| Barack Obama stupidly thought the Republican Tea Party Whackjob fever "would break" after he totally demolished Mitt Romney in the election. Well, he totally demolished Mitt and the fever didn't break.
Republican obstructionist behavior has continued at full force.
Republican determination to cause President Obama's economic policies to fail has continued apace.
Republican hate for the President and the Middle Class has continued unabated and will likely continue until the last history book is written about this man.
And, thank God for lazy bloggers like me, Republican Stupidity is on track to break every record they set in the last few years:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) battered Democrats with questions about whether they would support restrictions on the First or Fourth Amendments he claimed were similar to those an assault weapons ban would impose on the Second:
I pose to the senator from California [Sen. Diane Feinstein], would she deem it consistent with the Bill of Rights for Congress to engage in the same endeavor that we are contemplating doing with the Second Amendment in the context of the First or Fourth Amendment, namely, would she consider it constitutional for congress to specify that the first amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?
But Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) obliterated his argument by noting the analogous actual restrictions on the actual First Amendment:
In reference to the question my colleague from Texas asked, would you limit books? Would you name specific books? Yeah. It's constitutional within the ambit of the First Amendment to eliminate child pornography. And we have lots of laws that are very explicit about that. Very explicit. That are constitutional, that have been upheld as constitutional.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) then dealt the final blow with a direct comparison between First and Second Amendment restrictions both intended to protect public safety:
It is hard to imagine that it would be a violation of the First Amendment for somebody to yell fire in a crowded theater but it's not a violation of the Second Amendment to prevent somebody from bringing a hundred-round magazine into a crowded theater in a Aurora, Colorado.
So, Ted Cruz, Texass Republican, born in Calgary, Canada, is an idiot. Presumably this is the primary reason Texans voted for him, because he is also a Harvard-trained lawyer (though not very well trained), which we know Republicans hate because that's exactly what Barack Obama is.
And if Schumer and Whitehouse's arguments didn't put ol' Ted to shame (our lawyers are better than their lawyers, no?), then let me add these two phrases from the amendments in question to try to show the difference:
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
Boy, those guys were smart.
Republicans are not.
And Ted Cruz is their prime example........for today.