by Michael Oberndorf
It’s been another one of those weeks, when every day has brought a new jaw-dropping revelation about the unbridled, unmitigated, unabashed corruption of what formerly was “our” government. We have an election coming in a year and a half, and we clearly have our work cut out for ourselves. Let’s make a brief summary of the abuse America has been subjected to this week by her self-appointed, and self-anointed “leaders.”
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The cesspool that used to be the Senate voted 95-5 for a blatantly unconstitutional bill, misleadingly named the America Invents Act, S. 23. This bill destroys over 200 years of patent protections for American inventors, and imposes, instead, “global standards” that amount to a giveaway of American inventions to the Chinese. Phyllis Schlafly has been warning about this bill and its consequences for some time, but her astute analysis has apparently been ignored by the smarter-than-the-average-rocks in the Senate. In her latest piece, she goes into the unconstitutionality of this new outrage. It is well worth a look, since it’s clear the Senate didn’t.
In another sleight-of-hand move, the Senate voted to approve an amendment to the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011, that would repeal the ethanol excise tax credit. This appears to have happened primarily because no one expects the EDRA to ever pass, thus making it a safe “conservative” vote. However, they couldn’t quite bring themselves to vote for an amendment that would have forbidden using federal funding to construct ethanol blender gas pumps and storage facilities. So, it was an empty pose, not a meaningful vote. I mean, enough is enough….
Speaking of federal funds, which our current rulers seem to think belong to them personally, Michelle Obama-Soetoro, after a round of taxpayer-financed for fundraisers out West, is off on a junket to Africa with both her daughters in tow, again, at taxpayer expense. The amount of money the Usurper and his Queen have spent on themselves for extravagant vacations, lavish “date nights,” golf outings, ostentatious parties and dinners, and fundraisers passed off as work, could probably pay off the national debt of Greece, and maybe Portugal, too.
Another ongoing scandal that has boiled over this week is the BATF&E’s Operation Fast & Furious. Supposedly set up to track weapons being illegally smuggled by criminals from the U.S. into Mexico, it instead turned into disaster. No arrests were made, since the Obama-Soetoro “Justice” Department wanted to watch, rather than act, and some of these hundreds of weapons ended up being used in the deaths of both American and Mexican government agents. This entire debacle, it turns out was hatched and approved “at the highest levels” of government. Some think it was a scheme to bolster the administration’s claim that the U.S. is a major arms source for the Mexican drug cartels. Another impeachable offense? Representative Darrell Issa, R-CA, is investigating, but he’s investigated other Obama-Soetoro administration felonies, and we are still awaiting the first indictment and arrest.
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Speaking of impeachable offenses, Barack Hussein still refuses to comply with the War Powers Resolution, which he is egregiously violating. While Majority Leader Boehner, R-OH, has made a few timid attempts to compel compliance, going out and playing golf with the Criminal-in-Chief is unlikely to get a change of heart.
This is just an iceberg-tip summary of some of the Worst of the Week. With a growing tsunami of really bad decisions by those dubbed by the Ministry of Propaganda as our “leaders,” about to drown the nation, and everyone and everything in it.
The undeniable truth is that if we fail to turn things around in 2012, America as a free, capitalist, constitutional republic is doomed, and may no longer exist by 2016.
It behooves us, then, to strive harder than we have ever done in the past, to see to it that genuine, patriotic, constitutional conservatives are elected to replace just about every politician up for re-election. There are a few exceptions — too few. I sincerely hope that in the coming months, all candidates, incumbents and newcomers alike, will be subjected to close scrutiny. The Tea Party is excellent at this, and they should be supported with our time and our money.
In addition, I strongly urge folks to take to the streets. Make a sign, get a few friends and neighbors, and go spend an hour or two on a Saturday waving them at traffic at a busy intersection in your town. You’ll be pleasantly surprised, and perhaps electrified, by the response to our message.