The Desolate Wilderness

The classic Review & Outlook columns that have appeared since 1961.

Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton, keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford, sometime governor thereof:

So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.

The next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.

Being now passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before them in expectations, they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns, to repair unto to seek for succour; and for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search unknown coasts.

Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were, they then knew not: for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to Heaven) they could have but little solace or content in respect of any outward object; for summer being ended, all things stand in appearance with a weatherbeaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew.

If they looked behind them, there was a mighty ocean which they had passed, and was now as a main bar or gulph to separate them from all the civil parts of the world.

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Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez…..Obama’s Amnesty Announcement

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Thank you, Mr. President

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By Ed Lasky

America can certainly blame a lot of our problems on Barack Obama and the Democratic Party: trillions of dollars in debt, an eviscerated military, the ruin of our healthcare system through “reform” (now the world’s biggest fraud), sky-high food stamp and disability payments, the trampling of the Constitution, the collapse of our standing in the world. But, believe it or not, there are reasons to be grateful to them.

They have awakened a sleeping giant from a hallucinogenic dream that started in 2008, and that giant bellowed on Election Day. As Howard Beal might declare, we were mad as hell and would not take it anymore.

The aftermath of the election has been dramatic. Barack Obama been repudiated: his policies, after all, were on the ballot and many of his enablers are looking for jobs now.

But the victory was manifold — deep and wide. The blue state model has been crumbling for years-decades — and came to a tumbling electoral collapse on November 5th. The great experiment in liberalism has come up a cropper. The Democratic Party as a “brand” has been tarnished. Latest polls show that the Republican Party is more trusted to steer the future of the country than the Democratic Party.

They have lost the Senate; they have lost the House; and they have lost the country.

The New York Post editorial board opined :

In fact, a new Gallup poll suggests the tide of GOP victories corresponds to a shift in voters’ perceptions of the two major parties.

By an overwhelming 50-to-36 percent margin, Gallup found that Americans want congressional Republicans — not President Obama — to steer the country. (snip).

In fact, this year’s poll marks the biggest GOP advantage since Gallup started asking the question in 1992. At the same time, Gallup found favorable ratings for both Obama and his party have fallen to record lows.

Americans want a Republican Congress, not Democrats, to set the national agenda.

George Condon writes at the National Journal, “From Congress to state capitals, the last six years have taken a huge toll on Democrats’ fortunes”:

In 2009, Democrats had 60 senators, when you include the two independents who caucused with them; in 2015, they will have 45. In 2009, Democrats had 256 members of the House; in 2015, they will have 192. In 2009, Democrats had 28 governors; in 2015, they will have 18. In 2009,

Democrats controlled both legislative chambers in 27 states; in 2015, they will control only 11. In 2009, Democrats controlled 62 legislative chambers; in 2015, they will control only 28 (with one tie and two still undecided).

The impact of the carnage in state legislatures on Obama’s watch is hard to overstate. This is where the future classes of mayors, governors, and members of Congress are bred. This is where the boundary lines are drawn for congressional and legislative districts. This is where party leaders come from. And this is where the rules are made for party primaries and election laws are set. According to Tim Storey at the National Conference of State Legislatures, what we saw on Tuesday was an almost unprecedented “Republican wave,” which he said, leaves “Democrats at their lowest point in state legislatures in nearly a century.”

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Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez…..”Speaking of Illegal”

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Congressional Republicans consider using short-term funding bill to pressure Obama

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By Robert Costa

Congressional Republicans said Friday that they might create a series of showdowns over funding the government to try to force President Obama to back down on his expected plans to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

Instead of passing a spending bill in the coming days that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, Republicans are considering a short-term measure that would expire early next year, according to more than a dozen top lawmakers and their aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

When Congress reconvenes in the new year, Republicans would then pass other short-term bills, each designed to create a forum to push back against the president and, possibly, gain concessions. Republicans also are planning to file a lawsuit against the president over his use of executive authority, according to the lawmakers and aides.

