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2 minutes ago, Hodad said:

Indeed, they are. MAGA=RINO. They are trying to claim the name, without any of the longstanding principle and policy that it used to stand for.

Like war? Thanks but I'd rather have a leader who does not cream his undies at the hint of war.

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Lankford’s Make-or-Break Moment on the Border


When Mitch McConnell appointed Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) to lead bipartisan negotiations on immigration in the fall, it seemed a good bet to unite the fractious GOP: The Oklahoman is popular within the party, known as an even-keeled conservative.

Now Lankford is watching his deal with Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) run into a systematic conservative assault led by Speaker Mike Johnson and former President Donald Trump. At least he’s keeping his sense of humor intact, quipping on Wednesday that whether he’s still well-liked is up for debate these days: ‘Used to be.’

It’s not just his policy proposals on the line, but his reputation among Republicans. Lankford himself is becoming a target, facing criticism from Republicans back in Oklahoma and public — if indirect — skepticism of his deal-making acumen from many conservatives whom he’s usually aligned with. 

On 2/7/2024 at 3:36 PM, Nationalist said:

Like war? Thanks but I'd rather have a leader who does not cream his undies at the hint of war.

You mean Cadet Bonespurs Trump did when he dodged the draft?

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Texas Ignores the Constitution and the Rule of Law


He’s right on the nose. MAGA “patriots” want to have their cake and eat it, too, when it comes to the involvement of the federal government in their lives. It’s laughable; perhaps it was even meant tongue-in-cheek. But when it comes to Texas and the states supporting it in its battle against federal control of immigration policy and enforcement, there’s nothing funny going on.

Texas wants the federal government to do more to stem the flow of migrants across its border and be meaner about it. That’s hardly news, nor is it news to anyone that our immigration system is broken. Congress enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act (also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act or the Reagan Amnesty) in November 1986 when Ronald Reagan was president. Almost 40 years later, and despite decades of attempts to reach a compromise that would set the stage for more recent changes to reflect current conditions, there has been no further legislation. Late last week, Speaker Mike Johnson announced that the compromise immigration bill the Senate was working on was “dead on arrival” in the House, and he would not bring it to the floor. And on Wednesday, in his first floor speech as speaker, Johnson said President Biden should use executive action to control migrants at the border. Have you ever heard of House Republicans suggesting a Democratic president should use more executive orders to direct policy? Without the slightest touch of irony, the man who shut down any legislative action intoned, “I’m here this morning to beg my colleagues to help us force the administration to take action.”

Our immigration system is broken—and will stay that way as long as Republicans promote its use as a political weapon. We need a foreign policy that helps stabilize Central American countries that are struggling and that reinforces the importance of protecting human rights, for instance, of women domestic abuse victims who flee for the United States under current conditions. We must respect international law on asylum and also build and communicate clear, readily understood rules for applying for citizenship that do not involve a decades-long wait that incentivizes illegal immigration. We need legislation that creates a rational system for permitting people who want to come to this country to get in line. Immigration is an economic engine that fuels our economy, with both workers and people buying goods and services. We need good federal policy that makes immigration work. But legally, the federal government sets policy, whether good or bad, that controls in this area. The states can’t simply decide they don’t like how the federal government is handling matters. 


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An unserious nation faces dire choices.


Anyone who has ever worked in politics knows that sometimes good bills die for stupid and cheap partisan reasons. The House GOP’s obstruction, however, is beyond partisanship. Republicans are threatening to harm the country and endanger our allies merely to help Trump’s reelection chances, obeying a man under multiple indictments and whose track record as a party leader has been one of unbroken losses and humiliation.

Trump, of course, cares nothing for national policy. He has also clearly abandoned any pretenses about democracy, a position that might seem less than ideal heading into a general election, which is likely why Trump’s campaign has tried to ridicule concerns about its candidate’s commitment to the Constitution. But the former president’s footmen can’t help themselves, and they continue to trumpet their hopes for a dictatorship. Over the weekend, Senator J. D. Vance of Ohio, under pressure from ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, said that a president has the right to defy the Supreme Court. (This wasn’t the first time: Trump, the senator said in 2021, should “stand before the country like Andrew Jackson did and say, ‘The chief justice has made his ruling; now let him enforce it.’” 


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