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It’s up to Republicans to stop obstructionism

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:45 pm

Now that the election is over and the smoke is clearing, it is time to start working on the nation’s problems.

First, every reader should contact their Republican representative and senators. Tell them to stop the obstructionism and to cooperate in solving our mutual concerns. (Are you listening, Lamar Smith?) They have sat on the sidelines and carped for four years while President Obama has struggled to recover from the wars of occupation and the economy.

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  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 11:35 am on Fri, Nov 16, 2012.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549

    A perfect summary of just how out of touch the right is with present day America:

    Fox pundit Bill O'Reilly said earlier this week that as of the 2012 re-election of Obama "...the traditional America of 'Leave it to Beaver' no longer exists..."

  • Quincy posted at 8:27 pm on Wed, Nov 14, 2012.

    Quincy Posts: 385

    Quote from Spider-Man, " I am saddened, but excited to know the purge is coming. May God have mercy on us all, but my choice has been made. This fraud and infestation will not stand."

    You know a shaved head might get kind of cold during the wintertime.

  • NBTaxpayer posted at 7:51 pm on Wed, Nov 14, 2012.

    NBTaxpayer Posts: 1410

    Folks some of that is MY opinion BUT the MAJORITY were the words of The Speaker of The House, RNC Chairman & House Majority Leader to name just a few
    of The National Republican Leadership...


  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 9:49 am on Wed, Nov 14, 2012.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549

    Very good points NBT.

    The GOP is severely fractured and must be re-organized to suit the will of the people. If conservatism is to have a role in our government and society, and I think it should, the GOP really needs to do some soul searching. What happened to the GOP during this last cycle is what happens when the extreme ideologies of the few try to redirect the will of the majority; they failed miserably. The Tea Party and Fox News lied to and misled the American people.

    I hope the Republicans take a lesson here and rebuild their base from the ground up based on the will of the people.

  • NBTaxpayer posted at 1:39 am on Wed, Nov 14, 2012.

    NBTaxpayer Posts: 1410

    Well it has been a very busy time for me that is FINALLY winding down...

    Question was raised as to WHAT The Republican Party (RNC) can do differently in order to do a better job & win back The White House & The Senate & The Answers are very plain & was discussed at length on Tuesday & Wednesday after THE ELECTION!

    Conference Call was held for The Republican Members of The House & THE LAW was laid down by The Speaker & The RNC Chair that basically was BLUNT & BOLD & TO THE POINT...ALL members will Respect & Respond to the Agenda of THE REPUBLICAN PARTY & will not set direction but will follow it!

    TEA & Libertarian Views will be submitted & THE REPUBLICAN PARTY as a WHOLE will set policy & not just a few!

    Compromise & Ronald Reagan Policies of working FOR THE PEOPLE must return!

    Republican Members were reminded that The House (Republican Majority) only had a total approval rate of only 9% percent which was well behind The President!

    Also Republican Members was reminded that 9% percent was not all that far FROM ZERO PERCENT (0% percent) & that was a BAD THING & that The Republican Party cannot let it get any worse by failing to compromise & take actions on many frozen bills to include The United States Fiscal Budget & Cliff!

    IMHO & many other SENIOR sees THE TEA & Libertarian Views & Demands as being adverse & this cost The Republican Party The Election & sent a very arrogant message that was NOT well received because Debating & Blocking Votes on Bills & NOT COMPROMISING which sent voters who only have a combined 9% percent approval rating that was certain to go even lower!

    Cutting Funding for Seniors on Social Security, Medicare, Cutting Funding for Active Duty Military, Retired Military & Cutting Unemployment Benefits while protecting The WEALTHY who pay much LOWER TAX RATES than THE MAJORITY of American Wage Earners during a Slow or Steady Economic Recovery is not sending the correct message to voters but instead will cut you but not the wealthy & that extreme political view was rejected by voters at the polls!

  • Spider Dan posted at 6:49 pm on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    Spider Dan Posts: 411

    We have major problems in this country and those begin and end with Democrats. I'd love to play this game, but only buffoons find a shred of legitimacy in this past election. Quibble about it among yourselves, but there's a storm coming. I no longer believe this nation can be saved. Too many people like you Democrats running loose. I am saddened, but excited to know the purge is coming. May God have mercy on us all, but my choice has been made. This fraud and infestation will not stand.

