Will the Democrats Nationalize the US Oil Industry?
Even a casual observer of the Obama Administration would answer the question asked in the title of this piece with a resounding “YES!” I mean, you can FEEL the electricity in the air when you mention the possibility of Obama nationalizing the US oil industry in the presence of democrats/secular socialists. I suspect, when out of public view, they are rubbing their hands together and doing a little jig of happiness at the very thought!
But, hold the phone! According to a recent poll, by Rasmussen, 65% of Americans say “HANDS OFF the US Oil Industry!” That same poll reveals that only 16% think it would be a good idea for the government to nationalize all the oil companies and run them on a non-profit basis. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided. (I am ALWAYS AMAZED AT THE PERCENTAGE OF “UNDECIDEDS” IN ANY POLL! Then, I suppose — that is just me.)
One of the things we find amazing about this poll — there has been a two percent drop in those favoring nationalization of the oil industry in just two years. In June of 2008, 29% favored nationalization of the oil industry and only 47% were opposed.
Some democrats/socialists are openly calling for the Obama Regime to take over the oil industry. In keeping with their “never allow a crisis to be wasted,” I should think the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would fall within that category.
Socialism in the United States has gone from “creeping” to a full “gallop!” Even some democrat commentators are asking publicly why the President doesn’t simply nationalize the oil industry and get the clean up of the oil spill done — for the people, of course.
Frankly, I don’t think the government has a clue how to clean up that spill — and they know it! Plus, the government does not currently have the equipment or the expertise required to plug a gushing oil pipe located a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
As far back as June of 2008 Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., joined the ranks of those threatening to nationalize the oil companies. He is reported to have said: “We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.” (SOURCE).
Oh, I don’t think there is room for any doubt the democrats/socialists would nationalize the US Oil companies, and the American divisions of foreign oil companies, in a heartbeat if this were not an election year and they were not already in deep doo-doo.
It is time for America to understand that America now has a socialist government running things in Washington, DC. All one has to do is look around and consider the debris of what used to be a constitutional, representative, republic… in other words… a free country! That ended January 20th, 2009.
If the American electorate is unsuccessful in rescuing America from the clutches of the Marxists in charge of our government, in the Mid-Term Election this coming November, we will have far more to worry about than whether or not Obama nationalizes the oil companies.
From now until election day in November expect to be bombarded by propaganda in the press, by direct mail, by phone, by e-mail, even door to door propagandists working out of local democrat/socialist precinct offices spreading the gospel, the “Good News of Socialism,” Obama style!
Eventually the Gulf Oil Spill will be but an unpleasant memory. When memory does dredge it up, remember who stopped the oil from gushing from that broken pipe one mile deep in the ocean. It wasn’t Obama’s socialist government. No. Remember, they stood by, looking on and making comments, holding press conferences, and photo ops, much as the so-called “sidewalk supervisors” of by-gone days. What America saw was: socialist mediocrity, not American Exceptionalism, from the Obama Regime. And – it will only get worse until America is rescued from the democrat/socialist strangle hold.
We can do that — NO – we MUST do that in November!
J. D. Longstreet
The US Southern Border, Arizona, Obama, and the North American Union.
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Those 1200 National Guard troops Obama is proposing to send to the US/Mexican border will be, for most intents and purposes, in the way of the Border Patrol trying to do their job. Pushing pencils and tapping on keyboards cannot take the place of an armed combat soldier walking guard along that border ready to challenge and “detain,” when necessary, anyone crossing onto American soil.
We desperately need a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf. Not a physical FENCE, not a virtual fence, – a WALL made of bricks and mortar! With a wall there is no excuse that one did not KNOW one was on the US side of the border.
We have US troops patrolling the borders of Iraq, of Afghanistan, of South Korea, and we used to patrol the border between the two Germanies during the recent Cold War. Somehow, we can provide border security for all those foreign countries – but — we cannot provide border security for the American people who are, after all, picking up the tab for all those border-patrolling efforts by US troops overseas! It makes no sense. At least until you know what is behind the US government’s reluctance to secure the border between the US and our southern and northern neighbors.
I suspect it won’t be long before folks in the southwestern states, especially those along the border, will be building “compounds” to ensure the safety of their families. These would basically be home-built “forts” with walls and armed security surrounding their homes. Much like the old Spanish missions, their homes would become, in fact, walled forts.
Only a fool would believe the US government actually wants the border between Mexico and the US sealed and secured. They do not!
I cannot shake the feeling that there is a pattern in the way the three governments of North America are dealing with border issues.
You may not be aware of the push underway to create a “North American Union” – a single entity made up of Mexico, the US, and Canada. It is important to understand that a North American Union would effectively erase US borders with both Mexico and Canada. It troubles me, enormously, when I conclude that what the current administration and, yes, the Bush administration before Obama, wants/wanted is the free, unimpeded, movement of people across open borders with Mexico and Canada! In other words – OPEN BORDERS. Of course, open borders is exactly the same as NO BORDERS!
