Guns And Abortion: States Starting to Rebel Against Federal Control

As a conservative it is easy to look at Washington and find nothing but despair. Socialism is once again on the march with autocratic Democrats and left leaning “Republicans” all seeking to raise taxes, spend more, destroy the integrity of our borders, eviscerate our military, spy on us all, and impose a one-size-fits-all education scheme. In DC, the Democrats are practically indistinguishable from the Republicans. But a bright spot is seen in those states who are rebelling over this top down control by liberalizing gun laws, restricting abortion, and otherwise beginning to look for ways to assert their long dormant powers.

When the founders created this country they imagined that they had practically eliminated the chance for tyranny by creating a governing plan that featured a segmented system. The founders expected each segment to zealously look to protect their rightful powers.

The founders thought that Senators would fight for their states, Congressmen would fight for that segment of voters who elected them, Presidents would guard their own enumerated powers, states would strenuously reject any expansion of federal powers, counties would reject state interference and cities would vigorously enforce their own authority.

There was a time when states’ rights weren’t just some false call used to protect slavery!

Unfortunately, this country lost its once proud obstinacy and everyone began to fall to a socialist-styled assumption that the federal government should control everything from Washington D.C.

It is easy to imagine that the founders would have already started shooting at and/or tar and feathering government officials by now, but the tide of this un-American control from the top is starting to show some signs of collapse. A bloodless revolution seems to be forming.

Starting in the 1980s with the election of Ronald Reagan, Americans began a long process of falling out of love with Obama-styled communism. Sure there is a long, long way to go before we denude Washington of power and get back to the representative republic we are supposed to be, but you can see that there are some examples that the states are starting to rebel against Washington.

The most obvious example is the successful march of gun rights activists. Starting in the 1920s, Americans began to lose their Second Amendment rights thanks to the Italian mafia gang wars. This era coincided with the rise of the automatic machine gun, too, so that frightening weapon added to the problem.

By the 1960s liberals began to think that a total ban on the Second Amendment was just around the corner and it was all coming from the federal level through the courts and Congress.

But an interesting thing began to happen. The states began to rebel against the gun banning that was so popular in Washington. By 2014 every single state–yes, even all the very liberal states–had some sort of concealed carry law and even the Supreme Court began to reject the ban crazy left’s ideas reaffirming that the Second Amendment protects the rights of the individual just like the rest of the Bill of Rights.

Of course, the SCOTUS only started going that way because people in the states began to challenge new laws from among them, laws that were liberalizing Second Amendment rights.

Just take a look at the recent actions on gun rights as posted by Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins and you’ll see that those that want to promote our Second Amendment rights are gaining ground.

But Second Amendment advances are only the latest actions giving Americans more ability to more freely exercise their rights.

Those that oppose the murder of babies are also finding the states swarming to their side. While not gaining as much ground as gun rights, states are advancing new laws all over the place that put limits on abortion mills. This is a relatively new movement in as much as the federal government seemed to be expanding abortion since the 70s. But the states are starting to stand athwart abortion and saying to the feds, “this far and no farther.”

Another area that the states are beginning to reassert their powers is in the field of education. In 2010 it seemed as if a cabal of left-wingers and foolish Republicans–such as Jeb Bush–thought they had won the war over education by instituting Common Core from the top down. But now states are rebelling against this autocratic ideal and beginning to back out of that educational scheme in ways small and large.

Two other areas where the states are rebelling against federal prohibitions and notions of collectivism is in marijuana policy and the fall from favor of unions. Even the rise against Obama’s para-military attacks on a Nevada ranch has its roots in a distrust of a power hungry federal government.

Finally, the growth of the 10th Amendment movement and the idea that we might have a convention of the states to make some changes to the U.S.Constitution are also evidence of the trend.

As we see, the states are just at the beginning of reasserting their prerogatives. This is all good. If it continues it will eventually lead to denuding the federal government of power as well it should.

