Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pilot Point 100 Hour Kindle Countdown Begins!

As promised, the Pilot Point 100 Hour Kindle Countdown has begun! For 100 hours, you can buy the Kindle edition of my novel Pilot Point for only $1.99.

If you prefer a print copy, Amazon’s 30% off offer for that continues for just a few more hours and ends tonight.  Here’s the details.

I hope Advent is off to a good start for you.  Thanks again for your forbearance as I bring my novel and these offers to people’s attention.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Pilot Point 100 Hour Kindle Countdown Deal

First, I must apologize that for a time, this blog has gotten slightly promotional. But I do want good readers to know of opportunities to get my Texas Anglican novel Pilot Point at sizable discounts.  And certainly that is more pleasant than wrestling over flat screen TVs.  (Although perhaps some of you enjoy that sort of thing.)

I’ve let you know of a way to get a print copy of Pilot Point (or an inferior print book) for 30% off through Sunday.  And I’ve teased you that a way to get a discounted e-book version was on the way.

Well, here’s the deal (literally).  Beginning at 5pm CST this Sunday, I will usher in the blessed season of Advent with a 100 Hour Kindle Countdown Deal.  For 100 hours, you can then get the Kindle version of Pilot Point for only $1.99.

Perhaps you are on a strict budget.  Perhaps you have friends who like e-books.  (Yes, Kindle books can easily be given as gifts.) Then you know what to do. ;)


You’re welcome.  And try not to get run over by rabid shoppers.  Perhaps just stay safely home and like the Facebook page for Pilot Point.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Another Reason to be Thankful - Pilot Point for 30% Off!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I was not intending to post today, and I do not want to get too promotional on this blog.  But I just found out something this morning that you may find helpful if you intend to buy a print copy of Pilot Point or of any other print book Amazon sells.

Now through the weekend, you can buy one print book from Amazon for an additional 30% off.  My novel Pilot Point is already discounted, so that would mean over a third off for it!  Here are the details, but I think this will tell you what you need to know:

To use this promotion, you must enter "HOLIDAY30" at checkout under the "Gift cards & promotional codes" section to receive 30% off any ONE (1) book purchased in your order (up to $10 promotional credit).
This offer is only valid on print books. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks.
The promotion is valid for a limited time only, from November 26, 2014 at 9pm PST to November 30, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time.
Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by Amazon.com.
Limit one promotional code per customer and account.
The maximum benefit you may receive from this offer is $10.

Now I hope you use this deal on Pilot Point, of course.  But if I am understanding this correctly, you can use it on any one print book Amazon sells.  You’re welcome. :)

Now some prefer e-books.  There is a deal coming up for you, too, so stay tuned.

And don’t engage in too much gluttony today.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

God With Us - And They Shall Reign

When I began this God With Us series earlier this month, I did so in Genesis – chapter 3, verse 8 to be exact.  With this being Kingdom week in some traditions, the last week of the Western church year, I think it meet to skip to the end of the Bible in which we see the consummation of Christ’s reign as King of Kings.

And you are surely familiar with many passages in Revelation concerning the coming Kingdom of Christ. (And that even if you are not a Bible scholar as said passages are very influential on Western culture, e. g. the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah.)  But there is something that is often overlooked in reading Revelation – something wonderful.

In the Apocalypse, it is hard to miss that Christ will reign forever.  But readers often miss that He will not reign alone.

…by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth. Rev. 5: 9-10

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. Rev. 20:6

And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.  Rev. 22:5

Yes, not just Christ, but they, he and his people, will reign forever and ever.

Now Jesus does not need assistance from us in ruling.  But he loves us so much that he wants his people to reign with him, even to sit with him on his throne, as he himself says in Rev. 4:21.  Christ wants us victoriously to so be with him and he with us forever.  And his will shall be done.

But how does God bring about this glorious future reign for us?  How does he make us kings, if you will, after we had fallen so far way back in Genesis 3?


Well, the church year beginning with Advent and then Christmas tells that story . . . as we shall see.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Fatigued Update. (And one month until Christmas?)

I was going to post something profound this morning.  I really was.  

But I am still recovering from appearing with my novel Pilot Point at the Burnet Gun Show.  So my mind is too addled to fulfill my intention just yet.  The trip went well and was fun, by the way.

God willing, I will have something posted before Thanksgiving that is very encouraging and appropriate for this week of Christ the King Sunday.

