We wish all the joys of the Passover holiday to you and those you hold dear!
May you be blessed with
happiness, prosperity and peace
and good health on Pesach and always.
Passover is a Jewish religious holiday, which is celebrated to commemorate their emancipation from slavery under the Egyptian pharaoh. The Exodus from Egypt and the freedom won by the Israelites, as mentioned in the Hebrew bible, is honored with the celebration of this festive occasion. The holiday extends over a week and Jews across the world get together with their respective families to revel in the glory of Passover. It is one of the most beloved Jewish festivals and is marked with merriment that continues for an entire week.
The story of Passover:
The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom. ~ Unknown
Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being.
~ Morris Joseph
It’s the law. Americans must now kiss the Obamacare pig.
Regardless of how much lipstick the Obama administration smears, the oinking isn’t going away: a sweeping Ponzi scheme of federal graft to pass the bill including San Joaquin Valley water-for-votes, Bart Stupak’s $52 million dollars for airporKs, Chris Dodd’s new $100 million hospital, special deals for union members, Louisiana purchase, Harry Reid conniving behind closed doors to exempt his staff and others from the health care exchange, abortions paid for by tax payers (an executive order won’t stem the stench), prescription-strength sex-enhancement medication for child sex offenders, federal government take-over of student loans resulting in private sector job loss, $500 billion cut to Medicare, raising Medicaid eligibility and forcing states to pay for it, $100 million in Medicaid money for Tennessee, steep hikes in capital gains and federal income taxes, taxes on medical devices such as automated wheelchairs, heating pads, and ace bandages, heightened risk of medical identity theft and abuse, increased cost of health insurance premiums, massive increase in federal government bureaucracies – over 150 new agencies, 17,000 enforcing IRS agents to be hired, and the swirling slop continues to grow.
The CBO reports that Americans bought a pig in a poke; our debt will rise to 90% of our GDP by 2020. In the meantime, we’re supposed to wade through the muck while paying for four years of taxes before the ‘supposed’ benefits become reality (Obama lied about children with pre-existing conditions being covered NOW).
DIRECTS 1ST DONATIONS TO ANTI-OBAMACARE CANDIDATES IN OHIO
Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC announced a new donation program, dubbed “Prescription for Repeal,” to support conservative candidates who will repeal the worst aspects of Obamacare and restore commonsense principles to healthcare. The first wave of endorsements goes to three conservative leaders in key Ohio Congressional Districts.
The PAC will send each of the endorsed candidates a primary election contribution of $2,500. They are:
Representative Jean Schmidt: Representative Jean Schmidt represents Ohio’s Second Congressional District and is running for reelection to her third full term. She voted against ObamaCare on Sunday. For more information on Representative Jean Schmidt and her campaign, visit www.jeanschmidt.com
Representative Steve Chabot: Representative Steve Chabot served as Congressman in Ohio’s First Congressional District for fourteen years and is running to reclaim his seat. His opponent, Representative Steve Driehaus (D-OH), voted in favor of ObamaCare on Sunday. For more information on Representative Steve Chabot and his campaign, visit www.stevechabot.com
Steve Stivers: Steve Stivers is a former State Senator and small businessman who is running for Ohio’s Fifteenth Congressional District. His opponent, Representative Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), voted in favor of ObamaCare on Sunday. For more information about Steve Stivers and his campaign, visit www.stivers4congress.com
“Health care reform shouldn’t mean higher taxes, cuts to our seniors on Medicare, insurance price controls or greater federal involvement in our lives. America has unfortunately been taken down the wrong path by President Obama, which is why it’s critical we elect fiscally-responsible conservative leaders who will restore commonsense principles to healthcare,” said Romney.
The Ohio donations are the first of a series of “Prescription for Repeal” state rollouts over the coming weeks.
2nd wave of DONATIONS TO ANTI-OBAMACARE CANDIDATES IN Missouri
Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC continued the rollout of its new program, dubbed “Prescription for Repeal,” which supports conservative candidates who will work to repeal the worst aspects of Obamacare and restore commonsense principles to healthcare. This second wave of endorsements goes to six conservative leaders in Missouri.
