New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that he plans to request federal funding for body cameras. It’s unclear whether Obama, who has made the most high-profile push for body cameras, will get congressional support for his proposal.
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Posted by revkharma on December 4, 2014
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Posted by revkharma on May 6, 2009
Consider Ms. Carrie Prejean who, by all accounts is a beautiful young woman, driven and focused to win. Her chosen venue is various competitions, Beauty Pageants. She won the title of Miss California in March of this year. These contests, while playing up the angle of question and answer, community activity and involvement are still dedicated to finding and promoting physically attractive women.Certainly there are personality and intellect requirements in the modern era, as the contestants now are thrust into a media whirlwind as soon as their names are disclosed. They choose this life for themselves. The attention, pressure and constant scrutiny are a given, and any woman who cannot take such focus will not long survive.
There was a tempest stirred up when one of the judges of the 2009 Miss USA contest asked her a question about her views on homosexual marriage.
Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Do you think every state should follow suit. Why or why not?
Note of course that Mr. Hilton is known as a gay rights activist. (We will not discuss here if it makes sense that a gay man should be a judge of a female beauty contest) Miss Prejean gave a carefully worded reply which reflected her personal opinion:
Well, I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage …. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offence to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised and that’s how I think it should be – between a man and a woman. Thank you very much.
Let’s be clear here: This was a question in the “Personality” competition section of a beauty contest. She was asked a question by a celebrity judge, one who brought his personal baggage to bear in his judgements and influence. Miss Prejean gave a personal opinion as an answer, hedged her response carefully allowing that anyone could make their own choice, and moved on. Mr. Hilton however, would have none of it. On his personal blog, immediately after that exchange used a coarse term to refer to her, and stated later that he would have ‘ripped the tiara off her’ had she won. He also told ABC news that before that question she was the front runner, but afterward there was no way she would win
Clearly she was penalized for her spoken views. She made no mention of intent to force others to accept her views, to make them law, nor to prevent others from acting or legislating anything different. She has subsequently been the focus of attacks and a campaign to discredit her. All this because of her spoken words on a televised program in the United States
Consider also radio talk host, Michael Savage. He is a man of varied background and experience. He published several books under the name of Michael Weiner he has several degrees, including a PhD in something called “Nutritional Ethnomedicine.” His radio persona, Michael Savage, host of the “Savage Nation” rails on various topics, focused upon a mantra of ” Borders, Language, Culture.” He attacks liberals, and those he believes are destroying the historic culture of America. He surely does not sugar coat his views, and his show has grown to be among the top five radio talk shows in the nation. His language is blunt, his opinions are fiercely held, and he simply will not allow dissenting callers to win. Particularly since the 9/11 attacks, he has sharpened the stick he uses to poke into the eye of his opponents. He uses what his detractors call offensive terms to demonize Islamic terrorists, democrats and liberals in government, and essentially anyone who disagrees with him. His intent to offend and bring on attacks was clearly demonstrated by the title of his NY Times best selling book ” Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder”. He clearly relishes the controversy.
Yesterday the British Government published a list of “Named and Shamed” people who would not be permitted to enter Britain. Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary published a list of names, stating that those named were barred from entry under a law introduced in 2005. The most famous application of the law was the prohibition of a Dutch member of Parliament, Geert Wilders,who had been invited by the British Parliment to present a short film about the dangers of radical Islamic terrorists. The reason given by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was that his entry might incite others to violence, due to his record of anti Islamic remarks and the film he was invited to present to the British Parliament.
On that new list just released is none other than Michael Savage. It seems the land which gave the Magna Carta to the world now gives blacklists due to ‘offensive topics.’ Mr. Savage has announced plans to sue. England, which has libel laws which are quite different than those in the US, will provide a venue which makes his victory quite likely. Unless, of course he is prevented from suing because of his offensive views.
We live in a time which is turning concepts of civilization inside out. Those who advocate for the destruction of our societies and government are given protected status. Those who speak against them are demonized and pushed aside, their views labeled as ‘too shocking’ to be permitted. Dissent is only allowed on one side of the debate. Political issues are supposed to be the area of free wheeling and open debate. Now, in the two nations which blazed the path of freedom and open societies, minority opinions are the only opinions permitted.