Look, a nation is NOT a nation without borders! It becomes, for all intents and purposes, a NO MAN’S Land, free for the taking. And believe me – it WILL BE taken.
The North American Union will be a new economic and political entity. In fact, the plan is to merge the three nations into one huge Socialist mega-state. As we said, the governments of Mexico, the US, and Canada are quietly forming it now. And yes, it will be the American version of the European Union.
Borders between the three North American countries will cease to exist. The only border on the North American Continent will be around the NAU (North American Union).
The Council on Foreign Relations issued a report, way back in 2005. (Building a North American Community ) In that report it is stated: “To that end, the Task Force proposes the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that “our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.” Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America.” (SOURCE) The CFR Report can be seen at 2005 report .
As we pointed out near the beginning of this article, the US could seal and secure the border between Mexico and the US anytime it chooses. The US government simply does not want the border closed!!
We desperately need a wall along the border with Mexico. There simply is no substitute.
The Border Wall will cost a lot of money, a huge amount of money, in fact. But when we total up the cost, to US taxpayers, for the care and feeding, (including healthcare and education) of the Illegal Aliens already living in the US now, plus, the cost of incarcerating those who commit crimes in our jails, I expect a great portion of the cost of a border wall would be offset.
No, 1200 National Guard troops will not be anywhere near enough. The American public has been tossed a bone as one would toss a bone to a dog to distract him from the nice juicy steaks one is about to grill. Sending those National Guard troops to the border is a political stunt — and that is all!
Once again, a governing elite is treating US citizens as if we are idiots. It is WAY past time to toss them out on their collective backsides and elect a government that will legislate pulling the US out of any negotiations for a “UNION,” of any kind, on the North American continent and making it illegal for the US government to ever again enter negotiations for the same.
If we are to preserve the sovereignty of the United States of America – we must seal and secure our borders and make sure the idea of a North American Union is crushed – forever!
J. D. Longstreet
The Jews of Venezuela
By Alan Caruba
A few days ago a friend linked me to a video about the Jews of Venezuela which I posted on my blog because, as a student of history, I know that whatever first happens to Jews anywhere eventually happens in a similar fashion to people everywhere. They lose their freedom and then they lose their lives.
Then, the same day, I received an email which said, “If you’ve never read ‘The Protocols of The Elders of Zion’, find it attached along with a current article that connects these protocols with what is happening today. The sooner we learn who our real enemy is, the sooner we can successfully fight battles.” It was signed, “Blessings, Loretta.”
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an anti-Semitic screed cooked up by the state police under the Russian Czar, Nicholas II. One of the first things the Bolsheviks did was assassinate him. Life in the Soviet Union did not improve for its Jews. When the opportunity arose many of them immigrated to Israel.
Despite the fact that it is an ugly piece of propaganda the Protocols remain popular, particularly in translated editions throughout the Middle East. The sole purpose is to further the gross libel that Jews secretly control the banks, the media, and the world
This is so absurd it defies logic. The worldwide Jewish population is 13.3 million. Jewish population growth worldwide is close to zero percent. Some six million live in Israel and another six million in the United States. After Hugo Chavez took control of Venezuela, many among its small Jewish population fled.
If American Jews are so smart, why did they vote in large numbers for Barack Obama in the last election? Throughout his formative years, Obama hung out with some of the worst anti-Semites in Chicago that included Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. Not since Jimmy Carter has the United States had a more anti-Semitic president. Not surprisingly it was ex-President Carter who helped Chavez gain control by certifying election results that were widely regarded as rigged.
In Venezuela, synagogues in Caracas, private Jewish schools, and other identifiable Jewish community centers have been vandalized and then covered with graffiti saying, “Jews get out” and similar statements; all of which remind those with any historical recall of Nazi Germany.
It’s an old game called scapegoating as Chavez tries to distract Venezuela’s population from his gangster regime.
Anti-Semitism as government policy is a threat not just to Venezuelan Jews, but has global ramifications, not the least of which is Iran’s threat to “wipe Israel off the map.”
Israel has twice destroyed nuclear facilities, in Iraq and in Syria. Israel must attack Iran’s facilities. This may occur while the most anti-Semitic American administration in the modern era has demonstrated its antipathy to Israel. It is a dramatic policy break with all previous U.S. administrations dating back to Truman’s.
I have often written that the Jews are the world’s canary in the global coal mine. What happens to them always precedes what will happen on a larger scale to others. For now, though, Venezuela’s Jewish population needs to find sanctuary elsewhere.
© Alan Caruba, 2010
Don’t Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Reports in the Mainstream Media tell us that President Obama made a deal with key Democrats on earlier this week that could repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy governing gays and lesbians in the military — assuming Congress signs on.
