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There's a crackdown over Miers, not a "crackup." By Rush Limbaugh

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  1. Desertdog

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    There's a crackdown over Miers, not a "crackup."
    http://www.opinionjournal.com/forms/printThis.html?id=110007417

    BY RUSH LIMBAUGH
    Monday, October 17, 2005 12:01 a.m.

    I love being a conservative. We conservatives are proud of our philosophy. Unlike our liberal friends, who are constantly looking for new words to conceal their true beliefs and are in a perpetual state of reinvention, we conservatives are unapologetic about our ideals. We are confident in our principles and energetic about openly advancing them. We believe in individual liberty, limited government, capitalism, the rule of law, faith, a color-blind society and national security. We support school choice, enterprise zones, tax cuts, welfare reform, faith-based initiatives, political speech, homeowner rights and the war on terrorism. And at our core we embrace and celebrate the most magnificent governing document ever ratified by any nation--the U.S. Constitution. Along with the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes our God-given natural right to be free, it is the foundation on which our government is built and has enabled us to flourish as a people.




    We conservatives are never stronger than when we are advancing our principles. And that's the nature of our current debate over the nomination of Harriet Miers. Will she respect the Constitution? Will she be an originalist who will accept the limited role of the judiciary to interpret and uphold it, and leave the elected branches--we, the people--to set public policy? Given the extraordinary power the Supreme Court has seized from the representative parts of our government, this is no small matter. Roe v. Wade is a primary example of judicial activism. Regardless of one's position on abortion, seven unelected and unaccountable justices simply did not have the constitutional authority to impose their pro-abortion views on the nation. The Constitution empowers the people, through their elected representatives in Congress or the state legislatures, to make this decision.
    Abortion is only one of countless areas in which a mere nine lawyers in robes have imposed their personal policy preferences on the rest of us. The court has conferred due process rights on terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay and benefits on illegal immigrants. It has ruled that animated cyberspace child pornography is protected speech, but certain broadcast ads aired before elections are illegal; it has held that the Ten Commandments can't be displayed in a public building, but they can be displayed outside a public building; and the court has invented rationales to skirt the Constitution, such as using foreign law to strike down juvenile death penalty statutes in over a dozen states.

    For decades conservatives have considered judicial abuse a direct threat to our Constitution and our form of government. The framers didn't create a judicial oligarchy. They created a representative republic. Our opposition to judicial activism runs deep. We've witnessed too many occasions where Republican presidents have nominated the wrong candidates to the court, and we want more assurances this time--some proof. The left, on the other hand, sees the courts as the only way to advance their big-government agenda. They can't win national elections if they're open about their agenda. So, they seek to impose their policies by judicial fiat. It's time to call them on it. And that's what many of us had hoped and expected when the president made his nomination.

    Some liberal commentators mistakenly view the passionate debate among conservatives over the Miers nomination as a "crackup" on the right. They are giddy about "splits" in the conservative base of the GOP. They are predicting doom for the rest of the president's term and gloom for Republican electoral chances in 2006. As usual, liberals don't understand conservatives and never will.

    The Miers nomination shows the strength of the conservative movement. This is no "crackup." It's a crackdown. We conservatives are unified in our objectives. And we are organized to advance them. The purpose of the Miers debate is to ensure that we are doing the very best we can to move the nation in the right direction. And when all is said and done, we will be even stronger and more focused on our agenda and defeating those who obstruct it, just in time for 2006 and 2008. Lest anyone forget, for several years before the 1980 election, we had knockdown battles within the GOP. The result: Ronald Reagan won two massive landslides.





    The real crackup has already occurred--on the left! The Democratic Party has been hijacked by 1960s retreads like Howard Dean; billionaire eccentrics like George Soros; and leftwing computer geeks like Moveon.org. It nominated John Kerry, a notorious Vietnam-era antiwar activist, as its presidential standard-bearer. Its major spokesmen are old extremists like Ted Kennedy and new propagandists like Michael Moore. Its great presidential hope is one of the most divisive figures in U.S. politics, Hillary Clinton. And its favorite son is an impeached, disbarred, held-in-contempt ex-president, Bill Clinton.
    The Democratic Party today is split over the war and a host of cultural issues, such as same-sex marriage and partial birth abortion. It wants to raise taxes, but dares not say so. It can't decide what message to convey to the American people or how to convey it. And even its once- reliable allies in the big media aren't as influential in promoting the party and its agenda as they were in the past. The new media--talk radio, the Internet and cable TV--not only have a growing following, but have helped expose the bias and falsehoods of the big-media, e.g., Dan Rather, CBS News and the forged National Guard documents. Hence, circulation and audience is down, and dropping.