We are being pulled along on a path to disintegration by an increasingly militant left which is abetted by activist courts and compliant legislators. The Federal Government is expanding scope and influence and crushing the liberty of individuals and the states which originally formed the nation. Politicians no longer stand on principle, or ideas, they run simply to obtain, and maintain a seat at the table of power. This was amply demonstrated by Senator Specter’s shift to the donkey party from the elephants. He made no attempt to disguise his reasons, he has openly said he knew he would lose his primary this year, and changed parties to keep his seat in the US Senate. In the past, this would have subjected him to rage and a demand that he resign. Now it is greeted with a shrug from his constituents, and a pat on the back from his media allies and his new party cronies.
There must be a way for Americans who revere the founding principles of this nation to regain the momentum. We who believe that the Constitution was created to protect us from intrusive and oppressive government must find a way to restore that balance. We must look again to Thomas Jefferson:
“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”- Thomas Jefferson
Keep the Faith!
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Posted by revkharma on March 27, 2009
We are facing dangers on many fronts. The North Koreans are ramping up to launch a ballistic missile. The pentagon is considering using anti missile systems to shoot it down. Russia is placing bombers all around the Caribbean basin. China is warning us to keep our debt load in check. There is an increasing danger in Afghanistan. Iraq still simmers. The financial community is still in shambles. Mexico still teeters on collapse bringing chaos on our southern border. Our Secretary of State takes blame for violent Mexican drug lords. Our tax cheating Treasury secretary openly speculates about the possibility of ending the role of the US Dollar as a reserve currency. We are on the edge of disaster in so many ways.
In the face of all these situations, one of the most senior senators in the opposition party, Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has announced that he will convene hearings in his subcommittee to deal with the pressing problem of the lack of a playoff system in college football.
It seems that all sort of major political figures are up in arms because college football does not have a playoff to determine the annual NCAA champion. Now, this may be a big deal but I am at a loss to see how it is remotely the concern of the United States Senate, once touted as the greatest deliberative body in the world. I suppose the great lions of the US Senate figure if they can distract attention from their attempts at theft and destruction by dealing with trivia, they might just keep their jobs. The trite comparison is the time honored ” bread and circuses for the masses” from Roman times.
Their allies in the major media will cooperate and cover this farce, because they tend to think that the ‘dummies in flyover country’ will not care at all. They will sit down and shut up and do what they are told by their ‘betters’ in the corridors of power.
The Founders of our republic installed a written, fixed Constitution for a reason. It was to constrain the power of government in order to maximize liberty for individual citizens. The current regime is working with allies and supine opponents to expand the power and control of government more than at any time since the Civil War, and perhaps even since the founding. By convening a hearing on NCAA football, Senator Hatch and his sub committee are showing contempt for that Constitution, and the restraints contained within it. If the Senate of the United States has the authority to investigate and control the format used to award a championship in college football there is no limit. The NCAA is a private organization, it is NOT a federal department. The fact that Hatch and his stooges think the Senate has a role is breathtaking in it’s contempt for liberty and private rights.
We may see a few things happen here. First, Congress can move forward, following the lead of Obama and his band of tax cheats and assorted thugs, and take over larger and larger sectors of what used to be the private sector. Obama’s breathless admirers will lay back, content to be fed from the efforts of others. They will cheer as we move from a society based upon individual liberty into a statist prison run by the whims of an overpowering and corrupt government. The other possibility is that the Americans in ‘flyover country’ will stand up and restore the liberty upon which we were founded. I still harbor hope that the ‘flyover people’ will be able to do the right thing before it is too late.
Keep the Faith
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Posted by revkharma on March 23, 2009
We are seeing more and more just how The Great and Powerful Obama operates. During the campaign, he dodged questions, providing as few details as possible when asked about policy issues. He attacked and refused to work with any media who dared to ask him anything other than planted questions. He campaigned on the warm fuzzy Hope and Change with no substance. The entire campaign was about as substantive as cotton candy. The one time Obama actually showed his intent, was the famous conversation with ” Joe the Plumber”. Obama was caught without his teleprompter and spoke some words which contained some real meaning, some actual insight into his views. The willing soldiers in the media, rather than address the substance of the first issue Obama could be hit with, went after the Plumber. No none dared question Team Obama. If any did, they were tossed off the campaign plane. So we went to a convention with no idea what the candidate stood for, except getting his way, and bringing ‘change’.
The election was about the same. No info was sought nor provided, other than Obama was the candidate of ” Hopeychange”. ( Thanks for whoever coined that term!) America elected someone to the highest office in our nation who refused to tell us what he would do once in office.
