Because I Said So
Our government, over time has taken on the roll of parent. With the government's growth, our voices have grown weaker. No longer are we allowed to have much say, in how our country and government are run.
But, don't take my word for it.
[Charles Krauthammer Real Clear Politics]Link
President Obama is asking for your blind faith, the faith usually reserved for God. Without any record of achievement, he asks that you believe in him, that you follow his dictates. That you allow him to lead us from the wilderness.
President Obama asserted unprecedented government control over the auto industry Monday, rejecting turnaround plans from General Motors and Chrysler and raising the prospect of controlled bankruptcy for either ailing auto giant.
Eager to reassure consumers, Obama also announced the federal government would immediately begin backing the warranties that new car buyers receive _ a step designed to signal that it is safe to purchase U.S.-made autos and trucks despite the distress of the industry.
With his words, Obama underscored the extent to which the government is now dictating terms to two of the country's iconic corporations, much as it has already taken an ownership stake in banks, the insurance giant AIG and housing titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
In an extraordinary move, the administration forced the departure of Rick Wagoner as CEO of General Motors over the weekend, and implicit in Obama's remarks was that the government holds the ability to pull the plug on that company or Chrysler.
[Bankruptcy lawyer Tom Lauria on WJR radio]Link
"One of my clients," Lauria told host Frank Beckmann, "was directly threatened by the White House and in essence compelled to withdraw its opposition to the deal under threat that the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight."
The same goes for big banks that have received billions in government TARP money. Many of them want to give back the money, but the government won't let them.
I want to thank our grandchildren for paying off the single largest debt in American history: Obama’s suicidal $787 billion debt known as his killer "Stimulus Package."
[Gordon Bishop - American Daily]Link
The only thing Obama’s historic debt will stimulate is another Great Depression for America’s shrinking and sinking economy.
[Matthew Hurtt – MatthewHurtt.com]Link
Most notably, we should examine the proposed "stimulus" package, which sailed though the House of Representatives last week. This piece of legislation represents the most dramatic shift toward socialism in American history.
Just after the November election, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste, it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." It is with that mentality that the Democrat-controlled Congress produced the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009"(H.R. 1) a 647-page blank check that sends over $800 billion of borrowed funds haphazardly into the economy (sort of) over a period of five or six years.
Students should be aware that Congress is mortgaging the financial well-being of their children and grandchildren with this piece of legislation. Billions upon billions of dollars will be spent on projects that would not even remotely stimulate the economy should this measure pass. For instance, Congress seeks to spend $200 million to rehabilitate the National Mall, $2.5 billion to upgrade low-income housing and $400 million for "climate change" research, among other things.
President Obama, flitting from crisis to crisis without ever quite managing to solve one, has alighted upon credit cards. He summoned a dozen credit-card executives to Washington and dressed them down. Finding credit-card statements difficult to read, Obama proposes to put the wordsmiths of the federal government in charge of reforming them. He also proposes to manage interest rates and fees, the size of the type on bills, the content of card issuers’ websites, and the ease of comparison-shopping among competing cards. As the commercial says, there’s a card that’s right for you — and the president believes he knows which it is: "Every credit-card issuer has to issue a plain-vanilla, easy-to-understand, simplest-possible credit card that would be the default credit card that the average user can feel comfortable with." Default may be a poor word choice in the context of credit, but the message is clear: You yahoos are going to eat your plain vanilla, and you’re going to like it.
"[T]he Fifth Amendment commands that, however great the Nation's need, private property shall not be thus taken even for a wholly public use without just compensation. If the public interest requires, and permits, the taking of property of individual mortgagees in order to relieve the necessities of individual mortgagors, resort must be had to proceedings by eminent domain; so that, through taxation, the burden of the relief afforded in the public interest may be borne by the public."[Rick Santorum - Philadelphia Inquirer]Link
Watching President Obama apologize last week for America’s arrogance - before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans - helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions. His nomination of former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh to be the State Department’s top lawyer constitutes further evidence of his disdain for American values.
Did Obama’s disdain for American Values stem from 20 years sitting in Rev. Wright’s church? 20 years spent listening to statements like these?