Why the rush? We were told it would take about a year to repeal this law. The answer is simple. November is approaching! The Mid-Term Election, otherwise known as the “Apocalypse for the Democrats” is only a few short months away. The democrat/socialists know that if they are to get “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. overturned – they must do it NOW while they still have the numbers in the Congress — and — a socialist President in the Oval Office.
Of course, a little CYA never hurts at moments like these in politics and so the Obama Regime is practicing that little dance with their usual amateurish skill, while their motives are thinly veiled. They say it will depend upon the president and top military leaders certifying that the repeal wouldn’t threaten the military’s “readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention,” according to documents the sponsors of the bill sent to the Obama Regime.
Look, people who reason normally know it will do ALL those things. But the less than bright lights in our Congress and in the Obama Regime who have near zero understanding of The Military, cannot, or will not, see the promise of chaos this repeal holds for the finest military on the face of the planet.
You may read about it here (SOURCE) .
Mike Pence, a Republican Congressman from Indiana and the third-ranking Republican, said Republicans would oppose it. Pence is reported to have told the Associated Press: “The American people don’t want the American military to be used to advance a liberal political agenda,”
The president of the conservative Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, criticized the agreement and referred to it as a backroom deal that “disregards the views of our troops and uses the military to advance the political agenda of a radical special interest group.”
Mr. Perkins went on to say: “This rushed deal is a tacit admission that after the November election, the Democrats are likely to lose a working liberal majority,” Perkins continued. “They want to get what they can now, and also far enough away from the election that it won’t be prominent in the mind of voters.” (SOURCE) .
So. There it is.
This is the kind of social experimenting we get when we elect politicians to our national legislature and to the office of President who have no clue as to how the military works.
It has been my contention for many years that the criteria essential for becoming a candidate for President should include having served in at least one branch of the US military. If necessary I could support a constitutional amendment to that effect.
Social engineering, social justice, socialism – so far that is all the Obama Regime seems to be capable of accomplishing. They seem wholly lost, running in place, but running in a frenetic way.
It was great theatre, recently, to observe “the Obama front line” writhing and tying themselves into knots in a vain attempt to explain away their impotent response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. If there has ever been a larger gathering of people who didn’t have a clue as to what was going on, I have yet to acquire knowledge of it.
That is the same amount of expertise they bring to the question of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” ZERO! They know so very little about the military they have no clue as to the damage repealing the law will have on our troops, individually, and on the US Military as a whole.
If the Congress agrees to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military will lose some excellent soldiers. Millions upon millions of dollars spent on training these soldiers, as a singular part of an elite military, will be lost.
One other thing you are not likely to hear anywhere else, certainly not in the Mainstream Media. The shame is – what I am about to tell you is a given. It WILL happen. And — when it DOES happen, the MSM and the democrats/socialists in Congress and the White House will act “SHOCKED! SHOCKED!
What is this horrible thing of which we dare not speak its name?
If you are a person of, well, average intelligence, you know that there will be incidents between “straight” soldiers and “homosexual” soldiers. There will be fisticuffs involved, probably some sort of weapons involved, and you might as well reconcile yourself to accept that there will be incidents between “homosexual” soldiers and “straight” soldiers in which the “homosexual” soldiers will be killed. Of course, there is also the chance the fatally wounded soldier will be “straight. The point is – it is going to happen. Resign yourself to it. It is as certain as is the fact that day follows night.
Placing homosexuals in a platoon of trained killers with male testosterone running rampant in their bloodstreams and it is the equivalent of tossing a lamb into a pen of ravenous wolves.
Now, the folks over at the Pentagon KNOW this. It will fall on their shoulders to contrive ways to keep this from happening and not be accused of discrimination against the openly homosexual soldiers and/or the straight soldiers. Simply put — it is going to be a mess!
Re-enlistments will drop. Recruiting will drop. Civilian respect for the military will drop — precipitously. Unrest within the various military units where the actual fighting is done — such as platoons, and squads — will be palpable. Talk about a “Hostile Working Environment!”
Sadly, though, it appears the left is going to get its way with the military. They have shown a much lower level of respect for our fighting men and women than the right ever has. By repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” they have a chance to do some REAL damage to America’s defenders.
Look I don’t agree with the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, either. I am of the belief there should be zero tolerance of homosexuals in the US military – period! But that ship has sailed.
Homosexuals serving openly in the US military will be a disaster. Most of the unpleasantness in the ranks will be covered up. Occasionally, a leak will give the rest of us a peak inside a unit where “cohesiveness” is no longer possible. And, of course, we will get the horror stories from those who have served their hitches and been discharged — and then, over a few drinks, spills the beans.
The Obama Regime IS going to do this. It is just another example of how their ineptness, coupled with their “arrogance of elitism,” blinds them to the REAL world where the rest of us actually live.
Repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is just another of those gross errors by the Obama Regime, and the socialists in Congress, that we must “Remember in November.”
