Political historians remark that there are at least 2 – and perhaps 3 – defining marks of what constitutes a “democratic form” of governance:

(1.) Periodic and frequent elections of politicians and governmental officials (“this is a way to throw the rascals out”) and (2.) a Constitution or a Bill of Rights of some sort which limits the damage that elected officials can do while they are in office.

On Tuesday, November the 4th 2014, the American people engaged in their bi-annual ritual of selecting their members of the House of Representatives (these federal level officials must run en masse every two years) and select 1/3 of the members of the United States Senate (the founding fathers of our Republic gave the Senators longer terms of office at 6 years and thought it wise that this senior and deliberative body should not have a high turnover rate).

Furthermore, the founding fathers knew that the Senate needed to be somewhat removed from the passions and harsh emotions that might affect the body politic at any given moment.

On the 4th of November, the American public exercised their right of “peaceful rebellion” and gave the Republican party control of the new Senate that convenes on January 2, 2015 and the American public increased the Republican party’s control of the House of Representatives.

President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party controlled the United States Senate for six years (January 2009 through January 2015) and the Democratic Party controlled the U.S. House for the first two years of his presidency (2009 to 2011).

What is one to make of this sudden and swift turn of events?

This particular observer would like to share a few of his observations…

  • First and foremost, to quote the words of Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential bid: “It’s The Economy Stupid!”

It would be a tremendous mistake for the Republican Party to read the electoral results as a mandate for great and sweeping change.  Middle-class wages started to stagnate over the last 15 to 20 years and there is pent-up anger within the body politic.  If the Republican Party cannot bring about tangible results that assist the plight of the middle class, then they too will receive the boot from the electorate in a few years

  • Secondly, one hears the voice of the American people screaming at both parties to grow up and to find common areas of compromise that benefit the whole country.

Gridlock seems to be the rule of the day during the Obama Administration.  Many of the President’s followers and admirers feel stymied by a recalcitrant Republican congress that seems to obstruct and object to nearly every piece of legislation that President Obama puts forth.

One sympathizes with the President and with his party.

However, institutional gridlock was built into our Constitutional order by our Founding Fathers who wanted to establish a clear separation of powers among the three branches of government.

As hard as it is to believe, gridlock is a measure that helps to protect “liberty.”

The Founding Fathers had just fought a war to throw off the tyranny of King George III and they did not want their new American President free to commit the same atrocities that they experienced in the years leading up to The American Revolution.  The American Colonists had experienced the “tyranny of the Monarch (executive)” and therefore they placed strict measures on what a President could do while he / she was in office.

If this journalist could make one request, it would be this:  there needs to be a return to civility and goodwill in our political process.

There needs to be an understanding of the American public that our rights and liberties are not secured by elections alone, but by the gracious Hand of Divine Providence; let us hear the words of our 3rd President the honorable Thomas Jefferson:

“For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him.

This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labor.

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? 

That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? 

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . . .” – Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII

Our rights and liberties are a gift from “Almighty GOD.”

The quicker that we remember this – that our rights and liberties are a gift of GOD and thank Our GOD – the quicker that the body politic will return to wholeness and to vibrant spiritual wellness.

Obama’s amnesty (Obamanasty?) is just around the corner – probably next week; the Russians will be flying regular patrol missions from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico; Jonathan Gruber’s the gift that keeps on giving,

Gruber said the measures in the bill that attempt to lower costs constitute a “spaghetti approach” — throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks. And while preferable to the status quo, Gruber said he could offer no guarantee that any of the measures would work.

It’s enough to give you a headache.

But despair not, BatDad’s here to cheer you up!

BatDad? Yes, BatDad!

A Georgia father of four dons the Dark Knight’s disguise and mimics the superhero’s husky voice to become BatDad, protecting his family and the suburbs from bad table manners, unbuckled seat belts and more in 6-second Vine clips.