So, there is some hope that we will be able to defeat liberalism, or at least put a dent in its supremacy. But it is all at a very delicate stage, one that can be easily quashed. It is up to we, the people, to make sure this trend grows. Hold you local politicians accountable and continue to urge them to reject Washington power grabs. Insist on your rights and the rights of your local governments to have more say in what governments do. Begin the arduous process of excising anti-Americanism from our schools by deposing the left from its stranglehold over education.

All this can only be done by you, the voter, because we cannot expect power mad politicians to curb their own powers merely because it is the right thing to do.

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  • Commander_Chico

    USA’s gonna break up within 50 years. Like the USSR and maybe the UK and Spain.

    There’s too much political centrifugal force.

    • warnertoddhuston

      For a change, I can’t say you are wrong.

      • Commander_Chico

        the huge federal government seeking world hegemony is one reason, cultural values another, economy another.

        Hope there’s a defense union to protect against the Chinese and someone pays my U.S. Navy pension.

        • SteveCrickmore075

          Chico, you want a weak federal government but a healthy service pension?

          • jim_m

            Actually, a shrinking federal government would be stronger because it would allow it to focus on things that it could actually hope to have some control over. It would also spend less on unnecessary bullshit and be able to cover things like military pensions.

          • LiberalNightmare

            Yeah Chico – get back on the plantation!

          • Commander_Chico

            Yes, because national defense is one of the few clear federal powers under the Constitution. Not spying on everyone and searching trucks on the interstate.

          • Did that all on your own, did ‘ya?

          • jim_m

            Thank my father that you aren’t speaking German. GFYS

            Then again, you probably wish the Nazis won.

          • chicka’s almost as bad about the consequences of his proposed policies as you are, crampless.

        • warnertoddhuston

          I would propose we eliminate the politician’s pensions and give it to the soldiers, myself.

        • jim_m

          I would support a bill of attainder revoking your pension.

          • I wouldn’t.

            He’s exercising his right, as we all do here, to free speech. I may not agree with him on a lot of issues, but I don’t want to see him silenced or punished for his speech.

            Because if you start that – for whatever excellent reason you come up with – it’s going to be damned hard to stop it before it flattens a lot of people whose only ‘crime’ was disagreeing with the powers-that-be. I don’t want a country where that’s the norm – where whoever’s out of power or out of favor has to remain silent lest the wrath of Gov smite their heads.

            From what I’m seeing, that’s an end-goal of some of the left. But the pendulum always swings back – and the longer it’s held by one group or another, the harder the swing when it finally breaks free.

            And this one’s gonna be a doozy…

          • Just recall him to active duty as part of Operation Deep Frreze.

        • Retired military

          And Chico goes with Option A. The oligarchy.

          BTW CHico how about living up to your statements.

          “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

          How about practising what you preach Chico.

          1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s

          policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)

          Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

          2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          4. Chico stated ” They (duck dynasty guys) were clean shaven before they pitched the TV show.” yet you provided zero proof of this statement. Please do so now.

          Examples of statements 1, 2, and 3 (since you reject the premise)

          Salon writer Joan Wals

          It’s simply stunning: Longtime Republican imagemaker Ailes figured out how to make sure that our twice-elected Democratic president, backed by a coalition that represents an emerging, multiracial America, must periodically be checked and hopefully shamed by a representative of the angry right-wing white male minority that barely considers him a legitimate leader…

          O’Reilly and Ailes and their viewers see this president as unqualified and ungrateful, an affirmative action baby who won’t thank us for all we’ve done for him and his cohort. The question was, of course, deeply condescending and borderline racist. Obama has been afforded “so much opportunity”? What about O’Reilly, who pretends he’s a working-class son of Levittown, Long Island, when he’s actually the kid of an accountant who grew up in Westbury and went to private high school and university


          Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore: “This is still a pretty conservative country and people are upset about the policies in Washington and they don’t think the politicians are listening.”

          Host Chris Matthews: “Okay, I think, I think some of the people are upset because we have a black President.”

          Talking about the town hall protests against ObamaCare on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 11, 2009.

          If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support.”

          — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22, 2010.

