News You Can Use for July 5

Stand up and fight, because if you don't we're going to lose our beautiful country as it was intended to be.

Stand up and fight, because if you don’t we’re going to lose our beautiful country as it was intended to be.

Stories of the Day

Go see Dinesh D’Sousa’s movie, “America.” You will cheer. And be sure to bring your kids and grand kids, because they’re the ones that really need to know all about the lies they’ve been told. “Those of you who have already seen Dinesh D’Souza’s America, or are planning to see it on this July 4th weekend, might know that a theme running throughout the film is the distorted and far left “history” of the late Howard Zinn, whose A People’s History of the United States has become a vehicle by which the Left has reached hundreds of thousands of American students with its message that the story of America is that of oppression. While many critics of D’Souza’s film have disparaged him for taking on Zinn’s narrative, which they believe is true, his film is the perfect antidote to the Zinn anti-American narrative. I’m proud to have contributed my input in an interview that appears in the movie. [Snip] “Today’s New York Times has an article by Lynn Vavreck reporting on a study that shows that “patriotism in America is on the decline.” Past generations, she writes, retain their faith in and love for America. It is younger generations for whom patriotism means much less. They begin their adulthood, she writes, “with much lower levels of fondness for the symbols of America,” such as the American flag. Ms. Vavreck believes that having less faith in our symbols means that the new generation, living in multicultural America, is simply developing a new patriotism, based on egalitarian principles. Where does Ms. Vavreck get that interpretation from? I guess that we know this. After all, Ms. Vavreck, who seems to be of this new generation herself, is the product of an age when her peers were educated by Howard Zinn and his followers, who have come to believe that patriotism is passé, and that the start of wisdom is to view America as itself an evil nation, no different than our enemies, be it today or during the Second World War. There is no better antidote than to take those you know to see Dinesh D’Souza’s America this 4th of July weekend. Someday they may thank you for it.” The Influence of Howard Zinn on the Loss of Patriotism, and the Antidote to Zinn, Dinesh D’Souza’s America

From the comments: “What will it take for liberals to understand that if America goes down, they are going with it?” “Why liberals have become so comfortable running down America is no doubt complicated, but I think one part of the answer is obvious. Liberals tend to equate patriotism with the government. Obama was supposed to usher in a glorious new era of European-style big government. He’s failed, though alas not entirely. But in the attempt he aroused a populist movement – the tea parties – full of people who wore their traditional patriotism on their sleeves and tricorn hats. The forces of American exceptionalism proved formidable, taking advantage of our exceptional constitutional structure to thwart European social democracy. And liberal resentment over that fact is palpable.” Resentment Behind the Waning Patriotism of Liberal Americans

What will you do to help save our country? “All is not lost. But all could be lost — especially if too many of us take freedom for granted and focus our attention on other things, like electronic gadgets and the antics of celebrities, while ignoring such dangers as nuclear weapons in the hands of suicidal fanatics, with a track record of savagery, whom we are too squeamish to call anything stronger than “militants.” Nor are all the dangers abroad. Within our own country there are all too many signs of people blithely ready to sacrifice the interests or freedom of Americans for the sake of symbolism or passing fashions. When a former Speaker of the House of Representatives announces that she is going down to our border to greet and welcome masses of people crossing that border illegally, you know that something is fundamentally wrong.” AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY: Celebrate While We Still Can

Amnesty

Stand up and fight, for “If not now, when?” “Amnesty for more than 10 million illegal aliens (on the very conservative end of the projections) will necessarily cause an expansion of the federally funded social “safety net” in terms of health care and education, a burden which American taxpayers do not want, and there are pragmatic reasons, aforementioned, to suggest that the expansion of the federally subsidized social “safety nets” is a bad thing for our country.  At the very least, that expansion should be considered and approved by the legislative body to which our foundational contract has assigned the task.  It is not a matter that would have ever reasonably been left at the whim of a single man in executive power.  And for good reason. If Obama does what his previous actions suggest he will do, which is to act well outside his constitutional tether to advance amnesty for these lawbreakers and their children that have illegally entered our country, he will have made himself an outright despot.  And we Americans will have a choice to either accept his despotism or reject it. Shall we answer it with boldness, or with silence?  The time for active dissent is now!” Reality vs. Political Correctness: Amnesty and the Fight for America’s Soul

