Don’t Just Do Something! Sit There!

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives made news, but not necessarily the kind of news you want to make. After Senate Democrats failed to pass gun control laws that would have made it illegal for people on the FBI terrorist watch list to own weapons, House Democrats decided to do something and…conduct a sit-in on the House floor. Personally, I think House Democrats are missing a letter in “sit-in” to more accurately describe what they’re accomplishing, but that’s neither here nor there.

What House Democrats and their Senate colleagues are attempting to do is use political theater to drive their agenda to pass more gun control laws in the wake of the Orlando shooting. Of course, the kind of laws they’re trying to pass right now go completely against the Fifth Amendment’s concept of due process under the law, but hey, it’s just the Constitutional rights of people we’re dealing with here! Who cares when we can pass more gun control laws that will only affect people who follow the law?

The ACLU, for one.

In the spirit of transparency (real transparency, not the Obama Administration’s definition of transparency), I have to say the ACLU and I don’t necessarily agree on much. In fact, the ACLU has been pretty much anti-gun in the past few decades and have adopted the Left’s interpretation of the Second Amendment. Yet, the ACLU came out and said the Democrats’ proposed gun control bill was unconstitutional.

Let that sink in for a moment. A left-leaning organization with a history of being anti-gun is telling their fellow Leftists to slow their roll when attempting to erode the Constitutional rights of people. No, you haven’t gone through a dimensional wormhole. Trust me, I checked. What happened is not just a rare moment where I agree with the ACLU, but is also a red flag that the Left is going way off the reservation with this one. (And, no, that’s not a swipe at Senator Elizabeth Warren.)

This is the point where the curtain gets pulled back and we get to see the Wizard of Oz. If Democrats were serious about passing what they call “sensible gun laws,” they would be willing to draft bipartisan legislation where civil liberties could be protected. Instead, they drive to the left faster than a NASCAR driver at the Daytona 500.

That’s because the Left doesn’t want anything sensible in this debate right now. Doubt me? Keep in mind a handful of Democrats have literally said Republicans want to arm terrorists because they refused to vote for the Democrat bill. (Given the fact the current Administration literally has armed terrorists, the irony is richer than Adnan Khashoggi betting on whether Joe Biden will say something stupid.)

When you resort to gross misstatement to make your point, your point might be weaker than a balsa wood love seat at Michael Moore’s house. Then again, it might have been an attempt to divert attention away from how ridiculous the House Democrat “sit-in” looks. When grown adults are sitting and pouting as their colleagues bring in pillows and blankets, comfort foods like M & Ms, and cater in meals (totally not making that up, by the way), they should be called out as the children they appear to be.

This is where Speaker of the House Paul Ryan fumbled the football a bit by trying to get C-Span to stop broadcasting from the House. If anything, I would have allowed the cameras to keep rolling, but with a bit of a twist. I would encourage House Republicans to hold up signs or visual aids mocking the House Democrats for their antics. As it stands, Ryan miscalculated, and the result was the “sit-in” disrupting actual House business by being vocally disruptive. Yes, they have the First Amendment right to assemble, but for members of a party who has accused Republicans of being obstructionist while they are actually disrupting Congress, we have the First Amendment right to tell them to go pluck themselves.

Or a word that rhymes with “pluck.”

My Favorite Leftist

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For those of you who read my contributions on a regular basis, you might think I hate all Leftists. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t hate anyone, no matter how horribly they treat me. I may mock the Left…a lot…I mean, a lot lot…okay, I do mock the Left whenever I can, but that’s not the same thing as hating them.

Especially when they provide such great entertainment in the form of Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Out of all the Leftists I’ve observed, Senator Warren is my favorite, but it’s not because I agree with her or admire her rise from obscure Harvard professor and potential Native American to US Senator. I love her because she is so convinced she’s right that she doesn’t bother to see if she’s actually right.

Take the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for example. That regulatory agency was the brainchild of Senator Warren’s. The CFPB was established to regulate the largest banks, a task that was already being done by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, but not to the liking of people like Senator Warren. You see, the OCC was found to have not done its jobs very well (or at least not well enough to punish the big banks for making money). So, instead of trying to fix the OCC’s problems, the big brains in Washington decided to double down.

Without getting too far into the weeds about the mortgage industry, let me just say it worked as well as giving Bill Clinton a key to the Playboy Mansion as a means to help his marital fidelity.

But this week, Senator Warren turned the cluelessness to 11.

It started with Hillary Clinton appearing to sew up the Democrat nomination for President. As one might expect, people who sat on the sidelines started coming out of the woodwork to endorse her. One of those sideliners was…Senator Elizabeth Warren. On the surface, this makes sense (or at least however much sense a Leftist supporting another Leftist can have).

And now, as the late Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story.

Senator Warren has been an outspoken critic of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. This is consistent with her self-appointed image as a staunch warrior against Wall Street greed, and Trump is the perfect foil. This war of words has exploded on Twitter, where Senator Warren is known to write several posts about Trump, decrying his connections to Wall Street. In fact, Senator Warren Tweeted the following on June 9th:

Government should be accountable to the people, not Wall Street lobbyists, deep-pocketed donors, and secretive Super PACs.

Of course, it should be pointed out to Senator Warren that Hillary Clinton has pretty close ties to…Wall Street, namely Goldman Sachs. You remember Goldman Sachs, right? The company where the current Administration took a lot of people and ideas from on the economy? Yeah, and that worked so well, didn’t it?

But wait! There’s more! The very next day after her Tweet, a news story broke based on emails from the State Department showing a major donor to The Clinton Foundation received a spot on a government intelligence board…without having any field experience in intelligence. And who sought to keep that information under wraps?

Hillary Clinton.

The same Hillary Clinton who just secured Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement.

The same Elizabeth Warren who blasted “Wall Street lobbyists, deep-pocketed donors, and secretive Super PACs”.

The same Elizabeth Warren who accepted funds from Leftist billionaire and economic terrorist George Soros.

The same George Soros who gave $6 million to a pro-Hillary Super PAC.

The same George Soros who funds MoveOn.org, a website that just sent out an email about Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland…using Elizabeth Warren’s name and signature.

So, I guess Senator Warren forgot about her Tweet…from yesterday. In her defense, she was working so hard to defend the little guy that it must have slipped her mind!

And if you believe that, I have a bridge I’d love to sell you.

And now you know why Elizabeth Warren is my favorite Leftist. She can always be counted on for a great belly laugh as she tries to be serious about subjects she knows nothing about.