Representative Roy Blunt: First elected by the people of Missouri to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Representative Roy Blunt is currently running for the U.S. Senate. In his current capacity as a U.S. Representative, he voted against Obamacare on Sunday. For more information on Representative Blunt and his campaign for Senate, visit www.royblunt.com.
Representative Jo Ann Emerson: Representative Jo Ann Emerson represents Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District and is running for reelection to her eighth full term. She voted against Obamacare on Sunday. For more information on Representative Emerson and her campaign, visit www.joannemerson.com.
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer: Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer represents Missouri’s Ninth Congressional District and is running for reelection to his second term. He voted against Obamacare on Sunday. For more information on Representative Luetkemeyer and his campaign, visit www.blaineforcongress.com.
Representative Sam Graves: Representative Sam Graves represents Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District and is running for reelection to his sixth term. He voted against Obamacare on Sunday. For more information on Representative Graves and his campaign, visit www.gravesforcongress.com.
Ed Martin: Ed Martin is community leader and public servant who, among other things, served as chief of staff to former Governor Matt Blunt. Ed is running to represent Missouri’s Third Congressional District. His opponent, Russ Carnahan (D-MO), voted in favor of Obamacare on Sunday. For more information on Ed Martin and his campaign, visit www.edmartinforcongress.com.
Tom Schweich: A former U.S. Ambassador, prosecutor, law enforcement official, and author, Tom Schweich is currently running for Missouri State Auditor. For more information on Tom Schweich and his campaign, visit www.tomschweich.com.
The PAC also announced that it is sending Emerson, Luetkemeyer, Graves, and Martin each a primary election contribution of $2,500 and that it has already sent Blunt a maximum $5,000 primary election contribution. Romney is headlining a fundraising event for Schweich on April 27 in St. Louis.
“President Obama’s healthcare bill – with its higher taxes, cuts in Medicare, insurance price controls and greater federal involvement in our lives — is unhealthy for America. It is critical that we elect fiscally-responsible conservative leaders who will work to restore commonsense principles to healthcare,” said Romney.
These Missouri endorsements are the second in a series of “Prescription for Repeal” state rollouts over the coming weeks.
Joe Biden’s attempt to tie a bow on the pig’s tail at the Obamacare signing ceremony failed when he uttered a rancid expletive remark which was later approved through a text message from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. Obama glibly expressed a desire for t-shirts emblazoned with the expletive and immediately set off on his Rub-’Ravishing-Red’-Lip-Gloss-on-Miss-Piggy tour. Mocking Republicans was a priority:
Jason Mattera is the author of Obama Zombies – a book about the behind-the-scenes methods and tactics the Obama campaign exercised on the youth culture to win an election and create long-lasting devastation to our country. Mattera’s message is to jolt the young masses from their slumber and spark a countercultural barnyard battle against the oinking, ignorant left. In the following video, Mattera speaks with Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Fl), and Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) about the nonsensical gluttony in the porcine Health Care Bill:
We’ve got TWO chances to demolish the pigpen: 2010 and 2012. We’re one step closer to Obama’s stated goal of a single-payer system and must OUT the SNOUTS who voted ‘yes’ for this bill. We must donate money to their opponents, work hard in their districts, and vote to replace as many Democrats as possible. While judicial challenges hope to address the fetid odors coming from this bill, we MUST win seats in the House and Senate this fall. We must capture a larger portion of the youth vote. With a majority in both chambers we can defund lipstick appropriations for Obamacare. We must elect a Republican president in 2012. Then, we must empty the slop bucket by replacing Obamacare with an alternative plan based on private-sector free-market principles.
The way to repeal Obamacare is to remove those who swill the trough. Vote Republican. Support Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC:
Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC […]supports officeholders and candidates who are dedicated to advancing social, fiscal and foreign policies that will strengthen America at this critical time in the nation’s history. The guiding focus is on the core principles that have built and nurtured America since its founding – uncompromised military strength, a belief in the power of free markets and that a competitive America is one where taxes are low and government is small, an emphasis on strong families and a federalist approach to government that leaves decision-making as close to the people as possible.