And I notice that today is just one month until Christmas.  That snuck up on me.

Speaking of which, I will have a treat for you on this Advent Sunday.


Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

“Obama Is About to Commit an Act of Constitutional Infamy”

I need to get ready to get to Burnet with my novel Pilot Point.  Yes, the Pilot Point Gun Show Tour is about to resume.

But I cannot let pass without comment that, as Peter Wehner writes, Obama with his executive amnesty is about to commit an act of Constitutional infamy – really a coup against the Constitution as well as against the American people and their just-elected Congress.  It is certainly the most brazen attack on our Constitution in my lifetime.

And why?  What Labour did to Britain shows the way.  The U.K. electorate was too English and Tory for Labour’s tastes, so they imported Labour voters.  The U.S. electorate is too American for Obama’s tastes, so he is importing Democrat voters.

At least Labour did not tear down the rule of law to do so.

And that leads back to the issue that is even more important than Obama’s attempt at social engineering – if his executive amnesty is allowed to stand, it would set a precedent for a monarchal President that the Founders took pains to avoid and ruled out in the Constitution. 

And this alarms even some Obama supporters, as it should.  To his credit, Jonathan Turley (an Obama-voter, btw) is among those concerned:

As the liberal law professor Jonathan Turley put it last night, this is a “particularly dangerous moment” for the president to defy the will of Congress yet again, just 15 days after an election in which the American people registered their emphatic (anti-Obama) judgment. “What the president is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution,” according to Professor Turley. “We have a separation of powers that gives us balance. And that doesn’t protect the branches — it’s not there to protect the executive branch or legislative branch — it’s to protect liberty. It’s to prevent any branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty.”

Any attack on the rule of law and any threat to liberty invites consequences, doubly so when it is so opposed by Americans and by the opposition party they just, for the most part, elected. 


And as I predicted just after the election, this could indeed get very ugly.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Announcing the Pilot Point Gun Show Tour!

I’ve taken my new Texas novel Pilot Point to two gun shows.  And the sales and the experiences were so good, I’ve decided to make a tour out of it.

So I hereby announce the Pilot Point Gun Show Tour!

Yes, if you haven’t heard of a book tour of gun shows, I haven’t either!  But I am already having fun doing this.

I intend to add appearances, but here is the schedule so far.  (Tentative shows are ones where I expect to be able to get a vendor’s table, but I am on the waiting list for one at this time.)

November 22-23:
(tentative) Burnet Gun Show - VFW Hall, Burnet, Texas

December 13:
Aransas Pass Gun Show – Aransas Pass Civic Center, A.P., Texas

February 28 – March 1, 2015
(tentative) Saxet Gun Show – Robstown Fairgrounds, near Corpus Christi, Texas

I am already posting photos and updates of my Gun Show Tour frequently on Facebook, so be sure to like Pilot Point on Facebook.


And, of course, for your Advent gift giving needs, Pilot Point is available on Amazon for as little as $2.99.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I REFUSE to make merchandise of Christmas to sell my novel!

A hamburger joint I (still) like put up Christmas decorations the day after Halloween.  Santa has been in the mall for two weeks already.  Heck, the old sell-out is now busy selling cars during football games.

Enough!  It is time to take a stand for the sanctity of Christmas and of blessed St. Nicholas!  I am trying to sell my novel Pilot Point, but I refuse to make merchandise of Christmas and of St. Nicholas to do so!

However, for your Advent gift giving needs (And most so-called Christmas gifts are really given during Advent because most lack the self-control to actually wait until the Christmas season . . . which begins on Christmas Eve when a chorister at Kings College sings “Once in Royal David’s City” and don’t you forget it.), may I suggest Pilot Point?

With the Kindle version only $2.99 and the paperback only $13.41 now at Amazon, it is an excellent gift to give for those on a budget.  And with themes of loss and belonging and of God entering lives in his providential timing, it is a thoughtful gift for . . . this time of year and any time.

And if there are any Texans or Anglicans on your list, how many Texas novels have an Anglican flavor to them?


Plus I will not hijack St. Nicholas to hawk my novel.  He asked, but I told him he has enough to do already.  But I did ask him to like Pilot Point on Facebook.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Obama, Gruber, and Obamacare: Lies About Lying

If you are a habitual liar, what do you do when you are caught in your lies?  You could do the right thing, confess, and come clean.  Or you could double-down on your lies.


