Tag Archives: President of the United States

A false dilemma: Support a Dictator, or Support Oppressed People…How about instead support the “Constitution, limited government, limited executive power to kill people, [and] limited executive power to put our armed forces at risk…”

"Duh. It's for the children. Now don't ask any more questions."

When in doubt of winning a debate, re-frame it as a false dilemma.

In other words, make it impossible for people to choose anything but your side. Never mind if it means ignoring the Constitution or killing people, just to start.

It takes a lot of restraint to put things in their fair perspective. Evidently, Secretary Clinton does not have that restraint. Continue reading

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Mitt Romney and “the Mormon Question.”

Governor Mitt Romney of MA

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The “Mormon” question. [sigh] Who hasn’t heard it yet?

Can a Mormon be elected president?

I can’t get into a conversation about politics and the 2012 campaign for the White House without Mitt Romney coming up. This includes conversations with your average voters and political insiders, family and friends, Democrats and Republicans alike. (Why, yes, I do live in Utah…why do you ask?)

My in-laws ask about what I think Mitt’s chances are while munching on cupcakes after the baby blessing. While in D.C. last week, GOP party insiders and legislators from at least three different states  swapped reasons why they think that, short of a major scandal, Mitt’s got the nomination all but in the bag. The man is getting a lot of attention (right now), and there are few who think he can’t pull it off. Continue reading

Taunting? A way of life on Capitol Hill.

Remember yesterday when, in the midst of important budget negotiations, the President of the United States said that the Congress needed to start acting like adults? (I think he was referring specifically the Republicans, but that’s just a guess).

Well, turns out that such taunting is not so uncommon. A new study by a Harvard professor finds that Congress (and I guess as a former member of Congress President Obama might be included in this group) spends about a quarter of its time taunting the other side.

Yeah. Taunting. As in “to reproach or challenge in a mocking or insulting manner.”

“The entire government may go bankrupt, I guess. This week, right?” King said in a telephone interview. “We probably want our representatives to be listening to each other rather than calling each other names.”

via 27% of communication by members of Congress is taunting, professor concludes – The Washington Post.

Maybe it’s not so crazy that our country has such a hard time forming good public policy. When we spend a quarter of our time “mocking or insulting” each other, it’s a good bet were not trying to listen, find common ground, or formulate good policy. Rather, we’re just trying to score political points.

We’ve got a place for that kind of thing. It’s called talk radio.

Will Justice Roberts skip the State of the Union?

Remember when President Obama took a shot at the Supreme Court during last year’s State of the Union address?

Go here to watch a short clip of it if you don’t.

President Obama (aka POTUS) chided the Supreme Court for their ruling in Citizens United, which overturned aspects of then current campaign finance law, specifically cutting off the shackles on corporations to allow them to spend money independently in candidate elections. He said:

“Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said. “Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”

Justice Alito, as you can see in the video above, shook his head and mouthed what is widely believed to be “Not true, not true…”

Whether it was “not true” has been debated much since; the question remains: will more members of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS, if you didn’t catch it yet) skip this year?

Traditionally, the court maintains an aura of non-partisanship. It’s job is to interpret the law against the constitution, not to play a partisan role in making the law. This isn’t to say that the members of the court don’t lean one way or the other. But their job is not a partisan one.

When the President takes partisan cheap shots at the Justices of the Supreme Court, to their face, there isn’t much a Justice can do while maintaining his or her dignity. Justice Alito has already stated that he will join Justice Thomas  and Justice Scalia in skipping this year’s event; will Justice Roberts avoid it, as well?

Tune in tonight at 7 PM MST, 9 PM EST, to find out.

“…the best thing you can do…”

Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United St...
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“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Theodore Roosevelt