Republican Presidential hopeful New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made headlines for pithily reiterating his intention to enforce federal laws regarding marijuana. This barb uttered on the hustings in New Hampshire echoes prior pronouncements about respecting federal supremacy on drug laws, though Christie also wants to encourage rehab for non-violent offenders.
Some pundits wonder about alienating the "Rocky Mountain High" vote in places like Colorado and Washington with legalized recreational marijuana. But such cynical campaign critics fail to appreciate the importance of the rule of law to the Republican party base. Moreover, such a staunch stance for law and order reinforces Christie's tough New Jersey persona as well as reminds voters that Christie got his start in public service by being appointed United States Attorney by President George W. Bush in 2002.
President Barack Obama was lecturing Africans about human rights in a speech in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Obama's entreaties about human rights seem hollow as a third video exposing Planned Parenthood selling body parts was released. To be fair, Mr. Obama qualified that all persons were born equal. But President Obama's rhetoric does not meet his reality or his record. While he was a state legislator in Illinois, Barack Obama opposed a ban on partial birth abortions as well as being the only politician opposed to the Born-Alive Protection Act. For the unborn, perhaps "Every person has worth" takes on another meaning.
The Center for Medical Progress expose videos have been shunned by the Lamestream Media as it challenges their progressive pieties. Many others who have seen the videos, including some pro-choice people, have been revolted by prospects of Planned Parenthood profiting on baby parts. As a society, we need to gestate a respect for life and come to grips who who is a person who deserves dignity. Does this include the unborn? How about the elderly who no longer can contribute to society and are persons who can be framed as a costly medical burden?
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a piercing floor speech denouncing the tactics of Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of reneging on promises about floor votes over the Export-Import Bank. Majority Leader McConnell used the parliamentary tactic of "filling the amendment tree" to only add the Export Import Bank Amendment to the must pass Senate Highway Bill and a symbolic Repeal Obamacare vote (which was doomed to fail cloture), Senator Cruz lambasted protecting the vested interests of the Washington Cartel through legislative legerdemain which ousted Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) made famous.
Thereafter, it was unlikely that Senator Cruz was going to be invited to any future Cocktail Parties by the Washington establishment. But Grand Old Party establishment grey beards like Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), denounced the lack of decorum, which opaquely criticized the Junior Senator from Texas. Of course these attacks were more restrained than earlier criticisms of young turk's aggressive ways in Washington, which colleague Senator John McCain affectionately attributed as "wacko birds".
Many have attributed the wave of support for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to dissatisfaction with Do Nothing Republicans who will not speak the truth. If the Trump boomlet ends, has Ted Cruz positioned himself to gain the support of those who want to Make DC listen again?
A broader question for the Grand Old Party faithful is whether the electorate should not register their protest for elected officials that campaign one way but govern in another that is almost indistinguishable from the Democrat opposition.