If the next presidential election were held today, and the two candidates were Democrat Barack Obama and Republican __________, for whom would you vote? (asked of 1050 registered voters) 45 Obama, 41 Romney
47 Obama, 39 Huckabee
49 Obama, 37 Jeb Bush
48 Obama, 36 Gingrich
52 Obama, 34 Palin
If the following candidates were seeking the next Republican Presidential nomination, which ONE would now most likely favor… (ROTATE NAMES)? (asked of 415 Republicans and Republican leaning independents) 29 Romney
8 Jeb Bush
Of the following possible Republican presidential nominees, which ONE do you think would have the best chance to beat Barack Obama in the general election… (ROTATE NAMES)? (asked of 415 Republicans and Republican leaning independents) 42 Romney
8 Jeb Bush
Which ONE of the following do you regard as the major spokesperson for the Republican Party today –(ROTATE NAMES)? (asked of 415 Republicans and Republican leaning independents) 14 Romney 14 McCain
8 George W. Bush
1 Other (volunteered)
12 Not sure/No answer
My thoughts: Romney is within margin or error with Obama, leads 2012 hopeful, is clearly seen as the most electable in a general, AND is viewed as the party spokesman for the Republican party….. It is looking very good for Romney in 2012.
7:00 PM Update: New CNN Opinion Research Poll
Please give me your best guess — if Barack Obama decides to run for re-election, do you think he
will win the presidential election in 2012, or do you think he will lose?
Will win 44%
Will lose 54%
No opinion 2%
Which candidate you would be most likely to support for the Republican nomination for President in the year 2012?
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 22%
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin 18%
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee 17%
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich 8%
Texas Congressman Ron Paul 8%
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty 5%
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum 5%
Indiana Congressman Mike Pence 4%
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour 1%
Someone else (vol.) 8%
None/ No one (vol.) 2%
No opinion 3%
There are two reports from Mitt Romney’s book tour I’d like to share with you.
#1 – Anthony Dalke of RightOSphere does a point by point recap (he took many notes) of Romney’s “discussion” at the McCormick Freedom Project in Chicago. Of interest from Anthony’s post is his warming up to Romney:
In the interest of full disclosure, let me state up front that I am someone who initially had a highly unfavorable opinion of the Governor but has warmed up to him over time, to the point where I would now put him among my “top tier” of desired 2012 candidates.
..and Anthony’s summation:
Mitt clearly came prepared for business, speaking substantively and extemporaneously. He did a good job of remaining firm, yet respectful of the moderator, refuting her assertions that he deemed inaccurate. At times, he appeared slightly flummoxed with interruptions and incessant probing by the moderator. Still, he noticeably impressed the audience, receiving hearty rounds of applause. The event was light on humor but heavy on serious discussion.
News Article and video from Mitt’s Chicago stophere.
#2 – Longtime Romney fan Crystal F. writes of her experience at the La Jolla California book-signing and includes a photo gallery. Her event was much different than the one Anthony attended, and so is her recap, but it is every bit as enjoyable.
You like that mash-up Crystal?
Crystal and her daughter arrived 2 hours early, 1000 said to have attended.
She showed Romney her ‘Mitt 12′ keychain and said “I’m ready when you are.” He laughed and said, “That’s a riot.”
Her daughter got her book Turnaround signed by Romney who seemed pleased to see it.
On March 13th my brothers (Luke and Aaron) and I attended the Salt Lake City stop of Mitt Romney’s No Apology Tour. We bought tickets for the event, and we got one Gold ticket so I could cover the Gold reception before the main event – it turned out that we got press passes the day before the event, thanks to Aaron sending an email request to the Hinckley Institute. The press passes were very nice. They allowed us to roam the aisles and get close up to the front during the event to get some photos and even some video on my little hand-held video camera. (Karen said that we were never in our seats.)
