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Congressional Republicans Are Now Obama’s Favorite Pets

June 14, 2013 by  

Congressional Republicans Are Now Obama’s Favorite Pets
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If ongoing disagreements between the old GOP guard and junior lawmakers are any indication, there’s a rift in the Republican Party that isn’t going to be resolved anytime in the near future.

Junior Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the floor of his legislative chamber last month to vocally express his distrust of establishment members of his own Party.

Cruz’s remarks were in response to Senator John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) suggestion that it was absurd for Senate members of the GOP to object to going to conference with House Republicans to get budget negotiations underway.

“Isn’t it a little bizarre, this whole exercise?” McCain proclaimed after Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) objected to starting the negotiations. “What we’re saying is that we don’t trust our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol.”

McCain has continuously accused a fringe minority of conservatives in the GOP of blocking legislative progress on all manner of issues Congress is under public pressure to address.

In matters of economic legislation, however, conservative fiscal hawks in the GOP have a legitimate retort for McCain: Budget talks occurring over the past few years have revealed that Republican lawmakers — especially in House leadership positions — are certainly not unwilling to cede to Democrat demands, with the supposed promise of benefits to conservatives in other areas.

“The senior senator of Arizona urged senators to trust House Republicans… and frankly, I don’t trust Republicans,” Cruz said. “It’s the leaders of both parties that got us in this mess. … A lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree.”

An even more pronounced example of ideological sparring within the GOP has concerning recent revelations of vast assaults on Constitutionally protected rights — in the form of differing opinions about whether exposing government secrets is free speech and about whether the spying is even a Constitutional problem.

Some notables erring on the side of fascism are the McCain, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who have all responded to conservative concerns about government snooping and transparency  in ways that would make White House press secretary Jay Carney beam with pride.

McConnell believes that safety must trump freedom — and that those who dare betray the Federal government’s secrecy must be dealt with as harshly as possible by the state.

“I hope that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” McConnell said, addressing reporter questions about the supposed National Security Agency leaker, 29-year-old Edward Snowden.

And Americans shouldn’t be worried; McConnell and his colleagues are keeping an eye on things for you.

“In response to the leaks of sensitive classified information, the director of national intelligence has declassified a good deal of information to the public to explain the programs in question,” he said. “What is clear from this information released by the DNI is that each of these programs is authorized by law, overseen by Congress and the courts and subject to ongoing and rigorous oversight.”

Besides, as Graham put it: If you aren’t doing anything wrong, who cares if the government is disobeying the supreme law of the land to spy on you?

Graham told FOX News recently: “I am glad the NSA is trying to find out what terrorists are up to overseas and inside the country.”

Later in the interview, he opined: “I’m a Verizon customer. I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States.

“I don’t think you’re talking to terrorists, I know you’re not, I know I’m not, so we don’t have anything to worry about,” Graham told the host. “I’m glad the activity’s going on, but it is limited to tracking people who are suspected to be terrorists and who they may be talking to.”

Unlike McConnell, Graham claims that he had no idea the NSA was collecting American communication information en masse until the press broke the story.

It’s not surprising that Graham has little use for 4th Amendment protections — because he goes to great pains to make sure the public is aware of his paltry regard for most of the provisions included in the Bill of Rights.

Like recently, when he mused about whether bloggers deserve 1st Amendment protections if they happen to write articles that piss in the legislative Cheerios: “Who is a journalist is a question we have to ask ourselves. Is any blogger out there saying anything? Do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”

Bloggers subsequently freaked out, and Graham tried to backtrack.

Also speaking about the relationship between the 1st Amendment and revealing government actions that have the potential to create public unease, King was amazingly able to one-up Graham in totalitarian appeal: To hell with it, let’s even strip the people we consider to be members of the “legitimate news media” of the 1st Amendment protections designed for the very purpose of keeping the government in check.

King said that reporters who published whistle-blower documents should be pursued with the same vigor by government prosecutors as the whistle-blowers themselves.

“If they willingly knew that this was classified information, I think action should be taken, especially on something of this magnitude,” King said.

“I think on something of this magnitude, there is an obligation both moral but also legal, I believe, against a reporter disclosing something that would so severely compromise national security.”

King is a little late to the party, though, as his suggestion is reminiscent of the way in which President Barack Obama already deals with people who get in the way of Federal supremacy.

Cruz may be in the minority as a lawmaker who doesn’t trust the members of his own Party while he is surrounded by his colleagues on Capitol Hill — but on America’s Main Street, far removed from Washington’s marbled halls, he’s part of a growing conservative majority. American conservatives know all too well how dangerous it is to ascribe trust to the current GOP brand.

