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March 12, 2011

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Almost weekly the incompetence and sheer arrogance of President Obama becomes more obvious since he took the oath of office, and he even acknowledged that he might well be a one term President which more and more Americans yearn for that eventuality. Obama always knew that his radical socialist agenda would likely ensure his defeat for a second term. Obama was and is the “Manchurian candidate”, put into the Oval Office to achieve as quickly as possible the completion of a Socialist/Communist agenda. The destruction of the capitalist economic system that has been the foundation of America’s great wealth and power has always been the goal of the Left. To achieve this, Obama installed 32 “czars” in the White House, most of whom were not vetted by Congress, nor are answerable to it. They promulgate policies and regulations while by-passing Congressional oversight. It is one thing to have advisors and quite another to have co-conspirators. On top of the financial crisis that too conveniently began as the 2008 campaigns were coming to an end was the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) that was taken off the shelf and forced through a Democrat controlled Congress, often with bribes, often with a lot of brutal political arm twisting. The response, even before it became law a year ago was the sudden rise of the TEA Party movement. The next response came in the 2010 elections that returned political power in the House to Republicans and narrowed the Democrat majority in the Senate. Another factor that will contribute to his defeat has been his support for the gangster tactics of public service unions in Wisconsin and the runaway members of its legislature. Opposition to the public sector unions has been on the rise in the nation as more voters became aware of how they have bankrupted virtually every State with salaries, pensions and healthcare plans that exceed those of taxpayers who are expected to pay for them. Then there are the events in the Middle East and Obama’s uncertain response to them. The immediate impact will be a rise in the cost of gasoline at the pump and that is something that everyone can grasp. Add to that Obama’s attack on the nation’s energy industries, coal, oil, and natural gas, and you have the perfect storm for a President whose popularity is dropping. Mostly, it has been the accumulation of lies about virtually all aspects of his political agenda that now comprises a record that will be mined by whoever is chosen to run against him in 2012. A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed the proportion of people who believe the United States is on the wrong track rose to 64%. There are still two more years to go and Barack Hussein Obama and his “czars” can do a lot of damage if not thoroughly reined in by Republicans in Congress, and Americans have little choice other than to try to limit any further damage until he can be tossed from office in 2012.

(“Why Obama Will Be defeated in 2012” by Alan Caruba dated march 8, 2011 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/34173 )

 

The United States remains the world's largest economy, and has the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly entrepreneurial climate, but much of its power is being sapped from within. The decisions that created today's growth - decisions about education, infrastructure and the like - were made decades ago. The American economy has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. However America's success has made it sclerotic. Sitting on top of the world for almost a century has made us sure that our repeated economic, political and military victories that we are destined to be No. 1 forever. We have some advantages. Size matters: when crises come, they do not overwhelm a country as big as the U.S. When the financial crisis hit nations such as Greece and Ireland, it dwarfed them. In the U.S., the problems occurred within the context of a $15 trillion economy and in a country that still has the trust of the world. We adjust to the crisis of the moment and move on, but the underlying cancer continues to grow, eating away at the system. Responding to environmental claims, America began to restrict access and use of its vast national reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas. Prosperous nations are those that use the most energy in many ways, but the U.S. not only stopped the building of new refineries, the development of new coal mines, and exploration of new oil fields, but also thwarted the growth of the nuclear power industry. In a thousand different ways, an ever growing matrix of obstacles and regulation encumbers American industry, agriculture, and the development of new business enterprises with high technology was an exception. The American economy was being hollowed out from within and beyond its shores with a combination of illegal immigration and “out sourcing” of jobs in an effort to remain competitive. America’s influence is slip sliding away because it is presently led by a weak and hostile President, increasingly believed to be either a Muslim or sympathetic to Islam; a Marxist, ruefully acknowledged to be a complete enigma with no available documentation regarding his past or legitimacy to hold the office. When this country finally repairs itself, renewing its fundamental values, restoring its Constitutional limits, America will still have to stand guard against the forces of darkness within and beyond its gates.

