Obama Admin Makes Its Priorities Clear, Liberalism Reveals Itself Again

And it’s not exactly a good thing for America:

Barack Obama and Joe Biden did not attend the funeral of Major General Harold Greene, the two star general recently killed in Afghanistan. He was the highest ranking officer killed on the battlefield since the Vietnam War. …

Though Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died as a result of the Obama regimes failed gun running fiasco, Operation Fast and Furious, no one from the administration attended his funeral. No one from the Obama regime has called the Terry Family to offer apologies or condolences. Eric Holder claims they sent a letter, while refusing to apologize at a Senate hearing, but the family is adamant that no such letter was sent or received.

Less than 10 minutes after giving a speech, one that came 24 hours late, about the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by the Muslim terrorist group ISIS, Obama was on the golf course yucking it up with friends, which included two high powered and wealthy lobbyists.

One of America’s staunchest and critical allies from history, Margaret Thatcher, saw a similar snub:

The White House sent three officials to attend Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown in St. Louis — three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last year.

The administration’s handling of the Brown funeral already has started to raise comparisons between the two. …

No White House officials, though, were part of the presidential delegation sent last year to Thatcher’s funeral. For that, the White House sent former secretaries of State George Schultz and James Baker III — as well as the charge d’affaires to the U.K. and the former U.S. ambassador.

At the time, the nature of the delegation stirred controversy in the British media as tabloids claimed British officials felt snubbed that high-level American officials — including President Obama himself — were not attending.

Never one to miss an opportunity to turn tragedy into political gamesmanship, the Democrats showed up in spades to the funeral.  Top race baiters like Al Sharpton delivered sharp words about how so many Americans are racist, and how this young, innocent soul gunned down in the prime of his life just wanted to be remembered for healing the divide between evil, racist white people and poor, impoverished black people.  (Yes, yes, never mind the fact that Brown appeared to be involved in armed robbery and attacked/injured the police officer who shot him…we’re eulogizing here, dammit!)  Sharpton and his cronies seem to really enjoy converting funerals into political spectacles, and the Brown event was no disappointment.  Stay tuned for the fundraising emails…

Regardless, the clear showing of priority is just the symptom of a deeper issue.  The funeral circus was loaded with irony if you consider that the very people liberals like Sharpton love to criticize for being horrible racists have been executing a plan of their own: to put their money where their mouths are.  Literally:

St. Louis County residents who wanted their voices to be heard decided to show up in Ferguson, Mo. Their goal: To give some much-needed business to shops damaged by vandals and looters.

More than 40 members of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition headed to the embattled town Thursday evening to shop at the small businesses and support the local economy.

Led by Bill Hennessy, one of the group’s founders, they shopped at a variety of stores in Ferguson and made plans to “buycott” the St. Louis suburb again next weekend.

Protests following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown turned violent as riots broke out across the town of 21,000. More than 30 stores were looted and damaged as a result, and one, a QuikTrip, was burned to the ground.

In response, Hennessy planned the “buycott” to remind local consumers that damaged businesses in Ferguson remained open. In an interview with The Daily Signal last week, Hennessy said:

People have in their minds that Ferguson is a very dangerous place, and it’s not. We’re going to continue having occasional ‘buycotts’ long after this is over to keep reminding people that they can go back there. The easiest way to have a long-term problem in Ferguson is for everyone to abandon the area.

Funeral services were held today in Ferguson for Brown, who witnesses said was unarmed when he was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

On Thursday, shoppers gathered on West Florissant Street at 5 p.m.   to begin shopping at stores damaged by looters. Groups of three to four “buycotters” shopped at Sweetie Pie’s, Paul’s Market, the Ferguson Bicycle Shop, Whistle Stop Depot and Sportsprint, among others.

Hennessy, of Wildwood, Mo., said store owners were surprised to see a group of “tea partiers” in Ferguson.

He recalled meeting a woman named Dellena Jones who owns the 911 Hair Salon and lost inventory in the riots. He insisted on giving her a donation.

On his blog, Hennessy writes about speaking with a middle-aged man in the salon:

‘Tea party?’ [the man] said. ‘You bad boys,’ and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, ‘The tea party came up here to do this?’

Other store owners expressed gratitude for the business.

“The greatest statement an organization or person can make is to say with actions, not words, ‘what unites us is stronger than what divides us,’ ” Hennessy writes.

The group’s next “buycott” in Ferguson is set for Labor Day weekend.

This is typical.  The Left leverages tragedy grandstanding and capitalizing on a chance to score political points according to a false narrative carried out by the ever-so-compliant media, using victims to their utmost advantage.  The Right, on the other hand, quietly goes about the business of real, substantive solutions and healing.

The Brown funeral is just the latest in a long line of increasingly obvious examples.  When will America wake up to reality of who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy here?

There’s my two cents.

 

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The Struggle For Stupidity

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There’s my two cents.

 

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The Real Tragedy Of Ferguson

Patriot Post has a tremendous roundup of the unfolding mess in Ferguson, MO.  Read the whole thing:

When the Democrat Party is free-falling into political disfavor, as it now certainly is under the Barack Obama regime, its protagonists predictably revert to their default politics of disparity positions in a diversionary effort to “gin up” discontent and regain the allegiance of its base constituencies.

There are three deceptions in the Demos’ disunity playbook that have proven politically profitable.

First, the Left is promoting their spurious “war on women” rhetoric, which successfully lured majorities of female voters to elect and re-elect Obama, as they did his predecessor, Bill Clinton.

Second, they are pushing several classist themes projecting a “war on the poor,” because everyone has less than someone, and Obama’s “redistributive justice” is an easy sell. Indeed, as avowed socialist George Bernard Shaw smugly declared, “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul.”

And third, in full bloom this week, Demos and their operatives are busy propagating the bygone notion of “racial inequality,” as if it pervades every facet of society and is a gauntlet between black folks and success. Now, that’s not an easy subterfuge when the twice-elected sitting president is, himself, half black, but this artifice has successfully co-opted the most loyal single constituency of any, black voters – some 93 percent of whom are baited into voting for Democrats.

Obama has a dependable stable of surrogate “race hustlers,” including Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and legions of lesser useful idiots, who are quick to promote hate crime hoaxes in order to foment discontent and rally black constituents.

The last national hate hoax coincided with the launch of Obama’s 2012 re-election bid and centered on accusations that a “white Hispanic” racist murdered a black youth, though a jury ultimately determined that the defendant, George Zimmerman, shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

Of course, Obama interjected himself into that case for all the political gain he could bleed from it. He nationalized the case by sowing this seed: “This is a tragedy, uh … uh and when I think about this boy, uh, I think about my own kids, uh … I think that all of us need to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. … If I had a son he would look like Trayvon, and, uh, you know, I think [his parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans, uh, are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”

Apparently by “seriousness” Obama meant “circus side show.”

Now, just ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, Democrats have seized on another “injustice,” the shooting of a black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, an urban borough of St. Louis.

It is not my intent to defend the actions of Wilson, or to condemn the actions of Brown, because we do not know, and may never know for certain, all of the circumstance of this incident. As my colleague Cal Thomas notes, “If jumping to conclusions were an Olympic sport, some of these loudmouths … would win gold medals.”

Brown Assaults Store Clerk

However, there is evidence that Brown was a “strong arm thug” who assaulted a convenience store clerk an hour before the altercation with Wilson. And St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers says, “[M]ore than a dozen witnesses have corroborated [Wilson’s] version of events” – that Brown punched him through the window of his police vehicle (causing an orbital blowout fracture to his eye socket), prior to Wilson exiting his vehicle, demanding that Brown stop, and firing on him when charged by Brown.

