One of the most concerning things about recent revelations about the extent of our surveillance state is that nothing revealed was illegal. What is more, to the deciders, this apparently wasn’t all that controversial. I mentioned this Monday, but it bears repeating. By design, the founding fathers pit ambition against ambition, creating an adversarial system where power is divided. Yet despite this power and responsibility, the other players have served as a rubber stamp for the White House. Let’s discuss some of these checks and balances. Obviously, we have three co-equal branches of government — and differing layers of government, too.
Matt Lewis doesn´t blame the voters for saddling us with Obama. There was plenty of evidence prior to his first election that showed clearly who and what he is. If you are going to vote solely based on teleprompter speeches and skin color you deserve what you get. It is the rest of us who are victims of this stupidity.
There has to be a great deal of dismay when Obama,the left and the media see Obama´s approval numbers hovering around 45%. They can´t believe they haven t won more people over with his agenda.Obviously his agenda sucks and is being rejected by everybody but loyalists.
The one big loophole the Founders left was there´s no supreme authority in the country for people to plead their case to. But I doubt the Founders had a clue on the concept of liberalism and it´s destructive force.However they were well aware of the possible destruction created by a dependency class.
Treason: Lying to the people to get an agenda through.
Treason: Subverting the electoral process.
Unfortunately, treason isn´t defined that way. And in politics, the resolution isnt easy. In a corporation, any employee that is hired or promoted based on abject falsehoods would be shown the door. In government, several hundred thousand people are complicit in promoting the lie. Worse, tens of millions of voters are not interested in hearing the truth or are only interested in voting for the guy that promises more stuff.
Romney was absolutely correct when he cites the 47%, but those with an agenda turned that statement into a scandal.....
Again, I would commend to your reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Last night I read about Der Fuehrer´s actual takeover, the Reichstag fire in February 1933, and the rigged election in March 1933, and just shook my head. Thug tactics are nothing new.
Human nature is spelled out in the 10 Commandments. God told us that envy, greed and sloth were bad. So when you have a president and an entire party that promote those very things to stay in power you are bound to end up with what we have now and worse. It´s human nature. obama has made a great salesman for what he calls these 3 sins ´fairness´
If you tell people before a presidential election, as President Obama did to "Joe the Plumber", that you believe in spreading the wealth around, they are stupid to vote for you unless they are poor. If you are economically middle class or higher, and have a buck, or have children or grandchildren with prospects of making some bucks, you would be stupid to vote for someone who promises to "spread the wealth around".
So we were shafted, not just by poor people, but by white-haired ladies and such who probably thought " How wonderful and enlightened it would be to elect a person of color, etc." Or by young liberal women, for whatever reason, or by college students, who know about as little as anyone unless it will be on this semester´s final exam.
The 3 legs of the Democrat party: Covetous - An inordinate desire for the wealth or possessions that belong to someone else. Envy - Resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by someone else. Greed - An excessive desire to have far more of something than is needed.
One of the most insightful articles in quite awhile... Wish it were more indepth, though... Thank you OP and above LDotters...
#8 re The Rise and Fall analogy... And #9, the sins of "fairness" but actually greed, slothfulness, malice, envy... All excellent points!
In banking to detect a counterfeit, ten years ago, we would "study" the real 100$ bill... now with a 5$ bill "washed" and printed to become a "new" 100$ bill, the "feel" is accurate, but it is still counterfeit...
Earlier this week in his radio show, Mark Levin took us back to the Continential Congress and a young John Adams and the tyranny of the "search and seizure" by the British at their whim... Reminding his listeners why our Bill of Rights is so fundamental. Which leads me to recommend our focus on America´s history which we MUST teach our children... and as #8 suggested, the results of not knowing it... And #9, the deficit of character and moral compass so lacking in our culture today... Which leads full circle to the homeschooling growth and Tea Party depth of America... which has grown regardless of political party in America [or because of!]
"The play´s the thing where we will catch the conscience [character] of the king" ...
