How Ann Wagner Should Commit to Defunding Obamacare

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The House GOP leadership has a problem.

The conservative base wants Boehner to use the continuing resolution to force a showdown over Obamacare. Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and millions of grassroots activists want the GOP to block passage of a continuing resolution because it funds the unpopular healthcare law.

Boehner doesn’t want to. He’s afraid that shutting down the government will hurt Republicans in the 2014 election.

Boehner could be right. If the House blocked the continuing resolution and later caved, voters would likely punish the GOP. But by committing now to defunding Obamacare, and following through on their commitment, the House would force Obama and the Democrats to negotiate.

Obama knows that politicians are fickle. They want the easy way out. We all do. Obama believes that the Republicans would cave before he’d be forced to negotiate. But Republicans like Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) could change Obama’s mind simply by signing the Mark Meadows letter vowing to vote against any bill that funds Obamacare.

By committing now, in writing, to blocking funding for Obamacare, the Democrats would know that reneging on an oath would be career suicide for Republicans. Sure, Wagner could sign the letter and later vote for funding bill. But she’d destroy her credibility. Voters would know even her sworn oath is meaningless. I know Ann. I like her. And I’m confident she wouldn’t do that. She wouldn’t renege on a signed commitment. I don’t believe she’d renege on a verbal commitment, but words are flexible. Signatures aren’t.

If a majority of House Republicans swear to stop Obamacare now, once they act on their promise, Obama will have to negotiate. Republicans can list 5 demands before funding the government. They can negotiate away two or three of them, so long as Obamacare isn’t one.

Yes, it’s brinkmanship. It’s hardball. It’s tough. Forcing a rival to negotiate always is.

It’s also noble and courageous.

In 2014, voters will punish the loser. If the GOP caves in the face of danger, it will be the loser by default. If conservative voters believe the GOP House majority squandered its mandate, 2014 primaries could be difficult on incumbents.

Visit Rep. Wagner’s Ballwin, MO office and politely ask her to sign the Meadows letter. Ask her to commit to forcing a negotiation and defunding Obamacare now. By taking your time to actually visit her office, you’ll demonstrate your commitment.

Her office:

301 Sovereign Ct.
Suite 201
Ballwin, MO 63011

hours: M-F 9-5:00pm

And the inspiring truth about teachers

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Samantha.

She’s the daughter every parent hopes for. Diligent. Dedicated. Kind to a fault. Smart. Hard working. Loyal. Prettier than she knows.

She gets it from her mother.

She’s about to graduate from college and become a teacher.

Like her mom.

She doesn’t need a union.

She is a union.

With her mom.

And a million others.

They care. And try. And teach. Or try.

Your kid would be blessed to walk into Sam’s classroom one day.

Or her mom’s.

But strong unions won’t let her teach and care the way God and her mom prepared her to teach and care. The union doesn’t care. Except for itself.

Teachers’ unions are my nemesis

Samantha is a listener.

Sam’s mother is my wife.

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The Devastating Truth About Teachers’ Unions

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The stronger the union the weaker the learnin’.  According to Harvard Business Review, students learn less in states with stronger teachers’ unions.

A 1-standard-deviation rise in teachers’ union dues per teacher is associated with a 4% fall in student proficiency rates, according to a study of 721 U.S. school districts in 42 states by Johnathan Lott of the University of Chicago Law School and Lawrence W. Kenny of the University of Florida.

Dues support union lobbying, which typically pushes for policies such as blocking merit pay and limiting the Teach for America program. Consequently, student proficiency is lower in states with stronger teacher unions, the researchers say.

Get that? Unions use their money to block proven education reforms. Teachers’ unions do not exist to make education better; they exist to make the union more powerful.

Your kids are just the ammunition they use.

Found: The One Question John Boehner Doesn’t Want to Answer About Defunding Obamacare

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Q: If the Republicans don’t have the stomach for shutting down the government now, how will they have the stomach to take away insurance from millions of people in 2017?

Boehner, Cantor, and the House GOP leaders don’t want to use the continuing resolution to fight Obamacare. They’re afraid that doing so–even if they succeed–will cost them seats in 2014. They say the only solution is a full repeal. But that’s a dodge.

The House leaders know the Senate won’t consider a repeal bill if the House won’t go to the brink. The CR is the House’s only leverage. So Ann Wagner and John Boehner can pass all the repeal bills they want, nothing will happen.

And even if the GOP won the Senate in 2014, Obama would veto any repeal bill. And they won’t have a veto-proof majority in either house. And the Democrats would filibuster.

So Boehner’s strategy is to hope the GOP wins the House, the Senate, and the White House in 2016. But the GOP won’t have the guts to repeal Obamacare then, either.

Here’s why.

  1. The GOP majority and President won’t take their seats until January 2017.
  2. They won’t be able to craft a repeal bill until March or April at the earliest.
  3. By that time, millions of Americans will have signed up for Obamacare insurance plans.
  4. The press will echo the Democrats in howling that 20 million formerly uninsured Americans who have gotten insurance under Obamacare will be thrown out into the street if Republicans repeal the law.
  5. The Republicans will then look ahead to 2018 and 2020 and tell us, “if we repeal Obamacare now, we’ll lose the next election.”

