Video: Sen. Rand Paul Officially Announces 2016 Presidential Bid (Full Speech)

ICYMI, here is Rand Paul’s official announcement that he is running for president – (which I think everyone already knew.)

The speech itself is getting mixed reviews with some folks saying that he “gave a great speech” – and others saying that he got merely a single “when he could have had extra bases or a home run.”

I think it was necessary for Paul to separate himself from the radical isolationism of his father – which he did in this portion of the speech:

In my Vision for America, Freedom and prosperity at home can only be achieved if we defend against enemies who are dead-set on attacking America.
The enemy is Radical Islam and not only will I name the enemy, I will do what ever it takes to defend America from these haters of mankind!
We need a National Defense robust enough to defend against all attack, modern enough to deter all enemies, and nimble enough to defend our vital interests.
But we also need a foreign policy that protects American interests and encourages stability — not chaos!
I envision an America with a National Defense unparalleled, undefeatable, and unencumbered by overseas nation building!
I envision a National Defense that promotes, as Reagan put it, ‘Peace through Strength.’
I believe in applying Ronald Reagan’s approach to foreign policy to the Iran issue.
Successful negotiations with untrustworthy adversaries are only achieved from a position of strength.
We brought Iran to the table from strength, through sanctions I voted for.
Now we must stay strong. That’s why I co-sponsored legislation that insures that any deal between the US and Iran must be approved by Congress.
Not only is that good policy, it is the law.
I will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and have strong verification measures. I will insist that any final version be brought before Congress.
The difference between President Obama and myself-he seems to think you can negotiate from a position of weakness.

Coulter: Cowardly Christians Would Rather Get Ebola Than Be Called a Homophobe (Video)

On The O’Reilly Factor, Thursday night, Bill O’Reilly tied the genocide against Christians throughout the Middle East with the verbal abuse and political persecution Christians are feeling in the United States. He had Ann Coulter on to discuss what is going on with this “War on Christians” as he put it.

 

“Christians are being slaughtered all over the place,” O’Reilly said. “Here in USA,verbal attacks against Christians are in the headlines.”

“No question, it is open season on Christians,” O’Reilly added, lambasting church clerics who don’t stand up for their faith.

Coulter said “the media has been subjecting us to a whole series of fake stories where we have a new hate campaign each week from ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ to ‘fraternity rape at UVA’ to hysteria over nuclear power. This week’s hate just happens to be on the Christians,” which she argued is part of a longer trend.

“This is a direct attack on Christians,” she said, “but I wouldn’t but so much stress on what’s happening in other countries. The rest of the world is a cesspool of violence and atrocities.”

“Where are the Christians and where are the Republicans?” she exclaimed. “I’m glad this Mike Pence isn’t running for president. They are falling like toy soldiers.”

O’Reilly noted that about 80% of Americans identify as Christians but they are getting “thumped” by about 8%. “How does that happened?” he asked.

“Because these small town owners of pizzerias have more Christian courage than most Christian leaders and CERTAINLY the Republican party,” Coulter answered.

The one thing a Christian should have in their life, she argued, is courage. “Eternity is already taken care of. Go out and fight. You’re afraid of being sneered at by the NYTs? That is the one thing every Christian should have, and most of them don’t. ”

O’Reilly said that there isn’t an organized attempt by Christians (as there is in the gay lobby, etc.) to defend their faith. “Isn’t that strange?”

“It is strange,” she agreed. “And I am telling you  it is cowardice. Most people would rather risk getting Ebola than be called a homophobe, a racist – the horrible accusations and ad hominem attacks thrown at Christians in this country. And it’s time for Christians to recognize that the big thing’s taken care of. Could you be courageous and fight for the most consequential nation on earth?”

Netanyahu: Iranian Nuke Agreement Even Worse Than Feared

It’s not clear where these leaks about the deal are coming from, but in an interview on CNN, Sunday, Speaker Boehner told host Dana Bash that he thinks they “probably came out of the White House.”

Via Reuters:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.

Israel has mounted what it terms an “uphill battle” against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful.

