Red State Talk Radio America's Premiere Conservative Talk Radio Network Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:04:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How screwed up is Obama’s foreign policy? – American Thinker Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:56:53 +0000 americanthinker

David Rothkopf, editor of Foreign Policy, has written an incisive article on America’s foreign policy under Obama. It’s a “big picture” analyses of what’s happening in the Middle East and beyond, with brutally frank observations about how Obama’s policies have only made a bad situation worse.

I encourage you to read all of it, but here are some excerpts:

The situation in the region is unprecedented. For the first time since the World Wars, virtually every country from Libya to Afghanistan is involved in a military conflict. (Oman seems to be the exception.) The degree of chaos, uncertainty, and complexity among the twisted and often contradictory alliances and enmities is mind-boggling. America and its allies are fighting alongside Iran to combat the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria but in Yemen, the United States and many of those same regional partners are collaborating to push back Iranian-backed Houthi forces. Israel and Saudi Arabia are closely aligned in their concerns about Iran while historical divisions between the two remain great. Iran supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria; the United States and Western allies deplore his policies but tolerate his presence while some of the rebel forces we are supporting in the fight against the Islamic State in that country seek his (long overdue) removal. The United States wants the states of the region to stand up for their own interests — just not in Libya or when they don’t get America’s permission first.

The technical foreign-policy term for this is giant cluster-f**k. (In the military’s shorthand, using its own phonetic alphabet, the expression is charlie foxtrot.) It is no wonder that the response of so many Americans is to want to back away from the region as quickly as possible. They argue that its problems are beyond our control, that the animosities fueling the fires of the current Middle East hellscape are ancient, and that many of the festering conflicts have little relevance to the daily lives of the American people.

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Marco Rubio may have presidential announcement date: April 13 at Freedom Tower | Miami Herald Miami Herald Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:49:09 +0000  

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13, which appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida’s junior senator to announce his candidacy for president.

A Rubio adviser stressed nothing has been nailed down for any kind of announcement, but the timing makes sense: Likely presidential candidate Rand Paul is expected to make things official April 7, followed by a five-day, five-state announcement tour, so Rubio presumably would not want to share the spotlight during that period.

All-but-announced candidate Jeb Bush appears to be in no rush to shift more formally into campaign mode, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made his announcement this week, and Democrat Hillary Clinton is expected to make her campaign announcement in April as well, though nothing has been set.

Rubio, 43, has been preparing for a potential presidential run for at least a year. While behind in most early polls, he has generated considerable buzz as a top-tier contender who offers the party a fresh face, foreign policy experience, charisma and substance.

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Natural Born Citizen | Ted Cruz | Marco Rubio | Bobby Jindal Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:31:03 +0000  


I believe Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz to be “natural born Citizens” and eligible to be President.  Here’s why.

1. Summary

There are few eligibility requirements to be President.  You don’t have to be smart, wise, experienced, honest, educated, or a particular gender or race.

Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution provides, in pertinent part (emphasis added):

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

For people currently alive, the three requirements are: “natural born Citizen”; age 35; resident of U.S. for 14 years.

Whether a candidate is a “natural born Citizen” has been the subject of political controversy for well over a century, dating back at least to Chester Arthur, who Democrats at the time alleged was born in Canada, not Vermont.  Among others, John McCain, Barack Obama, and George Romney have had their eligibility questioned.

This political season, the eligibilities of Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz are the subject of debate.

As much as we want certainty, the term “natural born Citizen” is not defined in the Constitution, in the writings or history of those who framed the Constitution, or in a demonstrable common and clear understanding in the former British colonies at the time the Constitution was drafted.  Nor has the Supreme Court ever ruled on the issue, and it probably never will.

The modifier “natural born” is not used anywhere else in the Constitution, and its precise origins are unclear, although  it is assumed to be derived in some manner from the British common and statutory law governing “natural born Subjects.”

There are two ends of the spectrum as which just about everyone agrees:  (1) A person born in the United States to parents both of whom are United States citizens is a “natural born Citizen”; and (2) a person born outside the United States to parents neither of whom is a United States citizen is not a “natural born Citizen” even if citizenship later is obtained through naturalization.  These are what law professor Lawrence Solum refers to as “cases of inclusion and exclusion.

Rubio, Jindal and Cruz, as did Obama, fall between those points of inclusion and exclusion.  Rubio and Jindal were born in the United States to parents neither of whom was a United States citizen at the time; Cruz was born in Canada to parents one of whom (his mother) was a United States citizen.

Under the law existing at the time of their birth, each became a citizen of the United States at birth.  Rubio and Jindal by the 14th Amendment, Cruz by statute.

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Entitled: Hillary Clinton Fundraising | The Daily Caller Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:56:09 +0000 hillary2016

Hillary Clinton, the deeply polarizing former secretary of state who is widely expected to run for president in 2016, will focus her fundraising efforts exclusively on the presidential primary elections and caucuses this time around.

Clinton’s already-assembled fundraising retinue believes the ambitious senior citizen candidate made a critical, overconfident mistake in 2008 by raising checks for the general election before she had secured the Democratic Party nomination, reports ABC News.

Just as she is now, Clinton was largely seen in 2008 as the inevitable Democratic presidential candidate.

During the 2008 election cycle, the entitled Clinton simultaneously marshaled donations for both the primaries and the general election. In contrast, her main opponent, Barack Obama, raised cash mostly for the primaries. Thus, while both candidates raised similar total amounts, Obama actually had more available to use.

Clinton, who has been notoriously secretive throughout her political career, has refused to speak about her fundraising plans. Democrats speaking on the condition of anonymity disclosed the financing details.

