There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Well really, it’s more of a curse that one might speak to an enemy.
Yesterday, progressive Republicans joined their fellow progressives on the other side of the aisle and voted to confirm a far-left radical as Attorney General. Loretta Lynch has promised to continue the same utter contempt for the Rule of Law (The Constitution) that her predecessor practiced. She didn’t say that in those words, but that’s what she has to offer…more of the same lawlessness. In voting for her, those senators are condoning the current business-as-usual, where laws the president doesn’t like are ignored. They agreed to not reign in a president gone wild, so the next year and a half should be interesting to say the least.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz didn’t stick around for the actual vote (mostly because he rejected the idea of this person being considered at all given her radical views on issues like amnesty and border control). He did vote against her when they were deciding whether to bring the issue to the floor, which he considered to be the more important vote. He had a few words to say before votes were cast however: “We have a nominee who has told the United States Senate she is unwilling to impose any limits whatsoever on the authority of the president of the United States,” Cruz said. “In the next 20 months, we are sadly going to see more and more lawlessness, more recklessness, more abuse of power, more executive lawlessness.”
As usual, the vote to proceed to the vote that confirmed Lynch came about after weeks of back-and-forth: then Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell made a deal. The Republicans in charge would vote to continue with her confirmation if the Democrats would stop stalling on another bill involving human trafficking. Apparently, Democrats were holding out on some wording in that bill involving abortion funding with taxpayer money. Also as always works for Democrats, they claimed Republicans were being racist and sexist in holding up the Lynch confirmation (she’s the first Black woman in the AG role).
So even now that Republicans hold both the House and Senate, they still can’t seem to agree to do anything but agree with Democrats, who they want us to believe are the Spawns of Satan during election seasons…but really they are not any different. The result is still the same: President Obama will continue to shun The Constitution and insinuate himself into more and more areas that our Founders never meant to be controlled by one person who’s totally out of control. Congress, for whatever reason, doesn’t want the responsibility demanded of them under the Constitution. They just want to get ready for their next elections.
In an effort to spread misery amongst “the masses”, as any good progressive sees the rest of us, the Obama Administration continues to show its true colors during this second week of the so-called “government shutdown”. So called, because, by most reports, about 80 percent of the government is running as usual.
Some good people are without their paychecks because they’ve been deemed “non-essential” and have been furloughed. Why Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are considered essential is beyond my ability to explain, even in good times. But that’s another story.
The worst thing to come out of the “shutdown”, besides the mass media focusing their blame on the wrong people (Tea Party Republicans instead of big government progressives from BOTH parties), is the shutdown of national parks and memorials. Even—maybe especially—the open air memorials in Washington, D.C. that never have guards around them, such as the World War II and the Vietnam memorials.
Imagine a government that would deny access to the National Mall to American citizens, many of whom have fought for this nation, but open it up for thousands of illegal aliens for an amnesty rally. They found the cash to build a big stage and I assume needed all of the appropriate police on duty that most rallies on the National Mall require—all for a bunch of discontented felons who broke federal law to be here, who only want to gather to demand citizenship to a country they hate in order to get the benefits they love. And they did it with the support of some left-wing Congressmen, many of whom were arrested at the rally. These future democrat voters had the red carpet laid out for them by the administration, but 90-year-old WWII veterans in wheelchairs are apparently the enemy. When you have Obama’s union buddies sponsoring your rally, you get treated differently than a busload of elderly veterans in town for a few hours to view their own memorial. To paraphrase George Orwell in his book Animal Farm, all are equal, but some are more equal than others.
The treatment of veterans in this government shutdown has been disgusting, and it hasn’t just been the people who came on Honor Flights—many of them either ignored the barricades set up by federal officials (who apparently haven’t been furloughed)—and went in to see the memorial anyway. For most of these heroes, this is the first and last opportunity they’ll have to see it, and they weren’t about to take any Obama-crap.
