1. Diana West: Is a "Two-State Solution" Our Only Hope?
2. Ryan Mauro: Christie Says "Bigots" Attacking Him on Radical Islam
3. Doug Johnson: House Speaker John Boehner Already Offering Obama Higher Taxes
Is a "Two-State Solution" Our Only Hope?
By Diana West
Stanley Kurtz provides a likely summation of what is in store in Obama's second term. What would that be? Obama's first term. Kurtz explains: "That’s because the president’s first term hasn’t really happened yet, at least not in the conventional sense. Ordinarily, a president enacts various policies in his first term, the public test-drives the changes, and the president’s reelection campaign is a referendum on those new policies. The difference in Obama’s case is that in order to secure reelection, he has backloaded nearly all of his most transformative and controversial changes into a second term. Obama’s next term will actually put into effect health-care reform, Dodd-Frank, and a host of other highly controversial policies that are already surging through the pipeline yet still barely known to the public." [more...]
Christie Says "Bigots" Attacking Him on Radical Islam
By Ryan Mauro
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, often described as a "rock star" in the Republican Party, has finally addressed the criticism of his courtship of Islamists. On July 24, Christie held an Iftar dinner at the Governor's Mansion, attended by Imam Mohammad Qatanani, a Hamas-linked cleric whose deportation is sought by the Department of Homeland Security. Christie reiterated his support for Qatanani and made the case to his Muslim audience that he is their ally by ridiculing the "bigots" attacking him. Christie opens by talking about the attacks on "our relationship" (between him and, as he would characterize it, the Muslim community of N.J.) that show a "gaze of intolerance that's going around our country that is disturbing." [more...]
House Speaker John Boehner Already Offering Obama Higher Taxes
By Doug Johnson
Speaker of the House John Boehner didn’t even make it 24 hours past the election before making offers to give in to President Obama on higher taxes. Anyone thinking that the House of Representatives under his leadership has any chance of holding the line for Republicans until the 2014 midterm elections is dreaming. America is now in a very dark place and those of us who hold to traditional values and want to see America shine again will have to be diligent and fight hard to keep people like John Boehner from giving away what little negotiating ability we have left. If the Republican Party is to survive, it must give up the ways of establishment Republicans or be replaced with a new, more vibrant and effective party with solid values and strong leadership. [more...]