“This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and Iran worked toward a March 31 deadline in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Noting advances made by Iranian-allied forces in Yemen and other Arab countries, Netanyahu accused the Islamic republic of trying to “conquer the entire Middle East” while moving toward nuclearisation.

“The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity, and must be stopped,” he said.

House Speaker Boehner will travel to Israel this week during the Congressional recess. On CNN’s “State of the Union”, Sunday, he told Dana Bash that his plans were made before the ongoing acrimony between Netanyahu and Obama became an open spat.

“There are serious issues and activities going on in the Middle East and I think it’s critically important for members of Congress to hear from foreign leaders, other governments, other parts of their government, to get a real handle on the challenges that we face there,” Boehner said.

Boehner argued that Netanyahu hasn’t crossed any lines and pointed out that Israel doesn’t really have a peace partner at the moment.

“Well, he doesn’t have a partner,” Boehner said. “How do you have a two-state solution when you don’t have a partner in that solution, when you don’t have a partner for peace, when you’ve got a — when the other state is vowing to wipe you off the face of the earth?”

Boehner also defended Netanyahu from criticism from Obama and the White House that has mounted over the last month.

“I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible,” Boehner said. “And I think that the pressure that they’ve put on him over the last four or five years have frankly pushed him to the point where he had to speak up.”

“I don’t blame him at all for speaking up,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in Israel Sunday, already meeting with Netanyahu.

Standing beside Netanyahu, McConnell assured him that Congress would have to approve any deal.

The absence of a deal would lead to the Senate “ratcheting up sanctions,” he said.

CNS News reported:

The White House has repeatedly stated that the agreement being negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 will not require Senate advice and consent. It has also threatened to veto legislation providing for congressional approval, if it is sent to the president’s desk.

The deadline for a framework nuclear agreement is Tuesday night. Kerry, who has been negotiating with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in the Swiss city of Lausanne since Thursday, was joined at the weekend by his counterparts from the P5+1, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Netanyahu, who in a controversial address before Congress early this month warned that a proposed nuclear deal would be dangerous for Israel, the region and the world, doubled down on the criticism on Sunday.

“This agreement, as it appears, confirms all of our concerns and even more so,” he said at a cabinet meeting.

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Michael Goodman, The New York Post: Obama’s Race To Chaos:

Iran long held designs on a Shia Crescent and control over Arab lands, which helps explain why Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others counted themselves as our allies. They are furious as they watch Iran get a nuclear pass from Obama and a green light to expand its power.

The nuclear program will have the United Nations stamp of approval, as will Iranian control of four Arab capitals — Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad and now Sanaa, Yemen. Indeed, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry suggest Iran even could be an ally in the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda. Already there has been coordination there, leading critics to say America is acting as the Iranian air force.

Israel, of course, sees the pattern as insane and a threat because Iran has threatened to wipe it off the face of the earth. In retaliation for complaining about the nuke deal, Obama denounces our ally and threatens to “re-evaluate” our support for the Jewish state.

But Israel is not alone, with our Sunni Arab allies also viewing Iran as their mortal enemy. Sen. John McCain quoted one of those Arab leaders as concluding, “We believe it is more dangerous to be a friend of America’s than an enemy.”

These are unprecedented developments, veering so far from the norm and happening so fast that consequences are piling up faster than they can be comprehended. Alliances built over decades are shattered in a relative flash, inviting aggression and endless conflict. The toxic brew of Islamic fanaticism and nuclear proliferation could ignite a world conflagration.

These are grim thoughts, expressed because it is impossible to imagine any other outcome of Iran’s rise.

Obama “Embarrassed” For Republicans Because They Wrote to Ayatollah (His Secret Pen Pal)

I guess we’re supposed to all be too stupid to notice the hypocrisy here.

“I’m embarrassed for them,” said the president in an interview with Vice News.

“For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah,” Obama continued, “who they claim is our mortal enemy — and their basic argument to them is don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement. It is close to unprecedented.”

Let’s unpack Captain Bullshit’s bullshit, shall we?

• “For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah”…

Who happens to be Obama’s secret pen-pal. Obama has written to Iran’s most powerful political and religious leader,  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at least four times since taking office in 2009.