    The American left is stuck trying to repeat the history of its presumed glory years. They hope people will see Iraq as Vietnam, the entirety of the Bush administration as Watergate and Hurricane Katrina as the Great Depression. Beyond looking to the past for their salvation, the problem is that they continue to deceive even themselves. None of their comparisons are true. Meanwhile, we conservatives will continue to focus on making history.
    Mr. Limbaugh is a radio-show host. This is the latest in our occasional series.
     
  2. MrTuffPaws

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    Good golly, what has Rush turned into? :barf: He used to be funny back in the early 90's. No he just spews with the rest pundits spew. What a waste of talent.
     
  3. RealGun

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    These conservative arguments re the SCOTUS are consistently disingenuous. All they really care about is outlawing abortion. :barf:

    I still say that stacking the Court is not the way to deal with the real problems of finding jurisdiction where there is none and finding things in the Constitution that aren't there. This is all the fault of Congress for not challenging the Court, especially those Justices with opinions in favor of highly questionable rulings. If Congress won't do it, lawyers sticking up for lawyers, the President should speak up.
     
  4. dasmi

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    No, that isn't all we care about.
     
  5. RealGun

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    THR conservatives, including me, are different than the ones calling themselves conservatives and making the arguments in the media. Listen to the rest of the media and the special interest groups. You rarely hear any concern voiced except re abortion or ancillary to abortion. Those who voted for Bush hoping for some influence on the Supreme Court picks and screaming now were not thinking about interstate commerce and eminent domain when they voted, trust me. Among those who call themselves conservatives, the church people have one and only one concern...use the law to impose their beliefs on everyone. They aren't truly concerned about how constitutionally questionable Roe v Wade might have been. They hate it because it substantially legalized abortion.
     
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    "Those who voted for Bush hoping for some influence on the Supreme Court picks and screaming now were not thinking about interstate commerce and eminent domain when they voted, trust me."

    I voted for Bush in large part because of the potential for him to appoint justices to the Court, and abortion is not my issue. The Second Amendment is one of many that concerns me. And Harriet Miers concerns me.
     
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    Wow, that has to be the most utterly content-free editorial I've ever read, Maureen Dowd notwithstanding. When did he go from being a clever gadfly to being majority whip?
     
  8. rick_reno

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    People say the darnest things while in an OxyContin haze.
     
  9. Biker

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    A true excersise in hypocrisy and duplicity, this Rush guy. His main agenda is advancing the Repub party at the expense of the country as a whole and the BOR in particular. I remember him often referring to "long-haired dope smokers" on a number of occasions with disdain. I suppose that being a short-haired, chubby oxy user is more respectable. Apparantly so, in any case.
    He falls under the same umbrella as Michael Moore in my book-easily dismissable to anyone with an open mind.
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  10. TexasRifleman

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    Actually, as a conservative, the abortion argument is about 478th on my list of things to care about. Abortion interests me not at all, there are much more important issues.

    That one just gets the press and attention because it's so inflammatory.
     
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    I'm another person who voted for W because of the potentiality of bringing the SCOTUS back from the Left Wing. I don't want a Right Wing court, either. I want one that looks at the Constitution and what does IT say about a particular thing. Too much law has been written from the bench and that is not good. I never trusted Bush 41, and lately W has begun to look just like his father. He signed McCain-Feingold, he supports "reasonable" gun bans, he looks the other way as our borders are violated, He is attempting to buy a legacy of a "get along" guy by spending us into oblivion. He tries to accomodate folks who hate him. A worthy Christian principle. But he doesn't understand that governing with a backbone is not necessarily repaying the hate with like behavior.