          “The Republican Party in this country has been running on hate and division for the last 50 years….What black person, gay guy or girl, immigrant or Muslim American in their right mind would vote for the Republican Party? They might as well hang a sign around their neck saying, ‘I hate myself.’”

          — Fill-in host Cenk Uygur on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2010

          Clip from RNC ad: “Stop Obama and his union bosses today. The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

          Host Lawrence O’Donnell: “The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss?”

          Ex-Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI): “Wow, I hadn’t thought about the racial overtones….”

          — MSNBC’s The Last Word, February 25, 2011.

          “The interesting question is: what is it about this President that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the office of the President? Why do Republicans think this President is unpresidential — unpresidential, and shouldn’t dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008, or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin.”

          — MSNBC political analyst and ex-Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe talking about the brief contretemps over scheduling Obama’s speech to Congress, The Last Word, August 31, 2011.

          “I get out of all of these things that many of these [Republican] candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous.”

          — Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, September 23, 2011, talking about the previous night’s GOP debate.

          “Plus, what Mitt Romney has in common with the KKK. Details on a rare Romney campaign blunder ahead….So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews.”

          — Anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, December 14, 2011.

          Host Chris Matthews: “How does this guy [Mitt Romney] go from hard right, severely conservative, to this new regular mainstream character he’s portraying himself as?…He ran as a full mooner, Michael. You know, he was saying ‘There’s no such thing as science.’… How can he go from Flat Earth, ‘I don’t believe in evolution,’ to all of a sudden, ‘I’m teaching biology’?… It certainly was in the Grand Wizard crowd over there, okay?”

          Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele: “Wait, I resent that! No. Come on, what is this ‘Grand Wizard’ nonsense? Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan?”

          Matthews: “Okay, I’m just saying, the far-right party.”

          Steele: “Give me a break! Don’t go there with me on that.”

          — MSNBC’s Hardball, April 23, 2012.

          You notice he [Romney] says ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The other-ization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization, ‘You are not one of us,’ and that ‘you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.’”

          — Co-host Touré on MSNBC’s The Cycle, August 16, 2012.

          Host Martin Bashir: “Of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration, can I quote something [to] you? ‘For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.’ How about that?”

          MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there….These people reach for every single possible racial double-entendre they can possibly find in every one of these speeches.”

          — MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, August 29, 2012, talking about McConnell’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

          They hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred — hatred for Obama. We can go into that about the white working class in the South, and looking at these numbers we’re getting in the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases. This isn’t about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That’s their number one goal and they’re willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it’s to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy.”

          — Chris Matthews during MSNBC’s post-debate coverage, October 22, 2012

          “I look at Obama as a perfect American. I don’t mean politically. We can disagree left and right on him. You can argue about the drones. Argue about the fiscal policy, all that stuff. But as a citizen. The guy went to school, he never broke a law. He did everything right. He raised a wonderful family. He’s a good husband, a good father. My God I don’t think he’s ever gotten a speeding ticket. The guy does everything right and these right-wingers — and he’s really been pretty moderate on guns until the horror of Newtown — and I don’t know what they’re so afraid of, except that he happens to be black.”

          — Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 6, 2013

          What does your study tell you about the nature of the racial piece here of the Tea Party?…Is it sort of a resumption of the Old South, of the way things were before the Civil War, for example? Is it like that old dreamy nostalgia you get in the old movies, Gone With the Wind? Is it that kind of America they want to bring back or what? When there were no gays, where blacks were slaves, Mexicans were in Mexico? I mean, is this what they want?”

          — Chris Matthews to author Christopher Parker on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 20, 2013

          The problem is there are people in this country — maybe 10 percent, I don’t know what the number, maybe 20 percent on a bad day — who want this President to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t President….They can’t stand the idea that he is President, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group. So what? It is the sense that the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is President.”

          — Chris Matthews appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, May 15, 2013

          “The IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President’s birth certificate…Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House….This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President — the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.”

          — MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5, 2013.

