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The Myth of a Runaway
Amendments Convention

American Thinker, by Rob Natelson

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Posted By:magnante, 8/29/2013 8:32:46 AM

The Founders bequeathed Americans a method to bypass the federal government and amend the Constitution, empowering two thirds of the states to call an Amendments Convention. In the wake of Mark Levin´s bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments, proposing just such a convention, entirely unnecessary alarms have been raised by even some of the leading lights of conservatism, based on an incomplete reading of history and judicial case law. Phyllis Schlafly is a great American and a great leader, but her speculations about the nature of the Constitution´s"convention for proposing amendments" are nearly as quaint as Dante´s speculations about the solar system.

This answers most of the objections conservatives have to an amendments convention, I think. Fascinating history that is virtually unknown.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 8/29/2013 9:32:29 AM     (No. 9496771)

Now, THIS is the stuff that real political junkies (Yes, I´m talking to all you L-dotters)live for. Mssr. Natelson knows whereof he speaks. Now is not the time to be timid. Fear of a convention ´out of control´ is much less of a threat than the freakin´ communist ´out of control´ government we have now.

Do it.

Do it now.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/29/2013 9:35:44 AM     (No. 9496774)

I suggest we put aside the question of whether and amendments convention would be a "runaway" and ask a more fundamental question. Namely, what good is ANY constitution if the President openly takes unconstitutional actions, the Congress doesn´t care if he does so, and the Supreme Court can´t seem to figure out what it really says (or won´t take action to enforce it when they do figure out what it says)?

You can amend up the wazoo, but it still won´t fix anything if nobody follows whatever it was that you made it say. And that is the core problem today. We have a completely dysfunctional government. No branch seems to feel compelled to follow the finest constitution ever developed by mankind.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: RKfree2b, 8/29/2013 9:36:58 AM     (No. 9496777)

There is another concern, that has nothing to do with a mythical "runaway" amendments convention.

It is this: Constitutional laws have already been and continue to be ignored and/or broken by elected representatives. What, if any, negative consequences have any of these elected representatives suffered???

Let´s say an amendments convention is a huge success, and amendments are passed. What happens to any elected official or judicial person who ignores and/or breaks the mandates of these new amendments...

That´s right...N O T H I N G!!!

Unless the power elite(and their associated staff) are replaced by those who will not break their oath to protect and defend the constitution of the USA, will the only other recourse be revolution?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 8/29/2013 9:44:17 AM     (No. 9496796)

Levin´s amendments to put term limits on the Supreme Court and to provide a means to overturn their decisions are perhaps the most important of his eleven amendments, all of which are important.

When one man or woman can completely change the course or mindset of our entire nation they´ve been given too much power. There should be a straight forward means (not and easy means) to recall those decisions. We´re living under an extremely lousy and detrimental decision right now. Thanks Roberts Gone to Malta!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: justavoter, 8/29/2013 9:50:41 AM     (No. 9496806)

So, all of you nay sayers and doubters, what are you going to do, nothing? Just sit back and let the commies run over the Constitution? Let´ do Something!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/29/2013 9:57:41 AM     (No. 9496824)

A concise and scholarly description, in simple terms, by an authority, and a badly needed civics lesson for a populace too far removed from basic understanding of our constitutional government.

This is not rocket science. Mark Levin´s Liberty Amendments should not frighten Americans, but encourage them.

The Founders gave us an elegant yet simple means to address our grievances with an out of control government, in an orderly and peaceful way. Levin puts that mechanism in contemporary context and specific contemporary language.

