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July 9, 2011

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Thomas Jefferson would be shocked and appalled if he could see what America has done to this grand experiment since he drafted the Declaration of Independence because on this 2011 Independence Day, Jefferson would not be celebrating our independence, but rather encouraging Americans to revolt once again. America has compromised the Founding Fathers' dreams of a limited federal government for a centralized federal government that is bloated, grossly ineffective, putridly expansive, irresponsible, tremendously expensive, and soullessly bureaucratic. Our federal government is more burdensome, costly and controlling than the British government of King George 275 years ago, the very beast that our Founding Fathers took up arms against and fired a freedom shot that was heard around the world. The Founders recognized the costly quagmire of an all-powerful and centralized federal government.  Jefferson, who is arguably the smartest man to have ever taken up residence in the White House, wrote, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” The Founders wrote our Constitution to limit the powers of the federal government.  That hasn’t stopped our professional politicians from violating our Constitution and doing what they want, when they want and to whom they want from their gilded, mahogany thrones in D.C.  They have zero respect for the Constitution as they play lip service to it when it serves their political need. On our embarrassing, apathetic watch, we have allowed our republic to be financially raped, pillaged and plundered by our King George-like professional politicians, who buy our votes with our tax dollars by creating vast federal handout programs, departments and agencies that Uncle Sugar Daddy was never intended or designed to create or manage.  The result:  America is tens and tens of trillions of dollars in debt. Modern day patriots, Tea Party members and other concerned Americans who speak about financial responsibility, champion limited government, and who promote the ideals of our founding statesmen are often maligned, lampooned and condemned as intellectual lightweights, radicals and even racists by various cowards.  The Tea Party has it right; they understand our republic can only be saved by advocating the very principles, vision and ideals of those men and women who risked their lives, sacred honor and fortunes to give birth to America.

(“On This Independence Day, Another Revolution at Hand” by Ted Nugent dated July 4, 2011 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44625 )

It's scarcely arguable that, in the political sense, liberalism is on the ropes, Obama spent their last nickel, Democrats have lost the House and will lose the Senate, with little chance of regaining them in the near future, and the same is true of the White House once the messiah gets the bum's rush come 2012. Liberalism is on the skids, its programs uniform failures, its ideology barren, its slogans worn out, its long hold on the independents being relentlessly pared down by the TEA Parties. This "liberal superstructure" is the vast constellation of advocacy groups, think tanks, single-issue outfits, unions, and various other flotsam constructed by the left over the past half-century or so. There are literally thousands of these groups, ranging from the ACLU and the Sierra Club with their hundreds of thousands of members to the local "Friends of the People's Venezuela" outfit which amounts to a retired feminism professor and her six cats. These organizations are ubiquitous, universal, and networked to a fare-thee- well. They are also liberalism's last great hope of controlling politics in the United States. This alternate system is made up of outside organizations not subject to governmental oversight, a system populated with self-selected fanatics and true believers, and is a system poised and ready to march on Wisconsin. You can turn the superstructure loose to threaten the public peace, smash things up, abuse the electoral process, create a media spectacle, and pressure the state to do things your way.  All the groups involved in the Wisconsin campaign were superstructure groups. The unions are the very core organizations of the superstructure, and without which it's no more than a pack of vegetarians and aging hippies. The mainstream media are its propaganda arm. The judiciary is broadly infiltrated by leftist partisans and its allegiance seems to be to something other than the law. The interesting thing here is that the Open Society and the Center for American Progress are the flagship organizations of the liberal superstructure, the outfits that call the shots, handle the funding, and coordinate efforts, and are also funded by Old Spooky himself, George Soros. The superstructure's debut as a political weapon has been less than impressive: it failed to overawe the Wisconsin state senate; it failed to halt Gov. Walker's bill; it failed to vote Justice Prosser out of office; and it has now failed to enmesh him in a faked criminal incident. All that remains is the recall efforts, and they will likely be an overall failure too. It is also the only thing that the liberals have left. We will see this “liberal superstructure” again, perhaps in a more liberal-friendly environment in the Northeast or on the West coast, but this will likely be the death rattle” of a failed leftist ideology.

