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May 23, 2015

 

As the Obama administration mercifully begins to wind toward the end of its second term, both the President and the First Lady will continue to distract from their horrible record.  Their favorite distraction is to claim racial discrimination exists in this nation and it needs to be corrected through government action.  Instead of dealing with the problems they have created, the First Couple engage in a continual discussion about race while employing racially divisive rhetoric.  Although it may be skillful and politically expedient, it has done tremendous damage to race relations in the nation.  The First Lady a commencement address at Tuskegee University where, instead of focusing on the goals and aspirations of the graduates, she delivered a speech all about the supposed discrimination she faced.  Even though Michelle Obama enjoyed the benefits of affirmative action to attend one of the nation’s finest schools, she complained that people looked at her with suspicion.  Even though the President is bi-racial and was supposed to be a unifying force in our country, he has succeeded in polarizing Americans.  A recent New York Times poll showed that race relations are at a two decade low in our country, which is no surprise since Barack Obama is always highlighting issues of racial conflict and telling Americans there is racial discord throughout the country.  While Barack and Michelle Obama focus on the race issue, they don’t want to talk about the real economic situation.  In the Obama years, the economic results have been abysmal as 46 million Americans are now on food stamps and 50 million people are mired in poverty.  There are 93 million Americans out of the workforce and fewer people are working today than at the beginning of the Obama administration.  The foreign policy achievements of this administration have been non-existent.  Iraq is a disaster and the terror group Islamic State is growing in influence.  Supposed success stories like Yemen and Libya are now failed states overrun with terrorists.  The Russians have invaded Ukraine and fostered closer ties with the Chinese.  The Israeli government views this administration as unfriendly while the leaders of the Persian Gulf states are unhappy about a President determined to sign a nuclear treaty with a radical Iranian regime.  With poor results at home and abroad, Barack and Michelle Obama will continue to stir the racial pot, distract from their reign of error and lead Americans on a very disturbing race to the bottom on the issue of race relations.  The last 20 months of the Obama administration will be very, very uncomfortable.  Let’s pray our country will avoid a disastrous racial conflict.

(“Barack and Michelle Obama’s race to the bottom” by Jeff Crouere dated May 15, 2015 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/72035 )

We seldom see Marxism called what it is anymore, so we just call it things like “Progressivism” (even though it is one of the most regressive philosophies going), “tolerance” (even though it is one of the most intolerant philosophies around), “social justice” (even though it is the personification of injustice), and “economic equality” (when in fact it brings about the greatest inequalities imaginable).  I remember when the United States clearly faced Marxism as a direct global threat.  I remember the efforts we undertook globally to stop the tide of communism (perhaps the most virulent of all forms of Marxism) as it tried to crush freedom worldwide, and to protect our own shores from its violence.  I was in Europe as a serviceman when the Soviet edifice of Marxist communism came crashing down in the form of the Berlin Wall, and the resurgence of freedom felt even in the West from this victory.  Sadly, today, most seem to have forgotten those lessons, and the danger of this enemy.  Instead, we have embraced the evil we once fought openly, and have even elected twice to the White House a pure American Marxist: Barack Obama.  The Marxists always come to you with promises of equality and egalitarianism, spreading the lie that if you will just move the masses to leverage the force of government to take from those who have more than you, then everyone will have an “equal” share in everything.  They never tell you the ultimate truth of Marxism.  If you remember any of the old Soviet system (or the way things still work in China, North Korea, Vietnam, or Cuba), you would know that while the masses live on the “equal” scraps given to them by their government, a ruling elite always enjoys not only all of the power, but the best of the food and material goods that the masses produce for them.  Only a chosen (well-connected and powerful) few will get to live sumptuously off the cream of society and get to tell others what to do.  Fallen, corrupt human nature is inescapable.  The American system created by our founders over 200 years ago recognized the corruption of human nature, built checks for that nature into our system, and this system has produced the most free and prosperous nation in history.  Marxism denies human nature, and because of its blind arrogance, always produced privation and oppression.  To my profound sadness, you can see many of the statements of Marxists of ages past being repeated and sold to the people today in America.  If you value your freedom and your prosperity, if you value justice and truth, let us resolve to stop this Leftward slide into oblivion NOW.

(“What the Left Wants for America” by Bob Ellis dated May 20, 2015 published by American Clarion at http://www.americanclarion.com/what-the-left-wants-for-america-38222 )

 

Picking on the mainstream media is easier than offending radical feminists, and almost as much fun.  All decent, patriotic Americans yearn for the day when the effects of emerging technologies combine with the mainstream media’s insufferable progressive cheerleading to finally destroy it.  Its death throes are underway, but it won’t buy the farm overnight.  The body of the mainstream media is still shambling along, wreaking havoc, long after it its brain has died.  Yes, we conservatives detest the mainstream media, and why not? At best, when it’s not actively libeling us, it merely condescends to us, treating normal Americans not as the people who built and defended the very country these parasites feed off of, but as some sort of weird mutation infesting the tiny portion of the country that isn’t New York City, Washington, Los Angeles or San Francisco.  Let’s rehash the litany of the mainstream media’s recent follies, foibles and fiascos:

§ We have NBC News paying talentless Parental Lotto champ Chelsea Clinton $600,000 a year to interview ferns.