All but power-threatened Statists should embrace a constitutional convention as an appealing remedy for the mess that is Washington today.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/29/2013 10:02:55 AM     (No. 9496829)

The Levin proposal which is really the founders constitutional proposal is a labour intensive solution. It will need a widespread commitment of about one third of the population over many years in contrast to the betrayers who get into judgeship positions and amend the constitution on a whim. This all looks like a disadvantage but it is an advantage. The real authority is the committed efforts of so many supporters. When this is done these dug in elites will be deterred from their betrayal because they will know it will be seen for what it is - and corrected by the people through the new amendments. We got here because the left which is committed to big government because they make their living from it is so much more committed than the right. The right should know they must be involved and stay involved or they will be robbed by the left through the medium of big government!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: flhub, 8/29/2013 10:10:31 AM     (No. 9496842)

"Liberty Amendments" is a must read and a longed for "How To" book on saving our Country. Term Limits in of itself would cure a multitude of problems.
Let´s go for it !!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 8/29/2013 10:24:45 AM     (No. 9496874)

How I wonder will the left try to dismantle this plan? Look what they did to the driving force of the Tea Party for which many of us had such hopes. This solution will not be speedy, giving the media, et al. time to mock the process and worry the low-fos.
Even so, let us start this process now. Thank you Patriot Levin.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: enuf8, 8/29/2013 10:27:42 AM     (No. 9496880)

Another point which I would like to see is that if any Congress person or anyone in Government decides to run for a Different Office than they currently hold----if they lose their battle for a new position they have to retire after their current position ends. No longer running for Dual positions.

Plus, there needs to be background check by investigative force on those running for the highest office and no more sealing of records. One cannot depend on journ-O-LIARS to report the truth of whom the candidate is. If they are not in their ´party´ the lies are told repeatedly and if they are of their ´party´ conviction, they cover the person With Lies and not revealing the truth.
Just look to the last 5 years in particular.
From the beginning of the Clinton win through now it has become progressively worse.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 8/29/2013 10:50:31 AM     (No. 9496929)

Let´s get started. The hour is late and the rewards are in the future.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: comstock, 8/29/2013 11:17:17 AM     (No. 9496965)

For the last several years I´ve been of the mind that The Constitution is flawed because it failed to protect us from the growth of the Federal Government and the scum who run it.

But now I learn The Constitution does provide a remedy on the form of an Amendments Convention. The only problem is that it depends on the kleptocrats in both the Federal and State governments to execute the remedy. And they will fight to the death to keep their scam running.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Namma, 8/29/2013 11:51:38 AM     (No. 9497034)

all for it...but I thought that right now, according to our constitution, we have states rights over the fed.government. but the governors wont enforce the rights. Texas being sued by the Feds over voter ID...really...If voter ID is a state law, the they cant be sued. close the borders Arizona...state rights says borders are closed..so be it. how can the Fed.government stop the state.
I must be so wrong in this...but I was taught that we have States rights..to protect states from the fed.government going amock....

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Immelman, 8/29/2013 11:55:50 AM     (No. 9497045)

I´m with Namma. While we pursue the convention, let the states nullify federal overreach and bullying.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bohallx, 8/29/2013 12:11:33 PM     (No. 9497079)

If anybody ever noticed it we´d have an amendment about having a national border ~ there isn´t one.

Knowing that ask yourself how it is the federales assert jurisdiction at the border.

All of that hodgepodge of missing stuff probably ought to be addressed at a constitutional amendments convention ~ recall, at the nation´s founding there really wasn´t a meaningful national border ~ most of the colonies, now independent nations, didn´t even have complete borders!

They had ´claims´ ~ then there was the UK lurking in the background. They didn´t have national borders either being an island! They had claims too.

I´d fix the Constitution to deal more directly with the questions about who comes in, who leaves, and where it´s at!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/29/2013 12:20:40 PM     (No. 9497094)

Three are 3 breaking events that impact this process. 1) Conservatives working at a state level have elected some really good governors and look likely to add some great governors. 2) The EPA has implemented some rules that are based on unfounded assumptions that allow them to hurt some states, help others, and ignore the rest. 3) The EPA by denying State Environmental plans have take over permitting illegally. 4) The federal government is interfering with state elections.

