Morning Briefing: November 26, 2012

by Jen Green

So much for democracy . . .

The “Arab Spring” in Egypt has bloomed into a self-declared dictator, a country in turmoil, and the government at a standstill. Mohamed Morsi has given himself almost absolute power in a declaration that has been decried by many groups, including Egypt’s judiciary. The country has been awash in protests since last week.

Still supporting Morsi is the Muslim Brotherhood, who is calling for counter demonstrations tomorrow.

Our  White House and State Department’s bold reply to another radical Muslim dictator wanna-be taking control over one of our “allies?” They say it “raises concern.”

For this they’ll fight  . . .

We know there’s not a lot of things for which the Republican Establishment will put up a fight. We have found one.

No. It’s not saving the lives of unborn babies. In fact, our favorite ruling classer John McCain said over the weekend that we should just leave “abortion alone” aside from just stating our personal beliefs in it because “young women” don’t like our stand. He also said since we need a bigger tent we need to talk “immigration reform.”

They also won’t fight for Americans to be able to keep their hard earned money. No, declaring it a “new age,” all sorts of establishment hack politicians said over the weekend they didn’t care about some stinkin’ tax pledge and were gonna raise the roof on the “rich.”

Led by the incomparable stalwarts such as Saxby Chambliss, Lindsey Graham, and NY’s Peter King, they are going to ignore their “decades-old pledge from the Americans for Tax Reform group[ . . .] signed by 238 House members and 41 senators in this Congress and has essentially become inescapable for any Republican seeking statewide or national office over recent election cycles, especially in the Republican-controlled lower chamber.”

Does this whole “fiscal cliff” thing sound familiar? Remember the “something must be done” TARP?

No, the one thing we’ve found that the establishment is willing to fight for is . . . the filibuster. Seems another “leader” has decided to make himself a crazy dictator type. Harry Reid wants to change the rules making a filibuster what it actually used to be–continued talking for hours on the floor to postpone a vote. He wants to change when they can be used. He also wants to change a “chamber precedent” to just 51 votes instead of 67

And for this–well, for this the GOP is threatening to shut down the Senate.

You knew this was coming . . .

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the Charlie Brown Christmas special. The iconic scene with Linus reciting Luke 2’s account of Christ’s birth still brings tears to my eyes.

One of my least favorite traditions is the inevitable war on anything Jesus/God/Christian related during the holidays (I know they do it every other day of the year, too). So, it was inevitable that someone would cry foul on Charlie Brown.

And it happened in Arkansas, of all places.

An atheist parent got upset because her child was invited to go to a church during a school day to watch the Christmas special. Never mind the school offered an “opt in/opt out” and that she’s the one who signed the permission form–she complained to the right group of “free thinkers.” The atheists got their stuff in a twist and started screaming separation of church and state and all that fallacious nonsense.

Just for that, and for the sake of “peace on earth, goodwill towards men,” I think we should all enjoy a bit of Linus today.