They Are Worth Defending And Must Be Defended

They Are Worth Defending And Must Be Defended

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

Samuel Adams (1722-1803), was known as the “Father of the American Revolution.”

Are We A Nation Of Idiots?

Most people would respond to the question “Are you an idiot?” with a strongly negative answer, and depending on the specifics of the situation (and their blood alcohol level), might punctuate that response with a roundhouse shot to the questioner’s nose. Yet your government acts every day with the expectation that your answer to that very same question would be in the affirmative, and not only agreeing with them that you are an idiot, you would also beg them to make decisions for you.

And the response of most people would be something along the lines of: “What? That’s ridiculous! Why no one would admit to being an idiot, even if they actually were an idiot. Their self-respect alone would demand that they deny any such implication!” Really?

What other reason could explain the fact that Progressive/Democrats control the levers of power in the nation’s Senate and White House as well as many state and city governments? What other reason could governments accept the abysmal performance of our public school system while rewarding unionized teachers for what is observably sub-standard performance? What other reason could a majority of voters, in some places a large majority of voters in places such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boulder, and Chicago have to vote for governments that do things that are not simply idiotic, but border on the insane.

What other reason, other than idiocy, can explain the election of governments that determine that baby formula should be kept under lock and key to encourage new mothers to breast feed their infants because clearly those mothers aren’t able to choose for themselves? How about governments that demand that all restaurants explain to their patrons just how unhealthy their preferences in food really are? Or governments threaten a seven year-old little girl for the heinous act of daring to set up a lemonade stand? What of governments and elected officials that harp on “global warming” in the face of the fact that the planet hasn’t really warmed up in the past sixteen years? Each example shows what these governments obviously think of their citizens’ intellectual abilities…

It would then also seem that the days of our Republic are numbered.

Jim Yardley, Canada Free Press
July 7, 2013

Unemployed, Discouraged, Underemployed Rate Jumps To 14.3%

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report released this morning showed unemployment unchanged at 7.6 percent, the broadest measure of unemployment, the U-6 rate (seasonally adjusted), jumped to its highest level since February 2013, from 13.8 percent to 14.3 percent.

The U-6 rate includes “all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons,” including discouraged and underemployed workers, as well as the unemployed. The rate is only a half-point lower than the 14.8 percent rate a year ago in June 2012.

Jeryl Bier, The Weekly Standard
July 5, 2013

71% Say Private Sector Employees Work Harder Than Government Employees

Americans continue to believe private sector workers work harder for less money and have less job security than government workers do. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 71% of American Adults think workers in the private sector work harder than government workers, the highest finding to date. That’s up from 67% in February. Just five percent (5%) think government employees work harder, but one-in-four (24%) are not sure.

Rasmussen Reports
July 5, 2013

The Obamacare Big City Bailout

Bloomberg reports this week on the latest Obamacare trend sweeping across the country: Cities and states may soon attempt to unload unsustainable health costs on the federal government by dumping employees and retirees onto exchanges. Both Chicago and Detroit have explored using the exchanges to reduce massive budget shortfalls, and it could set an example for others. Bloomberg quotes one expert from the Rockefeller Institute of Government: “We can expect other cities to pick up on this.… I expect [employee dumping] to mushroom.”

The incentives for cities—or even states—to dump their workers onto exchanges are significant. Bloomberg notes that reducing retiree health costs could save Detroit approximately $150 million per year—at a time when the city faces a $386 million budget deficit and $17 billion in long-term debt. Of course, these budgetary maneuvers aren’t really “savings”—they merely represent a shift of unsustainable costs from cities and states onto the backs of federal taxpayers. If more individuals than expected—particularly retirees, who are likely to be older and sicker than the population as a whole—require federal exchange subsidies, the cost of Obamacare could rise by trillions. And if cities and even states set an example by dumping their health care obligations on the federal government, private-sector employers could well follow suit.

The spokesman for Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel called the city’s retiree health system “fiscally unsustainable,” but merely shifting that responsibility to Washington may be about as effective as moving deck chairs on a budgetary Titanic.