I believe that it would be easy to convince two thirds of the states to clarify that all regulations treat all counties and all states the same under the law. So a regulation that could not demand a 50% reduction in emissions from TX based on a map that claims that IL pollution is affected by emission from TX. In the same reg, the plumes in the EPA map from CA into neighboring states to the east are simply ignored. And the EPA could not take over permitting simply by denying the State compliance plan simply because they didn´t like the approach.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/29/2013 1:00:26 PM     (No. 9497154)

This amendments convention issue is one I explored more than thirty years ago for a
possible article which at that time The Washington Post considered publishing.

The writer´s mention of an 1861 convention is not something I recall seeing before.

It is known that the original call for a convention in 1787 was only for the purpose
of revising the Articles of Confederation, and that the delegates then decided to go beyond that purpose and plan... and thus wrote our current constitution, which was subject to states´ ratification.

There are some assertions or assumptions by the writer which may not prove true.
First, it is doubtful Congress would accept a call to authorize a new convention.
And if Congress refused, or denied by disallowing, there would be little or no
recourse, and what if SCOTUS dodged it, too?
SCOTUS will likely frown on amendments which will limit SCOTUS terms and powers.

Let me continue in another try below...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/29/2013 1:09:45 PM     (No. 9497171)

Continuing to mention potential problems...

Second, if a convention is authorized and takes place, its delegates can write any
amendment/s that they see fit to do. After all, because there is a ratification process,
it is actually essentially harmless to propose any idea at all... if insufficient states ratify a particular amendment, it dies. So anything can be proposed. You cannot pre-limit it, as the framers of the current document very well realized.

That means that the liberoids can try to ban guns, eliminating the Second Amendment right.
Do you really think Chuck Schumer is going to let you have your way?
They will propose a guarantee of abortion rights. They will hijack any convention.
Their minorities will march upon it and hold all the delegates as hostages to media coverage... the media will back the liberoids.
The DimWitz are corrupt criminal liars.
If forced into a convention, they´ll take the lemons and make lemonade and spike it like Kool-Aid and make you drink it.
Don´t be naive.
Cheaters will continue to cheat you.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/29/2013 1:18:24 PM     (No. 9497190)

The notion that people today would conduct themselves as people did two or three centuries
ago is misguided and extraordinarily naive.

Just because colonial conventions behaved in a limited manner way back when proves nothing
about how something would go down today with Shep Smith on TV screaming at a camera about
helping those poor Katrina minorities.

The electorate today is an ill-behaved mob of entitlement seekers, whiny, dependent and
demanding of all sorts of Gummint services. Women and minorities will grab what they can.

Two centuries ago, women and minorities could not vote or hold office.
Today you´d be swamped by each ethnic group competing for attention and making demands.
Any convention held at any physical location would be held hostage by the takers and the screamers and the demanders.

The fastest easiest remedy for our current mess was to win the White House and Senate
and hold the House in November 2012.

You could have done that easily and quickly and you did not.
Obviously you will not be able to pull off a convention either, since it´s far tougher and has not been done for 200 years.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/29/2013 1:25:27 PM     (No. 9497200)

One last quick mention.

People who favor "term limits" should consider what most state legislatures already have...

Time Limits.

A legislative session should be limited to a certain number of days.
Spending expands to fill the time available for it... yearlong sessions equal yearlong
spending as well.

Fifty years ago, the entire federal budget under JFK was $100 Billion, and half of that
was for defense, the other half for everything else including social programs.

Congress adjourned annually in about June and was gone for the rest of the year.
It was part-time, and being a Senator or a Rep. paid only $12K per year.
They held other jobs and had business interests, practiced law, or what have you.

You cannot control the Congress unless you cut the days and hours, cut the pay, cut the staffs, stop the expansion into more buildings, and on and on.
Committee numbers should be limited, and especially subcommittee numbers.
Everyone is a chairman of something.

