Bill Whittle explains the three great ages; agricultural, industrial and information, and the related government that was necessary. He explains the political corruption associated with the industrial age, from the robber barons to the progressive movement that is now in complete conflict with the form of nimble government required by the digital age. He draws an important parallel between the robber barons of the industrial age and the unions’ unholy alliance with government in the information age.
…because the industrial age is drawing to a close as the information age takes its place, and all of our economic structure, once again, going back to being horizontal, independent, light, fast, agile, decentralized, local, smaller, and cheaper. The old dinosaurs may totter for awhile, but they will eventually fall, and the government that will come out of our third wave information age society will have to be fast, decentralized, local, smaller and cheaper as well. …It’s the people with the Gadsden flags, the ones calling for less government that are on the side of the future, not the public sector union members living in the past to preserve benefits and entitlements that now other people have to pay for. These public sector unions actually have become the old, corrupt alliance of money and political power that they themselves were created to destroy.
It’s good to bitchslap Janet Napolitano and the Obama administration from time to time. Now it’s time to call Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy!
The march against the ever-growing federal government continues as democrats and eight House republican freshmen (of a total of 26 republicans) voted against extending the Patriot Act. Halle-freakin-lujah!!!!
Want to find common ground with your fellow Americans? Here is an issue that both left and right can agree on; the government being able to warrantlessly tap phones, secretly rifle through bank accounts and safety deposit boxes, hold people indefinitely without charging them, etc., etc., etc., is NOT the American way. Does anybody actually think that Janet Napolitano, the DHS and TSA really have our best interests at heart?
House Republicans Tuesday night got a harsh introduction to the majority, as more than two dozen rank-and-file GOP lawmakers voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act.
There was no sign that the leadership saw the setbacks coming. The Patriot Act was moved to the floor under suspension of the rules — a provision that requires two-thirds majority (290 votes) to pass and is often used for noncontroversial legislation. After holding the vote open well past the 15-minute window, it failed 277 to 148 with five Republicans and four Democrats not voting.
Republican leaders will bring the bill back to the floor under a rule, where it will almost certainly secure the 218-vote threshold.
Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office had no comment on the trade bill or Patriot Act failure. He did not vote, which is somewhat of a tradition for the speaker. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and McCarthy voted for the Patriot Act extension.
The Patriot Act has long been a contentious issue on Capitol Hill. It was passed shortly after Sept. 11 to give the government expanded surveillance powers, while breaking down barriers between the CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies.
But many — ranging from liberals like Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), to libertarians like Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — have long expressed concerns over the sweeping breadth of the legislation. Kucinich called Tuesday’s vote a “significant defeat,” adding that it will “fuel opposition” to the measure nationwide.
Indeed, many members were concerned about Patriot Act provisions that would allow the government to access medical and business records, GOP sources said.
And a handful of the no-votes were freshmen who felt completely uninformed by their leadership. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), who voted for the bill, said he “didn’t know anything about (the vote) until today.”
Twenty-six Republicans voted against the Patriot Act extension, but only eight were freshmen — Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Randy Hultgren (Ill.), Raul Labrador (Idaho), Bobby Schilling (Ill.), Dave Schweikert (Ariz.) and Rob Woodall (Ga.).
Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) voted against the extension, while his wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), voted for it.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Steve Israel (N.Y.) and Henry Cuellar (Texas) all voted for the bill. Committee leaders including Reps. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) also voted for the bill. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Democrat John Conyers (Mich.) voted against extending the bill.
Altogether, 122 Democrats voted no, and 67 voted yes. Republican votes to back the bill numbered 210.
I may not agree that John Boehner should be Speaker as my personal preference is for a true Constitutionalist like Ron Paul to be wielding the gavel, BUT he does understand that Americans are NOT the enemy and shouldn’t be punished.
Yet another open mouth/insert foot truthful moment from the Narcissist-in-Chief.
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday he should not have used the word “enemies” to describe his political opponents as Republicans sought to make an issue of the comment a day before congressional elections.
Obama, in an interview with talk radio host Michael Baisden, said, “I probably should have used the word ‘opponents’ instead of enemies.”
He was backtracking from a comment he made a week ago in an interview with Univision radio in which he sought to persuade Hispanics to vote for Democratic candidates instead of Republicans.
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of, ‘we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder,” Obama had said.
Since when does an ‘American President’ speak about punishing other Americans? Who the Frak is this guy? Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Chavez?
Daniel Hannan being interviewed by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institute (yet another think tank) about why the tea party movement succeeds in America and why it is doomed to fail in Europe. In America, open primaries are an integral part of the process, whereas in Europe, party leaders picked the candidates and ‘present them to the people’.
What We Believe, Part 1: Small Government and Free Enterprise
What We Believe, Part 2: The Problem with Elitism
About Ted Kennedy:
Who descended from the bluest blood of all, never had a job that didn’t entail spending other peoples’ money, and creating the rules and regulations that other people had to live by. What is it about all of this that seems vaguely and unpleasantly familiar? Smells a little bit like a ruling class, doesn’t it?
The judge is hosting today and he starts out this program with the two-fold reason for ‘the rise of the tea party’. I think he’s right and incredibly eloquent about what Tea Party Patriots actually stand for; all bias, spin, and smear aside.
I have often argued that the reason we have the rise of the tea party this election season is two fold. First, the republicans under Pres. George W. Bush, proved themselves utterly unworthy of governing within the confines of the Constitution. They fought two illegal wars, created enormous deficits, gave hundreds of billions of your money to rich bankers, federalized education and seniors’ prescription drugs, spied on us without warrants, and arrested people without putting them on trial. The second and more controversial reason is the sad similarity in the two major political parties today. To demonstrate that similarity, I have argued here at Fox and at speeches around the country, that we don’t even have a two party system any longer, we have one party; the Big Government Party. It has a republican wing that likes deficits, corporate welfare, assaults on civil liberties, and war. It has a democratic wing that likes taxes, individual welfare, assaults on commercial liberties, and war.
Now, along comes the tea party, and on paper it stands for basic Jeffersonian Principles. That the federal government can only regulate in the sixteen areas of behavior that the Constitution gives it. Our freedoms come from our humanity, not from the government. That the states that have given power to the fed can take it back. That we are entitled to sound money and only the gold standard can produce that, and that we should only fight defensive wars.
The judge starts with an interview with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and then moves on to Foreclosure-Gate.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (RINO) of the Alaskan political dynasty has conceded to Tea Party favorite Joe Miller this evening. Details over at Politico. Next up? Christine O’Donnell (Patriot) and Mike Castle (RINO). Christine needs some 19,000 votes to defeat Obama’s lackey. Go here to help her out!