Meanwhile, like other Americans losing their coverage due to Obamacare, retirees themselves appear none too keen on getting dumped onto the exchanges. Bloomberg quotes one retired Detroit police officer expressing his outrage: “Imagine if they said tomorrow your Social Security, your Medicare is going away and you’re going on Obamacare.… How would you feel?” Many Americans may soon find out.

Chris Jacobs, The Heritage Foundation
July 6, 2013

Common Core: In Pursuit Of the New Soviet Man

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a federal initiative designed to homogenize diverse state educational curricula. It is also the latest example of destructive federal overreach into the education system. Like its predecessor No Child Left Behind, Common Core will not produce vibrant, inspired thinkers eager to tackle the world.

Instead, Common Core is designed to churn out young people who will be educated enough to work, consume, and pay taxes, but who are not encouraged to be creative, or to use critical thinking, or to develop anything remotely characteristic of those who possess superior minds and the ability to achieve great things. Common Core proponents seem more interested in producing what Russian communists called “New Soviet Men” — people who are selfless, moderately educated, and stripped of all nationalist sentiment — than they are in delivering the next Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, or Steve Jobs…

Instead of further centralizing our education system with programs such as Common Core, the education of our children should be returned to where it belongs: the family and local communities. Common Core instructs our children not to grow, achieve and reach for the stars, but to keep their heads low, and their expectations even lower. “Lowest Common Denominator” is a far more apt name for it.

Glenn Jacobs, The Daily Caller
July 4, 2013

Will Obamacare Survive?

Once it’s passed by Congress and signed by a president, even the most controversial legislation acquires a shield — an appearance of inevitability. Americans may not like the new tax regs, or the plum for federal workers, or the costly farm bill, but hey, it’s now the law. Adding that protective shield to the health care overhaul known as Obamacare was a core goal of its Democratic godfathers and godmothers in Congress and the White House: Its details, and the political hustle that rammed it into law, were less important than the sense of inevitability and public acceptance that they thought were sure to follow.

More than three years after its passage, though, whatever sense of inevitability Obamacare initially possessed is on life support. And the public acceptance? Public opinion pollsters continue to find majorities of Americans opposed to what they understand of the massive law’s consequences for their health care. Tuesday’s stunning disclosure that the Obama administration will delay enforcing a key provision of the law is the latest evidence that Obamacare risks collapsing less because of its foes’ sabotage than because of its own enormous ambitions…

Republicans want to kill it, not rescue it. With this fresh blood in the water, they’re even better armed to criticize Obamacare in future budget fights and election cycles.

More telling is the silence elsewhere. After Tuesday’s demure news from the administration — via blog posts, not press conferences or speeches — did you see all those national Democrats racing to microphones with ideas to make the law they championed a rousing success? Neither did we.

Editorial, Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2013,0,324356.story

From The Constitution To Pandora’s Box

During the presidency of Barack Obama, we’ve learned something about our Constitution that we did not know: The president can simply refuse to enforce whatever laws he doesn’t like. Not as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, mind you, but in general, as to whole categories of people…The Obama administration’s approach to executive power makes a mockery of constitutional process. His supporters appear totally oblivious to the precedent they’ve set, and to how sorry they could be one day.

What if future presidents do exactly the same thing? What if a future president announces that he will no longer enforce any aspect of the Fair Labor Standards Act and that the minimum wage will no longer be enforced? What if a future president decides to stop collecting income taxes on his supporters? If a conservative president did anything like that, liberals would be crying “Dictatorship!” Yet they cheer when Obama does it. By establishing the precedent that the president can ignore the law whenever it suits him, the Obama administration has struck a grievous blow against the Constitution he is sworn to defend.

Mario Loyola, National Review Online
July 5, 2013

The War For Economic and Energy Freedom Is On

“America is fortunate. We have economic freedom. We have the ability to thrive due to energy freedom. But like so many of our other freedoms, these, too, are slipping away. Anti-fracking fomenting is threatening access to our abundant resources and Middle Eastern countries have demonstrated a willingness to go to great lengths to maintain control of the world’s oil supplies. As our brave soldiers show us every day, freedom isn’t free—it is something that must be fought for. It is something worth fighting for. The battle includes economic freedom and energy freedom.”