Would any country other than ours be crazy enough to do this? “The New York state legislature is currently reviewing a bill to give the right to vote to nearly three million non-citizens.  The New York City Council is simultaneously reviewing similar legislation to allow non-citizens the right to vote in local elections.  There is a good chance that the legislation will pass.  This is, no surprisingly, supported by progressive New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Non-citizens can already vote in municipal elections in several cities in New York, Maryland, and Illinois.  San Francisco has been pushing this idea for years, and it is only a matter of time until it passes there.” The Movement to Give the Vote to Non-Citizens Begins

“There is no doubt that the president’s lawlessness has now produced a humanitarian crisis. But more important — and much too little discussed — is the crisis he has produced for the American citizens and communities who are left with the tab. Washington has profoundly failed in its lawful duty to the American people.” On Immigration, It’s Time to Defend Americans: On this July Fourth, we should focus on their needs.

“As thousands of disease-riddled criminals storm across our borders, is it really time to mince words? President Obama appears to have an Agenda for America that stinks worse than a Border Patrol bus depot crammed with urine-drenched illegals.  Is the man trying to protect and defend us, or does he want us to kick the bucket, run down the curtain, and join the choir invisible? On January 29, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security advertised for a vendor to escort 65,000 “unaccompanied alien children,” indicating that they not only knew the alien invasion was coming, they planned it. Now the feds are spreading these disease vectors from sea to shining sea, stuffed full of HIV, scabies, TB, swine flu, MRSA staph infections, syphilis, and other communicable infestations.  “One person can infect a thousand people, and then that thousand can infect thousands more. There is an exponential increase,” warnspublic health expert Dr. Elizabeth Van Vliet.” Is Obama Trying To Get Us Killed?

Will anyone stop this egotistical maniac? “I wish I didn’t have more bad news to report, but I do*:

President Obama announced this afternoon that he will bypass Congress to enact “comprehensive immigration reform.” However, at no point did he discuss what his plan would entail.

Obama’s keyword is “comprehensive,” which means “the bill I want them to pass.” According to William Jacobsen:

The most chilling portion of his announcement was when he suggested, “American cannot wait forever for them to act. That’s why today, I’m beginning a new effort to fix our immigration system… on my own, without congress.“

That cold and chilly wind has been coming on us for a long, long time. [Snip] [*NOTE: This business of blaming Republicans for forcing his hand is an old, old trick of Obama’s. I first noticed it, and was alarmed by it, early in his 2008 campaign when he broke his promise on campaign finance funds and blamed it on the Republicans.]” Obama announces he has to crown himself king because Congress won’t

“Either, the government does not care, or they are lying to themselves, and us, about the threat.  I think it is a third possibility. . . that this has all been designed to create a crisis, which the democrats will then use as an opportunity to do as they please against us.  Congresswoman Pelosi has already said as much.” Illegal Immigration Bio-Warfare

With Obama, pay attention to what he does, because what he says is usually a lie to deflect his real intentions. “You can tell the tidal wave of illegal aliens, many of them unaccompanied minors, surging across the southern border is causing a bit of political discomfort for President Obama, because he briefly felt obliged to pretend he’s not happy about it.  “Briefly” means last Friday, when the President gave us the hilarious vaudeville pantomime act of asking the people of Central America to stop throwing their kids across the hemisphere. [Snip] Obama’s “plea” to the governments and people of Central America on Friday was really just a bit of theater to reinforce the Administration’s favorite new talking point, which is that the new wave of illegal aliens are wrong or foolish to come here – they were supposedly deluded by “misinformation” from smugglers, local media, and government officials.  That’s supposed to get Obama off the hook for provoking the crisis.  It’s not his fault that hundreds of thousands of people failed to read the fine print in his executive orders!”OBAMA’S ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INVITATION

Any one scare of your government yet? “A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say. In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.” Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

Big Government

Interesting. “Government just doesn’t work very well. That’s the persuasive thesis of three important books published this year. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge’s The Fourth Revolution takes a historical and international (and British) perspective. They argue that the welfare state, a creation of early-20th-century Brits, has become clunky in comparison to recent reforms in Scandinavia and the Asian model most highly developed in Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore.” The Tyranny of Sclerotic Government: Three new books show how clunky statism and overregulation stifle our economy.