When asked directly if he or his administration had, as Gruber insisted, intentionally misled the public and oversight organizations like the Congressional Budget Office when they crafted the Accordable Care Act, Obama’s reply was terse and direct. “No,” he said. “I did not.”

So “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” and that little promise about premiums going down were not lies?

How stupid does Obama think we are to keep believing his lies upon lies?  Pretty stupid apparently.  Which is right in line with the Gruber videos . . .  which seem to increase in number by the day.


If Obama were a CEO instead of POTUS he would have done a perp walk by now and would be well on the way to prison for fraud.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Paris, Texas (1984)

This month is the 30th anniversary of the U. S. release of the great movie, Paris, Texas. 

Yesterday, it was mild shock to stumble upon this (and a reminder that I am getting old).  I was also pleasantly surprised, when reading at wikipedia (spoiler alert), that the movie was an inspiration for U2’s The Joshua Tree and that it was perhaps the favorite movie of Kurt Cobain.  Its influence is greater than I had thought, and rightly so.

I have only the vaguest memory of what prompted me to watch this movie in the 80’s.  I think I read a review that interested me.  And I know I was very interested in Nastassja Kinski if you know what I mean, and I think you do.  I am pretty sure I did not see it in the theaters but on VHS.

I do know I was captivated and moved.  This Texan appreciated the starkness of the settings and of the screenplay.  I appreciated both the simplicity of the story, and that the movie took its time and with small details in telling it.  There is the simple genuine interaction between the characters.  And then the conclusion . . . I cannot recall any conclusion to a movie that so moves me.  I still cannot recall it without my eyes getting moist.

Now as you can probably tell, I am not much of a movie reviewer. (Heck, as my friends can tell you, I rarely watch movies anymore.  I do not have the patience and attention span for most of them.  For me, life is too short to watch most movies.) Roger Ebert has written an excellent review (spoiler alert).  So feel free to read that.

There is a second reason I am noting Paris, Texas.  The movie was an important influence on me as I wrote Pilot Point.  The image of man alone in the desert, the importance of the road, themes of the torments of repeated loss and of the risk of reaching out, attention to detail while keeping the story simple and unhurried, the technique of meeting the main character in the middle of his utter aloneness and then slowly finding out what led to it, a conclusion that is moving yet marked by uncertainty – all these aspects of my novel were influenced by the masterful use of the same in Paris, Texas. 


Pilot Point is a very different work than the movie with a different structure and plot.  And I certainly would not presume that it is a great work like this movie.  But I am among those who owe a debt to Paris, Texas.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

No, Not Everything is Political

Okay, stop laughing.  I know that headline seems slightly ironic coming from me.  There have been numerous very political posts on this blog in its ten years, which I will address in due time.

But even I know it is a mistake to politicize everything or to see everything as political.  Further, that can lead into grievous error.  The 20th Century heresy of Liberation Theology comes to mind, in which the Gospel of the Kingdom was mangled into a Marxist message.  Politicizing everything can lead to bad art and literature as well. (Yes, I do think there is such a thing.)  Some of the absurd and even obscene performance art of recent decades is a case in point . . . funded by your taxes, of course.  (There I go being political again!)

Which leads me to my novel, Pilot Point.  It may surprise some readers to be informed it is not a political novel.  Further, it is virtually devoid of political content.  (The only reason I do not assert it has no political content at all is that I know I can be very political.  So, considering the author, something political may have slipped in that I did not notice or cannot remember.)

I think Pilot Point would have been harmed by any significant political content.  If I may say so, it is a subtle, painterly novel in which the “still small voice” would have been drowned out by any trumpets of politics.  And my purposes in writing it were far removed from politics.

Now, as for this blog, when I began it ten years ago, I did not intend for it to become as political as it has.  But I cannot deny it did and that for two reasons:

1. I find politics interesting.  So there.

2. As the election of Obama approached in 2008, I saw that with my experience I was better equipped than most to see what was coming and to warn of it.  And, along with numerous other bloggers, I felt it was my duty to inform and warn as the “mainstream” news media had put aside its role of informing for the purpose of propagandizing.

I never did presume that my warnings would make that much of a difference.  But I felt it was my duty nonetheless, not unlike the watchman of Ezekiel 33.