(“Democrats Unveil the Weapon of the Future” by J.R. Dunn dated July 6, 2011 published by American thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/democrats_unveil_the_weapon_of_the_future.html )

Obama may be the only person left in Washington who has not yet realized how inadequate he is to the tasks before him; the people and the press are beginning to turn on him, and as his failures become even more obvious with each passing day, more people will feel free to attack him and his policies and their attacks will become ever more savage as the gap between the promise and reality grow ever more stark. Obama entered office on a groundswell of a disconcerting mania, a mania in which voters imagined on this blank slate of a candidate all sorts of truly fantastic abilities and policies, none of which were warranted in his paltry, truly shabby history. The man with no available school records, for example, was painted as a genius and his brief time as a University of Chicago adjunct (basically teaching assistant) puffed up to a professorship in constitutional law. The guy who cannot speak a logical, coherent, grammatical sentence on his own was pawned off as a literary genius to unsuspecting, foolish voters. It was inevitable that the reality of his time in office could never match the dream. It was unfortunately equally inevitable that he would prove inadequate to the difficult job of the Presidency. Still, which of those who voted for him could have envisioned the hash he's made of things in every respect? Unemployment far exceeds what he warned it would reach if we didn't pass his stimulus package; the housing market shows no sign of lift off; the dollar sinks more each day; manufacturing is at a virtual standstill, and Americans grow more pessimistic about the economy each day. The landmark legislation of his first (and I hope final) term, ObamaCare, is so badly conceived and drafted that Americans are likely to see the best medical service in the world destroyed unless it is soon repealed or ruled unconstitutional.  In the meantime, as uncertainty about its future grows, more and more businesses are paralyzed and unable to plan for their futures. Internationally, we keep alienating our allies and boosting our enemies. He ordered a surge in Afghanistan, the place he argued in 2008 we really should be instead of Iraq, and then order pulling them out before the job is done, and in a manner sure to increase the danger to them.  Without Congressional authorization, he's committed our troops and weaponry to a rather pointless fight in Libya; pushed Mubarak out of office in favor of heaven knows what successors; failed to do a thing to prevent Iran from going nuclear; done nothing to stop Syria's Assad from daily slaughtering his own people; and each and every day puts the life and welfare of our staunch ally Israel at risk. His recent press conference revealed him as a man desperately clinging to the same rhetorical devices that have long worn thin: demagogic false choices, class warfare and a preposterous description of himself as the reasonable adult in the legislative process. Obama's days as President are numbered. Obama has no new economic message and we all know now that the old message of throwing trillions out the window or dreaming of a green revolution that would magically employ the out of work Americans was and is a sophomoric luftmensch dream.

(“The Community Organizer Who Would be King” by Clarice Feldman dated July 3, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/the_community_organizer_who_would_be_king.html )

 

This is a rotten summer for young Americans to find a job as the Department of Labor reported that a smaller share of 16-19 year-olds are working than at any time since records began to be kept in 1948, and only 24% of teens, one in four, have jobs, compared to 42% as recently as the summer of 2001. So instead of learning valuable job skills, getting out of bed before noon, showing up on time, being courteous to customers, operating a cash register or fork lift, millions of kids will spend the summer playing computer games or hanging out. Congress has also contributed by passing one of the most ill-timed minimum wage increases in history. Even liberals ought to understand that raising the cost of hiring the young and unskilled while employers are slashing payrolls is loopy economics. The Center for American Progress, often called the think tank for the Obama White House, recently recommended another increase to $8.25 an hour. So if the government orders employers to pay more to hire workers when they're already not hiring, they'll somehow hire more workers. Black teens have had the worst of it, with their unemployment rate rising to 41.6% in April from 29% in 2007, faster than almost any other group. Teenagers who work part-time while attending school generally make more money and have more successful careers as adults than kids who never work. In general, labor market experience tends to raise subsequent earnings. During the last five years, the percentage of the population working has fallen to 58% from 63%, reducing the number of Americans with jobs by 10 million. Meanwhile the overall unemployment rate rose to 9.2%, the U-6 unemployment rate, which includes people who have given up looking for jobs and part timers who want full time work, shot up to 16.2%, and the average duration of unemployment hit a new high of 39.9 weeks. The great danger is that Obamanomics has moved the U.S. to a permanently higher jobless rate as in so much of Europe, and for America's teenagers this summer that reality is already here.