• “who they claim is our mortal enemy”…

Note he says THEY (the GOP) claim the Supreme Leader of Iran, (who says things like, “the Islamic peoples all over the world chant ‘Death to America!’ and  “this battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it”) is our mortal enemy. Not he himself. No Obama seems to have found “common cause” with this person the unsophisticated troglodytes in the GOP think is a mortal enemy.

• “and their basic argument to them is don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement”…

No. That was not their argument at all – basic or otherwise. That is a flat out lie. The point of their short, blunt letter was to explain to Khamenei (who they –  but presumably not Obama –  consider a mortal enemy) that any agreement he makes with the president will not be binding, and could be overturned by a future congress.

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.  Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.
 
First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them.  In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote.  A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate).  Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.
 
Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics.  For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.  As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades.
 
What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.  The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.
 
We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.

Nowhere in that letter do the Senators suggest that Obama can’t be trusted to follow through with an agreement.

Every single word of Obama’s answer was complete, unadulterated bullshit. It wasn’t – as Obama’s fanbois in the media would have it – “slick” – it wasn’t “too clever by half.” It wasn’t a brilliantly deceptive Jedi mind-trick or part of an awesome 3-steps-ahead chess move. It was transparently ridiculous nonsense.

But I’m not embarrassed for Obama. We expect him to be a lying hypocrite. We expect him to be a disdainful, treacherous cretin. It is his nature.

I’m embarrassed for his media toadies who allow him – time and time again – to get away with it.

 

 

 

 

Report: Jeb Bush Bussed Supporters into #CPAC2015 to Cheer Him

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Around mid-day Friday when dozens of people started streaming into the Potomac Ballroom at CPAC,  I assumed that it was in anticipation of Rand Paul’s speech. There are always a lot of young Republicans/Libertarians at CPAC and they love the Pauls. But what I was witnessing possibly, was the arrival of the Bush Brigades.

Slate reported, via Gateway Pundit, 

It sounds like Jeb Bush’s supporters are taking CPAC pretty seriously this year. Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former Florida governor are busing supporters from downtown Washington D.C. to CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, and organizing to get them day passes into the event.

One of the emails that went out this morning was from Fritz Brogan, a former advance man for then-President George W. Bush who (per the Washington Post) co-hosted a fundraiser for Jeb’s Right to Rise PAC earlier this month. A Bush insider confirmed to Slate that Bush’s Right to Rise PAC is helping organize the transportation.

“We strongly recommend arriving as early as possible to get a seat,” wrote Brogan in an email sent to undisclosed recipients. “Our ‘Early Rise’ team will be there at 7:30am onward helping reserve seats- if you want to join the early team, let me know.”

During Sean Hannity’s talk, Friday morning, he conducted an impromptu straw poll by calling out the names of all of the candidates, and encouraging their supporters to applaud. Judging from the huge ovation Rand Paul received, he was the top choice.  Scott Walker came in a close second. But the names Chris Christie and Jeb Bush when called out by Hannity, inspired nothing but loud boos.

By Jeb Bush’s speech at around 2:00 in the afternoon, the room had filled with Jeb Bush supporters and had been transformed into a pro-Bush venue.

Here’s Jeb’s speech. It wasn’t half bad to be honest.

 

Rudy Doubles Down: Refuses To Apologize For Anti-Obama Comment, Repeats It

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was feisty on “The Kelly File” Thursday night,  doubling down on his comment that Barack Obama does not love America.

Via Fox News:

Megyn Kelly asked Giuliani: Do you want to apologize for your comment?

“Not at all, I want to repeat it,” he said, charging Obama with apologizing for America and criticizing the country.

Kelly pressed Giuliani, noting that Obama could view foreign policy through a Democratic lens. “But to condemn his patriotism, to question his love of America?” she asked.

“I don’t hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are,” Giuliani said.

He stressed, “I’m right about this. I have no doubt about it. I do not withdraw my words.”

Giuliani went on to make the case in even stronger terms than he did before, evoking Obama’s Commie grandparents, Frank Marshall Davis, and Obama’s 17 year stint in Rev. Jeremiah (G*d Damn America) Wright’s church. (It really seems like Giuliani’s been researching Obama’s background – especially the disturbing early years.)

