Rand Paul to John Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congress’s approval, why is bombing Libya without approval okay?

posted at 8:21 pm on January 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Excellent, and not just the Libya stuff. Stick with it for Paul’s questions about how smart it is to be arming the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt when Morsi is already wheezing about Jews controlling the media in official diplomatic sessions with the U.S. If you’re wondering why it fell to Paul to ask this question instead of any of the more senior senators who preceded him, it’s because the Senate was perfectly happy to have Obama act unilaterally on Libya. The Iraq war authorization came back to haunt many of them; no one knew at the time how messy Libya might get. O did them a favor, left and right, by freeing them from a tough vote. But Kerry can’t say that so instead he squirms through a few minutes of how the two bombing campaigns are different because they just are. Frankly, Paul let him off easy. You could, if you chose, defend U.S. actions in Cambodia as a cross-border extension of the war already being fought in Vietnam. No such defense for Libya; if anything, the Libya war cut against the AUMF against Al Qaeda that was passed after 9/11 because, as we’ve recently learned, eliminating Qadaffi was actually a boon to jihadist groups like AQ.

My one criticism of Paul here is his failure to press Kerry on his proferred excuse, that Obama had no time to ask Congress for action because Qadaffi was about to put thousands of Libyan rebels in Benghazi to the sword. Nonsense. Go look at the timeline leading up to the west’s military intervention. Protests against Qadaffi broke out in mid-February; by February 21, Libyan diplomats were asking the UN for a no-fly zone. A day later Hillary was issuing public statements denouncing Qaddafi and by March 1 the Senate had passed a non-binding resolution — unanimously — encouraging the UN to impose that no-fly zone. It wasn’t until March 15, however, that NFZ was finally approved and not until March 19 that France, backed by the U.S., began an air campaign over the country. Obama had nearly an entire month in which he could have asked for congressional approval but Kerry wants you to believe that his decision was made under some sort of emergency conditions, a la an invasion or nuclear attack, where the president had no choice logistically but to act on his own. Pitiful. He’ll be confirmed with 95+ votes anyway.


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Why does this remind me of Ron Silver and the “Those are our jets now” quote from Clinton’s time?

Wino on January 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

What did Rand have to say after Tucson, by the way? I can’t remember. I can’t remember anything the guy did to “take a stand against Obamanation” throughout 2011. It’s weird that only now he’s grabbing that spotlight.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

His grilling of the EPA a few years ago was pretty wild stuff. He also spoke very highly of Palin when he was running for Senate, calling her the leading tea party figure in the nation.

rrpjr on January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

His grilling of the EPA a few years ago was pretty wild stuff. He also spoke very highly of Palin when he was running for Senate, calling her the leading tea party figure in the nation.

rrpjr on January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Shhh! You’ll scare the true-believers!

BlaxPac on January 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

F Ron Paul, Jindal, Ryan, Rubio, and all the other pretenders to the throne. Rather than get all hot, bothered, and hopeful that each will gore a pair and fight the pubs…I am sure each will sucker punch us at some point in the future…so I am saving time and hating them now.

Huckabye-Romney on January 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Gore = grow; pubs = libs

Huckabye-Romney on January 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

oh, so it’s absolutist to hold a guy to his word, eh John?

Kneel before Aqua Buddha, day 2.

ted c on January 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

AP is right, he’ll be confirmed, but Rand Paul is doing right by placing Kerry’s nuts in a vice and turning the handle beforehand.

Nice job, Aqua Buddha.

ted c on January 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

His grilling of the EPA a few years ago was pretty wild stuff. He also spoke very highly of Palin when he was running for Senate, calling her the leading tea party figure in the nation.

rrpjr on January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

A few years ago? When was that? He ran for the Senate before Tucson. I feel about Paul the same way I feel about Bachmann, even if I agree with the positions they stake out. Look At Me!!!!!