(“The Jobless Summer” dated July 1, 2011 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304447804576411903821123330.html )

Barack Obama has repeatedly called for complete immigration reform while consistently failing to enforce the federal immigration laws on the books now, while large majorities of Americans in repeated polls want border security first, jobs for Americans first and "path to citizenship" last, so the President has decided to deliver it with a back door implementation.  Obama wants amnesty first to get the undocumented Democrats to the polls in 2012, has bullied Republican employers with workplace raids to get their support for amnesty, and will never secure the border any more than his immediate predecessor did. Senators Dick Durbin and Bob Menendez have introduced in Congress Obama's "comprehensive immigration reform," and Durbin introduces his Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act legislation every year, but the only ones dreaming are those two because the public opposes these Obama priorities and Congress won't pass his amnesty agenda.  In fact, Congress wants to pass mandatory E-Verify for employers to check whether job applicants are legally in the country.  Obama opposes it so he is seeking a back door solution and he thinks even an "Executive Order is not necessary.  So on June 17, 2011, Obama's Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton issued new guidelines to ICE agents, basically calling off deportation prosecutions of other than criminal aliens.  Last August, the Houston ICE office was caught doing the same type of "backdoor amnesty." Higher-ups at first denied any such prosecutorial discretion memo had been issued, then denied (when the memo was made public) that anyone up the chain of command had seen or approved the memo, then withdrew the memo and said they would never do it again. Well, they've done it again.  This time, congressional investigators have a draft memo from Homeland Security that describes the goal as to "reduce the threat of removal" for illegals and calls it "a non-legislative version of amnesty." Obama will not rest until he can trumpet amnesty for illegal immigrants, so back-door amnesty is only the latest in a series of attempts to bypass Congress to deliver this solution.

(“Obama’s Amnesty for Illegals Sidesteps the Law Again” by Roger Hedgecock dated July 1, 2011 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44571 )

 

The false comfort provided by the end of the Cold War led the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to draw down the nation's intelligence and military budgets, but its consequences did not become starkly apparent until 9/11, and the resulting scramble to rebuild our capabilities in the months thereafter. To be sure, there are savings to be found in the defense budget. Mr. Panetta might start by opposing any and all congressional earmarks, past and future. More than $80 billion in unnecessary spending for pet projects has been shoved down the Pentagon's throat over the last decade. Mr. Panetta should also reinvigorate the effort to reposition our forces away from unnecessary Cold War defensive garrisons to smaller, forward bases. The longer we provide a security blanket courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, the longer we delay the day when European and other allies begin serious investments in their own defense capabilities. The greatest economies can be found in areas that contain the greatest political peril: military health care and personnel. The U.S. taxpayer is also subsidizing a bloated and broken personnel system for nearly 800,000 Defense Department civilians. Since 9/11, the number of active duty military has increased 4%, while the number of civilians has increased nearly 50%. The Obama administration should consider a commitment to reduce the DoD civilian work force by 10% through attrition. While there are substantial savings to be found in the defense budget, hundreds of billions cannot be cut without impairing our security. Mr. Gates has said that he's already made the "easy" cuts, yet there are serious questions whether some of them, such as reducing the number of F-22 fighters, Navy cruisers, missile-defense interceptors and strategic delivery systems, leave America ill-prepared for a conventional conflict and erode the strong deterrent necessary to prevent it. Our country has taken an ax to our national security budget, both the Defense Department and the intelligence community, after every war of the 20th century, and every time we later regretted it. If we revert to the pennywise policies of the 1990s, we are certain to have to once again scramble to rebuild our defenses in the future. The critical difference between today and past eras, however, is that the proliferation of biological, chemical and even nuclear weapons means that America's margin for error is considerably more modest. Defense spending is now 19% of federal outlays and declining. This is the lowest percentage since before World War II. The principal challenge for Mr. Panetta, beyond seeing a successful conclusion to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, will be fending off White House and Congressional raids on national security spending. Mr. Panetta has distinguished himself in his understanding of the exceptional characteristics of American power. What he has seen close up at the CIA he will experience each day in the extraordinary professionalism, capability and will of our fighting forces. The conventional wisdom seems to be that, as a former budget director, Mr. Panetta will know how to skillfully draw down the Pentagon in the "postwar" period to come, but we ought to wish him success in proving the conventional wisdom wrong.

