You will find countless other threads like these to bump up. I give no shits. I never say anything untrue, if Cam comes through with a big completion to Smitty on 3rd down like he did this week, that's awesome! You guys think I care about "e-cred", sorry, nothing makes me happier than when I say something negative about the team or a player and they prove me wrong.
i would venture to guess that if brandon smith was instead brandon cameron or brandon trask, the DA would have kept his fuging mouth shut and the police would have kept their fingers off of their triggers but hey im not some preacher who's all too willing to parrot the official line
To understand why Washington is in gridlock, all one has to do is look at the example of Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn.
Ellmers was elected to the House in 2010 with the support of the tea party movement and as an outspoken opponent of the health care law formally titled the Affordable Care Act, or what is commonly called Obamacare. It was opposition to the the president’s health care proposal that got Ellmers, a nurse recruited by Americans for Prosperity as part of their campaign against the legislation, involved in politics in the first place. She was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as one of her grizzlies.
When she got to Washington, true to her word, she continued to oppose the health care law. She voted against Obamacare more than 40 times and has spoken against it frequently.
Her voting record is among the most conservative in Congress. According to the nonpartisan National Journal, her voting record in 2012 was the 43rd most conservative in the House, which put her to the right of Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, and Eric Cantor. In the North Carolina delegation, only former Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte had a more conservative voting record last year.
Like the House Republican leadership, Ellmers was initially reluctant to shut down the government as a tactic to block funding of the health care law.
"Absolutely not," Ellmers said. “Why would I trade one economic disaster for another economic disaster?”
That reluctance put Ellmers in hot water with the tea party.
The pressure began to build when the latest tea party hero, Mark Meadows, a freshman GOP congressman from the mountains of North Carolina, led a group of 80 Republicans in writing a letter to House Republican leaders urging to them use the vote on the bill needed to keep the government running as a showdown on Obamacare.
Heritage Action, an offshoot of the conservative Heritage Foundation, spent $550,000 on a digital advertising campaign this summer against a number of Republicans – including Ellmers – who had not agreed to shut down the government to defund the health care plan. It was Heritage Action that recruited Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to begin a national tour to build support for using the continuing resolution as a tactic.
“Why is @Heritage_Action spending $550,000 to attack conservatives but not @ (Sen.) Kay Hagan who was a deciding vote on #Obamacare?” Ellmers tweeted. “Should we stop #Obamacare? YES!. But @ Heritage_Action strategy w/Continuing Resolution is wrong.’’
Publications put out by FreedomWorks and National Review Online ran critical articles, saying she was wrong. Breitbart.com ran an unflattering photograph of her in its story about the dust-up.
At a town hall meeting in early September, Ellmers was given a hard time by Dee Park, a 76-year-old grandmother from Pinehurst who was part of Heritage Action’s Sentinel program, which trains conservative activists across the country. She questioned Ellmers about why she wasn’t voting to defund Obamacare and why her record was not more conservative.
“Time to ask Republicans to primary her,” wrote a conservative blogger called “NCRenegade.”
And so they may.
A couple of weeks ago, Jim Duncan, the chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party, said he was beginning an exploratory effort to challenge Ellmers, saying there was a “a craving for leadership.”
Not surprisingly, Ellmers buckled under the pressure and voted with most of the Republican caucus against the continuing resolution – thereby voting to defund the health care program and shut down the government.
The 2nd District, which includes much of southern and western Wake County and parts of eight other counties, used to be politically competitive. Because of redistricting, it has now become much more Republican. Ellmers won her last election 56 to 41 percent during a year when there was a large Democratic turnout.
So if Ellmers has anything to fear politically, it is a primary challenge from her right. The pressure will always come from party conservatives urging her to take the most conservative position, to never compromise with Democrats.
It is the same situation in congressional districts all across the country, where gerrymandering has caused political silos. There is no incentive for members of Congress to compromise or to work together. But there is constant pressure to take the most strident, ideological positions.
Ellmers has a voting record to the right of Michele Bachmann. And she is under fire for being ideologically impure. This is why we have gridlock.
we've talked at length about how the republican party's biggest threat isn't a democratic party that is all too willing to accept the establishment's demands, but instead a tea party that is willing to take the entire party down with it. that being said, it's interesting to see it play out here in NC
On Sunday, a group of conservative radicals held a protest in Washington. Eventually they walked to the White House. One of these radicals felt it was a good idea to wave the flag of slavery, treason, and terrorism in front of the home of America's first black president. Lone idiots are often drawn to protest action. The behavior of such idiots, while alarming, should not necessarily be taken as an indicator of the aims and thrust of the protest. On the contrary, it is not so much the behavior of the lone idiot that matters—but the tenor of the crowd around him.
If, for instance, you witness a march against military action in Syria and see a Nazi flag among the protestors this should disturb you. But you would be heartened to see the protesters ****** the lone idiot in their midst, eject him from their party with great vigor, and give him some blows for good measure. The flag would still disturb you, but perhaps you might be able to see it as a fringe action, and not the heart of the protest itself.
It is the wisdom of the crowd that matters. The wisdom that marked Sunday's crowd was the idea that the president "bows down to Allah" and needs to "put the Qu'ran down." The wisdom that marked Sunday's crowd was the notion that Obama was not the president of "the people" but the president of "his people." The wisdom of Sunday's crowd held that the police, doing their job, looked "like something out of Kenya." It's not so much that a man would fly a Confederate flag, as Jeff Goldberg notes, in front of the home of a black family. It's that a crowd would allow him the comfort of doing it.
I was in a crowd once. It's been almost 20 years. But I remember most is how emphatically we were drilled, that day, on the politics of respectability. Our wisdom was conservative—too conservative for my tastes, frankly. But I obeyed the edict of the day which held that had any black man who came to the Million Man March and so much as stole candy bar would doom us all. That was our wisdom. It's a good memory. But I fear that it is no match for the wisdom of Sunday's crowd. The blue period is upon us.
MORE: I don't know if I am effectively communicating what is wrong with that picture and why it is deeply infuriating. If a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word "patriot" has no meaning. The Nazi flag is offensive because it is a marker of centuries of bigotry elevated to industrialized murder.
But the Confederate flag does not merely carry the stain of slavery, of "useful killing," but the stain of attempting to end the Union itself. You cannot possibly wave that flag and honestly claim any sincere understanding of your country. It is not possible.
even if you're one of the types that earnestly believes that the confederate flag can exist seperately from its awful past, you have to think that waving the damn thing in front of the president's house is at least a little tone deaf
you'd think a libertarian would appreciate a total redistribution of wealth so that those who have profited from government coercion would be forced to earn wealth through hard work and intelligence within the glorious free market
strangely, not many of you seem to support that. it's almost as if you're actually authoritarians