What would happen if CPAC were to dump the Ron Paul Bots?
Evidently Rand Paul is trying to make deep cuts into the BIA, Indian Health, he also wants to defund the BIA justice system (as in Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, and the Tony Hillerman stories). Does anyone take this man seriously? If they do, why do they take him seriously?
This is about once again screwing the Indian, and going back on all those treaties that we signed with them.
“What Sen. Paul is proposing would mean the end of the policy of self-determination and self-governance, among other things,” said Eric Eberhard, a law professor with the Center for Indian Law and Policy at Seattle University School of Law. “Ironically, even as we see a resurgence of interest and veneration for the U.S. Constitution, there appears to be a blind spot when it comes to the obligations owed Native American Indians in federal treaties solemnly negotiated and ratified as the ‘supreme law of the land,’ ” added Philip Baker-Shenk, a partner in the Holland & Knight firm’s Indian law practice group. “No honest fan of the Constitution can deny that the founders were referring to treaties with the Indians when they wrote the Constitution.”…Added Baker-Shenk, with a nod to the Tea Party ideals Paul holds so dear: “Anyone proposing to terminate the BIA, if they are to honor the Constitution, must accompany that with a proposal for how to otherwise carry out the trust obligations of the United States towards Indians. No one can defend the twisted history of paralysis, waste and inefficiency that is intertwined with the BIA. But surgery and rehabilitation is the constitutional answer, not amputation or manslaughter…””
James Joyner has a great commentary on Outside the Beltway about the lunatic fringe, John Birchers, William F. Buckley, and the far right. The primary funders of the tea parties and the lunatic libertarian fringe are the Koch Brothers. They have become the new power brokers. Their grandfather was one of the principle movers and shakers behind the John Birch Society.
Orrin Hatch has a 100% ACU rating. That is not about being conservative. This is about something else. I think we can start talking vendettas against anyone who does not pander to the cause.
“…Two top officials from FreedomWorks, a leading grassroots organization, are in Utah Thursday to meet with various tea party groups and possible candidates. Russell Walker, FreedomWork’s vice president for political and grassroots campaigns, says the meetings are to analyze the race and to figure out “whether we have a real challenger to Hatch, and if we do have that challenger, what the next step in the process will be.”
FreedomWorks is a nonprofit conservative organization based in the nation’s capital that helps train volunteer activists and has provided much of the organization behind the Tea Party movement.
The organization also supports conservative candidates and last year it was one of the groups that targeted three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett in the months leading up Utah’s GOP convention. Bennett was defeated at the convention in his bid for his party’s re-nomination. Conservatives Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater advanced to the party primary, with Lee winning the GOP nod and then the general election….”
“…In addition, Democrats began to signal that they would try to make this proposal stick to any Republicans who associated with Bachmann. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) used it as a line of attack against his presumptive Republican opponent Rep. Denny Rehberg, who is going to launch his candidacy at a state GOP dinner tomorrow, featuring Bachmann as a headline guest….”
She also thinks that
There are reports that the GOP leadership is doing what we do to small annoying children – ignore them.
What about that big Tea Party Caucus meeting in the Senate?
It’s rather like Rand Paul’s idiotic idea about ending foreign aid to Israel.
There must be something rather pathetic of a movement when people like Rand Paul and Michele Bachmann are the “leaders”, especially when they have no earthly idea how the world words. Then again with Rand Paul, his desire to cut all aid to Israel could have more to do with his
“…Put this in your box of things you don’t hear everyday: A Republican senator, a tea partier no less, is calling for the United States to loosen its connections with Israel. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told ABC News this week that if it were up to him, the US would stop sending foreign aid to what most Republicans consider to be the nation’s most important ally anywhere.
“I think they’re an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world,” Paul told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “Should we be giving free money or welfare to a wealthy nation? I don’t think so.”…”I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel,” Paul told Karl, “but not with money you don’t have. We can’t just borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries even if they are our friends.”…But it’s especially strange that Paul would openly criticize the amount of money the U.S. sends to Israel. Other tea party leaders like Sarah Palin have made unequivocal support for Israel pretty much their only foreign policy plank. Rep. Michele Bachmann, for example, led the House Tea Party caucus in public support for an Israeli preemptive military attack on Iran.
As a constituency, Republicans are extremely supportive of Israel, with fully 85% of Republicans surveyed by Gallup in February 2010 stating they’re on the side of Israel (versus the side of the Palestinians) when it comes to the Middle East peace process….”
Ron Paul cannot win.