Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Environment, European Union, Foreign Policy, Free Markets, Freedom, History, Intelligence, Middle East, National Security, Politics, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: Culture War, Democrat Corruption, Liberal lies
The temper out there is quite remarkable, remarkably nasty to be precise. Our current election campaign is quite the nastiest I can ever remember, and anger seethes through the comments of even the most staid columns.
Britain is in the same spot with the battle over BREXIT —Britain’s upcoming vote over whether to exit the European Union or stay in. Only Britain has a scheduled vote, but there is plenty of rumbling in other European nations who are not happy with the influx of migrants, and the response of their governments. The future is uncertain and the people know it and are not pleased with the preparedness.
It’s hard for most Americans to imagine that they would choose to stay in. We’re not much on unelected government passing down laws to regulate our lives, and having no ability to even say ‘Hey Wait a minute! You can’t do that.’ Well, they can and do.
Bureaucrats are the same all over the world. They discover power and that, pushed for, there is no end to the power they can accrue to themselves. They start out intending to do right by the people, and end up establishing a dictatorship, and enriching themselves and their friends and relatives. When people start out promising hope and change, you’d better inquire a bit more deeply into exactly what they mean by the pretty slogans.
We were lucky to be founded by men brought up under English Common Law and the Magna Charta. and all too familiar with the Wars of Religion, but they were soon busy with trying to survive and build communities and deal with wild animals and the native people. A number of the earliest settlers returned to England to fight in the English Civil War with Oliver Cromwell.
In a world run mostly by the divine right of Kings, or Caliphs, or Sultans, or Czars — Democracy and Liberty were an enormous shock to the system, and few expected it to last. The French tried with their bloody Revolution, and ended up with the Napoleonic Wars.
It is particularly interesting then, that the Left, the radical Left, is so determined on eliminating democracy in the name of complete control. It is fairly clear when they want to send “deniers” to prison on RICO charges for disagreeing with their idea that global warming is a huge crisis, when they want to do away with the Second Amendment, as well as the rest of the Constitution, reject patriotism and its traditions — like the Pledge of Allegiance, support open borders and reject our immigration laws.
I have been startled at the way the leftist media speaks the same leftist ‘talking points’ all at once, in the same words with the same exact punctuation, but I never realized what I was seeing and hearing until I posted the video below about “It’s Just What ISIL Wants.” They do it all the time, and we don’t really notice. But that is a very different kind of journalism than we expect in a free country! You can think of dozens of different subjects in which they have tried to set the agenda by repetition of precisely the same words. That is not thought, nor is it journalism — who hands our the talking points? Think Progress?
We have a generation or two of ambitious youngsters who have signed on, not to accurately report events, but to put a label on things before the ordinary person has time to think it through — in the goal of changing the world. I can remember it being reported that the journalism schools were producing young reporters ambitious to change the world. I should have paid more attention. That is really the problem, isn’t it? We are just not paying close enough attention.
Filed under: History, Iraq, Military, National Security, The United States | Tags: Democrat Corruption, Propaganda Campaign, The Left's War On the Right
Reposted from June 2015: Did you wonder why Obama pulled Out of Iraq Abruptly And Caused the Rise of ISIS?
I usually have the radio on in the daytime, because I can listen and get other stuff done. This morning I was startled by a caller who said: “I’m 22, and the people my age would never vote for a Bush because of the stigma attached to his name.” He added something to the effect that he didn’t dislike President Bush personally, it was the stigma. Stigma.
Liberals were as shocked and horrified as everyone else at the events on 9/11, the first attack on America since Pearl Harbor. The 1998 Iraq Liberation Act, (before 9/11) under Clinton, calling for regime change in Iraq, and supporting a transition to democracy passed the House 360-38 and unanimously in the Senate. Under the Bush administration, and after 9/11, there was a 1991 Resolution for the Use of Military Force against Iraq which passed the Democrat-controlled Senate 52-47 and the House 250-183. That was followed by the 1992 Iraq War Resolution that authorized military force against Iraq which also passed Congress with significant margins.
The invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003, Baghdad fell on April 10, Coalition forces moved into Baghdad ending the 24 year reign of Saddam Hussein. On May 1, President George W. Bush declared major combat operations in Iraq over.
That month the Democratic Party launched a national campaign against America’s commander in chief, claiming that he had lied to the American people to lure them into a war that was “unnecessary,” “immoral, and “illegal.”
Until that moment, the conflict in Iraq had been supported by both parties and was regarded by both as a strategic necessity in the war launched by Islamic terrorists on 9/11. Saddam Hussein had launched two aggressive wars in the Middle East, murdered three hundred thousand Iraqis, used chemical weapons on his own citizens, and put in place a nuclear weapons program, thwarted only by his defeat in the 1991 Gulf War. Over the next decade, his regime defied sixteen United Nations Security Council resolutions attempting to enforce the Gulf War truce and stop him from pursuing weapons of mass destruction. In September 2002, the Security Council added a seventeenth resolution, which gave Saddam until December 7 to comply with its terms or face consequences. When Iraq failed to comply, Bush made the only decision compatible with the preservation of international law and the security of the United States by launching a preemptive invasion to remove the regime. Two days prior to the invasion, the Iraqi dictator was given the option of leaving the country and averting the war.
In June 2003, just three months after the fighting began, the Democrats turned against the war and launched a five-year campaign to delegitimize it, casting America and its Republican leaders as the villains. This betrayal of the nation and its troops on the battlefield was unprecedented. Major press institutions following the Democrats’ lead conducted a propaganda campaign against the war, blowing up minor incidents like the misbehavior of guards at the Abu Ghraib prison to international scandals, which damaged America’s prestige and weakened its morale. The New York Times and the Washington Post leaked classified documents, destroying three major national security programs designed to protect Americans from terrorist attack. Every day of the war, there was front-page coverage of America’s body counts in Iraq and Afghanistan designed to sap America’s will to fight. (David Horowitz: Take No Prisoners)
There’s your “stigma.”
Did you read the newspaper accounts of the doubling of the death toll in the war in Afghanistan under Barack Obama? Thought not. “Bush lied, People died,” was the chant. Propaganda designed to discredit the American president, who they were still furious with for defeating Al Gore, illegally, they were sure. A five year long propaganda campaign to be sure Bush got no credit. The ends justify whatever means you have to use. Americans are inclined to like Presidents who win wars. Can’t have that. Remember Bill Clinton complaining because he didn’t get to be a wartime president?
Filed under: Politics | Tags: big government, Democrat Corruption, Hillary's Laugh
It’s just Hillary.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, News, Politics, Taxes | Tags: Democrat Corruption, Obama, Unions, Wisconsin
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Energy, Health Care, News, Politics | Tags: Apple, Arianna Huffington, Democrat Corruption, Jim Webb, NASA, Obama, Obamacare, oil, Stack of Stuff
Part of the problem with blogging is that there are so many interesting storied to write about, and nowhere near enough time to write about them all. Here’s just some of the stories catching my attention:
How will Obama block it? — “New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US”
Jennifer Rubin — “Obamacare Support Melting Away”
First GOP Senate pick up? — “Webb won’t seek re-election”
Progressive Control Freaks still controlling — Boston to ban smoking in parks?
Most corrupt administration ever #1 — Obama fired another investigator for doing his job.
Most corrupt administration ever #2 — Emanuel/Blagojevich phone calls conveniently go missing
Filed under: Freedom, Health Care, Heartwarming, Law, News, Politics, The Constitution | Tags: Democrat Corruption, Obamacare, Unconstitutional
Until and unless a higher court grants a stay, this ruling prohibits the Federal Government from enforcing Obamacare in the 26 petitioning states.
Jennifer Rubin has the details:
I read the section on “Injunction” and could scarely believe my eyes. Was the judge ordering the government not to enforce ObamaCare in all 26 states? Oh, yes, indeed.
Robert Alt of the Heritage Institute e-mailed me, “The judge noted that declaratory relief is the functional equivalent of an injunction, and applied the long-standing presumption ‘that officials of the Executive Branch will adhere to the law as declared by the court.’ So in the case, the judge asserted that the declaratory relief should bind the parties. If the Obama administration wishes to impose the requirements of Obamacare upon the states, it will need to seek a stay of the opinion either from the judge, or from the 11th Circuit.” [emphasis mine]
Those states are: AL, AK, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, IN, ID, KS, LA, ME, MI, MS, NE, NV, ND, OH, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI and WY.
