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Ever since the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya when four Americans were killed, the Republicans have held witch hunts to “find the conspiracy” that tried to cover it up.  There have been no less than six different committees holding hearings on the tragic incident.  None of those committees have shown anything that would cast doubt on anything.

Then, John Boehner set up a “Select Committee” to hold hearings to “get to the truth.”  He placed Trey Gowdy in charge of this Select Committee.  Gowdy has tried very hard to present himself as a hard-core prosecutor simply looking for the facts.

This Select Committee has been holding hearings for over a year.  At first, Gowdy said that all testimony would be considered “classified” and that the findings would reveal all.  Then, almost immediately, there were leaks.  These leaks were of the very selective kind.  They usually were taken out of context to prove that Secretary Clinton was behind the conspiracy.

The minority Democratic members of the committee complained about these leaks.  They complained that they were being selectively edited in order to place a bad light on Clinton.  They were mostly ignored by the media.  As a result, these leaks were held up as the “truth” by Republicans when in fact, they were anything but the “truth.”

We saw this act before.  Other committees selectively leaked information to the press.  That information, like the ones from the Select Committee were proven to be false and misleading.  But, the leaks keep coming.  At one point in this Select Committee process, someone on Gowdy’s staff leaked misleading information to the press.  Gowdy actually had the balls to blame Hillary Clinton for the leaks.

For the Republicans, everything was going along swimmingly.  Until last week, that is.  That was when the Majority Leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy, admitted on Sean Hannity’s show that the Select Committee was nothing more than a political witch hunt to “bring down Hillary Clinton.”

Now, many people already knew that was the intent of the Select Committee from the very beginning.  But, this was the first time a Republican Leader actually admitted that fact on national television.  Before this admission, former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills testified before the committee on Sept. 3.  Almost immediately Republicans began leaking snippets of Mills’ testimony and used her words to suggest that the independence of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board investigation into Benghazi had been compromised.  That was untrue as the full testimony of Ms. Mills indicates.

As a result of McCarthy flapping his gums in admission of the sole political nature of the Select Committee, Democrats on the committee have decided to release Mills’ full testimony “to begin the process of correcting the public record.”  In their statement, they said:

Our authority to take this action should be clear since you took similar unilateral action on June 22, 2015, when you publicly released a subset of Secretary Clinton’s emails—without any debate or vote by Committee Members.  Therefore, just as you unilaterally released these Committee documents, we plan to release Ms. Mills’ interview transcript.

We do not take this action lightly.  We have held off on taking such action for more than a year, but we will no longer sit and watch selective, out-of-context leaks continue to mischaracterize the testimony the Select Committee has received.

Of course a Gowdy spokesman argued that “Democrats have shown their nakedly political motivation, willingness to violate the letter and spirit of House Rules, and their desire to defend Secretary Clinton without regard to the integrity of the investigation.”

Now that was a mouthful.  First, it was McCarthy who said the Select Committee was “politically motivated.”  It has been Republicans who have “leaked information” to the press.  So, I must ask the question:  “What integrity of the investigation” is he referring to?  It is obvious that the Republican side of this “investigation” has had no integrity from the very beginning.

We were told from the beginning that this Select Committee was only interested in the facts.  We were told that Gowdy would ensure the “integrity” of the investigation and that all testimony would be handled as “classified.”  Well, I worked in the “classified” world.  This committee has violated every law pertaining to classified material.

As a result, we have been shown the true light about the Select Committee on Benghazi.  This long running Select Committee is a farce!  It is nothing more than a political game intended to bring down the person Republicans most fear in the 2016 election for President.

What makes this even more farcical, is that they have finally admitted it in public.  We have heard Republicans scream about “abuse of power” when the President issues an Executive Order they don’t like.  But, they have now shown us exactly what the therm “abuse of power” really means.  And they are the guilty party!

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The Republican Party is courting the Conservative Christian Cult like they were the answer to every problem that faces the world.  They court the “gun rights” groups like they will protect America from all the dangers of the world.  They argue against organizations like Planned Parenthood, who has saved millions of women’s lives, because they offer services that are hated by the Cult.