That’s why there’s no tomorrow on this thing. Ask Ann Wagner to commit to defunding Obamacare by signing the Meadows letter. Ask Roy Blunt to sign the Mike Lee letter in the Senate. You are their courage.

Republicans who lack the courage to do the right thing now won’t get a medal for courage from The Wizard in 2017. They won’t.

Right now Republicans in the House have all the power they need to force Obama and the Democrats to the bargaining table. If they don’t use it now, we will need to find new leaders who have the stomach for the tough fight.

The GOP Is Losing Its Base

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Nearly 3 million Americans will die before the next Congress is seated in 2015. How dare Republican elites ask them to die waiting for their freedom.

I was part of twitter conversation Saturday. I retweeted @DanStlMo’s tweet:

I am no longer a member or supporter of the Republican party. #toct

— DanStlMo (@DanStlMo) August 24, 2013

To which @5is4grace replied:

@whennessy @DanStlMo NO! What they want & welcome! Form new narrative for conserv.’s within and cont. fight for the “Renewed Republic Party”

— 5is4grace (@5is4grace) August 24, 2013

and

@whennessy @DanStlMo We are our own worst enemy in this! Jees! Get us through 2014! Leaving a party does not improve anything.

— 5is4grace (@5is4grace) August 24, 2013

I understand @5is4grace’s concern. Defections will help Democrats and hurt conservatives and lower-case libertarians in the short run. But defections of the base are a really bad sign for the Republicans. People like @DanStlMo are the energy of the GOP. They’re the Tea Partiers who got the GOP through 2010. They gave the House back to the Republicans, along with a ton of state legislatures. Without that base, the GOP is done.

The problem is, though, the GOP elites don’t want to be “renewed.” Not by people like Dan and me, anyway. They want to be renewed by big government wealth re-allocators like Chris Christie. For us on the right, well, they’d like us to shut up, campaign, donate, and vote.

 

As Rush Limbaugh points out in this video, the Republicans are embarrassed by their base.


And Dan’s not alone in defecting. Sean Hannity warned he’ll leave the Republican party if the House caves on Obamacare.

The GOP Can’t Win Without Us

We also “renewed” the GOP in 2000. And again in 2004. What did they do with it?  They grew the government, grew domestic spying programs, created a leviathan DHS. They did everything but return power to the people.

The House has the power to force the president to negotiate. It can block the continuing resolution to fund the government. It can put the heat on Obama and force defunding of Obamacare.

But the House leadership is squishy. Boehner wants to put off the Obamacare battle until the debt ceiling debate. Then he’ll put it off until after the election. He’s instructed Republicans to avoid town halls. In 2009, at least the Democrats had the balls to show up and face the music. But the Republicans run from their own base.

Republicans Still Have Time and Weapons to Fight Obamacare

I’m not yet with Dan. I still have hope that people will bring enough pressure on House Republicans that they will renew themselves.  They have the power, and they always did.

The GOP can’t tell its base, though, to wait any longer. Waiting is over. Every minute that ticks by is a minute of a short life lived as a subject to a despotic government and not as a free man living out our founding creed.

 

50 Years Later Dr. King’s Dream Becomes a Night Terror

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It was one of the greatest speeches in the history of speaking. It promoted two self-evident goods: freedom and equality.

He spoke first of equality.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

The equality Dr. King dreamt of was equality of opportunity for blacks.

We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

He dreamt of equal protection under the law. He dreamt of a nation with the courage to “live out the true meaning of its creed.”

Since 1963, America has largely erased the evils of racial segregation. We’ve come a long way since the days of Black Only drinking fountains.

But we’ve replaced racial segregation with new, subtler segregation. We’ve allowed an insidious evil to enslave us equally and divide us from the opportunity we were promised. We’ve divided the nation into the elites and the plebes. And we’ve built a pervasive police state to keep the plebes in check.

Between freedom and equality, Dr. King gave freedom the highest honor. He closed with a cry for freedom:

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

                 Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

White and black are now equally slaves to the elites’ spy network. The NSA watches your every move, reports you to the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The elites train their spies to cover their tracks, to fabricate evidence trails, to lie to Congress and judges about the way evidence was obtained.

The NSA shares your life’s most private moments with an increasingly militarized police force that kicks down your doors and invades your home. This police force choreographs these illegal raids intentionally to terrorize its victims.

The spying, the SWAT raids, the dog shootings, and the terrorizing tactics are not to protect you; they’re to protect the Elites from you.

Dr. King’s dream—our dream—has become night terrors.

But we will wake up.

Today, I have a dream. I dream of a day when governments, created by our will and animated with our power, heel to commands of their creators’ voices.

I dream of a day when we throw open the curtains that hide the government.

I dream of the day when every human—white and black—strives for the respect of his fellow plebes and no longer grovels for the favor of the elites.

I dream of the day our America dream walks.

I dream of the day we own our own lives.

God bless you, Dr. King. Please intercede with Jesus on our behalf that your dream comes true for those you’ve left behind.

Pray for us, Dr. King, that every person finds the character and courage to wake from this terror and reassert his power over government.

Rejoice with us, Dr. King, on that day when every American of every race, creed, and color can stand hand-in-hand and sing:

Free at last!

Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

 

The audio of Martin Luther King’s Dream speech is here. Please listen to it and share it with someone in the throes of a nightmare.