§ We have ABC News hiring the Clintons’ tiny human dustpan George Stephanopoulos not as a commentator but as a “newsman,” and thereby lying twice in one word.  Then ABC decided he should host the GOP debates, which he did carrying a cheat sheet full of Democrat talking points about such burning issues as the phantom campaign to ban birth control.  Then ABC decided that the perfect guy to interview the painstakingly thorough gentleman whose book chronicles Hillary’s vast corruption was the same guy who is not only Hillary n’ Bill’s “lil’ minion” but who handed over $75K to their slush fund.

§ When caught, the MSM doesn’t even bother to try to tell convincing lies anymore.

§ Subjects of MSM utter disinterest include foreign potentates handing millions of dollars to the Secretary of State.

§ Subjects of MSM curiosity include what Scott Walker thinks of Adam and Eve.

§ What about chatty Candy Crowley?

§ What about human Latino-meter Mark Halperin?

§ What about that lying wench from Rolling Stone?

Members of the mainstream media are presumptively hacks, and the pain and misery they endure as their organizations convulse and die should inspire laughter and joy.  Sure, there are honest reporters out there, but that’s only a fluke of statistics. There have to be some, if only because of the random vagaries of chance.  They can get real jobs with the new media.  But in general, MSM members’ pain is our gain.  Remember, they hate us: They don’t merely not care about us; They don’t simply misunderstand us; They hate what we think; They hate how we live; They hate what we believe; They just hate us!  It should come as no shock that we hate them right back.  We normals have already started an uncoordinated boycott of the mainstream media.  So can the mainstream media ever re-earn our trust and, more importantly, our business? Nope!  To mix a bunch of metaphors in a way today’s social justice-focused J-schools would inexcusably tolerate, the drones who make the MSM hum are simply too dedicated to their proggie agenda to avoid going down with the Lusitania that is the dinosaur media.  The mainstream media is going to die, so we conservatives will recycle our celebratory champagne on its grave.

(“Let’s Celebrate the Death of the Mainstream Media!” by Kurt Schlichter dated May 18, 2015 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2015/05/18/lets-celebrate-the-death-of-the-mainstream-media-n1999522 )

 

Students who are inheriting a post-civil rights America have been conditioned to believe they're getting a pre-civil rights America thanks to our first black President and first lady.  In 2008 millions of whites cast their ballot for then Senator Obama, hoping to eliminate racism in America.  At the least, they purposed to convince the world they weren't racist and assuage their "white privilege," as taught to them by their liberal professors. In 2016 some of those same voters may stay home, disillusioned that race relations have worsened despite their efforts.  Many Americans have grown weary of being penalized over skin color, and I'm not talking about blacks.  Democrats hoped Obama's Presidency would transcend race and politics, but unfortunately it hasn't!  Not because Americans are racist or partisan but because our President is!  Under Obama's watch nearly 93,000,000 workers are out of the labor force.  Food stamp recipients have nearly tripled since 2000, growing from approximately 17 million recipients to approximately 47 million today.  If ISIS is indicative of Obama's foreign policy, it's fair to say "black riots" are indicative of his domestic failure.  Obama has set race relations back so far even hippies are hoping to move on.  This will be a difficult task for the DNC to overcome, particularly if Republicans frame the Democrats' next nominee as Obama's third term.  White Democrats voted for hope and change, not "black riots" and declining property values.  Baltimore is a microcosm of "progressivism" at its finest.  School funding is third in the nation.  One of five jobs are government jobs.  Fifty percent or more of law enforcement is black.  Yet crime is high, economic opportunity is low and its future is bleak.  Black progressives are working hard to make the white male an endangered species.  Riots like Ferguson and Baltimore have only highlighted that fact.  In the privacy of a voting booth those that perceive they're being bullied or mistreated by politicians plot their revenge.  Had the whites that voted for President Obama known that he'd turn the race card on them he'd still be a senator.  Other race-baiters hoping to ascend to higher offices could be in for a rude awakening in 2016.

