Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Cruz To Nowhere edition
Good morning, happy campers! Let’s suit up and spin the wheel on that airlock, shall we?
Oh – Typepad’s been sending my comments to spam hell (which is funny, since I’m using the same email in comments that I use to log into Typepad), but be assured – I read every comment like a first-time Hot 100 artist reads their fan mail. Now – to business!
In this shrinking sphere of people-the-Freeperati-can-still-trust, none stand taller than their boy Ted Cruz. They’ve even been gabbling about a Presidential run, for crying out loud.
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 2:57:42 PM by SeekAndFind
Via the Examiner,
a short but noteworthy clip insofar as it exposes a potential fault
line between Cruz and Rand Paul. McCain lumps them together as “wacko
birds” but I’m not so sure that’s true of Cruz on national-security
issues. His alliance with Paul interests me because it strikes me as a
personification of the uneasy libertarian/tea-party alliance. The groups
overlap heavily on spending issues, and both are deeply suspicious of
Obama’s expansion of government. The master stroke of Paul’s drone
filibuster was that he found a sweet spot for both, making the
philosophical case for due process while humiliating O for having turned
into such a hypocrite about it. Even so, no matter how much Paul
sometimes likes to pretend that the tea party is synonymous with
libertarianism (for his own strategic reasons), various polls show that
it just isn’t so. Tea partiers are more socially conservative than
doctrinaire libertarians, they’re more likely to support entitlements,
and they’re more traditionally Republican on defense/security issues.
That’s not to say that they’re not becoming more libertarian —polls
lately show Republicans are more skeptical about NSA surveillance than
Democrats are, although that’s probably for partisan reasons — but
they’re not all Ron Paul fans either. That’s why Rand is usually quick
to claim the tea-party label. The more he gets TPers thinking of
themselves as allied with him, then theoretically the more receptive
they’ll be to his libertarian ideals.
McCain doesn’t seem to
understand the difference between them but comparing Paul’s reaction to
the NSA revelations to Cruz’s is instructive. Paul’s first instinct was
to organize a class-action lawsuit and accuse the NSA of an “extraordinary invasion of [Americans’] privacy.”
Cruz, by contrast, says the revelations are “cause for concern” but
urges Fox viewers to reserve judgment until we know more about the
programs. And from the looks of it here, his chief objection seems to be
that this particular administration can’t be trusted with NSA’s
surveillance tools in light of the IRS scandal, not necessarily that any
administration can’t be trusted with it. He may very well end up
joining Paul’s lawsuit, but I suspect that’ll be aimed at impressing
libertarians whose votes he’ll need if he ends up running for president
someday just as Rand often tempers his own libertarianism in order to
impress more mainstream tea-party conservatives. Cruz’s ally, Sarah
Palin (who returned to Fox this morning, although she doesn’t speak in
this clip) seems to be taking a position similar to his lately. From her speech at the Faith and Freedom Conference on Saturday:
(snip some Palin crap)
I suspect Cruz would agree with every word, and that her former
running mate would disagree with most or all of it. (Palin advocated
“Cruz control” for Washington in the speech, in fact.) She doesn’t want
any more interventions under a strategist as poor as Obama — but she’s
not against intervention in principle. She wants America to listen more
to the libertarians, but when it comes to the lousy Gang of Eight bill,
she rightly opposes it for its weak border security — even though
libertarians are famously comfortable with weak borders. None of this is
contradictory; most tea partiers would, I take it, agree that America
needs more libertarianism while maybe not quite so much as Ron Paul
supporters would prefer. The point is, though, there are real
differences between Cruz and Rand Paul and I think we’re getting a hint
of one in the clip. And the longer the national debate stays stuck on
liberty-versus-security issues, the more obvious I think those
differences will be.
So – how does this go down with the Freeperati and their oh-so-very-recently-discovered hatred of the Patriot Act and all its trimmings?
Well, Ted just lost my support: the NSA surveillance is a clear,
blatant violation of the 4th, 5th, and very-arguably 6th amendments —
this is, of course, not taking into acount that the system could easily be used to blackmail and is just begging to be abused in Ex Post Facto law. (If the 4th, 5th, and 6th don’t protect you, why should the Ex Post Facto law prohibition?)
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 3:08:18 PM
(Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
The gov spies on us and not the terrorists and we aren’t supposed to have an opinion, Ted?
“If it is the case that the federal government is seizing millions of
personal records about law-abiding citizens, and if it is the case that
there are minimal restrictions on accessing or reviewing those records,
then I think Mr. Snowden has done a considerable public service by
bringing it to light.”
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 3:20:57 PM
(Liberals don’t get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
The Obama Administration showed Ted Cruz what they got on him. That’s what.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 6:15:48 PM
(A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll never need one again.)
I wonder what they got on Cruz.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 6:16:52 PM
(Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
I don’t trust ANYONE is DC.Cruz is becoming one of ‘them’.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 6:19:41 PM
And now –the winning post of the thread!
I had a dream.
Off in the distance and approaching rapidly was a bus. Despite the distance I could clearly read a logo on the front of the bus.
The logo reads FREEREPUBLIC.COM
Standing beside the road I see Sarah Palin, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
They are discussing the latest NSA revelations. They are waiting for the
bus, clearly with some apprehension. Sarah is heard to say “Who will be
next … So many”.
The bus draws closer, bearing down on our favorite three.
In a flash our favorite three becomes our favorite two. Sarah and
Rand breath a sigh of relief. As the bus passes we catch our last
glimpse of Ted, neatly positioned under the speeding bus
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 3:31:46 PM
(If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
Don’t worry, guys – that bus will be back to make a couple more passes.