Not sure exactly what to expect, my brothers and I did some preparations to promote this site while we were there knowing there would be thousands of Mitt Romney fans everywhere. The doors opened at 4PM for the 7PM event and there were plenty of people there already to talk to. We brought up several hundred of our Mitt ’12 bumper stickers as incentives for people to sign an email list. With the help of two willing volunteers James Taylor and Eric Hatch, we were able to gather a few hundred emails. We will be contacting them soon with info about our site and an invitation to subscribe to our blog feed via email.
The MRC crew in Utah: Aaron, Nate, Luke, Eric and James
I attended the Gold Reception before the main event. There were a number of familiar faces, but I mostly took pictures and video while snacking on the food. It was there that I ran into long-time friend and co-blogger (CommittedtoRomney.com) Ann Marie Curling and her husband Joel – it was great to see her and catch up with life since they moved to Utah from Kentucky. I did briefly chat with Josh Romney – I asked him if he had any connections and could get me a No Apology t-shirt that all the volunteers were wearing. Unfortunately he didn’t have any connections. Luke, Aaron, Ben, and James were troopers and gathered all the emails while I was up hobnobbing. Thanks guys.
Mitt’s comments were as astute as usual. And Ann Romney was gracious as always. Beyond that there is not much more I can say about it that isn’t revealed better in the videos below.
Video #1: Prep. Short video shows you a little about how we make our Mitt ’12 bumper stickers. It’s a nice little ad for us too. :)
Video #2: From the reception: Ann and Mitt both speak, crowd shots, and singing happy birthday to Mitt
Video #3: Main Event: Selected clips, Q&A, crowd shots. Includes questions about Health Care.
Video #4: 12 year old asks Romney if he’s going to run for president.
(I already embedded this video in another post. Romney gives a great response the question. Click here to see it.)
Sorry for multiple videos. I honestly couldn’t think of what to cut so I ended up putting in all four. It was a great event to attend. If you live near a city which Romney will be visiting on his book tour, make the effort to get there. You won’t regret it!
A 12 year old asks Mitt Romney the BIG question before a crowd of 4400. I’ve seen Mitt answer this question to media at least 2 dozen times, but this answer is my favorite.
The golden quote:
I can’t tell you what will happen; but I can tell you that there will be somebody who runs in the Republican party who can get this country right again. I want to commit that I will either be that person, or I will be working my tail off for that person, and I want you to as well because we’ve got to take back America.
This kind of attitude and dedication to party unity and victory is exactly what I like to see in a prospective candidate. It reminds me of Romney’s support for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008. Mitt did (I believe) some 43 public events on their behalf. One McCain staffer reported that they were very pleased with Mitt’s hard work and that he didn’t refuse a single assignment they asked him to do.
Tune into Larry King Live tonight at 9:00PM-ET to catch an interview with Mitt Romney. Topic: “Mitt Romney wants landmark health care legislation repealed, calling it “an unconscionable abuse of power”. He tells Larry why.”
Anyone who is watching it live tonight feel free to CHAT with us.
The campaign to REPEAL THE BILL begins. All campaigns need funding. Here is the letter the FSA PAC sent out today:
President Obama’s healthcare bill is unhealthy for America. Without a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate, he pushed through a bill that millions of Americans do not want, and for which we cannot conceivably pay.
Health care reform shouldn’t mean higher taxes, cuts to our seniors on Medicare, insurance price controls or greater federal involvement in our lives. But unfortunately that’s just what we’re getting.
America has been taken down the wrong path by President Obama and the Democrats in Congress, which is why it’s critical we elect fiscally-responsible conservative leaders in November who will repeal this bill and restore commonsense principles to healthcare.
That is why I am writing to you today to announce a new initiative at my Free and Strong America PAC called “Prescription for Repeal.” Over the coming weeks and months, my PAC will be providing GOP candidates with the support and funding they need to defeat Democrats who supported ObamaCare.