  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 6:17 pm on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549

    When the GOP sheds all the Spider Dans in their ranks, they may have a fighting chance. That defeatist/fatalist attitude is everything that is wrong with the Republican Party.

    Spider and his kind deny the precious commonality that links all Americans and makes this country great. They're separatists who think everyone else is either a race pimp, underachiever, sycophant, permanent underclass, a lamb led to slaughter, ignorant, apathetic, or an inhabitant of a cesspool (and that's just from one post, read his others.)

    Keep it up Spider, it's working to EVERYONE else's advantage!

  • Quincy posted at 2:09 pm on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    Quincy Posts: 385

    Mounting evidence of voter fraud? Are you making more predictions? Can't wait to see the evidence. I'll bet it's just more delusional paranoia that continues to divide and strangle the Republican Party into irrelevance.

    One of these days the sane adult Republicans will rid themselves of all these charlatan imposters who not only don't believe in science but now even basic math is under attack. It's kind of hard for a party to make a game plan of renewal when you live in an alternative reality.

    Quote from Fox News's Megyn Kelly to Karl Rove in denial over Ohio, "Is this math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?"

  • Spider Dan posted at 4:02 am on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    Spider Dan Posts: 411

    Correction to the last sentence: instead of a hand UP, .....

  • Spider Dan posted at 3:59 am on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    Spider Dan Posts: 411

    I admit I was wrong -- wrong to believe for a nanno-second the underachievers and race pimps had been exposed for what they are. I compounded that error by believing even a broken clock is right twice a day, and Americans would reject the utter and undeniable failures of this unremarkable fraud and media stunt. Finally, as the evidence mounts of voter fraud and outrageous levels of apathy, I am heartened that you sycophants and poverty enabling liberal tools are confined to a irrelevant minority in our part of the country. Governor Romney represented the best hope for the enslaved permanent underclass to liberate themselves from the fraud and bigotry that defines today's Democratic hierarchy. Apparently, like lambs to slaughter, the ignorant masses guaranteed another generation of their families will be confined to the crime infested liberal cesspools that are the Democratic base. Instead of a hand out, we'll see millions with their hands out and thousands with their hands up.

  • Quincy posted at 9:00 pm on Mon, Nov 12, 2012.

    Quincy Posts: 385

    Spider-Man, welcome back. A few more cathartic sessions at the Wailing Wall and you'll be back to your ol' self in no time. I hope you didn't bet the farm on Romney. Do yourself a favor and try following Nate Silver instead of Fake News for factual predictions in the future.

  • rocknroll posted at 8:39 pm on Mon, Nov 12, 2012.

    rocknroll Posts: 93

    The 5 Stages of Republican Grief

    1. You are in absolute shock as you hear the results on Election Night. Because you have been hearing that Romney would win big!! You've heard this from Fox News, Your Most Trusted Alternative News Universe.

    2. Your first reaction is to go post statements on Facebook, about how the country is full of moochers and takers and losers.

    3. The next day, you decide there has certainly been Massive Voter Fraud. You can be sure of this because you saw photos of African Americans voting.

    4. You go on an all day drunk, drinking Milwaulkees Best, listening to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Joe Pags, Savage, Dipstick, Mr Hater, Ima Victim, and other radio personalities.

    5. Finally, with new resolve, new determination, and a new poster of Palin on the wall, you declare that Republicans do not have to change and will not cooperate.

  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 6:03 pm on Mon, Nov 12, 2012.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549


    Your predictions for our country's future are abysmal, just like your predictions for the presidency. So far you've been wrong on all accounts. It's laughable really. Why not try to be part of a positive solution rather than being such a sour puss?

    I get it though, it's got to be rough. You were SO sure, but you were SO wrong. Go ahead and get it out, we're ready for your 5 stages.

  • Spider Dan posted at 12:57 pm on Mon, Nov 12, 2012.

    Spider Dan Posts: 411

    It is interesting to note -- while Americans sit back and watch their country die -- that the carnival huckster only won the states that lack legitimate voter ID laws. Every state that requires citizens to prove they are who they say they are went Romney. In Ohio and Florida (every Democratic cesspool you can name, too), it has been documented the numbers of voters exceeded the number of registered voters -- in one case, 141% of the citizens of particular county participated. Let's take one guess who "won" those counties and precincts? This is not a time of celebration or reflection -- it is the worst of America being exposed. The Romans and Persians set examples of how to fail on a grand scale. History will record this as the tipping point in America's slide into third world status.

