Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

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Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

 Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs Humbling Landslide Defeat

President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

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President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

During a speech at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention, President Obama said the Republicans have been conducting a campaign to deny the voting rights of many Americans.

Mr. Obama accused Republicans of trying to rig the elections by making it harder for older people, women, minorities and the impoverished to cast ballots in swing states that could determine control of the Senate.

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Mr. Obama said in a hotel ballroom filled with cheering supporters, most of them African-American. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”…

“America did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote for themselves and for others only to see it denied to their kids and their grandchildren,” he said.

Republicans in some swing states have advanced new laws that go beyond the voter identification requirements of recent years. Among other things, state lawmakers are pushing measures to limit the time polls are open and to cut back early voting, particularly weekend balloting that makes it easier for lower-income voters to participate. Other measures would eliminate same-day registration, make it more difficult to cast provisional ballots or curb the mailing of absentee ballots.

Over the last 15 months, at least nine states have enacted voting changes making it harder to cast ballots.

Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

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Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

Wisconsin GOP state Senator Glenn Grothman, who once argued that public employees should be forced to work on Martin Luther King Day and was dismissive of Kwanzaa, will challenge 13-term GOP Rep. Tom Petri.

Mother Jones reports on Grothman’s colorful history that includes his proposal to get rid of Wisconsin’s equal pay bill aimed at gender pay equality. He said, “you could argue that money is more important for men.” In January, he introduced legislation that would eliminate a state requirement that workers get at least one day off per week.

Glenn Grothman said Kwanzaa, which is a week-long harvest and gift-giving celebration, was promoted by “white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide Americans.” He also suggested that “almost no black people today care about” Kwanzaa.

Grothman also attempted to cut back a program that provided free birth control to women while he promoted a bill that would have labeled single parenthood as a “contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.” The GOP’s war on women continues….

 Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

‘Scottish Aristocrats’ Colin and Andrea Chisholm Arrested for Welfare Fraud

(OPINION) — These are the faces of welfare fraud in the U.S. that the Republican Party would choose to ignore…

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‘Scottish Aristocrats’ Colin and Andrea Chisholm Arrested for Welfare Fraud

Colin Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea, allegedly received more than $165,000 in food stamps and other public assistance benefits for a 7-year-period while living on a multi-million yacht in Florida. Um, these people aren’t in the 47 percent of Americans Mitt Romney called deadbeats.

The couple, residents of Minnesota, were caught in the Bahamas after police told them their visas had expired. They were escorted, along with their son and dog, onto a ship bound for Fort Lauderdale. The ‘Scottish aristocrats’ were arrested on their arrival in Port Everglades, according to a statement from Hennepin County prosecutor, Mike Freeman’s office.

Colin and Andrea Chisholm were each charged with a felony count of wrongfully obtaining public assistance in excess of $35,000.

The couple purchased a $1.2 million yacht, known as The Andrea Aras in April 2005, shortly after applying for welfare benefits in Minnesota, according to criminal complaints which were originally filed in February but remained sealed while authorities searched for them.

The Chisholms lived on the yacht near Palm Beach, Fla., for 28 months while they claimed to be living in Minnesota, the complaints say. Colin Chisholm was the chief executive officer of a satellite TV and broadband services company, while his wife bred pedigree dogs.

The Chisholms allegedly deposited more than $2.6 million in bank accounts not reported on their applications for welfare benefits between 2005 and 2012, the complaints say. They lived in luxury homes in suburban Minneapolis and previously owned a $30,000 Lexus. They also collected benefits in Florida.

Colin and Andrea Chisholm are two rich people trying to rip off the system, all the while people like Paul Ryan and others in the Republican Party as screaming for cuts to food stamps and other programs to help the poor, insinuating that there’s fraud. Yeah, there’s fraud from rich white folks ripping off the system.

Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

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Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

A new Gallup poll finds that “young adults, those between the ages of 18 and 29, have typically aligned themselves with the Democratic Party, but they have become substantially more likely to do so since 2006.”

 

“From 1993 to 2003, 47% of 18- to 29-year-olds, on average, identified as Democrats or said they were independents but leaned to the Democratic Party, while 42% were Republicans or Republican leaners. That time span included two years in which young adults tilted Republican, 1994 and 1995, when Republicans won control of Congress. Since 2006, the average gap in favor of the Democratic Party among young adults has been 18 percentage points, 54% to 36%.”

