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"Separation between Church and State." Who coined the Phrase?
Give up? Answer: Thomas Jefferson - one of the
founding fathers of this great Nation and a creator of the U.S.
Constitution and the First Amendment to that same Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter to
the Dansbury Baptist Convention, referring to the First Amendment to
the US Constitution. In it he said:
that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and
his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or
his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach
actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign
reverence that act of the whole American people which
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(TEA PARTY) REPUBLICANS ARE THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA by R.
Extremist (Tea Party) Republicans are selfish, power hungry,
hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its people, dishonest,
avaricious, scornful of the nation's history, the dignity of its
institutions, its standards of political morality, and its vision
of advancement for all the people. The Republicans love war as long as
they and theirs do not have to put on helmets and carry guns into the
fighting. They use lies to start wars that kill hundreds of thousands of
innocents and thousands of our own military service people. They love
massive war-time profits, unavailable to their rich masters if war is
Those Extremist Republicans hate the rest of us, which
they must, in order to pass away from themselves and onto us, the
financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes and thefts cause.
They are prolific, incessant, and destructive liars. They are
blasphemers for they insist that their hateful and destructive deeds are
the work of God. They are apostates for they gleefully attack the poor,
the immigrants, the old and the sick, of whom God has commanded all of
us to be mindful.
There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is built on
false premises. There is no appealing to them for honor's sake for they
have lost all sense of shame and have no honor, there is no appealing to
them for the nation's sake for that it what they hate the most.
Extremist (Tea Party) Republicans are the enemy.
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Roy Blunt. The odds-on
favorite to succeed Tom Delay is a fifth-term Missouri congressman who
became House majority whip in 2003, Blunt is a far less polarizing figure
than DeLay, though he's just as conservative. He has quietly positioned
himself to move up in the leadership by building a reputation for being
tough and aggressive while maintaining a good relationship with his
colleagues. Though Blunt hasn't suggested he's trying to push out DeLay, he
has made it known that he wants the job if it becomes available. Should
DeLay step down, expect headline writers to trot out plenty of painful
"Blunt" puns as they speculate about who moves up.
There are reasons, however, to
think that Blunt might fail. A couple of years back, he became involved with
and then married a Philip Morris lobbyist named Abigail Perlman. The
relationship earned Blunt some bad press when it was
revealed that he'd quietly tried to insert a last-minute provision
benefiting Philip Morris into the 2002 Homeland Security bill. Last week,
the American Spectator
reported that many on the Hill think DeLay operatives planted the
negative story about Blunt in order to prevent him from challenging their
boss. Blunt also has had to fight cancer twice in recent years, though he
seems to be fine now.
Blunt Is The Most Crooked Member Of
Congress This Year!!!
In 2003, Rep. Blunt divorced his
wife of 31 years to marry Philip Morris (now Altria)
lobbyist Abigail Perlman. Before it was known publicly that
Rep. Blunt and Ms. Perlman were dating – and only hours
after Rep. Blunt assumed the role of Majority Whip – he
tried to secretly insert a provision into Homeland Security
legislation that would have benefitted Philip Morris, at the
expense of competitors. Notably, Philip Morris/Altria and
its subsidiaries contributed
at least $217,000
to campaign committees connected to Rep. Blunt from 1996 to
Also in 2003, Rep. Blunt helped
his son, Andrew Blunt, by inserting a provision into the $79
billion emergency appropriation for the war in Iraq to
benefit U.S. shippers like United Parcel Service, Inc. and
FedEx Corp. Andrew Blunt lobbied on behalf of UPS in
Missouri, and UPS and FedEx contributed at least $58,000 to
Rep. Blunt from 2001 to 2006.
Family connections have also
helped another of Rep. Blunt’s sons, former Missouri
Governor Matt Blunt. Gov. Blunt received campaign
contributions from nearly three dozen influential Missouri
lobbyists and lawyers when he ran for governor of Missouri
in 2004, half of whom had provided financial support to his
father. Earlier in 2000, when Matt Blunt was running for
Secretary of State, Rep. Blunt was involved in an apparent
along with Rep. DeLay, to funnel money through a local party
committee into Matt Blunt’s campaign committee.Rep. Blunt
and his staff had close connections to convicted former
lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In June 2003, Mr. Abramoff persuaded
then-Majority Leader DeLay to organize a letter, co-signed
by then-Speaker Dennis Hastert, then-Whip Blunt, and
then-Deputy Whip Eric Cantor, which endorsed a view of
gambling law benefitting Mr. Abramoff’s client, the
Louisiana Coushatta, by blocking gambling competition by
another tribe. Mr. Abramoff had donated $8,500 to Rep.
Blunt’s leadership PAC, Rely on Your Beliefs.