Depressing. Emphasis mine. “I’d love to throw stones at O here but a big bunch of cronies and lobbyists from our party just got Thad Cochran reelected for his thousandth term in the Senate, with plenty of establishment applause for their hard work. You trust them to run a tight, clean ship once they’re back in the White House, don’t you? [Snip] Satisfaction with one’s freedom dropped 12 points in the U.S. last year alone. As it turns out, notes Gallup, perceptions of freedom tend to correlate inversely with perceptions of widespread government corruption, i.e. the more people think the government is shady, the fewer feel satisfied with their freedom. Which is the cause and which the effect, though? Has the drumbeat of Obama scandals over the past year made people feel less free, or do they feel less free due to other reasons — a chronically weak economy, government expansions like ObamaCare — and that in turn makes them more suspicious of government corruption? Here’s a depressing clue from Pew: Most people aren’t paying “very close” attention to Scandalmania. [Snip] Not even the VA scandal cracks 25 percent among Democrats, and there are actually fewer Dems “very closely” following the mysterious case of Lois Lerner’s missing IRS e-mails than there are following the World Cup. Even among Republicans, high interest in the VA and IRS scandals tops out at 33 percent. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the steady rise in perceptions of government corruption since 2006 isn’t being driven by specific scandals; Scandalmania last year is an obvious explanation for why the corruption numbers spiked. But the Pew numbers are a useful reminder that Americans, during ordinary times, spend their days largely in a news coma — and yet we had already reached 75 percent in the Gallup corruption poll during O’s first term, which didn’t have any big-ticket scandals that caught mainstream media attention. I think maybe the corruption numbers are, in large part, a reaction to conservative upset at Obama’s expansion of government: It can’t be a coincidence that the big spike in 2010 happened the same year that ObamaCare was passed. Righties knew that bigger government necessarily means more widespread corruption. That’s what was driving the corruption numbers, not any scandal — until last year, that is.” Gallup: 20-point increase since 2006 in Americans who believe government corruption is widespread

Bill Ayers

Another liar on the Left. “It is incredibly difficult to watch Ayers speak and even more difficult for an interviewer to extract the truth from him. The purpose of this post is to remind readers of David Horowitz’s excellent work on Ayers over the years. David interviewed Ayers for the essay that became chapter 2 of Destructive Generation (written with Peter Collier), on the rise and fall of the Weather Underground. David drew on his interview of Ayers for “Allies in War,” a column he published in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. In a stroke of perfect timing, the New York Times had chosen on that date to celebrate Ayers in connection with the publication of Ayers’s memoir of his days as a terrorist on the lam. Here is how David concluded his 2011 essay:

I interviewed Ayers ten years ago, in a kindergarten classroom in uptown Manhattan where he was employed to shape the minds of inner city children. Dressed in bib overalls with golden curls rolling below his ears, Ayers reviewed his activities as a terrorist for my tape recorder. When he was done, he broke into a broad, Jack Horner grin and summed up his experience: “Guilty as hell. Free as a bird. America is a great country.”

In my experience, what drives most radicals are passions of resentment, envy and inner rage.” THE AYERS FILE