But if the danger to this country diminishes significantly, I will likely reduce the political content of this blog.  Likewise if this country becomes so far gone that it is time to give it over to its own devises.  Because some things are more important than politics, much more, and I do not want my political bent to distract from that.

In fact, I am already pulling back a bit from political content here, believe it or not.  My twitter account is frequently an outlet for my political ranting, and I often decide to leave it there and not bring it here.  So if you just can’t get enough of my ranting . . .


But, yes, although I seem at times not to recognize it, politics is not everything, and not everything is political.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

God With Us - a new series and a sad verse

After Trinity 16, I posted that I was touched by the Gospel for that Sunday from Luke 7.  Jesus interrupts a funeral procession by raising the  deceased.  And the people joyfully exclaim, “God hath visited his people.”

After reflecting on this and also talking on the subject to some young adults, I’ve decided to begin a series – God With Us.  That refers, of course, to Matthew 1:23 which quotes the prophesy of Isaiah 7:14:

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).  

I think the name Immanuel, God With Us, points to a key theme of the Bible and of its portrayal of God acting in history.  One of God’s purposes is that he would be with us and us with him.  And scripture unveils how he is bringing that about.

I want to begin this series by briefly looking at what is surely one of the saddest verses in Bible, Genesis 3:8, which comes just after Adam and Eve fell by disobeying God.

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

Before the Fall, Adam and Eve had perfect communion with God.  So much so that they recognized “the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden.”  God so frequently came and talked with them that they knew the sound of him approaching.  And that sound had surely been an occasion for joy.

But now, with Adam and Eve having fallen, it was an occasion for fear.  And instead of openness between them and God, they now hid.  The relationship between God and man was so harmed by the sin of man that it was not the same anymore.

And it has not been the same ever since.


But God has not left it at that . . . as we shall see.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An excerpt from Pilot Point and the passage of time

An important setting of my novel Pilot Point is the North Texas Livestock Commission, based very much on the Pilot Point Livestock Auction between the town of Pilot Point and Lake Ray Roberts.  Even several of the individual characters of the cattle auction are based on the workers there around 1990.

While I was writing the first draft of Pilot Point, I was known as the guy on the catwalks taking notes on the Saturday auctions.  I wanted my novel to be as true to life as possible, and, yes, I was meticulous about it.  I bought and sold cattle there as well.  Not to mention I ate many an excellent hamburger at the cafĂ© by the arena.

I was hoping to do a book signing soon in the lobby of the “sale barn” as we called it.  But I just found out it closed years ago.  After I moved from Northeast Denton County, sales at the auction slowed.  And the business closed by 2007.  The passage of time and its hardships do take their toll.

The following excerpt from an auction introduces Storm James – and we see his introduction to the ornery old cowboy, Bowie Smith.

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Up in the dust behind the arena, above the commotion and sweat, sat a sullenly quiet boy. He was manning the weighing-stall prod, an electric prod at the end of a long pole.

         The buyer’s stall was called—“Fifty-three. Five-three”—and as the gate below was opened, he prodded the cow ten feet below him to get her going out of the weigh room. He wore tight jeans with holes all over them, boots, and no shirt. That summer, he almost always went around shirtless.

         He claimed to be fifteen. Being five-three and barely a hundred pounds at best, he looked more like thirteen. With his smooth face, he might have looked even younger had he not the glowering look of a young teenager angry with the world. His thick black eyebrows beneath wavy brown hair accentuated his frown.

         He looked out at the dusty haze that hung inside the barn. He had the kind of eyes that changed color with the light and his mood. They were a dark chestnut now. He waved his hand to shoo away a fly and the dust, to no relief. And he prodded another cow out of the weigh room to be hustled off to her buyer’s stall.

         He heard someone coming up the ladder and looked over. Another young hand came up. Considered one of the easier and safer jobs, the weigh-stall prod was usually entrusted to younger or less experienced hands. The kid climbed up off the ladder, spat to the side, and said, “The old man wants you to help him over at the cow pens.” He motioned over to the west side of the barn.

         “Good!” the boy crabbed smartly. He moved another cow, stood up, handed the prod over, and climbed down the ladder of two-by-fours. He made his way over to the cow pens and “the old man.”

         “Hey old man,” he greeted cheerfully when he got to him, glad to change jobs and get outside, where the dust and flies seemed more tolerable. He meant no disrespect by his greeting. He just did not know, nor care, much about being respectful. The man turned around. “I hear you want me to help you out.”

