There is lots of news coverage about Arlan Specter’s flip to the Democratic Party. I have received several e-mails to that end from Republicans deploring the crass deed of this individual. The left wing news media has been all over themselves in their orgasmic zeal reporting what they see as the death knoll of the Republican party. For my part I say,“Good move Arlan,it’s about time.”
Arlan Specter is facing a reelection next year and has an announced Republican candidate in the primary race. That candidate already has a 10+ percent lead according to the pollsters. Specter knows that if he remains a member of the Republican his days as a US senator are extremely limited and he faces an almost inevitable defeat next spring,so he flipped. What do you expect from the typical self-serving demagogue in Washington?
If you look at Specter’s voting record,he has always been a Democrat. On critical issues he typically votes for the opposition. He typifies the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) of the party,a group that has undermined the party for years. Does his “flip”hurt the party? Michael Steel believes “Arlen Specter handed Barack Obama and his band of radical leftists nearly absolute power in the United States Senate. In leaving the Republican Party–and joining the Democrats–he absolutely undercut Republicans’efforts to slow down Obama’s radical agenda through the threat of filibuster.” Oh come on Michael, did you really believe Specter could be counted on to stop a Democrat power play during a filibuster? He was always a threat to any filibuster effort anyway. Historically he could never be counted on for any critical issue. Look at his voting record. The man is without principles and for years has used the Republican name because in his home state it ups his election potential. His current flip just shows that in a clear and succinct manner.
Does his flip indicate a long time threat to the Republicans? Once again,not really. It does perhaps raise his possibility of reelection next year,but only in a marginal way. It also raises the possibility of losses of a few things in Obama’s agenda that might have been stopped by the threat of filibuster,but how many of these things could Specter have actually been counted on anyway? He will not now face a sure defeat in the Spring primary as Steele probably hoped,but he still must face that Republican challenger in November against a candidate that will,after this little episode,probably lead him by much more than 10% of Republican voters. He will likely now out poll Specter by 50 or more percentage points among Republicans. The only question is will Specter pick up enough Democrat support to make up the difference? It’s possible,but I think,at least at this point it is unlikely.
Some might point to Lieberman’s victory by changing from the Democratic party and successfully running as an independent in ’06. However,I see a big difference here. Lieberman ran in his party’s primary and was defeated by a party machine,not really by the rank and file. He still had the grassroots support of the people of his home state from both parties. Lieberman was a true centrist and is personally an honorable individual,not a purely self serving demagogue like Specter. I don’t like Lieberman’s politics and many of his positions,but you have to respect the man for his values. Specter does not earn that kind of respect from his opposing party and I suspect the voters of Pennsylvania will come to a similar conclusion.
Steele also stated,“Clearly,this was an act based on political expediency by a craven politician desperate to keep his Washington power base–not the act of a statesman.” Well,Duhhh! Come on Mike,in this modern day the true statesmen in Washington are indeed few. Among the Democrats they are almost totally nil and even among Republicans they are limited. (I only said “almost totally nil”among the Democrats in hopes one could actually jump up to prove me wrong)
A statesman is one who will support truth and the welfare of the people as well as the good of the country over his own personal interests. How many of today’s Washington politicians fit that description? We need a good housecleaning in Washington and the only way to do that is paint these low life self-serving demagogs in their true colors so the voters can see the difference. The voters aren’t smart enough to see slight shades of gray. They have to see bright colorful displays to show the difference. Spector just showed his true colors in a bright and colorful way so the people of Pennsylvania can finally see him for what he is. That is a good thing and it eliminates another of the wolves-in-sheeps-clothing from the Republican party. Can that be so bad?
There is no doubt that Barack Obama is a very charismatic speaker. He talks a good game,but what about the substance of his messages? Here is a link to one of his campaign speeches. In under two minutes he made six sincere sounding promises,and in less that two months of his administration he has already broken every single one. Promises,promises,promises – broken,broken,broken –lies,lies,lies,and he ain’t alone in Washington!! Don’t believe this based on what I say,here’s the link,go there and look for yourself.
This administration has already shown it offers nothing more than smoke and mirrors,and the American people are suffering the results. Six specific promises given here in this one speech,every single one a broken promise or an outright lie. Here is the count:
- “I will also institute an absolute ban so that no registered lobbyists can curry influence on my administration based on how much they can spend on a fancy dinner.” Fact: several of his top appointments in his administration are those same lobbyists and ex-lobbyists. Several of these withdrew their names for top spots because it was shown they were tax cheats as well.
- “I’ll make our government open and transparent.” Fact: the “Stimulus Bill” was passed without even one congressman or senator having the opportunity to read it in its entirety,much less the public. This 1000 plus page document was released after 2:00 a.m. Washing time and voted on first thing in the morning.
- “I’ll make it impossible for congressmen or lobbyist to sneak porkbarrel projects or corporate welfare into laws when nobody’s looking. . .” Fact: that same “Stimulus Bill” alone contains over 8000 such porkbarrel projects that he encouraged and willingly signed.
- “When theres a bill that ends up on my desk as president,you the public will have five days to look on line and find out what’s in it before I sign it.” Another promise broken in the “Stimulus Bill” and the “Omnibus Spending Bill” The contents of both hidden from the public view until the last minute.
- “When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency,we will put as many of those meetings as possible on line for every American to watch.” Nothing yet two months down. Come on now it ain’t that hard to put stuff on the internet!
