Phoenix Mayor Blinded by Dust Storm; Progressivism is Business Killer

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton claims progressivism is the better plan for business. That’s what he actually told the Phoenix Business Journal.

It seems that ever since the last time a haboob passed through Phoenix area, the mayor’s vision and ability to reason have been severely clouded!

Obviously, the mayor has not been able to see the moving trucks coming in from California and heading for Texas. They’ve left the socialist state for a state that welcomes businesses and doesn’t overburden them with excessive taxation and regulation.

It is evident the mayor doesn’t know that where the minimum wage has been raised — to the lofty heights of $15 an hour in some locations — some have lost their jobs. Many small businesses cannot afford that exorbitant rate, which also means fewer part-time jobs are available.

Stanton also fails to acknowledge that America’s Socialist In Chief, B.H. Obama, has threatened to put out of business those who refuse to provide abortion coverage in their health insurance plans. Through his Obama abortion mandate, the prez would rather harm the business community and the economy, putting families out of work, raising money for Planned Parenthood. He’d rather stand in the way of small businesses, religious colleges and faith-based organizations than allow the economy and the business market to thrive. That’s astounding, mayor.

Progressives have long been strangling businesses in red tape, over-regulation and interference with their ability to survive. This is why we hear about American workers forced to train foreigners to take their jobs and why we lose business to other nations. Think Government Motors moving auto plants to Mexico — where Mexicans gain employment and Americans lose employment.

Progressivism is socialism, which means Big Government, small citizen, small private business.

Obama actually once told businesses, “Now is not the time for profits.” But that’s not surprising for a socialist progressive who prefers that government keep its all-powerful thumb on business.

And that leads us right to unions. Progressives reap huge campaign contributions from unions because they are downright anti-business.

Progressives are also bullish on illegal aliens — future Democratic voters and underminers of the American worker.

Furthermore, progressivism has damaged our public education system for decades, eroding America’s ability to train the workers we need for an efficient business climate and economy. Foreign nationals are getting engineering and doctor’s jobs here because the schools are not preparing enough Americans for those high-paying jobs.

So, bottom line, Mayor Stanton: stop dreaming and stop lying. Clear out your vision and admit the truth. Progressivism is a detriment to business. Conservatism, capitalism create the optimal business climate and represent the best interests of the American worker and the families they feed.

Remember this as election time nears and as you vote. Vote smart. Vote against progressivism, which is the perfect recipe for economic and business failure. Remember also: it was progressive socialists who forced the housing market fiasco that cost many a good American his/her retirement.

Sen. McCain in Lockstep with Obama on Drafting Women for Combat

By Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council

After the last seven and a half years, it’s safe to say that the greatest threat to our military is the administration in charge of it. The legacy of the Obama administration will not be advancing the war against global jihad, but rather advancing the culture war — which started with the toppling of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and continued on to the latest phase of the military’s sexual revolution: open transgenderism and opening the draft to women. In this administration, gender isn’t just being redefined in bathrooms, but on battlefields, where this president seems all too content to assign America’s wives and daughters to the most dangerous ground combat units in the world.

And unfortunately, he’s had plenty of help. In the Senate, where members are debating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Navy veteran John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave the effort a helping hand by including an amendment into the bill from three female Republicans, Senators Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), and Deb Fischer (Nebr.), that would require women to register for selective service — a decision that even his primary challenger couldn’t believe. Dr. Kelli Ward, who’s trying to unseat the longtime senator, is already making McCain’s position a campaign issue. Like most parents, she can’t imagine a nation ordering her child to war. “I have a 20-year-old daughter, Katie, and when I think of her being forced to go into combat, especially in the Middle East against the barbarians who are there. Who are basically salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on our young women… I have no qualms about women who want to volunteer and who want to go and do whatever they want to do in our military — but to force them to a draft is unacceptable in my opinion.”

As a father of three girls, I couldn’t agree more. I will support my daughters if they decide to serve in the military, but I will not stand by if the government tries to draft them in the military. What does it say about a nation that sends its mothers and daughters to fight its battles?

In part, this is all the unfortunate byproduct of opening infantry and other front line positions to women, which Defense Secretary Ash Carter approved earlier this year over the objections of military leaders. When the DOD removes the barriers to women serving in all positions, it removes most barriers to drafting them as well. And while some senators seem either oblivious to the risks or too frightened to fight the political correctness, plenty of conservatives are standing up to the members of both parties who want to use our military as the laboratory for social change.

“I cannot in good conscience vote to draft our daughters into the military, sending them off to war, and forcing them into combat,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argued. Together with Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cruz is doing everything he can to strip the language out of the high chamber’s NDAA. He’ll have the support of more than six dozen conservative leaders, veterans, and activists — including FRC’s Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.). In a letter representing hundreds of thousands of American families, the group urged every member of the Senate to join Mike Lee in pushing back on the real war on women.

“We strongly support the heroic, capable, and honorable women who choose and will serve our country in the military…” the group writes. “There are exceptional women who are capable of meeting or exceeding the combat standards put forth by each branch. We support them as we do all individuals willing to put their lives on the line for the greatest nation in the history of the world. However, the female draft discussion should revolve around combat readiness, efficiency, and national security, and weeding through applicants that are overwhelmingly biologically unable to meet combat standards would be a logistical nightmare and would force the lowering of combat standards. The capabilities of these rare women should not mean all appropriately aged women are involuntarily eligible for combat.”

