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An Ode To Paul Ryan By MSNBC’s Left-Liberal Lawrence O’Donnell

Bush, Constitution, Donald Trump, Government, Kids, Left-Liberalism, Media, Republicans

Oh what natural bedfellows these fleas make and how they love The People. I’m talking about the Left and the left-leaning “Right” of our political and media establishment.

Last week, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell practically glorified House Speaker Paul Ryan for, as he put it, “giving little Donald Trump his first a major kindergarten lesson in government during a meeting on Capitol Hill, putting into perspective how hard it will be for Trump to pass his outrageous legislative agenda.”

Ryan was the best and smartest Republican negotiator [code for shyster] in D.C.; Trump the worst, exalted statist O’Donnell.

Note how O’Donnell frames the right thing—naturally right thing to do—as ignorant, “magic thinking. “Ryan has been dealing with children like Trump for years,” intones this pompous member of the ruling class, in reference to Tea Party fiscal impulses and Trump Nation inclinations.

Lawrence thinks the good kind of power comes from the Law and from The Constitution, rather than from The People heeding the natural law. Naturally, to O’Donnell, Ryan, a mere boy, is the adult in the room. Trump, a man of the world, who’s built stuff, is the child, sitting at the feet of legislator-cum-apostle Paul, lapping up his wisdom.

It’s simple. If Trump doesn’t fulfill his promises, just as Barack Obama did through Executive decrees (which most certainly are in the overreaching U.S. Constitution), through brute force; he’ll be a one-term president. The Constitution is a dead letter. Has been for a long time.

Besides, “The Constitution has saddled Americans with a very strong presidency, should he choose to act on the veto it grants him. Buried in the constitutional thickets, concedes historian Paul Johnson, are “huge powers.” The American president “was much stronger than most kings of the day, rivaled or exceeded only by the ‘Great Autocrat,’ the Tsar of Russia (and in practice stronger than most tsars). These powers were not explored until Andrew Jackson’s time, half a century on, when they astonished and frightened many people.”

See “The Sovereign Agrees To … A Bourbon Summit.”


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UPDATED: Trump Vs. The Banana Republicans

Conservatism, Constitution, Donald Trump, Republicans, Ron Paul

“Trump Vs. The Banana Republicans” is the current column, now on WND. An excerpt:

There’s a difference between (small r) republican principles and the Republican Party’s rules of procedure. But National Review neoconservative Jonah Goldberg doesn’t see it.

Or, maybe Goldberg is using America’s founding, governing principles to piggyback the Republican Party’s oft revised and rigged rules to respectability.

Conservatives who harbor the quaint expectation that voters, not party operatives, would choose the nominee stand accused by Goldberg of fetishizing unfiltered democracy.

“America is a republic not a simple democracy,” says Goldberg, in motivating for Grand Old Party chicanery.

Goldberg’s argument is a cunning but poor one. It confuses bureaucratic rules with higher principles: the republicanism of America’s Constitution makers.

Through a Bill of Rights and a scheme that divides authority between autonomous states and a national government, American federalism aimed to secure the rights of the individual by imposing strict limits on the power of thumping majorities and a central government.

The Goldberg variations on republicanism won’t wash. The Republican Party’s arbitrary rules relate to the Founding Founders’ republicanism as the Romney Rule relates to veracity.

The Romney initiated Rule 40(b) is a recent addition to the Republican Party rule book. It stipulates that in order to win the nomination, a candidate must demonstrate he has earned a majority of delegates from at least eight different states. Rule 40 (b) was passed post-haste to thwart libertarian candidate Ron Paul.

Party crooks and their lawyers now find themselves in a pickle, because Governor John Kasich, candidate for the establishment (including the New York Times and the Huffington Post), has yet to meet the Republican rule du jour.

So, what do The Rulers do? They plan to change the rules. Again.

Pledged delegates are not supposed to act as autonomous agents. Their voting has to be tethered to the candidate whom voters have overwhelmingly chosen. But not when The Party parts company with The Voters. Then, delegates might find themselves unmoored from representing the voters.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has hinted at allowing pledged delegates the freedom to betray their pledge. …

… READ the rest. “Trump Vs. The Banana Republicans” is the current column, now on WND.

UPDATE: Two people noticed the “Goldberg Variations” Bach reference. Via Facebook:

Joshua Jennings: Love the Bach reference!

Ilana Mercer Love the folks who noticed, all 2 of you, Joshua Jennings.

Ilana Mercer: The other was my editor.


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UPDATED: Traitors Ted Cruz & John Kasich Use Orwellian Speak To Tarnish Trump

Constitution, Donald Trump, Elections, Free Speech, Gender, Individual Rights, Race, Republicans

The presidential aspirations of Ted Cruz and John Kasich ought to be sealed, OVER, after both blamed Donald Trump, using the “toxic environment” Orwellian Speak, for Chicago mob violence, the kind that burnt down Ferguson and will burn down this country. (Related “Ferguson: Thankful For The Founding Fathers’ Legal Legacy.”)

Said Kasich (Dr. Phil of politics):

Before Trump spoke in Dayton on Saturday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said the real estate mogul had created a “toxic environment.”
“There is no place for this,” he said. “There is no place for a national leader to prey on the fears of the people who live in our country.”