My guess is you will not succeed.
You don´t know what you´re up against... yet.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/29/2013 1:29:18 PM     (No. 9497209)

This Amendments Convention is lovely to think about, but we do not live in the perfectly ordered world where it could take place and produce the dreamed of results. There are already posters on this thread saying, hey, if we´re going to make changes, let´s do this and this and this. That´s the way it would be, chaotic and disastrous. Leave the Constitution alone while we elect people who will protect it.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/29/2013 1:33:05 PM     (No. 9497214)

Oh, I have to add...

In #20, the mention of adjourning in June.

Television did not become the driving force in American politics until the 1960´s.
Ike did not like nor trust TV, but JFK loved it because he was telegenic and had no chance
for power or popularity without TV.

TV loved the beautiful dramatic Kennedys.
And the Kennedys have bequeathed us a Gummint by Television in perpetuity, because they had thick hair and big white teeth.

The Congresswhores will always stay in DC year-round to be on Television...
Incumbents will always win by being on TV.
If you cannot control or pull the plug on TV,
you are doomed to fail.
TV will do everything it can to see that you fail and see that the DimWitz win.
They cannot survive without the Congresswhores´ being in DC year-round to have endless crises and nonstop spending.
Good luck!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/29/2013 1:56:29 PM     (No. 9497249)

And, if I may...

Forgot when mentioning minorities and women...

What about the LGBTQ´s... ?

They will hijack any convention and make it all about THEMselves...
Aided and abetted by TV and Hollyweird.

They will force all their practices down your throats...
Do you want to take that risk?

They will want child sex, gay sex, transgenderisms, unisex bathrooms...
health care financed gender changes for all...

Ever hear of... Pandora´s Box... ??

Just go ahead and open it...
And see what ya git...

You will have to become a mob yourselves marching in the streets to try to stop them.

Since many of you wouldn´t even show up to vote for Romney in 2012...
will you go march against the gays etc?

You could have prevented Obamacare easily simply by holding the House in 2006 until
2010, but you wouldn´t do that.
Now look what you´ve got.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: rjc0208, 8/29/2013 2:44:21 PM     (No. 9497323)

Natelson defeats his own argument when he makes statements like this:

"But," you might ask, "Will the prescribed convention procedures actually work?"

They already have. In 1861, in an effort to prevent the Civil War, a convention of the states was called to propose a constitutional amendment to Congress. CONGRESS SUBSEQUENTLY DEADLOCKED over the amendment, but the convention did everything right: It followed all the protocols listed above, and it produced a compromise amendment.

If, in fact, CONGRESS can subsequently OVERRIDE the amendments proposed, then we are STILL at the mercy of congress.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Butch59, 8/29/2013 2:51:34 PM     (No. 9497331)

Well, if a convention isn´t going to be the solution, then the only solution that would work is to have another little revolution. That way, the winners wouldn´t have to listen to anyone except those who won the revolution. Now that´s simple.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/29/2013 3:02:46 PM     (No. 9497343)

Putting it in brief: # 17,18,19,20,22,23 - lets just give up before we try.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: John c, 8/29/2013 5:02:22 PM     (No. 9497505)

Mark´s book has been out for 2 weeks now. He has laid out the amendments and the sub-sections, has any state group in the county accepted the challenge to call for a convention on these changes?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: shrugger, 8/29/2013 6:49:35 PM     (No. 9497634)

Rafter....I´ve never heard so many reasons why we can´t!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Axeman, 8/29/2013 6:52:19 PM     (No. 9497636)

An amendment to ban all guns would be as smart and as successful as an amendment to reinstate slavery. As long as more than a third of the states sticks to the agenda then extra leftard amendments will only be a delay tactic.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 8/29/2013 7:02:49 PM     (No. 9497646)

Sorry, #5, but yelling out "do something" is not too smart....just like the fellow at a fire, yelling do something....and grabbing a can of gasoline..... This needs to be well though out and organized

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Reply 31 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 8/29/2013 7:04:02 PM     (No. 9497648)

I had a lot to say, but like poster 17, 18,...., who offered no solutions, I don´t know the answers either. I do know that the left´s fraud machines MUST be quelled.


