Not surprisingly, it was the Nestor of the Founding Generation who made the most lasting and dramatic impact on the final day of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Benjamin Franklin, hobbled by gout, was the central player in three scenes of the final act of this history-changing event.
Last Tuesday, September 7, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he intended to focus the current lame duck session on "mopping up" leftovers from the previous session, these included a national renewable energy policy, a small business jobs bill, and another stimulus bill. Reid said, "We are still going to be in Congress, working, after the election. There are things that we have to do. There is a lot of mopping up to do." Reid failed to mention one small item that his lame duck session is determined to ignore altogether: the Bush "tax cuts" which are set to expire without Congressional action by the end of the year.
As Schoolhouse Rock taught us: “Three is a magic number.” Tom Tancredo learned that lesson well. He is a third-party candidate in a three-way race for Governor of Colorado. He breaks the rule, however, when it comes to the polling data. According to a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday, Tancredo has pulled ahead of the Republican candidate, Dan Maes, by a four-percent margin.
Voice of America News summed up the September 14 primary results succinctly: “Conservative candidates favored by the Tea Party have gathered more ground in some of the last primary elections before November's Congressional elections.”
Voters were not at home with a Republican named Castle in Delaware, as GOP primary voters once again ignored the advice of the party establishment and saw to it that insurgency would continue to be the dominant political theme of 2010. Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell defeated establishment man Mike Castle in the U.S. Senate primary, despite warnings from party chieftains that O'Donnell is "unelectable" in the general election.
The Justice Department’s failure to prosecute the 2008 Black Panther voter intimidation case has prompted the Department of Justice’s internal watchdog to launch an investigation into the DOJ’s enforcement of civil rights laws.
Item: In the early years of the Depression, write Robert Dreier and Donald Cohen in an article entitled “Ignore the fear-mongering on Social Security,” in the Los Angeles Times for August 14, “most business leaders and conservatives considered the very idea that government had a moral responsibility to help senior citizens retire with dignity to be outrageously radical, a dangerous trampling of individual liberty. They predicted that the Social Security tax would bankrupt the country.”
Tens of thousands of patriotic Americans flocked to Washington, D.C., this past weekend for the “March on D.C.,” a four-day-long series of events, ranging from a Liberty XPO and Symposium, to a Constitution Seminar, and finally culminating with the 9/12 march on the Capitol. Organized by “Unite in Action,” a group comprised of more than 50 grass-roots organizations, the weekend boasted a large turnout and powerful displays of patriotism and peaceful resistance.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of an initiative to build an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from New York’s World Trade Center site, told the members of one of the nation’s most influential foreign policy think-tanks on September 13 that his group is exploring alternate options for the highly controversial project.
The fire-breathing — as his reputation would have it — Chief of Staff of the Obama Administration has seemed to keep a low profile of late. Indications are that Rahm Emanuel may be opting to resign his post in the near future. The office of Chief of Staff to the President of the United States is said to be the toughest one in Washington. It is a Cabinet-level position responsible for overseeing the White House staff, managing the President’s schedule and supervising who meets with him — a position dubbed the Gatekeeper to the Oval Office. Even among Presidents who have served two terms, the longest a Chief of Staff has lasted is six years.