James Kaleda explains that the proposed New Jersey Gun Bills will not save any lives but will endanger them. He is ejected by Committee Chair Senator Norcross. This took place at the NJ Senate gun control hearings in Trenton on April 30, 2013.
Over the last few days, I’ve heard the word “impeachment” from more of my sources on Capitol Hill than in the last six years combined.
One member of Congress told me to look at the Richard M. Nixon articles of impeachment and just change the name to Barack Obama.
That member believes that many of the arguments about the Watergate cover-up apply to the current Benghazi cover-up scandal, the IRS Tea Party scandal, and the AP telephone records scandal.
Here’s how article one against Nixon laid out the charges:
- making false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States
- withholding relevant and material evidence or information from lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States
Or how about this one:
- making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States into believing that a thorough and complete investigation had been conducted with respect to allegations of misconduct on the part of personnel of the executive branch of the United States
Seems to me all of these charges would apply to Obama’s situation, yet they are direct quotes from the articles condemning Tricky Dick.
It’s too early to say if Barack Obama will be impeached. But mark my words… before the first day of summer, at least one member of Congress will introduce articles of impeachment accusing Barack Obama of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Just in the last week, the public statements about potential impeachment have been astounding. Former Governor Mike Huckabee said, “I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term… I remind you, as bad as Watergate was, because it broke the trust between the president and the people, no one died. This is more serious because four Americans did in fact die.”
I know Mike personally, and he‘s not prone to hyperbole and over-the-top statements.
Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said Benghazi is the “most egregious cover-up in American history… People may be starting to use the I-word before too long.”
Chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Congressman Darrell Issa, said of Benghazi: “This is a failure. We need to be investigating.”
When the Salt Lake Tribune asked Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah about impeachment, he said, “It’s certainly a possibility.”
Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas started the year talking about impeachment. As the White House prepared gun control proposals, Obama announced he would carry out a lot of his ideas through executive orders. Stockman, a strong defender of the Constitution, responded to Obama’s comments by saying:
I will consider speaking with my colleagues and filing articles of impeachment… Impeachment is not something to be taken lightly. It is a grave and serious undertaking that should only be initiated in a sober and serious manner. It should be reserved only for most egregious of trespasses by the president. I would consider using executive orders to engage in attacks on a constitutionally-protected right and violating his sworn oath of office to be such a trespass.
Stockman continued, “The president cannot issue executive orders depriving the people of full access to an enumerated constitutional right. I do not think it will come to that. The president is not an absolute ruler, and his actions and orders can be checked and balanced by the Congress and the courts – if the Congress is willing.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert, also of Texas, told NewsMax at the same time that Obama has “already abused the law enough times that it’s just been staggering… It’s not a president who steps up and says: ‘You know what? Previous Congresses have passed the law — and it’s been signed into law, and I disagree with it, so I’m just going to create new law — and as I speak, so shall it be,’” Gohmert concluded.
While these are just a few voices, I believe the chorus for impeachment will grow in the weeks ahead. Obama has made a series of highly questionable mistakes, and he refuses to take responsibility for the problems. Expect to hear much more about these scandals before the long, hot summer is over.
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How can a person like Sheila Jackson Lee be elected to office? A couples of weeks ago, Representative Lee spoke on the House floor in favor of more restrictions to prohibit law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and their families from criminals. She had the nerve to blame the murdering of innocents at the hands of gangs on the guns instead of the despicable people holding the gun. This is what she said:
Don’t condemn the gang bangers, they’ve got guns that are trafficked — that are not enforced, that are straw purchased and they come into places even that have strong gun laws. Why? Because we don’t have sensible gun legislation. I’m going to agree with my friends on the other side of the isle. Our Republican friends, let’s enforce the gun laws that we have – – who would run away from that. That’s a sensible proposition. Put a resolution on the floor of the House – – let’s enforce gun laws that we have.