Perhaps one of the three Brown autopsies will tell more about that altercation, though the information released already establishes that Brown’s wounds were frontal – he was not shot in the back as his accomplice claimed.

But Officer Wilson has already been tried and convicted by the race hustlers – as made clear by the Black Panthers’ chant: “What do we want? – Darren Wilson! – How do we want him? – Dead!”

It appears that Missouri Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon, who is fishing for a 2016 veep slot under Hillary Clinton, has joined that chant.

In a prepared statement Tuesday, Nixon said, “A police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in broad daylight.” He called on “the people of Ferguson [to] try to maintain peace, while they call for justice for the family of Michael Brown. … People of all races and creeds are joining hands to pray for justice. … A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued. … We now have a responsibility to come together and do everything we can to achieve justice for this family. … Once we have achieved … justice for the family of Michael Brown, we must remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been lost. … So I ask that we continue to stand together as we work to achieve justice for Michael Brown.”

Nixon, who previously served as MO’s attorney general, should know better than to release such a grossly accusatory assessment on the eve of convening a grand jury to review this case. Nixon has apparently absolved Brown of any wrongdoing and never mentioned “justice” for Wilson.

Most certainly, that is also the position of Obama’s AG, Eric Holder, who arrives in Missouri today. Like Nixon, Holder is pandering to BO’s Demo base across the country, and will be seeking “justice for the family of Michael Brown.” Recall that from Holder’s perspective, “[I]n things racial we have always been, and I believe continue to be, essentially a nation of cowards.”

Holder insists, “Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. … The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things…”

Well, no it’s not. The only responsibility of an attorney general at any level of government is to uphold Rule of Law. But for Obama, Holder, Nixon, et al., politics trumps principle.

Despite the Demo rush to convict Wilson on only the precursory details of this incident, allow me to share a few things I know for certain about the case.

1. Of all the columnists and 24-hour news cycle talking heads opining about this incident, few have raised their hand in the service of our country, either in a military or civilian capacity. However, I have raised my hand in oath to Support and Defend“ our Constitution – the first time upon graduating from a state police academy at age 19.

Having worked as a uniformed officer in two states while completing my undergraduate degree, I take great offense at the constant description of Michael Brown as an “unarmed teenager.” No law enforcement officer should ever approach a suspect or assailant, whether in a vehicle or on a street, with the assumption he or she is “unarmed.” I would not be writing these words had I wavered from that precautionary training. The fact that Brown did not possess a weapon is hindsight 20/20, not something Wilson knew at the time of the altercation.

For the record, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, over the last decade there were an average of 58,261 assaults against law enforcement personnel each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries and more than 150 deaths per year.

2. In Ferguson, as in other cases of urban social unrest, the aforementioned media talking heads are a big part of the problem, not the solution. While the riots in St. Louis do not begin to rival those in Miami’s Liberty City in 1980, or South Central LA in 1991, you wouldn’t know that given the wall-to-wall MSM coverage.

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, a black native of Ferguson, who is now in charge of containing the violence there, noted this week: “When a certain element, that criminal element, that got out here with masks on, that wanted to agitate and build up the crowd, would stop in front of the media, the media would swarm around them, give them a platform and glamorize their activity. Before we knew it, the crowd was 100. Now it’s 200. Now it’s 300. And now those criminals began to start throwing things out of the crowd that was standing within the media.”

Of course, constant coverage of conflicts like the one in Missouri are all about market share and ad revenues.

3. The primary mission of law enforcement agencies across the nation is “To Protect and Serve,” or certainly should be. Unfortunately, some police officers, calloused by constant exposure to oppressive criminal cultures in urban centers, lose sight of that mission. A quick search on YouTube will provide hundreds of videos accusing officers of brutality, though I would caution anyone viewing such videos to do so with the eye of a skeptic, given that most of these clips are taken completely out of context.

However, beyond the occasional abuse of power, there is a disturbing trend on display in Ferguson – the proliferation of military hardware being acquired by civilian law enforcement agencies in both urban and rural America, the misuse of which certainly projects abuse of power. There are legitimate concerns about the “militarization” of police departments over the last three decades, which began under the umbrella of “drug and gang enforcement.”

I do not have a problem with urban police departments having up-armored vehicles because the reality of today’s urban environs often requires that degree of protection for tactical officers. But does every local police department across the nation need an MRAP? No.

Using armored vehicles is nothing new, having been necessitated almost a century ago in battles with heavily armed organized crime syndicates. It is no small irony that was also related to “drug enforcement” – alcohol prohibition. But at least then there was a Constitutional Amendment (the 18th) providing authority for that enforcement and another (the 21st) to repeal it when it was understood that the unintended consequence of prohibition was a dramatic increase in illegal trafficking and violence.

Sound familiar?

So when a brigade of armored vehicles rolled into Ferguson, most from St. Louis County and other regional agencies, the net effect was what Gov. Nixon described as “overmilitarization, the MRAPs rolling in, the guns pointed at kids in the street. All of that, I think, instead of ratcheting down, brought emotion up.”

On this point, Nixon is correct – though he and his political party are the advocates of “BIG Government,” and indeed, the “thunderstruck” governor himself had signed off on statewide participation in the federal surplus program sending those vehicles to Missouri. And now the good governor has ordered in the Missouri National Guard. Last time an executive named Nixon called out the National Guard to quell civil unrest, the outcome was not good.

Predictably, that excessive show of force was a rallying call for members of Obama’s “Occupy Movement” and other radicals to join the protest in Ferguson. Fortunately, those confrontational tactics have been stood down and the protests have, likewise, abated.

However, Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Monday – and the number of protesters may outnumber media representatives.

4. When Barack Obama steps in to the fray, you know it has potential to be converted to political capital. “In too many communities around the country, the gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement,” laments Obama, who has demonstrated serial disregard for the law.

He added, “In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear.” That is an unfortunate but well-earned stereotype.

Of course, in the last month, there have been more than 40 murders on the streets of Obama’s hometown, Chicago – mostly black and mostly the result of black-on-black violence. But Obama has not offered a single word about those dead. Recall if you will that in the same weekend that Obama commented on the Martin/Zimmerman case, incorporating it into his 2012 re-election strategy, there were 10 murders and at least 40 assaults – most were young black men. Not a word on those murders then, either.

According to Hollywonk Spike Lee, there is a “war on the black male” being waged across the nation.

However, according to the latest national uniform crime reports regarding homicides and race, though blacks only represent approximately 13% of the population, almost half of all homicides were of black people, and more than 90% of their assailants were black.

But Obama, Holder and their Leftist cadres inspired by idiots like Spike Lee have held no protests or vigils on behalf of those black dead – most notably because somebody may link those deaths with my final observation…

5. It is apparent to any rational political and social observer that the real tragedy in Ferguson, as in urban centers nationwide, is the unintended consequence of the Democrat Party’s “Great Society” economic and social engineering policies, which have resulted in urban poverty plantations, effectively enslaving generations of blacks and, increasingly, Hispanics.

The Imperial Wizards of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan could only dream of such a successful socio-economic segregation plan.