J. D. Longstreet
Massive US Naval Build-Up Off the Shores of Iran
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
In an article entitled: “Obama starts massive US Air-Sea-Marine build-up opposite Iran” Debkafile reports on a massive US Naval build -up currently underway in the Persian Gulf waters off Iran’s shore. You can read the article in its entirety at:
We urge you to read the article and form your own opinion as to what is going on off the shores of Iran.
So – what IS going on? Is the stage being set for the long expected attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities? Well, nobody is going to admit that, even if it were true. Is the US stationing itself, strategically, between Iran and Israel – as a clear warning to Israel NOT TO ATTACK IRAN? With the Obama Regime clearly showing no favor for Israel, one must consider that possibility.
As one looks at the Iranian defense, especially the new Russian “Surface to Air Missiles,” one must consider the option of boots on the ground, inside Iran, to take out those mobile missiles by either hands-on destruction or painting the targets with lasers for aircraft using stand-off munitions to take out. Of course, we are describing a task, which would be undertaken by Special Forces troops. Both Israel and the US have outstanding Special Forces who certainly have the capability to complete such a mission.
On the other hand, the US has the option of using its stealth aircraft to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Russian SAM’s can’t shoot ‘em if they can’t see “em!
If stealth aircraft are to be involved in this mission, whatever it is, there will likely be no reports on their movement for they fly out of US bases, here in the states, and return to those same bases after their mission is complete.
Whatever the mission, this is a very large and a very visible task force assembling off Iran. SOMETHING IS going on.
It is important to remember the value of keeping the Straits of Hormuz open for the world’s flow of oil to continue unimpeded when the strike on Iran begins. Iran has made it clear they will make an effort to block the straits immediately when the shooting begins. Certainly one task of the US Armada will be to secure the straits from attack by the Iranians.
Remember, too, that when THIS war begins it will be fought in the air, on land, and at sea. I should think that depending upon the intensity of the conflict and the durability of the Iranian forces, the use of tactical battlefield nukes would certainly be considered. We KNOW the US has them and we THINK Israel has them as well.
With the American public signaling their war weariness it is unthinkable that the current regime would undertake another war they were sure could not be ended successfully and quickly. Tactical nukes would do that.
Whatever is up, this naval flotilla, gathering off the shores of Iran, sends a very strong signal that the US is not intimidated by Iran’s military posturing. And it is never, ever, wise to thumb one’s nose at the IDF. As the biblical story of David and Goliath points out, all too clearly, Israel has a very long record of defeating superior military forces.
Iran has rattled the tiger’s cage far too often.
J. D. Longstreet
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Dems Believe Amnesty for Illegal Aliens a “Done Deal!”
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
World Net Daily reports: “Bureaucrats already drawing up plan to implement. $1 billion, 30-week processing program revealed in leaked 14-page Homeland Security memo”
World Net Daily claims to have obtained a copy of the plan, which, they say, was drafted by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security Department. WND reports the memo as saying: “The undated draft report anticipates the possibility of the legislation requiring public benefits to amnesty applicants.”
WND then claims a direct quote of a particular direction from the memo: “If the statute requires interim benefits while application pending, issue discrete variant of status document (shorter term duration that [sic] if issued after prospective immigrant status granted),”
This memo simply underscores our belief that the Obama Regime intends to ram this piece of legislation, “Amnesty for Illegal Aliens” (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill) down the throats of the American people — whether we want it or not! (Read the entire article HERE.)
The reported leaked memo also suggests there should be negotiations with an outside contractor – now. This suggestion is being made even before passage of the legislation. This suggests one thing. It suggests the Obama Regime has NO DOUBT they will be able to shove this Amnesty for illegal Aliens through the Congress.
At the risk of seeming redundant we have warned over and over again this was/is coming. Yes, Americans have been able to stop the bill, in it’s tracks, twice in the recent past. But that was before America had a socialist government and a man who sees himself as some sort of benign dictator in the Oval Office of the President of the US. Obama has brought that “fundamental change” he vowed to make in America while he was on the campaign trail.
It is plain to every one, including the democrat/socialists that the American electorate has awakened and now understands it made a colossal mistake in 2006 and 2008 and is determined to correct that mistake this coming November by tossing out of office as many democrat/socialists as is possible. As we said, even the democrat/socialists know this. That is why the big push is on to get those illegal aliens made legal citizens with the ability to vote as quickly as possible.
The democrat/socialist are making a “Hail Mary” pass in an attempt to save their grasp on the US government. They know they must get it passed as quickly as possible to save the 2012 election. Unless something totally unexpected happens to favor the democrat/socialists this November’s Mid-Term Election is set to be a massacre of democrat/socialist incumbents and even first time candidates.
