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From: Brumar892/11/2018 8:06:13 PM
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Special elections portend extinction of Republicrats and Trumplicans
by David Leach • February 8, 2018



Yesterday we learned how Republicans and Democrats joined hands to obliterate any semblance of fiscal responsibility to create a two-year budget pact that adds trillions of bankruptcy-inducing dollars to our already-unsustainable national debt.

The budget fiasco is just the latest example of how Republicans and Democrats have morphed into one indistinguishable #unibrow party, where party labels serve merely as masquerade costumes to be worn every election season and then stowed away until needed again.

As if the evolutionary reality of Republicans becoming Republicrats isn’t destructive enough, the election of a life-long liberal to the presidency has given rise to a new species of swamp monster—the Trumplican.

Together, Republicrats and Trumplicans roam America’s habitat of liberty and freedom in search of conservatives and other lovers of the Constitution to devour. Amazingly, Republicrats and Trumplicans believe that devouring the parts of the GOP that refuse to adapt will ensure their survival, but evidence would indicate that their extinction is all but certain.

Yesterday, a special election was held in Missouri where Democrat Mike Revis beat his Republican opponent in a district Trump won by 28 points. This surprising victory is the 35th state legislative seat to be flipped from red to blue nationwide since Trump became president and comes on the heels of a series of national losses for the GOP.

I have long advocated that the Republican party of Ronald Reagan is essentially dead and can no longer be considered the home of Conservatives. While there remains a remnant of conservatism in the GOP, people such as myself realize that we can no longer co-exist with Republicrats and Trumplicans and that only by charting a new path can we hope to return America to her Constitutional roots.

While this reality is a hard row to hoe, there are conservatives who are willing to lay it all on the line in defense of their principles. David Cort, a 2018 candidate for the Missouri State Senate, recently announced that he’s leaving the GOP and will run instead as an Independent. In a press release posted on his Facebook account, Cort stated:

“I know it’s the right thing to do, it’s the principled thing to do. You cannot identify the Republican party as part of the problem and then ask to become a part of the problem.”

Well said, Mr. Cort. Well said.

While it’s tempting to write off state elections as insignificant, GOP leaders like Paul Ryan are sounding the alarm over the string of Democrat victories since November 2016, and for good reason. If Democrats continue flipping these elections, they will not only take back Congress in 2018, but the potential loss of hundreds seats will put Democrats in control of state legislatures ahead of 2020. If that happens, Democrats will be in charge of the next round of congressional redistricting—something that Barack Obama and Eric Holder have already been working on.

By the way, if you’re tempted to write off Dave Cort’s decision as some sort of ineffective grandstanding, consider the words of former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill who once said, “All politics is local.” The change America needs will begin at the local level, and conservatives like Dave Cort can be the foundation of that change.

stridentconservative.com


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To: Brumar89 who wrote (131)2/11/2018 8:07:18 PM
From: Brumar89
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Republicans join Democrats to spend more money and bankrupt America
by David Leach • February 7, 2018



When the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, then-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan praised the bill as a “positive step forward in getting government spending under control.” In an official statement, Paul also said:

“The Budget Control Act represents a victory to those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy … The agreement, while far from perfect, underscores the extent to which the new House Majority has successfully changed Washington’s culture of spending.

“No longer can Washington endlessly spend money it does not have.”

Well, as Mary Hopkin once sang in the ‘60’s, “ Those Were the Days.”

The Budget Control Act was designed to put caps on spending with a trigger for automatic across-the-board spending cuts (sequester) to be applied whenever the caps were exceeded. Still, the GOP has repeatedly passed legislation—usually when an election is approaching—to lift the caps without the consequences of the sequester, thus making it possible for Washington to do what Ryan claimed could no longer be done . . . spend money it doesn’t have.

In fact, Ryan earned a spot in the Gutless On Principles Hall of Shame for the part he personally played in getting the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 passed—a bill that “temporarily” suspended the sequester in order to raise spending limits.