(“The Peril of Deep Defense Cuts” by Donald Rumsfeld dated June 30, 2011 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304584004576416271311589238.html?KEYWORDS=donald+rumsfeld )

 

The outlines of an Obama Doctrine have been apparent and can be summarized in nine damning words: Embolden our enemies; Undermine our friends; Diminish our country. These days, it is hard to avoid proof that these outcomes are not inadvertent, or attributable to sheer and sustained incompetence. Rather, they are a product of deliberate decisions approved, we must assume, by the President himself. Last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States was going to "engage" the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. America arguably has no more mortal enemy than the Muslim Brotherhood (MB or Ikhwan in Arabic). The MB's own documents (including a number of those introduced into evidence by the Justice Department in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. history, the Holy Land Foundation prosecution) make clear that this international Islamist organization seeks to impose its politico-military-legal doctrine of shariah on our country. One such document describes a "phased plan" that calls for the Ikhwan assiduously and stealthily to pursue precisely this objective. Ultimately, the plan calls for the use of violence to take over our government, clearing the way for the triumph of Islam worldwide and the establishment of a global ruler, the Caliph, who will govern in accordance with shariah. By engaging the Ikhwan in its native land, the Obama administration is effectively eliminating any lingering impediment to the operations of its myriad front groups in this country. Even before Secretary Clinton's announcement, many of them have already been accorded unprecedented access to and influence in the U.S. government. In addition to emboldening our enemies by reinforcing their conviction that we are in decline, the Obama administration's MB initiative undermines our friends. That is most obviously the case with respect to Israel, a nation already reeling from the President's serial, gratuitous acts of enmity towards the Jewish State. Now, his embrace of the Ikhwan can only exacerbate the worsening strategic environment the Israelis have faced in the months since the United States pulled the plug on Mubarak. It is hard to characterize all this as other than a further diminishing of America as a beacon of liberty and reliable friend to those who cherish freedom, or aspire to obtain it. If America is unable to counter even those who are explicitly hostile to our survival as a nation, we encourage the perception that this country is reduced to appeasing its enemies and selling out our friends.

(“Obama’s Legacy” by Frank Gaffney dated July 7, 2011 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/frankgaffney/2011/07/07/obamas_legacy )

 

