McCarthy’s Withdrawal: Too Early for Conservatives to Rejoice
Many conservatives across the land are rejoicing today over the withdrawal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% from the Speaker election. They shouldn’t. House Republicans are largely a collection of phonies. In my view, there are only two who have earned the Speakership: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 95% and [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve King (R-IA)’ | Read More »
Unless Jordan/Hensarling reverse course, stick with Webster. No Paul Ryan.
Two names consistently pop up among serious conservatives who want to snatch the Speakership away from Boehner & Co. And after Boehner’s latest ploy of postponing the election, conservatives need to be more serious than ever. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 80% is not one of the names. I am speaking of Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) 85% and [mc_name name=’Rep. Jim | Read More »
More Wars for Peace Will Not Bring Peace
When Hamid Karzai, the man we installed and the leader of a land that is a nation in name only was the president of Afghanistan he accused the United States of colluding with the Taliban to keep the war going. According to his spokesman, “The people of Afghanistan ask NATO to define the purpose and aim of the so-called war on terror… (They) consider this | Read More »
Fred Thompson for Speaker. Because, why not?
Now that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% has dropped out of the Speaker’s race, we are left at the same place we were the day before Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% dropped out. We have a House in disarray. Conservatives want a force to be reckoned with, especially where the Senate is concerned. Everybody wants someone who understands enough about rules and procedures | Read More »
Memo to House Conservatives: Don’t quit! Blow it up! Move the Motion to Vacate the Chair NOW!
House conservatives claimed their second scalp today, as Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% dropped out of the race for Speaker. The sudden announcement took everyone by surprise, and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% took advantage of the opportunity to arbitrarily shut down the election. Nobody is really focusing on this point as yet, but that is the real stunner | Read More »
Congressional GOP Grows Spine Before Texas House
Who would have thought Republicans in Congress would grow a spine faster than Republicans in Texas? Well, they did. And, to the Lone Star State’s shame, we still have Joe Straus as speaker of our House.
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The post presidency of Obama
Obama’s post presidency (How to be a billionaire by 65) President Obama is going into his last year as POTUS and like most 55 year old men, looks forward to how best to capitalize on his life’s experience. He looks at Al Gore and sees how a second rate politician like Gore has capitalized on his notoriety and has amassed a personal fortune of more | Read More »
Being on the Right Side of Immigration does Not Make Trump a Conservative
From anywhere in the country, one could practically feel the glee that conservatives like Ann Coulter and millions of Americans felt when Donald Trump came out and said that illegal immigrants were raping and murdering citizens. It was the type of straight talk that many in the Republican party have craved after years of “tough” politicians tiptoeing around the issue.
Tweaking Capital Punishment
Recently, the state of Georgia executed Kelly Gissendaner while Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a stay in the execution of Richard Glossip who lost his appeal before the Supreme Court in the 2015 term. Thus far, there have been 22 executions in the United States this year and 1,416 since the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to resume executions in 1976 after a brief moratorium. | Read More »
Gun Education over Gun Control
In the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Oregon, the President and the press jumped into action demanding more gun control. Politicize it! More expansive background checks! Limit availability! Hold gun manufacturers accountable! Something must be done! But honestly, to address the problem of gun violence, we only need to do one thing. Encourage more Americans to protect themselves. Only about one-third of Americans own | Read More »
Rep. Adam Kinzinger(RINO-IL) You Are Not And Never Have Been A Tea Party Conservative
[mc_name name='Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)' chamber='house' mcid='K000378' ](R-IL) As the only reporter, blogger, or political commentator that is regularly critical of the things said by Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger(Mark Levin and AM560 The Answers Joe Walsh are occasionally) it is incumbent upon me to set the smug jerk straight. In an op-ed that ran late Tuesday in Crain’s Chicago Kinzinger wrote about | Read More »
Primary Challenge Alert: IL 15th District Rep. John Shimkus (R)
IL State Senator Kyle McCarter to Challenge Rep. John Shimkus in the GOP Primary.
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Hillary: “I was for the TPP before I was against it..”
You’d think she’d learn by now. A short while ago, Hillary Clinton announced her opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership. The TPP is the crown jewel of Obama’s agenda…the same Obama who was her boss for 4 years, who rescued her by giving her State, and yes, the same TTP that she herself not to long ago hailed as the “gold standard of trade deals.” | Read More »
Is there an embarrassing skeleton in Kevin McCarthy’s closet?