Conservatives

We don’t hate you! “Are you Hispanic, black, Asian, Jewish, gay, young, old, poor, or a woman? Well, then you may have heard that conservatives like me hate you. In fact, I’m sure you’ve probably heard some version of it a hundred times since it seems to be the standard rap for liberals these days. “Those conservatives are racists! They hate Hispanics! They’re homophobes! They’re Nazis! They’re engaged in a war on women!” You get the idea. Well, first off, do you really think you can trust liberals to tell you what motivates conservatives? Can you REALLY trust Paul Krugman, Michael Moore, and your college professor who is railing about American imperialism and white privilege to tell you what people like me are thinking? Do you even believe they know in the first place and if they did, could you really trust them to give you an honest rundown of why conservatives disagree with them about pretty much everything under the sun? [Snip] Maybe you agree with what I just said and maybe you don’t. Well meaning, intelligent people can disagree – and let’s face it, conservatism isn’t for everyone. If you love nothing more than abortion on demand and Obamacare, you’re better off voting for the Democrats. However, if you believe in fiscal responsibility, law and order, traditional values, a strong defense, equal opportunity, and small government, then we’re on the same side. It may true that, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” but you don’t have to be one of them by being scammed into believing that conservatives hate you.” I’m A Conservative And They Lied When They Said I Hate You

Elections

Regrets. “Fielder, a Democrat, says he has voted for Republicans in the past and that his motive to come forward with this information at this time is that he now thinks what he did was “wrong.” He says he was mostly motivated by the claims—which he now understands are untrue—that McDaniel was a racist, not by the money. “Definitely the election should not be allowed to stand,” Fielder said, adding that he’d support McDaniel in the event a judge orders a new runoff election as a result of alleged voter fraud. ‘ He’s been done wrong,” Fielder said of McDaniel. “He’s not what they said that he is.’” DEMOCRAT PASTOR ACCUSES THAD COCHRAN CAMPAIGN OF VOTE-FOR-PAY SCHEME

Facebook

I am seriously considering getting rid of my FB account. I don’t use it much anyway. “And Mark Zuckerberg is involved in politics now . . . .” “Micah Sifry: Why Facebook’s ‘Voter Megaphone’ Is the Real Manipulation to Worry About. And as I’ve noted, we don’t know that Facebook’s powers weren’t abused in 2012, but we do know that many Facebook workers volunteered for the Obama Campaign.I Agree!

This is very concerning. “Two years ago, on the morning of the 2012 election in the United States, I got an email with an urgent subject line: “You should write the story of how Facebook blew an opportunity to turn out 300k voters.” The sender, a veteran progressive online activist who would prefer to remain anonymous, was upset for good reason. The election was bound to be close, and as of 10am that morning he hadn’t yet seen an “I’m Voting” button on his Facebook page, nor had another colleague of his. Nor was one on my own Facebook page. Given that when Facebook deployed a similar “I Voted” button in 2010, and added messages in users’ News Feeds showing them the names and faces of friends who had said they voted, the cumulative effect boosted turnout then by at least 340,000 votes, these activists had good reason to be concerned. Facebook had announced that it was going to do the same thing in 2012, and this time around its American user base had grown enormously, from 61 million to more than 160 million. A social and visible nudge like an “I’m Voting” button had the potential to measurably increase turnout, even more so as Facebook was including a useful tool to help people find their polling places. And yet on Election Day 2012 its deployment was far from universal. Facebook was conducting research on us.”  Why Facebook’s ‘Voter Megaphone’ Is the Real Manipulation to Worry About

Hillary Clinton

Lying. “Hillary Clinton says she’s “deeply disturbed” by the Supreme Court decision this week to uphold Hobby Lobby’s rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Basically, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is saying the court is letting bosses who oppose contraception impose their religious views on employees. Of course, it does nothing of the kind. For one thing, Hobby Lobby has no objection to — and continues to pay for — 16 forms of birth control. It’s just one reason The Washington Post gave Hillary “Two Pinocchios” for her claims. It helps to remember that the 1993 law that determined this case was passed unanimously by the House and with only three nay votes in the Senate. [Snip] And it was signed into law by no less than Bill Clinton, who described the broad support for the law across party and ideological lines this way: “The power of God is such that even in the legislative process miracles can happen.” No wonder Hillary’s disturbed.” ” Hillary’s disturbed