They are pumped up by Fox News which has been on an extremely divisive rant for years.  They are willing to side with wackos like Alex Jones when he says a military exercise is “just an excuse for the government to hunt down and detain conservatives.”  They argue for “religious liberties” and then say religions like Islam should be outlawed.

The 14 or so candidates left in the primaries for the Republican Nomination are all in step with these courtships.  They are all looking to move further right in order to get their votes and win the nomination.  They call it their “Southern Strategy.”

I have written several times that the Republican Party hasn’t come up with a new idea for the country in over 30 years.  That is proven every time a candidate talks about tax cuts.  When they talk about balancing the budget.  As a matter of fact, every time tax cuts and balancing the budget are brought up, the candidates show just how a-moral they really are.

This may take some time, but we really need to look at their strategies and their plans for destroying America.  Yes, I said their plans to destroy America.  Because that is exactly what they want to do.  They want to tear down our democracy and put up a theocracy, another name for dictatorship, in its place.

This country was founded on the basic principle that was stated in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.  That among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Those were very unusual words for their time.  Since the founding of our nation, those words were challenging to a struggling republic which turned into a democracy.  We suffered through the hatred of slavery.  We suffered through the pains of a Civil War in order to end slavery.  We suffered through the pains of segregation through the Jim Crow laws.  We found partial relief with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Since then, we have seen these acts diminish.  We have seen civil rights being denied to groups of people.  We have seen a rise in voter suppression laws to keep minorities, young people, and the elderly from voting.  We have seen hatred rise quickly and be justified by the far right-wing of conservatives.

We have heard the Republican Party become the one group that likes to tell you whom to be afraid of.  They like to say that all immigrants, Muslims, minorities, women, and gays are the real problem in our society.  They point out that immigration needs to be fixed, yet refuse to vote on any bill that comes up.  They even want to void the Fourteenth Amendment granting birthright citizenship.

They claim that “all Muslims aren’t terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”  Which, of course, is nothing more than planting the seeds of hate towards Muslims.  One candidate even said a Muslim should not be allowed to be President.  Adding a “religious test” to the office that is banned by the Constitution he claims to love.

They have all proposed new tax cuts that naturally save the top 1% wage earners hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and placing more burden on everyone else.  They call this a “fair tax plan.”  They say that they want to “balance the budget” yet their tax plans all reduce revenue into the federal coffers.  Estimates from financial experts of all kinds say these tax plans will increase the federal deficit by some $10 Trillion over the next 10 years.

As a result, they know the only way to reduce spending is to eliminate the social safety net necessary for the poor, poor working class and the elderly.  But, even if they can eliminate these social safety nets, the deficit won’t be reduced because those savings will be earmarked for defense spending.

They want you to “support our troops,” especially when they send us to war.  Yet, they are continuously reducing the budget for the VA which is supposed to provide medical and mental health help when we return from those wars wounded.  They refuse to establish more VA Clinics to help relieve the overflow caused by the last two wars.  They simply want to throw our veterans to the trash heap once we served our purpose as cannon fodder for their ideological wars.

When a mass shooting occurs, they are very quick to point out that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  They always find an excuse like the shooter was “mentally ill” or some other nonsense.  Then they point out the murder rates in places like Chicago, Detroit, New York, and other cities.  They always bring up the Second Amendment as justification for their unwillingness to do something.

It is true that we, the people, have a right to bear arms.  But that doesn’t mean we, the people, have the right to own a cache of weapons that mirror the Army’s.  It doesn’t mean that every person, with a history of criminal background, mental health, domestic violence, or a host of other problems should be allowed these same weapons.

It is ironic that we need to take a test to get a driver’s license yet gun nuts say we don’t need a safety test or background check in order to own a gun.  They claim that driving is a privilege but owning a gun is a “right.”  On the other hand, remember that you didn’t need a driver’s license” to ride a horse or drive a wagon.  Isn’t driving a car a natural outgrowth of those activities?  Or, since transportation is a necessity, shouldn’t that make it a “right” too?

They always talk about “religious liberties.”  Yet, they do not mean all religions have the right to “religious liberties.”  Only “their” religions have that right.  That is what is behind the comments about Islam and that Muslims should not be allowed to be President.

But, even more devilish, “religious liberty” as defined by these people really means that you can discriminate against whomever you wish.  There is no law in this country that you have to obey if can claim that it goes against your “religious beliefs.”  It is this same “religious liberty” argument that gave us slavery and Jim Crow laws.