The GOP should be extremely wary. The Dems are going to put a strong arm on them in hopes of getting some republican support for the bill. Its called “political cover.” The GOP should understand that if a single republican supports the Amnesty Bill, the GOP could see their support in November evaporate. Voters, who already feel there is little difference between the two parties, may just stay home… again!
Understand this: The support for the GOP candidates, at the moment, does not indicate there is a love affair with the Republican Party. No. What it DOES indicate is the disdain in which the American electorate holds the democrat/socialist party! The electorate is simply using the GOP as a means toward an end — and that end is to purge the Congress of as many democrat/socialists as possible. All incumbents are skating on extremely thin ice, democrats, and republicans alike.
Two predictions are begging to be made: One – The Amnesty Bill, like ObamaCare, will be foisted on the American people, against their wishes, by the Obama Regime and Obama’s courtesans in Congress. Two – It will be a long time before a Democrat takes the Presidential oath of office again.
Obama’s insufferable arrogance has set back the cause of his political party and done incalculable damage to the political aspirations of any black candidate for president for the foreseeable future.
America has just had a taste of the truth in the expression: “Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
J. D. Longstreet
Non-Church Goers Form The Base of Obama’s Support
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
This should come as no surprise to anyone!
According to an article at CNSNEWS.COM entitled: “Americans Who Don’t Attend Church Form Base of Obama’s Support, Gallup Polling Indicates,” Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief writes the following:
“Gallup reports the breakouts from its presidential approval survey for three different types of church-goers: people who attend church weekly, people who attend church nearly weekly or monthly, and people who seldom or never attend church. Among these three groups, Obama’s approval rating tops 50 percent only among those who seldom or never attend church. In fact, among this group it was at 56 percent for the week ending May 8.”
Jeffrey went on to write: “Obama’s approval rating dropped to a low of 38 percent among weekly church-goers in the week that ended on April 4. By contrast, Obama’s presidential approval rating has never dropped below 50 percent among those who seldom or never go to church. (Read the entire story HERE.)
Surely you are not surprised by these findings – are you? You should not be. As far back as the presidential campaign, Obama was supported by the less religious among Americans.
In an article from the “Christian Post UK,” and posted on “Directions to Orthodoxy” dated July 9th, 2008, it is noted: “Presidential candidate Barack Obama has stronger support among less religious Americans than rival John McCain, a survey revealed.” The article goes on to say: “The survey, conducted by The Gallup Poll and released Tuesday, found 55 percent of Americans who say religion is not important in their life backed Obama, compared to 36 percent for McCain. The reverse was true for Americans who said religion was important in their life, with 50 percent to 40 percent preferring McCain over Obama. WE recommend you visit their site HERE.
Little has changed, at least for Obama’s support. A little deeper in the Christian Post UK article it is noted: “The finding that religious voters prefer a Republican candidate is not new. Evangelical Christians, who are viewed as highly religious, have traditionally been stalwart voters of the Republican Party…” You may read the entire article HERE.
As a conservative Christian I am not surprised by these findings. What troubles me is that ANY Christian could support Obama and the American political left. With every passing day it becomes more and more obvious the American political left has embraced socialism.
It is the opinion of this scribe that the Christian faith and socialism cannot co-exist. They are totally incompatible.
Simply put — Christians believe in God and believe that man needs God. Socialism, on the other hand, sees no need for God. The “State” takes over the duties of the “Supreme Being.”
“Socialist philosophy assumes that the masses [are] as dumb as children, and they don’t need a god to reach their fondest dreams, but a government to hand out the goodies… .“ Thus states Julie Behling in an article titled: “Why I Believe Socialism and Christianity Are Wholly Incompatible.” Ms. Behling goes on to say: “In Christian philosophy, individuals are responsible to care for the needs of the poor, the sick, the widow, and the orphan, but not compelled. Those who rise to the challenge will find themselves on the right hand of God because of their CHOICES, and those who don’t — will not receive the blessings reserved for those who do.
In Socialist philosophy, all are compelled to care for the needy whether they want to or not (through taxation), and this care comes through the administration of a notoriously inefficient bureaucracy.”
Ms. Behling explains: “Christian philosophy causes men and women to rise up, work for their sustenance depending oftentimes on faith that help will come if and when it is needed. It is hard, it is risky, but the rewards of making the proper use of God-given free will are great. The consequences of poor choices can be brutal.
Socialist philosophy seeks to soften the blows of consequences to natural laws, both positive consequences – financial abundance for the thrifty, wise, hard-worker — and negative consequences – poverty to those who break the natural laws that govern abundance.”
As one who subscribes to the Christian faith, I believe Ms. Behling is “spot on” when she says: “Socialism falsely informs men and women there is another way to reach their ultimate dreams besides faith in any god.” (We urge you to read Ms. Behling’s article in its entirety HERE.)
In summing up Ms. Behling says: “The degree to which taking care of the poor and the needy is instituted and administered by government is the degree to which freedom is abdicated.” (Editor’s note: The italics used here for emphasis are totally mine.)