Just watch.  Do the liberals on the political left leave this alone — especially as the fabricated story of a racial killing unravels further with each passing day — or do they continue to ratchet up the inflammatory rhetoric?  I bet it’ll be the latter.  Look for the funeral to be a media circus chock full of political campaigning, accusations, and race-baiting.  Obama may even participate himself.  Regardless of his personal involvement, why would the Left continue the charade when the facts clearly indicate otherwise?  Because much of their political base is willing to be accept at face value whatever their political leaders tell them about reality.  They are either incapable of or unwilling to engage in logical, coherent, independent thought.  Their lifestyle and livelihood relies largely upon government largesse, and if government tells them to get angry about this, they will oblige.

Time will tell how this plays out.  I suspect it’ll get crazier and uglier before it’s all over and done with.

There’s my two cents.

 

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The Giver

I’ve never heard of this book or movie before, but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to check it out.  Here’s the trailer and companion article:

If you don’t know freedom, how can you want it?

In the classic young adult novel, “The Giver,” the government has gone to great lengths to hide the idea of liberty from the citizens of its pre-determined, utopian society.

Lois Lowry’s classic 1994 book, which hits theaters Friday, depicts a world in which government has abolished freedom.

America isn’t comparable to the futuristic society of “The Giver.” But certain progressive ideas – such as outlawing certain foods, products and behaviors —- are eerily similar to the worldview of the government in “The Giver.” A particularly poignant line in film is “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.”

As the Obama Administration pushes against things like school choice, healthcare options and even restricts the lunches our children can eat, it’s not hard to imagine they actually believe government knows better than you what you need.

While some of these policies don’t appear dramatic at first glance, they force Americans to give up small freedoms. And that’s where big change begins.

In the dystopian society described in “The Giver,” the government created peace and harmony by eliminating choice – along with love, joy, pain, ambition and freedom of all kinds. No one is hungry, poor or angry – just numb, compliant and passionless.

Laws are designed around population control, elimination of anything unpleasant and peace and order at any cost. Can you imagine a world where imperfect babies are killed at will without consequence? Hmm, sounds strikingly similar to what is already present policy in America today, where disabled children are often aborted.

So while most of “The Giver” isn’t something we expect to see in real life, there are clear parallels to draw and sometimes blatantly recognizable policies.

There is a reason books like “1984” and “Brave New World” were seen as much more than fictional stories. They were warnings of fairness, equality and the “common good” gone awry – and “The Giver” similarly warns.

The movie brings the reality of progressivism on steroids to life. If they’re smart, most people will come away recognizing that the chance to fail in freedom is far better than the requirement to succeed in tyranny.

Required viewing, if you ask me.

We’re not there yet, but we’re certainly far enough down this path that we can see some version of it as our end result if we don’t change course.

There’s my two cents.

 

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Thoughts On The Tragedy In Ferguson, MO

I’m certain you’ve heard what’s going on there – it’s been all over the…well, all over everything.  The short version of what happened is that a young African American male was mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer.  The officer was kept anonymous — and rightly so, because the death threats soon came pouring in — and put on paid suspension pending an investigation, which I believe is the normal course of action anytime any officer kills someone for any reason.  Large protests formed quickly to demand answers and the race baiters swing into action, quickly propelling the situation out of control.  The resulting chaos has been as terrible as it was predictable, given the state of the nation right now.  Rioting and looting ensued, and has continued for five days. The Semi-Retired President took a break from his golf vacation to call for peace, but not even the African American base or the so-compliant-it’s-a-joke media is satisfied, much less the chief of police in Ferguson.  The race baiters are all out in force now, as are the Black PanthersHeavily armed police are attempting to keep the peace and quell the rioting and looting, but they’re catching all kinds of heat, too, and now it appears there may be a wholesale swap of the police force in the city.  Incidents like attacking a TV news crew don’t help, unfortunately, and serve to show the level of complete chaos in the city.  There have even been calls for a declaration of martial law.

Rush Limbaugh has addressed the political motivations and ramifications involved over the past couple days, and I think he makes some good points that speak to much more than politics:

Obama late again, practicing the art of disrespect that he has perfected.  He’s never on time.  …  I mean, Ferguson, Missouri, has been going on for how long?  When did this happen?  Days ago, right?  And the news out of the White House has been that the president’s been briefed about it.  That’s all anybody’s heard.

Well, yeah, Susan Rice keeping him up to speed.  Valerie Jarrett, keeping the president up to speed. They had a conversation on the sixth tee yesterday while there was a backlog on the par three ahead of the gang, had time to brief the president on what’s been going on.  But he’s now gonna come out and do a press conference, or at least an appearance, and this is happening because somebody in the White House tweeted out last night something about the party that the Obamas were attending at Vernon Jordan’s place with the Clintons.  It was a tweet or some such thing, press release from the White House about the party last night, and it said, “A good time was had by all,” at the time that Molotov cocktails are being thrown in Ferguson, Missouri.

You know people are tweeting out of St. Louis? I saw it at Jim Hoft’s blog, Gateway Pundit.  There are people in Ferguson, African-Americans, tweeting out things like, “You didn’t do nothing for us.”  And then the F-bomb, U, at Obama.  People are tweeting from Ferguson angry things at Obama.  This is something the Drive-Bys are not gonna find in all of their investigations.  They won’t look for it.  It’ll never occur to them to look at a largely African-American population and find out just who they’re mad at besides this cop and the police department.

If you look at their tweets, it is clear that they expected much better than this. Starting in 2008, they really had, and a lot of people did, really high expectations.  There were a lot of people, the poor, a number of minorities who really bought into this hope and change thing, folks.  A lot of white people voted for Obama hoping that doing so would shed the shackles of our original sin of slavery and finally get rid of this notion that this is a racist country.  A lot of people voted for Obama on that basis.

There were a lot of people with a lot of reasons that voted for Obama.  They had nothing to do with policy.  Instead, they represented other hopes and dreams, and all of those hopes and dreams were daily fed by a media who told people, “Whatever you want this man to be, that’s who he is.  If he’s the smartest and greatest, he is.  If he’s the solution to that problem, he is.  If he’s the answer to that circumstance, he is.”  They were all fed this.  It’s kind of tragic, in a way, when you read some of these tweets coming out of St. Louis from the residents, who are — and look, a little understandably here — perplexed.

Let’s face it, folks, there are a number of African-Americans who thought that the election of the first African-American president would mean a stark turnaround from the way they think they have always been treated. That this guy was gonna come in, and he’s gonna fix it, and he was going to make sure that all these years of this kind of stuff happening would never happen again, and furthermore, he was gonna come in, and he was gonna take names. He was gonna take names and find out who they are and he was gonna make sure that they were punished.

There were all kinds of these expectations that were rolled into the election of Obama.  One of the reasons his poll numbers are plummeting now, I believe, with every one of these situations all across this country that indicate the country’s on fire, the world’s on fire, the situation, whatever it is, deteriorating.  A lot of people voted for Obama thinking this kind of stuff was over, that his election specifically meant this wasn’t gonna happen anymore.  And if it did, whoever did it was gonna be dealt with on the spot.  Whoever did it, whoever continued this kind of stuff was gonna be found, and they were gonna be dealt with right here and right now.

And that isn’t happening.  The president’s on the golf course.  His third vacation this summer.  So last night somebody issues a press release from the White House about the party, “A good time was had by all.”

More:

The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, before Obama came out, did his own town hall meeting type of event in Ferguson.  Here is a portion of what he said.

NIXON:  This community has been torn apart by this horrific and bad occurrence over the last week, so we need that safety. But we also need to allow folks who want to express their energy in an appropriate way, to have the absolute right to do that.  Because we will not get the healing that we all need if the only response from the public is, “You all just be quiet.”  There is a certain level of emotion that must be expressed in order for us to reach a higher plane.