Looks like Roberts isn’t the only one being blackmailed.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 9:45:42 AM
To: Iron Munro
Just what does the NSA have on the SCOTUS?
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 9:50:15 AM
(I won’t be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
IDK, but you’d better find out PDQ and ASAP.
Of course, as usual, the Freeperati start going all CIVIL WHORES!
If/when the amnesty bill is passed, we can kiss our Republic goodbye.
America was a great experiment while it lasted…
Or is CWII just over the horizon?
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 9:46:54 AM
by M Kehoe
Bitch, the only difference between the real Civil War and the one in your fucked-up Wolverines! fantasy is that this time, the North has nukes and bombers.
To: M Kehoe
I hope we get a years waring before the unpleasantness starts, I need that long to get into shape.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 9:51:41 AM
(I won’t be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
Have not read the opinion, but sounds like a simple Supremacy Clause and preemption decision, and is probably right.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 10:00:09 AM
This next bozo got his previous post yanked by the mods – but he comes back in fine (if less specifically threatening) style :
And how many others think the same, but don’t have the guts to say it. REVOLUTION NOW!
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 9:49:58 AM
(It’s Simple ! Fight, … or Die !)
So SCOTUS is basically anti-Constitution now. First the cowards
uphold Obozocare, and now they openly support lawlessness in the voting
arena. Traitors in the ranks of the SC just about seals it for America.
A push to give Obama two more terms is coming very very soon. Watch for it.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 9:59:17 AM
by Mich Patriot
(PITCH BLACK is the new “transparent”)
There’s quite a bit more after that, but only takes one to sum it up:
IDs? We don’t need no sinking (sic) IDs!
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 10:26:59 AM
(Now playing… [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years…)
OK – one more before the air in here gets too foul for the rebreathers…
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 10:59:34 AM by SeekAndFind
Once considered a conservative governor due to signing SB 1070, which
toughened up illegal immigration laws, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer
has now destroyed that reputation. Last week, she called a surprise
special session of the legislature, and allying with Democrats, bullied
through Obamacare’s massive expansion of Medicaid, known as AHCCCS in
Arizona. The bullying tactics she used to coerce Republican legislators
into voting for it were so appalling, they made national news and have
prominent Republicans all over the state speaking out in outrage.
(snip six or eight paragraphs of additional wild-eyed slobbering)
Brewer even devised a
plan to oust Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin,
both Republicans, from their leadership positions if they tried to stop
her Medicare expansion from coming up for a vote. National
Revieweditorialized about her actions, “This is conduct unbecoming of a
chief executive.” Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Peoria), the House
Majority Whip, declared, “I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut, and I
feel like I’ve been betrayed.”
The legislation expands Medicaid
to not just parents, but childless adults earning a salary of up to 133%
of the federal poverty level. Childless adults making up to $15,282
annually will be eligible. Enrollment in AHCCCS for childless adults in
Arizona was frozen in 2011 during the state’s fiscal crisis, so the
number of childless adults on the welfare rolls decreased from 227,000
to 86,000. Brewer’s office estimates the bill will add 240,000 people to
Arizona’s welfare rolls, and increase coverage for 57,000 more.
Nineteen states have rejected the expansion, including many Republican governors.
Brewer’s support of
Obamacare sounds more like that of a Democrat (sic) governor, and her bullying
tactics similar to the Alinsky tactics the left uses. Even if one
believes that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of
those with medium-low incomes, there is not enough money to afford this
expansion. In 2012, Medicaid already comprised 24 percent of state
Most consider this a fatal blow to Brewer’s
chances for re-election. She has not indicated yet whether she will run
for reelection. Although she replaced Janet Napolitano as governor
midway through Napolitano’s term after Napolitano was tapped for
Homeland Security secretary, she may be barred by the state
constitution’s term limits provision from running for a third term.
Brewer began campaigning to expand Medicaid earlier this year, several
Republicans announced they were forming exploratory committees for
governor. Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, the favorite of
conservatives for taking on corruption and collusion among the State
Bar, the judiciary, and county officials – resulting in the State Bar
targeting him and disbarring him – is considered the leading Republican
candidate to replace Brewer.
Yeah – that should fly –“Disbarred and disgraced lawyer running for Governor”.
Why, the campaign ads just write themselves.
Thomas was the first GOP leader to publicly
come out against the Medicaid expansion in January, and won the first
straw poll for governor on the popular Arizona conservative blog Sonoran
Alliance last month.
To many Arizonans,
the desertion of principles by Brewer is nothing new. She avidly
supported an 18% sales tax increase in 2010, appearing in TV commercials
with attractive looking children to advocate for it. The tax increase
was to be spent on infrastructure and education. Many believe she pushed
it to benefit Coughlin’s clients , which include many
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 10:59:34 AM
Any good news today, anywhere?
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 9:33:08 AM
by Rennes Templar
(Mr. President, can you hear a special prosecutor now?)
The latest Freepathon is finally over.
Of course, it’s almost time for the next one…
maybe they blackmailed her too? with the nsa on us nobody is safe.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 11:03:00 AM
(hillary’s cankles smiled at me)
It appears that few Republicans can be trusted.
Somebody please let’s get a decent Party started.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 11:07:11 AM
Somebody please let’s get a decent Party started.
won’t matter.We’ve got the faggot lobby, the crimigrant/illegal lobby,
the raghead lobby, the welfare vote, and the Starbucks crowd who will
always vote in favor of the preceding. I think the toilet has already
been flushed. So to speak.
posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 11:11:13 AM
(In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
Yep. And you turds are definitely circling the bowl.