(“Is America Slip Sliding into Decline?” by Alan Caruba dated march 3, 2011 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/33981

Are America’s Best Days Behind Us?” by Fareed Zakaria dated March 3, 2011 published by Time Magazine at http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2056610,00.html )

Obama apparently believes that none of the rules apply to him and without consequence and at will, Obama ignores laws and the Constitution to implement his progressive/socialist agenda. America's first black President has morphed into America's first King. King Obama has put together his royal court of an unprecedented 32 czars who only answer to him. His czars consist of people who have socialist and communist leanings, many simply do not like America. King Obama's czars, without congressional oversight, set new rules and regulations for our lives; boldly ignoring laws and the U.S. Constitution. Displaying an amazing total disregard for the sanctity of freedom, guess who cheers on Obama's every unprecedented lawless "power grab" and “dis” of the Constitution; the despicable liberal media. Most of the mainstream media are liberals promoting their progressive/socialist agenda while calling it journalism. A liberal black Presidential candidate was their dream come true. Obama's skin color was a gift from the liberal gods; the ultimate political trump card. The Left exploits Obama's black skin color as their "Weapon of Mass Intimidation"; a coat of armor insulating him from all opposition and reasonable critique. Obama governs more like our king rather than our president:

· ObamaCare was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, but King Obama basically said "screw that! I'm implementing it anyway".

· DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is the law, but King Obama said in effect, "I don't like that law and we are not defending its copnstitutionality."

· A federal ruling said King Obama's deep offshore drilling moratorium in Louisiana is illegal and ordered it lifted, but again, King Obama simply ignored the federal ruling.

· Federal immigration law is much tougher than Arizona's new Law, but King Obama has declared the Arizona law racist and is suing Arizona for enforcing "federal law".

· King Obama wants to force health workers to perform abortions whether they like it or not. The "Conscience Rule" protects health workers who refuse to participate in abortions or other medical procedures that go against their moral and religious beliefs. King Obama is working on rescinding that law.

If we have learned nothing else from the passing of ObamaCare against the will of 70% of the American people we learned, legal processes be damned, whatever King Obama wants, King Obama gets. Let us not forget that King Obama fired the CEO and took over a private sector auto company. Thus, the birth of King Obama Motors. Bottom line, King Obama is out of control. In 2012, We the People MUST raise up with pitchforks of votes to end King Obama's tyrannous reign, or American as we know and love it could be lost and defeat is not an option.

(“To Save America, We Must Dethrone King Obama” by Lloyd Marcus dated March 5, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/to_save_america_we_must_dethro.html )

 

Tyranny is not just about the iron-fisted rule of autocrats, it is also about the arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power, even when that power is wielded in a society devoted to democratic self-rule.  That is the kind of tyranny we see in our country today, and many Americans are deeply concerned about what it means for a nation whose highest ideals are epitomized in the expression "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave."  While the extension of federal control over health care sparked the Tea Party Movement, the flames of popular indignation are big enough to engulf a multitude of powers now claimed by the federal government.  The aggrandizement of power by our national government is only part of the tyranny faced by Americans today.  At every level of government, the expansion of bureaucratic power threatens people's personal freedom over how to live their lives.  The erosion of freedom in America is as much a result of ignorance and inattention as it is the product of cabal and conspiracy.  To ensure obedience, the cultural elites have deliberately mis-educated the last two generations of Americans to think that freedom in America is a fatuous narrative used to exploit unfortunate victim groups.  Instead of teaching the value of self-reliance, personal initiative, and individual responsibility, the elites have propagated collectivist ideas that come right out of the cultural Marxist school of social engineering. The inattention of the people to the preservation of their own liberty has played a critical part as well.   To regain the liberty usurped by government officials in America today, the people must take affirmative action to reclaim the rights vouchsafed to them by the Founders of the Republic.  First and foremost is the right to be left alone, for that is the principal limitation on the exercise of government power.  In each city, suburb, and town, the people must act to limit government involvement in their lives. Instead of accepting bureaucratic regulation as legitimate and inevitable, the people must insist that bureaucrats meticulously justify every policy and procedure that they propose.  Rather than assuming that bills passed into law are necessary and proper, the people must demand that the government prove by clear and convincing evidence that every law is essential to the preservation of public order, or that it reflects the will of a fully informed citizenry, and only by enforcing such strict scrutiny and high standards can the people win back their own freedom.