RUSH:  Now, folks, this goes exactly to the point that I made to our first caller today from Ferguson.  Our first caller, if you didn’t hear it in the last hour, said that he was very happy that the cops are doing what they’re doing, protecting property, that they are being not tolerant at all of people engaging in further unlawful activity.  If they spot it, they’re shutting it down. They’re stopping people, if need be they are arresting them.  He said that people who live in neighborhoods nearby where the rioting and looting is taking place are scared and that he’s very happy and somewhat comforted by the fact that the cops are taking a hard line against any more of this lawless behavior.  And he wanted us to know that he supported the cops in this regard.

He also made the point that the McDonald’s where these reporters were sitting working is boarded up because it was vandalized, which is a little bit conflicting with the reporters themselves who said they were in there and buying stuff from McDonald’s.  But I want to go back, because the governor here just said something.  I want to restate what I said to this caller.  And I know this is true.  I know it’s true because I’ve had e-mails from people who say it. But I don’t even need e-mails.  I know people so well, I just do.

What triggered all of this?  What appears to be a really bad mistake.  A police officer in Ferguson shooting an unarmed black teenager.  No excuse.  Bad.  Very bad.  That’s horrible.  There are some people who believe that the cops need to admit to people, outside of a formal investigation, they need to show people that they realize that this was a very bad thing that their fellow officer did, and that one of the ways they can do that is to, you know, sometimes look the other way when vandalism is taking place and understand that people are going to have these reactions. If you let them do a little looting, if you let them engage in some questionable civil unrest, and if you let them get it out of their system, that you’ll end up having peaceful circumstances prevail much sooner than if the cops act like hard line East German Stasi officers.

In light of that, here came the governor of the state of Missouri, who said, “So we need that safety, but we also need to allow people who want to express their energy in an appropriate way to have the absolute right to do that.”  Now, he’s not advocating lawbreaking, and I don’t want anybody misquoting me on this.  Not my point.  But he is, in a very predictable way, he is suggesting or advocating that some kind of behavior here in reaction to an unwarranted, uncalled for, may be discriminatory act needs to be understood, need to understand the rage.  I mean, the cops once again shot a black kid, and people are gonna be fit to be tied over this, they’re tired of it. If they go loot, if they go to this, well, just let it happen and back off. Give ’em a couple days to get it out of their system and then start clamping down.  Let ’em blow off some steam.

Now, he didn’t say that because he said “in an appropriate way,” but still the attitude or the mind-set is there.  And people have the absolute right to do that, because, he said, we will not get the healing that we all need if the only response is y’all just be quiet and just keep arresting people are breaking the law, really strict enforcement of the law, ’cause there’s a certain level of emotion that must be expressed in order for us to reach a higher plane.  That means we gotta let some of these people get it out of their system.

Now, again, don’t anybody misunderstand.  I’m not suggesting that the governor is telling the cops to look the other way when people break the law, not at all, and don’t anybody misquote me.  But the mind-set here is the same, minus the lawbreaking. The reason I’m pointing this out is ’cause I know when that caller called and he said that he was happy and proud what the cops are doing, he’s tired of the vandalism and he feels very secure that the cops are protecting people in the neighborhood, I know that there are a bunch of people listening to this program, people in the audience, who were shouting at that guy, “Well, yeah, easy for you to say, the cop didn’t kill your kid.”

…A lot of people think that way.  The governor was essentially saying, “Hey, people gotta blow off seem and maybe if we let ’em do that and not so strictly enforce things…”  He didn’t say let people break the law.  Don’t anybody misquote me.  I know that’s gonna happen.  But I’m saying this over and over so that you listening know that I’m not saying it. I’m not putting words in the governor’s mouth, but the mind-set is two wrongs do make a right sometimes.

It’s a terrible situation, period.  But, in an effort to make some sense of it, here are few thoughts to ponder.  I welcome your thoughts and comments if you’re inclined to share.

Why the looting and rioting?  I’ve never understood this.  In the wake of a tragedy that takes one young life, what is the justification for the rampage, theft, and destruction of thousands of dollars (or more) worth of property from homes and businesses that had nothing to do with it?  This may be unpopular to say, but there isn’t one.  This is simply a group of people who have so little self-restraint and so much selfishness that they’re willing to use any excuse to go take what they want while they can get away with it.  If I was an innocent resident in Ferguson, I’d want the police to crack down hard, too!  It’s really a shame that this happens, and it extends the tragedy from one death to a terrible hardship for many who don’t deserve it.  Sure, having one’s business destroyed is hardly on par with having one’s child taken away, but having one’s business destroyed does wipe out that person’s ability to provide for his own family, does it not?  While not quite comparable, it’s still a life-changing hardship to deal with, and many aren’t going to be able to recover soon…if ever.  I think that a peaceful protest to demand answers would be far more effective at not only engendering goodwill and sympathy but also at getting results compared to this barbarian rage machine that seems to spin up so quickly in circumstances like these.  Rioting and looting are never the answer, and only serve to force the authorities to crack down harder lest the whole city descend into utter anarchy.

Rush touched on it, but I’ll re-emphasize it: this President is a failure to those who most ardently support him.  There is nothing post-racial about him.  There is no unity in him.  There is no compassion for others, especially not the disadvantaged.  There is nothing but cold, political calculation and selfish liberal ideology.  He’d rather be golfing on the taxpayer’s dime than deal with a substantive issue.  His track record shows he is rarely leading from the front, but rather waits to see where the political winds blow and then adopts whatever strategy benefits him most.  Barack Obama has had six years to enact genuine change to race relations in this country, but all he has done time after time is take the low road, accusing and chastising those who don’t agree with him.  He is utterly self-serving and has done far more harm to racial relations than any President before him precisely because he was so uniquely positioned to do the opposite.  This is dangerous to his opponents and deceptive to his supporters.  The conservative right saw and understood this back in 2008; now the rest of the country is seeing it, too, on a vast array of issues, and the anger is boiling over.

But the core issue is bigger than Ferguson, MO.  A quick scan of the headlines reveals that this nation is tearing itself apart.  The moral fiber that bound it together for so long is unraveling at a terrifying pace.  Issue after issue explodes, divides us, and then gets shoved to the back burner for the next divisive explosion without ever really being resolved.  The media has long given up all pretense at objectivity, instead playing to its own ideology and lust for ratings and sensationalism, exacerbating every situation to the fullest extent imaginable.  This cannot go on.  The root problem is that we need to get back to this nation’s roots.  Individual liberty and responsibility.  Genuine equality under a law that shows no favorites and contains no protected classes.  A determination to address reality rather than hide behind political correctness.  Steadfast reliance upon the grace of God and His blessings.

Without these things, tragedies like Ferguson, MO will continue and even get worse.  This nation cannot persist without a re-awakening to what made America great.

There’s my two cents.

 

Posted in General Politics, Racism, Uncategorized

21st Century Nero

Dana Milbank nails it, I think:

President Obama must really be teed off.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid.

Obama responded with not one but two rounds of golf.

Clinton, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg published by the Atlantic over the weekend, offered a withering comment on the Obama doctrine, described in shorthand by White House officials as “don’t do stupid s—.” Said Clinton: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

As the criticism became public, Obama was doggedly sticking with his plans to go on vacation — a decision that, if not in the category of stupid stuff, could fit under the heading of “tone deafness.”

