In A Box With Two Left Sides
J.R. Dieckmann - Editor
May 26, 2007
Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are
praising themselves on the accomplishments of their Congress after the first 5
months in charge. The fact is that the only significant legislation they have
accomplished is the Emergency War Funding Bill that had to be amended 5 times
before it passed and the President would sign it.
So what are all
these accomplishments they are talking about? Well, they followed the
inspirational leadership of Mrs. Clinton and renamed a park and some buildings.
Then they renewed some older legislation that was due to expire, and not much
else. I wonder if they will be as diligent in renewing the Bush tax cuts when
they come due for expiration.
The complete list of the stunning accomplishments of this 110th Congress appears at the end of this article. Brace yourself!
Our country is in a
tug of war. Liberals are pulling harder to the left while conservatives are
simply trying to hold their American ground. The two sides are so far apart now
that congressional compromises between the left and the right will no longer
satisfy anyone. Both sides feel cheated and betrayed by
Conservatives have a perfect right to feel betrayed
because every compromise with the liberals is a move to the left for the country
and away from Conservative American values. On the other hand, for the liberals
every compromise is a gain and a move closer to their goals of socialism and
destruction of American values as we have known them for over 200 years.
Frankly, conservatives don't think it's a good idea to make America more like
Europe and Russia with all of their problems.
Do Americans want
socialism and a government controlled society where everyone is the same and
equal? Or do we want capitalism and free enterprise with minimal government
interference where people are free to be all they can be? Do Americans want to
live with the freedoms guaranteed by Constitution, or discard them by rewriting
and misinterpreting our basic laws to provide a society ruled by lawmakers
solely for "the common good"?
These are the questions that those on
the left really need to think about and consider when choosing their party
leaders. When they realize that what the electorate wants is really irrelevant
to whom the party bosses select, then it may be time to abandon that party. The
same thing applies to the Republican Party electorate, which is clearly unhappy
with the current candidates being promoted as "top tier." Since the
McCain/Feingold 2002 Campaign Reform Act was passed, "top tier" candidates are
chosen based on wealth, not principle. The Whitehouse is sold to the
Our Constitution guarantees our
rights to capitalism and our freedom to create, develop, and reap the rewards of
our efforts as individuals. Nowhere in the Constitution does it guarantee a
right of anyone to receive entitlements from the taxpayers, or the federal
government to redistribute the wealth. Nor does it authorize the federal
government to dictate social policy or interfere with normal societal
development of the people. The job of our government is to represent the people,
not dictate to them. The Democrat leadership wants just the opposite.
Why do Democrats keep claiming
that they represent the middle class, when everything they campaign on is aimed
at minorities, illegal aliens, the ignorant, and the poor? What have they done
for middle class Americans other than to raise their taxes, lower their
self-esteem, and attempt to destroy their national pride? What have they done
for the country other than to divide it, criticize it, regulate it and tax
These moronic socialists running Congress today claim to
represent the American people, but do they? How would they even know as long as
they are living in a box with two left sides? Winning the last congressional
election does not translate into the American people supporting the views of the
liberal left. Democrats didn't win the last election on their liberal ideology
and negative campaigning against the President. Republicans lost it by failing
to show leadership in supporting the conservative ideology of their voter
The President is not "defying the will of the American
people," as Democrats like to say, by continuing the war against terrorism in
Iraq. He is defying the will of the antiwar liberals on the left and those who
use it as a political wedge. The majority of the American people do not support
the Democrats' surrender position on the war in Iraq. They want us out through
achieving a successful mission, which the Democrat vipers in Congress are making
more difficult and deadly everyday with their pessimism.
If you want to talk about the
President "defying the will of the American people," then let's get real and
talk about immigration reform. The President is "defying the will of the
American people" on immigration reform and with full approval of the Democrats,
but I don't hear them mentioning that little issue.
In fact, I don't hear them
talking much about it at all. They would rather just sneak the bill through with
back room deals made with labor unions and La Raza, and hope that nobody sees
it. Not so fast! There are enough real Republicans in Congress to prevent this
betrayal of the country and the American people, from ever becoming law.
The President is not being "given
a blank check" for the war, as Pelosi and Reid like to assert. He requested $100
billion to conduct operations of national defense, which Democrats continue to
oppose and complain about, and that is the amount on the check - plus $17
billion in Democrat pork bribes just to get it. A supplemental appropriation
with a fixed amount is not a "blank check." If Democrats are so against issuing
a "blank check" for national defense, then why do they keep doing it? When
Dems say, "we support the troops," just remember what it took to get that
minimal amount of support from them.
Another cliché the Democrats are
fond of using is "bipartisanship". Again, this is intended to give the
impression that they have a two party consensus and a mandate from the American
People. All they need is one Republican to join the Democrat block vote to call
any legislation "bipartisan". When you hear Democrats say, "This bill has
bipartisan support," or "this was the result of a bipartisan effort," it usually
isn't. It just means that a few RINOS are grazing in the Dems'
The Democrat Party is split between American Democrats and
socialist/Marxist Democrats. It is just not possible to please both sides
anymore than it is possible to please both liberals and conservatives with
compromised legislation when it involves principle and American values. This has
become a major problem for Dem candidates and puts them in the position of
having to pretend to be in support of both sides of every issue. Some will take
a firm stand on one side and hope that side wins the majority, while others like
Mrs. Clinton say one thing one day and just the opposite the next. Or they say
nothing at all until they see the results of their media polling before deciding
which side to support.