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Obama had nearly an entire month in which he could have asked for congressional approval but Kerry wants you to believe that his decision was made under some sort of emergency conditions, a la an invasion or nuclear attack, where the president had no choice logistically but to act on his own.

you’re right, Kerry did try to make that BS case. Moammar wasn’t going to slaughter 10K people anymore than Assad in Syria is doing. As a matter of fact, Assad is a helluva lot closer to that (if not past it) number than Moammar was and, natch, we’re not seeing anything moving in that direction now are we????

ted c on January 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

renalin on January 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Not only are you a lying whiner you can’t even spell because you’re so stupid you make HER look like Einstein. I swear you’re enough to make me think the Puritans had the right ideas about how to deal with whiny womb-en like you.

Even your idol can make a coherent post without lying her face off. Try to get up to THAT level.

MelonCollie on January 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

What is renalin lying about? Why are you hating on Palin? I thot we were rid of all of the Palin haters on HA. Evidently you’re not a Conservative nor a Tea Party Member because they would not talk like you do.

bluefox on January 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

you’re right, Kerry did try to make that BS case. Moammar wasn’t going to slaughter 10K people anymore than Assad in Syria is doing.

ted c on January 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

That’s true, but even if Q’Daffy had plans to kill everyone in Libya, that isn’t an American problem, anyway. Q’Daffy’s been tearing people limb from limb in Libya for a very long time – even back when Q’Daffy was the centerfold of Barky’s crypto-Christian marxist church’s monthly magazine and the darling of the international left.

The BS about a “massacre” that was going to happen (LOL) and that Barky and the French stopped by bombing jeeps (ROFLMAO) was such a total joke and had nothing to do with American interests.

The time to bomb Libya was when the Scots and Brits let Al-Megrahi free and he landed in Tripoli. THAT was the time American jets should have flown over and laid waste to the city. But Barky was in on having that terrorist go free (yet another criminal act for which Barky should have been impeached) and let Libya celebrate the return of the Lockerbie bomber, who had been on Barky’s side in the battle against the West, of course.

Then the French decided that they needed to get Q’Daffy out and Barky decided that the US military was his personal guard to direct to do anything he wanted. And the Congress didn’t say a friggin word, the cowards.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Senate confirmations are now nothing more than a test to see how good of a liar the appointee is.

BobMbx on January 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Rand Paul is a good senator.

Joey24007 on January 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Kerry is planning to use his desired position at State to push globe-bull warming issues. Check out the loving Politico story on this one.

onlineanalyst on January 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

What did Rand have to say after Tucson, by the way? I can’t remember. I can’t remember anything the guy did to “take a stand against Obamanation” throughout 2011. It’s weird that only now he’s grabbing that spotlight.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

…his ba11s started growing…after the age of 50?

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

He’ll be confirmed with 95+ votes anyway.

So then 95+ horse’s asses will be voting for the ass hat horse’s head.

VorDaj on January 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

The two on your list from Ga best watch they’re backs.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I guess, and yet they both suck and always have. I can’t figure it out…I look at Georgia, and other than a city full of retards (Atlanta) it is about the most conservative place on earth. So how do you end up with two Mark Kirks?

Jaibones on January 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

This is the CLASSIC Allahpundit post…….

He’s giddy with the Total Absence of Condemnation or Resolution to the Urpings of this Jackass……it does NOTHING but INCITE for THOSE who HATE America!!

So he puts THIS CRAP out there – and snicker’s while playing with himself and practicing Onanism!

It’s what he LOVES to do!! This is not HELPING!!

This Post is SICKENING!!

williamg on January 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Posting while drunk is fun, but makes for bad comments, williamg. Sleep it off.

Jaibones on January 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Posting while drunk is fun, but makes for bad comments, williamg. Sleep it off.

Jaibones on January 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

…doesn’t generally seem to like AP…hey!…here’s an idea!…avoid reading him…and he won’t be “sickened” all the time!

KOOLAID2 on January 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Confirming Kerry will give Obama enough rope
to hang himself. Ohhhh was that racist???

redguy on January 25, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Great fun watching that effete snob squirm in his seat.

Rand Paul seems to have principles. In that way, he’s like Reagan. Let’s hope he keeps developing. And scaring politicians!

PattyJ on January 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM

It utterly disgusts me that most of Congress is fawning over Kerry, who, instead of being a Senator for years, should have been executed as a traitor.

Common Sense on January 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

It utterly disgusts me that most of Congress is fawning over Kerry, who, instead of being a Senator for years, should have been executed as a traitor.