We applaud Ms. Behling’s article and recommend it to you. You will find it HERE.
It may seem that we have moved far a field here, in this commentary, from the original intent. I assure you — we have not. My intention was to try to explain why the majority of the religious in America, the Christians especially, cannot support Obama en masse. Obama’s socialism flies in the face of the Christian faith. In fact Obama’s socialism is seen, among many Christians, as a religion in, and of, itself. It is a secular religion, without God, but a religion, nonetheless.
I suspect my conclusion above will not sit well with Obama followers, but the truth, oftimes, brings pain.
Evangelical Christians have only to consider Obama’s stance toward Israel to find reason to renounce his particular brand of socialism.
For evangelicals the fate of Israel and the fate of the United States are inextricably interwoven. The promise of God to Abraham that God would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel is taken literally. According to their belief, Obama’s rebuke of Israel and his obvious fondness for Israel’s enemies will bring the wrath of God down on America. In fact, many Christians believe that has already begun. They believe that God’s protection of America has been lifted and America’s future holds only crisis after crisis and disaster after disaster until America once again embraces God’s “Chosen People.”
Americans have slowly come to realize the leadership they chose in 2006 and 2008 was a huge mistake and has brought nothing but pain and suffering to the American people. Elections have consequences. Decisions have consequences. America is living through the consequences of choosing a socialist government, which is incrementally dismantling our constitutional republic right before our eyes.
One of the signs given man as to when to expect the “End of Days’ was when people began living their daily lives as they did in the time of Noah. We have certainly reached that point in the evolution of our American society. And, unfortunately, just as Noah preached over and over again, to the masses, that the rains WERE coming and the ensuing flood would consume every one unless they changed their ways, they refused to listen and even rebuked and made fun of the old man building a huge boat in that dry land. Even the unchurched and the non-religious supporters of Obama know how that story turned out.
All the signs are there. Just as Israel paid a terrible price for demanding an earthly king, Saul, just so they could have a king of their own, just like their neighboring countries, America will be required to pay a price, of biblical proportions, for demanding a leader who remake America into the image of the socialist countries with whom we share this globe.
To say the end is nigh would be kind – and wrong. Unfortunately, America has much suffering in her future long before anything resembling the end rises above her clouded horizon.
J. D. Longstreet
At the Heart of American Politics is — the Barbershop!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
In my small North Carolina community, when you really want to know what’s going on, if you really want to take the pulse of local, state, and national politics, you go to the local barbershop.
For me, a trip to my local barbershop is a stimulating, invigorating, experience. I just climb up into the chair and allow the conversation to wash over me, and occasionally, I toss a few tidbits of my own into the steady stream of political commentary that is almost always well informed, politically incorrect, and surprisingly candid and — quite accurate.
I have often wondered why politicians, who need to be plugged into the thought processes of their constituents, do not deliberately visit barbershops in their districts and really learn what is on the minds of their constituents. If there is one single place where politicians can learn how their constituents feel — on any issue — it is the local barbershop. The barbershop is the one place they can visit and get an education, quickly.
My most recent visit to my own barbershop revealed the open disgust with which my neighbors hold the Obama Regime and the current Congress. What was somewhat surprising was the depth of that disgust. It was as though they spat out the name of the President and the names of certain members of Congress, as one would expectorate something that had a horrible taste. The disdain in which my neighbors hold the Obama Regime is bone deep. They cannot wait for the election in November to send our national leaders a clear and concise message. Simply stated the message is: “Be gone!”
It is not only disgust and disdain, it is anger — deep, swirling, writhing, white-hot anger — at the way the current Congress and the Obama Administration have dragged our country from the pinnacle of world leadership to the depths of humiliation and mediocrity. Their disbelief in American Exceptionalism lends credence to the average American’s belief that our current leadership simply does not like America.
What was once a creeping realization that we now have a socialist government in America has sped up and blossomed into an epiphany, of a sort. My neighbors now understand that with the passage of ObamaCare America joined the ranks of the pitiful socialist countries “circling the drain” all over the planet.
The old fashion neighborhood barbershop is one of the last locales to which men can retire — and just be men. They discuss hunting, fishing, sports, cars, war, and politics. Of course, they discuss other things, which we will not mention because this is a family column. For the past few months politics has been the reigning topic of discussion above all others.
On my most recent visit to by barbershop the topic of discussion was, as usual politics. Someone raised the question of whom the Republicans would nominate to run for President in 2012. It is interesting that no one present felt that any one of the “usual suspects” would be acceptable to the GOP voters. In fact, the general feeling was that the nomination of any of those involved in past campaigns would simply lead to another four years of Obama as President. That included both Palin and Romney. In fact, it was agreed that Palin was damaged beyond repair and was now unacceptable as a candidate on a national GOP ticket. Not one participant in the discussion could offer the name of a single republican with a snowball’s chance in Hades of winning against Obama in 2012.