#8 I agree about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which is the best kind of non-fiction.
However, there is a fiction book which is even more jaw-dropping, because it foresaw what is happening today. Sinclair Lewis´ It Can´t Happen Here is based on a real U.S. Senator´s(Huey Long of Louisiana) intention to run for President.
The similarities between Obama and the fictional President in the book shows that Sinclair Lewis was ahead of his time and we need him now! Here´s a brief summary from Wikipedia - for ease in reading I´ve added spaces as if for paragraphs:
"It Can´t Happen Here is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel..... Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Buzz Windrip, a populist United States senator who is elected to the presidency, after promising drastic economic and social reforms, while promoting a return to patriotism and traditional values.
After his election, Windrip takes complete control over the government and imposes totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS.
Though having previously foreshadowed some authoritarian measures in order to reorganize the United States government, Windrip rapidly outlaws dissent, incarcerates political enemies in concentration camps, and trains and arms a paramilitary force called the Minute Men, who terrorize citizens and enforce the policies of Windrip and his "corporatist" regime.
One of his first acts as President is to eliminate the influence of the United States Congress, which draws the ire of many citizens as well as the legislators themselves."
So Matt Lewis doesn´t blame the voters for being lazy, irrational, greedy, and easily stampeded? And don´t forget that some of those voters were "conservative" commentators. Not to mention our 2008 standard-bearer throwing the election -- assuring the voting public that Obama would make "a good president". Oh, and our 2012 standard-bearer refusing to enter the fray, and relying on the advice of his gaggle of clueless campaign "advisors".
We have what are supposed to be co-equal branches of government. But when the Congress no longer represents its constituents (and there is ample evidence via polling that they don´t), what redress is left to the people? The voters can vote "them" out, as Carney says, but in the meantime, they continue to inflict harmful policies. Before the popular election of Senators, at least the states had some abiity to stop policies that would hurt the states because the states appointed their senators. Now senators are beholden to their money men and their loudest constituents, not their state´s legislature.
I fear we have veered very far from what the Founders intended when they set up our government.
Obie has no soul, no integrity and no respect for anything. Why would he bother to tell the truth...and why he lies every time he opens his mouth. I think he would sell out his own mother in a heartbeat if he thought it would give him 1 cent worth of a political advantage.
Get a clue folks, this is what the Liberal Establishment has in store for us forever!
Today a blip of another depressing story. For the first time white American deaths exceed births. No one is more cognizant of this than Obama. And we wonder why he pushes abortion and the gay "lifestyle"... The Founders have thrown up their hands. How could they have contemplated birth control and abortion? We now even have "Plan B" for children. I wish I could be more upbeat but it appears to be a slow suicide from here on out. I guess that is just a long way around of getting to my reaction to this and many other stories. Obama is merely a harbinger.
It´s a bit of a paradox. Some amount of government is necessary, but you can absolutely never trust government, regardless of who´s in power. Don´t make the mistake of thinking that it´s simply one party or one set of people. It´s inherent in human nature.
The Founders understood this, which is why--as Mr. Lewis says in this article--they designed the system of checks and balances. Essentially, it´s intended to keep the thieves watching each other rather than working together.
Unfortunately, in many areas, especially foreign policy, Congress and the judiciary have both taken a hands-off approach for decades. Because of that, the defense, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies have had essentially unchecked power for many years. That´s the road to tyranny that we´re on.
What drop to 45% approval? Not seeing it. Obama is at 48 approval today on Rasmussen, 46 at Gallup. At this point (Year 1) in Bush´s second term, Bush was at 47%. Bambi is hardly plummeting. Four months later (10/2005) Bush dropped to 39%. I bet you Bambi stays where he is. His lofo- plus- minority- plus- women support is rock solid. GOP support is rock bottom, except in the echo-chamber.