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye."
"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost." (Sep 2001)
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." (2003)
"In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01. White America and the western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just ‘disappeared’ as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns." (magazine article)
"Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!…We [in the U.S.] believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God." (sermon)
"Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary would never know that. Hillary ain’t never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person."
"The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for over 40 years now. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community and wake up Americans concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism."[Raw Story]Link
For his first, formal, televised interview as President of the United States, Barack Obama could have gone anywhere. But instead of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS or any other major American outlet, he's spoken to al-Arabiya, the largest network news provider in the Arab world.
"The mistake that President Obama [made] is not only going on Al-Arabiya, but talking in a way that made the United States look bad by saying to them that America needs to listen instead of always dictating," says Gabriel.
"This sends a message to the radical Islamists…that America is weak, [that] America does not want to fight [and] cannot fight; and [that] this is why we are going to them begging for them to like us."
[Bill Kristol on Fox News]Link
You know, it’s an embarrassment. There’s no statement of solidarity with the people of Iran -- the word "liberty," the word "freedom," the word "democracy," the words "human rights" nowhere in the message.
He speaks to the leaders of Iran who have imprisoned Americans in the last couple of months and American journalists who -- an Iranian blogger died in prison last week -- not a word about that. But he speaks to the leaders of Iran and promises them respect.
And it’s a gesture -- it’s weak, and I think the Iranians took it as a weak statement since they immediately showed contempt for it and said, "Well, that’s nice talk. Now follow up with some actions. Remove the sanctions."
With a crowd chanting "Death to America" in the background, Khamenei dismissed the Obama overture as nothing more than a poorly disguised attempt at getting Iran to abandon the principles and the political tone it set for itself with the 1979 Islamic Revolution. And, to be sure, Khamenei made it plain that the Iranian theocracy has no intention of doing anything of the sort.
Obama’s stepped up covert operations inside Pakistan, killed hundreds of civilians with Predator drone missile attacks, and put the nuclear armed nation of 170million people on the verge of collapse.
North Korea was kind enough to give a full 6 weeks of daily warnings that it was going to launch an ICBM in direct violation of multiple UN resolutions. President Obama said that words have to mean something. He said that a rogue regime cannot be allowed to flaunt, dismiss, and ignore the will of the United Nations. Sadly, his words meant nothing to the North Koreans, so they launched their missile while the Obama Admin in effect did nothing and failed to stop or even dissuade the illegal act.
Somalia effectively collapsed years and years ago. Since then piracy has become its biggest source of GDP. Recently, the long-ignored problem of Somali piracy hit home when an American-flagged cargo ship was seized. The crew-not confident that they’d be saved by the US Navy, Obama Admin diplomatic talks, or the UN forces in the area-rescued themselves. The Captain was taken hostage, and President Obama chose to vote PRESENT rather than give an order to rescue the hostage from the 4 teenage tribesman/pirates. Instead, his vague order was to take action only if the hostage was in imminent danger (this after the Captain had tried to escape and been shot at, but apparently being shot at isn’t imminent danger). Thankfully, 4 US Navy SEAL Team snipers fired in unison and made truly remarkable shots.
[Right Wing News]Link
President Barack Obama didn't just greet Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, he gave him the hood handshake and the warmest smile he's managed with any foreign leader. It's not just that he shook hands with a socialist leader who is currently bankrupting his country, destroying the economy and cozying up to dictators and tyrants around the world, it's that he pulls him in for the the thug hug.
For 50 minutes, Obama sat mute, as a Marxist thug from Nicaragua delivered his diatribe, charging America with a century of terrorist aggression in Central America.
After Daniel Ortega finished spitting in our face, accusing us of inhumanity toward Fidel Castro's Cuba, Obama was asked his thoughts.
"I thought it was 50 minutes long. That's what I thought."
Some people think that President Obama's bow to King Abdullah was significant, not only because it was a naive breach of protocol, but because such signs of submission are taken seriously in the Arab world. (In fact, Obama's bow received approving coverage in the Arab press.)