And while the Texas Republican is not a favorite of the Party leadership, he isn’t completely alone. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently proposed a longshot to do exactly the opposite of what many of his fellow Republicans feel is right: strengthen American’s 1st and 4th Amendment protections.

“The revelation that the NSA has secretly seized the call records of millions of Americans, without probable cause, represents an outrageous abuse of power and a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. I have long argued that Congress must do more to restrict the executive’s expansive law enforcement powers to seize private records of law-abiding Americans that are held by a third-party,” Paul said when introducing his bill, the “Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013.”

No doubt Cruz and Paul are outnumbered; but as the Constitution hangs in the balance, American conservatives can only hope that the underdogs are prepared for an endurance fight.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Darral

    The Rift in the Republican Party results are , we are identifying the RINO’s

    • Native Blood

      Better yet, the NEOCON zionists!

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Darral,
      The Republicans have been the Party of Mercantilists (Crony Capitalists) since their beginning. What they’ve really been, and what the Propagandized citizens think they’ve been are two different animals.
      Pick up a copy of this book to get a better understanding of reality:
      https://mises.org/store/Real-Lincoln-The-P172.aspx

  • Average_Joe56

    To put things in their own words….. If the government has nothing to hide and they aren’t doing anything wrong, then they shouldn’t be worried about these leaks…
    Could it be that they have done so many things wrong and have way too much to hide?
    To all of the “fringe” junior members of the GOP…thank you for exposing the hypocrisy of government officials…keep up the good work….and the pressure!

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      They will tell the citizens whatever the citizens will swallow to keep their Power. The truth is that National Security really just translates to Leader Security.

  • Joanhbarnes

    The old guard GOP should all go home as they have not been conservative for decades. Shame on you all !!

  • Greg

    I am appalled how many republicans are more mad at the NSA spying leaker than what the NSA is doing to us. That goes right along with other blogger’s opinions that both parties have become too much in lock step with each other. How many republicans knew the government is recording every phone call and email? King and Graham are huge disappointments.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Leaders throughout history have been all about themselves. But due to political concerns our Leaders have had to mask their contempt for the citizens with various Propaganda. Our Leaders are just becoming more brazen lately because apparently they think we can no longer stop them. Perhaps they’re right in that.

  • Shorty Stuff

    Traitor Lindsay Graham says “I don’t think you’re talking to terrorists, I know you’re not, I know I’m not, so we don’t have anything to worry about,” If I were a terrorist I would purposely call those who were against me, over and over, flagging them for the NSA/IRS/DHS/FBI/CIA to target. Do you ever get those wrong numbers calling you, not talking, hang-ups, etc? Maybe they’re already doing that!

  • $8012302

    Repeal the 17th amendment and return control back to the states. It was the feds removing states authority and moving it to Washington. We the people (states) were taken out of control and political pandering took place resulting in the anti-constitutionalist that now occupy the seats of the senate. Our old core GOP leader are running amuck with their socialist fascism agenda to overlook the authority the constitution gives to the people. In their minds we the people are simply subjects and not citizens.

    • ChuckS123

      17th amendment was election of senators. I notice that a lot of people skip details that they maybe shouldn’t.

      • $8012302

        Chuck , I am quit aware what the 17th amendment did, that was the full intent of my post. The need to move the senate back to an appointed position that is easily replaced if he goes against the people as many of the senators have by not representing the state. But, their promoting their own agenda to gain money from special interests for reelection and not for the good of the people of their state. The senate represents the state but waiver because of their 6 year terms., the house represents the people and are more attentive by virtue of 2 year terms. Thanks for your comment.

        • ChuckS123

          I knew you knew. My post was for readers who didn’t know.

          • $8012302

            Chuck. My mistake. Thanks for letting me know

        • Arkham

          True of many of the professional political slime of both parties. They spend more time raising money to fund future campaigns than doing the people’s business. This is one of the many reasons that so little is accomplished.

          Politicians spend so much energy pandering to whom they perceive as their “base” that they forget that they are supposed to serve all of the people. Bozos who believe that they are the sole interpreters of the Constitution and believe that compromise is a mortal sin forget that the Constitution is a triumph of compromise between very divergent interests and philosophies that serves the interests of the people as a whole. That is the true genius of our Founding Fathers… knowing when to yield for the better good. Extremisits on both sides of the aisle should remeber this.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        The 16th Amendment, the 17th Amendment, and the Federal Reserve Act were all designed to enable the Federal Government to grow much more quickly than it could before.