Hobby Lobby

Hypocrites, all of them. “How many of us who aren’t Orthodox Jews would like to tell an Orthodox Jew, “you have to work on the Sabbath”? How many of us would like to tell a Muslim, you absolutely have to handle pork products? How many would like to tell a Mormon that they have to drink alcohol, or a Christian Scientist that they have to smoke? I hope you don’t have desire to tell other people to violate their religious beliefs and consciences. You may not share those beliefs, and you may think they’re weird, or strange, or silly, but respecting others’ religious beliefs has been a core component of the United States of America going back to Plymouth Rock. (Yes, there are times in U.S. history when the country hasn’t always lived up to this ideal. This doesn’t mean that there’s no longer any point to attempting to live up to that ideal.)” The Intolerance at the Heart of the Hobby Lobby Decision Fury

It is disgusting how easily these people lie to get what they want. “Virtually no liberals have read the Hobby Lobby decision or have any idea what the Supreme Court actually ruled, but that hasn’t prevented them from making fools of themselves. Since the Court issued its ruling yesterday morning, it has been wall-to-wall hysteria on the Left. This video montage, compiled at Grabien, is an entertaining look at the Left’s response to Hobby Lobby.” LEFT’S REACTION TO HOBBY LOBBY: LET’S GO CRAZY!

Emphasis mine. We need more people to speak out, or our laws will be worthless. “Yesterday’s decision was of extraordinary import to those few Americans whose most precious beliefs are being prodded at by a Leviathan that does not know when to barge in unannounced, when to politely knock, and when to leave well alone. But of infinitely broader consequence was the casual manner in which the rule of law was relegated to an irrelevance in the widespread reaction to the ruling. Laws that can be held to mean anything will end up meaning nothing; laws that mean nothing are of no use at all. And those who sit indifferently in the middle, hoping to extract quick wins from a system that they abhor, will soon bring the walls tumbling down — not just on their antagonists, but on themselves, too.” What Does the Left Think the Supreme Court Is?

The Left

Using language to get away with whatever evil they want. Start paying attention folks! “Long before 1984 gave us the adjective “Orwellian” to describe the political corruption of language and thought, Thucydides observed how factional struggles for power make words their first victims. Describing the horrors of civil war on the island of Corcyra during the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides wrote, “Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them.” Orwell explains the reason for such degradation of language in his essay “Politics and the English Language”: “Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.” Tyrannical power and its abuses comprise the “indefensible” that must be verbally disguised. The gulags, engineered famines, show trials, and mass murder of the Soviet Union required that it be a “regime of lies,” as the disillusioned admirer of Soviet communism Pierre Pascal put it in 1927. Our own political and social discourse must torture language in order to disguise the failures and abuses of policies designed to advance the power and interests of the “soft despotism,” as Tocqueville called it, of the modern Leviathan state and its political caretakers. Meanwhile, in foreign policy the transformation of meaning serves misguided policies that endanger our security and interests.” The Language of Despotism

The Media

Whoops is right!Whoops. At least one newspaper is willing to admit they screwed up by helping to inflict this lying incompetent on America.

Gazette opinion: Obama earned the low ratings Sometimes, you have to admit you’re wrong. And, we were wrong. We said that things couldn’t get much worse after the sub par presidency of George W. Bush. But, President Barack Obama’s administration has us yearning for the good ol’ days when we were at least winning battles in Iraq.

The unsigned editorial goes on to list many of Obama’s abject failures: the NSA spying on Americans, the crippling of the coal industry with no viable alternatives, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq, trading five terrorists for an America-hating deserter, the VA scandal, Obamacare… If you’ve been paying attention at all these past 5 years, you know the list. And you know it’s nobody’s fault but Obama’s.” Billings Gazette On ’08 Obama Endorsement: Sorry About That