Common Sense on January 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

I hear ya. There is something gross about Senators, they’re the biggest legends-in-their-own-minds in Washington. McCain schmoozes with him, being a member of the Hanoi Hilton, while ‘Effin Kerry throws his medals over the White House fence. It defiles the memory of the men who died horrible deaths in the camps in Vietnam.

itsspideyman on January 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Rand Paul has one testicle and one vertebra.

More than the rest of the GOP combined, apparently, but far too little against the ruthless, nation-wrecking scum we face in the Obama opposition.

Pray for a meteor to hit DC during the State of the Union Address to get rid of the entire country-destroying gang of traitors, pimps, weasels, cowards, gutless go-alongs and posturing wrist-slappers.

profitsbeard on January 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Ask him about his seared memory. Ask him where he was when the vet group he led voted on whether to assassinate Republican senators. I don’t think Democrats or Republicans would vote for a Republican who led a group that voted on assassinating Democrat senators. Primarying any Republican who votes to confirm Kerry will be easy. They’ll have to keep defending indefensible Democrats to keep their seat. It’s gonna take some conservative candidates who enjoy going for the throat of these rinos and Democrats.

Buddahpundit on January 25, 2013 at 2:43 AM

I feel about Paul the same way I feel about Bachmann, even if I agree with the positions they stake out. Look At Me!!!!!

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

A politician trying to garner attention?!?!

Heaven help us…

JohnGalt23 on January 25, 2013 at 4:13 AM

It defiles the memory of the men who died horrible deaths in the camps in Vietnam.

itsspideyman on January 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Isn’t it incredible? I will never forget that while Ted the rapist Kennedy was looking for new and creative ways to ruin the U.S., that one of his closest friends in the Senate was Orrin Hatch.

Senators — better than you, and not like you at all.

Jaibones on January 25, 2013 at 6:22 AM

As a matter of fact, Assad is a helluva lot closer to that (if not past it) number than Moammar was and, natch, we’re not seeing anything moving in that direction now are we????

ted c on January 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Perhaps Øbama and the Dems know that Syria is where all of Saddam’s WMD are sitting but won’t talk about it because it will prove them wrong.

Odysseus on January 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Pray for a meteor to hit DC during the State of the Union Address to get rid of the entire country-destroying gang of traitors, pimps, weasels, cowards, gutless go-alongs and posturing wrist-slappers.

profitsbeard on January 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

What good would that do? We’d still have the same electorate that put them there. The idiot America Voter would just replace them with another crop of weeds.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

RWM – Got may day off to a great start here in the mountain time zone! That picture is priceless.

rsherwd65 on January 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Senator Paul has been showing a lot of leadership recently and I’m very glad to see somone challenging the socialist every step of the way. Just broke open my checkbook (well debit card).

Panther on January 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM

An anti-American Administration has to have an anti_American Secretary of State.

I’m strating to like young Rand.

kingsjester on January 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

bombing jeeps (ROFLMAO) was such a total joke and had nothing to do with American interests.

The time to bomb Libya was when the Scots and Brits let Al-Megrahi free and he landed in Tripoli. THAT was the time American jets should have flown over and laid waste to the city.
ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Goodness, slaughter an entire city of mostly innocent people to get one terrorist? Have you no sense of decency? Perhaps a few minutes studying Aquinas’s “Just War” teachings and you’d stop treating innocent people in the very manner that the left treats the unborn.

Don L on January 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Pray for a meteor to hit DC during the State of the Union Address to get rid of the entire country-destroying gang of traitors, pimps, weasels, cowards, gutless go-alongs and posturing wrist-slappers.

profitsbeard on January 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

What good would that do? We’d still have the same electorate that put them there. The idiot America Voter would just replace them with another crop of weeds.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Maybe an amendment to the constitution that keeps the guns and eliminates voting?

Don L on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

That pic made the cream in my coffee curdle. Get a vid of her laughing and loop it over and over. Who could vote for that cackle after hearing it? She looks like a wider load than Bob Beckle. I’ll be her all day, folks.

Kissmygrits on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

What did Rand have to say after Tucson, by the way? I can’t remember. I can’t remember anything the guy did to “take a stand against Obamanation” throughout 2011. It’s weird that only now he’s grabbing that spotlight.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Grabbing the spotlight? Call it whatever you want! Thank God someone is!