Does anything that she said make any sense to you? She contradicts herself halfway through and then joins with her “friends across the aisle”. It doesn’t make any sense to me. Chicago and New Orleans have the highest murder rates. The reason Chicago does (according to Ms. Lee) is that it doesn’t have enough strict gun control and that neighboring states don’t impose the same restrictions that Illinois does. It’s not their fault. It’s that we don’t have universal gun control. If we didn’t have any guns at all, these criminals wouldn’t be able to kill each other…
“So, don’t blame the criminals”. So according to Ms. Lee, the poor gangbangers just need more rehabilitation. I wonder if she asked any of them if they would even entertain rehabilitation. Even the police don’t like going into their operating area.
I am not blaming anyone. I am citing indisputable facts that show that when NYC had similar problems, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani took steps to stop it. To this day, some sections of Chicago are still struggling against gang violence and the murder of innocents. NYC, which has a greater population, does not have anywhere near the amount of murders in a year that Chicago has had in the last four months.
As for enforcing current laws, what pro-2nd Amendment people mean by that is that most violent criminals shouldn’t be on the streets at all, and so the point about whether or not they should be allowed to purchase a firearm is moot. If there is eyewitness testimony and evidence that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone is guilty of murder or rape, that person shouldn’t be given freedom. He shouldn’t even be in a position where he is trying to buy anything, let alone a gun. That is what is meant by “enforcing current laws.” It’s definitely not an endorsement of states’ various gun control laws. If guns are taken away, violent crime will increase, as it has in the U.K. and Australia following national mandatory gun buy-back programs. Many of our founding fathers have stated that the only way to enslave a population is to take away their means of defending themselves. Hitler learned this and applied it in German-controlled states in 1936. Once he had removed all their guns, they had nothing to fight back with. That is why he was able to torture and murder more than 6 million people under his regime, and it only took him 4 years to do it.
Why doesn’t Congresswoman Lee or some of her “friends” propose tightening up the requirements in mental institutions and mental health agencies? How can anyone in their right mind release people who are mentally unstable onto the general public in any area of the country. It is not guns that have been around since time infinitum that are the problem. It is the person holding the gun who bears the responsibility of pulling the trigger. If they pull the trigger, they are committing themselves to the act. Many people who take that step end up killing themselves. Others who are more cowardly drop the gun as soon as they are confronted with superior force. These people are cowards as well as murderers. These are the people the liberal establishment champions: “Oh they had such a terrible childhood.” Despite what they would like us to think, many of us had childhoods that would make the ordinary person blush or puke. We got through it and learned how to make our lives better. We didn’t blame someone else for something we did. That is the difference between a responsible individual vs. a person who plays the victim. Liberals love victims and will make you a victim, even if you were the aggressor (or in this case a murderer.) Making you a victim adds to their elitist arguments that society is responsible for not understanding criminals, even when those criminals are murdering your children.
If you agree that there are enough gun laws on the books (and that there are proactive steps your local government can take to stop the spread of gang violence), then contact your Congressional representatives and demand they do something instead of just pointing fingers at themselves.
Thomas Sowell is an advanced thinker of the first order. Much of what he writes is thought-provoking, and he is not afraid to answer any inquiries that come his way. In his own words, he has said that whether the content is positive or negative, it is necessary to answer as many inquiries or comments as you can. An e-mail from one young man simply asked for the sources of some facts about gun control that were mentioned in a recent column. It is good to check out the facts — especially if you check out the facts on both sides of an issue. “By contrast, another man simply denounced me because of what was said in that column. He did not ask for my sources but simply made contrary assertions, as if his assertions must be correct and therefore mine must be wrong. He identified himself as a physician, and the claims that he made about guns were claims that had been made years ago in a medical journal — and thoroughly discredited since then. He might have learned that, if we had engaged in a back and forth discussion, but it was clear from his letter that his goal was not debate but denunciation. That is often the case these days.”
According to Prof. Sowell, “It is amazing how many serious issues are not discussed seriously, but instead simply generate assertions and counter-assertions”. On television talk shows, talking heads on opposite sides often just try to shout each other down. Many who want to argue for argument’s sake can do so by shouting back and forth at each other without engaging in any real coherent argument.