The incredibly dumbed-down 47% are to blame. Things are not going to change. The percentage of incredibly stupid, brain dead LoFos is just going to get bigger and bigger. Kind of Darwinian selection turned on its head, huh? Is it any wonder there is such popular fascination with Zombies, especially among the young? It takes one to know one.
It is apparent that the current beltway gang is riddled with corruption at the highest & the lowest levels. The unethical PC, ´masterminds,´ have connived & manipulated their statist agenda & personal engrandizement which is contrary to the U.S. Constitution and their oaths of office to the American people.
Voters entrusted their representation in the halls of Congress & the Executive Branches of our government, trusting that those elected would fulfill those oaths of office but now we discover some pols apparently never intended to put the best interests & security of the USA and American citizens FIRST. Why have these PC tricksters abused their Constitutionally delegated & specifically defined authority and instead placed their personal political biases & selfish power grabs primo? mmm mmm mmm
Lest we forget, ´´Power corrupts & absolute power corrupts absolutely.´´
Obama and his minions do not represent me; Blacks, Hispanics, Homosexuals, college nerds,Illegal aliens,welfare momma´s,union thugs, left-wing pony-tailed sandal-wearing sissies....none of them are ME!
McCain wouldnt call Obama a liar, Romney recently said on Cavuto that he wouldnt criticize the President!!!! I would! You would! So who the hell represents US?????
I see no powerful conservative candidate out there who can take the heat from the enemedia and lambaste this Marxist Kenyan half-white half-black liar! Sarah got Palin´d....Michelle got Bachman´d...Newt got Gingrich´d.....Who does that leave us? Ryan? Rubio? Christie? Boehner? Dont make me laugh.....
We are surrounded by idiots and liars...have you watched TV lately? All the liberal portrayal? The lies? The misinformation? Or read a newspaper full of leftist agenda? Or seen a Hollywood movie? They are festering like pus...and I cant stand it anymore, I want my American culture back from these left-wing retards!!!
For the first time in my life, other than the brave military, I am NOT proud of my country!!! Or the two grifter liars in my White House! Half of this once great nation are total dumbasses!! GOD help us......
Well surprise, surprise. "A false bill of goods". Imagine that. Yet, 45% of ??? still believes Obie is better than apple butter. Come ´on sheep, it´s all right. Come over to us and forget about this fraud Obie, and his msm.
Pop quiz. With whom is the U.S. presently at war? At any other time in our nation’s history most Americans could have readily answered that question. Great Britain. Mexico. Spain. Germany. North Korea. North Vietnam. Iraq. Even college students who couldn’t name the vice president or their state’s governor would know who their non-college-material buddies were being sent overseas to kill or be killed by. These days the world is a bit more complicated. There are the easy answers: the Taliban. Al Qaeda. Then the waters get a bit murky. One might justifiably ask if America is at war with Syria,
Sandra Fluke keeps sending me e-mails. Okay, these e-mails don’t actually contain the type of Weiner-esque Democratic electronic solicitations that are suitable for disclosure only on “The Dirty.” But her messages could be considered provocative. In her latest e-mail, she said she wants me to meet her for a “chat” in San Francisco. Actually, her e-mails are all about money. With a pretentiousness so blatant it’s entertaining, Fluke is trying to convince me to give money to Democratic candidates. Political fundraising is a permanent exercise and, obviously, lists are not always properly culled.