          ¦ “At least back in 1939, when Marian Anderson had to sing here, ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ rather than at the Constitution Hall, because — they said the reason was she was black. At least they were honest back then….[Today] you’ve got people talking about nullification of the law of the land [ObamaCare]. You got people talking impeachment like [Senator Tom] Coburn. You got Ted Cruz out there. They never say their problem with Obama is that he’s black, but look at the pattern….At least the Daughters of the American Revolution knew what they were saying and they said it out loud: ‘He’s black, she’s black, she can’t sing here.’ These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the President of being a crook, basically, for even being president, because he’s here illegally. And then they talk about impeaching him on grounds they can’t even come up with. At least in the old days they were honest about it. Today, they’re not.”

          — Chris Matthews during MSNBC live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 2013.

          ¦ “I want to talk today about a controversial word….A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments…. Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: ‘ObamaCare.’”

          — Host Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show, December 8, 2013.

          Host Ed Schultz compared Tea Party activists to Nazi brownshirts and said that the Republican Party stands for racism; and accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry of referring to Obama in racial terms when he described the national debt as a “big black cloud” hanging over the heads of the American people.

          Reporter Lawrence O’Donnell accused Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of using a “racial double-entendre” when McConnell complained that Obama spends too much time golfing;

          Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts famously claimed that Republicans want to go back to a time when “slavery was cool;”

          Contributing analyst Toure – so self-important that he goes by only one name – accused Romney of participating in the “niggerization” of Obama;

          PRESS: I just think the whole thing is outrageous. I hate this apology, I think it was unnecessary and just, just played right into their hands. And, I mean, they won’t (laughs), they’re not going to let conservatives watch MSNBC, fine! You’re not even going to notice that. How many conservatives, seriously, are watching Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow, you know, or Al Sharpton every night?

          JEREMY HOLDEN OF MEDIA MATTERS: Yeah, yeah, I don’t know, but, uh, I’m just …

          PRESS: It’s silly.

          HOLDEN: I want to see how this probation looks and when it ends. (Alluding to RNC chair Reince Priebus’s response to Cheerios ad tweet). And what, you know, is there going to be a soft landing from the probation? This is kind of silly at this point.

          PRESS: It is and, you know, first of all, good for Cheerios for bringing that spot back and not bowing into the pressure and as far as this tweet goes, again, “maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everybody else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” that’s the truth. That is the truth! The right winger, the racist right winger will hate it. Everybody else will like it. It’s a beautiful spot.


          Hunter – Daily Kos

          MSNBC bending over themselves to apologize for someone in the network thinking the American right wing was made up of people who pore over the nation’s television commercials to find companies acting Not Bigoted Enough is, and there’s no other word for it, pathetic. As are, of course, the predictable reactions from the right wing themselves. You would think that people who get so very, very, very mad whenever someone suggests that they might be bigoted simpletons would be able to go at least one weekend without proving to be exactly that, but no. Never quite works out that way.


          Ron Fournier – Twitter

          The GOP argument on Obamacare has more than a whiff of Reagan-era racial “welfare queen” politics —>


          Ron Fournier – Twitter

          In light of today’s #Obamacare column, a little background: “How and Why Romney is Playing the Race Card.”


          “There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” Powell said. “I think

          the party has to deal with this.”


          Markos MoulitsaS

          …[T]he GOP has a problem. It can’t win national elections without getting some support from immigrant demographics—Asians and Latinos, the fastest growing in the country. Yet conservatives hate brown and different-looking people. They speak foreign languages and eat weird stuff and play strange music and vote Democratic. Those are all unforgivable sins.



          “What we had here with you and President Obama was a culture class… It was the president of most of the white guys of America, that’s you. And, Barack Obama the president of almost everybody else. And the discussion was at that level… To watch it was some ways unsettling to me… What you did was strip him of his majesty…”



          From An examiner story about congressman Cummings

          In fact, the authors of the very report cited by Cummings, Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind also “exposed” alleged links between “certain Tea Party factions and acknowledged racist hate groups,” for the NAACP in 2010, as reported by Jack Cashill at the American Thinker, who writes wryly that Zeskind “could find racists in each of the nine choirs of angels and feel comfortable designating at least three of those choirs as hate groups.”