There are nine others in the report,
which includes Democrats Kendrick Meeks and Alvin Greene,
"Independent" Charlie Crist and Tea Party favorites Marco Rubio
and JD Hayworth.
just says no to covering adults with pre-existing conditions
Blunt: ...but access for adults
who've done nothing to take care of themselves, who actually
will have what I have described every incentive not to get
insurance until the day you know you're going to have medical
expenses, that's a very different kind of story.
How does Roy Blunt and the Republican
party draw the line when people are considered to be "taking care of
themselves?" Is he going to have regulations that tell people how to
live? The health care industry would love to have a whole host of
rules that a person would have to follow before they would be
eligible to be covered. Most people don't get sick, but when they do
they need health care. If they can't buy it when they need it then
what good is our health care industry?
MADDOW: Behold, a Missouri
congressman, candidate for U.S. Senate, until recently,
the number three Republican in the House, telling what
seems to be a really long, meandering, gut-churning
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REP. ROY BLUNT ®, MISSOURI:
Supposedly it‘s the turn of the 19th century, the end of
the 19th century, beginning of the 20th century, there
was a group of British occupiers in a very lush, very
quiet, very peaceful, very uneventful part of India. And
this group of British soldiers who were occupying that
part of India decided they‘d carve a golf course out of
the jungle of India. And there was really not much else
to do. So, for over a year, this was the biggest event
going on getting this golf course created.
And they got the golf course
done and almost from the day the first ball was hit on
this golf course, something happened they didn‘t
anticipate. Monkeys would come running out of the jungle
and they would grab the golf balls. And if it was in the
fairway, they might throw it in the rough. If it was in
the rough, they might throw—they might throw it back at
And I can go into great and
long detail about how many things they did to try to
eliminate the monkey problem, but they never got it
done. So finally, for this golf course and this golf
course only, they passed a rule, and the rule was you
have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. And
that is the rule in Washington all the time.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Well, who does what?
So, who‘s the—who‘s the monkey in Washington in this
story? It‘s Republican Congressman Roy Blunt who wants
to be the next Republican senator from the great state
of Missouri. Mr. Blunt performed his lamentation of
Washington monkey at this weekend‘s Values Voter Summit
in Washington—which in addition to hosting much of the
Republican congressional leadership and most of the
probable Republican candidates for president in 2012, it
also had some kind of strange stuff going on.
You might recall on Friday‘s
show, we warned you there was going to be a breakout
session at the summit to define what they called a new
masculinism, like feminism but for guys.
Here‘s how that went.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, SEN.
COBURN‘S CHIEF OF STAFF: It‘s been a few years, but not
that many, since I was closely associated with
pre-adolescent boys, boys who are like 10 to 12 years of
age. But it is my observation that boys at that age have
less tolerance for homosexuality than just about any
other class of people. They speak badly about
homosexuality. And that‘s because they don‘t want to be
that way. They don‘t want to fall into it.
And that‘s a good instinct.
After all, homosexuality, we know, studies have been
done by the National Institutes of Health to try to
prove that it‘s genetic and all those studies prove it‘s
Homosexuality is inflicted
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Inflicted on people.
The speaker there is chief of staff to United States
senator. His name is Mike Schwartz, and he‘s chief of
staff to Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Mr. Schwartz is also a
founding member of Operation Rescue. He also co-authored
a book accusing gay people of using AIDS to advance a
nefarious gay agenda.
And now, well, this weekend,
he moved quickly from the gay being inflicted on people
to some remarkable advice about pornography and
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SCHWARTZ: All pornography is
homosexual pornography because all pornography turns
your sexual drive inwards. Now think about that. And if
you—if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you
think he‘s going to want to go out and get a copy of
“Playboy”? I‘m pretty sure he‘ll lose interest. It‘s the
last thing he wants.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MADDOW: Chief of staff to
United States senator. How does a person have time both
to be chief of staff to a United States senator and to
develop complicated theories about how porn makes you
gay, and that‘s a good thing to tell an 11 year old?
Under the same roof as that breakout session at the
Values Voter Summit, the most absurd award ceremony
award was unwittingly being earned by the Values Voter
Bill O‘Reilly, who is a host
at FOX News Channel, accepted the summit‘s first ever
Media Courage Award. The ceremony to award Mr. O‘Reilly
his Media Courage Award was closed to the media.
Joining us now is the man
who snapped that photo of that sign, David Weigel, a
reporter for “Washington Independent.” He filed several
reports from the Values Voter Summit.
Mr. Weigel, thanks very much
for coming back on the show.
DAVID WEIGEL, WASHINGTON
INDEPENDENT: Thanks for having me again.
MADDOW: Was the Media
Courage Award ceremony being closed to the press a
mistake? It seems like a very awkward decision. Did they
really follow through on keeping reporters out?
