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Morning Briefing for September 22, 2010

RedState Morning Briefing

For September 22, 2010

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1. “Truces” Unnecessary For Believers in Limited, Constitutional Government

ecently, we have seen a number of odd and highly unnecessary comments about the need for truces on social issues. Notably, Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana and possible 2012 Presidential candidate, told the Weekly Standard that we “would have to call a truce on social issues. We’re going to just have to agree to get along for a while.” And now you have one of the young squirts, or squirt guns, or whatever they have anointed themselves, Rep. Paul Ryan, saying on CNBC, “we will agree to disagree on [social] issues.”

Really? I guess Mr. Ryan’s idea of a “roadmap” is just to get on “the highway to power,” and ignore any of the bumpier roads – never mind if it takes you somewhere you don’t want to go.

What happened to leadership based on principle? Any casual political observer understands that not everyone shares the same views on every topic. Building coalitions is hard. But this idea that we’re either for something or against it depending on which votes we’re trying to buy off at any given moment is completely absurd. In the current instance, it is the so-called “independent” vote – and takes form in the need for a “truce” on social issues. Tomorrow, it will be something else. This is total nonsense.

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2. Don’t Ask, Don’t Vote

The Senate today mustered only 56 votes – four short of the necessary 60 – to break a filibuster and bring to a vote a defense appropriations bill containing two highly controversial provisions: (1) a measure repealing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (a Clinton-era policy) that permits gays to serve in the military only if they are not openly gay, and (2) the DREAM Act, which permits illegal aliens to earn citizenship either by military service or enrollment in college. Leaving aside Harry Reid (who voted against cloture for procedural reasons*), the opposing votes included all present Republicans as well as Arkansas’ two Democratic Senators, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor.

The DADT vote was the headliner, and the subject of much anguish among liberals/progressives and their Hollywood allies who see ending DADT as a key unfulfilled Obama campaign promise. But the fact is, the Democratic leadership was never serious about using this vote to overturn DADT. Let us count the ways.

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3. Remember When Democrats Wanted Majority Rule?

House and Senate leaders have promised that there will be a vote – sometime this year – to block a portion of President Obama’s tax increase, which will otherwise go into effect on January 1. According to Congressional leaders, they will allow a tax increase of about $700 billion to go into effect on higher earners, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. This is despite the fact that a majority of the House – and possibly the Senate – favors blocking all tax increases while the economy is in such poor shape.

In the House, dozens of Democrats are seen as possible defectors on a potential vote to block all tax increases. And in the Senate, the second-ranking Democrat in the leadership tacitly acknowledges that there is a majority for blocking all tax increases. Listen to what Durbin says at the 4:50 mark of this interview.

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4. Fire from the Heartland

The conservative woman is at the same time underestimated and misunderstood by the national media and leftists in general.

Often, liberals will poke fun at the conservative woman whom they believe has resigned herself to subservience to the patriarchal dreams of conservative men.

At the RedState Gathering in Austin, TX this past weekend, I had the opportunity to view a fascinating film. ”Fire From the Heartland” is a stylized look into the heart and mind of the recently awakened conservative woman – referred to these days as “Mama Grizzlies”.

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5. Another Fine Example of Union Hypocrisy

You know that old adage about throwing stones and living in glass houses, right? Well, when it comes to hypocritical moments, today’s union bosses sometimes just outdo themselves in ways that leave you just shaking your head in astonishment.

Take, for example, the United Food & Commercial Workers union (UFCW). Even if you’ve never heard of the UFCW, you’re probably familiar with their work. You see, in addition to having butchers, bakers, and (we’re still looking for) candlestick makers, the UFCW is the same union that has had its sights set on America’s largest (non-union) employer WalMart.

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6. Loretta Sanchez doubles down on racism

It’s clear that these lefty writers are no friends of law, order, and American values, given their clear amusement at the widely known fact that Loretta Sanchez stole her first election against Bob Dornan. The spirit of their use of “Trannies” as a way to mock Van Tran’s supporters should be noticed, as well. Ah, the tolerant left. They respect the LGBT community alright, but only when that community coughs up cash and votes.

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