Not to mention, they write, “Women are not clamoring for this ‘opportunity.’ Only 15 percent of our active-duty military forces are women. We find it demeaning to suggest that women who have instead chosen to serve our nation in other civilian roles — such as manufacturing, commerce, medicine or even caring for their children — are not contributing to our nation. They are indeed!” At the very least, this issue deserves to be a standalone bill, debated out in the open after a thorough and transparent review. Congress needs to decide: Is the military’s goal to be the great societal equalizer — or the most lethal fighting force in the world? Contact Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte (202-224-3324), Joni Ernst (202-224-3254), and Deb Fischer (202-224-6551), and let them know that it’s one thing for our daughters to choose to fight and quite another to force them to.

Arizona Joins in Federal Lawsuit against Obama’s Mandate Putting Children at Risk

Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced that they have joined nine other states in a federal lawsuit to challenge President Obama’s mandate requiring all public K-12 schools to open up boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and restrooms to students of the opposite sex, based on student perceptions of their “gender identity.”

Since the president has threatened to deny federal funding to all schools that object to this outrageous decree,  Arizona has joined Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin in a lawsuit filed in the United States Court for the Northern District of Texas. The lawsuit is focused on who should set these sensitive policies – the federal government via executive order or states and local school districts. The challenge seeks declaratory relief against a number of federal agencies in order to block the implementation of the administration’s unconstitutional interpretation of the law. The Heber-Overgaard Unified School District has also joined the state’s lawsuit as a plaintiff.

“President Obama has no business setting locker room and restroom policies for our schools,” said Attorney General Brnovich. “Deciding how to protect our children and preserve their privacy, while balancing these complicated issues, is best done locally and not by some knee-jerk decree from Washington.”

“When Arizona students attend school, they deserve a safe environment that is free from bullying and discrimination, regardless of their gender identity,” said Superintendent Douglas. “I know that our districts and schools have policies in place to ensure that is the case. The fact that the federal government has yet again decided that it knows what is best for every one of our local communities is insulting and, quite frankly, intolerable.”

On May 13th, the president issued so-called “significant guidance” to K-12 schools nationwide detailing how transgender students should be granted access to Title IX facilities including restrooms, locker rooms, and showers. The guidance came with the threat of withholding federal funding if schools are found by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice to be out of compliance.

Cruz Lost, but Conservativism Did Not

From today’s Rush Limbaugh radio program:

RUSH: So it apparently is the case that Ted Cruz decided between midnight and 2 a.m. Monday — well, Tuesday morning. Early Tuesday morning, late Monday night, before the voting began in Indiana, Ted Cruz decided to get out if he didn’t do well in Indiana. He didn’t tell very many people. A limited number of staff tried to talk him out of it. His mind was made up.  Now, it’s interesting that that’s before Trump on Fox & Friends yesterday accused Cruz’s dad of consorting with Lee Harvey Oswald.  But even without that, I wonder…

I have not spoken to Senator Cruz, and I probably could get through if I picked up the phone.  But there are just some things here that I assume.  I know a lot of you in the audience were very sad when Cruz announced that he was not gonna continue, that many of you had unbelievably high hopes and a lot invested, because on paper here we had somebody that was — a Republican that was — actually conservative, who actually could implement the things that you and I all believe and wasn’t the establishment and so forth.

I don’t… The thing I don’t know — and, as I say, I could find out. But I’m gonna surmise some things with the caveat/proviso that I could be wrong here.  Many people sent me notes last night saying, “Rush, are you finally gonna admit that conservatism is dead now?  Are you just…? Are you gonna…? Rush, are you finally going to come to grips with the fact that conservatism has never been the big, majority way of thinking in this country?  How can you look at what’s becoming of this country, what’s become of it in the last 10, 15 years and say that conservatism dominates anything?”

And I know that there are many people running around saying similar things to that today.  But I don’t think conservatism died last night.  I don’t think conservatism is being buried in Indiana.  I think what happened is that another conservative messenger was systematically, piece by piece, destroyed.  Which is the normal course of things.  For all of you who think that conservatism is dead and on its last legs, why does it remain the single greatest threat feared by the Democrat Party and the American left?

Now, there are many answers to that question, but one of them surely is they fear conservatism.  They know how many Americans are conservative, and they know what percentage of the country is. The left and people I’m talking about know full well they are a small minority.  I’m talking about the committed activist types are a small minority.  They have succeeded in governing against the will of the American people for I don’t know how long now.

They fear conservatism more than they fear any foreign enemy.  They are far more mobilized and animated and intent on destroy conservatives and conservatism than they are any other foreign threat.  That would not be the case if it was insignificant.  Now, understandably, too, I have to admit that one of the aspects of the thought process of the American left is they don’t like opposition, period, no matter who it is.  And they don’t believe in debating and they don’t believe in a debate in the arena of ideas and triumphing that way.