John Kennedy's disastrous encounter with Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna; history suggests that an attitude of submissive weakness is not one that brings out the best in bloodthirsty dictators.
Like Carter before him, Obama has chosen to cut backdoor deals with the Mullahs in Iran, offering them power over Iraq and Afghanistan, in exchange for quieting things down enough to let him hang up a Mission Accomplished banner and pull the troops out. "Peace with honor", preferably before the next election. The rape law for Shiites in Afghanistan, the push for a US funded Hamas/Fatah Unity government in the territories and the rising expansion of the Taliban are all fruits of this arrangement.
If Iran is to be our new best friend under this arrangement, Israel is to be our new best enemy.
The basic understanding in the Obama Administration is that Israel Must Go. In the worldview of the more moderate Obama appointees, Israel is a destabilizing factor in the Middle East. To the more left wing Obama advisors, Israel is a Western imperialist colonialist state that must be destroyed in the name of revolutionary justice. To the Islamist mindset, Israel is a Kufir state that has no right to exist in the Dar Al Islam.
[Gerald Warner – Telegraph.co.uk]Link
Barack Obama's 100 days of un-American activities are being appropriately marked by the latest hostile initiative against the United States that his partisan rancour has made possible. Notorious Spanish fruit-cake Judge Balthasar Garzon has issued a 10-page writ opening an investigation into officials of the Bush government as "possible material authors" of torture, accomplices and those who gave orders for torture.
This ridiculous legal initiative was only made possible, as Garzon admits, by Barack Obama's declassification of US Justice Department memos on interrogation techniques which "reveal what had been just an intuition: an authorised and systematic plan of torture and mistreatment of persons denied freedom without any charge whatsoever and without the rights enjoyed by any detainee".
[Frank Gaffney - The Center For Security Policy]Link
"The President has made a terrible mistake in closing the finest, most secure and best-run detention and interrogation facility in the world-- with no clue as to what will be done with its prisoners in the next six or seven months."
"Worse still, a number of them are expected to be turned loose on the American people by releasing them into Alexandria, Virginia or some other unsuspecting-- and highly vulnerable-- community in this country."
[Andrew C. McCarthy]Link
Obviously, I am powerless to stop the administration from releasing top al Qaeda operatives who planned mass-murder attacks against American cities—like Binyam Mohammed (the accomplice of "Dirty Bomber" Jose Padilla) whom the administration recently transferred to Britain , where he is now at liberty and living on public assistance.
I am similarly powerless to stop the administration from admitting into the United States such alien jihadists as the 17 remaining Uighur detainees. According to National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, the Uighurs will apparently live freely, on American taxpayer assistance, despite the facts that they are affiliated with a terrorist organization and have received terrorist paramilitary training.. Under federal immigration law (the 2005 REAL ID Act), those facts render them excludable from the United States.
The Uighurs’ impending release is thus a remarkable development given the Obama administration’s propensity to deride its predecessor’s purported insensitivity to the rule of law.
[Seeing Red AZ]Link
A Justice Department inquiry of Bush administration lawyers who wrote memos authorizing the use of enhanced interrogation techniques of enemy combatants – such as top Al Qaeda official Abu Zubaydah and other terrorist suspects — has concluded that the authors committed "serious lapses of judgment" but should not be criminally prosecuted.
The report by the Office of Professional Responsibility, an internal ethics unit within the Justice Department, is instead expected to request that state bar associations consider possible disciplinary action, including reprimands or even disbarment, for some of the lawyers involved in writing the legal opinions. One is now a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Retrieving information that hindered further devastation and loss of life on American soil is now a crime under the reign of Obama.
The Financial Times, one of the most respected and widely read newspapers on the planet, features an editorial today that openly admits the agenda to create a world government based on anti-democratic principles and concedes that the term "global governance" is merely a euphemism for the move towards a centralized global government.
For years we were called paranoid nutcases for warning about the elite's plans to centralize global power and destroy American sovereignty.
Throughout the 1990's people who talked about the alarming move towards global government were smeared as right-wing lunatics by popular culture and the media.
Now the agenda is out in the open and in our faces, the debunkers have no more ammunition with which to deride us.