It is up to us to leave our children and grandchildren an America that is as strong and prosperous as the one we inherited from our parents, and what we do at times like these is critical. I hope you will stand with me today.
Open wide! Our Physician-in-Chief president has ordered a constant dose of socialist medicine to be shoved down every objecting American throat ad infinitum. In spite of Obama’s goal to divide and conquer us, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Mitt Romney to reject Obama’s prescription for health care corruption. Next on Obama’s agenda? Amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Why? After what Obama did to America yesterday, he will need every illegal alien vote to win in 2012.
Much will follow here on MRC on how we move forward. But, today, I offer perspective on the changes occurring in our nation by a NON American – Canadian poet, essayist, author, and Pajamas Media contributor, David Solway. Oft times we skim over articles without really reading, contemplating, or digesting content. I hope you’ll gift yourself with time to read and ponder every word of the article Solway published today:
The American people have elected a president for whom the critical battleground in the world is not the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, or even Afghanistan.
[…]Some PJM readers might ask themselves why a Canadian is so preoccupied with American politics. For one thing, America, as we used to say back when, is “where it’s happening,” for how America goes, so goes the world. Additionally, the immediate political and economic fate of my country is ineluctably tied to that of the U.S. We have the same enemies, our militaries are integrated through NORAD, we share the longest undefended border in the world, we buy property, visit, and vacation in one another’s lands, and of course, under the provisions of NAFTA, the U.S. is Canada’s largest trading partner. If America implodes, we go down the tubes with it.
Thus I pay close attention to the American political scene, which is always fascinating and always instructive, a bellwether for the future. This will explain why I have grown increasingly distraught when I consider what the American people inflicted upon themselves (and the rest of us) by electing a president on a dream and a catchphrase — a man with a dubious leftist background, with no relevant experience apart from serving two years as a junior senator, with little in the way of detectable credentials, boasting a CV with major areas blacked out, who enjoyed the mentorship of impenitent America haters, and who promised to “fundamentally transform” a country that didn’t need to be transformed, only responsibly governed.
The current American president is arguably the gravest mistake the American electorate has ever made and one it may not survive intact. It will inevitably come to regret its decision. This is not the place to run through the chronicle of Obama’s blunders, backslidings, broken promises, outright lying, despotic tendencies, shallow education, historical falsifications, ludicrous policies, betrayal of allies, and economic bungling (assuming this is not deliberate) — the record is accessible in all its details to anyone who wishes to consult it. What strikes me as most ominous, however, is that the American people have elected a president for whom the critical battleground in the world is not the Middle East or Iraq or Iran or even Afghanistan. For this president, the war he is declaring is to be fought right here on American soil against a late-awakened majority of his own countrymen, on whom he wishes to impose a political structure alien to their history, culture, economy, and feeling of exceptionalism. This is a president who is foisting a radical, far-left agenda on a center-right country and who will not be deterred from ramming his project into existence.
Indeed, one must really wonder, as Nancy Morgan has written, whether Obama is trying to bankrupt America, “adopting a strategy outlined by Cloward-Piven: overwhelm the system until it fails, and then replace it. … Based on Obama’s actions to date, reasonable people must allow for the possibility that the change Obama promised may include destroying the free market economic system in order to replace it with an economy regulated by government entities.” Similarly, if the Democratic liberal-left is so smart, Tom Blumer asks rhetorically, why are we so broke? And answers: “because they want us to be.” And as Nancy Coppock writes at American Thinker, “It is not alarmist to identify this situation as a coup d’état.”
Pajamas Media Chicago editor Rick Moran believes that “President Obama means well,” since “even at the risk of disastrous political defeat at the polls in November for his party, he is willing to undertake this imprudent, radical, and unnecessary change in the relationship between the governed and the governors.” I respectfully disagree. I suspect, rather, that what we are observing is an authoritarian personality and dogmatic political commissar intent on forcing his doctrinaire convictions upon the body politic regardless of the cost. It is, so to speak, to the Finland Station or bust. It’s either The Socialist Republic of America or it’s nothing. Let’s not kid ourselves. Obama and his catwalk crowd are not to be intimately equated with Lenin and his Bolsheviks, but they are definitely in the same snack bracket. As J. Robert Smith writes, “the differences … are significant,” yet “Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are decidedly pale reds.” Lenin, he concludes, “would be proud.”
