Right Start 12-19-2013

Posted on Thu 12/19/2013 by



“Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of them, are regulated by no certain laws, and are subject to no certain principles, and are held by no certain tenure, and are redressed, when violated, by no certain remedies, society fails of all its value; and men may as well return to a state of savage and barbarous independence.” –Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833


Tea Party Members Are Smart

Just when you thought government waste was bad enough, we learn that the government spent $400,000 to study the intelligence of … Tea Party members. According to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, however, the results weren’t what the researcher was looking for: “Tea Party members have a better scientific comprehension than non-Tea Party members.” The professor who conducted the “study” found the results “puzzling” — because he clearly expected Tea Party members to be dumber than average. Former congressman Allen West put it this way: “I would find it unconscionable that people on the Left would believe that just because you believe in our founding documents, the ability to understand and comprehend the Federalist Papers, that for some odd reason you’re going to be … a dummy or not have the right type of cognitive abilities. … I think you will find that most Tea Party members are very astute.” But by golly, the government needed $400,000 of your money to figure that out.


Calls for Podesta’s Resignation

According to CNSNews, “Republican Study Committee Chairman (RSC) Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is calling for the resignation of White House counselor John Podesta for comparing the House Republicans to the Jonestown cult. Podesta was named to the post just one week earlier. The Jonestown Massacre resulted in the deaths of more than 900 people who drank poisoned Kool-Aid in 1978 at the direction of cult leader Jim Jones in a South American Jungle.” Podesta reportedly said, “[White House officials] need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.” Liberals are all for “tolerance,” except when your name has an “R” after it.

The Faux Messiah

One of Barack Obama’s adamant adorers, Barbara Walters, explained to CNN’s Piers Morgan Tuesday, “He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be — I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but — the next messiah. And the whole ObamaCare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just hasn’t worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.” Well, Ms. Walters, you reap what you sow — and for the voters who put this man in office, that meant unrealistic expectations. Of course, that didn’t prevent Ms. Walters from defending Obama’s fundamental transformation of America: “It’s very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You’re almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. His were very high and they’ve dropped. But you know, he still has several years to go.” And White House aide John Podesta has the gall to call congressional Republicans a “cult w orthy of Jonestown.”

Hawaii Junket, Round 6

Christmas is approaching, which means it’s time for the first family to take their annual trip to Hawaii — at taxpayer expense, of course. This year’s 17-day junket will be the Obamas’ sixth vacation to the Aloha State since entering the Oval Office. They’ll be staying at a $24,500/week beachfront home. Last year’s trip was estimated to have cost around $4 million. Interestingly, The Washington Times notes, “Mr. Obama was forced to cut short his vacation [last Christmas] and fly back to Washington on the day after Christmas to resume negotiations on an emergency budget deal with Congress. This year, Congress is on track to approve a two-year budget deal before the Christmas holiday.” Wouldn’t want to interrupt Obama’s opulent excursion again by making him “work”…

Pelosi’s Immigration Stand

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered her lawless take on immigration: “Our view of the law is that it — if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation.” To be sure it was understood this wasn’t a misstatement, her spokesman reiterated that it was “a restatement of her long-held belief that being an undocumented immigrant is not a basis for deportation.” The problem with this view is that immigration reform is likely on the docket next year in Congress. What possible assurance can conservatives have that the law will be enforced — no matter what border security elements are in the final bill — if Democrats’ platform position now is that illegal entry and presence in the country isn’t an offense worthy of deportation?