The Party is always talking about deregulation.  They don’t want any laws that will limit a company’s ability to fleece the public.  These regulations were put in place after the “Great Depression” as a safeguard to protect our economy.  They worked well for decades.  Once the Republicans began chipping away at these regulations, the economy finally collapsed in 2008 once again.  Proving these regulations were necessary, and are still necessary.

The Republicans are against a minimum wage.  They are not just against raising the minimum wage, they are totally against even having one in place.  They believe that corporations should be “trusted” to place wages at a livable rate.  Yet, we see hundreds of corporations paying below poverty wages to millions of American workers.  And even when corporations like Wal-Mart raises their pay, they immediately follow with cuts in hours or positions.

We are constantly pounded with the “taker” myth of our people.  They tell us that 47% of Americans are simply “takers” who want free stuff from the government.  They are simply waiting to get their “welfare” check.  At the same time, they want to cut corporate taxes.  Yet, there are lots of companies like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, Big Lots, and  host of others that are receiving “corporate welfare” from the government.

This is proven by the fact that these companies pay their employees so low that the employees must use parts of the social safety net just to survive.  These companies each total an average of $1.3 Billion per year in costs to the government for these programs.  They are simply allowed by Republicans to fleece the American Tax Payer in order to keep their profits high and the billions flowing into upper management’s pockets.

What does this all mean?  You have to decide for yourselves, but to me it means that the Republican Party is morally bankrupt!  It means that the American People mean nothing to them, except more profits for them and their financial backers.  It means that the Constitution means nothing to them.  That they would love for that troublesome document to find its way to the paper shredder.

It means we have a major political party that wants to destroy our country.  We have a major political party that wants to win elections based on fear, hate, suspicion, and nativism.  They talk about us being in a “Christian” country, yet denounce every principle of the “religion” they claim to follow in all of their proposed policies.

When reason loses to fanatics, we have a real problem.  When cooperation and compromise become four letter words, we have a real problem.  Sorry America, but we have a real problem.  This problem is not the fault of the Democrats, President Obama, or liberals, or the majority of the American People.  To use their own words, it is the fault of demonic players who have taken over the Republican Party.

Our country faces some real problems.  We still have too many people going to bed every night hungry.  We have problems in our education system.  We have problems with gun crimes.  We have problems with crime.  We have problems with civil rights.  We have employment problems.  We have wage inequality problems.  We have lots of problems.  Blaming someone else for these problems is not the answer.  Dividing our people is not the answer.  Hate is not the answer.

The only answer is for us to come together and work as a country to fix our problems.  That means we need to compromise with each other.  We need to listen to each other.  We need to understand that we are all in this together.  If not, the crazies will continue to win and we will continue to suffer.

That means true Republicans need to retake their party from the demonic players that have taken over.  They need to show they love this country as much as we do.  The country these Republicans want, is not the country I served and love.

Dr. Ben Carson said the other day that Hitler was possible in this country.  He and his fellow Republicans should know.  They are espousing the same hate garbage Hitler did to get to power.

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The Republican Party has been shilling the lie about Family Values and their desire to protect them for years.  Most sane people have seen through this lie for a long time.  All you have to do is look at the number of mass shootings in our country to see they don’t mean a word of it.

Our children are part of what we are supposed to protect in their “Family Values” rhetoric.  Since the Republicans are the main culprits who oppose reasonable gun control, it proves beyond reasonable doubt that Family Values means nothing to them at all.  They are simply lying to get the crazies votes.

It is time to call them out for not protecting “family values” like they say they are.  It is time to put a stop to all of this nonsense before we lose an entire generation of children. If it sounds like I am angry, you are right. I am angry.  This does not have to happen in our country.

Nor, does reasonable gun control mean we have taken guns away from citizens.  It simply means we can at least make an attempt to keep them out of the hands of people who should not be allowed to carry weapons.  It means we can finally show our children that their parents are actually adults interested in protecting them from the evil in the world.