WEIGEL: It was a surprise to
everyone. Reporters were ushered out at 5:00. We were
supposed to be allowed back in at 7:00. And when we
showed up, a very bashful, chagrin staff of Family
Research Council informed us that Mr. O‘Reilly has just
instituted this rule. Somebody who is inside the event
with a camera, I think, was kicked out very seconds
after I took that photo, seconds after I took that
And it was—not only was it
surprising, but the content of the speech was actually
about, according to who were inside, the content was
about why the media doesn‘t cover conservatives. Now, up
to now, getting kicked out of the event wasn‘t a reason
the media didn‘t cover conservatives, but O‘Reilly‘s
doing his part.
MADDOW: After the new
masculinity breakout session, we just played some clips
from that—what was the crowds‘ reaction to Mr.
Schwartz‘s comments that porn will make you gay and we
should tell preteens this?
WEIGEL: It was—a door had
been opened and they had just discovered an answer to
questions that had for years and years. It‘s not audible
on that tape, there is a gasp, and a bit after he
explains the truth in the story, some people started
asking about where he heard this, what the guy‘s name
was, and they wanted to know more about this theory
because I think it cracked open a lot of theories that
value voters, as they define themselves at this
conference, had about why America keeps getting further
from the values they like.
And this was a very nice
silver bullet explanation. I mean, you know that
evangelicals, American evangelicals have a—there‘s a
pornography addiction that a lot of these speakers talk
about this. So, it all came together for them and I
heard gasps and people nudging each other to hear more
MADDOW: I‘m also—in addition
to talking to people like Tom Coburn and his
staff—Senator Coburn is on the far-right end of the
Republican Party. But I was also interested to see
people like Tim Pawlenty turning up at this event. He
has still talked about, as a moderate, in beltway common
wisdom. Can you tell us what he was like before this
Values Voter Summit audience?
WEIGEL: He was revelatory, I
think, because the reason Governor Pawlenty is seen as a
very credible candidate to take down Barack Obama is
that he‘s a governor of a blue state who has governed
for most of his tenure with a Democratic legislature and
vetoed a lot of things he doesn‘t like but close to the
Before this audience, he was
pushing every single button. He compared what President
Obama was doing on foreign policy to what Neville
Chamberlain did in appeasing Hitler. He talked about—he
called the president out for the debt he was putting on
our children and that actually indulged the people who
are angry about the president speaking to
schoolchildren, saying, “The next time you do it, you
should apologize for this debt you‘re leveling on them.”
And he quoted from the verse
from “Chronicles” that Ronald Reagan used in his
inaugural and there was a moment where everyone in the
audience, not everyone, but a big portion in the
audience knew that passage and they were reading it
along with him. He sounded—he sounded like a preacher
and it was—it was one—something that elevated him to the
number three position in this straw poll, but two, just
something we haven‘t seen from this guy before.
MADDOW: Certainly not part
of the national common wisdom about Pawlenty but a side
of himself that he is cultivating with audiences like
Dave Weigel, reporter for
“The Washington Independent”—thanks very much for your
reporting, totally invaluable about this. And thanks for
joining us tonight.
WEIGEL: Thank you so much,
Excerpts from: GOP Whip Quietly
Tried to Aid Big Donor
Provision Was Meant To Help Philip Morris
By Jim VandeHei Washington Post Staff Writer
June 11, 2003
Only hours after Rep. Roy
Blunt was named to the House's third-highest leadership job in November, he
surprised his fellow top Republicans by trying to quietly insert a provision
benefiting Philip Morris USA into the 475-page bill creating a Department of
Homeland Security, according to several people familiar with the effort.
The new majority whip, who has
close personal and political ties to the company, instructed congressional
aides to add the tobacco provision to the bill -- then within hours of a
final House vote -- even though no one else in leadership supported it or
knew he was trying to squeeze it in.
Once alerted to the provision,
Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer, quickly had it
pulled out, said a senior GOP leader who requested anonymity. Majority
Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) also opposed what Blunt (Mo.) was trying to do,
the member said, and "worked against it" when he learned of it.
The provision would have made it
harder to sell tobacco products over the Internet and would have cracked
down on the sale of contraband cigarettes, two practices that cut into
Philip Morris's profits. Blunt has received large campaign donations from
Philip Morris, his son works for the company in Missouri and the House
member has a close personal relationship with a Washington lobbyist for the
It is highly unusual for a House
Republican to insert a last-minute contentious provision that has never gone
through a committee, never faced a House vote and never been approved by the
speaker or majority leader. Blunt's attempt became known only to a small
circle of House and White House officials. They kept it quiet, preferring no
publicity on a matter involving favors for the nation's biggest tobacco
company and possible claims of conflicts of interest.
Several in that circle say they
were struck by Blunt's willingness to go out on a limb for a company to
which he has ties. What's more, he did it within hours of climbing to the
House leadership's third-highest rung, a notable achievement for a man who
came to Washington less than six years ago.