Life in Maine, where Stephen King has spent most of his adult years, requires long drives down country roads, time that King, whose mind is restless, likes to fill by listening to books on tape. In the ’80s, however, he sometimes could not find the books he wanted on tape — or maybe he just did not bother. He had three children: Naomi, Joe and Owen. They could read, couldn’t they? All King had to do was press record. Which is how his school-age children came to furnish their father, over the years, with a small library’s worth of books
John Kerry says he can get an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement within nine months that would lead to an independent Palestinian state. That’s ambitious to be sure, but Kerry’s optimism raises a key question: With Syria torn by civil war, Egypt in the midst of a meltdown that may lead to another Arab civil war, and the Iranian nuclear program still the region’s major strategic threat, why is the secretary of state pushing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process? Perhaps with everyone else in the region tied down fighting for vital interests or mere survival, John Kerry imagines he has a unique opportunity
Texas has done a lot of good for this country: the King Ranch and Texas-style chili. Dr. Pepper and the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Rick Perry and Ted Cruz. Patrick Swayze. Texas also gave America Sheila Jackson Lee. So let’s call it even. Since 1995, Jackson Lee (D.) has represented Texas’s 18th congressional district, which comprises much of inner-city Houston. Now at least one group on Capitol Hill is eyeing her for higher office: The Congressional Black Caucus is recommending that Jackson Lee replace Janet Napolitano as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Several Republicans have become concerned recently about the possibility of intensified intra-party fighting over the effort to defund Obamacare. The topic came up Wednesday when GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, a leader in the defunding effort, appeared on Laura Ingraham’s radio program. At about 6:30 in the interview, Ingraham asked Cruz about the phrase “surrender caucus” that some have used to describe the Republicans who oppose the defunding effort. Cruz told Ingraham that he has never used the phrase himself to describe his opponents in the defunding debate. Cruz explained that his chief of staff, Chip Roy, did use the phrase,
To compete with those indelible images of Anthony Weiner’s erect penis, the New York City mayoral campaign now has new mental picture: the slutbag. That’s what Weiner spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called an intern with the campaign who had quit and written a tell-all for the New York Daily News. Olivia Nuzzi described the campaign as a adrift, Morgan as unqualified, and fellow interns as only taking on the assignment to get in good with Weiner wife and Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. And that’s not all Morgan called Nuzzi in a conversation with a reporter for Talking Points Memo
President Barack Obama is planning to bypass congressional Republicans with a surge of executive actions and orders on issues like voting rights, health care, job creation, the economy, climate change and immigration. And this time, he really, really, really means it. Really. Obama’s started to sell his pitch to congressional Democrats, meeting with caucus groups at the White House and going to the Hill on Wednesday morning to speak with House and Senate Democrats. “I have to figure out what I can do outside of Congress through executive actions,” Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus earlier this month,
Voter identification laws have Democrats up in arms. One of the reasons, as Nate Cohn illustrated last week, is that they disproportionately affected non-white and Democratic voters in North Carolina. This effect, however, only would have padded Romney´s lead in the state by 0.5pt to 0.8pt. In other words, it would only have made a difference in the tightest of elections, and North Carolina isn´t close to being the state that determines the winner in presidential elections. If Democrats want to be upset about something, they should turn their attention to felon and ex-felon voting restrictions.
A nthony Weiner´s mayoral campaign has imploded. But before a raft of new revelations about Weiner´s post-Congress sexting misadventures, he had a real chance of becoming the next mayor of New York City. In the meantime, Eliot Spitzer — Weiner´s fellow New Yorker, whose fall from grace was also well-documented — still has a good shot at becoming the city´s next comptroller. Despite their baggage, both men began their campaigns with a headstart on the competition. That headstart was provided not because they showed an aptitude for success in their previous political positions.
CLEVELAND – Three women held captive in a run-down home for a decade kept diaries documenting the horrific physical and sexual abuse they suffered on a daily basis, prosecutors said Wednesday. The women´s kidnapper, Ariel Castro, lured one of them into his Cleveland home with the promise of a puppy for her son and later locked all of them in a vehicle in his garage for three days when someone visited him, prosecutors said. Castro, a former school bus driver, claimed he didn´t have an exit strategy from his complicated double life and finally gave the women
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama´s national security team acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that, when investigating one suspected terrorist, it can read and store the phone records of millions of Americans. Since it was revealed recently that the National Security Agency puts the phone records of every American into a database, the Obama administration has assured the nation that such records are rarely searched and, when they are, officials target only suspected international terrorists. Meanwhile, at a hacker convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the head of the NSA said government methods used to collect telephone
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”