- “When there is a tax bill being debated in congress you will know the names of the corporations that will benefit and how much money they would get and we will put every corporate tax break and every pork barrel project on line for every American to see and you will know who asked for them and you will know if your representative is actually representing you.” Another promise broken in both major spending bills passed in under two months of his administration. The largest spending packages in history!
We Americans have been too lazy to do the footwork to hold our politicians to task for their broken promises and downright lies. We want to believe that although it is obvious the system is broken that “our politician” or “our representative” or “our candidate” is one of the good guys. Washington is not full of “good guys”. Good guys do exist,but they are in the minority. If you want to know who they are look at who voted for the bills listed above. If their vote is in they “Yea” column,they’re representing somebody’s interest,but it sure ain’t yours!
You can’t hear what the truly “good guys” in Washing are saying. They are regularly being drowned out by the noise of a bunch of pigs feeding at the public tax trough.
Wake up Dorothy,you’re not in Kansas anymore! America is being played as a fool and it’s going to get worse unless we get off our fat lazy behinds and start contacting representatives telling them we are not going to sit by while they steal us blind! This is a big money Washington power grab,nothing less. Get involved or get ready say “goodby” to the freedoms we have enjoyed in this country for the last 200+ years.
Yesterday,Feb 25th, the Arkansas State House by a 56-43 margin voted to undermine the Constitution of the United States and to disenfranchise the voters of the state of Arkansas in presidential elections. According to Arkansas HR 1339,the 6 electoral votes of the State of Arkansas would be cast for whoever won the popular vote in the entire country and would not be based on the vote of the people of Arkansas. The bill has now been sent to the Arkansas state senate. This bill would make Arkansas join with Hawaii,Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois in such legislation.
Under this provision, if the voters of Arkansas voted by a 90% margin for presidential candidate “A” and the popular vote of the country as a whole was 50.01% in favor of presidential candidate “B” the 6 electoral college votes of the state of Arkansas would be cast for candidate “B”. This is in total disregard of the expressed will of the people of the state of Arkansas. Why should we bother to vote at all?
The representatives that voted for this should be recalled!! This indicates they have no understanding of either US history or government and no intention to represent the people who elected them. Such persons should not be allowed to act as “representatives”!
American History 101: In 1786 this same principle was argued vehemently by the delegates sent to establish a constitution for the new nation. Some delegates from the larger states wanted a democratic republic represented solely on the base of population. Those from the smaller states wanted one with equal representation by states. In an effort to reach a compromise it was decided to create a legislative branch of government that was divided into two houses. One would be comprised of representatives from each state based on their population. (House) The other would be comprised of two representatives from each state. (Senate) This would allow a balance between the two viewpoints and avoid what the smaller states viewed a “Tyranny of the majority”. It would prevent the larger states from totally disregarding the needs of the smaller ones while at the same time allow more representation in recognition of the differences in population among the states. The executive branch would be invested in a president that would be elected by the states (not necessarily by the people) with the same balance of representation by state. Each state would cast votes for the presidency based on one vote for each US Senator and one vote for each US Representative in their US congressional delegations. This balanced the desires of those that wanted representation by population with those who wanted representation by region.
The framers of this new constitution wisely provided a process for amending it to allow for modifications over time as such changes were needed. As a result of the wisdom of the framers of our constitution it is now the oldest standing constitution in the world. It has become the world model for a republican form of constitutional government and has served our nation for 220 years.
Now the Arkansas state House of Representatives thinks that in their infinite wisdom they have found a better way. Deny the right of the people of Arkansas to have a vote on the presidency and base Arkansas’ votes in the electoral college on the will of the people of California,New York,Florida,Ohio and the other most populous states! Somehow there is something that “ain’t quite rite” about that.
This bill,HR 1339,is a blatant attempt to subvert the US Constitution without bothering to go through the process of constitutional amendment. It denies the expressed will of the voters of the state of Arkansas and would have the effect of turning the presidential selection over to the biggest population centers in the country. If such a change is needed it should go through the process of constitutional amendment. It should not be by a slick proposition by a bunch of politicians in a smoke filled room to “put in a fix” that strips the voting rights from the people of Arkansas.
This bill will truly strip rights of the voters of the state of Arkansas in presidential elections! If you vote in the state of Arkansas and want to have your vote count in presidential elections,you must contact your state senator now before it is too late. Please do not delay as this bill will come up for vote in the Arkansas state senate soon.
Pushed through as essential to the survival of the nation as we know it,this bill is nothing other than an amalgam of pork and pet projects that will indebt our great-grandchildren. This is the largest spending bill in history and the thing was passed without even one member of the house reading it in its entirety!! It is putting a lien of about $30,000 on every household in the US! It also carries another extremely disturbing provision. The creating of a “RAT Board” is very reminiscent of the famous Shakespearean quote about smelling “a rat in Denmark”. This one however is in Washington DC.
The new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the RAT Board,as it’s known by the few insiders who are aware of it would oversee the “Inspectors General”who’s job is supposed to be acting as independent watchdogs of the various federal agencies. Now the supposedly independent watchdogs are stripped of their independence of the politics of Washington.
Read more about some of the “crisis averting”pieces of this bill and see if it doesn’t make you want to fire your congressman who voted for this garbage. Contact your congressman and senators and let them know what you think of their actions as your representatives in Washington.