Marita Noon [Executive Director of Energy Makes America Great], TownHall
July 7, 2013

Iran In Latin America: State Department Ignores Allies

The State Department recently released a report to Congress assessing the threat posed by Iran in the Western Hemisphere. Regrettably, it seems that the State Department neglected to consult with U.S. allies in Latin America and ignored research that contradicted their assertions. Indeed, the report paints a rosy picture, suggesting that Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere is in decline. This narrative is contradicted by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s testimony last year warning about Iranian ambitions to establish operations in the Americas and strike the continental United States.

Additionally, the general prosecutor of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) bombings in Buenos Aires, Alberto Nisman, issued a report that directly conflicts with the State Department’s narrative. An intense multi-year investigation went into Nisman’s report, which detailed how Iran and Iranian agents have used their assets in the Western Hemisphere to conduct terrorist actions against the United States and its friends and allies. For example, the AMIA building in Buenos Aires was destroyed in 1994 by Iranian-backed terrorists. In 2011, Iranian intelligence agents attempted to coordinate with Mexican drug cartels to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil.

Nisman’s report painstakingly details how Iran has also been engaged in a widespread effort to infiltrate governments and public institutions throughout the Western Hemisphere. These outposts work toward radicalizing individuals across Latin America, destabilizing U.S. allies in the region, andinfluencing regional governments. Sadly, Nisman’s years of research appear to have been ignored entirely by the State Department…

The State Department’s report would be good news if it were true, but it appears it is not. Instead it seems to fit the Obama Administration’s narrative of a war on terrorism that is winding down as conflict recedes across the globe—in spite of research to the contrary. The Department of State has a responsibility to talk to U.S. allies and consider all information in its reports to Congress if the U.S. is to have informed, effective foreign policy.

Jessica Zuckerman & Franklin Holcomb, The Heritage Foundation
July 5, 2013
Well, we don’t have an ‘effective foreign policy’ and it looks like they have ‘infiltrated’ our government at the highest levels! Don O’Nesky

Police Chief Killed With Rifle Lost in ATF Gun-Tracking Program

A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded.

Local authorities said eight suspects in their 20s and 30s were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons — rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms and special communications equipment. The area is a hot zone for rival drug gangs, with members of three cartels fighting over turf in the region…

Hundreds of firearms were lost in the Fast and Furious operation. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed illegal purchasers to buy the firearms at the Lone Wolf store in the Phoenix suburb and other gun shops in hopes of tracing them to Mexican cartel leaders… The ATF declined to discuss the matter; officials said they are still compiling an inventory of all the lost firearms for a complete account of the Fast and Furious operation…

Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2013,0,2692834.story?track=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

The Insiders: Who’s In Charge At The White House? The Clear-Eyed Realists Or The Delusional Obamaphiles?

Much has been said about the shrinking Obama presidency. And as we approach the Sunday shows, I’m eager to hear what Obama insiders and allies have to say about the events and revelations of the last few days. The White House can’t regain momentum unless it can admit there is a problem. But it remains to be seen if this White House is detached and self-aware enough to see itself clearly or if it is so insular and fanatically devoted to President Obama that no one can see that the presidency and the country are drifting… So who is in charge?

Ed Rogers, The Washington Post
July 6, 2013

What Would Patriots Of The Past Say/Do About The Obama Change?

…The people who came here to escape the kind of government that would try to tell them how they are allowed to worship and what their moral values should be would not believe that the nation they fought a bloody revolution to free has fallen back into the hands of a government who would try to force the church and believers to go against their heartfelt convictions.

The ragtag Continental Army that stood against the mighty British Empire with little more than squirrel rifles and guts would never accept the fact that the nation they fought so hard to rescue from a tyrant would prop up dictatorships, support despots and arm nations who would eventually turn those arms against America.

The pioneers who crossed the mountains and settled the western parts of this nation, living off the land would never accept a government, which wants to disarm them.

The men who stood up on the floor of the legislature and pledged their lives and their fortunes to winning independence would be appalled at the panty waisted loudmouths of today who care for nothing but their own political image and the next election.

The brave ones who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day would never accept a president who would leave their brothers at arms to be slaughtered in a Libyan Consulate without even attempting to send help.

