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Merry Christmas from RedState.com. The Morning Briefing will return on Monday. We were going to take today off, but there is just too much news.
Yesterday, showing real leadership, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) ground the United States Senate to halt for a brief time, making us wonder why Mitch McConnell had been unable to do that in the past month. DeMint went down to the floor of the Senate and made a motion to suspend the rules of the Senate to allow the insertion of one more amendment into the health care legislation. His amendment? A prohibition on cash for cloture. DeMint’s amendment, which he and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) had originally co-authored and passed back in 2007 only to see it killed, would prohibit Senators from accepting targeted earmarks for their states in exchange for votes on legislation. This time, Senator Durbin made a motion to table Senator DeMint’s effort, saying he did not understand why Senator DeMint would think an anti-cash for cloture amendment was needed. Ben Nelson of Cornhusker Hustle fame went to the floor of the Senate to vote for Senator Durbin’s effort to kill the DeMint motion. But, once the fair Senator from Nebraska saw that there were enough votes, without his, to kill the DeMint effort, Nefarious Nelson went back and changed his vote. There is just one problem for Ben Nelson. 700 miles away from the action in Washington, D.C., the lowly Editor of RedState.com reached out to a Senate contact and got from the ash heap the actual factual very real Senate Clerk’s roll call tabulation sheet. You can see it for yourself right here. You’ll note how the Clerk put a line in the "Yea" column for Senator Nelson, then scratched through it, putting a line in the "Nay" column. That’s what the clerk does when a Senator switches his vote. 700 miles away from Senator Nelson, RedState still PWND him. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Today the Senate of the United States voted on a constitutional point of order raised by Senators Jim DeMint and John Ensign. The Senators challenged the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Democrats’ health care legislation. The individual mandate is a federally imposed requirement that every man, woman, and child in the United States obtain health insurance on pain of financial penalty or, in the Democrats’ proposal, jail. Put more plainly, if you chose not to have health insurance, the Congress of the United States intends to punish you by taking away your property or your life via incarceration. All 39 of the Republican Senators still present in Washington today voted that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Let me repeat that — every Republican Senator still in Washington, D.C. today voted that it is unconstitutional to impose an individual mandate on the citizens of the United States. Happy? Well now ask yourself this: why would Republicans Bob Bennett, Lamar Alexander, Mike Crapo, Lindsey Graham, and Judd Gregg be co-sponsors of S.391, the Wyden-Bennett health care plan. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Back in the day – which is to say, the days before reliable automatic weapons were present on the battlefield – armies relied pretty heavily on volley fire and rigid discipline to win battles. There were two reasons for this: first, of course, the more missiles you have in the air at once, the harder it is to get out of their way. The second reason was psychological: charging in the face of steady fire – even essentially unaimed fire – is extremely difficult. Armies and their generals simply had to accept that there would be casualties, and that the proper response was to keep moving forward and return fire. So it usually came down to determination versus determination. Sometimes the one side broke and ran… and sometimes one side simply hesitated in the face of a sustained series of volleys. It sounds counter-intuitive, but that can happen when your troops are braver than your generals. Or when your generals simply don’t know what to do next, and don’t have the capacity to improvise. Why am I bringing this up? Please click here for the rest of the post.
It was a bright and happy December day. Not a cloud was in sight, the weather was a balmy 60 degrees and Congressman Parker Griffith wanted to give Speaker Nancy Pelosi a Christmas present. It wasn’t the infamous “Mental Health Ticket” that he once offered to have Santa put under her tree. He has switched his allegiance from Democrat to Republican. He had several things to say about this yesterday as he prepared to celebrate Christmas at home. Parker Griffith will not be a shoo-in for reelection. The Republicans in Madison and Huntsville would probably choose Barack Obama over Griffith in a Pepsi Challenge. The Good Doctor’s reputation in Republican circles is toxic like the streams flowing near Chernobyl. Griffith’s problems with his new base are profound and of his own making. He does nasty the way Southerners skilled in the verbal arts do nasty. Take my word for it, it’s nasty. Please click here for the rest of the post.
The number of things with which I agree with President Obama is fairly small. One thing I do agree with him on however is his characterization of the Constitution. Back in 2001 as he was lamenting the failure of the Warren Court to bring about “redistributive change”, he stated “…the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf…” While the negative liberties characterization doesn’t make any sense, at the core about what the Constitution does, he is right. As the President and Congress prepare to enact what is possibly the most unconstitutional law ever passed, it may be of some value to look at why exactly President Obama is right on the Constitution and wrong on ObamaCare. Please click here for the rest of the post.
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