Obama stood on the South Lawn on Saturday updating Americans on the new bombing campaign in Iraq — and then he boarded Marine One for atwo-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard. There, half an hour after arriving at his vacation home, he was already on his way to a golf course. He played again Sunday, then had a beach outing Monday followed by a political fundraiser.

Even presidents need down time, and Obama can handle his commander-in-chief duties wherever he is. But his decision to proceed with his getaway just 36 hours after announcing the military action in Iraq risks fueling the impression that he is detached as the world burns.

The highly visible wartime vacation (Obama allowed himself to be photographed on a putting green Saturday with NBA star Ray Allen and retired pro-football player Ahmad Rashad) was not looking any better Monday as Iraq’s political crisis worsened, NATO’s chief declared a “high probability” of Russian military intervention in Ukraine and Gaza remained on a knife edge.

By Monday afternoon, the crises had forced Obama to revise his schedule. The White House announced that the president, after returning from the beach, would make an unscheduled statement about Iraq. He freshened up at his 8,100-square-foot vacation home, then stepped outside, in a blue blazer and open collar; his aides wisely chose a wooded backdrop rather than one with the infinity pool and the sweeping water views. Obama finished his four-minute statement and then hopped in his motorcade for the ride to a Democratic fundraiser.

Such visuals probably won’t help Obama with the 60 percent of Americans who disapprove of his handling of foreign policy. Even his former secretary of state is registering her disapproval.

One other, almost incidental reason for her disapproval is because she now has to somehow distance herself from Obama and his shortcomings in the run-up to her own bid for the Oval Office in 2016.  But we’ll get to that later.

The bigger point here is that Obama has become so utterly detached that he’s sometimes now being referred to as the “semi-retired President” and is taking lame duck status to a whole new level.  Real, consequential things are happening in the world around us, and strong moral leadership is desperately needed.  Unfortunately, nothing of the sort can be found in the current administration.  They don’t act much when they need to, and whenever they do feel the need to act, they generally screw it up.  Oh, and by the way, even the most rose-colored glasses can’t hide the dismal results of the worst economic “recovery” since WWII.

In honor of the President’s clearly preferred method of handling crisis after crisis, here’s a great montage for you:

Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, not resting on anything substantial.  Except when he is.

Nero fiddled.  Obama golfs.  Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.  The burning continues either way.

There’s my two cents.

 

Posted in General Politics

Israel Update

Things are really heating up again in the Middle East, and it’s not looking good.  Here’s an update courtesy of one of my favorite experts on the subject, Joel C. Rosenberg (speaking at a conference recently):

Good morning. It is an honor to be back in Iowa, and to address The Family Leadership Summit. Thanks to Bob Vander Plaats and his team for inviting me back, especially at a time of great crisis for our country, and for Israel and our allies in the Middle East, who are facing a jihadist rampage.

When I was here for the first Summit in 2012, I made two simple points.

I’d like to recap them here because I think they remain relevant for where we are as a nation two years later. And then I’d like to add a third point for this year.

  1. America is not simply in decline. We are on the road to collapse, on the road to implosion.
  2. We must all ask ourselves a critically important question: “Is America at a Jonah moment, or a Nahum moment?”
  3. What happens if — on top of all our nation’s challenges and sins — America abandons or turns against Israel?

I’m so grateful that Bob and his team are doing all they can to call Iowans and all Americans to pray and fast and seek the Lord for a Third Great Awakening. We need this more than ever.

Let me now share a bit more on each point.

1. America is not simply in decline. We are heading for collapse, for implosion.

There are many reasons for this, including a massive and crushing national debt with no end in sight, the implosion of families through divorce and out-of-wedlock-birth and the assault on traditional marriage, violent crime, drug use, pornography and so forth. I wrote about this in more detail in my 2012 non-fiction book, Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges In Time?, so I won’t take the time today to go through each of these issues in detail.

But I do want to discuss one threat above all: America faces the implosion because we face divine judgment for murdering so many unborn children.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland. As I stood in an actual gas chamber that was used to systematically murder so many Jews, political prisoners and others, it was a horrifying experience. I’m Gentile on my mother’s side, and Jewish on my father’s side, and standing there thinking about how the Nazis created these murder factories to kill six million Jews was one of the most painful experiences of my life.

But as I stood in that gas chamber, I could not help but think of how my own country, America — a country I love so dearly — has created murder factories to kill millions of people, as well. I was born in 1967. In my lifetime — since 1973 — the American people have legally murdered more than 55 million babies. If this is not stopped soon, we will reach 60 million. Think about that. If we really get to the point that our nation has systematically murdered 60 million human beings, we will have murdered 10 times more people than the Nazis killed of the Jews.

Now we know how God judged Germany and the Nazi regime through a crushing defeat in World War II, and we believe that the Nazis deserved such judgment. What do we think is going to happen if continue to murder millions of children? We are going to face the judgment of God. It is extraordinary that it hasn’t happened already.

There is hope, but we are running out of time. We could repent as a nation. We could turn from our wicked ways, plead with God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive our sins, and plead with Him to heal our land.

The Bible says, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

This was specifically a promise given to the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. But it is a principle we can apply today. We could plead with God for forgiveness, and He could grant it. He could give us a sweeping series of revivals that could culminate in a Third Great Awakening, with hundreds of millions of Americans — beginning with the Church — repenting of our sins, turning to Christ, praying, fasting, reading God’s Word and seeking to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is possible. There is hope. But again, we are running out of time.

But let’s be clear: Without a revival, we are on the road to implosion. Indeed, the threat of implosion is far beyond what the next President can solve alone — we desperately need a Third Great Awakening.

2. We must all ask ourselves a critically important question: “Is America at a Jonah moment, or a Nahum moment?”

In the Old Testament book of Jonah, the Hebrew prophet was sent by the Lord to the wicked city of Nineveh — the capital of the Assyrian empire — in order to preach a message of imminent judgment. Let’s not focus for the moment on the fact that Jonah didn’t want to obey the Lord and preach this messsage, and thus fled on a ship headed in the other direction.

For now, let’s focus on the fact that when Jonah finally did obey the Lord and did start preaching in Ninevah, he didn’t call the people to repentance. Rather, Jonah declared, “Forty days and Ninevah will be overthrown.” (Jonah 3:4) However, even though Jonah never called the people to plead to the One True God of Israel to have mercy on their souls and on their city, even though Jonah never called on the people to beg for forgiveness and turn away from their wickedness, that is, in fact, exactly what the Ninevites did.

The text says: “Then the people of Ninevah believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Ninevah, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, ‘In Ninevah by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we shall not perish?’” (Jonah 3:5-9)

Sure enough, the Lord heard the earnest prayers of the people — and their king — as they repented, and He relented. “When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.” The promised judgment did not come. The people and their city were spared from God’s wrath. What an extraordinary moment. The pagan people heard the word of the Lord and it burned in their hearts. They believed God’s word, pleaded for mercy, and the Lord gave them mercy, even though He had never indicated that He would do so.

But this was not the only time the word of the Lord came to the people of Ninevah.

Many years later, the next generation of Ninevites had abandoned the Lord and fallen back into tremendous evil, violence, bloodshed, lies, sorcery and other wickedness. In the Old Testament book of Nahum, we read that the Lord again spoke to the people of Ninevah, this time through a different Hebrew prophet, this one named Nahum. Yet this time the people of Ninevah did not repent. They did not listen to God’s word. They did not plead for mercy. They did not turn from their wicked ways and start praying, fasting and begging God for mercy. And thus, mercy did not come. Instead, the judgment of God came upon the people, and in 612 B.C. the city of Ninevah was utterly destroyed.