If this is grabbing the spotlight I freaking wish the whole GOP would try to grab some of the spotlight! Let them fall over themselves to see who can be the first to expose the lies and corruption of this nightmare called the Obama Administration!

JellyToast on January 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

RWM – Got may day off to a great start here in the mountain time zone! That picture is priceless.

rsherwd65 on January 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Fantastic. I love making people happy.

BTW, does this mean that I’m better than coffee???

lolz

That pic made the cream in my coffee curdle. Get a vid of her laughing and loop it over and over. Who could vote for that cackle after hearing it? She looks like a wider load than Bob Beckle. I’ll be her all day, folks.

Kissmygrits on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Yeppers.

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Maybe an amendment to the constitution that keeps the guns and eliminates voting?

Don L on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Nice idea, but it wouldn’t work. The LIV’s are well armed, too. They own most of the unregistered weapons.

Seriously, though, we need a strategy that has a real chance of working, and that strategy won’t be “Convince the Voters conservative principles are superior.”

They know that. The American Voter does not care about that.

We need to encourage the collectivists not to breed, including making it easier for them to kill their unborn young. We need to keep the LIV’s out of the workplace. Fire them. Better, don’t hire them in the first place. We need to completely gut public education, by hook or by crook. It has become nothing but a propaganda mill.

We need to understand we are currently the underdogs in a desperate fight for the survival of the whole notion of individual liberty, not in a theoretical debate about principles. We need to learn to fight dirty.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Pray for a meteor to hit DC during the State of the Union Address to get rid of the entire country-destroying gang of traitors, pimps, weasels, cowards, gutless go-alongs and posturing wrist-slappers.

profitsbeard on January 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Or a Japanese airliner. Where are you Tom Clancy?

Nutstuyu on January 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Meh. I’m impressed that he asked the questions, but not *that* impressed.

I’m hoping that his actions were more geared towards actually wanting someone to be held responsible for the whole Benghazi clusterfark, than trying to show himself not not be like his father OR trying to garner a early position for 2016.

Hitting Clinton and Kerry on rather obvious questions that everyone in Congress & the MSM (ha) should be asking is pretty much fish-in-barrel time.

No, I’m not looking for 1000% ideological purity per se, but I think we may want a little more vetting before the coronation begins anew.

BlaxPac on January 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM

At the moment I have a slightly different opinion. I say “coronate” him now so we don’t have to go through the grueling
process of listening to all the rino leftie likes tell all the
lies about how conservate they are while trying to claw up the
primary ladder.

Then we go about the business of fixing voter fraud (photo ID laws)
and giving the conservatives a reason to vote, hope for the future
for one thing.

Amjean on January 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

For tis the sport to haue the enginer Hoist with his owne petar
–Hamlet–

Terp Mole on January 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Who’s the brunette that sits behind Paul? She’s kinda hot.

Ward Cleaver on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Rand Paul will be on Beck’s radio show this morning in the 2nd half (after 10 am).

THey just played the clip of Rand asking Kerry:

Is it wise to give F16′s and Abrams tanks to Morsi after he said Israelis were the descendents of pigs and apes?

Rand Paul for 2016.

LevinFan on January 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

AP’s powers of memory, and ability to grok through a laundry list of facts to reach a coherent, and perceptive assessment – seeing through the bs – never fails to amaze me. Kerry’s claims of emergency decision making would have sailed right past me had I not read this piece, and I take in a great deal of news. How is the average citizen to identify and track the lies of DC now that the MSM has gone “all in” for their boyfriend?

Kungfoochimp on January 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Jaibones on January 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Like many initially good people that are sent up there. They get corrupted by D.C. the inside the beltway mentality takes hold. Compromise strips them of their own standards and is replaced by the perversion we witness today. Term limits is something I was never for. I’m for them now for that reason.

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

What did Rand have to say after Tucson, by the way? I can’t remember. I can’t remember anything the guy did to “take a stand against Obamanation” throughout 2011. It’s weird that only now he’s grabbing that spotlight.
ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

You badmouth any Republican not named Palin. You especially seem to have a problem with Republicans who are considered potential presidential candidates.