Now he is our President. He has named a series of tax cheats, and lawbreakers to cabinet positions. The man we could not live without, Timothy Geithner, the tax cheat in chief is all alone in the Treasury department because no one can be found to take secondary positions who has a clean record of paying taxes. Obama pledged to have a transparent administration, yet has hidden and deceived and lied with each step he has taken. Rather than provide ‘days’ for any one to review the legislation, Congress was presented with a completed ‘Stimulus Bill” and given eleven hours to vote. After the Obama economic team inserted language into the bill specifically permitting the payment of bonuses to AIG execs, they then turned on the people receiving them, making them the focus of hate and threats. Barney Frank, who slept with Fannie Mae execs while deflecting examinations of the company’s practices now demands the names of anyone receiving a bonus at AIG, specifically refusing to keep them confidential.
So, we see first, no disclosure of intent, no questions answered, simply a vote to put Obama in office, on the thin premise that he will “lead us”. Once he has assumed a position of power, he then uses that power to attack dissenters, and then to threaten those who dare to stand up to him. Fear is the watchword. We are told over and over that we are in imminent danger. The media creates an echo chamber, and inflates the bogeyman to monstrous proportions. Like a mouse in front of a spotlight, the shadow of danger is likely more threatening than the original danger. However, as the financial markets see that partnership with this administration brings not assistance, but danger and demonization, not many are willing to step forward to lead.
Hidden agendas, creation of enemies ( remember Rush Limbaugh?) threats of censorship ( Will there be a new “Fairness doctrine?), using the power of the mob to intimidate dissenters, and whip a populist frenzy.
What is the next step? Where will we be taken next? Today a new specter emerges. AP is reporting that details are emerging of the ‘new bailout’.
A key part of that regulatory framework will give the government new resolution authority to take over troubled institutions that would pose a threat to the entire financial system if they failed. Under the new powers being sought by the administration, the treasury secretary could only seize a firm with the agreement of the president and the Federal Reserve.
Once in the equivalent of a conservatorship, the treasury secretary would have the power to limit payments to creditors and to break contracts governing executive compensation, a power that was lacking in the AIG case.
So, we see new, exective powers, no where to be found in the Constitution, will allow the Treasury ” With the approval of the president” to seize companies which they deem deserve to be seized. Then Tim Geithner, the Treasury tax cheat, will decide if he likes contracts or wishes to void them unilaterally. (“A power lacking in the AIG case”) So, as long as they can get congress to write the words into a bill this administration believes they have the authority to abrogate contracts, in direct contradiction of the United States Constitution. AIG had a contract, vetted by Geithner when he was at the New York Fed, approved by the current treasury, reviewed by the Justice department. But it was useful for them to be made into monsters so that no one would be paying attention when they step over yet another constitutional provision. Peter Robinson, writing in Forbes.com relates a conversation with some others about what makes a Banana Republic. Some living under such governments attempted to persuade him that Obama is rapidly moving us toward just that. He tries to refute them, but I think he makes a very weak case. To me, it has seemed frighteningly obvious that the mass appeal, the lack of accountability, the stage managed presentations have all pointed toward a plan for control of this nation, tighter and more restrictive than anything we have ever seen. The left loves to cry “Fascism” with every move the right makes to enforce rules. But reviewing past history one can easily see it has been the ‘ Progressive’ movements that have always brought increased government power and reduced individual liberty. Look to TR and the trust busters. Woodrow Wilson and his incredible restrictions of American rights and suppression of all dissent during his term in office. Look to FDR and his gross accumulation of power in DC and theft of the same power from individuals and States. Look at LBJ and the Great Society for vast expansion of federal bureaucratic power, and the use of the courts to advance an agenda without reference to actual Constitutional principles.
What will be next? The Great and Powerful Obama is telling us. He is no longer hiding his agenda. He has gotten the masses frothed to a fury and now will seek to consolidate that anger, and focus it to advance his agenda of power and restricted liberty. The worst, most disheartening, most reprehensible part of it all? So many Americans seem willing to lay down, and prostrate themselves before this self styled savior of us all. We are facing an end game. We need to stand and fight, or simply lose all we have. What will you do? How will you prepare? How will you stand?