They snuff out opposition.

They eliminate it.

There’s no such thing as a level playing field.

Their opponents don’t even get on the field. That’s the strategy: “Don’t even let ’em on the field.” Now, I’m sure that Cruz was prepared, as prepared as he could be, and I’m sure his family was prepared as they could be for what was going to happen, given how he had arrived at his prominent position in the Republican nominee field.  He knew he had made enemies of the Republican establishment, and he knew that the media and the Democrat Party are automatic enemies.  But here’s what I don’t know.

I just don’t know just how equipped anybody is to cheerfully, happily live each and every day with the kind of garbage, lies, filth spewed about you and your family multiple times a day, and yet we’re told that the conservative must be cheerful and must be happy and must be a happy warrior.  Well, how does that work, you know, when they’re out there saying you’re the Zodiac Killer?  You stop and think of that for just a second.  Put yourself in Ted Cruz’s shoes.  And let’s establish some givens.  A, Ted Cruz loves America much as anybody.

Ted Cruz desperately fears America’s on the wrong track and desperately wants to stop it and turn it around and save it.  Ted Cruz reveres the Constitution of the United States, knows it backwards and forwards.  Ted Cruz reveres the founding.  Ted Cruz is religious.  That means he is a person who does his best each and every day to live according to the morality that he believes.  And then he has to get up every day and read stories in the media about how he is too mean and he is so vicious and so Hitler-like that his daughters will not even be in the same room with him because he scares them so much.

I mean, the stuff that was said about Cruz and his family long before the Rafael Cruz/Lee Harvey Oswald stuff started, long before the Zodiac Killer stuff started? It’s nothing that any other conservative had to put up with, don’t misunderstand.  My question is: How does how does anybody go through that?  I mean, you’re running for president. You have these desperately held beliefs. You think that we’re in a national crisis. You’re frustrated because so many people don’t see it that way.  You’re hell-bent on convincing them.

You’re hell-bent on trying to explain to them why you’re doing what you’re doing.  You’re very earnest about it.  You care about it so much that you’re doing everything you can to get people to listen to you.  And every time you open your mouth, some fool is out making fun of you, destroying you with lies and innuendo and so forth.  And at some…? Do you not at some point say, “This can’t be done.  If 38 percent of the people of Florida can be convinced that I am the Zodiac killer, how do you stay cheerful?”  At some point do you not just say to yourself…

And again, I don’t know.  I may be putting myself in Cruz’s shoes and imagining how I would react to things that have been said about him that are demonstrably not true, that everybody laughs about.  It would be… (interruption) Yeah, but I can’t… (interruption) Snerdley says, “You’ve gone through much worse than that.”  No, I haven’t gone through much worse.  I’ve gone through similar. (interruption)  Yes, I know, I know. I’ve gone through similar.  But… (interruption) The staff is saying, “You’ve gone through 27 years!”

Well, yes. I’m still cheerful, and the audience still is here and so forth.  All true.  But, see, unlike in politics, I can take all that. As I told you, I had to make a big psychological adjustment very early on. Nobody is raised to want to be hated. Nobody is raised to want to be disliked and laughed at and reviled and made fun of every day, and have some of the most outrageous things said about ’em.  I had to learn. In order to put up with that for 27 years, I had to learn how to take it as a sign of success, which that’s… Try that psychologically.

Try trying to tell yourself that being hated by 30 percent of the people that hear you means you’re succeeding.  Nobody’s raised that way.  But in politics you can’t get anywhere with people hating you.  I mean, I can have 30 percent of the people thinking I’m the Zodiac Killer, and it’s not gonna stop them from listening.  It may even make ’em want to listen more.  But in politics, you’re running for president, and they tell people that you’re the Zodiac Killer, that your dad was there with Lee Harvey Oswald?

There’s no way to make that, to transfer that into some measure of success in a political campaign.  So I just wonder if at some point Cruz said, “I love my family too much. I mean, I know they agreed. I know my family understood what we’re getting into here. But there’s always a ‘but.'”  Here’s the point.  I don’t know. Maybe ask Senator Cruz about it sometime.  But the point is that along with Cruz’s defeat comes the cheerful hammering of nails into the coffin that will bury conservatism.  And, I’m sorry: Conservatism is not buried after last night.

Conservatism didn’t die.

How many people supporting Donald Trump think that he is, in one way or another?  There are a lot of conservatives supporting Trump.  A lot of people that participated in those 2010, 2014 mid-terms that gave Republicans landslide victories, are supporting Trump.  Some of them know he’s not one of them.  That call that we got from the guy in Philadelphia? That call has resonated through the Drive-By Media like you can’t believe.  There have been whole columns written on that call and what it means in terms of the Republican establishment.

The guy’s name was Sean.  He’s a life-time listener of the program, was calling from Philadelphia, and the upshot of it was that he admitted 80 percent of what Trump says he disagrees with, but he’s voting for him anyway because Trump is going to fight.  You know, this business about the Republican Party… Like the Boston Globe: The Republicans commited suicide.  The Republicans were committing suicide by signing on to amnesty.  This is what you and I all understand that they don’t.


