October 22, 2006
An interesting title Associated Press writer, Tom Raum, has chosen for this article. Reading it, one would almost assume we have been in a period of relative partisan peacefulness the past few years. Anyone that pays the least bit of attention knows this is not the case.
I think partisanship is at an all-time high already since George W. Bush won the 2000 election and Democrat candidate, Al Gore, failed in his bid to manipulate recounts in Florida to his advantage and take the states electoral votes for his own ascension to the office held by his former boss, B.J. Clinton.
In every way imaginable the Democrats have opposed, demonized and ridiculed the bush administration, stopping only briefly after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 to feign solidarity against Radical Muslim Terrorists.
The article opens with, “The White House is bracing for guerrilla warfare on the homefront politically if Republicans lose control of the House, the Senate or both — and with it, the president's ability to shape and dominate the national agenda.”
Seems to me that President Bush has been fighting to implement much of his agenda since he attained office, often facing opposition from some within his own political party, unaffectionately referred to as RINOs (Republicans in name only).
I don’t believe, as many conspiracy theorists do, that he went into office with a pre-conceived thought of having the war we are embroiled in currently. Honestly, I don’t even think a Democrat would have taken office with that goal in mind. Still, we lost nearly 3,000 of our citizens on 9/11 and looking back, have endured too many terrorist attacks since 1979, mostly against our interests abroad, but once before on our own soil. It’s pretty hard to shape an agenda when you are blind-sided by such an attack and loss of life and must respond.
Adding Iraq to the equation gave the Democrats fuel they were looking for to trump up charges of incompetence and neglect, while they constantly opposed every step taken there, after they even agreed on adding Iraq to the battle front.
Mirroring Viet Nam, our lamestream media joined forces with the left to oppose Iraq, often claiming it as a “quagmire,” and unnecessary. As we saw in Viet Nam, there is no good news or American heroes in this war, just criminals committing atrocities that would make John Kerry (rumored Viet Nam veteran and failed presidential candidate) proud.
Judicial nominations have been openly opposed and filibustered as was the nomination of John Bolton to be American Ambassador to the Useless Nations. His Ambassadorship had to be appointed through a recess appointment that will last only until the Congress reconvenes in January 2007 or he is re-nominated and confirmed.
As with this current article the lamestream media is having a field day with claims of dropping poll numbers and worries of the Republican Party hopefuls. Reading lately would make one feel there is no use in anyone going to vote for Republicans on November 7, the obvious goal of the left, to encourage conservatives to not vote and convince them all is lost. Reading comments from some conservative blog sites, it seems to be working. As Yogi Berra once said, though, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
Should Democrats pull this off next month, statements from them already point to what to expect. Harry Reid has bragged about killing the Patriot Act, the law that allows our intelligence and law enforcement to intercept and block terrorist acts before they happen. Charlie Rangle, potential head of the House Way and Means Committee and virulently opposed to the Iraq War, even though he co-sponsored a bill with John Conyers to reinstate the Military Draft of our young people, has threatened to cut off funding the war effort, once saying, “you can’t fight a war if you can’t pay for it.”
Democrat John Murtha, who has already accused U.S. Marines of committing “cold blooded murder,” advocates withdrawing our troops to Okinawa, some 6,000 miles away, to be a “rapid response element.” Most in the Democrat Part advocate granting Constitutional Rights to those we capture in the War on Terror including severely limited interrogations, which in the past has led us to terrorist leadership and exposed pending plans for new attacks. Additionally, they desire these same “detainees” be freed from Guantanamo Prison to be relocated somewhere else, possibly returned to the battlefield to kill more American Troops.
In addition, Democrats have some hopeful legislation they wish to pass should they regain Congressional Control. Among their desires are:
Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act -- H.R. 3760: Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and 74 Democratic cosponsors propose a new "Department of Peace and Nonviolence" as well as "National Peace Day." Cosponsors include three would-be Democratic Chairmen: John Conyers (Judiciary), George Miller (Education and the Workforce), and Charlie Rangel (Ways and Means).
Gas Stamps -- H.R. 3712: Jim McDermott (D-WA) and eight Democratic cosponsors want a "Gas Stamps" program similar to the Food Stamps program to subsidize the gasoline purchases of qualified individuals.
Less Jail Time for Selling Crack Cocaine - H.R. 2456: Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and 23 Democratic cosponsors want to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for possessing, importing, and distributing crack cocaine. John Conyers, the would-be Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill, is a cosponsor.
Voting Rights for Criminals - H.R. 1300: John Conyers (D-MI) and 32 Democratic cosponsors, and H.R. 663: Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and 28 Democratic cosponsors would let convicted felons vote. Rep. John Conyers is the would-be Democratic Chairman of the Judiciary Committee which would consider this legislation.
Expand Medicare to Include Diapers -- H.R. 1052: Barney Frank (D-MA) supports Medicare coverage of adult diapers. Barney Frank is the would-be Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.
Nationalized Health Care - H.R. 4683: John Dingell (D-MI) and 18 Democratic cosponsors want to expand Medicare to cover all Americans. John Dingell is the would-be Democratic Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee who along with cosponsors Charlie Rangel, would-be Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Henry Waxman, would-be Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, would have jurisdiction over the proposal.
Federal Regulation of Restaurant Menus -- H.R. 5563: Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and 25 Democratic cosponsors authorize federal regulation of the contents of restaurant menus.
Taxpayer Funded Abortions & Elimination of all Restrictions on Abortion, Including Parental Notice - H.R. 5151: Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and 66 Democratic cosponsors want to overturn even minimal restrictions on abortion such as parental notice requirements. The bill would also require taxpayer funding of abortions through the various federal health care programs. John Conyers, the would-be Chairman of Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over the bill, is an original cosponsor.
Bill of Welfare Rights -- H.J. Res. 29-35: Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) proposes a Soviet-style "Bill of Welfare Rights," enshrining the rights of full employment, public education, national healthcare, public housing, abortion, progressive taxation, and union membership. On some these measures, Rep. Jackson is joined by up to 35 Democratic cosponsors, including would-be Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers.
Additionally, even though Speaker of the House hopeful Nancy Pelosi says different, we can expect endless investigations, charges and tries at impeachment against President Bush over any and every thing they can imagine, mostly to repay Republicans in the childish “tit for tat” “get back” that has been going on between the two parties for several decades now. All while we have troops in harm’s way, an enemy relying on our usual “cut and run” and abandoning an ally in their time of need, waiting patiently to claim victory against our undefeated Military, as did the North Vietnamese when the Democrat controlled Congress of the early 1970’s did much the same as they are now trying to do.
Tom Raum may feel that “GOP losses could spark partisan warfare,” but I see it having gone on for some time now, with no end in sight.
For this reason I will proudly vote on November 7 for any name with an R beside it and hope they remain true to conservative ideals. Better that hope than knowing voting D will place control back in the hands of those who desire the downfall of the America I grew up loving and pledging allegiance to.
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Sunday, October 22, 2006
October 22, 2006
Posted by Lew Waters at 9:53 PM