The GOP has displayed a shocking, yet typical, willingness to abandon fiscal responsibility since 2011—a habit so-called deficit hawk conservatives in the House Freedom Caucusnow embrace. And with the self-proclaimed King of Debt now occupying the White House, current budget negotiations confirm that this trend will continue.

Despite the recent announcement that the government will borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year—an 85 percent increase over last year and the most borrowed in 6 years—Paul Ryan and his cohort in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, are on the verge of once again lifting spending caps to get a deal done with the Democrats before the current temporary spending bill expires tomorrow.

If successful, the budget will be set for the next two years. Hey, that’s another election year. Coincidence?

In 2011, Paul Ryan stated that the GOP had changed Washington’s culture of spending, and in a way, he told the truth because there’s an old saying that tells us how the more things change, the more they stay the same. So, when it comes to the federal budget, anytime the GOP tells you they have changed Washington, it means they will continue doing as they always have.

stridentconservative.com

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From: Brumar892/12/2018 12:37:39 PM
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Republicans Announce Plan To Pretend To Be Fiscally Conservative Again The Moment A Democrat Takes Office

[ Sarcasm from the Babylon Bee that isn't even sarcasm. The only point of sarcasm is it has Republicans admitting the actual program. ]
February 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—During a budgetary discussion Friday, Republican lawmakers announced a plan to pretend to be fiscally conservative again if a Democrat takes office again in 2020 or 2024.

The GOP said it would begin to decry deficit spending and the $20 trillion debt in order to win votes as soon as political power swung back to the opposing party.

“The second a Democrat is back in the White House, we will once again start yelling about fiscal responsibility,” Speaker Paul Ryan said in an address to the House of Representatives Friday. “For now, we will continue to vote for unsustainable and irresponsible budgets that your children’s children’s children will pay for for centuries to come.”

At publishing time, Republicans further announced they would pretend to oppose giving Planned Parenthood a half billion dollars year after year once they need conservative voters’ support to regain their offices.

babylonbee.com

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (133)2/12/2018 12:39:47 PM
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Op-Ed: Looks Like We Forgot To Defund Planned Parenthood Again Like We Promised—Shucks, Sorry, Darnit—Maybe Next Time
February 9, 2018



Fellow Americans: we want to take a quick moment of your time to apologize. You probably heard that we just passed a huge spending deal—and it looks like we totally forgot to defund Planned Parenthood again, even though we promised you countless times we would do exactly that if you would just give us the chance. Dangit!

Shucks, we’re really sorry.

Despite the fact that self-proclaimed pro-life Republicans control both houses of Congress as well as the White House, for goodness sake, I guess we just sort of blanked there. So, unfortunately, the nation’s largest abortion provider, which kills more than 300,000 unborn babies annually, will continue to receive more than half a billion taxpayer dollars from the federal government every single year. Seriously, more than 500 million dollars. $543,700,000 last year, to be exact. We’re just going to continue handing it to them.

Man, what a slip of the mind!

Especially since they’re going to spend 30 million of those dollars we give them to oppose every one of us in the next election cycle while pressing their extremist pro-abortion agenda into the faces of every American. Whoops!

Fellow Americans, we want you to know that this lapse in memory will only serve to harden our resolve to defund Planned Parenthood the very next chance we get. We’re not just saying that so you’ll vote for us, either—we mean it. We promise.

Respectfully yours,

Your Republican House
Your Republican Senate
Your Republican President

babylonbee.com

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From: Brumar892/12/2018 12:42:43 PM
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Why Federal Deficit Spending Will Never Be Fixed. Ever.

David Thornton
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Rand Paul is right. Neither party cares about the deficit enough to cut their own programs.

If there was any notion that the Trump Administration was fiscally conservative, those beliefs should be reconsidered in light of last week’s bipartisan spending deal and the president’s spending proposals from the State of the Union speech. Despite the Republican victory on tax reform, it seems that the party is veering toward massive spending increases rather than fiscal restraint and entitlement reform.

Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was one of the few congressional voices that spoke out against the spending bill. In a speech on the Senate floor, Paul described why Congress is unlikely to ever resolve the problem of deficit spending. Ever.