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Army charges Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior | TheHill Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:40:39 +0000 bergdahl_desertion

The Army on Wednesday charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, reigniting the debate over whether President Obama paid too high a price to secure his release from the Taliban.

Bergdahl, 28, who went missing from his base in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan, could face life imprisonment for the separate charge of misbehavior before the enemy. Some suggested that other soldiers had died while looking for Bergdahl.

Obama released five Taliban commandos from the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba in exchange for Bergdahl, the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

Republicans have argued that was far too high a price to pay for Bergdahl, who fellow soldiers accused of walking off the job and endangering their lives. They have also pointed to a CNN report from January that said one of the five men released from Guantánamo had attempted to return to militant activity by contacting his former associates.

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Federal Appeals Court to Hear Arguments on Immigration Ruling – WSJ Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:58:39 +0000 uscourts

A federal appellate court Tuesday agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

Granting the Obama administration’s request for an expedited appeal, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on April 17 to consider the administration’s challenge to a ruling last month that temporarily blocked it from implementing a sweeping program to defer deportations and grant other benefits for people in the country illegally. The court will consider whether to stay the injunction at the hearing.

In a ruling last month, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, sided with officials from 26 largely Republican states who contend the president overstepped his authority when he took the action in November without congressional approval.

In appellate briefs filed with the Fifth Circuit court in New Orleans, the Obama administration has claimed Judge Hanen’s injunction undermined the federal government’s authority to prioritize which undocumented immigrants to deport.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the suit by the states, said the states “will vigorously oppose the president’s illegal amnesty plan in court.”

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Did Anthony Kennedy Just Show His Hand On The Obamacare Subsidies Case? | The Daily Caller Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:39:12 +0000 Supreme Court Justice - Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court Justice – Anthony Kennedy

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s comments in a run-of-the-mill budget meeting Monday may have signaled how he intends to vote in this year’s biggest Obamacare lawsuit over the legality of federal premium subsidies.

In a Monday budget request before the House Appropriations Committee, Justice Anthony Kennedy, typically the swing vote on the Court, made comments that could suggest he’s leaning in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell. The question in the pivotal case is whether the text of Obamacare restricts the law’s popular premium subsidies to state-run exchanges, of which there are only 14, and bans them from the vast majority of states that use the federally-run exchange,

The battle over the lawsuit about Obamacare subsidies currently before the Supreme Court has focused on whether anyone’s got a solution if the Court’s decision ends up skyrocketing premiums.

The administration is arguing that the language in the bill doesn’t exclude federal marketplace customers from the subsidies and seems to be trying to convince the Court that ruling otherwise would be catastrophic for the health-care law, and therefore for the Court’s image. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell has repeatedly sworn that the administration will not even have a back-up plan prepared in case they lose the case — although anonymous officials have said elsewhere that there is a contingency plan in place.

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And they’re off: Ted Cruz, via Twitter, announces presidential bid | Reuters Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:14:39 +0000 Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

(Reuters) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of his Republican Party, became the first major figure from either party to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential election race on Monday when he announced his candidacy on Twitter.

“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” Cruz said on his official Twitter page, an unusual forum for presidential candidates to announce such plans.

The message was accompanied by a 30-second video in which Cruz said: “I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise.” American scenes from southwestern landscapes to the Golden Gate Bridge were also shown.

“It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again,” Cruz said, adding that he was ready “to lead the fight.”

Cruz was expected to speak on Monday at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, according to an aide, giving the Tea Party favorite a head start on what is likely to be a crowded field of Republican White House contenders.

Cruz, 44, has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the Senate. As a presidential candidate, he is likely to portray himself as the most reliable proponent of small government.

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Obama: ‘By Hook or Crook,’ I’ll Expand Government | The Daily Caller Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:10:22 +0000 corrupt_obama

President Barack Obama says he’s going to push the limits on presidential power as far as he can go during the last 2 years of his tenure.

“Where [elected Republicans in Congress] are not willing to work with us, we will do it administratively or we will convene the private sector,” he said in a friendly interview with The Huffington Post.

“By hook or by crook,” he added.

Obama said his big-government push would “make sure that when I leave this office, that the country is more prosperous, more people have opportunity, kids have a better education, we’re more competitive, climate change is being taken more seriously than it was, and we are actually trying to do something about it.”

In practice, Obama’s agenda includes more progressive control over peoples’ salaries, education practices and the energy companies. Each expansion means that state and local governments plus large and small companies will cooperate with regulators to push progressives’ goals, instead of trying to please Americans voters, taxpayers and free-market consumers.

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War with Iran is probably our best option – The Washington Post Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:38:36 +0000 Joshua Muravchick

Joshua Muravchick

Joshua Muravchik is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

The logical flaw in the indictment of a looming “very bad” nuclear deal with Iran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered before Congress this month was his claim that we could secure a “good deal” by calling Iran’s bluff and imposing tougher sanctions. The Iranian regime that Netanyahu described so vividly — violent, rapacious, devious and redolent with hatred for Israel and the United States — is bound to continue its quest for nuclear weapons by refusing any “good deal” or by cheating.

This gives force to the Obama administration’s taunting rejoinder: What is Netanyahu’s alternative? War? But the administration’s position also contains a glaring contradiction. National security adviser Susan Rice declared at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference before Netanyahu’s speech that “a bad deal is worse than no deal.” So if Iran will accept only a “bad deal,” what is President Obama’s alternative? War?

Obama’s stance implies that we have no choice but to accept Iran’s best offer — whatever is, to use Rice’s term, “achievable” — because the alternative is unthinkable.

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