(“The Fallacy of Tyranny” by Jed Gladstein dated March 6, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/the_fallacy_of_tyranny.html )

The fundamental issue in Wisconsin, and states considering similar budget cuts, is not whether government employees should contribute to their health or pension plans, rather, it is whether workers should have the right to say no. Wisconsin is just the first act in an unfolding tragedy in which states and municipalities across the country have promised $3.5 trillion in pensions that they don’t have the funds for and unfunded health retirement programs. If passed, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's emergency budget will allow workers to opt out of joining a union and still keep their jobs. It would allow workers to vote every year on whether they want to keep their union. It would also take away the unions' ability to automatically deduct dues from workers' paychecks. All of these threaten organized labor's power by giving workers more choice. The majority of those benefits are mandated by Wisconsin's Municipal Employment Relations Act (MERA), section 230 of the Wisconsin Code (the code) entitled "State Employee Relations," and other civil service laws. Seniority rules are particularly troubling. Governor Walker may be forced to lay off 1,500 workers to balance the budget. The layoffs will likely be done according to seniority, due to the state's last-in-first-out system, whereby newly hired employees must be the first to be let go, regardless of performance. Democrats claim they are defending the "right" of unions to collectively bargain with the government. These rights are in fact privileges, granted by the government, and existing only within a government context. The real right at stake is the fundamental and constitutionally enshrined right of freedom of association. Workers should be free to either join or refrain from joining any group, based on individual choice. For all their talk of "rights" and protecting workers, unions are more concerned with protecting their own power. Governor Walker's budget does not take away worker protection and privileges but transfers them to the rule of law, and away from partisan union bosses.

(“The Truth About Wisconsin” by William Kovacs and F. Vincent Vernuccio dated March 8, 2011 published by The American Spectator at http://spectator.org/archives/2011/03/08/the-truth-about-wisconsin

The Real Lesson from Wisconsin” by Shikha Dalmia dated March 8, 2011 published by Reason Magazine at http://reason.com/archives/2011/03/08/the-real-lesson-from-wisconsin )

 

Events that have unfolded the last several months have convinced me that this will be the generation that brings an end to the practice of legalized abortion in the United States.  Historically speaking, this country’s escape from this draconian and barbaric ritual of child killing is inevitable.  Ours is a country that has always been engaged in a perpetual struggle to live up to the eternal truths of our founding creed: that all men are endowed by God with inalienable rights.  We are finally beginning to address the real issue of whether the infant in the womb is human or not, since this has always been the only question that really matters.  In the Roe vs. Wade ruling, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in the majority opinion, "[If the] suggestion of personhood is established, the case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." Yet despite this being the critical linchpin holding the heinous premise of abortion rights together, we have spent years in the wilderness debating ultrasound laws, parental consent forms and taxpayer subsidies -- a confused approach that has yielded a 38 year holocaust in the name of convenience.  This systemic refusal to deal in facts is all we should expect from a liberal movement whose standard bearer is Planned Parenthood.  Multiple hidden camera stings have revealed the unbridled deceit that characterizes the organization, further driving a wedge between the abortion crowd and Americans of conscience.  This trickery, misdirection, obfuscation and corruption within the “pro-choice" movement is causing an increasingly large number of Americans to reassess their position on the issue.  Pro-choice is based on the woman’s choice and taking responsibility for those choices. The decision whether to have unprotected sex is a personal choice, and sometimes unwanted pregnancies are an unintended consequence. Dealing with the pregnancy is a responsibility of the woman, but murdering the defenseless human being product of that act should not be an option.

(“The Generation That Will End Abortion” by Peter Heck dated March 6, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/the_generation_that_will_end_a.html )

 

Europe’s population is shrinking and aging so much so fast that a major decline in European living standards is now statistically inevitable within the next 15 years, and Europeans increasingly are relegating themselves to the global margins, as their relative share of global wealth and trade shrinks. The main culprit is the refusal by Europeans to produce more children. Most of Europe’s population growth over the past decade has been due to mass immigration from mostly Muslim countries, and not to natural population growth by native Europeans. The data show that Europe’s population growth due to net immigration was more than twice the rate of natural population growth. At the same time, Europe’s population is aging at a rapid rate. While the number of older people increases, fewer and fewer people will be of an age at which they can work. This will have consequences for the social security system. Demography matters so much that it will cripple Europe by 2050. Many European countries will drop out of the top 30 most productive nations by 2050, to be displaced by a host of emerging economies with higher birth rates. More importantly, Europe’s social welfare economic model faces a radical reconfiguration and will cease to exist in its current form in 2050. Mass immigration from Muslim countries is already transforming European society in ways unimaginable only a few years ago, and debates about the integration (or lack thereof) of Muslim immigrants are heating up in countries across Europe. Some analysts argue that what ails Europe is not primarily a crisis of demography, but rather a crisis of spirit. European elites have done their withering best to empty Europe of its Christian spirit. They have swept Europe clean just in time for the rapid rise of a rival faith prolific with children, vitality, passion, and confidence in long-term victory. Europe’s demographic decline reflects a crisis of confidence in the future: The lack of faith not only in tomorrow … but also in God … begets hopelessness, and without hope for the future, one is less likely to want to bring children into the world.