Every Democrat issue they sign on with, every Chamber of Commerce issue that they sign on to may as well be a gun, a bullet in the suicide gun that the Republican Party’s using.  And this guy calling, he’s pretty much saying the same thing. “Look, I’m fed up with them. They don’t fight back. They say they’re going to, but they don’t. They ask us for money and they ask us for votes.” He was well spoken, and he said, “What matters is Trump is gonna fight ’em.”  I said, “What about Cruz?”  He said, “Well, I’ll vote for Cruz if he’s nominee.

“But Cruz isn’t gonna fight ’em like Trump is. Cruz isn’t gonna fight ’em.  I don’t want hear how a guy’s conservative every day.  That’s not what matters to me.  I don’t…” Guy’s the biggest conservative in the race. “Big deal! What are you gonna do with it? What are you gonna do about this?”  He was thoroughly convinced that Trump’s gonna fight back against everything that he thinks — the caller thinks — is going wrong.  That’s the faith that he has invested in Trump.  And he’s a conservative.  He’s one of us.

There are a lot of them.

Conservatism didn’t die.  Conservatism’s not being buried.  Conservatism, whether people know it or not, is still how most people (dare I say, “productive people”) live their lives today.  It’s how most people wish to — and hope they can — raise their kids.  They may not even know it.  Many of them are not ideological conservatives. They don’t run around and say, “I’m conservative,” and then tell you what they are.  In fact, some of them who are conservative don’t want to use that word because they don’t want to get snickered at. They don’t want to be laughed at.

But conservatism didn’t die, and I don’t want anybody out there thinking that it did.  Now, back to Justin, our caller in the previous hour.  He said that he believes if Trump’s gonna win, he’s gotta reach out to conservatives.  And I’m gonna tell you, there’s a grain of truth to that in this sense:  Every four years it’s conservatives who are told they have to unify.  It’s conservatives who are told they have to bite the bullet.  And I think in this circumstance right now, Trump could help himself immensely.

If he would surround himself with, say, cabinet appointments or announce cabinet appointments or some genuine conservative people who are in his immediate orb, it would send a signal to people. Whether he listens to ’em or not, we’ll never know.  Well, we will know at some point, but it’s a good policy. Here’s another thing to remember, though, folks. It is true to say that we’re always the ones that have to bite the bullet and unify.  Well, that does, sadly, go along with Trump. Trump is under no compunction to move to the losing side or what he might perceive to be the losing side.

Now, if he has grace, and if he really wants to unify, be inclusive, he’ll do that on his own, but he’s not required to.  Nobody is.  No winner is required to reach out to the losers and say, “Come on in!”  It’s the losers that have to get with the program.  That’s just… I know some of you have not been taught losing in school. (interruption) Well, what are you shaking your head?  Do you think…? (interruption)  Is that too coarse to say?


RUSH: Here’s Jennifer, Spokane, Washington. You’re next.  Great to have you with us on the program.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi.  Thank you so much for taking my call today.

RUSH:  You bet.  You bet.

CALLER:  I’ve been listening to you since 1989, and I’m just a big fan. So this is very exciting for me.

RUSH:  Thank you very.  I appreciate that.

CALLER:  I just wanted to say that Ted Cruz is an honest, godly, awesome man, and the only reason that I think that he had to drop out and that he lost — that he’s not won as many states as projected — is because of the lies that have been perpetrated about him.  Donald Trump goes to the media and gets way more airtime than Ted Cruz ever gets, and when he says outrageous lies about Ted Cruz, nobody says anything.  So the lie is out there, and it’s assumed to be truth, and it’s not. And you can’t… It’s almost impossible to fight that.  Donald Trump has completely taken Ted Cruz’s honor and his name — his good name — and because of that, I cannot vote in good conscience. I cannot vote for Donald Trump.

RUSH:  It wasn’t just Trump, though, and it’s not just Cruz.

CALLER:  It wasn’t.  Yeah.

RUSH:  They do it to Republicans. It happens to every Republican, no matter how conservative they are or not.  Now, it may be the way —

CALLER: (interrupting)

RUSH: No wait. This is… Jennifer, this is important.  Because they did it to Reagan, too.  But he was able to overcome it. These are things we’re gonna have to figure out and learn.  And, by the way… Well, we’ll stick with that.  You know, Reagan was reviled and hated. You might not remember. You might not have been old enough back then. But trust me.  Reagan was as hated as Cruz is.  They accused Ronald Reagan of sneaking into Lafayette Park at night and stealing cans of pork and beans from the homeless.  They blamed AIDS on Ronald Reagan ’cause he never said the word.  They blamed…

They accused Reagan of wanting people to get AIDS and die.  They accused Reagan of being responsible for all of that because he wouldn’t talk about it. He had no compassion for it or any of that, so he was anti-gay. He was anti-this.  It was vicious.  And yet Reagan won two landslides.  Now, there’s a reason why.  And it’s not just conservatism.  There have to be other things at play.  Now, I’m not… You’re right about Cruz was destroyed.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: But every Republican always is.  You start out that way.  I’m not excusing it.  I’m with you on it.  I have great empathy for Senator Cruz and his family having to go through some of this stuff. Especially, you know, when you start out and you’re Cruz. Really you’re on almost a crusade, a mission to save America. There’s no greater calling. You’re gonna give everything about your life to it. You’re gonna give your entire existence. You’re gonna put your family through it. You’ve gotten their permission. They’ve signed on for it. They’re helping out and so forth.