Prof. Sowell attributes much of this clouded thought to decades of dumbed-down education, which no doubt has a lot to do with it. But there is more to it than that. Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today; it is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination and intimidation. Moreover, the teacher-student relationship is based on the same set of underlying and unexamined assumptions proferred by the administrators of those institutions. This misinformation is implanted in the minds of our youth so that over time, it becomes part of their thinking process (or lack of it.)
According to Prof. Sowell, “if our educational institutions — from the schools to the universities — were as interested in discussing legitimate ideas as they are obsessed with racial diversity, students would at least gain experience in seeing the assumptions behind different visions and the role of logic and evidence in debating those differences.” There is so much stress on political ideology instead of the three R’s that many students progress through school, whether they are able to pass simple vocabulary tests or not. Many students are graduating from high school with an eighth grade reading level. This is the beginning of their logical deterioration. A student can go all the way from elementary school to a Ph.D. without being exposed to any fundamentally different vision of the world from that of the prevailing political correctness which leads to controlled elitist thinking. Moreover, the prevailing ideological view has a moral content attached to it so they see themselves as being on the side of the angels against the forces of evil. Regardless of the issue, whether it is gun control, abortion, religious tolerance, race etc., they see themselves as being utterly intelligent and determined to make the “uninformed” public see it the way they do. This moral monopoly leads the left intelligentsia to impose their thinking in the institutions under their control, especially the colleges and universities. This results in far less freedom of speech on campus, which influences how the students will act once they graduate and rejoin society.
Advocacy of homosexuality, for example, is common on college campuses; and often, the student is obliged to listen to it. If the student has the temerity to state views contrary to the prevailing wisdom, it is considered “hate speech” and results in a threat of being ostracized or punished. Another glaring example of this intolerance on campus is that spokespersons for various racial or ethnic groups are free to vehemently denounce whites as a group for their past or present sins, real or otherwise; but any white student who similarly denounces certain actions of non-white groups can be virtually guaranteed to be threatened with being punished (or expelled.)
Even students who do not advocate anything will pay a price if they do not go along with being brainwashed. The student at Florida Atlantic University who recently declined to stomp on a paper with the word “Jesus” on it, as ordered by the professor, was scheduled for punishment by the university until the story (mostly through the efforts of Fox News) became public and provoked such an outcry that the university had to recant. Although they tried to play off the professor’s actions as being isolated, the university exposed its hypocrisy by initially backing him and coming down hard on the student. If it wasn’t for the outcry, the professor’s actions would have been overlooked (or, even worse, bolstered) by the university’s position. The failure of our educational system goes beyond what they fail to teach. It includes what they do teach (or, rather, indoctrinate) and the graduates they send out into the world, incapable of seriously weighing alternatives for themselves or for American society. Instead of making sure that the government answers to the people, an uninformed public does not have a voice of its own and will blindly be led by the government in power.
Thomas Sowell is a deep thinker who is able to ascertain what is ailing our society and writes about it regularly. People should listen to him and others who point out the injustices that begin in our schools and impose themselves on our elected officials and social institutions. An uninformed public is not able to control their destiny, but rather rely on the government to do it for them.
Faced with the onslaught of misinformation coming from every angle imaginable, I’ve come to the following conclusion: there is no truth in America today. America is a nation of liars. That is the unfortunate truth. It does not matter where the lies are coming from. Lies are lies. The art of lying has become second nature in politics today and is supported by the national media. The leaders of our nation have become experts at looking directly into the lens of the camera and unleashing an endless stream of misinformation to bolster their personal agendas. It does not matter if it’s a bald-faced lie; the only thing that matters is that they know they can get away with it. This is why there is no truth in America today. Americans are sick of the lies and deception. Enough is enough.
