"McConnell seeks new approach after DHS funding blocked again"
Detroit Free Press, Feb 24, 2015, p. 2A.
"Deadlock looms on Homeland Security bill"
Jill Colvin (Associated Press), The Detroit News, Feb. 24, 2015, p. 12A.
"Somalia extremists urging attacks on shopping malls"
Detroit Free Press, Feb 23, 2015, p. 2A.
"Video urges attacks on U.S. malls"
Andrew Meldrum (Associated Press), The Detroit News, Feb. 23, 2015, p.8A.
"Libraries short on tax forms"
Charles E. Ramirez, The Detroit News, Feb. 23, 2015, p. 4A.
In a decent society, nobody would "play" politics. Political deliberations would be serious. Participants would state their honest views. Public opinion would be respected but not slavishly followed in every case. A people really does need wise leadership. Government, at its best, can in some ways help us become better people.
In a society whose government is dominated by treason and stupidity, "playing politics" means conducting yourself, making statements, etc., in order to make your opponents look bad. Contemporary American politicians revel in that sort of thing. Why don't libraries have the instructions we need to properly fill out our tax forms? Well, Congress cut the budget for the IRS, so the IRS wants everyone to know that Evil Republicans are to blame! Tax instruction booklets are not the least important part of the IRS budget, they are simply the most visible.
Barak Obama plays politics by accusing the Republicans of playing politics. The House has passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland security. Senate Democrats are filibustering the measure. If the Democrats end the filibuster and Obama signs the bill, then Homeland Security is funded. The Republicans are not holding the measure up. The Democrats are, although by mentioning that, I suppose I am guilty of "finger pointing," which is considered bad form. Worse than treason!
In a recent address to America's state governors, Obama said:
And as governors, you know that we can't afford to play politics with our national security.But that is exactly what he is doing! Because the fight isn't even about Homeland Security. It is about Obama's radical, illegal immigration orders. The Homeland security bill also negates Obama's immigration measures. That is his only problem with it.
Tuesday's Free Press has a few quotes that are even better:
In remarks to the nation's governors Monday, Obama called the standoff the latest example of "manufactured crises and self-inflicted wounds" that have held the nation back. (Detroit Free Press, Feb. 24)Yeah, manufactured for sure. I'm rubber, you're glue.
Obama does not actually offer an argument in favor of his policies. It is so much easier to hurl idiotic accusations at the Republicans. Harry Reid plays the same game:
"I don't understand what my Republican friends are trying to do here," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, citing the new potential threat to U.S. shopping malls by Somalia-based terrorists.I understand completely what Harry Reid is trying to do. He hopes to transmute his own intransigence into anger against Republicans.
The point of this blog entry is not to defend Republicans. I want
congressional Republicans to fight. Not just their own little political
skirmishes, but this battle for America.
That's why I voted for them. If they end up playing nice with Obama and Reid,
that will never happen again.
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