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Defiant Obama: I will use my power

The president defended his plans to use executive power at a joint press conference with Burmese dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi. | AP Photo

The president defended his plans to use executive power at a joint press conference with Burmese dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi. | AP Photo

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By Josh Gerstein POLITICO

YANGON, Myanmar — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his plans to use executive power to bypass Congress, signaling that he’s determined to move on issues like immigration and climate change, especially when lawmakers have failed to act.

“They have the ability to fix the system. What they don’t have the ability to do is expect me to stand by with a broken system in perpetuity,” Obama said on immigration reform at a joint press conference here with Burmese dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “It’s way overdue. We’ve been talking about it for 10 years now and it’s been consistently stalled.”

Obama said he’s determined to grant relief to illegal immigrants in the coming weeks if Congress doesn’t produce a bill first.

“I gave the House over a year to at least give a vote on the Senate bill. They failed to do so,” the president said. “I indicated to Speaker Boehner several months ago that if Congress failed to act, I would use all lawful authority that I possess…That’s going to happen. And that’s going to happen before the end of the year.”

Obama also suggested that the deal he cut with China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was proper because he has to take into account longer-term interests than do lawmakers who have resisted such actions.

“I have been very clear I have a responsibility as president not just to the current generation but but to future generations,” the president declared. “I took seriously the notion that we want all countries to participate in solving a global problem so I engaged with China over a lengthy set of negotiations and by all independent accounts for the first time we got China to make a very serious commitment to constrain its greenhouse gas emissions. Why would anybody be against that? It sounds like the right thing to do to me.”

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other Republicans have faulted the agreement for requiring the U.S. to cut emissions by 2025 to 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels, while China can continue increasingly greenhouse gas output until 2030.

Obama did not respond directly to that criticism on Friday, but his aides have said the difference takes account of China’s lower level of economic development and its dependence in the short-term on coal-fired power plants to meet its booming energy needs.

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Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez….What is causing Illegal Immigration?

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Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez….Obama Covers Joe Cocker Song

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Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez…..Lame Duck

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Democrats bail on Mary Landrieu

A DSCC spokesman says 'Mary Landrieu is a proven run-off winner.' | Madeline Marshall for POLITICO

A DSCC spokesman says ‘Mary Landrieu is a proven run-off winner.’ | Madeline Marshall for POLITICO

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By JAMES HOHMANN and MAGGIE HABERMAN

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana.

The committee canceled all broadcast buys planned from Monday through Dec. 6 in the state’s five major media markets, three sources tracking the air war told POLITICO.

That’s about $1.6 million worth of time. The DSCC is in the process of canceling an additional $275,000 in cable placements, according to buyer sources.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, by contrast, has reserved $2.3 million of broadcast ad time over the next month.

With control of the Senate no longer on the line, the race becomes less important for both party committees — each of which took out loans in the final weeks before Tuesday’s election.

“Mary Landrieu is a proven runoff winner, and we support her 100 percent,” said DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky. “We are going to make ongoing determinations on how best to invest in the race. We made the initial reservation when there were concerns that the rates would skyrocket, but they have stabilized, giving us more flexibility to make week-to-week decisions.”

Landrieu underperformed public polls on Tuesday and finished with 42 percent, just 16,000 more votes and 1 percentage point more than her Republican opponent Bill Cassidy. Her showing came even with tea party candidate Rob Maness receiving 14 percent.

Republicans still have $7.2 million in broadcast reservations for the next four weeks in the Bayou State. Cassidy has reserved $1.3 million; Ending Spending and its Super PAC, $1.6 million; the National Rifle Association, $1.1 million; and Freedom Partners, $822,000.

The only Democratic outside group with broadcast reservations for the runoff right now is the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which reserved just $101,000 for the final two weeks of the runoff.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/democrats-ads-mary-landrieu-112647.html#ixzz3IOAwz7lA

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