And then every day to see yourself disfigured this way, and then to see people laughing about it.  But it happened to Rubio.  And it wasn’t just Trump.  But the Lyin’ Ted stuff stuck.  I tell you, I was here every day saying, “Cruz is not a liar.”  I was chastising Trump for saying that.  Whatever you want to say about Ted Cruz, he’s not a liar.  Then let’s not even give into the idea that they were able to convince people that Ted Cruz was stealing delegates.

It just became too much to overcome.  That’s the kind of thing that in the normal, everyday ebb and flow of politics, you’d get a gold star.  That was brilliant maneuvering what Cruz was doing.  It was the only option open to him. It was right in line with the rules. It’s how Abraham Lincoln became president, by the way! And they’re out there hammering Cruz with it, and he didn’t explain it, when given the chance.

I mean, he could have taken any number of questions and turned it into a teachable moment about the American political system. And he was trying to do that with that Trump supporter he crossed the street on Monday to go talk to in Indiana.  This is why my point is conservatism has not died.  Conservatism… By the way, it can’t.  I’ve made the case: You cannot kill off conservatism.  You can have dictatorships, and you can set up one, but still you cannot kill off conserve because it’s in the heart.

But everything conservatism holds dear is under assault right now, including attacks on Western Civilization.  This country is under assault from all over the world. But for the first time we’ve got a genuine force inside the borders who is also as part of the attack. Disguised — disguised, by the way — as trying to correct all the flaws that America was founded with. Anyway, I have to take a break.  I’m glad you called, Jennifer.  Thank you so much.


RUSH: This is Louie in Edison, New Jersey.  It’s great to have you with us.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi.  Thank you for taking my call, Rush.  Just before I make my point and ask you my question, you said on your show many times that if you listen for a week… You know, let a liberal listen for a week and they’ll be committed.  Just over the weekend, a buddy of mine from Maryland came over and I was discussing, you know, what you said, and he told me — interestingly so — he knows a friend of his that’s a prosecutor in Silver Spring, Maryland, who was a flaming liberal. And his wife was somewhat of a conservative and told him to listen to you for a week, and he is a passionate conservative now.

RUSH:  Really?

CALLER:  It’s fascinating.

RUSH:  Normally it takes six weeks, but this happened in one week, you say?

CALLER:  One week.

RUSH:  Wow.

CALLER:  Fascinating.

RUSH:  See, folks, there’s reason here to be cheerful and optimistic.  I appreciate that story.  Thank you for telling me that.

CALLER:  Thank you.  My question is, I don’t think at all… And I want to know what you think about this. I don’t think at all conservatism died at all.  I think morality died.  Just the way the media, which is the face of the cultural rot in this country, destroyed Cruz.  They never destroyed him on the conservative issues, so conservatism did not die.  Morality, right and wrong died. But at the same time — and my question to you is — can you have a conservative movement when there is no distinction between right and wrong?  And what worries me is I will support Donald Trump even though I was a Ted Cruz supporter. You know, I will support Trump because I’m worried about the Supreme Court, et cetera, and I think he’ll be under pressure to put right-wing justices on the court. But my question to you is, how can there be a conservative vision for the country when, to a certain extent, it represents — it’s synonymous with — that cultural rot of the media?

RUSH:  Interesting question.  You know, you’re asking me basically to combine morality with conservatism, and you think that we can’t have one without the other.  The first thing I want to address is your terminology.  I’ve been thinking about this.  “Conservative movement.”  I’m not sure so sure there is one.  And by that I mean this campaign has exposed the fact that there isn’t one.  I mean, so many people that I’m sure a lot of you thought were part of the conservative movement, wanted no part of Ted Cruz.  And you’re out there scratching your heads.

Admittedly some of them wanted no part of Trump, but there was a lot of conservative… You would think, in terms of media, individual commentators, certain elected Republicans.  Probably you can think of examples on your own of people that you thought, “If there was a conservative movement, they’re in it.”  And when you think of conservative movement, you think of a unified, like-minded bunch of people.  I don’t think it exists anymore.  I don’t know that it has for quite a while.  Conservatism’s been at war with itself almost as much as it has been at war with liberalism, in the recent years.

How many recent years… I’d have to really apply myself and think about it to give you concrete examples.  But tell me this:  If there is a conservative movement, who is the leader?  (interruption) No.  I am not, because… (interruption) No, no, no, no. (interruption) No, no. (interruption) No, no.  No, no. (interruption) There isn’t one, is the point.  There isn’t a singular conservative figure that every other conservative goes to for guidance, inspiration, motivation, definition.  Now, you could ask, “Was there one of those?”

Well, yeah. I mean back… There was a conservative movement once, and you would say that — and this is some years ago now. William F. Buckley could be said to have been the intellectual engine and head of the conservative movement, and it was Buckley to whom people back then looked.  But when William Buckley passed away, there became — and it was going on before he died, too. But there was internal competitions within the conservative movement for that position.  Leader of the conservative movement.