Rand Paul on Spending: "When Republicans Are In Power, There Is No Conservative Party"
Sen. Rand Paul speaks about the spirit of why he is holding up the passage of the budget deal through the Senate:

SEN. RAND PAUL: When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party. But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party.

You see, opposition seems to bring…
www.realclearpolitics.com
Rand Paul on Spending: "When Republicans Are In Power, There Is No Conservative Party"

“The right cries out, 'Our military is hollowed out!' Even though military spending more than doubled since 2001,” Paul said. “The left is no better. Democrats don't oppose military money as long as they can get some for themselves... for their pet causes.”

“The dirty little secret is that, by and large, both parties don't care about the debt,” the senator charged.

?The truth that Paul stumbled upon is that neither party can spend taxpayer money on its own. The Democrats want to spend on entitlements and social programs, but don’t have the votes by themselves. The Republicans have their own priorities, among them the military and up to $67 billion for President Trump’s border wall. Even though they have majorities in both houses, the Republicans don’t have the votes to pass a budget on their own either. On the other hand, when both parties come together in a bipartisan compromise, they have enough votes to spend like the proverbial drunken sailor.

Neither party sees their priorities as frivolous. Both see themselves as patriotic lawmakers looking out for the wellbeing of their constituents. They agree to each other’s priorities to secure their own and the deficit goes up and the national debt continues to mount.

There have been pauses in the trend. When Republicans won control of the House in the Tea Party wave of 2010, they kept a tight grip on the federal checkbook. Under Speaker John Boehner, the Republicans reduced spending in real dollar terms and reduced the deficit by 70 percent, thanks to the sequester’s spending caps.Nevertheless, the borrowing continued and the debt continued to grow, albeit at a slower rate. In the late 1990s, a booming economy paired with spending cuts actually led to federal surpluses for a few years.

By the end of Barack Obama’s second term, the federal debt had almost doubled. The US debt to GDP ratio reached 108 percent. This is far behind Japan with a 240 percent ratio and Greece at 180 percent, but the level of debt is generally acknowledged to be at a serious problem. The Keynesian ideal of deficit spending in times of crisis has given way to deficit spending to avoid a financial crisis.

Debt to GDP by country 2017 | Statista
Which country has the most debt? This statistic shows the 20 countries with the highest debt to GDP ratio in 2017. In this year, Japan ranked first among the countries with the highest public debt levels; it had an estimated debt of ...
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Debt to GDP by country 2017 | Statista
Where Rand Paul is incorrect is in his hostility to military spending, a constitutional mission of the federal government. Paul argues that “military spending more than doubled since 2001,” but fails to consider how much the world changed on Sept. 11, 2001. Two wars and numerous missions against Islamic terrorism are only the most obvious aspect of the problem. Chinese and Russian expansionism represent serious Cold War-like threats.

In 2016, under President Obama, military leaders said that sequestration was a serious threat to military readiness. Budget cuts have led to difficulties in replacing and upgrading equipment. Financial limitations have also impacted training and troop retention.

Sequestration Poses Biggest Threat to Readiness, Military Leaders Say
Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps leaders detailed challenges posed by sequestration in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.,
www.defense.gov
Sequestration Poses Biggest Threat to Readiness, Military Leaders Say
Mattis and US military leaders are trying to get rid of the worst parts of military service
The US military has suffered from readiness and training issues, and the brass is trying new measures to fix the problem.
www.businessinsider.com
Mattis and US military leaders are trying to get rid of the worst parts of military service
Military spending is costly, but it is not the largest share of the federal budget. Defense and security spending (including veterans programs) make up only 20 percent of federal outlays. Over half of the federal budget is made up of health care spending (28 percent) and Social Security (25 percent). It is entitlements that are breaking the federal budget.