         “Yeah,” the man said lowly, peering beneath his Resistol at this cocky kid. “What’s your name?”

         “Storm James,” he replied proudly, hanging his thumbs on the front belt loops of his jeans.

         The man paused, looked him over a second then nodded slowly. Then he stated flatly, but without any irritation, “Mine’s Bowie Smith. It’s not ‘Old Man.’”

         “Oh. Sorry,” Storm smiled, squinting.

         Having gotten the niceties out of the way, Bowie strode over to the corner of the unweaned calf pen beside the cow chutes and ordered, “Be ready with the calves—some pairs are comin’ through.” He then strode back up the alley and Storm followed.

         “I sure am glad you got me out of that barn. That dust is awful in there. It feels like you’re breathing dirt. Though it’s kinda dusty out here, too.”

         “Open the gate, all the way.” And Storm opened a pen gate so that it blocked the alley leading away from the arena.

         Bowie worked his way into the cows to move them. The cattle moving around the pen and then trotting out into the alley stirred up some dust. Storm squinted and said, “I take that back. It’s plenty dusty out here.”

         When all the cows were out, he followed Bowie in running them toward the arena and helped block the alley as Bowie and Jim worked them into the cow stall. Once the cows were in and the gate closed behind them, Storm spat for effect then continued, “Yeah, that air gets pretty bad in there. You’d think they’d put a fan in there or something.”

         Now Bowie never was one to be especially patient with kids, especially complaining yakking kids. So he broke into a singsong as he walked past Storm, back down the alley.

         From dust you come, and to dust you go. So get used to it, kid.” His conclusion came with a slight edge to his voice.

         Storm looked cockeyed at the man, not knowing what to make of his peroration. But he figured he’d best stop talking about dust.

         Bowie stopped at a pen with a few young calves in it and opened the gate. Then he just stood in the alley. Storm tried to figure what the man was doing or about to do. Bowie turned his blue eyes and looked at the boy looking at him. Then he said, more amused than impatient, “Well, don’t just stand there; move these calves out.”

         Smiling at himself and the old man and at the chance to run some cattle around, even if they were little calves, Storm ran into the pen and ran the calves around and out into the alley. He kept running them down the alley and into the calf pen to be paired up with their cows for sale.

         Bowie followed behind. “There’s a lot of pairs comin’ through, so help out Kelly with the calves in there.”

         “Okay.”
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Thanks.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Downfall XXVI: This Could Get Ugly

I was tempted to declare my prediction of the Downfall of Obama fulfilled on Election Night - the results should make him a very lame duck indeed. But I held back  in part because Obama is so ideological and such a tyrannical egomaniac that I suspected he would not embrace lame luck status well even though it does provide more opportunity to play golf.

Sure enough, in his press conference the day after, Obama indicated he is more interested in continuing to be a divisive tyrant than in humbly acknowledging the message of the election.  He began by saying he heard the voters, but spent the rest of the time indicating he did not listen to them at all.  Further, he made clear he intends to continue to be a very divisive figure.

He made all this very clear early on when he reiterated his intention to issue an executive amnesty.  And that in the face of an election that rejected that and so-called immigration reform as well.  Heck, even Oregon, yes, Oregon punctuated that message by rejecting drivers licenses for illegals by about a 2-to-1 margin.


As I watched the press conference, the import of Obama restating his intention to issue an executive amnesty hit me immediately:


And it will indeed get ugly and fast.

But I am not at all sure how the ugliness will play out. IF there are one or more smoking guns that tie Obama directly to such enormities as IRS targeting or the numerous regime cover-ups, the political atmosphere and Democrat weariness of him could be such that impeachment could become more thinkable. 

But that is a big “if” for two reasons:

1.  As I’ve stated before, Obama’s detached style of governance makes connecting him directly to the enormities of his administration very difficult.  It is not unlike how the Mafia operates.

2.  It is in the political interests of Republicans to keep a hate figure like Obama as President.  If Obama continues to be a weight around Democrats’ necks, the odds of Republican victory in 2016 increase.

At the other extreme of possibilities is that Republicans will prove so clumsy in handling Obama’s act that they are harmed politically more than Obama.  Heck they may even manage to make Obama look good in the eyes of many.