Not a day goes by where we are not being mislead. And it doesn’t matter what the topic of discussion is. It could be the economy. It could be job growth. It could be a variety of different topics such as immigration, gun control, same sex marriage, the sequester, etc. It could even be a tragic event in a far away country where lives were lost and nobody in our government had the decency to intervene. Rather than accept responsibility for their poor judgment, they chose instead to lie about what really happened. In a despicable act of cowardice, they chose to fabricate the details of what had transpired in an attempt to hide the truth. In short, they lied to all of us. This is unacceptable.
Or is it? I am offended to state that not only is this acceptable; it is normal in today’s political circles. It gets even worse. There was a time when honor and integrity meant something. Not anymore. Now one can sit confidently and lie before a congressional investigation, yet still be considered the front-runner for your party’s nomination for the highest office in the land. It’s true. Lying doesn’t matter anymore. Instead, what matters today is mastering the art of manipulating the electorate, regardless of how this is accomplished. The compulsive liar knows it isn’t difficult to manipulate someone who is unwilling to seek the truth. This is why they can get away with doing what they do best. If no one is calling foul, there is no accountability.
There was a time when lying was frowned upon with utter disdain. Those caught in a lie lost all credibility. Now it’s like a parlor game. If you’re caught lying, you are not immediately cast aside for not being trustworthy. In a complete reversal, you are now judged by your ability to tell a lie and get away with it. Ironically, the lie isn’t the topic of discussion anymore; that is considered a normal part of being a politician. The fact is that politicians lie every single day. This is expected. The nature of the lie and whether or not it will have a lingering impact, positive or negative, is all that matters now. Telling the lie isn’t important. If you can tell a lie and withstand the potential short-term backlash in order to accomplish your long term goal, then it’s a lie worth telling.
No one knows this better than the current occupant of the oval office. Through a litany of lies and deception, he convinced a low-information electorate to re-elect him to a second term in office. There is no question his opponent had the better qualifications, but it didn’t matter in the end. What mattered most were the systematic attacks on the character of the losing candidate, whether they were true or not. The old adage “if you tell a lie enough times, then it becomes the truth” was in full view for all to see. Even when caught in an obvious lie, the incumbent steadfastly continued to repeat the lie over and over again, in complete disregard of the truth. It didn’t matter what the truth was, so long as enough people believed it was true.
There is no truth in America today. This pattern of deceit has even begun to trickle down. People are beginning to lie about everything. They lie on their unemployment applications. They lie on their disability applications. They lie on their food stamps application. It’s now the norm rather than the exception for many. When someone lies indiscriminately, it is no longer an issue of integrity; there is no integrity. All that’s left is an entitlement mentality where one is dependent on the government for their basic needs. This is not the America forged by our Founding Fathers. This is a different one, an America faced with an uncertain future. Welcome to today’s harsh reality.
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On April 25 in Washington, D.C., supporters of gun control held a “Stop the NRA Rally and March.” Designed to counter what organizers feel is the outsized influence of the National Rifle Association and other pro-Second Amendment groups, the march was widely recognized as a bust, with a stunningly low turnout.
Parents need to get involved in shaping their children’s learning. Go to the school meetings and challenge anything that you feel is contrary to what you believe in. One example of how our schools administrators are subtly changing the views of our children is the case of the Union Grove schools in Union Grove, Wisconsin. Union Grove is a small rural community 16 miles west of Racine and 16 miles north of the Illinois border. It has a population of approximately 4,300 people who enjoy the small town lifestyle with easy access to the larger nearby towns. One would expect a small rural town like Union Grove to be fairly conservative in many of their personal, religious, and political views. But if you look at the lessons that students at Union Grove schools are being taught, you will find something entirely different.
Tamra Varebrook, a local conservative activist in Union Grove, recently discovered that her 13 year old daughter was being taught politically liberal views in her 8th grade class. Her daughter came home from school with a crossword puzzle assignment that was part of a lesson plan on liberalism versus conservatism. Varebrook, being a responsible parent, was reviewing her daughter’s homework when she discovered something that greatly concerned her. The clue for the word Conservatism read like this: Conservatism – “The political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms and encouraging prosperity through economic freedom.”