You have never said one positive thing about any Republican not named Palin. No wonder you are known as HotAir’s most predictable, disgruntled and jilted worshiper of Sarah Palin.

bluegill on January 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM

And here I always thought the Constitiution was absolute. Isn’t that kind of the point? Just like the 10 Commandments. Rules is Rules.

ctmom on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Eqypt has “so far” kept the peace agreement with Isreal. Maybe they just needed a couple more jets and tanks?

ctmom on January 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

idesign on January 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Of course. Someone spoke of Palin and didn’t praise her profusely, so in rushes little emoticon-loving idesign (1/3 of the tiresome HotAir Palinista trio that includes Ritalin and DdRinTinTin) to offer a scolding.

MellonCollie, I hope you learned your lesson! You should have known better than to offer anything but praise for Sarah the Magnificent. Tsk

bluegill on January 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Buddha!!!

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Another Buddha beatdown. Love this guy.

EddieC on January 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Does it make me sound superficial if I say that I love Rand Paul? Am I a bad person if I say that I hate Kerry’s guts?

texacalirose on January 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Very impressed with Rand Paul here.

bluegill on January 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

You’re an idiot…

“As you know, I am not the first or the only candidate to benefit from Gov. Palin and SarahPAC’s courageous support for conserativism. SenatorsDeb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Rand Paul and other common-sense conservatives are proof that Americans are ready to return to our nation’s founding principles.
I look forward to working alongside these and other strong conservatives to stand up to the big government bureaucracy that is entrenched in Washington, DC. Every American deserves the opportunity to build a better life for our children and grandchildren, and together we will fight for the conservative ideals of liberty and opportunity that made this country the greatest on Earth.
I am humbled and grateful for the continuing support of patriots like you.”

-Ted Cruz

idesign on January 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

You may want to remove Kelly Ayotte from that list. Her record as Senator is nothing to be proud of. And for those that paid attention it should’ve been obvious before she won election to the Senate as she had previously supported Sotomayor’s confirmation among other things.

Ovide LaMontagne was the real grassroots conservative in this race yet Sarah supported a “mama grizzly” in Ayotte for some reason. Maybe she decided to due it based on sex.

I still like and highly respect Sarah but supporting Ayotte was a BAD move.

LevinFan on January 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

What did Rand have to say after Tucson, by the way? I can’t remember. I can’t remember anything the guy did to “take a stand against Obamanation” throughout 2011. It’s weird that only now he’s grabbing that spotlight.
ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Even if what you speculate is true, he’s still one of the only ones in the GOP making a stand now.

Wouldn’t you take Paul over Krispy KReme Christie, Jeb Bush, and Paul (I voted for the fiscal cliff deal) Ryan?

LevinFan on January 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Bombing Libya isn’t reminiscent of Ghengis Khan. D’uh.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

That’s GIN-Jis Khan. D’uh.

Or as William Shatner would say: KHAAAAAAAAAN!

jpmotu on January 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Muslims teach their children that Christians and Jews are decendents of pigs and apes. See the Hadith.

jawkneemusic on January 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

So, how does it work if you’re a Christian and you convert to Islam? Do you magically get a brand new family tree..?

affenhauer on January 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

texacalirose on January 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

No and maybe. Hate is a destructive emotion. Should be resisted.

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Very impressed with Rand Paul here.

bluegill on January 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Yes. It was refreshing to hear a United States Senator speaking with reason and common sense. It was like a glass of cold water on a hot day.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

The more I see / hear Paul the more I like him! He is the only one who asks the REAL questions…but in the end it doesn’t matter because the Liberals won’t answer them & the lamestream media will praise them no matter what they say!

easyt65 on January 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

No and maybe. Hate is a destructive emotion. Should be resisted.

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Anger is a destructive emotion. Hate is a state of mind, and it can be good or it can be destructive, depending on whether or not it is rationally based.

It is true one should not dwell on that which one hates.

For instance, I hate communism. I cannot imagine anyone who genuinely loves liberty not hating communism, whether or not they realize they hate it. However, I don’t think about it much, and I don’t let it get me angry any more.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Can anyone believe that John McCain ran as a *maverick* ???

