American Elephants


Are You a Free American or Do You Belong To The “Federal Family?” by The Elephant's Child

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants you to know that you should be mindful of potential terror attacks, natural disasters, and pandemics, but not to worry — “While our federal family is becoming better prepared to support the nation, we know that being truly resilient requires the whole community coming together.”

No. We do not have a “federal family” to which we belong. We have a limited government that serves at our sufferance. The federal government works for us, and is responsible to us. At least that’s the way it’s supposed to be. The transformations introduced by the Obama Administration continue apace.

Several other Obama administration officials have used the phrase “federal family” in recent weeks.

At a swearing-in ceremony on August 29, Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, firearms and Explosives talked about the ATF agents who pitched in to help local law enforcement in Newtown, Aurora, and Boston. “It’s as close as you’re going to get to blue-collar law enforcement in the federal family,” he said.

On August 22, David Heyman, an assistant secretary at HHS, told a Washington think tank how the town of Joplin, MO had recovered from a devastating tornado “in partnership with the federal family.”

On July 10, Richard Serino, deputy administrator of FEMA, told a Senate panel that the Boston Marathon bombing “was determined to be a high risk event. This determination resulted in enhanced attention to the event across the federal family.”

These are undoubtedly new talking-points from the Euphemism Department at the Center for American Progress. The one thing you cannot do if you are a liberal or a progressive is to describe truthfully what you are doing or intend to do. It must be cloaked or veiled in more soothing words, and they do spend a lot of time finding acceptable words that will float right past the consciousness of freedom loving Americans. You have to focus directly on these noxious phrases to notice just how offensive they are.

This collectivization is just going too far.


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