We must not sell Obama short. He is a determined man. He is supremely confident in his oratorical powers, even if his rhetoric sounds somewhat wattled when he’s off the teleprompter. He has the backing of his party, the liberal intelligentsia, the mainstream media, and the teeming campus myrmidons. He is imbued with the theories of leftist revolutionary Saul Alinsky and has no doubt learned much from his friend and former neighbor, founder of the terrorist Weather Underground Bill Ayers, and has mastered what has come to be known as “Chicago tactics — “a machine,” according to Michael Gecan writing in the Boston Review, which “thrives on narrow or limited voting situations” and is predicated on “centralized power and influence.”
Obama’s presidential chutzpah knows no bounds and his primary impulse is winning above all else. But all this and more should be common knowledge by this time. What is not common knowledge is the extent to which the Cloward-Piven doctrine, which envisions the destruction of a capitalist economy and the democratic state on which it is based by spending the nation into financial collapse, seems to inform the president’s domestic strategy. This is the real meaning of Rahm Emanuel’s aphorism: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Accelerated borrowing and debt, galloping inflation (and its twin, deflation of the currency), unaffordable government-controlled health care and the monopolizing of industries and banks, and endlessly expanding entitlement programs which the nation cannot pay for are the weapons of choice to parlay the “crisis” into the statist takeover of a free market economy. Like Shakespeare’s profligate King Reignier, the president is a man “whose large style/Agrees not with the leanness of his purse.” Those who claim with former director of Citibank, Walter Wriston, that nations, unlike individuals or corporations, do not go bankrupt, should think again. Zimbabwe argues otherwise. The miseries of Argentina between 1999-2002, staggering under the combined weight of unemployment, stagflation, and the flight of capital, furnish a paramount object lesson. Sound familiar?
A nation is not built from cyclopean stone. It is a fragile tissue of shared assumptions about the nature of its history, its social consensus, its cultural and political coherence, and its implicit sense of destiny which is always subject to the threat of unraveling into a tangle of loose strands. This is a process that has been gathering momentum for some time now. It did not begin overnight. We can trace this gradual dénouement (or unknotting) from the “progressive school” of education in the 1920s and 30s with its child-centered deprivileging of hard content in favor of method and personal experience, through the student revolution of the 1960s, to the affirmative action enterprise and self-esteem movement of the latter part of the last century, to the postmodern attack on the concept of verifiable, objective truth and the politicizing of the universities we see today.
Allan Bloom charted the impending disaster in his magisterial The Closing of the American Mind which, despite the beating he took for his views in the liberal press and the politically correct modern academy, was frighteningly prescient. This relentless disintegrative process has now come to fruition. America has been demonstrably Zinned and Zizeked. It is only a poorly educated, materially pampered, emotionally driven, and largely ahistorical electorate that could have put a man like Obama into power — a man, as we have noted, enmeshed in a circle of highly problematic friends and allies, with a very sketchy résumé, a patchy and volatile voting record in the Senate, and ultimately with no visible qualifications for the presidency — on the strength of a few resonant clichés and a skein of empty slogans.
The National Review Online published an op-ed by Mitt Romney this morning. Romney’s bold statement entitled “Obama’s ‘Unconscionable Abuse of Power’” concisely depicts a number of problems with the bill and the manner in which it was passed. It ends with this promise of action: “For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.”
This, and other op-eds, videos and speeches, can be found on our menu bar at the top of this page.
UPDATE: Below is an image that we’ve supplied for people to use as their profile picture on Facebook if they wish. In the near future and leading up to the 2010 elections we’ll see what we can do to best help the repeal effort.