If that isn’t bad enough, the definition for Liberalism was: “The political belief of equality and personal freedom for everyone, often changing the current system to increase government protection of civil liberties.” On the back side of the crossword puzzle was a political survey asking the students for their opinions on a number of political topics, including guns and gun control.
Varebrook immediately contacted the school district to complain about the definitions. She said the school was sympathetic to her concerns and was told that the assignment was wrong and that the teacher feels horrible about it. The Superintendent issued the following statement:
“At Union Grove Elementary School we have always encouraged parental feedback and have strove to present a balanced curriculum. We sincerely regret any disapproval associated with this particular assignment. We will continue to evaluate materials used in the classroom.”
Note that Stevenson says they regret any disapproval with the assignment, not that they regret the assignment itself. Nor did she say that the school will change any of the teaching assignments. Now, they are going to review and evaluate the assignments being taught. What she really means is that she regrets that the school got caught teaching the students liberal philosophy. Varebrook told the local news: “I think it’s horribly distorted and it’s biased. It’s insinuating conservatives don’t believe in people having civil liberties. That it’s only for old-fashioned fuddy-duddies. Every piece of homework I’ve seen paints conservatism in a negative light. I can only imagine what high school is going to bring.” In an alternate reality, Varebrook might have uncovered a plot to indoctrinate the children to believe that only Liberals had good ideas and that Conservatives are the great Satan.
A recognized on line source, Dictionary.com, defines conservatism as: “The disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.” “A political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change.”
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defined conservatism as: “A political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs.”
There is nothing in the definitions that says anything about giving up one’s personal freedoms as was defined in the crossword puzzle assignment. The designers of the homework assignment were obviously staunch liberals who took the opportunity to place their radical views into a public school lesson for the sole purpose of subtly making the students believe as they do. This is why it is so important for parents to be involved with their kids’ schools and the schoolwork and literature their children are being exposed to.
The alert parent is the ultimate defense for a free-thinking society. Demand that schools teach children from an objective point of view. History is history. It happened, and everything that took place is part of the story. What is not part of the facts is what you think took place and giving another reason from what really happened. History is objective for a reason. Everyone can learn what happened and then read about what the people at the time were thinking. Any historical event is a snapshot in time. What happens today is a snapshot of what is happening in our world now. Parents need to review what their kids are being taught, especially if they attend public school. Varebrook is one parent who understands that and urges all parents to become more actively involved with their kids’ schools. “We have to be involved as parents. Otherwise, there is nothing we can do to stop it.”
Please don’t make the mistake and think that this is just one isolated case of liberal brainwashing occurring in public schools across the country. There are numerous documented instances of students being taught things like: homosexuality as normal, Christianity and the Bible are wrong, the Boston Tea Party was a terrorist act, America is the evil of the world, Islam is a peaceful religion, and students should be willing to give up their constitutional rights for the sake of safety and security. It is more important to fit in than stand up for your rights.
If you don’t know what your kids are being taught, you are putting them and yourself at risk. You need to take time to get involved and see for yourself. Become a part of your child’s learning process so they know you are interested in what they are being taught. By being involved, you open up the avenue of communication between your child and you. If there is something amiss, you will have a better chance of finding out about it by being able to openly discuss learning with your child and their teacher. This is the best way to protect your child from the onslaught of misguided opinion or outright misinformation being taught in public schools today.
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It’s been a rough last few years for the Grand Old Party. From utter vilification during the Bush years to two consecutive presidential election defeats, the Republican Party could use a little pick-me-up.
That’s why it seems so baffling that the two most prominent and accomplished rising stars of the GOP, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, have been getting so much hate from their own party.
This dynamic senatorial duo has been doing most of the heavy lifting for their party as of late. Sen. Cruz has really had his chance to shine staring down the Obama Administration on gun control. Now he’s at it again, throwing down the gauntlet to Vice President Joe Biden, challenging him to an hour-long debate on gun control. His fearless efforts have even earned him the praise of his enemies.