Those of US who are patriots must take the time to hit the streets. The left has taken/usurped ground with lies and fraud, with bribes and relentless court cases. When they lose, the just slack off then retrench and go at it again.

We must take that ground back with relentless presentations of the Truth! Small groups advertising on radio, TV, newspapers, bill boards, bumper stickers, group mailings, the internet, and flying banners across the sky. I don´t know, but I am convinced it must begin with two people here and five people there. Every revolution began with two or three who were willing to lay it on the line. It can be done.

Again, HOW???? L-Dotters have a great platform. We must keep the pressure on those who represent(?) US. As a group we can use conservative radio and TV hosts and locals with influence and maybe, just maybe the tide can be turned.

It´s been said, we must take the cold water thrown on us, turn it into steam and use the energy. This can be done. So let´s keep kicking it around. We have no other choice. The solutions are out there. Don´t believe it? Look at what the "left" has done. It can be reversed.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 8/29/2013 7:40:44 PM     (No. 9497684)

Well, it is apparent who has read the book, and who hasn´t.

Mark Levin is no lightweight. He didn´t just toss out a bunch of written pages hoping people would just buy his book. He is much more knowledgeable on this subject than I would guess most here - specifically, myself. He is reasoned, and his ideas are well thought out, even down to refuting the inevitable naysayers.

He is a patriot of the highest order, and would never - uh, let me repeat: NEVER - suggest a process such as this on his own, just for the spits and giggles or to make money. The process is provided for IN THE CONSTITUTION itself. Madison´s notes reflect the thought processes at the time and demonstrate why they felt this could become necessary.

It is NOT a Constitutional Convention - it is a convention of STATE LEGISLATURES. The U.S. Congress has NOTHING to do with it, and CANNOT refuse it. Once an amendment is agreed upon by the State LEGISLATURES (not the citizenry), it IS an Amendment. It is the same process used by Congress, only initiated by the States and confirmed and ratified by the States.

After all, this country is called the United States of America - not the Servant States of the American Congress.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Jennie C., 8/29/2013 8:05:15 PM     (No. 9497709)

#33 I´ll admit that I have not (yet) read the book. But I did read this column, and found it (somewhat) reassuring. However, he mentions more than once that Article V prevents that which some of us fear. But here´s the text, and I don´t see the structure he describes:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: dman, 8/29/2013 8:36:06 PM     (No. 9497724)

Levin´s book is an easy read. Each chapter describing a proposed amendment and why is self-contained. Just pick one and read it like an article here.

As Levin points out, the only effective alternative to the alternate amendment process is armed revolution. That was George Mason´s argument for the provision in Article V - the intent is to avert civil war.

Which is more risky: a convention to propose amendments (not a "constitutional convention" as the book and the article point out), or armed conflict? Before you spill blood, exhaust all legal and peaceful measures available.

Enforcement? Remember that the military and most officials take an oath to the Constitution first and foremost. It is their duty to follow the Constitution (and legal processes like this one) above any unconstitiutional order from the POTUS. Authority as CIC only applies within the bounds of the Constitution. www.oathkeepers.org

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Reply 35 - Posted by: dman, 8/29/2013 8:41:05 PM     (No. 9497728)

I should add that the party apologist posters above only confirm that the GOP elites like things just the way they are.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: busterman, 8/29/2013 9:42:30 PM     (No. 9497781)

I liken this to ´hate crime legislation´. There´s no need for it. There are already laws that govern crime and what they call ´hate crimes´ now. If they´d just enforce existing laws that would be fine. But no....they have to create new ones which cover identical crimes being committed.