Obamacare

Propaganda running rampant: A tale of collusion between popular media and the White House. “It might seem odd that Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, was invited to the White House for lunch. After all, why would the most powerful person in the world bother meeting with the editor of a publication that specializes in hot summer sex tricks and the year’s most dangerous diet? Particularly on May 2, 2014, when just about every important political journalist was in town for the White House Correspondents Dinner, the annual gala where pols and press rub shoulders and bond over bottomless booze. But Coles had a big favor coming to her. In 2013, she publicly pledged her magazine’s ad space and editorial content to help promote the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. There are now more than 100 references to Obamacare on Cosmo‘s website, almost all of them glowing. [Snip] Aside from her ethically dubious plans to politicize popular entertainment, Jarrett provided an unintentionally revealing window on the administration’s propaganda efforts. “What we want to do here is, like, nag,” she said. “We’re really good at nagging. I’m a mom so I know. I’m a really good nag. And I can come at the same issue like 20 different ways until my daughter goes, ‘OK, I’m cool, I’ll just do it.” It’s a point lost on people like Valerie Jarrett, but state propaganda has long been justified in the name of assuming government knows what’s best for the little people. It’s one thing if your actual mother tells you to take better care of yourself. It’s quite another when the White House picks your pocket and lies to you about all the good they’re doing with your money.” Selling Obamacare: The weird, misleading propaganda behind the federal health care law

Can this be true, and how can this happen in the “land of the free?” “’These standards are specifically designed to limit the funds that Americans may choose to spend on health care so that they cannot keep up with the rate of medical inflation. Treatment that a doctor and patient deem needed or advisable to save the patient’s life or preserve or improve the patient’s health, but which runs afoul of the imposed standards, can be denied, even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it,” the study warns. The study says that means that Washington “bureaucrats” will set a national standard for care “that is designed to limit what private citizens are allowed to spend to save their own lives.’” OBAMACARE BLOCKS PATIENTS PAYING FOR TREATMENT: Care can be denied ‘even if patient is willing,’ able to cover costs

Errors. “So far, the IG won’t say for certain that all of the 2.6 million cases left are fraudulent or mistaken, but also so far, HHS hasn’t been able to resolve them. There are more cases in the state exchanges as well, which means that the gloating over 8 million sign-ups may be off by considerably more than a third. It also underscores how unprepared HHS was in rolling out ObamaCare, and that the competence factor hasn’t improved much since. On top of that, just because people have successfully enrolled doesn’t mean consumers can actually get medical attention. Thanks to narrowed provider networks (and in some cases, mistaken listings in network-provider rolls), the few doctors who remain are backed up so far that the wait times are beginning to challenge the VA — as this woman in Florida discovered:” (Click on over to see the video.)” Great news: 2.6 million Healthcare.gov sign-ups still have unresolved problems

“What has happened: The employer and individual mandates have not been enforced and there is mounting pressure for repeal. Planned Medicare Advantage cuts have been scaled back. The Cadillac plan tax has not yet taken effect and labor unions are mobilizing against its implementation. While I got this basic story right, I did miss some details. In 2012 I predicted that ACA provisions such as the Cadillac plan tax, Independent Payment Advisory Board, and Unearned Income Medicare Contribution would face obstacles to implementation, but did not anticipate similar blocking of the employer and individual mandates and the Medicare Advantage cuts. In any event, the first years of ACA implementation have unfolded essentially as I anticipated in my 2012 and 2013 studies. The point is not that I am omniscient or that I have a special gift for anticipating unknowable outcomes. Rather, these statements resulted from straightforward, common-sense analysis of easily predictable effects. While we cannot erase past policy mistakes, going forward we should make better use of predictive information widely available to lawmakers, press and public, than was done in the case of the ACA.” I WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE ACA

President Obama

You MUST read the whole thing to get a sense as to how much trouble we are really in. “In a truly stunning piece in early June, Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein interviewed many around the president and reported a general feeling that events have left him—well, changed. He is “taking fuller advantage of the perquisites of office,” such as hosting “star-studded dinners that sometimes go on well past midnight.” He travels, leaving the White House more in the first half of 2014 than any other time of his presidency except his re-election year. He enjoys talking to athletes and celebrities, not grubby politicians, even members of his own party. He is above it all. On his state trip to Italy in the spring, he asked to spend time with “interesting Italians.” They were wealthy, famous. The dinner went for four hours. The next morning his staff were briefing him for a “60 Minutes” interview about Ukraine and health care. “One aide paraphrased Obama’s response: ‘Just last night I was talking about life and art, big interesting things, and now we’re back to the minuscule things on politics.’ ” Minuscule? Politics is his job. [Snip] In a very real sense, this is exactly the same issue we have before us in both the HHS contraception mandate and the so-called “accommodation.” Both have the same arrogance at their heart — that the federal government know more about religious doctrine than the church, and that it has the role to decide which doctrines are valid or not.” It is weird to have a president who has given up. So many young journalists diligently covering this White House, especially those for whom it is their first, think what they’re seeing is normal. It is not. It is unprecedented and deeply strange. And, because the world is watching and calculating, unbelievably dangerous.” The Daydream and the Nightmare: Obama isn’t doing his job. He’s waiting for history to recognize his greatness.