  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 2:52 pm on Fri, Nov 9, 2012.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549


    Very well stated, the parties have to be shaped by the electorate not the other way around.

  • ALSTON posted at 2:10 pm on Fri, Nov 9, 2012.

    ALSTON Posts: 1317

    Let me weigh in to this discussion with this: Obama and minions turned this last
    contest into class warfare - rich v. poor, white v. black, illegal v. citizen, etc. The only way to fight class warfare is to prove the other side's claims are wrong, but Romney and crew didn't do that. The old guard Republican Party fielded the wrong candidate emphasizing the wrong message(s) - almost like using Civil War infantry tactics on a modern battlefield. That, plus not recognizing that demographics have changed doomed the campaign from the outset. We Conservatives need to wrest control of the Republican party and deal with the
    realities of today - like a modified Dream Act, a complete overhaul of the tax code, devolution of government, etc. Dealing with those problems does NOT mean kow-towing to the Democrats or the Administration, but insisting on a real exchange of ideas in a public forum, not behind closed doors, and making sure that the American people see where the obstructionism really is.

  • hocndoc posted at 12:30 pm on Fri, Nov 9, 2012.

    hocndoc Posts: 862

    estolinski, I'm not ready to make predictions for 2016.

    The trick seems to be turn out. Even in 2006 and 2008, where Republicans turned out to vote, we won offices and gained ground - especially here in Texas and Comal County. As with this year, where Republicans did not meet previous numbers, we lost.

    I'm still trying to find the actual vote numbers - seems everyone posts the electoral college numbers, but not the vote breakdown.

  • sportsdoc posted at 9:55 am on Fri, Nov 9, 2012.

    sportsdoc Posts: 451

    "-- and Dick Cheney, we have the most blatantly dishonest politician in recent memory: Mitt Romney. " This is a quote from the writer. How can you put Dick Cheney in with the others. Not sure he was ever charged with a crime? As for the statement about Romney, this is pure nonesense. You have drunk the cool aid, so to speak. Romney has probably done more personal good than any politician to ever run for the office. The Dems trashed his good name and got away with. He deserves better. Mr Luckett should have done half of what Mr. Romney has done for his fellow mankind.

  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 8:18 am on Fri, Nov 9, 2012.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549


    This is a bit off topic from the letter, but while you're here, I want to ask a question. What changes do you think the GOP needs to make to have a successful run at the 2016 presidency?

    I know you and I have had our moments, but the above question is sincere and I'd really like to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

  • trouty1 posted at 7:10 am on Fri, Nov 9, 2012.

    trouty1 Posts: 261

    I will repeat it again.Who will Obama blame his failures on this term since the last presidential term was him?There is no Bush to blame everything on now. There are however, plenty of radical dictators to bow down to,and plenty of lies and deceptions to feed the American public.We also can again watch the first lady utter those "very patriotic words on Flag Day{ " all this fuss over a stupid flag"}.Simply imagine the fun the media would have had, if ANY other first lady in history had made that kind of UNPATRIOTIC statement?

  • hocndoc posted at 10:50 pm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    hocndoc Posts: 862

    In spite of the very specific references I made, rocknroll is without specifics, without true-life urls or references (but that's the H-Z's fault, I'm sure) and without anything other than some quick dismissal of what he/she supposes are *my* references.

    HIs/Her prejudices are cool, not biases, right?

    Never-mind that that there are real news references, rnr can play wiser-than-thou without any substance. Isn't it cute?

    No, it's malignant. It's a cancer in our society. It's divisive. It's not Capital T Truth. It's the worst of our now-modern state of politics.

    Maybe it's not so modern. It's NewSpeak, old as "Fahrenheit 451."

  • Stevenm posted at 8:21 pm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    Stevenm Posts: 18

    Ok let me refresh your memory on our current President, a title I give him for logistics only. He has said people like me cling to our guns and religion. He has called me an enemy for not supporting the illegal alien agenda. He has mocked successful people like me, saying I'm neither smarter nor harder working than anyone else. And just in case I thought I was a contributor to society, "You didn't build that".