Today we as Americans must confront this question: Is America in a “Jonah” moment, or a “Nahum” moment? That is, will we hear the word of the Lord that we have strayed far from the teachings of the Bible and allowed our land to become polluted with abortions and pornography and violence and wickedness of all kinds? Will we admit how far we are from God’s plan and purpose for our lives? Will we confess that our hearts are far from Jesus Christ and plead with the Lord for His mercy and grace and forgiveness? Will we fast and pray and earnestly seek God’s face, and implore Christ to give us a Third Great Awakening? Or will we ignore the word of the Lord and continue in our sins and watch our nation continue to decline, or even implode?

Twice in American history we have seen sweeping spiritual revivals known as the Great Awakening and the Second Great Awakening, respectively. Millions of Americans repented of their sins during those seasons, became devout followers of Jesus Christ, began to read the Bible voraciously and to obey the word of the Lord. Nowhere in Scripture, however, has America been promised a spiritual revival in the 21st century, much less one that would be so sweeping, so game-changing that it would qualify as a Third Great Awakening. But who knows? Perhaps the Lord will show us tremendous mercy and forgiveness if we all humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways? However, if we don’t repent and turn back to the Lord Jesus Christ, we may very well consign ourselves to suffer the fate of the Ninevites during the time of Nahum.

3. What happens if — on top of all our nation’s challenges and sins — America abandons or turns against Israel?

The fate of America, Israel and the Middle East are inextricably linked for three reasons.

Consider three passages of Scripture:

Genesis 12:3 — In Genesis 12, the Lord God chooses Abram, calls him out of Ur of the Chaldees (located in modern-day Iraq, 220 miles southeast of Baghdad) to go to “a land that I will show you,” which turns out to be the land later called Israel. The Lord promises to bless Abram, and through him bless “all the families of the earth.” Specifically in 12:3, the Lord says, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” As one reads through the rest of the book of Genesis, it becomes clear that this promise from God is passed down from Abram (who is later named Abraham) to Isaac to Jacob (later named Israel) and then to Jacob’s descendants, Israel and the Jewish people. Thus, the Lord is making clear that those who bless Israel and the Jewish people He will bless, and those who curse them He will curse. If America turns against or abandons Israel and the Jews after being their closest friend and ally for so many decades, God warns He will bring judgment upon us.

Joel 3:1-2 — In the first chapter of the book written by the Hebrew prophet Joel, the Lord warns the Israelites and “all inhabitants of the land” that they need to “wake up” from their physical and spiritual drunkenness, stupor and wandering from the Lord. In the second chapter, the Lord also calls the people to pray and fast and humbly seek God’s forgiveness and favor because “the Day of the Lord is coming.” In the third chapter, the Lord says that before the “Day of the Lord” (the tribulation and the Second Coming), the Lord will “restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem.” In the context of other prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other Hebrew prophets, we know this means Israel will be miraculously reborn as a nation, the Jews will return to the land of Israel and Judah and to Jerusalem after centuries of exile, and that the Lord will use the Jewish people to rebuild the ancient ruins of their ancient homeland and build a nation of prosperity and security.

Consider the specific passage of chapter 3, verses one and two: “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.”

The Lord specifically warns that “all the nations” who “have divided up My land” will be judged by the God of Israel.

Tragically, the United States is leading the league in trying to divide the land of Israel.

This process was formalized under President George W. Bush who officially called for the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state, which would divide the land of Israel. “I was the first American President to call for a Palestinian state, and building support for the two-state solution has been one of the highest priorities of my Presidency,” said President Bush.

President Obama and his administration have continued the Bush policy and pushed hard for Israeli leaders to divide the land. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own,” President Obama told hundreds of Israeli students in a speech in Jerusalem. “Palestinians have a right to be free people in their own land.”

Creating a sovereign Palestinian state may sound like wisdom to many. But in the Bible, God specifically says He will judge every nation that divides up the land of Israel. Thus, speaking the truth in love, we must not encourage world leaders to take actions that will lead to the judgment of their nations. Rather, we must advise them not to go down that road.

No president or prime minister has the right to divide the land of Israel in defiance of God’s Word.

That said, the Bible also repeatedly tells Israel to love and bless and treat well those who live in their country. This is repeated over and over again in the Old Testament and the New. Just because the Bible does not allow the creation of another sovereign state in the land of Israel doesn’t mean Palestinians should be mistreated, or endangered, or oppressed in any way, shape or form. To the contrary, God loves the Palestinians. We must love the Palestinians. Israelis must love the Palestinians. Thus, Palestinians living in the West Bank should absolutely have the opportunity and freedom to run their own day-to-day affairs, their economy, education, infrastructure, transportation, health care, communications, police and courts, and so forth.

Psalm 122:6-9 — This passage reads, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.’ For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, ‘May peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.”

Clearly, people all over the world, including in America, need to:

  • pray for peace in Jerusalem, Israel and the broader Middle East
  • pray for Jews and Arabs in the epicenter
  • love Jews and Arabs in the epicenter
  • seek the good of Jews and Arabs in the epicenter

The Lord promises to bless and “prosper” those who do.

CONCLUSION

If a nation follows these principles — if they love and bless Israel and the Jewish people, and do not divide the land of Israel, and love and pray for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem and seek their good — then God will love and bless and show mercy to such a nation.

But if a nation violates these principles — especially chronically and consistently — then there will be a day of reckoning.

The question is: What do we want, a blessing or a curse, mercy or judgment?

Overall, most Americans are very supportive of Israel and find many ways to love and bless her, as well as the Arabs and others in Israel and the Middle East. This is good.

But there are a growing number of voices who say it is time to:

  • cut off military aid to Israel
  • boycott Israel
  • divest from Israel
  • sanction Israel
  • and/or turn against Israel once and for all

Some do so because of anti-Semitism, others out of a belief in isolationism, and others because of ignorance.

Given the high stakes, one of the things we need to do is teach people about God’s love and plan and purpose for Israel and the Jewish people, and why this matters to America. We need to help more people — including our leaders and future leaders — understand why America’s fate is inextricably linked with how we treat Israel and the Jewish people, as well as her neighbors.

I would encourage you to study Genesis 12 through 17, in particular, on your own more carefully.

You will seen how the Lord unfolds the Abrahamic Covenant, piece by piece, step by step, including the fact that this is an “everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:7) and thus cannot be broken or abrogated, and that the Lord has given the land of Israel as an “everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8).

Thank you

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I believe we’re living in very consequential times.  We need to be paying attention to these things, and we need to be on our knees in prayer for the nations involved…including our own.

There’s my two cents.