          At the time, Burghart and Zeskind wrote in part that Tea Party members were

          “defending their special pale-skinned privileges and power.”


          HOWARD FINEMAN (on MSNBC): And as if that’s some kind of explanation, some kind of explanation for the weird phenomenon of the fact that the Republicans didn’t win. There was this extraterrestrial force out there of African-Americans and Hispanics.


          CHarlie Crist – ““Sadly I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American.””


          MSNBC interview regarding rejection of union.

          WAGNER: – nails this a little bit. And he talks about the UAW has, or the idea of organized labor and finds, y’know, great welcome in NYU and in bastions of sort of liberal, progressive thought. But then when it comes down to it, here you have workers on an assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who have turned down the option. And he makes a point that, “As many unions have discovered, generally to their woe, the politics of race and culture often eclipse those of class in the United States.” [1]

          NOAH: Right.

          WAGNER: And these sort of cultural means around unions, um, distracted from the actual economic benefits of them. [2]

          NOAH: The South has always been hostile territory for union organizing. Y’know, as Harold said, the culture war in the South trumps the class war. [1] You already have in a number of Southern states right to work laws, which means that even if they had unionized the plants, those who benefitted from the presence of that union wouldn’t have had to pay union dues if they didn’t feel like it.

          So you’re in an overwhelmingly hostile climate. And the opposition I gather, through, portrayed this as a kind of northern invasion, a refighting of the Civil War. [3] Apparently there are not a lot of, uh, black employees in this particular plant. [4] And so, that kind of, uh, uh, uh, waving of the Confederate flag was an effective strategy. [5]

          WAGNER: That would explain also the sign, “United Obama Workers,” which speaks volumes [6] in terms of the, uh, cultural differences in certain parxts of the country. Author Timothy Noah, thank you as always for your time and thoughts.


          In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted

          Harry reid – ““We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny

          the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who

          refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,”


          Former Wash Post Editor Robert Kaiser

          “The base consists principally of white evangelical Christians who, the pollsters tell us, fear that their America is disappearing. Of course they are right; it has probably disappeared already. Their America would not have elected a black president.


          From Wash times regarding Obama appointee

          A furious Mr. Reid hinted that Republicans’ opposition was based on racism, pointing to to several other black nominees that GOP senators had opposed earlier. But in the case of Mr. Adegbile, his defense of Abu-Jamal was too much for even some Democrats


          Andrew O’Hehir

          When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.


          Paul krugman NY Times

          Indeed, race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of U.S. politics.

          We are told, for example, that conservatives are against big government and high spending. Yet even as Republican governors and state legislatures block the expansion of Medicaid, the G.O.P. angrily denounces modest cost-saving measures for Medicare. How can this contradiction be explained? Well, what do many Medicaid recipients look like – and I’m talking about the color of their skin, not the content of their character – and how does that compare with the typical Medicare beneficiary? Mystery solved.

          One odd consequence of our still-racialized politics is that conservatives are still, in effect, mobilizing against the bums on welfare even though both the bums and the welfare are long gone or never existed. Mr. Santelli’s fury was directed against mortgage relief that never actually happened. Right-wingers rage against tales of food stamp abuse that almost always turn out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. And Mr. Ryan’s black-men-don’t-want-to-work theory of poverty is decades out of date.


          Huffington post 8 apr 2014

          There has been a long-simmering controversy about whether supporters of the Tea Party are more racially prejudiced than the average American, with some solid public opinion evidence suggesting that they are. However, well beyond the Tea Party hard core, there is evidence that race does play a role.

          Is the problem of relentless partisan animus in the Obama era one of lingering racism?


          Candy Crowley: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?

          DCCC Chairl Steve Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.


          Pelosi : Racist GOP won’t deal with immigration.


          WAPO article entitled “Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful lot lately. Is it a smart midterm strategy?”


