It is noticeable that in the face of the greatest electoral defeat of a party in history, the democrats are still crowing that they won the 2010 mid-term elections…primarily because they lost only a few of their 80-member progressive caucus in the House:
… the hard left, nearly 80 strong Congressional Progressive Caucus, remained largely intact in the aftermath of last Tuesday’s elections…while so called “centrist” or moderate democrats lost hugely, the Progressives lost only three members Alan Grayson, John Hall and Phil “don’t worry about the Constitution” Hare. To Institute of Policy Studies Dolan this means that Obama and the remaining Democrats now have nothing to lose by pushing hard to the left….and that Obama should “do the right thing through as many Executive Orders as we can present to him.”
The last sentence gives the progressives away as dictators–proposing that Obama use dictatorial powers to ram his agenda of destruction down America’s throat, or as the Executive Order implies, run right over us.
No one here denies this continued threat to our liberty and to America that the
progressives regressives pose. But I’d like to point out that the progressives have blown 100+ years of effort by being greedy and stupidly transparent in the last two years with their agenda of American hatred and destruction. While they still may have their 80 members, they are a minority in the House and now much more vulnerable because they are exposed. And they are exposed to an increasingly aware, never to turn back in that awareness, American public.
Saul Alinsky’s Rule No. 13 is about exposing the ‘targets’:
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universialities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…
While not consciously following any rules, the 2010 midterm elections succeeded in isolating our true opponents by removing their cover. The ‘Blue Dog’ democrats–or so-called ‘conservative’ democrats’–were largely wiped out of the House, again leaving the most liberal. Blue Dogs are losing because they lie–for example, the so-called ‘pro-life’ democrats. The DINOs too afraid to join the progressive caucus will huddle with the Blue Dogs.
The RINOs, or establishment republicans were not spared either…they may have retained their seats but they have been exposed as collaborating with the democrats to keep the game going.
The Blue Dogs, RINOS, and progressives have things in common which now make their agenda more easily seen and enable the Americans to target and coordinate our resources:
- RINOs –with loud whining from Blue Dogs on the ‘fairness’ of it all, and
screamingobstruction from the progressives–are going to pursue endless investigations of Obama without ever mentioning eligibility, the czars, or the Kenya bribes. Impeachment will be threatened but the vote is DOA in the democratically led Senate. Talk will be big, some damning investigations will result, but no real accountability. They will spend the next two years developing ‘issues’ for the 2012 election, such as trying to repeal obamacare in hopes of getting a ‘veto’ record from obama for 2012.
- Blue Dogs–will continue to seek ‘compromise’, ‘reach across the aisle’, and seek to divide or isolate the true conservatives, striking deals with RINOs. In the end, its like Charlie Brown and Lucy holding the football, call them the betrayal blue dogs. But they are playing the game for 2012 too, searching for ‘discussion topics’ and any issue to use against republicans in 2012 and preserve their positions.
- Progressives. Their agenda will be to disrupt and distract the House and Senate from Obama’s executive orders. They will attempt to provide cover for Obama and engage in ruthless tactics. Their ability to stall any agendas, since they are in a minority, will depend on their parliamentary skill.
All of them are going to try to charm, bribe, arm twist, and threaten the new crop of conservatives coming into the House.
From a strategic perspective, this enables focus on (a) exposing games and forcing an accountable, prioritized agenda in the House and Senate, and (b) Obama’s Executive Orders.
Executive Orders: Can Obama rule by Edict?
Governance by Executive Order is truly by dictate, where the President assumes power as a lawmaker–outside of Congress’ sole authority to make laws as per Article I. From Infowars:
Senate Report 93-549 [November 19, 1973] has this to say:
The War and Emergency Powers Act of 1933 placed the USA under a state of emergency and suspended the Constitution. Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency. In fact, there are now in effect four presidentially proclaimed states of national emergency: In addition to the national emergency declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, there are also the national emergency proclaimed by President Harry S. Truman on December 16, 1950, during the Korean conflict, and the states of national emergency declared by President Richard M. Nixon on March 23, 1970, and August 15, 1971. …
Many argue that Executive Orders are only as enforceable as the President makes them, and, as they can are funded by Congress. Others argue otherwise. Obama’s Executive Order satisfying the Blue Dogs–17 of them who were going to hold out on obamacare, specifically barred obamacare from providing federal funds for abortion; however, obamacare specifically provides taxpayer funds for abortion. According to one author,
“If it came down to a challenge between what the Executive Order says and what the legislation says, any court would go with the legislation – not the Executive Order.” Burck says no president has the independent authority or power to overrule legislation via an executive order, which apply only to personnel and agencies with the executive branch.
There are five stages in the grieving process from Denial to Acceptance. American liberals are now moving through their own five stages of dealing with the decline and fall of the myth of Obama. The last time they had invested this much in a politician was the Kennedy Administration, yet there is no assassin’s bullet to explain the fall of Camelot for them here. Instead they have to come to terms with the reality of Obama’s failure.
I am glad the left feels like it has time to gloat…it gives us more time to prepare and command our positions. But make no mistake– they are deadly serious about their agenda. Think of a movement that has come this far, with this much backing..do you see them really listening or reading the writing on the wall?
Not gonna happen.
So steel yourselves, the battle has just begun.