 

Posted in Israel, War on Terror_Radical Islam

Patriot Post Right Hooks

Earlier this week, the Patriot Post’s daily digest hit several current hot topics brilliantly, so much so that I thought it was worth just re-posting here without further comment.  Dig in…there’s a ton of red meat here:

THE FOUNDATION

“[A] rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Marquis de Lafayette, 1823

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Hope & Change Tops $7 Trillion

Barack Obama, the man who chastised George W. Bush’s “unpatriotic” spending binge, has now added more than $7 trillion in debt to the federal deficit. “That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined,” CNSNews reports, “and it is more debt than was accumulated in the first 227 years of this nation’s existence – from 1776 through 2003. … By the close of business on July 31, 2014, [the deficit] had risen to $17,687,136,723,410.59 – up $7,060,259,674,497.51 since Obama’s first inauguration day.” Put another way, all 115,097,000 U.S. households owe $153,671.57 each. $61,341.82 of that has come under Obama’s presidency. Hope & Change™ is mighty expensive. More…

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12 States Provide EPA Some Feedback – By Suing

Last week, the EPA was asking for feedback on its new law regulating carbon emissions. How’s this for feedback: New EPA standards are being contested by West Virginia, Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming and Indiana. “At issue is the EPA’s move to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants via new standards to be imposed under the Clean Air Act,” reports The Hill. “The regulation … aims to cut carbon pollution from plants by 30 percent by 2030. The states contend that the Clean Air Act prohibits the EPA from regulating emissions from existing sources.” While the Obama administration continues to wage a war on the economy, others see the writing on the wall: a potential energy crisis this coming winter. To make matters worse, an impending EPA ozone regulation may be the worst yet. Since Congress won’t stem the tide, states are left doing what they can to reign in this rogue agency. For the sake of us all, let’s hope they succeed. More…

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Holder, the ‘Activist Attorney General’

Attorney General Eric Holder proudly declared himself an activist during an interview with reporter Juan Williams, saying,“If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.” The AG’s job is not to “change things” (or in Holder’s case, bluntly ignore laws) that don’t comport with personal sentiments; it’s to uphold Rule of Law. And herein lies the issue: Holder & Co. believe in the leftist ideology of a “living constitution.” So the very man who for all intents and purposes circumvents the Constitution thinks that changing the rules as he sees fit is moving America “closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.” This fallacy – the rule of men – is the very thing the Founders warned against. More…

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Economy Grew by 4% in Second Quarter? More Like 2%

Last week, the Commerce Department announced the GDP grew 4% in the second quarter, but it looks like that might be the result of somebody cooking the books. Most of the economic growth last quarter came from companies replenishing stockpiles, not actually moving products. If that economic activity is taken out, then the nation’s economic growth is more like 2%, according to Jeffrey Rosenberg, an economist at Briefing.com. “It is obvious the economy is not growing at a 4% clip,” he said. “Unless things suddenly surge forward, 2014 economic growth will likely be the lowest yearly gain since 2011.” The second quarter GDP report is turning into every other GDP quarterly report during Obama’s term: an indictment on his management of the economy. More…

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Hillary Let Hamas Build Tunnels

Hillary Clinton could have prevented the current war between Gaza and Israel if she did nothing. Back in 2012, Israel and Hamas were at it again. Yet, Clinton forged a peace deal. Success, right? Sure, temporarily. As part of the deal, Israel agreed to allow building supplies back into Gaza. Hamas pinky-promised the building material would be used to build hospitals and schools (aka human shields in Hamas-speak). But the concrete and steel went underground to build Hamas’ tunnels instead. Investor’s Business Daily reports, “Yet, laughably, Clinton is using her 2012 cease-fire deal to shore up her presidential bona fides. She boasts in her new biography that ‘my diplomatic intervention was the only thing standing in the way of a much more explosive confrontation.’” Didn’t her husband label Hamas a terrorist organization? More…

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Report on Benghazi Doesn’t Answer THE Question

Libya lies in ruins and Benghazi is caught in the hands of Ansar Al-Sharia, an Al-Qaida-linked group, who have declared Libya an Islamic emirate. This is the same group who stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing four Americans on September 11, 2012.

Now, the House Intelligence Committee announced it would declassify its report on the Benghazi attacks. The committee spent thousands of hours investigation. After 20 briefings and hearings, interviews including eight people protecting the consulate that night in Libya and countless intelligence reports, emails and notes, the American people will finally learn what truly happened. Barack Obama will get his due. Hillary Clinton will be culpable. There will be justice for Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Except, this report does not find the Obama administration at fault for the Benghazi tragedy. The report may, when it’s declassified and eventually released to the public, show a more nuanced view of the day, but the information coming out of the House Intelligence Committee today only serves to cloud the real question of fault.

Ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) sketched the major findings of the committee in a statement. America did nothing wrong, he concluded.

“This bi-partisan report,” Ruppersberger said, “adopted unanimously on July 31, 2014, and sent to the Intelligence Community for a declassification review, recognizes that only with a full accounting of the facts, separate from the swirl of rumors and unsupported allegations that have surfaced, can America ensure that tragedies like this don’t happen again.”

According to Ruppersberger, here are the committee’s major findings:

  • American Intelligence was working fine, up until the attack. Ruppersberger wrote, “Our investigation found the Intelligence Community warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened, Americans [sic] which is consistent with testimony that the attacks appeared to be opportunistic.”
  • The attack was done by Al-Qaida and its buddies. Ruppersberger alleged those who breached the consulate’s walls were “a mixed group of individuals including those associated with Al-Qaeda, Qadafi loyalists and other Libyan militias.”
  • The American response outside Benghazi was appropriate because “there was no ‘stand down order’ given to American personnel attempting to offer assistance that evening, and no American was left behind.” Except for, you know, “Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans.”
  • The lame YouTube video excuse was okay because it was a mistake. Ruppersberger again: “The report also shows that the process used to develop the talking points was flawed, but that the talking points reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”
  • The Obama administration was never, at any point, motivated by the 2012 elections. “[T]here was absolutely no evidence, in documents or testimony, that the Intelligence Community’s assessments were politically motivated in any way,” Ruppersberger concluded.

However, Ruppersberger’s assessments might have a political impetus. There are many political advantages to spilling the contents of the report now. Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) did not release any statement about the declassification of the report. If Democrats spin the contents of the report, they deaden the actual report’s release. (When the report comes out, will it be old news?) Finally, this comes at a time when Democrats need to discredit Republicans because of election season and all.

Furthermore, the assessment only serves to cloud the facts at this point. Even Hillary Clinton’s horse-puckey detector was going off when she heard the YouTube story. According to the book “Blood Feud,” Obama called Hillary and told her the talking points. According to an excerpt of the book, “Hillary told Obama, ‘Mr. President, that story isn’t credible. Among other things, it ignores the fact that the attack occurred on 9/11.’ But the president was adamant. He said, ‘Hillary, I need you to put out a State Department release as soon as possible.’” She considered resigning, but that would only result in her political suicide. She told the fib.

Weeks later, Obama won the 2012 election, raking in 51% of the popular vote. Obama’s watch, at that point, was free from terrorism. The lie held.

Now, the question remains: Who wrote the talking point placing blame on the YouTube video and placing a wet blanket over the whole debacle until the votes were counted?

The Daily Caller has a theory. In an article that can only be called pure gonzo journalism, the publication levels its pen against Ben Rhodes, Obama’s national security advisor. There is one more committee investigating the Benghazi attacks led by Trey Gowdy’s (R-SC). The story of Benghazi is not over until America sees the real reports from both Gowdy’s committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

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The Left Begins Counterattack on GOP Immigration Bill

A driver passing through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint July 29 was asked the usual questions: “U.S. Border Patrol, how many people on board?”

In the video posted to YouTube the driver replies, “Me.”

“U.S. Citizen?” The Border Patrol agent continues.

“Yeah, but does it really matter?”

The agent looks south, shakes his head and said, “Not anymore, unfortunately.”

With illegal immigrants and criminals crossing the Rio Grande, climbing aboard “La Bestia” train to hitch a ride North, or hiring a “coyotaje,” Barack Obama’s proposal is an ineffective, liberal response – to just throw money at the problem. America needs a sincere rethinking of the legislation that is inspiring continued illegal immigration, and to enforce the laws that are already on the books, but which this administration has arbitrarily chosen to shove aside for its own political gain.