Keep the Faith
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Posted by revkharma on March 6, 2009
This has been a dreadful week for the good old USA. We can see the incredible danger we are facing when politics trumps all other considerations. Recall that as a sop to some of the old guard in the democrat party, The Great and Powerful Obama named Hillary Clinton,a woman of vast foreign policy experience. remember her tall tales? How it was the fabulous Hillary who negotiated the Dayton Peace accords? Or how she dashed between flying bullets in Kosovo while representing her husband’s administration there?
This week we heard of her offer to allow Russia to regain control of our new allies in Eastern Europe, if only Putin and Medvedev would talk nice to the Iranians. The Russians, seeing an opportunity, laughed at the offer, and so once more the USA looks like a weakling, pleading for help from stronger friends.
Obama himself showed a complete disregard for America’s longest, strongest ally in Europe, forcing British Prime Minister Brown to practically beg for the traditional press conference standing with twin flags. Obama’s diplomatic tone deafness rang through as he presented Mr. Brown with a silly collection of old movies on DVD as an official state gift. Ironically, among the gifts given to Mr. Obama was a seven volume biography of Winston Churchill. Recall that the Obama administration returned the bust of Churchill that has been in the Oval Office since former Prime Minister gave to the US as a sign of solidarity after 9/11.
Not to be outdone, Mrs. Clinton had a wonderful time in the last few days. First a in a ridiculous gesture, she gave a red button, so symbolize ” VP Biden’s pledge to reset our relationship”. After bragging how hard she had worked on getting the word exactly right. Afer her great show of intellect, the Russian foreign minister( speaking in English, by the way) told her that she had gotten it wrong. Instead of the word for ‘reset’ the magic button said ‘overcharge’. How appropriate.
Add to this, Mrs. Clinton had continued to mangle the names of top EU diplomats with whom she has met this week.
The crowning bit of public self humiliation was her lecture to EU leaders as to how she ‘could not understand the multiparty democracy’ which they practiced.
“I have never understood multiparty democracy.
“It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy.”
Never mind that the roots of democracy go back to ancient Greece. After all, everything is new now that Obama is here, isn’t it?
Of course she didn’t end there. She followed this by reminding her European counterparts that they should not miss the opportunity to take advantage of a good crisis’ to advance their agenda for global warming and energy security.
Lastly, we come to the US Treasury Department. Reportedly at least a third of all mid to high level potential appointees have some sort of tax problems keeping them from assuming a post. Today we now hear that Tax Cheat Geithner had his choice for the number two slot withdraw her name, as she now believes she is not confirmable. To date, the Treasury Secretary has not named a single top deputy or assistant secretary to the department. Somehow this does not show the commitment Obama the Great and Powerful promised to use upon taking office to fix our economy right away.
The chaos and disarray are, I think not accidental. This group has no plans, other than to sow fear and confusion, while attempting to fix blame more than fixing problems. The longer the dolts who voted this charlatan into office remain in the dark, the easier it will be for Pelosi and Reid to ram Obama’s agenda through Congress while Obama insists he’s fixing everything for us.
Those who see through this need be prepared. We will see just how bad things can get. Only of his agenda can be stopped can this Republic survive. I know I have pounded this drum before, but we are in a dangerous time for our nation. I do not believe for an instant this is all mere coincidence. These incompetent appointments are not accidental. The worse things get, the more power the uneducated will permit to be taken from them. The worse things seem, the more the welfare serfs will agree to surrender to a ruler who promises to save them from the dangers that lurk in the dark and evil world. We remain ignorant at our peril.
Keep the Faith
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Posted by revkharma on February 4, 2009
While we were all being entertained by things like the Superbowl, and the blossoming corruption of the Obama Team, something fantastic was happening a world away. True Heroes, not the preening wealthy phonies on the foot ball field were changing the world.
Iraq has turned a corner that no media pundit would have ever dreamed of. Not that it was easy to hear about. For some reason there was almost no coverage of the completely free and fair elections in Iraq. While constant coverage has always been the watchword during the tough times, now that the Surge has proved victorious, now that the plans and sacrifices of so many have proved true, and Iraq has had a national free and fair election, the coverage of the area has vanished down the memory hole. Amazingly, the fanatical parties, bent on destruction have lost. Most of the votes have gone to more secular parties and to those who pursue a forward thinking agenda. This is not to say that there will be no more violence. Those driven by hate and a lust for power, those installed by the Iranians seeking hegemony, will not stop, nor surrender without a fight. But in spite of all this, Iraqi’s came out and voted. It seems almost as if their elections were more trouble free than those in the US have been!.
