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Morning Briefing for August 5, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing
For August 5, 2010

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1. The Elite vs. the People

A federal district judge in San Francisco has decided the citizens of a state prohibiting gay marriage violates the constitution. “Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage,” said the judge, overturning several thousand years of history in one fell swoop. A majority of the citizens of California, the most progressive state in the union, disagree.In fact, 32 states ban gay marriage by constitution or statute. An additional seven ban it, but have civil-union laws. The judge in San Francisco ruled yesterday that civil unions do not equate with marriage.In fact, the judge focused on the historic cultural meaning of marriage before destroying the historic cultural meaning of marriage.39 states have banned gay marriage.It takes only 38 states to ratify a constitutional amendment.A majority of the American public and three-quarters of the American states have been overruled by one federal judge in San Francisco. To be fair, the ruling only affects Northern California. It will be appealed. The odds are, for now, that the judge will be overruled.But again and again the political elites in this country think they know best. From the mosque at Ground Zero to gay marriage to Obamacare, the majority of the people and states are forced to deal with a minority that does not respect them and democratic and legal institutions that oppose them.If a minority of political elites and liberals can impose their will and values on a majority sufficient enough to amend the constitution, it is time for the majority to respond with constitutional force.In Thomas Jefferson’s words, “In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.”Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Seventy One Percent of Missouri Voters Agree With Candidate Obama

On Tuesday, Missouri voters went to the polls. Among other things, the voters decided on Proposition C, a statute exempting Missouri from the individual mandate from Obamacare. By an overwhelming percentage, voters rejected Obamacare and passed Prop C (71.1 to 28.9). This ardent rejection of the individual mandate puts Missouri voters on par with then-Candidate Obama who, during the 2008 primary, attacked Sen Hillary Clinton’s health care plan because it contained an individual mandate.For those of you who don’t remember, here’s video of President Obama sounding much like his opposition just a few short months later.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. In Obama’s Post-Racial America: National Newspaper Publishers Association Screams Racism

Behind the scenes here at RedState, we have been joking that it was only a matter of time before people started screaming racism over the ethics trials of Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters.Well, the time has come.I have in my possession an email sent from Nichelle Holliday, an executive assistant at the Los Angeles Sentinel. The email was sent to upwards of a hundred newspapers across the country on behalf of Danny J. Bakewell Sr., Chairman of NNPA.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. Rent a Family

I hate to take a dig at Ben Quayle, running against Pamela Gorman in Arizona’s 3rd and also son of the former Vice President, but this is just too funny.Quayle sent out a mail piece of him holding one young child with another in a seat. The caption under it reads, in part, “Tiffany and I live in this district and we are going to raise our family here.”The implication is clear — these are his two girls and he’s going to raise them in Arizona’s 3rd.There is just one problem.Ben Quayle does not have any children.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Obama Stimulus Money to Study Dinosaur Eggs

Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ) have put out Summertime Blues to show Americans how their tax dollars are being squandered by President Obama in the name of “Stimulus.” Would you believe that they have found Stimulus money being used to study the effects of how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine? No way. How ’bout $1.9 million of your tax dollars to listen to foreign Ants? Sound real? What about $296,385 of your tax dollars being used to study dog domestication? Too crazy to believe? Right wing fear mongering? Would you believe $141,002 to study “dinosaur eggs and other fossils” in China?Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. Obama Stimulus Money to Study Dogs

The report Summertime Blues, a report issued by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ), on how your stimulus money is being spent is replete with wasteful programs. Yesterday, Red State reported that $114,541 of your tax dollars are being spent to study the effects of how “monkeys react under the influence of cocaine.” Earlier today, Red State reported that “the Coburn-McCain report indicates the President Obama is also using $1.9 million of your tax dollars to listen to foreign Ants.” Now we are learning of $296,385 of your tax dollars being used to study “dog domestication.” Please click here for the rest of the post.