The people shape their own destiny -- either as free people or as slaves.
If they remain self-reliant, they stay free -- Ever expanding state power destroys lives..
Government panacea is a defective idea.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Obama walking the Nixon trail

What would a president do if he were furious over criticism, or felt that his noble aims justified most means of attaining them?

Answer that by comparing the behavior of Richard Nixon to that of an increasingly similar Barack Obama.

Nixon tried to use the Internal Revenue Service to go after his political enemies -- although his IRS chiefs at least refused his orders to focus on liberals.

Nixon ignored settled law and picked and chose which statutes he would enforce -- from denying funds for the Clean Water Act to ignoring congressional subpoenas.

Nixon attacked TV networks and got into personal arguments with journalists such as CBS's Dan Rather.

Nixon wanted the Federal Communications Commission to hold up the licensing of some television stations on the basis of their political views.

Nixon went after "enemies." He ordered surveillance to hound his suspected political opponents and was paranoid about leaks.

Now, consider how President Obama has directed government, as opposed to the platitudes he has offered about how it should operate.

The IRS? So far, the Obama-era IRS has succeeded in hounding nonprofit Tea Party groups into political irrelevancy. By holding up rulings on nonprofit status, the IRS ensured that the Tea Party's big political wins of 2010 would not be a factor in the president's 2012 re-election bid. Disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner headed the division that focused inordinately on conservative groups. But she has refused to answer questions to Congress -- invoking the Fifth Amendment to protect herself from self-incrimination.

The FCC? According to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, Obama's agency, until outrage arose, had planned "to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their 'news philosophy' and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information." In other words, Obama FCC appointees dreamed of predicating federal licensing on having politically correct views similar to their own.

Enemies? Federal authorities jailed a video maker for a minor probation violation after the Obama administration falsely blamed him for causing a riot that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi in September 2012. In truth, the attack was an organized terrorist hit facilitated by our own lax security.

Dinesh D'Souza has written and filmed some very unflattering things about Obama. He might be as openly critical of the president as Daniel Ellsberg once was of Nixon. In January, the office of Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara indicted D'Souza on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws. If convicted, D'Souza could be imprisoned for up to seven years. Usually, those accused of such transgressions face far lesser charges involving fines.

Speaking of the Obama Justice Department, its former Office of Public Affairs director, Tracy Schmaler, was reported to have worked closely with the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America on stories slamming critics of the administration. When the story alleging this public-private political partnership came out, Schmaler resigned -- and then went to work for former Obama political operative David Axelrod.

Going after reporters? Obama regularly blames Fox News by name for its criticism. In 2008, he seemed to enter into a personal grudge match with Fox's Sean Hannity.

Ignoring the law? The Affordable Care Act as currently administered bears little resemblance to the law that was passed by Congress and signed by the president. Federal immigration law is now a matter of enforcing what the president allows and ignoring the rest.

Wiretaps? Well, aside from the electronic surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency, the Obama Justice Department secretly monitored Fox News reporter and sometime critic James Rosen. The Justice Department even seized his e-mails and phone records in fear that he might publish administration leaks. To hide these shenanigans, the Justice Department fraudulently dubbed Rosen a flight risk and a possible criminal co-conspirator.

There are a few differences, however, between the transgressions of Nixon and Obama, and America's reaction to them.

The old watchdogs of civil liberties that took on Nixon -- the America media of the Watergate era -- are now silent. For them, Obama is not right-wing, easily caricatured, unappealing or an old anti-communist agitator, but an iconic liberal, charismatic, and in the past an experienced community organizer. A Democratic Senate majority now has little interest in auditing Obama, though it once zealously pounced on Nixon's misdeeds.

If you once suggested that Nixon's team was violating constitutional principles, you were hailed as speaking truth to power. Try that with progressive Obama, and you are likely to be caricatured as some sort of embittered Tea Party zealot at best, a retrograde racist at worst. Nixon ended impeached and disgraced; Obama may well enjoy a lucrative and in-demand post-presidency.

Both presidents once had enormous potential and high poll ratings, but their treatment of the Constitution was as Orwellian as it was unnecessary. Before Nixon imploded, he was warned to stop it.

Will Obama?

By Victor Davis Hanson

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Liberal Plutocrats

The blemish-free "Democratic Party" of the little people has grown some ultra rich warts;  These plutocrats want to control the people for their own ends.  Rank and file Democrats are deceived into cheering. Big politics, like big government, like big labor, like any big organization always means someone at the top can be corrupt, directing the people to march to their own hurt.

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Let the reader beware. At a recent confab at a billionaire's ranch, an elite gathering of business titans agreed to spend $100 million — thanks to legal loopholes that allow them to skirt federal campaign contribution limits — to elect like-minded politicians who will help them halt the wheels of government, move their party further from the political center and thwart the will of the American people. 

Billionaire Tom Steyer invited fellow liberal plutocrats to his Pescadero, Calif., ranch, where he challenged them to produce $50 million — to match $50 million he has pledged — to help elect politicians who share their views on climate change. Brother Jim told The New Yorker that the brothers Steyer want to be the Koch brothers of the left. Tom Steyer nixed that notion, saying: "We think we're representing the vast bulk of citizens of the United States. We're not representing our pockets."