(“Black Racism Fatigue Will Hurt Democrats in 2016” by Carl Jackson dated May 21, 2015 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/carljackson/2015/05/21/black-racism-fatigue-will-hurt-democrats-in-2016-n2001567 )

 

After 6-1/2 years of his Presidency, conservatives generally despair that Barack Obama has severely and perhaps permanently damaged our free-market economy and succeeded in irreversibly growing the size and scope of government.  We think the reverse may be true, that there's a bright side to the Obama legacy.  That may seem hard to believe, given that President Obama has deluged the nation with $7 trillion in new debt; higher tax rates; a stupendously ineffective health care overhaul; a blizzard of new regulations on the Internet, energy and financial services; a newly resurrected European welfare state; and worst of all, a $2 trillion growth deficit that may never be erased.  But Obama has accomplished something that even heroes like Ronald Reagan could never do: His presidency has discredited liberalism in its every form and incarnation.  He has proved in a compelling way that government really is incapable of solving most societal problems: unemployment, income inequality, lack of health care, the burgeoning national debt, poor schools, racial unrest, corruption, and so on.  Obama is the embodiment of what F.A. Hayek called "the fatal conceit;" the idea that the intellectual class (i.e., academics, professionals, politicians, media, authors, etc.) possess the knowledge and expertise to know, far better than the citizens, how we should live our lives and make the world a better place.

·    As evidence, start with one of his greatest self-described "accomplishments": the $830 billion fiscal stimulus bill.  It was supposed to create millions of jobs through a multiplier effect of spending for "shovel-ready" projects.  Instead we had fewer jobs in the U.S. economy with this avalanche of spending than we would have had if government hadn't spent a dime.  There was no multiplier effect from this spending blowout. All we have to show " is nearly $1 trillion more debt, which our children, and their children, and perhaps their children, will have to pay off - Thank you, Mr. President.

·    Then there's the glaring fiasco of ObamaCare.  It began with a widely publicized and humorous birthing catastrophe, the website breakdown.  The goal of Obama's 975-page health care bill was to improve the delivery of goods and services in 17% of the most successful economy in the history of man.  Already the costs of ObamaCare are spiraling, up 30% this year alone.  Millions of Americans have lost their health coverage, employers are dropping their plans, and many can't afford the program even with the taxpayer subsidies.  ObamaCare takes away health insurance choices through one-size-fits-all mandated benefits, so a 60-year-old man has to be insured for birth control and a 22-year-old has to be insured for hip replacements.  Now even the millennials are asking why they may have to pay three times more for an ObamaCare plan than what the private marketplace can offer them - Thank you, Mr. President.

·    The FCC will now regulate the Internet through what the Obama administration calls "net neutrality."  This is a regulation is search of a purpose.  This was a corporate-crony payback favor to Obama's campaign contributors. Most Americans would just as soon see the government stay miles away from the Internet - Thank you, Mr. President.

·    Let's also not forget the recent debacle by the Secret Service, which has been guarding the White House for decades.  Now one would think that after decades of experience guarding the White House, which is in the same location and has not grown in size, the Secret Service might know that a fence ought to be high enough to prevent intruders from jumping over it, and just maybe the front door of the White House ought to be locked at all times - Thank you, Mr. President.

·    Obama has set out to "spread the wealth around" and make America a more equal society by taxing the rich and adding spending for the poor.  This was thought only to be possible through a fundamental "transformation" of our economy, which this president sought. Instead, by the left's own measure of income inequality, the "Gini Coefficient," the gap between rich and poor has widened every year of his tenure.  Hope and change haven't worked out quite as expected - Thank you, Mr. President.

·    Obama promised that his expert personnel and policies would root out the waste and fraud in government.  He pledged to "go line by line" through the budget to cut out extraneous expenditures. Early this year, an audit found that federal agencies, controlled by Obama's best and brightest, made $125 billion of erroneous payments to dead people, illegal immigrants and shysters. Instead of holding a press conference, apologizing to the American taxpayer for this gross malfeasance, making sure that heads would roll at the agencies involved and calling all hands on deck to end this spectacular fraud, the White House ignored the report altogether - Thank you, Mr. President.

The ultimate irony is that the Obama crew had hoped it would restore America's faith in government, but just the opposite has occurred.  Trillions of dollars of added government spending, debt and regulation have produced, almost comically, the equivalent of fences too short, front doors unlocked and websites that don't work.  As government incompetence becomes more frequent and obvious, more Americans are awakening to the reality that our Founders had it right all along, that government's role should be limited and that the most fertile environment for innovation, progress and happier and healthier lives is minimum government and maximum personal liberty - Thank you, Mr. President!
(“Seven Obama Legacies That Are Gifts For Republicans” by Thomas Smith and Stepen Moore dated May 15, 2015 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-viewpoint/051515-752892-seven-reasons-for-republicans-to-thank-obama.htm )

 

