By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The Internal Revenue Service unlawfully targeted American citizens who disagreed with the party in power - during an election season - then covered it up and lied about it.
When asked on left-leaning MSNBC why President Obama refrained from describing the Boston bombings as a "terrorist attack," David Axelrod, Mr. Obama's longtime political adviser, readily saw a political opportunity. The blood had not been washed away from the streets. We had yet to count the casualties.
Are Republicans and Tea Party supporters heading for a potential showdown? Unless things start to change, an unpleasant implosion within the U.S. conservative movement appears to be imminent.
It has happened again. Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, referred to by Paul Krugman the other day as "a longtime conservative," has essayed in the New Republic the modern conservative movement and traced us all back to John C. Calhoun.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, has stated that her intent is to introduce a bill on the first day of the next Congress to "ban assault weapons" ("Feinstein's assault weapons ban would abolish the 2nd Amendment," Web, Tuesday). That's a catchy phrase with a lot of apparent emotional bite to it, just like the liberals' "war on women" and "bigotry" of Tea Partyers.
Washington was stunned Thursday to learn stalwart Sen. Jim DeMint will leave Congress in January to run the Heritage Foundation.
Many comedians whose strong suit is observational humor have become incredibly wealthy simply by stating the obvious -- with a twist. You hear one of their jokes and say, "It's funny because it's true." If, after "funny," you add "and annoying," you have the guts of Greg Gutfeld's latest offering, "The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph Over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage."
The Republican Party is at a crossroads, trying to determine the best route forward for future elections. If the Tea Party movement wants to remain relevant, its members will have to do the same.
Mitt Romney has sprinted ahead of Barack Obama to become the frontrunner in this year's election by sticking to a message the incumbent can't counter: President Obama has had a full term in the White House to turn America around but life is worse than it was four years ago.
No punches were pulled in the fight to land the Republican Party's presidential nomination this cycle. Social conservatives, Tea Partyers, libertarians and moderates split to back their favored candidates in the primary campaign, but now the dust has settled and Mitt Romney has earned the nomination.
It's depressing to be a libertarian. We usually spend election night with our few friends in a watering hole or in our parents' basement listening to Rush albums.
Liberals are exploiting the Aurora massacre to advance a political agenda. The tragic mass murder of 12 people is being used as fodder against the right. Within hours of the killing spree, the media establishment was hoping to link the suspected shooter, James Holmes, with the Tea Party, conservatives and -- ultimately -- the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.
Last week, President Obama spoke to a large gathering of journalists at a luncheon sponsored by the Associated Press. "Spoke" isn't exactly the right word. He chided them:
If you like Glenn Beck, you probably hate women. Sounds outlandish, I know, but if you apply Mr. Beck's own twisted logic, it follows. Glenn Beck recently accused millions of Tea Partyers of racism. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has also accused Tea Partyers of racism. Ergo, if you like him but not her, you hate women.
Are you listening, Van Jones? Precious few moments in America's story have offered an opportunity like the one we have before us to realign politics and bend the long arc of history toward liberty. Occupy Wall Street activists decry the bank bailouts just as Tea Partyers have since 2009. Fine. If the occupiers really mean it, they should join the fight to finally end not just bailouts to banks, but all forms of corporate welfare.
Tea Partyers, even with their diversity, agree that the three-part solution is relatively simple and quite mainstream.