          The New Republic – The Right’s Racial Blinders What really explains the politics of the Obama era


          Dana Milbank – “Let’s compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over Obamacare, which is the thing that has most antagonized the Right and the Republicans over all these years. You’re not seeing calls for her impeachment, you’re not seeing the same level of personal vitriol.

          I think, that’s why, again, it’s fair to ask the question, and let every individual say why it is that they have that particular antipathy toward this attorney general, toward this president, and why not, say, toward Kathleen Sebelius, who they’re obviously much more at odds with.”


          Salon: ABC News ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Offer Laura Ingraham a Platform for ‘Vile Racism’


          WAPO article

          “Baseball great Hank Aaron is catching hell for telling the truth. Actually, the Hall of Famer is catching hell from racists because he had the temerity to point out that racism still exists. Those who think otherwise are delusional and willfully ignorant of the racial state of play in the United States.

          Aaron’s alleged offense occurred in a USA Today interview with sports reporter Bob Nightengale. Aaron explained why he still has the racist hate mail he received as he closed in on breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record 40 years ago last week.”


          Hank Aaron

          “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go. The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.””


          Yahoo news article by Matt Bai

          So now it’s out there. After five years of studied reticence (unless they were talking privately to one another or their supporters), Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress, told CNN’s Candy Crowley, the Republican base, “to a significant extent,” is “animated by racism.”


          Leonard Pitts – Indy Star

          Race plays part in how Holder, Obama are treated

          • Retired military

            Part 2 since Dem calling republican racists have now run past Discus limits.


            Frank James NPR “Social scientists who have studied voters have found that voter participation rises when voters are emotionally engaged,” he noted. “For some voters, suggestions that some of the opposition to Obama and his policies is more than just honest disagreement – and is indeed racially based – could help do the trick.”


            Pelosi tweet – Over 50% of food stamp recipients are people of color. The GOP Budget takes food out their mouths


            Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut “If racist republicans win than colleges will start closing up”


            Jonathon Chait “”America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery,”


            WAPO columnist Jonathan Capehart “republicans extolled the wonders and the virtues and the beauty of slavery,”


            Dem Ill Gov Quinn “Black republicans are like Jews (who) collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”


          • SteveCrickmore075

   Life at The Bundy Ranch, Uncensored

          • Commander_Chico
        • I pray you get what you deserve.

    • Well, you tend to lose cohesion when you shift from a melting pot (From the many, one) model to the ‘salad bowl’ concept where every ethnicity and subculture is supposed to jealously retain their own heritage and ‘diversity.’

      Yeah, I know – we’re supposed to worship ‘diversity’, but about all I can see it doing is taking a country that was strong and smashing it apart into a bunch of squabbling subcultures. A salad isn’t exactly known for either tensile or compressive strength, and really doesn’t have much in the way of cohesion under stress.

      I sure don’t want to see the US fracture, but we’ve got a lot of people pulling us apart internally (for their own excellently justified reasons, of course) and I don’t think they’re going to like the long-term results of their short-term ‘successes’. Then again, I’m probably, if lucky, going to make it about another 20-30 years – but I’ve got a son and his potential kids to worry about.

      Short-term, we’ve screwed ourselves by listening to the folks insisting on ‘diversity’ and cutting down assimilation. I don’t see any easy way back from that, sorry to say.

      • Commander_Chico

        I don’t think it has much to do with immigration. The divisions between white people are enough to split the country and would be the precipitating factor. The Civil War divide is still there, plus new divides on economic, foreign and social policy.

        Maybe in the West there’s a Anglo/Hispanic divide that could cause secession, but I don’t see it. There are just to many ethnic groups scattered around the country for any one to coalesce around secession. If anything, minorities would keep the country together, as in Canada/Quebec. It would be a white-led thing, in Texas/OK/AK, AL/MS/GA, Vermont/NH/ME, OR/WA or ID/MT/WY/UT.