A jaw-dropping editorial written by the Financial Times' chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman entitled 'And now for a world government' lays out the plan for global government and how it is being pushed with deceptive language and euphemisms in order to prevent people from becoming alarmed.
"For the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible," writes Rachman, citing the financial crisis, "global warming" and the "global war on terror" as three major pretexts through which it is being introduced.
Rachman writes that "global governance" could be introduced much sooner than many expect and that President elect Barack Obama has already expressed his desire to achieve that goal, making reference to Obama's circle of advisors which includes Strobe Talbott, who in 1992 stated,
"In the next century, nations as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. National sovereignty wasn't such a great idea after all."
Rachman then concedes that the more abstract term "global governance," which is often used by top globalists like David Rockefeller as a veil to offset accusations that a centralized global government is the real agenda, is merely a trick of "soothing language" that is used to prevent "people reaching for their rifles in America's talk-radio heartland".
"But some European thinkers think that they recognize what is going on," says Rachman.
"Jacques Attali, an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, argues that:
"Global governance is just a euphemism for global government."
As far as he is concerned, some form of global government cannot come too soon. Mr Attali believes that the, "core of the international financial crisis is that we have global financial markets and no global rule of law".
Rachman proceeds to outline what the first steps to an official world government would look like, including the creation of,
"A legally binding climate-change agreement negotiated under the auspices of the UN and the creation of a 50,000-strong UN peacekeeping force". "A 'world government' would involve much more than co-operation between nations," writes Rachman.
"It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force."
[Liberty For All]Link
We cannot today fully appreciate the tremendous impact of this event. Mankind had finally broken the shackles that had destined him to be a slave since the dawn of time. America would prove that equality of opportunity, coupled with the protection of our unalienable rights granted equally by our Creator, would inspire men and women to achieve a freedom that they, themselves, never dreamed was possible. Wave after wave of immigrants came to our shores thirsting for the chance to prove their worth and, in so doing, to earn their freedom and, incidentally, to build a new Nation. The practical idealism expressed in our Declaration of Independence was an inspiration and a clarion call to all the peoples of the world.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
These truths are self-evident because they are based on the long tradition of natural law which acknowledges that there is a "higher law" of right and wrong. The last five of the Ten Commandments are the foundation of our criminal law. It is this "higher law" from which we derive human law and against which we must evaluate all law. It is moral reasoning, not political will, which is the foundation of our government and the rationale for its existence. Our republic was nurtured by the high ideals and ambitions of a fiercely independent and religious people.
The Declaration of Independence says: "That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." They devised a government that would be strong enough to secure our rights, yet not so powerful as to be oppressive itself.
The Preamble of our Constitution states: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Article I, Section 8 states: "The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common Defense and the general welfare of the United States." It goes on to enumerate seventeen powers to execute that mandate. In Section 9 it withheld eight specifically enumerated powers.
These United States of America became an ideal. We were a living example that there was hope for the emancipation of all Mankind from the bondage of social status and tyrannical governments. We would prove that every person, regardless of race, creed or social status, can earn freedom by working to make this world a better place in which to live, while respecting those rights with which we are all endowed by our Creator. Many new governments adopted our Constitution which places upon government the responsibility to protect those rights.
Today we find ourselves dependent on a government which becomes more and more the master of our lives. Some people say that our Constitution is no longer relevant. They say that they are happy to pay taxes to defend America and to help the needy. To those we might ask: "Why, after 60 years, do all of our problems multiply and grow?" Today we have an uneasy sense that something is radically wrong in America.
Definition #1: Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.[Pope John Paul II]
Definition #2: A system of society or group living in which there is no private property a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.
Definition #3: A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.
The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.
It's time for us to recognize that this President, his cabinet, his staff, his Supreme Court appointees all have a common interest and that interest has nothing whatsoever to do with the people of this country.
Until we wake up and see this charade, this façade called the administration of change, we will continue to dig a hole so deep that no manner of "change" will allow us to escape from the policy mandates this President will force upon us.
Wake up America, or one day we will wake up and see an America that we no longer recognize or want to be a part of.