Sen. Paul, meanwhile, has served splendidly as the face of the resistance to the current Administration. Whether providing the only solid rebuttal to the State of the Union address, grilling then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi debacle and suggesting she be removed from her position, or bringing the whole country to a standstill in a valiant filibuster against drone assassinations of American citizens without due process, Rand Paul has solidified his position as the de facto leader of the Republican Party. He may very well be the foremost GOP contender for a 2016 run for President.
Unfortunately, it seems like there’s no rest for these two weary leaders. Not even from their own party. Cruz has earned ire from fellow Republicans who wish out loud that he would just shut up and stop doing what he does best, never mind that the prevalence of the silent strategy is the reason such bold stands are needed in the first place. Even Paul, the GOP’s unequivocal workhorse, has faced ambushes from his own supposed comrades for standing up for the very principles the whole party is theoretically behind.
The Republican Party purports to stand for limited Constitutional government, personal responsibility, liberty, and a strong family. When said party bites the very hands that lead them into battle for those exact principles, something is clearly wrong. The GOP no longer represents the will of its patriotic American supporters, and is no longer deserving of their support.
Joel Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx
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Dr. Thomas Sowell is an advanced thinker of the first order. According to Professor Sowell, “It is amazing how many serious issues are not discussed seriously, but instead simply generate assertions and counter-assertions”. On television talk shows, talking heads on opposite sides often just try to shout each other down. Many who want to argue for argument’s sake can do so by shouting back and forth at each other without engaging in any real coherent argument.
Professor Sowell attributes much of this clouded thought to decades of reduced thought education which no doubt has a lot to do with it. But there is more to it than that. Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, it is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination and intimidation. Moreover, the teacher student relationship is based on the same set of underlying and unexamined assumptions put forth by the administrators of those institutions. This misinformation is implanted in the minds of our youth so over time it becomes part of their thinking process or lack there of.
According to Professor Sowell, “if our educational institutions — from the schools to the universities — were as interested in discussing legitimate ideas as they are obsessed with racial diversity, students would at least gain experience in seeing the assumptions behind different visions and the role of logic and evidence in debating those differences.” There is so much stress on political ideology instead of the three R’s many students progress through school whether they are able to pass simple vocabulary tests or not. Many students are graduating from High School with an eighth grade reading level. This is the beginning of their logical deterioration. A student can go all the way from elementary school to attaining a PhD. without being exposed to any fundamentally different vision of the world from that of the prevailing political correctness which leads to controlled elitist thinking.
Moreover, the prevailing ideological view has a moral content attached to it so they see themselves as being on the side of the ultimate good against the forces of evil. Regardless of the issue whether it is gun control, abortion, Religious tolerance, race etc., they see themselves as being utterly intelligent and determined to make the “uninformed” public see things the way they do. This moral monopoly leads the left intelligentsia to impose their thinking in the institutions under their control, especially the colleges and universities. This results in far less freedom of speech on campus, which influences how the students will act once they graduate and rejoin society.
Advocacy of homosexuality, for example, is common on college campuses, and often the student is obliged to listen to it. If the student has the temerity to state views contrary to the prevailing wisdom it is considered “hate speech” and results in a threat of being ostracized or punished. Another glaring example of this intolerance on campus, is that spokespersons for various racial or ethnic groups are free to vehemently denounce whites as a group for their past or present sins, real or otherwise, but any white student who similarly denounces certain actions of non-white groups can be virtually guaranteed to be threatened with being punished, or expelled.
Even students who do not advocate anything will pay a price if they do not go along with the prevailing wisdom on campus. The student at Florida Atlantic University who recently declined to stomp on a paper with the word “Jesus” on it, as ordered by the professor, was scheduled for punishment by the university until the story mostly through the efforts of Fox News became public and provoked such an outcry that the university had to recant. Although they tried to play off the professor’s actions as being isolated, the university exposed its hypocrisy by initially backing him and coming down hard on the student. If it wasn’t for the outcry, the professor’s actions would have been overlooked or even worse bolstered by the university’s position. The failure of our educational system goes beyond what they fail to teach. It includes what they do teach, or rather indoctrinate, and the graduates they send out into the world, incapable of seriously weighing alternatives for themselves or for American society puts our society at risk. Instead of making sure that the government answers to the people, an uninformed or even worse indoctrinated public does not have a voice of its own and will blindly be led by the government in power.