Barack Obama, Redistributionist-in-Chief, gave a speech diagnosing that the wealthy and the educated owe their success to, not any virtues on their part, but the “advantages” that they’ve been “lucky” enough to have enjoyed.  The parents of the students that Obama addressed may be shocked to hear it, but the President was merely repeating what their children have had tirelessly drummed into their mushy skulls during their entire education that mom and dad were remortgaging their homes in order to pay the tuition.  This is orthodoxy throughout liberal arts and humanities departments around the country. It’s crucial for Americans to know that their politicians, particularly those of the party of the jack ass, advocate policies for which their academic counterparts have been furnishing the intellectual armory for years.  Socialist philosopher John Rawls spent his career arguing for what he called, “justice as fairness.”  Over a span of decades and thousands of pages, Rawls sought, in effect, to justify the Welfare-State.  It is luck, capricious, arbitrary, unfair luck, that accounts for the fortunes of “the advantaged” and the misfortunes of “the disadvantaged.”  It is just as unfair, then, for the better off to horde the “benefits” to be had from the exercise of talents that they don’t deserve as it is unfair for the worse off to shoulder the lion’s share of “burdens” because of handicaps that they don’t deserve.  Thus, to rectify this inherent unfairness, justice demands that the only inequalities arising from differences between the better off and worse off that will be permitted are those that benefit the latter.  Justice, in other words, requires that the resources and fruits of the producers be perpetually redistributed to the takers.

(“Spreading the Wealth: The Academic Roots of Redistributionism” by Jack Kerwick dated May 16, 2015 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/jackkerwick/2015/05/16/spreading-the-wealth-around-the-academic-roots-of-redistributionism-n1999451 )

Most of the lies that stream forth from the Environmental Protection Agency to justify programs that have no basis in fact or science, and which threaten the economy.  “Clean Power” is the name given to the EPA policy to reduce overall U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, even though there is no need whatever to reduce CO2 emissions.  Carbon dioxide is not “a pollutant” as the EPA claims. It is, along with oxygen for all living creatures, vital to the growth of all vegetation.  The more CO2 the better crops yields will occur, healthier forests, and greener lawns.  From a purely scientific point of view, it is absurd to reduce emissions.  The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan lacks the legal authority under either the Constitution or the Clean Air Act to enforce most of the regulation’s ‘building blocks’ without states’ acquiescence.  Fifteen states, along with select coal companies, have sued for an “extraordinary whit” to prevent the EPA from promulgating the new carbon regulations found it the Clean Power plan.  It’s worth noting that, when Obama took office, fifty percent of America’s electrical energy was supplied by coal-fired plants and, just six years later, that has been reduced by 10%.  It’s the same kind of President that believes the pronouncements of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  The IPCC’s “Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report” claims that world will face “severe, pervasive and irreversible damage” if coal-fired and other carbon-based (coal, oil, and natural gas) energy sources aren’t replaced with “renewable energy sources” (wind and solar) by 2050.  It wants fossil-fueled power generation “phased out almost entirely by 2100.”  What the EPA is attempting to impose on America is a drain on our production of electricity coupled with an increase in its price, which is an obscene attack on our economy.

(“The EPA Myth of ‘Clean Power’” by Alan Caruba dated May 18, 2015 published by Canada Free Press at http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/72083 )

It has been apparent for some time that the U.S. lacks a strategy to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State since it has no plan to root out the terrorists’ base in Syria.  There was hope, though, that Obama’s half-measures might be enough to blunt the Islamic State’s advances in Iraq, leaving the Syria problem for the next U.S. president.  With the stunning fall of Ramadi on Sunday, even that modest optimism is questionable.  U.S. airstrikes proved powerless to block a sophisticated Islamic State offensive to capture Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province 80 miles west of Baghdad.  Once again, the Islamist terrorists are slaughtering captives and sending civilians fleeing in fear.  Once again, they have seized U.S. military equipment, including about 30 vehicles the government sent into Ramadi the day before its fall.  Once again, in the absence of more intensive help from the United States, the Iraqi government is turning to Shiite militia and the Iranian armed forces that support them.  Obama will not permit U.S. trainers to work with Iraqi forces on the ground or send U.S. spotters to make airstrikes more useful.  Beginning almost a year ago, the Islamic State carved out, across large swaths of Iraq and Syria, a terrorist state of sorts that Obama deemed intolerable.  He refuses to commit the Special Forces and military assistance that could meet that threat, portraying any alternative to his minimalist policy as being “dragged back into another prolonged ground war.”  In fact, Sunni allies in the region will be reluctant to work with the United States until it has a Syria policy, and Sunni tribes in Iraq will not confront the Islamic State unless they believe the United States will stand by them.  Every conflict will have ups and downs, as administration spokesmen said Monday, but Obama’s unwillingness to match means to strategy threatens to prolong this war.

(“The fall of Ramadi exposes Obama’s weal Islamic States strategy” dated May 18, 2015 published by The Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-strategic-defeat-in-ramadi/2015/05/18/41d39a34-fd79-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html )

 

* 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.  No updates have been made this week to the issue sections.

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

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