And stop giving me those lame excuses about how “stuff happens” and the Second Amendment and your right to protect yourself and the murder rate in cities like Chicago.  That is all cover for not addressing the issues that need to be addressed that you don’t want addressed.  It is BULLSHIT!  None of those arguments have anything to do with these shootings.  And, don”t tell me that States have the answer, because States are at the heart of what is happening due to their lax gun laws!  In other words, the States are not the solution to the problem, the States ARE the problem.

For example, where do most of the guns that are used in murder in cities come from? Answer:  States that do not require proper background checks when purchased online or at gun shows!  Then transported to the cites. That is where they come from.

Also, have you notice that the vast majority of these mass killers all got their guns “legally?”  That alone should tell you something is wrong with how we allow guns to be purchased in this country.  Every time something like this happens, the gun nuts claim that the person who committed this act suffered from mental illness and it wasn’t the “gun’s” fault.  They then tell you that there is no need for universal background checks to try to keep these guns from falling into the hands of those with mental illness.

For once I agree with the gun nuts.  It isn’t the fault of the gun.  It is the fault of the gun nuts, the NRA, the gun manufacturers, and politicians who won’t stand up to these wackos.  The blood of every dead child, every murdered person, and every suicide that was the result of gun shot lies at their doorsteps!  They are the ones allowing these disturbed people to purchase guns to carry out their heinous crimes.  They are guilty of abetting the murder of our children and citizens!

We are going to hear the same old bullshit from the right-wing about gun “rights.”  But you will not hear about your right live freely without the worry of being shot by some nut allowed to purchase a gun legally.  Stop listening to them, and fight back.  Remember, the blood of our children are on their hands!

This time instead of “offering your prayers” to the victims, show a little backbone and stand up to the gun manufacturers, the NRA and the gun nuts and let us finally do something to stop the madness!  As you can see from the proliferation of these tragic events, your child could be next, or even the next mass shooter!  How will you be able to live with that if you are willing to do nothing?

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I haven’t said much over the so-called Select Committee on Benghazi simply because there hasn’t been much to say.  This hearing has been dragging on for about a year now, and nothing new has come out of it.  Until last night.  But first, let us do a little background.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi was set up by John Boehner to “get to the truth” of what happened that night when four Americans, including our Ambassador were killed.  Even though there have been at least a half-dozen of “investigations” that said there was no conspiracy and that no one has lied to Congress.  That wasn’t enough, because, well, Republicans wouldn’t have anything to talk about.

Trey Gowdy was named the head of the Committee and bragged that he’d be running a professional investigation that has no interest in partisan politics and is committed to learning the truth about the events that led to the deaths of four Americans.  But as we have seen, it leaks at every given opportunity, feeding often misleading information about Clinton’s emails to reporters.

Furthermore, he frequently asserts that he is concerned only with information that is relevant to the committee’s mandate.  All the while expanding the investigation to areas that, by his own admission are outside the committee’s purview and have little or nothing to do with the Benghazi attacks.  But, what the hell, an investigation is an investigation and who cares about the facts or little things like purview.

As you can see, the Republicans claim that this investigation has nothing to do about Hillary Clinton, or anything to do with politics.  It is simply an investigation into the “truth.”  Until last night, that is.

As part of his quest to become the next Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy showed up on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News.  He was trying to show just what type of House he would be leading should he become the next Speaker.  That is when it got real interesting.  As one example of a Republican win in Congress he said:

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?  But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today?”

So much for “getting to the truth.”  As you can see, the “truth” is that the select committee was solely designed to bring down the political career of Hillary Clinton!  I am not the one saying that either, even though I did say it earlier, this is coming from the person who wants to become Speaker of the House.

McCarthy went on to say that this is how “his” House would operate.  It would appear that the House of Representatives has lost sight of the fact that it is supposed to be “governing body” and not a propaganda machine of any political party.

The next time someone talks about Benghazi, maybe you should remind him that the current number 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, and the front-runner to be the next Speaker, announced on national TV that the whole Benghazi “investigation” is simply a political ploy.

I wonder how Trey Gowdy feels being thrown under the bus by someone who is trying to become his boss.  The real funny thing to me is that Hannity didn’t even notice the admission.  He even gave McCarthy applause for “his effort.”  There are no doubts anymore.  The longest running Select Committee is a farce.  Nothing more.

I sure hope Hillary is nice enough to send McCarty a “think you card” for his honesty.  Now she has the ammunition she to fight back.