His bromance with every single male Senator in and across and over every aisle makes me wanna puke.

He’d just as soon wipe J. Kerry’s backside rather than ask him a consequential question.

John McCain makes the general Washington establishment look like a band of mavericks.

LetsBfrank on January 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Time and again this administration…and elitist Progressive Liberals like Kerry…has shown their total disregard for the Constitution &/OR the LAW when it interferes with their agenda. Obama VIOLATED the Constitution / the War Powers Act through a prolonged military action (WAR) in Libya without Congressional Approval…as long as a Liberal/Democrat is doing it no one cares / it doesn’t matter.

Libya – Violation of Constitution/War Powers Act
Defense of Marriage Act – Violation of his oath of office / reponsibility to uphold the LAW even if he does not agree with it…

Individual Mandate – BOTH purchase of health care or penalty of tax / religious violation mandating medical facilities run by religious orgs must hand out free ABORTION-INDUCING drugs

Medicare Coercion – Obamacare compels/compelled states to drastically increase their Medicaid expenditures and reorganize their Health Care bureaucracies, on penalty of losing all (not just additional) Medicaid funds.

Independent Payment Advisory Board – ‘Death Panel’ – 15 presidential appointees beginning in 2014 who are tasked with reducing medical care spending – their decisions become law (by-passing Congress) & can only be overridden by a 2/3rds Congressional vote.

Chrysler Bailout – violates not just bankruptcy law but also the Constitution’s Takings and Due Process Clauses.

Dodd-Frank Bill/Law – the Treasury Department now has broad and essentially unchecked power to seize banks and other financial entities that it determines are unsound but “too big to fail.” Due process and separation of powers issues abound.

The deep-water drilling ban – A federal judge struck down that moratorium as arbitrary and capricious, but the government issued a new order to replace the one that was struck down. That order was subsequently withdrawn, but the judge was so shocked by the administration’s conduct that he found the government in civil contempt of court.

Taxing political contributions - The IRS has since backed down, but the suspicion remains that it was trying to chill the political speech of those opposed to President Obama’s policies, in violation of the First Amendment.

Graphic tobacco warnings – Mandate by the Obama administration – federal judge blocked the new regulation, which was due to go into effect in January, but the administration is appealing.

Health Care Waivers
the power to suspend a legal requirement can and will be used to arbitrarily favor the politically connected. Moreover, most of these waivers were never authorized by Congress in the first place!

Annual Budget – REQUIRED BY LAW – yet Obama (& Harry Reid), in violation of the Law & the country being nearly $16 trillion in debt – is demanding another debt ceiling increase with ZERO spending cuts & NO budget being passed AGAIN this year (for 4th year in a row…).

Gun Bans – recent example of Progressive mantra – ‘don’t let a disaster go to waste’ – Feinstein & Liberals, who are protected by the most well-armed security our tax dollars can afford, are attempting to strip us of our Constitutional Rights…

…and there are so many more….this nation has been reduced to ‘TYRANNY’ , the Constitution, US Law, & oaths of office being discarded at will by those we have elected….those who choose to be our ‘masters’ rather than ‘servants of the people’

easyt65 on January 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

LetsBfrank on January 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Yep, their “club” mentality is more than annoying. Most of them need to remember who they “work” for and I use the term work very very loosely.

Cindy Munford on January 25, 2013 at 11:13 AM

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I don’t hate, as much as there are things, I would just as soon like to see disappear. ; )

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Can anyone believe that John McCain ran as a *maverick* ???

His bromance with every single male Senator in and across and over every aisle makes me wanna puke.

He’d just as soon wipe J. Kerry’s backside rather than ask him a consequential question.

John McCain makes the general Washington establishment look like a band of mavericks.

LetsBfrank on January 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

We ran the two worst candidates possible the last two elections. And people wonder why we lost.

Enough with the RINO establishment.

I would go all in, donations, door to door, etc for Ran Paul or someone else with a backbone such as a Scott Walker.

LevinFan on January 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Time and again this administration…and elitist Progressive Liberals like Kerry…has shown their total disregard for the Constitution &/OR the LAW when it interferes with their agenda. Obama VIOLATED the Constitution / the War Powers Act through a prolonged military action (WAR) in Libya without Congressional Approval…as long as a Liberal/Democrat is doing it no one cares / it doesn’t matter.