It was a telling moment. What it said to this scribe was this: the GOP had better begin a search for a candidate the republican voters will support. If they do not, then the GOP should be prepared for their base to stay home, again, on Election Day.
The conservative wing of the GOP has decided they will no longer “settle” for a candidate who cannot prove his/her conservative credentials. They will no longer vote for the “lesser of two evils.” They will no longer settle for another RINO candidate. If that means losing to the democrats, then so be it. It is not considered a “purity test” of any kind. The Mainstream Media should understand that out here in the hinterlands, honesty with oneself and one’s neighbor is STILL considered a virtue — AND a matter of personal honor.
The RNC and the DNC could learn a lot from the customers at my barbershop — if they were willing to learn. The trouble is, I believe, the GOP is now being controlled (as is the Democratic Party) by a group of “elites” who feel they know better than the rank and file electorate. In the case of the RNC — the plain truth is – they don’t.
If the GOP is really serious about retaking this nation’s government from the socialists, then they need to visit my barbershop and listen. Then put to use what they learn.
In the meantime, I’m not holding my breath.
J. D. Longstreet
Treason is generally defined as the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one’s country or of assisting its enemies in war. Benedict Arnold burned his name into U.S. history by conspiring with the British to turn over West Point to them. When his plot failed, he fled to England.
Having all formerly been traitors to the Crown, the framers of the Constitution defined treason narrowly. Historians tell us this was to lessen the possibility that those in power might falsely or loosely charge their political opponents with treason.
Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution says “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
Let it be said that probably all presidents have been called treasonous by their political opponents.
A growing body of popular opinion, however, is beginning to regard the actions of Barack Obama as treason because they coalesce into a pattern that suggests a deliberate effort to undermine national security and the economy. The liberties we take for granted, privacy, freedom of speech, and others are seen to be in jeopardy.
What is troubling to many was the way Obamacare was foisted on a nation that clearly opposed the takeover of one sixth of the economy. The political process by which passage was achieved was ugly, but it was not treason.
Now the Cap-and-Trade Act is being ushered hastily into the Senate for a vote despite widespread opposition to the fact that it is based on a total fraud, “climate change”, otherwise known as “global warming.” Can a law based on a lie be lawful? Is passing such a law treasonous?
The President’s displeasure with the Arizona law that mirrors almost word for word the federal law regarding illegal aliens presages a likely effort to grant amnesty to millions here illegally; a measure that is also widely opposed by the majority of Americans.
The hasty passage of any or all of these laws, now that the midterm elections loom in November, is completely legal, but they all represent a refusal to acknowledge the will of those in whom the Constitution posits ultimate power, the People.
The Tea Party movement, taking its name from an act of insurrection against the Crown, is ample evidence of the unrest among many Americans. The effort to smear members as racists or violent suggests the seriousness with which the White House takes the movement.
Given the virtual free hand any president has to determine foreign policy, he has consistently offended our allies and raised questions among them as to his judgment. That is not treason, but it is harmful when the U.S. needs to call upon them for support.
His actions regarding Iran have been a green light to continue their quest for nuclear weapons. His actions toward Israel are nothing less than astonishing given the long record of cooperation and mutual support that has existed since its founding.
Surrounding himself with White House staff, one of whom was an admitted communist, another who praised Mao Tse Sung, and still others whose views reflect bizarre “scientific” theories or proposals, raise questions and legitimate concerns regarding his true political philosophy, but it is not treason.
The takeover of General Motors, his firing of the company’s CEO, the disgraceful treatment of investors and creditors should have raised serious constitutional questions. When Harry Truman tried to take over the nation’s steel manufacturers, he was rebuffed by the Supreme Court. The U.S. retains an ownership position with AIG, the insurance company.
Obama’s attacks on insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, even physicians, then migrated to attacks on Wall Street despite the fact that banks receiving TARP funds swiftly repaid the loans. There is at this point no aspect of life in America that has not been sharply criticized by the President.
None of this can be called treason under the strict and narrow definition of the Constitution, but taken together it is a pattern of acts that pose what many are coming to see as a clear and present danger to the nation.
The midterm elections in November represent the only constitutional means to rebuke the passage of legislation that has saddled the nation with greater debt than all previous administrations, with the takeover of key elements of the economy, and the prospect of the further erosion of our national security and sovereignty.
Everything that President Obama and the Democrat leaders in Congress have done has the sanction of law, but not the approval of the people whose lives will be affected by it.
It is not treason, but it has the look, the feel, and the smell of treason.
© Alan Caruba, 2010
Alan Caruba writes a daily post at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com. An author, business and science writer, he is the founder of The National Anxiety Center.
Obama’s Socialist Government Coming For Your Pension.