A recent congressional letter has me putting two and two together. First, let me post an article excerpt from The Hill out today: Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) 89% (R-N.C.) wants to avoid the possibility of a member of the new House GOP leadership resigning from office because of a scandal. In a letter to House GOP Conference Chairwoman [mc_name name=’Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)’ chamber=’house’ | Read More »
Reaching out to the Black Community
An article by Jason Riley got me thinking about outreach. I personally believe that conservatives have the best solutions for the nation, all of the nation, including African Americans. Thinking about how to present it, I may be wrong and this may not resonate with anyone anywhere, but if any of our candidates wants it here you go. Start– Thank you for having me here today. I | Read More »
American Competitiveness Could Get Much Worse Without Congressional Action
When it comes to creating a competitive business environment, the United States already faces an uphill climb thanks to our outdated corporate tax policies. What many Americans may not realize is that things are about to get much worse. The United States corporate tax rate of 35 percent is the highest among developed nations, and has prevented many American companies from bringing their international earnings | Read More »
2016 – An Outsider’s Handicapping – Part IV
I originally was not going to post another entry on this until right before Iowa, with a final prediction, but the past month has been so interesting that I thought I would revisit this topic. We have had two strong, conservative, former governors drop out. That was a surprise. Perry might run for the Senate, as may Walker, but I think for both their Presidential | Read More »
With Friends Like These: George Soros-Part 2
In part 1, I outlined the basic tenets of Soros and his Open Society Institute (OSI). They revolved around the denial of American exceptionalism, world governance, and wealth redistribution. Nothing so changed recent American history than the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Although the plan had been in the making for years, Soros led the call that the attacks were | Read More »
Minimum Wage Hikes Kill Businesses & Jobs
Remember earlier this year, around April/May when there seemed to be a discussion about the minimum wage on every news channel? Since that time, focuses have shifted to other important issues. But the minimum wage still remains an important issue in this country that should be discussed, along with the truth of the issue: minimum wage hikes continue to kill businesses & jobs. | Read More »
So, is it just wicked reich-wing Republicans saying that President Obama’s foreign policy shows no leadership . . .
From The Wall Street Journal: Iraqis Urge Russia to Strike Islamic State Moscow’s intervention would rival U.S. influence By Matt Bradley and Ghassan Adnan | Updated Oct. 6, 2015 4:00 p.m. ET BAGHDAD—Iraqi Shiite lawmakers and militia leaders are urging Russia to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in their country, a sharp reproach to the U.S.-led air campaign targeting the extremist group. Since Moscow | Read More »
Surprise! Prescription Drug Spending Soars Under Obamacare
With the Affordable Care Act here to stay, courtesy of Chief Justice John Roberts and company, Americans are reaping the benefits(not really). Under Obamacare, Americans are now expected to pay 46 percent of drug costs out of pocket, as opposed to 20 percent for those on employer-sponsored plans. The findings were published by Emory University researchers Kenneth Thorpe, Lindsay Allen, and Peter Joski in | Read More »
We Fill Our Culture with Garbage, and We Reap The Result
I’m going to start today by venting, and I will warn you in advance that this is going to be a sermon, but someone needs to speak the truth for a change: Another week, another mass shooting, another press conference by the President lecturing us on the need for gun control, and now Hillary and Obama are in a race to see which of them | Read More »
Can We Afford It?
The President is concerned that periodically we have paroxysms of people with mental health issues committing various crimes, such as shooting multiple people in public places. A number of other Democrats have also expressed concerns about this all under the guise of “gun safety”. The problem is, this has very little to do with guns and everything to do with personal liberty and freedom. This | Read More »
Do Liberals Want To Stop Gun Violence Or Just Mass Shootings?
