News Briefs… March 18th 2013

Mitch McConnell Declares Surrender on ObamacareMitch McConnell Declares Surrender on Obamacare

Joining Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell is declaring surrender on Obamacare.

He will no longer fight it.

You’d never know that if you paid attention to his preferred words about Obamacare at CPAC.  McConnell told the crowd that “Obamacare should be repealed root and branch.”  He also told the crowd that those who think he’s given up the fight are wrong.  He pledged to continue to fight.

I call bull.

The part of his speech that McConnell hopes you ignore is him saying, “When it came to Obamacare, we gave it everything we have, everything we have, and we just lost.”  He’s also signaling that the Senate Republicans will neither filibuster the continuing resolution nor shut down the government.

The continuing resolution is the best vehicle to use as a fight to defund Obamacare.  Republicans will not, despite their rhetoric right now, fight on the debt ceiling to undermine Obamacare.  This is the fight.

McConnell has a history of throwing red meat to the crowd then turning his back on them.  Last February, Jim DeMint offered an amendment to defund Obamacare.  McConnell refused to offer it up as a Republican amendment in the Senate because he did not want to anger Harry Reid.  The backlash caused McConnell to promise a month long PR campaign about Obamacare the following month.

It never happened.

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Cyprus to raid private bank deposits, on orders from European Union.

Basically, it goes like this: the EU bails out Cypriot banks to the tune of 10 billion euros, in partial exchange for a 6.75% to 9.9% raid on Cypriot personal accounts (which is supposed to net about 5.8 billion euros in revenue), collectable probably now Tuesday*. See also here, here, and here.

Naturally, the subjects of Cyprus (I can’t in either good conscience or grammar call them “citizens”) are freaking out and trying to yank what money they can out of the banks; many wonder if the rest of the EU is going to follow suit.  Should the average European be worried?  Well, Walter Russell Mead (who is not entirely sympathetic to the Cypriots, given that they’ve been operating as money launderers to various unsavory Russians for some time) notes this:

The European financial authorities are swearing up and down that they will never, ever do anything like this again and that the rest of Europe’s banks are as sound as the euro itself, but that of course is exactly what they would say if they were planning to take much of your money away.

Mind you, if that money’s in a sock in a dresser somewhere then the authorities can’t actually confiscate it electronically.  If I lived in Europe I’d have cleaned out my bank accounts and canceled direct deposit before I sat down to write this post.  Because there’s nothing quite as precedent-setting as a one-time, last-ditch emergency measure.

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Tennessee residents: Please get involved and help stop this very misguided bill.

Jodi Preis Bless the Bullys Education…Awareness…Advocacy Because preaching to the choir makes a small church.

Speech That Should Have Been Given At CPAC

Hello CPAC! It’s great to be here. It’s wonderful to look out there and see so many faces still filled with hope, and patriotism, and optimism for the future of this country we all love so dearly.

It’s been a tough couple of months: believe me, I know. A lot of people have asked me what the election in November really meant. I have to tell you: honestly, I don’t really know what it meant. All I can do is tell you how it felt. Somebody online got it exactly right: the re-election of Barack Obama was like the Titanic hitting the iceberg… then backing up for a mile or two, getting up a full head of steam and then hitting it again!

And it’s heartbreaking. It’s just heartbreaking.

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Support These Bills in the Tennessee State Legislature

Our friends at the TN Tenth Amendment Center have put together a list of bills that need your support this week. Please look at the list and call/email the legislators on the list to tell them to support or oppose the specific piece of legislation:

If you want freedom and liberty, this is what it takes!

Traditional Values Coalition president Andrea Lafferty issued the following statement in reaction to Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s recent repudiation of his stance against gay marriage in reaction to his son’s homosexual preferences:

These past few days have been very painful ones for me. Earlier this week one of my children came to me and told me something which was shocking. He is a drunk driver and has been driving drunk regularly since college. I have taken several days to reflect on this and I have decided to reverse my earlier opposition to drunk driving. My child is a drunk driver and I love him. It is a part of his identity, who he is.

I have reflected on all of this, consulted Scripture (the story of Jesus changing water into wine when the wedding he was attending in Cana ran dry is particularly relevant) and decided that drunk driving is a generational issue. Younger people take a much different view of drunk driving than older people. Therefore, today I am reversing my opposition to drunk driving. My child has caused me to revisit a decision which, up until now, had been based simply on morality.

My child is a drunk driver. That has personalized the issue for me and taken me above the whole discussion of the morality of it. It is now personal with me. In addition, I would like to say that drunk driving will make all of us stronger drivers.

Think of how much more interesting driving will be in the future if more people have the freedom to drive drunk. It will sharpen the defensive driving skills of the rest of us.

“This unreleased press statement follows the same twisted, self-serving logic that several public officials have used in explaining their switch from opposing homosexual marriage to favoring it.

“If you remember nothing else from this exchange, remember this: our children are learners and unable to determine morality and then hand it down to their parents and other impressionable adults. This is one factor in why our culture is so morally upside down!

“This whole line of argument suggesting that opposition to homosexual “marriage” is a personal and “generational” matter is equally silly.

“There are absolutes. There is right and there is wrong. There are objective truths. A civilization which has no governing principles or laws is doomed to collapse. That is the soul of conservatism.

“The tough part of being a parent is telling one of those young souls whom we have been charged with raising that he or she is wrong. But because it is tough that doesn’t mean that we are excused from doing it or we can delegate our responsibility to a teacher or “the village” or some other entity.

“Parents hold the primary responsibility for the upbringing of their children. Parents are fully capable of still loving a child who is wrong.

“American parents hold the power to begin the process of reversing this dangerous downward trend. Our children look to us for direction and we owe them more than a collective shrug.

“I wish no harm to either Senator Portman or his son but they are wrong.

“And Senator Portman’s attempt to use his position in the Senate to affect the future path of our culture and the lives of other Americans compounds the wrong.

“Being a good parent is infinitely more difficult than being a Senator or President. And telling someone you love that he or she is wrong is the most difficult part of that difficult job.

“A nation which recognizes this is on the road to a vast spiritual recovery.”

(Please Note: The introduction to this article is satire. Drunk driving is immoral. I abhor it. I also believe homosexuality is immoral and sinful.)  

Have you ever noticed how we automatically and subconsciously put up our walls when a person comes across in a prideful or arrogant way? I know that I am one of the worst offenders. But just the opposite seems to be true when a powerful force comes across in a humble package.

I am beginning to think that this thing about being created in the image of God may also include carrying some of His preferences.

I know we are fallen people, redeemed by Christ. I know we have a sinful nature, but I also think that we still have built in us, at least the potential to appreciate and value and be drawn to the virtues God values. Even if we don’t know the Lord. There is something in most, if not all of us, that wants the character of God. There’s a hunger for His authenticity.

As if you needed further evidence of the pure touching even the heart of the most calloused, take a look at this 6 year old hitting the national stage in Britain.

Sure it was a couple of years ago, but there is nothing that touches the heart string better. To me it speaks of how much people at some level want something pure, something good, and something wholesome. It’s another picture of what happens when you combine talent with humility. Something wonderful happens.

Let’s humble ourselves while mastering our gifts and watch where God takes us! That takes faith, but as you rip down the walls fill the weight of the world be lifted and be thankful.

God Bless and Good Day


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