President Barack Obama is the most dogmatic and dangerous leftist we have ever seen in this country, since all his ideas were frozen in concrete a hundred years ago by Marxist-Leninism around 1920.  In Dreams from My Father, Obama celebrates third-world Socialism, but that's just Marxist-Leninism with a racial overlay.  Obama's ideas are all old and discredited.  They have failed from the Soviets to Cambodia.  North Korea is facing another mass famine today, so terrible that it can't even feed its own army.  That is yet another failure of Marxist-Leninism.  Failures over and over and over again, but for radicals it doesn't matter.  You have to break a lot of eggs to make that omelet. Just as Jimmy Carter kicked over the Shah, a crucial pillar of support for American and Israeli security thirty years ago, Obama has just done with Egypt.  By forcing Mubarak to resign, Obama has sabotaged the Egypt-Israel peace treaty of the last 30 years. Turkey has also radicalized, and nobody in the American media seems to be taking notice.  The United States is standing by or actively sabotaging the moderate Arab states while Turkey and Egypt fall into the "Death to Israel!" camp.  Those are the three biggest states, with three of the most modern armies in the Muslim world.  The window of opportunity for attacking Iran's fast-moving nuclear and missile development has now closed.  In the field of nuclear proliferation, if you don't preempt, you are enabling proliferation.  Obama has now reversed sixty years of American and Western efforts to reverse rogue nuclear proliferation.  It is a world catastrophe, and as far as I can tell, it has been done with malice aforethought.  At the same time, Obama has demanded, in public, that Israel give up defensible borders.  The so-called "1967 borders" are in fact the ceasefire lines of the 1948 War of Independence, which left Israel nine miles wide at the waist.  Obama has therefore actively legitimized sixty years of radical Islamist assaults designed to destroy Israel - malice aforethought. Obama is thereby active aiding and abetting the whole "Death to Israel!" movement in the Muslim world.  Against American Jews, Obama is running his usual Big Lie game.  Liberal Jews are falling for it, because they never look at facts.  They just listen to the feel-good rhetoric. When war comes, they will blame the victim, because they will not be able to face themselves. These moves will no doubt lead to a major war in the Middle East, which is predicted for September of this year.  In the worst case, Obama is prepared to see the violent destruction of Israel.  That's what he is gambling with, along with a giant hole in NATO defenses in the eastern Mediterranean and Europe.  Nuclear proliferation to the Arab states is now a certainty.  The Pentagon has just released a humiliating admission that Obama's vaunted anti-missile defense for Europe against Iranian missiles is never going to work.  George W. Bush negotiated workable anti-missile missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic, in the path of Iranian missiles to Europe's capital cities. Obama sabotaged that plan, leaving Aegis naval ships in various places as a fig leaf. The Pentagon has admitted that Europe is now undefended.  Obama's purpose may be to force Europe to turn against Israel at the United Nations. Israel is now surrounded by lethal enemies on all sides.  Egypt has collapsed.  Lebanon has surrendered to Hezb'allah.  Iran and Syria are in cahoots to achieve Khomeini's absolutist aims.  Israel's Mediterranean coast is now threatened by Chinese anti-ship missiles, and its two lifeline ports are vulnerable to a blockade.  Even Jordan is in the grip of a struggle among radical Islamists, Bedouins, and Palestinians.  If all of Israel's enemies launched their missiles at the same time, the only option for Israel would be to go nuclear. Obama's Jewish problem is the existence of millions of Jews who feel loyal to: a genuine belief in God; or a genuine love for Israel; or both.  Obama is fine with self-labeled Jews if they are atheist leftists, and they are willing to risk Israel being erased from the planet.  Some of his best friends are Jews In Name Only, as long as they are detached from Israel.  For Obama, America and Israel should not exist.  They get in the way of his utopian nightmares.  That's Obama's Final Solution to the Jewish Problem. He is fundamentally a very simple, extreme ideologue, and he has surrounded himself with advisers who share his disdain for our one true ally in the Middle East.  Obama has never had an original idea in his life, and wouldn't recognize one if it were served up on a plate; he is intellectually locked in leftist concrete and Israel is the latest to suffer from this affliction.

(“Obama’s Final Solution” by James Lewis dated July 3, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/obamas_final_solution.html

Obama’s Animus Toward Israel and Jews” by Eileen F. Toplansky dated July 8, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/obamas_animus_toward_israel_and_jews.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. Updates have been made this week to the following issue sections:

·  Environment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/environment.php

·  Immigration at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/immigration.php

·  Foreign Policy at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/philosophy.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

www.ReturnToCommonSensesite.com