 

 Gallup Poll: More Young Voters Lean Towards Democratic Party

GOP Candidate Jim Brown Compares Government Assistance Programs to Slavery

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GOP Candidate Jim Brown Compares Government Assistance Programs to Slavery (Credit: Facebook)

SMH: Republican congressional candidate Jim Brown sparked outrage after he compared government assistance programs to slavery.

Brown posted an explanation of his Facebook page about why he disliked programs such as welfare, Medicaid and unemployment insurance, saying they foster the same type of mindset in its’ recipients that slave owners used to keep slaves fed and working, but not educated or progressive. Um, really?

The fact is, the Republican Party is only giving lip-service about reaching out to the black community. It will never happen. If you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.

Here’s a screen shot of Jim Brown’s Facebook post, which has since been deleted:

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GOP Congressional candidate Jim Brown says slaveowners took care of slaves

Here’s a screen shot of Jim Brown backtracking:

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GOP Congressional candidate Jim Brown apologizes for slavery post

Bridgehazi: US Attorney Subpoenas Gov. Chris Christie Re-Election Campaign

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Bridgehazi: US Attorney Subpoenas Gov. Chris Christie Re-Election Campaign (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

More rumblings on the Bridgehazi scandal rocking Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and threatening to derail his presidential aspirations. The NY Times reports that the U.S. attorney has issued a subpoena to Christie’s reelection campaign. Um, eek, a rat…a big one.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey conducting a preliminary inquiry into accusations that aides to Gov. Chris Christie shut down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as political retribution have issued grand jury subpoenas to Mr. Christie’s re-election campaign and to the state Republican Party, the campaign’s lawyer said Thursday.

A person briefed on the matter said the prosecutors had also issued grand jury subpoenas to a number of the 20 people and entities — including both potential witnesses and people who have come under scrutiny in the inquiry — that received subpoenas last week from a New Jersey legislative committee whose investigation largely parallels the federal inquiry.

“We can confirm that the Christie for Governor re-election campaign and the New Jersey Republican State Committee received subpoenas for documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office, in addition to the subpoena the campaign previously received from the state legislative committee,” the lawyer, Mark D. Sheridan, said in an email. Source: NY Times

Ann Coulter to Ed Schultz: Invite Me On Your Show You Lying P**sy

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Ann Coulter to Ed Schultz: Invite Me On Your Show You Lying P**sy (Credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative windbag Ann Coulter went in on MSNBC host Ed Schultz in a major way on Twitter, after he said Republicans were too afraid of him to debate him one-on-one.

Ann Coulter couldn’t ignore his comments. She tweeted: “Invite me on your show, you lying p*ssy.” Wow, that’s so professional and becoming of a lady. Shorter version, she’s telling Schultz to put his money where his mouth is. Such uncouth language fits in nicely with the GOP 2016 narrative.

Ed Schultz exact words: “Republicans, they’re afraid of me, they don’t want to talk to me, whatever.” He said he’s willing to engage with people on the right if they ever agreed to be on his show.

Actress Roseanne Barr is mixed up in this dustup as well:

Virginia State Senator Richard Black Says Spousal Rape Should be Legal

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Virginia State Senator Richard Black Says Spousal Rape Should be Legal (Attribution Unknown)

The Republican Party’s war on women continues. Virginia state Sen. Richard Black believes spousal rape  should be legal, the Daily Beast reports. Yes, you read right, spousal rape should be legal. Here’s more from Molly Redden at Mother Jones:

[I]n a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state’s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf. And he’s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”

Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.” Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn’t sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery. And once, to demonstrate why libraries should block pornography on their computers, Black invited a TV reporter to film him using a library terminal to watch violent rape porn.

In 1998, Black was elected a delegate to the Virginia House. He sparked multiple battles over social issues until he was voted out of office in 2005. But Black wasn’t done. In 2011, after moving several times around Northern Virginia in search of a friendly district, Black was voted back into the Legislature, this time to the state Senate.

In the GOP nomination fight to replace Wolf, Black, who commands substantial support among the conservative grassroots, would have a strong chance to beat his moderate opponents if the party chooses to nominate candidates through a convention, rather than a primary. (Tea partiers and social conservatives have dominated Virginia Republicans’ nominating contests in recent years.) The party will decide between the two on January 23. Republicans have held the seat Black is seeking for 14 years, but the congressional district voted for Mitt Romney by only a slim margin in 2012.