The brave men who fought at the Alamo would never have envisioned that one day the border they died to establish would be nothing more than an imaginary line in the sand to be crossed with impunity by whoever wants to walk across to be rewarded with citizenship by vote greedy politicians.

The pilgrims who placed a cross on the beach when they arrived in America would have a hard time believing that such symbols of belief are forbidden in public places and even the mention of the name of the God they served is not allowed to be spoken in public schools.

Would Ronald Reagan be able to deal with the fact that after destroying the Iron Curtain and tearing down the Berlin Wall that Russia is again building up their military and becoming belligerent and disrespectful, and that the military he worked so hard to make the finest in the world is being systematically weakened by the current administration and that the Internal Revenue Service is being used to settle personal political vendettas and the Justice Department has become such an ineffective and corrupt agency? Would he have left men behind? I think not.

Charlie Daniels, Charlie Daniels Soapbox
July 4, 2013

Obama’s Approval Index Rating Is -20

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove. These figures include 22% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. Forty-five percent (45%) of Democrats Strongly Approve, while 76% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 13% Strongly Approve, and 44% Strongly Disapprove.

Rasmussen Reports
July 7, 2013

It’s Time Christians Told Those Who Seek To Silence Them, ‘Yeah, Right’

Two weeks ago a Sonoma State University student was ordered by one of the Seawolves’ lunatic supervisors to remove her cross necklace because some tender moron, who goes to that liberal madrasa, might get their panties in a wad. Yep, the overseer thought the cross accoutrement was vulgar. This is the same school that, with their easily offended students, put on The Vagina Monologues last March 9th, 2013.

Let me see if I have this right: a pretty gold cross necklace on a blonde co-ed is nasty and a yarbling, six-foot feminist yapping about rape, mutilation, masturbation and orgasms is “funny, poignant, intelligent and courageous”? Well, color me purple…

The secularists on the Left want Christians to hide their faith, to back down and essentially be ashamed of whom they believe in and what the word of God says… As a Christian, I’m personally tired of seeing Christians being cowed by culture and the state. If someone can wave a flag that they love anal sex from someone of the same sex or scream “hail Satan” in praise of killing pre-born kids, then I think a Christian soldier should be able to say, “God bless you”, when someone sneezes, without being kicked out of the Army as an aggressive proselytizer…

Doug Giles, TownHall
July 7, 2013

HHS Gives Up On Obamacare’s Anti-Fraud Measures

One of the biggest administrative hurdles facing Obamacare was the ambitious plan to verify the income and insurance status of applicants for federal health coverage subsidies. In theory, on Oct. 1 of this year, a prospective beneficiary of Obamacare was supposed to be able to visit a website like Orbitz, enter basic information, and wait as multiple state and federal government databases communicated with one another to confirm in real time the applicant’s income level, and then display the level of subsidy to which the applicant was entitled, if any. It was a level of technological sophistication unlike anything ever attempted by the government. Now, with less than three months to go before Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges are set to begin enrolling applicants, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services is throwing up its hands. Just as it did with the employer mandate, the administration has announced it would delay the implementation of these anti-fraud procedures due to the administrative difficulty.

In a regulation released Friday and flagged by Washington Post reporters Sarah Kliff and Sandhya Somashekhar, the administration will now rely on self-reported data. You read that correctly. A man who earns $50,000 per year and gets insurance through his employer could log on to the new government website and say he earns $20,000 and gets no insurance through his employer, and the government would not even attempt to confirm that the information is accurate before forking over generous taxpayer subsidies. It’s a recipe for rampant fraud, which is already widespread in Medicare and Medicaid…

With this news coming after the employer mandate delay announcement, the Obama administration has now openly conceded that it is in way over its head when it comes to implementing this unworkable law. Thus, the new strategy is to simply set up a mechanism to feed taxpayer subsidies to as many Americans as possible so that even if Obamacare is a complete train wreck, it will make enough people dependent on government to make repeal politically impossible. Republicans should seize on this immediately, and force the administration to defend a policy that would open the floodgates to fraud.

Philip Klein, The Washington Examiner
July 7, 2013
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