Let´s FIRST enforce the amendments we currently have THEN we can have as many conventions we want to see if we need any more.

And if Congress or SCOTUS or Justice won´t enforce when we the people tell them to, then we use our second amendment rights and perform the duty we are bound to in the Declaration of Independence and we run them all out of office.

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Posted By: magnante- 4/16/2014 9:37:52 AM     Post Reply
If you live in flyover country, lay in a supply of popcorn and get ready to watch a continuing comedy drama being staged for your amusement by the progressives of San Francisco. The driving force is the classic dirty little secret of progressivism, greed and envy, and these deadly sins are amply on display in Baghdad-by-the-Bay these days.(snip)Yesterday, hundreds of SEIU members rallied in front of Twitter HQ to denounce the greed of the company that provides jobs and plenty of other tax revenue to assorted governments that employ SEIU members. John Coté reports for the SF Chronicle: City nurses [who

The New Liberal Racism
American Thinker, by E.W. Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/16/2014 9:20:02 AM     Post Reply
Last week we witnessed repeated efforts by Democrats to polarize the country along racial lines. Eric Holder, speaking at Al Sharpton´s conference, implied that he and the President are being treated harshly because they are black. (snip) The Republican base that Steve Israel says is animated by racism, nominated me -- an American of African descent and a great grandson of slaves -- for Lt. Governor of Virginia. They embraced me warmly, treated me respectfully and supported me enthusiastically. The liberal media on the other hand set out to destroy me. My white Democrat opponent was even caught on camera

Time for a little Koch
jiujitsu on Democrats
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:29:21 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid’s jihad against the Koch Brothers has already yielded a hilarious video compilation of his 134 mentions of their name. But now with new information, his Koch addiction can become a potent tool in the hands of Republicans. Call it karma, if you like, but the former boxer now leading the Senate majority has left himself wide open. It turns out that Koch Industries employees and PACs have donated to quite a large number of Congressional Democrats.(snip) The ads practically write themselves: Mary Landrieu’s Majority Leader says the Koch Brothers are un-American. [video clip]. So why did Mary accept

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Sandberg Head Shaker
American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

It´s prog-on-prog class
warfare in San Francisco
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/14/2014 1:42:55 PM     Post Reply
The internal contradictions of the progressive alliance that dominates San Francisco have erupted into violence, and there is every sign it will continue. Conservatives have an opportunity if we are clever. (snip)I had not set foot on Hayes Street for at least a couple of decades when I went there last week. I was utterly shocked by the transformation, and more than that, by the hostility of some of the people I was with toward the newcomers. Twitter’s headquarters is nearby, as are other high tech firms, and around lunch time the sidewalks were crowded with brusque, expensively-dressed people hurrying

The Beat Goes On:
Opposing Obama Is Racist
American Thinker, by Lloyd Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/13/2014 9:31:24 AM     Post Reply
Alas, another reporter asked me the same question I have been repeatedly asked for the past five years. “As an African-American, why are you a member of the Tea Party?” It dawned on me to ask the reporter, “If you are a thinking patriotic American, why are you not a member of the Tea Party?” It is stunning that reporters cannot see the absurdity and racism against white voters in their assumption that Tea Party membership (pushback against Obama's agenda) equals racism. For the first time in U.S. history, are Americans required to submit to their president's agenda or suffer the mainstream media and Democratic party branding an R on

Justice Stevens thinks he knows
how to ´fix´ the Second Amendment
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/13/2014 9:13:10 AM     Post Reply
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens penned a putrid op-ed in the Washington Post claiming he knew how to fix the Second Amendment to end controversy over its true meaning. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution placed limits on the powers of the new federal government. (Snip) As Second Amendment expert and activist Clayton Cramer says, Stevens is pushing a bunch of hornswaggle. I wish that I could say that Justice Stevens was engaged in an accurate although misleading statement. But it is not even that. It is both inaccurate and misleading – and not even in a very clever way.

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