Surely, Steyer knows that is not true. He has devoted millions to help Democrats defeat GOP "deniers" of climate change and to discourage White House approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a key battleground in the fight over global warming. Recent Pew Research Center polls found that 65 percent of Americans support approval of Keystone, whereas only 30 percent oppose it; voters rated global warming as the 19th-most important national priority out of 20.


Last year, Steyer's NextGen Climate political organization produced an anti-Keystone ad that garnered four Pinocchios from Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler, who wrote that the spot did not meet "minimal standards" for "political attack ads."


Debra J. Saunders   

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Anyone may freely express an opinion -- this is America after all.  But lying is a bad start. 
So who is behind all this corruption?  Any guesses?



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Monday, February 10, 2014

ObamaCare employer mandate delayed again.

"Dear Leader Obama" and the dictatorial Democrats have gotten into hot water over ObamaCare and its clumsy mandates.  Therefore, in order to work some rescue for  themselves, Obama emitted the newest edict "allowing" small business owners another reprieve from  ObamaCare’s employer mandate.

In July, the White House said it would delay the mandate part of the Affordable Care Act, the part that will eventually require businesses with 50 or more workers to offer health insurance to employees or pay a fine. That original edict pushed back the requirement back one year to Jan. 1, 2015.

On Monday, the Obama administration said it would delay the employer mandate until 2016 for companies with 50 to 99 workers. (Employers with fewer than 50 workers have always been exempt.) Companies with 100 or more workers will have to cover 70 percent of their full-time workers beginning next year, according to a new rule published by the Internal Revenue Service. 

Despite the fact that ObamaCare is stupid, oppressive law, it is properly enacted by Congress and is law of the land.  Mr Obama has no authority under the US Constitution to modify public law without permission of Congress.  Therefore Mr Obama stands very clearly as the Outlaw president.  Let's send him to prison real soon.

Obama's religious liberty blind spot

President Obama gave a lovely speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast — and one is reluctant to criticize.
 
But pry my jaw from the floorboards.

Without a hint of irony, the president lamented eroding protections of religious liberty around the world. 

Just not, apparently, in America. 

Nary a mention of the legal challenges to religious liberty now in play between this administration and the Catholic Church and other religious groups, as well as private businesses that contest the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare. 

Missing was any mention of Hobby Lobby or the Little Sisters of the Poor — whose cases have recently reached the U.S. Supreme Court and that reveal the Obama administration’s willingness to challenge, rather than protect, religious liberty in this country. 

more Kathleen Parker 

Friday, February 7, 2014

The new soon-to-be-nuclear Iran

The Middle East, never stable, has been further destabilized by Mr Obama's overtures of normalization to Iran.  Iran has long had nuclear ambitions and operates a large number of nuclear fuel "centrifuges."  "It's hard to escape the impression that Iran and its close ally, Syria, are toying with the U.S," wrote Frida Ghitis on the CNN website

The world's worst fear of all is that all the political states in the region will go nuclear, either for national defense or for prestige.  Whichever the motive, it is now happening.

In the Middle East, World-nuclear.com lists and North Africa: Iran, Gulf states including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar & Kuwait, Yemen, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan as emerging nuclear armed states. 

The state of Israel has long been reputed to have a small stockpile of homemade nukes.

Saudi Arabia has a long term nuclear cooperation deal with Pakistan, whose nuclear weapons program the Saudis financed.  A report in November stated the Saudi kingdom had purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan, according to TheBlaze.com

Jordan's recently fading plans to go nuclear have been revived.  The country concluded an agreement with South Korea in 2009 for the construction of a 5MW research reactor fueled by 19% low enriched uranium.  The plant is slated for completion by 2015, according to NTI.  The technology is not purposed for weapons, but is step one.

Egypt started and then stopped their own weapons development.  Currently, Egypt is thought to have a significant biologic and chemical weapons arsenal. Bio and chem weapons are at least as dangerous as nukes, and easier to transport and deploy.  The presently unstable politics in the nation is most important when thinking about Egypt's future.  They could turn on a dime.

The Obama administration Middle East policy has been ineffective at best, and a contributor to instability at worst.  As a mighty nation, the US must help to maintain the peace.  We need clear policy, and then we must carry it out.  Mr Obama's feckless posing is a very bad substitute for good leadership.

We can still manage to create a safer world, unless we let the Obama Administration run away.  If that happens, then millions of lives will be at stake -- many of them right here..

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Iran is sending two of their naval warships to the American coast.  This little "flotilla' is too small to be any real threat to the US.  Iran says, "this move has a message."  The move is impressive.  Only a madman would think this little fleet would intimidate anyone.  But Iran has been cut off from international trade for years; apparently the madmen have been able to coax great things out of the people.

Not that Obama hasn't helped the mullahs. Obama's lack of clear understanding led to the administration's recent capitulation to Iran in the nuclear materials deal. The capitulation made the mullahs very powerful.  The deal is sold to Iranians as a diplomatic victory over the US -- the "Great Satan."  The politicians in Iran are putting themselves in the position of war leaders -- like Hitler did prior to World War 2. 

Is Iran any genuine threat to national security?  Not yet.  But they could be in only a few years.