I’m confused by what I hear and by what I’ve heard from the left on the issue of guns and mass shootings. I don’t however hear get the same confusing message when it comes to gun violence overall. Even though their ultimate holy grail orgasm moment would be the complete and utter ban and thus phasing out of firearms usage, purchase, and so forth, they | Read More »
Mark Cuban: When He Isn’t Denouncing ‘Patent Trolls’ – He Is One
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So too a patent “troll.” Behold Mark Cuban – a wildly successful entrepreneur. He in 1995 co-founded Broadcast.com – and in 1999 Yahoo! way overpaid $5.7 billion for it. Ever since, Cuban has in Donald Trump-like fashion built himself into a brand – The Entrepreneur. Like Trump, he loves embodying the pursuit of professional victories. Like Trump, | Read More »
Hillary: Obviously, I don’t give a crap about black lives…
Black lives matter? Obviously, not to Hillary. In a lame effort to boost her flagging campaign, and pander to the gun control element of the Democrat party in the wake of the Oregon event, Hillary recently staged an introduction of the mother of one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting: Burying a young child, especially one taken in such a violent | Read More »
Diary of a Wimpy Congress
In 2010, the Republican Party regained control of the House in an historic election. While the President’s party is expected to lose seats in this chamber in midterm elections, this shift was one of titanic proportions. And the cause of that shift can be directly traced back to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This was an exclamation point of disapproval by | Read More »
Rep. Adam Kinzinger(RINO-IL): “I’m A Leader Of The Party, And I’m Worried That We’re Alienating The People”
[mc_name name='Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)' chamber='house' mcid='K000378' ](R-IL) Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger told Crain’s Chicago in an interview from over the weekend that ran Monday said that “I’m a leader of the party, and I’m worried that we’re alienating the people”, as he continued his attack on the House Freedom Caucus, conservatives, and the Tea Party over the forced resignation of [mc_name | Read More »
America Has An Entitlement Problem
“Let me be clear. You are entitled to nothing. You are entitled to nothing.” These proclamatory words uttered by President Francis J. Underwood of the hit Netflix series “House of Cards” could not be truer today. Here in America, roughly 14 percent of our population utilizes food stamps. This means, that roughly 47,000,000 million Americans cost the government $69,800,000,000 per year. 60 million Americans are | Read More »
Affirmative Action and the voting patterns of Asian and Jewish Americans
From The Economist, via Robert Stacy McCain: The model minority is losing patience Asian-Americans are the United States’ most successful minority, but they are complaining ever more vigorously about discrimination, especially in academia Oct 3rd 2015 | From the print edition Michael Wang, a young Californian, came second in his class of 1,002 students; his ACT score was 36, the maximum possible; he sang at | Read More »
Rep. Kinzinger(RINO-IL): House Freedom Caucus Has Been Hurtful To GOP
[mc_name name='Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)' chamber='house' mcid='K000378' ](R-IL)On Monday morning Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger was on 1440 WROK’s Riley and Scott morning show to talk about the fight within the House Republican caucus over new leadership with the announcement that Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% will be retiring at the end of October. Kinzinger said that | Read More »
Are You A Machine? Are You A Computer?
You’ve probably heard of ‘WATSON’ the Jeopardy game-show playing computer that can beat every human being, or ‘DEEP BLUE’ the IBM chess-playing computer that beat Gary Kasparov, the world chess champion, in a chess tournament years ago. These examples, and increasingly many others, such as the imminent driverless car, illustrate the growing power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and all this technological progress is creating a | Read More »
Marita Noon: Rolling back the tide of big government overreach
The reason most often cited for the success of the nonpolitical candidates is the frustration with Washington; the sense that the system is broken. Voters feel that we have no control and that government has gone wild. Even people who don’t watch the news or closely follow politics are aware of the “overreach.” It seems that, perhaps, the messages the outsiders have been heralding on the trail has caught on.
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10 Lines of Questioning for Cecile Richards
On September 29th, the President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, came before Congress to testify at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. DesJarlais had the opportunity to question Richards at one of the most important hearings in Congress this year. Watch what happened when he was given the opportunity: https://youtu.be/9Pi9byVXQk0 Unbelievable. DesJarlais chose not to ask a single question of Planned | Read More »
No .@Salon, You’re Wrong About Islamic Women’s Equal Rights
Just one of the many examples of the idiocy at Salon. The liberal website Salon, well known for its hypocrisy, hyperbole, and overall bad journalism, once again substantiates a false claim. Yesterday, Salon writer and known muslim Qasim Rashid posted the article titled, “Ben Carson slanders Islam: Here’s exactly why his claims about Muslims are dead wrong”. I have seen | Read More »
Congressional Reform Goes Beyond Electing the Right Speaker
Momentarily, let’s talk principles instead of specific people. Throughout Congressional history, there appear to be ongoing periods of greater and greater centralization of power in the Speaker of the House. Eventually, it becomes too destructive and someone or some people step up to decentralize the power. There is an absolutely amazing array of talent and intelligence in Congress, but somehow, far too many on | Read More »
Don’t Be Evil, Google
Yes, it was easy to mock, but it was right. That’d be Google’s old corporate mantra “Don’t Be Evil.” According to Time, the parent company for the internet search giant has replaced it with a more measured “do the right thing—follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect.” That’s all well and good, but it is a reminder of a very sad reality: sometimes | Read More »
Her Inevitableness might not be quite so inevitable
From The Wall Street Journal: Iowa, New Hampshire Voters Hold Dim View of Hillary Clinton, Poll Finds Latest swing-state polls show Clinton fares poorly in match-ups against several GOP rivals By Rebecca Ballhaus | Oct. 5, 2015 7:00 a.m. ET Voters in two presidential swing states, Iowa and New Hampshire, hold a strongly negative view of Hillary Clinton and choose several potential Republican opponents over | Read More »
Bernie Sanders and Robert Reich Are Confused by Economics. And Government. And Reality
Socialism is a failed ideology. It was the avant-garde approach to how to do government – in the Twentieth Century. The Soviet Union was the flagship petri dish. That conquered, infiltrated or ingratiated themselves with many other nations – to establish them as additional petri dishes (Hello, Cuba). We certainly now have a large enough, long enough sample set – and the results are in. | Read More »
The Left’s “science” is really science fiction
“The Martian” is out in theaters, and I went to see it on opening night, which in Macon, Georgia on a school night means I felt like I was screening a Clint Eastwood film at President Obama’s White House: surrounded by empty chairs. I liked the movie. It was almost as good as the book, which—if you’re a science geek like me—was worth every one | Read More »
Can the GOP Ever Win the Urban Vote?
