by the NYYRC Blog Staff
Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year when most of us give thanks, spend quality time with loved ones, and watch the Detroit Lions play lousy football. A common downside is that you will likely be pulled into a political debate with your vegan cousin that won’t eat grandma’s food or your sister’s “creative type” boyfriend after he makes a ridiculous comment on the situation in Ferguson, MO. Here is our talking-point cheat-sheet to aid you in your response. Go get ‘em!
IMMIGRATION / AMNESTY
–The proponents of Obama’s immigration executive order often argue that America is a nation of immigrants, which is what made the country great. Up until recently, immigrants, as a whole, wanted to be American, they wanted to assimilate into American culture, and they wanted to pursue the American dream.
–Obama’s motives are not so much humanitarian, but rather an obvious attempt to build a permanent Democratic party voting block that will support the party for multiple generations.
–After midterm elections that reflect voter attitudes on issues like healthcare, foreign policy, and the economy, the President and Democratic party clearly want to make immigration the main issue discussed in the media.
–As a national party, they have maxed out their support with single women and black voters. Making immigration a top issue allows democrats an opportunity to expand their party base and to distract voters from their unpopular stances on other key issues.
-Obama’s own Justice Department informed him that his actions on immigration are unlawful and unconstitutional. The DOJ issued a memo based on historical precedent and legal concerns that stated how the White House does not have the authority to change immigration law by executive order. “The Executive cannot, under the guides of exercising enforcement discretion, attempt to effectively rewrite the laws to match its policy preferences. An agency’s enforcement decisions should be consonant with, rather than contrary to, the congressional policy underlying the statutes the agency is charged with administering.”
–The GOP is pro-immigration, legal immigration that involves skilled workers and people from all parts of the world, not just Latin America.
–Americans should ask, who has the most to lose if America becomes a true post racial, color blind society. The answer: racial bullies, university and corporate diversity department personnel, and mainstream media journalists (will have fewer default news topics).
–A color blind society is not desired by the left. Discrimination is not just a political issue, it is also an industry. Many have made fortunes on it and will do anything to maintain the income source that is driven by discrimination.
–A close look at Ferguson reveals true intent. Staged, calculated riots to preserve race tensions, from which the Democratic party benefits.
JONATHAN GRUBER COMMENTS:
–The MIT economics professor’s comments demonstrate yet again how liberals push legislation by pretending they are not liberals.
–The lack of coverage in the mainstream media proves that the they are not interested in reporting. They are simply an extension of the democrat party.
–”Obama and Gruber know that had they been honest from day one about what their intentions were and how they intended to go about them, they would never have won the election in 2008.” Rush Limbaugh
USA / CHINA CLIMATE DEAL:
–The “historic” pact reached by Obama is not a binding agreement and does not include any benchmarks to measure progress or penalties.
–The administration pledged to impede America’s economic progress by promising greenhouse emission cuts of 26 to 28 percent. This will do nothing other than hurt American workers (via pink slips) and consumers (via fuel price increases). Meanwhile, China does not have to do anything until 2030.
–China alone is firing up a new coal plant every eight to 10 days. America could close every coal mine in Kentucky and West Virginia and achieve absolutely nothing except devastating Appalachia and, in effect, shipping its economic lifeblood to China.
–Questions to ask: Does a problem actually exist that is backed with absolute scientific proof? What is the evidence? If one does, how does pact accomplish a solution?
–Former Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel is known to have said “never let a crisis go to waste”. An accurate continuation would be “…and if one does not exist, create one”. The only purpose for this deal is to score headlines, political points with democrat base voters, and preserve an artificial crisis that benefits democrat politicians.
–On October 3, 1863, during the dark days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared that the 4th Thursday of November be set aside as a Federal holiday of thanksgiving and prayer. The idea behind this was that even in one of our nation’s darkest hours, we should stop, reflect, and be thankful to live in a republic that gives us so many advantages and privileges. Lincoln said these should be “solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.” We should remember this every Thanksgiving and keep in mind the true spirit of the holiday.
Lincoln’s full Thanksgiving Proclamation can be found here: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm
Quote of the Week
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it” – Ronald Reagan
During the NYYRC’s monthly meeting last night, Michael Warren of the Weekly Standard gave an insightful talk about the midterm elections (we won!), and then talk turned to what Congressional Republicans should do in response to President Obama’s announcement that he was suspending deportations. Suggestions ranged from opposing President Obama’s judicial nominees to passing a budget that narrowly eliminates funding for the executive branch offices responsible for carrying out the President’s immigration wishes.
What about censure as a possibility?
Bear with me for a little bit of history. In addition to being Secretary of State and a perennial presidential candidate, Senator Henry Clay led the Congressional opposition to President Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson didn’t like the Bank of the United States, the antebellum version of the Federal Reserve. In 1832, he vetoed an act to renew the bank’s charter, and in 1834 – after he’d been re-elected – he pulled all federal funds from the bank. Henry Clay, with a Senate majority behind him, passed a resolution demanding that Jackson turn over a document he’d read to his Cabinet on the bank issue.