The reason this has been achieved is also the reason most of the media are under reporting, if they report at all what happened. The US, in particular the U.S. Marines, while being held back, maligned, and criticized from all angles fought, and died and once more achieved a victory in a situation where no one else could even dream of success. From BLACKFIVE an essay which sum things up a bit. He posts a letter from Major General John F. Kelly, USMC. He describes the elections from a first hand view.
Something didn’t happen in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, today. Once the most violent and most dangerous places on earth, no suicide vest bomber detonated killing dozens of voters. No suicide truck bomber drove into a polling place collapsing the building and killing and injuring over 100. No Marine was in a firefight engaging an Al Qaida terrorist trying to disrupt democracy.
This is the true face of today’s Iraq. This is also the true substanceof the United States Marines. The distorted image painted by that San Fran hag, Pelosi, or the pathetic moron from Pennsylvania, Murtha are insane rantings of anti American politicians who hope for the defeat of the Republic.
I notice that many of the time wasters who liked to hang around on busy street corners holding anti war protest signs during the Bush Admin seem to have vanished now that The Great and Powerful Obama is in office. He has continued the same policies, even to keeping the Defense Secretary who directed the victory Obama liked to condemn during his campaign. Once we are able to leave, I would bet that no main stream journalist will write of the great and historic nature of our mission. The liberation of Iraqis from despotism, the planting of the first popularly elected, representative government in the Arab world, the first truly free nation in the area other than Israel.
No, we need to focus on the economy here, the dire need to waste a trillion dollars to pay for more democrat party patronage. We need Nancy Pelosi to tell us that if we don’t do exactly as she and the Great O want us to do, ” Five hundred million Americans will lose their job every month” The staggering stupidity of that is beyond comprehension. However, as long as they can scare enough people, who gives a damn about the facts.
Remember; Don’t look behind the curtain. If you do, you just might see reality is a little different that the Wizard of Obama wants you to see!
Keep the Faith!
Posted in deception, Democrats, Freedom, Government Power, Iraq, Iraq Victory, Murtha, Obama, Obama Administration, Pelosi, Politics, USMC | Tagged: change, democracy, Freedom, Iran, Iraq, Iraqi elections, liberty, Murtha, Obama, Pelosi, Politics, terrorists, US Marines, Wizard of Obama | Leave a Comment »
Posted by revkharma on January 18, 2009
Preparing to board a train for his ride to the nation’s capital, Obama said that “what’s required is a new declaration of independence — from ideology and small thinking.” –President Elect Obama in Philadelphia
The all wonderful Mr.Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia. He invoked the founders, and called upon Americans to exhibit courage, specifically the courage of the Founders.
As he takes office, we find a federal budget with a deficit which has grown to incredible proportions. Mr. Obama is poised to roughly double it with his ‘recovery plan’. The smoke and mirrors he employs would impress the best of stage magicians. Hidden behind all the obfuscation is one central theme: Expand the scope, size and reach of the Federal Government in D.C.
His choices for various cabinet posts display a staggering penchant for expansive powers of government, and show his plans to bring the power of Washington to bear in more and more intrusive ways than anyone since Woodrow Wilson ever dreamt of. Look to Tom Daschle, as HHS secretary, whose stiletto politics will drive a new push to nationalize healthcare. Eric Holder as attorney General brings a new level of corruption to the post. His handling of Bill Clinton’s last minute pardons , including FALN terrorists who never even requested them shows his subversion of justice to political ends. Mr. Obama’s choice for the EPA has long ties to extremist leftist organizations. John Holdren, the presidents Science adviser is an ally of Paul Ehrlich, of ‘population bomb’ fame, and various other discredited scientific frauds.
The permanent campaign has now added a new and chilling extension. Obama’s vast fund raising machinery has continued an unprecedented fund raising operation even after the conclusion of the election. The mystery is gradually being resolved, and it is not a heartwarming situation. Team Obama is devising what is, in effect, their own political party. The monies raised will go exclusively to a significant staff of permanent political operatives who will engage immediately in preparing for the next election cycle. Most interesting of all is the formation of a ‘service organization’ funded directly by Obama’s political campaign funds, through private donations.
In what would be another unprecedented step, Obama’s political staff is deciding whether to create a service organization that would use the vast corps of its grass-roots campaign supporters. As described by one source knowledgeable with the discussions, this nonprofit arm would be used to help victims of natural disasters, but would do so under the Obama umbrella while continuing to build the overall network’s massive e-mail database.