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Tomorrow is September 30, 2015.  In case you have been asleep, that means on Thursday, October 1, 2015 the government will have no budget and be forced to shut down, again.  The Senate did pass a short-term continuing budget yesterday, but it is still uncertain if the House will go along with it.

The House is still screaming about a political issue to shut down the government over.  That political issue is abortion, masquerading under the umbrella of Planned Parenthood.  They don’t like the idea that a very few clinics for Planned Parenthood perform abortions.  So, in their outrage, they demand the government “do what the people want” and defund the organization.

Problem is that 7 in 10 Americans support Planned Parenthood.  That is far more Americans who support Planned Parenthood than support the Republican Party.  If these conservatives really wanted to do “what the people want’ they would shut up and get on with passing a budget and leave Planned Parenthood alone.  But, they aren’t talking about “you” when they talk about the “people.”  They only mean the far right-wing of their party.  “You” don’t count!

We have seen this story before.  The conservative wackos forced the government to shut down just a couple of years ago.  They demanded that the Affordable Care Act be defunded.  They lost.  But, the government did shut down for a couple of weeks.  Government workers and government contractors felt the brunt of that shutdown.  Many never got back-pay for the time they were forced out of work for political gain.

It was estimated that the government lost about $23 Billion dollars over that 2 week shutdown.  With that wonderful legacy on their doorstep, they want to do the same thing, again.  Not for any real reason like balancing the budge, or helping the poor, or rebuilding our infrastructure.  No, they have picked another political issue to shut down the government over.

This doesn’t have to be the case anymore.  Representative Alan Grayson, a Democratic from Florida has introduced a bill that would stop the government from being shut down ever again.  Now, that would be something.  His bill was introduced in April.  He said”

In April, I proposed a simple solution. My bill, the Shut Down the Shutdowns Act, eliminates this danger entirely by applying existing budget levels to all federal agencies until a new law is passed creating new ones. My bill, H.R. 1776, is our declaration of independence from the tyranny of government shutdowns, both actual and threatened.

Existing law prohibits shutdowns regarding Social Security and Medicare benefits. Shouldn’t we be consistent? Why should the default for federal spending be no budget, instead of just the same budget? And why should we ever allow a fraction of a faction in the body politic to threaten the whole and hold all of us hostage?

Finally, someone who makes total sense!  Why do we have these continuing man-made crises every year at budget time?  I cannot remember a single time when the budget was actually decreased from the prior year.  So, keeping the government funded at current levels until a new budget is agreed upon makes total sense.

But, as you noticed, this bill was introduced in April.  You have probably never heard of it before.  Why?  Because the wackos in the House refuse to even consider something that will take their podium away from them.  If they cannot threaten to shut down the government over some trivial political issue, then they will have no podium to shout their hypocrisy from.

Imagine waking up on October 1 every year not worrying about a government shutdown.  Yes, I know that a government shutdown doesn’t affect most people’s lives.  But it affects the lives of government workers, government contractors, our military, our veterans, our elderly, and believe it or not you.

Some of the things that are effected by a government shutdown are things like food inspections.  Health and safety inspections will be halted.  Federal loans and import/export licenses will be put on hold.  The National Institutes of Health will stop accepting patients. And more than 800,000 federal workers will likely to be sent home.

So-called “essential” government workers will be forced to continue work without being guaranteed a paycheck.  What won’t be affected by a government shutdown?  Congress’ pay!  Nice.

The Republican Party, especially the fringe element on the right has made brinkmanship and a threaten of a government shutdown part of their political agenda.  Instead of figuring out how to govern and make things better for the “people,”  they prefer to sit in the corner and hold their breath until they get what they want.

And, as the recent polls indicate, they do not want what the “people” want.  They only want what they want, the people be damned!  I think it is time we start flooding Congress with demands that H.R. 1776 be enacted into law.  It is time for this idiocy to stop.  We can no longer afford the luxury of a fringe element of any political party to hold the country hostage anymore.

This bill would take the wind out of the sails of the crazies.  They would lose their ammunition, and dim their spotlight.  Now is the time.  Start emailing and calling your Senators and Representatives and demand that H.R. 1776 come up for a vote this year!  If the Republican controlled Congress blocks it, then we will have proof they have no intentions of governing.