        • SteveCrickmore075

          But racists always like color diversity in their mistrsses like some of our founding fathers and one notorious basketball owner and Republican contributor even as he wants to exclude black fans from attending ‘his’ games. I wouldn’t have thought a basketball arena in LA was a good place to start a whites only movement but as we know angry white racists can draw a crowd of sympathetic wingnut voices. that there is too much diversity in our world.

        • jim_m

          Make all the bogus, psychological projection claims of racism that you like. IF (and it’s a big IF) there is any break up of the US it will be over economic issues and issues of liberty. The only issues which could attract a critical mass of support are ones that cut across the lines of race and ethnicity.

          Racist bigots like you and Steve might want to see a state aligned by racial lines but that is never going to happen.

          Evidence that you know nothing about what you speak of, the political divisions between VT and the rest of New England are pretty sharp. NH and ME are far more focused on liberty by comparison and VT is considerably socialist.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I’m think you guys have been drinking the same kool aid for too long, you have begun to believe it” The US may the most patriotic, nationalistic country in the world. and sings the national anthem every chance it can. Look at all the flag waving by Cleven Bundy or at any National Party Convention!

          • jim_m

            And yet you just claimed that it would split along racial lines? GFYS.

            My original point was any break up was highly unlikely, Or did you fail to understand the plain English of my previous comment?

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Highly ain’t go to happen ever.The USA splitting on racial lines? That simply won’t happen either. More likely we will end up looking like Brazilans in couple of centuries .I was talking about the Clippers owner wishing to make his team a whites only friendly team and arena. It has created a firestorm reaction, not here naturally on wizbang where there is a blackout or self-censhorship of stories of that nature,

          • jim_m

            You could always post it on your own blog.

            Or perhaps we should look to your lefty friend Bruce who has responded to similar situations by stating that since there were other people making criticisms that he did not feel it necessary to speak out himself.

            Two other things to consider: 1)This broke over the weekend and new articles are generally thin after Kevin posts the caption contest. and 2) It’s not a freaking sports blog you dumbass!

            You do realize that you could comment on stories over at ESPN don’t you?

          • SteveCrickmore075

            It is not just a sports story! It is the biggest story on the networks and front pages. Your comment and wizbang indifference or blackout of any coverage such as Bundy’s racial toppical comments (aside from my bringing them up) reveals how irrelevant wizbang and its lonely angry white profane male movement has become.

          • jim_m

            Oh. So it is OK for leftists to be indifferent about things that they want to be indifferent about (like the obama admin facilitating the murder of over 300 Mexicans by illegally supluying guns to drug cartels or their using the IRS and DOJ as a modern day Gestapo), but for anyone else to show indifference on any subject you find pressing it is a criminal offense.

            Hang on, I have to get a bulldozer to move some of this hypocrisy I’m getting from you.

          • jim_m

            I suppose that it never occurred to you that there such unanimity about Sterling’s comments that authoring an article on the subject would simply not be worthwhile. What is the novel spin that could be put on a repulsive jerk like Sterling?

          • SteveCrickmore075

            That’s true but at the same time he rationalized his feelings there was a broadstream culture that stil allowed him to think he was okay and doing what his society would consider acceptable and he was not a racist. My dad was like that for a long time. Once i came home with a former Miss Trinidad to visit my parents home and my dad was shocked not that the girl was beautiful but she was colored and what would my mom think. He told me in no uncertain terms never to bring a colored girl again to his home in order not to upset my mom. and added that he of course was not a racist. Same ideas at play though this was more than 30 years ago.

          • jim_m

            Sounds like a typical lefty. Nothing new to see here.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Jim, no you aren’t ducking the issues and I compliment you, My beef is more with the poster’s extreme cherry picking on just one side of just one side, excluding anything unfavorable, and where are the other editors on the mast head? The ATF gunwalking scandal began in 2006 and the IRS well, they have been singling out groups for attention unfavoraby for some time. I agree Obama has not been very proactive and let the federal agencies continue business as usual.