Democrats may get the lion’s share of the blame for entitlement spending, but the truth is that it is a bipartisan problem. Conservative voters claim to favor spending cuts, but quickly change their tune when the discussion moves to reforming Social Security. They have bought into the fiction that their “contributions” to Social Security are held into an account for when they retire. In reality, Social Security taxes are quickly spent on current retirees as soon as they are received. (If you think your payments to Social Security are a voluntary “contribution,” try not paying them.)

Speaker Paul Ryan is one of the few politicians of either party to dare to even mention entitlement reform. For his bravery, he is shown in Democrat ads pushing an old lady off a cliff. His own party was no better. When Ryan voted for the 2013 budget deal that included cuts in military retirement pay, he was skewered by Republicans even though the bill was supported by military leaders.

Rep. Paul Ryan defends cuts to military retirement in budget bill
Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, defended controversial cuts to military retirement pay in the budget deal, saying that the need for military compensation reform is "undeniable."
www.washingtontimes.com
Rep. Paul Ryan defends cuts to military retirement in budget bill
In the end, Rand Paul is right. Neither party cares about the debt, at least not enough to allow cuts to their favorite programs, although they are more than willing to cut the other party’s pet projects. The minority party becomes a deficit hawk to use the deficit as a club to beat their opponents and roles reverse when the parties change control. The few politicians who want to make real spending reforms are opposed by both parties.

There will be no spending reform for the foreseeable future. The US government will continue to spend like a billionaire’s wife in Saks Fifth Avenue as long as it can borrow. With the dollar maintaining strength and few other bastions of stability for world investments, many assume that purchases of treasury bonds will never stop.

But one day, sooner or later, interest payments will combine with other budget items to exceed the government’s ability to borrow. The government will not be able to pay its bills. When that day comes, members of both parties will have to get serious about spending cuts regardless of what their voters think.

themaven.net

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From: Brumar892/12/2018 1:20:49 PM
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HARD-RIGHT REPUBLICANS SAY ‘THE SWAMP HAS WON’ AS TRUMP SIGNS OFF ON TRILLIONS IN SPENDING
BY GRAHAM LANKTREE ON 2/12/18 AT 7:43 AM

U.S. DONALD TRUMP 2018 BUDGET DEFICIT

Updated | Hard-right Republicans from the Tea Party–allied House Freedom Caucus condemned a budget deal with Democrats on Sunday that would raise the U.S. deficit. Their exasperation came as President Donald Trump prepared to announce another budget plan that would include trillions more in spending and also grow the deficit.

“The swamp won. And the American taxpayer lost,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Representative Mark Meadows told CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday of $300 billion in spending in the budget bill passed last Friday.

“The real problem with this particular one is that our leadership caved,” Meadows said, suggesting Republicans had given in to Democrat demands that will see both an increase in defense and non-defense spending over the next two years.

The Swamp King was elected President.

Financial firm Goldman Sachs estimates spending in the budget bill would help grow the U.S. deficit—which currently sits at $20 trillion—by $1.1 trillion next year. Trump signed the bill Friday.

“I was expecting him to continue to push back on draining the swamp...but yet, he was given a binary choice: Either you support the military and support this particular budget or you don't,” Meadows said. “Our original play was to make sure that we funded the military, we kept other spending flat.”

During the later days of his 2016 election campaign Trump frequently promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington—a call to rid Capitol Hill of political insiders.

“The swamp won and the American taxpayer lost,” said Freedom Caucus co-founder Republican Representative Jim Jordan on Fox News Sunday in similar statement to Meadow’s.

Read more: Trump's infrastructure plan is heavy on promises, light on details

“Growing the size of government by 13 percent adds to the swamp instead of draining it. This is not what the American people sent us here to do," the Freedom Caucus said in a statement.

The maximum ceiling on U.S. government debt was also lifted until March 2019 when the two-year budget bill was passed Friday, following a request from Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week.

The Trump administration is also expected to add $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade as a result of the Republican tax bill passed last December, accordingto the Congressional Budget Office.

During the Obama administration, Republicans loudly opposed Democrat policies that proposed spending on economic stimulus programs, which Republicans said would grow the deficit. GOP members made proposals to eliminate the deficit completely through a series of austerity tax cuts.