(“Europe’s Ticking Demographic Time Bomb” by Soeren Kern dated march 8, 2011 published by Pajamas Media at http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/europes-ticking-demographic-time-bomb/ )

 

Obama can't talk big and do nothing and still expect to be taken seriously in a world of ruthless power players. That's what he is doing in Libya today, following in the pathetic footsteps of Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson. Obama is a grandstanding blow-hard, and the world understands that by now. In Egypt, he first made nice with Mubarak, and then stabbed him in the back, while puffing up his Zeppelin-size ego. How long does it take for the Ahmadinejads of this world to take the measure of this man - about 15 seconds! All the power mongers now understand that America under Obama is a paper tiger. Under Bush we were feared, while European socialists loathed the United States, but Khadafi gave up his nuclear weapons program right after Bush invaded Iraq - that was not happenstance. Khadafi feared Bush, just as he feared Ronald Reagan. Today, no enemy has given up anything since Obama took his Nobel Prize for Hollow Rhetoric. Now Obama's chief of staff is telling the world that a no-fly zone can't be done. LBJ would never let the military do their jobs in Vietnam, and as a result Ho Chi Minh killed hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese who staked their lives on American promises. Jimmy Carter couldn't stop micromanaging the rescue effort for American diplomats in Tehran, and Carter was defeated by the voters after a year of dithering. But Obama is the ditheriest of them all and he has absolutely no experience making difficult decisions. He is the "vote present" guy who talks big and does nothing, but now Uncle Sam is wearing the diapers. When Khomeini killed his opposition in Tehran with Carter's tacit consent, Jimmy did nothing. Like his disciple Ahmadinejad, the first thing he did was to test Carter's will. Finding no resistance, Khomeini pushed America and the West to the max, until Ronald Reagan got elected, when Khomeini instant released the American hostages. The Left has been evading that plain and obvious lesson now for thirty years. It's lethal to be an American ally in a dangerous neighborhood. We've even outsourced the Pirates of Penzance in their little boats off Somalia.  We don't even defend freedom of navigation any more. Being our deadly enemy is easy and rewarding and the Iranians are spreading an empire for the first time in a thousand years.

(“Obama gets Carter Disease in Libya” by James Lewis dated March 8, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/03/obama_gets_carters_disease_in.html )

 

There is one nation in the Middle East that is not roiling in anarchy, rioting, and internal warfare, and it does so without oppressing its citizens, but instead it encourages and protects the practice of all religions - that nation is Israel. The other Middle Eastern and North African nations, all predominantly Islamic, have discovered that Islam, despite its grip on the minds and souls of Muslims, does not preclude the universal human desire for freedom, for hope of a better life. It seems that no one lacks for a reason to hate Jews, but if one steps back from the shouting and the insane claims that Jews and Zionism are responsible for everything and control everything, Israel seems to have made multiculturalism actually work. Israel, whose official languages are Hebrew and Arabic, is home to more than seven million people, 76% if whom are Jewish and 24% are mostly Muslim, but include Christians, Bahai, and probably every other faith known to God and man. When Muhammad began to piece together Islam, naming himself as a new prophet, he instructed the first Muslims to face Jerusalem when they prayed. After Arabian tribes of Jews refused to convert, he slaughtered their men, sold their women and children into slavery, and ordered Muslims to face Mecca instead. Islam makes death the punishment for the “crime” of converting to any other faith. That is surely a measure of how thoroughly evil it is. It is a good thing to be a Jew in Israel, but the same cannot be said of those who live under Islamic rule since Sharia dictates they be treated as second class citizens.

(“The Peace of Israel” by Alan Caruba dated March 4, 2011 published by Canada Free Press at http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/34056 )

 

