Tom’s Sunday Sermon

Dear All,

The B//CS Tea Party website is pleased to announce a new contributor: Tom Hammond with a weekly column: Tom’s Sunday Sermon.

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Tom’s Sunday Sermon

Many of you reached out w condolences on the passing of my brother, Johnny.  Thank you. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated in a challenging time.

So Tom – are you happy about the election results?”  “I’m thrilled! “

The country sent a resounding message to the President and his liberal policies. Winning the Senate majority is huge but also seeing three liberal states (Illinois, Maryland & Massachusetts) elect Republican governors was nice.  I guess folks in those fine states hit their liberalism “tipping point.”  And even though liberals poured tens of millions to “turn Texas blue,” Texas is more red than ever!
So are we on path to restoring this great country Tom?  Well sorta.
We woke up Wednesday with hope for a better direction and that’s a great thing. But, I believe it’s true-Conservatives who will lead this great nation going forward. For example, I held my nose and voted for John Cornyn for US Senator because John Cornyn is better for this country than his Democrat opponent, David Alameel.  I know some Conservatives who would not vote for John Cornyn, I respect that. I sent Mr Cornyn a respectful note of congratulations and encouraged him to exhibit the Conservative values he professes to …  but does not always exhibit.  The time to defeat politicians who disappoint us is in the primary vote. In the Republican primary earlier this year, Mr Cornyn only garnered 59% of the vote, not very good for a sitting Senator.  I believe he can be beat  in the primary next time around.
Ted Cruz acts according to his campaign promises. Isn’t it reasonable to expect our politicians to follow through as they promised in their campaigns?
Do you vote in the primaries?  It can be a great “next step” of engagement if you do not.

Nine Bills Republicans Should Pass Immediately” – from Ben Shapiro:

“The big question now confronts a newly-emergent Republican majority in the Senate and an overwhelming Republican majority in the House: what’s next? Some party leaders have called for working w the opposition; some have proposed comprehensive legislation. Others say it’s time to push forward w a hard-core conservative agenda, full speed ahead.
The answer truly lies in combatting the narrative that the media will no doubt embrace: Republicans as the Party of No. We saw this narrative emerge in the aftermath of the Republican victories of 2010; Obama then ran against the supposedly obstructionist Congress. The media, seeking to prop up a Hillary Clinton run, will now demonize the Republican Party as a roadblock to progress.
Which is why the GOP must reverse the narrative. It is President Obama who is the roadblock. He is, in fact, the President of No.
How can the GOP achieve this reversal? By moving beyond omnibus packages, pork-laden monstrosities cobbled together via a consensus-building process. Instead, Republicans should pursue short, single-issue bills, no more than 10 pages in length, w clear and concise language. The bills should all be simple, comprehensible, and inescapable in the conclusions constituents should draw from a Congressional vote on them.

Here are the top options for Republicans:

Stop Amnesty Now.  President Obama wants to pursue executive amnesty. We all know it. He knows it; his cabinet knows it; the media know it. The Republicans should pass a one-page bill defunding any agency of government that refuses to implement federal immigration law or that facilities such refusal. The executive branch does not have the cash to implement amnesty – unless Congress gives it to President Obama.
Border Security.  Republicans should immediately pass a bill securing the southern border, w funds available to complete the fence. These funds should, if possible, be given to border state governors for implementation should those governors apply for grants. Furthermore, Republicans should fully fund all immigration agents so that the great lie that government cannot keep track of those illegally in the country can be put to bed once and for all: if the IRS can keep track of hundreds of millions of Americans, surely the feds can keep track of 10 million illegal immigrants.
Piecemeal Funding of the Government.  Republicans are already talking about passing a full budget. They shouldn’t. The budget process is a joke, created purely for the purpose of lard-slathered legislation. Instead, Republicans should individually fund each portion of the government, and force Obama to veto every one of those bills. Let him go on record as opposing funding for the Defense Department, the Centers for Disease Control, and the like, all in order to preserve his precious Obamacare. It will be difficult for him to argue that a government shutdown is the Republicans’ fault when he has hundreds of individual bills funding everything Americans want on his desk awaiting signature.
Repeal Obamacare.  Yes, full repeal. Obama will reject it. That does not matter. The point is that the American people do not like Obamacare, and are not interested in preserving it. A full quarter of Americans said in exit polls yesterday that health care was their top voting priority. That number is likely to rise as Obamacare is implemented. Republicans pledged repeal. Now is the time for them to fulfill that pledge.
Restore Defense Department Cuts.  The cuts to Defense funding under President Obama’s sequestration have been disastrous for Americans’ security. We no longer have the capacity to fight two wars simultaneously – a basic requirement of national security – and we are looking at the greatest cuts to military readiness in almost a century. Republicans should move quickly to replace Defense spending in the face of a growing threat from Islamic terrorism, Russian imperialism, and Chinese militarism.
Withdraw Funding from Certain Parts of the United Nations.  The United Nations is an ammoral joke, and councils like the Human Rights Council are far worse than that. Spending millions of taxpayer dollars to prop up failing dictatorships and thugocracies isn’t just wrong, it’s an insult to the men and women who work every day to stop such dictatorships – and those who die trying to fight them.
Pass Strong Sanctions on Iran, Withdraw Funding for the Palestinian Authority, Move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.  President Obama’s outreach to Iran has been one of the greatest catastrophes for American foreign policy in decades. Iran will go nuclear, unless the United States takes severe actions against Iran. That means harsh sanctions, beginning now. That would also send Iran the signal that no matter how much President Obama hates chicken***t Israeli Prime Mister Benjamin Netanyahu, the people of the US stand shoulder-to-shoulder w Israel. The same message would be sent by moving the embassy to Jerusalem – right now, the Obama administration refuses to even state that Jerusalem is a part of Israel – or w a move by the Congress to cut off foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, which is working w Hamas in a genocidally anti-Jewish campaign of terror against the Jewish state.
Dismantle Common Core.  Common Core is set to plague states across the country w its mishmash of standards and requirements. Federal power over education should be delegated back to the states, where it belongs. Republicans on the state level should then vote to set up grant programs that create actual teacher training standards, as in countries like Finland.
Greenlight Keystone XL.  New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already said that this remains a top priority. President Obama should be forced to give Keystone XL and up-or-down decision as soon as possible. As Alison Lundergran Grimes found out, Americans like access to energy.
There are plenty more such legislative proposals worthy of consideration. The bottom line: if Republicans blow this opportunity to draw a contrast w the Democratic Party, they will have failed dramatically. President Obama must become the President of No in order for Americans to see Republicans as a party worth saying yes in 2016.”
News, notes and whatever:
  1. African American Senator-elect Tim Scott (R-SC) — in response to being told that he was graded “F” by
    Senator Tim Scott (R- SC)

    Senator Tim Scott (R- SC)

    the NAACP … “I believe progress has to be made and the government is not the answer. I was a kid growing up in poverty. I had a mentor who was a Chick-Fil-A operator named John Moniz who taught me that the brilliance of the American economy happens through business ownership and entrepreneurial spirit … success is possible if you, a) have a good education and b) have a strong work ethic.

  • At least 25 Senate Democrats who voted for the president’s health care plan now have the title “former” preceding their title “Senator.”
  • Texas Senator Konni Burton (Dist 10)

    Texas Senator Konni Burton (Dist 10)

    Wendy Davis’ old seat in the Texas State Senate (Ft Worth) was won by Konni Burton, a Conservative Tea Party aligned Republican.

 

 

 

 

  • France’s Socialist Party leader Francois Hollande has a 12% mid-term approval rating after not delivering on promises to lower unemployment and reduce deficits.  Liberalism, socialism, communism … it doesn’t work.

 

Breaking news: Experts Don't Know....

Breaking news: Experts Don’t Know….

  • CNN asked for a double digit fee increase to which Dish Network Chairman Charlie Egen (who dropped CNN) said when they “find that plane” he’ll consider adding them to Dish’ lineup.
DYK?  Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings!
See ya next week.
Lower spending, lower taxes, minimum regulation – and get government out of our lives. The Conservative ticket. Spread the word. Send ’em a Sermon!
Tom Hammond

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