    Regarding terrorism: He has that right! A line needed to be drawn and W happened to be in the guy in charge when that moment happened. My only complaint in that regard is we are not being as pro-active as we could. Nor did he trust us to understand the necessity of drawing that line by speaking to the fact we were at war with a religious apostacy (not a religion itself) that has its tentacles so entwined thorughout the world with out ginning it up with some inflamatory propaganda that was accurate but not momentarily urgent. Wahhabist Islam wants a world wide Wahhabi Caliphate and they are patient and stubborn and will not countenance anything else. Talking won't get it done. It IS about oil. Energy is the lubricant to civilization. Whether everyone agrees or not, America is the glue that holds civilization together. Energy will propel and enlarge the benefits of a civil society throughout the world. If we fracture and fall apart as a indivisible nation, the world will collapse into total barbarism. Sadly, the left has no clue to the ramifications of their polity of isolationism, pacifism, tree hugging and Coca Cola hand holding.

    I fear that the Constitution is looked at by both major parties as a document to be twisted into saying whatever the conventional wisdom wants it to say. We should have legislators, presidents and judges who rather look at how do we conform to what IT says. That has not happened for a long time now. In a selfish sort of way, I'm glad I'm old so I don't have to live much longer watching that document being treated as if it were a high school term paper.
     
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    Gosh, that wacky Rush Limbaugh is so unpredictable. Will he say something in support of Bush or merely in support of the Republican party platform in general?

    Also, how can you support the "war on terrorism" in the same breath that you support individual liberties, the rule of law and small government? The war on terror has dramatically increased the size and intrusiveness of every aspect of government. Not only that, it has lead to all sorts of creative ways of evading the laws so that we can more effectively torture or detain suspected terrorists without habeas corpus.

    What the hell is Rush smoking? He needs to quit being a shill for the Rooseveltian party and get back to his (paleo+libertarian, not neo) conservative roots. He is doing the conservatives a disservice by blindly supporting the party, right or wrong.
     
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    Beer - a couple of points. First, it's not the "war on terroism". You haven't been paying attention - it now the "struggle against global extremism". The "war on terrorism" wasn't selling so they renamed it. The new "struggle against global extremism" is bigger, brighter, better, guaranteed to take off excess weight, restore hair loss and make your clothes come out of the wash looking like new. Learn to like it - it's going to be a big hit.

    Second, it's easy to support this "struggle" and individual liberties. Try this, cram enough prescription pain killers down your gullet to kill pony and you'll be amazed at what you can and can't support. Give it another year, Rush will getting instructions directly from God and we know how wacko things can get when that happens.
     
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    Rush is my hero. People dislike him because they can't handle the truth and hate being proven wrong. I have an autographed copy of his first book.

    This should get the pot boiling. :fire:
     
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    I thought it was going to start out:

    I love being a synthetic-heroin gobbler.

    Here's Rush a few months ago:

    "Put all marijuana users in jail! They're criminals!" (He then Pops 50 heroin pills during commercial break).
     
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    I do a lot of driving and will listen to Rush on occassion.

    In my limited listening I have heard him many times bemoan the fact that this administration is pro big government.

    He certainly isn't a cheer leader for Ms. Miers either.

    He definately supports the President on the war on terrror and that trumps much in his mind.

    I voted for President Bush with the Supreme Court in mind. Abortion is only one of the issues that they have FUBARed.

    I thought the article was good. He didn't say that this administration was living up to the ideals of the" conservative movement" at all. Actually it said the opposite. The debate is healthy only because the administration isn't living up to its promises and the crackdown is against this administration!
     
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    I'm sure that you're joking, right? The pot has been approaching the boiling point for quite awhile now. Can 280 million frogs be wrong?
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    My sentiments exactly.
     
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    The national leftist extremist so-called "news" media are doing their best to make everything an abortion issue in the hope of scaring women away from the Republicans. I think it's their last bogeyman.
     
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    Are you saying it is a conspiracy?
     
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    Rush is one of the most brillant political minds in history. He says everything for a reason. People that attack him for his past drug problem usually do so because they don't have anything inteligent to to respond.

    Listen to what he says for a full week and see if you still feel the same. He is a great American.
     
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    +1, Sturmruger:) . Rush is indeed a great American and has consistently showed the American people what the Libs really stand for and for this the socialists absolutely despise him. Noticed the roaches have been infiltrating THR as of late:rolleyes: .
     
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    I agree with realgun.......the main issue is that Congress is to weak(or simply does not care) to be an active check on SCOTUS rulings.
     
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    Are you doing oxy too? Address his hypocrisy, if you would. Brilliant political mind? Possibly. What does that have to do with honesty and integrity?
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    So if someone disagrees with 'El Rushbo', they're a cockroach?
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