But surely, McConnell and Boehner are not that incompetent, right?. . . . Right??

Probably, Obama’s last two years will have a result between the above two extremes.  But I am sure that, with Obama pretty much stating he has no problem going full tyrant even when public opinion and even an election is against him, the last two years are going to get ugly and fast.

Sorry.  And please remember not to shoot the messenger.  Thank you.

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Downfall is an ongoing series anticipating and tracking the possible self-destruction of Obama.

The first post may be found here.  The series may be found here.

Friday, November 07, 2014

I release Pilot Point tomorrow . . . at a GUN SHOW!

Tomorrow is the big day!  God willing, I drive to the Shriners Gun Show in Corpus Christi, Texas, set up a table inside, and officially release my novel Pilot Point.

If this doesn’t release Pilot Point with a bang, I don’t know what will.

All prayers would be appreciated, not just for sales, but that my energy holds up as I am going to try to be there all day.  Also, I hope to do some informal ministry by giving away some copies of my older book, God Knows What It’s Like to be a Teenager, among other means.


What passes for normal around here will resume next week.  Thanks for your prayers and support.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

What Last Night Means (and does NOT mean)

I think the cobwebs have cleared enough that I can succinctly sum up what last night means . . . and does not mean.

First, if any Republicans are thinking last night is a resounding endorsement of them, they are in for a rude awakening in two years.  This was a rejection election (which I will get to) not an endorsement election.  Any number of polls show that people don’t like Republicans; they just dislike Obama and his allies more.

With the control of both houses of Congress, Republicans have an opportunity to set the agenda in Washington.  They must do that well to win people over to their side.  Any less will likely result in a bad 2016 for them when rejecting Obama is not so much on the ballot.

As for the Democrats, denial runs deep, very deep.  Harry Reid’s interpretation of the election is comical: “The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together.”

This from a man who roadblocked Republicans from doing much of anything in the Senate, from offering amendments, from bringing House-passed bills to the floor of the Senate, etc.  John Hinderaker summarizes Reid’s time well:

Harry Reid’s tenure as Senate Majority Leader hasn’t just been controversial, it has been disgraceful. Reid submerged the Senate in partisan politics of the most vicious sort, turning the Senate floor into a forum for outrageous attacks on private citizens and refusing to allow that body to vote on more than 300 bills that had passed the House of Representatives–all the while blaming “gridlock” on the Republicans. Reid denied Republican senators the opportunity to offer amendments to legislation and froze them out of the legislative process.

But now he is eager “to work together.”  And he says that’s what voters want as well.

WRONG.  Like I said, this was a rejection election.  It was a rejection of Obama and his puppet allies like Reid.  Obama may not “feel repudiated,” but he was in historic fashion.  Voters do not want Republicans to assist Obama and Reid.  They want Obama and Reid STOPPED.

Oh, and isn’t it funny that when Democrats win, there are few calls in the Democrat News Media for them to work with Republicans.  But when Republicans win?

What is dangerous is that some Republicans are buying such a nonsensical double standard.  But as Leon Wolf warns, “Working with these people is not what America elected you to do, Republicans. It elected you to stop them.”

Now, Republicans should do their best to work with Obama to pass what they can of a common sense conservative agenda (although the effort surely will not be reciprocated).  But the voters just said NO to Obama and his failed agenda loud and clear.

And that is exactly what Republican leaders should do as well.

MORE: 
And that includes saying NO to so-called immigration reform.  That, too, got repudiated last night. 

Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas voted for the Gang of 8 bill. He’s GONE.
Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina voted for the Gang of 8 bill. GONE.
Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado voted for the Gang of 8 bill. GONE
Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska voted for the Gang of 8 bill. Almost certainly GONE
Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana voted for the Gang of 8 bill. She will probably be GONE after a January runoff.
Alison Grimes supported the Gang of 8 bill in Kentucky. DEFEATED
Michelle Nunn supported the Gang of 8 bill in Georgia. DEFEATED
Greg Orman supported the Gangof 8 bill in Kansas. DEFEATED
Bruce Braley supoorted the Gang of 8 bill in Iowa. DEFEATED
Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Mark Warner of Virginia voted for the Gang of 8 bill and BARELY SURVIVED against longshot challengers.
Do you sense a pattern in there somewhere?


Oregon rejecting driver’s licenses for illegals by a 2-to-1 margin particularly warms my heart.