Other shutdown shenanigans using veterans as pawns have included not issuing death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers. Within three days of a soldier’s death, the Pentagon usually pays out $100,000, but has said there is no authority to make those payments due to the shutdown. However, Congress contested this saying that a law passed prior to the shutdown gave the Department of Defense the authority to make such payments. The Senate also passed such a law, but the White House resisted because the president doesn’t want to deal with these “piecemeal” laws that fund various parts of the government, but not his precious Obamacare.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that no legislation was needed for this because a private foundation, The Fisher House, has agreed to pay these benefits for the duration of the shutdown. Carney said they would be reimbursed by the DoD once the shutdown is over.
But wait…there’s more: military chaplains who have been furloughed were threatened that they will be punished if they perform masses and baptisms for free.
-Obama made sure to spread the hurt across the Atlantic: he closed the D-Day Memorial in Normandy, France as well as a number of other military cemeteries.
-Obama has dictated that the only part of the American Forces Network that won’t be shut down is the news division. AFN provides news, sports and entertainment to our soldiers stationed abroad. During the shutdown, as they risk life and limb for their nation, they will only be allowed to watch the news programming- nothing that will entertain them.
Obama has never been good at hiding his disdain for the military and his choice of what to close and what to keep open speaks volumes. That’s why veterans from all over will be making their voices heard this Sunday, October 13th in Washington, D.C. for the “Million Vet March on the Memorials”. If you live within driving distance, please go to show your support for them, or at least take a minute to sign their petition on the website.
The whole shutdown is really about the complete funding for the leviathan law known as Obamacare, which in its first week of operation, has proven itself to be as successful as a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Obama wasn’t willing to let Republicans in on the crafting of the law before it was passed, and he’s not willing to negotiate with them now. He doesn’t like opposing views, and in his arrogance, doesn’t believe he has to hear them.
These events can’t be taken lightly. I hope anyone who reads this will keep all of this in the back of your mind as a red flag. Any president who would be willing to bully elderly veterans and keep a group of senior citizen tourists at Yellowstone under armed guard (yes, it happened, please read the article linked here) will do anything that needs to be done to make average citizens feel the pain in order to get what he wants…anything.
***UPDATE 10/14/13: Thousands of vets and supporters (including Sarah Palin) turned out yesterday to re-open the memorials in Washington, D.C. Check out some memorable pictures here and here of the day’s peaceful protests.
Johnny Carson once said that IRS stands for “It Really Sucks”. Apparently, this is particularly the case if you happen to belong to, support or want to start any organization with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in the name.
Just days after President Obama warned the graduating class at The Ohio State University about the “voices” they hear that cast the government as a “sinister entity”, the news broke that the IRS (some people consider this a sinister entity) was targeting many grassroots patriot groups for extra scrutiny. Obama told the newly-minted grads: “They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking [sic] just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”
On Friday, it came out that conservative groups who were applying for tax-exempt status were unfairly singled out including the Tea Party, the 9-12 Project and any groups that “criticize how the country is being run” and that were involved in educating Americans “on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.” Groups opposing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and some pro-Israel groups were also targeted.
The Jewish group Z Street currently has a lawsuit against the IRS that goes back to 2010 claiming that one of its attorneys was told its application for tax exemption was delayed and sent to a “special unit…to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies.” The IRS denies that charge, saying that the issue was whether the groups might violate “public policy”. Meaning, the government doesn’t want to grant tax exempt status to individuals or organizations that may be involved in illegal activity such as terrorism, or that may be involved in racial discrimination. It’s scary that a government agency would flag an organization that is pro-Israel in this way, when Israel is often the target of terrorists and Jews the target of discrimination.
Z Street and other Jewish organizations report getting some very invasive and inappropriate questions from the IRS, including questions about whether they support the existence of the land of Israel and what their “religious belief system” is towards the land of Israel.
Conservative groups have made the same claim about extensive questioning and of being asked for all kinds of documentation the IRS has absolutely no right to have, including lists of donors, all Facebook postings and other social media activity, and even what books members were reading! The list of 55 questions received by the Richmond (VA) Tea Party group is enough to keep any small organization busy for quite a while, but as with the other groups that were targeted, they usually were only given a minimal amount of time to get the information back to the IRS. Some tea party leaders say the constant requests for more information and the lack of response when they would call to follow-up with the IRS was dragging out the process. Some groups waited 18 months or longer for confirmation of their approval for tax-exempt status, and others just gave up altogether. Meanwhile, liberal groups seeking the exact same status with “progress” or “progressive” in their names skated through the process in as little as 9 months during the same time period.