The prospect of a president being able to guide a service or relief agency outside the framework of his government is a unique development
Obama: Americans must emulate courage of founders
He elaborated with some wonderful tidbits:
President-elect Barack Obama is calling on Americans to live up to the courage and sacrifice of the country’s founders as they strive to redeem the promise of freedom.
Even better is this :
Obama said that “what’s required is a new declaration of independence — from ideology and small thinking.”
So, in answer to our next President’s call for us to model our behavior, and exhibit the courage of the Founders, I offer the following pledge as a way of following his suggestion. I assure you, this is not “Small Thinking”. A few minor changes and it applies even today!
[My sincere apologies to the author of the original!]
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies,[States] solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies [States]are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown,[DC Government] and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain,[DC Government] is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.
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Posted by revkharma on August 13, 2008
I sat in the car the other day, listening to some news announcer drone on and on about various political battles going on. In this case, apparently there is some senate or house committee in charge of something or other who want, no they DEMAND that some member of the executive branch come and sit in front of them and answer all their grandstanding questions while cameras rolled. Some lawyers from the administration, following the precedents set by so many past administrations have claimed that private conversations between various officials are confidential and privileged. Thus they are covered under the cloak of ‘executive privilege’, and thus are entitled to ignore a ‘Congressional Subpoena”. And anyone who knows anything about the Constitution (so the executives say) just KNOWS that the legislators can’t order the executive to do anything.
Or there’s this:
The members of one party are complaining that as the majority of congress is currently held by the other party, and they have no way to obstruct them. They cry that the OTHER party, (the one in the majority) is thwarting the Constitution, by preventing “Checks and Balances”. It would seem that the political branches seem to feel that the “checks and balances” alluded to in the founding documents relate to party balance. See, if the donkeys outnumber the elephants in the legislative branch, they are required to show greater deference to the elephant party because they must have ‘checks and balances’. Imagine, they say, if one group of animals, were to get control of the legislative branch AND the executive branch, well then WHOAH it’s the end of the world!!! Because then there might no longer be any ‘checks and balances’ on the one group of animals. Thus, in order to restore the ‘balances’ the one strong group of animals is REQUIRED to do what the weak group of animals wishes. Of course none of this respects the fact that it is supposed to be the voters to whom these representatives answer, and not the big groups that dress up as donkeys or elephants.
No, none of this is actually faithful to the document to which all these animals swear allegiance. It has now become a game of checks and balances. Not for the purpose of restraining the power of the government as the founders intended. The checks and balances, like all the other games played by the zoo in DC are the games played for the cameras, to amuse the masses, while the animals take over from the zoo keepers, and run things for themselves. They have taken Mr. Lincoln’s famous description and stood it on it’s ear. We now have Government of the people, by the bureaucrats for the Party Elites. And unless something happens, it shall never perish from the face of the earth!
When the nation was founded, the House of Representatives was set up as the legislative branch to represent the will of the people. The Senate was to represent the interests of the several States. ( Article 1, Sec 3) This assured two things: First that the federal government would be restrained by the interest of and power of the states, and second there would be a brake slowing the legislative branch, preventing action out of passion or populist overreaction.
The executive branch would have restricted power, as the legislative branch(es) represented the people and states respectively. The legislative branch was divided, acting and representing different interests. The Supreme Court would resolve disputes arising between the branches, and when issues of the Constitution arose.
The 17th amendment, severed the ties between the Senate and the states, and established new ties to popular votes; and the nature of the Senate was altered.Direct popular vote altered the essence of the body. Now pandering for popular votes became a necessity. This eventually bore the monster child now known as ‘gerrymandering’ which creates virtually permanent seats by dividing districts by party affiliation. (Here come those animal suits again) Now we begin to see why the style of costume is becoming more important than the district or state represented. If the donkeys are in control, they can draw the lines to create more and more donkeys. When the elephants are in control they do their best to stamp out grazing land for donkeys. Once your herd holds the upper hand, either legislatively, or in the executive branch, you can create grazing land for your kind. You can create lots of pet projects for your pals, or a new bunch of bureaus in the executive branch for the folks who wear your kind of coat. None of this benefits the citizens of the Republic. The Judiciary has earned life time jobs for themselves, and found it safe to defer to the legislative branch rather than the document all this is supposed to be built upon. Why risk upsetting the other two branches, who after all are responsible for appointing and confirming you to your job.
