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Crying Racism Way Too Often. by The Elephant's Child

Last week, Tony Blankley wrote a succinct essay on racism:

In the last fortnight: 1) The NAACP called the tea party racist; 2) Andrew Breitbart called the NAACP racist; 3) Shirley Sherrod called Republican opponents of Obamacare racists; 4) Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called Shirley Sherrod racist; 5) many in mainstream media called Andrew Breitbart racist; 6) Howard Dean called Fox racist; and, 7) it was revealed that liberal journalist Spencer Ackerman proposed calling Fred Barnes and Karl Rove racist.

Thus, through a confluence of bizarrely unlikely events, the vicious act of falsely accusing people of racism became a laughingstock. It went from being a career killer to a punch line; from villainy to vaudeville; from knife in the back to pie in the face.

I think Mr. Blankley got it about right.  But wait!  There’s more.  Representative Charles Rangel of New York and Representative Maxine Waters of California  are being accused of some ethical wrongdoing. Politico reports:

The question of whether black lawmakers are now being singled out for scrutiny has been simmering throughout the 111th Congress, with the Office of Congressional Ethics a focal point of the concerns. At one point earlier this year, all eight lawmakers under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters, were black Democrats. All those investigations originated with the OCE, which can make recommendations — but takes no final actions — on such case.

There’s a “dual standard, one for most members and one for African-Americans,” said one member of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

It just won’t work. It is a joke.  Charles Rangel accepted four rent-controlled apartments from a developer at a below market value, one of which he used as campaign headquarters, he neglected to pay taxes on the rental income from a beachfront vacation home he owned, and he is accused of preserving a tax loophole worth half a billion dollars for an executive who had promised a $1 million donation to the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New York.  He will face a trial by the ethics committee in September.

Maxine Waters is accused of an ethics violation because of a meeting she set up in September 2008 between Treasury Department officials and representatives of minority-owned banks.  The meeting centered on a single bank — one in which her husband  had considerable investments at the time, and in which he had served on the board of directors.  The bank subsequently received $12 million in bailout funds.

I understand that only Republicans violate ethical standards.  We know that because Republicans encourage members who have violated standards to resign promptly. Democrats are free not to pay their taxes, and any other violations they may commit are probably a case of mistaken identity. But when the ethics committee investigates and requires a trial — don’t play the race card.   It should be beneath you.

ADDENDUM: The White House has actually put out a statement comparing opposition to ObamaCare to Opposition to the Civil Rights Act. The point is to demonize and intimidate Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli and any other states that have sued, rather than address their claims about the unconstitutionality of the health care legislation.



Democrat Party Calls for Seizing Refining Industry by American Elephant

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House Democrats have called for the nationalization of oil refineries.

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Maxine Waters is not alone — not that I ever thought she was. While lambasting and demonizing oil executives in committee a few weeks back, the Democrat congresswoman from Los Angeles accidentally let slip that she wants to seize control of the oil industry. It was frightening enough when she was a lone voice.

Today, House Democrats responded to President Bush’s call to increase American energy supply, by openly calling for the government seizure of the refining industry:

“We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market,” said Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), member of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the most-ardent opponents of off-shore drilling.

This move comes on the heels of a poll revealing a plurality of Democrat voters, like Maxine Waters, support government seizure of the entire oil industry.

The survey found that a plurality of Democrats (37%) believe the oil industry should be nationalized. Just 32% of voters in Barack Obama’s party disagree with that approach. Republicans oppose nationalizing the oil industry by a 66% to 16% margin. Unaffiliated voters are opposed by a 47% to 33% margin…[read more]

All because they don’t understand the basic laws of supply and demand, and in the name of environmentalism. As President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, a former soviet satelite, has warned, when your goal is “saving the world,” there really is nothing you can’t justify.

Environmentalism truly is the new communism.

“Government is not the solution to our problem.
Government is the problem”
~ Ronald Wilson Reagan

Scared enough to contribute to and volunteer for your Republican candidates yet? I hope so. You should be. They’re the only thing standing between you and these fascist policies.

UPDATE: Here’s the video. This one is unbelievable! Starts with the Democrat press conference and follows up with a Democrat strategist calling to seize the entire oil industry and set prices! Perhaps Obama could pick Hugo Chavez as his running mate.



Democrats give Americans lesson in REAL Fascism by American Elephant

When oil company executives are getting the better of her in Congressional hearings on the price of gas, Democrat Maxine Waters loses it, and accidentally lays it all on the line…

Nor is this an anomaly. We’ve heard this theme before…

Despite the rantings you hear from ignorant liberals about “fascist” Republicans and Bushitlerchimpy — whatever it is they say — this is what fascism really looks like: dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition (the promised “fairness” doctrine). The very definition of fascism.

These people are not joking! They already want to nationalize health care. I have suspected for a long time, given their demagoguery of the oil companies, that this is coming if they get the chance.

They won’t do it in one bold stroke: they know the people wouldn’t accept it. But they will do it stealthfully, incrementally. One bill at a time, demonizing Republicans for not caring all the while. But they will do it.

So, strap yourselves in! If Obama or Hillary take the White House and Democrats increase their control of Congress, this country is in for a drastic lurch to the left — and drastically more expensive and less available energy.

Lord, help us!




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