Correction: It is incorrect that this ruling only affects the 26 petitioning states, it stops enforcement of Obamacare in ALL states, because, as Gabriel Mator at Ace of Spades reminds us, the ruling is binding on all parties, not just the petitioners, but also the Federal Government:
The law is unconstitutional and that ruling is binding on the parties. Not just the 26 plaintiff states, mind you, as I’ve also seen erroneously reported.All parties to a lawsuit are bound, including and especially the defendants, that is, the U.S. departments attempting to implement ObamaCare. [read more]
Duh! Dumb, dumb, dumb mistake on my part. I apologize for the error.
(h/t Gay Patriot)
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, News, Politics | Tags: Democrat Corruption, Obama, Rahm Emanuel, The Chicago Machine, Union Thugs
It’s ALIVE! …or is it?
The rule of law at least momentarily wheezed back to life in the most politically corrupt city in the country, opened it’s eyes and saw the light of day. Now Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Democrat machine and very possibly the White House are scrambling to snuff it out.
Yesterday, an Illinois appellate court recognized in it’s decision what the whole world already knows, that Rahm Emanuel, as Obama’s Chief of Staff, has lived continuously in Washington DC for the past two years, not Chicago, and as such does not meet the clear-cut residency requirement to run for Mayor of Chicago. In doing so, they tossed out the decision by the blatantly corrupt Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, that despite living and working in DC, despite moving his family to DC with him, despite renting out his former home to new tenants, that the foul-mouthed, sleazy little weasel is still a resident in his heart, or something. The court reversed a lower Chicago court, and ordered that Rahm’s name not be allowed on the ballot.
Chicago election law requires that a mayoral candidate must “reside in” Chicago for the full year before the election — not own rental property, not intend to move back someday — reside in. But the clear cut letter of the law is never clear cut when it stands between a Democrat and what they want.
Rahm immediately appealed to the State Supreme Court, and said with an actual ominous cackle, “I have no doubt at the end we’ll prevail in this effort.” Conveniently, Obama’s top adviser, Valerie Jarrett chimed in and let it be known that Obama also thinks Rahm should be on the ballot.
Jarrett made the comments at the end of an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with co-host George Stephanopoulos, who asked her what Obama thought of the appellate decision.
“Well, you know, we haven’t talked to Rahm, but I’ll tell you one thing we know is that he’s going to vigorously appeal. Rahm is a fighter, and I’m sure — as you know, he will be appealing to the Supreme Court, and I’m sure he will vigorously make that case.”
Stephanopoulos pressed her asking, “Does he believe then — so is it fair assume then that the president did believe that Rahm is eligible and the appeals court is wrong?”
Replied Jarrett, “Well, I think that he believes that he’s eligible, and I believe that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts. And as he said then, he thinks Rahm would make a terrific mayor.” [emphasis mine]
Translation? They’ve talked to Rahm.
Call me a cynic, but when someone offers defensive language that has nothing to do with the question you asked them, you know they’re lying. Snuffleupagus didn’t ask if they had talked to Rahm, he asked what Obama thought of the decision.
This mayoral race is important to the White House. Obama is moving his re-election campaign to that most notoriously corrupt city, Obama’s top political adviser, David Axlerod, has already moved into position to run that campaign from Chicago, and Obama want’s his guy in charge of the city, and the political machine, so they can more effectively, illegally coordinate their efforts with each other, with the unions who contributed unprecedented sums to Obama and to whom Obama funneled untold millions, if not billions, in taxpayer “stimulus” money — not to mention the reorganized groups formerly known as ACORN.
If the Illinois Supreme Court finds in favor of Rahm, in clear contradiction of the law, look for some of those justices to quietly get “coincidental” nominations to the Federal bench in some months when no one is paying attention.
It’s the Chicago way. It’s the Obama way.
(h/t Michelle Malkin)