Libya – Violation of Constitution/War Powers Act
Defense of Marriage Act – Violation of his oath of office / reponsibility to uphold the LAW even if he does not agree with it…

Individual Mandate – BOTH purchase of health care or penalty of tax / religious violation mandating medical facilities run by religious orgs must hand out free ABORTION-INDUCING drugs

Medicare Coercion – Obamacare compels/compelled states to drastically increase their Medicaid expenditures and reorganize their Health Care bureaucracies, on penalty of losing all (not just additional) Medicaid funds.

Independent Payment Advisory Board – ‘Death Panel’ – 15 presidential appointees beginning in 2014 who are tasked with reducing medical care spending – their decisions become law (by-passing Congress) & can only be overridden by a 2/3rds Congressional vote.

Chrysler Bailout – violates not just bankruptcy law but also the Constitution’s Takings and Due Process Clauses.

Dodd-Frank Bill/Law – the Treasury Department now has broad and essentially unchecked power to seize banks and other financial entities that it determines are unsound but “too big to fail.” Due process and separation of powers issues abound.

The deep-water drilling ban – A federal judge struck down that moratorium as arbitrary and capricious, but the government issued a new order to replace the one that was struck down. That order was subsequently withdrawn, but the judge was so shocked by the administration’s conduct that he found the government in civil contempt of court.

Taxing political contributions – The IRS has since backed down, but the suspicion remains that it was trying to chill the political speech of those opposed to President Obama’s policies, in violation of the First Amendment.

Graphic tobacco warnings – Mandate by the Obama administration – federal judge blocked the new regulation, which was due to go into effect in January, but the administration is appealing.

Health Care Waivers –
the power to suspend a legal requirement can and will be used to arbitrarily favor the politically connected. Moreover, most of these waivers were never authorized by Congress in the first place!

Annual Budget – REQUIRED BY LAW – yet Obama (& Harry Reid), in violation of the Law & the country being nearly $16 trillion in debt – is demanding another debt ceiling increase with ZERO spending cuts & NO budget being passed AGAIN this year (for 4th year in a row…).

Gun Bans – recent example of Progressive mantra – ‘don’t let a disaster go to waste’ – Feinstein & Liberals, who are protected by the most well-armed security our tax dollars can afford, are attempting to strip us of our Constitutional Rights…

…and there are so many more….this nation has been reduced to ‘TYRANNY’ , the Constitution, US Law, & oaths of office being discarded at will by those we have elected….those who choose to be our ‘masters’ rather than ‘servants of the people’

easyt65 on January 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Great summary. Amazing how much stuff you can tend to forget since there’s so much of this garbage. I’ve said this to my records and may very well be submitting it as a letter to the editor.

LevinFan on January 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Posting while drunk is fun, but makes for bad comments, williamg. Sleep it off.

Jaibones on January 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Well – Posting While Stupid is much, much worse.

Contact Ron White and see if you can “fix that”

I don’t drink

williamg on January 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

..because Senator Horseface was in Cambodia at the time?

The War Planner on January 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Kerry finds it “incomprehensible” that Pakistan jailed Dr. Afridi. What a ridiculous statement from a ridiculous person. It is entirely comprehensible, for anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of Pakistan.

Christien on January 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

“…or here is an idea, we could just make peace.”

HOLY CRAP! This is why Senators like Kerry are paid the big bucks.

Why didn’t WE think of that????

I had no idea we could just wave a magic wand and suddenly there would be peace.

(facepalm)

Flashwing on January 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Why?

#1:
Because Hồ Chí Minh and the North Vietnamese and Cambodian Communists were mass murdering genocidal Marxist-Leninists who were actively at war with America.

And because Qadaffi and his regime were murderous non-communists who had been co-opted by the Bush Administration into being a de-facto ally of America against mass murdering genocidal jihadists who were actively at war with America.

.

#2
Because the President ordering the bombings in Cambodia was a Republican.

Because the President ordering the bombings in Lybia is a Democrat/Socialist.

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Are the distinctions clear now?

Mike OMalley on January 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Rand Paul 2016!

BoxHead1 on January 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

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