Senate Democrats were quick to denounce the IRS intimidation of conservative groups. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana called the actions “an outrageous abuse of power and a breach of the public’s trust.” However, the outrage of Senator Baucus and other democrats may just be a move to cover their behinds as they hope and pray that their voters don’t see this article from The New York Times from October of 2010. This is the same Max Baucus who pressured the IRS to investigate conservative organizations because they were concerned about their influence on political campaigns. According to the article, Republicans at the time were uneasy about the possible misuse of the IRS to audit conservative groups but “Democrats dismissed the Republicans’ complaints as groundless”. So, Senator Baucus was for these IRS activities before he was against them.
What about the president? Like he has said during past scandals and crises, he just found out about all this last Friday when he heard news reports, just like everyone else. But his Press Secretary Jay Carney admitted the administration has known about the IRS scandal since April 22nd. Are we supposed to believe that the President of the United States finds out everything the same as everyone else and that he never talks to his press secretary? Given what I’ve written here, I don’t believe they just found out about it on April 22nd either.
If this scandal isn’t enough, there’s still the one concerning the terrorist attacks on 9-11-12 in Benghazi that killed a U.S. ambassador and others…and then there’s the one where the Justice Department seized phone records of several Associated Press reporters…and now something is coming out about the Environmental Protection Agency being caught up in it’s own targeting of conservative groups that request information from them.
We can all certainly take comfort in knowing that it will be the IRS in charge of enforcing Obamacare beginning next year, and that the person in charge of the IRS tax-exempt division when it was targeting conservatives is now in charge of the health care office. Imagine all that very personal information about every American at their fingertips…the possibilities are endless.
“Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
― Thomas Jefferson
If you’ve been watching any news at all anywhere for the past couple of weeks, you might think that life, as we know it, may be coming to an end tonight. Maybe the Mayans, in thinking the world would end last December were just a couple of months off.
Without a deal between the White House and Congress, what they termed “sequestration” will take effect, resulting in $85 billion in budgets cuts across-the-board. Since the government, that spends millions of our dollars per minute has a budget this year of $3.6 trillion, the sequestration cuts are but a drop of water in the ocean. But just over the past week alone, we’ve been treated to some pretty over-the-top performances by Obama & Friends. Last week, as he surrounded himself with emergency personnel, he did his best re-enactment of the classic scene from Ghostbusters as he predicted the horrors that will come upon us. You know the one: “dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!!!!” Among other things, he said, “Emergency responders like the ones who are here today — their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded…thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off.”
This week, he took his apocalyptic tour to Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, where he gave an example of what really is a false choice: “You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, do I close funding for the disabled kid, or the poor kid?” He knows that this is a false choice and I’m sure he meant it as a rhetorical question, but it sure would have been hilarious if someone had yelled out, “The poor kid!” I’m just sayin’.
Most of us know (I think) that first responders and teachers are paid by state and local governments. There are no federal teachers or police officers (yet). And I think even his supporters could agree that there is more than enough taxpayer money wasted on programs that are outdated, inefficient or that replicate services. Why does he present these horrible scenarios about what will happen if he doesn’t get what he wants? He thinks everyone is what Rush Limbaugh refers to as a low-information voter, but those of us who aren’t remember that he was for sequestration before he was against it. In November of 2011 when the White House came up with the sequestration idea, he said, “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts.”
It’s too bad that journalists these days aren’t reminding their viewers and readers (the 6 percent who still trust them) of some of the things Obama has said in the past, comparing them to what he’s now saying. It would also help to constantly remind them that the Republicans in Congress have passed multiple budgets, so that things like this can be avoided, but the Senate, controlled by Democrat Harry Reid haven’t passed a budget in years.
What we end up with is a government run on one continuing resolution after another…one crisis after another. The man who has mastered the art of being the Drama Queen-in- Chief had the gall to say this week, while speaking at the National Governors Meeting, “At some point, we’ve got to do some governing. And certainly, what we can’t do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.”
Physician, heal thyself.
“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual…” –Thomas Jefferson