South Carolina Senator Vows to Shut Down Government Appointments Because – Benghazi!

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham has a tea-bagger primary opponent in his campaign for reelection to the Senate from South Carolina next year, so he he is now threatening to shut down government appointments, including to top positions at the Federal Reserve and the Department of Homeland Security, because — Benghazi! He made the shutdown threat on Fox News last Sunday:

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New Opponent Criticizes Graham’s Egypt Trip

During the recess, when I would hope that he would be around folks in South Carolina, getting their feelings on so many issues that affect their lives, he has instead chosen to take his time to be a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood and that concerns me. He needs to spend more time listening to what the brothers in South Carolina have to say.

— South Carolina State Sen. Lee Bright (R), announcing his U.S. Senate candidacy by criticizing incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who last week visited Egypt with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the Columbia State reports.

Top Republicans on Libya: ‘Failure of the U.S. to Employ the Full Weight of Our Air Power’ Is Regrettable

For this week’s example of the political degeneracy of the Republican Party in the Obama era, we nominate this damning-with-faint-praise statement of congratulations to the United States military in the wake of Libyan rebels seizing the capitol city of Tripoli, released under the names of two soulless ideologues in the Senate, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina:

“We regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower,” the senators wrote in a joint statement. (Emphasis added.)

As MSNBC substitute host Melissa Harris Perry said on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” last night, it is odd to hear the word “failure” in a statement of congratulations to the United States military from Republican senators.

Of course, what is really going here is politics. McCain, the failed Republican presidential nominee, and Graham, his Mini-Me, put out the statement in an effort to tamp down Americans’ natural impulse to “rally ’round the flag” and support the president in the wake of U.S. military successes.

But in their desperation to prevent the president’s approval rating on foreign affairs from bumping up a point or two, they also backhanded the U.S. military by describing it’s efforts as a “failure.”

Lucky for McCain and Graham they are Republican neocon war hawks, which means the corporate media will give them a pass on besmirching the military. If Democratic senators had released a statement using the word “failure” to describe a military action, there would be a raging debate on “Morning Joe” and “Fox and Friends” about whether they were giving aid and comfort to America’s terrorist enemies.

Am I Illegal? Are You?

LibertyIf “birthright” citizens, as anti-immigrant Republicans and tea baggers call them, are declared illegal, how far back will we go? Will I, and other descendants of illegals, become retroactive non-citizens?

My mother’s father came to this country illegally from Italy in the World War I era wave that brought most of the people who later produced such cultural touchstones as the Godfather epics, Little Italies in major cities, pizza as fast food, and the reality show Jersey Shore.

On his first attempt to become an American, my teenage grandfather spent the crossing in the hold of the ocean liner George Washington alternately trying to memorize the identity on the papers he purchased illegally and vomiting from seasickness. When the boat finally landed, he was held at Ellis Island and found to be without papers — a WOP — and shipped back to Italy.

There is no point in trying to figure out who is worthy of a piece of the American pie

Many months later, after earning enough money to try again, he made a second crossing, studying his illegal papers until he had his false I.D. down perfectly. He had also made connections with Italians in this country who vouched for him at Ellis Island by telling the authorities that he had both family and a job here.

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