The Founding Fathers of this
country never intended for Congress to be a full time job because they never
intended for government to become as big as it has. Now we have 500 people
holding full time careers doing nothing but occupying their time by making up
new laws and finding ways of spending our money. Every law they pass
represents just one more restriction on our freedom. Is it any wonder that
we feel over-regulated, over-controlled, and over-taxed by the government?
Isn't it time for the Federal Government to be cut back to what the Constitution
authorizes it to be, and those excess powers be returned to the states and the
people? Or are we one day going to have to take it back by force?
The bottom line is. This 110
Congress is a joke. Most everything they do is strictly for show and political
pandering. But the fact is, as seen in the legislation below, that most of the
work being done by Congress is being done on our TV screens, and not on the
floor of Congress. The greatest product they have produced over the past 5
months is not legislation, but daily anti-American propaganda. It seems
that politicians today want to be TV stars and TV stars want to be
politicians. Before long, I think most people will agree that we have
little use for either of them.
For your amusement and
justifiable ridicule, here is a list of all 26 great accomplishments that the
Democrats are so proud of:
1. H.R.49 : To designate the
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1300 North Frontage
Road West in Vail, Colorado, as the "Gerald R. Ford, Jr. Post Office
2. H.R.137 : To amend title 18,
United States Code, to strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting, and
for other purposes.
3. H.R.188 : To provide a new
effective date for the applicability of certain provisions of law to Public
4. H.R.335 : To designate the
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 152 North 5th Street
in Laramie, Wyoming, as the "Gale W. McGee Post Office".
: To designate the United States courthouse located at 555
Independence Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the "Rush Hudson Limbaugh,
Sr. United States Courthouse".
6. H.R.433 : To designate the
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1700 Main Street in
Little Rock, Arkansas, as the "Scipio A. Jones Post Office Building".
7. H.R.434 : An act to provide for
an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and
the Small business Investment Act of 1958 through July 31, 2007, and for other
8. H.R.475 : To revise the
composition of the House of Representatives Page Board to equalize the number
of members representing the majority and minority parties and to include a
member representing the parents of pages and a member representing former
pages, and for other purposes.
9. H.R.514 : To designate the
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 16150 Aviation Loop
Drive in Brooksville, Florida, as the "Sergeant Lea Robert Mills Brooksville
Aviation Branch Post Office".
10. H.R.521 : To designate the
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2633 11th Street in
Rock Island, Illinois, as the "Lane Evans Post Office Building".
11. H.R.544 : To designate the
United States courthouse at South Federal Place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as
the "Santiago E. Campos United States Courthouse".
12. H.R.577 : To designate the
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3903 South Congress
Avenue in Austin, Texas, as the "Sergeant Henry Ybarra III Post Office
13. H.R.584 : To designate the
Federal building located at 400 Maryland Avenue Southwest in the District of
Columbia as the 'Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building'.
14. H.R.727 : To amend the Public
Health Service Act to add requirements regarding trauma care, and for other
15. H.R.742 : To amend the
Antitrust Modernization Commission Act of 2002, to extend the term of the
Antitrust Modernization Commission and to make a technical correction.
: To redesignate the Federal building located at 167 North
Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee, as the "Clifford Davis and Odell Horton
17. H.R.988 : To designate the
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5757 Tilton Avenue in
Riverside, California, as the "Lieutenant Todd Jason Bryant Post Office".
18. H.R.1003 : To amend the Foreign
Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 to reauthorize the United States
Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.
: To provide for the construction, operation, and
maintenance of an arterial road in St. Louis County, Missouri.
: To amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to extend
the authority to withhold from public availability a financial disclosure
report filed by an individual who is a judicial officer or judicial employee,
to the extent necessary to protect the safety of that individual or a family
member of that individual, and for other purposes.
21. H.R.1132 : To amend the Public
Health Service Act to provide waivers relating to grants for preventive health
measures with respect to breast and cervical cancers.
22. H.R.1681 : To amend the
Congressional Charter of The American National Red Cross to modernize its
governance structure, to enhance the ability of the board of governors of The
American National Red Cross to support the critical mission of The American
National Red Cross in the 21st century, and for other purposes.
1. S.159 : A bill to redesignate
the White Rocks National Recreation Area in the State of Vermont as the
"Robert T. Stafford White Rocks National Recreation Area".
: A bill to endorse further enlargement of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and to facilitate the timely admission of
new members to NATO, and for other purposes.
3. S.521 : A bill to designate the
Federal building and United States courthouse and customhouse located at 515
West First Street in Duluth, Minnesota, as the "Gerald W. Heaney Federal
Building and United States Courthouse and Customhouse".
: A bill to amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to
reinstate certain provisions relating to the nutrition services incentive