Conservatives are, unbelievably, blaming Scott Brown for losing the health-care vote. Once again, they are calling him a RINO – as in, “we elected a RINO and we still got this lousy health-care bill.” Never mind that the critical vote took place in that other chamber, the House of Representatives. Never mind that America faces an epic financial crisis. These people continue to believe that all Republicans must be anti-gay and anti-abortion.
The mighty conservative movement has dwindled to just two issues. Jeremiah would like them to consider a third – Scott Brown is pro-gun. He has an “A” rating from the NRA and he has worked steadily to liberalize gun laws in Massachusetts. This is a red-meat Republican issue, and it also shows Senator Brown to be a hardworking and competent legislator.
The story of Senator Brown should inspire all gun owners, particularly those who live in states where attacks on our rights are common. – Chris Cox, NRA Director
RINO hunters should consider this sequence of events – we demand a “true conservative,” as Sarah Palin did in NY-23, and we lose. The Democrats then take away our guns, as well as our money.
Surveys show that Tea Party supporters do not want to split the Republican vote. But purging moderates like Scott Brown, Charlie Crist and John McCain will have the same effect – more Democrats in Congress.
See also: Scott Brown is Pro-Choice
Well, that was a partisan debacle. Speaker Pelosi put too much energy into “making history” and not enough into reading it. Johnson-era lawmakers could not predict that their programs would later drag America toward bankruptcy. Today, we can, and House Democrats have pretended not to see the consequences.
So you pass a very unpopular bill. You shove it down the throats of the American people and you lose your majority. How smart is that? – Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
In fairness, not all Democrats are profligates. A list of the thirty-four who voted against the bill is posted here. The other 219 have to go. America desperately needs to stop spending, or we will be the next Greece.
The Republican Party is not the only one struggling with doctrinal purity. As MSNBC reports, there are divisions among Democrats as well. Centrists from both parties have been purged recently, in doctrinally-motivated primary challenges.
White House adviser David Axelrod is still confident the Democrats will pull together in November. He says there is a “fundamental split” distinguishing his party from the Republicans. The Coke-versus-Pepsi metaphor is really apt here. The two parties – like the sugary drinks – are indistinguishable, but marketing men like Mr. Axelrod have generated a bloodthirsty culture war over this supposed split.
As a guide to party purity, we present below the updated Four Squares of Jeremiah.
So, Democrats like Blanche Lincoln are punished by – guess who – the unions, for drifting rightward, and (ex-) Republicans like Arlen Specter are punished for drifting “leftward,” or UP in the diagram.
The Republicans can always get out the vote by putting some gay-bashing measure on the ballot, and the Democrats rally their base by promising ever-bigger handouts.
Individual candidates on both sides are eager to quit the bad habits associated with their parties, but their handlers have grown dependent on this electoral shorthand. Americans must stop voting along party lines, and start looking at what each candidate really stands for.
See also: Man from Another Dimension
Conservatives on the Texas Board of Education are enjoying their majority – dictating which opinions will become required reading for Texan school kids. For instance, America is no longer to be described as a “democracy.”
The left is apoplectic, of course, because textbooks designed for Texas will spill over into other states. In fairness, the left is generally much stronger in the schools – and the new curriculum is less egregious than advertised. The school board left science alone, and focused on social topics which are politicized anyway.
The real question is why politically-motivated amateurs of any stripe are allowed to set standards for our schools. If parents paid the bills – directly, instead of through millage dollars – they would never tolerate such nonsense. Parents have very clear objectives for education, and brainwashing isn’t one of them.
Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery – Benjamin Disraeli
One feature in the controversy was where to find the “separation of church and state” clause in the Constitution (the 1st Amendment). Now if we only could find the same clause for schools.
How are gun rights like gay rights? Jeremiah has written that “rights are rights,” no matter what, and the Supreme Court seems to agree. Interestingly, the same 14th amendment approach that was used to defend gay rights in California is now being used to defend gun rights in Chicago.
No State shall make or enforce any law which abridges the privileges of citizens of the United States.
The point to this amendment is that all Americans have certain basic rights – notably black Americans, in the historical context. The states can add rights, but not subtract them.
We are seeing more lawyers appeal to this notion of “basic rights,” as states have become more aggressive about abridging them. So, what’s next? Abridging our rights at the federal level.