Said traitor Ted Cruz, via The Conservative Treehouse:

The responsibility starts at the top. The candidate is responsible for the culture of the campaign. Trump disrespects voters, encourages violence and assaults the press.

There you have it. Like little liberals, Republicans capitulate to and psychologize about mob violence and mob rule.

UPDATE (3/13):


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Conservatism Is An Empty Election Slogan

Conservatism, Constitution, Economy, GUNS, Left-Liberalism, Republicans, Taxation

In which Barely A Blog’s resident physicist, Myron Robert Pauli*, reminds believers and dreamers that a Republican congress has never balanced a budget and that a Republican president that balances a budget is as elusive as Big Foot:

In reaction to the “Dime Store New Deal” of Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater and L. Brent Bozell Jr. penned a compact book called “The Conscience of a Conservative.” This became the basis of Goldwater’s 1964 campaign and Reagan’s 1964 “Time for Choosing” speech. It birthed the Reagan “conservative triumph” of 1980, the reshaping of the modern Republican Party, and the “conservative movement.” (Bernie Sanders could argue that the “progressive” economic leanings of the Democratic Party withered after Lyndon Johnson but this column will stick to Republicans.)

Modern Reagan conservatism was a four-legged chair hinging on four basic tenets. But how are those tenets holding up in 2016?

[1] LIBERTARIANISM: Always the weakest of the legs, most Republican respect for the Bill of Rights starts and ends with the Second Amendment. Even repealing the “regulating interstate commerce” aspects of the War on Drugs is beyond the scope of the GOP. Just this week, there is the clamoring to force Apple to remove encryption on personal phones. But for proof of the dearth of libertarianism and the Bill of Rights, one need not go any farther than to ask Jose Padilla.

[2] SOCIAL CONSERVATISM: While the “moral” rhetoric bellows periodically, the moral train pulled out of Leave-It-To-Beaver land a long time ago and has passed by Miley Cyrus’s twerking. Only 1 of 9 blacks are born in wedlock; among whites it’s a slightly better 1 in 2. One can denounce the trends or howl at the phases of the moon but pre-marital sex, booze, drugs, abortions and gay marriages show no sign of ever disappearing. The leading 2016 GOP candidate among “evangelical Christians” is a publicly vulgar serial adulterer. The military is a Global Force for Transgenderism. As was said long ago, the Kingdom of God is “not of this world.” The million fetuses terminated each year neither know nor care who the president is.

[3] FISCAL CONSERVATISM: Please name me a major program ever terminated by the Republicans – OK, the A-12 Navy Bomber. For every cut, Republicans have been expanding Medicare, inventing Obamacare (as Romneycare with the help of Professor Gruber), Leaving No Child Behind, subsidizing ethanol, pushing American Dream Downpayments, as well as bailing out banks and auto companies. This includes issuing driver’s licenses and preferential tuition to criminal trespassers (a.k.a. “undocumented” aliens).

Most Republicans run out of the room when asked to name a budget cut. To his credit, Ted Cruz has listed several “small” cuts (such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and Housing & Urban Development), but they are more than offset by proposed increases in Defense. Even without bloating up the Defense Department, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid is the 800 lb. gorilla of spending, sucking up 10% of GDP and always growing.

Cutting taxes on “the filthy rich” increases the deficit. Most Republicans cite the tired canard “cut waste, fraud, and abuse,” or the silly nonsense of passing a “Balanced Budget Amendment.” The Republican Congress never balances a budget, the Republican President never balances a budget so let’s send the problem on to Sonia Sotomayor and the Supreme Court. By the way, as reference, the Federal Budget under “liberal” Harry Truman in 1948 was $35.6 billion, with a $6 billion SURPLUS. If you believe that Republicans are fiscal Conservatives, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

[4] ANTI-COMMUNISM: Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the government has spent well over $20 trillion on “defense” with never ending undeclared wars bringing “democracy” to the Third World and arming both Shiite and Sunni nutcases. It is far from clear that either Goldwater or Reagan would have gone for this neocon vision of perpetual warfare. The commies are gone but the defense budget in constant dollars $$ is larger now than during Vietnam, Korea, or the Reagan buildup! And Republicans clamor for MORE $$$! Republicans attack “liberals” for “throwing money at a problem,” but still keep troops in Italy in case Mussolini rises from the grave! Even here, Trump has served a purpose in chewing off some of the rot from the last surviving leg of the old conservative coalition.

Conservatism is long since over – dead as Yogi Berra!

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Barely a Blog (BAB) contributor *Myron Pauli grew up in Sunnyside Queens, went off to college in Cleveland and then spent time in a mental institution in Cambridge MA (MIT) with Benjamin Netanyahu (did not know him), and others until he was released with the “hostages” and Jimmy Carter on January 20, 1981, having defended his dissertation in nuclear physics. Most of the time since, he has worked on infrared sensors, mainly at Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. He was NOT named after Ron Paul but is distantly related to physicist Wolftgang Pauli; unfortunately, only the “good looks” were handed down and not the brains. He writes assorted song lyrics and essays reflecting his cynicism and classical liberalism. Click on the “BAB’s A List” category to access the Pauli archive.


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