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When the ballot box fails:
How Obama sold the public
a false bill of goods

Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis

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Posted By:StormCnter, 6/13/2013 6:10:57 AM

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.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Janjan, 6/13/2013 7:04:58 AM     (No. 9373571)

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.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 6/13/2013 7:14:05 AM     (No. 9373575)

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.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232, 6/13/2013 7:20:33 AM     (No. 9373583)

Treason: Lying to the public to get re-elected.

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.....

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Reply 4 - Posted by: udanja99, 6/13/2013 7:27:29 AM     (No. 9373593)

When the ballot box is stuffed:
How Obama sold the public
a false bill of goods

There, fixed it for you.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 6/13/2013 7:49:39 AM     (No. 9373626)

We do not have 3 branches of government. We have four the unmentioned one being the entrenched and very powerful Bureaucracy. Politicians come and go but these people remain

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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamus, 6/13/2013 8:01:49 AM     (No. 9373647)

Lofo nation.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LZK, 6/13/2013 8:13:56 AM     (No. 9373667)

The smug msssssss. lerner of IRS outrage can be impeached....

Soooooo -- why aren´t WE proceeding with that course of action?

Get it done!!


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Reply 8 - Posted by: pineledger, 6/13/2013 8:15:10 AM     (No. 9373671)

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.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: maryc, 6/13/2013 8:20:30 AM     (No. 9373680)

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´

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dragonslayer2, 6/13/2013 8:33:57 AM     (No. 9373703)

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.

And that´s all I´m going to say about that.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/13/2013 8:44:17 AM     (No. 9373713)

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.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 6/13/2013 8:52:44 AM     (No. 9373723)

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" ...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: EnsignO, 6/13/2013 9:39:23 AM     (No. 9373815)

#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."

I recommend that it be read to the end.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 6/13/2013 9:55:45 AM     (No. 9373846)

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".

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/13/2013 10:03:31 AM     (No. 9373865)

Thanks for the recommendation, #13.

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.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mickturn, 6/13/2013 10:04:36 AM     (No. 9373869)

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!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/13/2013 10:05:32 AM     (No. 9373873)

Sorry, that should be "ability" in the second paragraph.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mc squared, 6/13/2013 10:20:36 AM     (No. 9373902)

#2; ..Obama´s approval at 45%..

Or 25% or 5%; it makes no difference to a dictator. There is ample evidence throughout the world

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Reply 19 - Posted by: chicodon, 6/13/2013 10:31:22 AM     (No. 9373922)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 6/13/2013 12:43:12 PM     (No. 9374193)

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.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: congaree53, 6/13/2013 1:18:07 PM     (No. 9374257)

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.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 6/13/2013 1:52:48 PM     (No. 9374325)

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.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Penney, 6/13/2013 2:42:42 PM     (No. 9374452)

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.´´

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dman, 6/13/2013 4:35:12 PM     (No. 9374686)

Who challenged him at the time? Who stood up to him and called him a liar to his face?


Being polite and not using "extreme" terms is not always the best policy. Remember what Goldwater said on the subject.

Now we must all suffer the consequences.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: rocco49, 6/13/2013 5:41:54 PM     (No. 9374803)

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......

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 6/13/2013 8:07:04 PM     (No. 9374974)

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.

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They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving

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