See, the problem seems to be that these elected representatives, who are voted into office by the people in various districts and sundry states have developed very strong ties to their animal suits. If one of the representatives, (or members of the multitudinous manifestations of the executive) comes under fire for doing something stupid, like say, hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in his freezer, or attempting to rebuild his house with diverted campaign contributions, then all the animals who wear the same costume bray or trumpet and rush to defend the besmirched honor of their fellow animal. Matching animal suits take priority over almost everything else. The good of the people whom they purport to represent, or the Republic, for which they are supposed to support is ignored, except when more funds are required to keep the party going for another couple of dances. Then they screech and dance and point fingers at the other kind of animals and plead that with just a few more dollars they can keep the other animals at bay for a little while longer.
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Posted by revkharma on January 28, 2008
Does anyone else notice the contradictions:
The Dems have screamed since the Bush tax cuts, hell, the Reagan tax cuts, hell…. even the JFK tax cuts that cutting taxes will slow growth, and hurt the little guy, since only the “super rich” get a break.
Now, it’s election time, and Pelosi, and Reid,and the rest of the pack of socialists are all for Tax rebates… in other words, CUTTING TAXES to stimulate the economy.
On the border of Gaza and Egypt, the Palestinians have blown holes in the fence that separates them, causing a mass migration of Palestinians into Egypt, looking for food, housing, and refuge.
Egyptian military forces are deployed to protect their borders, and prevent illegal crossings into their nation.
Now, I thought it was a violation of human rights to do anything to prevent free movement of peoples from one country into another when they are suffering from economic deprivations. When the US attempts to enforce our laws and prevent illegal migration and violation of our sovereignty and the status of our nation’s borders, we are hooted down, called racists, and evil. Egypt has had just such a wall, apparently for years. When we merely deploy National Guardsmen with no offensive capacity, we are called murderers, even in the face of paramilitary attacks, and probably, but technically unproved, direct attacks by the military of the Mexican nation.
Egypt is portrayed as victims, who must act swiftly to protect their territorial integrity from invasion by the Palestinians. ( not so noble this time, are they?)
2. I thought that only the Israelis were evil enough to box in the Noble Palestinians, and it is the fault of the Zionist entity that they are starving, homeless, deprived, what have you.
3. When Israel proposed a wall/fence to prevent the infiltration of their nation by terrorists from Gaza, they were deemed to be creating a ‘new holocaust’. But it seems that Egypt has had just such a border wall for years, with no outcry at all.
I for one am tired of the crap, and hypocrisy from not only the UN crowd, but the left even within our own country.
WHO will stand up and say ENOUGH! Someone needs to do just that, someone from our own government. If not, then someone from the People will do it for them, and that day will be a dangerous day for our nation. It may well be the beginning of the unraveling of this Noble Experiment in government. We are allowing our country to be run not by our representatives, but by gangs of bureaucrats and civil servants from departments, and advisory boards, to the famous NGO’s ( non governmental organizations).
The USA has moved steadily to align with the UN, now our own countrymen are condemning us in international forums to earn praise and glory at the expense of our nation. Non legislative organizations make regulations, rather than legislators making laws. This gives them power unchecked by any constitutional authority. The elected legislators cede their power and responsibility to the K street gang, then offer to help their constituents by interceding on their behalf. Of course this comes, as always with an implied price. ” Well, I helped you with that board, or commission, so now I expect your vote, and your generous campaign contribution to help me get reelected. Once back in office, they work swiftly to create another ‘Blue Ribbon Panel” to do the work they are unwilling to do, so their fingerprints are never on anything that might come back to haunt them. They create crisis after crisis, demanding action, immediately to forestall the lurking danger. Then they surrender more and more authority to extra- and trans-national bodies so once more they can say they are not responsible, but for a small contribution to reelection, will gladly help with your problem.
I hate to say it, but I can’t see a way out. Can you?
What’s the answer? Is there one? Or are we finally at the point of exhaustion of our Republic. ( for those who have been educated by the Teachers Union Monopoly, that’s our original and legal form of government. WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY, no matter what the idiots in the media say. Even if your eighth grade ‘social studies’ teacher said we are a democratic system, we are not there …YET.
I fear that we will be, and soon. When that happens, will you be ready to surrender all your rights which the Constitution had guaranteed the government would never take?
Keep the Faith!