Who is it that personifies, embodies, and defines the movement?  There isn’t such a person today.  Conservatism has erected litmus tests and happily, happily wants to excommunicate people from the so-called movement.  But clearly, if there’s a movement, somebody show me where it’s unified and show me where it has a purpose. Show me where you can find, in fact, unified definitions or explanations of positions conservatives hold issue to issue to issue.  How many conservatives do you know who would just as soon everybody that’s a social conservative get broomed away and silenced?

You talk about morality and conservatism, and how can you have…? How can you erase the whole concept of right and wrong and still have conservatism.  Yeah, but morality’s always been a bugaboo for people.  Morality always has been, because nobody’s perfect.  It’s impossible.  Nobody is morally pure, and so it’s very difficult to stand in judgment of other people morally, but there are those who do and those who try, and they offend people — particularly leftists.  But I agree with you. I think our culture is rotting away before our eyes.  The thing about that is that there’s no changing it. There’s no president that’s gonna change it.  Cultural changes are generationally evolutionary, and I don’t think the generation that is gonna be born and refuses to accept the garbage they inherit from their parents and grandparents, has been born yet.


RUSH: I want to share with you a fascinating little email that I received during the course of the program today.  It addresses… We had a call here talking about morality and how morality and conservatism… If we obliterate the whole notion of right and wrong, then how can we also have conservatism?

The email is from a Trumpist who claims to be a conservative.  “Cruz Is a Godly Leader and Will Be Used Again,” is the subject line.  The email is: “I don’t believe this has anything to do with people not wanting conservatism or not wanting morality.  We do want it.  This country has come so far down from where we were with Reagan, that even if I would love Ted Cruz to be our president, and I would love to have the Bible back in school — how much just that would help our country? And I think Cruz might have been able to do that.

“But our country has fallen so low into immorality and liberalism that Cruz — as 100 percent moral and 100 percent conservative — can’t win in the climate we have today.  Trump, okay, maybe 40 percent conservative, but he has a chance to actually win. And I, Rush, will take 40 percent conservative now and work our way back up to maybe 50 percent next time.  We just have to get back the office of the presidency with an outsider. Cruz would be amazing, but this election, from where we are, 100 percent conservative is gonna be rejected every day.  It’s too scary to people.  It’s too stark.

“It’s too drastic a change.  I pray that will not be the case in years to come.  Sent from my iPhone.”  So there you have a Trump supporter explaining how she would love it to be Cruz, but doesn’t think Cruz could ever win this year, because the country is just not prepared to put on the screeching brakes and do a 180 — a 180-degree turn — in one election.


largeRUSH: Here’s Amanda in Wellington, Florida.  Great to have you with us.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi.  I just wanted to make a comment that I don’t think there’s any way Cruz really could have won right now, nor really should he have.  People are hurting.  They need relief right now, and Cruz stands for amazing things, and I think he would be incredible, and I hope he does get his shot at it. But right now Trump is speaking to the masses whether people are admitting it or not because people are hurting.  I mean, look at that $400, you know, could somebody come up with it.

RUSH:  Yeah, it’s amazing isn’t it?

CALLER:  And that’s where I think he’s getting everybody, and people can’t see it.  Well, how do you not see it? ‘Cause… I don’t know.  It’s just my thought.

RUSH:  No, I think… Look, I know what you’re saying, and I have similar beliefs.  My job with the Kansas City Royals, when I had it, was marketing.  And the one thing… We had a marketing plan.  Every season, we had a theme, and the designed purpose of the theme was to get more people to come to the ballpark, which meant buying tickets.  But we never announced how we were gonna do it.  We just designed the plan and then we implemented it.

It would be counterproductive to say, “Here is our plan this year to separate you from your money.”  Well, by the same token, I think to run around saying, “I’m the most conservative guy! I’m the conservative you can trust! I’m the…” Just do it.  Just go out there and be it.  Telegraphing it at this particular point might make it a bigger target than it otherwise would be.

Obama Calls His Management of the U.S. Economy ‘Best in Human History’

By John Semmens – Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News

JohnDespite declines in labor force participation, family income and home ownership juxtaposed to increases in poverty, debt, and health care costs, President Obama maintains that his Administration “probably managed the American economy better than any large economy on Earth in human history.”

The president lambasted critics who cite GDP statistics that show Obama to be the only president that has failed to deliver even a single year of 3 percent growth—making his the worst performing administration since Herbert Hoover’s during the early years of the Great Depression. “Growth and prosperity aren’t the only metrics by which we should judge what has transpired,” Obama argued. “Under my policies millions of Americans have been able to escape the rat race of wage-slavery and enjoy massive amounts of leisure time. Not since Lincoln have so many been liberated.”

Obama singled out the movie The Big Short for special criticism calling its portrayal of the collapse of bad real estate loans “one sided. The narrow focus on the inability of lenders to make payments on their loans overlooks the fact that it was government pressure on the banks that enabled poor credit risks to join the ranks of home owners, if albeit only temporarily. Isn’t it better to have owned and lost than never to have owned at all?”