“Now, if you were in that church, wouldn’t you quit that church?” Giuliani asked Megyn – who was either in major devil’s advocate mode, or being pretentiously PC. “Would you have quit that church?” he persisted.

“Well, it’s not about me,” Megyn dodged.

“But I know you would quit that church,” Rudy declared. “And the reason you would is because of the way you were brought up – about how exceptional this country is… how wonderful this country is…”

In an attempt to prove Rudy’s hypocrisy, Megyn showed an old video of him on Hannity railing against the infamous MoveOn “General Betray-Us” ad which Giuliani found appalling and uncivil at the time.

“I ask you the same thing,” Megyn said, “what kind of civility was that?” – referring to Rudy’s comments about Obama.

“I think that was perfectly civil,” Giuliani insisted. “I think it’s a reasonable opinion…”

(It’s not only a ‘reasonable” opinion – it’s a necessary opinion. For six years now, this president has been hellbent on knocking the country down a peg. It’s time he was knocked down a peg.)

“I do not withdraw my words,” Giuliani concluded.

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Guiliani Drops a “Truthbomb” on Obama

Ace of Spades has lately been referring to Obama as “President Bullworth Truthbomb” in reference to Obama’s reported fantasy of “going Bulworth,” that is, behaving like the protagonist of Warren Beatty’s 1998 film, Bulworth.

Bulworth is a Senator who finally breaks free of the constraints of American politics to say what he really thinks. And what he thinks consists largely of obscene raps and wild speeches openly pushing for socialism.

Obama and his acolytes have been dropping these Bullworthian “truthbombs” on the electorate with a vengeance since the midterm elections – in the wake of which Obama said he was finally “liberated” to do and say whatever he pleases.

Well, Republicans can drop “truthbombs”, too.

At a private dinner at the 21 Club in NYC,  former Mayor Giuliani said of Obama, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

For the liberal media – (and at least one dork in the conservative media) this was a controversial thing to say. But for those of us, who are not charter members of the Barack Obama fan club – not so much. It’s what many of us have been feeling for over six years.

Really since he hit the scene in 2008, and I started really paying attention to him – it was obvious to me that we had a very different type of political animal on our hands running for president – (irrespective of his brown skin and “funny name.”) This is a man who did not have the standard all-American background past presidents have always had. He had spent his formative years in Indonesia, being raised a Muslim in a Muslim country. Obama was never a boy scout. He didn’t play little league. He didn’t go to church on Sunday. He did have a tranny nanny.

Later on in Hawaii, he was mentored by a communist writer and activist. He  spent his college days hanging around radical activists.

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structured feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism and patriarchy.

And there is no evidence that he ever discarded his Marxist predispositions. Indeed, all the evidence points to the fact that he hasn’t.

In Chicago, he worked as a radical community organizer using the tactics of the communist Saul Alinsky. As a stepping stone into Chicago politics, he attended a radical black church.  He was introduced to Chicago politics by a communist Bill Ayers. His friends have always been far-leftists and Islamist radicals.

Good God, it’s been a living nightmare having this man as our president.

It’s about damn time someone started mainstreaming what so many of us have been feeling for the past 7 years.

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Andrew McCarthy, NRO: Find the ‘Countering Violent Extremism Summit’ at the Intersection of Islamists and Leftists:

You may understandably think of it as an ISIS jobs fair, but the ongoing confab in Washington is officially known as President Obama’s “summit” on “Countering Violent Extremism.” That being the case, many Americans seem surprised at the appearance of Salam al-Marayati, leader of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). After all, the White House is having a public hissy fit over the upcoming speech to Congress by Obama’s bête noire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. An odd time, one might think, for the POTUS to be so chummy with a Muslim activist best know for theorizing, right after the 9/11 attacks, that “we should put the State of Israel on the suspect list.”

But National Review readers will not be surprised. Marayati and MPAC figured in my 2010 book on the Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. operations – The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (“grand jihad” and “sabotage” are lifted verbatim from an internal Brotherhood memo that describes the Islamists’ objective to infiltrate and destroy our country). And three years ago, I profiled Marayati and MPAC in this NRO column.