Well, it’s official: we’re officially stuck with Barack Obama and Joe Biden for another four years. The two were officially sworn-in Sunday ahead of tomorrow’s big Inaugural events because of Martin Luther King Day.
The President was officially sworn in for his second term just before noon Sunday in a small, private ceremony led by Obama-care point man Justice John Roberts. “I did it,” Obama told his daughters Sacha and Malia. Joe Biden was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor swore Vice-President Joe Biden in at a small ceremony early Sunday morning. Sotomayor was the first Latino woman to lead a swearing-in ceremony.
In the lead-up to tomorrow’s big Martin Luther King Day to-do, the focus is on looking back to see how the Obamas have changed in the last four years. (FLOTUS’ new bangs notwithstanding.) Alternatively, some are also looking forward and reading into the attendee’s list for Biden’s swearing in to see what they can guess about his 2016 ambitions.
From the Atlantic Wire.
More from political scientist Keith Poole at the Voteview blog:
We find that President Obama is the most ideologically moderate Democratic president in the post-war period, with a first dimension DW-NOMINATE Common Space score of -0.329. President Lyndon Johnson, the second-most moderate Democratic president in this period, has a score of -0.345. President Obama’s ideological position is estimated from his “votes” (statements of support or opposition) on 282 congressional roll call votes. This amount is somewhat low; for example, President George W. Bush “voted” 453 times during his last term in office. However, it is adequate to recover his latent ideological score.
Among members of the 112th Congress, President Obama is ideologically closest to Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), whose score is -0.328. President Obama is also proximate to Senators Bob Casey (D-PA, -0.332), Kent Conrad (D-ND, -0.326), the recently deceased Daniel Inouye (D-HI, -0.331), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH, -0.317). Among Democratic Congressional leaders, President Obama is to the left of Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV, -0.304), and to the right of House Minority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD, -0.395), Senate Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL, -0.401), and House Majority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, -0.530). Interestingly, President Obama has a nearly identical score to former Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Tim Daschle (D-SD, -0.328), whom President Obama had initially nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services after controversy over unpaid taxes.
Using their metric,* which looks at issue where a given president has taken a clear stand (and which therefore excludes rhetorical or symbolic pronouncements), we get the following going back to Truman:
Go to Outside the Beltway.
Found at Bare Naked Islam.
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UN Legally Enforceable Treaty Reducing Mercury Emissions Adopted. Another give away of our rights to a freaking socialist bunch of asswipes!
Democrat: Please Don’t Release That Document Showing We Actually Do Want to Confiscate Guns.
Forget Wal-Mart and skip your local gun show. The murderers of tomorrow will not be found wearing orange vests at your local sporting goods store. They won’t have NRA memberships or trophies on their walls.
You won’t find them in America. Look for them in Obamerica.
67% of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average.
Those are the crowded cities of Obamerica. Those are the places with the most restrictive gun control laws and the highest crime rates. And many of them have been run by Democrats and their political machines for almost as long as they have been broken.
Obama won every major city in the election, except for Jacksonville and Salt Lake City. And the higher the death rate, the bigger his victory.
Nothing saddens me more than to see well-intentioned people championing the “right” to abortion. Because they have to know what it is. They have to know it’s murder. And they don’t care. I don’t want to believe that proponents of abortion are evil. But I can’t help but notice that they turn a blind eye to evil.
Abortion should be “safe.” That’s their refrain. Safe for whom? Certainly not the child. Almost every abortion results in a dead baby. I imagine if you could ask the baby about that, she’d say it wasn’t particularly “safe.”
Child molesters have more “rights” today than an unborn baby. Our society has all but disavowed the death penalty as “cruel and unusual.” Except for abortion, of course. One death penalty is a Constitutional right. It’s a contradiction that is perhaps lost on Roe’s cheerleaders.
So here’s today’s Star-Ledger — Happy Anniversary, Roe.
Hey, let’s make a cake! And blow up some balloons too. Throw a party, to celebrate 40 years of legalized infanticide. It’s the ultimate in feminist nirvanna, the mothers who eat their young. “Mothers” who are taught to live for themselves, and to ignore the need to nurture future generations. They call it “choice.” In reality, it’s selfishness.
Bearing a child is the ultimate act of love. And of sacrifice. But our hedonistic society eschews personal sacrifice. And so a woman can discard her inconvenient child in the morning and go out dancing at night.
Today I came across a pro-abortion image that made my skin crawl. There was no blood, no little aborted baby parts, no image of death. Instead it was a photo of Gloria Steinem, smiling, arms raised in a celebratory pose, wearing a t-shirt that read, “I had an abortion.” Beneath her it asked, “Do you really need to inconvenience yourself for the next 18 years?”
Where to begin?
As a post-abortive mother of four, this infuriated and disgusted me on many different levels.
Firstly, it rekindles my anger toward the “Women’s Liberation” movement that has so emasculated our men and destroyed our society with things like birth control and abortion on demand until a child’s day of birth. Why is it that men are afraid to speak up for their children as they drive their child’s mother to the abortion mill? Because society has spent the last 40 years telling them that the ultimate display of respect and equality to their female counterparts is the freedom and constitutional right that is killing her child at her simplest whim, as if she were having a tooth or a wart removed. Shut up and let me do what I want.
And going one step further, consider the utter selfishness of the question posed in this graphic. Why inconvenience yourself with a child? Kill it so you can continue your promiscuous lifestyle with no regrets. Tell me, please, the last time you heard a mother say she regretted keeping her child. Women do not regret the children they have; they regret the children they didn’t have.
Read the whole thing. Her evidence suggests that post-abortion trauma is very real.
That’s feminism’s Big Lie. That abortion is just a “choice.” Like what to have for dessert. Choose cake, or pudding. Choose motherhood, or not.
Who will weep for the children? Who will mourn the 55,000,000 dead?
I will. And if you don’t have a heart of stone, so will you.