The intrepid @BatDadBlake copes with the everyday travails of parenthood with a camera, a Vine, and a Batmam mask. When things get really tough, he dons a full suit,

The few seconds long snippets are funny, but when you watch the compilations you really end up laughing out loud. Anyone who’s had children (or has been in the company of children for extended periods of time) can’t help but admire BatDadBlake’s fun sense of humor and Mrs. BatDadBlake’s patience,

His wife Jen has become a central character, often getting startled while performing every day activities. “I feel bad for her,” Wilson said. “I know that I can be annoying.”

His dad, grandma, and brother Rob[in] make appearances, too.

The compilations have millions of YouTube viewers, so you’ll be in good company.

I must warn you, though, it’s addictive.

Go ahead, you know you want to.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

As president Obama prepares to create a unilateral amnesty for who choose to violate immigration law I say why stop there?

How many times have we read about people who are in prison for bogus gun charges or through tax laws that are used to go after people for political reasons.

There are OSHA fines slowing down business, FEMA fines, the EPA picking on people and businesses who dare to consider humans more important than turtles.

I’ll wager there are tens of thousands of laws that conservatives who have run afoul of laws pushed by liberals who could use a break but since we are doing amnesty how about a GOP president grant blanket Amnesty for any business that violates the rules of Obamacare.

Hey if amnesty is good enough for non-citizen breaking our laws then it’s certainly good enough for citizens oppressed by laws opposed by conservatives.

Yesterday I lead with a piece on the #ObamaChinaDeal & the #ObamaEPARegulations and strongly suggested that the GOP get right up in front of this, first by attaching Obama’s name to it, second by pinning it and by extension Obama to them.

The idea being if you want to establish a meme or a message to the voting public it  needs to be started early then you can refer to it over and over during the course of months and years and create a fixed point of conventional wisdom, in this case:  “Democrats running in 2016 will be continuing Obama’s job killing policies.”

This is conservatism 101, if you want to accomplish things you have to plan and prepare well  ahead.

And that brings us to Claire McCaskill “big” news:

McCaskill was the first Democratic senator to publicly announce her opposition to Reid.

McCaskill wouldn’t say if she was considering a run for governor, which many speculated was her motivation. She said her “only” concern is Ferguson, where racial tensions erupted this summer.

The second-term Missouri Democrat said before leadership elections Thursday that Reid, who has led his caucus since 2005, would not get her support.

From Doug Mataconis at outside the beltway,Noah Rothman at Hotair,  Peter Sullivan at The Hill and others considered this worth pixels writing stories about trouble in the Democrat caucus in the Senate even though Reid was again voted head of their caucus.

However Claire McCaskill move isn’t about Harry Reid and Election 2014, it’s about election 2018.

You read that right, not election 2016, election 2018

According to the US census Missouri has a black population of 11.7%.  It has a hispanic population of 3.4%  Additionally while Democrats have been winning the Governor’s mansion since  Missouri have held the governor’s mansion since 2009 both the House and Senate in the state have gone Republican since 2003.

In other words Missouri has been trending red and while the media has been giving a lot of latitude to protesters in Ferguson, riots by left leaning mobs and attacks on police are not likely to cause the state to turn any bluer anytime soon.

So seeing the lay of the land and understanding that the next senate election she is facing is in a midterms she had to quickly establish her independence from the two most unpopular Democrats in the nation, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

While she has to thread carefully on Ferguson as she can’t afford to lose any of the black vote that the Democrat party is built on The Keystone Pipeline vote will give her an excellent change to contrast herself with the president, you can expect a lot more of that soon.

However being the very first major Democrat to publicly declare herself opposed to Harry Reid is the best of both worlds.  It made absolutely no different in his election while garnering headlines across cable news and the internet so that in four years (or two if she decides to go for the Governor’s seat when someone googles Harry Reid and Claire McCaskill those headlines will make the case for her “independence” from the Washington liberal Democrats that Missouri voters are rejecting en masse.

That is exactly how to do it.

I may not think of Senator McCaskill but If pushing quietly backing Todd Akin didn’t convince you that she is among the most [politically  savvy members of the Democrat Senate her performance yesterday should do it.

I wish the GOP had more senators as canny.

Update:  Maybe Hillary with Politico’s help is planning the same thing on offense vs Sen Warren.  More on that this weekend.





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