Consider this indisputable fact: In 2012, a single urban county in five states provided Obama his margin of victory for the entire state and their electoral votes. The story becomes even more important since those states were Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania- all considered important swing states. Those counties were Denver, Miami-Dade, Clark, Cuyahoga, and Philadelphia. Gaining in other counties is sometimes not enough | Read More »
To the next Republican Speaker of the House
Dear Mr. Speaker, First, I’d like to congratulate you on your successful election to the Office of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. I’m sure you must be overwhelmed with your new duties, so I’ll be brief. The House must defund Planned Parenthood. Nothing else you will do during your tenure as Speaker will be as important as what you do right now. The | Read More »
Texas Agency Wants To Silence Churches
In Texas’ legislative session this spring, the House leadership coalition of Democrats and liberal Republicans tried to pass unconstitutional legislation that would bully churches into silence and essentially revoke the First Amendment. Legislation was pushed by House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) and his top lieutenants like Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) and Charlie Geren (R–Fort Worth). Disgustingly, House members went along with their plans to silence citizens. | Read More »
President Obama and “soft power”
From Patterico’s Pontifications: Putin “Orders” U.S. Fighter Planes Out of Syria, Bombs non-ISIS Opposition Filed under: General — JVW @ 1:31 pm As we know, our lead-from-behind President has happily left the mess in Syria (a mess that he partly inherited but largely exacerbated with his own fecklessness) to our new and staunch ally Russia. Now we hear from Fox News that Russia is demanding | Read More »
Mourning For America ~ Land of the Free
(This diary is written as a response to and in agreement with, Angelle’s diary: A Brutal Assessment of Our Day in the United States of America. Thank you Angelle for your spiritual input on Red State.) The title of this diary originates from a heavy heart after reading/listening to conservative commentaries, diaries, debates, and other discussions across digital platforms on how to fix America. Although | Read More »
Running For Fundraiser
As someone who has gotten at least a dozen robo-calls and live calls from the Carson campaign, plus fundraising emails and letters from Carson, Jeb, Fiorina, Rand, Cruz (disclosure: contributed to Cruz campaign), Trump and others – this item caught my eye: Republican Ben Carson raised more than $20 million in the third quarter of the year, more than twice the amount he brought in over | Read More »
Why we can’t support Kevin McCarthy for Speaker.
I’m not Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 57%. I wish that I was – because I would then be able to use my credentials and powerful voice to support someone who will bring change to Washington. Let’s make no mistake: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% is not the guy for the job. I have great respect for Mr. Ryan – but his | Read More »
The One Question Someone Should Ask Donald Trump (and the rest of the field)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% dropped the equivalent of a 10 megaton warhead on the political landscape Friday while on Hannity’s radio show. During the interview Ted said that despite the dire state of the country, it was a good news/good news situation as it relates to Obama’s executive actions. He said the good news is that Obama has used his ‘executive | Read More »
Why I support Kevin McCarthy for Speaker
Now that Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% is stepping down, the House of Representatives needs a principled leader who will work hard and get results. That’s why I support Congressman Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 61% for speaker of the House. I’ve known Kevin for more than a decade. From day one, we’ve worked closely to advance our conservative | Read More »
Should House conservatives focus more on defeating Scalise than McCarthy?
Whenever I’ve posted on Red State in the past, I’ve done so because I felt I had a clear and concise opinion to express. So apologies in advance, because this is more of a “thinking out loud” type of piece. The GOP House leadership race is in flux. Here’s a brief summary of what we do know: 1. Boehner has resigned, but not until the | Read More »