The Politics Of Red And My Calcutta

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The Politics Of Red And My Calcutta

The reddening of the political spectrum and the resulting economic chaos ensuing from decisions and policies made by red statesmen have had a direct impact on citizens and residents of my Calcutta. First, let me define who they are.

Located  in one of the most economically depressed areas of Detroit, hard hit by the downturn in the automotive industry, ( yes, I said downturn, there are no jobs here for these residents) and by policies and legislation enacted by politicians intent on seeking the blood of people who might h not have voted for them, it’s safe to say there are many adverse effects on residents in my Calcutta.

 Traditionally, this is an area with many social issues. School dropout rates are high while the rates of unemployment and incarceration seem to increase. I have seen the dramatic effects these policies have had on people in this area. There is no shame here. Just need. I volunteer with a church to help distribute food on Thursdays. Believe me it’s much needed.

 But food is not the only thing these residents need. The one thing they desperately need is hope. And that’s the one thing these harsh political agendas seem to have pushed away from people; hope. You see when you lose hope, there’s nothing left for the human spirit to survive, dream and build a future on. These policies have directly affected the way people see themselves in the future and in the here and now.

 The demographics here speak for themselves. Made up of predominantly African-Americans, on any given Thursday, the racial composition is mixed with my blond, dark-haired, blue-eyed brethren. Hardships and lack it seems know no color, and when the red statesmen enacted their policies they might have assumed that only African-Americans would be affected. The converse is now true.

 Persons involved in charity work around the country will tell the story, I have just told you. That more and more of our white brothers and sisters are showing up in places and at organizations looking for help. They have been affected by the economic downturn just as much as any one else. They too have lost hope. Many days as I sit and look across the people, I see no reason for them to hope.

 I feel their angst, but more importantly, I feel their recognition that there’s no use in hoping. Hope is a luxury they can ill afford. For them life is all about surviving for this day only. Some of my residents are those who were incarcerated and recently freed.

 Where do they go to get jobs.

 You can see the brokenness as they realize that not only have they paid for their crimes by serving life sentences or prison terms, but now that they are free, they realize they’re not truly free; as they cannot attain employment to sustain themselves. For these, there really is no hope.

 You may ask, why write about this. The answer is to make it personal as  it had become personal for me. Peripherally, I knew these problems existed, but until I had come up close and personal with it, I wold have never known what it must be like to live without hope.

 Many Thursdays, after I leave, I carry their burdens with me. It’s not enough  for me to touch their hands and pray and wish and hope for a better tomorrow for them. Sometimes, I want to help restore their hope.

 Hope, faith and love. The greatest of these is love. Is it too much to ask red statesmen to show a little love  to people who  do not look like them? Perhaps it is.

 I have found that hope is a beautiful thing. It can change and transform your perception of your situation. I’m amazed that so many red statesmen claim to be Christians and attend church frequently. I wonder if they really listen to messages on hope, and love. They use their Christianity as a tool to justify their reason for creating harsh policies aimed at destroying people’s lives. Have you ever wondered when they pray whom do they pray to? It seems to me the very christian principles they claim to adopt, they should practice.

 I invite you to visit my Calcutta. People who are there are not there because they’re lazy. It’s because, they cannot find work, they’re unable to access credit, they lost jobs, which in turn led to loss of homes, motor vehicles, and loss of lifestyles. Because they’re still alive, they’re clinging to life and trying to find the abundant life that is preached from the pulpits red statesmen visit.

Maybe spreading that abundant life around would do some good. Show some love and hope as much as you claim to believe in it. if you’re interested in visiting my Calcutta; email me. I would be happy to show you what we do, in spite of the little that we have been given. It’s no joke when we feed 186 families every week.

 Seriously, that’s no joke. If we run out of food, which has happened, the hurt and pain we have seen in people is unbearable. If you believe in the christian principles you expound from your platforms, then you know this  passage “Greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends”.

 Myself and others involved in the business of helping people, do not claim to love people more than you do. We just use more of our compassion. Perhaps being red has distorted our vision and our ability to help humanity. If being blue is not for you, try a melding of red and blue. Let’s all become purple as we reach out and touch each other.

 Hope is a beautiful thing. Let’s give some hope.

 

Remember To: Never Look Back

 

(Calcutta is not the name of the area Harriet is referencing, the community is located in Brightmoor, in Detroit,MI. Calcutta is used by Harriet to reference need and a place of hope and dignity for those in need).For more information on Harriet and programs in the community, visit her web site at www.harrietcammock.org, follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.

 The Politics Of Red And My Calcutta