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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Being Thankful in Barack Obama’s America

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you’re having a blessed day with friends and family, spending time being as American as it gets: spending time with loved ones, remembering tradition, thinking about the settling of our great country, eating way too much and blaming your sudden exhaustion on a chemical found in turkey meat, and watching football.

We do have plenty to be outraged about, to be sure. Heck, it’s our job here at RedState to find the things that are outrageous and expose them. However, we are also aware that, even in Barack Obama’s America, there is plenty to be thankful for. Take a moment and consider these small, but very important contributions to America courtesy of the Obama Administration.

First, Republicans (even with the loss of the governor’s mansion in Louisiana) have enjoyed a massive sweep of both houses of Congress, many more governor’s mansions, and a massive amount of state legislatures. The GOP has done well under Barack Obama’s tenure. One would hope that they sit down for their Thanksgiving meals and thank the president for their gains.

On a related note, we need to be thankful for the absolute obliteration of the Democrats’ bench, which has no one prepared to take on national prominence. Mr. Obama is term-limited, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 15% has little remaining power, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 11% is retiring, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) 10% is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) 10%. These are their national leaders. Hillary Clinton will likely be their presidential candidate, and things continue to look bad for her campaign. Her opponents are little more than jokes, with Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist and noted lunatic, being her only credible threat.

We also need to thank Mr. Obama, who has helped America realize just how bad government expansion is. The vast majority of Americans distrust the government as a whole, which can really help set the table for the reduction of government. Increased government has given us Obamacare, the near-militarization of the police force, an IRS that targets political opponents, and other negative stories. At the same time, a Congress and a President that can’t and won’t work together have lowered trust in both institutions.

Finally, we need to be thankful for the President’s foreign policy (or lack thereof) because, historically, Republicans have a much easier time winning the presidency on foreign policy issues than domestic ones. Mr. Obama’s complete mismanagement of the ISIS situation has left the region, and the world as a whole, destabilized, and ripe for a war hawk to come in and promise swift action to return the nation to the forefront of global affairs in order to end many of these threats.

I realize America is in a sorry state thanks to the President of these United States, but please remember that the long game is also important, and he has done a lot to help ours. It won’t be impossible to turn it around. It will be tough, though. Luckily, we have enough young, motivated leaders (thanks for that, too, Mr. President!) to bring us back to where we were, and beyong.


The post Being Thankful in Barack Obama’s America appeared first on RedState.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Even Lady Liberty has had enough!

Students Defile Thomas Jefferson's Statue at William & Mary

The famous statue of Thomas Jefferson on the campus of William and Mary (Jefferson’s alma mater) has been covered in sticky notes by student protestors. 


“Racism is a choice”


“How dare you glorify him”

These are just a few of the hateful messages that covered the statue from top to bottom.

One William & Mary student wrote about his experience in the Flat Hat News:

Walking down old campus this past week, I saw the statue of Thomas Jefferson covered in sticky notes insulting him and his legacy. Jefferson was a great inventor, a true polymath, one of the better founding fathers, former president of this country and subjectively one of the greatest figures of the 18th century. People today might not even be able to post such messages on Jefferson’s statue as they did without the right to freedom of speech that anti-Federalists like Jefferson pushed for.

Thomas Jefferson wrote our Declaration of Independence which allowed us to create our Constitution which assured us our right to express our opinion. Being a life-long champion of Jefferson, I believe that Jefferson would find no offense in people expressing their opinion. What he would find offensive is that reasonable people did not challenge them in fear of public scrutiny. Jefferson once said that, “if there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

Let people express their opinion as they chose to do so. However, we must have people of reason combat it.

Have a happy, politics-free Thanksgiving

Have a happy, politics-free Thanksgiving

by Michelle Malkin

Creators SyndicateCopyright 2015

Many people naturally assume that since I work in political journalism, I must breathe, drink and eat politics 24/7/365 -- including on the Thanksgiving holiday.

The thought of it gives me indigestion.

Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised Americans "sitting around the Thanksgiving table" to talk about gun control. The left-wing National Memo published "5 Things To Tell Your Republican relatives at Thanksgiving." And The New York Times served up its own version of "How to Talk to Your Relatives About Politics at Thanksgiving," stuffed with poll data and hyperlinks to other liberal sources of information.

Nobody needs tryptophan when you've got Pundy McPundit (amateur, professional or otherwise) at the table to bore your company to death with his or her insights on "climate-proofing" your holiday feast; bombard you with details about Bernie Sanders' latest Web ad; regurgitate John Kasich's latest attacks on critics of his massive Medicaid expansion; or champion Jeb Bush's latest re-re-re-reboot (two exclamation points, new talking points, a fix-it toolbox, blah, blah blah).


I feel sorry for rabid partisans on either side of the aisle who refuse to talk to family members, co-workers or friends who support a candidate they don't like. Life's too short -- and 99 percent of all politicians are crapweasels, anyway.

I've encountered unhinged hotheads who yelled at me in front of my kids at IHOP over my appearances over the years on Fox News. Way to ruin a Funny Face Pancake moment, one-dimensional oafs.

And I've known people who shunned my left-leaning in-laws because they refused to denounce their conservative daughter-in-law. Gotta love the Tolerance Brigade.

Newsflash: Even amid a heated campaign season, global jihadist terror and economic insecurity, there is more to life than #WINNING political arguments.

It shouldn't be a struggle to avoid yelling about Bush, Clinton or Trump as you pass the sweet-potato casserole. Don't get mad. Get perspective. Here, let me help:

If your children are alive, free and healthy, count your blessings and say a prayer for all those parents spending the holiday week in hospitals, hospices, clinics, jails or funeral homes.

If you can't think of something nice to say to the person sitting next of you, trade memories of the dearest, departed loved ones you share a connection with who are no longer sitting at the table at all.

Pick up an instrument and play music together or sing some old hymns of Thanksgiving ("We Gather Together" was always my favorite).

Take a walk, breathe fresh air, go out on the deck and make fire pit s'mores (or use the gas grill).

Show the young ones at your gathering how to make rubberband stars, advanced paper airplanes, origami hearts or crochet snowflakes.

Get silly. Play "Charades" or "Spoons" or "Balderdash." Laugh at yourself and laugh with your relatives.

Don't take family time for granted. Ever. You never know when your time will be up. It would be ridiculous if the very last, parting words you traded with an elderly uncle or sibling or cousin you rarely get to see were "You're an idiot for voting for (fill in the blank)!" instead of "I love you."

Look up at the stars. Remember how small and insignificant you are in the universe.

Finally: When you gather 'round the turkey, try not to be one.