Thomas Sowell is a deep thinker who is able to ascertain what is ailing our society and writes about it regularly. People should listen to him and others who point out the injustices that begin in our schools and impose themselves on our elected officials and social institutions. An uninformed public is not able to control their destiny, but rather relies on the government to do it for them.
Consider what Obama told the graduating class at Ohio State on May 5, pretending he is a reincarnation of JFK. Obama proclaimed:
“ . . . as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government.”
He has spent four years and several trillions of dollars taking government out of the hands of citizens! Now, we are expected to believe him when he says he is the champion of self-governance?
Here is a partial list of Obama’s achievements pursued in the name of ‘self-governance:’
>ObamaCare: the first step toward a complete government takeover of healthcare, opposed by a substantial majority of Americans from day one. This is self-government?
>Public funding of abortion: government spending taxpayer money to kill babies in the womb, despite large majorities standing opposed?
>Efforts toward gun control: again, opposed by the vast majority, yet Obama pushes for destruction of the 2nd Amendment, and he is the champion of self-government?
>Record entitlement spending creating citizen dependency, hardly the work of one interested in promoting self-government.
>Serial moves to override states’ rights, contrary to the 10th Amendment, centralizing power in D.C., a complete contradiction of the constitutional principle of separation of powers, a pillar of self-government.
>Forcing a homosexual agenda in civilian and military life against the will of the majority.
>Criminalizing faith traditions embraced by the majority, either by marginalizing commonly held beliefs or prosecuting those who hold them, all in the name of confronting hate crimes or preserving ‘religious tolerance.’
>Preferring minorities over majorities at every turn, an executive most interested in the politics of division and revenge and retribution.
>Serial violations of the Constitution, a demonstration of disrespect for the document most successful in establishing and preserving self-government.
Mr. Obama’s policies have nothing to do with preserving self-governance. Indeed, his work is focused on dismantling self-government.
Can anyone with a shred of sense suggest Mr. Obama has anything in common with the Founders, men who promoted limited government as a prerequisite to liberty, insisting self-government depends on the consent of the governed?
Further, the President told the students to fear and reject anyone who warns about tyranny. Of course. Why would he want them to understand his affections? Is there anything more American that fighting tyranny in the name of preserving liberty?
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
1. No one in the conservative movement claims government has no role.
2.The only accusation of late implying sinister motives rightly identifies Obama as the ‘root of problems.’
3.If it is true complete government control (i.e. tyranny) is the fruit of Obama’s presidency, isn’t it right to resist, oppose and attempt to ‘gum up the works?’
4.Didn’t the Founders constantly warn about the ever-lurking threat of tyranny? Didn’t they always encourage us to remain vigilant?
5.When did any conservative ever suggest that self-rule is a sham? Obama has made a sham of the idea of self-government, obviously, by excluding citizens and giving total power to bureaucrats, special interests and politicians committed to a ‘fundamental transformation’ of our republic, a republic dedicated to self-government and foundation of liberty, now attacked by Obama.
These presidential edicts are nothing more than twisted words from a twisted mind.
Obama is an odd combination of liar and self-deceived egomaniac. He really seems to believe his own BS, and expects the rest of us to believe it too, despite the clear evidence. In any case, he is now seen by the majority as not only weak and ineffectual. He is rightly perceived the deceiver. Perhaps the good news is Ohio State students and others will finally see Obama for what he is: an anti-American liar unworthy of anyone’s trust.
Fighting Obama is fighting tyranny, and nothing could be more American.
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Ten years ago he started his own training and recruitment company in the Pacific Northwest. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is also the author of “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. Available for speaking engagements. email@example.com