Early Monday, Trump is set to announce a $4 trillion–plus budget plan for 2019 that would see an additional $1 trillion added to the deficit and would prevent the federal budget from being balanced in the next 10 years.

The plan outlines a projected $1.5 trillion Trump infrastructure plan that would use $200 billion in federal dollars to lead the way and get states and local municipalities to join in and spend to improve America’s infrastructure nationwide.

Trump tweeted early Monday:

Donald J. Trump
?@realDonaldTrump


This will be a big week for Infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!

6:46 AM - Feb 12, 2018



Some, however, have said the president’s budget is dead on arrival. “A lot of presidents' budgets are ignored. But I would expect this one to be completely irrelevant and totally ignored,” Jason Furman, formerly President Obama's chief economist, told the Associated Press. “In fact, Congress passed a law [last] week that basically undid the budget before it was even submitted.”

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From: Brumar892/13/2018 10:52:10 AM
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Turn out the lights, the (TEA) party’s over
by David Leach • February 12, 2018



Though the bankruptcy-inducing McConnell/Schumer budget deal was eventually passed by Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump because the “deal maker” was powerless to stop it—we can add “presidential veto” to the list of things Trump doesn’t know is in the Constitution—there was a moment when Senator Rand Paul stood in defiance of Mickey’s hypocrisy and ineptitude.I found it rather fitting that the symbol of the GOP establishment (McConnell) faced off against one of the last representatives of TEA party conservatism (Paul). It was McConnell who referred to conservatives as traitors, bullies, drunks, and fringe leading up to his declared war against them during his 2014 re-election campaign.

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell boasted at the time as he targeted several conservative groups he considered to be a threat to his power. McConnell’s approach to eliminating conservatism within the GOP was supported by a host of fellow establishmentarians, “middle-right” GOP PACs, and members of the so-called conservative media such as Ann Coulter.

Though decentralized in structure, the TEA Party movement gave rise to a host of conservative groups dedicated to ideals the GOP establishment opposes, such as: limited government, lower taxes, and reduced spending, along with seeking the repeal of Obamacare and other parts of Obama’s radical agenda.

Perhaps the greatest TEA party success was realized with the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011, a law that House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed would bring an end to Washington’s power to “endlessly spend money it does not have.” However, in the aftermath of last week’s budget deal, it’s safe to conclude that the GOP establishment has clearly recaptured that hill.

Even though McConnell hasn’t kept every conservative from being elected to Congress, he has succeeded in destroying many of them, nonetheless. Evidence of this sad reality can be seen in people like Ted Cruz who, like Donald Trump, voted for the bill because he was “powerless” to vote for something better. In the end, only two conservatives in the Senate voted against it: Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

McConnell’s goal of ending conservative influence was made easier thanks to the political adultery of organizations like the Tea Party Patriots. For example, during the fake-repeal of Obamacare debates last year, TPP President Jenny Beth Martin embraced legislation that she admitted failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but supported the bill co-sponsored by Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy in exchange for a commitment from Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to “get their priorities straight.”

I have long believed that the GOP is a lost cause and is no longer a home for conservatives and how we need to band together to create a new party—a sentiment shared by some of my conservative brethren.



ShannonJoy@ShannonJoyRadio

THIS from @RMConservative —->

2:17 PM - Feb 9, 2018


The demise of conservatism within the GOP brings us to the indisputable conclusion that the TEA Party is over and the establishment is back to doing the same old things as before, which reminds me of an old Willie Nelson song titled The Party’s Over . . .

Turn out the lights, the party’s over
They say that “all good things must end”
Let’s call it a night, the party’s over
And tomorrow starts the same old thing again

Rings true . . . don’t you think?

stridentconservative.com

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From: Brumar892/14/2018 4:09:06 PM
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There Is No Party For Responsibility

by Erick Erickson

The Republicans only care about smaller government when a Democrat is in the White House. Democrats never care about it

Credit where it is due, Mick Mulvaney risked the ire of the White House by saying if he were in Congress he'd vote against President Trump's budget. One can only imagine how much worse the budget would be if Mulvaney were not there. This is becoming a recurring theme at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The budgeting and spending would be much worse without Mulvaney in the same way White House staffers acknowledge the chaos would be much worse without General Kelly there.