    Now, let me read your opinion here. You tell us to stop the obstructionism but very quickly start belittling every Republican on your dartboard. And say what you will about Mitt Romney and why he lost, but being "the most blatantly dishonest politician in recent memory" isn't one of them. Far from it, he was the most charitable Presidential candidate in history, and the key reason he lost is he was too respectful. Don't forget what our gentleman President said 4 years ago "If [Republicans] bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun". Oh so true. The Obama machine ran the most under-the-table vitriolic campaign against an opponent in my lifetime, and the scorched Earth strategy paid off (for now).

    In fact, I'm going to make a commitment for you right here right now Kenneth Luckett. Every excess shred of energy I have in my personal life, I will spend in defense of this country and what made this country great. If people like the President call me an enemy, then they are my enemy. I will obstruct the radical socialist agenda in every form and forum I can. And I will serve to educate all those who listen to the main stream media covering for socialist Democrats and their agenda.

    Next time you'll spike the ball at someone else.

  • rocknroll posted at 7:13 pm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    rocknroll Posts: 93

    Thanks for illustrating my point. I'm not going to comment on the latest freakout headlines from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News, Sean Hannity.

    I actually think it's going to be a long long period before Republicans turn around. It's their nature and I've noticed its the nature of society in general, to wait and wait until a lot of damage takes place before they decide to change. Then, after more losses, they will decide to get out of their news "cocoon", quit listening to TV hucksters, and quit listening to the radicals among them. Well...perhaps.

  • hocndoc posted at 6:01 pm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    hocndoc Posts: 862

    Look at the exit polls for answers as to why the voters in heavily populated areas - not in our part of Texas, for sure - voted for Obama.
    As to the misinformation: tell us why the Seals "painted" the target at Benghazi. Tell us why we didn't know about the Iran attack on our drone on November 2. Tell us about the financial cliff that media has just seemed to notice.
    Tell us about the doctors who will be retiring in the next two years - or, in my case, sooner.

  • rocknroll posted at 10:39 am on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    rocknroll Posts: 93

    Americans reelected President Obama. And post-election figures show that majorities of women, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans helped him win. Add to that, the blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    Another thing of interest...the Pundits on Fox News and the viewers of Fox News were roundly shocked by the results. This is simply because Fox has been steadily misinforming its viewers throughout the election.

    Republicans have some soul-searching to do, regarding their views on immigration, religious intolerance of others, infringement of women's rights, etc. Plus, it seems they would want to weigh on the possible harm of being continuously misled by the Fox News Alternative Universe.

    At this point it looks like Republicans have slipped behind the progress trends of the nation. Seeing what the commenters below have said, I wonder if there is any hope of change in the Republican party, or will they continue to slide downward.

  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 8:47 am on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549

    This letter is not a call for reconciliation or cooperation, it's gloating - which is not helpful or what is needed.

    The writer is in very poor form here.

  • trouty1 posted at 7:02 am on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    trouty1 Posts: 261

    I have very often heard of sore losers,but sore winners! That takes some nerve to call Romney a lying hypocrite.In the last 4 years,more lies have come from Obama's mouth, then even Casey Anthony could invent.He won the election,in spite of his lies,military weaknesses,spineless actions to the radical Muslim dictators,and large "wasteful spending",.So bask in your glory and sleep in the bed that you have made.Just know that now,finally,you will not be able to blame the state of the economy on Bush anymore.!The responsibility will lie squarely on the one that caused it

  • hocndoc posted at 2:30 am on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    hocndoc Posts: 862

    What should we not "obstruct?" I'll bet you're thinking about tax increases and more increases in the National debt and the failure of the Democrat-majority Senate to pass a budget for over 3 years.

    How about this Administration's infringement of the First and Second Amendments, especially religious freedom and conscience? Marriage between man and man, woman and woman?

    Could we "obstruct" the get out of jail card for illegal aliens or Obama's "recess appointments" when the Senate isn't recessed?

    Or, maybe, you don't want Congress "obstructing" the cover up of the lack of security at the Benghazi embassy, which was followed by abandoning our American Ambassador and his meager security forces while they were under attack?