          • jim_m

            Obviously, you have managed to post on this blog all this time and never figured out how to email Wizbang to suggest something. I’m actually impressed by how actively you pursue your ignorance.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I could do that ,.but by my suggesting a topic they might even avoid it more. I realize too their interests are different from mine Don’t forget, maybe before your time jim I was an editor on wizbangblue. and I probably put up around a hundred posts. But if there was área that was stirring the pot in the conservative blogsphere we normally had a post about it too. and in the old days so did wizbang vice versa.

          • jim_m

            Before my time? I’ve been reading Wizbang since Mary Katherine Ham was a contributor. I recall Wizbang Blue. I didn’t read it, probably because it was filled with idiots.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            One of them was me! Yes like all of us I could be an idiot at times. I did get to know Kevin and Jay Tea best . I wonder what happened to Jay?

          • jim_m

            I could be an idiot at times

            Oh, Steve. Don’t sell yourself short, you’re an idiot almost all of the time.

          • Brucehenry

            Jay Tea has been commenting on this and other threads on another blog for the last couple of days, under the name “Jenos Idanian #13.”


          • Thanks for the stalking report…

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Thanks, I see Jay is still dueling with mantis

          • And rode that right into the ground you did…

          • jim_m

            Rode it? Sounds more like he drove it.

          • Demonstrate vice pursue.

          • warnertoddhuston

            I love this rant of silliness by Crankmore. Somehow he is mistaken to believe this is a news site. Wizbang isn’t a news site. It is an opinion site that talks about the news. We cover what interests us, we don’t cover EVERYTHING in the news. Hell, we don’t even cover everything that conservatives are talking about. You want news, go to Fox.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I was told that the Sterling rant was a sports story by jim and if I wanted to it refer I should go to a sports blog on espn. I pointed out “It is not just a sports story! It is one of the biggest stories on the networks, even Fox News, and front pages”. I think if we are talking about racism and secesssion and diversity which was the thread’s topic before I joined in, in reply to Chico’s conjecture “What you say has validity insofar as white people might secede to get away from “diversity” in some places but the other forces are more significant “I think it was appropriate and topical. Just because it provided the major talking point in today’s Sunday’s talk shows is no reason not to comment on it .

          • ESADSAP.

          • I care almost as little about basketball as I do about your opinions. Nor is a racist Democrat news.

          • jim_m

            According to Harris the NBA ranks behind the NFL, MLB, NCAA football, and NASCAR and just above the NHL. The difference being that the NBA is declining in popularity while the NHL is increasing.

          • SteveCrickmore075
          • jim_m

            I really don’t care.

          • The democrats have always been the party of racism, and ever shall be.

        • I think it has much more to do with a lack of assimilation into the general ‘American’ culture, not so much integration.

          But then the question arises as to what a ‘general American culture’ is – at which point the special interest knives come out and everyone tries to carve out their unassailable territory.

          Tolerance of other opinions is pretty important when it comes to culture, but it seems to be in damn short supply any more. (And there’s a lot of pre-emptive hate going on, just to get a drop on their hatey-hateful enemies who don’t believe as they do. They MUST hate us, because we’re not like them, therefore the only logical thing to do is hate them first. Saves time on examining just what’s going on and what people really feel, doesn’t it? Just look at the skin color, or ethnicity, or gender preferences and that’s all you need to know about whether they’re good or bad folks. So simple, so… wrong.)

          When you start seeing cultural emphasis on what we’ve got in common instead of what makes us different, we MAY be starting to step back from the abyss. But I’m not going to hold my breath.

  • jim_m

    THe federal government in DC has demonstrated in increasing detachment form the ideals and views of the vast majority of the geographic area of the US. The central government represent those in major cities and little else. This is the primary reason that there is so much support for electing a President through the popular vote only. It would allow them to ignore the rest of the nation entirely.

    Lacking any real representation in DC the people are starting to question the legitimacy of that government, not unlike another group of people many years ago who questioned the detached and unresponsive government situated many thousands of miles away.

  • AugustineThomas

    This country will continue to disintegrate as long as we murder even a single child for “convenience”.