What is there is chaotic enough and what is there in terms of budgeting is bad enough. The President's budget embraces deficit spending with a fig leaf of savings. Republicans who voted en masse against Barack Obama's trillion dollar infrastructure plan will vote in lock step for Donald Trump's. They will claim it is smaller and will involve private spending. But the private spending is not guaranteed and you and I both know they'd gladly vote for it without the private spending.

Neither party is willing to be a responsible fiscal steward of the nation. The GOP is only interested in smaller government when a Democrat is in the White House and Democrats are never interested in smaller government. The leviathan must always be fed and we are suckers for voting against the leviathan.

Unfortunately, the leviathan feeds China, which grows stronger and more threatening as we grow fiscally less solvent. Every few weeks we also get new word of Russia's growing nuclear armaments. It seems the Russians and Chinese are betting they can bankrupt us as we bankrupted the Soviets. Given the lack of fiscal responsibility exercised by both parties, it is plausible.

Republicans and Democrats alike have failed at being responsible stewards of our national financial resources and it will not just be our children at risk because of it. We will be at risk in this generation. $20 trillion in national debt is a no man's land and no one in Washington has any real interest or incentive seeing that number reduce. President Trump may get an immigration deal, but those immigrants will be moving into a bankrupt nation.

theresurgent.com

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From: Brumar892/15/2018 8:48:30 PM
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Tom Cotton lacks political will to oppose Trump’s amnesty and citizenship for illegals
by David Leach • February 14, 2018



Before he was elected US Senator of Arkansas, Tom Cotton served one term (2012-2014) in the US House representing the 4th congressional district of The Natural State. As a rising star in the GOP and a military veteran who served in Afghanistan, Cotton became only the second Republican since Reconstruction to represent the 4th district, thanks to the support of both the TEA Party and the GOP establishment—support that he continued to receive in his 2014 campaign for the US Senate.

One of the reasons Cotton received conservative support— I supported him—was due to his positions on a host of issued important to conservatives. One such issue, which is the topic of the week in Washington, was immigration, specifically, what America should do with illegal aliens already in the country.

“We cannot afford to grant illegal aliens amnesty or a so-called ‘earned pathway to citizenship.’ Amnesty would cost billions of dollars that our government cannot afford.

“Also, amnesty would attract millions of new illegal aliens just as the 1986 amnesty did, by advertising to the world that America lacks the political will to enforce its borders.”

SOURCE: 2012 House campaign website, CottonforCongress.com, “Issues,” November 6, 2012

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, 2012 was an election year and in a non-election year, Cotton’s loyalties are the same as every other Republicrat and Trumplican in Washington to the party establishment.

In an interview yesterday with Trump’s morning intel team—a.k.a. FOX and Friends—Cotton issued a strong endorsement of Trump’s plan to grant amnesty and citizenship to 1.8 illegals. Calling it a “popular proposal” supported by “2/3 of the American people,” Cotton admitted that the plan would cause an increase in illegal immigration, a consequence he once believed was reason enough not to support such a plan.

In what has become an increasingly common theme within the GOP, Tom Cotton is another example of how Republicans make whatever conservative-sounding promise they need to make in election years in the interest of political self-preservation but then toss those promises aside when the party machine comes calling.

Using his own words, Tom Cotton’s support of Trump’s DACA displays a “lack of political will” to do what’s right for America—a disappointing reality coming from a war hero.

stridentconservative.com


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From: Brumar893/13/2018 5:34:56 PM
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The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling, 1919

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

The "copybook headings" to which the title refers were proverbs or maxims, extolling virtues such as honesty or fair dealing that were printed at the top of the pages of 19th-century British students' special notebooks, called copybooks. The school-children had to write them by hand repeatedly down the page.

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