Jackson refused, and Henry Clay and the anti-Jacksonians passed a Senate resolution censuring the President, reading, “Resolved that the President in the late Executive proceedings in relation to the public revenue, has assumed upon himself authority and power not confer’d by the Constitution and laws but in derogation of both.” Censuring the president was a step short of impeachment, for which was the political capital and number of Senators did not exist, but it adequately conveyed the Senate’s distaste for the President’s usurpations.
It was the only time that the Senate had passed censure on the President, although several Democrats did submit a bill censuring Clinton in the wake of the Lewinsky scandal. The bill failed to pass.
Postscript- apparently I’m not alone in suggesting censure. Rep. Steven King of Iowa suggests the same thing: http://tinyurl.com/osq3l5f and as does the National Review’s John Fund: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/393212/censure-president-obama-john-fund
Last night, the Young Republicans took on the Young Democrats in a trivia battle royale, and won handily. In honor of the event, we have composed a little poem (with some liberal borrowing from Ernest Lawrence Thayer).
Ruthie at the Bat
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the YR team that day:
Outnumbered ten to one, with four rounds of trivia to play,
But the valient YRs vowed to give their best all the same
And over the tumult Ruthie shouted “let’s play this damn game.”
A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to the hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, “If Ruthie could but get a whack at that—
We’d put up even money now, with Ruthie at the bat.”
Questions were lost, mistakes did the YRs make,
For the laughing Dems it all seemed a piece of cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance even with Ruthie at the bat.
But Round Three came, and to the wonderment of all,
The YRs came back and the Dems began to stall;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There were the Republicans, tied up in the third.
Then from five or so throats or more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It pounded on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Ruthie, mighty Ruthie, was yelling “what was that?”
There was verve in Ruthie’s manner as she got up from her place;
And pride in Ruthie’s bearing as she got up in the moderator’s face.
For she didn’t like a question on debt, thought she smelled a rat,
No stranger could doubt ‘twas good fair Ruthie didn’t have a gat.
Ten thousand Dems’ eyes were on the YRs rising from the dirt;
Five thousand tongues were silent and the Dems began to hurt;
Round four came, and from their drinks the YRs began to sip,
Defiance flashed in Ruthie’s eye, a sneer curled Ruthie’s lip.
And now queries they hurtled through the
And now the Dems stood a-watching in shock over there.
Lightening round questions up to the Republicans sped—
“It’s B,” said Ruthie. “Wow you’re right!” the moderator said.
From the Dems, those liberal people, there went up a muffled
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
“You’re winning YRs!” shouted Chris C. from the stand;
And with a high five, Florent did raise his hand.
With a smile of Christian charity great Ruthie’s visage shone;
She stilled the rising tumult; she bade the game go on;
She signaled to moderator, and Round Four questions flew;
And the YRs got it right, the moderator said, “That’s two!”
“Rad!” cried Ruthie, and echo answered
And for final jeopardy the Dems seemed sad.
They saw Ruthie’s face grow stern and cold, they saw her muscles
And they knew that Ruthie and the YRs wouldn’t miss again.
The sneer is gone from the Dems’ lips, their teeth are clenched in hate,
The stewed and struggled and grew concerned, for the hour had gotten late;
And now the final question comes, and now the moderator lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by how much the Dems do blow.
Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children
But there is no joy in Liberal-land—for the Dems have struck out.
Most of you folks probably know this, but the reason Veterans Day falls on November 11 is because that’s the day in 1918 on which World War One ended. The holiday was originally Armistice Day, but was changed in 1954 to honor all veterans, living and deceased.
The story of Stubby and his comrade in arms John Conroy is one of our favorite veteran’s stories.
John Conroy met his best friend, Stubby, while an undergraduate at Yale in 1916. Despite the fact that Stubby was not yet 18 and therefore ineligible for the American army, Conroy smuggled Stubby aboard the transport SS Minnesota when the 26th “Yankee” Division set out for France. Although Conroy’s commanding officer wanted to ship Stubby stateside, Stubby had learned a modified salute, and charming Conroy’s hardnosed CO enough that he allowed Stubby to stay.
The Yankee Division served in four separate offensives, and Stubby, while still not officially a member of the U.S. Army, took shrapnel from a German grenade in the leg and survived a gas attack. Stubby proved so adept at knowing when German gas shells were incoming that while on guard duty during an early morning gas attack, he managed to save the hundreds of lives by waking the men of the Yankee Division in time for them to don their gas masks. Stubby even took down a German spy, earning a promotion to Sergeant. All told, Stubby saw 17 battles .
Returning stateside, Stubby was given a hero’s welcome, meeting President Woodrow Wilson. His military service done, Stubby volunteered for many causes, but especially took to heart his work with the Humane Society.
Here’s a picture of Stubby, wearing his many decorations:
Stubby and Conroy went to college at Georgetown…Stubby was even the Hoya for a bit. He met Presidents Coolidge and Harding, and passed away in 1926. If you want to visit this particular veteran, his stuffed remains reside in the Smithsonian Institution.