A Commentary By J. D. Longstreet
Months ago we warned that Obama’s Socialist government would be coming after the American workers/retiree’s savings. We warned that our new “collectivists” government was going to seek some way of looting America’s retirement funds and simply taking that money for America’s new socialist government to use towards payment of the humongous debt the Obama Regime has run up with their host of socialist/marxist’ programs… including ObamaCare.
Many of you thought it was a stretch, and you didn’t believe us because, well, it was just TOO difficult to believe that your government, an AMERICAN government would do that to it’s citizens.
What you didn’t take into account was… the Obama Regime is a SOCIALIST Regime! America is now a SOCIALIST COUNTRY!
We warmed you about ALL of this long before the election in 2008 and the majority of American voters either refused to believe they were voting for a socialist, or WANTED TO VOTE FOR A SOCIALIST! Either way, America wound up with a socialist government having already elected a socialist majority to run the US Senate and the US House of Representatives in 2006.
Well, dear American Electorate, you got what you voted for: Change – change from a constitutional republic and a capitalist economic system to a socialist/marxist government and a faltering capitalist economy headed for the doldrums because it cannot operate efficiently with overbearing government oversight and intrusion.
Wall street’s seeming resuscitation is momentary. Conservative pundits have been telling you for months to expect this uptick in the economy – before it nosedives again.
None of this comes as a surprise to us. We TOLD you it would happen. And now it has.
Now comes even more confirmation of our predictions concerning the government confiscation of your pension.
From Investor’s Business Dailey comes this: “Government Retirement: Democrats have obliquely admitted they covet Americans’ pensions. Last week, congressional Republicans told them to stay away. The shame is that they had to do anything at all.
The first rumblings were heard in the 1990s, when Democrats were said to be coming after our retirement accounts. Back then, the warnings were easy to pass off as hyperbole or a cranky conspiracy theory. Today, they pass as prescient.
In January, Bloomberg reported the “U.S. Treasury and Labor Departments will ask for public comment as soon as next week on ways to promote the conversion of 401(k) savings and individual retirement accounts into annuities or other steady payment streams, according to Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis C. Borzi and Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark Iwry.”
Alarms went off. In February, former House Speaker New Gingrich and policy analyst Peter Ferrara warned in our “On The Right” column that “Washington is developing plans for your retirement savings.”
“The idea,” they said, “is for the government to take your retirement savings in return for a promise to pay you some monthly benefit in your retirement years.
“They will tell you that you are ‘investing’ your money. … But they will use your money immediately to pay for their unprecedented trillion-dollar budget deficits, leaving nothing to back up their political promises, just as they have raided the Social Security trust funds.”
Got your attention yet?
In the same article IBD reports the following: “Last week, Connie Hair wrote the following in Human Events about the Annual Report of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class released in February:
“The radical solution most favored by Big Labor is the seizure of private 401(k) plans for government disbursement — which lets them off the hook for their collapsing retirement scheme. And, of course, the Obama administration is eager to accommodate their buddies.” (Read the entire article HERE.)
It IS coming – unless we stop them. The American socialist government IS going to redistribute America’s wealth. They are going to take it from those who worked their butts off to earn it and they are going to give it to those who did not — for whatever reason. That is what socialists do. That is how socialists gain and maintain their power.
Someone once said: “When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the support of Paul!” That is gospel truth, dear reader! The recipients of the seeming government largesse will go to the polls in tidal waves to protect their source of sustenance.
This coming November, if we want to save America and return her to a constitutional republic as the founders intended, we cannot sit on our butts and expect others to do the job for us. Because, dear reader, we are simply outnumbered. And — if Amnesty For Illegal Aliens (Immigration Reform) is passed into law — we will be even more outnumbered as they trample over each other to get to the polls to vote for those who made them citizens — even though they are lawbreakers.
Look around you fellow Americans! Look at the cesspool America has become since the Obama Regime took office. Look back as far as the election of 2006 when the socialists were chosen to rule the Congress. There is clearly a red line drawn across the recent history of America that only a blind fool cannot see!
We must save America from the socialist menace. We owe it to the millions of Americans who have gone before us and given their lives to preserve the constitutional republic of our Founders. We owe it to our children and our grandchildren to hand an America, at least as good as the one we inherited from our parents, on to them.
Just as surely as Germany made a national mistake, which led to their destruction in the Second World War, we Americans have made a huge national mistake, which is leading us straight down the path to destruction. But, unlike the Germans, we have the power to correct that mistake — if we move quickly. If we do not take advantage of the moment, we will soon find ourselves as helpless as the Germans of the last century and we, too, shall be destroyed.
Remember in November. We must rid ourselves of the albatross of an American Socialist Government hanging so heavily around our necks and purge our Congress of the Socialists, and Progressives, and Marxists now in power.
We have one chance at this – one chance to make this right. We must not fail.
J. D. Longstreet