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Now that John Boehner has announced his resignation effective at the end of October, we are hearing a whole lot from the right-wing nuts.  The biggest concern they seem to have is that now “we can get a Speaker who fights for conservative values.”  “Conservative Values.”  Those are two words that have changed meaning over the years.

According to these people, all this country needs to become “great again” is to go far right.  By adhering to draconian laws, budgets, and be willing to wage war anywhere at anytime, we will become “great again.”  Don’t take my word for this either.  Just listen to the people spouting these words of wisdom.

You only need to look at the leading candidates for the Republican nomination.  You will hear all of the hypocrisy you need to hear.  The lies, innuendos, and hate rhetoric coming from them would have been cause for a public outrage just a few short years ago.  Yet, today, these words are being hailed as the “Truth” by the far right-wing.

Carly Fiorina has been lying about her record at HP, and especially about the Planned Parenthood videos.  Yet, she is considered “gaining ground” on the rest of the field.  Her brazen lie about the videos showing a “fully formed fetus lying on the table, still moving” and then having someone say “we need to keep it alive to harvest the brain” is total fabrication.  It isn’t in the video!

But that doesn’t matter to Fiorina.  It would seem that she is very good at lying and has no plan to stop it either.  Her record at HP is nothing like she is trying to describe it.  The “revenue growth” she claims she helped to bring to HP was only caused by HP buying a competitor.  After that “merger” she laid off over 30,000 people.

When Fiorina was “fired” she received a multi-million dollar “golden parachute.”  None of those 30,000 people she fired received anything near that.  Carly Fiorina was “forced out” of HP because she tanked the business.  There was no other reason given for her “firing.”

Dr. Ben Carson put his foot in his mouth again over who should or should not be President.  He said he would never advocate that a Muslim be allowed to be President.  Apparently he wants to add a “religion” test to running for office.  Something banned in our Constitution.

He has tried to “clarify” his comments, but fails at every turn.  His latest was saying that “anyone who places their religion above our Constitution should not hold office.”  Yet, he still has not criticized or called for the resignation of people like Kim Davis who is doing exactly that.

It would seem that if a “Christian” is putting their religion above the Constitution, that is okay.  It just isn’t any good for any other religious person to do the same thing.  His definition of “religious liberty” is Christians have liberty to do whatever they want.  Other religions are required to follow those Christian laws whether they like it or not.

Then we have that lovable Senator Ted Cruz.  He seems to think that we should assassinate the leader of another country.  At the “Value Voter Summit” this past weekend, he said exactly that.  The only thing that got as much applause was the announcement of John Boehner’s resignation.

“Value Voters Summit.”  That term is very suspicious to me.  This is a group of people who believe you can break the law anytime you disagree with the Constitution on “religious” grounds.  They claim to be Christian Conservatives, yet hate “helping” the needy.  They are all in favor of going to war with Iran.  They oppose women’s rights.  They oppose civil rights for anyone who is not part of their little world.

In my opinion, they are the very definition of an oxymoron!  They awarded a law-breaker one of their “awards” and their straw poll gave the presidency to Ted Cruz who advocates assassinating a country’s leader.  If that is their “Values” I don’t want anything to do with them.

I don’t understand how a political party can sink so low.  We have a complete party now claiming that we should have a “cafeteria styled Constitution.”  This will allow you to pick and choose which laws you want to follow.  It will give you cover by saying if you hate a law, you can claim “religious liberty” and get away with your hate.  That is, of course, only if you are claiming their Christian Values as your religious cover.

If you are of any other religion, you don’t get that free pass.  As a matter of fact, if you belong to another religion, you aren’t even eligible to run for office.  If they get into power, you won’t even be able to vote unless you “denounce” your religion’s tenets like Dr. Carson says.

Somehow, I don’t really believe that America has gone crazy.  I believe that the vast majority of Americans are sane and see what this stupidity is doing to our country.  But, everyone loves a good headline, and these crazies are giving us plenty of them.

The problem is that is seems like we have rolled back the clock to the 1920s and 1930s.  It was during those times that crazies in Europe were running their mouths with hate and condemnation.  The “sane” people believed they were just a fad and would fade away.  They didn’t fade away and WWII was the result.

