July 15, 2024

Powell Whacks Cheney, Obama Moves To Center and Judges Go Into Hiding

Powell Challenges Cheney

May 25 (Bloomberg) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell challenged former Vice President Dick Cheney and talk show host Rush Limbaugh over the future of the Republican Party, saying it must be more inclusive or “watch the world go by.”

“If we don’t reach out more, the party is going to be sitting on a very, very narrow base,” Powell said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”..

“On almost every demographic indicator the Republican Party is losing,” Powell said. “The Republican Party has to take a hard look at itself and ask, ‘What kind of party are we?’”

The Republicans continue to struggle without a universally accepted leader of the Party.  Whatever happened to G. Bush?  On a positive note for the GOP,  turnarounds usually start when the situation appears most hopeless.

Obama’s Center-Left Two-Step

Over the last week, the true nature of Obama’s political project has come into much clearer view. He is out to build a new and enduring political establishment, located slightly to the left of center but including everyone except the far right.

Extremists on each end of the spectrum should be excluded since they lack an appreciation for the virtues of compromise.  Every day someone is explaining how the President has moved to the center or adopted policies of the last President – did Obama vote for Bush in the last election?

Threats To Judges, Prosecutors  Soaring

Threats against the nation’s judges and prosecutors have sharply increased, prompting hundreds to get 24-hour protection from armed U.S. marshals.

The threats and other harassing communications against federal court personnel have more than doubled in the past six years, from 592 to 1,278, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which protects judges and prosecutors, says several hundred require 24-hour guard for days, weeks or months at a time each year, depending on the case.

State court officials are seeing the same trend, although no numbers are available.

Threats to judges and prosecutors strike at the very heart of our civil liberties which are protected by the judicial system.  Does the unraveling of our economic system play a role in this story?

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