  • me

    GO WACKO BIRDS

  • Wiley2

    The argument that if you’re not doing anything wrong you shouldn’t object to being scrutinized goes both ways. It’s pure hypocrisy for legislators to declare that others should be monitored but their activities should be kept secret. Our government has been captured by elitist, would-be aristocrats who exempt themselves from the laws they make for others. King George must be laughing in his grave; it took more than 200 years but the American Revolution has failed and he has finally won the war.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      The Revolution failed immediately when the people of the various colonies let advocates of Central Government push the Federal Government on them. It’s been downhill ever since for the people.

      • Wiley2

        I agree. At best, the Republic lasted until Lincoln destroyed states’ rights and Constitutional protections at the point of a gun. He ushered in the era of central government supremacy, government-subsidy mercantilism, empire-building expansionism, and central banking that has gradually ruined the country. Although his central bank didn’t last, it paved the way for the Federal Reserve’s creation in 1913, probably the single most important event that enabled out-of-control government expansion and sealed our fate.

  • mnkysnkle

    Then it’s all the more reason for “O”, to give up his rights in the name of “National Security”. Release your BC and all records pertaining to, school records and transcripts, passport records, SS#, selective service, et all. If you’ve got nothing to hide…..!! Why are you hiding it? If the corrupt GOP & DNC can’t do their job, then they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. No mercy, no leniency.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      The problem is the perception by most people that they are indeed there to represent us. We have been severely propagandized. Leaders are mostly there to help themselves, everything else the masses believe is just purposeful propaganda to keep us from rebelling. If they were truly there to help us, then they would shrink Government dramatically to an organ that strictly enforces against those who Force their way on other people. Everything else Big Government does currently could be done more cheaply and efficiently in the Private Sector by Free people voluntarily trading among each other.

  • ONTIME

    RINO’s are no better than libs on the left but we on the right are working diligently to remove this flaw, our ideology of conservatism stated in the “R” party platform…BO Stinks!

  • ridge runner

    At least6 with RINO’s they can be salavaged for the horn and hide. There Is no DINO’s because they stink and and are rotten to the core!

  • Patriot

    Republicans are pets? Yes, most are odious Skunks! Interested in political power, re-election, lining their pockets and getting POWER. We have some that are Patriots who believe in our Constitution and the rule of law and We MUST support them vigorously. Isn’t it strange how so many are against Snowden? They want to kill the messenger rather than the Corrupt Administration that put this huge VACUUM SYSTEM of collecting and collating private personal data in place. They have conveniently forgotten about our Fourth Amendment Rights. Snowden is a TRUE PATRIOT and GOD BLESS HIM. I hope his actions have awakened the sleeping almost comatose GIANT in our society so they realize how they are being used and abused by BIG GOVERNMENT. Is not it also very interesting how Senator Maxine Waters brags about how President Obama has FILES on everyone….the likes of which no one has ever seen before. Private information with so much detail that Democrats in the future will love to delve and sift to uncover the most personal information that can be USED in elections, or to stronghold people and bend their will and coerce them. Perhaps like destroying Petraeus? FUNNY…Obama has EVERYONE’S Personal information yet HE sealed his permanently from ALL. Quite CHILLING isn’t it? No SSN, NO GRADES, Etc. just WHO is he? Executive and Security reasons are given to hide details of so many scandals….Benghazi, Fast and Furious,The IRS oppressing Conservative groups, Wire tapping and amassing private news reporters emails, arming and giving money to our enemies…..Secrets, Stealth, Deceit….This is our Government. And where is Congress? What is Congress doing to protect Americans and our ASSETS? Congress has the ability to deny funding to this President…..but Where are they? They are missing….They are AWOL. We as a country are bankrupt. Yet, politicians party and spend millions while Americans try to make end meet. Where is our President? Why he and his family are going off to Africa in several weeks at a cost of $100 MILLION of TAXPAYER dollars. AMERICA WAKE UP!
    CLean house of these Parasites. Impeach and indict NOW. DEMAND IT!

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    Once you awaken to the reality that Government is just the largest self-serving gang in the land, everything they do becomes clear. From the beginning of settlement in the New World, Government has been about protecting Crony Capitalists from competition and feathering their own nests. Even the formation of the Federal Government and the Constitution was just a compromise between the people who didn’t want a Central Government at all and those who sought the perks of Central Government. Central Governments, being further removed from the people they supposedly represent, are much harder for the people to control than are Local Governments. The Leaders, of course, like it that way.
    Over the last 200+ years the citizens have lazily allowed the Leaders to do what Leaders do — take more of our Freedom away and feather their own nests.
    Read this very informative book to learn how things really were in the first centuries of colonial development (not what you’ve been propagandized to believe). It’s long, but it will enrich your life:
    http://library.mises.org/books/Murray%20N%20Rothbard/Conceived%20in%20Liberty_Vol_2.pdf

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