A senior Republican lawmaker who
requested anonymity said some GOP members worried at the time that it would
be "embarrassing" to the party and its new whip if details of the effort
were made public. Another Republican said Blunt's effort angered some
leaders because there was "so little support for" a pro-tobacco provision
likely to generate controversy.
In an interview last week, Blunt
said he pushed for the tobacco provision after talking with John F. Scruggs,
vice president of government affairs for Altria Group Inc., Philip Morris's
parent company. "It's good policy," Blunt said.
Scruggs said in an interview that
the provision was "pretty important to us." Philip Morris, the nation's
largest cigarette producer, would have benefited from the measure more than
any other company.
Several Republicans who learned of
the November effort have privately expressed concern that Blunt pushed the
provision partly because of his personal relationship with Philip Morris
lobbyist Abigail Perlman. Blunt, who several Republicans said spends
considerable time with Perlman, would not discuss their relationship or
whether the two had talked about the provision.
"I am just going to talk about
policy here," he said. Perlman did not return two phone calls placed last
week requesting comment.
Andrew B. Blunt, one of the
lawmaker's sons, is a lobbyist for Philip Morris in Missouri, where his work
is confined to state matters. Andrew Blunt did not return two phone calls
requesting comment. Rep. Blunt did not talk to his son about the tobacco
provision, the congressman's spokeswoman said.
Philip Morris has contributed more
than $150,000 to political committees affiliated with Blunt since 2001,
according to Federal Election Commission records.
Blunt said he pushed the provision
because he thought it was good policy, much of it drawn from legislation
introduced last year by then-Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.). Sens. Orrin G.
Hatch (R-Utah) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) recently introduced legislation that
would do much of what Philip Morris was seeking to do, Blunt said. He said
the provision was relevant to the homeland security bill because news
reports last year showed that terrorist groups, such as the Lebanon-based
Hezbollah, were profiting from the sale of contraband cigarettes.
Blunt said his actions were no
different than those of a member who successfully tucked a provision
providing liability protections to the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company into
the same homeland security bill.
The Eli Lilly provision, once
discovered, embarrassed the GOP because it appeared the party was using the
cover of homeland security to protect a big contributor. No one has
acknowledged responsibility for adding the Eli Lilly provision, which
Republican leaders later agreed to rescind.
Hastert has not spoken publicly
about Blunt and the Philip Morris provision. His spokesman, John Feehery,
said yesterday, "It had not been fully vetted and there was no sign-off from
the Judiciary Committee, and that's why it didn't go in the homeland
Because Blunt's actions in the
Philip Morris matter were kept quiet, there were no apparent repercussions
or threats to his leadership ambitions. Meanwhile, there is evidence that
the majority whip has continued to work aggressively on behalf of companies
to which he has ties.
In April, for instance, Blunt
managed to have a provision inserted into a Senate bill, without debate, on
behalf of United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. The two companies were
seeking to block the expansion of a foreign rival's U.S. operations. Blunt's
son Andrew also represents UPS in Missouri, as the Wall Street Journal first
reported, and the two companies have contributed a total of $120,000 to
Blunt since 2001, according to Federal Election Commission data.
Also this spring, Blunt brokered a
deal with Rep. Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky.) to fight for a vote on legislation
that could open the door to Food and Drug Administration regulation of
tobacco, a top priority for Philip Morris, a senior House GOP leader said.
Philip Morris would benefit because it is far ahead of its competitors in
designing and selling "safer" cigarettes that could be permitted if the FDA
gains regulatory power, lawmakers and industry experts said.
Former GOP Whip Gave Earmark To Former Staffer
From an article on the
Huffington Post by Jenna Staul
Posted: 10- 5-09
Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt has come
under fire from the
Center for Public Integrity
for engaging in a controversial pattern of providing earmarks to a
The Center for Public Integrity reports that former Blunt chief of staff
Gregg Hartley, who now works for DC lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates
and is registered as a lobbyist for EaglePicher Technologies, has given
Blunt $11,783 in campaign contributions over the last three years after
leaving Blunt's staff. Blunt, as a Republican whip, provided a
$3,920,000 earmark in a 2008 bill for "Advanced Lithium-Carbon
Monoflouride Combat Portable Batteries."
Last month, the Center
the circles of influence between members of the subcommittee, their
former staffers who have become lobbyists, and the contractors they
represent. The pattern, which we call "The Murtha Method," works
like this: the former staffers become lobbyists for firms seeking
earmarks; the Representatives secure earmarks for the companies
those lobbyists represent, and the contractors and/or the lobbyists
send campaign contributions to those members of Congress.
Cassidy & Associates Web site
as having been "one of the most savvy chiefs of staff to a leadership
member" who once worked closely with Blunt during his 18 years with the
Congressman. Eagle Picher provides technologies for the automotive,
defense, medical and space industries,
to its Web site.
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