However, House Republicans passed two bills Friday addressing the crisis at the southern border. The first, which passed 223-189 by a nearly party-line vote, approved $694 million in emergency funding for federal agencies dealing with the massive influx of Central American children. It was far below the $3.7 billion Barack Obama requested last month, but would provide $22 million for temporary immigration judges to handle deportation cases, $197 million for housing unaccompanied minors, and $35 million for border states looking to deploy National Guard units. It also would change a 2008 anti-trafficking law by giving the government the same flexibility in repatriating minors from Central American countries that it has with children from Mexico.

The second bill, which strips the Obama administration’s power to prevent deportations under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, passed 216-192, with 11 Republicans voting against it and four Democrats voting for it. This bill was driven largely by conservative Republicans who have seen DACA as an enticement for illegal immigrants seeking to come to the U.S.

During the debate, several House Democrats complained that the legislation is harmful to illegal immigrants, a large and growing group that the Left hopes to convert into a powerful voting block in years to come. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) claimed that Republicans “want to punish our community.” Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) said the Republican legislation “has only one message: ‘Deport! Deport! Deport!’”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went so far as to interrupt Rep. Thomas Marino (R-PA) during his remarks, approaching the podium while he was speaking and calling him an “insignificant person.” Bipartisanship at its finest.

Sen. Harry Reid, whose own Senate failed to pass immigration legislation last week before hanging it up for the August recess, pronounced the House legislation dead on arrival.

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said last week that the president will be announcing some executive actions later this month to address the issue. Obama has said that he will act alone since there has been no action by Congress. This hypocritical stance is the latest in a long line of Constitution-shredding actions by the president who claims that he is dealing with a do-nothing Congress when in fact, Congress is acting, just not as he wants it to.

The president has refused to enforce existing border laws and has created a number of incentives, including DACA, to actually increase illegal immigration. Now that the border is swelling with Central American children, he wants to claim that it is Republicans’ fault, hoping to use the crisis to Democrats’ advantage in the midterms. Democrats are already running Spanish-language ads against six House Republicans.

Enforcement of existing border laws would be a good start at stemming the tide of illegal immigration. A recent Customs and Border Protection report reveals that the southern border is the primary gateway for illegal immigrants from 75 different countries – some of whom come from countries now stricken with Ebola.

As the Heritage Foundation points out, the right solutions for fixing the border mess would include defunding DACA and removing the incentive for illegal immigrants to come to the U.S. An increase in detentions and removals would also send a message that the U.S. will not tolerate illegal immigration. Expedited return of unaccompanied alien minors to their home countries is part of this strategy. Currently, these children are being shipped off to other states, with the promise that they will either be reunited with their families or receive hearings at which they never show up.

But the Left wants none of it. Republicans have the last word on immigration as Congress takes its five-week summer break. The GOP needs to be ready. The Left is playing the long-term game to win the hearts of Latino voters in an effort to keep power.

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There’s my two cents.

 

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Is Thinking Now Obsolete?

Take it away, Thomas Sowell:

Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era.

Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.

Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces?

Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera says that there is no way Israel is winning the battle for world opinion. But Israel is trying to win the battle for survival, while surrounded by enemies. Might that not be more important?

Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy’s civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia.

In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.

It is much the same story in our domestic controversies. We have gotten so intimidated by political correctness that our major media outlets dare not call people who immigrate to this country illegally “illegal immigrants.”

Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.

Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country.

The attack against Matt Drudge has been in the classic tradition of demagogues. It turns questions of fact into questions of motive. Geraldo accuses Drudge of trying to start a “civil war.”

Back when masses of immigrants from Europe were entering this country, those with dangerous diseases were turned back from Ellis Island. Nobody thought they had a legal or a moral “right” to be in America or that it was mean or racist not to want our children to catch their diseases.

Even on the less contentious issue of minimum wage laws, there are the same unthinking reactions.

Although liberals are usually gung ho for increasing the minimum wage, there was a sympathetic front-page story in the July 29 San Francisco Chronicle about the plight of a local nonprofit organization that will not be able to serve as many low-income minority youths if it has to pay a higher minimum wage. They are seeking some kind of exemption.

Does it not occur to these people that the very same thing happens when a minimum wage increase applies to profit-based employers? They, too, tend to hire fewer inexperienced young people when there is a minimum wage law.

This is not breaking news. This is what has been happening for generations in the United States and in other countries around the world.

One of the few countries without a minimum wage law is Switzerland, where the unemployment rate has been consistently less than 4 percent for years. Back in 2003, The Economist magazine reported that “Switzerland’s unemployment neared a five-year high of 3.9 percent in February.” The most recent issue shows the Swiss unemployment rate back to a more normal 3.2 percent.

Does anyone think that having minimum wage laws and high youth unemployment is better? In fact, does anyone think at all these days?

The reason for the necessity of asking the question is the simple reality of political correctness.  When you allow a worldview that ignores results in favor of intentions, that protects lawbreaking criminal gang members rather than law-abiding peaceful citizens, that dictates policy based on the desires of 1.6% of the population, that violates laws and all concepts of actual fairness simply because one party in a dispute happens to be a member of a protected class of people — and how about the fact that protected classes of people even exist! — then you have the recipe for a non-thinking, whim-driven society.  Much like what we’re seeing unfold before our eyes.  It’s madness, and it will only get worse until we as a society stand up and refuse to let its ugly head see the light of day.

There’s an election coming up in a few weeks.  That’s a great time to start.

There’s my two cents.

 

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IRS Scandal Gets More Scandalous

It’s getting so obvious that no one in their right mind can think otherwise:

The House Ways and Means Committee today released emails from Lois Lerner, former head of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-exempt organizations division, in which she uses a vulgar anatomical expletive to refer to conservatives and says “it’s our own crazies that will take us down.”

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., details the Lerner emails in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The messages, he said, provide additional information for a criminal referral sent to the Justice Department in April.

In his letter to Holder dated today, Camp writes that a “newly discovered email exchange” from Lerner’s official government email address “directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner’s deep animus toward conservatives, which she refers to as ‘a–holes.’ ”

In one of the emails, Lerner goes on to write:  “So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists. [sic] It’s our own crazies that will take us down. ” She suggests they will “ruin the country,” Camp said. He continues:

This new evidence clearly demonstrates why Ms. Lerner not only targeted conservatives, but denied such groups their rights to due process and equal protection under the law. This builds on the ample evidence in the committee’s original referral in which the committee found that Ms. Lerner used her position to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations…

In addition to this email exchange, the Ways and Means Committee discovered Lerner conducted official business, which included confidential information, using her personal email address.

In a February 2012 email chain, the IRS official and an agency information technology specialist discuss a potential virus on Lerner’s home computer. In the correspondence, Lerner refers to work information kept on her home computer, but indicates that it’s not a “must” for sending back to her work laptop.

Referring to the email chain in his letter to Holder, Camp notes that Lerner stated her computer may have been hacked because of the simplicity of her password. “This exchange further raises concerns that taxpayer information may have been leaked,” the Michigan Republican writes.

The Ways and Means Committee is continuing to investigate Lerner’s role in the improper targeting of tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status with the tax agency.

In addition to the IRS targeting mess, this also demonstrates the equally politically driven corruption of Eric Holder at the DOJ, for refusing to take action in the face of glaringly obvious evidence. And what’s the common thread between Lerner and Holder? Barack Obama and a radical liberal world view. This is how they operate, and this is what happens when they are allowed to run things. They must be stopped.

There’s my two cents.

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