Much of the Mideast unrest has to do with the extreme poverty endemic to the region, and sadly, the tendency is still to blame the West and turn to false Islamist prophets for solutions, but in reality poverty is a policy not a destiny. Islamist leaders are taking advantage of the growing discontent among Muslim masses. Their economic plight has gone from bad to worse amid the global recession. The radical Muslim Brotherhood may offer an attractive alternative for Muslims struggling just to put food on the table. Replacing monarchies with mullah-cracies is hardly the answer. Both snuff out the entrepreneurial spirit that drives industrialization and modernization. Capitalism is not compatible with Islam. Muslims want to build an economic system based on seventh-century Shariah principles, which include the banning of interest and credit - a cornerstone of Western economies. Muslim economies do not measure up to Western economies. The best yardstick for measuring economic success is per-capita GDP. None of the Muslim nations holds a candle to the U.S. The Islamic system of finance and commerce is no model. If you add up the GDPs of all the Muslim economies in the world, they barely equal the GDP of Germany - despite all their oil wealth. It would be funny if it weren't so tragic. The Islamic world has a long history of denying its citizens proper education and technical skills, or any real enforcement of property and contract rights. As a result, illiteracy and corruption run rampant. Oil still accounts for more than 90% of Saudi exports and almost 75% of government revenues. Nonoil industry contributes just 10% to Saudi GDP, and less than 6% of total employment. Saudi Arabia sits atop the world's largest proven oil reserves, yet its per-capita GDP still ranks among the world's lowest. Truth is, the glacial pace of the Islamic world's economic development has been a matter of choice and Muslims have to do more than just change rulers to break the grip of centuries-old poverty and backwardness.

(“Poverty of Muslim World Can’t Be Blamed on West” dated March 4, 2011 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/565012/201103041845/Poverty-Of-Muslim-World-Cant-Be-Blamed-On-West.htm )

Self-appointed representatives of the Muslim community are up in arms over Congress asking questions about widespread radicalization inside the Muslim community, and the question is whether these histrionics are a continued attempt to silence the growing majority of Americans who are seeing the glaring discrepancies between the rhetoric of the leading Islamic organizations and the reality of a growing homegrown terror threat. There is no denying the fact of domestic radicalism. This feigned outrage exposes their hypocrisy.

·    “Allah is our goal. The Prophet is our leader. The Quran is our constitution. Jihad is our way. Death in the service of Allah is the loftiest of our wishes. Allah is great, Allah is great.”

Since the 1993 World Trade Center bombings a select group of Muslim organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), have enjoyed a monopoly on political access to Congress and the White House. In recent years, legal actions by the FBI and federal prosecutors have revealed the extent that these organizations are controlled by the international Muslim Brotherhood and have an agenda to wage a “civilizational jihad” intending to “destroy Western civilization from within.” CAIR, MPAC, and the other usual suspects repeatedly claim a rise in hate crimes against Muslims, pointing to an increase atmosphere of “Islamophobia.” However the data from the FBI show that hate crimes directed at Muslims have been on a sharp decline since 9/11 and are extremely rare, a painfully inconvenient truth. The offended Islamic groups increasingly ask for special protections and preferences from the government and the public generally that strike at the heart the First Amendment’s protections against establishing religion. The result has been legislative efforts in a number of states to prohibit the use of Islamic law in American courts to exclude violent behavior, such as the anti-shariah state constitutional amendment last November in Oklahoma, which was approved by 70% of voters in that election. At least a dozen more states are considering such legislation. As we saw in the terror cases of Ahmed Omar Abu Ali and the Pakistan 5 (among many others), it isn’t the marginal figures in the Muslim community that have decided to engage in terrorist acts, but the best and the brightest. One disturbing element has been the use of known extremists by the government as “de-radicalization experts.” It has long been obvious that the Islamic groups and leaders screaming the loudest about the upcoming Congressional hearings are not part of the solution of Islamic radicalization, but part of the problem. One of the largest mosques in America, Dar al-Hijrah in the Washington, D.C., area, which has been a virtual terrorist factory. Another prominent Islamic group, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), has been cited in a NYPD radicalization report as a “radicalization incubator,” and nearly a dozen and a half MSA leaders have been convicted or are currently facing trial on terror charges. In conclusion, the most charitable explanation is that these Islamic groups have a pathetic record on combating Islamic radicalism, but the evidence overwhelmingly leads to the conclusion that the Islamic groups so vocally opposed to the Congressional hearings are the source of the radicalization problem, not its solution.

(“Why Do Islamic Groups Fear Hearings on Islamic radicalization?” by Parick Poole dated March 9, 2011 published by Pajamas Media at http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/why-do-islamic-groups-fear-hearings-on-islamic-radicalization/

It’s Not Just al-Qaeda” by Cliff May dated March 10, 2011 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/cliffmay/2011/03/10/its_not_just_al-qaeda )

 

* There is so much published each week that unless you search for it, you will miss important breaking news. I try to package the best of this information into my “Views on the News” each Saturday morning. Updates have been made this week to the following issue sections:

·  Politics at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/intro/politics.php

·  Budget at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/budget.php

·  Energy at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/energy.php

·  Social Security at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/socialsecurity.php

·  Terrorism at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/terrorism.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

www.ReturnToCommonSensesite.com