Coburn: 2013 One of Nation’s Worst Years

From Newsmax:

Coburn: 2013 Marked ‘Unwinding of Country’s Founding Principles’
Senator Tom Coburn says the power grab by Democratic leaders in Congress, not to mention the Obama administration’s apparent disdain for the rule of law, made 2013 one of the nation’s worst years. Tom Coburn

“In both the executive branch and Congress, Americans witnessed an unwinding of the country’s founding principles and of their government’s most basic responsibilities,” Coburn wrote Monday in an op-ed piece carried in The Wall Street Journal.

“The rule of law gave way to the rule of rulers. And the rule of reality . . . gave way to some politicians’ belief that they were entitled to both their own opinions and their own facts.”

“It’s no wonder the institutions of government barely function,” the Oklahoma Republican added.

Coburn described the launching of Obamacare as one of the most devastating blows to the rule of law and he accused President Obama of changing his signature achievement “according to whim” without regard to any legal or constitutional constraints that might be involved. He also wrote that the most troubling aspect of the president’s behavior in pushing the law on the American public was his promise that people would be able to keep their current insurance plans and doctors.

“We now know that the administration was aware that these claims were false, yet Mr. Obama continued to make them, repeatedly,”  Coburn said.

Even though the president “apologized in part for his statements,” it sent a message to politicians that “message discipline” is the name-of-the-game if it helps “to win an election or achieve a short-term political goal.”

“When a misleading message ultimately clashes with reality, the result is dissonance and conflict,” the Oklahoma senator argued. “In a republic, deception is destructive.”

Coburn took a hard swipe at Democrats in Congress as well, calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s successful effort to do away with the 60-vote threshold for moving most presidential nominations an outright power grab “to undo 200 years of precedent that requires a supermajority to change Senate rules.”

“To speed the approval of executive appointments and judicial nominations, Sen. Reid resorted to raw political power, forcing a vote (52-48) that allows the Senate majority to change the rules whenever it wants,” Coburn complained. “In a republic, if majorities can change laws or rules however they please, you’re on the road to life with no rules and no  laws.”

Coburn concluded by noting that if Americans are truly fed up, as he is, with the way Washington works these days, then they should make use of the elections this year to make some changes.

“If you don’t like the rulers you have, you don’t have to keep them,” he wrote.


Last year brought us more scandals and broken laws than we’ve seen in two decades. Things that used to make people gasp in shock are now every day occurrences with this administration. Decadent behavior and lifestyles are now celebrated instead of mentioned only in whispered gossip. Lying and defaming others is acceptable so long as it’s followed with an apology. 2014 looks to be more of the same.

Senator Coburn is one of the good guys because he speaks the truth, but it would be nice to see him do more than talk. It would be nice to see our legislators take some action, instead of leaving it up to us at election time. We need more than merely replacing a few bad apples. This government needs a deep cleaning from the top down.


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15 Responses to Coburn: 2013 One of Nation’s Worst Years

  1. Clyde says:

    While I agree wholeheartedly with Sen. Coburn, it is the GLARING lack of opposition from the PSP, which the Senator FAILED to mention, that has led us to this point. I don’t know what the tougher fight this year will be. Ridding our country of democrats running the Senate, or trying to get the idiots from the RNC to see the error of THEIR ways. Good post.

  2. Amen, to both Senator Coburn’s “rant”, as well as your commentary. Great Info, Kathy.

  3. Buck says:

    “If you don’t like the rulers you have….”

  4. myfoxmystere says:

    I look forward to seeing Hairball Reid getting spanked when his power grab backfires in his face, if the GOP grabs the Senate this year.

  5. white531 says:

    I believe the Senator from Oklahoma stated the problem as clearly as any of us could. I have no disagreement with anything he said. This current administration and this current Senate have departed so far from this nation’s laws and The Constitution, as to be almost unbelievable. That they could do that, in full view of the American people, does not speak well for our future, as Americans.

    We all know at this point, that this President is an Imposter. We know that in our hearts, and our hearts are sickened by the reality of that. He lies repeatedly. And the people and the press believe his lies, and give him a pass.

    I know one thing at least, for sure. This ridiculous Chicago Street Organizer, who was born in Kenya, the product of two idiots, one a communist, the other, a stupid white girl, changed the direction of this country, and indeed, the world.

    Not for the better. That would be a nice ending to this story. Not even close.

    Because he was elected President, while not being qualified for the office, not legally, not mentally, he put this country on a new path of destruction. Unfortunately, that is the activity we are engaged in right now. Saving what is left of America, after he put us on this path.

    I give us one chance in three.

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, it was an awful year, and granted, O isn’t qualified, at least not according to our standards, but don’t despair, White. While I have little faith in the government these days, I do have faith in the American people, who will rise above this. There are too many patriots, groups and organizations ready to do battle for what we all believe in.

      It could get really mess for a while, but this country will be great again.

      • myfoxmystere says:

        Kathy, you’re right on the money. I know the Tea Party is far from finished. Come 2016 when the dummyheads start feeling the pain from 0bama’s big blunders, some of them will wise up and crack the whip and drive out the Dimwitcrats and RINOs. When terrorists launch another Al Qaeda Taliban attack on us, that will wake up the dummyheads from their drunken stupor.

  6. Mrs AL says:

    Great post, Kathy and your commentary is spot-on.

    As for the Tea Party … they were effectively and illegally and Unconstitutionally silenced by the IRS. Imagine what might have been different had they been give the status they were legally entitled to, eh?

  7. Hardnox says:

    Good post Kathy. Nothing Coburn said is new news as we all ave been saying these things for a long time. It is good that he has the WSJ to vent.

    Now what? 10 seconds after his piece was published it was forgotten. Coburn and others need to get on TV and let the lemmings know.

    Frankly I don’t see a way out of this until the politicians know that there is a price to pay for their malfeasance.

    • Kathy says:

      Agreed, ‘Nox, they need to be more vocal when pointing out the problems they see. You sure don’t see the Dems holding back criticism.

      Hopefully this will be the year for them to pay.

  8. CW says:

    I’m so glad to see Coburn speaking out, taking his message beyond the walls of congress.