The real problem is that the banking reforms put in place by the Clinton Administration didn’t go far enough,” Obama contended. “If we had just taken that next logical step of eliminating the necessity to repay those mortgage loans we could have averted the foreclosure crisis that tipped the economy into recession in 2008.”

Denmark Plagued by Migrant Crime Wave

The generosity of Danes opening their borders to immigrants from Muslim countries has been repaid by an astounding surge in crimes committed by these foreigners. Though these foreigners make up only 8% of the country’s population they account for over 75% of the crimes committed and over 80% of those drawing unemployment benefits from the government.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has frequently offered up Denmark as an exemplar of the kind of social policies we ought to adopt in the United States, professed himself “not the least bit disturbed by these results. Compared to the places these immigrants came from, Denmark is a very rich country. The redistribution of Danish wealth, whether by informal appropriation via theft or though the more organized method of taxation and funding of welfare benefits brings that country closer to the ideal of social justice.”

No one who has more than they need has the moral right to withhold that excess from others who have less,” Sanders maintained. “Of course it is preferable that government oversee the transfer of material goods from the haves to the have-nots, but we mustn’t be too harsh on those who grow impatient waiting for government to do the right thing and take action on their own.”

In related news, anti-Trump Latinos shouting “make America Mexico again” went on a violent rampage bloodying Trump supporters and smashing car windows following the GOP candidate’s rally in Costa Mesa, California this week. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blamed Trump “for creating the environment that inspires the desperate and dispossessed to resort to violence to achieve their objectives” and vowed to end the violence “by showing them that when I am president government will be on their side.”

EPA Refuses to Pay Damages for Its Toxic Spill

Colorado Republicans blasted the EPA after an agency official refused to cover the full cost of damages done by the EPA’s release of toxic sludge from the Gold King Mine last August contaminated water supplies in Colorado and New Mexico after spreading from the Animas River to the San Juan River.

EPA official Bill Murray explained that “people need to understand that when we took responsibility for the spill we were making a moral statement, not agreeing to compensate anyone for any injuries suffered. The government has ‘sovereign immunity’ and cannot be held liable without its consent. Obviously, we are not consenting to the demands of those who have been harmed by our actions.”

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo) characterized Murray’s stance as “outrageous” and “another example of the Washington double standard. If a private firm or individual had been responsible for a spill of this magnitude the EPA would be coming down hard on them and demanding they make restitution to the victims of their negligence.”

Murray countered by insisting that “the double standard is fully justified by the different motivations of private parties and the government. Private parties are out for profit. Imposing substantial monetary penalties on them is a useful and necessary corrective to their selfish behaviors. Government, on the other hand, is non-profit. Its concern is with the general welfare. Consequently, there is no need for financial penalties to be used in order to get government to do the right thing. It will do this on its own.”

In related news, the EPA defied a Supreme Court stay against the agency’s global warming Clean Power Plan (CPP). EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asserted that “the Court’s ruling is merely a legal opinion. The President has a different opinion. Under our Constitution’s separation of powers he believes he is not obligated to submit to subjugation by either of the other two branches of our government. He will not willingly submit and there is no mechanism for the Court compel him to do so.”

Hillary Floats Pair of Controversial Ideas

In a bid to solidify her leftist credentials, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton floated a couple of ridiculous ideas about how this country will improve when she is president.

On the urban violence front, Clinton proposes to “reset” the relationship between police and street gangs. “The knee jerk attitude of the average American toward urban gangs is that they are a bad thing,” she observed. “What they overlook is that joining a gang is like having a family. It’s feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. I think this is a positive thing. Another positive is that the youngsters learn valuable lessons like loyalty and how to handle weapons.”

The problem is that these gangs operate outside of the law,” she continued. “We need to find a way of bringing them under the umbrella of the government’s authorized use of force if society is to capitalize on the skills these young people have learned as gang members. I believe President Obama’s idea of establishing a national police force would offer these otherwise outlaws an alternate path within the context of our social justice objectives.”

On the domestic violence front, Clinton proposes “to expand upon the great strides President Obama has made in changing attitudes towards abortion. Ensuring that all heath insurance must cover abortions has compelled everyone to bear the burden of funding this vital human right. Nevertheless, many still voice opinions criticizing the practice. Women are subjected to the torment of being emotionally traumatized by the fear that fellow citizens may disapprove of their choice. We need to turn this around so every woman can feel pride in her decision to exterminate an unwanted fetus in her body. Perhaps a presidential medal that could be given on an annual basis to the woman who makes the most courageous decision for abortion would help change how abortion is perceived in the minds of the average person.”

Trump Foreign Policy Speech Alarms Allies

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s emphasis that the guiding principle for foreign policy under his administration will be “America first” has made some of our European allies nervous.

Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier characterized Trump’s stance as “arrogant and selfish. To put America first is offensive to my ears. He is denying our equality and our right to participate in determining what America must do to protect all of our mutual interests. If this kind of self-centered viewpoint had prevailed in an earlier era my country and perhaps all of western Europe would today be run by fascists or communists.”

Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister and foreign minister concurred. “Trump is disrespecting democratic processes and democratic values,” Bildt charged. “He makes no provision for our vote. Becoming America’s president won’t make him king. He would not have the prerogative to shrug off the obligations the United States has assumed and on which the rest of the free world has depended for three-quarters of a century without our acquiescence.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said “Trump’s demand that we be required to fund a minimum share of the cost of our defense is unprecedented. This is not how things have been done for more than seven decades. We haven’t budgeted for the kind of outlays this would entail. We can’t afford it.”

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel suggested that “our only viable option might be to call a President Trump’s bluff. If we look like we’ll be overrun by communists, fascists, or Islamists the United States would have to come to our rescue. Otherwise they’d be left alone to face an entire world hostile to their own survival.”

In related news, President Obama praised Germany’s “open door” policy on refugees from the Middle East, saying “it has set an example that others should follow. If the various different ethnic and religious peoples were more uniformly dispersed around the globe the incentives for nations to fight one another would be diminished.”

A Satirical Look at Recent News

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Arizona Senate Takes Wise Stand for Human Life

The Arizona Senate passed two life-affirming bills this week.

Passing by a margin of 18-11m  Senate Bill 1474 is written to prohibit the trafficking of aborted baby body parts in Arizona. Sponsored by Sen. Nancy Barto, these bills have been sparked by Planned Parenthood’s admission of selling baby body parts after it was exposed by the Center for Medical Progress undercover videos.

Also passing the AZ Senate by the same 18-11 count, Senate Bill 1485 prevents abortion mills from gaining eligibility to participate in the State Employee Charitable Campaign. Sen. Andy Biggs sponsored this commonsense bill.

Big Abortion is under investigation for defrauding the government and is in court accused of refusing to report the abuse of under-age girls in eight states. Congress voted to defund Planned Parenthood, forcing President Obama to own a veto and expose himself for defending a scandal-plagued organization.


GOP’s Future Riding on Defeating Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination

I have been a registered Republican since I turned 18, a long, long time ago.

That will change if Senate Republicans do not defeat President Obama’s nomination to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died over the weekend.

If the Republicans do not defeat his nominee, I will be a registered “Independent” before the sun goes down.

President Obama is not willing or capable of nominating anyone remotely close to being a centrist or a strict constructionist. He is a hardcore leftist and will make every effort to strong-arm his kind of radical justice to tip the balance of the Court.

Furthermore, you can place a bet on this: before this year is over (perhaps soon), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire. And then President Obama will nominate a much younger person, who could be a fixture on the court for 30 or 40 years, to replace her. He will not leave it to chance for a potential Republican successor to the White House to nominate someone who isn’t cut out of the same ACLU mold as Justice Ginsburg.

And if you do the right thing, GOP Senators, and defeat Obama’s nomination, then do it again and defeat his subsequent nominee(s).

GOP, you are fighting for your life here. Do the right thing. I doubt that I am the only longtime Republican who will throw in the towel on you if you do not take a strong stand and defeat the wrong kind of nominees to the Supreme Court.

Freedom in America in the Balance

America has lost one of its greatest defenders of freedom. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has tragically died at age 79 — leaving leftists salivating for a complete capture of the Supreme Court.

And if the Supreme Court swings to the Left, your freedom will go with it.

A district judge in Texas said he thinks there will be no action on a nominee to replace Scalia, but that is naïve thinking.

Of course President Obama and his fellow travelers will do everything they can to seize this opportunity to put judicial activists in complete control of America’s judicial system, from the very top on down.

Our only hope is to convince U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham and other Senate Republicans to vote down any nominee Obama presents. These people have let us down before and confirmed two nominees. They should not make it a third.

There is absolutely no doubt that Obama will try to strong-arm a radical nominee through the confirmation process. He will try to intimidate squishy Republicans into doing his bidding. Obama will not nominate anyone close to moderate. He detests the U.S. Constitution, and he sees a clear path to re-writing it now.

We citizens must arise and make our voices heard to every Republican in the U.S. Senate to assure the first nominee is defeated. And then the second, and any others, as well.

Arizona Sheriff Challenges Obama on Gun Grabbing

In a nationally televised town hall Thursday, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu defended Americans’ right to bear arms in the face of President Barack Obama’s assault on the 2nd Amendment.

Babeu, invited by CNN to forum in Virginia, asked Obama what gun control measures he would have implemented to stop previous mass shootings. Obama failed to provide specifics in his answer.

“I was disappointed President Obama could not level with the nation and list for us his ideas for a solution,” Babeu said. “He would rather issue constitutionally questionable executive actions rather than tackle the issues head on working with Congress.”

Babeu said America must focus on mental health issues as a way to address gun violence.

“About half of my jail is filled with people with underlying mental health issues. Jails have become de facto mental health treatment centers,” Babeu said. “Keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill while providing successful treatment options will reduce violence.”

Babeu, selected to appear on CNN because of his strong support for the 2nd Amendment, returned to Arizona Friday and renewed his commitment to protect freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.

“A law abiding citizen with proper firearms training is the best protection against an armed violent predator or terrorist,” Babeu said. “I encourage Arizona residents to learn about their right to bear arms and proper gun safety.”