • Ken Palinkas, President, National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, representing 12,000 Immigration Service officers and staff
  • National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
  • National Sheriffs’ Association
  • Sheriff Paul Babeu (Pinal County, AZ)
  • Sheriff Bruce W. Hartman (Gilpin County, CO)
  • Sheriff Tom Hodgson (Bristol County, MA)
  • Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (Frederick County, MD)
  • Sheriff Terry Johnson (Alamance County, NC)
  • Sheriff Gabriel Joiner (Cheyenne County, CO)
  • Sheriff Scott Jones (Sacramento County, CA)
  • Sheriff Sam Page (Rockingham County, NC)
  • Sheriff Ted Schendel (Benzie County, MI)
  • Sheriff Justin Smith (Larimer County, CO)
  • Eagle Forum
  • Federation For American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
  • Heritage Action
  • NumbersUSA

Joining Chairman Sessions in introducing the legislation:

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR); Sen. David Perdue (R-GA); Sen. David Vitter (R-LA); Sen Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

To view the legislative text, please click here. To view a section-by-section summary, please click here.

LINKS:
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http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/6/chairman-sessions-introduces-immigration-enforcement-bill-in-honor-of-officers-slain-by-illegal-alien

UNHRC report: catering to the dictators’ club tastes

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Above photograph:  Doudou Diène of Senegal (left) and Mary McGowan Davis, USA (right), Members of The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict – courtesy of UNHR.

Simply Jews

When a supposedly objective report is ‘citing a press release from Hamas’ military spokesperson Abu Obeida, saying that, ‘In some instances, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza reportedly attempted to warn civilians in Israel of imminent attacks”‘ you must smell something rotten.

Here is some antidote against the UN-issued poison, by Maurice Ostroff.

Although the Israel government refused to cooperate with the UN commission of inquiry on the 2014 Gaza War, a number of concerned citizens and NGO’s presented cogent well researched submissions to the Commission….

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LINK:
http://simplyjews.blogspot.com/2015/06/unhrc-report-catering-to-dictators-club.html

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