My concern is that today’s rhetoric by politicians who want to be President, sounds a lot like it did back then.  I can only hope that the American People won’t fall for the gimmick.  If they do……

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This morning, John Boehner announced that he is going to resign from Congress effective at the end of October.  His staff tweeted out a message that said Mr. Boehner had planned on not returning during the last election, but when Cantor lost his primary seat, didn’t want to leave the House in turmoil.  So, he decided to stay for another term.

All sounds nice and very loyal.  But, is that really what is behind his move?  We all know that John Boehner has been under attack from the most wacko members of his own party.  They already held one vote to try to oust him from being Speaker, and it appears another vote may be on the horizon.

As you may already know, I have called John Boehner the worst Speaker of the House in our country’s history.  He is claiming he stayed for honorable reasons, but now he is abandoning his post when things are getting real tough for the House and the country.

Just look at the timing of his announcement.  In a about a week, the country will run out of money unless a budget or continuing resolution is passed by both houses of Congress.  The major stumbling block on getting that done is funding for Planned Parenthood.  The fringe of the Republican Party want to defund the organization because fraudulent videos paint Planned Parenthood in a bad light.

Expert after expert who have viewed the videos have all said that they were heavily edited in order to show one slanted side of the issue, and were not intended to provide any truth to the public.  In other words, they were fabricated and a lie.  Yet the wackos in the Republican Party claim they are true, and are willing to shut down the government over the organization’s funding.

The Republican Party establishment, including John Boehner have been trying to figure out a way to at least get a continuing resolution passed so they have time to work on this problem they have within their own party.  Conservative fringe elements are having nothing to do with any plan to fund the government if there is any money for Planned Parenthood.

The GOP did come up with a plan to kick the can down the road, again, but the conservatives aren’t buying into it.

Several House conservatives met with leadership in Boehner’s office on Thursday. They included Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who spearheaded a defunding letter signed by 30 other Republicans, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.).

Mulvaney indicated after the meeting that the conservatives are not backing down from their opposition to a “clean” spending bill, saying that he thinks such a bill would lose at least 50 Republican votes.

Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said that voting on the Senate bill is “not enough” and that his group is preparing amendments, including on imposing sanctions on Iran..

As you can see, conservative wackos are looking at anything they can to throw a monkey wrench into the works, even bringing up Iran again.  It has become clearly evident to me that these idiots want the government to shut down.  They are looking to cause anarchy at any cost.

When Boehner announced his retirement, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas said “it’s time for new leadership,” and Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky said the speaker “subverted our Republic.”

“I think it was inevitable,” Massie said. “This is a condition of his own making right here.”

On the other hand, more mainstream Republicans don’t see it that way.  They said it would be a pyrrhic victory for the tea partyers.

“The honor of John Boehner this morning stands in stark contrast to the idiocy of those members who seek to continually divide us,” said Rep. David Jolly of Florida.

“The shutdown caucus as I call them has a small victory,” Jolly said.

This is the party that fully expects you, the American People to sweep into total power in 2016.  Their front-runners for the candidacy include Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson.  The rest of the lot aren’t any better either.   But, this is what happens when a Party decides that the fringe element of their party is the only way to get elected in the primaries.

This is what happens when a major political party decides that they will embrace fringe policies just to get votes.  This is what happens when a major party decides that compromise is a dirty word.  When the party is more interested in campaigning 24/7 than in actually governing.

I am sure that there are going to be a lot more discussions about Boehner’s decision.  But, as far as I am concerned, the major problem is being caused by his party embracing wackos as their salvation and their pathway to the White House.  As a result of this decision, we have had the least effective Congress in our history.  We have had stagnation at our highest levels.   All caused by one small fringe group in one of the major political parties.

Sorry, but I don’t believe that John Boehner is being honorable or courageous.  I believe he is taking the Sarah Palin way out.  Quit instead of making things right.  Boehner loved the title of Speaker of the House.  He loved the perks that go along with being Speaker of the House.  He was never competent in his job of being the Speaker of the House and providing leadership.

So, now when things are really bad for him, his party and the nation, he is going to run away back to Ohio.  What else can you expect from a cowardly lion.  In the meantime, we are faced with another government shutdown because a party’s leadership cannot lead.  Once again, the American People lose.

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