“Malignant foreign policy.” “In sum, Obama has presided over the most malignant foreign policy in U.S. history. This is not an accident. This policy was planned and executed by radical leftists like Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett, corrupt media barons like the New York Times, and Islamofascists like John Brennan.  They include the same Big Media corporations that control our “mainstream” media.  They also include famous Silicon Valley high-tech companies like Apple and Google, who support Obama’s Progressive Policy Institute, and George Soros, who supports the anti-Israel front group J Street.  Google’s vice president for North African sales was indeed directly involved in agitating for the Arab Spring, which our media simultaneously discovered and headlined, only to lead to Muslim Brotherhood despotism in Egypt. It is very hard to know if we  will come out of this mad state of affairs intact.  America has teetered on the edge of Marxist disaster once before in its history, during the FDR and Truman years, when the fruits of the Manhattan Project were instantly transmitted to Stalin in Moscow, who was able to explode his own copycat bomb as early as 1949.  Leftist betrayal is not new, nor is it unusual. If you believe delusionally that the “bourgeois” nation-state is the enemy of all that is good and decent, and that destroying it will bring about utopia, smuggling nuclear secrets to Jozef Stalin becomes a great gift to humanity.  Once you accept delusional cult beliefs, the end simply justifies the means.  And delusional cults are a dime a dozen in human history. [Snip] Obama’s self-appointed mission in life is to destroy the most productive and beneficial culture in history.  Obama personally taught Alinsky’s Rules to his ACORN followers, and Alinsky called us “the enemy.”  That word is used in war, and radicals like Obama and Malcolm X are bitter warlike agitators.  (The old word for “community organizer” was “communist agitator”).  Radicals like Obama read their revolutionary heroes literally, just like any Bible-quoting fundamentalist preacher. [Snip] Everything depends on telling the truth, and you and I must take full responsibility for doing so. Nobody else will do it for us.” Dangerous Times: Obama the Betrayer

The Republican Party

Anyone see a problem here? “DeLong’s point is that the V&C of the Democratic voter and the Democratic establishment and the Republican establishment are all birds of a feather. They are all interested in getting stuff from the government, through direct benefits or subsidies or crony deals. The Republican base is odd man out. That’s because, DeLong writes, conservatives’ V&Cs

include dedication to free markets, light regulation, individual autonomy, respect for conscience, refusal to privilege victimhood, and the rule of law. These do not translate well into visible benefits for individuals, firms, or industries, and thus do not keep the vital dollars flowing into the coffers of the party, the independent groups, and the K Street lobbying firms where old donkeys and elephants go to get rich.

The Republican establishment is torn between attending to the values and concerns of its Republican voters and the day-to-day game of thrones in Washington DC that everyone else is playing. And that’s a problem, not just for the GOP bosses but also for their Democratic pals across the partisan divide.” Admit It: We Wackos are the Problem

Hope and change? “What also strikes me about Senator Rubio is that unlike some others, whose main ability is to bring hard-core supporters to their feet, he seems eager and capable of persuading those who are not on his side yet who may be amenable to his point of view. A friend of mine says he gets the sense from Rubio that he hasn’t spent his life in a political echo chamber, only hanging around like-minded individuals. He has the capacity, I think, to reach people who aren’t members of the NRA or the Federalist Society, the Tea Party or the American Conservative Union. The ability to find connection with people who aren’t already supporters is a fairly valuable skill in politics–and for a party that is regularly losing presidential elections, a necessary one.” Rubio’s Effort to Modernize the GOP

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